August Vollmer has long been lauded for the innovations he brought to policing. But revelations about some of his beliefs are making people reexamine his legacy.
Berkeley officials voted early Friday morning to adopt an updated use-of-force policy for police that will expand what types of force officers track and report, and how they make this information available to the public.
The city will work to create a new transportation department with a “racial justice lens” and a Specialized Care Unit staffed by a “network of crisis responders” to respond to non-criminal calls, among other changes.
“New leadership is required,” said Councilmember Cheryl Davila in an item she submitted Tuesday. Council will also discuss a raft of other items related to police reforms.
The Berkeley City Council shifted more than $9 million out of the police department budget Tuesday night to help pay for a range of reforms called for by community members and city officials alike in recent weeks.
Council was set to vote on whether to require developers to include affordable housing units in their projects downtown and in parts of South and West Berkeley. The item was postponed.
A Berkeley City Council majority voted yes Tuesday night to the idea of a sanctioned homeless camp pilot program, location to be determined, and have asked city staff to figure out the details and report back.
Officials have put forward a proposal for a homeless camp, for up to 120 tents, that could be located below the University Avenue overpass. Council is set to vote Tuesday and the city has asked for public input.
Officials approved a new Kaiser Permanente medical center on San Pablo Avenue after property owner Wareham agreed to give four months of free rent to several of its struggling tenants who have to move.
A council majority voted late Tuesday, after more than three hours of public comment, to outlaw overnight RV parking after creating an RV permit system and trying to help “priority populations” find stable housing.
Despite clear qualms, the Berkeley City Council said yes Tuesday to a staff proposal to bring shared electric scooters to Berkeley in 2019.
Citing the “tremendous” need for new housing in Berkeley, and its location near BART along key transit lines, officials overturned a zoning board vote to reject a five-story “co-living” project at Shattuck and Ashby.