The Berkeley City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to let the city's first responders, including police, join in this year's Urban Shield exercise.
Berkeley officials are set to vote Monday afternoon, during a special meeting, on whether to allow city police officers to take part in Urban Shield tactical exercises this year.
The continued participation of Berkeley police and emergency responders in Urban Shield’s SWAT team competition and vendor show is a threat to the very fabric of our community.
Urban Shield is about training first responders for rare events, like a terrorist attack. It lasts 48 hours, so it will not make police officers "racist." The training is valuable.
Berkeley voters are set to have a chance in November to consider a $135 million bond measure officials hope will create more affordable housing in the city to fight displacement.
The Pathways navigation center opened two weeks ago and offers wrap-around services and support for 45 homeless people.
The hotel only went forward after the Council twice agreed to defer fees owed by the developer. That lowered the developers' upfront costs and increased profit margins.
The mayor's campaign manager paid for expenses with her personal credit card but did not get reimbursed quickly enough so the payments became illegal donations.
Keeping Berkeley diverse, providing affordable homes and housing those experiencing homelessness, and supporting immigrants are all on mayor's agenda.
With questions raised over whether city officials can legally make decisions about police training, Mayor Jesse Arreguín pulled his support from a recent vote on Urban Shield.
The university may build 700 units for students, as well as 100 units for people experiencing homelessness. There would still be a park, although it would be smaller.
Berkeley is on track to fail on its most urgent climate policy imperative: reducing pollution from cars.
More than two years after officials voted to regulate street behavior and limit the use of public space, council voted Thursday to revise those rules and, eventually, enforce them.