In a closed session Thursday, the City Council decided that a new police transparency law should apply to records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019, when the law came into effect.
City Council voted in closed session Thursday that SB 1421 should apply "to existing [police] records pre-dating Jan. 1, 2019." This followed a lawsuit filed by Berkeleyside and ACLU NorCal over application of the bill.
The city of Berkeley says it has no records of sexual assault or dishonesty-related police misconduct from the past five years and does not have to release use-of-force records from incidents before 2019.
A few hundred people braved the smoky air to protest Thursday evening.
Berkeley protesters joined groups around the Bay Area and the U.S. demanding the reunification of families separated at the border.
Mayor Jesse Arreguín and State Senator Nancy Skinner were among the dignitaries who ushered in a new era at Berkeley Patients Group.
A new bill would require nonprofit hospitals in California to obtain approval from the state Attorney General before closing an emergency department.