Mayor Tom Bates
How does a 30% wage hike sound to you? It could become a reality, for thousands of minimum wage workers in Berkeley.
A political feud between Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and a rival city councilmember has turned into a grown-up game of musical chairs.
Berkeley voters have narrowly defeated a controversial measure that would have banned sitting on sidewalks in the city’s commercial areas.
After a lengthy debate, the Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 early Wednesday morning in favor of putting a measure on the November ballot that would prohibit sitting on sidewalks near businesses during daytime hours.
City leaders in Berkeley are considering Tuesday night whether to put a measure before voters this November that bans sitting on public sidewalks, a plan backed by the city’s mayor.
Berkeley voters may be asked this November to consider a measure that would ban sitting on the city’s commercial sidewalks.
It’s a proposal that Mayor Tom Bates is convinced will draw businesses to the community, not to mention create opportunities for more people to live and work near public transit.
Berkeley, long a haven of green consumerism is looking to expand its plastic recycling, but surprisingly, the plan is facing opposition from hardcore environmentalists.