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City Council District 2
City Council District 2

Progress Toward Our Goals 

Listed below are the 2020 Council items put forth by and co-sponsored (*) by District 2’s Councilmember:


Currently in Policy Committees:


Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis, a Threat and Safety Issue in the City of Berkeley, and commit to eliminate all socioeconomic barriers to health equity. 

1. Declare the resolution an emergency measure for the immediate preservation of public peace, property, health, or safety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and it shall take effect and be in force immediately upon its adoption.

2. Budget Referral to convene a series of town hall sessions for all community members, City workers, and small business owners to discuss the concerns of people of color and marginalized community members, and develop strategies and programs (especially Mental Health Programs for the unhoused stay housed) for greater inclusivity, understanding, empathy, compassion, and unity. The purpose of these meetings should be to strengthen anti-racist capacity building and commitments within the city. This can be done by discussing the current quantitative and qualitative reality of racial justice and injustice, racism and non-racism in all areas of city life toward developing measures to ensure the achievement racial equity in Berkeley. These town halls, strategies and programs could include: the definition and lived experience of racism in systemic and institutional forms the effects and trauma caused by them, and provide resources to combat implicit bias on all levels. Community partners to consider to facilitate such workshops include Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations About Race and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

3. City Council will establish a working group to promote racial equity as well as the development of programs to address racial equity in this City.

4. Direct the City Manager or his/her designee to record COVID-19 data by race/ethnicity and to explore greater health disparities that have emerged as a result of this crisis.

5. Direct the City Manager or his/her designee to hold several fundraisers at town hall sessions for black-owned small businesses, research of state and federal RFPs for the purpose of grants acquisitions for program development in the City of Berkeley that have been affected by Covid-19 and/or recent protests.

6. Direct the City Manager or his/her designee to prepare a Health in All Policies Ordinance (see attached City of Richmond Ordinance) for Council review and adoption, critically evaluating the public health impact of all legislative and budgetary proposals, especially upon people of color and marginalized community members.

7. Direct the City Manager or his/her designee to adopt a mandatory requirement of 16 hours of ongoing annual online and in-person training on implicit bias, cultural sensitivity, and cultural humility for City Employees, commissioners, and community members; and

8. Direct the City Manager or his/her designee in partnership with the Berkeley Public Health Division and the Mental Health Division to develop a Strategic Plan for Health Equity, with the inclusion of a diverse group of staff with expertise in this subject matter and begin immediate implementation of recommendations.

9. Direct the City Manager or his/her designee to have an antiracism dashboard that delineates and tracks progress towards specific antiracist goals. This would involve: 1) tracking and measuring specific data that shows the extent to which racism has become a public health crisis; which would in turn enable 2) the City and the Community to dramatically reduce instances of racism, if not totally eliminate some of them; and 3) demonstrate to constituents that the other recommendations have made, and must continue to make, a tangible difference. The dashboard shall include: analyzing hospital infant mortality by race; tracking food insecurity among Berkeley residents, and correlation to racial demographics; analyzing the effects of biological weathering and resultant mental health challenges on immune strength for black individuals, and studying mental health resource availability and outreach targeting at-risk black communities; analyzing the administration of medications and health therapies by race, in an attempt to understand Berkeley health providers position vis a vis the systemic under-prescription and under-treatment of Black patients pain; tracking violent incidents targeting queer Black residents, and studying the availability of mental health resources and culturally competent healthcare for queer Black patients; identifying the largest sources of corporate environmental or carcinogenic pollution in Berkeley, and the racial demographics of people with prolonged exposure to those regions (i.e. workers and residents within range of toxic substances); identifying the locations of city waste storage/processing and the racial demographics of those most closely exposed; examining property taxes by neighborhood, and correlation to school resources and student racial demographics; examining the availability of stable and affordable Internet access, as necessary for all possible student activities offered and required by Berkeley public schools;

10. Collaborate with the Berkeley Unified School District and the Vision 2020 to see how this is correlated to household racial demographics; analyzing students' realistic access to extracurricular activities such as arts and athletics; race-based differential access means that some students have less access to educational opportunities that help with physical and mental health; identifying the levels of lead and other toxins in public school buildings, and correlation to resource allocation and racial demographics among schools.

11. Submit copies of this resolution to State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, State Senator Nancy Skinner, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, as well as various organizations such as the Berkeley NAACP, the African American Holistic Resource Center Steering Committee, and Healthy Black Families.


Initiate a Citywide, Regional and International Just Transition to a Regenerative Economy to Address the Climate Emergency

Adopt a resolution to initiate a Citywide, Regional and International Just Transition to a Regenerative Economy to Address the Climate Emergency, and taking the following actions: 1. The City of Berkeley recognizes that attempting to be sustainable is not enough to protect residents from cumulative impacts of centuries of environmental and social degradation and instead will reorient its city planning, policy, and resource allocation to be socially and environmentally positive and will invest in a regenerative whole city infrastructure, policy, development and design process. 2. The City of Berkeley embraces doughnut economics, which, by definition, recognizes the necessity of meeting the needs of residents within the carrying capacity of our planet Earth and the greater Bay area bioregion. 3. The City of Berkeley will accelerate the transition to a zero- waste cradle to cradle circular economy. 4. All City of Berkeley commissions shall propose city policies, procedures and programs to enact a just transition that is socially, economically and ecologically regenerative by securing racial justice, bioregional restoration and sustainability, maximally reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases public health, increases disaster preparedness and community resilience and reverses inequality and wealth extraction of Berkeley and Bay Area residents. 5. The City of Berkeley will create a city commission responsible for planning and implementing a just transition to a regenerative economy that is anti- racist, provides reparations and transformative support for those who are black, Indigenous, people of color, low income, and those struggling with mental health challenges, is community-driven and democratically-funded, environmentally- regenerative, and prioritizes local and independent businesses. 6. The City of Berkeley commits to suspend any and all projects and policies that are incompatible with protecting the earth and people from further environmental degradation, social inequality, public health risks, and global warming. 7. The City of Berkeley calls for a regional collaborative effort to begin as soon as possible and formally requests all regional agencies, cities, and counties to a shared table to devise and execute a just transition plan to the regenerative economy here in the Greater Bay Area through a regional green new deal. 8. The City of Berkeley urges all neighboring governmental agencies (including local, state and federal) to suspend any and all projects and policies that are incompatible with protecting the earth and people from further environmental degradation, public health risks, and global warming. 9. The City of Berkeley calls on governments who have declared a climate emergency and who broadly recognize the immense challenge facing humanity to join together in collaborative exchange and begin a shared transitional peace effort in moving their immediate societies and economies toward ethical and regenerative trajectories. 10. The City of Berkeley identifies our current economy with its focus on near-term perpetual growth requiring resource extraction and wealth enclosure as defunct and incompatible with the needs of sustainability, human thriving, and dignity, and calls for a new economic system which in its design meets human needs within planetary and local environmental and social boundaries, focuses on human and ecological flourishing, furthers a regenerative human presence on earth, achieves equitable distribution of resources throughout the planet, and achieves sustainable transition to avert climate catastrophe in the near and long term. 11. The City of Berkeley endorses the intention and vision behind a global Green New Deal that reverses centuries of colonization, and post-colonial imbalances of power, health, wealth, sovereignty, addresses the climate emergency at the speed and scale necessary, and protects the world from impending climate impacts. 12. The City of Berkeley recognizes the importance of Indigenous leadership in designing and implementing a regenerative economy in Berkeley, the Greater Bay Area, and the World, and shall invite delegates from Indigenous communities to all stages of the planning and implementation process.


Introduce an Ordinance terminating the sale of gasoline, diesel and natural gas passenger vehicles throughout the City of Berkeley by 2025 (Revised Material Received)

1. Direct the City Attorney to prepare any draft ordinances to terminate the sale of gasoline, diesel and natural gas passenger vehicles throughout the City of Berkeley by 2025; this shall include the termination of purchasing these vehicles to support City fleets and, for the general public, a staged phase out such as cars over $28K by 2023, cars over $22K by 2024, and all cars by 2025, so as to actively create a used electric vehicle market for lower income customers that allows them to acquire electric vehicles at a cost equal to or below that of comparable gasoline, diesel, or natural gas vehicles.

2. Short term referral to the City Manager and/or designee(s) to report to the City Council in 90 days, in consultation with other City Departments with the following information: (A) Feasibility of terminating the sale of gasoline, diesel and natural gas passenger vehicles; (B) ways to promote and facilitate the sale of all-electric vehicles in the City, particularly among low income communities, including the provision of local tax incentives and rebates, as large as is necessary to cover any cost difference between an electric car and a comparable gas car; the simplification of building code requirements for chargers; and the establishment of charging stations and related infrastructure to support all-electric vehicles; (C) any “just transition” elements related to the above action, including the impact upon and opportunities for auto mechanics.



September 22


Support Community Refrigerators  

1. Adopt a Resolution to create an allocation of the homeless budget towards the purchasing of community refrigerators to be distributed in Council districts to provide access to food for those who have no refrigeration or may be food insecure.  

2. Allocate $8,000 of the budget for the purchasing of the refrigerators.  

Financial Implications: See report 


Request the United States House of Representatives and/or Senate to introduce “The Breathe Act”  

1. Adopt a resolution requesting the United States House of Representatives and Senate to introduce legislation known as “The Breathe Act” 

2. Send copies of this resolution to United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pramila Jayapal, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Senator Bernie Sanders.  


Providing our Unhoused Communities in the City of Berkeley with Potable Water and addressing Water Insecurity 

1. Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $500 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to help pay for the procurement of water bottles to be given to our unhoused residents and communities, using funds relinquished to the City's General Fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila, the Mayor and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.  

2. Refer to City Manager to include an allocation in the upcoming AAO budget to use existing homeless services to fund Berkeley Free Clinic’s program to address water insecurity among Berkeley’s unhoused communities.  This program will initially require $10,000 to construct and maintain a large tank with a foot pump for dispensing water from a spout that can be used for drinking or handwashing.   


Resolution to Incorporate the Practice of 1 Minute and 46 seconds of Mindfulness into City Council Meetings ) 

Adopt a resolution to amend the City Council Meeting Agendas and Council Rules of Procedures to include one minute and forty-six seconds of silence to adopt mindfulness into Council meetings to remember the loss of lives due to police violence. 

 

September 15


Vote of No Confidence in the Police Chief 

Adopt a resolution taking a Vote of No Confidence in the Police Chief.  


Letter to East Bay Regional Park District supporting renaming Vollmer Peak 

Send the attached letter to the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors supporting renaming Vollmer Peak.  

 

Resolution Congratulating Kamala D. Harris on her Nomination for Vice President of the United States* 

Adopt a Resolution congratulating Kamala Harris on her nomination for Vice President of the United States.


July 28

Urgency Ordinance: Updates to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Ordinance; Resolution: Request UC Berkeley Voluntarily Comply with Local Ordinances Restricting Evictions, Delaying Rent Payments, and Empowering Tenants to Terminate their Leases Without Penalty 

1. Adopt an urgency ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code 13.110, Title 13, “The COVID-19 Emergency Response Ordinance,” to enhance emergency tenant protections consistent with recently adopted Alameda County laws, action in other jurisdictions, and consultation with community stakeholders.

2. Adopt a resolution requesting the University of California at Berkeley voluntarily comply with local eviction moratoriums, rent suspension ordinances, and ordinances empowering tenants to terminate their leases without penalty.


Support Berkeley Humane Society’s Nonprofit Bark (& Meow) for the Around the Block Adoption Event and Family Street Fair in West Berkeley on August 29, 2020, organized by Berkeley Humane Society: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $250 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to Berkeley Humane Society’s Nonprofit Bark (& Meow) for the Around the Block Adoption Event and Family Street Fair in West Berkeley on August 29, 2020, organized by Berkeley Humane Society, with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila, the Mayor and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute. (COVID-19 Update: If it is not safe to hold the one-day event a month-long virtual adopt-a-thon will be held instead to find homes for over 100 shelter pets).


Providing our Unhoused Community in the City of Berkeley with Menstrual Products 

1. Adopt a Resolution to create an allocation of the budget towards annual purchasing of menstrual products and dispensers that will be distributed in three ways: A. Regularly scheduled replenishment of dispensers across public restrooms; B. Provide supplies to the City supported shelters, mental health offices, shower programs, and navigation centers; C. Homeless Outreach to include distribution to encampments and RV dwellers. 

2. Resolution will allocate $10,000 of the budget for the first year, and $8,000 for every consecutive year. 

3. Direct the City Manager to use existing homeless services funding to develop and deploy a program to provide a broad spectrum of menstrual products, including but not limited to, feminine hygiene, pads, tampons, underwear, and other related products, both through the City’s outreach direct services, as well as through the community based homeless services providers. Additionally, require some elements of this program be deployed immediately, with a full program deployment within six months.


July 14


Support Redistribution of City Resources and Operations from the Berkeley Police 

Adopt a resolution supporting Redistribution of City Resources and Operations from the Berkeley Police, and taking the following actions: 1. Request that any function that is currently served by Berkeley Police but would be better served by trained city staff or community partners should be transferred out of the police department with all due haste 2. These functions include all non-emergency calls, mental health calls (including wellness checks), calls related to intoxication, calls related to homelessness, calls involving domestic violence, and any other calls that can be served by any other city resource, and 3. The current proposed police budget for 2021 ($72,774,334) will be reduced by an amount of 50% ($36,387,167) or greater and funding of community programs and non-police city agencies will be increased by a commensurate amount, and 4. Reducing the Berkeley Police Department budget by at least 50 percent will allow funding for but not limited to youth programs or community groups and programs, housing and homeless services, food security, mental health services, healthcare, creation of new city jobs, and public health services. 5. Calls involving domestic violence, homelessness, and mental health require specialized responding staff who have been trained in de-escalation and are able to provide direct services to Berkeley residents who are in crisis. The City Auditor is hereby directed to prepare a report to Council that reveals the amount of funding that will become available as a result of these reductions in police responsibilities. 6. The City Manager will identify the expertise needed for non-police responses to these calls, taking into account comparable approaches including CAHOOTS as well as existing local programs which could possibly expand with additional funding such as: the Berkeley Free Clinic, Building Opportunities for Self Sustainability (BOSS), and the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, Consider the Homeless and others, and initiate an RFP process for community organizations to provide those services. 7. The City Manager should create a plan for a non-police hotline that can receive 911 calls and connect those calls with non-police resources as appropriate, either by expanding the 311 mandate or creating a new city agency (perhaps 811 recognizing 8 to Abolish). 8. The City Council requests the Berkeley Unified School District and all Berkeley schools. both public and private to end programs that bring police officers into the schools, and to do everything within their power to protect undocumented students and families and to safeguard their information and prevent it from being shared with from police, including ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). 9. That general fund dollars are not to be expended to pay out settlements resulting from police officer negligence, brutality, or murder.  Those settlements will henceforth be deducted from police department budgets. 10. That the Police Review Commission and Peace and Justice Commission are instructed to form a joint committee to annually review police responsibilities and make recommendations to the City Council regarding additional functions that could better be served by non-police staff.  


Referral to City Manager to Re-imagine Policing Approaches to Public Safety Using a Process of Robust Community Engagement, to Develop a Path Forward to Transforming Public Safety and Policing in Berkeley* 

We must have our communities of color, particularly our African American community, at the forefront of conversations to re-imagine approaches to policing and public safety in Berkeley. The people most disparately impacted must have a vital role in the creation of new ways to enhance accountability, compassion and transparency as we move forward to address racial inequities and disparate outcomes of policing in Berkeley. This item is an urgent referral to the City Manager to act quickly and thoughtfully in creating substantial community engagement to develop a new model for policing in Berkeley, to address racial inequities, ensure community health and safety needs are met, and to build trust within our communities of color. This work should begin with public, transparent community forums to listen, learn and receive people’s ideas about how policing should be re-imagined and transformed so that communities of color can be safer within their neighborhoods, the City of Berkeley, and trust in the Berkeley Police Department can begin to be rebuilt. The City Manager will send a list of recommendations to the full Council for review and public input.  


July 7


Time Critical Item: Substitute staff's drafts and use WiRED's redlined drafts OR include most of the redlines

Substitute staff's drafts and use WiRED's redlined drafts OR include most of the redlines. 


June  30


Support for ACA 5: California Act for Economic Prosperity* 

Adopt a resolution in support of ACA 5, which would place a measure on the statewide ballot to repeal Proposition 209 (1996) and allow the State of California to pursue minority equal opportunity and access initiatives in public employment, education, and contracting. Send copies of the resolution to Assemblymembers Shirley Weber, Mike Gipson, Miguel Santiago, Lorena Gonzalez, and Buffy Wicks, and State Senator Nancy Skinner.


Support United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s legislation to establish a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. 

1. Adopt a resolution supporting United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s legislation to establish a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation.  

2. Send copies of this resolution to United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  

 

Resolution Urging Members Of Our State Legislature And Governor To Explore New Revenue Generating Options, Including A Millionaire Tax To Ensure Safety Net Programs Are Not Cut Due To An Unprecedented Statewide Deficit

Adopt a resolution encouraging State Legislators and the Governor to explore revenue options, including an additional tax on the highest earning Californians, to address the significant state budget shortfall following the impact of COVD-19. 


June  16


Supporting the United States and Cuba Collaboration in Fighting COVID-19 

1. Adopt a Resolution supporting the United States and Cuba collaboration in fighting COVID-19;

2. Send copies of this resolution to United States Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee.


May  26


Support a Global Ceasefire During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 

1. Adopt a Resolution in Support of a Global Ceasefire during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

2. Send copies of this resolution to the United Nations Secretary-General, United States Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, and United States Congressional Representatives Barbara Lee, Ro Khanna, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Harbi Tlaib, and Pramila Jayapa. 


Urgency Ordinance: Updates to the Covid-19 Emergency Response Ordinance*

Adopt an urgency ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code 13.110, Title 13, “The COVID-19 Emergency Response Ordinance,” to enhance emergency tenant protections consistent with recently adopted County laws, action in other jurisdictions, and consultation with community stakeholders.


May  19


Updating Berkeley Telecom Ordinances and BMC Codes  

Adopt a resolution directing the City Manager to include the attached sample language and contained hyperlinked references to update the City’s Telecom Ordinances and BMC codes.


May  12

  

Repeal SB 872 – Prohibition on Sugar Sweetened Beverages Tax* 

Adopt a Resolution calling on the Governor and State Legislature to overturn SB 872, a 2018 law prohibiting new sugar sweetened beverage taxes until 2030. Send a copy of the Resolution to Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senator Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks.  



Support California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Legislation 

1. Adopt a resolution supporting the California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Legislation advocated by State Assemblymember Robert Rivas (Author) 

2. Send copies of this resolution to State Assemblymember Robert Rivas, as well as State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and State Senator Nancy Skinner.  


Berkeley Juneteenth Association: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Fund to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $500 per Councilmember, including $500 from both Councilmember Ben Bartlett & Cheryl Davila, for pre-planning the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival (organized by Berkeley Juneteenth Association, Inc. 501(c)3). The funds will be relinquished to the City’s General Fund for this purpose from the discretionary council office budget of Councilmember Bartlett and any other councilmembers who would like to contribute.  


April 28


Placing a Measure on the November 3, 2020 Ballot to Introduce Term Limits for the Mayor and City Councilmembers 

Adopt a Resolution to draft an Amendment to Article V, Section 14 and 15 of the City Charter for the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election, limiting the terms of service for the Mayor and City Councilmembers to no more than three consecutive four-year terms or twelve years, with a required two-year hiatus in order to serve additional terms.


April 21


Send a letter to CA Assemblymember Buffy Wicks in support of AB 1851 “Faith-based organization affiliated housing development projects: parking requirements”* 

Send a letter to Assemblymember Buffy Wicks expressing the City of Berkeley’s support for AB 1851, which would allow for the elimination of residential parking requirements on faith-based properties for density bonus qualifying housing development projects.


Urgency Ordinance: Commercial Rent Increase Restrictions During the COVID-19 Emergency*  

1. Adopt an urgency ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code 13.110, Title 13, The COVID-19 Emergency Response Ordinance, limiting commercial rent increases to 10% through and including six months after the local state of emergency has been declared over. 

2. Send correspondence to the following: 

i. The District Attorney of Alameda County Nancy O’Malley asking that the District Attorney 1) investigate and take action pursuant to Business and Professions Code 17200, et seq. against any commercial real property owner or agent of such who seeks a rent increase of more than that permitted by this ordinance, or seeks a rent increase that has the effect of constructively evicting any commercial tenant; and 2) authorize the Berkeley City Attorney to use Business and Professions Code 17200, et seq. to take actions against any violator of this ordinance or who seeks a rent increase that has the effect of constructively evicting any commercial tenant. 

ii. Governor Gavin Newsom, asking for the Governor to take appropriate action against commercial landlords who seek rent increases that have the effect of constructively evicting commercial tenants during the course of this emergency and for a reasonable time after the end of the emergency. 


April 14


Condemning the derogatory usage of the terms “Chinese Virus” (CV) and Wuhan Virus” (WV) as synonyms for the coronavirus, urging members of our community to refrain from using such hateful language, and condemning President Trump’s use of these phrases and his racist xenophobic attacks on Asians 

Adopt a resolution to: 1) Condemn the 45th President of the United Statest’s use of the terms “Chinese Virus (CV)” and “Wuhan Virus (WV)” as a synonym for COVID-19; 2) urge City of Berkeley employees and residents to refrain from using the terms “CV”, “WV”, or similar stigmatizing names to describe COVID-19; 3) prompt the City to support outreach and education efforts to prevent racist attacks and hate crimes against Asian residents and businesses.


Berkeley Humane’s 7th Annual Pints for Paws Fundraiser on June 6, 2020:  Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $150 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to Berkeley Humane Society’s 7th Annual Pints for Paws Fundraiser on June 6, 2020, with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila, the Mayor and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.


Oppose The Alameda County Sheriff's Proposal to Receive An Additional $85 Million Annually to Dramatically Increase the Sheriff's Office Budgets Especially for Santa Rita Jail During a Pandemic Crisis 

1. Adopt a resolution opposing the Alameda County Sheriff's proposal to receive an additional $85 million annually to dramatically increase the Sheriff's Office budgets, especially for Santa Rita Jail; and 

2. Send copies of this resolution to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors prior to their next Board meeting where the proposal will be voted on April 21, 2020. 


Establish a Moratorium on Enforcements of the BMC Chapter 14.48 Sidewalk Ordinance, 3x3 regulation, Encampment Evictions, Sweeps, RV Parking and the towing/ticketing/impounding of vehicles used for shelter during the COVID 19 Pandemic 

1. Adopt a resolution establishing a moratorium on enforcements of the BMC Chapter 14.48 Sidewalk Ordinance, 3x3 regulation, Encampment Evictions, Sweeps, RV Parking and the towing/ticketing/impounding of vehicles used for shelter during the COVID 19 Pandemic. 

2. Direct the City Manager and/or designee to implement the moratorium. 


March 24


Inclusionary Units in Qualified Opportunity Zones

Adopt an ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 22.20.065 requiring onsite inclusionary units in new rental developments in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs).


Ronald V. Dellums Fair Chance Access to Housing Ordinance; Adding BMC Chapter 13.106* 

Adopt first reading of Ordinance No. 7,692-N.S., the Ronald V. Dellums Fair Chance Access to Housing Ordinance.


Budget Referral: $279,000 to Fund Berkeley Youthworks Participants Commensurate with the Berkeley Minimum Wage 

Refer to the FY 2020-21 budget process the allocation of $184,000 for the purpose of funding Youthworks participants at the local minimum wage, which is scheduled to increase in July 2020 to $15.75 per hour plus the Consumer Price Index.


Resolution in Support of Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080: The California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act* 

Adopt a Resolution affirming Berkeley’s support for Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 1080, The California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Send a letter in support to Assemblymember Gonzalez and Senator Allen.


March 17


URGENCY ITEM: Alignment with Grassroots Strategies for COVID-19 City Preparedness

Adopt the recommendations prompted by the Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 to inform the City of Berkeley’s emergency response to the Coronavirus.


March 10


Oppose S.2059 - Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2019* 

Adopt a Resolution opposing S.2059 – Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2019. Send a copy of the Resolution to Congressmember Barbara Lee, Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and President Donald Trump.


Siting the African American Holistic Resource Center and Affordable Housing at 1890 Alcatraz

That the City Council refers to the City Manager to study the feasibility of using the city-owned property located at 1890 Alcatraz Avenue (currently temporary Mental Health Division offices) for the African American Holistic Resource Center (AAHRC) and also developing affordable housing on the site.The City Manager should report back on the costs and implementation steps to repurpose the property for the AAHRC using the AAHRC Feasibility study as a guide, including what physical improvements would need to be made, and cost for ongoing operations by a non-profit. The City Manager and Planning Department should also conduct an analysis of potential site capacity looking at site context and yield and report on how much housing could be developed on the site under current zoning, including the AAHRC on the ground floor. Additionally, the City Manager and Planning Commission should incorporate the Community Preference policy in selecting applicants for the affordable housing units created by this project.


Affirming the City of Berkeley’s Support for the People of Tibet* 

Adopt a resolution affirming support to the people of Tibet.


February 25


LifeLong Medical Care’s March 7, 2020 Annual Gala Fundraiser: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $100 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to LifeLong Medical Care for their Annual Gala Fundraiser on March 7, 2020 with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila, the Mayor and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.


Luna Dance Institute March 7, 2020 Moon Dance Fundraising Gala: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $100 from Councilmembers Cheryl Davila and Sophie Hahn, to Luna Dance Institute for their March 7, 2020 Moon Dance Fundraising Gala, with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila, the Mayor and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.


Referral to Schedule a Special City Council Meeting on Ohlone History and Culture* 

Refer to the Agenda & Rules Policy Committee to schedule a Special City Council Meeting of at least one hour in duration immediately prior to a Regular City Council Meeting for representatives of the Ohlone community to present on Ohlone history and culture to provide additional context for the placement of signs stating "Welcome to the City of Berkeley Ohlone Territory” at entrances to our City. 


February 11


Discourage the Use of Cell Phones, Email, Texting, Instant Messaging, and Social Media by City Councilmembers during Official City Meetings 

Adopt a Resolution Discouraging the Use of Cell Phones, Email, Texting, Instant Messaging, and Social Media by City Councilmembers during Official City Meetings. The Brown Act prohibits a majority of members of a legislative body from communicating outside of a public meeting on a matter on the agenda for their consideration. In order to ensure the full attention of the Council to the public and each other, the use of cell phones with access to email, text-messaging, instant messaging, and social media should be limited as much as possible during City Council meetings. The use of digital technologies outside of the City-provided equipment, upon which Agenda Items and notes can be stored, is distracting, and disrespectful to the democratic process. The use of cellphones and telecommunications should explicitly be prohibited during City Council Closed Sessions meetings, as they are confidential. All council meetings require the full and utmost attention of attendees. The City Manager is recommended to submit an item to the Council to amend the Council Rules of Procedure and Order to include a moratorium on the use of cell phones by Councilmembers on the dais during council meetings.


Installation of William Byron Rumford Plaque

Adopt a Resolution authorizing the installation of a plaque to honor William Byron Rumford in the public right of way.  


Recommendations Related to Code Enforcement and Receivership Actions

a. That the City Manager provide an information session to the City Council regarding the various ways in which code enforcement issues have been brought to the attention of the City over the last 5 years;

b. How various code enforcement issues at residential properties are currently handled;

c. Timeframe and mechanisms for achieving code compliance at residential properties;

d. Any existing assistance programs available to support property owners found to have code violations;

e. Specific learnings/changes in City practices resulting from the Leonard Powell receivership case;

f. Other information deemed relevant and appropriate to understand the City’s current code enforcement practices for residential properties

Additionally, the Policy Committee requests that the Mayor call a special meeting of the City Council for purposes of a forum based on the recommendations provided by Councilmember Bartlett as the draft plan for a public meeting on receivership.

And third, the Committee requests from the City Manager a specific reply on creating a mechanism to provide legal and technical assistance by an independent third party for individuals who are facing City of Berkeley initiated receivership, and that the reply also include a process for the individual to pick legal and technical representatives of their choice. This response should also include a recommendation from the City Manager and a budget referral.




January 28


Dorothy Day House First Annual Fundraiser: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $150 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to Dorothy Day House for their First Annual Fundraiser on February 7, 2020 with funds relinquished to the City's general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Davila, the Mayor and any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.


January 21


Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) 16th Crab Feed on Thursday, February, 27, 2020: Relinquishment of Council Office Budget Funds to General Fund and Grant of Such Funds 

Adopt a Resolution approving the expenditure of an amount not to exceed $250 per Councilmember including $120 from Councilmember Cheryl Davila, to support Berkeley Youth Alternatives, for their 16th Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser on Thursday, February 27, 2020, with funds relinquished to the City’s general fund for this purpose from the discretionary Council Office Budgets of Councilmember Cheryl Davila and Mayor or any other Councilmembers who would like to contribute.


Short Term Referral to the City Manager: 1. Improve and increase External Community Engagement; 2. Identify the funding resources needed to adequately implement number 1; and 3. Implement and require all City Council items and staff reports include Climate Impacts in addition to Environmental Sustainability 

Adopt the following amended actions with a positive recommendation from the Council Facilities, Infrastructure, Transportation, Environment and Sustainability (FITES) Committee: 1. Short Term Referral to the City Manager: to look at how to improve and increase External Community Engagement – including funding for regular on- going town halls or neighborhood assemblies for external community engagement and collaboration to engage the community and allow for input on new policies and programs which affect “marginalized and front-line communities.” 2. Short Term Referral to the City Manager to report back and identify funding resources and funding needed to adequately implement number 1, including different organizational structure options; and recommendations for funding. 3. Implement and require all City Council items, and staff reports include Climate Impacts in addition to Environmental Sustainability.  


Resolution Reaffirming the City of Berkeley’s Commitment to Roe v. Wade* 

Adopt a Resolution reaffirming the City of Berkeley’s commitment to Roe v. Wade and honoring the 47th anniversary of its passage.  


No War With Iran* 

Adopt a resolution:  1. Condemning the Trump administration’s assassination of a foreign government official, an act of war not authorized by Congress.  2. Endorsing the resolution by Senator Sanders and Representative Khanna to block funding for any military actions against or in Iran without prior Congressional authorization.  3. Endorsing the resolution by Representative Omar and Representative Lee directing the removal of all Armed Forces from hostilities with Iran and requiring that all future actions be explicitly authorized by Congress.


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