Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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Public Safety




The City of Berkeley has an excellent police force, whose dedicated officers truly care about the community they serve. Over the past decade, crime rates in our city have dropped significantly, reflecting a national trend. However, this success has been tempered by an increase in the homeless population, which has diverted officer resources and left less time for patrols and special investigations. The Mayor understands that public safety is at the core of a thriving community and is committed to helping the Berkeley Police Department attract new officers. As part of his commitment to public safety, Mayor Arreguin voted in favor of increasing police pay by 9% in July 2018 and voted to remain in Urban Shield, a regional preparedness exercise.


Strengthening Community Relationships

In 2014, the Mayor introduced legislation to outfit every BPD officer with a body camera as a way of increasing trust between police and residents, and adding transparency to police work. Body cameras were finally phased in in October 2018 and will be required whenever police engage in a traffic stop or have other interactions with residents. Studies have shown that body cameras decrease misconduct and use of force incidents. We also hope that they can assist in reducing racial disparities in police stops, searches and uses of force identified in a 2016 report by the Center of Policing Equity.


Commitment to Restorative Justice

As part of his commitment to Berkeley’s young people, Mayor Arreguin is also working to expand restorative justice programs to divert young and non-violent offenders from the criminal justice system and give them a chance to learn from their mistakes. Our youth are our future and we must make sure that each and every one of them is given ample opportunity to succeed.

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