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.

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.

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.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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What do I need to know regarding labor actions?

Protesters may not block driveways or deny worker or vehicle access to businesses. 

Protesters may not enter private property. Once asked to leave, noncompliant protesters are subject to citation or arrest for trespassing.

The use of amplified sound requires a permit and is limited to the hours between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Protesters may not block sidewalks, roadways or impede vehicle traffic.

Protesters may carry signs and/or banners.

Under Penal Code Section 602.1(c)(2), individuals may engage in "protected" activity upon private business property open to the public.  In general, protected activity includes holding rallies, picketing, leafleting, etc., on an employer's private property that is open to the public so long as the conduct is peaceful and does not obstruct the streets and passageways to and from the employer's place of business.

Under the California Constitution, most activities which express ideas in a peaceful non-disruptive manner and are conducted on privately owned property that is open to the public would be regarded as "protected constitutional activities" within the meaning of Penal Code Section 602.1(c)(2).  These activities can include circulating petitions, handing out leaflets, and other forms of free speech activity.

The Berkeley Police Department, however, may arrest individuals engaged in labor or other activities if their conduct constitutes a threat to public safety by becoming threatening or violent, by obstructing free access to the employer's place of business, by obstructing streets and sidewalks, or by constituting conduct in violation of other Penal Code Sections.

An illustration of such a situation could be where strikers or picketers resort to physical violence or threats of violence, harassment, destruction of property, picketing with weapons, blocking access to the employer's place of business, or obstructing streets.  Under such circumstances, local law enforcement agencies are justified in arresting the individuals responsible without violating the aforementioned labor activity exemptions.


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