State of the City Address

Berkeley Mayor Proposes Initatives for 2015

Releases Two Reports

State of the City 2015

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In his State of the City presentation tonight, Feb. 12, 2015, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates endorsed several new policy ideas for the City this year, including initiatives to improve police-community relations as well as measures intended to enhance equal access to housing, education and jobs.

Regarding police-community relations, the Mayor’s proposals included police body cameras and consideration of standardized police General Orders for mutual aid with the intent of having outside police departments harmonize with Berkeley police policies as far as possible when those departments are called in for mutual aid. In addition, he would like to explore ending the use of grand juries for determining whether to prosecute police officers accused in police shootings.

 In the area of housing, he proposed that non-profits, aided by tax credits, be able to purchase rental housing to be made available as affordable housing. He also supported an easing of requirements for adding second units, or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). In education, he plans to implement the “Berkeley Pathway to College” this year.

 Also among his proposals was having new developments make a one-percent contribution to fund arts in the city. He covered several other topics, including an overview of many of the economic successes and other positive changes in the various parts of the city. 

Coinciding with his State of the City address, the Mayor also released two reports:

You can access the reports at these links:

The two reports are intended not only to provide information but also to invite community suggestions on what the City can do to meet the challenges we face.

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News coverage of the State of the City address:



Mayor Bates Celebrates Leadership in Seventh State of the City Address

State of City 2009

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On Monday, June 1st Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates gave his 7th State of the City address at 6:45 p.m. at The David Brower Center in The Goldman Theater.  The Mayor touched on a variety of issues with the overarching theme of how Berkeley can take positive action in the midst of positive challenges.


The address aired on Berkeley’s BETV (Comcast channel 33).


State of the City Archives

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