THE BATES UPDATE
The Latest News from the Mayor's Office
City of Berkeley Awarded $300,000 MTC Grant to Improve the Downtown Area
June 26, 2008
On Wednesday, June 25, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) awarded the City of Berkeley $300,000 from the Station Area Planning Grants to help actualize the new Downtown Area Plan within months rather than years. The Plan envisions a more beautiful, livable and thriving mixed-use district.
City of Berkeley and Berkeley Unified School District Join Forces to Eliminate Achievement Gap
June 25, 2008
On Tuesday, June 24, the Berkeley City Council joined Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) and United in Action (a community-based multi-ethnic coalition) in a campaign to combat the achievement gap by unanimously adopting a resolution that establishes the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth. By approving the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth resolution both the City of Berkeley and BUSD commit to working with the community to develop and implement plans and models for internal and cross-jurisdictional collaboration to remove barriers to learning and to promote healthy development for all Berkeley’s children and youth.
Mayor Bates to Kick-Off 5th Annual Reading and Health Program for 1,000 Low-Income Berkeley Kids
June 23, 2008
On June 26 city officials, hundreds of kids, the Prescott Circus, and Clifford, the Big Red Dog, will kick off ‘Project BUILD’– a city-wide summer program that is a national model in combating literacy skills loss.
Berkeley Takes Another Step Toward Solar
April 1, 2008
The City of Berkeley took another step forward in bringing more solar energy to Berkeley. Initially proposed by Council Member Dona Spring and included in the 2008 budget prepared by Mayor Bates, the City now waives the building permit fees for solar installation on single-family homes. The Council allocated an initial $25,000 to cover the fees, which range from $100 to $200 per residence.
36 Hours in Berkeley
March 30, 2008
The New York Times turned their spotlight on the treasures of Berkeley with a full page spread in the March 30, 2008 Travel section. Joshua Kurlantzick takes readers on a tour with photos and eloquent descriptions of Berkeley's diverse attractions including Telegraph Avenue, Fourth Street, Indian Rock and the Farmers' Market. Read the article 36 Hours in Berkeley.
Berkeley to Breath Easier - Anti-Smoking Effort Gets a Boost
March 20, 2008
Andronicos eliminates cigarette sales from stores, Alta Bates Medical Center prohibits smoking around its health facility and Berkeley gets an 'A' from the American Lung Association. “Tobacco use is still Berkeley's number one killer and disproportionately affects people of color living in South and West Berkeley”, said Mayor Tom Bates. “Strong tobacco prevention and control policies will move us closer to developing a tobacco-free future for all Berkeleyans.”
Statement from Mayor Bates on the Marine Recruiting Station
February 1, 2008
"I have heard from people all over the country regarding the action taken by the Berkeley City Council regarding the Marines recruiting center. Let me be absolutely clear that this is not about the men and women who are serving our country in our armed forces. I am a former U.S. Army Captain and I respect the choice of those who are serving our country. However, this community strongly opposes the war in Iraq and the foreign policy of the current administration. I believed from the beginning that this was an unjust, illegal, and immoral war of choice."
City Releases Draft Climate Action Campaign -- Review and Comment On-Line
January 28, 2008
In November 2006, Berkeley voters issued a call to action on the climate challenge by overwhelmingly supporting Measure G. The mandate was simple, but bold: reduce our entire community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. On Monday, January 28 the City released a complete draft of the plan for public review and posted it on the interactive www.berkeleyclimateaction.org website. Visit the website to review the plan and comment in our live web forum! (You can also read a San Francisco Chronicle article and an Oakland Tribune article on the draft plan.)
Update from Mayor Bates: 2007 Accomplishments and a Look Ahead
January 8, 2008
I wanted to take a few minutes and share an update on events and accomplishments from 2007 as well as give a preview of some of the issues on the horizon for 2008. I think it is fair to say that this past year has been one of the most remarkable in my time in public office. I want to thank the City Council, our great staff, and everyone in our community for their dedicated work this year.
For City Council agendas and minutes from past meetings:
For press releases from the City Manager: