Community members raise concern over equal representation in city redistricting

As Berkeley’s redistricting process continues to advance, concern has been raised about whether the rules established in the city charter affect equal representation of minority voters and therefore violate the federal Voting Rights Act, though city officials said there are no credible claims yet. Students and redistricting campaign coordinators spoke
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A’Cuppa Tea was allowed to move to another district despite the quota this would exceed.

City Council vote upholds contentious tea shop move

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to uphold an exception to one local business, allowing it to change locations to another district, thereby exceeding the quota for quick-service restaurants in that area. The appeal of the exception — which was brought before the council after the Zoning Adjustments Board approved
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City Council extends deadline for redistricting proposal

In an attempt to allow students more time to draft a redistricting proposal, the Berkeley City Council extended the submission deadline at its meeting Tuesday night, though the extension is about a month shorter than students had originally requested. The council voted to push back the original Sept. 16 deadline
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Councilmember Kriss Worthington, shown here campaigning for the Berkeley City Council District 7 seat in the 2010 elections, has agreed with an amendment that would impose a penalty on candidates who fail to file campaign expenditure reports.

Berkeley City Council to consider election reforms

The Berkeley City Council delayed voting on election reform amendments submitted by a commission at the council’s Tuesday meeting. Five amendments to the Berkeley Election Reform Act submitted by the Fair Campaign Practices Commission were delayed after Mayor Tom Bates said the reforms left him with questions and needed further
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Council delays enactment of fee promoting affordable units

Despite the approval of an affordable housing ordinance by the Berkeley City Council last month, a fee that would be imposed on developers unless they create a certain amount of affordable units will not be implemented until at least the end of this year. The council decided at its meeting
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Students should aim for September deadline

With the 2010 census numbers in, redistricting in Berkeley is about to begin, and residents of the city are being asked to submit proposals. Recently, the city council moved back the proposal deadline from mid-August to Sept. 16 in order to give students more time to have their voices heard;
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Student super-majority district would require charter amendment

The only way to create a student super-majority city council district, which would theoretically allow for the easy election of a student council member, is to amend Berkeley’s city charter, according to city staff. At a small, student-oriented meeting on Thursday night, staff informed those in attendance that the redistricting
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ASUC pushes for student-majority district

In an attempt to gain a stronger student presence on the Berkeley City Council by allowing for the creation of a student council member, the ASUC has asked the council to extend the deadline for public redistricting proposal submissions in a letter dated July 5. Following a series of letters
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