City Council meeting canceled due to broken elevator

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The regularly-scheduled Berkeley City Council meeting was postponed Tuesday after the elevator in the building broke down and was not repaired in time for the meeting.

The council meeting, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. at Old City Hall, will now be rescheduled for the same time on July 31. A special meeting that was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. will also be rescheduled to the same day.

The council chamber, which is located on the second floor, still had access through the stairs, but lacked any other wheelchair access.

City spokesperson Mary Kay Clunies-Ross said the meeting was not able to be held because there was no wheelchair access to the second floor besides the elevator, which would have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires access be provided to those with disabilities.

Clunies-Ross said this is not the first time the elevator has broken down, but is usually repaired relatively quickly.