Berkeley City Council passes historic investment in affordable housing 

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Berkeley City Council unanimously passed the largest investment in affordable housing in the city’s history and an ordinance requiring police to report the deployment of controlled equipment.

During its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Berkeley City Council discussed police reporting of controlled equipment and affordable housing — marking a historic vote for the city. 
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Berkeley Rent and Legislation, From 1978 to Today

Berkeley rent has, in general, increased at a faster rate than the Bay Area Consumer Price Index. The legislation passed through the years appears to have done little to counter or even minimize that, which is especially apparent in the years since Costa Hawkins and reinforced by November 2018’s results,
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Housing complexes with line of people and cars

We need affordable and market-rate housing

The housing crisis in Berkeley and the greater Bay Area is not an unfamiliar narrative to most. Many residents agree that there is a problem, but they disagree on how to solve it. Last month, Berkeley City Council approved Shattuck Green Terrace Apartments, an 18-story, 274-unit apartment building in Downtown
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Cal students holding a banner that reads "More affordable student housing" in front of Berkeley City Hall

Berkeley must remember that more housing is not the same as affordable housing

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley’s housing crisis has reached intolerable levels. Community members must actively advocate for affordability

Berkeley City Council approved the creation of a housing complex in Downtown Berkeley entirely at market-rate. Community members have blindly rallied around increased housing, without pushing for the affordability of those developments. What’s the point of building more housing if the people who need it the most can’t afford it?
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