Berkeley community reflects on fiscal year 2022 budget, police alternatives

Photo of copwatch rally
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Berkeley community members reflected on the city's fiscal year 2022 budget, including the amount of money allocated toward Berkeley Police Department.

In June 2011, then Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguín was involved in the passage of the city’s budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. At the time, 54% of the budget was dedicated to public safety, with the Berkeley Police Department receiving roughly $55 million.
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Illustration of a protest against police funding

Keep calm and defund Berkeley police

Come June 29, your chance to act will be gone. So, which is it? Will Berkeley fund the police with 33% of our budget, leaving only 3% for community agencies? Or are we going to do something about it?
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