Whistling in the dark: Berkeley budget woes

Jaime Chong/Staff

A couple years ago, the City of Vallejo went bankrupt, blaming unsustainable costs of wage and benefit packages negotiated with employee unions. Two months ago, Pleasant Hill, despairing of a negotiated settlement with the unions, imposed a salary freeze on its workers and dramatically reduced pension benefits for future hires.
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Berkeley City Council appoints Christine Daniel as interim city manager

Berkeley City Council confirmed the appointment of Christine Daniel as interim city manager and approved the terms of her six-month employment contract at a special session Tuesday. In September, current City Manager Phil Kamlarz announced his plan to retire after 36 years of service to the city of Berkeley and eight years
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Commitment to city shaped Berkeley city manager’s career

Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz rolled his thumb over the trackball on his BlackBerry, scrolling through the week’s schedule. Nearly every half hour of every day was already booked with meetings with city staff, council members, union leaders and community members. But come December, Kamlarz may instead find himself looking
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City Council to appoint acting city manager

Just a week after Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz announced he would retire this year, the Berkeley City Council will convene in a closed session Monday night to appoint an acting city manager. A few months after the acting manager fills the position, the council will evaluate their performance and
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Report ranks pavement condition in ‘fair’ category

The overall condition of pavement on the city of Berkeley’s thoroughfares is just shy of entering a level that would greatly increase the need for major rehabilitation, according to a recent report. The report, released last Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, gave Berkeley a pavement condition index of 60
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City Council to vote on budget proposals

                    With the Berkeley City Council set to adopt a city budget at its meeting Tuesday, a number of employee layoffs and reductions to city programs may result. The city is looking at eliminating about 79 positions — some of which
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City officials and workers compromise on pension reform

City officials and workers announced Tuesday at the Berkeley City Council meeting their agreement on a two-tiered pension system and a deferral of a previously agreed upon salary increase in hopes of ameliorating Berkeley’s current budget deficit. After nearly four months of negotiations, an agreement that would work to decrease
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