Berkeley City Council Meeting - 03.17.15

Berkeley City Council Vote on Linda Maio’s Item 19

IMHO ~ Barbara Brust

In My Humble Opinion ~ Barbara Brust

Services Not Citations Needed to Address Homelessness

On March 17th 2015 the following Berkeley City Council Members voted to approve Item 19 on the agenda.
Download Item 19 here.
Amended copy Item 19, submitted to City Council 03-17-15.

Mayor Tom Bates – (510) 981-7100 - mayor@CityofBerkeley.info
Linda Maio – (510) 981-7110 - lmaio@CityofBerkeley.info
Darryl Moore – (510) 981-7120 - dmoore@CityofBerkeley.info
Laurie Capitelli – (510) 981-7150 - lcapitelli@CityofBerkeley.info
Susan Wengraf – (510) 981-7160 - swengraf@CityofBerkeley.info
Lori Droste – (510) 981-7180 - ldroste@CityofBerkeley.info

IMHO Item 19 has the potential to bring the wonderful city of Berkeley one step closer to criminalizing homelessness and along with it, poverty! We are in need of more services, not citations. Jesse Arreguín co-authored Item 19 with Linda Maio. After talking with several advocates for homeless rights, he agreed that it was not at all focusing on any solution. He tried to amend it before the date of the meeting but sadly, these amendments failed to garner enough support Tuesday night to pass.
Download Arreguín’s Compassionate Solutions Plan Amendment to Item 19 here.


Voice your opinion! Contact the members above! Let them know your opinion on the item. It is an important and necessary thing to do. It ain’t over yet!!

Show your support for those voting against the item:
    Max Anderson – (510) 981-7130 - manderson@CityofBerkeley.info
    Jesse Arreguin – (510) 981-7140 - jarreguin@CityofBerkeley.info
    Kriss Worthington – (510) 981-7170 - kworthington@CityofBerkeley.info

The City Council only voted to request staff to review the proposed new laws and how they would replace, clarify or update existing laws. This is not a done deal yet. Staff will have to bring back their findings to the Council and it will be reviewed discussed and voted on again. No deadline was given for when staff had to complete this study.

Read story on Berkeleyside HERE.

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