November 2022 – About the Turtle Island Monument Project

Three City Commissions will be reviewing a revised design for the Turtle Island Monument this month. We have sent the following letter to the commissioners, mayor and vice-mayor: Dear Landmarks Preservation, Civic Arts, Parks Recreation & Waterfront Commissioners, We understand that designs for the Turtle Island Fountain, a monument to the Indigenous community located at…

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November 2022 – Public Input Phase Begins

The City now has a web page about the current Civic Center planning process. On Wednesday, November 15, 5-7 pm, the consultants will hold a public meeting at the Central Berkeley Public Library.

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October 2022 – BAHA program

During an online event by Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association on October 5, Daniella Thompson spoke about the history and significance of the Maudelle Shirek Building. Marc Steyer of Tipping Structural Engineers spoke about his company’s research into the seismic weaknesses of both buildings and how they could be addressed. See his slides here: 2022-10-05 Berkeley…

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September 2022 – Entering Phase Two

An online meeting on September 29 included representatives from the project planning team, CCCC, and four City commissions—Public Works, Civic Arts, Landmarks and Parks. The project team gave a presentation illustrated with the slides shown here on the City’s webpage for the Civic Center project. New concept drawings (see below) seemed to: relegate the Historical…

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August 2022 – More on Measure L

The bond measure details and the summary with pro and con arguments are now available here. We appreciate that “Revitalize our Civic Center buildings and Park” is included in the summary. Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) will host a free Zoom webinar, “Saving Our Civic Center’s Crown Jewel,” on October 6 at 6 pm (register…

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August 2022 – Bond Measure to Go on November Ballot

The City Council voted on August 3 to proceed with a $650 million bond measure. While the Civic Center is still included in “a long list of other infrastructure priorities such as improvements to Berkeley’s waterfront, parks, pools and civic center” [Berkeleyside], the $100 million for that category is an improvement over the June suggestion…

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July 2022 – Bond Measure Deliberations Continue

According to an 8/3/22 memo from the City Manager to the Mayor and Council: At the July 26, 2022 City Council meeting the council directed staff to schedule a special meeting to be held on August 3, and to return with a revised single bond measure in an amount from $600 million to $650 million,…

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June 2022 – Will Civic Center Be Funded If Bond Measure Passes?

At this point, inclusion in the projects the proposed bond measure would fund is not guaranteed. The City Council will have a special meeting about the bond measure on Tuesday, June 21, at 6 pm–agenda packet here. Of interest is the following outline for the $150 million infrastructure part: $90M for climate change, wildfire protection,…

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June 2022 – Council Tentatively Approves Bond Measure

At its May 31 meeting the City Council approved proceeding with a $300 million bond measure. Berkeleyside reported: “The $150 million the bond would raise for affordable housing could allow the city to build or preserve hundreds of homes for less-wealthy residents, though the exact amount will depend on additional funding from other sources like…

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May 2022 – Bond Measure Alternatives Go to City Council

Public Works has prepared a report for the Council following the latest opinion survey. The revenue measure combination that comes closest (61-63%) to 2/3 support is a $300M bond (1/2 to affordable housing, 1/2 to other infrastructure for which the Civic Center could be eligible) paired with a 30 cent per square foot parcel tax…

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