Economic Stability in Hard Times
- City Budgets—9 consecutive on-time balanced budgets and a continuing AA+ bond rating (the highest for a city our size in the nation)
- Population—increased by 9.8% with over 10,000 new people, primarily living on transit corridors and in the downtown
- Skydeck--inspired by the Green Corridor and located at the top of the Power Bar Building is a new, start-up/accelerator, a place for ideas to take shape and flower.
Educating Our Kids
- Project Build— now in its 9th year providing Berkeley Children access to free books, tutoring by trained UC students, and healthy diet and exercise programs.
- 2020 Vision—working with the Berkeley School District, UC Berkeley, Berkeley City College and community groups we are addressing the academic and health disparities that persist among our children and youth. We have been focused on kindergarten readiness, reading proficiency by 3rd grade, improved school attendance, and holding ourselves accountable through evaluation and assessment.
- Climate Action Plan—passed a comprehensive plan that is recognized by the United Nations as the best plan in North America.
- Implementation: We are now busily implementing our Climate Plan and tracking our progress around key goals. To date, we reduced electricity use by 10%, we are recycling 60% more, 18% of our residents walk or bike to work, we drive cleaner cars, we have built 9 LEED green buildings, and much more.
- East Bay Green Corridor— created a collaborative effort between the City of Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Cal State East Bay, the Peralta and Contra Costa Community Colleges, 9 high school green academies, and the Cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Oakland, Emeryville, Alameda, San Leandro and Hayward to coordinate economic strategies to develop the opportunity to take an idea and develop it into a business that can expand and grow in the East Bay “from cradle to scale”.
- David Brower Center – created a certified LEED platinum building, housing a environmental organizations, community events and a nationally recognized restaurant
- Ed Roberts Campus— created a local and worldwide center for the disabled community
- Berkeley City College—created a new campus with the second largest enrollment and best transfer record to UC Berkeley in the Peralta College District
- YMCA Teen Center— a new, safe space to service Berkeley’s young people
- Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse— built a new music venue in the Arts District
- Regional Sports Complex— created a several state of the art turf and grass fields where thousands of sports teams participate each year
- Passage of Measure R and implementation of the Downtown Area Plan.
- New Lifelong Medical Health Clinic—underway to more than double the number of women and children it can serve.
- Hypertension Clinic—continues in South Berkeley, providing a critical service to those in need.
- Expanding Programs - We are adding programs for homeless when other cities are cutting back (including Public Commons for Everyone, which targets street behavior by banning smoking, lying on the sidewalk during business hours, offering mental health and housing services, more benches and trash receptacles.)
Fostering the Arts
- Created a successful arts survey to identify by craft and density the areas in the city in which our artists and craftspeople work and live
- Funded indoor and outdoor arts projects on a larger scale than the State of California funds statewide
- Now in its fourth year, Berkeley Film Foundation has gifted over $400,000 to projects in the production, post-production and distribution stages.