Berkeley, California

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Berkeley is a city in California. In 2010, its population was 112,580.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of California city websites


This website was most recently evaluated on Feb. 23, 2013.

The good

  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with contact information under link for each member.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas, schedules, and minutes are posted.[3]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived to 2003.
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[4]
  • Budget
    • Current budgets is posted.[5]
    • Budgets are archived to 2005.
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[6]
    • Audits are archived to 2008.
  • Permits and Zoning
    • Building permit process and permits.[7]
    • Zoning code and ordinance is posted.[8]
    • Inspection information and other planning needs are posted.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Current bid opportunities are posted.[10]
    • City contracts are posted and searchable.[11]
  • Taxes
    • Billing and tax information is posted.[12]
    • Business-related tax information is also available.[13]
    • Local tax rates are posted in the budget.[14]
  • Public Records

The bad

Public employees

City council

2012 City Council[16]
Name District Term Ends
Linda Maio 1st 2014
Darryl Moore 2nd 2012
Max Anderson 3rd 2012
Jesse Arreguin 4th 2014
Laurie Capitelli 5th 2012
Susan Wengraf 6th 2012
Kriss Worthington 7th 2014
Gordon Wozniak 8th 2014

Mayor

Berkeley's mayor is Tom Bates. His current term expires November 30, 2012.[16]

Budget

2012 and 2013 Budget Expenditures by Department[14]
Department 2009 Actual 2010 Actual 2011 Actual 2012 Adopted 2013 Adopted
Mayor & Council $1,589,920 $1,597,283 $1,641,215 $1,725,630 $1,752,305
Auditor $1,933,211 $1,992,554 $1,888,753 $2,162,735 $2,215,391
Police Review Comm. $551,384 $433,919 $457,672 $537,129 $547,479
City Manager $7,613,786 $7,526,187 $4,712,635 $4,907,219 $4,969,339
Economic Development $3,237,664 $3,085,611 $2,450,930 $3,892,523 $3,893,527
Information Technology $5,076,770 $5,688,738 $7,896,573 $8,105,531 8,067,560
City Attorney $3,354,119 $3,606,120 $3,546,313 $3,659,362 $3,717,770
City Clerk $1,676,613 $1,446,880 $2,010,283 $1,917,743 $1,940,118
Finance $6,261,943 $6,332,317 $6,846,962 $7,527,427 $7,470,145
Human Resources $3,322,189 $3,229,803 $2,894,562 $3,085,618 $3,146,170
Health Services $29,346,051 $23,940,367 $22,285,848 $22,653,989 $22,456,170
Police $53,606,428 $55,407,497 $56,887,625 $58,841,866 $59,285,399
Fire $30,047,821 $34,140,809 $31,028,934 $35,188,537 $33,769,731
Public Works $91,382,453 $89,809,102 $88,664,464 $92,565,154 $88,539,863
Parks, Rec & Waterfront $21,670,916 $22,284,787 $22,606,810 $24,213,951 $23,906,532
Planning $13,337,969 $13,051,481 $11,162,993 $11,020,951 $11,091,469
Housing & Comm. Svcs $12,964,762 $23,033,267 $16,893,834 $16,049,734 $15,932,584
Library $14,130,551 $15,635,829 $17,249,049 $18,166,258 $17,822,826
Rent Board $3,546,249 $3,496,145 $3,647,540 $3,930,496 $3,930,162
Non-Departmental $51,699,437 $42,102,891 $48,004,141 $49,197,938 $47,305,175
Berkeley Housing Authority $2,329,958 $1,986,317 $1,789,592 $3,352,293 $3,405,244
Less: Dual Approps ($60,350,287) ($44,827,351) ($49,261,780) ($58,648,159) ($50,214,547)
Net Expenditure $298,329,907 $315,000,553 $305,313,948 $314,053,925 $314,950,290

Lobbying

Main article: California government sector lobbying

For 2007 and 2008, Berkeley spent $107,426 on lobbying.[17] The Berkeley Rent Stabilization board also lobbied those years, spending $89,401, for a total of $196,827 spent on lobbying by the city in those two years.

Transparency

The city provides a searchable database of city documents,[11] and instructions on submitting public records requests.[15]

Open Government Ordinance

On March 8, 2011, the city passed an Open Government Ordinance, which "provides additional assurances that community members have access to public meetings and public documents."[18] Complaints have been raised about the city's apparent violation of the act, and the city's Open Government Commission recommended procedural changes to better meet the OGO.[19]

Some contend that the OGO did not make meaningful changes.[20] A watchdog group is placing a Berkeley Sunshine Ordinance on the November 2012 ballot.[21]

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