City Council Special Meeting eAgenda May 5, 2022
CALLING A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE
BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL
In accordance with the authority in me vested, I do hereby call the Berkeley City Council in special session as follows:
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Jesse Arreguin, Mayor
District 1 – Rashi Kesarwani
District 5 – Sophie Hahn
District 2 – Terry Taplin
District 6 – Susan Wengraf
District 3 – Ben Bartlett
District 7 – Rigel Robinson
District 4 – Kate Harrison
District 8 – Lori Droste
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Urgent Item: Resolution Supporting the Reintroduction of a Mask Mandate on AC Transit
From: Councilmember Robinson (Author), Mayor Arreguin (Author)
Recommendation: Adopt a Resolution calling on the AC Transit Board of Directors to reconsider its decision and readopt a mask mandate for the AC Transit system, and calling on the health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco to mandate mask wearing on all public transit systems.
Financial Implications: None
Contact: Rigel Robinson, Councilmember, District 7, (510) 981-7170
Action Calendar – New Business
1a. Fulfilling the Promise of Berkeley’s Reimagining Public Safety Initiative: Recommendations for a Comprehensive, Phased Approach
Supplemental material (Supp 2)
Supplemental material (Supp 3)
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author), Councilmember Harrison (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Bartlett (Co-Sponsor), Councilmember Hahn (Co-Sponsor)
To continue the study and implementation of a comprehensive, new approach to public safety and policing in Berkeley, responsive to the City Council’s unanimous July 14, 2020 direction for a transformative approach to community-centered safety with equitable investment in the essential conditions of a safe and healthy community:
1. Refer up to $5.3 Million to the FY 2023-2024 Budget Process for staff and/or consulting services and community investments to complete the Priority Reimagining Public Safety Initiatives listed in Attachment 1, Section A to the report.
2. Direct the City Manager to prioritize over the next two years the programmatic recommendations for Phase 1 of Reimagining Implementation listed in Attachment 1, Section B to the report.
3. Direct the City Manager to initiate a design process for an innovative and comprehensive public safety agency or Department of Community Safety within the City of Berkeley administration, as outlined in Attachment 1, Section C to the report, and return with recommendations to the City Council by May 2024 to align with the FY 25-26 Biennial Budget process.
4. Except where resources may allow for expedited implementation, refer additional reforms to the FY 2025-2026 Biennial Budget as outlined in Attachment 1, Section D to the report.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100
1b. Response to Reimagining Public Safety Recommendations
From: Councilmember Taplin (Author)
1. Adopt the City Manager’s April 2022 recommendations for Reimagining Public Safety with the following revisions, and;
2. Refer to the City Manager’s office establishment of an Office of Racial Equity to aid in the implementation:
Policy Recommendation amendments
-“Implement the Specialized Care Unit Pilot using all of the recommendations of the consultant and the SCU Steering Committee as a road map”; Add: with regular review of performance metrics and service evaluations.
-“Continue to plan for a civilian traffic enforcement unit, both by informing the content of state law changes to enable such a unit, and by developing an implementation plan once state law does change”; Revise: Conduct a feasibility analysis of a non-sworn auxiliary traffic enforcement unit, including comprehensive analysis of any and all traffic violations and dangerous road behavior that may be safely addressed entirely by a civilian unit.
-“Approve a new Vision Zero staff position in Public Works’ Division of Transportation to conduct collision analysis”; Add: and to study extent of feasibility and scope of potential civilian enforcement pilot, implementation of Vision Zero and Berkeley Department of Transportation and Infrastructure department structuring models to advance engineering-first solutions to traffic safety with a racial justice and social equity lens.
-“Develop additional capabilities to address public safety goals with appropriate response level”; Revise: Develop additional capabilities to address root causes of crime and violence, including reduction of poverty and recidivism through a Guaranteed Income pilot program and City employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals, and locally-based Crisis Stabilization. In addition, the City Manager’s Office, and subsequently an Office of Racial Equity as appropriate, shall periodically report on performance metrics, administrative capacity, and fiscal sustainability for partnering CBOs and other NGOs performing violence prevention services, mental health crisis responses, and any other services under the auspices of Reimagining Community Safety.
Budget Recommendation amendments
-Consulting services - $650k amended to: Office of Racial Equity Associate Management Analyst (1) to oversee a Guaranteed basic income pilot, city employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated, and support position (1) to conduct structural assessment and administrative capacity building for CBO partners- $480k; Consulting services for Priority Dispatch, Call Data Analysis for Crisis Stabilization - $170k.
-Add: Vision Zero analyst - $200k
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Terry Taplin, Councilmember, District 2, (510) 981-7120
1c. Discussion and Possible Action on Budget Referrals and Direction on Reimagining Public Safety including Consideration of the Recommendations of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR), Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, and City Manager’s Report on Reimagining Public Safety
From: City Manager
Recommendation: Discuss and provide direction on recommendations to transform public safety and policing in Berkeley.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Dee Williams-Ridley, City Manager, (510) 981-7000
I hereby request that the City Clerk of the City of Berkeley cause personal notice to be given to each member of the Berkeley City Council on the time and place of said meeting, forthwith.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the City of Berkeley to be affixed on this 2nd day of May 2022.
Jesse Arreguin, Mayor
Public Notice – this Proclamation serves as the official agenda for this meeting.
Date: May 2, 2022
Mark Numainville, City Clerk
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Discussion and Possible Action on Budget Referrals and Direction on Reimagining Public Safety including Consideration of the Recommendations of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR), Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, and City Manager’s Report on Reimagining Public Safety
Fulfilling the Promise of Berkeley’s Reimagining Public Safety Initiative: Recommendations for a Comprehensive, Phased Approach
Response to Reimagining Public Safety Recommendations
- Clara de Martel
- Brian Hinch
- Sara Beth Hoffman
- Collin Thormoto
- Sunny Smith
- Kelsey Reid
- Liz Wagstaffe
- Sarah Openheim
- Jessica Stern
- Mary-Lee Smith
- Diana Bohn