Mayor Tom Bates is proposing some strategies to address people who are causing problems in neighborhoods and shopping districts in the City of Berkeley.
Here is the letter from Mayor Tom Bates, inviting Berkeley residents to participate in the discussion online at KitchenDemocracy.org
From: Berkeley Mayor’s Office
Date: May 17, 2007 7:21 PM
Subject: Special Bates Update: Please Provide Input on Street Behavior Initiative
The Bates Update
** Special Edition **
News From Mayor Tom Bates
May 17, 2007
On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Berkeley City Council will continue its work and discussion on my proposal to create a comprehensive and integrated new initiative to address street behavior problems through enhanced services, new diversion programs, clear rules for behavior in all city commercial districts, and improved enforcement.
At this meeting, the Council will review and discuss a list of specific recommendations that will provide the basis for our strategy. If you would like to read more about this initiative, you can do so on my website at www.cityofberkeley.info/mayor or go directly to the City Council Agenda Packet (Item 32c).
Given the importance of these issues, I have remained committed to getting as much community input as possible through public meetings, Council forums, Commission workshops, and other venues.
We are also using the electronic forum Kitchen Democracy to provide another avenue for feedback and include more members of the community in the discussion of this topic. I encourage you to visit Kitchen Democracy to review the issue, read comments from other people in the community, make your own comments, and cast your vote on the issue.
Of course, you can also come speak at the Council meeting (7 p.m. on Tuesday at Old City Hall â€“ 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) or email your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.