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Council redistricting tops agenda

By John Geluardi
Tuesday June 19, 2001

The City Council will hear a presentation tonight from the city manager about the pending council redistricting based on the results of the 2000 Census.  

The council is required by the city’s charter to redraw the city’s eight districts after each federal census to ensure that each district has an equal number of potential voters.  

The 2000 Census shows that Berkeley’s population only grew by 19 people but “population shifts within each district are significant enough to require that boundaries are redrawn to be nearly equal in population,” a report from the city manager reads.  

The new districts must be adopted by the council by Dec. 31, 2001. 


AC Transit study 


The Transportation Commission has recommended the council adopt a resolution that will Telegraph Avenue as the preferred route in AC Transit’s Major Investment Study. 

The study is an effort to address congestion and accommodate future growth through enhanced public transit in Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro. 

One of the key objectives of the study are to improve access to major employment and educational centers and enhance connections to other AC Transit services, BART, ferry service and other transit providers.  

Other goals include increased frequency and reliability of transportation service and to ensure cleanliness and safety while riding or waiting for transit services.  

One option AC Transit is considering is transferring from bus to light rail service on Telegraph Avenue.  


Honoring Phil Lesh 

Councilmember Kriss Worthington is asking the council to support a proclamation honoring Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh for many performances for charities and fund raisers.  

The recommendation also notes Lesh’s record of 34 performances at the Greek Theater. Some of the causes Lesh has volunteered his musical talents for include SEVA, the Rainforest Action Network and the Unbroken Chain Foundation. On his 60th birthday he performed at a concert to raise money for the Bay Area’s hepatitis centers. 


Closed Session 

The council will meet in closed session at 2180 Milvia St. on the sixth floor at 5:30 p.m. to discuss litigation between the Berkeley Redevelopment Agency and the Richfield Oil Co.  

Prior to going into closed session, the council will hear 10 minutes of public comment.  


Redevelopment Agency meeting 

There will also be a meeting of the Berkeley Redevelopment Agency in the Council Chambers just prior to the regular City Council meeting to discuss to amend a contract with Gordon & Rees, LLP to raise legal services fees to $125,000.