2009 City of Berkeley Annual Report
The 2009 Annual Report was delivered to more than 60,000 Berkeley residents and businesses the week of October 1. Download a PDF here, or keep reading for the interactive version of the report with quick links to the programs that interest you!
Letter from Phil Kamlarz, City Manager
Putting together the two-year budget for the City is always a challenge, but this year has been more difficult than most. The stock market drop, the State’s budget deficits and cuts, shaky financial markets, and record unemployment have all combined to make the future hard to predict. We do know that the recovery from this downturn will be slower and longer than previous recoveries, and that spending on City services will have to be tightly controlled.
The City Council passed a budget in June that focuses on the services we need to be a safe and vital community. This goal is shared by Berkeley residents, who have also voted to make the investments Berkeley needs to move forward.
For example, Measure GG, passed in fall of 2008, will ensure that fire stations stay open, emergency medical services are expanded, disaster preparedness is improved, and a more robust communication system is installed. The library bond, approved at the same time, funds important seismic and restoration work at the City’s four branch libraries.
The City will be able to do some one-time projects with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or the federal stimulus package). Although many City-funded improvement projects will be postponed, stimulus funds will allow us to repave University Avenue this year. In order to provide a dependable level of service to Berkeley residents during a slow economic recovery, we will continue to planour spending with a long-term view. City staff members are also part of the solution: senior staff have volunteered to take at least five days off without pay, and more Voluntary Time Off days were added to reduce personnel costs Citywide.
Berkeley’s greatest asset continues to be our community’s commitment to meeting challenges with innovation and creativity. Even in these hard times, we are working regionally to meet the emission-reduction goals set by the Climate Action Plan. We’re also working with the community and the school district on 2020 Vision, to help ensure that all Berkeley students succeed in school through better coordination of services.
The following pages have information about a variety of programs, including:
Page 2: 2010 Census and Summer Youth Employment
Page 3: The Number of Chronic Homeless, Weatherization, Berkeley Project Day and Neighborhood Preparedness
Page 4-5: City Budget Information
Page 6: Berkeley News Bites
Page 7: H1N1 ("swine") flu and Bike and Pedestrian Safety
This annual report goes into detail on these issues and more, and this web version also links directly to City programs and services. So please, keep reading, and if you would like to know more or would like to comment on what you see in the Annual Report or elsewhere on our website, email me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.
Looking for previous Annual Reports? Here are 2007 and 2008.