TBS Today, May 6

Breaking news: Berkeley's city manager of nearly a decade has resigned, although she'll stay on in the role until early July.

Here's what we know.

Berkeley City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley has resigned
She will continue to serve as city manager until July 10.

Today's top public safety story is an update from the court files about a high-profile shooting investigation from the early days of The Scanner.

We also have a traffic safety update on a hit-and-run case from earlier this year.

Felon gets 4-year sentence for shooting at off-duty cop
Marzel Parker has “an extensive criminal history” dating back to 2008 when he was 13, according to court records.
Hung jury for parolee charged with fleeing Berkeley crash
Police found a 50-round high-capacity “drum magazine” for holding ammunition during a search at the scene, according to court papers.

Berkeley City Council is back in action

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council returns from spring recess with back-to-back meetings beginning at 3 p.m. You can see all the meeting materials on the city website.

Public safety items on the 6 p.m. agenda include money to help BFD both hire more firefighters and remove trees that are deemed to be hazardous fire fuel; as well as a small increase in the budget for evaluating the Specialized Care Unit (SCU) and a larger bump to help with running the SCU itself.

Also of interest, Councilman Terry Taplin has put forward a proposal for a "two-year public-private security camera program between SafeCity Connect (SafeCity) and the Downtown Berkeley Property-based Business Improvement District (PBID) for ten (10) locations." It's a budget referral so, even if approved, only time will tell if it gets funded. See Item 39.

We're still perusing the agenda for other items of interest.

The Police Accountability Board also has a meeting this week, on Wednesday night. The meeting agenda and agenda packet are both posted.

Also coming up soon: Councilmen Terry Taplin and Ben Bartlett will join the city manager's office and the Berkeley Police Department for a community safety meeting at San Pablo Park on Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

If you hear about an interesting public safety meeting in your neighborhood, do let us know.

Also, for all you downtown voters, you can watch the recent LWV candidate forum for the May 28 special election.

In case you missed it

Berkeley police: Man with blade charged with hate crime
Alain Krause Campos “used racial slurs to describe the victim” and told police he had confronted him because “he pissed me off.”
Father, baby pistol-whipped during robbery, 3 men charged
During the robbery, the men pointed a gun at the baby’s head and threatened to kill him if his father didn’t comply, police wrote.

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