Oakland Helping Berkeley Keep Bayer

The City of Oakland is trying to help Berkeley keep its largest private employer – Bayer – and the tax proceeds and jobs the pharmaceutical giant produces for the East Bay, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet and the Oakland Tribune. Under a plan developed with Berkeley and the City of Emeryville, Oakland would expand its West Oakland enterprise zone to include a section of Berkeley that includes Bayer’s large facility, which employs 1,700 people. If approved by state officials, the proposal could save Bayer up to $19 million in tax breaks and incentives over the next decade. Both Mayor Ron Dellums and the Oakland City Council have endorsed the plan, according to the Planet.

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