Tuesday’s Briefing: Berkeley to Introduce Sweeping Legislation Aimed at Reducing Plastic

Plus, tenants of a building on 23rd Avenue in Oakland successfully raised funds to buy the property.

The Berkeley City Council will introduce a sweeping measure to curb use of disposable foodware and packaging
today — the most ambitious and comprehensive piece of municipal legislation aimed at reducing plastic. The “Disposable-Free Dining” ordinance would mandate that only reusable foodware be used for dine-in service, that all takeout foodware be recyclable or compostable, and that all food vendors charge $.25 cents for every disposable cup and $.25 for every disposable food container provided. Food and beverage packaging make up the majority of street litter in the Bay Area, with much of it ending up in waterways. (Ecology Center)

The City of Oakland may use soda tax revenue to install drinking water stations at Oakland public schools and child-care centers. Last October, the school district discovered elevated lead levels in drinking water from fountains at several schools. (East Bay Express)

A 472-unit housing project is being proposed next to the South Hayward BART station. If approved by the Hayward City Council, the mixed-use development would include 400 townhomes for sale, 72 rental apartments, 20,000-square-feet of commercial space, 2.4 acres of parks, new pedestrian and bike trails, and 890 parking spaces in two 55-foot buildings. Twenty of the units would be for low-income residents, and 28 for moderate income. (San Francisco Business Times)

A large fire destroyed an apartment building under construction in Concord early this morning, forcing the evacuation of 250 people from the apartment building next store and sending two people to the hospital for smoke inhalation. (SFGate)

After hearing that they might get evicted, the tenants of a building on 23rd Avenue in Oakland successfully raised funds to buy the property. The building in the San Antonio neighborhood is home to a bike shop, martial arts studio, community garden, and residents who live upstairs. Now the tenants are hoping to create a new collective ownership arrangement that might help others facing displacement. (Oakland North)

Kenneth Hofman, the former co-owner of the Oakland A’s and a Bay Area homebuilder, died on Sunday at the age of 95. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Peregrine falcon chicks are getting ready to hatch in their nest atop UC Berkeley’s Campanile. (Berkeley News)


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