Mayor Jesse Arreguín on Berkeley’s Sweeping Police Reform

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Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin. (Photo: City of Berkeley)

The Berkeley City Council approved a motion this week on the issue of police reform, bringing some of the most radical changes to policing in the state. A proposal by Councilmember Rigel Robinson will create “BerkDot,” a new Department of Transportation with unarmed officials who will conduct parking and traffic enforcement. The motion also includes a pledge to cut the police budget by 50 percent and to develop a Specialized Care Unit - a “network of crisis responders” for calls concerning homelessness and mental health. In this segment, we’ll talk with Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín about the motion.


Jesse Arreguín, mayor, City of Berkeley