The mayor wants to allocate an additional $85,000 to youth recreation programs, $50,000 to summer employment programs for teens, $50,000 to health programs for children ages 0-3, and $100,000 to heart disease, stroke and hypertension prevention programs.
Homeless programs face a mixed future. Bates' plan would mitigate the city policy of favoring long-term housing programs over short-term relief programs by partially restoring funding to three non-profits that provide emergency services -- BOSS, Berkeley Food and Housing Project, and the Dorothy Day Breakfast Program.
But the lion's share of the city's homeless spending -- $1.5 million -- would still go to the Housing Trust Fund to create more long-term, low-cost housing.
Another $1.5 million would be set aside for technical planning for streetscape, transit and pedestrian improvements along some of the city's major thoroughfares, including Adeline Street and University and San Pablo avenues.
Bates predicted the money would allow the city to leverage many times that amount.
"We have some great plans, but we lack the funding to do the necessary technical design and engineering work that would allow us to
The Police Department would receive an additional $2.1 million, bringing the department up to full strength on paper but not in the field because veteran officers are retiring faster than new ones can be hired and trained.
"We have the money, but we don't have the officers," said Bates. "So we're going to do some over-hiring to play catch-up."
But many pet projects on the council members' wish lists were still left with less money than they wanted, leaving the lawmakers distinctly unhappy.
"There is simply no way to accommodate all of them, especially when the city is projecting little revenue growth," said Bates.
Turning to City Manager Phil Kamlarz, he joked, "Your job is to find another $7 million before next week."
"I can do it," Kamlarz replied, "but you might not like the tradeoff."
By law, the city's budget must be approved before the next fiscal year goes into effect July 1.
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