We Live Within Our Means : Our City Council Should Too

Residents Advocating for a Financially Sustainable Berkeley

Spending per resident is more than double some neighboring cities. Among cities with comparable populations, Berkeley ranks 3rd in spending per resident. Let's use these funds efficiently for a financially sustainable Berkeley.

Despite spending the most, Berkeley's infrastructure ranks near the bottom. The City’s unfunded infrastructure needs are anticipated to rise to $2.52 billion from FY 2024 to FY 2028.

We are proud Berkeley is California's leading city for subsidized housing. In 2018, we approved $135 million for subsidized housing. Let's work with our existing subsidies to support affordable housing.

Our broken infrastructure stems from City Council's habit of ignoring the basics in favor of expensive new and unproven projects. 

Our Lived Experience

We are Berkeley residents from all walks of life: young professionals, families and retirees. We are united in calling Berkeley "home." We have invested in our community socially, culturally and economically. Collectively, we are challenged by the increasing cost of living and the tradeoffs it brings for our housing, education and employment choices. We are feeling squeezed financially by a City Council that has deferred basic maintenance while asking us to borrow more for expensive new projects. This trajectory is not sustainable and has already displaced many residents, so WOM Berkeley asks City Council to live within its means just as we must live within ours. See our community endorsements.

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