TBS Today, July 1

In today's story, we break down last week's budget vote before the Berkeley City Council in some detail, taking closer looks at the police and fire budgets, including plans to boost traffic safety and add surveillance cameras, and some of the money being spent to address housing and homelessness.

It's the most comprehensive look at the Berkeley city budget out there and we've been getting a strong positive response to it.

Don't miss it.

Berkeley approves ‘challenging’ budget for FY25, FY26
“We had to really struggle to close this deficit,” said Councilwoman Rashi Kesarwani. “We can’t do that every time.”

Meanwhile, Oakland still hasn't approved its city budget for the new fiscal year. Steven Tavares reports about it in his East Bay Insiders newsletter.

We also have some safety tips, courtesy of the city of Berkeley, for the upcoming July Fourth holiday.

Berkeley July 4th safety tips: Avoid fireworks, hillside roads
Certain streets will be closed July Fourth with access limited mostly to residents. Details here.

Heat wave coming to Berkeley

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the East Bay Hills from 11 p.m. Monday through 11 p.m. Tuesday. Read more.

In case you missed it

DUI crash sends pedestrian to hospital, driver arrested
Driver Carl Barron has multiple DUI convictions and arrests, according to public records, but none previously resulted in injuries.

In other news: National Night Out comes Aug. 6

National Night Out 2024
National Night Out is back for 2024. This event is planned for Tuesday, August 6th and registration is now open. National Night Out is back for 2024. This event is planned for Tuesday, August 6th and registration is now open. National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our community by encouraging neighborhoods to build stronger relationships with each other and with their local Public Safety and City Officials. The registration processes this year is again online with an interactive map to assist you in finding an event in your area. In an effort to not double book make sure to check your area for other events.

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