DeSaulnier, guest to discuss reducing crime, gun violence

2022-06-22 17:07:59 By : Mr. service Chen

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U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Richmond, has announced that he will host a virtual town hall at 7 p.m. June 29.

Related Articles Local News | In brief: Albany’s Policing Commission accepting applications Local News | In brief: Liberación Gráfica 2022’s artists in residence at Richmond center Local News | In brief: El Cerrito seventh-grader wins writing contest for a second year Entitled “Contra Costa’s Progress in Reducing Crime and the Work Ahead to End Gun Violence Across the Country,” he will be joined in the town hall by special guest Magnus Lofstrom, who will provide his expertise as the lead criminal justice researcher of the Public Policy Institute of California.

The event will be held on Zoom and streamed live on DeSaulnier’s Facebook page ( This will be DeSaulnier’s 167th town hall and mobile district office hour since joining the U.S. Congress in January 2015. This event is open to the public and press. To RSVP, submit a question or request special accommodations, visit online or call 925-933-2660.

— U.S. Rep. DeSaulnier’s office

Berkeley City Council meetings are once again virtual-only as of this week, with Berkeley citizens able to continue giving comments by phone or online via Zoom. Residents can also watch meetings via a live stream or Cable B-TV (Channel 33).

The decision to shift to virtual meetings was made on May 31 by the City Council’s Agenda and Rules Policy Committee in consultation with staff with the goal of running meetings efficiently and safely while maintaining broad access.

These phone and online participation tools give broad flexibility to track meetings virtually and participate when the item that citizens are interested in comes up for discussion. To participate in a City Council meeting virtually, residents can join by phone or online using Zoom. For information on joining a council meeting remotely or for other details, visit online.

The city of Berkley’s series of free summer movie nights in Berkeley parks kicked off June 17 at Live Oak Park. This eight-movie series through Sept. 23 visits different parks around the city and reaches neighborhoods from north to south, the flatlands to the hills.

Each movie will be shown on a large portable 20-by-12-foot inflatable movie screen with premium audio-visual movie equipment for outdoor cinemas. Bring friends, join neighbors and revel in some of the gems of Berkeley: our parks. For the schedule of movies and more details, go to

The establishment of a Policing Commission is intended to further community participation and engagement regarding Albany law enforcement policy and procedure.

The commission may make policy recommendations to the City Council and receive all legally public complaints from the Albany Police Department to determine whether to recommend that such complaints be referred to an outside consultant for investigation consistent with California law.

As included in Resolution No. 2022-31, the commission will consist of a total of seven members — five Albany residents appointed by each City Councilmember and two other members appointed by the Albany Unified School District Board of Education. Applicants appointed by the Board of Education don’t have to be Albany residents. Apply online at

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