The Berkeley City Council is considering extending the 120 probation period associated with a second response to 180 days. They are also considering an ordinance that would require all 'Mini-Dorms' to have a Resident Manager who "would be responsible for ensuring that refuse and recycling are properly managed, promptly responding to complaints and preventing loud and unruly parties." Just for reference, the definition of a 'Mini-Dorm' would be any building with 5 or more bedrooms that take up more than 60% of the gross floor space.
I beleive that the 120 day probationary period is a powerful punishment as is and an extension to 180 days will be no more effective.
As to the ordinance regarding 'Resident Managers' for 'Mini-Dorms,' I believe that it treats student residents as lesser residents of the City of Berkeley by requiring us to have a 'Resident Manager' to ensure that we throw away our trash and put into peril the autonomy of adulthood I think we are all entitled to.
Both ordinances have very real regulatory purposes that would seem to almost exclusively affect the student resident population of Berkeley. This measure will be considered during their next meeting on Tuesday, January 31st at 7pm, and to pass has to receive a majority vote in two successive council meetings.Please show your support for all communal living establishments in the Berkeley area by signing his petition to stand up for student autonomy.