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New Berkeley Council to take seats at meeting on Thursday at 5:30

Thursday December 01, 2016 - 09:33:00 PM

The formal swearing-in of the new Berkeley City Council members will take place next Thursday, December 8, at 5:30 in the evening at the Berkeley City Council chambers at the Maudelle Shirek Old City Hall,2134 Martin Luther King Jr Way ( at Allston Street).

Because of legal requirements, the new councilmembers were sworn in for the first time yesterday morning, as soon as the previous members' terms ended according to the city charter. That action took place before a limited audience of family members and supporters, but the general public is invited to the Thursday event, although seating in the council chambers is limited.

Newly elected Councilmembers are Cheryl Davila (District 2), Ben Bartlett (District 3) and Sophie Hahn (District 5).

Jesse Arreguin is the new mayor of Berkeley. He will be chairing the first meeting with the newly seated city council, which is expected to have a progressive majority. 

At the December 8th meeting, the council is expected to call a special election to fill the District 4 Council seat which is now vacant as a result of Arreguin’s election. The mail-in election will take place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. 

During the vacancy, Arreguin will continue to assist District 4 residents. If you have a question or issue, you can contact his office at 510-981-7100 or email him at