Accomplishments & Policies for the Future
Kriss Worthington has a proven track record of improving public safety, increasing fiscal responsibility, and supporting responsible development.
His progressive ideas become reality because he shepherds groundbreaking legislation through the lengthy City process while being a persistently “calm, cool, and collected” advocate for all of us. He obtains funding for community-service agencies and affordable housing; improves services for seniors and people with disabilities; and works hard to increase racial, gender, and age diversity in City government.
Policies Authored by Kriss &
Approved by the City Council
Restored Community Involved Policing. Improved coordination between the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the UC Police Department (UCPD) Expanded Neighborhood Watch.
Decreased the response time in the Violence Prevention/Response Plan. Reinstated Cops on Bikes and Officers to Walk the Beat.
Created the "Rainy Day Fund" that saved jobs and services during hard economic times. Investigated corporate overcharges of almost $300,000 and obtained a refund for Berkeley.
Opposed a $225,000 severance package if the City CEO (City Manager) is fired for cause. First proposal for pension reform.
Sped up the permit process for small businesses in the Telegraph Avenue area and will do so for the City at large.
Unanimously passed a policy to encourage growth of software and internet companies through tax reform. Implemented short-term parking for ATMs, used-book drop-offs, and dry cleaners. Created quarterly Economic Development work sessions. Restored dozens of parking spaces for local businesses. Helped small businesses get capital repairs and rent adjustments.
Got Berkeley to be the second city in the country to designate 350ppm as our Climate Action Goal. Shifted $3 million budgeted for a parking garage into the 1-80 bike/pedestrian bridge and park improvements. Created the Eco-Pass, getting city employees out of their cars and onto public transportation. Sponsored the Zero Waste initiative –now a model for cities nationwide, committing the city to go beyond what the state mandates in regards to recycling and reusing things. Prevented the City from approving harmful development proposals in the waterfront park area, which resulted in more playing fields without disturbing natural bird habitats. Helped to fund the downtown Strawberry Creek restoration study that now offers the exciting idea of a pedestrian promenade from BART to the UC Campus.
Improving Diversity/ Including Everyone
Appointed more African Americans, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans to city boards and commissioners than the rest of the City Council combined. Recruited over 100 UC Berkeley and Berkeley City College students to serve on city boards and commissions. Was the first and only man honored by the Commission on the Status of Women for outstanding service to and for the women of Berkeley. Created and chaired for eight years the official City of Berkeley Holocaust Remembrance Day. Helped Berkeley become the first city in the world to offer training for its police department on LGBT sensitivity, including four hours on transgender awareness.
Sponsored Measure Y to protect seniors and disabled residents. Created a Rental Housing Safety Inspection Program. Captured money from sale of city property for building and maintaining affordable housing. Directed millions of dollars to the Berkeley Housing Trust Fund to build more affordable housing along transit corridors. Assisted dozens of tenants to fight evictions and fix habitability issues.
Spent at least two hours a day returning phone calls and at least one hour a day answering emails. Attended every regular Council meeting for 16 years and also thousands of community meetings and events to stay informed and available to constituents. Got seven traffic circles installed in neighborhoods to control speeding. Enlisted Public Works to fix sewer and storm drains, and Parks to fix street trees and sidewalks. Mediated noise, fence, and other neighbor conflicts.
Policies for the Future
Government Efficiency and Diversity