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AC Transit has proposed numerous changes to its 51 bus line along University Avenue. One major change would be to restrict parking on parts of University from 4-7pm on weekdays. The UAA has been actively working with stakeholders to make sure the proposed changes make sense for our local merchants.

UAA POSITION:

The University Avenue Association (UAA) appreciates the time AC Transit staff has spent contacting merchants and neighbors about the proposed changes to the 51 bus line. UAA supports the improved timing of the traffic signals and the bus "Q jumps." However, UAA has strong objections to removal of any parking both in the morning or afternoon/evening. In addition, UAA opposes creation of a new right-hand turn lane unless it is for a bus stop or "Q jump" without the loss of parking.

Read:  AC Transit rolls back Line 51 changes after pushback  (March 24, 2014)

See: AC Transit: Line 51 Corridor Delay Reduction and Sustainability Project

Read: Traffic signal upgrades planned on Line 51 route (November 26, 2013)

Read: AC Transit’s Line 51 plans get second review Thursday (November  2013)

Read: Merchants ask AC Transit to revise Line 51 plans (October 21, 2013)

Read: Parking losses, lane changes possible in Line 51 overhaul (August 26, 2013)

Minimum Wage


Minimum Wage


The City of Berkeley’s Labor Commission has been investigating raising the local minimum wage. The current minimum wage could be pushed up by more than $2 per hour - what are your thoughts? The Chamber of Commerce has been reaching out to local business owners to get a sense of how this will affect the bottom line.

UAA POSITION:

The University Avenue Association (UAA) opposes the proposed Berkeley minimum wage ordinance. We believe an increase to the minimum wage should be at the state and/or federal government level. California has already passed a two-step minimum wage increase to start this year. Setting a minimum wage specific to Berkeley will hurt local businesses.

Minimum Wage Ordinance-  https://www.cityofberkeley.info/MWO/

Read: Berkeley council changes course again on minimum wage (5/21/14)

Read: Berkeley minimum wage plan passed, new initiatives loom  (5/21/14)

Read: Berkeley council boosts minimum wage, approves task force to look deeper (May 6,2014)

Read: Berkeley activists rally for higher minimum wages (July 26, 2013)

Read: Berkeley Restaurants Oppose Minimum Wage Hike (July 25, 2013)

Read: Berkeley's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike Sparks Conflict (July 17, 2013)

Read: Op-Ed: As a restaurant owner I question minimum wage process (July 2, 2013)

Read: Berkeley City Council to consider increasing minimum wage (April 30, 2013)

Read: Berkeley considers city-wide minimum wage hike (June 18, 2013)