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BSC Members Defend Affordable Housing in Berkeley Southside Plan

Several BSC members attended the September 27 Berkeley City Council meeting to urge council members to prioritize affordable housing in the new Southside Plan.  The Plan covers roughly 35 blocks just south of the UC campus and includes areas where 9 of the 20 co-ops are located. 
Berkeleyside reports that "In the public comments at last night’s meeting, almost all of the speakers were students who live in co-op housing on the Southside. All encouraged the council to push for more affordable housing, and to stop the university from imposing additional costs on new housing developments through its 4% capital improvements fee. The capital improvements fee has replaced a much-criticized parking replacement fee that the university enforced on land it owned."