According to city officials, Zachary RunningWolf hasn’t filed paperwork to begin the process of recalling Mayor Tom Bates. Or maybe he has–maybe he forgot a cover letter, or perhaps, oh, he sent the letter through the mail instead of delivering it in person. Sucks. Those stamps are expensive now, you know?

Julie Sinai, an aid to the mayor, explains that a letter asking for a recall must be delivered in person in order to be legally acknowledged. The Daily Cal reports:

Sinai said that if RunningWolf attempted to send the notification by mail, it would arrive in the citywide mailroom and could not be properly certified.

RunningWolf said that the mayor’s office may have intentionally ignored his attempt to recall Bates. Of course, the letter has reach the mayor’s office first in order to even be considered for proper ignoring.

Oh, RunningWolf, you are an absolute character! Seriously. Without you, what would the Clog write about? Nate Longshore’s neglected blog? Pshno.

We must say–in all earnestness too–RunningWolf is looking good. Yes, we know we’ve used this picture before, but damn it if we aren’t amazed by his jacket’s vivid blue. Plus, there are two wolves on the front–that’s just too much!

Image Source: Jessica Kuo, Daily Cal
News in Brief: Paperwork Incomplete for Runningwolf’s Attempt to Recall Mayor [Daily Cal]
Earlier: RunningWolf Rallies Against Fellow Tree Supporter: Berkeley’s Mayor

How many of you like smoking when walking down Telegraph Avenue? How many of you like to lie down randomly on the sidewalk? Pee in public? Drink in public? Own a shopping cart in public? Yell randomly in public?

Well, all of those things will be banned eventually. Tuesday night the Berkeley City Council passed the Public Commons for Everyone Initiative, which Mayor Tom Bates has been trying to push through the council for months now.

The Chron is reporting that it’s a way clean up the streets and get rid of rowdy behavior. It’s always a way to force the city’s homeless population to get some help—by either getting help on their own or by being arrested and being sent to get help.

The implementation of the Public Commons for Everyone Initiative is slated to start sometime late this year, after the City Manager creates a plan for implementation and bring it back to the council.

So we guess we won’t see anymore rowdy frat guys roaming the streets of Berkeley after a football game or that piss-drunk freshmen peeing on the street corner or that weird guy going to sleep right next to your favorite coffee spot.

Maybe this will eventually bring more businesses back to the now-shoddy Telegraph Avenue. Just think: a Jamba Juice on every corner. Maybe they’ll even bring a Peets to Telegraph. Or even a big corporate drug store. Oh wait …

At least the streets will be clean … or not as dirty.

Council passes plan to stop bad street behavior [SF Gate]
Berkeley consider ‘public commons’ initiative [Oakland Trib]

EDIT: It seems the Chron may have been a little too eager with its story. According to the Oakland Tribune, Berkeley City Council approved some parts of the initiative but also sent it back to the city manager:bq. A sweeping plan to improve the quality of life in public areas and make Berkeley a cleaner and friendly place for shoppers and visitors was approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

bq. But the plan — originally put forth by Mayor Tom Bates with additions by council member Kriss Worthington — must now go back to City Manager Phil Kamlarz for more specific proposals. Laws will not change until after a meeting in the fall, said Bates’ senior aide Julie Sinai.

The Daily Cal also has the story.

It seems nowadays nobody likes a smoker. You’ve got to stand 20 feet away from buildings before you light up a cancer stick. In some cases, 20 feet would leave you standing in the road, puffing away. Now just being on the street may leave you facing a citation.

Actually, Mayor Tom Bates is focusing on the homeless, not smokers in general. His parking-smoking-homeless plan may earn him some brownie points, the Chronicle reports.

Bates hopes to take on the homeless problem by citing those who light up, because (as he puts it) the homeless “almost always smoke.” However, we’re not sure this is going to solve the city’s problem.

We mean, we’re thinking back to CalSo when that officer dude taught us to seek the source of the problem. Correct us if we’re wrong, but we don’t think that a two-pack-a-day habit put most of these people on the street.

The Chronicle attached a picture to the story with the cutline:

bq. Two young people on the Telegraph Avenue sidewalk could be cited by police under the mayor’s plan — if they were smoking.

Apparently the smoking problem with the homeless is so prevalent that the Chron can’t even get a decent picture of the troublesome smokers in action.

Mayor Bates also wants to crack down on the homeless sleeping on the sidewalks during business hours. He proposes to fund his general homeless program by increasing the parking rate by an extra 50 cents an hour and by adding parking meters to heavily trafficked areas.

As if parking isn’t enough of a problem.

Berkeley’s homeless plan: a new smoking law [SF Chronicle]