For all our bitching, it seems that our fair city has kept its economic footing remarkably well throughout this whole recession thing. The Berkeley City Council passed a neat budget this week; no layoffs and about one percent growth. Whether a result of good governance or just another manifestation of our singular un-normalness, we could care less. We’ll take it, and we’re not about to toss out the recession card either, which has nicely excused our financial shortcomings thus far. For the curious, here’s the scoop and a theory or two on our unique little prosperity: read more »


We’ve been bombarded with news of epic economic recession, failing newspapers and tuition hikes, but at least we could take comfort in the fact that the sales tax on what we can still afford has remained the same for almost two decades.

Until today. The statewide sales tax was just raised a point, from 8 to 9 percent. But apparently we here in Berkeley already pay a 9.75 percent tax, so we suppose this doesn’t actually affect us directly, but we’re still going to complain about it anyways.

South Gate reportedly has the highest sales tax in the state, at 10.25 percent. So, on the bright side, at least we’re not in South Gate … among other reasons. Happy shopping folks.

Image Source: Lara Brucker, Daily Cal
Temporary 1 Percent Sales Tax Increase Goes Into Effect [Daily Cal]