A member of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, and an aide to a Berkeley City Council member, is hoping to keep his job after it emerged he had failed to get appropriate permits for work done on his west Berkeley garage.

Ryan Lau was cited Monday by the Building and Safety Division of the Berkeley Planning and Development Department for “work without permit” and “work concealed without inspection” for construction done on a garage on his property located on Carleton Street.

“I didn’t get the permits for the work that I did,” Lau told the Daily Californian. “There’s not much I can say except that it was a mistake.”

Lau has taken a leave of absence from the board while he clears the situation up and council member Darryl Moore, with whom Lau works as an aide, said he expects him to do everything that’s necessary to bring his garage up to necessary code and standard.

Update The Oakland Tribune reports that Lau has now resigned.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. I am glad to read Ms. Menard’s comment abut the way the Daily Cal “covered” this story. The Daily Cal stories about this story were weirdly dissociative, as if the student journalists did not understand the concept of public corruption or investigative journalism.

    Also, I have been aware for many years that journalism is moving towards more reporting told from a personal perspective, a move to reflect ‘whole’ stories and a move away from outdated formulaic approaches to writing ‘news’ stories. News stories imbued with the warmth of personal perspective are common. You can see personal perspective journalism on the NYTimes every single day. It is weird that student journalists at UC Berkeley don’t seem familiar with personal perspective storytelling/news reporting.