The head architect for the Safeway expansion attended the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Berkeley officials, residents discuss Oakland Safeway expansion near border

The Berkeley City Council addressed concerns Tuesday night over the potential greenhouse gas emissions and congested intersections that would result from the proposed expansion of the Safeway that closely borders Berkeley on the corner of College and Claremont avenues in Oakland. During public comment at the special meeting, community members
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Area nurses to join thousands of other nurses in statewide strike

Nurses from Berkeley hospitals will participate Thursday in a massive strike along with thousands of nurses across the state. Nearly 23,000 nurses from the California Nurses Association — a sector of the nation’s largest nurses’ union, National Nurses United — are planning to walk off the job at Sutter Health affiliate
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Houses in the Berkeley area fit within a wide range of housing prices.

Berkeley sees rise in number of home sales

As home prices declined, more homes were sold in Berkeley during the last 12 months than in the previous year, signaling a possible recovery for the city’s fragile housing market. Between September 2010 and August 2011, 27 more houses were sold in the city than during the same time period
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Proposed changes to ordinance would ease relocation process for tenants

Berkeley tenants will have an easier time affording relocation to temporary units if the Berkeley City Council passes an ordinance at its meeting next Tuesday regarding unavoidable housing damages brought on by landlord negligence or disrepair that leaves the unit uninhabitable. The proposed revision to the city’s longstanding relocation ordinance —
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Motorcyclist killed in vehicle collision on Interstate 80

A motorcyclist was killed in a vehicle collision on Interstate 80 Friday afternoon just west of Gilman Street in Berkeley. At about 3:45 p.m., Timothy Walker, 33, of Vallejo, was riding his motorcycle on I-80 when he tried to switch lanes and collided with a second vehicle, according to Sam
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Berkeley’s unemployment rate in August is less than July’s

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate decreased to 10. 2 percent in August — 0.3 percent less than July’s rate — according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in August was 57,800, of which 5,900 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in
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New program to improve campus area crime analysis

UC Berkeley students will soon have the opportunity to analyze crime statistics and patterns in the campus area through a new program run jointly by the Berkeley Police Department and UCPD, which could be implemented as soon as October. The Berkeley City Council is expected to accept a $36,000 grant
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City Councilmember Kriss Worthington (center) speaks at a demonstration Wednesday. Students protested against the withholding of security deposits by local landlords.

Student tenants protest against local landlords at senior center

Frustrated by Berkeley landlords refusing to return security deposits, student tenants and their Berkeley City Council representatives protested Wednesday night at a landlord lobby meeting. The protest — which took place just before the Berkeley Property Owners Association’s monthly meeting at the North Berkeley Senior Center at 5:30 p.m. —
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A man helps clean up the vacant lot located on the corner of Telegraph and Haste. Th

Progress slow with vacant lot on corner of Haste and Telegraph

A week after Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to pursue foreclosure against the owner of the vacant Telegraph Avenue lot just south of the UC Berkeley campus, little visible progress has been made. Although the city has finally decided to force local business owner Ken Sarachan to repay the nearly
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A notice posted on the door of what will become the new Peet's Coffe and Tea.

Peet’s to open ninth Berkeley store this fall

About 45 years since first setting up shop in Berkeley, the ninth Peet’s Coffee & Tea in the city is opening its newest store this fall on College and Alcatraz avenues, right on the Oakland border. After several years of eyeing the storefront — located 3200 College Ave. — Peet’s
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