Firefighters ready hoses at the apartment fire on Nov. 18.

Report determines origin of November fire

An investigative report into the devastating Nov. 18 Berkeley fire released Monday determined the origin of the five-alarm fire but was unable to determine the exact cause of the blaze. The report, conducted by Berkeley Fire Department, concluded that the Haste Street fire was accidental and that it “originated in
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Center for Investigative Reporting to merge with The Bay Citizen

Two-year-old nonprofit news group The Bay Citizen has entered an agreement with the older Berkeley-based news nonprofit the Center for Investigative Reporting to pursue a merger, raising questions about whether each group will stay true to their initial mission statements. The merger — announced Tuesday after being unanimously approved by the
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West Berkeley sees rise in number of daytime burglaries

At least 20 daytime burglaries have rattled West Berkeley already this year, leading worried residents to gather at an emergency neighborhood meeting Monday night. The burglaries were reported between Ashby Avenue to the south, University Avenue to the north, San Pablo Avenue to the west and Sacramento Street to the east.
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Final investigation report confirms Haste Street fire was accidental

A report released Monday confirmed that the fire that destroyed the historic Sequoia building on Telegraph Avenue started accidently in the building’s elevator room. The five-alarm fire that broke out Nov. 18 burned down most of 2441 Haste St., including a multistory apartment complex, Raleigh’s Bar & Grill and Cafe
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Mayor files campaign paperwork for possible re-election bid

Last week, Mayor Tom Bates filed the necessary paperwork for campaign fundraising, a possible indication of his intention to seek a fourth mayoral term this November. Bates submitted a Candidate Intention Statement, which must be filed by candidates for state and local office before they can solicit or receive any
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Future funding for city child care programs may be cut

The financial future of Berkeley’s public preschool and child care programs have been thrown into flux now that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the upcoming school year has been released. Though the state’s proposed cuts presented in January will not be finalized until the budget revision in May, the
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A passerby reads a sign posted on the facade of the burned down building at the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue. The sign outlines the proposal for the restaurant to reopen and operate out of tents.

Restaurants destroyed in fire to reopen in temporary tent structures

After being reduced to rubble in November’s Haste Street fire, Raleigh’s Bar & Grill and Cafe Intermezzo are projected to reopen by May. A building application submitted to the city of Berkeley in late January by architect Kirk Peterson calls for the construction of “temporary tent and shipping container structures”
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Skateboarder involved in Berkeley Hills collision dies

An 18-year-old Berkeley resident involved in a car collision this week died Wednesday afternoon, according to the Berkeley Police Department. Tyler DeMartini, a former El Cerrito High School student, was “seriously injured” after colliding with a moving vehicle while riding his skateboard near the Berkeley Hills area Monday evening, according to
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