A 1994 Mercedes Benz station wagon, above, was destroyed in the fire on the 500 block of Cragmont Avenue, which broke out on Wednesday.

Berkeley hills house fires investigated for arson

Two fires that broke out within 20 minutes of each other at residences about one block apart in the Berkeley Hills Wednesday morning are being investigated by the Berkeley Fire Department for arson. While responding at 12:43 a.m. to a report of a fire at a home at 548 Cragmont
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County leaders met to discuss a plan to shift responsibility for funding some services to local governments.

Forum covers proposed shift of state services to local control

Several Alameda County officials met and hosted a forum at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley on Friday to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for certain state services to local governments. Programs including mental health services, child and foster care and criminal justice have been proposed to
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A study indicates students would prefer a cleaner and safer Telegraph Avenue.

Students may want change in Downtown, Telegraph areas

UC Berkeley students might frequent Telegraph Avenue and the Downtown area more often if the areas were safer, cleaner and more inviting and possessed fewer panhandlers and people sitting on the sidewalk, according to a recent survey. Conducted by the Graduate Assembly and other components of the ASUC, the online
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Bartlett’s Organic Coffees & Teas closed its doors about three weeks ago.

Local coffee shop closes its doors

Bartlett’s Organic Coffees & Teas, a local coffee shop which was once a popular gathering place for local high school students, recently closed down due to insufficient business. The cafe officially closed its doors about three weeks ago after making the decision to move to a more frequented area of
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Rocio Soto pays a meter for parking in the Downtown area on Friday. Downtown parking fees could rise by 25 cents per hour in July.

Berkeley City Council approves increased Downtown parking rates

Downtown Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue, which has boasted packed parking slots on most weekend afternoons, might soon find itself with many more vacant spaces as a result of a recent decision that could increase the hourly parking rate from $1.50 to $1.75. The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to increase the
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Study: deregulating education funding leads to program cuts

State deregulation of about $4.5 billion in funds for K-12 education has resulted in deep cuts to popular programs, as school districts have attempted to use the now-flexible money to balance their budgets, according to a study released last Thursday. Authored by researchers from the RAND Corporation and Policy Analysis
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Kaylee Baker, a former resident of the Gaia apartment building, moves out after one year. Gaia is part of Berkeley's apartment offerings, which were rated the best in terms of renter satisfaction.

Report: Berkeley high in renter satisfaction

Affordable housing and convenient public transportation are among several stated attributes that made Berkeley the number one college town countrywide in terms of renter satisfaction, according to a report released by the website Apartment Ratings last Thursday. The site’s second annual report, which ranked cities across the country that are
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With regular police patrols, loitering on Telegraph has experienced a marked reduction, resulting in fewer public disturbances, according to business owner Al Geyer.

Police patrol program leads to less loitering on Telegraph

Standing in front of his business on Telegraph Avenue between Haste Street and Channing Way on Friday afternoon, Al Geyer, chair of the Telegraph Merchants Association, observed relatively sparse amounts of foot traffic and people hanging around outside. However, this has not always been the case. In the past, crowds
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Education Realty Trust Inc. purchased Berkeley’s historic Westminster House and plans to make renovations.

Company buys historic house

After recent involvement in managing the Wesley House at UC Berkeley, the Education Realty Trust Inc. decided to purchase the Westminster House on Monday, taking control from the Presbytery of San Francisco, which originally owned the property. The historic Westminster House, which has units on both the south and north
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