Nolan Pack from the ASUC speaks to a crowd at the sit-lie protest at Berkeley City Hall.

City officials and residents demonstrate against civil sidewalks measure

Members of the Berkeley community gathered at Berkeley City Hall Monday to protest a recommendation that would place a measure that prohibits sitting on the city’s sidewalks on the November ballot. The demonstration against the Civil Sidewalks Ballot Measure, which could make sitting on sidewalks in commercial districts between 7
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Search continues for local school district superintendent

The Berkeley Unified School District’s Board of Education announced May 31 that it would be broadening its search for the new district superintendent despite its original plans to have selected a candidate by the beginning of June. The board decided to extend the search because they were not satisfied with
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Construction begins on West Berkeley Library Branch

The West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library was closed May 7 in preparation for construction, nearly four years after a city measure was first approved by voters to upgrade the branch. The Berkeley City Council approved construction for the branch on May 15 and the West Bay Builders will
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Two candidates file paperwork to run against Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

Two candidates filed preliminary campaign paperwork this week to challenge 10-year incumbent Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates in this year’s November election. Local business owner Jacquelyn McCormick, a board member of the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association, said she favors a community-oriented perspective in using city resources to address the local needs,
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Parcel tax for Peralta Community College District passes

The June 5 primary resulted in the passage of a measure that increases much-needed funding to the Peralta Community College District. The district sought a two-thirds voter approval in yesterday’s primary in order to be able to levy a special parcel tax, named Measure B. The measure eventually passed with
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Jan Etre has been in charge of the Live Oak Festival for the past 25 years. The next festival will be the weekend of June 9th.

Faces of Berkeley: Jan Etre, local artist

Berkeley resident organizes annual fair showcasing artists' talent

Beneath a canopy of redwood and oak, Jan Etre lounges peacefully on the grounds of Live Oak Park in northeast Berkeley — a site that will soon be saturated by the influx of tents, exhibitors and fair-goers when the 42nd Annual Live Oak Park Fair begins this weekend. Though the fair
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Neighborhood groups file lawsuit against city’s Downtown Area Plan

Neighborhood groups filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley for alleged violations of environmental procedures in a contentious development plan recently approved by Berkeley City Council. The petition — which was filed May 3 at the Alameda County Superior Court — alleges that the city “improperly approved” the Downtown
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