State, federal policies hinder expansion of medical cannabis

In Berkeley, efforts to expand the city’s medical cannabis industry have been slowed as contention between state and federal marijuana policies causes confusion among business owners, local governments, legal experts and patients alike. Berkeley has already begun to see the effect of federal lawmakers butting heads with officials in states
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Suspicious activity reporting requirements spark contention

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin wanted to restrict when city law enforcement has to report suspicious activity to local intelligence centers regarding criminal and terrorist activities. At the Feb. 14 Berkeley City Council meeting, Arreguin proposed an amendment to do just that. Arreguin wanted to alter an agreement between the
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Berkeley High School students hold rally in support of Day of Action

Hundreds of Berkeley High School students skipped their last class Thursday, instead deciding to hold their own rally in support of the March 1 Day of Action just hours before local teachers gathered at the same spot. Before joining the Berkeley Federation of Teachers demonstration at 4:30 p.m., high school
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Report shows drop in city crime rates

Property and violent crimes in Berkeley reached their lowest rates in five years in 2011, according to a report on crime trends set to be presented to Berkeley City Council next week. The number of reported incidents of property and violent crime went from 6,472 crimes in 2010 to 5,145
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Berkeley High School head of security charged with identity theft

The head of security at Berkeley High School was charged with identity theft at an arraignment Monday for allegedly stealing a teacher’s account information to pay his bills. William “Billy” Keys Jr. admitted to police that he used the account information of a special education teacher who also works at
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BART to seek input on fare increases

The Bay Area Rapid Transit District will seek community input next month about upping ticket prices, an increase aimed at generating approximately $5 million in new revenue for the upcoming fiscal year. BART has proposed three different models to implement the fee increases, which are set to take effect in
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Some claim high pensions could deplete Berkeley’s funds

When Berkeley’s city manager Phil Kamlarz retired in November 2011, he took nearly a quarter of a million dollars in annual pensions with him, raising eyebrows over the current pension system and the security of Berkeley’s financial future. Kamlarz, who worked for the city for 36 years, will have an
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