Roberto Rodriguez formerly worked at Pacific Steel.

Steel company sued by former employee

Berkeley resident Roberto Rodriguez remembers his first day of work at Pacific Steel Casting Company — a landscape of heavy machinery, loud noises and flying embers. The company superintendent took him to the front gate and said, “Look, Bobby, it’s a hell in there.” At the time, Rodriguez was 19
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Kitchen fire causes $700,000 worth of damage.

Berkeley Fire Department responds to kitchen fire in Downtown

A kitchen fire broke out Wednesday evening in downtown Berkeley, resulting in extensive damage to a local restaurant. Gil Dong, deputy fire chief for the Berkeley Fire Department, said the cooking fire began in the kitchen of Great China Restaurant at 2115 Kittredge St. after hot oil got into the
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Earthquake hits north Berkeley Sunday

Berkeley felt a small earthquake that hit a few miles north of the UC Berkeley campus Sunday afternoon. With an epicenter in the Berkeley Hills, the quake hit at 12:41 p.m. and had a magnitude of 1.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. View Earthquake 1.22.12 in a larger map
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MLK park

City’s opinion of movement changed as crime levels rose

Occupy Berkeley is homeless. The Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley lies abandoned after months of being the center of controversy and strife during the Occupy Berkeley events that took place late last year. Though the city’s Occupy movement was initially well received by Berkeley City
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Unemployment

City unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent

Though Berkeley’s unemployment rate reached its lowest point in nearly three years in December, local employers and statewide trends suggest recovery remains precarious. Berkeley’s unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in December, the lowest rate since February 2009, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. According to
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Man allegedly brandishes knife south of campus

Police are looking for a man they allege brandished a knife at a victim Thursday south of the UC Berkeley campus. According to a UCPD crime alert, at about 7:49 p.m. the man brandished the knife at a victim not affiliated with the campus at 2345 Channing Way, near the
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