Power outage Tuesday delays BART commuters

Authorities closed the Downtown Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transit station Tuesday after a power outage hit the Downtown area, preventing commuters from stopping at or leaving the station for almost two hours. About 1,150 customers were affected when an underground cable failed just before 4 p.m. near the intersection of
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City Council members consider impact of development fees in Berkeley

At a special work session Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council discussed implementing new fees on development projects in the city that would go toward beautification and transportation projects. The city currently collects fees on new commercial developments to fund affordable child care and affordable housing — collected at $1
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City Council to discuss feasibility of development fees in Berkeley

At a special work session tonight, the Berkeley City Council will discuss implementing a new fee on development projects in the city that would go toward “public benefit” projects, such as expanded transit and beautification projects. The city currently collects fees on new commercial developments to fund affordable child care
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Occupy Berkeley protesters crowded outside of the Bank of America on Shattuck Avenue and Center Street to show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement on Saturday afternoon.

Protesters stage occupation outside Bank of America

The Occupy Berkeley protest, which began Saturday, saw few protesters stay overnight outside the Bank of America in Downtown Berkeley and smaller numbers attending the daily meeting on Sunday in comparison to day one. After deciding on Saturday afternoon to start the protest that night — rather than a week
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BART is considering a 30-minute extension to its Friday night service and thereby a 20-minute delay on Saturday mornings.

BART considers extending Friday night service

Following the failure of a similar proposal in June, BART is considering extending its hours Friday nights and delaying service on Saturday mornings. Because public input showed that Saturday delays would have adversely affected low-income and minority passengers, the BART Board of Directors deferred the previous proposal, which would have
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Whooping cough compliance rates up for Bay Area schools

Compliance rates for whooping cough immunization vary amongst school districts in the Bay Area, as remaining schools continue to urge unvaccinated students to get their Tdap shot, in accordance to a state law passed last year. Weiru Fang covers local schools.