State prison realignment less of a burden on local counties

California’s dramatic prison realignment plan enacted this month appears to be less of a burden for the counties around Berkeley than in other parts of the state. An attempt to reduce prison overpopulation and rates of repeat offense, Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan — which went into effect Oct.1 under
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District awaits results as 2020 Vision plan enters early stages

Although nearly all of the Berkeley Unified School District’s plans to close the district’s racial achievement gap by 2020 are under way, measuring the progress so far remains difficult, since the programs are still in their early stages. The plan, called 2020 Vision, is composed of 87 action steps that
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Occupy Berkeley protesters talk outside of the Bank of America on Shattuck Avenue during their general assembly meeting Tuesday evening.

Occupy Berkeley movement lacks numbers, leadership

In a space crammed with tables of food and plastic utensils, blankets and a haphazard arrangement of colorful cardboard signs, members of Occupy Berkeley are camping out — and have been for almost a week. In front of the Bank of America building in Downtown Berkeley, protesters are joining the
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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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