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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Final city bond measures for November ballot to be decided on in July

At its meeting Tuesday night, Berkeley City Council discussed results from a second community survey conducted to determine which bond measures voters want on the November election ballot. The survey included specific ballot measures that will generate tax revenue for the city to fix its aging infrastructure, which includes restoration
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Council confirms new city manager Christine Daniel

The Berkeley City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of interim City Manager Christine Daniel as the new city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. Daniel has served as interim city manager since November, when the council approved an employment contract with her following former City Manager Phil Kamlarz’s retirement. Councilmembers
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Restaurants destroyed in fire not reopening in the near future

The original plan to reopen two restaurants destroyed in a five-alarm fire at Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue last November is on an indefinite hiatus. The original plan proposed in February was to establish tent structures as temporary homes for popular Berkeley eateries Cafe Intermezzo and Raleigh’s Bar & Grill.
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City Council postpones mutual aid decision at special meeting

At its special meeting Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council heard input from community members regarding its contentious mutual aid pact but still made no decision regarding the approval of the pact. The meeting, which first dealt with discussion on the West Berkeley Project, did not get to the mutual
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Sustainable mushroom farm has UC Berkeley roots

Although he is billed as a mushroom farmer on the currently-airing ABC television series, “The Bachelorette,” Alejandro Velez looks nothing of the sort. Instead of toiling away in a field all day, the affable 25-year-old UC Berkeley alumnus spends his time in a West Oakland warehouse spreading knowledge about growing
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Redistricting measure could appear on November ballot

The Berkeley City Council did not have time to discuss a charter amendment regarding redistricting at its special meeting Tuesday night, though a redistricting measure could still appear on the November ballot this fall. In April, the council asked city staff to create a ballot measure that would amend the
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West Berkeley Project could be implemented as city ordinance

The third phase of the West Berkeley Project — a controversial long-term plan that aims to expand the area’s retail and multi-use space — could be implemented as a city ordinance. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council discussed the project — now in its third phase — and voted
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