Protester Moonshato sits in a tree in People's Park.

Tree-sitter renews People’s Park protest

Seven months after a People’s Park tree-sitter was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the park has once again become home to a tree-sit, this time in response to what the tree-sitter called an urgent situation for Berkeley’s homeless people. A sometimes Berkeley resident who goes by the name of
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Berkeley High School custodian shot Friday in an attempted robbery

A Berkeley High School custodian and his family were shot in an attempted robbery Friday morning, resulting in the death of the custodian’s mother, according to a Monday newsletter sent to the high school community. Dinesh Kumar, who was shot multiple times in his Richmond home, has stabilized and is
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Mike Harris, who has been homeless for six years, plays music on a boombox while panhandling outside of Durant Food Court.

County’s homeless single adult population rises

While Alameda County has made great strides in preventing and reducing homelessness among families, veterans and the mentally ill, the number of homeless single adults has swelled since 2009, according to the results of a biennial census released last month. Conducted in January — by EveryOne Home, a nonprofit organization
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Percentage of students passing exit exam rises

The percentage of high school students passing the California High School Exit Exam continued to increase statewide for the sixth consecutive year, according to data released by the state Department of Education Wednesday. Despite heavy cuts to K-12 education over the last decade from the state, the percentage of students
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Gov. Brown appoints local resident as special advisor

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Berkeley resident Jeanne Clinton as special advisor to the California Public Utilities Commission, the governor’s office said Tuesday. Clinton, 60, has been a manager of the commission’s Climate Strategies Branch since 2009 and was an advisor on clean energy and policy planning to the commission
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Caleb Dardick Portrait

Director of community relations to leave post

After being a part of the Berkeley community for 16 years working for the city and the campus, Caleb Dardick, UC Berkeley director of local government and community relations, is returning to his river roots to take up a new position at home in Nevada County. Dardick — who has
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Division plans to create affordable housing for mentally-ill adults

The city of Berkeley’s Mental Health Division is planning a $15 million project to create affordable, permanent housing in Berkeley for mentally-ill adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project — overseen by the division in conjunction with the California Department of Mental Health and the California
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BART’s Board of Directors deemed the agency’s decision to cut cellphone service disproportionate at a special meeting.

Cellphone decision incites rage

At a public hearing Wednesday morning, several members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors deemed the agency’s decision to cut cellphone service two weeks ago during a protest a disproportionate response. The meeting, held in Oakland, was intended to discuss BART’s Aug. 11 decision to disrupt cellphone
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Berkeley graduates detained, released in BART protest

During Monday’s BART protest in San Francisco, two UC Berkeley alumni were detained by police and released after approximately 30 minutes. Josh Wolf and Helene Goupil, graduates of the campus’s Graduate School of Journalism, were among a group of approximately 40 protesters detained by the San Francisco Police Department along
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