BART to increase security for anniversary of 9/11

As part of a project called Operation RAILSAFE, Bay Area Rapid Transit is increasing its security presence at its stations and parking lots in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. The operation — which is designed to coordinate deployments of law enforcement officers from Contra Costa, Alameda and San
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Planning Commission discusses Downtown Area Plan

As the city of Berkeley reviews the latest version of a plan that aims to transform the Downtown area into a more welcoming place for residents, tourists and businesses, concerns continue to arise regarding zoning designations and building height limits. The city Planning Commission met Wednesday night to review proposed
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City commission meets to discuss tax regulation on medical cannabis

Representatives of Berkeley’s newly-reconstituted Medical Cannabis Commission met for the second time Thursday to discuss their ongoing efforts to develop recommendations that will develop tax regulation on medical cannabis in the city. At Thursday’s meeting, the commission successfully established two four-member subcommittees — one for dispensaries and one for cultivation
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Berkeley High School has increased its security for the start of the new school year in response to several gun occurences earlier this year.

Local school district establishes heightened safety measures

After several incidents involving firearms on its campus last year, Berkeley High School has instated heightened safety measures for the start of the new school year. As part of the changes, the high school, teeming with more than 3,000 students, now has four campus monitors — positions created to guard
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City reaches settlement agreement in library demolition lawsuit

Just over a year since a lawsuit was filed against the city for its proposal to demolish two branches of the Berkeley Public Library, the Berkeley City Council approved the terms of a settlement Tuesday night, giving the green light for construction. The partial settlement agreement with the Concerned Library
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Bayer’s negotiations with union to continue

Negotiations for a new labor agreement between union workers and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in Southwest Berkeley will continue after a proposed contract was rejected last week. Workers from International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 6, which represents 414 of the company’s employees, rejected the contract Aug. 31 with a 264
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Caffe Mediterraneum owner Craig Becker recently applied for a license to serve beer and wine.

Caffe Mediterraneum applies for beer and wine license

As the push to reinvigorate the late-night atmosphere of the Telegraph Avenue commercial district continues, Caffe Mediterraneum owner Craig Becker — who obtained a permit this summer to keep his establishment open 24 hours a day — recently applied for another license to serve beer and wine. When the city
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The City Council voted Tuesday to foreclose on the lot on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue.

City council to discuss fate of vacant Telegraph lot

In a special closed meeting of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday evening, the city will discuss the possibility of seeking legal action against the owner of a Southside lot that has been vacant for 20 years. The council will meet with legal council at tonight’s meeting to decide whether or
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Andronico’s Community Markets, whose Shattuck Avenue location is shown above, is looking for the highest bidder to purchase the company after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month.

In the midst of bankruptcy, Andronico’s chain seeks new ownership

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, Andronico’s Community Markets is now looking for the highest bidder to buy ownership of the company. Renovo Capital and two other private buyers — who are to remain unnamed due to a disclosure agreement with Andronico’s — are the potential buyers for
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