Berkeley woman has high hopes for Albany cannabis dispensary

A Berkeley woman who co-founded local medical cannabis collective Berkeley Patients Group is looking to set up shop in Albany with another collective, which would be the city’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary. The application, submitted by Debby Goldsberry at the beginning of the summer, is currently under review.
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The plans for the renovated building include a design that is two stories, with retail space on the bottom floor and a new Safeway located above.

Safeway expansion plans create tension among community members

Plans to expand the Safeway on College Avenue have ignited both strong support and opposition, with a main concern being that the expansion could contribute to congestion in the area during peak hours. The project for the store, which lies in Oakland just past the Berkeley-Oakland border, has been in
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Warm water pool set for December closure

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series on the city budget. Lee Nelson, a retired Rockridge area resident, stood in the shallow end of Berkeley’s warm water pool on a Wednesday evening, his thin hands gripped around a swim noodle, basking in the heated waters. Nelson,
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A man walks by the Berkeley Patients Care Collective, one of the city’s three dispensaries.

City medical cannabis commission to develop policy guidelines

At the oft-delayed first meeting of the city’s reconstituted Medical Cannabis Commission Thursday, commission members made it clear they plan to develop guidelines for local medical marijuana policies in the interest of cannabis patients, despite unfavorable signals regarding marijuana from the federal government. The commission is charged with establishing a
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Seniors take a class at the South Berkeley Senior Center, which consolidated its programs to offset cuts to the Housing and Community Services Department.

Senior centers consolidate with new budget

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series on the city budget. Theresa Holman would probably be spending her afternoons at home watching reruns of the Oprah Winfrey Show on television were she not at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Holman, 76, started coming to the center
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A’Cuppa Tea was allowed to move to another district despite the quota this would exceed.

City Council vote upholds contentious tea shop move

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to uphold an exception to one local business, allowing it to change locations to another district, thereby exceeding the quota for quick-service restaurants in that area. The appeal of the exception — which was brought before the council after the Zoning Adjustments Board approved
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City Council extends deadline for redistricting proposal

In an attempt to allow students more time to draft a redistricting proposal, the Berkeley City Council extended the submission deadline at its meeting Tuesday night, though the extension is about a month shorter than students had originally requested. The council voted to push back the original Sept. 16 deadline
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