City Council to consider allocation of unused funds

Some city programs may see several thousand dollars head their way after the Berkeley City Council considers the allocation of $36,000 in general funds at its meeting Tuesday. When the council adopted a biennial budget June 28, it also discussed the placement of $45,000 that was made available after it
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Councilmember Kriss Worthington, shown here campaigning for the Berkeley City Council District 7 seat in the 2010 elections, has agreed with an amendment that would impose a penalty on candidates who fail to file campaign expenditure reports.

Berkeley City Council to consider election reforms

The Berkeley City Council delayed voting on election reform amendments submitted by a commission at the council’s Tuesday meeting. Five amendments to the Berkeley Election Reform Act submitted by the Fair Campaign Practices Commission were delayed after Mayor Tom Bates said the reforms left him with questions and needed further
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Berkeley police, fire departments to synchronize communications

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council will decide which communication network the city police and fire departments will join to synchronize communications throughout the Bay Area. Per mandate by the Federal Communications Commission, all non-federal public safety radio systems must migrate to narrowband channels — meaning the bandwidth of a
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Council delays enactment of fee promoting affordable units

Despite the approval of an affordable housing ordinance by the Berkeley City Council last month, a fee that would be imposed on developers unless they create a certain amount of affordable units will not be implemented until at least the end of this year. The council decided at its meeting
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Ned’s parent company files for bankruptcy

The parent company of Ned’s Berkeley Bookstore filed for bankruptcy last month to undergo a restructuring of debt, though company officials claim business will continue as usual. Nebraska Book Company — which owns over 290 stores and sells textbooks to over 2,500 stores across the nation —  filed for Chapter
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Berkeley man still missing after fishing boat accident

A Berkeley man is one of seven people still missing after a fishing boat capsized in the Sea of Cortez in Baja California last Sunday. Brian Wong, 54, was among a group of more than 40 people on 115-foot vessel, the Erik, which capsized during a heavy storm early that
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Student super-majority district would require charter amendment

The only way to create a student super-majority city council district, which would theoretically allow for the easy election of a student council member, is to amend Berkeley’s city charter, according to city staff. At a small, student-oriented meeting on Thursday night, staff informed those in attendance that the redistricting
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ASUC pushes for student-majority district

In an attempt to gain a stronger student presence on the Berkeley City Council by allowing for the creation of a student council member, the ASUC has asked the council to extend the deadline for public redistricting proposal submissions in a letter dated July 5. Following a series of letters
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