City Council considers levying fee on vacant storefronts

In a move to promote economic growth and curb the number of graffitied empty storefronts, the Berkeley City Council is considering a plan to levy fees against property owners whose ground-level properties remain vacant for six months or more. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin presented the preliminary proposal — which introduced a $180
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Panel discusses possibility of student supermajority district

A UC Berkeley student has not been elected to the Berkeley City Council since 1984, when Nancy Skinner became the first student to ever serve as a council member. After 27 years, students are working to change that with the creation of a student supermajority district. But students are not
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Translator position aims to bridge racial achievement gap

The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education approved a new translation and interpretation specialist position at its meeting Wednesday, in the hope of bridging the district’s racial achievement gap. The school board approved this staff position to improve bilingual communications — specifically with Spanish — at the district level
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Local nurses join statewide strike

As nurses across California went on strike Thursday, massive groups of local nurses and supporters gathered to protest at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center hospitals in Berkeley. Nurses from the California Nurses Association, who walked off the job at affiliate hospitals across the state, protested “200 sweeping demands for concessions”
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City Council appoints new public works director

The Berkeley City Council appointed a new director to the city’s Public Works Department Tuesday, officially promoting Deputy Director Andrew Clough to the post. Clough, who has served as acting director since January — when previous Director Claudette Ford retired — will now formally accept oversight of the department. As
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Federal transportation cuts could derail local transit plans

Proposed cuts to federal transportation across the country would undoubtedly adversely affect Bay Area local services such as Caltrain, BART and AC Transit. Even though the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill that could cut up to 34 percent of federal funding to public transportation, Senator Barbara
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The head architect for the Safeway expansion attended the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Berkeley officials, residents discuss Oakland Safeway expansion near border

The Berkeley City Council addressed concerns Tuesday night over the potential greenhouse gas emissions and congested intersections that would result from the proposed expansion of the Safeway that closely borders Berkeley on the corner of College and Claremont avenues in Oakland. During public comment at the special meeting, community members
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