Tenants mourn pets lost in fire

When UC Berkeley graduate student Hongxu Liu received a call from his roommate about the fire in his Haste Street apartment building, his first worry was the safety of his dog. Liu immediately asked his roommate Corey Meadows — who was in the building at the time — to break
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Special Needs Aquatic Program in need of new pool

For 20-year-old Oakland resident Jackie Donovan, being in the water at the Berkeley High School warm water pool is the only time during the week that she is free from the confinement of her wheelchair. Donovan, who has severe cerebral palsy, is a member of the Berkeley Special Needs Aquatic
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Cafe Gratitude to close all Bay Area locations

Following lawsuits accusing it of illegal business practices, Cafe Gratitude will soon close all eight of its Northern California locations. The founders of the chain — known for its vegan menu and dedication to sustainability — announced Tuesday that the business was forced to close the locations, including one in
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Council member to propose recommendation to reduce helicopter noise

From the recent string of earthquakes to the controversial Occupy movements, the city of Berkeley has received a considerable amount of media attention lately and, according to many residents, some unwelcome noise along with it. Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said he has received more complaints about helicopter noise in
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Demolition begins at Berkeley apartment building destroyed by fire

About 30 spectators gathered at the intersection of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue Tuesday morning with smartphones and cameras at the ready as a demolition crane ripped the roof off of the apartment building that was destroyed in the Nov. 18 fire. Over the next two weeks, the building will undergo a
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Berkeley landlord not required to financially support displaced tenants

Despite tenant complaints of landlord neglect at last Monday night’s Rent Stabilization Board meeting, the city of Berkeley is not currently requiring the landlord of the apartment building at 2441 Haste St. to financially assist those displaced by the Nov. 18 fire. Some tenants — many of whom expressed difficulty
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