Higher education accountability bill passes through state Senate committee

A bill that requires California to establish a system for reporting how its higher education institutions are meeting educational and economic  goals passed through the state Senate Education Committee last week. Assembly Bill 2 — introduced by state Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge — was passed by the committee
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Woman robbed in Southside

A woman was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Southside Monday afternoon. At about 1:57 p.m., the 22-year-old woman was using her iPhone as she was walking on the 2400 block of Haste Street when she was approached by a male who allegedly attempted to take her phone. The
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Committee releases gun control and safety report

Violence prevention education, increased security presence and screening for weapons at schools are just a few recommendations from the Berkeley Unified School District’s Ad Hoc Safety Committee, released in a gun control and safety report June 24. The committee presented the report to the district’s Board of Directors Wednesday night
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UC, CSU face $150 million cut each in Democrat budget proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown joined state Democratic leaders Monday afternoon to announce that they have agreed on a newly revised budget plan — which includes an additional $150 million cut each to the University of California and California State University systems, bringing the total cuts for each system to $650 million
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Woman struck by train, killed at Ashby BART station

A woman was struck by a train and killed at the Ashby BART station this afternoon. At around 12:47 p.m., the woman was hit as a northbound train entered the station, according to BART spokesperson Jim Allison. According to Allison, witnesses later explained that the woman did not appear to
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Gayley Street's potholes are a result of Berkeley's deteriorating pavement. The city's pavement condition was given a score of 60 out of a possible 100 points in a report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Report ranks pavement condition in ‘fair’ category

The overall condition of pavement on the city of Berkeley’s thoroughfares is just shy of entering a level that would greatly increase the need for major rehabilitation, according to a recent report. The report, released last Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, gave Berkeley a pavement condition index of 60
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City Council to vote on budget proposals

                    With the Berkeley City Council set to adopt a city budget at its meeting Tuesday, a number of employee layoffs and reductions to city programs may result. The city is looking at eliminating about 79 positions — some of which
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Campus alumna Mia Geurts received the award for her humanitarian efforts in addition to her military service.

UC Berkeley alumna honored as Veteran of the Year

UC Berkeley alumna Mia Geurts was honored by State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, as the district’s Veteran of the Year last Wednesday. At a luncheon ceremony held Wednesday afternoon in Sacramento, Geurts — who served as a United States Army combat medic in Iraq — was presented with the award
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Police evacuated customers and employees from Andronicos Community Markets after receiving a call describing a man in the store with an assault rifle. No such man was found in the subsequent search.

Berkeley police evacuate Andronico’s market

Berkeley police officers with guns drawn evacuated customers and employees from Andronico’s Community Markets on Telegraph Avenue near Derby Street Friday night. At about 8:15 p.m., a community member called the Berkeley Police Department to report a suspicious circumstance, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. The 21-year-old
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