Proposals aim to streamline student services at UC Berkeley

Should two new campus proposals be approved, students and student groups could more easily access services from transaction advisers. The student services team of Operational Excellence — a campus cost-cutting initiative aiming to save $75 million annually — presented two proposals to create one-stop centers for student business services and
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Berkeley City Council is considering banning plastic bags in the city of Berkeley.

Berkeley City Council to consider moving forward with plastic bag ban

Single-use plastic bags might as well be an endangered species in Alameda County. Berkeley City Council is set to consider an item at its Tuesday meeting that would “initiate a public process to inform residents and businesses” that the council is seriously considering adopting a ban on single-use plastic bags.
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City Council to vote Tuesday on revised relocation ordinance

After years of planning and months of debate, the Berkeley City Council is in the final stages of updating an ordinance that would require landlords to provide payments to tenants who are displaced from their housing units. The council will vote at its meeting Tuesday on the updated Relocation Ordinance,
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UC Board of Regents discusses university audits

The UC Board of Regents’ Committee on Compliance and Audit met Monday to discuss annual audit reports and ethics and compliance activities. The meeting, held via teleconference, was purely discussion-based and mostly consisted of committee members attempting to clarify parts of audit reports by posing questions to the committee. Among those
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UC Berkeley alum dies after falling off building in India

A UC Berkeley graduate was declared dead after falling from the 11th floor of an apartment building in Mumbai, India. Sharmi Doshi, who majored in political science, was reportedly talking on her cellphone when she fell off the balcony around 4 a.m., according to the Times of India. Doshi, a
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City council to consider new fee to fill refuse fund deficit

The Berkeley City Council will discuss a proposal Tuesday night that would implement a new fee to help reduce the city’s $1.3 million refuse fund deficit for the 2012 fiscal year. At present, various trash collecting firms pay franchise fees — a percentage of the revenue they generate from rubbish
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Engineering classes, including Mechanical Engineering C85, have lower numbers of female students.

Campus works to improve atmosphere for women in College of Engineering

A recent California Watch article that addressed sexism experienced by a UC Berkeley engineering student has prompted administrators in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering to examine discrimination in the male-dominated college. The article, which featured UC Berkeley senior Cassie Parkos — a mechanical engineering and material sciences major —
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Matundu Makalani, a former Andronico's employee of eight years, was laid off last month when the grocery chain was acquired by new ownership.

Andronico’s employee let down by layoff

At the Andronico’s Community Markets branch formerly on University Avenue, the week of Oct. 24 was one of uncertainty and worry. The employees carried on their duties with forced smiles and had no answer when customers asked whether they would have jobs after the store closed permanently. At its height,
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