City files lawsuit against vacant lot owner

Nearly five months after the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to foreclose on the almost $641,000 lien for the vacant lot at 2501 Haste St., the city has filed a lawsuit against the property owner. Court documents list property owner Kenneth Sarachan defendant in the suit, which was filed with the
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Southside sees a surge in robberies in January

In the month of January, the area south of the UC Berkeley campus saw a “surprising and troubling” uptick in robberies compared to this month last year, according to a UCPD officer. After only one robbery on Southside in January 2011, the area has experienced eight robberies, including attempted robberies,
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Reward of $17,000 offered for information about Berkeley homicide

A reward of $17,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information about a homicide that occurred last week in Berkeley. The city’s first homicide of 2012 took place Thursday when Kenneth Warren, a 35-year-old Hercules resident, was shot numerous times just before 6:50 p.m. and was later pronounced
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Skateboarder in ‘grave condition’ following collision with car

A car was involved in a collision with a skateboarder near the Berkeley Hills Monday evening, leaving the skateboarder in “grave condition,” according to police. The collision, which occurred near the intersection of Marin and Tulare avenues, was called in to the Berkeley Police Department at about 7:05 p.m., according
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Students among those arrested at Oakland demonstration

Several UC Berkeley students were among the estimated more than 400 individuals arrested at the tumultuous Occupy Oakland “Move-in Day” protest on Saturday. The protest — originally planned as a march to turn a vacant building into a new social and political meeting center for the Occupy Oakland movement —
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Cost-cutting programs could save millions more than initially estimated

If all pending and approved projects of a controversial UC Berkeley cost-cutting initiative meet their projected savings, the campus could save millions more than originally estimated. The Operational Excellence initiative — which began in 2009 as an effort to combat budget cuts by decreasing administrative costs — has saved the
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New BART cars on track to arrive in 2014

Gritty carpets and stained fabric seats greet commuters who step inside Bay Area Rapid Transit train cars. It can be difficult to hear the conductor announce the next stop, and when the trains are crowded, difficult to discern at which station the train is arriving. But BART officials promise this
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Revised student conduct code approved

A revised form of the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct has been approved and will go into effect Feb. 1, the campus announced Monday. Changes to the code come after more than a year of review and were prompted at least in part by protests during the 2009-10
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