STATE LEGISLATORS PASS BUDGET PLAN, UC CUTS TOTAL $650 MILLION

After months of debate, state legislators voted late Tuesday night to pass a budget package, which brings a total $650 million cut — and a likely tuition increase — to the University of California as part of a solution to address California’s remaining $9.6 billion budget deficit. The package, which
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Student robbed of wallet on Southside

A man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Southside Sunday night. At about 11:50 p.m., the victim, a study-abroad student, was walking on Telegraph Avenue near Dwight Way when he was approached by two males who allegedly demanded his wallet. One of the suspects took the victim’s wallet
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Man robbed in Downtown Berkeley

A man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Downtown Berkeley Sunday morning. At about 2:15 a.m., the victim, a 23-year-old male, was on his bicycle on the intersection of Addison Street and Shattuck Avenue when he was allegedly approached from behind by two males who pulled him off
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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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