State prison realignment less of a burden on local counties

California’s dramatic prison realignment plan enacted this month appears to be less of a burden for the counties around Berkeley than in other parts of the state. An attempt to reduce prison overpopulation and rates of repeat offense, Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan — which went into effect Oct.1 under
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Mike Harris, who has been homeless for six years, plays music on a boombox while panhandling outside of Durant Food Court.

County’s homeless single adult population rises

While Alameda County has made great strides in preventing and reducing homelessness among families, veterans and the mentally ill, the number of homeless single adults has swelled since 2009, according to the results of a biennial census released last month. Conducted in January — by EveryOne Home, a nonprofit organization
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Division plans to create affordable housing for mentally-ill adults

The city of Berkeley’s Mental Health Division is planning a $15 million project to create affordable, permanent housing in Berkeley for mentally-ill adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project — overseen by the division in conjunction with the California Department of Mental Health and the California
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City unemployment experiences increase

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate increased to 10.5 percent in July, a 0.2 increase from the June rate, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in July was 58,000, of which 6,100 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in Berkeley
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Berkeley man still missing after fishing boat accident

A Berkeley man is one of seven people still missing after a fishing boat capsized in the Sea of Cortez in Baja California last Sunday. Brian Wong, 54, was among a group of more than 40 people on 115-foot vessel, the Erik, which capsized during a heavy storm early that
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County leaders met to discuss a plan to shift responsibility for funding some services to local governments.

Forum covers proposed shift of state services to local control

Several Alameda County officials met and hosted a forum at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley on Friday to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for certain state services to local governments. Programs including mental health services, child and foster care and criminal justice have been proposed to
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