In this year’s election, Berkeley candidates must not make empty promises

CITY AFFAIRS: Many city officials have done little to uphold platforms they ran on. This insincere rhetoric must end.

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This November, Berkeley will hold elections for several local positions, including City Council and the rent and school boards. As candidates launch their campaigns, Councilmember Ben Bartlett is doing a stellar job of demonstrating precisely how they should not behave. When Bartlett was pulled over by a Berkeley Police Department
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City Council passes agricultural ordinance to encourage urban farming

The ordinance amended zoning laws that previously required private property owners to obtain a permit before establishing community gardens on their land. Under the new ordinance, these property owners can grow and sell their own food without a permit but will still have to comply with food safety laws, including the California Health and Safety Code, as first reported by Berkeleyside.
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Berkeley City Council approves petition to rename Ashby BART station after activist Mable Howard

Mable Howard, as described by her daughter Mildred Howard, was a leading community organiser who successfully launched a lawsuit against BART in 1968. An above-ground train would have disrupted many small local businesses — “banks, hardware stores, a shoe store, an appliance store” — and divided white communities and communities of color across the tracks.
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