Local business owners approve funding for Downtown improvement

A plan to improve the Downtown’s public areas with new construction, new business and cleaner streets was approved via mail-in vote after the Berkeley City Council’s Tuesday meeting. Under the plan — which was approved by a 71.03 percent majority of local business owners — the city will establish the
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A demonstrator holds up a sign at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. The council adopted a city budget after efforts to divert funding from city paving to social service programs were unsuccessful.

City Council adopts budget to reduce deficit

Efforts to divert about $105,000 in funding from city paving programs to some of Berkeley’s social service programs were unsuccessful when the Berkeley City Council adopted a city budget Tuesday night, though about $36,000 in other funding remains unallocated for the time being. Facing a projected $12.2 million deficit for
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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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Caffe Mediterraneum recently became the first Telegraph Avenue vendor approved to stay open 24 hours a day.

Caffe Mediterraneum approved for 24-hour business

The city of Berkeley’s recent approval of Caffe Mediterraneum’s bid to keep its doors open 24 hours a day has pushed ongoing efforts to turn Telegraph Avenue into a 24-hour business district one step further. Amid the Telegraph Business Improvement District’s endeavor to extend Telegraph businesses’ hours with the hope
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City council member meets with Obama

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin traveled to Washington, D.C., Friday morning to attend an intimate reception with the president and meet with members of his administration. Arreguin was one of a few members of the Young Elected Officials Network who were invited to the White House to discuss important local
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City officials and workers compromise on pension reform

City officials and workers announced Tuesday at the Berkeley City Council meeting their agreement on a two-tiered pension system and a deferral of a previously agreed upon salary increase in hopes of ameliorating Berkeley’s current budget deficit. After nearly four months of negotiations, an agreement that would work to decrease
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A proposed project on University Avenue and Walnut Street is being developed with money from the Housing Trust Fund, which is managed by the city and receives federal funds.

City Council promotes affordable local housing

Berkeley real estate developers now have more of an incentive to build affordable housing units after the Berkeley City Council voted to pass an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday that would impose a fee on developers who do not meet the required percentage of affordable units. First introduced in Berkeley
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Pablo Paredes and his son pose at Franklin Preschool. The Board of Education voted to continue funding certain preschools.

City officials examine preschool funding options

Following the Berkeley Unified School District’s proposal to eliminate extended day care programs to offset budget cuts to preschool funding, concerns from low-income families who rely on the programs to watch their children prompted further discussion between city and school officials. At the school district’s June 8 Board of Education
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This price is right

CITY AFFAIRS: The parking fee increase for the Downtown area is a fair and necessary step to increase economic activity there.

The Berkeley City Council voted March 1 to increase parking fees for the downtown area from $1.50 to $1.75 an hour to help finance the service improvements that will take place under the Downtown Berkeley Property-Based Improvement District (PBID). Though the fee increase comes during an economically difficult time, the
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Rocio Soto pays a meter for parking in the Downtown area on Friday. Downtown parking fees could rise by 25 cents per hour in July.

Berkeley City Council approves increased Downtown parking rates

Downtown Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue, which has boasted packed parking slots on most weekend afternoons, might soon find itself with many more vacant spaces as a result of a recent decision that could increase the hourly parking rate from $1.50 to $1.75. The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to increase the
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