New programs set sights on closing racial achievement gap

This fall, the Berkeley Unified School District will launch new programs in its schools as part of 2020 Vision, an effort to close the district’s racial achievement gap. The programs aim to improve kindergarten readiness, third grade reading proficiency and overall attendance — three of the eight improvement areas identified
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Some of the city’s public housing units are located on Ward Street. The Berkeley Housing Authority aims to rehabilitate the city's 75 units.

Developer may take on public housing project

The Berkeley Housing Authority received a recommendation from one of its subcommittees Thursday regarding their impending decision to choose a developer to rehabilitate the city’s 75 public housing units. The housing authority has now entered into an exclusive negotiating rights agreement with housing development company The Related Companies of California,
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An overdue foreclosure

CITY AFFAIRS: The city’s recent action taken to reignite the development of a vacant lot on Telegraph Avenue was long overdue.

After 20 years of allowing the vacant lot on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street to sit idly — collecting trash, attracting rodents and becoming an eyesore on Southside — the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to foreclose the property. It’s about time. We are glad
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City reaches settlement agreement in library demolition lawsuit

Just over a year since a lawsuit was filed against the city for its proposal to demolish two branches of the Berkeley Public Library, the Berkeley City Council approved the terms of a settlement Tuesday night, giving the green light for construction. The partial settlement agreement with the Concerned Library
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The City Council voted Tuesday to foreclose on the lot on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue.

City council to discuss fate of vacant Telegraph lot

In a special closed meeting of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday evening, the city will discuss the possibility of seeking legal action against the owner of a Southside lot that has been vacant for 20 years. The council will meet with legal council at tonight’s meeting to decide whether or
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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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Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue: A 24/7 lifestyle

  The vision of a more lively late-night commercial atmosphere on Telegraph Avenue to complement students’ and community members’ nontraditional workday is a dream that has been brewing since 2007. In the last few months, that dream has built up steam, with more merchants latching onto the idea of transforming
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Some in ASUC support creation of student supermajority

With the Sept. 30 deadline approaching, several ASUC officials who lead the push for the creation of a student super-majority district in the city of Berkeley through the city’s redistricting process are continuing to develop their proposal while gathering and incorporating student input. In July, the city began accepting redistricting
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