City Council considers levying fee on vacant storefronts

In a move to promote economic growth and curb the number of graffitied empty storefronts, the Berkeley City Council is considering a plan to levy fees against property owners whose ground-level properties remain vacant for six months or more. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin presented the preliminary proposal — which introduced a $180
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Panel discusses possibility of student supermajority district

A UC Berkeley student has not been elected to the Berkeley City Council since 1984, when Nancy Skinner became the first student to ever serve as a council member. After 27 years, students are working to change that with the creation of a student supermajority district. But students are not
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City Council appoints new public works director

The Berkeley City Council appointed a new director to the city’s Public Works Department Tuesday, officially promoting Deputy Director Andrew Clough to the post. Clough, who has served as acting director since January — when previous Director Claudette Ford retired — will now formally accept oversight of the department. As
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City Council discusses electric car policy

Banking on an imminent spike in the number of local electric car owners, the Berkeley City Council guided several of its commissions this week to continue work on developing a strategy for promoting electric vehicles in the city.

The head architect for the Safeway expansion attended the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Berkeley officials, residents discuss Oakland Safeway expansion near border

The Berkeley City Council addressed concerns Tuesday night over the potential greenhouse gas emissions and congested intersections that would result from the proposed expansion of the Safeway that closely borders Berkeley on the corner of College and Claremont avenues in Oakland. During public comment at the special meeting, community members
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City council to reconvene tonight after summer recess

Tonight marks the end of the Berkeley City Council’s summer recess — at its first meeting since July, the council will discuss work the city has done since then as well as preview legislation to be discussed over the coming weeks. Sarah Mohamed is the lead city government reporter.

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Knowing tenants’ rights: Be aware of screening fees

We all know that looking for housing off campus is stressful, time-consuming and costly. From searching in a very competitive market and paying high rent, to finding roommates and moving and unpacking, the last thing on your mind is the fees that you pay just to fill out an application
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Proposed changes to ordinance would ease relocation process for tenants

Berkeley tenants will have an easier time affording relocation to temporary units if the Berkeley City Council passes an ordinance at its meeting next Tuesday regarding unavoidable housing damages brought on by landlord negligence or disrepair that leaves the unit uninhabitable. The proposed revision to the city’s longstanding relocation ordinance —
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