Proposed parking policy could mean more lenient ticketing

The city of Berkeley could change its parking policy so that people approaching their vehicles will not be fined if parking enforcement officers are in the process of writing the ticket. Councilmember Kriss Worthington said he suggested this proposal — which the Berkeley City Council will consider at its meeting
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Free House restaurant opens on Bancroft

The space formerly occupied by Adagia is now home to a new restaurant — one with the same management but a different approach that its owner hopes will allow it to succeed when the fine-dining establishment did not. Free House opened its doors Feb. 2 near the intersection of Bancroft
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Demonizing democracy

Given Insight

Students, faculty and online commenting trolls, the libertarian troublemaker is back! Last semester, I was called an “idiot,” a “frat boy rhetor” and — my personal favorite — a “dumb libertarian who jerks off to Ayn Rand.” Yet, despite the fact that my IQ is greater than 30, I don’t
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Future funding for city child care programs may be cut

The financial future of Berkeley’s public preschool and child care programs have been thrown into flux now that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for the upcoming school year has been released. Though the state’s proposed cuts presented in January will not be finalized until the budget revision in May, the
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A passerby reads a sign posted on the facade of the burned down building at the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue. The sign outlines the proposal for the restaurant to reopen and operate out of tents.

Restaurants destroyed in fire to reopen in temporary tent structures

After being reduced to rubble in November’s Haste Street fire, Raleigh’s Bar & Grill and Cafe Intermezzo are projected to reopen by May. A building application submitted to the city of Berkeley in late January by architect Kirk Peterson calls for the construction of “temporary tent and shipping container structures”
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Reward of $17,000 offered for information about Berkeley homicide

A reward of $17,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information about a homicide that occurred last week in Berkeley. The city’s first homicide of 2012 took place Thursday when Kenneth Warren, a 35-year-old Hercules resident, was shot numerous times just before 6:50 p.m. and was later pronounced
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Man fatally shot in Berkeley

Berkeley saw its first homicide of the year Thursday evening, when a man was shot and killed on the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue, police say. The man — who has now been identified by police as 32-year-old Hercules-resident Kenneth Warren — was found with several gunshot wounds at the southeast
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Roberto Rodriguez formerly worked at Pacific Steel.

Steel company sued by former employee

Berkeley resident Roberto Rodriguez remembers his first day of work at Pacific Steel Casting Company — a landscape of heavy machinery, loud noises and flying embers. The company superintendent took him to the front gate and said, “Look, Bobby, it’s a hell in there.” At the time, Rodriguez was 19
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The nostalgic way forward

Nostalgia, I have been taught, is a longing to recreate a lost home. It’s a desire I always feel intensely during my first few weeks back in Berkeley after any time in my hometown. I long for the way the world looks from inside a car — the way buildings
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