Some claim high pensions could deplete Berkeley’s funds

When Berkeley’s city manager Phil Kamlarz retired in November 2011, he took nearly a quarter of a million dollars in annual pensions with him, raising eyebrows over the current pension system and the security of Berkeley’s financial future. Kamlarz, who worked for the city for 36 years, will have an
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Rise in price of parking ticket fines increases city revenue

Amid criticism over an increase in the price of parking ticket fines in the city of Berkeley, recently released data shows that the city has in fact collected thousands of dollars more in parking ticket revenue this fiscal year compared to the same time last year. The city of Berkeley
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Man assaulted and killed in Berkeley, suspect detained

The city of Berkeley saw its second homicide of the year Saturday night, when a man was assaulted and killed in North Berkeley, police say. At about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Berkeley Police Department received a call reporting a suspicious person possibly trespassing near the garage of the caller’s Shasta Road
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Ordinance to limit bicycle harrassment takes effect

Berkeley bicyclists now have the right to bring civil suits against drivers who they believe harassed them on the road, thanks to a city ordinance that went into effect Thursday. The ordinance protects bicyclists from threats of assault or injury and prohibits drivers from inflicting them with intentional injury, intentionally
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The Claremont branch of the Berkeley Public Library is still under construction.

Claremont and North library branches set to reopen this spring

After months of remodeling, the North and Claremont branches of the Berkeley Public Library are set to reopen this spring. Library officials announced Saturday that the North branch will open April 7, followed by the Claremont branch on May 5. The renovations come as part of a $26 million improvement
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City council postpones discussion of parking ticket policy

A proposed parking policy change to not ticket people who show up to move their vehicle while the ticket is being written that was set to be discussed at Tuesday’s Berkeley City Council meeting was taken off the agenda. Councilmember Kriss Worthington — who, along with Councilmember Max Anderson, had
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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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