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City Council passes agricultural ordinance to encourage urban farming

The ordinance amended zoning laws that previously required private property owners to obtain a permit before establishing community gardens on their land. Under the new ordinance, these property owners can grow and sell their own food without a permit but will still have to comply with food safety laws, including the California Health and Safety Code, as first reported by Berkeleyside.
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‘Out of line’: Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett brings up police salaries, own status during traffic stop

Bartlett, who represents District 3 in South Berkeley, was pulled over by Berkeley Police Department officer Stephanie Cole for allegedly running a red light July 19. He immediately identified himself as a City Council member, told Cole that he actively supported pay raises for Berkeley police officers and disclosed information about a closed-session City Council vote on officer contracts.
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