10.1.14.cherri.minimumwage

Higher city minimum wage ordinance goes into effect

The city of Berkeley officially instated an hourly $10 minimum wage Wednesday, officially surpassing state and federal minimums. The citywide rate, which is a dollar higher than the state’s minimum, is the first step in a three-stage process that City Council unanimously approved in June, with an $11 minimum wage going into effect October next year and $12.53 the following year.
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Save water: ban lawns

The city of Berkeley and the university have reacted to our current severe drought conditions by enacting new water conservation policy. In a February memo from the office of the mayor and the City Council, Berkeley has called for a 10 percent reduction in water consumption, and the university has
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Berkeley Tenants’ Union weighs on affordable housing

As James Chang said at the Tenants’ Convention on July 13, “Student issues are community issues, and community issues are student issues.” It is imperative that we have a vibrant Berkeley Tenants’ Union to address issues at City Council, the Zoning Adjustment Board and the Planning Commission. Together, our voices will be heard. We also need to work in November and beyond to support rent board candidates and city council candidates and make sure that other elected officials know of our concerns and will respond to them. Our collective presence can be very powerful, and we are now only tapping into its potential. You and I, and she and he, can make a difference. Let’s begin that work.
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Whither Berkeley?

Whither Berkeley? Will Berkeley be Berkeley, or will Berkeley become just another street sign on the East Bay strip of cities running from Richmond to Fremont? Do you recall “Berkeley: The Athens of the West”? Is that gone? Will Berkeley become the west Walnut Creek or the east San Francisco? Are these things to aspire to?
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