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Mayor Tom Bates to retire from position after 14 years in office

After 14 years as mayor of Berkeley — the longest tenure in the city’s history — and 38 years of public office, Tom Bates, age 78, has decided to retire. It marks the end of a long career of public service that was punctuated with significant accomplishments that benefited many, from people with disabilities to Berkeley youth to local breweries and sports fanatics.
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Don’t defer maintenance

STATE ISSUES: Brown removes additional funds to the UC aimed for deferred maintenance, an issue that should not be put off any longer.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a line-item measure to supply additional funds for UC and CSU deferred maintenance. This measure was supported by UC President Janet Napolitano, student groups and university workers unions.
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