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Echoes down the corridor

Gentrification poses threat to historical heritage of Berkeley neighborhood

By the time Richie Smith was 13, she was used to being told to enter through the back door of a restaurant. So when her family moved from Oklahoma to South Berkeley in 1949, Smith was amazed by the vibrant Black community she found.
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Uninhabitable and invisible

Berkeley resident faces squalid living conditions as Section 8 renter receiving subsidized housing

Stretching across the wall in Monica Ferguson’s entryway is an eight-foot hole. The hole has been a problem in Ferguson’s house since she first moved there in 2002, and her landlord had repaired it several times. At the first signs of rain last fall, Ferguson said the paint peeled back, reopening the hole and revealing 10 years of wood rot. This time, her landlord didn’t repair it.
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Alameda County suspends juvenile probation, defense fees for families

In all but a few California counties, the families of youths in the juvenile justice system are charged juvenile probation and public defender fees — for everything from a court-appointed attorney to GPS monitoring. On March 29, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend these fees for county residents.
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