Berkeley resident develops street sweeping alert app

After receiving a mess of street sweeping tickets — at $49 a pop — Berkeley resident Michael Kurrels had had enough. To solve his dilemma, Kurrels developed “Don’t Fear the Sweeper,” an app that sends texts reminding residents to move their cars before street sweeping.
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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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