City Council to consider allocation of unused funds

Some city programs may see several thousand dollars head their way after the Berkeley City Council considers the allocation of $36,000 in general funds at its meeting Tuesday. When the council adopted a biennial budget June 28, it also discussed the placement of $45,000 that was made available after it
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Council delays enactment of fee promoting affordable units

Despite the approval of an affordable housing ordinance by the Berkeley City Council last month, a fee that would be imposed on developers unless they create a certain amount of affordable units will not be implemented until at least the end of this year. The council decided at its meeting
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Berkeley City Council opposes federal audit of Pacific Steel

Berkeley City Council members voted unanimously at their June 28  meeting to adopt a resolution to dissuade the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from pursuing I-9 audits of the Berkeley-based Pacific Steel Casting Company. Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said the vote was a significant step in demonstrating Berkeley’s opposition to the
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Local business owners approve funding for Downtown improvement

A plan to improve the Downtown’s public areas with new construction, new business and cleaner streets was approved via mail-in vote after the Berkeley City Council’s Tuesday meeting. Under the plan — which was approved by a 71.03 percent majority of local business owners — the city will establish the
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City to host free outdoor movie series

The Downtown Berkeley Association announced yesterday plans for a free outdoor summer movie series in the Downtown during the month of August. At the event, which is called the Center Street Summer Cinema, movies will be shown for free on Saturday evenings in August in the Bank of America parking
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City council member meets with Obama

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin traveled to Washington, D.C., Friday morning to attend an intimate reception with the president and meet with members of his administration. Arreguin was one of a few members of the Young Elected Officials Network who were invited to the White House to discuss important local
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The Pacific Steel Casting Company faces an audit to verify the employment eligibility of its workers.

Pacific Steel to undergo employment eligibility audits

The Berkeley-based Pacific Steel Casting Company will be subject to an audit to verify the employment eligibility of its workers, raising concerns about the termination or deportation of any illegal immigrant workers employed by the company. Pacific Steel will be participating in an employment eligibility audit by the U.S. Immigration
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Berkeley City Council member meets with Obama

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin traveled to Washington, D.C., today in order to attend an intimate reception with the president and meet with members of his administration. According to a statement released by his office, Arreguin was one of a few members from the Young Elected Officials Network invited to
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Rocio Soto pays a meter for parking in the Downtown area on Friday. Downtown parking fees could rise by 25 cents per hour in July.

Berkeley City Council approves increased Downtown parking rates

Downtown Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue, which has boasted packed parking slots on most weekend afternoons, might soon find itself with many more vacant spaces as a result of a recent decision that could increase the hourly parking rate from $1.50 to $1.75. The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to increase the
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Demolition of library branches OK’d

The Berkeley City Council approved unanimously last Tuesday the demolition of the West and South branches of the city’s libraries, allowing the council to move forward with plans for the project despite possible funding uncertainties due to a lawsuit filed by a group of Berkeley residents. All of the library’s
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