City orders two Berkeley medical cannabis collectives to close

One of Berkeley’s medical cannabis collectives has closed and another is at risk of being shut down following concerns that the businesses were illegally operating as dispensaries rather than collectives. On Dec. 8, the city’s code enforcement supervisor Gregory Daniel sent letters to the Perfect Plants Patient’s Group and 40
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Berkeley moving forward with tougher plastic bag ban

Following approval from the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night, the city of Berkeley will look into drafting a city ordinance that would expand Alameda County’s recently-passed plastic bag ban. “We want the city manager to come back (to) us with a plastic bag ordinance that would be stronger,” said Anthony
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The Berkeley City Council is considering moving its funds from Wells Fargo into local credit unions.

City of Berkeley could move funds out of Wells Fargo

Distrust of big banks became a common theme of the Occupy movement and inspired thousands across the nation to move their money to smaller credit unions. Now, the city of Berkeley may follow suit. At its Tuesday meeting, the Berkeley City Council will consider a proposal to move Berkeley’s assets
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City Council may recommend analysis on smoking ban

The Berkeley City Council will consider recommending an analysis on an ordinance that would give landlords in Berkeley the power to ban smoking in their residences. The recommendation, proposed by Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson and set to come up at the council’s meeting Tuesday, asks the city’s Community
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Shahryar Abbasi and other members of the ASUC spoke at the Jan. 17 Berkeley City Council meeting.

City Council votes to delay redistricting in Berkeley

Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday in favor of deferring redistricting in Berkeley until after the November 2012 election, a decision that could eventually result in a student supermajority district. By delaying redistricting, the City Council — which voted 7-2 in favor of the postponement — hopes to place a charter
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Berkeley city clerk dies at 37

Berkeley City Clerk Deanna Despain, known for her upbeat and warm personality, was found dead in her home Jan. 7. She was 37. Despain died after apparently falling down the stairs in her house, though the official cause of her death has not yet been determined, according to police. MaryAnn
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Tents set up by members of Occupy Berkeley dot the grass at Martin Luther King Park in Downtown Berkeley.

Occupy Berkeley protesters handed eviction notice

Occupy Berkeley protesters camping out in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park received an eviction notice from Berkeley city staff Tuesday night, warning that failure to comply could result in arrests. The notice, which sets the park closure at 10 p.m. Wednesday, cites Berkeley Municipal code 6.32.020, which restricts
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