City Council appoints Berkeley’s new director of planning

The city of Berkeley’s new director of planning was approved by the Berkeley City Council at its meeting Tuesday night, filling a position that has been vacant since last July. Eric Angstadt comes to Berkeley directly from Oakland’s Community and Economic Development Agency, where he served as deputy director for
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Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates talks to students at the first meeting of a new working group.

Berkeley mayor, students hold first working group meeting

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and several City Council members held the first in a series of working group meetings aimed at improving collaboration between the city and students Wednesday evening. The meeting — which was held at Eshleman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus — drew students from a variety
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The downtown area, formerly its own business district, will now become part of the city-wide Berkeley Tourism Business Improvement District.

City Council approves Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan

Today, Downtown Berkeley is an eclectic mix of small businesses in small storefronts, with only a few buildings that jut out above the skyline. But now, that could all change. At its meeting Tuesday, Berkeley City Council approved its long-contended Downtown Area Plan, which aims to provide guidance for revitalizing
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Students, city officials to collaborate to form working group

Berkeley city officials and students will come together Wednesday for the first meeting of a working group that aims to increase collaboration between the city and students. The working group, which was put together by Berkeley city Councilmembers Jesse Arreguin, Gordon Wozniak and Kriss Worthington at the request of Berkeley
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Suspicious activity reporting requirements spark contention

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin wanted to restrict when city law enforcement has to report suspicious activity to local intelligence centers regarding criminal and terrorist activities. At the Feb. 14 Berkeley City Council meeting, Arreguin proposed an amendment to do just that. Arreguin wanted to alter an agreement between the
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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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