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City maintains shower program for homeless

They huddled under the awning outside the swim center, some clutching half-empty bottles of shampoo, others, half-empty bottles of liquor. They were the homeless of Berkeley, waiting outside the closed pool at Willard Middle School to take their Saturday morning showers. The city has run a daily shower program at
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New tattoo parlor to open on Telegraph Avenue

A custom tattoo parlor opening next month on Telegraph Avenue will be the latest addition to Berkeley’s wide array of piercing studios, gourmet restaurants and stylish boutiques. Set to begin business during the first weekend of September, War Horse Tattoo will be located at 2599 Telegraph at the corner of
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The Joint Southside Safety Patrol began three years ago when UCPD and BPD officers shared squad cars to increase patrol presence on Thursday through Saturday nights.

Departments collaborate to improve Southside safety

With a new school year under way, UCPD and the Berkeley Police Department are teaming up to keep crime in check. The Joint Southside Safety Patrol, which was launched last August as an effort to curtail violent crime and public nuisances, is a partnership between the two police agencies that
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Councilmember Kriss Worthington, shown here campaigning for the Berkeley City Council District 7 seat in the 2010 elections, has agreed with an amendment that would impose a penalty on candidates who fail to file campaign expenditure reports.

Berkeley City Council to consider election reforms

The Berkeley City Council delayed voting on election reform amendments submitted by a commission at the council’s Tuesday meeting. Five amendments to the Berkeley Election Reform Act submitted by the Fair Campaign Practices Commission were delayed after Mayor Tom Bates said the reforms left him with questions and needed further
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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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Student super-majority district would require charter amendment

The only way to create a student super-majority city council district, which would theoretically allow for the easy election of a student council member, is to amend Berkeley’s city charter, according to city staff. At a small, student-oriented meeting on Thursday night, staff informed those in attendance that the redistricting
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ASUC pushes for student-majority district

In an attempt to gain a stronger student presence on the Berkeley City Council by allowing for the creation of a student council member, the ASUC has asked the council to extend the deadline for public redistricting proposal submissions in a letter dated July 5. Following a series of letters
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Gayley Street's potholes are a result of Berkeley's deteriorating pavement. The city's pavement condition was given a score of 60 out of a possible 100 points in a report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Report ranks pavement condition in ‘fair’ category

The overall condition of pavement on the city of Berkeley’s thoroughfares is just shy of entering a level that would greatly increase the need for major rehabilitation, according to a recent report. The report, released last Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, gave Berkeley a pavement condition index of 60
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City Council to vote on budget proposals

                    With the Berkeley City Council set to adopt a city budget at its meeting Tuesday, a number of employee layoffs and reductions to city programs may result. The city is looking at eliminating about 79 positions — some of which
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Caffe Mediterraneum recently became the first Telegraph Avenue vendor approved to stay open 24 hours a day.

Caffe Mediterraneum approved for 24-hour business

The city of Berkeley’s recent approval of Caffe Mediterraneum’s bid to keep its doors open 24 hours a day has pushed ongoing efforts to turn Telegraph Avenue into a 24-hour business district one step further. Amid the Telegraph Business Improvement District’s endeavor to extend Telegraph businesses’ hours with the hope
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