CALPIRG campaigns to ban plastic bags statewide

CALPIRG used a giant signable tote bag inscribed with the pun “We are totes ready” Wednesday to help gather signatures and raise awareness for “Bag Free Week” —  part of the group’s ongoing campaign to ban plastic bags across California. The event was intended to gain signatures for a petition
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Loopholes shift burden onto taxpayers, CalPIRG report finds

The UC Berkeley chapter of CalPIRG held a tax day press conference Tuesday and addressed a recent report’s findings that state taxpayers would pay about $400 more in 2011 taxes if the burden of tax loopholes used by corporations and individuals who stash earnings overseas was divided evenly. Signs displayed by
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Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

Faces of Berkeley: Tom Bates, city mayor

Bates places emphasis on a greener future

Seventy-four-year-old Mayor Tom Bates walks to work every day. Bates, whose hair has gone entirely gray and who recently went through knee surgery, says he would rather walk than drive a car that pollutes the environment. The mayor’s reign has been characterized by a progressively moderate council representative of a
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Study finds lack of students, ethnic diversity on city commissions

UC Berkeley students, Berkeley City Council members and commissioners met on the steps of City Hall Monday evening to discuss the findings of the Student Diversity Study conducted by members of the ASUC. The study, conducted by ASUC Senator Sydney Fang and members of her staff, outlines the disproportionate ratio
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Council member gives his first-ever ASUC executive candidate endorsements

For the first time in his 15 years as a Berkeley City Council member, Kriss Worthington has endorsed student candidates for the ASUC elections at UC Berkeley. Worthington, whose district includes the UC Berkeley campus and surrounding Southside neighborhoods, endorsed Andrew Albright, Sydney Fang and Anthony Galace, three CalSERVE executive
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Nancy Skinner speaks at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

Emails reveal potentially tense relationship between administration, legislators

Spokesperson relays apology from Birgeneau for remark that Skinner and Hancock 'only know how to do damage'

Recently obtained email exchanges between campus officials regarding the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest suggest that the UC Berkeley administration may have tense feelings about the role of two state legislators in encouraging past campus protests. In a Nov. 8 email, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer wrote to
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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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CALPIRG seeks to garner 60,000 signatures to ban plastic bags

Local politicians and environmental advocates joined the UC Berkeley chapter of CALPIRG on Upper Sproul Plaza Wednesday to speak about the importance of banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags in California. State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington joined CALPIRG members at a sparsely attended
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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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