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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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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Bizarre bazaar

CITY AFFAIRS: Give Telegraph Avenue business owners the opportunity to set up shop on the sidewalk. There isn’t much to lose.

Few experiences can match visiting a bustling, vibrant marketplace. While Telegraph Avenue may not today inspire cosmopolitan visions of a coursing hub that attracts Berkeleyans and outside visitors alike, proposed changes to city rules governing street vendors may bring that dream closer to reality. If approved by Berkeley City Council
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Report shows drop in city crime rates

Property and violent crimes in Berkeley reached their lowest rates in five years in 2011, according to a report on crime trends set to be presented to Berkeley City Council next week. The number of reported incidents of property and violent crime went from 6,472 crimes in 2010 to 5,145
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