The city of Berkeley filed a lawsuit against Ken Sarachan, the owner of the empty lot on the corner Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street.

City files lawsuit against owner of vacant Haste Street lot

The city of Berkeley has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the vacant lot at 2501 Haste St. nearly four months after the City Council voted unanimously to foreclose on the lot’s nearly $641,000 lien. The Sept. 6 decision by the council gave property owner Kenneth Sarachan two choices:
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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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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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Raleigh’s, Cafe Intermezzo may reopen after Haste Street fire

Raleigh’s Bar & Grill and Cafe Intermezzo, the two popular eateries destroyed by the Haste Street fire in November, might reopen, according to an architect hired by the building’s owners. This comes as welcome news for business owners operating in the fire-struck neighborhood who say the blaze has resulted in
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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 continues but stands at ideological crossroads

Nationwide, encampments established as part of the Occupy movement have been sites of conflict and unrest, often resulting in clashes with city officials and local law enforcement. Occupy Berkeley is an exception, though, and some say the lack of resistance to the camp’s existence from the institutions it opposes has
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