City Council adopts budget to reduce deficit

Efforts to divert about $105,000 in funding from city paving programs to some of Berkeley’s social service programs were unsuccessful when the Berkeley City Council adopted a city budget Tuesday night, though about $36,000 in other funding remains unallocated for the time being. Facing a projected $12.2 million deficit for
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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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The Pacific Steel Casting Company faces an audit to verify the employment eligibility of its workers.

Pacific Steel to undergo employment eligibility audits

The Berkeley-based Pacific Steel Casting Company will be subject to an audit to verify the employment eligibility of its workers, raising concerns about the termination or deportation of any illegal immigrant workers employed by the company. Pacific Steel will be participating in an employment eligibility audit by the U.S. Immigration
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Study reveals emotions trigger generation of neurons

A tantalizing twist in the understanding of how emotions impact memory formation was revealed in a study published Tuesday by a team of UC Berkeley neuroscientists. In the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers were able to explain that the brain’s center for processing emotional information  — called
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Additional cost-saving proposals will be reviewed

One of seven teams within the campus cost-cutting Operational Excellence initiative may soon be another step closer to seeing its proposals enacted. After proposals from the student service initiative team received guidance from the initiative’s program committee, the coordinating committee — composed of one staff member and one faculty member
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County leaders met to discuss a plan to shift responsibility for funding some services to local governments.

Forum covers proposed shift of state services to local control

Several Alameda County officials met and hosted a forum at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley on Friday to discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift responsibility for certain state services to local governments. Programs including mental health services, child and foster care and criminal justice have been proposed to
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