City Council members consider impact of development fees in Berkeley

At a special work session Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council discussed implementing new fees on development projects in the city that would go toward beautification and transportation projects. The city currently collects fees on new commercial developments to fund affordable child care and affordable housing — collected at $1
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5th Annual Town & Gown Conference starts tomorrow

Tomorrow Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and author Mark Hertsgaard will give keynote addresses for the first day of the Town & Gown Conference in Berkeley — a two-day event where college and city representatives from throughout the state meet to discuss cooperative strategies for dealing with current and potential obstacles. Adelyn
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City to host fifth annual Town & Gown Conference

Representatives from cities and colleges throughout California will flock to Berkeley later this week, as the city hosts the fifth annual Town & Gown Conference. “Town-gown” describes the relationship between large universities and the cities they coexist with. Hence, the conference — which will take place Thursday and Friday at
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Phil Kamlarz

City Council to appoint acting city manager

Just a week after Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz announced he would retire this year, the Berkeley City Council will convene in a closed session Monday night to appoint an acting city manager. A few months after the acting manager fills the position, the council will evaluate their performance and
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All bets are on for Cal-Fresno State football game

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is taking all sorts of risks — not dealing with politics but sports. Swearengin has made two friendly wagers over Saturday’s football game between Cal and Fresno State at Candlestick Park in San Francisco — one with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and another with San Francisco
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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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A demonstrator holds up a sign at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. The council adopted a city budget after efforts to divert funding from city paving to social service programs were unsuccessful.

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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