Berkeley City Council, school district to vacate Old City Hall

Both the Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley City Council plan to vacate Old City Hall, which houses the district’s offices and council chambers, in the near future. The building, located at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way and also called the Maudelle Shirek Building, after the former council member,
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Occupy Berkeley protesters march through downtown

As many as 300 people took to the sidewalks in Downtown Berkeley Saturday as part of a demonstration sparked by the Occupy Wall Street movement to protest social and economic inequality and corporate greed. Joining what Occupy Wall Street declared the worldwide “International Day of Action,” over 100 protesters gathered
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Community members meet to discuss Telegraph area improvement

Southside community members met in the basement of Moe’s Books Thursday night for the first meeting of the Telegraph Livability Coalition to suggest possible changes to improve the Telegraph Avenue atmosphere in terms of business, cleanliness, safety and tourism. UC Berkeley juniors and ASUC Senators Andrew Albright and Anthony Galace
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Berkeley school district rejects charter school proposal

A proposal for a charter school was turned down by the Berkeley Unified School District’s Board of Education this week. The board followed with the staff recommendation at its Wednesday meeting to reject the proposal for Integrity Education Center, an earlier version of which the board denied earlier this year.
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State prison realignment less of a burden on local counties

California’s dramatic prison realignment plan enacted this month appears to be less of a burden for the counties around Berkeley than in other parts of the state. An attempt to reduce prison overpopulation and rates of repeat offense, Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment plan — which went into effect Oct.1 under
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District awaits results as 2020 Vision plan enters early stages

Although nearly all of the Berkeley Unified School District’s plans to close the district’s racial achievement gap by 2020 are under way, measuring the progress so far remains difficult, since the programs are still in their early stages. The plan, called 2020 Vision, is composed of 87 action steps that
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Occupy Berkeley movement lacks numbers, leadership

In a space crammed with tables of food and plastic utensils, blankets and a haphazard arrangement of colorful cardboard signs, members of Occupy Berkeley are camping out — and have been for almost a week. In front of the Bank of America building in Downtown Berkeley, protesters are joining the
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Power outage Tuesday delays BART commuters

Authorities closed the Downtown Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transit station Tuesday after a power outage hit the Downtown area, preventing commuters from stopping at or leaving the station for almost two hours. About 1,150 customers were affected when an underground cable failed just before 4 p.m. near the intersection of
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