Caffe Mediterraneum recently became the first Telegraph Avenue vendor approved to stay open 24 hours a day.

Caffe Mediterraneum approved for 24-hour business

The city of Berkeley’s recent approval of Caffe Mediterraneum’s bid to keep its doors open 24 hours a day has pushed ongoing efforts to turn Telegraph Avenue into a 24-hour business district one step further. Amid the Telegraph Business Improvement District’s endeavor to extend Telegraph businesses’ hours with the hope
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Fire at Ashby Lumber caused by wood-staining rags

A fire broke out late Monday night at Ashby Lumber when rags used for wood-staining caught on fire. At approximately 9:37 p.m., bystanders from a business across the street noticed that a fire had broken out at 824 Ashby Ave. The bystanders then called the Berkeley Fire Department, which responded
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City council member meets with Obama

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin traveled to Washington, D.C., Friday morning to attend an intimate reception with the president and meet with members of his administration. Arreguin was one of a few members of the Young Elected Officials Network who were invited to the White House to discuss important local
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Signs prohibiting loitering and trespassing are found on fences and doors around the Berkeley High School campus. Recent incidences of bringing guns on campus have prompted a committee to work on safety recommendations.

Safety committee to present report to school board

A committee focusing on improving gun safety in local high schools will meet one final time this week before presenting a finalized report of recommendations to the district’s Board of Directors June 29. This past school year, seven separate incidences of students bringing guns to Berkeley High School and Berkeley
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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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Berkeley City Council member meets with Obama

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin traveled to Washington, D.C., today in order to attend an intimate reception with the president and meet with members of his administration. According to a statement released by his office, Arreguin was one of a few members from the Young Elected Officials Network invited to
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City officials and workers compromise on pension reform

City officials and workers announced Tuesday at the Berkeley City Council meeting their agreement on a two-tiered pension system and a deferral of a previously agreed upon salary increase in hopes of ameliorating Berkeley’s current budget deficit. After nearly four months of negotiations, an agreement that would work to decrease
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Preschool Spanish program to open in fall

Championing the words of the ancient French king Charlemagne — “to have another language is to possess a second soul” — an East Bay Spanish immersion preschool program is opening a new branch in Berkeley. Kids Into Speaking Spanish is set to finalize arrangements to transfer ownership of a West
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City Council promotes affordable local housing

Berkeley real estate developers now have more of an incentive to build affordable housing units after the Berkeley City Council voted to pass an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday that would impose a fee on developers who do not meet the required percentage of affordable units. First introduced in Berkeley
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