Data show increasing safety on city streets

Over the past few years, Berkeley streets have become increasingly safe to walk on during the summer. Since 2009, Part I crimes  — which include both violent crimes such as homicide, rape and aggravated assault and property crimes — in Berkeley have had an overall decreasing trend in the summer
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City medical cannabis commission to develop policy guidelines

At the oft-delayed first meeting of the city’s reconstituted Medical Cannabis Commission Thursday, commission members made it clear they plan to develop guidelines for local medical marijuana policies in the interest of cannabis patients, despite unfavorable signals regarding marijuana from the federal government. The commission is charged with establishing a
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Student protester begins formal trial proceedings

After nearly eight months of conferences and negotiations with district authorities, UC Berkeley student Eric-Michael Wilson, who faces misdemeanor charges for his involvement in protests during the November 2010 University of California Board of Regents meeting, began formal trial proceedings Friday. Wilson faces one count of assaulting an officer, two
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Senior centers consolidate with new budget

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series on the city budget. Theresa Holman would probably be spending her afternoons at home watching reruns of the Oprah Winfrey Show on television were she not at the South Berkeley Senior Center. Holman, 76, started coming to the center
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City Council vote upholds contentious tea shop move

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to uphold an exception to one local business, allowing it to change locations to another district, thereby exceeding the quota for quick-service restaurants in that area. The appeal of the exception — which was brought before the council after the Zoning Adjustments Board approved
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City Council extends deadline for redistricting proposal

In an attempt to allow students more time to draft a redistricting proposal, the Berkeley City Council extended the submission deadline at its meeting Tuesday night, though the extension is about a month shorter than students had originally requested. The council voted to push back the original Sept. 16 deadline
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Man stabbed in Southside Tuesday night

An Oakland man was stabbed in Southside Tuesday night after an argument allegedly erupted over spilled coffee. At about 7:38 p.m., Berkeley police officers responded to a report of brandishing a knife and assault on the 2400 block of Dana Street, according to a UCPD crime alert. The victim, a
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City Council to consider allocation of unused funds

Some city programs may see several thousand dollars head their way after the Berkeley City Council considers the allocation of $36,000 in general funds at its meeting Tuesday. When the council adopted a biennial budget June 28, it also discussed the placement of $45,000 that was made available after it
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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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