Departments collaborate to improve Southside safety

With a new school year under way, UCPD and the Berkeley Police Department are teaming up to keep crime in check. The Joint Southside Safety Patrol, which was launched last August as an effort to curtail violent crime and public nuisances, is a partnership between the two police agencies that
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Grand opening of Apple store attracts local fans

Apple Inc. fans and customers flocked to West Berkeley on Saturday to witness the unveiling of the company’s new store on Fourth Street. Nearly 300 people waited throughout the morning to enter the East Bay’s fourth Apple store location at 1823 Fourth Street — some even arriving at midnight the
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City unemployment experiences increase

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate increased to 10.5 percent in July, a 0.2 increase from the June rate, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in July was 58,000, of which 6,100 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in Berkeley
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The collection of waste, recycling and green waste is supported by the refuse fund.

Solid Waste Management Division addresses structural deficit

Though at first glance, the city of Berkeley’s waste transfer station and recycling center look much the same as they always have, the monetary aspects behind them tell a different story. Located in the outskirts of West Berkeley near the freeway and the bay beyond, the recycling center — managed
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Apple to unveil new store in Berkeley

After months of anticipation, speculation and construction, Apple Inc. will unveil its new retail store location in Berkeley on Saturday — a move which some hope will contribute to the atmosphere and revitalization of the area. The Apple store — located at  1823 Fourth St. — will be open to
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Protests prompt closure of several BART stations

BART’s controversial decision to cut underground cellphone service during an attempted protest last week has since resulted in a breach of the transit agency’s computer system, another protest and a federal investigation. Organized by the group No Justice No BART, the first protest was scheduled for Aug. 11 to denounce
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Group of UC retirees appeal court decision

After losing in the courts earlier this year in a drawn-out legal battle regarding retirement health benefits, a group of UC retirees at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are appealing the court’s decision, seeking to prove that their original benefits were unfairly altered. The UC Livermore Retiree Group — which
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Community members raise concern over equal representation in city redistricting

As Berkeley’s redistricting process continues to advance, concern has been raised about whether the rules established in the city charter affect equal representation of minority voters and therefore violate the federal Voting Rights Act, though city officials said there are no credible claims yet. Students and redistricting campaign coordinators spoke
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Berkeley woman has high hopes for Albany cannabis dispensary

A Berkeley woman who co-founded local medical cannabis collective Berkeley Patients Group is looking to set up shop in Albany with another collective, which would be the city’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary. The application, submitted by Debby Goldsberry at the beginning of the summer, is currently under review.
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