BART to increase security for anniversary of 9/11

As part of a project called Operation RAILSAFE, Bay Area Rapid Transit is increasing its security presence at its stations and parking lots in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. The operation — which is designed to coordinate deployments of law enforcement officers from Contra Costa, Alameda and San
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Planning Commission discusses Downtown Area Plan

As the city of Berkeley reviews the latest version of a plan that aims to transform the Downtown area into a more welcoming place for residents, tourists and businesses, concerns continue to arise regarding zoning designations and building height limits. The city Planning Commission met Wednesday night to review proposed
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UCPD reports rise in alcohol-related casualty calls

Twice as many UC Berkeley students were rushed to the hospital for alcohol intoxication in the first few weeks of the semester this year than last year, according to UCPD statistics. Between move-in weekend and Labor Day weekend last year, UCPD officers responded to seven alcohol-related casualty calls — instances
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City commission meets to discuss tax regulation on medical cannabis

Representatives of Berkeley’s newly-reconstituted Medical Cannabis Commission met for the second time Thursday to discuss their ongoing efforts to develop recommendations that will develop tax regulation on medical cannabis in the city. At Thursday’s meeting, the commission successfully established two four-member subcommittees — one for dispensaries and one for cultivation
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Local school district establishes heightened safety measures

After several incidents involving firearms on its campus last year, Berkeley High School has instated heightened safety measures for the start of the new school year. As part of the changes, the high school, teeming with more than 3,000 students, now has four campus monitors — positions created to guard
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City commission closes March 3 crowd control complaint

The Berkeley Police Review Commission voted at a meeting Wednesday night to close a policy complaint raised earlier this year regarding police use of force and crowd control tactics at the protests on the UC Berkeley campus in March. The complaint — brought March 17 by Copwatch member Andrea Prichett
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Police arrest suspect in tire-puncturing incident

Berkeley police have arrested one suspect who they say is responsible for puncturing dozens of tires and spray painting a few vehicles in South Berkeley last week, police announced Thursday morning. At about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Berkeley Police Department officers arrested Berkeley resident Mandisa Monroe, 33, near her home, according
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Man beaten unconscious outside Cal-Fresno State football game

A man was beaten unconscious outside of San Francisco’s Candlestick Park prior to the start of the Cal-Fresno State football game Saturday afternoon. According to the San Francisco Police Department, the incident occurred in the parking lot of Candlestick Park, when a sergeant on bicycle patrol responded to commotion coming
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Berkeley police solve tire-puncturing incident

Berkeley police say they have solved last week’s massive tire-puncturing incident and determined the crime was committed by a single person. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan said at a city Police Review Commission meeting Wednesday night that the investigation has “led us to a single person” and that the department
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