Potential federal crackdown could threaten Berkeley ‘cannabusinesses’

The federal government is now positioned to raise the heat on the issue of medical marijuana in California, possibly threatening Berkeley’s voter-approved efforts to develop cannabis-related business. This potentially increased scrutiny is due to a strongly worded letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to U.S. attorneys, which may result
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City Council approves second phase of West Berkeley project

A controversial second phase of the long-standing West Berkeley Project that allows research and development businesses to occupy protected spaces was passed by the Berkeley City Council at its meeting Tuesday night. Under newly amended guidelines, a total of 270,000 gross square feet of protected warehouse and wholesale space may
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Berkeley school board discusses safety report

After six separate gun incidents at Berkeley high schools since Jan. 10, the Berkeley Unified School District’s Ad Hoc Safety Committee has been instructed by the district’s Board of Education to create an action plan for the committee’s gun prevention recommendations on Berkeley high school campuses. At Wednesday night’s school
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Local business owners approve funding for Downtown improvement

A plan to improve the Downtown’s public areas with new construction, new business and cleaner streets was approved via mail-in vote after the Berkeley City Council’s Tuesday meeting. Under the plan — which was approved by a 71.03 percent majority of local business owners — the city will establish the
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City Council adopts budget to reduce deficit

Efforts to divert about $105,000 in funding from city paving programs to some of Berkeley’s social service programs were unsuccessful when the Berkeley City Council adopted a city budget Tuesday night, though about $36,000 in other funding remains unallocated for the time being. Facing a projected $12.2 million deficit for
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Student robbed of wallet on Southside

A man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Southside Sunday night. At about 11:50 p.m., the victim, a study-abroad student, was walking on Telegraph Avenue near Dwight Way when he was approached by two males who allegedly demanded his wallet. One of the suspects took the victim’s wallet
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Man robbed in Downtown Berkeley

A man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Downtown Berkeley Sunday morning. At about 2:15 a.m., the victim, a 23-year-old male, was on his bicycle on the intersection of Addison Street and Shattuck Avenue when he was allegedly approached from behind by two males who pulled him off
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Woman robbed in Southside

A woman was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Southside Monday afternoon. At about 1:57 p.m., the 22-year-old woman was using her iPhone as she was walking on the 2400 block of Haste Street when she was approached by a male who allegedly attempted to take her phone. The
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Committee releases gun control and safety report

Violence prevention education, increased security presence and screening for weapons at schools are just a few recommendations from the Berkeley Unified School District’s Ad Hoc Safety Committee, released in a gun control and safety report June 24. The committee presented the report to the district’s Board of Directors Wednesday night
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Woman struck by train, killed at Ashby BART station

A woman was struck by a train and killed at the Ashby BART station this afternoon. At around 12:47 p.m., the woman was hit as a northbound train entered the station, according to BART spokesperson Jim Allison. According to Allison, witnesses later explained that the woman did not appear to
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