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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City officials examine preschool funding options

Following the Berkeley Unified School District’s proposal to eliminate extended day care programs to offset budget cuts to preschool funding, concerns from low-income families who rely on the programs to watch their children prompted further discussion between city and school officials. At the school district’s June 8 Board of Education
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Police officers meet up after planned protests in Oakland. Some thought protests would spring up in Oakland and Los Angeles after the release of Johannes Mehserle.

Mehserle’s release from jail passes by quietly

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant III in 2009, was quietly released from jail early Monday morning. At approximately 12:01 a.m., Mehserle was released from the Los Angeles County Jail after serving 11 months for the involuntary manslaughter of Grant, the 22-year-old Mehserle
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Some stores boarded up their windows in anticipation of rioting.

Hundreds gather to protest release of former BART police officer

Protesters have gathered in Downtown Oakland to protest the release of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was convicted of killing Oscar Grant III and has served 11 months for his crime. A Los Angeles jury convicted Mehserle in July 2010 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Oscar
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