Proposed changes to ordinance would ease relocation process for tenants

Berkeley tenants will have an easier time affording relocation to temporary units if the Berkeley City Council passes an ordinance at its meeting next Tuesday regarding unavoidable housing damages brought on by landlord negligence or disrepair that leaves the unit uninhabitable. The proposed revision to the city’s longstanding relocation ordinance —
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Motorcyclist killed in vehicle collision on Interstate 80

A motorcyclist was killed in a vehicle collision on Interstate 80 Friday afternoon just west of Gilman Street in Berkeley. At about 3:45 p.m., Timothy Walker, 33, of Vallejo, was riding his motorcycle on I-80 when he tried to switch lanes and collided with a second vehicle, according to Sam
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Study could help improve the efficiency of solar cells

UC Berkeley researchers laid the groundwork for potentially developing more energy-efficient solar cells in a new study published Sept. 15 in the journal Physical Review Letters. In the past, researchers have focused on looking at domains — the crystal surface of a solar cell that can convert sunlight into energy
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Assistance for children of faculty discussed

Due to the fear of losing important faculty members to competitor universities, UC Berkeley deans have discussed the possibility of offering college tuition assistance to faculty members’ children. At the Sept. 6 meeting of the campus’s Council of Deans — comprising campus administrators and deans of the various schools and
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Berkeley’s unemployment rate in August is less than July’s

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate decreased to 10. 2 percent in August — 0.3 percent less than July’s rate — according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in August was 57,800, of which 5,900 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in
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Man allegedly demands money from an Oakland Safeway

After allegedly demanding money from an Oakland Safeway supermarket about two weeks ago, a Richmond man is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail on suspicions of second degree robbery. Philip Taylor, 26, allegedly pointed a gun Sept. 3 at an employee behind the register at around 4:50 a.m. at
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New program to improve campus area crime analysis

UC Berkeley students will soon have the opportunity to analyze crime statistics and patterns in the campus area through a new program run jointly by the Berkeley Police Department and UCPD, which could be implemented as soon as October. The Berkeley City Council is expected to accept a $36,000 grant
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Patents little help for budget woes

Despite negotiating a patent royalties monetization that will bring millions in revenue to the campus this year, UC Berkeley officials do not see patent revenue as a long-term financial solution to budget woes. Even though an $87.5 million patent monetization deal will fund campus research facilities and biological sciences in
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Man robbed at knifepoint near People’s Park restrooms

A man was robbed of $10 via knife near the People’s Park restrooms Tuesday night. At about 9:55 p.m., a man was walking toward the men’s restroom in People’s Park when a suspect approached him out of the shadows, brandished a knife and demanded his money, according to UCPD spokesperson
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