Occupy Berkeley protesters handed eviction notice

Occupy Berkeley protesters camping out in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park received an eviction notice from Berkeley city staff Tuesday night, warning that failure to comply could result in arrests. The notice, which sets the park closure at 10 p.m. Wednesday, cites Berkeley Municipal code 6.32.020, which restricts
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After Nov. 18 fire, Telegraph Avenue area now a disaster zone

Those affected by the Nov. 18 fire that destroyed a building on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue are eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans after the area was deemed a disaster zone Wednesday. The area was declared a disaster zone by the U.S. Small Business Administration, meaning
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Fewer homicides seen in city, state and nation

By this time last year, six homicides had been committed in Berkeley. So far this year, that number is one. That number has decreased in the past four years and represents an extreme example of similar homicide trends across the state and country, where homicides have also decreased. “The City
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Criticism raised after building demolition violates permit

Demolition of the building destroyed in the Nov. 18 fire was halted temporarily Wednesday following an accidental violation of the partial demolition permit, though some residents claim city staff did not intervene quickly enough. A side letter of agreement issued with the demolition permit stipulated that the walls along Haste
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Cafe Gratitude to close all Bay Area locations

Following lawsuits accusing it of illegal business practices, Cafe Gratitude will soon close all eight of its Northern California locations. The founders of the chain — known for its vegan menu and dedication to sustainability — announced Tuesday that the business was forced to close the locations, including one in
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