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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Leading up to the ‘Big One’

This page will aggregate The Daily Californian’s coverage of earthquakes as well as earthquake safety and preparedness in Berkeley. Follow The Daily Californian on Twitter for the latest updates as they happen. Co-ops work to raise funds for seismic retrofits By Anjuli Sastry | 11/4/11 Berkeley Student Cooperative residents will
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Police Review Board commissioner dies at 71

Vonnie Gurgin — Berkeley Police Review Board commissioner, UC Berkeley alumna, criminology expert and dog-lover — was pronounced dead Oct. 17 after she was found in her Berkeley Hills home. She was born in 1940. Fellow Commissioner George Perezvelez describes Gurgin’s presence on the commission as simultaneously professional and personal.
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Berkeley unemployment rate decreases to 9.7 percent, lowest rate since May

The city of Berkeley’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in September, a 0.5 decrease from the August rate, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. Berkeley’s labor force in September was 58,000, of which 5,600 were unemployed, according to the department. Unemployment in Berkeley
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