Leaked documents shed new light on Kayla Moore’s in-custody death

Police Review Commission unanimously finds that one officer did not continually monitor Moore's vital signs

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Activists organize in Berkeley a year after Kayla Moore’s death in police custody.

On Feb. 12, 2013, police responded to a disturbance call in Downtown Berkeley that ended with the sudden in-custody death of Kayla Moore, a 347-pound black transgender woman with a history of mental illness.
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Telegraph’s critical juncture

CITY AFFAIRS: Nearly one year after a Telegraph Avenue building burned, taking two popular eateries with it, progress is moving too slow.

How long will the lot formerly home to Raleigh’s and Cafe Intermezzo remain empty? About 10 months ago, the site — which housed apartments in addition to the beloved eateries — was ravaged by a fire and later demolished as a result of the damage. Since then, little progress has
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What is triple jeopardy?

CITY AFFAIRS: The Berkeley City Council took a commendable step toward ending a practice of fining taxi drivers multiple times for one parking violation.

Berkeley is a small business town. Here, there are few major chains and no huge department stores — instead, local businesses dominate the commercial atmosphere.Therefore, it is crucial that the city continues to support small businesses and foster their growth. Taxis drivers who hold licenses to operate in Berkeley fall
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On voting and sitting

CITY AFFAIRS: The ACLU’s request to revisit placing Measure S on the ballot should not be followed. Berkeley voters deserve the final say.

Late at night on July 10, Mayor Tom Bates faced a tough decision. The Berkeley City Council meeting, at the time focused on placing the contentious “sit-lie” measure on the November ballot, was being derailed by an unruly crowd of the measure’s detractors, who sang loudly in protest. Bates needed
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Council holds hearing for third phase of West Berkeley Project

The Berkeley City Council held a public hearing at its meeting Tuesday night to discuss the third phase of the West Berkeley Project, an existing long-term plan that encourages new business growth by easing the city’s permit application process. At the hearing, mixed feelings were voiced by both city residents
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Berkeley streets in need of repairs

With the majority of its streets “at risk,” the city of Berkeley is working on a five-year plan to improve the deteriorating condition of its streets. At a special meeting Tuesday, Berkeley City Council reviewed a report that revealed the deteriorating condition of the city’s streets, 62 percent of which
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Council members consider possibility of postponing redistricting decision

UC Berkeley student government leaders presented their redistricting proposal to the Berkeley City Council during a public hearing on the matter Tuesday night, garnering some support from certain council members who are considering delaying action on the proposals until after the 2012 election. By postponing a redistricting decision, the council
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Berkeley City Council to consider moving forward with plastic bag ban

Single-use plastic bags might as well be an endangered species in Alameda County. Berkeley City Council is set to consider an item at its Tuesday meeting that would “initiate a public process to inform residents and businesses” that the council is seriously considering adopting a ban on single-use plastic bags.
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City Council to vote Tuesday on revised relocation ordinance

After years of planning and months of debate, the Berkeley City Council is in the final stages of updating an ordinance that would require landlords to provide payments to tenants who are displaced from their housing units. The council will vote at its meeting Tuesday on the updated Relocation Ordinance,
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