City Council approves Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan

Today, Downtown Berkeley is an eclectic mix of small businesses in small storefronts, with only a few buildings that jut out above the skyline. But now, that could all change. At its meeting Tuesday, Berkeley City Council approved its long-contended Downtown Area Plan, which aims to provide guidance for revitalizing
Read More…

Students, city officials to collaborate to form working group

Berkeley city officials and students will come together Wednesday for the first meeting of a working group that aims to increase collaboration between the city and students. The working group, which was put together by Berkeley city Councilmembers Jesse Arreguin, Gordon Wozniak and Kriss Worthington at the request of Berkeley
Read More…

Suspicious activity reporting requirements spark contention

Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin wanted to restrict when city law enforcement has to report suspicious activity to local intelligence centers regarding criminal and terrorist activities. At the Feb. 14 Berkeley City Council meeting, Arreguin proposed an amendment to do just that. Arreguin wanted to alter an agreement between the
Read More…

City orders two Berkeley medical cannabis collectives to close

One of Berkeley’s medical cannabis collectives has closed and another is at risk of being shut down following concerns that the businesses were illegally operating as dispensaries rather than collectives. On Dec. 8, the city’s code enforcement supervisor Gregory Daniel sent letters to the Perfect Plants Patient’s Group and 40
Read More…

Berkeley moving forward with tougher plastic bag ban

Following approval from the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night, the city of Berkeley will look into drafting a city ordinance that would expand Alameda County’s recently-passed plastic bag ban. “We want the city manager to come back (to) us with a plastic bag ordinance that would be stronger,” said Anthony
Read More…