City of Berkeley could move funds out of Wells Fargo

Distrust of big banks became a common theme of the Occupy movement and inspired thousands across the nation to move their money to smaller credit unions. Now, the city of Berkeley may follow suit. At its Tuesday meeting, the Berkeley City Council will consider a proposal to move Berkeley’s assets
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City Council may recommend analysis on smoking ban

The Berkeley City Council will consider recommending an analysis on an ordinance that would give landlords in Berkeley the power to ban smoking in their residences. The recommendation, proposed by Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson and set to come up at the council’s meeting Tuesday, asks the city’s Community
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City Council votes to delay redistricting in Berkeley

Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday in favor of deferring redistricting in Berkeley until after the November 2012 election, a decision that could eventually result in a student supermajority district. By delaying redistricting, the City Council — which voted 7-2 in favor of the postponement — hopes to place a charter
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Berkeley city clerk dies at 37

Berkeley City Clerk Deanna Despain, known for her upbeat and warm personality, was found dead in her home Jan. 7. She was 37. Despain died after apparently falling down the stairs in her house, though the official cause of her death has not yet been determined, according to police. MaryAnn
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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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Protesters rally before Occupy Cal demonstrators’ proceedings

A group of UC Berkeley students, faculty and Occupy Cal protesters called for Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s resignation during a rally in Oakland Monday morning before scheduled court proceedings for some of the movement’s protesters. The proceedings — which took place at Oakland’s Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse — for the 39
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Council member to propose recommendation to reduce helicopter noise

From the recent string of earthquakes to the controversial Occupy movements, the city of Berkeley has received a considerable amount of media attention lately and, according to many residents, some unwelcome noise along with it. Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said he has received more complaints about helicopter noise in
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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 passes revised relocation ordinance

Berkeley’s revised Relocation Ordinance passed at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting following months of prolonged disagreement concerning the ordinance’s language involving seismic safety and pet displacement. Multiple drafts of the ordinance — first written in 1986 and revised over the past few years to reflect changes in the city’s housing environment
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Berkeley students, residents present proposals for redistricting

Community members and city staff met at the North Berkeley Senior Center Wednesday evening to view redistricting plans submitted by fellow Berkeley residents, including proposals from two groups of students with different intentions for student representation in city government. Authors of the six redistricting plans presented their proposals before a
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