For the first time last week, the Berkeley City Council weighed in on improvements planned for the downtown Berkeley plaza and BART station. (Click the image for details.) Image: BART

1. Man convicted of first-degree murder of Berkeley woman: exclusive Berkeleyside coverage

2. Pot for the poor: National media scream “Berzekeley,” but it’s nothing new

3. New 6-story apartment building to rise in downtown, part of construction boom

4. City backtracks on evicting homeless encampment at Gilman underpass

5. Hurrah say kids everywhere: Tilden Little Farm, merry-go-round are open again!

6. New designs for downtown Berkeley BART Plaza scrutinized by Council

7. Local author Edan Lepucki’s world explodes after her debut novel gets the Colbert bump

8. Berkeley native hopes to become youngest City Council member

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...