Target plans to open a TargetExpress store in downtown Berkeley in March 2015. This is a photo of the first TargetExpress store, which opened in July in Minneapolis. Photo: Target
Target plans to open a TargetExpress store on the corner of Shattuck and Allston Way in downtown Berkeley in March 2015. Photo: Target

By far the biggest splash this week was the news that Target will be opening a small city store in downtown Berkeley. But this week also had thousands of readers poring over the latest on the so-called soda tax; questions about perceived overcrowding at Berkeley schools; continued debate about whether our police force should have Taser guns; and our report on an “alcohol-alternative” bar coming to town.

Here are the 5 stories from last week that you won’t want to miss:

  1. Target to open small city store in downtown Berkeley
  2. Squeeze at Berkeley schools a result of state-mandated transitional kindergarten classes
  3. Judge changes Berkeley “soda tax” ballot language
  4. City of Berkeley solicits Taser study; anti-Taser group holds forum 
  5. An alcohol-free bar for Berkeley and a new speakeasy in Alameda

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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...