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Posted inCommunity

Mayor, consul general, lay wreaths to honor 6 killed in Berkeley balcony collapse

A difficult day for Berkeley came to a close wrapped in the mournful tones of a single bagpipe as Berkeley’s mayor and Ireland’s San Francisco-based consul general laid two wreaths at the site of a tragic balcony collapse. A fifth-floor balcony at Library Gardens at 2020 Kittredge St. collapsed early Tuesday morning, plunging five Irish students and one […]

Posted inNature

Goats swarm across road, stop traffic in Berkeley Hills

A herd of grass-munching goats swarmed across Cyclotron Road in the Berkeley Hills last week on the way to another plant-clearing mission below Blackberry Gate. The goats are part of Berkeley Lab’s vegetation management plan to trim abundant grasslands and reduce fire hazards. Read more about animals in Berkeley. Berkeley Lab posted a video of the goats on […]

Posted inCommunity

Options Recovery expands to new offices in Berkeley

Options Recovery Services is set to expand to Berkeley’s Old City Hall annex space this month. The drug and alcohol treatment program is currently located on Center Street, and will retain that space while moving mostly administrative offices into the building at 1835 Allston Way. The organization will hold an open house Thursday, June 18, from 4:30-7:30 […]

Posted inSchools

Berkeley High students from AMPS school denounce offensive yearbook comment

Outraged students from Berkeley High School’s Academy of Medicine and Public Service (AMPS) released a statement June 8 denouncing an offensive comment written in the school yearbook that flagged students in the program as “future … trash collators” [sic]. The six students who signed the statement said the derogatory comment shows there is continued bias against the […]

Posted inSchools

Berkeley Public Schools Fund reaches $1M mark

For the first time, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund has reached $1 million in annual fundraising, according to the organization. The 32-year-old organization has collected over $13 million to date for the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), providing classroom grants for approximately 300 teachers in the district each year that benefit over 10,000 students. Last school year, the Schools […]

Posted inSchools

District, teachers agree on teacher contracts through 2017

The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) and the Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT) have reached tentative agreement on teacher contracts for 2015-16 and 2016-17. As a result, teachers should see a total compensation increase of 8% over two years. The 8% hike comprises a 5% increase that includes a 1% increase to the district’s contribution to health benefits, […]

Posted inCity, Community, Housing & Development, Nature

New Berkeley Humane shelter plans approved

Berkeley Humane won approval last week to construct a new facility on Ninth Street, and the organization is hoping to get the community involved to help make the project a reality. The city’s Zoning Adjustments Board approved the permit for the new building May 14 to allow demolition of the agency’s existing facility and future construction of a new 2-story, 13,211-square-foot replacement […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley launches public meetings on health inequalities

Berkeley is gearing up for a series of town hall meetings about the state of public health in the city to allow community members to share their thoughts and concerns regarding the improvement of city-wide health priorities. The discussions are envisioned as a collaboration between Berkeley’s Public Health Division and the community in a “shared effort” to realign […]