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Op-ed: The Sierra Club’s eucalyptus management policy is the right approach for East Bay Hills

Eucalyptus trees are magnificent and picturesque, but they are inherently dangerous and invasive, depriving native plants of the chance to thrive wherever they grow. In some cases, exotic plants can co-exist with natives, but, in the case of blue gum eucalyptus, this is not the case. The species has evolved in the extraordinarily harsh, dry […]

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Proposed 130% sewer fee rate increase now up to voters

The city of Berkeley has extensive, EPA-mandated, sewer system maintenance planned over the next 12 years. Photo: City of Berkeley Berkeley officials approved a five-year sewer fee rate hike Tuesday night, and now it’s up to property owners to determine whether it will stick. One thousand gallons of water currently costs about $4 to use in Berkeley for the average […]

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EPA settlement calls for repairs to East Bay’s faulty sewage lines; Berkeley to pay $133,500 civil penalty

Berkeley and other East Bay cities have reached a settlement with the EPA to upgrade their sewer lines, which should prevent raw sewage from spilling into the bay during storms. Photo: dogefrost The recent settlement of a lawsuit between the Environmental Protection Agency and several cities, including Berkeley, will lead to major repairs of the East […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Nature

Old pipe breaks, closes Grant Street in Berkeley; 40 customers without water

Bancroft Way at Grant Street at 11 a.m. after a water main break. Photo: Kelly Dorsey Dozens of central Berkeley residents around Grant Street and Bancroft Way have been dealing with a water main break since Friday morning. Grant has been closed from Allston Way to Bancroft as crews work to fix the problem. Some lanes may be […]

Posted inCity, Schools

Berkeley installs first permeable pavers downtown

The construction site on Allston Way. Photo: Charles Siler Traffic may be rough come school season, but the construction project closing Allston Way outside Berkeley High School is significant: the city’s first major permeable pavement installation. The block of Allston between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street in downtown Berkeley is shut down for construction until mid-November while […]

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New drought rules would see Berkeley reduce its water use

A Downtown Berkeley Association employee powerwashes the sidewalk at the corner of Shattuck and Center. Photo: Isabelle Gaston This week the state Water Resources Control Board will consider emergency restrictions on water use that would require the city of Berkeley to impose fines for certain types of outdoor water use. If approved, the Water Board’s drought measures would require […]