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Berkeley council adopts new building sustainability law; small properties exempt for now

Berkeley is not moving fast enough toward its Climate Action Plan goals, says city staff. Image: City of Berkeley The Berkeley City Council unanimously adopted a new law Tuesday night aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making local buildings more sustainable, but included carve-outs — at least initially — for properties with up to four […]

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Drivers say goBerkeley program made it easier to park

New parking meters with credit card payment options were part of the goBerkeley program. Photo: Steer Davies Gleave/goBerkeley New parking meters with credit card payment options were part of the goBerkeley program. Photo: Steer Davies Gleave/goBerkeley Community members will have the chance next week to weigh in about changes to paid parking in three of Berkeley’s busiest commercial districts. The changes […]

Posted inObituaries

The man behind the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival: Mark Baldridge, 1948-2014

Mark Baldridge, who has died. Photo: Baldridge family By Sharon Coleman For decades, Berkeley has been enriched by a vibrant literary community with poetry at its heart, as we see in downtown Berkeley’s Addison Street Poetry Walk. At the heart of the poetry community since 1972 has been Poetry Flash, a hub for reviews, articles, […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Nature

Floods, outages keep Berkeley busy as storm hits

Flooding closed Ashby Avenue early Thursday evening. Authorities say it may be open by midnight. Photo: Jennifer Lazo Berkeley city workers handled more than 100 requests related to flooding, and more than 30 calls for tree-related issues, Thursday during a large storm that has been sweeping the Bay Area, authorities said. City spokesman Matthai Chakko said […]