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Staffer at Berkeley’s Ecology Center faces deportation for two-decade-old felony conviction

Daniel Maher (center), recycling director at Berkeley’s Ecology Center, faces the threat of deportation to China, where he was born, but lived for only three years. Photo: Ecology Center Daniel Maher (center), recycling director at Berkeley’s Ecology Center, faces the threat of deportation to China, where he was born, but lived for only three years. Photo: Ecology […]

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Options Recovery expands to new offices in Berkeley

Drug and alcohol treatment program Options Recovery Services is expanding this month. Photo: Melati Citrawireja Drug and alcohol treatment program Options Recovery Services is expanding this month. Photo: Melati Citrawireja 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 […]

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Berkeley’s One World Play Project aims to empower young women through sports

The One World Play Project has started #AllGirlsCanPlay, an initiative to empower girls around the world using play. Photo: One World Play Project One World Play Project, a Berkeley-based organization that sends indestructible soccer balls around the world, has launched an initiative that aims to empower young women through sports. Called #AllGirlsCanPlay, the campaign began […]

Posted inSchools

Berkeley Public Schools Fund reaches $1M mark

The Berkeley Schools Fund provides over $1.5 million per year in grant funding and in-kind volunteer hours for projects that serve over 10,000 students. Photo: Berkeley Public Schools Fund 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 […]

Posted inCity, Community, Housing & Development, Nature

New Berkeley Humane shelter plans approved

Project renderings of the proposed Berkeley Humane building on Ninth Street. Image: Noll & Tam Architects 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 […]

Posted inCity, Community, Opinion

Op-ed: Berkeley’s new donation boxes obfuscate underlying issues

It’s no accident that the newly launched “Positive Change Donation Program”, a partnership of the Downtown Berkeley Association, Berkeley Food and Housing Project, and City of Berkeley, was introduced at the same time that new anti-homeless downtown measures were passed. Donation box programs are in vogue, with similar programs in Indianapolis, Denver, Pasadena, and Orlando, […]

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Nonprofit accuses city of Berkeley of ‘unethical contracting practices’ for new homeless center

Berkeley’s new approach to homeless services: the proposed Housing Crisis Resolution Center. Image: City of Berkeley Berkeley’s new approach to homeless services: the proposed Housing Crisis Resolution Center. Image: City of Berkeley The city of Berkeley says it will change its commission recommendation process after a community agency brought allegations of serious conflicts of interest during […]