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Berkeley considers ending single-family zoning by December 2022: A 'big deal'

Berkeley considers ending single-family zoning by December 2022: A 'big deal'

Berkeley is considering ending single-family zoning by December 2022 — an effort to right the wrongs of the past and address the region’s housing crisis, city leaders say.On Tuesday, the City Council will vote on a symbolic resolution that calls for an end to single-family zoning in the city. But the controversial proposal has already upset some residents who’ve expressed concern that the change could ruin their neighborhoods.Berkeley is the latest city looking at opening up these exclusive neighborhoods to more housing as the region struggles with exorbitant rents and home prices and...

Feb 22
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UC Berkeley students occupy People's Park to protest university's plans to develop housing there

UC Berkeley students occupy People's Park to protest university's plans to develop housing there

Nearly 65 UC Berkeley students slept overnight at People’s Park to protest the university’s plans to develop student housing and supportive housing for the homeless at the park, protesters said Tuesday.Their occupation comes after the university installed fences in some parts of the park for seismic testing as part of its plans to construct a dorm that could go up to 17 stories with 1,200 beds for students. While unclear how high the building for the homeless would be, it is expected to have 150 beds.The protest began Monday night to support the nearly 30 homeless residents who live there....

Feb 10
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Oakland council members clash with Schaaf over cuts to police

Oakland council members clash with Schaaf over cuts to police

Two Oakland city council members clashed with Mayor Libby Schaaf this week over public safety and budget cuts, criticizing the mayor for making fiscal decisions without council input and taking offense with her characterization of recent violent attacks against Asian Americans.The fighting comes amid financial turmoil as Oakland deals with and difficult decisions about cuts.At a news conference in Chinatown Wednesday , Schaaf denounced the “racist targeting of the Asian community.”Business owners in the Chinatown neighborhood have reported more than 20 unprovoked assaults and robberies over...

Feb 5
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Oakland faces a budget shortfall as police overtime spikes, tax revenue craters

Oakland faces a budget shortfall as police overtime spikes, tax revenue craters

{{viewsLeft}} Articles RemainingSubscribe now to keep reading. Cancel anytime.Unlimited Digital Access99¢ for 4 weeksImage 1 of 2Image 2 of 2Oakland faces a $62 million budget shortfall that the City Council must address to avoid an “unprecedented fiscal challenge,” said the city’s interim finance director.The city ended its 2019-20 fiscal year in June with a $30 million budget gap. Now that’s grown by an additional $32 million.“This significant shortfall puts the City at risk for severe fiscal stress if not addressed,” wrote Margaret O’Brien, Oakland’s interim finance director, in a...

Dec 8
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‘This is a public health crisis’: New push to allow safe drug use sites in S.F. and Oakland

‘This is a public health crisis’: New push to allow safe drug use sites in S.F. and Oakland

{{viewsLeft}} Articles RemainingSubscribe now to keep reading. Cancel anytime.Unlimited Digital Access95¢ for 1 monthRenews at $14.95/mo plus tax.Image 1 of 5Image 2 of 5Image 3 of 5Image 4 of 5Image 5 of 5State Sen. Scott Wiener said Thursday he plans to reintroduce controversial legislation next year that would allow for safe drug-use sites in San Francisco and Oakland.Wiener’s efforts to pass similar legislation have faced challenges over the past few years. The sites are aimed at reducing opioid overdoses and encouraging users to go into treatment while allowing them to get high under...

Oct 9
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S.F. to allow indoor worship services soon, but archdiocese to protest policy

S.F. to allow indoor worship services soon, but archdiocese to protest policy

Places of worship in San Francisco might be able to hold indoor services for up to 25 people, and 50 people outdoors, starting Oct. 1 if coronavirus cases aren’t surging.That goal was announced Monday, two days before the head of Archdiocese of San Francisco the city for “unfairly treating” religious institutions by not allowing indoor services — a move that he argued lacked compassion. He also said the new rules to allow indoor gathering will not accommodate enough people.He has organized to “Free the Mass.”San Francisco is currently in the red tier, based on the state’s new for allowing...

September 19, 2020
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As triple-digit temperatures hit Bay Area, residents bask outdoors

As triple-digit temperatures hit Bay Area, residents bask outdoors

Photo: Scott Strazzante / The ChronicleThe Bay Area’s hot weather will continue on Sunday, with parts of the region in triple digits and scant relief until early next week, the National Weather Service reported.Much of the East Bay was in the high 90s on Saturday, and Antioch and Lake Berryessa hit the low 100s. Temperatures are expected to remain hot on Sunday: Antioch is forecast to reach 95 degrees, and the same for Lake Berryessa. Temperatures in Livermore and Concord are projected to hit 98 degrees on Sunday, and Sacramento will be 103, while San Jose reaches 90.Oakland and Berkeley...

July 12, 2020
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Massive fire engulfs construction project in Oakland - SFGate

Massive fire engulfs construction project in Oakland - SFGate

By Sarah Ravani, Kimberly Veklerov, Hamed Aleaziz andOakland Fire July 7th, 2017Federal and Alameda County arson investigators were among those trying to determine the cause of a huge blaze that destroyed a seven-story building under construction in Oakland on Friday, displacing 700 nearby residents and leading one City Council member to suggest the fire was deliberately set.No one was injured in the predawn inferno that sent flames and smoke high above the area of downtown Oakland previously known as Auto Row.A tall construction crane that had apparently been damaged in the fire and was...

July 7, 2017
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