Council approves West Berkeley research plan [Berkeley Voice]
SF street food parties spread to Berkeley [Boston.com]
Will Berkeley’s Bazaar replace SF’s Underground Market? [East Bay Express]
Bancroft Library expands documentation of Japanese American internments [UCB]
Berkeley Playhouse adds pay-what-you-can tickets for Seussical [Playhouse]
Westbrae Garden Concert series kicks off on July 2 this year [Berkeleyside]
Campus asked by Obama to boost manufacturing [UCB]
The Berkeley City Council last night approved the formation of the third property-based improvement district (PBID) in the city, increasing fourfold the funds available to the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) for environmental enhancement and economic development programs. A ballot count showed 71% of downtown property owners approved of the PBID.
As expected, the Berkeley City Council last night adopted the biennial budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The budget, originally presented on May 3, closes a $12.2 million deficit in FY2012 and a $13.3 million deficit in FY2013 by eliminating 79 positions, cutting a number of services, and raising a number of fees (the full 384-page budget report can be accessed here).
Five cases of robbery — strong arm and armed — have been reported south of the university campus and near downtown since June 19, according to the Berkeley Police Department. According to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the BPD, the police are seeing a “predominance” of strong arm and grand theft robberies being committed for iPhones and other types of smartphones. “There has been an incredible focus on iPhones,” Kusmiss said.
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