Safeway reached a compromise with local opponents on its plans to expand its College Avenue store. The store, on the Oakland side of the Berkeley/Oakland border, faced opposition from some local residents concerned about the scale of the proposed supermarket and increased traffic in the neighborhood. The compromise plan includes more parking and less retail space.
The election count was completed by the Registrar of Voters on Thursday. At one point in the count, it seemed as though Measure T, which would have changed West Berkeley zoning, could pass narrowly. But the final tally gave opponents a 1% victory. A close contest for the final position on the Rent Stabilization Board also ended with the Election Day leader, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, confirmed in his post. The certified results are expected this Wednesday. … Continue reading »