A Berkeley City Council majority voted yes Tuesday night to the idea of a sanctioned homeless camp pilot program, location to be determined, and have asked city staff to figure out the details and report back.
Officials have put forward a proposal for a homeless camp, for up to 120 tents, that could be located below the University Avenue overpass. Council is set to vote Tuesday and the city has asked for public input.
The sale transfers 314 units around downtown that mostly house students and could bring over $4 million in transfer taxes to the city.
A sex offender who took a high-school-aged girl to a park, where he kissed her and touched her over her clothes, has been charged with child molesting and sexual battery by restraint, according to authorities.
Two men were killed by an Amtrak train as they stood on the tracks and waited for a freight train to pass. It was something they had done dozens of times, but the action went horribly awry Thursday.
The collision happened near the Amtrak station off University Avenue.
The Alameda County Transportation Commission and Caltrans are working with officials from Berkeley and Emeryville to improve safety and traffic flow where Interstate 80 meets Ashby Avenue.
Police are looking for a man who grabbed a woman on University Avenue in West Berkeley in February, authorities report. They released a video Monday and have asked for the public’s help to identify him.
The small hotel is slated to open at an intersection near North Berkeley BART after stalled planning and a recession left the site vacant for more than 10 years.
Occupants in two different vehicles tried to steal an ATM from a Berkeley gas station early Tuesday morning, authorities report. The second time, the thieves succeeded.
Crews used a backhoe loader to remove piles of garbage that had built up over many weeks, including belongings discarded by a homeless encampment on the site.
Berkeley isn’t cleaning it up because it says the land belongs to Caltrans, and the trash is the state’s responsibility. Caltrans says it regularly cleans up the area.