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Past articles by Frances:

Dmitri Belser, disability rights advocate, historic home restorer, dies at 63

Dmitri Belser was instrumental in helping get Berkeley's Ed Roberts Campus, a nonprofit center for disability agencies, built. → Read More

UC Berkeley can't build new softball complex without more environmental review, judge rules.

Residents of Panoramic Hill sued the university to get it to further student the impacts of the proposed $28 million softball complex. → Read More

Berkeley issues scathing response to UC Berkeley's expansion plans.

Berkeley says UC Berkeley did not adequately examine the impacts its expansion plans will have on city resources. → Read More

Court rules a 260-unit apartment complex can go up at 1900 Fourth St., a site the Ohlone consider sacred

The court ruling, which Berkeley may appeal, is the latest development in a long-running fight about the property. → Read More

Remembering Al Young, a California poet laureate musician, teacher

Al Young, who toured California reciting his poetry set to music, died at 81 two years after suffering a stroke. → Read More

Berkeley's Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore of 'literary & garden arts' is for sale

Mrs. Dalloway's on College Avenue in Berkeley hosts about 100 author events a year and is a community cultural hub. → Read More

Berkeley's fire chief is leaving to take top fire spot in Piedmont.

David Brannigan, fire chief for three years, has enhanced Berkeley's emergency response and wildfire mitigation efforts. → Read More

Hate the Gilman interchange? Safer routes for cars, cyclists and pedestrians are on the way

Caltrans will begin work in May to install two roundabouts and a pedestrian/bike bridge at what some call the the "most dysfunctional intersection anywhere in the country." → Read More

The Berkeley Art Museum will reopen with reduced admission in May

The Berkeley Art Museum will only be open 3 days a week, will require masks and will stagger admissions to the building. → Read More

Volunteers plant 2,000 saplings at the burned Berkeley Tuolumne Camp

Volunteers are helping in the effort to restore the Berkeley camp and plant 21 million trees to replace those burned in the Rim Fire. → Read More

Native Americans protest fence erected around lot in Berkeley shellmound.

Ohlones say the Berkeley lot is part of their ancestral homeland and that a fence should not shut them out. → Read More

Car strikes bike safety advocate hours after she discussed traffic safety with Berkeley officials

The collision happened on one of the "Healthy Streets" Berkeley had set aside for walkers and bicyclists. → Read More

American Rescue Plan to bring Berkeley $68M in COVID-19 federal aid

Berkeley could get as much as $68 million in federal relief funds from the recently passed American Rescue Plan, the city said this week. The money will be an “economic windfall for our city,” City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley said during a town hall meeting Monday evening. Berkeley has been grappling with a $40 million general fund deficit in the current fiscal year, which began July 1, 2020.… → Read More

Push to landmark Kamala Harris' Berkeley home fizzles

The current owners of Kamala Harris's Berkeley home are opposed to the landmark application so the effort has been dropped. → Read More

Berkeley may landmark the childhood home of Kamala Harris

The city may adjust its laws in order to landmark the Bancroft Way home the vice-president lived in as a child. → Read More

Jonathan and Jesse Kellermans' books ripped from Berkeley headlines.

The father and son writing duo of Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have set their latest book in People's Park in Berkeley. → Read More

UC Berkeley plans to become bigger, greener and more pedestrian friendly

The university's new long-range plan includes building 12,000 housing units for a projected larger population. → Read More

The man who ran the world's biggest wine Ponzi scheme gets out of prison

John Fox cheated his Premier Cru customers out of $45 million in a Ponzi scheme and used some of the money to fund a lavish lifestyle. → Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Berkeley's economy hard

Thousands of people have lost their jobs, some permanently, and the city's coffers have taken a hit with reduced business tax revenue. → Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Berkeley's economy hard

Thousands of people have lost their jobs, some permanently, and the city's coffers have taken a hit with reduced business tax revenue. → Read More