April 15, 1999 |
The battle over ATM surcharges is headed for a showdown in Berkeley as the city attempts to become the first in the nation to ban the fees at cash machines within city limits. Such an ordinance won preliminary approval at a City Council meeting late Tuesday and put Berkeley at the center of a legal struggle between consumer groups seeking to outlaw ATM surcharges and the banking industry, which argues that cities have no authority over federally regulated financial institutions.
December 10, 1998 |
After years of serving as a counterculture haven, some in this famously liberal city think it's time to pull in the welcome mat a bit. On Tuesday night, the council ratified ordinances banning lying down on some sidewalks and requiring pet owners to have no more than two dogs within a 10-foot limit. The new rules come after complaints by merchants that street youths were harassing shoppers. The measure that bans lying on sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
September 17, 1998 |
Berkeley, which helped start a national movement to keep investments out of South Africa, wants to use the same tactic against gun companies. The City Council voted Tuesday night to ban municipal money from going to companies that make firearms, although Berkeley doesn't in fact have any money invested in gun manufacturers.
March 2, 1995 |
Berkeley OKs Ban on Business With Companies in Myanmar: The City Council passed a resolution banning the city from purchasing goods or services from companies operating in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country whose military leaders are accused of brutalizing their political opponents and ethnic minorities. The vote was 8 to 1. The U.S. companies most likely to be affected by the resolution--reportedly the first of its kind in the world--are Unocal Corp., PepsiCo Inc. and Texaco Inc.
March 13, 1994 |
Here in the cradle of the free-speech movement, tolerance has long been a source of great civic pride. No matter the message, no matter the messenger, Berkeley has opened its arms, embracing all with the gusto befitting a university town. But now a nagging urban problem--pushy panhandlers--has crept in, and the quest for a solution is causing much anguish. Suddenly, a city renowned for big hearts, liberal voters and universal acceptance has begun to wonder whether the time has come to get tough.
January 11, 1992 |
Christopher Columbus was tossed overboard Friday by city officials who declared Oct. 12 "Indigenous Peoples Day," stripping the explorer of his honored day. The city not only dumped the Italian explorer, but it declared 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing in America, "The Year of Indigenous People." "The New World was here," said Mayor Loni Hancock. "It was new to Europeans but there were flourishing cultures here."