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June 19, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Alameda County prosecutors opted not to file charges Friday against 53-year-old twins arrested earlier in the week in connection with the 1970 slaying of a Berkeley police officer. Joyce Gaskin and Joy Hall, 53-year-old Oakland residents, were scheduled to be arraigned as accessories to the crime. But the district attorney did not file charges, citing insufficient evidence.
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June 17, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
Berkeley police have arrested 53-year-old twins suspected of being accessories in the 1970 slaying of the department's first Japanese American officer. Joyce Gaskin and Joy Hall, both of Oakland, turned themselves in to authorities Tuesday after warrants for their arrest had been issued by an Alameda County Superior Court judge, said Berkeley police spokesman Joe Okies.
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June 17, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld Berkeley's authority to require higher minimum wages for some workers, the first appellate ruling in the country on whether local governments have that power. By a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit against the city over its "living wage" ordinance.
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May 27, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
One day after police here announced an arrest in the 34-year-old murder of the department's first Japanese American officer, officials said Wednesday that the suspect in custody would not be charged with the killing -- at least for now. Don Juan Warren Graphenreed, 54, who has lived on and off the streets, will instead be returned to a jail in Fresno, where he awaits trial on unrelated charges.
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May 26, 2004 | Lee Romney and Kate Coleman, Special to The Times
Thirty-four years after the slaying of this city's first Japanese American police officer, officials said Tuesday that they had arrested a suspect -- a former low-level associate of the Black Panthers who, authorities allege, participated in the shooting of Ronald T. Tsukamoto as part of a wave of anti-police violence. Don Juan Warren Graphenreed, 54, was being held in a jail cell inside the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building -- named after his alleged victim.
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February 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council is considering charging a fee to residents who own three or more cars. The fee would raise money for the city, encourage use of public transportation and discourage people from flouting current parking rules, said Councilwoman Miriam Hawley. City Manager Phil Kamlarz brought up the idea at the Feb. 10 council meeting as one of several revenue-generating possibilities.
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February 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Berkeley Food and Housing Project will shut down its Quarter Meal program, which has served dinner to homeless people for more than 30 years, because of the city's high living-wage ordinance. Under that ordinance, agencies that receive city funding are required to pay their employees a living wage set well above the federal minimum wage. The mandated wage hike and rising workers' compensation premiums and employee medical benefits have saddled the agency with $110,000 in expenses.
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January 26, 2004 | John Geluardi, Special to The Times
A group advocating greater rights for strippers and prostitutes has launched a drive to put a measure on the city's November ballot calling for the decriminalization of prostitution. The Sex Workers Outreach Project submitted a text of the proposed measure to the city earlier this month and is preparing to train 50 volunteers to collect the 2,100 voter signatures needed take the measure before the voters, said Robyn Few, the group's executive director.
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November 30, 2003 | John Geluardi, Special to The Times
The Berkeley Police Review Commission, one of the oldest citizen review boards in the country, is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary. And to mark the occasion, the city plans to throw a party Thursday, complete with live music and a keynote speech by political activist Dolores Huerta, a co-founder of the United Farm Workers and member of the University of California Board of Regents.
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October 30, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
No shopping experience exudes this city's left-leaning ethos quite like the Berkeley Bowl. High-end chefs and hippie bus-dwellers alike rate it a favorite for its mounds of low-priced organic produce. Employees are welcomed with tattoos and piercings on proud display and pants hanging low. The City Council in a resolution last week praised it as "a cherished and valued part of the Berkeley community."
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