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A USPS employee sorts mail. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Berkeley Councilman Proposes Email Tax To Fund Postal Service

A Berkeley city councilman has suggested that a tax on email may be wise way to help fund the United States Postal Service, according to the blog Berkeleyside.

03/07/2013

A red light camera at an intersection. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hayward To Get Rid Of Red Light Cameras

The city council voted on Tuesday night to get rid of the devices immediately, rather than wait for the contract with a vendor to expire.

03/06/2013

A computer keyboard. (CBS)

Hayward City Council Approves Moratorium On Sweepstakes Cafes

The Hayward City Council has voted unanimously to put a pair of Internet cafes on notice to cease operations immediately, claiming they are illegal and a front for online gambling.

02/20/2013

A goat eats away at a tree. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Petition Introduced To Remove Ban On Backyard Goats In Albany

Currently, residents in Albany are allowed to keep goats on a temporary basis for weed abatement.

02/20/2013

William J. "Bill" Bratton (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Conde Nast)

Oakland Hires William Bratton As Police Consultant, Quan Hopeful

The Oakland City Council approved four crime-fighting measures early Wednesday morning, including a controversial measure to hire former New York and Los Angeles police chief William Bratton as a consultant to provide advice to the Oakland Police Department.

01/23/2013

Attendees wait their turn to speak inside Oakland City Council chambers, January 15, 2012. (CBS)

Oakland Plan To Hire Police Consultant Under Fire Over ‘Stop And Frisk’

Emotions ran high at Oakland City Hall on Tuesday night as dozens of people spoke out against a controversial plan to bring a former Los Angeles and New York police chief in to advise Oakland’s Police Department.

01/16/2013

Protesters interrupt meeting inside Oakland City Council chambers, January 25, 2012. (CBS)

Oakland Considering Limiting Access To City Council Meetings

City council members have been routinely shouted down at some recent gatherings, and now Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana and other officials are calling for a new balance between an open government and an efficient one.

09/28/2012

A San Jose Police patrol car. (CBS)

Dueling San Jose Meetings Focus On Rise In Crime

While San Jose city leaders held a “study session” on the growing number of crimes in the city, police unions took to a local neighborhood, offering concerned residents crime fighting tips.

09/19/2012

parking meter

Free Parking Could Vanish On Palo Alto Streets

There is good and bad to parking in Palo Alto. The good is that street parking is free almost anywhere you go; the bad is the shrinking availability of parking spaces around town.

08/01/2012

A homeless man sleeps in the doorway of a closed store in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Voters To Decide On Berkeley Sit-Lie Ban

After a contentious city council meting on Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 to send a controversial sit-lie ban on the November ballot.

07/11/2012

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