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El Cerrito corner grocery finds success amid large competitors

Giovanni's, which harks back to the corner mom-and-pop neighborhood store of yesteryear, holds its own, attracting loyal customers who prefer an old-fashioned, personal touch. 
Mayor Tom Bates says Berkeley police, whom many residents have accused of unnecessary violence, on the whole acted admirably during recent protests, but that alleged misconduct should be investigated  
 
The Public Works Department office and maintenance facility includes a two-story building totaling 14,316 square feet, and a 3,000-square-foot open canopy  
 
The 30-minute show performed near the Bulb was broadcast as a live stream by a new South San Francisco company called PressureDrop.TV, which is looking to give small- to medium-sized bands a way to get more professionally produced videos online.  
 
Peggy McQuaid, Rochelle Nason and Nick Pilch were all sworn in at a special City Council meeting on Dec. 8.  
 
Program seeks donations for gifts to nursing home residents in Albany and Berkeley  
 
Police Chief Mike McQuiston said that in a normal year, the department seizes anywhere from two to six firearms.  
 
Just Cause for Eviction rules gain support; incoming mayor also backs rent control  
 
A group trying to raise $100,000 to help purchase a 7.5-acre tract of land for open space has nearly reached its goal after receiving a pledge of $25,000 from a donor on the East Coast.  
 
The contract will preserve existing services, but will reduce reserves from about $1.4 million to around $800,000 by 2019-20 out of an annual budget of about $3 million. Critics say it will reduce reserves even more