Daily Archives: March 24, 2010
Same schools, different issues (above): desegregating Berkeley’s schools [Public Library]
Friends help former comic strip artist sleeping rough in Berkeley [SF Chronicle]
UC Berkeley’s Opinion Space offers Hillary Clinton some insights [Coco Times]
Students in Berkeley call for statewide ban on Styrofoam [CBS 5]
Berkeley author Annie Leonard on why we’re obsessed with stuff [USA Today]
Mr. Mopps’, the venerable toy store on Martin Luther King near Rose, is going out of business.
The owner, Eugene Yamashita, wants to retire, according to his sister Naomi Yamashita. He tried to find a buyer but was unsuccessful, so he made the hard decision to shut down, she said. It was his wife Jean who opened the store more than 40 years ago.
There is no firm date for the closing, but the store will shut once … Continue reading »
At last night’s marathon City Council meeting (which ended well past midnight), Berkeley City council members voted 8 to 1 to approve the Strawberry Creek Plaza plan for Center Street (pictured above). The vote gives the go-ahead for money to be raised to implement the designs, which were commissioned from landscape designer Walter Hood.
“For the project’s long-range implementation, it’s a small victory but a key victory,” says Jane Wardani, development and project associate at … Continue reading »
A second special joint meeting between the Berkeley School Board and the Berkeley City Council will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. They’ll discuss the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth. The Berkeley Alliance developed the 2020 Vision, as a “citywide movement to ensure academic success and well-being for all of Berkeley’s children and youth, by closing the achievement and health gaps in Berkeley’s public schools”.
The document at issue tonight shows the first phase of initiatives proposed for July 1-December 31, 2010, and a preview of future phases. The report is lengthy and difficult to summarize in a blog post. One piece of it details four “pilot projects” in this initial phase of 2020 Vision. The pilot projects are:
1. Summer Opportunities
Goal: Develop high-quality cross-jurisdictional summer programs that offer academic support opportunities for targeted youth. In 2010, we will:
- Create a Summer Bridge program for 50 targeted 8th graders and their families to enter Berkeley High School successfully.
- Create a Summer Bridge program for at least 20 targeted, entering Kindergarteners and their families to enter school successfully.
- Create a piloted summer program for selected 4th- and 5th-grade students and their families within community-based programs and Berkeley’s Excellent Academic Road to Success (BEARS), within BUSD.
2. Early Childhood Development Initiatives … Continue reading »
On his first day on the job, newly appointed police chief Michael Meehan walked into the conference room adjoining his office. With ample light and round bay windows overlooking the Martin Luther King Park, it is the nicest room in Berkeley’s police headquarters.
But Meehan was struck by the fact the blinds were shut, blocking out the view. When he inquired about it, he was told that the blinds were kept closed so people would not look into the space where the police brass meet.
In one of his first acts, Meehan requested that the blinds be opened so that the room would be flooded with light and Berkeley citizens could see into police headquarters. Even as he made the order, Meehan was aware that the gesture could serve as a metaphor: on his watch, the Berkeley Police Department will strive to be more open and transparent than ever.
Meehan, 49, took over the police department’s top spot in December after serving 23 years in the Seattle police department. While Berkeley is much smaller than Seattle, with only 100,000 residents, it has big-city problems. It has the highest crime rate in the state for cites of comparable size.
Berkeleyside sat down with Chief Meehan last week to talk about the direction of the city and the department. This is Part One of the interview. … Continue reading »