Daily Archives: March 29, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 3.29.10

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A new type of green: Berkeley may charge for recyclables

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The efforts of Berkeley residents to separate their newsprint from glass bottles appears to have a downside.

Berkeley city officials are considering imposing a fee to pick up recyclables, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. So many residents are recycling that they have been able to switch to smaller garbage cans, and the drop in revenue has created a $4 million deficit for the waste collection department. Until now, the city has been … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Where’s Berkeley’s 24-hour pharmacy?

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Berkeleyside reader and Berkeley resident David Lerman wonders why there’s no 24-hour pharmacy in Berkeley:

My latest Berkeley rant is regarding the limited hours of pharmacy service in our city.

Pharmacies keep banker’s hours. There is no 24-hour pharmacy in Berkeley. I don’t think there is one in Oakland either.  Oakland has a 24-hour Walgreens, but the pharmacy is not open 24 hours.

People who are sick or unable to get a pharmacy … Continue reading »

Does Berkeley have crummy sandwiches?

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San Francisco Magazine, that oversized, glossy love letter to food and fashion*, recently named what it considers the best sandwiches in the Bay Area.

And, if you can believe it, not a single sandwich in Berkeley was selected.

There were sandwiches from Oakland (Bakesale Betty’s chicken and coleslaw on a French roll got a nod), sandwiches from Pt. Reyes Station (Osteria Stellina’s grilled cheese was singled out), sandwiches from San Carlos (The Refuge’s pastrami is apparently good enough to … Continue reading »

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Berkeley and The Big Short

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Berkeleyside has already written about Hollywood’s interest in Berkeley author Michael Lewis’ latest bestseller, The Big Short (go to a local bookstore and buy it rather than clicking to Amazon). It’s a great and compelling read which I highly recommend, but one thing I was not prepared for is the strong Berkeley angle in the book.

Lewis’ book is structured around the absorbing stories of the handful of people who defied the financial zeitgeist and not only decided … Continue reading »

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What torture advocate John Yoo really thinks of Berkeley

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John Yoo, the embattled Bush administration official who authored the memos sanctioning torture, compares his residency in Berkeley as akin to living in West Berlin during the height of the Cold War.

In a interview with the Los Angeles Times, Yoo, who teaches at the Boalt School of Law, said “I think of myself as being West Berlin during the Cold War, a shining beacon of capitalism and democracy surrounded by a sea of Marxism.”

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Sourced: How those mosaic bollards came to be

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Kim Weisberg’s post on Friday, about the mosaic bollards on Ashby and Fulton, prompted a wealth of responses. Among them, the person behind the mosaic bollard transformation herself, Lisa Bullwinkel, who got in touch via the Comments section. Here’s what she has to say:

How lovely to be appreciated! I think a lot of us in town do a whole lot of wonderful things and no one ever says thanks, so this is great!

I work at … Continue reading »

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