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The Berkeley Wire 3.30.10

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Israel-Palestinian question divides Berkeley students

Pro-divestment poster, courtesy of US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
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The controversy over relations between Israel and Palestine has been wreaking havoc in the halls of UC Berkeley in recent weeks.

On March 18, after an emotional four-hour session with 80 speakers, the Associated Students of the University of California, the ruling body of Cal, voted 16-4 to divest from stocks that do business in Israel.

The Senate’s resolution criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its continued building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It called for … Continue reading »

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Schools

What next for science labs at BHS?

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Peggy Scott, parent representative on the Berkeley High School Governance Council, has sent out to a community email list a summary of last week’s SGC meeting. It has been slightly edited for style:

Regarding BSEP funds: According to Jim Slemp’s “Principal’s Report” at last Tuesday’s SGC meeting, Superintendent Huyett plans to submit these budget recommendations for approval from the school board:

1.4 FTE for AP/IB science labs
1.0 FTE for regular science labs
1.0 … Continue reading »

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Urban planning

Berkeley beautification: Transforming the utilitarian

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Following our coverage of the mosaic-covered bollards on Ashby and Fulton, the person behind their metamorphosis, Lisa Bullwinkel, got in touch to let us know of a great way for people to get involved with a beautifying project for our fair city. She writes:

Attention local businesses and artists:
There are 60 utility boxes within the Downtown Berkeley Area. All of them are grey. [Ed: As shown in photo, top left. The other two … Continue reading »

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Government

Google odds: 1 in 1,000?

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In Berkeleyside’s previous coverage of Google’s experimental fiber network plans, we’ve noted that the Mountain View-based search giant has been vague about its exact plans.

The deadline for Google’s request for information (RFI) passed on Friday. Google  announced that the scheme attracted 1,100 community responses and 194,000 individual responses. The map above shows where the responses were from four hours before the final deadline. Google has said that it hopes to cover between 50,000 and 500,000 … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: (Almost) locally grown produce

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This is the second post in an occasional series by John Seal on movies made in Berkeley. Read the first, on Hall Bartlett’s Changes, here.

I’ve read for years that Harold and Maude was partly shot in Our Town. It’s demonstrably true that director Hal Ashby’s 1971 black comedy was filmed throughout the Bay Area, and it would be surprising if a little bit of Berkeley didn’t creep in somewhere — but even after repeated viewings … Continue reading »

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