Daily Archives: April 23, 2010


41 years of People’s Park

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By SlumJack: Forty-one years ago, I joined many others in creating People’s Park. Then I joined in to demonstrate and even skirmish to get it back again. Then rebuild it.

Through the years and decades since then, I’ve continued to use and enjoy this park. It’s yours, too.

Come together this Sunday, April 25th, from noon until… well, whenever we might feel like, to honor and celebrate Berkeley’s People’s Park 41st Anniversary.

See the Berkeley People’s Park … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 4.23.10

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Room with a view: Demolition in action

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Mimi Mugler, a programmer at CalAgenda, has a front-row view of the demolition work going on at the old California Department of Health Services building on the block embraced by Berkeley Way, Hearst, Oxford and Shattuck.

“My office is across the street. Two enormous bulldozers, one digging stuff out, the other right now dropping scrap metal into a dump truck and making it tremble with each drop. The ground is shaking from these huge earth movers. They are at … Continue reading »

Real estate

Listings and pickings: Berkeley real estate

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Much as I tried, I couldn’t get galvanized about any newly listed homes in Berkeley this week. I did pause to look more closely at the details of a mid-century home up at the top of Dwight Way. It has some appealing features and great views, and it’s across the street from parkland — so perhaps worth a visit ($945,000).

And the interesting looking home at 711 San Luis Road (pictured above) may be worth checking … Continue reading »

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Celebrate Earth Day tomorrow

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Although yesterday was the official Earth Day, Berkeley will hold a five-hour celebration tomorrow in Civic Center Park.

In addition to live dance and music performances, the event will include demonstrations of biodiesel and electric cars, the Berkeley farmers’ market, a climbing wall, and community and craft booths. The Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition (BFBC) is providing free, secure bike valet parking.

BFBC is also holding a Kidical Mass ride from Albany Memorial Park to the Berkeley Earth … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley

What happened with that call for UC divestment from Israel?

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Figuring out the problems in the Middle East is a lot of work.

Students in the ASUC Senate are figuring that out. Despite two marathon sessions discussing whether to overturn the veto of a bill that called for divestment of companies doing business in Israel, nothing has been decided.

That seems just like the Middle East quagmire.

On April 14, the Senate held a raucous and lengthy hearing on whether to overturn the veto, but did … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley

The 83-year old rock star professor at Cal

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Marian Diamond is a rock star of UC Berkeley.

At 83, with her hair swept up in a chignon and always elegantly dressed, Diamond’s classes on Integrative Biology routinely draw more than 750 students.

But that is not the source of her popularity. She is a rock star because she has gone viral.

Diamond’s lectures on human anatomy have been posted on You Tube. One of her lectures is the second-most popular “open education” lecture … Continue reading »

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