Daily Archives: July 19, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 07.19.10

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Berkeley’s 100th pathway opens for foot traffic

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Yesterday the guardians of Berkeley’s myriad pedestrian paths and steps celebrated the dedication of the city’s 100th pathway.

The opening of Northgate path, which connects Shasta Road to Northgate Avenue, followed nearly a year of hard work — involving both physical labor and negotiations with neighbors and the city’s planning department.

Like many of the pathways resurrected by Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, Northgate was identified as a right of way by the city many decades ago, but never developed.

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Berkeley’s newest mural unveiled in Gourmet Ghetto

Food mural
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Berkeleysider Michael Moore has the photographic scoop on the newly unveiled mural in the Gourmet Ghetto (above).

The mural is on the south-facing wall of Virginia Bakery at 1690 Shattuck Avenue. Read about its creation as Berkeleyside reported it on our mural stories.

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Can you answer Berkeley’s cellphone dilemma?

The iPhone 4
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Most of us have experienced Berkeley’s cellphone problems. For a reasonably dense city in a hotbed of technology use, there are just too many zones with poor coverage. It may be understandable in the hills, but it happens in non-hilly areas as well. What’s a user to do?

Rabea Chaudhary contacted Berkeleyside with just this issue. She’s a management consultant and a Jungian/Ericksonian therapist. Can Berkeleysiders help her?

I am finally getting rid of my iPhone … Continue reading »


Berkeleyside interview: Mayor Tom Bates

Mayor Bates: "people will need to start contributing"
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A couple of items distinguish Mayor Tom Bates’ office from the municipal run of the mill. Among the ceremonial tchotchkes exchanged with foreign mayors, there’s a large bottle of beer labeled AB 3601 and on the wall is a photo of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. The Zapata image might be more in keeping with a Berkeley dorm room than the mayor’s office, but it’s in the character of the city that a mayor that is seen as a centrist conciliator has a place in his heart for a revolutionary army leader. (The oddly named beer bottle is a tribute to  Bates’ leading role in passing Assembly Bill 3601 in 1982 which spurred the brew pub movement first in California, then across the nation.)

It’s clear from talking to Bates that social innovations like AB 3601, or the solar financing scheme Berkeley FIRST, are what really get him excited.  He peppers his conversation with references to his long years in the California state assembly, his wife Loni Hancock‘s current tenure in the state senate and — next year — the distinction of being Berkeley’s longest serving mayor.

Berkeleyside sat down with Mayor Bates and his chief of staff, Julie Sinai, last week. The conversation ranged over numerous topics, many suggested by Berkeleyside readers. … Continue reading »

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