The assistant dean of development at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall law school, Robert Sproul, found himself and a group of Cal alumni in the thick of protests in Cairo last week. Sproul was undeterred, he told The Wall Street Journal (link to Google News avoids the WSJ subscription firewall): “Everybody on the bus said, ‘We’re used to tear gas, we’re used to protest. We went to Berkeley in the 1960s.'”
Berkeley’s geographic footprint has always seemed just right: big enough for diversity but small enough to be manageable. Perhaps there really is something just right about the size. A new website from the BBC allows for all sorts of intriguing comparisons. What if you transplanted China’s Great Wall to the American West? It turns out it would stretch from Minnesota to San Francisco. How big was the Colossus of Rhodes’ legspan? He’d comfortably straddle Berkeley’s city government building.
In a sign of the growing professionalization of the medical cannabis industry, Mark Rhoades and Ali Kashani, the owners of the Berkeley development company Citycentric Investments, have teamed up with Debby Goldsberry, a founder of the Berkeley Patients Group, to open a number of medical marijuana facilities around the East Bay.
Teens in Berkeley will now have a new place to hang out after school.
City councilmember Max Anderson has missed the last two council meetings because of a bad back.
UC police have charged a man who has been sitting in a tree in People’s Park for the last three months with attempted murder.
Berkeley police are looking for a 21-year old man who is suspected of punching and choking a woman and then firing gunshots at the car in which she fled.
An email landed in Berkeleyside’s inbox the other day, subject line: “Outrage on College Avenue!” Reader Heidi, who lives in the Elmwood neighborhood, wrote:
There will be a BHS Community Memorial on Thursday, February 3 after school in the BHS Library for Tim Moellering, the Berkeley High baseball coach who died on Tuesday january 18. Moellering’s family is asking that BHS students planning to attend a memorial for their former teacher attend the one at BHS, rather than the Saturday service at Willard Middle School which is intended primarily for Moellering’s family and old friends. The BHS Community Memorial will allow the BHS community to gather and share memories of the popular coach and teacher in conversations or open mic.