Daily Archives: February 14, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 02.14.11

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Sneak peek: Up close on the new Bay Bridge span

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Berkeleysider Robert Trachtenberg was lucky enough to be invited recently to join a special field trip with one of the engineers for the new span of the Bay Bridge. He shared his photographs with Berkeleyside…

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Berkeley’s school lunch program is flawed, say insiders

"If They Cook It, They Will Eat It", one of the short films in the Lunch Love Community series. Photo: Sophie Constantinou.
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The successes — and shortcomings — of the Berkeley Unified School District’s revamped school food program received equal billing at yesterday’s première screening of a series of short films collectively known as the Lunch Love Community Documentary Project.

The audience at Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley were greeted with cinematic images of children contentedly nibbling on fruit, tucking into salad, and choosing produce at a school’s farmers’ market.  But, after the viewing, some adults provided a counterpoint to the rosy pictures showcasing Berkeley’s much-lauded School Lunch Initiative.

John Muir 5th grade teacher Stephen Rutherford was hands down the most critical. He talked about long, slow lines for lunch at his elementary school, the challenges for little fingers using swipe cards, the untended salad bar, the rush to eat, the vast amounts of waste, and a tense cafeteria environment.

Some of his concerns echo those raised by parents commenting on a recent Berkeleyside story on Lunch Love Community. “The day-to-day reality of feeding kids doesn’t resemble what you see on this screen,” said Rutherford. “We all had a vision of what school lunch could be and at my school it’s still very sad.” … Continue reading »

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The wraps are up on Berkeley’s new Apple store

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The geniuses are being recruited, the construction crew has moved in and the wraps are up on the site of the Apple store which will doubtless soon be the thronged by the best of Berkeley’s hipster geeks and Apple aficionados.

As revealed on Berkeleyside in October, Apple’s latest local altar to cool technology will open at 1823 Fourth Street, in the space formerly occupied by Slater Marinoff.

Designs submitted to the city of Berkeley by Apple show that the company is … Continue reading »

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