Daily Archives: February 16, 2011

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.16.11

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Berkeley passes sunshine ordinance

Berkeley Councilman Kriss Worthington (left) and Mayor Tom Bates (right) contrasted two different, and at times contentious, camps on the open government ordinance before the council Tuesday night. Photo By John C. Osborn
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In a step that may undermine a strong sunshine ordinance heading to the November 2012 ballot, the City Council on Tuesday night adopted a new set of measures that will increase its public accountability.

The new law, which will go into effect in April after a second reading of the measure on March 8, will require the city to make council documents available to the public 11 days before meetings rather than four days; provide expanded access to public records by live-streaming more city meetings; and bar confidential settlements. The new rules will set a minimum of 24 meetings a year, mandate that meetings start no later than 7 p.m., and require that public hearings not begin after 10 p.m.

The City Council also created an Open Government Commission to oversee the new rules. The committee, which would be composed of ex-officio members of the Fair Campaign Practices Commission, will try to informally settle disputes about public records violations and will make recommendations to the council about potential punitive penalties. … Continue reading »

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Ancient Greek history appears in plaster cast form at Cal

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Last weekend saw the installation on the UC Berkeley campus of a series of plaster cast panels of the Parthenon Frieze in the main lobby of Dwinelle Hall, which houses the university’s Classics department.

According to the Classics department, in the late 19th and early 20th century it was common for universities in Europe and the U.S. to acquire plaster casts of famous Greek and Roman sculptures. These were exhibited to help students of ancient art, fine arts and art practice, since, in the Beaux Arts tradition, study and drawing of masterworks of the past were strong components of the curriculum. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

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Berkeley won’t welcome Guantanamo Bay detainees

Bradley Manning, Photo courtesey of The Telegraph
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Berkeley won’t be offering a home any time soon to former Guantanamo Bay detainees. And it won’t be calling Private Bradley Manning a hero, either.

The City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal to invite two former Gitmo prisoners to come and live in Berkeley. However, the council did approve a resolution calling for an “immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment,” of Manning, who is in prison awaiting trial for allegedly leaking documents to the … Continue reading »

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Made in Berkeley: Dirt Dinners celebrate local food

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It doesn’t get more locavore than this. On Sunday February 20, Berkeley restaurant eVe is partnering with the Berkeley Youth Alternatives garden to serve the first in a series of family-style “dirt dinners”.

All the ingredients for the dirt dinners will be sourced straight from Berkeley soil, many from the Youth Alternative garden itself. As Berkeleyside’s food writer Sarah Henry says:  ”I love the idea of dirt dinners, communal, casual eats, that support local community farmers.”

The menu … Continue reading »

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