Daily Archives: April 8, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 04.08.11

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Street art watch: New image at Ashby and Telegraph

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As was mentioned earlier this week, the Berkeley street art scene can be hard to keep up with. And we’re only focusing on one spot.

Berkeleysider “danfang”, author of What I Saw in Berkeley Today, posted the photo above of another image which was put up on the wall of the former photo lab at the corner of Ashby and Telegraph. She writes: “If Munch were alive today he might have described our sorrow about Japan’s … Continue reading »

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School seismic projects on state’s uncertified list

Berkeley schools seismic map
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Berkeley Unified School District has 16 seismic projects according to the state’s list of AB300 projects. As detailed in the California Watch project on seismic safety in the state’s schools, On Shaky Ground, the AB300 list has inconsistencies and is not always up to date.

Two Berkeley schools are listed on the California Watch map (shown above) as so-called Letter 4 projects — the category that denotes known, unresolved safety issues — although in both cases the … Continue reading »

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Thousands of schools at risk during earthquake

The City Council currently meets in the Maudelle Shirek building but is looking for new meeting space.
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A team of California Watch reporters and researchers spent the last 19 months investigating how the state enforces the Field Act, a strict seismic safety law that is supposed to protect school children at public schools. California Watch is partnering with dozens of California newspapers, television stations, radio outlets, and websites, including Berkeleyside,  to distribute their findings. Berkeleyside will have a story about the hazards of the city’s schools later today.

Among the findings to be presented in California Watch’s three-part series:

  • At least 20,000 projects – from minor fire alarm upgrades to major construction of new classrooms – were completed without receiving a final safety certification required by law. A California Watch analysis determined that roughly six out of every 10 public schools in the state has at least one uncertified building project.
  • A separate state seismic inventory created nearly a decade ago shows more than 7,500 older school buildings as potentially dangerous. But restrictive rules have prevented schools from accessing a special $200 million fund for seismic repairs. Only two have tapped the money. The vast majority of the buildings remain unfixed, and the money unused. … Continue reading »
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Breaking news: Cal baseball reinstated

Junior right-hander Erik Johnson/Photo: Michael Pimentel, Goldenbearsports.com
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Updated (see below) Cal’s baseball team was reinstated today as a varsity sport, following a fundraising drive that raised pledges of $9 million so far. The $9 million is short of the $10 million the university declared necessary to rescind the closure of Cal baseball, but university officials said today that they were confident the final sums would be raised.

In September, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced that five sports were being eliminated from the varsity roster — baseball, men’s … Continue reading »

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Historical North Berkeley corner is renovated

Tom Sawyer after 3
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Update, 04.10.11: Commenting on this story, several readers have mentioned Ninepatch, a store which served the community for 36 years in this building. Pam Zelnik, daughter of the store’s founder, sent in a photo of the shop, which you can find at the foot of the piece.

Update, 4:40pm: Because this story provoked a lively discussion about the architectural renovation under way for this building, we are publishing some additional photographs of the building in its pre-remodeling state, as well as some more renderings from the architect of what the finished result will be like. They can be found at the foot of the story…

The building at the corner of El Dorado Avenue and Sutter Street, near the entrance to the Northbrae Tunnel, has been through myriad incarnations. And now it is undergoing an overdue renovation with a new purpose in mind.

Berkeley architect David Trachtenberg is working with Kaufman Construction, another Berkeley business, to transform the neglected structure into a 7,900 sq ft office building with two retail spaces on the first floor. The $3.2 million re-build will create offices to house Tom Sawyer Software which is moving its headquarters to Berkeley from Oakland. There is no news yet on who will occupy the stores.

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