Daily Archives: September 26, 2011

City Manager Phil Kamlarz announces his retirement

Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz: grateful to city employees for making cuts. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Phil Kamlarz, Berkeley’s City Manager for the past eight years, today announced his retirement. His last day on the job will be November 30th. Kamlarz has served the city for 36 years.

“He’s been an absolutely remarkable city manager,” said Mayor Tom Bates. “He’s the longest serving city manager in the city’s history.”

Bates said he would recommend the appointment of Deputy City Manager Christine Daniel as interim city manager, with an evaluation after six months for the permanent … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.26.11

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Crossing at Dwight and Telegraph prompts safety calls

The pedestrian crossing at Dwight and Telegraph is one of the most dangerous in the city. Photo: Lance Knobel
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If you’ve ever driven up Dwight Way and merged onto Telegraph, or if you’ve walked across the corner, you probably have noticed the problem with the pedestrian crossing on the intersection. The “slip right turn”, in the language of traffic engineers, leads vehicles around the corner without being delayed at the stoplight for those continuing east or turning north. The problem is that traffic speeds around the corner to confront a concealed pedestrian crossing.

“I get more complaints about this … Continue reading »

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Hundreds attend Berkeley’s first coffee and tea festival

About 400 people turned out Saturday for Berkeley’s first Coffee and Tea Festival at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Dozens of coffee, tea, and dessert vendors were on hand to caffeinate the crowd and tempt people with all sorts of treats. In addition, there was a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, an explanation of Fair Trade coffee, and other exhibits.

This video gives a sense — but not a taste — of the extravaganza. It was made by Richard Hom, a board member of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and Tammy Ruiz, who works there.

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Storm erupts over “racist” bake sale on Cal campus

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A bake sale to be held on campus Tuesday by the Berkeley College Republicans that proposes to charge customers based on their race and gender has whipped up a storm of controversy and been picked up by myriad media.

The student group announced on Thursday last week that it planned to host an “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” to express its opposition to affirmative action-like legislation sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, according to the Daily Californian.

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Crab takes center stage at Spenger’s ‘Iron Chef’ contest

Chefs at the Spenger's "Iron Man" cook off had to use crab as the center of their dishes
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The unexpected rain on Sunday in Berkeley didn’t put much of a damper on the 11th annual Spenger’s Restaurant Crabby Chefs Seafood Festival on Fourth Street. The drizzle stopped right before the 2 pm “Iron Chef” cook-off featuring chefs from seven local restaurants, schools, and catering companies.

When I arrived, a little before 2 pm, contest preparations were already under way. Chefs from Picante, Pyramid Alehouse, Origen, A Farm to Table Restaurant, BoilerHouse Restaurant, Continue reading »

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