At the Occupy Cal general assembly held Tuesday night on the UC Berkeley campus, protesters voted to set up an encampment in the style of the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland tent-cities both of which have been forcibly dismantled by authorities this week.
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Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators marched through Berkeley this afternoon, as Occupy Oakland protestors joined with Occupy Cal demonstrators to walk down Bancroft Way, then on a path that took them past Berkeley City College and Berkeley High School. The marchers arrived on the Cal campus at around 4:40 pm ahead of a general assembly scheduled to start at 5:00 pm.
Update 5:13 pm: Our full report from the chancellor’s press conference.
BANK IN, VIDEOS OUT Notice has gone up on the exterior of 2390 Shattuck (near Channing) that Chase Bank intends to take over the 4,500-square-foot space, now occupied by Blockbuster, further reducing the availability of DVD rentals in the city. Chase is applying for permits to remodel and install an ATM machine and will probably start remodeling in January with an eye toward opening the branch in mid-2012, according to Jim Novosel, the architect (and a planning commissioner). Chase will retain its store on Center Street, he said.
The Occupy Cal Day of Action is under way on the UC Berkeley campus with a noon rally in progress at the time of writing, and news helicopters aloft to cover the action. According to the BPD, an estimated 1,500 people were gathered at Sproul Plaza at midday.
What do you think of when you read the words ‘punk rock’? When you close your eyes, do visions of spiky-haired goons pogo in your head? Perhaps your imaginary miscreants are slam-dancing in the pit or doing fakie ollies down at the local skate park. They may even be partaking of some good old-fashioned sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, but what you probably won’t imagine them doing is raising a family.
More than 300 Berkeley High students stayed after school on Monday to try and set a new world record for the longest Soul Train dance line.
For the past 10 weeks, a group of demonstrators has gathered regularly on Solano Avenue holding aloft banners that read "Tax the Rich." The group is not part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but shares many of its views about inequality.