Daily Archives: November 22, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 11.22.11

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End of the road for an historic Berkeley building?

Sequoia Apartments post fire
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Update, 11.24.11: The Berkeley Fire Department reports that all 68 residents of 2441 Haste Street have been accounted for. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries or fatalities as a result of the building’s five-alarm fire on November 18th.

Update 5:05pm According to KQED News, the city has said the fire-damaged building will need to be partially demolished.

The 1916 building on the corner of Haste and Telegraph, home to the Sequoia Apartments as well as long-established Berkeley businesses … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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HOT TO TROT Hot sandwich restaurant Toaster Oven is crossing the bridge to the East Bay and opening soon on Telegraph Avenue. The chain, which has three locations in San Francisco, serves meat and vegetarian grilled sandwiches, as well as breakfast sandwiches, shakes and cookies. Toaster Oven Berkeley will be at 2309 Telegraph, right next to Chipotle.

LOCAL COFFEE FIX For Berkeleyans who can’t get enough caffeine fixes from Peet’s, let it be known that the city’s ninth store opened on November 14th at 3200 College Avenue (at Alcatraz) in the space formerly occupied by A’ Cuppa Tea — as previewed by us in September. … Continue reading »

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Chancellor apologizes for Occupy Cal police response

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Chancellor Robert Birgeneau issued an apology today for police tactics during Occupy Cal protests on November 9 on campus.

In a recording made while en route to spending Thanksgiving with his children and grandchildren on the East Coast, Birgeneau said he took full responsibility for the events that day and would do “his very best to ensure that this does not happen again.”

The manner in which the police handled Occupy Cal protesters on that November night has come under scrutiny and attracted attention. … Continue reading »

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Kindergarteners’ wagons continue long Berkeley tradition

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Today at lunchtime kindergarteners at Jefferson Elementary School took part in a Berkeley Thanksgiving tradition that is believed to date back at least 25 years.

The children set out from their school and rolled ten little red wagons piled high with donations to the Berkeley Food Pantry one block away at the Berkeley Friends Church on Sacramento Street.

According to Masahisa Handa, who took the photos shown here, retired teacher Beverly Theile had the original idea of using red wagons so the kids could deliver the donated food to the pantry.

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Berkeley Lab second campus decision delayed into 2012

Schematic design from the August presentation of Aquatic Park West second campus site
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Cities and developers eagerly awaiting a decision on the second campus for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are going to have to wait a little longer. When the lab announced its program to find a second campus, the choice among the six shortlisted sites — three with footprints in Berkeley — was scheduled for this month. Today the lab announced it expected the decision in early 2012.

“We have been working diligently over the past months since announcing our list of finalists,” said Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos in the lab’s notice of the delay. “We need a bit more time to fully evaluate our options and to confer with stakeholders in order to arrive at the best possible decision.  We have a number of excellent options before us. Our goal now is to complete this phase of the process and announce a preferred site as soon as we can.” … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Tomboy

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It’s summer time, and Laure (Zoé Héran) and her family have just moved to a new town. Wearing shorts, sneakers, and a pixie cut, the freckle-faced 10-year old girl could easily pass for a boy — and that’s exactly what she does in Celine Sciamma’s charming and pointed coming of age tale, Tomboy, opening this coming weekend at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas.

Laure’s family life verges on the idyllic: her groovy dad (Mathieu Demy, son of Jacques) lets her drive the car and allows her to sample his beer, her heavily pregnant mom (Sophie Cattani) seems blissfully calm and comported, and her delightful six-year old sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévana) is a charmer whose girly proclivities more than compensate for her elder sister’s preference for things masculine. Jeanne’s room is pink, Laure’s is blue; Jeanne wears tutus, Laure prefers the aforementioned sportswear. … Continue reading »

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Record $244,000 in grants to 400 Berkeley teachers

A BPEF grant of $44,000 will help complete the establishment of over 160 K-5 classroom libraries with consistent collections of titles. Photo: BPEF
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The Berkeley Public Education Foundation (BPEF) announced this week a record total of $244,000 in grants funding over 400 teachers in Berkeley public schools.

“We’re counted on by teachers who are now looking under every rock for funding,” said Molly Fraker, executive director of BPEF. “There’s not any public funding left for this kind of thing.”

The largest award is a single $44,000 grant to complete a two-year effort to build permanent book collections in every classroom throughout Berkeley’s 11 elementary schools, done in conjunction with the school district. But awards range widely, with most being for a few hundred dollars for projects like teaching nutrition while making smoothies for preschoolers at Hopkins, to purchasing a color printer for visual materials at the Arts Magnet, to plants and supplies for the school garden and chickens at John Muir Elementary. The complete list can be downloaded as a spreadsheet. … Continue reading »

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