Berkeley may host a world-class university, be internationally known as the font of the locavore movement, and boast an outsized reputation. But local issues – zoning, quality of life, local government, are the things that get us talking. This week the Berkeley City Council started deliberations on the latest portion of the West Berkeley Plan, which not only drew more than 60 people to a public hearing, but many more comments here about the merits and drawbacks of the project. Community members were also divided about putting a bond measure on the November ballot to pay for new pools and new police patrols on Telegraph Avenue. And the closure of Berkeley Patients Group, the city’s oldest and largest medical marijuana dispensary with 13,000 members, was also much discussed. And there were grumbles and laughs about the 20-year old who heard a ticking in his car, thought there was a bomb, and called the police. (more…)
By Lynne Tingle
UC Berkeley officials have set a deadline for tonight, Saturday May 5, for the people from the Occupy the Farm movement to reach a settlement or face eviction.