Daily Archives: May 5, 2012


Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Photo: Moon crescent test 6, by Ira Serkes.

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. … Continue reading »

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Adopt a pet: Millie, a sweet mom with a loving smile

Millie, a sweet mom who would make a loving companion, is looking for a new home. Photo: Dan Enstrom
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By Lynne Tingle

Millie is very sweet and is a great mom. She is affectionate and happy, though she is protective of her pups around other animals. She is fine with people handling them, and once she is comfortable with the other animals she’s fine. Of course soon she won’t have to be watching over her mini brood!

Pups Maggie and Mollie are cherubic! They’d love a home together or with their mom… and we offer discounts on multiple Chi adoptions! Currently fostered in Albany/Berkeley. … Continue reading »


UC Berkeley sets midnight deadline for Occupy the Farm

Gill Tract on April 22, the day it was occupied. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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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.

In a letter released Friday night, George Breslauer, the executive vice chancellor, and John Wilton, the vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the university has agreed to a dialogue about using some of the 15-acre Gill Tract as community garden space, but only if the protestors agree to leave first.

“If the encampment is voluntarily disbanded, we will commit to include occupation participants in a broad-based discussion about the continuation of urban farming under university supervision on a portion of the tract, as well as any future discussions about the long-term future of the property,” read the letter.

If those occupying the tract refuse to leave, however, the university will take action. … Continue reading »

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