UC Berkeley officials responded this afternoon to Monday’s letter from Occupy the Farm activists with “disappointment and dismay” and said the group’s demands and statements displayed a “stunning degree of arrogance and entitlement.”
Diego Carreterero-Frades and his wife Irenka Dominguez-Pareto moved into their West Berkeley home 18 months ago. They were looking for an affordable space with a yard and a place to have a child.
Musician Adam Stern grew up near Indian Rock in North Berkeley and his local roots weave through his eclectic music style which runs the gamut from folk, rock and blues to world rhythms. His songs convey messages of hope, peace, and coexistence in a time, he says, when we need it the most. Now pursuing his music career in Los Angeles (watch his Valentine’s video shot there, below), Stern recently released his latest album, “Cosmicology”. Berkeleyside had a chance to quiz Stern about his music and his outlook — and, of course, we asked him to spill the beans about Berkeley.
Update, 4:40 p.m.: Calvester Houston Stewart, 19, has been charged with the attempted murder of five police officers, the Berkeley Police Department said in a statement released at 4:28 p.m. today. Stewart has also been charged with the March 29 murder of Devin Lee Whitmire, 24 (see below). He was wounded by Berkeley police during a shootout on Delaware Street on April 13 when he shot at officers.
On April 26, 2012, Christopher Jay Hunt, who lived in Berkeley for 40 years, died peacefully, holding hands with his daughter Cara, at UCSF Medical Center. He was 62 years old.
The Occupy the Farm group that is currently occupying the UC Berkeley-owned Gill Tract in Albany with a view to persuading the university to give it over to urban farming, issued the following statement Monday evening on its website (use of bold is as in original) :