Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.16.12

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West Berkeley plan held for further council debate

Public hearings on the West Berkeley Project were heated and contentious. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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For the third consecutive week, Berkeley City Council heard many passionate arguments against the third phase of the West Berkeley Project and a handful in support. But a vote on amending the West Berkeley Plan, certifying the environmental impact report and adopting CEQA findings and the Mitigation Monitoring Program was held over to yet another special council meeting — scheduled for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

Last year, the City Council approved zoning amendments for reusing and expanding existing buildings and businesses and which allowed new uses. The third part of the project deals with a new Master Use Permit (MUP) process which provides for greater flexibility in developing large sites. The project would allow the creation of a maximum of no more than six MUP sites over the next ten years. … Continue reading »

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In memory: John Quigley, Cal leader, inspirational mentor

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John M. Quigley, a leading scholar of housing markets, local public finance, energy efficient buildings, homelessness, and racial discrimination in housing, passed away in Berkeley on Saturday May 12. He was 70.

Quigley, the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Business, and Economics at UC Berkeley, was a campus leader, an inspirational mentor, and a leading figure in urban economics and housing policy.

During his career he produced fourteen books and over 150 scholarly articles. Quigley excelled at finding clever ways to use empirical data about housing and urban areas to answer important public policy questions such as the macro-economic impact of rising housing prices on consumption behavior, the impact of segregation on African Americans’ opportunities to accumulate wealth through investment in housing, the effect of governmental and voluntary energy standards on energy efficiency and the value of buildings, and the relationship between housing markets and homelessness. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley home, crime hotbed, declared a public nuisance

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Last night, a West Berkeley home that has been the nexus for serious crime and drug dealing for 30 years was declared a public nuisance by the City Council.

The household at 1722 Ninth Street, owned by 77-year old Roberto Alcala, many of whose extended family live there with him, was described by local residents as “the neighbors from hell.”

The Council’s decision follows a recommendation made in February by the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board not only to slap the home with a public nuisance order, but also to evict its inhabitants. The council chose not to have the house vacated, but instead imposed 11 conditions on the property owner in order to “abate the nuisance activity,” all of which need to be met within one month. These include eradicating illegal substances and unregistered guns from the property, eliminating excessive noise and applying for the permits necessary to demolish an illegal kitchen addition. (Read the full recommendation.) … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update 11:35 am: Rachel A. got it.  As Nick Gross explains it, this is a pair of authentic baseball bleacher seats from Fenway Park in Boston that he had installed in front of his house at 1215 Oxford Street. He bought them at an auction last year and says they attract a lot of attention, particularly from street hikers taking a break on their walk up the hill. Congratulations on being this week’s winner, Rachel!

Photo: Nick Gross.

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