Daily Archives: June 13, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.13.12

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Nurses strike at Alta Bates, 10 other hospitals

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An estimated 4,500 registered nurses from 11 Bay Area hospitals, including Berkeley’s Alta Bates, went out on a one-day strike today to protest what they say are some 100 concessions to patient care being made by their employer, Sutter Health.

Dozens of staff gathered outside Alta Bates on Ashby starting at 7am this morning and they plan to be there until 7pm tonight. Most of them were wearing red and many solicited support, in the form of honking horns, from passing cars.

“We are protesting the cuts Sutter Health has made to community services,” said Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, a spokesperson for the protesters. “There are over 60 propositions on the table which make it very difficult for us to treat patients.”

Pardue-Okimoto said negotiations between nursing staff and Sutter Health management have been ongoing since May last year and that very minimal progress had been made.

“We are not asking for more,” she said. “We will keep the status quo. We just don’t want any takeaways. They need to take the 60 propositions off the table.” One key issue, Pardue-Okimoto said, was Sutter Health’s desire to combine sick time with vacation time. … Continue reading »

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Offer: A few “Supermoon” photographs still available

Supermoon my favorite
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Most of the 18 limited edition prints have been snapped up. But we have just a few prints left of “Supermoon”, which was shot by the hugely talented Ira Serkes,

Just in time for  Father’s Day on June 17th (if you order it today!) and graduations, the first readers who take out a $25/month subscription to Berkeleyside, or make a $300 donation will receive a 12″x 18″ sized copy of the print signed by the photographer.

By subscribing or donating at this level, you will cement your commitment to independent local journalism by helping Berkeleyside continue to deliver essential news, investigative reporting, and community information to you in the year ahead. All donations go into a fund to enable reporting important stories in Berkeley.

Should you already be a Berkeleyside subscriber, and would like to take advantage of this offer, we will simply upgrade your membership so you qualify for the complimentary print. … Continue reading »

Berkeley sitting ban progresses toward November ballot

A group of homeless young adults wakes up after spending the night on Telegraph Avenue recently. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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In a contentious meeting that lasted until the wee hours of the morning and exposed deep divisions in Berkeley, the City Council voted early Wednesday to proceed with a measure that would put a sit-lie ordinance on the November ballot.

In a 6 to 3 vote, with City councilmembers Kriss Worthington, Jesse Arreguín and Max Anderson dissenting, the council directed the city manager’s office to come back July 10 with wording for a ballot measure. The council will then have to vote again whether to actually place the measure on the November ballot, but its placement is expected.

City Council chambers and a downstairs hall were packed early in the evening with scores of people who wanted to speak for and against the measure, which would make it illegal to sit on a sidewalk in a commercial district between 7 am and 10 pm. Violators would be given two verbal warnings to get up, and if they didn’t comply, could get a $50 ticket. If voters adopt the measure in November, it would go into effect in July 2013. … Continue reading »

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Snapshot: Bob and Suzan, Stonemountain & Daughter

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The father/daughter team of Bob and Suzan Steinberg represent third and fourth generations of textile business knowhow. Bob was born in 1933 in Los Angeles and started working for the family textile business at the age of ten. He’s been a “fabric man” ever since. With his 9-year old daughter, in 1967 Bob opened up Bob Steinberg’s Fabric Emporium which specialized in “counter-culture alternative style hippie fabrics.” In 1976 they both moved north to the Monterey Bay area where Bob opened up a fabric store with the intention of taking a classic Jewish immigrant family business (Steinberg and Sons) and modernizing it. With that in mind Stonemountain (Steinberg literally translated from German) & Daughter was born. In 1981 they brought Stonemountain and Daughter to Berkeley. Suzan manages the store with her father, and after 31 years of being in business in Berkeley, they’ve managed to remain one of the few independent merchants in the textile business today with customers in every state of the union.

When did you arrive in Berkeley?
Suzan: In 1979.

What’s your hood?
Suzan: South Berkeley.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Suzan: A therapist or a councilor.
Bob: A fabric man.

Where and when are you happiest?
Suzan: At the beach or in the mountains. In nature. Kissing a redwood tree.
Bob: In my car smoking a cigar. … 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, 10.25am: Tor got this almost immediately. It’s an artwork on the new Berkeley Animal Shelter building which is nearing completion near Aquatic Park. Congratulations, Tor, on being this week’s winner! Read about the new shelter.

Photo: Nancy Rubin.

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