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Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Berkeleyside’s revelation that all the seating removed from UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium before its renovation had been saved by a local wood specialist — and was now available to buy in the form of carefully crafted tables and benches — came as welcome news to many. Those numbered bleachers (above) surely have stories to tell…

When we broke the news on Monday that Berkeley’s main post office, a distinguished Renaissance Revival work completed in 1915, was to be sold by the financially troubled US Postal Service, many readers reacted with shock. Many also had innovative ideas for what the building could become.

The Alameda County Grand Jury’s damning verdict  on Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board inevitably ruffled feathers. The report described the Board as a “self-sustaining bureaucracy that operates without effective oversight and accountability.”

Other popular reads this week: local business alert Shop Talk; our report on latest City Council decisions; our Snapshot of Grégoire restaurant owner Grégoire Jacquet; a summary of new bike-friendly initiatives in Berkeley; and a question: is it a fox or a coyote? (Readers voted on the former.)

Remember: we want to hear about, or see pictures of, your July 4th activities! We plan to publish a community round-up on July 5th.

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  • PragmaticProgressive

    While I appreciate the virtues of British understatement, I think “ruffled feathers” doesn’t quite do justice to the outrage over the BRSB revelations. The verdict was, as you rightly characterized it, damning.

  • ReasonableProgressive

    The actual verdict does not come in until the Rent Board has an opportunity to respond, and these responses are weighed against the allegations in the report by a judge. Stopwaste.org and other agencies in Alameda County got a similarly “damning” assessment this week, which, too, will be heard by a judge who can truly weigh the issues on the merits.

  • derbycreeker

    I always felt that the law created an impediment for those it sought to help most, low income tenants, because after 1980 they did not compete as well as upper income tenants for vacancies. As a landlord the risks had escalated and they were in an understandably defensive mode.
    A quick look at demographic trends seems to bear this out, lower income tenants have been driven out and rents have risen dramatically. (reminds me of the frog in a pot of water slowly coming to a boil)
    This report is a welcome analysis of the SRB and its staff, may the people of Berkeley take note.