Daily Archives: July 9, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 07.09.12

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Opponents of Berkeley sitting ban gear up for fight

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Opponents of Berkeley’s sitting ban launched a counter attack against the proposed ballot initiative Monday, but their plans for a sit-in fizzled.

After rejecting the idea of holding a protest outside Mayor Tom Bates’ house,  homeless and youth activists had planned to hold a sit-in at the City Council’s Agenda Committee meeting Monday afternoon. But the meeting was unexpectedly moved from a spacious sixth floor conference room to a smaller – but more visible – space on the first floor of City Hall, leaving too little room to sit down.

Instead, opponents of the sitting ban spoke passionately about why they objected to making it illegal to sit on the sidewalks in commercial districts between 7 am and 10 pm. The City Council will vote Tuesday night whether to place the item on the November ballot.

Youth “are just not the demons the press and some of the council members have made them out to be,” said Pattie Wall, executive director of the Homeless Action Center, which provides benefits and advocacy for the homeless in Alameda County.” She was one of about 20 people who spoke. “Passing this law sends the wrong message to anyone in a bad situation here in Berkeley.” … Continue reading »

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Second postal site in Berkeley for sale

An aerial view of 1150 Eighth Street, which the post office has placed on the market for $2.3 million. Photo: Google Earth
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The historic post office on Allston Way is not the only postal service property for sale in Berkeley.

Officials have placed a 2.2-acre vacant lot at 1150 Eighth Street up for sale for $2.3 million. The lot, which sits next door to the postal services’ main processing facility in Berkeley, can accommodate an 85,000 square foot building, according to a USPS website.

The property is being listed by Cornish & Carey Commercial. … Continue reading »

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The food lines of Berkeley: Nosh worth waiting for

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Berkeley is famous for its gourmet food, and sometimes the easiest way to track it down is to follow the crowds.

You only have to see the lines that form almost as soon as food truck fest Off the Grid opens at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays in north Berkeley to understand that some of us are prepared to be patient to secure a favorite snack. (And Telegraph Avenue’s new Off the Grid market will likely prove as popular.)

But there are three brick-and-mortar eateries in Berkeley – Ici Ice Cream, Wat Mongkolratanaram (also known as the Thai Temple), and The Cheese Board Collective – that have attracted long lines of customers, sometimes snaking down half a block or more, for as long as we can remember. Berkeleyside decided to ask some of the people who take their places in those lines just why they are prepared to wait so long. … Continue reading »

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