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The Berkeley Wire: 07.11.12

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Berkeley sitting ban goes to ballot after raucous meeting

Ann Fagan Ginger sits on the floor to emphasize her opposition to a proposed anti-sitting ordinance as she addresses the Berkeley City Council in Berkeley on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Photo: David Yee
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While three councilmembers were singing protest songs with the audience, the Berkeley City Council abruptly voted 6-0-3 early Wednesday morning to place a contentious sitting ban on the November ballot – a move that was immediately challenged as illegal by its opponents.

The three councilmembers who abstained from voting are planning to challenge the legality of the vote because it was held before the council had debated the measure and before all public speakers had commented.

“I was stunned,” said Councilmember Max Anderson after the measure passed amidst the chaos. “I did not vote. It’s outrageous that they ran this thing through without any discussion. This illegal motion is the last in a series of anti-democratic positions taken by this mayor and his cronies.”

Councilmember Jesse Arreguín, who had been planning to presented an alternative proposal to the council that Bates did not allow to be discussed - but was not permitted by Bates to do so – said the spontaneous vote was “the most outrageous thing I’ve seen the council do.”

“We’re going to have to get lawyers to look at this tape and evaluate it,” said Councilmember Kriss Worthington, the third abstention and the first council member to join the impassioned community members in song. … Continue reading »

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The farmers’ market moves to Lorin district

Shoppers at the Tuesday Farmers' Market. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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The Tuesday Berkeley Farmers’ Market moved to its new location at Adeline and 63rd Street in the Lorin District yesterday and the new spot drew the market’s biggest crowd of the year, according to Ben Feldman, the market manager for the Ecology Center.

While 2,000 to 2,500 people generally come to the Tuesday market during the summer months, hourly counts on July 10 indicated that numbers were higher than that, he said. And the crowd appeared more ethnically diverse, too.

“Our customer counts indicated that this was the busiest market all year,” said Feldman. “It certainly seemed that our turnout for the market yesterday was a more diverse crowd. We had a lot of new faces that our vendors didn’t recognize. We had a lot of our old standbys, too, like people from restaurants.”  … Continue reading »

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Bond measures take steps toward ballot

City Council members listen during a five-hour meeting with several contentious issues on Tuesday night. Kriss Worthington taped the anti-sitting ban poster to the podium before the meeting began. Photo; Frances Dinkelspiel
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The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to place a $30 million streets and watershed bond on the November ballot, but will hold off on the final language and shape of the measure until next week.

The council also adopted a final EIR for the West Berkeley Project and indicated its support for placing a measure on the ballot, but also deferred a final decision until next week so city staff can figure out wording. … Continue reading »

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Power failure closes BART, shuts businesses

Emergency workers look at a manhole on the 1800 block of University Avenue where equipment may have failed and caused a power outage in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Photo: David Yee
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The downtown BART station and numerous businesses in the downtown area were closed for about 90 minutes Tuesday evening after a power outage.

The electricity went out after an equipment failure at 5:29 pm and was restored at 7:09 pm, according to PG&E officials. About 7,000 customers were affected.

Update 4:30 pm: Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong said there was an underground electrical vault fire at MLK and University Avenue. The fire caused the manhole cover to blow off and … 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: Rachel A. is our winner this week. She identified the photo as being the former H.J. Heinz Company factory building located at 2900 San Pablo Avenue. Neil Mishalov, who took the photo, says: “The picture was taken from Heinz Street; the north side of the building. H.J. Heinz Company was well known for its “57 Varieties” slogan.” Congratulations Rachel!

Photo: Neil Mishalov.

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