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The Berkeley Wire: 08.01.12

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Council considers affordable housing, plastic bag ban

Jesse Arreguín: budget reflects "our priorities as a community"
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The Berkeley City Council last night passed Councilmember Jesse Arreguín’s proposal to move to an up or down vote on an affordable housing mitigation fee at an October meeting. The city has been debating a fee since the Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles decision in 2009 invalidated inclusionary housing requirements like those in Berkeley.

“We have a desperate need for affordable housing in Berkeley,” Arreguín said. “We need to move forward with adopting a fee right now.”

The Housing Advisory Commission had recommended setting a fee of $28,000 per market rate unit, but councilmembers Laurie Capitelli and Susan Wengraf last night said they were concerned about setting a fee before there was certainty on other potential fees under consideration (other potential fees include streets, parking and open space impact fees and a West Berkeley transport fee). Capitelli suggested a decision be held off until a December meeting of the City Council when the full range of fees could be assessed.  … Continue reading »

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Chez Panisse contingent head to Cuba, public welcome

A Cuban farmer talks about growing greens with a visitor. Photo: Varun Mehra
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In the last year, Chez Panisse chefs, staff, and alum have embarked on gourmet global diplomacy trips to Japan (in an informal expedition under the auspices of a group known as OPENrestaurant) and China (in a formal affair the restaurant’s owner, Alice Waters,  presided over herself.) Now comes word that a contingent from the acclaimed restaurant are headed to Cuba to plant seeds of change on the food and farming front — and learn a thing or two about Cuban cuisine and growing greens from this Carribbean island country.

What’s more the trip, scheduled for December 4-12, coincides with the Havana Film Festival, and is open to the public. The delegation includes Chez Panisse downstairs chef Jerome Waag, former Chez Panisse pizzaiolo Charlie Hallowell, Steve Sullivan from Acme Bread (a former Chez Panisse chef), and Cuban-American line cook Danielle Alvarez, who will set foot on Cuban soil for the first time. … Continue reading »

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Developer eyes Berkeley’s historic post office

The interior of the Main Post Office at 2000 Allston Way. It is landmarked on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo: Charlotte Wayne.
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While the City Council unanimously passed a declaration Tuesday night asking the United States Postal Service not to sell Berkeley’s Main Post Office, an award-winning developer who specializes in historic properties says he is interested in buying the building on Allston Way.

Eddie Orton, whose remodel of the historic Ford Plant in Richmond won the American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture, said the structure at 2000 Allston Way “is a beauty.”

“I love that building,” said Orton, who also redeveloped the Flint Inc building on Gilman, along with a number of other structures in Berkeley. “It’s beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to develop it? It’s a great building. It’s gorgeous.” … 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, 10:40am: Reader Steve got it. Here’s what Neil Mishalov, who took the photo, has to say: “This is the western side of 1300 Martin Luther King Jr.Way, the house that noted architect Bernard Maybeck designed and built as his family home. Original construction of the cottage was in 1892. Maybeck updated the structure in 1895. The structure was designated as a City of Berkeley Landmark on 1 February 2007. An excellent history of the property, written by Daniella Thompson, can be found here”. Congratulations, Steve, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Neil Mishalov.

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