Daily Archives: August 6, 2012
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Chevron officials are recommending that anyone who lives from Richmond south to north Oakland to “shelter in place” to avoid breathing toxic fumes from the fire that broke out at the refinery around 6: 40 pm.
Even though Berkeley police had not received notice by 9:30 pm to warn Berkeley residents to shut their windows and stay indoors, a Chevron spokesman said they should.
“The shelter in place goes to north Oakland so it does extend into Berkeley,” said John McGowan, a Chevron spokesman.
(Note: There is no official “shelter in place for Berkeley; see explanation below.) … Continue reading »
Mortgage relief plan adopted by council has links to Occupy (California Watch)
Dmitri Belser to challenge Max Anderson in November (Daily Cal)
UC buys $2.5m building for Daily Cal, journalism unit (SF Business Times)
Dr. Warren Winkelstein, important AIDS researcher, dies (NYT)
Berkeley Film Foundation awards $150k in grants (Film Foundation)
The Academy, a K-8 school, names Ann Kennedy new head (Academy)
German International School opens Berkeley campus at old Hillside school (GISSV)
Court issues restraining order for KPFA recall election (Daily Cal)
Under a color-coded grading system implemented in July, restaurants in Alameda County – but not in Berkeley – are now required to post green, yellow, or red placards in their windows to display food safety inspection results.
Berkeley is one of four cities in the state with an independent environmental health department and it makes its own rules regarding restaurant inspections. But with the implementation of the easy-to-understand county system, Berkeley officials are considering the adoption of a similar program to make things uniform.
“It’s something that the rest of the jurisdictions are thinking about, to have some consistency within the Bay Area,” said Manuel Ramirez, Berkeley environmental health director. “There’s no sense of a timeline at this point, but it is being discussed.”
County officials say the visibility of the inspection results and the accessible color code will empower consumers and encourage food facilities to meet safety standards. Some Berkeley restaurateurs say they would be proud to post a placard in their windows. … Continue reading »
Three months before the November election, City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli has amassed the largest campaign war chest in Berkeley, with $13,015 in donations from a variety of people, including his fellow realtors and politicians.
But the various city-wide measures that were so contentious when aired before the City Council have not yet garnered any substantial funds, according to the records. No money has been raised for the civil sidewalks initiative, which would ban people from sitting in commercial districts from 7 am to 10 pm. Those in favor or against new zoning for West Berkeley have not yet even formed committees. Neither have those supporting a new redistricting plan.
The Committee for the Berkeley Sunshine Ordinance raised $4,153 from April 1 to June 30, bringing its donation level to $5,958, with the bulk of that coming from the group’s treasurer, Dean Metzger. He donated $4,618 to the campaign, including a $1,000 loan. … Continue reading »