News about the 2012 November election filled Berkeleyside this week as candidates ramped up their campaigning and organizations hosted forums and debates. The first scheduled debate among the four candidates running for two seats on the school board focused, in part, on where each candidate stood on BUSD’s controversial nomination of Edmond Heatley for superintendent, and their opinion of the Broad Academy, from where he graduated. Bert Wahl is running for mayor, but said his primary goal isn’t winning, but putting forward some new ideas. The race for the District 5 City Council seat took an ugly turn when supporters of incumbent Laurie Capitelli said challenger Sophie Hahn was misrepresenting his voting record — a charge that Hahn denies.
Update 8:20pm: Sophie Hahn read to Berkeleyside from her prepared remarks made to the John George Democratic Club. Here’s what she said:
After listening to residents complain how a medical cannabis facility on Sacramento Street had drawn unsavory loiterers, trash, and trouble – as well as testimony that it was a good neighbor – the Zoning Adjustments Board on Thursday voted 7-0, with one abstention, to declare it a public nuisance.
A west Berkeley restaurant thrives serving American classics with an elegant twist and seasonal fare with Asian influences.
At the only forum planned for school board candidates before the election, three of the four candidates criticized the existing board’s choice of a Broad Academy graduate as finalist in the superintendent search and committed themselves to an improved process for choosing a new superintendent. The three, incumbent Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Judy Appel and Tracy Hollander, were diplomatic, but all said Broad Academy policies did not fit in Berkeley.
This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. (Please note that these are Calls For Police Services only and are subject to review and reclassification. These CFS numbers only reflect part one crimes reported to BPD.)
The Bancroft Library recently received a donation of letters written by Elmer R. Drew, who attended the then-young UC Berkeley in the mid-1880s. As Tom Leonard, the University Librarian, was perusing them, he was struck by how different Berkeley was. The hills weren’t built up, cows grazed in fields around town, and hunting in the creeks and woods was commonplace. Yet the teenage student agonized over the same things today’s students worry about: the work load, competition, and of course, football.
Whether she’s caressing an American Songbook standard, reinterpreting a contemporary pop tune, introducing a poetic original, or launching into a high-wire free improvisation, Andrea Wolper is a musical explorer who unfailingly seeks the same destination.
The Downtown Berkeley Association launched its fast-track clean-up program in January, the idea being that a “big splash” would jolt seemingly entrenched notions about the downtown area. According to a survey just released by the DBA, it looks as though the hopes have been partially realized (readers can view all 10 slides of the survey).
More than a year after it opened its doors in an apparent violation of Berkeley’s zoning laws, city officials are taking steps to shutter the Perfect Plants Patients Group (3PGs) at 2840-B Sacramento Street.
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