Tenants sue landlord, elevator company after devastating fire (Tribune)
UC Berkeley law students held in bird beheading (Chronicle)
Cal alumni to host advising event for student tech startups (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Lab runs out of streets to name after Nobel winners (SF Biz Times)
Cal’s Big Game plan: stop Stanford’s run game (BANG)
Joanne Koch knew it was a tall order: she wanted a mid-century modern home in Berkeley within walking distance of a Peet’s. Even her realtor told her she might have to revise her thinking. Most homes built in that period are perched in the hills to take advantage of their inherent indoor-outdoor design and to offer the best views of the bay.
The status quo has not helped West Berkeley be the best it can be, argues Alan Tobey in an Opinionator piece published today. Because there is little space available for new or growing businesses, he writes that Berkeley has lost 75 companies and over 1,500 jobs to other cities in recent years, including Clif Bar and SunPower. For West Berkeley to thrive, in order to create new jobs and successful companies and gain millions in new tax revenues to support citywide programs, we need to adopt a development strategy that keeps pace with changing technologies, new markets and green manufacturing models, he argues. Measure T will do just that, Tobey writes.
TART, BUT TASTY The Rare Barrel, a new endeavor that plans to make hand-crafted sour beer aged in barrels, is coming to Berkeley, according to a posting on the group’s website (and first spotted by Diablo Magazine). The father and son brewing team of Brad and Jay Goodwin and sales and marketing director Alex Wallash will begin renovation of a warehouse at 940 Parker Street next week, with the aim of starting beer production in early 2013, according to Wallash. Sour beer is a beer whose “character profile has a tart and acidic flavor, sometimes fruity,” he said. While most hand-crafted beer is fermented in steel tanks and aged a couple of weeks to two months, The Rare Barrel will age its beer in oak barrels from six months to three years. The trio chose Berkeley because the cooling fogs that are pulled in through the Golden Gate create a perfect climate, according to an announcement on The Rare Barrel blog.
Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought ‘I wish I could go and see a good movie about public health tonight?’ Well, guess what — this week you have not one, but two, movies to choose from that satisfy that very desire. One’s fiction, the other a documentary, and both are highly recommended.
Berkeley west of Sixth Street has long supported a vibrant community of small manufacturers, artists, artisans and local-serving businesses. Yet much of the rest of the district has been contributing little to the city, holding abandoned former manufacturing sites and sleepy warehouses that can’t be better used because of current zoning.
By Richard Schwartz
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