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Don’t try to replicate a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, wrote Monica Rocchino in one of the pieces that launched Berkeleyside NOSH this week. Check out NOSH for everything food-related in the East Bay.

Safeway reached a compromise with local opponents on its plans to expand its College Avenue store. The store, on the Oakland side of the Berkeley/Oakland border, faced opposition from some local residents concerned about the scale of the proposed supermarket and increased traffic in the neighborhood. The compromise plan includes more parking and less retail space.

The election count was completed by the Registrar of Voters on Thursday. At one point in the count, it seemed as though Measure T, which would have changed West Berkeley zoning, could pass narrowly. But the final tally gave opponents a 1% victory. A close contest for the final position on the Rent Stabilization Board also ended with the Election Day leader, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, confirmed in  his post. The certified results are expected this Wednesday.

Berkeley City Council decided on Tuesday night that Perfect Plants Patients Group (3PG), a cannabis collective located on Sacramento Street, was in violation of zoning laws. The city will now take steps to close 3PG. The council discussion became heated when Councilmember Max Anderson suggested racial motives for the opposition to the collective. Councilmember Darryl Moore, who represents the district, accused Anderson of race baiting.

UC Berkeley has plowed under winter greens planted by the Occupy the Farm movement at Gill Tract, the UC-owned research field in Albany. Keith Gilless, dean of Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources, said in a statement released late on Friday night that the university wants to find ways to work with community groups, but that “illegal incursions” and “unauthorized use” were a “direct threat to both academic freedom and our capacity to fulfill the University’s mission.”

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  • Che Joubert

    I truly wish people put half the energy they put into condemning cannibis into closing the liquor stores on Sacramento. There is one each at Alcatraz, Ashby, Russell, and Dwight, and all along there it’s seedy and downbeat. They effect significant stretches of neighborhood on each side. They promote trashy sidewalks. No one has anything good to say about them, but there they sit forever.  

  • Liftline2

    Wow, stunned that, in Berkeley/N.Oakland of all places, people would equate more parking with less traffic. This is simply unsupported by 100 years of data we have in the planning community – if you put in more parking, you will INCREASE vehicle traffic. What were they thinking? This is a major fail for the neighborhood; Safeway was actually being progressive by proposing dense, multi-use and less parking, which would drive more pedestrian traffic and use of transit. Shocked at the outcome here.

  • Biker 94703

    Please provide a citation for parking/traffic relationships in 1912?  You seem to be saying that if we build additional mews that our children are at elevated risk of being trampled?  Shocking!

  • 3rdGenBerkeleyan

     11-12 yr. olds are not buying alcohol at the liquor store but they are getting weed indirectly from the “dispensary” I agree the liquor store is a problem but as we speak they aren’t doing anything illegal there are laws on the books about the cannabis “clubs” we just want our Berkeley “officials” to do their jobs and enforce the current laws.

  • The Sharkey

    T’would be nice to get them to clean up too though.
    The quality of care that goes in to the upkeep of the various liquor stores on Sacramento and San Pablo is really poor.