I am a senior at Berkeley High School, I’ve been in school Leadership — a student government organization — for all four years, and I was present at Friday’s Rally Day mob scene. I know it got completely out of hand. It is 100% unacceptable for anyone to be physically hurt, and the firecracker that sounded like a gunshot was frightening. Reading through multiple articles, comments and responses from the administration, all of the blame has been put on the students, especially senior class. Clearly all of the student body shares responsibility for the events that happened, but so does the administration.
Student group rescinds invite to Bill Maher; Chancellor invites him back (UCB News)
Lt. Gov Newsom releases statement on Cal athletic graduation rates (SF Gate)
A guide to Halloween events in Berkeley and the Bay Area (Daily Clog)
“Occupy the Farm” documentary debuts next week in Berkeley (Inside Scoop)
Cal Dining goes local for Food Day (UCB News)
Maya Lin memorializes the environment at Brower Center show (Express)
Audit report aims to reduce police worker compensation costs (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Video & Film Festival starts this weekend (Express)
Shopping center could be rebuilt as mixed use development (SF Business Times)
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Peter John Arthur Gaposchkin, a retired astrophysicist, database specialist, and programmer analyst, died Sept. 30th in Berkeley. He was 74.
There's little Maximus Thaler won't consider as a potential ingredient for a meal, including sourcing from dumpsters.
Last March after Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan received a prestigious national American Planning Association award, I wrote the following for the “Cal Planner” newsletter:
On Nov. 4, Berkeley voters will show where they stand on Measure D, the so-called Soda Tax. The proposed tax on sugary beverages has been one of the most hotly debated Berkeley issues in the city’s history, and certainly one that has brought in record levels of campaign expenditure. The No on Measure D lobby has spent $2.3 million in an attempt to defeat the tax, according to campaign finance reports. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed $532,071 in support of the soda tax. (That includes $265,235 for network advertising for commercials during the World Series, $96,836 for cable ads, and a cash donation of $170,000 to the Yes on Measure D effort.) UC Berkeley’s Robert Reich has been vocal in his views — writing a blog post about the issue titled “In its battle with Big Soda, Berkeley may once again make history,” and shooting a video on the same subject.
Berkeley author Mac Barnett knows how to tickle the funny bone of a 4-year-old. He also knows how to write picture books that are fun for a parent, teacher or grandparent to read aloud. In fact, he takes great care to consider both the “performer” who reads, and the audience who listens to his stories. Once I learned that he wrote Battle Bunny—and that he’s a local guy—I had to set up a meeting.
Update: Oct. 31: East Bay Regional Park District police identified the man shot and killed Tuesday night as 21-year-old Damarco J. Thomas of Stockton.
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