How do you sum up the essence of a two-day festival of ideas like Uncharted?
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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The lowdown: Berkeley council on police partnerships, release of balloons, cellphone safety law, more
Police partnerships, good government policy recommendations, safety sheets from cellphone retailers, and environmental admonishments from balloon vendors: It’s all scheduled to come up Tuesday night before the Berkeley City Council. Scroll down to learn about the highlights of this week’s council agenda. Not all items are included, so be sure to check the full agenda to learn more. (more…)
Among the many ballot propositions up for a vote on Election Day, Proposition O — which makes some seemingly minor fixes to the city’s recall law – is very low down on the public discussion list. But it is actually a very useful fix to the law, one that takes the step of heading off some future lawsuits whenever a recall comes back into play.
Refreshing ceviche, delicious fried bites, an excellent burger and great beers to pair the food with: Fruitvale should be happy to welcome The Half Orange.
By Colleen Neff
Update: Oct. 30. The Chancellor has determined Maher will speak. See our update here.
This one’s a genuine find, a priceless rediscovery, and a locally sourced treasure. Screening at Pacific Film Archive on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. as part of the series “Activate Yourself: The Free Speech Movement at 50,” The Activist could just as easily have been featured in one of my occasional ‘Locally Grown Produce’ columns if not for the fact that, until very recently, I’d never heard of it before.
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