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Photos: Rally on UC Berkeley campus marks 50th anniversary of the birth of the Free Speech Movement

The Free Speech Movement rally held at UC Berkeley on Oct. 1, 2014. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, a protest that lasted for three months but set the stage for the turbulent 1960s.

On that day, thousands of UC Berkeley students protested on the Cal campus, surrounding a police car parked near Sproul Plaza. Jack Weinberg was inside the car and stayed inside it for 32 hours, having been arrested for distributing political material on university grounds despite rules that forbade it.

A graduate student, Mario Savio, climbed on top of the police car at one point and demanded Weinberg’s release. He also spoke out against the university’s restrictions against handing out political material. That impromptu speech catapulted him into the leadership of what would come to be known as the Free Speech Movement.

Read more, and enjoy these photos taken by Ted Friedman at the rally held 50 years later at the same spot at UC Berkeley when FSM veterans — including Weinberg and Savio’s wife, Lynne Hollander Savio — joined current students to mark the movement’s golden anniversary. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: City should approve new affordable housing project

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How can we end homelessness in Berkeley? The answer is more housing — specifically more affordable housing, according to Jason Budge, who argues the point in an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside.

Building more affordable housing — such as the complex currently under consideration by the city in the space where a parking lot is currently located on Berkeley Way and Henry Street — is the best way to solve the homelessness crisis and will save the city money in the long term, says Budge, a junior at UC Berkeley who has worked with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project as part of his minor in Global Poverty and Practice.

Join the discussion: leave your comments on the Opinionator piece. … Continue reading »

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Halloween in Berkeley 2013

Superintendent Donald Evans greets children at King Child Development Center. Photo: BUSD
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Unsurprisingly, Berkeleyans enjoy Halloween. From the crowds on Russell Street (pro tip: you need between 3,000 and 4,000 pieces of candy to hand out) to the innocence of the smallest children in Berkeley schools, there were a few frights, plenty of clever costumes, houses dressed to the nines, and lots of smiles and candy.

Photos by Ted Friedman, Pete Rosos, Frances Dinkelspiel, Mark Coplan for the BUSD, and Ira Serkes.

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.03.13

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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CVS PHARMACY The CVS pharmacy that has been under construction at 2565 Telegraph Ave., the site of an old Andronico’s, opened its doors over the weekend. The 26,455-square-foot space carries a wide variety of goods including beauty supplies, seasonal items, household goods, alcohol and a huge selection of drinks. The chain will officially launch the store on Saturday, June 1, with a celebration event. This is the third CVS pharmacy in Berkeley. The chain is locked in a head-to-head battle with Walgreens.

NEXTSPACE OPENING Co-working space NextSpace is opening its new downtown Berkeley location on Monday, June 3, and it’s holding a grand opening party that day for the local community to check it out. The 9,000-square-foot space, at 2081 Center St. in the historic Wells Fargo building, is currently being transformed into a lively shared working hub, with orange walls and doors and fun design elements. Eventually, it will be able to host more than 200 members. On offer: 11 individual offices, 18 workstations, and a holistic room for massage, acupuncture and services from other one-on-one therapists, in addition to a large, open café space. The Berkeleyside team will be based at NextSpace for the summer, starting next week. The ribbon cutting party, which will be attended by Mayor Tom Bates as well as other city officials, is June 3, from noon to 2 p.m. [For more details on NextSpace and co-working spaces, read our April 11 story.] … Continue reading »

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On a spring weekend in Berkeley, a city full of happenings

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This past weekend in Berkeley was action packed and the weather more than cooperated for the many al fresco activities. At the UC Berkeley Commencement on Saturday, held at the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium, Apple-co-founder Steve Wozniak gave a 15-minute talk in which he recalled his adventures as a Cal student and offered some formulas for happiness, one of them being: “Happiness equals S minus F (smiles minus frowns).”  … Continue reading »

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UC employees hold demonstration in Berkeley

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University of California employees held a demonstration today on Bancroft Way at Telegraph on the fringe of the Cal campus to protest what they see as unfair pay, medical and retirement benefits.
The protest was organized by members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299.

The union’s shop steward, Arnold Muza, said the union had met today with UC Berkeley and that the employees’ contract had recently expired. … Continue reading »

Family rallies to save Berkeley restaurant Giovanni

Giovanni's, the oldest restaurant on Shattuck Avenue, may have to close at the end of the month because of taxes owed to the IRS. The poster announcing a new movie inadvertently telegraphs the restaurant's situation. Photo: Ten Friedman
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By Ted Friedman

Giovanni Schipani, 81, has been fighting the past two years to save the restaurant he launched in 1962. Now, according to Anna Schipani, 63, the bookkeeper at Giovanni, “we could be boarded-up at the end of the month if we don’t pay back taxes to IRS.”

Giovanni, at 2420 Shattuck Ave., is “probably” the oldest restaurant on Shattuck, according to Steve Finacom, vice president of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Schipani, known as Johnny to friends, had been wildly successful in Berkeley’s flourishing south side restaurant scene, earning enough money from his first restaurant, Mr. Pizza, to buy a muffler shop and convert it to an upscale Italian family restaurant seating 200. … Continue reading »

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Giovanni’s last stand: Family rallies to save restaurant

Giovanni's, the oldest restaurant on Shattuck Avenue, may have to close at the end of the month because of taxes owed to the IRS. The poster announcing a new movie inadvertently telegraphs the restaurant's situation. Photo: Ten Friedman
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By Ted Friedman

Giovanni Schipani, 81, has been fighting the past two years to save the restaurant he launched in 1962. Now, according to Anna Schipani, 63, the bookkeeper at Giovanni, “we could be boarded-up at the end of the month if we don’t pay back taxes to IRS.”

Giovanni, at 2420 Shattuck Ave., is “probably” the oldest restaurant on Shattuck, according to Steve Finacom, vice president of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Schipani, known as Johnny to friends, had been wildly successful in Berkeley’s flourishing south side restaurant scene, earning enough money from his first restaurant, Mr. Pizza, to buy a muffler shop and convert it to an upscale Italian family restaurant seating 200. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.31.12

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Rain dampens crowds, not enthusiasm, at Telegraph fair

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By Ted Friedman

The 30th annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair opened this weekend, but crowds were sparse at times because of the rain.

Booths went up Friday morning under a light drizzle, which worsened by 1 p.m. Early Saturday afternoon, umbrellas went up during a downpour which lasted around an hour and a half. It was mostly overcast on Sunday.

“It was not a good day for me,” Clifford Seely, 79, a jeweler who has been selling at the fair for 30 years, said Friday as he packed up to leave around 3 p.m.

“It was worth my time, but not as good as last year,” said David (Doc) Sammon, a regular Telegraph Avenue vendor. … Continue reading »

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