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Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Best books of 2010: A Berkeley perspective Sylvia Brownrigg, Linda Schacht Gage, Tomas Moniz, Tom Leonard, Elizabeth Stark, Donna Corbeil, Lance Knobel and Frances Dinkelspiel select their favorite books of the year.
Berkeley block by block: how diverse is the city? The treasure trove of data in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reveals much about the make-up — economic, educational, racial — of Berkeley’s neighborhoods.
Berkeley City Council tables WikiLeaks resolution All eyes were on Berkeley on December 15 when its leaders opted to postpone a decision on whether to declare the alleged WikiLeaks leaker a hero.
What next for Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz Club? Our story on Michael Parayno’s underground BBQ-jazz joint, and its threatened closure, prompted many dozens of readers to get in touch to express their support for these wildly popular neighborhood gatherings.
Berkeley bashing: A favorite national sport “Anti-American”, “disloyal”, “a joke”, “nuts” — Berkeley is accustomed to being called all these things and more, but this week saw more vitriol than usual.

Best books of 2010: A Berkeley perspective

Berkeley is a city for book lovers. There are 30 independent bookstores in the city and at least three stores specializing in rare books. Berkeley residents love their public library and check out items at a rate three times higher than other California residents. In 2008, that meant they borrowed 2.2 million books, CDS, DVDs, and tools. The University of California library system, considered one of the best in the world, has more than 11 million books scattered throughout 29 libraries on campus.

The Berkeley Wire: 02.06.14

Saving the UC Berkeley library (Inside Higher Ed)
Berkeley salutes folk singer Seeger (Inside Bay Area)
Opinion: Berkeley students must tweet on Islamophobia (Toronto Sun)
Patty Hearst kidnapped from Berkeley 40 years ago (BBC)
Review: “House That Will Not Stand” at Berkeley Rep (Mercury News)
Burgers star at Eureka! (SF Chronicle)
Wishing Northbrae Church a happy 100th birthday (Inside Bay Area)
Berkeley Public Library launches new website (Contra Costa Times)
Rad Dad relaunch: Tom Moniz remakes ‘zine (SF Chronicle)
3 new faculty for Cal’s National Academy of Engineering (UCB)
Berkeley residents foot bill of referendum campaign (Daily Cal)
Saving the [UC Berkeley] library (Inside Higher Ed)

Comal: New restaurant takes a bet on downtown Berkeley

On Friday, John Paluska will throw open the heavy steel doors to his ambitious new restaurant, Comal, which he hopes will become a magnet for local residents and a cultural incubator. “I see it as a big tent that I hope will become the heart of the community,” he said last week as he stood in the expansive, airy space at 2020 Shattuck Avenue, overseeing a plethora of pre-launch preparations.