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The Berkeley Wire: 10.24.14

Eclipse

Partial eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, just before 3 p.m. Photo, taken in West Berkeley, by Kevin Schofield

After rumor that post office has been sold, Berkeley initiates law suit against USPS (Daily Planet)
Serial robber gets five years in prison (Albany Patch)
Audiograph sound of the week” UC Berkeley’s spotted hyenas (KALW)
Berkeley High students hold rally to protest police brutality (Daily Cal)
Hefty outside donations pour in to defeat zoning measure (CoCo Times)
Couple’s love blooms with zero waste wedding (SF Chronicle)
Bloomberg spends $200k to place pro-soda tax ads on during World Series (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley man takes plea deal in 2008 stabbing of Cal student (Mercury News)
Cal professors on the hunt for edible, nutritious East Bay weeds (SF Gate)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.23.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.22.14

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Berkeley School Board: 3 seats contested by 5 candidates

The Berkeley School Board, at its August meeting. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD
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Three seats on the Berkeley Unified school board are being contested by five candidates in this year’s election. Three of the candidates — Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill and Julie Sinai — are incumbents on the board (although Sinai was appointed, not elected, following the resignation of Leah Wilson). Ty Alper and Norma Harrison are the two non-incumbents running for the board.

Berkeleyside asked each of the candidates a number of questions about both their background and their views on some key issues facing Berkeley schools. The responses to the questions are provided in alphabetical order below.

One slightly unusual aspect about the school board race is that the three incumbents have endorsed each other and are circulating literature encouraging voters to elect them as a combined slate. Since school-board elections are citywide, building name recognition among voters is often particularly difficult for non-incumbents. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Photo: Lisa Sibony.

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.21.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.20.14

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Uncharted Ideas: Do something different this weekend

View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
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We’re expecting a host of surprises at this week’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas.

The festival is on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage and the University Club high atop Memorial Stadium. Dangerous ideas, challenging questions, laughter and amazing creativity, from both speakers and participants, fascinating people to meet and to share a glass with at the Friday evening party.

As a Berkeleyside or East Bay Nosh reader you are eligible for a discount on attendance. Just use the code BerkeleysideFriend when you register. You can buy tickets for the full two days, or for Friday or Saturday only (everyone gets to go to the party!).

What are the highlights? You’ll have to come to find out.

We’re excited about everything, from Tanya Holland on cooking with soul, to Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman on the frontiers of medicine, to gay rights pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier on the inside story of the Supreme Court case, to composer John Adams on opera and controversy, to Ken Goldberg on robotics in the cloud, to Jeff Chang on multiculturalism, to Steve Coll on the Islamic State, to Saru Jayaraman on how we treat restaurant workers, to Carl Bass on our 3-D future, to… well, you get the idea. You can scan the whole program on the Uncharted website. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.17.14

Prepare to be slashed!!!! by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken on Oct. 16, 2014

Prepare to be slashed!!!! by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken on Oct. 16, 2014

UC Botanical Garden is haven for Hawaiian flora (SF Chronicle)
Hearing echoes of Berkeley in student activism today (PBS Newshour)
5 report drugging, sex assault at Berkeley frat (SF Chronicle)
UC professor David Wessel dies at 73 (Daily Cal)
Art of the hula beckons painter Julia Cost (SF Chronicle)
Cal students respond to increase in minimum wage (USA Today)
Neighborhood watch: Berkeley’s Lorin district (SF Chronicle)
Local flower seller doles out roses, wisdom from Southside perch (Daily Cal)
Michael Bloomberg to back soda tax in Berkeley (NYT)
UCLA hoping to end skid against Cal (Modesto Bee)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.16.14

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Bites: Tia’s, Longbranch, Descanso, Plank and more

Dana Zumot, the new owner of Tia's, a cafe that has replaced Levant, which was only open a few weeks. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Openings, closings…

TIA’S A new café called Tia’s is set to open imminently at the spot once occupied by the short-lived Levant Organic Café on the corner of Kittredge and Oxford streets in downtown Berkeley. The owner, Dana Zumot, has previously worked as a restaurant manager and her love of cooking led her to open her own place at 2177 Kittredge St. Tia’s will be a casual café serving salads and panini sandwiches, as well as coffee and tea. With its location close to the Cal campus, and its light-filled atmosphere, Zumot is hoping Tia’s becomes a popular hang-out space. Telephone the café at 510-647-9863 to confirm it is open before venturing out. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.15.14

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Op-eds on Measure D, overcrowding in Berkeley schools

Cragmont Elementary School: overcrowding is an issue
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Measure D, the so-called soda tax measure which will be on the Berkeley ballot in November, continues to prompt heated debate in our community, and big spending by the constituents that oppose the tax. It’s not surprising: what happens in Berkeley could prove pivotal for the country at large.

Berkeleyside’s Opinionator section has recently welcomed two new op-eds on the subject: one, by Eric Gorovitz, a Berkeley resident, BUSD parent, and Type II diabetic, argues in favor of the measure. The other, by Baylen J. Linnekin, the executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation, says the tax is the wrong formula, regardless of its ideology.

Read all Berkeleyside’s coverage on the controversial soda tax.Continue reading »