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The Berkeley Wire: 09.22.14

Waiting, by Richard Friedman. Taken on Sept. 14, 2014

Waiting, by Richard Friedman. Taken on Sept. 14, 2014

510 Families: The Berkeley parenting blog (Your Berkeley)
Free Speech Movement activists reflect on its achievement (SF Chronicle)
First person: I got free Berkeley pot (Berkeley Reporter)
Cal/Osha fines Cal $26,000 in death of custodian (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley Lab hires three developmentally disabled employees (Daily Cal)
Writer J. California Cooper dies at 82 (Ebony)
Council incumbent faces two challengers (Tribune)
Free workshops offer advice on reducing energy use (CoCo Times)
PACE has returned to Berkeley, its birthplace (Clean Techica)
New athletic team breaks barrier for the disabled (UCB News)

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Op-ed: Taxing soda, like we do cigarettes, makes sense

Berkeley will vote on Measure D, the so-called Soda Tax, in November. Photo: Vox Efx
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Mansour Id-Deen, President of the Berkeley chapter of the NAACP, says his family has a life-threatening crisis with diabetes as a result of too many sugar sweetened beverages, and that this an all to common situation in this country.

In an op-ed published on Berkeleyside, Id-Deen argues that we are facing an urgent and preventable health crisis and action is needed now.

“Nationally, one in three of our children are projected to get Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes, a figure that rises to one in two among African-American and Latino people,” he writes. “Additionally, in Berkeley, African-Americans are four times more likely to have been diagnosed with diabetes and fourteen times more likely to be hospitalized.”

Id-Deen supports Measure D, the so-called soda tax on Berkeley’s November ballot, because, he says, it takes this fight to its source.  … Continue reading »

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6 Berkeley stories that made headlines this week

The colony has donated seven hyenas to the Oakland Zoo, where the animals live in a wooded ravine and enjoy splashing in water. Photo: Oakland Zoo
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1. Suspect arrested in attempted homicide of woman in her 70s
2. Spotted hyena colony at Cal to close after 30 years
3. Accused murderer set free when witness skips court
4. Suit settled over new Elmwood restaurant
5. Street warned about rampant Godzilla
6. Richmond man dies after motorcycle crash

John Adams, Carl Bass, Shashi Buluswar, Jeff Chang, Brian Christian, Mina Girgis, Nate Lewis, Daphne Miller, Matías Tarnopolsky: a … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.19.14

Fall is here. Photo: Daniel Parks

Fall is here. Photo: Daniel Parks

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico (UCB)
UC Berkeley mechanical engineering alumna receives MacArthur grant (Daily Cal)
Ledger’s Liquor sells one of the most popular beers you’ve never heard of (Marketplace)
Healthcare inequality plagues UC Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Peking Express set to close doors soon (Daily Cal)

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Op-ed: Berkeley schools need a facilities master plan

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In an op-ed published on Berkeleyside yesterday, Mark Lemkin, a long-time Berkeley resident with two children at local schools, says it’s time Berkeley Unified School District had a Facilities Master Plan.

“For the past 14 years, BUSD has authorized $327 million in capital improvements,” he writes. “That represents approximately $15,000 in taxes per household, or about $35,000 per student, a generous investment by Berkeley residents. Most people are surprised to learn, however, that BUSD has allocated these resources without a Facilities Master Plan.  … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.18.14

Bird with fish by TJ Gehling

Pull a great big fish from the bottom of the hole. Aquatic Park. Photo: TJ Gehling

Review: An Audience with Meow Meow at Berkeley Rep (Variety)
Bound for Berkeley, Lea Robinson leaves legacy at Columbia (Columbia Spectator)
Police hope new evidence in 48-year-old Berkeley cold case (KTVU)
Berkeley police see spike in car burglaries in West Berkeley (Co Co Times)
From the foot of the Campanile, a chorus of black pride (UCB)
Five candidates running for three Berkeley School Board posts (Co Co Times)
500 Berkeley students missed sex-abuse classes (Porterville Recorder)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.17.14

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

WIB 9.17.14

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

Photo: Bruce Baldwin.

Send your submissions for “Where in Berkeley?” photo contest to tips@berkeleyside.com. The more obscure the better — just as long as the photos are taken in Berkeley. Thanks in advance!

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.16.14

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Berkeley’s Measure R: Two conflicting opinions

Four years after voters adopted a new vision for downtown, they may be asked to refine it. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Recently, Berkeleyside has published two op-ed pieces in its Opinionator section on Measure R, the ballot initiative supporters say will put more “green” in local development, but which opponents argue will stop new projects that are contributing to a downtown renaissance and are bringing critical amenities to the city.

On Sept. 9, Jacquelyn McCormick, the President of the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association and a candidate for City Council in District 8, wrote about why she was supporting Measure R.Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.15.14

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8 Berkeley stories that made headlines this week

Western Grebes. Photo: Bob Lewis
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1. Berkeley to look at residential permit parking citywide
2. City of Berkeley may consider ride-sharing rules for companies like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar
3. Robert Reich: “If a soda tax can’t pass in the most progressive city in America, it can’t pass anywhere”
4. Op-ed: Soda kills — we need to vote yes on Measure D
5. Climate change spells trouble for Berkeley birds
6. UC Berkeley prof Joshua Bloom makes earthquake alert kit for … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.12.14

Moonrise. Photos: Jef Poskanzer

Moonrise. Photos: Jef Poskanzer

Police seek help in solving four-year-old Berkeley murder (Co Co Times)
Op-ed: Berkeley and free speech (The Weekly Standard)
New product Nutlock may help deter bike theft in Berkeley (Daily Clog)
Berkeley seeks consultant to develop Telegraph Avenue public art plan (BANG)
Interview: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley’s happiness guru (Daily Cal)
‘At Berkeley’ review: 4 hours spent studying a university (The Guardian)
Berkeley is talking about sugar and the conversation isn’t sweet (KQED)

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