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Berkeleyside hits a milestone: 1 million pageviews

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Berkeleyside’s coverage of the Berkeley protests since Dec. 6, as well as the recent rainstorms, has pushed monthly pageviews — a common metric for websites — to 1,171,831. In the past 30 days, we had 327,683 unique visitors.

By comparison, one year ago over the same period we served 475,000 pageviews to 141,000 unique visitors. Last month, before the protests, 214,000 unique users accessed 681,000 pages. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.17.14

Gnarly mossy oaks, Strawberry Canyon by Andrew  Aldrich. Photo taken Dec. 13, 2014

Gnarly mossy oaks, Strawberry Canyon by Andrew Aldrich. Photo taken Dec. 13, 2014

Holiday gifts with a UC Berkeley twist (UCB News)
Time has left Berkeley Art Museum’s bold design behind (SF Chronicle)
A public lynching in Sproul Plaza (Pacific Standard magazine)
Ticket sales slow for Bill Maher at UC Berkeley (Breitbart News)
Berkeley Copwatch: Make police obsolete (Baywatch)
A 4-year-old reviews Chez Panisse (The Bold Italic)
Berkeley Journalism School has a pretty great Christmas card (Poynter)
Ligeti’s ‘Poème Symphonique’ for 100 metronomes at BAMPFA (SF Chronicle)
LeDuc takes Berkeley Arts Center to new heights (SF Chronicle)
Public defenders hold #BlackLivesMatter rally (NBC)

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?


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

Photo: Daniel Mayeri.Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.16.14

Parting storm at Golden Gate Fields by Steve Gumina. Photo taken on Dec. 12.

Parting storm at Golden Gate Fields by Steve Gumina. Photo taken on Dec. 12.

UC Berkeley data breach may affect 1,600 people (SC Magazine)
Berkeley innovators named fellows of Academy of Inventors (UCB News)
Black faculty, staff stage silent protest at Sproul (UCB News)

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Op-eds on Berkeley protests: Myths, perspectives, the role of the library, and the approach of radical group BAMN

Tanya from By Any Means Necessary leads march on Dec. 9, 2014
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Berkeleyside has recently published several op-eds on the subject of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

In a piece published on Dec. 10, Jennifer Davidson, a professor at American Baptist Seminary of the West, argues that we need to remember to tell the whole story when recounting the protests, not just the story of violence.

Also on Dec. 10, Berkeley parent, journalist and community activist Erica Etelson, addresses what she says are five myths about the protests, including the claim that “the protestors are mostly entitled white kids looking for excitement.” … Continue reading »


The Berkeley Wire: 12.15.14

Fiat Lux by Russell Kelly-Gordon. Photo from Dec. 10, 2014

Fiat Lux. Photo, taken on Dec. 10, 2014, by Russell Kelly-Gordon

Berkeley Pantry reaches needy with food for body and soul (CoCo Times)
Berkeley Stars sing and shine (UCB News)
Rent board to discuss effects of oil by rail through East Bay cities (Tribune)
James Barnes resigns as BHS football coach (East Bay Prep Corner)
Cal’s women’s basketball team join protests on court (ESPN)
City Council subcommittee to find experts to monitor Measure D (Daily Cal)
Two Berkeley protesters charged with felonies (Daily Planet)

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Berkeley communities of faith join forces for ‘peaceful civil disobedience’ Black Lives Matter protest

Rafi Wirtschafter, 13, joined the faith protest in Berkeley on Sunday Dec. 14, 2014. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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By Lance Knobel and Tracey Taylor

An estimated 300 people, most of them affiliated with local faith-based places of worship, blocked University Avenue in Berkeley for just over an hour during a peaceful protest Sunday, Dec. 14. The “Black Lives Matter Large-Scale Demonstration” was initiated by a number of local faith groups.

The protest joined the hundreds of demonstrations that took place locally and nationally over the weekend over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

See complete Berkeleyside coverage of the recent Berkeley protests.

At the center of the protest was an 11-minute die-in, reminding people of the 11 times Garner said, “I can’t breathe.”

“This demonstration is intended to show the discipline of civil disobedience,” said Pastor Michael McBride, founder of The Way Christian Center at 1305 University Ave., directly opposite Congregation Netivot Shalom at 1316 University, where the die-in took place. … Continue reading »

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Community responds to noose effigies found at Cal

This effigy was one of three authorities say was hung at the UC Berkeley campus Saturday morning. Photo: Cal Black Student Union
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By Frances Dinkelspiel and Emilie Raguso

Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. An anonymous artists’ collective has taken responsibility for the effigies strung up in nooses at UC Berkeley on Saturday.

The statement from the collective:

“We are a collective of queer and POC artists responsible for the images of historical lynchings posted to several locations in Berkeley and Oakland,” reads a notice the group distributed. “These images connect past events to present ones – referencing endemic faultlines of hatred and persecution that are and should be deeply unsettling to the American consciousness. We choose to remain anonymous because this is not about us as artists, but about the growing movement to address these pervasive wrongs.”

See past Berkeleyside coverage of the Berkeley protests.

“For those who think these images are no longer relevant to the social framework in which black Americans exist everyday – we respectfully disagree. Garner, Brown, and others are victims of systemic racism. For those who think these images depict crimes and attitudes too distasteful to be seen .. we respectfully disagree. Our society must never forget. For those under the mistaken assumption that the images themselves were intended as an act of racism – we vehemently disagree and intended only the confrontation of historical context.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.12.14

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The Berkeley Public Library: Shelter from the storm

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We’ve experienced quite the storm in Berkeley over this past week, both metaphorically and literally. Often, the media will focus on the negative aspects of a story such as the Berkeley protests, choosing to focus on that which turned violent, or the snarled traffic, and in the case of the recent weather storm, the flooded streets. I wanted to share with you some positive stories from these events, and the role your library has played in them.

Most city facilities … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.11.14

Skateboard umbrella

Skateboard umbrella, taken today. Photo: Pete Rosos

Berkeley panel seeking temporary police ban on tear gas (Inside Bay Area)
2 city councilmen accuse Bates of restricting public information (SF Chronicle)
Peter Thiel chased off stage at UC Berkeley by angry protesters
(Business Insider)
Mark Bittman’s menu to include UC Berkeley (UC Berkeley News Center)
Berkeley, environmentalists cite concerns over two-city refinery project (Oakland Tribune)
Berkeley Art Museum plans gala moving party (CoCo Times)
Cal student teachers union calls for Israel divestment  (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
CHP, Berkeley police target protesters, journalists with questionable force (Express)
Potter Street bad – but not for long (SF Chronicle)

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Storm blog: Water mains break in Berkeley, Ashby expected to re-open by midnight

Earlier today, Codornices Creek at Ninth Street. Photo: Neil Mishalov
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Friday, Dec. 12, 12:25 a.m. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., reader William Abernathy reported a second water main break in the Berkeleyside comments section: “Main break 1300 block MLK. EBMUD alerted. No water til morning.”

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Dec. 11, 10:30 p.m. Several residents have reported that there is a large water main break at Seventh and Pardee streets in West Berkeley, which happened at about 9 p.m.

Said one reader shortly before 10 p.m.: “It blew out chunks of pavement and the last I saw a few minutes ago was shooting water diagonally into the air. EBMUD is now on scene.”

Reader Lisa Buckle Styling shared video of the geyser, which can be seen below. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.10.14

Second Street by Alex Madonik. Uploaded Dec. 3, 2014

Second Street by Alex Madonik. Uploaded Dec. 3, 2014

It’s not the old days, but Berkeley sees a new spark of protest (NY Times)
Cal lecturer threatened for offering protesters extra time on papers (CBS)
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to do “Berkeley Talks” at Zellerbach (UCB News)
Cal football schedules (California Golden Blogs)
Bay Area preps for biggest storm in years (ABC7 News)

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