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The Berkeley Wire: 01.30.15

Photo by Brock Slinger, taken Jan. 29, 2015

Photo by Brock Slinger, taken Jan. 29, 2015

Berkeley School board adopts compensation guidelines (Daily Cal)
Navy is investigating jet’s loud flyover over Berkeley (CoCo Times)
Talking with Berkeley man who uncovers river of $$ in politics (J Weekly)
An interview with Quirky Berkeley’s Tom Dalzell (Daily Cal)
The fire on the 57 bus in Oakland (NYT)
Bursting at the seams, Berkeley juggles students, classes (Mercury News)
First Person: UC Berkeley’s bold new moves (Berkeley Reporter)
Love, Rock, and Revolution photo show opens at J School (UCB News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.29.15

Front yard chair by ginaG10. Photo taken Jan. 27, 2015

Front yard chair by ginaG10. Photo taken Jan. 27, 2015

USPS makes motion to dismiss city lawsuit; removes building from market (Daily Cal)
Berkeley actress returns home to share her story (CoCo Times)
A look back: student athletic recruiting violations in 1939 (CoCo Times)
Berkeley Rep named to list of 10 best theaters (Stark Insider)

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Comedian W. Kamau Bell reports being victim of racism at Berkeley’s Elmwood Café

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By Tracey Taylor and Frances Dinkelspiel

UPDATE: 1.30.15: The Elmwood Café posted on its Facebook page around noon that it has fired the employee who made the unacceptable remark.

UPDATE, 1.29.15, 6:40 p.m.: Bell posted on his Facebook page at 4:48 p.m that he spoke to Pearce after this article was published. He wrote: “My wife & I just talked to Michael Pearce, the owner of Elmwood Cafe, & we’ve decided to have a public conversation about this. Details soon.” On its Facebook page, the Elmwood Café appears to have deleted its first post in which it expressed how horrified it was (see a screen-grab captured by Berkeleyside). At 5:31 p.m., it posted the following: “We have reached out [sic] Mr. Kamau Bell and expressed to him how truly sorry we are. He and his wife have graciously accepted our invitation to have an open dialogue about the incident, and what steps can be taken. This conversation will be forthcoming and transparent and public as to what went wrong, and what actions we take to rectify what happened.”

ORIGINAL STORY: A popular African American comedian took to the Internet on Thursday to complain that an employee of the Elmwood Café on College Avenue told him to “scram,” or words to that effect, Monday while he was talking to his white wife and her friends at one of its outdoor tables.

W. Kamau Bell, who performs regularly in Bay Area comedy clubs, said he was shocked when the employee tapped on the window from inside the café and indicated that he should leave the area. The employee apparently thought Bell might be trying to sell something. Bell said he was dressed in a dark Oaklandish-brand hoodie at the time.

“It is the definition of prejudice,” Bell, a Berkeley resident, said. “They looked at me, they judged me against other people, an idea they had in their head about what a person like me is going to do, and then they acted in stupidity and ignorance.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.28.15

Great Egret, Jewel Lake, Tilden Park by Nancy Rubin. Photo taken Jan. 23, 2015

Great Egret, Jewel Lake, Tilden Park by Nancy Rubin. Photo taken Jan. 23, 2015

Doctors at student health center strike over unfair labor practices (Daily Cal)
Berkeley expert calls worsening measles “a very red flag” (California)
Grumpy Cat comes to Berkeley (Express)
Ippuku: A beautiful taste of Japan in Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley discount retailer takes soda off shelf (CoCo Times)
Best pizza by the slice in the Bay Area (Serious Eats)
Lil B performs at Memoria Glade at Cal (UCB News)

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Op-ed: Berkeley cannabis club Forty Acres is a nightmare

Forty Acres cannabis collective is on the second floor of 1820-1828 San Pablo Ave. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Last week, after nearly four years of wrangling, the City Council declared the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective at 1820-1828 San Pablo Ave. a nuisance. The city has ordered Forty Acres and its owner, Chris Smith, to remove all cannabis-related material from the premises by today. Berkeley plans to inspect the premises on Jan. 29.

Carol Denney lives near Forty Acres and in this Opinionator piece, she argues that the medical cannabis club has not been a good neighbor. She also expresses concern that some city councilmembers made “supportive noises” recently to help the club remain in its current location. Denney says that because of rude customers, blocked driveways, persistent and pervasive marijuana smoke, that should not happen. Add your voice in the comments section of the op-ed.Continue reading »

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: Andrew Johnson.

Send your submissions for “Where in Berkeley?” 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: 01.27.15

Glorious Magnolias by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 26, 2015

Glorious Magnolias by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 26, 2015

Sale of post office temporarily on hold (CoCo Times)
Historic Julia Morgan building reopens at UC Botanical Garden (SF Chronicle)
Documentary tells Tyrone Hayes’ tale of atrazine, frogs, Syngenta (UCB News)
Berkeley goes to Davos (UCB News)
The Berkeley Graduate interviews KALX’s The Graduates (The Graduate)
Shannon Williams, BHS teacher, advocate for sex workers, dies at 48 (Mercury)
Nobel laureate, laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99 (UCB News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.26.15

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Photos: Hollywood comes to Berkeley for Steve Jobs movie with Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender

The film set at La Méditerranée on College Avenue Friday night. Photo: Ted Friedman
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The 2900 block of College Avenue in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood was transformed into a mid-1980s scene on Friday night, as director Danny Boyle filmed a scene for a new Steve Jobs biopic at La Méditerranée.

Period cars from the 1980s were parked on the street, and the producers had put out a casting call for men with long hair and facial hair, and women with “natural hair colors” to match the 1980s to 1990s time period.

While scores of curious onlookers hung out on College, sightings of the film’s stars — Michael Fassbender (who plays Steve Jobs), Seth Rogen (Steve Wozniak), Jeff Daniels (John Sculley), and Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman), were fleeting, at best. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.23.15

Berkeley murals by William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

Berkeley murals by William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

BART board may ban e-cigarettes at stations (East Bay Citizen)
The high-flying job of fundraising for UC Berkeley (Daily Cal)
West Berkeley asphalt place to face permit re-examination (Daily Cal)
Gov. Brown said “normal” Californians can’t get into UC Berkeley (Inside Higher Ed)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.22.15

Day 16: Here Comes the Spring by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

Day 16: Here Comes the Spring by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 16, 2015

Berkeley plans to build global campus, 10 miles from home (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
Berkeley to consider new living wage, minimum wage policies (Express)
Documentary aims to teach students tolerance (KTVU)
Berkeley receives new work of art for official collection (Daily Cal)
Campus to celebrate Campanile’s 100th birthday (UCB News)
Two Cal students want to “Occupy the Syllabi” for more diversity (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.21.15

The Double Helix at Lawrence Hall of  Science. by Film&PhotoArchivest. Photo taken June 19,2014

The Double Helix at Lawrence Hall of Science. by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken June 19,2014

Lower Sproul Plaza redevelopment making progress (Daily Cal)
Fire damages rustic clubhouse in park (Mercury News)
103-year-old fountain to get new life from repairs (Daily Cal)
New support for sexual assault survivors (UCB)
Cal Chancellor talks about Maher controversy at Davos (HuffPo)
Police issues top Berkeley City Council agenda (BANG)
Council says marijuana collective must go (Tribune)

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Remembering KPFA’s Mary Berg and her musical offering

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Mary Berg, whose Sunday morning program “A Musical Offering,” on Berkeley’s KPFA radio, lulled generations of classical music fans into their final day of the weekend for many years, died late last year.

On Jan. 31, music-lovers will be able to pay their respects to Berg at a celebration of her life to be held at the Fellowship Hall of the Berkeley Federation for Unitarian Universalists in North Berkeley.

Along with her passion for music, Berg was an accomplished audio technician and worked in professional sound long before women commonly did so — in keeping with a long line of feminist pioneers associated with KPFA and the Pacifica Radio stations.  … Continue reading »