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The Berkeley Wire: 12.05.16

Evening star by William Smock

Evening star by William Smock

Berkeley opens one-way car share applications (Daily Cal)
170-year old Persian carpet with 15M knots included in ultimate gift guide (Biz Wire)
The ex-con scholars of Berkeley (New Yorker)
Local bookstores bring Bernie Sanders to Zellerbach Hall (Daily Cal)
Nonprofit gets kids with disabilities involved with sports (East Bay Times)

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Photos: Children revel in winter play on Berkeley Snow Day

Snow Day Berkeley 2016. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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Kids and their adults came out to enjoy a fresh, albeit manmade, snowfall in North Berkeley Sunday. Snowballs were thrown, snowmen were crafted, photos were taken with the resident Snow Queen and, generally, a good time was had by all.

The event, on Shattuck Avenue between Rose and Vine streets, was also slated to offer free DIY crafts for kids, hot cider and ginger snaps courtesy of Andronico’s, musicians, dancers, and a balloon twister.

Contributing photographer Nancy Rubin was there to document the event.

The seventh annual Snow Day in Berkeley was sponsored by the North Shattuck Association in conjunction with Coldwell Banker of Berkeley, Andronico’s Community Markets, M. Lowe & Co., Thornwall Properties, Left Coast Lit, and Buy Local Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.02.16

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Photos: Goodbye to Berkeley’s iconic Caffe Med

Last day at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman
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A crowd turned out Thursday evening for the send-off of Caffe Med, the storied Telegraph Avenue café that has seen more than its share of city history, is referred to as the “home of the latte,” and — famously — was featured in the movie The Graduate.

After six decades on Telegraph, Caffe Mediterraneum to use its full name, is now closed. Longtime owner Craig Becker has transferred the lease to a group of restaurateurs.

Read more about Caffe Med on Berkeleyside.

Becker spoke at Thursday’s event, which doubled as the Telegraph Avenue Business District’s holiday party, as did Berkeley’s newly sworn-in mayor, Jesse Arreguín.

Becker plans to hand over the keys to the café, which is at 2475 Telegraph, on Jan. 1 and, after an extensive renovation, the café is expected to reopen some time next year. It is not known whether the name, or any other aspect of the place, will be retained.

Contributing photographer Ted Friedman, a regular at Caffe Med, took the photographs published here. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.01.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.30.16

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A new goal, as readers step up to invest in Berkeleyside

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Berkeleyside is trying something that has never been tried before by a news organization: asking our readers to become shareholders to ensure a robust future for our award-winning local news site.

On Nov. 3 we announced a direct public offering to raise $800,000 in capital to invest in Berkeleyside. In just over three weeks, we have raised over $260,000 from over 62 investors.

Now we’ve set ourselves — and our community — a challenge: to get half way there and raise $400,000 by Dec. 31. 

Visit invest.berkeleyside.com to learn more and invest.

Supporting independent journalism is more important than ever. Berkeleyside will continue to bear witness and hold the powerful accountable during these uncertain times, and keep you informed about everything that’s going on in the city. In the past few weeks alone, Berkeleyside’s tiny team reported 167 stories on the Berkeley elections; unveiled serious mail delivery problems in the city, and the need for a new bike lane after a near-fatal accident. We also told you about the deer that jumped into the King pool during a kids’ swimming lesson, the plight of the monarch butterflies, and the coming together of hundreds of people in the “greatest little city in America” after the election for a sunrise unity gathering. … 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, below.

Photo: Don Melandry / Photographer.

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: 11.29.16

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Darryl Moore steps down from City Council after 12 years

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Darryl Moore was born in California, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1984, and later earned a masters degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. After working for the District of Columbia, he moved to Berkeley in 1996 where he worked as a legislative aide for City Councilman Kriss Worthington. Moore later worked as a senior management analyst for the Berkeley Department of Public Works. Moore now works at the Oakland Housing Authority.

Moore was first elected to public office in 2000 when he won a seat on the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees, becoming the first openly gay African American elected to office in the East Bay. He was elected to the Berkeley City Council in 2004, representing District 2, and has been an advocate for youth, recreation, public safety, and housing, among other issues. Tonight will be his last City Council meeting. His replacement on the Council is Cheryl Davila.

What are you most proud of accomplishing as a Berkeley City Councilman?

I am very proud of my accomplishments related to supporting our youth. For the last 12 years, I have provided backpacks and school supplies to incoming Rosa Parks Elementary School students, drastically expanded our YouthWorks program to provide jobs to all youth during the summer, and worked extensively on the 2020 Vision to eliminate the academic achievement gap by year 2020. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.28.16

Mushrooms by William Smock

Mushrooms by William Smock

New Heyday publisher, a man of many words (SF Chronicle)
Op-ed: The privileged immigrant (NYT)
With $265K grant, police will focus on traffic safety (East Bay Times)
Op-ed: Blame our self-absorbed Berkeley liberals for election results (LA Times)
National medical marijuana conference set for Berkeley (The Leaf Online)

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After 27 years of public service, Max Anderson retires from Berkeley City Council

The retirement of Max Anderson and Laurie Capitelli's decision to run for mayor rather than for re-election in District 5 has created two open council seats. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Max Anderson is stepping down as the representative of South Berkeley’s District 3 after Tuesday’s City Council meeting. It is the end of a 27-year-long career in public service for Anderson, a retired critical-care nurse, who moved to Berkeley in 1985 after serving in the Marine Corps in California and Hawaii and attending school in Philadelphia. Anderson joined the city’s Planning Commission in 1989, was elected to the Rent Stabilization Board in 1996, and was elected to the City Council in 2004.

Anderson is well-known on the City Council for his impassioned and eloquent speeches on topics about which he cares deeply, such as racial injustice, development and homelessness. Berkeleyside caught up with Anderson as he prepares to retire.

What are you most proud of accomplishing as a Berkeley City Councilman?

Despite being in a minority position for the 12 years I served, I was able to get through important legislation regarding public-health issues. One was the cellphone warning to consumers regarding the safe use of their devices. Another was the Breathmobile, whose services I secured to treat asthmatic children in our schools – to case-manage them, reduce hospital admissions and emergency-room visits, and improve their attendance at school; all these measures showed dramatic improvement.

Another accomplishment is the sugar-sweetened beverage tax, which I fully supported to reduce childhood diabetes among our youth. I take pride in the study that we initiated and supported to review the complaints of city workers regarding discrimination in hiring and promotions, although the City Council majority eventually refused to follow through. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.23.16

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