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The Berkeley Wire: 09.09.14

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Op-ed: Support Measure R — true green not green-washed

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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In November, Measure R, a proposed downtown initiative, will go before Berkeley voters. Among other things, the measure addresses issues like building height and the approvals process for developers, including transportation and affordable housing. (See Berkeleyside’s downtown initiative cheat sheet.)

In 2010, Berkeley voters overwhelmingly approved Measure R, but, in an Opinionator piece published today on Berkeleyside, Jacquelyn McCormick argues that the City Council has not delivered on its promises.

McCormick, President of the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association and a candidate for City Council in District 8, delineates in what ways she believes our local government has failed to deliver, and urges people to support Measure R. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.08.14

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Op-ed: Soda kills — why we must vote yes on Measure D

Berkeley will vote on Measure D, the so-called Soda Tax, in November. Photo: Vox Efx
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In two months, Berkeley voters will decide whether their city will be the first in the country to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (or tie with San Francisco which has a similar measure on the ballot).

When Berkeley parent Erica Etelson heard about Measure D, the so-called Soda Tax, she immediately volunteered “to help the Healthy Child Coalition trounce Big Soda.”

In an Opinionator piece published today on Berkeleyside, Etelson explains why she was an easy recruit. Sugary drinks are the number one source of calories for low-income Americans, she says. “In addition to diabetes, sugar is now known to cause heart disease, fatty liver disease, hypertension, obesity and stroke. Once upon a time, drinking a Coke seemed a harmless enough activity, but now we know better. Soda kills,” she writes. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.05.14

Berkeley Pier. Photo: Kathy

Berkeley Pier. Photo: Kathy

Berkeley paves way for improving streets, implementing green infrastructure (Daily Cal)
Killer sentenced in brutal knife attack of Berkeley woman (Mercury News)
Berkeley midcentury merges rustic with the sublime (SF Chronicle)
Cal looking to go 2-0 for first time since 2011 (News Observer)
Op-ed: Berkeley parks in peril (Berkeley Daily Planet)

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Bites: Alcohol-free bar set for Berkeley (say what?)

Kava. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Openings, closings…

BERKELEY’S FIRST ALCOHOL-FREE BAR? Nosh has the scoop about a business that hopes to be Berkeley’s “first and only alcohol-alternative bar.” It’s called MeloMelo Kava Bar and is aiming to open on University Avenue at McGee. The owner is Berkeley resident Nicolas Rivard, according to a permit application posted on the city of Berkeley website. Rivard says in the application that “We will be serving Kava, tea, and kombucha in a relaxed, yet enticing, setting.” For those not in the know, kava is a Polynesian plant, the roots of which are “used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties,” says Wikipedia. The business is seeking a parking waiver for two spots, given its proximity to transit, bike-friendly features (vertical wall-mounted bike racks), and an employee bus pass program. Writes Rivard, “Although we anticipate this to be a wild success, being the first and only Kava bar location in the Bay Area, we will ensure that the impact on the convenience for the community will be kept to a minimum.” The business does not plan to serve food “or any coffee bean related products.” MeloMelo has asked for operating hours of noon to midnight seven days a week, has proposed seating for 27 in the 1,200-square-foot space, and expects to have three employees. According to a brief business profile on gust.com, Andrew Procyk is a co-owner, and Anneliese Valery is the manager. The trio says MeloMelo will “provide an alternative to coffee houses and alcohol bars. We aspire to nothing less than changing the way Americans work — and how they spend their leisure hours in more productive and healthy ways.” MeloMelo Kava Bar hopes to open at 1701 University Ave. in Berkeley. Update, Sept. 12: Learn more about MeloMelo on its website.Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.04.14

Rambler. Photo: Ned Fielden

Rambling face. Photo: Ned Fielden

Small press distribution movie night features local poets (SF Chronicle)
Indie band Art Nikels changes Berkeley music scene (Daily Cal)
Group opposing equipping BPD with tasers holding forum Thursday (CBS)
UC Berkeley graduate students develop hospital ranking app (Daily Cal)
Food options to tempt fans at Memorial Stadium (Cal Bears)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.03.14

Berkeley pier night walk. Photo: Pete Rosos

Berkeley pier night walk. Photo: Pete Rosos

Richard Nagler captures links between art, viewer (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley pushes a boundary on medical marijuana (New York Times)
How a 15-year-old ‘hacked’ his way into UC Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Zoning board approves 8-story building for downtown Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Student-led health tech incubator to launch at UC Berkeley (Venture Beat)
Snapp Shots: North Berkeley, 13 years ago this month, poured its heart out (Co Co Times)
Berkeley Path Wanderers co-founder helps blaze trail (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.02.14

Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis swims across the Berkeley Aquatic Park in Berkeley, CA

An Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis swims across Berkeley Aquatic Park in Berkeley. Photo, taken on Sept. 1, 2014, by Paul Sullivan

Heyday Books turns 40 with a real page-turner on Malcolm Margolin (SF Chronicle)
Op-ed: The monster stalking Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley Reporter)
Op-ed: Berkeley offers plenty of ways to activism and service (Daily Cal)
The secret history behind Berkeley’s most notorious co-op (Daily Clog)

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The Berkeley Wire: 09.01.14

Rocks. Photo, taken on Aug. 28, 2014, by gina g10

Rocks. Photo, taken on Aug. 28, 2014, by gina g10

Judge tentatively rules Berkeley soda tax statement must be changed (NBC)
Quirky Berkeley fan documents city’s creative core (Sac Bee)
Berkeley Planning Commission moves forward with zoning overlay (Daily Cal )
Talking with…. an activist who brought the creek to kids (J-Weekly)
Scientists, politicians to discuss early earthquake warning system (CBS Local)
Berkeley Film Foundation gives out $131,000 in film grants (Fort Mill Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.29.14

Painting the hills. Photo: gina g10

Painting the hills. Photo, taken on Aug. 26, 2014, by gina g10

Construction abuzz at Lower Sproul student hub (UCB)
Berkeley man identified as Muni strike victim (SF Chronicle)
Bayer plans $100M project in Berkeley — maybe (SF Business Times)
Op-ed: Who won the latest F the Police demo? (Berkeley Reporter)
Delicious road trip pit stops between Berkeley and LA (Daily Cal)
Berkeley commission backs downtown civic center district (Co Co Times)
1930s California cabin transformed into green showplace (Standard Times)

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