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The Berkeley Wire: 01.20.15

Sunset at Berkeley pier by Maria Cordell. Photo taken Jan.18, 2015

Sunset at Berkeley pier by Maria Cordell. Photo taken Jan.18, 2015

Berkeley private school names new head to lead resurrection (Tribune)
Karen Messing talks about her book Pain and Prejudice (Work Safe)
Ex-49er Dwight Hicks stars in play at Berkeley Rep (SF Chronicle)
Bob Marley’s message is basis of new children’s musical (CoCo Times)
Berkeley activist explores art in a world of crisis (Paradise Post)
Hotel operator brings on Boston-based hotelier (SF Business Times)
An anecdotal history of Berkeley (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.19.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.16.15

Sunrise at Golden Gate Fields by Kevin Schofield. Photo taken Jan. 15, 2015

Sunrise at Golden Gate Fields by Kevin Schofield. Photo taken Jan. 15, 2015

Al Bendich, defender of “Howl” and Lenny Bruce, dies (NYT)
Talking with a leading disability rights activist (J Weekly)
UC’s pension fiasco (National Review)
Apartment sadness in Berkeley: $950 for bed in a shack? (SFist)
Parks department seeks input on allocation of MM funds (Daily Planet)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.15.15

Blackbirds: Roosting in the Fog by Doug Donaldson. Photo taken Jan.  12, 2105

Blackbirds: Roosting in the Fog by Doug Donaldson. Photo taken Jan. 12, 2105

At the Berkeley Drop-In Center, “We are who we serve.” (Tribune)
UC Botanical Garden offers worldly view of plants (Mercury News)
Cal Performances brings back superstar Cecilia Bartoli (UCB News)
Cal Memorial Stadium wins prestigious architectural award (Cal Bears)
Moe’s Blog: On a history of Southside Berkeley (Moe’s Books)
Garden Visit: At home with Molly Katzen (Gardenista)
Berkeley accepting applications for fourth cannabis dispensary (Tribune)
The winter of our discontent (San Francisco)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.14.15

Day 13: Red of Winter by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 13, 2015

Day 13: Red of Winter by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 13, 2015

Cal goes to the Sundance Film Festival (Daily Cal)
Residents denounce downtown high-rise plan (CoCo Times)
Tiny parasite threatens native plants (KQED)
Hick shines a light on Eleanor Roosevelt’s romantic relationship (Daily Cal)

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Marietta Ruth Allison Harvey, cellist, nurse, activist, dies

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Marietta, who was born in the Philippines, moved to Berkeley with her husband Fred Harvey in the late 1950s and raised three children here. Concerned about danger at school cross walks, in 1965 Marietta organized PASS, Parents for Action on School Safety. Marietta and Fred were co-presidents of the Emerson School PTA in 1968, the year “the busses rolled”. She helped ease the transition to fully integrated schools. She was also a member of the citizen’s committee which planned the new Willard Park in 1971, and was a founder and for many years co-chair of the Willard Neighborhood Association. As a civic activist, Marietta took leadership in issues related to traffic, parking, and commercial and residential zoning.

Marietta’s life will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.13.15

BART fog by Doug Donaldson. Photo taken Jan. 12, 2015

BART fog by Doug Donaldson. Photo taken Jan. 12, 2015

Teachers implore school officials not to dismantle adult education (CoCo Times)
Beloved “Brushmobile” leaving Berkeley Public Library (Patch)
Police drones trigger backlash (Bloomberg)
UC’s new provost Claude Steele offers impressions of Berkeley (UCB News)
Do you know café owner who mugged Tely mural in ’92? (Berkeley Reporter)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.12.15

Artifacts by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 6, 2015

Artifacts by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 6, 2015

Berkeley passes soda tax but you’ve been likely paying one for years (Market Watch)
Miranda July: An escape artist, unlocking door after door (NYT)
Armed teens rob man near Berkeley police station (Mercury News)
Almost 79k students apply to UC Berkeley’s freshman class – a record (UCB News)
Berkeley cartoonist feels backlash after Charlie Hebdo attack (Inside Bay Area)
Berkeley clergy lead march to denounce police violence (Daily Planet)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.09.15

"Only Yellow (Winter in Berkeley) #3" By Diana Maria Rossi. Photo taken Dec. 6, 2014

“Only Yellow (Winter in Berkeley) #3″ By Diana Maria Rossi. Photo taken Dec. 6, 2014

Video: Tom Dalzell leads viewers through Quirky Berkeley (Quirkely)
Songstress Cris Williams celebrates “Changer” (Examiner)
Police arrest suspect in connection with cell phone robbery (Daily Cal)
Police arrest two suspects after man is kicked, robbed of his phone (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.08.15

On College, By William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 7, 2015

On College, By William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 7, 2015

Feminist icon Cris Williamson celebrates anniversary of landmark album (Mercury News)
Pacific Film Archive begins retrospective of the films of Billy Wilder (BAM/PFA)
What to do in Berkeley this weekend (Your Berkeley)
California Attorney General opens audit of Pacifica Foundation Radio (Daily Cal)

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Berkeley Police Q&A: Tear gas use, protest costs, more

Photo, taken on Dec. 6, 2014, by Pete Rosos
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On Dec. 6, the first night in a wave of demonstrations in Berkeley related to the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Berkeley Police officers used tear gas to disperse crowds on Telegraph Avenue. Many individuals involved with that first night’s protest said the use of force, which also involved baton strikes and less-lethal projectiles, was unwarranted. Police said officers only took those steps after making dozens or even hundreds of dispersal orders, and being attacked themselves with a range of projectiles thrown by members of the crowd earlier in the night.

Read complete Berkeleyside coverage of the recent anti-police demonstrations

The Berkeley Police Department said costs to the city have not yet been tallied for its response to the protests — in which crowds ranged from 100 to 1,500 or more people during the first few nights. But the department anticipates costs in excess of several hundred thousand dollars, said Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan. The department does not yet have an estimate for damages to businesses.

Berkeleyside posed a list of questions to Meehan on Dec. 7, and received responses Dec. 18. The questions, some of which have been edited for clarity, follow, along with Meehan’s answers and several videos posted online by members of the crowd. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.07.15

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Help us keep comments on Berkeleyside civil

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In the five years since we launched Berkeleyside, our stories have drawn more than 100,000 comments (109,310 at time of writing), and the vast majority have been a compelling part of the conversation we want to encourage in Berkeley about critical issues. Comments often offer thoughtful opinions and can provide valuable new information that deepens other readers’ understanding of a story.

The new year seems a good time to remind readers of our comments policy, particularly as we’re only a few months past the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. We truly want to keep our comments section as open and free as we can manage, while balancing that desire with our hope for this to be a civil forum where differing voices feel they can be heard.

For the most part, we are very proud of the level of discussion among Berkeleyside readers, and thank all of you for your efforts, insights and participation. We do, however, still get comments on the site that challenge our attempts at moderation. Most comments require an editor’s approval before they appear online, though it’s worth noting that readers who take the time to create an account, and establish a track record of respectful behavior, may be granted immediate, automated approval. … Continue reading »

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