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The Berkeley Wire: 07.29.14

As Close as we came to Berkeley Kite Festival. Other fish to fry. Photo: jhk&alk

As Close as we came to Berkeley Kite Festival. Other fish to fry. Photo: jhk&alk

After staff explosion, an East Bay restaurant tries to move forward (Express)
EBMUD, Berkeley will repair sewers to keep sewage out of bay (SF Chronicle)
Armed suspect steals man’s backpack (Mercury News)
Berkeley scores with Real Madrid-Inter Milan game (Daily Cal)
Maxine Hong Kingston wins a National Medal of Arts (UCB News)
Sonoma group files suit to stop expansion of Dharma Press  (Press Democrat)
Man fights for a year to get Berkeley parking ticket refund  (ABC 7)
Successful weekend of bicycle valet parking at the Berkeley Kite Festival (Albany Strollers & Rollers)

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Soccer mania hits Berkeley, as do crowds, traffic

Around 62,000 people watched Inter Milan beat Real Madrid at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Julia Flynn Siler
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Soccer mania hit Berkeley on Saturday when Real Madrid played Inter Milan at Cal Memorial Stadium, in a game that drew more than 62,000 spectators. Inter Milan and Real Madrid tied 1-1. Then, after regulation time, Inter Milan won 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

The game practically paralyzed the streets of Berkeley as fans tried to make their way to the stadium. Traffic came to a standstill all over town on major arteries like College, Claremont, Ashby and University avenues. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.25.14

Way Back by Ned Fielden. Taken on July 14, 2014

Way Back by Ned Fielden. Taken on July 14, 2014

Homeless encampment along railroad tracks prompts concerns (Daily Cal)
Filmmaker’s look at apartheid premiers at Jewish Film Festival (SF Chronicle)
Family keeps searching for Cal student 6 weeks after he goes missing (Sacto Bee)
SF Mime Troupe plays Live Oak Park this weekend (SFMT)
UCPD enforces illegal lodging, curfew rules on campus (Daily Cal)

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Traffic delays in Berkeley expected with soccer game

Photo: Courtesy of Real Madrid
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Berkeley police are warning residents to expect road closures, traffic, and major delays on Saturday when two international teams play a soccer match at Cal’s Memorial Stadium.

Real Madrid will play Inter Milan in a 3 p.m. game. The teams are playing in the Guinness International Champions Cup, which brings eight great European squads for a round of so-called friendly matches in the U.S. Organizers expect to sell out the 60,000-seat stadium for the match, which will also be broadcast on television. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.24.14

Leucadendron on Craymont Avenue. Photo: cTomassi. Taken July 19, 2014

Leucadendron on Craymont Avenue. Photo: cTomassi. Taken July 19, 2014

The Academy, a private school, struggles to keep open  (Tribune)
Cal creates position of vice chancellor for undergrad education (Daily Cal)
“Cummunications” typo on Cal diploma goes viral (Fox2 News)
Strange war with Telegraph Ave. street kids (Berkeley Reporter)
Tom Bates: Building a resilient city (Republic 3.0)
Berkeley: A look back 1939-40 (CoCo Times)
The food police trying to arrest big soda, again (Washington Times)
Street closures expected during big soccer game Saturday (CoCo Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.23.14

Photo: Mike Morgan

Photo: Mike Morgan

Townie opens in Berkeley (Inside Scoop)
Homeless disperse after city cleans Gilman camp (Daily Cal)
Poll: Tony Thurmond holds narrow lead in Assembly race (Daily Planet)
What’s behind those nuclear free zone signs? (YourBerkeley.com)
Goats act as eco-friendly lawn mowers (Daily Cal)
Lawyers launch petition to rescind John Yoo’s endowed chair (Daily Cal)
Hoi Polloi brewpub and Beat lounge open (Inside Scoop)
Berkeley bags second Whole Foods (SF Business Times)
Tarloff talks Berkeley in the Berkshires (Berkshire Eagle)
Newly transitioned Berkeley school needs more students (Daily Cal)

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City Council member says Berkeley’s ballot is biased

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Berkeley Councilman Jesse Arreguín has asked the city attorney’s office to amend the wording that will be used to describe the downtown initiative in an election pamphlet because it is “inaccurate,” “misleading” and does not comply with the law. He also said council’s adoption of that wording was in violation of the Brown Act.

Courts have ruled that “the government may not ‘take sides’ in election contests or bestow an unfair advantage on one of several competing factions,” Arreguín wrote in a July 21 letter to City Attorney Zach Cowan. Yet the ballot wording adopted by council June 24 is biased and not impartial, said Arreguín. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.22.14

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At B-Side: Implications of downtown Berkeley initiative

At the first B-Side forum co-sponsored by The Hub and Berkeleyside, participants debated the merits of this fall's downtown initiative. From left, Lance Knobel of Berkeleyside, Jesse Arreguín and Eric Panzer. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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About 50 people gathered at Berkeley’s David Brower Center last week for a discussion about the ballot initiative supporters say will put more “green” in local development, but which opponents argue will stop new projects that are contributing to a downtown renaissance and are bringing critical amenities to the city.

Berkeley Councilman Jesse Arreguín faced off against Eric Panzer, chair of Livable Berkeley and the treasurer of the group opposing the initiative. They joined Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel at Impact Hub Berkeley last Tuesday evening in the first of a series of informal discussions about Berkeley issues — co-sponsored by Berkeleyside and the Hub — called The B-Side.Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.21.14

Photo by Chandler Fitzsimmons. Taken July 15, 2014

Photo by Chandler Fitzsimmons. Taken July 15, 2014

The organ detective: a career spent uncovering market in human flesh (Pacific Standard)
Appreciating Zoia Horn, 1918-2014 (Daily Planet)
Budget cuts to grounds staff at Cal prompts understaffing (Daily Cal)
Zoia Horn has passed on (Library Juice)
UC Berkeley student reported missing in Texas lake (Daily Cal)
Berkeley considers public campaign financing for 2016 (Daily Cal)
Erika Tanov’s home base in Berkeley (SF Girl by the Bay)
Tent city is up at Staples (Occupy Oakland)
Berkeley clears homeless camp, collects 1k pounds of trash (Tribune)

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6 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Berkeley City College evacuated students and staff on Tuesday July 15 due to power outages. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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1. Berkeley teen, recent grad, shot to death in Oakland
2. Neighbors question height and density of student-oriented project on Telegraph
3. Best Burgers in the East Bay: Nosh readers call it
4. New drought rules would see Berkeley reduce its water use
5. Brief power outages interrupt downtown Berkeley
6. Announcing Uncharted 2014: Two days of provocative speakers

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Brief power outages interrupt downtown Berkeley

BART rolled in an emergency generator to downtown Berkeley because of some brief power outages this morning. Photo: Siciliano Trevino
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PG&E fixed a power outage that affected around 1,900 customers around 2 a.m. — only to find that the fix malfunctioned and caused “momentaries” in downtown Berkeley around 10:45 a.m.

The first outage affected the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Telegraph Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Addison Street and Bancroft Way and lasted from 2 a.m. to 3:45 a.m., according to Tamar Sarkissian, a PG&E spokeswoman. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Historical Plaques highlight local history

John Hudson Thomas built this house at 959 Indian Rock Road for his daughter. Photo: Robert Kehlmann
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The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project has been calling attention to Berkeley’s history since 1997, when it started to place oval plaques on historic sites around the city. In 2012, the group launched a new website and created a new category – E-Plaques – to note not only important architectural structures, but the everyday life that makes Berkeley unique.

The E-Plaques mark things like the newt crossing in Tilden Park, the old garage where Creedence Clearwater Revival rehearsed in 1970 for their album Cosmo’s Factory, and Berkeley’s “foreign policy.” Want to know why Berkeley has all those traffic diverters? The project will tell you why.

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