Author Archives: Frances Dinkelspiel
Barbour takes the blame for Cal’s academic woes (SF Chronicle)
Infected bat a reminder to use caution (Daily Planet)
New UC Berkeley Chancellor is against rating colleges based on graduate earnings (Washington Post)
Latest home sales in Berkeley (Patch)
Helen Breger, artist, dies (SF Chronicle)
Thousands of UC Berkeley students fanned out across the city on Saturday to participate in the university’s largest day of service.
The students sanded, painted, pulled non-indigenous plants at Tilden Park, and beautified sidewalks in downtown Berkeley, among many other activities.
The volunteer effort was run by The Berkeley Project, created in 2006 by students and completely student-operated. The Berkeley Project, according to its mission statement, not only provides powerful assistance to the public, but aims to create “a lasting culture of service-learning among its participants” and to “permanently change the relationship between the students and residents of Berkeley through hands-on community service.” … Continue reading »
EUREKA! Eureka! restaurant at 2068 Center St. will open its doors on Monday, Oct. 28. The restaurant aims to provide ”an unforgettable, value-driven dining experience defined as “‘eatertainment,’ combining gourmet food, an innovative bar program, live sports, and live entertainment in a modern yet rustic setting.” The restaurant, part of a 10-location chain owned by Robert Suzuki, will have “locally sourced food, locally sourced music and locally brewed beer whenever available.” Eureka! will serve 30 American craft beers on tap, 21 small-batch American whiskeys, and many different hamburgers, including the Fig Burger, with fig marmalade, bacon, and melted goat cheese, and the San Joaquin Veggie Burger served with arugula, tomato, lemon vinaigrette, and homemade zucchini pickles. … Continue reading »
The family of Peter Cukor, who was allegedly killed by a mentally disturbed man in February 2012 while he waited for police to come to his house, has dropped its lawsuit against Berkeley in exchange for promises to change the questions dispatchers ask those calling during an emergency.
Berkeley has not admitted any fault in connection with the tragedy, said R. Lewis Van Blois, who represents Cukor’s widow, Andrea, and her adult sons Alexander and Christopher.
“The changes will result in better communication between the Communication Center and the emergency caller regarding police response to calls,” said Van Blois. … Continue reading »
The hours of Berkeley’s branch libraries will be extended later this fall, now that construction on all four is almost complete.
Starting Dec. 2, the North, Claremont, and South branches will be open four hours longer each week, according to library officials. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Currently, the branch libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday. … Continue reading »
In the latest battle between Berkeley officials and the medical cannabis collective Forty Acres, police and city inspectors forcibly entered four apartments at 1820-1828 San Pablo Ave. on Tuesday to look for code violations.
A contingent of Berkeley police accompanied members of Berkeley’s code enforcement division in the surprise Oct. 8, 8 a.m. visit to the second floor of the building, which is near the intersection with University Avenue. An attorney for Chris Smith, a founder of Forty Acres and a resident of the apartments, said police broke down the door to his client’s home and may have pulled their guns. City officials said a door was removed from its hinges and there was no-one at the apartments at the time.
The inspection came two weeks after Smith filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley, the Medical Cannabis Commission, Greg Daniel, a code enforcement officer, Elizabeth Greene, a city planner and staff member of the cannabis commission, Nathan Dahl, a planner, and a variety of city departments. … Continue reading »
The Bay Area, and by extension Berkeley, has always had a lively literary scene. The first bookstore was opened during the heat of the Gold Rush in 1849 by a man named Joshua Hamilton Still. There is a plaque in San Francisco’s Portsmouth Square commemorating that auspicious act. The past rings also with many famous names who spent time in the Bay Area: Mark Twain, Jack London, Dashiell Hammett, Gertrude Atherton, Jack Kerouac, and others. The San Francisco Chronicle has just produced an online literary map that attempts to capture today’s lively literary scene. The interactive site highlights booksellers, publishers, literary events, open mikes, festivals, magazines and journals, the location of famous passages, and a listing of many authors. Not surprisingly, there are a lot from Berkeley. There are 48 authors and 20 bookstores listed for Berkeley to be exact. … Continue reading »
Randy W. Schekman, a professor of molecular and cell biology at the UC Berkeley, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday. He won the top prize for “his role in revealing the machinery that regulates the transport and secretion of proteins in our cells,” according to the university.
The prize was shared with Yale University Professor James E. Rothman and Thomas C. Südhof of Stanford University.
Schekman becomes UC Berkeley’s 22nd Nobel Laureate and the first to win in medicine. As one way of recognizing the award, UC gives its Nobel laureautes a coveted permanent parking space.
“My first reaction was, ‘Oh, my god!’ Schekman, 64, told UC Berkeley News about being awakened at his El Cerrito home at 1:30 a.m. “That was also my second reaction.” … Continue reading »
Original post, 1 p.m., Berkeley and Oakland firefighters, already on high alert because of high winds and low humidity, quickly extinguished a small vegetation fire behind Clark Kerr campus on Friday morning.
The Berkeley Fire Department received multiple calls about smoke and flames around 3:44 a.m. from people living in the area above the campus, said Fire Chief Gil Dong. One resident in the Panoramic Way area was able to give a fairly precise location to the fire department, in an area above the track along Dwight Way. … Continue reading »
Update, 6:45 a.m. Power has been restored to most of the buildings on campus and most classes will meet as scheduled. But 11 buildings remain closed, including Doe Library, the Bancroft Library, California Hall, Durant Hall, Dwinelle Hall and annex, and Edwards track. Classes at those buildings will be cancelled. Click here for complete list.
Original story: The UC Berkeley campus remained eerily dark and deserted Monday night after officials ordered everyone to evacuate because of a large explosion.
(See Berkeleyside’s live blog of developments related to the incident here.) … Continue reading »
The Fair Campaign Practices Commission has decided to investigate whether any campaign laws were broken when the Yes on Measure S campaign paid people from $50 to $100 in cash to pass out campaign material on election day.
The commission also wants staff to look into whether the Yes on S campaign paid for an extra printing of endorsement fliers put out by the Berkeley Democratic Club without declaring its participation.
The decision to investigate came as the commission considered another complaint on Sept. 19 filed by Patricia Wall, executive director of the Homeless Action Center, and Bob Offer-Westort, the coordinator of the No on Measure S campaign. Measure S, which was defeated in November 2012, would have made it illegal to sit on sidewalks in commercial districts for much of the day. … Continue reading »
Despite the recent federal crackdown on medical cannabis operations, the Berkeley City Council will discuss tonight expanding the number of dispensaries from three to four – and maybe to six – and refine the rules regarding collectives.
The suggestions reflect almost two years of work from the city’s Medical Cannabis Commission, which was created after Berkeley residents voted in 2010 to overhaul Berkeley’s medical marijuana laws. Voters agreed to permit large-scale growing areas and increase the number of dispensaries from three to four, but Berkeley has not done any of those things, in large part because U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag has been clamping down on large medical cannabis operations, including Berkeley Patients Group.
In June, the City Council tabled discussion on the proposals. Mayor Tom Bates said then that the federal attitude made it all but impossible to site a new dispensary in the city. The delay in setting up a new dispensary meant Berkeley lost thousands of dollars of additional tax revenue. … Continue reading »