Author Archives: Frances Dinkelspiel

News

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)

Get the latest Berkeley news in your inbox with Berkeleyside’s free Daily Briefing. And make sure to bookmark Berkeleyside’s pages on Facebook and Twitter. You don’t need an account on those sites to view important information.

Print Friendly
Tagged
News

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)

Get the latest Berkeley news in your inbox with Berkeleyside’s free Daily Briefing. And make sure to bookmark Berkeleyside’s pages on Facebook and Twitter. You don’t need an account on those sites to view important information.

Print Friendly
Tagged

City Council member says Berkeley’s ballot is biased

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Print Friendly

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 »

Tagged , , , , ,
News

The Berkeley Wire: 07.22.14

Print Friendly
Tagged

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
Print Friendly

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 »

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
News

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)

Get the latest Berkeley news in your inbox with Berkeleyside’s free Daily Briefing. And make sure to bookmark Berkeleyside’s pages on Facebook and Twitter. You don’t need an account on those sites to view important information.

Print Friendly
Tagged
News

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
Print Friendly

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

Do you rely on Berkeleyside for your local news? You can support us and benefit … Continue reading »

Tagged

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
Print Friendly

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 »

Tagged , , , , , ,

Berkeley Historical Plaques highlight local history

John Hudson Thomas built this house at 959 Indian Rock Road for his daughter. Photo: Robert Kehlmann
Print Friendly

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.

Continue reading »

Tagged , , , ,

Berkeley teen, recent grad, shot to death in Oakland

Ayana Dominguez (right) at a Berkeley Youth Alternatives Graduation program on June 6, 2014. Jamee Harris, her counselor, is on the left. Photo: Berkeley Youth Alternatives
Print Friendly

Ayana Dominguez, an aspiring hairstylist and 18-year-old recent graduate of Berkeley Technical Academy, was gunned down last week in a Wendy’s restaurant parking lot in Oakland, according to police.

Officers responded Thursday, July 10, to reports of gunshots in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland at 8:45 p.m. When they got to Wendy’s, at 3111 International Blvd., they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He refused an offer by police to take him to the hospital and went instead with a friend. He was Dominguez’s 22-year-old boyfriend, according to the Oakland Tribune. 

Police learned that a Berkeley teenager also had been shot and was taken to the hospital by friends. She later died of her wounds. Police identified her as Dominguez.

On Monday, friends and business associates of Dominguez were reeling from the news. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Satellite post office at Berkeley Staples draws protests

Anti-Staples postcard made by Berkeley Post Office Defense
Print Friendly

For the last 19 nights, Mike Zint, 47, has been sleeping sitting up in a chair in front of the Staples store at 2352 Shattuck Ave. He has set up vigil in downtown Berkeley to protest the “privatization” of the U.S. Postal Service, as well as chronic homelessness in the United States.

Zint is part of a small group of homeless activists that has established a camp of sorts on the sidewalk. During the day, they pass out leaflets protesting the seven-month-old deal allowing Staples to run satellite postal operations in 82 stores across the country, including the one in Berkeley. They have a table piled with leaflets talking about the deal, as well as information about the U.S. Post Office’s plan to sell the Main Post office on Allston Way. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

After Stephen Colbert mention, local author Edan Lepucki’s world explodes

Screen shot 2014-07-08 at 1.16.30 PM
Print Friendly

Today is the most important day of Edan Lepucki’s professional life.

Just a month ago, she was an average debut writer, anticipating the July 8 publication of her dystopian novel California. Even though her publisher, Little, Brown had high hopes for the book – it printed 12,000 copies, a large number for a first-time novelist – there was the disturbing fact that Amazon was in a fight with Hachette, the parent company of Little, Brown.

The squabble meant that Amazon had disabled all the “pre-order” buttons on forthcoming Hachette books. It was taking Amazon two to four weeks to deliver Hachette books, instead of the regular one to three days. That did not bode well for Lepucki. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

La Farine on Solano in Berkeley closes abruptly

The La Farine bakery at 1820 Solano Avenue abruptly closed on Tuesday after failing to negotiate a new lease with its landlord. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
Print Friendly

The La Farine bakery at 1820 Solano Ave. in North Berkeley abruptly shut its doors Tuesday, July 1, after failing to reach a lease agreement after a protracted battle with its landlords.

A telephone message on the company’s phone line says the store had to shut abruptly because it could not renew its lease, but that it hopes to relocate somewhere else on Solano Avenue.

“We are very very sad to leave,” said Jeff Dodge, the owner of La Farine for the last 17 years. “Plain speaking, we don’t have a lease, and when you can’t work something out with your landlord, you have to go.” … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,