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Come to Uncharted Ideas Festival for just $86 a day

Among the speakers confirmed for Uncharted are Elñora Tena Webb, Nicholas Dirks, Alice Dreger, Doug Solomon, Anna Lappé and Shannon Brownlee
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This year’s Uncharted Ideas Festival in Berkeley, Oct. 16-17, is gearing up to be the best yet. Newly confirmed speakers include UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, bestselling author Anna Lappé, also founder of the Small Planet Institute, Alex Kozinski, the most outspoken judge on the Federal bench, Ethan Nadelmann, the nation’s point man for drug policy reform efforts, and historian and sex researcher Alice Dreger.

And coming to the two-day festival — with its packed program of conversations, live-music performances, interactive workshops and opening night party — is more achievable than ever. The “2 for the price of 1” ticket offer which we launched a month ago has proved so popular we have decided to extend it until Sunday Sept. 20. This special offer means you can attend Uncharted with a friend for just $86 a day each (the regular ticket price is $345 for two days). Other Early-Bird tickets include single and one-day tickets.

Reserve your “2 for 1” tickets now — there’s a limited number of them!

Austin has SXSW. Aspen has its ideas festival. The Bay Area has Uncharted. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside would like your feedback: Take our survey

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Berkeleyside aims to please. In an effort to better understand how we can serve you, our readers, we would love to know a little about you and about what you think. What information is important to you? Do you want more news? If so, which areas interest you the most? The arts, crime, education, business, food and restaurants, real estate?

Please take a few minutes to complete our readership survey. You can do so by clicking this link:

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Breaking: Jeff Scott resigns as Berkeley library director

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The Berkeley Public Library announced Monday that Jeff Scott has officially resigned from his position as director of library services. The move comes just 10 months after Scott took the position, in November 2014. The resignation is effective Sept. 8.  

Scott’s abrupt departure comes in the wake of a controversy over the weeding of books at Berkeley’s central library, which has put the library director on the defensive over the past few weeks. Criticism centered on his management style and his perceived honesty.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as the Director of Library Services of the Berkeley Public Library. I have enjoyed my work here at the library and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish,” Scott said in a prepared statement.

The Library Board of Trustees will initiate a search to fill Scott’s position, according to the statement, released by Abigail Franklin, chair of the board, shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. In the interim, Sarah Dentan, acting deputy director, will serve as acting director.

Read more about the controversial weeding at Berkeley’s central library.

“I have appreciated the enthusiasm for library services that Jeff has brought to Berkeley and wish him well,” Franklin said. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments, below.

Photo: Daniel O’Connell.

Send your submissions for “Where in Berkeley?” to tips@berkeleyside.com. The more obscure the better —  just as long as the photos are taken in Berkeley. Thanks in advance.

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Thousands attend Berkeley High all-class reunion

BHS Picnic 2005. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD
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An estimated 3,000 people attended the Berkeley High School All-Class Reunion on Saturday Aug. 22 at San Pablo Park in Berkeley. They gathered under blue skies to greet old friends, reminisce, buy commemorative T-shirts, and have a good time.

This is the third all-school picnic since 2011. The picnic is held every other year and the number of attendees keeps growing.

“I just wanted to say what a wonderful time I had at the BHS all-class reunion today,” one attendee said on the reunion’s Facebook page. “Seeing everyone enjoying themselves with family and friends brought tears to my eyes. Being from Berkeley, a resident of Berkeley, and graduating from Berkeley High (No matter the Year) is truly a unique experience.”

Mark Coplan, the public information officer for the Berkeley Unified School District, took these photos. More photos can be found here.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police arrest 1 after theft, chase for 2 suspects in West Berkeley

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Berkeley Police took one young male into custody Sunday afternoon after chasing two suspects through several West Berkeley neighborhoods acting on information supplied by local residents.

According to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the BPD, the two suspects were involved in a theft and may have fled in, and then crashed and abandoned, a car in the area of Second Street south of Cedar Street.

Starting at around 4:20 p.m. police officers pursued the suspects on foot in the area surrounded by Fifth, Jones, Cedar and Fourth streets.

BPD issued a Nixle alert at 4:43 p.m. advising people to avoid the area while the chase was underway. … Continue reading »

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Police make arrest after gunshots, disturbance on Carleton Street near San Pablo Avenue

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Update Aug. 24: Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said Monday that police arrested two juveniles Aug. 22 on suspicion of being minors in possession of a firearm and stolen property. Part of the press release is below:

“On August 22nd at about 9 pm, officers responded to the 1100 block of Carleton Street after receiving multiples calls of gunfire in the area—with a large group of juveniles leaving the area.”

“At the scene, officers learned that there was a party at a nearby residence and someone fired several shots into the air afterward,” according to a Berkeley Police Department press release. “While contacting a group of juveniles near the scene, officers discovered one of them in possession of a handgun.”

“After further investigation into the incident, officers arrested two juveniles for minors in possession of concealed firearm, possession of stolen property, as well as the willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner.” … Continue reading »

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North Berkeley BART station closed due to grenade scare

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The North Berkeley BART station was closed briefly Thursday evening after someone reported seeing what appeared to be a live grenade in the station’s satellite parking lot on Franklin Street.

According to BART Police, a responding officer checked the device and determined it appeared to be a live explosive.

With the assistance of the Berkeley Police local residents were evacuated from the immediate neighborhood at around 6:50 p.m., and a safety perimeter was established.

The station was closed as a precaution, and the UC Berkeley police bomb squad was called in. Members of the bomb squad inspected the device and determined it was a toy grenade. … Continue reading »

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New speakers confirmed for Uncharted Ideas Festival

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The list of speakers and performers for the upcoming Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas on Oct. 16-17 continues to grow. (A limited number of “2 for the price of 1” tickets are still available through Aug. 30.)

Berkeleyside is thrilled to announce our latest additions to the festival line-up:

Timothy Caulfield, author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?”

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell

Laura Tyson, economics adviser to presidents Clinton and Obama

Alex Kozinski, most outspoken judge on the federal bench

Shannon Brownlee, expert on healthcare overtreatment … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

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Photo: Daniel OConnell.

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ICE frees Berkeley man facing deportation to China

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In what appears to be an abrupt reversal, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released a Berkeley recycling program director from detention.

Daniel Maher, a convicted felon who has lived under threat of deportation to China for nearly 15 years, was released from ICE custody Friday morning after spending over two months in various immigrant detention facilities around California, according to his attorney, Anoop Prasad with the Asian Law Caucus.

ICE detained Maher in early June as part of a broader crackdown on Chinese nationals subject to deportation, and undocumented immigrants with prior serious criminal convictions. Maher, who immigrated legally to the United States from his native Macau when he was just three years’ old, fit both descriptions and was suddenly faced with the possibility that he’d be sent to a country he’s never known. He speaks neither Mandarin nor Cantonese. … Continue reading »

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Magnitude-4.0 Piedmont earthquake wakes up Berkeley

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An earthquake in neighboring Oakland jolted Berkeley awake just before 6:50 a.m. Monday.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially registered the quake as a magnitude 4.2, but soon downgraded it to a magnitude 4.0. Its epicenter was two-thirds of a mile north of Piedmont (3.2 miles southeast of Berkeley). It struck at 6:49 a.m.

BART held trains while it undertook a system-wide check. It estimated it would be a 10-minute delay at 7:14 a.m. At 7:26 a.m. BART tweeted: “No damage found to tracks or yards following small quake. All trains held for inspection and moving again.”

At 7:13 a.m. the CHP tweeted that no damage had been reported on any Bay Area freeways. … Continue reading »

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Crews extinguish 1-acre vegetation fire in Tilden Park

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At least five fire companies responded to a vegetation fire that broke out before sunrise in the Berkeley-Oakland hills Sunday.

According to Avery Webb, interim fire chief of the Berkeley Fire Department, its communications center received a report of a vegetation fire west of the Tilden Park Steam Train at 5:45 a.m. Sunday.

Berkeley Fire responded, along with fire companies from Oakland, Moraga/Orinda, East Bay Regional Parks, and Cal Fire. … Continue reading »

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