Author Archives: Tracey Taylor

Op-eds: Measures D, S and F; Bayer, crime, mental health

Measure D, which aims to put a tax on sugary drinks, is dominating the Berkeleyside Opinionator section, but there are plenty of other subjects being aired there too. Photo: John
Print Friendly

Opinion pieces are being submitted to Berkeleyside at a rapid clip these days, and all are edited and published in our Opinionator section.

In case you missed them, you can catch up on 12 op-eds that have appeared since Oct. 1.

The controversial Measure D, which aims to put a tax on sugary drinks, accounts for half of them. The number of comments on the many op-eds we have published on this ballot measure is running in the high hundreds (it may even be over one thousand — we admit we haven’t sat down and counted.)

One writer urges people to vote no on Measure F, the parks tax increase. Another argues that Measure R, the downtown development initiative, is “bad government;” while yet another tells us why she thinks it’s important to vote on Measure S which considers whether to approve a new redistricting map for Berkeley. … Continue reading »

Noose hanging from tree discovered at Berkeley High

One of the inner courtyards at Berkeley High
Print Friendly

Berkeley police are investigating the discovery of a noose hanging on a tree on the Berkeley High campus.

A BHS safety officer discovered the noose on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 1. It was immediately removed. The school said it appeared to be an isolated event. Nobody has been found responsible for what the school describes as a hate crime.

“This act of hate has never been, and will never be, tolerated on this campus,” BHS Vice Principal Jorge Melgoza wrote in an email to the school community on Thursday this week. “It is a reminder of a terrible period in our history that will never and should never be forgotten. This incident is a clear and stark reminder that racism is alive and well in this country and we as educators are the ones best suited to combat this ignorance. There are a variety of manners for this to happen and it all begins with us choosing to remain focused on the issue beyond this incident.” … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , ,

New book for ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’s Adam Mansbach

The new book from Berkeley author Adam Mansbach, due out on Nov. 12, homes in on parents' frustration with their offspring's picky eating habits. Photo:
Print Friendly

Berkeley author Adam Mansbach is best known for his book Go the F**k to Sleep. Published in 2011, it caused something of a sensation, not least because only the most chilled-out parents contemplated actually reading it to their children as a bedtime story.

A No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and a viral sensation that shot to No. 1 on Amazon months before it was even available, Go the F**k to Sleep has been published in 40 languages and is currently being developed as a film.

L. Samuel Jackson loved the book so much he recorded himself reading it, and the resulting video was also a hit. His rendering was even turned into a song. The actor cheerily admitted he often told his daughter when she was young to “go the f**k to sleep.”

Mansbach has followed up with You Have to F***ing Eat — due out on Nov. 12, illustrated by Owen Brozman – which takes as its subject picky eaters, and is sure to put a knowing smile on many a parent’s face. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , ,
Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

WIB

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

Photo: Sandy Friedland.

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

Print Friendly
Tagged

NOSH Weekly delivers free East Bay food stories

Chocolate cranberry cake
Print Friendly

Last week saw the launch of NOSH Weekly, a free weekly email that points to the best, most interesting, most mouth-watering stories about food, restaurants, chefs and more in the East Bay.

Sign up to receive NOSH Weekly: your free weekly East Bay food email

Berkeleyside launched its standalone food section NOSH in November 2012. Unlike its host, NOSH covers cities other than Berkeley — from Oakland to Kensington, scooping up El Cerrito, Alameda and Albany on the way. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , ,

Berkeley bans feeding of wildlife in parks, public spaces

Squirrel. Photo: Doug Mosher
Print Friendly

On Oct. 1, a new law went into effect in Berkeley that prohibits the feeding of wild animals in city parks and other public spaces. Enforcement brings with it minimum fines of $100 after an initial warning period, and up to $500 for multiple infractions within a year.

The ordinance applies to the feeding of all wildlife, but was conceived in response to an outcry earlier this year when the city said it would exterminate ground squirrels at César Chávez Park. This was to address Regional Water Quality Control Board concerns that squirrel burrows might be causing toxics underneath the park to leach into the bay, and thus present a threat to the landfill cap.

New ‘No Feeding Wildlife’ signs and educational brochures have been placed at César Chávez Park. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , ,

Uncharted: Whistling Vivaldi, a Memorial Stadium party

View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
Print Friendly

What can you expect at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, hosted by Berkeleyside? Here’s a taste:

  • Claude Steele will explain why an African American man whistling Vivaldi confounds white fear
  • Nobel laureate Randy Schekman will discuss what medicine is likely to conquer (and what it won’t solve any time soon)
  • Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Tanya Holland has lots to say about how female restaurateurs are treated compared to their male counterparts
  • Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton will have you rolling up your sleeves to co-create some art on sustainability
  • Pulitzer Prize winner John Adams will no doubt share his views on the furore surrounding the Met’s production of his opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”
  • Mina Girgis will dazzle us with his audacious Nile Project, bridging cultures and politics, and
  • Adam Mansbach might tell us why his next book is called You Have to F***ing Eat!

The two-day Uncharted festival takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 at the Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley, with a cocktail party on the Friday evening at the University Club on top of the Cal Memorial Stadium (pictured, top).

The special Uncharted early-bird price – $100 less than 2013 – expires next week, so now’s the moment to grab your tickets. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , ,

Photos: Rally on UC Berkeley campus marks 50th anniversary of the birth of the Free Speech Movement

The Free Speech Movement rally held at UC Berkeley on Oct. 1, 2014. Photo: Ted Friedman
Print Friendly

Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, a protest that lasted for three months but set the stage for the turbulent 1960s.

On that day, thousands of UC Berkeley students protested on the Cal campus, surrounding a police car parked near Sproul Plaza. Jack Weinberg was inside the car and stayed inside it for 32 hours, having been arrested for distributing political material on university grounds despite rules that forbade it.

A graduate student, Mario Savio, climbed on top of the police car at one point and demanded Weinberg’s release. He also spoke out against the university’s restrictions against handing out political material. That impromptu speech catapulted him into the leadership of what would come to be known as the Free Speech Movement.

Read more, and enjoy these photos taken by Ted Friedman at the rally held 50 years later at the same spot at UC Berkeley when FSM veterans — including Weinberg and Savio’s wife, Lynne Hollander Savio — joined current students to mark the movement’s golden anniversary. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , ,

Berkeley’s minimum wage is $10 starting today, Oct. 1

Minimum wage rally in May 2014 in Berkeley. Photo: Tracey Taylor
Print Friendly

Starting today, Oct. 1, a new minimum wage goes into effect in Berkeley with a citywide rate of $10 an hour. This is a dollar higher than the state’s minimum and puts Berkeley among the American cities that have a local minimum wage that exceeds state and federal minimums.

The move is the first step in a three-stage plan that sees today’s hike to $10, followed by increases annually for two years after that: on Oct. 1, 2015, to $11; and on Oct. 1, 2016, to $12.53. This last rate will match the amount expected in Oakland under a ballot measure in that city likely to pass in November. The Berkeley plan received final approval in an unanimous council vote June 24.

Read Berkeleyside’s coverage to date of what led to the minimum wage raise.

“[The] boost to $10 is an important milestone in our efforts to improve the conditions and rights of low-wage workers in Berkeley,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. … Continue reading »

Tagged , , ,

Queerly Berkeley: New LGBTQA group hosts first event

Queerly Berkeley
Print Friendly

The concept was born when a group of gay and lesbian Berkeleyans came together to figure out a way to build community and serve the broader community. According to John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association, and one of the founders: “There seemed to be a dearth of opportunities for LGBTQ friends and colleagues to come together for social and non-political purposes. We thought it would be inspiring to gather for a philanthropic purpose, bigger than ourselves.”

The group is throwing its first event on Sunday Oct. 5 — a fundraiser for The Pacific Center on Telegraph Avenue, the oldest LGBTQ center in the Bay Area and third oldest in the U.S. … Continue reading »

Tagged ,
News

8 Berkeley stories that made headlines this week

Berkeley Police dispatch center. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Print Friendly

1. Always on call: Inside the Berkeley police dispatch center
2. It’s grape harvest time for Covenant, a kosher winery new to West Berkeley
3. Berkeley boy Andy Samberg gives back with a burger
4. Teen charged with the stabbing of 72-year old woman in Berkeley
5. Police ticket pedestrians for downtown traffic violations
6. Take your dog to dinner: It’s now legal (within limits)
7. Cyclist dies after North Berkeley crash with carContinue reading »

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

Sedge Thomson and the three Michaels
Print Friendly

WEST COAST LIVE West Coast Live, the two-hour variety show hosted by the estimable Sedge Thomson, is coming live this Saturday from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in downtown Berkeley. The line-up is superb. (And we’re not just saying that because Berkeleyside is one of the guests!) Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, Command and Control), will be there, as will Malcolm Margolin, founder of Berkeley’s Heyday Press, and A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Wilson, the acclaimed biography of the 28th President of the United States, and the Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer Meklit and her band. Tickets to watch the show are $15 ($13 seniors, $5 youth) — or listen at 10am on KALW 91.7. … Continue reading »

Tagged

Announcing: The Uncharted Ideas Festival 2014 program

Uncharted 2013-3
Print Friendly

Berkeleyside is excited to reveal the program for the second annual Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. The festival takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 at the Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley, with a cocktail party in the middle at the University Club on top of the Cal Memorial Stadium. You may already have heard about some of the incredible speakers festival-goers will get the chance to meet. Today we announce the full program and schedule. Tickets for the two days are available early-bird rate of $290 ($100 less than 2013 prices) until Oct. 6 at www.berkeleyideas.com. Full schedule and venue details, as well as speaker biographies, are also listed there. … Continue reading »

Tagged ,