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What would you pay 33 cents a day for?

The suspicious package (on the left) in North Berkeley has been rendered safe. Photo: Devin Taylor-McDonald
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Conventional wisdom has it that summer is a slow news time.

Not so in Berkeley!

It’s been one thing after another this month — and Berkeleyside has kept delivering you the news, usually before anyone else, and often exclusively.

We need your help to continue to write these important local stories. (If you already support us, we salute you!)

A $10 monthly contribution comes out to just 33 cents a day! Is Berkeleyside worth 33 cents a day to you?

Here are just a handful of the more than 40 stories we reported in the past two weeks:

– Protesters get naked to save trees (you can imagine what that did to our readership numbers!)
– The sudden closure of the municipal pier (we broke the news, and also published a lovely photographic ‘ode’ to it) … Continue reading »

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Photos: At our Open Office, a chance to meet, catch up

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Thank you to all of you who came to Berkeleyside’s latest Open Office on Wednesday evening at WeWork Berkeley, where Berkeleyside has its HQ. It was lovely to see so many of our talented contributors there — including Nancy Rubin who took all the photographs published here — as well as many loyal readers and members.

(If you spot someone in the photos who hasn’t been identified in the caption, let us know and we’ll update it.)

Until the next time! … Continue reading »

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Reminder: Berkeleyside Open Office, July 15 at WeWork

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On Wednesday July 15, Berkeleyside will hold an “Open Office” — a chance for you to meet the small core Berkeleyside team and some of our regular contributors in an informal way — to grab a beer, shoot the breeze and generally have a nice evening.

Come to give us feedback, tips, suggest story ideas, offer your services, or simply to say hello.

The Open Office will take place Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. at WeWork in downtown Berkeley where Berkeleyside has its HQ. … Continue reading »

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Announcing: Berkeleyside Open Office, July 15 at WeWork

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Every so often, Berkeleyside likes to throw its doors open and hold an “Open Office” — a chance for the small Berkeleyside team to meet readers in an informal way — to grab a beer, shoot the breeze and generally have a nice evening. Whether we choose to discuss the vagaries of the city’s permitting procedures, the latest squirrel-gate episode or ideas for future Berkeleyside stories, is up to you!

It’s been a while since our last Open Office — it seems news gathering is a pretty time-consuming business — so we’re happy to announce that our next one will take place Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. at WeWork in downtown Berkeley where Berkeleyside has its HQ. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside is hiring: Advertising Sales Associate

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Launched in 2009 by three veteran journalists, Berkeleyside is widely regarded as being one of the best, most dynamic independent local news sites in the country

Berkeleyside LLC publishes the Berkeley news site Berkeleyside; East Bay food site NOSH; as well as two e-newsletters: the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing and NOSH Weekly.

Berkeleyside also organizes events, most significantly Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, that this year takes place on Oct. 16-17 in downtown Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Did you hear the news? If so, you probably heard it here

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Did you hear that Shakespeare & Co., Berkeley’s oldest operating bookstore, closed down? Did you also hear that Oscar’s – a much-loved downtown burger joint – is shuttering after 65 years in the city?

If you were reading Berkeleyside, you did.

This week, Berkeleyside also published an in-depth investigation into serious concerns about Berkeley Technology Academy, Berkeley’s second — often overlooked — high school. Senior Reporter Emilie Raguso spent months reporting the story to paint as full and balanced a picture as she could of a school which one insider describes as “a powder keg waiting to explode.”

We need your help to continue to write these important local stories. (If you already support us, we salute you!)

There was also news about the mentally ill man who killed Peter Cukor in front of his North Berkeley home in 2012; a look at how sky-high rents and Airbnb rentals are impacting the Berkeley housing market; and news that the city’s school district is getting tough on illegal enrollment. … Continue reading »

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Nagler: ‘To the Berkeleyans who have stood by me in this dark and difficult time in my life’

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To the Berkeleyans who have stood by me in this dark and difficult time in my life…" Photo: Richard Nagler
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In the past few weeks, many Berkeleyside readers have enjoyed a front-row seat as one local resident took a novel approach to resolving the years-long theft of his Wall Street Journal. The story gained national attention but we’re proud to say: You heard it here first.

After Berkeleyside’s initial report about the newspaper theft, Richard Nagler, who penned the note and stuck it to the gate of his store, kept us posted regarding several updates. Most recently, the Wall Street Journal left its own note to Nagler to offer him an iPad to compensate him for his losses over the years.

Now, in what we believe will likely be the story’s final installment, Nagler shared with Berkeleyside his latest missive, which he posted on the gate outside his South Berkeley skylight business.

In it, Nagler offers one final coda to his story, and also encourages his fellow Berkeleyans to support Berkeleyside by signing up for a membership as a monthly subscriber. We at Berkeleyside hope you will appreciate his note, which appears below in full. We also appreciate Nagler’s — and everyone else’s — support, which we know comes to us in many forms.  … Continue reading »

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Two Berkeleyside emails worth signing up for

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Today at 6 a.m. several thousand people received the new Nosh Weekly in their inboxes. (See it here.)

This free email newsletter, just launched last fall, is sent out every Thursday, and highlights the best food coverage from Berkeleyside’s sister site, Nosh.

Nosh covers the East Bay, not just Berkeley. So you’ll hear of new restaurant, café and bakery openings in places like Oakland, Albany, Alameda and Kensington, as well as Berkeley neighborhoods like the Gourmet Ghetto and the Elmwood. Nosh Weekly also brings you recipes for scrumptious treats (like Moriah VanVleet’s rosewater cupcakes with meringue brulée frosting — perfect for Valentine’s Day), interviews with pioneering food artisans and chefs, and news from the food front lines, be it related to the soda tax, school cooking programs or allegations of racism.

Click here to subscribe to Nosh Weekly and/or the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing.

Nosh Weekly is one of two e-newsletters delivered by Berkeleyside. The other is the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing, which is well established and much loved, and lands every day just after 5 p.m. (See it here.) The Daily Briefing has become essential reading for thousands of people who want to keep on top of what is happening in Berkeley. The email highlights, in summary form, all the stories published by Berkeleyside on a particular day. … Continue reading »

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Help us keep comments on Berkeleyside civil

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In the five years since we launched Berkeleyside, our stories have drawn more than 100,000 comments (109,310 at time of writing), and the vast majority have been a compelling part of the conversation we want to encourage in Berkeley about critical issues. Comments often offer thoughtful opinions and can provide valuable new information that deepens other readers’ understanding of a story.

The new year seems a good time to remind readers of our comments policy, particularly as we’re only a few months past the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. We truly want to keep our comments section as open and free as we can manage, while balancing that desire with our hope for this to be a civil forum where differing voices feel they can be heard.

For the most part, we are very proud of the level of discussion among Berkeleyside readers, and thank all of you for your efforts, insights and participation. We do, however, still get comments on the site that challenge our attempts at moderation. Most comments require an editor’s approval before they appear online, though it’s worth noting that readers who take the time to create an account, and establish a track record of respectful behavior, may be granted immediate, automated approval. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley resolutions for 2015 – and how 2014 went

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For five years we’ve been making New Year’s resolutions on Berkeleyside, putting down markers for 10 things we’d like to see in the year ahead for our city. Let us know in the comments what your hopes and expectations are for 2015. After our 10 for 2015, we review how our 2014 resolutions fared.

1. Turn the soda tax into something concrete

It would be too easy to take a breather after the clamorous, successful campaign for Measure D, Berkeley’s nation-leading soda tax. But now the legislation has to be shown to work, producing funds for nutrition and health programs on a rapid schedule. Applications for the Panel of Experts, which will advise the City Council on how to spend tax proceeds, are due on Jan. 17. Dithering will be seized upon by the soda industry. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside wishes you a happy, safe new year

The Berkeleyside team, from left: Tracey Taylor, Frances Dinkelspiel, Wendy Cohen, Emilie Raguso and Lance Knobel.
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With New Year’s Eve nearly upon us, the Berkeleyside team wanted to wish all of our readers a safe and happy new year.

And what a year it’s been. We hit the 1 million pageviews milestone following recent protests in Berkeley, and won an Excellence in Journalism award from the local chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists for the second year running.

We held our second annual Uncharted ideas festival, and launched a new discussion series called The B-Side, where speakers debated the implications of Berkeley’s downtown initiative and whether the city has lost its cool.

As we noted yesterday in our final 2014 request for reader support, we published more than 1,900 original stories this year. Throughout the year, our website had nearly 6 million unique visitors and nearly 7.5 million pageviews. Compare that to the prior year, where we saw about 4.4 million uniques and nearly 5.5 million pageviews, and you can understand how excited we our about our work, our growth and our service to the community. … Continue reading »

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By the numbers: Top Berkeley stories of 2014

A six-alarm fire burned through a West Berkeley warehouse Saturday, April 12. One of the businesses involved was furniture store Wooden Duck. Photo: David Yee
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There’s no question that Berkeley’s recent protests and the November 2014 election were among the most significant — and most read — news in the community this past year, but other articles were huge hits with readers as well. In this round-up, we look at which other stories drew the most attention solely by the numbers.

The natural world

Our story about 31-year-old Emily Davis, who was struck by lightning in South Berkeley but lived to describe her experience, was among the most read Berkeley stories of 2014. Following close behind, our Bay Area storm blog from December kept readers informed and engaged for hours as we provided the latest updates and shared photos and videos from the community.

In March, a tree struck by lightning, causing an explosion of wood, was also a huge draw for readers, as was our post on the magnitude-6 earthquake that shook things up in August.

Other nature-related items of interest: the blooming of a rare Puya raimondii plant at the UC Botanical Garden; a look into the proliferation of crows in Berkeley; and the closure of a spotted hyena colony. (See more animal-related stories on Berkeleyside.) … Continue reading »

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The most important Berkeley stories of 2014

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There was no shortage of news in Berkeley in 2014, but a few issues stood out, and they informed Berkeleyside’s list of the most important stories of the year.

In a separate post we will detail our most viewed articles of 2014, but below is the editors’ selection of what really shaped the city during the past 12 months. … Continue reading »

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