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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
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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 »

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Announcing Uncharted 2014: 2 days spent with the great thinkers of today to find out what’s coming tomorrow

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Today, Berkeleyside announced the initial speaker line-up for Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014. Among those headlining the festival are Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier,
social psychologist Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach — as well as dozens of other “dangerous thinkers.”

Uncharted, which takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25, aims to bring participants together with some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate, and workshops designed to engage and inspire. Much more than a series of lectures, Uncharted is a festival of ideas.

Uncharted is offered at a fraction of the cost of other “ideas festivals.” Right now, those who register to attend can save $100 over 2013 prices.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside launches new talk series, The B-Side

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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This week, Berkeleyside, in collaboration with Impact Hub Berkeley, launched a new talk series designed to facilitate conversations about issues going on right here, right now in Berkeley.

The B-Side kicks off on the evening of July 15 at Impact Hub Berkeley with a talk titled “Downtown Development Initiative: Boon or Bane?” Jesse Arreguín, councilmember for District 4, will go head to head with  planner and smart growth advocate Eric Panzer in a discussion moderated by Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel. Given all the plans for downtown Berkeley, and the vocal arguments for and against them, this promises to be a lively debate, and one participants will be encouraged to join. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Good Shepherd Church to reopen on Sept. 21

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Nearly two years after an electrical fire destroyed much of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in West Berkeley, the congregation will finally return to their newly rebuilt space for services this fall.

The church, on the corner of Hearst Avenue and Ninth Street, plans to open its doors on September 21 for an 11 a.m. service. Afterwards, it will host a party for the neighborhood to celebrate the new space.

On arrival, however, the churchgoers may be forgiven for thinking there was never a fire at all. The exterior of the new building is identical to the old one. According to Rev. Este Gardner Cantor, the city mandated that the new exterior match the original design since the church is considered an architectural landmark. … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

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1. Berkeley’s minimum wage will go to $12.63 by 2016; initiative looms
2. Man falls from look-out rock on Grizzly Peak Boulevard and dies
3. Urban Adamah kills chickens despite activists’ protests
4. New Berkeley Art Museum will used salvaged trees as part of the interior
5. Two citizen’s initiatives appear headed to the November ballot

Don’t forget that Berkeleyside will be holding an Open  Office on Thursday, May 29 … Continue reading »

Berkeleyside to hold Open Office on Thursday May 29

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Berkeleyside will be holding Open Office hours on Thursday May 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at NextSpace in downtown Berkeley.

Berkeleyside readers can meet the Berkeleyside team, share ideas, grab a beer, and generally have a social time. Bring story ideas, berate us for what you feel we could do better, and tell us about the issues that matter to you in Berkeley. Hopefully many of our regular contributors — writers, photographers, designers and more — will be able to come, so you get to meet them too.

Berkeleyside was conceived as an online forum as much as an online newspaper and your input adds incalculable value to our coverage and our site. … Continue reading »

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7 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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1. Starbucks is planning to open fourth Berkeley outlet after all
2. Debate rages over impact of green initiative on downtown high rises
3. Concern about police profiling draws crowd to NAACP forum
4. Nearly 2,000 people sign up for police text alerts
5. Police beats could get much bigger
6. Memorial Stadium to host professional soccer match this summer
7. 3-D models bring Berkeley’s train history … Continue reading »


9 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

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There’s certainly no shortage of stories in Berkeley this week:

Car used for smash-and-grab at Apple Store in Berkeley Council boosts minimum wage, approves task force to look deeper Rowdy youths disrupt downtown Berkeley police stop sparks racial controversy Officials agree to study Tasers for police Police rescue two men from I-80 overpass fire School district seeks feedback on how to spend $2.4 million for low-income students Initiative aims to tighten ‘green’ … Continue reading »


10 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

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Ten stories to catch up on? What can we say? It was a helluva week!

Ouch! I was priced out of my (million dollar) block Berkeley’s oldest resident celebrates her 106th birthday Animal rights activists put a stop to kosher chicken slaughtering workshop Judge rules for Council majority approved map in bitter Berkeley redistricting battle City of Berkeley seeks source of leaked confidential info on police Meet the candidates: Berkeley’s District 8 race is off  … Continue reading »


Berkeleyside introduces dedicated obituaries page

Saul Zaentz, whose obituary is included in Berkeleyside's new special obituaries section. Photo:
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Berkeleyside’s primary mission is to cover the news in Berkeley, but we also take seriously our role in building and fostering community. To that end, we have always been honored to publish obituaries, to commemorate the lives of Berkeleyans.

Recently we remembered much-loved members of the community such as Saul ZaentzMarty Rabkin, and Henrik Bull. The two most recently published obituaries are for Faith Geer and Gertrude Khuner.

Because of the value of remembering community members, we have now created a special section on Berkeleyside for obituaries. You can reach it easily by clicking the orange “Obituaries” slug at the top of the Berkeleyside homepage. … Continue reading »


Top Berkeley news, crime, books, food and films of 2013

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Over the past couple weeks, Berkeleyside has been rounding up the top stories of 2013 related to breaking and developing news, crime, food, books and film. We also posted our annual resolutions for the year, and assessed the progress from last year’s list. We’ve collected them here for those who may have missed them during the holidays. These posts, which include links to more in-depth coverage, will help readers be informed about the biggest Berkeley happenings of the year as we enter 2014. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley resolutions for 2014 – and how 2013 went

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New years bring new hopes, for cities as well as for each of us individually. Berkeleyside has an established tradition of clearing the decks on New Year’s Day and offering up ten resolutions for what we’d like to see in Berkeley in the coming year. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. In the interest of gauging progress, we also review how our 2013 resolutions fared.

1. An interesting election year

Too often, there’s little mystery in local elections. In Berkeley in particular, incumbents seem to have significant advantage, with challengers regularly frustrated. But this year’s local elections will guarantee some change: on the City Council, incumbent Gordon Wozniak will not run for re-election, and in the State Assembly, Nancy Skinner is termed out. On top of that, redistricting (subject to a possible referendum challenge) could change things for Kriss Worthington in student super-majority District 7. Jesse Arreguín and Linda Maio, in districts 4 and 1, are also up for reelection, and there are three contested school board seats.   … Continue reading »

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Top 2013 stories in Berkeley: Newsy, quirky and plain fun

Emergency personnel respond to an explosion and fire on the UC Berkeley on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Photo: David Yee
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As 2013 draws to a close, we are reminded of what an event-packed year it was in Berkeley, California — although you might not know it if you weren’t reading Berkeleyside!

We already brought you what we considered the most important stories of 2013. Below, our selection of the stories that had grabbed attention for other reasons. Let us know in the Comments if we missed some of your favorites.

Biggest breaking news stories

Explosion on Cal campus prompts mass evacuation

On Monday Sept. 30 a power outage and subsequent explosion rocked the UC Berkeley campus and sent one student to the hospital. Berkeleyside provided a live blog of updates throughout the night, and continuing coverage in the following days. … Continue reading »

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