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The Berkeley Wire: 05.28.15

Paul and Suggah by William Newton. Photo taken May 22, 2105.

Paul and Suggah by William Newton. Photo taken May 22, 2105.

Hidden homeless: A quiet search for refuge among Berkeley youth (Daily Cal)
Maurice Tani perfects storytelling in alt-country songs (Examiner)
City holds town hall meeting on racial inequalities in public health (Daily Cal)
Oakland/Berkeley street party returns on Saturday (Mercury News)
A Look Back: Famed planner assesses Berkeley and Oakland in 1915 (IBA)
Court sides with Kapor again on building large home in north Berkeley (SF Gate)

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Berkeley rental rates skyrocket, causing headaches for students and those on middle incomes

An apartment for rent on Spruce Street. Photo by Melati Citrawireja
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This is the second in a Berkeleyside series on housing. Read our first story on short term rentals.

The heated economy has pushed Berkeley rental rates significantly higher this past year, a jump of anywhere from 10% to 30.9%, depending on which study you look at, forcing some students to double and triple up in mini-dorm-like situations, and middle-class workers to stretch to meet their rents.

At the same time, technology workers and those in finance or other well-paying professions are snapping up luxury apartments that can cost from $2,500 a month for a studio to $5,400 for a three-bedroom, two-bath pad.

“The problem is that we are an extremely desirable community,” said Mayor Tom Bates. “With high rents in San Francisco a lot of people choose to be here. As a consequence we have huge demand.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.27.15

Day 146: Kaboom by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 26, 2015

Day 146: Kaboom by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 26, 2015

South Berkeley community agencies face funding cuts (CoCo Times)
On the menu: Backyard bounty (Edible East Bay)
City Council postpones vote on tall building proposal (CoCo Times)
Salad days approach as Sweetgreen announces Berkeley outpost (Eater SF)
Solano tunnel to close May 28 for maintenance work (Mercury News)
Berkeley film curator honored by nations of France and Georgia (UCB News)
8-year old author will lead workshop at Bay Area Book Festival (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.26.15

Headed downwind  Racing downwind with the U.C. Berkeley Campanile just visible in a gap between boats at the J24 Nationals hosted by the Berkeley Yacht Club. Photo by Steve Crawford, taken on May 23, 2015

Headed downwind. Racing downwind with the UC Berkeley Campanile just visible in a gap between boats at the J24 Nationals hosted by the Berkeley Yacht Club. Photo by Steve Crawford, taken on May 23, 2015

Voluminous structure to be book festival’s centerpiece (Mercury News)
New technique enables robots to learn through trial and error (UCB News)
Missy Franklin leaves Berkeley to train in Colorado (CoCo Times)
Norwegian student with muscular disease endeavors to attend Cal (Daily Cal)
Mud, plastic and colorful clutter at UC Berkeley’s MFA show (KQED)
Commissioners discuss redistricting, public financing proposals (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Lab unveils new solar energy center aimed at producing fuel (Mercury News)

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Artist Rich Black gives Berkeley’s UC Theatre a new mural

Rich Black mural 5/22/15 Photo: Melati Citrawireja
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Rich Black, the artist and muralist known for his high-impact art, has spent the last few days painting an eye-catching mural on the front of the UC Theatre at 2036 University Ave.

Black, who is probably best known for the murals adorning the front of the Ashby Theater (on Ashby and Martin Luther King Jr. Way), spelled out “SUPPORT” in huge yellow letters against a black background at the emerging UC Theatre. He interspersed the phrases “Employment,” Education,” and “Music” in between the letters.

Black is the creative force behind all the marketing material, programs and literature produced by Berkeley’s Shotgun Players who are based at Ashby Stage. (Watch a Berkeleyside video about Black made in 2011.) He paints the entire wall of the theater every time it puts on a new production — adapting a design he has devised to promote the play to fit the large expanse of the building’s façade. He is also the author of the flipbook, “Futura, L’Art d R. Black”
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The Berkeley Wire: 05.22.15

Berkeley Arts Center, Live Oak Park, Berkeley, Calif. By Carter Tomassi

Berkeley Arts Center, Live Oak Park, Berkeley, Calif. By Carter Tomassi

Barnidge: If Berkeley customers don’t pay soda tax, does it exist? (CoCo Times)
Several AC Transit bus stops removed, relocated (Daily Cal)
Library to redesign teen room (BHS Jacket)
BHS teaching staff lacks diversity; BUSD to emphasize recruitment (BHS Jacket)
Students design and build a bridge in Botanical Gardens (UCB News)
NYT gives Berkeley author Muon Van’s children’s book glowing review (NYT)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.21.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.20.15

Day 128: Red by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 8, 2015

Day 128: Red by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken May 8, 2015

Activists meet on West Berkeley development concerns (CoCo Times)
Eat your weeds (Express)
Community meeting set for housing proposal for Spenger’s lot (IBA)
Community members raise concern about 7-story Telegraph Ave building (Daily Cal)
Savoring the dry season: Tips from Berkeley chef Samin Nosrat (Express)
Berkeley grocery owner details the start of healthy foods revolution (CoCo Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.19.15

Tamalpais Steps, Codornices Park by Carter Tomassi

Tamalpais Steps, Codornices Park by Carter Tomassi Nicholas Dirks on new “Autobiography of an Archive” (New Books Network)

Nicholas Dirks on new book, “Autobiography of an Archive” (New Books Network)
Birds & Bees: W. Kamau Bell, Kadijah Means on racism (This American Life)
East Bay lawyer makes domestic abusers pay (Express)
Readers rejoice: Bay Area Book Festival to open in Berkeley (UCB News)
Restaurant review: How does Tigerlily rate? (CoCo Times)

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Waterside Workshops is a community bicycle sop and youth education program  oeprating since 2007.  Photo: Waterside Workshop
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WATERSIDE WORKSHOPS The West Berkeley community bike store and education center is opening a new bike repair shop and has a newly renovated rental shop. It will hold a Grand Opening to showcase both on Saturday, May 30, 12-6 p.m. at 84 and 90 Bolivar Drive. The event will also serve as a bike drive: bring a bike to donate and receive a gift card from Waterside Workshops’ list of sponsors. Waterside Workshops began offering wooden boat building and bike mechanics classes for local youth in 2007, and expanded to include a bicycle store and rental facility in the following years.”The creation of Waterside Workshops served a two-fold purpose, addressing the need for vocational training as a part of a healthy community and revitalizing a highly under-used urban park,” the organization states on their webpage. The weekly Public Shop event where mechanics assist attendees in fixing their own bikes, will take place in the new building at 90 Bolivar Drive. Retail sales and bike rentals will continue to operate from the old site at 84 Bolivar Drive (between Addison and Bancroft). Visit the Waterside Workshops website and connect with them on Facebook.Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.18.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.15.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.14.15

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