Category Archives: News
City Council denies appeal to stop UC Berkeley development project (Albany Patch)
Refreshingly fishy: Bonita Fish Market in Berkeley (Edible East Bay)
East Bay Summer Camp Guide 2014 (510 Families)
Berkeley slaying victim was once “Noteman” suspect (SF Chronicle)
Nation’s largest student co-op may change after drug overdose suit (HuffPo)
Federal watchdog criticizes post office broker’s dual role (CoCo Times)
Soul powerhouse Rhonda Benin plays Bay Area (SF Chronicle)
Memorial service set for Berkeley firefighter killed in accident (Mercury News)
Drought affecting breeding of newts at UC Botanical Garden (ABC Local)
Berkeley elected officials ponder asking for a raise (CoCo Times)
Protests planned for Whole Foods Oakland, Berkeley (Mercury News)
The San Jose-based construction company that employed a man killed during a work-related accident last August in Berkeley has been fined more than $20,000 for two related safety violations authorities said led to the man’s death.
The state Division of Occupational Safety & Health, OSHA, concluded its five-month investigation into the man’s death Jan. 30, Berkeleyside learned Wednesday.
OSHA issued two citations totaling $23,200 to the Robert A. Bothman Construction in connection with the alleged safety violations, which include not keeping under “positive control” the three-axle dump truck that crushed 62-year-old Oscar Marquez of Livermore on Aug. 27 while he was working on the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School track renovation project. … Continue reading »
A guided walking tour of North Berkeley with Quirky Berkeley (Berkeley Reporter)
Gay priest ousted by conservative bishop (East Bay Express)
Berkeley announces measures on water conservation (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Rep season announcement (SF Chronicle)
Local 123 has started roasting its own coffee (Sprudge)
Gift to UC Berkeley establishes the Hellman Graduate Awards program (UCB)
UC Berkeley ranks 6th in “Most reputable” college rankings (Forbes)
Cal Christian sorority outs two members who fell in love (Daily Cal)
Alameda County, BART celebrate Lunar New Year, Year of the Horse (AC)
Four Cal students arrested in protest against Keystone Pipeline (Daily Cal)
Bob Melvin thinks, therefore he manages well (SF Gate)
Berkeley bard from ’60s became a trucker poet (California magazine)
Berkeley DUI suspect crashes car into El Cerrito businesses (CC Times)
Cal welcomes Utah to Berkeley for Wednesday Matchup (Cal Bears)
Prominent Bay Area bridge designer and structural engineer Mark Ketchum died on Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 60 after a year-long battle with cancer. Ketchum, a long-time Berkeley resident, was the designer of many notable projects, including the new Carquinez Bridge and the Berkeley Pedestrian Overcrossing over Interstate 80.
Read his full obituary, published on Berkeleyside today.
Feel free to share your messages of condolence and/or memories of Mark Ketchum in the comments on the obituary.
Berkeleyside … Continue reading »
Tilden Park’s cherished antique merry-go-round will continue spinning — but possibly in a different direction.
For the first time in 21 years, the East Bay Regional Parks District could, at its March 18 board meeting, approve new management and operation of the Tilden merry-go-round. This could spell the end of the merry-go-round’s Christmas Fantasy tradition, a month-long holiday extravaganza the current operators began 16 years ago.
Terri Oyarzùn and her family have managed and operated the 103-year-old carousel and its crew of colorful wooden animals since the previous operators retired in 1993. When her second 10-year contract expired last year, and EBRPD put the merry-go-round out to bid, Oyarzùn was among three potential operators who submitted proposals, but hers was not ultimately selected. … Continue reading »
Charles Fillmore, influential UC Berkeley linguist, dies (SF Chronicle)
Death in People’s Park (Berkeley Reporter)
Spanish Mediterranean in Berkeley has stately rooms (SF Chronicle)
Two relatives of Cal student with measles also infected (Contra Costa Times)
A new shopping destination is emerging at the intersection of 10th and Gilman streets in West Berkeley. Three new businesses have just signed leases to move into Gilman Crossings, a commercial hub whose transition was kickstarted by Whole Foods’ decision to move into the area last year.
Soccer Pro and Road Runner Sports are both opening up in the complex formerly known as Gilman Village, and Jason Mann will open the first west coast outlet of Farm Burger, a farm-to-table restaurant that will hopefully incorporate a boutique-style craft brewery. … Continue reading »
Benjamin James Yerger (December 8, 1930 -February 5, 2014) lived in Berkeley for 38 years and was a dean at what is now known as Berkeley City College. He was the first African American admitted to the University of Arkansas’ School of Medicine, studied at UC Berkeley, and was involved in making Merritt College the site of the country’s first organized department of Black Studies.
Ben died peacefully after being ill for several years. He was born in Hope, Arkansas to his parents Chester H. Yerger Sr. and Naomi L. Reddix Yerger. Ben graduated from Henry Clay Yerger High School, named after his grandfather who was the first teacher (in 1886).
Ben’s grandmother, Ella J. Yerger, left her home on a Choctaw reservation to teach in the school, and later married Henry Clay. Together they inspired Ben’s lifelong devotion to educating others. Ben’s mother and aunts all taught at the school which was the center of his educational and cultural life.
After graduating from high school with high honors in 1948, Ben entered Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, on a music scholarship. He was also an avid football player in college. Ben graduated from Philander Smith in 1951 with majors in biology and chemistry. … Continue reading »
County proclaims people of African descent mental health awareness week (AC)
‘Shark Tank’ scouts talent at UC Berkeley 9 (ABC Local)
Berkeley Jazzschool earns conservatory accreditation (Coco Times)
Staircases to heaven (East Bay Express)
East Bay Bike Coalition becomes Bike East Bay (BEB)
Cal sexual assault victims file federal lawsuit (Mercury News)
UC Berkeley raises $3.13 billion from 281,00 donors (UCB News)
Berkeley Rep fills up its next Ground Floor (SF Gate)
The black cat named Totoro trained his bright yellow eyes on a Chestnut-backed Chickadee singing on a branch. The chickadee was only a few feet away. There was no windowpane between them. The cat could practically reach out and grab the bird.
The bird was safe.
Totoro was in his “catio” – an outdoor enclosure or patio designed to let house cats experience the sights and smells of the outdoor world, while keeping both birds and the cats themselves from harm.
“We have some of the happiest cats,” said Phil Price, a Golden Gate Audubon board member who built the North Berkeley catio where Totoro was sitting. “They love to come out, sniff the air, sleep in the sun, and watch people walking their dogs down the street.” … Continue reading »