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Former councilman, civil rights crusader Don Jelinek dies

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Don Jelinek, a former Berkeley City Councilman, author, and a crusading lawyer who worked for civil rights in the South, represented the Native Americans who took over Alcatraz in 1969, and defended prisoners who survived the Attica Prison uprising, died June 24. He was 82.

Jelinek was one of Berkeley’s most visible progressive politicians, serving on the City Council as part of Berkeley Citizen’s Action coalition from 1984 to 1990. He ran for mayor against Shirley Dean twice, losing both … Continue reading »

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Berkeley water repairs slated to be done by noon; drought surcharge ends Friday

EBMUD is at work in Berkeley after a water main break. Photo: Citizen reporter
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A complex water repair that knocked out service to at least 200 customers in and around North Berkeley is slated to be done by noon Friday, the East Bay Municipal Utility District said.

Nelsy Rodriguez, EBMUD spokeswoman, said the water main break at Euclid and Marin avenues Thursday was “a complicated one” the utility company describes as an “accordion-type break.”

The steel pipe that burst was more than 50 years old, and 16 inches in diameter. After the pipe broke at approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a crack formed coming from the hole.

Rodriguez said, in addition to the age of the pipe, the neighborhood where it broke also experiences a lot of ground movement.

Detours off Marin Avenue to Spruce Street for access to Grizzly Peak Boulevard are also in effect. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.30.16

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EBMUD responding to North Berkeley water main break

EBMUD is at work in Berkeley after a water main break. Photo: Citizen reporter
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The East Bay Municipal Utility District is responding to North Berkeley due to a water main break Thursday.

According to EBMUD spokeswoman Tracie Morales-Noisy, a 16-inch steel main broke Thursday at Euclid and Marin avenues.

She said she was still trying to get information about when the break happened, how many customers had been impacted and when repairs might be complete.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Morales-Noisy told Berkeleyside that the agency is still trying to assess the situation.

“Before we do any repairs, they need to … have the utilities marked before they do any type of digging,” she said.  … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Wedding Doll

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We’re often told that no one actually wants to see how sausage is made…but what about toilet paper? If you think you might be interested in a film examining that particular industrial process, you may want to consider taking a trip to the West Bay to check out Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar), an Israeli drama opening at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre on Friday, July 1st (no East Bay play dates are currently scheduled).

A slight disclaimer is in order: despite its setting, Wedding Doll isn’t entirely focused upon the production of bath tissue. In actuality, it’s the story of a developmentally disabled young woman named Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt, who bears more than a slight resemblance to Amelie-period Audrey Tautou) employed as a packager in a down-at-heel TP manufactory.

Our twenty-something heroine may still live at home with overprotective mother Sara (Assi Levy), but her job has given her a measure of independence – and she’s ready for more. Hagit envisions marrying factory owner’s son Omri (Roy Assaf), who’s pushing the old man to modernize the plant in order to keep it open and competitive. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.28.16

Swallowtail by Doug Donaldson

Swallowtail by Doug Donaldson

City Council to discuss Fiscal 2017 budget (Daily Cal)
Berkeley police investigating neo-Nazi threats against middle school (ABC7)
Cal quarterback commit Chase Garbers visits Berkeley (Bear Territory)
BHS grad Efejon Ustenci dies at 17 (Daily Cal)
A very Berkeley ‘Little Mermaid’ at Berkeley Playhouse (SF Gate)

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.27.16

Sunrise at Tilden by @yy

Sunrise at Tilden by @yy

How Berkeley voted: June 2016 primary (Citizens’ Action)
UC Berkeley spends big on renovations to chancellor’s home (SF Chronicle)
Mixed use hotel tower gets approval in Berkeley (SF Business Times)
Two UC Berkeley basketball players picked in first NBA draft (Daily Cal)
Peggy Orenstein discovers pain of girls’ hook-up culture (SF Chronicle)
Downtown parklet creates community space (Daily Cal)
Three injured in two days on Grizzly Peak (KRON)
BAMPFA present exhibits of graduate and Cecilia Edefalk (Examiner)

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.24.16

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

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bigger pictureFIGHTING DIABETES WITH POETRY Type 2 diabetes, caused by eating the wrong food and a sedentary lifestyle, is on the rise. It’s also preventable. Now Youth Speaks and the Center for Vulnerable Populations have come together to form The Bigger Picture Campaign, a novel way to get word out about the disease. Tonight, eight young poets will be premiering their poetry about the disease from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. “This is poetry of provocation, witness, and social justice. We want all like-minded health warriors to be present.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.23.16

Birds at Cesar Chavez Park by Mohan Ajmani

Birds at Cesar Chavez Park by Mohan Ajmani

Snapp Shots: Berkeley art studio beautifies neighborhood (East Bay Times)
Review: ‘Othello’ by Ubuntu Theater (Theaterstorm)
Grand Jury critiques Berkeley’s email practices (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.22.16

Victorian by David Gould

Victorian by David Gould

Budget, permit appeal on busy council agenda (East Bay Times)
Council rejects landmark status for Telegraph Avenue property (East Bay Times)
Crowdsourcing approach to solve campus funding issues (UCB News)
Expanded Triple Rock Brewery to open in August (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.21.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.20.16

Berkeley flats, old car and fresh flowers on Bonita Avenue by Daniel Parks. Photo taken May 30, 2016

Berkeley flats, old car and fresh flowers on Bonita Avenue by Daniel Parks. Photo taken May 30, 2016

Women lead weed: A gal’s guide to local ganja (Daily Cal)
Berkeley construction regulations have improved a year after balcony collapse (Daily Cal)
Kids make their own storybooks at BAMPFA workshop (UCB News)
Berkeley Lab’s Art Rosenfeld receives Tang Prize for Sustainable Development (Tang Prize)

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