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The Berkeley Wire: 07.15.14

Full Moon Rising by Ira Serkes

Full Moon Rising by Ira Serkes. Taken on July 12, 2014

Berkeley pushes for cancer warning stickers on cell phones (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley will have to reduce spending according to report (Daily Cal)
Oakland slaying victim, 18, recalled as being full of promise (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley allows homeless to remain under Gilman Street overpass (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Rotary honors Judy Heumann and Ed Roberts (Daily Planet)
Missing UC Berkeley student found safely (Daily Cal)

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

Uncharted 2013-3
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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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Brief power outages interrupt downtown Berkeley

BART rolled in an emergency generator to downtown Berkeley because of some brief power outages this morning. Photo: Siciliano Trevino
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PG&E fixed a power outage that affected around 1,900 customers around 2 a.m. — only to find that the fix malfunctioned and caused “momentaries” in downtown Berkeley around 10:45 a.m.

The first outage affected the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Telegraph Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Addison Street and Bancroft Way and lasted from 2 a.m. to 3:45 a.m., according to Tamar Sarkissian, a PG&E spokeswoman. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Historical Plaques highlight local history

John Hudson Thomas built this house at 959 Indian Rock Road for his daughter. Photo: Robert Kehlmann
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The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project has been calling attention to Berkeley’s history since 1997, when it started to place oval plaques on historic sites around the city. In 2012, the group launched a new website and created a new category – E-Plaques – to note not only important architectural structures, but the everyday life that makes Berkeley unique.

The E-Plaques mark things like the newt crossing in Tilden Park, the old garage where Creedence Clearwater Revival rehearsed in 1970 for their album Cosmo’s Factory, and Berkeley’s “foreign policy.” Want to know why Berkeley has all those traffic diverters? The project will tell you why.

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.14.14

Ripple. Photo: Ron Rothbart

Ripple. Photo: Ron Rothbart

Marine captain refused to leave Afghan interpreter behind (Mercury News)
Demolition sought to replace Grocery Outlet with mixed-use project (Daily Planet)
18-year old woman shot and killed in Oakland identified as recent BHS grad (Tribune)
Why do so many Cal alums take a career detour into the kitchen? (California Magazine)
Pro-tenant slate chosen for Berkeley Rent Board race (Daily Cal)
The East Bay’s coffee scene gets big jolt (San Francisco Magazine)

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New drought rules would see Berkeley reduce its water use

A Downtown Berkeley Association employee powerwashes the sidewalk at the corner of Shattuck and Center. Photo: Isabelle Gaston
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This week the state Water Resources Control Board will consider emergency restrictions on water use that would require the city of Berkeley to impose fines for certain types of outdoor water use.

If approved, the Water Board’s drought measures would require Berkeley to levy fines of up to $500 for excessive water use while  cleaning sidewalks, watering plants, cleaning cars, or operating outdoor fountains.

This will be good news to some Berkeley residents, who have noticed some businesses using large amounts of water around town. Isabelle Gaston, president of the Northeast Berkeley Association, emailed Councilman Jesse Arreguín recently about the Downtown Berkeley Association’s use of power-washers to clean the sidewalks in the downtown neighborhood.

“One can see in the photos the large pools of water accumulating on the sidewalks,” wrote Gaston in her email. “I would think a good sweeping would be sufficient given the severity of our water shortage.”

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8 Berkeley stories you may have missed this week

For the first time last week, the Berkeley City Council weighed in on improvements planned for the downtown Berkeley plaza and BART station. (Click the image for details.) Image: BART
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1. Man convicted of first-degree murder of Berkeley woman: exclusive Berkeleyside coverage 2. Pot for the poor: National media scream “Berzekeley,” but it’s nothing new 3. New 6-story apartment building to rise in downtown, part of construction boom 4. City backtracks on evicting homeless encampment at Gilman underpass 5. Hurrah say kids everywhere: Tilden Little Farm, merry-go-round are open again! 6. New designs for downtown Berkeley BART Plaza scrutinized by Council 7. Local author Edan … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.11.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.10.14

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Tilden Little Farm, merry-go-round re-open to public

Cow Barn at Tilden's Little Farm which has reopened to the public after 10 months. Photo: EBRPD
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Nearly 10 months after it closed in order for necessary sewer work to be done, Tilden’s much-loved Little Farm has reopened to the public. The park’s vintage merry-go-round is also spinning again, after being taken over by new management.

The timeline for the sewer construction project was originally five months, but the scope of the work became increasingly large, said David Zuckermann, Supervising Naturalist at East Bay Regional Parks District.

“We originally thought we would be reopening in February,” he said. “But then we had to keep extending that month by month.”

Zuckermann said that it was only when crews began trenching the area that the scale of the job became apparent. “The sewer system is as old as the park, and Tilden, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, is one of the three original East Bay parks,” he said. (The other two are Sibley and Lake Temescal.)

During the work, several areas other than the farm were also closed, including Indian Camp parking lot, picnic area, play structure and restroom, and the Big Leaf picnic area and restroom. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.09.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.08.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.07.14

Berkeley Pier by Kevin Schofield

Berkeley Marina. Photo: Kevin Schofield

Berkeley officials push for legislation to deter cell phone theft (Daily Cal)
Berkeley approves free pot for low-income residents (Breitbart)
Nation’s first soda tax could come to Berkeley (Journal Express)
50th anniversary of A Hard Day’s Night: see it in Berkeley (SF Weekly)
Berkeley’s summer food bucket list (Daily Clog)
Greetings from Alcatraz Avenue: Meet Bruce Lazarus (KQED Pop)

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