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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who fought unsuccessfully to establish a cap on the size of soda portions sold in that city, has donated $85,000 to the Yes on Measure D campaign.

His contribution – the largest the soda tax advocates have gotten to date – is one of three significant donations made by national groups in recent days, according to Josh Daniels, the co-chair of the campaign. The American Heart Association recently gave $23,000 and the Center for Science in the Public Interest kicked in $15,000. … Continue reading »

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A Berkeley artist turns 50, creates 50 pieces about light

Clothesmaker Cari Borja was inspired by Milan Kundera's Impossible Lightness of Being when she made these pieces. Photo: Deb Durant
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When Berkeley artist Deb Durant thought about how to celebrate her 50th birthday, she decided she didn’t want an over-the-top party with champagne and colorful hats.

Instead, Durant wanted to savor the transition between her 40s and 50s and use the time to connect with others. So she launched the 5050Light project – a yearlong endeavor to create 50 art pieces – 25 by herself and 25 in collaboration with other artists.

The results of Durant’s efforts were on display Sunday Oct. 12 in the cavernous space on Shattuck Avenue that once held Black Oak Books (which, as reported on Berkeleyside, will soon become Books Inc.). As Sunday Streets took place outside, dozens of people wandered through the building to admire Durant’s pop-up art exhibit, which will be on display until Oct. 28.  … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.15.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.14.14

Morning shadows by Quinn Dombrowski

Morning shadows. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

Chancellor Dirks addresses student-athletes at fireside chat (Daily Cal)
Redwood Gardens seniors protest management of housing complex (Daily Cal)
Berkeley City College hits the big 40 (BCC Voice)
Allston Way construction lengthy, expensive, but worthwhile (BHS Jacket)
Big soda is outspending opposition 10-to-1 to fight soda tax (The Nation)
Column: Free Speech threat 50 years later (USA Today)
Simple, creative Halloween costumes (510 Families)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.13.14

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Reward offered for identification of Berkeley park vandal

The Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar. Photo: John Northmore Roberts & Associates
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The city of Berkeley is offering a $1,000 reward for the identification of the person or people responsible for the recurring vandalism of the solar calendar installation at César Chávez Park.

Since the spring, educational placards have been repeatedly smashed and dozens of stones have disappeared from the installation, which is a memorial to the late labor organizer.

“It stops for a little bit, maybe a week or two, then comes back,” said Santiago Casal, director of the project. “We recently got hit twice in the matter of a few days.”

So far over 200 stones from the installation’s retaining wall have been taken or tossed around, requiring 28 hours of repair work, Casal said. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.10.14

Golden orb spider and fly Photo: Alex Madonik

Golden orb spider and fly. Photo: Alex Madonik

Centenarian graduates Haas School of Business (Daily Cal)
Friends remember Berkeley carjacking victim (BANG)
Voters to decide controversial downtown zoning measures (BANG)
Eat, study, love: being abroad in Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Bears are back in Berkeley (Cal Bears)
Has free speech become a dead dogma at UC Berkeley? (Daily Cal)
Teen accused of setting bus passenger on fire close to plea deal (ABC)
BART apologizes after tearing down Big Soda ads at station (SF Weekly)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.09.14

Photo: Richard S. Muller

Photo: Richard S. Muller

UC Berkeley student charged in rape case (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley: 3 men arrested in early morning assault near campus (BANG)
Candidate for state superintendent visits UC Berkeley (Daily Cal)
Central Bay Area Y announces support of soda tax (BANG)
Meeting held on city employees’ complaints of workplace discrimination (Daily Cal)

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At Berkeley senior home, concern over a beloved garden

redwood gardens 3 photo: mark humbert
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Several garden plots at Berkeley’s Redwood Gardens have recently bitten the dust.

The raised beds, laid out in an inner courtyard of the HUD-subsidized complex for low-income seniors and the disabled, have been a source of pride and pleasure for many residents over the years. One woman cultivated rare roses. Another tended baby tears and had lined her plot with river rocks brought from her hometown of Oroville. A fig tree was a favorite among the gardeners, who also grew ginger, vegetables, and flowers. The small plots were well cared for and flourishing, a source of both comfort and community.

No longer.

As of last week the flowers and vegetables were largely gone, and many of the gardeners appeared to be in a state of shock and grief. As part of a rehab project going on at the complex, a memo had been issued by the corporation that manages Redwood Gardens, a company called CSI, with offices in Monrovia, California. By Oct. 3, it said, all plants had to be out of the planting boxes. Once construction was over, the plants could go back in. Trouble was, the corporation offered the seniors no timetable, and no help or materials. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.08.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.07.14

Photo: Daniel Parks

Color Progression, October 5. Photo: Daniel Parks

Orthodox shul in Berkeley hires female clergy member (J-Weekly)
3 UC Berkeley professors honored with National Medal of Science (Daily Cal)
Soda tax showdown heads for ballot in San Francisco, Berkeley (CSM)
Berkeley author weaves a tale of Oakland history in latest novel (BANG)
Berkeley Patients Group turns 15 with deals, party, art (EBX)
Photos: Student inventors do battle at Cal Hacks (UCB)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.06.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.03.14

Grizzly Peak sunset. Photo- Kathy

Grizzly Peak sunset, taken on Oct. 2, 2014, by Kathy

Berkeley police investigate sexual assault reports at fraternities (ABC)
Tension over soda tax bubbles over in Berkeley (KTVU)
UC Berkeley launches new mobile parking payment system (Daily Cal)
Hundreds gather in Berkeley for free-speech anniversary (SFGate)
Berkeley City Council considers open government policy changes (Daily Cal)
The Birks of Berkeley (Daily Clog)
A Barcelona-style dinner pops up in Berkeley (EBX)
Review: Jennifer Koh dazzles at Berkeley Symphony (Mercury News)

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