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The Berkeley Wire: 02.09.15

When storm drains fail by Pete Rosos. Photo taken Feb. 6, 2015

When storm drains fail by Pete Rosos. Photo taken Feb. 6, 2015

Court rules Berkeley can help battle seizure of Berkeley Patients Group (Smell the Truth)
Cari Borja cultivates connections at salon parties (SF Chronicle)
Quiet on the set: films filmed in Berkeley (Your Berkeley)
Dirks: Cal isn’t for “normal” students (Inside Higher Ed)
Berkeley bar fixture Spats is getting ready for new life (SF Business Times)
Man convicted of trying to rape woman at her Berkeley home (IBA)
Gustavo Dudamel to be in residence at Cal’s new “Berkeley Radical” series (SFGate)

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Shotgun Players to create studio at old Serendipity Books

Shotgun Players are transforming the old Serendipity Books on University Avenue into a rehearsal space. Photo: Google Images
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Berkeley’s Shotgun Players has purchased the building on University Avenue that once housed Serendipity Books and will turn it into a new rehearsal and shop space.

A large gift from an anonymous donor allowed Shotgun to buy the 5,200-square foot building at 1201 University (at San Pablo) in March 2014. The Board of Directors and other donors have contributed $1.6 million to renovate the space. Shotgun will now look to the broader community to raise an additional $175,000.

“I am humbled and awed by the outpouring of support from the Shotguns community,” Patrick Dooley, the theater’s artistic director, said in a press release. “The generosity of our supporters is truly inspiring. After years of being nomadic, Shotgun realized the secret to longevity is not just in great theatre, but also in long term investments like real estate.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.06.15

Photo, taken on Feb. 5, 2015, by Greg Merritt

Photo, taken on Feb. 5, 2015, by Greg Merritt

Waste not, want not: the story behind food waste on campus (Daily Clog)
UC Berkeley sees spike in request for student admission files (Daily Cal)
Police Review Commission moves future meeting to Cal (Daily Cal)
Beloved mural on Telegraph and Haste packs it in (Berkeley Reporter)
Two Cal professors elected to National Academy of Engineering (UCB News)
BUSD to add more trees, picnic tables to high school campus (BHS Jacket)
Thoughts of Olympian, Cal swimmer Missy Franklin as she goes pro (UCB News)
Remembering Ted Agu (Weekender)

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In Memoriam: W. Norton Grubb, Cal Emeritus Professor

WNG+EBG at LongshanTemple
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W. Norton Grubb, the David Pierpont Gardner Professor in Higher Education, Emeritus at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, died Jan. 15, 2015 in Taipei. He was on vacation with his wife of 46 years, Rikki Grubb, when he died peacefully in his sleep. He had celebrated his 67th birthday while on the trip.

Grubb was a prolific scholar who taught at UC Berkeley for 25 years. He was also passionate about travel, hiking, and the performing arts. He delighted (and sometimes horrified) his family with culinary experiments. His vast collection of Marimekko shirts was perhaps the most visible extension of his colorful personality.

Read Grubb’s full obituary in Berkeleyside’s Obituaries section, and leave your messages of condolences and memories in the Comments there. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.05.15

Almost Valentine's Day by William Newton. Photo taken Feb. 3, 2015

Almost Valentine’s Day by William Newton. Photo taken Feb. 3, 2015

Cal’s Human Rights Center receives $1 million MacArthur Award (CoCo Times)
One-alarm fire burns attic area (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley biofuel research takes hit as BP backs away (California)
Mayor Bates to give state of the city address (CoCo Times)
A Look Back: Location of ice rink stirs controversy in 1940 (IBA)
North Berkeley to celebrate Valentine’s day with school benefit (IBA)
Michael Parenti relates his road to a progressive outlook (IBA)

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.04.15

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New details in W. Kamau Bell/Elmwood Café storm

Kamau Bell. Photo by Matthias Clamer Courtesy of FX
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UPDATE, 7.07 p.m.: W. Kamau Bell says he is committed to attending the open meeting on race, and happy that BUSD stepped up to organize it. “I will be there. And my wife and kids will be there. This is about our families,” he said. Bell, who was out of town working when he spoke to Berkeleyside, said that as “a black comedian who talks about race,” his schedule is very busy this month, but that he is determined to be present at the forum. He added: “We never called for anyone to be fired.” He said he was aware of many of the new details reported by Berkeleyside today, and had talked to Elmwood Café owner Michael Pearce today to stress that he would be at the forum.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Elmwood Café employee who was fired after making a remark that was construed as racist did not just tell the comedian W. Kamau Bell to “scram,” or words to that effect. A customer had approached her to report that a man outside was harassing customers, which prompted her to tap on the window and indicate to Bell to “stop selling.”

But even though her words, which were likely not heard by Bell, were less inflammatory than the comedian recounted on his website, the employee was fired because she did not try to solve the problem or report it to management, according to Michael Pearce, the owner of the café.

The new details of the Jan. 26 encounter between Bell and the Elmwood Café employee came to light just as Pearce was making arrangements for a community forum on race in response to the incident. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.03.15

Near Bayer by Avi

Near Bayer. Photo: Avi

Soda tax debate as nasty as ever (KQED)
Berkeley High girls says sex harassment goes unchecked (SF Chronicle)
New glasses transform way colorblind people see world (Huffington Post)
Even Berkeley not immune from social disease of racism (SF Chronicle)
UC broadens vaccination requirements for 2015 (Daily Cal)
Students commemorate Berkeley Art Museum with last bash (Daily Cal)
Questions surround plan to revitalize Adeline corridor (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.02.15

Magnolia and shadows by Quinn Dombrowski

Magnolia and shadows. Photo, taken on Jan 26, 2015, by Quinn Dombrowski

Berkeley restaurant employees protest over insurance costs (Daily Cal)
Seniors call out for affordable housing (Mercury News)
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” salutes women’s liberation (SF Chronicle)
UC Berkeley junior George Shum dies at 20 (Daily Cal)
Berkeley health officer issues call to get vaccinated (CoCo Times)
City commission discusses homelessness, tasers (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.30.15

Photo by Brock Slinger, taken Jan. 29, 2015

Photo by Brock Slinger, taken Jan. 29, 2015

Berkeley School board adopts compensation guidelines (Daily Cal)
Navy is investigating jet’s loud flyover over Berkeley (CoCo Times)
Talking with Berkeley man who uncovers river of $$ in politics (J Weekly)
An interview with Quirky Berkeley’s Tom Dalzell (Daily Cal)
The fire on the 57 bus in Oakland (NYT)
Bursting at the seams, Berkeley juggles students, classes (Mercury News)
First Person: UC Berkeley’s bold new moves (Berkeley Reporter)
Love, Rock, and Revolution photo show opens at J School (UCB News)

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If measles breaks out in Berkeley, unvaccinated children may be quarantined for 21 days

The current outbreak of measles in California can be traced back to Disneyland. Photo /Creative Commons
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If measles breaks out in any Berkeley school, the Berkeley public health department will direct all unvaccinated children in that school to stay at home for 21 days, the department announced on Jan. 29. This applies to both public and private schools.

The announcement comes as California is experiencing an unprecedented number of measles cases, most linked to a December outbreak at Disneyland. There have been more cases of measles reported in January 2015 than there were in all of 2014, according to Dr. Janet Berreman, Berkeley’s director of public health. Since measles is highly contagious, those numbers are expected to climb.

“I am strongly encouraging families who didn’t vaccinate their children to reconsider that decision in the face of a statewide outbreak of measles,” said Dr. Berreman. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.29.15

Front yard chair by ginaG10. Photo taken Jan. 27, 2015

Front yard chair by ginaG10. Photo taken Jan. 27, 2015

USPS makes motion to dismiss city lawsuit; removes building from market (Daily Cal)
Berkeley actress returns home to share her story (CoCo Times)
A look back: student athletic recruiting violations in 1939 (CoCo Times)
Berkeley Rep named to list of 10 best theaters (Stark Insider)

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Mrs. Dalloway’s to give Berkeley teachers $100 in books

Mrs. Dalloway's books
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Every kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District will soon have the opportunity to buy $100 worth of books, thanks to an offer made by Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore and the best-selling author James Patterson.

The bookstore at 2904 College Ave. applied for a grant from Patterson to distribute gift certificates to teachers. It learned this week it had gotten $8,500, according to Marion Abbott, one of the store’s owners. That means 85 teachers will get $100 apiece.

“It’s very exciting,” said Abbott. “Unlike some book stores that are putting in new floors or buying vans, we are putting the money into teachers’ hands. I think it is really going to make a difference.” … Continue reading »

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