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Tony Thurmond victorious in 15th District Assembly race

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Tony Thurmond, a former Richmond city councilman, is driving up to Sacramento today to start his orientation as one of the state’s newest Assemblymen.

Thurmond won a resounding victory Tuesday in the race for the District 15 Assembly seat. He garnered  54.3% of the vote while his opponent, Elizabeth Echols, got 45.7% of the vote.

Thurmond swept the Contra Costa County vote with 61%, and just barely came out on top in Alameda County with 50.4% of the vote.

“We’ve run a campaign on issues about progressive values — education, and environment, and expanding healthcare for those who’ve been left out,” Thurmond said late Tuesday night when partial results showed him in the lead. “So I’m excited that the voters have responded.”
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The Berkeley Wire: 11.05.14

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Exclusive: Local developer Hudson McDonald in contract to buy downtown Berkeley Post Office

Post Office by Darius Wekwerth
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After weeks of silence, Berkeley developer Hudson McDonald has acknowledged that it is the company that is negotiating with the USPS to buy the main Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way.

If successful, Hudson McDonald, which is best known for the construction of the Trader Joe’s building on University and MKL Jr. Way, said it plans to restore the 1914 building and develop the back for retail operations while offering the Post Office the opportunity of continuing to use the front lobby for postal services.

“There is a lot to be determined,” Chris Hudson, co-principal with Evan McDonald of the developer, said Tuesday. “But we want to preserve and restore the building, including retrofitting it, and we are having a conversation with the post office about them being tenant in the front part.” Currently about 80% of the building is empty.

Hudson said the Post Office had received several offers for the building but that Hudson McDonald was the only bidder in negotiation with USPS. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.04.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.03.14

Cloudy skies over Berkeley. Photo, taken from Cesar Chavez Park just after dawn on Nov. 2, 2014, by Dan Kaplan

Photo, taken from Cesar Chavez Park just after dawn on Nov. 2, 2014, by Dan Kaplan

City of Berkeley dedicated Halloween to pot club (Smell The Truth)
District 7 candidate raises more funds than any other city council hopeful (Daily Cal)
Local measures against sugary tax raise millions (LA Times)
Rent Board candidates will all win a spot (Daily Cal)
Cal student falls to death during Halloween concert at Oracle Arena (NBC)
Bill Maher responds to commencement controversy (Huff Post College)
Berkeley has the country’s oldest medical marijuana dispensary (SF Weekly)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.31.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.30.14

Gorgeous Fall. Photo taken by Carter Tomassi on Walnut St. on Oct. 25, 2014

Gorgeous Fall. Photo taken by Carter Tomassi on Walnut St. on Oct. 25, 2014

18 reasons Berkeley is the best college town in the US (Thrillist)
UC buildings use city services, pay nothing (Council of Neighborhood Assoc.)
Richmond Bay campus to be transformed into Berkeley Global College (Daily Cal)
80% of all Cal recruits must have a 3.0 GPA by 2017-18 (Mercury News)
4 candidates run for open District 8 seat (Daily Cal)
Young People’s Symphony to feature all-French program (CoCo Times)
Post office under contract for sale with unnamed buyer (Daily Cal)
Wineries in Berkeley? (Opinionated Wine Guide)
Talking with… a Berkeley archivist steeped in SF history (J-Weekly)

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UC Berkeley Chancellor: Bill Maher must speak

More than 2,500 people have singed a petition protesting Bill Maher's appearance at Cal's December commencement. Photo: Bill Maher
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Hours after a student group uninvited Bill Maher to speak at UC Berkeley’s December commencement, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks invited him back, citing his constitutionally protected right to free speech.

“The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision, which appears to have been based solely on Mr. Maher’s opinions and beliefs, which he conveyed through constitutionally protected speech,” the university said in a prepared statement. Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.29.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.28.14

Giants mania at the Claremont. Photo by Ira Serkes. Taken Oct 25, 2014

Giants mania at the Claremont. Photo by Ira Serkes. Taken Oct 25, 2014

22-year incumbent, 2 challengers vie for District 1 city council seat (Daily Cal)
Redwood Gardens community pressured by management (Daily Planet)
PG&E awards $500K to Maximino Martinez Commons  (Student Affairs)
AC Transit and BART seek campus views on transit (UCB News)
Facing a terminal diagnosis, Brittany Maynard plans to end her life (California)
Three Berkeley students robbed in less than four hours (Mercury News)
Cal basketball/football graduation ranks improve; still last in Pac-12 (SFGate)
The skinny on soda taxes in less than 3 minutes (UCB News)

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More than 2,500 protest Bill Maher’s speech at Cal

More than 2,500 people have singed a petition protesting Bill Maher's appearance at Cal's December commencement. Photo: Bill Maher
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Update: Oct. 30. The Chancellor has determined Maher will speak. See our update here.

The selection of TV host Bill Maher to deliver a December commencement address at UC Berkeley has come under fire from people who believe his views on Islam are racist.

More than 2,500 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking that the university withdraw its offer. The petition also suggests people boycott the address, now scheduled for Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.27.14

Sunset Season. Campanile and sunset from the University Club at Memorial Stadium during the Uncharted 2014 party on Oct. 24, 2014. Photo by Daniel Parks.

Sunset Season. UC Berkeley campanile and sunset from the University Club at Cal Memorial Stadium during the Uncharted 2014 party on Oct. 24, 2014. Photo by Daniel Parks

Two vie for Berkeley’s student district City Council seat (Daily Cal)
Students oppose Bill Maher as keynote speaker at Cal (Daily Cal)
Inside Berkeley’s not-so-secret society (Daily Cal)
‘Party People’ is a flawed, but riveting, look at 1960s civil rights movements (Mercury News)
Edward Snowden’s message on 50th anniversary of Free Speech movement (Daily Planet)
Levar Burton reads Adam Mansbach’s Go The F*** To Sleep (Vox)
U.S. energy secretary inaugurates Berkeley Lab research building (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.24.14

Eclipse

Partial eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, just before 3 p.m. Photo, taken in West Berkeley, by Kevin Schofield

After rumor that post office has been sold, Berkeley initiates law suit against USPS (Daily Planet)
Serial robber gets five years in prison (Albany Patch)
Audiograph sound of the week” UC Berkeley’s spotted hyenas (KALW)
Berkeley High students hold rally to protest police brutality (Daily Cal)
Hefty outside donations pour in to defeat zoning measure (CoCo Times)
Couple’s love blooms with zero waste wedding (SF Chronicle)
Bloomberg spends $200k to place pro-soda tax ads on during World Series (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley man takes plea deal in 2008 stabbing of Cal student (Mercury News)
Cal professors on the hunt for edible, nutritious East Bay weeds (SF Gate)

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