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The Berkeley Wire: 07.20.15

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Hundreds gather in Berkeley to remember balcony victims

Hundreds gathered in Civic Center Park Sunday night for a "Month's Mind" to honor and remember those killed in the June 16 balcony collapse. Photo: Ted Friedman
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A month after a fifth-floor balcony snapped off the façade of 2020 Kittredge St. in Berkeley, sending six people in their 20s to their deaths and injuring seven others, hundreds of people gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on Sunday to honor them.

The event was a “Month’s Mind,” a traditional Irish requiem mass held a month after a death, according to Philip Grant, the Irish consul general in San Francisco. It is meant to remember and honor the deceased. There is a moment of silence for reflection.

“It’s a moment of reflection on what happened and where we’ve come,” said Grant. … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley, protesters get naked to try to save trees

Protesters get naked in the eucalyptus grove at the Grinnell Natural Area of UC Berkeley on Saturday July 18, 2015 to show opposition to tree cutting proposal. Photo: Ted Friedman
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An estimated 50-75 people took part in a staged protest today at a eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus, many of them stripping naked in doing so, to make clear their opposition to a proposed FEMA-funded tree-clearing program in the East Bay hills.

The event was orchestrated by the Tree Spirit Project whose mission is “to raise awareness of the critical role trees play in our lives, both globally and personally.” Jack Gescheidt, who founded the project, does this partly by taking fine-art photographs of people, often naked, communing with trees and nature.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in March allocated $5.7 million to the California Office of Emergency Services to remove eucalyptus trees as part of fire hazard abatement in Claremont Canyon — scene of a devastating wildfire in 1991 — and other nearby areas, such as Tilden Park and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. The funds will be distributed to UC Berkeley, the city of Oakland, and the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD). … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.17.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.16.15

Drought in Grafitti by Quinn Drombowski. Photo taken July 14, 2015

Drought in Graffiti by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken July 14, 2015

D’Army Bailey, former city council member, activist, dies at 73 (NYT)
Books, Inc panel to explore “Why Berkeley” (CoCo Times)
Oakland playwright alleges racism at Berkeley Rep (Daily Cal)
A month after balcony tragedy, mass to be held for victims (UTV Ireland)
Two injured in balcony collapse to return soon to Ireland (RTE News)
Environmentalists plan to strip down to protest tree cutting (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.15.15

At the Rose Garden. Photo, taken on July 14, 2015, by Sylvia Rubin

At the Rose Garden. Photo, taken on July 14, 2015, by Sylvia Rubin

Balcony collapse spurs criticism of apartment inspections (LA Times)
Berkeley appoints Dee Williams as interim city manager (CoCo Times)
Berkeley A Look Back: Population growth and war clouds in 1940 (BANG)
Berkeley approves urgency ordinances on balcony safety, inspections (Mercury News)
Berkeley briefs: Development projects, BPD hiring, more (The Berkeley Voice)

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Water main rupture causes Berkeley street to buckle

Police officers walk through the rushing waters of a water main break on Parker Street, near Regent Street, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 13, 2015. Photo: David Yee ©2015
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On Monday evening a water main rupture flooded Parker Street near Regent in central Berkeley and caused part of the street to buckle. Water gushed down the 2500 block of Parker for nearly an hour before East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) was able to shut off the flow.

The Berkeley Fire Department received a call at 5:49 p.m. alerting it to the water main break, according to BFD Deputy Chief Avery Webb. Webb said an engine responded and firefighters found the water main break to be in the roadway in front of an apartment building at 2511 Parker St. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.14.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.13.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.10.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.09.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.08.15

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Staffer at Berkeley’s Ecology Center faces deportation for two-decade-old felony conviction

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Berkeley nonprofit employee Daniel Maher is being held in detention awaiting a possible deportation to China, where he lived for the first three years of his life, because of a felony conviction from more than two decades ago.

Maher, 41, is the recycling director of the Ecology Center, where he has worked for nearly ten years. He leads a recycling crew and teaches at-risk youth about recycling in the center’s Youth Environmental Academy.

“I have been ripped away from my family and loved ones,” Maher said in a statement read over the phone to Ecology Center Deputy Director Debbie Beyea. Although he was not born here, he said, “I feel as American as anybody else who has felt the satisfaction of contributing to it.” Maher cannot read, write or speak Chinese.  … Continue reading »

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