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Laurie Capitelli steps down after 12 years on City Council

City Councilman Laurie Capitelli was born in Berkeley but moved away at a young age, only to return to attend UC Berkeley. He never left, raising his children here. He worked as a real-estate agent for Red Oak Realty for decades and got involved in the public sphere in 1996.

Laurie Capitelli wants to bring compromise, consensus to mayor’s office

After a fire ripped through a stretch of buildings on College Avenue in December 1988, the scorched Elmwood Theater sat empty, its screen idle, its seats unoccupied. The Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 further damaged the unreinforced brick building and for a time there was a threat that United Artists Realty was going to sell the structure to developers.

Latest plan calls for pedestrian-oriented Telegraph Avenue

To glimpse Telegraph Avenue as its visionaries and community leaders see it is to view a thriving, bustling European-like utopia, complete with pedestrian plaza, solar-powered trash cans, and enough parklets and bicycle racks to make even the most cynical hipster swoon.

The Berkeley Wire: 06.27.16

How Berkeley voted: June 2016 primary (Citizens’ Action)
UC Berkeley spends big on renovations to chancellor’s home (SF Chronicle)
Mixed use hotel tower gets approval in Berkeley (SF Business Times)
Two UC Berkeley basketball players picked in first NBA draft (Daily Cal)
Peggy Orenstein discovers pain of girls’ hook-up culture (SF Chronicle)
Downtown parklet creates community space (Daily Cal)
Three injured in two days on Grizzly Peak (KRON)
BAMPFA present exhibits of graduate and Cecilia Edefalk (Examiner)