A priceless artifact from Berkeley police history turned up in a $5 box of books at an estate sale in Texas. How did it come home to Berkeley?
August Vollmer is known as the "father of modern policing." A new exhibit and in-depth book will allow more people to learn his story.
A wooden trunk from the Tule Lake internment camp has wound up at the Berkeley Historical Society. It belongs to a family with deep roots in Berkeley.
M.B Curtis was an outsized character who, for a time, had an outsized influence on Berkeley.
The 120-year-old stucco building at Shattuck Avenue and Blake Street reflects Berkeley's past.
Before World War II, Berkeley had a thriving community of 1,300 Japanese and Japanese-Americans.
A North Berkeley library event celebrates punk, coinciding with The Lookouting, a four-day festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of 924 Gilman.
When the Reprint Mint closed in late November, Telegraph Avenue and Berkeley lost another portal to our past. It was an important cultural institution for more than 50 years.
Despite its rusty exterior and a certain 'Leaning Tower of Pisa' quality, the 1989 flare station was likely good, assuming regular maintenance, for another decade or two of service.
Tom Dalzell has so many passions that he has to get up at 3:30 a.m. each day to attend to them all.
Peter Selz, founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum, was astounded to see the paintings, most of which are by Sylvia Ludins.
Many people trace the roots of the current homeless crisis back to the presidency of Ronald Reagan. He came into office in 1981 with a mandate to cut federal spending. And cut he did. Early in his term Reagan halved the budget for public housing and even tried to eliminate federal subsidies for public low-income housing. The annual budget of $16 billion in 1979 went to just $1 billion in 1983. Reagan also did a number of other things that contributed to a spike in poverty. There was also a recession. By the mid-1980s, there were about 600,000 homeless people in the United States. Today there are from 634,000 to 1.6 million homeless in the U.S., according to various studies. In Berkeley, official estimates say were 834 homeless people as of January 2015, while advocates say there are likely more than 1,000.
I went to Kingman Co-Op at 1730 La Loma Ave. on graduation weekend to photograph the front door for a post-in-progress about painted doors. On the way to the door, I found this wonderful toad mural on the garage door.