Berkeley community and zoning board members had a chance Thursday to weigh in on what the environmental impact report for a large mixed-use project planned for 1900 Fourth St. should focus on.
In the beginning, 2233 McKinley Ave. was part of a 1960s commune, Dragon’s Eye. Michael Rossman, of Free Speech Movement fame, and Karen McLellan were central figures within the commune. The focus of the commune was educational reform.
At age 70, most people are looking forward to retiring, traveling, or enjoying a slower pace of life. When Frances Townes reached that milestone, she founded the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless and opened a new chapter in what continues to be a life of activism and advocacy for people who are homeless in Berkeley.
Marilyn Pursley can recount with crystal-clear precision the day her neighbor ran screaming from the house when she saw that a black family was moving in next door.
Nearly six months after the much-loved Elmwood bakery shuttered, it is coming back strong, with new bakers and pizza on the menu.
Heyday has selected Yale University Press editor and Berkeley High graduate Steve Wasserman to be the company’s new publisher and executive director.
Jana Olson is equally at home in her Panache Lighting studio in West Berkeley (2743 Ninth St.) as she is in her house in a ravine on Shasta Road in the hills, which comes with an art-filled garden and 350 tons of rocks and granite stabilizing the hillside.
Sylvia McLaughlin, the last surviving member of the three Save the Bay co-founders, died in her Berkeley home Tuesday at the age of 99.
A dead body on Panoramic Trail. A ghost town in the Sierra Mountains. A German professor who happens to be a werewolf. Mystery and science fiction writer William Anthony Parker White — known by his pen name, Anthony Boucher — brought these tales and many more to life in a second-floor office in a house right off Telegraph Avenue, often weaving Berkeley’s people and places into the backdrop of his stories.
Al Lasher’s Electronics may be on the brink of closing after 56 years at 1734 University Ave.
To the Landmark Preservation Commissioners:
Berkeley is less quirky today than it was a week ago. The gods and goddesses of quirk shed a tear. Three years in the leaving, Mike Parayno has now completed his move from Berkeley to the Philippines, maintaining Bay Area ties with the Birdland Jazzista Social Club at 4318 MLK Way, Oakland. According to Parayno, the building is now on the market and his famous birdhouse truck has been sold. (Read more about Parayno and Birdland in previous Berkeleyside coverage.) (more…)
Fredric Fierstein is responsible for two quirky gifts to the people of Berkeley, the Guardian statue at the base of University Avenue and the Buddhist shrine in front of his house on Arch Street. (more…)