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2015 was an eventful year. Six young people died when a balcony on a relatively new building broke off. Race was a huge topic, from the controversy surrounding Kamau Bell’s treatment at the Elmwood Café to a racist threat made on a Berkeley High School computer, to a peaceful protest walkout by hundreds of students.
Berkeley approved the first new tall building in its downtown in more than 40 years. It also passed new laws to restrict the behavior of homeless people. The housing and rental markets went crazy, leaving many to wonder: Who can afford to live in Berkeley? Not least as the median price of a home in Berkeley breached the $1 million mark.
Here is a selection of the top stories of the year. Some were chosen because they drew the most readers and others because they reverberated deeply in city life. … Continue reading »
The “Big Idea” that’s leading the push to make UC carbon-neutral (UCB News)
Going going gone: Cal’s dying grass and why it matters (Daily Cal)
Board approves Harold Way use permit (Mercury News)
Proceedings continue against UC employee who pleaded guilty to embezzlement (Daily Cal)
Style: School daze at Berkeley High (Wine and Bowties)
UC police release annual campus crime report (Daily Cal)
BUSD board considers sharing space with City Council (Daily Cal)
Berkeley council member profited from police chief’s public home loan (Mercury News)
BART on track to modernize downtown station (Daily Cal)
Berkeley goes Hawaiian, big time (SFGate)
Op-ed: Berkeley Unified inadequately handles sexual harassment (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley’s $20m affirmative action program is illegal, critics claim (The College Fix)
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Some AC Transit 51B bus stops to be relocated (AC Transit)
Wavy Gravy dishes on cops, pigs and Nepal (East Bay Express)
924 Gilman Street’s ‘alumni donor retention program’ (East Bay Express)
Post office rally celebrates victory (CoCo Times)
Woman who has been a foster care kid and mom graduates Berkeley Law (California)
Pedestrian hit by vehicle in Berkeley (CoCo Times)
More than 50 women recorded by hidden video camera in UC bathroom (IBA)
Q&A: UC’s Carol J. Galante on making housing more affordable (Mercury News)
Pacific School of Religion to build senior housing on campus in future (CoCo Times) … Continue reading »
A Look Back: In 1940 voters OK Civic Center bonds (CoCo Times)
UC Berkeley research: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains (UCB NewsCetner)
Berkeley downtown director touts ambassador improvements (CoCo Times)
UCPD investigating invasion of privacy incident on campus (UCPD)
Bike to Work Day defeats the rain, takes East Bay by storm (Bike East Bay)
Hidden camera found in women’s bathroom at UC Berkeley (CoCo Times)
Berkeley says cellphones cause tumors (The Daily Beast)
Berkeley may have found solution for the homeless (HuffPo)
Multiple mayors take town-gown ride on Bike to Work Day (UCB NewsCenter)
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There was no shortage of news in Berkeley in 2014, but a few issues stood out, and they informed Berkeleyside’s list of the most important stories of the year.
Berkeleyside’s coverage of the Berkeley protests since Dec. 6, as well as the recent rainstorms, has pushed monthly pageviews — a common metric for websites — to 1,171,831. In the past 30 days, we had 327,683 unique visitors.
By comparison, one year ago over the same period we served 475,000 pageviews to 141,000 unique visitors. Last month, before the protests, 214,000 unique users accessed 681,000 pages. … Continue reading »
At an awards ceremony last night at the San Francisco City Club, the organization announced Berkeleyside as the winner of the Community Journalism (print/text) category in its 2014 Excellence in Journalism Awards.
The judges said they chose Berkeleyside for the “range, depth and innovation reflected in its coverage of Berkeley.”
“The site provides residents with news as it is happening, plus comprehensive, timely stories about important issues in the community,” they said.
Four stories published by Berkeleyside were cited as exemplifying what the judges described as Berkeleyside’s “laser focus on one community”:
When last year’s Rim Fire near Yosemite first threatened, and finally destroyed, Berkeley’s beloved Tuolumne camp, Berkeleyside was posting updates and photos as soon as information became available… “the site provided more detailed information about the fate of the camp than was available in other media,” wrote SPJ NorCal. Read that coverage, written by Tracey Taylor and others. … Continue reading »
2013 was a significant year for Berkeley residents, and not only because of what happened inside the city’s boundaries. This was the year the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional and declined to consider the repeal of Prop 8 — two rulings that opened the way for gays to marry one another. (Two Berkeley women, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were the plaintiffs in the latter suit.) 2013 was also the year that sign-ups began for Affordable Health Care Act and that Congress let unemployment benefits lapse for millions, and sliced food stamp benefits. Berkeley residents were affected by all those developments. The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge opened and BART workers went on a disabling strike — twice.
But there were a number of developments unique to Berkeley that will change the shape of the city for years to come. Here are Berkeleyside’s selections for the most important stories of the year. … Continue reading »