The week before last, the city of Berkeley took time to honor two of its citizens. Laura Stachel and her husband Hal Aronson were issued with a proclamation and words of praise from Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmember Linda Maio, among others, at the April 3 meeting of the City Council. The following night, PBS Newshour ran an eight-minute segment on the couple’s work (watch it below). Six months ago, Diane Sawyer introduced Stachel as “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight. Also in October, the pair appeared on CBS after winning the Nokia Tech Awards as part of the San Jose Tech Museum Tech Awards.
Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Chancellor Birgeneau were on hand to officially open UC Berkeley’s newest building this afternoon, as were several dozen demonstrators whose protests were targeted at financier, philantropist and UC Regent Richard Blum, after whom the building is named.