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The most important stories in Berkeley in 2012

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Berkeley in 2012 was filled with drama — a contested election, a failed nomination for a new school superintendent, a few missteps by the Chief of Police, and major changes at the University of California, among other events. Here’s a recap of the issues that had the deepest impact on Berkeley, plus a few fun ones thrown in.

City Government

The year got off to a tragic start with the untimely death of 37-year-old City Clerk Deanna Despain. She fell down the stairs of her Oakland home on Jan. 8. Her husband discovered her body when he returned from a late-night meeting. Their daughter was soundly asleep upstairs. Since then, Mark Numainville has been filling in as acting city clerk. In May, after serving as interim city manager for six months, the City Council appointed Christine Daniel permanently to the job. She replaced Phil Kamlarz, who had held the city’s top job for eight years. … Continue reading »

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Images of 2012: The Berkeley year in photos

Great Horned Owl, Owlet, and lunch
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Sometimes it’s all about the image. Berkeleyside has strived to track down and publish great photography since its inception more than three years ago. You know what they say about the worth of a picture …

As the year draws to a close, we have selected photographs for each month of 2012 to present a visual trip down Berkeley’s memory lane.

This is an opportune moment to thank all the wonderful photographers who contribute to the Berkeleyside Flickr pool and send us their images by other means. Berkeleyside would be a lesser site without you.


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Cal football coach Jeff Tedford sacked after 3-9 season

Jeff Tedford by Joe Parks
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Jeff Tedford, head coach of the Cal Golden Bears football team since 2002, was fired today after a 3-9 season and a combined 15-22 record over the last three seasons. Tedford was the highest paid state employee in California, with a salary of $2.3 million a year. His contract with Cal ran through the 2015 season.

“This was an extraordinarily difficult decision, one that required a thorough and thoughtful analysis of a complex set of factors,” Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said in a press statement. “Ultimately, I believed that we needed a change in direction to get our program back on the right track. Cal football is integral to our department and our university, and its influence can be felt well beyond the walls of Memorial Stadium. The program clearly serves as an important part of the connective tissue that binds our community together, and it is imperative that Cal football be recognized as a leader in competitive success, academic achievement and community engagement.”  … Continue reading »

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Cal Memorial Stadium unveiled after 21-month renovation

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On Friday, the great and the good of UC Berkeley unveiled the newly renovated Memorial Stadium, the result of more than 30 years of planning, $321 million in pledged funding, many feats of seismic engineering, and 21 months of construction.

The project encountered some unexpected obstacles along the way, not least the presence of a group of protesters who spent 19 months perched in trees on the university property in a bid to prevent their removal. “Very colorful, as only Berkeley can produce,” said UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau recalling the episode. He stressed, however, that he was confident everyone will be nothing less than awed with the revamped shrine to Cal football. … Continue reading »

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Cal Day: Life, the universe and everything

Sather Gate is the heart of Cal Day. There will be crowds, but there is a wealth of activity. Photo: Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill

Tomorrow is Cal Day, the University of California Berkeley’s annual open house, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to a closing concert at 4:00 p.m. Honestly, if you can’t find something to interest you among the 370-odd events, consult your doctor. As the university’s Twitter account declared the other day, “Like the universe, Cal Day continues to expand.”

That expanding universe is itself one of the features of this year’s Cal Day, with Berkeley’s 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Saul Perlmutter interviewed by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at 11 a.m. at Pimentel Hall. If your interests are more grounded in the here-and-now, perhaps you’d prefer Robert Reich’s 1 p.m. talk on Political Civility Should Not Be An Oxymoron, at Dwinelle Hall.

Don’t want to be stuck inside on what promises to be a beautiful, sunny day? Wander down to the Cal Golden Bears football scrimmage at Edwards Stadium — apparently the first time the team has ever played in the stadium, which opened in 1932. Coach Jeff Tedford has promised appearances by some of the Cal alumni who are in the NFL, as well as an autograph session.  … Continue reading »

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When Cal plays in SF, what happens to business?

Coach Jeff Tedford roams the sideline during last season's Big Game. Photo: GoldenBearSports.com
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When the Cal Golden Bears open their home season against Fresno State on Saturday, the team won’t be at home.

Cal’s six home games this season will be played in San Francisco: on Saturday at Candlestick Park, and the remainder at AT&T Park (although if the Giants somehow turn their season around and get to the playoffs, the Bears will be even more nomadic than planned). The seismic retrofit and reconstruction of Cal Memorial Stadium, the team’s home since 1923, … Continue reading »

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Does big-money sports make sense at Cal?

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The relationship of big-money sports to the university will be the focus of next week’s Academic Senate meeting at UC Berkeley. The Chronicle published a front-page analysis of the debate the other day, and the university has just released Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour’s 22-page question-and-answer document.

Some facts from Barbour’s FAQ that I wasn’t aware of:

The three most highly compensated coaches (football’s Jeff Tedford, men’s basketball’s Mike Montgomery and women’s basketball’s Joanne Boyle) all … Continue reading »

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