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At Berkeley senior home, concern over a beloved garden

redwood gardens 3 photo: mark humbert
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Several garden plots at Berkeley’s Redwood Gardens have recently bitten the dust.

The raised beds, laid out in an inner courtyard of the HUD-subsidized complex for low-income seniors and the disabled, have been a source of pride and pleasure for many residents over the years. One woman cultivated rare roses. Another tended baby tears and had lined her plot with river rocks brought from her hometown of Oroville. A fig tree was a favorite among the gardeners, who also grew ginger, vegetables, and flowers. The small plots were well cared for and flourishing, a source of both comfort and community.

No longer.

As of last week the flowers and vegetables were largely gone, and many of the gardeners appeared to be in a state of shock and grief. As part of a rehab project going on at the complex, a memo had been issued by the corporation that manages Redwood Gardens, a company called CSI, with offices in Monrovia, California. By Oct. 3, it said, all plants had to be out of the planting boxes. Once construction was over, the plants could go back in. Trouble was, the corporation offered the seniors no timetable, and no help or materials. … Continue reading »

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Officials push UC Berkeley mixed-use project forward

A drawing from an October 2011 University of California presentation on the mixed-use project designed for University Village; Monroe Street splits the project in two. The site is bordered by San Pablo Avenue to the east. Source: University of California, Berkeley
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Plans for a senior living complex, new retail shops and a grocery store in Cal’s University Village in Albany have cleared another hurdle despite a campaign by activists over the summer to stall the development.

The Albany City Council voted Monday night to rescind what some saw as a controversial contract between the city and the property owner, the University of California, rather than to delay further by putting project approval before the voters in a special election.

(Albany City Clerk Nicole Almaguer said an election could cost from about $52,000 to about $122,000, depending whether the city required polling stations or opted for mail-in ballots only.) … Continue reading »

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