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On Tuesday, nine East Bay cities announced a new streamlined solar permitting process designed to save homeowners up to $3,500 per solar photovoltaic system.
Members of the East Bay Green Corridor, Sungevity, Inc., and the state Office of Economic Development met at Sungevity’s Oakland offices to announce a new set of permitting guidelines that will be used in all the cities in the corridor: Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, Emeryville, Alameda, Albany, El Cerrito, Hayward and San Leandro. The new streamlined permits, scheduled to take effect by Sept. 22, will also eliminate the need to hire an expensive structural engineer, which will save time, money and boost the solar industry, advocates said.
“What these guidelines do is allow homeowners to bypass the expensive structural engineering process,” said Carla Din, director of the East Bay Green Corridor. “When you put a system on your roof, there’s sometimes uncertainty about whether or not your rafters can support the modules, and so you bring in an outside structural solar engineer. What we did is come up with a prescriptive process that would apply to 80-95% of the homes in the Green Corridor and could save up to $3,500.” … Continue reading »
Jeff Fitch, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the organization is “not asking the protesters to leave” but rather asking them to move to the sidewalk, which is public property. The protesters are currently trespassing on federal property by camping out on the post office steps, he said.
“We are all for First Amendment rights,” said Fitch.
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By Mckenna Toston
Sadia Saifuddin, who is in her fourth year at UC Berkeley majoring in social welfare, was appointed in July as the first Muslim student to serve on the UC Board of Regents. She will spend the 2013-2014 school year observing the board and will become a voting member in June 2014. Saifuddin, 21, was born and raised in Fremont. Her parents immigrated from Pakistan in 1986.
Saifuddin is widely admired by many of her peers, although others consider her selection controversial because she co-sponsored a non-binding UC student senate resolution that called on the UC system to divest $14 million from companies that do business in Israel. Saifuddin said she did not want “one cent of my money to go toward fueling the occupation of my brothers and sisters.” Crtitics have called the resolution short sighted and anti-Semitic and have called into question Saifuddin’s ability to represent all students. Berkeleyside contributor McKenna Toston asked Saifuddin about her new position and her goals for her term.
What does your new position on the Board of Regents entail?
I am the representative for over 234,000 students in the UC system. As student-regent, I need to understand the needs and concerns of the students. … Continue reading »
Like characters in an ancient Roman frieze, eight young boys assume motionless poses, then spring to pumping, rolling, spinning life in front of the Zellerbach Playhouse on the University of California, Berkeley, campus.
It’s a rehearsal, but in light of the fierce pride and near-divine determination in their expression — and exploding from their agile bodies — it impresses as so much more. They are AileyCamp dancers, they are men-to-be, they are special.
AileyCamp, organized in Berkeley by Cal Performances every year, is a national program based on the principles of Alvin Ailey, an African American son of a single parent who made his way to the pinnacle of the dance world as a performer, choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Along the way, he developed an ambitious philosophy: circumstances do not define the human spirit, and children are often the best place to look in order to learn life lessons. Expanding on his ideas, and using the Horton technique — the modern dance methodology behind the fearless, muscular physicality of the Ailey style — he focused AileyCamp on communication.
1ST ANNUAL WEST COAST URBAN SKETCHERS’ SKETCHCRAWL The inaugural Sketchcrawl started in San Francisco in 2004, but in its nine years of global expansion – from France to South Korea to Texas – this is the first time that an organized Sketchcrawl has touched down in Berkeley. The creator, Enrico Casarosa, is a Pixar story artist who came up with the idea after doing a bar crawl along the N Judah line in San Francisco. The event gathers artists from around the world to travel throughout the day and sketch everything they see. Sketchers share their drawings on the sketchcrawl website. The West Coast Urban Sketcher’s Sketchcrawl will gather at 5 p.m. on Friday July 12 to have dinner at Picante in West Berkeley, though the organizers suggest arriving early, around 3 p.m., to sketch the neighborhood. From there, the sketchcrawl will span across the Bay, touching down in San Francisco and Oakland throughout the weekend. Begins Friday July 12 at Picante, 1328 Sixth St. Free. … Continue reading »
As a kid I used to be among the first ones in my family to get up at 4 am in the morning ever ready to keep a fast. This was the age when sweet sleep did not matter. Sleep was not a precious thing and hunger never struck. This was the age when keeping a fast in the month of Ramadhan, which began this week, on Wednesday July 10, was neither obligatory nor recommended. At that age my enthusiasm to starve … Continue reading »
Sonya Rapoport has something odd in her home art studio in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood: a turntable underneath the floor. Her 1904 house was remodeled in 1916 to include a turntable in the garage. It’s a detail that holds great significance for Rapoport.
“The ‘kiva’ is a prayer place,” she explained. “A ceremonial building among the pueblos, where the American Indians lived. I did a long piece comparing my prayer place, which is my studio, with the kiva, which is the American Indian prayer place. I have lots of parallels. Like, my mascot was my cat, which I used to bring in, and theirs was a parrot. My tools were brushes; their tools were knives. Anyway, they have a hole in the kiva, and the spirits come up from the earth through that hole.”
She paused to smile and point down at the outline of the turntable in the wooden floor. “So, this is the hole in my prayer place where the art spirits come up.”
This sort of engagement and imagination fits right into the style of conceptual mixed media art where Rapoport built her career. She got her master’s of fine arts at UC Berkeley in 1949 and has been a Berkeleyan ever since. Her latest project, “ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS?“, an interactive exhibit, is on display now at Fresno Art Museum. … Continue reading »
A new Yelp feature called Wordmap is an interesting look into the stereotypes of what certain local neighborhoods have to offer. Wordmap shows heat maps that “[show] density of keywords used in Yelp reviews to reveal fascinating patterns of local discovery”. You can choose from 14 major cities, which each have their own set of keywords. San Francisco’s Wordmap, explored in detail by Inside Scoop SF, has a range of keywords, from “hipster” to “noodles” to “bacon.”
In order to check out Berkeley’s own Wordmap, you can click on the San Francisco Wordmap, and scroll over to the East Bay. The most red areas are the places in which Yelp-users really like to use that keyword in reviews of the area! A look at Berkeley’s Wordmap didn’t reveal anything revolutionary, but it’s certainly fun to look at. … Continue reading »
UC Berkeley has sought federal funds to cut down 22,000 non-native trees in Strawberry Canyon and Claremont Canyon with the goal of reducing the risk of fires. The project is a continuation of work the university has been doing for the last decade on its land. There has been some opposition to the proposal, including from the Hills Conservation Network, who believe the scheme, while restoring native species, might actually increase fire risk. The proposed use of certain herbicides is also being debated.
The Hills Conservation Network is holding a public forum to discuss UC Berkeley’s plans on Wednesday June 12 at 7:30 pm at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street (at Arch).
Public comment to FEMA has been invited through June 17. As the public considers the project, UC Berkeley’s Tom Klatt, campus environmental manager and a member of the UC Fire Mitigation Committee, answered questions about the plan.
Why does UC Berkeley want to cut down trees in the hills?
In 1973, H.H. Biswell, professor of forestry and conservation at UC Berkeley, made this prophetic statement: “When eucalyptus waste catches fire, an updraft is created and strong winds may blow flaming bark for a great distance. I think the eucalyptus is the worst tree anywhere as far as fire hazard is concerned. If some of that flaming bark should be blown on to shake roofs in the hills we might have a firestorm that would literally suck the roofs off the houses. People might be trapped.” … Continue reading »
Berkeley expects to get $12.7 million in grant funding for changes to BART Plaza, Shattuck Avenue and Hearst Street that should make life easier for people using the Downtown BART station and buses, biking to campus and even just driving through the center of town.
On Thursday, May 23, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) voted unanimously on an initial approval of the city’s grant proposals for the three transit projects. Construction could begin in 2015, said Matt Nichols, principal transportation planner for the city. … Continue reading »
Despite four arrests Monday and the destruction by UC Berkeley of seedlings they had planted in rows over the weekend, Occupy the Farm activists returned to a plot of land in Albany that’s slated for development and began their work again Monday night.
Update, May 18, 6:20 p.m. Activists say no charges were ultimately filed against the people who were arrested Monday.
Update, 3 p.m. A group of Albany residents has announced its plans to hold a counter-protest at 5:30 p.m. Monday in opposition to Occupy the Farm activities in Albany. The group plans to meet at the City Hall corner at Buchanan Street, “then walk or ride down to Monroe and show the news media that ALBANY SAYS NO TO OCCUPY.”
Update, 1:42 p.m. A UC Berkeley spokeswoman said four people were arrested Monday as the university resumed control of land in Albany’s University Village that had been taken over by activists who said they want to turn the land into an urban farm. Claire Holmes, a UC Berkeley associate vice chancellor who handles communications and public affairs, said one person was arrested early in the morning; two were arrested while interfering with the plow; and the fourth was reported to be interfering with police activities. Holmes identified the four as Erik Eisenberg, Ian Saxton, David Grefrath and Brooke Marino. All four were listed as in-custody at the Berkeley Jail by the Alameda County sheriff’s department, and scheduled for arraignment Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. … Continue reading »