The project is almost a year behind schedule. The heavy rains in 2016-17 caused about 50 rain days. A dispute between the general contractor and some subs has also slowed progress.
Many people are on high alert about political rallies after recent tragic events in Charlottesville.
Downtown business owners and neighbors expressed frustration that a new center for young adults with mental illness and substance abuse problems was approved without public input.
Kate Harrison is a nuts-and-bolts kind of woman and she knows how to focus on getting the best bang for the buck.
Ben Gould is the only candidate who supports housing production for middle and upper-income residents.
Ben Gould, who is running for City Council representing District 4, will make sure that Berkeley sets itself on a course to becoming a truly inclusive community.
Both District 4 Berkeley council hopefuls answer eight questions, posed by the Downtown Berkeley Association, about the future of the downtown.
Tom Dalzell thinks Kate Harrison would preserve the distinctive character of Berkeley.
The Downtown Berkeley Association sent eight questions on the future of downtown to all candidates standing for office. Here are their answers.
MEET ME DOWNTOWN DAY Berkeley’s downtown will come alive on Sunday with the first Meet Me Downtown Day. Five major arts venues and the Downtown YMCA will be open with free events and numerous downtown restaurants have special offers. Among the free events are tours of the soon-to-open UC Theatre, film demonstrations on the new BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, bluegrass and country jam at the Freight & Salvage, free workshops at the Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, a jazz trio concert at the California Jazz Conservatory, and free use of the pool and gym (as well as some free yoga classes) at the Y. Among the restaurant specials are a free salad bar at Sandwich Spot, a free 4 oz taster with every full pint purchase at Jupiter, and 10% off at Phil’s Sliders.There’s also an Instagram contest for the best #MeetMeDowntownBerkeley photos (iPad Mini to the winner) and a draw for an “extravaganza weekend for two.” Full details of the day and the offers on the Meet Me Downtown Day site. Meet Me Downtown runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Start at the Welcome Kiosk at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza. (more…)
Downtown Berkeley Association is hanging 85 colorful double banners from downtown Berkeley’s lampposts to launch a new branding campaign, “Meet Me Downtown.” The campaign is being led by the DBA with five partners, the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the new UC Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Freight & Salvage and Visit Berkeley.
Tens of thousands of people took advantage of a car-free Shattuck Avenue on Sunday at the fourth annual Sunday Streets Berkeley. Cars were banned on the 2-mile stretch from Haste Street to Rose Street, and it was filled instead with musicians, face painters, bubble makers, civic organizations, food booths, yoga classes and more. Berkeleyside contributing photographers Nancy Rubin, Ted Friedman and William Newton visited and shot these photos, which give a taste of the day.
The city process for the project at 2211 Harold Way is closing in on three years. In December 2012 the first application was submitted and the project is currently scheduled for another Zoning Board hearing on September 30, 2015.