Photo of Peter Howard's empty chair at Serendipity Books by Ken Sanders, Ken Sanders Rare Books

Remembering Peter Howard, rare-book dealer and owner of Serendipity Books Howard, eccentric, talented and much loved, was a Giants season ticket-holder for more than 40 years, and he died watching the Giants play the Dodgers, “…at the bottom of the sixth inning”, according to his daughter Kerry.
Urban homesteader Sophie Hahn asks: why can’t I sell my edible bounty?
“It’s easier in Berkeley to have a pot collective than to have a vegetable collective,” says Hahn who is putting pressure on the city to update codes so small-scale ventures like her own can operate commercially.
Berkeley Meadow rebooted: the wildest place in town It’s not the preservation of damaged habitat. Nor is it the a restoration of what was once there. It’s more like a form or restitution for decades of dumping. The Meadow will be dedicated today at 11:30am.
Debate on the future of two city libraries reflects concerns A joint meeting of the Zoning Board and the Landmark Preservation Commission on Thursday considered the final environmental impact reports on the South and West branch libraries. The demolition of the South library has since been rejected.
Look Ma, no stands! Memorial Stadium is gutted in $321m structural overhaul The demolition phase is giving way to construction, but, right now, as our photo shows, there are no stands, no field — just a floor of dirt and a bevy of construction equipment.

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