The media. both local and national, jumped on the “diversity bake sale” story this week. Photo: Tracey Taylor

It’s clear the City Council’s summer recess is over. This week the council at long last passed a new plan for the Southside (14 years in the coming), considered changing the zoning for auto dealerships on Shattuck, and heard the gloomy news that Berkeley needs more than $100 million to repair parks and the waterfront. Oh yeah, and City Manager Phil Kamlarz announced his retirement.
The city spent less time monitoring the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers’ Collective, which is thriving in its set of rooms above the Albatross on San Pablo Avenue, but which appears to be violating a number of zoning laws.
Cal students made their mark on Berkeley this week by hosting a “diversity” bake sale on campus that drew national media attention (above), and proposing a new redistricting plan that would redraw lines to put a student on the City Council.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...