Three famous Berkeley boys send $250,000 to Berkeley schools The Berkeley school district was taken aback to say the least when Berkeleyside called to tell them that The Lonely Island trio — Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (above), who were all at Willard Middle School together — had enabled the largest-ever single donation to BUSD through a Super Bowl contest for Doritos.

18-year-old Tyler De Martini dies after skateboarding accident The Berkeley resident, who was passionate about skateboarding and had “a heart of gold”, collided with a car on Monday evening on Marin Avenue, and died on Wednesday. Concerns over the safety of the intersection where the accident took place were raised.

Rare works from Serendipity Books to be auctioned The vast collection the late Peter Howard, owner of one of Berkeley’s most cherished bookstores, will be sold by Bonhams at six different auctions. Look for original John Steinbeck manuscripts, antiquarian books, first editions, as well as Carl Sandburg’s guitar.

Berkeley files suit against owner of blighted Telegraph lot The City Council finally took action on a lot, on a major commercial thoroughfare, that has stood vacant for more than 20 years.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...