Nicole Eisenman: The Triumph of Poverty, 2009; oil on canvas, 65 × 82 in.; collection of Dr. Thomas J. Huerter. On display at the Berkeley Art Museum until July 14
Nicole Eisenman: “The Triumph of Poverty,” 2009; oil on canvas, 65 × 82 in.; collection of Dr. Thomas J. Huerter. On display at the Berkeley Art Museum until July 14. Read our review by Marcia Tanner.

The two most talked about stories this week had to do with city council actions: the approval of parklets, or mini parks, in city streets and the selection of new boundaries for a student-oriented council district.

There was other big city news as well. The 205-unit Acheson Commons apartment complex was given the green light after opponents failed to file a challenge by the deadline. The Berkeley Ecology Center announced it would recycle more categories of plastic, a move many felt was overdue. The new superintendant of the Berkeley Unified School District described his work as “his ministry.”

And a personal favorite of the Berkeleyside team: Julia Hannafin’s moving essay about her two moms, her sister, and what the striking down of DOMA and Prop. 8 means to her and her family.

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