The story on an enrollment surge that prompted the Berkeley Unified School District to add three new kindergartens prompted lots of discussion about why the numbers of students in the district have increased so much.
The fate of the post office on Allston Way was also front and center in the news. The U.S. Postal Commission has agreed to hear an appeal filed by Mayor Tom Bates over the building’s closure some time in the fall, although, as Berkeleyside has previously reported, it probably won’t change the outcome. (In fact the USPS is challenging the right of the Postal Commission to consider the matter since it categorizes the action as a relocation, not a closure.) An op-ed by a former Berkeley resident now living in the UK advocating that the building be turned into a covered farmers’ market got lots of feedback. Lastly, violence came to the camp-in at the post office on Thursday when a 50-year old man stabbed and hit some of the protesters.
Berkeleyside featured a number of stories on the greener side of the city, such as the project to restore Harwood Creek (behind John Muir Elementary School on Claremont and Ashby), and our feature on the city’s secret rooftop gardens.
Berkeleyside also announced some new speakers for our inaugural event: Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, which takes place on Oct. 25-26 in venues around downtown Berkeley.
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