This week was the week to celebrate the long-awaited, much anticipated opening of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos spent many hours on the old and new spans before the opening, and presented readers with a slew of amazing photos.
Here are some of the first autos to cross the bridge, with some night shots as well. There was also considerable excitement — and discussion — about the new pedestrian and bicycle path on the span. Nancy Rubin, another contributing photographer, shot these delightful photos.
Berkeley officials finally got a chance to visit the burned Tuolumne Family Camp to assess the damage.
Other popular stories included one on how city officials are considering relaxing the requirements to open emergency homeless shelters in commercial and high-density residential districts, a cautionary story about the high level of lead in chickens raised in urban backyards, student performance on state tests, and the city’s push to reduce greenhouse gases.
Berkeleyside’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, added two interesting speakers.