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Posted inCommunity

After latest shooting, neighbors talk public safety

“How much is too much?” The question lingered in the air as folding chairs were put away following what was described as an “action plan” meeting Saturday convened by Berkeley Councilwoman Linda Maio held at the Adult School in West Berkeley. Long-time residents joined young families, as well as a representative from the Berkeley Police Department, to […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley activist, original ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ retires at 96

Marilyn Pursley can recount with crystal-clear precision the day her neighbor ran screaming from the house when she saw that a black family was moving in next door. She can also recall the numerous white couples who visited properties in “caucasian-only” Berkeley neighborhoods, signing leases so that black couples in Berkeley could live in a decent area. […]

Posted inArts

Long-time local supporter of the arts Archana Horsting honored with Berkeley Community Fund award

Archana Horsting, director and co-founder of Kala Art Institute, has spent four decades committed to what seems like a paradoxical concept: providing a shared space for artists — precisely the type of people who stereotypically are known as fiercely individual workers. But Horsting has been proved right with her vision, and serious artists gravitate to Kala in West Berkeley where resources and equipment are shared to […]

Posted inCommunity

Friends of Adeline: ‘Our future shall be determined by us’

Tensions arose Saturday between community members and city staff at a Friends of Adeline forum focused on Berkeley’s Adeline Corridor revitalization project, with members of the group expressing doubt about whether the city will truly prioritize the needs of the neighborhoods. Held at the Black Repertory Group’s theater on Adeline Street in South Berkeley, longtime residents of the area as well […]

Posted inCity, Community

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, State Senator Loni Hancock, challenge us to save as much water as them

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has announced a city-wide water-conservation challenge with the chance for Berkeley residents to win “fame, appreciation, and a free lunch,” the latter with him and his wife, State Senator Loni Hancock. Bates and Hancock issued the “Bates-Hancock Water Conservation Challenge,” on June 29. The contest pits Berkeleyan against Berkeleyan in a race to see […]

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Berkeley softball field named in honor of Jane Hammond

A once-nameless field in Berkeley will now honor one woman’s achievement in a local softball league, with the approval last week by the City Council to name the Codornices Park field the “Jane Hammond Field.” Bestselling Berkeley author Michael Lewis, whose daughter plays for the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League (ABGSL), and who coaches one of its teams, is among the many who […]

Posted inBusiness

Revolution Books: Berkeley’s radical bookstore relocating

Storied progressive Berkeley bookstore Revolution Books hopes to relocate this summer and has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to cover the moving costs. The 27-year-old bookstore has been described as a “Berkeley institution” by celebrated local poet Robert Hass. With its all-volunteer staff, and calendar of panel discussions and  programs in venues across Berkeley, the radical store sets itself apart from other independent bookstores in the […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley man goes nuts over nuts, forces plane diversion

UPDATE, April 25, 2016:  After a two-week trial, Jeremiah Thede, the Berkeley man accused of forcing the diversion of an airplane in June 2015, was found not guilty of endangering an aircraft. His Northern Ireland-based lawyer, Patrick Madden of Madden & Finucane Solicitors, said in an April 15 statement: “Mr Thede was acquitted by unanimous verdict after just […]