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Berkeley homeless activist Frances Townes celebrates her 100th birthday and a day named in her honor

Frances Townes blows out the candles on her birthday cake. Sally Hindman, director of Youth Spirit Artworks, is at her left. Photo: Kathleen Costanza Frances Townes blows out the candles on her birthday cake. Sally Hindman, director of Youth Spirit Artworks, is at her left. Photo: Kathleen Costanza At age 70, most people are looking forward to […]

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Community helps plan new South Berkeley parklet

The spot on Ellis Street where Berkeley’s third parklet is planned. The mural behind, called “Music on Our Minds,” was painted in 2009 by Edythe Boone in collaboration with young people from Youth Spirit Artworks. The mural depicts influential South Berkeley community members, including long-time resident Richie Smith and musicians. Photo: Kathleen Costanza in collaboration with young people from […]

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$20K a month for Berkeley house? Skyrocketing rental prices draw crowd to housing affordability ‘teach-in’

About 180 people attended a “teach-in” about Berkeley’s housing affordability crisis on Sunday. Photo: Kathleen Costanza About 180 people attended a “teach-in” about Berkeley’s housing affordability crisis on Sunday. Photo: Kathleen Costanza About 180 people packed into Berkeley Arts Festival, a performance space in Downtown Berkeley, on Sunday to hear housing experts and advocates discuss […]