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Posted inBusiness, Community, Housing & Development, Schools

UC Berkeley close to deal for long-empty Telegraph lot

UC Berkeley and property owner Ken Sarachan are close to a joint-venture development deal for the long-empty lot at the north-east corner of Haste and Telegraph, which means that new student housing might be in place there by August 2017. “We are in negotiations, deep negotiations,” said Robert Lalanne, UC’s Vice-Chancellor for Real Estate. Lalanne said […]

Posted inArts

Jake Silverstein, new editor of New York Times Magazine: ‘The East Bay shaped my view of the world’

Jake Silverstein: the recently appointed editor of the New York Times Magazine grew up in the East Bay and attended Berkeley High. Photo: courtesy Jake Silverstein In March 2014, Jake Silverstein was tapped for one of the top jobs in journalism: the editorship of the New York Times Magazine. A 1993 graduate of Berkeley High […]

Posted inArts

25th anniversary of bombing of Berkeley’s Cody’s Books

On Feb. 28, 1989, both Cody’s and Waldenbooks on Telegraph Avenue were firebombed. On Feb. 28, 1989, around 4:30 a.m., someone threw a molotov cocktail through the window of Cody’s on Telegraph Avenue because the bookstore was carrying Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses.’ Waldenbooks on Telegraph was also firebombed. The culprit was never captured. Andy […]

Posted inFire

The Sequoia Building: At heart of Berkeley’s rich heritage

An undated view, probably from the early 1960s, shows the Sequoia with the Cinema Guild theatre marquee visible at far left, on the commercial façade. Photo: Courtesy Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association By Steven Finacom Telegraph Avenue’s Sequoia Apartments building, seriously damaged in a fire on Friday, November 18, 2011, is a stately and historic edifice […]