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  • Soda tax’s last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

    07/08/2014 9:09:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 10:52 AM EDT | Candice Choi
    If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don’t pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to curb consumption by imposing taxes and other measures have failed, in part because the beverage industry has spent millions to defeat the efforts. Now, the question of whether a bottle of Dr. Pepper with 64 grams of sugar should be treated like a pack of cigarettes is being considered in San Francisco and Berkeley, with the...
  • Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/03/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CBS Local 5 ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley.
  • Berkeley Ponders Climate Change "Warning" at Gas Pumps

    06/19/2014 1:55:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    Driving might be hazardous to the earth's health. Warning labels posting a message that vehicle exhaust is a key source of carbon emissions may soon be affixed to gas pumps in the Bay Area -- but only in Berkeley, where leaders are mulling such a move. The Los Angeles Times reported that a pair of city environmental panels have already OK'd the warning stickers, which are directly modeled on the warnings on cigarettes. As of now, the stickers would carry the statement that the state "has determined that global warming caused by C02 emissions poses a serious threat to the...
  • Up and Away: Berkeley Freedom Allows French Photographer to Float

    05/28/2014 5:01:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, May 28 2014 | Jonathan Curiel
    The dream first happened in 1994, when Maia Flore was just 7 years old, and it continued on and off for the next nine years: An older man is pushing Flore toward the sea — pushing, pushing — and Flore, almost airborne, gets closer and closer to the water that she's deathly afraid of. It was as if Alfred Hitchcock himself were orchestrating Flore's nocturnal stirrings. In the dream, Flore would always wake up before she entered the waves. "At first, I wondered why this nightmare was coming back. Why did I have just this one nightmare?" says Flore, who's...
  • Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors

    05/17/2014 12:19:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    May 17, 2014, 02:42 pm Pelosi's message to grads: Be disruptors By Timothy Cama Lauren Schneiderman House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) encouraged graduates of the University of California Berkeley to be disruptors, using their knowledge and technology to shake up the economic system. “Being called a disruptor is a high compliment,” Pelosi said in prepared remarks Saturday. “You here at Berkeley are already disruptors in many ways.” Pelosi’s speech came nearly 50 years after students led by Mario Savio occupied a Berkeley building and launched the “free speech movement,” which sought to lift university bans on political activities. “Now,...
  • Car Smashes Into Apple Store In Berkeley; Apple Products Stolen

    05/10/2014 11:15:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A suspect smashed a car into an Apple store in Berkeley early Friday morning and made off with merchandise, police said. Berkeley police responded around 2:52 a.m. to a report of an alarm from the Apple store at 1823 Fourth St. and discovered a car inside the store surrounded by glass debris. Officers checked the vehicle and found it was empty, but noticed “signs of prowl” inside the business. Officers conducted a search of the business but did not find any suspects. An investigation revealed that several Apple products were stolen, including several laptops and iPhone. McDonald's Tests Seasoned French...
  • Watch: Rand Paul's Entire Speech at UC Berkeley

    03/20/2014 11:22:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/20/14 | Breitbart TV
    On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed the University of California, Berkley at an event hosted by the university's Berkeley Forum...
  • Rand Paul to Berkeley: GOP is like bad Domino's Pizza

    03/19/2014 8:05:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/19/14 | mark kaiju·
    Rand Paul wowing them at Berkeley
  • UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence

    03/18/2014 5:38:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. His announcement can be found - where else? - but on his own Wiki page. Cal hired Gorman, according to a February announcement, to advise students and professors on the complex task of editing articles for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia that gets 500 million monthly visitors. Until now, Wikipedians-in-residence have been assigned to cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and the U.S. National Archives. In a statement, Cal calls Gorman a "hardcore Wikipedian" since his undergraduate days at Berkeley,...
  • Is ADHD a mental health crisis, or a cultural one?

    02/25/2014 4:37:30 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Kate Lunau
    Any visitor to North Carolina and California will know that the two states have their differences. The former is a typically “red state”; California is staunchly “blue.” Each has certain geographic, ethnic and cultural peculiarities, different demographic makeup, family income levels, and more. Yet perhaps the most surprising divide, one many wouldn’t expect, is that North Carolina appears to be a hotbed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD—especially when compared to California. A child who lived in North Carolina instead of California in 2007, according to U.S. academics Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler, was 2˝ times more likely to...
  • In California, Thousands Exposed to Measles

    02/13/2014 8:51:41 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 117 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 13 20124 | By JoNel Aleccia
    Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents may have been exposed to measles last week when an unvaccinated student at the Unversity of California, Berkeley, attended classes and rode the area's BART transit system. Public health officials in Contra Costa County, outside of San Francisco, said anyone riding BART from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 during the morning or late evening commutes could have been exposed to the highly contagious respiratory virus. The young man in his 20s lives in the county and was confirmed to have measles on Wednesday. He was likely infected while traveling recently in Asia, health...
  • Vicious Muslim Supremacist Professor at Berkeley demands students tweet on “Islamophobia”

    02/08/2014 7:38:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    dcclothesline ^ | february 8, 2014 | pamela geller
    The Nazi-like march of Islamic supremacists into influential positions of power in media, politics and academia sank to a new low this week (and that bar was already conspicuously low ). Tarek Fatah received a  panicked message from a student enrolled at the University of California Berkeley, who along with 100 kids in his class is being forced to tweet on“islamophobia” as a course requirement by a notorious antisemitic, terror-supporting professor, Hatem Bazian: [The student} wrote: “I’ve been told by one of my professors I will be required, as part of my grade, to start a Twitter account and tweet weekly onIslamophobia. I can’t help but feel this is unethical. This is...
  • U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria

    01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014
    Though it’s been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—Congress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The problem with this is that there are no “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects...
  • Parents, Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Berkeleyites

    12/11/2013 10:30:40 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    RobinofBerkeley.com ^ | 11-21-2013 | Robin of Berkeley
    There once was a popular Indian teacher named Papa G, who drew students from far and wide. People flocked to see him and hear his words of wisdom. One lucky man who was able to attend one of his retreats spoke to Papa G, with camera in hand. The visitor asked the guru what he’d like to say to the multitudes all around the world vying to come to India to see him. Papa G smiled an impish grin and said, “Stay home.” Papa G’s words remind me a bit of Dorothy, who journeyed all around Oz, only to find...
  • Student drinking at Cal taxes Berkeley paramedics

    11/14/2013 8:57:28 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    ABC 7 and Berkeleyside ^ | November 12, 2013 | Emilie Raguso
    Last week, ABC 7′s I-Team produced a troubling report about a surge in extreme drinking so far this year at UC Berkeley. According to the investigation, UC Berkeley has seen an increase in the number of students who get so drunk, often at frat parties, that they need to be taken to the hospital for care. This has, at times, put a significant burden on the city’s ambulance services, leaving other city residents waiting for care, or requiring the Berkeley Fire Department to call for help from other paramedics in the region. It also puts pressure on the hospital closest...
  • UC-Berkeley Students Ban Use of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

    11/09/2013 11:00:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    November 8, 2013 12:38 PM UC-Berkeley Students Ban Use of 'Illegal Immigrant' By Andrew Johnson The University of California–Berkeley student government unanimously passed a resolution banning the term “illegal immigrant” from the body’s official discourse. The resolution is the second such measure to be passed since former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano took over as president of the UC system. The Berkeley student government showed its support for the “drop the I-word” campaign, deeming the term “racially charged,” according to the College Fix. “The ‘I’ word is legally inaccurate since being out of status is a civil rather than criminal...
  • The Real Thought Leaders

    10/14/2013 7:05:27 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 10, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When you cover ersatz intellectuals day in and day out as we do here at Accuracy in Academia, it is refreshing to meet genuine scholars. About the only opportunity we get to do so is at meetings of the Philadelphia Society, a group of conservative intellectuals formed in 1964 in the wake of the defeat of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. The ladies and gentlemen who belong to the society gathered in Atlanta in October for a regional meeting. Among the many insights shared by the august line-up of speakers who addressed the gathering, here are a few highlights: “Whenever I...
  • (Berkeley, CA) High school pool shut down after water polo players start losing body hair

    10/01/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2013
    The swimming pool at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Calif., was shut down last Wednesday, after city officials said the level of chemicals in the water exceeded normal operating conditions, Berkeleyside reported. The decision was made after parents delivered a letter to the school’s principle the day before, expressing concern over the health of students on the water polo team. According to the letter, the players were displaying some disturbing symptoms, such as burning eyes, bleached hair, and even the disappearance of body hair.
  • UC may repair Bay Area mansion for its presidents

    09/17/2013 8:53:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-14-13 | Larry Gordon
    <p>Regents consider $620,000 in seismic upgrades and other fixes to Blake House that could ultimately mean UC executives' return to living in the Contra Costa County mansion.</p> <p>Blake House, the Northern California mansion that is intended to be the official residence of the University of California system president, may be coming back to life.</p>
  • A Devastating Affirmative-Action Failure: Predictable Results from a Berkeley Case Study

    08/26/2013 7:12:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/26/2013 | Heather MacDonald
    The Los Angeles Times recently published a devastating case study in the malign effects of academic racial preferences. The University of California, Berkeley, followed the diversocrat playbook to the letter in admitting Kashawn Campbell, a South Central Los Angeles high-school senior, in 2012: It disregarded his level of academic preparation, parked him in the black dorm — the “African American Theme Program” — and provided him with a black-studies course. The results were thoroughly predictable. After his first semester, reports the Times: [Kashawn] had barely passed an introductory science course. In College Writing 1A, his essays — pockmarked with misplaced...
  • Vignette: ’68 Revolutionaries Revisited

    07/05/2013 2:03:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 5, 2013 | M. D. Aeschliman
    The illiberalism of student radicalism in the 1960s shaped the world we live in today.SDS leader Mark Rudd at a Columbia University protest, 1968It is now 45 years since that momentous year 1968, one of the turning points of contemporary world culture, if not quite of contemporary politics. Not unlike 1848–49 in Europe, 1968 was marked by events that involved student and political protests in several places. There was a dire sense of crescendo and momentum: the heightening of protest against the Vietnam War, the violent turn of the civil-rights movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the utopian libertinism...
  • The Daily Caller presents: The first annual College Stupidity Awards

    06/05/2013 4:34:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-5-2013 | Robby Soave
    ItÂ’s commencement season. College seniors across the country are donning mortarboards, getting misty-eyed and preparing to face the realities of President Barack ObamaÂ’s sparkling economic recovery. The Daily Caller is a little misty-eyed, too, because college students will soon disperse from campuses for a long summer, which likely means far fewer stories about stupid and otherwise outrageous occurrences on campus. The time is right, then, to celebrate the academic year that was. Here are the 20 stupidest, most outrageous and most cringe-worthy campus moments of 2012-13. Florida Atlantic University: Worst university in AmericaWhat an embarrassing year for Florida Atlantic. The...
  • Wozniak’s email tax: Good sense or nonsense?

    03/08/2013 10:30:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | March 7, 2013 9:14 am | Emile Raguso
    Earlier this week, readers reacted with skepticism after Berkeley City Councilman Gordon Wozniak suggested that taxing email might be one way to raise money for the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. … But there’s a history to this idea, however outlandish as it might sound to some. The United Nations Development Program examined such a tax in its 1999 Human Development Report, Globalization With a Human Face, as a way to fund “the global communications revolution.” UNDP calculated that in 1996, such a tax would have raised $70 billion globally. The New York Times took a brief look at the concept...
  • Wild Turkeys Running Loose in East Bay Town, Parents Keeping Kids Indoors

    02/26/2013 6:06:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu., Feb. 21 2013 | Erin Sherbert
    A troop of turkeys goes house-hunting in Berkeley While the suburban residents of Concord try to deal with that wayward camel at commute time, the folks in quiet Albany are battling their own random creatures. We came across this fun news item this morning from CBS, which explains how a dozen or so wild turkeys are overrunning the small town of Albany with their annoying gobbles, clucks, and cackles. Interestingly enough, the turkey troops showed up after Thanksgiving and have overstayed their welcome. Parents are worried these wild birds will try to take on their children (sounds like a Stephen...
  • $1M gift to help illegal immigrants at UC Berkeley

    12/11/2012 3:55:13 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/11/2012 | The Associated PressAssociated Press
    BERKELEY, Calif.—The University of California, Berkeley says a $1 million gift will help provide scholarships to nearly 200 students who are illegal immigrants
  • Berkeley students seek Christmas ban on Salvation Army bell ringers

    12/06/2012 1:39:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | Dec 06, 2012 | Oliver Darcy
    The student government at the University of California-Berkeley (CAL) passed a resolution last month that would ban Salvation Army bell ringers and their iconic red kettles from campus this Christmas because of the Christian organization’s alleged bias against homosexuality. UC Berkeley is "reviewing" whether or not they will prohibit the Salvation Army from operating on campus this Christmas, after students passed a resolution condemning the charity. The resolution, cleared on November 14, accuses the charity of openly discriminating against gay individuals. “Salvation Army church services, including charity services, are available only to people ‘who accept and abide by the Salvation...
  • Was debate #1 a Pyrrhic victory? (Unintentional Laff Riot)

    10/05/2012 11:53:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Berkeley Blog ^ | October 4, 2012 | Dr. Robin Lakoff, professor of linguistics
    Debate 1 is over, and the pundits have declared Mitt Romney the victor. The only remaining question is: was his victory overwhelming, or did Romney only win because Obama didn’t? That is today’s story. But will it be the way we tell it after November 7? On the surface it seems set in stone: Romney was crisp, Obama slow on the uptake. Romney made jokes, Obama swallowed them. Romney was the man with the plan. But…could it be that, in the end, what happened on October 3 will stay on October 3, and have no effect on the future? Could...
  • Berkeley lawmakers recognize Bisexual Pride Day

    09/18/2012 8:52:07 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT | unattributed
    Berkeley on Tuesday became what is thought to be the nation's first city to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals, a sexual minority that often complains of being derided as sexually confused fence-sitters. The City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sept. 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day. Since 1999, bisexual activists have claimed the date to celebrate their community, and bisexual pride events routinely are held in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and other cities... Berkeley, however, is believed to be the first U.S. city where a government body has taken the extra step of to formally acknowledge...
  • School considers cancelling AP classes because too many white students are succeeding

    08/25/2012 8:12:59 PM PDT · by grundle · 77 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 25, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Berkeley public high school considers cancelling its Advanced Placement classes because too many white students are succeeding Human Events reports:The Berkeley (CA) Board of Education will consider whether or not to cancel before and after school Science Labs for Advanced Placement Science classes at Berkeley High School because the classes are attended largely by white students. The proposal is aimed at addressing “Berkeley’s dismal racial achievement gap.”Berkeley’s AP Science courses are an outstanding success. In a time when we are constantly reminded of the need for American students to get better at Physics, Biology, and Chemistry,...
  • Robert Reich: Romney Will Beat 'Wooden' Obama in Presidential Debates

    08/24/2012 6:11:26 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 25, 2012 | Newsmax Wires
    Mitt Romney has turned into such a skilled debater that he could trounce President Barack Obama in their three head-to-head encounters in the run-up to the election, former Democratic Labor Secretary Robert Reich believes. Romney “is going to be debating somebody who is not nearly as good a debater as his reputation,” Reich tells Atlantic Magazine in its September issue. He says that under live questioning, Obama “can seem kind of wooden” and “at a loss for words.” “Even if Romney is scripted and not spontaneous, he will come across as ‘on his game,’ ” Reich tells the Atlantic. “The...
  • Lakoff Inspired "You Didn't Build That"

    07/26/2012 12:57:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 26, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: George Lakoff (rhymes with). Bill Jacobson has the details at LegalInsurrection.com. By now you have heard the Obama and Liz Warren speeches about how no one got rich on his or her own. ... This narrative is cribbed almost verbatim from the narrative of George Lakoff, a progressive [liberal] linguistics activist and Professor at Berkeley," and he has been advising the Democrats on how to change and use language in order to hide who they really are. That's what it boils down to. Lakoff advises Democrats on how to say things that mask and cover up who...
  • UC Berkeley spends $2480 on conferences for Latin and Asian ‘queers’

    07/19/2012 1:35:35 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 2 replies
    The student government at Berkeley University allocated $982 of student funds earlier this year to send a delegation of "queer and Latin" individuals to a conference designed to "educate and empower queer people of color."Berkeley's Young Queers United For Empowerment (YQUFE), the organization that received the funds via a student senate bill, describes itself on its Facebook as serving "those who identify as queer and Latin." The funds were allocated out of the student government’s “contingency fund” for conference fees, renting vans and “two queen beds,” for the 25 individuals expected to attend the conference, which took place at California...
  • Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue aiming to make a comeback

    07/15/2012 6:29:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 15, 2012 | By Katherine Seligman
    BERKELEY – Times are tough on Telegraph Avenue, the notoriously countercultural and once-thriving street leading to the heart of the University of California campus here. The five-block stretch of Telegraph that ends at the southern edge of campus gained its legacy from the protests and social upheaval of the Sixties. It was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in 1964 and a hub of protest during the Vietnam War. About 40 percent of students polled by a campus group last year said they get food on Telegraph and half said they visit less than once a month for any...
  • [homosexual] University doctor who sexually molested patients sued for wrongful death

    07/07/2012 3:20:56 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Mail Online ^ | July 2, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A former UC Berkeley doctor accused of sexually molesting six male patients is being sued for wrongful death after one of his alleged victims committed suicide. The body of Elgin Stafford was found floating in a Carson, California, river channel on March 29, nine days after the 23-year-old was reported missing. The parents of the UC Berkeley and University of Southern California student claim he killed himself after he was 'repeatedly sexually violated and abused' by Dr. Robert Kevess, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. . . 'He was ashamed, and this thing ate him up,' she told the newspaper....
  • UC Berkeley and the 'Islamophobia' Lobby

    05/26/2012 10:14:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 5/25/2012 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP)—a program of the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender (CRG)—recently held its third annual conference, "Critical Discourses on Islamophobia: Symbols, Images, & Representations." As in previous years, speaker after speaker decried an imaginary racist, imperialist, Orientalist Western juggernaut, while disregarding the very real predations of Islamism. The first day of the conference brought in approximately eighty people at its peak, including a number of women in hijab (head scarf), typing furiously on laptops. Others sported keffiyehs and dreadlocks; a smattering of Arabic and French could be heard; and a scruffy,...
  • Hope and Change on Ice

    05/22/2012 5:41:39 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 22, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Leroy Eldridge Cleaver(8/31/1935 to 5/1/1998) Remembering Eldridge Cleaver* By: Larry Walker, Jr. *"Right-wing conservatives and left-wing radicals here in the U.S. must be willing and able to sit down at the same table, look across the table at each other and see not an enemy, a target or a statistic, but a brother, a sister, a fellow American, another child of God. We must expand our hearts and enlarge our identity beyond ‘my people’ to include and embrace all of Creation." ~ Eldridge CleaverIn the late 1960’s, after leading a troubled youth, Leroy Eldridge Cleaver became a prominent member...
  • UC sues Occupy farmers for Albany takeover

    05/09/2012 6:38:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/12 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A standoff between UC Berkeley and Occupy activists who planted renegade crops on university land is headed from the farm to the courts. The University of California Board of Regents filed a lawsuit Wednesday against 14 protesters, claiming they and others conspired to cut through chains that secured gates and trespass onto the Gill Tract, a patch of land along bustling San Pablo Avenue in Albany. The activists, who call themselves Occupy the Farm, moved onto the tract April 22. They are pressuring the university to preserve part of the tract, which has been the subject of development debates for...
  • Occupation of UC Berkeley Land Continues for 17th Day

    05/08/2012 10:05:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 5/8/12 | Jeff Shuttleworth
    A standoff between protesters and the University of California at Berkeley over a 10-acre plot of university-owned agricultural land in Albany continued into its 17th day today. Anya Kamanskaya, of the group Occupy The Farm, said the ball is in the university's court after protesters issued a response late Monday to the university's proposal to resolve the standoff. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the university planned to respond to the protesters' letter later today. Occupy the Farm activists moved onto the site, which is known as the Gill Tract and is located near the corner of Marin and San...
  • New police patrols target Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue, People's Park

    05/08/2012 3:24:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/8/12 | Doug Oakley
    Merchants and nearby residents are hoping a new police foot patrol on Telegraph Avenue and at People's Park will reduce the numbers of transients and their aggressive dogs that drive other people away. The patrols started April 30. On day two, they arrested a South Carolina murder suspect who was doing push-ups in People's Park. Police said they initially questioned the man because of his shopping cart, which is illegal to possess. After running his name through a database, he was arrested on a no bail warrant. The patrols, two teams of two from UC Berkeley and the city of...
  • UC Berkeley adviser fired after affair

    05/06/2012 6:31:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/6/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    A former UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor who doubled the salary of a male subordinate during a 15-month affair has been fired from the university. Diane Leite, 47, who had already been bumped from her assistant vice chancellor's job, was dismissed from the six-figure-salary adviser's job where she had landed, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof confirmed Friday. Leite's relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her boss back in August. Records show that Caniezo's pay grew from $57,864 in late 2008 to $120,000 in 2010.When the scandal went...
  • You know you’re a real Berkeleyan if you…

    05/01/2012 8:10:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2012 | Vlae Kershner
    There’s no mistaking that Berkeley enjoys an outsized reputation for a city of only 113,000 people. While people from the redder parts of the country may think of Berkeley and San Francisco as liberal twins, the East Bay college town has a progressive flavor that leaves its big-city neighbor lying in the middle of the road. For this slideshow, Allen Matthews, Katie Dowd, John King and Dave Curran and Kitty Luce came up with the captions. Gate photo editor Douglas Zimmerman shot or found the illustrations....(SLIDE SHOW AT LINK)
  • Albany: Activists raise stakes with renegade farm {UC BERKELEY}

    04/23/2012 8:32:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/23/12 | Benny Evangelista,Carolyne Zinko
    A tussle between preservationists and UC Berkeley over a decadelong development project in Albany erupted into a pitchfork protest Sunday, when activists planted a renegade farm on a plot of land known as the Gill Tract in an effort to keep it agriculturally pristine. Timing their action to Earth Day, about 200 members of Occupy the Farm to Take Back the Gill Tract broke a lock on a gate, rototilled the soil and planted carrot, broccoli and corn seedlings on part of the 10-acre site at Marin and San Pablo avenues. The Albany tract is owned by UC Berkeley, which...
  • Campus diversity suffers under race-blind policies (Liberal Berkeley suffers)

    04/21/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 21, 2012 | AP
    BERKELEY, California – Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't? With an emphatic "no," they made California the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, as well as hiring and contracting. Since then, California's most selective public colleges and graduate schools have struggled to assemble student bodies that reflect the state's demographic mix.
  • Meet the Real 1%: OCCUPY BOHEMIAN GROVE This July

    04/04/2012 6:34:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 4/3/12 | Haig Patigian
    In solidarity with a number of Occupations, as well as long-running protest group Bohemian Grove Action Network, the call for peaceful protests against The Bohemian Club this July in Monte Rio (CA) are hereby announced. Since Bohemian Grove is on private land, we respect those legal boundaries. Therefore, this communique only endorses peaceful, non-violent protests on the public land existing outside Bohemian Grove. The goal is not to “shut down” their party – we simply want to shine a spotlight on it. We feel it blatantly confirms the existence of an interconnected, international power elite that holds a systematic "good...
  • Berkeley residents say no to new taxes

    04/04/2012 6:28:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/4/12 | Doug Oakley
    The people of Berkeley have spoken loud and clear to city leaders: No new taxes. Even the famously left-leaning city has its limits, apparently. A recent poll of 430 residents likely to vote in the November election told city leaders they won't get the necessary two-thirds approval to raise property taxes to fund any of the $500 million needed to upgrade the city's infrastructure such as roads, swimming pools, storm drains and buildings. Residents' attitudes about the direction of the local economy weighed heavily on their answers to the $24,000 poll conducted in March, a pollster told City Council members...
  • Convenient excuses allow officials to evade public disclosure in times of embarrassment

    03/31/2012 9:32:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/31/12 | Thomas Peele
    "All governments lie," the late muckraker I.F. "Izzy" Stone used to preach. Let's add this: They also deny. Denial of access is a government lie in and of itself -- especially when a bureaucrat tells the public it has no right to view the writings of top officials, particularly when those officials are in trouble. A pair of recent controversies shows how quickly governments become recalcitrant for fear of embarrassment, denying access to information that may further public understanding and full accountability. In one, lawyers have denied access to records involving a California power couple, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and...
  • Berkeley victim wanted police to come quickly

    03/26/2012 7:27:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 43+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/26/12 | Henry K. Lee
    <p>A Berkeley hills homeowner asked for police to respond quickly to deal with an intruder on his property about 15 minutes before the stranger allegedly bludgeoned him to death with a ceramic pot, according to records released Monday.</p> <p>No officers showed up before Peter Cukor, 67, was killed in the driveway of his home Feb. 18, as the department deployed officers to handle what turned out to be a small Occupy march. Police Chief Michael Meehan has defended his department's actions ..</p>
  • Reversing the Sixties: The 2012 Republican Agenda

    03/23/2012 6:22:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 3/23/12 | Bob Burnett
    Columns Reversing the Sixties: The 2012 Republican Agenda By Bob Burnett Friday March 23, 2012 - 12:44:00 PM Bookmark and Share One of the most surprising aspects of contemporary Republican politics has been their across-the-board attack on women’s health services and women’s rights. Rather than an isolated misogynistic program, these attacks should be viewed as one part of a conservative agenda to role back gains made in the sixties. Recently, MoveOn reported Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP’s War on Women ranging from changing the definition of rape to denying abortions in all circumstances to limiting access to contraception...
  • Occupy Protesters Arraigned, Ordered to Stay Away from Berkeley Campus

    03/20/2012 2:21:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 3/19/12 | Jeff Shuttleworth
    Four Occupy Cal protesters were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges for their involvement in a demonstration at Sproul Plaza at the University of California at Berkeley campus on Nov. 9. At the request of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Superior Court Judge Paul Seeman issued orders which require that the protesters stay away 100 yards from all UC property, except for when they go to and from class and work. Attorney Ronald Cruz, who represents three Occupy Cal protesters but not the four people who were arraigned today, attended today's hearing and said Seeman made it clear that the...
  • Berkeley Police Visit Reporter Over OWS Story

    03/16/2012 6:29:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/16/12 | Warner Todd Huston
    If police chiefs send armed officers to a journalist's door because he didn't like what was written abut him, would you feel just a tad uncomfortable as an American at the audacity? This is no academic discussion because it really happened. Not in what liberals may claim is the dangerous, intolerant south but instead in the heart of liberal land itself, Berkeley, California. Worse, one of the reasons this whole situation arose is because police were too distracted by an Occupy Berkeley protest to respond to an incident that ended up in the murder of a 67-year-old resident. But first,...