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Remembering Pat Cody

By Becky O'Malley
Friday October 01, 2010 - 01:13:00 PM

Last night (Thursday) we were sorry to learn that Berkeley’s beloved Pat Cody, who founded Cody’s Books along with her late husband Fred, had died at 5:30, with her children at her side. They have written an obituary which can be found here, and we would also like to invite any of the many people whose lives she and Fred touched to send us their memories of her for publication. -more-


Press Release: Initially Thought To Be An Apparent Suicide, UC Berkeley Fraternity Death May Be Accidental, Police Say

From Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, Berkeley Police Department Public Information Office
Thursday September 30, 2010 - 08:30:00 PM

At approximately 3:11 a.m. on Friday, September 24th 2010, a 24 year old fraternity member was found unresponsive in his room in the 2400 block of Warring Street by another member and called the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Communications Center 911 line. BPD officers and two Sergeants went to the scene and found the young man with a gunshot wound to the head. Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) Paramedics pronounced the student dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation by officers and evidence at the scene lead the Officers to the conclusion that the young man was the victim of a suicide. There were no outward indications and/or evidence of foul play. The Alameda County Coroner deputies arrived that morning to take custody of the student's body and evidence. -more-


Yogurt, Oil and Tenants' Rights Dominate Berkeley Council Meeting

By Charlotte Perry-Houts
Thursday September 30, 2010 - 02:01:00 PM

Frozen yogurt, British Petroleum, and political prisoners were a few of the lively subjects discussed at Tuesday's regular City Council meeting. -more-


Council Postpones Sunshine Ordinance Until At Least January

By Charlotte Perry-Houts
Thursday September 30, 2010 - 01:42:00 PM

Tuesday's City Council worksession on the Sunshine Ordinance for open government ended with Mayor Bates' promise that “we will bring this item back into the Council in January. And we will be ready to make it happen.” The Sunshine Ordinance, an attempt to make city governance more accessible to the public, has been on the table in various forms for the last ten years and has seen 24 drafts by the City Attorney. The ordinance is an attempt to improve upon the “minimum standards” set by the Brown Act of 1953 and the California Public Records Act of 1968. -more-


Updated: UC Berkeley Chancellor Cuts Sports to Save $4 Million

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 03:48:00 PM

It's been said that baseball is as American as apple pie, but men's baseball will no longer be a varsity sport at the University of California at Berkeley under a cost-cutting plan announced by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau today. -more-


New Arrests and Charges Related to the Mehserle Verdict

By Jesse Strauss
Monday September 27, 2010 - 04:13:00 PM

Approximately seventeen people have been charged over the past three weeks with crimes related to the protests against former BART cop Johannes Mehserle's involuntary manslaughter verdict on July 8th. Some of those recently charged were arrested that night, while others have been identified by police in photos, and have been newly arrested. The latest set of arraignments on Monday, September 20th saw three Oaklanders charged with Unlawful Assembly, Remaining at the Scene of a Riot, and Rioting. They are set to reappear in court within the next month. -more-


Getting Infill Right in Berkeley

By Steven Finacom
Monday September 27, 2010 - 05:43:00 PM
The Wesley House and Campus Center stands at the southwest corner
                  of the Bancroft Way and Dana Street intersection. The large oak on the corner was
                  preserved and an entry courtyard created around it. Ground floor windows at right
                  front a commons room. Wesley Center offices are in the back. The ground floor
                  windows at far left open onto a small, separately rentable, office suit.

The new Wesley Center building at Dana and Bancroft, designed by architect Kirk Peterson of Oakland, is an excellent example of how contextual infill development can be done right in Berkeley. -more-


Judge Orders Target to Stop Dumping Hazardous Waste

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 10:38:00 AM

An Oakland judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring Target Corp. and employees at its 244 stores in California from illegally dumping hazardous waste into the environment. -more-


PG&E Recommends Saving Energy as Heatwave Causes Outages

By Bay City News
Sunday September 26, 2010 - 11:05:00 PM

PG&E officials are recommending careful energy conservation today and during the week's forecasted heat wave after more than 30,000 Castro Valley customers lost power Saturday due to system overload. -more-


Wesley Center on Bancroft is Dedicated

By Steven Finacom
Monday September 27, 2010 - 05:28:00 PM
Dignitaries including Wesley Foundation Board President Vincent
                  Wong (left) and Executive Director Tarah Trueblood (right), cut the ribbon with an
                  oversized pair of sheers.

A handsome new Berkeley building was formally dedicated Sunday, September 26, 2010. The event represented the culmination of a several year effort by the Wesley Foundation—the United Methodist Church student center in Berkeley—to provide not only a new home and income for its program facilities but residential quarters for Cal students. -more-


Pow Wow Now:The Drums

By John Curl
Monday September 27, 2010 - 08:26:00 PM

Pow wows often have two host drums, one Southern and one Northern. All other drums are invited, and some often show up unannounced. At this year’s Berkeley pow wow the Host Southern Drum is Rockin Horse, with lead singer Rick Leroy, and the Host Northern Drum is All Nations, with lead singer Michael Bellanger. The drums usually take turns, unless the MC or arena director specifically asks one drum to play a particular song. -more-


Annual Berkeley Campus Memorial Service

By Steven Finacom
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 08:24:00 AM
Bagpiper Jeff Campbell began and ended the ceremony.

More than 100 University of California, Berkeley, campus faculty, staff, students, and retirees gathered September 27, 2010 for the annual campus memorial service to remember those in the University community who died during the previous year. Other friends and family of many of the deceased joined them. -more-


BCA Endorsements

From Dave Blake
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 09:29:00 AM

Berkeley Offices:

Council 1: NO ENDORSEMENT

Council 4: Jesse Arreguin

Council 7: Kriss Worthington

Council 8: Stewart Jones
School Board: Hemphill, Holcomb, Wilson -more-


Le Conte Neighborhood Views District 7 Berkeley Council Candidates

By Steven Finacom
Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 10:19:00 AM

The three candidates for Berkeley’s District Seven Council seat currently held by Kriss Worthington presented themselves to the Le Conte neighborhood at a candidate’s forum sponsored by the Le Conte Neighborhood Association on the evening of Thursday, September 16, 2010. -more-


Press Release: BAHA Election Information Available Online

Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 12:26:00 PM


In an effort to provide election information concerning
preservation issues
to its members and the voting public, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) has published the following three items on its website.

Candidates' responses to BAHA questionnaire -more-


Press Release: Berkeley Chamber of Commerce's Committee On Government Affairs Presents Public Forums for City Council Candidates

Monday September 27, 2010 - 05:01:00 PM

Location of Public Forum of Sept. 27 and Oct. 4: Community Conference Room, Floor 3, Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge

Location of Public Forum of Oct. 12: Berkeley Repertory Theatre School of Theatre, 2071 Addison St.

Public Forum of Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. -more-


Press Release: Priscilla Myrick announces candidacy for Berkeley, CA School Board Director

Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 03:05:00 PM

Public education advocate and veteran chief financial officer Priscilla Myrick has launched her second run for a slot on the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) board in the November 2nd election. -more-


Pat Cody, Bookstore Owner, Pioneering Feminist Health Activist

By Anthony Cody
Friday October 01, 2010 - 01:13:00 PM

Longtime Berkeley resident, bookstore owner and health activist Pat Cody, age 87, passed away on Sep. 30. She was born in 1923, the fourth of what would be ten children borne to Rosalia and Jack Herbert (eight would survive). Her father worked for the railroad as a station agent, so the family scraped by through the depression. She enrolled at Willimantic Teachers’ College around 1940, and also worked at the Electric Boat Company helping to build submarines for the war effort. She became more politically aware, and eventually went to New York City, enrolling at Columbia University, where she got her Masters degree in economics. And there, following the war, she met a dashing West Virginian veteran, who shared her interest in politics. Their activism earned them a knock on the door from the FBI, so rather than “name names,” they packed up and drove to Mexico City. Fred enrolled in the Universidad de Mexico, and the two of them were part of a lively ex-patriot community. They attended social gatherings at the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and met luminaries like Pablo Neruda, who declared that Pat’s lemon meringue pie was the best he ever had! -more-