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More than 100 workers at Golden Gate Fields racetrack now have COVID-19

More than 100 workers at Golden Gate Fields racetrack now have COVID-19

COVID-19:  ● ● | NOSH: | DEEP DIVE: on killing of Cal student PLUS:A COVID-19 outbreak has swept through the Golden Gate Fields racetrack community in Berkeley, with more than 100 workers there testing positive this week.And there are still numerous test results pending, city officials told Berkeleyside on Thursday. The outbreak caused Berkeley’s cases to spike overnight from about 920 on Wednesday to 1,050 as of Thursday.It is the single largest one-day coronavirus spike in Berkeley since the city’s first case was reported in late February. It is also the largest outbreak in the city...

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Berkeley has started removing the Big People statues on the I-80 pedestrian bridge

Berkeley has started removing the Big People statues on the I-80 pedestrian bridge

COVID-19:  ● ● | NOSH: | DEEP DIVE: on killing of Cal student PLUS:The Big People statues that anchor both ends of the pedestrian bridge crossing I-80 are on the way out.Contractors hired by Berkeley started to prepare the controversial figures for removal on Friday morning, part of a three-day process to take them down and return them to their creator, the artist and Emeryville City Council member . They should be gone by Tuesday. The cost to remove the art is $47,594, according to Jennifer Lovvorn, the chief cultural affairs officer for Berkeley’s Civic Arts Program.“They are coming...

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As of Friday, more than 200 people at Golden Gate Fields have COVID-19

As of Friday, more than 200 people at Golden Gate Fields have COVID-19

COVID-19:  ● ● | NOSH: | DEEP DIVE: on killing of Cal student PLUS:More than 200 people from the Golden Gate Fields racetrack community in Berkeley and Albany have contracted COVID-19, according to a new statement officials released early Friday evening.Do you live or work at Golden Gate Fields?  The city of Berkeley and 1/ST Racing, the company that operates Golden Gate Fields, released a joint statement just after 6 p.m. to share additional information about the outbreak, which .On Thursday, Berkeley’s total case count jumped overnight by more than 100 cases, which was the largest...

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Nov 21
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Planning Commission approves Adeline plan with 100% affordable housing goal

Planning Commission approves Adeline plan with 100% affordable housing goal

CENSUS:  | ELECTION: | COVID-19: | PLUS:The will move forward to the City Council with a goal of 100% affordable housing after fierce debate — and — surrounding housing possibilities at Ashby BART in South Berkeley.Extensive public comment from residents of the historically Black neighborhood, local housing advocates, business improvement districts and displaced residents carried the discussion over two meetings, and another .The majority of speakers were in favor of affordable housing and a “right to return” for Black families pushed out of the area by gentrification and redlining, and the...

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The 2020 Berkeley gunfire map

The 2020 Berkeley gunfire map

CENSUS:  | ELECTION: | COVID-19: | PLUS:Berkeley has had at least 24 confirmed incidents of gunfire in 2020, according to police and Berkeleyside reports. We’ve created the 2020 Berkeley gunfire map to track what’s happened.Click the rectangle in the upper left corner of the 2020 Berkeley gunfire map for a list; click any marker for basic info, which also appears belowThree people have been killed and at least 10 have been wounded in shootings in Berkeley in 2020. Last year, one person was killed and three people were wounded.Berkeleyside has asked BPD about several incidents that we didn’t...

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In-the-know food lovers are flocking to this industrial yard in West Oakland

In-the-know food lovers are flocking to this industrial yard in West Oakland

CENSUS:  | ELECTION: | COVID-19: | PLUS:When it comes to the , a vast industrial site in West Oakland that houses a wide variety of ecologically minded craftspeople and businesses, there’s a Japanese principle that applies, says O2AA general manager Aitan Mizrahi: If you need to know, you’ll know.But after tasting the perfection that is and delicious products — like kimchi bacon spread, the most delicate matcha and coconut cream eclairs and a completely addictive furikake Chex mix — sold at , one could argue that many more need to know about these two resident food purveyors at O2AA,...

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After being told to remove her "Black Lives Matter" face mask, Whole Foods employee quits in protest.

After being told to remove her "Black Lives Matter" face mask, Whole Foods employee quits in protest.

CATCH UP:  | COVID-19 | PLUS: is liveAbout 200 people gathered at the intersection of Gilman and Ninth streets Friday afternoon to protest a Whole Foods Market policy of not letting employees wear masks or T-shirts reading “Black Lives Matter.”They came out to support Jordan Baker, who wore a Black Lives Matter face mask to work at the Gilman Street Whole Foods on July 15 and was asked to remove it within five minutes of arriving at work, according .“I honestly don’t want to work for a company who only “supports” a movement when it makes them look good, or makes them money,” she wrote.Her...

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Bayer Berkeley plans to double workforce, significantly grow campus, over next 30 years

Bayer Berkeley plans to double workforce, significantly grow campus, over next 30 years

CATCH UP:  | COVID-19 | PLUS: is livePharmaceutical giant Bayer HealthCare is in talks with Berkeley to strike a new 30-year development deal for its West Berkeley campus. If approved, Bayer would add more than 1 million square feet of work space, erect taller buildings and eventually hire 1,000 more employees.Bayer Berkeley, which makes blood-clotting drugs used to treat hemophilia, wants to switch up the traditional bulk-manufacturing process at its facility to follow the new paradigm for pharmaceuticals: making many more speciality medicines for much smaller patient populations. To do so...

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UC Berkeley reports 25 new COVID-19 cases among students

UC Berkeley reports 25 new COVID-19 cases among students

CATCH UP:  | COVID-19 | PLUS: is liveAnother 25 UC Berkeley students have tested positive for the coronavirus, the university reported this week.That brings the total number of positive tests associated with Cal from 70 to 95. UC Berkeley is reporting a 2.1% positivity rate.Until last week, UC Berkeley had tallied only 23 coronavirus infections since the outbreak began. But then 47 cases arose that .As for the new wave of positive tests, UC Berkeley said 20 of the cases are undergraduates and the rest are graduate students: “All live off campus and the majority of them have had mild...

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Outdoor dining is allowed again after Berkeley and Alameda County receive state approval

Outdoor dining is allowed again after Berkeley and Alameda County receive state approval

CATCH UP:  | COVID-19 | PLUS: is liveOutdoor dining is allowed again in Berkeley and Alameda County as of this morning, five days after it was banned in a  under state guidance.and said restaurants could only serve takeout and offer delivery, as Alameda County had not been applied for a variance to allow for sit-down dining. But both Alameda County and Berkeley were able to secure a  today that allows them to make some of their own rules around reopening.Restaurants in Alameda County and Berkeley were first allowed to operate outdoors June 19, and many diners were excited to partake after...

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