Latest Kristin Bender Stories

2008-10-10 21:00:26

By Kristin Bender Berkeley workshops for residents interested in new solar financing plan: The city of Berkeley is holding three workshops this month for property owners interested in learning more about a first-of-its- kind city program to help people with the cost of solar installation by tacking the cost onto their property tax bills over a 20-year period. The workshops for the Berkeley Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technologies program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m...

2008-09-11 06:00:21

By Kristin Bender; Sean Maher BERKELEY -- What a difference a day makes. The only remnants of the 21-month tree sit at UC Berkeley are the chain-link fences surrounding the former grove and the sleeping bags, musical instruments, banners and information tables on the sidewalk across the street. The stuff looks abandoned and it's not clear when police or the ground supporters will remove it. What's left of the former tree grove is a pile of timber planned to be recycled in some way and...

2008-09-05 12:00:12

By Kristin Bender BERKELEY -- One thing is certain: The Bevatron, the renowned but outdated particle accelerator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, will be demolished. But when and how and at what health risks to residents are questions that remain, and a group of concerned residents and the City Council want answers. Tonight, the City Council will consider a resolution asking the lab and the Department of Energy to prepare a more detailed environmental report and to identify...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Kristin Bender BERKELEY -- A state appeals court has denied a request for a new injunction by two community groups making a last-ditch effort to stop construction of an athletic training center near Memorial Stadium, a UC Berkeley official said late Thursday. Unless petitioners -- the California Oak Foundation and the Panoramic Hill Association -- obtain a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, there is nothing stopping construction of the $140 million sports training center in a grove of...

2008-07-30 09:00:55

By Kristin Bender, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jul. 30--BERKELEY -- Steve Baker has an all-or-nothing challenge on his hands to oversee fundraising of the last remaining $2 million to finish the downtown Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. But Baker practiced law for about a decade and has played in a number of bands over the years, so he's lived with uncertainty before. Earlier this month, an anonymous donor -- no amount of guessing or prodding or reporter tricks will get Baker to say...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.