We got a lot of good answers to our questions, and we appreciate the people who took time out to talk to us.

For NorCal residents, people had the impression that they were hella hip, liberal and environmentally conscious. At least in the Bay Area, these things are easy to run into, even though they’re not entirely representative. The stereotype that people from NorCal are distinctly “pot smokers” is funny (and erroneous), as people from SoCal smoke all the time – at least from what we’ve experienced. We think this is just a Californian thing. Weed solidarity, brothers and sisters! read more »


Ah, the Academy Awards … or as we plebians say, “the Oscars.” The Clog doesn’t get out the fancy gown from Ross and $4 champagne for just any awards show. But the Oscars are not just any awards show. Yes, over the years they’ve doubled the Best Movie nominations, and this year Kung Fu Panda 2 is up for Best Animated Feature – but the Academy Awards are still that one night of the year we choose to care about famous people and can be proud of liking pretentious movies films. When else can we show off our limited knowledge of film score and pretend we recognize the Art Direction nominees? And despite the selling out, people are still making great films. And tonight we celebrate those people. And the special effects guys.

Follow our live blog, detailing the ups and downs, the fashion faux pas, the decisions that seem so life-changing (until the credits roll). Put on your tux, sip on that André, and enjoy the ride:

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i quit biatch!

A study by UC Berkeley researchers released last week shows that the teacher turnover rate is much higher at Los Angeles charter schools than at the city’s traditional public schools. The 2007-08 school year saw 45 percent of charter middle and high school teachers quit before the next school year compared with 14 to 23 percent for public schools.

Reasoning behind these crappy numbers? Choose one from below: read more »


AH!! CARMAGEDDON

Because of “Carmageddon,” this weekend may actually be the healthiest time to take a trip to Los Angeles. According to UC Berkeley researchers, the closure of the 405 freeway may reduce the equivalent of approximately 4.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide. That would make for a perfectly clear weekend to hike the Santa Monica Mountains.

Realistically speaking, though, the carbon emissions would only be reduced that much if the estimated 500,000 cars that travel the 405 on a mid-July weekend would drive 9.9 miles less (equivalent to the area of the 405 that will be closed) or just quit driving all together.

While many are treating this closure like it’s an apocalyptic alien invasion and will probably stock up on supplies and barricade themselves in their homes all weekend, read more »


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After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

In a bold move to massively inconvenience millions of Californians while also potentially causing wide-spread panic and chaos, the city of Los Angeles has decided to close a major section of one of its most driven-on and most complained-about freeways, the infamous 405, for an entire weekend in July.

The 405, which is a bypass of the 5, begins in the San Fernando Valley and read more »


twinsies

It’ll take more than mere architecture to say that Berkeley and Los Angeles are similar cities, but not for a lack of trying. Word is, New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro is in the process of designing a set of twin museums, each to be located in the downtown area of its respective city—Berkeley and LA.

We knew that Diller Scofidio + Renfro were responsible for the new BAM/PFA (to be opened on the corner of Oxford and Center), but we had no idea that there’d be a So Cal counterpart.

This exciting undertaking is already creating a buzz about town, as Diller was in Berkeley just this past week to meet with museum staff, and an initial design concept is expected to be ready in a month. Though both of the museums will sport similar designs, we’re pretty sure that our local joint will find a way to have some flair all its own.

Image Source: blacque_jacques under Creative Commons
Museum Designer Links Berkeley, Los Angeles [SF Gate]