( Kristopher Skinner )
Berkeley: Ace Hardware set to move to Milvia Street in the spring

The store, which has been at 2145 University Ave. since 1965, will move to 2020 Milvia St. to make way for Acheson Commons, a mixed-use project that has city entitlements, but the package of properties that includes the store is once again up for sale. 
The special 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 meeting will include presentations from experts on local and regional issues from government as well as private industry.  
 
Laura A. Oda
More than 400 buildings in Berkeley with balconies or other projecting structures require corrective work, inspections performed in the wake of a deadly balcony collapse at the Library Gardens apartment complex last year have revealed.  
 
The Berkeley Unified School District is hosting a Feb. 25 workshop on the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program, a local special tax measure that has supported the Berkeley Public Schools since 1986.  
 
Intended as a 24-hour regional transportation network for short, one-way trips, Bike Share is supposed to start in Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland later this year; Berkeley, with an area of just over 10 square miles, is slated to have 37 stations with 400 bike share bicycles.  
 
New group living accommodation rules are intended to limit noise, trash, late-night partying, drunkenness and other unruly behavior.  
 
Meanwhile, San Francisco Mayor Angelo Rossi announced Feb. 15 that "President Roosevelt has approved San Francisco's proposal to convert Treasure Island into a downtown airport."  
 
Before going to the voters, the council has to pare down project wish lists, choose a taxing mechanism and pinpoint the bond cost. A survey is planned to gauge public support and funding priorities.  
 
The count is still being tallied for the number of vehicles damaged by the Berkeley man in the spree that went from Oakland to Berkeley and also saw people being threatened with a gun.  
 
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, perhaps inspired by marathon City Council meetings that last well into the night, proposes sleeping more as a simple means of reducing energy consumption and the collective carbon footprint.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7