Hundreds of people flocked to central Berkeley on Saturday to take part in Berkeley Spark, a one-day festival that was billed as bringing the spirit of the popular Burning Man Festival to the East Bay. The centerpiece of the festival was the sculpture “Arc of Reflection” by Amy Stabler. Here a young girl looks at multiple reflections of herself and the park. (Quinn Dombrowski / Berkeleyside)

A mangy red fox has been seen in the Berkeley Hills near Tilden in the past few weeks, spurring varied responses by neighbors on how to deal with injured and sick wildlife, especially given the fact that the red fox is not native to California and has caused rampant ecological damage across the state. The fox has been seen in the areas around Fairlawn Drive and Queens Drive. (Phyllis Steiber / Berkeleyside)

bike share
A much anticipated bike-share program will launch on Aug. 29, Bay Area air quality officials announced this week, with a fleet of 700 bicycles at 70 kiosks in San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto, Redwood City and Mountain View. (Bryan Goebel / KQED)

health care language
Assemblyman Phil Ting held a community meeting on language access and the Affordable Care Act. A woman named Un Un Che spoke in Cantonese, telling the story of her daughter’s visit to the hospital after breaking bones at school. Their 10-year-old daughter had to translate everything and couldn’t understand it all. They were told they were too late in the day for an interpreter. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)

community college
Todd Brewer, a second-year student at City College of San Francisco, waits to take a math placement test. He says the pressure is on to finish his classes with the school’s accreditation on shaky ground. (Charla Bear / KQED)

Community members who live near the corner of Sacramento Street and Ashby Avenue have taken beautification into their own hands by creating a large mural to celebrate two neighborhood civil rights leaders. It covers the front of a property that has been vacant for decades. The Sacramento Street mural honors two local civil rights heroes, Burl Toler Sr. and William Byron Rumford. (Sofia Zander / Berkeleyside)

bmx bikes

About 100 kids from Fresno County earned free BMX bikes this week after successfully completing pro racer Tony Hoffman’s summer bike camp. But the camp is not just about taking bikes out on rough terrain. It’s also about character development and staying off drugs – lessons Hoffman teaches straight out of his past. (Alice Daniel / KQED)

bike death
The Marin County bicyclist who fatally struck a pedestrian crossing the street in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. Terry Hui, son of the victim, 71-year-old Sutchi Hui, read a statement in court. “Please don’t squander the second chance you have to become a good and compassionate person,” Hui said to Chris Bucchere. (Bryan Goebel / KQED)

News Pix: Berkeley Spark Brings Art Downtown and San Francisco Bike-Sharing Program Gears Up 28 April,2014Katrina Schwartz



Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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