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Daring to drive toward independence

Off the Beat

My dad has always told me growing up, “Only worry about what you can control.” I don’t have a car to control anymore. And I sure can’t control the world around me right now. All I can control is myself.
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An illustration of columnist Annalise Kamegawa.

Annalise: Still a kid

At This Point

Caught in the awe of the day’s events, I couldn’t help but worry that the pieces of this day — the pastel mountains, the van of childhood friends — would be the happiest ones of my life.
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Mayor Tom Bates to retire from position after 14 years in office

After 14 years as mayor of Berkeley — the longest tenure in the city’s history — and 38 years of public office, Tom Bates, age 78, has decided to retire. It marks the end of a long career of public service that was punctuated with significant accomplishments that benefited many, from people with disabilities to Berkeley youth to local breweries and sports fanatics.
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Berkeley: A new haven for cinephiles

When people think of cities with vibrant film cultures, only two places tend to come to mind: Los Angeles and New York. Which, to be fair, is expected. There’s Los Angeles — the home of Disney, Warner Brothers Studios and almost all other major studios. It’s arguably the entertainment capital
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From Cal to SoCal

Upon returning home to Los Angeles, it can be easy to get used to the laid-back, slow-paced life which is the antithesis to our time spent at UC Berkeley. And we in Southern California will continue this lazy existence shamelessly till the end of the summer. Maybe it really is the laid-back SoCal vibe or maybe we’re just burnt out and have lost all willpower to do anything even remotely productive. While we all in SoCal may have readjusted without falling victim to jet lag or facing the return of any allergy, Northern California natives might expect a culture shock. A lot of the most popular expectations of SoCal certainly are true, but some are complete myths.
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