Daily Archives: March 5, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 3.5.10

NBC drama Parenthood’s Berkeley is “hella” inaccurate [Fancast.com]
New property taxes for Berkeley under consideration [Berkeley Voice]
Berkeley drops everything to read [Berkeley Daily Planet]
Mentor program helps close achievement gap at BHS [Coco Times]

Photo: SW from top of Panoramic by dougsmi/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.

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UC Berkeley

Daily Californian reporter arrested at protests

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The Daily Californian is reporting that one of its reporters was arrested Thursday while covering the March 4 protests against cuts to public education.

Cameron Burns, 18, who produces content for the newspaper’s website, is still in jail, according to the paper.

“He was last seen by Daily Californian employees filming a rally in Oakland, where 150 protesters were reportedly arrested for blocking a freeway,” the paper reports. “He is charged with obstruction of a public place and unlawful assembly, … Continue reading »

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Local business

Why is that parsley sprig on the Seder plate anyway?

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When Ira Steingroot started working at Cody’s Books in 1976, he noticed that the store only had a small collection of Jewish books. Since Passover was approaching, Steingroot decided to stock some more haggadot, the book Jews follow during the Passover Seder.

That casual decision launched Steingroot on a 34-year quest to discover and understand haggadot from around the world. Over the years, he brought in more than 300 different kinds of haggadot to Cody’s, including ones in Yiddish, … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Mollie Katzen

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Each Friday in this space food writer Sarah Henry will ask a well-known, up-and-coming, or under-the-radar food aficionado about their favorite tastes in town, preferred food purveyors and other local culinary gems worth sharing with visitors and residents.

Bestselling cookbook author Mollie Katzen kick-starts this new column.

Mollie Katzen is perhaps best known for her whimsically illustrated, hand-lettered vegetarian classics Moosewood Cookbook and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

The author of a trio of popular children’s cookbooks, … Continue reading »

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Music and food fest to benefit Chile

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La Peña Cultural Center on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley will hold a benefit concert this  Sunday to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Chile.

A newly formed organization, Mano a Mano Con Chile (Hand in Hand with Chile) — a group made up of local Chileans and north Americans — will host the benefit, which will feature Rafael Manriquez, Hector Salgado, Lichi Fuentes and Poncho Jaramillo, among others. There will also be food — including chicken and … Continue reading »

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Real estate

Pick of the listings: A Mediterranean on Spruce

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I have to confess that I am not usually a fan of Mediterranean-style homes. They strike me as being more fitting to southern California and its weather rather than the vagaries of our Bay Area climate.

Having said that, this cute-looking home at 774 Spruce Street is appealing: those huge arched windows, the exposed beams, creamy plaster walls and vaulted living room ceiling. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, balconies and “filtered” Bay views.

It first … Continue reading »

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