Daily Archives: March 18, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 3.18.10

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Daily Planet reports on continuing troubles

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The Berkeley Daily Planet is facing ongoing difficulties and has been advised to refrain from engaging in any financial transactions, be it paying staff or accepting fees from advertisers.

Writing on the publication’s website today, publisher Becky O’Malley explains that, following a theft by a payroll preparer the company was using, attorneys have advised the Planet that it can no longer pay for anything until the extent of its tax liability is understood.

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Pick of the listings: Craftsman in need of TLC

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Because we like to mix it up here on Berkeleyside’s local real-estate coverage, today we bring you a home that needs some work. How much work is for the next owner to find out. We’re not making any claims about how easy it may prove to bring this little Craftsman back to its original splendor.

What we do see superficially, however, are the bones of a potentially pretty nice home. The 1,481 sq ft, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 1528 … Continue reading »


Mayor defends success of city’s pilot solar program

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Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has defended Berkeley FIRST, a pilot program initiated by the city to help residents finance solar power systems for their homes, and which has been cited as a model for other cities across the country.

In a letter to the Continue reading »

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A taste of the Gourmet Ghetto

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There will be a foodie fest in north Berkeley on the evening of Wednesday March 24 to benefit a select group of  East Bay charities, including the Berkeley Food and Housing Project.

“A Taste of North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto: Benefit for Food and Social Justice” is being organized by the North Shattuck Association and the Berkeley Lions Club and runs from 6-9pm.

It features a  “Restaurant Walk” between Hearst and Rose along Shattuck Avenue which takes in a host of Gourmet … Continue reading »

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Zoning board member admits permit violation

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A member of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, and an aide to a Berkeley City Council member, is hoping to keep his job after it emerged he had failed to get appropriate permits for work done on his west Berkeley garage.

Ryan Lau was cited Monday by the Building and Safety Division of the Berkeley Planning and Development Department for “work without permit” and “work concealed without inspection” for construction done on a garage on his property located on Carleton … Continue reading »

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