Daily Archives: May 3, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 5.3.10

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Rash of credit card fraud in Berkeley

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Sarah Klise was in King Park last Thursday watching her child play when she casually mentioned to a friend that someone had tried to illegally use her credit card that morning to buy an Apple computer.

The person Klise was talking to turned around, somewhat incredulous. Her credit card had been compromised as well. Before long other people wandered over with their own stories of credit card fraud and quickly determined that thieves had illegally used the cards … Continue reading »

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Berkeley author pledges to support college program

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Berkeley author Ayelet Waldman has come up with a clever, not to mention generous, idea to help send a disadvantaged Oakland student to college through the Scholar Match program, established by her fellow writer and friend Dave Eggers.

Waldman has selected one student, Eddie Ashley, and is going to match every dollar her family, friends and readers donate. “You donate 10 bucks, I donate 10 bucks. You donate $1,000, I donate $1,000, up until we’ve reached … Continue reading »

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High hopes for new apartment project on Shattuck

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A new development of mixed-use apartments is set to rise at 2600 Shattuck Ave. after developer City Centric secured entitlements to build the $60 million project.

The hope is that the development — which will include 155 units, a 188-spot parking garage and 19,600 square feet of retail space —will revitalize something of a dead zone in Berkeley.

“Our vision is to really create a sense of place and really transform the neighborhood,” City Centric co-founder Mark Rhoades told … Continue reading »

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Wavy Gravy and the fish

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Our post on the Berkeley mural treasure hunt prompted Berkeleysider Ira Serkes to share this photo he took of “Berkeley institution” Wavy Gravy sitting in front of the mural depicting him holding a fish at the Berkeley Amtrak Station dedication in 2008. Naturally, he was holding a fish.

Earlier that day, Ira had run into Gravy at the Berkeley YMCA and had asked him if he’d brought his fish into the hot tub.  To which Gravy responded:  “No, … Continue reading »

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Test your knowledge of Berkeley’s many murals

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According to Brett Weinstein, there are more than 80 murals in our city. Some are well-known, such the one commemorating the history of the Free Speech Movement on the side of Amoeba Records, or the 3-D work at La Peña Cultural Center on Shattuck. Others are less visible, tucked down alleys or on roll-up garage doors.

Weinstein, a broker at Realty Advocates who has lived in Berkeley for over 30 years, has made a hobby of photographing … Continue reading »

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Co-working space Sandbox Suites opens in Berkeley

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Sandbox Suites, a co-working space which, according to founder and CEO Roman Gelfer, should appeal to those  who are tired of working from home or from cafes, opens today in downtown Berkeley.

The space — a 3,600 sq ft mix of open-plan working area, private offices, meeting rooms and a cafe (pictured above) — is at 1900 Addison Street, and is the second of Sandbox’s shared office spaces. Gelfer and his wife and co-founder, Sasha Vasilyuk, have … Continue reading »

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