Daily Archives: October 6, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 10.06.11

Do these people fly UC Berkeley flags all the time? [San Francisco Citizen]
Video: Rita Moreno acts out own career in “Life Without Makeup” [PBS Newshour]
City Manager reflects back on his career [Daily Cal]
Businesses take three large leases in Berkeley [CCT]
Workers at Berkeley Apple store react to Jobs’ death [Patch]
Cal comedy group plans parody of diversity bake sale [Bay Citizen]
Noted Cal professor publishes “Memoir of a Useless Boy” [Public Health]

Photo: Steve Jobs Rainbow Over Pixar by gromitgirl — “Moments after news broke about Steve Jobs’ death, a rainbow popped out of the Pixar campus.”/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.

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On 20th anniversary, community remembers Firestorm

Berkeley photographer Richard Misrach captured the devastation caused by the Firestorm. .Photo: copyright Richard Misrach
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As the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Oakland-Firestorm approaches, the community is preparing to commemorate it in a number of different ways, including with city initiatives and collaborative cultural experiences.

While Oakland was much more affected by the devastating fire than Berkeley — only 63 of the homes destroyed that fateful day in October 1991 were in Berkeley, from a total of 3,354 — geographical boundaries became irrelevant as the whole community experienced the trauma of the experience as one.

The cities of Berkeley and Oakland have joined with other community partners to mark the anniversary with a formal commemorative ceremony of remembrance, and they are also taking the opportunity to remind people to take emergency preparedness measures.

On October 22, people are invited to gather at the Rockridge BART Firestorm Memorial Wall at 9:00am. Later, at 10:30am, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Berkeley Fire Chief Debra Pryor will speak at the remembrance ceremony which will take place at the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center on Tunnel Road and Caldecott Lane. At noon, a Family Preparedness Fair will be held at Lake Temescal, at 6500 Broadway. Fire trucks, kids’ activities and information booths are all on the agenda. Find information on the city of Berkeley website. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley: A “bumper stickery” kind of town

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Berkeleyside is delighted to introduce our first podcast — one of many we hope. As we routinely publish writing, photography and video, we thought, “why not do it all?”, and so we are adding audio.

John Rieger, who created today’s podcast, is an award-winning independent producer and former editor of the public radio series Beyond Computers. In his 30-year career in public radio, John, who lives in Berkeley, has documented subjects from science to civil liberties to modern art, and he has appeared as host of Radio Smithsonian and Weekend All Things ConsideredNancy Rubin, a retired BUSD teacher and long-time Berkeley resident, is one of Berkeleyside’s favorite contributing photographers and shot the images for the slideshow that accompanies the podcast, above.

We plan to produce more podcasts and collect them all together on a podcast channel which you can subscribe to. That way, you can download them onto your phone or iPod and listen to them on your travels. … Continue reading »

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Out in Berkeley: Kickin’ the Mule at the Cheese Board

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Listen to Kickin’ The Mule while you read our review: Rockin’ Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu by Kickin’ the Mule

With its expanse of east-facing windows thrown open to Shattuck Avenue, dearth of cigarette smoke and ample selection of healthy beverages, no one is likely to mistake the Cheese Board Collective for a down home juke joint. But over the past 18 months or so, the soul-powered band Kickin’ The Mule regularly transforms the Gourmet Ghetto eatery into a groove-laden crossroads where slinky T-Bone Walker-esque West Coast shuffles, Stax soul scorchers and raucous Chicago blues all converge.

“I sing songs from every different genre,” says the Mule’s drummer and vocalist Kelvin Dixon, who returns to the Cheese Board with the quartet on Friday (and again on October 14). “The people at the Cheese Board have been great. They say: do whatever you want, though they really like novelty numbers like Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry’s ‘Ain’t Got No Home.’ They’re back there dancing, making pizzas.”

For much of the group’s seven-year run, it served as a forum for Freddie Hughes, the venerable Berkeley-raised soul crooner who scored a major R&B hit in 1968 with “Send My Baby Back” (he’s a story for another day). … Continue reading »

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Mumps outbreak on campus prompts vaccination clinics

A young man with mumps. Photo: Creative Commons
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UC Berkeley students are being encouraged to get a booster shot after an outbreak of mumps afflicted 20 students.

The Tang Center at Cal will be offering free MMR vaccines from noon to 6 pm on October 6, and from noon to 6 pm on October 14th.

“The UC Berkeley campus community is experiencing an outbreak of mumps,” university health officials said in a campus-wide email sent out on Tuesday. “University Health Services and the City of Berkeley’s Public Health Division are working closely with the California Department of Public Health to limit spread of the disease.”

Students who came down with the mumps were clustered on the Clark-Kerr campus, about a half-mile south of campus, and in the Cloyne student housing north of campus, according to the Bay Citizen.

Before this recent outbreak, Berkeley had only had six reported cases of mumps since 1990, according to city officials.

Because a significant number of people in the Berkeley community has not been immunized for mumps, there is a higher likelihood that an outbreak can propagate and infect more people. … Continue reading »

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