Daily Archives: November 4, 2011

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The Berkeley Wire: 11.04.11

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Berkeleyside says thank you very much to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Actors Ensemble of BerkeleyAmoeba MusicBerkwood Hedge School, Berkeley LabBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationBuy Local BerkeleyCarolyn Jones at The Grubb CompanyCollege Preparatory SchoolEcology CenterFocal PointGatherThe Grubb CompanyHotel Shattuck Plaza/Five RestaurantMechanics BankMoe’s Books, Occupy OaklandOrinda AcademyPark Day SchoolPasta BenePhoto Laboratory, Saint Mary’s College of CaliforniaTehiyah Day SchoolTelegraph … Continue reading »

Field trip highlights programs in food-forward Berkeley

Foraging at the farmers' market.
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Tomorrow, Bay Area Green Tours co-hosts a food field trip spotlighting some of the best of Berkeley’s alternative food systems. It’s part of the 15th Annual Community Food Security Coalition Conference, which runs today through Tuesday in Oakland. The Community Food Security Coalition is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating a food movement that is healthy, sustainable, and just.

The national conference draws sustainable food advocates, anti-hunger experts, and food policy wonks from around the country. The Food Sovereignty tour, which is open to the public (though now sold out), introduces participants to community food gardens, farmers’ markets, school food, and alternative food businesses in this town, which, of course, is well known for its food-forward agenda. … Continue reading »

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Home for sale: Understatement not included

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It’s going to take someone with a certain je ne sais quoi to buy the newly listed home at 1985 Tunnel Road ($998,000). Someone who says “‘pah’! to minimalism, enough with discreet style, who cares about low-key elegance and understatement? I want to live large.”

This home has a circular master bed, no less, gold leaf galore and two enormous, trumpet-like towers jutting over its roofline. It’s not a house to go unnoticed.

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house was built in 1996, rising from the ashes of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm — one of thousands of new-builds which came in all shapes and, mostly big, sizes. … Continue reading »

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Commission ponders growth of unlicensed pot groups

The Medical Cannabis Commission at its September meeting. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission agreed on Thursday to send a letter to the city manager expressing concern about the proliferation of cannabis collectives in areas that are not zoned for them.

The commission noted that two collectives — Forty Acres and Perfect Patient’s Plant Group — were operating much like dispensaries without having to comply with the numerous laws that regulate them, including getting licensed and paying taxes

“It is really important that we watch out for the interests of those people who are abiding by what is asked of them by the City of Berkeley,” said Commissioner Stewart Jones, referring to the three dispensaries currently permitted by the city. “I am concerned about an influx of (groups) coming into Berkeley. There are two now. Next week there could be two more.” … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

Armed Robbery, Oxford Lane and Oxford Street #11-61723
On Monday, October 31, 2011 at 8:15 p.m. an armed robbery occurred on Oxford Street across the street from the UC campus. Three unaffiliated juvenile females were standing in the Oxford Lane alleyway when they were approached by a male on a bicycle. The male chatted with the victims and then departed. The male returned approximately 10 minutes later in a black SUV with two male companions. The males got out of the vehicle and started a conversation with the victims.  The males then began grabbing the victims inappropriately.  The victims tried to leave the scene but the suspect who was originally on the bicycle pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victims.  He grabbed a bracelet off the arm of one of the victims and then tried to grab her phone. … Continue reading »

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