Daily Archives: March 5, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 03.05.12

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Support your high school and have some fun at BHS Live

BHS Live 2011
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Fancy lunch with Robert Reich? Or perhaps you’d prefer to break bread with both Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi and Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan? How about a getaway weekend in an architecturally stunning home in Healdsburg or a simple “tree house” with views of Tomales Bay?

These are just a few of the many prizes up for grabs at the BHS Live auction which takes place as part of Berkeley High’s biggest annual fundraiser this Saturday, 5:30-9:00pm, at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley.

BHS Live, which is organized by the BHS Development Group, raises funds for supplemental resources for all students at the school: be it to provide free after-school tutoring, classroom supplies or to allow educational field trips. … Continue reading »

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LifeLong Medical Care: Helping community for 36 years

Alison Roberts doing an ultrasound on Kwanjir Pupairoj at Lifelong Medical Care clinic
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The pain in Gordon Loncz’s mouth one Friday afternoon in February was intense. A tooth was so tender that touching it sent spasms through his mouth. The filling had fallen out, leaving Loncz’s root exposed.

It had been three years since Loncz had seen the dentist; his last cleaning had been in 2009 before the state of California cut Medi-Cal funding for dental work. But Loncz, a disabled senior who lives in north Berkeley, knew he had to take action. And he knew where to turn: the dental clinic at LifeLong Medical Care.

For the last 36 years, LifeLong Medical Care has been providing high-quality medical, dental, and other services to Berkeley’s most vulnerable residents. Started by the Gray Panthers as the Over 60 Health Clinic in 1976, LifeLong has now grown into nine different facilities around the Bay Area, with most centered in northern Alameda County. … Continue reading »

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Startup Forum tickets: Buy now or on the door tonight

Startup Berkeley Forum final postcard
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Tickets for tonight’s Startup Berkeley Forum at the Freight & Salvage can still be bought through Brown Paper Tickets until 3:00pm today, or they can be purchased on the door.

Startup Berkeley, which is bringing together leading figures to talk about the business climate in Berkeley, features the following panelists:

David Hyman, founder and CEO of streaming music service MOG Will Wrightcreator of The Sims and founder of Stupid Fun Club June Taylor, founder of jam and marmalade … Continue reading »

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3 men shot, wounded early Sunday in West Berkeley

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Update, 2:00 pm: From from BPD Sgt. Mary Kusmiss: “About 12:51 a.m., on Sunday, March 4, 2012, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received multiple reports from community members regarding gunshots heard in the area of 7th and Addison Streets. BPD patrol officers responded and found the victims at Sixth and Bancroft Way as they were trying to leave the area. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) responded to medically assess the victims.”

“A group of approximately five people were hanging out in … Continue reading »

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Wheelz launches on Cal campus, car owners set to profit

The average car owner takes in $200 per month by loaning out their vehicle through car sharing service Wheelz
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Fittingly, on a day when Berkeleyside is holding its Startup Berkeley Forum, a startup is making its debut on the UC Berkeley campus — and students who own cars are set to benefit.

Wheelz is a car sharing service that connects students with cars to students who need them. While car borrowers get where they need to go — to run errands, go on a date, attend interviews or take a trip off campus to Napa or Tahoe — car owners earn extra cash by putting their cars to good use.

As a bonus, the scheme may take a little pressure off the city’s environmental and parking woes in the process.

Wheelz launched on the Stanford campus last September and 500-plus students there are signed up and using the 25 vehicles registered with Wheelz, according to Jeff Miller, a co-founder and the company’s chief executive. … Continue reading »

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4.0 earthquake felt in Berkeley at 5.33 am Monday

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Update, 3:20 pm: USGS updated the initial earthquake quake that happened at 5:33:12 am this morning from magnitude 2.9 to 3.5.

Update, 9:35 am: This morning’s 4.0 magnitude earthquake, which was 5.7 miles deep, was immediately preceded by a 2.9 magnitude quake — which is why many reported feeling two distinct shakes. It was followed by two aftershocks: a 2.0 magnitude quake at 6:03am, then a 1.1 magnitude at 6:29am.

Berkeleysiders who lived very close by felt … Continue reading »

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