Daily Archives: April 6, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 04.06.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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

Amoeba MusicBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCal Youth CampsCarolyn Jones at The Grubb CompanyChurch Without Walls, Downtown Berkeley AssociationFantasy T-ShirtsFive RestaurantFocal PointGourmet GhettoThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateJewish Music FestivalLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMechanics BankMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto LaboratoryPsychotherapy InstituteSutter … Continue reading »

Kala-fornia auction offers chance to buy art locally

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If you’re in the market to buy art, there’s a strong argument for buying local given the wealth of talent in the Bay Area, including right here in Berkeley.

Kala-fornia: State of the Art 2“, a two-week exhibition of works by prominent California artists, opens April 12 at the Kala galleries on Heinz and San Pablo with a preview party on opening night, and it culminates in a Gala Auction on the evening of Saturday, April 28. But the online auction preview is open right now if you are itching to peruse the art on offer.

Philanthropists Barclay and Sharon Simpson will co-chair the Gala Auction, for which tickets are available through Kala, and Deborah Oropallo and Rupert Garcia will be the honored artists. Channel 5 newscaster and artist Dana King, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Oropallo has lived and worked in Berkeley for many years. Her current work borrows from internet images of women in commercially available superhero costumes, and then transforms them into intricate and animated large-scale figural prints. … Continue reading »

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The Daily Cal: Berkeley’s student paper at a tipping point

The Daily Cal publishes 10,000 free papers a day, 70% of which are picked up, said editor-in-chief Tomer Ovadia
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It’s a pivotal moment in the 141-year history of the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student-run newspaper. The publication is in dire financial straits and unprecedented action is needed to save it, says its outgoing editor-in-chief Tomer Ovadia.

After several recent cost-cutting measures have proved insufficient, the publication, which is also being evicted from its offices in the seismically unstable Eshleman Hall, is calling on its student readership to help bail it out.

“We have a significant deficit and we are asking students to cover half that deficit,” said Ovadia.

The Daily Cal, which publishes a free print edition four days a week, as well as an online news site, has placed a fee referendum on the Associated Students of the University of California’s spring ballot, asking the student body to commit to a $2 per semester contribution. If passed, the fee would be automatically added to students’ fees for the next five years. … Continue reading »


Authors use Kickstarter to begin new publishing company

A group of Bay Area authors are trying to fund a new publishing company, Golden Gate Books, through Kickstarter.com
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It’s no secret that times are tough in the publishing industry.

Consumers are increasingly buying e-books, which bring in less revenue than traditional hardcover books. The popularity of the iPad means more words are fighting for readers’ attention. And publishers are increasingly turning to celebrity memoirs or books written by those with established track records. The days of a young unknown steadily building up a reputation are gone.

Now a group of Bay Area authors committed to children’s literature is starting a new publishing imprint, and is funding it in an unusual way: through Kickstarter.com. Led by Berkeley author Marissa Moss, who has published more than 60 books, including the popular Amelia’s Notebook series, Golden Gate Books “plans to fill the void left behind by the major New York publishers who no longer put out a broad range of quality picture books.” … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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Armed Robbery, College Avenue and Parker Street,  #12-16735
On Thursday, March 29, 2012 at approximately 9:28 p.m. an armed robbery occurred on College Avenue near Parker Street.  The 19 year old female victim was listening to music on her iPhone when the male suspect ran up to her from behind.  The suspect pointed a gun at her and demanded her iPhone.  The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene on foot westbound on Parker.  BPD officers did an area check but were unable to locate the suspect or the iPhone. The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The suspect is described as a black male, 19 to 22 years of age, with a dark complexion, approximately 5’05” in height, with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Snapshots of what your BPD officers are doing:

  • Between Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 9:48 a.m. and Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:13 p.m., BPD officers responded to 18 welfare checks of community members and individuals in the City of Berkeley. … Continue reading »
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