Daily Archives: April 20, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 04.20.12

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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:

Actors Esnemble of BerkeleyAmoeba MusicAurora TheatreBerkeley Lab, Berkeley Poetry FestivalBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCal Day 2012Carolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyDowntown Berkeley AssociationFantasy T-ShirtsFive RestaurantFocal PointGovHubThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateJewish Music FestivalLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto … Continue reading »

Cal Day: Life, the universe and everything

Sather Gate is the heart of Cal Day. There will be crowds, but there is a wealth of activity. Photo: Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill

Tomorrow is Cal Day, the University of California Berkeley’s annual open house, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to a closing concert at 4:00 p.m. Honestly, if you can’t find something to interest you among the 370-odd events, consult your doctor. As the university’s Twitter account declared the other day, “Like the universe, Cal Day continues to expand.”

That expanding universe is itself one of the features of this year’s Cal Day, with Berkeley’s 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Saul Perlmutter interviewed by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at 11 a.m. at Pimentel Hall. If your interests are more grounded in the here-and-now, perhaps you’d prefer Robert Reich’s 1 p.m. talk on Political Civility Should Not Be An Oxymoron, at Dwinelle Hall.

Don’t want to be stuck inside on what promises to be a beautiful, sunny day? Wander down to the Cal Golden Bears football scrimmage at Edwards Stadium — apparently the first time the team has ever played in the stadium, which opened in 1932. Coach Jeff Tedford has promised appearances by some of the Cal alumni who are in the NFL, as well as an autograph session.  … Continue reading »

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What did you think about the new design for Telegraph?

The design. Courtesy: Kirk E. Peterson & Associates
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Yesterday we asked our readers what they thought of the new Kirk Peterson design for a new building to go on the northeast corner of Telegraph and Haste. A respectable 256 of you responded to our unscientific, imperfectly worded poll, and the verdict is that more of you like it than hate it (45% versus 26%).

A significant number (13%) are not sure what to make of the proposal. While many (16%) are simply surprised that anything at all … Continue reading »

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Landmark Bernard Maybeck home for sale in Berkeley

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Chances to buy — or at a minimum see inside — a Bernard Maybeck designed home in Berkeley come along rarely. The Kennedy-Nixon house at 1537 Euclid Avenue in north Berkeley has just gone on the market.

The landmarked home, which was built in 1914 (and quickly rebuilt in 1923 after it burned down in the devastating Berkeley fire of that year), is priced at $1,995,000. The home has had only three owners since it was built, and it has stories to tell.

The Nixon family built it as a live-in studio for their daughter’s piano teacher, Alma Kennedy. It was designed to include a recital hall, a waiting area for students’ parents, a reception room with a small kitchen and an upstairs sleeping quarters. The recital hall, with its cathedral windows and clear-heart unfinished redwood paneling, is particularly arresting. … Continue reading »

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Community examines state of Berkeley’s Latino residents

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Berkeley’s Latino community and allies came together Thursday evening to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the farm worker movement, memorialize United Farmworkers Co-Founder Cesar Chavez, and honor Dolores Huerta, the other UFW co-founder, a guest of honor in front of a capacity crowd at the Berkeley Adult School auditorium.

While the historical movement that empowered farm workers was not forgotten, speakers focused on the theme of the evening: “The State of Latinos in Berkeley.”

Latinos comprise just under 11% of the city’s population, but the community is underrepresented in its governance and overrepresented in impoverishment, speakers said.

“We’re here to celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez and reflect on what his legacy may mean to each of us,” Berkeley Councilmember Jesse Arreguìn told the crowd. “Cesar’s legacy was a legacy of service, fighting for social change….While Cesar made a huge difference, many of the struggles he fought for are still with us today.” … Continue reading »

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Tokyo Fish Market’s Lee Nakamura: A veteran fishmonger

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On any given day, the seafood counter at the Tokyo Fish Market — with its tank of live Dungeness crabs, rows of gleaming whole snapper, and variety of bright, orange-pink salmon steaks — is awash with customers keen to select their seafood of choice.

Established in 1963 by Isamu and Tazuye Fujita, the grocery store, on San Pablo Avenue in north-west Berkeley, has been a mainstay in the Japanese and Japanese-American community for decades and, increasingly, a popular place to shop for both Asians and non-Asian customers who enjoy Japanese food.

The store is an East Bay institution with legions of loyal customers who flock there for sushi-grade fish, soy sauce and rice, as well as other staples of Japanese cuisine. The market is now run by the former owners’ son Larry Fujita, and Lee Nakamura, who can frequently be found behind the seafood counter that dominates one side of the shop. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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April 15:

Residential Burglary/Stolen Auto – 30 block of Fairlawn Drive – #2012-18494
On Sunday, April 15, 2012 between 1:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., an unknown suspect or suspects pried a sliding door off its tracks and burglarized a home in the 30 block of Fairlawn Drive. The two roommates went out the night before and came home at about 12:30 a.m., then went to sleep. They discovered the crime in the morning. The suspects stole many items from the home including laptops, cameras and musical instruments totaling over $15, 000. The suspect(s) also used car keys to steal a car and entered another unlocked car to take a few items.

Theft of Two Bicycles  2900 block of Florence Street – #2012-19852
On Sunday, April 15, 2012 between 7:00 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. an unknown suspect or suspects entered the backyard of a home in the 2900 Florence Street and stole two bicycles. The two men’s mountain bikes, a Nishiki and Marin brand, were not secured. The owner gave the BPD officer the serial numbers of the bikes. The officer entered the descriptions and the serial numbers into the Automated Property database as stolen property. … Continue reading »

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