Daily Archives: May 4, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 05.04.12

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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:

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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MAKE SOME MUSIC – Become a performer! Have you ever wanted to jump from your seat to join the musicians of Berkeley Symphony performing on stage? On Saturday at Malcolm X Elementary School you’ll have your chance! The Berkeley Symphony is hosting an open–call to the community to perform alongside musicians of Berkeley Symphony. Open to instrumentalists and singers alike.

WORDS WORDS WORDSThe 10th Annual Poetry Festival brings together dozens of poets and artists in a daylong celebration of the arts. Held at Berkeley City College at 2050 Center St., the festival this year will honor poet Clive Matson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Art from the BCC Digital Arts Club will also be on sale. Noon to 4:30 pm. … Continue reading »

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Gay Austin, educator of Berkeley preschoolers

Gay Austin
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On the morning of April 15, Gay Austin passed away one month short of her 94th year. Born in Munich, Gay fled Nazi Germany at the age of seventeen for England where she entered a London training program in early childhood education at the North Hampstead Day Nursery.

In 1937 she arrived in America to join family members in Des Moines, Iowa and then moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she taught at Washington University’s Lab Preschool. Two years later she returned to Des Moines to marry Kurt M. Austin, the young man she had known and loved as a young woman in Munich who had also made his way to America. In 1945 Gay, Kurt and their two children Michael and Ruth moved to northern California.

A year later she started the Gay Austin Nursery School in her home with Michael in her first group of children. In 1957 she and Kurt were able to purchase and renovate a dentist’s office on Hopkins Street in Berkeley as the school’s new home where it remains to this day. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Art Museum’s architect talks

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By Preeti Talwai

“Our work started out of a museum wall,” said architect Elizabeth Diller on April 18, beginning the last lecture in the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design’s spring series. Addressing an audience that ran the gamut from students to experienced professionals in the field, she spoke that evening of her multifaceted work, including our very own new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

Leapfrogging across the world with a variety of highly acclaimed projects, ranging from installations to museums, Diller – and her collaborators at their New York based firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro – have now landed in our own backyard with their design for the new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives. The evening’s whirlwind survey of their multifaceted projects – which Diller summarized as “we just do a lot of different things” – shed light on and contextualized the project that is planned as a significant part of downtown Berkeley’s revival.

The BAM/PFA project is planned as a significant part of downtown Berkeley’s revival. The 82,000 sq ft space to be nestled between Center, Oxford, and Addison streets, is an example of the rejuvenation and occupation of existing sites that Diller states is “an important sustainable way to think.” Its $100 million design embraces the existing Art-Deco style printing plant, an “industrial shed”, and a new structure. … Continue reading »

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Could UC and Occupy the Farm compromise on Gill Tract?

People in Occupy the Farm work on the Gil Tract in Albany. Photo: Occupy the Farm
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Stranger things have happened: Maybe six months down the track a crop of winter greens will occupy a  stretch of land on San Pablo Avenue along the Berkeley-Albany border known as Gill Tract, site of a nearly two week standoff between the University of California, Berkeley and Occupy the Farm.

And everyone in this growing controversy might be happy. The saga over an often overlooked but special patch of earth began, aptly, on Earth Day. Now, both sides in this brouhaha in the normally quiet enclave of Albany appear to be making noises about having “meaningful dialogue” to facilitate a resolution that could include “shared custody” — though the situation resembles more of a spurned suitor (urban ag activists argue the university has repeatedly ignored requests to use this land for farming) than a marriage gone bad.

At stake: UC-owned land on the last parcel of Class 1 soil (considered the best for growing food) left in the East Bay that, except for a few months every summer when it’s used for corn research, lies largely vacant — aside from a proliferation of wild mustard, wind-carried trash, (often fast food wrappers), and, reportedly, the odd hypodermic needle.

Indeed, a private meeting between Cal representatives, Occupy the Farm advocates, and attorneys for both sides was slated for Thursday night at an undisclosed location to dig into their differences and come to a compromise over the 15-acre plot, the remaining remnant of a 104-acre area that UC Berkeley bought for $400,000  bequeathed to UC Berkeley in 1928. It is named for the family that once owned he land.(No settlement was reached, UC spokesman Dan Mogulof said at 9:20 am) … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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April 27:

Armed Robbery, Gayley Road, # 12-02229
On Friday, April 27, 2012 at approximately 11:00 p.m. an armed robbery occurred on Gayley Road just south of Hearst Avenue.  The victim, a 20 year old male UC student, was walking towards the Foothill Dining Hall when he was approached by a male.  The male asked to use the victim’s cell phone and then attempted to grab the phone.  The victim refused to let go of the phone.  The victim was struggling with the suspect #1 when a vehicle pulled up.  Suspect # 2 exited the vehicle and approached the victim.  Suspect #2 was holding a handgun and yelled at the victim to give up his cell phone.  The victim refused to release his phone and suspect #2 reached into the victim’s pocket and took his wallet.  Suspect #1 released the cell phone and both suspects got into the vehicle.  The vehicle fled southbound on Gayley Road.  The victim was not injured during the encounter.  BPD and UCPD searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects or the vehicle. The suspects are described as: Suspect #1 – A Black male, 28-32 years of age, 6’ in height, 200 lbs., bald with brown eyes, wearing a black sweatshirt with a front pocket, and long light colored shorts. Suspect #2 – A Black male, 28-35 years of age, 5’10” in height, 190 lbs., armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Suspect #3 – A White male, 22-25 years of age (driver of the vehicle). Suspect Vehicle – Light colored (possibly white, silver or gray) older four door sedan with a dark colored pinstripe. … Continue reading »

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