Daily Archives: May 11, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 05.11.12

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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 Ensemble of BerkeleyAmoeba Music, Berkeley Chamber of CommerceBerkeley PlayhouseBerkeley World Music FestivalBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyDowntown Berkeley AssociationChocolate & Chalk Art FestivalFantasy T-ShirtsFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts Bookstore, … Continue reading »

Review: Comal, fresh flavors, a dizzying choice of tequilas

The bar at Comal
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2020 Shattuck Avenue, between University and Addison
Berkeley CA, 94704
Comal Berkeley
Open for dinner daily

This place has been buzzing since day one, and it looks like it will be a new and successful venue for downtown Berkeley. The space is beautifully designed, with reclaimed wood and hard and shiny surfaces — unfortunately this translates into lots of noise when the crowds are there. There’s an open kitchen where you can watch a team of at least eight cooks orchestrating your meal. The large service staff is speedy, informed, and personable — you feel welcome from the moment you arrive.

The food is inspired by Latin America, with a large number of small plates, all moderately priced, and a few more pricey larger plates. Everything is quite delicious with a wonderful freshness of flavors. The chips and guacamole are a terrific way to begin your meal. … Continue reading »

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

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URBAN JUNGLE  Going to The Edible School Yard’s annual plant sale is like making a visit to an outdoor Chez Panisse. Not only is Alice Waters occasionally in attendance, but the day is filled with a cornucopia of delights, from mouthwatering food, to exuberant kids, to gorgeous plants and locally made goods. There will be vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs, perennials, and annuals for sale. The celebration is from 9 am to 3 pm at King Middle School … Continue reading »


Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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Friday, May 4

Armed Robbery — Hearst and Spruce Streets
On Friday, May 4 at approximately 10:15 p.m. an armed robbery occurred near Hearst and Spruce. The two 21-year old male victims were walking nearby the intersection when they passed two males.  The first male asked for the time while the second male approached them with a knife, drawn and visible. The suspect with the knife demanded the victims’ property. The first suspect took a wallet and cell phone from one of the victims while the second victim yelled for help. The suspects fled to a waiting vehicle which drove away in a northeasterly direction on Le Conte.  The victims were not injured during the encounter. … Continue reading »

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Can car-free ‘Sunday Streets’ come to Berkeley?

On May 6, parts of the Mission District in San Francisco were closed to cars for that city's "Sunday Streets" program. Photo: Emunah Hauser
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Thirty-six years ago, the mayor of Bogatá, Colombia had a novel idea. He wanted to close some of the city streets on Sundays to give bicycle riders, roller skaters and pedestrians a chance to enjoy the city in a different way.

The street closure was a huge hit, and over the years the concept has expanded to include 70 miles of closed streets every Sunday. About 1.5 million people take advantage of the car-free environment each week, about 20% of the population. They not only walk and bike, they dance, do yoga, and have aerobics classes

The idea, termed “Sunday Streets” or “Open Streets,” has been so popular that it has spread around the world, to cities like Kiev, Tokyo, and San Francisco. Now a group of Berkeley officials and activists want to bring the concept to Berkeley. They hope to close off a 10-to-16-block stretch of Shattuck Avenue to cars on a Sunday in October. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: I want a marijuana dispensary near my kids’ school, mom says

Berkeley Patients Group, which closed last week
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Tamar Todd is the mother of three children who attend elementary school and preschool in West Berkeley, just a few blocks from Berkeley Patients Group, the medical marijuana dispensary which was forced to close its doors last week after 12 years of operation. In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Todd, who is also a staff attorney for the Drug Policy Alliance, argues that the club provided a safe and responsible service to patients in need, and that its closure in … Continue reading »