Daily Archives: May 25, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 05.25.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to take a minute to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Actors Ensemble of BerkeleyAmoeba Music, AshkenazBerkeley World Music FestivalBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyChocolate & Chalk Art FestivalDowntown Berkeley AssociationEcology CenterFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMechanics BankMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts … Continue reading »

Police Blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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May 21

Residential Burglary via Unlocked Sliding door – 500 block of The Alameda – #2012-26751
On Monday, May 21, 2012, between 8:40 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. an unknown suspect or suspects entered a home in which the residents were not home in the 500 block of The Alameda. The suspect(s) stole coins and 3 televisions. The BPD officer who responded documented the crime and the loss and determined that a second-level sliding glass window had been left unlocked and was the point of entry. The total value of the items stolen is over $3,000. A BPD Crime Scene Investigator processed the home for anything of evidentiary value. … Continue reading »

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

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IS LADY LUCK ON YOUR SIDE?  The Ragged Wing Ensemble is presenting Fortune: The Complete Works, through Sunday May 27, and it will be one of the first performances in the new Osher Studio in the not-yet-quite-opened Arpeggio Building at 2055 Center Street. Ragged Wing is an ensemble of actors whose mission is to “catalyze a deep cultural shift where artistic action is at the center of vital social change.” The performance is the final chapter in the group’s season-long exploration into Fortune in all its varied meanings. “It features 3 original performances (A Fool’s Errand, Atomic Intuition, Maybe Baby) plus a short feature film (No Outlet) combined with a pre-show ‘audience-interactive playground.” Get tickets here. … Continue reading »

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Reader Poll: What next after Berkeley Police Chief storm?

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The revelation this week that Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan had sanctioned sending 10 officers to Oakland to “live track” his son’s stolen iPhone in January prompted international media interest and an impassioned response from the Berkeley community.

More than 320 Berkeleyside comments offered an insight into how the incident was viewed. The fact that no report was filed for the investigation, and that the Chief was also under scrutiny for his decision in March to send an officer to a reporter’s house in the middle of the night (read about that here), lent the episode added complexity.

When Chief Meehan spoke to Berkeleyside on Wednesday, he stressed that the search for his son’s iPhone did not constitute preferential treatment, and that such a response would have been initiated “for anybody in the city.” It doesn’t appear that Meehan believes this is something he should apologize for, nor that it is a resignation issue. Interim City Manager Christine Daniel chose not to comment. … Continue reading »

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Bartavelle owner: What’s cooking for ex-Café Fanny space

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Suzanne Drexhage is living proof of the adage that things come to those who wait.

Drexhage, who has worked at Berkeley wine purveyor Kermit Lynch for a dozen years, hosted her own pop-up restaurant events, served at Chez Panisse, and cooked with some of the most creative folks on the Berkeley food scene, has been scouting around for several years for a space to open her own place.

So, when Café Fanny closed in March after 28 years of serving frothy cappuccinos, poached eggs, and Acme toast, Drexhage was delighted to get the go-ahead to open Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar, a café-wine bar with a modern vibe and a European feel, in the slip of a space formerly co-owned by Alice Waters and Jim Maser of Picante. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Let Ohlone Park keep its chairs, Berkeley

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Ohlone Dog Park is the only fenced facility where dogs can run free in Berkeley. Park users spontaneously provided chairs at their own expense for years until the City got rid of them, allegedly for safety reasons.  This is the nanny state run amok, argues Albert Sukoff, a longtime Berkeley resident who has been visiting Ohlone Park with his trusty Springer Spaniel, Day-Z for the past four years. Read his recently published column in our op/ed section, Opinionator.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions … Continue reading »

75-year-old Golden Gate Bridge: A Berkeley perspective

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Happy 75th birthday Golden Gate Bridge, in all your international orange splendor.

Of course, your heart belongs to San Francisco, but some of the best views of your splendid span can be had from Berkeley. On the occasion of your anniversary, we publish photographs of yours truly by two of Berkeleyside’s favorite snappers.

And, should readers crave more, check out renowned photographer Richard Misrach’s book Golden Gate, a collection of photographs of the bridge and the bay shot over the course of three years from the same vantage point on the front porch of his Berkeley hills home. … Continue reading »