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The Berkeley Wire: 06.26.12

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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OVER AND OUT Volcom on Telegraph Avenue is closing up shop due to lack of sales, says manager Damian Kordick. The fashion store’s last day is tomorrow, June 27, and there’s a 50% off sale at the shop until the doors close for the last time. According to Kordick, American Apparel for Men will be moving in. Berkeleyside has not been able to confirm this. Volcom is at 2305 Telegraph Avenue. Tel: 510-7040 860.

MOVING ALONG  Grove Street Kids is moving from its current location on Martin Luther King Jr Way to 1385 Shattuck Avenue. The children’s resale clothing store is closed while it moves and hopes to re-open in mid-July in time to celebrate its 5th year anniversary. Owner Anne Marie Elliott says on the store’s website that, while they were quite happy on MLK, they would like to be in a busier location with more foot traffic. Follow Grove Street Kids on Facebook for details, including the date of the opening. … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Mike Hammer, Oslo August 31st

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Few things personify the musky odor of mid-20th century American masculinity quite as potently as the writings of Mickey Spillane. Born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn in 1918, the jut-jawed, fedora-wearing beer enthusiast penned a series of wildly popular Ayn Rand-approved pulp novels featuring a private eye named, with appropriate lack of subtlety (or perhaps candor), Mike Hammer.

Selling several hundred million books is a sure way to get Hollywood’s attention, and, since his print birth in 1947, Hammer has appeared on the big screen half a dozen times — most memorably in 1955’s Kiss Me Deadly, an ink-black nuclear noir directed by Robert Aldrich. As for Spillane, he was celebrity enough to play himself in Ring of Fear (1954), a goofy but enjoyable circus-set thriller, and actor enough to play his own creation in 1963’s The Girl Hunters, one of a double bill of Hammer adaptations screening this Thursday, June 29th at Pacific Film Archive as part of the pulp writers series ‘One-Two Punch ’. … Continue reading »

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Grand Jury criticizes Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

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A highly critical report by the Alameda County Grand Jury has found that the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board is a “self-sustaining bureaucracy that operates without effective oversight and accountability.”

This rent board pays Jay Kelekian, its director, $183,000 a year to oversee a $4 million budget and manage just 21 employees – which is more than the city Berkeley pays its director of public works, who oversees 326 employees and has a $90 million annual budget, according to the report.

“The executive director makes an exorbitant salary that comprises nearly 5% of the entire budget of the agency,” according to the report. “The Grand Jury finds this unacceptable and concludes the board needs to reprioritize services and to reduce costs, not only in its administration but in services to the citizens of Berkeley.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley-Albany softball team wins tournament

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By Kate Campbell

Playing at the Big League Dream fields in Manteca, the Albany-Berkeley Sting team was once again undefeated in their three Saturday round robin games in a field of ten teams. Seeded second on Sunday, they went on to win the tournament in extra innings with international tie-breaker rules in the championship game, defeating the Brentwood Wildcats 9-7.

The Big League Dreams park includes six field modeled after major league stadiums. Sting played a game each at Tiger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, but played the remaining four games at Fenway Park. With turf infields and well-maintained grassy and spacious outfields, as well as goofy painted walls to simulate the unique architecture of the outfield stands, the “stadiums” were not only fun but conducive to clean fielding on infield grounders and successful base running on long hits to the outfield. … Continue reading »

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