POOR SALES FORCE ALKO CLOSURE Alko Office Supplies, which has been operating in one form or another at 2225 Shattuck Avenue for 104 years, announced Tuesday that it is shutting its doors. Gary Shows, president of the Cliff Radston Company, said in a press release published in the Daily Planet that the store is closing because of declining purchases from UC Berkeley, changes in the shopping patterns in downtown Berkeley, and the perception of shoppers that chains offer better deals than small, locally owned businesses.
The editors of Berkeleyside, truth to tell, are not regulars at local rocks gigs. It’s perhaps a question of age and taste, but it’s also a result of a common problem: how do you know whether you’ll like a band you’ve never heard?
By Zusha Elinson / Bay Citizen
Demented surgeons who know no bounds, crazed doctors keeping brains alive, abductions and decapitations — you can tell Steve Seid had an enormous amount of fun putting together the program for this year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series which kicks off on Saturday August 4.
The Berkeley School district says there were inaccuracies in an article by Anika Anand and Emily Hartley of California Watch which set out to uncover the cost to BUSD of a sexual harassment case at Berkeley High.
Three Berkeley homes are featured on the American Institute of Architects’ second annual East Bay Home Tour which takes place on Saturday August 11. There are seven homes to explore in total: along with those in Berkeley, two are in Lafayette, one in Albany and one in Emeryville.
The annual Berkeley Kite Festival, one of the largest of its kind, was held again this weekend at Cesar Chavez Park on the bay. The gathering, which was expected to attract more than 35,000 people, included stunt kites, Japanese kite teams, Rokkaku battles, the beautiful Octopi kites, lashings of good food and music, as well as the traditional free candy crop for kids.
By far the most controversial story of the week surrounded Rogue Café, a pop-up brunch spot in south Berkeley. With its crisp waffles, which its chef Eric Thoreson spent weeks perfecting, and its funky back-door décor, the story seemed a perfect example of this region’s do-it-yourself locavore movement. But readers wanted to know more: did Rogue have a permit? Was the food safe? How could the owners operate a commercial business in a residential district? There were 167 comments on the story, expressing concerns that wavered between the operation’s legality and Berkeley’s rush to regulate. The commentators also criticized us for not asking the tough questions in the first place. By the end of Monday, the Health Department had contacted Thoreson about his operations and Rogue Café officially became a private, by invitation, brunch.
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On Wednesday, the Oakland Planning Commission unanimously certified the final EIR and approved Safeway’s proposed plans for its College Avenue store which sits on the Oakland-Berkeley border.
This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Police Department. (Please note that these are Calls For Police Services only and are subject to review and reclassification by supervisors, detectives and the DA as appropriate.) The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. See also the San Francisco Chronicle’s regularly published list of arrests in Berkeley. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see BPD’s Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.
By Hannah Long
Noam Lemish had been in Bhutan for a few months when he discovered that his efforts to bring new musical currents to the Himalayan kingdom had won a powerful ally. Hired in 2009 to launch a music school in the capital, Thimphu, the Israeli-American jazz pianist dedicated some of his spare time to spinning discs at a radio station, focusing on jazz, Western classical and international music from beyond the borders of the long isolated Buddhist nation.
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