Daily Archives: July 3, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 07.03.12

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Don’t forget to participate in our Berkeley 4th

Fireworks above the Berkeley Marina. Photo: TheRealMichaelMoore
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Berkeleyside hopes all our readers enjoy their July 4th. And we also want to hear from you whether you’re attending the big city festivities at the Marina, joining a neighborhood celebration, doing a backyard barbecue with your family, or perhaps ignoring all the hoopla. Let us know what really makes a Berkeley 4th.

If you tweet, use the hashtag #berkeley4th. If you Facebook, let us know on our page. If you have some photos, put them on our Berkeleyside Flickr … Continue reading »


Man holds police at bay with pit bull dog in Berkeley

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A Berkeley man with a history of arrests kept police at bay with a pit bull dog on University Avenue Monday until two police negotiators talked him into surrendering.

The confrontation went on for more than an hour and police closed a section of University in the 2000 block near the old UC Theater while it was ongoing.

Eventually they arrested 37-year-old Austin White on charges of trespassing, threatening a police officer and illegal lodging in a public place, said police spokeswoman Jenn Coats.

According to Coats, 14 Berkeley officers were involved in the incident, including two with special training in negotiation. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Visit Berkeley has a new storefront. Photo: Natalie Orenstein
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CLANDESTINE CLUB An all-in-one theater-nightclub-recording studio-writing workshop just opened its doors on University Avenue. It describes itself as “an intimate performance space… offering quality entertainment for adults and children.” The exact location can’t be disclosed since the venue is also musician Ira Marlowe’s private home, but email The Monkey House before an event, and you’ll be granted the address and a secret password. The performance space seats 50, and monkey-themed decor abound.

A MORE VISIBLE VISIT Visit Berkeley, the city’s tourism information center and film production office has moved from its secluded location at 2030 Addison to the storefront suite in the same building. The move was intended to increase visibility, and the office is already getting a lot more foot traffic, said CEO Barbara Hillman.

NEW REAL ESTATE FOR REALTOR PBG Real Estate is moving from its current Claremont Avenue haunt to a larger office at 2987 College Ave. Owner and broker Daniel Stea said the move is a necessary one, since the firm, which serves clients across the East Bay, is expanding. PBG takes over the space formerly occupied for more than 42 years by Trips Out Travel. Trips Out went online in April. PBG will be up and running on August 1. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Thirstbusters release infectious new album

From left: Ryan Thomas, guitar; Forrest Mitchell, drums; Zach Sorgen, vocals, piano; Chase Jackson, bass

Caught Between, the title of the Thirstbusters’ infectious sophomore album, is certainly apt.

On one hand, the four-piece Berkeley band is securing a Canadian licensing deal and just won a national songwriting prize.

On the other, their current tour bus is a minivan that belongs to the drummer’s parents.

“We discussed different possibilities for the title, and Caught Between really fit this point in our lives, between childhood and adulthood, us on the verge of finally being a full-time band,” said singer and pianist Zach Sorgen, the band’s oldest member and a recent Vassar College graduate. … Continue reading »

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Alta Bates nurses go on strike, part of Sutter-wide protest

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Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Hospital on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley plan to strike today, the fifth walk-out since September 2011. The nurses are protesting concession demands they say “would undermine patient care protections as well as health and living standards for the registered nurses.”

Tuesday’s strike will affect 3,500 RNs, and also several hundred respiratory, X-ray, and other technicians at seven Alameda and San Mateo county hospitals operated by the Sutter corporation. A rally is planned at Alta Bates at 11:00 a.m.

“It has become necessary to strike again as Sutter has dug in its heels and refused to negotiate on any issue on the table,” said Alta Bates Summit RN Mike Hill in a statement published online. “They have said they want every takeaway proposed without exception despite record profits and executive salaries. This stance is unacceptable for our nurses, our communities, and our patients.”

Sutter countered that the nurses receive generous wages and benefits and have refused to be cooperative during ongoing negotiations. … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Nobody Else But You

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Don’t be fooled by the opening credits or poster art for Nobody Else But You (opening at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas on Friday, July 6th): despite appearances, it’s neither an erotic thriller nor a sexy fabric softener commercial. Despite these misleading first impressions, it’s actually a murder mystery in which Marilyn Monroe’s infamous fling with John F. Kennedy – and the ensuing tragedy — is recreated in a Gallic setting.

Released in France as Poupoupidou (conjuring visions of a biopic about former French President Georges Pompidou), the story begins as crime novelist and James Ellroy wannabe David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve) travels to Mouthe, the coldest town in France (its nickname is Little Siberia) to claim his inheritance. Unfortunately, David’s legacy turns out to be no more than a rather moth-eaten family heirloom, but he stumbles into a mystery that provides him inspiration for his next book. … Continue reading »

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