Daily Archives: August 3, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 09.03.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would very much like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley: Noises OffAmoeba MusicAndronico’s Community MarketsBAM/PFA Summer CinemaBerkwood Hedge School, Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival, Berkeley Playhouse/Willy WonkaBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationBuy Local BerkeleyCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyCitycentric InvestmentsContemporary Jewish Museum: Do Not DestroyDowntown Berkeley AssociationFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real … Continue reading »

After 30 years, what’s next for Vegi Food on Vine Street?

Kim Phuong and My Chan, who have run Vegi Food on Vine Street for almost 30 years, may need to find a new home for their hole-in-the-wall. Photo: Sarah Henry
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My Chan and her husband Kim Phuong have been cooking Chinese vegetarian dishes to a loyal clientele in the small, unassuming Vegi Food in North Berkeley for 28 years. But that may be about to change.

Recently, the building housing the restaurant at 2085 Vine Street (between Henry Street and Shattuck Avenue) changed hands. Chan and Phuong, who rent on a month-to-month basis, are concerned that the new owner is looking to lease the space in this locale on the edge of the Gourmet Ghetto to prospective tenants who have more cash to invest in the restaurant-retail space than they do.

Make no mistake, there’s nothing fancy pants about Vegi Food, a no-frills, hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop shop with a drab exterior and a dining area begging for a makeover. It’s the kind of place that many local eaters likely pass by without notice on their way to the Cheese Board, Off the Grid, or the farmers’ market — let alone high-end joints like Chez Panisse. But it gets high marks from its regulars — many of whom have come for decades — for its inexpensive, healthy chow miens, stir fries, and soups, which feature loads of vegetables and bean curd, and avoid garlic, onion, MSG, eggs, and meat. … Continue reading »

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

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MEMORABLE CONVERSATIONS   Sedge Thomson is Berkeley’s own unsung hero. As the long-time host and creator of West Coast Live, a two-hour show broadcast every Saturday on KALW, Thomson has highlighted the work of hundreds, even thousands, of writers, musicians, and artists. Thomson spends hours preparing for his productions, and his questions and interviews are regarded as among the most penetrating on the radio. This Saturday marks the last of four live broadcasts from Freight & Salvage. This week, starting at 10am, Thomson interviews Eddie Meidav, author of Lola, California, Karl & Carl, the music duo Meisner & Smith, and Mike Greensill on piano. Tickets are $15. … Continue reading »


BUSD reveals spending on sexual harassment case

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By Anika Anand, California Watch

The Berkeley Unified School District spent $172,697.15 on a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a high school student against her guidance counselor, according to records provided by district officials more than a year after they were first requested by California Watch.

All but $46,281.25 of the cost of investigating, defending and settling the case involving Berkeley High School counselor Anthony Smith was paid by the district’s insurance carrier, Deputy Superintendent Javetta Cleveland said in a telephone interview.

Cleveland revealed the information after California Watch reported that since July 2011, district officials had not responded to repeated requests for a breakdown of their spending on the controversial case. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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July 22

Loud Party, 1700 Block of Woolsey Street
On Sunday, July 22, 2012, at approximately 11:51 p.m., BPD Officers were dispatched to a report of a loud party in the 1700 Block of Woolsey Street.  The officer assigned to the call was able to locate the party.  They spoke with the resident, who quieted the party.

Loud Reports, Ashby Avenue/Ellis Street
On Sunday, July 22, 2012, at approximately 10:52 p.m., BPD Officers responded to the area of Ashby Avenue and Ellis Street for a report of possible gun shots or fireworks.  It was reported that one loud report was heard.  Officers checked the area and were unable to locate where the loud report came from.  There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

Bicycle Theft, 2100 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Sunday, July 22, 2012, between 7:00 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. a bicycle theft occurred in the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue.  The victim locked and secured her bicycle.  When she returned she discovered that an unknown suspect stole her bicycle. … Continue reading »

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