Daily Archives: October 2, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 10.02.12

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5 Berkeley mayoral candidates face off at local forum

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Five of Berkeley’s six mayoral candidates faced off on Monday night in a bid to persuade a slice of the Berkeley populace that they were best suited to lead the city for the next four years.

No one issue dominated the discussions, but some of those being debated included the proposed sidewalk sitting ordinance, the city’s unfunded liabilities and how it spends its money, how to boost business locally, the town-gown relationship, and the achievement gap in the school system.

An estimated 150 people turned out to St John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley on an unusually warm evening to hear incumbent Mayor Tom Bates and challengers Councilman Kriss Worthington, local businesswoman Jacquelyn McCormick, Cal adjunct professor Bernt Wahl, and activist Zachary RunningWolf, share their vision and address questions from a panel of journalists as well as from the audience. (The sixth registered candidate, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi, did not attend.) … Continue reading »

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Walker: Absurdist classic steeped in grime, grit, blood

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The United States has always fancied itself master of the Western Hemisphere. From the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 through the Reagan Doctrine of the 1980s and on to the present day, Central and South American countries have frequently found themselves the unhappy victims of “gringo meddling.”

In 1853, an ambitious Yankee adventurer named William Walker embarked on a mission to bring American-style freedom and democracy to the people of Nicaragua. Having previously established the short-lived Republic of Lower California in northern Mexico, Walker was determined to repeat the process in Central America — and he succeeded, albeit temporarily.

Walker’s strange but true story is the subject of director Alex Cox’s satiric 1987 biopic Walker, screening at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Pacific Film Archive as part of the Archive’s current series ‘Rebel Without Applause: The Films of Alex Cox.’ As a substantial added bonus, Cox will be in attendance for a post-screening interview with former Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman. … Continue reading »

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Seagull flies into power lines, fire and evacuation follow

Firefighters battle a fire at 1113 Delaware St. in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Photo: David Yee
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UPDATE 10:05 am: A PG&E spokeswoman said a seagull flying into two power lines caused a power outage. Tamar Sarkissian said she could not comment whether that caused the fire. Two customers are without power.

Original story: Berkeley residents were evacuated in one block of Delaware Street this morning due to the danger of power lines being down in front of a home that caught fire.

The fire was at 1113 Delaware Street in west Berkeley and, according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong, it is not clear yet whether the power lines fell as a result of the fire or vice versa.

The fire department received a call at 8:14 am and, once they were on scene, called out PG&E in order to secure the downed power lines. Berkeley Police were also brought in to evacuate local residents. There were no injuries to either residents or firefighters, and the cause of the fire is not known, Dong said.

At 9:00 am, crews were still on scene doing salvage and overhaul work. … Continue reading »

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