Daily Archives: October 8, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 10.08.12

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Makers, crafters and more at Mini Maker Faire Sunday

Showing off the Egg Bot at a previous East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Photo: sannmer
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Scroll through the list of 112 “makers, crafters, performers and presenters” lined up for this Sunday’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire and your head will start to spin. From Ace Monster Toys, to Don’t Try This in High School, through Mothership Hackermoms, to Unpossible Cuts there’s a world of mind-opening, action-provoking stuff to see and do. The Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire started in 2010 at Park Day School in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood as an intimate, homegrown version of what was by then the massive Maker Faire held annually at the San Mateo County fairgrounds. Something was very right about the concept, because there are now hundreds of Mini Maker Faires around the world (scroll around the map below). But the EBMMF is the original. … Continue reading »

Berkeley businesses join forces to support high school

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What are you doing for lunch on Friday? One option is to head to Caffe Venezia and join a group of local business players who, for the second year running, have set themselves a goal of raising funds for the Berkeley High Development Group while enjoying good Italian fare and convivial conversation.

Architect Charles Kahn (Kahn Design Associates) co-founded BHSDG Business Partners last year with David Mayer of Mayer Laboratories. Mayer had been asked to take over “business outreach” for the Berkeley High School Development Group and he was stunned to find that, historically, only a few thousand dollars had been made available annually in direct donations to the group. He resolved to accept the assignment only if he could significantly improve the results.

“Berkeley High School is the only public high school in our community — we rely upon it for the education of our children and our employees’ children,” says Kahn. “We recognize it is in our self-interest to support Berkeley High.” The group also recognizes that the school has a national reputation for academic excellence, diversity and social enrichment. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley on course for $250,000 election

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It may pale beside President Obama’s $181 million raised in September alone, but local candidates in Berkeley are easily on course for more than a quarter million in fundraising before the November 6 election. Donations in Berkeley are capped at $250 per individual, a limit that has stood since the 1970s.

The figures on Berkeley’s local races come from filings submitted to the city clerk showing fundraising and expenditures for the third quarter of 2012 (all candidate and measure filings can be accessed online). Unsurprisingly, the mayoral contest has the largest fundraising, but it is closely trailed by the vigorous race in district 5, where incumbent Laurie Capitelli is being challenged for the second time by Sophie Hahn.

Hahn and Capitelli have raised a combined $62,858 (less than $1,000 separates their totals), compared to $72,311 raised by Mayor Tom Bates and challenger Jacquelyn McCormick. Council Member Kriss Worthington, who is also running for mayor, did not meet the quarterly filing deadline so his totals are not yet available.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley photographer’s work selected for postage stamp

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Barrie Rokeach is heading to Oakland airport on the freeway and chatting about his latest achievement: one of his aerial photographs has been chosen to appear on a postage stamp released this month as part of a series called “Earthscapes.” Asking the Berkeley resident whether he’s comfortable driving and talking at the same time seems almost redundant: this is a man who flies a plane while shooting pictures. Multitasking clearly comes easily.

Rokeach has been flying for 40 years and taking photographs for 35. At some point it seemed a natural fit do combine the two, he said.

The author of “Timescapes: California Aerial Images”, and the “Kodak Guide to Aerial Photography,” Rokeach’s work runs the gamut from commercial (clients include ad agencies, UC Berkeley and corporations like Nike) through artistic — his images have been exhibited numerous times. … Continue reading »

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