Daily Archives: January 3, 2013


The Berkeley Wire: 01.03.12

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Five-time felon charged with murder of Berkeley woman

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A 34-year-old Berkeley man who was on parole for a 2010 assault on his mother has been charged with the stabbing death on Friday of a Berkeley woman in her 20s, according to authorities and media reports.

Jamaal Anthony Prince was arraigned Monday, and charged with killing 26-year-old Jennifer Kingeter early Friday in an East Oakland apartment, according to the Oakland Tribune. Police told the Tribune she was a ballet student. … Continue reading »

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Update: 4:35 p.m. Water should resume flowing to south Berkeley residents around 5 p.m., according to a spokesman for EBMUD.

The problem started around 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. EBMUD crews went to fix a broken main in an area that has “redundancy,” said spokesman Charles Hardy. Crews shut down a 16-inch pipe only to find the problem was in a nearby 30-inch pipe, he said. EBMUD expects to put the 16-inch pipe back in service by 5 p.m., which should restore the water flow.

Original story: A 30-inch pipe on Claremont Avenue behind the Claremont Resort and Spa broke this morning and has caused a drop in water pressure in many homes and businesses in south Berkeley and north Oakland, according to residents and officials. … Continue reading »

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Andre Thierry: The New King of Zydeco

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Sometimes it looks like there must be two or three guys named Andre Thierry running around the Bay Area, setting small zydeco conflagrations with sizzling accordion riffs. But no, the Richmond-raised Thierry has become the region’s most visible torchbearer for Louisiana’s signature Creole blend of R&B, soul and Acadian culture.

“We’re getting out there more, that’s my main goal,” said Thierry, 33, who performs Saturday at Freight & Salvage with his hard-working band Zydeco Magic. “Before I was kind of doing the regular stuff, now I’m stepping out of the box a little bit, doing stuff I wouldn’t normally do.”

Recently nominated for a Best Regional Roots Music Album Grammy Award for his contribution to Corey Ledet’s album “Nothin’ But the Best,” Thierry is celebrating the release of his fourth album “Are You Ready To Learn,” an album that seamlessly blends old-school R&B crooning, supple funk, and lively zydeco two-steps, waltzes and shuffles. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Proposed site of Biondi's Cafe. Image: Google Maps
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FROM CLOTHES TO PIZZA Landlord Ken Sarachan has applied to open a new “family and student oriented” eatery — serving salads, gourmet pizza and pasta — named Biondi’s Cafe, at 2360 Telegraph Ave. You may remember it as Wet Seal, which has closed. (Thanks to Charles Siegel for the tip.) Architect Mark Thieme said, in his application to the city, the space “will feature a bar and restaurant seating with a bistro style atmosphere.” Interior improvements will include “a new commercial kitchen, open seating areas, bar type seating, accessible restrooms and a production lift” for storage on the existing mezzanine. The cafe will seat about 80 people, with a capacity of 150. The space has applied for permission to be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and could offer live music. The application is set for review before the Zoning Adjustments Board on Jan. 10. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Wider sidewalks would revitalize Southside

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Berkeley resident and environmental activist Charles Siegel argues, in an Opinionator piece published today, that a key step on the way to Telegraph Avenue’s revitalization will be to widen its sidewalks. Siegel, author of Unplanning: Livable Cities and Political Choices, takes a closer look at ideas suggested by Berkeley Design Advocates, which inclue converting Bancroft Way and Durant Avenue into two-way streets. Widening the sidewalks, Siegel says, “will create room to plant trees and add cafe seating on this side of the street, making it an … Continue reading »


Op-Ed: Wider sidewalks would revitalize Southside

Center Street. Photo: Charles Siegel
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Berkeley Design Advocates has suggested many good ideas for revitalizing the Telegraph Ave. shopping district, and I think the most important is their proposal to make Bancroft and Durant two-way, which would allow us to widen sidewalks in key locations.

In the picture, you can see that the campus side of Bancroft has a fairly attractive sidewalk with trees, while the south side of the street has a narrow, bland sidewalk. Imagine how different this picture could be if we made Bancroft two-way and widened this narrow sidewalk by 10 feet. We would have room to plant trees and add cafe seating on this side of the street, making it an attractive shopping street facing campus.

Business improved dramatically when the city widened the sidewalk on Center St. just west of campus, and we could do the same by widening sidewalks on the blocks of Bancroft adjacent to Telegraph and on the block of Durant east of Telegraph. … Continue reading »

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Contest: Name that nosh [01.03.13]

Stag's Lunchette, Name that Nosh, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Think you know food in the East Bay? Prove it by naming this restaurant and dish. Share your photos for consideration for use in Name that Nosh by emailing nosh@berkeleyside.com. Continue reading »

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An unusual New Year’s greeting from the Hall of Science

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It’s no secret that Michael Layefsky takes terrific aerial photos of the Berkeley landscape. In 2012, he had two shows in Berkeley – one at the Main Library and one at the Picturish Gallery. Berkeleyside also published a large portfolio of his work shot with a camera flying 150 feet in the air.

Layefsky and the staff at the Lawrence Hall of Science teamed up to make this valentine of a video to usher in the … Continue reading »

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