Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.10.13

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Thin-crust pizza restaurant to open in Rockridge

Jules Thin Crust is set to open in Rockridge in March in the former Las Palmas space
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Some might argue that opening a new pizza restaurant directly opposite one of the East Bay’s most cherished pizza joints is asking for trouble. But Jeff and Heather Clapp, the couple behind Jules Thin Crust, which is slated to open in March at 5804 College Ave., are confident there are enough customers around for both Zachary’s and their new launch.

“I love Zachary’s deep-pan mushroom pizza,” said Jeff on Tuesday this week as he worked on fitting out the space formely occupied by Las Palmas taqueria with his father-in-law. “We used to live in Rockridge and would come to Zachary’s often. We see Jules as offering something very distinctive.” … Continue reading »

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BART seeks owners of recovered bikes, parts after arrest

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BART Police investigators are looking for the owners of more than 10 bicycles and a slew of bike parts after arresting a Richmond man on Sunday in Berkeley.

In a statement released Wednesday, police said they arrested 57-year-old Marque Moore after he tried to sell a stolen bike back to its owner near the Ashby Avenue BART station.

Officer Era Jenkins, BART police spokeswoman, said authorities got involved after the owner called the BART Police to let them know about the transaction.

According to the statement: “BART Police Officers were on hand when Moore agreed to meet at BART’s Ashby Station. The owner of the bike confirmed that the bicycle Moore was trying to sell was actually stolen from a residential burglary in the City of San Francisco three months prior.” … Continue reading »

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

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WATCH THE AUDITIONS  The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival auditions start in Berkeley this weekend (continuing in San Francisco on Jan. 19-20) and are open to the public. According to those who have attended in the past, it’s a great event to see with each performance of a few minutes offering an incredible variety of dancing. Kids go free, adults $10 and it’s in-and-out privileges, so you can watch for a while, go out to lunch, come back and watch some more.  Auditions take place on Saturday and Sunday Jan. 12 and 13 at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus from 11am – 7pm. For details visit the Festival’s website. … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley ranks in top 10 for best-value public schools

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Kiplinger has named UC Berkeley one of the ten best-value public colleges in the country. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the Kiplinger list for the 12th time.

Berkeley is the most selective school in the list’s top 100, with 22% of applicants admitted. The average debt at graduation for Berkeley, $17,116, places it third out of the top ten. Two other University of California campuses — UCLA and UC San Diego — were also in the top ten, at sixth and tenth.  … Continue reading »

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Locals oppose 7-Eleven coming into ‘fragile’ neighborhood

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Update, 01.22.13: The 7-Eleven hearing has been postponed and will not be heard at the Jan. 24 Zoning Adjustments Board meeting. We will report on the new date when it is set.

Original story: A group of west Berkeley neighbors is mounting a vocal opposition to 7-Eleven opening a 24-hour convenience store at 2000 San Pablo Ave. on the corner of University Avenue. Residents fear that a store open throughout the night would be a magnet for crime and anti-social behavior, and would threaten to reverse what many see as significant improvements to the neighborhood’s quality of life over the past few years.

Around 60 local residents and merchants gathered on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the vacant corner store for which 7-Eleven submitted a use permit application to the city Planning Department in September. … Continue reading »

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