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The Berkeley Wire: 05.12.16

Sprout a gnome in Berkeley by Wonderboom! Photo 'fathomfive

Sprout: a gnome in Berkeley by Wonderboom! Photo ‘fathomfive

Demetris Robertson, 2016’s #1 athlete in the country, picks Cal football (SB Nation)
Berkeley teen’s liberal views haven’t budged in 50 years (Newsweek)
Graduating UC Berkeley in three years: Dublin High School’s Tatum Wheeler (One Dublin)
Berkeley: 67th annual satsuki bazaar celebrates Hawaiian style (East Bay Times)
California breweries win 49 World Beer Cup medals (Mercury News)
Bay Area restaurants struggle to keep workers as living costs rise (Mercury News)
Mark Bittman leaves vegan meal-kit company Purple Carrot (Mother Jones)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.11.16

Bancroft Truck. Photo, taken on May 9, 2016, by David Gould

Bancroft Truck. Photo, taken on May 8, 2016, by David Gould

Berkeley resident files to run for District 2 City Council election (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Police open data portal now available to the public (East Bay Times)
Women Build graduates its first all-female class in the construction trades (Oakland North)
Berkeley community workshop address energy options (East Bay Times)
Berkeley: Himalayan Fair to focus on postquake Nepal (East Bay Times)
Berkeley author to talk on early California Indian life at the El Cerrito Festival (BANG)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.10.16

Spring time. Photo Film&PhotoArchivist

Spring time. Photo: Film&PhotoArchivist

UC Berkeley earns sixth-best global reputation (Daily Cal)
Group celebrating 20 years of creek stewardship (Mercury News)
Man outruns attempted robbers (East Bay Times)
Facing sky-high SF rents, Mission Cheese expands to Berkeley (Inside Scoop)
Sizeable share of Cal students are financially forced to skip meals (California)
Berkeley: Historic murals will be preserved (East Bay Times)
Chancellor Dirks sends an update to the campus community (UC Berkeley News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.09.16

Berkeley, 4th Street. Photo: bitonio

Berkeley, 4th Street. Photo, taken on May 7, 2016, by bitonio

UC Berkeley Chancellor buying novelist Alice Walker’s Berkeley home (SF Chronicle)
UC Berkeley senior to run for California State Assembly (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley-UCSF community medical program at risk (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley: 3 sought in strong-arm robbery (Mercury News)
Financial help available for seismic upgrades (East Bay Times)
Stadium send-off, May 14 caps, graduation season (UC Berkeley)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.06.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.05.16

Deer in the backyard. Photo, taken on May 2, 2016, by Mojan Ajmani

Deer in the backyard. Photo, taken on May 2, 2016, by Mohan Ajmani

Photo essay: A walk through Berkeley (Daily Cal)
UC Berkeley ranked one of world’s elite ‘top six’ (UCB News)
Bikes to trump cars in new East Bay bike-sharing program (Mercury News)
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. to open taproom in old Botella Republic space (Inside Scoop)
Taqueria with a cause comes to Gourmet Ghetto (Mercury News)
Snapp Shots: Berkeley Hardware saved from axe (East Bay Times)

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Bankrupt Premier Cru not run in ‘reliable fashion’

In December 2011, John Fox was all smiles as he held large scissors to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Premier Cru's new retail store at 1011 University Ave. Photo: Premier Cru
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An analysis of the books and inventory of the bankrupt Premier Cru wine company shows that it collected $45 million in wine orders but had no bottles associated with those orders in the warehouse at 1011 University Ave in Berkeley, according to court documents.

In addition, the company had $42 million in customer deposits on hand in December 2014 — most of which was no longer there when the company filed for bankruptcy in January 2016, according to court documents.

Those two startling numbers, along with some statements from a former employee and an accountant hired to examine the records, reveal chaotic business practices at the Berkeley wine company owned by John Fox and Hector Ortega. Those dealings have prompted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate whether Fox ran a Ponzi scheme.

Court documents also show that Fox managed a company that often sold bottles it did not have, mortgaged its building at 2011 University Ave. to the max, and deliberately tried to prevent its bank from attaching some of its funds. In addition, business records were sloppily kept.

“For the most part, I have determined that the Debtor’s books and records were not maintained in a reliable fashion,” Richard Pierotti, a certified public accountant hired by the bankruptcy trustee, wrote in a court declaration. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.04.16

Avett Brothers at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Photo Kelly Owen

Avett Brothers at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on April 30. Photo: Kelly Owen

Two minimum wage initiatives for Berkeley ballot (Express)
New effort to solve Berkeley cold case murder (KTVU)
Progressive voters meet to endorse city council and mayoral candidates (Daily Cal)
UC Chancellor faces skeptical Academic Senate (SF Chronicle)
How my disability helped me thrive at Cal’s computer science program (Medium)
At Shotgun Players, a game of ‘Hamlet’ roulette (Express)

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.03.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.02.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.29.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.28.16

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The Berkeley Wire: 04.27.16

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