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Op-Ed: Could Box have been Berkeley’s first $1 billion IPO?

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The cloud content management company Box was founded in Berkeley in 2005, but quickly moved to Palo Alto to attract senior talent. It is about to go public in a $1 billion IPO.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, David McIntosh, a UC Berkeley graduate and the founder of Redux, a Berkeley-based software company that pulls together shareable online videos, laments (somewhat) the big fish that got away.

But a lot has changed in Berkeley in nine years. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley to consider restricting large drugstores, future of proposed Solano Ave. Walgreens store in the balance

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Berkeley is set to consider whether to limit the number of larger drugstores in the city, at least in certain neighborhoods, which may put a halt to disputed plans by Walgreens to open a new store on upper Solano Avenue.

The issue will be discussed at the city’s Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, March 19.

If the commission, a citizen’s group that advises the Berkeley City Council, approves drugstore zoning recommendations proposed by city staff, it will move Berkeley closer to legally prohibiting the proposed new Walgreens — a project that set in motion the city’s renewed examination of chain drugstore locations. … Continue reading »

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West Berkeley’s Pacific Steel files for bankruptcy

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Pacific Steel Castings, based in west Berkeley since 1934, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Oakland on Monday. Pacific Steel, one of the largest independent steel casting companies in the U.S., has 410 employees in three separate plants at the eight-acre site off Gilman Street. There are no immediate layoffs or interruptions in payment of wages or pensions.

The company hopes the bankruptcy proceedings will enable it to restructure its liabilities and remain in operation, possibly under a different owner from the Genger family which is in its fourth generation of ownership. Pacific Steel makes carbon, low-alloy and stainless steel castings for U.S. and international customers, largely for heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment.  … Continue reading »

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Farm Burger, Soccer Pro, Road Runner Sports to Berkeley

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A new shopping destination is emerging at the intersection of 10th and Gilman streets in West Berkeley. Three new businesses have just signed leases to move into Gilman Crossings, a commercial hub whose transition was kickstarted by Whole Foods’ decision to move into the area last year.

Soccer Pro and Road Runner Sports are both opening up in the complex formerly known as Gilman Village, and Jason Mann will open the first west coast outlet of Farm Burger, a farm-to-table restaurant that will hopefully incorporate a boutique-style craft brewery. They will join Philz Coffee and Doughnut Dolly as new tenants who have already signed leases. … Continue reading »

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Opponents of proposed Walgreens hope for zoning change

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UPDATE, 01.17.14: About 50 people showed up to the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday and about half of them expressed their concerns about the proposed Walgreens on Solano Avenue. The commission discussed the issues but did not reach any conclusions. It asked Berkeley senior planner Alex Amoroso to come back to the commission having done further research. In particular, the commission wants direction of the definition of the word ‘drugstore,’ and questioned whether stores like Walgreens can be classified as department stores. It has not been decided when the issue will come back to the commission.

ORIGINAL STORY: Local residents who oppose a new Walgreens planned on the current site of a gas station at 1830 Solano Ave. (at Colusa) in Berkeley are hoping a potential new zoning amendment might derail the drugstore chain’s plans.

The city’s Planning Commission tonight will review a proposed 2011 zoning ordinance that would limit the number of new or expanded drugstores to within 1,000 feet of each other. The City Council had asked the commission to provide direction on the issue, and the proposal for a new Walgreens on Solano has brought the issue to the front burner. The commission could support the proposal as written, recommend revisions or changes, or decide against a recommendation, leaving the status quo.  … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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WEST BERKELEY FENCING CLUB The renovation of the former Freight & Salvage space at 1111 Addison St. (at San Pablo) is now complete and the West Berkeley Fencing Club has launched a new schedule of classes this month. The club, which was founded by Mark Headley, offers four full sized fencing strips and two coaching strips on a compressed bamboo floor, a stretching room with fitness equipment, as well as a lounge area with a big-screen TV showing, of course, fencing. [Disclosure: West Berkeley Fencing Club advertises on Berkeleyside -- and Berkeleyside readers can get 10% off their first month of classes. Click here for details.] … Continue reading »

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Fournée bakery opens in Berkeley… finally

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Just a few hours after it opened its doors today for the first time, Fournée, Frank Sally’s new bakery and patisserie opposite the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, was running low on raspberry scones, Ceylon sticky buns and classic baguettes.

The baskets of pastries were emptying rapidly as a steady stream of customers entered the neat, airy space with its exposed brick wall and wooden shelves of loaves and — invariably — greeted the staff with a hearty “welcome to the neighborhood!”

Those who live nearby have been waiting for this day for some time. Berkeleyside first spoke to Sally, formerly at the San Francisco Baking Institute, in August 2012. At that time, he was hoping to be launched by November — or at the latest for the pre-Christmas season. … Continue reading »

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