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Berkeley man at center of new book, ‘Tangled Vines’

Mark Anderson at the Marin County courthouse, where he faced charges that he embezzled $1.1 million worth of wine from his clients. Anderson, a Berkeley native, later set a fire at a wine storehouse to cover his tracks. Photo: Marin Independent Journal
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Today marks the publication of Berkeleyside co-founder Frances Dinkelspiel’s new book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. (See our critic’s review.) Its central character is Mark Anderson who was born in Berkeley in 1948 and who attended John Muir Elementary School. Anderson’s childhood haunts will be familiar to many long-time residents: he loved to slide down the circular exterior fire escapes at the Claremont Hotel, he put pennies on the trolley tracks that went down Claremont Avenue, and he snuck through the tunnel that went from school to the cluster of stores on Domingo Avenue.

“The Pappas family ran the Star Grocery and Sam and Quentin ran the Northgate Pharmacy next door,” Anderson recalled in one of a series of letters he wrote Dinkelspiel from the Sacramento County Jail. “Mrs. Dinwiddie’s Dress Shop had wooden mannequins in the store window that were an ideal target for a five-year-old terrorist, who could visualize their wooden ‘body parts’ strewn all over the display, at any cost.” … Continue reading »

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Unveiled: Full program for Uncharted Ideas Festival

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The full program for the third annual Uncharted Ideas Festival was unveiled today, and is published below. The festival takes place at the Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage, and on the UC Berkeley campus in downtown Berkeley on Friday Oct. 16 and Saturday Oct. 17.

Full details of speakers and performers at BerkeleyIdeas.com
Register for a one- or two-day ticket now.

Day 1 — Friday, October 16

8:00-9:00  Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse lobby
Coffee, Berkeley Rep courtyard
Music by the Michael LaMacchia Trio

9-11:00  Roda Theatre, Berkeley Rep
Opening session
Lance Knobel, Curator, Uncharted

The adaptable mind
Tiffany Shlain in conversation with Peter Leyden

Criminal justice 2.0
Alex Kozinski in conversation with William Turner

Pop-up performance: Meklit Hadero

Liberty and drugs
Ethan Nadelmann in conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel

11:00-11:30 Berkeley Rep courtyard
Coffee break

11:30-1:00 Roda Theatre, Berkeley Rep
Morning session

What next for #BlackLivesMatter?
Pastor Michael McBride in conversation with Joshua Johnson

How I learned to stop worrying and love drones
Chris Anderson in conversation with Peter LeydenContinue reading »

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‘2 for 1’ ticket offer extended for Uncharted Ideas Festival

Among the speakers confirmed for Uncharted are Elñora Tena Webb, Nicholas Dirks, Alice Dreger, Doug Solomon, Anna Lappé and Shannon Brownlee
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This year’s Uncharted Ideas Festival in Berkeley, Oct. 16-17, is gearing up to be the best yet. Newly confirmed speakers include UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, bestselling author Anna Lappé, also founder of the Small Planet Institute, Alex Kozinski, the most outspoken judge on the Federal bench, Ethan Nadelmann, the nation’s point man for drug policy reform efforts, and historian and sex researcher Alice Dreger.

And coming to the two-day festival — with its packed program of conversations, live-music performances, interactive workshops and opening night party — is more achievable than ever. The “2 for the price of 1” ticket offer which we launched a month ago has proved so popular we have decided to extend it until Sunday Sept. 20. This special offer means you can attend Uncharted with a friend for just $86 a day each (the regular ticket price is $345 for two days). Other Early-Bird tickets include single and one-day tickets.

Reserve your “2 for 1” tickets now — there’s a limited number of them!

Austin has SXSW. Aspen has its ideas festival. The Bay Area has Uncharted. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside would like your feedback: Take our survey

Photo: Daniel Parks
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Berkeleyside aims to please. In an effort to better understand how we can serve you, our readers, we would love to know a little about you and about what you think. What information is important to you? Do you want more news? If so, which areas interest you the most? The arts, crime, education, business, food and restaurants, real estate?

Please take a few minutes to complete our readership survey. You can do so by clicking this link:

Take the … Continue reading »

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New speakers confirmed for Uncharted Ideas Festival

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The list of speakers and performers for the upcoming Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas on Oct. 16-17 continues to grow. (A limited number of “2 for the price of 1” tickets are still available through Aug. 30.)

Berkeleyside is thrilled to announce our latest additions to the festival line-up:

Timothy Caulfield, author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?”

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell

Laura Tyson, economics adviser to presidents Clinton and Obama

Alex Kozinski, most outspoken judge on the federal bench

Shannon Brownlee, expert on healthcare overtreatment … Continue reading »

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Announcing Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2015

Adam Mansbach and Jeff Chang in conversation at Uncharted 2014. Photo: Pete Rosos
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Austin has SXSW. Aspen has its Ideas Festival. The Bay Area has Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, an interactive, eye-opening two days of discussions, debate, workshops, and good food, beer and wine — Friday Oct. 16 and Saturday Oct. 17, 9am-5pm, in downtown Berkeley’s historic Arts District.

“On full display at Uncharted was this incredible ethos of innovation, curiosity and abhorrence for the status quo.” – UC Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

Chris Anderson, Kamau Bell, Laura Tyson, Brad DeLong, and Masha Gessen are among the 2015 festival headliners. With two months to go, Uncharted is still busy solidifying an exhilarating line-up. For updates on participants, bookmark the Uncharted 2015 website.

For a limited time, we’re offering 2 for the price of 1 tickets and a Super Early Bird Rate. You can register now!Continue reading »

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What would you pay 33 cents a day for?

The suspicious package (on the left) in North Berkeley has been rendered safe. Photo: Devin Taylor-McDonald
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Conventional wisdom has it that summer is a slow news time.

Not so in Berkeley!

It’s been one thing after another this month — and Berkeleyside has kept delivering you the news, usually before anyone else, and often exclusively.

We need your help to continue to write these important local stories. (If you already support us, we salute you!)

A $10 monthly contribution comes out to just 33 cents a day! Is Berkeleyside worth 33 cents a day to you?

Here are just a handful of the more than 40 stories we reported in the past two weeks:

– Protesters get naked to save trees (you can imagine what that did to our readership numbers!)
– The sudden closure of the municipal pier (we broke the news, and also published a lovely photographic ‘ode’ to it) … Continue reading »

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Reminder: Berkeleyside Open Office, July 15 at WeWork

WeWork Berkeley Fifth Floor Lounge
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On Wednesday July 15, Berkeleyside will hold an “Open Office” — a chance for you to meet the small core Berkeleyside team and some of our regular contributors in an informal way — to grab a beer, shoot the breeze and generally have a nice evening.

Come to give us feedback, tips, suggest story ideas, offer your services, or simply to say hello.

The Open Office will take place Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. at WeWork in downtown Berkeley where Berkeleyside has its HQ. … Continue reading »

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Announcing: Berkeleyside Open Office, July 15 at WeWork

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Every so often, Berkeleyside likes to throw its doors open and hold an “Open Office” — a chance for the small Berkeleyside team to meet readers in an informal way — to grab a beer, shoot the breeze and generally have a nice evening. Whether we choose to discuss the vagaries of the city’s permitting procedures, the latest squirrel-gate episode or ideas for future Berkeleyside stories, is up to you!

It’s been a while since our last Open Office — it seems news gathering is a pretty time-consuming business — so we’re happy to announce that our next one will take place Wednesday, July 15, from 5-7 p.m. at WeWork in downtown Berkeley where Berkeleyside has its HQ. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside is hiring: Advertising Sales Associate

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Launched in 2009 by three veteran journalists, Berkeleyside is widely regarded as being one of the best, most dynamic independent local news sites in the country

Berkeleyside LLC publishes the Berkeley news site Berkeleyside; East Bay food site NOSH; as well as two e-newsletters: the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing and NOSH Weekly.

Berkeleyside also organizes events, most significantly Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, that this year takes place on Oct. 16-17 in downtown Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Did you hear the news? If so, you probably heard it here

Berkeley Technology Academy. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Did you hear that Shakespeare & Co., Berkeley’s oldest operating bookstore, closed down? Did you also hear that Oscar’s – a much-loved downtown burger joint – is shuttering after 65 years in the city?

If you were reading Berkeleyside, you did.

This week, Berkeleyside also published an in-depth investigation into serious concerns about Berkeley Technology Academy, Berkeley’s second — often overlooked — high school. Senior Reporter Emilie Raguso spent months reporting the story to paint as full and balanced a picture as she could of a school which one insider describes as “a powder keg waiting to explode.”

We need your help to continue to write these important local stories. (If you already support us, we salute you!)

There was also news about the mentally ill man who killed Peter Cukor in front of his North Berkeley home in 2012; a look at how sky-high rents and Airbnb rentals are impacting the Berkeley housing market; and news that the city’s school district is getting tough on illegal enrollment. … Continue reading »

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Two Berkeleyside emails worth signing up for

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Today at 6 a.m. several thousand people received the new Nosh Weekly in their inboxes. (See it here.)

This free email newsletter, just launched last fall, is sent out every Thursday, and highlights the best food coverage from Berkeleyside’s sister site, Nosh.

Nosh covers the East Bay, not just Berkeley. So you’ll hear of new restaurant, café and bakery openings in places like Oakland, Albany, Alameda and Kensington, as well as Berkeley neighborhoods like the Gourmet Ghetto and the Elmwood. Nosh Weekly also brings you recipes for scrumptious treats (like Moriah VanVleet’s rosewater cupcakes with meringue brulée frosting — perfect for Valentine’s Day), interviews with pioneering food artisans and chefs, and news from the food front lines, be it related to the soda tax, school cooking programs or allegations of racism.

Click here to subscribe to Nosh Weekly and/or the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing.

Nosh Weekly is one of two e-newsletters delivered by Berkeleyside. The other is the Berkeleyside Daily Briefing, which is well established and much loved, and lands every day just after 5 p.m. (See it here.) The Daily Briefing has become essential reading for thousands of people who want to keep on top of what is happening in Berkeley. The email highlights, in summary form, all the stories published by Berkeleyside on a particular day. … Continue reading »

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