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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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SOUTH BERKELEY PRODUCE AND MEAT Nagi Homran has just opened this new grocery and meat store at 3120 Sacramento St. (at 67th) — in the space where Recycle Bicycle used to be before it closed last year. The shop specializes in Middle Eastern foods, including Halal meats. Homran said it’s his first store in Berkeley and he chose the location as he lives in the neighborhood. The shop has two storefronts, so there is a lot of space for the well-stocked shelves. Opening hours are 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Tel: 510-705-1733. (Read more on Berkeleyside about recent business activity on Sacramento Street.) … Continue reading »

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Chevron fire is out; investigation begins

The Chevron refinery fire on Monday Aug. 6, 2012. Photo: Mimi Vitetta
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More than 80 firefighters spent five hours battling a blaze that erupted at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, finally extinguishing it around 11:20 pm on Monday. While the main fire is out, Chevron is conducting a small controlled burn to allow hydrocarbons to escape, Chevron spokesman Brent Tippen said at 6 am.

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department lifted its “shelter in place” order for residents in Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo around 11:31 pm on Monday, and the refinery lifted its “shelter in place” instructions about 20 minutes later, said Tippen.

Even though people only immediately around the refinery were formally told to stay inside, shut their doors and windows, and turn off air conditioners, people throughout the East Bay were affected by the fumes and smoke from the fire. The Oakland police issued an advisory at 8:07 pm telling residents of the North Hills about “a large plume of smoke” coming their way. … Continue reading »

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Chevron officials want East Bay residents to stay indoors

Chevron refinery fire at Richmond, as taken by Mimi Vitetta from a tower in Richmond
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[See updates below]

Chevron officials are recommending that anyone who lives from Richmond south to north Oakland  to “shelter in place” to avoid breathing toxic fumes from the fire that broke out at the refinery around 6: 40 pm.

Even though Berkeley police had not received notice by 9:30 pm to warn Berkeley residents to shut their windows and stay indoors, a Chevron spokesman said they should.

“The shelter in place goes to north Oakland so it does extend into Berkeley,” said John McGowan, a Chevron spokesman.

(Note: There is no official “shelter in place for Berkeley; see explanation below.) … Continue reading »

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Inca Service: The Berkeley community wins

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Two weeks ago, Berkeleyside broke the story about the likely closure of Inca Service, Hugo Cornejo’s long-standing auto repair shop at the Chevron station on Ashby. Reader comments poured in. There are now 42 comments on that original post and five on the follow-up. The comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with many arguing that Chevron must retain a valuable community resource instead of building an unwanted mini-mart.

It looks like the community’s voice matters. Cornejo … Continue reading »

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Inca Service: Not the end of the road

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On April 9, we published a post about the imminent closure of Inca Service, the auto repair shop located at the Chevron station on the corner of Telegraph and Ashby, run by Hugo Cornejo since 1983.

Chevron, which bought the service station from Cornejo six years ago, plans to expand the mini-mart to a “maxi-mart”, which will mean the elimination of the repair shop.

The post provoked two dozen people to write in and share their experience of patronizing Inca Service. With … Continue reading »

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Closure looms for Inca Service on Ashby

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In November, we lamented the loss of Claremont 76. Now it looks like another much-loved and patronized auto repair shop, Inca Service, will vanish.

Hugo Cornejo has been repairing cars at the Chevron station on the corner of Telegraph and Ashby since 1983. Plenty of his customers have been going to Hugo for almost 30 years. But it looks as though Inca Service will close at the end of this month. Chevron, which bought the … Continue reading »

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