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[29 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Ashby Flea Market a good deal in a bad economy | ]

By Huda Ahmed/510 Report
Liz Martin sits on the passenger’s side of her shabby gray van – the side away from the sun – which is parked on a Saturday afternoon next to the spot where her merchandise is on display at Berkeley’s Ashby Flea Market. She keeps her eyes on three stools supporting organized piles of colorfully embroidered used bed sheets and pillows folded in plastic bags. Martin, who is 82, has been a vendor at the flea market since it began more than 32 years ago, and she never …

Berkeley, Civic Life »

[3 Jan 2009 | Comments Off on Foreclosure doesn’t dampen development plans for San Pablo Ave | ]

By Will Jason
The 34 condominiums built on top of an abandoned gas station at 2700 San Pablo Ave. last year were supposed to signal the transformation of their southwest Berkeley neighborhood. Vacant lots and empty buildings would give way to a vibrant, mixed-use district.
Then the units didn’t sell, and the developer lost the property through foreclosure. The building failed to attract a bid when it was put up for auction in mid-December, and now, a year after its completion, it’s owned by a former lender who is renting the condos …

Berkeley, Civic Life, Faces & Places, Government, On Campus »

[17 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Will Jason
On any given weekday, if there is a public lecture or seminar at the University of California, Berkeley, there is a good chance it is listed on Lowell Moorcroft’s online calendar.
For more than four years, Moorcroft, 62, has used university computers to publish “Lowell’s Listings — Intellectual Events Around U.C. Berkeley.” The site has developed a following among local retirees and others who come to the campus to learn about everything from the siege of Sarajevo to the capture and storage of greenhouse gases.

Fremont, Government, Oakland »

[8 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Youth Vote Improves, But Still Has Far To Go | ]

By Karen Weise
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[audio:http://rosebud.journalism.berkeley.edu/~j200/510report/youth_vote.mp3]
Splashed across headlines and news channels, this was to be the year of the youth vote.
CBS clip: “On Tuesday, the election could very well come down to young voters.”
Low and behold, young voters did turn out in droves. Researchers at Tufts University estimated that 52 percent of eligible youth voted this year, rivaling previous record highs from 1992 and 1972.

Berkeley, Faces & Places, On Campus »

[7 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on U.C. Berkeley leads college turnout amid record youth vote | ]

By Will Jason
New estimates released Nov 7 show the Presidential election may have set a 36-year record for the rate of youth voter turnout. And the University of California, Berkeley appears to be one of the top contributors to that record among the nation’s college campuses, according to registration statistics and interviews.
Up to 53 percent of eligible young voters—ages 18 to 29—took part in the Nov 4 election, according to estimates from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). They favored the winner, Barack Obama, …

Arts & Culture, Berkeley, Faces & Places, Southside »

[4 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Berkeley is Abuzz for Obama | ]

By Angela Kilduff
Halloween festivities combined with election-day fervor at “Abuzz for Obama” on Friday night. Berkeley resident and artist Stacey Moss celebrates Halloween each year with a candy corn-themed fête. For this, the seventh annual get-together, she transformed candy corn cutouts into honeybees abuzz for presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Berkeley, Business, Faces & Places, On Campus, Southside »

[2 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Shoplifting Common South of Campus | ]

By Casey Miner  At a chain clothing store on Telegraph Avenue, catching shoplifters isn’t just about ethics — it’s about making money.
On a recent weekday afternoon, one employee, who said he has worked at the store for about a year and a half, proudly displayed a row of stickers affixed to the back of his nametag – one for every thief caught. Once he catches ten, he said, the store gives him a $50 gift card.
“It’s annoying,” he said of the shoplifters. “But kids will be kids.”
Employees at …

Berkeley, Civic Life, Government, On Campus »

[28 Oct 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Angela Kilduff
BERKELEY — It was standing room only at last week’s mayoral debate, and the audience heard from twice as many candidates’ perspectives than the event billed. Two write-in candidates, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Zachary RunningWolf, joined Mayor Tom Bates and Shirley Dean on stage to discuss their positions on Berkeley issues. Over 100 people attended the debate, sponsored by The Berkeley Daily Planet and held at the West Berkeley Senior Center.

Arts & Culture, Berkeley, Civic Life, Faces & Places, On Campus, Wild Card »

[18 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Video: UC Berkeley Students Compete in Red Bull Soap Box Race | ]

Video and story by Angela Kilduff
A team of UC Berkeley undergraduates tried their luck against more than thirty teams at the Red Bull Soap Box Race on October 18. The members of Team Husky spent a week constructing their soap box in the living room of Delta Chi, their fraternity.
Seniors Niket Desai and Matthew Pies and Juniors Kenji Kurita and Daniel Mangels are Team Husky. Watch the video to see how they fared…

Berkeley, On Campus »

[17 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on At Pipes Talk, Berkeley Jews Worry About Obama | ]

By Casey Miner  At his talk at UC Berkeley Thursday night, controversial Middle-East scholar Daniel Pipes discussed many threats to the existence of the state of Israel. But the audience was worried about a threat closer to home: whether Israel would be safe under a President Obama.
“I think a lot of us here support Obama,” said Berkeley resident Dan Spitzer, 58. “But we’re worried about his associations.”
Mr. Spitzer, who described himself as pro-Israel, named some people who particularly worried him: William Ayers, a former member of 60’s domestic terror group …