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[13 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Telegraph’s Street Vendors Weather Economic Storm, But With Caution | ]

By Casey Miner  The street vendors of upper Telegraph Avenue are fixtures of Berkeley life; their colorful stands lend the few blocks near campus some of its legendary character. But as anxious consumers cut discretionary spending, those stands see fewer and fewer patrons.
“They can’t afford to buy,” said Bill Tumath, 62, who sells “cosmic spirals” – metal or copper hanging spirals that spin around brightly colored spheres – from a table near Bancroft Way. “They have the money, but they have other priorities.”

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[6 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Frustration grows over vacant lot | ]

By Will Jason
More than a year after announcing plans for redevelopment, the owner of a long-vacant lot in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood has still not filed official plans with the city. And with the city officials and the owner’s partners growing impatient, the chance to revive what many see as a neglected corner – Telegraph Ave. and Haste St. – could soon fade away.
“A new building would be good for the neighborhood,” said Mario Tejada, 78, who said he has owned
Mario’s La Fiesta restaurant, across the street from the site, since …

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[26 Sep 2008 | Comments Off on As Economy Worsens, More Cash In on Recyclables | ]

By Casey Miner —
The Berkeley police call them “recycling bandits” – the people who dig through curbside bins and pile shopping carts high with bottles, cans, cardboard and metal.
The managers of local recycling centers call them “recycling professionals.” And the worse the economy gets, they say, the more professionals, and amateurs, they see.

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[23 Sep 2008 | Comments Off on Going to the ER, Just Because They Can | ]

By Casey Miner —
Less than thirty seconds after the red phone starts ringing, the paramedics from Berkeley’s Fire Station One are on the road. A man has called 911 to say he cannot walk. He wants to go to the hospital.

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[1 Sep 2008 | Comments Off on CodePink Protests are Hurting a Berkeley Businesswoman | ]

Story by Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Shahin Saki, owner of the Z & S Beauty Studio in Berkeley’s Shattuck Square, is feeling the economic crunch on her business. But her customers are not leaving because of problems on Wall Street; they’re leaving because of problems on Saki’s street.