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Berkeley Police Arrest Woman Suspected of Vandalizing 74 Cars

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Thursday September 08, 2011 - 08:14:00 PM

A Berkeley woman has been charged with felony vandalism for allegedly puncturing the tires of dozens of vehicles in a crime spree in Berkeley and Oakland last week, Berkeley police said today. -more-


WikiCable: Did ‘creepy’ Russian put the arm on Cal?

By Richard Brenneman
Monday September 12, 2011 - 05:47:00 PM

When we ran the name “Berkeley”through Cable Search, the nifty web tool that lets users troll through the WikiLeaked State Department cables, we came up with a grand total of 142 hits, many of them referring to Cal grads who’d gone on to bigger and better things. -more-


UC Berkeley’s Plutocratic Prof: $500,000+ to GOP Candidate

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday September 07, 2011 - 09:54:00 AM

He’s David J. Teece, a native of New Zealand, and he’s the very rich man who helped Tony Blair devise the economic policies which enshrined the neoliberal agenda in Great Britain.

But before we delve into his donations, let’s learn a little more about the man.

He has two day jobs, one as CEO of Berkeley Research Group, a high-profile consultant group which numbers governments, Fortune 500 companies, and white shoe law firms among its clients, and the other as Tusher Professor in Global Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

If there’s one thing Teece is good at in addition to his high-flying role as “economics rock star,” it’s his ability to make millions off students.

In addition to his high-salaried teaching job, Teece was also making a tidy pile as landlord to students. In partnership with developer Patrick Kennedy, Teece was owner of Panoramic Interests, the city’s largest private owner of rental housing prior to the company’s sale — for a tidy $147 million —to an ever-richer mogul, Chicagoan Sam Zell — the fellow who also owns the Tribune Company, publisher of California’s leading newspaper, the Los Angeles Times. -more-


Winning the Vote for Women Will Be Celebrated at the Solano Stroll

By Steven Finacom
Wednesday September 07, 2011 - 09:11:00 AM

The Solano Stroll—Berkeley and Albany’s day-long street fair taking place this coming Sunday, September 11—is well known for its opening parade. Fire engines, school groups, yoga and martial arts schools, and other eclectic contingents interested in showing off their program, organization, skills and/or enthusiasm march, stroll, or amble down the Avenue at 10:00 am as a kick off for the event. -more-


The Urns Return: Historic Thousand Oaks Street Ornaments Recreated

By Steven Finacom
Wednesday September 07, 2011 - 09:38:00 AM
The urn restoration project will be celebrated at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 10, in Great Stone Face Park next to this replica urn.

Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood is about to get a bit more magical—or, rather, recover some missing magic from early days.

The urns are returning. Their revival will be celebrated this coming Saturday, at 3:00 pm, at Great Stone Face Park in a re-dedication ceremony open to the public. -more-


Causes and Consequences:
Returning Cal Berkeley Students Attract Sex Perps

By Ted Friedman
Wednesday September 07, 2011 - 10:59:00 AM
An alleged sexual battery occurred on Grinnell pathway recently (pictured in daylight) at 1:30 a.m--see accompanying night shot. Cal's Eucalyptus grove, site of seven sexual assaults last year is to left. Valley Life Sciences Building, right.

She was crying hysterically as I emerged from my South side student apartment building near People's Park. She said someone had raised her skirt and touched her. -more-


Exclusive: Fallen Angel Plunges From Tree-Perch Ending Eight-Day People's Park Protest

By Ted Friedman
Wednesday September 07, 2011 - 12:23:00 PM
Amy Blue, her latest name,joined Moon Shadow Friday in a "love tree" at the North east corner of  People's Park near a crowded Haste St. walkway. The two met a year ago, while fellow "travelers" on the road. The attractive pair  have put  a new face on a tired tree-sit which ran out of steam and died in January when the previous tree-sitter, Matt Dodt, 53,  was charged with attempted murder. Those charges were reduced and later dropped.

First she was buoyantly up in a "dangerous" People's Park tree protesting "Everything," but now she's at Highland Hospital with a broken back, ending an eight-day protest which was a protest-in-progress. -more-