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Archive for September, 2008

If they were smart they wouldn’t be criminals, right?

By kbender

A new kind of fall shopping spree 

 

We’ve all heard stories about the not-so smart criminals. There’s dozens of Web sites devoted to stories of stupid crooks who get caught doing things even stupider than committing crimes. In fact, here is a Web site that has conveniently compiled the “Top 10 Stupid Criminals of 2007″ http://www.neatorama.com/2007/12/18/the-top-ten-stupid-criminals-of-2007/

Berkeley has its’ fair share of dim criminals and a few of them were out this past weekend.

 

On Sunday morning, Officer Tom Jeremiason was called to the 2000 block of San Pablo Avenue for a report of an alarm activation at the Fashion 4 Less store.  When he arrived at the store, he found one of the plate glass windows broken. Jeremiason checked further and found a man leaving through the window with an arm full of clothing. Jeremiason questioned Walter Kirby, a 40-year-old homeless man, about his shopping spree and here’s what he said, `I saw the window open and went inside to get some pants, shirts and socks.’ Kirby may not have broken the window himself but he was arrested for burglary and possession of a crack pipe. Looks like he’ll be wearing an orange jail jumpsuit instead of his new duds at least for a while.

 

Bank robbery 101: Put on your disguise somewhere other than in front of the bank

 

This past Friday night Officers Frank Landrum and Jeff Shannon, members of what is commonly referred to around the station as Berkeley’s “Elite Bicycle Unit,”  were sent to investigate a report of suspicious people outside the Mechanics Bank at 2301 Shattuck Ave. Seems an alert citizen had seen the men putting on bandannas and dark colored hoodies outside the bank and thought, `Hmmm… that doesn’t look quite right and called police,’ said Officer Andrew Frankel.

Arriving on the scene, the bike cops found two men hiding in the bushes outside the bank and another guy casing the bank. 

As Landrum and Shannon approached the suspects, they took off on foot. A short chase ensued with police detaining two of the suspects near the scene and a third hiding in a parking garage.  The suspects were armed with a knife, a replica of a handgun, a ski mask and a duffel bag.  Police said the three, a 13-and-14-year-old from Oakland, and Clyde Anderson, 18 of Oakland, admitted to planning a bank robbery. They were all arrested for attemped robbery, resisting arrest, conspiracy and minors violating laws. 

 

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2008
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Hot pink sexy feathers

By awoodall

What: Burlesque ‘n’ Brass, featuring Hot Pink Feathers (dance) & Blue Bone Express (music)
When: Saturday Oct. 4, 2008, 9pm + First Saturdays through December —  21& over please
Where: Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave Oakland 94612
Cost: $10

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2008
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Democracy in America: The next installment

By awoodall

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008
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Chosen Terrain: Choose fast

By awoodall

Don’t miss the last 2 weekends of our current show Chosen Terrain: Mary Curtis Ratcliff & Jamie Morgan, continuing through September 27th. Mercury 20 Gallery is open Fridays from 4-7pm and and Saturdays from 12 noon- 3pm. Drop by the gallery for an opportunity to view this fascinating show, get more background about the artists, perhaps purchase a piece for your home or office.
Here’s what the East Bay Express’ art critic DeWitt Cheng says about Chosen Terrain… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008
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Perfect pixels

By awoodall

Artwork by Fremont's Kamal Al MansourThe exhibit “Perfect with Pixel,” now at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at Bowling Green State University, bridges the gap between art created by hand and that created within the computer.
The 140 pieces by 94 artists from five countries represent a dizzying variety of the ways painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and found art can be incorporated with digital imagery and manipulated within the computer.  Including Fremont artist Kamal Al Mansour — see photo above — who has shown his work at Joyce Gordon’s downtown gallery and ProArts.  Read on…

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008
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The Boxer’s Ball

By awoodall

East Oakland Boxing Association & Smartmoves Program presents
a USA Amatuer Boxing Match on Saturday Sept. 27 starting 2 p.m. This fundraiser will help provide free after-school and summer programming for the youth of East Oakland.
Where: EOBA Gym, 816-98th Ave.
Weight-ins: 10 am to noon
See talented boxers exhibit their skill, art and science. And praise champions fighting for Self, Family and Community. If you have any questions please contact Rahul Lagura or Stanley Garcia at 510-569-7808.

Posted on Saturday, September 20th, 2008
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CHICAGO 10 free screening

By awoodall

CHICAGO 10, a film by Brett Morgen
a FREE Screening
Remember Chicago, 1968? Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters stormed the Democratic Convention, setting off a chain of explosive and violent confrontations with police. Well, now history has a new look. Bold and original animation recreate the wild antics of the infamous Chicago Conspiracy Trial, and archival footage and a powerful soundtrack will take you back to Chicago during that unforgettable summer.

CHICAGO 10 features animated representations of all the key figures of the trial voiced by top independent film talent (Hank Azaria, Mark Ruffalo, Dylan Baker, Jeffrey Wright, Liev Schreiber, Nick Nolte and the late Roy Scheider).

Wed, Sept 24, 2008
Screening 6:30 pm

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, California 94607
Near the Lake Merritt BART Station. Free Parking in the Museum Garage.

Panel discussion following the film.

 

Posted on Saturday, September 20th, 2008
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Brower Center gets $1 million challenge grant

By kbender

The David Brower Center, a green building named in honor of Brower, the first president of the Sierra Club, has been awarded a $1 million challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation.

The grant will be given to the Brower Center when it raises its final $2.4 million to support its $30 million capital campaign, center officials said.

The center is slated to open in May 2009.

This grant is among the largest gifts center has received to build its four-story, 50,000 square foot building, which will be used for environmental education and social change organizations and programs.

“The awarding of this grant salutes your efforts to improve conditions and advance opportunities in your community,” said Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation in a statement. Kresge is a private, $3.9 billion foundation. “We must partner with nonprofit organizations such as yours if we are to pursue our grant-making vision. You enable our work as much as we try to enable yours.”

In addition to housing offices of environmental and progressive organizations, the center will have a 180-seat theatre, an art gallery, meeting rooms and an organic restaurant. The public will be able to utilize many of the spaces and attend exhibitions, events and programs year-round, said executive director Amy Tobin.

To date, more than 80 donors have pledged gifts to center. Major contributors include Peter K. Buckley, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and the Lewis Foundation, which all donated $1 million or more to the project.

Using recycled building materials and energy-saving technologies, the center will be a model of sustainability with a photovoltaic roof, green architecture, earth-friendly retailers and organizations.

 

 

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008
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Police say beware of OSHA impersonators

By kbender

Berkeley Police and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce are reminding merchants to beware of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) impersonators.

Last month, there was a group of three people who posed as OSHA inspectors and went into five businesses on San Pablo Ave, demanding to see and inspect labor posters to verify that they were up to date.  These impersonators did not have any paperwork or identification that affiliated them with OSHA.

Once they examined the posters, they told the employees that they were out of date and between $50 and $125 in cash as a fine, which they claimed was considerable less than the usual OSHA penalty.

None of the businesses cooperated with the impostors and when they demanded to see ID, the suspects said they had just given all their cards away, and then, walked out of the businesses.

Please remind merchants that any OSHA inspector coming into their business will have OSHA Identification, and paperwork that the inspector has prepared prior to the inspection. 

What’s more, OSHA inspectors will not ask for payment; they will issue citations. 

A business can refuse an initial inspection and the OSHA inspector would have to return with a warrant.

If a merchant comes across someone who they believe is impersonating an inspector, they should call Berkeley Police at 981-5900 right away.

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2008
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Banned & Recovered: ARTISTS RESPOND TO CENSORSHIP

By awoodall

From Oaklandish: BANNED & RECOVERED: ARTISTS RESPOND TO CENSORSHIP
Friday September 5, 2008 – Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM In a first-time collaboration, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) and the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) are presenting an exhibit, curated by Hanna Regev, which features work from more than 50 artists working in a variety of media.
Participating artists interpret a censored text of their choice. The project provides a unique forum for visual artists to respond to the suppression of literary art. Come view an exhibition of art inspired by banned books. Location: 659 14th Street.
Contact: African American Museum & Library at Oakland 510.637.0200

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
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