Bizarre Berkeley Bizarre’s Weird Demise

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on May 22nd, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
May 22, 2015

FORMERLY FUNKY BERKELEY WAS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ADJECTIVE

Earth’s Bizarre Grand Opening last year. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Formerly Funky Berkeley was looking for the next adjective—bizarre—when the “Earth’s Bizarre” opened last year. One of those only in Berkeley scenarios. Only on Bizarre Berkeley’s South side, a few steps from Telegraph Avenue.
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Peoples Park Turns 46, April 26

Posted in People's Park, The Berkeley Scene on May 13th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
May 13, 2015

Hate Man tidies Hate Camp on Birthday Eve. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Berkeley’s People’s Cop Commands Compliance

Posted in People's Park, Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on April 23rd, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
April 23, 2015

Butt-Head outside Caffe Med. Photo by Ted Friedman.

To call one Berkeley patrolman a people’s cop could be misleading, when so many of Berkeley’s cops are people’s cops.

But the Berkeley cop who sees his job as “protecting the people of Berkeley from the police,” and stubbornly refuses to write citations…that cop lays special claim to the title, People’s Cop.

The Berkeley People’s Cop has been rebuked, threatened with re-training, and with suspension by his supervisor for his unproductive citations record, he told Berkeley Reporter, recently.
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Known by Berkeley Police

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on April 17th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
April 17, 2015

Arrest Happens. Photo by Ted Friedman.

THEY MAKE US; WE MAKE THEM BACK

[Make is cop talk: to surveil]

Call us a cop town, with two police forces: city and university.

Berkeley cops of renown, even before the Peoples Park “riots” of 1969. Founding Chief Vollmer put BPD in the public-eye by hiring the first women cops at the turn of the 20th century…bike patrols, fingerprinting…criminology milestones.

What are they doing now?

Watching us. We’re watching them back.
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Berkeley’s Mr. Telegraph Ave. Honored by City

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on April 13th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
April 13, 2015

ROLAND PETERSON’S 16 YEARS HELMING AVE. BUSINESS GROUP HONORED–BUT ENDED

Mr. Telegraph: last tour. Photo by Ted Friedman.

A big bunch of Berkeley officials, businessmen, and former street ambassadors showed up at Remy’s Restaurant near People’s Park, last week, to express its appreciation for Roland Peterson, Executive Director of the Telegraph Business Improvement District, who was leaving his sixteen year job.

His departure from the Telegraph Avenue Business Improvement District, (TBID) after 16 years at the top, was not voluntary, he told Berkeley Reporter.

“In this job, you make both friends and enemies,” Peterson said. His departure from ‘the Bid’ followed criticisms of his performance in a TBID evaluation questionnaire. “The criticisms quoted me out of context,” Peterson countered.
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Hard Life of Berkeley’s Downtown Street People — News Analysis

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on April 3rd, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
April 3, 2015

“LIFE ON THE STREETS IS BAD FOR OUR HEALTH”

Shadow Ninja. Photo by Ted Friedman.

“Life on the streets is bad for health,” says Ninja Kitty, a downtown street-person-spokesman.

He said this at a news conference, last week, outside a downtown cinema. The news conference was a response to a much viewed video showing a Berkeley downtown ambassador tromping a transient.
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Berkeley’s People’s Park Tree-cut Cuts Deep

Posted in People's Park, The Berkeley Scene on March 31st, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
March 30, 2015

Deep Cut. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Michael Delacour, the acknowledged founder of Berkeley’s People’s Park, was worried about Cal’s plans for the park.

He sat through a Cal student council meeting (ASUC) before Spring break to warn students that the university was about to take the park, as it had in 1969.

Under attack, Delacour told me, was the People’s Park trees and the People’s Park stage.

Crying wolf over the park runs rampant in the park. Some one(s) at the park will tell you often and often that the university is engaged in battle with the park, has it under surveillance, and is ready to come in to “take back the park.”

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Inside Berkeley’s Latest Demo

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on March 25th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed dropout
Mar. 24, 2015

‘You don’t like it when we sprang?
Sit down, let’s talk, and make some change!’

‘Arresting people always fails!
Give us housing, not more jails!’

‘Give us a home!
Leave us alone!’

A FLAG, A BRASS BAND, AND RUNNING WOLF

A flag, a band, and Running Wolf. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Selective Service Should Have Been More Selective

Posted in The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on March 16th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 16, 2015

“General Fuck-up.” That’s what my ROTC name tag said when I showed up for drill. Some hazing-happy fraternity brothers had promoted me to General.

ROTC was mandatory at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 1957-61.

Here, Dropout learned he was a military misfit, but was slow to get the message.

Literature and film loves military misfits. From Abbot and Costello, Martin and Lewis, Saxophonist Lester Young–the ultimate army fuck-up, who was discharged for stowing medical marijuana in his boot-camp locker during WW2–Ensign Pulver to Stalag 17. Kurtz, (Marlon Brando), in Apocalypse Now, a major screw-up.
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Berkeley Street “Leader” Attacked, Berkeley-style

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on March 10th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
March, 9, 2015

Crime scene. Weapon was wrapped in Subway bag, lower right.
Photo by Ted Friedman.

‘Purple,’ only wanted to be helpful when he was whacked with a submarine sandwich, Saturday, on Telegraph Avenue.

Recently named by one Teley businessman as “leader” of a band, of notorious slackers slouched outside a tattoo head-shop near the Caffe Mediterraneum, Purple is, at 6’2″ an imposing figure, with a thoughtful personal philosophy he shares with passers-by on Telegraph.
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