Berkeley : Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival This Weekend

Posted In: Berkeley, Community
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CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVALBerkeley, CA — The sidewalks along North Shattuck Ave. in the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley are the target of artists young and old, professional and greenhorn during the 13th annual CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 30. With no fees to artists, areas of sidewalk will be assigned to participants to create their own [...]

Conventional Super Conforming Loan Details Released

Posted In: Mortgage & Finance
Effective May 18th, 2009, the following will apply to Conventional Super Conforming Loans:  $729,750!  The new Conventional Super Conforming Loan Amounts are going to be available to your clients this coming Monday!  Better Pricing!  Loan amounts up to 90% Loan -to-Value!  Second Home and Investment Homes allowed!

How To Spot The Crime In Oakland

Posted In: Oakland
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Oakland Crimespotting, which is NOT affiliate with OPD or the City of Oakland, allows you to browse crime reports by day and type via user-friendly, interactive maps.  It has a really neat feature on the bottom left corner of the maps page which gives you a total of reported crimes on a daily basis for about the last 30 days.  And [...]

El Cerrito Speakeasy to Close Indefinately

Posted In: Community, El Cerrito
Another favorite spot, closed… By Shelly Meron West County Times Posted: 05/19/2009 01:58:38 PM PDT Updated: 05/19/2009 02:00:07 PM PDT EL CERRITO – The Cerrito Speakeasy Theater is closed indefinitely, with the operators saying they have run out of cash for movies, food and payroll. “We don’t have any money to go forward,” said Catherine Fischer, who has been operating [...]

New Pizzaiolo -esque eatery @ Grand Lake

Posted In: Community, Good Eats, Oakland
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This has been on the hush hush for awhile but based on the Craigslist ad it appears it won’t be much longer.  The peeps at the infamous Pizzaiolo on Telegraph in Oakland have released the details for their new pizza joint located near the Grand Lake Theater.  Pizzaiolo’s owner, Charlie Hallowell, has been fairly tight lipped about the sequel restaurant.  As this [...]

Bay Area home sales continue climb, median still below $300K

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The folks at DQ News are reporting the following: “The number of homes sold in the Bay Area rose for the seventh month in a row in March, the result of continued bargain hunting in the East Bay and other foreclosure-discounted communities. The past year’s steep drop in the median price slowed significantly, indicating that the market might be near [...]

Berkeley Solar Map

Posted In: Berkeley, Green Living, Web/Tech
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Check out this way cool new tool… “The Solar Map is an interactive tool for viewing information and locations of existing solar installations in Berkeley.   It is a calculator that can be used to determine the potential size and cost for solar electric and hot water systems on any rooftop within the City and allows you to design a solar [...]