By Queena Kim, The Bay Citizen
Welcome to the first ever “Local Business Forum” at Freight & Salvage. On stage tonight were Berkeleyside’s Lance Knobel in conversation with Wired’s Chris Anderson and Autodesk’s Carl Bass, who both live in Berkeley.
The doors opened at 6:30 P.M. and one of the early arrivals was Amoeba Music Owner Marc Weinstein with Telegraph store manager Lori Katz. Weinstein says he’s been doing business in the city for 20 years and has sat in “20 years of meetings and seen no real progress. We’ve been victims of benign neglect in this city. We like Berkeleyside and we hope it’s a forum where something can happen.”
We also spotted Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Police Chief Michael Meehan, Berkeleyside photo contributor Bill Newton and reader Barbara Hendrickson, who was out tonight because she’s “a supporter of Berkeleyside. I think it’s fascinating and puts me in touch with interesting local news.”