Thrifting on Telegraph draws year-round customers

BERKELEY, Calif.— Ariel Dekovic, a Berkeley native, sat with a box of sweaters, hats, jackets, jeans and more at Buffalo Exchange. She was planning to sell all of the items to the thrift shop, something she does twice a year. Every other month, she can be found at Buffalo Exchange buying clothes, shoes, and accessories. The…

Students living large at Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California, Berkeley, ranked No. 1 among public universities by U.S. News, attracts people with wide-ranging views and interests, with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 27,000. Teen Observer staffers conducted a random survey about the student experience at Cal. The new student union on campus was where we began our search for…

Berkeley bookstores surviving in the technology age

Teen Observer staffers interviewed several local bookstore employees about their experiences competing against the biggest giant in the e-book and physical book market, Amazon. BERKELEY, Calif. — There are over one dozen independent bookstores within a one-mile radius of the University of California, Berkeley campus. In a world where practically any book is one click away from conveniently arriving at…

Berkeley Kite Festival draws thousands

BERKELEY, Calif. — Thousands of people from around the country gathered at the annual Berkeley Kite Festival this past weekend, some to fly kites, and some to watch, eat and play on the hills of the Berkeley Marina. Dan Perez drove 32 miles from San Ramone with his young son, who proved to be more…

Kite party draws families

BERKELEY, Calif. — Felipe Gomez attends the kite festival with his daughter every year here, two of the thousands of people who flocked to the Berkeley Marina over two days to take in competitive kite-flying, colorful just-for-fun kites and a food vendors who offered everything from grilled oysters to grilled cheese. Cecilia Espinoza, who brings her…

Politics at the Pier: Issues vary

SAN FRANCISCO — In a presidential election where both the Republican and Democratic parties have radically different plans on how to address the massive problems surrounding immigration, it comes as no surprise that many people feel strongly about this prevalent issue. On Monday,The Teen Observer staff interviewed people at the popular tourist destination Pier 39 in San Francisco…

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Drugs, equality on people’s minds

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — What issue most concerns you? The Teen Observer staff asked tourists and residents at this city’s busy Pier 39 what mattered most: Elise Szabo, 20, said the issues most important to her were police brutality, the war on drugs and the connections between the two. “Police brutality is a direct impact of…

The voice: Kite maker and announcer back at Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — A booming voice carried across the hills of the Berkeley Marina as the 32nd annual Berkeley Kite Festival was under way. That voice belonged to none other than the well-respected Ron Gibian. Gibian was the main announcer for the competitive field, but he has fulfilled roles such as a judge or a side…

Kettle Corn sells big in cool Berkeley

Featured Image: Kite flyers competed in  a synchronized kite show at the festival. Photo by Avery Trigg BERKELEY, CALIF. — As you walk up the hill, surrounded by endless rows of vendors you catch the smell of kettle. You look over and spot Ron Mallory of Kettle Korn moving back and forth in his tent…