Target holds job fair ahead of Berkeley store opening

BERKELEY — Retail giant Target held a job fair Tuesday en route to hiring about 70 people for a new small-format store on Berkeley’s University Avenue.

The new Berkeley store, at 1414 University Ave. at Acton Street, will open Nov. 8, Target said in a press release from publicist Erin Talbert-Brust of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. A former Andronico’s Market once occupied the site.

It will be Target’s 33rd store in the Bay Area, and the third small-format one, after one in Marin City and another in Berkeley, at 2187 Shattuck Ave., on the northeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way.

That store, a Target Express, opened in March 2015. Almost half of the store is dedicated to food products, mostly packaged and bottled, and a small selection of fresh fruit, with the rest of the store given over mostly to cosmetics, household items, socks and underwear, and a pharmacy.

“Target has prioritized opening small-format stores to serve guests in dense neighborhoods with assortments that are tailored to meet the needs of local guests,” the press release states.

The 70 new hires will bring the number of Target team members — the chain’s lingo for employees — Bay Area-wide to 9,890, Talbert-Brust said.

“Target provides team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills for their careers,” Talbert-Brust said.

Target store team leader Bethany Wilson, in the press release, said, “We are excited to build a dynamic team for the larger UC Berkeley community and area residents,” adding, “The Berkeley West location will provide a streamlined shopping trip with our variety of products tailored to the vibrant neighborhood.”

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Albany residents encouraged to nominate favorite businesses

ALBANY – The Chamber of Commerce is conducting a “Best of Albany” poll, giving residents as well as people who work and play in Albany a chance to select their favorite local businesses for recognition.

Nominations are being taken through Aug. 25. Voting will then be done online in 25 categories organized into four classifications: Food & Drink; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Shops & Services; and Social.

Nominations can be made at Voting will take place at

Winners will be announced at the Best of Albany Awards Party on Sept. 23. The location of the party is still to be determined, but it will be part of Albany Local Week, an annual event put on by the city to celebrate all things Albany.

“We have a lot of great businesses in Albany,” said Chelle Putzer, director of Recreation and Community Services for Albany.

Putzer came up with the idea and the Albany Chamber of Commerce is presenting the event.

Among the categories: Best Cocktails, Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant, Best Brunch/Breakfast Spot, Best Place to Get Caffeinated, Best Local Artist, Best Place to Workout, Best Picnic Spot, Best Place to Get Your Hair Cut/Styled, Best Place for Auto Service, Best Place to Buy a Birthday Present, Best Place to People-Watch, Best Place to Go On Date Night and Best Dog Friendly Spot.

Putzer said the city has received 180 nominations so far. She would like at least three nominations in each category, so categories aren’t overly specific –– such as Best Chinese Restaurant. Once the nominations close, the campaigning will begin.

“We’ll go out and put up posters at those businesses, ‘Vote for us,’” she said. “We’re trying to create, not necessarily a competition, but that people will actually vote for the places that are their favorites.”

Putzer said she would like to have a searchable website where people could look up what the best brunch/breakfast spot in town is or what is the best place to take a dog.

“It’s going to be fun,” she said.

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Obama’s response to Charlottesville violence one of most popular in Twitter history

By Kristine Phillips | Washington Post

Unlike some former presidents, Barack Obama is showing no signs of completely abandoning public life.

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Since leaving office, Obama has commented on major events or controversies, including the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, and Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis. He did so again on Saturday, after the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion . . . People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love . . . For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” Obama said, quoting former South African president Nelson Mandela in tweets.

The first tweet, which shows a picture of Obama smiling at four children, has been retweeted more than 1 million times and liked 2.6 million times as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to Favstar, a Twitter-tracking site, it’s one of the most-liked tweets in the history of Twitter, second to singer Ariana Grande’s response to the deadly terrorist attack during her concert in Manchester. It also ranks No. 7 among the most retweeted tweets.

Obama has used Twitter only sporadically since January, tweeting a handful of times every month to weigh in on national conversations. It’s unclear if Obama himself or a social media team is handling his Twitter handle.

President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville has become the subject of widespread criticisms. In a statement Saturday, he condemned hatred and bigotry from “many sides,” not saying which “sides” he was referring to, or whose hatred and bigotry he was condemning. Many Democrats and some Republicans took issue with Trump for not calling out white nationalists or white supremacists, even after a car, allegedly driven by a neo-Nazi sympathizer, plowed into …read more

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