Monday, November 10, 2008

Gaia Arts Building Declared Nuisance

By Chris Thompson
Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Who knew that Berkeley developer Patrick Kennedy built the downtown Gaia building in order to turn it into the tower of power? On October 24, a black Cal fraternity rented Gaia's downstairs art space for a post-football party, and hundreds of people spilled out into the streets, clamoring to get in and blasting hip hop into the night. Anna De Leon, who runs Anna's Jazz Island out of the building, wrote an account of the night in the Berkeley Daily Planet, in which young men trying to sneak into the party climbed through her windows and ran over tables to bum rush the show. Needless to say, De Leon's patrons promptly went home. Eventually, the cops closed down the party and pushed the mob over to Shattuck Avenue. Now, city officials have declared the building a public nuisance, leaving Kennedy open to fines if he lets another party get out of control.

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