Randy Schekman receives Nobel medal in Stockholm ceremony (UCB)
Chihuahua Express airlifts small dogs from Berkeley to Idaho (Patch)
Adventures in space: Live Oak Theatre (Theatre Bay Area)
Berkeley’s parking solution (East Bay Express)
Student-run incubator program hosts start-up competition (Daily Californian)
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday Dec. 12 (Spare the Air)
Tilden newt protections have dog walkers growling (Inside Bay Area)
Berkeley Rep, Shotgun, Cal, Freight & Salvage, Kala, others get art grants (NEA)
Op-Ed: End of Nicholas’ Dirks’ first semester (Berkeley Blog)
Video: Dirks reflects on his first semester at Cal (UCB News)
New old organ installed in Cal’s Hertz Hall (KQED)
Cal’s Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman answers Reddit questions (Daily Cal)
Date night: Paragon, Berkeley (Mercury News)
The Berkeley City Council is set to consider a potential $20 million parks bond in conjunction with a 10% increase to the existing parks tax after a unanimous vote Wednesday night by the city’s parks commission.
Over the past six months, the commission has held a series of public meetings to find a way to raise money for Berkeley parks, spurred in part by alarm at a projected lack of money in the city budget for both existing maintenance demands and new projects.
The combined bond and tax measures could cost approximately $45 extra per year on average for each Berkeley property.
“It doesn’t fix everything,” said Commission chairman Jim McGrath. “It’s not a bad start though.”
According to a draft report prepared for Wednesday’s meeting, the city is in desperate need of more money for Berkeley parks. … Continue reading »
When the new West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library opens on Saturday Dec. 14, officials hope that it not only becomes a place for people to take out books, but a community center that allows people to collaborate and build their businesses.
The new 9,300 square foot, $7.5 million structure at 1125 University Ave. (at San Pablo) — first net-zero library in California – will have the largest community meeting room in the branch system. It can hold up to 100 people and it can be configured for video conferences and computer coding, as well as for meetings. There are numerous electrical outlets near the tables to accommodate laptops (which are also available for use) and a long counter that faces out onto the small garden holding a newly planted cork oak tree.
“It’s really not a traditional community reading room but an extension of the library,” said Library Director Donna Corbeil as she pointed to the glass wall that separates the meeting room from the rest of the building. … Continue reading »
Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board will tonight consider the application by the owners of Comal in downtown Berkeley to open a second restaurant in the old Wright’s Garage space at 2635 Ashby Ave. (at College) in the Elmwood.
City planners are recommending that ZAB approve the proposal, which would entail granting an exception to the Elmwood quota system and agreeing to a midnight closing time on Fridays and Saturdays (an extension from 11:00 p.m.).
Many in the community support the plan, although there are also local residents who oppose it, principally on the grounds that it would cause parking headaches in the neighborhood.
Comal owners John Paluska and Andrew Hoffman envision that the yet-to-be-named spot would serve Northern Californian cuisine and have a full bar, including a menu of craft cocktails. The restaurant would be open for lunch and dinner. The atmosphere, energy and design would likely be similar to Comal, Paluska told Berkeleyside when we broke the news of the plan in June. … Continue reading »
A Berkeley teenager is facing two felony counts after authorities say he robbed a 31-year-old Davis woman during a drug deal in Berkeley involving medical cannabis.
Jerrone Horn, 19, was arrested Dec. 5 at his home in the 1300 block of Delaware Street after police tied him to the crime using a telephone number.
According to court documents, on Nov. 16, a victim reported being robbed by people with a gun at Allston Way and Bonar Street shortly before 7 p.m. The suspects had responded to a Craigslist advertisement related to the sale of medical cannabis.
The victims — a man and woman — initially reported the loss as an iPhone because they were afraid of getting in trouble for selling marijuana, authorities said in court papers, “but felt obligated to report the fact that the suspects were robbing people with guns.” … Continue reading »
Josh Jones has had a fair share of glory. An early product of the Berkeley Unified School District’s jazz education program, he’s toured and recorded with jazz legends, helped spark the Bay Area’s acid jazz scene in the 1990s, and worked with hip hop icons like Tupac Shakur, Digital Underground, and Too Short. But his most important work has taken place away from the spotlight, teaching young musicians about the intricacies of swing, funk, and clave, the essential pulse of much Afro-Cuban music.
On Friday night he leads the Josh Jones Latin Jazz Orchestra at La Peña, an annual event for an ongoing rehearsal band that he launched around the turn of the century. His connection to the cultural center goes back to grade school days when he was drawn to La Peña by the regular presence of Cuban music workshops and bands. About 13 years ago he applied for a California Arts Council grant to support an array of classes he wanted to teach, covering salsa, hop hop, hand percussion and drum kit. … Continue reading »
Randy Schekman receives Nobel medal in Stockholm ceremony (UCB)
Local resident and real estate agent Anita Thede died Nov. 27. The following obituary was shared by her colleagues at Northbrae Properties.
Our friend and 2013 Berkeley Association of Realtors president Anita Thede passed away unexpectedly Nov. 27, 2013, following scheduled heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, with a reception to follow.
Anita began her career in real estate in 1977. She became an owner and co-founder of Northbrae Properties in 1981. She was very active in the real-estate community serving as President of the Berkeley Association of Realtors in 1992 and 2013. She received many distinguished awards during her career, including being named the BAR’s Realtor of the Year in 1994.
As well as her work in real estate, Anita had a strong involvement in community service. She was a founding member and President of the Board of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, served on the Board of Trustees for Alta Bates Hospital, was an active member of the Berkeley Rotary Club, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, and the Aurora Theater, and was a major contributor of her energy and resources to many other community and charitable projects. … Continue reading »
Berkeley Police Department has started a joint patrol with BART Police and is collaborating with the Oakland Police Department to investigate a rash of armed robberies involving stolen cars that have been concentrated within a few blocks of each other on the North Oakland-South Berkeley border near Ashby BART station.
Berkeley Police believe three robberies that happened in Berkeley may be related, based on the similar descriptions of the suspects, the modus operandi and the location of the crimes, and they are working with OPD to determine if any of several North Oakland robberies connect to the Berkeley ones. “We are sharing information to determine any possible connections and are following leads as they develop,” said BPD spokesperson Officer Jennifer Coats.
Because of the proximity of the crimes to Ashby BART station, BPD has started to partner with a BART officer focusing on crime prevention in the area, “similar to its program with UCPD regarding robbery suppression patrol,” they said. … Continue reading »
A San Pablo woman is in custody after police linked her vehicle to the theft of more than $19,000 in make-up products from the MAC Cosmetics store on Berkeley’s Fourth Street.
Kristen Hale, 32, is set to appear before an Alameda County judge Thursday for the continuation of her pre-trial hearing in connection with identity theft, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance charges.
According to court documents, surveillance footage from the burglary, on Nov. 19, led police to Hale. A Berkeley Police officer who reviewed the footage said it showed two people get out of a car just before 4 a.m., use a rock to break into the MAC store at 1850 Fourth, and steal the merchandise.
Police got the vehicle’s license plate from the footage, and found that the vehicle was registered to Hale. … Continue reading »
A town hall meeting organized by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Berkeley examined progress on proposals intended to address a range of issues concerning Berkeley’s African-Americans, low-income families and other marginalized communities.
The three most vigorous discussions at the meeting concerned housing, the police and employment. Attendees also expressed concerns about Berkeley’s shrinking black population.
Berkeley police chief Michael Meehan, deputy city manager William Rogers, and Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) executive director Tia Ingram were among the officials who spoke on Sunday — and weathered a barrage of comment and criticism from questioners. In addition, councilmembers Max Anderson, Daryl Moore and Kriss Worthington attended, as did city manager Christine Daniel. … Continue reading »
Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.
Update, 8:00 p.m.: LeRoy got it. This is on Avalon Walk, leading from the end of Avalon Ave. down to Stuart St. just above Elmwood. Congratulations, LeRoy, on being this week’s winner.
Photo: Tracey Taylor.
Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto chefs cook up a revolution (Zester Daily)
Op-Ed: Fred Wiseman and the Berkeley model (New York Times)
Don Reed’s ‘Can you dig it?’ returns to Marsh Berkeley (Broadway World)
Filmmaker brings ‘Fruitvale Station’ to Berkeley High (BANG)
Cal Bears football team improving in the classroom (Mercury News)
Fire ignites in recycling truck, burns on Channing Way (Daily Californian)
Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday Dec. 11 (Spare the Air)
Hundreds of teens attend computer science education day at Cal (Mercury News)
A pregnant woman was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning a block east of Ashby BART station in Berkeley. Police believe the suspects who mugged her may have committed several similar robberies in the area in quick succession that morning. And they come in the wake of a rash of robberies and car jackings over the past two weeks in this South Berkeley-North Oakland border area.
On Monday morning, Jen Boynton was walking from her home in Oakland to the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley, as she does most days to catch the train to work.
Boynton, who is seven months’ pregnant, was walking west on Woolsey Street and was crossing Tremont Street at about 9:30 a.m. when she noticed a car parked south of the intersection. A man got out of the car, crossed the intersection, and approached her. He pulled out a “serious-looking” gun and demanded she give him her backpack. … Continue reading »