Monthly Archives: August 2010


Update on Sacramento shooting

Sacramento shooting
Print Friendly

Berkeley police have released further details about this afternoon’s shooting on Sacramento Street. Here are the details from Sergeant Mary Kusmiss:

On 08-31-10 at approximately 1:46 p.m., the City of Berkeley Police department began receiving many 911 calls regarding gunshots in the area of Sacramento  and Oregon Streets. A White Cadillac with three occupants were double parked in the southbound lane in the block when someone fired multiple rounds in the direction of the car. The woman … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

The Berkeley Wire: 8.31.10

Print Friendly

Shots fired on Sacramento

Print Friendly

Berkeleyside reader Thomas Lord sends in the following:

Shortly after 2 p.m. on this last day of August approximately 10 shots rang out on Sacramento St. in Berkeley. No injuries are reported although an occupied vehicle driven by a resident of the neighborhood was struck through the rear window. The south-bound portion of Sacramento St. in that area is currently shut down while police investigate.

Update Sergeant Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department reports that the incident occurred on … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Mountain lion tours Gourmet Ghetto

Mountain lion
Print Friendly

A mountain lion was reported wandering through North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto last night, and after a pursuit by Berkeley police was shot at 3:26 a.m. on Walnut Street.

According to Sergeant Mary Kusmiss, the first reports of the mountain lion were received shortly after 2 a.m. A community member reported seeing the animal in the parking lot of the now empty Elephant Pharmacy. When police arrived to investigate, the mountain lion ran east up Cedar Street, jumped a … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , ,

AC Transit proposals cut nine Berkeley services

AC Transit services
Print Friendly

AC Transit faces unbudgeted expenditures of over $17 million following an August 2nd court injunction suspending management-imposed new labor rules. The AC Transit District had imposed the new contract to achieve annual savings of $15.7 million. The court injunction also delayed proposed cuts this fall, accounting for a further $1.9 million in unexpected costs.

To bridge the gap, the district’s board tomorrow night is considering a swingeing set of cuts to be enacted in December. Weekend services on … Continue reading »

Tagged ,

City to stage stand-up night

Print Friendly

On Saturday night, the Live Oak Theatre will host a stand-up comedy night, sponsored by Berkeley’s recreation department. Live Oak Laughs (LOL, get it?) will feature Andrew Norelli (above), a fixture on the comedy club scene, who had a slot on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last spring.

Other comedians include Jason Armenio, Red Scott, Yayne Abeba and Natasha Muse.

Tickets for the event, available at the door, are only $8 and proceeds go to City … Continue reading »


Big Screen Berkeley: In a Lonely Place

Print Friendly

It’s no secret that actors aren’t always acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their best work. Take for example Humphrey Bogart: one of America’s finest screen actors of the mid-twentieth century, Bogart didn’t win an Oscar until his late career appearance in 1951’s The African Queen. Though Bogie clearly enjoyed playing Captain Charlie Allnut, the role wasn’t a particularly challenging one for him.

Contrast it with his performance only a year earlier in director Nicholas … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , ,

The Berkeley Wire: 8.30.10

Print Friendly

What is this?

Mystery photo
Print Friendly

Berkeleysider Eric Van Dusen sent us the photo to the left today. He had a slightly enigmatic challenge for our readers:

See how many Berkeleyside readers know where it is, its importance…

So have at it readers. Any suggestions?


Tracking neighborhood wildlife, one beetle at a time

Print Friendly

Like many residents of the Berkeley-Oakland hills, Kay Loughman enjoys living close to nature. Sightings of deer, wild turkeys and skunks are common-place. But Loughman is fascinated by the more diminutive species too: be it an Anise Swallowtail butterfly, a Western Terrestrial Gartersnake or a Spotted Towhee bird.

Three years ago, Loughman started a website, Wild Life in the North Hills, to keep track of the wealth of natural life close to her home on Gravatt Drive. “It was … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Cal Performances plans Free for All

Members of Diamano Couras perform, photo: RJ Muna
Print Friendly

Cal Performances, the university’s arts presenter and producer, stuffs its schedule each year with an extraordinary variety of music, drama, spoken word and dance. On Sunday, September 26, Cal Performances will hold its first ever Fall Free For All, a day long celebration of the arts that provides a preview of the coming season and a taste of the variety of the programming.

Free for All includes the Kronos Quartet, members of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, Linda … Continue reading »


Crime mystery: Who mailed this wallet?

Print Friendly

On July 13, 2010 Hamed Mirabdal received a manila envelope in the mail. When he opened it, he gasped.

Inside was his wallet, stolen from him four years earlier during a brutal assault in which he almost died.

There was a short note in the envelope. “Found this while gardening on San Lorenzo Avenue in North Berkeley.”

The signature was indecipherable, but the note was scribbled on stationary from Keller Williams, a national real estate chain. The address … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Best of Berkeleyside: The week’s most popular posts

In case you didn’t have time to devour every story on Berkeleyside this week, we’ve picked those that proved most popular for your leisurely weekend perusal.

UC Berkeley professor tells students they have been swindled These words went viral, drawing thousands of views on the Internet.
Will pedicabs come to Berkeley? It’s red tape vs green technology in this battle for human-powered transportation.
Nation’s first Muslim college opens in Berkeley. West Coast shows more acceptance than East Coast.
Berkeley Bites: Ebbett’s Good to Go. Two mother/entrepreneurs bring sandwiches to the masses.
Swim Across America Berkeley woman swims in chilly bay for cancer research.

Photo: Trees and light on Telegraph Avenue by bobcrazybear/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.

Print Friendly