Daily Archives: December 9, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 09.12.10

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Following the rash of robberies in the city over the past few weeks, Berkeleyside asked the Berkeley Police Department to break out the statistics, to determine how many of them involved a gun.

Sgt. Mary Kusmiss reports that four of the six robberies so far in December involved a gun. This contradicts the information supplied by the BPD to us when we reported the latest robbery on December 7. A review of November shows 21 of 35 robberies throughout the city involved suspects who were armed — two with a knife and one a B.B. gun.

There have therefore been 23 robberies in Berkeley in November and December to date which involved a gun — and 41 robberies in total.

Update, 16.00: The BPD has announced that it believes five of the recent robberies in north Berkeley can be considered a series. In each case, the male suspect pointed a handgun at a community member and demanded phones, wallets and other small personal items before fleeing on foot. Victims have described the suspect generally as a “black male, late teens to 30 years old with a thin build.” These are the robberies that are believed to be connected:

  • 11/13 – 7:20 p.m. Virginia and Franklin Streets
  • 11/18 – 11:28 a.m Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst Street
  • 11/21 – 2:55 p.m. Hearst and California Streets
  • 12/02 – 6:55 p.m. Lincoln and California Streets
  • 12/06 – 7:25 p.m. California and Virginia Streets
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City offices

When we wrote about the Peace & Justice Commission resolution to honor Pfc. Bradley Manning yesterday, there was a grand total of a single minutes from a commission meeting this year available on the city’s website. It looks like attention produces action. All the minutes agendas from this year’s meetings are now on the commission’s site. Update But there are still no minutes of those meetings.

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Berkeley High student artists to take the Freedom Bus

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Students at Berkeley High’s Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) will soon have the thrill of seeing their art work writ large on the side of the Freedom Bus, a customized AC Transit bus which will be rolled out on one of the company’s usual routes in March.

The Freedom Bus project, a collaboration between AC Transit and the Alameda County Office of Education, was launched on December 1 to mark the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ … Continue reading »


Cartoons and comics on display at Berkeley fair

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A few years ago Susie Cagle set aside her keyboard and picked up her paintbrush.

After years of working as an editor and journalist, Cagle decided to try editorial cartooning, and the results have been remarkable. Her “True Stories in Words and Pictures, “ (the way she describes her narrative cartoons) have run in San Francisco Panorama, SF Appeal, The Rumpus, and The Awl, among other places. She has also published a comics … Continue reading »

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