In a special session of the Berkeley Unified School District board last night, board members, staff and parents agreed on the need for urgent action in response to a string of gun incidents at Berkeley High School and B-Tech. Among the immediate likely steps will be a requirement for visible IDs for students and staff.
By Rachel Gross
A fire hydrant that had been repaired on Wednesday broke off at its base Thursday around 8:30 am on Fulton Street near Durant. It spewed gallons of water into the air for about 20 minutes before the fire department turned it off. The water rushed down to Channing and onto Shattuck Avenue, slowing the morning commute. Fire officials speculated that whoever repaired the hydrant did not affix the seal properly, allowing it to tip over.
Are you still concerned about radiation crossing the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, despite the steady stream of scientific advice that it poses no danger?
By Karen Laws
None of the 35 Berkeley High School students who are on probation was involved with the recent spate of gun incidents at the school, according to Alameda County’s top probation official.
Berkeley High School is currently on lockdown as we write. Prinpical Pasquale Scuderi issued an email to the parent community stating: “This is a precaution we are taking because we believe there were individuals with weapons on the perimeter. All of our students are safe inside their classes and we will have more information to follow within the hour. The incident has been resolved.”
Already tough budgets for the city and the school district became significantly tougher with the collapse today of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and the Republicans in Sacramento.
By Alan Tobey
Frank Cruz has turned a horrific personal tragedy — the death on a crosswalk of his five-year-old son Zachary — into a crusade to make Berkeley’s streets safer for pedestrians.
By Robert Trachtenberg