Daily Archives: June 29, 2011

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The Berkeley Wire: 06.29.11

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Downtown PBID passes overwhelmingly

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The Berkeley City Council last night approved the formation of the third property-based improvement district (PBID) in the city, increasing fourfold the funds available to the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) for environmental enhancement and economic development programs. A ballot count showed 71% of downtown property owners approved of the PBID.

“Now we get to work on implementation, not campaigning,” said John Caner, executive director of the DBA. “It’s all about making downtown a lively and vibrant place. It gives us the opportunity to accelerate and build on the successes we’ve already had downtown.” Caner pointed to the coming openings of the Magnes Museum, the Helios Center and the refurbishment of the BART Plaza as key building pieces for the downtown.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley City Council passes budgets for 2012, 2013

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As expected, the Berkeley City Council last night adopted the biennial budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The budget, originally presented on May 3, closes a $12.2 million deficit in FY2012 and a $13.3 million deficit in FY2013 by eliminating 79 positions, cutting a number of services, and raising a number of fees (the full 384-page budget report can be accessed here).

The budget had been extensively debated in a number of council meetings since the a discussion of the budget development calendar in October. Last night there was no discussion of the main budget, and it passed without comment. The focus of debate last night was on supplemental allocations for community agencies that had been cut in the proposed budget. Councilmember Linda Maio and Mayor Tom Bates proposed $114,078 in additional funding for nine agencies, and councilmember Max Anderson proposed $264,078 in additional funding for the same nine agencies, as well as the city’s Black Infant Health program, a number of festivals and the city’s pools.

The debate on the two proposals was heated, even though councilmember Jesse Arreguín pointed out that “we’re close”, and attempts should be made to “bridge the gap”. Eventually, the Maio/Bates proposal was agreed, with additional sums for the Cinco de Mayo and Stonewall festivals.  … Continue reading »

What happened when Lonely Island trio visited Amoeba

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Back in April, three Berkeley boys made a return visit to their hometown. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer are the threesome behind Lonely Island, makers of ‘digital shorts” (otherwise known as music videos) for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

The trio visited Amoeba on National Record Store Day to promote their latest album, Turtleneck & Chain, and chat with their fans, some of whom could not contain their excitement (as in much screaming and one hug request directed … Continue reading »

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Spate of smartphone robberies committed since June 19

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Five cases of robbery — strong arm and armed — have been reported south of the university campus and near downtown since June 19, according to the Berkeley Police Department. According to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the BPD, the police are seeing a “predominance” of strong arm and grand theft robberies being committed for iPhones and other types of smartphones. “There has been an incredible focus on iPhones,” Kusmiss said.

In the most serious of the crimes, last Wednesday, at around 11:45 p.m., a 19-year old UC student was the victim of armed robbery at the intersection of Dwight and Etna. He was approached by three males who pushed him to the ground while pointing a gun at him. The suspects took various items including an Apple iTouch and a BlackBerry phone. One suspect punched the victim in the throat while another struck him across the forehead with the gun. The three suspects fled on foot southbound on Etna. The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Berkeley police searched the area but were unable to find the suspects.

The victim described the three suspects as unknown race or Black males in their late teens, 5’8” to 5’9” in height, 140 to 150 lbs., with average builds, all wearing dark hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up and dark jeans. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 8:30am: Phienx got it right in five minutes. This is outside the barber shop on Sather Lane. Congratulations Phienx on being this week’s winner.

Photo: Tina Zhu.

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