Daily Archives: October 21, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 10.21.11

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Berkeleyside says thank you very much to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Actors Ensemble of BerkeleyAmoeba MusicAurora TheaterAxis OpticalBerkeley Public LibraryBerkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film InstituteBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationBuy Local BerkeleyCarolyn Jones at The Grubb Company, College Preparatory School, Ecology CenterFocal PointGatherThe Grubb CompanyHotel Shattuck Plaza/Five RestaurantLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryMoe’s Books, Orinda AcademyPark Day SchoolPasta BenePhoto … Continue reading »

Five under five: Berkeley homes for sale under $500,000

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While the median price in Berkeley right now for a house is $576,000, there is still a lots of choice to be had among homes that come in at under half a million dollars. (Many of them are in the flats which gives them the added advantage of being out of fire zones and a little further away than some from those pesky earthquake fault lines.)

At 311 The Spiral is a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom one-story house built in … Continue reading »

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Food Day: Growing a movement around what we eat

Tara xx Farm: one of the farms on Ecology Center tour to mark Food Day
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Can Food Day, which is on October 24th, do for the growing food movement what Earth Day did for the nascent environmental movement back in 1970?

The organizers, the Center for Science in the Public Interest in D.C., certainly hope so. A national, grassroots campaign, Food Day is designed to celebrate what we eat while drawing our attention to the need to overhaul this country’s food system from farm to fork. In this way it is similar to Earth Day which sparked widespread interest in the fragile nature of our planet.

Events planned for Monday, including in Berkeley and around the Bay Area, will highlight the good, bad, and ugly of the way we consume food in this country.

Simply put, how we grow, transport, process, market, and eat is not sustainable for the environment or our health, said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of CSPI and the creator of Food Day in a recent piece for The Atlantic. Dietary diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart attacks are rising at alarming rates. Industrially raised meat sucks up energy, pollutes the land and water, and is cruel to beast and worker alike.

Even in places like Berkeley where local, seasonal, organic, sustainable, and fresh food is available in abundance, too many people lack access to good grub and/or go hungry or malnourished. … Continue reading »

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Rabid bat found in Berkeley: Caution advised

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[See update at foot of story.]

A bat infected with rabies was recently found in the area of the 300 block of Rugby Avenue in Berkeley. Although the bat was removed without incident, Berkeley residents are being advised to be extra vigilant as, unless it is treated promptly, rabies is a fatal disease in humans.

“The general advice is if you see a sick or dead bat, leave them alone,” said Fish and Game Warden Patrick Foy.

People are cautioned to avoid skunks and bats and to not handle dead wild animals. Children should be educated about the dangers of wild animals and warned not to touch any animal they do not know. Any nocturnal animal which is seen during daylight hours such as skunks, bats, or grey foxes should be considered dangerous.

In Berkeley, bats and skunks are the most likely animals to be infected, although un-immunized dogs, foxes, coyotes, badgers, weasels, raccoons and unvaccinated cats can also carry the rabies virus. Rodents (gophers, mice, hamsters, squirrels, rats, opossums, guinea pigs) and rabbits are considered very low risk for rabies. Alameda County has been a Rabies Area since 1958.

There is a misconception that all bats carry the rabies virus. “This is far from the truth,” said Foy. “Very few carry the virus.” Foy added, however, that if a bat is very sick there’s a high probability it has rabies. “Any sick bat should be treated as though it has rabies,” he said. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

Armed Robbery, 2300 Block of Channing Way #11-58567
On Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. an armed robbery occurred on Channing Way near Dana Street.  The victim, affiliation unknown, was walking on the 2300 block of Channing when a male passed her on the sidewalk.  He suddenly turned around, pointed a gun at her and took her purse. The suspect ran south on Dana and was last seen entering the passenger side of a car that had stopped mid block on Dana between Haste and Channing.  BPD and UCPD searched the area but were unable to find the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle. The victim was not physically injured during the encounter. The suspect is described as: A Hispanic male, in his 20’s, with a thin build and dark clothes. The suspect’s vehicle is described as: A late model 4 door sedan, an odd color blue with a large bright yellow strips or something similar around the bottom edge of the car.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Grizzly Peak at Sign Post 15, #11-03600
The following incident occurred at Grizzly Peak Sign Post 15: On Saturday, October 15, 2011  at 3:45 a.m. three unaffiliated males (victims #1, #2 and #3) in their early 20’s reported that while they were sitting in their car at one of the turnouts, they heard a female repeatedly scream and a car horn honking.  They responded to Sign Post 15 where they found two white females in their 20’s standing by a car.  Both females indicated they were okay when asked by the three victims.  An unknown male (Suspect #1) approached the three victims from the other side of the females’ car, displayed a knife and became belligerent andconfrontational.  Suspect #1 began stabbing the interior of the victims’ vehicle while kicking the exterior of their car.  A struggle ensued and at least 8-12 additional individuals driving a white SUV and a black Honda pulled into the turnout and joined the altercation in support of Suspect #1. … Continue reading »

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Get prepared for an emergency: Here’s how

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Twenty years after the Oakland-Berkeley fire ripped through the East Bay hills, killing 25 people and destroying close to 4,000 houses and apartments, houses have been rebuilt, trees and shrubs have grown back, and life has seemingly returned to normal.

But the threat of fire — as well as earthquakes, as was witnessed yesterday — remains constant.

The city of Berkeley has taken many steps since the catastrophe to help prevent, or deal with, another one. Some of those include vegetation abatement, changes to building codes, firefighter training and equipment. Read the full list of measures compiled by Berkeley. “Much of this would not have been possible without resident and voter support, and these investments are a real testament to our community,” says City of Berkeley spokesperson Mary Kay Clunies-Ross.

To remind people of the likelihood of future disasters and to show them how to prepare and survive, local cities and officials are planning a day of workshops and fairs in the East Bay this weekend:

  • Saturday, 9am: The cities of Berkeley and Oakland will hold a firestorm remembrance starting with a 9 am reflection at the Rockridge BART station Firestorm Tile Wall.
  • Saturday, 10:30am: At 10:30 am, there will be a formal Commemorative Ceremony of Remembrance at the Gateway Emergency Preparedness Exhibit Center at Tunnel Road and Caldecott Way. Mayor Tom Bates and Fire Chief Debra Pryor will speak. … Continue reading »
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