Daily Archives: October 28, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 10.28.11

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Sighted: Car gets the boot in Berkeley

Booted car
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Citizen reporter Aaron Glimme sends in this photo of a car on Ada Street at Sacramento which has been booted. The Berkeley Police Department introduced parking boots on October 18, so this is an early example of a new method for penalizing repeat parking offenders.

Berkeley introduces parking boots for repeat offenders [10.5.11]
Berkeley parking scofflaws: Beware of the boot [02.07.11]

Berkeleyside publishes many articles every day. To see all our stories … Continue reading »


Berkeleyside says thank you 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 CompanyCollege Preparatory SchoolEcology CenterFocal PointGatherThe Grubb CompanyHotel Shattuck Plaza/Five RestaurantLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mechanics BankMoe’s BooksOrinda AcademyPark Day SchoolPasta BenePhoto … Continue reading »

Café Yesterday: Cocoa Puffs and Verve coffee for all

Cafe Yesterday mixes granola and gummi bears.
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When Midwest transplant Ryan Brinson recently set up shop in Berkeley, he thought he’d died and gone to heaven. Well, that might not be how Brinson, an ordained minister, would characterize it. But the rock and roller with religious roots definitely felt like he had come home.

Brinson, a keyboard-playing long-time preacher in San Diego, decided to switch gears and locations to open Café Yesterday, a nonprofit java joint with a charitable and compassionate community approach — as one might expect from a man of the church. … Continue reading »

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About those helicopters: Q&A with KTVU’s news director

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Berkeley has had its fair share of news-worthy events recently — be it a certain on-campus bake sale last month that caught the attention of the media nationwide, or a series of earthquakes significant enough to warrant attention. Incidents such as these tend to trigger the launch of helicopters into the skies above our city, be it those operated by the police or by news organizations.

The choppers are noisy and, particularly if the reason for their presence is unknown, can cause … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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Parole stop/search leads to narcotics arrest – Harrison and Eighth Streets

A BPD Patrol officer was familiar with a 31-year old male parolee who was living in a Dodge van in the area of Harrison and Eighth Streets. He and another officer located the parolee’s van on Monday, October 24 at about 12:30 p.m. The handling officer conducted a parole search of the individual and his van. During the course of the search, the officer found 34 individual wrapped pieces of crack cocaine (packaged for sale), cash, a cell phone and material used to package narcotics for sale. The officer arrested him for violations of 11351.5 H&S – Possession of Narcotics For Sale and 3056PC – Parole Violation.

Commercial burglary via door pry – 1900 block of Addison Street

Sometime between Saturday, October 25 at about 10:15 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 10:35 a.m. an unknown suspects or suspects pried the front door of a non-profit and stole two laptops. The BPD handling officer requested that the BPD CSI process the business for anything of evidentiary value. … Continue reading »

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How toxic is Halloween face paint on your child’s face?

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By Belinda Lyons-Newman

With Halloween approaching, I set out last week to find make-up to decorate my three-year old daughter Ella’s face to go with her ladybug Halloween costume. I saw a variety of brands of face paints at the drug stores and toy stores near my north Berkeley home. Before choosing one to buy, like many Berkeley moms wanting to find the most natural products for their kids, I decided to first research online for the most natural brands available. I was amazed at what I found.

Two minutes into my online research, I pulled up a report published in 2009 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a national coalition of non-profit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products. After testing ten major kids face paints sold in the US, the study found that all ten of the face paints tested contained lead. Six out of the ten face paints tested contained the known skin allergens, nickel, cobalt and/or chromium, at levels far exceeding the recommendations of industry studies. … Continue reading »

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Piedmont Avenue reopened: New road, sidewalk, bike path

Piedmont Avenue new road
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Those of you who take Berkeley’s Piedmont Avenue regularly to get from A to B will be delighted to have seen that the northbound lane has reopened — and it’s much enhanced since it was closed off to enable the construction work being undertaken at Cal Memorial Stadium.

The street has been repaved, there’s a spanking new bike lane, new vintage-style street lighting and a wide sidewalk. A significant improvement is that all the street’s overhead power lines have been … Continue reading »

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