Most important Berkeley stories of 2011 The future of Telegraph Avenue, Occupy protests, city budgets and safety at Berkeley High: just some of the year’s top issues.
Food writer Sarah Henry reviews the year in all things edible in Berkeley.
2011 will wind down as one of the safest years in Berkeley. There was only one homicide this year — the March 8 slaying of Toby Eagle in the back yard of his Blake Street home — compared to five killings in 2010. This is lowest number of murders in Berkeley since 2001, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.
Berkeleyside turned two in 2011. The site has seen its readership and reach increase dramatically in that time, in part because of our journalism and community contributors, and in part because of our partnerships with KQED, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Bay Citizen.
The two homes that caught on fire in the Berkeley hills on Wednesday night suffered more than $1 million in damage, according to Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong.
Even on a slow night you can find a generous array of live music in Berkeley, but on New Year’s Eve the People’s Republic offers a particularly enticing selection, especially if you’re looking for the chance to dance. Every venue seems to play to its comfort zone, with La Pena delivering Cuban, Ashkenaz offering Balkan, Freight & Salvage bearing bluegrass, and Jupiter getting groovy. Why brave the Bay Bridge when you can dance the night away close to home?
It was a busy year in Berkeley, what with various Occupy movements, gun violence at the high school, restaurants opening and closing, and more. How closely did you pay attention? Here is a quiz to test your news savvy. The answers are after the jump.
By Susan Helmrich
Two homes on Miller Avenue in the Berkeley hills were extensively damaged Wednesday night when a fire that spread to three alarms broke out.
This was the year Berkeleyside went beyond words in a concerted fashion and embraced other media including video, podcasts, film footage, as well as Storify reports comprising Twitter posts and photography.
By E. Kay Trimberger
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What were the most important Berkeley stories of 2011? Not always the most read: our readers — and those of us at Berkeleyside — can get excited about the merits of pizza in Berkeley or the rights and wrongs of poop scoops on trails in the hills, but those stories don’t necessarily have enduring significance. Here’s our judgement on the stories that you should have read, and that we’ll probably be following in different ways in 2012.