Berkeley police still do not have a motive for Friday’s double shooting in broad daylight on Sacramento Street.
Berkeleyside wants to wish its readers a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and festive Kwanzaa. We will see you again on December 27, In the meanwhile, we leave you with some delightful holiday photos taken by our valued photo contributors.
The article on 200 Pacific Steel workers losing their jobs because they could not provide proper documentation brought in 150 comments.
The dismantling of the Occupy Berkeley encampment unfolded this week and we devoted six stories to the situation. The city posted eviction notices on Dec. 20, Mayor Tom Bates expressed hope that the eviction would be peaceful, and there were different city-protester interactions, including a street fight and a clean-up of debris. Police also released a list of crimes reported at the camp. Readers weighed in with 190 comments.
On Friday, right at the start of the Christmas holiday and on a warm, sunny day, two pedestrians were shot on Sacramento Street.
On a lighter note, John Riegel and Nancy Rubin made a wonderful video about Christmas present regrets.
Berkeley police are looking for the suspect or suspects who shot two people walking on Sacramento Street around 12:41 pm.
Citizen reporter Robert Singer sent in this striking picture of Civic Center Park. It was taken today, a day after the Occupy Berkeley camp was dismantled. The patches of grass in the foreground are discolored from where tents sat.
By Grace Garey
Director Mark Jackson may not have set out to deliver a message when he wrote God’s Plot, Shotgun Players’ 20th Anniversary season ender, but his world premiere play, ringing forth with the weight of Paul Revere and enough comedic literary talent to make it insanely enjoyable, sends a robust call to arms.
Update 10:30 pm: By 10 pm Thursday there were no more tents in Civic Center Plaza. Protesters had left the park by then or thier tents had been picked up by public works crews. The sprinklers were on and about 20 police officers were patrolling the park. Those remaining from Occupy Berkeley were hanging out across the street by Berkeley High School.
In the two months since Occupy Berkeley set up camp in Civic Center Park, Berkeley police have responded to 33 calls for service to the park, 24 of which were classified as crimes. The most serious of these included an attempted rape, a stabbing, and a few assaults. Police also issued 46 citations for smoking in a public space and drinking alcohol.
Berkeley police and some Occupy Berkeley protestors clashed Thursday morning around 12:30 am as police tried to clear a path for a public works truck.
By Frances Dinkelspiel and Judith Scherr