Daily Archives: February 8, 2012
UPDATE 9:15 pm: A Berkeley police investigative unit followed a suspect to Castro Valley this evening as part of an investigation into a crime, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. The officers made a traffic stop of the suspect in Castro Valley.
“As they got out of their unmarked car the suspect went into reverse and pinned one of the officers between his car and the police car,” said Sgt. Nelson. “When that happened the other officer shot at the suspect.”
The police officer suffered “serious” leg and hand injuries, said Sgt. Nelson. He did not know why the BPD was chasing the suspect.
A Berkeley police officer was injured Wednesday evening when he and another officer were trying to make an arrest in Castro Valley. … Continue reading »
Kronos Quartet inspires young musicians in Berkeley [Mercury News]
Hundreds gather to mourn 18-year old skateboarder killed by car [Patch]
Cal spends $1,300 to buy up X-rated domain names [Daily Cal]
Powell’s candy store hits sweet spot for Valentine’s Day [Bay Area Bites]
Honoring Julius Eastman’s music in Berkeley [SF Chronicle]
Photo: Dusk skyline, by gosh!!!/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates’ recently appointed chief of staff, Judith Iglehart, has joined the panel at the Berkeleyside Local Business Forum: Startup Berkeley, which is taking place at the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley on March 5th, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Iglehart is well-placed to discuss the business startup climate in Berkeley. Before she joined City Hall last month, she worked for eight years at Keiretsu Forum, a global network of angel investors. In an interview with Berkeleyside last month, Iglehart cited job creation as a key part of the mayor’s agenda, and expressed a strong belief that Berkeley can do better in attracting the kind of start-up activity she has helped foster in other places.
“The goal for Berkeley, one would think, is to attract business angels to the area and to showcase the [city's] intellectual activity and resources, which are extraordinary,” she said.
Startup Berkeley will focus on the strengths, and weaknesses, of the city of Berkeley for startups. The conversation will cover how one can one nurture innovation here and help make Berkeley an exciting place to launch and maintain a business. … Continue reading »
Anyone who watched Berkeley native Matt Olson on Jeopardy’s College Championship Tuesday night was amazed at the 20-year old’s performance. He raked up $40,000 in winnings (Jeopardy! dollars, unfortunately) answering questions ranging from fashion design to literature to what looked like a very difficult math problem.
Olson, shown above in an interview with KGO, now moves on to the quarterfinals. The winner of the College Championship will take home $100,000 (real dollars). Jeopardy! airs weeknights at 7 pm on KGO Channel 7. … Continue reading »
New parking signs have arrived in a Berkeley neighborhood that has been the focus of discontent and confusion over parking restrictions over the past few months — but not everyone thinks they are an improvement on the previous signage.
In early January, we reported on efforts by residents and workers in the area surrounding Trader Joe’s in downtown Berkeley to help drivers avoid parking citations. Handmade signs warning of what they saw as poorly signalled restrictions were erected on private properties and on trees and lamposts in the neighborhood.
Neighbors also voiced complaints that a local towing company was taking advantage of the confusion by swooping in to tow cars whose drivers had misunderstood the parking regulations.
The new signs show a large “P” with a cross through it and they detail both the time period when parking is not permitted on a particular side of the street, and the exceptions. … Continue reading »
West Berkeley residents are on the edge after a rash of more than 20 home burglaries since Jan. 15. The burglars have been breaking into houses during the daytime, usually between 11 am and 3 pm, and making off with easy to carry items like laptops, cameras, jewelry, and cash, according to police. The area targeted by the thieves is bounded by Ashby and University Avenues and San Pablo Avenue and Sacramento Street.
On Monday, about 70 neighborhood residents gathered at the Corporation Yard to talk to Berkeley police about the crimes and what could be done. David Morin, a sales and marketing manger for Northwestern Mutual Life who has lived in West Berkeley for six years, attended the community forum. Morin’s house was one of those burglarized. He shares his story: … Continue reading »
Born in Saranap the youngest of five children, Angus Powelson lived with his parents in the Walnut Creek area until he was 13, when, as he puts it, “sibs went to college, parents went crazy, I went into foster care.” Powelson lived in Richmond, where he attended Richmond High, and then in Berkeley. He dropped out of high school when he turned 18 and started working as a mechanic at his brother’s motorcycle shop, T T Motors. He attended UC Berkeley, briefly flirted with the corporate world, then decided “to do something crazy like start a small business.” Powelson runs Japanese car repair shop Oceanworks, and is active in promoting bicycles as a cleaner and healthier mode of transportation.
When did you arrive in Berkeley?
I made a number of forays in the early 1960s with my siblings, going to the old Cinema Guild on Telegraph, seeing The Seventh Seal, probably about 1962-63. I moved here in earnest in about 1965-66, somewhere in there. Left soon after for Richmond. Moved back for good in 1980.
What’s your hood?
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I did think I would be a car designer in my life. … Continue reading »
Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.
Update, 1:24 pm: 3rdGenBerkeleyan is our winner this week — he correctly identified this as being a wall of the Safeway on Shattuck Avenue which is undergoing renovations. Congratulations 3rdGenBerkeleyan!
Photo: Neil Mishalov.