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The Berkeley Wire: 03.07.12

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Berkeley shows big decline in violent and property crime

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Total crime was down in Berkeley last year by 14%, a result that councilmembers hailed as “great news” when the annual crime report was presented at last night’s City Council meeting.

Violent crime fell 9%, from 531 crimes in 2010 to 482 in 2011. Property crime fell 15%, from 5,941 to 5,071. Only the small number of arsons increased, from 23 to 25, and auto theft was up 5%.

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan said that it was not yet possible to compare Berkeley’s results with other cities, but the reduction from 2009 to 2010 had been twice the state and national average.

Asked about the reasons for the encouraging results, Meehan said that academic studies had shown the only consistent factors in crime reduction were “adequate police resources and focused police strategies”. The Berkeley police, he said, worked to “specific and measurable goals”, which had been exceeded in 2011. … Continue reading »

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‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’ (free tickets!)

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How times change. Derided in 1976 by Tory Member of Parliament Sir Nicholas Fairbairn as a “wrecker of civilization” and forced into exile in the early ‘90s after being falsely accused by Scotland Yard of satanic child abuse, Manchester-born musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-orridge (formerly Neil Megson) recently arranged for his exhaustive archives to reside at one of the world’s greatest art galleries, London’s Tate Modern.

Bodies change, too. Now 62, Genesis was an early adopter of the so-called “modern primitive” lifestyle, adherents of which eagerly tattoo, pierce, and otherwise alter their bodies in any number of imaginative ways — and Genesis, never one for half measures, ultimately decided to take body modification to its logical conclusion after falling head over heels in love with Jacqueline Breyer (aka Lady Jaye), a one-time New York City nurse. Such was the couple’s devotion that they began a long term transition to “pandrogyny”, a state where male and female genders are united within one body. Their amazing and utterly compelling story is told in The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a new feature opening this Friday, March 9th at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas. … Continue reading »

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Dec. 23 Berkeley shooting involved 5 men with guns

Berkeley police investigate Dec. 23 shootings on Sacramento Street, Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The shooting of two teenagers of Sacramento Street near Woolsey on Dec. 23 was more violent than originally reported.

Five youths, including one who was just 16, pulled out guns and fired at one another at around 12:41 pm, injuring two, striking a passing taxi, some cars, and a nearby residence, according to court documents.

Tyler Frank Jamison, 16, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the case. He appeared briefly in Alameda County Court on Tuesday and is scheduled to return April 10. Although he is a juvenile, Jamison, who attended B-Tech in 2010-2011, is being tried as an adult. Tyrone Anthony Terell, 18, has been charged with a weapons violation. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 9:09 am: Danithom identified this as being the house at 1543 Shattuck Avenue which, according to Susan Klee who took the photo, is occupied by several therapists’ offices. Congratulations, Danithom, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Susan Klee.

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