The week started with a jolt as Berkeley was shaken awake with two strong earthquakes at 5:33 am on Monday morning. That same morning we reported on a multiple shooting on Bonar Street that had happened the night before. And two days later we revealed new information about a Berkeley street shoot-out in December.
However crime is actually on the decrease in Berkeley, as our story on the latest crime statistics showed.
A second large residential fire in five months had us on the street with the fire crews on Thursday morning; while another type of drama erupted on Thursday when we broke the news that Café Fanny was closing its doors after 28 years in Berkeley. Alice Waters told us the café had ceased to be “a happy place.”
The likelihood that downtown Berkeley will one day have taller buildings and more open spaces provoked heated discussion, while one developer’s solution for urban density, the smallest legal apartment, prompted even more debate.
The week ended with all eyes on Police Chief Michael Meehan, who, after hosting a community meeting to answer questions about the BPD’s response to the Feb. 18 murder of Peter Cukor, sent an officer to a reporter’s house in the middle of the night demanding changes to an article.
This week, between Monday and Friday, Berkeleysiders left a total of 547 comments and 1,359 Facebook “Likes” on our stories. And the good news is, there’s now another outlet on Berkeleyside for you to express your opinions. Check out our newly launched op/ed section: Opinionator.
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