Daily Archives: March 16, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 03.16.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to its advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Amoeba MusicBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCal Youth CampsCarolyn Jones at The Grubb Company, Fantasy T-ShirtsFive RestaurantFocal Point, Gourmet GhettoThe Grubb CompanyJewish Music FestivalLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMechanics Bank, Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto LaboratoryPsychotherapy InstituteSutter East Bay Medical FoundationThornwall PropertiesTom Miller & Friends Lawyers, and UC … Continue reading »


Officer ‘put in awkward position’ by Berkeley police chief

Sgt. Mary Kusmiss
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Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department was put in a difficult and very awkward position by her boss, Chief Michael Meehan, when he asked her to go to a reporter’s house at 12:45 am on March 9 to request that a story be changed, according to an attorney who Kusmiss recently retained.

“She is the only person who knows what went on that night,” said Alison Berry Wilkinson, who said Kusmiss was told today that she will be a witness in a city investigation into Chief Meehan.

Wilkinson said Kusmiss “did everything to avoid ending up on Doug Oakley’s doorstep” on the night of March 8-9 when Chief Meehan asked her to do so after seeing an online story the Oakland Tribune reporter had written about a community meeting earlier that night. … Continue reading »

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Ethnic eats in Berkeley from A to Z: Part 3

High praise for Vanessa's Bistro and its tuna salmon poke. Photo: Anna Mindess
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Over the last two weeks Berkeleyside has listed almost 100 places where you can taste tachos, slurp soba, and make a meal out of momos (catch up with part 1, A to I and part 2, J to P). Down the track, we will bring you the back story to some of the people behind some of these places.

For now, you know the drill: Chime in below if there’s a nosh spot that’s missing from this list or if there’s a signature dish you want to single out at a particular place.

Oh, and as for the definition of ethnic (some readers quibbled about whether French or Italian joints should be in the mix) we’re thinking chefs who want to showcase a style of cooking specific to a region of the world — versus California cuisine or fusion food, though no doubt there’s some crossover.

Enjoy.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley City orders investigation into Police Chief

BPD Chief Michael Meehan: two outside agencies have been hired by the city after a mistake he made on March 9
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This story was rewritten at 2:50 pm for the purposes of clarity.

The City of Berkeley has ordered an investigation into Police Chief Michael Meehan following his decision to send an officer to a reporter’s home at 12:45 am on March 9 asking him to make a correction.

The statement by Interim City Manager Christine Daniel that she had hired public law specialists Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai on Monday was issued today, less than half an hour after the Berkeley Police Association said it had sent Daniel a letter calling for a formal investigation into the Chief.

On being informed of the city’s action, Officer Tim Kaplan, President of the Berkeley Police Association, said: “That’s great to hear. That’s exactly what we feel should be done. It’s the right step.”

Kaplan told Berkeleyside earlier today: “The bottom line is we do not believe there should be double standards in the department. It is guaranteed that any captain, lieutenant or sergeant would be on administrative leave if this had happened to them.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Patients Group says it is moving, not closing

Front entrance to Berkeley Patients Group
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Berkeley Patients Group, which had declined for weeks to confirm or deny that the federal government had told its landlord it had to move, sent out an email Thursday night saying it was not going out of business.

“Recent media reports have erroneously stated that Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest and well-respected medical cannabis dispensaries in California, is closing its doors,” Chief Operating Officer Sean Luse said in a press release. “The following statement provides accurate information on BPG’s status: Berkeley Patients Group remains dedicated to providing safe and affordable access to its patient-members, while working to preserve the jobs of its 70+ employees. BPG is not closing. We have been looking to relocate for several years and look forward to announcing our new site, soon. We are grateful for the level of support we have received from the Berkeley community over the years.” … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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Identity Theft/Fraud – 900 Block of Euclid Avenue
On Tuesday, March 13, a community member in the 900 block of Euclid Avenue reported that she was the victim of identity theft. The woman told the officer that she had received a call from an online payment service that a suspect had used her name and Social Security number to attempt to purchase a total of $321 in sporting goods on line. The BPD officer documented the crime and provided her with some information about identity theft as well as a case number.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – 1300 Block of Peralta Avenue
On Tuesday, March 13, at 9:08 a.m., a BPD patrol officer did a records check of a 1995 red Nissan Pathfinder that was parked in the 1300 block of Peralta Avenue. The records checked revealed that the Nissan was reported stolen in San Francisco on February 25, and had been entered into the Stolen Vehicle System (SVS). The BPD officer had to have the car towed and requested that the information related to the car was taken out of SVS. The officer then documented and completed the necessary paperwork.  … Continue reading »

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