Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

Police chief sent 10 officers on hunt for his son’s iPhone

Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan: "Much common ground has been found"
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Late on the afternoon of January 11, an estimated ten Berkeley police officers, several of them from the department’s Drugs Task Force, knocked on front doors in a residential block in north Oakland. They were not looking for drugs. They were hunting for the missing iPhone of Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan’s teenage son.

Four of the officers worked overtime on the investigation, for which a report was never filed. The iPhone was not recovered, and the Oakland Police Department was not alerted about the search, which Meehan participated in.

Chief Meehan is currently at the center of an independent investigation into his decision to send an officer to the home of a reporter in the early hours of March 9 with a request to correct a story. That review will cost the city up to $25,000. In addition, Berkeley is spending $24,000 on an audit of the police department’s media relations policies.

On January 11 this year, Chief Meehan’s son, who attends Berkeley High School, came to the police station to say that that his iPhone had gone missing. He was upset, according to a witness. … Continue reading »

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In Dulci Jubilo honors artists, poets, writers

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For 29 years, fourth and fifth graders from throughout the Berkeley Unified School District have expressed themselves through the annual Art, Poetry & Essay Contest sponsored by the Berkeley-based educational foundation In Dulci Jubilo, Inc.

On April 19, 2012, the winners of the 2012 Art, Poetry & Essay Contest were honored at an evening awards ceremony at John Muir Elementary School in Berkeley. Thirty winners, selected from 416 entries by volunteer judges, were recognized at the annual ceremony.

Joining in the celebration were families, teachers, principals and local dignitaries, including Senator Loni Hancock; Mayor Tom Bates; Sheila Jordan, Superintendent, Alameda County Office of Education; John Selawsky, President, Berkeley Board of Education; and William Huyett, Superintendent, Berkeley Unified School District. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: West Berkeley Plan will fund city, destroy habitat

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Is the West Berkeley Plan principally designed as a way to get more revenue to support a bloated City structure and remunerate developers? Barbara Gilbert, a self-described “chronic Council observer,” believes so, and argues in an Opionator column published today that the city is strong-arming a drastic up-zoning of West Berkeley that will destroy a thriving and unique residential/artisan/artist district, as well as Aquatic Park.

Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles of 500 to 800 words. We ask that … Continue reading »


West Berkeley plan will fund city staff, developers

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Barbara Gilbert argues that in an effort to get more revenue to support Berkeley’s “bloated” City structure and its developer friends, City Council is strong-arming a drastic up-zoning of West Berkeley that would destroy a thriving and unique residential/artisan/artist district as well as destroying Aquatic Park. Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Himalayan Fair: Still a big draw in its 28th year

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This weekend, Live Oak Park came alive with the Himalayan Fair, a two-day celebration of the art, food, and culture of Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Burma, and India, among other countries.

Berkeley resident and scientist Arlene Blum founded the Fair in 1984 after she spent an inspirational year in the Himalayas: “I trekked across the Himalayan mountain ranges and saw incredible festivals everywhere,” she said, speaking at the booth she was running at the fair. “I even saw the Dalai Lama giving a speech. After this year of festivals, I came back and wanted to share them with the people of Berkeley.” … Continue reading »

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Preparing for the Big One: Berkeley neighbors do the drills

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Did you get a little more ready for the Big One on Saturday? Did you join in Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) across Berkeley in disaster preparedness exercises? The Vermont Avenue North Neighborhood Association did. Here they are in action, photographed by Nancy Rubin.

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Berkeleyans come out in force to view eclipse of the sun

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Berkeley residents are interested, and engaged in, the environment around them. Thus many of us could be found peering at the sun yesterday evening, either through special eclipse glasses or using the time-tested pinhole method, in order to witness the partial eclipse of the sun while it was visible from our perch on the planet.

We bring you a selection of the remarkable images that resulted from a group of Berkeleyside readers.

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