Daily Archives: June 29, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.29.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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

Amoeba MusicAurora Theatre: SalomaniaBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyContemporary Jewish Museum: Do Not DestroyDowntown Berkeley AssociationEcology Center StoreFive RestaurantFocal Point, Freight & Salvage: Woodie Guthrie’s American SongThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstoreContinue reading »

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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IF YOU CAN’T AGE GRACEFULLY, LAUGH  The comedienne Marga Gomez many not be getting any younger, but she is always getting better. Twenty years after her first solo piece Memory Tricks premiered at The Marsh, Gomez is still at it, stripping down bare, revealing her soul, and making you crack up at the same time. Friday and Saturday are the last times to see Gomez in her solo show Not Getting Any Younger, which San Francisco Chronicle theater critic Robert Hurwitt awarded the little man jumping out of his chair. (highest honor) Gomez’s ninth solo show is about “the coming of middle age,” its indignities (being called Ma’am is not a compliment) and how she copes with her creaky joints and graying hair. Not Getting Any Younger plays at 8 pm Friday and 5 pm Saturday at The Marsh, 2120 Allston Way.


Berkeley approves number of bike-friendly initiatives

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By Dave Campbell

At a time when cities are facing budget cuts and reducing staff, Berkeley is pushing ahead with several bikeway projects and initiatives to make the city more walkable and more bikeable.

Many of the Berkeley’s bikeway improvements were highlighted at the June 25 meeting of the Berkeley Bicycle Subcommittee, where the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Planner, Eric Anderson, had a lot of exciting updates to share with a group of 18 interested residents. Anderson led a discussion of the Hearst Avenue Corridor Study and its proposed road diet, green bikeway features, and significantly improved pedestrian crossings. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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June 17

Welfare Check becomes Drunk in Public, Probation Violation Arrest – #2012-32138
On Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 1:22 .a.m., a BPD officer responded to a report of a person down in the 1100 block of Bancroft Way. The officer arrived and located a 33 year old male asleep in a driveway. The officer determined that the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. The officers arrested the Berkeley man for violation of 647(f) PC and 1203.2 PC.

June 18

Tip Jar theft leads to Parole Violation – #2012-32445
On Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:26 p.m., BPD officers responded to a report of money stolen from a tip jar at a local business in the 2200 block of Shattuck Avenue. The suspect was located and after further investigation was arrested. The suspect a 41 year old man was arrested and booked for violation 484 PC, 422 PC and 3056 PC. … Continue reading »

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Car plunged off Grizzly Peak, three occupants survived

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A car went off the road at Grizzly Peak Blvd on the evening of Friday June 8 and plunged 200-300 feet down the embankment. The car’s three occupants survived with relatively minor injuries.

The accident occurred south of Centennial Drive, according to Gil Dong, Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief.

At 9:13 pm, Berkeley Fire responded to a report of a car over the cliff at Grizzly Peak. Two of the car’s three occupants had managed to extricate themselves and climb up to the roadway. They were able to use their cell phones to call emergency dispatchers and give them their location. Berkeley Fire treated the two occupants and took them to Highland Hospital for further medical attention.

Emergency personnel from Berkeley Fire and Police, East Bay Regional Parks Police and Fire, Oakland Police, and CHP searched the scene for a reported third occupant. Ultimately the third occupant was found safe at his parents’ house, according to Dong. … Continue reading »

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Tell us: Is it a fox or a coyote on a Berkeley deck?

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Ann O’Brien was visiting from Iowa when she spotted what she thought was a coyote sunning itself on a deck in north Berkeley on Thursday. Clearly, the local wildlife is feeling comfortable in the urban environment — some would say making itself a little too much at home. Here at Berkeleyside, we’re not naturalists enough to provide a definitive identification of the animal. Is it a coyote or a fox? Let us know.  … Continue reading »

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