Daily Archives: August 17, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 08.17.12

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Berkeley Lab staff on alert after sighting of lion and cubs

Mountain lion by princecody:CC
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Staff at the Berkeley Lab are being warned to avoid walking or jogging alone and using isolated walkways at dusk or nighttime after a female mountain lion with her cubs was sighted between Buildings 65 and 88 at around 5:00 am this morning.

Lab spokesperson Jon Weiner confirmed the Lab sent out an internal memo to its staff this morning to warn them to be alert and to take precautions. “There were apparently deer in the vicinity of where the mountain lion was spotted,” he said.

The Lab has posted signs around its campus and at its entrance gates, and has a webpage devoted to the subject that is continually updated for its employees and guests.

“Mountain lions generally exist where deer are found, as was the case this morning,” reads the internal email. “Warning signs have been placed at walkways and gate entrances. As a precaution, the use of isolated stairs/walkways at dusk, night, or dawn is discouraged. Warning signs have been placed at all Lab gates. To limit an interaction with a mountain lion, avoid hiking or jogging in the undeveloped areas of the Lab alone or at dawn, dusk or night.” … Continue reading »

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Ashby resurfacing snarls traffic, creates delays

Road and lane closures brought traffic to a near standstill. Photo: Lance Knobel
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[See update at foot of story.]

After weeks of dire warnings about traffic delays from the Ashby resurfacing project, some of the worst fears came to pass this afternoon. Preparations for the project have slowed traffic on Ashby for the last several weeks, but the resurfacing only started yesterday because some of the necessary machinery was being used in another city.

At 2 p.m. today, traffic coming south on Belrose Avenue and Claremont Boulevard — usually a slow-moving chain of cars coming from the university — was at a standstill. Traffic heading east on Ashby was even more stymied than usual. Drivers who thought they’d be clever by turning onto Russell Avenue found themselves at the end of a long, static line of cars and trucks on the usually empty street.  … Continue reading »

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Alchemy: Co-op café brightens Berkeley strip in transition

Alchemy Collective Cafe: A welcome addition to the 'hood. Photo: Joel Ramirez
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Six baristas, who want to be their own bosses and hire no employees, have set up a slip of a shop at the intersection of Adeline Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in south Berkeley, adding some much needed quality coffee — along with a warm, groovy vibe — to a neighborhood in transition.

Welcome to the Alchemy Collective Café, which opened its doors in February. The co-operative is located in a small storefront next to the Firehouse Art Collaborative in the Lorin District, home to the new Tuesday farmers’ market, the Black Repertory Theater, Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, and other artisan and artsy haunts.

The owner-workers have already attracted a stream of regulars: serious caffeine aficionados who stop by for a rotating menu of single-origin drip offerings and espresso drinks via Verve Coffee Roasters, and signature house blends courtesy of an in-house roaster. The co-op is manned by Chris Myers, Payam Imani, Eric Thoreson, James Parrish, and Rob Wertheimer; the sixth member, Caleb Wolfson-Seeley, mainly handles the finances. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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August 4

Arson, People’s Park men’s restroom #12-03687
On Saturday, August 4th, 2012, at 7:18 a.m., UCPD received a report from a University employee that a soap dispenser in the men’s restroom of People’s Park had been set on fire.  The time frame for the arson is unknown. There is no suspect description at this time.

August 5

Loud Party, 2300 Block of Ellsworth Street
On Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 11:30 p.m., BPD Officers were dispatched to a report of a loud party in the 2300 block of Ellsworth Street.  An officer arrived on scene and located the party.  The officer was able to locate the resident, who shut down the party. … Continue reading »

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