Daily Archives: December 12, 2012


Police respond to fatal motorcycle crash in Berkeley

The Berkeley Police Accident Investigation Team continued to examine the scene of a fatal accident that killed a motorcyclist on Wednesday night. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Update, Dec. 13, 1:21 p.m.: Bay City News is reporting that the motorcyclist who was killed in the collision Wednesday has been identified by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau as 32-year-old Berkeley resident Stephan Jarjisian.

Update, 9:42 p.m. According to a Berkeley Police Department notification sent at 9:31 p.m., authorities do not plan to release the identity of the deceased motorcyclist prior to Thursday morning.

In the email notice, police shared some additional information about Wednesday afternoon’s accident in North Berkeley. According to the notice, from spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, several people gave aid to the motorcyclist prior to the arrival of emergency crews. Police began to administer CPR when they arrived. The Berkeley Fire Department then transported the motorcyclist to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.12.12

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Berkeley General Fund revenues may fall short in 2012-13

Berkeley on a hazy night. Photo: Joe Parks
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City staff were “overly optimistic” in budget projections for the fiscal year that ended in June, but Berkeley’s General Fund still ended up several hundred thousand dollars in the black for 2011-12, the city manager told council members Tuesday night.

City Manager Christine Daniel told the Berkeley City Council that “exceptional expenditure control” allowed the city to end the fiscal year without a General Fund shortfall that had been projected to hit $1.9 million.

“Everybody managed very carefully and that’s how we managed to end the year in that way,” she said Tuesday night during a special session on the Berkeley city budget that took place prior to the regular City Council meeting. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man injured after interrupting home burglary

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A Berkeley man was injured after returning from a walk with his dog to find burglars in his home. According to the Berkeley Police Department, the incident happened at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 11 in the area of Senior Avenue and Fairlawn Drive in the north Berkeley hills.

When the man, who ABC7 reported is Steve Hill, returned to his home to find it was being burglarized, the suspects got into a (possibly cream colored) Cadillac Eldorado, according to BPD. As the burglars were fleeing, they struck Hill with the car causing a leg injury. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department. … Continue reading »

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12 drinks a drinking: Reasons to rejoice at FIVE

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Some may say that chocolate has no place in a cocktail. We beg to differ. Particularly at this time of year, a little extra sweetness helps reduce pre-holiday stress, and increases the ability to enjoy the spirit of the season.

We gave ourselves an early present by sampling from the Twelve Cocktails of Christmas featured during December at FIVE Bistro & Bar. Listed between the Eight Maids a Milking (chili vodka, chocolate liqueur, sugar and cayenne rim) and Ten Ginger Lords (vodka, ginger liqueur, apple cider, gingerbread cookie rim), the Nine Ladies Dancing leapt into a clear lead in a very competitive field.

Since it’s early in the month, bartender Victoriano had yet to tackle the Nine Ladies. This proved not to be a problem for the chemist-by-day, bartender-by-night, however. “Bartending is just like chemistry,” he assures us, as he reviews the ingredients and mixes the requested drink, which he then served in a glass with a cocoa-coated rim. … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley’s Edible Education: Stories, revelations

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Last week brought to a close the 15-week Edible Education class at UC Berkeley taught by Michael Pollan and a slate of luminaries in the food and food justice world. This year’s course, again sponsored by the Edible Schoolyard Project, carried the subtitle: “Telling Stories about Food and Agriculture.” As a community member who took advantage of the free seats for at least half the lectures (all are available for viewing on YouTube), I found the storytelling focus to be the most powerful ingredient in the mix.

Pollan opened the first evening saying, “This is a course about how we grow and eat food in America…and storytelling. Stories organize our experience and the stories we tell ourselves as a culture about food are in the process of changing dramatically.” … Continue reading »

Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the comments.

Update, 2:43 p.m.: Tony correctly identified this beautiful bench as being on Walnut just up from the original Peet’s at Walnut and Vine. Congratulations, Tony, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Jim Corr.

Have a “Where in Berkeley?” photo? Simply email the photo using subject line “Where in Berkeley” to tips@berkeleyside.com. Tell us your name and where you took the shot.

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