Daily Archives: December 19, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 12.19.12

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Berkeley rejects idea of making city a No Drone Zone

A quadricopter drone. Photo: jalexartis
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At its meeting last night, the Berkeley City Council rejected a recommendation from the Peace and Justice Commission to establish a No Drone Zone in the city. Instead, the council referred the issue to three commissions — the Peace and Justice Commission, the Police Review Commission, and Disaster and Fire Safety Commssion — with guidelines for public safety agencies’ use of drones to be reviewed at a future council workshop.

During public comment more than a dozen people spoke in favor of the Peace and Justice Commission proposal, which would have banned all drones except for hobbyist use (and those would have been restricted to drones without cameras). … Continue reading »

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City will replace 70-foot destroyed redwood with oak tree

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Two months after a contractor irreparably damaged the root system of a towering redwood tree that was slated to be the centerpiece of the garden at the West Branch library, the trustees of the Berkeley Public Library Board are on the verge of selecting another species to take its place.

The BOLT Board is expected on Wednesday night to select a Cork Oak tree to be the “signature” tree in the garden of the West Branch Library at 1125 University Avenue, currently being rebuilt. The Cork Oak , a native of Portugal, can grow about 40 feet high and 40 feet wide, according to John N. Roberts, a landscape architect working with Harley Ellis Devereaux, the architects on the branch reconstruction project. … Continue reading »

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Ways with roots, luscious Middle Eastern dishes

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Two new cookbooks, ‘Roots’ and ‘Jerusalem,’ would make wonderful gifts this holiday season. Ken Eastman, antiquarian book buyer at Moe’s Books, reviews them for NOSH. Continue reading »

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Albany shooting suspect in custody after long standoff

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Update, 1 p.m. The Albany Police Department released a new statement at 1 p.m. According to the statement, police entered the Brighton Avenue apartment building at 8 a.m. and arrested Kent Stinson, 62. They recovered a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition, as well as a BB gun pistol believed to have been used to damage the victim’s car during the incident initially reported to police.

During the initial incident, the victims told police they heard the suspect say he had a “carbine.” According to the police statement, “The suspect remained in his residential apartment and was not responsive to police attempts to contact him. During attempts to contact the suspect, officers on scene observed him walking around inside his apartment with a rifle.”  … Continue reading »

After Newtown: Lockdown drill Wednesday, vigil Thursday

Berkeley High School. Photo: Lance Knobel
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As the community continues to try to come to terms with Friday’s school tragedy in Newtown, CT, at least two Berkeley events this week respond to the deadly shooting.

A vigil to remember the victims took place over the weekend in Berkeley, and messages from school leaders and staff members have been going out daily to members of many Berkeley schools.

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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

Update, 7:02pm: Berk81 got it! While most people guessed Peet’s, this photo was in fact taken at the Beanery on College Avenue in the Elmwood neighborhood. Congratulations, Berk81, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Laralynn Rapoza.

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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Op-Ed: Say ‘no’ to road rage on Solano Avenue

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Has anyone shared the sentiment: “We are not going to take it anymore!”

Has anyone noticed the “State law… yield to pedestrians” mid-road yellow floppy bollard signs that are trashed, bent down — destroyed by angry drivers on Solano Avenue? Is this a spontaneous expression of mature activists furiously battering down public property? Individuals or organized?

Are these civic-minded residents fed up — ‘fighting back’ — shocked over the latest imposition of recent street reconfigurations that put cars on a “road diet” by “taking out” a lane … Continue reading »