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The Berkeley Wire: 12.20.12

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City of Berkeley offers reward to find ‘Cowboy’ killer

Police are offering a reward for information about the homicide of Mark Stannard, aka “Cowboy.” He was often seen around northwest Berkeley with a white pitbull. Source: Berkeley Police Department
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Authorities have announced Berkeley’s fifth homicide of the year, a longtime homeless community member who lived in northwest Berkeley and went by the name “Cowboy.”

On Thursday morning, the Berkeley Police Department reported the death of Mark Stannard, 64. His body was found in early October, but the case was not immediately determined to be a homicide.

Stannard was a familiar face around the neighborhood, said Officer Jennifer Coats, police spokeswoman. Coats recalled seeing him on the streets of northwest Berkeley since the 90s, always walking with a white pitbull dog.

“He was homeless but he has been in Berkeley for years,” she said.

The city of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Stannard. Another $2,000 may also be available to tipsters, via Bay Area Crime Stoppers. (Scroll down for details.) … Continue reading »

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New Safeway on College green-lighted, designs revealed

A bird's-eye view of plans for a new Safeway on College Avenue. Source: Lowney Architecture
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A new Safeway grocery store and retail development planned for College and Claremont avenues has gotten the nod from Oakland officials after seven long years in the making, and a hard-won community consensus on the heels of steep resistance from many residents.

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to deny a neighborhood appeal against the project, after representatives from several community groups reached an agreement with the grocery store company earlier this week. (The appeal could not simply be withdrawn, despite the signed agreement, due to procedural rules, city staff said.)

The settlement agreement over the particulars of the College Avenue Safeway project resulted from several intensive mediation sessions, run by Oakland Councilwoman Jane Brunner, between Safeway and neighborhood reps over the past five weeks. The sessions came about in the face of a possible lawsuit from community members who opposed aspects of the development that had been approved by the Oakland Planning Commission. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Haven in Jack London Square

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Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Haven, 44 Webster St., in Oakland’s Jack London Square. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (See the menu.) If you’d like to submit your own photo gallery for consideration from a meal you enjoyed, please email tips@berkeleyside.com for more information. You can also add photographs to our Flickr group.  (Photos by Emilie Raguso.) Caption info is under the fold. … Continue reading »

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Off The Grid says goodbye to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto

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Off The Grid, the food truck fest that has been a fixture on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto every Wednesday evening since June last year, had its last day in that location yesterday.

The city took the decision to stop hosting the market due to its impact on local brick and mortar businesses and property owners, and also because a reconfiguration of the space it used — at the intersection of Shattuck and Rose — is due to begin next year.

The sudden departure of the hugely popular street food gathering will come as a surprise to the estimated 1,500 people who make a beeline there every week to tuck into on-the-go edibles from the likes of Brass Knuckle, Fiveten Burger, Liba Falafel, and the CupKates Truck. … Continue reading »

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Sleeping angel, crying dog: A small Berkeley puzzle solved

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By Jim Corr

Last week, Berkeleyside ran a photo in its popular “Where in Berkeley” series, featuring a work of art on Walnut Street, just north of Rose Street, in Berkeley. The photo showed a bench supported at one end by a sleeping angel and at the other by a howling dog. It didn’t take long for an alert reader to identify the piece and its placement.

What the photo did not show, however, was what the angel apparently had been reading when he/she fell asleep, and therein lies a small piece of Berkeley art history.

In the angel’s hand is an open book, with writing on the left page that reads: “a loving heart/an enquiring mind.” On the other page it reads: “1906 Diana Buist 2000.” As the person who submitted the image, I was intrigued by this and decided to find out more. … Continue reading »

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