Daily Archives: February 4, 2013


The Berkeley Wire: 02.04.13

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Man shot dead in Berkeley, first homicide of 2013

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By Lance Knobel and Emilie Raguso

Update, Feb. 5: The name of the victim of the Feb. 4 fatal shooting on Delaware Street has not been released by authorities, but in an article in the Oakland Tribune he was identified as 34-year-old Zontee Jones. Jones’ girlfriend, Teena Alexander, told reporter Doug Oakley that the slain man lived in Berkeley and Richmond, and worked as a maintenance man at her apartment building on Delaware.

Update 4:29 p.m. Police have released a statement indicating that the victim suffered from multiple gunshot wounds. He was 34. His name has not been released by police “out of respect for those family or friends that still need to be notified of his passing.”

Police ask witnesses with information about this incident to call the department’s homicide detail at 510-981-5741, or the department’s non-emergency number, 510-981-5900. Tipsters who wish to  remain anonymous can call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). … Continue reading »

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Hubbard Street and LINES Ballet: A recipe for perfection

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago stormed onto the stage of Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on Friday night and thundered its way through two beefy works of consequence and a collaborative world premiere with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.

Compelling dances result from simple, rare ingredients: fantastic dancers with bone-deep training baring their souls, and choreographers with dangerous love in every pattern, pairing, and pirouette. Add earthshakingly beautiful lighting, audacious or adorable sound scores, and costumes springing organically from the choreographer’s greatest aspirations — and, well, you might have a masterpiece.

Two of the works on HSDC’s docket rose close to attaining such majesty: Alejandro Cerrudo’s stunning Little Mortal Jump and King’s ambitious Azimuth. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Jan. 24-30

There were 31 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley from Jan. 24-30, via CrimeMapping.com. Click the map to see a list of incidents.
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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department, unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We always appreciate tips about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com.)

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Jan. 24-30, there were 22 burglary reports31 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 13 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies and eight assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information. … Continue reading »

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Photos: Berkeley’s new animal shelter is officially open

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This weekend saw the official opening of Berkeley’s new animal shelter, the Dona Spring Municipal Animal Shelter.

It was 10 years ago that voters approved a $7.2 million bond to build a new home to care for abandoned and sick animals, the shelter cost $5 million more than the original budget, and it is in a smaller space than the city originally envisioned. (We published the full story on how the shelter came to be on Jan. 31.)

However, on Saturday, it was all about celebrating its arrival. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin captured the flavor of the opening ceremony with these wonderful photos. See the full set on her Flickr gallery. … Continue reading »

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Farm growth means more leafy greens for Oakland

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City Slicker Farms, an urban farming group in West Oakland, has bought its own land, and expects to dramatically increase its output of leafy greens, vegetables and fresh eggs for local residents.

With its five existing gardens, the organization sold a total 9,000 pounds of food in West Oakland in 2012. Since its founding in 2001, the yield has been 72,000 pounds of food.

But, with the new expansion, City Slicker expects to double the amount of food it grows, according to Barbara Finnin, the organization’s executive director.

About 120 supporters – and a half-dozen geese — gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday Jan. 31 in what’s currently an empty, grassy lot at the corner of Peralta and 28th St., not far from the MacArthur Maze. … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Enviros are pushing bad waterfront policy

Photo: Paul Kamen
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One would not think that an organization dedicated to wildlife protection, sensible urban planning and limiting sprawl would come out against the Bay Trail.

But that’s exactly what they have done, allying themselves with the owners of Golden Gate Fields racetrack along the way.

SPRAWLDEF is an acronym for Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund. On Jan. 17, the group, founded by Norman La Force and David Tam, filed a lawsuit against the East Bay Regional … Continue reading »

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