Daily Archives: February 15, 2013

Crime

Shattuck Avenue police action ties up traffic in Berkeley

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Update, 7:40 p.m. KGO-TV reported just before 7 p.m. that police had “stormed the building” where the suspect or suspects were believed to be barricaded, but no one was inside. According to several people on Twitter who identified themselves as local residents, police set off a flash-bang grenade at about 6:30 p.m. as they moved in on the apartment building. As of about 6:49 p.m., police were “dispersing somewhat” from the area, according to a user named BehemothBullTerrier. At around 6:55 p.m. “Behemoth” wrote: “It’s over. No one was in the apt unit. That’s a cop w/ the bomb robot.”

Original post, 5:22 p.m. A police action on the south Berkeley border at Shattuck Avenue has been tying up traffic for hours and may not be resolved for many more.

According to the Oakland Police Department, at least one suspect in a shooting earlier in the day is barricaded inside an apartment on Shattuck. Thus far, police have been unable to establish communication.

Officer Johnna Watson, Oakland Police spokeswoman, said the incident began Friday afternoon at 12:26 p.m. when dispatchers started getting calls about a shooting at MacArthur Boulevard and Broadway.  … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.15.13

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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CircusOz_08_Credit_RobBlackburnROOS IN THE TOP PADDOCK Australia’s Circus Oz returns to Cal Performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday for what’s described as “their renowned brand of collective mayhem.” “Stunt-jumping acrobats contest physics, fearless aerial artists laugh at gravity, slapstick knockabouts descend into chaos, and live onstage musicians rock the house.” The matinee performance on Saturday has special Family Fare series pricing. At Zellerbach Hall on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets available from Cal Performances.

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, X

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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we’ve started numbering Bites so you can check out previous editions of Bites and be sure you are up with all the food news.)

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PHO HUONG NAM A new Vietnamese restaurant is set to open today, Feb. 15, on San Pablo Avenue in Albany. Pho Huong Nam takes the place of a former Japanese restaurant. The inside is completely remodeled, and appears light and spacious. Let us know if you give it a try. 938 San Pablo Ave., Albany; 510-526-3878.

BLACK BEAR DINER The East Bay Express reported about a new Black Bear Diner in Emeryville. The Mt. Shasta-based chain has 55 locations, including this new one. The menu looks like traditional diner fare with plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 5750 Christie Ave., Emeryville; 510-654-2327. … Continue reading »

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Zoning Board approves new 7-Eleven, but not 24-hours

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Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board on Thursday approved 7-Eleven’s application to open a store at 2000 San Pablo Ave. (at University) with an ATM machine and some design changes, but said it did not want the store to be open 24 hours.

Before the motion was passed, 7-Eleven representatives at the ZAB meeting had emphasized that operating 24-hours is at the core of their business model. The convenience store chain now has the right to appeal ZAB’s decision to the Berkeley City Council.

The ZAB Board listened to comments from around 25 residents and merchants of the west Berkeley neighborhood whose nexus is the intersection of San Pablo and University where the store would be located. The majority were opposed to a 7-Eleven coming into the area. Their concerns, which were also raised at a community meeting at the proposed 7-Eleven site on Jan. 8, centered on the negative impact such a store might have on local crime and safety, in particular if it was open all night. … Continue reading »

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Real estate

Berkeley house prices show uptick after years of slump

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Following the financial crisis of 2008, house prices in Berkeley and throughout the country plummeted. In the last couple of years, Berkeley house prices stabilized, but according to the most recent data it looks as though 2012 marked a real upturn in house prices.

Local realtor Ira Serkes, from Pacific Union International/Christie’s Real Estate, compiled detailed data on all the single family house sales in Berkeley last year. It provides a distinct picture of both the nature of the Berkeley market, and the improving prices for sellers. (All the charts in this article are compiled from Serkes’ data. If you click on the images, you can access interactive versions of the charts on Infogr.am.)

According to the data, the median price for two-bedroom houses rose 6.7% last year, three-bedroom houses rose 10.8%, and four-bedroom house prices were flat. Median prices are still well below the 2007 peak. There were 581 closings on sales of single family houses in Berkeley, compared to 535 in 2011.

Median sales price 2012Continue reading »

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