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Crime in Berkeley: Sexual assault at Seabreeze, hammer attack at Ohlone Park, robberies at Cal, more
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From March 10-16, there were reports of three robberies, three burglaries, 17 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also nine stolen vehicles, 14 disturbances and 29 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. One vehicle theft was reported to the University of California Police Department (UCPD). Arrested or charged individuals in this blotter are presumed innocent. Find our March 10-16 round-up below some of the most newsworthy incidents from the past week.
The latest public safety incidents
TWO ROBBERIES AROUND CAMPUS UCPD reported two robberies around campus Tuesday, March 29. At 7:05 p.m., a 19-year-old student was walking in the Ellsworth Parking Structure (at Haste Street) when two males approached him. One held his arms while the other went through his pockets and took his wallet. Police couldn’t find the suspects. One was described as black, in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 10 with a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The other was of unknown race with a red flannel shirt, tan cargo shorts and long white socks.
The next incident took place at 9:30 p.m. on Spieker Plaza, near the Octagon Bridge, when two women sitting on a bench asked to borrow the phone of an 18-year-old student. He agreed, but when he tried to get the phone back, they threatened him and ran off toward Shattuck Avenue. Police searched but could not find the women. One was described as black, in her 20s, about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with an athletic build, wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants. The other was an East Indian female, 19 to 20 years old, with braided hair wearing all black clothes. UCPD asks anyone with information to call 510-642-6760.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SEABREEZE Police responded Monday, March 28, at 10:30 p.m. to a report of a sexual assault in the parking lot of the Seabreeze Market (University Avenue and Frontage) at Eastshore State Park. East Bay Regional Park District police interviewed the woman, who was treated and released from a local hospital. The man and woman knew each other. Police were working earlier this week to find the man, said EBRPD spokeswoman Carolyn Jones.
CROWBAR ASSAULT AT ASHBY BART Also Monday, an Ashby BART station agent said a man with a metal crowbar tried to assault him at about 5:40 p.m. The agent was able to disarm the man and escape without injury, but the man left the area. Berkeley Police officers found the man at a nearby gas station and took him into custody. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and taken to jail. His name was not immediately available. … Continue reading »
Balconies inspected, repaired, six months after new building codes take effect (Daily Cal)
Signs reveal discrimination practices at Pappy’s Grill & Sports Bar (Express)
Body found in water confirmed as missing Berkeley woman (Mercury News)
Judge orders Premier Cru owner to hand over secret computer (CoCo Times)
Japanese toy and snack store to open on Telegraph (Daily Cal)
19 Cal-affiliated people make Forbes 30 under 30 list (Notes from the Field)
Berkeley-based youth orchestra has free shows on tap (CoCo Times)
Dance productions showcase student excellence (BHS Jacket)
Telegraph Avenue’s desolation row (Berkeley Reporter)
An Alice Waters recipe to celebrate a new museum (T Magazine)
‘Old Bum’ for mayor: An interview with Mike Lee (Daily Cal)
Family of Cal soccer player killed while crossing freeway sues frat (Daily Mail)
A recipe for life: Bake. Swim. Give. (UCB News)
‘Philosophy Talk’ asks about happiness and altruism Live in Berkeley (KALW)
Update: Three arrests were made while the encampment was packing up, according to Berkeley city spokesman Matthai Chakko. Chakko said he expected all three to be cited and released today.
Three truck-loads of belongings associated with the camp were removed by the city, he said, and services were offered to the campers.
Campers were told where they could collect their belongings, Chakko said. City workers arrived at the camp at 7:30 a.m. and the camp was all cleared out by 10:30 a.m.
By noon the city had erected a temporary fence around the space where the encampment had been. A sign on the fence reads: “Lawn are under renovation. Please keep out. Thanks for your patience. City of Berkeley Parks.”
According to Ted Friedman who was on scene, some of the campers have moved across the street to Civic Center Park.
The memo, distributed by police to about 50 people living in the approximately 22 tents on the front lawn, cites that penal code section 647(e) prohibits anyone from lodging on public property without permission of the property owner. The offense is a misdemeanor.
“Lodging on the property of 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way is not permitted,” reads the order. “Please take this opportunity to immediately collect your belongings and leave this location.”
But the order seems to have been met with a big yawn by those camping out, many of whom identified themselves as homeless or advocates for the homeless.
“It’s not an encampment, it’s a protest,” said a 29-year-old woman who identified herself as Musik Street Ninja. She said she is from Berkeley but currently has a room in which to sleep in Antioch. “We are protesting the bullshit homeless laws they are trying to pass.” … Continue reading »
Tens of thousands of people took advantage of a car-free Shattuck Avenue on Sunday at the fourth annual Sunday Streets Berkeley. Cars were banned on the 2-mile stretch from Haste Street to Rose Street, and it was filled instead with musicians, face painters, bubble makers, civic organizations, food booths, yoga classes and more. Berkeleyside contributing photographers Nancy Rubin, Ted Friedman and William Newton visited and shot these photos, which give a taste of the day.
Berkeley Rep extends ‘Amelie’ through Oct. 11 (Berkeley Rep)
President honors Alice Waters for innovation in ethical eating (Daily Cal)
‘Amélie’ is a dream of a musical at Berkeley Rep (SF Chronicle)
Irish student recovering from Berkeley balcony collapse (Daily Planet)
BPD to present mid-year crime report to City Council (Daily Cal)
Dispatches from the happiness front (UC Berkeley)
Op-ed: Berkeley’s ZAB slouches towards birthing its monster (Daily Planet)
Cal law prof sets Union Cycliste Internationale world hour record (Velo News)
UC Berkeley meets soccer ball (SuperGebar/YouTube)
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Berkeleyside is continuing its coverage of the protests and riots that took place in Berkeley this past weekend. Read our minute-by minute reporting of Saturday’s protests, and Sunday’s protests, which includes photos and videos. Watch videos on our YouTube channel. Catch up with our live coverage on Twitter.
Look out for more reporting in the hours to come.
Here we present some of the many dramatic photographs taken of the events that unfolded on Saturday Dec. 6 and Sunday Dec. 7, and into the early hours of Monday Dec. 8. … Continue reading »
Oct. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, a protest that lasted for three months but set the stage for the turbulent 1960s.
On that day, thousands of UC Berkeley students protested on the Cal campus, surrounding a police car parked near Sproul Plaza. Jack Weinberg was inside the car and stayed inside it for 32 hours, having been arrested for distributing political material on university grounds despite rules that forbade it.
A graduate student, Mario Savio, climbed on top of the police car at one point and demanded Weinberg’s release. He also spoke out against the university’s restrictions against handing out political material. That impromptu speech catapulted him into the leadership of what would come to be known as the Free Speech Movement.
Read more, and enjoy these photos taken by Ted Friedman at the rally held 50 years later at the same spot at UC Berkeley when FSM veterans — including Weinberg and Savio’s wife, Lynne Hollander Savio — joined current students to mark the movement’s golden anniversary. … Continue reading »
How can we end homelessness in Berkeley? The answer is more housing — specifically more affordable housing, according to Jason Budge, who argues the point in an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside.
Building more affordable housing — such as the complex currently under consideration by the city in the space where a parking lot is currently located on Berkeley Way and Henry Street — is the best way to solve the homelessness crisis and will save the city money in the long term, says Budge, a junior at UC Berkeley who has worked with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project as part of his minor in Global Poverty and Practice.
Unsurprisingly, Berkeleyans enjoy Halloween. From the crowds on Russell Street (pro tip: you need between 3,000 and 4,000 pieces of candy to hand out) to the innocence of the smallest children in Berkeley schools, there were a few frights, plenty of clever costumes, houses dressed to the nines, and lots of smiles and candy.
Photos by Ted Friedman, Pete Rosos, Frances Dinkelspiel, Mark Coplan for the BUSD, and Ira Serkes.
Berkeley City officials file appeal in response to defamation lawsuit (Daily Cal)
Berkeley High bids farewell to retiring teachers (BHS Jacket)
Berkeley police officer biking to L.A. for HIV/AIDS ride (Patch)
Roll on, you Bears! AIDS LifeCycle Cal Team is L.A. bound (UCB)
Berkeley High senior wins Gates Millennium Scholarship (Patch)
UCPD arrests three suspects in cellphone theft spree (Daily Cal)
Off-campus lunch benefits students, community (BHS Jacket)
Everest Properties vandalizes its own city landmark (Daily Planet)
By and By review: too much unevenness (Chronicle)
BPEF raises $210K, announces new name, welcomes new leader (BUSD)
BHS admin crackdown dampens school spirit (BHS Jacket)
World’s first 3D printing vending machine hits Berkeley (IBT)
Parking fees going up at Berkeley stations (Patch)
Dine Out in Berkeley: From dawn till dusk (2812 photography)
Berkeley woman held on suspicion of unlicensed export of guns to Thailand (Mercury News)
Former Obama political director running for East Bay Assembly seat (Chronicle)
Hopeful for Skinner’s seat to hold ‘Children’s Future Forum’ on June 4 (Tony Thurmond)
CVS PHARMACY The CVS pharmacy that has been under construction at 2565 Telegraph Ave., the site of an old Andronico’s, opened its doors over the weekend. The 26,455-square-foot space carries a wide variety of goods including beauty supplies, seasonal items, household goods, alcohol and a huge selection of drinks. The chain will officially launch the store on Saturday, June 1, with a celebration event. This is the third CVS pharmacy in Berkeley. The chain is locked in a head-to-head battle with Walgreens.
NEXTSPACE OPENING Co-working space NextSpace is opening its new downtown Berkeley location on Monday, June 3, and it’s holding a grand opening party that day for the local community to check it out. The 9,000-square-foot space, at 2081 Center St. in the historic Wells Fargo building, is currently being transformed into a lively shared working hub, with orange walls and doors and fun design elements. Eventually, it will be able to host more than 200 members. On offer: 11 individual offices, 18 workstations, and a holistic room for massage, acupuncture and services from other one-on-one therapists, in addition to a large, open café space. The Berkeleyside team will be based at NextSpace for the summer, starting next week. The ribbon cutting party, which will be attended by Mayor Tom Bates as well as other city officials, is June 3, from noon to 2 p.m. [For more details on NextSpace and co-working spaces, read our April 11 story.] … Continue reading »
This past weekend in Berkeley was action packed and the weather more than cooperated for the many al fresco activities. At the UC Berkeley Commencement on Saturday, held at the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium, Apple-co-founder Steve Wozniak gave a 15-minute talk in which he recalled his adventures as a Cal student and offered some formulas for happiness, one of them being: “Happiness equals S minus F (smiles minus frowns).” … Continue reading »