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The Berkeley Wire: 03.03.15

Berkeley Hills panoramic by Russell Kelly-Gordon

Berkeley Hills panoramic by Russell Kelly-Gordon

UC threatens to cap in-state enrollment at Cal and UCLA for next year (Sac Bee)
Farm-to-table marijuana start-up throws posh launch party (SF Chronicle)
UC students turn the tables on professor they consider racist (Bold Italic)
Cal tops Oregon State in home finale (IBA)
State Supreme Court ruling does little to clarify fate of mansion (IBA)
Review: Central Works “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” (IBA)
Berkeley’s pot doc (Berkeley Reporter)
Revised design and timing for 18-story Berkeley hotel project (Socket Site)
Feisty Old Jew: Charlie Varon’s show at the Marsh (Stark Insider)
Heggie’s “Camille Claudel” triumphs at Berkeley Symphony (SF Classical Voice)

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Sutter Health East Bay Medical Foundation opened a new clinic in 2500 Milvia St. on Jan. 26. Photo: Seung Y. Lee
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NEW: SUTTER HEALTH BERKELEY CARE CENTER  Sutter Health opened a new clinic in the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center/Herrick campus on Jan. 26. The new center houses pediatric, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology departments, as well as lab services and some imaging, according to a Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation press release. The urgent-care clinic is also open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. Sutter Health Berkeley Care Center is at 2500 Milvia St. (at Dwight Way).Continue reading »

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Felon to face 2012 Berkeley robbery, carjacking charges

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A 37-year-old Concord man is set to face charges after a 2012 robbery series in Berkeley that targeted the Magic Fingers massage parlor on University Avenue, which has since closed.

Samay Pomsouvanh was charged in the case in 2012, but he was not tried in the matter because he was sent to prison in connection with an armed robbery at the home of a prostitute in San Mateo.

Pomsouvanh was released from prison into the custody of the Alameda County sheriff’s department in early February to face the pending charges against him for the 2012 incidents in Berkeley.

According to court documents, Pomsouvanh and four associates — Quoc Bui, Eddie Chiwei Cheung, Aaron Boungnarith and Whitney Sullivan — were tied to robberies in 2012 at Magic Fingers, at 2047 University Ave. (west of Shattuck Avenue), on June 18, June 23, July 1 and July 6, along with another incident of robbery and carjacking June 27. The suspects reportedly posed as law enforcement officials, and tied up their victims with zip ties or duct tape during the robberies. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.02.15

Hiking the UC botanical garden by Avi

Hiking the UC Botanical Garden. Photo: Avi

Police Review Commission investigation faces hurdles (CoCo Times)
Berkeley Rep spotlights expanded campus (CoCo Times)
Campus holds sixth annual TedX conference (Daily Cal)
Review: Berkeley Symphony’s elegant “Imagination” program (Mercury News)
After protest, women’s field hockey team gets place to practice (Daily Cal)
Missy Franklin, women’s swim team, dominate at Pac-12 championships (Daily Cal)
Professor leaves Cal $13m to start maternal and child  health center (UCB News)

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State Supreme Court upholds Berkeley’s decision in Mitch Kapor’s bid to build a home in the city

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The California Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the city of Berkeley and philanthropist and Lotus founder Mitch Kapor, and against a group of preservationists who have been fighting for five years a proposal from Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, to build a new home at 2707 Rose St.

In a ruling issued Monday morning, the court said it was reversing a Court of Appeal’s decision that had effectively said the 6,478-square-foot home (with a 3,394-square-foot garage) should be subject to an environmental impact report (EIR). Single-family homes are normally exempt from EIRs, which fall under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Read the full Supreme Court decision issued today, March 2.

The decision is a blow to the Berkeley Hillside Preservation group, which has argued over the years that the proposed North Berkeley home, designed by Berkeley’s Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, is exceptionally large and also in a landslide zone. That, and the fact that construction of the home would, they say, require extensive work to widen the roadway, amounted to unusual circumstances requiring environmental review. … Continue reading »

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Op-ed: Racist slights are alive and well in Berkeley

Gibor Basri and Jessica Broitman hike Claremont Canyon every morning
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Gibor Basri and Jessica Broitman, who have been married for more than 40 years, live in Berkeley. As a mixed-race couple — Basri is Jamaican/Iraqi/Jewish and Broitman is Caucasian/Jewish — they have seen firsthand how the world treats them differently because of their different skin tones.

In an op-ed published by Berkeleyside today, Basri and Broitman offer their response to the recent incident documented by local comedian W. Kamau Bell who said he was subject to racism at the Elmwood Café.

Citing examples from their own experience, the couple details how racism can pervade everyday life, even in Berkeley, and argues that we can all be guilty of bias, whether it’s conscious or unconscious. … Continue reading »

Council: No drones for Berkeley police for 1 year

A drone spotted in Berkeley last October. Photo: William Newton
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The Berkeley City Council voted last week to enact a one-year moratorium on the use or acquisition of drones by the Berkeley Police Department.

The Feb. 24 vote came despite the fact that the department had no plans to get or use a drone.

“We don’t own a drone. We have no budget for drones. We have no plan to buy a drone,” said Police Chief Michael Meehan on Friday. “It’s not on our radar.”

Read more about drones in Berkeley.

Council voted Tuesday to allow the Berkeley Fire Department to use drones in disaster response efforts. But officials, for the most part, said they are not comfortable with police using drones for law enforcement purposes until the city hashes out a policy on the subject. As part of last week’s vote, they pledged to work on that policy at some point in the future.

The vote Tuesday does not affect privately-owned drones in Berkeley.  … Continue reading »

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Op-ed: Bias and racism pervade society, including in Berkeley, and may happen unconsciously

Gibor Basri and Jessica Broitman hike Claremont Canyon every morning
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Gibor Basri and Jessica Broitman have been married more than 40 years and have a 24-year-old-son. Basri is a professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley and the vice-chancellor for equity and inclusion. Broitman is a psychoanalyst who runs a non-profit, low-fee psychotherapy clinic in the Presidio. As a biracial couple (Basri is Jamaican/Iraqi/Jewish and Jessica is white and Jewish), they have seen prejudice and bias first-hand, even in Berkeley. Berkeleyside asked them to write about their experiences. 

It has been both disturbing and fascinating … Continue reading »

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Soda distributors frustrated at city of Berkeley’s lack of guidance on soda tax

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is one of multiple distributors frustrated by the lack of guidance from the city of Berkeley over the soda tax. Photo: Eric Lynch
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As the co-owner of the San Francisco-based Waterloo Beverages company, Camilo Malaver enjoyed doing business in Berkeley. But he did not want anything to do with Berkeley after voters adopted a soda tax in November.

In January, when the tax was implemented, Malaver decided to stop restocking his supply of craft sodas and naturally sweetened beverages in Berkeley to avoid further confusion.

His gripe was not against the tax itself; his frustration was aimed primarily at the city for what he saw as a poor job relaying information on how to comply with the tax. He’s keen to restock in Berkeley again, but, for now, he is waiting to see how the tax will develop.

“Berkeley is a good city to do business with the university, but now, it’s tough,” Malaver said. “We’re in limbo. Everybody’s lost and [we] don’t know what to do.” … Continue reading »

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How Quirky is Berkeley: Bowling balls as garden art

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I find the use of bowling balls as lawn art to be undeniably quirky. For me, that starts with the premise that bowling itself is whimsical — an antithesis for the social isolation of our era.

Today, Berkeley has only one bowling venue, one which must be seen as at least a bit eccentric. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest 2 more after December homicide in Berkeley

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Authorities have arrested two more men tied to the fatal shooting in West Berkeley that killed Kamahl Middleton, a 36-year-old El Sobrante man, in December.

Authorities tracked down one of the men — 18-year-old Khalil Leroy Phanor of San Leandro — in Washington state, and arrested him Thursday night. The Alameda County district attorney’s office had already charged Phanor on Monday with murder, robbery and assault with a firearm.

Also charged Monday was 20-year-old San Leandro resident Carl Young, who was arrested last week.

The Berkeley Police Department’s homicide detail arrested a third man, 19-year-old Gregory Foote, on Friday in Hayward, with the assistance of the Hayward Police SWAT team. The arrest took place at 7:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Tahiti Street. Foote was arrested on suspicion of homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, and was taken to Berkeley Jail for booking. He was not yet listed online as in custody as of publication time. [Update, 9:22 p.m. Foote is being held without bail at Berkeley Jail and is scheduled for arraignment Monday.] … Continue reading »

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Interrupted burglar grabs woman in Berkeley home

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Police are asking for the community’s help after a startled burglar grabbed a North Berkeley resident who found him inside her home.

The Live Oak/Codornices Creek Neighborhood Association email list was abuzz Thursday about the incident, in the 2300 block of Eunice Street (between Spruce Street and Glen Avenue) shortly before 10 a.m. (Berkeleyside first reported the incident on Facebook.)

According to one local resident, who shared the news with her neighborhood over email, the woman “heard a noise around 10am and went to investigate and turned around and was assaulted by a tall man dressed in all black who attacked her.” … Continue reading »

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