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The Berkeley Wire: 08.19.14

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Uncharted Berkeley Ideas Festival: What’s it all about?

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Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is coming to downtown Berkeley on Oct. 24-25.

You may have heard about Uncharted, either recently, or last year, when the inaugural festival was held to much acclaim.

But what is an ideas festival? What happens there? Why should you come? Check out the snappy video above which was created to answer those questions, and more. … Continue reading »

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$750K grant may bring big changes to South Berkeley

The Adeline Street planning project is picking up steam. Image: Google maps
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The city of Berkeley is hoping to dramatically rethink many elements of south Berkeley, thanks to a $750,000 planning grant it received from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in May.

South Shattuck Avenue and nearly 1 mile of Adeline Street in South Berkeley might see more affordable housing, pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods, more park areas, a new theater, mass transit improvements, and more.

Those are just some of the ideas that have been proposed so far. Before any plan is adopted, officials will hold community meetings and do other outreach to gather ideas from residents, businesses and local groups and institutions. The grant will also permit Berkeley to do an environmental study, the city said earlier this year. (That study would “allow streamlined CEQA review for future projects on Adeline and south Shattuck Avenue,” according to project materials.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Aug. 7-13

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted.

The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Aug. 7-13, there were reports to the Berkeley Police Department of 18 burglaries25 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and seven stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies14 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and two sexual assaults were reported. There was also one arrest after an attempted homicide. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included six burglaries and three vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, Aug. 7

Police arrested three Oakland teenagers after the armed robbery of a Cal student at midnight in the 2600 block of Parker Street. Read more on Berkeleyside.

BART reported a warrant arrest at the downtown Berkeley BART station Aug. 7 at 12:19 a.m. A records check on someone who was detained on suspicion of disturbing patrons near the ticket machines revealed an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant out of Alameda County for violation of community supervision, police said. The subject was placed under arrest for the warrant. (This item first appeared last week in Berkeleyside’s crime blotter.)

Three home burglaries took place: at 5:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Tomlee Drive; and at 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue. … Continue reading »

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1 year after devastating fire, 3 events planned for Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp

A photograph taken at the site of the Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp on Aug. 28, three days after the Rim Fire swept through it. Photo: U.S. Forest Service
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The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp group is holding three fundraising events, starting on Friday August 22, to mark the first anniversary of the Rim Fire which effectively destroyed the much-loved, city-run family summer camp.

On Aug. 25, 2013, the largest recorded wildfire in the Sierra Nevada burned 92 of the Tuolumne camp’s 111 structures, including all of its main buildings.

The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, the non-profit organization that supports and serves the campers of Berkeley’s Camp Tuolumne, says the goal of the events is “to bring together the families of Camp Tuolumne and to keep their camp spirit alive and well as we work together to rebuild Camp Tuolumne.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.18.14

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New Berkeley Spats owners hope for fall opening

Nathan George at Spats. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Walking into Shattuck Avenue Spats in downtown Berkeley, it’s hard to believe it’s been out of operation since 2009. Tables and chairs are still in place, there’s liquor behind the bar. The quirky decor — complete with, among many other touches, taxidermy trophies and a Greco-Roman-styled mannequin woman — appears to be free of dust and ready to entertain once again.

It looks like all it might take is the flip of a switch to get the business running and, with a new team of owners having recently bought the building where Spats operated for decades, the bar may be poised to open again this fall.

Nathan George, a local developer who describes his approach as “Berkeley building Berkeley,” is one partner of about a dozen people who bought 1974 Shattuck Ave. with the goal of reopening Spats under its old name. The team is also exploring, longer term, the possibility of housing on the property. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man, 60, falls to his death from Grizzly Peak Blvd

Grizzly Peak Blvd near Signpost 14. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Update, 1:20 p.m.: The victim has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau as Donald Terrence Odwyer, 60, of Berkeley. UCPD Lt. Marc DeCoulode said witnesses saw Odwyer walking then falling on Grizzly Peak Blvd Sunday. They called emergency services at 8:24 p.m. Moraga and Orinda Fire Department responded. UCPD arrived on scene at 9:45 p.m. after jurisdiction was established. The incident happened on UC Berkeley property. Odwyer was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Original story: A 60-year-old Berkeley man died after falling from a look-out spot on Grizzly Peak Boulevard on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 17, according to UC Berkeley Police. … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley program, teens learn the law, leadership

Meea Sheard spent her summer interning at the General Counsel's Office of the Peralta Community College District. Photo: Nancy Schiff
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Jay-Z and Beyoncé are working out their relationship problems. The celebrities — impersonated uncannily by two 17-year-olds — are pretty angry at each other. But eventually they restore their romance, thanks to the help of an articulate 16-year-old mediator.

Mediation role-playing is just one sliver of the Summer Legal Fellowship Program at the Center for Youth Development Through Law. Each summer, the non-profit offers 30 disadvantaged youth from Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond paid internships and training in law and leadership.

This year’s program ended with a graduation ceremony last week. The teenagers worked hard until the end, juggling their internships at various government agencies and non-profits, attending college prep and constitutional law classes, and preparing their resumes for mock job interviews. … Continue reading »

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1 sent to hospital with head trauma after Berkeley fight

A fight near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley on Saturday morning sent one person to the hospital. Photo: A citizen reporter
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A fight broke out in Berkeley in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 16, sending a 20-year-old Richmond man to the hospital with head trauma, authorities said.

Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel said the incident began at about 2:10 a.m. at Channing Way and Telegraph Avenue.

“Words were exchanged, a fight started and one guy was severely beaten and kicked by the group,” he said via email. … Continue reading »

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7 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Inside Sanctuary Bistro in Berkeley. Photo: Alix Wall
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Man uses skateboard to interrupt stabbing on bus Woman stabbed on AC Transit bus: ‘What did I do that made you want to murder me?’ In Berkeley park, free boxing program inspires young men Lawsuit filed over Berkeley ‘soda tax’ ballot Vandals target César Chávez memorial, dog park markers Berkeley’s first parklet opens in Gourmet Ghetto Cal mom to document son’s life with Asperger’s

Do you rely on Berkeleyside for your local news? … Continue reading »

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Police report 2 arrests, 1 fire, property damage during Michael Brown protest in Berkeley

Protestors chanting about police brutality and the death of Michael Brown marched through Berkeley for several hours Friday night. Photo: A citizen reporter
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Berkeleyside has received reports of a protest moving through the streets of Berkeley, around the UC Berkeley campus and downtown, related to the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police in Missouri last Saturday.

Berkeleyside will seek information from the Berkeley Police Department and update this story when it becomes available. (Scroll down for live updates.)

Watch recorded footage from the protests through Aug. 16 at 12:30 a.m., below, via a participant of the demonstration who identifies himself on Ustream as Treboros, “a citizen journalist in SF East Bay.”

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The Berkeley Wire: 08.15.14

Berkeley Marina speed limit. Proceed with caution. Photo: Steve Gumina

Berkeley Marina speed limit. Proceed with caution. Photo: Steve Gumina

With water scarce, should campus lawns go dry? (California Magazine)
Hack the Campanile bells and win $700 (Daily Cal)
Gavin Newsom seeks reform at Cal and other UC schools (California Golden Blogs)
Cal to sell slightly used instruments (Mercury News)
Arraignment for man accused of stabbing woman on bus (CoCo Times)
Visit UC Botanical Garden for relaxing and learning (Lodi News-Sentinel)

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