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The Berkeley Wire: 07.29.15

The Vallant by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken July 21, 2015

The Valiant by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken July 21, 2015

Remembering Don Joyce, Dada humanist in Negativland (Express)
Berkeley’s new management team begins work (Daily Planet)
Two students give Berkeley Jazz School $500,000 (SF Chronicle)
The man who keeps the Campanile clocks ticking (UCB News)
Opponents of tree cutting plan launch petition (CoCo Times)
Two Cal Bears named to list of 30 most influential swimmers (Cal Athletics)
Contractors’ board to discuss Berkeley balcony bill (Sacto Bee)

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?


Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments, below.

Photo: Sandy Friedland.

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.28.15

Berkeley OSH tower at sunset by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken March 11. 2015

Berkeley OSH tower at sunset by Paul Sullivan. Photo taken March 11. 2015

QB Jared Goff prepares for big season at Cal (USA Today)
Berkeley pier closure hits some businesses hard (Mercury News)
Cal’s rigid academic standards pose challenge for athletics (Mercury News)
Bears tap Eager to lead Cal pitching staff (Cal Athletics)
Downtown Berkeley’s five best restaurants (Culture Trip)
Two chemistry professors receive Lawrence Award from DOE (UCB News)
Spare the Air day in Bay Area for Wednesday July 29 (Spare the Air)

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 9-15

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From July 9-15, there were reports of nine robberies13 burglaries20 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to There were also 12 stolen vehicles13 disturbances and 38 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one assault, four burglaries and a weapons call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, July 9

There were four robberies: at 12:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Ashby Avenue; at 9:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Oxford Street; at 1:25 p.m. in the 1800 block of Ashby; and at 10:25 p.m. in the 1300 block of Peralta Avenue.

There were two commercial burglaries, at 3:46 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ninth Street, and at 10:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of Oxford. Police arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the burglary on Oxford but charges do not appear to have been filed, and he is no longer in custody, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

UCPD received two burglary reports. One incident took place at 216 Wellman Hall between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:40 a.m. Thursday. The burglar smashed a door or window and made off with an Apple iMac desktop computer and monitor valued at $3,700. In the second incident, at Deutsch Hall, Unit 1, a thief stole $500 from three teenage girls, ages 15, 16 and 17. According to UCPD, the incident took place July 7 but was reported Thursday evening. The case remains under investigation.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 7:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Berkeley Way, and at 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Berkeley Way.

There was a second-response call at 10 a.m. in the 2500 block of College Avenue.

There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 10:27 a.m. at University Avenue and Chestnut Street, and at 5:40 p.m. at Hearst Avenue and Grant Street. … Continue reading »

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NOSH neighborhood guide: Berkeley Warehouse

The Rare Barrel. Photo: Adam Chandler/Flickr
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We know that there’s more to East Bay dining than Temescal, Rockridge and the Gourmet Ghetto. NOSH’s neighborhood guides explore the best of the rest. This month, we explore Berkeley’s warehouse district on the west side of town.

Okay, so the Warehouse District isn’t a defined neighborhood per se, but the strip of West Berkeley between San Pablo and the Bay is chock-full of old manufacturing buildings and delicious food businesses all the same. We’ve defined the north and south borders at University and Ashby, respectively. Feel free to dispute in the comments. Below are our picks for the best bites and tipples in the area; check out the map to find out precisely where they are. … Continue reading »

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Op-ed: Berkeley should revisit its balcony code changes

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There are a lot of questions swirling around regarding the City of Berkeley’s handling of its investigation into the Library Gardens balcony collapse.

The recent new safety regulations passed by the City Council and believed by Berkeley Mayor Bates to be the toughest in the state, while welcomed, add much fuel to the controversy.

Two conspiracy theories have emerged to explain the City’s haste to demolish the second balcony and turn the evidence over to the owner. The first … Continue reading »

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Berkeley fire chief is now interim deputy city manager

Gil Dong at CERT event by Mark Coplan
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Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong has stepped into a new position with the city after 25 years in the Fire Department. As of Saturday, Dong is wearing a new hat for Berkeley as the interim deputy city manager.

Interim City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley appointed Dong to the position July 17, according to a memo to the Berkeley City Council. Both Williams-Ridley and Dong began in their new roles Saturday, after the departure of former City Manager Christine Daniel. Friday was Daniel’s last day before beginning a new job for the city of Oakland as assistant city administrator.

Dong started his long career in Berkeley as a firefighter and paramedic in 1990, and steadily moved up through the ranks. He told Berkeleyside, when he became fire chief in 2013, that he believed he had been “destined to become a firefighter.” … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Peets on Domingo
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SOURCE MINI SHUTTERS UNEXPECTEDLY Source Mini, an offshoot of San Francisco’s Source restaurant, opened to great fanfare in the Gourmet Ghetto’s Epicurious Garden at 1511 Shattuck Ave. in January 2014. Owner Mitchell Fox said his vegan place was “like a Subway or McDonald’s-esque vegan fast-food menu,” with vegan burgers and sandwiches, gluten-free tacos and quesadillas and dosadillas. Fox shuttered his San Francisco locale in January because of the escalating costs associated with a higher minimum wage; the Berkeley restaurant followed suit last week, apparently because business was slow. Fox left a short note on the restaurant’s Facebook page saying the place closed July 18: “Sorry to say yesterday was our last day in Berkeley, we want to thank everyone for their support.” When fans asked why, he replied: “Wasn’t able to do enough business.” The management of Epicurious Garden has a sign up announcing that a new restaurant will be opening soon. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.27.15

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Photographs: An ode to the shuttered Berkeley pier

The Berkeley pier by Dorothy Brown
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By Dorothy Brown

There is something mysterious and perhaps even romantic about abandoned spaces. The rust and decay can have a certain kind of beauty, and can engage our imaginations as we wonder what the place might have been like in its prime. Movies often employ a time-fade technique where decrepitude is gradually replaced by the life and color of earlier years. A different time.

How strange, then, to witness the day the change happens. The day a familiar site goes from lively to off-limits.

On July 22, 2015, without warning or ceremony, the Berkeley Pier was fenced off and closed to the public. The pier has long been a favorite spot for fisherfolk, runners, strollers, and anyone who appreciates a knockout view and a breathtaking sunset. I always found it a friendly place. … Continue reading »

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Robber with ‘silver teeth’ evades Berkeley police

Police search Sacramento Street, near Dwight Way, for an armed robber who robbed a laundromat, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo: David Yee
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Update, 2:10 p.m. Berkeley police have left the area around Sacramento Street after the search for an armed robber who struck a laundromat Monday morning turned up empty.

According to a 2:02 p.m. Nixle alert sent over email, “The roadways are now open and Berkeley Police are clearing the area. We would like to thank the community for the patience and understanding while we conducted the search.”

The robbery report came in at about 8:30 a.m. from the Wash and Shop laundromat, at 2450 Sacramento St., according to local residents. The robber reportedly used a gun and took cash from the business.

Police said they “arrived on scene and quickly established a perimeter. Members of our Special Response Team were utilized to conduct the search with the assistance of an Oakland Police Department K-9. The suspect was not located and the investigation into this matter continues.”  … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.24.15

Rose Garden volunteers by Sylvia Rubin. Photo taken July 14, 2015

Rose Garden volunteers Bill (l) and Gary (r) by Sylvia Rubin. Photo taken July 14, 2015

Police Review Commission adopts policies regarding police in protests (Daily Cal)
City law warns about radiation that probably won’t kill you (KQED)
UC Berkeley appoints new vice-chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (Daily Cal)
BART adventures: Downtown Berkeley (The Daily Clog)
Obituary: David Allen Baker, urban environmentalist  (Daily Planet)
Aurora Theater to present “Mud Blue Sky” (Broadway World)

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Berkeley neighbors say affordability will be key to proposed Adeline Street project

Conceptual plans for 2902 Adeline, which the developer says will likely change as the project goes through the entitlement process. Image: Trachtenberg Architects
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About 40 people crammed into the community room at the South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library on Wednesday night to hear about a new project proposed at Adeline and Russell streets, and offer feedback to the developer.

The project — which would replace AW Pottery at 2908 Adeline — is in its very early stages, and has not yet been submitted to the city of Berkeley, said developer Cody Fornari of San Francisco-based real estate firm Realtex. Fornari said the South Berkeley property, at 2902 Adeline St., is currently in escrow and has not officially changed hands.

Realtex is also working on a proposal to construct a 7-story building on Telegraph Avenue — where restaurants including Norikonoko and Finfiné have been in operation for more than two decades. The company also won approval last year for a 5-story building at University and McGee avenues, but has not yet broken ground.

Throughout the info session, many in attendance expressed concern about the project — still in the “conceptual phase” —  which is currently set to include 47 residential units, eight live-work units and 18 parking spaces. The building is proposed to reach 6 stories, or 65 feet tall. … Continue reading »

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