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Police report 2 robberies with guns near UC campus

Robbers with guns struck twice near campus this week, and the University of California Police Department released information on both incidents. Twelve other incidents have been reported in recent days; click the map above for details.

Berkeley Police: Gunshots on Harmon and more

Earlier this year, the Berkeley Police Department relaunched its monthly newsletter to let community members know about notable arrests and incidents, as well as crime prevention tips and safety resources. Along with beat maps and police contacts for each neighborhood, the newsletter highlights arrests and open cases in Berkeley from the prior month. The fifth edition of the newsletter came out in May. Scroll down for highlights. (more…)

School committee finalizes report in wake of guns

In a small conference room on the second floor of old City Hall, a group of school administrators, parents, students, police and safety officers have met regularly over the past nine weeks to debate how to tackle the issue of guns at Berkeley High.

Expelled BHS student involved in gun incident seen on campus

A 17-year-old Berkeley High student who was involved in an incident in which a gun was fired in a men’s bathroom on campus on March 22 was spotted on school grounds Monday, despite him having been expelled. BUSD spokesperson Mark Coplan said the student was seen at around midday by Berkeley High security staff who called the police to have him removed. By the time Berkeley police officers arrived on the scene, the student had disappeared.

Berkeley schools implement $2M safety plan

When gun violence in the school’s neighborhood forced LeConte Elementary School to go on lockdown earlier this month, second grade teacher Pamela Diebel and her colleagues weren’t able to lock their own classrooms, and students in bathrooms and hallways missed the announcement on the loudspeaker. But the next campus in the district to go on lockdown may not face the same challenges.

Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts



Berkeley boy is “getting real” in the Whole Foods parking lot Berkeley High alum David Wittman (class of ’92) pokes fun at a familiar experience for many Berkeleyans, and his music video, above, goes viral (1.2 million views on YouTube and counting)
Five restaurant’s Executive Chef Banks White: “Berkeley keeps me on my toes” Banks White turned down a job as line cook at Chez Panisse (“I didn’t realize there was a long line for jobs at Chez”) and is now cooking up a storm at downtown’s fashionable Five.
Berkeley street style: Geeky good spectacles Berkeleyside launches a style column (really) with Dana Smith scouting the streets for fashionable folk. First up: trendy eyewear.
Over poached eggs and Acme toast, First Lady seeks campaign support Berkeleyside was at the fundraising breakfast at the Claremont Hotel Tuesday where Michelle Obama told the crowd her daughter Malia refers to her dad’s job as “this President thing”. [See our first Storify story too.]
School committee finalizes report in wake of guns At the end of the academic year, we report on where the school district has got to in addressing the issue of guns on campus and safety at Berkeley High.
The artist who gives Shotgun Players its visual punch You may not know his name, but you’ll probably know his work — R. Black is the man behind the art on the walls of Ashby Stage, and much more.