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City of Berkeley calls invite-only press conference just for TV news

From left: Berkeley Police Chief Mike Meehan, Mayor Tom Bates, Councilman Max Anderson, and Fire Chief Gil Dong. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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By Emilie Raguso and Frances Dinkelspiel

The city of Berkeley has called a press conference for media Tuesday afternoon, but only invited reporters from television stations to attend it, sources tell Berkeleyside.

The city manager and her spokesman have been unavailable Tuesday to respond to questions about the event. Police have been unable to respond since Sunday to a series of questions Berkeleyside has submitted about the use of force Saturday night.

Charles Burress, spokesman for Mayor Tom Bates, said Tuesday afternoon that there had been “no intent of secrecy” when the meeting was planned. It is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at City Hall. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.09.14

Berkeley skyline from Lab with blanket of cloud. Photo Søren Berg Glasius

Berkeley skyline. Photo, taken from Berkeley Lab parking lot, on Dec. 4, 2014, by Søren Berg Glasius

Berkeley protesters block highway, stop train (Huff Po Black Voices)
Chronicle photographer hit with baton during Berkeley protest (SF Chronicle)
After 42 years, Berkeley’s Taiwan Restaurant is closing (What the Fork?)
Review: Cracker: Berkeley to Bakersfield (Pop Matters)
Woman goes into labor while stuck on freeway during protests (CBS Local)
Berkeley lab particle accelerator sets new world record (Red Orbit)

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CHP arrests 150 protesters after they block I-80 freeway

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6:20 a.m. The California Highway Patrol arrested more than 150 people Monday night who were blocking traffic on I-80 near Powell Street.

After about 1,000 to 1,500 protesters marched peacefully down University Ave., a large contingent tried to get onto the freeway but were blocked by police, according to CHP. Around 8 p.m., protesters tore down some fencing along the freeway and got into the eastbound lanes, but CHP was able to remove them by 8:08 p.m., according to a CHP Nixle alert. Around 8:30 p.m, a large group of protesters destroyed fencing along the south perimeter of the road in Aquatic Park and “flooded into the lanes of traffic,” according to CHP. They stopped traffic in both directions for more than an hour and walked west in the eastbound lanes. Many stranded drivers just turned off their cars and sat there. Until this point the protest had been largely peaceful. Traffic was backed up for miles on I-80, I-580 and Highway 24. (There was one unconfirmed report that a woman in labor was stuck in traffic, but her car was allowed to leave the freeway.) … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.08.14

Stairway by Gina1o. Photo uploaded Dec. 7, 2014

Stairway by Ginag1o. Photo uploaded Dec. 7, 2014

Haas School of Business constructing large new building  (IBA)
Meet the student DJs at KALX (Daily Clog)
Interview with Michael Lewis, author and financial journalist (Weekender)
Smoke’s Poutinerie brings late night poutine to Berkeley (Inside Scoop)
At UC, why “No means no” was no longer enough (California)
Cal professor plumbs Richard Pryor’s life in new biography (Mercury News)
Groundbreaking for UC Theater more welcome than ever (Oakland Local)

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City of Berkeley told police to use restraint, avoid tear gas, on second night of protests

The doors and windows of Radio Shack on Shattuck were smashed repeatedly this weekend. Photo: Bernt Wahl
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By Frances Dinkelspiel and Tracey Taylor

The Berkeley Police Department deliberately held back from using tear gas during the protests Sunday night under orders from City Manager Christine Daniel, according to city officials.

Mayor Tom Bates said Monday that he and other Berkeley City Council members had been disturbed by the aggressive tone of the demonstrations Saturday night, when Berkeley police shot rubber bullets, other projectiles, and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who refused to leave Telegraph Avenue. He conveyed this concern to Daniel, who apparently was also concerned. She then told Berkeley police to refrain from using tear gas unless absolutely necessary.

Protesters smashed more than a dozen windows and sprayed graffiti on businesses up and down Shattuck Avenue, as well others on Telegraph Avenue, Sunday night. While a few businesses were damaged in the Saturday protests, including Wells Fargo Bank on San Pablo Avenue and Radio Shack on Shattuck, which was hit both nights, the damage was more severe the night of the stepped-back police response.

We regarded “the use of tear gas to be questionable,” said Bates. “We didn’t want to see it happen again unless absolutely necessary…. There was a backing off.” … Continue reading »

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Protesters take to streets of Berkeley for second night running: violence, vandalism of local businesses, looting

A protester gives the finger to a police officer during a protest that started in Berkeley on Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. Photo: Kelly Owen
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3:48 a.m.: Officer Jennifer Coats, spokeswoman for the Berkeley Police, sent out a release at 3:37 a.m. saying five arrests had been made in connection with both the Saturday and Sunday demonstrations on various charges. She did not provide complete details. According to Coats, one of the arrested individuals damaged Trader Joe’s on Saturday using his skateboard. Another individual, she wrote, was responsible for throwing a heavy object on Saturday, injuring one Berkeley police officer. Both were arrested for offenses on Saturday and Sunday.

According to Coats, two officers received minor injuries during Sunday night’s demonstrations.

Billy Parlay, owner of the Sandwich Spot on Shattuck, wrote to Berkeleyside that he put out a number of fires last night. He also criticized Jesse Arreguín, councilman for the downtown district, “for not prepping downtown.”

1:10 a.m.: Police appear to be trying to split the group that has been walking south on Telegraph vandalizing stores and looting. Emilie Raguso reports that protesters are “wandering around” and that the numbers are dwindling. Any more updates will be via Twitter from now. Click #Berkeleyprotests to get latest news, or follow Berkeleyside directly.

12:55 a.m., Monday, Dec. 8: There is a standoff at Jack in the Box, which has been vandalized. Police have split the crowd, telling people to go home. … Continue reading »

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Ferguson demo in Berkeley: injuries reported, tear gas deployed, businesses and property vandalized; arrests

Police form a line on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley during the protest. Photo: Pete Rosos
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Update, Dec. 7, 2:45 p.m. Police are preparing for additional demonstrations Sunday night in Berkeley in connection with the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, as well as general frustration about what many have taken to the streets to describe as police brutality and the increasing militarization of local law enforcement agencies. Occupy Oakland has announced a “possible meet up” of protesters in Berkeley at 5 p.m. Sunday, at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way. A small group of about 15 got together Sunday at 1 p.m. on Sproul Plaza to discuss how to promote their concerns and spread the word. Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel said Sunday that local officers are preparing for additional demonstrations Sunday evening: “We’re prepared to respond and ensure that the First Amendment is safely able to be practiced, and that violence and criminal activity is not allowed.” He said other police agencies will be available to assist Berkeley officers should that be required.

Update, Dec. 7, 8:45 a.m.: The demonstration concluded at around 4 a.m., according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. The preliminary arrest numbers are five adults and one juvenile. The charges were not available at the time of Coats’ release.

Update, Dec. 7, 2:43 a.m.: According to reports from the scene, many of the protesters have dispersed. Some have called for supporters to meet Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus to continue their efforts. Stay tuned to #BerkeleyProtest for live updates.

Update, Dec. 7, 1:51 a.m.: As the crowd has continued to move south on Telegraph Avenue, from Ashby to Alcatraz Avenue toward Oakland, reports about protesters injured by police continue to come in.

One of those reports came from Cindy Pincus, who photographed a head wound she said she received while trying to retreat from police around midnight. (The picture appears below at about 1 a.m.) She shared her account of what happened with Berkeleyside, and said she is at the hospital and receiving staples to treat her injury. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.05.14

Photo taken by William Newton on Dec. 1, 2014

Photo taken by William Newton on Dec. 1, 2014

Petition all you want, Bill Maher will speak in Berkeley (Vanity Fair)
To fill spiritual role, congregation takes two-for-one deal (J Weekly)
BART death was 19-year old international Cal student (Daily Cal)
Black students stage protest against police killings at Cal café (Daily Cal)
Building with a purpose: Q & A with Dean Rich Lyon (Haas Now)
How to privatize the post office, piece by piece (Black Agenda Report)

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Op-ed: How does Berkeley decide which streets to fix?

The new permeable pavers project on Allston Way allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground instead of running into gutters and out into the bay. The demonstration project cost about $1.3 million. Berkeley's Street Audit helps the city determine which streets to repair. Photo: Larry Henry
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Many people in Berkeley wonder how the city decides which streets to repair. Why is this street full of potholes untouched, while that street over there that feels pretty smooth gets a fresh coat of slurry?

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Berkeley City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan explains how her office’s 2011 Streets Audit has helped the city decide which streets to repair first, a program that has the potential to save millions of dollars. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.04.14

Thursday's rainbow in Berkeley over Kinetic Search. Photo: Pei Evans

Thursday’s rainbow in Berkeley over Kinetic Search. Photo: Pei Evans

Gov. Brown names Berkeley lawyer as head of Cal/OSHA (Mercury News)
Berkeley innovators driving Google technology (UCB News)
A look back: Berkeley loses two prominent women (Mercury News)
World’s largest ball of playdough may be in Berkeley (The Daily Clog)
New library director wants to build on community support (Tribune)
San Leandro man arraigned in Berkeley murder (Daily Cal)
Berkeley school growth rankles residents (Mercury News)
First person: Demo City USA (Berkeley Reporter)
Q&A with ‘Mira’s Diary’ author Marissa Moss (Teen Lit Rocks)
New building for Cal’s Haas School of Business (Mercury News)

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.03.14

Spenger's at night by Louis Benainous. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2014.

Spenger’s at night by Louis Benainous. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2014

Berkeley students hold small rally against tuition increases (SF Chronicle)
Cal refuses to pay Berkeley’s minimum wage (Express)
Caught on camera: Haas Pavilion vandalism suspects (NBC)
Cal Consent campaign launches new poster series (Daily Cal)
Going deeper with Terry Riley (SF Classical Voice)
La Marcha coming to Berkeley in spring 2015 (Inside Scoop)
Zines of anarchy (Express)
Feds will thin, not clear-cut, eucalyptus trees in hills (Inside Bay Area)
Mitch Kapor case could change standards for large homes (SF Chronicle)
NPR names ‘Electric City’ as one of the best novels of the year (NPR)
Berkeley Rep presents world premiere of ‘Xs and Os’ (Broadway World)
Paul Dresher, Amy X Neuburg tribute to Diane Arbus in Berkeley (Mercury News)

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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

Photo: Keir Lenihan.

Send your submissions for “Where in Berkeley?” to tips@berkeleyside.com. The more obscure the better — just as long as the photos are taken in Berkeley. Thanks in advance.

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The Berkeley Wire: 12.02.14

Clearing Bay storm by Fred Rowe. Photo taken on Dec. 1, 2014

Clearing Bay storm by Fred Rowe. Photo taken on Dec. 1, 2014

Tuition protest planned to mark FSM’s 50th anniversary (LA Times)
What was the UC Berkeley Free Speech Movement? (Huff Po College)
A half century after FSM and the warming planet (Common Dreams)
BHS students hold “Black Out Day” against sexual harassment (Daily Cal)
Featured BHS faculty: Officer Matt McGee (BHS Jacket)
A new café for Paleo diet fans (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley-based torah study to expand to Denver and Boston (J Weekly)
Berkeley’s Chinese eateries provide variety (BHS Jacket)
Your new phone could come with cancer warning (Global Healthcare)
Bay Area Book Festival launches Indiegogo campaign (Publishers Weekly)

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