Author Archives: Emilie Raguso
Two four-time felons charged earlier this month with a recent Berkeley burglary are set to go before an Alameda County judge for a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning.
Antonio Perry of Berkeley and Antoine Ford of Antioch were arrested Nov. 26 after a report of a “hot prowl” burglary in Berkeley in the 2400 block of Haste Street, just east of Telegraph Avenue, during which a suspect smashed a glass door to an apartment while the unknowing resident was asleep inside.
Berkeley Police said, in court documents, that a witness reported seeing one of the men, identified as Ford, enter a home on Haste while a man identified as Perry acted as a lookout and, later, a get-away driver.
The witness told police that Ford broke the apartment door just before midnight, then left in a vehicle driven by Perry. Police responded to the area but were unable to find them, and the apartment resident told police that nothing had been taken.
Less than two hours later, the witness again called police to report that the car, a Ford Focus, and several occupants had returned to the block. … Continue reading »
Parking in downtown Berkeley may get harder before it gets easier as a new project ramps up to demolish and rebuild the Center Street garage to add hundreds of spaces, improve seismic security and incorporate “green building” standards.
The project is expected to strain parking demand downtown, where availability is often scarce already. City staff have been working to improve the parking situation via its goBerkeley campaign, which has been underway this year. Merchants have been keeping a close eye on the Center Street project and say they hope the city will be thoughtful as it moves ahead.
The five-story Center Street parking garage — which has entrances on both Addison and Center streets — has 420 spaces, ground floor retail and was built in the 1950s, according to the staff report prepared for last week’s Berkeley City Council meeting. Tuesday night, as part of the consent calendar, the Council approved paying up to $1 million to a consultant who will plan and manage the project. … Continue reading »
We featured FuseBOX earlier this year after it opened. The West Oakland restaurant has quickly become a favorite East Bay spot due to its creative cuisine, friendly service and hip, cozy atmosphere. A bonus: parking is easy.
Hours have shifted in recent months but, beginning Tuesday, lunch will be served Thursdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with happy hour Wednesday through Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m., and now Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Note: Prices had not been set at the time of this preview and the menu may change over time.
If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, there were 14 burglary reports, 27 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 12 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Eight robberies and nine assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
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Berkeley residents could see a 25% hike in their garbage pick-up fees as the city struggles to find a way to bridge the gap between the cost of pick-up services and the income they generate.
In a special session Tuesday night, staff explained that the Refuse Fund, used to cover pick-up fees, is slated to run at an annual $2-3 million deficit over the next five years, leading the city to consider boosting pick-up fees.
As a result, residents who use the most common trash container, which holds 32 gallons, would go from paying about $30 a month to about $37. And those costs would continue to rise annually by 3% beginning in fiscal year 2016 as part of the city’s efforts to adopt a “sustainable rate structure” that could keep pace with rising costs.
Those increases, staff explained to council, would lead to a $5 million surplus in the Refuse Fund by fiscal year 2019, allowing the city to consider ways to update its outdated transfer station, which city manager Christine Daniel described Tuesday night as “not remotely close to industry standards.” … Continue reading »
Smoking cigarettes will no longer be allowed inside the units of multi-family housing developments in Berkeley, effective May 2014, after a unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night.
The council decision, once it’s adopted on second reading, would prohibit tobacco smoke inside all residential buildings that have more than one unit, and in all common areas of those buildings as well.
After considering the issue twice earlier this year, the council voted, on first reading, to approve the new ordinance, which puts forward enforcement guidelines that officials hope will protect the rights of both non-smoking neighbors as well as residents who receive complaints. … Continue reading »
Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council approved a new redistricting map to redraw council boundaries to reflect the city’s population changes over the past decade and increase the number of student-aged voters in District 7.
Proponents of the new map say District 7 will become the first student district in the country. Cal students have helped spearhead the campaign to build support for the map, which they said has broad support on campus and in the neighborhoods nearby.
But detractors of the new map say it is a watered down district that will dilute progressive student power, and pushed for a different proposal. The vote split the council, with council members Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguín voting against it, and Councilman Max Anderson abstaining.
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Desco, at 499 Ninth St., in Old Oakland. The restaurant, which emphasizes seasonally fresh, ingredient-driven regional Italian cuisine, is overseen by executive chef Donato Scotti, who grew up in Italy. The 50-seat dining room has rustic wooden furnishings and a vintage brick wall, which contribute to a comfortable, old-world feel. Outdoor sidewalk seating and a copper-topped bar add to the decor. Desco is open daily: Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 3-9 p.m. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)
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The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Nov. 21-27, there were 19 burglary reports, 26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and five stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Seven robberies and 10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Nine auto burglaries and one theft from a vehicle were reported: at 8:15 a.m. at Dwight Way and Telegraph Avenue; at 11:40 a.m. in the 2200 block of Ashby Avenue; at 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Walnut Street; at 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Jefferson Avenue; at 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bonar Street; two at at 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of Mathews Street; at 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Cragmont Avenue; at 9:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dana Street; and at 10 p.m. in the 1400 block of 67th Street. … Continue reading »
This weekend kicks off the 23rd year of Berkeley’s Artisans Holiday Open Studios, with more than 100 artists and craftspeople opening up their workshops and galleries to the public.
The event — which offers extensive fodder for shopping local to meet your holiday gift needs — launches Saturday, Nov. 30, and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend, and every weekend in December through the 22nd.
All manner of fine art and craft will be shown, including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, many styles of jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, original prints and works on paper. … Continue reading »
Berkeley Police arrested two suspects at around 1:30 p.m Tuesday in relation to a burglary on Grant Street between Rose and Vine in North Berkeley.
Kai Williams, 18, of Berkeley was charged with burglary and Khadijah Bell, 19, of Oakland was charged with burglary and resisting arrest, according to acting BPD spokesperson Stephanie Polizziani.
BPD responded to the 1400 block of Grant to a call of a burglary in progress at approximately 1338 hours, she said. … Continue reading »
Major changes are in the works for Berkeley’s downtown BART plaza, with two public meetings about the project coming up in January.
The project, funded in part by a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission, includes renovation of the BART entrances, a new bus shelter and a redesigned Constitution Plaza. It is estimated to cost $11.44 million, most of which will be covered by the grant.
The community open houses, to which all members of the public are invited, will be set for January. Details about the meetings have not been released, but Berkeleyside will provide them when they are.
Participants will be able to review concept designs, provide input, identify issue areas and potential solutions, and learn more about the project history and timeline. Members of the community will have a chance to speak directly with BART and city staff, as well as the professional design consultants leading the effort. … Continue reading »