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Full service on BART was expected to be restored by 8:15 a.m. Friday morning after a computer issue shut down the service entirely early Friday morning.
A statement issued by BART at 7:36 a.m. warned commuters to “expect systemwide residual delays.”
At 10:53 a.m. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost issued a statement explaining what had caused the service disruption:
“Yesterday BART implemented a planned infrastructure upgrade to a network server. 12 hours later this change began to impact the exchange of information between servers, which affected the performance of the computer system the Operations Control Center relies on to monitor train service. Eventually the central computer went offline, which caused the last trains of the night to be delayed upwards of 2 hours due to the need for Train Operators and maintenance crews to manually move and lock switches. … Continue reading »
PHILZ COFFEE Philz Coffee is set to open a second Berkeley shop (its first is at 1600 Shattuck Ave. at Cedar) in the Gilman District Project at 9th and Gilman in West Berkeley that will also house Whole Foods and Office Depot. Matt Holmes from Retail West, who is working with the developers of the project, said they could have chosen any major coffee chain but decided to select “a more artisan and community minded tenant like Philz Coffee.” Philz, which has 14 Bay Area locations, is expanding following a multi-million dollar investment announced earlier this year. More businesses look likely to move in to the Gilman District Project. According to Holmes, they are still looking for a “unique chef-driven fast casual concept” for a 3,100 square foot space in the building, which used to be a bread factory. The new Philz Coffee will be at 1313 9th Street, Suite 110, near Gilman. … Continue reading »
This weekend saw the soft opening of a gelateria with a difference. Caravaggio, at 1797 Shattuck Ave., a stone’s throw from the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, is as much a science lab as an Italian ice-cream store. You only need to check out those gleaming stainless steel vats and copper pipes at the back of the shop to see why.
Co-owner Emiliano Cecchetti said the reason Caravaggio’s kitchen looks more like a lab is because he takes a scientific approach to making gelato.
“It’s more work, but we have total control over our product,” he said, adding that the goal he shares with his business partner and co-owner Mauro Bernocchi is that customers have “the same experience here as having gelato in Italy — or possibly even better.” … Continue reading »
“It’s impossible to photograph clouds for their beauty anymore. We know too much about what is going on,” said photographer Richard Misrach wistfully on a recent weekday evening.
He should know. The Berkeley-based photographer has made a name for himself capturing striking images of man’s impact on the planet — which includes the creation of natural-looking clouds by oil none other than oil refineries.
The David Brower Center, a downtown Berkeley hub for environmental and social action, is currently showing a selection of the photographer’s images taken at Mississippi River’s Cancer Alley, in conjunction with related work by landscape architect Kate Orff. … Continue reading »
This weekend, hundreds of bird enthusiasts flocked to a quiet southside Berkeley neighborhood to catch a glimpse of a beautiful North American breeding bird that has never before been sighted in Alameda County.
The colorful Painted Redstart was still in the Elmwood neighborhood this morning, flitting between three large trees located on three adjacent streets.
Richmond-based graphic designer Lory Poulson, who came to the neighborhood with her partner Susan Gluck to investigate, said they heard the warbler before they saw it.
“It has a distinctive call that sounds like ‘too weet’ with the emphasis on the ‘weet,’” she said using her binoculars to scan a large birch tree on Lewiston Street where the pair had seen the Redstart just before 10 a.m.
The story started Wednesday last week when Katie Bertsche, a scientific illustrator who lives on Prince Street, spotted a flash of bright red in a poplar tree while sitting on her deck. … Continue reading »
Four Berkeley High student athletes have been awarded athletic scholarships at Division I universities, and, on Friday Nov. 15, they gathered with their friends and family at the Berkeley High library for their official signing ceremony.
The students, who are also all stars in the classroom, are Noah Bremer who is headed to the University of Washington to play baseball, Desire Finnie who will attend the University of the Pacific and play basketball, Lena Mayer who will play softball for UC Santa Barbara, and Naomi Overstreet who will go to Virginia Commonwealth University to play volleyball. … Continue reading »
CARAVAGGIO We brought you news in August that a new Italian gelateria was opening in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Well it’s here: Caravaggio (pictured above), at 1797 Shattuck Ave. (just north of Delaware), is having its soft opening Saturday, Nov. 16, after also participating in A Taste of North Berkeley earlier this week. Co-owner Emiliano Cecchetti said there will be eight flavors to begin with, but expect sorbet and vegan options down the line. The ice cream is made to exacting standards in authentic Italian style and uses all natural ingredients. Look out for a fuller story on Caravaggio from us next week. … Continue reading »
In a statement released today, BPD said Skinner was arrested on the day of the attacks and has been charged with assault with intent to commit rape, attempted robbery, two counts of sexual battery, and probation violation.
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 9 an 18-year-old woman was attacked as she was walking in the 2200 block of Bancroft Way. The suspect grabbed the victim and forced her to the sidewalk. The suspect struck the victim several times. Based on the police investigation, it appeared the suspect intended to sexually assault the victim. A nearby pedestrian came to the victim’s aid and chased the suspect away. The suspect was located and detained in the 2000 block of Allston Way. … Continue reading »
Supporters of Sasha Fleischman, the 18-year-old Maybeck High School student who was set fire to while riding an AC Transit bus on Nov. 4, are planning a solidarity march tonight, Thursday Nov. 14, on MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland. The group plans to tie rainbow ribbons to bus poles to add to those already placed there in recent days.
Meanwhile, in a letter to the Sequoia Elementary School community where he works as a kindergarten teacher, Sasha’s father, Karl Fleischman, said he did not want people to jump to conclusions about the motivations of the 16-year-old Oakland High School student who has been charged with a hate crime for setting fire to Sasha’s skirt. And a fundraising campaign to pay for the teenager’s medical bills was reopened yesterday after raising more than $20,000 in just a couple of days.
Fleischman, a senior at the private Berkeley school who identifies as “agender,” was napping in the rear of a No. 57 AC Transit bus heading toward the family home in Oakland when 16-year-old Richard Thomas allegedly set the skirt Fleischman was wearing on fire, according to authorities. … Continue reading »
On Tuesday night hundreds of locals turned out for A Taste of North Berkeley, a collaborative initiative held in the city’s Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood to raise funds for Berkeley Unified schools’ threatened gardening and cooking program.
The event was a success, according to the head of the BUSD program, Jezra Thompson. (Read our interview with Thompson published earlier this week in which she outlines her vision for the lauded program and spells out why it needs support).
“We were able to connect with a lot of community members and visitors, talk about the program, and get people excited about what we’re teaching the Berkeley students,” Thompson said speaking of the Taste event which saw more than 20 local merchants offer food and craft samples. … Continue reading »
The metallic smell in the Berkeley air this morning was caused by a fire in a metal recycling yard near Redwood City, according to the Berkeley Fire Department.
A shelter-in-place advisory was issued for three counties, including Alameda, on Sunday as a result of the fire’s impact on air quality across the Bay Area.
The fire at the Sims Metal Management facility on Seaport Road near the Port of Redwood City began on Sunday, Nov 10 in a pile of metal scraps at about 1 p.m., according to the San Francisco Chronicle. More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze before putting it out at 6:10 a.m today, according to the Redwood City Fire Department. … Continue reading »
The formal inauguration of Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor, took place on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8. The event comprised a public symposia on the three pillars of Dirks’ administration — undergraduate education, the role of the global university, and research and innovation — a noontime rally on Sproul Plaza and an investiture ceremony.
Many students and staff at Berkeley’s Maybeck High School wore skirts today to show their solidarity for fellow student Luke “Sasha” Fleischman, whose skirt was set on fire as the 18-year-old slept on a bus on Monday.
Most of the small school’s students and staff are pictured above, including Trevor Cralle, the school’s director (center, in white shirt).
Fleischman, a senior at the school, was sleeping in the rear of an AC Transit bus heading toward the family home in Oakland when 16-year-old Richard Thomas allegedly set the skirt Fleischman was wearing on fire, according to authorities. … Continue reading »