Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 10-16

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From July 10-16, there were 16 burglary reports28 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 12 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comFour robberies15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one felony sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included three robberies, two burglaries and a sexual assault. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, July 10

A robbery was reported at 12:06 a.m. at Grant and Delaware streets.

Two home burglaries were reported, at 8:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Eighth Street, and at 10:14 p.m. in the 1700 block of 10th Street. … Continue reading »

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Popular biergarten poses challenges for neighbors

Before the World Cup final, about 40 people lined up to get into the Westbrae Biergarten. The beer and food spot has been more popular than expected and neighbors are worried about noise and parking. Photo: Natalie Orenstein
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As the final match of the World Cup began Sunday, July 13, some 40 people stood patiently in an orderly line outside the new Westbrae Biergarten on the corner of Gilman and Curtis streets. A bouncer guarded the entrance to the beer garden, where patrons sat calmly watching the game on non-amplified screens.

The tranquil scene was a far cry from the whistles and whoops and massive crowds that were mainstays at the beer garden during the earlier World Cup games. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Spark 2.0 lights up Civic Center Park

The second Berkeley Spark! festival was held Saturday at Civic Center Park. Photo: Darius Wekwerth
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Civic Center Park was turned into a Burning Man west (of sorts) Saturday as hundreds of people came to enjoy food, music, crafts, sculpture, performance, dance and art at the second Berkeley Spark festival.

One of the highlights of the festival was a giant metal bear with a moving arm made from recycled metal. Named “Ursus Redivivus” by its creators, most of the bear’s parts came from an escalator at an old Ross Dress for Less store. … Continue reading »

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6 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Berkeley City College evacuated students and staff on Tuesday July 15 due to power outages. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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1. Berkeley teen, recent grad, shot to death in Oakland
2. Neighbors question height and density of student-oriented project on Telegraph
3. Best Burgers in the East Bay: Nosh readers call it
4. New drought rules would see Berkeley reduce its water use
5. Brief power outages interrupt downtown Berkeley
6. Announcing Uncharted 2014: Two days of provocative speakers

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.18.14

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Bites: Townie opens, Sanctuary vegan spot coming

Townie has its soft opening in Berkeley tonight, July 18. Photo: Townie
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TOWNIE OPENS THIS EVENING IN BERKELEY This just in: Beginning at 5 p.m. today, July 18, University Avenue’s newest neighborhood bar and restaurant, Townie, will have its soft opening. Owner and manager Nima Shokat said there will be a limited menu available, along with alcohol, which will be served until midnight or until the business runs out. Heading up the kitchen at Townie is chef Dana Ryan, who formerly worked at Gather, State Bird Provisions and RN74. Said Shokat, who has run Berkeley’s Missouri Lounge for years: “We’re hoping to be a neighborhood bar where people can just come by for a drink and hang out, but also get some exciting food.” Townie is located at 1799 University Ave. in Berkeley, where Venezia used to be located until it closed last year. Connect with Townie on Facebook. … Continue reading »

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Rodents, trash prompt city of Berkeley clean-up of homeless camp on Gilman; residents ‘scattered’

Police officers visit the homeless camp on Gilman Street in West Berkeley daily to provide outreach for residents. Photo: Drew Jaffe
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Citing concerns about garbage and rodents, both dead and alive, the city of Berkeley sent in a team to clean up Gilman Street beneath Interstate 80 where homeless people have been living in recent months, city staff said Friday.

At least one advocate for the homeless criticized the effort, saying no one was told in advance about the operation, which dispersed residents and will make it harder to provide important services to them, he said.

City spokesman Matthai Chakko said Friday shortly before noon that the operation to address ongoing sanitation problems on Gilman under the freeway had gone smoothly. He estimated that perhaps a dozen people were on site when the city arrived Friday morning. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

A young girl looks at the collection of mirrors at Berkeley Spark. Photo by Quinn Anya
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STAND UP SIT DOWN If you’re looking for laughs, try the La Peña Cultural Center this Friday for a comedy show hosted by Karinda Dobbins and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. The socio-political comedians will be treating guests to some stand-up comedy and a sit-down interview with special guest Bryant Terry, a chef and activist who is working to create a sustainable and just food system. Guest comedian Nato Green will also be joining in to humorously discuss current events. To help readers get a proper sense of the event, the La Peña website asks them to “imagine if renegade comedians locked Wolf Blitzer in a broom closet and then ran CNN’s ‘Situation Room.’” The show will go from 8-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. … Continue reading »

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With big soccer game approaching, UC Berkeley addresses impacts from Memorial Stadium

Cal's Memorial Stadium has a a capacity of over 60,000 and regularly draws large crowds to the area. Photo: John Morgan
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Representatives from the city of Berkeley and Cal invited residents near Memorial Stadium to discuss the impact of upcoming events — including the July 26 International Champions Cup soccer game — on the neigborhood. Fire safety, public intoxication, illegal parking and what to do in case of a significant disaster were among concerns raised by attendees.

Christine Shaff, communications director for facilities services, moderated the meeting Wednesday night, which featured members of the Berkeley Police Department, UC Berkeley Police Department, Berkeley Fire Department, Cal Athletics and the city manager’s office. Councilman Gordon Wozniak was also in attendance. … Continue reading »

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Don’t forget: Share your Telegraph Avenue pics to win

A stilt walker at Sundays on Telegraph Avenue street festival. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Sundays on Telegraph kicked off in Berkeley last weekend, and returns to the avenue every Sunday through Sept. 21. The car-free street party began with a mellow vibe, great music and attendees of all walks of life.

For the next two weekends, Berkeleyside and Mayor Tom Bates’ office invite visitors to the event to submit their photographs of the party for a chance to win very cool prizes: theater tickets for adults and other items for youth 17 and under.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley firefighter rescues woman from the bay

Water rescue at the Berkeley pier. Photo: Dina Becerra
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A Berkeley firefighter rescue swimmer saved a woman late Thursday afternoon after she reportedly jumped off the Berkeley Pier into the San Francisco Bay, authorities said.

The woman and a man who jumped into the bay to try to rescue her before authorities arrived were taken to the hospital for medical care.

Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said a call came in to dispatchers at 4:45 p.m. reporting people in the water at the end of the Berkeley Pier.

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Laura Inserra: A Rose grows in Berkeley

Laura Inserra. Photo: Marco Snchez
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In the midst of a thriving practice as a musician, composer and arts presenter in Rome, Laura Inserra decided that a year or so in the Bay Area could offer a welcome change of scenery. That was 2007, and instead of returning home to Italy the North Berkeley resident has become an invaluable presence on the Bay Area arts scene, bringing evocative music to unusual settings.

A multi-instrumentalist who specializes in percussion, Inserra performs Saturday at the Subterranean Arthouse with BEL Trio, an improvisation-laced ensemble with a global sensibility featuring bassist Ben Levine and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser, best known for his work with Hamsa Lila and Beats Antique on kalimba, berimbau, calabash, and various frame drums. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.17.14

Share the Road by NRubin8. Taken on July 15, 2014

Share the Road by NRubin8. Taken on July 15, 2014

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