Oscar Castaneda, a cook at Comal, was violently attacked while walking home from his shift. There have been at least two other similar crimes in the area recently.
A man was taken to the hospital late Thursday night after two men attacked and robbed him at the Ashby BART station in Berkeley, authorities report.
It was touch-and-go for a while there, but a council majority voted in favor Tuesday night of 50 new units on Adeline Street.
Three-dimensional models on view at the Ed Roberts Campus show increased green space, development on the BART parking lot and bike lanes.
In a bizarre twist both sides said was unforeseen, a deal more than a year in the making stalled out Tuesday night prior to a council vote that was expected to bring 50 new units to Berkeley.
Tuesday night, council will hear an appeal by local residents fighting a 6-story building in South Berkeley.
Ten vehicles that had been broken into and burglarized at the Ashby BART station were discovered early Thursday morning, the BART Police report.
A 6-story building set to include 50 rental units and four live-work units was approved Thursday night by Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, though neighborhood opposition will likely mean an appeal to City Council.
Who Berkeley residents vote onto the Berkeley City Council this November could dramatically alter how the city looks in the future. The Berkeley City Council currently stands divided, with pro-development council members claiming the majority of votes, but that could all change once ballots are cast this fall. While some on the council favor more aggressive development as a way to abate the housing affordability crisis, others take issue with the rampant building that tends to favor affluent residents while displacing those without large incomes.
A man who set his shirt on fire after threatening people on a BART train with a knife was arrested in Berkeley late Monday afternoon, authorities report.
Police arrested an 18-year-old who grabbed a cellphone from another person at the downtown Berkeley BART station, then punched him in the face before fleeing on a train after a bystander was able to take back the phone.
Update, 6:28 p.m. BPD’s Sgt. Friedman said the victim and assailant had a dispute inside the Black & White liquor store shortly before the beating: The suspect left and returned armed with the bat, which was aluminum.
By Margit Stange
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