The 21-year-old Fremont student was killed after he intervened in an argument or disturbance between two groups of strangers three years ago.
Affordable housing and homelessness topped the list on a survey of concerns voiced by Berkeley voters polled last week.
An innovative program to offer secure storage containers for the possessions of Berkeley’s homeless could cost nearly $350,000 a year in staffing, along with $50,000 in start-up costs.
Over the last week a small group of neighbors, some of whom have property directly abutting the Ohlone Dog Park, have been organizing to valiantly make a point about democratic process. They failed before the City Council, which, again, put its concerns for expediting (failed) process above righting a wrong.
A 10-year-old, 53-foot pile of dirt in Berkeley’s McLaughlin Eastshore State Park is set to be lowered by 15 feet and spread around the parkland as part of renovations to improve the area.
Police are asking the community for help in the wake of three “similar” sexual assaults that have taken place in less than a week in the Southside neighborhood near the UC Berkeley campus.
Update, Feb. 18, 2:55 p.m. UCPD released a statement about the sexual assault Tuesday night. Police said the woman was walking in the 2500 block of Benvenue at about 11:30 p.m. when a man approached her from behind and “used a bear hug to restrain” her, “and then sexually assaulted her.” The woman chased the man through the Unit 2 parking lot. He was last seen running west on Haste. Berkeley Police officers searched the area but could not find him. He was described as a black man in his early 20s with an average build and short dreadlocks, wearing dark-colored pants, an oversized olive green jacket and a hooded sweatshirt.
It’s going to cost so much to repair Berkeley’s historic fishing pier that the city can’t even afford to study the issue until mid-2017 at the soonest.
The need for permanent restrooms in Cesar Chavez Park has been on the City’s agenda since at least 1977, when the North Waterfront Park Land Use Plan said that “of course, a park headquarters building and restroom structures will be needed for the park to function.”  The 1991 Conceptual Master Plan for North Waterfront Park envisioned restrooms as part of a constructed park entry area. “Permanent restrooms” in the park formed part of the 2003 Berkeley Marina Master Plan.
The Berkeley City Council passed a series of measures early Wednesday morning to address issues raised by the behavior of some members of the homeless population, including a new rule that will limit the amount of space on which people can spread their stuff on the sidewalk.
Tuesday night, advocates for the homeless are set to duke it out with supporters of more stringent standards for behavior on Berkeley sidewalks over three items on the City Council agenda related to those living on the streets.
[Editor’s Note: This story was updated after publication to include a comment from Berkeley rap musician Hotboi Weez.]
More than 100 people crowded into the North Berkeley Senior Center on Saturday to strategize about how to address problematic behavior in Ohlone Park linked largely to the area’s growing nomadic homeless population.
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