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4 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

The smoke from the West Berkeley warehouse fire   as seen from Delaware Street. Photo: Raph Levien
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Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. Some of them might have passed you by. Here are four stories we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

1. The West Berkeley fire and its aftermath

A multi-alarm fire in West Berkeley last Saturday night destroyed the Wooden Duck warehouse and damaged and destroyed numerous local businesses.

2. Federal report calls to stop post office sale

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued … Continue reading »

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3 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

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Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. Some of them might have passed you by. Here are three stories we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

1.  Illegal enrollment in Berkeley’s schools? Good or bad?

Berkeleyside’s investigative piece on the contentious issue of fraudulent enrollment in Berkeley’s public schools got people talking.

2. Berkeley Police renew call for Tasers after attempted killing of officer

After a violent attack on a Police officer … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

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Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

1. Lightning strikes woman walking in south Berkeley

A powerful weather front brought thunder and lightning to Berkeley on Monday. Lightning splintered a massive redwood tree and gave a 31-year old a fright.

2. Two arrested in connection with city’s first homicide of … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

Freshly picked asparagus are washed off at the Willard Middle School garden. Photo: Kaia Diringer
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Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

1. Police respond to 3 shootings this week

Two shootings on Harmon Street in South Berkeley and one on Bonar Street in West Berkeley raised safety issues around the city.

2. School district finds funding for reduced gardening program

Berkeley’s famed school cooking … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you will not want to miss

Principle Pasquale Scuderi eyes the new score board in the Building M gymnasium.
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Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories, including the one featured above, we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

2. What do you do when someone kills themselves with a potentially hazardous chemical?

What happened after a much-loved former Cal professor committed suicide using sodium azide at the Berkeley City Club.

3. Young man tries to buy 14 iPhones, 2 … Continue reading »

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Inti and Pedro Carrasco. Inti is 6 months old. His name means sun in Quechuan. Pedro: “I’m from Peru and I like my culture. They were very smart. I want to show my son where I come from and teach him how to speak Quechuan. Me: “What hopes to you have for your son Inti?” “I would like him to be multilingual so he could help other immigrants.”
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Each week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories, including the photo feature indicated above, we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

2. Neighbors nix a new Starbucks opening in Berkeley

There will be no grande frappuccinos for local residents, and nearby Alta Bates employees and patients, after the sheer persistence of local residents and business owners saw … Continue reading »

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Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Find out if your street will be paved in the next two years by consulting our interactive map. (Blue lines are scheduled for 2014, and red lines are scheduled for 2015.)

Find out if your street will be paved in the next two years by consulting our interactive map. (Blue lines are scheduled for 2014, and red lines are scheduled for 2015.)

The passage of Measure M in November 2012 offered some rays of light for Berkeleyans bemoaning the poor state of streets. But the Measure M funding is only coming on stream this year. Berkeleyside took the detailed report from the Public Works Commission and compiled a handy interactive map which shows which streets will be repaired and repaved this year and next. Click here for the large version of the interactive map.

UC Berkeley’s plan to build a new Institute for Design Innovation on Le Roy Avenue and Ridge Road in Northside, attracted both supporters and detractors. The modern design by LMS Architects, previously responsible for the Ed Roberts campus, has been criticized by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for its “alienating institutional look.” University buildings are not subject to city planning and design review.

While neighboring cities and public safety departments have jumped into the world of Twitter, Facebook and other social media, the city of Berkeley seems stalled, three years after announcing plans to draw up a social media policy. Emilie Raguso’s thorough investigation of Berkeley’s foot dragging noted that Oakland police’s use of alert service Nixle was crucial in finding a missing Berkeley man in January (see photo above).

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Eucalyptus grove on the Nimitz Trail. Photo: Colleen Neff

Eucalyptus grove on the Nimitz Trail. Photo: Colleen Neff

The week opened with a welcome site: a celebration of all the rain that fell over the Bay Area during a recent storm. Readers sent us pictures of raging creeks, flooded backyards, drops of rain on flowers, and people picking their way gingerly through puddles.

The most controversial and talked about story by far was the City Council’s tentative first steps to put a tax on sugary beverages on the ballot. The council agreed to include a question about the tax in a forthcoming poll to determine which bond measures might go on the ballot. Readers weighed in with 178 comments.

City officials are also trying to decide whether to include a bond measure to reopen Willard Pool. If they do, it will be the third such measure.

Two lawsuits – one pending, one resolved, also sparked a lively discussion.

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A fairy door in a Berkeley tree that, we learned this week, has disappeared. Photo: Lisa Cole

A fairy door in a Berkeley tree that, we learned this week, has disappeared. Photo: Lisa Cole

Fairy doors in trees, a parking spat with pepper spray, a nuisance house, and Cajun food… you can’t say there is no variety in the reporting we bring you at Berkeleyside.

Our story about a fairy door tucked into the base of a tree on Cedar Street garnered the most readers this week and was shared extensively — 1,200 Facebook ‘Likes’ as we write. Reader Lisa Cole was the source for the story, and another reader, Andy Kelley, brought us the update that the door had disappeared. Just like fairies to do that to us!

On Tuesday we brought you news of a Berkeley man arrested after allegedly assaulting another man with pepper spray during a fight over parking on Delaware near Walnut Street. We know it can get stressful finding parking, but really…

Noise, drunken partiers, nudity and trash. Such have been the issues encountered by neighbors of the 17-room property at 2133 Parker St., a “loud, unruly” party house south of the Cal campus. The Berkeley City Council roundly rebuffed a proposed settlement Tuesday night aimed at addressing the problems.

Finally, onto less contentious matters: our review of Easy Creole, a relatively new Cajun joint in Berkeley’s Lorin District, prompted several readers to vow to try out the restaurant soon.

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A bible from the 1800s, along with anti-drinking pamphlets, were among the contents of a time capsule found in Berkeley last week. Photo: Leonard Nielson

A bible from the 1800s, along with anti-drinking pamphlets, were among the contents of a time capsule found in Berkeley last week. Photo: Leonard Nielson

There was no competition. From the moment we posted a story about a group of activists protesting outside the Berkeley home of a Google engineer because of the company’s “evil surveillance techniques,” readers were mostly outraged. Many called the protests out of line and said the activists went too far by personalizing complaints about the impact of high tech companies on the Bay Area. A few people defended the actions of “Counterforce,” which included ringing the engineer’s doorbell at 7 a.m. while his wife and two young children were also at home.

Readers were enchanted by the discovery of a time capsule in the cornerstone of a Berkeley community church on Durant. It was left there in 1948 and was found when construction started on a new apartment complex. When the capsule was opened Wednesday, church leaders found a a carefully wrapped 1875 family bible from one of the church’s founding members, newspaper articles about the church groundbreaking in 1948, and several other related records, such as a church history and roster, published sermons related to the founding pastor, and an architectural flier about the building.

One of the most disturbing articles of the week was the story behind the murder of Zontee Jones in 2013. Witnesses at a preliminary hearing for one of the men charged with the killing said a dispute about a woman was the genesis of the violence.

Berkeleyside had many more stories last week. To get a quick view of them, check out our “All the News” grid.

Berkeleyside works hard so you don’t have to. We go to City Council meetings and court hearings, we rush out to cover shootings and fires, we track development projects as they wind their way through the city’s bureaucracy. If you value the kind of coverage please support Berkeleyside. It will only cost you pennies a day but will help ensure the site endures. 

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The Trappist: one of the many East Bay craft beer spots – and there’s more on the way. Photo: Colin Burke McClure

This week’s most read — and most commented upon — story was our survey of the building boom currently under way in Berkeley. More than 1,400 housing units are in development in downtown Berkeley, with demolition on one of the first in the pipeline scheduled to have begun this week. Many more new projects are breaking ground in other city neighborhoods. Berkeleyside rounded it all up as a handy one-stop resource for our readers.

Our account from the court room of the brutal killing of Berkeley resident Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter in 2012 was also very well read. The horrifying details of her death emerged in a hearing at which 35-year-old Jamaal Prince, was ordered to face charges. Kingeter would have turned 28 on Wednesday.

On a lighter note, our food coverage continued to draw in readers in significant numbers. In case you missed these stories, catch up on the latest restaurant openings and closures with our latest Bites column; read about the unstoppable East Bay craft beer renaissance; and remember to grab good deals with Restaurant Weeks in both Berkeley and Oakland.

Berkeleyside works hard so you don’t have to. We go to City Council meetings and court hearings, we rush out to cover shootings and fires, we track development projects as they wind their way through the city’s bureaucracy. If you value the kind of coverage please support Berkeleyside. It will only cost you pennies a day but will help ensure the site endures. 

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Bill Gaebler, BHS swimming and water polo coach, stands next to the freshmen girl's water polo team at a meet. Photo: Marilee Enge

Bill Gaebler, BHS swimming and water polo coach, stands next to the freshmen girl’s water polo team at a meet. Photo: Marilee Enge

This was another newsy week with stories about a serious issue with the Berkeley High pool, somber revelations about a spate of killings across Berkeley and Oakland, and news that Berkeley confiscated and threw away the possessions of eight homeless people.

Berkeleyside broke the news in September that the city’s Health Department shut the Berkeley High School pool because of a chemical imbalance — the second time the pool had been shuttered in two years. Student swimmers and water polo players lost body hair and felt irritation to their eyes because of an out-of -whack pH balance. Berkeleyside filed a Public Records Request with the Berkeley Unified School District and discovered a long history of problems and lax maintenance. Now the district plans to take responsibility of the pool away from the high school. … Continue reading »

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Police arrested a man on Dec. 24 after he tried to break into an occupied home in the Elmwood, authorities said. Photo: Rory Merry

Police arrested a man on Dec. 24 after he tried to break into an occupied home in the Elmwood, authorities said. Photo: Rory Merry

Our exclusive report on a man who tried to break into a home on Hillegass Avenue and was driven back by residents, then arrested by police, drew the most readers this week. The dramatic image (above) that accompanied the story, shot by photographer Rory Merry, gave the unsettling story extra punch.

Our round-up of the restaurants, coffee shops, bars and beer spots that opened in 2013 in Berkeley and Oakland was a big hit this week. We also reminded you of favorite haunts that closed last year. To keep abreast of restaurant and food news in the East Bay, be sure to bookmark Berkeleyside Nosh, which is on Facebook and Twitter.

Our “Most important stories of 2013″ post identified the issues that preoccupied people in Berkeley last year — some of which will no doubt continue to do so in 2014!

Berkeleyside works hard so you don’t have to. We go to City Council meetings, ZAB meetings, we rush out to cover shootings and trials, we track development projects as they wind their way through the city’s bureaucracy. If you value the kind of coverage that tracks the happenings in your city and your local government, please support Berkeleyside. It will only cost you pennies a day but will help ensure the site endures. 

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