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Man stabbed in neck at People’s Park

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An unidentified woman stabbed a 57-year-old man in the neck Monday around 5 p.m. at People’s Park, according to the University of California Police Department.

The Berkeley Fire Department took the man to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

No arrests have been made.

Police believe the suspect and the victim knew one another based on a statement the victim made to an uninvolved individual.

The victim has refused to cooperate with police.

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Asian women targeted in 3 sexual assaults near UC Berkeley; police release video, ask public for help

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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.

In each of these cases, the suspect targeted college-age Asian women, police said in a statement released Thursday evening.

Berkeleyside reported Wednesday about two of those incidents. Police did not say at that time that a third incident had also taken place.

Thursday, police released video of a man identified as a “possible suspect in these cases.” They released two versions of the video: at regular speed (above) and slowed down (below).

The suspect was described as a black or East Indian man in his early 20s, 5 foot 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with dark curly hair or dreadlocks pulled back, wearing a dark-colored jacket and pants, and a hooded sweatshirt. … Continue reading »

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2 sexual assaults near People’s Park in Berkeley in 6 days

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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.

Original story, Feb. 17, 12:16 p.m. Two women have been sexually assaulted by a stranger near People’s Park in Berkeley since last Thursday, and police are investigating whether the incidents are linked.

The latest assault took place Tuesday at about 11:35 p.m. in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue, about a block east of the park, near Dwight Way. Police said it was too early in the investigation to release much information about that case.

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According to scanner traffic reviewed by Berkeleyside, the victim told police a man grabbed her and “threw her down” before assaulting her. There was some indication from what was described that both assaults were of a similar nature, but authorities have not confirmed this information. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s radical rag celebrates its 50th anniversary

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In 1965, a bar owner named Max Scherr stitched together a small leftist publication he called The Berkeley Barb. The “I” key on his typewriter was broken, so he drew the letter by hand each time it appeared. On the heels of the Free Speech Movement that had rocked the city one year earlier, the amateur publisher put those principles to practice. His first issue covered FSM arrests and a protest that blocked a train carrying troops en route to Vietnam.

The Berkeley Barb quickly grew into a weekly underground newspaper that, for the next 15 years, served as the voice of the local counterculture and a model for alternative press across the nation. This week, 50 years after that first issue hit the streets, “Barbarians” – former staff and readers – are reuniting. The program includes panels on Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Berkeley Public Library with Barb staffers and cartoonists, a 1960s film festival, and a party tonight at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse with musical performances by Country Joe McDonald and others. … Continue reading »

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Man sodomized while sleeping at People’s Park

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A man woke up Thursday in People’s Park in Berkeley to discover that he had been sodomized, authorities reported Friday morning.

The University of California Police Department received notification about the rape from Alta Bates Hospital, where the man had sought treatment.

The 30-year-old man told medical staff Thursday that the assault had happened sometime during the prior night while he was sleeping.

He said he woke up and discovered “indications” he had been raped. No further information was provided.  … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley to cut down trees in People’s Park for safety

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UC Berkeley plans to remove an estimated 29 trees in People’s Park and prune and stabilize others next week, during the university’s spring break, as part of what it describes as necessary safety and maintenance work.

The decision was taken after consultation with an arborist who identified a significant number of trees as being potentially hazardous, according to Christine Shaff, director of communications in UC Berkeley’s Real Estate office. Some trees in the park, which is Cal property, have been identified as in poor health or potentially hazardous and need to be removed, the university said, while others will be preserved with thinning or with support systems.

The issue came to light at Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting when one member of the public suggested UC Berkeley was going to remove all the trees in the park, as well as its permanent stage. The speaker, who did not identify himself, said he had been alerted to the proposed work by the Berkeley campus student government group, the ASUC, and he called for people to resist the move. He declared next week to be “People’s Park Defense Week”: “It is going to be a hardcore Occupy. It is going to be the battle for People’s Park,” he said. “It’s going to be like December all over again.” … Continue reading »

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Historic house trucked across People’s Park to new home

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After decades of painstaking planning, a historic south Berkeley house was moved this weekend, trucked across People’s Park to its new home.

Saturday morning at the crack of dawn, the 138-year-old John Woolley house at 2509 Haste St. was hoisted one block south to 2506 Dwight St., the site of a newly developing cluster of Berkeley historic homes.

The move is part of a deal that saves the house, a city-designated landmark, while opening up its site at the corner of Haste and Telegraph Avenue for development.

“I’m glad to see it moved and preserved. It’s a significant early house in the Southside neighborhood,” said Anthony Bruce, the Executive Director of the Berkeley Architectural Historical Association (BAHA), noting that he was speaking for himself and not the organization. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest 3 after People’s Park drug deal

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Two men have pled guilty and a third is set to appear in court next week after police say they sold drugs to a teenage girl at People’s Park earlier this month.

According to court papers, undercover University of California police officers watched the girl meet up in the park with 43-year-old Marty Rickard at about 2 p.m. on May 8. Rickard introduced the girl to 26-year-old Justin Martin of Oakland.

The trio then walked over to a van parked at Dwight Way and Regent Street, where officers said the girl gave $20 to Martin, who gave it to a man sitting in the van’s driver’s seat, who was later identified as 54-year-old Gregory Pilling of El Cerrito. … Continue reading »

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

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BAHA SPRING HOUSE TOUR Maybeck, Morgan, Ratcliff… This Sunday is the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual who’s-who tour of Berkeley architecture. The 39th annual Spring Tour follows Rose Walk, which was designed by Bernard Maybeck 100 years ago. Participants will see the storybook houses that were built by the Berkeley architectural greats following the destructive 1923 fire, and will visit the beautiful secret gardens that abound in the neighborhood. Tickets cost $45 or $35 for BAHA members. A tour map, illustrated guidebook, and refreshments are provided on the self-guided walk, which lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Be prepared to climb some stairs. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s People’s Park marks its 45th anniversary

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On Sunday April 27, People’s Park celebrated its 45th anniversary with live music, food and reminiscing.

People’s Park is deeply rooted in Berkeley’s history, having been created by community members in the 1960s. It was the scene of a major confrontation between student protesters and police in May 1969. A mural near the park, painted by Berkeley artist O’Brien Thiele and lawyer/artist Osha Neumann, depicts the shooting of James Rector, a student who died from shotgun wounds inflicted by the police on May 15, 1969. … Continue reading »

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Telegraph Ave. scrubbed, cleaned in beautification effort

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The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days.

The “Big Splash” effort by Kentucky-based firm Block by Block began March 14, kicking off a year-long, $240,000 ambassador pilot program on Telegraph. Ambassadors have been engaged in a similar revitalization effort in downtown Berkeley since early 2012.

Telegraph Avenue — cherished by some for its political history and quirky institutions, and avoided by others for its large transient population and public drug use — has faced steep declines in sales tax revenue over the past several years. Rat-infested empty lots and graffiti-covered vacant storefronts have not helped the situation. … Continue reading »

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Improving Telegraph Ave. on new UC official’s ‘to-do’ list

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You know UC Berkeley’s newly appointed vice chancellor for real estate has an open-minded attitude when he says tackling the issues at People’s Park might be a “fun challenge” and looks forward to “getting some things done” to help revitalize Telegraph Avenue.

Robert J. Lalanne, a UC Berkeley alumnus and trustee of the university’s foundation, brings 25 years of real estate and development experience to the new position, which was formally announced Tuesday.

As founder of The Lalanne Group, he has spearheaded commercial, residential and mixed-use projects in San Francisco and other Bay Area counties. He will oversee all of Cal’s construction projects, seek “innovative financing” for new buildings, be the point man for facilities and manage 500 employees.

All for nothing a year.

Lalanne will donate his salary back to the university, according to a university press release. … Continue reading »

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Rape awareness event comes to Berkeley Saturday

This weekend's event will include workshops on rape myths and culture, and survivor support. Photo: Ben Schumin
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A city-wide sexual assault awareness session will take place Saturday in Berkeley, prompted in part by the increase in reported rapes announced earlier this year, and a state audit underway to analyze UC Berkeley’s sexual assault policies.

Cal senior Ella Bastone said the idea for the event came from Councilman Kriss Worthington, who attended a Take Back the Night march Bastone organized last spring. Worthington told her he was interested in sponsoring an awareness or outreach session, and she put him in touch with local advocates from Bay Area Women Against Rape. Over the summer, Bastone interned for Worthington, and he asked her if she could spearhead the effort.

The Berkeley Sexual Assault Awareness and Education Day is set to include workshops on rape myths, rape culture, risk reduction, reporting and resources, and survivor support. A session on increasing personal safety and awareness, with audience participation, is also planned. Bastone said it is the first city-sanctioned event of its kind in recent memory. … Continue reading »

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