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Berkeley tells cannabis collective to shut down

Toya Groves and Chris Smith listen at the Jan. 20 city council meeting. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Even though more than 40 people testified about the importance of the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective to the black community, the Berkeley City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to declare it a public nuisance.

But the decision, which came almost four years after Berkeley officials first told its co-founder, Chris Smith, that his cannabis collective was operating illegally, may not be the last word on the operation. Lee Hepner, Smith’s attorney, said before the meeting that they would almost certainly challenge the action in court. Any legal challenge would join the three other lawsuits that Smith currently has pending against Berkeley and a number of employees.

Read more about medical marijuana issues in Berkeley.

Another possibility is for Smith to apply for the permit to open a fourth dispensary in the city. Applicants have until March 20 to declare they are interested. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley council to decide if cannabis collective must go

Chris Smith talked to a community group on Jan. 17, 2015 about why Forty Acres should not be shut down by the city of Berkeley. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Almost four years after Berkeley first informed the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers’ Collective that it was operating illegally in its San Pablo Avenue location, the Berkeley City Council will consider declaring it a public nuisance tonight.

The city has been tussling with Forty Acres and its co-founder Chris Smith for so long that the agenda packet with background information is more than 1,000 pages long. Berkeleyside has created a timeline (after the jump) with some of the highlights of the fight between Forty Acres and the city of Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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El Sobrante man killed in Berkeley shooting

The scene Tuesday on San Pablo Avenue as a city worker cleaned up after a fatal shooting. Photo: Darby Tyro
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Authorities have identified the man who was shot to death in Berkeley on Monday night as 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton of El Sobrante.

He and a 28-year-old woman were shot Monday at about 9:45 p.m. on San Pablo Avenue in a parking lot used by the 99 Cents Only store and other businesses, and adjacent to Everett & Jones Barbecue, just north of University Avenue in West Berkeley.

The woman was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading »

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Man dead, woman injured after 2 shot in West Berkeley

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Update, Dec. 30, 9:40 a.m. Berkeley police sent out an alert around 9 a.m. Tuesday to say San Pablo Avenue is open in both directions at University Avenue. They added: “BPD appreciates your patience as we conducted our investigation.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Two people were injured, and one of them has died, after a shooting Monday night in West Berkeley.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, a male and female were shot at about 9:45 p.m. Coats said the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and that she was unsure about the condition of the female, who was taken to the hospital. Coats said, as of about 10:45 p.m., she was en route to the scene to learn more from investigators.

See the update on this case, which includes the victim’s name and personal videos.

According to unconfirmed scanner traffic, the incident took place near the 99 Cents Only store at 1941 San Pablo Ave., near University Avenue, and may have begun as a robbery of medical marijuana. … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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LONGBRANCH SALOON San Pablo Avenue’s Longbranch is now open, according to tipster Amanda Fox. The restaurant, which took over the old Sea Salt location, describes itself as a “New American Restaurant/Gastro Pub.” It serves a range of comfort-food-style dishes and has an extensive list of beers, whiskeys and cocktails. Some dishes have a distinctly British-sounding spin, including potted pork trotter, the goat cheese and leek tart, and bangers and mash. Also on the menu: toasted farro and roasted cauliflower salad, pan-seared black cod and bone-in ribeye with béarnaise sauce. Longbranch is located at 2512 San Pablo Ave. (at Dwight Way) in Berkeley. Connect with the business on Facebook.Continue reading »

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Woman stabbed on AC Transit bus: ‘What did I do that made you want to murder me?’

A woman was stabbed Monday night on an AC Transit bus like this one. Photo: Paul Sullivan
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This article has been updated to include comments by the father of the alleged assailant.

Update: 8/16 If you want to help Mariah, you can made a donation at a You Fund Me site that has been set up for her. It’s like a personal kickstarter: http://www.gofundme.com/d5bars

Original Story: The woman who was repeatedly stabbed by a man when she was riding an AC Transit bus on San Pablo Avenue on Aug. 11 said she had not even noticed her alleged assailant before he pushed a knife into her eye. But she did spot the man who came to her rescue.

Mariah Elizabeth, 21, of Oakland (Berkeleyside is not using her last name) had gotten on the northbound 72M bus at 40th and San Pablo around 10:00 p.m. or so Monday. She was on her way to the San Pablo Lytton Casino. As she bounded up the steps of the bus, Mariah spotted a young man in his 20s skateboarding across the street. He, too, got on the bus. … Continue reading »

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Man uses skateboard to interrupt stabbing on bus

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The Berkeley Police Department arrested a Berkeley man Monday night in connection with the random stabbing of a young woman on a bus, authorities said Wednesday.

Police credited a bystander with fighting off the assailant with a skateboard.

Police arrested Eric Scott Palmer, 24, shortly before 11 p.m. Monday on suspicion of attempted homicide.

According to police, Palmer had been riding an AC Transit bus on San Pablo Avenue when “for no apparent reason, he attacked another passenger,” police said in a prepared statement.

Witnesses said Palmer had walked down the aisle on the bus and took out a knife.

He “said ‘watch this,’ and suddenly stabbed at a 21-year-old woman seated nearby,” according to police.

Read Berkeleyside’s interview with the victim and Palmer’s father.

Another passenger on the bus used his skateboard to hit Palmer “repeatedly and continuously” to distract him from the attack. Police said Palmer still managed to break away at points to continue stabbing the woman. … Continue reading »

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New affordable housing project headed for Berkeley

This proposed four-story building on San Pablo Avenue, to include 23 units, would be built with money from Berkeley's Housing Trust Fund. Image: HKIT Architects
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A vacant lot in West Berkeley is slated to become an affordable housing complex aimed mostly at people with disabilities after a unanimous vote by the city zoning board last week.

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), a Berkeley-based non-profit housing developer, sought permission from the board July 10 to modify a use permit originally granted to a different property owner in 2007.

SAHA representative Jonathan Astmann told the Zoning Adjustments Board that the project at 2748 San Pablo Ave. (at Grayson Street) would provide 17 rentals for people with disabilities, including three for families with a member who has HIV/AIDS. The project had been approved previously as condominiums.

Read more local real estate and development coverage on Berkeleyside.

The four-story project would have 23 units, unchanged in number from the earlier permit, but requested a reduction in parking spaces — from 27 to 13 — to fit the needs of residents. Astmann said SAHA property residents tend to own fewer vehicles. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley woman grabbed in attempted kidnapping

A Berkeley woman was grabbed in an apparent kidnapping attempt in the 1200 block of San Pablo Avenue, between Harrison and Gilman. Image: Google Maps
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The Berkeley Police are asking for the community’s help in finding a suspect in an attempted kidnapping.

On Friday, March 7, at about 10:20 p.m. a 23-year-old Berkeley woman was walking home along San Pablo Avenue from Solano Avenue in Albany, according to a statement released by police around 6 p.m. Monday.

The woman became aware of a man who appeared to be following her. Despite changing her route several times, the man continued to walk behind her. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Stella Nonna in Berkeley

Korean-fried-chicken wings starter at Stella Nonna, Berkeley ($9.50). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Stella Nonna, at 1407 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. (Click to see the dinner menu.) The great space, memorable flavors and friendly service made this a place we’d love to visit again. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photos by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 5/30-6/5

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, May 29 to June 5, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of home burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) The red icons show physical violence. The blue icons with a white mask are robberies. Yellow icons are reports of a disturbance, and pink ones involve drug or alcohol. Click the map for the full list.
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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com.)

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From May 30 to June 5, there were 18 burglary reports32 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 17 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comNine robberies and 15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

We have also included the Berkeley Police Department’s most recently released crime narratives, which cover May 26 to June 1. … Continue reading »

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Stella Nonna restaurant opens in NW Berkeley

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A new restaurant, serving new American classics with regional accents and self-described comfort food, opened on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday. Stella Nonna Restaurant and Bar has taken over and transformed the old Wilderness Exchange building at 1407 San Pablo Ave., between Gilman and Hopkins (as tipped by Berkeleyside Nosh in March).

The 2,300-square-foot restaurant seats 50, has a full bar, as well as an outdoor patio. Stella Nonna’s owners are Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz, who have been running a successful catering firm of the same name in Berkeley since 1997.

“For years our catering clients have asked us, ‘So when are you going to open a restaurant,’” said Nasgovitz in a statement. “We looked for a location that we could build to our vision, and where we can be part of a vibrant, expanding neighborhood,” she said. “We finally found the right space and designed it to be both welcoming and familiar.” … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening XII

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Bites is Berkeleyside Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we number Bites so you can check out previous editions of Bites and be sure you’re up to date with all the food news.)

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TOP DOG LOSES THE DOG Berkeley institution Top Dog has changed its tune. Its restaurant on Hearst Avenue, opposite the Cal campus, is now a pizza place called Pizzahhh after the owners decided to “try something a little different” after nearly 40 years of serving sausages. “We decided to change it up and spruce it up,” they write on a sign taped to the door at the restaurant in the Hearst Food Court. The pizza spot will pay homage and link to the past by having four sausages available as toppings. “We know this comes a shock to all the very loyal, long-time customers here at Northside but take take heart, there are still two Top Dog locations nearby,” they conclude. They would be “Southside” at 2534 Durant, and at 2160 Center St.  [Hat-tip: Daniel Parks]

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