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Berkeley neighbors question parking, height of student-oriented housing planned on Telegraph

Patrick Kennedy hopes to build new housing on Telegraph Avenue. Image: Lowney Architecture
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A proposed retail and housing project on Telegraph Avenue that’s already proven controversial with neighbors got its first review last week from Berkeley’s zoning board.

The man behind the proposal is Patrick Kennedy, head of Berkeley-based Panoramic Interests, who is working with Lowney Architecture on the plans. The project proposes the demolition of a single-story building between Dwight Way and Parker Street and the construction of a 70-foot-tall 6-story building to include 65 rental units aimed at students, and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Six of those units would be available to very-low-income households: those making no more than 50% of the area median income.

Thursday night’s preview session was the Zoning Adjustments Board‘s first chance to provide feedback on the project. No action was scheduled or taken.

Kennedy described his project to the board as “a bold and optimistic gesture” on Telegraph, which he said is long overdue for improvements that are likely to come as higher density housing is built on the avenue. … Continue reading »

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Events

Win prizes with your photos, as Sundays on Telegraph returns to Berkeley for the summer

Sundays on Telegraph 2013. Photo: William Newton
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Berkeleyside, in collaboration with Mayor Tom Bates‘ office, is launching a photography contest through July to collect reader images from Sundays on Telegraph, which begins its second season this weekend.

The weekly street fair began in 2013 as a way to draw more families and visitors to Telegraph Avenue south of the UC Berkeley campus.

As described on the event’s website: “Telegraph Avenue becomes a car-free people zone stuffed full of musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors and poets. People from all walks of life – locals, visitors, and students alike come out to enjoy the pleasant weather and festivities. Many UC Berkeley student groups participate in the fun and visitors get a chance to experience the breadth of culture Berkeley has to offer in the radius of a few blocks.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s iconic Caffe Mediterraneum up for grabs

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Berkeley’s Caffe Mediterraneum — the coffee shop that claims to have served the world’s first latte, was at the heart of the city’s free-speech and beat movements, and at whose window table Dustin Hoffman famously sat for a scene in The Graduate —  is up for lease (with a sales component).

Owner Craig Becker said he will maintain ownership of the building, but is divesting himself of the business to pursue other interests.

“I’ve been doing this for almost eight years, and there are other things that I’d like to do,” he said at the coffee shop on Tuesday. “We grew the business fast and we’ve reached sort of a plateau.” … Continue reading »

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Crime

Alleged repeat violent offender arrested again in Berkeley

Kaidi Clutchette has been arrested in Berkeley at least three times after reports of violent incidents since last September. Image: Google Maps
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An Oakland man has been charged with battery and other crimes after Berkeley police say he punched and threw a glass bottle at a man, then tried to stab him with a knife.

Kaidi Clutchette, 35, was arrested, most recently, June 24 at 9:50 p.m. two blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus on Telegraph Avenue. But he was also arrested two other times in Berkeley since last fall after reports of violent acts against women, according to police.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, Clutchette and another man had been standing on the sidewalk in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue, near Channing Way, when the man “asked Clutchette to move away.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police seek info, suspect after sexual assault

There have been 58 sexual assaults reported in Berkeley since January 1. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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The Berkeley Police Department is looking for a man reported to have sexually assaulted a woman in her 30s early Sunday morning not far from the UC Berkeley campus.

According to a notice released by the department Wednesday evening, the assault took place just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

The woman told police she had been walking alone on a side street west of the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue, just south of the University of California at Berkeley campus, when she was attacked from behind by an unknown man. … Continue reading »

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

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BERKELEY WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL The 11th annual Berkeley World Music Festival is this Sunday. The free festival will feature Bay Area world musicians outdoors and in various cafés from noon to 9 p.m., and a global crafts fair from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Telegraph Avenue. There is also a featured concert of Motown and Latin rock in People’s Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., sponsored by Amoeba Music. The crafts fair will feature homemade quilts, hula hooping and other family activities. For more information visit the festival’s website or Facebook page.Continue reading »

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Moe’s Books gets $7,000 from author James Patterson

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The bestselling author James Patterson has given a $7,000 grant to Moe’s Bookstore on Telegraph Avenue, part of his pledge to donate $1 million to support independent bookstores.

Patterson is on a mission to increase childhood literacy and to help kids find books that will make them love reading. He created the grant program to strengthen independent bookstores to help them compete against chains and on-line book retailing. … Continue reading »

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Crime

Authorities investigate BB gun shooter on Telegraph

Two vendors who were hit by BB gun pellets in early May. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Authorities are considering filing charges against a 20-year-old Berkeley man alleged to have altered a BB gun and fired hundreds of pellets at people on Telegraph Avenue in May.

The man’s name has not been released, and no charges appear to have yet been filed against him, said Officer Stephanie Polizziani, a Berkeley Police spokeswoman, on Thursday.

According to authorities, police received a call May 10 shortly after 11 a.m. that several people had been hit by a BB or pellet gun in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue, just south of the UC Berkeley campus. … Continue reading »

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Building begins on site of Sequoia Apts fire on Telegraph

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Construction work has begun on a new, 43,000-square-foot, mixed-use building at 2441 Haste St. and Telegraph Avenue, the site of the former Sequoia Apartments that burned down in a catastrophic fire in November 2011.

The new structure will include 42 apartments on four stories, and see the return of two popular Berkeley restaurants: Raleigh’s Bar & Grill and Café Intermezzo, which will re-open at street level on Telegraph.

The new building will go some way toward addressing the blight on this particular Berkeley intersection, two of whose corners are vacant lots, with the long-vacant Cody’s bookstore space on the third.

On Wednesday last week, the property’s owner, Kenneth Ent, held an impromptu groundbreaking ceremony with family members and a construction crew to celebrate the beginning of the build. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Doukkala in Temescal

Doukkala, Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Doukkala in Oakland.

Owner Jamal Zahid has reimagined his Temescal restaurant space — which formerly was called Tanjia — under the leadership of a new chef who has recreated the menu to feature “Moroccan-inspired California cuisine.” Executive Chef Eric Lanvert has “deep roots” in the Bay Area, having worked at or owned a number of San Francisco restaurants, including Rue Saint Jacques and Cote Sud. Local, farm-fresh organic ingredients are the rule, and most dishes can be ordered as half- or full-sized portions. Chorizo-stuffed squid, mussels in saffron broth and day boat scallops were among the highlights during a pair of recent visits. … Continue reading »

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Starbucks plans to open 4th Berkeley store after all

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Two months after it looked like vocal neighborhood opposition had put a stop to Starbucks opening its fourth store in Berkeley, it has emerged that the coffee chain is planning to move into the space at 3001A Telegraph Ave. after all.

Starbucks is circumventing the city’s previous requirements — principally the need to offer a number of parking spaces relative to the size of the store — by opening in a retail space significantly smaller than the one it had originally envisaged.

In an application submitted to the city April 8, Starbucks sought approval to build a new “demising wall,” or partition, in the corner retail space of the Telegraph Gardens building at the intersection of Telegraph and Ashby in South Berkeley. In doing so, it would occupy a total of 1,333 square feet (rather than the 2,063 square feet it had hoped to have), which means the conditions of the administrative use permit (AUP) that became the focus of protests from local residents and business owners become moot. Only a building in excess of 1,500 square feet requires an AUP, according to city spokesman Matthai Chakko.

The building permit was approved May 8. … Continue reading »

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Is In-N-Out Burger coming to Telegraph Avenue?

A banner suggesting In-N-Out was going to open on Telegraph Avenue had locals in a spin on Monday morning. Photo: Ted Friedman
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A banner announcing that an In-N-Out Burger restaurant was coming to Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue sent the online world into a spin Monday morning.

Dozens of Cal students tweeted how excited they were – and then expressed disappointment when it was revealed to be a hoax.

Cal Ticket Office tweeted a picture of a banner hung up across the front of a boarded-up storefront at 2333 Telegraph around 8:12 a.m. today with the hashtag #InandOutTelegraph. Within a couple of hours, it had 243 retweets and had been favorited 205 times. … Continue reading »

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Mayor to focus on downtown, Telegraph, bike sharing, minimum wage, at State of the City address Wednesday

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Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will focus on four topics Wednesday in his State of the City address: the renaissance of downtown, proposals to raise the minimum wage, the bike sharing program that is slated to launch next year, and the revitalization plan for Telegraph Avenue.

The address, which is open to the public, takes place at the Berkeley City College auditorium Wednesday, April 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. (Reservations are requested. Scroll down for details.)  … Continue reading »

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