Tag Archives: West Berkeley

Op-ed: It should be possible to give police the tools they need while preserving Berkeley’s values

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Late last month, Berkeley police officers responded to an armed and highly dangerous individual in South Berkeley who robbed a laundromat and later attacked an older resident near Sacramento Street. This was a high-stakes operation involving a violent and heartless criminal. While the investigation is ongoing, we’re grateful that no neighbors were hurt in the course of the crime.

Unfortunately, despite following city protocol and being transparent with the media and public, Berkeley police officers were still subjected to armchair political commentary simply … Continue reading »

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Medical helicopter lands in Berkeley’s San Pablo Park

A medical helicopter has landed in San Pablo Park to transport a patient. Photo: hfidek
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A medical helicopter landed at West Berkeley’s San Pablo Park on Thursday afternoon to take a patient to UC Davis, according to unconfirmed scanner reports, for care.

The Berkeley Fire Department picked up the patient from Alta Bates Hospital at about 3:10 p.m., and planned to meet the helicopter at the park, according to scanner traffic.

Carolyn Kemp, spokeswoman for the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, said the hospital and Berkeley Fire Department began working together around 3 p.m. “to ensure a helicopter airlift of a patient with a life-threatening and rare medical condition.”

Kemp could not provide additional information due to medical privacy laws.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police arrest 3 teens with loaded gun

Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Police arrested three teenagers with a loaded handgun earlier this week after receiving a report about a suspicious vehicle in West Berkeley.

Monday at 7:15 p.m., said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, the department got an anonymous tip about a vehicle described as suspicious that was parked on Seventh Street near Channing Way.

According to the unknown caller, the people inside the suspicious vehicle were talking about ‘quantities and cost,'” said White in an email. 

Police responded to the scene and detained four people in the vehicle. During the detention, officers found a loaded handgun and “some burglary tools,” said White. The handgun was confiscated as evidence. … Continue reading »

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Bayer explains loud alarm in Berkeley on Monday

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A loud alarm emanating from Bayer HealthCare’s West Berkeley campus concerned many local residents Monday night who wanted to know its cause.

Residents said the alarm went off for more than five minutes Monday, beginning around 9:10 p.m. The facility is located at 800 Dwight Way, and runs along Seventh Street between Dwight Way and Grayson Street.

Local residents described the sound as a siren or air horn, and said they heard it “wailing” for an extended period of time.

Wrote one local resident on Twitter, “Those alarms are disturbing & unintelligible when they relay spoken messages…like adults in Charlie Brown movies,” adding, “I don’t know if they’re tsunami tests, hazmat alerts, or what. I’ve never been able to make out a single word.”

Another local resident said she was “used to hearing it at all hours but it went on wayyy longer than usual this evening.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man gets back stolen bike; second still missing

Caio Braga got his bike back about 24 hours after it was stolen. An identical bike is still missing. Photo: Berkeley Police
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A Berkeley man has been reunited with his stolen bike thanks to an alert resident who recognized it in the neighborhood — after seeing a post on social network Nextdoor — but the owner is still hoping to find a second identical bicycle that was also stolen from his home over the weekend.

The theft of both Trek bikes took place sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning in West Berkeley near Strawberry Creek Park. Owner Caio Braga reported the theft online to the Berkeley Police Department, and also posted information and photographs online, on Nextdoor and the Bike Index, a national registry for bike owners.

Monday morning, a man spotted someone cycling through Strawberry Creek Park on the bike, and recognized it from Braga’s Nextdoor post. The man called police to report it, and officers quickly responded. They were able to confirm that the bike belonged to Braga, and returned it to him.

Braga, a 28-year-old designer who moved to Berkeley with his wife four months ago, said he discovered the theft Sunday morning. The bikes had been left on the couple’s Addison Street patio Saturday. They were unlocked.

Braga said, when he first moved to town, he was vigilant about keeping the bikes locked. Over time, however, he said he got lazy about it, because the patio is not visible from the street.

“Always lock your bike,” he said Tuesday. “That’s the biggest lesson learned from that.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police arrest 1 after theft, chase for 2 suspects in West Berkeley

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Berkeley Police took one young male into custody Sunday afternoon after chasing two suspects through several West Berkeley neighborhoods acting on information supplied by local residents.

According to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the BPD, the two suspects were involved in a theft and may have fled in, and then crashed and abandoned, a car in the area of Second Street south of Cedar Street.

Starting at around 4:20 p.m. police officers pursued the suspects on foot in the area surrounded by Fifth, Jones, Cedar and Fourth streets.

BPD issued a Nixle alert at 4:43 p.m. advising people to avoid the area while the chase was underway. … Continue reading »

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Police make arrest after gunshots, disturbance on Carleton Street near San Pablo Avenue

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Update Aug. 24: Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said Monday that police arrested two juveniles Aug. 22 on suspicion of being minors in possession of a firearm and stolen property. Part of the press release is below:

“On August 22nd at about 9 pm, officers responded to the 1100 block of Carleton Street after receiving multiples calls of gunfire in the area—with a large group of juveniles leaving the area.”

“At the scene, officers learned that there was a party at a nearby residence and someone fired several shots into the air afterward,” according to a Berkeley Police Department press release. “While contacting a group of juveniles near the scene, officers discovered one of them in possession of a handgun.”

“After further investigation into the incident, officers arrested two juveniles for minors in possession of concealed firearm, possession of stolen property, as well as the willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner.” … Continue reading »

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Police respond to shooting near San Pablo Park

Police responded to West Berkeley for a report of a shooting Saturday. Photo: Tom Price
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Berkeley police are investigating a shooting in the 1300 block of Russell Street early Saturday evening, near the southwest corner of San Pablo Park.

At 6:38 p.m. police received several 911 calls for reports of gunshots from the area of San Pablo Park in West Berkeley.

While responding to the location, another caller reported a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1300 block of Russell Street.

The victim has been taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to a police statement.

Officers are currently on scene investigating the shooting.  … Continue reading »

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Developers hope to keep Pyramid a beer destination

Retail West, Inc. plans to divide up the Pyramid Alehouse building into several smaller breweries and retail spaces. Image: Retail West, Inc.
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Many local beer drinkers were surprised to learn of the abrupt closure of West Berkeley’s long-running Pyramid Alehouse last month. The closure was part of a consolidation effort on the part of Pyramid’s parent company, North American Breweries, which says it is shifting focus to its Portland and Seattle locations. Now, Retail West Inc., the group behind the Gilman District’s recent spate of development, hopes to transform the 114,000-square-foot building into a “collective campus of makers, food producers, brewers and distillers,” said Matt Holmes, a principal at the firm.

Retail West is collaborating with the Oakland-based real estate group Colliers International on the project, which will potentially divide the building into a series of smaller breweries (with associated tasting rooms), distilleries and retail spaces. Holmes also plans to build out a shared kitchen for up to 40 small food businesses, which could then sell their wares in the retail area. Retail West is currently in talks with two breweries who are interested in leasing part of the space. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Salsipuedes, Crispian Bakery open, more

Shishito peppers, fruit and salt plum from North Oakland's Salsipuedes, which is now in its soft opening. Photo: Salsipuedes
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SALSIPUEDES NOW IN SOFT OPENING Salsipuedes, the long-awaited North Oakland project from Jay Porter, Marcus Krauss and Bradford Taylor is officially in soft opening mode as of August 5. The restaurant will be open for dinner (no reservations) Tuesdays through Saturdays, and has tentatively scheduled a grand opening for August 20. Krauss, who is heading up the kitchen, has developed a menu focusing on “seaside barbecue” and California cuisine; menu highlights include black cod with yuzu ponzu and serrano peppers, corn two ways with salmon roe, and octopus melt bao with Oregon shrimp and cracklings. Wine comes courtesy of Taylor, the owner of Oakland’s Ordinaire wine shop, and it includes coastal and maritime wines from the Pacific, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Sicilian growing regions. Desserts will include creative ice creams (think flavors like fresh corn and nopales) from Luis Abundis of Nieves Cinco de Mayo. Salsipuedes will be at 4201 Market St. (at 42nd Street), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading »

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Berkeley police defend tactics after laundromat robbery

Police search Sacramento Street, near Dwight Way, for an armed robber who robbed a laundromat, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 27. Photo: David Yee
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One week after a police operation in southwest Berkeley sparked community questions about whether military tools and tactics have been unnecessarily adopted by local departments, the Berkeley Police chief and one of his captains said safety was the overriding concern that drove decision making last Monday.

Threats to officer safety are very real. Police Chief Michael Meehan and Acting Capt. Jennifer Louis answered questions from Berkeleyside on Monday, Aug. 3, less than 24 hours after an officer-involving shooting in Oakland left a local man dead and a police sergeant in serious condition. According to a statement released by the Oakland Police, the man opened fire on officers with an assault rifle after they responded to his home during a sexual assault investigation. And, less than two weeks ago, Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger was fatally shot without warning during a traffic stop.

Meehan said today, however, that it was the specifics of last week’s robbery and assault at a laundromat — “the facts of the individual case…. and the nature of the threat” — that prompted the use July 27 of a police dog from Oakland, an armored vehicle from Alameda and the Berkeley Police Special Response Team, which wears camouflage uniforms when it responds to calls.

Those decisions incited an emotional response from some in the Berkeley community and beyond who said the tactics are evidence of the increasing militarization of local police departments. Many said they were put off by the camouflage uniforms and armored vehicle, in particular. In the Berkeleyside comments, one person called the operation a sign of a “police state” and another decried the “unprecedented show of military force.” Others said police had made the right decisions, acting professionally and efficiently. But even some who made a point to say they support certain police tactics had questions. … Continue reading »

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NOSH neighborhood guide: Berkeley Warehouse

The Rare Barrel. Photo: Adam Chandler/Flickr
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We know that there’s more to East Bay dining than Temescal, Rockridge and the Gourmet Ghetto. NOSH’s neighborhood guides explore the best of the rest. This month, we explore Berkeley’s warehouse district on the west side of town.

Okay, so the Warehouse District isn’t a defined neighborhood per se, but the strip of West Berkeley between San Pablo and the Bay is chock-full of old manufacturing buildings and delicious food businesses all the same. We’ve defined the north and south borders at University and Ashby, respectively. Feel free to dispute in the comments. Below are our picks for the best bites and tipples in the area; check out the map to find out precisely where they are. … Continue reading »

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Photographs: An ode to the shuttered Berkeley pier

The Berkeley pier by Dorothy Brown
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By Dorothy Brown

There is something mysterious and perhaps even romantic about abandoned spaces. The rust and decay can have a certain kind of beauty, and can engage our imaginations as we wonder what the place might have been like in its prime. Movies often employ a time-fade technique where decrepitude is gradually replaced by the life and color of earlier years. A different time.

How strange, then, to witness the day the change happens. The day a familiar site goes from lively to off-limits.

On July 22, 2015, without warning or ceremony, the Berkeley Pier was fenced off and closed to the public. The pier has long been a favorite spot for fisherfolk, runners, strollers, and anyone who appreciates a knockout view and a breathtaking sunset. I always found it a friendly place. … Continue reading »

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