The Berkeley man who died after a traffic collision on The Alameda in North Berkeley on Friday was acclaimed poet Tom Clark.
A Berkeley man who was struck by a car while crossing The Alameda on Friday night died several hours later at Highland Hospital, authorities report.
The boat has been sticking out of the water, off West Frontage Road, for a few days, raising questions from waterfront visitors.
A grass fire at Aquatic Park on Tuesday led to the arrest of a homeless woman in the area on suspicion of felony arson, police report.
The Berkeley City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to let the city's first responders, including police, join in this year's Urban Shield exercise.
The current configuration of the Urban Shield exercises contributes to the militarization of our department and is overly focused on dramatic, weaponized responses to incidents.
Only eight police officers go to the SWAT *competition* so pulling them out will not materially affect the BPD’s ability to respond to a disaster.
Berkeley officials are set to vote Monday afternoon, during a special meeting, on whether to allow city police officers to take part in Urban Shield tactical exercises this year.
Urban Shield trainees were responsible for the violent treatment of protestors in 2014 and 2018. The exercises train police to "shoot to kill," too. Berkeley must withdraw.
Pulling out of Urban Shield will mean a loss of highly trained, experienced and dedicated officers and the city’s future ability to properly respond to disaster events.
If Berkeley withdraws, SWAT teams won't practice de-escalation training, first responders will be in harm’s way and people of color will see worse outcomes .
A veteran Berkeley firefighter says training for disasters is the best way for first responders to be prepared. Urban Shield provides that training.
As a police review commissioner, I observed the Urban Shield exercises last September. They provide critical training for first responders that Berkeley needs.