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It’s almost spring time in the East Bay (and, not too surprisingly, the rest of the Northern Hemisphere as well), which means two things are about to happen: the Oakland Athletics will drop their Opening Day game (can the team extend its already impressive nine-season losing streak to an unprecedented tenth, setting a new Major League record?), and the Asian American Film Festival (officially known as CAAMFest 2014) is about to put in its annual appearance at Pacific Film Archive.
This year’s Berkeley component of the Festival kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14 with Farah Goes Bang, a comedy about a young campaign volunteer desperately trying to lose her virginity while working tirelessly to get John Kerry elected President in 2004. Nikohl Boosheri stars as the title character, an Iranian-American lass spending her days criss-crossing the battleground state of Ohio in search of votes and love. Despite its less than promising premise – is there anything or anyone less exciting than John Kerry? – the film won the Nora Ephron Prize at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. … Continue reading »
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High winds in Berkeley created hazardous situations into the night Tuesday, and are expected to intensify. Power lines in various locations were reported to be blowing around, with at least one down altogether. We’ve curated some of the most creative local tweets and wind-related public safety news for readers here. See our Storify post below. It may be updated as more information becomes available.
A wind advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect in Berkeley until 8 a.m. Wednesday. … Continue reading »
Santa Cruz based cookie company now open in Berkeley (CoCo Times)
From the bayou to Berkeley: A master of disaster management (UCB)
City Council explores restriction on flavored tobacco sales near schools (Daily Cal)
Bayer chooses Germany over Berkeley for new $700m hemophilia drug (SF Business Times)
Bishop Michael Barber speaks out on changes at Berkeley’s Newman Hall (East Bay Express)
Bears host Buckeyes in home opener Wednesday (Cal Bears)
When the Berkeley City Council held a worksession on the budget on Feb. 25, there was good news and bad news.
The good news is that Berkeley’s revenues are up and expenses are down in the current fiscal year. Using very conservative forecasts, Berkeley budget manager Teresa Berkeley-Simmons projected revenues in the 2014 fiscal year will be $800,000 ahead of the budget passed last June, and expenses over $2 million lower. As a result, so-called carryover expenditures — from revenues accumulated in previous years for as-yet uncompleted projects — will be reduced from $6.3 million to $3.3 million. … Continue reading »
Tonight, March 11, at the Berkeley City Council: a neighborhood appeal of a proposed Starbucks on Telegraph Avenue, potential redistricting decisions, possible changes to how the city handles after-hours noise complaints and a special closed session at 5:30 p.m. on litigation related to utilities. Read on for details in this week’s Low Down. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how to participate and weigh in about meeting coverage, even if you can’t attend in person.
Starbucks appeal A Starbucks that’s been hoping to open on Telegraph Avenue at Ashby has been stalled by neighborhood groups who are worried about community impacts. (See Item 15 on the agenda for relevant documents.) Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night, and has been advised to issue the business its use permit and dismiss the neighborhood appeal. Read more about the Starbucks issue on Berkeleyside. … Continue reading »
With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), longstanding Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin is chronicling in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. Today we are delighted to publish another tranche of Rubin’s collection. If there’s a theme in this set, it is love — for one’s child, partner or pet.
Read our interview with Rubin in which she talks about what inspired her to start the project and its philanthropic element.
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 »
Angeline’s: A bit of Louisiana in Berkeley (510 Foodie)
UC Berkeley’s sexual assault problem (Al Jazeera America)
Rand Paul is taking his anti-NSA message to Berkeley (National Journal)
Rep set for world premiere of ‘An Audience with Meow Meow’ (Stark Insider)
Postal union, Berkeley campaigners picket El Cerrito Staples (Inside Bay Area)
Berkeley Council members consider asking voters for salary raises (Daily Cal)
How Patrick Dooley steered a scrappy theater company (IBA)
Every year on the anniversary of her fiancé’s killing, Tiffieny Dean makes a pilgrimage to the Berkeley Police Department to remind investigators that, three years later, the case remains open.
“I make it a point to go down there,” she said. “I want them to know he did have people that loved him and cared about him. Every anniversary, I get up and I go down there so they won’t forget him.”
Tobias Pemadorji Eagle, “Toby” for short, was killed March 8, 2011. The 30-year-old Berkeley native was shot to death in his backyard in the 1600 block of Blake Street. Police have not yet arrested anyone in the case. Dean said the lack of closure has made it difficult to move forward.
At the time of his death, the couple had been together for 11 years. They have a son together, Julian, who’s now 10 years old and a fifth-grader at Cragmont Elementary School.
“Still, to this day, sometimes I think he’s going to walk through the door,” she said, of Eagle. “You wish or hope he would walk through the door. When they say time heals, I don’t think it does, because you’re stuck with the memories and know you’re never going to see or hear him again.” … Continue reading »
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Feb. 27 to March 5, there were 16 burglary reports, 21 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 13 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Four robberies and 10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
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Thursday, Feb. 27
Eight thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 1:42 a.m. at Webster and Dana streets; at 8 a.m. in the same location; at 4:50 p.m. in the 800 block of University Avenue; at 7 p.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue; at 7:45 p.m. in the 2900 block of College Avenue; at 8:35 p.m. in the 2100 block of Vine Street; at 10 p.m. in the 300 block of Avenida Drive; and at 10:30 p.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Dwight Way. Police arrested Johnny Ray Christopher in connection with one of the cases, on suspicion of burglary and carrying a switchblade knife. He remains in custody on bail of $685,000 and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing March 12. … Continue reading »
“Go Bears! Spot that warbler!”
That’s a chant you’re unlikely to hear from the packed bleachers of Memorial Stadium during a Cal-Stanford football game.
But it’s a chant a certain group of enthusiasts will be mouthing silently to themselves on April 13, when Golden Gate Audubon Society faces off against Santa Clara Valley Audubon in Birding’s Big Game — the first-ever Cal vs Stanford birding competition.
As part of Golden Gate Audubon’s annual Birdathon fundraising month, a team of Cal faculty, staff, students, and community members will spend four hours combing the UC Berkeley campus to find as many bird species as possible. Their rivals in Santa Clara Valley Audubon will be doing the same thing on the Stanford campus. … Continue reading »
Firefighters, friends and family gathered on Sunday at the Haas Pavilion on the UC Berkeley campus to remember Tony Nunes, a veteran firefighter who died on Feb. 23 in an off-duty accident.
Nunes, who would have celebrated his 28th year with the Berkeley Fire Department last month, was killed when the tractor he was driving on his family property in Martinez overturned and rolled down a steep hill.
Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong described Nunes as having a personality that would always light up a room. He always had a smile on his face, he said.
Contributing photographer Ted Friedman was at the ceremony to capture the event for Berkeleyside. … Continue reading »
A woman who went missing from the North Berkeley Senior Center on Friday, whose whereabouts were unknown for approximately seven hours, was reunited with her family Friday night after being spotted by an observant passer-by who was on her way home from work, authorities said.
Seventy-year-old Frances Green, who has Stage 4 Alzheimer’s, walked out of the senior center, at 1901 Hearst Ave., and disappeared just before 1 p.m. Friday.
Authorities were alerted to her absence and began keeping watch for her around Berkeley. Police printed fliers with information about Green and distributed them to nearby agencies, and informed community members in the area what to watch out for.
When Green remained missing despite initial efforts, the Berkeley Police Department also sent out an alert via the California Highway Patrol’s “Silver” network — similar to the Amber alert system but for seniors — and activated an alert network connected to the medical response system.
Some residents in the area were also notified by phone via the city’s emergency notification network, BENS. Several tips about possible sightings of Green came in to dispatchers, as well as calls from residents who were annoyed or confused about what the notification meant, and whether it was authentic.
In addition to those efforts, police called in four search dogs from the volunteer Alameda County Search and Rescue team to help try to find Green. Many of her family members responded to the area too, walking nearby Berkeley streets to try to find Green throughout the evening. … Continue reading »