BART is Running in Berkeley Again

By Bay City News Service
Tuesday August 09, 2011 - 11:02:00 AM

After BART train service was stopped for several hours throughout the system due to a computer glitch Monday night, service was fully restored by 11:15 p.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said. -more-

Berkeley Celebrates National Night Out

By Sheila Kolenc
Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 02:36:00 PM

Berkeley, CA - Tuesday night, 53 neighborhoods across Berkeley celebrated National Night Out – a program to promote community spirit and police-community partnerships. Folks blocked off streets, brought out backyard BBQs, stretched speaker cords to front porches, and set up folding chairs and tables as a way to get to know each other. -more-

City Design Review Committee
Approves Apartment Complex Design,
Debates Downtown

By Steven Finacom
Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 08:13:00 AM
The design for 651 Addison as presented at the July 21 City of Berkeley Design Review
                                  Committee meeting. Committee members generally praised the design, but had problems with the
                                  darker colors on the façade. The railroad tracks are at right; Addison Street crosses in the foreground.

Business at the July 21, 2011 City of Berkeley Design Review Committee meeting was divided between final review of a large new apartment building in West Berkeley and discussion of design guidelines for Downtown Berkeley that delved into the value of street level open space in new development, setbacks on tall new buildings, and the architectural value of bays projecting over the sidewalk. -more-

2010 Census Data Reveals More about Berkeley

By Steven Finacom
Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 01:27:00 PM

The 2010 United States Census has been churning out more information about Berkeley and other California cities. Here’s a breakdown of some of the statistics released so far this year. -more-

Disaster Lessons for Bay Area from New Zealand Earthquakes

By Steven Finacom
Monday August 01, 2011 - 10:31:00 AM

The September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes that shattered much of Christchurch, New Zealand, present cautionary lessons and examples for California and other earthquake prone regions, according to disaster expert and Professor of Architecture Mary Comerio. -more-

Big Berkeley Cop-Ops

By Ted Friedman
Wednesday August 03, 2011 - 01:08:00 PM
This was not a "big op," but if you multiply the squad cars by five, you can envision a big one. This op was to arrest a suspected bike thief, who had fled into People's Park late Sunday afternoon. Too much heat for a bike theft? The suspect had come to the repeated attention of Berkeley police for constant troublemaking in the Telegraph area, according to a reliable source. As he was prepared for arrest, the suspect broke into tears of remorse. The allegedly stolen bike is leaning on a squad car.

Somewhere out there on some cloud there's the big police operation. Yeah, it's the op to end all ops. -more-