Citizen journalist Ira Serkes sent in this photo of downed phone lines

Berkeley police evidence room still has problems Five years after a sergeant from the Berkeley police department stole drugs out of the evidence and property room, prompting a series of investigations, the department has only taken minimal steps to improve the situation, according to a recent report by the city auditor, Ann-Marie Hogan.
Fifteen-year old student brings gun to Berkeley High
School officials secured the gun an hour after school started and alerted parents to the incident. But the district failed to reveal that the student had run away from authorities.
Berkeley to move cautiously on large-scale cannabis grow facilities
After the city of Oakland got warnings from the federal government and Alameda County District Attorney about industrial size grow facilities, Berkeley is taking another look at the legality of its plans.
Storied Pelican Building on UC campus considered for landmark status This 1956 building designed by Joseph Esherick – with a nod to Bernard Maybeck – is being considered for landmark status.
Alice Medrich’s sweet life —  The woman whose Cocolat store jumpstarted America’s craze for chocolate and truffles has a new cookbook, one with recipes for any kind of cookie, be it gooey, crunchy, crispy or chewy.
Calling all citizen journalists – we have an app for that
Berkeleyside’s new iPhone app has a device that permits people to take photos and email them directly to us. This week, in what we hope is a trend, we received a number of photos from local residents. (See photo above.)

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...