The Willard Middle School garden in more fully funded times. Photo: Kaia Diringer

Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

1. Police respond to 3 shootings this week

Two shootings on Harmon Street in South Berkeley and one on Bonar Street in West Berkeley raised safety issues around the city.

2. School district finds funding for reduced gardening program

Berkeley’s famed school cooking and gardening programs lost $1.9 million in federal funding last year, but this week the school board saved some of the project with a $485,000 commitment.

A “very preliminary” rendering of the restaurant that has been approved for 2635 Ashby Ave. (at College) by the owners of Comal. Image: Abueg Morris Architects3. Comal owners get go-ahead for new restaurant in the Elmwood

Berkeley City Council denied an appeal against a zoning board decision to allow a new restaurant in the old Wright’s Garage space on Ashby near College (preliminary rendering, left).

4. A murder of crows: Berkeley’s plentiful corvine population

No, it’s not just Hitchcock on the brain. The number of crows and ravens in Berkeley has soared in recent years. Golden Gate Audubon helps us explain why.

5. Sacramento Street clean-up efforts continue

A plan to clean up and improve Sacramento Street is gaining momentum. And that’s not the only neighborhood improvement we covered on Berkeleyside this week. We also had reports on Telegraph Avenue’s latest improvement efforts and the push on Adeline corridor.

Find all Berkeleyside’s recent articles in our “All the News” section.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...