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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Man held to answer in Berkeley murder, carjacking case

A 20-year-old man accused of murder with special circumstances was ordered Wednesday morning by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to face nearly all of the charges filed against him as the case moves ahead to trial.

Judge Rhonda Burgess dismissed one count and one special circumstance related to rape allegations, and said the prosecution had not presented sufficient evidence to support those charges.

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Authorities: Man admitted to killing, tried to bargain with God, in secret recording by Berkeley police

Left alone in the back of a police car, authorities say an 18-year-old man arrested after the stabbing of a 72-year-old woman in South Berkeley in 2014 confessed to killing “the old lady” and told God he did not want to go to jail for life. Unbeknownst to him, his statements were recorded by Berkeley […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Witnesses to fatal Berkeley attack did not see killer’s face

An Alameda County Superior Court judge is expected to decide this week whether the case against a former Berkeley Technology Academy student charged with murder and other serious crimes will continue on to trial. Kamau Berlin, then 18, was arrested Sept. 19, 2014, after a brief police chase about a block from where 72-year-old Nancy McClellan had been […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Berkeley School Board gets annual bullying report

There were 165 complaints of bullying, sexual harassment and other types of harassment were reported in Berkeley schools in the 2014-15 school year, according to a report set to go before the School Board on Wednesday night. There were 41 incidents at the grade school level, 78 in Berkeley middle schools, and 46 in Berkeley’s two high schools. Neither race nor […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Berkeley Technology Academy starts semester with record low enrollment

Berkeley Technology Academy, the city’s alternative high school, was set to begin the year with record low enrollment, Principal Sheila Quintana told the School Board in late August. Quintana gave the board an update on the school’s efforts at its Aug. 26 meeting, detailing recent successes and challenges since she was hired in 2011. Quintana has worked to […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Berkeley Unified Superintendent responds to story on Berkeley Technology Academy

Last Friday, I stood in line to congratulate our graduating students at the Greek Theatre, including students from our continuation high school, Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA). As I watched them walk confidently on and off the stage, I reflected on the article published on Berkeleyside (June 3, 2015), and felt it was important to share […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: BTA teacher asks, how can we support our kids?

The lengthy piece published Wednesday on Berkeleyside about Berkeley Technology Academy has certainly caused a wide array of reactions and emotions throughout our school, district and community.  Rather than cast blame, point fingers and re-count unfortunate anecdotes of past and current students in crisis situations, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide additional context […]

Posted inSchools

Teachers at Berkeley Technology Academy raise the alarm

Teachers at Berkeley’s alternative high school have raised concerns about the state of affairs on campus, citing “extreme behavior” among students, chronically low attendance, a lack of academic rigor, and a generally unsafe campus environment due to deficient security resources and limited district support. Berkeley Unified School District officials and the school principal have repeatedly declined to […]

Posted inCrime

Berkeley schools, police, city join forces on youth crime

Berkeley school officials, police and the city are gearing up to work more closely on juvenile crime issues, both to improve information sharing and try to get services to youth who need them. A small group of residents — part of the Berkeley Safe Neighborhoods Committee (BSNC), an umbrella organization for neighborhood watch-type activities — got an update on the […]

Posted inSchools

Berkeley Public Schools Fund reaches $1M mark

For the first time, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund has reached $1 million in annual fundraising, according to the organization. The 32-year-old organization has collected over $13 million to date for the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), providing classroom grants for approximately 300 teachers in the district each year that benefit over 10,000 students. Last school year, the Schools […]