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The lowdown: Berkeley council on noisy Southside parties, Black Lives Matter protests, the smoking age, more

Berkeley City Council meets tonight, Jan. 26, at Longfellow niddle School, 1500 Derby St. Photo: Emilie Raguso Berkeley City Council meets tonight, Jan. 26, at Longfellow niddle School, 1500 Derby St. Photo: Emilie Raguso Noisy parties around UC Berkeley, an analysis of the police response to the December 2014 Black Lives Matter protests, and a proposal to […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Alcohol, fall from height likely contributed to Berkeley fraternity death

A young man was found dead Saturday at Pi Kappa Phi. Image: Ted Friedman The Berkeley Police Department has released the identity of the young man who was found dead at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house on Channing Way on Dec. 19. They also revealed that he likely fell from a “significant” height before his death, and that […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Berkeley police respond to huge Southside riot

A large riot took place in Berkeley early Sunday. Photo: Atreyue Ryken Thousands of revelers took to the streets around Channing Way and Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood Saturday night in what many called “a riot” that ultimately resulted in property damage and at least three assaults, one of which sent a victim to the hospital. Police believe […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

The lowdown: Berkeley council on new group living rules, medical cannabis, burying utility wires, more

Council meets, for the time being at least, at Old City Hall. Photo: Melati Citrawireja Get ready: The Berkeley City Council meets Tuesday nights for the next three weeks running. Tonight, Sept. 29, begins with a special session at 5:30 p.m. focused on new regulations for mini-dorms and other group living accommodations. The regular meeting begins at […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley neighbors take on ‘noisy and drunken parties’

Residents, city staff and representatives from UC Berkeley met Monday to discuss parties around campus. Photo: Emilie Raguso Dozens of concerned neighbors met Monday night at the Berkeley Police Department to strategize about how to cut down on “noisy and drunken disturbances,” particularly in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhood. The city of Berkeley is working on an […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

The lowdown: Berkeley council on accessory units, parks budget, limits on frats and mini-dorms, more

The Berkeley City Council meets Tuesday nights at Old City Hall. Photo: Emilie Raguso Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council is scheduled to consider new rules to streamline the process for property owners who wish to build accessory dwelling units. Council had been slated, too, to decide whether to expand its mini-dorm ordinance to limit the impacts on neighbors of […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

UC Berkeley student ID’d as Southside fatality, died from head trauma

Apoorve Agarwal. Photo: Apoorve Agarwal/Facebook Update, May 6, 2015: According to the Alameda County coroner’s office, Apoorve Agarwal “was found to have very high levels of ethyl alcohol in his system and appeared to have lost his balance and fell down the brick staircase. The result of the fall caused a significant injury to his brain, which ultimately […]