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Partying at UC Berkeley may have just gotten harder

Citing a riot on Halloween and three alcohol-related deaths near the UC Berkeley campus in recent years, Berkeley officials approved new rules Tuesday night to address rowdy parties and other problems associated with group housing widely used by students. About 15 Cal students, including representatives from governance group the Associated Students of the University of California, asked the […]

Posted inCity

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

Noisy parties around UC Berkeley, an analysis of the police response to the December 2014 Black Lives Matter protests, and a proposal to raise the smoking age to 21: It’s all up for discussion at Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting. Scroll down to see what else is on the agenda, how to follow the […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Alcohol, fall from height likely contributed to Berkeley fraternity death

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 alcohol appears to have been a contributing factor. The deceased was Jeffrey Thomas Engler, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Young man found dead at Berkeley fraternity

Police responded to a Berkeley fraternity Saturday morning after receiving a report of a young man found unresponsive there. Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said police were called to the 2900 block of Channing Way, between Prospect and Warring streets, just before 7:30 a.m., to investigate the death. “Our officers are there now and the investigation […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Berkeley police respond to huge Southside riot

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 the assaults may have been committed by the same three people, who […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

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

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 7 p.m. Included on the action calendar: a proposal to make a plan to put Berkeley’s […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire, Schools

Alcohol at Cal: Authorities report record arrests, tickets

An annual enforcement effort targeting drinking at UC Berkeley as the semester kicks off has netted a record number of arrests and citations related to alcohol use around campus, but the calls for medical service for heavily intoxicated students have been on the decline, authorities reported this week. The Berkeley Police Department tallied 423 arrests […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley neighbors take on ‘noisy and drunken parties’

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 ordinance to try to curtail problematic behavior, which has at times taxed the city’s emergency services and overwhelmed […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety

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

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 “group living accommodations” such as fraternities and sororities, but that action has been postponed […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

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

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 caused his death.” At the […]