Retrieval involves hoisting the employee 20 feet into the air via a specially designed hydraulic system very, very tricky. What we like best about the list is the great range available by the glass, making it possible to create your own wine flight appropriate for menu selections. What else is there to love? Happy hour, which runs seven days a week from 4 to 7 p. The space, like the food it presents, is designed to evoke a sense of unpretentious sophistication and sincerity.
Every detail, piece of furniture, and bite has been finely crafted with quality materials. Miami Ave. Miami Hidden off the street and out of sight, unless you happen to be strolling through the downtown Miami International Jewelry Center mall, Little Lotus sits amid stalls selling flowers, watches, and so forth.
Still lost? The gem: a surprisingly large menu of sushi and small Asian plates from owner Sari Maharani, from Jakarta. This seater with some of the tables lined up in the mall hallway serves delicious, wellpriced Asian fare. Miami thefederalmiami. Two of the owners are up front greeting customers and making them feel at home; the other is in the kitchen cooking food that makes them feel at home.
Very important. Three: Are you writing this down? Three is the selection of drinks, and the Federal flaunts half a dozen pints of craft draught beers and some hundred bottles of wine solely from family estate producers. And, finally, the food: Jar-o-duck with candied sweet potato and charred marshmallow fluff, Buffalo-style pig wings, and so forth — honest, tasty, accessible, and highly creative. Friendly staff, informal environment, great food, drink Oh, yes, service.
Very good service. And free parking in the strip mall lot out front. Crucial for a neighborhood restaurant. Miami michaelsgenuine. The indoor and outdoor ambiance remains cool in an unpretentious way, service is professional, and the fresh, well-sourced, seasonally sensitive cuisine continues to impress with honest-to-goodness flavors. Her desserts too are peerless and uniquely innovative — who else pairs a milk chocolate candy bar with buttered popcorn gelato?
Miami Beach runchickenrun. So when McInnis left that midtown establishment to open Yardbird in South Beach with the 50 Eggs Restaurant group, expectations ran high. Judging from crowds overflowing onto the street since opening night, it would seem those hopes have been realized. American blues music and friendly service synchronize with the hospitable Southern fare. The menu, produced by McInnis and chef de cuisine Phillip Bryant, brims with big homestyle flavors. Craft bourbons, beers, and wines are distinctly all-American, as is the overall dining experience.
Flag ler St. Miami Downtown Miami has enjoyed a dining renaissance in recent years. Their regional Italian oasis is, among other things, astonishingly consistent. The spaghetti Bolognese, veal scaloppine, and chicken Milanese placed on the table nowadays tastes just as delicious as it was on opening day in The lofty ceiling, mosaic floors, Roman columns, and frescoed walls still transport diners to Italy.
The new kids on the block are worthy and exciting, but this old-guard, old-world charmer is timelessly great. So much so that we tend to take it for granted. That sure is comfortable. Coc onut Grove peacockspot. This verdant tropical garden is located on the grounds settled by the Peacock family around in what became the Village of Coconut Grove. Main courses? Try baby-back ribs, pan-roasted chicken, seared salmon teriyaki, grilled filet mignon, or Black Angus New York steak.
As you sit at Peacock on a sunny day, perhaps while sipping prosecco, you will surely feel a renewed appreciation for serene Coconut Grove. Miami catharsisrestaurant. The air seems to caress your skin, and the low-key background music soothes your tired gray matter. Then you are greeted by one of the charismatic owners or the stunning hostess, who seems to have materialized from the cover of Vogue.
Dining at Catharsis is like going away on a minivacation without the TSA strip search. North Miami flip-burgerbar.
Not sure which one to try with your homemade burger? Pinecrest delsurmarket. In its quest to create unassuming and unpretentious dishes, Del Sur offers some of the most flavorful, enjoyable, and gourmet food in South Miami-Dade. There is a full line of both hot and cold appetizers; a mozzarella bar; artisan burgers; pressed sandwiches; hot and cold salads; fresh pastas; an array of grilled items such as steak, sausage, chicken, and fish; freshly baked breads and cakes; and a plethora of pastries and desserts.
The hardest part about visiting Del Sur is deciding which of its varied delicacies to order. It all performs a perfect tango on your taste buds. You might want to wash down dessert with a cappuccino or latte, but be sure to take advantage of the craft beers such as Monk in the Trunk and Blue Point Toasted Lager or a boutique wine such as the Luca Malbec. Biscayne Blvd. Miami ilgabbianomia. Coconut Grove sparticorestaurant. Parmesan choices are organic chicken breast or eggplant — each doused in seasoned breading and then baked with a simple marinara sauce, fresh local mozzarella, and Grana Parmigiano cheese.
Bonus: Happy hour is 4 to 7 p. For calming Italian cravings without breaking the bank, Spartico is a trattoria safe house. You know, for journalism. The people are good-looking, the place is cozy, and la comida is as good as it gets. Go ahead and pick up a pound and a half of everything. The kids need sandwich fixings for the week anyway. And you need a bottle of delectably leggy Spanish wine. This place is big yet always packed, even during the week. Aventura areacode There are chicken legs wrapped in bacon, top sirloin picanha , top sirloin with garlic, flank steak, baby top sirloin, pork ribs, pork loin, pork sausage, and even roasted pineapple.
But that is not our favorite part. The all-you-can-eat salad bar includes soup, a half-dozen salads, all kinds of cold cuts, fresh bread, and many other delectables. Lunch prices apply Monday through Saturday before 4 p. Miami chefcreole. Each Chef Creole outpost has a distinctive character. Sejour, whose parents are from Haiti, was born in the Bahamas and raised in Miami.
His background is reflected on the menu in the form of perfectly crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside conch fritters and flavorful fried conch. You want to fill yourself with gobs of food without paying too much. Chinese food is a nice alternative to the usual drivethru fare, but you always seem to get hungry an hour after eating it.
So what better way to go Asian than a Chinese buffet? Dynasty is clean and well lit, so you can sit contentedly in the comfy modern dining area as you happily stuff your face and then get up for more. There are also sweets such as ice cream and fresh fruit. The dinner special is available from to 10 p.
Weekend prices vary. Miami Grand Ave. Coconut Grove confucioexpress. He mastered the wok, the deep fryer, and the flat-top grill while shuttling back and forth between the States and Colombia. These are family recipes — the helpings are huge. Do not eat alone. God bless the no-frills Chinese takeout joint. Hong Kong House boasts a superfriendly and quick staff, and has a quiet cult following in North Miami that troops there for the roast-pork fried rice, which features plump squares of meat and is delightfully free of grease.
Or they — who are we fooling? Dammit, there we go again, making ourselves hungry. North Bay Village japanesemarketmiami. We suggest a few nuggets of sweet shrimp, whose heads are removed and deepfried. The raw tail flesh becomes pristine sushi, and the tentacles and eyes get nice and crunchy. Head to the rear of the market, select a bottle of sake to go with your meal, and simply ask for it to be added to your tab.
You have to eat early, though. Last call for sushi is p. The sushi bar is closed Monday and Tuesday. Bal Harbour makoto-restaurant. That includes what many believe is the finest pan con bistec in South Florida. Service is so fast it sometimes seems as though the food arrives before you finish ordering. Cash only! Miami , clivescafe. The neighborhood has changed considerably since then — for the worse and then for the better.
So has the menu. Whatever you order, be sure to get a side of steamed vegetables. Doral T he legend starts like this: In a quiet house on a tranquil Cartagena street, a family began cooking up bollo de yuca — a coastal Caribbean delicacy of mashed yuca boiled in corn husks — and selling it to neighbors.
The dish was so good that customers soon were coming and going all day with brown bags of the stuff. Miami pmrestaurantes. No trumpets heralded the arrival of this modern steak-and-seafood house, but word of mouth and social networking led to enormous popularity from day one. The prime steaks come in American cuts — tenderloin, New York strip, rib eye — but are assertively seasoned and grilled with the requisite gaucho spirit. Miami Beach In Thailand, diners eat with either chopsticks or a spoon.
No knife is placed on the table, and the fork is to be used only to push food onto the spoon. Native Thai owners Mariam and Montri Putlek have been putting out an extensive menu of specialties for almost six years from the little seater off Normandy Drive in Miami Beach.
The fare is fresh, authentic, and a little spicy — but you can request your desired degree of piquancy. You save even more money via the BYOB policy with no corkage fee. Miami hyvong. The service at this Vietnamese gourmet hole in the wall on Calle Ocho is famous for its friendliness, not its speed. Hy Vong is owned and operated by a Vietnamese mother-daughter team and has been cooking to order since it opened in Yes, all you pho fans, Hy Vong has it too, though not as much of it as some other Vietnamese joints.
Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 11 p. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Miami Beach adishgroup. Snag one of the few cushioned wicker chairs for maximum relaxation. Selections, served from to 11 p. Guru has plenty for you. If you want great French cuisine, look for great French chefs.
Locals, however, will probably recall him from Le Festival Restaurant in Coral Gables, which was at one time the finest French dining establishment in Miami-Dade. France Guillou, the president and manager of the venue, completes the trio of veteran professionals who make dining here such a seriously rewarding experience. The second round includes rooster in red wine sauce with mushrooms and smoked bacon, grilled lamb chops with basil and sun-dried tomatoes, and Alaskan salmon fillet stuffed with spinach, garlic, and lemon sabayon.
Dessert options encompass delights such as fresh strawberries with Grand Marnier and whipped cream, and chocolate lava cake. Miami egganddartmiami. A Brazilian cherry-wood bar and an Indonesian teak communal table add warmth. Nor are there ouzo-fueled lunatics smashing plates on the floor or tossing napkins in the air.
Proprietors Costa Grillas and Niko Theodorou are experienced hands. Fine food and drink in a fun, stylish setting. Miami Beach grecoboysgrill. And Miami is a first-class example. Greco Boys Grill serves moist, meaty wedges of highly seasoned pork, sliced from the ever-rotating cylinder up front and then plunked onto a soft, warm, puffy pita bread with ripe tomatoes, crisp onion rings, and freshly made tzatziki sauce.
There is nothing like it — except the chicken gyro, which is very much like the pork version and equally delectable. Miami Beach almamexicana-restaurant. We like our Mexican cheap, easy, and cheesy, without any fusion or confusion. Occupying a former tattoo parlor, Alma appeals more to a clientele interested in indulging wicked cravings than to those who frequent healthful fast-casual chains. Stop in anytime for a Mex fix. Grab a Mexican Coke or horchata to complete the experience.
Miami Miami boasts a solid percentage of Nicaraguans. That means in addition to the great Cuban and Argentine joints around town, there are places such as Fritanga Montelimar. At this Kendall cafeteria, you can eat yourself silly without the bother of pretentious restaurant frills. The tasty and affordable home-cooked comida here dazzles. Homemade chimichurri and gallo pinto rice and red beans will make you think, Why did I not find this place sooner?
Miami bluecollarmiami. Occupy Blue Collar. That is, sit your tired, working-class behind in one of the 25 indoor seats or take a seat outdoors if you like. If taking a political stand always tasted this good, the one percent would be working for us. But we still have to eat — and if we can, eat well. How does turkey picadillo with brown rice sound? Good, right? That just went from good to amazing in two seconds. Grab one of the signature smoothies, such as the Coral Way with OJ, strawberries, banana, and fat-free yogurt , to wash down your nutritious, inexpensive meal.
Miami Beach dreamsouthbeach. But Tudor House is different from the rest. For one, it is located in what used to be the lobby of the Tudor Hotel now Dream South Beach Hotel — a charming little deco dining room, but not exactly the Fontainebleau. It is cozier and more personal than the larger hotel restaurants and thus friendlier to locals. Pretzel rolls that start the meal are reason enough for a visit, but what defines this fare is the impeccably delicate preparation of flawlessly sourced ingredients. Miami Beach diningroommiami. And the service is so personal; they really seem to care about each diner.
Shall we start with a drink? But I was hoping we could cut down on the jokes tonight and have a serious, personal discussion. The flavors are intense here. A lot of the ingredients used by chefs Horacio Rivadero and Christian Alvarez are locally sourced and organic. They till it like it is. We come to this most romantic of places and all you can do is make inane wisecracks. Do you understand? And believe me, I will never go out with a comedy writer again.
Miami Beach villaazurmiami. It also has impeccable service. Before dining, have a cocktail at the softly lit bar, where an attractive bartender will make you a perfectly poured cocktail. Not sure what to have? Ask for a recommendation. Maybe he or she will recommend the signature drink, made with French champagne and freshly muddled fruit. Did we mention they too are all good-looking? No worries, because anyone will answer menu questions, bring you another martini, or deliver an extra plate.
Lime proved very popular, which led to the opening of 15 other locations in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and Washington, D. And after that, Kunkel is looking to launch another fast-casual chain featuring Southeast Asian street food. He is creative, passionate, successful, and driven to keep doing more. What else could you ask for from a restaurateur?
Miami Beach thedutchmiami. Although the Dutch premiered November 14, , it is new in ways beyond the opening date. New: Andrew Carmellini is a two-time James Beard Award winner with a few hugely popular New York City restaurants, a couple of cookbooks under his belt, and national recognition as a topnotch culinary talent.
New: White brick walls lined with bookcases, blond-wood tables, bursts of color, and an elegant yet casual look. Old: Lots of hype, not much else. New: Lots of hype, with the food, drink, ambiance, and attitude to back it up. The dining room is sleek and stylish, with an outdoor terrace and private event rooms. Vegetables are sourced locally, and chef Aaron Brooks brings in prime meats and seafood. Innovative sides? Try quinoa and fire-roasted corn salad or chorizo and cheddar croquetas with romesco sauce. And Edge brings a spin of its own to the modern steak-house formula: Meats and some fish are categorized into small, medium, and large cuts.
Smaller portion options mean you can opt for a more healthful, better-balanced, and non-obscenely priced meal. Virginia Key therustypelican. At Rusty Pelican, the outdoor tables are next to a dramatically lighted fire pit, and indoor seating is in a room brightened by a recent multimilliondollar renovation.
Bal Harbour stregisbalharbour. Umbrellas shade the rays, a balmy breeze blows in from the Atlantic, and an attentive waiter refills water glasses and delivers fresh rounds of cocktails as quietly as mist. Any notion of being in a fantasy is only reinforced when the food arrives. After all, if you dreamed up a chef to create the menu for this lovely setting at the St.
There are also kumquat mojitos, other cutting-edge cocktails, and an exceptional wine list. And just for the record: The food tastes equally good when eaten indoors. Miami Beach havenlounge. Haven does just that. On the beverage end, creative cocktails emanate a mist produced by liquid nitrogen which is also used to blast and freeze ice cream by the order. Miami crazyaboutyourestaurant. Crazy name for a restaurant, huh? Anyway, tell us, Ned. I usually go with the Serrano ham croquettes, the creamiest around. That sounds a little too low.
But back to you, Ned. Did I mention you get your choice of any starter? Plus, the place used to be home to the elegant Spanish restaurant La Broche, so rather than appearing like a budget establishment, it looks like a million bucks — with a drop-dead gorgeous vista of Biscayne Bay. Outdoor tables too.
Miami tuyomiami. You have discovered some of the ingredients of my New World cuisine. But how does one know for sure if rhum-and-pepperpainted golden tilefish on mango-habanero mojo will succumb to oneness with boniatocaramelized plantain mash en poblano? Once you understand the essence of food and cooking, the path to fusing ingredients will come. Tuyo is vision. It says that right on my menu. Miami harryspizzeria. After deep frying, the fries are stacked into stubby towers much like those of the Bastille.
The dusting of kosher salt on top takes the place of powdered sugar and is mild enough to enhance the earthy flavors of the polenta without overpowering it. Pinecrest From hookah to baklava, Daily Bread Pinecrest is pretty much your one-stop shop for anything Eastern Mediterranean or Middle Eastern. But it is your only stop for falafel. Business seems to be good — they opened another location in Dadeland Mall this past February.
I thought I heard you say the hummus at Pita Hut is better than any in Israel. And a pool of tahini rests on the hummus as lightly as a lily pad on a pond. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Saul Finkelstein, the poet laureate of hummus! No wonder you have heart problems! Plus you get pita bread, of course. And Pita Hut is not just a falafel joint these days, but also a full-fledged restaurant with an extensive menu of Israeli specialties.
It even serves kosher sushi! Better you should use your energy to make it to Pita Hut. Or if you prefer, you can fly to the Promised Land and get your hummus there. But if we each live to be , never again will I mention hummus to you. Hialeah vickybakery. While Gelasia made leather goods, her husband worked three jobs in a local bakery and a couple of cantinas to make ends meet. By , the couple had saved enough money to open a pastry shop in Hialeah. Today, the Caos, their children, and their grandchildren own nine other locations in Miami-Dade and Broward, ensuring every Vicky Bakery stays true to making pastries and croquetas from scratch.
Batches of the oblong morsels are fried to crisp perfection throughout the day seven days a week. They are even more scrumptious stuffed inside a fresh, warm Cuban roll. You can choose from ham, chicken, or cheese filling. Party platters vary in price and quantity, but a single croqueta goes for 55 cents. Miami 5 lalatinamiami. La Latina is a tiny, well-decorated hole in the wall across the train tracks from the Shops at Midtown.
Bonus: Anti-gluten people can enjoy it as well. The dough is gluten-free, and the meat is antibiotic- and hormone-free. Less than four bucks. The dough is not that crappy yellow stuff you find at gas stations. Nor are they greasy. In fact, the vegetarian callaloo version is downright healthy.
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But the meat patties — ah, the meat patties. They are so worth it. You and your friends will be eating them for days. This kind of patty should be available all over Miami-Dade. Miami Husband-and-wife team Sheir and Nafeeza Ali have run this friendly neighborhood grocery store since Miami Beach S. Miami burgernbeerjoint. And just as the manner of death and amount of taxation differ from person to person, so too do the burger emporiums.
Thunder Road? Hotel California? But remember, this is a beer joint too: The selection, 99 strong, is one of the most extensive on the Beach. Miami losperrosaqui. Still, the Super Perro Aqui is a simple, straight-up masterpiece. North Miami Beach kingscountypizza. Instead, pizza lovers flock here for the crisp crusts, sweet tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese.
Miami madmanjacks. But why would you do that? Yeah, you read right. Not into ribs? Does that sound authentic to you? Of course not. Miami Beach mylesrestaurantgroup. The lingering scent of hot oil on a crunchy, well-seasoned exterior with bubbles of crisp skin and flour can be a culinary challenge. Some chefs brine the meat, others soak it, and still others forego any type of conditioning. Cooking temperatures differ across state lines. In fact, the methodology of making perfect fried poultry is highly debatable. Even trickier is this question: Do the fixings alter your chicken perception?
Is bird served atop a steamy waffle better than a plate styled simply with grits and gravy? This birdie is bathed in buttermilk and pounded out almost like a traditional Milanese, only thicker and juicier. The malt waffles are made from scratch, and warm maple syrup is the purest route to savory-sweet, which this dish does well. Plus, there is just the right ratio of waffle to bird, so you get a bite of each from beginning to end.
Miami Beach shuckersbarandgrill. Read the fine print, people. Flashy, sequined American-flag bras aside, we know when we come across a good wing. The flavor is part tangy, part spicy, part char-grilly, and a whole lot of awesome. The folks in the Shuckers kitchen are staying mum about the recipe. Best combination ever. Miami sanpocho. The restaurant has developed a following beyond the neighborhood, thanks to flavorful renditions of Colombian comfort-food staples such as sancocho meat-and-vegetable soup and tasty arepas.
Miami salumeria But then a new member spoke up. Oh yeah, the bread is baked fresh daily by Spuntino Bakery. So there you have it: the salumeria trifecta of great cured meats, delicious breads, and affordable wines. The UC chancellors recently signed a joint letter deploring attacks on researchers who conduct animal experimentation, in the wake of two Aug. Berkeley researchers have also been targeted by protesters, including confrontations at their homes and vandalism. Anyway, a fire put her out of business in the late s.
Reminders remain — charred wooden beams toward the back, a vivid sign amid political posters on an upstairs wall. Haber, 70, a founder of Students for a Democratic Society in , now lives in Michigan with his wife, Odile, a veteran of the Paris street rebellion that almost overthrew the French government; the government was saved, oddly, by the intervention of the establishment Communist Party. Haber is still hard to figure. Sometimes he seems bemused by what he has loosed.
He talks frequently about unity, enough of it to make a difference. Dominique and his companion, Melissa, came from South Dakota. They traveled in a van with their dog, Ginger, through a dozen states, from Louisiana to Oregon. About seven months ago, they found the Long Haul. You could hang out there. Despite an off-putting reception desk with a person of presumed authority behind it, people wander in.
Homeless people come in to use the bathroom. Coffee is free. The Internet is free. Books are all over the place. Somewhat aging donated food is free. You really have to push the line. Anarchist process requires consensus—everybody must agree or abstain.
Then everybody must agree or abstain on how to execute the decision. And so on. The Long Haul is open Monday—Thursday 6—9 p. It can be reached at or www. In a relentless pace, she often outruns even her staff. That staff can be seen here in Denver, scurrying behind this determined Alameda County congressional representative. She can be fiery and fierce when she needs to be, and she always plays to win. Lee was a member of the California State Assembly and Senate and also worked as a staff member for then Rep.
Ron Dellums, who retired in , having served in the district since Lee was elected to Congress that same year and has been reelected every two years since. The hotel is the hub for California Democratic Party delegates total delegates, not all of whom are staying at the Sheraton. Daily Planet: So, what have you been doing at the convention so far? Lee: I attend the breakfast every morning for the California delegation, and meet with the Black Caucus; there are town hall-style meetings as well and, of course, I attend floor sessions [each day between p. Planet: Anything different at this convention from four years ago?
Lee: Basically we are getting more [attention]. Delegates are more progressive. The country is becoming more progressive, or at least Democrats are. Lee: Michelle Obama defined herself. Planet:So, what will be your agenda on January 20, when a President Obama is inaugurated? Barak Obama is committed to cutting it [poverty] in half. Planet:And what specifically will you call for on Iraq?
Obama committed to 16 months. Lee:Sixteen months is much too long. No more money to prolong this war, no permanent bases and no occupation. The Progressive Caucus will lead on this issue. Planet:Obama said he wants to take the troops out of Iraq and put them in Afghanistan. Military action is not going to make us more secure in our country. We need a more comprehensive approach because no one says we should not defend ourselves.
Planet:And what about local issues, what are you working on there? Lee:My job is to make sure I get as much money as I can shake loose for the needs of the communities in my district; federal money. Those issues are crime prevention, community policing, health clinics, a green job training program, and money for community colleges. And just like that it was over.
One of her aides grabbed her arm and as I rose to say goodbye that aide put herself between the congressmember and me. But by that time, though, she was already galloping away to the next town hall meeting, caucus or media interview. The first round of the legal battle over the Memorial Stadium ended late Tuesday, and lawyers for the losing side are preparing their appeal.
Michael Lozeau, attorney for the Panoramic Hill Association, said he was working on the documents to file with the state Court of Appeal. Miller followed a brief hearing in her Hayward courtroom Monday morning. Volker said the university gave its assurances, though the judge had declined to state whether she would enforce their promise with the power of the court. On a broader level, the plaintiffs challenged the environmental impact report for a group of projects the university has dubbed the Southeast Campus Integrated Projects.
Plaintiffs, who also included a group of Berkeley residents, charged that the project violated the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA and the Alquist-Priolo Act, which governs building within 50 feet of active earthquake faults. An earlier filing with the state Court of Appeal was rejected after judges there declared that Miller had issued her first ruling before she had finished with the case, making an appeal premature.
All sides agree the stadium is in poor shape and in need of a seismic retrofit if it is to become comparatively safe in a major temblor. The university plans to overlap work on the western half of the stadium with construction of the gym complex. With the protesters still aloft and little likelihood of their disappearance before the Bears tackle the Michigan State Spartans Saturday, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, campus Police Chief Victoria Harrison and Vice Chancellor Nathan Brostrom have posted an open letter to attendees on the campus website.
Because of the elimination of access through the grove, the university has added eight new gates and 91 entry and exit points, with a concentration both above International House and at the north end of the stadium near Maxwell Family Field. During the morning, contract arborists moved to isolate the protesters by slicing off all the lower branches of their last remaining sit in a redwood in the northern part of the grove.
The crew, working for a Watsonville firm, also sliced off strategic branches from two nearby oaks, further isolating the tree-sitters. Million-dollar condos? In Berkeley? Earlier this year, Seagate also unloaded its largest Berkeley property, the Wells-Fargo tower just to the east of the Arpeggio. Peterson and Walter D. In addition to housing condos—down from the originally planned —the Arpeggio will also contain what may be the last new cultural density bonus space in the city.
The only other building to incorporate both bonuses was the Gaia Building developed by Patrick Kennedy. A lengthy political battle over the long-vacant cultural space in that building—a fight that eventually ended up in court—spelled the end of the bonus. Seagate was able to gain an increased size for what was later named the Arpeggio both by offering below-market-rate condos and by including two rehearsal theaters and other space for the Berkeley Repertory Theater, with the proviso that the space also be available for use by other community organizations.
The theater space will be ready for use by the end of next year, with the condos ready for occupancy a few months later, Armer said. While SNK has reduced the overall number of condos, Peterson said the 23 inclusionary units included in the original figure will remain. The building is on the same block as downtown Berkeley's two theaters, the Berkeley Rep and the Aurora.
Because the units will be unique in the East Bay, Peterson said sales prices will be near the top of the East Bay market for luxury condos but at the low end of the market on the other side of the Bay Bridge. Berkeley also offered a community that the company believes is relatively immune to macro-level economic disruptions, in comparison with many other California cities, he said.
Armer said construction has gone smoothly, and the builders found less underground water on-site than they had feared. The site will be a beehive of activity, with subcontractors from 40 different trades at work during the course of construction, Peterson said. First of many? While the Arpeggio includes an upper crust of million-dollar condos, Planning Commissioner Gene Poschman says we may be seeing plenty more if the city adopts height limits proposed for downtown Berkeley in a city-funded study done in connection with the new Downtown Area Plan now under review by the commission.
That study was funded by the City Council after a commission majority voted to recommend it. Buildings—both apartments and condos—could still be financed at six floors or fewer. But the tall buildings, seen as a way to fulfill some of the regional housing-needs allocation imposed by regional government, could only be bankrolled as for-sale units, not rentals, the report said.
The feasibility study also said construction could be severely limited by the city mandate that requires developers to either sell some units for less than market rate or pay a substantial fee to finance city-backed subsidized housing elsewhere. Even though the total number of condos dropped by six, the project will still include the original 11 inclusionary units and 12 density bonus units.
The dozen density bonus units—which helped the Arpeggio to reach its full height and to offer the million-dollar terrace views on the top floors—are typically affordable to lower median incomes, in the range of 50 to 80 percent. Unlike Poschman, who voted with the commission to support the current fee schedule, Planning Commission Chair James Samuels abstained, calling the amount too high and a deterrent to needed housing. UC Berkeley students might have noticed something missing from campus when they returned from their summer vacation on Wednesday.
It will keep publishing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and maintain an online edition throughout the week. Editor in Chief and President of the Daily Californian Bryan Thomas informed readers through an online post that the paper was in a difficult financial condition and would be implementing a number of changes with the beginning of the fall semester.
But it is not immune to the tides of change. The good news is that we will not be compromising the quality or integrity of our award-winning journalism. The newspaper will be stepping up efforts to strengthen online coverage through new blogs and multimedia content five days a week with the intention of gradually moving closer to the hour news cycle. We will be equipping staff to be ready, to be out there and to be the best-trained journalists. So why not in The Daily Cal? Newspapers today have a technology problem and a production problem. Going online is certainly the long-term trend.
For papers like the Daily Cal and the Berkeley Daily Planet, which focus on community, the web is the way of creating community. The decision to cut publication by a day and reduce newsroom staff and compensation, Thomas said, was made around July when the paper started seeing a dip in national and local advertising over the summer. We decided not to publish on Wednesdays to keep as minimum an impact as we can.
A lot of sports coverage happens around the weekend, so you want students to be able to pick up a paper on Mondays and Tuesdays. The paper gets almost 20 percent of its revenue from national advertisers who work through national college agencies, Thomas said, and local advertisers make up the next biggest chunk. Published by the Independent Berkeley Students Publishing Company, the Daily Californian is a nonprofit that publishes 10, issues four days a week during the fall and spring semesters and twice a week during the summer.
Established in , the newspaper is one of the oldest on the West Coast and one of the oldest college newspapers in the country, serving the UC Berkeley and its surrounding community. The paper is printed in Union City. It could get better or it could get worse. The paper, which usually employs students at any given time, will be cutting almost 25 percent of its newsroom staff—including reporters, photographers and designers—but will not eliminate any of its 13 editor positions.
Ashley Chase, editor in chief of the Daily Emerald—the independent student newspaper of the University of Oregon—said the Eugene-based paper was facing a similar situation. We are still publishing our regular schedule of five days a week, but we are working on updating our online content. Several hundred students apply for jobs at the Daily Californian every year, out of which only 50 or so are selected to work on the paper. In the spring we accepted 50 of applicants. In the fall, it was closer to about 60 of He added that the paper had witnessed budget constraints in the past as well.
In , the Daily Cal went from publishing three days a week to two because of poor financial management before building back to five days a week, and in it ran into debt. Birgeneau said the university, in response to ongoing budget woes, would cut back on hiring new faculty and not replace retiring faculty, which would gradually increase the current student-to-teacher ratio on campus.
However, UC officials were quick to point out that the university has not witnessed an increase in students requesting financial aid or students facing delays in receiving funds through federal loans. We are less concerned about maintaining programs that are running now and more concerned about funding exciting new programs people come forward with. Fall classes are scheduled to begin Wednesday for more than 35, students.
The passage of a new federal GI bill, which will cover full tuition and living expenses for veterans, is expected to draw more student veterans to colleges, Williams said. More than 9, new students, including 4, freshmen, 2, community college transfer students and 2, graduate students, are expected to register for the new school year. About three-fourths of the incoming freshmen are graduates of the California public school system and 7.
Birgeneau said that a couple of programs might have to wait a year or two before starting again and added that the university would increase efforts to ask alumni and friends to donate to the university. Birgeneau stressed on-campus safety—touching upon the stabbing of UC Berkeley nuclear engineering senior Chris Wootton in front of a campus sorority last spring and the recent string of robberies in the East Bay—and spoke about the new warning system. Campus spokesperson Marie Felde said 11, students had signed up for the service so far.
He said that he was against a recent proposal to lower the legal drinking age from 21 to We are extremely proud of our current and former student athletes, many of whom have made us proud in the Beijing Olympics. Wootton, 21, a Sigma Pi fraternity member, was stabbed once in his upper chest, between his ribs, in front of a group of students outside the Chi Omega sorority house on Piedmont Avenue on May 3. Conflicting statements from witnesses present at the murder scene have not yet led to any definite conclusions as to what happened on the night of the fateful incident. Despite troubling economic news nationally, last week witnessed two major advances on the Berkeley labor front and a protest by city workers in a neighboring city:.
Members of the Service Employees International Union have been working without a contract since last year. The new agreement, which runs through June 30, , caps a month dispute that has included three walkouts, the longest lasting 10 days. The vote would be earlier if CNA were not conducting simultaneous negotiations with other hospitals owned by Sutter throughout Northern California. The accord gives union members a 22 percent pay increase through the course of the agreement, including a 5 percent hike already given in May.
The nurse activist said the main concerns of members involved patient safety, including staffing levels and adequate breaks and meal times. Max Anderson—had supported the union. The same day the Berkeley settlement was reached, nurses at Marin General Hospital also reached an agreement with that Sutter-owned facility. The state Public Employee Relations Board has certified that a majority of the eligible 5, postdoctoral researchers statewide have signed union cards.
The first attempt, in , collapsed amid charges and countercharges by both sides after organizers said they had achieved the necessary number of signatures. Meanwhile, Fischer and his team were scheduled to hold their first talks with company officials Wednesday to begin negotiating the first-ever contract that will include journalists from the Contra Costa Times.
Severing the San Jose paper from the new unit and adding the non-union Contra Costa Times a year ago gave Singleton a non-union majority editorial staff, allowing him to end Guild representation at the Tribune and other shops. The union responded with an organizing campaign backed by the national, winning the requisite majority by a decision June In the weeks since the layoffs, union representatives have been meeting with staffs of the individual papers, seeking to work out local issues as well as to agree on bargaining points for contract talks, he said.
The economic crisis that has hit newsrooms across the nation had led to a major decline in the number of working reporters at Bay Area papers. The San Jose Mercury-News has cut two of every three newsroom jobs in the last four years, and the San Francisco Chronicle has lost about half its newsroom since Between layoffs, buyouts and attrition, Fischer estimates that the Contra Costa Times has lost about of its journalists and newsroom managers.
The McClatchy chain recently announced a one-year, systemwide pay freeze for all employees, coming just a few weeks after 86 job cuts at the flagship Sacramento Bee. With a second round of layoffs in the works, the Bee sent all its staff a memo offering a voluntary separation package. District officials are projecting that around students will be starting kindergarten this year, up from the in In order to make room for the record number of kindergartners expected to join school this year, Berkeley Unified converted four classrooms—two at Malcolm X Elementary and one each at Rosa Parks and Cragmont elementaries—into kindergartens, increasing the total number of kindergartens in the district to Some parents said they enrolled their children into the Berkeley public schools because they preferred them over private institutions.
In his back-to-school e-tree message, Berkeley High Principal Jim Slemp informed parents that the school was short 11 permanent teachers as of Wednesday. We want to assure the public that we are doing our best to hire the most reliable teachers. Berkeley High lost one of its teachers, Kalpna Mistry, who taught global studies at the Berkeley International High School, when she died in the Philippines earlier this month. Alan Joy retires as program supervisor for special education having served in Berkeley Unified since Rebecca Cheung, former middle-school principal and principal on special assignment, has completed her doctorate and has been promoted to director of evaluation and assessment.
Pasquale Scuderi has been promoted from vice principal at Berkeley High School to director of personnel services. Francisco Martinez has been promoted from manager of enrollment and attendance to director of classified personnel. Pat Saddler is the new principal at Longfellow Middle School. Saddler was the principal at Rosa Parks Elementary. Kathy Hatzke leaves her position of program supervisor of special education to assume the position of principal at Rosa Parks Elementary. Kristin Glenchur moves up from athletic director to vice principal at Berkeley High School.
Zachary Pless is the new program supervisor of Extended Day Programs, having taught high school social science in the Fairfield Suisun District.
Mary Jackson comes to Willard Middle School as the vice principal. Jackson has been the vice principal at Tennyson High School in Hayward for eight years. The new design is based on the South of Bancroft master plan, which was supposed to enhance physical education, build larger classrooms to replace the rooms lost after the demolition of the Old Gym and eliminate parking from the main campus, among other things. Jose Vilar of Baker Vilar Architects told the board that one of the goals of the project was to build an athletic quad for physical education, basketball and pre- and post-game activities.
The new stadium will have 2, bleacher seats, which will allow Berkeley High to host championship tournaments, Vilar said. Phase 2 outlines the demolition of the Old Gym along Milvia Street and the demolition of the existing bleachers located west of the athletic field along Martin Luther King Jr. According to a report to the board from Berkeley Unified School District Director of Facilities Lew Jones, the new bleachers will create a more welcoming ambience for the community along the western edge of the campus. He added that the current bleachers obstruct the view of the campus from MLK Jr.
A few parents had insisted at an earlier community meeting that the bleachers be built at an adequate height to allow them to view the games properly. Phase 3 includes the construction of a two-story gymnasium, which will have space for a large multi-purpose gymnasium, a soft gym and fitness center and a three-story academic building with 15 classrooms, restrooms and an area for faculty and staff.
Improvements will be made along Channing Way, including a new regulation-size football field, an athletic quad, new gates and security fences and landscaping. The project is going to be square feet larger than what was originally planned because we have a greater number of locker rooms. The project, Jones said, was slightly more than two percent over budget but added that it was not a matter of concern for the district at this point.
The demolition of the Old Gym is expected to take place between June and November , followed by the construction of a new classroom building and gymnasium from January to August To view the South of Bancroft project visit: www. Until earlier this month, students at Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley could pretty much eat their lunch anywhere they wanted. Students will now have tables, chairs, plates and silverware and most importantly their very own cafeteria, in which they will be required to eat lunch. The project, originally scheduled for completion last fall, ran into a few minor hiccups along the way but is finally up and running.
Chef Ann Cooper, Berkeley Unified School District's director of nutrition services—who will be with the district through June—was busy supervising her team Friday in the state-of-the-art kitchen as they prepared pizza crusts and marinara sauce from scratch for the first day of the new school year, Wednesday. We also have new equipment. The equipment that we had at our old central kitchen at Jefferson [Elementary] was old and broken. It could not handle the quality and quantity of food that we were preparing.
Cooper currently supervises 55 employees from the district and 30 more from Network for a Healthy California. Cooper said the implementation of the Universal Breakfast program, which delivers free breakfast to all Berkeley Unified students in their classrooms, has played an important role in the increase. Lunch is only up 2 percent in the same timeframe but has increased 18 percent since Cooper has plans to start a campaign to promote school lunches and is working to make the menu more attractive to students by introducing more exotic entrees, such as Moroccan and tandoori chicken and locally grown brown rice.
District Executive Chef Bonnie Christensen, who started out as a sous chef under Cooper two years ago, said she was already in love with the new dining commons. You walk in here and realize that a lot of time and thought and craft went into it. You walk in to eat and you pause for a moment, and that matters.
You can almost smell the wood. Designed by Baker Vilar Architects, the new dining commons may be less kitchen than cathedral, with its high vaulted ceilings, tall glass windows, soft earth tones and old fashioned hardwood furniture. Christensen said the King Dining Commons project started five years ago with a lot of input from local culinary icon Alice Waters.
Christensen proudly showed off the sleek beverage station inside the cafeteria which will serve organic milk and water to students. Everything is wrong with that scenario. It can cool down 60 pounds of rice in 20 minutes and 50 pounds of chicken in 15 minutes. When you are feeding thousands everyday, something like this comes in handy.
The garde manger—French for keeper of cold food—section helps to keep the bacteria at bay, Christensen said, by separating the meat preparation room from the vegetable sauces and salads. PUEBLO is a progressive, non-profit group that has been working, among other things, on police reforms in the city for the past two decades. It is one of the most credible voices on the left on police and public safety issues. Are you going to support that?
Are you not going to support that? It's part of our non-profit status. We are not permitted by law to endorse any ballot initiative or candidate. Personally, of course, our members can take any position they want as citizens. And I can tell that I personally will not be voting for the parcel tax. GRINAGE: My understanding of the relationship between the number of police officers you have in a city and the amount of crime that you have in a city, there is no correlation.
The assumption behind the parcel tax is the more police you have on the streets, the less violence you will have on the streets. Our own history here in Oakland proves that that is not the case. My Public Records Act request indicates that this year, as of July 15, we had 8 more homicides than we had as of July 15 last year, starting from January of each year, and we had 23 more officers on the street this year as of July 15 as compared to July 15 of last year.
So in other words, we have 23 more officers and we have eight more homicides. Not fewer homicides. So for me, there's no conclusion possible other than the conclusion that more police officers does not reduce violence. Now it may be that more police do deter fewer auto thefts or fewer burglaries.
Although as you know, we've had quite a string of restaurant holdups lately as well. So if it turns out that the more officers we have, the more crime and violence we have, then the idea of adding even more police is irrational, if that's what's intended to reduce these statistics. So it doesn't make sense, particularly in view of the fact that this initiative will be competing with other initiatives like the Kids First Initiative, which seek to add more funding to programs for children and youth.
PLANET: There's some controversy over it, because the state administrator is supporting it and the board and the local superintendent are not. It may be something to that effect.
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I haven't looked at it closely enough. But part of the problem is that what the local board is saying is look, we just came to the voters for money. The same thing you're talking about. There's a lot of initiatives on the ballot. This is just not the time. The other issue that we want to look at in terms of policing, getting back to police, is it is our view that a lot of what is needed is a redeployment. So for example, we have a very bloated internal affairs unit. They've got somewhere between 26 and 28 sworn officers in internal affairs that are paid huge, huge amounts of money, not even including overtime.
Because a lot of them are experienced officers that are at the top of the pay scale. And it is our feeling that the review and investigation of citizen complaints should be done by civilians, not by sworn officers. So what we would like to see is at least 20, if not 23, of those officers who are currently sitting behind a desk, allegedly investigating citizen complaints of police abuse, we would like them to be deployed to the streets.
And we would like to have much more cost-effective investigators who are civilians investigating citizen complaints. So in other words, its not an issue of just hiring more officers, it's redeploying the officers to the streets who are currently sitting behind desks doing a job that could be done much more objectively, professionally, and with more credibility by citizens than by sworn officers anyway.
PLANET: The mayor has begun in the last year and a half to initiate some of those reforms, to fully staff all of the uniformed officers, the , including the 63 Measure Y officers, and they won the arbitration on civilianization, as well as the geographical reorganization. You've been studying those issues for a long time. I was wondering what your thoughts are. Are we moving in the right direction in terms of police reform?
Are there other things that we ought to be doing? On the one hand, you have what I think has been a lot of progress in terms of the arbitration and decisions that have come down in favor of the city and in favor of the police chief having the authority to be able to manage his department rather than having the OPOA Oakland Police Officers Association determine who's going to go where and do what.
So I think that those decisions that affirm the responsibility and authority of the chief are very important. I also think that the decision that came down in favor of the opportunity to hire civilians for some of the positions that don't require a sworn officer, again are very positive. Sworn officers cost a lot more than civilians, even civilians with expertise, because of the enormous salary, overtime, and benefits that officers have. Many of those jobs can, in fact, be done far more cost effectively if you have a civilian doing them than if you have a sworn officer doing them.
So it makes sense to civilianize to the extent that you can. And again, we would say that a prime example is Internal Affairs. Most people don't trust investigations done by officers of other officers, for obvious reasons. And so what our survey found two years ago was that only one in 10 people filed a complaint at all when they had a negative experience with police. And a reason they gave was because they didn't think it would do any good. In other words, they had no faith that filing a complaint would actually gain anything worthwhile. Which is another way of saying they didn't trust police to investigate objectively and credibly.
So our point is, you know what, citizens don't trust Internal Affairs, you've got all of these expensive, highly-paid people in Internal Affairs doing investigations that nobody believes in anyway…have them do other jobs. Have them do jobs that really impact public safety, and turn the investigations of citizen complaints over to citizens. To civilians. So that's one example where we believe even more can be done in the way of civilianizing positions and allowing sworn officers to be redeployed to solving and stopping crime, which is what their primary function is, to promote public safety.
All of the things that you mentioned are positive. That is another downside of the rapid acceleration of police hiring. So you're basically rushing these people through this thing, putting them out, giving them presumably some kind of field training. But then in some cases, you've got a rookie riding along with a rookie instead of a rookie riding along with an experienced officer.
So you've got the blind leading the blind in some situations, and as a result, you've got an increase in police-involved shootings, which certainly cannot be considered a good thing, by any measure. And in fact, we've asked for and have received affirmation that the Citizens Police Review Board is going to have a public hearing on Nov. What the policies are.
What the training is like. And all of the issues that revolve all of these police-involved shootings. So that's going to be on Nov. And we're certainly going to encourage people to come down for that. And the mayor has weighed in a couple of times. He says that it's a problem of perception. But you hear other people point to the same statistics and say no, it's really a problem. In your opinion, what's really happening, and what should be response be? A lot of it has to do with how you categorize certain crimes, whether you put something in one column or another column, to say whether it went up or down.
And you've got a lot of different kinds of crimes. So on the one hand, if you select-and this is true for the FBI Crime Reports which depends on self-reporting from these agencies-a lot of it has to do with the way that certain crimes are categorized in terms of which column they go into. So whether you put something in a burglary column or in a theft column, auto theft column, or how you categorize them, in some instances will tell you if something goes up or if something goes down.
It may have no relevance to the average citizen. Because the same numbers can be manipulated to say a lot of different things. I think the perception certainly is that violent crime has gone up. Now it may be true that certain other types of crime have been reduced. Maybe auto thefts have gone down. Maybe certain lesser crimes, like certain misdemeanors, have gone down. But there could be a lot of reasons for that. Maybe they're no longer seeking certain kinds of misdemeanor arrests, because the DA's office is overwhelmed anyway and they know that nothing is going to stick anyway, so why arrest somebody because he's got a quarter of an ounce of pot on him?
In other words, there can be a lot of reasons for why numbers of crimes decrease. It can simply be that police ignore a lot of what they see, because it's not worth pursuing. But I think clearly, the numbers in terms of homicides have gone up, unequivocally. There's no argument about that.
Certainly the number of police-involved shootings have gone up. I think, based on what we appear to see on the news, the number of restaurant-involved break-ins and robberies has gone up. So, yeah, it may be that other kinds of crimes have gone down, but maybe citizens aren't as concerned about those because they're nonviolent. And maybe they're more concerned about the violent crimes, which apparently have gone up.
PLANET: If we just talk about the homicides and the takeover robberies, which is what has gotten everybody's attention, what should the response of the city be immediately? Is that something that there's anything the city can do immediately about to address that situation, or is it a long-term problem that's going to go up and down? They may be doing things that haven't been publicized. But there are certainly things that have been done in cities like Los Angeles, and cities in New Jersey, for example, around gang violence.
There have been creative strategies in terms of bringing gang members together to work out a truce. At least according to Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker , this recent spate of violent shootings has to do with the fact that they took the Acorn Gang out of the picture, and now other gangs are vying to fill the vacuum. At least, that's the analysis that the Chief provided a few days ago.
PLANET: It seems to me that anybody studying drug dealing and gangs-and we go back in history in Oakland even to the Felix Mitchell breakup, and there was just an explosion of violence after that, when people come in and take over turf. Theoretically, they should have been. Theoretically they should have known that when they do that kind of a comprehensive takedown that there's going to be this kind of tussling over who gets to inherit that turf.
So one would have thought they should have been prepared for that eventuality. So again, it's not clear to me the extent to which there is proactive, creative crime fighting going on. A lot of the shootings are occurring in areas where it's well-known that there's drug activity. That leads you to wonder about the deployment of officers. If you know where the drug corners are, where the hot spots are, and you know that certain street corners or certain blocks have been the scene of previous shootings. Why wouldn't you be having officers deployed there, kind of round-the-clock? You could set up a battle station there, in a certain sense.
So I'm not saying that they're not doing that. But the fact that these shootings recur in the same areas would suggest that there isn't a police presence there. Or if there is, it doesn't make any difference, in the sense that it doesn't seem to be preventing additional shootings. So again, I don't know the extent to which sophisticated analysis is being done.
I don't know the extent to which what I would consider to be more creative and pro-active crime fighting is occurring. Again, in the sense of maybe get the mayor to try to sit down with some of the gang leaders. It's been done elsewhere. He would not be your typical, pro-forma mayor who would be simply reactive, but would he would bring more of a visionary, creative, progressive approach-holistic approach-to the issue of public safety. I'm not sure we've seen the evidence that that's what's happening.
Again, I'm not in a position to say it's not happening. But if it is happening, we don't know about it. They seem to come up every time we have a problem and then they disappear. What's your thoughts about that as a solution? I think it's a bumper sticker kind of thing. It's something that politicians do when they're up against the wall and they need to be seen to be doing something.
They need to at least be seen as trying to respond. That's an obvious way they can show the public that they're trying to respond, trying to provide some relief. But it's not a long-term solution, clearly, because by definition, these guys are like the Red Cross. They come when there's an emergency and when things settle down, they leave. The long-term solution has to be—we've all known for a very long time, and what the citizens voted for—is community policing. And that's been true historically, from Day One.
Despite all the trainings and all the everything and all the money that's gone into it, people have different understandings of what it means. GRINAGE: Community policing, in my view, is a way for the community to basically determine the ways in which their particular neighborhood—which is configured in an NCPC—can be safe, can promote safety. And so it should be pro-active rather than reactive. In other words, the neighbors who live in a community should be empowered to determine what the problems are in their neighborhood, what are the things that they've seen that make their community less safe than they would like, and to work with the police as well as other agencies.
And that's the part I think that's still not working well. The police are really supposed to be a connector between the NCPC—the neighborhood—and all of the agencies that are implemented to offer social services. In other words, you might have problems that arise from kids that are unemployed, kids that should be in school and aren't, kids that are coming from families that are dysfunctional or substance abuse issues.
In all of those cases there are agencies that we taxpayers paid for that offer services that are needed by these people that are identified in the NCPC or by that community as being problematic. So the idea is that you deal with their issues. You don't just arrest them for loitering, or just arrest them for whatever.
Because that is not a solution. Because after they've been arrested, they will be released, and they will come back, and they will be in the same circumstances that they were when they were arrested. So the idea of community policing is actually to address the problems holistically and pro-actively. Not just by arresting people, but by determining what the needs are, what the problems are, and how they can actually be solved.
And by involving all of the public agencies, whether city or county agencies. Social services. Substance abuse. Job training. All of those kinds of things that will provide a long-term solution for those that are identified as bringing problems to the community. That goes back to the whole rollout of community policing in the early 90's under former Oakland police chief Joe Samuels.
We were at the table when the beat maps were drawn, when all the trainings were funded by Levi Strauss, who provided a lot of the grant money for the trainings and all the rest of that stuff. And from the beginning we identified that as an issue. When it is not done properly, it basically pits the haves against the have-nots within beats.
That basically you've got homeowners that belong to the NCPCs. A lot of it has to do with their property and their property values, which are contingent on public safety. And those people, their interests become pitted against those that are often renters, are often lower on the socio-economic scale. And so you have the we's against the them's. And you have to some degree some vigilantism, and some racism, frankly. The NCPCs become empowered because of their close relationship with the police to basically pursue those in the community they feel are the problems.
And again, the effort seems to be one of law enforcement and arrest as opposed to problem-solving. The officers are supposed to be problem-solving officers. PSO's is the acronym. How do the NCPCs get constituted properly? GRINAGE: A lot of it has to do with the responsibility of the city to do outreach to those within the community that typically don't show up for these meetings and to reframe the NCPCs so that they don't have that stigma of the upper class within a neighborhood, the homeowners, the older against the younger.
They have to somehow figure out how to encourage and motivate the other portion of that community to become involved and to be empowered and go to those meetings and participate. That has not been successful. GRINAGE: What we're really focusing on at the moment-along with continuing to do outreach to be able to maintain our database on officers that are allegedly engaged in misconduct, which is an ongoing project that we have and have had for fifteen years.
But in addition, our focus is to civilianize the complaint process. We believe that part of the reason that officers are in many cases repeat offenders-like this rookie Hector Jiminez who was involved in these two police shootings-is that citizens underreport misconduct. Because they underreport, and they don't file complaints, neither the police department nor the City has a good handle on what these officers are doing on the street. Until they screw up. Big time. So our point of view is that more accountability means that the police department itself will have a better sense of what these officers are doing, and can apply corrective action, remedial action, to get these officers to improve their job performance.
Before we have these kinds of shootings, and other forms of misconduct. So that it all goes back to citizens feeling empowered and feeling motivated to file complaints when they feel they've been mistreated. That allows the city and the community to hold these officers accountable. It allows the police department itself to do a better job of monitoring their officers, particularly their rookie officers, and again, to intervene, get them to take corrective action, before we end up with these egregious situations like the Riders, like these police-involved shootings.
So our perspective is, it is important to get a system of accountability that the public can have confidence in. We believe that as long as these investigations are being done by Internal Affairs, people will not file complaints, because they will not feel it will make any difference, or their complaint will be taken seriously or investigated objectively. People can file with the Citizen Police Review Board. But a lot of people don't even know it exists. They're not even given that information.
But they can go to either place. Which is another thing we want changed. We want that down on the ground floor somewhere. Frankly, I'd like to see that where the Internal Affairs is right now, which is in a building next to City Hall, on the street level. Easy access. Nowhere near the police department. Since , we have been trying to improve the Citizens Police Review Board. We've gotten a lot of substantive changes, like subpoena power, like independent investigators, like a counsel to the board that rules on evidence that can be permitted and runs the hearing and all of that.
So we really have a good system in place. But a lot of people don't even know about it, and therefore they don't use it. One reason is that we need the names of the officers involved in alleged misconduct so that we can incorporate that into our database. Once they have filed with the City of Oakland, as a result of the Copley ruling, we no longer have access to the identity of the officers. Which means we can't capture that information for our database.
The tentative ruling issued last Wednesday by Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga declared the agreement invalid because the city failed to conduct a state-mandated environmental review before signing the pact. The California Environmental Quality Act CEQA mandates examination of the environmental impacts and preparation of a detailed review, which includes both mitigations and alternatives if impacts are significant.
No review was done of the agreement, which was the central issue raised by the judge in her proposed ruling. The agreement is unusual in part because the casino lies outside the city, in unincorporated North Richmond, which falls under county jurisdiction. One question is the nature of the environmental review that might be required, which could range from a mitigated negative declaration—a finding that corrective measures would minimize adverse impacts—to a full-blown environmental impact review, a more lengthy and costly process.
To a city wracked by unemployment, crime and a legacy of financial woes, the developers of two casinos have promised both riches and jobs. More than 3, parking spaces, a 1,seat showroom, a seat buffet, a seat entertainment lounge, a seat sports bar and a food court and restaurant, each seating , are included in the plans. The agreement signed with the city calls for the city to provide police and fire services as well as roadway improvements, even though the site is outside city limits and unincorporated and therefore under the nominal jurisdiction of the county.
The Sugar Bowl and its parking structure would occupy much of a The project is now under federal environmental review, and an initial draft environmental impact statement EIS , prepared under the guidelines set by the National Environmental Protection Act, was released earlier this year. Ginsburg of Maitland, Fla.
While the Sugar Bowl casino has taken a lead in the bureaucratic approval process, the court decision could give the lead to the Point Molate project, the brainchild of Berkeley environmental cleanup entrepreneur turned would-be gambling mogul Jim Levine. The Point Molate site is still undergoing an environmental cleanup to remove or safely contain hazards from its legacy as a one-time naval refueling station.
It has since been replaced by the Cache Creek operators. The year-old Willa Mae Dellums, a Texas native but an Oakland resident since the age of five, passed away from natural causes a week ago. While the funeral services were not closed to the public, the Dellums family deliberately played down the event, with no public notices sent out.
Family members, family friends and staff members were in attendance, along with a handful of local political officials, including longtime Dellums political ally Mayor Tom Bates of Berkeley. Her Congressional Record remarks noted that Lee would sometimes accompany Mrs. Dellums, who was several decades older, on walks around Lake Merritt, and that Mrs. Dellums walked so fast that Lee could barely keep up. Instead, Dellums said his mother asked him why he had fought the boy.
East Bay firefighters are watching the skies with concern as high-risk fire conditions arrive with the start of what they expect will be a three-day heat wave, said Deputy Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong.
A call at a. Within minutes, the firefighters discovered the source of the smoke in a residential garage, and a call was sent out for a full complement of engines and firefighters. The fire apparently began after a coal from a barbecue lit earlier in the day rolled under a garage door and beneath a set of shelves, where it eventually ignited some books and papers.
Responding to a p. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. By the time the hazmat team and Berkeley police were leaving the scene, a housekeeping crew was cutting away the damaged carpet and getting ready to replace it. Four takeover robberies in Oakland last weekend reflect a continuing crime trend in the East Bay.
The crimes bring the summer total of takeover robberies in Oakland to Mary Kusmiss. Although the current series of takeovers has yet to touch Berkeley, the Nomad Cafe, located at Shattuck Ave. On Friday at p. In a weird way, it makes us feel more connected to the other businesses in the community that have been robbed Berkeley has seen sporadic takeover-style robberies this summer, and Sgt.
Kusmiss said Berkeley police have been providing commercial districts with extra patrols to help prevent the recurrence of such crimes. In addition, she said that Berkeley robbery detectives regularly collaborate with Oakland police to discuss crime trends. Berkeley police warn businesses to be wary of suspicious cars or people lingering near their building and encourage businesses to report such activity to the BPD. Because takeover robberies typically occur near the end of the day when cash registers are fullest, police also warn business to be particularly mindful from late afternoon until closing time.
A new UC student was struck in the face by a brick thrown by a young man trying to crash a Phi Gamma Delta frat party on Monday. Party-goers at the Piedmont Ave. The victim, an year-old UC student from the San Diego area, told the police that she was standing on the front porch, talking with her boyfriend, when suddenly she was struck in the forehead by a hard object.
She fell, bleeding from the forehead. City and campus police and paramedics responded to the p. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated for a one-inch laceration, which required stitches, and a chipped tooth.