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ohlone activists stand firm in opposing west berkeley shellmound development – t


berkeley — three ohlone family bands say they have rejected a developer’s offer to reduce the footprint of its proposed project in the parking lot across from spenger’s fresh fish grotto in exchange for the ohlones’ blessing. a principal of the developer however says talks are continuing, and that he is confident the project will eventually happen.the 2.2-acre project site, at 1900 fourth st., is part of the west berkeley shellmound site, a city landmark since 2000.west berkeley investors has applied to build a five-story mixed-use development with 155 apartments, about 30,000 square feet of stores and restaurants, and a six-level parking garage.but native american and other activists have said such a development would desecrate an indigenous sacred site, part of what they say is the oldes






berkeley shellmound alternative proposed by activists – the mercury news


berkeley — a group of activists seeking to preserve the west berkeley shellmound site from development has put forward an alternative vision that would include a 40-foot mound covered with orange poppies intended to evoke what once was there, long before europeans first landed in the americas.the group, led by corrina gould, a chochenyo ohlone who co-founded the organization indian people organizing for change (ipoc), unveiled conceptual drawings monday that she said she will present to the zoning adjustments board on thursday as “an alternative to a five-story commercial condo development on our village site and burial ground.”“this is a sacred place where our ancestors still reside,” gould said this week. “we envision a living cultural space — revitalizing cultural traditions, like songs






berkeley shellmound proposal comment deadline extended again – the mercury news


berkeley — the city has once more extended the public review and comment period for a proposed development on the city-landmarked west berkeley shellmound site, to march 13. the extension, announced friday by principal planner shannon allen, is the third, after previous extensions from the original jan. 5 to jan. 12, then feb. 9.but it falls short of the 120-day extension recommended on thursday by the landmarks preservation commission to allow native ohlone/lisjan people to provide consultation to the city. activists have criticized the city for previously consulting almost exclusively with andrew galvan, a chochenyo ohlone who is president of ohlone indian tribe inc. of fremont.galvan also is a consultant to the development team for the site, at 1900 fourth st..west berkeley investors ha






standing rock comes to berkeley through work of native american activist – the m


berkeley — in 1999, as emeryville looked to develop a former industrial site along shellmound street, corrina gould was among a group of activists who proposed an alternative vision to the city council.“we asked them to leave it as open space, and a place for ohlone people to come and pray for our ancestors,” said gould, an oakland resident and longtime native american activist. “but this was the dot-com era. there was a big push for gentrification. emeryville said it needed the money, and so they created what was supposed to be a ‘green’ mall.”today, with almost 400,000 square feet of shops, 383 homes, a hotel and a 15-screen cinema, bay street emeryville describes itself as a social hub whose character is “drawn from the rich history of its bayside site as a place where people have gathe






standing rock comes to berkeley through work of native american activist – the m


berkeley — in 1999, as emeryville looked to develop a former industrial site along shellmound street, corrina gould was among a group of activists who proposed an alternative vision to the city council.“we asked them to leave it as open space, and a place for ohlone people to come and pray for our ancestors,” said gould, an oakland resident and longtime native american activist. “but this was the dot-com era. there was a big push for gentrification. emeryville said it needed the money, and so they created what was supposed to be a ‘green’ mall.”today, with almost 400,000 square feet of shops, 383 homes, a hotel and a 15-screen cinema, bay street emeryville describes itself as a social hub whose character is “drawn from the rich history of its bayside site as a place where people have gathe






berkeley shellmound eir prompts call for do-over from landmarks commission – the


berkeley — an environmental report for a proposed development on the west berkeley shellmound site got a cool reception and a call for a do-over from the landmarks preservation commission.“the deir (draft environmental impact report) is seriously deficient in content, scope, and findings,” the commission found by an 8-0 vote feb. 2. “we recommend the cultural resources section of the document in particular be withdrawn, re-written, and recirculated.”west berkeley investors has applied to build 155 apartments, about 30,000 square feet of stores and restaurants and a six-level parking garage on the block bounded by fourth street, university avenue, the union pacific railroad tracks, and hearst avenue. the 2.2-acre project site, at 1900 fourth street, is part of the city-landmarked west berke






exhibit about ohlone tribe to open at de anza college oct. 23 – the mercury news


the sayers have a saying: “when ceremony and dancing stop, so does the earth.”at indian canyon in hollister, the only land continuously held by the ohlone–the first inhabitants of the san francisco and monterey regions–ceremonies are more than just regularly held events; they’re a way of life for the indigenous people.“we are still here and we’re not invisible, but the dominant society feels as though we are,” said anne marie sayers, tribal chairwoman of the mile-long indian canyon. “quite a number of people think we’re dead, but we’re still here living on this land and still having ceremonies.”one day, it’ll be sayers’ 29-year-old daughter, kanyon, who’ll inherit the land and continue her tribe’s traditions, but for now the 68-year-old anne marie, who in addition to ohlone also has swedis






man “propositions” middle school girl in berkeley, authorities say – the mercury


berkeley – a man travelling in a van made what school officials described as “repeated inappropriate gestures and propositions” to a middle school girl wednesday morning, prompting an e-mail alert to parents.the incident occurred near shattuck and durant avenues, the student at king middle school told authorities.the student boarded an ac transit bus and called her parents, as well as berkeley police, according to superintendent donald evans and associate superintendent pasquale scuderi.“we want to raise awareness, rather than alarm,” they said in the e-mail, which was distributed to those signed up for alerts from berkeley schools.evans and scuderi noted that wednesday’s incident came a day after berkeley police issed a public notice, informing people that william turner was out of custod






forfeits by ohlone change playoff landscape for csm


the race to the top of the j.c. softball standings in the coast north featured a tug-of-war between college of san mateo, foothill college and ohlone college.at least until last week, when ohlone had to forfeit seven games, including five in conference, for use of an ineligible player.the main beneficiary was foothill, which had its 3-1 loss on march 2 to ohlone overturned, thereby moving the owls into a two-way tie in the loss column with csm entering this week.“this has been an interesting year,” csm coach nicole borg said on wednesday. “obviously much more competition on our side of the conference, which is great. both pitchers at foothill and ohlone have done a really good job. and ohlone forfeiting the games put foothill in the position to tie for a coast conference championship with






berkeley ‘coffee with a cop’ a chance to meet two chiefs – the mercury news


berkeley — berkeley police chief andrew greenwood and uc berkeley police chief margo bennett will co-host a “coffee with a cop” event on oct. 4 — national coffee with a cop day.the event is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. at the original peet’s coffee at 2124 vine st.the periodic klatches are unscripted events, with no agenda, that offer residents a chance to ask questions and share concerns, according to berkeley police.






opposing berkeley protests end in at least 13 arrests


anti, left, and pro-trump supporters are separated by a barrier set up police during competing demonstrations at martin luther king jr. civic center park in berkeley, calif., saturday, april 15, 2017. (anda chu/bay area news group)






mayhem at pro-trump rally in berkeley – the mercury news


at least one protester was arrested saturday in berkeley when pro-president donald trump activists clashed with those who oppose trump. a series of fights broke out, and the rallies took a violent turn. one pro-trump supporter was apparently sprayed in the face with mace. blood was coming from his nose, and friends were cleaning his eyes with a t-shirt.at one point, a smoke bomb was thrown, spreading a smelly blue cloud that scattered the crowd.click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.read more about the rallies here.






berkeley creates one-stop venue to wise up while fighting global warming – the m


berkeley — remember when the library was the place to check out books? now the west berkeley library is also a place to recharge your vehicle and help the city meet its climate action plan goals.electric vehicles parked in front of the west berkeley branch library now can plug into a curbside charging station, city spokesman matthai chakko announced this week. the new charging station is powered in part by solar panels on the roof of the library, which has produced more energy than it uses since it opened in 2014, chakko said. funded by grants from the california energy commission and the 11th hour project, a program of the schmidt family foundation, the new station is ada-accessible and can charge electric cars as well as motorcycles.other city-sponsored vehicle charging stations are at t






anti-fascist group calls on resistance movement after protesters clash at rally


berkeley — a day after protesters clashed in downtown berkeley, representatives of anti-fascist activists downplayed the violence that was instigated by the anarchist group antifa and spoke of their plans to advance their resistance against white nationalists and other members of the alt-right.the “refuse fascism” group called for nov. 4 as a national day of resistance. it asked the media not to focus on those that were arrested, and “minor instances” of violence, and instead to report the “amazing resistance” movement.“we want people in this city to know if you want to know what’s going on come out to the streets and join us,” said xochitl johnson, of refuse fascism, at the news conference monday afternoon.johnson said the fascist movement is trying to make the city of berkeley “ground ze






opposing berkeley trump rallies end with at least 13 arrests


scores of people supporting or opposing president donald trump converged on a park in downtown berkeley on saturday. police say at least 13 people have been arrested as fights have broken out and fireworks have been tossed into the crowds. officials seized numerous prohibited items from the demonstrators and indicated that they anticipated more arrests would be made. several people sustained injuries, but it was not clear how serious the injuries were.photographers from bay area news group have captured several images from the protests.check back for updates. click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.






special olympics torch run in berkeley – the mercury news


members of the uc berkeley and berkeley police departments escorted the “flame of hope” through the city of berkeley during the law enforcement torch run for special olympics on tuesday, june 20, 2017. the torch run was started in 1981 in wichita, kansas by police chief richard lamunyon and now sees participation by departments across the nation in fundraising for the special olympics.click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.






trump immigration policy worries table tennis champ


uncertainty regarding the immigration policy of president donald trump is causing anxiety for an ohlone college student who also happens to be a table tennis national champion.a native of china, ying (emily) wang said her fear of being sent back home or not being able to find a job after graduation resonates among the more than 420 international students from nearly 30 countries at ohlone.some students feel they don’t have a chance to succeed in america under the trump presidency, wang said.“it’s scary,” she said in a phone interview on friday.the 23-year-old came to america three years ago on a student visa. she lived in milpitas for two years before moving to fremont.wang has served as a senator on the college’s governing student body, known as the associated students of ohlone college,






milo yiannopoulos' security cost uc berkeley $800,000 | far right news


after student organisers of the berkeley "free speech week" cancelled their events, far-right media personality milo yiannopoulos vowed to hold his own rally. violence breaks out at opposing rallies in berkeley campusyiannopoulos' appearance at the steps of the university of california's sproul plaza on sunday was brief.after 15 minutes, yiannopoulos' security guards drove him off, local media reported.the university said security precautions for the event, which involved officers from eight different law enforcement agencies, cost $800,000.along with far-right author mike cernovich and anti-muslim figure pamela geller, yiannopoulos addressed around 150 supporters who had gathered to hear him speak. "it feels like probably the most expensive photo op in the university's history," said uc b






uc berkeley police urge demonstrators to stay home sunday – the mercury news


berkeley — uc berkeley police are urging would-be demonstrators to stay away from campus sunday.on friday, amber cummings, the organizer of the right-wing rally, “no marxism in america,” hastily canceled the demonstration, which was scheduled to take place sunday at civic center park in downtown berkeley. fearing violence from counter-protesters, she asked supporters to stay away.but uc berkeley police said saturday they still anticipated a large number of people to turn out for the counter-protest, called “bay area against hate,” which was slated to be held at uc berkeley’s west crescent lawn on oxford and center streets. officials said police planned to close the west crescent entrance to campus, even though organizers for the counter demonstration neither sought nor were issued a permit






uc berkeley police urge demonstrators to stay home sunday – the mercury news


berkeley — uc berkeley police are urging would-be demonstrators to stay away from campus sunday.on friday, amber cummings, the organizer of the right-wing rally, “no marxism in america,” hastily canceled the demonstration, which was scheduled to take place sunday at civic center park in downtown berkeley. fearing violence from counter-protesters, she asked supporters to stay away.but uc berkeley police said saturday they still anticipated a large number of people to turn out for the counter-protest, called “bay area against hate,” which was slated to be held at uc berkeley’s west crescent lawn on oxford and center streets. officials said police planned to close the west crescent entrance to campus, even though organizers for the counter demonstration neither sought nor were issued a permit






uc berkeley hosting rep. barbara lee talk about health, obamacare – the mercury


berkeley — rep. barbara lee, d-oakland, will be the featured speaker at “fighting for health equity in 2017 and beyond” on march 13 at uc berkeley.the event, sponsored by the berkeley center for social medicine, the schools of social welfare and public health at uc berkeley, and by samuel merritt university, will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 2050 of the valley life sciences building.uc berkeley chancellor nicholas dirks will deliver opening remarks.the event is free, but registration is recommended through eventbrite.affordable, high-quality healthcare is a fundamental human right, according to event notes, and lee, who was trained as a psychiatric social worker, wants to make sure that all people, especially the most vulnerable, have access to it.“congresswoman barbara lee’s main healthcar






berkeley police investigate death at homeless camp – the mercury news


berkeley — police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found near an encampment by the bart train tracks, police said.police identified the woman as a 40-year-old, but her name has not been released pending the notification of her family.her body was found on the east side of the bart tracks north of 63rd street and martin luther king jr. way, according to a berkeley police news release.police said as part of the standard protocol for death investigations, homicide investigators were called to the scene. a cause of death has not yet been determined.






transbay ferry operator moves headquarters to berkeley – the mercury news


berkeley — the operator of the berkeley-san francisco ferry has moved its headquarters to downtown berkeley.tideline marine group inc., previously of sausalito, opened in the office, at 1935 addisonmaster deckhand matthew cosby wraps up a line as the heron, tideline marine group’s 52-foot chesapeake yacht, cuts through the waters of the san francisco bay in san francisco, calif., on wednesday, sept. 28, 2016. tideline marine group is breaking into the public commuter service with a ferry run between berkeley and san francisco and other commuter service ventures. (laura a. oda/bay area news group) st., suite a,  on oct. 1, according to a release from the company. tideline launched service between berkeley and san francisco in february.the ferry leaves from the berkeley marina on weekdays at






workers protest hiring of firm accused of wage theft – the mercury news


an article published online friday, jan. 27, 2017 and in the print local section sunday, jan. 29 incorrectly reported that kt urban hired a subcontractor accused of wage theft for two san jose development projects, silvery towers and one south market. kt urban served as construction manager on one of the projects but did not hire subcontractors.setting the record straight: the mercury news corrects all significant errors that are brought to the attention of the editors. if you believe we have made such an error, please send an email to [email protected]






suspects sought in uc berkeley robbery – the mercury news


berkeley — two suspects are being sought for robbing a 17-year-old female uc berkeley student wednesday afternoon as she walked on campus, police said thursday.the robbery happened about 2:23 p.m. wednesday along grinnell pathway, a popular walking area that parallels strawberry creek.sgt. sabrina reich said the two suspects confronted the victim on the pathway near oxford street and stole “electronics”  from her before running away toward the downtown berkeley bart station.she was not injured and university of california, berkeley police unsuccessfully searched the area for the suspects.they were described as black male teenagers, 6 feet tall, with thin builds, medium to light complexions and clean shaven. they wore black hooded sweatshirts and gray pants.anyone with information about the






uc berkeley to protect data from science deniers with ‘guerilla archiving’ – the


berkeley — uc berkeley will host a “guerrilla archiving” event urday to save federal data in the public interest from a presidential administration that has expressed scorn for science and claims climate change is a hoax.datarescue sf bay will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at uc berkeley’s institute for data science in the doe memorial library. the event, run by a group of bay area information technology experts, scientists, researchers and activists, is co-sponsored by uc santa cruz’ science and justice center.datarescue events feature the ing of data, from the environmental protection agency (epa), national aeronautics and space administration (nasa), national oceanic and atmospheric ociation (noaa) and department of energy (doe), related to climate change, alternative energy, and toxic re






albany target to hold more job fairs ahead of berkeley store opening – the mercu


albany — retail giant target will hold two more “mini mass hires,” or job fairs, in the coming days at its store at 1057 eastshore highway in albany.the job fairs, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. aug. 31 and sept. 7, are part of a series aiming to hire about 70 people for a new small-format target store in berkeley, at 1414 university ave. at acton street, scheduled to open in november. the site once was occupied by a former andronico’s market.like the journal facebook page for neighborhood news and conversation from albany, el cerrito, kensington and beyond.arget is looking to fill positions in grocery, apparel, beauty products, logistics and other areas, according to an announcement.walk-ins are welcome at both upcoming fairs. they follow job fairs at the albany store on july 15 and aug. 24.the un






carol christ confirmed as uc berkeley chancellor – the mercury news


berkeley — carol t. christ, uc berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost, was confirmed thursday as the 11th chancellor of the campus.christ, whose nomination to the position was announced monday, was unanimously approved at a special meeting of the uc board of regents on thursday. she will be uc berkeley’s first female chancellor.christ, 72, has long ties to uc berkeley, having risen from english department chairwoman to executive vice chancellor and provost in her first three decades at the school. she left berkeley for smith college in 2002, where she served as president, and returned to berkeley in 2015 to direct the center for studies in higher education. she took on her previous role as interim executive vice chancellor and provost last may on an interim basis.her appo






berkeley police stand-back strategy was the right call at trump event – the merc


they came bearing daggers, baseball bats, helmets, pepper spray, body armor and planks of wood with protruding nails. the ax handle sporting a small american flag was an inspired touch. one of the groups calls itself by any means necessary.two groups of demonstrators convened in berkeley on march 4 — one in support of president donald trump, the other dreaming of the day when trump falls down a well on the way to his impeachment. the likelihood of violence was obvious. or should have been.hours later, after intermittent brawling and bloodshed, 10 arrests were made. and berkeley police were being criticized for standing back while combatants exercised their constitutional right to deviate each other’s septum. an unscientific survey of news reports indicates that pro-trump attendees (who not






uc berkeley to protect data from science deniers with ‘guerrilla archiving’ – th


berkeley — uc berkeley will host a “guerrilla archiving” event urday to save federal data in the public interest from a presidential administration that has expressed scorn for science and claims climate change is a hoax.datarescue sf bay will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at uc berkeley’s institute for data science in the doe memorial library. the event, run by a group of bay area information technology experts, scientists, researchers and activists, is co-sponsored by uc santa cruz’ science and justice center.datarescue events feature the ing of data, from the environmental protection agency (epa), national aeronautics and space administration (nasa), national oceanic and atmospheric ociation (noaa) and department of energy (doe), related to climate change, alternative energy, and toxic re






teens arrested in uc berkeley robbery – the mercury news


berkeley — two boys, one 15, the other 16, were  arrested on suspicion of  knocking down and robbing a uc berkeley student of his cellphone friday night on campus, police said monday.after being knocked to the ground the victim had his cellphone grabbed from his hand, police said.the 15-year-old is from san pablo and the 16-year-old from hercules, authorities said. their names were not released.police said the student robbed was 17.  he sustained minor injuries.the robbery was reported about 7:50 p.m. friday in front of morrison hall.the suspects  fled on foot.  uc berkeley police spotted two youths matching the descriptions of the suspects near stern hall about a half-mile away and arrested them. the stolen cell phone was recovered, sgt. sabrina reich said.the suspects admitted their invo






man gropes woman on bart, police say – the mercury news


berkeley — a man travelling on bart groped a female passenger wednesday night and then fled after the train pulled into a station.the train was bound for warm springs and was between the richmond and north berkeley stations when the incident happened about 8:30 p.m., according to the transit agency.the man, who was sitting next to the woman, initially tried to engage her in conversation, bart said. both the man and the woman exited the train at north berkeley, where the man fled and the woman told a station agent what happened.bart police described the suspect as a black man between 20 and 25 years old who stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall. police said the suspect left the north berkeley station about 8:45 p.m.anyone with information can contact bart police at 510-464-7040 or can make an a






man expected to survive stabbing near berkeley city college – the mercury news


berkeley — a 36-year-old man was hospitalized but expected to survive after being stabbed near berkeley city college early monday, police said.officers found the man with more than one stab wound after they arrived to 2055 center st. around 12:41 a.m., berkeley police spokesman sgt. andrew frankel said. he remained in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital later hours later.the suspect, identified by police as 30-year-old kenneth white, of el cerrito, was nearby when officers arrived, and they detained him immediately, frankel said. after questioning, they arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.white is scheduled to be arraigned at the wiley m. manuel courthourse in oakland on wednesday and remained in santa rita jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.






man gropes woman on bart, police say – the mercury news


berkeley — a man traveling on bart reportedly groped a female passenger wednesday night and then fled after the train pulled into a station.the train was bound for warm springs and was between the richmond and north berkeley stations when the incident happened about 8:30 p.m., according to the transit agency.the man, who was sitting next to the woman, initially tried to engage her in conversation, bart police said.both the man and the woman exited the train at north berkeley, where the man fled and the woman told a station agent what happened.bart police described the suspect as a black man between 20 and 25 years old who stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall.police said the suspect left the north berkeley station about 8:45 p.m.anyone with information can contact bart police at 510-464-7040 o






trump law firm calls alleged bloom county letter a 'fake'


new york — a law firm representing president donald trump is disputing internet reports that it sent a "cease and desist" letter to the creator of bloom county.emily m. thall, director of business development & marketing for kasowitz benson torres llp, told the associated press on friday that the letter "is a fake." the widely shared letter was posted this week on berkeley breathed's facebook page. dated may 22, it alleges that the cartoonist used images of trump and his family for "commercial exploitation and promotion" and demanded the images be removed.berkeley breathed did not answer repeated queries from the associated press over how he received the letter. in an email, he noted trump's history of litigation and said it was "futile" to argue "back and forth" over the truth.






berkeley becomes 2nd california city to ban fur clothing


berkeley – officials have voted to ban the sale of fur clothing in berkeley, the second city in california to approve such a ban.the berkeley city council late tuesday voted to approve the ordinance sponsored by council member kriss worthington and spearheaded by the berkeley coalition for animals.in 2013, west hollywood became the first city in the state to ban fur apparel sales.coalition founding member, dr. jay quigley, says millions of foxes, rabbits, minks, and other animals bred for their fur typically spend their entire lives in cages. he says they are then slaughtered by gassing, neck-breaking, or electrocution.he says the fur industry is radically inconsistent with berkeley’s values.






documentary that outs climate change-denying scientists gets free berkeley scree


berkeley — a documentary about the role of politically well-connected scientists who allegedly misled the public on issues ranging from climate change to the health effects of tobacco to advance an agenda will be shown free to the public on june 18.“merchants of doubt,” based on the namesake book by historians naomi oreskes and erik conway, is “a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring american spin,” according to the sponsor of the event, the first amendment team of the advocacy organization indivisible berkeley.“filmmaker robert kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion,” according






unknown number of u.s. permanent residents stuck overseas as a result of trump's


an undetermined number of longtime u.s. residents have been stranded overseas as a result of president trump's executive order temporarily blocking visas from seven countries in the middle east and north africa. all visa holders from those seven countries are now barred entry to the u.s., including lawful permanent residents, also known as green card holders, people with u.s. work visas and other types of visas, according to a senior u.s. immigration official. the official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. some of the affected countries, such as yemen and libya, have relatively few nationals who are u.s. permanent residents or visa holders. but a large number of iranians have permanent residency in the u.s., as do smaller numbers from some of the other c