A man was shot Thursday night in West Berkeley. Photo: Citizen reporter
A man was shot Thursday night in West Berkeley. Photo: Citizen reporter

A shooting in West Berkeley on Thursday night left a man wounded but expected to survive, authorities report.

The shooting took place at 10th Street and Bancroft Way shortly before 7 p.m., said Berkeley Police Lt. Spencer Fomby.

Only two people called police to report the gunfire, BPD said. Some people who heard the gunfire thought it was fireworks.

An officer on patrol also heard the shots and headed to the area quickly, according to police radio recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside. One caller heard nine shots.

When police arrived in the area, they found casings but no victims or property damage, Fomby said.

A man who had been shot later turned up at a local hospital for treatment, he said. The wound did not appear life-threatening but no further information was immediately available.

Police remain in the area speaking to witnesses, Fomby said.

Mayor: “No one should feel unsafe in Berkeley”

Two Berkeley City Council candidates running for the District 2 seat who live in the area tweeted about the shooting.

“My street is currently blocked off,” wrote candidate Alex Sharenko. “My family, myself and my neighbors are ok as far as I know but we are deeply shaken.”

Candidate Terry Taplin shared a similar sentiment: “My mom’s ok, my sister is ok. From what I’ve gathered there was 1 victim. Feels like it’s always West Berkeley. Guns need to be gone.”

Replying to Sharenko, another community member on Twitter tagged Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín and sitting Councilmember Cheryl Davila, writing: “This is, I believe, the 2nd shooting in almost two weeks in District 2. Can you please bring up at the next council meeting what the city plans to do to better protect its residents? This is totally unacceptable.”

The mayor replied to Sharenko’s tweet minutes later: “I am sorry to hear this and hope your family is safe. I agree it is unacceptable. I am in touch with the City Manager and Police Chief on the status of the investigation and what we can do to deal with this rash of shootings. No one should feel unsafe in Berkeley.”

There have been at least 20 other confirmed incidents of gunfire in 2020, police said last week.

Emilie Raguso

Emilie Raguso (senior editor, news) joined the Berkeleyside team in 2012. She covers politics, public safety and development. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...

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  1. I had forgotten about the attack on the elderly woman and finally looked it up. She was slashed in the throat by a 16 year old, driven to do the assault by a young adult woman in a BMW M3 convertible, so it’s doubtful that poverty led to this attack. The weapon was an 8″ butcher knife. Again, the hills are not safe, either. (I found this on SFGate but remember first reading it on Berkeleyside. I think.)

  2. did you read this article? AC Transit usually posts notices when buses are cancelled so they have the time and staff to do this.

  3. @Pearl Clutcher
    No reason was given. BUSD teachers are fiercely independent meaning, they don’t discuss or explain teaching methodology.

    Going directly to the principal for an answer resulted in a laundry list of generic excuses the most notable of which was: “I cannot require them to spend more time than negotiated with their union.”

    I don’t know if the superintendent or principals have any power here. It is all up to the board to prioritize learning over the teachers’ union. No-one expects the teachers to work in sweatshop conditions, but there is no balance or nuance in the priorities.

  4. there is no plan B.
    the planet will survive humans
    there are a lot of humans sharing this planet
    but will human society survive humans’ mismanagement?
    time for humans to get their act together.
    use common sense.
    not even mentioning ethics,
    just from a fiscal standpoint
    it is lunacy to keep pouring cash into ER services when a cheaper more humane solution is obvious. permanent housing.
    u.s. society needs to get over its puritan, individualism, boot straps fetish
    and help each other.
    it’s a no brainer.
    no plan B.

  5. Marxist theory, Bolsheviks, etc. are all the politics of the last century.
    There were lots of Marxists around in the 1960s and 1970s, but Marxism collapsed in the 1980s and 1990s, and there are very few Marxists around now.
    Today, Marxism is a lazy right-wing slur rather than an influential theory.
    Calling progressives Marxists or Bolsheviks is almost as out of touch with reality as calling them bimetallists or single-taxers.

  6. Thanks, I was encouraged enough to refresh my chrome install but had to enable the dreaded “third party cookies” to finally get it to work. I’m on a personal computer.

  7. unfortunately this is exactly what will happen here. And since we live in a poor me poor me time the guys will walk and end up in a hospital not in prison.

  8. That’s what I’m talking about. We’re a suburb of Silicon Valley–extended. Its high time we put tech to good use.

  9. Hmm sounds like the Bay Area is full then. Time to head to Antioch and Vallejo. They are in desperate need of intrepid pioneers to rebuild there.

  10. The rent will be whatever they can get for it. It may be higher or lower then projections. They should remove the kitchens and cater to people who have families in Placer County and come in to work for 2-3 days per week. With Covid people are moving further out with WFH and I see hybrid WFH/In Office as a popular option in the future. if you are spending 10 nights a month in the area it’s better than a hotel and who needs the amenities?

  11. You sure respond to a lot of my comments for someone that doesn’t take me seriously. Perhaps you do bc you know what I’m saying is true and resonates with people. Communism is a blanket term for people who suffer from the delusion of Marxism and all its many offshoot -isms. I use that term precisely bc it neatly sums up the tragedy of revolutionaries sitting around in coffee houses thinking they can overthrow the previous 5,000 years of human history in one fell swoop and replace it with something they cooked up on paper while sitting around chain-smoking and drinking espressos while their wealthy friends let them sleep on the coucc. Btw, Amsterdamn is filthy, Paris has a lovely urban core (which is WAY bigger than Berkeley, mind you), and is surrounded by densely packed urban jungle that is on the brink of revolution every spring, and I’ve never been to Vienna. I’m in no rush to see Berkeley go that way.

  12. It’s neither of those things. They are free to get other jobs; otherwise, they have to pay the price of commuting. We all have to make some sacrifice or another. If you live far away, you have to commute. If you live here, you have to pay 1.4 mil for a two bedroom bungalow and suffer an incompetent city council and drug addicted vagrants accosting your children. Nothing’s perfect, especially not overcrowding and sticking property owners with the bill for failed homeless centers.

  13. Yup. If they can’t afford housing, its time to move on to greener pastures. That’s what people do — they move if the situation no longer allows them to stay. And according to many of the interviews I’ve read, most of them weren’t born here. They migrated here bc the climate — both literally and politically — is amenable to un-housed living.

  14. H! They’re all pretty much the same in my book: a bunch of malcontents who are unhappy about literally everything, majored in Grievance Studies in college, “informed” by lazy Marxist theory, and 100% unrealistic about the world and human nature. Not so sure about this “ignoring today’s politics and dealing with the politics of a century ago” business either; we are very much dealing with the same social, economic, and political problems from a century ago and the very same failed policies that radical revolutionary hucksters pushed back then — be they Bols, Troskies, or Ancro-Synds.

  15. the fact that we’ve turned to trendy SROs is sad in and of itself. This isn’t housing; its storage of workers during non working hours. and if the proposed rent is $2,000 who the hell would choose that? I would find a roommate and go in for a traditional two bedroom since $4,000 should still get you a decent two bedroom in berkeley and then I wouldn’t have to share a kitchen with an entire floor. jeez

  16. It’s a really ugly building, in spite of the paint around the windows. Imagine this monster in 15 years when it’s covered in grime. The basic shape has no grace and no balance; there’s nothing you can do to alter that.

  17. Yes we had the same.

    BUSD and the teachers union gives a rats **#)$ for the children and the families.
    We are not giving a rats (#&$( about the BUSD and the teachers any more.

  18. I could not agree more.
    it is crazy that we praise the teachers for doing nothing or the bare minimum and then they hide behind the union. This is exactly why unions have a bad reputation among people who are ambitious. This downward leveling is crazy. We orient our-self at the worst performer not the best here.
    I used to support BUSD, teachers and the union. But I am sorry I will not support any of them again. No more fund education measures etc…

  19. That was really nice of him. And it’s true that the notification from AC Transit was inadequate, to say the least.

  20. Tell it to the commercial office landlords in fully sealed buildings with almost zero ventilation. They think they are awesome because they put out a few containers of hand sanitizer and put pieces of tape on the floor. Meanwhile the windows do not open, the elevators and the stairs have zero ventilation, and they keep recirculating stale air. No thank you! Terminated my ten year lease!

  21. AC Transit has hundreds of bus stops. Are they supposed to magically post signage and staff the routes all at once while also shutting down the bus terminal for emergency cleaning in real time? If you think they have a time machine and enough staff to do this, you are sadly mistaken.

  22. This is “luxury housing for the few”??? A 200 sq ft unit with a shared kitchen is a very odd idea of luxury.
    It is more like the old SRO hotels than it is like luxury. The only difference is that each unit has its own bathroom–maybe some people consider that a luxury.

  23. Was this another random shooting like the poor guy at Dwight and Valley? Or the young man on his porch on Fresno? Or do they suspect something different?

  24. Physical barriers like the hills may always decrease crime. I’d guess that criminals like low-hanging fruit/easy pickings.

  25. Are not a lot of the more radical voters not really taxpayers–or are students? Or those with little investment in our community?

  26. Are you sure they are Bolsheviks and not Trotskyists or Anarcho-Syndicalists?
    Since we are ignoring today’s politics and dealing with the politics of a century ago, we might as well do it right.

  27. All over Berkeley. Remember it was up in the hills where the poor guy was bludgeoned to death with his own flower pot and on the sidewalk by the Rose Garden where the young woman assaulted an elderly lady–the young woman being driven there by a social service worker of some sort, I do believe.

  28. As I recall, one councilmember wanted to vote no confidence in the chief, but she didn’t get a second.

  29. Oh yeah, you’re right. Soft rubber encased in hard plastic, fired from 12ga shotguns. Which is pretty escalating and alarming when they’re shooting at you, and they really hurt. Back in ’72, one friend got a huge welt on her forehead, and another lost the central vision in one eye (even with the best eye surgeon in the area) when hit in it by one. Fired by the Blue Meanies aka Alameda Co Sheriffs, not BPD. They’re not supposed to be aimed above waist level, for just that reason, and he was standing on a student coop balcony, half a story above ground level.

    Those spinning beanbags fired from small mortars, as used by the Oakland PD and many others, are just as effective and safer. The BPD used one (borrowed from Oakland) to take down that crazed methhead who wouldn’t surrender in Ohlone Park a few years back.

  30. More dysfunction on the part of democrat run cities and organizations…There is no reason why these buses can’t be cleaned on a rotating cycle.

  31. Thank you, Mr. Goregaokar.

    (For god’s sake, A.C.T., it wouldn’t occur to most riders to check your Twitter feed or Web site! I get automated phone messages from Alameda County about unhealthy air and things; perhaps the County would have helped you out with this. Did you ask?)

  32. I’m thinking AC Transit should own and operate the bike share systems in the East Bay, instead of Lyft. Bike shares could solve last mile problems (get people from home to bus or bus to job), and provide a kind of backup to buses when things like this happen. Plus Clipper cards could be used to pay for both.

  33. On Saturday there was an elderly woman at Grant and University waiting for the bus when I walked by and I warned her the bus may not come. We looked at the AC Transit web site and I read through the routes cancelled for her. She had no idea. Pretty clearly AC didn’t manage this well at all, especially for folks who may not be internet connected or savy.

  34. True enough about longevity of Of course Rent control offers inheritance bennies. You know the building UC is in contract for or purchased for the Gateway project, it has tenants whose parents leased the unit and now the offspring are current RC tenants- Ridiculous! a 1 yr lease signed 30+ yrs ago with 60% CPI increases. Of course the building will be decrepit or the owner broke. And this tenant will get a payout if UC demolishes ( not mandated by any law) more insanity but politically expedient.

  35. Can you also update this story to let readers know that ACT provides line delays and updates on their Twitter as well, in addition to their website? Most line updates go out on Twitter first and then are posted to the website.

  36. The urban college educated and others usually go through a nomadic period in their lives before settling down, a time when they share apartments with others in the same phase, sometimes 2, 3, or 4 . It gets pretty hairy when you have to share bathroom and kitchens with a crowd. Even getting along with a few roommates take a lot of goodwill and cooperation, and routines can break down with a single slob in the group. There’s nothing inherently new in “co-living” but building projects with that model as the basis raise problems, specifically the bedroom to kitchen ratio. In 3000 Shattuck and 2720 San Pablo Avenue, the largest pods are 6 to 1, and only one or two of those in each project. Most of the sharing units are 3, 4, and 5 bedrooms to a kitchen and bathroom. And those have full kitchens with stove top and oven and large refrigerators, not efficiency units with a hot plate or microwave and hotel sized frig.
    The main problem with 2435 San Pablo Avenue is the bedroom to kitchen ratio which is 15 to 1 on floors 2 and 3 and 12 to 1 on #4. Even with two refrigerators and stoves, this is unmanageable. It’s a crowd in the kitchen, which is not safe now and probably not in the COVID future when there is sure to be outbreaks, even with a vaccine. It was questionable even before COVID, just on a practical level. Some people have been thinking about best practices for co-living, and one comprehensive study Best Practices for Urban Co-living Communities suggests a ratio of 5 bedrooms per kitchen:
    https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1016&context=arch_id_theses

  37. Great analysis. I agree with you- we need a bit of a reset on housing prices to allow for more affordability and sustainability. It’s insane that people should pay ~50% of earnings for housing. ~45% of Californians are renters; would be great to create a path for more ownership and long term investment in communities. I’m all for being creative and experimenting with many different means to get there.

  38. @emraguso:disqus , there’s a dimension of this story you missed. I think it’s particularly important during a run up to an election.How did the city’s Mental Health Services Center, which benefits very few, make this list, ahead of other projects of broad importance?

    As you are aware, this Council has adopted a pattern of putting forth ballot measures that pass with a simple majority and that direct funds to the General Fund rather than restricted – “special” funds that must be spent on specific projects. They paper over this by throwing in a non-binding “council of experts” or “community process” that will recommend priorities but in reality council can do whatever they please.

    T-1 is a stinking example of this abuse.

    After a monthslong community process to select and rank projects was complete, the city manager rolled in at the last minute and said “let’s rebuild the city’s Mental Health Services Center.” That was not on any output from the community process.

    The employees wanted it and the politicians let them push to the front of the line, ahead of the residents writing the checks and supposedly empowered by the measure

    This is also a great example of how Berkeley taxpayers wind up underwriting regional costs. Our mental health services have regional benefits. People from all over northern Alameda County are treated there but only Berkeley residents pay for the facility at the expense of other infrastructure our city desperately needs.

    To make this concrete: Albany can afford its beautiful swim center because we pay these costs for their benefit.

  39. As shocking as that is, I’m bracing myself for the response. Once the obvious was laid before them, what was their reason for not pursuing it?

  40. My stance is that the system is broken if it keeps producing more of what the community does not need and little to none of what it does need. If we recognize that, maybe we can find a solution.

  41. True enough, which is why the last investor in line is often left holding the bag after the property is flipped once again. Real estate investing is very risky, highly speculative, and full of sleazebags and con artists – just look at Trump.

  42. Drill a few holes in those sardine cans and let the air in! The noise from outside won´t kill you, but the air inside might.

  43. The same is true for renters under current Rent Control (ie under the state law Costa-Hawkins). Rent Control currently only benefits long term renters; and also offers no inheritance benefits, unlike Prop 13.

  44. No they don’t! There has been immense cruelty in not being firmer in enforcing laws against camping in parks, city streets, under freeways. This project is not for them in any case and this project does not have to contribute to the housing fund. But it does tell one thing- how expensive this place is.

  45. It seems like this is just a stepping stone. I am interested to know what recent buildings you like

  46. I do residential sales and not commercial, so don’t know.

    Sellers’s benefit when homes are on the market a short time. Buyers are more likely to overbid because of competition. Once a home’s been on the market awhile, buyers benefit … they have a better feel for what a home’s not worth.

    Though possible, covenants such as that wouldn’t make sense (to me).

    Having said that, I can imagine a condition which wouldn’t allow a property owner to sign a long term, very low rent lease because if the bank took the property back, they’d be stuck with the lease.

  47. It’s not sad. Why don’t you donate your own money to the developer so the design meets your own aesthetic standard?

  48. It appears you are quoting the Kenosha Police department facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/Kenoshapolice/posts/10158499263447207

    For a less one sided account, you can read here:

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/police-federal-agents-arrest-seattle-based-riot-kitchen-crew-that-stopped-in-kenosha-to-serve-free-food/

    or watch the video of the encounter here:
    https://twitter.com/riotkitchen206

    If after that, you would like to support them, you can donate to their venmo.

  49. I’m all for experimentation and trying new ways of living out. TBH I’m glad people are still willing to try new things in Berkeley. We make it really hard 🙁 Hope this is successful and we can experiment with more creative ways of re-imagining living spaces!

  50. High office occupancies drive residential rents and real estate prices up. Low office occupancies drive residential prices down. We know rents are down almost 10%. From my analysis, in San Francisco and the peninsula, homes are current selling for what they went for in 2017/2018.

    Condos performing a bit worse.
    Hopefully prices will continue to drop a bit more and create the opportunity to bring back residents with a committment to the Bay Area. Be gone tech bros..

  51. Berkeley has catered to nomads of one kind or another since forever. I’m so old I remember it was cool. If Berkeley had an adequate amount of housing, it wouldn’t really matter whether they were here for 6 months or 6 decades.

  52. I don’t believe that police should be handling non-violent non-dangerous situations. And the ppl who downvote this do believe bringing a gun to random situations is a good idea. Some neighbor complains about noise, so a dude in kevlar and a pistol shows up. Wtf is that? But you like it.

  53. if we’re going to do aesthetic design review, “better than current use” is the closest to an objective standard. Not sure if (for example) you and I would agree on what constitutes good design beyond that.

  54. Because a project has to conform to the zoning laws to get approval, and everyone has a right to comment when the Zoning Adjustment Board makes its decisions. .

    Those who believe that property ownership trumps everything else don’t believe in democracy.

  55. “Everyone that needs to be here has a place to live.”
    That is totally untrue and willfully ignorant of the fact that many people are forced to commute long distances because they can’t afford housing in the central Bay Area.

  56. Berkeley is right in the center of a major metropolitan area. It is nothing like a typical small town.

  57. a densely packed, urban communist hellscape

    I am sure that Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam are all hellscapes and are all controlled by communists.

    When someone throws the word “communist” in, I don’t take their opinions seriously, any more than I take people seriously if they throw the word “fascist” in.

  58. No but there are state and federal laws. It seems people forget that just cause city does or doesnt have laws doesn’t mean state and feds dont cities do still have to follow state and fed unless noted that its up to city. Oh and county laws. As alameda county stopped 2012 berk way construction for a week some violation with soil. Also another example city said one thing about noise pollution but it actually breaks County/state..etc quiet enjoyment and nuisance laws. Or the fact that city is a bit crooked. Rehs did noise reading and right after stated noise was very distrubing(which is recorded) but than hours later in official report basically stated noise wasnt disturbing lol lets just say law firm jumped on this case based on all factual evidence

  59. Yes and beautiful parks with porta pottys..why does alameda parks have actual bathrooms yet berk has porta pottys like they are benches in a park….and please dont say a porta potty is like a bench lol

  60. More serious thought – you could imagine an enterprising developer auctioning off the right to decide the color scheme and other aesthetic details. This would be a win-win — the owner would get a little capital to reduce her costs, giving her the liquidity to create even more housing. And the winners of the auction would be able to decide the kind of details that matter to them, within some predetermined limits (structured choices, not a free for all). And those winners wouldn’t be saddled with the burden of building and operating housing thereby escaping the taint of being a “developer.”

    In other words we could create a market just for aesthetics.

  61. We don’t have a shortage of housing. Everyone that needs to be here has a place to live. There are other towns and cities with plenty of space, and people need to start looking there. If we implemented your simple-minded scheme, we’d be overflowing with people, traffic, and pollution. And you’re kidding yourself if you think more development means more affordable housing. Those new units will just be filled with rich foreign students and Google programmers, not low income folks. No more building. Live somewhere else. Plenty of nice places around the Bay.

  62. Wait, you mean randos on the internet can’t dictate the design of someone else’s property? But they could acquire that privilege on the free market? What manner of sorcery is this!?!

  63. “Full” is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll let you look that up on your own. And if you’re comparing Berkeley to SF and Manhattan, then you have absolutely zero sense of proportion, but for humor’s sake, Ill simplify if for you: Berkeley is a small town with limited space and infrastructure, and we don’t need to be cramming it full of more people. That clear enough for you?

  64. 200 square feet for a bedroom and bathroom, but that is the entire unit.
    Lots of old houses have bedrooms smaller than 200 sq feet, but the people who live there also have private living rooms, hallways, kitchens, etc.

  65. There are people in most every city in the Bay Area saying: we have way too many people here, there is too much traffic, let the developers build somewhere else but not in my back yard.

  66. Farmers are not in the business of growing food. They are in the business of making money.

    That is why we have shortages of food in the US, while they have plenty of food in socialist utopias like North Korea.

  67. We all know corporations love to lose money so they can use it as a tax write-off. When they propose new projects, they tell the lenders that it will lose money, and the lenders also say that they love to lend to projects that lose money.

  68. I ride on the Adeline protected bike lanes every day, and I find them very safe and convenient.
    They were installed as part of a repaving project, so they just involved restriping after repaving the existing roadway. There was no funding for the more expensive project of reconfiguring the median to create bike lanes.
    I think that the current protected bike lanes are safer than bike lanes in the median. I have been hit twice in my life while bicycling, and one of them was while riding in a bike lane in a median. Cars turning don’t expect bikes in the median.

  69. Stop, we’re both wrong. The 0.8 cited is per 1000, not a %. There are 97 1000s of remaining people. 97 x 0.8 = 77.6. That still makes my point very well.

  70. Piedmont has license-plate readers on the main streets in, and the willingness to do felony stops when indicated. They catch a lot of would-be burglars commuting in from Oakland.

  71. The vast majority of black folks want *more* effective policing, especially at the hands of the non-racist BPD. Especially since most victims of crime are black.

  72. Not just those two. The anti-police votes on the Council are usually 6 vs 3. “Round up the usual suspects.”

  73. > …they don’t seem to have the tools…
    The City prohibits them from having such useful and very cost-efficient stuff as drones, K-9s, red-light cameras, speeding cameras, automatic license-plate readers, ShotSpotter, or any nonlethal weapons beyond the baton and pepper spray. The automatic cameras in particular would stop many crimes before they happen, *if* the City allowed the PD to do traffic stops for probable cause. But what the PD is really lacking is enough officers to really suppress crime. Just to handle the items you mention would take twice as many.

  74. Common.com
    https://www.common.com/
    manages co-living projects nationwide, and they cater to the digital nomads. The leases are inter-connected, so if a “member” (they aren’t called tenants) wants to go to another city, they can use the year lease in another Common property. It would seem more a question of whether this is a discriminatory preference that would shut out locals who want to stay put in Berkeley a longer time.

  75. Several people making six figures made these decisions and then screwed all the riders. Somebody should be fired.

  76. Scott and I met in our English class, freshman year. Both East Bay kids, we had also been in the Accelerated High School Program at Cal, if I remember correctly. I was a math major / premed, who took mostly history after finishing those course requirements, and as such, our paths crossed rarely thereafter. But, senior year, I lived in the same dorm complex with Vickie The 3 of us had reconnected recently, after we ran into one another at a Stanford baseball game. We did some more sporting and political events, and Scott came to the penultimate ( I believe ) birthday party of my 6th decade Scott and Kendra’s death came as such a shock. It left me in something of a daze for several days. He had such a love of life, and his was well lived. Kendra’s, sadly was just getting started. Their memorial service was therefore such a bittersweet event. My thoughts and best wishes go out to Vickie, Kevin and family, as we approach the first anniversary of their passing.

  77. I agree Trump’s response and lack of cohesive national response is awful. However, our governor has created terrible economic devastation, put our children’s education at risk and has now laid out a plan to “reopen” that is virtually unattainable. Please research PCR tests detecting RNA, false positives and the plan to hit less than 1 “case” per day per 100,000 residents of a county to get back to anything resembling reality. This means less than 16 “cases” per day in Alameda county and we’re currently at 236. I am truly saddened for those who have lost their lives and for their families. My condolences go to them. The virus is real and can kill. And, we thankfully now know enough to protect the most vulnerable and allow ourselves to move forward.

  78. Oakland’s contract guarantees something like 120 minutes of synchronous instruction for middle/high schoolers. Albany is around 180 minutes. El Cerrito (west contra costa) is zero. Which doesn’t mean that students aren’t getting any, just that it’s up to teachers and principals to make their own decision; I hear from some WCCUSD students who are getting more synchronous instruction than they’d like, but others are getting none.

  79. As a teacher at College Prep I would like to disabuse you of the idea that most of our students are attending synchronous online classes 4.6 hours per day, four days a week (and an additional 5.25 hours on Wednesdays for 9th and 10th graders). We are currently using an eight period schedule with four classes meeting each day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Most of our students have AT LEAST one of these eight periods free. Even pre-pandemic we encouraged students to have free periods in which to meet with teachers, hang out with friends, and relax. Though there are exceptions, a normal class load averages three academic classes per day, for a total of 210 minutes of synchronous instruction, or 3.5 hours.

    The Wednesday class hours for 9th and 10th graders do not exist. Wednesdays are entirely asynchronous, with the exception of the occasional grade wide or multi-section assessment. The times listed for 9th and 10th graders are merely suggestions for when they might choose to do their asynchronous work, because we felt that younger students might benefit from greater structure.

    In addition, our teachers are very cognizant of the reality of Zoom burn out. We experience it ourselves. As a result, most teachers give students breaks during the 70 minute blocks. We also give students off camera work to complete during class time. I will, for example, give my students a project to complete and tell them to turn off their cameras or leave Zoom entirely until a fixed time for reassembling.

    It is likely that we are offering more weekly minutes of synchronous instruction than BHS, but the actual difference in minutes is probably much less than what a cursory glance at our website might indicate. Public school teaching is always challenging, but it is even more so in the distance learning mode. I applaud public school teachers for the effort, thoughtfulness, and creativity they are bringing to the task.

  80. Didn’t the city council just vote to defund Berkeley police? Mr Mayor is in touch with the Police Chief? What a great working relationship they must have. I hope this city council doesn’t chase BPD’s chief away. I’m sorry for my fellow Neighbors in the west, south, and over on Solano Ave. Did I miss anywhere?

  81. As a Grubhub and UberEats driver who has driven all over the East Bay, I see many buildings going up everyday. Brand new buildings.

  82. Speaking of bike infrastructure. Who thought it was a good idea to put the bike lane on Adeline next to the sidewalk? UPS, Amazon, FedEx, USPS and other delivery trucks for Berkeley Bowl park in the lane, making it useless and unsafe. They should have built a bike lane down the huge grass median, creating an actual safe protected pathway for bikes to travel. I just take up a lane while biking up Adeline, it is much safer and easier to get to the Russell Street and Milvia Bike boulevards.

  83. A terrible price to pay. Unfortunately voters seem inclined to keep handing over $$ expecting different results.

  84. You should call the developer and see if you can buy the land and the entitlement and do it your way.

  85. I had a cheating Landlord in Berkeley who wanted to convert his building (Dwight between Dana and Telegraph) to this .. It was just a scheme to toss rent control, drive us out with endless construction and devalue the 12 units by removing the kitchens..
    All the tenants said no way and he quickly sold his building..

  86. see my comment above – it’s in the staff report as an estimate, I think it comes from the developer.

  87. Ira I have a theory that party of it has to do with lending covenants – that for some properties and loans, it’s better to keep a unit vacant for a while than admit a lower rent. Does that make sense?

  88. At a certain point, though, it has to generate revenue, or if loses value. Tax benefits can partially reduce that but not eliminate it.

  89. If this works as planned, it’ll be a good place for those people to live vs taking up other apartments that they don’t need as much as other people.

  90. I mean, sure, if your stance is that we should address any of capitalism’s issues until we have the full socialist revolution, that makes sense.

    But until then: building new market rate housing, no matter how expensive, doesn’t meaningfully reduce our ability to build below market housing; and in fact makes it easier (by providing funding through a variety of mechanisms).

  91. Who in Berkeley ONLY interacts with other Berkeley residents? Do you think that all the people who work in Berkeley live in Berkeley? The statistics for Berkeley are meaningless. Even the statistics for Alameda County are a bit marginal. To assess our risks we have to think of the Bay Area as a whole.

  92. Why is everyone saying $2,000/month in rent for these? They won’t even exist for another couple of years. Nobody has any idea what they’re going to rent for.

  93. Exactly. It’s a crash pad for nomadic young professionals who will stay an average of 15 months.

  94. You can tell that to design review as it has to go back for a final review. What color would you prefer?

  95. “We can do better.” Fine, but that starts with voting out the incumbents: Arreguin, Hahn, Wengraf, Davilla, and Bartlett.

  96. Real estate developers are not in the business of building housing – they’re in the business of making money. And since luxury housing for the few is more profitable than housing for the majority of ordinary people, that’s what gets built and marketed, which only goes to show that a system based solely on profit will fail to provide what the people who already live here actually need. I’d say that’s an ill effect.

  97. Corporate tax write-off. “Developers” generally flip the property, sometimes several times, before it lands in the hands of some Wall Street hedge fund.

  98. It used to be possible for the working class to buy a little house in West Berkeley but no more. The younger folks are resentful, and they get nasty, alas. There’s any number of “boomer” homeowners who would gladly give Eric their house if they could be his age again.

  99. There are a lot more people living here than anyone ever imagined.

    There are fewer people in Berkeley now than in 1950. You don’t need to “imagine” 115,000 people living here.

  100. I checked, and what you posted was incorrect. He immediately answered that question. However, he did not know the cost to mail a postcard and several other answers to esoteric number-based questions about lesser-used USPS products.

    This would be equivalent to asking the CEO of Coca-Cola questions like what is the standard bulk price of a pallet of 18 oz. Minute Maid Berry Blend, pretending you’re dunking on a guy for not knowing about his customers or logistics.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHLOMGekRQo

  101. Perhaps you are not the target resident for these types of buildings. I certainly don’t want to personally live there. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think the option should be out there.

  102. Where does $2,000 per month rent come from? There is no way these will command that amount. Maybe $1,000 per month.

  103. Oh yes 100%. Not only that the covid year long rent hold. Its better to have empty unit to landlord than someone not paying for year yet landlord still has to pay water garbage repairs etc..cheaper for property to be empty especially if people dont have to pay for a year. I have a huge studio 2 closets could make 2 rooms out of main living area..and pay less than 1500..i know some people that haggled recent rent down by hundreds with landlord tell covid ends…crazy…. I pity those that think this is a good deal

  104. You cant do that. Know a dude that lives in ymca one can only cook in kitchen. I believe there are specific rules about hot plates toaster ovens etc. There is a reason these arent called apartments(certain criteria) since these arent apartment very different rules and if you start a fire because had prohibited hot plate all bad. Dads apartment in vallejo had similar issues people did something in a unit they shouldn’t of first floor was trashed fire ruined it.

  105. To date contact tracing has not turned up a single case of transmission by surfaces in common areas such as buses and elevators. There’s no scientific basis for “deep cleaning.” What maters on public transportation is masks and ventilation.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/opinion/coronavirus-winter.html

    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30561-2/fulltext

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/expert-says-studies-on-risk-of-virus-transmission-through-surfaces-don-t-reflect-real-world-1.5015069

  106. Last year, we kept asking our principal and teacher (both with decades of experience in public education) why they don’t break up a classroom of 18 students into two groups. We also made other suggestions that were obvious to everyone but the professionals.

    If you have to spell out the obvious, is there really any hope?

  107. Some people dont have a choice about being bigger ever heard of pcos, thyroid problems etc never said anything about like but about actual disabilities that effect millions. Sorry you didnt understand that.

  108. You said “democratic governors have wreaked havoc and destroyed our economies through unnecessary lock downs.” I think what you meant to say was “President Trump and his lies, science denial and misinformation have lead to America having the worst Covid response of any developed country on Earth and the collapse of America’s economy”.

  109. The school board has been captured by the union. Given the choice between what is good for the kids or the teachers, the board always chooses the party that has the overwhelming political influence. There is no political organization representing the kids’ interests.

    Last year there was no reason whatsoever for so many teachers to completely check out of their students’ learning. The superintendent dropped many hints about the strong relationship with the unions, and sure enough, the board overwhelmingly took every opportunity to praise the teachers (using a conveniently broad and generic “the” to suggest all teachers are top performers), and not once express concern that the kids are not getting any instruction, even when parents were giving the board a dose of what it’s like to not have any instruction. None of the board’s messaging was by accident. That is their number one priority, and they don’t ever risk it.

    We are pretending here that this profession are essential workers when it comes to their pay and employment, but are not essential in their duties, hours worked, or their performance. No school employee lost pay, or their job due to the lockdown. Every other profession and every other human being made unprecedented sacrifices often at great personal cost to help out during the pandemic.

    We need to have a different conversation. We need to be able to reward teachers who show up and do their level best, instead of pretending that ALL teachers are amazing, hard-working, etc. They are not, and every time we choose to ignore that fact, we are making a choice about whether education matters more than the profession itself. At a minimum, we should be able to openly talk about the numbers, rather than broad generalizations. How many teachers did more than the minimum contact hours? How many had their hours cut? How many lost their jobs?

  110. I was with you up until the “Boomer” comment. Then I stopped reading as I’m not a fan of reductive nonsense.

  111. Growing up/living in Berkeley in the 70’s-90’s, never would have though San Pablo Ave could command 2k/month, especially for just a room…but I am glad to see vacant lots get redeveloped to needed housing….

  112. We need to repeal the laws regarding possession too. It should be a crime punishable by incarceration long enough to dry out and answer the question, “would you like help?”

    Addicts cannot dry out while living on the streets with other addicts.

  113. What on earth does “full” mean? Ever been to Manhattan? Or even across the bay to SF?

  114. Just to give another data point that not all Berkeley homeowners are selfish and entitled with a ‘got mine’ attitude, as a Berkeley homeowner I’d welcome a place like this next door to me.

  115. If a 60 year old white man had done this to a young black man, you’d be singing a different tune and there would be mass protests in Berkeley.

  116. No place was “meant to be a habitat to this many people.” There are a lot more people living here than anyone ever imagined. But the reality is, we have an intense shortage of housing, and every municipality needs to step up and build multi-family housing. Otherwise, housing costs become so inflated only the mega-rich can afford to live here. Build it! Build more!

  117. If something like this allowed Biden to lose, then Biden and his enablers are the ones to blame. Poor nominee selection is a running problem with Democrats, particularly the ill-informed Boomer.

  118. I’d be interested in hearing more about what he’s done for you and why you like him. You are right, it’s too easy to pass judgement on someone by reading a few words after a crime has been committed.

  119. No, the one kitchen does not make the floor a unit subject to the affordable housing mitigation fee (AHMF). The entire project is a group living accommodation of the residential hotel type and is not subject to the AHMF. Are there “cohesive neighborhood values”? What the community should demand is a safe, sanitary, and manageable project that will not be a hot spot for community spread of COVID or flu. To that end, the rooms should be enlarged sufficiently to allow the occupant to quarantine if necessary, and the single community kitchen should be divided into two full kitchens with locked cubbies for food storage. Then each room could be assigned a kitchen, and a kitchen rotation could be effected to allow for social distancing. That would make the building much safer. As for sanitation, the enlarged room needs a bathroom sink as well as one for food prep. One sink per room means brushing teeth at the same sink as making the coffee, third world unsanitary conditions. Also a cleaning plan for the common kitchens as well as the rest of the building. These are basic relatively inexpensive improvements that will not break the bank but ensure health and safety for the inhabitants as well as the community. Most apartment buildings have closed their common spaces because of COVID, which is not going away. A vaccine may bring down the mortality rate, but COVID is more infectious and more deadly than the flu which kills tens pf thousands every year in the USA alone. Let’s stop living in denial and start designing to combat COVID spread.

  120. No worries they will have nice digs right in downtown with lots of people…what could go wrong. Imagin if he lived at future hope center. You would probably have handful of injuries. So no worries this cases will move to downtown when hope center done. Safety of residence etc nonsense. Which is why im dealing with legal at this point.

  121. To be clear, these units have a sink with a small countertop. Each unit has an under cabinet microwave and an under countertop refrigerator. You just need to add an inductive hotplate if you don’t want to use the shared kitchen facilities.

  122. Comparing these units to a dorm room is ridiculous. Dorms usually have large common areas shared by people with similar ages, schedules, and interests. They’re also generally tolerant of crowding, noise, and buffoonery. And unlike real adults, students generally aren’t trying to fit all of their worldly possessions into a dorm room. Seriously?!

  123. I think it would look great on SP. It’s not exactly a cute street to begin with, and I like it better than the parking lot.

  124. You could call it a loophole, or an intentional policy to not over-burden low-margin, high-density housing types with exhorbitant fees. I’m not so sure this is an unintentional omission or ambiguity, though would be interested to know the history.

  125. More banal architecture from Studio KDA. Why would a working professional want to share a kitchen? If you’re a professional and can’t afford to live in Berkeley suggest moving somewhere else. Don’t let Berkeley bleed you dry.

  126. Really excited to have this going up in my neighborhood. With SAHA’s 63-unit affordable housing project one block south breaking ground next spring and changes coming to San Pablo traffic lanes, in a few years Dwight and San Pablo will be a vibrant, mixed-income, walkable neighborhood hub. We need to continue the work with more density at this intersection and more missing middle gentle density where it interfaces with the neighborhoods.

    Tastes will vary, but I like this building. It’s kind of retro-80s but not as trashy. It’s hard to imagine for a lot of Americans, but 200sf with a bathroom and communal space and kitchen is just about exactly the global average floor area per person. None of the bedrooms in our 100-year-old house are even close to 200sf. One is barely 100! It’s fine!

  127. This is insane and medically unnecessary. Would United ground its entire fleet if a flight attendant reported “exposure.” Does Trader Joe’s shut down if a worker tests positive?

    This is a bad bad precedent and driven by union demands. Look at all the public sector unions virtually shutting down society from the teachers to EBRPD (the parks are trashed) to now the bus drivers. Totally unfair to the public who pay good money for these services and rely on them as “public transport.”

  128. You, sir, need to be the speech writer and publicist for whatever Berkeley mayoral candidate is going to save this town. Bravo.

  129. We heard the gunfire. Because it was rapid fire it easily could have been confused with firecrackers, but with all the smoke & forest fire, who would be ignorant enough to utilize incendiaries? What a shame also for so much gunfire on TOP of a pandemic, cultural injustice, multiple forest fires, and it’s dark practically all the time! Condolences and heartfelt best of luck to the victim and their family.

  130. Defund Davila indeed, and throw her out of office this November. She has done nothing good for Berkeley citizens.

  131. Its not a “tank warfare machine.” Its a big truck with some reinforced plating. I’ve seen it in action when BPD was apprehending an armed felon holed up inside a house a few years back. Nothing about it screams “military” unless you’ve never seen anything thats actually military. It just protects officers from taking fire. And our police are constantly busy having to deal with bums and lunatics wandering through people’s yards, and all of those situations can easily become dangerous.

  132. I feel terrible for your friend. He has the Bolshevik cabal of Arreguin and Davila to thank for this. Time to up our support for the BPD or its time to arm ourselves and form neighborhood militias, Old West style. Things are getting out of hand here, and our clueless politicians are doing everything in their power to make it worse.

  133. Nah we just value being a small community verses a densely packed, urban communist hellscape. This place is too packed.

  134. Lol. “NIMBY.” You say that like it’s a bad thing. Berkeley is full — time to develop other areas.

  135. When it comes to intermediate lengths of residence, Berkeley has a big missing middle problem. The rent law gives quasi ownership rights to tenants, as if they were all permanent residents who need to be protected as such ,and the short term rental ordinance gives permission with a tax for short term stays of under 14 days. But few regulations target the huge number of tenants who stay a year or more but not the rest of their lives. The same goes for hotels. A residential hotel by definition in state law provides permanent residence, while a transient or tourist hotel just a few days. Berkeley has no regulations for projects that cater to the visitors who reside in one place for around 15 months, which is the average co-living stay according to the company Common that is going to manage this property. Co-living provides housing for the young professional class who are in the nomadic period of their lives, trying out jobs in different cities, looking for a place to root. Calling this project a residential hotel is a therefore a misnomer, and Berkeley BTW doesn’t have standards for residential hotels as well as co-living. Start thinking about what works in both cases. what should be the norms, the requirements in each case?

  136. Stop building. We have way too many people in Berkeley; we don’t need more. Let new folks find some other place to live, and let developers invest in up-an-coming areas like Richmond or beyond. The automobile and foot traffic here is insane. Berkeley wasn’t meant to be a habitat to this many people. Am I a NIMBY? Damn straight, and proud of it.

  137. Berkeley doesn’t have standards in the zoning code for residential hotels or co-living because most group living accommodations (GLAs) are UC dormitories, and UC doesn’t have to follow City zoning codes. Berkeley needs a robust and inclusive process starting withe Planning Commission to develop appropriate standards.

  138. a federal effort must be made to house and treat mentally ill and/or substance abusers. the cost of humane housing and care is cheaper than the lives and property lost as a result of usa’s lack of action and inhumane policy to allow mentally ill and/or substance abusers to live like wild animals in our cities.

  139. LOL. just another ideologue with ZERO knowledge of city budget and service failure. Like I said, no realistic alternative.

  140. Ah the rent comes from the staff report and ultimately the application it seems. Per the staff report:

    “Compared to a studio apartment that includes an individual kitchen, the GLAs with shared kitchens, will rent for approximately 25% less. This figure is derived from a traditional studio costing $2,400 a month, plus an addition $240 for utilities wifi/cable, laundry, and furnishings. The expected rent for a GLA room will be approximately $2,000 a month with utilities, wifi/cable, laundry, cleaning services and furnishings included. Not only will the GLA be more affordable, it will provide an array of inclusive amenities (utilities, furnishings, cleaning service, etc.) that are not typically provided in the Berkeley rental market.”

  141. The design isn’t going to win any awards for aesthetics but it looks better than the cyclone-fenced parking lot that’s there today.

  142. You say “one of two things will happen…” A third thing could happen: the developer might keep the rent high even though there are many vacancies, hoping that sooner or later someone will be willing and able to pay the high rent. I have heard that this is being done with some of the boxy apartment buildings that have been built in recent years, but I have no idea of whether or not it is true.

  143. “…the most selfish group of hyporcrites I’ve ever seen”? How many kinds of people have you seen?

  144. Are they supposed to be waiting in the Bat Cave for the perfect violent crime to come out? community policing is about creating a presence, a sense of community and connection with that community. If and when BPD can re-instate coffee with a cop that is one of their many outreach programs that you can attend for the price of a cup of coffee and learn a bit more about what their days are about and how much they actually are involved with this community. You are basically saying our police force should be like the National Guard….only come to the rescue when it gets bad?

  145. You could install one of those RV-type bathrooms in which the toilet seat doubles as a shower-stall seat!

  146. Fraternity or Sorority house on steroids for people that just don’t want to grow up but Berkeley will take care of them……

  147. Nice to see things happening, but I am really disappointed in how little work is being done on bike infrastructure. We are supposed to prioritize bike priority roads and they are some of the worst. The mayor promised to have the protected lane on milvia in position by May 2019 and it’s not there. Biking is getting more dangerous, not better. People are leaving our city for places with better plans and policies and leadership that gets things done. We are falling further and further behind. Bike lanes crumbling. Pools are like Soviet era facilities. Schools, which my kids go to, are embarrassingly maintained with weeds growing up to your eyeballs and parent groups doing the gardening. We can do better.

  148. Oh-oh … Board member “O” unwittingly votes for a known unknown, raises the level of unconsciousness. Smell the coffee, get in the cue and get a clue.

  149. You’re missing the upside here. The whip saw change to restore sensibility, integrity, safety and fiscal responsibility is coming. It can only come after Berkeley is totally bankrupt – morally and fiscally. It is coming though, and in my lifetime I expect Berkeley to shine.

    The problem is that we seem to be a community that, like the new kindergarteners that won’t ever receive consequences for their bad behavior for their entire career at BUSD and are therefore destined for prison, we have to learn the hard way. Eventually, hopefully, maybe both those kindergartners and Berkeley at large find a rock bottom and turn things around.

  150. The city should require that every dwelling unit have a kitchen and room for a grand piano. That will make rents lower, for sure.

  151. Davila knows exactly what is happening in the camps and on our streets. Sleeps very well at night I’m sure, while District 2 pays the price. She knows, yet pulls heartily in the opposite direction;. why? This purposeful will to deflect from all fact driven policy is a trait shared by the Mayor and all of their enablers. What infrastructure? What needles? What crime? What blight? What pollution? What guns? What violence?

    What. Chumps. They are the Berkeley swamp, because all of their tactics and proposals have the exact opposite effect of what they propose to do. They continue to hurt and disuse us- no matter what the wholly unconscionable and completely irretrievable costs are to this city.

  152. I’m confused as to how anyone thinks this is a serious alternative.

    All of the candidates for mayor are effectively the same person with the same basic ideas and core principles. If you tried to point out the differences to me, it would be like nitpicking over whether a color should be called “lilac” or “lavender”. Every candidate is going to be about as coddling toward homeless people and as profligate with taxpayer money, so, no real change in direction for Berkeley.

    Although, I suppose Wayne Hsiung comes up with uniquely idiotic ideas like “Let’s just take property from Golden Gate Fields,” (paraphrasing, see his Issues page on his website) because he thinks the government gets to take whatever it wants. Maybe he can wear a crown and wield a scepter too, and we can get him a throne. King Hsiung, nice ring to it.

  153. Glad to see this approved. Given the current economic climate, who knows if this will actually be built; but if it is I’ll be glad to see an option for people that want to live in a new building and are willing to trade off having a private kitchen for lower rent (compared to a full studio in a new building). The fact that it’s not the choice I would make for myself isn’t relevant.

    I appreciate Clarke being such a consistent and clear voice on the ZAB. I’m glad to see O’Keefe’s comments at the end of the story!

  154. Your point still stands especially the comparison to real dorms at UCB. This place would have at least 2x the space per person as that.

  155. The project was proposed in December before the pandemic, and given the usually years long approval process in Berkeley I can understand them not pausing it.

  156. “Berkeley doesn’t need more housing for the affluent few” – if Berkeley was building this or if this building was competing for resources with below market / subsidized housing, that would be very relevant, but that’s not what’s happening.

    I don’t know where your rent numbers come from and if they’re accurate, but regardless, one of two things will happen. Either people will pay the rent – in which case, this project is absorbing demand from people able to pay that rent, and thereby keeping them from bidding up other housing; or people won’t pay the rent – in which case, the developer will have to lower the rent somehow. Either way there’s no ill effect or cost for Berkeley and at least some benefit.

  157. Are you ADA. Full sized wheel chair. Or another one morbidly obese. And what about those that need a seeing eye dog or anything like that. And one per unit. So what if you had a kid isnt that housing discrimination based on family status. Married you Cant live here… Pregnant than pop cant live there….

  158. Agreed and i live in rent control lol landlords get screwed with rent control. Units never can be market value

  159. You must have never met a bigger person that is beyond average size. My step dads well over 6 feet. There are people that are larger width wise also.

  160. Good point. I wonder if they will have a size requirement as i dont see these fitting every type of person like literally. What happens if larger person wants in…only think about this due to show super skinny vs super fat lol some be like 20+stone

  161. Youve got rights. Once they start building document everything record everything. Noise levels, start times etc. Doesnt matter what they are building construction can be a nuisance if one lives close enough no one is immune to nuisance laws. And talk with lawyers if you do have case they will be eager to help. Im currently in this process helps city admitted construction Noise polluting my interior apartment is “very disturbing” (rehs city of berk) who did an interior Noise reading for only 30 mins if they thought only 30 mins is disturbing try 7+ hours lol So happy i have it audio recorded with legal permission of course. it will 100% help legal.

  162. This is basically an upscale variation on a rooming house, and at $2000/mo for a small room, a very upscale one indeed. With a shared kitchen, this will lead to the inevitable “Hey, who drank all my milk?” and “Dammit Joe, wash your freakin’ dishes, OK?”, but those annoyances can generally be managed. The real problem here is that Berkeley really doesn’t need more housing for the affluent few, especially when so many are struggling or have already been pushed out onto the sidewalks.

  163. Unless it’s designed with high ceilings so that the bed is lofted over the bathroom 200 square feet of privacy is shockingly small.

  164. Expensive dorms for grownups with common spaces shared with dozens of other people? Who in the hell thought that proposing a building like this during a global pandemic was a good idea and why on earth was it approved?

  165. What happened to this person is horrible, but very Berkeley. It would be interesting to know how he votes.

  166. He’s running for Mayor of the City of Berkeley, why’s he wasting our time talking about a national wealth tax? Are there any candidates actually interested in what happens in Berkeley? What about roads, what about the weekly rapes, the daily robberies, what about the hundreds of homeless meth addicts we’ve attracted to our town by eliminating drug enforcement. Some pie-in-the-sky wealth tax that is not going to happen for years, if ever, is not going to help any of that.

    Oh, and he wants all the Bay Area mayors to get together and figure out how each can take their share of the homeless. Why should they? Berkeley, Oakland, and SF are willing to take most of them. Why should any of these other cities want to help out the three cities that have decided to become major homeless service centers. Couldn’t watch the rest of it. We’re cooked.

  167. Rashi was all for “re-imagining” police work so she is definitely part of the problem. The police needs more funding and not less, plus cc tv cameras all over the high crime areas.

  168. Nope, not riding BART until we can stop having to line up 6′ apart and wait to get into Berkeley Bowl and some other such businesses.

  169. Definitely agree on the cameras and license plate readers and also on the need for a jobs program for the convicted/on probation and released prisoners. It seems obvious – why don’t we have programs like that.

  170. The quick response need is rare but you need officers around town to respond. Their other activities keep them busy between dangerous situations.

  171. Whether the size included the bathroom. The article noted the rooms were 200 square feet and that each one had its own bathroom. I incorrectly assumed the room size was just for the bedroom.

  172. As many of us have been practically screaming for weeks now, there is no scientific or public health justification for keeping K-6 schools closed. And there is very little scientific or public health justification for doing so in the middle and high school context. This is particularly true given the myriad of creative and innovative precautions that can be taken and the very real and documented educational and public health harms that are caused by blanket mandates for “virtual learning.” For those of you who haven’t yet figured it out, Newsom, Ferrer, Thurmond and the genuises who make up our current Sacramento Senate and Assembly supermajorities all understand these facts very well but are deliberately ignoring them in order to play what amounts to a disgraceful and likely illegal game of California party politics.

  173. Cameras would change things dramatically. THe CCTV systems the Brits have are nothing short of amazing. It would be very difficult for career crooks to comfortably ride through Berkeley, and they’d be ID’d within hours of most crimes. And I couldn’t care less if city workers or police monitoring cameras see me picking my nose on a street corner or lighting up a doobie.

  174. I quite agree with you. Berkeley should be conisdered “hot” to career criminals, much the same way Walnut Creek and Orinda is. They don’t dare drive through those towns bc they know the Fuzz will be onto them within minutes. If we had license plate readers and cameras, it would be very hard for people with records, outstanding warrants, etc. to drive though Berkeley with impunity, and far more difficult to get away with a crime once committed.

  175. Fair point. The article didn’t make that clear, so I stand corrected on that. But looking at the floor plans the rooms still seem perfectly livable. I happily lived in a room smaller than that without the benefit of a private bathroom. So while you’re right that it’s not as spacious as I thought, I feel that my points about the paternalism and privilege stand.

  176. A lot of the $ goes to police handling non-violent non-dangerous situations like noise violations etc. You can easily have _more_ patrols and quicker response times. Also, lots of $ spent on these stupid tank warfare machines and other useless garbage.

  177. >As a 35-year taxpayer a block away from this “development”

    Say no more, we don’t care. It’s not your property. It’s not your business.

  178. I own a bunch of guns. And I’m no threat to anybody. Why? Because I’m not some idiot criminal.

    The issue is not ‘guns’ it’s ‘idiots.’ These criminals should be sent to the Big House for a Long Time when they use guns.

    Oops, wait a minute, I live in Berkeley! How did that happen? Oh right, UC, beautiful hills, proximity to SF, and I like it here. Unfortunately, the relatively high IQ on the UC Campus is not spread equally around town (another way Inequality manifests), so I assure you, it can be a drag.

  179. I would like to see a Berkeley map, showing felony arrests / convictions, based on zip code.

    Is there such a thing?

  180. If the contest was “who is the biggest Moocher?”…..and the contestants were “rent-controlled tenants” vs. “single-family owners” the TENANTS would win in the 1st round. No contest.

    Rent-control = mooch.

  181. Prop. 13 is a wise law, and was passed because local governments were out of control. Rather than blame Sylvie, blame the voracious entity called “your local city.”

  182. Care to share how you managed to upload an image? I’m still getting the “You must be logged in to upload an image” message.

  183. Yes, I’ve wondered too. He also lived so close, you’ve got to think that maybe when the shots were fired, someone or some folks must have looked out their front windows and, perhaps, saw him leaving the scene/returning to his home which is less than a block away.

  184. i agree we need to have a federal gun buyback and a federal abolishment of the NRA for starters.
    but you may not agree with me that we also need cameras, CCTV, like UK has, otherwise no crime will ever be solved. cameras are needed on virtually every corner of Berkeley and along with it better lighting, so the cameras recording will be well lit and useful.
    for nonviolent crimes of property the perpetrator should be sentenced to probation and required to compensate the victim either by returning the item stolen in perfect condition, or compensating the victim with its replacement value in cash within a certain set time.
    part of rehab should include job counseling, finding the perp a suitable job and supportive services needed for him/her to keep job. or if perp cannot hold job, supportive services for the perp to help him/her re enter society in a positive position.
    instead of militarizing police, provide decent police forces such as Berkeley’s with tools/staff to rehab perps.
    police do not need to carry arms routinely on the street everyday.
    for breaking and entering while victim is home asleep, this crime verges on edge of violence and requires a stricter sentencing, follow up and tracking of perp.

  185. They don’t have to cut them. They just have to limit them to such a point that they don’t even want to patrol and just hide at their station until called. I learned something recently: Mayor Jesse believes the “beat system”, a way to divide the city up to spread the workload evenly among available cops based on an audit of reports and calls, is “racist”…we’re almost there!

  186. Oh I’m talking nationally because this dumb mentality goes all the way up to Kamala. As for locally: I’m voting for the most radical crazy candidates I can find. Give me a candidate that’s ok with pitching tents in peoples backyards and provide a meth subsidy for anyone staying on our dime in our once-popular hotels. Why not hit bottom sooner instead of dragging it out? This way, we can begin swinging this balance back before I’m too old to defend myself and my neighbors.

  187. Berkeley Single family property owners are the most selfish group of hypocrites I’ve ever seen.

  188. You mean as a 35 year old beneficiary of the tax subsidy called prop 13 which allows you to NOT pay your fair share of public costs…you were saying?

  189. a youthful friend has rented in West Berkeley for over 10 years. in that time he has had two locked motorcycles stolen from in front of his apt bldg – a neighbor told him that at about 2am he saw a truck and several men lifting his cycle into the vehicle but he didn’t realize it was a heist??? so he didnt call police. don’t know if this neighbor also witnessed the second cycle theft. further, this year my friend’s apt in a locked security building was broken into, screen cut and window opened, and while he slept the thief stole his only laptop. earlier, his dog was killed by a homeless man’s off leash pit bull in a pocket park in west berkeley, and despite all this crime against a working class person, who works everyday, despite all the crime. he still loves west berkeley. loyalty. altho berkeley police seem decent in comparison to racist cops elsewhere, they don’t seem to have the tools to track criminals over time, nor solve home burglaries, nor solve stolen vehicle crimes, nor find homeless off leash dog owners. no crimes solved, but that doesn’t dampen my friend’s loyalty to west berkeley.
    total losses due to theft while living in west berkeley amount to at least $20k, out of his pocket, causing hardship, since he couldnt afford expensive insurance, to replace 2 cycles which is his only vehicle for getting to work, plus replacing twice all the expensive riding gear, helmet, jacket etc kept in trunk and required, and to replace the computer, the loss of his beloved pet dog is incalculable.

  190. So – the 200 sf includes a bathroom – did you hide that under the bed?

    And just for giggles, make it ADA compliant –

  191. It’s all about them loop holes baby! A way of avoiding or escaping a cost or legal burden that would otherwise apply by means of an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law. Once again no affordable housing, developers know how to work the system.

  192. Having the highest poverty rate of Bay Area cities is an incredible achievement!
    All of our low income and welfare assistance programs are working to encourage the least successful people to live here.
    This is the problem with local government attempts to solve national or international problems. A city simply impoverishes itself into a downward spiral.
    Cities should be looking up, not down, and encourage higher income people to live here, not lower.

  193. Sounds like a great idea, however my concern would be with the kitchen. I can’t imagine how it would be kept clean… my idea of clean and someone else’s I’m sure would be entirely different. Roaches don’t care who left what out when.

  194. Go Ms. Clarke! Thanks for speaking up for following the zoning guidelines. I agree that doing your job means looking at the zoning that’s allowed and making sure the proposed building fits the zoning. If neighbors have objections, they need to work to change the zoning, and NOT object to projects that fit the zoning guidelines.

    “Clarke took issue with a motion by Tregub to postpone the project and direct the applicants to “try to come to some resolution with the neighbors who have objections.” Clarke said Tregub’s motion was much too broad and that she could not support it.“They’ve done everything we asked them last time,” she said. “We can’t keep doing this. We need to do our job.”

  195. Igor is gutless. Gee, thank you not at all for not supporting the neighborhoods; I expected a lot more from you. You just want to give the city more money; no wonder you keep getting appointments.And I couldn’t believe the attention to native plants during the discussion. Like that means anything. I have to say, the ZAB sounds really simple-minded, except for Patrick Sheehan. But thank you also John Selawsky.

  196. *An officer on patrol also heard the shots and headed to the area quickly, according to police radio recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside.
    -When they cut our police force we won´t have as many officers on patrol to hear shots and respond.

  197. As a 35-year taxpayer a block away from this “development,” I’m disgusted .One ZAB member called for bold action, but I doubt she has to live with the consequences of her vote. Does the applicant know how many shootings have been occurring in the neighborhood? This is not “affordable”–renters will be in 200-sq ft. unit s, including the bathroom–about twice the size of a prison cell–and charged $2,000 a month. The ZAB did not consider our cohesive neighborhood values. Just freakin’ build it. How long will the maintenance contractor be willing to deal with this development? BTW: Because there is one kitchen each floor,, that’s what the developer will be paying in fees. The two main dissenting commissioners cited that the units’size was inhumane and not healthy nor safe. I hope the brave neighbors appeal the permit.

  198. Last I heard, someone has to commit a crime first before they can be incarcerated.
    Is it better for that crime to be shooting someone or punching someone?

  199. I produced the first season of SOUL This film is very good After that year I came to Berkeley to start the documentary and tv programs at the Graduate School of Journalism

  200. 200 square feet.
    One parking space in a parking lot or structure requires 300 to 350 square feet (including access as well as the space itself).

  201. Some interesting info relevant to COVID exposure that I hadn’t seen before, from the Alameda Co Registrar of Voters:

    “This election will be conducted in a different way than previous elections, voting will be from October 31st to November 3rd…
    Election Workers are needed on the following dates and hours:
    Saturday, October 31st, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Sunday, November 1st, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Monday, November 2nd, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:00 am to 9:00 pm”

    In normal times, polls open to voters one hour after reporting time, and close to voting 1hr before pollworkers’ ending time. So, vote early and often to beat the crowds on Tuesday. Everyone in CA will get a mail ballot (PO permitting), so to further minimize your exposure, fill it out, sign the outside of the envelope, and drop it at any polling place in the County 10/31 thru 11/2. Or any dropbox, like the one near the NW corner of Allston & Milvia, any time after you get the ballot thru Election Day.

  202. Almost 100% agreed.

    You must live in a better ‘hood than I do. I see alleged grownups without masks, or with them pulled down, every time I cross MLK into downtown, and not just the homeless in the park.

    Arreguin? He’s allergic to the very concept of solving a problem.

  203. Not true. The highest estimate I’ve seen for % of New Yorkers infected was ~25%. It takes a bare minimum of 60% for herd immunity to start to have an effect, with a virus this infectious (2nd only to measles, among common ones). For near-full prevention of further spread, at least 90%. I think their rate is low now ’cause the high infection and death rates scared the survivors into masking, sanitizing and distancing properly.

    Based just on the one known reinfection case so far, full immunity lasts only several months, but your 2nd case won’t be as bad due to residual immunity. Vaccine trials suggest that vaccine immunity can be stronger than that from the average infection–but we’ll probably need annual boosters, even if the virus doesn’t mutate much.

  204. My god. The Bay Area is on fire, we are all choking on wildfire smoke, Louisiana just got hit by a near Cateoogry 5 hurricane, and the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board is worrying whether 200 square feet is too small for a bedroom?!?

    200 square feet is about a third larger than my current bedroom. It’s roughly twice as large as the smallest bedroom I lived in during my time in Berkeley. UC students live three to a 169-square foot room. What sort of Marie Antoinette, “let them eat cake,” Boomer nonsense is this? If you don’t think 200 square feet is enough for a bedroom, take a look at the little mock-up attached. 200 square feet is enough for a California King, two nightstands, a wide dresser, a wardrobe, and a crib (if you shoehorn it in).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8172c1b7c9b766a16dd08cbdc4fa4ffc8b02f658a77742fff310b063997249ba.png

    I’ve lost all patience with these “I’ve got mine,” property-value-protecting, Prop-13-beneficiary, faux progressives.

  205. Hard to believe, but your right. I keep checking, but only three others who dont inspire. I will definately not vote for jesse. we need to clean up the city. focus on the citizens. his legacy so far : go against free speech, undermine the police, invite homeless to come and do as they like, watch infrastructure crumble. crime and homelessness on the rise. what else?