Neighborhood News Roundup (2/8/12)

Hello Neighbors!
It’s almost time for our next meeting. Save the date for Thursday, February 16th. We’ll have an evening meeting packed with information about the neighborhood. More information to follow.
In the mean time, here’s some neighborhood news you may be interested in reading now.
As always, feel free to share this with other neighbors who are not on the list,
or just share our website: http://www.tinyurl.com/CalJulia . Everything’s posted
there as well!
CALJULIA NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS ROUNDUP
1. Home Burglaries in Nearby West Berkeley
2. 1526 Julia Street Update
3. Graffiti cleaned up on 2951 Sacramento St
4. Graffiti on 1601 Ashby
5. New Mural & Bike Shop in Adeline Shopping District
6. Black History Month Event
7. Phone books (on your porch & online)
8. Shopping Carts are for Grocery Stores
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1. HOME BURGLARIES IN NEARBY WEST BERKELEY
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Berkelesyide & the Berkeley Voice have reported that there’s been a significant uptick in home burglaries just on the other side of Sacramento Street since January 15th.
According to Berkeleyside there has been “… a rash of more than 20 home burglaries since Jan. 15. The burglars have been breaking into houses during the daytime, usually between 11 am and 3 pm, and making off with easy to carry items like laptops, cameras, jewelry, and cash, according to police. The area targeted by the thieves is bounded by Ashby and University Avenues and San Pablo Avenue and Sacramento Street.”
More information available here:
Common sense reminders from the BPD & the news articles:
– Call police if you see anything suspicious (“such as people lingering, unfamiliar people ringing doorbells, or people jumping over fences”). BPD emergency number (510) 981-5911 / Non-Emergency (510) 981-5900
– Make sure you lock your doors and windows when you’re not home
– Know who your neighbors are
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2. 1526 Julia Street Update
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The yellow sign is back up and the City Planner has confirmed that the development proposal is still on for 1526 Julia Street. A couple people have asked about commenting – so here’s a brief summary. You can email or call the City Planner any time with questions or comments (positive and negative). His contact information is below. Comments made before February 16th are the most useful. And your comments don’t have to be as exhaustive as mine were – a simple sentence or two is more than enough.
Typical short comments might be:
  “I do not support the proposed development at 1526 Julia Street.”
  “I support the proposed development at 1526 Julia Street.”
  “I have strong reservations about the proposed development at 1526 Julia Street and would like the developer to alter their plans.”
  etc.
Aaron Sage, City of Berkeley Planning Department
510-981-7425
asage@cityofberkeley.info
Priority deadline for comments: February 16th, 2012
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3. GRAFFITI CLEANED UP ON 2951 SACRAMENTO ST
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On Sunday, February 5th the property at 2951 Sacramento Street got cleaned up for the first time in months (the last partial cleanup was in August of 2011). We’re hoping 2012 will be the year that the family begins maintaining the property on a regular basis as they have promised to do many times in the past.
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4. GRAFFITI ON 1601 ASHBY AVE
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Unfortunately, 2951 Sacramento Street is not the only target for graffiti in our neighborhood. The west-facing wall on the corner of Ashby and California has been an ongoing target for graffiti. The owner is generally quick to clean it up once it’s been reported, but unfortunately this time it was re-tagged in a huge way just days after they cleaned it up. Don’t hesitate to keep reporting graffiti (online athttp://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/OnlineServiceCenter/ on the phone at 311 or 510-981-CITY). Sometimes the owner (or the City) isn’t aware of the graffiti until it’s reported)
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5. NEW MURAL & BIKE SHOP IN ADELINE SHOPPING DISTRICT
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A little further afield, and not strictly in our neighborhood, there’s a new bike shop in town, and a new mural! Check them both out next time you’re on Alcatraz at Adeline.
Mural Unveiling
Saturday March 24th at 1pm
3198 Adeline Street
Youth Spirit Artworks has been working on “Grow healthy Tile Mural” for several months and it’s finally been installed. The Unveiling will have speakers, food, & music. More information here: http://youthspiritartworks.org/2012/01/29/grow-healthy-mural-completed/
Biketopia Community Workshop
1752 Alcatraz
Hours vary
It’s a DIY Repair Shop, Youth Program, and Community Education Program all rolled in one. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but the founder is very eager to connect with the community. And it looks like it could be a great compliment to Recycle Bicycles down on Sacramento.
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6. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
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Annual Black History Month Event
ALL WELCOME
Celebrating and Honoring African American Elders
Saturday, February 18, 2012
3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
FREE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
A Soul Food Meal
Presentation and Community Discussion
Entertainment
Children Activities
Bring The Entire Family To Honor Our Elders!
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7. PHONE BOOKS (ON YOUR PORCH & ONLINE)
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ON YOUR PORCH:
Our Councilmember’s Office recently forwarded an announcement from the Valley Yellow Pages regarding the upcoming delivery and the possibility of opting out in the future. They’re reminding customers that we can opt out of phone book deliveries online atwww.YellowPagesOptOut.com. Although opting out will not prevent the current delivery it will stop future deliveries. You can also contact Valley Yellow Pages directly at (800) 350-8887 or vyp@MyYP.com
ONLINE:
On a related note, someone else recently forwarded me a link to a new map-based component to an existing online white pages web page.
If you’re concerned about your privacy, presumably this is a good place to “opt-out”. If you’re curious about your neighbors, this is a good place to poke around. But note, of course, that a lot of information is out-of-date, missing, or flat-out wrong.
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8. SHOPPING CARTS ARE FOR GROCERY STORES
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Ever wonder what to do about an abandoned shopping cart on the curb? Well, lucky for us it’s as easy as calling the grocery store to have them pick it up. Turns out, grocery stores really want their carts back. So, next time you see a lonely cart – take a peek to see what store it’s from and give them a call. Here’s phone numbers for some of the nearby stores, but you can easily find any stores phone number online (or in the yellow pages that we’ll all have delivered soon!).
Trader Joes (510) 204-9074
Whole Foods (510) 649-1333
Berkeley Bowl (510) 898-9555
Grocery Outlet (510) 666-0670
PS. Just found out that you may be able to report an abandoned cart online and with an iPhone app! I have no idea if it works, but if you’d rather not figure out what store to call, this may be an option.

 

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