The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT TRENDS

Berkeley, California (Friday, January 17, 2020) - This month, the Berkeley Police Department has noticed a trend in catalytic converter thefts.  Since the beginning of the year, there have been over two dozen thefts.  This recurring trend is happening throughout the City—mostly during the overnight hours.  We have caught some thieves (see below), but this crime of opportunity happens so quickly that we need your help as well.

  • Here are a few ideas that may help prevent your vehicle’s catalytic converter from being stolen:
  • Consider parking your vehicle inside a garage, if available.
  • Park in well-lit areas during darkness.
  • Park in areas where others will frequently see or be nearby your vehicle.  For example, parking near a busy sidewalk or the windows of a busy business.
  • Park near security cameras, if possible.
  • Speak with your local vehicle repair shop about the options available to make your vehicle’s catalytic converter more difficult to steal.
  • Report anyone suspiciously working underneath a vehicle with a flashlight in the middle of the night—especially if you hear the grinding sound of a power saw as well.

Recent Arrests:

After a December 29th catalytic converter theft from the Berkeley Bowl parking lot (2020 Oregon Street), investigators identified Luis Martinez (Male, 31 years old, no address given) as the person responsible for theft and obtained a warrant for his arrest.  On January 12th 2020, San Leandro PD officers spotted Luis Martinez in their city and detained him for his outstanding warrant.  On January 15th, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Luis Martinez with felony grand theft.

Case 2019-00073751

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On January 14th at 3:21 am, officers responded to Euclid Avenue (north of Marin Avenue) after receiving a report that someone was possibly trying to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked on the street.  Within minutes, the suspects were able to cut-off the catalytic converter and drive away.  A few minutes later, officers spotted the vehicle driving on Marin Avenue (near Masonic Avenue) and stopped it.  Inside the vehicle, officers found a battery-powered reciprocating saw (with spare batteries and blades) along with the stolen catalytic converter.

The driver (Richard Harold Reynolds, Male, 57 years old, Richmond, CA) and passenger (Jeni Marie Wadsworth, Female, 47 years old, no address given) were arrested on suspicion of grand theft.  Reynolds was also arrested on suspicion of violating his parole and possession of burglary tools.

Case 2020-00002377

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