TBS Today, Dec. 4

We're still following up on issues arising from last week's First Amendment fight with the DA's office.

It was an incredible week (and a stunning response) and there's still work to do. We will absolutely keep you posted.

In the meantime, we have several short stories for you.

On Friday, the Berkeley Fire Department rescued a hiker who fell at Benner Falls in the Berkeley Hills, dropping 10 feet into the creek bed. She ended up with a severe ankle injury, BFD told us.

If you saw helicopters circling at about 5:30 p.m., this is why.

Berkeley firefighters rescue hiker who fell into creek bed
The 26-year-old woman was hiking near Codornices Park on Friday when she fell off a walking bridge near a waterfall, BFD said.

Also on Friday, a man fired a gun at a delivery driver during a carjacking attempt in northwest Berkeley.

The shooter opened fire into the driver's side window, somehow missing the driver as he fled, police said. The driver was lucky to be alive, BPD added.

Shootings are still down compared to last year's spike, but robberies and carjackings are way up.

Man fires gun at driver amid Berkeley carjacking attempt
Shootings are down compared to last year’s spike but robberies are up 30% in 2023, from 278 in 2022 to 362 this year.
Person struck and killed by train in West Berkeley
The incident occurred on the train tracks near Potter and Bay streets, officials said.

We got the sad news Sunday that a person had been killed by a Union Pacific train near Potter Street. It was the third fatal train strike since October.

Last month, a person was also struck and killed by a BART train at North Berkeley BART.

The circumstances of the latest fatality were unknown as of publication time but transit agencies have been working to reduce the frequency of such incidents, whatever the cause.

Amtrak has a program called Stay Off the Tracks and BART has a suicide prevention program.

Mental health resources are available if you need help.

- Berkeley Mental Health: 510-981-5900 (limited hours)
- Alameda County 24-hour crisis line: 800-309-2131
- Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

In case you missed it

The Scanner took part in a town hall moderated by KALW last month in conversation with the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED and Mission Local.

It was an honor and a pleasure to be in the company of such thoughtful peers.

If you didn't catch the program, you can listen online.

Town Hall: The Future of Bay Area Journalism
With more journalistic outlets shrinking or shutting down, what is the future of journalism in the Bay Area?

And, if you want to hear more from TBS founder Emilie Raguso, check out our talk with Louis Goodman on the Love Thy Lawyer podcast.

Podcast: Emilie Raguso on Love Thy Lawyer
We sat down with Louis Goodman of the Love Thy Lawyer podcast to talk about local news, the business of journalism and our journey to TBS.

In other news

A hearty welcome to all our new supporting members, about 100 since last week.

Several people have told us that our First Amendment issue will be the focus of their classrooms this week. It's very exciting to be bringing this issue to the forefront for so many people.

Alameda County DA restores Berkeley Scanner press access
“Emilie Raguso is welcome to attend future press conferences organized by the office of the Alameda County District Attorney,” the office said.
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