Photograph by Stephan Babuljak: Alisia Brown, 17, works on a computer at the Berkeley Alternative High School, which is seeking an image change in its new incarnation at B-Tech.				o
Photograph by Stephan Babuljak: Alisia Brown, 17, works on a computer at the Berkeley Alternative High School, which is seeking an image change in its new incarnation at B-Tech. o

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District Struggles to Remake School’s Image

By Suzanne La Barre
Friday May 05, 2006

Grappling with an identity that, in the past, has included pejoratives like “dumping grounds,” “pre-prison,” and “a place for bad kids,” Berkeley’s Alternative High School is due for a systemic overhaul, administrators say. -more-



Deputy Director Leaves Troubled Library System After Brief Stay

By Judith Scherr
Friday May 05, 2006

Vivian Pisano may be just one more casualty of Berkeley’s library wars. -more-



BUSD Maintenance Department in Disarray

By Suzanne La Barre
Friday May 05, 2006

The Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Maintenance Department is in need of repair. -more-



Wilson Will Challenge Spring For City Council Seat in District 4

By Judith Scherr
Friday May 05, 2006

While local elections won’t happen for another half year, candidates are already rolling up their sleeves for a fight in District 4, the central Berkeley council district that includes the downtown business area, held by incumbent Dona Spring since 1992. -more-



Magna, Owner of Golden Gate Fields, in Financial Crisis

By Richard Brenneman
Friday May 05, 2006

Magna Entertainment, the Canadian firm that owns Golden Gate Fields in Albany, warned this week that its ability to continue in business is in “substantial doubt.” -more-



Features

West Berkeley Bowl Project Put on City’s Fast Track

By Suzanne La Barre
Friday May 05, 2006

Attempting to harness a protracted public approval process, the Planning Department has placed the West Berkeley Bowl project on the fast track. -more-


UC Police Review Board Holds Rare Public Meeting

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 05, 2006

The UC Police Review Board met for its first open meeting in two years Tuesday evening at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. -more-


Gay Couple Claim Iceland Forced Them Off of Ice

By Judith Scherr
Friday May 05, 2006

Two skaters alleging discrimination are suing Berkeley Iceland over an incident in February in which they say they were asked to leave the rink based on their sexual orientation. -more-


Man Dies After Being Hit By UC Construction Truck

Bay City News
Friday May 05, 2006

A longtime Berkeley resident was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on Wednesday morning, Berkeley police reported. -more-


County Worker to Stand Trial in Rose Garden Slashing

Bay City News
Friday May 05, 2006

A judge ruled Thursday that there’s sufficient evidence to have a former Alameda County mental health worker stand trial on charges that she was an accessory to the brutal stabbing of a 75-year-old woman near the Berkeley Rose Garden last year. -more-


City Buys New Vactor Truck To Unclog Storm Drains

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 05, 2006

The City of Berkeley recently bought a powerful new Vactor truck to clean up clogged storm drains in the city. -more-


The June Election Beyond the Oakland Mayor’s Race

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday May 05, 2006

The race to replace Jerry Brown as mayor of Oakland in the June 6 primary has gotten the lion’s share of local media and public attention so far. Meanwhile, Alameda County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a number of candidates and issues that will have a great affect on the shape of their government, fiscal policy, and the direction of area education. -more-


Acting Registrar of Voters Announces Her Departure

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday May 05, 2006

In the wake of the sudden announcement by the acting Alameda County Registrar of Voters to take herself out of the running for the permanent position, at least one local voting activist said it is an opportune time for the county to rethink its position on the purchase of electronic voting machines. -more-


Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Friday May 05, 2006

PARKING, TRANSIT -more-


More Letters to thte Editor

Friday May 05, 2006

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters from frequent correspondents on the topic of the Middle East appear only on our website. -more-


Commentary: Mayor’s Landmarks Ordinance Hardly A Compromise

By Roger Marquis
Friday May 05, 2006

In response to Alan Tobey’s Commentary “Devil Is In the Details of Revised LPO”: I was impressed more by the details Alan left out, among those his affiliation with Livable Berkeley, a group that espouses “Smart Growth” but has yet to define any real-estate development that it does not consider smart. -more-


Commentary: Looking for Peace in the Peace Movement

By boona cheema
Friday May 05, 2006

At no other time has a movement for global peace become so crucial. And this movement has no place for hate, anger, or abuse. To cease all hostilities we the members of the movement need to make a commitment to peaceful language and peaceful assembly. Without this action we cannot grow—and we cannot win. -more-


Commentary: Oakland’s Teachers Face Tough Jobs, Low Pay

By Life Academy High Street School Staff
Friday May 05, 2006

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 26, the 14 teachers of Life Academy High School prepared to go on strike; hours later we were relieved that it wasn’t necessary. The negotiations had led to a settlement. We rejoiced. However as details of the settlement became available, we realized that we celebrated too early. The district and the union negotiators had not met the basic needs of teachers and Oakland students. -more-


Editorial

Editorial: Telling the Emperor He’s Naked

By Becky O’Malley
Friday May 05, 2006

The big story in media circles this week was Steven Colbert’s skewering the Washington press establishment (and incidentally G.W. Bush & Co.) over dinner on Saturday night. It will be interesting for future journalism scholars to study how the news of his thinly disguised attack on the administration and its tepid critics rolled across the country on the Internet after it was originally ignored by the big media. Evidently C-Span viewers who were watching on Saturday night caught it first, and some of them posted the video clips on the Internet, using magic technology which I don’t begin to understand. The only person I know who is glued to C-Span is my 91-year-old mother, who watches it the way some men watch ESPN and for some of the same reasons, and even she missed it. -more-


Columns

Column: Actions We Can Take to Protect our Democracy

By Bob Burnett
Friday May 05, 2006

President Bush’s job approval ratings continue to plummet, as increasing numbers of Americans recognize that the administration has no capacity to deal with the critical issues that confront America. Nonetheless, many citizens despair of the prospects of changing America’s course, so long as George Bush is president. They ask, “What can we do?” to restore democracy to the United States. -more-


Column: Undercurrents: Race and Gender in the Oakland Mayoral Race

by J. Douglas Allen-Tayor
Friday May 05, 2006

In an odd passage that perhaps reveals more about his own thoughts than it does about the campaign itself, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Christopher Heredia gives his version of what Oakland voters may do in the upcoming mayoral race (“Oakland mayor rivals each woo voters in own particular ways,” April 30). -more-


East Bay: Then and Now: When Ratcliff Was City Architect

By Daniella Thompson
Friday May 05, 2006

City architect in Berkeley? Like the farms, this office is a thing of the past. The position existed for only eight years—from 1913 to 1921—and was occupied by a single person: Walter Harris Ratcliff, Jr. (1881–1973). -more-


About the House: Whether or Not to Shut Off The Gas

By Matt Cantor
Friday May 05, 2006

I was speaking as a guest of my friend Howard at a local senior center the other day when a fellow stood up and told me that he did not agree with my position on the very contentious issue of whether to turn your gas off in your house after an earthquake. -more-


Garden Variety: Finding Spring Flower Resources At Annie’s

By Ron Sullivan
Friday May 05, 2006

A sunny morning spent at Annie’s Annuals and Perennials is worth the trip to Richmond, and a good way to celebrate the belated arrival of spring. -more-


Arts Listings

Arts Calendar

Friday May 05, 2006

Arts: Jimbo Trout, Toshio Hirano Play the Twang Cafe

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday May 05, 2006


Arts: ‘Berkeley Treasures’ Spotlights Three Local Artists

By Dorothy Bryant Special to the Planet
Friday May 05, 2006

Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday May 05, 2006

Back Stories

Opinion

Editorials

Editorial: Telling the Emperor He’s Naked 05-05-2006

Editorial: Singing About America in Many Tongues 05-02-2006

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor 05-05-2006

More Letters to thte Editor 05-05-2006

Commentary: Mayor’s Landmarks Ordinance Hardly A Compromise By Roger Marquis 05-05-2006

Commentary: Looking for Peace in the Peace Movement By boona cheema 05-05-2006

Commentary: Oakland’s Teachers Face Tough Jobs, Low Pay By Life Academy High Street School Staff 05-05-2006

Letters to the Editor 05-02-2006

Commentary: ZAB Holds Trader Joe’s Pep Rally By Regan Richardson 05-02-2006

Commentary: Latini Omnes Sunt By Thomas Gangale 05-02-2006

News

District Struggles to Remake School’s Image By Suzanne La Barre 05-05-2006

Deputy Director Leaves Troubled Library System After Brief Stay By Judith Scherr 05-05-2006

BUSD Maintenance Department in Disarray By Suzanne La Barre 05-05-2006

Wilson Will Challenge Spring For City Council Seat in District 4 By Judith Scherr 05-05-2006

Magna, Owner of Golden Gate Fields, in Financial Crisis By Richard Brenneman 05-05-2006

West Berkeley Bowl Project Put on City’s Fast Track By Suzanne La Barre 05-05-2006

UC Police Review Board Holds Rare Public Meeting By Riya Bhattacharjee 05-05-2006

Gay Couple Claim Iceland Forced Them Off of Ice By Judith Scherr 05-05-2006

Man Dies After Being Hit By UC Construction Truck Bay City News 05-05-2006

County Worker to Stand Trial in Rose Garden Slashing Bay City News 05-05-2006

City Buys New Vactor Truck To Unclog Storm Drains By Riya Bhattacharjee 05-05-2006

The June Election Beyond the Oakland Mayor’s Race By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 05-05-2006

Acting Registrar of Voters Announces Her Departure By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 05-05-2006

A Day of Immigrant Action By Riya Bhattacharjee 05-02-2006

Public Mixed Over Trader Joe’s Project By Richard Brenneman 05-02-2006

Seeking a New Look For Downtown BART By Suzanne La Barre 05-02-2006

Local Impact of Preschool Initiative Is Unclear By Suzanne La Barre 05-02-2006

Student Achievement at Small Schools Is Mixed By Suzanne La Barre 05-02-2006

County Gets Late Start On Measure A Oversight By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 05-02-2006

Peralta Steps Back from Extending Hand to Compton By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 05-02-2006

New, Hip Identity Proposed for Berkeley Alternative High By Suzanne La Barre 05-02-2006

Berkeley Schools, Businesses Affected by May 1 Boycott By Judith Scherr 05-02-2006

Barbara Lee Speaks Out Against Immigration Bill By Judith Scherr 05-02-2006

Asian Media Report Conflicts Over Economic Boycott By Carolyn Goossen, New American Media 05-02-2006

Police Blotter By Richard Brenneman 05-02-2006

Columns

Column: Actions We Can Take to Protect our Democracy By Bob Burnett 05-05-2006

Column: Undercurrents: Race and Gender in the Oakland Mayoral Race by J. Douglas Allen-Tayor 05-05-2006

East Bay: Then and Now: When Ratcliff Was City Architect By Daniella Thompson 05-05-2006

About the House: Whether or Not to Shut Off The Gas By Matt Cantor 05-05-2006

Garden Variety: Finding Spring Flower Resources At Annie’s By Ron Sullivan 05-05-2006

Column: New From the Home Page Of the Fallen Warriors By Susan Parker 05-02-2006

The Not-So-Sweet Life of the Lemon Tree By Ron Sullivan Special to the Planet 05-02-2006

Arts & Events

Arts Calendar 05-05-2006

Arts: Jimbo Trout, Toshio Hirano Play the Twang Cafe By Justin DeFreitas 05-05-2006

Arts: Moving Pictures: Long-Neglected British Masterpiece Returns to the Screen By Justin DeFreitas 05-05-2006

Arts: ‘Berkeley Treasures’ Spotlights Three Local Artists By Dorothy Bryant Special to the Planet 05-05-2006

East Bay: Then and Now: When Ratcliff Was City Architect By Daniella Thompson 05-05-2006

About the House: Whether or Not to Shut Off The Gas By Matt Cantor 05-05-2006

Garden Variety: Finding Spring Flower Resources At Annie’s By Ron Sullivan 05-05-2006

Berkeley This Week 05-05-2006

Arts Calendar 05-02-2006

Arts: Benny Golson Headlines At Yoshi’s This Weekend By Ira Steingroot Special to the Planet 05-02-2006

Arts: A Tale of Genocide Unfolds in TheatreFIRST’s ‘World Music’ By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet 05-02-2006

The Not-So-Sweet Life of the Lemon Tree By Ron Sullivan Special to the Planet 05-02-2006

Berkeley This Week 05-02-2006