Flying cottage engulfed in flames late Monday night.  Photograph by Anthony Cody
Flying cottage engulfed in flames late Monday night. Photograph by Anthony Cody

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NEWS FLASH: First Person: Flying Cottage Inferno

By Anthony Cody
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Editor’s Note: This is a first-person account, written at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, of the fire that broke out Monday night at 3045 Shattuck Ave. The structure has been known by the nickname “the Flying Cottage” ever since the owner raised a one-story house above two additional stories nearly three years ago. The city shut down the project mid-construction because the owner had not received the necessary permits for such a project and the property has sat vacant and boarded up since. -more-



NEWS FLASH: Cody's on Telegraph to Close

Tuesday May 09, 2006

Blaming big chain and Internet booksellers, as well as a lack of help from the city, Andy Ross, owner and president of Cody’s Books, Inc., has announced he’s shutting down Cody’s oldest store on Telegraph Avenue in July. -more-



Fast-Food Plans for New Telegraph Avenue Building Alarm Neighbors

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Neighbors of a new building on Telegraph Avenue will be raising concerns about a proposed 44-seat Quiznos restaurant at 3095 Telegraph Ave. at the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on Thursday. -more-



UC Releases EIR For New StadiumComplex

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 09, 2006

The half-billion-dollar set of projects planned around California Memorial Stadium carry “unavoidable significant impacts” in at least 14 areas, according to a draft environmental impact report (EIR) released Monday. -more-



Shattuck Cinema Workers Call For Union

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Aurelia River has worked six years at the Shattuck Cinema in downtown Berkeley, with a 50-cent increase in salary during that time, going from $6.75 to $7.25 an hour for almost full-time work. She earns no benefits. -more-



UC Berkeley Adopts Revised Sweatshop Policy

By Suzanne La Barre
Tuesday May 09, 2006

On the heels of multiple protests—some clothing-optional—UC has agreed to revise its sweatshop policy, UC Berkeley student activists announced Tuesday. -more-



Public, Press Excluded from Downtown Advisory Meeting

By Suzanne la Barre
Tuesday May 09, 2006

A meeting last week on development in downtown Berkeley was closed to the public. -more-



Features

Trader Joe’s, Pacific Steel Casting on Crowded ZAB Agenda

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 09, 2006

The dense, five-story project at University Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way that Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) member Bob Allen dubbed “the Trader Joe’s Building” is back on ZAB’s agenda Thursday night. -more-


ZAB to Decide on Bowl EIR, Use Permit

By Suzanne La Barre
Tuesday May 09, 2006

There are two days to go before the Zoning Adjustments Board is scheduled to render a verdict on use permits for the West Berkeley Bowl project, but at a special meeting late last week, board members indicated they still have a number of concerns. -more-


Accrediting Commission Provokes Critics After Compton Threats

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday May 09, 2006

A statewide education revolt is growing against the agency that accredits California community colleges in part because of recent actions the agency has taken against the Peralta and the Compton Community College Districts. -more-


Suit Charges Berkeley Police with False Arrest, Battery

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 09, 2006

A former Berkeley resident alleges in a lawsuit filed in federal court two weeks ago that a Union City police detective chased him, tackled him, then punched him repeatedly after he broke the mirror of the officer’s personal vehicle, while dodging the vehicle that was about to hit him. -more-


Neighborhood Corporation Chooses Panel to Plan Ashby BART Village

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 09, 2006

A 12-member board will outline the plans for a major development at the Ashby BART parking lot, according to an announcement released late Friday. -more-


Berkeley Humane Commission Members Propose Mandatory Neutering of Pit Bulls

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 09, 2006

The American Kennel Club is howling about a law some members of the Citizens Humane Commission are proposing that would mandate the spaying and neutering of most Berkeley pit bulls, a breed overrepresented in the city’s animal shelter. -more-


LPC to Convene Special Meeting on Law Changes

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Landmarks Preservation Commissioners looked at the latest draft of Mayor Tom Bates’ revision of the city’s landmarks ordinance and scheduled a special May 25 meeting to address their concerns. -more-


News Analysis: Immigrant Movement Must Reach Out to Blacks

By Jasmyne A. Channick and Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Tuesday May 09, 2006

LOS ANGELES — Immigrant rights leaders have repeatedly and with great pride compared the movement for humane immigration reform to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s. They have cited the Poor Peoples March in 1968, the high esteem that Cesar Chavez held for Dr. Martin Luther King, and the unequivocal support that top civil rights leaders and the Congressional Black Caucus has given to immigrant rights as solid models of black and brown cooperation. Yet, despite these public pronouncements, there has been no sustained movement to build any real coalitions with blacks on the immigration issue. -more-


Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday May 09, 2006

CAN’T DO THAT HERE -more-


Commentary: On Being Black at a Latino March

By Van Jones New American Media
Tuesday May 09, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO—At this week’s “Dia Sin Inmigrantes/Day Without Immigrants” march in San Francisco, I saw a beautiful, exciting and hopeful vision of the future of this country. -more-


Commentary: Pacific Steel Casting: ZAB ’em!

By L A Wood
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Absent for over 15 years, Pacific Steel Casting (PSC) has finally made a return to the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board. The steel mill is requesting modification of their use permit No. 8957 for operating one of their three facilities on Second Street. A privately owned West Berkeley company, PSC has the distinction of being the city’s biggest stationary air polluter. This fact is also reflected in its long history of neighborhood conflicts, odor nuisance complaints, and abatement orders. -more-


Commentary: Bus Rapid Transit Leaflet Misleading

By Rob Wrenn
Tuesday May 09, 2006

At the recent community workshop on the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza redesign plan, an anonymous leaflet was distributed that is full of factual errors and misinformation about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, which AC Transit is planning for Telegraph Avenue, the Southside and Downtown Berkeley. -more-


Commentary: Creekside Homeowners Need the Right to Rebuild

by Shirley Dean
Tuesday May 09, 2006

The Planning Commission and City Council will soon be considering recommendations regarding revisions to the Creeks Ordinance. When property owners affected by the Creeks Ordinance were informed that it would be virtually impossible to rebuild their homes if they were destroyed, more than 600 attended the City Council meeting to express their outrage. It turns out that this is core issue for those directly affected by the Creeks Ordinance but also for almost everyone else in Berkeley. -more-


Commentary: Shedding Light on Strawberry Creek

By Gus Yates
Tuesday May 09, 2006

The current alignment of Strawberry Creek is well known, and its future location is up to the community. Frank Greenspan’s April 25 letter to the editor suggests that there is some public confusion regarding the current status of the Strawberry Creek and proposals to daylight it. The creek presently enters a five-by-six-foot arched box culvert as it leaves campus at Oxford Street. The culvert jogs diagonally under buildings to Allston Way, runs down Allston Way to near the post office, cuts diagonally under the YMCA to the Center Street side of City Hall, and diagonally crosses the northwest corner of Civic Center Park to Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The culvert runs in perfectly straight segments, whereas the natural channel did not. Thus, the existing culvert is already a “realignment” of the creek. -more-


Commentary: Mayor May Be Swing Vote on Right to Pave

By Robert Lauriston
Tuesday May 09, 2006

How un-Berkeley can you be? Mayor Tom Bates and City Councilmembers Darryl Moore, Laurie Capitelli and Gordon Wozniak offered one possible answer to that question last Tuesday when they indicated support for a proposal to allow developers to convert landscaped rear yards into parking lots with no public notice, no public hearing, and no possibility of appeal by neighbors. -more-


Commentary: Why Is Jerry Brown Running Again?

By Joyce Roy
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Jerry Brown is running for attorney general for the same reason he ran for mayor of Oakland in 1998: “I don’t know what to do with myself when I am not running for office.” Soon after he became mayor, he looked for the next office to run for without an incumbent. He had his eye on Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat until she decided not to step down. So then he focused on the attorney general’s office. -more-


Editorial

Planners, ZAB Rush to Approve Projects Before Recess

By Suzanne La Barre
Tuesday May 09, 2006

West Berkeley Bowl, Creeks at Planning Commission -more-


Columns

Column: Confessions of a Desperate Housewife

By Susan Parker
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Twelve years ago my husband had an accident that left him a C-4 quadriplegic, paralyzed below the shoulders. After two nights in Highland Hospital he was transferred to the Neurology Department at the Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City. While there, nurses from India, Sumatra and Sunnyvale cared for him. Ten days later he was sent to the Kaiser rehab center in Vallejo. He came under the supervision of a Pakistani doctor. The therapists who moved his arms and legs and taught me how to get him in and out of his new wheelchair were students enrolled in a nearby physical therapy school. They were from Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. Filipino nurses gave Ralph his pills, took his temperature, and recorded his vital signs. The assistants who bathed Ralph, emptied his urine bag, and shifted him from his left side onto his right were African-Americans. -more-


Wildfire and Freeways: Why Did the Bobcat Cross the Road?

By Joe Eaton Special to the Planet
Tuesday May 09, 2006

I’ve seen only a handful of bobcats in my life, most of them in or around Point Reyes and the Marin Headlands. My one East Bay encounter was about a decade ago, while heading out to Briones Regional Park on a spring morning. The cat was crossing Bear Creek Road near the reservoir, not being in a particular hurry about it. The first reaction in such sightings tends to be “funny-looking dog,” and then you notice the pointed ears and the abbreviated tail. -more-


Arts Listings

Arts Calendar

Tuesday May 09, 2006

Arts: Subterranean Shakespeare Takes on ‘Richard III’

By Ken Bulock Special to the Planet
Tuesday May 09, 2006

Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Tuesday May 09, 2006

Back Stories

Opinion

Editorials

Planners, ZAB Rush to Approve Projects Before Recess 05-09-2006

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

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor 05-09-2006

Commentary: On Being Black at a Latino March By Van Jones New American Media 05-09-2006

Commentary: Pacific Steel Casting: ZAB ’em! By L A Wood 05-09-2006

Commentary: Bus Rapid Transit Leaflet Misleading By Rob Wrenn 05-09-2006

Commentary: Creekside Homeowners Need the Right to Rebuild by Shirley Dean 05-09-2006

Commentary: Shedding Light on Strawberry Creek By Gus Yates 05-09-2006

Commentary: Mayor May Be Swing Vote on Right to Pave By Robert Lauriston 05-09-2006

Commentary: Why Is Jerry Brown Running Again? By Joyce Roy 05-09-2006

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

News

NEWS FLASH: First Person: Flying Cottage Inferno By Anthony Cody 05-09-2006

NEWS FLASH: Cody's on Telegraph to Close 05-09-2006

Fast-Food Plans for New Telegraph Avenue Building Alarm Neighbors By Riya Bhattacharjee 05-09-2006

UC Releases EIR For New StadiumComplex By Richard Brenneman 05-09-2006

Shattuck Cinema Workers Call For Union By Judith Scherr 05-09-2006

UC Berkeley Adopts Revised Sweatshop Policy By Suzanne La Barre 05-09-2006

Public, Press Excluded from Downtown Advisory Meeting By Suzanne la Barre 05-09-2006

Trader Joe’s, Pacific Steel Casting on Crowded ZAB Agenda By Richard Brenneman 05-09-2006

ZAB to Decide on Bowl EIR, Use Permit By Suzanne La Barre 05-09-2006

Accrediting Commission Provokes Critics After Compton Threats By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 05-09-2006

Suit Charges Berkeley Police with False Arrest, Battery By Judith Scherr 05-09-2006

Neighborhood Corporation Chooses Panel to Plan Ashby BART Village By Richard Brenneman 05-09-2006

Berkeley Humane Commission Members Propose Mandatory Neutering of Pit Bulls By Judith Scherr 05-09-2006

LPC to Convene Special Meeting on Law Changes By Richard Brenneman 05-09-2006

News Analysis: Immigrant Movement Must Reach Out to Blacks By Jasmyne A. Channick and Earl Ofari Hutchinson 05-09-2006

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

Columns

Column: Confessions of a Desperate Housewife By Susan Parker 05-09-2006

Wildfire and Freeways: Why Did the Bobcat Cross the Road? By Joe Eaton Special to the Planet 05-09-2006

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

Arts & Events

Arts Calendar 05-09-2006

Arts: Subterranean Shakespeare Takes on ‘Richard III’ By Ken Bulock Special to the Planet 05-09-2006

Wildfire and Freeways: Why Did the Bobcat Cross the Road? By Joe Eaton Special to the Planet 05-09-2006

Berkeley This Week 05-09-2006

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