Bateman Mall Park neighbor Kathy Brady moves her dog away from the rotting grass on the mall while out for a stroll Monday afternoon. Neighbors have shoveled the newly constructed grass-paver installation to prevent water from clogging there. Photograph by Riya Bhattacharjee.
Bateman Mall Park neighbor Kathy Brady moves her dog away from the rotting grass on the mall while out for a stroll Monday afternoon. Neighbors have shoveled the newly constructed grass-paver installation to prevent water from clogging there. Photograph by Riya Bhattacharjee.

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Flooding, Odors Still Plague Alta Bates Drain

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday November 28, 2006

The Bateman Mall Park has been restored, but drainage problems at the site continue. -more-



Holiday Shock: Berkeley Loses Courts to Oakland

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday November 28, 2006

Berkeley’s traffic court is moving to Oakland as of Jan. 1, taking eight jobs and Court Commissioner Jon Rantzman along for the ride. -more-



Election Complaints Continue to Target Chamber

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday November 28, 2006

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee may have violated local election laws, according to Councilmember Dona Spring who says she is preparing a formal complaint against Business for Better Government Berkeley Chamber of Commerce PAC. -more-



Commission Blasts Condition of Oakland’s Youth of Color

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday November 28, 2006

A recently released report on young men of color by a national commission chaired by the incoming Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums may provide a roadmap to priorities and policies in the city for the next four years. -more-



Big Berkeley Projects Move Forward Slowly

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday November 28, 2006

While its musical form, an arpeggio, consists of the notes of a chord played in rapid succession, the progress of the Berkeley Arpeggio has been anything but speedy. -more-



Features

City Council Tackles Creeks Issue Again

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday November 28, 2006

While the City Council passed an updated Creeks Ordinance in concept Nov 14, approval is back before the council tonight (Tuesday), so the body can vote on the formal ordinance, said City Councilmember Laurie Capitelli. -more-


Planning Commission, DAPAC to Meet

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday November 28, 2006

Two city land use meetings are scheduled for Wednesday night, both at the same time—7 p.m.—and in the same building—the North Berkeley Senior Center. -more-


Berkeley High Hosts LGBT Forum

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday November 28, 2006

A forum to discuss how Berkeley public schools can be more welcoming toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families in the community will be held at the Berkeley Technology Academy today (Tuesday). -more-


Thanksgiving Murders May Have Been Act of Vengeance

Bay City News
Tuesday November 28, 2006

A family feud over a brother’s death likely led to the Thanksgiving Day shooting in an Oakland apartment complex that killed two women and one man and injured two more, Oakland Police Department spokesman Roland Holmgren said. -more-


Oakland Man Gets 9 Years For Berkeley Shooting

Bay City News
Tuesday November 28, 2006

A 19-year-old Oakland man was sentenced Monday to nine years in state prison for shooting to death a Berkeley man who was hosting a party for his three children and their friends in March. -more-


Richmond Council Approves $335 Million Casino Package

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday November 28, 2006

On a divided vote, Richmond city councilmembers last week approved a contract to provide services for a casino planned for unincorporated North Richmond. -more-


First Person: Mayhem and Mustard On 53rd Street

By Suzan Ormandy, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 28, 2006

The Dijon mustard that was called for in the brussel sprouts recipe was in my garage. I couldn’t get to it because the cops posted outside my 53rd Street duplex had ordered me to “Stay inside, Lady.” Their drawn revolvers convinced me to obey. I did, for the next few hours on Thanksgiving Day, as a huge tragic drama unfolded across the street at the Keller Plaza apartments. -more-


Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday November 28, 2006

TRADER JOE’S -more-


Commentary: UC Development in Southeast Berkeley

By Janice Thomas
Tuesday November 28, 2006

During the next 15 years, southeast Berkeley will be radically transformed by the realization of the 2020 Long Range Development Plan (2020 LRDP), the Southeast Campus Integrated Projects (SCIP), the Underhill Parking Lot, and the proposed development at and near Bowles Hall. The long range plan and parking lot are already approved; SCIP approval which includes another parking lot is imminent, while the Bowles Hall expansion and reuse proposal is a cumulative impact and inevitable byproduct of all that precedes it. -more-


Commentary: Election Wins For Green Party Were State-Wide

By Chris Kavanaugh
Tuesday November 28, 2006

The November election results represented an important political breakthrough for the Green Party of California. Nationally, including California, the Green Party fielded 375 candidates for 66 different elected offices in 38 states. Prior to the November general election, the party held at least 223 local, municipal, county and state elected offices nationwide. -more-


Commentary: Omissions and Commissions: Correcting the Facts

By Dan Knapp
Tuesday November 28, 2006

Now we’re told (Daily Planet, Nov. 24) that the misleading Chamber PAC mailer violated state and local election laws by omitting the identity of the groups who got it out to Berkeley voters just days before the election. Three of the potential four perpetrators have weighed in with denials: the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce (we’re not the PAC); the Chamber PAC (we outsourced the work and didn’t proofread prior to mailing); and the printer/mailer company (we just print and mail the stuff we’re given). That leaves the company that supplied the content and artwork, Brand Guidance/Design Intelligence, and its chief hooter Mr. Steven Donaldson. -more-


Editorial

Editorial: Setting the Historic Record Straight

By Becky O’Malley
Tuesday November 28, 2006

Not too long ago the Planet received a letter from a reader asserting that E.Y. Harburg, the author of “Happy Days are Here Again,” was once a Republican. The writer is a frequent and cordial correspondent, and we didn’t want him to embarrass himself in public, so instead of running the letter we wrote back respectfully and said that we were positive that Yip Harburg, whose son we had known, was never a Republican. We didn’t cite sources, since we didn’t have any on hand, but we urged the writer to check his. After a bit of back and forth, he discovered that the author of the Democratic fight song “Happy Days” was indeed a Republican, but that Yip Harburg (a noted leftist) didn’t write it. Case closed. -more-


Columns

Column: The Public Eye: The Bush Administration: Failed Leadership, Failed Security

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday November 28, 2006

On the heels of the GOP’s resounding defeat in the mid-term elections came news that only 31 percent of Americans approve of President Bush’s handling of Iraq. This will increase pressure on the new Congress to do something about Iraq. -more-


Column: On Tuesday, I’ll Take the Hamster

By Susan Parker
Tuesday November 28, 2006

I have received a lot of advice since Ralph passed away. It has been given with good intention and compassionate concern. -more-


Osage Orange Trees — A Transplant in Time

By Ron Sullivan, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 28, 2006

I’m stretching the boundaries of “East Bay” because I just like this odd tree. I first encountered it a few years back, along a dirt road east of Fairfield, where we look for mountain plovers. I spotted a number of unlikely objects on the grassy shoulder: Osage oranges, hedgeballs, Indiana brains, Maclura pomifera fruit. They were strewn along the roadside for yards, under a row of little deciduous trees. -more-


Arts Listings

Arts Calendar

Tuesday November 28, 2006


Season Begins for Holiday Concerts and Events

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday November 28, 2006


Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Tuesday November 28, 2006

Back Stories

Opinion

Editorials

Editorial: Setting the Historic Record Straight 11-28-2006

Editorial: Shopping Locally During the Holidays 11-24-2006

The Editor's Back Fence

Correction 11-24-2006

Cartoons

Berkeley This Week 11-24-2006

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor 11-28-2006

Commentary: UC Development in Southeast Berkeley By Janice Thomas 11-28-2006

Commentary: Election Wins For Green Party Were State-Wide By Chris Kavanaugh 11-28-2006

Commentary: Omissions and Commissions: Correcting the Facts By Dan Knapp 11-28-2006

Letters to the Editor 11-24-2006

A Giant Leap For Momkind By Jamie Woolf 11-24-2006

Falsehoods, Half-Truths and Innuendos 11-24-2006

Trying Parking Infractions in the Press By Peter Glikshtern 11-24-2006

The Benefits of The Warm Pool By Robert Strom 11-24-2006

The Right Price for Downtown Parking Meters By Charles Siegel 11-24-2006

Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water By John F. Davies 11-24-2006

News

Flooding, Odors Still Plague Alta Bates Drain By Riya Bhattacharjee 11-28-2006

Holiday Shock: Berkeley Loses Courts to Oakland By Richard Brenneman 11-28-2006

Election Complaints Continue to Target Chamber By Judith Scherr 11-28-2006

Commission Blasts Condition of Oakland’s Youth of Color By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 11-28-2006

Big Berkeley Projects Move Forward Slowly By Richard Brenneman 11-28-2006

City Council Tackles Creeks Issue Again By Judith Scherr 11-28-2006

Planning Commission, DAPAC to Meet By Richard Brenneman 11-28-2006

Berkeley High Hosts LGBT Forum By Riya Bhattacharjee 11-28-2006

Thanksgiving Murders May Have Been Act of Vengeance Bay City News 11-28-2006

Oakland Man Gets 9 Years For Berkeley Shooting Bay City News 11-28-2006

Richmond Council Approves $335 Million Casino Package By Richard Brenneman 11-28-2006

First Person: Mayhem and Mustard On 53rd Street By Suzan Ormandy, Special to the Planet 11-28-2006

A ‘Living Graveyard’ By Judith Scherr 11-24-2006

City Challenges UC’s Stadium-Area Project By Richard Brenneman 11-24-2006

B-Tech Academy Students Get to View College Life On Tour of South By Riya Bhattacharjee 11-24-2006

New Housing Authority Board in the Works By Judith Scherr 11-24-2006

Oakland’s IRV Author Believes System Will Work By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 11-24-2006

UC Students Protest Taser Gun Incident at UCLA Library By Riya Bhattacharjee 11-24-2006

Solano Merchants Uncertain About Business Improvement District By Judith Scherr 11-24-2006

Two Men Shot in Sacramento Street Attack By Richard Brenneman 11-24-2006

PRC Meets with Council in Closed Session Monday By Judith Scherr 11-24-2006

SF Opera Comes to Malcolm X 11-24-2006

Police Blotter By Richard Brenneman 11-24-2006

Fire Department Log By Richard Brenneman 11-24-2006

Columns

Column: The Public Eye: The Bush Administration: Failed Leadership, Failed Security By Bob Burnett 11-28-2006

Column: On Tuesday, I’ll Take the Hamster By Susan Parker 11-28-2006

Osage Orange Trees — A Transplant in Time By Ron Sullivan, Special to the Planet 11-28-2006

Under Currents: The Battle Over the Oakland City Council Presidency By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 11-24-2006

Dispatches From The Edge: The Democratic Majority and Iran By Conn Hallinan 11-24-2006

First Person: What I Learned in China By MARVIN CHACHERE 11-24-2006

First Person: What Time Is It? By Harry Weininger 11-24-2006

First Person: An Adoption Story By ANNIE KASSOF 11-24-2006

Are The Newly Elected Democrats India’s Friends? By Sandip Roy, New America Media 11-24-2006

Garden Variety: In the Garden and the Wild, Ends Are Also Beginnings By Ron Sullivan 11-24-2006

Ask Matt: Questions About Insurance and Shingles By Matt Cantor 11-24-2006

Quake Tip of the Week By LARRY GUILLOT 11-24-2006

Property Perspectives: What’s Really Happening in The Local Real Estate Market? By TIM CANNON 11-24-2006

Arts & Events

Arts Calendar 11-28-2006

Arts and Entertainment: Around the East Bay 11-28-2006

Season Begins for Holiday Concerts and Events By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet 11-28-2006

Books: PEN Oakland Awards Honor Many Voices 11-28-2006

Osage Orange Trees — A Transplant in Time By Ron Sullivan, Special to the Planet 11-28-2006

Berkeley This Week 11-28-2006

Arts Calendar 11-24-2006

Around the East Bay 11-24-2006

The Battle for Good Modern Design on Campus By John Kenyon Special to the Planet 11-24-2006

The Theater: Impact Theatre Stages ‘Jukebox Stories’ at La Val’s By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet 11-24-2006

Moving Pictures: New to DVD: Doppelgangers and Femme Fatales By Justin DeFreitas 11-24-2006

Garden Variety: In the Garden and the Wild, Ends Are Also Beginnings By Ron Sullivan 11-24-2006

Ask Matt: Questions About Insurance and Shingles By Matt Cantor 11-24-2006

Quake Tip of the Week By LARRY GUILLOT 11-24-2006

Property Perspectives: What’s Really Happening in The Local Real Estate Market? By TIM CANNON 11-24-2006