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Committee Votes to Keep Mayor’s Public Commons Initiative on Agenda

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 01, 2007

Despite community pleas to talk with members of the homeless community first, the Berkeley City Council’s Agenda Committee Monday afternoon refused to take the mayor’s Public Commons for Everyone proposal off the May 8 council agenda. -more-


BP Project Impractical, Dangerous, Critics Charge

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 01, 2007

Questions of scientific feasibility and environmental responsibility dominated a Thursday night teach-in called by critics of UC Berkeley’s $500 million biofuels pact with a British oil company. -more-


Zoning Board Backs Closing of B-Town Store

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 01, 2007

The B-Town Dollar Store at 2973 Sacramento St. could be closed if the Berkeley City Council decides to act on a recommendation passed by the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) Thursday. -more-


Woodfin Hotel Workers Fired; Supporters Cry Foul

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 01, 2007

The Woodfin Suites Hotel fired 12 workers Friday, according to an East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy press statement. EBASE has helped Woodfin workers in their attempts to get Emeryville’s living wage ordinance for hotel workers enforced. -more-


Bay Area Rallies for Immigrant Rights

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 01, 2007

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps in the Bay Area and across the nation have separated working parents from their children, forced families to flee in haste to countries of origin many scarcely know and caused millions of others to live in fear of harassment and deportation. -more-


Book Commemorates 33 Years of Political Art

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 01, 2007

A collection of posters Inkworks Press has produced over its life as a worker-owned collective brings together art, calls to political action and 33 years of history. -more-


Fewer Berkeley Businesses Selling Alcohol to Minors

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 01, 2007

The California State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced Friday that alcohol violation rates have dropped in Berkeley. -more-


City Officials Ponder Measures To Address Freeway Collapse

Tuesday May 01, 2007

The City of Berkeley announced Monday that as the bridge approaches become heavily congested as a result of the MacArthur Maze collapse, traffic in and around Berkeley is expected to be impacted, even though none of the detours suggested by Caltrans and local officials routes traffic directly through Berkeley. -more-


School District Committee Searches for African-American Teachers

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 01, 2007

The Berkeley School Board received information on the Black College tour that took place in February to recruit more teachers of color at historically black colleges in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. -more-


Downtown Committee Ponders Green Plan; Landmarks Commission Weighs BHS Gym

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 01, 2007

DAPAC members will finally tackle the central element of their proposed new plan Wednesday night when they consider the role of sustainabilty in the future of Downtown Berkeley. -more-


Proposal Could Affect Boston’s Asians

By Adam Smith, New American Media
Tuesday May 01, 2007

A proposal to allow green card holders in Boston the ability to vote in municipal elections could have far-reaching effects for nearly half of the city’s 45,000 Asian Americans, say local experts and office holders. -more-


Mexican Journalist Risks Life to Expose Child Sex Rings

By R.M. Arrieta, New American Media
Tuesday May 01, 2007

The pristine, sandy beaches of Cancun draw more than just visitors looking for a little fun and sun. Those with a penchant for little girls as young as four have found their way to this region. -more-


Police Blotter

By Rio Bauce
Tuesday May 01, 2007

Assault -more-


Children’s Community Center Celebrates 80th Anniversary

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 27, 2007

Freedom is what pre-schoolers at Berkeley’s oldest nursery will inherit on their first day of class—freedom to learn and grow through play, by getting their hands wet and their feet muddy and by letting their imaginations soar. -more-


Berkeley Lab Seeks Funds For 2nd Biofuel Project

By Richard Brenneman
Friday April 27, 2007

While Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) officials were pitching their role in the half-billion-dollar grant from British oil giant BP, they were also bidding for a second, similar but federally funded program. -more-


UC Student Senate Urges Caution on BP Contract

By Richard Brenneman
Friday April 27, 2007

Members of the Associated Students of UC Berkeley’s Senate voted Wednesday night to urge administrators to hold off on signing a $500 million contract with BP (British Petroleum) until their concerns have been addressed. -more-


Tussle Erupts Over Library Trustee Board Appointment

By Judith Scherr
Friday April 27, 2007

The tradition of reappointing library trustees for their second and final four-year terms without considering new applicants is being challenged by a trustee. -more-


OUSD Local Control Bill Passes Committee

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday April 27, 2007

Assemblymember Sandré Swanson’s AB 45 Oakland school local control bill overcame its first legislative hurdle this week, passing the Assembly Education Committee on a 7-2 party line vote (Democrats voting aye, Republicans voting no), but in a vastly modified form that drastically changes the terms under which local control would be restored. -more-


Cuts Proposed for Some Agencies Serving Needy

By Judith Scherr
Friday April 27, 2007

Start the day with a good breakfast. “That’s what our moms always told us,” said Bert Johnson Wednesday morning over hot cereal, a cup of java, a couple of slices of day-old bread and the company of friends. -more-


Effort to Save Iceland Rink Reports Some Progress

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 27, 2007

SaveBerkeleyIceland.org—the community based organization that came forward in January to preserve the 67 year-old historic ice-rink at 2727 Milvia St.—has so far raised $90,000 from six weeks of fundraising. -more-


Council Says No to Chicks in Cages and Yes to Draft Resisters

By Judith Scherr
Friday April 27, 2007

Opposition to chicks in cages, support for draft resistors and getting rid of plastic shopping bags were among the items approved by the Berkeley City Council Tuesday. -more-


Peralta Trustees Delay Safety Report, Look at Finances

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday April 27, 2007

The recent Virginia Tech University mass shooting tragedy has led to widespread discussion and debate across the nation about school safety. -more-


Berkeley School Board Looks at ‘Curvy Derby’ Plan

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 27, 2007

The Berkeley Board of Education approved $20,000 Wednesday to hire WLC Consultants to officially study the Curvy Derby Plan and further develop it. -more-


Commission Looks at Closed-Door Police Complaint Process

By Judith Scherr
Friday April 27, 2007

A sparsely attended public hearing to consider how to conduct closed-door complaint hearings was held Wednesday evening by the Police Review Commission. -more-


City College Event Examines ‘Crisis of The Commons’

Friday April 27, 2007

The “Crisis of the California Commons” is the subject of a conference being held this weekend at Berkeley City College. -more-


Police Blotter

By Rio Bauce
Friday April 27, 2007

Gun robbery -more-