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Pool Community Protests Demotion Of Popular Water Aerobics Instructor

By Judith Scherr
Friday June 01, 2007

They were singing along with the well-known Calypso tune, feet flying off the swimming pool floor and back again, weighted arms lifting high over their heads as they swayed to the rhythms pulsing from the boom box out across the water. -more-


UC: No Fault Under New Gym Location

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 01, 2007

No active faults lie beneath the site of the high-tech and highly expensive gym UC Berkeley hopes to build next to the landmarked Memorial Stadium. -more-


Perspective: SF Opera Cast Change Stuns Fans of Local Singer

By Becky O’Malley
Friday June 01, 2007

From David Gockley’s narrow point of view, the press release probably said it all in the first sentence: “After the final dress rehearsal for Don Giovanni, San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley, in consultation with Music Director Donald Runnicles and members of the artistic staff, made the decision that soprano Hope Briggs was not ultimately suited for the role of Donna Anna in this production.” -more-


Shipyard, City Struggle to Reach Compromise

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 01, 2007

Berkeley’s Shipyard has been granted a reprieve—but for some artists, it may have come too late. -more-


Downtown Panel Wonders How High

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 01, 2007

The citizen panel helping to chart the future of downtown Berkeley confronted the crucial questions of how high and how many, looking for answers that will shape the future face of the city center. -more-


DAPAC Endorses Priority Development Declaration

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 01, 2007

In a lop-sided vote Wednesday night, DAPAC members voted to urge the City Council to declare downtown Berkeley a Priority Development Area (PDA). -more-


OUSD Board Looks at Moratorium on School Closures

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday June 01, 2007

An Oakland School Board member has introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on Oakland public school closures while the state remains in charge of the Oakland Unified School District. -more-


AC Transit Bus Route Changes Postponed Until June 24

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday June 01, 2007

Major changes in AC transit bus service originally scheduled for June 3 have been postponed until June 24, according to district officials. -more-


UC Student End-of-Year Clean-Up Gets Mixed Reviews

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday June 01, 2007

The biggest weekend of the UC Berkeley move-out is over. Students have emptied their dorms for the summer. This year for the first time they had the option of dispensing their trash in allocated dumpsters instead of dumping it on the sidewalk. -more-


Library Board Selection Process Leaves Out Committee

By Judith Scherr
Friday June 01, 2007

Berkeley Councilmember Kriss Worthington criticized the library administration for announcing a process for selection of a new trustee—Trustee Laura Anderson’s eight-year term expires in October—without direction from a council-library committee established to create a new selection process. -more-


Peace and Justice Committee Looks At Its Own ‘Racist Propaganda’

By Judith Scherr
Friday June 01, 2007

One might anticipate little tranquility at Monday evening’s Peace and Justice Commission meeting, when commissioners address an item placed on the agenda by Commissioner Elliot Cohen: -more-


Swanson to Host Oakland’s State of Black California Event

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday June 01, 2007

The State of Black California will be the subject of a Saturday afternoon town hall meeting at Oakland City Hall hosted by Oakland Assemblymember Sandré Swanson. -more-


Malcolm X School Gardener Wins National Service Award

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 29, 2007

In many ways, Rivka Mason is like any other elementary school gardener who likes to teach students how to grow a green thumb. -more-


Berkeley Health Report: Disparities Persist

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Health staff and public information officers were upbeat last week when they called out the press to a Tuesday morning briefing in which they emphasized the city’s overall good health. -more-


Bus Rapid Transit Foes Applauded At Meeting

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 29, 2007

The only hearts and minds Bus Rapid Transit seemed to have captured during an emotional public meeting in Berkeley Thursday were those it already possessed. -more-


Oakland Council Delays Look at Contract Discrimination

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday May 29, 2007

A long delayed study of fairness in purchasing and contracts by the City of Oakland has shown that minority- and women-owned firms are being discriminated against by city agencies, but contractors will now have to wait another few months to find out what, if anything, Oakland City Council will do about it. -more-


University Describes $130 Million Clark Kerr Campus Rehabilitation

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Berkeley Planning Commissioners got their first look last week at the university’s plans for a $130 million retrofit of the Clark Kerr Campus, the 500-acre, 20-building Spanish Colonial Revival complex on the corner of Derby and Warring streets. -more-


Youth Connect Serves the Young and the Homeless

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Twenty-one-year-old Sam Thompson hasn’t stopped walking since he was released from prison a few weeks ago. Born to homeless parents in Berkeley, Thompson was recently arrested for peddling drugs and is out on felony probation. -more-


High-Density Plan Back on Downtown Committee Agenda

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Though Berkeley planning commissioners last week rejected a proposal to designate the city center a state Priority Development Area as a first step to winning bond funds, the topic is back on the table at the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC). -more-


BUSD Delays Vote on Solar Panels

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 29, 2007

The Berkeley Board of Education delayed a vote Wednesday on a proposal to install solar panels on the roof of Washington Elementary School. -more-


Police Offer Reward In Year’s 1st Murder

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Berkeley Police Friday announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer who claimed the life of Berkeley’s first murder victim of 2007. -more-


Police Blotter

By Rio Bauce
Tuesday May 29, 2007

Assault -more-