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First Person: Telegraph 2007: Making it Work

By Judith Scherr
Friday August 17, 2007

I didn’t go up to Telegraph Tuesday to find mellow—to watch flowers bursting out in carefully tended gardens at People’s Park, to hear merchants talking happily about businesses growing or to watch the moms and dads with kids in tow join students and graying elders moving in and out of shops. -more-


Putting Telegraph in Perspective

By Judith Scherr
Friday August 17, 2007

The hysteria of Cody’s closing having subsided, merchants and city officials have had time to evaluate what’s caused customers to frequent Telegraph Avenue less often. Chain stores going belly up, high rents and city bureaucracy are among the problems cited. -more-


Library Gardens Sold

By Richard Brenneman
Friday August 17, 2007

The year 2007 will go down as the year downtown Berkeley’s biggest developments passed into the hands of some of America’s biggest corporations. -more-


Controversial Planner Hailed On Departure

By Richard Brenneman
Friday August 17, 2007

Mark Rhoades, Colossus of Berkeley? -more-


St. Joseph School’s 130-Year History Comes to an End

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday August 17, 2007

There will be no pitter-patter of tiny feet at St. Joseph the Worker School this fall. No giggles or hushed whispers along its long winding corridors. -more-


Berkeley Schools Gain in State Standardized Testing

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday August 17, 2007

At first glance, the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) showed a point gain over last year in the 2007 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program released by State Superintendent Jack O’Connell Wednesday. -more-


Berkeley, Albany Win Marin Avenue Lawsuit

By Richard Brenneman
Friday August 17, 2007

A California tribunal handed an unqualified defeat this week to Ray Chamberlin and his lawsuit challenging the reconfiguration of Marin Avenue by Berkeley and Albany. -more-


Richmond Activists Fight Cell Phone Antenna Installation

By Will Allen
Friday August 17, 2007

A fight between community activists and real estate developers partnered with a cellular phone carrier is shaping up in Point Richmond. The point of contention is a recently installed high-power cellular phone antenna array on an apartment complex on a hilltop at 260 Water Street in Point Richmond, disguised by an orange-painted flat case which is visible from far away. -more-


UC Sets Sept. 11 Deadline for BP Fuel Project Lab Bids

By Richard Brenneman
Friday August 17, 2007

UC Berkeley issued a final call for bids today (Friday) on the building designed to house the $500 million alternative fuel project funded by a British oil company. -more-


Youth March Against Violence in Southwest Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday August 17, 2007

Armed with trash bags, notepads and pens, thirty teens walked the streets of Southwest Berkeley Wednesday to protest rising violence in the neighborhood and to bridge divisions within the community. -more-


SF Supervisors Landmark UC Buildings

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday August 17, 2007

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to landmark three of the buildings at the UC Berkeley Extension Laguna Street Campus at the San Francisco City Hall Tuesday. -more-


DAPAC Tensions Continue Over Downtown Landmarks

By Richard Brenneman
Friday August 17, 2007

With their deadline fast approaching, eight Berkeley citizen-policymakers are setting the stage for an almost certain showdown over the fate of old buildings in the new downtown. -more-


Oakland School Board Asks State for New Fiscal Plan

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday August 17, 2007

With Oakland Unified school board president David Kakishiba calling his district’s financial situation “precarious,” the newly-empowered OUSD school board issued a sharp criticism last week of the district’s fiscal condition under state receivership, directing state-appointed administrator Dr. Kimberly Statham to adopt a new five-year financial recovery plan to put OUSD’s fiscal house in order. -more-


Bailey’s Alleged Murderer’s Confession Challenged

Bay City News
Friday August 17, 2007

The attorney for the man accused of murdering journalist Chauncey Bailey two weeks ago claimed today that his client is innocent and was ordered by a Your Black Muslim Bakery associate, in the presence of Oakland police, to take the fall for the shooting incident. -more-


Conference Strives to Break Walls of Silence

By Judith Scherr
Friday August 17, 2007

Hatem Bazian of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Phyllis Bennis of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Sandy Tolan of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and author of “The Lemon Tree” will highlight a weekend conference entitled “Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: Voices We Need to Hear.” -more-


Media Blames Black Mayors for Rising Homicides

By Randy Shaw
Friday August 17, 2007

As federal budget priorities starve urban America, the outcome has been predictable: rising murder rates from Newark, New Jersey to Oakland, California, and virtually no low-income African-American or Latino neighborhood has been spared. Who is to blame for this problem? According to the media, it is the nation’s black mayors. From the New York Times castigating Mayor Booker in Newark to the San Francisco Chronicle’s absurd attack on Oakland’s Ron Dellums, the message is clear: black mayors, not the white elite in Washington D.C., are failing to serve the needs of minority communities. Where is our Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak out against such nonsense? -more-


Pagodas? on Telegraph?

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday August 14, 2007

Eclectic Building Plan Certain to Stir Up Plenty of Free Speech -more-


Dynes to Leave Top UC Post, Replacement Search Begins

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday August 14, 2007

University of California President and UC Berkeley Physics Professor Robert Dynes announced his resignation Monday as head of the nation’s leading public university system. -more-


Coalition Protests Museum Changes

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday August 14, 2007

Reorganization Hurts Native American Repatriation Efforts, Critics Say -more-


UC Students Tapped for City Commissions

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday August 14, 2007

There’s a new kind of campaign at Berkeley City Hall. It aims to tap Berkeley’s best and brightest young minds to solve problems in the city. -more-


Locked-Out Workers Picket West Berkeley Store

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday August 14, 2007

Charges and countercharges are flying between workers locked out by the owners of West Berkeley’s Metro Lighting. -more-


Media News Ends Newsroom Union’s Status

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday August 14, 2007

Media News Group—the chain has captured a near-monopoly of the East Bay newspaper world—busted its newsroom union Monday. -more-


Oakland School Board Considers Censure Resolution Against Dobbins

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday August 14, 2007

The Oakland Unified School Board is preparing to discuss and take action on a proposed censure resolution against Board member Chris Dobbins at a special meeting to be held later this month, but the date of the special meeting and the form the resolution will take have not yet been released to the public. -more-


Nelson Mandela’s Daughter to Speak at Event Commemorating Tookie Williams

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday August 14, 2007

The daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela will speak this Thursday afternoon at Contra Costa College, keynoting a summit conference calling for a continuation of the street peace legacy of the late Stanley Tookie Williams. Maki Mandela, who has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Amherst College in Massachusetts, is the child of Nelson Mandela and his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko. -more-


Zoning Board Approves Fidelity Bank Building Plan

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday August 14, 2007

Hearing on Blood House Postponed -more-


The Dangers of Reporting on Your Hometown

By Abi Wright, New America Media
Tuesday August 14, 2007

EDITOR’S NOTE: The death of Chauncey Bailey highlights how deadly the news business can be. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) monitors the killings of journalists all over the world. Since they began tracking these deaths in 1992, CPJ found that on average more than three journalists are killed every month in the line of duty. Seven out of 10 of the murdered journalists were killed in direct retaliation to the stories they have done. Abi Wright is the communications director for the Committee to Protect Journalists. She spoke to Sandip Roy on the New America Media radio show UpFront. -more-


A Bounty of Rosy, Crunchy Fruits

By Shirley Barker, Special to the Planet
Tuesday August 14, 2007

Recently I read a novel in which the heroine “rose” from a hammock to greet a visitor. The author must surely have lacked the hammock experience, that necessary adjunct to the life of the gardener, for one can roll out of a hammock, but I defy anyone to rise from it without putting a foot through the mesh. -more-


Healty Living: Staving Off Alzheimer’s Through Improvisation

By Mary Barrett
Tuesday August 14, 2007

I think I’ve discovered an effective way to stave off Alzheimer’s. Tacked on to the tasks of solving New York Times crossword puzzles, learning ballroom dancing, and attending repeated sessions of Conversational Spanish, I’ve begun attending an improvisation class at Berkeley Repertory’s School of Theatre. -more-