News

Ward Street Community Says No Antennas on UC Storage

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Faced with some 60 neighbors opposing telecommunications antennas proposed for a building at Ward Street and Shattuck Avenue—and armed with signs calling for the recall of the mayor and stating “don’t sell us out”—the Berkeley City Council split Tuesday over whether to uphold the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) decision to deny permits for the antennas at 2721 Shattuck Ave. -more-


UC Scientists Unveil Emeryville Biofuel Lab

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) joined with officials from two cities and a leading developer Monday to unveil the site of a $135 million biofuel lab. -more-


Council Looks At New Hotel; Animal Shelter Likely Off The Agenda

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Although building a second story atop the present animal shelter at 2013 Second St. is on tonight’s (Tuesday) City Council agenda, Councilmember Betty Olds, who served on a now-defunct committee searching for a new shelter, says she’ll ask the council to wait until early next year to make a decision. -more-


Memorial Service Held for Slain Berkeley Boy

By Claire Trageser, Special to the Planet
Tuesday October 23, 2007

When a neighbor of Misti and Amir Hassan glanced out of his window last week, he saw Amir dressed in a cape and holding a rail spike in one hand. Amir peered over the balcony of his apartment and then tossed the spike, which was attached to a long rope, into the yard below. -more-


PG&E Dedicates Building for YMCA Teen Center

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday October 23, 2007

The PG&E service center at 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, empty for almost two years, was handed over to the Berkeley YMCA on Friday to be developed into a teen center over the next two years. -more-


Report: New Police Policies Will Catch Problem Cops Early

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday October 23, 2007

In April 2006 former Berkeley Police Sgt. Cary Kent pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and grand theft charges stemming from his stealing illicit substances from the locked police evidence vault he was charged to guard. -more-


Marine Office OK, Says Manager

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Does the Marine Recruiting Center in downtown Berkeley have a proper use permit? -more-


Alko Ready to Take On Staples, Owner Says

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday October 23, 2007

A 17,000-square-foot vacant commercial property in downtown Berkeley that most recently housed Barnes & Noble will soon have a new tenant, according to city Economic Development Division Acting Director Michael Caplan. -more-


Lower Expectations for Downtown Skyline

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday October 23, 2007

A dedicated group of six Berkeley citizen planners gathered Monday afternoon to decide how high, how dense and how soon. -more-


Marchers Decry Killing of Gary King at National Day of Protest

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday October 23, 2007

A small group of protesters rallied at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall late Monday afternoon as part of a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. -more-


Density Bonuses, Liquor Licenses on Planning Agenda

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday October 23, 2007

After nearly two years of work, Berkeley planning commissioners Wednesday will finally begin discussions of proposed local rules to govern the application of a controversial state law. -more-


School Takeover Oversight Committee to Hold Hearings Early Next Year

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday October 23, 2007

In the wake of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of a bill by Assemblymember Sandré Swanson that would have clarified the procedure for returning local control to the state-operated Oakland Unified School District, Swanson is moving forward with plans for oversight committee hearings for what the assemblymember says is “to study the effectiveness of California’s statutes governing state takeovers of school districts.” -more-


Testimony Concludes in Trial of Man Accused of Shooting Berkeley Officer

Bay City News
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Testimony concluded Monday in the trial of a six-time convicted felon from Berkeley who’s accused of attempting to murder Berkeley police officer Darren Kacalek on May 17, 2005. -more-


School Board Votes on Derby Field Project

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday October 23, 2007

The Berkeley school board will vote Wednesday whether to accept the completion of the Derby Field project Wednesday. -more-


School Council Releases Draft Proposal

By Rio Bauce
Tuesday October 23, 2007

Berkeley High’s School Governance Council released a draft earlier this month of their proposal for an advisory program they plan to implement in fall 2008 for Berkeley International High School and Academic Choice students. -more-


Pro-War Groups Square Off with Code Pink

By Judith Scherr
Friday October 19, 2007

Organized by KSFO radio personality Melanie Morgan, chair of Move America Forward, pro-war, anti-Islamic and anti-immigration demonstrators converged on the Berkeley Recruiting Center Wednesday, caravaning into town with their SUVs and Harleys decked out in American flags to face off with Code Pink, the anti-war group that has held vigils in front of the 64 Shattuck Square Marine Recruitment Office for three weeks. -more-


Long-Time City Attorney Albuquerque Calls It Quits

By Judith Scherr
Friday October 19, 2007

While city insiders point to a number of accomplishments during the 26 years City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque has worked for the city, few tears were being shed Thursday at City Hall in response to the announcement of her November 30 retirement. -more-


Residents, Small Business Oppose West Berkeley Tax District

By Judith Scherr
Friday October 19, 2007

The councilmember who called Tuesday night’s town hall meeting in southwest Berkeley said in a postcard sent to some southwest Berkeley property owners that a tax assessment district proposal that was to be under discussion at the meeting had been withdrawn and that discussion should focus instead on ways to make the area cleaner, safer and less congested. -more-


DAPAC Moves On to Height, Density Issues

By Richard Brenneman
Friday October 19, 2007

The Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee members voted 20–0–1 to approve the previously controversial chapter on historic buildings and urban design. -more-


Albany’s Golden Gate Fields Developer Runs Low on Cash

By Richard Brenneman
Friday October 19, 2007

What’s the future of Golden Gate Fields now that its corporate owner is shedding real estate to cover losses on its ailing horse racing business? -more-


Travis memo to DAPAC

Friday October 19, 2007

Oakland City Attorney Announces Predatory Lending Fight

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday October 19, 2007

The Oakland city attorney’s office this week announced a stepped-up effort to combat what City Attorney John Russo and Mayor Ron Dellums are calling the “crisis” of predatory lending in Oakland. -more-


Warm Water Pool Users, Multi-Pool Advocates Clash

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday October 19, 2007

Berkeley’s warm water pool users clashed at Wednesday’s disability commission meeting with members of Pools for Berkeley over the idea of a multi-pool complex. -more-


Sunday Hassan Memorial Moved to A Taste of Africa Restaurant

By Richard Brenneman
Friday October 19, 2007

The memorial potluck gathering to commemorate the life of Amir Hassan has been moved to A Taste of Africa, the restaurant at 3015 Shattuck Ave. where the 9-year-old boy was a frequent visitor. -more-


Air District Releases Health Assessment of Pacific Steel

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday October 19, 2007

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District released Pacific Steel’s long-awaited health risk assessment report to the public last week and will be accepting comments until Jan. 31. -more-