Walter Hood describes two of his proposals for Strawberry Creek Plaza as Kirstin Miller (left) of EcoCity Builders, one of the organizations sponsoring the proposals, and Kitty McClain, listen in.
Richard Brenneman
Walter Hood describes two of his proposals for Strawberry Creek Plaza as Kirstin Miller (left) of EcoCity Builders, one of the organizations sponsoring the proposals, and Kitty McClain, listen in.

Extra

Hodge Asks Court to Put Him on Ballot for Oakland Council Race

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday March 21, 2008

Posted Mon., March 24—Oakland School Board member Greg Hodge filed a motion with the Superior Court today (Monday), asking that the court reverse the Oakland City Clerk’s decision to keep him off the June 3 ballot for the District 3 Oakland City Council race. -more-


New Rent Board Member and Acting Housing Director Chosen for Berkeley

By Judith Scherr
Friday March 21, 2008

Posted Sat., March 22—Corinne "Corie" Calfee will fill the seat on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board left vacant by the resignation of Chris Kavanagh, Jay Kelekian, rent board executive director, said Friday. -more-


West Berkeley Speakers Say Keep Industrial Jobs

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 21, 2008

Posted Fri., March 21—Workers, residents and small business owners gathered Thursday night to hear planners and labor activists offer evidence and arguments for exercising restraint in making any zoning changes in West Berkeley. -more-



Page One

Two Designs Promise Center Street Changes

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 21, 2008

In the space of two days, UC Berkeley unveiled plans for a provocative new museum on Center Street, and a noted university landscape architect revealed his vision for the Center Street landscape it will face. -more-



Protests Mark War’s Fifth Anniversary

By Judith Scherr
Friday March 21, 2008

Calling for immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, participants in daylong events in Berkeley marked the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War on Wednesday with protests at the downtown Marine Recruiting Center and a rally in Civic Center Park. -more-



Mayor Speaks Against War at Chamber Lunch

By Judith Scherr
Friday March 21, 2008

Flying in the face of his hosts’ concerns regarding demonstrations at the Marine Recruiting Center, Mayor Tom Bates spoke out about his opposition to the war in Iraq and support for peaceful demonstrations. The speech was delivered Tuesday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the mayor was the featured speaker. -more-



Emeryville, El Cerrito Say No To Apple Moth Spray Plan

By Judith Scherr
Friday March 21, 2008

Berkeley May Sue State of California -more-



Hodge Fails to Qualify for Run Against Nadel for Oakland Council

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday March 21, 2008

One of the most highly anticipated Oakland election battles in years may have been knocked off the ballot when veteran District 3 Oakland School Board member Greg Hodge came up one qualifying signature short to run in the June 3 race for Oakland City Council. -more-



Features

Ten Students Arrested at UC Regents Meeting Protest

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday March 21, 2008

San Francisco police arrested ten UC students who chained themselves to the doors of the UCSF Mission Bay community center Wednesday morning in an attempt to prevent the UC Board of Regents from meeting. -more-


AC Transit Sets Fare Increase Hearing for May 21

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday March 21, 2008

The embattled AC Transit District is considering its fifth fare change in the last 13 years, with a possible increase in adult fares of as much as 25 cents and increases to the youth and senior passes coming as early as this summer. -more-


Progressive Campus Ministry Offers Housing to UC Students

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday March 21, 2008

The city’s Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) unanimously approved last week the demolition of the 83-year-old building housing the Wesley Foundation Student Center on Bancroft Way to construct a four-story mixed-use structure with a religious assembly space, a library, six residential units and group-living space. -more-


Future Uses for BHS Old Gym Discussed

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday March 21, 2008

Friends Protecting Berkeley’s Resources—the local group which sued the Berkeley Unified School District for an inadequate environmental impact report on the demolition of the gymnasium and warm-water pool within its Berkeley High School South of Bancroft Master Plan area—met with school district officials and community members Saturday to discuss the adaptive reuse of the Berkeley High Old Gym and the warm-water pool to settle the lawsuit. -more-


Stadium Lawsuit Arguments Finish

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 21, 2008

Lawyers for both sides in the legal battle over UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium projects got in their last licks in a Hayward courtroom Thursday afternoon. -more-


Alta Bates, Herrick Nurses Stage Walkout

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 21, 2008

Registered nurses at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Summit and Herrick Hospitals are walking out this morning (Friday) for a 10-day strike against the Sutter hospital chain. -more-


Fire Department Log

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 21, 2008

New responders -more-


News Analysis: Up 420 Points! Down 293 Points! Up 261 Points! Down...?

By Richard Hylton
Friday March 21, 2008

It’s called the stock market, and that’s what the past few days have been like on Wall Street. Go easy on yourself if you have no idea what is going on and who is responsible for it. Sure, you’ve heard lots of people talking about “market meltdown” and “major banking crisis,” but how did we get to a worldwide financial crisis so quickly? It seems like only yesterday that Berkeley’s 1920s shingle houses were flying off brokers’ shelves for a paltry million each. And sure, a lot of people got mortgages that they couldn’t really afford. But the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression? -more-


Council Sets Key Vote on Downtown Plan

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 21, 2008

With an economy in partial meltdown and three in five Americans predicting a severe depression of several years’ duration, what can any economic expert predict about the likelihood of new construction in downtown Berkeley? -more-


Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Friday March 21, 2008

Commentary: A Letter to the Berkeley Community

By William Huyett
Friday March 21, 2008

As your new superintendent I have enjoyed meeting many of you as I have gone to schools and attended events in my first month on the job. Unfortunately, I come to the district in the middle of a state budget crisis caused by insufficient revenue. -more-


Commentary: Food for Bodies And Souls

By Mary Lee Noonan
Friday March 21, 2008

On March 12 my husband and I paid for our dinner at a remarkable place where the dinners are usually free. Every day the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room serves an average of approximately 1,000 hot meals to people who would otherwise go hungry. That evening its large, sparkling white space was transformed for the celebration of two ongoing accomplishments: 70 years of St. Vincent de Paul’s devoted service in Alameda County and the beginning of their Kitchen of Champions job training program. The tables were set with the royal blue and white of St. Vincent de Paul and decked with yellow rose petals and votive candles. Quietly, without extensive publicity or social flourishes, a profoundly affirmative statement was being made by an extended community that cares deeply about our East Bay cities and is determined to address their problems. -more-


Commentary: How to Help Stem the Tide of Public Education Cuts

By John Selawsky
Friday March 21, 2008

I write from a sense of immediacy, I write from a sense of continued need, and I write from a sense of both frustration and anger. Once again, after a 30-year history of underfunding of our public schools in the state of California, a governor is proposing massive cuts and reductions in the state’s contribution to local public schools. Since between 70 and 80 percent of any local school district’s funding comes directly from Sacramento, this potential loss is of major concern to the school and wider community. In a time of escalating utility costs, fuel, salaries, books, materials and supplies, the Governor has proposed a 0 perent cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2008-09, as well as massive cuts in school funding. For a local perspective on the real price districts will pay, we are estimating that Berkeley Unified School District will lose between $3.7 and $4.5 million in the next school year! These potential cuts will impact every school and every program in Berkeley Unified. It is important for the public to know that there are no good nor easy choices for the school board to make with possible reductions in revenue that are this deep. -more-


Commentary: Wilma Chan To the Rescue

By Barry Wolfsy
Friday March 21, 2008

Berkeley is fortunate to have the opportunity to support Wilma Chan, rated the most progressive California assemblymember, for state senator this coming June, in our District 9. The March 17 Daily Planet article indicated that Wilma Chan has raised almost all of her campaign donations from individual voters and citizens, which is exactly what we, in Berkeley, expect from clean, progressive candidates. On the other hand, I was shocked at the Loni Hancock-Tom Bates political machine’s campaign donations. A huge portion of Hancock’s donations came from developers who want special treatment by Hancock and Bates, corporate interests, and gambling interests such as Point Molate LLC, which wants to build a major casino on our proposed East Bay State Shoreline Park. -more-


Editorial

Editorial: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk on a Spring Day

By Becky O'Malley
Friday March 21, 2008

It’s the vernal equinox again, sometimes called the first day of spring, and it’s the new year for those whose ancestors lived in places which were part of ancient Persia. That’s always seemed to me to be a better time to celebrate the new year than January, often cold and nasty, even better than the lunar new year as observed by many Asians, when the weather can also be dicey. By March 21 or so, no matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, some birds will be courting and some flowers will be blooming. (Of course in New England, where I lived for two miserable years, it has been known to snow again in May, but never mind.) -more-


Columns

Column: Undercurrents: African-Americans Do Not Have the Luxury of Ignoring the Race Issue

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Friday March 21, 2008

My mother’s older relatives lived through the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, an event that has no parallel in our times. One of the favorite family stories was passed down from one of her uncles, Theodore (always called Uncle Thee with a soft-sound on the “th”), who walked about in downtown San Francisco an hour or so after the quake through streets littered with overturned carriages and dead dray horses and fallen bricks, the surrounding wooden buildings just beginning to be licked by the flames that would later engulf and destroy much of the city. It must have been a scene reminiscent of hell, and indicative of God’s vengeance on a sinful humanity. So reminiscent and indicative, in fact, that Uncle Thee said that when he met up with a white fellow walking numbly through the same chaotic streets, the white fellow rushed up to him, dropped to his knees, hugged his arms around Uncle Thee’s legs, and shouted, “Save me, brother! O, save me!” -more-


East Bay Then and Now: Allenoke Manor Was a Scene of Hospitality for 5 Decades

By Daniella Thompson
Friday March 21, 2008
The south elevation of Allenoke Manor faces the gardens and Ridge Road.

When Berkeley boosters publicized the city circa 1905, they invariably pointed to the 1700 block of Le Roy Avenue as their shining example. Situated one block to the north of the UC campus, the short stretch between Le Conte Avenue and Ridge Road boasted two of Berkeley’s most opulent and ballyhooed residences: the Volney D. Moody house, known as “Weltevreden,” and the Allen G. Freeman house, “Allenoke.” Each was designed by a fashionable architect (A.C. Schweinfurth and Ernest Coxhead, respectively) and was clad in clinker brick-a material popular with Arts and Crafts builders. -more-


Garden Variety: The Accidental Gardener Confesses, or Brags

By Ron Sullivan
Friday March 21, 2008
Salsify—“oyster plant”—is a common local weed with an edible root.

I do have a modest talent for growing things. The catch is that what grows isn’t always what I had in mind. -more-


About the House: Who’s Buried in the Yard?

By Matt Cantor
Friday March 21, 2008

I crawled out from underneath someone’s house the other day and placed in the hands of a brow-knit homeowner, a pithy black rock. Before she could form the words for what she could not quite specify, I said “Coal … Anthracite, I think” (as though I know anything about coal). Since she continued to bear that befuddled look, I explained that I’d been under the house and that there, near the furnace, I’d found a few of these black shiny artifacts of geophysics. -more-


Arts Listings

Arts Calendar

Friday March 21, 2008

Berkeley Opera Stages Donizetti’s ‘L’Elisir D’Amore’

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet
Friday March 21, 2008


Orson Welles in the title role in his 1948 adaptation of Macbeth.

Moving Pictures: The Shakespeare Films of Orson Welles

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday March 21, 2008

Working With Welles on ‘Macbeth’

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet
Friday March 21, 2008

Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Friday March 21, 2008

Back Stories

Opinion

Editorials

Editorial: Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk on a Spring Day 03-21-2008

Editorial: Bubbles Come and Go, But Builders Thrive Regardless 03-18-2008

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor 03-21-2008

Commentary: A Letter to the Berkeley Community By William Huyett 03-21-2008

Commentary: Food for Bodies And Souls By Mary Lee Noonan 03-21-2008

Commentary: How to Help Stem the Tide of Public Education Cuts By John Selawsky 03-21-2008

Commentary: Wilma Chan To the Rescue By Barry Wolfsy 03-21-2008

Letters to the Editor 03-18-2008

Commentary: The 20/20 Vision: How Good is Our Garden? By Santiago Casal and Michael Miller 03-18-2008

Commentary: The Nature of Cesar Chavez By Rafael Casal 03-18-2008

Commentary: Blame Bipartisan Collusion, Not Nader, for Hard Times Ahead By Harry S. Pariser 03-18-2008

Commentary: Hillary Clinton’s Shameful Vote on Cluster Bombs By Paul Rockwell 03-18-2008

Commentary: Dangerous Mind Virus Strikes the East Bay! By Bob Marsh 03-18-2008

News

Hodge Asks Court to Put Him on Ballot for Oakland Council Race By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-21-2008

New Rent Board Member and Acting Housing Director Chosen for Berkeley By Judith Scherr 03-21-2008

West Berkeley Speakers Say Keep Industrial Jobs By Richard Brenneman 03-21-2008

Two Designs Promise Center Street Changes By Richard Brenneman 03-21-2008

Protests Mark War’s Fifth Anniversary By Judith Scherr 03-21-2008

Mayor Speaks Against War at Chamber Lunch By Judith Scherr 03-21-2008

Emeryville, El Cerrito Say No To Apple Moth Spray Plan By Judith Scherr 03-21-2008

Hodge Fails to Qualify for Run Against Nadel for Oakland Council By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-21-2008

Ten Students Arrested at UC Regents Meeting Protest By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-21-2008

AC Transit Sets Fare Increase Hearing for May 21 By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-21-2008

Progressive Campus Ministry Offers Housing to UC Students By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-21-2008

Future Uses for BHS Old Gym Discussed By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-21-2008

Stadium Lawsuit Arguments Finish By Richard Brenneman 03-21-2008

Alta Bates, Herrick Nurses Stage Walkout By Richard Brenneman 03-21-2008

Fire Department Log By Richard Brenneman 03-21-2008

News Analysis: Up 420 Points! Down 293 Points! Up 261 Points! Down...? By Richard Hylton 03-21-2008

Council Sets Key Vote on Downtown Plan By Richard Brenneman 03-21-2008

Alta Bates Registered Nurses Stage Walkout By Richard Brenneman 03-18-2008

Peaceful Protests in Berkeley Mark Five Years of War By Judith Scherr 03-18-2008

UC Students Arrested at Regents Rally By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-18-2008

Mayor Speaks Against War at Chamber Lunch By Judith Scherr 03-18-2008

Greg Hodge Fails to Qualify for Oakland Council Race By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-18-2008

AC Transit Sets Hearing for Fare Increase By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-18-2008

School District Sends Out 55 Layoff Notices By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-18-2008

Thurmond Leads Fundraising In Race for Assembly 14 Seat By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-18-2008

Police Review Commission Plans Crowd Control Review By Judith Scherr 03-18-2008

Tree-Sitter Arrested Upon Descending By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-18-2008

Two Code Pink Members Arrested For Trespassing By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-18-2008

Council Considers Questions of Peace and Justice By Judith Scherr 03-18-2008

Peace Notes: Bay Area Marks Iraq War’s Fifth Anniversary By Judith Scherr 03-18-2008

Neighbors Nix Plan to Paint John Muir School Blue and Green; BHS Gets International Program By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-18-2008

Pacific Legal Foundation Appeals BUSD Diversity Ruling By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-18-2008

Berkeley Ladies Take Second Place— Again 03-18-2008

Hearings This Week in Stadium, Trader Joe’s Cases By Richard Brenneman 03-18-2008

Columns

Column: Undercurrents: African-Americans Do Not Have the Luxury of Ignoring the Race Issue By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-21-2008

East Bay Then and Now: Allenoke Manor Was a Scene of Hospitality for 5 Decades By Daniella Thompson 03-21-2008

Garden Variety: The Accidental Gardener Confesses, or Brags By Ron Sullivan 03-21-2008

About the House: Who’s Buried in the Yard? By Matt Cantor 03-21-2008

The Public Eye: Campaign 2008: Act III By Bob Burnett 03-18-2008

Green Neighbors: The Brave Little Quince By Ron Sullivan 03-18-2008

Arts & Events

Arts Calendar 03-21-2008

Berkeley Opera Stages Donizetti’s ‘L’Elisir D’Amore’ By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet 03-21-2008

Fonts, Facades, And Frolicking Femme Fatales 03-21-2008

Moving Pictures: The Shakespeare Films of Orson Welles By Justin DeFreitas 03-21-2008

Working With Welles on ‘Macbeth’ By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet 03-21-2008

East Bay Then and Now: Allenoke Manor Was a Scene of Hospitality for 5 Decades By Daniella Thompson 03-21-2008

Garden Variety: The Accidental Gardener Confesses, or Brags By Ron Sullivan 03-21-2008

About the House: Who’s Buried in the Yard? By Matt Cantor 03-21-2008

Berkeley This Week 03-21-2008

Arts Calendar 03-18-2008

‘Jazz Explosion VII’ Spotlights Young Musicians By Zelda Bronstein, Special to the Planet 03-18-2008

Remembering Malvina Reynolds By Michael Rossman, Special to the Planet 03-18-2008

Green Neighbors: The Brave Little Quince By Ron Sullivan 03-18-2008

Berkeley This Week 03-18-2008