Eagles Up demonstrates support for the troops and the war Saturday at the downtown Marine Recruiting Center. Code Pink has been demonstrating against the war and recruitment since September.
Judith Scherr
Eagles Up demonstrates support for the troops and the war Saturday at the downtown Marine Recruiting Center. Code Pink has been demonstrating against the war and recruitment since September.

Extra

Judge Orders Oakland to Prove Hodge Should Be Kept Off Ballot

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Posted Tue., March 25—A Superior Court judge has ordered the City of Oakland and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to put Oakland School Board member Greg Hodge on the June 3 ballot for the District 3 Oakland City Council race, or to show cause why he should be kept off. -more-



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Pro-War Group Roars Into Berkeley

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Roaring into Berkeley on their Harley’s—with the more sedate aboard red-white-and-blue-draped SUVs—a leather-clad flag-bearing conservative America took center stage Saturday at the downtown Marine Recruiting Center. The event, which drew some 350 people at its height, was organized by two groups, Eagles Up and Move America Forward (MAF). -more-



Code Pink Arrests Mark 4,000 Deaths In Iraq War

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Screaming and wailing to mark the 4,000th America soldier who had died in Iraq, four Code Pink women blocked the doorway at the downtown Marine Recruiting Center Monday, then walked inside where police handcuffed and arrested them. -more-



West Berkeley Speakers Plead for Industrial Jobs

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday March 25, 2008

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-



School District Employees Protest State Budget Cuts

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Dozens of community members joined Berkeley Unified School District employees and parents to protest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger’s proposed $4.6 million state education budget cuts Friday. -more-



Council Discusses Tax Measures, Condo Conversion

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday March 25, 2008

A long-awaited revision of the Condominium Conversion Ordinance will be before the Berkeley City Council tonight (Tuesday). -more-



Features

Neighbors Try to Stop Chevron Mini-Mart

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Some LeConte neighborhood residents trying to stop plans for a 24-hour mini mart at the Chevron franchise at 2996 Shattuck Ave. are scheduled to appear before the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) Thursday as it takes up the question of changing the use permit for the business. -more-


Nurse Strike Numbers Disputed by Sutter, CNA Officials

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Just how many Alta Bates Summit nurses have honored picket lines at the two Berkeley hospitals and Oakland’s Summit Medical Center remained an open question Monday. -more-


West Berkeley, Density, Downtown Plan On Planning Commission Agenda

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday March 25, 2008

West Berkeley zoning changes are back on the Planning Commission’s agenda for Wednesday night, along with the Downtown Area Plan and the density bonus. -more-


Thurmond Continues to Lead Assembly 14 Fundraising

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday March 25, 2008

With a new round of campaign finance filings due Monday to the California Secretary of State’s office, the big surprise was that Richmond City Councilmember Tony Thurmond continued to hold the lead in fundraising for the District 14 Assembly seat. -more-


Hancock Leads Chan in District 9 Fundraising

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Fourteenth District Assemblymember Loni Hancock continued to outraise her opponent, former 14th District Assemblymember Wilma Chan, in their race for the Senate District 9 seat vacated by Don Perata, according to the most recent reports filed by both campaigns with the California secretary of state. -more-


Bennett ‘Bud’ Hassink, 1926-2008

By March Hajre-Chapman
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Bennett James Hassink, known to his many friends as “Bud,” died in Berkeley on Monday Feb. 25, 2008, at the age of 81, from congestive heart failure. -more-


Berkeley Gets New Rent Board Member And Acting Housing Director

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Corinne “Corie” Calfee will fill the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board seat vacated by the resignation of Chris Kavanagh, Rent Board Executive Director Jay Kelekian said Friday. -more-


West Berkeley Man Dies in I-80 Collision

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Samuel Torres, a 60-year-old West Berkeley man, died in an early morning accident Saturday near the Ashby Avenue exit on eastbound I-80. -more-


Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday March 25, 2008

Commentary: Thoughts on the New Center Street Designs

Tuesday March 25, 2008

CENTER STREET -more-


Commentary: Family Traditions: Easter and Passover

By Brooke Chabot
Tuesday March 25, 2008

My husband and I bounce through each year from holiday to holiday. Living in a bi-religious house, we have many to celebrate. Mostly they serve as a means to invite our friends and family over to our house to eat, drink and have a good time. The presents, candles, or type of food are all just a back drop to the same party. But Easter and Passover are different. These two holidays seem more in opposition to each other than any other. Maybe it’s because Hanukah isn’t as big of a holiday as Christmas that the duality doesn’t surface in winter. I think it is a given for my family that I will celebrate Christmas, despite the two religions that coexist in our home. -more-


Commentary: Trying Times for Teachers

By Beth Trevor
Tuesday March 25, 2008

This is a challenging time for teachers, and we already have a challenging job. These possible government cuts to education would be devastating to us. -more-


Commentary: How Relevant is the Economy?

By Marvin Chachere
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Self interest precedes community interest. Therefore, when the votes are cast for our 44th president each of us will choose the one who is more likely to improve our personal well being. So, if the economy means a collection of everything that will enhance one’s financial situation—then of course, “It’s the economy, stupid!” And the presidential nominee who waves this slogan best will win….again. -more-


Commentary: Hillary Clinton Lied About Outsourcing, Too

By Paul Rockwell
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Job security is the foremost domestic issue for working people in Pennsylvania, where Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to win the Democratic Party primary. For many months, as a candidate for president, Senator Clinton has cultivated a pro-labor image. She claims to be an opponent of NAFTA, and she often denounces the outsourcing of American jobs. Before a crowd of students in New Hampshire, she claimed that she hated “seeing U.S. telemarketing jobs done in remote locations, far, far from our shores.” -more-


Commentary: Why Are the Democrats Determined to Self Destruct?

By Bob Smith
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Sen. Clinton voted for a criminal war, she declinee to disclose her tax returns and the financial sources for her husband’s library, her much talked about experience is grossly exaggerated, by exploiting her relationship with Bill Clinton, she is less feminist than a beneficiary of nepotism, and her poor management of her campaign has demonstrated an alarming weakness as a manager. This is not to deny her intellect, her grasp of the issues and her capabilities as a political campaigner. However four more years of Republican rule are unthinkable. One must be objective and consider which of the two remaining candidates is best suited for the office, and which has a better chance of winning in November. The primary numbers provide the evidence—Obama has a commanding lead—delegates, popular vote, and states. -more-


Editorial

Editorial: Dreaming About Bringing the Country to the City

By Becky O'Malley
Tuesday March 25, 2008

The black phoebe is back in Santa Cruz. A handsome bird, black on top and white below, check. Found near water, often around houses, southern exposures, check. Sits on top of posts (the umbrella pole), check. Builds nest on vertical surface with shelter above (under the eaves of the studio), check. -more-


Columns

Wild Neighbors: Egrets, Deer and Prince Kropotkin

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday March 25, 2008
A great egret, perched on a fence at Lake Merritt.

Partnerships across species lines aren’t all that uncommon in nature. Where Darwin saw evolution as a process of deadly competition, the Russian aristocrat-anarchist Pyotor Kropotkin observed “mutual aid” everywhere-cooperative behavior not just within species, as in the beehive or wolfpack, but even between unrelated creatures. -more-


Arts Listings

Arts Calendar

Tuesday March 25, 2008

Professor Joseph Voyle using his psychic compass divining rod to reveal to the public his newly discovered buried city under the UC Berkeley campus. From the San Francisco Call, June 22, 1908.

Books: Prof. Joseph Voyle’s Buried Ancient City Under UC Berkeley

By Richard Schwartz
Tuesday March 25, 2008

The Theater: ‘Tragedy: A Tragedy’ at Berkeley Rep

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet
Tuesday March 25, 2008

Events Listings

Berkeley This Week

Tuesday March 25, 2008

Back Stories

Opinion

Editorials

Editorial: Dreaming About Bringing the Country to the City 03-25-2008

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

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor 03-25-2008

Commentary: Thoughts on the New Center Street Designs 03-25-2008

Commentary: Family Traditions: Easter and Passover By Brooke Chabot 03-25-2008

Commentary: Trying Times for Teachers By Beth Trevor 03-25-2008

Commentary: How Relevant is the Economy? By Marvin Chachere 03-25-2008

Commentary: Hillary Clinton Lied About Outsourcing, Too By Paul Rockwell 03-25-2008

Commentary: Why Are the Democrats Determined to Self Destruct? By Bob Smith 03-25-2008

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

News

Judge Orders Oakland to Prove Hodge Should Be Kept Off Ballot By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-25-2008

Pro-War Group Roars Into Berkeley By Judith Scherr 03-25-2008

Code Pink Arrests Mark 4,000 Deaths In Iraq War By Judith Scherr 03-25-2008

West Berkeley Speakers Plead for Industrial Jobs By Richard Brenneman 03-25-2008

School District Employees Protest State Budget Cuts By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-25-2008

Council Discusses Tax Measures, Condo Conversion By Judith Scherr 03-25-2008

Neighbors Try to Stop Chevron Mini-Mart By Riya Bhattacharjee 03-25-2008

Nurse Strike Numbers Disputed by Sutter, CNA Officials By Richard Brenneman 03-25-2008

West Berkeley, Density, Downtown Plan On Planning Commission Agenda By Richard Brenneman 03-25-2008

Thurmond Continues to Lead Assembly 14 Fundraising By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-25-2008

Hancock Leads Chan in District 9 Fundraising By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor 03-25-2008

Bennett ‘Bud’ Hassink, 1926-2008 By March Hajre-Chapman 03-25-2008

Berkeley Gets New Rent Board Member And Acting Housing Director By Judith Scherr 03-25-2008

West Berkeley Man Dies in I-80 Collision By Richard Brenneman 03-25-2008

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

Columns

Wild Neighbors: Egrets, Deer and Prince Kropotkin By Joe Eaton 03-25-2008

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

Arts & Events

Arts Calendar 03-25-2008

Books: Prof. Joseph Voyle’s Buried Ancient City Under UC Berkeley By Richard Schwartz 03-25-2008

The Theater: ‘Tragedy: A Tragedy’ at Berkeley Rep By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet 03-25-2008

Wild Neighbors: Egrets, Deer and Prince Kropotkin By Joe Eaton 03-25-2008

Berkeley This Week 03-25-2008

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