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City Refuses to Weigh in on Tree-Sitter Safety Issue

By Judith Scherr
Wednesday June 25, 2008 - 10:31:00 AM

The most notable event at the Tuesday night/Wednesday morning City Council meeting was what did not happen: The council scheduled the issue of the health and safety of the tree sitters as an emergency item, then refused to extend the meeting late enough to discuss and vote on the matter. -more-


Planning Commission Tackles Cell Towers, BRT; Eases Through Downtown Plan Chapters

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday June 25, 2008 - 09:55:00 AM

Planning commissioners who last week struggled through sections of the Downtown Area Plan will take up the Southside Plan, amendments to the city’s wireless ordinance and Bus Rapid Transit on Wednesday night. -more-


Black Oak Books Reopens Under New Ownership

By Judith Scherr
Tuesday June 24, 2008 - 05:00:00 PM

Having shut its doors for only one day, Black Oak Books reopened today (Tuesday) under the new ownership of Gary Cornell, who hails from Connecticut. -more-


BUSD Recommends Curvy Derby Plan to School Board

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday June 24, 2008 - 04:55:00 PM

The curvy Derby plan will be back at the Berkeley Board of Education meeting Wednesday, and this time Berkeley Unified School District officials are pressing for its approval. -more-


Sunday Confrontation at Stadium Leads to Arrests, Street Closure

By Richard Brenneman
Monday June 23, 2008 - 01:26:00 PM
Tree-sit supporter Matthew Taylor struggles with campus police after he was wrestled to the ground and arrested during Sunday’s protest outside Memorial Stadium.

Tensions escalated outside UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium Sunday, following a confrontation between Berkeley City Councilmember Dona Spring and campus Assistant Police Chief Mitch Celaya. -more-


Ballot Measure Prioritizes End to Rotating Fire Station Closures

By Judith Scherr
Monday June 23, 2008 - 03:28:00 PM

The Berkeley fire fighters union has not publicly supported the disaster and emergency preparedness ballot measure proposed for the November ballot. -more-


Dellums' Spokesperson Confirms Edgerly Investigation

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Monday June 23, 2008 - 01:27:00 PM

A spokesperson for Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums today (Monday) confirmed that an ongoing investigation is being conducted into allegations that Oakland Administrator Deborah Edgerly interfered with a police operation, but refused to comment on published reports that the mayor has given Edgerly an ultimatum to resign or be fired. -more-


Cody's Books Closes After 52 Years in Berkeley

By Michael Howerton
Friday June 20, 2008 - 06:05:00 PM

Cody’s Books, founded on Euclid Avenue in Berkeley in 1956, moved to Telegraph Avenue, expanded to Fourth Street in 1998 and San Francisco in 2005, closed on Telegraph in 2006, closed in San Francisco the following year, moved to Shattuck Avenue in March, and then, on June 19, 2008, went out of business. -more-


News Analysis: The Stadium Decision: An Initial Assessment

By Antonio Rossmann
Sunday June 22, 2008 - 09:33:00 AM

Judge Barbara Miller has given cause for celebration in both the university proponents of the stadium-with-athletic-center project, and the litigants and other community members opposed to the present proposal. Each side could rightfully claim on release of the opinion that they were victorious. But neither side can rightfully deny the other side’s success. -more-


Down Home to Leave Fourth Street

By Judith Scherr
Friday June 20, 2008 - 05:41:00 PM

After only 11 months in Berkeley, Down Home Music is moving out of its Fourth Street store. -more-


Safeway Unveils New Plans for College Avenue Store

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday June 20, 2008 - 05:39:00 PM

Safeway had few supporters among the 300 people who turned up at the Peralta Elementary School Thursday to listen to the supermarket giant's new plans to remodel its College Avenue store. -more-


Stadium Ruling Triggers Various Interpretations, More Arrests at Grove

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 20, 2008 - 03:14:00 PM

No sooner had Judge Barbara J. Miller ruled on the California Memorial Stadium projects lawsuit than all sides were spinning her ruling faster than a pool hustler's cue ball. -more-


UC Police Remove Protester from Oak Grove

Thursday June 19, 2008 - 06:00:00 PM

6 p.m. Thursday--UC police, using a cherry-picker, have removed one tree-sitter this evening, and have pushed back all supporters and the public from the area surrounding the Memorial Stadium oak grove. -more-


Moth Aerial Spraying Called Off in Urban Areas

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 05:20:00 PM

There will be no Bay Area aerial spraying for the light brown apple moth, A.J. Kawamura, California agriculture secretary, announced Thursday afternoon in a conference call to the media. -more-


South Berkeley Man Fatally Shot in Home

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 05:17:00 PM
A man collapses after learning that the father of his niece and nephews had been slain Wednesday morning in his Emerson Street home.

Charles Faison, 39, described by neighbors as a private security guard and a father, was fatally gunned down in his home Thursday morning. -more-


Bates Declares Lawsuit Victory; Wozniak Says Not So

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 04:07:00 PM

While Mayor Tom Bates declared victory Thursday morning after a judge’s ruling on Berkeley’s lawsuit over UC Berkeley’s proposed construction of a sports facility adjacent to Memorial Stadium, City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak called the ruling a loss for the city. -more-


Judge’s Ruling Blocks UC Berkeley Gym Project

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 04:01:00 PM

An Alameda County Superior Court judge’s ruling has forced a halt to the planned construction of a gymnasium complex next to UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium. -more-


Council Halts New Development On Panoramic Hill

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:28:00 AM

The day before a judge was to rule on the university’s right to build a sports training facility adjacent to Memorial Stadium, the City Council voted 8-1 to temporarily halt all new development in the Panoramic Hill neighborhood, just south of the stadium. -more-


Safeway Unveils Expansion Plans for Solano Avenue Store

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:28:00 AM

Safeway representatives unveiled plans to upgrade their Solano Avenue store at the Northbrae Community Church Tuesday, and they got an earful from Berkeley and Albany neighbors, who voiced concerns about aesthetics, parking and the size of the proposed project. -more-


Flexibility Out, New Numbers Needed as West Berkeley Project Continues

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:29:00 AM

Forget flexibility: It’s now the “West Berkeley Project.” -more-


Commissioners Hear BRT Fears, Praise

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:35:00 AM

The ongoing battle over bus rapid transit (BRT) smoldered anew when Berkeley’s planning and transportation commissions took their second joint look at the concept last week. -more-


Transit Board President Surprised More Oaklanders Aren’t Weighing In on BRT

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:36:00 AM

With the AC Transit district working on an ambitious proposal to run dedicated, bus rapid transit-only lanes from San Leandro and across the city of Oakland to the UC Berkeley campus, the president of the AC Transit board of directors says he is “surprised” that more Oakland residents and politicians have not weighed in on the idea. -more-


AC Transit Postpones Fare Hike, Considers Parcel Tax Ballot Measure Instead

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:37:00 AM

Trying to strike a balance between budgetary necessities and political realities, the AC Transit Board of Directors put off consideration of a proposed across-the-board fare increase until after the November general election, opting instead to begin the process of putting a parcel tax increase measure on the fall ballot. -more-


Berkeley Police Exonerate Officer in Shooting Death

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:38:00 AM

The February shooting death of Anita Gay, 51, by Officer Rashawn Cummings was justified, Berkeley police say. -more-


Protesters Call for Justice in Police Killings

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:40:00 AM

Monday evening, on the five-month anniversary of the death of South Berkeley resident Anita Gay, killed by Berkeley Police Officer Rashawn Cummings on Feb. 16, some 40 people demonstrated at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Ashby Avenue, calling for a thorough inquiry into Gay’s death. -more-


Berkeley Plans Search for New City Attorney

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:41:00 AM

City Manager Phil Kamlarz has told a number of councilmembers, including Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmember Dona Spring, that he is planning a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for former City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque after the budget has been put to rest. -more-


Class of 2008 Says Good-Bye to Berkeley High

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:42:00 AM
Berkeley High graduates celebrate at the Greek Theatre on friday

Tucked inside every diploma of the Berkeley High School graduating class of 2008 is a voter registration card, something principal Jim Slemp didn’t forget to point out amidst all the exhortation, advice and pranks at the Greek Theater on Friday. -more-


BUSD Rescinds Teacher Lay-Off Notices

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:43:00 AM

The Berkeley Unified School District announced last week that was all teachers who received lay-off notices as a result of proposed education budget cuts will be able to keep their jobs. -more-


BUSD Aims for Education Equity with ‘2020 Vision’

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:44:00 AM

The Berkeley Board of Education, looking for ways to close the achievement gap in the city’s public schools, approved a resolution last week to affirm the 2020 Vision for Berkeley’s Children and Youth, which aims to remove barriers to educational equity for African Americans and Latinos by 2020. -more-


Bared Breast Provokes Arrest at Marine Recruiting Station

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:45:00 AM

Pam Bennett of Code Pink was arrested Friday, June 13, when she bared her breasts in front of Berkeley’s downtown Marine Recruiting Station. -more-


No Plea from Hoeft-Edenfield in UC Stabbing Case

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:47:00 AM

Berkeley City College student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield—charged with the murder of UC Berkeley nuclear engineering student Chris Wootton—did not enter a plea during an appearance June 12 at the Alameda County Superior Court. -more-


Berkeley Police Looking for Sex Offender

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:48:00 AM

Berkeley police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman near Dwight Way and College Avenue around 7:20 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. -more-


Missing Rice University Student’s Car Found in West Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:52:00 AM

The Berkeley Police Department is helping Houston police investigate the disappearance of a 21-year-old student who has been missing since Dec. 15 from his off-campus Houston apartment, authorities said Friday. -more-


Anti-Spray Resolution Goes to Full State Senate

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:52:00 AM

On a 4-0 bipartisan vote, the State Senate Agriculture Committee approved a resolution Tuesday calling for a moratorium on aerial spraying for the light brown apple moth until the state can prove that the spray is both safe for humans and the environment and effective against the moth. -more-


MediaNews East Bay Newsrooms Go Union in Narrow Vote

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:53:00 AM

By a narrow margin, journalists at East Bay newspapers owned by the Bay Area News Group-East Bay (BANG-EB) voted to unionize Friday. -more-


Berkeley Firefighters Defeat Two Blazes, Tackle a Third

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:54:00 AM
A helicopter drops water scooped from Lake Temescal onto the smouldering embers of a fire that consumed two acres of  a hillside Thursday near the site of the disastrous 1991 Oakland Hills Fire.

Berkeley firefighters found themselves fighting flames on two fronts on June 12, one at the site of the disastrous 1991 hills fire, the other in West Berkeley. -more-


New UC Vice Chancellor Worked for Carlyle Group

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:56:00 AM

When UC Berkeley hired a new investment-banker-turned-vice-chancellor to help the school negotiate the intricacies of the financial world, they didn’t mention one of his most powerful connections. -more-


Hancock’s Primary Victory Powered by Fundraising

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:57:00 AM

This week, after beating former 16th District Assemblymember Wilma Chan 56.8 percent to 43.2 percent in the June 3 District 9 Democratic primary, current 14th District Assemblymember sent out an e-mail thank-you to supporters. -more-


New Candidates Collecting Signatures for Local Elections

By Judith Scherr
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 09:58:00 AM

Three candidates for local offices added their names on Friday to the list of those collecting signatures for Berkeley elections on Nov. 4: Beatriz Levya-Cutler for school board and Robert J. Evans and Eleanor Walden for Rent Stabilization Board. -more-