Contemplating the Revolutionary Option

By Becky O’Malley
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:04:00 AM

The approach of July 4 always moves me to ruminations on the nature and function of government. Reading the Declaration of Independence is a feature of the best holiday picnics—so much easier these days when printable copies can easily be retrieved from the Web. As always, when I download the DofA and actually read it, I’m struck by what a radical document it is, and by the annoying and alarming parallels between the bad behavior of the 18th century Brits and that of the various governments we have to contend with these days. -more-


The George W. Bush Presidential Library

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 02:23:00 PM

A Drought of Ideas

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 02:23:00 PM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

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Letters to the Editor

Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:18:00 AM


A Failed Effort to Feed the Tree-Sitters

By Carol Gesbeck DeWitt
Tuesday July 08, 2008 - 05:09:00 PM

Local Housing Meltdown: It’s the Condos, Stupid

By Gale Garcia
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:05:00 AM

Berkeley City Council members seem to think that there’s an infinite demand for brand new condo bunkers, despite numerous warnings over the years about the housing bubble. -more-

North Berkeley Trader Joe’s

By Stephen Wollmer
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:06:00 AM

Neighbors for a Livable Berkeley Way has appealed the recent Superior Court decision denying our petition challenging the Berkeley City Council’s approval of the Trader Joe’s project at the corner of University and MLK. Although demolition is underway and construction will begin this summer, we believe that the council ignored and flouted City zoning law, CEQA, and state density bonus law in their eagerness to approve a ‘popular’ project. -more-

Aftermoth: A Legacy of Pain

By Mike Lynberg
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:06:00 AM

After they made hundreds of people sick on the Central Coast, and nearly killed at least two children, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Secretary A. G. Kawamura of the CDFA are changing tactics and no longer aerial spraying highly populated cities with untested pesticides. For that, residents of Northern and Central California are grateful. -more-

Tree Sitters Disgraced the Progressive Movement

By H. Scott Prosterman
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:07:00 AM

The protesters occupying a grove of trees on the UC campus represent a total disgrace to the liberal and progressive movement. Biting people and dumping feces on them is not what Ghandi advocated. Martin Luther King, Jr. is rolling over in his grave. -more-

City Must Continue Lawsuit Against UC

By Katlin Moore
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:09:00 AM

At this juncture, with the lawsuit against the university pending, it is a good time to remind everyone as to exactly why such worldwide support exists for the preservation of the oak grove near Memorial Stadium, and why the city must continue the lawsuit against the university. This irreplaceable ecological treasure must be saved. -more-

Citizens of West Berkeley: Get Involved!

By Patty Marcks
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:09:00 AM

A unique opportunity currently exists in West Berkeley: an opportunity for public participation. You will not have read about it in the newspapers. Nor will you have heard about it on radio or TV. You will not see signs or notices posted about it. There have been no public hearings about it. In fact, most people in Berkeley are probably completely unaware of it. -more-

Peeling the Academic Achievement Onion

By Santiago Casal and Michael Miller
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:08:00 AM

It is a pleasure to report that the Berkeley School Board on June 11, and the Berkeley City Council on June 24, unanimously adopted the 2020 Vision For Berkeley’s Children And Youth. These two resolutions are a commitment to partner with United In Action and our entire community, to make student academic success a community priority and further, to actively engage in eliminating any and all barriers to success. So begins an amazing journey that we should all be very proud of. -more-

Welcome to the California Hotel

By Lynda Carson
Thursday July 03, 2008 - 10:10:00 AM

Today (July 1) on KPFA evening news, local attorney John Murcko announced that he plans to file a lawsuit next week in Alameda County Superior Court against the Oakland Community Housing, Inc. (OCHI), an Oakland non-profit housing developer because they are breaking a 30-year requirement to provide housing to 500 very low-income Oakland residents at the California Hotel. -more-