Oakland Police Announce Arrests of 'Principals' in Takeover Robberies

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Wednesday September 03, 2008 - 03:45:00 PM

Oakland police said today (Wednesday) that they have made what they consider a major breakthrough in the city’s restaurant takeover robberies, announcing the arrest of three suspects following a Tuesday night takeover at K&T Nail Salon at 108th Avenue and Bancroft in East Oakland. -more-

East Bay Police Collaborating to Identify Takeover Bandits

by Kristin McFarland
Wednesday September 03, 2008 - 03:44:00 PM

The East Bay has been plagued by takeover-style restaurant robberies this summer, with 11 robberies in Oakland, one in El Cerrito, one in Hayward, one in unincorporated Castro Valley, and two in Vallejo. -more-

CONVENTION SPECIAL: Republicans React to Bristol Palin's Pregnancy

by Chris Krohn
Wednesday September 03, 2008 - 10:21:00 AM

ST. PAUL—Alaska Governor and current Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant, but the family says she will bear the child and marry the father. -more-

Shooting at Sacramento Street Barbershop Leaves Man Wounded

By Kristin McFarland
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 05:12:00 PM

One person was injured today (Tuesday) in a shooting at Johnson’s House of Style at 2914 Sacramento St. -more-

Citizen’s Group Calls Public Meeting to Discuss Draft Sunshine Ordinance

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 05:11:00 PM

The citizens’ group working on an alternate version of the Berkeley city attorney’s draft sunshine ordinance—which promises greater access to open government—will hold a public meeting at the Lutheran Church of the Cross on Sept. 9 to get community input on their recently released document. -more-

Long Haul Activists Plan Rally at Sproul Plaza

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 04:32:00 PM

Supporters of Berkeley’s venerable Long Haul angered by last Wednesday’s raid will rally at Sproul Plaza Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -more-

Morning Fires Leave Seven Homeless

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 04:29:00 PM

Back-to-back fires -more-

CONVENTION SPECIAL: Obama’s Night—‘Change We Can Believe in’, or FDR, JFK, and LBJ Redux

By Christopher Krohn
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 01:57:00 PM

Many in the media will be asking for a long time if Democratic nominee Barack Obama hit a political home run last Thursday night. However, if he didn’t completely leave Denver’s Mile High Stadium soaring majestically, then he hit an inside the park home-run. Either way he made it home. -more-

Judge Orders ‘False Or Misleading’ Statements Stricken From AC Transit Challenger’s Ballot Statement

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 01:54:00 PM

An Alameda County Superior Court Judge has taken the first vote in the 2008 local general election, ruling that certain portions of AC Transit At Large Board challenger Joyce Roy’s submitted ballot statement were either false or misleading, and ordering them removed. -more-

CONVENTION SPECIAL: Protesters Do Come in Droves to St. Paul Most Come with an Anti-War Message

by Christopher Krohn, Special to the Planet
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 08:52:00 AM

ST. PAUL—Schennile Hytower was waiting for her number 67 bus to go to work. It would carry her out to the airport where she manages one of the restaurants. A Michigan transplant, she has been in St. Paul for over a year now, “It’s a nice place,” she says as she boards the bus towards downtown. “I also have mixed feelings, but there’s more work here,” says Hytower on, Labor Day. She’ll have to change buses there to get to her airport job. -more-

CONVENTION SPECIAL: News Analysis:Preemptive Strikes Against Protest at RNC

By Marjorie Cohn, Special to the Planet By Marjorie Cohn
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - 08:48:00 AM

In the months leading up to the Republican National Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force actively recruited people to infiltrate vegan groups and other leftist organizations and report back about their activities. On May 21, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a recruiting story called "Moles Wanted." Law enforcement sought to preempt lawful protest against the policies of the Bush administration during the convention. -more-

Berkeley School Board Race is Underway

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Sunday August 31, 2008 - 02:52:00 PM

With two months left to go for the November municipal elections, candidates for the Berkeley Board of Education are pushing for endorsements and mobilizing supporters through fundraisers, campaign kick-offs and websites. -more-

Democratic Convention in Photos

By Christopher Krohn
Friday August 29, 2008 - 09:12:00 AM

It's all over but the clean-up. Here are all the convention pictures. -more-

New Appeal Filed In Stadium Lawsuit

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 04:31:00 PM

The legal battle over UC Berkeley’s building plans at Memorial Stadium is back in the state Court of Appeals for the second time. -more-

Political Tidbits: Protesters Ousted from Civic Center Park, Large Demo Close to Pepsi Center

by Chris Krohn
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 04:29:00 PM

Denver—Civic Center Park, the park which some protesters have been using to hold demonstrations since last Saturday, was discovered on Wednesday morning to have a new six and half foot high fence. It was not immediately known why this occurred. -more-

Flames Gut Popular Berkeley Gas Station

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 03:04:00 PM

Flames gutted one of Berkeley’s busiest gas station early Thursday morning, causing more than $700,000 in damage to the independent station U.S. Smog & Gas at 3000 Shattuck Ave. -more-

UC Police Seize Computers In Raid

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:14:00 AM

UC Berkeley police, guns drawn, raided an empty Long Haul Infoshop Wednesday morning, seizing 13 computers and other gear in a search for the source of threatening e-mails. -more-

Long Haul’s Radical History

By Al Winslow Special to the Planet
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:14:00 AM

It’s an anarchist “free space.” -more-

Rep. Barbara Lee Takes Active Role At Democratic Convention

By Christopher Krohn Special to the Planet
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:15:00 AM

DENVER—Congressmember Barbara Lee is tough to keep up with. In a relentless pace, she often outruns even her staff. That staff can be seen here in Denver, scurrying behind this determined Alameda County congressional representative. She can be fiery and fierce when she needs to be, and she always plays to win. -more-

Judge Gives Stadium Win to UC

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:16:00 AM

The first round of the legal battle over the Memorial Stadium ended late Tuesday, and lawyers for the losing side are preparing their appeal. -more-

Arpeggio Brings Million-Dollar Condos to Downtown Berkeley

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:16:00 AM
Walter Armer, left, and Don Peterson of SNK Development watched crews at work on the Berkeley Arpeggio, their nine-story-plus loft project.

Million-dollar condos? In Berkeley? Yes, says Don Peterson, president of SNK Development, the company now building the nine-story-plus Berkeley Arpeggio on Center Street. -more-

Daily Cal in Financial Trouble

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:17:00 AM

UC Berkeley students might have noticed something missing from campus when they returned from their summer vacation on Wednesday. -more-

Budget Woes May Force Faculty Cuts, Says Chancellor

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:17:00 AM

At his annual back-to-school press briefing Monday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau said the university, in response to ongoing budget woes, would cut back on hiring new faculty and not replace retiring faculty, which would gradually increase the current 18:1 student-to-teacher ratio on campus. -more-

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In UC Stabbing Case

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:18:00 AM

Berkeley City College student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges at the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland. -more-

Unions Score Victories Amidst Tough Economy

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:18:00 AM

Despite troubling economic news nationally, last week witnessed two major advances on the Berkeley labor front and a protest by city workers in a neighboring city: -more-

Kindergarten Enrollment Up on First Day of School

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

Revamped classrooms, management changes and a record enrollment rate for kindergartners marked the first day of Berkeley Unified School District’s new school year on Wednesday. -more-

School Board OKs Design For South of Bancroft Project

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

At a public meeting Wednesday the Berkeley Board of Education unanimously approved a schematic design for the $35 million South of Bancroft project, which would build about 55,000 square feet of new buildings and improve landscaping in the southern part of the Berkeley High School campus. -more-

King Middle School Gets New Cafeteria, BUSD Gets New Kitchen

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:20:00 AM

Until earlier this month, students at Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley could pretty much eat their lunch anywhere they wanted. -more-

Grinage Talks About Oakland Public Safety

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:21:00 AM

With concerns rising in Oakland over the issues of crime and violence, the Daily Planet sat down with Rashidah Grinage, Director of People United For A Better Oakland (PUEBLO), to talk about public safety in the city. PUEBLO is a progressive, non-profit group that has been working, among other things, on police reforms in the city for the past two decades. It is one of the most credible voices on the left on police and public safety issues. -more-

Court’s Richmond Casino Decision Awaited

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:25:00 AM

Richmond city officials, a would-be gambling tribe and a coalition of environmentalists are anxiously waiting for a final ruling on the legality of a $335 million city pact with the Scotts Valley Band of Pomos. -more-

Funeral Held for Mayor Dellums’ Mother

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:26:00 AM

A funeral was held for the mother of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums at small, semi-private services Wednesday morning at Fouche’s Hudson Funeral Home in North Oakland. -more-

Fire Department Log

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:26:00 AM

East Bay firefighters are watching the skies with concern as high-risk fire conditions arrive with the start of what they expect will be a three-day heat wave, said Deputy Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong. -more-

4 Oakland Restaurants Hit by Weekend Robberies

By Kristin McFarland
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:27:00 AM

Four takeover robberies in Oakland last weekend reflect a continuing crime trend in the East Bay. -more-

Police Blotter

By Kristin McFarland
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:27:00 AM

Welcome Week fraternity party has violent consequences -more-

Enviros Launch All-Out Campaign for Obama

By Randy Shaw
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:28:00 AM

DENVER—Next to the “Big Tent” housing bloggers and policy forums here in Denver is an unmarked suite where some of the nation’s leading environmental activists are at work. This is the office where Environmental America, Progressive Future, the Progressive Future Education Fund, Community Voters, and the Public Interest Network are plotting the biggest voter outreach and mobilization drive in environmental group history. -more-

Albany-Berkeley Border Walking Tour Saturday

By Steven Finacom Special to the Planet
Thursday August 28, 2008 - 09:30:00 AM

Nearly a century ago, Berkeley and Albany were at war over waste. -more-