The Week

Incumbent Tom Bates makes a point as former mayor Shirley Dean, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Zachary RunningWolf (from right to left) look on.
Richard Brenneman
Incumbent Tom Bates makes a point as former mayor Shirley Dean, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Zachary RunningWolf (from right to left) look on.
 

News

Berkeley Celebrates Obama Victory

Wednesday November 05, 2008 - 01:26:00 PM

UC students paraded around campus for hours last night after the presidential election was called for Barack Obama. -more-


Obama Celebration Erupts In Downtown Oakland

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Wednesday November 05, 2008 - 12:12:00 PM

It was a historic night of celebration in Oakland, the like of which we have never seen in our lifetimes. -more-


Berkeley Election Results

Wednesday November 05, 2008 - 10:18:00 AM

Bates Reelected; Arreguin Beats Doran in District 4 -more-


Heavy Turnout, Upbeat Mood Prevail As South Berkeley Votes

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday November 04, 2008 - 02:45:00 PM
Volunteers crowded the Northern California Obama for President headquarters Tuesday morning as they called voters across the country to mobilize a heavy turnout for their candidate.

Turnout was heavy in South Berkeley Tuesday, with voters lined up outside the Black Repertory Theater on Adeline Street even before polls opened. -more-


Artists Charge Censorship at Berkeley's Addison Street Windows Gallery

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday November 03, 2008 - 08:51:00 PM

Some community members are outraged that the City of Berkeley-run Addison Street Windows Gallery decided not to display posters from a national series of exhibitions called the Art of Democracy on the basis of curatorial judgment, and instead replaced them with pottery during election week. While supporters of free speech called the decision “censorship,” Carol Brighton -- the curator of the gallery -- and the city’s Civic Arts Coordinator Mary Ann Merker denied the allegations, explaining that it was not uncommon for public agencies to refrain from showing work which depicted violence or nudity. -more-


Developers Dish Dollars for Doran

By Richard Brenneman
Monday November 03, 2008 - 01:34:00 PM

Terry Doran is finally seeing some of the dollars developer Ali Kashani asked his colleagues to give, though most of the latest influx stems from one company, Hudson McDonald. -more-


Long Slog Through Downtown Plan Provokes Tempers, Occasional Quips

By Richard Brenneman
Monday November 03, 2008 - 01:35:00 PM

Whatever shape the new downtown plan takes before the city council signs off on the document next May, it’s certain to be a lot different from the draft prepared by the citizens they picked to draft it. -more-


Video Highlights from the Mayoral Debate

Friday October 31, 2008 - 12:22:00 PM

The Planet proudly presents its first online news video, the mayoral candidates in action on Monday. -more-


Election Cash Continues to Flow

By Richard Brenneman
Friday October 31, 2008 - 09:37:00 PM

Campaign contributions are continuing to pour in as the election nears, though a plea for developer donations for one candidate hasn’t yet materialized. -more-


Planning Commission Faces Full Agenda Wednesday

by Richard Brenneman
Monday November 03, 2008 - 08:49:00 PM

The day after one of their own learns whether she’ll move up a notch in city government, Berkeley planning commissioners will gather Wednesday night to face a full agenda. -more-


East Bay Students Join Rally in San Francisco Against ICE Raids

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday October 31, 2008 - 04:12:00 PM

Hundreds of students and activists from all over the Bay Area marched from Ferry Park near the Embarcadero to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown San Francisco Friday to protest what they called atrocities committed against undocumented immigrants by code enforcement officials in sanctuary cities. -more-


Fires in Tilden and Elsewhere

By Richard Brenneman
Friday October 31, 2008 - 10:07:00 PM

Tilden Burn Out of Control -more-


Alta Bates Neighbors Angry SEIU Workers Violated Noise Law

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday October 31, 2008 - 11:56:00 AM

A group of neighbors of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center have always had a good relationship with the hospital’s workers, they say, until early Wednesday. -more-


PAC Wields Big Stick in Berkeley Initiatives Fray

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:24:00 AM

Old-style politics is alive and well in Berkeley, where the PAC-man wields a big stick and an even bigger wallet. -more-


Berkeley Mayoral Candidates Face Off

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:26:00 AM

Berkeley’s four mayoral candidates, two of them seeking write-in votes, made their pitches to a packed house at the West Berkeley Senior Center Monday night. -more-


Bates and Dean Keep the Passion, But Turn Down the Heat

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:32:00 AM

When they first ran against each other in 2002, it was Berkeley’s epic political battle. Shirley Dean was the lightning-rod mayor and leader of the moderate-progressive political faction in a City Council and a city that were deeply divided along factional lines. Looking for a way to oust a political powerhouse, members of the opposing left-progressive faction recruited former state Assemblymember Tom Bates to run against Dean. -more-


Developers Give Cash To Council Favorites

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:27:00 AM

Development-related contributions continue to pour into the coffers of candidates for next week’s Berkeley City Council election, with Mayor Tom Bates in the lead both in total and sector-related contributions. -more-


Developer’s E-Mail: ‘Give to Doran To Solidify Our Control of Council’

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:34:00 AM

Berkeley developers were making a last-minute push last week to flood the coffers of Terry Doran as he battles to win the City Council seat representing downtown Berkeley. -more-


Berkeley School Board Candidates Debate Issues

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:37:00 AM

With a week to go before the Nov. 4 elections, candidates running for the Berkeley Board of Education turned the spotlight on the achievement gap at a debate organized by the Berkeley PTA Council at Willard Middle School on Monday. -more-


From the Starry Plough to YouTube Hit: “Obama Is Irish”

By Becky O’Malley
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:35:00 AM

Shay Black is an Irish musician who lives in Oakland just a few blocks from the Planet office on Shattuck. He has led an Irish music session in the nearby Starry Plough every Sunday for the last thirteen years. Recently, he’s become a YouTube celebrity. Last month, a jolly video starring Shay was made at the Plough, and posted on YouTube, and it now has had 250,000 hits. It’s a cover of a song originally written in Ireland that reclaims Barack Obama’s Irish roots. -more-


Willard Middle School on Alert After Trash Can Fires

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:36:00 AM

Willard Middle School is interviewing some students who fire department officials said might have been involved in setting three small fires in a couple of trash cans in the school’s restrooms and an open garbage area in the garden during school hours last Wednesday. -more-


A Voter’s Guide to Berkeley Measure LL

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:38:00 AM

Measure LL Landmarks Preservation Commission -more-


ZAB Gives Maybeck High Green Light

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:40:00 AM

Students at Berkeley’s Maybeck High School can move into new classrooms in St. John’s Presbyterian Church this spring, since the school received a relocation permit from city officials at a public meeting last week. -more-


Margaret Emmington, 1904-2008

By Anthony Bruce
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:41:00 AM
Margaret Emmington

On Oct. 15, Margaret Emmington died peacefully at Alta Bates Hospital at age 104, but not before she fulfilled her last wish: the day before she died, she was able to mark her absentee ballot for Barack Obama. Over the last year she had emphatically stated that it was her hope to live long enough (imagining, even, that she might live to see the inauguration) to cast her vote for the man who would change the mind of the country. -more-


UC Student Murder Case Postponed

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:41:00 AM

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson on Monday postponed the pretrial hearing for former Berkeley City College student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield until Jan. 26, 2009. Hoeft-Edenfield is charged with murdering UC Berkeley nuclear engineering graduate Chris Wootton, -more-


Council Discusses Crime with South and West Berkeley Residents

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:44:00 AM

If crime figures presented to the Berkeley City Council Tuesday by Berkeley Police Department Chief Doug Hambleton are anything to go by, property crime—which includes burglaries, car thefts and arson—in the city has declined since the 1970s. -more-


Council Approves Services for Homeless Youth, Taxi Fare Hike

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:44:00 AM

Starting in December, Berkeley’s homeless youth will be able to get off the streets every evening and spend some time looking for jobs, housing and peer support, according to a $100,000 contract approved by the Berkeley City Council Tuesday. -more-


BAILIN’ ON PALIN

By Jennifer Cross Gans
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:42:00 AM

A rifle in one hand -more-


Correction

Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:38:00 AM

The Oct. 23-29 story “Four Candidates Battle for District 4 Vacancy” incorrectly reported that Jesse Arrgeuin was running both for City Council and for re-election to the rent board. While Arreguin had taken out papers for both seats, he withdrew from the rent board race when he filed for council. -more-


Opinion

Editorials

Getting a Good Look at the Next Mayor

By Becky O’Malley
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:49:00 AM

Well, a good time was had by all. Did the first ever Daily Planet mayoral debate change the course of history? Probably not, but then it wasn’t supposed to. -more-


EDITOR’S ELECTION PICKS

By Becky O'Malley
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 02:44:00 PM

Here are a few recommendations for races and measures which I think are particularly important: -more-


Citizens' Sunshine Ordinance Draft Released; Support Sought

By Becky O'Malley
Saturday November 01, 2008 - 12:37:00 PM

The citizens' committee members who have been working on a Sunshine Ordinance for Berkeley have released their final draft, which can be read here . They hope that it will be passed by the Berkeley City Council, and they are asking community leaders to sign on in support. If the council fails to act, the ordinance could also be passed by a ballot initiative. -more-


Cartoons

Obama Victory

By Justin DeFreitas
Wednesday November 05, 2008 - 09:07:00 AM

Proposition 8

By Justin DeFreitas
Wednesday November 05, 2008 - 09:12:00 AM

The Berkeley Progressive

By Justin DeFreitas
Saturday November 01, 2008 - 09:52:00 AM

McCain's Lobbyists

By Justin DeFreitas
Saturday November 01, 2008 - 09:51:00 AM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:50:00 AM

MEASURE KK -more-


Last-Minute Election-Related Letters to the Editor

Monday November 03, 2008 - 01:31:00 PM

MEASURE GG -more-


Letters to the Editor

Tuesday November 04, 2008 - 08:29:00 AM

NEXT TIME -more-


Support Branch Libraries

By Gray Brechin
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:47:00 AM

It took the collapse of a heavily trafficked bridge in Minnesota to alert significant numbers of Americans to the price to be paid for neglecting the nation’s physical infrastructure. But despite the equally dramatic descent of our political life in recent decades, few notice the cost of neglecting the nation’s cultural infrastructure that—along with so many of our bridges, dams, and watermains—was largely created by FDR’s New Deal. -more-


California's Big Chance to Stop Locking up Harmless Drug Offenders

By Daniel Macallair, MPA, and G. Thomas Gitchoff
Monday November 03, 2008 - 11:42:00 AM

California voters are rarely given the chance to vote for an initiative that addresses a problem that many thought was unsolvable. Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act, provides the opportunity for voters to bring change to the state's crumbling and bankrupt criminal justice system in a manner that cannot be achieved within the special-interest-dominated world of Sacramento. -more-


Criticism of LaForce is Unfair

by David Tam
Saturday November 01, 2008 - 11:19:00 AM

Editor -- -more-


Doran: A Supporter of Big Business

By Michael Barglow
Monday November 03, 2008 - 01:27:00 PM

Terry Doran, currently on the Zoning Adjustments Board, is running for Dona Spring's seat on the City Council. As a member of the Zoning Adjustments Board, Terry voted against the positions of Dona Spring, Jesse Areguin, the Le Conte Neighborhood Association, and the Elmwood Neighborhood Association. -more-


A Strong Rent Board for a Berkeley We Can All Call Home

By Nicole Drake, Jack Harrison, Judy Shelton, Jesse Townley and Igor Tregub
Monday November 03, 2008 - 01:28:00 PM

You might be a tenant who has discovered mold in her kitchen. Your landlord is being dismissive of this grave impact on your habitability. Whom can you turn to? Since you reside in this city, you call 510-981-RENT, get in touch with a case counselor, and, if this does not resolve the issue, take your case to the nine elected Rent Stabilization Board commissioners. The landlord complies, and your faith in the rule of law is restored. -more-


Peace and Freedom Party Recommendations

By Norma JF Harrison
Monday November 03, 2008 - 01:29:00 PM

In general we resist financing public projects by sale of bonds. Paying them off is just a form of us the people borrowing, and paying high interest to hugely wealthy individuals, or to banks/bankers, to use funds that should've been reserved for our use by taxing where the money is ahead of needing to spend it for us. We don't even have to sharply tax people who get as much as half a million dollars a year... but get it from the really huge incomes from amazing sources including investments, that are just money making money. -more-


Let’s Not Talk About It

By Norbert Humphrey
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:53:00 AM

Hard issues that include local development come up on a project-by-project basis but never rise as a top-level campaign issue. Political campaigns are remarkably free of pro- or anti-development dialogues. Even UC Berkeley, the big bully in town, has hardly been mentioned by the candidates in their mailers and websites. -more-


Why I Am Running for Mayor

By Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:54:00 AM

I decided to run for Mayor because I strongly believe that our city needs new, authentic leadership that is in touch with all citizens. Historically, our mayors have catered only to specific communities. This has resulted in a city divided, with stark inequities in housing, education, safety, and opportunities. My mission as mayor will be to bring the city together as a community and to improve living conditions for all residents, to support ecologically sustainable improvements, and to reclaim the ideals of our city. -more-


Shirley Dean and the Health of Berkeley

By Yvonne “Voni” Knebel Dwyer
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:54:00 AM

I am endorsing Shirley Dean for Mayor of Berkeley; I firmly believe that her program of 50 solutions to the current crisis and problems of the City of Berkeley will benefit the entire population of the city, especially those of us who are disabled and with special needs. I lived in Berkeley during Mrs. Dean’s first term as Mayor and know that disability services were much better funded and more extensive then. -more-


Peace and Freedom Party Recommendations

By Norma Harrison
Saturday November 01, 2008 - 12:09:00 PM

In general we resist financing public projects by sale of bonds. Paying them off is just a form of us the people borrowing, and paying high interest to hugely wealthy individuals, or to banks/bankers, to use funds that should've been reserved for our use by taxing where the money is ahead of needing to spend it for us. We don't even have to sharply tax people who get as much as $1/2m a year...but get it from the really huge incomes from amazing sources, including investments, that are just money making money. -more-


The Truth Behind the Deceptions of Campaign Platforms

By Robert Archibald
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:55:00 AM

It’s hard to understand why the mayor and certain council members don’t run on a pro-development platform. They should just come out and say, ‘I want growth, including big buildings, higher density, less parking and more noise.” They could also say, “I’ll take all the money developers can bundle for my campaign.” And of course the most important thing, “I’ll vote for every big development project put forward, even if it goes against the will of our neighborhoods.” -more-


East Bay Regional Parks District Board Race

By Marilyn Saarni
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:55:00 AM

I have just read the horrific West County/ Contra Costa Times editor’s endorsement of Norman LaForce. Clearly someone did not do a full background check. LaForce is not only “a thorn in the side of park officials,” he is fiercely aggressive and known for vengeful acts. The CC Times editor omits that the citizens of El Cerrito launched a recall to rid themselves of their thorny city council member. Nobody did a quick LexisNexis search on LaForce’s name. No reporter examined the revealing transcript of public testimony when the East Bay Regional Parks board had to appoint Jean Siri’s successor after she died. Jean would roll in her grave if she knew any newspaper had endorsed this man. -more-


Measure JJ: A Response to the Planet Voter Guide

By Roger LaChance
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:56:00 AM

Measure JJ will ensure that medical cannabis continues to be safely available to Berkeley’s patients and that the needs and rights of neighbors are respected. -more-


District Elections: Finding a Middle Ground

By Sharon Hudson
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:56:00 AM

Sharon Hudson’s previous two commentaries on Berkeley elections appeared in the Oct. 6 and 16 issues of the Berkeley Daily Planet. -more-


No New Taxes Without Funding Essential Services First!

By Marie Bowman
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:57:00 AM

Once again the City is asking to tap further into our wallets instead of making the effort to manage its huge budget. Together with many of you, Berkeleyans Against Soaring Taxes (BASTA!), Berkeley Property Owners Association (BPOA), Telegraph Business Improvement District (TBID) and neighborhood groups are committed to responsible fiscal management. We urge “no” votes on ballot measures FF, GG & HH. -more-


Problems with the “Rapid Bus Plus”

By Rob Wrenn
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:57:00 AM

Opponents of AC Transit’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service have proposed an alternative that they call “Rapid Bus Plus” (RB+). But their half-baked proposal doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny; it’s a minor variation on existing inadequate 1R service rather than a real alternative. -more-


Stoloff’s Choices

By David Stoloff
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:58:00 AM

Several people have asked my opinion regarding some Berkeley candidates and ballot measures. For what it's worth, here are my preferences. -more-


Berkeley Foreclosures

By Barbara Gilbert
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:59:00 AM

At the Oct. 21 council meeting, misleading information on Berkeley property values and foreclosures was publicly stated by City Manager Kamlarz, Councilmember Capitelli, and Economic Development Director Caplan. The City should investigate, correct, and update this information. -more-


Why Is Measure KK on the Ballot?

By Mary Oram
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:59:00 AM

The arguments that have appeared against Measure KK (Berkeley’s initiative to give you a vote on future street conversions) do not hold up. -more-


Why You Should Vote No on KK

By Joel Ramos
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

TransForm (formally the Transportation and Land Use Coalition) recognized very early on that Measure KK is really about process and not whether or not voters agree with the concept of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). If approved it would further delay an already exhaustive public process in Berkeley, and we encourage Daily Planet readers to vote “no” on KK. -more-


Sierra Club Responds to LA Woods’ Charges

By Kent Lewandowski
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

We are writing in re-sponse to LA Wood’s candidate statement in the Daily Planet, to explain our endorsement decision in his race, and to address the charges that our process was “back room” and “slate politics at its worst.” -more-


What’s Wrong with the Sierra Club Slate in Albany

By Preston Jordan
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:01:00 AM

In a commentary in last week’s Planet about Albany’s City Council election, which pits a Sierra Club slate against three other candidates, Nan Wishner wrote of the three slate candidates, “I have heard an objection that electing Lieber, Panian, and Toomey will create an all-progressive council. I don’t have a problem with a council committed to the progressive values of environmental stewardship and social justice that I believe most Albany residents share.” I am a progressive environmentalist committed to social justice, and I have a big problem with the assumption that electing the straight Sierra Club slate is consistent with progressive values. -more-


Why Measure GG Deserves a Big NO

By Russ Mitchell
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:01:00 AM

Every Berkeley resident concerned about the city’s future should vote “no” on Measure GG. Why? Consider a conversation I recently had with Mayor Tom Bates. -more-


Measure KK: Why You Should Vote for It

By Dean Metzger
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM

As the election draws close, the debate concerning KK is coming to a close. KK has been a success. Regardless of the final outcome, KK began a real city wide public discussion of BRT. The Transportation Commission won’t do it, The City Council won’t do it, and AC Transit won’t do it—KK has. -more-


U.S. presidential Elections and Indo-American Friendship

By K. P. Bhattacharjee
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 12:30:00 PM

The Indo-American relationship has never been so high and as good as it has been during last three years. -more-


Columns

The Public Eye: Late Night Parties at the Gaia: An Open Letter to the Community

By Anna De Leon
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:45:00 AM

Patrick Kennedy outdid himself Saturday night, Oct. 24, at the Gaia Building. He rented the theater to Hip Hop party promoters, with no notice to the Police Department. The “party” became a melee in the street. I operate Anna’s Jazz Island, a music venue sharing the entrance lobby with the Gaia theater which is routinely rented out for huge private parties in clear violation of its Use Permit. -more-


The Public Eye: The Season’s Most Ridiculous Campaign Mailer

By Randy Shaw
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:48:00 AM

This political season has seen many deceptive local campaign mailers, with several attributing a sense of absolute power to San Francisco progressives that they only wish they had. But the most ridiculous and politically counter-productive mailer appeared in Berkeley, and was endorsed by one of my favorite groups, the Sierra Club. As the accompanying photo shows, the Sierra Club wants Berkeley voters to believe that a ballot initiative (Measure KK) that would require voter approval when parking is removed for bus lanes endangers our efforts to combat global warming. The Club also wants voters to believe that defeating Measure KK will help save polar bears, while a yes vote heads them toward extinction. Identifying supporters of Measure KK as joining Sarah Palin in opposing polar bears is not a sound strategy for building a movement, and almost mocks the importance of local climate change efforts by linking Measure KK to the polar bear’s plight. -more-


Wild Neighbors—Redback Blues: The Spider’s Dilemma

By Joe Eaton
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:55:00 AM

Last week, inspired by some recent mantid encounters, I wrote about the dilemma of the male mantid. Female mantids are hungry little beasts, and a male may become a meal as well as a mate. All that is undisputed. What’s controversial is whether the male is complicit in his own demise—whether he behaves so as to increase the likelihood of being eaten—and what the evolutionary roots of such behavior might be. -more-


East Bay—Then and Now: Landmarks Preservation Ordinance: Taking Stock of 34 Years

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:52:00 AM
Slated for demolition, the Drawing Bldg., aka Naval Architecture Bldg., was preserved.

Our Landmarks Preservation Ordinance, which Tom Bates and his pro-development backers are so eager to emasculate via Measure LL, was enacted in 1974 as a direct response to the rampant wave of demolitions that overtook Berkeley in the 1960s. -more-


About the House: Realistic Negotiations: What You Really Really Want

By Matt Cantor
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:54:00 AM

A client called me this evening to talk about a house he was in contract to buy and we became engaged in a rather long, intricate and complex conversation involving all the things that he and his wife were now facing that had formerly been a foggy and insubstantial tissue of details beyond their attention. The house was exciting and new a week ago and no thought of the finer issues had intruded into their reverie of the Dream Home. The inspection was fun and exiting and we chatted happily for hours about all the things that might be done and some harsh realities about what should be done. A water heater from the 1930’s (yes, no joke) was long overdue for replacement and genuinely unsafe. Some foundation issues were demanding attention and the need for seismic work also loomed harshly. -more-


Arts & Events

Arts Calendar

Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:05:00 AM

THURSDAY, OCT. 30 -more-


Contemporary Chinese Art at BAM

By Peter Selz Special to the Planet
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM
Liu Wei’s “It Looks like a Landscape” (2004)

This is the first time in its 38 years that the Berkeley Art Museum has devoted almost its entire space to a single exhibition. This wide-ranging show of almost 150 works comprises paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations by 96 artists exploring the history of art in China from its Social Realist propaganda paintings of the ’70s through its explosive changes in Chinese cuLture. -more-


Stravinsky at the Oakland Opera Theater

By Ken Bullock
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:06:00 AM

When Stravinsky and opera, or Stravinsky and theater, are mentioned in the same breath, the first things coming to mind would probably be Rake’s Progress or the theatricality of the ballets as produced by Diaghilev. Or maybe the Oedipus Rex he did with Cocteau. -more-


‘Blessed Unrest’ at City Club

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:07:00 AM

On the eve of an international trade conference, its convener, Simon Primo (Marvin Greene), finds himself unusually alone in his palatial mansion outside Geneva, his depleted domestic staff seeming to melt away as a big storm’s brewing. Alone, that is, except for a mysterious visitor, who interrupts Primo’s fractious telephoning and heart pill-popping: a woman in an elegant serape who introduces herself as Maria de Arroyo (Catherine Castellanos), but more insistently as his friend, asking to speak to him about the trade agreement to be signed the next day—and demanding he rescind the global accord he regards as the crowning work of his career. -more-


Books: Cometbus #51 Recounts History of Moe’s and the Ave.

By Ken Bullock
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:08:00 AM

“Once upon a time in Berkeley, two incredibly stubborn men decided to go into business together.” So begins Cometbus #51, The Loneliness of the Electric Menorah, opening like a fractured—or fractious—fairy tale with a title in hipster kabbalah tacked on. -more-


Actors Ensemble of Berkeley Stages ‘Dr. Faustus’

By Ken Bullock
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:08:00 AM

With an unusual—and unusually good—idea for a community theater Halloween show, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley’s staging a lively production of Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan masterpiece, Doctor Faustus, in a cranked up, vaudevillized version, directed by Jeremy Cole and produced by Jennifer Rice at Live Oak Theatre, that plays like ‘Faustus, Hellzapoppin’. -more-


East Bay—Then and Now: Landmarks Preservation Ordinance: Taking Stock of 34 Years

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:52:00 AM
Slated for demolition, the Drawing Bldg., aka Naval Architecture Bldg., was preserved.

Our Landmarks Preservation Ordinance, which Tom Bates and his pro-development backers are so eager to emasculate via Measure LL, was enacted in 1974 as a direct response to the rampant wave of demolitions that overtook Berkeley in the 1960s. -more-


About the House: Realistic Negotiations: What You Really Really Want

By Matt Cantor
Thursday October 30, 2008 - 10:54:00 AM

A client called me this evening to talk about a house he was in contract to buy and we became engaged in a rather long, intricate and complex conversation involving all the things that he and his wife were now facing that had formerly been a foggy and insubstantial tissue of details beyond their attention. The house was exciting and new a week ago and no thought of the finer issues had intruded into their reverie of the Dream Home. The inspection was fun and exiting and we chatted happily for hours about all the things that might be done and some harsh realities about what should be done. A water heater from the 1930’s (yes, no joke) was long overdue for replacement and genuinely unsafe. Some foundation issues were demanding attention and the need for seismic work also loomed harshly. -more-


Community Calendar

Thursday October 30, 2008 - 09:43:00 AM

THURSDAY, OCT. 30 -more-