LBNL Begins Environmental Review of Scaled-down Helios Lab Building

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 10:35:00 AM

Changed designs for the new lab building to house the half-billion-dollar BP-funded Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) have forced Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to launch a new environmental impact review. -more-

Planning Commission Looks at Ashes, Ferry, Transit Corridor Development, Helios and Downtown Ban on Fast Food

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday December 09, 2008 - 09:52:00 AM

Planning commissioners will take up a proposal to end the ban on new fast food restaurants in downtown Berkeley, and the new downtown city councilmember wants them to hold off. -more-

Newspaper Giant Forced into Bankruptcy; Doesn’t Affect Zell’s Berkeley Apartments

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday December 09, 2008 - 09:52:00 AM

Berkeley’s biggest landlord is having trouble with one of his other businesses: the Tribune Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other media. -more-

BHS Governance Council To Vote on Redesign Proposal Tuesday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday December 08, 2008 - 12:12:00 PM

The Berkeley High School Governance Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on the high school’s proposal to develop a new small school, establish advisory programs and change to block scheduling, after reviewing the plan at an all-day meeting. -more-

Details Bedevil Planners’ West Berkeley ‘Project’

By Richard Brenneman
Monday December 08, 2008 - 10:43:00 AM

Berkeley Planning Commissioners struggled last Wednesday with the fate of West Berkeley in a session that raised more questions that answers. -more-

Nolo To Stay In Berkeley, Reports Strong Sales Despite Publishing Woes

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday December 08, 2008 - 10:42:00 AM

Nolo Press, which calls itself the nation’s oldest publisher of legal information, will remain at its current location in West Berkeley following a decision by the business’s landlord, the Genn family, not to sell the property. -more-

BUSD Classified Employees Gets Pay Raise But Disagree on Contract

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:23:00 PM

Members of the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees have finally received a pay hike from the Berkeley Unified School District, but have yet to reach an agreement over their contract, union president Paula Phillips said Wednesday. -more-

Berkeley Mourns Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:45:00 AM

The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai used to be a place filled with happy memories for Anil Thakkar and his family. Not anymore. -more-

Feeling Lost in a City Under Siege

By Sritanu Chakrabarti
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:47:00 AM

MUMBAI, India — It’s been a long day at work and you just need to unwind by having a couple of beers with your friend from college who is in town. He wants to go to Leopold’s, the popular pub at Colaba. You think about the beef chili out there for a moment, then refuse to yield to temptation. For some reason you don’t want to travel today. You meet him at a sports bar close to the office and have a great time talking about old times and catching up with each other’s lives. -more-

Winter Shelters Open Despite Grim Economic Outlook

Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:47:00 AM

Despite the bleak economic scenario, Berkeley’s winter homeless shelters have reopened for the winter, with a couple of them reporting a slight boost in funding and one witnessing record turnouts. -more-

San Pablo Condo Project Defaults, Forced Sale Scheduled

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:49:00 AM
2700 San Pablo has never had a tenant.

The latest chapter in one of Berkeley’s more hotly contested buildings will unfold on the courthouse steps in Oakland at high noon on Dec. 16. -more-

Future Berkeley Cell Phone Expansion Is Uncertain

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:51:00 AM

With the Berkeley City Council scheduled to look at two cell phone antenna facility applications over the next two weeks, the significance of the Berkeley Planning Commission’s failure to agree on changes to the city’s Wireless Telecommunication Facilities Ordinance may become clear. -more-

UC, City Downtown Settlement Heads to State Supreme Court

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:50:00 AM

The battle over the legal settlement that ended the city’s lawsuit against UC Berkeley’s plans for massive growth off-campus is headed for a higher venue. -more-

Landmarks Commission Weighs in On Residence’s Historic Status

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:50:00 AM

The Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission will review a nomination Thursday to place the Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley on the National Register of Historic Places and will prepare a report on whether or not the property meets the standards of the list. -more-

Arlene Blum Awarded 2008 Purpose Prize

Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:50:00 AM

Berkeley resident Arlene Blum, founder of the Green Science Policy Institute and leader of the first American expedition, comprised entirely of women, to climb Annapurna, will receive $100,000 for her work mobilizing scientists, government, industry and consumers to protect health by reducing toxins in our homes and the environment, as one of the 15 winners of the 2008 Purpose Prize, according to Civic Ventures, which awards the prize. -more-

Arreguin Sworn in as Councilmember

Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:51:00 AM
                  Federico Chavez, administrative law judge, swears in Jesse Arreguin as the new councilmember for District 4 at Berkeley City Hall last Wednesday. Arreguin, who took office on Nov. 27, became the city’s first Latino councilmember and the youngest elected official on the City Council.

Golden Gate Fields for Sale as Magna Reorganizes

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:48:00 AM

Golden Gate Fields will be up for sale under terms of a corporate reorganization announced last week by corporate owner Magna Entertainment (stock symbol MECA). -more-

Police Blotter

Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:52:00 AM

Looney’s burglary -more-

Fire Dept. Log

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:53:00 AM

Dies in crash -more-

First Person: A Memoir of My Worst and Briefest Jobs

By Jack Bragen
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:54:00 AM

I worked as a stable cleaner when I was 23 years old, medicated on Prolixin, and underweight. The work was heavier than I was prepared for. It was a joyless and unrewarding job for the brief two weeks that I held it. It ended with me on bad terms with the ranch owner; I had to threaten to sue to get my paycheck. The rancher sent me a $15 check that was dirtied with manure, and a nasty note about how badly I had done. -more-

Great Green Gifts for Good Kids

Thursday December 04, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM

By Stevanne Auerbach -more-

You Write the Daily Planet

Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:48:00 AM

It’s time to submit your essays, poems, stories, artwork and photographs for the Planet’s annual holiday reader contribution issue, which will be published on Dec. 23 (that’s right—a Tuesday!). Send your submissions, no longer than 1,000 words, to Deadline is 5 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 15. -more-