The Best-Laid Plans...

By Becky O’Malley
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:56:00 AM

Some have accused this space of being obsessed with city planning, and they’d be right. In a small but urbanized burb like Berkeley, if you’re interested in government at all, it’s hard not to be. Realistically, the only significant power left to cities in California is control of land use. -more-


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Browsing the Addison Street Gallery

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday December 05, 2008 - 01:34:00 PM

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Barack Obama's Diversity Twister

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday December 05, 2008 - 03:57:00 PM

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Feeding the Foreclosure Beast

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 11:14:00 AM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

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Letters to the Editor

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A More Personalized Education is Good for All Students

By Carol Lashof
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:57:00 AM

On Dec. 9 the Shared Governance Council at Berkeley High will consider a proposal for restructuring the high school. The redesign plan includes an alternating block schedule with four 80- or 90-minute class periods a day, a 30-minute advising period twice a week, and a daily “Academic Support and Community Access Period” for most students. The goal of the plan is to increase personalization. If it is approved by Shared Governance, the proposal will move to the School Board for consideration. -more-

Standing in the Way of Progress

By Rick Ayers
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:58:00 AM

I was dismayed but not surprised to see the large group of privileged parents descend on the community meeting at St. Joseph the Worker’s Church to consider the Berkeley High school redesign proposal. It’s a familiar pattern: the school community spends years reflecting and considering ways to make BHS more successful for all students and, when it comes close to a vote, the predictable group pours out in a vocal campaign of opposition. -more-

Prop. 8

BY Jose Patino
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:58:00 AM

Superman flies like a buzzard -more-

60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Rita Maran
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 09:59:00 AM

A quietly-revolutionary document that changed our world for the better, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, turns 60 this year. -more-

The Declaration is The Law

By Ann Fagan Ginger
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

Probably more people in Berkeley and the Bay Area will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10 than in most other communities in the United States. Many of us spend some time every month working for human rights in the United States or somewhere in the world. Many of us have complained that the United States does not live up to the Universal Declaration, even though Eleanor Roosevelt played such an important role in getting it set down in print. Even in Berkeley relatively few folks have learned from lecturers that the declaration was a declaration, and was not The Law. -more-

Rahm Emanuel: Agent of Change?

By Kenneth Theisen
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

Many believe that Obama will be the “savior” who will rescue us from the political direction begun by the Bush regime. But so far his choice of top staff does not indicate positive change. Obama chose Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff. -more-

Windows Gallery Wrongly Disparaged

By Peter Labriola
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM

Considering the reams of bad publicity I’ve read regarding the Addison Street Window Gallery, I’d like to check in with my two cents regarding this wonderful enterprise. Back in 1993, the great Brenda Prager invited me, and fellow artist B.N. Duncan, to host our own gallery showing in the window, “Berkeley Artists on the Fringe”—a collection of oddball art by Berkeley street people. We couldn’t have asked for a more gracious host. In fact, it was the first public acknowledgment that my artwork had ever received from the town of Berkeley (whether this is a good or bad thing I’ll leave to you to decide). And it led to several other fruitful collaborations with the magnificent Berkeley Civic Arts program, including the recording of the “Telegraph Avenue Street Music” CD in 1994, with a big assist from Bonnie Hughes. -more-

Against Censorship at Windows Gallery

By Shankar Ramamoorthy
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 10:01:00 AM

Civic Arts Commissioner Stephanie Anne Johnson wrote a commentary in the Daily Planet supporting the restrictions on free speech imposed on the city-run Addison Street Windows Gallery. Commissioner Johnson deserves a response and the First Amendment a robust defense. -more-

Popular Speech Needs No Protection

By Douglas Minkler
Thursday December 04, 2008 - 10:01:00 AM

The Arts Commission’s response to the artist’s complaint of censorship thus far has resulted in a set of written restrictions on artists called “Guidelines for the Addison Street Windows.” These guidelines circumvent the artists’ First Amendment rights to free speech and can be summed up by the following excerpt from the new Addison Windows document: “Art must exhibit a high degree of consideration for citizens’ sensitivities to violence, sexual expression and negative portrayals of diverse populations.” -more-