The Public Eye: Heroes of the Resistance

By Bob Burnett
Wednesday January 28, 2009 - 07:29:00 PM

He’s gone. George Bush has left the White House; it’s safe to come out of hiding. But, before progressives take a deep breath and begin attacking Barack Obama for not pursuing our pet issues vigorously enough, let’s stop and applaud those of us who, for the last four plus years, have fought the good fight against Bush’s fascism: the heroes of the resistance. -more-

Undercurrents: Justice Coalitions Fracturing in Oscar Grant Case

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Wednesday January 28, 2009 - 07:31:00 PM

In the immediate aftermath of the public release of the first cell phone video of the New Year’s Day Oscar Grant shooting death, we were cautioned by “police experts” that conclusions should not be immediately drawn from the videotaped scene of the horrific event because the video lacked context. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Probably the Last Parrot Column

By Joe Eaton
Wednesday January 28, 2009 - 07:30:00 PM

The parrot reports keep coming in. (For anyone who got here late, I had asked readers for any information on the red-and-green parrots, conures, or parakeets that frequent northwest Berkeley. Based on the response, the flock consists of four mitred parakeets, AKA mitred conures, and they’re seen most often in the vicinity of James Kenney Park. Most of the sightings have been fairly recent, although Steve Halflich has been observing them for 19 years.) -more-

About the House: Is It Time to Reconsider the Prefab Home?

By Matt Cantor
Wednesday January 28, 2009 - 07:31:00 PM

Berkeley is a city filled with “Custom Homes.” This is a term I hate, but in the absence of something better, there it will have to lay on the page, windless and mundane. To me, the term “custom home” brings to mind brochures filled with hackneyed images of rock jawed builders (plans rolled up under one arm, a pipe smoking in one hand) as they explain procedure and rectitude to their adoring clients. Custom homes are those that are built on site on an individual basis rather than as part of some larger group, tract or prefab model to be shipped out to an awaiting customer in Tuscaloosa. -more-