Columnists

Undercurrents: Limited Scope, Limited Results in BART Investigation

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 06:07:00 PM

Late in last week’s chaotic BART meeting, BART Board Director Tom Radulovich made a point that almost certainly got overlooked by most of the meeting’s observers, especially since the boardroom had virtually cleared by then. Radulovich said that he wanted BART staff to make available to the public the “scope of work” which BART has given the law firm of Meyers Nave in its investigation of the New Year’s Day events on the Fruitvale BART platform. Those events included the shooting death of Hayward resident Oscar Grant by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. -more-


Dispatches From The Edge—Gaza: Death’s Laboratory

By Conn Hallinan
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 06:46:00 PM

It was as if they had stepped on a mine, but there was no shrapnel in the wound. Some had lost their legs. It looked as though they had been sliced off. I have been to war zones for 30 years, but I have never seen such injuries before. -more-


Green Neighbors: The Richmond Chainsaw Massacre, Part One

By Ron Sullivan
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 06:23:00 PM
This photo shows a flourishing native-plant understory.

This was the second time I’d seen the same stunned, stoic, pale, pained reaction to revisiting a restoration site. -more-


East Bay: Then and Now—Berkeley’s City Hall Was Inspired by a Mairie on the Loire

By Daniella Thompson
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 06:21:00 PM
Old City Hall was renamed the Maudelle Shirek Building in March 2007.

On June 27, 1908, at the laying of the cornerstone for Berkeley’s new City Hall, University of California president Benjamin Ide Wheeler delivered the keynote address. His was no florid speech politely suitable to the occasion. On the contrary. Wheeler seized the moment to “flay the politicians,” as the San Francisco Call reported the following day, and “then asked citizens to take a more active part in municipal affairs.” -more-


About the House: The Good Old Days

By Matt Cantor
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 06:20:00 PM

I’ve long observed (with some glee) that houses and their owners tend to be alike in notable ways and that this only increases over time. -more-