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Safeway to Unveil Latest Design for College Avenue Store

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday March 31, 2009 - 10:18:00 PM

Safeway will unveil the latest design for its College Avenue store April 29 at the Claremont Hotel in Oakland, even as neighbors complain that they are being left out in the cold. -more-


Another Month of Media Job Losses

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday March 31, 2009 - 05:33:00 PM

In 2008, reports Paper Cuts, a weblog that tracks U.S. newspaper closings and staff reductions cost, the country’s papers lost at least 15,859 jobs. -more-


Last Three Home Invasion Suspects in Custody

Bay City News
Tuesday March 31, 2009 - 05:32:00 PM

The last three suspects in a home-invasion robbery and torture case in the Berkeley hills last month have turned themselves in, Berkeley police spokesman Andrew Frankel said today. -more-


Berkeley Students Honor Cesar Chavez

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday March 27, 2009 - 02:43:00 PM
Malcolm X first graders dig for bugs during gardening class Monday.

“Determination” was the word-of-the-day at Malcolm X Elementary School Monday, the eve of Cesar Chavez’s 82nd birthday. -more-


Berkeley’s Adult Education Program Faces Severe Budget Cuts

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Saturday March 28, 2009 - 04:17:00 PM

State budget cuts will force Berkeley Unified School District to cut more than $1 million from its adult education program. -more-


Thursday Night Power Outage Darkens Downtown Berkeley

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 27, 2009 - 02:35:00 PM

A two-hour power outage dimmed the lights for 7,393 Berkeley residents and businesses Thursday night, starting at 10 p.m. and ending just before midnight. -more-


Spate of Accidents Prompts School District to Launch Traffic Safety Campaign

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday March 27, 2009 - 11:18:00 AM

Citing a sudden rise in accidents involving Berkeley Unified School District students, Superintendent Bill Huyett announced at the Berkeley Board of Education meeting Wednesday that the district would work with traffic safety groups to educate children about bicycle and pedestrian safety issues. -more-


Berkeley Man Raised to County Judgeship

Bay City News
Friday March 27, 2009 - 02:23:00 PM

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced the appointment of Paul D. Seeman of Berkeley to a judgeship on the Alameda County Superior Court bench. -more-


Final Downtown Plan Draft, Ferry Hearing Face Planners

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 27, 2009 - 02:24:00 PM

Planning commissioners are scheduled to complete their final revisions to the Downtown Area Plan during their meeting Wednesday night, April 1. -more-


West Berkeley Skyline Could Sprout If Planning Staff Proposal is Approved

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 27, 2009 - 07:11:00 PM

City planning staff have dropped a bombshell on anxious West Berkeley activists: a proposal that would double the height of new buildings and potentially open the area to office complexes. -more-


Golden Gate Fields Owner Nixes Annual Report

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 27, 2009 - 11:15:00 AM

Magna means “big” in Latin, but the adjective doesn’t apply to the value of Magna Entertainment Corporation—which has dropped to pennies a share—nor to its annual financial report. -more-


Grading Controversy Roils Berkeley High School

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:50:00 PM

A letter to the editor in last month’s Jacket, Berkeley High’s bi-monthly student newspaper, questioning grading practices at the high school, has created much controversy and prompted Berkeley Unified School District officials to look into adopting a consensus for grading procedures. -more-


Council Raises Parking Fees, Puts Developer Fees on Hold

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 07:03:00 PM

With almost a complete lack of controversy or public dissent, the Berkeley City Council unanimously approved a staff recommendation Tuesday night that will raise most parking citation fines $5 across the board, but significantly higher on University of California football game days. -more-


Reimbursement From Office Depot? Get in Line

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 07:04:00 PM

Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz said Tuesday night that his office has asked for the return of more than a quarter of a million dollars Berkeley claims it is owed by office supply giant Office Depot. But to get the money, Kamlarz and the city are going to have to stand in a long line of government officials from around the country. -more-


Final Curtain for the Parkway Theater

By Justin DeFreitas
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:57:00 PM

The Parkway Theater is dark once again. Oakland’s beloved neighborhood movie theater shut its doors Sunday, March 22, possibly for good. -more-


Judge Halts Construction at National Laboratory Site

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 07:07:00 PM

A federal judge has ordered a halt to work on a $113 million computer lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), saying UC officials may have tried to evade federal environmental law. -more-


Planners Refine Area for Tallest Downtown Buildings

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:48:00 PM

The Planning Commission rejected a suggestion from one of its own that would have scaled down Shattuck Avenue development along the thoroughfare’s southern stretch in the new downtown planning area. -more-


BP Chief Scientist Named Undersecretary of Energy

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:49:00 PM

Berkeley’s Washington ties grew stronger with the March 20 announcement in Washington by President Barack Obama that Energy Secretary Steven Chu has picked Steve Koonin as undersecretary for science. -more-


District 5 City Council Race: Hahn Led Capitelli in Fundraising; Incumbent Led in Developer Dollars

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:49:00 PM

Challenger Sophie Hahn outspent Laurie Capitelli in the battle for the Berkeley City Council’s District 5 seat, shelling out $57,896.17 to the incumbent’s $43,023.05. -more-


Oxford Plaza Opens, Brower Center Near Completion

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:32:00 PM
The Brower Center, right, will house nonprofits, while Oxford Plaza, left, will provide affordable housing.

Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on downtown Berkeley’s two newest buildings, the David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza. -more-


Chamber of Commerce Dismisses CEO

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:46:00 PM

The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce has removed CEO Ted Garrett from office and is seeking a new candidate for the position, chamber officials announced last week. -more-


Zoning Board to Thai Temple: Keep the Noise Down

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:48:00 PM

The Zoning Adjustments Board is asking Berkeley’s Thai temple to keep the noise down. -more-


Vandals Strike Berkeley Marine Recruiting Center

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:31:00 PM

The United States Marine Corps Officer Selection Office in downtown Berkeley came under attack once again last week, when a group of vandals broke the building’s windows with sledgehammers and splashed them with red paint. -more-


Armed Robbers Accost Oakland Tech Students On Campus

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:30:00 PM

Oakland Police have arrested two young men who robbed four students at gunpoint at Oakland Technological High School Tuesday morning, March 24. -more-


Judge Hikes UC Murder Suspect’s Bail to $2.5 Million

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:30:00 PM

An Alameda County Superior Court judge raised the bail for Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield, charged with murdering UC Berkeley nuclear engineering student Chris Wootton last May, to $2.5 million at a bail motion hearing at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Tuesday, March 24. -more-


NASDAQ Issues Formal Order Delisting Magna

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 07:10:00 PM

The NASDAQ stock exchange formally announced Wednesday, March 25, that it was delisting the stock of Magna Entertainment Corp. -more-


Fire Department Log

By Richard Brenneman
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:29:00 PM

Jack’s cocktail -more-


A Tribute to Dorothy-Ann ‘Deede’ Sloan

By L A Wood
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:29:00 PM
Deede Sloan

Dorothy-Ann Sloan, a resident of Berkeley for more than six decades, passed away March 5. She was born in 1925 in the small town of Yale, Oklahoma, and raised there through the economic depression of the 1930s. At the height of World War II, she moved with her parents and brother to the West Coast and eventually Berkeley. Soon after, Dorothy-Ann enrolled at the University of California and went on to receive both an associate arts degree in 1945, and a bachelor of arts degree in 1953. She was also recognized as an honor student. -more-


Lise Blumenfeld, 1931-2009

By Neal Blumenfeld
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:28:00 PM

A Southern lady arrived in Berkeley via Memphis in 1961, with three children, and her first husband, Dr. Marvin Wolff. She still wore hats, donned gloves, and left calling cards when making social visits. She spent several months complaining about Berkeley before she realized that coming here was her own freedom ride. -more-


Fifth Suspect Surrenders in Home Invasion Robbery, Torture Case

Bay City News
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:28:00 PM

A fifth suspect in a Berkeley hills home-invasion robbery and torture case from February turned himself in to Richmond police, Berkeley police spokesman Andrew Frankel confirmed Tuesday, March 24. -more-


Berkeley Historical Society Spring Walking Tours

By Steven Finacom Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:27:00 PM

Eras nearly forgotten, episodes well remembered, the highlights of neighborhoods throughout town, and the coming “green” future are all part of the panoply of history presented by the spring 2009 Berkeley Historical Society walking tour series. -more-


A Few More Local Garden Events

By Steven Finacom Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 25, 2009 - 06:25:00 PM

After my March 12 Daily Planet article on spring garden shows, tours, and sales in the Bay Area, readers have suggested a mention of some additional events taking place from this weekend through May. -more-