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Berkeley High Decides Not to Charge for First Two Graduation Tickets

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday April 27, 2009 - 03:21:00 PM

Berkeley High School announced Friday it will not charge for each student’s first two tickets to this year’s graduation ceremony the Greek Theater. -more-


7,000 Greet Dalai Lama at Greek Theater

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday April 27, 2009 - 04:33:00 PM
More than 7,000 people packed the Greek Theater Saturday afternoon to watch His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, give a speech on “Peace Through Compassion.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama received a rock star welcome at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater Saturday, his third visit to the campus since taking over as the head and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people in 1937 at the age of 2. -more-


Zoning Law Changes, Condos Face Planning Commissioners

By Richard Brenneman
Monday April 27, 2009 - 02:50:00 PM

While Berkeley planning commissioners have scheduled only one decisive action for Wednesday night’s meeting, they’ll be setting a hearing to decide on potentially controversial amendments to city’s zoning code. The package of zoning changes, dubbed “Zoning Amendments to Encourage Economic Development in Downtown,” comes in the wake of the commission’s approval of their own rewrite of the Downtown Area Plan. -more-


Cost of Oakland Unified’s High School Graduation Tickets: $0

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 24, 2009 - 10:26:00 PM

Despite budget constraints, Oakland Unified will stick with the school district's tradition of not charging for high school graduation tickets this year, district officials said Thursday. -more-


Safeway to Unveil New Plans for College Avenue Store

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 08:32:00 AM

Safeway will unveil the latest design for its College Avenue store at a public meeting at the Claremont Hotel Wednesday, April 29. -more-


City Rebuts Chronicle’s Climate Plan Article

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:08:00 PM

While Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and City Manager Phil Kamlarz were hitting back swiftly against a recent San Francisco Chronicle article that the officials say mischaracterized the city’s proposed Climate Action Plan (CAP), Councilmember Linda Maio, a veteran Bates ally on the council, was indicating that some of the Chronicle’s concerns may have actually been prompted by suggestive language in the plan itself. -more-


City Council Meeting Ends Without Vote on Climate Action Plan

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:09:00 PM

A tired and decidedly testy Berkeley City Council worked into the early morning hours of Earth Day Wednesday morning before abandoning efforts to move forward with the city’s proposed Climate Action Plan (CAP). -more-


Berkeley High Raises Graduation Ticket Prices

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:06:00 PM

There will be no free seats at the Berkeley High School graduation this year. -more-


West Berkeley Air Monitoring Results Released

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:10:00 PM

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District last week released the results of the air monitoring it carried out near West Berkeley's Pacific Steel Casting last year. -more-


Departed City Manager Leaves Big Mess in Alameda

By John Geluardi, Special to the Planet: a report funded by the Spot.us community
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:10:00 PM

Nearly two months after Alameda City Manager Debra Kurita resigned, the island city is still trying to sound the depths of the financial crisis caused by her falsely inflated budgets. -more-


School Board Tells City to Proceed With Pools Plan

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:04:00 PM

The Berkeley Board of Education voted unanimously on April 15 to ask the city to proceed with an environmental review of the citywide pools master plan. -more-


Parents Complain About BHS Scheduling Committee

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:17:00 PM

Some Berkeley High School parents are complaining about the lack of information they have received about a new committee charged with planning the second phase of a new organizational design for Berkeley High. -more-


Berkeley High Plans Safety Overhaul

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:12:00 PM

Berkeley High School officials plan to ramp up safety and security measures as a result of multiple written complaints from members of the school’s Safety Committee earlier this year. -more-


Students, Parents Thank School Board For Preserving Bilingual Program

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:05:00 PM
Riha Bhattacharjee
                  Angelica Perez talks with Franklin State Preschool and Parent Nursery students Isabella Perez and Amalia Flores at Wednesday night’s Berkeley Board of Education meeting, just before they joined with many other students and parents in thanking the School Board for preserving the school’s half-day Spanish bilingual program.

A large number of parents and students from Franklin State Preschool and Parent Nursery showed up at the Berkeley Board of Education meeting April 15 to thank the district for not changing the school’s half-day Spanish bilingual program. -more-


Planners Take Final Vote On Downtown Plan Rewrite

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:11:00 PM

Planning commissioners voted 7-2 Wednesday, April 15, to approve their taller, denser rewrite of the plan that will guide the development of downtown Berkeley for the next 20 years. -more-


School District to Receive Stabilization Funds

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:12:00 PM

The U.S. Department of Education on April 17 approved $4.9 billion in funds for California’s public schools over the next two years, which will help prevent teacher layoffs and improve student achievement. -more-


BUSD Sends Out Pink Slips to Classified Employees

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:12:00 PM

The Berkeley Unified School District sent out at least 62 pink slips to classified employees on April 16 to offset cuts to state public education funding, district officials said. -more-


Police Blotter

By Ali Winston
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:04:00 PM

Man shatters window, arrested -more-


Mexican Army Implicated in Latest Juarez Murder

By José Luis Sierra New America Media
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:03:00 PM

JUAREZ, Mexico—On Easter Sunday in Juarez, children awoke with the dream of finding Easter eggs. But adults had a different kind of worry. -more-