UC Students, Workers Launch 3-Day Strike

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday November 17, 2009 - 05:19:00 PM
Protesters rallied on campus and marched throughout downtown Berkeley Wednesday to voice their dissatisfaction with the University of California’s budget priorities.

UC Berkeley students embarked on a three day strike Wednesday to protest budget cuts, furloughs and fee hikes. -more-

Martin Charged With Murder of Zoelina Toney and Child

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday November 17, 2009 - 12:37:00 PM

The Alameda County district attorney charged Oakland resident Curtis Martin III Tuesday with murdering Zoelina Toney and her 17-month-old son Jashon Williams. -more-

Berkeley City Council Considers Ban on Balloon Releases

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday November 17, 2009 - 08:44:00 AM
The City Council will vote tonight on whether to ban the release of balloons.

Just as the hullabaloo over Balloon Boy seems to be finally cooling off, Berkeley is getting ready to make some noise about balloons. -more-

City Council to Gauge Berkeley Ferry Project

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday November 17, 2009 - 09:00:00 AM

Is Berkeley ready for a ferry? The Berkeley City Council might have an answer after receiving a presentation on this highly contentious proposal at tonight's council meeting. -more-

Unidentified Child's Body Found in SF Bay

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Sunday November 15, 2009 - 04:17:00 PM

The body of a child recovered Sunday from San Francisco Bay near the Berkeley Marina remains unidentified. -more-

Landmarks Commission Revisits Obata Studio Application

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday November 16, 2009 - 05:00:00 PM

Japanese artist Chiura Obata’s landmarked Mission revival-style studio was back before the Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission Nov. 5, after a remand from the City Council asked the commission to carefully consider singling out the building’s courtyards for preservation as historic features. -more-

Man Arrested in Aquatic Park Murder

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 13, 2009 - 11:39:00 AM
Curtis Martin III

Oakland police arrested Curtis Martin III at Chestnut Street and 24th Avenue in Oakland a little after 1 p.m. Friday for his alleged involvement in this morning’s Aquatic Park homicide. -more-

UC Food Court Vendors to Strike Monday to Protest Rent Increases

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday November 13, 2009 - 04:09:00 PM

UC Berkeley students aren’t the only ones planning to go on strike next week. -more-

14 Birds Injured in Dubai Star Oil Spill Released Today

Bay City News
Friday November 13, 2009 - 12:52:00 PM

Fourteen birds injured after last month’s Dubai Star oil spill have been rehabilitated and were released today at Eastshore State Park in Berkeley. -more-

Downtown Drill

Friday November 13, 2009 - 11:40:00 AM

Civic Center Park became the safest place in Berkeley Friday evening due to a joint training program for hostage negotiations by the Berkeley police and fire departments. About six fire engines lined up on Center Street across from City Hall a little before 6 p.m., stretching all the way to the Public Safety Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. -more-

Safeway Closes Gas Station, Moves Ahead with Rockridge Expansion

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:24:00 AM

Safeway took ownership of the Union 76 gas station site in Rockridge last week and is moving ahead with plans to incorporate it into a proposed remodeling project for its supermarket at the corner of College and Claremont avenues. -more-

UC Students, Faculty Talk Strike Tactics

By Raymond Barglow, Special to the Planet
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:25:00 AM

On Tuesday evening about 80 UC Berkeley students and faculty packed the Sociology Department lounge in Barrows Hall to ponder strategy and tactics for a strike that will take place Wednesday through Friday next week, Nov. 18–20. -more-

Meehan Approved as City’s New Police Chief

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:26:00 AM
Michael Meehan will take over as Berkeley’s new police chief next month.

When news of Captain Michael Meehan’s appointment as Berkeley’s new police chief reached Seattle last week, the city was going through a rough patch. -more-

Council Revises Sign Policy, Bans Cat Declawing

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:26:00 AM

Berkeleyans, beware: the city will be banning all pole signs effective the third week of December. -more-

Pinpointing Just Where to Celebrate Geographic Information System Day

By Bruce Joffe, Special to the Planet
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:27:00 AM

For some people, “where” is a prominent question for getting oriented and staying informed: “where is it?,” “how far?”, “what route to take?”  -more-

BCC Teach-In Aims to Forge Movement

By Raymond Barglow
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:28:00 AM
Teach-in participants meet at BCC on Saturday.

A teach-in supporting public school education took place at Berkeley City College on Saturday. -more-

On Teaching: Between Work and Play

By Mary Wolff
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:28:00 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mary Wolf is a Bay Area teacher who will be writing occasional columns for the Planet based on her experiences in the classroom. -more-

Iran Charges UC Graduates with Spying

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:29:00 AM

The three American hikers, all graduates of UC Berkeley, who were detained by Iranian authorities, were charged with espionage Monday, according to reports by national and international media. -more-

Downtown Berkeley Association Hires New Executive Director

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:30:00 AM

The Downtown Berkeley Association announced Tuesday that it had hired John Caner as their new executive director. -more-

First Person: Why on Earth Is Organic Produce More Expensive?

By Shirley Barker
Thursday November 12, 2009 - 09:51:00 AM
Organic produce can have a cost structure that sometimes defies logic. Tomatoes wait for takers at a Berkeley farmers market.

When at a farmers’ market I had to pay $2.25 for a tomato which, to add injury to insult, looked as though it had a shelf life of half an hour, I asked the vendor why it was so outrageously expensive. -more-