No Charges Yet Against UC Protesters

Bay City News
Monday December 14, 2009 - 03:54:00 PM

Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Marty Brown said today that his office is still reviewing evidence against protesters who were arrested in connection with violence at the home of University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau Friday night. -more-

City Council to Reconsider Iceland Landmark Designation at Jan. 19 Hearing

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday December 15, 2009 - 10:25:00 AM

Berkeley is getting ready for another landmark brawl. The City Council voted last month to settle a lawsuit filed by the owners of Berkeley Iceland which challenged the building’s landmark status. -more-

City Council to Gauge Soft-Story Ordinance, Pools Ballot Measure and Energy Upgrade Program

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday December 15, 2009 - 10:23:00 AM

The Berkeley City Council is rushing to take care of unfinished business at its Tuesday meeting before breaking for winter recess Dec. 16. -more-

State Approves Expansion of Oakland Enterprise Zone Into West Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday December 14, 2009 - 02:44:00 PM

The final hurdle for creating enterprise zones in West Berkeley has cleared, paving the way for more than 1,000 local businesses to receive tax credits. -more-

UC Berkeley Alums Detained In Iran Will Stand Trial

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday December 14, 2009 - 01:27:00 PM

Three UC Berkeley alums detained in Iran since July 31 will stand trial, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, U.S. media reported Monday. -more-

Eight Protesters Arrested After Attack On UC Berkeley Chancellor's House

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Saturday December 12, 2009 - 12:19:00 PM

Eight people were arrested after protesters stormed UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s house on the north side of campus around 11 p.m. Friday, smashing windows, lights and planters. -more-

Flash: Some Wheeler Hall Protesters Released After Arrest

Riya Bhattacharjee and Raymond Barglow
Friday December 11, 2009 - 01:36:00 PM
UC Berkeley Executive Director of Public Affairs Dan Mogulof answers questions from protesters during Friday's noon rally outside California Hall.

Sixty-one of the 66 protesters who were arrested at Wheeler Hall Friday morning are expected to be cited and released from Santa Rita jail by the end of the day, UC Berkeley officials said around 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. -more-

Flash: UC Police Arrest 66 Protesters at Wheeler Hall

By Riya Bhattacharjee and Raymond Barglow
Friday December 11, 2009 - 12:32:00 PM
UCPD keep watch outside Wheeler Hall. Police are only allowing authorized faculty and staff to enter the building where protesters were arrested today morning.

This morning (Friday) at about 4:30 AM UC police entered Wheeler Hall and began arresting activists who were staying there overnight as part of continuing protests against budget cuts and fee hikes.   -more-

BART Awards $492 Million Oakland Airport Connector Contract

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:07:00 PM

After months of debate, BART’s board of directors joined the Port of Oakland in awarding a contract for the construction of an Oakland Airport connector. -more-

Call for Submissions

Thursday December 10, 2009 - 11:37:00 AM

The Daily Planet invites readers to submit essays, articles, photos, cartoons and poetry for its annual year-end reader contribution issue. Send your submissions to by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. -more-

St. Clement’s Hosts Presentation of Nativity Scenes from Around the World

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:08:00 AM

About 250 Nativity crèche scenes from 81 countries will be exhibited at St. Clements Episcopal Church this weekend to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank. -more-

Omnibus Bill’s Stadium Exemption Angers Berkeley Citizens

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:10:00 AM

Some Berkeley city officials and residents are outraged that, despite questions raised by legislative staff in Sacramento, the University of California was able to convince lawmakers to add an amendment exempting Memorial Stadium on the Berkeley campus and other state historic structures from legal restrictions on building across earthquake faults to the state’s Omnibus Bill, which traditionally contains only non-controversial provisions. -more-

City Council Amends Noise Law, Sends Off Coat Hangers to Congress

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:11:00 AM

At its Tuesday meeting, the Berkeley City Council made some amendments to the city’s revised noise ordinance, remanded a city landmark back to the Landmarks Preservation Com-mission and sent off coat hangers to Congress to oppose the controversial Stupak-Pitts Amendment to Health Reform. -more-

UC Berkeley Protesters Return to Wheeler Hall

By Raymond Barglow, Special to the Planet
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:11:00 AM
Protesters took over UC’s Wheeler Hall again this week and unfurled a giant banner from the balcony.

Having barricaded themselves in Wheeler Hall on Nov. 20, on the last day of a three-day strike, UC Berkeley students who oppose cuts to public education in California returned to Wheeler Monday night, Dec. 7. -more-

Instant Runoff Voting Machines Approved for Alameda County

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:12:00 AM

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen approved the use of instant runoff voting equipment in Alameda County Friday, Dec. 4, clearing the way for its use in Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro for the November 2010 elections.  -more-

Court Orders South Berkeley Problem House Boarded Up

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:13:00 AM

Responding to a motion filed by City Attorney Zach Cowan, a judge last week ordered a longtime South Berkeley problem property to be boarded up. -more-

AC Transit to Consider Revised Service Cuts

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:14:00 AM

AC Transit’s Board of Directors may vote on whether to reduce bus service by 8.4 percent at its Dec. 16 meeting in the light of a severe budget deficit expected to reach $57 million by June. -more-

Charges Dropped Against Marine Recruitment Center Protester

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:15:00 AM

The Alameda County district attorney’s office Monday dropped charges against anti-war activist Stephanie Tang pertaining to her involvement in demonstrations two years ago outside downtown Berkeley’s Marine Recruitment Center. -more-

Police Looking for Three Shooting Suspects

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:15:00 AM

Berkeley police are still looking for a two suspects in recent shootings. -more-

Longfellow Arts and Music Classes at Risk

By Paul Gackle
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:16:00 AM
The Longfellow Middle School Jazz Band, one of the at-risk classes, rehearses for the Winter Arts Fest.

A hip, jazzed-up version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” blared out of the classroom. Layers of sound—clarinets, saxophone, trombone, piano and drums—harmonized almost perfectly in the familiar Christmas tune. The Longfellow Middle School Jazz Band, a collection of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, was rehearsing for the last time before their big Winter Arts Fest performance tonight (Thursday). They were excited, some a little nervous. But as the kids tuned up for the show, most were completely unaware that it could very well be the band’s final performance. -more-

Berkeley City College Hosts Another Meeting In Opposition to Budget Cuts

By Raymond Barglow, Special to the Planet
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:17:00 AM
BCC Global Studies Program Coordinator Joan Berezin, De Anza instructor and Peralta Community College Trustee Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Galileo High School teacher Kristy Morrison and BCC Multimedia Arts Co-Chair Joe Doyle at Saturday’s meeting at Berkeley City College.

A meeting and lunch were held Saturday at Berkeley City College as a follow-up to an early November meeting at which several hundred representatives of California schools gathered to organize against cutbacks to public education. -more-

BART to Hold Hearing on Police Chief Search

Bay City News
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:18:00 AM

BART Director Carol Ward Allen says the transit agency will hold a public hearing Dec. 17 to get input from the public on the criteria they think should be used in hiring a new police chief. -more-

A Paean for Ruth Stout

By Shirley Barker, Special to the Planet
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:19:00 AM

There seems to be an epidemic of broken bones at the moment. Consider the following. A slipped on a piece of paper, fractured elbow. B slipped on a tour in southeast Asia, broke hip. C slipped on a bag of onions defrosting on a grocery floor, fractured pelvis. D forgot to keep hydrated, fainted and broke ankle. E—well, you get the picture. Even the New York Times recently reported an incident in a concert, which had to be halted while a tripper was removed by stretcher. Then there are the open heart surgeries for people who have climbed, bicycled (indoors and out), and walked every day for years, everywhere. Could it be that we are exercising too much, not allowing our bodies to recuperate, to do that most un-American activity of all, rest? -more-

News Analysis: The Human Face of Education Budget Cuts

By David Bacon
Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:18:00 AM

Los Angeles, CA—Cesar Cota was the first in his family to attend college. -more-

Downtown Berkeley Offers Many Holiday Activities

Thursday December 10, 2009 - 09:29:00 AM

As more and more people discover that the answer to expensive air fares and high gas prices is staying closer to home, the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) made things easier for Berkeleyans this week by coming up with a list of fun things you could do this holiday season without ever having to leave the city. -more-