Partisan Position: Residents Oppose Privatization of Berkeley Public Housing

By Lynda Carson
Thursday January 07, 2010 - 08:27:00 AM

Recently the public housing residents of Berkeley received a shocking notice, dated Oct. 27, announcing that the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) is preparing to convert their public housing units into privately owned housing subsidized by Section 8 voucher rental assistance, and that their housing would be transferred to a local nonprofit housing developer. -more-

Undercurrents: How Should Dellums’ Term as Mayor Be Judged?

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday January 07, 2010 - 08:33:00 AM

One of the more noted Oakland political developments at the turn of the year is the scramble by journalists columnists and political commentators—now that the possibility has arisen in their minds that Ron Dellums might run for re-election as the city’s mayor—to publish election-year assessments of the first three years of the Dellums administration. -more-

Dispatches from the Edge: Annual Dispatches Awards

By Conn Hallinan
Thursday January 07, 2010 - 08:34:00 AM

The Golden Poodle Award goes to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his decision to join in the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and lying about it. Blair told Parliament in July 2002 that prior to the November 2002 United Nations resolution to disarm Iraq, his government made no preparations for invading Iraq. But according to leaked government documents, plans to attack Baghdad had begun in February 2002. -more-

About the House: Unreinforced Masonry and the Craftsman Home

By Matt Cantor
Thursday January 07, 2010 - 08:48:00 AM
The Craftsman Bungalow often found in Berkeley poses hazards in earthquake country.

It’s a good thing there are no dead-animal right’s groups or I’d surely be hiding in my home most of the time, because there’s nothing I enjoy more than beating a dead horse. -more-

Wild Neighbors: The State of the Shorebirds

By Joe Eaton
Thursday January 07, 2010 - 08:52:00 AM
American avocets, one of the top five shorebird species in San Francisco Bay.

If you’ve ever wondered how many shorebirds winter in San Francisco Bay, a report released last fall has the statistics. -more-