Unions Oppose Charter School Petitions, Favor Alternative Education Program

By Raymond Barglow Special to the Planet
Tuesday January 19, 2010 - 02:05:00 PM

At the Jan. 13 Berkeley School Board meeting, the Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT) joined the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees (BCCE) in opposing applications for two new independent charter schools in Berkeley, one a middle school and the other a high school. Both unions favor the development of a new educational program that is not independent of the school district. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: From Scavengers’ Social Club to Rock Music Mecca

By Daniella Thompson
Monday January 18, 2010 - 10:15:00 PM
4799 Shattuck Ave. today.

Oakland’s Temescal district is best known today for its demographic diversity, most visibly manifested in the variety of its restaurants. Only one establishment, the venerable Genova Delicatessen, stands as a reminder of the neighborhood’s Italian past. -more-

Lawyers Request Report On Torture Memo Authors; Activists Protest Yoo’s 'Secret Class'

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday January 18, 2010 - 04:10:00 PM

A group of lawyers, journalists and advocates filed a Freedom of Information Act request Thursday for a report regarding authors of the Bush administration's torture memos, including UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo. -more-

Berkeleyans Contribute to Haiti Disaster Relief

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday January 15, 2010 - 11:17:00 PM

Berkeley is doing its part to bring relief to disaster-struck Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that crippled the Caribbean nation, killing tens of thousands. -more-

UC Students Alive and Well in Haiti

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday January 15, 2010 - 11:15:00 PM

Three UC Berkeley students initially thought missing in Haiti are safe and will help with relief efforts, the university said Thursday. -more-

Berkeley Police Search for Man Accused of Stabbing His Daughter's Mother

Bay City News
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 03:10:00 PM
Casey Jones.

Berkeley police are looking for a 24-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his daughter’s mother, and punched the woman and their 2-year-old child. -more-

Heated Battle Over Iceland’s Landmark Status

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:15:00 AM

A rare battle over whether a local historic structure can be stripped of its landmark status has pitted Berkeley’s Landmarks Preservation Commission against a City Council decision to settle a legal challenge from the building’s owner by starting the whole process over. -more-

Albany Hopes Community Input Will Resolve Waterfront Debate

By Paul Gackle
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:16:00 AM

For more than 40 years the city of Albany has been caught in a game of tug-of-war over its waterfront property. But the city hopes that a new campaign to solicit community input will break the stalemate and provide a shared vision for the community’s shoreline. -more-

School Board to Tackle BHS Science Labs Feb. 3

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:17:00 AM

Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Bill Huyett said Wednesday that the controversial proposal to reconfigure science labs at Berkeley High will come before the Berkeley Board of Education Feb. 3. -more-

BSEP Wants Specifics Before Reallocating Lab Funds

By Raymond Barglow, Special to the Planet
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:37:00 AM

At the end of last year, the Berkeley High School Governance Council (SGC) supported a proposal to eliminate science lab instruction that is currently offered before and after regular school hours. -more-

BUSD Opts Out of Race to the Top Program

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:18:00 AM

Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Bill Huyett said Monday the governor’s new budget would result in significant cuts to the district in 2010-11. -more-

City Council Will Take Up Soft-Story Ordinance, Instant Runoff Voting,

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:19:00 AM

The Berkeley City Council has a full agenda for next week’s meeing, its first of 2010, including an upgrade for the city’s soft-story ordinance, a June ballot measure for improving Berkeley’s public pools, and a request that the city manager provide more information about the city’s involvement in state Senate Bill 113. -more-

New San Pablo Parking Meters Expected to Take Effect This Month

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:20:00 AM

Next time you want to park on San Pablo Avenue, make sure you have some change on hand. -more-

Former Albany Administrator Named Berkeley’s Interim Health Director

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:21:00 AM

Berkeley city officials Friday have named former Albany administrator Daren Fields as the interim director of the city’s health department. -more-

The Deadly Debris Of War

By Dorothy Bryant, Special to the Planet
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:31:00 AM
At left, a HALO Afghanistan deminer clears his way up a slope in Guldara district (west of Kabul) in 2006. Now that the slope has been cleared of landmines, residents of the village in the background are using it to graze livestock.

Andrew Lyons is a 40ish, trim, rosy-cheeked man who, though friendly, gives the impression of having no time to waste. Perhaps his manner reflects his role as vice president of HALO USA, the American branch of the global charity, the HALO Trust. HALO is a 21-year-old non-governmental, nonprofit organization with a simple, almost brusquely worded mission: “Getting mines out of the ground, now” -more-

2010 Census Road Tour Arrives in Berkeley

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:22:00 AM

Berkeley became part of the 2010 Census outreach Monday when the Census Portrait of America Road Tour arrived in the city to encourage residents to participate in the nation’s once-a-decade population count. -more-

George Goth, 1943–2009

Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:25:00 AM

A gathering in memory of George Goth, who recently died from complications of diabetes in his home on Kains Avenue, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in the ballroom at the Berkeley City Club. -more-


Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:22:00 AM

The Jan.7 article, “General Assistance Funds Cut by 75 Percent,” incorrectly identified the Berkeley city councilmember who spoke in opposition to the cuts at a rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. City Councilmember Darryl Moore was the speaker. Councilmember Kriss Worthington was scheduled to speak but did not. -more-