First, Kill All the Newspapers . . .

By Becky O'Malley
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:26:00 AM

Can’t find a Planet downtown? Or even a Guardian, an Express or a Tribune? It’s your tax dollars at work. The city of Berkeley’s Code Enforcement office is in the process of removing what seem to be most of the “ped-mounts,” the stands that hold multiple newspaper distribution boxes, with no prior notice to the publications that have been using them. -more-

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:26:00 AM


How the U.S. Impoverished Haiti

by Jean Damu
Saturday January 16, 2010 - 10:15:00 AM

The horrific disaster that has befallen Haiti is perhaps unprecedented in the Western hemisphere. Estimates now say that perhaps hundreds of thousands have died as a result of the Dec. 12 earthquake. Many in the media have constantly said, as a mantra, that the reason so many have died is because of the weak infrastructure and poor quality of construction there. The implication is that Haitians are unable to govern and build a reliable, sustainable society. -more-

Save The Alameda

By Zelda Bronstein
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:28:00 AM

The city of Berkeley Office of Transportation (OOT) is threatening to do to The Alameda between Hopkins and Solano what in September 2005 it did to Marin below The Alameda: turn a road with four through-lanes of auto traffic into a road with two through-lanes of auto traffic, intermittent center-turn lanes, and two bike lanes.   -more-

Tom Bates’ Berkeley Iceland

By Wendy Stephens
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:27:00 AM

John Lennon and Yoko once sang: “The war is over if you want it to be,” or words to that effect. I bet we could get the gem of Berkeley (town and gown)—Berkeley Iceland—reopened in a jiffy if we renamed it Tom Bates’ Berkeley Iceland. Give it a name like that and the funding will come. -more-

Berkeley Public School Lunches

By Beebo Turman 
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:29:00 AM

If you care about what your children eat, you will be pleased to hear that Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) serves terrific lunches to all our students! The food is either freshly made or assembled, locally grown or produced, and as organic as possible. We have three people to thank for this: Marni Posey, Director of Nutrition Services, Bonnie Christensen, Executive Chef at Nutrition Services, and Ann Cooper, who was Director of Nutrition Services for four years. -more-

Harry Reid and the Demagogues 

By Jean Damu 
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:29:00 AM

America needs to get a grip. The idiotic controversy that is the focus of the nation’s media and that claims Nevada Senator Harry Reid uttered racist comments is mind-boggling in its obtuseness. It’s clear he is being pilloried for making comments inherently not racist merely as an attempt to sidetrack the healthcare reform debate.  -more-

City of Alameda Voters Should Vote ‘No’ on Measure B

By Eugenie P. Thomson
Thursday January 14, 2010 - 09:30:00 AM

On Feb. 2, 2010, I’m voting against Measure B, and I urge you to join me.   -more-