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New: Berkeley Residents Strongly Oppose BRT at Council Hearing

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday April 21, 2010 - 12:11:00 PM
Berkeley resident Alver H. Starkey holds up a "No BRT" sign with dozens of others at the City Council meeting Tuesday. "I am here to stop BRT," Starkey said. "We need cameras at bus stops, more care for A.C. Transit bus drivers as well as more trees."

Even as the Oakland City Council voted to support AC Transit's Bus Rapid Transit plan Tuesday evening, Berkeley residents rallied vociferously against it at their council meeting, prompting Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates to say around 10:30 p.m. he would try to glue together the best parts of BRT to address the community's concerns. -more-


New: Southside Lofts Residents Triumph Over Laundromat Once Again

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday April 21, 2010 - 03:55:00 PM
Southside Lofts homeowner Scott Stoller told the City Council Tuesday that the lack of an attendant at the laundromat would put his 4-year-old daughter Arunima's safety at risk when she played in the condo complex.

Southside Lofts residents emerged victorious once again Tuesday when the City Council voted to uphold the Zoning Adjustment Board's decision to deny a use permit for a laundromat in the building. -more-


Flash: Berkeley Police Apprehend Robbery Suspects

Thursday April 22, 2010 - 03:38:00 PM

At 1:00 on Thursday afternoon Officer Jamie Perkins of the Berkeley Police Department announced the arrests of three robbery suspects, all Richmond residents, who were responsible for a series of North Berkeley robberies. -more-


NEWS ANALYSIS: Tibet Earthquake: The Deepening Divide of Identities

By Topden Tsering, Special to Berkeley Daily Planet
Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 11:35:00 AM

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that ravaged eastern Tibet’s Kyegundo on April 14 has brought to sharp relief the region’s contentious place in China’s geopolitical fold, deepening the divide between the fractured township’s predominantly-Tibetan population and the Chinese government apparatuses. -more-


Victim of Saturday’s Fatal Shooting Was a 20-Year-Old Berkeley Man

By Bay City News
Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 12:34:00 PM

A 20-year-old Berkeley man who was fatally shot in San Francisco's Bayview District on Saturday night has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as Stephen Powell. -more-


New: Bart Launches Bike Officer Patrol Progam

By Bay City News
Wednesday April 21, 2010 - 10:21:00 PM

BART today unveiled a new program that will take more than 60 of the agency's police officers out of their cars and place them on bicycles starting this summer. -more-


New: State Finds Stimulus Spending Problems in Oakland

By Bay City News
Wednesday April 21, 2010 - 10:34:00 PM

A state audit has found that the city of Oakland's use of federal stimulus money includes a lack of a valid contract, inadequate review of contractors' reimbursement requests, significant accounting errors and inflated job numbers. State Inspector Laura Chick's report analyzed the use of $3.1 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money by the Oakland Workforce Investment Board, which is a city agency, and the nonprofit Oakland Private Industry Council, which received all of the stimulus funding in question. -more-


Kyle Harty Strang Memorial

Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 01:22:00 PM

A Kyle Harty Strang Memorial will be held on Tuesday April 27, 2010 from 5-7pm in the BHS Little Theatre. The public is welcome. -more-


A Reader’s Guide to the Housing Maze

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 12:51:00 PM

When Conservatives’ attempts to eliminate HUD failed, they focused on Section 8. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program was established in 1974. It provides housing assistance to low-income persons who rent. It has been one of the best possible uses of federal funds because it countermands need for costly welfare-type expenditures associated with sheltering seniors with small incomes who are willing, able, and eager to live independently. -more-


Laundromat, BRT, Recycling Fees Head Back to Council

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 12:32:00 PM

The Berkeley City Council will be holding an 8 p.m. time- specific presentation and discussion on the Bus Rapid Transit Build Option at its first meeting after its spring break tonight (Tuesday.) -more-


Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 06:31:00 PM

Pictures from the Planet Fundraiser at the Omni

Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 06:33:00 PM

Snapshots taken by Mary Stolten at the Planet fundraiser held in her living room last January 24th. -more-


Cell Phone Towers – Should We Fear Them?

By Raymond Barglow www.berkeleytutors.net
Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 06:41:00 PM

Is your new iphone dangerous? California State Senator Mark Leno has proposed legislation requiring all cell phones sold in the state to carry information about their radiation levels on sales boxes, usage instructions, and advertising displays in stores. San Francisco is considering similar legislation for cell phones sold in the city. -more-


New: Laundromat, BRT, Recycling Fees Head Back to Council

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Sunday April 18, 2010 - 06:18:00 PM
A poacher flees when caught trying to take trash from the recycling bins outside the Planet office last week.

The Berkeley City Council will be holding an 8 p.m. time- specific presentation and discussion on the Bus Rapid Transit Build Option at its first meeting after its spring break on Tuesday. -more-


New: Victim of Saturday’s Fatal Shooting Was a 20-Year-Old Berkeley Man

By Bay City News
Sunday April 18, 2010 - 10:27:00 PM

A 20-year-old Berkeley man who was fatally shot in San Francisco's Bayview District on Saturday night has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as Stephen Powell. -more-


New: The Berkeley Downtown Plan Gets Shorter

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 07:58:00 PM

The Berkeley Planning Commission was presented an abbreviated version of the Downtown Area Plan Wednesday. -more-


Reader Tip: Bomb Detonated on MLK in Berkeley?

By Paul Hernandez
Saturday April 17, 2010 - 02:39:00 PM

The bomb squad closed off MLK for a couple of blocks around Mr. Mopps this afternoon. Around 1:00pm in front of Mr. Mopps toy store the Berkeley Police bomb squad investigated a mysterious, unattended package. -more-


Updated: No Final Decision on UC Berkeley Israel Divestment Bill after Marathon Meeting

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 04:08:00 PM
Jews for Justice member Matthew Taylor shows ASUC President Will Smelko the two-page ad his group took out in the Daily Californian Tuesday in support of the divestment bill.
                  The bill's opponents also took out a full page ad in the paper the same day.

After almost nine hours of often contentious debate and discussion Wednesday, the fate of the UC Berkeley student senate Israel divestment bill remains undecided as of Thursday morning. -more-


150 Years Ago Berkeley Campus Was Dedicated to Learning

By Steven Finacom
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 11:40:00 PM
Founders’ Rock as it appears today at Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road.

April 16, 2010 is a poignant and significant, although now nearly forgotten, anniversary date in the history of higher education in California. Exactly 150 years earlier the campus site of what would become California’s most important educational institution—the University of California, Berkeley—was dedicated. -more-


Berkeley High Jacket Wins Columbia Scholastic Award

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 02:58:00 PM
Berkeley High School Jacket reporters interview State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell at a meeting on campus last year for their newspaper's online video segment.

Berkeley High School’s The Jacket Online is among 10 high school newspaper websites to win the 2010 Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award. -more-


Much to See and Do on UC Campus on CAL DAY, 2010

By Steven Finacom
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 04:11:00 PM
Each year a giant inflatable Oski, the Cal spirit mascot, makes an appearance on Memorial Glade pointing out the uglier buildings of the campus such as Evans Hall.

This Saturday, April 17, 2010, is Cal Day at the University of California, Berkeley. The 150-year old campus grounds are filled with activities and opportunities for the general public, most all of them free. -more-


UC Student Arrested for Battery after Witnessing Police Car Collision

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 12:07:00 PM

A UC Berkeley student present at the scene of a collision between a Berkeley police car and a car full of teenagers early Sunday morning was arrested “for challenging an officer for a fight and refusing to leave the crime scene,” a Berkeley Police Department public information officer said Monday. -more-


Berkeley High Starts Search for New Principal

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 15, 2010 - 12:09:00 PM

It’s going to be a busy summer for Berkeley High School. The school’s principal, Jim Slemp, is set to retire in June, and Berkeley Unified School District kicked off a search for his replacement this week. -more-


Thursday April 15, 2010 - 04:00:00 PM

Sunday April 18, 2010 - 06:52:00 PM

The Rippowam River rushed by at the foot of our dank street, or, depending on the season, gurgled its way to Long Island Sound. I would sit on the stone embankment overlooking the water, ignoring the garter snakes in the crevices. The Ferguson Public Library children’s room was another 1932 shelter. Story hour was held in a separate room with a large picture window. I played stamping books, using a piece of black crayon stuck on the end of a protractor. It slipped off, jamming crayon into my palm, still imbedded there in a tattoo effect. -more-