New: Berkeley Today: Monday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday May 03, 2010 - 05:18:00 PM

In the news today: Zoning changes for Panoramic Hill and Telegraph, fines for daycare centers proposed, new marijuana regulations, 155-unit apartment complex for South Shattuck, credit card fraud and a music club in financial trouble. -more-

Flash: Rabbi Lerner's Home in the Berkeley Hills Attacked by Right-Wing Zionists

From a Tikkun Magazine press release.
Monday May 03, 2010 - 04:40:00 PM

[Editor's Note: This was received as a press release at 3 on Monday afternoon. A more complete article will follow. Berkeley Police Department Public Information Officer Jamie Perkins confirmed that the crime at Rabbi Lerner's home in the 900 block of Cragmont was reported at 11:40 today, Monday, and she said at about 6 p.m. that there were no suspects as yet.]

Berkeley police today confirmed that the attack on Rabbi Lerner's home late Sunday May 2nd or early morning Monday May 3rd was in fact a crime and was being investigated. -more-

New: Partisan Position:What the Berkeley City Council's Rejection of "Full Build" Will Mean

By Joyce Roy
Friday April 30, 2010 - 03:04:00 PM

Last night the Berkeley City Council unanimously approved the “Reduced Impact Alternative” BRT that is similar to “Rapid Bus Plus” as the “Locally Preferred Alternative.” It rejected the “Build Alternative” which would have removed traffic lanes and placed boarding stations in the middle of the street even though AC Transit sent a letter saying, more or less, that it was obliged to choose that alternative. This meeting with Bus Rapid Transit the only agenda item ended after 11:00 pm. Sixty-six members of the public were against the “Build Alternative,” twenty-three in favor and five asked all alternatives to be studied. Here are the alternatives. -more-

New: Berkeley Today: Friday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 30, 2010 - 03:21:00 PM

In the news today: -more-

NEWS ANALYSIS: Walking or Driving While Brown-- Arizona’s New Immigration Law

by Ralph E. Stone
Friday April 30, 2010 - 08:51:00 AM

"Driving while Black." "Walking while Black." These are phrases in the contemporary vernacular for racial profiling, which is defined as the inclusion of racial or ethnic characteristics in determining whether a person is considered likely to commit a particular type of crime or an illegal act or to behave in a "predictable" manner. Arizona's new immigration law will now target those "walking or driving while Brown." -more-

Court Rejects Chevron Appeal of EIR Requirements

By Bay City News
Friday April 30, 2010 - 07:57:00 AM

A state appeals court in San Francisco on Monday upheld a lower court decision that the environmental report for Chevron's Richmond refinery expansion project is inadequate under state environmental laws. -more-

Berkeley News Roundup

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday April 30, 2010 - 07:50:00 AM

In the news since the last issue: -more-

Berkeley Council Rejects "Full Build" BRT, Votes for Hybrid Solutions

By Becky O'Malley
Thursday April 29, 2010 - 11:40:00 PM

In a late night vote on Thursday, the Berkeley City Council voted to support hybrid alternatives to AC Transit's Bus Rapid Transit proposal which eliminate dedicated bus lanes and bus boarding stations in the center of the street. According to AC Transit spokesperson Cory LaVigne this plan can’t be considered as part of the environmental impact study currently underway, making it effectively a "no build" alternative at this point. -more-

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repair

Maile Urbancic
Thursday April 29, 2010 - 08:02:00 PM

The usual catch-phrase for environmental responsibility is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." However, on Earth Day, in a small computer lab in University Village, Albany, a local group added "Repair" to the list. Toolbox open, my daughter grinned as she unscrewed the base of our long-broken vacuum cleaner. In a corner, two of my friends leaned over the disassembled guts of a malfunctioning laptop. Broken cameras, microwaves, and electronics filled the tables near their hopeful owners as tools were passed around and volunteers guided each project and offered advice. -more-

New: Berkeley Today: Monday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday May 03, 2010 - 05:18:00 PM

In the news today: -more-

New: Berkeley Today:Thursday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 29, 2010 - 02:02:00 PM

A round-up of the day's interesting events as reported in other news media or otherwise. -more-

Updated: Berkeley Today:Wednesday

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 29, 2010 - 03:28:00 PM

A roundup of important events in Berkeley, as reported in other media: -more-

New: Court Rejects Chevron Appeal in Refinery Expansion Case

By Bay City News
Wednesday April 28, 2010 - 02:15:00 PM

A state appeals court in San Francisco on Monday upheld a lower court decision that the environmental report for Chevron's Richmond refinery expansion project is inadequate under state environmental laws. -more-

New: More Cuts Suggested for AC Transit East Bay Service

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 04:52:00 PM

AC Transit riders should brace for another round of cuts after major service changes and reductions went into effect March 28 to cope with a projected $56 million deficit in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. -more-

Cities Need to be the Deciders on BRT Alternatives

Partisan Position

By Joyce Roy
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 06:57:00 AM

On April 20 the Oakland City Council did indeed vote to support the full-build “Locally Preferred Alternative,” i.e., the alternative preferred by AC Transit. But it also directed that “Rapid Bus Plus” be studied as an alternative. The Public Works Committee had decided they wanted to “Study East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Project without the use of a dedicated traffic lane” and which would “Provide Level Boarding.” “Rapid Bus Plus,” unlike the no-build and the full-build alternatives, would split the line at downtown Oakland so you won’t get bunching like on the #51 line, and it, also, retains local service. So there is a lot to say for the “Rapid Bus Plus” but, unfortunately, you can’t get level boarding without bulb-outs (which would make it “Curbside BRT” or “Rapid Bus Plus Plus.”) The entry of the present Van Hool low-aisle buses is 14.56” above the street. (And the standard for American low-floor buses are “no more than 15 ½”.) Sidewalk curbs are about 6” so without bulb-outs one would have to do something really weird, and probably hazardous to pedestrians, in order to provide level boarding from sidewalks. -more-

The Albany Waterfront – Open Space Outcome For City Visioning Process.

Partisan Position

By Patricia Jones
Monday April 26, 2010 - 09:06:00 PM

The Albany community came together for open space and recreation for the Albany Waterfront, allowing only minimal ‘green’ development in its vision for the waterfront. -more-

New Orleans After Katrina

News Analysis

By Ralph E. Stone
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 12:56:00 PM

My wife and I just returned from a visit to New Orleans. While there, we toured some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and Hurricane Rita in September 2005. Rose Scott was our personable and knowledgeable guide for the tours. Rose, born and raised in New Orleans, is a retired high school teacher who now works as a tour guide. Katrina flooding and an oil spill rendered her St. Bernard Parish home uninhabitable. -more-

Press Release: Civil Rights Advocates Condemn Arizona Immigration Law at Press Conference

Thursday April 29, 2010 - 08:42:00 AM

PHOENIX, AZ - On Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. (MST), MALDEF, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) will hold a news conference on the House lawn of the State Capitol Grounds in Phoenix, Arizona to announce that they are preparing to challenge Arizona's extreme new law, which requires law enforcement to question people about their immigration status during everyday police encounters and criminalizes immigrants for failing to carry their "papers." The unconstitutional law, the groups say, encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays American values. -more-

Haiti Earthquake Lecture Wednesday

By Steven Finacom
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 11:15:00 AM

The massive and shocking Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010 is still periodically in the news, with much of the current focus on the human suffering and efforts at recovery. It was the fourth most deadly earthquake anywhere since 1900. -more-

Wednesday April 28, 2010 - 03:57:00 PM

THE PUBLIC EYE:Big Liars and the Voters Who Love Them

By Bob Burnett
Monday April 26, 2010 - 09:29:00 PM

It’s not surprising that Republicans oppose the Obama Administration – they want to suck up to the rich by maintaining the status quo. And it’s not surprising that they lie – this is, after all, the Party that created the fictional Iraqi atomic bomb threat so they would have a winning issue in the 2002 mid-term elections. What is surprising is that they’ve been so successful. Why are Republican supporters so enthusiastic when they’ve been force-fed a diet of BS? -more-