What's the News Today? Or, Skipping EIR on 2707 Rose Might Cause Berkeley Council Future Problems

By Becky O'Malley
Friday April 30, 2010 - 07:58:00 AM

The question of how to provide a sustainable information source for a small city in a metropolitan area is ongoing around here. It’s a subset of what now constitutes news, since even on a national level the main “news” outlets are increasingly aggregators (an insider word meaning collectors) of news stories created in other media. The ratio of “new news” to repeats on sites like the Huffington Post is small. -more-

The Editor's Back Fence

The Activist's Guide to What's Happening in Berkeley This Week

By Becky O'Malley
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 10:24:00 AM

This is one busy week for the civic-minded amongst us. I had originally thought to do a preview, without comment, in the news section, of some of the wide selection of meetings that the conscientious Berkeleyan who wanted to be influential or just well informed could attend this week, but I find that I am constitutionally unable to comply with the “without comment”stipulation, so as we move through the week you’ll find some notes on what’s happening and why you should care. -more-


Pepper Spray Times

By Carol Denney
Friday April 30, 2010 - 12:22:00 AM

Odd Bodkins -- Happy Chem Trails to You

By Dan O'Neill
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 11:06:00 AM

More cartoons at <a href="http//jfdefreitas.blogspot.com">jfdefreitas.blogspot.com</a>

The Tea Party

By Justin DeFreitas
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 11:03:00 AM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Thursday April 29, 2010 - 08:09:00 PM

04-30-10 Letters to The Editor -more-

Students Respond to Governor’s Pledges to Higher Education

By University of California Student Association
Thursday April 29, 2010 - 07:23:00 PM

Everyone's celebrating the Governor's "pledge" to save the Cal Grant... everyone except for students, that is. The pledge to save the Cal grant doesn't save anything at all. In fact, it hurts low income students and their families. -more-

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 11:41:00 AM

I remain shocked, furious, and appalled by what's been done to the American people and how impervious the banking system and others who aren't living where and how we are in the age of job loss, rising prices, home losses, all the outcomes of the banks' cavalier disregard of those who don't hold the same priivilege--especially legal privilege. -more-

Arizona's Immigration Law and Likely Congressional Immigration Reform

By Ralph E. Stone
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 12:57:00 PM

Will Arizona’ s draconian immigration law prompt Congress to act soon on immigration reform? Unlikely. The Democrats have too much on their plate right now -- financial reform, global warming legislation, selecting a Supreme Court nominee, selling health care reform to the public -- to tackle the difficult job of comprehensive immigration reform, including a way for undocumented immigrants to become legal. -more-

When Will the University of California Stop Funding War Crimes Against Palestinian Civilians?

Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 11:21:00 AM

When will the University of California stop funding war crimes against Palestinian civilians and the occupation of Palestinian land? How much longer will grieving mothers have to wait for justice? -more-

Rapid Bus Plus is the Best Alternative to Bus Rapid Transit

By Vincent Casalaina
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 08:15:00 AM

Rapid Bus Plus (RB+) is Berkeley's answer to the environmental disaster that is Bus Rapid Transit(BRT). The RB+ Coalition has been working on this plan since AC Transit's Draft EIRs came out and it became clear that the number of new transit riders on BRt would be negligible and the reduction in greenhouse gases with BRT would be miniscule. We believe that RB+ will provide 80% of the projected benefits of BRT for 20% of the cost and virtually none of the detriments. Beyond that, RB+ can be implemented immediately with the current funds AC Transit has on hand. We don't need to wait another 5 years, or longer, for BRT to be fully funded. We need better public transit today! -more-

Resolution Opposing "Citizens United" Decision at City Council Today (Tuesday)

By Phoebe Sorgren
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 07:07:00 AM

Ending corporate dominance of our government is key to most of what we want whether climate justice, fair trade, food security, affordable quality healthcare, or -- in many cases -- peace. The "CITIZENS UNITED" Supreme Court ruling against the Federal Elections Commission lifted corporate limits on buying elections, so Berkeley's Peace & Justice Commission recommends that the City Council again call for constitutional amendments saying that a corporation is not a person and may not claim constitutional "rights" (such as corporate financing of election ads being defined as free speech.) These resolutions are researched/vetted by volunteer commissioners, cost the city almost nothing, and have more weight than individual lobbying. Corporations may operate by privilege, the way they did historically, and can more easily be held accountable, when needed, if they no longer have human rights. -more-

New: Court Decision on Chevron EIR Vindicates Richmond Critics

By Tom Butt
Wednesday April 28, 2010 - 02:19:00 PM

In a stunning victory for environmental groups, the California Court of Appeal rejected most of Chevron’s challenge to a lower court decision that stopped construction on a $1 billion refinery upgrade. -more-

Using Section 8 funding to dispose of Berkeley's public housing

By Lynda Carson
Tuesday April 27, 2010 - 03:15:00 PM

Berkeley -- During July 1944, when famed Lieutenant C.D. "Lucky" Lester of the Tuskegee Airmen shot down 3 Nazi enemy aircraft over Europe in a brief span of 4-6 minutes with his P-51 Mustang while on a mission to protect some B-17 Flying Fortresses on their way to bomb a German airfield in southern Germany, he probably had no idea then that his actions would lead to the day he became one of the founders in 1969 of a small venture capital firm called the Inner City Fund, that was later renamed ICF International. It now plays a direct role in the scheme of some high priced consultants who desire to grab Section 8 funding from the poor, to finance their master plan to privatize Berkeley's 75 public housing units. -more-