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Flash: Head-On Crash Blocks 3 Lanes of Highway 80 in Berkeley

Monday May 17, 2010 - 04:03:00 PM

Three lanes of eastbound Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley are blocked this afternoon by a head-on crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. -more-


Updated: Lamp Switch Started House Fire

Dan McMenamin, BCN
Friday May 14, 2010 - 05:22:00 PM

A three-alarm fire that destroyed a home and damaged two others in North Berkeley on Thursday afternoon was apparently caused by a faulty lamp switch, an assistant fire chief said today. -more-


Press Release: World Can't Wait Sparks anti-Yoo Protest on Friday Morning

From The World Can't Wait
Thursday May 13, 2010 - 06:10:00 PM

This year’s UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) commencement ceremony will be the site of an anti-torture protest initiated by the national organization World Can’t Wait and other anti-torture organizations, lawyers, and activists. -more-


Hoeft-Edenfield Convicted of Second-Degree Murder for Stabbing UC Berkeley Student

Bay City News
Thursday May 13, 2010 - 04:13:00 PM

Jurors this morning convicted Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of University of California at Berkeley senior Christopher Wootton near campus two years ago. -more-


Three-Alarm Fire Destroys North Berkeley Home, Damages Two Others, Dog Rescued

Bay City News
Thursday May 13, 2010 - 04:05:00 PM

A three-alarm fire that destroyed one home and damaged two others in North Berkeley this afternoon has been controlled, a deputy fire chief said. -more-


UC Berkeley Hunger Strike Ends with Meeting

By Bay City News
Thursday May 13, 2010 - 08:43:00 AM

Protesters ended a 10-day hunger strike yesterday on the University of California at Berkeley campus during a meeting with the university chancellor and top administrators that both sides called productive. -more-


Press Release: UC Berkeley Hunger Strike To Be Suspended

From "Hungry For Justice" site, posted May 12, dated May 13 (Thursday)
Wednesday May 12, 2010 - 09:18:00 PM

On March 3rd, 2010, over 20 students, the majority being Latinos, decided to go on a hunger strike to call attention issues that affect our community both here on campus and across the nation. This inspired many students, workers, and community members, evident in the solidarity, love, and support we witnessed since then. We say thank you to everyone for this. -more-


PG&E Apologizes for Smart Meter Problems, but Some Aren't Satisfied

By Bay City News
Wednesday May 12, 2010 - 03:55:00 PM

PG&E on Monday issued an apology along with 45 reports dating back to August 2006 detailing reviews, monitoring, testing, and corrections identified in the company's SmartMeter program. -more-


Hunger Strikers to Meet with UC Berkeley Chancellor

By Bay City News
Wednesday May 12, 2010 - 03:49:00 PM

Hunger strikers on the campus of University of California at Berkeley are scheduled to meet this afternoon with the university chancellor to negotiate their demands and possibly end the 10-day strike, a spokesman for the group said. -more-


Hunger Strike on UC Berkeley Campus Enters Second Week

By Bay City News, Riya Bhattacharjee and Online Sources
Tuesday May 11, 2010 - 11:14:00 AM

Hunger strikers at the University of California at Berkeley were still on campus as of Monday night. They marched with their supporters to the Chancellor's residence about 7 p.m. after campus police dislodged them from their previous locations. Strikers posted this video of the march on their Facebook page on Monday night. -more-


Landmarks Commission Takes Up Downtown Plan and Project Proposed Next to City Club

By Steven Finacom
Tuesday May 11, 2010 - 06:19:00 PM
 The development firm of Hudson McDonald showed the Landmarks Commission this image depicting a proposed new five story-over-garage residential infill building at the northeast corner of Durant and Ellsworth.   St. Mark’s Church is at the left, with the domed towers, and the Berkeley City Club is on the right.

At its May 6, 2010 regular monthly meeting the Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission grappled with landmark issues related to the new, proposed, Downtown Area Plan, continued review of renovation plans for the North Berkeley Public Library, roundly criticized the design of a proposed project adjacent to the historic Berkeley City Club, and made its first landmark designation of 2010. -more-


UC Berkeley Football Team Will Play 2011 Games at AT&T Park

By Bay City News
Monday May 10, 2010 - 09:19:00 PM

The University of California at Berkeley has reached an agreement with the San Francisco Giants for Cal's football team to play their home games in 2011 at AT&T Park in San Francisco while its own stadium is being retrofitted and renovated. -more-


Richmond and Chevron Reach Agreement

From the Richmond Progressive Association, via Councilmember Tom Butt (Partisan Position)
Monday May 10, 2010 - 09:25:00 PM

Negotiators for the city of Richmond and Chevron have reached an unprecedented agreement that settles several major tax issues. Chevron has agreed to pay millions of additional dollars to the city if the city will drop its appeal of Measure T and proposed changes in the Utility Users Tax. (See below for details.).The settlement goes to the city council next Tuesday where the Richmond Progressive Alliance expects and supports its adoption. -more-


UC Berkeley's Rowdy Fraternities On TV

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday May 11, 2010 - 12:14:00 PM

CBS's Inside Edition reported May 7 on a class action lawsuit filed in January by Southside neighbors seeking respite from UC Berkeley's rowdy fraternities. -more-


Press Release: Bart Police Ask for Public's Help in Investigating Suspicious Death

Monday May 10, 2010 - 09:26:00 PM

OAKLAND, CA – The BART Police Department is investigating a suspicious death in which a 22-year-old white male from Berkeley, Konstantin Tomashevsky, was found at the UN Plaza entrance of the Civic Center BART Station on May 5, 2010. -more-


Friday May 14, 2010 - 04:30:00 PM

New: UC Berkeley Strikers Still On Campus

By Bay City News and Online Sources
Monday May 10, 2010 - 06:38:00 PM

Hunger strikers at the University of California at Berkeley tried to block the school's administration building today but people could still get inside, according to a university spokeswoman. The students held a rally today at 3:30 p.m, and then marched to the Chancellor's residence. A twitter message at about 5 pm said "Admin has contacted us: there will be a meeting only if we end up the hunger strike." Strikers posted this video of the march on their Facebook page on Monday night. -more-


New: UC Berkeley Football Team Will Play 2011 Games at AT&T Park

By Bay City News Service
Monday May 10, 2010 - 04:32:00 PM

The University of California at Berkeley has reached an agreement with the San Francisco Giants for Cal's football team to play their home games in 2011 at AT&T Park in San Francisco while its own stadium is being retrofitted and renovated. -more-


New: Richmond and Chevron Reach Agreement

From the Richmond Progressive Association, via Councilmember Tom Butt (Partisan Position)
Monday May 10, 2010 - 08:53:00 AM

Negotiators for the city of Richmond and Chevron have reached an unprecedented agreement that settles several major tax issues. Chevron has agreed to pay millions of additional dollars to the city if the city will drop its appeal of Measure T and proposed changes in the Utility Users Tax. (See below for details.).The settlement goes to the city council next Tuesday where the Richmond Progressive Alliance expects and supports its adoption. -more-


Flash: Police Roust UC Berkeley Hunger Strikers

From a press release.
Monday May 10, 2010 - 08:43:00 AM

The hunger strikers on the UC Berkeley campus who are protesting Arizona's new immigration law were ordered to disperse by UC police early this morning. -more-


Press Release: Bart Police Ask for Public's Help in Investigating Suspicious Death

Saturday May 08, 2010 - 09:53:00 AM

OAKLAND, CA – The BART Police Department is investigating a suspicious death in which a 22-year-old white male from Berkeley, Konstantin Tomashevsky, was found at the UN Plaza entrance of the Civic Center BART Station on May 5, 2010. -more-


Updated: UC Berkeley Hunger Strike against Arizona Law Continues

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 07, 2010 - 12:47:00 PM

The UC Berkeley hunger strike urging university officials to publicly denounce Arizona's illegal immigration bill that began Monday at noon has garnered strength over the last few days. -more-


Berkeley This Week

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 07, 2010 - 12:00:00 PM

In the news since the last issue: Berkeley City Council postpones new marijuana regulations, tables fine proposal for large daycares, approves a proposal for amendments to Telegraph late night zoning; Berkeley Rep plays get Tony nominations and Berkeley police ask for help on missing teen. -more-


Rabbi Lerner Asks for Media's Help to Publicize Vandalism

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday May 07, 2010 - 12:45:00 PM

In a message to supporters Thursday, Rabbi Michael Lerner--whose Berkeley Hills home was recently vandalized by right-wing Zionists— urged the media to draw attention to the incident and what it means for “Americans and for American Jews.” -more-


Skyline High Students Visit Their Representatives in Sacramento

Raymond Barglow, Ph.D. www.berkeleytutors.net
Friday May 07, 2010 - 12:29:00 PM
Students prepare to board the bus at Skyline High in Oakland.

It’s one thing for California high school students to read or hear a lecture about how government works. It is quite another for them to experience this in person. -more-


UC Workers Join Student Hunger Strike: Say UC must realign its priorities to put students, workers first

From AFSCME 3299 Press Release
Thursday May 06, 2010 - 12:52:00 PM

Saying the University of California's sharply misguided priorities call for unprecedented and unified action, two University of California employees represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 have joined students in a hunger strike at the UC Berkeley campus. Today's action comes after workers last week called on prominent graduation speakers at UC campuses statewide to refuse to deliver their commencement addresses unless workers' demands are met (see list of demands below). -more-


San Pablo Citizens Win Four Year Moratorium on Eminent Domain

By Marilynne L. Mellander (Partisan Position)
Friday May 07, 2010 - 01:58:00 PM

Hundreds of citizens attended the San Pablo City Council meeting Monday night 5/3/10 to voice their opposition to the reinstatement of eminent domain (ED) in their city, a provision that lapsed in March 2009. Redevelopment project areas currently cover over 90% of the city leaving most citizens in fear of losing their homes. -more-