Afternoon Unloading of Israeli Ship at Oakland Port Canceled after Morning Protest

By David Bacon
Sunday June 20, 2010 - 10:52:00 PM

OAKLAND-- Hundreds of demonstrators from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area set up early morning picket lines in front of four gates into the SSA terminal in the Port of Oakland, as a ship carrying Israeli cargo was preparing to dock. Demonstrators were protesting the Israeli attack on the flotilla that sought to break the blockade of Gaza, in which Israeli troops killed nine people. In response to the picket line, members of Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union decided not to go into the terminal and unload the cargo. In the afternoon, with picket lines again in front of the gate, the stevedoring company decided not to ask for a crew of longshore workers to unload the ship, in the expectation that the crew would again not enter the terminal. -more-

Flash: Israeli Ship Unloading Blocked at Port of Oakland by Protestors

By Marc Sapir (Partisan Position)
Sunday June 20, 2010 - 02:23:00 PM

From 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. this Father’s Day morning somewhere between 500 and a thousand pickets blocked the 4 entrances to Berth 58 at the Oakland, California Port to prevent the workers from unloading an Israeli ship sailing up the California coast. The ILWU workers did not want to cross, nor did they challenge the picketers. Teamster truckers were turned away at one gate. At 9:30 a.m. the official announcement came that the Union Contract arbitrator had evaluated the situation and decided that potentially dangerous working conditions allowed the Longshoremen to legitimately honor the picket lines. Police were low key. The ship has delayed entry to the Port. -more-

Flash: Berkeley Daily Planet Wins Three SF Peninsula Press Club Awards

Sunday June 20, 2010 - 02:05:00 PM

The Daily Planet won three awards in the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2009 annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner, held June 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.
Riya Bhattacharjee won first place in the Breaking News category for her March 5, 2009 story about the death of a LeConte Elementary school student (“Investigation Continues into Kindergartner's Death") and second place for Continuing Coverage on the incident. The Daily Planet competed in the non-daily newspaper category. -more-

Police Arrest Suspect in May 20 Berkeley Shooting

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BCN
Friday June 18, 2010 - 10:36:00 AM

A 27-year-old Oakland man will be arraigned today on attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon charges for a shooting in Berkeley last month that left two people critically injured. -more-

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Thursday June 17, 2010 - 07:13:00 PM

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Report Says UC Berkeley Did Poor Job of Planning for Protest

By Jeff Shuttleworth,BCN
Wednesday June 16, 2010 - 05:25:00 PM

University of California at Berkeley administrators and police did a poor job of planning for a protest last November that resulted in the takeover of a building and more than 40 arrests, an investigative panel said today. -more-

Berkeley School District Proposes Ballot Measures, Discusses Budget Shortfall

By Raymond Barglow
Tuesday June 15, 2010 - 02:34:00 PM
Teachers, students, and family members from MLK Middle School hold placards favoring retention of a vice-principal position at the school.

The Berkeley School District Board voted on Wednesday evening to place two measures before the voters in November. The first is a bond measure for 210 million dollars “to improve school safety and facilities for learning and teaching.” This measure would fund construction of classrooms and science labs, seismic upgrades and technology upgrades, and would renovate playgrounds, restrooms, cafeterias, heating and fire safety systems, and other facilities. -more-

Flotilla Resolution Pulled from Agenda in Richmond Tonight, But Discussion Still Planned

By Bay City News and Planet
Saturday June 12, 2010 - 10:26:00 PM

The Richmond City Council had been scheduled to consider a resolution today (Tuesday) condemning the Israeli military's takeover of a ship in the Freedom Flotilla last month and the country's continued blockade of Gaza. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Jeff Ritterman were originally sponsoring the resolution, but Ritterman announced Monday night that he is no longer backing the resolution, in a letter forwarded to the Planet by fellow councilmember Tom Butt. -more-

Updated: Court Hears Appeal from UC Berkeley Professor Yoo in Torture Case

By Julia Cheever, BCN
Tuesday June 15, 2010 - 08:25:00 AM

Attorneys for a Berkeley law professor went before a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday to seek dismissal of a lawsuit in which a former military prisoner claims that legal memos written by the professor justified his alleged torture while being held in a Navy brig. -more-