Flash: Earthquake Shakes East Bay on Saturday Evening, But So Far No Rapture

By Saul Sugarman (BCN) and Berkeley Daily Planet
Saturday May 21, 2011 - 07:35:00 PM

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake shook Contra Costa and Alameda Counties this evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. -more-

Berkeley Man Gets Some Money Back in Phone Fraud

By Bay City News
Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:31:00 PM

An 80-year-old Berkeley man who was swindled out of $53,000 got a portion of the money back when it was recovered by officials. -more-

Press Release: Summary of Hot Prowl Burglary and Barricaded Suspect in the 1300 Block of Parker Street in Berkeley

From Sgt. Mary C. Kusmiss S-6, BPD Public Information Officer
Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:39:00 PM

“This morning, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at a few minutes before 7:00 a.m., a male resident/community member called to report a burglary in progress of his home in the 1300 block of Parker Street on the south side of the street. A male suspect had entered the basement area.” -more-

Berkeley Police Re-Open Streets After Barricade Incident

By Rachel Purdy (BCN)
Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:23:00 PM

Police have reopened streets in a Berkeley neighborhood after earlier closures prompted by a man who barricaded himself in a home early this morning, a police dispatcher said. -more-

Zoning Board Discusses, Critiques, Acheson Commons

By Steven Finacom
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 10:09:00 PM
Dustin Smith from Equity Residential listens to Zoning Board comments while architect Kirk
                  Peterson, at right, takes notes.

The Acheson Commons housing development proposed for Downtown Berkeley forged ahead into the second of three “preview” meetings before City review bodies, but ran into at least temporarily unsettled weather at Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustment Board at its meeting on May 12, 2011.

While the ZAB was cautiously favorable towards the general development, members raised firm objections to a number of aspects of the project and predicted it would not win their approval without modifications. -more-

Protests against John Yoo at Berkeley Law Commencement

By Steven Finacom
Monday May 16, 2011 - 04:50:00 PM
Cecile Pineda offers an orange ribbon to a guest at the Law School Commencement
                  as part of the protest against John Yoo and torture policies.

“May I offer you one of these to protest torture in your own country?” said writer Cecile Pineda, as she proffered orange ribbons to each visitor walking up the ramp from Gayley Road towards the Greek Theatre.

The orange clad Pineda was part of a small protest organized by the group World Can’t Wait! outside the May 13, 2011 Commencement ceremonies for Berkeley Law ( formerly Boalt School of Law) at UC Berkeley. -more-

Meet Mitch Daniels, Big Spender (News Analysis)

By Carol Polsgrove
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 09:53:00 PM
Protesters welcomed Mitch Daniels to Bloomington this spring.

The idea that possible presidential candidate Mitch Daniels represents fiscal restraint sounds like hogwash to opponents of three pricey projects moving forward on his watch as governor of Indiana.

At Edwardsport, Ind., construction cost overruns have skyrocketed at a Duke Energy plant that would convert coal into synthetic gas to generate electricity. Consumer groups and industrial customers have balked at the $2.72 billion bill that Duke wants ratepayers to pick up. -more-

Jewish Americans and the Fate of Israel: Between Two Worlds (News Analysis)

By Ruth Rosen
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 10:19:00 PM

TIME IS running out. Israelis know that. So do American Jews. If Israel refuses to cease building settlements in the West Bank, the newly unified Palestinian government will ask the UN General Assembly to ratify it as a new and sovereign state in September. Only Israel and the United States are expected to vote against the adoption of this resolution. -more-

Off the Beat in Berkeley's Historic Panoramic Hills as Expletives Hit the Fan

By Ted Friedman
Tuesday May 17, 2011 - 09:31:00 PM
Two million dollar view from Panoramic Hills after the Memorial Stadium cranes change the scene.

A South side-based reporter on assignment for the Planet was off his beat and out of his element on the once scenic and historic Panoramic Hill, Friday.

Expletives flew as he was investigating complaints of the Panoramic Hill Organization that continuing noisy construction at U.C.'s Memorial Stadium violated terms of a court settlement, the complainaonts say they won. -more-

California Homeowners Left to Fight Foreclosure on Their Own

Ngoc Nguyen,New America Media
Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:16:00 PM

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Three years into the mortgage meltdown, California homeowners still have little relief from the foreclosure crisis. Last week, state legislative committees failed to clear three separate bills designed to help struggling homeowners and hold banks more accountable during foreclosure proceedings. -more-

Steven De Staebler, 1933-2011

Wednesday May 18, 2011 - 01:32:00 PM

Stephen De Staebler, noted Bay Area sculptor, passed away at home in Berkeley, California, in the early morning of May 13, 2011, with family by his side. De Staebler, 78, is survived by his wife of 14 years, Danae Lynn Mattes; their daughter Arianne Seraphine; and by his sons Jordan Lucas and David Conrad De Staebler. He was predeceased in 1996 by his wife of 39 years, Dona Merced Curley De Staebler. He was the son of the late Herbert Conrad and Juliette Hoiles De Staebler; and was predeceased by his brother Herbert (Hobey) De Staebler and sister Jan Angel. The cause of death was complications from cancer. -more-