Updated: Berkeley Fire Victim Identified

By Jeff Shuttleworth and Scott Morris (BCN)
Thursday June 21, 2012 - 10:58:00 PM

A woman who died in a fire at a multi-unit Berkeley home early this morning has been identified as 26-year-old Meredith Ann Joyce, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau. -more-

Flash: One Killed, Two Injured in Berkeley Fire on Lorina Street

By Scott Morris (BCN)
Thursday June 21, 2012 - 11:15:00 AM

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a two-alarm fire at a multi-unit Berkeley residence early this morning, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the 2900 block of Lorina Street, a residential street near the intersection of Ashby and Shattuck avenues, at 2:36 a.m. -more-

Family of Peter Cukor Files Claim Against City of Berkeley

By Julia Cheever (BCN)
Wednesday June 20, 2012 - 10:53:00 PM

In a prelude to a possible wrongful death lawsuit, the widow and two sons of a Berkeley homeowner who was killed by an allegedly mentally ill intruder in February filed a claim against the city of Berkeley today. -more-

Updated: Berkeley Judge Arraigned on Elder Theft and Perjury Charges

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Saturday June 16, 2012 - 09:23:00 AM

An Alameda County Superior Court judge was arraigned today on charges that he stole at least $1.6 million from a 97-year-old neighbor in the Berkeley hills over the course of more than a decade. -more-

New: Berkeley Congresswoman Lee and Colleagues Hail Move by Obama to Defer Deportation for Some Undocumented Immigrants

By Bay City News
Friday June 15, 2012 - 07:20:00 PM

Bay Area officials today hailed a move by President Barack Obama to provide temporary relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Among those voicing their support for the new policy today were elected officials from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon to U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland. -more-

Disputed Berkeley Ban on Street Sitting to Go to Voters as Fur Flies, Temperatures Rise, and Rhetoric Rolls Through City Hall

By Ted Friedman
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 02:06:00 PM
Outside old City Hall before City Council, Tuesday.

Tuesday's Berkeley City Council six-hour donnybrook turned ugly, the most rowdy in years, according to council watchers. -more-

Oakland: Report Says Police were Poorly Prepared for Occupy Protest

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Friday June 15, 2012 - 09:02:00 AM

An independent report released today said the Oakland Police Department was poorly prepared and used outdated crowd control tactics in responding to an Occupy Oakland protest last Oct. 25. -more-

Press Release: Berkeley Residents Urge Police Reforms

From George Lippman
Monday June 18, 2012 - 11:07:00 PM

The Coalition for a Safe Berkeley will ask the City Council on this Tuesday, June 19, to bring police practices in line with constitutional standards. The Council will hold an historic workshop on protecting civil rights and civil liberties in local law enforcement. Following the workshop, the Council will vote on changes proposed by community groups. -more-

Press Release: Rally for A Nuclear-Free Berkeley at Old City Hall, Tuesday at 6

From Bob Meola, Commissioner, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission
Monday June 18, 2012 - 11:06:00 PM

Rally for a Nuclear-Free California will take place on Tuesday, June 18th, 2012, at 6:00 PM on the steps of Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, in Berkeley, prior to the Special 7:00 PM Berkeley City Council Meeting. The rally, sponsored by the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission, will include Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Dan Hirsch of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, Jacqueline Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation, and Bob Meola of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission. -more-

Press Release: Ecology Center Farmers' Market Brings Fresh, Local Foods to New South Berkeley Location

From Ben Feldman, Ecology Center
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 03:34:00 PM

This summer, the Ecology Center's Farmers' Markets will increase access to fresh, healthy foods by moving its South Berkeley market to the historic Lorin District. The farmers' market will debut at the new location - in the parking bay at Adeline and 63rd Street - on Tuesday, July 10th, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. -more-

Tom Bates and the Secret Government of Berkeley- Excerpt 1

By John Curl
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 05:39:00 PM

Copyright © 2012 by John Curl. All rights reserved.

This is the first in a series of excerpts from John Curl’s long article about Mayor Bates and his effects on the city. The bulk of the article follows Bates and the progressive movement in city government from the beginning of his career up to the present, based on extensive quotes from Bates’ own oral history and interviews with other players in the political events. This excerpt consists of the beginning and the end of the article.

You can also download a Full PDF. of the entire article.

If you meet with mayor Tom Bates in his office at Berkeley city hall, you’ll see an old photo on the wall behind him of Emiliano Zapata, hero of the Mexican revolution, champion of the downtrodden. I have been in his office only two times in Bates’ decade in power, and on both occasions I was stopped short by the jaw-dropping contrast. What can Bates be thinking? Can he really be comparing himself with Zapata, can he really think of himself as a visionary champion of social justice? If Zapata were alive and saw this career politician using his image, I wonder what would he do.

If all you knew about Mr. Bates was his official resume, you might be bewildered by my saying that. Before his decade as mayor, he was a liberal standard bearer for twenty years in the California State Assembly for his East Bay district, and during that time was considered one of the legislature's most progressive members. Yet despite being in the public eye for over forty years and currently running for yet another mayoral term, Tom Bates is a public figure hiding in plain sight, with a long shadowy history not widely known. -more-

Lester Allan Radke (1936-2012)

Thursday June 14, 2012 - 04:31:00 PM
Lester Allan Radke (1936-2012)

Les Radke died suddenly on the evening of Saturday, April 21st. Les’s interests and involvements spanned the world. He had a strong belief in the power of friendship and solidarity exemplified by his unusual ability to bring people together. Les was a small town kid from Sheboygan, Wisconsin who stepped out to engage the world in all its complexity and diversity. He was passionate about justice and equality. His lifelong commitment to a socially just world, and his generosity are well known to anyone who ever came in contact with him. -more-

Lois Swirsky Gold, expert on toxins and carcinogens, dies at 70

By Robert Sanders, UC Media Relations
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 03:58:00 PM
Lois Swirsky Gold, who directed the Carcinogenic Potency Project at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, died in May at the age of 70.

Lois Swirsky Gold, a political scientist who became a self-taught expert on the toxic and carcinogenic effects of chemicals, died May 16 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif., after a brief battle with cancer. Gold, a resident of Oakland, was 70. -more-