The Week



Flash: Berkeley Couple Victorious in Supreme Court

By Julia Cheever (BCN)
Wednesday June 26, 2013 - 01:07:00 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the sponsors of Proposition 8 had no standing, or legal authority, to appeal a trial court ruling that struck down the statewide ban on same-sex marriage.

The 5-4 ruling has the effect of reinstating a 2010 decision in which now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco ruled in favor of two couples who challenged the 2008 voter initiative in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The two couples who challenged the measure in a federal lawsuit in 2009 at Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier of Berkeley and Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo of Burbank. -more-


The Editor's Back Fence


Friday June 21, 2013 - 12:46:00 PM

No new editorial in this issue, at least not at the moment. Keep checking. -more-

Updated: Now Read This

Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:54:00 AM

Whatever happened to local news? Where did the Bay Citizen go? Here's part of the story.

Public Comment

Save the California Public Records Act from State Senate Attack

By Karen Joffe
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:52:00 AM

I consider the attack on California's Public Records Act a stealth attack on a hard-won citizen right, as is the threat of amending the state constitution to weaken a citizen's ability to obtain public records in an easily accessible format and in a reasonable timeliness. I am an involved citizen who depends on the news media and on access to government records to make informed decisions. -more-

Can We Do Something Now?

By Romila Khanna
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:27:00 AM

Enough is enough. How long do we need to wait to see progress in solving national problems? It is one thing to say, “I don’t care!” when an issue impacts only oneself but it is morally wrong to delay solving urgent national problems. For the last couple of years our intelligent members of Congress have done very little to solve urgent problems related to job growth, national security, transportation, human development, and immigration reform. -more-

Save the Food Stamp Program for the Poor

By Harry Brill,East Bay Tax the Rich Group,Harry
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:36:00 AM

A shocking and very painful event in the US Senate has just occurred-- a bipartisan majority voted by 66 to 21 for a farm bill that benefits corporate agriculture but cuts billions of dollars from the food stamp program for poor individuals and families!!! Our two California Senators, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer voted with the majority. -more-


THE PUBLIC EYE: America’s Second Civil War

By Bob Burnett
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:12:00 AM

On April 12, 1861, Confederates fired on Fort Sumter, launching the first Civil War. Historians say that war actually began the previous November when Abraham Lincoln was elected President. America’s second Civil War will start in late September when conservatives block raising the debt-limit ceiling and the US goes into default. But our new Civil War actually began in November of 2010 when Tea-Party conservatives seized control of the Republican Party and many states. -more-

ECLECTIC RANT:The Bradley Manning Matter

By Ralph E. Stone
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:39:00 AM

Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army soldier, admitted sending 700,000 government documents to Wikileaks in 2010. It was the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Manning is now charged under Articles 92 and 134 of the "Uniform Code of Military Justice" (UCMJ) , which incorporates parts of the Espionage Act in Article 106a of the UCMJ. The Manning case is ongoing at Fort Meade, Maryland. -more-

SENIOR POWER Goin’ gray: Chlorophyl To Xanthophyl

By Helen Rippier Wheeler,
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:18:00 AM

American poet-playwright Edward Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) wrote, “The gods are growing old; The stars are singing Golden hair to gray. Green leaf to yellow leaf,—or chlorophyll To xanthophyl, to be more scientific.” Why is gray hair the quintessential old age indicator? Why not wrinkles, instead, for example? And it’s international. Grey in Great Britain. Agence France Presse recently described “Japan’s elderly not acting their age,” when Saitama Gold Theatre auditioned only people aged 55+, referring to a greying society. -more-


By Jack Bragen
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:14:00 AM

Housing is a key issue for nonworking persons with mental illness, since often we can't afford to pay much rent on the public benefits we get. Simply renting a room is sometimes unaffordable. This means that many of us are forced for economic reasons to live in an institutional situation. Living in some kind of institutional housing is no life. -more-

TELEY TALES: Stumbling Out My Door: Berkeley's Telegraph Puzzled by Major Cop-Op

By Ted Friedman
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:35:00 AM

The man down was roaring like a mad man at Teley/Dwight. -more-

Arts & Events

Masquers “Closer Than Ever”—winning performances of witty musical

By John A. McMullen II
Friday June 21, 2013 - 08:34:00 AM
Lamont Ridgell, Coley Grundman. J. Scott Stewart, Michelle Pond, Shay Oglesby-Smith, Jennifer Stark

Like the great Bette Davis said, “Getting old ain’t for sissies.” -more-

Around & About Music: Cello Heaven 10-Cello Choir at St Albans

By Ken Bullock
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:30:00 AM

Cello Heaven, a 10-cello choir led by cellist Burke Schuchmann will play a program featuring the music of Villa-Lobos (his Bachianas Brazilieres & Bach preludes & fugue arrangements for cello ensembles), Brahms and American choral composer Morton Lauridsen, 8 p. m. Thursday, June 27 at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany. Sponsored by Schuchmann's Palomarin Chamber Music Foundation, a donation of $20 for the St. Albans organ fund and Cello Heaven Scholarships is requested. 234-4502; -more-

Around & About Theater: 'The Signatories 1916' from Ireland, Sponsored in Berkeley by Wilde Irish

By Ken Bullock
Friday June 21, 2013 - 07:29:00 AM

After the success last weekend of their 10th annual Bloomsday celebration, including Marion McEvoy's solo show of James Joyce's mother, direct from Dublin, Wilde Irish Productions will sponsor the Berkeley performances of 'The Signatories 1916,' the Easter Rising in Dublin that year as told in music, story and song by Pat Waters & wally Desmond, touring the States after a successful tour of Ireland. Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2, Garden Gate Creative Center, 2911 Claremont Avenue at Ashby. $20. 644-9940; -more-