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New: Amendments for Berkeley's Community Benefits Definition

Thomas Lord
Monday January 15, 2018 - 09:01:00 PM

Please amend and pass item 35, titled "Strengthening Provisions of Significant Community Benefits in the Downtown". I have offered two amendments below.

As you know, the proposed resolution provides for a more robust and deterministic implementation of the process for negotiating what community benefits will be provided in exchange for the privilege of building one of the few tall structures envisioned downtown.

The vagueness of the earlier resolution on this topic has created a climate of mistrust and contention among many residents who are interested in downtown land use. It has created substantial uncertainty for potential developers. Councilmember Harrison and Mayor Arreguín have laid the foundation for a less chaotic project review process that will, at the same time, do a better job of maximizing public benefits within the constraints of enriching investors.

I ask for these two amendments: -more-


Collision Victim was Berkeley Historical Society Volunteer

Keith Burbank (BCN)
Monday January 15, 2018 - 08:47:00 PM

A 70-year-old woman who died in a collision with a Berkeley city vehicle on Friday afternoon was identified today by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as Shelley Rideout. -more-


New: Act Now to Make It Easier to Install Stop Signs

Charles Siegel
Monday January 15, 2018 - 04:20:00 PM

On Thursday, January 18, Berkeley’s Transportation Commission will consider forming a committee to develop criteria that let us install stop signs in more locations. This could make the city much safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, but we need strong community support to make it happen. For information about what you can do, see the Action section below. -more-


New: Berkeley Council Should Ensure that Developers of Tall Buildings Provide Significant Community Benefits

Charlene M. Woodcock
Monday January 15, 2018 - 04:15:00 PM

I strongly support Councilmember Harrison’s resolution, co-sponsored by Mayor Jesse Arreguín, to give more substance and more enforceability to our Significant Community Benefits program. -more-



New: Open Letter to Berkeley City Council in Response to January 16, 2018 Action Item 2018-2019 Strategic Plan

Kelly Hammargren
Monday January 15, 2018 - 04:12:00 PM

You are asked to direct the City Manager to resubmit the 2018 – 2019 Strategic Plan https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2018/01_Jan/City_Council__01-16-2018_-_Special_Meeting_Agenda.aspx to include the Board and/or Commission that would be involved in each aspect of the Strategic Plan. It is an affront to the Commissioners and Board Members you appoint, Commissioners and Board Members who volunteer their time, to so deeply degrade their work as to not even note their contributions in the presentation of the Strategic Plan, and to ignore that Boards and Commissions are charged with and responsible for public hearings and digesting public input in developing resolutions, ordinances and recommendations. -more-



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Berkeley Woman Dies in Collision with City Car

Keith Burbank (BCN)
Friday January 12, 2018 - 04:42:00 PM

A 70-year-old woman died in a collision with a city of Berkeley vehicle this afternoon, California Highway Patrol officials said. -more-



Public Comment

Salvadorans

Tejinder Uberoi
Saturday January 13, 2018 - 12:15:00 PM

Once again the Republicans under the leadership of their self-proclaimed “genius”, Donald Trump, has issued a fatwa to deport 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, many of whom have been living, working and raising families here for more than 20 years. This is excessively cruel and heartless, especially given our own dark history supporting the right wing repressive Salvadorian military rulers who adopted a scorched earth policy against the so called left-wing guerrillas, who were largely made up of peasants and farmers. -more-


Berkeley Zoning Board Gets EIR on Shattuck High Rise

John English
Friday January 12, 2018 - 05:49:00 PM

Released this Tuesday is the "Final Environmental Impact Report Response to Comments Document" about the egregious proposed vista-busting high-rise at 2190 Shattuck Avenue. And I believe the Final EIR will be on the Zoning Adjustments Board's January 25 meeting agenda— even for potential certifying then. -more-


Is Boycotting Charlie Hallowell's Restaurants a Good Solution?

Alta
Friday January 12, 2018 - 05:26:00 PM

The Bay Area is reeling from revelations about charges by employees of sexual harassment by several well known and successful businessmen, including chef and restauranteur Charlie Hallowell, owner of three popular Oakland restaurants, Pizzaiolo, Penrose and Boot & Shoe. All three continue to be open, though others in San Francisco have been closed, but Hallowell is taking a leave of absence. -more-


The Minimum Wage: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad

Harry Brill
Friday January 12, 2018 - 04:49:00 PM

A clear reflection of the disinterest and insensitivity of the federal government to the needs of working people is its refusal to raise since 2009 the deplorably low minimum wage of $7.25. Meanwhile prices have continued to climb. No government official has proposed limiting costs. So the federal minimum wage is worth 10 percent less since its last increase. Since 1968 its value after adjusting for inflation is 25 percent lower. Had the minimum wage over the years kept up to the increase in worker output, it would have climbed to about $22 an hour. -more-


Obituaries

Dorothy Calvetti Bryant
February 8, 1930 – December 21, 2017

Lorri Ungaretti
Friday January 12, 2018 - 04:34:00 PM
Dorothy Calvetti Bryant February 8, 1930 – December 21, 2017

Editor’s Note: The Berkeley Daily Planet was the enthusiastic beneficiary of Dorothy Bryant’s many talents almost from our first print issue in the new millennium. . Searching the Planet archives on her name produces hundreds of links to articles by her and about her: click here to see them. She wrote book reviews, author profiles, and created a unique feature called My Commonplace Book, excerpts from favorite authors with her own comments added.

Most of her pieces for the Planet, written during her last two decades, explored the theme of how we should best exist in the world, including her own interior meditations on the topic as well as lessons drawn from the lives of those she admired. In the end, her own life, as recounted by her devoted daughter below, provides us with an outstanding example of how to live with honor and virtue in an age where bad examples unfortunately abound.

--Becky O’Malley


Dorothy Bryant, teacher, novelist, and playwright, died December 21, from complications related to cancer. Dorothy was born in San Francisco on February 8, 1930 Italian immigrant parents, Giuditta (“Judy”) and Giuseppe (“Joe”) Calvetti. Dorothy attended Mission High and San Francisco State, earning a B.A. in music and an M.A. in creative writing. She taught music and English for many years at Lick-Wilmerding High School, Continuation High School, and Contra Costa College.

First married in 1949, Dorothy had two children, John and Lorri Ungaretti. The marriage ended in divorce after about 12 years. Dorothy met Robert Bryant in 1968, and they were married after a few months. They loved each other very much and were married for 49 years.

Dorothy, real maverick, defied the “rules” of life and opened doors for others to do the same. She was first to create a “black studies” class at Contra Costa College in 1965. She participated in civil rights marches and demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. And she began self-publishing long before it was popular.

Dorothy began writing in her late 20s. She wrote reviews and essays for The Freedom News, published in Richmond, California, in the 1960s. Her first novel, Ella Price’s Journal, was published by Lippincott. After Dorothy married Bob, they worked together to pioneer self-publishing, founding Ata Books in the 1970s. The first book she self-published was The Comforter, which sold well through word of mouth and was eventually published by Random House under the title The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You. She went on to write and publish eight other novels, one nonfiction book, Writing a Novel, and a collection of essays and short stories. Some of her books are still available through Feminist Press.

Dorothy was a founding member of the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. Aurora’s first play, Dear Master, was written by Dorothy. Several of her seven plays were performed by various theatre companies.

Dorothy’s son, John, died in 1994. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; her daughter, Lorri; her stepdaughter and long-term caregiver, Victoria Bryant; her stepson, Lorenzo Bryant; and her step-grandchildren, Robert and William. No services are planned, although a memorial will be planned for the future. (For more information, please contact Lorri Ungaretti, P.O. Box 640076, SF, CA 94164; or lorrisfATcomcastDOTnet.) To honor Dorothy’s life, enter a brick-and-mortar bookstore and buy a book! Or donate to your local library. -more-


Editorial

SB 827 (Skinner, D-Berkeley) will destroy local land use control

Becky O'Malley
Saturday January 06, 2018 - 02:12:00 PM

State Senators Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) are again lusting after our remaining affordable neighborhoods on behalf of their developer patrons, who are fronted by the astroturf YIMBYs:

As reported by Liam Dillon in the L.A. Times:

“A dramatic increase in new housing near transit stations could be on its way across California under new legislation proposed by a Bay Area legislator. Subject to some limitations, the measure would eliminate restrictions on the number of houses allowed to be built within a half-mile of train, light-rail, major bus routes and other transit stations, and block cities from imposing parking requirements. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the bill’s author, said the state needs the housing to address affordability problems, maximize recent multi-billion-dollar transit investments and help the state meet its climate change goals.’
Here’s a link to the bill, authored by Scott Wiener and co-authored by our own State Senator Nancy Skinner:

SB 827, as introduced, Wiener. Planning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus.

Transit-rich is the new buzz word in the title, and how ironically apt it is. This bill effectively removes all local planning controls in areas served by transit, opening up enormous swaths of our historically low-income urban neighborhoods (think southwest Berkeley) to gentrifying market rate development.

And no, it won’t make the current residents, especially renters, rich—but it will certainly make rich developers richer. That's who get the housing bonus.

This plan doesn’t seem to have been reported in the Bay Area press as yet, but Damien Goodmon, founder and Executive Director of Los Angeles’ nonprofit Crenshaw Subway Coalition, already has their number. He’s posted a stinging denunciation of the bill’s backers and its effect on low-income residents on the organization’s web site. I was intending just to link to it, but so much of the analysis also applies to the urban East Bay that I’ll quote most of it: -more-


Columns

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Psychotic Anger

Jack Bragen
Friday January 12, 2018 - 04:59:00 PM

There are some people with mental illness who must be supervised and who are unable to handle their own responsibilities. And at the other end of the spectrum, there are some persons with mental illness who do better at most things than most non-afflicted people. -more-


THE PUBLIC EYE:What to Expect in 2018

Bob Burnett
Friday January 12, 2018 - 04:54:00 PM

As we slosh into 2018, it's clear that while there are some negative carryovers from 2017, there's a lot that has changed for the positive over the past 12 months. We're still stuck with predator Trump and the associated madness. On the other hand, there has been a huge wave forming for -- lacking a better term -- a new women's movement. That bodes well for 2018. -more-


ECLECTIC RANT: North Korea gave thumbs up to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury

Ralph E. Stone
Friday January 12, 2018 - 04:46:00 PM

Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside Trump's White House, portrays an unflattering view of President Trump and much of his White House. Excerpts of the book had already appeared in New York Magazine.

Among the juiciest claims in the book:

* Trump's "ultimate goal” had never been to win the Oval Office. But he was excited about the exposure and opportunities to develop his brand;

* “I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head,” former aide Sam Nunberg told Wolff about the time he was sent to explain the Constitution to Trump early in the campaign;

* President Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, described a controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” to Wolff;

* Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a “moron” last year;

* “For (Treasury Secretary) Steve Mnuchin and (former Trump White House chief of staff) Reince Priebus, the president was an ‘idiot.’ For (former Goldman Sachs exec) Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as sh-t.’ For (National Security Adviser) H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on,” Wolff said;

* “It’s worse than you can imagine. An idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won't read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored. And his staff is no better. Kushner is an entitled baby who knows nothing. Bannon is an arrogant p---k who thinks he’s smarter than he is. Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits ... I am in a constant state of terror and shock,” Gary Cohn said in an email, according to Fire and Fury; and so on. -more-


Trump Being Trump

Trumpery

Gar Smith
Friday January 12, 2018 - 05:57:00 PM

Arts & Events

The Berkeley Activist's Calendar
January 14-21, 2018

Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition
Saturday January 13, 2018 - 11:46:00 AM

The draft agenda for the January 25, 2018 Zoning Adjustment Board is available for review and comment: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/zoningadjustmentsboard/

Email comments to: zab@cityofberkeley.info

1734 Spruce – legalize 7th dwelling bringing total 13 bedrooms are parcel

2556 Telegraph – The Village 5-story, 22 units, 2-live-work, 3358 commercial space

2190 Shattuck Ave – Certification Final EIR, 18-story mixed use building which will obstruct the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Campanile Way


The City Council January 23 meeting agenda is posted for review and comment:

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2018/01_Jan/City_Council__01-23-2018_-_Regular_Meeting_Agenda.aspx

Email comments to: council@cityofberkeley.info partial agenda listing:

16. Broadband Master Plan

30. Student Housing,

31. Ad Hoc Committees to be open to the public with minutes, 24 hour notice of meeting,

34 a. Surveillance Ordinance – Police Review Commission,

34b. Surveillance Ordinance – City Manager requesting delay to complete counter proposal

35. Significant Community Benefits

37a. Porta Potties – Homeless Commission, 37b. Porta Potties - City Manager,

39. Replace Berkeley City Limit signs to “Welcome to Berkeley”, LOVE LIFE!” “Sanctuary City” and “Ohlone Territory”,

43. Information Report – To Achieve Fairness and Impartiality-Report and Recommendations from Berkeley Police




Indivisible Berkeley's list of actions you can do from home: https://www.indivisibleberkeley.org/actions

The meeting list is also posted on the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition website:
http://www.sustainableberkeleycoalition.com/whats-ahead.html



Next week, day by day

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Protect Berkeley Shellmound, Sun, Jan 14, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 1900 Fourth Street,

Indivisible Berkeley General Assembly, Sun, Jan 14, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 1970 Chestnut St, Finnish Hall, -more-


New: Emanuel Ax Does Double-Duty with San Francisco Symphony

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Monday January 15, 2018 - 04:26:00 PM

Veteran pianist Emanuel Ax returned to Davies Hall Thursday-Saturday, January 11-13, to perform with the San Francisco Symphony in two piano concertos -- Mozart’s 14th in E-flat Major, K. 449, and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto Opus 42. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas led the orchestra in this program. Bookending the two piano concertos were Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, which opened the concert, and Richard Strauss’s tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel and His Merry Pranks, which closed the program. -more-


Back Stories

Opinion

Editorials

SB 827 (Skinner, D-Berkeley) will destroy local land use control 01-06-2018

The Editor's Back Fence

Skeptics and Sex 01-07-2018

Cartoons

Trumpery Gar Smith 01-12-2018

Public Comment

Salvadorans Tejinder Uberoi 01-13-2018

Berkeley Zoning Board Gets EIR on Shattuck High Rise John English 01-12-2018

Is Boycotting Charlie Hallowell's Restaurants a Good Solution? Alta 01-12-2018

The Minimum Wage: The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad Harry Brill 01-12-2018

The U.S. in Iran Jagjit Singh 01-07-2018

What Is Your History Worth? Carol Denney 01-06-2018

Stop an Impending Global Crisis Mark Altgelt 01-07-2018

Puerto Rico: The High Toll of Being Colonized Harry Brill 01-06-2018

Call Lethal Injection the Vile Torture It Is Stephen Cooper 01-07-2018

The Peril We All Face Due To Human Folly Jack Bragen 01-07-2018

Force and Violence in a Can Steve Martinot 01-07-2018

News

New: Amendments for Berkeley's Community Benefits Definition Thomas Lord 01-15-2018

Collision Victim was Berkeley Historical Society Volunteer Keith Burbank (BCN) 01-15-2018

New: Act Now to Make It Easier to Install Stop Signs Charles Siegel 01-15-2018

New: Berkeley Council Should Ensure that Developers of Tall Buildings Provide Significant Community Benefits Charlene M. Woodcock 01-15-2018

Letter to Berkeley Council Re Pepper Spray Use Dr. James McFadden 01-15-2018

New: Open Letter to Berkeley City Council in Response to January 16, 2018 Action Item 2018-2019 Strategic Plan Kelly Hammargren 01-15-2018

Berkeley Woman Dies in Collision with City Car Keith Burbank (BCN) 01-12-2018

Dorothy Calvetti Bryant
February 8, 1930 – December 21, 2017
Lorri Ungaretti 01-12-2018

SQUEAKY WHEEL: The Analog Age Toni Mester 01-07-2018

Columns

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Psychotic Anger Jack Bragen 01-12-2018

THE PUBLIC EYE:What to Expect in 2018 Bob Burnett 01-12-2018

ECLECTIC RANT: North Korea gave thumbs up to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury Ralph E. Stone 01-12-2018

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE: Dispatches Awards for 2017 Conn Hallinan 01-01-2018

ECLECTIC RANT: Congress, hands off Social Security Ralph E. Stone 01-06-2018

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: The Method of Retasking the Mind Jack Bragen 01-06-2018

Arts & Events

The Berkeley Activist's Calendar
January 14-21, 2018
Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition 01-13-2018

New: Emanuel Ax Does Double-Duty with San Francisco Symphony Reviewed by James Roy MacBean 01-15-2018

San Francisco Early Music Society Presents VAJRA VOICES Reviewed by James Roy MacBean 01-07-2018

The Berkeley Activist's Weekly Calendar, January 7-14, 2018 Kelly Hammargren, Sustainable Berkeley Coalition 01-06-2018