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Three of its tracks will be auctioned off in the sale. Greenlight has been highly critical of Frank Stronach, the Canadian auto parts magnate whose Magna International originally owned the tracks before investors forced him to spin them off into a separate company because of ongoing losses. He controls the bulk of voting shares of both MID and the entertainment company, one of the reasons for the rising investor discontent.

Lieber said he hoped that the East Bay Regional Parks District would be able to obtain at least some of the site with the help of revenue bonds approved last year by voters in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Drug and alcohol use among Berkeley public school students is twice the national average, according to a survey cited by Berkeley Unified School District officials at a recent Berkeley Board of Education meeting.

Sponsored by the California Department of Education, the California Healthy Kids Survey is given every two years to fifth, seventh, ninth and 11th graders to reduce risky behaviors and help school districts identify areas for intervention. Cheung expressed the least confidence about data from the fifth-grade sampling since it showed the lowest participation rate 43 percent compared with the seventh 48 percent , ninth 68 percent and 11th 52 percent grades.

As compared with state and national figures, twice as many Berkeley ninth 31 percent and 11th graders 54 percent were drunk or high on school property, according to data self-reported in the spring survey, and twice as many students in the district reported smoking marijuana in the preceding 30 days.

The local data also showed that cigarette, drug and alcohol use among students increased from fifth to 11th grades, and there was higher consumption of alcohol, except at the fifth-grade level, than in the rest of the state and the nation. One bright spot in the survey was that relatively fewer 11th- and ninth-graders—about 10 percent—said that they had smoked a cigarette in the last 30 days, something district officials said correlates with the non-smoking culture encouraged in the city.

District Superintendent Bill Huyett and a majority of the school board members expressed concern about the high use of alcohol and drugs by students. He added that the district needed to improve participation rates for the California Healthy Kids Survey, especially since it was administered by teachers during class hours. They just do it for fun. If the students know how the state evaluates the data, they will take it seriously. Some school board members said that the high use of alcohol and drugs among students could stem from the fact that the city is more tolerant of drug culture than other places.

There needs to be a conscious effort on our parts to adopt an approach to deal with it. A fear of this survey often keeps principals from discussing things openly. Huyett agreed that the survey had raised a red flag for the district, adding that it was time to create a comprehensive plan about how to tackle this issue at the schools. This data, I think, is quite valid, frankly. We become too accepting of this condition. Huyett said that when students come to school stoned, it interferes with their learning abilities. We need to come back with plans and presentations on what we are going to do to change the present culture on drug and alcohol use.

Pink balloons, pink bow-ties, pink arm bands and even pink toilet seats marked a rally organized by the Berkeley Federation of Teachers Friday, March One hundred and twenty-seven teachers and counselors in the Berkeley Unified School District received preliminary layoff notices last week. Final layoff notices will go out in mid-May. District Superintendent William Huyett brought a glimmer of hope to the event, however, when he delivered a piece of good news to the crowd.

Huyett said the district would rescind 49 layoff notices this week for teachers of biology, social studies and physical education, as well as multi-credentialed teachers. This decision came after the Berkeley Board of Education told district officials at a school board meeting last week that the board was against raising class sizes even during the current budget crisis, Huyett said.

We are in this position today because our legislators could not agree upon a budget in a timely manner last year [and] because decisions about public education were made behind closed doors. Cathy Campbell, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, said she was outraged that the state was laying off teachers at a time when California ranks 47th nationally in per-pupil spending.

Campbell called on the community to lobby their legislators to release the federal stimulus dollars immediately to prevent further layoffs and cuts to programs. Rosemary Hannon, who teaches dance to students at Cragmont during release periods, said she was laid off from her job because she was on a temporary contract. Temporary teachers can be laid off without legal notifications. Cory Potts, a temporary kindergarten teacher at Cragmont, said that the layoffs were extremely demoralizing for younger teachers just starting out. This process is essentially creating a pool of temporary teachers who are losing tenure years due to no fault of their own.

Anne Scheele, a third-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, was hired in November and has now received a layoff notice. I spent the past year and a half at school getting my credentials. I have so much energy to give—I am worried about what these cuts mean for my students. AC Transit District, battered by the economic downturn, raised its regular bus fares by 25 cents and youth, senior and disabled fares by 15 cents last Wednesday night. AC Transit bowed to community concerns that it keep a campaign promise to allow its youth, senior, and disabled monthly passes to remain at their current level.

Board members said that cuts to some AC Transit bus lines are almost certainly to be implemented sometime later this year. Young, who was selected by the board to fill out the last two years of the four-year term of former board member Rebecca Kaplan.

Our fares are not our real problem. Harper was the only one of the seven board members at the March 11 meeting to vote against the increase. District reserves will is looking at running out of money sometime in the fiscal year beginning in July if it does not institute service cuts or find other sources of revenue. During the VV campaign, AC Transit officials promised voters that if they voted for VV, the district would not raise the rates for monthly passes for youth, seniors, and the disabled.

But [AC Transit is] in a really big hole. I made a promise to keep the passes for the seniors, disabled and youth where they are. Hambleton, who was appointed chief of police in March , has worked in the city for over three decades, starting out in as a trainee. We will miss him. Kamlarz said in the statement that the city was determined to find a good replacement for Hambleton. I believe that this process served us well and am confident that another community-based process will help us find a good fit to lead the department in the coming years.

The station has witnessed several FCC raids in the new century, including a Dec. The station first went on the air in the mids, she said. Berkeley Liberation Radio will continue to stand up because we feel it is our responsibility to take the keys away from the very people who are driving us to Armageddon. San Francisco Chronicle workers voted Friday to cut their benefits and extend their working hours so that fewer of their colleagues would lose their jobs.

San Francisco guild members voted to 33 in favor of the company offer, according to a statement issued by the union after the vote. That figure means a further 26 percent reduction in an already severely diminished staff. Among the concessions from the union were a 2. The final edition rolled off the presses Tuesday, March Another paper headed for the chopping block won a reprieve this week when the Gannet Co.

By Wednesday, March 18, the figure had reached 5, At that pace, is certain to soar ahead of the 15, jobs lost last year http: Berkeley planning commissioners are nearing the end of their rewrite of the Downtown Area Plan DAP , meeting even as this paper goes to press. Their version will go to the City Council along with the separate version prepared by the citizen committee initially charged with creating the new plan that will shape the city center in the next two decades.

During earlier sessions some commissioners also wanted to increase the number of high-rises allowed, but both changes could require a new EIR study to be done. If the City Council fails to meet the deadline, the university could begin cutting back on payments to compensate the city for the impacts of its building on city infrastructure. Deborah Badhia, executive director of the Downtown Berkeley Association, said that if development occurs on the lot, the building should maintain the same number of public parking spaces to provide for the needs of downtown businesses.

Barry Luboviski, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Alameda County Building and Trades Council, also added his voice in favor of more development, but asked the commission to include language in the plan calling for builders to pay workers prevailing wages, including health and pension benefits.

He also called for a section that would urge contractors to hire young workers from state-approved apprenticeship programs. While Walker also called on the commission to allow maximum possible development at the rear of the Golden Bear building at University Ave. Gene Poschman and Patti Dacey, two of the three non-development-sector members on the commission, immediately objected, saying they might need more time for discussions, but Stoloff said he would call for votes as planned. They also questioned the staff proposal to require the buildings to occupy a lot of at least 13,square-feet.

She told her colleagues last week that she was also worried that adding height closer to the residential neighborhoods would impact the ability of residents to generate power through solar panels. Planning and Development Director Dan Marks said that taller development would more than offset any greenhouse gas emission increases from loss of solar power. While chair David Stoloff insisted on limiting discussion on boundary and height issues to 15 minutes, even usual allies wanted more time.

Staff rebuffed a proposal to give planning commission a direct say in whether or not a new downtown historic district is created, noting that the function is given to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Eisner said design review for new buildings might be a joint decision, and Marks said staff might come up with language about reconsidering the landmarks ordinance. A former landmarks commissioner herself, like Novosel and James Samuels, Dacey was referring to the council-directed revision of the landmarks ordinance, which voters eventually blocked in a referendum last year.

It was with very great reluctance that we finally decided to sue.

The Long Wharf Terminal was built in by Pacific Coast Oil, extending 3, feet parallel to the shoreline and connected to the land by a 4,foot-long causeway. The massive project was built above and into publicly owned submerged, tidal and shoreline land. Standard Oil Company of California bought the wharf and causeway along with the refinery in , with the company becoming Chevron with the breakup of the parent company in The Long Wharf complex operated without a lease from the state until , when the oil company signed a year agreement a year after the original wooden structure was replaced with a concrete construction.

According to plaintiffs, the SLC, which negotiates contracts for all private uses of public lands, evaded the requirements of CEQA for 12 years after the original lease expired by delaying the start of work on the EIR until and delaying certification until Jan. In addition, the lease was backdated to a start date of July 1, In a subsequent action Feb. The three-member commission is chaired by Lt. Garamendi and Chiang both attended the Jan. The suit also contends that rather than describing the lease as the continuation of an existing project—the legal term for the subject of an EIR—the document should have treated the agreement as an entirely new project, given that there was no lease in place after the existing agreement had expired in Volker said completion of the Bay Trail was critical for the safety of the recreational users.

Dollestedt and a friend, Dan Weinstein, were biking the Bay Trail to Point Richmond along the dangerous segment which uses the freeway shoulder. Since Chevron owns the land on either side of the freeway and has refused to allow an extension of the trail through the area, claiming refinery security overrides public safety.

Weinstein was fatally injured and Dollestedt critically injured when a car swerved out of control and struck the two cyclists as they were cycling along the freeway shoulder. The attorney said the commissioners had indicated they favored an agreement to allow a trail extension during an earlier session last year, but had reversed course by the time of the January meeting.

Firefighters saved seven members of a West Berkeley family from a Friday the 13th early morning encounter with a silent, deadly killer—carbon monoxide. The rescue workers quickly discovered that the family members were all suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, with levels of the odorless gas inside the home nearly three times those at which emergency workers are required to don breathing gear, he said.

All the poisoning victims were given oxygen, and the unconscious victim, who had struck his head as he fell to the floor, was rushed to the Highland Hospital emergency room. Because of the multitude of victims, Berkeley called on other nearby departments to send ambulances to help in transporting the remaining six victims to other hospitals. The three others were dispatched to the Alta Bates Summit Medical center emergency room.

The earlier incident happened last month in an apartment building in the block of Durant Avenue. Alerted by the alarm of a carbon monoxide detector, a resident called and firefighters arrived before anyone was affected severely enough to require hospitalization. There was no detector in the residence in the latest, more serious incident. Berkeley police officers responded with guns drawn to a late-night incident at the downtown Berkeley BART station Wednesday, March 11, cordoning off sections of the station for approximately 30 minutes.

Officers with weapons drawn positioned themselves outside the entrances on either side of Shattuck Avenue and stayed on the scene until Cagaanan described the incident as an attempt to rob the victim of his cellphone. The victim refused medical treatment. Police were not able to find a weapon at the scene. Two suspects were detained on the platform but were released after the victim refused to give a statement or identify the suspects. Two young women, who requested the Planet withhold their names for fear of repercussions, told the Planet what they saw inside the BART train.

The two women said they boarded a Richmond-bound train at the Montgomery Street station in San Francisco. Seconds later, the women said, four men entered the car from the rear of the train and brutally beat the man, drawing blood. Passengers in the car panicked and ran to the back of the train. When the train arrived at the downtown station, the two women disembarked to find police armed and waiting. The victim and his assailants were still on the train.

Berkeley police have arrested three suspects in connection with a brutal home invasion robbery two weeks ago but five suspects remain at large. Police spokesman Andrew Frankel said the suspects are believed to be responsible for the incident in the block of Santa Barbara Road Feb. Berkeley detectives served search warrants at four locations in San Pablo and Richmond early Wednesday morning, Frankel said.

Information gathered during the warrants led to the execution of a fifth search warrant in Fairfield about 5 p. Frankel said a break in the case occurred when a patrol sergeant from the El Cerrito Police Department stopped a car driven by one of the suspects. The sergeant recognized the car and driver from a flier El Cerrito police received from Berkeley police last week, Frankel said.

The flier included photos of the suspects using stolen credit cards and a description of their vehicle. The people who have been arrested are Buk Khansuwong, a year-old Richmond man, Tien Vo, a year-old San Pablo woman, and a year-old boy from Richmond.

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Five suspects are still at large: Way and Bonita Avenue. One of them, who was armed with a hand gun, pointed it at the two occupants and ordered them to the floor. One suspect is described as a young white or Latino man, standing about 5 feet 6 inches, weighing pounds, and wearing a ski mask. He was armed with a revolver. His accomplice was a young white or Latino man, standing about 5 feet 9 inches, weighing pounds and wearing a black trenchcoat. The attack is unrelated to an earlier home invasion that took place on Feb.

In that instance, seven men and one women entered a home on the block of Santa Barbara road, tortured a mother and her son, and fled with stolen property. Three suspects in the attack were arrested last week. Five more are still at large. A year-old resident of Eola Street chased off two young women trying to break into her garage studio last Wednesday. The two girls fled and the year-old gave chase. When she grabbed hold of one of the would-be-burglars, the other girl threatened her with a knife. The woman let go, and the two girls fled.

No property was taken. A year-old man was attacked and robbed of his bicycle on Thursday evening, only for his assailant to be arrested a short time later. Evans, an Oakland resident, punched the year-old twice in the face, took his bicycle, and rode off. On Sunday evening, Berkeley police arrested two young men involved in a suspicious armed robbery at California and Harmon streets. Martin Gamma, 23, and Christian Bonilla, 24, were arrested outside the home of a year-old man, who accused Gamma and Bonilla of trying to rob him at gunpoint outside his home minutes earlier.

According to Officer Andrew Frankel, one suspect was taken into custody on the sidewalk, while his accomplice was detained in the side yard. Berkeley firefighters responded to an emergency call in the block of Roosevelt Avenue, only to discover that a resident had done more damage to himself than the fire had to his home.

Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong said the They arrived to find one occupant sitting on the ground, nursing a leg injured in his leap from the window. Inside the residence they found a mess in the form of a burned piece of carpet and the residue that is left after a dry fire extinguisher is used. Deputy Chief Dong said the small carpet fire had caught fire because it had been left on top of a floor heater, a common source of fires in Berkeley when temperatures drop. In addition to a dramatic rescue of a West Berkeley family stricken with carbon monoxide poisoning, firefighters simultaneously rescued a fallen hiker in the hills.

In light of recent threats by a Mr. Jim Sinkinson to Daily Planet advertisers, we feel we should clarify the policies of the paper, its overall mission, and the nature of this campaign of intimidation. The Daily Planet is first and foremost a city government watchdog. Our three staff reporters cover city government, its meetings and policies. Berkeley is a vibrant city and its citizens are not short of opinions. Consequently, it is only fitting that the community paper for the city that gave rise to the Free Speech Movement should have a lively and cacophonous opinion section.

We run more letters and op-eds than most papers. Our policy is to run every signed, coherent letter from locals, whether those letters address local, national or international topics. There are exceptions of course: The volume and focus of letters we receive fluctuate according to the news. When we receive more letters, we publish more letters, adding more pages to the paper or publishing additional letters on our website.

Commentary submissions are another story. Due to their length, we cannot publish all of them. We give priority to local writers writing on local topics, but also publish local writers on national and international topics. Only occasionally do we print letters and op-eds from writers beyond the East Bay. In the end, we publish perhaps 75 percent of our commentary submissions and about 90 percent of the letters we receive.

The most controversial topic is by far the Israel-Palestine conflict. The vast majority of our submissions on the topic include some criticism of Israel. This leads some, like Mr. Sinkinson—who has been pressuring our advertisers to withdraw their support—to accuse the paper of anti-Semitism. The Daily Planet is hardly alone in this regard. Newspapers large and small have been subject to these attacks. The Coastal Post, a small monthly newspaper in West Marin County, nearly closed its doors late last year as a result of these threats.

Even Jimmy Carter, a man whose primary legacy as president was his tireless attempt to establish peace in the Middle East, earning him the respect of both Israelis and the Palestinians—not to mention the Nobel Peace Prize—has not been immune. Though many could find much to disagree with in his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Carter made clear his belief in the validity of the Jewish state yet also criticized Israel for its role in prolonging the conflict and for its treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

For this he was branded an anti-Semite and even accused of having Nazi sympathies. Replace the name of the country involved and the absurdity becomes even more apparent. Is criticism of the United States anti-American? Was criticism of the Bush administration anti-Christian? These attacks also grossly distort long-established newspaper traditions. The opinion section represents the opinions of readers, not of the staff or management of the paper. The Daily Planet does not ordinarily publish unsigned editorials.

Only on a handful of occasions has she delved into the topic of the Middle East. This editorial is the first time all editors and the publisher are joining together to speak for the whole paper with one voice. The Planet has also published criticism of Israel in columns and in editorial cartoons. Again, these are signed opinion pieces and do not necessarily reflect the views of the paper. Conn Hallinan, a former journalism lecturer who attends synagogue with his Jewish wife and kids, writes a bi-monthly column on international issues, and his column often examines the Middle East.

The paper has also published cartoons by Justin DeFreitas on the topic—only a dozen or so in six years, fewer than half of which criticized Israel or U. An honest appraisal of his body of work would show as many cartoons critical of Hamas, Fatah and the PLO as of Israel, and more that simply comment on the endless tragedy of it all. Needless to say, Mr. Sinkinson and his partners are selective in what they choose to highlight, paying no attention to the countless articles we have run on other Jewish topics, from news stories about anti-Semitic graffiti on the UC Berkeley campus to reviews of Jewish film and music festivals.

The Daily Planet has published the work of many Jewish writers—staff, freelancers and contributors—with wide-ranging views on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The fact is that we receive almost no submissions that make a positive, proactive case for Israel. The only letters we receive from Israel supporters are in reaction to critics—letters that accuse those critics of bias and anti-Semitism. And we have printed many of these accusations over the years. In fact, the very people who accuse the paper of not representing their views have been given plenty of space in these pages to make their claims.

This is a false claim. Every time we print a letter accusing critics of Israel of anti-Semitism, we get a sizable backlash, with letters, phone calls and statements of support from Jews and gentiles alike who are disgusted with such shamelessly cynical tactics. The reality is that Mr. Sinkinson speaks for, as best we can tell, three or four locally based extremists who are eager to shut down the debate and the paper.

This website is run by local businessman John Gertz, who makes his living by licensing the Zorro trademark. Gertz has used these pages on many occasions to accuse others of anti-Semitism. When readers, after four or five years worth of such accusations from Mr. Gertz, called him on it, he threatened to sue the paper for libel, though he later backed off after consulting his attorney.

Informed that we would no longer publish him under the circumstances, Mr. Gertz launched a website of his own which Mr. Sinkinson is now using in his effort to see that the paper closes. When we received the commentary from our advertiser, Mary Lou Van Deventer, which documented what she had been able to discover about Mr. Sinkinson after receiving his threatening letter, we did a little research on our own. We discovered that he is the director of F. Facts and Logic About the Middle East , a notorious organization with offices in West Oakland which speaks for the ultra-right-wing of Israeli politics.

It is important to point out that although we have heard from several advertisers over the years that they have been subjected to this kind of intimidation, not one has ever reported any consequences. But if that were to happen, you can be sure the Daily Planet would make it known and would do everything it could to rally the community in defense. An ad in the Daily Planet merely demonstrates two things: We thank the numerous advertisers who have brought to our attention the ongoing effort of a few misguided people to suppress it.

The options for Bowl shoppers are either these dangerously huge Hummers or wee hand-held baskets that quickly become overloaded. Either can cause strain or injuries. If you agree, please tell the Bowl. Ninth Street bike lanes lead directly to the new Berkeley Bowl. All my old clunker needs is a back wheel rack to turn it into a shopper bike. Please join me by biking to the new Bowl. Parents at the Ecole Bilingue and Potter Creek residents will be grateful for less car traffic through their neighborhood.


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So, where is the information on the police log about what happened on Santa Barbara on Feb 24, why is it that it is only appearing in the Planet? What good is a police log if they hide the truth? How are we to know what goes on? The draft environmental impact report for our Downtown Area Plan had comments due March 13! But the community copy of this plan has not been available in the Public Library where it is supposed to be, since the Planning Commission delivered it weeks ago!

These documents are supposed to be kept at the Main Library reserve desk. To see them you need to give your ID to the librarian, and read the draft in the library. The weekend before comments were due, the library still had no copy available for the public. So I called the city to insist one be placed in the Main Library reserve, and that the comment deadline be extended. I was told they would not likely extend the deadline because many people had received the information already—the city had mailed copies to many organizations. I understand that a copy is now available at the Main Library for the citizens of Berkeley, but you would have had only a day to read and comment on the two-inch thick document because the deadline was March Third, the university emphasizes their veto power in three different places in the Settlement Agreement: Therefore, by approving the Settlement Agreement, the city impermissibly restricted its future land use regulatory discretion and compromised its independent environmental review.

The university expansion allowed by LRDP would impose a significant and inadequately mitigated environmental burden on both the City of Berkeley and Berkeley taxpayers.

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When your local city government puts together the annual budget, the council chambers are filled with people advocating for the rewards of funding services. Our California cities and counties are going through tough times, and Bay Area cities are no exception. Local lawmakers and residents fully expect that the city budget documents will disclose how planned budget cuts will impact direct services.

When budget cuts are proposed, we need to start examining the risk of each one. Please contact me at www. The website now has a link for making requests for audits. You can also weigh in on establishing an employee whistleblower hotline. This issue surfaced again because of the substantial bipartisan opposition to the appointment of Charles Freeman, Jr. The federal government and its branches are not simply neutral entities that are completely captive of lobbyists. On issues for which there is widespread agreement among elected officials, they are reflecting political perspectives that favor American ruling class interests.

For decades, Israel and the United States have enjoyed a very close symbiotic relationship. Israel has often been the proxy for American foreign policy interests. It saved the United States considerable embarrassment. In fact, when as a result of political pressures that compelled the United States to suspend military shipments to Columbia, Israel took its place as the major exporter of military equipment to that country. Although it is well known that Israel is among the major importers of military equipment from the United States, Israel supplies the United States.

Among the 55 countries that export military aircraft and parts to the U. Because bullet manufacturers in the U. According to a high ranking army officer, the Israeli firm that supplied the bullets was one of only two worldwide that could meet U. Of course it does. But nevertheless, the decidedly pro-Israel bent of our government is rooted mainly in its foreign policy objectives, which Israel has been most willing to serve. Has anyone speculated on the real reason that Arab and Muslim countries are obsessed with the destruction of Israel?

Israel is a potential threat to the status of the Middle East. The only democracy, raising the standard of living for its citizens, including Muslim and Christian Israeli citizens. A leading contributor to world technology developments, higher education standards, science, music and art. It would be just a matter of time when the people of other middle eastern states begin to move toward bettering their lives and ousting their rulers, seeing Israel as an example of the possible.

First, I do not manage the website in question, nor do I have any connection with it. This website was established by Berkeley citizens who also believe the Daily Planet is anti-Semitic and guilty of a range of journalistic malfeasance, and the site offers copious documentation of this. Second, I accuse the Daily Planet of obsessively publishing anti-Israel messages, many of which frequently cross the line into anti-Semitism. I never maintained that the messages were written by Daily Planet staff though the paid contributions of Conn Hallinan and other correspondents often fall into this category.

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It lumps all black people together and holds them collectively responsible for the actions of people they have no control over, just because of the color of their skin. Yet East Bay citizens are subjected to this kind of hate speech in virtually every issue of the Planet.

No, this is not a First Amendment issue. The Daily Planet publishers have every right to print anything they want—from sloppy journalism and outrageously one-sided coverage to anti-Semitism. But does it make good business sense for local merchants to support such reprehensible publishing? Do advertisers really think customers will be attracted to them when they see their ad adrift in a sea of one-sided polemics and hate?

The commentary in question should have said that Mr. It was corrected in our online edition. The website is managed by Berkeley businessman John Gertz, a long-time critic of the Daily Planet who has often been given space in these pages to accuse the paper and some of its readers and contributors of anti-Semitism. Predicting the future is difficult, but many still insist on gambling and putting future generations at risk. BHA meetings were allocated a few minutes before City Council meetings. Two years ago, the City Council reconstituted the BHA as a mostly-separate agency, and it has been successful in resolving some of its chronic problems.

But it was set it up to fail economically because its employees must be paid expensive City of Berkeley salaries. The result will be that low-income, elderly and disabled tenants will no longer be able to afford to live in Berkeley and the vouchers will be dispersed into other communities and unincorporated areas of the county. Section 8 individuals and families who choose to remain living in Berkeley will be paying well over 40 percent of their income toward rent.

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By the time the Ed Roberts Campus independent living center which does not provide housing per se opens next year, disabled tenants will no longer be able to afford to live in Berkeley if the BHA does not receive a subsidy. Keeping the reconstituted housing authority in Berkeley makes economic sense and helps preserve the fabric of the community.

Section 8 tenants and interested community members need to show their support by providing public comment at the Housing Advisory Commission HAC and at City Council meetings. The next HAC meeting is at 7 p. My original letter pointed out the rationale behind the superior route for children from Emerson school to Clark Kerr Campus. Barricades there mean very little traffic passes through that intersection. Traffic passes right through that intersection. I agree that AC Transit should not get exclusive use of two lanes out of four, but I also want to seriously decrease auto usage by single drivers.

A strictly enforced rush hour exclusion of single drivers in the two center lanes would both move the buses and allow the lighter traffic in off hours to flow. It will actually encourage people to keep driving and thus potentially put more cars on the streets of Berkeley and Oakland, although obviously Mr. Tilleman and his neighbors have not thought about the impact of his proposal on their neighbors to the south.


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The traffic flow benefits would soon be outweighed by more cars on the streets. In addition, buses would either have to be consigned to the slower outside lanes thus defeating the object of making transit faster or else passengers would be let off at islands on these now faster flowing and more dangerous express lanes, thus endangering pedestrians way more than the BRT proposal.

Not to mention the environmental purpose of reducing individual vehicle emissions, which Mr. Tilleman is ignoring entirely. I lived in Berkeley for about 10 years, and am so glad I no longer do. The purpose of giving a dedicated lane to BRT buses is to provide an uninterrupted reserved lane for BRT buses to move faster than other vehicles and correct to some extent the imbalance that exists between substantial facilities made for personal vehicles in contrast to buses, because buses can carry many more commuters than personal vehicles.

This purpose is defeated by allowing other vehicles to use the priority lane. Experience from around the globe has shown that no amount of road space given to cars can reduce congestion. On the other hand providing a reserved lane for BRT buses can, if other provisions are put in place, reduce road congestion and requirement for parking areas which are needed for cars but not for BRT buses.

A small video on You Tube shows this very effectively: AC Transit has been emboldened by its victories at the polls in November People voted for VV because they were promised that its passage would prevent fares from being raised. At its most recent meeting, the board broke its Measure VV promise and voted to raise fares, with more increases planned for the future.

It is difficult to imagine a more ridiculous way to squander money than advertising for BRT. He is not abused but obviously neglected and almost never gets to go out on walks. He is a guard dog for the family and therefore does receives little attention or care from his owners. All animals deserve adequate food, water, exercise, shelter and healthcare, if injured or sick. Every time I see this dog, my heart breaks for him and all of the neglected dogs in this town.

If you cannot provide this minimal amount of care for your animal, please be open to anyone who offers to help. My grumpy reaction to the May election is that we need to put a cap on Republicans in the Legislature, not on spending. Either that, or get rid of the two-thirds requirement. Seriously, we do need some responsible fiscal constraint. I suggest that for any earmark, have a requirement to cap the expenditure to a fixed percent of a specific revenue source. This way, if the revenue source falls short, the earmarked expenditure takes a cut. To keep the earmark, the source tax or fee would have to be increased.

The push to redact Prop. However, there cannot be strong queer families without strong queer communities. Too many people in our community think that they doing enough simply by taping a jumbo sized Stop Prop. Poverty is a queer issue. Only 5 percent of adults aged who are in college or are employed identify as being on the LGBTQ spectrum. However, 20 percent of adults aged who are not in college nor are employed are LGBTQ; these individuals also do not have stable housing. For the older generations, debt and the potential for poverty are burdens. Studies show that compared to their straight peers, LGBTQ seniors have less savings and have more problems with debt.

Mental health is a queer issue. A third of queer youth teens and somethings attempt suicide; queer youth are four times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide. Older LGBTQ generations also face increased rates of depression, anxiety, and other emotional health problems, compared to their straight peers. While Berkeley has the Pacific Center and gay city councilmembers, these resources are not being put to strong use. The Pacific Center closes it doors to the poor. It has become an elite fortress, even holding community events in affluent settings—such as the regular meet-and-great at Le Bateau Ivre, so poor people cannot join in.

The center also turns it back on the disabled; anyone they know to have a mental health clinical diagnosis is not allowed to enter the Pacific Center. Queers with developmental disorders are not allowed inside the Pacific Center. Kriss Worthington, who is vocal on progressive issues at city meetings, is silent on queer issues except of course Prop.

There is no state proposition stopping such a program. Sure, Abe had faults, but if you look into why he is admired around the world, one finds in his words an integrity and vision of a nation that would take care of those who suffer. I like the system and wish it might prevail everywhere. One of the reasons I am opposed to slavery is just here. Quotes extracted from a booklet of Lincoln sayings distributed to inspire a spirit of democracy for the fight against Hitler and company.

Then it got moved to the first Saturday night in April. Then a Republican Congressman from Texas introduced the Energy Policy Act of , which called for moving the start of daylight savings to the second Sunday in March. The decision to begin daylight savings in the first half of March did not come about as a result of public dialogue. No polls were taken, and for good reason—most people would have opposed it. And yet here we are going along with this decision made without our knowledge, handed down in authoritarian style without any public dialogue.

The establishment press simply announced the early time-change, as though reporting the change was all that was wanting—not whether we ought to begin daylight savings so early, but simply that we are. It was more of an order than an announcement. This year, after having had a whopping four months of regular time—for the third year in a row—we obligingly set our clocks ahead one hour, starting March 8.

But we got it anyway. Burning the candle in the morning cancels out any savings of fuel in the evening. The least we can do is personally boycott the pre-mature time-change by setting our clocks back an hour until April 25, and urge our representatives in Congress to restore the final Saturday night in April as the start of daylight savings.

Last November, Californians enacted Proposition 2 requiring that animals raised for food be provided sufficient space to turn around and stretch their limbs. Unfortunately, the new law does not prevent deprivation, mutilation, suffocation, and other atrocities perpetrated in factory farms and slaughterhouses. This is why I have joined Operation Prop. This week, the campaign is getting a boost from the global observance of the Great American Meatout www.

Thousands of grassroots participants ask their friends and neighbors to welcome spring by kicking the meat habit and exploring a wholesome, nonviolent diet of vegetables, fruits, and grains. Thank you Mary Lou Van Deventer for the time you took to research and write your March 12 commentary. Of course, the reason I take out ads is to establish good rapport with the community and to encourage people to come to Expressions Gallery and support its artists and events. I do not want to be in a paper that is viewed as one-sided or biased or losing supporters. There was a form attached to withdraw from advertising for me to fill out.

I paused … should I fill this out and send it in? I certainly began to worry. So it is easy to see how one might just fill out that form and send it in. Of course, one did sign a contract, and a contract is for a period of time and a certain number of issues, and if I withdrew, would the Planet then sue me for breach of contract or just require that I pay the full amount whether or not I continued? That thought gave me a bit of a pause. I started to think about the underlying issue of freedom of speech. The Planet states it supports this without censorship and without bias, regardless of their own opinions.

If the readers who write in are all on one side, how does the paper remain unbiased? Sinkinson is right—it is not so much what the readers write, but what the paper chooses to publish and how often. I then wanted to have more information about what the original articles said and what was in the paper on the same day, and how many times theses issues were published. But who has time to do all that research? Thanks to Mary Lou Van Deventer, that research was done. I started thinking about other papers which publish far fewer letters from its readers.

Should a paper select articles from both sides to publish on the same day? Should they be writing more? If they did write in their opposing view, would the paper still be considered biased? Sinkinson write a letter to the editor and voice his opposite opinion and change the balance instead of spending all this money, energy and effort to sink the paper? At this point I wanted everything to just go away. Who needs this extra complication? I called my advertising representative at the paper. I wanted to hear what they were doing and thinking about this.

I wanted to know how big this group of people led by Mr.

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Sinkinson was, and whether the paper had dealt with him before? I wanted to know if there have been, if there might be, repercussions for advertisers who continued to publish ads. I wanted to know what their lawyer said about this. What protections would advertisers have against repercussions should they continue?

I wanted to know how they retained free speech and an unbiased approach to news when they had to select from many letters? I learned that they publish about 75 percent of the letters they get, regardless of the subject matter or opinions of the readers. They do not publish unsigned letters and they eliminate obscene language. Other than that, they do not censor letters or select topics. When space is limited in the paper, they publish more letters online.

My conclusion is that I should not bail out. I like the freedom of speech approach of the paper and I do not like Mr. I was scared, but I will stand up for freedom and for a paper that supports this right. I want to see the Daily Planet survive. But mostly, I want our freedom of expression to survive, and walking away is not the way to do that. Jim Sinkinson, who sent out the misleading packet to Daily Planet advertisers accusing the paper of anti-Semitism and suggesting that they close their accounts, is, among other things, the director of F.

These folks, however many of them there are two? In the strange world of F. Not only was the highly respected Charles Freeman hounded out of a position for which he was eminently suited and which would have done us all a world of good honest reporting of intelligence to the White House for the first time in at least eight years , but the orchestrator of the attack is known to have been Steven Rosen, disgraced former head of AIPAC, forced to step down because of espionage charges for which he still faces trial.

And our new president, Barack Obama, for whom so many have had such high hopes, blinked fast, refusing to utter a bleat against the Israel lobby, even when its representative du jour is unsavory and possibly criminal. Under these circumstances it may seem strange for me to say that the current situation not only will not last but is actually fragile.

Still unknown is what will happen when this slowing top falls over.

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Or Jews pack up, after a war or not, and go home a la Algeria from which, by the way, many Jews decamped. Or a red calf is born at last and the temple is rebuilt and the anti-Christ shows up and all the faithful are raptured off to Heaven. The only firm prediction I can make is that 50 years from now, or maybe 10, or maybe two, things there, as well as things here, will be vastly different from what they are now. Just as the Cold War required Communists in our washrooms, Zionism needs to find anti-Semitism everywhere, because without it, the state of Israel has no reason for existence.

But is anti-Semitism truly the changeless and universal attitude of all gentiles towards the Jews?

Do Jews really belong only in the state of Israel and nowhere else? Most, not all, of those who are blatantly anti-Semitic seem like less educated persons than the average. When I told the woman I was Jewish, she suddenly became very flustered, and acted as though she had said something wrong. This is the oldest therapeutic trick in the book: When a consumer is upset, the therapist asks for all the details of the incident that made them unhappy. So, at the time, I was able to repeat back several comments she had made that were both anti-Semitic and prejudiced against African American people.

I never saw the counselor work at that center after that. The fact is that anti-Semitism is all over the place. It is not the rarity that many people may think it is. There are thousands of Jews who do not agree with everything Israel does. I recall seeing one or two articles in the Planet about Israel which I did not completely agree with. Israel has a right to defend itself. Yet it is the manner in which Israel does that which will show a level of extremism or lack of it. Jews are not superior. Those who believe Jews are the only ones who have been persecuted are not correct. Those who believe Jews are not capable of the very same atrocities that have been done to us are wrong.

I do not know whether or not Israel is a bit overboard in its zeal to preserve itself. I do not think the truth is clear and obvious about this matter, which is an extremely complex and difficult one. I know that there is room to disagree, and doing so in a rational, honest and open minded manner is not bigotry. So there have been people outside Berkeley Bowl urging people to boycott Israeli products. I understand that you are ticked off at Israel and in love with the Palestinians. So, you want to boycott Israel and Israeli academic institutions?

Check all your medications. Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops, lotions made by Abic or Teva. Or any antibiotics, penicillin or non-penicillin. Or Pravachol pravastatin ,. Sure, it may mean that you will suffer from reflux, chest pain, arthritis pain, cancer, diabetes, suicidal thoughts, depression, infections or bacterial assaults Teva also makes the generics for pet antibiotics, so hopefully you will have healthy domestic animals while you boycott.

While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the medical contributions to the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how about telling your pals to boycott the following: An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of multiple sclerosis. So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli academic patent that may more accurately diagnose their symptoms.

An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralyzed hands. This device electrically stimulates the muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries. If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel and Israeli academic institutions. Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood.

This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from the Israeli know-how you wish to block. Boycotts often affect research. Two Israelis received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. For the thousands of women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids, the development, in Israel, of the ExAblate System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a noninvasive alternative to surgery.

These are just a few of the projects that you can help stop with your Israeli boycott. Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel. So, set a personal example Computers should have a sign attached saying Israel Inside. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrum processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.

So, due to your complete boycott of Israel and Israeli academic institutions, you can now have poor health and no computer. But your bad news does not end there. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli scientists. Part of your personal security rests with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of their urgent necessity to protect and defend our lives from the terrorists you support.

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