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  1. Mentally ill man committed for 33 years to life for killing Berkeley manRead the original story

    May 29, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    A 26-year-old man who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia was committed today to 33 years to life at a state mental hospital for murdering a homeowner in the Berkeley hills three years ago. Daniel Jordan Dewitt stood quietly and didn't say anything while family members of the man he killed, 67-year-old Peter Cukor, said the legal system failed because it didn't keep Dewitt institutionalized even though his mental health problems were well-documented.

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  2. Parking Meter Hour Extension: an open letter to Mayor Bates and...Read the original story

    May 29, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    As your constituent, I urge you to reject the idea of extending Berkeley parking-meter hours beyond 6 pm. On balance, I believe you will find this proposal extremely unpopular, divisive, and counterproductive.

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  3. International Theater & Music in the Bay Area: Part One, The San...Read the original story

    May 29, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    There's been a great profusion of international theater and related music events springing up all over the Bay Area the past few weeks, some of it by touring groups, some by residential companies--and the biggest producer for them, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, which presents moire than 70 ensembles and individual performers over three weeks, has shows continuing through this weekend and next, until Sunday, June 7th, at Fort Mason, including performers from Berkeley as well as from all over the world.

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  4. Impact Fees and Community Benefits: An Open Letter to the Berkeley City CouncilRead the original story

    May 29, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    I have been following the debate over significant public benefits as required by for properties over 6 stories in the downtown. Developers are already required by Municipal Code Chapter 22, section 20 to mitigate any negative impacts caused by their development.

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  5. Bates: Berkeley must incentivize office tower downtownRead the original story

    May 29, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    Say what? Did Mayor Tom Bates really say that the purpose of the zoning code requirement for asking "significant community benefits" from the seven allowable extra-tall buildings in Berkeley's downtown was to "incentivize" [his word, not mine] building some office towers here? This is the quote as transcribed from Tuesday's City Council meeting: "So the idea was we would incentivize people to--hopefully, we would like to see the buildings constructed but it also-- in the future people look at this-- hoping we are going to incentivize people to build office buildings rather than just build apartments.

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  6. Woman sobs as she recounts fatal shooting in BerkeleyRead the original story

    May 27, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    A woman broke down in tears on the witness stand today as she recounted an incident in Berkeley last December in which she was wounded and her fiance was killed in a shooting during a medical marijuana deal that went wrong. Rebekah Cleberg, 28, said she held the head of Kamahl Middleton, 36, after they both were shot in a parking lot near San Pablo and University avenues at about 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 29 and, "I kept telling him I loved him" as he was dying.

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  7. Housing First - But Not in BerkeleyRead the original story

    May 26, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    "Service providers" train like Olympic athletes for the moment in spring when the city allows the sweet smell of a small pot of money to drift under their nostrils. Coupled with a city manager's dry recommendation that their program get zero funding, any previously vocal political opposition to repressive anti-homeless policies starts to get the soft-pedal in case it can save their already cut-to-the-bone program and an already scrambled handful of jobs.

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  8. Interesting Times: Part 2Read the original story

    May 26, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    In Part 1 we observed that the times are changing and a new vision of what our future will be like is beginning to emerge. The advances made in energy efficiency will change how we live and the world we create for tomorrow.

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  9. A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post OfficesRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    The U.S. Postal Service, now headed by a governing body that favors privatization, is closing and selling off many post office buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reducing postal services and cutting public sector union jobs. Many of these historic post offices have murals and art created during the 1930s New Deal.

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  10. Film Review:Counting from Infinity: It's a Math-erpieceRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    If you are looking for a total break from movies involving wise-cracking action heroes battling it out in Hollywood's latest CGI-fest, you might want to seek out Counting from Infinity -a quiet, simple, and smartly seductive documentary about a humble mathematician named Yitang Zhang. The film-produced by Oakland-based director George Csicsery and partly shot in Berkeley-was screened at a special one-night event at Berkeley's Elmwood theatre on May 21, with the director and a panel of local mathematicians on hand to celebrate the event.

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  11. Fund Affordable Housing with Windfall Profits Tax on Rising RentsRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    Cities around the Bay Area desperately need money for affordable housing and there is a potential source of funding that is right in front of them. Rents in the San Francisco Bay Area are among the highest in the country and are likely to keep going up for the foreseeable future, creating an affordability crisis for tenants.

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  12. Item 35 May 26 Berkeley City Council Meeting: Significant Community BenefitsRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    We are concerned that the proposed community benefits associated with large downtown developments are woefully inadequate based on the City's own assessment in the Downtown Area Plan and likely profits from City-granted planning permission to increase height at the sites. The proposed assessment should be evaluated against the numbers the City itself developed as part of the economic analysis accompanying the Downtown Area Plan.

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  13. The Capitelli/Bates Proposal Yields No Benefits for BerkeleyRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    Our email is aflame with expressions of outrage directed at the Capitelli/Bates proposal to give away the so-called "significant community benefits" payoff which citizens are supposed to get for permitting Los Angeles speculators to acquire entitlements to build a condo tower more 190 feet tall on the site which now houses the Shattuck Cinema and the Habitot children's center. Since the applicant has supplied no pro forma financial calculations, and since the project description on which the EIR is supposedly based keeps morphing to suit the prevailing winds, estimates of the extent of the giveaway differ, but no one who's copied the Planet on their outraged letters seems to think it's a good deal.

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  14. Significant Community Benefits: an open letter to the Berkeley City CouncilRead the original story

    May 22, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    Please vote to reject the recommendation from Mayor Bates and Councilmember Capitelli. It's offensive that this item was snuck onto the agenda at the last possible moment and is scheduled as the very last agenda item, an obvious attempt to discourage citizen participation in discussion of this issue, despite the enormous public interest that has been shown to date.

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  15. Open Letter to the Berkeley City CouncilRead the original story

    May 21, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club is concerned that the significant community benefits to be provided by developers of large developments in the downtown, as proposed by Mayor Bates and Councilmember Capitelli for consideration at the Council's May 26 meeting, are inadequate and require unacceptable tradeoffs between needed labor practices and affordable housing. We appreciate the efforts of the council to allow community input into setting a City standard for significant community benefits, rather than allowing developers to offer these on a case-by-case basis.

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  16. Fund Affordable Housing with Windfall Profits Tax on Rising RentsRead the original story

    May 20, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    Cities around the Bay Area desperately need money for affordable housing and there is a potential source of funding that is right in front of them. Rents in the San Francisco Bay Area are among the highest in the country and are likely to keep going up for the foreseeable future, creating an affordability crisis for tenants.

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  17. Guess What? Now It's Open Sesame for Promoters in BerkeleyRead the original story

    May 15, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    Now you see it, now you don't. The "Authorized Personel Only" sign which used to be here has vanished.

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  18. Berkeley Needs a Moratorium on High-Rent UnitsRead the original story

    May 15, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    According to City of Berkeley Housing Elements , from 2001-2006 Berkeley provided 166% of its regional housing unit needs for above median income housing or 757 units for its 455 requirement. That left us 302 units ahead of our fair share for that time period.

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  19. Forums Will Focus on San Pablo Avenue DevelopmentRead the original story

    May 15, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    The first meeting will be a neighbor led discussion on Saturday May 16 from 3-5 pm in the community room of the West Berkeley Library at 1125 University Avenue. Residents concerned about zoning in the R-1A and CW are invited to attend.

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  20. Bill Does Berkeley: De Blasio on the RoadRead the original story

    May 15, 2015 | Berkeley Daily Planet

    The De Blasio Express blew into Berkeley yesterday, and if I were inclined to mix metaphors I might opine that the newly-minted Mayor of New York is gunning for bigger game. If you believe the New York Times, some of his constituents think so too.

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