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[28 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Oakland Chinatown’s Salvation Army Feeds 1500 | ]

By Adelaide Chen    
On Thanksgiving Day, mostly elderly Chinese stood in line for a free meal hours before the doors opened at the Salvation Army in Oakland Chinatown.  The atmosphere was lively as a hundred volunteers brought plates of the traditional holiday food to crowds unfamiliar with turkey and mashed potatoes.

Berkeley, Civic Life, On Campus »

[26 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: UC Berkeley economist Romer named one of top economic advisors to Obama Administration | ]

Click to hear an audio report from Will Jason

Business, Fremont »

[26 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Career Centers See Wave of New Customers | ]

By Tyler Sipe  — 
East Bay area job centers have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people utilizing their services in the past few months.
Tina Dodson, the director of Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center in Newark, said foot traffic to the location has doubled in the past month, partly reflecting California’s dramatic half a percent increase in unemployment for October. 
The October state unemployment rate was at a 14-year high of 8.2 percent.  In Alameda County, it stood at 7.1 percent.
Dodson said the last big surge of interest in …

Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[25 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

By Guo Shipeng 
Chinese elders at Hotel Oakland, a seniors’ home on the edge of the Chinatown, had an early Thanksgiving party on Thursday November 20. Check out what it’s like.

Berkeley, On Campus »

[25 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: The View From Tightwad Hill | ]

By Angela Kilduff
At the Big Game on Saturday, hundreds of people watched from Tightwad Hill. Listen to their perspectives and learn about this history and future of Tightwad Hill.
Many thanks to everyone interviewed. Fans included (in order) are Ted Cotsen, Donald Oliver, Jennifer Gage, Harrison Chastang, Tim Wood, Kelly Peterson, Zach Lawryk and Paul White.

Berkeley, On Campus »

[24 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Envisioning a New Lower Sproul | ]

By Casey Miner —
Students lined up to enter a carnival on Lower Sproul Thursday afternoon, milling around, socializing, and investigating the inflatable tents and games arrayed around the plaza. To an unschooled passerby, the scene might look totally normal. To Nadesan Permaul, it’s all too rare.

Berkeley, Civic Life, On Campus »

[24 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

By Will Jason  —
What is the cost of leaving a computer on overnight? Two graduate students hope questions like that will help translate energy use into terms that everyone at University of California, Berkeley can understand.
Sam Borgeson and Omar Khan — students in building science and computer science, respectively — want to make campus energy use more transparent. They are gathering data on the energy used every day at dozens of campus buildings. Then they plan to display the results at a kiosk in the Free Speech Movement Cafe, in …

Business, Fremont »

[24 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Karen Weise  —
As Congress passed for now on giving a federal bailout to General Motors and other American automakers, local workers and residents are concerned about what a potential GM bankruptcy might mean for automobile production in the East Bay.

Berkeley »

[22 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Context in Court: The Tree-Sit and the Free Speech Movement | ]

By Angela Kilduff  — 
The lineage of the Berkeley tree-sit goes back to the Free Speech Movement (FSM) on UC Berkeley’s campus in the 1960s.
In September 2007, veteran Michael Rossman made this connection explicit. He joined tree-sit supporters in an act of civil disobedience, climbing over fences and rushing into the oak grove. Using the pseudonym “George,” he wrote about it in an editorial to the Berkeley Daily Planet.

Chinatown, Eastlake, Education, Oakland »

[22 Nov 2008 | Comments Off on Community College Students Outraged Over Financial Aid | ]

By Adelaide Chen  
Thousands of East Bay community college students attending Laney, Berkeley City, Merritt, and College of Alameda still have not received financial checks for the semester.
With a week left before Thanksgiving, over 2700 students still do not know the status of their financial aid offer and thousands more may not be aware that there are problems with their application.