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News Notes: Budget cuts lead to UCSC hunger strike

Leyna Lightman, The Public Press — May 27 2009 - 11:28pm

In anticipation of Wednesday’s Earth Day celebration, Berkeley Farmers’ Market has stepped up to the “green” plate – by becoming the first market in the nation to eliminate all plastic bags and packaging.

“We’ve been anti-plastic for a long time, but we’re also committed to our farmers and didn’t want to negatively impact them through diminished sales or costs,” said Ben Feldman, program manager of The Ecology Center – an environmental non-profit that has run the markets since 1987.

The market launched its “Zero Waste” campaign March 7, demanding all farmers’ market refuse be recyclable or compostable. The new rule includes materials for bagging produce as well as containers and utensils for prepared foods.

Student records lost in Oakland

Mical Asefaw, Crosscurrents on KALW Public Radio — May 23 2009 - 5:46pm

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By Mical Asefaw 
“Crosscurrents” on KALW Radio - Media from dublit

It’s the end of lunch at Media Academy in Oakland, and students are heading back to class. One of them is Ronald Johnson. He’s a good student and he’s involved in lots of extracurricular activities.

“I’m in leadership, head of sound crew, I’m editor-in-chief at the newspaper,” he said. He’s also a second-year senior who was supposed to graduate last year.

Johnson gets help from Javarte Bamino, a college counselor with the independent program TRIO College Prep. “Ronald had to repeat his senior year because his freshman-year grades weren’t in the system,” Bamino said. “And we couldn’t find any of his information from his freshman year, so he just went from the ninth- to 10th-grade year, so he missed 65 credits.”

That’s right. Johnson’s freshman year was just lost -- like it never happened. And because there is no record of him ever having attending his freshman year, his college applications we considered incomplete.

Farmers’ Market says no to all plastics

Leyna Lightman, Apr 22 2009 - 3:11pm

In anticipation of Wednesday’s Earth Day celebration, Berkeley Farmers’ Market has stepped up to the “green” plate – by becoming the first market in the nation to eliminate all plastic bags and packaging.

“We’ve been anti-plastic for a long time, but we’re also committed to our farmers and didn’t want to negatively impact them through diminished sales or costs,” said Ben Feldman, program manager of The Ecology Center – an environmental non-profit that has run the markets since 1987.

The market launched its “Zero Waste” campaign March 7, demanding all farmers’ market refuse be recyclable or compostable. The new rule includes materials for bagging produce as well as containers and utensils for prepared foods.

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