UNDERCURRENTS OF THE EAST BAY AND BEYOND

Columns Written For The Berkeley Daily Planet Newspaper, Berkeley, CA

2004

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Homicides Dropping?


Oakland's Brown Administration Sees A One-Year Dip And Ignores The Long-Term Trend
December 31, 2004

The End Of The Age Of Reason


Randolph Ward

Oakland's School Administrator Goes After More Schools
December 17, 2004

The Quagmire
The War Takes A Turn On Oakland's Streets
December 10, 2004

Jerry Brown's Political Poker
The Mayor Gets Things In Line For His Attorney General Campaign
December 3, 2004

A Three-Fingered Sermon
Moral And Political Choices For My Democratic Friends
November 26, 2004

Where Would Jesus Go?
George W. Bush, Bob Jones III, And "Or Else Religion"
November 19, 2004

Taking A Breath In The Middle Of The Fight
While Evidence Is Being Gathered On Irregularities In the 2004 Presidential Election, My Democratic Friends Ought To Be Cautious About What They Say
November 12, 2004

Exit Polls And Diebold
Which One Was Right In The Presidential Election?
November 5, 2004

Word's Legacy
Answering A Reader's Criticism Of Being Too Hard On Chief Richard Word
October 29, 2004

Word Out
Oakland's Police Chief, Failing, Bails Out
October 22, 2004

Relatively Speaking
Are Oakland's Murders Dropping Or Going Up?óDepends On Your Point Of View
October 15, 2004

Dropping Towards A Draft?
Filling Military Needs In The Iraq Era
October 8, 2004

The Word On Oakland's Street Shrines (Part II)
More Questions About Oakland Chief Word's New Anti-Shrine Policy
October 1, 2004

The Word On Oakland's Street Shrines (Part I)


Shrine at San Francisco's SBC Park

Oakland's Police Chief Unilaterally Bans Street Memorials To Those Who Died Violent Deaths
September 24, 2004

Twist And Shout
Bush's Successful Election Tactics (So Far) Mirror His Followers' World View
September 17, 2004

Waking Up The Sleeping
Iraq And A Portion Of The American Character We Don't Usually Like To Talk About
September 10, 2004

Vietnam Rising
The Intrusion Of An Old War Into A New Presidential Campaign
September 3, 2004

Prepaid Policing, Part Two
In Which We Discuss The Interesting Reaction To The Original Prepaid Policing Column
August 27, 2004

Let Kerry Be Kerry
Vague Is Good When It Comes To The Senator's Iraq Exit Plan
August 20, 2004

Prepaid Policing
In Which A North Oakland Community Group Buys Prepaid Cellphone Service For The Oakland Police Department, And Therefore Gets Their Telephone Calls Answered More Than Anyone Else
August 13, 2004

Bro' Brown And The Tarzaghibaby (Part Two)

Jaques Barzaghi

How The Artful Oakland Mayor Got Himself Out Of The Barzaghi Trap
August 6, 2004

Bro' Brown And The Tarzaghibaby (Part One)

How The Artful Mayor Brown Got Himself Into The Barzaghi Trap
July 30, 2004


The Entertainment Factor
Governor Schwarzenegger Takes On The "Girlie-Men" Of The California Legislature
July 23, 2004

Mind, Florida
Voting Rights And Presidential Politics
July 16, 2004

Fire In The Sky
Oakland Battles Over Neighborhood Fireworks Celebrations
July 9, 2004

Symbols
The Bush Administration On The Run Out Of Iraq
July 2, 2004

Giving Away The Store
In Oakland, Concessions To Developers Continue Unchecked
June 25, 2004

Putting Down The Hammer
Continuing The Discussion Of Oakland's Response To Carijama
June 18, 2004

No Answer
A Councilmember, Carijama, And The Castlemont Shootings
June 11, 2004

The Deja View
The Beginning Of Another Long, Hot Summer In Oakland?
June 4, 2004

The Rats Of Our Intolerence
Or How We Came To Hate The Muslims
May 28, 2004

Coming Out Of The Closet At The Sign Of Smoke
The Lawsuit To Overturn The Oakland School Takeover
May 21, 2004

Violent Assumptions
In Abandoning Carijama, Oakland Abandons Much More
May 14, 2004

Representing
What Brought Us To The Dungeons At Abu Ghraib
May 7, 2004

Being Picky-Picky
While Chopping Liver


Jerry Brown

How Oakland's Mayor Stacks Up
April 30, 2004

Idle Thoughts In The Aftermath
Fighting, Voting, And The President's News Conference
April 23, 2004

The Apples At The Bottom Of The Bowl
On Winning While Losing Your Soul
April 16, 2004

Just Say Go
How A President Kerry Could Get Us Out Of Iraq
April 9, 2004

"Anything"
Once Again, The Mayor's Arts School Gets All The Attention
April 2, 2004

Frankly Speaking
Or Why I Trust My Neighbor More Than I Trust The Police
March 26, 2004

The Said, The Unsaid, And Mr. Connerly
Race (Again) And The UC Regent
March 19, 2004

Gotten And Gettin'
The State's Intervention In Three East Bay School Districts
March 15, 2004

Rice Calling Cotton
The U.S. Takes Out The Elected Haitian Leader
March 5, 2004

Missing Councilmembers And Hissing Republicans
Reflections On The Continuingly Invisible Mr. Chang And On Intolerance Of The California GOP
February 27, 2004

On Tyranny
After The Oakland School Takeover, Now The Suppression Of Dissent
February 20, 2004

The Impact Of Operation Impact
1,564 Traffic Tickets, 908 Vehicles Towed, and the Murders Go On
February 13, 2004

Visibility, Invisibility
The Invisible Henry Chang, The Very Visible Operation Impact
February 6, 2004

Accidents
Was The Possible Sale Of The Administration Building Behind The State Seizure Of The Oakland Schools?
January 30, 2004

You're Joking
Jerry Brown Giggles While Oakland Burns
January 23, 2004

Intentions
Trusting Randolph Ward And The Drive To Close Down 5 Oakland Schools
January 16, 2004

Tough Choices
Who Actually Had To Make Them For The Oakland Public Schools
January 9, 2004

Life On The Street
Oakland's Response To Violence
January 2, 2004


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