A Few Words from a David Grefrath, who is currently in jail for farming
On Saturday, May 11th, over a hundred people gathered at the Gill Tract in Albany with the intention of using publicly-owned university land to grow vegetables for a 2nd year in a row.
Tue May 14, 2013
New Patch Mobile App is Coming Soon
We've redesigned Patch and the Patch app. You'll see the new site beginning sometime tonight, Tuesday, or early tomorrow morning, and the new app is coming soon.
Occupy Offshoots Return to Highlight Student Tuition Hikes, Food Sovereignty
Over the course of the past week, actions by offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement have brought attention to the issues of student tuition hikes and food sovereignty.
Essay Honor for Albany 5th Grader from Ocean View School
When the top three winners of a Bay Area essay contest for fifth graders are asked to read their essays at a ceremony in San Francisco Wednesday night, one of them will be Zachary Adler of Ocean View Elementary School.
Mon May 13, 2013
UC Police Raid 'Occupy the Farm' Protest
One person was arrested this morning, Monday, when UC Berkeley police evicted the Occupy the Farm activists who had occupied a university-owned lot next to University Village in Albany.
Sacramento Bee Newspaper
Police move in on protesters occupying UC land
Police have moved in on protesters who occupied land owned by the University of California in the San Francisco Bay area city of Albany.
Albany Loses Population - Only City in East Bay to Shrink
Albany's population decreased by 0.2 percent last year, the only city in the East Bay to experience a drop, according to a new state report.
Sun May 12, 2013
Swarm of Police Arrest Former Worker at Racetrack
A half-hour standoff between a man in a pickup with what appeared to be a real gun and a swarm of Albany and Berkeley police officers with guns drawn at Golden Gate Fields ended Saturday morning without shots fired and with the arrest of the suspect, police said.
Activist group Occupy the Farm reclaims University of California-owned land
A group of activists reclaimed a tract of land in Albany, Calif., owned by the University of California at Berkeley on Saturday in a takeover they termed Occupy the Farm.
New Prelim Hearing Date for Albany Woman Accused of Murder
Some readers have asked when the preliminary hearing will be held for Diane Sydenham of Albany, who has been charged with murdering a retired Kensington psychologist.
Sat May 11, 2013
Aerial View of Potential UC-vs.-Occupiers Conflict Zone
The attached photo was distributed Friday by UC Berkeley officials to clear up what they termed "misinformation" about the university-owned Gill Tract in Albany, where urban-farming activists from Occupy the Farm have said they plan an occupation on Saturday.
Fri May 10, 2013
19-Year-Old Cat 'Dinki' Is Missing
If you see a skinny, senior-citizen cat with a coat the color of golden straw, it might be the missing "Dinki." We spotted a "Cat Missing" flyer for 19-year-old Dinki on a telephone pole at Nielson Street and San Lorenzo Avenue near the Albany border in North Berkeley's Thousand Oaks neighborhood that was dated April 24, 2013.
Contra Costa Times
Albany planners take first look at new UC plan
The latest plans for a grocery store and senior housing on land owned by the University of California will need some tweaks to satisfy the city's zoning guidelines, the Planning and Zoning Commission told developers May 8. The plans were considered for well over three hours, with the public comment portion taking one hour and 40 minutes.
Liberate the Land Party! Occupy the Farm Returns to Gill Tract
It was about this time last year that UC's development project, slated to pave over much of the historic Gill Tract Farm , was brought to the forefront of public debate by our three-week land occupation.
In Concert-Nicola Luisotti & SF Opera Orchestra, At the Zellerbach, 5/17
San Francisco Opera and Cal Performances present Music Director Nicola Luisotti and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in concert on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.
Police Calls: 5 Accidents in 1 Day, Car Stolen, Dogs Afoul of Law
The following information was obtained from the Albany Police Department 's daily incident log and its arrest reports.
Thu May 09, 2013
Contra Costa Times
Albany occupation at UC site planned
Activist group Occupy the Farm has announced plans to hold a demonstration on Saturday on the land known as the Gill Tract to protest the University of California's development plans on nearby property.
Should It Be Easier To Pass School Parcel Taxes in El Cerrito?
Despite passing Measure G last year, West Contra Costa Unified School District has a losing record when it come to parcel taxes.
AHS to Celebrate State 'Civic Learning' Honor
Albany High will hold a special "recognition event" on March 17 to highlight its selection as one of 22 high schools statewide to receive one of California's new "Civic Learning Awards," the school announced Wednesday.
Coming Soon - Albany Patch Gets a New Design
There's some exciting news to share about Patch - we're getting an upgrade. It's coming next week, and it's going to not only feature a new appearance but also make Albany Patch easier to use, and a better place to connect and share.