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Weekend headlines February 25, 2008

The local ecologist is no longer updated via Blogger. Also, we could not migrate our skin, so we are working on recreating the old one.

On the afternoon NPR news hour I heard that Berkeley along with Oakland and San Francisco are in the top ten greenest cities in the U.S. The number one city is Portland with a 4.8 score for “green living” while Berkeley is number seven with a 2.8 score for “green living.” Recently a friend and I wre struck by the lack of stormwater management in Berkeley. This was foremost on my mind watching the recent downpours run off into the storm drains. Maybe Berkeley can improve its score by installing green streets (see Portland, Oregon) and permeable sidewalks (see San Francisco). Here are other headlines from the weekend.

UC removes ropes at Oak Grove protest, erects extra barricade Daily Planet Critics organize against Apple Moth spraying in East Bay Daily Planet

Cody’s to move Downtown, leave 4th Street Daily Planet

Pelican to trail walkers: Move it or lose it Chronicle

Dot-com sends scavengers after tomatoes, cash Chronicle

Matt Stoecker’s plan is to set the steelhead free to get back to Corte Madera Creek Chronicle

Governors want federal transportation funds Chronicle

Bay Area performing arts groups going green Chronicle The marquis announces that the theatre is the first 100% solar powered theatre in the U.S.

Zero-carbon city plan draws cautious praise Chronicle

Amid weeds and rust, a ruin seeks a second act New York Times

The battle over the greens Times