Run-off election update from BCC

May 10, Berkeley, CA – I caught Berkeley City College Senator William Snell in the ASBCC office this afternoon to ask him a few questions about his candidacy for President of the Associated Students of BCC. Student Trustee Yvonne Thompson answered the same questions in an e-mail response. Answers are edited for clarity.

The run-off election between him and Student Trustee Yvonne Thompson is May 11. In the April 21-22 elections at BCC, where approximately 5,000 both full and part-time students attend, neither candidate received more than the required 51% of the vote. In the first round, Thompson received 92 votes, William Snell 80.

Peralta Board Belatedly Adopts 2009-10 Budget

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustee’s unanimously adopted a 2009-10 budget last Tuesday night April 27, more than seven months later than is required by district bylaws.

Ella Baker Center Director: “I feel blessed to be alive right now”

Oakland native tells Laney students, “Your lives are powerful”

By Ryan Ariel Simon

Raised in East Oakland, Jakada Imani has made a career of affecting positive change in his community. As executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights since 2007, Imani said he works with his colleagues to “find and promote solutions to lift up low—income communities, communities of color, and urban communities all over the country.

A view on Peralta’s Budget

I write in response to the news article titled “Peralta budget faces stark reality check” in the Dec. 10 edition of the Tower. I suggest the Peralta Board of Trustees reserve money to give Ingar Stark a bonus. Hats off to Ms. Stark for holding public officials accountable for their failure to prepare an adequate … Continue reading