Savoy Family is giving a free performance in front of the 4th
Street Down Home Music. It's Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Definitely
check it out!
"Berkeley puts up balance of funds for
disability center" writes the San Francisco Chronicle's
Ed Roberts is smiling.
regional campus named in honor of the pioneering disability rights
activist won its final round of funding Tuesday night when the
Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to pay the remaining $2
The Ed Roberts
Campus will be a Bay Area center for disability services, policy
research and education. Ground will be broken in May or June,
after 12 years of fundraising.
a little stunned," said Dmitri Belser, president of the Ed
Roberts Campus. 'People are feeling pretty happy right now. But
they're also feeling a lot of incredible gratitude.' "
sent me the link to this story from her law office. Marsha got
her first real job in California with the help of our Center for
"BioFuel Project Clashes with Kandy's Car
Wash at Corner"
reports Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet. "A vehement
burst of community protest compelled the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments
Board (ZAB) to postpone permitting BioFuel Oasis to establish
a filling station at 1441 Ashby Ave. Thursday."
Is race an
"Planners Tackle West Berkeley Density,
Housing Rules" writes
Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
Planning Commissioners began
their trek through one of Berkeley's most complex and cabalistic
arts Wednesday night-deciphering the city's policies on density
bonus and inclusionary housing.
Spurred by a City Council
request made last spring, the city planning staff was ready to
propose a zoning ordinance amendment that would have changed the
law applicable to West Berkeley's mixed-use residential (MU-R)
zone, easing requirements (in that area only) for developers to
provide low-income housing.
But a majority of the commission
wasn't willing to schedule a hearing on the proposed ordinance
without first considering its overall impacts on affordable housing
supplies and its relationship to city policies designed to encourage
development of less expensive housing.
The inclusionary ordinance
requires that 20 percent of units in projects of five or more
apartments or condominums must be allocated for lower-income tenants
in the case of apartments, or in condominium buildings for buyers
who make less than 120 percent of area median income.
In lieu of building the units,
developers may pay a city fee that is supposed to be used to build
affordable units elsewhere in Berkeley.
The impetus for the council's
request for the West Berkeley zoning change was its rejection
of an appeal by Berkeley developer Edward Adams to build a four-unit,
three-story housing project at 2817 Eighth St."
the new AHA (Affordable Housing
Associates) complex on 9th and Ashby
"The Return of the Jumping Fleas! Or how
we learned to stop worrying and love the ukulele" writes Ian Lendler in the San
is, admittedly, a long way from Hawaii. Twenty-four hundred miles,
to be exact. But if you were to sail from the postcard beaches
of Honolulu to Berkeley, you wouldn't know they shared the same
ocean. Landing on the shores of Berkeley, you would encounter
a dispiriting swath of highways and warehouses dumped there by
a society that no longer needs the sea.
warehouses, however, you would find one building filled with evidence
that the two cities are, in fact, long-distance next-door neighbors.
In West Berkeley's Sawtooth Building, a faint smell of Hawaii
lingers in the air. This is the workshop of Mike DaSilva, one
of America's premier ukulele-makers, and the sawdust on his
workshop floor is koa wood, imported from Oahu. In the rafters,
his pet parakeet flaps and squawks above the 30 or 40 people sitting
below, chatting amiably and tuning their ukuleles. Or trying to.
This is the
sixth meeting of the Berkeley Ukulele Club, and many members began
playing only a few weeks ago, so tuning is a skill not yet fully
mastered. Some of them picked up the ukulele on a whim. Some are
here because a friend convinced them it would be fun. Few are
aware that by playing the ukulele, they're joining a tradition
that has deep roots in the place-memory of the bay, harking back
to a time when the ocean's presence defined this shipping port
that was known as the Gateway to Hawaii."
is just one of the two ukulele makers in Potter Creek, the other
And it's Pete's
uke in many of the story's photos--for instance, in this shot
of Tippy Canoe by Chronicle photographer Chris Stewart.
This photo by Chronicle
photographer, Chris Stewart
may be purchased
story web page.
"Solano Avenue district throws in towel:
Disputes about how money was spent blamed for end to the marketing,
reports Doug Oakley of our Times.
"The yearlong division
among business owners on Solano Avenue in Albany and Berkeley
is apparently coming to an end with the decision to no longer
assess Berkeley businesses mandatory annual fees.
The board of Berkeley's Solano
Avenue Business Improvement District voted last month not to assess
its approximately 250 members yearly dues ranging from $60 to
$400 each for a total of about $30,000. The dues go toward marketing
and sidewalk-cleaning programs.
Following the vote by the
board not to assess members in 2008, the Berkeley City Clerk's
office received 147 petitions from business owners asking the
Berkeley City Council to dissolve the district. The council has
not yet done so, and could bring up the issue at an upcoming meeting.
But since the district board
voted not to assess dues for 2008, it is, in effect, dead, said
board Chairwoman Jan Snidow."
"Bears get kicked around" laments Jonathan Okanes in the Times.
"The Big Game was supposed
to give Cal the kick in the pants it needed. Instead, Stanford
kicked the Bears while they were down."
On page 112 of the current
The Bark issue is a display of Holiday stuff for your pet, all
photographed in our Sally's dinning area. Will the fame never
"Wood-burning ban at critical mass: Bay
Area pollution control agency seems poised to enact a ban on fireplace
and stove fires on bad air days"
reports Denis Cuff in our Times.
"One more ring around the oak trees: Tree
sitters celebrate one year on perch, vow to continue protest for
as long as necessary"
reports the Time's Kristin Bender.
"Tree sitters marked
their one-year anniversary of oak-grove occupation Sunday with
a peaceful party that included a food delivery from a group of
grandmothers, two dancing bears, chocolate cake and a promise
to stay in the trees another year -- if that's what it takes to
save the oaks.
About 200 people stood on
the sidewalk outside two chain-link fences Sunday afternoon, craning
their necks upward to get a look at the guests of honor -- a dozen
or so tree sitters perched on platforms and branches that are
draped with pulleys, ropes, banners and bathroom buckets."
and Kirsten's condo isn't on fire
This is the
often-seen-at-night Potter Creek cloud forming at about 6:00 AM
this morning. It forms up from the ground some where around Dwight
and 4th. I believe it to be vaporized waste-water.
"Four cities to go green together: Berkeley,
Oakland, Richmond and Emeryville form alliance to nurture environmental
reports Katherine Tam of our Times.
be rivals, the mayors of four East Bay cities vowed Monday to
work together to create a "green corridor" to do for
this region what high tech has done for Silicon Valley: create
jobs and revenue with the added bonus of being environmentally
Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland will nurture the green industry
together and go after federal money to train locals so they can
land jobs in the field. An annual summit will examine progress
and how to move forward, officials said. The economic development
directors for each city will hold similar local forums quarterly.
doing is putting down our cities' chauvinism and saying, 'Look,
we're all part of the area and need to work together,' Berkeley
Mayor Tom Bates said."
"Lawsuit holding up city from moving U-Haul
out: Council ruling meant business, which is now suing, had to
close after complaints" writes Doug Oakley in our Times.
is keeping Berkeley's troubled U-Haul business open nearly three
months after the City Council declared it a nuisance and ordered
it to close."
"Ethanol's big player" reports the Times' Kimberly
Ethanol was a fledgling business in 2005 when its founder, former
Secretary of State Bill Jones, persuaded state officials to give
him the small but exclusive fuel deal that es
was a fledgling business in 2005 when its founder, former Secretary
of State Bill Jones, persuaded state officials to give him the
small but exclusive fuel deal that established his company as
a player in California's burgeoning alternative fuel market.
later, that company is an ethanol empire. And Jones is the most
influential champion for the fuel in the state, using his political
connections and 21 years of Sacramento experience to shape =20
policies that are dramatically boosting California's thirst for
ethanol -- stemming the state's dependence on gasoline, but at
a cost of millions in taxpayer subsidies."
"Plan in works to stem foreclosures: Proposal
to temporarily freeze mortgage rates could be set by the end of
the week, Treasury secretary says" writes Martin Crutsinger of
Secretary Henry Paulson said Monday that an agreement was near
on a proposal to help thousands of at-risk homeowners avoid foreclosures
by temporarily freezing their mortgage rates.
One of the
last remaining issues to be resolved, officials said, was the
exact length of time the low teaser rates will be frozen.
at a national housing conference and in later interviews, Paulson
expressed optimism that an agreement could be reached very soon,
possibly before the end of the week."
was just named City of Berkeley Director of Economic Planning.
Michael has been reading and recommends The
World Without Us. A
"fantasy" in which Humankind vanishes and the earth
evolves without us.
Cowan was just named acting City Attorney.
the first full-day of Hannukkah.
, . . .
Creek rain total from Monday night through Tuesday morning is
.3 inch. And Pete says this is the first rain since November 11th.
World Without Us.
From my Log
12/4/07--2:00 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear mask, leave.
4:00 PM-- same. 5:17 PM--light-head.
"Senators focus on emissions: Boxer leads
committee that will consider 150 possible amendments to legislation
intended to limit warming" reports David Whitney in our Times.
20 hearings and countless speeches on the Senate floor warning
of the risks of failure, a key committee starts work today on
historic legislation to dramatically reduce global warming."
Morgan and Tracy hipped me to it
and Kubik, already hip, took the photo
of a burst
watermain on 10th and Carleton in the middle of the intersection
Creek rain total for yesterday AM through this morning us 1.1
evening a van was broken into on 8th and Grayson and Merryll's
crew's tools were stolen.
In the past
in Potter Creek, break-ins increased this time of year.
David Snipper, friend, neighbor
and a volunteer in the raptor program on the Marin Headlands,
emails about the Golden Eagle photo in my recent email.
What a great shot. Can you
tell me where and when that was taken? Also may I forward it to
some of my fellow birdwatchers?
Don't know. It came from
a reader in New Mexico and was sent by email.
Darryl Moore emails
Be Fit Berkeley Walk
Some of you may have heard about the Be Fit Berkeley campaign
that we launched on the first of October, a City-wide public awareness
campaign around physical fitness and healthy eating habits. Councilmember
Capitelli and I decided to turn this into a weight-loss competition
between the two of us. Councilmember Capitelli decided to have
an event in his district, so I figured that I couldn't let him
get the drop on me, so I thought I would tag along. Come join
me and Laurieon Saturday, December 8, 9:30 am for a walk around
District 5. We will meet at the North Berkeley Library, and take
a casual stroll - 1 to 2 miles max. - during which we will be
happy to talk about issues and concerns. This will be my second
"Be Fit Berkeley" event, and for those interested in
taking on the challenge, we will provide free Be Fit Berkeley
T-shirts and an opportunity to win prizes from local businesses.
"Be Fit Berkeley"
is a citywide, cross-district campaign to encourage Berkeley residents
to exercise regularly and enjoy healthy foods. It is the Council's
light hearted response to the very serious health impacts of our
high fat, sedentary life styles, as outlined in the Health Department's
2007 Health status report. . . . join us on the 8th! Hope to see
Parent Group and Computer
Classes at Rosa Parks Elementary
These are some flyers, English
and Spanish, for some programs that are being held at Rosa Parks
Elementary. A parent group that meets every Thursday from 6PM
to 7:30PM in the Family Resource Center (Free child care available),
and computer classes from 6:30PM to 7:30PM. Call Lamont Snaer
for more details, (510) 644-8537.
West Berkeley Plan Revisited
Also, if you are interested
in providing input on the West Berkeley Plan revisions, the plan
that guides the planning process for West Berkeley, please see
that attached email from Jordan Harrison. It will be before the
Planning Commission on December 12th. The Planning Commission
meets at 7PM at North Berkeley Senior Center at 1901 Hearst Avenue.
If you have any questions about any of these issues/events, please
feel free to call my office at (510) 981-7120
Councilmember Darryl Moore
Here's the email from the
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Consideration of Increased
Flexibility in the application of Development Regulations for
development in West Berkeley
On December 12, 2007, the
Planning Commission will begin consideration, at direction of
the City Council, of potential amendments to the Citys existing
development regulations to provide increased flexibility in West
Berkeley. At this first meeting, staff will discuss scope and
approaches to these changes. At future meetings staff will ask
for direction from the Commission. The public is invited to provide
comment to the Planning Commission; subsequent meetings on the
topic will provide additional opportunity for public comment.
Jordan Harrison, Secretary
to the Planning Commission, 510-981-7416
"Foreclosures reach record in 3rd quarter:
Survey says number of problem loans should stay elevated as more
rates readjust next year"
reports the AP's Jeannine Aversa
Home foreclosures shot up
to an all-time high in the third quarter, fresh evidence of the
problems afflicting distressed homeowners amid the housing meltdown.
In its quarterly snapshot
of the mortgage market released Thursday, the Mortgage Bankers
Association said that the percentage of all mortgages nationwide
that started the foreclosure process jumped to a record high of
0.78 percent during the July-to-September period. That surpassed
the previous high of 0.65 percent set in the prior quarter.
More homeowners also fell
behind on their monthly payments."
"Solid job gains, wage growth in Nov." writes Jeannine Avera of the AP. "Employers
added a solid 94,000 jobs to their payrolls in November, the unemployment
rate held steady at 4.7 percent and wages grew briskly, encouraging
signs the nation's employment climate is holding up in the face
of turbulence in the housing and credit markets."
"Recession expected to bypass region: Closely
watched forecast says economy is strong enough to withstand slow
job growth, mortgage woes"
reports George Avalos in our Times.
The Wall Street Journal
reports "Auto-loan defaults are ticking up to their highest
level in several years amid tighter lending terms and rising interest
And, "Productivity rose
at an annual rate of 6.3% in the third quarter, the fastest in
four years. Unit labor costs, a guage of inflation, fell a revised
Also, "Drug industry
faces plunging sales as patents on some blockbusters are set to
expire. Bristol-Meyers will cut 4,300 jobs as pary of a restructering."
"Big polluters forced to report emissions" writes the AP's Alicia Chang.
"California on Thursday
became the first state in the nation to require oil refineries,
electricity generating plants, cement kilns and other major polluters
to report their annual greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2009."
cars in Berkeley?
street-full yesterday in north-west-Berkeley
afternoon, some Potter Creekers had no power for an hour or so,
included were Geralyn and John. PG&E said it was part of a
larger outage affecting about 2,000 customers. Earlier in the
week, PG&E discontinued service to the wrong building at Merryll's.
The house was disconnected instead of the studio. It took PG&E
about two days to corect the error.
Our Tak emails
to alert you and others of us living and or working in West
Berkeley to pay attention to discussions now ongoing at the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Transportation
Commission and the State Legislature regarding the upgrading of
capacity of Northern California's railroad network to carry more
containers. . . .
freight companies and the Port of Oakland have applied
to the State Transportation Commission for a large allocation
from the recently passed state transportation bond initiative
upgrade the rail system from Oakland all the way through the Sierras
to carry more container cargo. . . .
this mean for West Berkeley? Certainly this will mean more
trains will be passing through Berkeley on the Union Pacific (formerly
SP) tracks that border our neighborhood. Both UP and Santa Fe
Railroads run freight on these tracks as well as Amtrak. This
mean more diesel smoke from locomotives, more noise and more frequent
stopping of traffic at rail crossings. . . .
traffic might affect our access to Aquatic Park and our
level of enjoyment of the park once we're there. . . .
is a partly publicly funded project, the opportunities for
pressing for mitigation of negative impacts will emerge at some
Those of us who live here might want to start thinking about what
kinds of things we might want to press for when the time comes
public input. . . .
It is not
too early to start to think and talk about this issue.
Darryl Moore emails
that I wanted you all to know about:
Assessment of Unmet Library Needs in Southwest Berkeley.
to let you know about a survey that the Berkeley Public
Library is doing to evaluate service gaps in Soutwest Berkeley.
the Season with a Holiday Treat from the BREAD PROJECT
PROJECT is a non-profit organization that teaches students
to bake breads, pastries, and cakes; to decorate cakes; to make
soups, pizzas, and salads; and other food preparation skills.
Students also learn job readiness skills - how to write resumes,
out job applications,
conduct successful interviews and look for
jobs. The program offers job placement assistance and follow-up
services to students and graduates for as long as they need them.
Theprogram also provides a cafe management course to aspiring
are available to graduates to manage THE BREAD PROJECT
bakery/cafe located at the training sites. A nationally-accredited
ServSafe course in food safety and sanitation is offered to enhance
the employability of our graduates. We have assisted victims of
Hurricane Katrina by providing them with marketable skills, social
support, and job referral assistance.
goods, forms and detailed information call or email Ryan Lau,
aid to Darryll Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
ago, paint spraying equipment was stolen from the job site at
Marvin and Ruth's.
In the last
few days, Graffiti was removed--painted over-- from the back of
the Xoma building on 7th and Heinz.
ago in Scrambled Eggs, I asked if anyone could confirm that the
Julius Hyman known for research on pesticides was the same Julius
Hyman who had a lab on 8th and Heinz. I've since received several
confirmations, including today's email.
one and the same. Knew him well."
York Times reports "Andrew Imbrie, a prolific composer
and influential teacher best known for his harmonically rugged
but appealingly lyrical 1976 opera, "Angle of Repose,"
and for a rich catalog of chamber, vocal and symphonic scores,
died on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 86.
was announced by Robert Commanday, the retired chief music critic
of The San Francisco Chronicle, a longtime friend."
"Composer Karlheinz Stockhausen is dead" reports Melissa Eddy in our
Stockhausen, one of the most important and controversial postwar
composers who helped shape a new understanding of sound through
electronic compositions, died at his home in western Germany.
He was 79.
"Classical Music Shop Celebrates Busoni" writes Ken Bullock in the
premiere recording of Ferruccio Busoni's Complete Two Piano Works
(EMI/Angel) will be celebrated by the Musical Offering (Bancroft
Avenue below Telegraph), this Wednesday 5-7 p.m., with a reception
for and signing by pianists Daniell Revenaugh of Berkeley and
Lawrence Leighton Smith, currently musical director of the Colorado
Contrappuntistica' and the 'Berceuse Elegiaque,' as-well-as works
based on Mozart and Bach, were transcribed by Egon Petri, Busoni's
protege, who later taught at Mills College in Oakland. While Busoni
was composing his opera, Doktor Faust, and reducing his own concert
schedule, he composed these two works for a full concert program
both would play, in order to promote Petri's career.
Petri memorabilia will be featured, including photos, as well
as letters and manuscripts related to the compositions, which
were recovered by Revenaugh in Europe. The public is invited,
free of charge, and refreshments will be served."
"W. Berkeley Zone Change on Commission
Agenda" reports Richard Brenneman of
planning commissioners Wednesday will tackle the controversial
issue of what the city calls a new policy of 'limited flexibility'
in West Berkeley zoning.
Also on the
agenda is a proposal to convert a five-unit tenancy-in-common
(TIC) property at 1552-1556 Milvia St. into five condos.
parts of a TIC property are owned equally by all tenants, condominium
units are individually held. Commissioners had no objections when
the proposal for converting the two-building property was first
brought before them last month.
Berkeley rezoning was far more controversial, and two rival proposals
both failed when each failed to obtain the needed five votes,
due to the absence of commissioner Susan Wengraf.
trigger was a City Council request made early this year after
the council upheld a Zoning Adjustments Board vote denying a four-unit
project at 2817 Eighth St.
was based on the current standards for mixed use-residential zoning,
a unique-to-West-Berkeley district designed to create a transition
zone between the area's industrial and manufacturing zones and
the inland residential districts.
Edward Adams, with the support of neighbors, wanted to build a
four-unit housing project where zoning standards call for six,
which could be increased to seven with the city's inclusionary
bonus for affordable housing.
wanted to stick with the current requirements, citing the city's
need for more housing for lower-income residents, while others
wanted to exclude Adams from the requirements so he could build
the smaller project neighbors want."
"Berkeley considers role in mortgage crisis" writes the Times' Doug
City Council will consider a plan tonight to give homeowners facing
foreclosure one-time loans and counseling to keep up with their
may ask the city staff to investigate how hard Berkeley has been
hit by the nationwide problem of rising foreclosures and what
can be done about it.
foreclosures rose 330 percent, from 10 in the first 10 months
of 2006 to 43 in the same period this year, according to DataQuick,
a San Diego company that tracks real estate trends.
And the number
of Berkeley homeowners behind on mortgage payments who are facing
foreclosure rose 85 percent, from 67 in the first 10 months of
2006 to 124 in the same period this year.
own homes may be feeling overwhelmed, and this item is to make
them feel that they are not all by themselves,' Councilman Darryl
Moore said. 'We're asking the city manager to come back with some
programs and proposals the council can look at.' "
"Cody's President Steps Down" reports Judith Scherr of the
again, changes are afoot for Cody's Books, with president and
three-decade former owner Andy Ross announcing his retirement
as president last week and Hiroshi Kagawa, former CEO of the corporation
that bought Cody's, stepping in as interim president and head
of a new ownership group.
2006, Ross, after shuttering Cody's Books on Telegraph in July,
met with reporters in the airy Fourth Street store to announce
the sale of the business that included both Fourth Street and
the San Francisco stores to Yohan, Inc., a Tokyo-based foreign
publications dealer, publisher and retailer.
to reporters at the same time, Kagawa expressed an affinity for
the store. 'I've loved Cody' s ever since I visited the store
in 1983,' he said.
down the San Francisco store in April, the same month that Tokyo-based
Polaris Principal Finance, an investment bank, acquired 60 percent
of InterCultural Group, the holding company that has controlled
Yohan since December 2006."
"WaMu cutting staff, services offered:
Bank announces it will shutter home loan centers as well as exit
subprime mortgage business altogether" reports George Avalos of our
Mutual, battling to extricate itself from a worsening mortgage
quagmire, said Monday that it will chop 3,150 jobs, close nearly
200 home loan offices, shut call centers and double provisions
for loan losses."
"Luxury retailers hit by middle-class scrimping:
Less affluent buyers shy away from expensive items this holiday
season as international shoppers pounce" writes Cotten Timberlake in
& Co., the world's second-biggest luxury jewelry chain, Nordstrom
Inc. and Coach Inc. may see December sales growth slow in what
the National Retail Federation is predicting will be the worst
U.S. holiday shopping season since 2002.
that cater to America's richest consumers are losing their least
affluent customers -- those who buy jewelry and designer scarves
only when flush with cash --during the biggest selling season
of the year. Falling home values are discouraging purchases in
the fourth quarter, a period that accounts for a third of retailers'
annual earnings, according to the International Council of Shopping
Gultch Band emails
For those of you doing some
shopping in Berkeley this coming Sunday 12/16, stop by Cody's
books (1730 Fourth Street) between 2:30 - 3:30 and hear Foggy
Happy Holidays from the Foggy
More and more Holiday lights
and stuff now up in The Creek. Check it out!
One of the
Buttercup favorites in the '70s, were Granny Fenster cookies.
Thought to be from a relative of mine, in fact, their recipe was
found by manager, Mary Guenther in a 1940s Wisconsin Gas and Electric
Cook Book--the Gas Company's. Further confusing their origin,
during one of the first bakes, Haley, unknown to me, taped a large
handwritten sign to my back reading GRANNY FENSTER
heat oven to 375
1 cup Butter (2 sticks)
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg yolks
2 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Raspberry Jam, Dickinson's seedless (sometimes strawberry is used)
2 cups fairly finely chopped pecans
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in
yolks and vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt until blended.
refrigerate 1 hr.
Shape into 1" balls, roll in beaten egg whites (left over
from the yolks used in cookies), then roll in chopped pecans.
Place on lightly oiled cookie sheet, (I use parchment paper, you
can use nonstick spray also) about 2" apart, gently make
Bake 5 minutes, remove from oven, you may need to press the indentation
again, fill with jam and bake another 10 minutes. Makes about
Ramblers Motorcycle Club, Cliff Miller's holiday recipe.
is a wonderful recipe, and it's just in time for the Holidays.
With the holidays coming, here's a fruit cake recipe that will
take the stress out of this normally stressful time.
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 ounces lemon juice
1 cup of nuts
First, sample the vodka to check for freshness. Take a large bowl.
Check the vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
Turn on the electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy
Add water, eggs and 1 tsp. sugar and beat again.
Make surr the vodca is still OK. Cry another tup. Turn off mixers.
Chuck in the cup of dried fruitt or something.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets struck on the beaterers, pry it loose
Sample the vodka to check for tonsistancity. Next, sniff 2 cups
salt. Or . . . Who cares? Check the vodka. Now sniff the lemon
and strain nuts.
Add one Table.
Of sugar. Whatever.
Grease the oven.
Turn the cake ttin 350 degrees.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Whip the bowl out the window.
Check the vidka again.
. . . forget it. Nobody likes fruitcake anyway."
"Toy donations falter in Bay Area: Contributions
for children fall behind organizers' hopes" reports Sara Steffens of our Times.
Midway through the holiday
toy drive season, lagging donations have prompted worries that
children could be left empty-handed on Christmas."
-- B.F.D. Fire Station 1 -- collects gifts for children during
these Holidays. The firehouse is at 2442 8th Street and you can
drop off gifts there anytime. You might also drop off something
for our firemen and firewomen.
"State closer to governing emissions: Ruling
pressures EPA to let California regulate auto mileage standards"
report Matt Nauman and
Frank Davies in our Times.
In a major environmental
victory for California and 16 other states, a federal court in
Fresno on Wednesday upheld a bid to slash auto emissions to combat
global warming, a move fiercely opposed by automakers and the
The fight now shifts to Washington.
A Senate vote might come
as soon as today on an energy bill that says cars and trucks must
meet a fleet fuel-economy average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.
That's compared with 27.5
mpg for cars and 22.2 mpg for trucks today. The House approved
the fuel-mileage increase last week."
irritant in warehouse front, light
head, nausea, wear mask.
"Judge asks more info from UC, protesters" reports
Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.
"An Alameda County judge
deciding the fate of UC Berkeley's proposed sports training center
wants the university, the city and groups representing neighbors
and tree-sitting protesters to provide more evidence of whether
the center would lie atop the Hayward Fault."
"Judge Overturns Council Decision On Gaia
Building 'Cultural Bonus'"
writes Richard Brenneman in our Planet.
"Berkeley City Councilmembers
acted illegally a year ago when they handed developer Patrick
Kennedy a victory in the ongoing battle over the cultural uses
of the Gaia Building.
That decision by Alameda
County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch, filed exactly one year
after the council's Dec. 12, 2006 vote, ends the latest round
in the ongoing battle over the city's controversial 'cultural
It was 'inescapable,' the
judge declared, that the council's action setting forth rules
for applying the bonus 'was an abuse of discretion and must be
Roesch cited three specific
discretionary abuses he said the council made in their decision,
which was portrayed as implementation of a council resolution
of the previous April 25 that tackled an ongoing sore point in
But just what his decision
means remained a matter of dispute Thursday. "
"Robbers hold up string of Asian restaurants:
No arrests have been made after incidents in El Cerrito,
Oakland, Union City and San Leandro" report our Times Doug Oakley
"Robbers are targeting
Asian food restaurants and their patrons in several East Bay cities,
according to Berkeley police, who are investigating one incident
that occurred this week.
Berkeley police spokeswoman
Mary Kusmiss said two gun-toting black men in their late teens
or early 20s entered King Tsin on Solano Avenue about 7 p.m. Monday
and emptied the cash register and the
pockets and purses of the six diners before leaving. Their take
was 'several hundred dollars,' she said.
Kusmiss said robberies of
Asian restaurants are 'uncommon' for the city, although there
have been similar takeover-style robberies of other businesses
in the past six months."
Bob Kubik emails
You no doubt have seen kids
with a lemonade stand serving folks passing bye. A few days ago
in Berkeley I saw a young boy selling "Organic Free Trade
Coffee" by the side of the road on Solano Ave!
12/16/07 and following
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94710 is here
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