Declaration of Independence
"WHEN in the Course
of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve
the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and
to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal
Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that
they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
WE hold these Truths to be
self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure
these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and
organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most
likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed,
will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience
hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils
are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms
to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses
and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces
a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the
patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity
which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History
of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object
the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To
prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World."
The Bill of Rights
Amendment I Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the
right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III No Soldier
shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the
consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be
prescribed by law.
Amendment IV The right of
the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not
be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V No person shall
be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime,
unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except
in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia,
when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall
any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in
jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI In all criminal
prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and
public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein
the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have
been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the
witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining
witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel
for his defence.
Amendment VII In suits at
common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty
dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no
fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court
of the United States, than according to the rules of the common
Amendment VIII Excessive
bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel
and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX The enumeration
in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed
to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X The powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited
by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,
or to the people.
a lot with ole friend WD through the years
his The music
was more impressive than the sound in
learned to love records.
Honda 700 Interceptor
is from my private collection and was purchased by me from the
original owner in September 1994-the motorcycle is in excellent
original condition and now has 20,500 careful miles. It has been
take out of storage, inspected, topped up and is now for sale--US$2950.00.
we haven't met in person yet but I wanted to tell you how much
I have been enjoying your postings. We moved into the house on
Grayson last fall and feel really grateful to have landed in such
a wonderful neighborhood. And we've learned a lot more about it
thanks to your website, which I check regularly -- so thank you!.
In the nine months that we have been here (I can't believe it's
already been that long) we've met so many wonderful people and
feel part of a neighborhood and a community for the first time
in many years. And we are eternally grateful to Susanna, who told
Andrew about the house last summer (they used to be colleagues).
We have some major projects coming up with the house this summer
-- the roof, reshingling and painting, etc. -- but we're in it
for the long haul and, again, are so very happy to be here. We
hope to meet many more folks in the neighborhood this summer.
On your recommendation, we're off to Riva Cucina for breakfast
(our 16th wedding anniversary).
Karen and Andrew
Now a locked
facility, the École Bilingue 8th Street Playground is STILL
available to us, the neighborhood. Though a private playground,
École Bilingue has made it available to Potter Creek residents
for decades. Kava and Regan's kids played there. The "Juan
Boys" have been regulars for years, playing ball and socializing.The
most memorable member, Number 11, a short good-looking kid, who,
for a couple of years would regularly practice and play. David
now plays there with Gracie and often Tracy, Ben, Natalie and
Morgan can be seen and heard playing ball on weekends. And some
of Potter Creek's new residents have a basketball game Sunday
afternoons. (Milo is looking forward to some soccer practice there
soon.) For the combination to the lock on the gate-off-the-parking-lot
call 549-3867. Rick Auerbach and other members of the original
Potter Creek Home Qwners Association were the ones who years ago
asked the French School to open the playground to all.
Last evening, sometime after
7:00 PM a power-line was knocked down on Grayson around 7th--it
was, in fact, on the ground in front of 900. Berkeley
PD responded and blocked the intersection with two black-and-whites.
It is believed the downed-line was a result of a hit-and-run into
the power pole.
"Biofuel station could replace 'haven'
" reports Doug Oakley
of our Times. "Patrons of Kandy's Detail who oppose
proposed facility, say it would close a safe place for the black
"Youth, streets back on track in Berkeley's
the Times, Martin Snapp. "Young people benefited the
most when the Berkeley City Council passed the city's budget for
the next fiscal year that begins July 1."
"University offers to scale back renovation
plan. But shrinking parking garage, seismic test fail to sway
city" reports Carolyn
Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle.
UC Berkeley officials offered
Friday to scale back controversial plans to renovate the area
around Memorial Stadium in hopes of avoiding a looming court date
with the city of Berkeley, neighbors and oak tree activists.
Mayor Tom Bates immediately
balked at the concessions, saying they didn't go far enough."
"City revokes drug-test ban" reports Kristin Bender of our Times.
"Decision spurred by tampering case inside the Berkeley Police
"Berkeley biofuel institute wins Energy
Dep't funding" writes
the Times, Ian Hoffman. "With heady talk of embarking
on a Manhattan Project for biological fuels, Energy Secretary
Samuel Bodman unleashed three teams of scientists Tuesday on a
national hunt for clean liquid energy derived from plants and
"27,000 eligible for property tax relief" writes Barbara E. Hernandez in our Times.
"Average home values dropped 8 percent; 'we wouldn't attribute
the reduction to any one thing,' said county assessor
More than 20,000 Contra Costa
County residents and 7,000 residents in Alameda and Solano counties
will be eligible for property tax relief this September, county
officials said Wednesday."
"Subprime lending guidelines created: Banking
agencies' rules require lenders to strictly evaluate borrowers'
ability to repay home loans, verify consumers' incomes" reports the AP's Alan Zibel in our Times.
In the last week, Potter
Creek and surrounding neighborhoods have experienced what can
best be described as maximum-enforcement by Berkeley PD, with
stops on San Pablo Avenue, use of Special Enforcement units and
a general increased police presence. The home, business and property
owners that I've talked to applaud it.
Xoma has still not cleaned
the graffitti off the back wall of their building on 7th and Heinz--go
Mr Rick dropped off a copy
of The West Berkeley Business Alliance report on the "Results
of Survey of Property Owners."
The copy offers "The
focus of our study has been altered in the process of conducting
this survey of the district. Though still extremely large, the
CBD study area is now focused on those parcels north of Emeryville,
south of University Avenue, west of San Pablo Avenue and east
of Aquatic park. Many blocks of single family residents in
this area have also been removed from the district proposal (italics
mine) . . . . a CBD Steering Committee has been formed
to begin looking at issues including the prioritized special benefit
services as revealed by the survey, the annual budget, an assessment
methodology, management structures, time lines, etc."
Well, Ok then.
It is my understanding that
at a recent CBD meeting Rich Robbins added great and valued common-sense.
Former Buttercupper, Patrick
I hope this finds you well-
a photo album of pics I found and scanned of a couple of Hat Nights
at the Buttercup in 1981:
Ah, seems like yesterday- sort of
Miltiades Mandros entered
this year's Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest. This is one of
Through the window of his
sawbuck-a-month Los Angeles walk-up, the "Ames otel"
sign blinked lazily on and off as Norris, a Camel at his lips
and a half-empty bottle of Scotch by his side, pecked feverishly
away at his ancient Smith-Corona in the desperate hope the producers
would accept this version of his screenplay about a world-weary
high school geometry teacher (to be played by Humphrey Bogart),
entitled "Here's Looking At Euclid."
Bob Kubik emails
The police presence and enforcement
activities along San Pablo and in the Potter Creek neighborhood
of West Berkeley last weekend were noticed and appreciated by
we who live and work here - Thanks! We have needed that.
Berkeley PD Area Co-ordinator,
Officer Andrew Frankel emails
Glad to oblige.
Ryan Lau , Council Aide to
Councilmember Darryl Moore responds to my "Shooting on the
1100 Block of Parker" email
. . . . From what I understand from BPD, the shooting incident
on the 1100 block of Parker seems to be an isolated incident.
It does not seem to be related to the series that we have been
seeing further south and they are not quite sure as to the motivation.
This is what I got from BPD.
Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired on the
1100 Block of Parker St. It appeared to responding officers nothing
was disturbed or damamged via gunfire. The following morning,
BPD returned to the scene and officers recovered 4 shotgun shells
and found damage to a residence and at least one parked auto.
[I did not respond earlier
] because we had a meeting with City Manager staff, neighborhood
services and the police department over an official response from
the City in regards to this recent series of shooting incidences,
so I wanted to have that to give to you . . . . Thanks for keeping
up the lines of communication. On that note, have you heard anything
recently about any follow-up for another meeting. It has been
about a month or so now and I really would like to keep up the
momentum so that we don't let this positive energy go to waste.
I will also get in touch with Bob to see if there have been any
subsequent efforts to put something together. We'd be happy to
lend whatever support that we can. . . . Thanks Ron.
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
Ryan also forwards an email
from our Police Chief, Doug Hambleton
July 3, 2007
In the past several weeks,
there have been several shootings and robberies that have a lot
of people, justifiably, nervous. Our department, as well as the
Mayor, the City Council and the City Manager have all received
letters and calls of concern about the crime in South Berkeley.
I want to take this opportunity to share some of the approaches
the Berkeley Police Department is taking and what you can do to
be a partner in the safety of your family and your community.
We take shootings in Berkeley
very seriously, and any string like this causes us to evaluate
our short and long-term response plans.
In the short run: We are
working hard to investigate these crimes. Since shooting victims
generally know their assailants, we make strong attempts to work
closely with the victims to identify why they were shot. It is
not unusual, however, that victims are uncooperative. If you may
have been a witness to any of these or may have any information,
please call our Homicide detail at 981-5741. Since so much urban
violence is drug-related, our Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) detectives
and the Drug Task Force (DTF) officers spend most of their time
in South Berkeley. This helps us solve crimes and, by interrupting
criminal business, prevent crime as well. Additionally, in response
to these shootings and other incidents, BPD will be adding additional
patrols the area.
In the long run, we are working
to increase the number of officers on the streets, build on our
Community Policing efforts which involves coordinated problem
solving projects, increase the number of community members participating
in Community Policing and involvement in Neighborhood Watch and
Crime Council groups, and are committed to detailing officers
on an overtime basis to focus on crime trends like these.
There's also a lot that community
members can be doing to ensure the safety of their neighborhoods.
Individuals can: Call 911
if you see a crime in progress; Call 981-5900 or (510) THE-COPS
(an anonymous tip line) to give other relevant information Join
or create a Neighborhood Watch group and reach out to new neighbors.
We're going to continue to
work with the community on these and other issues of public safety.
Please visit our website for more information about being safe
on the Fourth of July, to connect with other neighbors or neighborhoods,
or other issues, and please feel free to call the Community Service
Bureau at 981-5806/5808 with your concerns.
Douglas N. Hambleton
Chief of Police
Official response? Sounds
like a drug war. Why is Berkeley
PD not at full strength?
If this site continues to
grow at the present rate it will reach 3,000,000 hits a year.
Most of the new traffic is in the Scrambled
Eggs and Lox archive.
Our John Phillips just returned
from the American Music Instrument Society conference. Held on
the Yale campus, John gave a paper on a Rukkers 1635 harpsichord.
The new Indiana Jones film
was being shot at the same time as the conference--in fact in
the same building. Though Harrison Ford was present, John found
the film's old cars more interesting. Especially an early '50s
There will be a Zoning Adjustments
Board public hearing for a use permit to demolish the automotive
repair shop and to construct a four-story, mixed-use building
at 2720 San Pablo Avenue. It is to be held Thursday, July 12 at
the Old City Hall in the second floor Council chambers beginning
at 7:00 PM.
"Arrest Made in Series of Bateman/Halcyon
Rio Bauce of our Planet. "Residents of the Halcyon/Bateman
neighborhood are breathing a bit easier since police arrested
Marvin M. Johnson last week and charged him with a string of robberies
targeting women walking alone during daylight hours in the neighborhood."
"UC Illegally Buried 'Thousands Of Truckloads'
of Toxic Soil In Richmond, State Says" reports Richard Brenneman in our Planet.
"UC Berkeley and a Swiss multinational must clean up thousands
of truckloads of toxic-laden soil illegally buried at the Richmond
site of a planned 1,330-unit housing complex, state officials
'Toxic Questions Surround Two Richmond Sites" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
"More questions are swirling around the cleanup efforts at
two adjacent contaminated sites in Richmond this week."
"Activist chosen to lead state air board:
Environmentalists, businesses hopeful that Nichols will enforce
tough emissions standards while being mindful of economy" writes Steven Harmon in our Times. "Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday named a staunch environmentalist
with deep Democratic ties to take the helm of the
state's air quality enforcement agency, perhaps dulling criticism
that he was stalling implementation of California's landmark global
warming legislation as a way to appease the business community."
"Reconsidering nuclear power: Proponents
turn to alternative form of energy despite ban on constructing
new reactor" writes
Sarah Jane Tribble in our Times.
"The nuclear power plant
nestled on the cliffs of Central California's scenic coast has
for decades been a remnant of our energy past, rife with memories
of protests and lingering security concerns.
That is changing."
The vacant lot just north
of the Xoma building on 7th and Heinz is now being cleaned up.
"Humane Society fundraiser
on tap" writes Martin Snapp of our Times. "Bay
to Barkers event expected to draw some 350 canines on Sunday
When the Angora fire ravaged
the Lake Tahoe area, more than 50 pets were saved by volunteers
from animal welfare organizations throughout Northern California,
including Alex Militar, operations manager of the Berkeley-East
Bay Humane Society.
His job: sleeping in his
car outside the chain-link fence that surrounded the evacuation
area where the rescued animals were being sheltered, to protect
them from bears and coyotes that had been driven out of the hills
by the flames."
"Hundreds of goats die
in Marin accident" reports the Times' Jim Staats.
"More than 240 goats belonging to an Orinda
business died Friday morning - mostly by suffocation - when a
truck carrying them tipped over in San Rafael's Canal area.
Onlookers reacted with horror
as officials piled hundreds of the dead animals on the roadside
while digging through the wreckage of the overturned vehicle for
more than an hour. The dead animals filled a
The Goats R Us truck taking
400 of the animals to a brush grazing job at the Golden Gate Seminary
in Mill Valley may have been going too fast as it tipped over
while making a left turn onto Kerner Boulevard, said San Rafael
police Sgt. Mike Vergara."
Goats are Us cleaned up the
Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl lot a couple of times. Check out Sarah and my photos of them.
The Wall Street Journal
reports "Alternative energy hurt by windmill shortage. While
projects in U.S. stall, Europe's utilities expand their reach."
"US Iraq chief warns of long war" reports BBC News.
"The head of US forces
in Iraq, Lt Gen David Petraeus, has told the BBC that fighting
the insurgency is a "long term endeavour" which could
Speaking to the BBC's John
Simpson in Baquba, Gen Petraeus said there was evidence that the
recent troops surge was producing gains on the ground. But he
warned that US forces were engaged in a 'tough fight' which will
get 'harder before it gets easier'.
His comments come as US calls
for a rapid troop withdrawal gather strength.
Gen Petraeus was keen to
emphasise that the ongoing unrest in Iraq is not something he
expects to be resolved overnight. 'Northern Ireland, I think,
taught you that very well. My counterparts in your [British] forces
really understand this kind of operation... It took a long time,
decades,' he said.
The question is how can we
gradually reduce our forces so we reduce the strain on the army,
on the nation and so forth 'I don't know whether this will be
decades, but the average counter insurgency is somewhere around
a nine or a 10 year endeavour.' "
Last night, Channel 5 News
reported on the recent shootings in South-Berkeley--a few-minutes
report mentioned crime was up more than usual.
Miltiades Mandros' another-entry
in the Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest--this one, a runner-up
in some past year.
The ancient Peruvian Airlines
DC-3 lumbered slowly over the snow-capped peaks far below as Gunderson
turned to Ricketts and marveled at how their avian import business
"Incahoots" had led them once again to the far reaches
of South America in search of the elusive gray-spotted owl.
"People's Park Workshop A Success, Says
writes Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
was a day of envisioning the future of People's Park.
park regulars basked in the sun or played a round of basketball,
there were those who gathered inside the First Church of the Christ
Scientist on Dwight Way to attend the first community workshop
on the future programs and designs of this historic piece of land.
principal planner of San Francisco-based MKThink-the firm hired
by UC Berkeley to plan improvements for People's Park-brainstormed
ideas with a group of 30 people who had turned up to share their
was to use role-playing to make people think from a different
perspective,' said UC Berkeley Community Relations Director Irene
reports "Mark Rhoades Joins Exodus: Berkeley Planning Manager
Mark Rhoades is headed for the private sector, the third high
level city official to vacate his position in city government.
Full story here.
the Potter Creek Bowl is breaking ground with heavy equipment
on site as well as PG&E.
that, in fact, ground at the Bowl-lot has not been broken, but
that the property has been fenced and there are piles of debris
from a clean-up. However, there is a piece of heavy equipment
As of 8:20
this morning, the concrete pad is being broken-up, preliminary
grading has been done, and shrubbery and grass have been cleared
at the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl site.
reports that the purple-house next to the CEID school is for sale.
on the new Swerve building on 7th Street is going a pace with
the steel girders and frames up.
is one of the artists in Active Space
an example of his work
is on display in his shop-space at the 7th and Pardee corner of
Active Space and at 900
Jim at email@example.com
900's Chris Saulnier believes red
wine to be more relaxing than white because of its sulfates. Go
Department update is here.
of us cleaned up the 2700 block of 8th Street between Grayson
and Pardee yesterday morning. We policed both sides of the street,
swept the gutters and side-walks and picked up trash. Took the
two of us about forty-five minutes and we filled three large bags
with trash. In addition to the mostly-leaves, we found two condoms,
a lot of metal washers, a lot of broken glass, some empty to-go
food cartons, and one empty Coke can. Felt good about it and the
block looks great.
the École Bilingue playground is open to ALL Potter Creekers.
For the combination to the lock on the gate-off-the-parking-lot
call 549-3867. Rick Auerbach and other members of the original
Potter Creek Home Qwners Association were the ones who years ago
asked the French School to open the playground to all.
900 GRAYSON was packed yesterday--regulars,
tourists, politicos, activists, developers were all present
that Riva Cucina will SOON have their beer and wine license.
called me on Friday afternoon and then emailed me. I've known
Cheri since The Day. I hired her at Moe's in the '70s--she was
our first female employee. Cheri also was an accomplished flautist,
a keyboard player with the Punk band, ExRay Ted, and lately, a
Ron, it was
wonderful to talk with you today. It sounds like you are keeping
up the good fight, . . .
I took a few minutes to look at some of the more recent additions
to your web-site and am duly impressed.
Check out a site called "Wolfgang's
This is the person who purchased ALL of Bill Graham's archives
(memorabilia, posters, handbills, and ALL of thousands of hours
of live soundboard recordings from all of Bill Graham Presents
concerts (from coast to coast covering about 20 years). They play
constant live streaming... I recently listened to an awsome live
Miles Davis concert from the fillmore East circa 1972!
Love, . . . Cheri
"Neighbors fed up with homeless sleeping
near People's Park" reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
become a nightly ritual. People's Park officially closes at 10
p.m., and UC Berkeley police arrive soon after to roust more than
a dozen homeless people who otherwise would spend the night there
sleeping or socializing.
to go, many end up streaming into the surrounding neighborhood,
where they camp on sidewalks in front of homes. Park neighbors
are getting fed up."
"Developer creates backers and critics
Martin Snapp of our Times. "Piedmont man who transformed
Berkeley skyline is conscientious hero to some, villain to others.
. . . .
who are rubbing their hands at the prospect of a future without
Patrick Kennedy had better think again. Kennedy plans to use the
proceeds from the sale to build more developments. . . . .
'I'm a developer,'
he said. 'I sold because I wanted to get out of the management
business and concentrate on new projects. But this time I'm not
going to be engaging in any more knock-down, drag-out battles.
I'm going to pick my fights more selectively to preserve my rapidly
council postpones vote on Iceland's landmark status.
In a dramatic
last-minute move, cash-strapped Berkeley Iceland was sold Tuesday
morning to a local developer, just hours before the City Council
was scheduled to vote on whether to designate the 67-year-old
Art Deco skating rink as a landmark.
Ali Kashani of Memar Properties, plans to demolish the rink and
build townhouses on the site. But the sale is contingent on a
favorable ruling by the City Council on the landmark proposal."
"Scientists find that pollution from economic
powerhouse is flying across the Pacific and affecting air on the
West Coast" reports the AP's Jeff Barnard
in our Times. "In a frigid shelter at the top of Mount
Bachelor, Dan Jaffe brushed the snow from a rough plywood table,
laid out a clean tissue and unscrewed a stainless steel fitting
from one of his scientific instruments.
of Washington at Bothell professor of atmospheric and environmental
chemistry removed a one-inch disk with a hole in the center. There,
on a shiny film of grease, five dull black dots made up of tiny
soot particles appeared. He passed it around for the graduate
students to see.'
Some of those
particles came from Asia,' he said. At 9,000 feet at the crest
of the Cascade Range, the air is some of the cleanest to be found
anywhere in the United States. But each breath -- especially in
the spring -- can suck in tiny amounts of pollution from China
and elsewhere in Asia. Soot, dust and chemicals come from coal-fired
power plants, cars and trucks, forest fires, desert dust storms
and even wood cooking fires."
Kubik comes a link to the electric drag-bike site.
@ 155.78 MPH--Getting close to the magic 7's"
This is a
The purple house that Sarah
saw for sale is a free standing live/work loft at 1029 Grayson.
Steve Smith of Norheim and
Yost is handling it and it is offered at $554,500. It is two stories
with about 1300 square feet--there is an HOA fee which is the
percentage of the annual insurance bill.
"Berkeley cops probe killing. City's second
homicide of year result of multiple blunt force trauma injuries,
reports the Oakland Tribune. "Berkeley police detectives
are investigating the slaying of a Berkeley resident, the city's
second homicide of the year. Officers discovered Terrence Marlow
Broadnax, 46, June 8 in his apartment on the 1000 block of University
Avenue after the property manager of the multi-unit dwelling called
police because he had not seen Broadnax for some time, authorities
"Two trees damaged in protest, UC Berkeley
says: Redwood, cedar lopped off at site of demonstration"
reports Kristin Bender of the Tribune. "The tree sitters
who have been living in a grove of historic trees they want to
save are being accused of lopping off the top of a redwood and
a cedar to make room for at least one sleeping platform.
not been cited, because we don't know who the responsible (person)
is. ... It's still under investigation,' said Mitch Celaya, University
of California, Berkeley, assistant chief. 'The trees are permanently
damaged. It's not like the top of the tree is going to grow back.'
Pete Hurney's next KALX Alternate
Tunings program is about cymbals. Check it out this Wednesday,
July 18th at 9:00 AM.
And, Pete has some ukes in
the Evolution of the Ukulele show at the Museum of Craft and Folk
Art. The show is from August 2 to October 21 and the museum is
at 51 Yerba Buena Lane in San Francisco. Their website is www.mocfa.org
Bay Area developer, [our?]
Rich Robbins is quoted in The Economist, July 14th issue.
In "City in a Bottle: The strange half-recovery of California's
prettiest city," Robbins says of San Francisco's new demographic
"another trend is towards pieds-à-terre that
are empty most of the time. While building homes in Idaho for
California clients, he was surprised to learn that many planned
to do much of their work from the country, heading into the Bay
Area only for the occasional meeting, or to catch an opera."
"Global broadband prices
revealed: Countries with the fastest broadband use fibre optic
networks" reports BBC News. "Broadband users
in 30 of the world's most developed countries are getting greatly
differing speeds and prices, according to a report.
The Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) report says 60% of its member
countries net users are now on broadband. The report said countries
that had switched to fibre networks had the best speeds at the
In Japan net users have 100Mbps
lines, 10 times higher than the OECD average. Japan's price for
broadband per megabit per second is the lowest in the OECD at
$0.22 (0.11p), said the report. The most expensive isTurkey at
$81.13 (A340.56)." The full story is here.
Bob Kubik emails of a new
"more powerful" Google site, Google Analytics. Check
My friend Nick Despotopoulos
recently arranged with HIS long-time friend,
photographer Jim Marshall, to help Jim sell some of his book
and magazine archive.
Nick sends this email
This first offering is one
of the more unique items. [Future offerings will be made as I
sort thru the collection. . . .]
As this is the 40th anniversary
of Monterey Pop, I'm starting with :
Monterey Pop by Joel Selvin,
photos by Jim Marshall, published 1992 by Chronicle Books--long
out of print.
I have a VERY limited amount
of NEW copies--publisher copies that were sent in 1992 to Jim
directly from Chronicle books. These are LIKE NEW copies and are
signed by both Jim and Joel. [This is a great piece of Rock-Music
and '60s history.]
They are $125 each + shipping
cost [the book will be well packed in a FedEx box & sent via
FedEx Express Saver]
If you are interested please contact me.
John Coltane died 40 years
John Coltrane Park
A meeting of the West Berkeley
Alliance Steering Committee was held yesterday, Tuesday, at Noon.
Among other things, the committee decided NOT to line-out any
of the Potter Creek residences but to cap the residences' obligation
at $180.00 per year or $15.00 per month. And, full or partial
refund of this assessment may be given because of economic hardship.
A budget of roughly $600,000
a year was approved as well. It breaks down to Security/Public
Safety, Maintenance of Order, including a two person/vehicle,
dawn-to-dusk patrol, $160,000; Weekend Maintenance, cleaning and
graffiti removal, $80,000; Homeless and RV Camping, a pilot program
will deal with encampments on private and public property, $35,000
matched by City-services for first six months; Employee and shuttle
bus service from BART to West Berkeley job centers plus public
rights-of-way enhancement, increased on-street parking, $165,000;
Day-to-day part time staff, $40,000; District management, $60,000;
Contingency, $58, 070.
So, for $15.00 a month Potter
Creek, home-owners get $600,000 worth of sevices a year?
Well, Ok then!?
"Pacific Steel Prepares Health Risk Report" writes Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet. "West
Berkeley-based Pacific Steel Casting (PSC) is scheduled to release
its health risk assessment report (HRA) to the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District Monday."
"West Berkeley Car Sales Plan Nears Deadline" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
have until Aug. 10 to express their concerns about the environmental
review of zoning ordinance and General Plan amendments to open
up West Berkeley to car dealerships.
The proposal, strongly backed
by Mayor Tom Bates, is designed to keep car sellers in the city,
along with the sales taxes they generate.
While the EIR comment period
closes in August, the city's Planning Commission will hold a public
hearing on the proposals next week, during their July 25 meeting.
The proposal calls for opening
up all of the land now zoned for manufacturing (M) to car dealerships,
along with a narrow parcel south of Ashby Avenue currently zoned
for mixed-use light industrial (MULI) uses."
In 1934, rightist U.S. business
leaders attempted a coup d'etat. Among those involved were
Ford, General Motors, Morgan Bank and Dupont. In the book Trading
with the Enemy, author Charles Higham writes of the attempted
Early in 1934, Irenee du
Pont and Knudsen [of General Motors] reached their explosion point
over President Roosevelt. Along with friends of the Morgan Bank
and General Motors, certain DuPont backers financed a coup d'etat
that would overthrow the President with the aid of a $3 million-funded
army . . . , modeled on the fascist movement in Paris known as
the Croix de Feu. Who was to be the figurehead for this
. . . scheme, which would result in Roosevelt being forced to
take orders from businessmen as part of a fascist government or
face the alternative of imprisonment and execution? Du Pont men
allegedly held an urgent series of meetings with the Morgans.
They finally settled on one of the most popular soldiers in America,
General Smedley Butler of Pennsylvania. Butler, a . . . hero,
had been awarded two Congressional Medals of Honor and his brilliant
career as commandant of the Marine Corps had made him a legend.
He would, the conspiratorial group felt, make an ideal replacement
for Roosevelt if the latter proved difficult. These business chiefs
found great support for their plan in Hermann Schmitz, Baron von
Schroder, and the other German members of The Fraternity.
to be continued
Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness reviews our Riva Cucina with
Cucina wades into restaurant business."
John Burns, Baghdad Bureau
Chief of the New Your Times said on the Charlie Rose Show
that the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq any time soon would
result in cataclysmic violence.
Only 23% of Americans approve
of our current Congress, according to recent polling.
"Burning Diapers Heat German Retirement
reports DW-TV. "The Liebenau Foundation's care homes
are heated by burning the soiled diapers of residents. The Liebenau
Foundation's care homes are heated by burning the soiled diapers
pending on Europe's first furnace fired entirely by soiled nappies,
which was constructed for the Liebenau Foundation, an operator
of rest homes in the south-west corner of Germany.
carers at the handicapped and old people's homes are proud that
every disposable diaper helps save a little fossil fuel."
In the book Trading
with the Enemy, author Charles Higham writes further of
the attempted American putsch.
The backers of the bizarre
conspiracy selected an . . . attorney, Gerald MacGuire, to bring
word of the plan to General Butler. MacGuire agreed Butler would
be the perfect choice. Butler had attacked the New Deal in public
MacGuire met with Butler
at the latter's house in Newton Square, Pennsylvania, and in a
hotel suite nearby. With great intensity the facist attorney delivered
the scheme to the general. Butler was horrified. Although there
were many things about Roosevelt he disliked, a coup d'etat amounted
to treason, and Butler was nothing if not loyal to the Constitution.
However, he disclosed nothing of his feelings. With masterful
composure he pretended interest and waited to hear more.
When MacGuire returned, it
was with news of more millions and extravagant plans, which included
turning America into a dictatorship with Butler as a kind of Hitler.
Once more Butler was infuriated but kept quiet. After MacGuire
left on the second occasion, the general got in touch with the
White House. He told Roosevelt of the entire plan.
Roosevelt's state of mind
can scarcely be imagined. He knew that in view of the backing
from high banking sources, this matter could not be dismissed
as some crackpot enterprise that had no chance of success. He
was well aware of the powerful forces of fascism that could easily
make America an ally of Nazism even that early, only one year
after Hitler had risen to power.
On the other hand, Roosevelt
also knew that if he were to arrest the leaders of the houses
of Morgan and Du Pont, it would create an unthinkable national
crisis in the midst of a depression and perhaps another Wall Street
crash. Not for the first or last time in his career, he was aware
that there were powers greater than he in the United
to be continued
Oops go boom!
At 4:42 this
morning a 4.2 quake, centered near Oakland, was felt in mixed-use
Potter Creek . Quite a jolt, the quake felt strong because it
was shallow, about 3.6 miles under ground.
"Sisters in Rhyme" is a story in The Peoria
Woman about Sarah and her sister, Kate. What a great story.
Check it out!
It is my
understanding that the City of Berkeley is paying for a use-survey
of west-Berkeley. The survey, now being taken, is to establish
a data-base of arts and crafts use here.
base? I have concerns.
it be used for, who will have access to it, what information is
being asked for, how detailed will it be, how accurate will it
be, and just why is it being taken? As a model-airplane hobbyist,
will I be part of it?
The Man already
has too much data.
"Welcome to radio heaven" declares Pat Craig in the Times.
narrow road leads through a scrawny gate, across faded pavement
to an Art Deco island in the middle of a bayshore marsh. It might
be the most familiar place you've never been to before.
seen the old KRE radio station studios on Ashby Avenue a zillion
times from the Eastshore Freeway. The old blue-trimmed white building
and tall transmission tower have been on the same spot, straddling
the Emeryville/Berkeley line, for 70 years.
you'll have a chance to see what the place looks like on the inside
and learn about how some of the magic of radio in its heyday --
the sounds that soothed you through long, lonely nights, or kept
you company on a long drive down a long, boring road -- was created.
at 10 a.m., the former KRE studio, now home for the California
Historical Radio Society, will open to the public for a celebration
of the transmitter's 70th birthday. The event will include live
old-time radio performances, an auction of vintage electronic
equipment and a sneak peek at the society's planned radio museum,
which will eventually be housed in the old building."
"Berkeley finally clears the way for Trader
reports Kristin Bender in our Times. "Council votes
5-3 to reject appeal by citizens group opposed to project on University
And our Times'
Martin Snapp quips
"Berkeley makes skate rink landmark, putting development
plans on ice:
The Berkeley City Council handed a stunning victory to local ice
skaters Tuesday night when it granted landmark status to Berkeley
"Council shuts down dollar store" writes Doug Oakley in our Times.
"Berkeley officials called business a public nuisance, which
allegedly acted as a hideout for drug dealers."
"Agency to offer rebates for less wood
smoke: Air district plans to offer homeowners as much as $600
if they install cleaner-burning fireplaces, stoves" reports Denis Cuff of our Times.
"Air board head seeks faster cleanup: New
leader addresses concerns of lawmakers worried about emissions
law's implementation" writes the Times' Steven Harmon.
new chairwoman of the state Air Resources Board assured Democrats
on Tuesday that her mandate is to 'speed up, not slow down' the
implementation of the state's landmark law to reduce greenhouse
But at a
rare preliminary confirmation hearing -- a full year before Mary
Nichols actually faces a vote from the Senate -- the longtime
Democratic environmental lawyer also argued that industry's participation
will be crucial to the success of the law, AB32."
"East Bay home sales slowest in years:
Reports reveal relatively flat prices in Contra Costa, Alameda
counties, significant drop in Solano County" writes the Times' Barbara
Bay home sales continued to slow, recording the slowest June in
19 years for Solano, 14 years for Contra Costa and 12 years for
Alameda counties, a real estate information company reported Thursday."
"Bernanke comments hurt Wall Street: Federal
Reserve chairman says some hedge funds are worthless and that
inflation remains main concern" reports the AP's Joe Bel Bruno.
retreated but managed a partial late-day recovery Wednesday as
investors reacted uneasily to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's
comments on the economy and news that two Bear Stearns Cos. hedge
funds were essentially worthless."
"Anti-gang policies should focus on intervention,
writes Andrew Glazer in our Times.
legislation and police crackdowns are failing so badly that they
are strengthening the criminal organizations and making U.S. cities
more dangerous, according to a report being released today."
100 years ago today
Miltiades Mandros' another-entry
in the Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest.
For years Clipsringer toiled
without complaint in the dusty backrooms of his mentor's Atelier
de Rattan, slowly but steadily honing his skills as a master craftsman
until that day when he felt himself ready to strike out on his
own, but as his ability to spell was not equal to his talent as
a furniture maker, he was dumbfounded by the torrent of witches,
warlocks and assorted new-agers who descended on his tiny shop,
the sign of which advertised "Fine Wicca Furniture."
Check out the Julio Caesar,
new on the 900 GRAYSON menu. Described as sweet gem lettuce, Sherry
vinegar infused dressing, toasted croutons and shaved Spanish
cheese, it is a differently delicious Caesar Salad and, . . .
Neighbors have been complaining
about the Acme Bread construction-noise. Ah, . . . . . . Potter
"Berkeley to consider muting train horns
reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
train whistle blasts that shatter Berkeley's night time silence
may snap some people out of their dreams, but they also save lives."
in west-Berkeley is greatly amplified by our west winds. I'm a
good half-mile from the tracks but on a windy day the freight
and passenger trains sound like they're right across the street.
And my sense
is that train engineers "lay on the horn" while passing
thru west-Berkeley because there is greater likelyhood of people
on the tracks from traffic around, and to-and-from, Aquatic Park.
And our train-guy
John Phillips says "They should make all the noise they can!"
"West Berkeley Nonprofits Get $300,000
reports Judith Scherr in our Planet.
"Group approves housing targets: Guidelines
designed to spread a fair share of affordable residences
around the Bay Area" writes the Times Eve Mitchell.
"East Bay employment lags behind rest of
Bay Area: Slow job growth blamed on withering real estate market"
reports George Avalos of the Times.
evidence surfaced Friday that the meltdown in the housing market
has jolted employment in the East Bay."
Sees Mortgage Woes for 'Good' Risks" reports Vikas Bajaj in the
New York Times.
Financial, the nation's largest mortgage lender, said yesterday
that more borrowers with good credit were falling behind on their
loans and that the housing market might not begin recovering until
2009 because of a decline in house prices that goes beyond anything
experienced in decades."
"Venture funding down in East Bay. Investors,
analysts think the slump is temporary and that the region is full
of innovative activity" writes the Times George Avalos.
financing in the Bay Area drooped during the spring in a downturn
that also eroded activity in the East Bay, according to a report
Street Journal reports that the world's capital is going global.
"In bid to land, ABN Amro Holding Barclays taps funding from
China, Singapore." And "Qatar in U.K. play, shows its
deal thirst. Where to put $1 billion."
Wall Street Journal reports "Amazon reported that
second-quarter profit more than tripled, boosted by soaring U.S.
sales . . . "
also reports "UPS reported a 4% earnings increase, its lowest
profit growth in nearly three years."
"U.S. pullout would be complex task: Many
uncertainties complicate withdrawal of troops, equipment and ammunition
from Iraq, despite years of planning" writes the AP's Charles J.
Hanley in our Times.
crating up the bombs and bullets, to shrink-wrapping the helicopters,
to counting up the endless tiers of port-a-potties, the pullout
of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, when it comes, will rank as the
longest-planned withdrawal ever."
Oakley reports that in Our Town "Shops
cited after minors allowed to buy tobacco: Clerks at six stores
fined $280 after sting, and merchants told to take products off
shelves for up to 30 days."
11:15 AM--irritant in front
room plus medium odor of "burning rubber," dry eyes.
The adjective "burning" is disturbing.
In the book Trading
with the Enemy, author Charles Higham writes further of
the attempted American putsch.
couldn't quite let the matter rest. Under pressure from liberal
Democrats he set up a special House committee to investigate.
Butler begged the committee to summon the Du Ponts but the committee
declined. Nor would it consent to call anyone from the house of
Morgan. Then Butler dropped a bombshell. He gave interviews to
the press announcing that none other than General Douglas MacArthur
was a party to the plot. This again was dismissed by the press,
and MacArthur laughed it off.
hearings were a farce. MacGuire was allowed to get away with saying
that Butler had ''misunderstood' his intentions.
lamely made excuses, and there the matter rested. It was four
years before the committee dared to publish its report in a white
paper that was marked for "restricted circulation."
They were forced to admit that ''certain persons made an attempt
to establish a fascist organization in this country . . . [The]
committee was able to verify all the pertinent statements made
by General Butler."
that the entire plan was deadly in intent was not accompanied
by the imprisonment of anybody. Further investigations disclosed
that over a million people had been guaranteed to join the scheme
and that the arms and munitions necessary would have been supplied
by Remington, a Du Pont subsidiary.
Contractors Association of America website.
of Potter Creek's own is their Prez. Among his goals are " to have MCAA's members
become our industry leaders in green building and sustainable
construction." Works for me!
And is this
guy, along with Jerry Victor, one of the coolest-dressed men in
Well, . .
. ever since Big and Tall closed, the dapper John
Norheim is well
keep Berkeley green, and safe from toxins, is our hazardous materials
crew. Not pencil pushers in the office, the staff, of now five
inspectors, is out in the field, working.
"Gas facility explosions rock Dallas: Half-mile
area evacuated, portions of freeways closed after malfunction
triggers blaze near city's downtown" reports Paul J. Weber in our
Times. "Flaming debris rained onto a busy highway
during a series of explosions at a gas facility near the city's
dense downtown area, injuring three people and rattling windows
and buildings blocks away."
"Leader admits protesters cut redwood:
Head of sit-in to protect trees at UC Berkeley says only dead
branches removed" reports Kristin Bender in our Times.
leader of a UC Berkeley tree sit-in admits that protesters lopped
off about four feet of a redwood tree and pruned other branches,
but Zachary RunningWolf says they were cutting only dead branches."
Authority regroups after scandal: Three full-time employees remain
as small staff tries to keep things running" writes Doug Oakley in our Times.
"Festival features kite kaleidoscope"
reports Matthew Cooper in our Times. "These are not
the kites you can buy from the local toy store or Wal-Mart. This
weekend at the Berkeley Marina, a plethora of colorful mammoth
kites will shade the grassy areas of Cesar Chavez Park for the
22nd annual Berkeley Kite Festival and West Coast Kite Championships."
"Collection pays tribute to local jazz
producer Orrin Keepnews" writes Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune.
"The five grammy awards, including the Recording Academy's
coveted Trustees trophy given in 2004, are the first things one
notices upon taking a seat in Orrin Keepnews' living room. The
very next thing is the impressive collection of records 'vintage'
vinyl platters from an age when jazz music truly mattered. The
bountiful assortment offers more than just some of the finest
music in American history. The collection also tells Keepnews'
own story, one that has been carved from more than 55 years in
the music business.
To jazz fans,
the 84-year-old El Cerrito resident is nothing short of a legend,
an exalted record producer who has had a hand in numerous landmark
jazz releases. His resume includes working with such key jazz
figures as Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Wes Montgomery
and Kenny Dorham. He's also known for having run two of the more
storied independent jazz labels in history, Riverside and Milestone."
"Mortgage defaults surge in Bay Area" writes Janis Mara in the Times
"Two Berkeley residents fatally shot in
Contra Costa County, Oakland officers investigating killings" reports the Oakland Tribune.
what city service is this?
dumped trash in Potter Creek
Department update is here.
"Councilwoman accused of violating election
law: City attorney's report says official did not disclose all
campaign contributions, loans" reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
Councilman Dona Spring failed to disclose about 30 percent of
the contributions and loans made to her 2006 re-election campaign
against candidate Raudel Wilson, according to a report by the
"Hispanics expected to be state's majority
by 2042: Alameda County to have top proportion of Asian Americans" reports Meredith May in the
San Francisco Chronicle.
will make up a majority of California's population by 2042, while
the state's highest percentage of Asian Americans will live in
Alameda County and Pacific Islanders will concentrate in Santa
Clara County, according to projections released Monday by the
state Department of Finance."
"Boxer, EPA face off over emissions standards:
Senator says delayed decision on state's request for stricter
rules 'hostile to the public health'"report Frank Davies in our
a tense, rancorous confrontation with the head of the Environmental
Protection Agency, Sen. Barbara Boxer accused the Bush administration
Thursday of already having decided to deny California's landmark
request to enforce its own vehicle emissions standards."
"First shot in wine movie feud
'Bottle Shock,' one of two movies on the famous 1976 tasting,
reports W. Blake Gray in the Chronicle.
soon-to-be-told cinematic story of how Chateau Montelena and its
most historic Chardonnay were saved from destruction: actress
Rachael Taylor takes her top off. Repeatedly."
and employee of an independent film group in the Fantasy/Warham
Building is working on the movie finding 1970s period sites and
dress. They're going to shoot in downtown Sonoma because of its
"A tale of two Bordeaux: Aside from the
top chateaus, the region's producers struggle to be
relevant" reports Michael Apstein to the
Chronicle. "Perusing the selection at a Cannes wine
shop, I noticed a group of Japanese businessmen. Among the shop's
selection of upscale wines -- such as Cristal and grand
cru Burgundies -- one gentleman selected two bottles of 1995 Cheval
Blanc, one of Bordeaux's greatest wines (for just over $600 a
bottle). The customer, visibly upset, explained to the clerk through
his translator that he was unhappy -- not with the condition of
the bottles -- but with the condition of the tissue paper wrapping
them, which was torn.
was more important, the wine or the presentation?
best wines still carry a certain cachet, their influence is far
less profound than it was 30 years ago. Though other winegrowing
regions have emerged to knock Bordeaux from its perch as the world's
leading wine region, its considerable economic impact, especially
for the top 100 or so wines, remains."
"Wall Street decline continues: Dow and
Standard & Poor's 500 index have worst week in five years" writes Tim Paradis in our Times.
"Wall Street extended its steep decline Friday, propelling
the Dow Jones industrials down more than 500 points over two days
after investors gave in to mounting concerns that borrowing costs
would climb for both companies and homeowners. It was the worst
week for the Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500 index in five
Klise wrote an Op-ed in the Planet called "West
Berkeley Tax District Benefits Developers." Please, check it out before
you read these excerpts and my fact-corrections, -additions, and
are about the proposed Community Benefit District for west-Berkeley
which includes our mixed-use-zoned, Potter Creek. The District
founders propose services for this, our community, above and beyond
those offered by the city. These services are to be paid for by
a District assessment.
fonts are quotes from her
piece--the Helvetica fonts, my fact-corrections, -additions, and
Did you know that your neighbors can get together
and decide that it is in your best interest to pay a supplemental
property tax, all without your input or a fair voting process?
defines tax as "a charge on a person's income or property"
its popular usage refers to a government levy, the proposal is
more an assessment by a private association.
told it is legal under California law. Whether fair or, in fact,
legal is another issue, which would have to be addressed in the
I am a resident in Potter Creek (Heinz Street to
Dwight/San Pablo to the train tracks) and went, uninvited, to
a meeting of these developers last week. I asked why the corridor
of Sixth Street (between University and Dwight)-almost entirely
single family homes-was being red-lined out of this district.
Their response: it is a residential neighborhood and this doesn't
apply to them. Hmmm. Exactly what we think. This district does
not apply to us. Second, why the "weighted" vote?They
list their priorities as: street cleaning, sidewalk repair, graffiti
abatement, homeless/encampment removal, 24-hour security (meaning
two men in pickup trucks with walkie talkies? cell phones? guns?),
and additional transit services.
It is a weighted-vote
based on a weighted-assessment which, in turn, is based on owned-property-size.
The more voting power, the more financial obligation--holders
of large-vote-blocks pay large-money-amounts. And they do not
get more services in kind.
is a mixed-use area, deeply different from a residential area--as
any Potter Creeker can testify, SPECIALLY home-owners. In Sarah's
block there are by my count, twelve businesses, seven residences
and one work-live. By square footage, I would estimate business-use
in her square block to be 70 % of the land. The blocks immediately
to her north, south, and west are 100% business, excepting the
French School in the north-block. The block to the east is truly
fact, WAS INVITED. In phone conversations with Marco, the District's
paid consultant, she expressed interest in attending their next
meeting. She also expressed that interest to me. I communicated
it to members of the Steering Committee and was assured she was
welcome. I told her that, and also told Potter Creek resident
Bob Kubik that he too was welcome. We all three attended.
The biggest land owners on this side of town (in
order: Bayer, Wareham Corporation and the City of Berkeley, along
with developers Denny Abrams, Dennis Cohen, Steven Goldin, Doug
Herst and Steven Donaldson) have decided that we need to "beautify
and bring order" to our mixed use neighborhood of residences
and businesses. They list their priorities as: street cleaning,
sidewalk repair, graffiti abatement, homeless/encampment removal,
24-hour security (meaning two men in pickup trucks with walkie
talkies? cell phones? guns?), and additional transit services.
security is from dusk to dawn.
get "armed-security" for the salary the Benefits District
proposes to pay and I believe that the founders understand armed,
private-guards are often not a good idea. Can you spell Pinkerton?
of the proprty owner and the developer are NOT NECESSARILY the
same. An established owner of many condos may not have the same
interests as a new developer. "I've got mine, f@$k you"?
owns two Victorians, one of which houses his business.
In reading the fine print, after I got home, I see
that the much of that 25 percent is for land use issues. . . .
They want to hire consultants, lawyers, and meet with city officials
and rework that pesky document called the West Berkeley Plan .
The 60k management
fee is actually 10% of the whole proposed budget of 600k, NOT
25%. And, it is for all facets of district management.
no fine print, either literally or figuratively--print in the
budget section looks to be 12-14 points. In the budget section,
proposed expenses are listed by category, according to size--the
largest first, the smallest last. The smallest operations amount
that is proposed is the management fee of 60k which includes "outreach
to political reps." The actual last category is the emergency
account of 58k--"Oh s#%t, we screwed up."
In other fine print we learn that the largest landowner,
Bayer, has cut a special deal with the CBD planners. They will
not have to pay their equal share of this tax as they will not
have to pay the percentages on their taxable building square footage.
is less because they are a fenced, self-contained facility that
already provides there own additional-to-the-city security and
maintenance services. Still, their first year annual assessment
will probably be tens-and-tens-of-thousands.
And the City of Berkeley's stance? Well, they are
sitting at the same table. Why not get the people to pay an extra
tax? What a dream concept for them. The thing is, City of Berkeley,
I already pay you to clean my street, and pick up the occasional
dropped mattress, arrange for city buses to pass by, and for the
police to come when called and I think you do a commendable job
of it. . . . . . Graffiti? Never had it in my 15 years here. And,
the buses run on time.
has, in my 35 years experience, been a trash-dumping ground--sometimes
more, sometimes less, but ALWAYS. See my 7/28/07 photo for Friday's.
recently has reached epidemic portions. The lot almost immediately
behind Sarah's--roughly 50-75 feet by 100-150 feet is now filled
with graffiti. The one-hundred-some-foot, bordering-south-wall
is completely covered, as is the bordering, 50-some-foot, back
PD response? Friday, within minutes of a "Dog locked in a
hot-car, barking, and seems to have no air" call, an Animal
Control unit and radio-car were on the scene. Our beat officer
went into 900 GRAYSON, found the dog and car's owner.
earlier "Break the f@$king window" crack was completely
"Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman Dies at 89" reports DW-TV.
Bergman, one of the most influential film directors of the 20th
century, died at his home on the Swedish island of Faaro . . ."
"The inspired road to 'Hot Rod'" exclaims Jessica Yadegaran
in our Times.
may know them as the digital comedy pioneers who turned Natalie
Portman into a potty-mouthed rapper and Justin Timberlake into
an early-'90s R&B cheese ball.'
But the first
collaboration among the multihyphenated team of Andy Samberg,
Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone did not involve A-list celebs
and was not seen by millions on 'Saturday Night Live.'
the only audience was their parents.
they were scrawny freshmen at Berkeley High School, the boys made
a lip-sync video to Hayward rapper Spice 1's '187 Proof.' Schaffer
and Taccone shot it in Schaffer's living room, hanging upside
down. They then flipped the image so they looked right-side up
with their hair hanging upward.
'It was pretty
innovative,' says Taccone, devouring a salsa-topped chip during
a recent interview at Juan's Place in Berkeley, a favorite old
"Trying to create a greener dry cleaner" writes Douglas Fischer in the
No sign touts
the pile of cash Song Lee spent to switch his modest dry-cleaning
shop to green technology.
pulled aside a long-time customer, a Berkeley police officer whose
perspiration-stained uniform would be the bane of any cleaner,
to ask if he noticed anything different.
recalls the cop saying. 'It smells cleaner. There's no dry-cleaned
smell. What'd you do?'
$90,000 for you,' Lee replied."
"Cities try new anti-gang tactic -- suing
them: To fight plague of violence, local DAs are asking for legal
bans on gang behavior and signs" reports the AP's Angela K. Brown in our Times.
up with deadly drive-by shootings, incessant drug dealing and
graffiti, cities nationwide are trying a different tactic to combat
gangs: They're suing them."
to report crime!
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
again stresses that "I believe it is up to each of us to
report what crime we see, and/or are aware of, to the City in
order to get and keep their attention." The contacts are
Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darrell Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
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