members of an all-black fighter
squadron:ALICE-JO is a P-51 Mustang, USAAF's hotest WW II fighter
I believe this photo to be
"Enthusiasts give club a stamp of approval:Philatelic
group brings together collectors, who enjoy the history
and learning behind the hobby" reports Marta Yamamoto of our Times.
collecting loomed large as a childhood hobby in the 1950s and
1960s. Stamp kits featuring an album, packets of stamps, tongs
and hinges were sold everywhere; even department stores had stamp
was a rite of passage.
years morphed into college, career and family, stamps and their
accouterments were packed away and forgotten, memories of a more
carefree life. Today, many collections are coming out of the closet,
thanks to groups such as the East Bay Collectors Club, which meets
each month in Kensington."
In the style and tradition
of Forbes and the Wall Street Journal , Richard
Brenneman of our Planet reports "Feds
Say Teece Must Pay $12 Mil for Tax Dodges."
"David J. Teece, the
UC Berkeley professor and until recently perhaps Berkeley's richest
private landlord, used illegal tax dodges and owes Uncle Sam millions,
says the IRS."
Damn, Brenneman can write
just like a financial reporter.
On 1/24/08 I posted
evening, Berkeley Mills, Acme Bread, The City of Berkeley, Uncommon
Grounds, The Bread Project, and others hosted a meeting about
green collar jobs. It was based on the report by Professor Raquel
Pinderhughes, Green Collar Jobs: An Analysis of the Capacity
of Green Businesses to Provide High Quality Jobs for Men and Women
with Barriers to Employment.The report was funded by the City
of Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development. The
meeting was held at Berkeley Mills from 5PM to 8PM. It opened
with our Mayor's introduction, proceeded with a presentation by
Professor Pinderhughes and a presentation by Ian Kim of the City
of Oakland Green Collar Job Corps, and closed with discussion.
About 50 people were present, many from Berkeley businesses, including
Berkeley Mills CEO, Gene Agress. Our Councilman, Darryl Moore
was also present. It was covered by Channel 7 NEWS. Gene Agress
contributed to this report.
to know what the report cost."
am sympathetic to the report, Green Collar Jobs, it is
terminally flawed. A beautifully presented study with color-photos,
charts, graphs and text, I initially asumed it accurately presented
the issues. Sadly, it may or may not. As conceived, it
is simply the author's opinion. For such a survey to be really
relevant, it must use random sampling of an accurately defined
population--it must select at random the people interviewed and
it must make sure those talked to are somehow involved with the
issue. The twenty-one employers interviewed were self-selected
from a group of originally over two-hundred, and just how the
thirty-six interested employees were selected is unclear. Really
bad social -science!
to City Hall asking for the study's cost have remained unanswered.
In The Day,
I was a sociology grad-student at Cal and worked at the Survey
to the report, it is available on line at a City of Berkeley page
"It's really not that easy being green" writes Ilana DeBare in the
San Francisco Chronicle. "Despite the increased hype
about companies going green, American business isn't making much
of a dent in major environmental problems, according to a new
report card on the state of corporate environmental initiatives."
And Ms DeBare reports "Clorox
introduces green line of cleaning products. Clorox bleach
and Liquid-Plumer will gain some unlikely siblings today - a line
of green cleaning products. The Clorox Co., the Oakland firm that
introduced bleach to American households a century ago, is adding
a series of natural, biodegradable household cleaners called Green
Works to its $4.8 billion family of cleaning and household products.
"The Marines don't belong here, the shouldn't
have come here and the should leave:Berkeley council tells Marines
to leave" writes
Doug Oakley in our Times.
"Hey-hey, ho-ho, the
Marines in Berkeley have got to go.
That's the message from the
Berkeley City Council, which voted 8-1
Tuesday night to tell the U.S. Marines that its Shattuck Avenue
recruiting station "is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters
choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders."
In addition, the council
voted to explore enforcing its law prohibiting discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation against the Marines because
of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. And it officially
encouraged the women's peace group Code Pink to impede the work
of the Marines in the city by protesting in front of
In a separate item, the council
voted 8-1 to give Code Pink a designated parking space in front
of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free
sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m.
Councilman Gordon Wozniak
opposed both items."
At a time when the Democratic
Party of our Nation is choosing between a European-American woman
and an African-American man as their candidate for President of
the United States of America, our City Council is giving free
parking and free sound equipment to anti-war demonstators clothed
Why am I surprised.
Recently, when west-Berkeley
could have made a real difference by challenging the constitionality
of Benefit Districts in court, where a victory would have wide-ranging
effect for citizens of California, our re-Activists chose to build
their opposition around a pathetic-pocket-book-issue, sugar-coated
Well, Ok then.
Oh, f%*k it!
"We some sorry-a## mutha-f%*kers"
A quote from The
Original Kings of Comedy
"Low-income bank accounts proposed" reports the San Francisco Chronicle's
Ilana DeBare. "Building on a San Francisco program that has
become a national model, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced
plans Thursday to help tens of thousands of low-income Californians
open their first bank accounts. Schwarzenegger said his office
will bring together bank officials, mayors and community groups
in five to seven cities to create and promote starter checking
or savings accounts."
Listener supported Jazz station,
KCSM-FM is having a pledge drive now. You can contribute here.
"Severed cables disrupt internet" reports BBC NEWS. "Internet
outages have hit businesses and home use
Internet services have been disrupted in large parts of the Middle
East and India following damage to two undersea cables in the
disruption to 70% of the nationwide network in Egypt, and India
suffered up to 60% disruption."
Here is the complete editorial
from today's Times about our City.
Berserk in Berkeley
There's a reason they call
it "Berserkley." The East Bay home of UC
Berkeley has long been a venue for odd protests and bizarre politics.
In one more leap into the
absurd on Tuesday, the City Council voted
7-2 to tell the U.S. Marines that its recruiting station "is
welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do
uninvited and unwelcome intruders."
Too add to its mean-spirited
and insulting policy of anti-military
extremism, the council also decided to officially encourage the
radical women's peace group, Code Pink, to disrupt the Marine
recruiters by loudly demonstrating in front of the station.
For the last four months,
Code Pink has been protesting, well within
its rights. But now the City Council has given that particular
protest group a free sound permit and parking space for protesting.
Some local businesses near
the recruiting station are none too
pleased about Code Pink protests. The loud, aggressive protesters
border on harassment.
They take up parking places
and block the sidewalk and doorways.
Yet the Berkeley City Council
has decided to grant special privileges
to a favored group -- so much for free and fair speech, which
often has been abused in Berkeley.
A dissenter on the council,
Gordon Wozniak, rightly pointed out that
it looks like the council is showing favoritism.
He said, "We have to
respect the other side and not abuse their
rights." That should be obvious to any fair-minded
person. But there are a lack of such people in city government
Berkeley, including Mayor Tom Bates.
Bates said the Marines don't
belong here and they should leave. Why?
A university town is a natural place for military recruiters.
It makes no sense to belittle
the military because one is opposed to
the war in Iraq. But the Code Pink women don't care to think things
through. That's the group's right as a private organization.
But it is clearly wrongheaded
for a government body to favor a single
protest group while insulting an essential branch of the government.
The Berkeley City Council
vote is an act of meanness, stupidity and
I would add after some quiet
contemplation "Have we finally,
completely, lost are f@*king minds?"
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Our Planning Department is
Our Heddy emails
The Center on Institutions
and Governance, UC Berkeley presents
Ambassador John Bruton
Head of Delegation of the European Commission in the United States
California and the European
Union:An emerging partnership
Wednesday, February 13, 10:30
IGS Library, 109 Moses Hall
Ambassador Bruton will speak
about how a bi-directional partnership between the EU and California
is evolving and what chances there are for future regulatory cooperation,
learning, and emulation between them. California has been a regulatory
trendsetter at the national and international levels. Recently
the European Union has become a global regulatory leader, while
California has become both a launching pad for American versions
of European regulation and an innovator that influences Europe.
Center on Institutions and Governance
130 Moses Hall, MC 2370
Berkeley, CA 94720
"Web disturbances set to continue" reports BBC NEWS. "Internet outages
have hit businesses and home use.Disruption to internet services
in south Asia and the Middle East is continuing the day after
Mediterranean undersea cables were damaged.
Operations outsourced to
India from the UK and US are badly hit, said an industry body,
adding that 50% of India's bandwidth was affected.
Egypt has about 40% of its
internet capacity, following damage to a cable thought to be off
its northern coast.
It could take a week or more
to restore full services, say experts.
Further disruption has been
reported in Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka."
Potter Creek rain-gauge showed .7 inch from Thursday through Friday
emails his thoughts on my 1/24/08 post--my paragraph follows
"Recently, when west-Berkeley
could have made a real difference by challenging the constitionality
of Benefit Districts in court, where a victory would have wide-ranging
effect for citizens of California, our re-Activists chose to build
their opposition around a pathetic-pocket-book-issue, sugar-coated
David's email continues
"For the average home
owner or small non-residential occupant in southwest Berkeley
the hit on our pocket books would clearly have been less
than a drop in the annual bucket. The authors proposed removing
most of us small players. . . . The objections didn't go away.
This was and is still a very strong negative response to our being
cut out of the decision making process thereby leaving
us with little or no say-so in determining the future
of our neighborhood.
Challenging this issue in court as being un-constitutional may be an
admirable alternative but I believe it would have less than a
fifty-fifty chance against the combined money and legal might
of the big players . . . and we would be looking
at very large pocket-book hits for a long, long time.
. . .
After reading David's remarks, I would replace my "sugar
coated in unfair-representation" with a more specific
"and unfair representation."
Mills CEO, Gene Agress emails his response to our Times'
I agree [with
the editorial]. It's not the Marines or the military that are
the problem. The city has no right to ask [the Marines] to leave.
a time for
It is my
sense that now is a time for the new, for sweeping change, for
vision. But neither our recent city council decision on Marine
recruiting or the recent west-Berkeley opposition to the Benefit
District embrace that.
I believe, a moment of real opportunity and great possibility.
But at this
moment of accelerating change, Berkeley is moving backward to
a place that, though comfortable, is already "in the dust
bin of history."
"Berkeley mayor offers to help Marines
leave" reports Doug
Oakley of our Times.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
offered Friday to help the U.S. Marines leave town by negotiating
an end to the lease for their recruiting station, even as he backpedaled
on a City Council resolution declaring the Corps 'uninvited and
unwelcome intruders' in the city.
In the face of an onslaught
of pro-military criticism from around the country, Bates, a retired
Army captain, also issued a statement that said the City Council's
resolution Tuesday night 'did not adequately differentiate our
respect and support for those serving in the armed forces and
our opposition to the Iraq war policy.' He said he would ask the
council to modify the resolution at its next meeting, scheduled
for Feb. 12."
I recommend all our council
and watch Queens
of Comedy before this meeting.
Al Braver was the owner of
Campus Records in The Day
and was my Mentor
On 11/9/03 I posted
what is it that Albert's smoking in that pipe?
reporter Richard Brenneman toots his own horn in "Bush
Sub-Prime Collapse Echoes Reagan Disaster.
When 60 Minutes tackled the
FBI investigation of the mortgage implosion Sunday night, producers
looked to Stockton, 'ground zero for the current financial crisis
and a microcosm of everything that went wrong.'
But their coverage of the
current crisis overlooked another foreshadowing crisis for which
Stockton was also Ground Zero-another national financial disaster
under another Republican president.
The link was there, early
in Steve Kroft's opening remarks. 'A few years ago, it was one
of the hottest real estate markets in the country; today it is
the foreclosure capital of America.'
A few years before that,
Stockton had given birth to a hometown S&L that rocketed into
the deregulated stratosphere of the early Reagan years to become
the nation's largest, and the darling of Wall Street.
State Savings And Loan transformed
itself into American Savings, the linchpin of Financial Corporation
of America (FCA), with its vast network of mortgage funds bankrolled
by double-digit uninsured jumbo CDs.
The eventual collapse of
American Savings is still the largest-ever bank failure in the
country's history. What is less well known was that its crimes
were known to the same law firm that produced the two federal
prosecutors in charge of the case: the local U.S. Attorney in
Sacramento and U.S. Attorney General-and for years Reagan's personal
attorney-William French Smith. Another senior attorney from the
same firm sat on FCA's board.
The collapse was completely
predictable to someone on the outside, too.
I know this as an absolute
fact, because I did predict it, and I got exiled to the night
cops' beat at the Sacramento Bee because I refused trying to write
about it. I still have the letter of reprimand I got when I shouted
at my editor. 'You insisted we were missing a national story,'
he wrote. I give him credit for that. And night cops is the rookie's
beat, the same one I took when I hired on at the Las Vegas Review-Journal
at age 19."
I guess Brenneman hasn't
yet figured out that "being right" ain't what's hard.
What's hard is convincing others.
Berkeley PD Community Crime
Thefts at Berkeley Restaurants
City of Berkeley Police
Department Property Crimes Detectives are warning the community
significant crime trend involving thefts that is making it's way
throughout the city.
Thus far, crimes have been reported from businesses on College,
A suspect or suspects goes into restaurants, café's and
other eateries and surveys the
business for customers who have left their purses, bags, laptops,
backpacks or other
valuables unsecured and/or unattended. In some cases, the suspect
will go virtually
unnoticed as he/she reaches into a purse and removes a wallet.
Most victims will not
notice the theft for some time. In others incidents, the suspect
will wait until a
customer goes to the counter to order food, pick up coffee or
use the restroom and
make off with a purse, laptop or backpack.
The report Green Collar Jobs cost us $8,000--$3,000 for the
work and $5,000 for printing. It is my understanding the work
Read my 2/1/08
post for background.
Times columnist, Nilda Rego writes
"Classic radio shows brought laughs, shivers.
There wasn't much to crow
about in 1933. Five thousand banks had collapsed, sending 9 million
bank accounts down the drain. The steel industry was operating
at 12 percent capacity, and a lot of people were out of work.
But there was hope. The new
president, Franklin Roosevelt, told us 'the only thing we have
to fear is fear itself.'
Money was too scarce to spend
on entertainment, but there was always the radio. And by the time
of the Great Depression, Bay Area listeners could tune into KGO,
KFRC, KYA and NBC to hear music, adventure serials, news and 15-minute
comedies such as 'Lum and Abner,' jawing away in their Jot 'Em
Down Store, the 'Easy Aces,' 'The Goldbergs' and Vic and Sade.'
At 5:45 p.m. (every night
except Sunday), every kid on our block stayed glued to the radio
to listen to "Little Orphan Annie." Near the end of
the program, with pencil in hand, we waited for the announcer
to give us the clues that we could solve with our decoder rings."
Pete Hurney et al have put
together a radio drama-group for KALX, the Barrow's Basement Radio
Players. Now made up of about a dozen players, its first script
is a children's story. They hope to broadcast a 15 minute show
once a week.
Not necessarily my, but our
"For the first time
in decades, California voters are going to play a crucial role
in selecting a presidential nominee. In both the Democratic and
Republican parties, whoever wins the most votes in this state
Tuesday will take a giant step toward nomination this summer.
The Times strongly believes that the nation
is in dire need of a president who has the vision, ability and
desire to reach out to all Americans in a positive manner.
We need a leader who listens
to the views of others, domestically and abroad, and who truly
embraces bipartisanship at home and cooperation internationally.
Fortunately, both the Republican
Party and the Democratic Party have such leaders this year. They
are Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama."
This does remind me, however,
that we have municpal elections this year and it would be good
to elect those who have "the vision, ability and desire to
reach out to all . . . in a positive manner."
I talked to Gino at Moe's
yesterday--I worked with Gino at the store in the early days,
he's now a manager-- and asked him why they, Moe's, were successful
in a time when other brick-and-mortor book-dealers were regularly
going out of business. He said that one of the reasons is that
as a used-dealer they can set their own resale-prices, and, perhaps
more important, set what they pay for books, also that their active
Internet sales were becoming a more important part of the business--then
added "We know what we're doing, do a very good job at it,
and people like us."
Well, Ok then!
Also yesterday, I talked
to a young friend, a woman in her early 20s. She characterized
herself as a post, post-feminist. When I asked what that was,
she said "I sewed this flowered apron but also eat granola"
and then whispered "I'm bi-sexual, too."
Very Twenty-First Century
Berkeley, I'd say. Hmmm, . . . actually, she lives in Oakland.
A female reader from the
South of France emails
vive la France!
service sector in sharp fall" writes BBC NEWS.
"The fear is that Americans
will stop spending as job losses increase:The US service sector
contracted in January for the first time in almost five years,
a survey has shown.
The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) index of service sector
business activity fell to 41.9, from 54.4 for the previous month.
The dividing line between
growth and contraction is 50. The unexpectedly weak reading stoked
fears that the US would fall into recession.
Wall Street shares tumbled on the news, while the UK's FTSE 100
This is the first contraction
since 2003 of business activity in the service sector, which accounts
for two thirds of US economic growth, and the lowest level of
activity since October 2001, the month following the 11 September
The ISM report also showed a steep decline in inventories, employment
and new orders, while operating costs increased."
For years now, I've had a
fantasy that as more and more businesses join the service economy,
sometime, later-than-sooner in the future, they will make up the
entire business community which will serve only the few dozen
left that are wealthy enough to afford sevices. We will then have
achieved a service-economy with really no-one to serve.
"The FBI is concerned about mortgage fraud" reports BBC NEWS.
"The FBI is investigating
14 companies embroiled in the sub-prime mortgage crisis as part
of a crackdown on improper lending.
It did not identify the companies
but said the investigation encompassed developers, sub-prime lenders
and investment banks.
FBI officials said the agency
was looking at instances of accounting fraud and insider trading.
The cases could lead to potential
civil or criminal charges, the FBI said."
"In Berkeley, push to rescind letter to
Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Mayor
Tom Bates, a former Army captain, said it probably wouldn't hurt
if the council clarified its position."
"Electricity in the air at Tesla's unveiling:
Ballyhooed Roadster rolls out at company's San Carlos headquarters"
reports our Times'
"Electric cars can be
eerily silent, so it was no surprise that when the first Tesla
arrived in America Friday, company employees cheered, but the
car was quiet."
The San Francisco Chronicle's
Debra J. Saunders opines about "Berkeley's
'I guess they've never heard
of free speech,' Berkeley City Councilwoman Dona Spring told The
Chronicle as she defended the council's 8-1 vote to tell Marine
recruiters that they are not welcome in Berkeley - and that if
the Marines stay, they will 'do so as uninvited and unwelcome
intruders.' The council also voted 6-3 to give the anti-war Code
Pink organization a designated parking space directly in front
of the U.S. Marine Corps' 64 Shattuck Ave.
recruiting office and encouraged Code Pink to 'impede' Marine
It's pretty clear that Spring
has heard of free speech, but she has no idea what it is.
. . . the Berkeley vote was
the antithesis of free speech.
When government officials
pass a law to impede the political expression of nonbelievers,
as the Berkeley pols did on Jan. 29, they are wielding the club
of government to suppress dissent. They are abusing their authority.
. . .
Code Pink is the anti-war
equivalent of anti-abortion protesters barring women from access
to abortion clinics - a crime compounded by the City Council's
support of this suppression. . . .
[Finally] . . . consider
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's answer to a question posed
by NBC's Tim
Russert at a debate last month. 'There's a federal statute on
the books which says that, if a college or university does not
provide space for military recruiters or provide a ROTC program
for its students, it can lose its federal funding. Will you enforce
that statute?' Russert asked.
Both Clinton and Obama answered
that they would enforce the Solomon Amendment, which first passed
in 1994 when Bill Clinton was president."
"Berkeley goes to war"
opines the San Francisco Chronicle.
There's nothing surprising
- or objectionable - about an anti-war protest outside a Marine
Corps recruiting office in Berkeley. Bullhorns, locked arms, chanted
slogans: Bring it on if that's the way demonstrators want to oppose
the Iraq war.
But what is the Berkeley
City Coucil doing by endorsing statements denouncing these recruiters
as 'uninvited and unwelcome intruders' and reserving curb space
for the convenience of weekly protesters?
Berkeley's leaders have taken
the worthy notion of political protest and shoved it over the
cliff. While playing up arguments of free speech and organized
protest, the council has loaded the deck with insulting language
that denigrates the military and embarrasses the anti-war cause.
The motion approved by the
council includes a number of remarkable statements: 'The United
States has a history of launching illegal, immoral and unprovoked
wars of aggression' and 'The military recruiters are sales people
known to lie to and seduce minors.'
The move has provoked an
uproar. South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint wants to yank
some $2.1 million in Washington money bound for Berkeley schools,
food programs and ferries. Sorry senator, we don't see the connection
- or sense of fairness.
Two Berkeley City Council
members, Betty Olds and Laurie Capitelli, are hurrying a resolution
for the council's Feb. 12 meeting to paper over the harm done.
Their idea is to state Berkeley's opposition to the Iraq war and
support the troops, no-brainer notions in local politics. The
measure would also attempt to undo the damage by also dropping
the offending rhetoric of the original resolution that singled
out the Marine recruiters. That would be a welcome ending to a
In the spirit of post, post-feminism
I propose some post, post-radicalism.
Organize and send care-packages
to our enlisted-men and -women posted to Iraq and Afghanistan.
For just what to best put in them, go to the Marine recruiting
office and ask what our enlisted men and women want and need.
Enclose some CDs, DVDs, comic-books*, mags, and books--no heavy
political s&%t, please.
Encourage and support ROTC
programs. They are a way to civilianize our increasingly isolated,
What to include in care-packages
to our enlisted men and women? I'm told they need silly-string
to test for booby-traps when entering buildings--they shoot it
in before going in--and handi-wipes to keep themselves clean.
Then are are those old-fashioned Berkeley stand-bys, brownies.
Bob Kubik emails
I was told this afternoon
by a business tenant that another block in Potter Creek is being
sold to Wareham Development. It is the entire block between 9th
and 10th and Pardee and Carleton. As you know Wareham recently
bought the entire block of Fantasy Records and almost the entire
block just east of that.
the south east corner of
the Wareham purchase
I'm told that indeed these
properties are in contract.
Our Councilman's aid, Ryan
Happy Lunar New Year!! This
is the year of the Rat.
We have a few annoucements for upcoming events...
We are holding a community meeting on Wednesday, February 20th
in the Multipurpose Room at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 920
Allston Way. The meeting was originally organized around
the situation at U-Haul, with the revocation of their use permit
and the day laborer situation, and around graffiti and general
crime issues, but we thought that this would be a great time to
have a community meeting that would be a bit broader. We
will be discussing the Be Fit Berkeley campaign (a city-wide health
initiative), summer youth employment through Youth Works, and
Lamont will be discussing some of the programing that the Rosa
Parks Collaborative will be doing this semester. Hope you
can make it.
Be Fit Berkeley Events
As you may know, we have instituted a citywide effort known as
Be Fit Berkeley to promote healthy living. This is a City sponsored
public-participation program designed to encourage citizens to
eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. The program was kicked-off
on October 1, 2007 with a weigh-in of myself and Councilmember
Darryl Moore in front of the Civic Center Building. A final community
event in May (including a final weigh-in for Councilmembers!),
will end the 8-month program. In the coming months, we hope to
make this a fun and life-changing competition for Councilmembers
and their constituents.
With this in mind, we would like to invite you to a few of our
upcoming activities with Councilmembers. We encourage you to participate
in as many events as possible. Free Be Fit Berkeley T-shirts will
be provided at every event!
Exercise in the Park: Saturday, February 23rd, Civic Center Park,
10 am-11 am
Exercise activities with Councilmembers; low-impact
aerobic exercises led by YMCA instructor
Raffles for YMCA memberships and other
Meeting with Public Health interns for
Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes!
Note that rain on this day will cancel the event.
Day at the Farmers' Market: Saturday, March 8th, Center Street
Berkeley), 10 am-1 pm
Cooking Demos with Councilmembers
Guided shopping tours of the market
Hypertension & diabetes screenings
by City's Public Health Department- Please fast beforehand!
Local Fundraisers for Worthwhile Causes
Lifelong Medical's 12th Annual Crab Feed
LifeLong is known as the primary "safety net" provider
of medical services to the uninsured and those with complex health
needs in Berkeley, North Oakland, Albany and Emeryville.
Enjoy an evening of delicious crab, music, and a chance to win
some great items through a silent auction and raffle. Tickets
are $40 and the event will be on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at
5:00 PM at St. John's Presbyterian Church Center, 2727 College
Ave. To purchase Crab Feed tickets, go here
Berkeley Youth Alternatives' Fourth Annual Crab Feed
Berkeley Youth Alternatives provides a variety of program that
helps to nurture Berkeley's youth, particularly at-risk youth.
Please help support their efforts by coming to their Annual Crab
Feed. Tickets ar $40 and the event will be on Thursday,
February 28th, 2008 at Berkeley Youth Alternative, 1255 Allston
Don "Ukulele Don"
Yost emails an opinion
Comment by Allan J.
Lichtman, Professor of History, American University
Super Tuesday: The Big Picture
Perhaps the most gratifying
outcome of the Super Tuesday primaries was that they once again
proved that the conventional wisdom was entirely wrong. Just a
few months ago the pundits assured us that with five strong candidates
the Republican contest might not result in a clear nominee on
Super Tuesday and could produce a deadlocked convention. In contrast,
they said that Hillary Clinton would likely sweep to victory in
the Democratic contests. Instead, Super Tuesday has all but anointed
John McCain as the Republican nominee and left Democratic contest
as clear as mud. The next few weeks will witness trench warfare
between Clinton and Barack Obama as they battle for every delegate
in their party's proportional -- not winner-take-all -- primaries.
There is a deep significance to these primary results; they signal
the end of the conservative era that began with the election of
Ronald Reagan in 1980. Conservatives have been so vitriolic
in their assault on John McCain because they don't have a viable
candidate in the race and because they don't believe that McCain
will keep the conservative flame alive within the GOP. However,
as we learned from the liberal collapse in the late 1970s, political
movements usually succumb to contradictions within their own traditions.
That is precisely what has happened to conservativism in the era
of George W. Bush and the impending McCain nomination is but a
symptom of a more serious malady. For example, conservatives have
backed limited government, fiscal responsibility and states rights.
Yet George W. Bush has arguably built the biggest, most expensive,
and most intrusive federal government in the history of the United
States. Similarly conservatives have vehemently opposed social
engineering by government. Yet they have taken on history's most
ambitious and costly social engineering project: to pacify, rebuild,
and democratize Iraq, a land with alien culture and traditions,
no history of democratic practice, and deep sectarian divisions.
In addition, conservatives are caught between their business allies
who will expect billions in payback for the millions they invest
in campaigns and the party's religiously conservative base voters.
Thus, 2008 could be a turning point election like 1932 or 1980
that marks the end of one political era and the beginning of another.
Ironically, this could be the case even if the candidate of the
incumbent presidential party wins the White House.
"Vote against Marines may cost Berkeley" reports our Times' Doug Oakley. "City
institutions could lose $2.3 million in federal funds in bills
introduced by six GOP lawmakers."
A thought on my Berkeley and our Marines. If we were a family
we'd be in therapy for self-worth issues.
Bob Kubik emails
The Condos at 2700 San Pablo
are undergoing repairs to the new stucco siding already. Apparently,
the recent rains caused leakage around the windows - very common
with the new stucco treatment. In this picture you will note the
sales office in a trailer with balloons in front - just above
the balloons is where they have been chipping away the new plaster
Our today's Times
features some guest commentary about our City Council's recent
Marine recruiting decision.
Michael Steinberg writes
first time, I am ashamed of my city
While I'm sure Berkeley Mayor
Tom Bates' intentions were just and honorable, I write to discuss
my opposition to the anti-U.S. Marine Corps position taken by
him and the City Council.
I have lived in Berkeley
for 31 years, and never in that time have I been ashamed of my
city. Today, I am."
Stacie Sebring comments "The
City of Berkeley as well as its residents continually fought for
their cause of peace, justice, fairness for some, and most of
all liberal causes of any kind.
This is their right -- given
to them by our Constitution and upheld by the people for the people.
So, why do the members of
the Berkeley City Council and their ilk feel that they have the
right to pass resolutions that are in direct conflict with what
they are trying to portend?
These people have created
a nuance for themselves known all over the world. And they are
proud of it.
After harsh criticism from their fellow liberals,
they now want to 'modify' and 'clarify' their position/resolution
regarding telling the Marines they are not welcome in 'their town.'"
And Susan Finlayson writes "City
Council has taken away freedom of choice.
I am and have been for many
years an anti-war advocate. I am not a huge fan of the military.
I don't think we should be sending our children to Iraq or anywhere
to fight wars.
I worked for the city of
Berkeley for many years and in those years I came to be liberal
in my thinking and supported many of the war and other protests.
I am all for peace.
I have a 17-year-old grandson
who wants nothing more than to join the service as soon as he
graduates from high school. I can't tell you how many conversations
I have had with him trying to convince him not to join the service
and fight wars.
But he has the freedom of
choice and it is his to make.
How dare Mayor Tom Bates allow protesters to
stand in front of the Marine recruiting office and push people
How dare he allow protesters
to be issued a free parking space once a week.
How dare he insinuate the
recruiting office has disrupted the whole block. There was no
disruption until the protesters arrived."
After decades of rationalizing
our Beserkely behavior with
"Maybe there was
acid in the water" or with the "insight" of Dustin
Hoffman's character in Little Big Man that "most white
people are crazy"
I can no longer excuse acts
such as our irresponsible Marine recruiting decision with "Well
s&%t, . . . this is Berkeley."
This recent decision by our
City Council calls into question the basic competence of our leaders.
"San Ramon lawmaker enters Marine office
fray: Berkeley mayor reverses course as Houston looks to withhold
$3.3 million in state road funds" reports Steve Geissinger in our Times.
"City may declare firm's smell a public
Doug Oakley of our Times.
"Berkeley is hoping
to force Pacific Steel Casting to change its smelly ways by declaring
the company a public nuisance after 25 years of complaints about
the Second Street foundry.
City councilwoman Linda Maio
said Thursday that she's waited long enough for the Bay Area Air
Quality Management District, a state agency, to pressure the company
to stop showering the city with a
burning plastic smell.
To do that, she will bring
an item before the council at Tuesday's meeting asking the city's
Zoning Adjustments Board to declare the company a nuisance and
attach conditions to its operating permit spelling out actions
and dates of compliance."
"Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat" reports Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York
Almost all biofuels used
today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels
if the full emissions costs of producing these 'green' fuels are
taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have
Potter Creek car-guy and
business owner, Jerry Victor hipped me to this possiblity years
ago. Check way-back posts.
"Missouri city baffled
in wake of rampage that left five dead" report Laura Bauer
and Jason Noblein our Times.
when Thornton was done shooting Thursday night, two police officers,
two city council members and the town's public works director
lay dead. Two others, including the town's mayor, Mike Swoboda,
Our Claudia of The Bark emails
Channel 7, KGO is coming to our office tomorrow to do a LIVE segment
on their View From the Bay show (which airs at 3). Did I say it
was going to be LIVE? "View from the Bay" is here.
The Chicago Tribune wrote
an "opinion" piece about us today. Pretty cool, perhaps
Obama might actually read it! Check out "That's
70 in Dog Years."
Post, post-radical thoughts.
Work with artists, artisans
and crafts-workers to form co-operatives now--organize to buy
affordable-property in industrial Bay-Area areas for immediate
use as studios, lofts and storage. Make sure to buy in areas that
will appreciate. As proprties increase in value use as leverage
for other investment, equipment, furnishings, , real-estate, etc.
Work with the business community
to set up small business classes addressing the needs of artists
In a different area, work
with the business community to set up programs of micro-loans
Certainly not an in-depth
report, still, John King's appreciation of our Potter Creek, "West
Berkeley Builds Community" is worth reading.
"By their nature, cities
and neighborhoods change. Buildings rise and fall, people come
and go. Longtime businesses move away or close shop.
If we're lucky, the evolution
includes a moment when all the different elements slide smoothly
into place - as is the case today in a pocket of West Berkeley
known to locals as Potter Creek. Poised for the moment between
hard-edged and hip, it's a reminder that the best change is incremental."
"You've got to accentuate the positive.
Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. Don't mess
with Mister In-Between"
6:38 AM--irritant in front
room, cough, wear mask.
2/13/08 and following
In our rainy season you can
find more information about our current weather conditions than
is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails A very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our Planning Department is
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
for 94710 is here
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
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