Construction has slowed at
the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl site. Merryll is still waiting
for windows for her remodel project. But Ruth and Marvin's building
is nearing completion. And work is proceeding apace on the residential
units on 7th behind Xoma.
Writing UC as Student Council
President, our Ben got 100 tickets to Cal women's basketball games
and distributed them to other kids.
Antoine says the French School
plans to be in Potter Creek for quite a while. He also mentioned
that 35% oF the students receive financial assistance.
a Bob Kubik summary of the
Planning Commission tour of west-Berkeley
photo taken of the group
in Clif Bar
viewpoints expressed about west-Berkeley
Business owners who want
relief from Byzantine zoning requirements, greater latitude in
combining manufacturing, warehousing and office space for a business
and faster resolution of issues with the city.
Folks who see business/development
as an evil force with no redeeming features.
Those who see zoning changes
as an opening to changes that will increase land values and force
them out of Berkeley.
Those who endorse diversity,
but believe current policies need to be revisited to see what
Can you find
in the photo
Sponsored by the Planning
Commission, the tour was of half dozen or so facilities in west-Berkeley
with an eye to liberalized zoning. Among the participants were
the Planning Commissioners, concerned citizens, among them our
George Chittenden, Rick Auerbach and John Curl, and city officials
including, our Darryl Moore and Ryan Lau, and Calvin Fong, Michael
Kaplan, and Dave Fogerty. The tour was conducted with decorum
by Commission chair, Jim Samuels.
a record collector emails
Wandered upon your [Scrambled
Eggs] site whilst searching for various logos on LP's
I didn't realize that any
sane people lived in Berkeley - at all.
It's a treat to read your
postings. It's like a nice conversation with
someone you meet in a coffee shop, in a new town.
From Wikipedia, the free
Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 May 21, 1983) was an American
social writer. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States
Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in
1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim
from both scholars and laymen. This book, which he considered
his best, established his reputation. He remained a successful
writer for most of his remaining years. . . .
Hoffer's working class roots
Hoffer drew confidence and
inspiration from his modest roots and working-class surroundings,
seeing in it vast human potential.
In a letter to Margaret Anderson
in 1941, he wrote
My writing is done in railroad
yards while waiting for a freight,
in the fields while
waiting for a truck, and at noon after lunch.
Towns are too distracting.
Hoffer also took solace in
being an outcast, believing that the outcasts have always been
the pioneers of society. He did not consider himself an "intellectual",
and scorned the term as descriptive of the allegedly anti-American
academics of the West. He believed academics craved power but
were denied it in the democratic countries of the West (though
not in totalitarian countries, which Hoffer understood to be an
intellectual's dream). Instead, Hoffer believed academics chose
to bite the hand that fed them in their quest for power and influence.
Though Hoffer did not identify
with "liberal intellectuals" and often criticized the
radical ideology of many activists of the New Left, it would be
wrong to characterize Hoffer's thinking as "conservative".
Rather, his structural approach to analyzing and understanding
mass movements and their ideologies often led Hoffer to consistently
nonideological positions. As he said, "my writing grows out
of my life just as a branch from a tree." When called an
intellectual, he insisted that he was a longshoreman. . . .
In Hoffer's view, rapid change
is not a positive thing for a society, and too rapid change can
cause a regression in maturity for those who were brought up in
a very different society than what that society has become. .
. . Hoffer suggested that this need for meaningful work as a rite
of passage into adulthood could be fulfilled with a 2-year civilian
national service program. . . in which all young adults would
do two years of work in fields such as construction or natural
resources work. He writes: "The routinization of the passage
from boyhood to manhood would contribute to the solution of many
of our pressing problems. I cannot think of any other undertaking
that would dovetail so many of our present difficulties into opportunities
Full article here.
Interesting that David
Gergen, recently speaking at a World Affairs Council meeting,
advocated a similar program--he thinks it would integrate our
society by throwing together youth of all classes and cultures.
A post, post radical thought--a
2 year mandatory civilian/military national service program.
Patrick Kennedy emails
Eric Hoffer is my favorite
intellectual . . . his book of essays, "In Our Times,"
is, among others, a minor masterpiece.
A post, post radical thought--zero
interest loans from our city to artists, for property investment.
Always a fan of social programs, our city should also invest in
sound economic ones.
new parking in Potter Creek
by Meyer Sound, on Heinz just off San Pablo
Meyer Sound recently bought
this property from Elizabeth Grossman.
In keeping with Bing Crosby's
got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch
on to the affirmative. Don't mess with Mister In-Between"
the Wall Street Journal observes "dollar's dive
deepens as oil soars. Power of Greenback faces severe test but
no rivals loom" and "commodities markets are defying
a global economic slowdown and soaring to new records as investors
flee stock and bond markets."
Richard of Eighth Street's
Birthday is more-or-less now.
Zo, . . . HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Our Ocean View in Wikipedia
West Berkeley is generally
the area of Berkeley, California which lies west of San Pablo
Avenue, abutting San Francisco Bay. It includes the area which
was once the unincorporated town of Ocean View, as well as the
filled-in areas along the shoreline west of I-80 (the Eastshore
Freeway) including, mainly, the Berkeley Marina.
Ocean View began as the name
given to a stagecoach stop established by former sea captain William
J. Bowen along the Contra Costa Road (today's San Pablo Avenue)
sometime during the early 1850s. The name was applied thereafter
to the settlement which began growing up between the stop and
a wharf built at the foot of what is now Delaware Street. Ocean
View was included in the incorporation of Berkeley in 1878 and
thereafter was known as West Berkeley. Ocean View was also, briefly
(1908-9) the name of what is now Albany, California, just north
of Berkeley. Ocean View was primarily an industrial, working class
community. The name derived from the fact that the Pacific Ocean
is visible through the Golden Gate across San Francisco Bay from
The main east-west thoroughfare
in Ocean View was Delaware Street. In later years, it was eclipsed
by University Avenue. The main north-south thoroughfare was San
Pablo Road (initially called the Contra Costa Road), today's San
Pablo Avenue. One of the earliest buildings in Berkeley was an
inn at the stagecoach stop called "Bowen's Inn", located
at what is now the northwest corner of San Pablo Avenue and Delaware
Street. The wharf at the foot of Delaware Street began as "Jacobs
Landing", named for its builder and proprietor, James H.
Jacobs. The wharf was improved and enlarged with the help of Zimri
Heywood, the proprietor of a lumberyard at the wharf, which was
then renamed "Jacobs and Heywood Wharf". Lumber, soap,
hay and many other goods were transhipped from here. Ferry service
was established between the wharf and San Francisco in 1874. In
1876, the Central Pacific constructed its new main line, part
of the transcontinental overland route, along the shoreline. A
passenger and freight depot was built at Delaware Street. This
was replaced in 1911 by a new depot at 3rd Street and University
Avenue which still exists, although it is no longer in use as
The earliest school in what
is now Berkeley was the Ocean View School located on the southeast
corner of Virginia Street and San Pablo Avenue, established in
1856. The creek that flowed adjacent to the school was dubbed
"Schoolhouse Creek". The school was subsequently renamed
The San Pablo Avenue School, and again later as the Franklin Elementary
School. Nothing of the original Ocean View School building remains.
In June of 2002, Franklin was closed and a year later, transformed
into the new site of the Berkeley Adult School which opened on
September 7, 2004.
The first mayor (technically,
the President of the Board of Trustees) of the newly incorporated
Town of Berkeley was elected from Ocean View, Abel Whitton of
the Workingman's Party. He served from 1878 to 1881.
Just east of I-80 between
Ashby and University Avenues is Aquatic Park created in the 1930's
by the WPA. Its centerpiece is an artificial mile-long lagoon.
West Berkeley was one of
the Bay Area's principal industrial zones up until about the 1960's
after which it began to decline. Several well-known companies
such as Colgate-Palmolive, Heinz, Canada Dry and Cutter Labs had
plants in West Berkeley. Some industry remains. Pacific Steel
Casting (opened 1934) for example is, in 2007, the third largest
steel foundry in the United States. The Bayer company also maintains
a large facility in West Berkeley. The film company and former
music production company Fantasy Studios is located here as well.
Beginning in the late 1970s,
the development of the retail commercial area along Fourth Street
led to a gradual gentrification of the surrounding residential
area, although it remains hardly comparable to the residential
areas of the hills.
"Cal's pursuit of Pac-10 title derailed
in Seattle" writes
the AP's Tim Booth.
" As Cal coach Joanne
Boyle checked through her list of important keys, it became clear
her ninth-ranked Bears failed at most of them on Sunday.
That's why Bay Area rival
Stanford is now celebrating an outright Pac-10 title."
Our Natalie wrote to the
Cal team and received a thoughtful-page-long letter in reply.
"Supreme Court may consider use of 'fleeting
expletives' on TV"
report David G. Savage and Jim Puzzanghera in our Times.
"The Supreme Court this
week may reopen for the first time in 30 years the debate over
what qualifies as an 'indecent' broadcast.
The media environment has
changed dramatically since the court last ruled on this issue
in 1978: Viewers and listeners today are exposed to the more freewheeling
cable TV, Internet and 'shock jocks' on satellite radio.
The issue before the court
now is delicately described as the problem of 'fleeting expletives'
in over-the-air broadcasts, which are still regulated. TV viewers
who watch the entertainment industry's award shows may be familiar
with the phenomenon."
"Stock markets fall on US worries" reports BBC NEWS.
"The weak US economy is taking its toll in Japan.
Stock markets worldwide have
fallen as investors continue to worry about a possible US recession."
Elizabeth Gillespie of the
AP reports "Luxury
Homes Burn in Apparent Eco-Attack."
"Three seven-figure dream homes went up in flames early Monday
in a Seattle suburb, apparently set by eco-terrorists who left
a sign mocking the builders' claims that the 4,000-plus-square-foot
houses were environmentally friendly.
The sign - a sheet marked
with spray paint - bore the initials ELF, for Earth Liberation
Front, a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has
claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s."
Henry K. Lee of the San
Francisco Chronicle reports
"A person was shot and
killed in Berkeley Monday night in the city's third homicide this
year, authorities said today.
The victim, whose identity
wasn't released, was shot about 11:30 p.m. on the 1600 block of
Russell Street. No further information was immediately available.
The slaying comes a little
more than a week after Brandon Terrell Jones, 29, of Berkeley
was shot and killed on the 1500 block of Harmon Street, about
seven blocks away. No arrests have been made in Jones' Feb. 24
Find out about our Ruth Okimoto's
film Passing Posten here.
Marvin's film will be shown in France and you can read about it
In the upper right hand corner of the page there is a button for
the English site.
Here's an email that sent
I to our Planning Commissioners on Monday.
Though your recent bus tour
of west-Berkeley couldn't help but be informative, I wonder if
walking through our Potter Creek wouldn't be more informative.
I'm reminded of my Uncle John, a Milwaukee cop, who liked walking
a beat, not patrolling in a radio-car. To get a real sense of
my neighborhood, and west-Berkeley, come and hang out down here.
(Not just on weekends but during the week when we're fully awake
and alive.) Come to our restaurants, have a Grayson Burger,
look at V&W's showroom-one of our oldest businesses, go for
a walk on San Pablo Avenue-the other Ave, sit and watch people
at Trieste, walk down 7th Street, buy some chocolate at Scharffen
Berger, browse our hardware stores, peek over our fences, talk
to our people, watch kids at Ecole Bilingue, and, . . .
plan where to put our John Coltrane Park.
Such a good idea!
The building on 8th and Heinz
has recently been bought. Here is some history about one of its
On August 10, 2003 I posted
"Potter Creek lore has it that pesticides were developed
in the '50s by a Hyman Laboratory in a facility at the end of
8th Street. I have been able to confirm that a Julius Hyman invented
the pesticides chlordane, aldrin and dieldrin. If any one can
confirm that this Julius Hyman was the Hyman of Berkeley or that
development was done at the Berkeley Hyman Laboratory, please
email me . . ."
In 2004, I received this
email from Edward Lorenz, Reid-Knox Professor at Alma College
"I have been doing research related to Julius Hyman and just
noticed a link to you on Google. I can answer the question you
posed in 2003 but would like to see what information you have.
Hyman was the 'inventor' of chlordane as well as three other persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) - endrin, dieldrin and andrin. He was
a founder of Velsicol Chemical in Chicago and was their general
manager from 1931-1946 when he quit to found Julus Hyman and Co.,
in Denver. According to American Men and Women of Science 12th
ed., vol. 3, p. 2937, he ran Hyman Labs from 1953-1964 and Fundamental
Research Co. after 1958. His address at Fundamental was 2840 Eighth
St., Berkeley 94710. I am coming to a conference in San Jose in
early August and would very much like to meet you and see this
site if you are interested."
Edward Lorenz follows up
with an explanation of his interest in Julius Hyman "I hope
the information on Julius Hyman helped. I have been interested
in him because he was the General manager of Velsicol Chemical,
which dumped many tons of DDT and other contaminats into a river
here. We have the 5th most expensive superfund clean-up taking
place there. Velsicol is being sold, and we're trying to get as
many assets as possible."
How times have changes. The
new tenant does air quality analysis.
"Allergy cases on the rise; causes subject
of debate:Diseases caused by misfiring immune systems increasing,
reports Rob Stein of the Washington Post in our Times.
"First, asthma cases shot up, along with hay fever and other
common allergic reactions, such as eczema. Then, pediatricians
started seeing more children with food allergies. Now, experts
are increasingly convinced that a suspected jump in lupus, multiple
sclerosis and other afflictions caused by misfiring immune systems
Though the data are stronger
for some diseases than others, and part of the increase may reflect
better diagnoses, experts estimate that many allergies and immune-system
diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the past
few decades, depending on the ailment and country. Some studies
now indicate that more than half of the U.S. population has at
least one allergy.
The cause remains the focus
of intense debate and study, but some researchers suspect the
concurrent trends all may have a common explanation rooted in
aspects of modern living -- including the 'hygiene hypothesis'
that blames growing up in increasingly sterile homes, changes
in diet, air pollution and possibly even obesity and increasingly
Here is the result of Carol
Ness' recent Chronicle Taster's Choice: Victory is sweet
for Cafe Rouge Italian sausage.
"The panel's favorite was the fennel sausage made by Berkeley's
Cafe Rouge ($7 a pound), a large weiner that isn't called Italian
but fits the flavor profile. It had a "meaty flavor,"
"excellent balance" and "nice hit of heat."
Some of the panelists commented that it was a little spicy for
a sweet sausage - but they liked that. Their only criticism was
that it was "a little dry," but that could have meant
it was a tad overcooked.
Two would buy this sausage,
two might and one wouldn't. (They're sold from the meat counter
in the back of the restaurant, 1782 Fourth St.)."
"Clif Bar parts ways with Landing project:Development
firm's inability to commit to move-in date cited as reason for
Berkeley-based company's withdrawal" writes our Times' Alan Lopez.
"Clif Bar, the much-heralded,
Berkeley-based, organic energy snack manufacturer planned as the
anchor tenant of the 77-acre Alameda Landing commercial and housing
development, has withdrawn from the project.
The vice president for Catellus
Development Group in Northern California, developer of the Alameda
Landing project, said the reason is that Catellus has not been
able to commit to a date when Clif Bar could move into Alameda
as part of the first phase of the Alameda Landing development."
"Berkeley group in talks to buy ice-skating
rink" reports Kristin
Bender in our Times.
"A grass-roots group
that wants to reopen the defunct Berkeley Iceland announced Monday
that it is in contract to buy the historic art deco ice rink that
once hosted Olympic champion skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian
"Bay Area executives showing little faith:Confidence
in business conditions at its lowest ever, survey shows"
writes the Times' George Avalos.
"The confidence of Bay Area executives in business conditions
has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded by the quarterly
Business Confidence Survey, a business group reported today."
"Housing market slowing in Europe" reports BBC NEWS.
"House price growth across Europe slowed sharply in the second
half of 2007, according to a report.
A survey by the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said rising interest rates, not
the credit crunch, were the prime reason for the slowdown.
It predicted a further downturn
in markets across the continent in 2008 but said that the UK was
better placed than most for prices to stabilise.
House prices rose fastest
in Poland in 2007, but fell the most in Ireland."
Kimar emails early morning
Apparently there is another tree sitter on campus near wheeler
hall, there is a fence around the tree and 24 hr 2 cops patrol
to keep people from getting food and water to him, this guwants
to call attention to Cal in general, the regents and a bunch of
The quote of the day comes from the asst chief of the UCB
"a lot of people are sick and tired of seeing people in trees"
Our David Snipper emails
Men in trees? Sounds a
little retrogressive to me. . . .
branches out at Cal" reports Patricia Yollin in the San
"In the tree-sitting
business, where location is everything, UC Berkeley's newest arboreal
celebrity is holding court from the branches of a huge oak in
the heart of campus.
'Some people walk by and
tell me to get a job,' said the protester, who answers to Fresh,
on Wednesday afternoon. 'But a lot of people are tired of being
Fresh said he climbed into
a nearby cedar on Feb. 25 and set up a banner with these words
on it: 'The world is watching. Can UC change?' A few day later,
he came down but then took up residence in the oak tree, which
is across from Wheeler Hall and just north of Sather Gate and
His concerns are broad -
everything from Cal's deals with BP and Dow Chemical to how it
treats campus custodians and Indian remains - but his major target
is the UC Board of Regents that governs the university.
'They show no accountability
to the students or community,' said Fresh, whose face was mostly
covered by a scarf."
"Small bomb hits NY Times Square" reports BBC NEWS.
"The blast hit the army
recruiting centre in the small hours. An explosive device has
caused minor damage to a military recruitment centre on New York
City's Times Square. The centre was empty and no-one was injured
in the pre-dawn blast, which smashed a glass window.
The recruiting station, located
on a traffic island, has occasionally been the site of anti-war
This is the third "bicycle-bomber,
bombing" in Manhattan in three years. The other two were
detonated at the Mexican and British Consulates. This one at a
military recruiting station.
Gee, . . . I wonder where
they could have gotten that idea?
"Explosive Devices Found
at UC Davis" reports the AP.
"A student is in custody
following the discovery of explosive devices at the University
of California, Davis.
University police Capt. Joyce
Souza tells the Sacramento Bee that investigators found what appears
to be two pipe bombs in a dorm.
Four hundred students have
been evacuated from eight dormitory buildings while police investigate.
Police became aware of the
situation Wednesday night after a woman reported that students
had possible explosive devices in a dorm room. Police say after
questioning four students they arrested 19-year-old Mark Woods,
a freshman from Southern California.
He's being held on possession
of materials with the intent to make an explosive or destructive
device and other charges."
Like I said, this ain't the
'60s any more.
"Chief predicts cheap hybrid batteries:Maker
of sports car says energy sources will be a commodity in future
as others take on technology"
writes Frank Jordans in our Times.
"A niche car manufacturer
from California says that virtually all automakers will install
super-efficient lithium-ion batteries in hybrid vehicles within
a decade, but that their slowness opens up a booming market for
a range of greener cars.
In an interview, the head
of Fisker Automotive says his company is well-positioned to pioneer
fast but efficient automobiles.
'For me, it's important to
create a vehicle that's so sexy you've just got to have it, and
later, you find out that you can go 80 kilometers (50 miles) without
using any gas,' Henrik Fisker says. 'That's how far 75 percent
of people in Europe drive every day. If all of those people drove
plug-in hybrids, we would get rid of all our emission problems,
and our dependence on foreign oil.'
Fisker says his company has
been getting 'between 50 and 100 orders a week' for its plug-in
electric hybrid Karma sports car, which will begin rolling off
the production line in the fourth quarter of 2009. An order backlog
means new buyers will have to wait another year to get their cars.
A version of the sleek, silver
concept car was on display at the Geneva Auto Show this week with
a sticker price of $80,000 for the United States. But with a shape
reminiscent of an Aston Martin, where Fisker was formerly design
director, and features including a solar-paneled roof, the company
sees room for growth."
Car-guy, Jerry Victor hipped
me to the possibility solar panels in car-roofs way back.
I called Mary
Lawrence the other day to tell her that an old friend's daughter
emailed me asking to help her get in touch with Mary. That I did,
and while talking with Mary found that a film documentary is being
made of Mary's life. "'Bout time" I said , Mary laughed
and replied "You know, it all started
with those photos of mine you put up."
Well, Ok then.
This site will receive 2,000,000
hits this year, at the current level of traffic.
Harold Lawrence, Mary's husband,
produced some of the great classical records of the LP Era. My
current favorite are the Tchaikovsky
Suites for Orchestra, currently availalbe on CD. Harold produced
this 1967 recording with Antal Dorati and the New Philharmonia
for Mercury Records. Originally one of Harold's stunning Living
Presence productions, this 1997 digital remaster is still alive
with melody and rhythm.
John R. Blackburn Jr. writes
"This 2-CD set represents
the finest recording of Tchaikovsky's four orchestral suites.
The performance is rich and dynamic. The Philips engineers have
done a wonderful job of digitally remastering the original 1967
recordings, and the sound quality is better than most recent full
digital classical music. . . . to those who take the time to listen,
one finds exquisite melodies and arrangements here. A marvelous
package at a very reasonable price. Very highly recommended."
Our Planet's Justin
DeFreitas writes "Moving
Pictures: Pacific Film Archive Presents the Magic of Orson Welles."
stadium standstill" writes the Times' Kristin
Bender. "They wear bandannas on their faces and rarely
speak from the tree perches where some have lived for more than
The public doesn't know their
names because they use pseudonyms, such as Otter and Chewing Gum,
to protect their identities from police and UC Berkeley officials.
But almost everyone from
Bolinas to Bakersfield and from Alameda to Atherton knows about
the tree sitters of Berkeley -- a handful of non-students who
live and sleep on suspended wooden platforms in the trees they
are trying to save from being razed to make room for a $125 million
sports training center for the Cal Golden Bears football team
and 12 other teams.
The tree sit may be the public
face of the 15-month controversy over the training center plans,
but opponents of the plan -- which include the city of Berkeley,
an environmental foundation and a neighborhood association --
say larger issues are at stake if the university moves forward.
Those issues include the
wisdom of building a new complex on an earthquake fault that scientists
say is overdue for a major temblor, the livability of the neighborhood
and increased traffic congestion.
'While the trees are important
to a lot of people, they are not the reason the city filed a suit
in this case,' said Zach Cowan, acting city attorney. 'The city
has been primarily focused on public safety and emergency response
and to have a planning process by the campus that was rational.'
The city of Berkeley is one
of four entities that sued the university to stop the training
center project. Three of the four lawsuits were consolidated and
testimony in the cases continues today in a Hayward courtroom.
The plaintiffs come from
diverse backgrounds -- the California Oak Foundation, the Panoramic
Hill Association and a group called Save Tightwad Hill all sued.
But the lawsuits follow similar
themes: The university did not do the appropriate environmental
studies or adequately consider alternatives to the grove site
where the training center is to be built."
"Student arrested after police find pipe
bombs:More than 450 UC Davis students spend night in dining halls
after devices found"
reports the AP.
"A freshman was arrested
Thursday after two partially assembled pipe bombs were found in
his dormitory room at UC Davis, authorities said.
More than 450 students who
spent the night in dining halls or at the homes of family and
friends as a precaution were allowed back to their dorms Thursday
afternoon. Authorities said there was no imminent danger of explosions
and no evidence of terrorism. No classes were canceled.
Police arrested 18-year-old
Mark Woods, an economics major from Torrance, after questioning
three other students. University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said that
Woods was cooperating with authorities. No other arrests are expected.
Woods was being held on possession
of materials with the intent to make an explosive or destructive
device and other charges and possession with intent to make such
a device on school grounds. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.
'Police investigators say
there is nothing to indicate that this case was related to a terrorist
act,' a university statement said. 'The investigation is continuing.'
Police became aware of the
situation Wednesday night after a woman reported that students
had possible explosive devices.
Two partially assembled pipe
bombs were found in Woods' dorm room, Lapin said. She said a roommate
said that Woods was curious and liked to experiment but was a
serious student and would have had no criminal intent.
Investigators carted off about five milk crates full of material
from his room, mostly powdered substances, Lapin said.
Woods was being held Thursday
at the Yolo County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000."
Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar
nursery', 9,000 light years from here
"Authorities hunt for clues in Times Square
blast, rule out link to Capitol Hill letters" reports Tom Hays of the AP.
"Authorities on Friday were investigating whether an explosion
at the Times Square military recruiting office was connected to
strikingly similar bombings at two foreign consulates in New York,
but ruled out a link to mysterious letters sent to Congressional
Investigators were also scrutinizing
surveillance video and forensic evidence after a bicycle-riding
bomber struck the landmark station Thursday, scarring one of the
world's most recognizable locations.
Authorities said there was
no connection between the blast and a letter sent to as many as
100 members of Congress bearing the words 'Happy New Year, We
The lengthy anti-war letters
- which arrived with photos of a man standing in front of the
recruiting office before it was damaged - contained no threats,
Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman
in Los Angeles, said an individual was questioned there about
the letters to Congress and 'there is no evidence linking the
letters, which contained no threat, to the bombing.'
A law enforcement official
in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the
investigation of the bombing is continuing, called the timing
of the letters an 'incredibly unbelievable coincidence' and said
no charges were expected in connection with them.
Democratic lawmakers were
startled to receive the letters in their office mail just hours
after the early morning New York bombing, and turned them over
to the Capitol Police."
"Marines keep Bay Area offices open" reports John Simerman in our Times.
"Marine Corps recruiting offices in the Bay Area remained
open Thursday after the early-morning bombing of a recruiting
station in New York City's Times Square, a Marine Corps spokesman
"Mortgage crisis slices into equity:As
housing industry woes appear to be worsening, debt outpaces values
that homeowners have built"
reports our Times' Barbara E. Hernandez
"Juan Medina, who spent
30 years working at U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, has no equity on
his house here and an adjustable-rate mortgage for which the interest-only
payment has gone up to $5,500 a month.
'I'm retired,' Medina, 62,
said. 'I tried at least 20 different lenders and there's no equity
in the home.'
Although the notice of public auction was slated for Feb. 26,
it was postponed until April 9. The home, according to estimates
on ForeclosureRadar, has lost about $27,258 in equity, and Medina
is one of the 8.8 million homeowners who now owes more than the
house is worth.
For the first time since
the Federal Reserve started tracking the data in 1945, the amount
of debt tied up in American homes exceeds the equity homeowners
The Fed reported Thursday
that homeowner equity actually slipped below 50 percent in the
second quarter of last year, and fell to just less than 48 percent
in the fourth quarter.
And the housing industry's
woes only seem to be getting worse."
3/8/08 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.
Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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