Today is Memorial Day
"Bridging the racial divide through religion" is a story by Shelia Byrd in our Times.
"Jesse McGee points
to trophies he won in local marathons. He mentions his work with
youth and volunteer school programs. He praises his church's efforts
to deliver scripture lessons to inmates.
For more than an hour, the
84-year-old church deacon, who is black, chats about his life,
largely ignoring the subject at hand: racism.
It isn't until his wife,
Warine, sheepishly shares that their son's wife is white that
McGee offers a confession: He had been uncomfortable with the
union for nearly 30 years - until his Bible study class offered
a lot with ole friend WD through the years
was more impressive than the sound in
learned to love records.
And, he just sent me a copy
of "Sunshine State."
It's a movie in which real
estate development of Florida property provides a background for
stories just about people. It is a small film about black folks,
white folks, . . . life.
Or, according to imbd,
"A woman and her new
husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida,
and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate
In February, our Byron
sent this photo of his class
"Pursuing the best East Bay BBQ," a review by Nicholas Boer in the Times.
"Oh, Bo, must you be so delicious? After stuffing myself
on barbecue all weekend - researching this article - I headed
to Lafayette to see if Bo's was as good as I'd remembered (I raved
when it opened in '99 and have visited several times since). It
was all but empty on this early Monday night and I lingered in
front of the serve-yourself refrigerator, choosing a Chimay Grand
Reserve from a selection that is certified mind-boggling. (William
Brand, our straight-shooting beer columnist, recently wrote, 'Bo's
has won my heart.')
No sooner had I finessed
the cork, yes, cork, out of the bottle, than my two-way ($15.95)
brisket and rib plate arrived. Now you've got to understand, I
wasn't craving barbecue.
This was my fourth plate in three days. But one bite from a fatty,
crackling end bone was enough to make my own heart skip a beat."
"Cal shoots for the stars in athletics" reports Carl Steward in the Times.
"In 1987, former Cal
chancellor Ira Heyman gave an impassioned speech before NCAA delegates
that appeared to stamp the school's athletic identity forever.
Heyman warned of great dangers
that Cal and all colleges faced pursuing an aggressive course
in intercollegiate athletics while skewing academic priorities.
He advocated a number of radical proposals, including freshman
ineligibility for varsity sports, vast reductions in coaching
staffs, salaries and athletic scholarships, and an eventual ban
on postseason football and basketball games.
'The commercialization of
big-time sports and the accompanying emphasis on winning requires
engaging in activities that are not good for our institutions
or students,' Heyman said.
Fast-forward a little more
than 20 years. Not only did the NCAA ignore Heyman's admonitions,
so did his own university. In the expanding world of high-priced
and high-pressure college athletics, Cal has markedly accelerated
its position in the past five years and hopes to shift into an
even higher gear over the next five with the hiring of basketball
coach Mike Montgomery, along with the construction of a $125 million
athletic performance center and a $175 million Memorial Stadium
Beat Stanford? Absolutely."
"Property rights initiatives triggers rent-control
clash" writes Steve
"Whether renting apartments
in downtown Oakland or San Francisco, or mobile homes in Concord
or Daly City, thousands of residents embrace caps on their rents
in one of the most expensive regions in the nation, say opponents
of Proposition 98.
The ballot measure would
phase out current rent controls and ban new ones, raising tenants'
Supporters, however, say the measure's primary purpose is to bolster
property ownership rights, not benefit landlords.
And therein lies the confusion,
Proposition 98, under the
umbrella of property rights, would do two significant things:
eliminate rent control and limit government seizure of private
property through eminent domain."
"Economist challenges government data" writes Sam Zuckerman in the Chronicle.
"Oakland economist John
Williams doesn't seem like the kind of guy to pick fights with
He's slow moving and soft spoken, conservative in politics and
personal habits, a pale and portly 59-year-old who favors Oxford
shirts, Rep ties and sensible shoes. Williams is the sort who
pays his taxes on time, waits when the signal says 'Don't Walk'
and snaps to attention when the national anthem is played.
But don't be fooled. The
New Jersey native is leading a one-man crusade to expose official
economic data as grossly misleading at best and, at worst, a pack
His Shadow Government Statistics
Web site (shadowstats.com)
has become a magnet for those convinced that official data put
a happy-talk gloss on the nation's economy. The growing popularity
of the site, which costs subscribers $175 a year, is testimony
to the deep suspicion many Americans harbor about government information
as the economy falls into a swoon."
"Where Credit's Due in Capitalist Revolution" reports Peter Bakerin the St Peterburg Times.
"History is written
by the winners, and so, according to the dominant narrative in
Russia, the 1990s were a period of chaos and corruption that nearly
destroyed a great nation before President Vladimir Putin came
along to set things right. But what if, in fact, history is more
complicated? What if some of what took place in the 1990s was
actually responsible, at least in part, for the prosperity Russia
Anders Aslund offers this
provocative attack on Russian conventional wisdom in his book
'Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and
Democracy Failed.' One of the smartest and best-known among the
Western economists who have specialized in Russia over the years,
Aslund has tried to rewrite history in a way that challenges the
easy assumptions, oversimplifications and prejudices that have
built up about the early days of the new Russia."
Bob Kubik emails
On the invitation of an old
friend and member of the Bohemian club, I had lunch there last
Monday. It was a subgroup of older Bohemians gathered to
hear an expert talk about "China, Tibet, and the Dali Lama".
Certainly an informative talk and there were insightful questions
from the guys in their eighties and nineties.
There were five round tables
each seating eight in a room about the size of 900 Grayson.
The walls were paintings of men lounging in the Bohemian Grove.
Probably done in the 1920's judging from the clothing and very
Actually there is art everywhere
in the club - portraits, sculpture, posters of past musical performances...
thick rugs, substantial furniture, paneled walls... as I imagine
an eastern establishment men's club would be.
Bob also reports the lecturer
said the situation in Tibet is worse than reported in the western-press,
with government sponsored re-settlement programs and unexplained
deaths of Tibetan leaders. The lecturer also reported that Tibetans
really want the Dali Lama to return home.
Berkeley Police Reports are now in our Times
Our Ofc Frankel's work, perhaps?
Last week, the Art Store-811
University-manager's Honda Civic was stolen around 11:00 AM from
the store's parking lot in broad daylight.
"Second arrest in Albany
bowling alley shooting of bystander" reports the Chronicle's
Henry K. Lee.
"Lamonte Pierre Brewer,
19, of Antioch was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as
he was visiting an inmate Wednesday at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin,
Terrell Franklin, 21, of
Richmond surrendered at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, about 12 hours after
he and Brewer got into an argument at the Albany Bowl at 940 San
Pablo Ave., police said.
Both Brewer and Franklin
pulled out handguns and opened fire. They both missed each other,
but one of the bullets hit a 26-year-old man in the leg, police
The victim had no connection
to either Brewer or Franklin, authorities said. His name was not
"Sex Toy Industry on the Rise in Russia" writes Miriam Elder in the St Petesburg
and fancy office buildings aren't the only things rising across
Moscow these days.
Amid the oil-fueled boom that shows no signs of waning, the splurge
in consumer spending has spread beyond iPhones and trips to Paris,
to whips and vibrators.
'It was only three or four
years ago that people started to use sex toys and speak about
sex toys,' said Roman Glukharyov, imports manager for erotica
chain Mon Amour.
Surrounded by neon pink dildos,
lifelike blow-up dolls, and a massive structure called the "Pleasure
Machine," which looked more like a torture device gone wrong,
Glukharyov was one of hundreds of people who this weekend attended
Moscow's main sex-toy fair, "X-Show: An Exhibit for Adults."
Nestled in the small exhibition
hall above the Perekryostok supermarket on Tishinskaya Ploshchad
in northern Moscow, the 7th annual X-Show was a far cry from major
sex fairs like Berlin's Venus, which last year notched up nearly
About 200 people bustled
around the hall on Friday, the middle day of the three-day fair,
hoping to seal distribution deals and sell to random customers
as a rising middle class proves many Russians have money to spare
- for all sorts of leisure items."
"Read Meat" is
a local honky-tonk band--worth
is a Potter Creek winery. Check out their website here.
The owners of Sea Salt are
opening a pizza place on San Pablo Avenue next to Sea Salt.
Bob Kubik emails a quote
from Allen Lacy
"Gardening is not a
hobby, and only non-gardeners would describe it as such.
There is nothing wrong with having hobbies, but most hobbies are
intellectually limited and make no reference to the larger world.
By contrast, being wholeheartedly involved with gardens is involvement
with life itself in the deepest sense. Indeed. For
could it ever be said about, say, bridge that the way you play
a hand has implications for the environment, American cuisine,
biological diversity, drug policy, and national identity, not
to mention the nature of time and the meaning of place?
A garden, whether we know it or not connects us to the world in
many strange and wonderful ways"
"Greetings Foggy Gulch
Fans" emails Eric Hughes.
This coming Sunday is not only the first day of June, but is also
the day Foggy Gulch plays the Ecole Bilingue Marche in Berkeley!
The Marché is an outdoor, authentic European marketplace
complete with music, food and specialized vendors - all delightfully
Time we play: 1:10 - 2:00PM (the Marché goes from
11 - 4)
Place: Ecole Bilingue, 1009 Heinz (at 9th), Berkeley, CA
We are also delighted to announce that four new songs are available
on our myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/foggygulchband:
"California Stars" is our first recording with the new
members of the band John Milton (bass) and Becky Bart (fiddle).
Some think this song is the best tune written by Woodie Guthrie
you've never heard (apologies to Wilco fans). It will be
featured on a new 4-song EP we'll finish in the next month or
"Love Reunited," "Uncle Pen," and "Brand
New Heartache" are from our first album, Fogged In
, available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/foggygulch
We hope to see you Sunday!
(our next show is at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden in Alameda
on June 17th)
Foggy Gulch Band
And, check out the new CD,
Love & BBQ" by Texas vocalist, Marcia Ball.
"Racial conflicts surface at Berkeley school" reports Doug Oakley of the Times.
"It's been 40 years
since Berkeley racially integrated its schools to foster "positive
relationships across racial lines," but a group of black
parents here claim they and their children are getting just the
Two of the parents at Oxford
Elementary have transferred their kids to other schools since
January, claiming racist treatment of their children.
It's a charge other black
parents at the school support, but one which the principal and
some black staff say is untrue."
Our Byron hipped me to this
months ago when he called my attention to his letter in the Planet.
"Cal Performances hosts Robert Lepage's
new work on Hans Christian Andersen" writes Karen D'Souza.
"First, Robert Lepage transported theatergoers to the stratosphere
with his sublime solo 'The Far Side of the Moon.' Then he upped
the ante on multimedia alchemy with Cirque du Soleil's phenomenally
successful 'KA' in Las Vegas. Now, the avant-garde theater icon
returns to Cal Performances with his latest fusion of high art
and high tech, 'The Andersen Project.'
"Fewer protesters at Berkeley Marine recruiting
Kristin Bender of the Tribune.
"It's so calm at the
once-embattled United States Marine Corps recruiting center in
Berkeley that a group of enlisted men and women were able to have
a pizza party inside Tuesday afternoon.
And they didn't have to wade
through throngs of screaming protesters to get into their downtown
"The interest in the (Marine recruiting center) has waned.
(The protesters) have been pretty well-behaved lately," said
police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel."
There is an
"Affordable housing controversy in Oakley" writes
Paula King in the Times.
"The construction of
316 affordable housing units is nearing completion amid vineyards,
light industrial businesses and a school. But some Oakley residents
fear the low-income housing project opening this summer will result
in more crime and adversely affect the quality of life."
"Big BANG Labor Boom: Union Vote Set for
Bay Area Papers"
is a report by Richard Brenneman in our Planet.
"Media mogul Dean Singleton's
union-busting moves at his Bay Area newspapers have hit a major
roadblock-a regional unionization vote scheduled for next month."
"Teens sought for Livermore mural project" reports Eric Kurhi Staff of the Times.
"Teens with a streetwise
sense of art are being sought for a weeklong program that will
have them creating several public murals this summer.
'Pathway to Picasso' is the
continuation of last year's 'Vandals 2 Vermeer' program, which
took youths who had been in trouble with school or law enforcement
for illegally creating graffiti and had them turn their talents
into a three-piece mural with a global warming theme.
Oakland artist Andrew Johnstone
took them to Pixar Studios in Emeryville, the Museum of Modern
Art in San Francisco, and a Mission District alley well known
for its complex clandestine murals.
Their work was put on display
at the city's Multiservice Center.
While the name has changed
- 'Not everyone was happy about having their child labeled a vandal,'
said Lynne Siwula, the city's youth and family services manager
- the program is essentially the same."
outlook for housing, credit" reports J.W. Elphinstone
of the AP.
"Not since George H.W.
Bush ran the White House have consumers felt so downbeat about
the economy. And the catalyst for much of the gloom - the housing
slump - shows no signs of abating, new data Tuesday showed.
With Americans losing sleep
over rising inflation and tight credit, the housing market is
unlikely to rebound soon, spelling more pain for the economy.
'The consumer has no more money to spend,' said Dan Alpert, managing
director at the investment bank Westwood Capital. 'The only way
the economy is not going to recede is if someone cooks the books.'
has worked on my cars and trucks for over 30 years. I believe
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DEFINITELY check them out!
Tomorrow, Sunday, is the
French School's Bon Marché. It starts at 11:00 AM and it's
FREE. Check it out at the 9th Street campus.There is music all
day! Foggy Gulch plays at 1:00PM.
The Regan designed condo
at 919 Pardee is for sale at $849,000. Open house . . .
Sunday. Two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, very minimalist design,
high quality, but rather small...
"Man fatally shot is 6th homicide of year" reports the
Chronicle's Henry K. Lee.
"A man shot and killed
in Berkeley was identified by police Friday as 29-year-old Anthony
Beamon, who lived in Berkeley,
was found mortally wounded about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in front
of 1536 Tyler St., near Ashby Avenue and Sacramento Street at
the south end of town, police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.
Beamon was taken to Highland
Hospital in Oakland, where he was pronounced dead.
Bullets from the shooting
hit a home and parked car, but no other victims were found, Kusmiss
No arrests have been made
and no motive has been established in the slaying, Berkeley's
sixth homicide this year."
"Berkeley student, 16, to test English
Elizabeth Fernandez of the Chronicle.
Delia Salomon, a Berkeley
16-year-old, hopes to become one of the elite few.
The high school sophomore
intends to swim across the English Channel, among the most daunting
of all athletic endeavors. It's a feat so rigorous that more people
have reached the summit of Mount Everest than have swum to the
shores of France.
There's the current - if
it's rough, which it usually is, you can wind up drifting toward
There's the choppy water
- for every forward stroke, you can lose two.
There's the jellyfish - numerous
Channel attempts have come to painful, premature ends because
of jellyfish stings.
And there's the cold - at
55 or so degrees, the water is so frigid it takes the air out
of your lungs."
"Sprint star leaves anger of Richmond childhood
behind" writes Jeff
Faraudo of our Times.
"For most of her life, Charonda Williams replaced absent
parents with something that seemed unlikely ever to leave her
'I just had so much anger and animosity toward teenagers who had
both parents. I never had'that,' the 21-year-old Richmond native
said. 'If anyone said something to me, I just snapped."
For years, Williams regularly
found herself embroiled in fights, usually with girls. Not arguments,
'She got kicked out of every
school she was at because of her temper,' said her grandmother,
Mary Spraggins, who raised Williams. 'I spilled a lot of tears
and said many prayers for that little girl.'
Those prayers, it seems,
are being answered. And not just because Williams, a junior at
Arizona State, won Pac-10 track and field sprint titles two weeks
ago in the 100 and 200 meters."
"East Bay-Then and Now: Bohemian Jewish Butchers
Dominated Downtown Meat Trade"
writes Daniella Thompson in our Planet.
"Among the fortune seekers
lured to northern California by the Gold Rush, the Jewish contingent
was small but significant. Jewish immigrants would go on to play
an important role in the economic and cultural development of
the Bay Area, and Berkeley was no exception. Although early accounts
rarely discuss Berkeley's Jewish community, some members figured
among the young town's prominent citizens.
One pioneer Jewish family-the
Fischels-established itself in downtown Berkeley in the late 1870s,
gradually acquiring land around the Shattuck-University axis.
A few of the buildings they erected are still with us today."
"UN warns about higher food costs" reports BBC NEWS.
"Higher food prices
may be here to stay as demand from developing countries and production
costs rise, says the UN's Food & Agriculture Organisation
It warned that the current
spike in global food prices was higher than previous records,
partly because bad weather had ruined crops.
Although high prices will
ease off, other factors, such as rising biofuel demand, will keep
future costs high."
"Dow: Country in 'true energy crisis';
ups prices" reports
the AP's James Pritchard.
"Better start stocking up on diapers and detergent.
Consumers hit hard in recent
months by sharply higher prices for gasoline and food should prepare
to start paying more for various household items following Dow
Chemical Co.'s decision to raise its prices by up to 20 percent
to offset the soaring cost of energy.
The company, which announced
the price increases Wednesday, took the unusual step of directing
blame at the nation's energy policy makers."
down, Spam sales up" reports Emily Fredrix of the AP.
"MILWAUKEE - Love it,
hate it or laugh at it - at least it's inexpensive.
Sales of Spam - that much
maligned meat - are rising as consumers are turning more to lunch
meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched
What was once cheeky, silly
and the subject of a musical (as Monty Python mocked the meat
in a can), is now back on the table as people turn to the once-snubbed
meat as costs rise, analysts say."
"Digital arts festivals take over Bay Area" writes Laura Casey of the Times.
"In the ever-changing
world of digital arts, one thing remains constant: The Bay Area
is North America's new-media hub.
At no time with this be more
evident than next week, as two major Bay Area digital arts festivals
welcome the public to admire, participate and enjoy.
Starting Sunday, the UC Berkeley
Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive will host Berkeley Big Bang
08, a three-day event featuring talks, digital arts displays and
an open house. Big Bang 08 is timed to precede a bigger event
in San Jose, the biennial 01SJ: A Global Festival of Art on the
Edge (June 4-8).
Both festivals are celebrating
what is commonly known as 'electronic art,' which uses computers
in some form to get a message across."
"Sony launches clear, tube-shaped speaker" reports Yuri Kageyama in the Chronicle.
"Sony, the company that brought you the egg-shaped music
player and the dog-like robot, has now created the transparent
Called Sountina - a combination
of 'sound' and 'fountain' - the $9,600 acrylic speaker goes on
sale June 20 in Japan with sales elsewhere still undecided."
My husband-in-law, painter
Michael Beck has a new gallery. Check out Artzone 461 here.
"Unpopularity Irks Germans" reports Erik Kirschbaum in the St Petersburg
"Germans fretted about
being unloved in Europe on Sunday after their most popular band
of the last decade got zero points from 40 of 42 countries in
the Eurovision Song Contest and they ended up sharing last place.
'Why doesn't anyone like us?' asked Bild am Sonntag newspaper
after Germany had yet another horrendous showing in the annual
contest watched by more than 100 million viewers.
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
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
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
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