our Berkeley hole
Mixed use in name only? I'm
told my Potter Creek mail-route serves 17 "residences"
and "way, way over 100" businesses.
Ryan Lau emails
to remind everyone that we have a Community Walk coming up on
Wednesday, October 3rd but the time has been changed to 6:30PM
at El Nopal, 3136 Sacramento St. A Community Walk might seem
insignificant, given all of the recent crime, but the concept
of the Community Walks really came as a response to much of the
crime issues that have arisen lately, ie. shooting incidences,
graffiti, property crimes. We thought that the best way to combat
crime in a proactive way is to help build community and this way,
as a community, we can
approach the issue in a much more comprehensive manner, much the
way that neighborhood associations function. The route is included
on the flyer and is intended to increase the visibility of neighbors
community to demonstrate solidarity. Remember, the best way to
resolve problems is as a community, we hope to see you there.
The Berkeley Police Department need your help in the search for
a suspect wanted in connection with the homicide last Saturday
on the 1800 block of 8th Street.
The diligent work of our
Berkeley Police Department has resulted in two arrests in connection
with the Berkeley's first murder of the year. Berkeley Police
Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives have arrested the two men
responsible for the May 6, 2007 murder of Agustine James Silva
Jr. at 2nd and Cedar Streets.
[The Crime Log for 94710 is here]
On a lighter note, Pools
for Berkeley, a group of parents, lap swimmers, and pool enthusiasts,
is sponsoring a meeting about the potential for an Aquatic Center
at West Campus on Wednesday, October 10, 7PM, City of Berkeley
Meeting Room, 1326 Allston Way. Berkeleys pools need more usage
and popularity and an Aquatic Center at West Campus would be a
big step forward. Come here our ideas and bring your own for an
open discussion. Refreshments
Berkeley residents can get
free energy-efficient light bulbs courtesy of Pacific Gas &
Electric at three events hosted by the City of Berkeley.
Wednesday, October 3rd
10 a.m. --2 p.m.
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
Wednesday, October 3rd
Francis Albrier Community Center
Saturday, October 6th
9 a.m. --- 12 Noon
Eighth Street Fire Station, between Dwight and Channing. Note:
This event will also host a Lead Painted Toy & Jewelry Recall
collection. Bring all toys, jewelry, or lunchboxes suspected of
containing lead for proper disposal.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"Berkeley to modify graffiti notices: After
property owners said citation and fine were too harsh, city will
issue courtesy notices Oct. 8"
reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
So, . . . you can verbally
abuse our Council members and behave anti-socially in their Chambers
but our City Administration has to honey-coat graffiti-removal
notices sent to property owners?
You couldn't give me a city
writes about graffiti in our Times. "A
communitywide effort in San Jose has resulted in a 99 percent-plus
drop in tagging and other graffiti since 1997, according to Rob
Boyles, who addressed the Richmond Beautification Committee this
the secrets and success of the San Jose program has been so great
that Boyles and Rick Stanton, recently retired from that city's
recreation department, have formed a consulting firm to start
similar programs elsewhere. . . .
for an aggressive eradication program are well-documented, the
two said. Graffiti lowers property values, instills fear, invites
other crime and diminishes an area's self-worth. . . .
asked audience members at the committee meeting how they feel
when they see graffiti; responses ranged from 'anger' to 'disgust'
to 'violated' to 'sad' . . .
was charged with setting up the San Jose program, his first step
was to send city workers to every street to inventory all the
tags. The initial count in 1997 was 71,541 tags.
'It was way
more than everyone expected,' he said. By contrast, the 2006 survey
counted 129 tags. Over that same time, the program grew from 124
volunteers to 3,221.
no single approach to tackling the problem and discouraging persistent
taggers, they said. . . .
strateg' is to paint it over as soon as it happened, it's not
going to work," Stanton said. 'They're just going to come
back over and over.'
work, he said, is a multifaceted approach that engages city agencies,
outside jurisdictions such as BART and Caltrans, and strong community
involvement. Stricter penalties for those caught tagging also
must be enacted, they said. . . . [italics mine]
Richmond has the financial resources for such a program, City
Councilman and Beautification Committee Chairman Tony Thurmond
said, 'Personally, I do. If you can't use redevelopment funds
eradicate blight like this, what can you use it for?'
to those asked who feel 'anger' to 'disgust' to 'violated'
to 'sad' when they see graffiti, Rick Auerbach, one of our
community activists, believes tagging sometimes inhances. A view
shared by some in the Art Community.
How Berkeley Can You Be Parade's "founder
becomes spectator: Wild, wacky parade began with a Piedmont man,
but he has handed the reins to 'the next generation' " writes Martin Snapp in our Times.
And, . . . if the founder
of our "How Berkeley Can You Be Parade" is a Piedmont
resident, does that mean Patrick Kennedy, my favorite Irish developer,
also a Piedmont resident, is as Berkeley as you can be?
"Bears a prime BCS contender: Upsets, win
over Oregon should boost Cal to No. 3 in polls"
reports Jonathan Okanes in our Times. "History may show this
was the weekend that changed
everything for Cal's football program."
Marin's Village Music is
closing forever today. One of the great used-record stores, it's
time has long passed. "The times they are a changin?"
Actually, "The times they have changed!"
There is evidence too that
Amoeba's day has passed.
Knowing you are a jazz fan,
and no doubt, an admirer of Max Roach ... Let me share a story.
Back in 1980s, a friend of
a friend was the paramour of Max Roach. I visited her in New York,
and came down to breakfast to find Max Roach having coffee. He
was very gracious and warm. He invited us to see his double quartet
at the Blue Note that evening and recommended we eat dinner at
his favorite restaurant Sylvias (made more famous recently by
Bill OReilly). Upon my departure, he kindly gave me two gifts
a signed album by his double quartet and a book by Chester Himes.
. . ., the music was phenomenal.
My memories of Max are here
Learned to Love Records."
Everyone seems to think that ethanol is a good way to make cars
greener. Everyone is wrong" reports the Economist.
"Sometimes you do things
simply because you know how to. People have known how to make
ethanol since the dawn of civilisation, if not before. Take some
sugary liquid. Add yeast. Wait. They have also known for a thousand
years how to get that ethanol out of the formerly sugary liquid
and into a more or less pure form. You heat it up, catch the vapour
that emanates, and cool that vapour down until it liquefies.
The result burns. And when
Henry Ford was experimenting with car engines a century ago, he
tried ethanol out as a fuel. But he rejected it, and for good
reason. The amount of heat you get from burning a litre of ethanol
is a third less than that from a litre of petrol. What is more,
it absorbs water from the atmosphere. Unless it is mixed with
some other fuel, such as petrol, the result is corrosion that
can wreck an engine's seals in a couple of years. So why is ethanol
suddenly back in fashion? That is the question many biotechnologists
in America have recently asked themselves.
And, the Economist laments
"Bip, the world's quietest clown, died on September 22nd,
older than he seemed.
"When the spotlight
faded on Bip last week, leaving not even a hand or a flower illuminated,
it caused only a sigh of surprise. Bip had tried many times to
put an end to himself. He would cut his wrists with a blade, nicking
and wincing away from it, in case his copious blood gushed over
his pure white sailor's trousers. He would shake out into his
palm a handful of pills from a bottle, open his wide red mouth,
and fail to swallow them. Stepping on a chair that wobbled under
him, he would knot a noose round his scrawny neck, test it, yank
it, gyrate his neck like a pigeon and step out into the void.
Nothing worked. He went on living."
I heard Cajun-fiddle-music coming thru an open window at the French
School. Libby says there's a new music teacher at the French School
and that it was she playing.
didn't quite make a turn in Potter Creek--this time it was on
10th and Pardee Monday morning. About 9 AM, the car-carrier-trailer's
12 foot over hang seriously creased a pickup parked on 10th.
month while making a turn, an eighteen-wheeler creased a car parked
at the corner of 8th and Grayson.
The Planet elaborates on a story that I broke last month
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Berkeley Murder" by Richard Brenneman.
detectives have arrested a pair of alleged gang members for the
May 6 West Berkeley beating death of Agustine [CQ] James Silva
Jr., 19, of Antioch.
was Berkeley's first for the year. Three more have followed.
suspects-Juan Carlos Cruz of Oakland and Victor Lozano Ramirez
of San Pablo-have been charged with the killing based on DNA evidence
found at the scene of the crime.
identified both the suspects and their alleged victim as members
of Los Monkeys Trece, a Northern California subgroup of the Surenos
"Not a good day to be a tree sitter: Judge
sides with UC Berkeley, rules protesters' habitat
reports Kristin Bender in our Times.
a judge's order Monday that the Berkeley tree-sitters are living
in trees illegally and posing a health and safety risk, UC Berkeley
has no plans to forcibly remove the group.
Superior Court Judge Richard Keller issued a preliminary injunction
evicting one tree-sitter -- David Galloway, who has been served
by the university, said spokesman Dan Mogulof.
is, in fact, in a tree, he has to come down or face a $1,000 fine
and up to five days in jail.
order opens the door for the university to serve others by name,
forcing them down or sending them to jail. Tree sit supporters
declined to say Monday if Galloway is in a tree.
"'In the Valley of Elah' an Honest Look
at the Toll of War" reports Bob Burnett in the Planet.
Open Letter to Code Pink" writes Richard Lund in his commentary to the
the protest that you staged in front of my office on Wednesday,
Sept. 26th, was an exercise of your constitutional rights, the
messages that you left behind were insulting, untrue, and ultimately
misdirected. Additionally, from the comments quoted in the Berkeley
Daily Planet article, it is clear that you have no idea what it
is that I do here. Given that I was unaware of your planned protest,
I was unable to contest your claims in person, so I will therefore
address them here."
"Bio-fuel getting a second chance: Despite
previous troubles, City Council members want to make fuel alternative
reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
years after the city of Berkeley's experiment with bio-fuel went
bang -- in a bad way -- city leaders want to bring it back.
truck engines using 100 percent bio-fuel exploded in 2005, the
city cut back its use of the environmentally friendly fuel to
a 20 percent blend of bio-fuel and 80 percent diesel in city engines.
is a renewable resource that can be made from crops such as soy
beans or from recycled vegetable oil.
At the time
it converted its fleet in 2003, Berkeley was the only city of
its size in the nation to use bio-fuel exclusively, city leaders
But 18 months
into the experiment, trucks started breaking down. Fuel filters
were clogged, fuel injectors gummed up, and then the engines blew."
"Hotel sales surge in East Bay: San Francisco
company capitalizes on trend, hopes two purchases yield profits
writes George Avalos in the Times.
hotels in the East Bay have caught the eye of investors who are
betting that the region's economy is robust enough to avoid a
Plaza Hotel, located in Oakland's Jack London Square, and the
Hotel Durant, on the south side of UC Berkeley, have been snapped
up by a Bay Area hotel company.
a separate joint venture, Joie de Vivre Hospitality bought the
Berkeley hotel in September and plans to complete its purchase
of the Oakland hotel in November.
The WSJ reports
"Auto sales showed signs of stability in September, generating
hope among the industry's biggest players that rate cuts will
spur a recovery. GM's sales edged up 0.28%, while Ford suffered
a 21% decline. Chrsler posted a 5.4% drop."
is the operative word here.
page of the current Bay
Nature is an
advertisement for green manufacturing apparently paid for by our
Urban Ore. I'm all for green manufacturing, but the neat-green
ad is in stark contrast to the Urban Ore facility, especially the vast
expanse of used toilets and the bird-shit encrusted south-west
side-walk section. But make no mistake, I've gotten many a bargain
is located here on 6th Street and Urban Ore is here just south
of Ashby off 7th.)
the ad has a map of west-Berkeley next to "Help Save the
Vanishing Habitat of Green Manufacturing." Now west-Berkeley
is many things but the habitat of green manufacturing is NOT one
of them. Green business here is a fraction of the total and my
personal experience ranges from green-washing to green-beginners.
But one of
THE pioneer green businesses is our Ink Works, though when years
ago I asked for a tour so I might write a story and I received
and former tenant at ActivSpace emails
About 3 1/2
years ago I was looking for studio space
in West Berkeley, wanting to settle in an arts-friendly
area. With the Sawtooth building having a two to three
year wait, I checked out the ActivSpace building.
After all, their signage read "Art - Hobby, and
Business". I talked to the then Manager, Jamie, and
she said 'we love artists here at ActivSpace'. She
said they had about 70 to 80 artists in the building
doing a wide variety of different artwork and
ActivSpace was all about supporting artists. I was
shown different spaces in the building and asked about
the spaces on the 7th street side of the building.
These were the Storefronts and the most expensive
spaces ActivSpace had. I was told that retail was not
allowed but as long as a person made the product on
site there would be no problem selling out of their
storefronts. Wow -- a dream come true, having a studio
to work and sell out of. The extra cost of the space
seemed a small cost compared to the benefits of
selling out of one's space.
It took a
while for more artists and craftpeople to
make the move to the storefronts but things were
looking up. At one time there were 9 of us working
together utilizing display windows and keeping regular
business hours. We were attracting walk-in foot
traffic and people would stop, park and shop. We had
other artists in the building wanting to be a part of
doing business in the storefronts. When we lost an
active member of the group, another would take their
place to help us all collectively build our business.
of ActivSpace assured us that they were
screening people to insure a good mix of unique and
one of a kind shops in the hopes of making ActivSpace
a destination not unlike 4th Street in the early days.
What happened instead was people would move in and
never be seen and the space would look empty.
Remember the cost of a storefront is charged at retail
prices so unless there's sales, it's hard to absorb
the cost. The managers seemed to be willing to work
with us on a number of issues but had to get approval
from the ownership and that's where things fell apart.
offered were simple and of either no
cost or low cost to the ownership. 1) Public
directory, 2). separate list of rules governing anyone
wishing to rent a storefront, i.e., display, temporary
signage, regular business hours, etc. Also, many
people from a 2 to 3 block radius park their cars in
front of the building during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to
4:30p.m. because no one messes with their cars but
with little or no parking, customers stay away. The
ownership would not consider asking for a 1.5 hour
parking limit in front of the ActivSpace building.
has lost a lot of the artists over the last
2 years (partly due to rent increases) and is running
at about 75% capacity. There are about 4 or 5
vacancies of storefronts with several more being used
as storage space and another 3 spaces being used for
retail space. For a business promoting ART, it has
done little to support artists or the Arts. At a time
when many cities across America view the Arts and
Crafts movement as a valuable industry, why then is
the city looking the other way?
lent me her DVD of Rabbit-Proof
Fence. Of it
imdb offers "This powerful film follows the journey of three
young aboriginal girls who are taken from their family and forced
to assimilate into an empty culture by the white settlers of Australia.
This is known as the "Stolen Generation", a dark period
in Australian history which the current prime minister of Australia
refuses to say sorry for the past atrocities. But this is not
to say that this film preaches or manipulates emotions for political
gain. No! It just tells the story with powerful images that allows
the viewer to enter the torment of the stolen generation. Dialogue
is minimal as our heroes are taken from their family and driven
to the other side of Australia. But their will and instinct to
be with their strong culture has the girls escape the camp prison
and follow the rabbit-proof fence back home. The rabbit proof
fence was built down the centre of Australia to contain the plague
of rabbits from entering farm land. It was this white-man built
fence that lead the girls back home."
check it out! This is NOT a preachy movie.
"Groups sue EPA over pollution from ships" reported Terence Chea last
month in our Times. "Environmentalists sued the federal
government Wednesday for failing to regulate emissions from ocean-going
vessels that pollute the air and cause respiratory illness around
he wrote "California,
environmentalists ask EPA to regulate ship emissions. Environmental groups and California
Attorney General Jerry Brown petitioned the federal government
Wednesday to regulate on emissions from oceangoing ships that
spew heat-trapping gases responsible for global warming.
written requests, they asked the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to adopt standards for carbon dioxide emissions from the
thousands of cargo ships, cruise liners and other large vessels
that dock at American ports each year.
are responsible for nearly 3 percent of the world's greenhouse
gases equal to the amount generated by all cars in the U.S.and
ship emissions are projected to grow by more than 70 percent by
2020 as global trade expands, according to the petitions.
Creek's former Professor of Cars hipped me to this years ago--and
I wrote about it here--with something like "Those ships idling
in the Bay are as great a hazard to the environment as our automotive
fleet." Some burn used-motor-oil as bunker-fuel and their
engines are as large as trucks.
"150 homes up for bid: Auction will feature
condos, houses that have been repossessed by banks" reports Sue McAllister of the
a drenching rainstorm two weeks ago, more than 30 groups of potential
buyers toured an 814-square-foot condominium in West San Jose,
seemingly defying conventional wisdom about the sluggish real
But it wasn't
a normal open house; in fact, visitors had to tread warily through
the darkened property on Weyburn Lane because the electricity
had been turned off. The two-bedroom condo is one of about 150
bank-repossessed Bay Area properties that will be auctioned Saturday
in San Mateo.
soar in California, large auctions of bank-owned properties are
becoming more frequent. Saturday's is the third auction in the
Bay Area in recent months, and similar ones have occurred in Sacramento
A not real
happy Barbara Shayesteh emails
We live on
the 1100 block of Parker St. I have been noticing arrows painted
all over our sidewalks recently so I expected some sort of repairs
to happen but I was not ready for the ugly clumps of asphalt that
have been deposited all over our sidewalks. In many cases, they
present more of a tripping hazard than the original gaps and they
look lousy. There are asphalt crumbs at each patch that stick
to shoes and get tracked into houses. This is the most amateur
repair job I think I have ever seen. It has really degraded our
one on the owners of the
I noticed a long consist of vintage passenger cars pulling into
Emeryville Station behind a couple of Vista domes and three Amtrak
diesels. Later from my descripton, train-guy John Phillips identified
these blue, cream and silver cars as the Orient, an ersatz Orient
Express that travels to Nevada-quite impressive sight, really.
"Judge rules Berkeley election nullified" reports Chris Metinko in our
Alameda County Superior Court judge has nullified the results
of a hotly contested 2004 election because of mishandling of a
recount by Alameda County election officials, and ordered Berkeley's
Measure R -- a citizen-sponsored medical-marijuana initiative
-- back on the ballot for a re-vote in 2008."
"Judge gets firsthand look at site of Cal's
proposed athletic center:University shows off location of proposed
athletics facility" writes Doug Oakley in our Times.
two weeks of technical evidence in a trial over the fate of UC
Berkeley's proposed $125 million sports training center, an Alameda
County judge heard an argument of a different kind away from the
first mentioned this late last month in one of his email to the
"PG&E kicks off Energy month with 1
million free light bulbs: Utility says it hopes campaign will
help in preventing greenhouse gas emissions" reports Matt Nauman of our
& Electric is marking National Energy Awareness Month by giving
away 1 million compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs.
has a serious purpose:
says using 1 million CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs will save
400,000 megawatts of electricity and prevent 200,000 tons of greenhouse
gas emissions from heating the atmosphere. That's the same
benefit as removing 31,000 cars from the road or planting 60,000
acres of trees.
of PG&E's broader energy-efficiency strategy, which coincides
with California's effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which
cause global warming."
got back from his 50th Anniversary High School Reunion, parade
and all. Fifty of his original 100 or so classmates showed up.
Ok, so our
Barry G is REALLY well-known. Check
him out here!
A 900 GRAYSON irregular,
please don't ask him for his autograph. On the other hand . .
"Body shop sees green in every paint job:
Oakland's Clean Green Collision uses creative techniques to reduce
carbon emissions by 30 percent to 40 percent" writes Janis Mara
in our Times.
bad enough if your car gets bashed in an accident, but it's even
worse if the repair job leaves behind chemicals that make you
sick. Oakland's Clean Green Collision aims to help.
'I came up
with the idea for Clean Green after I bought a car that had just
been repainted,' said Jacques Andres, owner of the six-employee
body shop on Mandela Parkway.
'I got sick
after driving for 15 minutes. I realized the heating and air vents
were full of paint dust," Andres said. 'The auto repair industry
is notoriously dirty. I decided to do something about it.' "
"Mild summer provides smog relief for Bay
writes the Times, Denis Cuff. "A mild summer gave the Bay Area
one of its least smoggy years on record, sparing residents a repeat
of the dirty air that gripped the region during severe heat waves
lung-burning ingredient in smog, violated the federal health limit
on one day this year, and no further excesses are expected before
the Oct. 12 end of the smog season, air pollution officials said.
artist of mine is reviewed by Robert Taylor in "Little
boxes, big impact: Cornell's detailed art shines.
anything away. That could be the deepest underlying message of
'Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination,' the breathtaking
exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
more than 170 collages and shadow boxes created by the New Yorker
who was called a surrealist and a pop artist, but who rejected
spans four decades of the 20th century, adding a sampling of Cornell's
tools and resources, from boxes of marbles and clay pipes to sheaves
of newspaper clippings and letters to and from Marcel Duchamp.
this material at hand -- stacked in carefully labeled containers
-- you never know when your imagination might take flight as well.
were your inspiration, you might create works from stamps and
maps and mirrors and a restaurant menu from the 1940s that cautioned
of wartime shortages: 'Please do not ask the waiter for a second
pat of butter.'
did not invent collages and assemblages. But he was the first
artist to devote his entire career to those techniques, as Deborah
Solomon notes in her fascinating 1997 biography. The book,
'Utopia Parkway,' takes its name from the street in New York's
borough of Queens where Cornell lived.
He was 64
years old before a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum brought
him major recognition, but he won the admiration of everyone from
Willem de Kooning to Andy Warhol. Yet he remains, Solomon says,
'the most undervalued of valued American artists.' "
"Bit by the eBay bug (and how to heal it)" confesses Linda Milanese in
looking for eBay. EBay found me.
innocently enough with 'The Sopranos' -- a lucky hit in a Yahoo
search. I'd scoured video stores for DVDs of the show as a Christmas
gift for my son-in-law, when an online search turned up an eBay
listing -- a listing that was about to close in 10 minutes. Somehow
in those 10 minutes I managed to register with eBay, make a bid,
and secure a new box set of all five seasons at half the video
hit turned out to be a gateway buy that started my hard-to-kick
eBay habit. I was hooked before I knew it'
Next, I moved
on to buying clothing. I remember feeling pleased that eBay remembered
me from the 'Sopranos" transaction, fillin' in my moniker
and offering to help me recall my password.
warned a younger friend who'd been hip to eBay for years. 'It
can be addicting.' "
"Logging is forcing tribes deeper into
the jungle. A previously unknown indigenous group living in isolation
has been found deep in Peru's Amazon jungle, a team of ecologists
has said" reports
Daylight Savings ends November
4th, now always the first Sunday in November.
More than you want to know
about Daylight Savings is here.
As the rainy season begins
you can find more information about our current weather conditions
than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Sally's published again.
Her dinning area will be the featured back-drop for pet-presents
in the Holiday issue of The Bark. Wednesday, the Bark crew were
photographing there most of the day.
Annie K emails
Do you think anyone else
besides me and my kids are calling the new Berkeley Bowl the "Berkeley
Kava just called it "Now,
an 8 million dollar hole-in-the-ground."
Annie asked for bowl photos--coming
sooner-than-later. Annie's also putting some time in at The
Barb, . . . oops, The Planet.
And, another Annie K email
Thanks for including my family's
current name for the B. Bowl in your blog.
And I found this amusing-
"Annie's also putting some time in at The Barb, . . . oops,
The Planet."- because I DID work at the Barb, too (in the
art dept.) just for a few issues at the very end of its existence,
shortly after I moved to Ca. in 1979.
In the nineties I also worked for nearly 8 years at the E. Bay
Express as a graphic artist/illustrator before becoming a foster
mom/writer. Now I'm back to doing design/production work at the
I continue to write on and off and will have an adoption-themed
essay published in the Chronicle magazine next month. (Nov. is
National Adoption Month.) I'll send you the link when it comes
Well, Ok then!
Last week, someone asked
me if I liked Elvis. I had to think a little. I remembered that
I'd seen him premier on the Ed Sullivan Show with just his bass
player. Still, . . . understand that as a teenager I listened
to Black Gospel Music, radio- broadcast most Sunday nights--and
I went to Revival Meetings. I guess I felt Elvis was Ok.
In an interview this morning
on Channel 2 News, Zachary Running Wolf announced that he will
lead a recall of Mayor Tom Bates. Running Wolf believes he can
get the 10,000 signatures necessary to place the recall on the
"Full steam ahead" writes Janis Mara in our Times. "At
the end of a country road twisting 89 miles north
of San Francisco, black mud bubbles up from the earth and the
wind carries the stench of sulfur.
Twenty-two geothermal power
plants rise from the green hillside -- plants that generate more
than enough renewable energy to light every house in San Jose.
Welcome to the Geysers, the
largest single producing geothermal energy field in the world.
Though the 47-year-old field is the country's largest geothermal
producer, supplying almost 3 percent of California's electricity,
it is virtually unknown to state residents."
"East Bay Then and Now: Bennington Apartments
Evoke 19th Century Euclid Ave"
writes Daniella Thompson in her beautifully evocative, informative
"For sale: home in need of tough love.
Victorians are poised to make a comeback, but are still hard to
sell partly because of the work needed to restore them" reports Joanne Cleaver in the Milwaukee
"Some Victorian houses
might accept, however grudgingly, a coat of white paint that softens
their three-dimensional details into a sculptural frame that lets
furniture and art take center stage.
But some houses have an attitude
about white paint. They don't like it, won't take it, and there
isn't enough white paint in the world that can tame their ornamentation
into a supporting role.
Long ago, Arne Vedum conceded
aesthetic control of the Schuster Mansion, which he and wife Marie
are renovating, to the house."
I grew up in Milwaukee and
the Schusters were a wealth-Milwaukee family, the owners of Schusters'
Department Stores--one was located on Third Street just south
of North Avenue. Gladys, my Mom, worked there before I was born
and again after I turned twelve. A former-Flapper,
Gladys worked in the cosmetic/perfume department. But that's another
Tracy emails about a music
movie/concert that she and Morgan saw in Santa Cruz. Morgan said
when asked what kind of muisc "It's just fun" and added
that it was a mix of styles from throught-out the world. It will
be shown tonight in the City.
An amazing movie/concert
Tuesday night 7:30 pm at the Clay Theater in San Francisco....Morgan
and I saw this same Italian film in Santa Cruz about the creation
of an orchestra--the Orchestra di piazza Vittorio-- made up of
foreigners living in Rome. As the credits roll at the end of the
film, the musicians take the stage and play a concert. 15 musicians
from 11 countries and 3 continents, . . . thrown together to create
an absolutely unique music. One description reads "What a
dream to fall in love with the characters and then to see them
perform in person!"
At the Rio in Santa Cruz,
the whole audience got up and danced. There web site is here.
Last night there was a meeting
of members of the ad hoc committee opposed to proposed Community
Benefits District--it was held at Caffé Trieste. Roughly
eight-to-ten people were present--one might say "the usual
suspects." In addition to the issue of weighted representation,
there was opposition to the use of the Benefit District to rezone
west-Berkeley. It was agreed to attend the October 16 Town Hall
meeting and to leaflet encouraging general attendance.
On a future Berkeley City
Council agenda there is a proposal to add $100,000 to a contract
with the East Bay Conservation Corps for, in part, graffiti removal.
"Graffiti Removal. EBCC crews are usually hired for five-day
workweeks. A crew of 10-15 young people will provide consistency
and the necessary focus to provide efficient graffiti removal.
. . . This work will be coordinated with the work of the Neighborhood
Services Committee and the Parks Recreation & Waterfront and
"Berkeley lauds whistle-blower: Officials
say they need the kind of help that nabbed silversmith for violating
toxic waste laws"
reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
A 67-year-old Berkeley man's
month in jail for violating toxic waste laws is encouraging news
for city and county officials who want more workplace whistle-blowers
to bring them environmental justice cases."
7:15 AM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, light head, nausea, chills.
"Food inflation worst since '90: China's
economic boom, other global forces behind increase in grocery
bills" reports the
AP's Lauren Villagran in the Times.
This morning, your bowl of
cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was
44 cents. By next year, it could be 56 cents. It's enough to make
you cry in your cornflakes.
The forces behind the rise
in food prices -- China's economic boom, a growing biofuels industry
and a weak U.S. dollar -- are global and not letting up anytime
soon. Grocery receipts are bulging because the raw ingredients,
packaging and fuel that go into the price of foodstuffs cost more
than they have in decades.
It's the worst bout of food
inflation since 1990, but not yet worrisome to the economy, said
John Lonski, chief economist of Moody's Investor Service. While
high food prices can cut into consumers' discretionary spending,
the 4 percent rate of food inflation is still far below the crippling
double-digit levels of the 1970s.
Still, consumers anxious
for relief in the checkout line may have to keep waiting."
"Ripe for change: dorm food. Can Cal sustain
the city's foodie philosophy?" asks
"It's planting day at
the Clark Kerr student residence at UC Berkeley.
But what was supposed to
be an initiative of student empowerment and Slow Food consciousness
is starting out, well, lame. What ended up as these -- six wine-barrel
planters on the patio outside Clark Kerr's dining hall -- was
supposed to be something more ambitious: the kind of lush edible
garden where bees crowd blue borage flowers and little plaques
declare the Latin names of fig trees."
David Snipper's email gives
some perspective to PG& E's current light bulb-giveaway
When public utility electric
service was introduced in Southern
California by the Southern California Edison Company, part of
service provided by Edison was free light bulbs. They were, I
believe delivered and installed by Edison employees.
I don't know how long it lasted.
FiFi's neighbors met last
[Tuesday] night at her place to look at the plans for the proposed
building next to her on Pardee Street. [Thid project is proposed
for a narrow lot behind a San Pablo and Pardee corner lot.] On
a small lot the plans have grown from four units and an office
to a four story building with ten units. 12 folks were there and
all are against it. It will come up before the planning commission
CEID's Cindy D emails about an event for all you Potter Creek
Center for Early Intervention
on Deafness, 24th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
Contra Costa Country Club
801 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
"You and your guests
will begin a
spectacular day of golf at the beautiful Contra Costa Country
when you tee off at the CEID Annual Benefit Golf Tournament. Each
player will receive a tee prize and participate in challenging
tournament and on-course activities! Hospitality will be plentiful
as players are treated to appetizing food, snacks and beverages
during and after the tournament. Our silent and live auctions
entice you while we recognize your various achievements throughout
the day at our Awards Reception!"
Schedule and Format
9:30am Registration; Driving Range and Putting Green Open
11:00am Shotgun Start (Schamble format)
4:00pm Auction and Awards Reception; Cocktails/Heavy Hors oeuvres
There are a range of participation
levels from individual golfers
($250) to hole sponsors ($2000) to Platinum Sponsorship ($15,000).
Folks can also join just for the auction and reception for $30.
More information, registration
forms and other sponsorship levels can be
downloaded from www.ceid.org
Last year we raised nearly
$75,000 allowing us to continue to offer
specialized, intensive family focused services for children with
The work that CEID does truly
is amazing and . . . this is one way we
can support it.
Thanks for your support Ron!
See you soon
"Police investigate death of 9-year-old
boy as homicide: Mother had cuts on arms and neck, police say,
but has shared little about what led to child's death" report Doug Oakley and Angela Hill of our
And Doug Oakley reports,
boy poisoned, suffocated: Sources say 9-year-old found dead Wednesday
was suffocated, poisoned in his home."
Sadly, it was reported today
that his mom will be charged with murder.
"The Chauncey Bailey Project: Did cops
drag feet on bakery probe?"
ask our Times' Cecily Burt, Harry Harris and Josh Richman
The young woman sits on a
chair in a vacant East Oakland house, a plastic bag covering her
face, hands shackled in front of her. Men she can't see tell her
they've been watching her, that they know she has a lot of cash.
They hit her in the knee
with a board, or maybe it's a bat. They slam her over the head
again and again. Bleeding, the young woman thinks she is going
to die. Her mother, abducted with her at gunpoint after leaving
a bingo parlor at Foothill Square, sits shackled and terrified
in one of two cars that brought them to the house.
'Where do you keep your money?'
they demand of the daughter. She tells them she doesn't have a
lot of money. One man asks whether she can 'smell that gasoline,
that's the next thing that's gonna happen.'
They threaten to shove a
hot curling iron in her vagina."
still a mystery" report Josh Richman and Cecily Burt.
"As the investigation of Oakland
Post Editor Chauncey Bailey's killing broadens into a multiagency
probe of Your Black Muslim Bakery and the Bey family, a key question
remains largely unanswered.
What, exactly, was Bailey
"Housing downturn to persist, group says:
California Association of Realtors predicts sales, prices will
keep falling through 2008"
reports the AP's Alex Veiga
"Housing sales and prices
will fall further next year in California, as unsold homes keep
piling up and many buyers hold out for lower prices, a trade group
In its 2008 forecast, the
California Association of Realtors said it expected statewide
sales of existing homes to fall an additional 9 percent to 334,500
Still, the association said
that would be an improvement over the projected drop of 23 percent
this year, compared with 2006."
"Countrywide mortgage fundings fall: Company
may face federal investigation over the timing of stock sales
made by its chief executive"
writes the AP's Stephen Bernard.
Corp. said Thursday that its mortgage fundings for September fell
44 percent from the same period a year ago, and the mortgage lender
is now facing a potential federal investigation over the timing
of stock sales by its chief executive.
Countrywide, the nation's
largest mortgage lender, said total mortgage fundings last month
fell to $21.2 billion from $38.1 billion a year ago."
Tak emails that
Janet needs to find new office
space to practice estate, business and property law. It would
be convenient if she could find it around Potter Creek somewhere.
Janet needs about 150 to
200 square feet. And it doesn't have to be Class A space. Her
practice caters to clients that don't expect things to be very
fancy. Her current office could hardly be called fancy. She knows
many of the folks in Potter Creek as clients.
If you can help, email Tak/Janet
Pete's Potter Creek rain-gauge
showed 1.15 inches from Tuesday PM to Wednesday AM, .3 inches
from Thursday night to Friday AM and .75 inches from yesterday
AM through this moring.
David's gauage showed an
inch Thursday PM and yesterday.
Have Met the Enemy and He is Us" check out "From Here on Up, It's All Down
The San Pablo
and Carleton development should have a unit open for viewing by
November--perhaps in the adjacent trailer. At the beginning of
the year, units should be on the market.
"Skies to be swept for alien life" reports BBC News.
"The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed
to seek out alien life.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the finished array will have
350 six-metre antennas and will be one of the world's largest.
Telescope Array (ATA) will be able to sweep more than one million
star systems for radio signals generated by intelligent beings.
hope it will help spot definite signs of alien life by 2025."
the week from 900's Executive Chef, Josh Pearl
so old that when he dies they won't do DNA analysis, they'll use
Gross' Mom "How many Jewish mothers does it take to change
a light bulb?" "Never mind, . . . I'll sit in the dark."
E is working at Tippett's 10th Street facility today--I counted
over half-dozen trucks.
Grayson down from 900 are having a lawn party today--with
women in bright saris bearing gifts and children running merrily
upgrade is proceeding with workers stripping the old interiors.
rebuild of the old welder's building is proceeding as well, though
it seems now more slowly.
is that the first "up-grade" of Potter Creek took place
roughly 10 to 20 years ago when artists and crafts-people replaced
working people--my working class neighborhood becoming more middle-class,
arts&crafts. Interesting, with this "kind-of-gentrification""
virtually all our African-American families left.
CAL is playing
Oregon State today in Memorial Stadium at 4:00 PM. It's being
broadcast on Cable, Channel 75.
As an unreconstructed
Marxist, I continue my emphasis on the economy with the Wall
Street Journal reports "Citigroup and other big banks
are in talks to pool together and financially back up to $100
billion in shaky mortgage secuirties and other investments."
profit rose 14% on strong overseas revenue; retail sales increased
a larger than expected.6% in September, but a consumer-confidence
index showed a decline; and a consortium led by Branson's Virgin
Group made a bid for Northern Rock that includesnew funding to
stablize theU.K lender."
"Analysts Find Israel Struck a Nuclear
Project Inside Syria" reports the New York Times. "A
site attacked last month by Israel was a partly constructed nuclear
reactor, according to Israeli and American intelligence."
evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM there will be an important "Town
Hall Meeting" about west-Berkeley problems and their solutions.
The meeting, hosted by our Councilman Darryl Moore, will be held
in the Rosa Parks School at 8th and Allston Way.
crew has begun sheet-rocking his buildings while Merryll's crew
has torn off her house shingles.
The Guardian notes that the sister of Sally's
friend has passed with
"Kitty Grime: A versatile writer and singer,
her life skirted the London jazz scene of the 1950s and 60s."
opins Ted Friedman in our Planet.
this year's How Berkeley Can You Be parade may not have been as
Berkeley as it could have been (after all, Viagra Man and his
disturbing side effect and the lawn mower display from Piedmont
were missing), Berkeley remains obsessed with self-definition."
weekend, PG&E replaced the two transformers servicing Tippett
as well as the pole-to-box service. After some transformer and
cable problems, Tippett seems to have fresh power. Tippett is
removing their temporary generator.
her neighbors are meeting tonite with the developer about his
proposed four-story building off of San Pablo and Pardee.
"West Berkeley Tax District Off Table,
City Staff Says"
is a VERY misleading headline. Please read Judith Scherr's story
in our Planet for the REAL story.
in the "Introduction" to his book, We Have Met theEnemy
and He is Us, Walt Kelly writes "The big polluter did
not start out with smoke stacks. He didn't start pumping gunk
into our waters when he was six years old. He started small. Throwing
papers under foot in the streets, heaving old bottles into vacant
lots, leaving remnants of a picnic in the fields and woodlands.
Just like the rest of us."
My wife was
leaving for the airport at 5:00 am yesterday morning and saw three
prostitutes near Carleton and Pardee Streets on San Pablo, but
wasn't able to call in to the police. At 6:00 am I was leaving
the house one solicited me at Pardee and San Pablo and I called
her in to the police. Then at 2:30 in the afternoon another one
solicited me at Carleton and San Pablo, again I called the police.
That is 5 yesterday. I have also noticed more used condoms in
Had a knock-your-socks-off
lunch today at Riva Cucina. I slurped down a nice garbanzo bean
soup followed by a breast of chicken entree with mushrooms in
a wine sauce, which was simply superb. My friend Barbara started
with the arugula salad and then tried the pasta with meat in a
light red sauce. We both washed our meals down with a perfect
pinot grigio, and topped off with coffee and a smooth as silk
Lunch can't get any better than that. I understand why they are
now so popular that they are soon going to expand into the adjoining
"Recruiting facility at center of storm" reports Kristin Bender of the
demonstrators far outnumbered a group of peace advocates who were
protesting a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting center in downtown on
on both sides of Shattuck Avenue slowed traffic and jammed sidewalks
as they shouted back and forth at each other.
the two competing groups across the street from each other; there
were no arrests."
"Exhibit shows 100 years of California
writes Robert Taylor in his Times' review.
new exhibit 'Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA' doesn't attempt
to offer a historical survey of the California College of the
Arts and the way it has juggled 'arts' and 'crafts' over the years.
But the story
is at least as fascinating as the exhibit. The school was born
from the ashes of the 1906 fire that destroyed much of San Francisco,
founded by German immigrant Frederick Meyer, who had bounced around
from Berlin to Fresno to Pennsylvania to San Jose before the turn
of the 20th century."
Neighbors: Birds in Winter: Charles Keeler and the Summer Warbler"
writes Joe Eaton in our Planet. "If you want to look
back at changes in Berkeley's bird life over the last century,
the work of Charles Augustus Keeler provides a convenient benchmark.
I have a battered library-discard copy of his
Bird Notes Afield, the second edition, published in 1907. Keeler
notes in a preface that the bird collection of the California
Academy of Sciences, where he did his research, had been a casualty
of the San Francisco quake and fire the year before."
"AOL dumps 2,000 jobs to cut costs: Online
company announces layoffs as part of plans to increase emphasis
on ad-related businesses" reports the AP's Anick Jesdanun in our
"EBay loses $936 million in 3Q due to Skype
writes Rachel Konrad of the AP. "EBay Inc. reported Wednesday a third-quarter
net loss of more than $936 million, a rare plunge into the red
for the e-commerce juggernaut caused by charges to its Skype telecommunications
But San Jose-based
eBay still easily exceeded Wall Street's expectations for the
quarter ended Sept. 30, thanks to record revenue of $1.89 billion,
up 30 percent from the year-ago quarter.
credited record revenue at the PayPal electronic payment division,
and brisk sales outside of the United States and at ticket broker
I have learned about many wonderful restaurants through your web
site. I would like to introduce you to a new restaurant, Digs
Bistro, that opened Monday night October 15th. Digs is located
at the corner of Dwight and Sacramento, just west of Homemade
Cafe, in the site of the former Olivia. Not too far of a trip
from Potter Creek.
My friends and I went there Tuesday night, and it was wonderful.
The food was delicious, the wine was fantastic, and the service
was impeccable. I had the Oxtail Raviolo, yum! Check out their
website and their restaurant sometime,
I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Hope all is well! Still enjoying reading you.
a reply from the City to his "prostitution increasing again"
the info . . . We'll pass it on to patrol for extra attention
on the graveyard shift, and my unit will take a look to see if
they are setting up in that area again. Last time we had some
activity, it was centered in Oakland just over the line. Keep
me posted, especially if you start to see the same girls day after
I attended a Town Hall Meeting hosted by our Councilman, Darryl
Moore. Crafted to communicate west-Berkeley's problems and solutions,
the meeting was often dominated by some of our "activists."
As surely as storm-troops, with the thuggery of truncheons, took
over the democratic-forums in Weimar, these people at times controlled
the meeting with the thuggery of mouth. What should have been
a meeting to communicate and exchange ideas was, when not used
by some to put forth their agenda, often reduced to personal attacks
on our Councilman, our Mayor and Michael Goldin. By its end it
had, in part, become a mob, harangued by agitators.
Our Andrew Fischer, architect, now has a website. Check
One of Potter Creek's young
artists, a recent Cal graduate, loves the work of Darren Waterston.
Check his work out
"Celebrating a life well-lived for more
than 103 years"
writes Martin Snapp in our Times. "One of the most
extraordinary people I ever met was Marion Martin of Berkeley."
"Air District Releases Health Assessment
of Pacific Steel" writes Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"The Bay Area Air Quality Management District released Pacific
Steel's long-awaited health risk assessment report to the public
last week and will be accepting comments until Jan. 31."
Zelda B opines "The Public Eye: More Pay for City Staff:
Can the City Afford It? Berkeley
is in a fiscal crisis.
The current budget was balanced only after the council made deep
cuts in staff and services. The city has $160 million of unfunded
liabilities. Meanwhile, our roads, sewers and drainage system
(where there is a drainage system) are in bad shape; it looks
as if the coming winter is going to be a wet one-good for the
snowpack, bad for deteriorating infrastructure. This past spring,
the council nickel and dimed basic services for the homeless,
cutting $23,000 out of the respected Quarter Meal program run
by Berkeley's Food and Housing Project-50 percent of the program's
"Beverly Hills-based auctioneers Kennedy
Wilson will be auctioning off 24 townhomes Sunday in Berkeley." The 24 townhomes are part of
Devon Square, a San Pablo development by Pulte Homes, and will
be starting off with minimum bids of $250,000, approximately $100,000
less than their original asking price.
Thompson offers in the Planet, "The
Shattuck Hotel: Berkeley's Once and Future Jewel?"
"Housing holds back economy: Downturn in
mortgage, construction industries tempers strong East Bay job
George Avalos of the Times. The implosion of the mortgage
and housing industries has caused the East Bay's job market to
"Living paycheck to paycheck gets harder" reports Anne d'Innocenzio of
the AP in our Times.
of living paycheck to paycheck in America is getting harder. What
used to last four days might last half that long now. Pay the
gas bill, but skip breakfast. Eat less for lunch so the kids can
have a healthy dinner.
nation, Americans are increasingly unable to stretch their dollars
to the next payday as they juggle higher rent, food and energy
bills. It's starting to affect middle-income working families
as well as the poor, and has reached the point of affecting day-to-day
calculations of merchants like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 7-Eleven
Inc. and Family Dollar Stores Inc.
which distribute foodstuffs to the needy, are reporting severe
shortages and reduced government funding at the very time that
they are seeing a surge of new people seeking their help.
debate whether the country is headed for a recession, some say
the financial stress is already the worst since the last downturn
at the start of this decade.
Dollar to Wal-Mart, merchants have adjusted their product mix
and pricing accordingly. Sales data show a marked and more prolonged
drop in spending in the days before shoppers get their =paychecks,
when they buy only the barest essentials before splurging arou'd
pronounced,' said Kiley Rawlins, a spokeswoman at Family Dollar.
"It seems like to us, customers are running out of food products,
paper towels sooner in the month.' "
'Outspoken economist doesn't talk like one" writes Barbara E. Hernandez
of in our Times.
6 feet 6 inches tall with a broad-shouldered frame that makes
him literally stand above the crowd, Christopher Thornberg looks
more like a linebacker than an economist.
He also doesn't
talk like one. 'There are three types of housing markets: abysmal,
bottomed-out and booming. ... We're in abysmal,' he told the Times
in June. Or his comment last August: 'Rich people will feel the
pinch. The top end will take a whack as well,' on the housing
downturn affecting high-end homes."
Home-grown" headlines the Economist.
"Forget wine! California's biggest crop is bright green and
"Bob Denard, mercenary and coup-master,
died on October 13th, aged 78" the Economist reveals.
were usually several versions of any story involving Bob Denard.
To explain how he came to be found, in the early hours of November
26th 1989, standing over the blood-soaked and pajama-clad body
of the president of the Comoros Islands, there were three alternatives.
One: Mr Denard
had shot him. (He denied it in court; though he had been in the
same room, and very close to him, he had not pulled the trigger.)
Two: the palace bodyguard had burst in wildly, filling the president
with bullets. (Inexplicable, Mr Denard agreed, but true; an accident
arising out of a general state of madness.) Or perhaps mad theory
three, an army commandant had fired off an anti-tank missile by
mistake, which had crashed through the window of the presidential
One of the
west-Berkeley business organizations is WEBAIC. If you want to
join WEBAIC you can find an application blank here. Also, here are links to other
Did Sophie's favorite painter
of my 10/20/07 post inspire you? Thanks to Lipofsky you, yourself,
can "paint like Jackson Pollock." Just go here.
And our Janine Johnson emails
Hi, I have a new CD on Magnatune.com
of original harpsichord
suites. Please check
Happy autumn! Janine
"Berkeley hopes signs will ease parking
tangle: $2 million system will direct drivers to available spaces
reports Doug Oakley of our Times.
lunch lady' puts health first in school food" writes Katy Murphy.
before the sun rose Tuesday morning, the smell of slow-cooked
pork filled the school district's central kitchen and drifted
out the back door, where delivery trucks loaded with fresh produce
and other ingredients waited to be unloaded."
young painter, Sophie Gross also likes minimalist, Eva Hesse.
Find out about Hesse here.
School is having its Halloween Parade this Thursday.
Our Amy just
got back from a Dubai vacation and will soon start writing about
west-Berkeley places to eat
lent me a copy of her soon-to-be-released documentary-film on
our WWII concentration camps, Passing Poston: An American Story.
A Japanese-American, Ruth and her family were incarcerated at
Poston for the duration. This film, her first, humanized the experience
for me. I've long known about the event because of my interest
in 20th Century history. This is the first time I felt it.
and college buddy, thrifty Ed emails
I rarely endorse a website
but Yapta.com is an exception.
I just received a $59.00 voucher because Yapta warned me that
United had dropped their price.
Here's my feedback to Yapta:
"After your warning,
I logged on to the United website and discovered that there was
indeed a reduction. When I phoned, the agent, at first, said,
'No, the price had gone up.' But I hung in there and after a 15
minute hold, she came back on and acknowledged that the fare had
indeed been lowered on the internet but not in her computer. They
issued a voucher mailed to my address and issued a new electronic
ticket at the new price."
Two lessons learned: one,
forget about phone reservations and ticketing sites like Travelocity.
Always use the airline's website first. Two,
do not let the agent's initial refusal deter you.
Yapta Email Alert System
wrote: Yapta Price Change!
Hello Ed, Good News!
Your trip. . . has dropped
in price to $134.80. Our records show that you paid $193.80 per
ticket. The rules for United say that you can have a voucher for
Kubik forwards an email he
just sent the Planet about our 10/16/07 west-Berkeley Town
I was at the West Berkeley
Community meeting on October 16 and was amazed at the rude behavior.
People shouted insults from the audience. One fellow took hold
of the microphone and wouldn't give it up. He continued his rant
until the time ran out and others who were waiting didn't get
a chance to speak. . . . It is time to get over any . . . hurt
feelings about being disrespected, not informed, ignored etc.
Let us get on with discussions about what needs to be done and
who is willing to lend what kind of support. . . .
Earlier this week, Bowman
emailed a long protest to my "Shame on us all!" post of 10/20. His email
"I believe you owe everyone an apology for your
ugly and mean spirited characterization - and you owe the people
you are trying to serve with your website more real information
about important neighborhood issues."
"Lack of sleep linked to emotional imbalance,
imaging study suggests"
reports the Chronicle's Erin Allday, Chronicle.
"When Margaret Chau
has a bad night's sleep, she knows to steer clear of loved ones
the next day - she's cranky and impatient, and she tends to take
it out on others.
"A retired Berkeley
planner who wanted to create an innovative pedestrian plaza in
the Gourmet Ghetto said Friday the plan isnearly sunk, due to
bitter opposition from small-business owners and neighbors"
reports Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.
"'We were out-shouted,' said David Stoloff, a North Berkeley resident
who worked for 21/2 years without pay to bring the North Shattuck
Plaza to fruition. 'There were people who glommed onto this as
their next big fight, and they vowed they weren't going to lose.
The plan was so mired in
divisive community meetings that it never made it to the official
city planning process. Now Stoloff, a city planning commissioner,
said he's so frustrated he's close to abandoning it.
North Shattuck Plaza would
have transformed the parking strip and a short portion of Shattuck
Avenue between Vine and Rose streets into a park-like promenade
with trees, grass, artwork, a farmers' market and benches where
people could have slices of Cheese Board pizza and swill lattes
from the original Peet's."
In light of the rowdyism
at recent community meetings here, and in other neighborhoods,
let me invite all out-side-agitators and carpet-baggers-of-any-stripe
"Keep-the-hell out of
my Potter Creek!"
"Berkeley City Attorney Albuquerque retiring
Nov. 30" reports
Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Department of Energy
just held their Solar
Decathlon which "joins 20 college and university teams
in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive
and energy-efficient solar-powered house."
The winner was Technische
Universität Darmstadt, Germany.
at CEID Tuesday
Last week, in Bob and Carol's
this CEID two-year-old was
already taken with photographer, Cindy
Check out École
Bilingue's Halloween Parade.
Saturday's concrete pour
at the Bowl
Jill Ellis emails that there
will be a CEID Halloween Parade this Wednesday morning.
David Snipper forwards a
link to photos taken during the Endeavor Mission. Check
Our Janine Johnson, harpsichordist
I am giving another house
concert in two weeks, this time all Bach. The inspiration for
the upcoming program fell in my lap, so to speak. I'd purchased
a facsimile of Bach's Clavierbung III for the Duets, only to discover
a wealth of fabulous organ music, much of which I have heard and
loved in concerts. The temptation was too great to not attempt
these on the harpsichord. After a rather lengthy stretch of practicing
(and stretching of hands) I am finally happy with the following
Much is written about the
organization of these works (which I fear I changed for the recital),
their symbolism, use of numerology, and so forth, but all that
aside, these are truly Bach at his best and most passionate. Counterpoint
lovers will revel in the complexity of many of these works, and
those who love Bach's more lyrical side will also be moved. How
Bach can interweave so many voices, often in strict canon, and
yet produce a whole which is enjoyable with no knowledge of this,
is of course part of his genius. I have been relishing this music
myself, for many months now, and am eager to share it!!
I expect you have never heard
these (except the duets) on harpsichord, so unless you frequent
organ recitals, this will likely all be new. I promise it is fabulous
on the harpsichord! Those pieces requiring pedals took some, but
not much rewriting, and I made sure to keep the Cantus Firmus
(chorale melody) intact. I think you will like the results.
The concerts are Saturday
November 10th at 10:30 AM, and Sunday November 11th, at 3:00 PM
at my house in Berkeley. Please RSVP, as space is limited. $10.00
Preludium pro Organo
Fuga a 5 (St. Anne)
Kyrie, Gott Vater
in Ewigkeit (Cantus Firmus in Soprano)
Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist
Allein Gott in
der sei Ehr (CF in Alto)
Fuga super Jesus Christus unser Heiland a 4
Vater unser im
Kyrie Gott heiliger Geist a 5 (CF in Basso)
Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam (CF in pedal)
Dies sind die heilgen zehen Geboth (CF in canon)
Fugetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehen Geboth
Kyrie Gott Vater
Fugetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott
Vater unser im Himelreich (CF in canon)
I've noticed an increased
Berkeley PD presence in Potter Creek recently, even Special-Enforcement-Unit
The French School trimmed
it Trumpet Vines this week.
And for years, Juan's has
cleaned their sidewalks and street-gutters. For how many years?
Juan used to do it.
900 GRAYSON has a new menu, having added Organic Baby Spinach
& Arugula Salad, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Coq Au Vin
AND White Chocolate & Banana Cream Pie & Chocolate Sauce,
and Blackberry Bread Pudding & Cinnamon Whipped Cream.
And, how good is Josh's Vegetarian
Chili? It would be a SERIOUS contender in a Texas Chili Cook-Off.
Excerpts from Mayor Bates
Berkeley Breakthrough on
Solar and Energy Efficiency Financing
Berkeley is set to become
the first city in the nation to allow property owners to pay for
energy efficiency improvements and solar system installation as
a long-term assessment on their individual property tax bill.
I will ask the City Council to approve the framework for a Sustainable
Energy Financing District at their November 6th Council meeting.
The Berkeley Plan eliminates the two major financial hurdles to
solar electric and solar water systems the high upfront cost and
the possibility that those costs will not be recovered when the
property is sold.
Berkeley Receives Mixed,
But Optimistic Economic Report
The City Council received
an in-depth report on economic trends last week based on new data
compiled by our Economic Development and Information Technology
offices. The news shows continued improvement after the severe
economic downturn that lasted from 2002 to 2005. For example,
citywide sales tax receipts through March of this year are up
nearly 9% since the middle of 2005. We are also now closely tracking
commercial vacancy rates on Telegraph and in our downtown. While
we still have a long way to go, our data shows that nearly a third
of vacant commercial space in the Telegraph area is planned for
occupancy soon with leases or permits pending.
Pacific Steel Casting Health
Assessment Report Released for Review
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) required
the Pacific Steel Casting Company to prepare a Health Risk Assessment
to meet the requirements of their Air Toxics Hot Spots program.
That report is now available for public review and comment through
January. The City, the State, and the Air District will be conducting
independent reviews and analysis of the data during that time
period. A community meeting will be held during the month of January
as well. Following those reviews, the Air District will decide
whether any further research is warranted before taking action.
The City will also then determine what steps it can and should
Mayor Bates Helps Lead Town-Gown
Shortly after taking office, I joined with the Mayor of Riverside
to create a new statewide partnership of cities that host University
of California or California State University campuses. With support
from the California League of Cities and others, we have now met
a number of times at locations around the State. Earlier this
month, we held the second annual joint meeting of cities and universities
to discuss town-gown relations. Over 100 city and university leaders,
including many from Berkeley, attended the meeting, which was
held at UCLA. Presentations and other information from the conference
will be posted here
Check Out the Berkeley in
the 1930s Exhibit at the History Center
A wonderful new exhibit on
Berkeley in the 1930s in now on display at the Berkeley History
Center, 1931 Center Street. It explores both the Great Depression
and the development of transportation, business and industry in
You Can Now Call 211 for
Social Service Referrals and Assistance
All residents of Alameda
County can now dial 211 to be connected to a call center that
will connect you with nearly any social service from food banks
to suicide prevention counseling to health care.
"Berkeley could pay upfront for solar:
Proposal to be presented to council Nov. 6 would have homeowners
repay costs through property tax" reports Doug Oakley of our Times.
"Berkeley is hoping
to become a model for cities nationwide with a plan to bankroll
homeowners who want to install solar energy systems.
Mayor Tom Bates will introduce
the concept, called the Sustainable Energy Financing District,
to the City Council on Nov. 6. If the council approves it, the
district could become reality by the middle or end of next year,
said Bates' chief of staff, Cisco DeVries, who came up with the
Berkeley would pay the upfront
costs of installing solar systems and energy-efficient upgrades
to a home or business. The owner would pay it back over 20 years
as an add-on to property taxes. Homeowners would be charged interest,
but DeVries said the rates will be lower than what a bank would
The city will get its money
for the solar projects by borrowing from banks or other financial
If the home is sold, the
property tax assessment is passed on to the new owner."
"Housing forecast sees more dark days:
Slump will continue to drag down economy for at least a year before
market starts to improve"
reports the AP's Martin Crutsinger.
The housing slump, which
began in late 2005, probably has one more year to go before things
turn around. Before it is over, home prices -- which had soared
during the boom years -- will probably have fallen by the largest
amount of any downturn in the post World War II period.
The problems in housing have
been a serious drag on the overall economy -- slashing more than
a full percentage point off growth in some quarters. And those
adverse effects will get worse in coming months, many private
economists say, reflecting the fallout from the severe credit
crunch that hit in August."
"Foreclosures highest since '88: Falling
prices, sluggish sales, credit crunch push California's
quarterly rate up 34.5 percent"
reports the Times' Barbara E. Hernandez.
"Fed by declining prices,
slow sales and a credit crunch, California foreclosures rose to
their highest levels in 19 years from July to September, and fewer
homeowners in default are likely to escape foreclosure, according
to a real estate information report released Friday.
A total of 72,571 notices
of default, the first stage of the foreclosure process, were filed
during the third quarter in the state, up 34.5 percent from the
previous quarter and 166.6 percent from the third quarter of 2006
according to DataQuick Information Systems."
"Bidding for bedrooms" is also a Hernandez report.
The Kennedy Wilson auction
of San Pablo townhouses at the Doubletree Hotel & Executive
Meeting Center Berkeley Marina started last weekend with a 'practice
auction' to get people familiar with the experience, the auctioneer
Everyone was encouraged to
bid on the 'practice' property -- or perhaps it was a way to get
adrenaline and momentum up.
It may have worked. The first
townhouse sold for $395,000, the highest price of the day, with
two bidders jacking up the price an easy $50,000. The last lot
sold with the weakest momentum for $293,000, the lowest amount
of the day in front of the least number of bidders.
As auctions become a more
frequent choice for builders to move slow inventory, consumers
are being drawn to these events in hopes of finding a good deal."
"All dressed up and nobody home" writes the Times' Tom Lochner.
"Houses sitting empty
means it's auction time: Pinole development to auction off seven
unsold units amidst a slumping real estate market."
"Lender post loss, sees profit in future:
Countrywide CEO says turnaround will come in fourth quarter and
2008 despite losing more than $1 billion in third quarter"
writes Alex Veiga of
Just a couple of months ago,
worries that the home loan crisis would sink Countrywide Financial
Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, sent customers bolting
to yank their savings from the company's banking subsidiary.
Now, Angelo Mozilo, the company's
chairman and chief executive, says the company is on the mend
and predicts it will turn a profit in the fourth quarter and next
year -- despite posting a more than $1 billion third-quarter loss,
an ongoing housing slump, credit market chaos, rising foreclosures
and a forecasts of a possible recession next year.
Why is Mozilo, who sold off
some $130 million in Countrywide stock in the first half of the
year, so optimistic?"
"Mortgage crisis claims 325 jobs in October" writes George Avalos of the Times.
"The mortgage meltdown
has claimed the jobs of at least 300 people in the East Bay this
month, an indication that the housing recession has yet to run
Diablo Funding Group, BNC
Mortgage LLC and Option One Mortgage Corp. are cutting a combined
325 jobs in the East Bay."
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