OCTOBER 2008

after 10/5, here after 10/11, here after 10/19, here after 10/24, here

Acme Bread, Ken's 1987 Porche 911

 

 

10/1/08

a bola en la calle

Sunday during the 45 min from 12:15 to 1:00, nine bicyclists and one car passed the warehouse.

Ken's 911 was just resprayed by Potter Creek's Baron von Frier.

 

"Timeworks" is a recommendation of a Potter Creek business by Sally Socolich of the Chron.
       
"If you have trouble keeping time, maybe you need a few more clocks around the house. Timeworks in Berkeley is having its first warehouse sale in years, and prices will range from $15 to $75 - well below its retail price range of $60 to $200.

The story: Timeworks is known in the trade for its line of historically authentic clocks, which are both affordable and functional. The clocks are made individually, by hand, with solid, hand-antiqued brass for cases and pendulums, die-cut steel hands with time-worn patinas and beautifully finished frames.

The selection of sale clocks include first-quality decorative wall and table clocks, from modest in size to extra large (31 inches and bigger), perfect for large spaces and high-ceilinged rooms. Check the company's Web site for the scope of its collections.
Timeworks warehouse sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Sat. 2929 Fifth St., Berkeley (Ashby exit off Interstate 80). (510) 883-0234, www.timeworksclocks.com."

 

 

after speaking with Morgan, Merryll reported last Saturday 

At 3 AM Saturday morning, after hearing voices and movement around their house, Morgan called 911. The responding officers "caught" prowlers around Pete and Geralyn's, after being alerted to their presence by Rick.

Morgan confirms that he called 911 at 2:45 AM. Berkeley PD arrived 4-5 minutes later. Rick saw men run into Pete and Geralyn's drive activating their light. Berkeley PD officers detained and questioned two men around the corner of 9th and Grayson.

 

 

 

"California launches broad effort to control hazardous chemicals. Two new 'green chemistry' laws focus the state program on the most dangerous substances" reports Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer.

California today [Monday]launched the most comprehensive program of any state to evaluate, label and, in some cases, ban industrial chemicals that are linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other deadly effects on
human health.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed new legislation to shift the state away from a scattershot approach in which bills targeting hazardous chemicals in products such as jewelry, baby bottles, toys, mattresses, computers and cosmetics have passed or failed depending on the intensity of the lobbying and media attention."

 

 

from my log

9/28/08--12:17 PM--irritant in front of warehouse with "chlorine/bleach" like odor, north-east wind, no irritant on other side of street. 9:11 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, nausea, light head, with "chlorine bleach" like odor.
9/29/08--7:11 PM--light head, "dizzy, spacey," headache, throat irritation, a guest, after after 4 min in front room has headache, after 10 min, has headache, dry eyes, light head.

 

 

 

"Beer and normality in DR Congo" is a story from BBC NEWS.

"The Democratic Republic of Congo has endured more than a decade of conflict, but as Ben Rawlence finds, a simple bottle of beer can represent a welcome token of normal life.

Walking through the bombed out brewery of Manono it is hard to believe that it once supplied beer to the whole region.

When the world tin price collapsed Manono's brewing industry went with it. At one point, this was a city of nearly half a million people, the tin-mining capital of the world.

Now the tall cathedral - built by Belgian missionaries - has mortar holes in the roof, trees grow behind the counter in the post office and a river runs through the walls of a hydro-electric power station that used to provide the town and tin factories with electricity.

Being a strategic site, Manono was hit badly during Congo's decade-long war.

In the shell of the old brewery are hundreds of rusting tanks of compressed air, once used to carbonate the beer made here.

The local tipple was called Nyota, or Star in Swahili. The last bottle, though, was drunk some time in the 1980s, after the world tin price collapsed, taking Manono's industries with it."

 

 

"Berkeley tells restaurant owners --no wild parties" reports Doug Oakley of the Times.

Berkeley is warning restaurant owners they face hefty fines for hosting parties that exceed their capacity following an Aug. 30 event held by a promoter whose parties are linked to at least four deaths in the last 12 years.

Parvata Seelam, owner of Priya Indian Cuisine on University Avenue, was fined $1,800 by the city after an out of control event Aug. 30.

A party at his restaurant organized by 37-year-old Eugene Cockerham ended in numerous fights and shots being fired, Berkeley police and code enforcement officials said.

No one was injured, but police had to call for backup from other cities to control the estimated 400 people at the restaurant whose capacity is 50."

 

 



"The price of risk" by J. Bradford Delong appears at businessworld.com.

"For more than 170 years, it has been accepted doctrine that markets are not to be trusted when there is a liquidity squeeze. When the prices of even safe assets fall and interest rates climb to sky-high levels because traders and financiers collectively want more liquid assets than currently exist, it is simply not safe to let the
market sort things out.

At such a time, central banks must step in and set the price of liquidity at a reasonable level - make it a centrally planned and administered price - rather than let it swing free in response to private-sector supply and demand. This is the doctrine of "lender-of- last-resort."

 

our Heddy Riss brings Brad DeLong and others together for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/2/08

"Armed robbers break into UC dorm" reports Doug Oakley of the Berkeley Voice.

"Two armed men crawled through an open window of a UC Berkeley dorm room early Tuesday morning, surprising sleeping students in a robbery that raises the bar in boldness, police said.

UC Berkeley has had the usual spike in armed robberies this time of year with new students who are not accustomed to the urban environment, but police have never seen anything like this, said Mitch Celaya, assistant chief of campus police.

'I'm going to be getting a lot of calls from angry parents,' Celaya said.

'I can't think of a time in a residence hall we had something like this. It's just extraordinarily brazen and bold. We're very concerned about it.'
Celaya said police received a call at 12:51 a.m. Tuesday from a two-room suite in Building 17 on the Clark Kerr Campus. Police were on scene two minutes later but were not able to catch the suspects, he said."

Jarad emails

Hello everyone,
 
Today [9/30/08] I heard a report on KQED and read a piece in the SF Chronicle about how Oakland is taking action in a new and innovative way to tackle the crime problem. As Oakland is next door to Berkeley & we share their crime problems, it's shocking to see that while Oakland is moving forward with out of the box thinking, Berkeley is frozen like a deer in the headlights of a car and still hasn't come up with a way to make it safe for residents to walk the streets without the fear of being victimized by criminals and gang members with knives and guns.
 
The SF Gate story can be found at the URL listed here:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/29/BA0U1382LT.DTL
 
Berkeley may claim that this is an unfair characterization of their efforts, yet neighborhood watch groups have been pushing the city of Berkeley for months to implement innovative new solutions to combat crime and all we've gotten are meetings with city officials where notes are taken and no solutions are implemented. There is no debating the truth of the situation, which is that our streets are unsafe and the city government isn't showing the leadership necessary as crime rates soar, and law abiding citizens are killed and put into the hospital.
 
When directly asked why suggestions for combating crime in the city haven't been acted upon, Ryan Lau, aide to Councilman Darryl Moore stated:
 
"a large part of the intent for yesterday's (Monday Sept 22, 2008) meeting was centered around information sharing between the Police Department and the community and alleviating the anxiety among the community, there is a great deal of fear, anger and frustration surrounding these recent incidents that needed to be aired before having any sort of problem solving discussion."
 
We've had months of these meetings, but apparently the city feels we still aren't ready for real problem solving. The city goes on to state:
 
"I agree that your suggestions may have been 'shot down,'...We are doing our best to try and find solutions, but as of yet we have not had much success..."
 
In a separate article from the Daily Californian, in response to the Alameda Grand Jury report on the City of Berkeley not doing enough to protect its citizens the city responded:
 
"City Manager Phil Kamlarz and Mayor Tom Bates said they thought the city could have done more to deal with the property in 2005-06, when 31 residents sued the owner of the house in a small claims court"
 
and in the same statement patted themselves on the back by stating:
 
"Bates and Kamlarz stated that for the most part they had already taken steps to combat residential drug-dealing. They also wrote that they were concerned that by following the jury's recommendations, they could unintentionally harm other homeowners."
 
It's shocking to admit, but it appears that Oakland isn't afraid of thinking out of the box, which begs the question, what is wrong with Berkeley City Government? Why is it that of all places, Oakland is thinking out of the box, and Berkeley city leaders that label themselves as progressive have yet to implement any substantial zero tolerance strategy to deal with the problem in the short, medium, and long-term? Am I the only one that sees something horribly wrong with this picture?
 
Jarad Carleton

 

So Oakland tightens up and the criminals come to a neighboring community like, say a tolerant, liberal, little city?

 

another email from Jarad

Ron,
 You'd asked me if I knew anything about a major disturbance with masses of emergency vehicles on San Pablo back on Aug 30th. I just read in the paper the entire story. I should also point out that the paper incorrectly said the restaurant is on University, it is in fact on San Pablo at 2072 San Pablo Ave.
Jarad
http://www.insidebayarea.com/berkeley/ci_10592665
Kaz, a resident in that neighborhood, and a biker, hipped me to this the next morning.
At the time, Berkeley PD reported that shots were fired but no arrests were made.
This is the same story as "Berkeley tells restaurant owners --no wild parties."

 

 

from my log

9/30/08--~10:30 AM--irritant in warehouse, wear mask, also similar behind Pete and Gerlyn's just next to warehouse. 3:52 PM irritant in front room with odor of " burning natural gas," leave.

10/1/08--5:35 AM--irritant in warehouse front, headache, "burning natural gas" odor, air-out. 6:33 AM--irritant in front room, wear mask, leave.



"East L.A seeks to become a city of its own" reports Christina Hoag of the AP.

East L.A. - birthplace of the lowrider, Los Lobos and Oscar de la Hoya - is to Mexican-Americans what Harlem is to the black community. Now it wants to become its own city. Commonly mistaken for a part of Los Angeles, East L.A. is actually an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, with more than 130,000 people - 96 percent of them Latino - packed into 7.4 square miles.

Cityhood proponents complain that East L.A. is treated as an afterthought by the county Board of Supervisors, and they want the community to take charge of its own destiny. . . .

Voters probably won't get their say on cityhood for two years while the issue wends its way through the bureaucratic and political process.

The residents association must first submit a petition by December asking a county commission to conduct a study on whether a city of East L.A. would have an adequate tax base. So far, organizers have collected about half the 10,000 signatures needed, said Oscar Gonzales Jr., association president.

Gonzales said he expects the study will be favorable - a similar report ordered up by the residents association found the city would generate $51 million in revenue, well above an expected budget of $45 million.

If the bid for cityhood passes muster with the study commission and the county supervisors, the question will be put to the voters of East L.A. The supervisors are not taking a position until they see the study."

What a damn niffty idea. Maybe west-Berkeley could, . . . hmmm, . . . let's see we'd first have to . . . naw, . . . who'd be mayor? I mean there's, . . .

 

. . . Isa could be our mayor

aw, . . .

Isa, a reader from Mexico City, is now working on her Phd in Paris

Still, when she's done, . . .

 

 

Kimar calls Berkeley mayorial candidate, Shirley Dean "the Crazy Lady."

 

 

 

 

"Caltrans Installs Sensys Networks Wireless Vehicle Detection Systems ThroughoutCalifornia" is a marketwatch.com story about a Potter Creek business.

"Sensys Networks, the world's leading provider of wireless traffic detection systems for the transportation industry, today announced a major deployment of the Sensys Wireless Vehicle Detection Systems by Caltrans covering over 1,000 lane-miles in 3 districts. Over 5,100 of the wireless sensors will be installed throughout the state in over 800 detection stations"

Sensys Networks is at 2560 9th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/3/08

CEID folks

visit Bruce Hermann

 

 

our Councilman Darryl Moore emails

Campaign Kick-off
With less than 40 days left before the election, we're kicking my campaign into high gear.  Please join me for food, fun and entertainment at my campaign kick-off.

Sunday, October 5th, 2008, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Frances Albrier Center in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward Street.

Councilman Moore's re-election website is here.

 

I've received no press release or email from Councilman Moore's opponent.

 

Kubik forwards an email he sent to BPD

My son is visting from Virginia, my wife and I took him for a stroll around the neighborhood this evening.  We saw three prostitutes on San Pablo between Heinze and Pardee as well as two young men who seemed to be dealing drugs.
We called the police to report this as we saw each one.
     I suspect that as Oakland increases enforcement these folks are smart enough to move north into our neighborhood.
 

our BPD return-emails

I've passed your message along
to our night Watch Commanders and asked that they have their officers
take appropriate action.

 

 

 

"Antiquated Berkeley libraries would get boost from $26 million bond measure" reports Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.

"At Berkeley's North Branch library, the 70-year-old flooring is called 'battleship linoleum,' and it looks like it has been through a war.

The furniture, shabby and outdated, is the original stuff from 1936.

At the city's Tool Lending Library, where you can check out a screwdriver, ladder or a lawnmower, 500 square feet of space holds about 5,800 rental tools. Getting in and out of the place without taking it in the back from a hacksaw is a feat.

What's more, the seismically unsafe South Branch floods every winter and six to eight people share one desk, library officials said. The West Branch, more than 85 years old and also not earthquake safe or handicap accessible, is decaying from pests and rot.

Most of the branches have not been renovated for more than 30 years and findings from this summer's Branch Libraries Facilities Master Plan study show that buildings are overcrowded, structurally unsafe, and lack handicap accessibility and the infrastructure to meet future technology needs.

To bring the library branches up to code, restore and refurbish historic features, add space and make other improvements, library backers are asking voters to approve a $26 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Measure FF would increase homeowners property taxes by about $27 annually over 30 years or roughly two cents per $100 of a home's assessed value. The measure needs a two-thirds majority to pass. Money can not be
used to improve the main library, which was renovated a few years ago."

 

"UC's Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain" is a story by Patricia Yollin, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Mark Twain smoked between 20 and 40 cigars a day. He loved billiards, cats and technology. And he once invented an adjustable garment strap.

These tidbits, and many more, can be found at a UC Berkeley exhibit about the literary giant that opens Dec. 1. On Friday, however, there will be a sneak preview to coincide with homecoming weekend at Cal.

Titled 'Mark Twain at Play,' it's the first show in the new gallery of the revamped Bancroft Library, which was closed for seismic refitting in 2005 and will reopen in a few months."

 

 

 

"Californians Have Toxic Flame Retardants in Their Blood at Levels Twice the National Average, According to New Peer-Reviewed Study" reports marketwatch.com.

"People and homes in California have been found to have significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), compared to other locations in the country and the world. A new peer-reviewed study published online in Environmental Science & Technology provides evidence that California's unique furniture flammability standard, requiring furniture to be fire resistant to an open flame for 12 seconds, has led to increased exposure to penta-BDE, a commercial flame retardant mixture added to polyurethane furniture foam to meet the standard." 

 

"California's air-quality enforcers miss an opportunity" by Tom Tanton is found at capitolweekly.com.

"If someone tells you that you can get something for nothing, you might ask that person if that's a subprime mortgage security he or she is selling -- or whether they work for the California Air Resources Board.

The board's new 'economic' study by two University of California at Berkeley economists makes claims that reducing carbon emissions will actually make the state money.

Under these assumptions, the state will add 100,000 more jobs, increase economic production by $27 billion more than it could expect and expand personal income by an additional $14 billion by 2020.

California's economy certainly could use a boost. It would make homes more affordable, reducing the likelihood of more mortgage foreclosures and greater financial havoc.

But does anybody really think that is going to happen? If it would, then Europe wouldn't have had the problems implementing its own emissions control plans.

Europeans saw the emission market collapse in 2006 when governments gave emissions permits away so as not to harm their domestic economies. Since inauguration of the emission trading scheme in 2005, emissions have gone up more than in the United States, without a plan." 

 

 

 

"Fast Food His Way" is a story by Jacques Pépin at aarpmagazine.org.

"Cooking is so much a part of my life, my lifestyle, and my family tradition that even when I go on vacation I usually think in terms of food. Where are we going to eat? Where are the markets? What are the local specialties?"

 

 

 

"1920s Russian, German Architecture on Show" by Matt Brown apprears in the St Petersburg Times.

"The Goethe Institute, which promotes German culture around the world, opens an exhibition on Tuesday that intends to focus attention on the preservation of constructivist architectural monuments and the interaction that took place between Russian and German architects in the 1920s.

'Embodying Utopia - New Architecture of the 1920s: Russia-Germany' at the Russian Arts Academy takes place as part of the Petersburg Dialogue International Forum's Week of Russian Avant Garde in St. Petersburg project.

 

"Russia's last tsar rehabilitated" reports BBC NEWS.

"Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were victims of political repression and should be rehabilitated.

The rehabilitation has long been demanded by the tsar's descendants."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/4/08

from my log

1/2/08--12:34 PM--irritant in warehouse front with "chlorine/bleach" like odor.

10/3/08--10:47 AM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, head ache. 10/3/08--8:20 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear mask, "chlorine/bleach" odor, leave.

10/4/08--5:58 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, STRONG "chlorine/bleach" odor, air-out warehouse, leave. 7:37 AM--"Chlorine/bleach" odor still present, leave.

 

 

"Police Blotter" is from the "Bolshevik Daily" with color by ace reporter, Richard Brenneman.

"Hate crime-or not?

Confronted with the green spray of graffiti on the Dana Street sidewalk, Berkeley Police officers had to decide if they were looking at a hate crime.

'They decided to err on the side of caution,' said the department spokesperson, Officer Andrew J. Frankel.
The screed, spewed onto the concrete sometime before 9:30 p.m. Monday, declared: 'Jews for Jew and Finen Jews.'
Officer Frankel said his colleagues, confronted with the penultimate word, couldn't figure out what 'finen' meant-leaving that mystery, as well as the sprayer's identity, one of Berkeley's unsolved mysteries."

 

"Berkeley launches water rescue team" reports KGO-TV NEWS.

"A $45,000 grant from the firemen's fund insurance company will allow Berkeley to train and equip 12 firefighters for water rescue missions.

 

 

 

"Berkeley profs call for quick economic action" reports Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Dissecting the global financial turmoil on Thursday, a group of UC Berkeley economists said that the situation is critical and the proposed remedies are inadequate.

'Fixing this program is now very urgent,' said Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science. 'It's time for the Congress and the public to come to their senses and realize there are more important things to say than 'not one red cent of my tax money to those fat cats.' What's at stake here is everyone's employment and prosperity, not simply the bonuses and golden parachutes of bankers.'

Will the rescue plan now pending in Congress solve the crisis? 'My answer is no,' Eichengreen said. 'It is best seen as a holding action. We have had a year of holding actions so far where the Federal Reserve has flooded the markets with liquidity and that hasn't solved the problem. The credit markets have shut down. The commercial paper market has imploded; inner bank markets have disappeared; companies are meeting their payrolls by charging their credit cards ... Maybe TARP (troubled asset rescue plan) gives Treasury the wiggle room to surreptitiously do what is necessary - recapitalize the banking system by paying too much. It would be better to be up front about what they're doing. I think there will have to be a Plan B. . . . . '

Don't call it a bailout or a TARP,' said DeLong of Treasury's plan. 'I recommend "seizure." It should be 'the troubled asset seizure and forced bank nationalization plan.' "

 

This event, put together by our Heddy Riss, attracted a standing room only crowd and was covered by local TV news as well.

see 10/1/08 post
 

 

"Hedge fund blues are just beginning. When even a profitable fund closes, that's a sign there's trouble ahead" reports Roddy Boyd at CNN.

The domino nature of the looming hedge fund crisis is neatly illustrated by the troubles of a high-flying New York fund with a niche that was supposed to be recession proof.

Laurus Capital Management, which manages $1.6 billion and has posted nearly 16% annual returns since 2001, is shuttering an $800 million portfolio after its largest investor said it would withdraw $300 million."
      

 

"Weatherford BMW, a leading BMW dealership in California,  is pleased to inform that BMW is all set to showcase the all new 2009 BMW 7- Series at the Los Angeles International Auto show in November, 2008" reports pr-usa.net.

"The all new 2009 BMW 7- Series is expected to be in U.S. authorized BMW centers by spring 2009. As the world's most successful purveyor of premium motor vehicles, BMW now presents the 5th generation of its flagship sedan, the all new 2009 BMW 7- Series, demonstrating once again how all-encompassing luxury can be combined and harmonized with the pleasures of dynamic performance."

 

"Wells Fargo acquiring Wachovia for $15.1 billion" reports the AP.
"In an abrupt change of course, Wachovia Corp. said Friday it will be acquired by Wells Fargo & Co. in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal, wiping out Wachovia's previous plan to sell its banking operations to rival suitor Citigroup Inc.
A key difference is that the Wachovia deal will be done without government assistance, while the Citigroup deal would have been done with the help of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp."

 

"The Wall Street makeover during the past few weeks has put in play millions of square feet of Bay Area office space, which threatens to flood the real estate market with vacancies and weigh down an industry already in rapid decline" reports sfgate.com


"UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business Responds to U.S. Economic Crisis at Its Second Financial Forum" is a press release from the Haas School.

Here are excerpts

"Haas School of Business Dean Rich Lyons will host an up-to-date discussion with Haas faculty on the ever-changing financial market turmoil. Haas is home to some of the nation's leading experts on the current economic crisis, who will discuss the causes, consequences, and impact of the current financial crisis on the U.S. and the global economy, followed by a Q&A session.

Monday, October 6, 2008 - 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Welcome and introductions by Dean Rich Lyons
       Panel Discussion
      Prof. Hayne Leland, Arno Rayner Professor of Finance and Management. Bio:
      Prof. Nancy Wallace, California Chair of Real Estate and Urban Economics. Bio:
      Prof. Jim Wilcox, Kruttschnitt Family Professor of Financial Institutions. Bio:
       8:00 p.m. Q & A

Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business
       University of California, Berkeley."

 



"Sun Devils struggle to run the ball" is a story at sportingnews.com.

"Given a chance to do it again, Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson would try to run the ball more against Georgia.
'If I had a do-over, if I had a mulligan, I would just go in and run it more to give us a chance to run,' Erickson said this week. 'I don't know if it has anything to do with anything other than saying, "Let's make a commitment to running it more," and we are going to do that now.'

The new emphasis begins with Saturday's visit to visit to California, and it can't come soon enough for one of the nation's worst rushing teams.
With a victory at Berkeley, the Sun Devils (2-2, 1-0 Pac-10) would remain in contention for their third Rose Bowl berth in 31 years as a Pac-10 member. ASU visits No. 9 Southern California next weekend and probably can't afford two conference losses." 

 


"Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival offers stunning lineup of free music" is a review/story by Jim Harrington in the Times.
 
"With all the headlines made recently with the huge Outside Lands Festival, it might be easy to forget that there are other music events happening in Golden Gate Park.

Yet it's pretty hard to overlook the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which boasts a lineup that in its own way is every bit as impressive as what was seen at Outside Lands. Plus, admission is free - something the cheeky newcomer couldn't claim.

This year's bill once again serves up an absolute smorgasbord of top-flight country, bluegrass, Americana and folk acts. Fans will turn out to see acclaimed songwriters like Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen, such stellar vocalists as Odetta, Iris DeMent, Emmylou Harris and Ralph Stanley, and more kick-butt entertainers than you shake a banjo at (including Ricky Skaggs and the John Jorgenson Quintet). Then there are the wild cards, like Elvis Costello and - get this - MC Hammer.

The biggest buzz is about the return Bay Area engagement by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, an unlikely partnership that managed to make beautiful music on last year's 'Raising Sand' CD. The tour by the former (and future?) Led Zeppelin singer and the bluegrass queen is the most heavily hyped Americana music trek since the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" outing. It managed to sell out Berkeley's UC Greek Theatre (capacity: 8,500) earlier this year. Plus, the show lived up to its hype on an artistic

This time around, the Plant and Krauss set should be even better, since it won't cost fans a nickel to attend.

Details: 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 11 a.m. Oct. 4-5, Speedway, Marx and Lindley meadows, Golden Gate Park, free."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/5/08

"Three Robberies in an Hour on Tuesday" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"Berkeley residents were targeted in three armed robberies that took place within 57 minutes of each other Tuesday evening, police report.

The first incident was reported at 8:37 p.m., when two victims had their wallets taken by three people, at least one armed with a pistol, near the corner of Shattuck and Indian Rock avenues, Berkeley police reported.

Just a minute later, campus police report, a car with two men inside pulled up alongside a UC Berkeley student walking in the 1700 block of La Loma Avenue. The passenger jumped out of the car, pointed a gun at the student and demanded her backpack."

(So, Oakland tightens up on crime, and the criminals come to a neighboring community like, say, a tolerant, liberal, little city?)

 

 

"Bears get defensive: Longshore does well in start, and Cal's D dominates Sun Devils" reports Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"There was an obvious changing of the guard Saturday afternoon in Strawberry Canyon, and it had very little to do with Nate Longshore replacing Kevin Riley as the starting quarterback.

It had everything to do with Cal, a program known for its offense, relying on its defense to win a significant game.
 

"Arizona St QB Carpenter on crutches after Cal loss" reports the International Herald Tribune--the global edition of the New York Times.

"Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter left Memorial Stadium on crutches after apparently injuring his left leg late in the Sun Devils' 24-14 loss to California on Saturday."

 

 

"Tim Barsky's '7 Beggars': a folk tale with beatboxing" is a story by Laura Casey in the Times.

"When Berkeley beatboxer and Jewish storyteller Tim Barsky puts on a theater show, such as the "7 Beggars" performance he is staging now at the intimate Climate Theater in San Francisco's South of Market District, no one leaves the house saying that he phoned in his performance.

He's there. He's there sweating through his shirt and orating on his tippy-toes.
He's there giving a 19th century Jewish tale new life through impossibly awkward smiles and through his unusual technique of fluteboxing - beatboxing with a flute.

'This story isn't just a charming tale,' Barsky says of '7 Beggars.' It's a story of love, war, refugees and death that resonates with themes of today's conflict in Iraq. 'People tell stories to put children to sleep. I tell stories to wake people up.'

Barsky was raised on the East Coast as what he calls a cultural Jew rather than a religious Jew. His family 'argues like Jews, obsesses like Jews, talk like Jews,' he says. He varies between calling himself a 'Jew with no self-esteem' to an 'annoyingly stubborn Jewish agitator.'

 

 

"Autistic son's love of bluegrass spurs father's involvement" writes Martin Snapp of the Times.

"When the Freight & Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley's home for traditional folk music, moves to the city's downtown arts district next year, no one will be smiling more broadly than the co-chairman of the capital campaign, Dr. Steve Sidney of Piedmont, associate director for clinical research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland and chairman of the Alameda County Public Health Commission.'So how did a busy doctor become a folkie fanatic?

'I'm not,' he said. 'Sure, I like it, but I don't get to the Freight as often as I'd like. The main reason I'm involved is my son, Joel. He's the real expert.'

Indeed he is. A bluegrass buff since he was 9, Joel, 26, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley this past May with a near-perfect grade point average, writing his senior honors thesis on 'Innovation and Tradition in Bay Area Bluegrass: Historical Review and Analysis of Distinctive Regional Features.'

To complement the thesis, he also produced a CD with 20 songs, including works by Laurie Lewis, David Grisman and Sandy Rothman.

A former teacher called him 'certainly one of the brightest students I've ever encountered.'

His achievements are even more remarkable considering that he has struggled with autism since birth."

 

 


 

Eternally useful links

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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 at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.

 

Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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