Potter Creek construction
aplenty with Kruse green-remodel
Kruse workers about to lift
three high-efficiency ac-units onto their roof yesterday AM
yesterday midday, the old
Brennan's was still up, by late afternoon it was down
a Steve Smith photo
École Bilingue Halloween
Bob's CEID kids in Bob and
Carol's Pumpkin Patch-Cindy Dickeson photos
clownin' at the École
new menu items at 900 GRAYSON
Fall Salad 7.0
House Lettuce & Chicory
Mix, Red Wine Poached Pears, Candied Walnuts, Dried Cranberries
& Honey Cider Vinagrette
Flat Iron Steak 13.5
Seared Flat Iron Steak, Mashed
Potatoes, Asparagus Bernaise Sauce
Season's Pasta 11.0
Fresh Pappardelle Pasta,
Crimini Mushrooms, Leeks, Roast Butternut Squash, Roasted Peppers
& Idiazabal Cheese, Sage & Madeira Wine Sauce
more about 900 here
Pixar's Peter Docter and
friend lunched at 900 Thursday. Docter directed Monsters Inc and
wrote Wal-E. I'm told that he's currently working on Up, a featurette.
Jarad and Laura email about
the 10/28/08 City Council meeting
Please join fellow west and
south Berkeley residents at City
Council on October 28. City staff will be presenting the community
safety report--pdf link here
This is our chance to get the entire city council's attention
the problems unique to south/west Berkeley.
I have allied with west, south and southside leaders and we are
asking folks to show up, speak up and support this action
requesting the city put serious attention to these issues.
I will be presenting the
petition posted the bottom of this
message. If you agree with the purpose of the petition, please
me an email authorizing your name on the petition.
Here are the council protocols for public comment. I think more
people speaking even for just one minute will have the greatest
impact. Folks who prefer not to speak can fill the chambers. Please
email me if you intend to show up or speak. Thanks so much.
After the initial ten minutes of public comment on non-agenda
and public comment and action on consent items, the public may
comment on each remaining item listed on the agenda for action
the item is taken up. Where an item was moved from the Consent
Calendar to Action no speaker who has already spoken on that item
would be entitled to speak to that item again.
The Presiding Officer will request that persons wishing to speak
line up at the podium to determine the number of persons interested
in speaking at that time. Up to ten (10) speakers may speak for
minutes. If there are more than ten persons interested in speaking,
the Presiding Officer may limit the public comment for all speakers
to one minute per speaker. Speakers are permitted to yield their
time to one other speaker, however no one speaker shall have more
than four minutes. The Presiding Officer may, with the consent
persons representing both sides of an issue, allocate a block
time to each side to present their issue.
We, the undersigned, are experienced leaders from several Berkeley
neighborhood groups and merchants associations, and have come
together to form an alliance advocating for reforms to Community
Involved Policing (CIP). We request that the Chief of Police,
Community Services Bureau, and City Manager's staff commit to
series of meetings with this Citizens Alliance for Accountability
in Community Policing (CAAP) the goal is to develop a set of
recommendations to be presented to the city council.
The participants herein have a long history in various aspects
neighborhood organizing for crime prevention and are uniquely
capable of identifying what works, what is missing and what needs
changing. We understand the importance of a productive partnership
with the police department based in data driven problem solving.
recognize the first step to successful crime prevention citywide
the implementation of an operational framework to deploy resources
in a sustainable and equitable manner.
We believe citizens in Berkeley have a right to a safe and healthy
neighborhoods and we are committed to the successful reform of
community involved policing.
Some key issues are:
Berkeley continues to experience an increase in violent and
Approximately 75% of the blocks in Berkeley are not organized.
Drug dealers and other criminals are often better organized than
Effective community policing is based in mutual trust and
partnerships between community groups and public agencies including
city code enforcement, city attorney, and the District Attorney's
Best practice in CIP operations requires three levels for civic
1. Block level crime watch groups
2. Neighborhood Council for monitoring and problem solving
3. Citywide Advisory for discussion of policy and practice.
Thank you for your attention to this serious issue and we look
forward to productive discussions in the near future.
Laura Menard - South Berkeley (ROC)
Jarad Carleton - West Berkeley (10th Street)
"Q&A with personal financial guru [and
Buttercuper] Suze Orman"
is an interview by Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.
Yesterday, Cal beat UCLA
The game celebrated Cal's
1950s Rose Bowl team. Our Mayor, Tom Bates, played on that team.
Quarterback of the team, Joe Capp was interviewed during the game
and said that football is about playing together and that many
of that team's member went on to success like doctors and mayors.
Well, Ok then.
"Stout defense buries Bruins--Four interceptions,
two for TDs, carry day as Cal offense struggles" reports Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"As the third quarter
neared its end Saturday in Strawberry Canyon, Cal senior linebackers
Zack Follett and Worrell Williams briefly turned their focus from
stopping UCLA's offense to kick-starting the Bears' offense."
"Sather Gate's checkered past" is a report Ken Stein in the Chronicle.
"Two marble panels depicting
naked women were discovered in a little-used storage area beneath
the bleachers of Edwards Stadium in May 1977. Some at UC Berkeley
knew right away what had turned up - two of
the eight bas relief marble panels that had been missing since
April 1910 ... from Sather Gate. Within a month of the publicity
surrounding the May 1977 discovery, the remaining panels (weighing
280 pounds each) were discovered at the Amador Marble Co. near
Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.
The male and female nudes
had graced the four granite pillars of the uncompleted monument
until they were ordered removed by a furious and humiliated Jane
K. Sather. Sather, a rich benefactress of UC
Berkeley, had presented Sather Gate as a gift to the university
as a memorial to her late husband, Peder Sather. Today, while
the iconic Sather Gate is undergoing a seven-month long, $1.5
million restoration, is an occasion to recall the scandal that
rocked the university nearly 100 years ago."
"Middle class sprawls in Nairobi, Kenya"
is a story at worldfocus.org.
And definitely check out worldfocus.org
"Parks fill out the profile as Mission
Bay grows" is a
story by Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer.
Sometimes it's hard to separate
the identity of a San Francisco neighborhood from its park. After
all, what would the Mission District be without Dolores Park,
or North Beach without Washington Square?
As San Francisco's newest
neighborhood, Mission Bay, continues to grow, it is also beginning
to find its unique personality. Neighbors say an intricate part
of that process has been the opening of new
parks in the area - additions that come even as the city faces
increasingly difficult financial times."
look to cafes to perk up streets" writes Marisa Lagos.
North Beach and Noe Valley are teeming with coffee shops, but
head south and you're likely to find people clamoring for a cafe.
In recent years, these businesses
have become a key part of community efforts to revitalize commercial
strips, arguably the most visible and telling element of any neighborhood.
Coffee shops offer a safe, warm gathering place for neighbors,
bring foot traffic to areas that need it, and tend to reflect
the flavor of a community.
Sometimes they also lead
to some unexpected benefits. In the Bayview, for example, Javalencia
coffee shop owner Servio Gomez parlayed the success of his Third
Street business - and its open mike nights - into an adjacent
gallery, which focuses on local artists. Mama Art Cafe in the
Excelsior district also showcases local artists and musicians,
and often opens its door for community meetings. And at Joe Leland
cafe in Visitacion Valley, people stop by just to chat with owner
Russel Morine, whose business is filled with posters for community
Dana Goodyear, profiles,
"Zen Master," in The New Yorker.
"Gary Snyder, the Zen
poet, lives on a hundred backcountry acres in the foothills of
the Sierra Nevada,
meditates mornings, and gives thanks for his food before he eats
it. He likes a boilermaker at dinnertime and, on occasion, the
bullfrogs from his pond. Snyder, who is seventy-eight, has written
nineteen books of poems and essays that are engaged with, among
other things, watersheds, geology, logging, backpacking, Native
storytelling, sex, coyotes, and Chinese landscape painting. He
is a poet of the Pacific Rim."
"Calif. company to offer rides on zeppelin
airship" is a story
by AP writer, Terence Chea.
"Zeppelins, the giant
floating airships used to carry passengers and drop bombs until
the 1930s, haven't been seen in American skies for more than 70
Now a California company
is bringing the iconic aircraft back to the United States, with
plans to offer aerial tours of the San Francisco Bay area in a
newly built zeppelin. It's one of just three in the world - the
others are in Germany and Japan.
Airship Ventures Inc.'s zeppelin
arrived in the Bay Area on Saturday, passing over the Golden Gate
Bridge en route to its new home at Moffett Field, a former naval
air station in Mountain View, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.
Fifteen feet longer than
a Boeing 747, the 246-foot-long Zeppelin NT (New Technology) was
built in Hamburg, Germany and transported by container ship to
Beaumont, Texas, before a cross-country flight to California.
While they may look like
blimps, zeppelins have rigid internal frames that are covered
with a canvas hull.
Starting Friday, Airship
Ventures will begin offering rides that provide a bird's eye view
of Napa and Sonoma wine country, the Big Sur coastline, San Francisco
and other parts of the Bay Area. The cabin holds 12 passengers
and two crew members, and tickets start at $495 per person for
an one-hour ride."
Sally forwards an email about hooking up your digital converter
This is very funny and unfortunately
I relate to her confusion!
Yesterday morning board-members
of the Palm Springs Art Museum toured Potter Creek. They looked
at Marvin and Ruth's new building as well as Andrew and Kristen's
Well, Ok then.
"School bake sales victims of nutrition
rules" is a story
by Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The era of the chocolate
cookie, sold from a card table for 25 cents, is rapidly fading
on California school campuses.
Thanks to the state's tough new nutritional standards for public
schools, bake sales - that age-old staple of school fundraising
- are nearly obsolete. Cookies, cupcakes, pizza and other easy-to-sell
goodies invariably exceed the fat, sugar and caloric limits set
by the Legislature for foods sold on campus to schoolkids.
And at a time when school
budgets are being slashed, some parents and school staff are mourning
"Rash of robberies in
North Berkeley Hills" reports Sean Maher in the Times.
"Police are asking neighbors in the North Berkeley Hills
to be vigilant, as a rash of recent home burglaries appear to
During daylight hours suspects
have kicked in the doors of several neighborhood homes over the
last two months, gaining entry and making off with laptops, electronics,
jewelry and bikes, police said. In light of comparable methods
and close geography, investigators say at least 15 recent robberies
A witness recently reported two suspects, young men driving a
1980s Honda, with paint that could be silver, gray or blue.
Police are urging community members to keep a close eye on their
neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity. Bay Area Crime
Stoppers offers up to a $2,000 reward for information that leads
to an arrest.
Anyone with information can call police at 510-981-5900 or Crime
Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477)"
"Throwing the bathroom sink at the economy"
is a report by cnn.com.
"As stocks plunge around
the world, talk of radical solutions to fix the economy swirl.
But it may be too late to undo the damage done by the credit crisis.
Governments and central banks
of the world's leading nations have taken unprecedented coordinated
actions in the past month to help out battered financial markets
and economies around the globe.
Yet, the global meltdown
in stocks continued Friday. And this lack of confidence and sense
of panic has left experts wondering what can be done next to assure
investors and get banks to operate normally once again.
'They've already thrown the
kitchen sink at the problem,' said Lakshman Achuthan, managing
director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute. 'I guess the
next step is the bathroom sink.' "
And more than you might want
to know about the "Global
financial crisis" is at bbcnews.com.
Our world economy has an
internal dynamic of its own and make no mistake, it is now restructuring
itself, human ego aside.
crime and violence escalate with political groups on the far right
and left allying themselves with criminals, often gangs. As social
order deteriorates, crime becomes more political, as both extremes
raise funds through criminal acts like bank robberies.
Of course, crime and violence
also escalate in non-pre-revolutionary-times.
Network news reports gun
sales are up 9-10% over last year.
"When wife is attacked, husband becomes
hero" is from
Chip Johnson's Chronicle column.
"While he didn't realize
it at the time, suspected armed robber Alexander Davidson's plan
was over from the moment his intended victim screamed for help.
He was up against a determined
Berkeley resident who would chase him down, becoming a neighborhood
hero and a symbol of neighborhood vigilance as the city deals
with a surge in street crime.
'I think that's Myra!' Michael
Furlong told his tenant on a Sunday two weeks ago as they stood
in the backyard of the Furlong family's home on Seventh Street
while Furlong cleaned his barbecue.
It was his wife, and she
was in distress.
When Furlong, a 50-year-old
advertising man, got to the car in the driveway, Myra Furlong
was 'standing at the back of the car - she'd been maced,' he said.
Here's what happened, according
to the Furlongs and police: A man and woman smiled and passed
by the 43-year-old mother as she opened the trunk of her car.
The man, identified as Davidson, 19, of Bakersfield, apparently
doubled back and struck Myra Furlong in the head before spraying
mace into her eyes.
He quickly walked to the
driver's side and peered inside the vehicle. She heard Davidson
curse out loud when he saw the couple's daughters, ages 5 and
9, sitting in the back seat.
When Michael Furlong got
to the car he found his wife in obvious pain - and infuriated.
He then looked up the street and saw a man and woman walking away.
Wearing his Sunday soccer uniform and a pair of blue dishwashing
gloves, the wiry Furlong set out after them on the 2300 block
of Seventh Street.
'I turned and ran after these
two people walking away, about five houses away. One guy broke
and ran, and I just chased him,' Furlong said. 'I kept after him
to the corner. He turned on Channing (Way) and I lost sight of
him. I asked someone who saw him running, so I knew which direction
he was going.'
As he continued down the
street, Furlong saw something moving near the back corner of a
house. He followed the shape until it hunkered down near a garbage
'I jumped a two-foot hedge
right on top of him,' Furlong said. 'I grabbed him by the front
of his shirt and pushed him into a rose bush when he tried to
That's when another neighbor
coming over the hedge yelled out, 'He's reaching for a knife!'
While Davidson used both hands to try and open the blade, Furlong
swung him to the ground hard, and the knife fell out of his hand.
Another neighbor kicked the knife from Davidson's reach. The three
men subdued Davidson until police arrived."
on 10/24/08 I posted
From the Oakland Tribune
Man arrested in carjacking attempt: A 19-year-old Berkeley
man was arrested Sunday, accused of trying to steal a woman's
car in West Berkeley, police said.
Alexander Davidson faces charges of attempted robbery, three counts
of attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and two
weapons charges, police said.
He is accused of spraying a 43-year-old woman with pepper spray,
hitting her, pushing her to the ground and trying to steal her
car in the 2300 block of Seventh Street, police said. The woman's
children, ages 5 and 10, were in the back seat at the time, police
The man also tried to reach for the woman's purse, police said.
A passer-by tackled the suspect, who pulled a knife on the man
and began swinging it at him. Police were summoned and Davidson
His bail was set at $230,000. No one was seriously injured.
"S.F. gang injunction zone controversial" is a story by Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff
Joshua DeLeon admits he was
'gang-banging' when he was identified by San Francisco City Attorney
Dennis Herrera as one of 32 Norteños in the Mission District
who needed to be reined in.
When Herrera's civil gang injunction went before a judge, DeLeon
showed up in court - but only, he said, to laugh at the whole
A year later, DeLeon says
shame and God changed him. He was baptized in July and enrolled
at City College, with a goal of becoming a counselor to gang members
To Herrera, DeLeon's story
is a sign that the wide-ranging injunction has been a success.
However, that isn't how DeLeon sees it."
Jarad forwards an email to
Ofc Karen Buckheit
Can you tell the block anything about the arrest that was made
for one of the Nortenos on the 2300 block of 10th on Oct 26 (Sunday)
There were 2 patrol cars, 2 officers, and one of the guys we always
see hanging out in front of 2311 10th Street. He is the one that
always wears the red baseball cap with a "C" on the
front of it.
Anything you can share about who he is, why he was arrested, and
his background would be helpful. These guys are making their presence
more openly known & over the weekend, 2 neighbors saw these
younger guys hanging out with older Nortenos, many of them with
prison tattoos at 4-430am on Sunday morning at the corner of Channing
Way and 10th Street (yes the BPD was called).
I think it's time for everyone to openly admit (particularly Angela
Gallegos-Castillo and the rest of the City Manager's office)
that you cannot divide up gang members and say that different
groups have different levels of involvement - quote from Angela
about the Nortenos is linked here http://www.eastbayexpress.com/news/gangs_____in_berkeley_/Content?oid=842981.
I've spoken with close friend and expert on gangs, who
is a Sgt in a North Bay law enforcement agency and who led
a gang task force in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County). His informed
& expert opinion after direct dealing with Nortenos and
Surenos for multiple years working in conjunction with the
FBI and interviewing gang members doing time at Pelican Bay Maximum
Security Prison was that classifying any gang members into categories
of less egregious and more egregious offenders is a mistake that
will hinder the ability of residents and BPD to claim back the
neighborhood and live in a safe area without fear of violent crime.
It's time to change the rules of the game and stop acting like
a young gang member isn't a serious gang member. We live in this
neighborhood and none of us were born yesterday, we know what's
going on and it's time for the city to do the same. These people
are an imminent threat and we expect the city to start acting
Lt Greenwood emails
Ofc. Jeremiason detained and handcuffed a juvenile on Sunday,
at 1:32 PM. He had at least one cover officer. He suspects the
juvenile is a gang member, but there was no probable cause to
arrest. Ofc. Jeremiason will continue to focus on the block.
I found no other incident matching the description you included.
I will pass along the information you've included below to area
officers, for their information.
Lt. Andy Greenwood
Berkeley Police Department
Community Services Bureau
"A conversation with David Smick" is from the 10/23/08 Charlie Rose Show.
David Smick's book is
"The World Is Curved:
Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy.
David Smick keeps a low profile, but experts consider him one
of the most insightful financial market strategists in the world.
For more than two decades, he has conferred with central bankers
(such as Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke) and advised top Wall
Street executives and investors, from George Soros to Michael
Steinhardt to Stan Druckenmiller. Political leaders (from Bill
Bradley to Jack Kemp) have regularly sought his policy advice.
The World Is Curved picks
up where Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat left off, taking
readers on an insider's tour through the private offices of central
bankers, finance ministers, even prime ministers. Smick reveals
how today's risky environment came to be-and why the mortgage
mess is a symptom of potentially far more devastating trouble.
He wrestles with the two questions on everyone's mind: How bad
could things really get in today's volatile economy? And what
can we do about it?"
It is fully reviewed here.
The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global
Economy (Hardcover) is
available from amazon.com.
"Experts to gather this week for UC Berkeley-UCLA
symposium on mortgage meltdown"
is a UC Berleley press release.
"With the mortgage market and subprime loans taking much
of the blame for today's global financial crisis, a timely symposium
- 'Mortgage Meltdown, the Economy and Public Policy' - will be
held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30-31, at the University of California,
Among the featured speakers
will be Federal Reserve Bank Chair Ben Bernanke (speaking via
satellite); San Francisco Federal Reserve President Janet Yellen,
professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business; California
State Senate President Pro Tem-elect Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento);
and Yale University economist Robert Shiller, author of 'The Subprime
Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What
to Do about It.'"
Understand that I've been
spending much time and thought preparing for the Great Pumpkin
rise from the Pumpkin Patch. Still, I've spent some little time
thinking about our mayoral race. In this time of contention, economic
turmoil, and fear, I'm reminded that in the past, Tom Bates brought
our council together and reduced our deficit.
Works for me today as well.
(Yesterday afternoon, our
Mayor and our State Senator came to Potter Creek for a tour of
Kruse' green-remodel. I, almost literally, ran into them as I
was leaving Kruse--a well dressed, attractive couple I must say.)
During our Councilman Daryll
Moore's term, city services have improved in Potter Creek. There
is now a responsive police presence, street dumping has virtually
been eliminated, and there is street cleaning. Also, our infrastructure
has been improved with the resurfacing of our streets. And most
important, the removal of deteriorated culverts and deepened gutters
has improved storm run-off.
Still my guy.
Cloris Leachman was
voted off Dancing with the Stars last night.
"Simple pleasures" is a story about our Alice Waters at www.guardian.co.uk.
"Alice Waters was a
trailblazer in seasonal, locally produced, organic food when,
in 1971, she opened her restaurant, Chez Panisse, in California.
In this exclusive extract from her new book, she says that tasty
recipes needn't be complex
My delicious revolution began
when, young and naive, I started a restaurant and went looking
for tasty food to cook. I was trying to find ingredients like
the ones I had loved when I was a student in France: simple things
such as lettuce, French beans and bread. I found that the people
who were growing the tastiest food were organic
farmers in my own backyard, small farmers and ranchers within
a radius of a hundred miles or so of the restaurant in Berkeley,
California. They were planting heirloom varieties of fruits and
vegetables and harvesting them at their peak. What was revolutionary
about this was being able to buy directly from the source and
not being limited to what I could find at the supermarket. When
you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very
simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like
what it is.
People always ask me for
ideas for everyday meals - not restaurant food or special-occasion
dinners, but just regular dinners at home. What makes a good meal
is not how fancy it is or how complicated the
preparations are, but how satisfying it is. I'm satisfied when
a meal balances flavour, colour and texture, when I've enjoyed
cooking it, and when it is presented with care. An all-white meal,
or one that is all soft, is not nearly as agreeable as one that
has a variety of colours and textures. Flavours should complement
each other and meld
into a whole, not rival one another for dominance. A dinner that
has left me stressed after cooking is not a dinner I want to serve
to my family and friends.
Finally, presenting food
so that it looks appetising and pretty makes it taste better,
and it is fulfilling for both the cook and the diners. And a well-set
table, however humble, is the crowning touch to a satisfying meal."
"Logitech acquires SightSpeed" is a reports at news.cnet.
Tuesday that it has paid about $30 million in cash to acquire
SightSpeed, a maker of cross-platform video chat and calling software.
It's a logical acquisition for Logitech, which includes video
cameras among its large portfolio of peripherals for PCs. Berkeley,
Calif.-based SightSpeed was founded in 2001 and has 25 employees."
"Navitas Capital and Webcor Builders Establish
Strategic Relationship for Identifying & Accelerating Innovation
in Green Building. Webcor's Phil Williams to Join Navitas Capital's
is a press release by PR Newswire.
Navitas Capital and Webcor
Builders today announced a strategic relationship for future collaboration
in driving sustainability in the built environment."
"California Car Sales Suffering in Staggering
"New car sales in California
have dropped dramatically and the decline is being felt beyond
"Students support high-speed
rail with 'six degrees' campaign" is a CBS5 report.
"Student advocates of
a statewide high-speed rail initiative that will appear on the
November ballot are launching an e-mail and text message outreach
campaign this morning.
California Public Interest
Research Group spokeswoman Emily Rusch said the campaign is using
the concept of "six degrees of separation'' to forward the
message in support of Proposition 1A to as many people as possible
-- and participants hope to eventually reach actor Kevin Bacon.
The "six degrees'' idea,
that everyone is connected within six degrees, is often linked
to actor Kevin Bacon because of an popular trivia game known as
'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.'
At 10 a.m., more than 400
students from California universities began sending friends, family
and acquaintances links to a student video promoting Proposition
The link was sent through
e-mails, text messages and social networking Web sites such as
MySpace and Facebook, according to CALPIRG.
Rusch was unsure of the likelihood
of reaching Bacon, but said a couple of students are separated
from the actor by just a couple of degrees."
"Wealthy interests alter Calif's initiative
Steve Lawrence of the AP.
"When Hiram Johnson
championed an initiative system for California nearly a century
ago, he sold it as a
grassroots way to 'arm the people to protect themselves.'
California's 23rd governor
foresaw citizen campaigns putting propositions on the ballot when
the Legislature failed to address a pressing need.
But 97 years after Californians
voted to allow themselves to put measures on the ballot, Johnson's
experiment in direct democracy has changed dramatically.
He certainly could not have
envisioned the multimillion-dollar campaigns for several measures
on California's Nov. 4 ballot, some of which critics say will
benefit their wealthy sponsors at the expense of California taxpayers."
Patrick Kennedy just returned
from some weeks vacationing in England and France. In France he
toured the Normandy Invasion Beaches. "I'm preparing for
my Downtown Berkeley Campaign" he remarked.
"Berkeley Councilmember Betty Olds retires
after 16 years on the council" is
a story by Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.
Betty Olds has been called the Queen of Common Sense on a City
Council that has been criticized for having some sideways sensibilities.
Among politicians, who forever
are watching their every word for fear of criticism, she isn't
afraid to say what she means - offensive or not.
On the council, she's an
independent voice, advocating to fix potholes and keep fire stations
open rather than opining on the woes in Darfur or the accomplishments
"Today's 'HD Hottie' is Rebecca Romijn,
who stars tonight in high-def in Ugly Betty at 8 p.m. on ABC" is a press release at tvpredictions.com.
"The 36-year-old actress,
who was born in Berkeley, California, started as a fashion model,
capturing featured spots in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
and the Victoria's Secret catalog."
And Bender reports "Berkeley
woman among 80 trailblazers in Oprah's magazine.
Tanya Moore, an African-American
woman who is among the 2 percent of minority women to earn a doctoral
degree in the past few years, didn't need Oprah Winfrey to tell
her that women rule.
The 35-year-old Berkeley
native, who watched her mother raise three daughters alone while
family members battled drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness
and domestic violence, already knew." that.
closing Albany storefront office."
Laura Menard emails
Thank you to all the W. Berkeley
and S. Berkeley participants at the council meeting last [Tuesday]
night. For those interested, you can find a video playback of
the meeting last night on the City Council web site:
Public commentary on our crime issues got underway at 15:30 in
the video and lasted until 25:00. From 25:00 to 1:17:00 Police
Chief Hambleton spoke to the council with Angela Gallegos-Castillo
from the City Manager's Office, and with additional representation
from the Department of Public Works (graffiti & dumping),
and the Parks Dept (tree trimming away from street lights, graffiti
Public commentary resumed on the issue of crime at 1:17:00 and
lasted until 1:43:30 on the video because so many people had something
to say about our crime problem.
Key takeaways from the meeting
Chief Hambleton provided crime statistics for the entire city
of Berkeley that did not single out the two key problem areas
of the city which are West Berkeley (District 2 Darryl Moore)
and South Berkeley (District 3 Max Anderson).
The Chief's crime stats (posted in the Yahoo Group files section
under "Crime statistics") started with a table labeled
"Crime in Berkeley 1970 - 2007," but only included data
until 2004. His other data on Violent Crime, Property Crime, and
Total Part One Crimes included data until 2007. The council did
question the Chief on why there wasn't any 2008 data available
since we were 3/4 of the way through 2008.
Chief Hambleton then described crime stats for 2008 saying that
city wide we are averaging 50 robberies per month, which were
classified as a violent crime because they involve force. He acknowledged
that violent crime in the city of Berkeley continues to rise,
but pointed out that since 1992 we've had an overall decrease
in violent crime.
The Chief was questioned by Darryl Moore to find out when the
BPD last conducted an assessment of how to deploy officers based
on calls for service, what is happening in different beats, etc.
Chief Hambleton admitted that this assessment had not been conducted
since the early 1990's (well over 10 years!), which helped to
illuminate why South Berkeley and West Berkeley are back sliding
into criminality with streets controlled by drug dealing gangs
(H20 Waterfront Family) and violent Latin gangs (WSB - Nortenos).
Darryl Moore also questioned the Chief on the existence of gangs
in Berkeley and for the first time our Chief of Police admitted
in a public forum that yes, Berkeley does have gangs, which is
a major admission since just 9 months ago BPD denied we had
gangs operating in the city.
Chief Hambleton was unable to provide statistics on the efficacy
of the bike patrol officers in South and West Berkeley. This is
because the BPD doesn't have a computerized statistics program
in place. If they were using the Compstat model of metrics based
policing (Considered best practices for law enforcement by the
FBI and credited with lowering crime in NYC by 65%), he would
have been able to provide the council with that information because
the department would have been tracking the crime pattern changes
in the areas with bicycle patrols on a daily basis.
Many people contended that the statistics that Chief Hambleton
presented were not accurate representations of what happens in
West Berkeley and South Berkeley, and at least 2 speakers said
so to the council.
The speakers also brought up their displeasure with lackluster
code enforcement (citing the broken windows theory) and that the
city needed to start enforcing municipal code for illegal dumping
and graffiti abatement.
After the meeting both Darryl Moore and Gordon Wozniak spoke with
me and indicated interest in the deployment of mobile high definition
surveillance cameras that I've advocated for 9 months. They are
easily mounted on telephone poles, etc., have pan/zoom/tilt capabilities,
and can provide details as small as license plate numbers day
and night up to 200 yards away. They liked the idea that they
can be moved throughout the city when crime hot spots move and
they agreed that they are no different than installing red light
traffic cameras like we have at 6th Street and University.
It was made clear that while these cameras will not necessarily
prevent crime from happening, but that they will provide the city
with unrepudiable evidence for criminal prosecution, which BPD
consistently says they have difficulty obtaining (evidence) because
they can't catch the criminals in the act. HD surveillance cameras
will provide that evidence and assist in successful prosecutions,
which will have a positive impact on crime reduction
in West & South Berkeley.
Gordon Wozniak also pointed out that it is ridiculous that Berkeley
doesn't have a Commission on Crime Reduction, but they have a
variety of other committees looking at issues including global
warming and solid waste reduction. Further, he stated that in
his 6 years on the council that he has asked for a serious monthly
examination of crime and for much more than just the quarterly
information update that is given by Chief Hambleton, but that
the council has never made crime a priority.
As of today, it is clear that little to no guidance is given
from the council to the City Manager's Office, City Attorney's
Office, and BPD on the topic of crime and as a result, citizens
in West Berkeley and South Berkeley are suffering the consequences
of that lack of attention.
The council will meet again on January 27th, 2009 to discuss crime
issues and at that time they are expected to have the beginning
of a review on programs others cities in the bay area have implemented
to determine what is effective and what isn't so that Berkeley
can start to make some changes to how it fights crime.
The fact that so many people attended, loudly applauded each speaker,
and that so many different faces stood up in front of the council
did have a positive impact. Unfortunately the process has just
begun and the calls for for real reform at the highest levels
of the City Administration to proactively address the crime problem
and establish quantitative measureable milestones is still unresolved.
"A Solar Gold Rush Is Spreading From California
to New Jersey" is
a report by Dara Colwell of AlterNet.
"Solar power is exploding
in America, particularly in California. San Luis Obispo's Palm
Theatre and Berkeley's Shotgun Players are now the first solar-powered
theaters in the country; FedEx's distribution center in Fontana
has a solar system covering 20,834 square feet; and Google's Mountain
View campus boasts America's largest corporate solar installation.
True to its pioneering spirit, California is leading the way --
but that's not to say other states aren't tagging quickly behind."
"Economic crisis comes home to the East
Bay" by William
Brand is on insidebayarea.com.
"We all know the story:
The stock market's erratic, once rock-solid corporations are pulling
the plug on jobs, and some streets, especially in new communities
around the Bay Area, are becoming foreclosure ghost towns.
When someone draws comparisons to the Great Depression of the
1930s, people listen.
So how bad is it here in
the East Bay? It's a study in contradictions, UC Berkeley economists
"Organized gangs of thieves hit retailers
hard" reports Victoria
Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"When state and federal
law enforcement officers in June recovered more than $5.5 million
in stolen goods and arrested 17 suspected members of a Bay Area
shoplifting crime ring, it was clear it was more than a typical
The theft of large volumes of goods - razor blades, Oil of Olay,
Tylenol and other merchandise from such well-known retailers as
Safeway, Target and Walgreens - was part of an organized crime
"Ducks And Golden Bears Square Off In Important
is at KTVU-TV.
"In a pivotal Pac-10 matchup, the 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks
head to Berkeley this weekend to take on the California Golden
Bears at Memorial Stadium. The Ducks and Bears are two of four
teams currently with only one loss in the Pac-10, so obviously
this is a big bout for each program."
"Zen architecture about purity of design" is a book review by Terry Peters, North
Shore News, Canada.
"Zen Architecture, by Paul Discoe (Gibbs Smith Publishers,
The marriage of Western building
practices with Japanese construction techniques is a complicated
balancing act of esthetics and practicalities.
Paul Discoe has beautifully
achieved this balance. His unique journey has taken him from growing
up in Berkeley, California, to studying Zen to apprenticing in
Japan and eventually returning to found Joinery Structures in
California. Along the way he has become not only a master carpenter
but also an ordained Zen priest."
"Fujitsu Teams with UC Berkeley to Author
Paper on Use of Ethernet Switches to Power the Search for Extraterrestrial
a story on marketwatch.com.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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with Berkeley PD.
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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.
Our new Area
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