after 10/9, here
after 10/22, here
The amended 1998 version
of the West Berkeley Plan states in the Planning Director's Message,
essentially the Introduction, "While [professional planners
played a role] in facilitating the outcome, the work was
done primarily in the community by an informal committee
that included artists, laborers and representatives of organized
labor. residents and environmentalists, manufactures, retailers,
office developers, church groups and community service organizations."
I'm reminded of a 1930s Mickey
Garland movie where the kids, often played by 20-year-olds,
exclaim something like "Let's make a musical in the backyard."
What follows, "produced by these amateurs" is a classy,
professional Hollywood song-and-dance film.
But that only happens in
the movies. In real life amateurs don't make professional productions.
Eric, a chef at 900 GRAYSON,
recommends dinner and drinks at the Missouri Lounge on San Pablo.
Go through the bar out back to the grill and check out the menu.
Eric recommended the Fatti Melt, two "grilled cheese half-sandwiches,"
pesto suace with either grilled chicken or steak in the middle
and chips or potato salad on the side; the Thai Burger on a Dutch
crunch roll, a burger with Thai spices; or the Hot Links sandwich
also on a Dutch crunch--both with a side of chips or potato salad.
In the Chronicle's
"96 Hours Bargin Bites: East Bay" you find
"900 Grayson If you blink you might miss
this small cafe in Berkeley's industrial district that takes bargain
food to a higher level. The Carolina cheese grits (Saturdays only),
and the Demon Lover, a heaping of spicy fried chicken, buttermilk
waffle and . . ."
"Morning, sugar, it's time for a doughnut"
Amanda Gold, Chronicle
"The coffee and doughnut
shop of my childhood sat squarely on the route to school. Blocks
before the rusted sign was even visible, the doughy, fried aroma
would waft into the car, encouraging us to join the line of pre-work
suits and hungry schoolchildren before the supply ran out - which
was usually no later than 11 a.m."
The other day, Doug Herst
stopped by on his way back from lunch with his friend Nathaniel
Kahn. Nathaniel produced two movies with which Doug was involved,
about Nathaniel's father Louis I Kahn and the Oscar nominated
about pianist Leon Fleisher.
I'm told the Heartwood woodworking
collective is losing members in these hard times.
"The Industrious Tenant" is a story by Audrey Tempelsman at nytimes.com
in which you will find a little mention of our Sally's sister,
"Grant K Gobson had
a terrible first impression of his one-bedroom rental. 'It was
like a circus in there,' the 30-year-old interior designer said
of the San Francisco apartment in Presidio Heights he moved into
in 2007. The sea-foam green and lavender walls were peeling and
trimmed in a clashing fire-engine red. The hardwood floors were
ringed in stains from houseplants left to sit in puddles. "
our Kava emails
Buses etc parked
on 8th for weeks
There are a few
vehicles that could be abandoned. Do you have a name in the police
department I can call?
I forwarded this to several
Berkeley PD members and immediately received this reply from our
area coordinator, our on-the-ball Ofc Karen Buckheit
I got an e-mail from Brent regarding this and will work on it
Ofc. Buckheit #135
Steven Goldin emails
Haven't seen you
in a while. Are you working on your campaign or something?
As of today, the known longest-here-resident
of Little Potter Creek is Vera. She and her husband bought their
Pardee Street home in 1962.
That would be before the
Regan, Salin, Klise, Auerbach, Woo, Agress, Lipofsky, Elliot et
al immigration. RP
Yesterday the average reader
spent 1 hour 24 minutes on this site. Really ?
"What makes human muscle age? Scientists
from University of California, Berkeley, have identified biochemical
pathways that can lead to aging of muscles" report theTimes of India.
"By manipulating these
pathways, the researchers were able to turn back the clock on
old human muscle, restoring its ability to repair and rebuild
"College Football's Bad News Bears. Gaffes
and Bad Breaks Prolong Cal's Epic Rose Bowl Drought; Coach Kapp's
Tequila Bottle" is
a story by Darren Everson at wsj.com.
"When Joe Kapp took
over the football team at the University of California-Berkeley
before the 1982 season, he wanted to impress upon his players
the need to make sacrifices. So the coach made them a vow: He
would forgo tequila until Cal won the Rose Bowl. Nearly three
decades later, the 71-year-old is still waiting.
'I've got the bottle right
here,' he says.
Talk of curses is uncommon
in college football. Most of the great historical jinxes-the 'please-let-them-win-before-I-die'
kind-haunt the fans of professional teams, where a rotten owner
can cripple a team for generations. The nature of college sports
is that the players come and go, so every four years, there's
a chance for a fresh start. At some point, if the school commits
itself to winning, the pieces will fall into place and the fans'
feeling of collective hopelessness will be relieved.
But then there's Cal. This
once-powerful football program, a member of the elite Pac-10 conference,
hasn't reached the coveted Rose Bowl since the 1958 season. No
other conference school has been absent that long. (Arizona has
never made it, but it only joined the conference in 1978.) Every
time Cal comes close, something goes horribly, inexplicably wrong."
"Trojans and Golden Bears clash in critical
Pac-10 tilt" is
a story at seattlepi.com.
"In a game that was
supposed to decide the Pac-10 title this season, both the USC
Trojans and California Golden Bears are looking for some validation,
when the two teams meet up in Berkeley this weekend.
Pete Carroll's Trojans are
coming off a 27-6 handling of Washington State last week, but
are just 1-1 in league play following a stunning loss at Washington
the week prior in the conference opener.
Jeff Tedford's Golden Bears
are in a different frame of mind, as they plummeted from sixth
in the nation all the way to 24th this week, after being humiliated
in Eugene by the Oregon Ducks (42-3) in their league opener. The
loss was stunning considering the ease with which California had
dispatched its first three opponents."
Yesterday, during a get-together
on the side-walk in front of the warehouse with, Merryll, David,
Bruce and myself, Merryll mentioned that the Baulines
Craft Guild is having an art show at our Berkeley Mills, 2839
7th Street. It opened yesterday, Thursday, October 1st with an
artist reception, October 8th, 5PM-8PM.
A couple of events happening
this Friday in the 'hood (I have no connection to either, except
I like art and food) ...
Art Exhibition reception this Friday, Oct 2 6 - 9pm
Address: 5815 Shellmound
Way, at west end of Powell Street RR ramp turn right and right
again onto Shellmound Way.... under the overpass on the way to
the Emeryville Market Place..... next to Lazy-Boy .... you'll
see the cars.
Check out the web
Taste for Art Fall
There's apparently no such thing as a sedate East Bay Express
party, as indicated by two years of blowout Best of the East
Bay and gay pride celebrations, and March's dizzying tribute to
Andy Warhol. On Friday, Oct. 2, we'll hold our annual Taste for
Art, which highlights local restaurants, winemakers, breweries,
art studios (35 of them), and musicians, in Berkeley's Sawtooth
Building (Eighth St. at Dwight Way). The 2009 iteration features
screenings from Oakland International Film Festival, aerial dance
performances, glass blowing, sword-fighting demos, an interactive
poetry tower, and, of course, tons of delicious culinary samplings.
5-9 p.m., $10. Proceeds benefit River of Words, Mo Better Food,
and Oakland International Film Festival. EastBayExpress.com
By Rachel Swan
Time & Date: Fri., Oct. 2, 5-9 p.m.
Eighth St. at Dwight Wy.
Berkeley CA 94710
Big event at Fantasy last
night, live music, valet parking and people dressed-to-the-tens
to pay tribute to Saul Zaentz.
Da Boz emails
The Bates Update
Bayer will Stay in Berkeley
Bayer HealthCare, the City's largest private employer, announced
Wednesday it will invest more than $100 million to upgrade and
improve its manufacturing capabilities here. The company
plans to modernize a biotech manufacturing plant that employs
1,400 people in Berkeley, thanks to a $10 million incentive package
crafted in record time by myself and other East Bay elected officials.
First Annual Berkeley
FILM Foundation Fundraising Gala
The Berkeley FILM Foundation (a public/private partnership with
the City of Berkeley, Wareham Development and The Saul Zaentz
Company) and the Bay Area film industry will honor legendary
filmmaker Saul Zaentz at its 1st Annual Berkeley FILM Foundation
gala fundraiser n Berkeley, California, on Thursday, October 1.
The Berkeley Film Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization,
will also recognize the 12 winners who will share $100,000 in
grants, funded by this newly established program to support local
filmmakers and inspire a new generation of emerging East Bay filmmakers.
The first Berkeley FILM Foundation fundraiser is expected to grow
into one of the Bay Area's premier annual entertainment industry
gatherings, bringing together the producers, actors, financiers,
and technical talent that drive the industry today.
Two Bicycle and
Pedestrian Safety Grants Awarded
Berkeley is a very safe place to bike and walk. When indexed
by its high rates of walking and cycling, Berkeley ranks as the
safest city with a population over 60,000 in California for both
walking and biking. Despite our ranking, however, we
are constantly looking to improve Berkeley's bicylcing and walking
On August 10, 2009 the City of Berkeley was awarded $898,660 of
grant funding from the California Safe Routes to School (SR2S)
program for traffic safety improvements and some educational efforts
at four Berkeley public schools: Malcolm X Elementary, Rosa Parks
Elementary, Thousand Oaks Elementary, and
Berkeley Arts Magnet.
On September 3, 2009 the City was awarded a $788,055 grant
by Caltrans from the California Bicycle Transportation Account
(BTA) for completion of the West Street Pathway between the Virginia
Bicycle Boulevard and the Delaware Street Bicycle Lanes and between
University Avenue and Addison Street.
Four East Bay Cities Team Up in Nationally Unprecedented
The cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond
will come together in an unprecedented partnership to promote
the arts in a new East Bay Culture Corridor (EBCC). The EBCC will
formally launch on October 2nd and will kick-start a month
of public events celebrating the collaboration.
The four-city arts
collaboration is believed to be the first of its kind in the US
and is designed to serve as a model of forward-thinking partnerships
that put the arts forward as a proven catalyst for economic development,
quality of life and community sustainability. The EBCC will foster
relationships between the diverse arts communities of each city,
leverage new audiences and resources for the arts, increase the
visibility, accessibility and sustainability of arts communities,
leverage new resources for each partner city and benefit local
businesses through partnerships with the arts.
1st Anniversary of Regional Sports Complex - 81,640 Users to Date!
In September, members of the Tom Bates Regional Sports Fields
Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) are pleased to announce the one year
anniversary. Since opening one year ago, the fields have
been heavily used seven days a week, starting at 8:30 a.m. on
the weekends and 3:30 on the weekdays, and closing at 10:00 p.m.
each day. In the first year 81,640 soccer, lacrosse, rugby,
and frisbee players have run across the turf and grass.
Phase One of the sports complex was completed in 2008 and includes
two turf fields and grass fields to accommodate field sports.
In spring 2010, Phase Two will conclude with the completion of
a softball field and expanded parking.
Ole guy Paul Volker was Charlie
Rose' guest on 9/29 and 9/30. Check out the conversations here.
"Paul A. Volcker is
an American economist, government official, and banker. After
working as an under secretary in the Treasury Department (1969-74)
and as president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank (1975-79),
he was appointed the chairman of the Board of Governors of the
Federal Reserve System in 1979. He pursued a restrictive monetary
policy to combat inflation but was forced by a stagnant economy
and high unemployment to support increased monetary growth during
the mid-1980s. Volcker was succeeded as Federal Reserve Board
chairman by Alan Greenspan in 1987. He subsequently was successful
as an investment banker, retiring in 1996.
In 1999 an official panel he headed
that investigated Swiss banks' handling of the accounts of Holocaust
victims issued a report that was critical of the banks but did
not recommend any changes in a settlement reached in 1998 (see
Holocaust). Volcker became chairman of the International Accounting
Standards Committee Foundation in 2000 and, in the wake of the
Enron bankruptcy, headed (2002) an independent oversight board
at Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm that was responsible for
auditing Enron. He also chaired (2004-5) the UN's investigation
into wrongdoing in the UN oil-for-food program for Iraq. Volcker
is the author, with Toyoo Gyohten, of Changing Fortunes: The World's
Money and the Threat to American Leadership (1992). "
Personally, I never have
meetings under a Full Moon
"Books Inc. is Berkeley Bound" is a booksinc press release.
"Books Inc., the west's
oldest independent bookseller, with a history that dates back
to the California Gold Rush announced today that a lease has been
finalized for a new location in Berkeley, CA, due to open in the
fall of this year. This will be the 12th location for the locally
owned and operated independent bookseller with eight (8) Books
Inc. locations in the SF Bay Area, Compass Books & bzinc in
San Francisco International Airport and Compass Books & Café
at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. "
Grand Opening in Fourth Street
next week--construction photos here.
"Thai Temple Sunday brunches will continue" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice. "A
Berkeley Thai Buddhist temple won approval Tuesday night to continue
a Sunday brunch that draws hundreds and has neighbors complaining
about parking, noise, trash and the odor of Thai food."
adds more parking meters" is also an Oakley report.
"Berkeley will add 420
parking meters to city streets and increase its rate from $1.25
an hour to $1.50, following a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday
A ticket for an expired meter
will go up Oct. 1 from $35 to $40, a move the council approved
"Medical research grants rain down upon
Bay Area" is a story
research a job-creating engine, President Barack Obama heralded
$5 billion in new government grants Wednesday to fight maladies
such as cancer, autism and heart disease while boosting the economy.
Of that money, about $215.7
million is headed for the Bay Area, drawn mainly by research at
the region's major universities."
David Bowman emails
Dear Potter Creek
The executive committee
for the Potter Creek Neighborhood Association will be meeting
this Sunday to plan our next meeting for sometime in the next
Please let us know
by late Saturday about anything that you would like to have put
on the agenda for that meeting.
You can send items
to me by reply email
or you can find all the executive committee's email contacts
at this link.
Get Alex Amoroso, the
lead planner for the West Berkeley Project (981-7520) to talk
about proposed height-limits in west-Berkeley, specially MUR and
specifically Little Potter Creek.
For a later meeting, get
Kava to speak on short AND long range plans for junkyard development
in Little Potter Creek.
Personally, I never have
meetings "under" a Full Moon. Sunday is 14 degrees 21minutes
Aries. Whoa! RP
Seems some of those people
who made the west-Berkeley Plan are now engaged in re-making it.
Which brings to mind Lipofsky's
variation on, It's Good to Study History.
"It's good to study
history so when you make the same mistakes over again, you'll
be able to recognize them."
They're, they're . . .
meeting under a Full Moon?
In an effort to better understanding
living in Potter Creek in the 21st Century, here's the first of
Old Normal/New Normal.
Old Normal-Star Trek/New
Quote of the day, Galbraith's
"Economists were invented to make astrologers look good."
30 to 3?
. . . it's all right, dear,.
. . really
Old Normal,"I think
I'll just treat myself at Nordstom's/New Normal,"Maybe I'll
check out Goodwill--just a peek"
"Meridian International Sports Club" is a review of a Berkeley pub-at sfgate.com.
"There is always room
for another sports bar in a college town. Cal alum and local resident
Bayani Flores opened his last year in the Koerber Building, located
near the downtown Berkeley BART Station.
As befits a sports bar, beer
is the beverage of choice, which complements the gastropub menu."
"It may seem that the thousands of people
who converged on the University of California Berkeley's famous
Sproul Plaza, home of the free speech movement, on 24 September
were simply upset about money. Where has all the money gone? Who
has taken it away?And perhaps there is no one to blame" is opinion at guardian.uk.com.
"The University of California
finds itself with a shortfall of $1.15bn for the next two years,
the result of an $813m cut in state funding and another $225m
increase in costs for student enrolment. Everyone knows that the
state government is dysfunctional, that public funding decreased
by 40% between 1990 and 2005 and that this year alone brought
another 20% reduction, accelerating the abandonment of the premiere
public university by a California legislature fully paralysed
by minority rule (a two-thirds majority is required for sealing
any budgetary deal) and Proposition 13 (the 1978 ban on increasing
property taxes that strangleholds any attempt to increase revenues
for public services)."
"Wells Fargo cutting customers' lines of
Andrew S. Ross at sfgate.com.
"I recently received
an e-mail from a reader in the East Bay city of Newark. 'Wells
Fargo bank is notifying customers this week that their equity
lines of credit are being eliminated,' she wrote."
"Houses lack earning power of post-World
War II era" is a
report by Peter Y. Hong at chicagotribune.com.
"Experts say value of
houses will rise, just not like explosive growth of past years.
. . . 'We can no longer assume that housing will be as good an
investment for the future as it has been,' said Robert Reich,
public policy professor at the University of California-Berkeley
and U.S. labor secretary in the Clinton administration."
posts from the past
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
Quote of the day
God created politicians to
make activists look good. Or is it , . . . God created activists
to . . . naaw.
Understand that when I use
"gentrify" I mean it in its value-neutral sense--to
"Buy shit" off
that at your own risk.
Merryll just returned from
SoCal visitng relatives and movie people and reports Disney is
cutting back--twelve moives a year instead of twenty.
Pete Hurney is putting together
(curatoring) an ukulele/guitar exhibit for the Oakland Airport.
It will be up for four weeks beginning about December 18.
Dave Kruse emails
We will be hosting a press conference on Tuesday 10/6 at 10:00am.
They will be here to set up at 9:00am.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner is promoting an energy efficiency
bill AB 758 (see link below) and wants to hold the press conference
at a commercial location that recently went through a green retrofit.
L.J. Kruse Company
our Angela forwards
October 2, 2009
As you know an early flu season with both Seasonal Flu and Pandemic
H1N1(swine) Flu strains is affecting our communities now and is
expected to continue through Spring 2010.
It is important that community residents know how they can protect
themselves from the flu this season-both through preventive actions
and vaccinations. We have attached information about our
upcoming seasonal flu clinic (Oct 6th) and our community
flu education campaign called WHACK the Flu: WHACK stand for Wash
your hands frequently, Home is where to stay when sick, Avoid
touching your eyes, nose and mouth, Cover your coughs and sneezes,
and Keep your distance from sick people. .
The Berkeley Public Health Department is working with schools,
childcare centers, businesses, community based groups and others
in our city to provide education and information about the flu
this year. Some groups are at higher risk of complications
from the flu, and every year about 36,000 people in the US die
of this illness. Thank you for helping us get the word out to
your neighbors, especially those who may be at high risk for complications.
Once the new H1N1 vaccine is available (first shipments in the
next several weeks), people will be able to get this vaccine from
their health care provider, traditional vaccination sites (pharmacies)
and some special vaccination clinics the city and our partners
will be setting up. While initial supplies may be limited,
additional batches of the H1N1 vaccine will become more available
through Nov, Dec and early 2010.
Please visit our website for posters, flyers and additional information
and updates. Let us know if you would like any hard copies
of the materials sent to you or if you have additional question
or need more information.
Yours in Health,
Kathy Dervin, MPH
Public Health Preparedness Coordinator
Councilman Kriss Worthington
Please email or
call the Board to request the transfer of funds to prevent drastic
A.C. Transit has
been hit with massive budget cuts and is considering dramatic
reductions in bus service.
There is a proposal to avoid most of these cuts by moving millions
of dollars from BRT Capital funds to operating funds.
It involves possibly moving up to $35 million in CMAQ funds and
$45.6 Million in RM2 funds to avoid service reductions.
The urgency to
stop these bus cuts requires speedy funding. Kriss W
Please join us in supporting this transfer of funds to operating
funds to avoid the AC Transit cuts.
Berkeley City Council Members Kriss Worthington, Darryl Moore,
Linda Maio and Gordon Wozniak,
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, Oakland City Members Rebecca
Kaplan and Larry Reid,
San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, San Leandro Vice Mayor Joyce Starosciak,
Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson,
Union City Mayor Mark Green, Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman,
Hayward City Council Member Olden Henson.
Write or Call the
AC Transit Board
our Ryan Lau emails
Office of Emergency
Services (OES) Emergency Radio Communications Exercise
October 17 is the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Please use this occasion as a reminder to take the time to prepare
yourself and your family through the 5 Critical Steps to Earthquake
ONE: Make a plan for yourself and your family on how to evacuate
and where to meet following an earthquake.
TWO:Arrange for a long distance telephone contact that everyone
in your family can use to tell where and how they are.
THREE:Prepare an emergency supplies kit for you and your family,
enough for five days for each person.
FOUR:Prepare your home to survive an earthquake.
FIVE:Get to know your neighbors and organize your neighborhood.
of this anniversary, the City of Berkeley is conducting a variety
of preparedness activities- many focusing on communications during
a disaster. The City's Office of Emergency Services (OES)
is inviting all residents and neighborhoods to participate in
an Emergency Radio Communications Exercise on October 17 from
900am to 1100am. This drill will provide participants with
the opportunity to practice one method of communications that
may be utilized should regular communications be disrupted.
This exercise is open to anyone in Berkeley who would like to
practice and test their FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service/General
Mobile Radio Service) radio communications equipment. If
you and your neighborhood/organization have obtained FRS/GMRS
radios for emergency communications and would like to participate
in this city-wide drill, please:
1. Provide the required registration information below by
sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 981-5506
Contact Person/Neighborhood Organizer:
Contact Person's Email Address:
Contact Person's Telephone Number:
Radio Call Sign (Neighborhood Group Name/Organization Name):
Address or Cross Streets of Neighborhood/Organization:
2. Have a
FRS/GMRS capable two-way radio.
Please submit your
registration information by October 9. Once registrations
are received, OES will send out additional information by email
on details for participation.
School District (BUSD) Community Meetings
Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is experiencing growth
in our K-12 student population, most notably in the last two years
of increased kindergarten enrollment. Many of our schools
are currently at full capacity.
In order to anticipate our facility and staffing needs in the
coming years, a study was recently completed to project K-12 student
This comprehensive study factored current and historical data
about BUSD enrollment together with demographic data and planned
residential development in Berkeley. The data projects approximately
464 more students in the BUSD K-12 population over the next ten
years. The heaviest concentration of increased enrollment
is expected in the elementary schools.
Wednesday - October 7, 2009 7:30 PM
Berkeley Arts Magnet Auditorium
Thursday - October 8, 2009 6:30
PM Malcolm X Auditorium
Tuesday - October 13, 2009 6:30 PM
The Board of Education, at its September 23rd meeting, reviewed
some alternatives to address this expected enrollment increase.
The Board identified a preferred plan and two alternate proposals;
these will be presented at three community forums to inform and
provide the community with the opportunity to offer feedback on
these proposals. The staff recommendations involve changes that
could affect enrollment and space development at all of our schools.
The proposals currently have specific considerations for Jefferson,
Berkeley Arts Magnet, and Malcolm X Elementary Schools.
A final recommendation is scheduled to go to the Berkeley School
Board at the October 28th school board meeting.
Send comments to the Board of Education:
[ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org
Write "Comments on K-5 Zones" in the subject area.
Mail Comments to:
BUSD Board of Ed
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Associated Documents available on the website:
[ http://www.berkeley.k12.ca.us/ ]www.berkeley.k12.ca.us
New application period for 2009 Winter after-school employment!
Berkeley youth can now pick up applications beginning October
1st, 2009 and have until October 31st, 2009 to submit.
Qualified Youth, between 14 and 25 years old, (Berkeley residents
only) will be placed in a variety of jobs, including childcare,
recreation & clerical positions within city departments and
various community organizations. The pay is $8.00/hr, and
Youth may work up to 15 hours per week. Most jobs will begin
mid-December, 2009 and youth will work for up to 8 weeks.
As part of the Winter after-school Youth employment program, all
youth who are accepted are required to attend mandatory paperwork
sessions and orientations. YouthWorks staff will provide
all necessary information and paperwork to applicants upon hire.
To apply: Youth need to come in person to the YouthWorks office
to sign for and pick up an application and other required paperwork
beginning Oct 1st, 2009. The completed application with
Parental Authorization must be returned by October 31st,along
with Photo ID, Social Security Card, Proof of Residence, a typed
or word-processed resume, and a recent progress report showing
a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Please note: The submission of a completed application does not
guarantee placement into a job, it is a competitive process.
However, we do encourage all interested youth to apply: regardless
of outcome, YouthWorks staff will provide coaching and guidance
on an ongoing basis.
For further information, contact:
Office Hours: 8am- 5:00pm Monday through Friday (except
for holidays and reduced service days for the City of Berkeley)
For older youth 18-25 years old, YouthWorks staff accepts applications
year-round, please call or come in for more information.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"More than aspirin: Bayer's focus on specialty
medicine" by David
Morrill, Oakland Tribune.
" Someone says Bayer.
The other says aspirin. The two go hand-in-hand.
Ask 17-year old water polo
player Anthony Ong of De La Salle in Concord, and he associates
Bayer to Kogenate.
By the way the noise is back--a
high pitch squeal** coming from the direction of the Bayer south
**squeal |skw?l| |skwil|
a long, high-pitched cry or noise
Some "picture books"
about Our Town worth checking out are; "Berkeley
Postcard History" by Wendy Markel, "Berkeley
1900" by Richard Schwartz and Sandra Bruch, "Jews
of Oakland and Berkeley" by Frederick Isaac, and"It
Came From Berkeley" by David Weinstein.
"Scholars plan first US Islamic college
in Berkeley" is
a report at jpost.com.
"Imam Zaid Shakir has
high hopes for Islamic scholarship in America - aspirations that
include the first accredited four-year Islamic college in the
United States. "
"When State Universities Lose State Support"
opines Nancy Folbre at
"The budget of the public
higher education system of California has been slashed by over
20 percent, on top of previous cuts. Faculty and student protests
kicked into place the first week of classes, reflecting enormous
contention over the best way to respond.
What's happening in California
is both a harbinger of things to come in other states and an amplification
of a national trend."
"California protests take holistic look" is opinion at mndaily.com from our Daily
Cal."Community colleges are important to the University
of California system."
"First Chapter: A Bomb in Every Issue"
is an excerpt from a
work about Rampart's magazine at nytimes.com.
"On a bright spring
day in 1962, two months before Edward Keating published the Þrst
issue of Ramparts magazine, President John F. Kennedy stepped
to the podium at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium to address 88,000
eager listeners.It was the largest live audience Kennedy ever
addressed and the biggest event in the University of California's
history. The occasion was the university's ninety-fourth anniversary,
but Kennedy's presence had turned it into something else: a celebration
of cold war liberalism at its peak."
"Berkeley High School to open yet another
academy -- for green energy" reports
Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune.
"Believe it or not,
Berkeley is about to become greener."
"Scam targets California small businesses" is a story at abclocal.com.
"There is a new warning
out about a new business scheme that targets people with small
companies in California.
are popping up around the state demanding people pay a company
a large fee or face losing a business. Now the attorney general
is investigating because these letters are not official and you
do not have to pay.
Scott Davaly set up his own
limited liability company to manage his property in Berkeley'
The process was quick and cheap.
Every other year, the state
sends out a form and you send them $20 and that's it," he
told 7 On Your Side. "
posts from the past
At last night's Potter Creek
community meeting Kava said of the 2819 8th Street property "I'm
going to buy it tomorrow."
Negotiations have been concluded
between Berkeley Bowl owner, Glenn Yasuda and Affordable Housing
Associates for part of AHA's adjacent property--escrow to close
the end of this month. The property--a strip along their north
side--will be used for additional Berkeley Bowl parking.
We're quoted on the City
of Berkeley website--uncensored! My version of the Potter Creek
meeting and a readers impressions of the WeBIAC Forum are there
and more. Check it out here.
So, . . . why was that rock
thrown through my window last night? For the same reason my American
flags were stolen, or hang-up phone calls made? Or was it a childish
prank? Well, the male that I saw running away was about six-feet
tall, thin, and with a three-quarter length "jacket."
Berkeley PD received three
reports of glass-breaking in Potter Creek Friday night--all occurring
between 8:00 and 9:00 PM. The car parked in front of the home
of our community group-head had half of its windows broken-out.
The motor-home parked next to the home of our community activist
had its windshield smashed, and a rock was thrown through my window.
It's been reported that the
Mayor and most of his staff aren't working these days--vacations,
family emergencies,etc. Funny, I haven't noticed any difference.
Well, . . . a rock was thrown
through my window.
Ok Boss, . . .
come back to work please.
Was it Mao who said "You
know you are successful if you are being attacked?"
Or was it Moe?
The average browsing time
on 10/6 was 55 minutes per reader.
Time in Berkeley for a "New
Radicalism?" The one we've followed for over 40 years is
grounded in the '60s and in an "Insurrection" that we--remember--lost.
Seems, for over 40 years we've been following a losing culture,
strategy and tactics and its leaders.
Definitely time to change.
"Filipino students push for Philippine
Studies at Berkeley" reports
Marconi Calindas at gmanewstv.com
"Filipino and Filipino-American
students of the University of California (UC) in Berkeley continue
to push for the establishment of Philippine Studies classes amid
a budget crisis faced by the school.
'We are now focusing on getting
more Philippine classes while securing our current Tagalog classes,'
Lean Deleon said, referring to his group, the Committee for Philippine
"Xinet Introduces WebNative Suite 16.0" is a press release at whattheythink.com.
"Xinet, Inc., the leader
in digital asset management (www.xinet.com), today announced the
release of Xinet WebNative Suite 16.0. This new release presents
expanded versatility with an easy-to-use, streamlined, Web-based
graphical user interface (GUI), improved tools for administrators,
and new features that greatly improve the management of graphic
assets and enhance workflow efficiency."
" Rational Irrationality" is a report by John Cassidy at newyorker.com.
"The real reason that capitalism is so crash-prone."
post from the past
In August, I posted
Sunday afternoon Sally had
a party for Norma Finch, Richard's Mom. (Norma who turned ninety-one
has just passed her drivers test.) Though the La Farine hazel-nut,
almond, chocolate, cherry torte was unexpectedly delicious, Norma's
story about meeting her husband, Dan was even more delicious.
In the 1930s, Dan, an inventor, was driving around the country
with his cousin testing a current invention, a multiple-fuel '36
Buick. (It'd run on whiskey, Richard chimed in.) Seems the boys
stopped in Haywarden, Iowa to visit some of cousin's relatives.
And, it happened at that time Norma was visiting back home from
Takoma Washington, where she was working. During their stay down
the street, the boys would often walk past Norma's house. But
Norma says that it was her Mother who noticed them and asked Norma
to invited them in. Well, she did. So, Norma invited Dan and his
cousin in. They came in through the back--the kitchen--door. Lots
of good food and talk were had in kitchens. Among other things,
they decided they'd meet the next day at the Sand Pit--the swimming
hole. They did, and over the days in Haywarden they got to know
each well enough that they wrote to each other after they left--Dan
went to Harvard and Norma back to Tacoma. After some time away
they met again in Haywarden and then-SCANDALOUSLY--took the train
together to meet Dan's parents in Glendale.
Dan and Norma
Jarad email (excerpts)
I read your thoughts
on "Time in Berkeley for a "New Radicalism?" and
I agree wholeheartedly. I was born in the 1960's, but like many
people of my generation, I don't relate to the values of my parents.
The reason is that I grew up in different times with different
social issues than they did. It's boring, it's frustrating, it's
ridiculous that our city continues to be steered in directions
that are dictated by the distant echoes of a by-gone era.
wrong with activism, but if you are going to be active, with all
of the real, pressing, and critical problems we face today, how
about falling back on common sense and direct all activism to
addressing the problems we have right here in our own city,. .
In an effort to outline a
new progessivism, and understanding that the 60's model and its
derivatives have failed, I jump back over the '60s to the 1950's
thinking of C.
Wright Mills, H.H.
Arendt and others.
Stay fracking tuned.
C. Wright Mills
and his Beemer
Real Estate May Be Next Victim of Recession" is a disturbing
report by Paul Solman of the Lehrer News Hour.
"Just two years ago an office space in midtown Manhattan
could fetch close to $1.7 billion. Today, the same property trades
for about $600 million. A sign the commercial real estate market
will be the next shoe to drop in the U.S. economy? "
Judging from the number of
workers and work-vehicles, Bayer's 8th and Parker remodel is providing
a good amount of jobs.
"Can CA Economy Afford Climate Policies?" is a story at ca.sys-con.com.
"New UC Report Assesses
Business-As-Usual vs. Aggressive Clean Energy Policy"
" City Expects Swine Flu Vaccines This
Week" by Riya Bhattacharjee
of our Planet.
"Berkeley health officials
said Tuesday, Oct. 6, that the city is expecting its first shipment
of H1N1 vaccines as early as this week.
The first swine flu nasal
spray vaccines were distributed in different states all over the
Although priority will given
to groups more likely to get sick and have H1N1flu complications
that could lead to severe illness and death, the city's acting
health officer, Dr. Janet Berreman, said anyone could get the
vaccines through their private healthcare providers.
Berreman said the city would
first be vaccinating pregnant women, people who live with or care
for infants younger than six months old, healthcare and emergency
medical services personnel, individuals between the ages of 6
months and 24 years, and people age 25 through 64 with chronic
health conditions or weak immune systems."
"Alternative Berkeley school proposed" is a report by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"The Berkeley school
board is considering creating an alternative high school or charter
school proposed by one of its high school principals for 500 kids
who are falling behind.
Victor Diaz, principal of
Berkeley Technology Academy, said the school would serve kids
from grades six through 12 who traditionally fall behind: students
of color scoring well below their white counterparts.
Berkeley schools have the
largest gap between well performing white students and students
of color in the entire State of California, according to schools
spokesman Mark Coplan."
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
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Best gas prices in 94710,
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
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this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
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is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
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Crime Log for 94710 is
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