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.
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.
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
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.
Bob and Carol's new neighbor
Our Bill of Rights
Amendment I Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the
right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III No Soldier
shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the
consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be
prescribed by law.
Amendment IV The right of
the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not
be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V No person shall
be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime,
unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except
in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia,
when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall
any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in
jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI In all criminal
prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and
public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein
the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have
been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the
witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining
witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel
for his defence.
Amendment VII In suits at
common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty
dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no
fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court
of the United States, than according to the rules of the common
Amendment VIII Excessive
bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel
and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX The enumeration
in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed
to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X The powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited
by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,
or to the people.
"Oktoberfest's Porkers Skip Beer for Cool
Rieslings This Year"
is a wine review by Ryan Flinn at bloomberg.com.
"At Speisekammer restaurant
in Alameda, California, diners chug liters of Bavarian brew from
boot-shaped glasses in a monthlong celebration of Oktoberfest.
Wine lovers who don't want
to feel left out during this beer-focused festival can enjoy wein
The restaurant has a serious
German wine list, offering more than 20 variations of Riesling,
from dry to sweet, originating from several of Germany's 13 regions
for wine-grape growing.
'It's not uncool to drink
fruity wines,' said Cindy Kahl, Speisekammer's wine buyer, in
an interview. She pointed out a J.H. Strub, that had a crisp,
green apple sweetness, but could also 'stand up to sauerkraut
and red cabbage.'
Liam Reilly, a manager at
Berkeley, California wine shop Vintage Berkeley, says Rieslings
are very food-friendly, with sugar or without.
'They sort of send electricity
through you, it's almost haunting,' he said.
The Riesling grape, which
is Germany's most planted variety, excites the wine cognoscenti
because of its ability to reflect the plot of land where it was
grown, and the styles it can be made into.
'It pulls minerality out
of the soil, so it probably shows its sense of place, or terroir,
more clearly than most other grapes,' said Matt Stevenson, another
manager at Vintage Berkeley. 'You can make it pretty much any
style you want -- from bone-dry all the way through psychedelically
"Loving restoration of a piano captured
on film" is an appreciation
by Sam Whiting, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The documentary 'Miracle
in a Box/A Piano Reborn' culminates with a farewell gala - tablecloths,
food, wine, toasts, human emotion - in honor of an object, a 1927
Steinway Model M Grand."
"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
"Pew Hispanic Center study reveals blocks
in Latinos' road to college"
is a report at thecalifornian.com.
"University of California, Berkeley " are the impressions of Cal by Susurrous at
"Aside from its many
Nobel Laureates (who get parking spaces especially for them),
the really low numbers (26.6 percent acceptance rate), and the
really high numbers (GPA, SAT, ACT), which apply to many excellent
schools, the University of California, Berkeley, or Cal, has many
other important qualities for students.
When I toured Cal, aside
from its strong programs, the most obvious plus to me was the
location. Berkeley is an exciting, stimulating college city, perfect
for the liberal-minded, independent student. It seems a smaller,
Western alternative to New York City. However, the campus itself
is not small. It spreads across thousands of acres sprinkled with
shockingly beautiful greenery, buildings, and sunshine."
"American kinetic sculptor Nemo Gould is
having an Open Studio Show on October 24th in Berkeley, California.
Don't miss the opportunity to check out the amazing and strange
robotic creatures made from found and recycled objects and materials"
is a mention at greenmuze.com.
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.
Shortly after 4:00 pm this
afternoon a . . . . man was letting off two . . . prostitutes
at 10th and Parker. He was in a white Mercedes . . .
post from the past
Who are these people?
They are some of Potter Creek's leading citizens and their guests.
Potter Creek and The Bark's Claudia and Cameron and their
new book were featured on NPR last week, but my understanding
is that their interview was not carried in the Bay Area because
of "election" coverage. Their new book's title is the
motto of their magazine: Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on
the World's Oldest Friendship. NPR's Morning Edition spoke with
three of their contributors, Ann Patchett, Maxine Kumin and Stephen
Kuusisto. Ann and Stephen read from the book, while the Pulitzer-prize
winning poet Maxine Kumin read an unpublished poem. After the
piece aired the book soared to #7 on Amazon-the highest ever for
a dog book. You can find the book at Borders-Amazon
It seems that there is a pastel miniature-poodle newly,
now-and-then, in Potter Creek.
In talking to Dave Kruse yesterday,
Dave offered his favorite lunch-restaurant and dish. The restaurant
is Phnom Penn House in Oakland at 251 8th Street. And his
favorite dish is Chicken and Broccoli with spicy peanut sauce.
Their phone number is 510-893-3825. And it seems that Kruse' facility
was built over an active well that they capped those many years
ago. Kruse also helped design and build the Scharffen Berger chocolate
factory and he still thinks of it as a particularly fine job.
A chef at one of the restaurants on College Avenue offered
that the best enchiladas are found at El Huarache Aztec at 3842
International Way in Oakland. Their phone number is 510-533-2395.
A friend, the former manager of the Buttercup Bakery, says
that the best tamales she's ever had are found at Borinquena La
Mex-icatessen, 582 7th Street, Oakland. Their phone is 444-9954.
The Potter Creek version of Mike and Richards Haley's California
Breakfast can be found at the Westside Bakery Cafe at 2570 9th
Street. For a personal history of the California Breakfast read
Buttercup and The California Breakfast. The Bakery Cafe is
a Potter Creek institution, has hardy, fresh food, makes its own
baked goods, and is a hang out. If you haven't already, go there!
Kavi's new landscaping was vandalized, the vandals
making off with nine plants. This property--his former home--is
now for rent-- with newly replaced plants.
Tienson Manufacturing Co.
2816 8th St, Berkeley is going out of business
Tom Schooley is closing shop. I believe it is or will
be for sale? If he can not find a buyer, the machines,
dies, etc. will be sold.
Tom called [my son] Brett, the other night. Brett
was not home, and I had the opportunity to talk with him.
He was a very good boss for Brett. I wish him well.
"Independent Books Inc. opens in Berkeley" is a report by Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff
"Bucking the trend of
local bookstores being crushed by Amazon.com and mega chains,
Books Inc., a small independent that traces its roots to Gold
Rush days, is expanding, with a new store on Berkeley's Fourth
Street, a stone's throw from the site of the late, lamented Cody's
Book-hungry customers forced
the store to open hours before its planned time of 1 p.m. on Monday.
"Where's the line between home and work?" asks Gillian Shaw, Canwest News Service
and gives a thoughful response with
"Marc David Seidel was
sitting in a café in Berkeley, California, watching customers
at a nearby table carry on a disjointed conversation that made
it clear each was more concerned with eyeing their phones lying
on the table.
While the pair were together
in person, their attention was directed to cyber conversations.
It was only when a thief snatched both phones off the table that
the two focused on each other."
"Calif. top justice slams state referendum
process" is an AP
report at contracostatimes.com.
"The chief justice of
the California Supreme Court criticized the state's reliance on
the referendum process Saturday, saying it has 'rendered our state
Does something like this
also apply to Our Town?
"Dollar Reaches Breaking Point as Banks
Shift Reserves" report
Ye Xie and Anchalee Worrachate at bloomberg.com.
"Central banks flush
with record reserves are increasingly snubbing dollars in favor
of euros and yen, further pressuring the greenback after its biggest
two- quarter rout in almost two decades."
Kava continues to cleanup
his new property, the former junkyard. "I feel safer walking
there now" said one of our Potter Creek business women.
Among the bills our governor
just signed into law is
AB 1393 by Assemblymember
Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) to require the University of California,
the California State University and California Community Colleges
to give priority for on-campus housing to emancipated foster youth.
On October 9th Bill Moyers
had a conversation with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Simon Johnson
about banking and economics. It's worth checking out
Not my favorite Leftist,
still Michael Moore's talk with Charlie Rose is worth
a listen. They talk about Moore's latest movie Capitalism:
A Love Story.
"Michael Francis Moore
is an American film director, author and political activist. He
is known for his outspoken, critical views on globalization, large
corporations, gun violence, the Iraq War, the United States, and
President George W. Bush. His documentaries include 'Roger &
Me', 'Bowling for Columbine', and 'Fahrenheit 9/11'."
Our Viva Burrows emails
I am inviting you all to
come to a film screening at the Pacific Film Archive on UC Berkeley
campus, Monday October 26th, 7PM sharp. I will be showing a short
film I have made on the current UC system fee hike/privatization
issues and protests, 'Free Speech for One Dollar'. Following that,
my friend, Emio Tomeoni, a local filmmaker, will be showing his
feature length documentary, 'Power Trip: Theatrically Berkeley',
on Berkeley city politics. It will be a night of local and
national political satire! . . .
To view the event page click
I hope you all can make it,
and please spread the word! See you there!
Check out my blog:
Old Berkeley Record City
employee, Mike Medved was on Israel Up Close, a television program
about Christian support for Israel. Mike looks good, talks good.
For Mike at Record City read
I don't know
what Medved learned which
is part ofBack in
The Day: Selling Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave.
posts from the past
Bowman correctly identified the Boeing F4B-4's squadron as VF-6,
the carrier as the Saratoga and the decade as the 1930s. Mr.Bowman
won Miles and Cannonball's "Somethin' Else."
an art to brewing a cup of coffee? If there is, Papa's crew at
Caffé Trieste have perfected it. This morning, I had a
cup of house blend that was strong and flavorful without tasting
bitter or burnt--well, it was just freshly brewed.
with him from India a beautiful art book, "RAJA RAVI VARMA,
The Painter Prince 1848-1906." It is published by PARSRAM
MANGHARAM, Bangalore--a quite astounding painter and an astounding
production. He is beautiful only in a way Indians can be.
Family and the Caffé Trieste Music Family invite the citizens of Berkeley
to A GRAND OPENING at CafféTrieste on Sunday, October 24 from
2PM to 5PM.
Chron gossip columnist, Leah
Garchik, offers in an October 6th column P.S. "Former San
Francisco D.A. Terence Hallinan and former prostitute and Coyote
(Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics)-founder Margo St. James will
host a fund-raiser for Berkeley's Proposition Q (to make prostitution
a low-priority crime) on Thursday at the Mariposa Yacht Club in
San Francisco." Perhaps Ms.Garchik should read "Measure
Q Enforcement of State Prostitution Laws."
on the City of Berkeley Web Site.
Some words to live by from
Pauli of the Sopranos "You're only as good as your last envelope."
Pete's Potter Creek raingauge
showed 4.1 inches from mid-day 10/12 to mid-day 10/13.
Pete's 15:18 update yesterday
is 4.65 inches for the whole storm.
flooding, power outages prevalent as storm hits Bay Area"
is a report by Robert Salonga and Sean Maher, Bay Area
"The strongest October
storm in 47 years is sweeping across the Bay Area today, forcing
evacuations in the Santa Cruz mountains, wreaking havoc on commuters
and causing power outages to thousands."
our Ryan Lau emails
Just a couple announcements
for the rainy season
In preparation for continued rains, the City has sandbags available
at all fire stations, the closest likely being First Station 1
at 2442 Eighth Street (off of Dwight), (510) 981-5510 and at the
Corporation Yard at 1326 Allston Way, (510) 981-6620 .
Proof of residency is required.
To report storm drain backups and for emergency issues, both during
City work hours and after hours, please call (510) 981-6620.
All Storm Day
Also, residents are invited to join City staff to prepare for
the winter storm season!
All Storm Day is Saturday, November 21, 2009 where Public Works
staff and City employee volunteers pitch in to clean storm drains
in areas that flood during heavy rains. This designated day allows
City staff to focus on problem areas.
It is a great time to meet up with neighbors, residents and City
staff, and clear out problem storm drains. Clearing the storm
drains of debris also prevents trash from ending up in the Bay.
Last year almost 17 tons of debris were collected on All Storm
Residents can also help protect the Bay and their neighborhood
from winter storms by volunteering
Saturday, November 21, 2009 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
There will be staging areas around town. Check this website for
updates as the date approaches. Call to sign up now, and we will
make every effort to put you to work near your house.
HOW: If you want to volunteer to help clean out storm drains and
bag the debris, please leave a voicemail on (510) 981-6618 or
City Staff will teach volunteers to safely clean a storm drain
before, during and after storms. We'll also be supplying vests,
gloves, equipment, and biodegradable bags.
There are other steps you and your neighbors can take to help
prevent flooding in Berkeley and prevent trash from ending up
in San Francisco Bay.
· Adopt-A-Drain or organize a storm drain sewer stenciling
project for your group. Contact Josh Bradt at (510) 981-6418 or
via e-mail at email@example.com.
· Pick up sandbags before the rainy season starts. Up to
ten bags per property address may be picked up at 1326 Allston
Way. Proof of residency is required.
· Keep our number handy for a rainy day! If there is a
storm drain backup, call Customer Service at (510) 981-6620.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
Ms Ostrander emails
We got a resolution on your
noise problem a couple of weeks ago but I've been on vacation
and haven't had a chance to report back--I hope you've been able
to tell even without my notification.
Bayer Facilities people determined
that the whining you were concerned about was coming from a noisy
fan on the roof of a building near the Seventh Street boundary
of Bayer property. They have repaired the problem, so we expect
things will be much quieter from here on in.
Thanks for the prompt report!
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
Partners LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm, today announced
it has signed a definitive agreement to make an equity investment
in Grocery Outlet Inc., an extreme value grocery retailer with
over 135 stores in the Western United States.
Terms of the transaction
were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Berkeley,
California, Grocery Outlet Inc. is a third-generation family-owned
business that was founded in 1946 by Jim Read. Today the company
is led by Co-Chief Executive Officers MacGregor Read and Eric
Lindberg. Grocery Outlet is able to offer brandname products up
to 60% below traditional retailers by purchasing discounted surplus
inventory directly from more than 2,500 grocery manufacturers.
Grocery Outlet stores are managed by local, independent operators.
Why are the "Big Boys"
investing in cheap food? RP
"Igniting the Growth of Jobs" opines Bob Herbert at nytimes.com.
"Think of this recession
as a monstrous hurricane that swept through the job market and
is still wreaking havoc. The latest unemployment rate for California
is a knee-buckling 12.2 percent, the highest since World War II..
Mr. Reich, who teaches at
the University of California, Berkeley, is among those who favor
a tax credit for small businesses that create jobs. This is tricky.
Policy makers have to make sure that the credit is given only
for net new hires, as companies will attempt to get a tax break
for hires they would have made anyway."
"US President Obama nominates Greek American
businesswoman for Hungarian Ambassador" is a report at portofolio.hu.
"US President Barack Obama nominated Northern California
businesswoman Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis for Ambassador to Hungary."
In keeping with this precedent,
I nominate our Anthy Victor as Ambassador to San Francisco.
Came From Berkeley" we find
"In 1971, following
'the first radical take over of city government' the new city
council refused to pledge allegiance to the flag. The council
was soon spending more time on Vietnam and Racism in Rhodesia
. . .
How did Berkeley switch from
a culturally liberal city with a Republican dominated government
to a city run by liberals and radicals? . . .
Race had a lot to do with
it . . . [and] lowering the voting age . . . also had a lot to
do with it. . . .
Radicals . . . made the war
a make-or-break issue. The shift from liberal pro-war Democrats
to antiwar radicals proved as profound as the early shift from
Republicans to liberal Democrats. . . .
The second major victory
came quickly. In 1971, the radicals won four major seats on the
council . . . with the election of Loni Hancock, D'Armey Bailey,
and Ira Simmons . . . to the council, and Warren Widner as mayor.
. . . eighty-nine officers
quit the police force in disgust in 1971 and 1972 as radicals
demanded 'community control' of the police. . . .
'The years between 1971 and
1973 were the most difficult years on the city council' [Hancock]
wrote 'maybe the most difficult years of my life.'
But the progressives became
the establishment. Since the '70s they have either dominated the
council or traded off with slates of moderate Democrats. . . "
Whoa, 38 years in power.
After all those decades do you get too comfortable?
Time for change? RP
The mob behavior of the Insurrection
and its radical remnants remain active in Berkeley today. In disruptive
behavior at meetings, confrontational politics, street hooliganism.
This behavior, I would submit,
is tolerated or even unconsciously approved of by our Establishment,
whose cultural roots are themselves in the Insurrection.
We lost, time to get over
it, not to obsessively relive and relive and relive it. Trying,
as if it were a failed marriage, to make it ok, to make it right.
"Berkeley Rep takes spotlight as Broadway
star" is an appreciation
Theatre is fast emerging as one of Broadway's most important 'farm
teams,' and that's good news not only for the East Bay theater,
but perhaps for Bay Area theater in general.
In the past couple of weeks
alone: The Rep's production of Carrie Fisher's 'Wishful Drinking'
opened in New York to rave reviews. The New York Times added its
voice to the chorus of positive reviews for the Rep's current
production of the Green Day musical, 'American Idiot.' And Associate
Artistic Director Les Waters flew to New York to ready the Rep's
'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)' for its Nov. 19 opening."
"DNA points to Berkeley carjack suspect" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A man suspected of
trying to carjack two women in the parking lot of a Berkeley supermarket
in December before stealing a car was arrested early today after
DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, police said."
"Dylan at Berkeley: Setlist for Sunday,
rare audio from Saturday" is
a list and an audio at examiner.com.
"Green Day to rock Singapore" is a report at thestar.com.
"Green Day's much anticipated
concert across the causeway next January is set to attract many
local rock fans. . . . The Berkeley, California-raised band will
be plugging in a full concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium
on Jan 14."
"No job is not the problem. No healthcare
- that's the real bum deal. Healthcare may be a political football
here, but thank your lucky stars we don't have to beg on the streets
to pay for lifesaving treatment" is a story at guardian.co.uk.
"Peter works in my local
independent bookshop in Berkeley, California, and is keen to learn
more about the NHS, and to explain why getting sick in America
can be so perilous. Peter works part-time and earns a modest income.
He has been without employer-based health insurance something
tens of millions of Americans rely on to pay for medical bills
since he became disabled, and is visibly perplexed by people
who want to retain a system that means millions of people like
him are'denied basic treatment.
"It has to work, it
just has to,' he says of President Obama's plans to reform healthcare
so that the 40 million Americans currently without health insurance
have access to some, and so that those depending on employers
to provide it don't end up denied life-saving treatment should
they be unlucky enough to lose their job.
"Just released in July, grocery retailers
across the Western states have clamored to get Jolly Llama into
their frozen foods sections" is
a press release at reuters.com.
"Over 150stores, including
most Whole Foods Stores (California), Oliver's (Sonoma County),
Nugget Markets (Sacramento area), New Leaf Markets (Santa Cruz
County), Berkeley Bowls (Berkeley), Mother's Markets (Los Angeles),
Basha's and Sprouts (Phoenix), and numerous others in Washington
and Arizona now carry the squeezable single-serve tubes. Consumers
nationwide can order the four flavors (blueberry, acai, strawberry,
and mango) for home delivery through the company's website, www.jollyllamasorbets.com.
Suggested retail price is $1.49 for a 3 oz. tube."
"Remote controlled bugs buzz off" is a story by Patrick Jackson at bbcnews.com.
project to control flying insects remotely has sent ripples of
excitement across the scientific pond."
Ya gotta love the Pentagon.
"Lawrence Berkeley Lab scores $16M stimulus
funding for cloud computing study" reports Steven E.F. Brown in the San Francisco
"Athletic spending belies California's
budget crisis" opines
Steve Wieberg at athleticbusiness.com.
Ken remined me earlier this
week that for the Holidays Acme bakes panettone
bread. Look for it.
posts from the past
People in École
Bilingue's Halloween Parade
Many more people
"Bring your bikes: Bicycle
mechanic-teacher Josh Church and the dozen or so students who
are learning repair skills at King Middle School in Berkeley are
running out of bicycles" writes Meredith May in her as-usually-informative
Notes" in the San Francisco
"The Berkeley harpsichord
maker lives and breathes the music of another era." writes
Jim Doyle of my neighbor in "Harpsichord
Heaven" in the San Francisco
Chronicle. And I thought it was the S. F. Giants and steam-trains.
Remember, "It's the Great
Pumpkin Charle Brown" is on Channel 7 at 8:00 PM, tonite.
(It really is more than a tale of thinking outside the box gone
Bruce Herman immediately
after his extreme makeover.
Bruce was quite traumatized
last week when a six-pack of 6ft hydrogen cylinders was dropped
a mere 8 feet from him. "Boom, boom," he muttered all
during his make over. The hydrogen cylinders dropped-over next
to him at Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass were the old fashion
Atlas Welding containers, not to be confused with promising but
still impractical hydrogen cells.
Bruce H. has been
with us for some four years now, and feeling well after his makeover,
wishes all a
dear, . . . you don't understand
we got 45 . . . THEY only
Ya gotta love "Vintage
Cross Dressing" at sfgate.com.
"Berkeley gives BMW dealership a big break"
reports crackerjack Carolyn
Jones at sfagate.com.
"Weatherford BMW won
about $600,000 in waived fees from the Berkeley City Council on
Tuesday after threatening to move the lucrative dealership to
So Boz, I don't want to be
threatening or anything but I was thinking of moving to El Sobrante.
Huh, "Have a nice life, Ron?"
"City Starts Swine Flu Vaccinations" by Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.
"The City of Berkeley
received its first shipment of intranasal H1N1 vaccine from the
state Tuesday, Oct. 6, the same day it administered more than
2,000 seasonal flu vaccines to the public.
Berkeley's Health Department
spokesperson Zandra Lee said the city had received a total of
800 vaccines, of which 100 were allotted to the city and the rest
to private health care providers.
The number of vaccines was
based on Berkeley's total population, she said.
Approximately 400,000 doses
of H1N1 nasal spray vaccine arrived in California this week. More
doses are expected in the coming weeks, including the injectable
flu shot. "
"California lost more than five times as
many jobs in September as it did the month before, signaling that
the state's employment woes continue despite a budding economic
recovery" is a report
"Berkeley resident Sherisa
Notmeyer was informed a month ago that she was being downsized
from her job in desktop support at a medical manufacturing company.
She's been looking for work but is finding that there are a lot
of candidates for very few positions. Job hunting is discouraging
in an employer's market, she said.
'It's not as bad as it was
during the whole dot-com crash,' she said. 'But it's not very
"UC Berkeley gets $29M for underground
lab plan" is a report
"The National Science
Foundation will pay $29.1 million for the University of California,
Berkeley, to study how to turn a former South Dakota gold mine
into a laboratory nearly a mile underground."
"The Times's Bay Area Edition [Started]
Friday" by Richard
Perez-Pena at nytimes.com.
"The New York Times
will publish its first San Francisco Bay Area edition on Friday,
and a couple of prominent California journalists will contribute
to it, the paper said on Thursday.
The edition will reach print
sooner than executives had predicted over the summer, meaning
that it will go on the market before a planned Wall Street Journal
edition for the Bay Area, which is expected later this fall. The
new Times edition will include extra pages of local news on Fridays
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .65 inches yesterday at about 3:30 PM.
"Biden to model solar finance plan on Berkeley's" reports Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff
"The solar financing
plan that originated in Berkeley in 2007 will become a national
model, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.
Biden's program, known as
Recovery Through Retrofit, creates a framework for cities, counties
and states to set up tax districts that allow residential and
business property owners to install solar panels and make other
energy improvements, repaying the investment over a 20-year property
"Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary
honored by city council" is
a story by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Berkeley is selecting
Oct. 31 as a day to honor of one of its medical marijuana dispensaries,
calling the Berkeley Patients Group a 'national model.' The group
at last week's City Council meeting got the official declaration
for Berkeley Patients Group Day to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
. . .
The group gives away about
$300,000 a year to organizations like the Center for Early Intervention
on Deafness across the street, summer lunches to kids at the San
Pablo Park recreation center, the downtown YMCA, homeless organizations,
the school-lunch program at Malcolm X Elementary School and others.
City Councilman Darryl Moore
said the city likes its dispensaries to run a tight ship and give
back to the community.
'I know they've been very
generous with organizations,' Moore said. 'They've been a wonderful
neighbor on San Pablo; the place is always clean. They have good
security, and the neighbor's don't complain.' "
Though they are located just
about right-across-the-street from THE favorite corner of Potter
Creek's whores--the bus stop on Grayson and San Pablo.
Legalization is, of course,
the adult solution--for both drugs and prostitution. RP
"Do our wine lists ignore California?" asks the Cellarist at sfgate.com.
""Go to Chez Panisse
this week, and the figs will come from Cannard Farms in Sonoma
while the black cod hails from Bolinas. But you'll find as many
bottles of white wine from southern Italy alone as from all of
California. And that's with France serving as inspiration for
Alice Waters' local food temple."
"Are the city council
members dope smokers" asks Marsha Wacko.
"Medical marijuana is an insult to our
the washington post.
"The Justice Department
says it's backing off the prosecution of people who smoke pot
or sell it in compliance with state laws that permit 'medical
marijuana.' Attorney General Eric Holder says "it will not
be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with
serious illnesses or their caregivers." Party hardy! I mean
-- let the healing begin!
I don't think the federal
government should be spending a whole lot of time on small-time
druggies, and I'm undecided about legalizing pot, which enjoys
44 percent support among the general public, according to a recent
poll. Recreational use is not the wisest thing -- and if my 12-year-old
son is reading this, that means you! -- but it's no more harmful
than other drugs (e.g., alcohol) and impossible to eradicate.
On the other hand, I worry it's a gateway to harder stuff. So
I think we probably should have an open debate about decriminalization.
But it should be a real debate,
about real decriminalization, and not clouded -- pardon the expression
-- by hokum about 'medical marijuana.' To the extent it puts the
attorney general's imprimatur on the notion that people are getting
pot from 'caregivers' to deal 'with serious illnesses' -- as opposed
to growing their own or flocking to "dispensaries" just
to get high -- the Justice Department's move is not so constructive."
"Everyone knows I have a penchant for food" writes Carmine Santa Maria at yournabe.brooklyn.com.
"Imagine educating children by having them plant, grow, harvest
and cook the healthy food they've produced. This soon will be
happening under the fervor of P.S. 216's Principal Celia Kaplinsky,
who traveled to Berkeley, California to gain approval for this
ambitious project. The Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 will be the
first four-season ESY and the first in New York City, creating
a space where schoolchildren plant, harvest, prepare food, and
eat together the fruits of their labor, while studying and using
a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum tied to New York
State 'Learning Standards that connects food systems to academic
subjects such as literacy, science, social studies, math and the
Came From Berkeley" Dave Weinstein writes "[In]
1905 . . . August Vollmer--a Marine veteran of the Spanish American
War's bloody Philippines campaign, and a town firefighter--was
elected marshal. . . .
Although he claimed to have
no education, education is what he based his policing on. That,
plus technology, and science--and sometimes pseudo-science. By
1906, Berkeley had its first bicycle patrol, a centralized record
system that tracked criminals' modi operandi, and a system of
electric lights spaced throughout town to communicate with officers.
It was said to be the first electric communications system in
By 1913, Berkeley had the
earliest all-motorized police department in the nation, and by
1919, the city equipped some of its cars with radios, In 1915,
Berkeley had its own crime detection lab. . . .
'Crimonologists know that
a policeman's energies should be devoted to removing causes of
crime, not to pursuing crimials,' Vollmer said. . . .' We must
deal with the child in the early and plastic period of his life
when his attitudes, his religion, social and personal ideals are
being developed.' Vollmer sent police women into Berkeley schools
to inculcate the young. . . .
One of the first lie detectors
was developed in Berkeley by John A Larsen, a PhD in physiology
whom Vollmer brought into the department. The machine was improved
in 1920 by Leonarde Keeler, . . .
'The Keeler Polygraph' became
one of the most used in the country, and Keeler became a leading
criminologist. . . .
Vollmer opposed capital punishment
and treated panhandlers leniently. . . . He also believed in free
speech, backing the YMCA's decision to open its meeting rooms
to every one, even Communists, a philosophy he had no truck with.
. . .
By 1924, according to Colliers
magazine, Vollmer was 'the most famous policeman in the world.'
The more I read about the
history of Berkeley, I'm coming to the conclusion that we are
just now coming out of a forty-year dark age and that we are being
led out by. . . arrgh, Da Boz.RP
KTVU-TV reports an explosion last night in the south
of campus area--possibly a pipe bomb.
"Dramaturge dilvulges her favorite hangouts"
is a story by Aidin Vaziri,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Philippa Kelly, an
Australian Shakespeare scholar, has found her place in the East
Bay as the resident dramaturge for Cal Shakes, the California
"Nokia expands research portfolio with
reports Iain Thomson in San Francisco at v3.co.uk.
"Nokia has opened a
new research centre at the University of California, Berkeley,
and has said that pure research is vital as the world comes out
"Solar Bonds: Taking Stock of the Sun"
is a report at good.is.
"The challenges facing
a widespread shift to solar power are not small: Complicated physics,
materials shortages, and price are the big ones. Unexpectedly,
it is cost that seems hardest to overcome. No matter how cheap
silicon or thin-film photovoltaic cells become, there will always
be the cost of installing them on your roof-an expense that currently
doubles or even triples the price of every solar panel. They can
take decades to pay off, far longer than most homeowners or businesses
stay in the building they've thus improved."
Sally is putting in a new fence and Merryll is planting and Viva
Burrows' photo is on the front page of yesterday's Chron.
CEID director, Jill Ellis
Our kids at CEID are off to our favorite Pumpkin Patch next week
(Bob Kubik's) we'll look forward to sending you photos of
on 10/11/09 I posted
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.
Yesterday's East Bay Express
a story about Our Town by David Weinstein, author of "It
Came From Berkeley."
I guess the staff reads Scrambled
Eggs--or not. Hell, and I thought the Express was just an alternate-lifestyle
"The Good Life: Our comfort (food) zone
simmers and evolves"
is a story by Rick Kushman at sacbee.com.
"The weather's getting
cooler. We've had some rain. The nights can be cold. You can feel
it in the air. We're coming to the season of comfort food.
Sacramento chef Mai Pham
lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, last week
about eating healthy and still heartily so she seemed
a good person to ask how our notions of comfort food have changed
in recent years."
"Green Cities California Unveils Best Practices
Website" by Leslie
Guevarra from Greener World Media.
"Green Cities California,
the collaborative of 10 cities and counties acknowledged as sustainability
leaders, launches a website today that's to serve as a resource
for other communities striving to go green."
"Job market lands more grads back at home" by Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer
includes a photo and a couple of paragraphs about our Viva,
900 GRAYSON food server.
"Viva Barrows, a 2007
Cal grad, had big dreams. She expected to be hired by Promises
Films in Berkeley where she interned, but the struggling documentary
company wasn't hiring. So she looked elsewhere for a film job
and got callbacks and interviews, then rejections.
Getting a master's degree
seemed the logical alternative, and she was accepted by a film
school in Vancouver. With the promise of a Sallie Mae loan for
less than 10 percent, Barrows set out for British Columbia in
June. On the way, she got the loan documents by e-mail and read
the fine print: a 13 percent rate - and variable.
'It would've amounted to
upwards of $100,000,' Barrows said. She turned the car around
and, at 25, moved back in with her father and stepmother in Oakland
and became a waitress.
'I'm giving myself six months,'
she said. 'If I can't find a good job or a project worth sticking
around town for, I'm going to seek out somewhere else to start
fresh. And that could be anywhere in the whole world.' "
"Police Investigate Explosion on Residential
"Berkeley police and
fire officials are investigating an explosion a few blocks from
the University of California at Berkeley campus Tuesday night,
a police lieutenant said this morning.
Neighbors called police at
about 10:12 p.m. reporting an explosion that 'set off car alarms
and rattled windows,' Lt. Diane Delaney said.
No one was injured in the
blast, which occurred near Blake Street and Chilton Way, she said.
Officers found a plastic jug containing some powder at the site.
The Berkeley Fire Department's
hazardous materials team responded, along with the Police Department's
bomb disposal team. Investigators did not find anything else in
the area, Delaney said. Teams took samples, cleaned up the area
and are investigating the incident."
Delaney said she did not
have any details on what the substance might be, except that it
was not hazardous to the officers who arrived to contain it."
CEID's Cindy Dickeson emails
Just thought I'd give you
the scoop on a couple of great neighborhood 'photo ops' in the
next several days
CEID classes will be visiting Bob and Carol's Pumpkin Patch tomorrow
10:00am-11:30am and on the 29th we will be having our annual Halloween
celebration --- the costume parade and presentation will be at
Did you catch the article in the Berkeley Voice about CEID last
Friday? Oh yes, it was there.
Hope you are doing well. . . .
"Deafness center helps kids avoid world
of silence" by Damin
Esper at berkeleyvoice.com.
"Jose Vasquez perked
up. As the music played - a song celebrating a good morning -
Jose first pumped his hands to the beat, then stood up and danced.
Next to Jose, Maria Lopez bobbed her head. Soon, the rest of the
2-year olds in the class followed suit.
Jose is hearing impaired.
But thanks to a cochlear implant and the work of the staff at
Berkeley's Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID), Jose
and his classmates aren't growing up in a world of silence.
CEID began in 1980 when Jill
Ellis started a federally funded three-year program in San Francisco.
When the grant ran out, Ellis continued on, moving to the East
Bay and reaching out to more families."
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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Want to see weather coming
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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
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this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
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