had its Halloween Parade
and Kubik sends
CEID kids at Bob and Carol's
Pumpkin Patch today
"California School for the Deaf celebrates
150 years" by Linh
Tat, Oakland Tribune.
"More than 4000 people
are expected to descend upon California School for the Deaf this
homecoming weekend to celebrate the institution's 150th anniversary.
Scheduled activities today
include a school pep rally with former 49er star Ronnie Lott and
an athletic hall of fame ceremony and dinner.
On Saturday, the public is
invited to watch a 150th anniversary parade at noon, plus the
cross-country, volleyball and football homecoming games. There
also will be a banquet and dance that evening for those with tickets.
On Sunday, alumni will gather
for class reunions. . . .
What started as a three-pupil
school in San Francisco in May 1860 has grown into an institution
annually serving about 480 students from preschool through grade
12 on its Fremont campus. It also offers early intervention through
its infant program.
After opening in 1860, California
School for the Deaf moved to UC Berkeley in 1869. In 1980, the
school relocated to Fremont after it was discovered that the Hayward
fault line ran under the Berkeley campus."
Browsing time on 10/21/09
was just over one hour per reader.
"Sunday, November 1, 2009 the White House
Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is hosting an open community
discussion on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) at Berkeley
High School. The forum is open to everyone interested in listening
or sharing opinions related to the NHAS" reports reuters.com.
the HIV/AIDS Community Discussion will be given up to one minute
to provide their National HIV/AIDS Strategy recommendations. In
addition, participants will be given the opportunity to submit
written recommendations before leaving the event, or alternatively,
can forward their recommendations to AIDSpolicy@who.eop.gov."
"Men's Varsity Eight Races Top Competition
at Head of Charles Regatta" is
a report at drexeldragons.com.
"Drexel Crew sent its
men's varsity eight to the Head of the Charles Regatta, one of
the most prestigious races in rowing, where the newly named "Annette
Pennoni" boat finished 32nd of 37 entrants. The race included
some of the fastest boats in rowing with top entrants from schools
such as the University of Washington, California-Berkeley and
Stanford as well as national teams from the United States and
"The Shriver Report: Parity Between The
Sexes? Not Yet"
is a story at trueslant.com.
"This week California's
First Lady Maria Shriver, with the help of the think tank, Center
for American Progress, released The Shriver Report, titled 'A
Woman's Nation Changes Everything.' The idea for the research
report came earlier this year when the nation faced a proverbial
tipping point-for the first time ever, half of workers in the
U.S. workforce were women. "
"Cost of solar panels drops--but tax breaks
dip too" is a brief
report at latimes.com.
"The average cost of solar photovoltaic power systems in
the U.S. plunged more than 30% from 1998 to 2008, with a 4% drop
between 2007 and 2008, according to a new report from the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory.
But a simultaneous drop in
total after-tax incentives for photovoltaics from 2007 to 2008
resulted in a slight rise in net installed cost, according to
the lab, which is run by the Department of Energy."
"Samantha Stollenwerck Releases Her New
CD, Carefree" is
a press release at gibson.com.
is making waves with the anticipated independent release of her
new record 'Carefree"'on November 10th. Samantha is a California
native who formed her first band, Shady Lady, in college1999 in
Berkeley, California. She gained attention in San Francisco for
her unique blend of soulful pop she likes to call 'Cali-soul'
The owner of Black Oaks Book
purchased the old blues club on San Pablo with the idea of making
a book store.
how "Krazy" is
most build "ships in
Kubik builds aeroplanes--this
a WW I Fokker Triplane
"When the Problems Come Home to Roost" is a story at nytimes.com.
"The Bay Area is unmatched
in its embrace of the urban backyard chicken trend. But raising
chickens, which promises delicious, untainted eggs and instant
membership in the local food movement, isn't all it's cracked
up to be.
Sharon Lane with one of her
three chickens in the coop atop her garage in Berkeley, Calif.
"I'm discouraged but I'm determined to figure this out,"
she said of her flock's mystery ailments.
Chickens, it turns out, have
They get diseases with odd
names, like pasty butt and the fowl plague. Rats and raccoons
appear out of nowhere. Hens suddenly stop laying eggs or never
produce them at all. Crowing roosters disturb neighbors.
The problems get worse. Unwanted
urban chickens are showing up at local animal shelters. Even in
the best of circumstances, chickens die at alarming rates.
'At first I named them but
now I've stopped because it's just too hard,' said Sharon Lane,
who started with eight chickens in a coop fashioned from plywood
and chicken wire in the front yard of her north Berkeley home.
She's down to three."
Our XOMA is the subject of"XOMA
052 Shows Promise in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes"
by Brian Hoyle at docguide.com.
"XOMA 052, an engineered
monoclonal antibody with a very high affinity for interleukin
(IL)-1 beta, shows promise in the treatment of type 2 diabetes,
with reductions in markers indicative of beta-cell dysfunction
for up to 3 months following a single subcutaneous injection.
'This is just a safety study,
but so far so good,' said presenter Jeffrey Feldstein, MD, XOMA,
LLC, Berkeley, California, on October 20 at the 20th World Diabetes
Congress of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)."
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.
And also in "It
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, the more 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
"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."
"Black Oak Books Buys West Berkeley Home" is a story by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"The bookstore, which
closed in May after more than two decades on Shattuck Avenue in
North Berkeley, has announced plans to reopen at the former Rountree's
nightclub at 2618 San Pablo Ave., converting the space into a
combined bookstore and performance venue."
That God invented science
in order to make magic look good can be sensed in "Conflicting
cell-phone studies create a real headache" by Shari Roan,
Los Angeles Times at connpost.com.
"The answer to the question
of whether cell phones increase the risk of brain, head and neck
tumors is truly a matter of whom you ask.
A scientific analysis published
Tuesday lumped data from 23 epidemiological studies and found
no connection between cell-phone use and the development of cancerous
or benign tumors. However, when the investigators analyzed eight
of the studies that were conducted with the most scientific rigor,
cell-phone users had a 10 percent to 30 percent increased risk
of tumors compared with people who rarely or never used the phones.
The risk was highest among people who had used cell phones for
10 years or longer.
'The other group of 15 studies
were not as high-quality,' said study co-author Joel M. Moskowitz,
director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the
University of California, Berkeley. 'They either found no association
or a negative association or a protective effect -- which I don't
think anyone would have predicted.' "
"California State Senator Criticizes 'Top-Two'
Ballot Measure" reports
"California State Senator
Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) spoke at a forum, 'What Ails California?',
held on the University of California Berkeley campus on October
23. She was a member of a panel that was discussing solutions
to California's government problems. The meeting was not specifically
about the 'top-two'ballot measure in June 2010, but the issue
This issue of our Planet
has the story "Schwartz's
'Berkeley 1900' Celebrates 10th Birthday"
by Ken Bullock.
What a coincidence, on 10/11
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.
Of course, I learned early
on from Mary Baker Eddy and later from Berkeley '60s psychedelics
that there are no coincidences.
And on 10/22 I posted
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
"Psychedelics May Have Health Benefits" is a report at foxnews.com.
"Scientists are studying
the possible health benefits of LSD, marijuana, ecstasy and other
According to the Guardian
, a growing number of people are using the drugs to help them
cope with conditions such as cluster headaches and chronic anxiety
Research was carried out
in the 1950s and 1960s into psychedelics, and in some places they
were even used as a treatment for anxiety, depression and addiction.
But a backlash against LSD -- due to concerns that the powerful
hallucinogen was becoming widespread as a recreational drug, and
fear that excessive use could trigger mental health conditions
such as schizophrenia -- led to prohibition of research in the
Now, though, researchers
are looking again at whether LSD and other psychedelics might
A study at the University
of California in Berkeley, was the first research into LSD to
get approval from regulators and ethics bodies since the 1970s.
Those in the study are the first to be allowed to take LSD legally
in decades as part of research into whether it aids creativity."
They can also can make you
crazy. I had a girl friend who, convinced she could fly, jumped
off a roof.
"Recalling the Days When Savio Spoke for
the Movement" by
Conn Hallinan, Special to the Planet is an appreciation
of our Mario Savio in the form of a "book review."
During the Free Speech Movement
I worked right across from Sproul Plaza at Campus Smoke Shop and
Records, having just quit grad school in sociology. Something
about "If that professor thinks I'm going to do HIS research,
he's outta his fucking mind."
Savio regularly came into
Campus Smoke. What I remember about him was his stutter and that
he smoked Luckies. My Old Man smoked Luckie Strikes and I did
too, rolling up the pack in my tee-shirt sleeve between smokes.
So I figured Savio was hip.
As a postscript the Planet
offers "Conn Hallinan was arrested in Sproul Hall on Dec.
Working in Berkeley in those
days, I made an effort NOT to get arrested--I needed the money.
But I WAS arrested as a teenager in Milwaukee, the cops coming
to my house at one in the morning. There were two detectives in
a black '52 Ford . They cuffed me and "put me" in the
back seat. . . . but that's another story.
So, . . . in keeping with
the culture of change in west-Berkeley and understanding that
harmony would be refreshing, I offer the Lipofsky/Penndorf Plan--the
Projected on a cleared acre,
every few days the laser image changes, so pleasing all. A few
days of high-end mixed-use followed by an acre of park with childrens'
play ground, trees, paths and then a low income artisan and manufactures'
time followed by some days of just residence, and, of course,
a bio-tech park with 90 foot buildings. But it's not real? Is
the west-Berkeley Plan?
While searching for origin
of the quote "I could never be a Socialist, they have too
many night meetings" I coincidentally found this pdf/html
"'The Ten Commandments If Moses Had Been An Developer', Patrick
Kennedy, Berkeley, Cal"
Don't always agree with the
SOB but I love his style.
Go the html
page and click on the pdf link. The pdf's worth a look.
Of coincidences on 10/25
Of course, I learned early
on from Mary Baker Eddy and later from Berkeley '60s psychedelics
that there are no coincidences.
According to Kennedy it was
Milwaukee's Socialist Mayor
Frank P. Zeidler,
there is a Planning Commission
this Wednesday night
"There are better ways to plan to allow
is a story by John David Beutler at news-leader.com.
"The neighborhood represents
a vision of community that is close to American hearts and to
Ozarks values of neighborliness, thriftiness and stability. Consider
the scene of a mother and child walking down a leaf-strewn sidewalk
toward the neighborhood park on a fine fall afternoon. A neighbor
couple waves from their porch where they're reading the paper,
chatting and just watching the day go by. The street is quiet
and narrow, dappled with the shade of tall trees arching overhead.
Flags fly from one or two of the porches. Along their route, the
mother knows who lives in each of the houses. The small house
across the street holds a young couple who just brought home a
new baby. Two doors down lives an older woman. In summer she hires
one of the neighbor children to rake her leaves, and every Easter
she hides eggs in the backyard for her grandchildren. Twice a
week she walks to the small grocer two blocks over to buy milk.
While she's there she chats with the shop owner, who lives on
the same street.
The large house at the corner
by the park is full with a husband and wife with four children.
The oldest child is almost ready for MSU. The youngest is in sixth
grade and walks with his friend to school in the mornings, two
blocks down and one block left, just past the church. The wife
walks the other direction every weekday morning to the bus stop
by the grocer and rides to her office downtown. The husband works
nearby, and on nice days he rides his bicycle to work. But today
is Saturday, and the smell of a grill is in the air.
This sort of comfortable
neighborhood has been an inspiration for Americans for many years,
so it is surprising how few of our newest neighborhoods are like
John David Beutler, 42, is
an urban designer who grew up in Springfield. He received a business
degree at MSU and a Master of City Planning at the University
of California at Berkeley.
"Sungevity to Share Vision for Spreading
Sunshine Online at Solar Power International" is a story at reuters.com.
"Sungevity, one of the
nation's fastest growing online solar providers, announced today
that its team will be attending and speaking at the Solar Power
International Conference in Anaheim, California from Tuesday-Thursday,
October 27-29. "
From Patrick Kenndey's The
Ten Commandments if Moses had been a developer.
5. Encourage mixed-use projects,
and allow them in areas zoned for commercial-use only.
"Why undertake such
Because they intensify the richness of living, enhance people's
experience, and create easy access to a nearly inexhaustible variety
Mixed use developments are designed at a human scale, and represent
positive attempt by the development community to achieve the public
keeping central cities alive and making cities a living organism"
Edmund Bacon, Philadelphia Planning Dept. Dir. (ret.)
Massi and Jen email from
Autumn Greetings from Riva
We hope you are enjoying
all the delights of Fall. We sure are! A whole new assortment
of fruits and vegetables are ripe for the picking, including our
apples in Napa. We've spent numerous Sundays picking what seems
to be endless apples from our trees. We hope you had the chance
to taste the crespelle, preserves and torta we've been making
with them. Autumn has brought many new dishes and wines to Riva
so stop by soon to try them. As always, we'd love to have you.
Still reeling from the excitement
of being named the Chronicle's Baylist Best Italian Restaurant,
we found out that Riva is also recommended in the 2010 Michelin
Guide! We couldn't be more thrilled and feel incredibly honored
to be considered among the best Bay Area restaurants by the Michelin
Enjoy the Fall colors, the
crispness in the air, your Halloween, and all the wonderful foods
this season brings.
Massi + Jen
There is much more on their
beautiful and informative web page here,
including a reporduction of the Michelin recommendation.
900 GRAYSON received a similar Michelin recommendation
for American cuisine.
"UC Berkeley amplifies national voice via
The Berkeley Blog" is
a UC press release by Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations.
"The University of California,
Berkeley's best and brightest are often asked to share their insights
at the White House, on Wall Street and with the media worldwide.
Now, they are furthering that conversation in a new format - The
Launched on Oct. 12 by UC
Berkeley's online NewsCenter, the blog features campus faculty
members fielding a wide spectrum of questions about the hottest
current events. The blog appears to be the first such enterprise
based at a major university in the United States."
"Smart Profs, Teabagger Administrators
: UC Berkeley Proposes Shutting Invaluable Water Library" opines Patrick McCully, Huffington Post.
"Across the road from
my office, on the UC Berkeley campus, is the Water Resources Center
Archives, an irreplaceable treasure for anyone interested in the
history, politics and science of water, particularly in California
and the US West, but also the rest of the world. The Archives'
collection is open to the general public, not just students. I
used it at lot in the mid-1990's when writing my book Silenced
Rivers. Just before our recent office move, International Rivers
donated to the Archives 20+ years of unique documentation related
to campaigns around the world to stop dams and save rivers.
And now, the university,
in its great 'we've-got-more-Nobel-winners-than-anyone-else' wisdom,
is proposing to shut down the Archives. "
Day of the Dead Protest November 2nd ends Conference Series at
UC Berkeley" is a report at examiner.com.
"Day of the Dead protest
on November 2nd ends a week of conferences open and free to the
public as a result of the September 24th demonstration by the
students of the University of California, Berkeley as well as
other campuses who took part in the major protest of up to 5000
student, faculty and staff. The increase in tuition for students
at the University of California Berkeley, the reduction of funds
available to students, the faculty and staff having a reduction
in their pay by means of forced leaves brought the people to the
streets of Berkeley for the duration of the day."
"End State: Is California Finished?" asks John Judis in The New Republic.
"California is a mess, but I love it all the same--especially
the Bay Area, where I lived for 15 years. I went to Berkeley in
1962--a refugee from Amherst College, which at that time was dominated
by frat boys with high SAT scores. I didn't go to Berkeley to
go to school, but to be a bus ride away from North Beach and the
Jazz Workshop. In a broader sense, I went to California for the
same reason that other émigrés had been going since
the 1840s. I was knocking on the Golden Door."
"Suzanne Farrell Ballet stands out" is a review by our Allan Ulrich, Chronicle
"It has been far too
long (six years, to be exact) since the Suzanne Farrell Ballet
graced Northern California stages, but the company, resident at
the Kennedy Center in Washington, made handsome amends last weekend,
offering two revelatory programs at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall."
Last Sunday, during Lipofsky
and my outlining the development plan which bears our names, I
noticed Marvin had on one of those nifty baseball caps with the
beak in the front. I've been looking for one of the old-fashion
caps but all I see are those with beaks in the back. Can anyone
let me know where to get the older caps?
Robin D. G. Kelley is professor
of American studies and ethnicity and history at the University
of Southern California. Previously on the faculties of Emory,
the University of Michigan, Columbia and NYU, where he chaired
the history department, he was one of the youngest tenured professors
in the U.S. Kelley earned his Ph.D. from UCLA and has published
several prize-winning books on African American history and culture.
His latest, Thelonious Monk, has been described as the definitive
work on modern jazz' most original composer.
He recently appeared on the
Tavis Smiley Show.
Watch Smiley's interview
with Robin D.G. Kelley
here. Kelley talks about his book on Monk, Miles and Monk
with CEID kids and . . .
more to follow
"WLC Architects Relocates to Berkeley:Firm
Leases Office Space at 2600 10th St." is a news release at costar.com.
"WLC Architects Inc.
a California-based architectural company, recently inked a 10-year
deal with 2600 Tenth Street LLC for 11,800 square feet at 2600
10th St. in Berkeley, CA. The firm, which will relocate later
this year from Emeryville, was in need of a larger space.
The 10th Street building
is known as the Saul Zaentz Media Center. "
"'America's Most Wanted' Episode to Focus
on Berkeley Incident" by
Amy Brooks, Daily Cal Staff Writer.
"Berkeley played host
to the TV show 'America's Most Wanted' Tuesday when it filmed
a segment in the city.
The show, which airs on the
Fox Network, previously filmed in the area several weeks ago,
but returned yesterday for a final day of filming with its host,
This episode centers around
the May shooting death of Berkeley resident Charles Davis. The
subsequent car chase between police and suspects in the shooting
led to a crash and the deaths of Todd Perea of Brentwood and Floyd
Ross of Berkeley.
Following the incident, two
of the suspects, Anthony Price and Stephon Anthony, were arrested
at the scene, and a third, Samuel Flowers, was apprehended almost
two weeks later in Florida. The fourth suspect, Rafael Campbell,
is still at large.
The purpose of the show is
'to bring Campbell to justice,' said producer Andrew Holland.
"We hope to accomplish
what we have for the last 23 seasons, to get a lead that police
need to be able to find Rafael Campbell and put him behind bars,"
Berkeley Police Department
Officer Andrew Frankel said the national profile of the show might
help attract new witnesses. . . .
Berkeley City Councilmember
Darryl Moore said several residents expressed concern about the
filming, which took place in his district.
'Some people e-mailed my
office concerned about this second round of filming,' he said.
'It's been about (a) 2-to-1 (ratio) of people who didn't want
to see the filming take place and (several) ... people who supported
(it) because they thought it would catch the criminal.'
After completing filming
in Berkeley, the show traveled to an Oakland parking garage to
film a scene with the getaway car used by the suspects.
Moore added that many residents
are glad the show will no longer be filming in the area.
'It's a relief to a lot of
people,' he said. 'I tried to get the shooting moved out of the
neighborhood, but it was unsuccessful.'
The episode will air Nov.
7 at 9 p.m. PST."
our Ryan Lau emails
Just wanted to
send out some quick announcements
Set Your Clocks
Backwards and Check Your Back-Ups
Take just five minutes a week to raise the level of emergency
preparedness and safety awareness in your organization.
This Week: Setting Clocks Backward
For many, Daylight Saving Time (DST) comes to an end this coming
weekend, at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 1st. To avoid morning
confusion, and to most people in the United States simply set
their clocks BACKWARDS one hour before going to bed on Saturday
evening. This is an excellent time to update your preparedness
in several simple ways:
Check that your key phone and email contacts are updated and backed
Check the charge in your fire extinguisher
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and flashlights
Check the expiration dates on your food and water. If needed,
use or donate them and replenish your supplies.
When you set your clocks BACKWARDS, think to check on those items
that are BACK UP resources: what you use when your own resources
or first choices aren't available.
West Berkeley Project
There has been quite a bit of confusion over what has come to
be known as the West Berkeley Project. The Planning Commission
will be discussing some critical components of this proposal at
their meeting this evening and on November 4th, at 7pm at the
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue. This evening's
meeting will be a Public Hearing with ample time to hear from
the public. If you'd like to find out more information about
tonight's meeting or the West Berkeley Project, in general, please
Last Free Compost
Giveaway for the Year
October 30 is the last free compost distribution of the year.
This compost is called "Wonder-Gro". It is made
by Grover Landscaping (near Modesto) from the food scraps and
garden trimmings Berkeley and other cities collect from their
residents and businesses, and the garden trimmings we receive
from the public at the transfer station. It contains no
"biosolids" or manures
Grover sells most of it to Central Valley farmers and landscapers,
thereby helping the farmers reduce their carbon footprints.
Berkeley receives a portion of the compost back. We
use it for city landscaping, and provide it free to school and
community gardens, and to the public. .
Wonder Gro" is exhaustively tested by the U.S. Composting
Council, and approved for all uses. We have test details
if anyone is concerned.
We will resume compost distribution to the public in March.
The Dreaded H1N1
Flu season is upon us and the novel H1N1 flu virus is widespread
and is well established in our community. The H1N1 virus
so far is about as serious as seasonal flu, but because the population
has little or no immunity to it, more people are likely to become
ill. We anticipate that there will be more cases, continued
absences from work and school, more hospitalizations and even
more deaths associated with this new virus in the coming months.
Prevention efforts are continuing, and testing and treatment are
recommended for hospitalized or high-risk individuals only.
H1N1 Vaccinations (Last Revised October 26, 2009)
Shipments of 2009 H1N1 vaccine
have begun here. Supplies have been smaller and are coming in
later than originally projected. Vaccine IS available at
Kaiser. Contact your doctor (or Kaiser if you are a member)
for vaccine availability.
Currently, the Berkeley Public
Health has not received enough vaccine to offer H1N1 vaccine clinics.
We expect to receive more in the upcoming weeks so please check
this website regularly for updated information. Berkeley
health care providers will receive vaccine at the same time as
the Public Health Department. They also have received only
very limited supplies so far.
The Public Health Division will
be offering H1N1 vaccinations in all Berkeley public schools K-12
during the week of November 16th. Please check the BUSD
website for your child's school specific vaccine clinic schedule.
Vaccination is entirely voluntary.
Vaccines are targeted primarily
for high risk groups:
people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months
healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old (children
under 10 will need two vaccinations 28 days apart)
people 25 through 64 years of age with chronic health conditions
or compromised immune systems
We anticipate that eventually there will be plenty of vaccine
so that everyone who wants it can be vaccinated, but shipments
and quantities are unpredictable.
We understand that many are eager to receive this vaccine and
we ask for the public's patience as additional vaccine is produced
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"Lawrence Berkeley Lab to help train apprentice
a report in the San Francisco Business Times by Steven
"Nonficiton Bestsellers from Small Press
a report at examiner.com.
"Small Press Distribution
is a non-profit literary arts organization, whose mission is to
connect readers with writers by providing access to independently
published literature. Located in Berkeley, California, SPD allows
essential but underrepresented literary communities to participate
fully in the marketplace and in the culture at large through book
distribution, information services, and public advocacy programs.
SPD nurtures an environment in which the literary arts are valued
Another reason to believe
that God created science to make magic look good might be "Chemicals
found that turn ants into warriors" by David Perlman,
Chronicle Science Editor.
" A research team of
UC scientists has decoded the words in the secret chemical language
of Argentine ants - a discovery that could lead to an environmentally
benign pesticide against the insects that march into Bay Area
homes every time the weather turns cold or wet.
The researchers found special
signaling chemicals on the bodies of one aggressive group of the
ants, and then synthesized the chemicals to induce peaceable members
of the same species to turn them into highly aggressive beasts,
perhaps leading them to turn on each other."
"Underemployed compound state's jobless
troubles" Tom Abate,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"San Francisco resident
Elena Duran represents an unfortunate job trend that isn't reflected
in the unemployment rate.
For years, Duran has been
a full-time server at a downtown hotel. But the recession has
cut so deeply into business that her hours were cut to half time
at Bob and Carol's Pumpkin
Patch last week
CEID director Jill Ellis
Thanks for sharing our smiley faces with the community.
Our Pete Hurney is on the
Thomson ' West Coast Live' --10 AM on KALW-FM. Pete's going
to talk about ukes and read his Alice's Restaurant public service
spot--maybe recite a little jingle about Thomson's program. Check it out.
Whatever you think of Patrick
Kennedy, giv 'um that he has had perfect timing. Kennedy got out
of real estate at "the absolute right moment." But did
he make any money? I'm told he paid our city millions in taxes.
In his pdf, Patrick quotes
a report from Patrick Killelea--for Kennedy's pdf go his html
page and click on the pdf link.
Here is a link to essential
the same Killelea report.
"US Housing Crash Continues:It's Still
A Terrible Time To Buy"
writes Patrick Killelea. "Falling House Prices Are The Solution,
Not The Problem ,
1. House prices will keep
falling in most places because those prices are still dangerously
high compared to incomes and rents. Banks say a safe mortgage
is a maximum of 3 times the buyer's yearly income with 20% downpayment.
Landlords say a safe price is a maximum of 15 times the house's
yearly rent. Yet on the coasts, both those safety rules are still
being violated. Buyers are still borrowing 6 times their income
and putting only 3% down, and sellers are still asking 30 times
annual rent, even after recent price declines. Renting is a cash
business that reflects what people can really pay based on their
salary, not how much they can borrow. Salaries and rents prove
that prices will keep falling for a long time. Anyone who bought
a 'bargain' this time last year is already sitting on a very painful
Here is a link to Killelea's
On about the same subject,
when talking to Don Yost a few weeks ago I said that the old normal
is "they built too much housing" and the new normal
is "housing is too expensive."
from Patrick Kennedy's The Ten Commandments
If Moses Had Been An Infill Developer.
8. Identify the existing
successes in the designated area a landmark, institution,
or local hot spot and build around that.
That the slope from criticism-to-whining
is slippery is sometimes found in Curl and Auerbach's on and on
Proposals Threaten West Berkeley Industry and Arts" in
Curl's a hell of a writer
And please remember the Lipofsky/Penndorf
Plan--the laser development.
Projected on a cleared acre,
every few days the laser image changes, so pleasing all. A few
days of high-end mixed-use followed by an acre of park with childrens'
playground, trees, paths and then a low income artisan and manufactures'
time followed by some days of just residence, and, of course,
a bio-tech park with 90 foot buildings. But it's not real?
"D'Army Bailey: Activist, Attorney, Actor"
an interview at memphisflyer.com.
"From the sound of it,
Memphis lawyer and former court judge D'Army Bailey doesn't only
think in complete sentences or full paragraphs. More like whole
pages at a time. But drawn from a recent 50-minute phone conversation
- in time for the publication of Bailey's memoir The Education
of a Black Radical: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey
1959-1964 (Louisiana State University Press), here's the gist
of it - 'it' being Bailey's thoughts on a variety of subjects,
from the state of the student protest movement to the state of
South Memphis. . . .
I was living adjacent to
Berkeley, because racial discrimination was so bad in San Francisco,
especially when it came to a black man trying to find an apartment.
After I left that law office,
I became involved in local politics, in Berkeley. The Black Panthers
were active. Angela Davis was active. And I'd met some friends
who were well-off. They provided some money. They were politically
supportive. I and a friend ran for city council in Berkeley, and
I won and served from '71 to '73.
I ran on a ticket of two
blacks and two whites. We had the support of the students, the
street people, women, gays, and antiwar people. But not all of
the African-American community, because a part of that community
was conservative. They were wary of the street people in Berkeley
- people who would come and go, who didn't have a deep stake in
I was viewed as the most
outspoken and obstinate politically, but we got a lot done in
the area of affirmative action. But the conservatives and moderates
targeted me. They initiated a recall in '73 with 18,000 signatures
on a petition. Once they got those signatures, I knew pretty much
that my goose was cooked, because even though I'm a fighter, numerically
it was going to be a tough race to win. The progressive forces
didn't have the majority vote. The recall succeeded."
"Berkeley honors FilAm activist" is a report at globalnation.inquirer.net
by Benjamin Pimentel.
"Burning home fires will be a crime on
bad-air nights in Bay Area"
by Denis Cuff ,Contra Costa Times.
"Light a fire at home,
pay a $400 fine.
Burning wood fires in home
fireplaces and stoves on bad air nights in the Bay Area becomes
illegal again as of Sunday, when the region enters its second
cold-weather season with lighting up banned during Spare the Air
The crackdown, aimed at protecting
public health from smoke, has two significant changes this year,
the Bay Area Air Quality Management announced Wednesday."
"Solar Advocates Applaud PG&E Commitment
to Expand Net Metering Program" reports
"Existing law requires
California`s major electric utilities to make net metering available
to customers until the total program capacity exceeds 2.5 percent
of the utility`s peak demand. Data from the state`s solar rebate
program indicates that there may be enough applications to hit
the 2.5 percent program cap in PG&E territory as early as
the first half of 2010. Under leadership from Assemblymember Nancy
Skinner (D-Berkeley), the state legislature attempted to raise
the cap to 5 percent through a bill, AB 560, which ran in the
2009 session. Despite widespread support among policymakers and
stakeholders, the legislative session ended without passing AB
560 into law. This commitment from PG&E solves an immediate
need to allow continued net metering access in the utility`s territory
until state law can be changed. "
In keeping with Berkeley's
innovative thought and action we introduce, shortly, the Lipofsky/Penndorf
Laser-Mayor--a mayor neutral product.
California Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521, has launched
an organizing campaign to boost working conditions for freelance
journalists, including the region`s first juried press credential
for independent news gatherers" is a report at reuters.com.
"Supported by a grant
from the Berger Marks Foundation in Washington, D.C., the San
Francisco-based Guild local has a full-time organizer working
on the project, along with other staff and volunteers. The broad-reaching
campaign focuses on freelancers in Northern California. A website
(guildfreelancers.org) has been established with online recruiting
tools, a members-only resources area being developed, and tie-ins
with social networking sites. "
Anthony Bourdain [comments
on our Alice Waters]. "'She's
Pol Pot in a muumuu,' he reportedly said at the recent New
York City Wine and Food Festival" is a line from a story
". . . After saying
the Chez Panisse founder 'annoys the living s*** out of me,' the
Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain bashed her again. 'She's Pol
Pot in a muumuu,' he reportedly said at the recent New York City
Wine and Food Festival. Following his Cambodian dictator comparison,
Bourdain quipped: 'I saw her on 60 Minutes. She used six cords
of wood to cook one egg for Lesley Stahl.'
Getting in on the bashing
action was David Chang, chef of NYC's Momofuku. During a discussion
with Bourdain at the food fest, Chang shared his culinary conspiracy
theory. 'I will call bullshit on San Francisco. There's only a
handful of restaurants that are manipulating food ... f***ing
every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with
nothing on it."'(OK, if anyone knows who's carrying said
fig dish, please let us know. And, really, is fruit on a platter
any worse than tartar in a spoon?)
The fig remark apparently
did not sit well with the Northern California chapter of the Asia
Society. It canceled an SF event to promote Chang's new book.
And the fig fallout did not sit well with Chang. 'Why would people
get upset? I'm not gonna retract what I said. I think everybody
needs to chill out. People need to smoke more marijuana in San
"In California, the leaves are brown and
the sky is grey" opines
Sarah Stodder at georgetownvoice.com.
"Stirred by The Mamas
& The Papas' ode to the Golden State, my mom followed her
'California dream,' leaving her childhood home in Ohio for San
Francisco after graduating college. She, like many baby boomers,
saw boundless opportunity in the west coast's biggest state: cheap
real estate, outstanding public schools, a booming economy. My
dad, having spent four years at the University of California Berkeley,
had no intention to ever leave California.
Thirty years later, however,
the state once brimming with opportunity has warped into something
unrecognizable. Unemployment is soaring, the pre-collegiate public
school system is one of the worst in the nation, and Sacramento
is so paralyzed that it is the only state government to have not
yet passed a budget this year-as it has failed to do 18 of the
past 22 years."
A Berkeley Barb columnist
wrote in the '60s "One only gets a sense of Berkeley by leaving
it. . . . Here, because our world is narrow and because we find
people who understand us, we get into the habit of thinking there
are more of us than there really are . . . The fact is that Berkeley
people are not even the majority i n Berkeley." From the
Introduction of It
Came From Berkeley.
After we complete the Lipofsky/Penndorf
Laser-Mayor project, we will launch our much anticipate Virtual-Activist.
We hope at the same time to release the less anticipated Laser-Realtor
and issue both in a two-for-one package.
"California Engineers Launch Assembly Shop
for Efficient Stoves in Darfur" reports
reuters.com. "The Berkeley, California-based Darfur
Stoves Project (DSP), in partnership with Oxfam America and the
Sudanese organization, Sustainable Action Group (SAG), has launched
an assembly facility for fuel-efficient stoves in El Fasher, the
capital of the Darfur region. The assembly facility is the last
stop on a global technology solution supply chain that starts
with testing and design in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
in California and stops in a manufacturing facility outside of
Mumbai, India before arriving, ultimately, for assembly in Darfur,
After weeks of training in
stove assembly for residents of Al Salam, one of Darfur's many
crowded displacement camps, the small facility now produces dozens
of stoves for displaced families every day, while providing a
source of income for the assembly workers in the process."
"Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Berkeley"
is an urban outing by
Gail Todd at sfgate.com.
"Rising behind Berkeley's
elegant Claremont Hotel is Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve,
a stretch of forest, grasslands and chaparral once used for cattle
and horse grazing. If you want a short but steep hike with panoramic
views of San Francisco Bay, Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and
the Golden Gate Bridge, take the Stonewall-Panoramic Trail to
the ridgetop. Here, after three-quarters of a mile, you will be
rewarded with a single bench where you can catch your breath and
gaze out over the bay. On a clear day, you can even see the Farallon
Islands 44 miles away."
"Classical composer returns to Berkeley" by Martin Snapp is at insidebayarea.com.
"Composer Terry Riley,
the father of the minimalist movement in classical music, will
hark back to the famous all-night concerts he used to give in
the 1960s and 1970s when he performs Nov. 6 at the Berkeley Art
Back in the day, the concerts
would last until sunrise, with the audience bringing their own
sleeping bags and hammocks to doze in while Riley played mostly
improvised music all night long."
CEID kids leaving The Pumpkin
"John Walsh, host of 'America's Most Wanted,'
films in Berkeley"
by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"It takes dozens of
television crew members, even more cameras, a catered lunch spread
and a few touch-ups of John Walsh's hair and makeup to nail a
30-second introduction for an "America's Most Wanted"
story on a Berkeley homicide and ensuing police chase and crash
that killed two uninvolved men in Oakland in May. . . .
After Davis' evening slaying,
a seven-minute high-speed police chase into Oakland ended when
the driver of the getaway car, a tan Cadillac, ran a stop sign,
hitting a Mazda driven by Todd Perea, 27, of Brentwood, and pedestrian
Floyd Ross, 41, of Berkeley. Perea and Ross were killed.
Stephon Anthony, 22, of San
Leandro, who is accused of driving the getaway car, and Anthony
Price, 26, of Oakland, were arrested at the crash scene. Samuel
Flowers, 21, of Oakland, was arrested in Florida on unrelated
charges a few weeks
later and brought back to the Bay Area. The three men have been
charged with three counts each of capital murder and remain jailed
A fourth suspect, Rafael
Campbell, 27, of Oakland, remains at large, but 'America's Most
Wanted' aims to change that, Walsh said. . . .
'I'm sorry to meet you under
these circumstances,' Walsh said to Davis' mother, Corinne Davis,
of Berkeley. 'You are now part of the same club that I belong
Walsh's son Adam was abducted
from a department store in Florida and murdered in 1981. Last
year authorities named late serial killer Ottis Toole as Adam's
killer. Walsh, 63, said he will continue to host the show as long
as his health holds up and people keep watching.
Walsh stood on the sidewalk
and talked with Corinne Davis and a handful of other family members
before starting the arduous process of recording the story's introduction.
Walsh greeted Davis with a hug and comforted her by saying, 'You
will survive. '... You think it's going to kill you. It destroys
that life that you know, but you get through it.'
Charles Davis' relatives
said they are pleased that the show is assisting police in tracking
down the fourth suspect.
'We never thought that someone
like (Walsh) would care,' said Davis' cousin Diane Carroll of
Berkeley. 'They are making sure he isn't just another victim of
violent crime.' "
from my log
in warehouse, lights flicker. Off-and-on all day irritant, sometimes
SERIOUS, IMMEDIATELY in front of and in warehouse front, Marsha
becomes nauseous, leave. ~6:00 PM, SERIOUS irritant.
IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry lip,
eyes, light heads.
10/28/09 5"00 PM--VERY
SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, throat.
in warehouse, dry mouth, dry eyes, hacking cough. Marsha have
in warehouse, dry mouth, dry eyes, hacking cough. Marsha have
similar symptoms. 9:07 AM--"raw natural gas" odor in
front room, leave.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
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You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
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.
Take time to report
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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City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
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