after 10/6 here
David Orth, retired BFD Vice
Chief was behind the purchase of 3 pumpers and miles of hose in
containers plus the engines to load and transport them.
These allow the department
to pump from the bay, lakes or even swimming pools in case of
emergency. He is pictured in front of one of the trucks.
These have been stationed at 10th and Pardee, but are moving
to a new facility in the area of our West-Berkeley BPD sub-station.
Photos and text by Bob Kubik
in the spirit of "practice
we find our BFD at drill
on Fourth Street in West-Berkeley on Wednesday last
In The Day, Marsha's uncle
was the Fire Chief of Springfield Mass. RP
Expect a new data base to
have glitches, even a police department's. A data base is only
as good as the information that it contains and how the information
that it contains is obtained. An old computer programmer friend
is fond of "Bleep in, bleep out." For instance, if a
dispatcher enters a "shots heard" call as a " noise
disturbance" you get "doo-doo." RP
What is today, the exact
nature of our Potter Creek and our West-Berkeley?
Simply, . . . it cannot be
easily known because there are many swirling about West-Berkeley
Myths that obscure our present.
But what are the Myths?
One is that West-Berkeley
is poised to become a R&D Mecca. It's more likely that R&D
will become simply a welcomed part of our rich mix. However, the
arrival here of a LBL Campus would modify.
Another is that commercial
realtors are just facilitators--that they simply bring owners,
lessors and buyers together. In fact by their choices they determine
to some extent the make-up of our mix.
more West-Berkeley Myths
That the West-Berkeley Project
proposes changes that are deep and broad. I cannot speak to deep,
time will tell. But I question broad, since only a relatively
small amount of land is involved. From border to border and the
park-to-San Pablo Ave a minority of surface is in play.* Just
how much cannot be known for sure because the city does not have
an accurate land-use data base. One source said "There simply
is no commerial database."
instance, the area from Dwight to just south of Gilman and 6th
to San Pablo is virtually "all " residential. And a
secure, gated and fenced, four by five block area contains a bio-research
facility. A world unto itself one might say.
That gentrification* is
recent in West-Berkeley. Actually, in Potter Creek it began decades
ago as "middle class" artist/crafts people replaced
those of the working class. The beautiful, well-manicured block
of Grayson is testamony to this.
Karl Marx would observe that
the bourgeoisie** had replaced the proletariat***
*renovate and improve [esp.
a house or district] so that it conforms to middle-class taste
**in Marxist contexts the capitalist class who own most
of society's wealth and means of production
***in Marxist contexts the working class
Tuesday I was interviewed
by NPR art/musicwriter, Tom Cole. He wanted to know about record
size. Why is an LP, 12 inches, a 45, 7 inches, etc. His article
should appear this week. Wednesday
he offered at npr.org/blogs
"Who Will Save America's Vanishing Songs?
The 1951 recording of 'How
High the Moon' by Les Paul and Mary Ford - made on the then-new
medium of reel-to-reel tape - has a better chance of being around
and being heard in 2151 than this year's Hope for Haiti Now -
an MP3-only release featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Bruce
Springsteen, and Beyonce, among many others.
That's just one of the troubling
points made in a study released today by the Library of Congress'
National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB).
The study summary introduces
the digital problem this way:
'The 10 years between the
enactment of (the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000)
and the publication of this study have seen sweeping changes in
digital technologies that have democratized the ability of individuals
to make recordings and to manipulate sound in digital formats.
A succession of new platforms enabling distribution of sound recordings
have been introduced.'
In other words, anyone can
make a recording today pretty much anywhere on a laptop and send
it out to the world via the Internet. That's kind of cool - what's
It's pretty serious if you're
a fan of contemporary music - or an archivist. As one scholar
quoted in the study pointed out, the default for digital information
is not to survive unless someone takes conscious action to save
Who's going to save all of
those digital songs the way record collectors hoarded 78s, LPs
Oligarchy* has come up
recently in West-Berkeley Project discussions.
Of course, today's most notable
oligarchy is the one that rules China. Post Stalin, the Soviet
Union was ruled by an oligarchy. The English aristocratic oligarchy
was perhaps the most successful of those in the 19th Century.
And I suppose you could make
a case that Berkeley is now ruled by a kind of oligarchy, a left/
liberal group in power for some time in one form or another.
One could also say that several
or more oligarchies are now vying for power in West-Berkeley. Probably
why it's been brought up. After all, it's said "It takes
one to know one."
a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or
institution · government by such a group.
So, to the nature of our
West-Berkeley oligarchies. I believe they can be characterized
by their socio-economic-class makeup. We have, for instance, the
aristocrat/business oligarchy, who while players, also find time
to play with their country properties and jet about the world.
And then there is the old- money/old-radical oligarchy, an unlikely,
and perhaps ultimately dysfunctional union. Still, Lenin would approve.
"Governor Schwarzenegger signs AB 2514
into law" a report
"Ice Energy, a leading
provider of smart grid-enabled distributed energy storage solutions
to the electric utility industry, today applauded the signing
into law of the landmark California Energy Storage Bill AB 2514
by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Authored by Assemblymember
Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and sponsored by California Attorney
General, Edmund G. Brown Jr., the new law directs the California
Public Utilities Commission to set targets for utility adoption
of cost-effective energy storage technologies. It is the first
of its kind in the nation."
"'Aftershock' is Robert Reich's take on
America's economic crisis" is
a report/review at jacksonville.com.
"Robert Reich is a very
smart fellow. He is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy
at the University of California, Berkeley and has served three
U.S. presidents. If you want to understand what is happening to
our country, read this little book before you dump the tea into
In 'Aftershock,' Reich uses
easy-to-understand language to discuss the current economic crisis.
He is a regular contributor to the NPR broadcast, 'Marketplace,'
so his name might sound familiar to many readers. Reich compares
the ongoing financial crisis to the all-too-similar one the United
States experienced during the 1930s. The main points Reich addresses
Why concentrating wealth
is self-defeating and dangerous to our way of life.
Why the grand gambling casino
we call the stock market should not be considered a barometer
of the economy.
·How our government
and political system is being manipulated and controlled by the
mega-lobby that has turned Washington,, a city that produces nothing,
into one of the richest in the country.
Why our biggest creditors
will not bail us out.
He also offers a solution,
a 'commonsensical' approach to a taxing system that could help
us, and a warning:
There is an old Russian story
about a suffering peasant whose neighbor is rich and well-connected.
The rich neighbor obtains a cow, something the peasant could never
afford. The peasant prays to God for help. When God asks the peasant
what he wants to do, the peasant replies, 'Kill the cow.'
Reich contends that we
might find ourselves in the peasant's situation with an uprising
that is concerned with bringing down rather than up ... 'unless
present trends are reversed.'
Robert Riech can be seen
and heard talking about his book Aftershock, here.
And at pbs.org in
a conversation with Jeffery Brown "Former
Labor Secretary Reich: Bush-Era Tax Cuts 'Hurt Quite a Lot' "
in both text and in abridged video.
Becky O'Malley emails that
Pat Cody has passed.
our Karen Steeber emails
Folks should know that this
is a pot luck and they should bring food and drink. We'll
provide the basics plates, utensils, cups, napkins, paper
towels, garbage bags, tables, chairs, coolers, ice, barbeques,
Berkeley Bowl West
Kava Massih Architects
Yasuda Family, Berkeley Bowl
View a slideshow for Berkeley
A two-story, 144,217-square-foot
retail grocery store, with a café, a community room, offices,
staff facilities, underground parking, a warehouse, and a full
commercial kitchen serving this store and Berkeley Bowl's Oregon
The Grand West-Berkeley Myth
is that the more traditional manufacturing will sooner or later
return to Berkeley--grand not so much on merit but because it
has been propagandized by one of our more vocal oligarchies.
Yet, long time West-Berkeley
council woman Linda Maio has said "I waited around for this
industrial thing to happen and it didn't happen.'' Is this a recent
realization? Actually, Ms Maio said this 11 years ago in an sfgate
Officials Say Zoning Must Change to Attract High-Tech Firms."
Yet wishful thinking persists.
To be fair in the intervening
decade, an argument has been made--weak I'm afraid-- that as labor
and material costs increase in China, India etc, manufacturing
capital will return to the States. ln fact, it is more likely
to seek other locations with even lower production costs, Sub
Sahara Africa comes to mind. Which is an area where international
oil has already secure production and delivery facilities.
Interesting is that in the
same sfgate story, reporter Debra Levi Holtz writes "Mayor
Shirley Dean, frustrated by the city's missed opportunities in
recent years, said Berkeley must broaden its definition of manufacturing
to include cutting-edge companies involved in biotechnology, computer
development, telecommunications and motion picture production.
Biotech firms and software
developers have been eager to base research and development facilities
in the industrial area along Interstate 80 just a few miles from
the University of California, adjacent to a booming commercial
area of West Berkeley that includes upscale cafes and stores.
In the past decade, several
high- profile firms have considered building in West Berkeley,
including Sybase, Chiron and Pixar. But the city's zoning laws
for the area prohibit the kind of large-scale office development
that these companies need -- reserving the land instead for industrial,
manufacturing and warehouse uses.
The firms have located their
corporate offices instead in neighboring cities such as Emeryville,
Oakland and Richmond, where there are fewer zoning obstacles and
more financial incentives."
Damn, Ms Shirley and Ms Linda
had it figured a decade ago. RP
"Lessons from the California confab and
the Catholic Health Service" at
"Sober and analytical
are good adjectives for the lawyer, health services administrator
and acting executive secretary of the National Catholic Health
Service (NCHS), a service reputed to be responsible for between
27-30% of health care services in Ghana. What must have ruffled
his cool nerves days after his return from the one week human
resource for health labour markets training at the University
of California, Berkeley must therefore have been nothing short
"McGuire's Footprint Grows in the East
"McGuire Real Estate
has extended its regional coverage by acquiring Elmwood Realty
& Investment Company, located at 2991 College Avenue in Berkeley,
Despite current economic
challenges, Charles Moore, President and CEO of McGuire, finds
that expansion opportunities still exist. Rather than stand by
and weather the storm -- which hit in 2008 -- the company adjusted
to the new market conditions by way of expansion. This is McGuire's
fourth acquisition in two years."
"US Wind Power's Surge Finally Slows"
"After another record
year for US wind power in 2009, financial crisis and lower wholesale
electricity prices dampen the outlook for 2010, finds a study
from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory."
"Bhava Communications Named a Finalist
in PR News 2010 Platinum PR Awards" is a report at marketwatch.com.
"Bhava Communications, a leading-edge integrated
marketing, public relations and brand identity agency based in
Berkeley, California, today announced that it has been named a
finalist in the PR News Platinum PR Awards Best Re-branding/Re-positioning
category for its work with Overland Storage. The awards salute
the year's most outstanding communications initiatives and programs
in the highly competitive and dynamic business of public relations,
and sets the industry benchmark for excellence across all categories
"CA Pedestrian Groups Gather For Conference
on Improving Data and Advocacy"
by Matthew Roth at sf.streetsblog.org.
public health professionals and transportation planners and engineers
will gather in Berkeley from Sunday through Tuesday to discuss
how to improve pedestrian trip and injury data collection, both
to inform pedestrian safety campaigns and influence the targets
for walkable communities under California's SB 375."
Merryll sends this link to
a thoughtful piece about our state and more in "Tom
Joad Gave Up" by David Brooks at nytimes.com.
"Sometimes it's hard
to remember what good government looks like: government that disciplines
itself but looks to the long term; government that inspires trust;
government that promotes social mobility without busting the budget.
That kind of government existed
for decades right here in California. Between 1911 and the '60s,
California had a series of governors - like Hiram Johnson, Earl
Warren, Goodwin Knight and Pat Brown - who were pro-market and
pro-business, but also progressive reformers. They rode a great
wave of prosperity, and people flocked to the Golden State, but
they used the fruits of that prosperity in a disciplined way to
lay the groundwork for even more growth. They built an outstanding
school and university system. They started a series of gigantic
public works projects that today are seen as engineering miracles.
These included monumental water projects, harbors and ports, the
sprawling highway system and even mental health facilities.
They disdained partisanship.
They continually reorganized government to make it more businesslike
and cost effective. 'Thus,' the historian Kevin Starr has written,
'California progressivism contained within itself both liberal
and conservative impulses, as judged by the standards of today.'
Most important, California
progressives focused on the middle class. By the end of these
years, California enjoyed the highest living standards in the
country. The core of the state's strength was in the suburbs.
Between 1945 and 1950 alone, the San Fernando Valley doubled in
population. In one 12-month period, between 1959 and 1960, Valley
residents applied for 6,000 swimming pool permits.
In fits and starts, California's
progressive model has been abandoned. . . .
The answer is to return to
the tradition of pro-market progressivism that built modern California
in the first place. Except this time, it can't be about building
up the '50s-style suburbs. It needs to focus on supporting the
immigrant entrepreneurs, averting state bankruptcy and unleashing
the industrial and agricultural base.
The antigovernment conservatives
and the unions have built institutions and bases of support. The
heirs to the pro-market progressive tradition have not. What's
needed is not a revolution, but a restoration and a modernization
of what California once had."
"What a press pass requires" by Rex Smith at timesunion.com.
"Trying to catch up
on the news about the news business the other day, I stumbled
across an ironic juxtaposition: Chicago journalists, it seems,
no longer have to be 'of good moral character' to get a press
pass, but to get one at the University of California-Berkeley,
students now have to sign an honor pledge."
"Facing legalization measure, Schwarzenegger
by Josh Richman at contracostatimes.com.
"In November, Californians
will have an opportunity to make marijuana legal. But a new state
law is already doing everything but legalize it -- making possession
of less than an ounce of pot no more serious than driving faster
than the speed limit."
"Can a 20-Year-Old Help You Track Your
Adriana Gardella at nytimes.com.
"In the world of technology start-ups, young founders are
nothing new. But 20-year-old Jessica Mah, chief executive and
co-founder of inDinero in Mountain View, Calif., and a recent
graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley, and Y
Combinator's entrepreneurship program, isn't building the next
social media sensation or gaming venture. Instead, she has set
her sights on creating a simple, cloud-based software solution
that helps small-business owners track their finances without
any data entry (it pulls the information from your business's
Let me be perfectly clear.
Our environment issues--irritants
and toxins-- are NOT TYPICAL of Potter Creek or west-Berkeley
as a whole. Ours is a "special "case.
Our environment problems
IN NO WAY should be interpreted as an indictment of "radical
mixed use," including dense housing.
Rather, it should put us
ON GUARD for "cowboy" behavior of all sorts.
As to the cause, . . . it
is probably the result of close-by facilities' inefficiency, incompetence
or ignorance and arrogance.
10/1/10--4:09 PM SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front, light head, nausea, "melting
plastic" odor. 5:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front
and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, head ache, light head,
ringing ears, leave. 5:44 PM--similar. 6:57PM--SERIOUS irritant
in wareous front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, similar
symptoms and "clhorine bleach" odor.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, mucus membrane irritant, burning eyes, mouth, over
rides, three HEAPA filters and air conditioner.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
light head, nasal congestion, wear respirator. Off-and-on all
afternoon, similar, wear respirators. 1:11 PM--irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery
eyes, nasal irritation, Marsha similar, wear respirators. 7:00
10/4/10--off-and-on all day,
irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, watery eyes, nasal
Berkeley Bowl worker emails
Friday the 24th, Berkeley
Bowl West Cafe held its second "Friday Nights at the Bowl"
this time with music from Beat Beat Whisper.
It was a surprising success
that drew in shoppers, neighborhood regulars, and employees alike
who all enjoyed a night of music, food, and adult beverages. The
next Friday Night at the Bowl will be announced on the store's
website and the cafe twitter page.
Thanks to all who came!
This Wednesday, the Westside
Cafe will start serving dinner and drinks with a 5PM--7PM happy
hour. Check it out. A Potter Creek Ole Timer now serving dinner,
they're at the corner of 9th and Parker.
With all the new and soon-to
be-new eateries and watering-holes in Potter Creek, 900 GRAYSON remains Our Class
Act with food-as-art, high and consistent quality and attentive
service. Their Grayson Burger remains my favorite and then there's
the waffle, fired chicken and gravy.
"This is comfort food,
Whoa, check it out!
"Former labor secretary
to discuss new book" is a staff report in the Marin Journal.
"Former Secretary of
Labor Robert Reich will discuss his new book, "Aftershock:
The Next Economy and America's Future" at 7:30 p.m. Oct.
23 at The Dance Palace at 503 B St. in Point Reyes Station.
Reich, a professor of public
policy at the University of California at Berkeley, will appear
in conversation with local author Peter Barnes.
Admission is $20. The event
is a benefit for the Mesa Refuge Writers Retreat in Point Reyes
"Coyotes keep their mystery living among
us" by Carol Kaesuk
"With howls and yips
wild enough to fill a vast night sky, the coyote has ignited the
imagination of one culture after another.
Yet as familiar as the coyote
seems, these animals remain remarkably poorly understood. They
have remained elusive despite fantastic ecological success, moving
during the past century from their prairie haunts to colonize
every habitat from wild to urban, from coast to coast. They have
retained their mystery even as interest has intensified with increasing
coyote-human interactions - including incidents of coyotes dragging
off small dogs and cats, and even (extremely rarely) attacking
Laura Prugh, a wildlife ecologist
at the University of California, Berkeley, said trying to survey
a population of coyotes in Alaska was "like working with
a ghost species." To even have a chance of catching a coyote,
she said, traps must be boiled to wash away human scent, handled
with gloves and then carefully hidden with all traces of human
footprints brushed away. Even then, the trap is likely to catch
only the youngest and most inexperienced animals.
Coyotes have remained so
much in possession of their secrets that it was not until this
year that the real identity of the coyotes living in the Eastern
U.S. was revealed."
"Why we like the hues we do? is answered at thehindu.com.
"Scientists say that
how we feel about a colour depends on our relationship with that
particular shade. Photo: Raju V
The Hindu Scientists say that how we feel about a colour depends
on our relationship with that particular shade. Photo: Raju V
Why do you end up buying
almost every shirt in blue? Or why does the iPod in silver look
better to you than other colours? Scientists say that how we feel
about a colour depends on our relationship with that particular
The findings may help explain
why blue is pleasing to people everywhere, why Japanese women
tend to like light colours, and why dark yellow is generally unappealing,
among other trends.
'I might like purple more
than you because my sister's bedroom was purple and I had positive
experiences there,' Discovery News quoted Karen Schloss, a graduate
student in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley,
loaded for Ed
Roberts Campus* production
*The Ed Roberts Campus mission
is to ensure that people with disabilities can live independently
and without discrimination.Located at a fully accessible transit
hub, the Ed Roberts Campus will be a national and international
model dedicated to disability rights and universal access.The
Ed Roberts Campus will commemorate the life and work of Edward
V. Roberts, an early leader in the independent living movement
of persons with disabilities. Ed believed in the strength of collaborative
efforts: He called it "working toward our preferred future."
Swerve reception desk
for the Campus
Four groups of the Campus'
seven will be furnished by Swerve. They are Center for Independent
Living (CIL), Computer Technologies Program (CTP), Bay Area Outreach
& Recreation Program (BORP), and Center for Accessible Technology
Swerve's designs were accepted
because their flexiblity will meet the needs of many different
And just what is the commodity that Berkeley possesses in abundance,
that Berkeley manufactures in as great or greater quantities than
anywhere else on the planet? Would that be brainpower? And how
best to channel it in 21st Century West-Berkeley? Invention and
innovation through research and development jumps to mind.
"High Sierra chipmunks have vanished" at upi.com.
"A species of chipmunk
that roamed California's Sierra Nevada Mountains for centuries
has apparently vanished, wildlife experts say.
The disappearance of the
Inyo chipmunk, with its button-brown eyes, striped cheeks and
a bushy orange-black tail, could be a symptom of a changing mountain
range, The Sacramento Bee reported Monday.
"We have not been able
to find it anywhere," said James Patton, a retired University
of California, Berkeley, professor of zoology who has spent the
last two years searching areas of the high Sierra for the elusive
"Scientists get public help in tracking
oak disease" at
"University of California,
Berkeley scientists are enlisting the public's help in tracking
a disease that is killing off oak trees."
"Graphene Nanobubbles Could Mean More Powerful
Gadgets" Megan Geuss,
"After some hubbub this
summer about graphene-coated lithium batteries that charge in
minutes, some scientists at the University of California, Berkeley
have found another (cooler?) use for the single-atom-thick carbon
material. It turns out that they've been able to make the electrons
in graphene react as if they were exposed to a very strong magnetic
field--something that has big implications for how we build the
smallest, most basic parts of electronic devices."
"Celera chief financial officer resigns" is a report at businessweek.com.
"Celera Corp. said Monday
that Ugo DeBlasi will step down as chief financial officer to
pursue employment opportunities closer to his family in Connecticut.
DeBlasi, who served as CFO
since April 2009, has been commuting between company headquarters
in California to his primary residence in Connecticut. He plans
to stay at Celera until Nov. 19 to get the company through its
CEO Kathy Ordonez said a
national search has begun for his successor.
Celera develops genetic testing
used in clinical health care and medical research. Its business
includes the subsidiary Berkeley HeartLab, which offers services
to predict cardiovascular disease risk and improve patient management.
Shares of Celera fell 13
cents to close at $6.61."
"Why California is Still America's
Future" by Michael
Grunwald at time.com.
"California, you may
have heard, is an apocalyptic mess of raging wildfires, soaring
unemployment, mass foreclosures and political paralysis. It's
dysfunctional. It's ungovernable. Its bond rating is barely above
junk. It's so broke, it had to hand out IOUs while its leaders
debated how many prisoners to release and parks to close. Nevada
aired ads mocking California's business climate to lure its entrepreneurs.
The media portray California as a noir fantasyland of overcrowded
schools, perpetual droughts, celebrity breakdowns, illegal immigration,
hellish congestion and general malaise, captured in headlines
like "Meltdown on the Ocean" and "California's
Wipeout Economy" and "Will California Become America's
First Failed State?" (See pictures of the clean-up after
Actually, it won't.
Ignore the California whinery.
It's still a dream state. In fact, the pioneering megastate that
gave us microchips, freeways, blue jeans, tax revolts, extreme
sports, energy efficiency, health clubs, Google searches, Craigslist,
iPhones and the Hollywood vision of success is still the cutting
edge of the American future - economically, environmentally, demographically,
culturally and maybe politically. It's the greenest and most diverse
state, the most globalized in general and most Asia-oriented in
particular at a time when the world is heading in all those directions.
It's also an unparalleled engine of innovation, the mecca of high
tech, biotech and now clean tech. In 2008, California's wipeout
economy attracted more venture capital than the rest of the nation
combined. Somehow its supposedly hostile business climate has
nurtured Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Twitter, Disney,
Cisco, Intel, eBay, YouTube, MySpace, the Gap and countless other
companies that drive the way we live."
"How to Stop Rogue Automatic Payments" by Tara Siegal Bernard at nytimes.com.
Many of us have at least
part of our financial lives on autopilot. Maybe Netflix and your
gym automatically bill your credit card each month. Or perhaps
you've authorized your credit cards and cable company to pull
money directly from your checking account.
It all runs like a well-oiled
machine, until you've canceled your gym membership or another
service - and the biller won't stop deducting money, long after
you've asked it to stop.
What sort of rights do you
have? James B. Rule, a sociology professor at the Center for the
Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley,
recently explored the issue in this article after his bank branch
told him it could not cancel a regularly scheduled deduction from
his checking account. Though his issue was ultimately resolved,
he said he couldn't help wondering: What would happen if the company
refused to stop pulling money from his account? Can your bank
really refuse to cut off a rogue biller?
I decided to pose that question
to several other large banks, as well as look up the Fed's rules
governing preauthorized transfers, part of Regulation E. The rules,
as Professor Rule also pointed out, are pretty clear:
Once a financial institution
has been notified that the customer's authorization is no longer
valid, it must block all future payments for the particular debit
transmitted by the designated payee-originator."
"20 Years After Fall of Wall, Women of
Former East Germany Thrive"
Katrin Bennhold, nytimes.com.
"When the Berlin Wall
collapsed and Germany became one again, women in the former Communist
East seemed to be the big losers.
They lost their jobs and
their maternity and child-care benefits. And they lost the form
of equality that Communism had brought: Raised in a culture where
women drove cranes and studied physics, they were reduced to clichés
depicting them as oversexed.
The assumption was that as
with everything else, East German women would become more 'Western'
- more domesticated and somehow more docile.
But as Germany celebrates
20 years of reunification, it is Western women who, in many ways,
strive to be more like their Eastern sisters.
Eastern women are more self-confident,
better-educated and more mobile, recent studies show. They have
children earlier and are more likely to work full time. More of
them are happy with their looks and their sexuality, and fewer
of them diet."
Potter Creek Block Party
"Air pollution worsens asthma symptoms
in children" sify.com.
"A joint study by researchers
at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley
has found that exposure to dirty air is linked to decreased function
of a gene that appears to increase the severity of asthma in children.
The findings come from a
study of 181 children with and without asthma in the California
cities of Fresno and Palo Alto."
"Couples With Daughters More Likely to
Divorce" is at abcnews.com.
"Are Girls Splitting
up Parents or Just Empowering Mom?
Little girls may be sugar
and spice and everything nice, but having a daughter might boost
a couple's risk of divorce, according to past census data.
Not only did researchers
find that couples with sons are more likely to stick together,
unmarried pregnant couples were more likely to have shotgun weddings
if the baby was going to be a boy and divorced mothers of boys
are more likely to remarry and stay remarried.
Does this mean that daughters
are matrimonially risky and sons are marriage saviors? Not so
fast, psychologists say.
In the original 2003 research
on the topic, economists Gordon Dahl, from the University of California-San
Diego, and Enrico Moretti, at UC Berkeley, found that couples
with a first-born girl were about 5 percent more likely to divorce
than parents of a first-born boy. When there are as many as three
daughters that difference spiked to 10 percent."
"Pot shop clears first hurdle in Albany" by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business
"A nuclear engineer
who studies judo and another martial art at the University of
California, Berkeley, has appled to open a marijuana dispensary
Bret van den Akker, who's
working on his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at Cal, applied on
Oct. 1 with a relative, Erik, who lives in southern California,
to open VitalGen Inc. in the East Bay City. The proposal has passed
an early screening by the city.
Albany's Planning & Zoning
Commission will review this application next Tuesday."
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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
This site is NOT affiliated
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.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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