here after 10/21/12 here
Bilingue Halloween Parade
MEETING ON OCTOBER 3, 2012 HAS BEEN CANCELLED" emails Planning
Commission's Debra A. Gonzalez.
"Elderly Woman Jailed For DUI After Hitting
"An elderly San Pablo
woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence
on Sunday after she struck a man with her car near the University
of California at Berkeley campus, leaving him in critical condition,
a police spokeswoman said.
Berkeley police received
reports of an injury collision at the intersection of Hearst Avenue
and Spruce Street at 8:35 p.m., Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer
"More than 12,000 lose power in Berkeley"
Bay City News Service at sfgate.com.
"Thousands of PG&E
customers in Berkeley lost power Monday night, a PG&E spokeswoman said.
The outage began at around
8 p.m. when 12,425 customers lost their power, PG&E spokeswoman
Jana Morris said.
PG&E crews responded
to a substation in Berkeley believed to be where the outage
began to try and determine the cause of the outage."
Councilman Capitelli emails
As the candidates
knock at your door, the pamphlets arrive in the mail, the lawn
signs appear (and some disappear), it is easy to question the
efficiency of our electoral process. Despite my tired legs and
moments of doubt, however, walking the district and talking with
residents these past few months has been invigorating and reaffirming.
We live in a wonderful city where the vibrancy of its neighborhoods
is outshined only by the energy of its residents.
Election Day is
Tuesday, November 6. It is an important election at every level
of government including in Berkeley. Voters here will be deciding
about the mayor and four council representatives and weighing
the merits of ten local ballot measures. The outcome of these
measures will not only determine available resources for streets,
watersheds and swimming pools, but will set a tone and a direction
for the future of Berkeley.
Added to our voting
process is the relatively new rank choice voting or RCV. RCV will
only be in effect in those races with more than two candidates:
Mayor and Council District 2 (West Berkeley). As you may know
RCV played a significant role in Oakland's 2010 mayoral election.
The City Clerk has an excellent overview of RCV and I recommend
that voters check it out before casting a vote.
In the middle of
an election season it is easy to get swept away in the moment
and forget that life continues outside of the campaigning. To
that end, I want to encourage parents and school families to attend
an important community meeting in October related to our children,
the 2020 Vision Community Forum. The City Council has scheduled
a special meeting about the proposed sale of the Downtown Berkeley
Post Office which will include a presentation by the Postal Service.
And for those of you who want to escape the campaign madness for
one day and just hang out with your neighbors, there is Sunday
Streets on October 14.
The campaign wrangling
will soon be over (thirty five days and counting). We all look
forward to the decisive moment in our democratic process when
we can rest, hopefully celebrate, and then assess the opportunities
and challenges that lie ahead.
Don't forget to
"Dan Ariely on the Truth About D ishonesty,
Animated" by Maria
Popova at brainpickings.org.
"'It's all about rationalization.'
From the fantastic RSA Animate
series comes an illustrated distillation of behavioral economist
Dan Ariely's new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How
We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves, which you might recall.
Here, Ariely highlights some of the fascinating psychological
mechanisms that steer our moral compass - and often do so in directions
different from our self-conception as righteous people - explaining
everything from why we cheat on our diets to how the world ended
up in a massive financial crisis, and offering lab-tested behavioral
insights on what we can do about it all.
If you think about the whole
financial crisis, we've taken people and we've put them in situations
which basically are guaranteed to blind or, at least, to distort
their vision. And we expect people to overcome that.
We all have a tendency to
think of people as good or bad. And, we say, as long as we kick
the bad people, everything would be fine. But the reality is that
we all have the capacity to be quite bad, under the right circumstances,
and I think in banking we've created the right circumstances for
everybody to misbehave. And, because of that, it's not such a
matter of kicking some people and getting new people in - it's
about changing the incentive structure. Because, unless we change
that, we're not going to get forward."
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sunset in Potter Creek
evening, October 14
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Commercial Kitchen remodel
of the former NEXUS building, 8th and Carleton
Skate's management resists
placing security cameras in the adjacent parking lot claiming
it's the city's responsibility. They give the same reason for
not hiring security. Meanwhile, the lot remains one of the best
places in the city for auto burglars.
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The amended 1998 version
of the West Berkeley Plan states in the Planning Director's Message,
essentially the Introduction, "While professional planners
played a ro]e 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-to-30-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.
END POST FROM THE
"Women winemakers in California winning
success, Santa Clara University study finds" by Michelle Locke at contracostatimes.com.
" In 1978, the first vintage that Cathy Corison made wine,
she could count on one hand the number of women she knew of doing
the same kind of work in the cellars of the Napa Valley. Without
using all her fingers.
Nearly 35 years later, Corison
needs a lot more fingers. Winemaking remains primarily a man's
world, but research by Santa Clara University professors Lucia
Albino Gilbert and John Gilbert has found that nearly 10 percent
of California wineries now have women as the main or lead winemaker.
Their second finding: Women
winemakers tend to be more highly acclaimed than their male counterparts."
Berkeley PD has just undergone
a major change in staffing. As of October 1st, officers will work
3 day, 12 hour shifts as well as the 4 day, 10 hour shifts. This
change is the result of a year's planning and is the first major
staffing change in decades. It was accomplished smoothly, Monday.
"Berkeley Police implement new limits on
spying and mutual aid" sfbg.com?
"The Berkeley Police
Department is undergoing some major policy changes after mounting
pressure from the community to enact reforms, with new limits
on its participation with other law enforcement agencies. .
Berkeley police will no longer
respond immediately and automatically to mutual aid requests from
other police agencies. 'The policy change that the council approved
said that in a case in which there is not serious or violent crime
or destruction of property, that our police will seriously evaluate
whether or not to respond,' says Councilmember Jesse Arreguin.
'We won't automatically respond in cases of civil disobedience
or peaceful protest.'
Mutual aid agreements were
suspended last year while the city adjusted its policies.
'The Berkeley Police Department
has a strong working relationship with other police departments,'
writes Coats via email. 'We are able to review the need for services
on a case by case basis and we look forward to continuing to work
closely with other agencies.'
Other revisions include the
end of surveillance and intelligence gathering of residents who
participate in political activity or express First Amendment rights.
Police must also have at least reasonable suspicion in order to
submit a Suspicious Activity Report, which will then be reviewed
by the City Manager for approval before being made available to
other police agencies. . . .
There will be some extra
reporting standards required, but procedures have been put in
place for us to handle these new requirements,' BPD's Public Information
Officer Jennifer Coats told us, although she did not provide details
on how they will be implemented. .This will not affect the high
level of service the Berkeley Police Department continues to provide
the community.' "
BPD Chief Meehan has been
attending an international gather of police chiefs in San Diego.
has just moved a block south with new tenants filling the retail
spaces at 4th & U--the 2000 block of Fourth, this side of
at Waterfront Conservatory
These spaces are now occupied
by Sketch, Haltha Yoga Shala East Bay, and the Waterfront Conservatory
acting school. Soon to open are Ei-wear, Keter Hair Salon and
the The Fourth Street Studio, an artist studio.
Sarah Henry's story in Bourgeois
Side has give 900
GRAYSON a bump.
"Puente Project moves headquarters to UC
Berkeley" at dailycal.org.
"UC academic outreach
program for low-income and underrepresented minority students
to collaborate with campus."
Effect Of Teachers' Unions On Student Test Scores" Matthew Di Carlo at shankerblog.org.
"The  Wisconsin
protests have predictably spurred a great deal of information-seeking,
with union supporters and opponents alike searching for evidence
that supports their cases. One of the most prevalent topics over
the past week or so is the effect of teacher collective bargaining
on student test scores. . . . most studies of union effects on
teacher compensation and overall costs find at least some positive
association , but it is not entirely clear the degree to which
this is a direct causal effect of unions per se. For instance,
besides the aforementioned measurement and contextual issues,
it is tough to prove that unions increase costs or affect productivity
unless you can look at outcomes before and after unionization,
both within states and between them. One very influential study
that examined the union/cost relationship (as well as dropout
rates) over time found that unionization increased pay and overall
expenditures, while also increasing dropout rates. A more recent,
important study, in contrast, employed hand-gathered union certification
data (which the authors argue is more accurate), and found little
effect on either pay or dropout rates, along with only short-run
effects on overall costs."
The average teacher salary
in Berkeley Unified School District is $55,714 according to teachersalaryinfo.com
and according to primaryschoolteachersalary.com the starting
yearly grade school teacher salary in Berkeley is $55,104 - $82,657.
The salary for Grade School
Teacher in Berkeley is higher than the average Grade School Teacher
salary. However the cost of living in Berkeley is also very high.
The cost of living in Berkeley is 41% higher than the national
"The Slow Death of California's Higher
Kroll at motherjones.com.
Pimentel Hall at
University of California, Berkeley
"It was the greatest education system the world had ever
seen. They built it into the eucalyptus-dotted Berkeley hills
and under the bright lights of Los Angeles, down in the valley
in Fresno and in the shadows of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Hundreds of college campuses, large and small, two-year and four-year,
stretching from California's emerald forests in the north to the
heat-scorched Inland Empire in the south. Each had its own DNA,
but common to all was this: they promised a 'public' education,
accessible and affordable, to those with means and those without,
a door with a welcome mat into the ivory tower, an invitation
to a better life.
Then California bled that
system dry. Over three decades, voters starved their state-and
so their colleges and universities-of cash. Politicians siphoned
away what money remained and spent it more on imprisoning people,
not educating them. College administrators grappled with shriveling
state support by jacking up tuitions, tacking on new fees, and
so asking more each year from increasingly pinched students and
families. Today, many of those students stagger under a heap of
debt as they linger on waiting lists to get into the over-subscribed
classes they need to graduate."
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had its Halloween Parade
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"Reports shows political preferences of
California's Asian Americans"
Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.
" Asian Americans, who
account for 10 percent of registered voters in California, support
a tax measure proposed by Governor Jerry Brown, are closely divided
on the death penalty ballot measure, overwhelmingly support affirmative
action, and support tax increases on high earners to close the
federal budget deficit, according to two new reports from the
National Asian American Survey (NAAS) released Tuesday, Oct. 2.
The survey was conducted
by Taeku Lee, a University of California, Berkeley, professor
of political science and law and an authority on Asian American
politics, with Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor of
political science at the University of California, Riverside and
director of the National Asian American Survey (NAAS).
The results are drawn from
interviews conducted through Sept. 19, 2012, with more than 1,150
respondents residing in California. Among the fastest growing
groups in America, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders grew
by nearly a third in California between 2000 and 2010, and constitute
nearly 15 percent of the state's resident population.
'Despite their growing numbers,
party identification as a lifelong bond has yet to take root among
most Asian Americans in California,' said Lee. 'Asians in
California on net favor Democratic candidates and take more liberal
positions on the issues, but this is not the result of vigorous
outreach efforts from either political party.' "
early Fall sky
over Potter Creek
meaning of feathers
Symbol meaning of feathers deal with ascension and
spiritual evolution to a higher plane. Feathers were worn by Native
American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit,
and to express their celestial wisdom. Also in the Native American
Indian culture, feathers represented the power of the thunder
gods, along with the power of air and wind.
Native American Pueblo Indians would pay homage
to the Feathered Sun which is a symbol of the cosmos and the center
of existence. Another symbol meaning of feathers also revolves
around prayer, and the Pueblo use feather sticks as they dance
in prayer for rain during solstice rituals. . . .
In Christianity feathers represented virtues. In fact, an image
of three feathers were made into signet rings - each feather symbolizing
Charity, hope, and faith. These rings were worn as a symbol of
a virtuous soul - they were also used as wax seals. The ring would
be dipped in warm wax then pressed against documents to seal the
closure. The recipient would know the documents came from a virtuous
man by the indication of the three-feather symbol in the wax.
"The Hunters and the Hunted: 'Subversives,'
by Seth Rosenfeld" a
more-than-a-book-review at nytimes.com.
"America never got over
the '60s. The deep social divisions that emerged during that decade
remain, for the most part, the divisions that define modern American
politics. The battle lines are still so painfully visible that
50 years after the beginning of the Vietnam War and the Free Speech
Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, the presidential
race this year will come down to a contest between a former community
organizer pilloried for supposed ties to '60s radicals and a former
Stanford student who protested against campus antiwar demonstrations."
"News Reporters Job
Overview" at job-hunt.org.
"News reporters write
and report news stories for newspapers, radio or television. They
investigate news, look at documents, observe events at the scene
and interview people. News reporters take notes and photographs
and shoot videos. At their office, they organize material, determine
the focus or emphasis of their story, write stories and edit video
materials. Many reporters enter information or write stories using
computers and electronically submit the material to their offices
from remote locations. General-assignment reporters write about
occurrences such as accidents, political rallies, celebrity visits
or business closings. Some write on specific topics, such as crime,
health, politics, foreign affairs, sports, theater, consumer affairs,
social events, science, business or religion. Investigative reporters
cover stories that may require many days or weeks of information
A reporter's median salary
in San Francisco is $54,000. "
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May's bitter-sweet "A death
in Berkeley: Maria King homeless, vulnerable, when brutally slain"
is at sfgate.com
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"The Effect of Tenure on Teacher Performance
in Secondary Education" Elizabeth
Phillips, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell
Honors Thesis , May 2009
This analysis suggests that
teacher tenure does not have an effect on teacher performance,
as measured by student test score gains. Even if we accept the
point estimates, the magnitudes of the estimates are too
small a percent of the standard deviation of the gain scores
sample distribution for tenure to have a truly meaningful impact
on student achievement.
With so much recent attention
on how education policies can be used to improve teacher
quality, it is important to research and understand the effects
of policies, such as teacher tenure, that may affect teacher
performance. Because these findings suggest that tenure does
not impact teacher quality, the goals of a tenure program should
be reevaluated. If tenure policies are meant simply to provide
job security and protection for teachers, without affecting
their performance, then it may be doing its job. However, if job
security is meant to provide an incentive for teachers to improve
by giving them the freedom to try more creative teaching
styles or, this paper does not find evidence of such an effect.
There may be additional costs
and benefits of tenure policies that are not identified in
my analysis but that may help explain the impact of tenure on
teachers, students, and schools. If the cost to school districts
to fire a tenured teacher is too large, then tenure policies
may prevent schools from firing poorly performing teachers.
For example, a school
may decide that it is not worth the time or legal fees to argue
for the dismissal of a tenured teacher in front of a state
tenure board and would choose to retain poorly performing
teachers, possibly giving them easier classes or students to teach
in order to minimize the negative effects of their low quality
teaching. On the other hand, school boards may grant tenure
as a substitute for wage increases for teachers of higher quality
or more experience. Seen in this light, tenure as an alternative
to higher pay may make available more of a school's budget
for school resources or programs. A cost- benefit analysis
may reveal the magnitude of costs and benefits associated with
tenure policies and thus allow for a more thorough evaluation
of the impact of the policies.
With policymakers continuously
examining how best to improve public education and teacher
quality, research on teacher tenure is highly relevant. Tenure
policies have long been implemented throughout the country,
yet little is known about their impact on teacher performance.
The results of this paper highlight the need for further research
and consideration of a policy that has, for a century, has
been a seldom-questioned status quo.
This an apotical paper, appears well researched and is well written.
and is, after all, an Honor Thesis.
Average salary range for
a Catholic High School Teacher in Berkeley is from $63125 to $94687
and the starting range is from $51985 to $77978.
"Grants help scientists explore boundary
between science & science fiction" Robert Sanders, Media Relations, berkeleyedu.
"Two University of California,
Berkeley, scientists have received research grants to explore
areas of science that bleed into science fiction.
Lasers in use by telescopes
atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. If aliens elsewhere in the galaxy use
lasers for astronomy or communications, we may be able to detect
them from Earth. Courtesy of Keck Observatory.
Astronomer Geoff Marcy, who
kicked off the search for extrasolar planets 20 years ago, plans
to rummage through data from the Kepler space telescope in search
of evidence for civilizations advanced enough to have built massive
orbiting "solar" power stations.
Theoretical physicist Raphael
Bousso will look for ways of detecting universes other than our
own, and try to understand what these alternate universes, or
multiverses, will look like.
Marcy and Bousso are among
20 innovative researchers who will share more than $4 million
in New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology International Grants
that were announced Thursday, Oct. 4, by the University of Chicago.
The grants were made possible through funding from the Templeton
Foundation in the United Kingdom as a way to encourage scientists
and students worldwide to explore fundamental, big questions in
astronomy and cosmology that engage groundbreaking ideas on the
nature of the universe."
White to Leave UC Riverside to be Chancellor of 23-Campus California
State University System"
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"What me worry?"
Gene Agress, owner of Berkeley
his business located in one
of the possible MUP sites
some thoughts on west-Berkeley
While the current focus of
the West Berkeley Project is the Master Use Permit, there are
other pieces of the Project, passed by the Council last year,
which are having positive impacts on West Berkeley:
The reviving of Flint Ink can be traced to the new regulation
that allows for big builidngs to be split into smaller spaces,
for smaller uses. The up-tick in R&D can be attributed
to bringing this use out of the shadows and into the zoning ordinance.
Revised distance regulations for restaurants; allowances
for a new set of uses that reflect this century including: non-store
based retail (e-retail), alternative fueling stations, various
visual and aural production uses beyond the old-school "movie
production"; have all affected the area in a positive way.
Just think what might happen
a cohesive artists and artisans community
took charge of their destiny and worked to purchase a set of core
non-profit "arts colony" buildings, then let that generate
an influx of other like minded and skilled folks.
a set of parking structures
was developed at appropriate locations, topped with community
gardens or solar farms; linked by an "emery-go-round"
type shuttle, serving the workers of West Berkeley by weekdays
and the Campus on Game days.
the creation of well placed
and planned Master Use Permit projects: some supporting both
housing and jobs, the others providing a solid core of new R&D
and 21st Century manufacturing uses in a coherent form.
What if the West Berkeley
Plan the "Next Generation" looked ahead and planned
for the inevitable reality of cities, industry and life--change.
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"California Launches Biggest Commercial
Clean Energy Financing Effort in US" at SustainableBusiness.com.
"The long-term fate
of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
is still uncertain, but commercial programs are still emerging
and California leads the way."
Job Description for Community
"Develops and coordinates programs designed to promote the
organization and its services to the community and the target
population. Promotes activities and services through various forms
of media. May be responsible for the recruiting, interviewing,
hiring, training, and scheduling of volunteer workers. May require
a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 0-2 years of experience
in the field or in a related area. Familiar with standard concepts,
practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on
limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
Performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision.
A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Typically
reports to a supervisor or manager. "
median expected salary for a typical Community Organizer in the
United States is $32,124. This basic market pricing report
was prepared using our Certified Compensation Professionals' analysis
of survey data collected from thousands of HR departments at employers
of all sizes, industries and geographies" salary.com.
"Average Community Organizer Salary in
Oakland, CA: $43000"
"Average Community Organizer Salaries in
San Francisco, CA in USD as of Oct 7, 2012, $51,000" simplyhired.com.
our Rick Auerbach is more
an activist than an organizer
for what he lacks in salary,
he makes up in enthusiasm
here are Rick and friends
at our block party
a Tracy photo
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to, from, and in Bob And
Carol's Pumpkin Patch
END POST FROM THE
after 10/8/12 here
FROM OUR LOG
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, WEAR RESPIRATOR.
7:12 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, head ache, ear ache,
watery eyes, light head, nausea, chills, WEAR RESPIRATOR. 11:55
PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room.
in front room.
in front room, strong "burning gas" odor.
irritant in front room, dry dirty burning air, wear respirator.
10/9/12--7:05 PM-- irritant
in front room, "hot asbestos odor." 8:05 PM--dry burning
air in frint room, wear repirator. 10:37 PM similar.
STRONG "chlorine" odor in front room. 6:57 AM--irritant
in front room, nuasea, light head, wear respirator. 8:18 AM--similar.
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.
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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.
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AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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