The 30,000/40,000 sq ft tech-center development at 2600 8th fell through.



"Survey shows program boosts Latino parents' child knowledge, confidence" Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations, berkeley.edu.

"While many Latino children enter school hampered by weak preliteracy skills, a new program tied to Head Start successfully equips parents to close these gaps, according to findings out today from the University of California, Berkeley."



"Berkeley student gov condemns California's 'Three Strikes' law" Oliver Darcy at campusreform.org.

"The University of California ­ Berkeley's (CAL) student government unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday night condemning California's famous 'Three Strikes' law, Campus Reform has learned."





"Oakland medical marijuana lawsuit may have statewide implications" Ally Rondoni, dailycal.org.

"Feds to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries in California Patches, a Telegraph street vendor, speaks to a potential customer at his stand. Telegraph Avenue vendor 'Patches' arrested for alleged sale of marijuana Perfect Plants Patient Group is one of several medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley. Zoning board reviews code violations for local medical cannabis outfit The new building for the Berkeley Patients Group medical cannabis dispensary is located at 2366 San Pablo Avenue. Construction begins at local dispensary's new San Pablo location Bill to stop medical cannabis dispensary seizures introduced in Congress

The city of Oakland has filed a lawsuit against U.S. authorities that claims the federal government has overstepped its jurisdiction in the attempted closure of a local medical marijuana dispensary."











a late Fall

morning in Potter Creek
















Well known southwest-Berkeley activist is organizing a movement to close the 3PG "medical marijuana" outlet on Sacramento Street north of Ashby.



"Pioneering architect Julia Morgan a source of intrigue for Oakland historian" by Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times.

"In the fall of 1999, Karen McNeill was a grad-school history student at UC Berkeley scrambling for a dissertation topic when her adviser suggested trailblazing architect Julia Morgan.

A blank gaze immediately came over McNeill's face.

'Thinking back, it was a little embarrassing,' she recalls. 'But I had no idea who she was.'
Unbeknown to McNeill, she'd been in the shadow of Morgan, herself a Cal graduate who would design more than 700 structures in this state alone, including several on the Berkeley campus. In the years since that fateful meeting with her adviser, McNeill has devoted a substantial chunk of her life to tracking Morgan through history."




"Study Illustrates Grim Picture of Diesel Truck Pollution" by Basem Wasef at popularmechanics.com.

 "The big picture for diesel truck pollution versus gasoline emissions is bleak but improving, says a just-released study by UC Berkeley which was funded by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board."











[ In anticipation of Halloween ] there's Paul Dukas' composition

The Sorcerer's Apprentice


As the Sorcerer, Mickey Mouse performes this work in Disney's Fantasia.




Pierre Monteux

conducts it in this 1961 filmed performance of with the London Symphony. Under Monteux The Sorcerer's Apprentice becomes a work with the excitement of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"--a piece that "caused a riot" on its premier.





"An Unexpected Alliance" by Lee Siegel at moreintelligentlife.com ". . . the weird comedy of letters between T.S. Eliot and Groucho Marx . . .

The St Louis-born American poet, who had transplanted himself to London for an extended impersonation of an Englishman, knew all about the suppressed comedy at the heart of role-play. Appalled by humourless modern ideologies like communism, Eliot might have been drawn to Groucho's alternative mode of revolution. It seems he agreed with Irving Berlin that 'the world would not be in such a snarl, had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl.' Eliot was also experiencing matrimonial happiness for the first time with his second wife, Esmé Valerie Fletcher, so much so that he had stopped writing poetry altogether. With sex, perhaps, came laughter'

As for Groucho, his love for books and culture was unabashed and unabated. 'Outside of a dog' he once proclaimed, 'a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.' "
















"Sheriff Greg Ahern seeks a grant to make Alameda County one of the first locales in California to deploy unmanned aerial systems in civilian settings"
by Tom Abate, berkeleypatch.com.

"Sheriff Gregory Ahern is seeking a grant to purchase unmanned aerial drones to provide video and infrared surveillance in police, fire and rescue settings. 

'We're not getting this thing on Tuesday,' Ahern told his advisory committee in a briefing Monday afternoon.

But the sheriff's office has already done preliminary tests of a four-pound drone that could carry a camera to provide live video or an infrared device to track the heat of bodies, fires or possibly the lights of indoor pot growing operations.

The device, which would cost $50,000 to $100,000, would be remotely controlled by an operator on the ground and hover over crime or fire scenes.

'This would be less expensive, more valuable and have more uses (than a helicopter),' said Ahern, adding that a helicopter cost $3 million buy and upwards of $300 an hour to operate.

If Ahern's plan moves forward, Alameda County would become a pioneer in the deployment of small -- and, so far, nonlethal -- versions of the drones that the military is using in Afghanistan.

The county's plans are the tip of an iceberg that Congress set in motion when it passed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization act earlier this year.

That act required the FAA to create rules to permit the deployment of civilian drones weighing 25 pounds or less - not just for law enforcement but for any business that wants eyes in the skies."



Aw jeez, . . . but you can stay ahead of the curve with the Parrot A.R. Drone 2.0

A flying HD camera While in flight, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0's front camera transmits real-time what the quadricopter sees onto the pilot's device screen. For the first time the AR.Drone 2.0 camera, with a 1280x720 resolution, shows a view from the sky in high definition with smooth and unbelievable images. The pilot enjoys an experience like never before, as if he was on board. For gaming purposes, this camera also can recognize specific shapes and colors to show augmented-reality elements on the smartphone's screen. Record and share flying experiences Thanks to the new AR.Free - Flight 2.0 piloting application, players can record their own HD videos and watch them or share them with the AR.Drone community. Additionally, with the "travelling" feature, the pilot can film HD video sequences like a professional! Simply select the direction of travel (forward, back, sideways) and the duration, and the AR.Drone 2.0 does the rest. AR.Free - Flight 2.0, a new piloting and sharing platform In addition to flying the AR.Drone, new application AR.Free - Flight 2.0 ­ available to download for free from the AppStoreSM and Android - TM Market ­ offers players a new interface and several options. - Flight: Access to the piloting application. - The pilot can record flights, take HD videos or photos and save them in the piloting device. All the flight data (altitude, speed, duration and place) can be saved, checked by the pilot and shared with the community. - Guest Space: Access an overview of the AR.Drone 2.0, the best flight videos and practical information. - Drone Update: Access the AR.Drone 2.0's free software updates. - AR.Drone Academy: Get geolocation data of the best flight zones, watch other pilots' videos and access their shared flight data. - AR.Games: Access applications/games available for the AR.Drone. - Photos/Videos: Directly access your own videos and photos. Watch or upload to You - Tube for the community to enjoy. 'Absolute Flight', a revolutionary ultra-intuitive flight mode After the AR.Free - Flight 2.0 pilot application has been loaded onto an i - OS or Android - TM smartphone or tablet, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 connects to the device via Wi-Fi. After connection, all the on-board instruments appear on screen with a cockpit view. Press the take off button briefly and the four brushless motors turn on. The AR.Drone 2.0 takes off. Flying is very simple. With your thumbs placed on either side of the screen, a control button automatically forms beneath: - Press and hold the left button and the AR.Drone 2.0 follows the movement of the pilot's device: it moves forward, backwards or sideways when you tilt the tablet forward, towards you or to the left or right. - Slide your finger over the right button, and the quadricopter rises, descends or rotates right or left. Thanks to Parrot's patented new 'Absolute Control' mode, the player accesses an even more intuitive piloting system. With a 3D magnetometer, the AR.Drone 2.0 knows its precise orientation with respect to the smartphone, which becomes the reference point. The pilot no longer needs to care about the orientation of the AR.Drone 2.0's front camera, which will accurately track the smartphone's motion and tilt. Experienced players will select 'Relative Flight' mode, the conventional flight mode. This disables Parrot AR.Drone 2.0's magnetometer. The pilot manages the quadricopter's orientation with no assistance. Surprising stability at any altitude The heart of the AR.Drone 2.0 contains MEMS (microelectromechanical systems). A 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope, a 3-axis magnetometer and a pressure sensor give the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 surprising stability, complete with: - 2 ultrasound sensors, which analyze flight altitude up to 6 meters - A pressure sensor completes the device and provides great vertical stability. - 4 blades, specially designed for the AR.Drone 2.0, make it possible to carry out smooth flights. - A second camera, placed beneath the quadricopter and connected to the central inertial unit, measures the craft's speed using an image comparison system 2 hulls made for both types of flight The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 has 2 hulls with specially designed contours. Made of PA66 (a material used in designing car bumpers), they are light, highly resistant and protect the quadricopter. For outdoor flight, the contoured hull, available in three colors (orange/yellow; orange/green; orange/blue), reduces wind resistance and preserves the AR.Drone 2.0's handling and stability. When indoor, a second hull protects the blades from any impact. The black-and-white cockpit, underlined with a red stripe, reinforces the quadricopter's mysterious, thrilling appearance. Finally, light-emitting diodes (green in front, red in rear), positioned on the landing gear, help the pilot track the orientation of the AR.Drone 2.0 for easier flying.





The beginning of the era of warefare when drones fight drones and robots, robots, . . . ?

"X-47B UCAS First Cruise Flight"video at military.com.

"Musical revue of the first 'cruise' flight of the U.S. Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration aircraft. During this flight, conducted Sept. 30, 2011 flight, the aircraft's landing gear was raised and lowered for the first time, a key milestone in the envelope expansion phase of flight testing. The X-47B was designed, developed and produced by Northrop Grumman, the leader in unmanned systems."



"High-Speed Video Shows How Hummingbirds Stay Dry" video at wired.com.

"It's a question with the deceptive simplicity of a zen koan: How does a hummingbird keep dry?

"It's not by staying out of the rain. Instead, as shown in a series of high-speed videos that reveal what's hidden to the naked eye by time, hummingbirds shake themselves like dogs."







State Senator Loni Hancock has voiced her support of Measure S "We are proud to announce the endorsement of State Senator Loni Hancock.
Senator Hancock's endorsement adds momentum to our campaign as we move towards the November 6th election.  She joins over 500 merchants, community and parent leaders, non-profits, faith-based organizations and social service professionals who want to improve Berkeley sidewalks in a sensible and compassionate manner.

Senator Loni Hancock says, 'Measure S will create a mutual environment of respect, safe and civil sidewalks, and help for those in need.' "


Average School Librarian Salariy in Berkeley, CA in USD as of Oct 20, 2012 is $54,000. Details here.

















GRAYSON Burger No 1 in the Bay Area, ZAGAT

a Bob Kubik still-life of the GRAYSON Burger is at 900 GRAYSON as is the burger.



daughter of 900's Chris and Heather at her French School Halloween Parade





"Berkeley's Post-Modern Speakeasy" David Downs at eastbayexpress.com. 

"Investigating the controversial East Bay collective Forty Acres.

In May, federal enforcers shut down the storefront of Berkeley Patients Group, a longtime dispensary that had proper permits from the city. But in a sign of how arbitrary and capricious the crackdown has been, Berkeley's unpermitted dispensary scene is still thriving.

Told to close by Berkeley officials in January, Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Grower's Collective, for example, was operating at 1820 San Pablo Avenue as of earlier this week with no evidence of impending closure. The place is a post-modern speakeasy, right down to the unmarked front door, copious security, and grungy, urban vibe.

In a way, it's also the future of fully legalized weed: The club requires ID for entry. It's safe. It's the dive bar of ganja.
Forty Acres is part of an open secret in Berkeley's medical cannabis scene that includes about a dozen unpermitted clubs and delivery services. The collective started in December 2009 when its founders converted several apartments above The Albatross pub on San Pablo into a clubhouse."



Is it time to move solidly into the 21st Century at Berkeley PD with predictive policing ?

Certainly is!

Predictive policing is a success in Santa Cruz?










the foodnet

yesterday, setting up for the taping of "Diners, Dives and Drive-ins" at 900 GRAYSON

photo essay here


"Diners, Dives and Drive-ins" video of 900 GRAYSON.

















"Indonesian Film Festival in Berkeley" AsianWeek Staff, asianweek.com.

"Three exciting Indonesian film screenings are set to begin on November 1, November 8 and November 15 at 6:30 pm at Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California. Early Bird Discount Tickets of $8.00 is now on sale at brownpapertickets.com.  Purchase your tickets before October 29. Tickets are available at the door for $12.

Ca Bau Kan

(The Courtesan)

A film based on a novel written by Remy Sylado.  Directed and Produced by Nia Dinata. (2002, 120 minutes), Indonesian with English subtitles. Nia Dinata superbly brought out the images and nuances of the colonial time of bygone era.




"Keiretsu Forum Angel Investors and the Office of Economic Development at the City of Berkeley, CA Announce Second Quarterly EUREKA! Event" istockanalyst.com.

"Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest private equity angel investment network, and The City of Berkeley's Office of Economic Development announce the second EUREKA! event on Monday, October 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley, California.

EUREKA! is an evening of mentoring and networking from angel investors to early stage Berkeley entrepreneurs. Ten startups will present to a panel of Keiretsu Forum angel investor members. Entrepreneurs will give a two-minute core presentation, followed by a four-minute Q&A session, and a four-minute feedback and resource exchange."




"A Texas Transplant Returns To Berkeley" at forbes.com.

"I'm in the San Francisco Bay area to interview the biggies at Chevron about how they're building America's Greatest Oil Company. But why would I want to stay out near Chevron headquarters in San Ramon when I could hang out in Berkeley instead?

I've been back to Berkeley a couple times since I graduated from the University of California in 1997, but today was the first time I've had a chance to just wander around for a couple hours and remember how it used to be. . . .

I'm staying at the Bancroft Hotel, right next to Strada, a quaint old hotel updated with 'green' everything, and which I remember from college days as the place where Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Devito and Emma Thompson filmed 'Junior' - a masterpiece about a man (Arnold) who gets artificially impregnated with a baby. My room here has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.A lot of businesses have disappeared and been replaced. It was a shock to see that Cody's Books has vanished from Telegraph Avenue. Thankfully Moe's Books is still around, even if Moe Moskowitz has passed away. I still have a hundred books I bought at Moe's, to this day the best book store I've known (yes that includes New York's Strand Books). A legendary iconoclast, Moe died a few years ago, but I remember him in the store spouting opinions and smoking cigars (he fought a 15-year battle with Berkeley City Council over its no-smoking ordinance). In Moe's honor I bought a used copy of Hunter S. Thompson's 'Generation of Swine.' "





"California Voters Get a New Reason to Abolish the Death Penalty" thenewrepublic.com.

"When California voters check off their ballots next month, they'll have the opportunity to make their state the eighteenth in the nation to abolish the death penalty. So far, proponents of the abolition ballot measure, Proposition 34, have stressed the $130 million the state could save each year by changing the maximum sentence to life without parole as well as the $100 million that would be set aside for law enforcement to work on unsolved crimes.

However, there's a more direct reason for abolition: More defendants have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated in California than any other state in the nation -- indicating significant risk of putting an innocent person to death."


food server at 900 GRAYSON

our Courtney Bean just took her Criminal Justice course exam.

"What's the most important thing you learned" I asked yesterday. "That the least reported crime is rape and the most reported are autothefts." she replied.









Curt Fonger photos

The bobcat was getting away from a mountain lion that was stalking it. He darted up a 40-foot saguaro in Gold Canyon Arizona--and stayed for the remainder of the day.

from Cliff Miller, Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club




















maybe my favorite Potter Creek lawn-sign, this filled-with-signs Political Fall

is Margret Elliot's


"Gentler Berkeley has priorities straight" Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist.

"With a ballot measure to discourage homeless denizens from sitting or napping outside downtown businesses, and another promoting development for the city's artsy/gritty west side, Berkeley doesn't resemble its old self these days.

The days when students poured out of the gates of UC Berkeley to join - or lead - social movements are largely a thing of the past. The city's radical image doesn't match up well with ideas like Measure S, which would make it illegal to sit or lie on public sidewalks, or Measure T, an ambitious development plan that would clear a path for growth in West Berkeley.

If you want to rage against the machine, defy police orders and turn the town upside down, Oakland has become the place to go. Oakland was where the main Occupy action was in the Bay Area; in Berkeley, they're mulling over the benefits and liabilities of development and gentrification.
Mayor Tom Bates, who is seeking a record fourth term in the Nov. 6 election, has brought stability to government, even if he hasn't been able to shorten the City Council's marathon meetings. He's also helped make Berkeley more business-friendly, a process aided by the southward movement of regular street confrontations between protesters and police."

Let's be perfectly clear, "street confrontations" are between protesters and an establishment of which the police are law enforcers. Police are NOT an independent entity!



"Yes on Measure S" at sfgate.com

"It's taken Berkeley longer than other homeless-prone cities, but voters there will face a plan to bar lounging on sidewalks. Measure S deserves support as a way to impose limits on public behavior and provide a better life than living on pavement."









Our California State Representative, Nancy Skinner

was auctioneer, with translator, at the CEID Gala

Would you vote for this woman again ? Yoooouu Betcha' !









"Soundtrack to history: 1878 Edison audio unveiled" at kirotv.com.

"It's scratchy, lasts only 78 seconds and features the world's first recorded blooper.
The modern masses can now listen to what experts say is the oldest playable recording of an American voice and the first-ever capturing of a musical performance, thanks to digital advances that allowed the sound to be transferred from flimsy tinfoil to computer.
The recording was originally made on a Thomas Edison-invented phonograph in St. Louis in 1878."
















École Bilingue

Halloween Parade

More parade photos here!




Mayor Bates emails (excerpts)

Positive Leadership in Challenging Times

We are entering our final week of this important campaign and I would like to share some very good news with you.  This week I was endorsed by the San Francisco Chronicle and the  East Bay Express.

I am honored to have the support of these trusted periodicals as well as my numerous other endorsers, including The Sierra Club, Berkeley Police Officers and Firefighters, Alameda Democratic Party and The Berkeley Democratic Club.

Full email here











House Minority Leader  Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night as the House convened to vote on a  new budget. (AP)

The guy sitting in the row in front of these two....he's on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores. 


Check other sources--or not.






















Better late than never is "Fluke Play Where A Broken Bat Hits A Pitch Three Times Helps The Giants Win The National League Pennant," a remakable shot in high-definition, slow-motion of Pence's bat shattering swing.


A link to a map of "284 drone strikes in Pakistan."


"' CBS Sunday Morning '" Visits the MAD Offices!" is a photo essay. "Mo Rocca and the crew from CBS Sunday Morning swung by the MAD offices to shoot a piece about MAD's 60th Anniversary. "


"President Obama on Donald Trump" a 2 minute video from the Jay Leno Show.


Our Bourgeois Side reports "Residents in the Berkeley hills have asked East Bay Regional Park District if it would consider closing a road used by migrating newts earlier than usual, after early rains have brought out the newts and many are being run over by cars."


The 50 worst cars ever is a slide show at sfgate.com.


"The US And Britain Are Putting Final Touches On A Possible Military Operation Against Iran" is a report at the businessinsider.com.


My belief in entropy as THE operating principle of the universe is exceeded only by my belief in magic.











"Mark Hawthorne -- aka Hate Man -- has made People's Park his home for 10 years" by Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune.

"Mark Hawthorne hates you.

The former New York Times reporter, known as 'Hate Man,' has lived on the streets of Berkeley for 25 years and in People's Park for 10. He prefers living outdoors, doesn't want a home and doesn't consider himself homeless.

'I avoid the term "h-o-m-e-l-e-s-s," ' said Hawthorne, spelling it out like other words he doesn't like. 'If I didn't want a BMW, would you say I was "BMW-less?" '

Hawthorne sits on a log in the park, next to a Webster's dictionary with 'Hate Camp' scrawled across the cover, trims the filter off a Virginia Slims and lights it. Wearing layers of black clothing with safety pins attached, floppy hat and fingerless gloves, he sips cold black coffee from a bottle festooned with colored plastic strips. He doesn't drink alcohol or do drugs.

Hate got his name from espousing his philosophy of 'oppositionality' in a tiny corner of People's Park. His theory is that if people are honest with each other when they're opposite, they'll start to feel safe with each other.

'For me to trust a person and be comfortable with them, they have to be willing to say " I hate you," ' Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne, 75, was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Stamford, Conn. He served in the Air Force and also the Peace Corps, where he spent time living in Thailand. He spent 10 years at the Times, beginning in 1961 as a copy boy and working his way up to general assignment reporter.

Hawthorne and Mom

from the Oakland Tribune

'I was normal for 35 years,' Hawthorne said. "



















Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at Café Yesterday, 1122 University Avenue, Wednesday, October 31, 2012, from 2 to 3pm.

Cafe Yesterday

coffee, food, music



Councilman Gordon Wozniak emails his November 6th ballot recommendations

Berkeley Mayor; Mayor, Tom Bates. No better candidate to represent Berkeley by far. A true leader. 
Berkeley City Council; District #2, Darryl Moore , District #3, Dmitri Belser , District #5, Laurie Capitelli

full recomendations are here




"Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement" is at the Oakland Museum and features, among others, our Marvin Lipofsky.

"This fall, OMCA will be one of more than 120 museums nationwide to mark the 50th anniversary of the studio art-glass movement in the United States. Featuring approximately 22 works on view in the Gallery of California Art, the exhibition Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement celebrates California's involvement in, and impact on, this movement that was brought to the Golden State by Marvin Lipofsky, who started the glass programs at California College of Arts and Crafts and UC Berkeley, and by Robert Fritz, who established the program at San Jose State University. Showcasing pioneer California glass artists, such as Richard Marquis, Jay Musler, Randy Strong, and Mary White, alongside the next generation of California glass artists including Oben Abright and Jaime Guerrero, the exhibition reinforces the Bay Area's prominence as a hotbed for the studio art-glass movement."








"The blow-by-blow of the killing of Ambassador Stevens" at thedailybeast.com.

"Diplomatic Security special agent David Ubben waits silently, his M-4 assault rifle at the ready as he hides deep in the dark inside the villa that serves as the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Ubben's assignment is close protection for U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, which isn't always easy. Stevens, a former Peace Corps volunteer, likes to get out among the people in the countries where he serves, especially Libya, which he helped to liberate from Muammar Gaddafi during the war last year. But even he has started to believe that al Qaeda is gunning for him, and on this day, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, Stevens has let himself be persuaded to hold all his meetings behind the nine-foot walls and the coils of concertina wire that surround the Benghazi consulate.".

We are in, often unreported, non-geographic World War III, being fought with drones, cyber attacks, intel, and covert operations. By no means your Grandfather's war, yet very deadly.


















What is Ranked-Choice Voting?
Ranked-Choice Voting or "Instant Run-Off Voting," allows voters to rank up to three candidates, in order of preference, when marking their ballots. Ranked-choice voting eliminates the need for run-off elections, and is approved for use in Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro.
Who is elected using a Ranked-Choice Voting ballot?
Berkeley voters use Ranked-Choice Voting to elect the Mayor, Members of the City Council, and the City Auditor. 
How are Ranked-Choice votes counted?
With Ranked-Choice Voting, if a candidate receives a majority (50%+1) of the first-choice votes cast for that office, that candidate will be elected. However, if no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes cast, an elimination process begins. The candidate who received the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Next, each vote cast for that candidate will be transferred to the voter's next-ranked choice among the remaining candidates. This elimination process will continue until one candidate receives a majority and is deemed the winner.
For a video about how Ranked-Choice votes are counted, go to www.acgov.org/rov/rcv/video.htm

How Do I Mark The Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot?
The Ranked-Choice ballot card is designed in a side-by-side column format and lists the names of all of the candidates in three repeating columns. This format allows a voter to select a first-choice candidate in the first column, a second-choice candidate in the second column, and a third-choice candidate in the third column. Voters will connect the head and tail of the arrow next to the name of the candidate they choose.
For a video on marking the ranked-choice voting ballot, go to www.acgov.org/rov/rcv/video.htm 
Must I rank three candidates for each office?
No. A voter may-but is not required to-rank three choices for each office. If there are fewer than three candidates for the same office, or to rank fewer than three candidates, you may leave any remaining columns blank.
If I really want my first-choice candidate to win, should I rank the candidate as my first, second and third choice?
No. Ranking a candidate more than once does not benefit the candidate. If a voter ranks one candidate as the voter's first, second and third choice, it is the same as if the voter leaves the second or third choice blank. In other words, if the candidate is eliminated that candidate is no longer eligible to receive second or third choice votes.
Can I give candidates the same ranking?
No. If a voter gives more than one candidate the same ranking, the vote cannot be counted. Only one candidate can represent the voter's first, second, or third choice.
Can I write a candidate's name on my ballot in any column?
Yes. Each column provides space for qualified Write-In candidates. Only qualified Write-In candidates can receive votes. After writing the name of the qualified candidate, be sure to connect the head and tail of the arrow next to the space.
Will there be a subsequent run-off?
No, Ranked-Choice Voting eliminates the need for run-off elections.  
What if I have further questions?
If you have further questions about ranked-choice voting, please call the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6933.  

Councilman Moore emails

I just found out that the location that we had originally planned for will actually have voting equipment setup since it is a polling place.  We decided to move our Ranked-Choice Voting Workshop to Rosa Parks Elementary in the Multipurpose Room.  The workshop will still be on Monday, November 5th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm but it will be in the Multipurpose Room in Rosa Parks Elementary, instead of the Arts and Crafts Room in Frances Albrier Center.
Workshop on Ranked-Choice Voting, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Monday, November 5th , Multipurpose Room of Rosa Parks Elementary, 920 Allston Way, between 7th and 9th Streets



Councilman Capitelli emails

Friday Night Football Game at Memorial Stadium

On November 2, the University of California, Berkeley will play the season's first-ever Friday night football game. The game will be nationally televised and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Please note that the City anticipates that parking and traffic congestion will begin much earlier than 6 p.m. City and University officials have been working together to prepare for the game-day impacts on City streets and urge Berkeley residents to plan ahead.

"Whether you are coming to watch the game, coming home to Berkeley, or if you work in Berkeley, we encourage folks to use public transportation as much as possible," said City Manager Christine Daniel. "And if you're going to the game, please take one of the free shuttles."

For more information about game-day parking and specific road closures after 3 pm on Friday in the campus/stadium area, go to Friday Night Game at Memorial Stadium.

Football fans who are going to the game are encouraged to visit the Cal Athletics Website for more information about traffic, parking and free shuttles.






"JAB acquires Peet's Coffee & Tea" at hotdrinks.com. affirms a story I posted in July.

"Joh A Benckiser, a privately held group focused on long term investments in premium brands in the broader consumer goods category, has acquired US-based Peet's Coffee & Tea for $1bn.

Founded in 1966, California-based Peet's Coffee & Tea offers coffees and teas in multiple forms.

Peet's will continue to be operated by its current management team and employees.

The company will remain based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with its home office in Emeryville and its leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) Gold Certified roast-to-order facility in Alameda.

Chicago-based merchant bank BDT Capital Partners is a minority investor in the transaction, besides JAB.

JAB is a holding company which is a part holder of the consumer products company Reckitt Benckiser. The group's portfolio also includes a majority stake in beauty products manufacturer Coty and a minority investment in DE Master Blenders 1753.

The group also owns luxury goods company Labelux with brands such as Jimmy Choo."





"Architecture Lab Technology Partners With Xunshan Group to Develop" ar thepressnews.com.

"Bio Architecture Lab, a biotechnology company whose conversion technology and seaweed bio-refinery design unlocks the full value of seaweed, has entered into an agreement with China's Xunshan Group, the world's largest grower of brown seaweed and a global ocean fishery and aquaculture company. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will develop an integrated seaweed bio-refinery to produce a low cost carbohydrate for the production of renewable chemicals, fuels, animal feed and a variety of other high value products using Xunshan's seaweed and Bal's conversion technology."












eternally useful links


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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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.



Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.




Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

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 here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."






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