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 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."
POST FROM THE PAST
a late Fall
morning in Potter Creek
END POST FROM THE
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
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
"Study Illustrates Grim Picture of Diesel
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."
POSTS FROM THE
[ In anticipation of Halloween
] there's Paul
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
As the Sorcerer,
Mickey Mouse performes this work in Disney's Fantasia.
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.' "
END POSTS FROM
"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
'We're not getting this thing
on Tuesday,' Ahern told his advisory committee in a briefing
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
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.
POSTS FROM THE
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
"It's a question with
the deceptive simplicity of a zen koan: How does a hummingbird
"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."
END POSTS FROM
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.
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
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
Predictive policing is a
success in Santa
POSTS FROM THE
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
END POSTS FROM
"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
Ca Bau Kan
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"
"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,
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"
"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"
"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
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."
POST FROM THE PAST
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
from Cliff Miller, Richmond
Ramblers Motorcycle Club
END POST FROM THE
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."
POST FROM THE PAST
Our California State Representative,
was auctioneer, with translator,
at the CEID Gala
Would you vote for this woman
again ? Yoooouu Betcha' !
END POST FROM THE
"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."
More parade photos
Mayor Bates emails (excerpts)
Positive Leadership in Challenging
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
POST FROM THE PAST
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.
END POST FROM THE
Better late than never is
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
POST FROM THE PAST
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
'I was normal for 35 years,'
Hawthorne said. "
END POST FROM THE
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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,
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"
"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."
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
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
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.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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