École Bilingue Halloween
more photos here
Across the street from us
on French School property is a new structure built by them as
an open classroom. It appears people are now sleeping in it. One
of the next-door Kruse yardmen was startled by them at 4:30/5:00
in the morning this week.
During the day, the structure
is used by students to study plants, herbs, flowers, etc. in the
And, Potter Creek seems to
be "loading up" with vans, motorhomes and SUVs of late.
On the corner of 8th and Pardee, parked on 8th just south of the
north-west corner, is a green/brown van--CA 5LI13616, 1/2014.
our Councilman Darryl Moore
emails about his great new policy
In the spirit of the 2020
Vision, I will be holding office after-hours with our newest School
Board Director, Julie Sinai. Since I know that many of you
work and have young kids, it's often hard to get out to City Hall
to discuss issues that may affect you. Director Sinai and
I thought it would be a great idea to hold office hours in the
District at a time that might be convenient for most. Our
office after-hours will be held at Westside Cafe, 2570
9th St (at Parker), from 5pm to 7pm on November 7th. If
you have questions about the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program
(BSEP) Funding coming up for renewal next year or the new Common
Core Curriculum, or any other BUSD issues, Director Sinai will
be there to discuss those issues. If you are interested
in the implementation of the Street Paving and Green Infrastructure
funding, the new medical marijuana regulations, the smoke-free
housing policy, or any other City-related business, I'd be happy
to talk with you.
Office After-Hours, Westside Cafe, Councilmember Darryl Moore
and Berkeley School Director Julie Sinai, Thursday, November 7th,
2013, 5pm to 7pm.
Sarah Lana, Emergency Services
Coordinator, Berkeley Fire Department emails
Dear Berkeley Community Partner,
The City of Berkeley is updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan,
and the First Draft has been posted for public review at www.CityofBerkeley.info/Mitigation
and City libraries.
The Mitigation Plan identifies Berkeley's natural hazards of concern
and outlines a five-year strategy to further protect Berkeley's
people, buildings, infrastructure and environment from these hazards.
Members of the public are invited to provide written feedback
on the First Draft Plan until Monday, December 9.
Sincerely, Sarah Lana
Sarah Lana, , 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Second Floor, Berkeley,
CA 94704, 510.981.5576 , Mitigation@CityofBerkeley.info
The new Berkeley PD Newsletter
is now available on line in
pdf form here.
our Janine emails
I have a fun harpsichord
concert coming up. This time it is at a wonderful venue outside
my home. The Parish Hall at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley
has wonderful acoustics, and the Barefoot concert series serves
a delightful pre dinner snack of bread, olives, wines and other
beverages (the concert is at 6 PM, intended to be a little over
an hour long). Last time I attended a concert there, there were
delicious cookies, too, but I must confess I particularly like
those big round bright green olives.....
I am playing two big suites
by Rameau and d'Anglebert. Both are fabulous pieces of music.
If the Goldberg Variations are what hooked me on the harpsichord,
the Rameau is what set the hook. To me, the Allemande is one of
the most exquisite pieces written by anybody, and the rest of
the Suite is right up there too. The Sarabande is ravishing. The
fast movements are true virtuoso pieces, and anyone familiar with
this Suite knows exactly what I mean! At times it is quite
a spectacle, and therefore is challenging and a lot of fun for
everyone. d'Anglebert is one of the more florid composers
for the harpsichord and his genius is partly in how his ornamentation
propels the music and keeps the sound of the harpsichord washing
over you. The breaks in sound are therefore more dramatic and
satisfying. I love d'Anglebert's sense of harmony and the perfection
of his musical concepts. I also find the music of d'Anglebert
to be extremely passionate, and some of the most moving moments
in music occur in his suites. If you are not familiar with this
composer, you have a huge treat in store!
The concert is at an unusual
time of day, so those of you who work farther away than Berkeley
probalby can't make it, though for those of you who can, the beauty
of this time frame is that you have the rest of the evening available
to do whatever you wish, and it's a great way to start your weekend!
Friday November 8th,
St Mark's Episcopal Church
Parish Hall - 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA (at Ellsworth)
You can buy tickets at the
door, or go online to buy them ahead of time http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/436403
I hope to see you there!
Weekend for Pumpkins! Find a Farmers Market" at berkeley.patch.com.
"By clicking on the
check marks . . . , you can see which greenmarkets are open on
which days of the week."
Stands Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703" at yelp.com
gives some of the possibilities.
Couple seeking help for homeless man struck by train" by
Kristin J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"Sean Stallmeyer was
idling in his car at a railroad crossing when he saw Mark Schwartz
pushing his shopping cart on the tracks that Monday morning nearly
three weeks ago.
Then he saw the crossing
gates come down and heard the Amtrak train's horn blow.
'I knew it was going to happen
before he even got hit,' said Stallmeyer, a 29-year-old cook who
lives in Richmond and was with his girlfriend, Shelley Jones,
at the Gilman Street crossing shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Oct.
7. 'Then the train passed him and just sucked him underneath.'
What happened next may have
saved Schwartz's life -- and formed an unlikely friendship between
the homeless man and the couple, who have set up a fund to help
with medical expenses.
Schwartz, 59, had part of
his left leg severed in the train collision and has other injuries
as well, a friend said. No one else was hurt.
'I definitely had hesitation
going up on the train tracks cause I was expecting to see a person
in pieces,' Stallmeyer said. 'I don't know if anybody would have
been willing to (help). I think people were just scared that he
was dead already.'
Stallmeyer, a mountain climber
who has wilderness first-aid training and said he has helped out
car accidents victims in the past, wrapped Schwartz leg with a
belt to try to control the bleeding, while Jones, 27, tried to
talk to him.
'He was just gushing blood
at that point,' Jones said. 'He was, for the most part, conscious,
but he was in and out. I sat next to his head and talked to him
and tried to keep him awake.'
'He was laying there ghost
white, and, I'm sure, shocked and terrified.'
Once the ambulance arrived
and took Schwartz to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he remains
in the intensive care unit, the couple got to work trying to raise
money for what will likely be a long road to recovery.
'We wanted to do whatever
we could to help this man,' said Jones. 'We just wanted to make
sure he was taken care of and is able to transition back to his
Paul Matzner, 67, has been
a friend to Schwartz for the past three years, including when
Schwartz was a write-in candidate for Berkeley mayor last year.
He got 11 votes, according to League of Women Voters data. According
to information published around election time last year, Schwartz
has penned 13 books of poetry and holds an engineering degree
from Cornell University.
Jones called two other nonprofits
before she hooked up with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency,
an organization which provides services to homeless people. Officials
at BOSS offered to help set up a fund.
'Of course, it's not going
to be enough for life-altering assistance,' said BOSS development
director Sonja Fitz. 'We' 're just hoping to have a little pool
he can turn to as his recovery progresses since MediCal doesn't
cover everything.' "
"NY US Attorney: $28M in bitcoins seized" at sfgate.com.
"The United States Attorney
in New York says about $28 million worth of bitcoins have been
seized from a man charged with operating a notorious online drug
marketplace known as Silk Road.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
(buh-RAH'-ruh) said Friday more than 144,000 bitcoins were found
on computer hardware belonging to Ross William Ulbricht.
Federal authorities in New York have charged Ulbricht with three
felonies related to the operation of the website. He was sent
to New York from California earlier this month.
The federal public defender
who represented Ulbricht in California declined to comment. His
New York attorney didn't immediately return messages.
Silk Road gained notoriety as a black market bazaar where drugs
could be bought and sold using bitcoins, a form of online cash."
POSTS FROM THE
In anticipation of Halloween
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
As the Sorcerer,
Mickey Mouse performs 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.
FROM THE PAST
Bilingue Halloween Parade
END POST FROM THE
"Albany proceeding with Bulb transition" by Damin Esper, contracostatimes.com.
"A $570,000 plan to
help transition the Albany Bulb into a regional park was approved
this week by the City Council.
The council voted 5-0 Oct. 21 to proceed with the plan, which
includes spending money on clearing the homeless encampment from
the Bulb, cleaning up the property and creating a 30-bed temporary
shelter. The plan also includes money for housing subsidies and
a six-month, $154,000 contract with Operation Dignity to manage
The future of the Bulb has
been a contentious issue for much of the year after the council
voted to begin enforcing the city's anti-camping ordinance beginning
this month. Plans have been in place for years to turn the Bulb
over to the East Bay Regional Park District as part of the McLaughlin
Eastshore State Park. The EBRPD will not accept the land until
the homeless encampments are cleared.
Several advocates for the
homeless population on the Bulb asked the council to delay the
previously announced eviction plan set to begin this month and
to spend the money instead on housing the population. Most estimates
have about 50 to 70 people living on the Bulb.
Park advocates also spoke
at the meeting on Monday supporting the progress toward the Bulb
becoming part of the park.
The land was cleared previously
in 1999. However, the population soon returned."
"As Whole Foods grows, so does the spotlight" by Brian Gaar, Austin American-Statesman.
"As it continues to
grow into an internationally known brand, Austin-based Whole Foods
Market Inc. is learning a lesson that has been taught to many
up-and-coming corporations before it.
The bigger the company gets,
the brighter the spotlight - both for good and bad - that shines
That's become a fact of life
for the Austin-based natural foods grocer, which is flying higher
than ever with more than 350 stores and posting record profits.
Nearly everything the company does makes news these days.
'In some ways, it's a compliment
to how people see our company,' said Whole Foods co-CEO Walter
Robb. 'I do think we're a leader in the food industry, and people
look to us in that respect. And so when we take a step or make
a decision, it gets reported on.'
Andrew Wolf, an analyst with
BB&T Capital Markets, said the challenges Whole Foods is dealing
with aren't surprising. "The bigger you get, the bigger the
target - whether it's the unions or attorneys or civil rights
groups or anybody," he said.
A handful of incidents in
the past year have challenged the company - both in protecting
its reputation and in deciding whether its existing policies might
have to evolve as it grows."
"American spending habits have changed
significantly over the last 40 years" by Walter Hamilton, latimes.com.
"Even with the added
cost of smartphones and other technology, American families spend
less of their total income today than 40 years ago, according
to new research.
But people aren't saving
that extra money.
The average person spends
81.2% of his or her post-tax income on food, housing and other
expenses, according to ConvergEx Group, a New York-based brokerage.
That's down from the 85%
that Americans shelled out for mandatory and discretionary items
The analysis doesn't fully
explain how and where Americans spend their money. It's based
on a consumer expenditure survey by the Labor Department that
doesn't capture where every dollar goes.
The roughly 14% of unaccounted
for income today may go toward expenses such as taxes or debt,
but it's impossible to be sure, said Sarah Millar, the author
of the report.
Still, it's clear that Americans aren't socking away the extra
money for the future.
'In short,' according to
the report, 'spending and saving among American consumers
is changing, and not necessarily for the better.'
The U.S. saving rate is a
fraction of what it used to be 4.6% today vs. 13% four decades
ago, according to the report."
Aurora recently moved to Potter Creek. Brent is a licesnsed civil
engineer specializing in rainwater harvesting--he just did such an installation
for Commerical Kitchens. Check it out!
"Reading Proust in Berkeley, a blog for
a group of parents from Ecole Bilingue, . . . " from a reader in the south of England
Longtemps, je me suis
couché de bonne heure.
"This blog is for a
group of parents from Ecole Bilingue, a French American school
in Berkeley, California. We are engaged in reading Marcel
Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, or In
Search of Lost Time, over a three-year period (with summers
off ), keeping to a pace of about 200 pages per month. . . .
But this will also be a space
for reflecting on our experience of reading Proust together, outside
of the monthly meetings. Members of the group are encouraged to
write guest posts about whatever is on their minds (just send
them to me by email, and I'll put them up) and, of course, to
carry on our conversations in the comments section below each
money can buy happiness, wine edition" Felix Salmon at
"I spent the past couple of days in Berkeley, participating
in a number of events at the inaugural Berkeley Ideas Festival.
The highlight for me was interviewing Donald MacDonald, the architect
of the new (and magnificent) Bay Bridge. But I was also asked
to present a little 'provocation' on the second morning, in between
heavier sessions covering topics like the effect of 3D printing
on the manufacturing workforce and the rise of the plutocracy.
So I thought I'd be a little
servicey, and let the audience into a secret: specifically, the
secret of how to buy happiness with money."
at Bancroft Library shows 80 years of Berkeley Student Cooperative
via series of snapshots" dailycal.org.
"The Berkeley Student
Cooperative, formerly known as the University Students' Cooperative
Association, has been around for 80 years. In that time, its members
have taken part in many of the defining moments of the last century,
and as an organization, it has provided opportunities for students
who otherwise couldn't have afforded to attend the university.
Punk bands such as Green Day and Black Flag have played shows
in Cloyne Court and the now-defunct Barrington Hall, and author
Beverly Cleary even lived in Stebbins Hall for a while.
Many students don't know
of this history, assuming co-opers are all Birkenstock-wearing,
Kombucha-drinking, messy-haired hipsters who eat too much kale.
This is true to some degree, but it ignores the different people
who come through each co-op house and make it their own. The BSC
at 80, an exhibit on display at the Bancroft Library, seeks to
change that image, with photos, pamphlets, old party fliers and
much more. Madeline Loh, development director for the BSC, was
integral in putting together the exhibit as a celebration of '80
years of cooperative living.'
She hopes that when students
walk down the hallway of the library, they stop and explore the
displays, which tell the story of how the BSC started as a Depression-era
project for students who needed a cheap housing option while at
UC Berkeley. It does a fantastic job of conveying that simple
mission and tracks the development of the co-ops over the decades
- and a lot has happened. The displays are broken into different
crucial aspects of the co-ops: sustainability, the origins of
the BSC, political involvement, music and art and traditions that
have thrived because of students."
"UC's Largest Union Begins 3-Day Labor
"The union representing
more than 22,000 University of California workers kicked off a
three-day strike vote on Monday, with pensions
and workers' rights being the main issues.
UC has been in negotiations
with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Local 3299 for more than a year. Spokeswoman Dianne Klein said
they imposed a contract a month ago that gave Local 3299 members
a raise, but the sticking point has been pension
'We instituted pension reform
in 2010 basically so that everyone would have a pension to draw
upon when they reach retirement age. That's what it's about,'
New talks are scheduled for
the first week in November."
Diversity at Cal" by Varsha Venkatasubramanian, berkeley.edu.
"UC Berkeley has been known as one of the most progressive
universities in America for a long time. Even before the Free
Speech Movement, Cal was home to a number of progressive and liberal
thinkers. In the 1920s, Berkeley faculty pushed for a larger role
in forming curriculums and policies. Peace strikes in the 1930s
were organized to speak out against fascism and totalitarianism,
and into the 1950s Berkeley students and faculty vehemently protested
against the anti-communist policies that were raging across the
nation. Berkeley has upheld this legacy of political activism
and diversity proudly, and an excellent way to explore this is
to look at two of the largest political groups on campus and their
Berkeley breached" networksasia.net.
"A data breach at University
of California, Berkeley, exposed the data of more than 160,000
current and former UC Berkeley students and 3,400 Mills College
students, according to a university announcement last week.
Hackers broke into two databases
in the campus health services center from Oct. 9, 2008 until April
9, 2009. The databases contained Social Security numbers, health
insurance information and non-treatment medical information, such
as immunization records and names of some of the physicians that
students may have seen for diagnoses or treatment."
40 Acres on San Pablo has been told by the city to close
their medical marijuana facility--their site is now down.
"Pending Sales of Existing Homes Slump
by Most in Three Years" Lorraine
"Fewer Americans than
forecast signed contracts to buy previously owned homes in September,
the fourth straight month of declines, as rising mortgage rates
slowed momentum in the housing market.
The index of pending home
sales slumped 5.6 percent, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg
survey of economists and the biggest drop in more than three years,
after a 1.6 percent decrease in August, the National Association
of Realtors reported today in Washington. The index fell to the
lowest level this year. "
Study Proves On-Off Exercising Is Detrimental and Causes Weight
in IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, Dry, dirty air, unique "high
end"odor IMMEDIATELY surrounding warehouse, mucus membrane
irritation. 4:35 AM--Similar.
Off-and-on all PM and 10/28/13
10/29--11:30 AM, similar,
leave. 8:20 PM--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
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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