École Bilingue Halloween Parade


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 adjacent garden.

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

Office After-Hours

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

Hi everybody!  

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, 6:00 PM

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!   Thanks!





"Last 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."



 "Food Stands Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703" at yelp.com gives some of the possibilities.







"Berkeley 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 life.'

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."

















In anticipation of Halloween there's Paul Dukas' composition

The Sorcerer's Apprentice


As the Sorcerer, Mickey Mouse performs 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.

























École Bilingue Halloween Parade













"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 transitional housing.

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 on it.

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 in 1973.

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."



















Brent and 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!

Aurora is a nurse.





"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 post."




"How money can buy happiness, wine edition" Felix Salmon at reuters.com.

"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."







"Exhibit 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 Strike Vote" cbslocal.com.

"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 reform.

'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,' Klein said.

New talks are scheduled for the first week in November."






"Political 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 presidents."




"UC 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 Woellert, businessweek.com.

"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. "








"Clinical Study Proves On-Off Exercising Is Detrimental and Causes Weight Gain" digitaljournal.com.











10/27/13--5:51 Pm--irritant 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 AM, similar.

10/29--11:30 AM, similar, leave. 8:20 PM--similar.








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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