1/20/08

Acme's two new flour silos

a Bob Kubik photo

 

 

"Military recruiting targeted:Berkeley initiative would make it more difficult to open enlistment
offices"
reports Kristin Bender of the Times.

"After weekly, sometimes volatile protests at the U.S. Marines service center in Berkeley, a group of residents is trying to get an initiative on the November ballot to make it more difficult for military recruiting offices to open in the city."

 

 

" Merrill Lynch posts $7.8bn loss" reports BBC NEWS. "Merrill's boss said the bank's performance was 'unacceptable'.

Wall Street banking giant Merrill Lynch has unveiled a huge loss for 2007, crippled by exposure to risky investments in the US housing market.

It made a net loss of $7.8bn in the 12 months to the end of December from a net profit of $7.5bn in 2006.

The loss includes a massive $14.1bn write-down on failed investments related to sub-prime mortgages.

Merrill Lynch is the latest big bank to reveal losses related to the crisis in the US mortgage market.

Earlier this week, Citigroup and JP Morgan also announced write-downs because of their exposure to the crisis in the sub-prime loan sector, which focused on consumers with poor or non-existent credit histories.

JP Morgan Chase said its earnings for the last three months of 2007 fell 34%, while Citigroup reported a $9.83bn net loss for the last three months of 2007."

 

"East Bay feeling jobs recession: Slump in private sector could be an ominous trend for state and local government agencies with operations in the area" reports the Times' George Avalos.

"A jobs recession has arrived in the East Bay, with puny job growth in December and a loss for the entire year of thousands of private sector jobs across the region.

In 2007, corporations and other businesses jettisoned 3,200 jobs in the East Bay. All employers during the year added a relatively small number of jobs, 2,300. Yet even those weak gains materialized only because government agencies added 5,500 jobs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties."

 

Richard of Eight Street has an immediate, if immediately painfull, fix for the possible recession--have the Feds move up to this March their law requiring the switch to digital TV. Everyone would have to spend bucks to get their digital-fix.

Ah, . . . but the pain. Mo betta nwz follows.

 

"Groove Yard: Rockridge shop sustains LP life even after MP3 success" writes David Rubien of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Everyone knows the story of how the compact disc overthrew the 12-inch vinyl record album. It's a done deal, right? The LP put up a fight for a while, and even 10 years ago you could find collectors and audiophile die-hards pawing the stray used-record bin. But they're not getting any younger, and even hip-hop DJ scratching ain't what it used to be.

The vinyl emporiums are mostly gone - Revolver, the Magic Flute, Saturn, Brown's ... even the mighty LP stalwart Village Music of Mill Valley cashed it in last year.

But hold the phone.

Now it looks as if the dominance of the CD may be a tad overrated. The discs have only been around 26 years, and already they're being tossed aside in favor of digital downloading. According to Nielsen
SoundScan, sales of CDs dipped 20 percent since 2006, and downloads of individual songs are up 54 percent.

As a result, those dusty LPs are starting to appear a bit more shiny. Certainly Rick Ballard, owner of Groove Yard records, thinks so."

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11


 

 

 

 

 

1/21/08

HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY!

 

Lüchow's German restaurant, on 14th St. in New York City was, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, a gathering place for musicians, artists, writers and not a few business men and politicians. They gathered for a little good food, good talk and companionship. Here the likes of Rachmaninoff, O. Henry, Helen Traubel, Toscanini, Mack Sennett, Lillian Gish, Theodore Roosevelt and others exchanged ideas, socialized and ate. William Steinway and his senior staff were regulars at the noon lunch. Gus Kahn wrote "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" there, on a table cloth, in 1912. There, in 1914, Victor Herbert and some friends founded "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers," and J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie held dinners at Lüchow's that made culinary history. Fritz Kreisler and his wife dined regularly at Lüchow's and among their favorite desserts were German pancakes. Here's the recipe:

 

LÜCHOW'S GERMAN PANCAKE
PFANNKUCHEN

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pint milk

1/2 pound butter
Powdered cinnamon in shaker
Sugar in shaker
Juice 1 lemon
Preisselbeeren, huckleberry jam, cooked apples or chocolate sauce
Jamaica rum, kirschwasser (optional)

Beat eggs lightly; beat in flour, salt, and sugar, then milk. Beat five minutes in all. The batter should be thin and smooth. Melt enough butter in a wide frying pan to coat bottom and sides. When hot, pour in 4 to 5 tablespoons batter. Turn and slant pan to make batter spread to form large, thin, flat pancake. Cook until batter bubbles: turn, bake other side.
Slip onto hot plate. Makes 4 to 6 pancakes.

 

 

Walter Damrosch was one of the early conductors of the New York Philharmonic as well as a conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.
He ate regularly at Lüchow's and a favorite dish of his was:

 

LÜCHOW'S
BEEF STEAK TARTAR
2 pounds fillet of beef
4 slices freshly buttered toast
4 fresh raw eggs
8 sardellen
2 tablespoons capers

Remove all fat from beef. Grind meat fine. Arrange on toast; serve raw egg on top of each slice. Garnish with sardellen and capers. Serves 4.

 

Dr. Damrosch enjoyed the German red wine Assmanshauser with his Beef Tartar.
The recipe is from Lüchow's German Cookbook, Jan Mitchell (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., 1958).

 

 

 

 

 

1/22/08

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge shows .4 inch from yesterday through this morning.

 

Michael Goldin recommends stopping in wine.com's Fourth Street Showroom--in the old Peerless Building. He says check out the recommended wines for under $20.00. They're together in a section to the left as you go in. You'll find recommendations by Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast, among others.

 

 

U-Haul has spruced up their San Pablo Avenue facility with paint and fencing--perhaps a response to neighbors' complaints.

 

 

I just heard that The First Church of Christ Science, Menlo Park is "A proud supporter of KCSM." KCSM-FM is the community, listener supported 24-hour jazz-station.

Glad to hear my brothers and sisters are supporting the Brothers and Sisters.

 

 

"Global shares tumble on US fears" reports BBC NEWS.

"Investors remain worried about the state of the US economy. Global stock indexes, including the UK FTSE 100, have fallen their most since the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 amid fears of a recession.

The FTSE 100 index tumbled 5.5% to 5,578.2, wiping ($163bn) off the value of its listed shares.

Indexes in Paris and Frankfurt slumped by about 7%, while markets in Asia, India and South America also dropped."

 

In a brief conversation with Sally at the end of breakfast Saturday, Sally quipped "My sister says we'll soon all be in bread lines" and then added "At least down here we'll get good bread."

 

In another conversation some time ago with Zelda B, just before she declared for mayor, Zelda expressed concern over the troubles of our working class, their jobs more and more going overseas.

At the lunch and conversation's end, I quipped "Worry about your tush, the middle class is next."

 

 

3:07 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, mouth burns, throat burns, wear mask, lights flicker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/23/08

Ron,

I wanted to share this with you ... thought you'd be interested in what became of the pop music article we did in the current issue. We've put it online here.

And if you pick up a copy of Februarys Men Health (we know you are a devoted follower of their Incredible Abs in 6 Days Plan), turn to page 124 and you'll see a young actress in a bikini saying "If you have a rescued dog with you and are reading The Bark, forget it, I'll marry you right there."

Single men all across America are lining up at newsstands asking for a copy of our little magazine ...

An online version [of Men's Health] can be seen at here.

Cheers,
Cameron

 

 

When I was in school growing up in Milwaukee, Frank P. Zeidler was our mayor--Mayor Zeidler was a Socialist. You can read about that and more on his homepage at Milwaukee Renaissance.

Milwaukee had a long tradition of Socialist mayors, however I don't remember it being accompanied by self-appointed community represenatives telling the mayor or aldermen what to do. Well, . . . there was me. I didn't presume to tell any elected representatives what to do but I made the local papers by bringing Communist speakers to UW-M during the McCarthy Era. Not that I was a "Commie." I just felt--I guess passionately--that they should be heard. Actually the editor of the Daily Worker was boring. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, on the other hand, was a pistol.

There's more about my Mayor, Frank Ziedler, here

 

 

 

 

1/24/08

Tuesday evening, Berkeley Mills, Acme Bread, The City of Berkeley, Uncommon Grounds, The Bread Project, and others hosted a meeting about green collar jobs. It was based on the report by Professor Raquel Pinderhughes, Green Collar Jobs: An Analysis of the Capacity of Green Businesses to Provide High Quality Jobs for Men and Women with Barriers to Employment.The report was funded by the City of Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development. The meeting was held at Berkeley Mills from 5PM to 8PM. It opened with our Mayor's introduction, proceeded with a presentation by Professor Pinderhughes and a presentation by Ian Kim of the City of Oakland Green Collar Job Corps, and closed with discussion. About 50 people were present, many from Berkeley businesses, including Berkeley Mills CEO, Gene Agress. Our Councilman, Darryl Moore was also present. It was covered by Channel 7 NEWS.

I'd like to know what the report cost.

 

After talking to Gene yesterday morning, I gave myself a tour of Berkeley Mills. Their show rooms are filled with beautiful custom furniture, much made with bamboo. Check them out!

Also check out Berkeley Mills website here.

 

 

 

"Worries That the Good Times Were Mostly a Mirage" reports David Leonardt of the New York Times and then asks "So, how bad could this get?

Until a few months ago, it was accepted wisdom that the American economy functioned far more smoothly than in the past. Economic expansions lasted longer, and recessions were both shorter and milder. Inflation had been tamed. The spreading of financial risk, across institutions and around the world, had reduced the odds of a crisis.

Back in 2004, Ben Bernanke, then a Federal Reserve governor, borrowed a phrase from an academic research paper to give these happy developments a name: 'the great moderation.'

These days, though, the great moderation isn't looking quite so great - or so moderate.

The recent financial turmoil has many causes, but they are tied to a basic fear that some of the economic successes of the last generation may yet turn out to be a mirage. That helps explain why problems in the American subprime mortgage market could have spread so quickly through the world's financial system. On Tuesday, Mr. Bernanke, who is now the Fed chairman, presided over the steepest one-day interest rate cut in the central bank's history.

The great moderation now seems to have depended - in part - on a huge speculative bubble, first in stocks and then real estate, that hid the economy's rough edges. Everyone from first-time home buyers to Wall Street chief executives made bets they did not fully understand, and then spent money as if those bets couldn't go bad. For the past 16 years, American consumers have increased their overall spending every single quarter, which is almost twice as long as any previous streak. The bigger question is how severe the recession will be if it does come to pass. The last two, in 1990-1 and 2001, have been rather mild, which is a crucial part of the great moderation mystique. There are three reasons, though, to think the next recession may not be.. . .

First, Wall Street hasn't yet come clean. Even after last week, when JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo announced big losses in their consumer credit businesses, financial service firms have still probably gone public with less than half of their mortgage-related losses, according to Moody's Economy.com. They're not being dishonest; they just haven't untangled all of their complex investments."

The complete story is here.

 

 

 

 

 

1/25/08

Pete's Potter Creek rain-gauge showed .25 inches from Wednesday through Thursday morning.

 

 

Ole Freaky-friend, Gary Hughes emails

Hi Ron Penndorf,

I live in Santa Cruz now, if you haven't heard. . . .

I have made it a long way since I cleaned bathrooms for
you at Moe's. I do still have a lot of the art books I got for that work.

I am, as always, a total vinyl freak, and have a good collection,
. . . . I bought a new stereo from Brian Hartsell last
year, SME turntable, Quad ESL speakers, etc. Very nice....

I was just thinking about you since you are one of the few people I
know who has any interest in vinyl.. . . .

Here is a recent photo of myself and Robin, my wife, taken by Arthur
Olson.
John Wehrle did the tile mural behind the stove.

regards,

Gary Hughes

 

 

 

 

Wikipedia writes of Milwaukee's last Socialist mayor, Frank P. Zeidler "During Frank Zeidler's administration, Milwaukee grew industrially and never had to borrow money to repay loans. During this period, Milwaukee nearly doubled its size with a very aggressive campaign of municipal annexations. Large parts of the Town of Lake and most of the Town of Granville were annexed to the city during this era. The park system was upgraded. Federal funding was obtained to complete the highway system that had started under Daniel Hoan.

On June 13, 1958 he was the first person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee."

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/26/08

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge shows .3 inches from Thursday through Friday, early-AM.

 

 

"West Berkeley Zone Changes Linked to UC, LBNL" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet

"West Berkeley zoning changes and a dramatic public challenge rounded out a Wednesday night Planning Commission schedule otherwise dominated by the Downtown Area Plan.

At issue is what city staff calls 'increased flexibility' that they say would ease the way for new projects in West Berkeley linked to research at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

But the proposal has raised concerns among West Berkeley's artisan community, who fear that what may be in store is a virtual demolition-in-place of the existing West Berkeley Plan."

 

A recent reading of the west-Berkeley Plan reminded me of a quote attributed to the Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky, . . . and I paraphrase "A camel is a race-horse made by a committee."

Perhaps we can avoid that this time 'round.

More than in our Nation, this is a time for change in west-Berkeley.

 

 

"Proposed wood burning ban draws fire" reports Jane Kay of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"A proposed ban on burning wood in the Bay Area's 1 million fireplaces and stoves on bad-air days has drawn praise - and heat - from hundreds of residents as regulators consider how to balance the health risks of inhaling smoke against the need to stay warm.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's plan to restrict wood burning comes after federal officials imposed tighter limits on emissions of fine particles, a move that regional officials say could lead them to declare 20 Spare the Air days during the winter season. There have been six such days in the region since November.

After sifting through more than 400 comments, Bay Area air-quality officials plan to refine their proposal by spring, intending to put new rules in place by next winter. Presto logs and logs made of coffee grounds and nutshells would be regulated like wood."

 

"Long-idle fireplaces can be hard to light, need extra care" reports Billie Cohen of New York Times. But, he writes
"No matter how dense your wood, though, don't count on the fireplace to warm your home. 'I've been told if you plan to heat your house 'with a fireplace, you need a stack of wood equivalent to the size of your house,' Eldridge said, laughing. 'Which is just a way to say it's ridiculous.' "

 

 

"UC Berkeley museum caught up in federal probe" reports Matt Krupnick in our Times.

"A Southern California couple accused of selling or donating looted antiquities gave at least 14 pieces to the UC Berkeley Art Museum.

Jon and Cari Markell of Los Angeles are being investigated by federal authorities for allegedly dealing Asian artifacts that were illegally dug up. Federal agents raided the Markells' art gallery and four Southern California museums Thursday.

According to the federal search warrant served on the gallery, the Markells donated several ancient Ban Chiang ceramic vessels from Thailand to the Berkeley museum in 2006. Another donation last June
was rejected by the university because the items were more archaeological than artistic, according to the warrant affidavit.

An online search of the museum's collection revealed that 14 of its 16 Thai pieces had been donated by the Markells. Jon Markell received an art history degree from UC Berkeley.

Although the Berkeley museum was not raided Thursday, spokespeople for the federal Immigration and CustomsEnforcement agency and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said the investigation was 'ongoing.'

'The searches executed today were part of a larger investigation,' said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. He declined to say whether the Berkeley museum would be searched."

 

 

"Top Chronicle editor giving up the reins" reports the AP.

The editor of the San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday that he is resigning to take a new assignment for owner Hearst Corp., ending a colorful reign that included headline-grabbing conflicts with the government and an attack by a Komodo dragon.

Phil Bronstein will give up his job steering the coverage of Northern California's largest daily newspaper to become an editor-at-large for both the Chronicle and Hearst's newspaper division."

 

"EBay CEO will call it quits, ending her lucrative tenure:Leader will leave post March 31 and plans on handing job to executive in charge of core businesses" reports the AP's Amanda Fehd.

Meg Whitman will soon step down as chief executive of eBay Inc., the online auction company that went from wobbly startup to multibillion-dollar household name in her 10-year tenure.

Whitman, 51, had been reported to be plotting the move and handing the job to John Donahoe, 47, who has been heading eBay's core auction and e-commerce businesses. She confirmed her March 31 departure as eBay reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday.

Whitman will remain on eBay's board of directors."

 

 

"State's foreclosure rate climbs to a 20-year high" reports our Times.

"Bay Area homeowners continued to feel the housing bust in the fourth quarter as foreclosure activity grew in most counties.

Actual foreclosures reached a 20-year high in the state during the last quarter of 2007 as homeowners fell behind on their mortgage payments, a real estate research firm said Tuesday.

A total of 31,676 homes ended up in foreclosure during the quarter ended Dec. 31, marking the highest figure since DataQuick Information Systems began keeping statistics in 1988.

The total represents a 30.8 percent increase from the previous quarter and a quadrupling from 6,078 foreclosures in the same quarter of 2006, DataQuick said.

In addition, 81,550 default notices were sent to homeowners statewide from October to December, up 12.4 percent from the previous quarter and more than 114 percent in the year-ago quarter, according to DataQuick.

The Bay Area suffered with an average rise of 136.9 percent, and counties experienced even harsher numbers. Contra Costa rose 151.8 percent, Santa Clara gained 147.4 percent, Sonoma rose 199.7 percent and Napa hit 152.9 percent."

 

"Sales of existing single-family homes drop in 2007 by largest amount in 25 years" reports Martin Crutsinger of the AP.

"Sales of existing homes fell in December, closing out a horrible year for housing in which sales of single-family homes plunged by the largest amount in 25 years. The median home price dropped for the entire year, the first time that has occurred in four decades.

The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of single-family homes and condominiums dropped by 2.2 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million units.

For the year, sales of single-family homes were down by 13 percent, the biggest drop since a 17.7 percent plunge in 1982. The median price for a single-family home dropped 1.8 percent to $217,000.

That was the first annual price decline on records going back to 1968. Lawrence Yun, the Realtors' chief economist, said it was likely that the country has not experienced a decline in housing prices for an entire year since the Great Depression of the 1930s."

 

 

 

 

 

1/27/08

Richard of Eight Street's rain gauge shows 2.7 inches for the storm, late Thursday to early Saturday--and a total of 12.3 inches so far this rainy-season.

Pete and Geralyn's Potter Creek rain gauge shows 2.5 inches from Friday to Saturday AM.

 

 

"LeapFrog to lay off 85 by April:Company's stock has plunged more than 41 percent in thepast year"
reports George Avalos of our Times.

"LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. plans to cut about 9 percent of its work force in a move that the maker of technology-based educational products indicated was part of an overall goal to restore LeapFrog as a profitable and innovative company.

Emeryville-based LeapFrog will shed about 85 jobs by mid-April, the company said in a statement.

The 85 jobs being eliminated include about 20 employees who were let go Friday, company spokeswoman Jaeme Sines said.

'Given the current business climate, we believe that now is the best time to implement this decision and to notify the impacted employees,' LeapFrog said in its public statement.

The company more than a year ago introduced what it called a 'Fix, Reload, and Grow Plan' that included a series of changes."

 

 

"City considers aiding marijuana patients:Resolution would declare area a sanctuary for medical pot users and distributors" reports Doug Oakley in our Times.

"Berkeley is considering a plan to help get medical marijuana to patients if the Drug Enforcement Administration shuts down any of the city-permitted cannabis clubs.

The plan by City Councilmen Darryl Moore and Kriss Worthington already has drawn fire from the Berkeley police, the city manager's office and the DEA.

The resolution before the City Council on Tuesday night declares Berkeley a sanctuary for medical marijuana users and distributors, and says 'the city itself shall ensure a continuum of access to medical marijuana' if the DEA moves in.

Whether that means the city selling marijuana itself or helping another distributor get started is up in the air at the moment, Moore said. He wants the police chief and city manager to come back with
suggestions.

'The piece I originally suggested is that in the wake of a DEA closure that the city would step in and provide medical marijuana, and that was what the city manager and the police chief had a problem
with,' Moore said. . . . "

Oakley continues "The DEA doesn't like the idea of Berkeley selling marijuana."

 

Ok Councilman, . . . Berkeley PD has a SWAT Team, but the DEA has helicopters, armed aircraft and really nifty assault vehicles.

 

 

 

"Japanese PM warns of economy risk" reports BBC NEWS. "Mr Fukuda said more action is needed to curb the markets.

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has warned of growing risks to the world economy in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He said there was no need for excessive pessimism, but that action was needed.

Mr Fukuda said the issue would be discussed at a meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrialised nations in Tokyo next month.

His words come after turbulence in the financial markets sparked by fears the US could be headed towards recession.

'Downside risks on the world economy are on the rise against a backdrop of US subprime issues and a record rise of oil prices,' he told business leaders and economists attending the annual conference. . . .

His comments were echoed by the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was also talking at the Davos meeting.

'Whatever the answer is on a recession, what is clear is there will be a serious [US] slowdown and it needs a serious response,' he said.

Mr Strauss-Kahn said that central bank policies and interest rate handling were not enough to remedy the global economic problems.

'We are facing global imbalances and the subprime crisis is only part of it. We are facing also currency imbalances, surpluses rising in some countries... all those imbalances have to be addressed,' he said.

'The problem cannot only be addressed by monetary policy, even tough monetary policy is very important. We have to look at the whole picture.' "

 

"Banks 'may need an extra $143bn' " reports BBC NEWS.

Banks may need to raise as much as $143bn to weather the credit crisis, Barclays Capital reports.

They say the banks will need extra money if bond insurers, who insure the products at the centre of the sub-prime crisis, lose their top credit ratings.

If their credit ratings are cut, it could make it harder for them to pay out, leading to banks reporting bigger losses on sub-prime debt.

Fears about bond insurers helped spark off this week's stock market falls.

The world's largest banks have already admitted losing more than $100bn from mortgage bonds gone bad."

 


"Review is in on Tesla Roadster:Tests of the $98,000 2008 electric car pushed speed to 105 mph"
reports Matt Nauman in our Times.

"There has been a lot in the news about Tesla Motors, as both a clean-technology poster child and as a Silicon Valley startup struggling to bring its first product to market. Finally, it's time to talk about the cars.

In the first review by a major automobile magazine, Motor Trend applauds the all-electric 2008 Tesla Roadster for its 'supple' ride and rapid acceleration. Kim Reynolds, Motor Trend's technical editor, also notes a 'nasty drivetrain buck,' which doesn't help the car's 'brittle' two-speed transmission.

Mostly though, it's a positive review of the $98,000 two-seater. It was posted online Wednesday at http://www.motortrend.com and is slated for publication in Motor Trend's March issue.

Writers from four other magazines -- Car and Driver, Road & Track, Automobile and AutoWeek -- also drove close-to-production-ready prototypes of the Tesla in December and are expected to publish their impressions soon.

Motor Trend's Reynolds wrote about the car's quick acceleration from 0 to 60 mph:

'I'm being eerily teleported down the barrel of a rail gun, head pulled back by a hard, steady acceleration. Bizarre. And before too long, profoundly humbling to just about any rumbling Ferrari or Porsche that makes the mistake of pulling up next 'o a silent, 105-mpg Tesla Roadster at a stoplight.'

Don Sherman, technical editor of Automobile magazine, also drove the Tesla roadster.

'Our overall impression was much more positive than we anticipated, but the car is still a work in
progress,' Sherman said."

 

More than you want to know about the Tesla Roadster is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/28/08

On 1/12/08 I posted

Our Councilman Darryl Moore's aid, Ryan Lau emails

As some of you may already know, the parking lot at 7th Street and Dwight Street will soon be closing, compounding the pre-existing parking issues in West Berkeley. We have been able to negotiate with Bayer, the owners of the lot, and they have been gracious enough to extend the lease through January and we are still in discussions about a possible further extension. Please come to our community meeting on Monday, January 14th to discuss West Berkeley parking issues and help us resolve parking issues in West Berkeley.
Who: Councilmember Darryl Moore, a Berkeley Transportation Planner, a representative from Bayer and concerned community members
What: A community meeting to discuss solutions to the parking issues at 8th Street and Dwight Way
When: Monday, January 14th, 2007 at 6PM
Where: The Sawtooth/Kawneer Building, Bay 1, 2525 8th Street (the entrance closest to Dwight Way)

Sincerely, Ryan Lau

 

The meeting viewed the closing of the parking lot at 7th and Dwight as part of west-Berkeley parking and transportation problems as a whole--a mature, far-sighted approach.

In this context, these issues were raised: establishing a parking lot/garage; establishing a shuttle from an off-site parking lot; expanding on-street parking with angled parking on Carleton and 9th Street; establishing metered and preferred parking; installing bicycle racks to encourage biking; establishing/expanding shuttle service; expanding City-Car-Share into the area; reducing safety concerns of walking to-and-from vehicles by improving lighting and increasing police presence.

Only 25 people attended this important, possibly ground-breaking, meeting.

 

 

 

Listened to Foggy Gulch four times over the weekend

Foggy Gulch's first CD, "Fogged In" is now available at
http://cdbaby.com/cd/foggygulch We encourage you to buy it there, but
you can also buy one (or more!) from any band member, or email
eric@foggygulch.com for information on how to get a copy.

Foggy Gulch will be playing at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda
on the evening of January 29th and at The Music Store at 66 West Portal
Ave in San Francisco on the afternoon of February 9th.

 

 

 

 

 

1/29/08

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed .6 inches from Saturday through Sunday morning and .3 inches from Sunday through Monday morning.

 

 

1/28/08--6:36 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, lights flicker.

 

 

Pete Hurney et al have put together a radio drama-group for KALX, the Barrow's Basement Radio Players. Now made up of about a dozen players, its first script is of a children's story. They hope to broadcast a 15 minute show once a week.

 

 

I believe Da Boz' Seventieth is coming up soon.

 

 

 

Learned a lot with ole friend WD through the years

Read his The music was more impressive than the sound in I learned to love records.

W.D cooks as well as he writes and here is a favorite recipe

Put

1/3 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil,
5 chopped cloves of garlic,
2 cups of drained and chopped canned
San Marzano Tomatoes, and
1/2 a pound chopped fresh spinach

in a large saute pan
over medium heat for 15 minutes,

add

a dash of salt and a twist of pepper

and toss with

1 pound of al dente Spaghettini or Capellini

finish with

2 or 3 torn leaves of basil and maybe Parmesan

 

This recipe should serve three or four people, and W.D. suggests Respighi's Gli Uccelli might be appropriate music during dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/31/08

Our David Snipper sends a link to a website of some insight. Check out http://www.truthout.org for an often alternate view.

 

 

"Feds Say Teece Must Pay $12 Mil for Tax Dodges" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"David J. Teece, the UC Berkeley professor and until recently perhaps Berkeley's richest private landlord, used illegal tax dodges and owes Uncle Sam millions, says the IRS."

 

 

"Plan to fight climate change unveiled:Berkeley leaders hope blueprint will inspire businesses, residents to do their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions" reports Kristin Bender of the Times.

City leaders on Monday took a hydrogen-powered bus to a solar-powered building made of rice straw bales to unveil an innovative new program to reduce Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

About a year after 81 percent of voters approved Measure G, city leaders have released the draft Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for getting residents and merchants to do their part to save the planet from global warming, city leaders said.

'Berkeley is putting meat on the bones of Measure G, which is important. It's a very (inclusive) effort and it's the sort of thing that cities don't usually do,' said Dan Kammen, who directs the UC Berkeley Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab and helped the city develop the program."

 

 

"Gas price dips to less than $3 a gallon:Lower amounts found in Richmond, Pittsburg stations, but prices
remain high in San Mateo, Lodi"
writes the Times' Janis Mara.

As the Bay Area and the country teeter on the brink of recession, the economic clouds have one silver lining: lower prices for crude oil, and hence for gasoline, which now costs less than $3 a gallon at many Bay Area stations.

This comes as a relief given skyrocketing gas prices, but it's not exactly cheap. A year ago at this time, gas was selling for $2.57 gallon."

 

"Enthusiasts give club a stamp of approval:Philatelic group brings together collectors, who enjoy the history
and learning behind the hobby"
reports Marta Yamamoto of our Times.

"Stamp collecting loomed large as a childhood hobby in the 1950s and 1960s. Stamp kits featuring an album, packets of stamps, tongs and hinges were sold everywhere; even department stores had stamp counters.

Stamp collecting was a rite of passage.

Once school years morphed into college, career and family, stamps and their accouterments were packed away and forgotten, memories of a more carefree life. Today, many collections are coming out of the closet, thanks to groups such as the East Bay Collectors Club, which meets each month in Kensington."

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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Take time to report crime!

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:

Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

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