the Potter Creek
Recently, Gloria Steinem
said that when Dr. King and the Kennedy's were assassinated she
felt she'd been robbed of her future and that with Obama's election
it had been returned.
our Darryl Moore emails
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Parade, March or Celebration
. . . and we have waited
for the opportunity to do this. Here is a BUSD parent driven
activity for families on Monday January 19th, Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday. I hope you can make it.
9 a.m. congregate at Jefferson Elementary School Auditorium with
coffee, juice and food
10 a.m. Walk to King Middle School
11:00 a.m. King Middle School Auditorium
For information or to volunteer please contact: Ann Williams:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Marissa Saunders: email@example.com
I'm told that Potter Creek's
Xoma has laid off a substantial portion of their staff and that
our Greener Printer has gone to a 32 hour week.
"Unplug appliances and electronics for
even more energy savings"
is a recommendation at latimes.com.
"Even when they're switched to 'off,' most of the appliances
and electronics in your home will continue drawing a little bit
of power as long as they remain plugged into the wall."
"Good Neighbors: Berkeley politics no Bates
Motel" by Dave Newhouse,
Oakland Tribune, is a story about Da Boz who, in fact, is
just about to turn 71.
"The sign of a successful
mayor is someone who impacts a city with his personality. But
in zany, unconventional Berkeley, the city impacts the mayor successfully
with its personality.
Tom Bates has been elected
Berkeley mayor three times. Both mayor and city still are standing.
Berkeley often is referred
to as having its own planet - the Ork of California politics.
Bates, 70, doesn't govern as an alien. In fact, he finds Berkeley
'It's a town that people
actually have heard of, for better or for worse,' he said Tuesday.
'There are so many things that have happened here - so many firsts.
For activists, it's a politically alive place. We have a wonderful
population that's very well-educated. They're very determined
and have difficulty accepting compromise, which is the art of
Now Bates should be toughened
for the outside complaints and infighting. After all, he played
football at Cal as a starting end who knocked heads and still
caught two passes in the school's last Rose Bowl, 50 years ago.
'There were a lot of carry-over
lessons,' he said of those days, 'the idea of being determined,
trying to stick with something, to make things happen, and hopefully
be successful. And the whole teamwork thing is really key with
"Victim of shooting near UC Berkeley testifies
at hearing" is a
Bay City News report.
"A Berkeley man quietly sobbed on the witness stand today
as he testified about an incident in which he was shot and his
former brother-in-law was killed one block south of the University
of California, Berkeley campus on senior graduation day last spring.
Marcus Mosley said he argued
with murder suspect Nathaniel Freeman on Durant Avenue about 3:50
p.m. on May 13 and then Freeman opened fire, injuring Mosley and
killing Oakland Parks and Recreation employee Maceo Smith, a 33-year-old
Berkeley man who was the father of three children."
"Bike- and boat-building workshops teach
life skills" is
a story by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Ten-year-old Michael Morgan likes using a saw and hammer,
but he prefers the hammer for building boats.
Shortly after making this
pronouncement, Morgan clinched his teeth and wielded all his 10-year-old
strength on a hammer and copper rivet holding a sleek wooden canoe
together at the Berkeley Boat House.
Morgan was one of a handful
of children on a recent weekday evening who were learning how
to build a real 10-foot-long boat in the nonprofit classroom and
public space at Aquatic Park called the Waterside Workshops.
At the same time, other children,
many of whom are described as 'wards of the state' were working
on bicycles in a bike shop next door called Street Level Cycles.
For those who don't like boat building or bike mechanics, there's
sewing. And sometimes there's guitar making."
And Oakley writes "Bike
parking at downtown Berkeley BART moves ahead.
A plan to move and expand a wildly popular free bicycle parking
garage at the downtown Berkeley BART station is moving forward
after three years of bureaucratic delay."
"For California, new clout in Obama's tech-friendly
report Frank Davies and Mary Anne Ostrom,
Mercury News Washington Bureau.
Barbara Boxer remembers the
'dark days' when California and its issues were dismissed by official
Washington with disdain and hostility.
'Dianne Feinstein and I joked
that it was ABC - anything but California, anyone but California,'
Boxer said, recalling when the two Democrats joined the Senate
Now, as California Democrats
pour into Washington to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration,
the state can claim a surge of influence in the new, tech-friendly
administration. Congress, too, is looking westward, with Californians
taking key positions of power."
"Pilot of plane skilled in emergencies:
Aviation experts say Sullenberger's water landing was extraordinary,
smart " is a report
in the Toledo Blade.
"Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger has made a career of making
A pilot, accident investigator,
and scholar who founded a company focused on helping businesses
improve safety, Mr. Sullenberger navigated his own emergency yesterday
by bringing down his twin-engine US Airways plane on the Hudson
As his passengers climbed
onto ferry boats, he walked the entire plane, twice, making sure
no one was left behind, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Mr. Sullenberger, 57, is
a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's
Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, according to his resume.
The center studies safety, infrastructure, and preparedness in
emergency situations such as industrial accidents and natural
"Restaurants' pairings ease novices into
Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor.
"Settling in for the
meal, my co-workers ordered sangria. I asked the waiter for a
glass of fino. Heads turned like a record had scratched.
One of my soon-to-be-former
co-workers finally piped up. 'Isn't that,' he sniped, 'for grandmothers?'
We merry band of sherry fans
have learned to suffer in silence. I have loved sherry for as
long as I've loved wine - its tang and drama invigorate my palate
as few drinks can. But if Dionisio is the patron saint of Jerez
de la Frontera, perhaps it should be Jude, because sherry has
long been the wine lover's lost cause. Riesling? Now trendy, inconceivably.
But sherry? All attempts to make it an honest drink have been
- to cast onto Andalusia's pride a well-abused metaphor from La
Mancha - just more tilting at windmills.
Or so I thought until sherry
started making cameos everywhere this past year - on wine lists,
in my cocktail glass, in reputable publications. A faithful band
of followers and new converts have begun to lift sherry toward
"Berkeley Symphony Orchestra taps Joana
Carneiro to replace Kent Nagano"
is a story by Sue Gilmore in the West County Times.
"The Bay Area is a bastion of vibrant and flourishing symphony
and chamber orchestra ensembles, most of them driven by male maestros.
The situation shifted a bit last year when Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra as music director, and
it will undergo more transformation next fall as young
rise Joana Carneiro takes the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra baton
out of the hands of the redoubtable Kent Nagano, departing after
30 years at the podium.
On Thursday, the BSO announced
the appointment of Carneiro, 32, who has just left the Los Angeles
Philharmonic after four years as Esa-Pekka Salonen's assistant
conductor and who will retain her current position as guest conductor
of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in her native Lisbon."
ball players Nathan
Haynes and CC
our Byron Delcomb, kids,
at Byron's Lafayette Elementary
the ball players came to
Lafayette last Friday to celebrate Dr King's birthday with a talk,
question-answering, and autograph-signing. Bryon says " .
. . really great guys. It was great!"
"Cal pulls off thrilling 57-54 win over
Janie McCauley, AP.
scored a career-high 37 points, converting two free throws with
1:09 to play that put her
team ahead for good and scoring again with 21 seconds left to
lift No. 11 California to a thrilling 57-54 victory over archrival
and ninth-ranked Stanford on Sunday."
our Councilmember, Darryl
At our last Council meeting, we had a workshop about the City's
budget. As you can imagine, Berkeley, like every other city
in the Country, has to make some difficult choices in order to
balance our budget. I wanted to share with you the steps
that we are taking to ensure that we are in a good position to
weather these difficult economic conditions.
Here is the "Budget Basics" pamphlet that our Budget
Office produced to help you understand the City's budget and also
lists a number of different important budget meetings/workshops
of which you should be aware:
Here is the budget update that our Budget Office presented to
us at our last meeting: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Clerk/Level_3_-_City_Council/2009/Jan/Jan%2013%20Budget%20Presentation(1).pdf
Public Safety Worksession
Before our next City Council meeting, we are having a worksession
on public safety. The intent of this worksession is for
Council to talk to staff and the community to help inform the
Council about how to most effectively allocate funding for Public
Safety/Crime Prevention. If you can make it, please come
and give us some feedback as to how you feel the funding would
be best spent.
Time: 5:00 pm
Date: January 27th, 2009
Location: Council Chambers, Old City Hall/Maudelle Shirek
Bldg., 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Please join Council Members Anderson and Moore, the City Manager,
the Chief of Police, a representative from Mayor Tom Bates office
and other department directors for a community discussion.
Topics will include:
2020 Vision (Education)
Solar Energy Program
Disaster Preparedness Training
Heart to Heart Project
Climate Action Plan
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 Noon
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009
Location: South Berkeley YMCA, 2901 California Street @ Russell
Help Berkeley Become More Green!
First, a reminder that comments on the draft Berkeley Climate
Action Plan are due this Friday, January 16.
You can review the plan and comment online at www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org.
You are also welcome to attend tomorrow's (Jan. 13) City Council
Meeting at which Councilmembers will be taking another opportunity
to discuss the current draft plan. Staff will return to
Council later in the spring with a revised plan for Council consideration.
Second, if one of your New Year's resolutions is to reduce
your carbon footprint you'll want to check out the events below...
Learn How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Wednesday, January 28, 7-8:30pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. (at Arch), Berkeley
The City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Energy Commission, the Ecology
Center, and concerned citizens have partnered to conduct a workshop
to help Berkeley residents reduce global warming emissions at
home and in their communities. You're invited to come learn about
a simple, fun, and effective approach to implementing a personal
climate action plan. At this workshop you will:
Find out how your lifestyle practices and household systems impact
greenhouse gas emissions;
Discover how you can significantly reduce your personal and community
emissions though an exciting an no-cost 4-session program;
Be given the opportunity to join a Climate Change Action Group
or get support to form your own group with friends, family, coworkers
Receive information for implementing energy efficient and renewable
energy options in your home or apartment.
The first 50 people to arrive will be given a free copy of "The
Low Carbon Diet" workbook. Come join us!
The event is wheelchair accessible. For questions and information
on accommodations: 510-548-2220 x233, firstname.lastname@example.org
Get Off Your Gas!
Berkeley Announces Natural Gas Energy Saving Contest for Berkeley
The Berkeley "Get Off Your Gas!" contest is aimed at
educating and rewarding Berkeley residents who reduce their natural
gas energy consumption this winter. Natural gas customers
who reduce their gas usage during January and February 2009 relative
to their 2008 usage of the same timeframe are eligible to participate
Start reducing your natural gas consumption now to save money,
save energy, and win! Here are some tips:
· Lower water heater temperature
to 120 degrees F
· Wash laundry in cold water
· Use a clothesline or rack when
possible to dry clothes
· Program thermostat to 68 degrees
F or lower when your home is occupied, and 60 degrees F or off
when no one is home
· Add attic, wall or floor insulation
· Weatherstrip to reduce air infiltration
The contest is co-sponsored by PG&E. For more information
and other energy efficiency resources, visit the Berkeley Office
of Energy & Sustainable Development website at www.CityofBerkeley.info/Sustainable
or contact Alice La Pierre, Energy Efficiency Program Manager,
981-7435 or email email@example.com.
Berkeley Youth Alternatives Crabfeed
Once again it is time for Berkeley Youth Alternatives' Crab Feed.
Great food, great company, and a great way to support our community's
youth. If you are interested, please call B.Y.A. at
510-845-9010 or visit www.byaonline.org.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"San Francisco film noir festival" by Walter Addiego is a story in the Chronicle.
"Trying to define film
noir is a sucker's game. Actually, one of the best definitions
I've read isn't even a definition, but a description of a shot
from 'Detour,' starring Tom Neal as the luckless hero. The writers
focus on a single image, 'where Tom Neal stands by the roadside,
soaking in the midnight rain, feeling for the first time
the noose drawing tighter and tighter around his neck.'
(The words are from the introduction
to Barry Gifford's Out of the Past.)"
That's, of course, Potter
Creek's Barry Gifford.
"Dacher Keltner sports a big grin in the
photograph that accompanies 'Born to Be Good ' " is the first line of the New York Times
review of his book.
"It's not just any big
grin. All authors are liable to be self-conscious in posing for
book-jacket portraits, but this
writer has more reason than most to perfect the fine points. He
knows the difference between Duchenne and non-Duchenne smiles:
one crinkles the orbicularis oculi muscles and the other does
not. One is genuine
and shows in the eyes; the other mostly involves the mouth and
looks merely polite. Mr. Keltner has made sure that his smile
falls on the right side of that distinction, and that it's Duchenne
all the way.
In an even sunnier spirit,
his book's yellow cover is bright enough to suggest the have-a-nice-day
emoticon. But there's nothing saccharine about the author or his
thesis. Mr. Keltner, a professor at the University of California,
Berkeley, has devoted himself to studying the social functions
of emotion. And his emphasis is on those positive emotions that,
even now, remain relatively unexplored and trivialized. He is
a former student of Paul Ekman, the behavioral scientist who in
the 1970s developed a system of coding facial muscles and determining
what their movements really mean. (One measure of the popular
appeal of Dr. Ekman's research is that it is
the basis for a new Fox dramatic series, 'Lie to Me.')"
At 12:00 PM EST today, Barack
Hussein Obama became the 44th President of the United States of
our Bicycle Bridge
a Bob Kubik photo
"Top chefs bring global perspectives to
college cafeteria dining"
is a story by the Chronicle's Janet Fletcher at kansascity.com.
"Ask most college graduates what they enjoyed about their
time on campus, and the answer is probably not the food. But at
the University of California-Berkeley - a campus in the middle
of one of the nation's most acclaimed food towns - the food service
team is shaking up student dining."
"Blocking Enzyme Prevents Obesity;Chowhound
mice stay lean but show elevated risk of diabetes" reports Emily Singer at technologyreview.com.
"Mice engineered to lack an enzyme found mainly in fat cells
can gorge without gaining weight, according to new research. Blocking
the enzyme appears to block fat cells' ability to store fat. That
sounds like a dream come true for those struggling with excess
pounds, but lacking fat has a downside: some mice also developed
insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes. The researchers
who conducted the study hope to find drugs that can turn down
the enzyme's activity just slightly, reducing this risk.
'If we can limit activity
rather than completely abolish it, we should see positive effects
on fat mobilization and fat burning, without seeing the unfavorable
effects,' says Robin Duncan, a postdoctoral fellow in Hei Sook
Sul's lab at the University of California, Berkeley, and a lead
author on the paper, published this month in Nature Medicine."
"Grad Students Think Twice About Jobs in
Academe:California study says would-be professors want family-friendlier
careers" is a story
"When Joanna Doran thinks of what her life would be like
as a tenure-track professor at a top research university, the
images that come to mind give her pause.
Ms. Doran, who is married
and the mother of a 2-year-old girl, already struggles to balance
the demands of her family life while pursuing a Ph.D. in social
welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. Networking
with peers in the evenings typically means barely seeing her daughter
and her husband, also a graduate student. The possibility that
her daughter won't land a summer slot this year at her Berkeley-run
day care is enough to send the couple into a tailspin."
"Nation keeping eye on California illegal-student
case" reports Matt
Krupnick at contracostatimes.com.
"Several states are
keeping an eye on a California court case that could be a bellwether
for colleges that discount tuition for undocumented immigrants.
The California Supreme Court
has agreed to consider a lawsuit over a state law that allows
universities and colleges to charge the same tuition to undocumented
students that state residents pay. If the high court overturns
the law, it could lead to similar challenges in nine other states
that discount prices for noncitizens; several of the states have
The court is expected to
hear the case late this year or in early 2010."
"Fall Semester '08: Campus Economy in Review" writes Ashley Trott of our Daily Cal.
"In the least perky
of times, members of the campus community received the least perky
During finals season, when
sleep can seem as foreign as the material students are responsible
for knowing, UC'Berkeley students opened their e-mail inboxes
to find a note from Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.
"The economic environment
has worsened significantly in the past few months and, while we
do not know the future severity or length of this recession, we
must plan for the possibility that this will be the longest and
most severe recession in the post-World War II era,' he wrote.
These words came as no surprise
to many students, who had bore witness to some consequences of
the economic downturn on campus."
"Berkeley pianist's 'A Sweeter Music' project
sets the weapons of war aside" is
a story by Sue Gilmore of the Times.
Sarah Cahill, right, and he' husband, Emmy-winning videographer
John Sanborn, rehearse their upcoming collaboration, "A Sweeter
Music," her solo performance, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009,
at their home in Berkeley, Calif. Its 11 piano works on themes
of peace by contemporary composers that will be accompanied by
his video images will premiere Jan. 25 at Hertz Hall.
Beating swords into plowshares
is about as noble an antiwar notion as they come, but Sarah Cahill
of Berkeley is taking the Old Testament injunction out of the
fields and into the higher realm of music.
The noted pianist, recording
artist and 'Then & Now' radio talk-show host on KALW-FM is
perhaps best known for her championship of the music of her contemporaries.
She is the creative genius and organizing force behind the annual
'Summer Solstice' event at the Chapel of the Chimes columbarium
in Oakland, a sort of "walk-around concert" that presents
30 or more Bay Area musicians and groups in simultaneous performance
of their own works.
Now Cahill, 47, has tapped into her even wider circle of composer
friends, some of them quite famous, and charmed 18 of them into
participating in an ambitious project she is calling 'A Sweeter
"Berkeley, a Place of Protests, Cheers
for the Government" is
a story at blogswsj.com.
"The steps of Sproul
Hall plaza at UC Berkeley, usually the site of protests, instead
hosted a gathering of Obama supporters on Tuesday.
Thousands of people gathered
at Sproul Plaza at the University of California at Berkeley, the
site of many anti-government protests since the 1960s. But Tuesday,
for the first time in the lives of many of the students and community
residents gathered here, the mood was decidedly pro-government
- at least, the hope for a new government under Barack Obama.
The Cal band, a nerdy bunch
in straw hats, played the Star Spangled Banner to rousing applause,
followed by some brief speeches before the proceedings broadcast
on a big TV screen.
'In November, as an entire
country, we decided that we would no longer settle for mediocrity,'
said Roxanne Winston, the university's student body president,
recalling how hard many students worked for the incoming president.
'We are as powerful as we say we are.' "
"Berkeley nudging residents to cut the
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Some cities urge residents
to go on citywide exercise kicks. Others promote municipal book
clubs. Berkeley wants its citizens to go on a collective low-carbon
To meet its ambitious goals
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Berkeley is encouraging all
100,000 residents to join support groups to help individuals fight
Like Alcoholics Anonymous
and Weight Watchers, the groups are part social, part confessional
and partly about'accountability.
"It does sound like
AA,' said Timothy Burroughs, Berkeley's climate action coordinator,
who is helping to start the program. 'But it's in the context
of a policy goal of the city's. In order for us to achieve our
goal, individuals have to change their behavior. This is a way
for them to do that.'
The city kicks off the program
with a workshop Jan. 28. Residents will learn simple things they
can do at home, work and school to reduce emissions, and be encouraged
to start groups with neighbors, friends and co-workers.
The idea originated with
a 2006 book by Portland, Ore., writer David Gershon, 'Low Carbon
Diet: a 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds.' Berkeley bought
50 of the books, at $10 each, for the first residents who enroll."
"Man dies after being shot in Berkeley"
reports Henry K. Lee
in the Chronicle
"A Berkeley man died
at a hospital Tuesday, more than a week after he was shot in West
Berkeley, authorities said . . . .
William Payton, 37, was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital in
Oakland, according to the Alameda County coroner's office.
Payton was shot at about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11 on the west side
of the Bank of America parking lot at 2546 San Pablo Ave., police
"Bay Area rental market gives tenants an
edge" by Carolyn
Said of the Chronicle.
"Bay Area apartment
rents will soften and vacancies will edge up in 2009, giving tenants
more leverage, according to a forecast from an influential real
reader and activist, Tamsen
Thank you for your daily updates. I really appreciate them.
a Potter Creek resident said
yesterday that he's seen more police here recently. Merryll reports
that there was police activity in front of the warehouse Wednesday
Sally's sewer has just been
rebuilt reports Richard, and I've noticed that the city vacuum-trucks
now promptly appear in Potter Creek to clean lines after, sometimes
during, a rain.
Well, Ok then.
Viva forwards an email from
activist, Nora Barrows
(Nora appears regularly on
KPFA's Flashpoint, heard weekdays at 5PM.)
here are excerpts
i've been roaming around
the west bank and inside 48 (historic palestine) covering several
of the many, many demonstrations taking place against state terror
in Gaza. Here's
an article published . . . in Inter Press Service that describes
the silent war being waged against dissent from within. . . .
"Maio, Broadbent Deny City AirPollution" opines Maggie
Liftik in our Planet.
"Berkeley Councilmember Linda Maio and Bay Area Air Quality
Management District Executive Director Jack Broadbent's Jan. 7
letters to the editor demonstrate their willingness to deny the
seriousness of the air pollution in Berkeley schools and neighborhoods.
Immediately taking a defensive stance instead of resolving to
research and resolve the problem (unlike public officials in other
states cited in the articles), both Maio and Broadbent argue that
the recent USA Today report is based on flawed data. This is not
In my correspondence with
USA Today reporter Blake Morrison about Mr. Broadbent's letter,
Mr. Morrison states that 'Mr. Broadbent appears to misunderstand
how we used TRI.' Mr. Morrison notes that the Toxics Release Inventory
(TRI) data was not used by USA Today for risk assessment, but
rather risk screening. Furthermore, USA Today consulted with the
EPA to make sure they used the TRI data correctly, specifically
working with EPA official Nick Bouwes, who actually developed
Mr. Broadbent tries to bolster
his criticism of the USA Today study by suggesting that the Political
Economy Research Institute (PERI) believes the TRI data to be
invalid and inaccurate. Mr. Broadbent is wrong. In my correspondence
with Professor Michael Ash, a representative of PERI, about Mr.
Broadbent's letter, Dr. Ash notes that 'Mr. Broadbent has inaccurately
characterized our discussion of the accuracy of the RSEI data.'
(The RSEI data is based the underlying TRI data.) On the contrary,
Dr. Ash believes that the data used in the USA Today study is
'unbiased' and a 'best-practice screening system for community
exposure to airborne industrial toxics.' He further notes that
the data has been extensively peer reviewed by the EPA's Science
Advisory Board, and that PERI specifically endorses how USA Today
has used the data in their study.
It is alarming that the first,
apparently knee-jerk response of Maio and Broadbent to the USA
Today study is to criticize the findings. Sadly, however, this
appears consistent with their policies over the years that have
lent support to largest polluter in Berkeley, as cited in the
USA Today report, Pacific Steel Casting (PSC). PSC has a long,
well-documented history of emitting large amounts of toxins into
the air, including manganese, a metal known to cause major health
problems in children, including cancer, birth defects, asthma,
and IQ deficiencies. Mayor Tom Bates, Maio, and Broadbent have
failed to protect Berkeley children and citizens on their watch.
Now, as they are exposed, they are pretending that no problem
exists and hoping that we buy it. Berkeley deserves better."
Read the story in our Planet here.
Covering their tushies,
"Tube Mogul Buys Video Analytics Firm" by Bob Heymanis is at searchengineland.com.
"In this period of doom
and gloom, its rare to see a small company being bold enough to
make an acquisition. But that's just what TubeMogul, which operates
the web's most popular online video syndication and tracking service,
has done. The Berkeley, California based company has just acquired
flash player analytics firm Illumenex. The combination allows
TubeMogul to offer a broad range of data tracking to the online
"U-Haul Launches U Car Share - the Alternative
to Car Ownership"
is a report at msnbc.com.
"U Car Share is expanding its growth as it partners with
the University of Berkeley by launching the alternative to vehicle
ownership. U Car Share allows multiple users to share one vehicle,
thus reducing an individual's environmental impact and allowing
members to save thousands of dollars a year. Members pay only
for what they use, in one low hourly rate. U Car Share takes care
of fuel, insurance and maintenance costs."
"UC proposes extending financial aid to
more low-income students"
reports the LA Times. "In a move to simplify aid policies
and attract needy students, all academic fees would be covered
for those from families with annual incomes of less than $60,000,
President Mark G. Yudof says.
University of California President Mark G. Yudof on Thursday proposed
boosting the university's financial aid program to cover all academic
fees for students from families with incomes of less than $60,000
"Retrofitted and revamped, Bancroft reopens
to regular hours"
reports Kathleen Maclay at berkeley edu.
"The Bancroft Library
is back - and it's better than ever.
One of the University of
California, Berkeley's premier special collections libraries,
it reopened this week with regular hours following a three-year,
$64 million seismic retrofit and upgrade financed in equal amounts
by the state and more than 700 private donors."
"84 Charing Cross Road" is a movie about the love of books, reading,
the love of the English, and England.
"Prize-winning Berkeley composer John Adams
joins L.A. Philharmonic"
reports Sue Gilmore at mercurynews.com.
"Berkeley composer John Adams, 61, has been appointed the
creative chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joining the orchestra
as an artistic adviser in its inaugural season with incoming conductor
The new position was noted in Thursday's announcement of the orchestra's
2009-10 season, which will feature an internationally televised
inaugural gala in Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 8 that has
the world premiere of Adams' 'City Noir' as its centerpiece."
"Cal scientists: Summer coming 2 days early" is found at bizjournals.com.
"Though they didn't comment on the possible effects on clothing
retailers, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley,
said Tuesday that global warming has caused the seasons to arrive
two days sooner than in the past.
Not only have temperatures
gone up around the world over the last half-century, but the cycle
of seasons has also shifted. The researchers - led by graduate
student Alexander Stine in the earth and planetary science department
- didn't decisively blame human pollution for the change, but
said human activity may be its cause."
"Oregon State stuns California at home:Beavers
bounce Bears, 69-65, in Berkeley" reports the AP.
"Roeland Schaftenaar scored a career-high 22 points and Calvin
Haynes came off the bench to make a pair of three-point baskets
as part of a big second-half run as Oregon State beat California,
69-65, on Thursday at Berkeley.
It was Coach Craig Robinson's
first game since attending the presidential inauguration for his
brother-in-law, Barack Obama.
Robinson, the Beavers' first-year
coach and the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, flew to Washington
earlier this week before rejoining the Beavers in time for their
first win since beating USC in their second Pacific 10 Conference
"Stock-market buzz: Bees and fingers point
out trends:Scientists examine bee dances and the hands of traders
to determine where the market is headed" is a story by Robert C. Cowen of the Christian
"Scholars trying to
penetrate the complexity of the stock market get inspiration from
wherever they can find it. Lately, that includes honeybees and
Honeybees, which do different
dances to communicate the location of food sources and nest sites,
offer a case study in the dynamics of complexity that's simpler
than the market. Index-finger length reflects a physiology that
favors a sure-footed ability to respond quickly to fast-changing
"Bay Area apartment rents fall 1st time
in years" reports
James Temple, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The charging bull that
long characterized the rental market is finally out of breath.
Bay Area rents succumbed to growing economic pressures during
the fourth quarter, dipping for the first time in years and upending
the balance of power between tenants and landlords, according
to a report by Novato research firm RealFacts Inc."
"Home sales soar as foreclosures drive
down prices" reports
Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Fully half of all existing
homes sold in the Bay Area in December were foreclosures unloaded
by banks at fire-sale prices. Those sales sent median prices tumbling
to new lows and attracted droves of buyers, according to a real
estate report released Wednesday.
'If you are OK with a little
bit of work or a Class-B neighborhood rather than Class-A, you
can get a smoking deal,' said Stephen Bloom, a Realtor with Lawton
Associates in Berkeley. 'The banks understand if they want to
move these things, they have to be quite aggressive on pricing.
They're not fooling around anymore. They want to get them off
Both investors and first-time
home buyers are avidly pursuing foreclosure bargains.
Chai Chanthapak, 37, of San
Ramon is one such investor.
'It is incredible what value
you are getting now,' Chanthapak said Wednesday as he walked through
a foreclosed Oakland triplex he is in escrow to purchase for $106,000.
It sold in May 2007 for $557,600."
marks the 25th anniversary of the original Macintosh, the first
personal computer to draw masses, introduce the mouse and incorporate
a graphical user interface, relying on images instead of text"
is a story at cnn.com.
"The Apple Inc. watershed
product entered American consciousness amid fanfare, with a $1.5
million commercial, made by Ridley Scott, wowing audiences during
Super Bowl XVIII. The piece's title, '1984,' invoked author George
Orwell's message and stood as a warning against conformity.
Two days after the ad ran,
the Macintosh became available and life, as people knew it, changed.
No longer were computers viewed as toys with which to play primitive
games or as untouchable tools reserved for degreed engineers.
We began to think different."
our Tak Nakamoto emails
Our Councilman, Darryl Moore,
has requested our attendance at this
meeting to take place Tuesday next week.
Despite my general reluctance
to go to City Council meetings because
they so often devolve into a circus, I am planning to attend.
that more than anything that we have to say, that our physical
attendance will speak very loudly about our concerns about the
deteriorating situation here in West Berkeley. I know that we
have Darryl Moore's attention. But we need to get the other Council
members to start paying more attention. The problems of South
West Berkeley aren't the sole responsibility of the council members
representing these areas. 5 votes are needed to pass any proposal
this means council members representing other parts of Berkeley
to be involved.
I invite others in our neighborhood
to join me to attend this meeting
on public safety.
With the national and world
economic recession/debacle hitting us, we
can't expect that any new programs that require new monies will
happen. The best we can reasonably hope for is that existing
resources are allocated with a sharper focus. For instance this
mean that the BPD beat structure is tweaked so that the beats
cover West Berkeley are made smaller (and others in quieter areas
made bigger) so that our beat officers have slightly more time
provide in depth services. It might also be that BPD even further
emphasize the seizure of illegally owned weapons. And that BPD
improves its website so that we can get current, accurate and
understandable reports on crime in our area. We need to be as
informed as possible about what's going on.
I have been very concerned
for the past year about the situation in
our neighborhood. We all know about the range of crimes that have
happened here lately. What concerns me the most is that the number
crimes involving either physical violence and or guns appears
increasing. And amongst those incidents involving guns, the weapons
that are being used are bigger than those used in the past. About
years ago when we first moved to 10th Street, there was a series
shooting incidents around the corner of 10th Street and Channing.
incident took place in each of the years '97,'98 and '99. The
incident was like the recent murder due to a domestic disturbance.
The others were due to some sort of street activity. All the victims
survived. What's notable about those shootings is that all of
involved simple handguns.
What's notable about the
recent incidents involving guns is that now
the weapons are bigger like a Tec-9 assault weapon, a shotgun
with "mankiller" load or the weapon used in the recent
the shot could be heard at a very great distance. The shots were
loud when I heard them while walking two blocks away. This was
small caliber handgun. These weapons have a much greater chance
injuring completely uninvolved people because of their greater
power. It is not a coincidence that the victim of this latest
We need to get the City of
Berkeley to become focused on the violent
trends in our neighborhood.
Please join me in attending
"Woman Initially Charged in Shooting Has
Been Released" reports
the cracker-jack, Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
"While a Berkeley man
has been charged with murder following Tuesday's death of the
victim of a Jan. 11 West Berkeley shooting, a 47-year- old woman
originally charged with the shooting has been released.
Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary
Kusmiss said Thursday that the district attorney's office decided
there wasn't enough evidence to charge Rhonda Reid in the death
of Lee William Payton.
Lee Freddie Green, 50, was
already in custody at Santa Rita County Jail on a charge of attempted
murder for the shooting, and the charges were raised to murder
after 27-year-old William Payton died of his injuries in Highland
Certainly there is a perception
that crime is increasingly, increasing in west-Berkeley. I've
oberseved that though, previously content with dogs for "protection",
more middle-class liberals are buying guns. A phenom of which
I am skeptical--buying a Glock
isn't the same as getting a Cuisinart.
I mean "You could shoot your eye out."
"The 2009 Lunar New Year Bazaar kicked
off Saturday in downtown Chinatown celebrating the Year of the
Ox:Oakland Chinatown celebrates Lunar New Year" is a story by Kamika Dunlap, Oakland Tribune.
"The astrological sign
symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. It also
represents the sign President Barack Obama was born under.
'Ox people are considered
frugal, responsible and not afraid of hardship,' said Jennie Ong,
festival director of the Oakland Chinatown New Year Bazaar. 'The
Ox year is an appropriate sign for
2009 due to our economic challenges and having Barack Obama as
Coincidentally, the Ox was
the ruling sign in 1949 and early 1950, following a recession
in the late 1940s, Ong added."
Huh, . . . ? I'm an Ox!
I wonder, . . . could that
be why Uncle Norm called me Lummox?
Does Dunlap's story mention
"Planning Commission among potential budget
cuts in Oakley"
reports Jonathan Lockett at contracostatimes.com.
"Oakley's Planning Commission
is among the items on the chopping block as the city looks to
cut an estimated $700,000 from the 2008-09 and 2009-10 budgets.
To help soften the blow from
the economic downturn, the city is also likely to reduce spending
on community grants and its decennial celebration.
The City Council is expected
to vote to take on the duties of the Planning Commission for 18
months at its Feb. 10 meeting, when Oakley's mid-budget review
City Manager Bryan Montgomery
said that with four vacant positions on the Planning Commission
and few projects on the horizon, the city can save more than $40,000
in training and staff time at meetings by having the council assume
the commission's duties."
Well, . . . in Berkeley,
with all our commissions we could save a bundle. Then there's
duplication. Check out all our city departments in the phone book
that deal with hazardous materials. Then , . . .
"Property tax revenue plummets with home
values" is a report
by Carolyn Said, Chronicle
California could pay the
price for the foreclosure crisis for years to come, thanks to
Proposition 13, the 1978 voter initiative that caps property taxes.
As banks feverishly dump
foreclosed homes at cut-rate prices, and as neighboring homes
change hands at similar bargain-basement rates, those amounts
are enshrined as the new basis for determining property tax until
the homes are sold again. Under Prop. 13, that basis can rise
a maximum of just 2 percent a year, even if the home is worth
significantly more. The consequence is likely to be a revenue
crunch for the public services funded by property tax revenues."
"Cloudly outlook for solar industry" reports our Times.
paint a bright future for their industry, one where photovoltaic
panels adorn roofs of homes and businesses and huge power plants
capture the sun's rays to generate electricity. But
the industry currently finds itself under cloudy skies and buffeted
by threatening winds.
The solar tax credits approved
late last year gave the industry a boost, and its leaders are
hopeful for an even bigger boost by President Barack Obama, who
has promised to promote clean technologies and energy alternatives
to oil. But it's far from clear just how much help will come,
Meanwhile, many once-promising
solar companies struggle to maintain momentum against the strong
headwinds of the financial crisis. Feel- good headlines about
well-funded startups and new jobs are giving way to grim announcements
of factory delays and layoffs."
"Japan launches orbiter to probe greenhouse
gases" is a story
by Eric Talmadge at google.com.
"Japan on Friday launched
the first satellite to monitor greenhouse gases worldwide, a tool
to help scientists better judge where global warming emissions
are coming from, and how much is being absorbed by the oceans
The orbiter, together with
a similar U.S. satellite to be launched next month, will represent
an enormous leap in available data on carbon dioxide and methane
in the atmosphere, now drawn from scattered ground stations."
"'Whispering galleries' based technology
may lead to nanolasers in future" is a report in the Times of India.
"Scientists have created a plasmonic microcavity based on
the phenomenon of whispering galleries, which could pave the way
for nanolasers in the future.
The principle behind whispering
galleries is that words spoken softly beneath a domed ceiling
or in a vault can be clearly heard on the opposite side of the
Now, this knowledge has been
used by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology to achieve
what could prove to be a significant breakthrough in the miniaturization
They have developed a 'whispering
gallery microa report atcavity' based on plasmons - electromagnetic
waves that race across the surfaces of metals."
And the Times of India
with inflammatory bowel disease have high folate levels.
Researchers from University
of California, San Francisco and UC Berkeley have found that children
with inflammatory bowel disease(IBD) have higher concentrations
of folate in their blood.
Previous studies have shown
that adults with IBD tend to have lower folate levels than those
without the disease.
However, the new findings challenge the previously held theory."
"Indian paintbrush a hardy plant yet hard
to grow" writes
Demi Bowles Lathrop at sfgate.com.
wightii, Castilleja affinis ssp. affinis
Common name: Indian paintbrush,
Wight Indian paintbrush, Painted-Cup
Description: Indian paintbrush
belongs to a group of perennial herbs
native to North and South America. More than 30 species come from
United States and Mexico, and one species originates in northern
Asia. These plants are seldom grown in gardens because they are
partly parasitic and often need the roots of a host plant.
This native herb bears showy
bracts or flowers in a terminal head or
spike. Colors range from bright red to rose to yellow. Small flowers
bear tube-shaped corolla, or petals, with two lips, the lower
than the upper. Leaves, sometimes woolly, alternate on stems.
While C. wightii and C. affinis
ssp. affinis are sometimes used
synonymously, they are distinct species."
"UC applicants increase despite plans to
is a report at latimes.com.
"Numbers for freshman
and transfer admission at the system's nine campuses have hit
record highs. Regents recently decided to reduce freshman enrollment
The number of applicants for both freshman and transfer admission
to the University of California for fall 2009 has hit record highs,
even as UC prepares to reduce freshman enrollment, officials announced
Applications for freshman
admission to at least one UC campus for the fall totaled 98,002,
up 2.9% from last year. The number of California residents seeking
entrance as freshmen rose 1.6% to 80,730, while out- of-state
and international applicants increased 10% to 17,272.
transfer applications grew by 11.2% from last year, to 28,699."
"UC Enrollment Cuts Could Affect Community
Colleges" is a report
by Jacob Schneider at beyondchron.com.
A new semester kicked off
this week at the University of California's flagship campus in
Berkeley, but it's hardly business as usual for California's premier
university system. Facing a looming budget deficit and slim prospects
for help from the impoverished state government, UC announced
a package of cuts ranging from an executive pay freeze to a 2,300
student system-wide cut in enrollment.
The fact that the university
is making cuts to balance the budget is hardly surprising given
the down economy. However, the cut in enrollment is striking at
one of the nation's premier public university system which
has in recent years experienced a boom in applications as California's
population has grown."
"Scharffen Berger to close" is part of a story at sfgate.com.
"The Hershey Co. said
Tuesday it plans to close Scharffen Berger's West Berkeley manufacturing
plant as well as the San Francisco factory that makes Joseph Schmidt
chocolates and consolidate production at other facilities.
Hershey, which in 2005 bought
both Scharffen Berger, which specializes in premium dark chocolates,
and trufflemaker Joseph Schmidt, will continue to produce those
brands, but the chocolates will no longer be locally made."
"Planning Commission Tackles West Berkeley"
reports Richard Brenneman
of our Planet.
have a single topic on Wednesday night's agenda: their ongoing
effort to implement a City Council directive to create more flexibility
in West Berkeley's zoning rules.
Developers and property owners
have been seeking changes in the zoning rules to eliminate what
they say are obstacles to effective use of property in the only
area of the city where manufacturing and light industry are permitted."
Isn't tonight's meeting a
little like "Fiddling while Rome burns."
"Bank failures to flare up in '09:This
year compares only to the Great Depression and the savings and
loan crisis" is
a Fortune report at cnn.com.
"How many banks will fail this year? No one knows of course,
but the answer is many. So far in 2009, we've already had three,
putting us on a one-per-week pace. That could mean a doubling
of last year's tally of 25, and only slightly less than the total
number of failures heretofore over the entire decade (57).
On Friday, regulators shut
down First Centennial Bank in California of Redlands. (Redlands,
the 'Jewel of the Inland Empire' is located in San Bernardino
County off I-10 on the way to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.)"
"Expo Design Centers, Yardbirds stores
to close" reports
Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Liquidation sales began Tuesday at Expo Design Center and
Yardbirds stores that are slated to close as part of parent Home
Depot Inc.'s plan to stanch financial losses.
The Atlanta retailer is closing
all 34 of its high-end Expo stores nationwide - three in the Bay
Area - as well the Home Depot Design Center in Concord and five
Yardbirds, a hardware-store chain founded in Santa Rosa that Home
Depot purchased in December 2005. The company also is shedding
7,000 jobs, including 600 in the Bay Area."
"UC Berkeley students earn credits for
playing" is found
on Fudzilla - Tuzla,Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"Something we never
imagined would happen to cream of the crop University of California
students has just occurred - students at UC Berkeley interested
in real-time strategy games and competitive gaming can take up
a Starcraft studies class and earn college credits.
According to the course description,
students will go in-depth in the theory of how war is conducted
within the confines of the game Starcraft. There will be lectures
on various aspects of the game, from the viewpoint of pure theory
to the more computational aspects of how exactly battles are conducted.
Yet interesting enough, Calculus and Differential Equations are
highly recommended for full understanding of the course."
"Seeing through glass" is a report at Delhi's livemint.com.
"It's slick and shiny
and wraps your office in crystal clear 'modernity'. But could
it also be making a hothouse of your workplace and inflating electricity
We can't seem to have enough of glass. It has become the symbol
of modernity. And with good reason too. It is a versatile industrial
material, lets in light through windows, lets us see through (or
not, depending on whether it is translucent) and makes for shiny,
clean surfaces and building forms.
For many people, especially in the corporate world, it is also
a symbol of functionalism. The most common argument offered in
its favour in this regard is that it allows natural light into
interior spaces during the day. This saves energy and money by
reducing electricity consumption.
But does it actually work
that way? Is the glass curtain-wall (a continuous curtain of framed
or connected glass sheets fixed to the structural frame) more
about style than about saving money or the environment?
Most importantly, what portion
of buildings-even in 'developed' countries with cold climates,
such as the US-actually use glass in a way that maximizes benefits
and minimizes costs? 'A very, very small portion,' says Prasad
Vaidya, an architect and energy analyst with The Weidt Group in
Berkeley, California, who advises building professionals on energy
"MAP Light is highering" is at opednews.com.
"MAPLight.org gets a
lot done with just a handful of staff members. This is because
we hire only the best people-people who are smart, talented, results-oriented,
and dedicated to shining a light on big money's influence on politics.
We just began hiring for two staff positions, both full-time and
both based in beautiful Berkeley, California.
You can help by forwarding
the job announcement . . . to anyone you know who may be interested,
or posting it online."
"Opportunities abroad beckon Indonesia's
is a story at thejakartapost.com.
"Young Indonesian students at the University of California
Berkeley understand that having those letters after your name
as an alumnus creates a buzz back home, but still they'd rather
work abroad after graduating.
They are studying in one
of the world's best universities, they argue, and their parents
have invested a lot of money in their education. They face the
greatest work opportunities in developed countries.
'My best option is to work
in the information technology industries in Silicon Valley, California,
just as other UC Berkeley computer science graduates usually do,'
said Shendy Kurnia, a final-year computer science student from
Surabaya. 'I have got used to the international challenges in
"Who's Calling? It's Your Traffic
Report" is a story
"In the ongoing struggle to figure out where traffic is clogged
before driving right into it, San Francisco Bay commuters have
a new high-tech weapon on their side.
The newest and coolest traffic
prediction system is based on a simple assumption: that every
car has a driver, and every driver has a cell phone."
"A Sweeter Music, Hertz Hall, Berkeley,
California" is a
review in the Financial Times by our Allan Ulrich.
"Sarah Cahill, a questing
Bay Area-based pianist who rarely performs any score older than
her 47 years, has devised a unique commissioning programme that
unites artistic aspirations with moral philosophy.
Borrowing her title from
Martin Luther King Jr's Nobel Prize speech, she has asked all
18 contributors to deal, in their iconoclastic manners, with the
theme of peace. Accompanied by John Sanborn's video projections,
nine of those works were introduced last weekend. Cahill, as ever
a fearless advocate of contemporary fare, will unveil the remaining
commissions during an international tour."
Riva Cucina emails
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"A Donkey and Goat Winery" is mentioned on baylist.com.
"A Donkey and Goat is a wife & husband owned and operated
winery located in Berkeley California. Tracey and Jared Brandt
are the 'donkey and goat' behind these sustainable farmed and
artfully produced wines that are distinctive, soulful and truly
represent the earth from which they come.
A Donkey and Goat Winery,
2323B 4th St Berkeley CA 94710, Tel: (510) 868-9174."
When will our Potter Creek
Berkeley Bowl open?
The owners are planning to
open on May 15, 2009 but expect delays. An informed source said
that an opening-estimate of early-to-late Summer 2009 is realistic.
"UC Berkeley Campus on High Alert for Sex
Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"Berkeley police are asking the community to help them track
down a serial sexual predator accused of assaulting at least three
college women around UC Berkeley's South Campus area early Saturday
"Chemicals 'may reduce fertility' " is a story at BBC NEWS.
found in food packaging, upholstery and carpets may be damaging
women's fertility, say US scientists.
A study published in the
journal Human Reproduction measured levels of perfluorinated chemicals
(PFCs) in the blood of 1,240 women.
Those with higher levels
were more likely to take longer to become
UK experts said more research
was needed to confirm a link."
"Last chance: 'Photographs of a Floating
World' "is a mention
"Inspired and influenced
by black-and-white photos of her Southern California childhood,
Berkeley photographer Linda Elvira Piedra grew to regard the camera
as a window to a world that's more real, true and sometimes mysterious
than everyday experience."
"UC, workers reach agreement on labor contract" reports the AP.
"The University of California
has reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract with a union
representing more than 8,000 service workers."
"Unbelievers' ashes may be unwelcome in
Berkeley"is a story
the reach of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
It's is now going beyond the grave to addressing what it calls
a church/state injustice."
"Pentagon's Cyborg Beetle Spies Take Off"
writes Noah Shachtman
"Perhaps you are not
particularly worried about the idea of remote-controlled insects
spying on you, on behalf of the Pentagon. Darpa-funded researchers
at the University of California, Berkeley would like to disabuse
you of that notion. They've succeeded in 'controlling a live rhinoceros
beetle by radio,' Tech-On reports."
"Teleportation Is Real But Don't
Try It at Home"
is a story by Danielle Dowling, Time.
"Physics and magic aren't
often mistaken, but increasingly, physicists themselves seem to
be trying to change that. Last year, a team at the University
of California, Berkeley, announced that it had developed materials
that could lead to an invisibility cloak. Last month, a group
of researchers at Harvard University and the National Institutes
of Health reported that it had accomplished something not unlike
levitation, causing a microscopic sphere of gold to rise above
a glass surface. Now, according to a paper published in the Jan.
23 issue of Science, a team of scientists from the Joint Quantum
Institute (JQI) at the University of Maryland and the University
Michigan has joined the fun. The current bit of legerdemain?
Depending on your favorite
sci-fi yarns, teleportation is either a very, very bad idea (see:
The Fly) or a very, very cool one (see: Star Trek). For scientists,
it's just very, very complex, so much so that at this point, teleportation
is not a matter of moving matter but one of transporting information.
Already, physicists have been
able to exchange information between light particles - or photons
- or between atoms, so long as they were right next to each other.
The current experiment marks the first in which information has
a significant distance - 1 m, or a little more than 3 ft. - between
two isolated atoms. It's also the first time the powers of a photon,
which is good at traveling over long distances, and an atom, which
is prized for its ability to retain information, have been jointly
Using a pair of ions, or
charged particles, group leader Christopher Monroe and his team
place each in a vacuum and keep them in position with electric
fields. An ultra-fast laser pulse triggers the atoms to emit photons
simultaneously. If the photons interact in just the right way,
their parent atoms enter a quantum state known as
entanglement, in which atom B adopts the properties of atom A
even though they're in separate chambers a meter apart. When A
is measured, the information that had been previously encoded
on it disappears in accordance with the quirky rules of the quantum
world. But all is not lost: because B is entangled with A, B now
contains the information that was once carried on A. That information,
in a very real sense, has been teleported."
On 1/25/09 I posted
"Well, . . . in Berkeley,
with all our commissions we could save a bundle. Then there's
duplication. Check out all our city departments in the phone book
that deal with hazardous materials. Then , . . ."
It should read
Well, . . . in Berkeley,
with all our commissions we could save a bundle. Then there's
duplication. Check out all our city departments in the phone book
that deal with the environment. Then , . . ."
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