recently completed mixed-use
project in Potter Creek
At the moment there are 14--fourteen--building-projects
in Potter Creek in progress or recently completed. They range
from commercial and residential major-remodels to new multi-unit
residential construction, to the very-major new grocery store,
our Berkeley Bowl and our new manufacture, Swerve.
That certainly would be,
change apace in Potter Creek.
And in the week after election,
there could be found eating and drinking at our busy 900 GRAYSON,
our Sally and Richard with her new-to-Potter Creek family, the
Goldins, John and Suzanne, Paul Zaentz and staff, Pete Hurney,
fourteen of the Tippett staff, Don Yost and John Norheim and guest,
CEID's Cindy Dickeson, Mrs Meyer Sound and guests, Gene Agress
of Berkeley Mills, the Kruse family, residents of our Brickside
Lofts, Merryll and guest George Jones-Chronicle Berkeley reporter's
Dad, Bob and Carol, and friend of 30 years David Richardson, as
well as hundreds of other Potter Creek workers and residents.
The most significant result
of our Berkeley election is the victory of young, Mr Jesse in
District 4: a crack in the decades old establishment and a serious
Last issue of our Planet
featured a cunning photo of Jesse, his Mom and Dad and Council
member Kriss Worthington. This issue has a story about Councilwoman,
Linda Maio and Patrick Kennedy. It ends with a year-by-year, sometimes
day-by-day account of their interaction. Is this almost-too-much-detail
driven by journalistic fervor or a Planet vendetta? Beat s#%t
out of me!
an email from the Rosa Parks
Thanks so much for organizing our meeting last week.
Dear fellow neighbors,
Thank you to those of you were able to attend our meeting this
past Thursday evening. I am writing to follow up on the discussion
that we started in collaboration with the City of Berkeley, about
the situation with BOSS.
For those members of the listserve who were not at the meeting,
a bit of history:
On a Saturday night in July, the residence that is owned by the
City of Berkeley located at 2240 9th Street (right next to the
Nia House) was the subject of a lengthy and heavily armed police
raid. This property is rented out by the city to BOSS (Building
Opportunities for Self
Sufficiency) http://www.self-sufficiency.org/ . Currently
this residence is vacant but at the time it was occupied by multiple
BOSS clients and it functioned as a transitional
housing unit, although there was no on-site staff
supervision of the residents. BOSS clients are typically
recovering addicts or ex-convicts who have experienced
homelessness. The program provides a variety of support
services to its clients including housing and case
management. Those who inhabited this residence were considered
"graduates" of their shelter that is located near Gilman
On this night in July, Berkeley PD raided the residence and later
they called out the city's hazardous materials van to assist them
to clean out dangerous chemicals that were found in the unit of
one of the
residents. One of the residents was arrested by an undercover
detective when he attempted to purchase these illegal chemicals
on the street.
The raid of his home followed this arrest.. This individual was
running a meth lab out of his unit.
Currently, the City of Berkeley is in the process of carrying
out a cleaning of the building and the grounds. West Berkeley's
Council person, Darryl Moore attended Thursday's meeting and he
is planning on meeting with representatives from BOSS on behalf
of the community to discuss concerns that neighbors may have about
the situation before the property is reoccupied as a transitional
My goal in sending out this email is to learn from other neighbors
how they feel about the plan for BOSS to reoccupy this building.
After speaking with Kristen Lee from the city of Berkeley, I learned
that the city will take into account considerations of neighbors
before renewing the contract with BOSS. I would like to be able
to speak with Darryl Moore and the city about the collective feeling
of the neighborhood regarding this transitional housing unit.
As the next door neighbor to this property, my feeling that BOSS
should not be allowed to return may not be representative of the
rest of the neighborhood.
I also feel that this may be the opportunity for West Berkeley
to bring a positive force into the neighborhood. Is it possible
that the property could be rented out to a group that benefits
the arts, youth, or the elderly? Couldn't this city-owned property
be used in a way that will benefit the entire community and not
just the few residents who are living their for a few months at
My family and I have lived next door to this residence for the
last 5 years and I know firsthand that this transitional housing
unit brings with it many issues. I never suspected that a meth
lab was being run out of this building, but I did not know that
many of the individuals there used drugs, suffered from severe
mental illness, and had histories of incarceration. As a social
worker, I am committed to helping others and I commend non-profits
such as BOSS for the difficult work that they are carrying out
every day. However, as a resident of a neighborhood that is currently
plagued with many social issues including drugs and high crime,
I believe that is the city's responsibility to use this residence
in a way that will benefit West Berkeley and not contribute to
I would like to invite anyone who has an opinion about this issue
to contact me at (firstname.lastname@example.org/415-860-2843).
2244 9th Street
I wanted to write all of you because, as to be expected, there
is a great deal of concern over the recent occurences at the BOSS
House. First, I wanted to clear up a misunderstanding
that was going around in a recent email that I came across
about having the house ready for BOSS to go back in by January
1st. The date of January first was noted because this was
the date that they anticipated to have the house cleaned and inspected
and usable, but this does not mean that BOSS will be given the
OK to go back in there without any review, etc. I assure
everyone that before there are any plans made for the use of this
site, that there will be a public process and whatever is determined
to go into that site will definitely have the appropriate oversight
so that there are not anymore incidents such as this.
"Richmond parks and rec employee arrested
in gang sweep" reports
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Eighteen people, including
a Richmond parks and recreation employee, were arrested Thursday
in connection with a crackdown on a violent street gang in the
city, authorities said.
Kaisha Hill, 29, who works
as a juvenile group counselor with the parks department, was found
at a home on the 400 block of Eighth Street with a kilo of cocaine
and three guns, one of which was a MAC-11 automatic weapon, investigators
"Former IRA militant testifies in deportation
case" is a story
in the International Herald Tribune.
"A former IRA militant fighting deportation after 25 years
in the United States detailed on Thursday his legendary escape
from a Northern Ireland prison and underground entry into this
country with the help of sympathizers on both sides of the Atlantic.
But while the story of Pol
Brennan's unusual path from a tumultuous Belfast to a federal
immigrant detention center in South Texas is riveting, some of
the steps may weigh against him as he argues for political asylum
or permanent residency.
Brennan was serving a 16-year
sentence for transporting explosives and a revolver for the Irish
Republican Army in Belfast when he escaped. He denied being a
sworn member of the Catholic militant group, but said he did them
favors and probably delivered explosives for them a'out six times.
'I have supported the IRA
morally and sometimes actively," Brennan testified.
Brennan, 55, explained how Irish Republican sympathizers acquired
a false passport, birth certificate and plane ticket for him in
1984, one year after he and 37 other Republican prisoners escaped
from The Maze prison outside Belfast - at the time reputed to
be Europe's most secure.. . .
Brennan flew to New York and then on to San Francisco, where he
quickly settled in with a large Irish expatriate community. He
arrived under the alias Patrick Joseph Morgan, but obtained a
California driver's license and married his current wife in 1989
as Pol Morgan. He had also brought an American birth certificate
from Ireland in the name of Richard Earl Martin and used it later
to have a California court legally change his alias to Pol Morgan.
It was all working out for Brennan until 1993 when he applied
for a U.S. passport using the Richard Earl Martin birth certificate
and court documents showed his legal name change to Pol Morgan.
The FBI arrested him in Berkeley, California for fraud on a passport
application. A few days later they discovered Brennan's true identity
and past, as well as a .45-caliber pistol he bought under his
alias, another charge against him. That started a seven-year fight
against extradition, about four years of which Brennan spent in
jail as his various cases and appeals moved through the courts."
Want a Dickensian view of
urban 21st Century America? Watch "The Wire." It is
a raw view of our urban life, no diffierent here in Berkeley in-kind
from that of the featured Baltimore--only in-degree.
Check out these links for
"Bad air costing state's economy billions" is a story by Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment
"California has the
worst air in the country, and 20 million people living in the
dirtiest regions account for billions of dollars a year in economic
losses because of premature death, chronic illness, hospitalizations
and missed school and workdays, according to a new study."
"2.5 Trillion Dollars of CA Real Estate
at Risk: new UC report puts price tag on global warming damage" is a story at marketwatch.com.
"As collapsing domestic real estate values continue to fuel
a global financial crisis, a major new report from the University
of California, Berkeley (UCB) for the first time gives a comprehensive
overview of the long-term economic damages that threaten California
from climate change.
Taken together, real estate
and insurance represent the largest economic climate risk for
California, yet they are the least studied to date. The report
finds that the state has $4 trillion in real estate assets, of
which $2.5 trillion are at risk from extreme weather events, sea
level rise, and wildfires, with a projected annual price tag of
$300 million to $3.9 billion over this century, depending on how
warm the world gets."
"U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to
the Consumer" is
a report by Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times.
"The Treasury Department
on Wednesday officially abandoned the original strategy behind
its $700 billion effort to rescue the financial system, as administration
officials acknowledged that banks and financial institutions were
as unwilling as ever to lend to consumers."
"Bretton Woods Two"? is an opinion piece by Bridget Kendall, BBC
"A deep-seated global
crisis is often a chance to redraw the map, reflecting shifts
in the balance of power in different ways.
First, the crisis can confirm
or nudge ahead trends which seem to be happening anyway - like
the shift of power from Western to emerging Eastern players.
Second, it can put flesh
on reforms already in the air - like plans to overhaul the international
financial architecture to be discussed at this weekend's summit
being hosted by President Bush in Washington.
And third, there are the
instinctive emergency reactions, supposedly temporary, but which
can end up reshaping the global chessboard for years to come -
the hurried nationalisation of some Western banks, for instance,
or possibly Iceland's desperate bailout appeal to Russia - a Nato
member putting financial survival ahead of any security provisos.
Of course to draw firm conclusions
at this point, with the economic crisis far from over, is a risky
venture. But some patterns merit closer examination."
"Pioneering snapshots of distant planets
writes Suzanne Bohan of the Times.
"Two scientific teams,
which include Bay Area astronomers, pushed the boundaries of space
study with their first-ever photographs of planets in distant
Their work is reported today
in Science Express, which posts articles online prior to publication
in the journal Science.
One team, led by scientists
from the University of California, Berkeley, used an advanced
camera mounted on the Hubble Space Telescope to take the first
photos using visible light of a planet outside our solar system,
or an 'exoplanet.' "
"Berkeley's 900 Grayson worth finding"is a rave a review by Kathryn Jessup,Contra
Costa Times Correspondent.
"It's one of those restaurants
you could pass a million times and never know was there. 900 Grayson
has been on Grayson and 7th Street in West Berkeley for two years,
but the spot is a busy corridor that feeds onto Ashby Avenue near
the entrance to I-80, and most traffic speeds right by.
But pull over your car and enter the little red building, and
you'll discover an oasis of scrumptious breakfast and lunch fare.
Currently, the restaurant is only open during the day and it's
closed Sundays, but its owners, brothers Anthony and Chris Saulnier
and Joshua Pearl, recently secured permission from the city to
be open at night. They plan to begin offering dinner in 2009.
Saturday brunch the menu is full of classic American fare, all
with whimsical names. The Demon Lover, for instance, is a buttermilk
waffle topped with spicy buttermilk fried chicken and cream gravy.
It's a decadent dish that brings to mind the South. The Potter's
Creek breakfast consists of eggs, scrambled soft with flecks of
fresh herbs, deep golden hashed browns and Acme pan de mie toast.
But even at breakfast you'll find a few sophisticated touches,
as in the salad of thinly sliced Fuji apples with lemon-hazelnut
vinaigrette that accompanies an Emmenthal omelet."
Scrambled Eggs and Lox, May
opening day, April 2006
a reader from New Mexico
forwards an email
to my bank:
In view of what seems to be happening
internationally with banks at the
moment, I was wondering if you could advise me?
If one of my checks is returned marked
"insufficient funds," how do I
know whether that refers to me or to you?
"Hope and change" is a story by Rally Patapung in the Philippine
Daily Inquirer. "Growing up in Manila, I was cynical
of politics and politicians."
I've come up with a couple
more building projects now afoot in Potter Creek--the Bayer project
on the north-west corner of 7th and Dwight which is a warehouse
rebuild, and an interior remodel of a building on 7th and Carleton.
The reasons for the failure
of the 2700 San Pablo condo project are many. Here are a few.
Foremost, it is an uninspired design--on touring the project,
Kubik said it reminded him of a cheap apartment building, it's
in the middle of the drug and prostitution activity on San Pablo,
Claudia and Cameron were
also among the many locals eating and drinking at 900 GRAYSON
this week after the election
"Berkeley's first Latino council member
ready to serve"
is a very informative story by Kristin Bender of the Oakland
"Jesse Arreguin's interest
in politics and social justice began when he begged his mother
to let him stay home from first grade to see anti-apartheid activist
Nelson Mandela on television after his release from prison.
Arreguin was 6."
(see my 11/14 post about
Our Planet reports
"An argument over alcohol at the Marina Liquor store on 1265
University Ave. late Thursday night resulted in two Berkeley residents
being stabbed, authorities said. . . .
At 12:47 a.m. today (Friday),
the Berkeley Fire Department received a report of vehicles burning
close to a building on the 1800 block of Fairview Avenue, Deputy
Fire Chief Gil Dong said.
Dong said that when fire department officials reached the location,
they saw that the fire had caused severe damage to three vehicles. "
We need the city to implement
a proactive "Tag You Lose" program here, but there doesn't
seem to be the political will to get it done.
Key features of the program are:
Through the "Tag You Lose" program, graffiti vandals
can lose their drivers licenses for a year, be fined, and be required
to spend community service time cleaning up graffiti tags.
Vandals are caught with video surveillance & if the fines
are high enough combined with the value of the community
service, the city can use the financial windfall to pay for the
mobile HD cameras that we need to stop this crime against property.
When you consider that these mobile HD surveillance cameras can
also be leveraged to collect the evidence against the
WSB Nortenos and against the H20 Waterfront drug gang that is
difficult to obtain due to look outs on street corners, this
technology should be able to rapidly pay for itself. It's a win/win
for the city and the residents in West and South Berkeley.
San Jose, CA officers in charge of the "Tag You Lose"
SJPD Ofc. Eric Hove and SJPD Ofc. Mario Recinos. They can be reached
Following up on what I commented
on earlier regarding the Tag You Lose program, the parents
of offenders are also penalized.
Working with the Santa Clara County Cities Association, the City
is participating in "Tag You Lose," a county-wide program
to hold youth accountable for graffiti by suspending drivers'
licenses as punishment for the conviction of a graffiti offense.
The program will assign convicted taggers and their parents a
specific area to keep clean of graffiti for up to one year. The
program states "Tag You Lose...Do graffiti and lose your
drivers license, lose your weekends, and lose your money. It's
Toni Mester emails
Just a reminder to please
drop by for my
Harvest Jam and Cheese Tasting and Sale of Homemade Delicacies
A benefit for the Alameda County Community Food Bank
Saturday November 15 from 1- 5 PM
2431 Tenth Street near Dwight Way in Berkeley
Friends and family welcome
Original delicacies made from backyard fruit
Donation: half pints $5, *pints $10 or 2 for $15
and Kerr, Mason or Ball home canning jars
at 5 PM, the opened "testers" are discounted
Food Bank donation in memory of John Dennis
"The Arabian Nights"
is a mini-review from the Chronicle.
The ever-inventive Mary Zimmerman
('Metamorphoses,' 'Argonautika') and her Lookingglass Theatre
Company return to Berkeley Rep for the sixth time. Zimmerman applies
her transformative theatrical touch to another great body of ancient
tales, bringing to life some of the 1,001 stories told by the
young bride Scheherezade to save her life. Previews end Tuesday.
Opens Wednesday. Through Jan. 4. Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage,
2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949,
Libby--formerly of Foggy
Gulch and the French School--emails about my 900 GRAYSON opening
photo and more.
Oh, man! That picture makes
me realize just how much I miss Berkeley!
How's it going over there? Seattle is good so far!
"Money-savers: Best bargains in the arts
world" is a report
by the MediaNews staff.
During times of economic
hardship, the arts community gets hit with a double whammy. Not
only do arts groups lose key sources of funding, in terms of public
grants and private foundation gifts, but they lose
customers, too. Many of us are tightening our belts, and trips
to the theater, ballet or concert hall can be some of the first
things to wind up on the 'not this year' list.
But there are other options.
After all, a good night of
theater or music or a trip to a museum can take your mind off
the hard times. And it doesn't have to drain your wallet. From
discounted tickets to less-expensive, more simply staged productions,
there are plenty of bargains in the arts world. Here are some.
. . .
Berkeley's Jazzschool on
Addison Street offers more than a solid music education. Its intimate
nightclub and cafe hosts weekend concerts with top-flight Bay
Area and touring jazz musicians, most costing no more than $15-$20.
510-845-5373, 866-384-3060, www.jazzschool.com."
"Berkeley council approved $100,000 street
by Steven Finacom, Berkeley Historical Society.
street improvement program, approved by the City Council Nov.
7,1933, included some $100,000 in proposed paving and street construction
projects, the Berkeley Daily Gazette reported 75 years ago.
Key among them was construction
of a new street 'on the west side of the Southern Pacific right
of way between Rose Street and Shattuck Avenue, connecting Sutter
Street with the main arterials through Berkeley. This improvement
will cost $8,280. It is contemplated that the new street will
be the beginning of a new arterial to link Solano Avenue with
Shattuck Avenue. Traffic on the new street will be confined to
southbound vehicles.' This would appear to be the beginnings of
what is today the wide street that curves around the Safeway parking
lot in the north Shattuck neighborhood."
"Berkeley honors veterans" reports Doug Oakley of the Berkeley Voice.
"Berkeley Boy Scouts,
Cub Scouts, the local Lions Club and Mayor Tom Bates hosted a
Veterans Day celebration at Civic Center Park on Tuesday."
"Bears are spiraling - can they avoid drain?" asks Jake
Curtis, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"As Cal's opportunity
for a Rose Bowl berth, a national ranking or any other highfalutin
achievement vanished Saturday with its 34-21 loss to No. 23 Oregon
State, the issue now becomes the team's 2008 identity.
The Bears have lost two straight,
both times showing excellence on defense and limitations on offense,
and they desperately want to avoid the kind of collapse that scarred
the 2007 season.
'What happens to a lot of
teams is they sort of fall apart when they can't reach their goals,'
Cal cornerback Darian Hagan said."
"Theft of copper, metal on the rise around
the East Bay" is
a report by Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.
"Thefts of copper wire,
brass plumbing devices and steel tree protectors have cost the
city more than $200,000 in replacement costs this year, and Berkeley
is not alone.
Thefts of copper pipes and
wiring in high-development areas such as Fremont, Union City and
Newark have reached epidemic proportions, police said.
'These crimes not only impact
quality of life for city residents,' said William Rogers, Berkeley's
director of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 'they also come
at a huge cost to taxpayers, both in staff time to repair the
damage and in funding to replace the metal.'
Stealing such things as galvanized
pipe, copper wire, sewer covers, metal plaques, sculptures and
even copper cemetery urns is not new.
In the current economic climate,
however, it's on the rise, police and city officials said."
"Cal student turns vigilante to recover
stolen laptop" is
a story by Doug Oakley of our Times.
"In what police called
a rare occurrence, a UC Berkeley student went from victim to vigilante
this week after he chased and fought with four assailants who
punched him and stole his computer.
Of the approximately 50 strong-arm
robberies in Berkeley each month, the victims almost never fight
back, police say.
But an 18-year-old Cal man
did. And it's something UC police say is not a good idea."
"Obama election spurs race crimes around
Washington of the AP.
"Cross burnings. Schoolchildren
chanting 'Assassinate Obama.' Black figures hung from nooses.
Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.
Incidents around the country
referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection
glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn
racism that remains in America.
From California to Maine,
police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism
and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and
taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.
There have been 'hundreds'
of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark
Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty
Law Center, which monitors hate crimes."
Yesterday morning I received
by email, a pdf of the West-Berkeley Project Report from Berkeley
Planning. Leon Trotsky, a favorite revolutionary of mine, said
something like "A camel is a race-horse made by a committee."
The Project Report involved at least two committees, a commission,
and a department.
Last night, KQED-TV broadcast
a documentary on Cody's and Kepler's: essentially the demise of
the independent book store. But as important as their demise,
and certainly part of the cause, was the interwoven downfall of
leftist intellectual culture, a culture steeped in books, reading,
Curiously, the work made
no mention of Moe's Books. Moe's, a Berkeley institution that
developed serious used book sales and a store still thriving.
Ironically, it seemed the production almost was a celebration
of the independent era's end.
Of course Moe's was a used
store, and so, in my memory not quite legitimate, perhaps a product
of some sort of intellectual snobbery. Also, used stores became
more and more a competitive force as used and remaindered books
cut into new sales, making them unpopular with some new dealers.
I worked for Moe in the '70s
and '80s. Moe said he had just one good idea, "Pay a fair
price for used books," revolutionary in a time of used stores
that paid almost nothing.
But why is Moe's still around
and thriving. Well, they have a strong Internet presence that
includes their antiquarian books, and as a used store they set
their own "wholesale prices," but most important, many
employees are not transients but long-timers with a real interest
in, and commitment to, The Store. In my day, we felt it was ours.
And like the Ellington band,
it was hard to get into. How hard was it to become an employee,
really to become a family member? After my, in addition to selling
and buying, months of shit duty, like cleaning the basement-john
with a floor often encrusted with junkies' vomit, Moe tossed-out,
while passing me at the counter, "I'm beginning to believe
in you, Penndorf."
A motorcycle restorer from
Thank you for everything.
. . I also found your website and the glimpse of an interesting
and distant neighborhood. Wonderful.
"Villagers, Brick by Brick, Steal Complete
the St Petersburg Times. "Wanted: One missing Russian
church. Last seen in July. Reward for its return.
Orthodox officials in a central
Russian region say an abandoned church building that was to be
put back into use has been stolen by local villagers.
Orthodox priest Vitaly of
the Ivanovo-Voskresenskaya diocese says officials last saw the
two-story Church of Resurrection intact in late July. Sometime
in early October, however, people from the nearby
village of Komarovo, northeast of Moscow, dismantled the building,
Villagers apparently sold
it to a local businessman, one ruble (about 4 cents) per brick,
"Governor: Get ready for rising seas"
reports the Sacramento
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
on Friday ordered several state agencies to prepare a strategy
to help California cope with the effects of climate change on
the state's water supplies and coastline.
The executive order calls
for state offices to address the potential threat from rising
sea levels, coordinating with public and private organizations
at the local, regional and national level to develop a state Climate
Adaptation Strategy to address ways of coping with warming's effects
on water, the coast, infrastructure, biodiversity,
landscapes and public health."
"Oakland Council set to OK new code on
nepotism" is a story
by Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Oakland's City Council
will approve new rules Tuesday against nepotism and favoritism
in city hiring, replacing old rules that were vague and open to
The move comes as the FBI
and the city auditor are probing the hiring practices of fired
City Administrator Deborah Edgerly.
Mayor Ron Dellums terminated
Edgerly in July amid allegations she interfered in a police investigation
involving her nephew, a city parking meter repairman.
The new rules will require
city officials and supervisors to disclose all familial, romantic
or cohabitant relationships they have with other city employees
and prohibit city workers from being related to a direct supervisor."
our Geralyn emails
I'm in Hawaii one full day and I get my picture in the paper!
A hui hou!
full Star Bulletin photo
Eric of Foggy Gulch emails
We are delighted to be playing a rare Thursday evening gig at
the Bluegrass capital of the East Bay...McGrath's Pub in Alameda.
Time: 8PM - 10PM, November 20th
For the over 21 crowd only,
so leave your kids at home and come have a drink with us! We'll
be debuting four new songs, and playing all your favorites, too!
Foggy Gulch Band
our Tameka emails
Art Walk Open House
December 6-7, 2008
11 AM - 6 PM
2703 7th Street, Berkeley
ActivSpace is a community of artists and craftspeople in Berkeley
whose three floors of studios will be open for holiday gift-buying
directly from local artists. Visit the Art Walk Open House
to purchase presents for the winter holidays, weddings, birthdays,
or other special occasions, and you will be able to talk to the
artists about their creations: jewelry; paintings; fiber art;
glassware; engravings; photography; drawings; comic books; wedding
gowns; candles; soap; baby clothes; and other hand-made decorative
items to make someone happy.
December 6-7, 2008
11 AM to 6 PM
2703 7th Street, Berkeley (between Pardee and Carleton)
Tameka Lim 510-845-5000
"This techie loves to slam dunk" is a story by Gayatri Parameswaran at Daily
"Mumbai: When Naveen Shawn Sridhar is not busy making programs
for satellites on US defence projects, one is most likely to find
him at the local basketball courts around Berkeley, California."
"Public hearing to be held on proposed
Berkeley/Albany Ferry Terminal"
reports our Times.
"A public hearing will
be held tonight to take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact
Report Statement for the proposed Berkeley/Albany Ferry Terminal.
The Water Emergency Transportation
Authority is holding the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North
Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., to provide an overview
of the project, potential terminal locations, construction and
operation impacts, and proposed mitigation measures.
Comments also can be submitted
in writing before Dec. 31, said Shirley Douglas, transportation
The public hearing follows
the completion of the draft environmental impact report, which
was prepared over the last year and includes an evaluation of
environmental impacts of four potential ferry terminal sites.
Two sites are in the Berkeley Marina, one near the Doubletree
Hotel dock and one just south of the Berkeley pier. Another is
near the Albany-Berkeley city boundary at the foot of Gilman Street,
and the fourth is in Albany at the foot of Buchanan Street."
"Berkeley residents protest homeless facility"
by Doug Oakley in the
"The discovery of a
meth lab in a city-funded housing program has west Berkeley residents
fighting its potential return after the home was closed for toxic
Berkeley police arrested
47-year-old Todd McColmb July 19 after a search of his apartment
in the transitional housing home at 2240 9th Street turned up
"items consistent with a small clandestine meth lab,"
according to Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.
Items seized included scales,
acetone, mason jars, a crock pot with dried white residue in it,
and several boxes of cold medicine.
'All those items are well
known in our experience to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,'
Police were able to search
McColmb's residence, which is next door to a day care called the
Nia House Learning Center, because he was a person of interest
the same day in a drive-by shooting on 7th Street, Kusmiss said.
At the time, was on probation for an assault charge with a firearm
and had a restraining order against him, Kusmiss said."
"Woodward, Bernstein hold court in Walnut
Creek" is a story
by John Simerman of our Times.
"Nearly 35 years ago they methodically gumshoed a report
of a bungled Washington, D.C., burglary into the most storied
investigative feat in American journalism.
The details of the Watergate
break-in, campaign spying and sabotage directed from Nixon's White
House and the coverup that young Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
exposed took down a president. Their work - and Woodward's guidance
from the shadowy 'Deep Throat' - spawned a generation of eager
That same kind of investigation
has a future once news organizations figure out how to make it
pay, the former reporting duo known as "Woodstein" said
Monday at the Lesher Center for the Arts. During a rare appearance
together, they discussed journalism, Watergate, the Bush and Nixon
presidencies and the emotional unveiling of Deep Throat's identity
in a 2005 Vanity Fair story."
unprepared for effects of warming, report says" is a
report by Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer.
"Despite its tough goals to reduce greenhouse gases, California
is not prepared to deal with the flooding, coastal erosion and
loss of wildlife habitat that scientists are predicting in the
coming decades as a result of higher global temperatures, a new
Inundation of the coastal shoreline from accelerating sea-level
rise and storm surges threaten property, recreational activities
and wildlife enclaves, yet agencies are just starting to assess
these climate risks and inform local communities, said a study
released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California,
a nonprofit research group.
The report examines the state's
capability to provide water and electricity to the public as well
as protecting coastal resources, air quality, public health and
ecosystems in response to climate change and extreme weather events
such as wildfires. It is based on previous studies done by Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Davis and Scripps Institution
of Oceanography, among other researchers."
Officer Andrew Frankel PIO,
Arrest Made in Derby Street
This morning the Alameda
District Attorney's Office charged Desmen Riashem Lankford 24,
of Berkeley, with two
counts of murder in the September 18, 2008 shooting deaths of
Kelvin Davis (26) and
Kevin Parker (42) in the 1400 block of Derby Street.
At the time the charges were filed, Lankford was already in custody
at the Alameda
County Jail (North Oakland) stemming from an October 9th arrest
on weapons and parole
violation charges. Detectives later determined the weapon
he was found with was a
weapon used in the homicide.
Detectives believe there to be additional suspect(s) outstanding.
They are encouraging
members of the community to come forward with information relevant
investigation. Anyone with information should contact the
BPD Homicide Detail directly
at 981-5741. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call
the Bay Area Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Ofc Andrew Frankel #25
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Berkeley council member quitting at 88" report Carolyn
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Olds, 88, will serve
at her final City Council meeting tonight before handing over
the reins to her longtime aide, Susan Wengraf, who on Nov. 4 was
elected to replace her as the Berkeley Hills representative on
the nine-member council.
'I just decided that at age 88, it was time to get out,' Olds
said Monday. 'My hearing's starting to go. But I will say this:
I've never fallen asleep at a City Council meeting.'
Olds generally takes a moderate
approach to Berkeley politics, often siding with landlords during
her days on the rent board and frequently chiding her more liberal
colleagues for their forays into foreign policy. She was among
the council's most outspoken critics when it voted in January
to call the Marines 'unwelcome intruders' in Berkeley, and she
usually makes potholes, not world affairs, her priority."
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Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
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Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Our new Area
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