on a completely new
Potter Creek Association
We don't need one?
Potter Creek is too diverse
for one association?
One Potter Creek assocation
is one too many?
Potter Creek needs an association
not a political action group?
secret associations aren't
one member, one vote, democracy?
under the stake-holder system--a
Berkeley concept de jour, those who have more atstake have
one member, one vote, democracy?
oh, I asked that already.
more to follow
"UC is looking for alternate football site
during retrofit work"
is a story at CBS5.com.
"The University of California,
Berkeley is looking at all possible local venues for its home
games when it retrofits its football stadium sometime in the near
future, campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said today.
However, Mogulof said he
doesn't know if a UC Board of Regents committee discussed at a
closed meeting today the possibility of having the Cal team play
at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, which is where the San Francisco
"Stewartsville: George R. Stewart's Names
on the Land" by
Christine Smallwood appears in The Nation.
"In 1948, the year that Norman Mailer published The Naked
and the Dead and Dawn Powell released The Locusts Have No King,
an English professor at the University of California named George
Rippey Stewart published a novel called Fire. The story of an
imaginary blaze's path of destruction through Northern California
and the men who coordinate an attack to put it out, it closely
reworked a book he had written seven years earlier, Storm. It's
not much of a fire--'any old-timer could recall a score of greater
ones, and would only expect that the years to come would bring
many more'--yet the charred trees, imagined as victims of a plague
that spared adults and killed all the children, will have consequences
for the land that 'could be reckoned ahead in centuries.' "
my favorites from the "Fifty
things you might not know about Barack Obama" now being circulated
on the Internet
His name means 'one who is
blessed' in Swahili
His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini
He is left-handed - the sixth post-war president to be left-handed
He can speak Spanish
His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and
The Fugees< /SPAN>
He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his
His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The
He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg,
a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life
Merryll forwarded this.
"New Study Shows Time Spent Online Important
for Teen Development"
is a report from marketwatch.com.
"New research funded
by the MacArthur Foundation is the most extensive U.S. study of
teens' use of digital media
Results from the most extensive U.S. study on teens and their
use of digital media show that America's youth are developing
important social and technical skills online - often in ways adults
do not understand or value."
"Train exhibit a labor of love for Cal
professor" is a
story by Patricia Yollin, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"For his first Christmas,
Chip Sullivan got a steam locomotive. He still has it. The Lionel
classic, now part of a model railroad the 59-year-old UC Berkeley
professor built in his loft, is the inspiration for something
that combines his love of trains and art: a garden railway he
designed for the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers' new holiday
"Tree Huggers, Bible Thumpers Shed Tears,
Crack Wise" is a
S.F. stage review by Stephen West at bloomberg.com.
"'The Quality of Life,'
Jane Anderson's play about a conservative couple from Ohio who
visit their liberal relatives in Northern California, can't quite
decide whether it wants to be a lightweight comedy or a touching
In the staging at San Francisco's
American Conservatory Theater, Bill and Dinah are earnest, religious
and still grieving over the recent death of their daughter when
they travel west to visit Jeannette and Neil.
The California couple has
their own problems: A forest fire burned down their house in a
remote canyon, and they're living in a yurt and cooking their
meals outdoors. Neil, a distinguished anthropologist, has terminal
The schematic framework --
two straight arrows fighting their own culture war with two tree-hugging
free spirits -- seems worthy of a sitcom. Sometimes, the dialogue
sounds that way, too. When Neil wants to smoke some pot to relieve
his pain, Bill says he'll wait in the car.
'It's heirloom pot,' Jeannette
wisecracks. 'He can trace it back to what came over on the Mayflower.'
"U.C. Berkeley Global Venture Lab Unveils
Impact Analysis for Large-Scale Deployment of Electrical Vehicles
in California" is
a press release at prweb.com.
"The Global Venture Lab Technical Briefs are the preliminary
results of a new category of research projects
Our approach is to identify and examine meaningful challenges
-- with high social impact -- and the potential to not only create
new companies, but to create new industries. The Better Place
initiative, announced for California today, clearly fits these
With our world-class faculty
and students and our focus on the innovative design and engineering
of large and complex real world systems, the Industrial Engineering
and Operations Research department is uniquely positioned to be
the 'glue' that integrates multi-disciplinary expertise to address
the critical issues facing society in the 21st century.
U.C. Berkeley's Global Venture
Lab today unveiled early results of a study modeling the impact
of large-scale electric vehicle deployment in the Bay Area. This
announcement follows today's news from the California Governor's
office, the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, Better
Place of Palo Alto, the Bay Area Council, and the Silicon Valley
Leadership Group, announcing a public-private partnership for
California to lead the nation in switching from carbon-based transportation
to sustainable mobility based on clean electric vehicles."
"Better Place to Charge Up California:
The VC-backed Better Place plans to set up a network of electric-car
charging stations in the SF Bay Area, a $1 billion project that
can become reality by 2012"
by is a report at greentechmedia.com by Ucilia Wang and
"A mayoral trifecta
from the San Francisco Bay Area said Thursday that Better Place
will set up electric car charging stations throughout the region,
making California its first market in the country.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based
startup plans to set up stations in the next few years, readying
them for electric cars to arrive starting in 2012, said Shai Agassi,
founder of Better Place who has inked similar deals in Israel,
Denmark and Australia. Agassi estimates that the project will
cost about $1 billion.
Consumers will be able to
stop by those stations and swap out batteries, a model that Agassi
believes will make electric cars more appealing. Charging batteries
can take hours."
"Cost Plus celebrates 50 years" is a story by Eve Mitchell of the Times.
"Rose Brady came in looking for a back scratcher at the Cost
Plus World Market here, but left the store with items that included
peppermint bark candy and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds.
'Sometimes I come here to
browse and see what I can find. You can always find something,'
said the Antioch resident of the pioneer retailer, which is known
for its wide assortment of imported housewares, baskets, furniture,
soaps, foods, wines and other merchandise.
Oakland-based Cost Plus Inc.
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year just months after
rejecting an unsolicited bid to buy it in June from its much bigger
Fort Worth, Texas-based rival Pier 1, which also has its roots
in the Bay Area with the opening of its first store in San Mateo
While Cost Plus has an inspiring
retail story, the same can't be said for its more recent past.
Its stock price has decreased more than 90 percent in the past
three years, closing at $1.11 per share Friday. The celebration
of the retailer's golden anniversary comes at a time when the
company is getting back to its retail roots by selling more lower-priced
merchandise and less furniture.
The first Cost Plus store
opened on Oct. 23, 1958 on Taylor Street in the Fisherman's Wharf
area of San Francisco. The flagship store, which is still in the
original location, opened not long after company founder William
Amthor, a San Francisco furniture store owner with a passion for
traveling, started selling imported rattan furniture and baskets
from a pier."
"Bay Area home prices dive, sales soar"
writes Carolyn Said,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Against a background
of economic turmoil, Bay Area home sales soared and the median
price plummeted in October as buyers snapped up bargain foreclosures,
according to a real estate report released today.
A total of 5,624 resale homes
changed hands in the nine-county Bay Area in October, up 66.2
percent from a year ago, according to research firm MDA DataQuick
of San Diego. The median price fell to $375,000, down 45.3 percent
from $685,000 a year ago. Almost half of all existing homes sold
- 44.8 percent - had previously been foreclosed upon, compared
to just 8.2 percent a year ago."
"US faces kosher meat shortage" reports BBC News, New York.
"The Orthodox Jewish
community in the United States is facing a shortage of kosher
meat after the country's biggest producer was forced to halt operations.
In some communities shops
have been out of kosher beef for weeks.
LD Itzkowitz looks at his
meat counter and grimaces in resignation. The shelves at the KRM
grocery store in Brooklyn he manages are half empty, and prices
have increased by as much as 25%.
'We're scrambling. I don't
know how we're going to manage. There's a major shortage. Prices
have gone up astronomically because we've lost a major supplier,'
Early this month, Agriprocessor
in Postville, Iowa, filed for bankruptcy."
More than is good for you
about the US auto industry can by found archived on charlierose.com.
"US global dominance 'set to wane' " is a BBC story.
"US economic, military
and political dominance is likely to decline over the next two
decades, according to a new US intelligence report on global trends.
The National Intelligence
Council (NIC) predicts China, India and Russia will increasingly
challenge US influence.
It also says the dollar may no longer be the world's major currency,
and food and water shortages will fuel conflict."
Garad emails this NPR-story-link
Bad economies don't drive
people to become criminals. Max Anderson's commments (District
3) about the economy driving people to commit crime are not helpful
and are distracting from the real issues behind crime that residents
in Berkeley are struggling to cope with.
"Criminologists dismiss the myth that a
bad economy leads people to commit more crime. However, cutting
police budgets has been shown to lead to increases in crime" is a story by Laura Sullivan of NPR.
"Bad Economies Don't
Cause Crime Waves.
There are few outlaws in
the United States as famous as Bonnie and Clyde - a young couple,
with no jobs or prospects, driving across the country robbing
banks and killing police officers to make ends meet during the
It's an indelible image of
what people will do during desperate times. For a while, Bonnie
and Clyde were almost American heroes.
There's only one problem:
The Depression years had very little crime.
With the economy's current
troubles, many people assume a crime wave is just around the corner.
But criminologists say that's just an American myth.
Just look at the 1920s, says
David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention at
John Jay College of Criminal Studies.
'It was a period of booming
economic prosperity, the roaring '20s, and very high crime,' he
says. The 1950s and '60s were the same. The economy was great,
but crime rates rose every single year."
And Jarad emails another
link and comment
This Economist Magazine article
explains why graffiti is a gateway crime to to larger crimes that
are affecting our neighborhoods and how feet dragging on the problem
is making West Berkeley more attractive to criminals. It would
be nice if the city would acknowledge the scientific facts and
take a zero tolerance approach to crime down here. The idea that
graffiti-spraying and other forms of low-level delinquency promote
further bad behaviour has now been tested experimentally.
is now scientific proof behind the broken windows theory"
reports the Economist.
"A place that is covered
in graffiti and festooned with rubbish makes people feel uneasy.
And with good reason, according to a group of researchers in the
Netherlands. Kees Keizer and his colleagues at the University
of Groningen deliberately created such settings as a part of a
series of experiments designed to discover if signs of vandalism,
litter and low-level lawbreaking could change the way people behave.
They found that they could, by a lot: doubling the number who
are prepared to litter and steal.
The idea that observing disorder
can have a psychological effect on people has been around for
a while. In the late 1980s George Kelling, a former probation
officer who now works at Rutgers University, initiated what became
a vigorous campaign to remove graffiti from New York City's subway
system, which was followed by a reduction in petty crime. This
idea also underpinned the 'zero tolerance' which Rudy Giuliani
subsequently brought to the city's streets when he became mayor.
Many cities and communities
around the world now try to get on top of anti-social behaviour
as a way of deterring crime. But the idea remains a controversial
one, not least because it is often difficult to account for other
factors that could influence crime reduction, such as changes
in poverty levels, housing conditions and sentencing policy-even,
some people have argued, the removal of lead from petrol. An experimental
test of the 'broken windows theory', as Dr Kelling and his colleague
James Wilson later called the idea, is therefore long overdue.
And that is what Dr Keizer and his colleagues have provided.
"Bay Area, Northern California" are reviews by Tom Sietsma, Washington Post
"The Bay Area in Northern
California continues to produce some of the most interesting places
to eat in the country, but visitors who limit themselves to dining
in San Francisco should know what they're missing. Here's what
impressed me most on a recent tour of the region: . . . "
Enrico's Invite, emails Mal
The 50 Anniversary with Big
Money in Leftovers
Bring a pocket full of leftover turkey wings and cranberries---Big
Money in Jazz has been invited back to play for the big five-0ooooo
and it is on the night right after Thanksgiving---Friday
It's been 50 years since Enrico Banducci opened the joint and
still the best spot to hang out on Broadway. Although Encrico
the bucket a few months ago, his spirit still wafts through the
One of SF's top Cabaret singers is joining us, Veronica Klaus.
guitar will the most light headed musician to ever sprawl
sands of North Beach, the effervescent Ned Boynton. (Did you ever
him when he effer-vasn't?) Ned was the musical director of Enrico's
for many years. Trumpet genius Jim Gammon will bring his duck
drummer Carmen Cansino will play without shoes and Bassist Paul
will do his best to make the trombonist laugh---hey, that me!!!!
musicians may be sitting in for free drinks. Wear a Pilgrim suit
get a 10%discount on selected salads..
General Motors stock may be down to 3 but your stock will always
rising if you're standing on Enrico's patio downing a Mojito with
Walnut stuffing. This may be The New Year's Eve of baked
Yams. Make a
reservation right now.
"The End" is a story by Michael Lewis from National
Business News on portfolio.com.
"The era that defined
Wall Street is finally, officially over. Michael Lewis, who chronicled
its excess in Liar's Poker, returns to his old haunt to figure
out what went wrong.
To this day, the willingness of a Wall Street investment bank
to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars to dispense investment
advice to grownups remains a mystery to me. I was 24 years old,
with no experience of, or particular interest in, guessing which
stocks and bonds would rise and which would fall. The essential
function of Wall Street is to allocate capital-to decide who should
get it and who should not. Believe me when I tell you that I hadn't
the first clue."
"Best runs wild as defense ends Cardinal's
Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Cal's defense ended
the first half Saturday in Strawberry Canyon by stopping Stanford
power back Toby Gerhart on two runs from the 1-yard line."
"Berkeley Rep's 'Arabian Nights' a magical
night of theater" by
Pat Craig of our Times.
"There is a grand-slam,
winning-the-World-Series sort of exhilaration to seeing top-notch
theater performed by actors working at the peak of their game.
You could feel it Wednesday
night in the intermission buzz at Berkeley Repertory Theatre company's
production of Mary Zimmerman's 'The Arabian Nights,' a spectacular
retelling of the old '1,001 nights' tales staged so wonderfully
well that you feel somehow better off just to have been in the
theater that night."
"Harvey Milk's story finally hits big screen" is a story by Charlie McCollum of the San
Jose Mercury News.
"Veteran gay activist
Cleve Jones speaks often to college students - and when he does,
he brings up the name of Harvey Milk.
'Everywhere I go, I ask young
people, "Do you know who Harvey Milk was?" ' said Jones,
a former aide to the late San Francisco supervisor. If a few hands
go up in the audience, I'm pleased. Unfortunately, those are usually
the hands of the older professors in the room.
'Young people need to know
that - in fact - ordinary people can change the world.' "
"Downey Financial could be next bank casualty:Mortgage
losses have weakened the S & L to the point that there's little
hope it can win government bailout funds, observers say" reports E. Scott Reckard of the LA Times.
"Reeling from mortgage loan losses, Downey Financial Corp.
warned last week that its choices were stark: Raise capital or
risk a government takeover."
About 6:00 PM Saturday evening,
over a dozen teenagers were running, biking down 8th and vandalized
the driveway of this warehouse. When they saw me, some ran and
biked through French School parking lot. I called Berkeley PD
About 1:30 Sunday afternoon
someone stole some of our patio--more accurately driveway--furniture.
Ah, the Holidays approach
in Potter Creek.
Be vigilant during the upcoming
long Thanksgiving weekend.
My wife and I went out for
a walk about 6:00 pm Sunday evening. As we neared the
corner there was a prostitute there and I stopped to call the
police dispatcher. When she saw me with the phone and looking
at her she said " I'm going to have someone beat your ass!"
She then walked away and disappeared up a side street. My
wife and I continued our walk toward Dwight and there she was
walking toward us. She recognized us and immediately repeated
her threats saying there would be someone there in a minute to
beat my ass! I called the dispatcher again and an officer
was there immediately. We told him what had happened, but
by then she had disappeared again. I don't know what happened,
if anything, after that.
I assumed she called her pimp for protection.
It seems the prostitutes and pimps are raising the bar in our
ongoing struggle to protect our neighborhood!
Ofc Andrew Frankel
Cops Give Turkeys Not Tickets
Berkeley, California (Monday, November 24, 2008) On Tuesday,
November 25, 2008 at
6:00am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University
Police Department and members of the community will gather in
front of Old City hall to
continue a 24 year tradition.
This trifecta of civic-minded folks will assemble 250 food baskets
for distribution by
uniformed BPD and Parking Enforcement Officers. Each basket
will contain a turkey,
fresh produce, and enough canned and packaged food to feed approximately
A second batch of 250 baskets will be given out just before the
BPD and UCPD officers raised the funds used to purchase the turkey
baskets as part of
their annual "Turkey Ride." The Turkey Ride was
conceived in 1983 when three BPD
officers rode their bikes from Berkeley to South Lake Tahoe.
During the venture it was
decided that the ride could be used in future years as a fund
raising activity to help
struggling families during the holiday season.
2008 was a record fundraising year with almost $12,000 raised
by the riders. However,
the goals of this program couldn't have been met without significant
help from the
community. We would like to take this opportunity to thank
Safeway for their donation
of almost all of the turkeys and the Berkeley Rotary Club for
once again making a
Ofc Andrew Frankel #25, Public Information Officer (PIO) ,
Susan Brooks emails
Holiday Open Studio
Sawtooth Building 2547 Eighth Street, Studio 24a
(between Dwight & Parker) West Berkeley
November 29-30, December 6-7, 13-14, 20- 21
Also open 11-5 pm Thursdays
and by Appointment plus extra days during the week through the
(I will also be open Dec. 22-23 11-5 p.m. & Dec.24 11-2 p.m.)
New work Jewelry & Works
Earrings, Brooches, Rings, Necklaces, Drawings, Paintings
Please join me @ the studio During
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
A Free Self-Guided Tour of Artisan Workshops
100 handpicked artists & craftspeople open their
studios during this annual event, 30 in our building.
On November 18, 2008 I was honored by the City of Berkeley,
recognizing me for my career as a working artisan,
my work as co-founder of Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios,
and my work on behalf of the artisan community.
(if you'd like to see the proclamation from Mayor Tom Bates,
go to my website and click on the news/show link)
My work is included in the new book "Art Jewelry Today 2"
by Jeffery Snyder (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Out now. Take a look when you're at the studio.
Hope this finds you doing well.
2547 Eighth Street 24a
Berkeley, California 94710
burning banned as Spare the Air alert is issued" is a
Chronicle Staff Report.
"Indoor and outdoor
wood burning is banned in the Bay Area today and this evening
because of a Spare the Air alert issued by local air quality officials."
economist to head Obama economic council" is a report
"President-elect Obama plans to name Christina Romer, an
expert on tax cuts and recessions who is an economics professor
at the University of California at Berkeley, to chair his Council
of Economic Advisers, aides said."
"UC to review rehired but pensioned retirees" is a story by Tanya Schevitz, Chronicle
"The University of California
plans to review hundreds of double-dipping pensioners, many of
whom were rehired for their old jobs - occasionally at a higher
salary than before they retired.
The university's use of retirees
drew attention in April after UC Berkeley Police Chief Victoria
Harrison left with a lump sum $2.1 million retirement package
and then was immediately rehired for her old job - with a pay
"Few women at top in Silicon Valley"
is report by Andrew S.
Ross at sfgate.com
"Women in the top rungs
of California's major corporations are a rare breed. According
to a UC Davis survey, women comprised just 11 percent of directors
and senior executives in the state's 400 largest public companies.
Guess which California county ranks the worst? Santa Clara, home
to 'cutting edge' Silicon Valley."
"Bay Area tries to take lead on electric
cars" is another
"For years, electric
cars have lagged far down the list of driving choices. There were
only a few clunky models, the driving range was too short for
comfort, and recharging the heavy batteries was a hassle that
But within a few years, this
picture could change and the Bay Area along with it. A private
firm got a group-hug welcome from the mayors of Oakland, San Francisco
and San Jose for plans to spend up to $1 billion to put up a service
network to cater to a new generation of imports and Detroit-built
"Fireplace police on patrol; smoke can
draw fine" reports
Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer.
The fireplace police descended
on the Bay Area on Wednesday."
in Kansas anymore, Dorothy
"Budget ax falls on Berkeley job-training
program" is a report
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"The state budget ax
has fallen on a longtime Berkeley job-training and placement service
at a time when unemployment is at 7.1 percent in Alameda County
and 8 percent statewide.
After 34 years of providing
job training and placement services in Berkeley, Asians for Job
Opportunities in the Bay Area will close its doors at the end
of the week.
Executive Director Tony Leong
said his organization is a victim of state budget cuts."
"Bayer to pay $97.5M to settle kickback
probe" reports Matthew
Perrone of the AP.
German medical conglomerate Bayer will pay $97.5 million to settle
U.S. government allegations that it paid kickbacks to medical
suppliers to boost sales of its diabetes products.
The Justice Department said
Tuesday that the settlement resolves an investigation into whether
Bayer bribed 11 diabetic suppliers into switching patients to
its products from competitors' offerings."
"Family comes first at Berkeley bistro" is a story by Dave Newhouse of the Oakland
"There's something about
discovery that makes you feel important. You find a favorite restaurant,
resort or champagne, and it's exhilarating.
Nobody told you about it.
It wasn't advertised on TV, and you hadn't read about it. You
discovered it all by yourself, thereby making you feel like it's
That's my attitude about
Vanessa's Bistro in Berkeley. My wife and I were out for dinner
one night, looking for a new place on Solano Avenue. We spotted
a restaurant worth trying, but there wasn't a parking spot until
one appeared two blocks later in front of Vanessa's Bistro."
"Studying Abroad: Don't Forget Passport
or Purpose" is a
story by Kristie Kang at newuniversity.org.
"When you think about
what it means to study aboard, what comes to mind? Is it the historical
sites? Is it the foreign people and their customs? Or is it something
"Sudden oak death spreads to East Bay hills" report Ron Sullivan and Joe Eaton on sfgate.com.
"Two Octobers ago, Brice
McPherson went to Tilden Regional Park for his daughter's school
At the edge of the grassy
picnic area, he spotted coast live oaks that were exuding a dark,
viscous fluid. McPherson, a researcher with UC Berkeley's department
of environmental science, policy and management, had studied sudden
oak death in Marin County wildlands, and recognized the symptoms.
Testing confirmed that the oaks had indeed been infected by the
pathogen Phytophtora ramorum, the organism that causes the disease.
SOD had established a beachhead
in the Berkeley hills."
"A Berkeley Museum Wrapped in Honeycomb" is a story in the New York Times.
"I have no idea whether,
in this dismal economic climate, the University of California
will find the money to build its new art museum here. But if it
fails, it will be a blow to those of us who champion provocative
architecture in the United States.
Designed by the Japanese
architect Toyo Ito, the three-story structure suggests an intoxicating
architectural dance in which the push and pull between solitude
and intimacy, stillness and motion, art and viewer never ends.
Its contoured galleries, whose honeycomb pattern seems to be straining
to contain an untamed world, would make it a magical place to
"State high court opens door for prosecuting
some medical pot suppliers"
is a report by Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Someone who supplies
marijuana to a patient who has a doctor's approval for it can
be prosecuted for drug-dealing, the state Supreme Court ruled
today in a narrow interpretation of California's medical marijuana
Ofc Frankel emails
Berkeley Police Awarded Driving
Under Influence Grant by State Office of Traffic Saftey.
The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is set to
begin a yearlong anti-Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program
aimed at preventing
deaths and injuries on Berkeley streets. The program comes
as the result of a recent
$174,846 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety
through the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The Berkeley Police Department is dedicated to keeping
our streets safe through both
traffic enforcement and education," said Chief Douglas
Hambleton. "This grant will allow
us to continue to focus extra energy and resources on impaired
The grant will assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons
killed and injured in
alcohol and other drug related collisions. The Department
will use the grant to
specifically target impaired drivers, as well as educate the public
on the dangers of
impaired driving. This will be done through the use of DUI/driver's
warrant searches and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation
patrols, and court
stings where DUI offenders with suspended or revoked drivers licenses
try to drive a car
immediately after leaving court.
"Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills and injures
thousands every year in
California," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the
Office of Traffic Safety. "This
grant will help get drunk drivers off the roadways of Berkeley
making it safer for
Officer Andrew Frankel, #25, Public Information
Officer (PIO), (510) 981-5881
BPD officers have been stopping
and questioning individuals several nights this week in Potter
Creek on San Pablo Ave.
There was an injury vehicle
accident Tuesday night around 6:00 PM in front of ActiveSpace.
Both BPD and BFD responded. Injuries were not serious.
Golden Gate Fields Owner Hires Leading Bankruptcy Lawyers"
reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
"Magna Entertainment, the endangered parent of Albany's Golden
Gate Fields, has hired a bankruptcy lawyer and is surviving on
"Solar power gaining converts in Bay Area"
is a story by George
Raine, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Solar power accounts
for less than one percent of California's energy resources, but
Bay Area residents are buying systems in increasing numbers, which
is good news for the environment and the solar industry, advocates
Statewide, Californians have
more than 60 percent of the nation's solar installations, and
more than 66 percent of the state's solar applications are in
Northern California, according to a report released today by the
Northern California Solar Energy Association, a nonprofit advocacy
"Invention: Microscopic Bio-Robot Slaves:'Biobots'
May Become Stripped-Down Versions of Bacteria" by Justin Mullins is a report on abcnews.com.
"Shrinking robots allows them to carry out ever more delicate
tasks. But even the smallest built so far are too big to be able
to, say, imprint microscopic, or even nanoscale, patterns onto
Potentially fatal to humans,
contracted when contaminated meat is cooked inadequately.
E. Coli such as these could
be engineered to perform certain tasks on a tiny scale.
Now Jan Liphardt, a physicist at the University of California,
Berkeley, and colleagues, say it may be possible to create new
species of slave bacteria to do the job instead."
"Romer Joins a Crowd of Strong Voices as
Chair of Council of Economic Advisers" by Kelly Evans and Brenda Cronin is at online.ws.
"Christina Romer, the
Berkeley economist named by President-elect Barack Obama to be
chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, will face a tough challenge
asserting influence amid the administration's forceful economic
"Penn's portrayal helps 'Milk' soar. A
crowd-pleasing mix of humor and pathos, joy and sadness, Milk's
story leaves you appreciating the man and his accomplishments
- and feeling lucky to be living in the Bay Area" is a review by Barry Caine, Oakland Tribune.
"The past is never far
away. Consider the 1970s, which seem like they happened only yesterday.
Earlier this month, it was nearly impossible to escape the tragic
memories of Jonestown. Now, "Milk" arrives in the wake
of controversy over Proposition 8, reminding us yet again of San
Francisco's history as a hub for social change.
Sensitively directed by Gus
Van Sant, 'Milk' is a moving biopic about the late Harvey Milk,
who, in 1977, became the first openly gay man elected to a major
public office in the United States.
As the late gay activist,
Sean Penn is the perfect actor in the perfect role. Revealing
his tender side for the first time since 'I Am Sam,' he delivers
an Oscar-caliber performance. Penn (wearing a prosthesis that
elongates his nose) imbues the charismatic Milk with warmth, wit
and vulnerability which, combined with the compassionate Van Sant
at the helm, lends the film an intimacy lacking in other biopics.
Given 'Milk's' personal, social and political complexities, that
closeness comes as a surprise."
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I noticed yesterday morning
that the sculpture is now up at the west-end of our bicycle bridge.
Together with the one at the east-end they visually anchor the
bridge-arch, a pleasure to the eye. But strangely, the sculpture
are reminiscent of Socialist and National Socialist Realism, an
art of melodrama, of workers and soldiers at the ready, filled
with confidence, eager to do the work of The State.
I find it ironic that the
style of the sculpture at the gateway of our "liberal"
community is reminiscent of that of the two great Twentieth Century
"Even if You Can't Buy It, Happiness Is
Big Business" reports
Heidi Schumann in The New York Times.
"The stock market has
been on a roller coaster, banks are going under, unemployment
is skyrocketing, and foreclosed homes pepper the landscape. What
better time for a happiness conference?
In this dopamine-laden city,
where the pursuit of well-being is something of a high art, a
motley array of scientists, philosophers, doctors, psychologists,
navel-gazing Googlers and Tibetan Buddhists addressed the latest
findings on the science of human happiness - or eudaemonia, the
classical Greek term for human flourishing.
Planned before the current
crises, the first American 'Happiness and Its Causes' conference
was equal parts Aristotle and Oprah. It brought together heavy
hitters like Paul Ekman, the psychologist known for deciphering
facial 'microexpressions' that reveal feelings, and Robert Sapolsky,
the Stanford biologist. They considered topics
like 'Compassion and the Pursuit of Happiness' and 'Why Zebras
Don't Get Ulcers.' "
"Berkeley shop adapts bikes for any disability" is a story by Scott Ostler, Chronicle Staff
"Cast your memory back
to the age of 5 or 6, when
your adult helper let go and you wobbled off on your first solo
What was that incredible
But what if that freedom
was never available to you?
A woman named Meida recently
contacted the Adaptive Cycling Center at Berkeley's Aquatic Park.
The weathered wooden building is known to regulars as the BORP
bike house, as in the Bay Area Outreach &
Meida explained that she
was born without arms and wanted to ride a bike. She had ridden
tandem but hoped to ride alone. She dreamed of someday riding
across the Golden Gate Bridge.The problem: Cycles are factory-made
for people with a wide variety of physical disabilities, but there
is no solo bike made for a person with no use of her arms.
The problem with that problem:
Greg Milano, BORP director of cycling and the man who dreamed
up the concept of the Adaptive Cycling Center, doesn't see problems
as problems.Milano and Martin Greiner, one of the bike house's
30 or so regular volunteers, went to work. They pondered, puttered
and pounded, and pieced together a three-wheeled bike on which
the rider performs all functions - pedaling, braking, turning,
gear-shifting - with her legs.
Meida came to the Cycling
Center and rode off down the trail with friends.
"Berkelely's Laurie Lewis takes the Freight
& Salvage stage for her annual holiday show" is a story by Derk Richardson, special to
"She wasn't a headliner
like Alison Krauss and Robert Plant or Steve Earle or Emmylou
Harris, but Laurie Lewis sure got her licks in at Hardly Strictly
Bluegrass 8 this past October. After playing a set as Laurie Lewis
and Friends on the big Banjo Stage just before noon on Saturday,
the Berkeley singer and multi-instrumentalist drifted over
to the Rooster Stage and, in the late afternoon sunlight, joined
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Woman.
She returned to the Banjo
Stage on Sunday afternoon to perform with bluegrass legend Ralph
"How Berkeley's Bank could help fight climate
change" is a report
by Joel Hagan at the UK's telegraph.com.
"Berkeley in California
is issuing loans to property-owners who install solar power systems.
Paid off through taxes, the cost remains with the property so
that whoever lives in it pays off the loan and receives the benefit"
"The worst-case scenario goes something
like this: With banks unwilling to refinance, a shopping center
goes into foreclosure"
is an AP story at google.com.
Nobody can buy the mall because
banks won't write mortgages as long as investors won't purchase
"Credit markets have
seized up," corporate securities lawyer Michael Gambro said.
'People are not willing to take risks. They're not buying anything.'
That drives down investments
already on the books. Insurance companies are seeing their stock
prices fall on fears they are too invested in commercial mortgages.
'The system has never been
tested for a deep recession,' said Ken Rosen, a real estate hedge
fund manager and University of California at Berkeley professor
of real estate economics."
Last week our Ofc Andrew
Frankel, PIO, BPD helped distribute holiday-food to the needy,
a decades old Berkeley Police Department tradition--it was reported
"I saw that Officer
Frankel on TV" a female reader said to me and then gushed
"He's really cute!"
"Where the wild things were" is a story by Andrew Beahrs in the International
"In 1879, a homesick
Mark Twain sat in an Italian hotel room and wrote a long fantasy
menu of all his favorite
American foods. The menu began as a joke, with Twain describing
the 80-dish spread as a "modest, private affair" that
he wanted all to himself.
But it reads today as a window
into a great change in American life - the gradual, widespread
disappearance of wild foods from the nation's tables.
Twain listed cranberry sauce,
"Thanksgiving style" roast turkey and the celery essential
to poultry stuffing. But he surrounded these traditional holiday
dishes with roast wild turkey, frogs and woodcock.
Along with hot biscuits,
broiled chicken and stewed tomatoes, Twain wanted turtle soup,
possum and canvasback ducks fattened by Chesapeake Bay wild celery.
In Twain's day, New York City markets still sold raccoon, a profusion
of wild ducks and bear. From Delmonico's restaurant to hunters'
homes, the nation's tables held an
easy blend of wild and cultivated foods."
"S.F. food policy heading in a healthy
direction" is a
story by Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"San Francisco's food
policy - proposed by the mayor earlier this year as a way to bring
healthy, sustainable meals from regional farms to city residents
- is morphing into what will likely be a series of proposals that
could someday change the way the entire Bay Area eats.
The policy, which should
be ready early next year, also could expand beyond food to include
new rural-urban partnerships for alternative-energy production
and water conservation.
The city's first formal food
policy doesn't exist yet, but food experts from all over California
have been meeting this month and last to brainstorm ideas for
connecting the Bay Area to its regional 'foodshed' - which is
the 100- to 200-mile radius of farmland around San Francisco."
"Experts offer tips to survive riding in
the rain" is a report
by Craig Hill of the Times.
"Whether riding for
fitness or commuting, the bike doesn't have to stay in the garage
during the cold and rainy seasons. But cyclists who hit the road
need to prepare for the outdoor conditions during the fall and
Here are some tips for riding
in the winter from cycling experts Carla Gramich, touring captain
for the Tacoma, Wash., Wheelmen Bicycle Club, Chuck Ayers, executive
director of Cascade Bicycle Club, Carol Davis, president of the
Tacoma Wheelmen and cycling advocate Bob Myrick."
"Keeping alive California's Chinese legacy" is a story by Linda Davis at insiderbayarea.com.
"It wasn't enough to
pen a book on Marysville's Chinatown, the last remaining active
Chinatown from California's Gold Rush.
Piedmonter Brian Tom also
realized a lifelong dream of establishing a Chinese-American Museum
in Marysville, after years of collecting photos, memorabilia and
research about the Chinese legacy in those
The Chinese-American Museum
of Northern California opened in March, 2007 and is open the first
Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. It contains over 500
items on display, including 200 photos gleaned from Tom's family,
other pioneering Marysville Chinese families, the Yuba County
Library and other sources.
(Arcadia Publishing, $19.99) by Brian Tom and Lawrence Tom, was
released last month as another in Arcadia's 'Images of America'
"Frances Dinkelspiel, author of 'Towers
of Gold'" is a review
and more by Jesse Hamlin, Chronicle Staff Writer.
grew up with the vague knowledge that her great-great-grandfather
had something to do with Wells Fargo Bank. But she didn't learn
how crucial Isaias Hellman had been to the growth of California
- its banking, oil, transportation and wine industries, its universities
and synagogues - until she began rummaging through his files at
the California Historical Society eight years ago.
'What I discovered was a
great untold story,' says Dinkelspiel, who tells that tale in
her rich new book, 'Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named
Isaias Hellman Created California.' The subtitle sounds a bit
hyperbolic until you read about the extraordinary achievements
of the man who came to the dusty little pueblo of Los Angeles
in 1859 at age 16 with nothing but dreams. A smart, conservative
and hardworking gent, he made a fortune and became the Golden
State's greatest financier in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."
"Leslie A. Margolin: Promoting healthier
ways of reaching consensus"
is an appreciation by Lisa Girion on latimes.com.
"The president of Anthem
Blue Cross of California believes 'answers lie in trying to bring
people with diverse backgrounds and diverse interests together
and focus on what they have in common.' "
"You can qualify for mortgage, it's just
Marni Leff Kottle at sfgate.com.
"There is something
that mortgage lenders want Bay Area home buyers to know: They
are open for business.
"While it is certainly harder to get a loan today than it
was two years ago, lenders say it's far from impossible for would-be
borrowers with the right credentials. In fact many in the industry
praise the return to normal, where loan candidates are required
to prove they can pay back the money they borrow."
A couple months ago, Don
Yost while explaining the"credit crunch," said that
if you wanted to buy a home for yourself you could still get a
mortgage, though it is harder to qualify. Those who couldn't get
financing are residential developers.
Our Morgan Smith observed
of the apparently still healthy development in Potter Creek, the
fifteen-or-so building projects just finished or on-going. "Let's
see what happens in the next six months. Most of these projects
were alreadty started."
"The Future of Trains in Solving California's
Transportation Problems and the Larger Picture" writes David M. Greenwald at californiaprogressreport.com.
"There was an interesting
note in the Davis Enterprise last week about the rising Capitol
Corridor ridership. Ridership jumped by nearly 20% over this time
last year. Truth is, it's the 10th consecutive year that ridership
"Harvard's loss becomes Obama administration's
gain" in Campus
Insider by Tracy Jan and Peter Schworm in the "Boston
"Harvard passed her
over. Now six months later, Christina Romer is headed to the White
President-elect Obama tapped
the University of California at Berkeley economist to head his
Council of Economic Advisers last week. Some observers saw the
appointment as a victory for Romer over those at Harvard - specifically
President Drew Faust - who apparently had deemed her unworthy.
In a rare move, Faust denied
Romer's bid for a tenured position last May despite approval from
the economics department. Faust has declined to comment on the
move, but the blogosphere is still buzzing about the mysterious,'inexplicable
"Harvard's first female
president rejects female economist for department which has reputation
for being anti-female,' Richard Bradley, adjunct professor of
journalism at Columbia, writes on his blog, 'Shots in the Dark.'
'Economist is then chosen for important White House job, making
Harvard look silly at best.' "
from my log
11/21/08--1:12 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, raw throat,
cough, eyes smart, heavy air, "burning gas" and "chlorine/bleach"
odor, specially bad IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, effects
similar to swimming in pool with too much chlorine. Man standing
in driveway a few minutes, with apparent frustration rubbing watery
eyes. 11/23/08--3:00 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse
and in warehouse front, light head, dry eyes, mouth, slight "chlorine/bleach
smell. Guest has dry eyes, lips, runny nose.11/23/08--8:05 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, use mask.11/24/08--7:00AM--irritant in
warehouse, slight "chlorine/bleach" odor, air "dry."
8:32 AM--irritant in warehouse, short breath. 12:46 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, wear mask. 11/28/08--8:50 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
"heavy" air, dry eyes, dry mouth, light head. 11/30/08--9:21
AM--irritant in front room, light head, leave.
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