here, after 11/17 here
So, . . . in keeping with
the culture of change in west-Berkeley and understanding that
harmony would be refreshing, I offer the Lipofsky/Penndorf Plan--the
Projected on a cleared acre,
every few days the laser image changes, so pleasing all. A few
days of high-end mixed-use followed by an acre of park with childrens'
play ground, trees, paths and then a low income artisan and manufactures'
time followed by some days of just residence, and, of course,
a bio-tech park with 90 foot buildings. But it's not real? Is
the west-Berkeley Plan?
And, in keeping with Berkeley's
innovative thought and action we introduce, shortly, the Lipofsky/Penndorf
Laser-Mayor--a mayor neutral product.
After we complete the Lipofsky/Penndorf
Laser-Mayor project, we will launch our much anticipate Virtual-Activist.
We hope at the same time to release the less anticipated Laser-Realtor,
and issue both in a two-for-one package.
A couple of Sundays ago,
during Lipofsky and my outlining the development plan which bears
our names, I noticed Marvin had on one of those nifty baseball
caps with the beak in the front. I've been looking for one of
the old-fashion caps but all I see are those with beaks in the
back. Can anyone let me know where to get the older caps?
While searching for origin
of the quote "I could never be a socialist, they have too
many night meetings" I coincidentally found this pdf/html
"'The Ten Commandments If Moses Had Been An Infill Developer',
Patrick Kennedy, Berkeley, Cal"
Don't always agree with the
SOB but I love his style.
Go the html
page and click on the pdf link. His pdf's worth a look.
Of coincidences on 10/25
Of course, I learned early
on from Mary Baker Eddy and later from Berkeley '60s psychedelics
that there are no coincidences.
According to Kennedy it was
Whatever you think of Patrick
Kennedy, giv 'um that he has had perfect timing. Kennedy got out
of real estate at "the absolute right moment." But did
he make any money? I'm told he paid our city millions in taxes.
In his pdf, Patrick quotes
a report from Patrick Killelea--for Kennedy's pdf go his html
page and click on the pdf link.
Here is a link to essential
the same Killelea report.
"US Housing Crash Continues:It's Still
A Terrible Time To Buy"
writes Patrick Killelea. "Falling House Prices Are The Solution,
Not The Problem ,
1. House prices will keep
falling in most places because those prices are still dangerously
high compared to incomes and rents. Banks say a safe mortgage
is a maximum of 3 times the buyer's yearly income with 20% downpayment.
Landlords say a safe price is a maximum of 15 times the house's
yearly rent. Yet on the coasts, both those safety rules are still
being violated. Buyers are still borrowing 6 times their income
and putting only 3% down, and sellers are still asking 30 times
annual rent, even after recent price declines. Renting is a cash
business that reflects what people can really pay based on their
salary, not how much they can borrow. Salaries and rents prove
that prices will keep falling for a long time. Anyone who bought
a 'bargain' this time last year is already sitting on a very painful
Here is a link to Killelea's
On about the same subject,
when talking to Don Yost a few weeks ago I said that the old normal
is "they built too much housing" and the new normal
is "housing is too expensive."
From Patrick Kenndey's The
Ten Commandments if Moses Had Been An Infill Developer.
5. Encourage mixed-use projects,
and allow them in areas zoned for commercial-use only.
"Why undertake such
Because they intensify the richness of living, enhance people's
experience, and create easy access to a nearly inexhaustible variety
Mixed use developments are designed at a human scale, and represent
positive attempt by the development community to achieve the public
keeping central cities alive and making cities a living organism"
Edmund Bacon, Philadelphia Planning Dept. Dir. (ret.)
8. Identify the existing
successes in the designated area a landmark, institution,
or local hot spot and build around that.
Came From Berkeley" an informal history of Our Town we
"In 1971, following
'the first radical take over of city government' the new city
council refused to pledge allegiance to the flag. The council
was soon spending more time on Vietnam and Racism in Rhodesia
. . .
How did Berkeley switch from
a culturally liberal city with a Republican dominated government
to a city run by liberals and radicals? . . .
Race had a lot to do with
it . . . [and] lowering the voting age . . . also had a lot to
do with it. . . .
Radicals . . . made the war
a make-or-break issue. The shift from liberal pro-war Democrats
to antiwar radicals proved as profound as the early shift from
Republicans to liberal Democrats. . . .
The second major victory
came quickly. In 1971, the radicals won four major seats on the
council . . . with the election of Loni Hancock, D'Armey Bailey,
and Ira Simmons . . . to the council, and Warren Widner as mayor.
. . . eighty-nine officers
quit the police force in disgust in 1971 and 1972 as radicals
demanded 'community control' of the police. . . .
'The years between 1971 and
1973 were the most difficult years on the city council' [Hancock]
wrote 'maybe the most difficult years of my life.'
But the progressives became
the establishment. Since the '70s they have either dominated the
council or traded off with slates of moderate Democrats. . . "
Whoa, 38 years in power.
After all those decades do you get too comfortable?
Time for change? RP
The mob behavior of the Insurrection
and its radical remnants remain active in Berkeley today. In disruptive
behavior at meetings, confrontational politics, street hooliganism.
This behavior, I would submit,
is tolerated or even unconsciously approved of by our Establishment,
whose cultural roots are themselves in the Insurrection.
We lost, time to get over
it, not to obsessively relive and relive and relive it. Trying,
as if it were a failed marriage, to make it ok, to make it right.
And also in "It
Came From Berkeley" Dave Weinstein writes "[In]
1905 . . . August Vollmer--a Marine veteran of the Spanish American
War's bloody Philippines campaign, and a town firefighter--was
elected marshal. . . .
Although he claimed to have
no education, education is what he based his policing on. That,
plus technology, and science--and sometimes pseudo-science. By
1906, Berkeley had its first bicycle patrol, a centralized record
system that tracked criminals' modi operandi, and a system of
electric lights spaced throughout town to communicate with officers.
It was said to be the first electric communications system in
By 1913, Berkeley had the
earliest all-motorized police department in the nation, and by
1919, the city equipped some of its cars with radios, In 1915,
Berkeley had its own crime detection lab. . . .
'Crimonologists know that
a policeman's energies should be devoted to removing causes of
crime, not to pursuing crimials,' Vollmer said. . . .' We must
deal with the child in the early and plastic period of his life
when his attitudes, his religion, social and personal ideals are
being developed.' Vollmer sent police women into Berkeley schools
to inculcate the young. . . .
One of the first lie detectors
was developed in Berkeley by John A Larsen, a PhD in physiology
whom Vollmer brought into the department. The machine was improved
in 1920 by Leonarde Keeler, . . .
'The Keeler Polygraph' became
one of the most used in the country, and Keeler became a leading
criminologist. . . .
Vollmer opposed capital punishment
and treated panhandlers leniently. . . . He also believed in free
speech, backing the YMCA's decision to open its meeting rooms
to every one, even Communists, a philosophy he had no truck with.
. . .
By 1924, according to Colliers
magazine, Vollmer was 'the most famous policeman in the world.'
The more I read about the
history of Berkeley, the more I'm coming to the conclusion that
we are just now coming out of a forty-year dark age and that we
are being led out by. . . arrgh, Da Boz.RP
The last issue of our Planet
has the story "Schwartz's
'Berkeley 1900' Celebrates 10th Birthday"
by Ken Bullock.
What a coincidence, on 10/11
Some "picture books"
about Our Town worth checking out are; "Berkeley
Postcard History" by Wendy Markel, "Berkeley
1900" by Richard Schwartz and Sandra Bruch, "Jews
of Oakland and Berkeley" by Frederick Isaac, and"It
Came From Berkeley" by David Weinstein.
Of course, I learned early
on from Mary Baker Eddy and later from Berkeley '60s psychedelics
that there are no coincidences.
And on 10/22 I posted
Last issue of the East
Bay Express has
a story about Our Town by David Weinstein, author of "It
Came From Berkeley."
I guess the staff reads Scrambled
Eggs--or not. Hell, and I thought the Express was just an alternate-lifestyle
A Berkeley Barb columnist
wrote in the '60s "One only gets a sense of Berkeley by leaving
it. . . . Here, because our world is narrow and because we find
people who understand us, we get into the habit of thinking there
are more of us than there really are . . . The fact is that Berkeley
people are not even the majority in Berkeley." From the Introduction
Came From Berkeley."
"Medical marijuana is an insult to our
the washington post.
"The Justice Department
says it's backing off the prosecution of people who smoke pot
or sell it in compliance with state laws that permit 'medical
marijuana.' Attorney General Eric Holder says 'it will not be
a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with
serious illnesses or their caregivers.' Party hardy! I mean --
let the healing begin!
I don't think the federal
government should be spending a whole lot of time on small-time
druggies, and I'm undecided about legalizing pot, which enjoys
44 percent support among the general public, according to a recent
poll. Recreational use is not the wisest thing -- and if my 12-year-old
son is reading this, that means you! -- but it's no more harmful
than other drugs (e.g., alcohol) and impossible to eradicate.
On the other hand, I worry it's a gateway to harder stuff. So
I think we probably should have an open debate about decriminalization.
But it should be a real debate,
about real decriminalization, and not clouded -- pardon the expression
-- by hokum about 'medical marijuana.' To the extent it puts the
attorney general's imprimatur on the notion that people are getting
pot from 'caregivers' to deal 'with serious illnesses' -- as opposed
to growing their own or flocking to "dispensaries" just
to get high -- the Justice Department's move is not so constructive."
had its Halloween Parade
are Aengus McGiffin's photo pages of the parade. Angus' daughter
goes to the French School and as a child Angus went to the French
School in the city. Angus works for Potter Creek's Professional
and from last week, a Halloween
at Marsha's law office
"Black Oak Books Buys West Berkeley Home" is a story by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"The bookstore, which
closed in May after more than two decades on Shattuck Avenue in
North Berkeley, has announced plans to reopen at the former Rountree's
nightclub at 2618 San Pablo Ave., converting the space into a
combined bookstore and performance venue."
"John Walsh, host of 'America's Most Wanted,'
films in Berkeley"
by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"It takes dozens of
television crew members, even more cameras, a catered lunch spread
and a few touch-ups of John Walsh's hair and makeup to nail a
30-second introduction for an "America's Most Wanted"
story on a Berkeley homicide and ensuing police chase and crash
that killed two uninvolved men in Oakland in May. . . .
After Davis' evening slaying,
a seven-minute high-speed police chase into Oakland ended when
the driver of the getaway car, a tan Cadillac, ran a stop sign,
hitting a Mazda driven by Todd Perea, 27, of Brentwood, and pedestrian
Floyd Ross, 41, of Berkeley. Perea and Ross were killed.
Stephon Anthony, 22, of San
Leandro, who is accused of driving the getaway car, and Anthony
Price, 26, of Oakland, were arrested at the crash scene. Samuel
Flowers, 21, of Oakland, was arrested in Florida on unrelated
charges a few weeks
later and brought back to the Bay Area. The three men have been
charged with three counts each of capital murder and remain jailed
A fourth suspect, Rafael
Campbell, 27, of Oakland, remains at large, but 'America's Most
Wanted' aims to change that, Walsh said. . . .
'I'm sorry to meet you under
these circumstances,' Walsh said to Davis' mother, Corinne Davis,
of Berkeley. 'You are now part of the same club that I belong
Walsh's son Adam was abducted
from a department store in Florida and murdered in 1981. Last
year authorities named late serial killer Ottis Toole as Adam's
killer. Walsh, 63, said he will continue to host the show as long
as his health holds up and people keep watching.
Walsh stood on the sidewalk
and talked with Corinne Davis and a handful of other family members
before starting the arduous process of recording the story's introduction.
Walsh greeted Davis with a hug and comforted her by saying, 'You
will survive. '... You think it's going to kill you. It destroys
that life that you know, but you get through it.'
Charles Davis' relatives
said they are pleased that the show is assisting police in tracking
down the fourth suspect.
'We never thought that someone
like (Walsh) would care,' said Davis' cousin Diane Carroll of
Berkeley. 'They are making sure he isn't just another victim of
violent crime.' "
Bender makes it real! This
is the best report I've read.
This episode will be air
next Sunday on KTVU Channel 2.RP
and this Wednesday night
the mother of all Planning
A Celebration of the End
Game--maybe better than '60s Street Theater
see Ricky hold forth, hear
a Commissioner say something like"That's the way it's always
been and that's the way it will always be", watch a guest
appearance by Don Yost, listen to a Goldin presentation, experience
the democratic ceding of time, and much, much more.
Carol and Bob's grandkid
Steve Schmidt emails
that is one cute well dressed
Merryll emailed Sunday morning
Last night I went into the
city on Bart since our bridge is still down. I've never
seen it so crowded but coming home was even more so. Opera
people poured down the stairs, the symphony crowd, bicycles.
One friend said it reminded her of the crowded subways in Tokyo.
But what was amazing, everyone was in good cheer. One person
announced as more and more people were trying to get on, that
this was a love fest crowd on. He also made sure when
people wanted to get off that he announced it loudly. And
surprisingly, we ran in
to other friends who were in the city at different events than
we were. My friend Marty thought everyone was sharing this
inconvenience, and that's what made it special. Kay was
worried no one would come to her opening but people did.
Despite the problems, it made me happy to be part of it.
ps, What I left out were the costumes there was a fairy
who handed out wishes, a shark, a mummy and a transvestite nurse;
plus the musician we weren't sure was boy or girl singing western
tunes in a cowboy hat. And when we got back around 11, there
were some young men in painted faces and skateboards heading into
the city since Bart is running 24 hour trains during this mess.
It was a San Francisco scene crazy & fun.
"Working Towards a Sustainable Chamber
of Commerce" by
Bill Roth at triplepundit.com.
"The U.S. Chamber's
lobbying efforts against climate change legislation has sparked
highly public defections by Nike and Apple. What is bubbling below
the surface could be more telling as local businesses and associations
explore sustainability's potential as a catalyst for economic
One such example is the 100-member
Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA) of Berkeley, California and
its Executive Director Mark McLeod. From my chamber and association
experiences, including serving as the founding president of the
Decatur (Georgia) Business Association that now has 400 members
with a strong track record of economic and community accomplishments,
I would describe McLeod as the prototype of the association/chamber
leader who leads through outreach, engagement, consensus and innovation.
This is his perspective on sustainability:
'Sustainability is not a
threat but rather an economic and community opportunity. A role
of civic organizations like the SBA is to help our local businesses
find their path for making money and a positive difference. When
we are successful the results are job growth, community enrichment
and a cleaner environment. For example, one SBA supported project
is the David Brower Center, a LEED platinum building home to dozens
of non-profits organizations and for-profit companies pioneering
sustainability's adoption. Another example is our support of the
East Bay Green Corridor Partnership, an alliance of fourteen mayors,
the Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and
the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.'"
"Get Ivy League smarts - free:Top universities
are now posting lectures online" is a story at moneycnn.com.
"Last autumn I took
time off to go back to school. The timing turned out to be just
right: My American economic history course at the University of
California at Berkeley got to the Great Depression in early October,
around the time everyone became convinced we were about to have
"Business Schools Try New Asia Strategies" is a report at bbusinessweek.com by Bruce
"Like many professors
at the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business,
Dean Rich Lyons takes pride in the university's close ties with
Asia. More than 40% of Berkeley's undergraduate students are Asian
or Asian American, and the university's schools have strong research
ties across the Pacific. Berkeley, says Lyons, 'is the most Asia-leaning
of all Western universities. You can't but walk around the campus
and see how extraordinarily Asian the place is.' "
I'm told by a reliable source
that yesterday someone tried to ride a blue and black 1986 Honda
700 Nighthawk into the Norheim & Yost office but the handlebars
wouldn't fit through the door. Damn, wish I' d been there.
Maybe he'll try again with
a smaller bike, like a vintage Hodaka Super Rat
And don't forget the mother
of all Planning Commission meetings
tomorrow, Wednesday night
"Cheap Eats: Cafe Aquarius, JD's Restaurant
& Pies, Haveli Indian Cuisine and Saul's are delicious finds" reports BANG at contracostatimes.com.
Peet's Coffee & Tea is
buying Diedrich Coffee for 213 mil allowing Peet's to expand into
the growing single cup coffee market.
"Feds seize and sell Pacific National Bank" is a report by George Avalos, bayareanewsgroup.com.
"Following the seizure
of Pacific National Bank by federal regulators, it was business
as usual Monday at the failed bank's 17 Bay Area branches, including
nine in the East Bay.
remember, tonight there is
the Planning Commission meeting
Quote of the week
There is, we might say, a
tunnel at the end of this light.
"Body Burden Study for Northwest Berkeley" by L A Wood in our Planet.
"The ongoing debate about toxic emissions in northwest Berkeley
and their health impacts may be closer to resolve with the advent
of a project that will collect blood samples during the next several
months. This community effort is funded by the Clarence E. Heller
Charitable Foundation to provide a better understanding of the
toxic impacts from the area's poor air quality. The principal
focus of this study centers on those who live, work, and attend
schools and childcare facilities downwind from Pacific Steel Casting,
a local foundry and Berkeley's biggest air polluter.
This area, often referred
to as the Oceanview district, has more than a twenty-five year
history of noxious odors and unanswered questions about its air
quality. For years, the City of Berkeley, its zoning board, and
even our regional air regulator, the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District, have dismissed the idea that there could be any health
impacts associated with the foundry's emissions. This posture
has been bolstered by their lack of effective offsite monitoring.
Two years ago, the emissions
dilemma took a turn for the better when Global Community Monitor,
an internationally renowned environmental justice group, began
working within the affected Berkeley community. The body burden
project, designed by GCM to test for evidence of accumulated metals
in blood, is the newest in a series of community-directed monitoring
efforts. The results should very interesting indeed.
Why Body Burden Testing?"
Global Community Monitor
is sponsoring an informational meeting on Berkeley's study along
with an introduction of the East Bay Body Burden Project. It will
be held Wed., Nov. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the David Brower
Center, located at 2150 Allston Way, in the Tamalpais Room on
the 2nd Floor.
Price War Changing the Way We Read" is a report at lehrernewshour.org.
"Jeffrey Brown explores the shifting world of book publishing,
and examines how technology and readers are changing the industry."
Rick Ballard emails
Susan Brooks emails
Susan Brooks first Saturday
Saturday November 7th,12-5
One of a kind Jewelry &
Works on Paper
2547 Eighth Street # 24a
(between Dwight and Parker) Berkeley
The studio is open every
Thursday 12-5, by appointment,
and the First Saturday of the month
I will be joining other artists
and craftspeople in the
Sawtooth Building for Open Studios the First Saturday of each
Hope you can drop by.
"Berkeley 1900" is a mention at sfgate.com.
a decade ago, Richard Schwartz's 'Berkeley 1900: Daily Life at
the Turn of the Century' includes eyewitness accounts and historical
information about the Berkeley of a century ago. Schwartz will
be speaking at Books Inc. in Berkeley at 7:00 p.m. on Monday,
November 9th, 2009 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary Edition
of his book."
Jeeez, how did people become
aware of this book ten years after it was published. Probably
just a coincidence.
"Warrior Film-making: The Story of Free
Range Studios" is
by Ryan Mickle at triplepundit.com.
"I recently visited
Free Range Studios to meet with its talented co-founder Jonah
Sachs in Berkeley, California, to talk about his startup story.
Free Range began 10 years ago as two guys, one laptop, one apartment,
and enough creativity and change-the-world-or-bust aspirations
to eventually challenge agribusiness, and our consumer lifestyle,
with The Story of Stuff, The Meatrix, and countless other films
and stories. If you haven't see these incredible web videos, which
have won countless awards, I genuinely suggest taking the time
"'Visual Acoustics' a tribute to Shulman"
is a movie review by
Walter Addiego, Chronicle Staff Writer at sfgate.com.
"If you admire the modernist
architecture of Southern California, you've almost certainly seen
pictures taken by Julius Shulman. 'Visual Acoustics,' a documentary
tribute, makes a good case that Shulman, who died in July at 98,
was the style's definitive photographer."
"DeYoe Wealth Management 36th Fastest Growing
San Francisco East Bay Private Company on SF Business Times List" is a reuters report.
"DeYoe Wealth Management,
a Berkeley, California based independent wealth management firm,
announced it has ranked 36 on the San Francisco Business Times'
list of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the San
Francisco East Bay."
"State, defense lawyers try to save pot
IDs" by Bob Egelko,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"In a rare display of
harmony, prosecution and defense lawyers urged the state Supreme
Court on Tuesday to save California's medical marijuana identification
card program from a flaw in the legislation that created it.
Both Deputy Attorney General
Michael Johnsen and Gerald Uelmen, the lawyer for a man challenging
his marijuana conviction, agreed that a state appeals court went
too far last year when it ruled that the 2003 law protecting card-holding
pot patients from arrest clashed with California law allowing
medical use of marijuana."
"Seattle Captain Chosen as New Berkeley
Police Chief" by
Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.
"Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz introduced Captain Michael
Meehan of the Seattle Police Department as Berkeley's new police
chief in a closed session of the Berkeley City Council Tuesday,
posts from the past
The film, Marvin Lipofsky:
A Journey in Glass, has been selected by the organizers of SOFA
Chicago 2008 for screening during the exhibition.
The film was originally created by Paul McKenna for the Retrospective,
Marvin Lipofsky: A Glass Odyssey, held at the Oakland Museum of
California, July - August 2003. It was most recently shown
by Ateliers d'Art du France, at the 6th International Film
Festival on Clay and Glass April 6th, 2008, Montpellier, France.
Bay Area Glass Sculpture, An Invitational Survey Juried by George
and Dorothy Saxe
November 13 - January 10, 2009
The San Francisco Bay Area has emerged as a hotbed of serious
glass sculpture in recent years, with work created using a large
variety of techniques. The resulting pieces showcase the vast
vocabulary available to artists working in glass. This important
invitational features 23 artists from internationally celebrated
masters, such as studio glass pioneer Marvin Lipofsky, to mid-career
and emerging sculptors working in the Bay Area who use glass as
their primary medium. George and Dorothy Saxe, who have assembled
one of the country's foremost glass collections (bequeathed to
the De Young Museum in San Francisco) will select from one to
three works by each artist.
On view will be wall hung, suspended, free standing and pedestal
sized sculptures made from various types of glass, including pâte
de verre, borosilicate, sheet, recycled glass and exemplifying
many different techniques including casting, blowing (free and
mold), fusing, slumping, cold-working, hot-working, etc... Some
works will use glass combined with different materials.
We are honored to feature Marvin Lipofsky, who is widely
recognized as a pioneer in the contemporary glass movement and
as the father of Bay Area glass sculpture. After introducing glass
as a sculpture medium at UC Berkeley in 1964, he created the glass
department for then California College of Arts and Crafts (now
CCA) in Oakland, and headed it for twenty years until 1987. In
his 45 year career as a glass artist, Lipofsky has been featured
in numerous significant exhibitions, including a major retrospective
at the Oakland Museum in 2003. He co-founded The Glass Society
and has taught and lectured at over 300 workshops and conferences
internationally. Collected by ninety museums on four continents,
his organic, luminous works with either delicate or dramatic rhythms
of colors can also be found in some of the most prestigious private
and corporate collections.
Tel: (510) 843-7593
Pete Hurney emails
It's time once again for
another hour of unique ukulele music that you never knew existed.
You won't hear Tiny Tim or much in the way of Hawaiian tunes during
this show, what you'll hear is the little ukulele popping up in
unexpected places and in rocking good songs!
That's this Thursday night November 6th at
11:59 on KALX 90.7FM in Berkeley. My guest co-hosts for this show
will be Holly and Chris of the local San Francisco Uke-centric
band Just Henry. Feel the pain!
For those of you not fortunate enough to be
in our listening area KALX streams live on the internet
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Last Thursday, .1 inch: Last
Friday, .25 inch: Last Saturday, 1.75 inches
Riva Cucina emails
Eight Arms Cellars Release
Party at Riva Cucina
Sunday, November 16th from 1-4 pm
Riva Cucina, 800 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley
RSVP:By Monday, November 10th to Iain Boltin
510 932 3019 // firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight Arms Cellars is celebrating
the release of their first vintage, 2006 Eight Arms Syrah, Stagecoach
Vineyard, Napa Valley. Winemaker Iain Boltin will be on hand
to pour his fruit-forward and food-friendly wine
produced in small lots and barrel-aged for 19 months.
Chef Massimiliano Boldrini, will create an assortment of foods
that pair well with Eight Arms Syrah and that mirror the sustainable
practices of the winery and their Go Green Drink Red campaign.
Just as Riva Cucina offers seasonal foods that are cultivated
on local farms and nearby waters, Eight Arms Cellars offers delicious
wine that is handcrafted using sustainable practices. As
an added bonus, $1 from every bottle sold, will be donated to
help combat global warming.
Taste wine and enjoy some
Limited quantity of Magnums will be available for purchase
Come early and taste 2007 barrel samples
To learn more, please visit www.eightarmscellars.com.
Eight Arms Cellars
510 932 3019
"David Trachtenberg: Refining that Berkeley
look" is a story
by Eve Kushner, Special to The Chronicle.
"What do Berkeley Bowl,
the Rose Grocery project and the new Read Building on Fourth Street
have in common?
Their architect is David
Trachtenberg, known for responding to the historical feel of Berkeley
architecture while creating structures with a distinctive look.
His architectural forebears
include Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan, founders of the Bay
Region style of architecture, which emphasized building with natural
materials and featured rooms that interacted with the outdoors.
But he also brings a contemporary sensibility to his work and
bridges the gap between past and present - sometimes in a single
Look for a 900 GRAYSON review
in the BANG papers soon-Trib, WCT, etc.
Kermit Lynch was Don Yost's
guest for lunch at 900 this week.
Swerve has received a Berkeley
Design Advocate Award--it will be presented at a ceremony on Friday,
And Swerve just finished
an order for their designed tables from Café Rouge--check
them out at Rouge.Still my guy.
"Seattle Police Capt. Mike Meehan has been
hired as the Berkeley, Calif., police chief" is a report at seattlepi.com.
"Meehan was one of eight
candidates interviewed for the position that was vacated by Douglas
Hambleton, who retired in late September, according to the Daily
Californian. Capt. Eric Gustafson was the city's interim chief.
Berkeley City Councilmember
Kriss Worthington told that newspaper that Meehan's past experience
in the narcotics and violent crime sections may be particularly
relevant to Berkeley.
'One of the things that impressed
people was his working closely with the ACLU to try to address
drug policy issues and also the fact that he was specifically
in charge of violent crimes in Seattle,' Worthington said.
The Berkeley City Council
is expected to vote on Meehan Tuesday. Seattle Police Sgt. Sean
Whitcomb did not comment on Meehan's new position.
Meehan was chosen from 44
applicants, and if approved, he will be in charge of 185 sworn
and 116 non-sworn personnel, and oversee an annual operating budget
of about $56.5 million, according to the Oakland Tribune.
The newspaper reported that
Meehan was in Berkeley this week for meetings with command staff
and union leaders, and is expected to meet with community groups,
city staff and others soon.
Meehan's proposed annual
salary is $205,400 with a request from Berkeley City Manager Phil
Kamlarz for a $500,000 loan with a 3 percent interest rate to
buy a home, according to the Tribune."
Ryan Lau emails
Brainstorming Workshop for
a Participatory Mural on the Santa Fe Right of Way!
November 17, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
At the Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park (2800
Park St, Berkeley, CA?, 04702)
Berkeley Community Gardening
Collaborative (BCGC), Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP), and
the Office of Councilmember Darryl Moore
Funded by: UC Chancellors Partnership Grant
Hosted by: John Steere (BPFP), Beebo Turman (BCGC), Alan
Leon (Community based muralist)
We're looking for neighbors and residents who are interested in
positive, open space possibilities for the city-owned Santa Fe
Right of Way (ROW) in South Berkeley (Oregon to Bancroft Avenues)
to share their vision with us and one another at the Community
Center in San Pablo Park. We will learn about the history
of the ROW and will brainstorm on what a future greenway and community
around the ROW might be like. This will be a first step
in generating the ideas for a participatory mural that we'll paint
this coming spring. Come, take part help create and
grow the potential for this hidden treasure in our community!
Refreshments will be served!
For further information and to RSVP your involvement; please email
email@example.com or call Beebo Turman at 510-527-3773
Agenda a) History of SF ROW and City land significance;
b) See and share palate of possibilities (examples of features
that could be in SF ROW slideshow); 3) Brainstorming
of potential features and scheme for mural.
Green Job Orientations
As a follow-up to my last announcement about Green Jobs, here
is some more information and fliers for two orientations for the
program. It is a one-stop shop for getting people who are
interested in green jobs.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
our Angela emails
Berkeley city-wide collaborative
The next City-Wide Collaborative
for Youth meeting will take place Nov.16th and its' focus will
be the recently produced 2020 Vision draft recommendation document.
Missed the Joint Work Session with City Council and School Board
last Tuesday on this same subject? Come on the 16th. As
community members working with children and youth, there is something
in here for everyone to respond to. Nicole Sanchez, ED of Berkeley
Alliance will be presenting and we will break out in sessions
for group work.
The 2020 Vision draft recommendation document can be accessed
and printed from the following website: www.berkeleyalliance.org.
The important and critical introductory section explains and describes
the vision and the work produced thus far.
Thank you in advanced and
see you on the 16th of November
November 16, 2009
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue
I. Introductions and Announcements
II. 2020 Vision Draft Report
Presentation of Report
Next Proposed Meeting Date:
Asst. to the City Manager, Youth Services Coordinator
Joe Lee emails
Happy November! The City
thanks you for your partnership and education efforts done so
far to help get an accurate count of our community. The next Berkeley
Complete Count Committee meeting is on Thursday, November 19th
4:00-5:00 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst
at MLK Jr. Way). Your attendance is critically important.
I will be following up with each organization on partnerships
and education efforts about the coming census. Please expect a
call or an e-mail soon. You are more than welcome to schedule
an in-person meeting with me in the next two weeks.
Please visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/Census. Also, the new 2010
Census website has been launched www.2010Census.gov. If
you have any questions about the census, please contact me at
JHLee@CityofBerkeley.info or 510-981-7028.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you there!
City of Berkeley, City Manager's Office
"Gloomy times for commercial real estate" Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Shopping centers, office
buildings, industrial spaces, hotels and apartments can expect
a period of "enveloping gloom" from the recession and
credit crunch, according to a report released on Thursday.
Values will plunge, vacancies
will rise and rents will decrease across all types of commercial
property before the market hits bottom in 2010, according to the
"Emerging Trends in Real Estate" forecast from the Urban
Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP."
posts from the past
3T olive oil
2 1/2 lb boneless chuck roast, cut in 3/4"
2c chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1T garam masala
1t ground cumin
1/2 cayenne pepper
1c dry red wine
1/2 c sherry
2c beef broth
1 14oz can diced tomatoes in juice
1 1/2 c golden raisins
Heat 2 T
olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Sprinkle meat with salt
and pepper. Add meat to pot and sauté until no longer pink,
About 5 minutes. Transfer meat to bowl.
Heat 1 T
olive oil into same pot. Add onions and sauté until brown,
about 8 minutes. Add garlic and next 5 ingredients, stir 1 minute.
Add both wines and let boil until reduced to glaze, stirring occasionally.
Add broth, tomatoes with juice and raisins, stir to blend.
and any accumulated juices to the pot, bring to a simmer, cover
and simmer about 2 hours. Meat should be fork tender, if not cook
a little longer and check again. Check seasonings if needed. Serve
over couscous with yogurt and mango chutney. Kimar.
Liberal or Conservative?
Who said "We should trade one street-person for two village-idiots
from the mid-West. We'd be better off." It was Berkeley's
unofficial Mayor-for-decades-of-Telegraph-Avenue while drinking
sake at his favorite restaurant in Japan town. My memory is that
was offered the week a junky locked herself in, threw up, and
then passed out in his always-open-to-the-public restroom.
The garages at Emeryville's
Bay Street are charging for parking again! Right now it's US$1.00
for four hours--tsk, tsk. Another reason to shop on the Internet
or to buy books at Border's rather than Barnes & Noble--or
Cody's for that matter. (Hell, Andy doesn't really carry airplane
or car books.)
1970's, KSAN Noon-News-Chip
"If you don't like the news, go out and make some yourself"
was at Caffé Trieste on Monday. "I used to live at
the one in North Beach" he said.
When you pay 500k for a Potter
Creek fixer-upper or three quarters of a mil for your condo, you
expect the City of Berkeley to provide adequate street lighting
and not the long-ago-useless, half-light designed for a manufacturing
area with little or no night street-activity.
Oh ya, about that survey
paid for by the City to find how many artists and crafts people
there are in Potter Creek and west-Berkeley--I could'a saved you
the money, there are a lot!
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
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
homes and considerable portfolios.
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
This site is NOT affiliated
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
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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