Did our confrontational politics begin in the '60s

or earlier?

 

 

11/8/09

"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."

 

 

Quote of the day, Groucho Marx

I find television very educating. 
Every time somebody turns on the set, 
I go into the other room and read a book.

 

 

Kubik forwards an email from our Michael Kaplan (excerpts)

Bob
We know there are a number of other artists who are [in Potter Creek] as property owners and who are very committed to the neighborhood.  This is a good stabilizing factor and one of the reasons why the arts will always be an important part of the West Berkeley fabric.
 
Just wanted to also say that I appreciated your comments the other night.  Nice to have residents like you speak up and talk from a place of hope and positivity rather than fear.
 
Best,
Michael

Michael J. Caplan
Economic Development Manager
City of Berkeley

 

 

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 beebot@pacbell.net  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. 
Sincerely,
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore

 

 

our Angela emails

Berkeley city-wide collaborative for youth

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
Multi-Purpose Room

I. Introductions and Announcements  (15)
·Welcome

II. 2020 Vision Draft Report Recommendations (1.25)
Presentation of Report
Group Discussions
         Report Back

 III.   Next Steps

Next Proposed Meeting Date: Monday,
December 7,2009
       

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, PhD
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.
 
Follow-ups
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.
 
More Updates
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!

Joe Lee
Census Coordinator
City of Berkeley, City Manager's Office

JHLee@CityofBerkeley.info
Phone: 510-981-7028

 

 

 

"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

11/6/04

Moroccan Beef Stew

 

Ingredients

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 paprika 1t ground cumin 1/2t turmeric 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

 

Method

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.

Return meat 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!

 

 

 

 

 

11/9/09

on 11/7/09 this site received just under 1200 visits and 4000 hits

 


"Seymour Fromer dies at 87; founder of Jewish museums" is an obituary by Elaine Woo at latimes.com.

"Seymour Fromer, who built one of the country's largest collections of Judaica with little money but enormous drive to preserve the history of Jews, especially those who helped settle the American West, has died. He was 87.

Fromer died Oct. 25 at his Berkeley home following a lengthy illness, said a spokesman for the Judah L. Magnes Museum, which Fromer and his wife, Rebecca, established in 1962."

 

 

"State exploring detailed strategy for growth" John King, Chronicle Urban Design Writer.

"With little fanfare and a modest budget, work has begun that could lead to something California has never had - an explicit government vision for how and where the state should grow. . . .

The work will be done by Calthorpe Associates, a Berkeley firm that has developed similar plans for southern Louisiana and the Chicago region."

 

Perhaps we could do something like this for west-Berkeley--please don't say we already did with that term paper of two Cal grad-students.

 

 

"It's important to take a look at research efficiency because labs are often energy intensive. Researchers may work in hyper clean environments with sophisticated air ventilation, or they may need data centers with vast air-conditioning. Thus, a lab's utility bills can be 'staggering,' he says. Consider CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, whose 230-MW capacity needs costs $80 million per year; or the US Department of Energy's data centers, which pay $100 million per year for energy.

Money saved through efficiency could be channeled into more research. Yet only 1 to 3% of research labs operate in "green" facilities. LBNL has created a model energy efficient lab setting at its Molecular Foundry, a nanotechnology lab in Berkeley, California. With LEED gold certification, the facility has achieved energy savings 28% beyond California's already aggressive building standard."

More of Elisa Wood's thoughts are here at renewableenergyworld.com.

 

"Small businesses starting to hire" reports Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"In April, San Francisco startup Airbnb.com made enough money to allow the firm's founders to hire employees so they could expand their online marketplace that enables people in 93 countries to rent spare rooms to travelers.

Since then, the startup has created seven jobs - a tiny step in the right direction at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate has risen to a 26-year high of 10.2 percent."

 

"Susan Graham experiences Dido's hard life with a lounge lizard:The mezzo-soprano and conductor Nicholas McGegan discuss the challenges of Henry Purcell's opera" is at latimes.com.

"Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan have never collaborated before. But when they get together, the Texas-raised mezzo-soprano and British conductor behave like an old married couple. On a recent afternoon in Berkeley, the home base of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a leading period performance ensemble that McGegan has directed for many years, the duo engaged in lively banter about their first artistic partnership -- a six-concert California tour of works by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell."

 

 

 

 

posts from the past

11/04

After years of exposure to Potter Creek's many hazardous material users and to our diesel and other carcinogenic emissions, a young friend has developed cancer--hey, it could be just genetic. Tired of reading this? Then check out "Byrd's Word."

This 1955 Bop LP features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Frank Foster on tenor, Hank Jones on piano, "Dave" Chambers on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. They play Winterset, Gotcha Goin' and Comin', Long Green, Stareyes and Someone to Watch Over Me. It is Savoy release MG-12032 and is a Hi-Fi record. It's also one fine blowin' session.

 

 

11/05

Have some Greens with your Cornbread

Though my granddaddy used collard, mustard or turnip greens, I prefer
chard because not only do I find it less coarse and less bitter, but the
stems don't go to waste. In fact, in many part of Europe the stems are
considered to be the best part.

Ingredients:
2-3 bunches of Swiss or Red Chard, depending on how many people you are
feeding
Salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, peeled and quartered
a piece of bacon fat (Vegetarians omit or substitute a Tablespoon of butter)
lemon juice or vinegar to taste

Cut the roots off the chard and wash leaves very well in a sinkful of
water. If greens are very gritty or straight from a garden, you may have
to repeat the process several times, changing water between washings.
Even the tiniest bit of grit left on the leaves could ruin your dinner,
so be thorough.

Tear the leaves into more manageable pieces and cut the stems into 2"
pieces.

In a large, heavy pot, bring about 1/2" water to a boil. Put in some
salt and pepper (use your judgment), the fat or butter, the onion and
just a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to cut the bitterness of the
greens. Put as many of the greens as can fit into the pot and poke them
down with a wooden spoon. Greens will cook down to a fraction of their
original size, so don't worry about how you're going to fit them all in.
Just keep adding and pushing them down. Give a bit of a stir, keeping an
eye on the water level so you don't scorch them and add more leaves as
the first batch begins to cook down.

Some like to cook greens a long time on low heat. If you are in a hurry,
you can raise the fire a bit and just keep a good eye on the water
level. Taste them now and then so you'll catch them just as they get to
the degree of tenderness that you like. For me, this takes about 40
minutes to an hour, depending on how young the greens are.

Serve with corn bread and don't throw out the golden
elixir at the bottom of the pot. It's called pot likker and you can sop
it up with your corn bread. The vitamins are in there!

 

 

John King reviews some of Kava's work in his "Don't let architectural snobbery interfere with your enjoyment of these five ugly duckling Bay Area buildings." Read it at sfgate.com

 

"Home equity doesn't ensure future" reports George Avalos of the West County Times. "America is a 'spendthrift nation' where consumers save less, spend more and hope the surge in home prices will fuel their retirement, a Bay Area-based economist said Wednesday. "

 

"Speakers Raise Concerns Over Berkeley Bowl Plans" reports Richard Brenneman of the Daily Planet.
"Given their penultimate chance to raise issues for the environmental impact report on the new Berkeley Bowl store planned for the corner of Ninth Street and Heinz Avenue, most speakers focused on one issue: traffic."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/10/09

Quote of the day

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Groucho Marx

 

 

You meet the nicest people at the Bowl!

Met David Richardson at the Bowl yesterday morning. I was having coffee and a breakfast bun at the table in front of food service and David was waiting for the grocery store to open. We talked about Mad Men and of jazz. I've known David since he was at Berkeley High and came to Moe's looking for jazz records. Our conversation was regularly interrupted by David's greeting to almost all the black-folks that pasted by--he was born in the San Pablo Park neighborhood. One of the people who stopped to talk was Randy Moore, David's friend, an old Moe's Records customer, and a jazz drummer, he plays at the Shattuck Cheese Board on Saturdays. Randy also has a program on KPOO-FM, 89.5 on the dial, called Moore Jazz. It's on Tuesdays 8-10 in the evening. Check it out.

 

 

900 GRAYSON had its busiest day ever, last Saturday.

 

 

 


"From California, a tribute to the Boston accent" by Martin Finucane, Globe Staff.

"Mal Sharpe, a graduate of Newton High and Boston University, moved out of Boston 50 years ago and lost his accent over a lengthy career in radio. But he still gets a kick out of hearing the way people in Massachusetts talk.

'It's always a welcome sound, you know,' he said.

So when someone pointed out the song, 'Pardon my Southern Accent,' he was determined to write a takeoff. 'I couldn't pass up changing the lyrics to 'pardon my Boston accent.' It sort of became an obsession with me, almost,' he said.

The results are now available in a Youtube video, which was shot in a San Francisco bar, 'A Connecticut Yankee,' which is full of Red Sox memorabilia and a favorite hangout for Red Sox and Patriots fans, according to Sharpe, who lives across the bay in Berkeley."

 

 

In keeping with Moe Moskowitz' wisdom "Expect the best, perpare for the worst," I offer Jerry Landis link to Bombing Our Illusions.

 

 

 

 

From Milan

a jazz club

 

 

 

"Fines for burning on winter Spare the Air days" Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer

"For the second winter in a row, Bay Area residents who burn wood, fire logs and pellets on high-pollution days run the risk of earning citations and fines from local air regulators.

Using the same rationale that prompts it to address ozone pollution on hot and still summer days, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is expecting to issue 15 to 20 winter Spare the Air alerts between now and Feb. 28.

On those days, it will be illegal to operate fireplaces, pellet stoves, woodstoves and outdoor fire pits. Violators are subject to a warning letter, followed by a $400 fine for a second infraction. Those who rely on fireplaces and woodstoves as their only sources of heat are exempt from the rule."

 

 

"Marin at forefront of growing trend in architecture - 'passive' houses" reports Jim Welte st marinij.com.

"San Rafael architect Nabih Tahan designed his passive house in Berkeley with winter on the way, the idea of living in a home without a conventional heating system probably sounds like a recipe for disaster.

But a growing contingent of architects and builders, including several in Marin, are hoping to change minds throughout the U.S. with the concept of "passive house" design, which is founded on the idea that conventional heating and cooling systems are unnecessary, wasteful and damaging to the environment.

'We should be able to do this - I mean, we've been to the moon!' said Nabih Tahan, a 56-year-old San Rafael architect who is widely considered the pioneer of passive house

principles in California. "It's incumbent upon us as architects and engineers to prove that it's possible.'"

 

 

 

 

post from the past

11/07

Concrete pour at the Bowl--a Bob Kubik photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/11/09

Quote of the day

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter.
Some day I intend reading it.

Groucho Marx

 

 

"Berkeley's most wanted" is a review of the program plus a little more at sfgate.com.

"The Fox show 'America's Most Wanted' on Saturday night featured the horrific May 16 crime spree that left three people dead in west Berkeley and north Oakland. Three alleged North Oakland gang members have been arrested, but a fourth, Rafael Campbell, 27, an Oakland aspiring rapper who police say was one of the two gunmen, is still being sought.

The program featured a re-enactment of the fatal shooting of Charles Davis, 25, at 10th Street and Allston Way and the ensuing police chase that ended when the suspects' car crashed at Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Aileen Street in North Oakland, killing motorist Todd Perea, 27, of Brentwood and pedestrian Floyd Ross, 41, of Oakland.

Berkeley police Officers Erik Keene, who heard the gunfire and responded to the shooting scene, and Susan Lee, the lead officer in the pursuit, played themselves on the show, as did Sgt. Katie Smith. No need for stunt drivers -- the cops did their own Code 3 driving, said Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley police spokesman."

 

 

"Union City police search for Berkeley homicide suspect featured on 'America's Most Wanted' " by Ben Aguirre Jr. Oakland Tribune.

" Officers from several police agencies searched the area near Motel 6 on Whipple Road this afternoon, looking for a man wanted in connection with a Berkeley homicide in May.

Officers from Union City and Fremont helped the California Department of Corrections look for Rafael Campbell, a 27-year-old man who was spotted near the motel Monday morning. Police searched the area for more than an hour but did not find him.

Campbell has been identified as a suspect in a May 16 shooting and high-speed chase that left three people dead. The case has drawn the attention of 'America's Most Wanted,' which aired an episode over the weekend depicting Campbell as a suspect."

 

 

 

"Xoma zeroing in on profits" by David Morrill is a report about Little Potter Creek's biotech company, at bayareanewsgroup.com.

'Maybe it was a slap across the face. Maybe a wake-up call. Either way, nobody at Xoma liked to be called a "Biotech Zombie.'

The Berkeley-based company was given the moniker by the New York Times in a 2007 feature article because it never 'died' despite constantly bleeding money without a marketable product.

While others focused on what was wrong with Xoma, Steven Engle saw promise. When he took over as chief executive that year, he was optimistic about what was possible.

'I was aware of what was being said about Xoma, but when I talked to people who knew the company it was promising,' Engle said. 'So many people said, 'You have no idea what great technology is sitting under the hood there.'

On Monday, Xoma reported its third-quarter earnings in which it saw a net income of $1.5 million compared to a net loss of $20.4 million, or 15 cents per share, for the third quarter of 2008. A profit of any kind is one sign of improvement as Xoma rarely made money prior to 2007. Shares of Xoma dropped 5 cents to close at 71 cents. Its year-to-date stock is up 14.8 percent."

 

 


"2nd Bay Area bank fails in two weeks" is a report by George Avalos at contracostatimes.com.

"Two Bay Area-based banks have failed in the last 11 days - which tops the total for the prior nine years - a warning of potential woes to come for the reeling banking sector locally."

 

 

 

"UC Prof: Bay Bridge Should Be Shut Down" is a report at ktvu.com.

"Caltrans has weathered no shortage controversy since the September 8 opening of the S-curve section of the problem plagued eastern span. But on Monday a UC Berkeley structural engineer issued scathing criticism against the agency, calling the reopening of the Bay Bridge "criminally negligent."

Professor Abolhassan Astaneh said ever since the crack in the eyebar was discovered during the Labor Day inspection, the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been unsafe.

'You have to shut down this bridge immediately,' said Professor Astaneh.'There's no doubt about it.'"

 

 

A variation of "Swords into Ploughshares" can be read in "Power for U.S. From Russia's Old Nuclear Weapons" at nytimes.com.

"Fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones, generates about 10 percent of America's electricity."

 

 

 

 

 

11/06

Months ago, west-Berkeley's Karnack predicted a winner of our mayor's race, incuding the vote percentage, then sealed it in an envelope. I opened that envelope moments ago--our Karnack predicted that Tom Bates would win by sixty-some percent.

 

CONGRATS to Mayor Bates!

 

a Cuban reader

sends her portrait

 

 

Today, AP announced shortly before 10:00 AM our time that Don Rumsfeld has resigned as Secretary of Defense.

Well Ok then!

 


"Major homebuilders report slump" reports Deborah Yao of the AP in the West County Times. "In a sign of a deepening housing slump, two major homebuilders on Tuesday reported steep declines in new orders and weaker fourth-quarter results."

 

 

Ed Bradley, reporter and jazz-fan has died. He was 65.

 

I'm told architects are working on the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl interior.

 

Nick, a 900 GRAYSON chef, is also the drummer in the punk band, Sahn Maru. Sahn Maru is going on a European tour--check out their new 7-inch record.

 

"Buster Keaton's 'General' Pulls In To PFA" reports our Planet.

And, actor Will Farrell says that "Borat" is the funniest movie he's ever seen and that it's "It's fearless and fierce."

 

"One of Berkeley's neighborhood services liaisons, Michael Caplan, got a new job Thursday when he was named acting manager of the city's Office of Economic Development" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

 

Today, PBS news-anchor and ex-Marine, Jim Lehrer, delivered an address at opening of the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico. Today is the 231st Anniversary of the Corps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/12/09

Yesterday around 11:00 AM there was a Berkeley PD police action in west-Berkeley. The area from Dwight north to Bancroft  and from the railroad tracks east to 5th and 6th has been blocked off with tape and radio-cars. Bayer's facility around the south gate has been evacuated as well as some surrounding buildings outside their compound. A citizen was told it was a "bomb scare."

 

 

Kubik reports

I talked to the driver that delivers flour to Acme [yesterday] morning.  They deliver 24 tons of organic flour from a mill in Logan Utah every week.  They also  deliver the same amount in another run to Acme's Mountain View bakery. It is an 11 hour drive from the mill to Berkeley.

 

 

 


"Berkeley bans cat declawing"
by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune. "The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the veterinary practice of declawing cats within city limits, making it a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine or six months in jail."



 

"Ode to the Hood Ornament:A visual history of car jewelry" by Matthew DeBord is at bigmoney.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/13/09

"Activists Try to Block Green Tech in Berkeley:West Berkeley activists are dead set against the mayor's 'green corridor' vision, saying it will cause gentrification, too much density, and high rents" by Robert Gammon in the Express.

"Fifty years from now, after the polar ice caps melt and West Berkeley is under water, people might look back on 2009 and say, 'What the hell were they thinking?' Why were old hippies in what could be the most liberal city in America working overtime to block the widespread proliferation of green-tech businesses and dense urban development in West Berkeley?

Indeed, the scene at a four-hour-long Berkeley Planning Commission meeting last week was striking - a gaggle of fifty- and sixty-something activists railing against Mayor Tom Bates' vision to turn West Berkeley into a green-tech corridor. It was as if they were stuck in a time warp, convinced that all developers and corporations are just greedy bastards who must be stopped - even if those very same developers and businesses might actually help ward off the greatest environmental disaster ever known.

The hypocrisy was equally startling. "

 

 

 

"Popular Jam Band to Play Intimate Benefit Show to Support the 20-Year-Old Sea Turtle Restoration Project" is a story at jambase.com.

"Blue Turtle Seduction, a popular festival jam band, will play to protect ancient, endangered sea turtles on Saturday, November 14 at the newly-opened David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. The band is donating its time to play at Big Splash ­ an event to celebrate the Sea Turtle Restoration Project's 20th anniversary. The fundraising event is open to the public and will support the organization's ongoing work to protect sea turtles and a wide array of marine wildlife species."

 

 

 

"Golden oldie: A tip of the hat to Memorial Stadium, venerable host of the California Golden Bears" by Dan Peterson at espn.com.

"Built in 1923 to honor Californians who lost their lives in World War I, Memorial Stadium gained entry on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Two seventh-graders, however, recognized Memorial Stadium's appeal some 50-plus years earlier, when Joe Kapp and Everett Alvarez, friends from Salinas, visited Cal's Berkeley campus with their teacher.

'A young teacher, Pamelina Brunelli, took us up to Berkeley from Salinas -- in those days it was a three-lane road -- and we got to go to the Cal-Missouri game,' Kapp said. 'Everett and I with Miss Brunelli, we walked up Strawberry Canyon, went by the life science building, went by the Bancroft Library. ..."

 

 

"Museum of Man director takes post in Berkeley" is a report by Robert Pincus at signonsandiego.com.

"Mari Lyn Salvador, who was abruptly fired from her position as director of the San Diego Museum of Man in late May, has been named director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley, She will begin work at the Hearst later this month."



 

"Dallas-Fort Worth programs helping Hispanic mothers find teaching moments" is a story by Katherine Leal Unmuth in The Dallas Morning News.

"Catalina Vazquez had to become a student herself to learn how to be her child's first teacher.

With help from the Dallas nonprofit program Avance, she and other Hispanic mothers are taking a more active role preparing their children for school.

'At school, he likes to read and participate in class,' Vazquez said of her 4-year-old son, Angel. 'The teacher asked, 'Who taught him this?' '

But many Latina immigrant mothers aren't receiving such help because programs like Avance often suffer from limited funding and lengthy waiting lists.

A new study further highlights the problem: While Hispanic children are born healthy, they begin lagging in language and mental development by age 2 ­ before they even begin preschool. The lag was tied to 'others' low education levels, the interactions they had with their children and large family sizes.

"We need to help these families earlier,' said Bruce Fuller, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study. 'If we don't, the slowdown in cognitive growth is going to handicap a lot of children, and then it starts to snowball.' "

 

 

"Pyrite, one of the most common materials, may be future of photovoltaics" is a story at msn.com. "Pyrite-based cells could one day change the economics of the solar panel industry, researchers say."

 

 

 

 

our Heddy Riss emails

 

 

"Troubled Bay Area banks begin to topple" by Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has seized two San Francisco banks in recent weeks and federal regulators have four other Bay Area banks under scrutiny, as the region loses what had been its relative immunity from an epidemic of failures."

 

 

Around 4:00 AM this morning a BPD officer on a routine patrol found a female body at the south end of Aquatic Park. The area has been secured by BPD as investigation proceeds. The death is being treated as a homicide.

 

 

 

posts from the past

11/05

Yesterday afternoon I picked up my friend Ferzaan at the North Berkeley BART station. He is here from Bangalore on business, having just spoken at a pharmaceuticals conference in Milbrae. He came to Berkeley for a visit and lunch. On coming out of the North Berkeley BART station he was given an all-too-typical Berkeley welcome--the stink from Pacific Steel hit him square in the face. Mind you, we were miles downwind from the facility. (On driving to Sea Salt for lunch Ferzaan mentioned that he had an unexpected introduction at the conference. Rather than the usual Dr Engineer has a Phd from . . . , etc, he was greeted with quotes from a Scrambled Eggs paragraph that I'd written on his last visit. He was pleased. A conference organizer, searching the web for Ferzaan's stats found my paragraph and used parts in his introduction.) At Sea Salt we both had Fish and Chips, the cod coated with deliciously seasoned batter, the fries real and perfect. Sadly, the batter was so thin that the fish crumbled to pieces so small they were best eaten with a spoon. Through the afternoon and early evening we made several trips to Trieste and were treated with perfectly prepared, beautifully presented coffees, but were served two "used cannoli."

If you want just normal Fish and Chips, check out The Crispy Fry--Fine Chinese Food & Fish & Chip in the Emery Bay Public Market, 5959 Shellmound Emeryville--their phone number is (510) 655-9955. You get four large pieces of white-fish and usually-real-potato fries for $6.40. It's fresh, tasty and there's a lot. Also check out Mo's Schrimp!

It's very bleak in Potter Creek without a park in which to meet

 

East Bay Nursery has its Holiday lights up.

Watch out for notices of west-Berkeley open studios during the Holiday Season. Then come down here and BUY their STUFF for presents.

 

Someone in the know emails about the most effective way communicate with our Postal Service "Telephone complaints are NO GOOD, as COA (Cover Your Ass) are the normal answers given. USPS has an email address: www.USPS.com or a letter to Postmaster Ralph Cherry, 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94704 are the best methods of complaints. Written letters that request a written response and or email are documented."

 

"Bay Area home sales down in October" reports James Temple of the West County Times. "In a further sign of the cooling residential real estate market, the number of Bay Area homes sold in October declined for the seventh straight month and, as in September, median prices dipped month-over-month."

 

Having just returned from reading the Berkeley Daily Planet and The East Bay Daily News at Café Trieste, I'm struck by two things--first, the excellence of the Trieste espresso, and the other, the difference between the publications--one, the Daily News, pretty much reports the news, the other, the Planet, by-and-large advances an agenda. So, . . ." take ya pick"--you don't even have to "pay ya money." They're both free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/14/09

"Suspect Arrested In Aquatic Park Homicide" reports KTVU-TV News

"Oakland police have arrested a suspect who reportedly was taken into custody in connection with a body found in Berkeley's Aquatic Park early Friday morning.

An off-duty Berkeley police officer found a woman lying on the shoreline shortly after 4 a.m. on the southeast side of the park near the intersection of Bolivar Drive and Potter Street, according to police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Soon afterward, police announced that the case was being investigated as a homicide. Frankel said the victim appeared to have been shot twice. The slaying is the fifth in Berkeley this year.

Oakland police arrested 38-year-old Curtis Martin at an address near the intersection of 24th and Chestnut in Oakland at approximately 1 p.m., authorities said.

While Berkeley police would not say what the connection was between the arrest and the body found, they did say they were confident that the man in custody was responsible for the woman's death.

'At this point, I can just tell you we've got the suspect in custody and we're confident we've got the right guy,' said Frankel."

 

 

"Convicted killer arrested in shooting death of woman found in Berkeley" by Doug Oakley and Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

 

 

"Man Arrested in Death of Woman Found at California Acquatic Park" reports foxnews.com.

"Police in California have arrested a man in connection with a woman's mysterious death after an off-duty officer found her body at an aquatic park.

The Berkeley police officer found the woman lying on the shoreline at Berkeley's Aquatic Park, an area that is known as a hot spot for criminal activity.

Curtis Martin, 38, is accused in the woman death, though police would not say how Martin is connected to the victim, whose name has not been released.

'South Aquatic Park has its share of problems,' Officer Frankel told KTVU. 'A reputation for drug use and prostitution in the past. I don't know if this relates to any of that.' "

 

 

Our Councilwoman, Linda Maio said in a TV interview that there hasn't "been any trouble there lately," but that it's a "lonely place at night."

Damn straight it's lonely at night, Ms Maio. It's also all-the-time, some-how-creepy. How creepy? I'm an old man and I've been " hit on" in broad daylight. Now that's creepy.

 

Three or four years ago, Jerry, a homeless guy and street recycler made a habit of regularly stopping here to talk. He said then, that the park was often too dangerous for him to sleep in.

 

 

"Divers were at Aquatic Park this morning probing the waters for the missing 8-month-old son of a 23-year-old Oakland woman found slain at the park Friday morning, authorities said" by Harry Harris, Oakland Tribune.

"The missing child was reported to Oakland police early today by relatives of Zoelina Williams, who was found beaten and shot to death about 4 a.m. Friday at the park.

Police in both Berkeley and Oakland apparently did not know Williams had a child until the relatives notified police. Oakland police said she and the infant had been living with relatives in West Oakland. The baby's name is Jashon Williams.

A suspect, Curtis Martin, 38, of Oakland, has been arrested as a suspect in Williams' slaying. But authorities said he so far is not talking about Williams' death or the missing child.

Authorities said he may have been driving both of them from Oakland to Vallejo early Friday before something happened to cause him to kill Williams and leave her at Aquatic Park.

It is still not clear what the relationship was between Martin and Williams and why she was killed.

The divers are part of the Alameda County Search and Rescue Team.

Anyone with information about the missing child should contact the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3641."

 

Tak mails

Ron,

This report makes it even creepier.I walk my dog to and through Aquatic park a few times every week. Almost always it is in the morning. I was there yesterday morning only to find that most of the park was blocked off by the police.The south end of Aquatic Park suffers from its difficult access. The south end can only be gotten to legally from inside the park or by walking or driving to Emeryville and then back on Bay Street. On the other hand it offers a convenient on ramp to east bound I-80.

Tak Nakamoto

 

 

Lt Andrew Greenwood, BPD emails this afternoon

At about three o'clock this afternoon, the Berkeley Police Department concluded its search in the south Aquatic Park for the missing child of homicide victim Zoelina Williams. The extensive search yielded no results relevant to the investigation.
 
Assisting the Berkeley Police Department were the Alameda County Sheriff's Office volunteer Search and Rescue Team, volunteer Dive Team, and volunteer Search and Rescue K-9's. Aircraft used included a California Highway Patrol fixed-wing aircraft, and a helicopter from the East Bay Regional Parks Department.
 
Berkeley Police Department detectives continue their investigation into the Williams homicide. I have nothing further to add at this time with regards to the investigation.
 
Please note the Oakland Police Department is handling the missing person investigation regarding Ms. Williams' child. Absent developments in Berkeley, I will likely refer inquiries for updates to the Oakland Police Department.
 
I will be the PIO for Berkeley PD for the next few weeks, as Ofc. Frankel is on family leave until mid-December.
 
My direct office line is 981-5809. My regular work hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30-6:30 PM.
 
Best regards,
 
Lt. Andrew Greenwood
Berkeley Police Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/15/09

"Toddler feared dead after mom found slain" Henry K. Lee, John King, Chronicle Staff Writers.

"Divers and search dogs scoured Berkeley's Aquatic Park on Saturday for any signs of a missing 17-month-old boy whose mother was killed, but their search yielded no clues about the toddler's whereabouts, authorities said.

Jashon Williams was last known to be with his mother, Zoelina Williams, 23, of Oakland, who was found beaten and fatally shot about 4 a.m. Friday in the park, police said. A suspect in the slaying, convicted child-killer Curtis Martin III, 38, of Oakland, remained in jail Saturday."

 

"Child's body found near Berkeley Marina" Rachel Gordon, Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writers.

"A child's body was found today near the Berkeley Marina, not far from where police officers had been searching for Jashon Williams, a missing 17-month-old boy whose mother was found killed in nearby Aquatic Park, authorities said.

The body was found by two kayakers shortly before 11 a.m., said Berkeley police Lt. Andrew Greenwood. He said the body was floating about 50 to 100 feet from the shoreline on the south side of the marina.

'All I can tell you is the body is that of a child,' Greenwood said. He said water flowed between Aquatic Park and the marina."

 

 

 

"Meiosis: Chromosomes Dance And Pair Up On The Nuclear Membrane" is a report at sciencedaily.com.

"Meiosis -- the pairing and recombination of chromosomes, followed by segregation of half to each egg or sperm cell -- is a major crossroads in all organisms reproducing sexually. Yet, how the cell precisely choreographs these chromosomal interactions is a long-standing question.

New findings by University of California, Berkeley scientists show that the cell's cytoskeleton, which moves things around in the cell, plays a critical role, essentially reaching into the nucleus to bring chromosome pairs together in preparation for recombination and segregation."

 

 

"Plan to close UC Center seems ill-advised" opines Sigrid Bathen at sacbee.com.

"Twenty-five University of California students and graduates from UC campuses were gathered around a long table in a windowless basement conference room in downtown Sacramento for a brown-bag lunch. On one side were 10 recent graduates, many working in and around the Capitol, who had participated in a popular public policy program ­ a program they say prepared them more than any other college experience for the realities of working in politics and public policy. Across the table at the recent gathering were 15 current students, many about to graduate with bachelor's degrees from UC in such diverse fields as political science, mathematics, economics, sociology, psychology and literature."




"John Adams is feeling festive" is an exciting story at latimes.com about a new-music festival.

"The composer is organizing the Los Angeles Philharmonic's first festival for its new music director, Gustavo Dudamel."

 

 

 

"At Bloomberg, a Modest Strategy to Rule the World" is a story at nytimes.com.

"Plopped in a white leather chair in a small office in Bloomberg L.P's Manhattan headquarters, Andrew Lack knows exactly how to articulate the aspirations of this 28-year-old media and technology company.

Daniel L. Doctoroff, Bloomberg's president, talked with emp'oyees last month about the BusinessWeek acquisition.

'We want to be the world's most influential news organization,' says Mr. Lack, who oversees Bloomberg's television, radio and dot-com endeavors.

Very clear. The most influential. On the planet. "

 

 

 

"Profiles in Later Life:Taking On Mountains-and Toxic Chemicals" is a story at wsj.com.

"Three decades after leading a charge against the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, Arlene Blum is back in the fight."

 

Hmm, . . . starting over as an Oldie. Would that be like me running for mayor at my age? Hold that thought.

 

Shit Happens is a philosophy to which I subscribe. But Aquatic Park has been shit ready to happen for years, even decades, and more importantly it has been readily apparent.That our political establishment has not addressed it makes me think about the use of recall petitions.

Hold that thought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/16/09

"A lifeless child discovered floating in waters off the Berkeley Marina on Sunday may be an Oakland toddler whose mother was found slain in nearby Aquatic Park just two days before" is a report by Rachel Gordon, Henry K. Lee,Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writers at sfgate.com.

The child, who has yet to be positively identified pending an autopsy scheduled for this morning, remains a 'Baby Doe,' said Lt. Andrew Greenwood of the Berkeley Police Department.

But among those who responded to the marina - after the grim find by kayakers just before 11 a.m. - were detectives from Oakland. They had been looking into the disappearance of 17-month-old Jashon Williams, and whether he was slain along with his mother by a man with a past conviction for killing a young child.

"We're wishing for a miracle," said Karim Toney, Jashon's uncle, who hopes the body is not his nephew.

The unsettling case, which still has many unanswered questions, began before dawn on Friday. Jashon's mother, 23-year-old Zoelina Williams, was found fatally shot and beaten around 4 a.m. in Aquatic Park, along the shoreline east of Interstate 80."

 

 

"Report offers snapshot of union labor today" by Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Today's typical union member is a woman working in the public sector, whereas 25 years ago it might have been a man with a factory job, according to a report that looks at the changing face of organized labor.

The report, published by the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, starts its analysis in 1983, when federal surveys first started collecting details about union members."

 

 

 

"Workers of the World, Incorporate" by Nancy Folbre at nytimes.com

"On Oct. 27, the United Steelworkers announced an agreement with Mondragon International to move toward establishment of manufacturing cooperatives in the United States and Canada.

Maybe this agreement represents a symbolic gesture that will not generate any significant economic benefits. Maybe it represents a step in the evolution of a new institutional form for the modern manufacturing firm.

It certainly represents a new direction for the American labor movement. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/17/09

"Slaying suspect arrested twice in '08" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The parolee suspected of killing an Oakland woman and possibly her young child was arrested twice in 2008 for allegedly violating a restraining order obtained by a previous girlfriend who said he had beaten her and threatened her 13-year-old son, court records show.

Alameda County prosecutors, however, never brought charges against Curtis Martin III, 38, who had already served five years in state prison for beating a child to death, the records show."

 

 

 

"California's two-third tax-and-budget requirement may head to ballot" opines centralvalleybusinesstimes.com.

"Proposed Constitutional amendment starts gathering signatures.

Would align California with majority of states.

It would take just a simple majority vote in the Legislature to approve a state budget or raise taxes under a proposed amendment to the California Constitution.

Currently, such actions require a two-thirds vote. That has led to the annual budget wars in Sacramento as a minority of lawmakers controls the final actions. While Democrats hold most of the seats in the Assembly and state Senate, they lack a two-thirds majority.

The proponent for the measure, George Lakoff, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, must collect signatures of 694,354 registered voters ­ the number equal to 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election ­ in order to qualify it for the ballot. He has until April 12, 2010."

 

 

 

"An Open Letter to the University Community" is at dailycal.com.

"What is at Stake?

On Nov. 18, the UC Board of Regents will take up a vote to impose a 32 percent fee increase upon the students of Our University. A fee that will be levied on underrepresented communities and students of color who already see affordability and accessibility to this privileged institution as an obstacle. A fee that will be levied on AB540 students, international and out-of-state students who already receive no support from the state. A fee that will be levied on the middle class who are squeezed to make college payments but make too much to be supported by the Blue & Gold plan. This fee is proposed to take place at the same time the University of California continues to layoff custodians and staff, impose temporary layoffs and openly bust unions in a deliberate effort to manage this crisis upon the backs of the most vulnerable members of our community. This fee increase is further imposed without any recognition of the needs for budget transparency and in the anti-democratic context of UC President Mark Yudof's emergency powers.

In response to this monumental day of decision, in which the regents are plotting changes that will knowingly limit access and opportunity to Our University, the students, workers and faculty at UC Berkeley, and across the full UC system, are calling for three days of mass protest. While we stand in solidarity with our allies in Southern California who are massing to confront the regents directly, the members of the Solidarity Alliance here at Berkeley are calling for a strike, beginning with a mass walkout at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to demand that the regents hear our voices, reject these fee increases and end these attacks on worker's jobs and contracts. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/18/09

"Homicide suspect featured on 'Americas Most Wanted' arrested" by Kristin Bender Oakland Tribune.

"A man suspected of killing three people during a violent spree in Berkeley and Oakland in May - and who was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' earlier this month - was arrested Tuesday near Sacramento, police said.

Rafael J. Campbell, 25, was the last outstanding suspect wanted in connection with the killing of Charles "CJ" Davis, 25, in Berkeley and an uninvolved motorist and pedestrian in North Oakland minutes apart May 16. He was wanted on three counts of murder.

At 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Marshals, working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Northern California Fugitive Apprehension Team, and Sacramento police attempted to contact Campbell at a ground-floor apartment in Natomas, Sacramento County. Campbell attempted to flee out the rear of the apartment but was caught by Sacramento officers with police dogs who had surrounded the complex, police said.

It's unclear why Campbell was in the Sacramento area, said Lenny Boyer, acting U.S. marshal for eastern California. Campbell was featured on the Nov. 7 broadcast of 'America's Most Wanted.' "

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley must scale back on downtown museum" is a report by Kenneth Baker, Chronicle Art Critic.

"A shortage of funds has prompted UC Berkeley to abandon its plan to construct a new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive downtown."


 

"Energy Management Specialist Wins 2009 Cleantech Open" is a report at cleantechbrief.com.

"EcoFactor of Redwood City, California beat out 277 other companies to carry off top honors at the 2009 Cleantech Open. EcoFactor won with a software system that can communicate with home thermostats to reduce energy use.

The runners-up were also Northern California companies: Alphabet Energy of Berkeley, which is developing a system of generating energy from waste heat; and Micromidas of West Sacramento, which turns carbon from wastewater into bio-plastics."

 

 

"Clean Energy and Climate Policy for U.S. Growth and Job Creation" is a story a reuters.com.

"This study finds that a robust climate bill could boost the U.S. economy by about $111 billion by 2020 and create as many as 1.9 million jobs.

The report is by David Roland-Holst and Friedrich Kahrl of the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Madhu Khanna of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Jennifer Baka of Yale University. Their findings run contrary to claims made by opponents of climate legislation in the U.S. Senate."

 

 

"Do these genes make my heart seem big? Study finds a gene for empathy" reports the latimes.

"In the long-running nature-nurture debate over what makes us who we are, chalk up a new victory for nature.

A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found a single coding variation in the human genome that appears responsible, at least in part, for individual variations in such personality and behavior traits as empathy and response to stress."

 

 

 

"Reality Check on High-Speed Rail for California" by Christine Cosgrove at berkeley.edu.

"State high-speed rail planners hope to receive $4.7 billion in federal stimulus funding and break ground as early as 2011 on a system that will move trains at speeds of 200+ mph. See animated video of trains on the CalTrain corridor at www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/gallery.asp?s=san-francisco-bay.

In November 2008, California voters passed a $9.95-billion bond issue to build a bullet train that would zip passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles via the Central Valley at speeds up to 220 miles per hour. A few months later, the Obama administration threw its heft behind the high-speed rail (HSR) concept by offering nearly $10 billion to HSR projects, and the California High Speed Rail Authority anticipates receiving a good chunk of those funds. Clearly, many Americans-sick of congested roads or padding shoeless through long security lines at airports-are smitten with the romance of the rails.

But last month, at an overflow symposium in UC Berkeley's Alumni House, a panel of experts in the fields of transportation engineering and city and regional planning urged caution. Samer Madanat, director of Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies and CEE professor, moderated the discussion.

'If it is built, it will be the largest infrastructure transportation project in the U.S. since the Interstate was constructed beginning more than a half century ago,' Madanat said. 'It is a complex endeavor and requires a complex understanding of the engineering, economic and environmental issues.'

Panelists' concerns centered on ridership, cost and environmental benefits-all of which are interrelated and will dictate the success or failure of the mega project."


 

 

 

"Answers About Community Colleges, Part 1" is a report by Kay McClennet at nytimes.com

"Each day this week, the Guidance Office - the forum on The Choice where readers ask questions of education experts - will feature answers about community colleges by Kay M. McClenney. Dr. McClenney is the director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, a research and service initiative of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

An annual survey by the center, which this year draws on interviews with more than 400,000 students at more than 650 community colleges, is being released today. All told, more than 6 million students are enrolled in for-credit courses at community colleges - nearly as many as in undergraduate programs at four-year colleges.

Here, Dr. McClenney discusses the benefits - and challenges - of transferring from two-year to four-year colleges, as well as the prospects for earning four-year degrees at community colleges."

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/19/09

"California Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend, Her Son" is a report at foxnews.com.

"Prosecutors say a 38-year-old Oakland man killed his girlfriend's young son, dumped his body in the water, then killed her to stop her from telling anyone.

Charles Martin III was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder with special circumstances, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Police found the body of 17-month-old Jashon Williams floating near the Berkeley Marina on Sunday - two days after the body of his mother, Zoelina Williams, was found in nearby Aquatic Park.

Martin has not yet entered a plea.

Martin previously was convicted of killing a girlfriend's child. He pleaded guilty in 1994 to voluntary manslaughter in a plea deal that got him 11 years in prison. He was released in six years after getting credit for time served."

 

 

Rick Ballard emails

Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest           
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-8400
email: groove2@earthlink.net
www.myspace.com/grooveyardjazz
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
 
Greetings from Groove Yard.
 
 
The storewide sale has been extended through Sunday, November 22. Every record and CD, including all consignments, is 20% off the marked price.

 

 

Kava's parking lot-the old junkyard--is now mostly paved.

 

 

 

 

"California unemployment hits 12.5%" reports Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"California employers added 25,700 jobs in October, the first such gain since April of 2008. But the state unemployment rate still rose to 12.5 percent, its highest level in nearly 70 years, as a report issued Friday depicted a downtrodden labor market struggling to rebound."

 

 

 

 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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 at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets 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 and friendly.

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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