Did our confrontational politics
begin in the '60s
"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
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)
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.
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
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!
on 11/7/09 this site received
just under 1200 visits and 4000 hits
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
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
"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
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."
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'
Have some Greens with your
Though my granddaddy
used collard, mustard or turnip greens, I prefer
chard because not only do I find it less coarse and less bitter,
stems don't go to waste. In fact, in many part of Europe the stems
considered to be the best part.
2-3 bunches of Swiss or Red Chard, depending on how many people
Salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, peeled and quartered
a piece of bacon fat (Vegetarians omit or substitute a Tablespoon
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
to repeat the process several times, changing water between washings.
Even the tiniest bit of grit left on the leaves could ruin your
so be thorough.
Tear the leaves
into more manageable pieces and cut the stems into 2"
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
just a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to cut the bitterness
greens. Put as many of the greens as can fit into the pot and
down with a wooden spoon. Greens will cook down to a fraction
original size, so don't worry about how you're going to fit them
Just keep adding and pushing them down. Give a bit of a stir,
eye on the water level so you don't scorch them and add more leaves
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
the degree of tenderness that you like. For me, this takes about
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
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
Quote of the day
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
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.
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
'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,'
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
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
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
"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
principles in California.
"It's incumbent upon us as architects and engineers to prove
that it's possible.'"
post from the past
Concrete pour at the Bowl--a
Bob Kubik photo
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.
"Berkeley's most wanted" is a review of the program plus a little more
"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
'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."
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
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
'You have to shut down this
bridge immediately,' said Professor Astaneh.'There's no doubt
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."
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
CONGRATS to Mayor
a Cuban reader
sends her portrait
Today, AP announced shortly
before 10:00 AM our time that Don Rumsfeld has resigned as Secretary
Well Ok then!
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
"Buster Keaton's 'General' Pulls In To
PFA" reports our
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.
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."
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
"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.
"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
The hypocrisy was equally
"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
"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
'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
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
"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
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
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.
"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
"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
"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
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
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.
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,
Lt. Andrew Greenwood
Berkeley Police Department
"Toddler feared dead after mom found slain" Henry K. Lee, John King, Chronicle Staff
"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
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
"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
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."
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
'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
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.
"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. "
"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
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.
"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
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
"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
"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
'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
Panelists' concerns centered
on ridership, cost and environmental benefits-all of which are
interrelated and will dictate the success or failure of the mega
"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."
"California Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend,
Her Son" is a report
"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
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
Rick Ballard emails
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest
Oakland, CA 94618
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.
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."
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Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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