"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.
"Fears for the Future of the University
of California" is
opinion at nytimes.com.
" The University of
California system has long been one of the gems of American education
- a first-rate research university that was one of the most affordable
in the country. But it's future is uncertain, my colleague Tamar
On Thursday, the university's
Board of Regents voted to raise fees for undergraduates - equivalent
to tuition - by 32 percent. That means student will be paying
more than $10,000 a year, about three times as much as they did
a decade ago.
Students staged demonstrations
to protest the tuition increase. But for the faculty, and for
many in the state who are concerned about education, the larger
issue is the quality of the university and its reputation in the
wake of an $813 million budget cut. . . .
And some professors are leaving.
This year, the University
of Texas lured three senior faculty members from the University
of California, among them William F. Hanks, and his wife, Jennifer
Johnson-Hanks, both anthropologists.
'Last spring, when we made
the decision, there were issues, but the budget hadn't quite slammed
down to the extent it has since then,' Mr. Hanks said. 'It looks
a lot bleaker now.
But in our case, it wasn't
so much wanting to leave Berkeley as wanting to come to U.T. Surprisingly,
there's more intellectual excitement and dynamism here. The department
is growing and expanding, and we're part of a cohort of new people,
which is a fabulous feeling, fraught with potential.' "
"Paul Alivisatos appointed director of
Berkeley Lab" is
a report at nanowerk.com.
"The University of California
Board of Regents on Nov. 19 named Paul Alivisatos director of
the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
which is managed by the university."
"Hyperlens sharpens sights with sound"
is a story at msnbc.
"A versatile, new hyperlens developed by scientists at the
University of California, Berkeley could soon give expecting parents
high-definition baby pictures as well as provide ship captains
incredibly accurate maps of the sea floor. "
"California's budget woes will continue
for years, report says"
by Shane Goldmacher, latimes.com.
"Tax receipts have leveled
off, but revenue won't bounce back until the 2014-15 budget year,
according to the chief budget analyst. Near term, the state faces
a nearly $21-billion deficit."
"Commercial sales plummeted 79% in S.F" is a report in the San Francisco Business
"San Francisco commercial
property sales activity dropped 79 percent in the 12 months that
ended Sept. 30, according to a report from LoopNet.
Most pronounced was the drop
in price per square foot that LoopNet recorded. The average office
property sold for $245 a square foot in the year through Sept.
30, compared with $404 per square foot in the previous 12 months.
Total volume in the commercial
business district plummeted from $1.8 billion from September 2007
to September 2008 to $596 million in the 12 months ends in September
In the apartment sector,
LoopNet reported a drastic reduction in sales activity as San
Francisco's largest landlord, the Lembi Group, stopped acquiring
buildings and began defaulting on properties in 2008. Just $180
million in multi-family buildings traded in the most recent September
period, compared with $1.3 billion during the previous 12 months.
Price per unit also fell, from $297,000 to $199,000.
Nationally, total investment
in office properties dropped from $78 billion to $20 billion."
I'm told by a usually reliable
source that a west-Berkeley commercial property recently sold
in foreclosure for 300k. Before the crash, it was listed [unrealistically?]
at 2 mil.
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."
"At the Peace in Medicine Healing Center
in Sebastopol, the wares on display include dried marijuana -
featuring brands like Kryptonite, Voodoo Daddy and Train Wreck
- and medicinal cookies arrayed below a sign saying, 'Keep Out
of Reach of Your Mother' " is
a report by Monica Almeida, The New York Times.
"The warning tells a
story of its own: some of the center's clients are too young to
buy themselves a beer.
Several Bay Area doctors
who recommend medical marijuana for their patients said in recent
interviews that their client base had expanded to include teenagers
with psychiatric conditions including attention-deficit hyperactivity
'It's not everybody's medicine,
but for some, it can make a profound difference,' said Valerie
Corral, a founder of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana,
a patients' collective in Santa Cruz that has two dozen minors
as registered clients.
Because California does not
require doctors to report cases involving medical marijuana, no
reliable data exist for how many minors have been authorized to
receive it. "
our Angela emails
Important community announcement
about our West Berkeley branch library. West Berkeley residents
strongly encouraged to attend to provide feedback to architects
working on renovations
Thank you and hope all is well
The first community meeting
regarding the upcoming renovation of the West Branch of Berkeley
Public Library is scheduled on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30
8 pm at the library, 1125 University Avenue. This will be
an opportunity to meet the architects, Harley Ellis Devereaux
/ Greenworks Studio, and to ask questions and give input into
what you as a community member would like to see in our new library.
I hope that some members of UAA will take advantage of this opportunity
to help shape an important piece of University Avenue.
Branch Manager, West Branch Library
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Cultural Competence/Ethnic Services from the Mental Health Division
in the City of Berkeley invites you enjoy to a Cultural Night
with food, dance and performance. The purpose of this event
is to share diverse cultural experiences with our multicultural
community in Berkeley/Albany. We are also inviting the Mental
Health staff, other city agencies, and non-profit community groups
so that this evening breaks the barriers that keep us apart.
Join us on Friday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at Finnish
Hall, 1819 10th Street. Please see the attached flyer
(Bilingual), and note that this is a pot luck feast. Child
care provided. Contact me for any questions, or to help
spread the invitations widely throughout our community.
"It takes courage to interrogate yourself.
It takes courage
to look in the mirror and see past your reflection to who you
really are when you take off the mask, when you're not performing
the same old routines and social roles. It takes courage to ask.
How did I become so well-adjusted to injustice? "
Multicultural Services Coordinator
Mental Health Administration of HS Dept
post from the past
Cacao open house here
in Potter Creek
"California hit by budget deficit, no quick
solution in sight"
is a report at xinhuanet.com/english.
crisis is deteriorating as students in many state universities
are protesting a big tuition hike, with no immediate solution
California's budget deficit
will reach 20.7 billion U.S. dollars over the next 18 months,
according to report from the State Legislative Analyst's Office.
It also predicts that the
gap between the state's projected revenues and spending next year
would grow to nearly three times the 7.4 billion estimated just
four months ago.
The budget hole is growing
after billions in risky budget fixes had failed to materialize
and also because revenue projections for next year were too optimistic,
the report said.
The state's lawmakers have
no other solutions to the budget crisis but further cuts to state
The cuts so far have a serious
impact on the operation of the state and local governments. The
move has led to layoffs and cuts of social services. Courts have
been forced to close on some weekdays to save money and prisons
have to release prisoners to meet the budget cut.
The budget cuts also have
a serious impact on education in the state. University of California's
Board of Regents voted to approve a 32 percent increase in student
fees last week. "
posts from the past
THE CAT AND THE FOX
a Cat and a Fox were traveling together. As they went along, picking
up provisions on the way--a stray mouse here, a fat chicken there--they
began an argument to while away the time between bites. And, as
usually happens when comrades argue, the talk began to get personal.
think you are extremely clever, don't you?" said the Fox.
"Do you pretend to know more than I? Why, I know a whole
lot of tricks!" "Well," retorted the Cat. "I
admit I know one trick only, but that one, let me tell you, is
worth a thousand of yours!"
then, close by, they heard a hunter's horn and the yelping of
a pack of hounds. In an instant the Cat was up a tree, hiding
among the leaves.
is my trick," he called to the Fox. "Now let me see
what yours are worth."
the Fox had so many plans for escape he could not decide which
one to try first. He dodged here and there with the hounds at
his heels. He doubled on his tracks, he ran at top speed, he entered
a dozen burrows, --but all in vain. The hounds caught him, and
soon put an end to the boaster and all his tricks.
is always worth more than cunning.
Early Berkeley PD crime fighter
is also a film noir "star."
In It Came From Berkeley,
Dave Weintsein writes "One of the first lie detectors was
developed by John A Larsen, a Phd in philosophy whom Vollmer brought
into the department . The machine was improved in 1920 by [Detective]
Keeler, the son of Berkeley poet, Charles Keeler,* who
was a friend of the chief. . . . You can catch Leonarde Keeler
playing himself in the film
Call Northside 777".
Augustus Keeler (October
7, 1871 July 31, 1937) was an American author, poet, naturalist
and advocate for the arts, particularly architecture.
Keeler was born in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and moved with his family to Berkeley in 1887. He studied
biology at the UC Berkeley, and was hired in 1891 by the California
Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. That same year, Keeler met
the architect Bernard Maybeck on the commuter ferry. They became
friends, and in 1895 Keeler hired Maybeck to build his home on
Highland Place, just north of the UC campus. It was Maybeck's
first residential commission.
"Police break up UC occupations" at socialistworker.org.
Students occupied Kerr Hall
at the University of California Santa Cruz
"Rachel Cohen reports
from the University of California Santa Cruz, one of a number
of campuses where protesting students and staff were confronted
by riot police.
Police acting on orders from
university and state officials, cracked down on protests and occupations
at campuses across California, in a clear escalation of force
against the growing movement of students, staff and faculty protesting
severe budget cuts and tuition increases."
"Haves vs. Have-Nots at Public Universities"
is opinion at nytimes.com.
"The University of California,
which has already received $716 million in federal stimulus funds
to offset a $1 billion budget gap, announced on Friday that it
is raising student fees by 32 percent. That works out to about
$2,500 per student a year.
Student protesters said that
the higher costs will make it even harder for middle class and
poor students to go to college, and will widen the education gap
between the haves and the have-nots. But the students at the 10-campus
California system are, on average, from far wealthier backgrounds
than the average household in the state. This gap is pronounced
at other prominent public universities, like Michigan and Virginia."
"Errors riddle accounts of stimulus spending" Gianna Albaum, California News Service.
"Nine months after President
Obama promised that his $789 billion stimulus package would be
the most transparent spending bill in history, much of the information
available to the public for the Bay Area and the rest of the nation
is incomplete or inaccurate.
The White House's Recovery
Act Web site - www.recovery.gov - shows that $660 million has
been awarded to Bay Area transportation projects to create 997
jobs, which amounts to a staggering $661,986 per job.
Last week, the site showed
that California Congressional Districts 00 and 99 received millions
of dollars in stimulus funding even though neither district exists.
The Bay Area's total also
included $1.8 million to purchase buses in Duluth, Minn., which
the federal Web site pinpointed with a dot just below San Leandro,
and $4.8 million for road work in Laredo - which is in Texas."
"'2,000 Year Old Man' still kicking on
new DVD" is about
maybe THE great comedy album, John Clark, Special to The Chronicle.
"' The 2,000 Year Old
Man' is one of those acts that have influenced a whole generation
of comedians, whether they know it or not. Recorded and released
on a series of albums beginning in the 1960s, the performances
featured Carl Reiner as questioner/straight man and Mel Brooks
pretending to be something he's clearly not - a 2,000-year-old
man. The style might have been rooted in the Catskills, but the
targets were contemporary, and so was the giddy improvisation.
Now 87, Reiner has been in
show business for more than 50 years as a writer, performer, producer
and director. He got his start working on Sid Caesar's 'Your Show
of Shows,' created The Dick Van Dyke Show,' and appeared in films
as diverse as 'The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming'
and 'Ocean's Eleven' (2001) and its sequels. Of course, he's also
the father of director Rob Reiner. We spoke to him from Los Angeles."
"Berkeley Officials Say Zoning Must Change
to Attract High-Tech Firms" reports
Debra Levi Holtz, Chronicle Staff Writer on 9/27/99.
"Berkeley business and
government leaders say zoning laws governing the city's industrial
area ignore the realities of today's economy and prevent the city,
home of a world-famous research university, from attracting high-tech
The laws, prompted by a proposal
in the early 1980s to convert the Durkee Foods factory into offices
and laboratories, were designed to prevent an exodus of blue-collar
jobs by protecting traditional manufacturers. Instead, large tracts
of industrial sites surrounding Interstate 80 have remained vacant
with nothing to replace them.
Even the staunchest supporters
of the laws are now joining critics who say Berkeley is being
left behind while neighboring East Bay cities are reaping the
benefits of the high-tech revolution.
'Berkeley is still looking
at the blue-collar world of the 1940s and waiting for the liberty
ship to come in,' said Darrell de Tienne, an industrial designer
who has worked on numerous projects in Berkeley's Aquatic Park
business area. 'It's not going to happen. The world has changed.''
Last week, City Councilwoman
Linda Maio, who has been a leading proponent of West Berkeley
zoning policies, said she is beginning to realize that times have
changed and Berkeley must catch up.
'I waited around for this
industrial thing to happen and it didn't happen,' Maio said."
CEID's Jill Ellis emails
We are so fortunate to have you here to provide us these important
updates. I read them all! To you and all your readers,
NOW, much more parking
across from the Bowl, snapped
thru a food-service window
Thanksgiving shopping, very
at our Bowl
"I Found My Art in San Francisco"
by Robert Simonson, playbill.com.
"Much of the cultural
history of the United States can be read as an artistic skirmish
for supremacy between the two coasts.
New York had theatre; L.A.
had movies. New York had punk rock; California birthed the surf
sound. Gotham gave the world the bebop of Charlie Parker; California
furnished cool jazz of Gerry Mulligan. When artists grow tired
of the grind of Manhattan, they typically retreat to sunny SoCal,
while West Coast habitues weary of Hollywood come to the East
for a recharge.
But, these days - at least
in theatre - the two coasts have more in common than ever.
An increasing number of high-profile
Broadway productions first saw the light of day on stages in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Current examples include Sarah Ruhl's
In the Next Room and Carrie Fisher's one-woman show Wishful Drinking,
both of which had stagings at Berkeley Rep before coming to New
York. Another Berkeley Rep premiere, American Idiot, was recently
announced to be Broadway-bound. Berkeley also gave Gotham the
heralded Stew musical Passing Strange, which played both Off-Broadway
and Broadway (and was adapted into a Spike Lee film). "
"Berkeley artists ready to open their studios"
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley
"Jim Rosenau makes furniture
and sculpture out of found books, pieces that tell a story using
the titles on the covers and spines.
Susan Brooks makes paintings
and jewelry and Erin McGuiness molds clay into high-end pottery.
The artists in Berkeley's
Sawtooth building at Dwight Way and Eighth Street and about 30
others around the city, 100 in all, are getting ready for the
annual open studios tour scheduled over four successive weekends
Studio hours are 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m."
Others are also holding open
house. Among them are ActivSpace and independents like Merryll
Saylan et al. RP
"Students fight tuition hikes" by Caleb T. Maupin at workersworld.org.
"In the early hours
of the afternoon of Nov. 19, more than 2,000 students stood outside
the office of the University of California's Board of Regents.
As it became clear that a motion to raise UC tuition by 32 percent
had passed, the students screamed in outrage. Outside the meeting
and all across the state, students began to fight back."
"The Choices Faced by UC, Students and
the Public" is opinion
"Over at Room for Debate,
there is a good discussion about public universities nationwide
and the difficulty balancing fiscal responsibility and access
to higher education.
The discussion is on the
heels of last week's decision by the University of California's
Board of Regents to raise undergraduate fees by 32 percent. That
decision sparked protests with people taking over buildings Friday
on the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses. Carly Fiorina, who is
seeking to become the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, said
on CNN's 'State of the Union' that the increase in fees was 'an
"Free-range fathering in a fearful world" is a book review at torontostar.com.
"As U.S. cities go,
it is hard to imagine one less menacing than Berkeley. A post-hippie
enclave serving the brainy elite that studies and teaches at the
University of California, Berkeley is a picture postcard of manicured
lawns, tree-lined sidewalks and bike-laned residential streets.
In other words, the perfect
place for unsupervised kids to tear around freely. What is the
worst that can happen? A scraped knee? A barked shin? Or, in rare
cases, a broken arm or leg?
And yet, as author and Berkeley
resident Michael Chabon observes in his new book Manhood for Amateurs:
The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, it's
not uncommon for children living within a few houses on the same
residential street to be virtual strangers to one another."
"Volunteers, cops team up to help needy
in Berkeley" is
a story at kgonews.com.
"There was plenty of
Thanksgiving spirit in Berkeley [last] Tuesday morning, as community
volunteers joined officers from Berkeley and the University of
California Police Department to pack food baskets for the needy.
Much of the money for the
baskets is raised by Berkeley PD's annual fundraising 'Turkey
Ride' to South Lake Tahoe. This is the event's 25th year, which
organizers say makes it even more special."
"Berkeley-Calif.-based Seeo won a $6.2
million grant to develop and deploy a 25 kWh prototype battery
for the power grid using its technology" is part of a report at earth2tech.com.
"The startup was founded
about two years ago by Mohit Singh, who developed the nano-structured
polymer electrolyte as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley
National Labs. Singh explained the company's technology at a UC
Berkeley event last May as a nano-structured solid-state battery
based on a polymer electrolyte that he said is more stable, safer,
and has a higher energy density than current lithium-ion batteries
on the market.
The DOE said Seeo's technology
would be used to 'demonstrate the substantial improvements offered
by solid state lithium-ion technologies for energy density, battery
life, safety, and cost,' and the technology would be targeted
at 'utility-scale operations, particularly community energy storage
projects.' Seeo has raised around $10 million from investors including
"Real estate bargains put some Bay Area
retailers in expansion mode" by
George Avalos, contracostatimes.com.
"A number of retailers
have defied the glum economy and are opening new Bay Area locations
amid the tough times. Some are low-cost merchants that cater to
those on tight budgets. Others don't typically fit into a discount
"Who creates the jobs?" is a question asked at sfgate.com.
"More economists are
saying that continuing job losses and moribund job creation will
require a second economic stimulus. What they don't agree on is
where to create jobs -- in the private sector or in the public
Michael Bernick, a former
director of the California Employment Development Department,
says we need jobs in both sectors but that jobs created in the
private sector give us more bang for our buck. Others say government
jobs paved the way to recovery in the '30s and will do so again.
To read more on these views, read today's Sunday Insight.
The Bay Area, with a one
of the most highly educated populations in the country, has suffered
fewer job losses than other parts of California, most notably
the Central Valley. Yet jobs are hard to come by here and those
struggling to keep afloat financially are suffering. The region
needs to restart the job creation engine quickly for its economic
health and, as UC Berkeley social psychologist Dacher Keltner
says, for the residents' long-term well-being."
"Are home solar panels worth the money?" asks Michael McCutcheon, mercurynews.com.
"Ronald Reagan and the RITE way to plan" is opinion by Craig Galbraith at starnews.com.
Economics (RITE) is well grounded in sophisticated economic thought.
. . . I argue that RITE is based upon five basic principles. .
First, people are a diverse
lot. They have different needs and desires. And people have the
freedom to choose where they live. . . .
Second, under RITE, communities
need to have a clear vision of what they want to be. . . . You
can have bedroom communities, high technology communities, beach
communities, farming communities, artist communities, industrial
communities, and yes, even liberal communities like Berkeley.
But what they all share in common is a clear commitment to a well
understood local vision. People then choose what community suits
them the best, and are happier for it. And for larger cities,
this means villages within the city, each run by empowered local
advisory councils charged with implementing the particular vision
of that community.
The third principle is small
government. . . .
Property rights are the fourth
principle of RITE. But property rights don't mean that people
can do whatever they want. Property rights also means that everybody
is protected from the negative impacts of other people's action.
. . .
Finally, RITE is based upon
trust, openness, and honesty, and ultimately the high ethical
standards of local politicians. Reagan was fond of quoting a Russian
proverb, 'Trust, but Verify' ".
Well, ok then.
"UC students' anger over fees misdirected" is opinion at fresnobee.com.
marched and even took over buildings at University of California
campuses last week. And, no, these weren't "tea party"
protests against "Obamacare." They were students protesting
yet another UC Board of Regents vote to increase fees.
California has been in a
boom-and-bust cycle with UC fees for 45 years -- increasing fees
during economic downturns and decreasing them during economic
good times. That's the opposite of what should occur -- the state
hits students with new costs just when their families face job
losses and uncertainty, and college savings have been decimated
in market meltdowns."
Some pretty commanding stats
"In a Home to Free Speech, a Paper is Accused
of Anti-Semitism" is
a story by Jesse McKinley at nytimes.com.
"For the last six years,
The Berkeley Daily Planet has published a freewheeling assortment
of submissions from readers, who offer sharp-elbowed views on
everything from raucous college parties (generally bad) to the
war in Iraq (ditto).
Becky O'Malley, front, is
the editor of The Berkeley Daily Planet, a California weekly that
critics accuse of publishing too many letters and other commentary
critical of Israel. Ms. O'Malley, 69, denies any personal or editorial
bias. 'I have the old-fashioned basic liberal thing of believing
that the remedy for speech you don't like is more speech,' she
John Gertz, editor of dpwatchdog.com,
a site containing what it calls anti-Semitic writings published
in The Planet. He says his goal is not to close the paper.
But since March, that running
commentary has been under attack by a small but vociferous group
of critics who accuse the paper's editor, Becky O'Malley, of publishing
too many letters and other commentary pieces critical of Israel.
Those accusations are the basis of a campaign to drive away the
paper's advertisers and a Web site that strongly suggests The
Planet and its editor are anti-Semitic."
Seems pretty clear to me
that criticism of Jews, Jewish-culture, Judaism, and/or Zionism
is NOT NECESSARILY anti-Semitism, but simply criticism.
On the other hand . . . RP
"Celebrating Miles Davis in Sight and Sound" is a reivew and more by Yasmine Ryan at nytimes.com.
"Examining music in a museum space is no simple task; exhibitions
about musicians tend to downplay the music itself. But 'We Want
Miles,' an ambitious show about the life and music of the jazz
great Miles Davis, at Cité de la Musique through Jan. 17,
is a remarkable exception. In this exhibition, the music is central.
The flow and form of the
exhibition at Cité de la Musique (221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès;
33-1-44-84-44-84; www.citedelamusique.fr; Métro: Porte
de Pantin), in the Parc de La Villette, is infused with the spontaneous
and elegant nature of the man and his music: cool and understated
in all the right places. Broken into a chronological series of
eras, the constant evolutions and revolutions that characterized
Davis's work are central themes.
The exhibition itself takes
a hands-on approach: plug into various listening stations to experience
Davis's tunes. Or sit and lose yourself in a series of 'mutes'
- acoustically designed rooms, shaped like the trumpet device
that Davis used to great effect, with music piped in. There's
also film of 'live' concerts, some projected onto big screens."
"You Say Potato, I'll Say Potato:How social
networks influence our behavior and outlook" is a book review at city-journal.org.
"Connected: The Surprising
Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, by
Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler (Little, Brown, 352
Before Facebook, few of us
asked others, explicitly, to be our friends. We didn't monitor
how many friends we had as an indication of our status or scroll
through listings of friends of friends to pad our own list.
Yet the history of humanity
is a history of social networking all the same, according to Nicholas
A. Christakis and James H. Fowler"
"Dubai debt problems cast shadow over region"
is an AP report at sfgate.com.
."For years, Dubai seemed
unstoppable, an oasis of excess boasting indoor ski slopes and
manmade islands, the world's tallest tower and dreams that reached
Now the bills are coming
due, and the emirate's debt problems are tarnishing a place built
on borrowed time and money - and threatening to spill into other
Gulf Arab nations.
Dubai World's call for a delay in repaying some of the $60 billion
it owes creditors will likely make international investors view
even more fiscally conservative countries through a lens of uncertainty,
Economy Roils as Dubai Postpones Loan Payments" is an
interview at lehrer news.org.
"Friday's news that
Dubai planned to postpone paying off its $60 billion debt threw
the world economy into turmoil- big losses were seen in Asia,
Europe and in the United States. Margaret Warner sits down with
economic expert Simon Johnson for an in depth look into how Dubai's
announcement will continue to affect the rest of the world."
David Snipper emails
You recently wrote:
"A couple of Sundays
ago, during Lipofsky and my outlining the development plan which
bears our names, I noticed Marvin had on one of those nifty baseball
caps with the beak in the front. I've been looking for one of
the old-fashion caps but all I see are those with beaks in the
back. Can anyone let me know where to get the older caps?"
Look no further, just turn around quickly while holding the beak!
"Telegraph Avenue Merchants Say BRT Threatens
Business" by Riya
Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
a Daily Planet
"Like the majority of
businesses on Telegraph Avenue, Moe's Books is against the city's
Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for Bus Rapid Transit, a bus
route city officials say is designed to have many of the advantages
of a rail line without the disruption that comes with laying tracks.
The plan would keep Telegraph
Avenue one-way northbound for cars but create a dedicated southbound
lane between Durant Avenue and Dwight Way for buses, delivery
and emergency vehicles and bikes.
Already struggling in today's
challenging economy, Moe's, which has been around for half a century
and employs 27 people, feels that two-way traffic on Telegraph
would give rise to gridlock and prevent customers from coming
to the store.
Standing in front of the
store her father founded 50 years ago, Doris Moskowitz watched
customers load and unload stacks of books from their cars."
"Berkeley's renaissance: Culture, cuisine
and more" by Patrick
May of the Mercury News is a slightly over the top appreciation
of Our Town.
"Dusk drapes itself
over the storied streetscape of Shattuck Avenue, and the thriving
conversation that is downtown Berkeley these days begins to unwind.
The air brakes on an AC Transit
bus hiss. A religious group chants prayers at the mouth of the
BART station. A jazz riff floats from a street musician's trumpet.
Weaving through all this
urban chatter are clusters of theatergoers, jazz lovers and folk-music
fans, all converging on the city's thriving and nationally recognized
arts district two blocks over. As if being home to a world-renowned
university and the cradle of California cuisine weren't enough
of a draw, Berkeley in the past few years has become a red-hot
For those lucky enough to
live a short drive or BART ticket away, it's a no-brainer destination.
'Between the Berkeley Rep,
Anna's Jazz Island, the Jazzschool, and the new Freight &
Salvage, and talk of a new art museum, you've got a real renaissance
going on,' says Scott Slocum, director of sales and marketing
for Hotel Shattuck Plaza, the recently renovated 99-year-old landmark.
Nowhere is that renaissance
more obvious than in the Downtown Berkeley Arts District along
Addison and neighboring streets, where culture vultures can feast
at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the smaller
Aurora Theatre Company and the Gaia Arts Center, or hear folk
and traditional music at the newly transplanted Freight &
"Relatively Few International Students
Enroll At UC Berkeley"
by Chris Carassi, Contributing Writer at daiylycal.
"While efforts are under
way within the UC system to increase non-resident student enrollment,
UC Berkeley will need a significant increase in the size of its
international student population to match other American institutions,
according to a recent survey.
The campus ranked 26th among
American university campuses with 3,506 international students-9.9
percent of its student body-in undergraduate, graduate and professional
programs, according to The Institute of International Education,
which based the survey off 2008-09 academic year data."
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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