Anna's Jazz Island has closed.
She hopes to reopen at a new location with a new partner.
Rick Ballard emails,
owner, Groove Yard
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
Friday nights at
the De Young Museum FREE
5:00 PM - 8:45
January 15, 2010
Wilsey Court and Kimball Education Gallery
Opening Night for Season Five of Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights
at the de Young
Live music by Artistic Beings: The Music of the Pyramids paying
tribute to King Tut! Featuring Idris Ackamoor, composer/multi-instrumentalist
and cofounder of legendary 1970s African jazz ensemble the Pyramids.
6:307:15 and 7:458:30 p.m. Please join Idris Ackamoor
and Frederick Harris as they present the music of the Pyramids,
Idris's groundbreaking 1970s African jazz ensemble, which self-produced
three albums and received international acclaim. The evening's
musical repertoire will feature compositions that can be heard
on the just-released reissues of the Pyramids' albums Lalibela,
King of Kings, and Birth/Speed/Merging, as well as new originals.
Idris will unveil his array of African percussion instruments,
invented instruments, and new musical directions, featuring Baba
Duru on congas and percussion; former member of the Pyramids
Kash Killion on bass; Waahid on drums and percussion; with special
guests Rhodessa Jones, actress, and Joanna Haigood, dancer and
a Potter Creek event of the
Mills is sponsoring a benefit
Our secret movie studio has
been working full bore on New Moon 3. Check
Want a gourmet cupcake? Want
it delivered ? Check out Berkeley's cupkates.com.
"UC Berkeley fraternities to face lawsuit" reports upi.com.
"A man in Berkeley,
Calif., says he intends to file suit against 35 fraternities at
the University of California, Berkeley, for alleged unruly behavior.
The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune
said Sunday that Paul Ghysels is eyeing a lawsuit with the South
of Campus Neighborhood Association that would target local fraternities
over alleged incidents involving violent assaults, public urination
and underage drinking."
Bay Area News Group's parent
company has announced it will file for bankruptcy. BANG papers
include the Contra Coasta Times, The Mercury News and the Oakland
"A View That Took Millions of Years" is a story at nytimes.com.
"When Doris Sloan, 79,
is stuck in traffic on Highway 24 east of the Caldecott Tunnel,
she takes the long view - the really long view. An adjunct professor
of earth and planetary science at the University of California,
Berkeley, Ms. Sloan, who lives in North Berkeley, wrote the field
guide 'Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region.' "
"Ra Ra Riot: 'The State is Broke, and Berkeley
is in Revolt' "
by Sylvie Greenberg at stanfordreview.org.
"Financial Difficulties Strain California's
Foster Care System" is
by Gerry Shih at nytimes.com.
"In the summer of 2008,
a 13-year-old boy from San Francisco emerged from a government
van and scanned his new surroundings. Five handsome houses, a
small school and an old gymnasium stood on 11 rural acres in the
Central Valley that bordered an almond orchard."
"U.S. Foreclosures May Rise to 3 Million
This Year" is a
report by Dan Levy at bloomberg.com.
"A record 3 million
U.S. homes will be repossessed by lenders this year as high unemployment
and depressed home values leave borrowers unable to make their
house payment or sell, according to a RealtyTrac Inc. forecast."
"Tax Cuts Killed California"
"Prop 13 led to disastrous results.
Once upon a time, there was
a Golden State which had the arguably the best public schools
and the best public higher education system of state colleges
and universities. People longed to move there for its natural
beauty, its climate, its good schools, its many jobs in the entertainment,
defense and high tech industries, etc. Was it a perfect state?
Far from it, but it did seem to be the place everyone wanted to
be -- once upon a time.
Now? Not so much. You might
even call it an unmitigated disaster, a failed state, one that
is, for all practical purposes, ungoverned and ungovernable."
"The Coast of Dystopia" is a story at nytimes.com.
"I didn't move to California
to become a 'Californian.' I usually say that I came for a job;
the truth is, I was young and in love and I followed a boy. That
was 21 years ago, and much to my surprise, I'm still here. The
relationship fizzled, but I was seduced by the romance of the
state. I'd become a true believer in the California dream, right
as it began to fall apart."
"One Foot In The Future: When it comes
to energy policy, saving a kilowatt could be more economical than
is a report by Ronald Brownstein at nationaljournal.com.
"Hinges in history aren't
usually obvious at the time. But with the distance of decades,
a chance 1976 meeting in the Berkeley Faculty Club between Jerry
Brown and Arthur Rosenfeld stands as a turning point in the way
Americans have used and thought about energy."
"The Nifty 50 : Patrik Ervell, Designe,Men's
Fashion" is another
story at nytimes.com.
"The Foreign Service's
loss is fashion's gain. After graduating from the University of
California, Berkeley, with a multidisciplinary degree encompassing
political science, economics and international relations, Patrik
Ervell moved to New York with his sights set on the State Department.
This diplomat in training had absolutely no intention of becoming
"An 'Open' Investigation: California Watch
Reporters Will Work from Coffee Shops" at editorandpublisher.com.by Mark Fitzgerald
"In an attempt to move
its newsroom into the public -- and keep working while moving
to a new office -- reporters and editors of California Watch and
the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) will work from coffee
shops around the state next Thursday.
The non-profit investigative
reporting project launched by CIR last summer has posted the locations
the staff will be working from. California Watch Editorial Director
Mark Katc'es, for instance, will be working at Royal Ground Coffee
at 2409 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley from 9 a.m. to noon.
California Watch's 'Open
Newsroom' is 'part of a goal to connect with readers and get out
of the office,' Katches writes."
Jeez, I've been doing this
for years--just thought I was lazy. RP
Pete's rain total for "the
storm" as of 9 this morning is 4 inches.
When tractor-trailer truck
was here with my big delivery, someone from Kruse was driving
by and stopped and offered the fork lift and said if we need it
just come over. We got it off with a lift gate and a pallet
Hope you're staying dry.
900 GRAYSON will be featured on Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives, January 25, Monday--on the Food Network.
Check website for times.
Potter Creek events of the
I went to Lipofsky's opening last night. There are
all kinds of ways to make a buck and Marvin's figured one out
where people pay him to make beautiful glass and travel around
the world. Congratulations.! (Oh, where were the Nathan's? They
were serving little shells with crab and stuff.)
Marvin Lipofsky's retrospective, A Glass Odyssey,
will be at the Oakland Art Museum from
July 19 through October 12, 2003.
Marvin Lipofsky's retrospective at the Oakland Art
Museum should not be missed. It is art-glass phantasmagoria.
Trieste is open!
the morning of opening day
"Local School District Chooses to Opt Out
of New Federal Program" by
Chris Carrassi, at dailycal.org.
"Citing a lack of information
and funding, the Berkeley Unified School District has opted not
to join the more than 700 California education agencies in the
state's bid to compete for a share of a $4.8 billion federal education
grant as part of President Barack Obama's 'Race to the Top' program."
"A la carte: Dungeness crab fests" by Linda Zavoral, Mercury News.
"It's the height of
crab season, and Northern California offers plenty of ways to
get your Dungeness on. So get cracking!
# At home: If the weather
cooperates, there should be plenty of crab to steam at home in
the coming months, fishmongers say. Dave Price, a sous chef at
Spenger's in Berkeley, says he's been pleased with the size, quality
and availability of Dungeness this season - a far cry from the
previous dismal season."
"Butterflies, Wind Turbines and 911 Immunity"
Feel Things Are Worse | California's famous optimism is endangered.
For the third consecutive year, a majority of Californians feel
worse off financially than they did a year ago, according to a
Field Poll. "
"Environmental groups try to block parts
of California's green building code" is a story at latimes.com
are mounting a last-ditch effort to derail key elements of the
state's first-in-the-nation green building code -- a major initiative
of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration.
The proposed code, likely
to be adopted Tuesday, would slash water use, mandate the recycling
of construction waste, cut back on polluting materials and step
up enforcement of energy efficiency in new homes, schools, hospitals
and commercial buildings statewide.
'It is going to change the
whole fabric of how buildings are built by integrating green practices
into our everyday building code,' said David Walls, executive
director of the California Building Standards Commission. 'The
rest of the nation will be looking at what we have done.'
But critics say the rules
fall short of rigorous standards adopted by Los Angeles, San Francisco
and more than 50 California jurisdictions in league with the U.S.
Green Building Council, a national nonprofit group of architects,
engineers and construction companies."
Dave Kruse emails
from his office window
a Potter Creek event of the
Kruse long-range plans include
moving all of their operation inside, leaving the yard space for
parking--another well-planned, considerate and neigborhood-friendly
move by the Kruse boys.
Kruse continues their property
cleanup with the spray-cleaning of their east and south building-walls.
And are painting their building.
And, I believe
the Kruse Guys will have painted their one-block long and half-block
wide building in two days over the weekend--and without any paint
stink. How'dey do dat?
"Food fight: Alice Waters vs. Caitlin Flanagan" is an opinion from buffalonews.com.
"Alice Waters of Berkeley's
Chez Panisse, famous in food circles for influencing American
restaurants and home cooks to prize local vegetables, fruit and
meat, has suggested that schoolchildren should be taught more
about food. Specifically, where their meals come from, how to
grow vegetables, and more, a curriculum designed to make them
more educated consumers. Her restaurant's foundation puts its
money where her mouth is, running the Edible Schoolyard program.
Who could argue with that?
Caitlin Flanagan could. A conservative writer for The Atlantic
with a strong contrarian bent, Flanagan suggests that children
involved in school garden programs are wasting their time."
"Producer changes sweetener in milk" is a report at upi.com.
"Berkeley Farms' switch
from corn syrup to regular sugar to sweeten non-fat chocolate
milk makes no difference nutritionally, a San Francisco pediatrician
"Environmental lobbying group accused of
is a story at taxdollars.com.
"California Watch, the
new not-for-profit newsroom up in Berkeley, has an interesting
story this week about an environmental lobbying group called the
"AB 32 Implementation Group" which appears to be actually
working against implementing AB 32, a state measure which seeks
to reduce carbon emissions by one-fourth by 2020.
The organization includes
22 of the state's biggest carbon polluters as ranked by the state
Air Resources Board. Oil refiners, cement manufacturers, chemical
companies, and trucking firms figure prominently. There are also
several Orange County-based business lobbies on the list."
"Gaps in Moth Logic" by Ingfei Chen at sciencemag.org.
"Nearly 3 years after
the Australian light brown apple moth was first identified in
Berkeley, California, more than 257,907 moths have been trapped
in 18 counties from Napa to Los Angeles, but they haven't yet
made substantial inroads into the prime agricultural Central Valley,
and major crop damage hasn't materialized. Some entomologists
believe that the state's farmers can learn to live with the exotic
invader-perhaps with the same control tools they already use to
manage other moths in the same leafroller family."
"Scientists Discover Fog on Titan"
by Stephanie Lam atthe
"Titan, Saturn's largest
moon, has been known to be the only astronomical object in the
solar system other than the earth found to possess a great amount
of liquid on its surface, but it is not until recently that fog
has been found on Titan."
our Janine Johnson emails
The Oakland Rose Garden is
revamping their collection to conform to ARS standards, and they
are taking out a couple hundred roses. They would love to be able
to give them new homes, rather than pitching them out, so this
is a plea to you all to see if you can make some space in your
yards for roses, most unknown, but some with name tags, (pretty
new!) all in excellent condition, pruned and bare root. They will
be either teas or grandifloras.
What I figure I can do, since
it is a little complicated to go to the rose garden itself and
pick up the plants, is collect names of you who want to partake
of this golden opportunity, and then when I have accumulated enough
numbers, coordinate with the lovely folks at the rose garden to
get a load, and then you can pick them up from me at my house,
where parking is easy. If you have need of many, like twenty or
something, I can put you in direct contact with the Garden folks.
You may also know of a public place, such as a church which might
appreciate some roses.
Obviously you need to be
somewhere in or near the Bay Area, so if you've received this
and live elsewhere, please forgive me!
Roses like sun, can take
a surprising amount of drought, once established (though need
water the first summer), and are really not hard to care for,
so long as they have air circulation and get pruned in the fall.
I don't bother with any chemicals on mine. They get some disease
sometimes, but it is not a big problem. These roses are bare root,
with some nice soil clinging to their roots. You'd probably want
to add some compost to your own soil when planting them, if your
earth is anything like mine! (clay). They love to get a manure
mulch in the spring, but it is not essential.
I hope to hear from you!
Janine's email is here
--or, it is email@example.com
"Calif. high court strikes down medical
pot limits" is an
AP report at sfgate.com.
"A unanimous California
Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that sought to impose
limits on the amount of marijuana a medical patient can legally
"In many remembrances,
loved ones dance around the word death:A look at the variety of
phrases used in paid death notices and why people seem to prefer
avoiding the word 'died.' " by Carlos Alcala at seattletimes.com.
"Death is hard to find in death notices.
This is the time of year
- January and February - when death rates are generally highest,
according to the National Vital Statistics System.
Newspapers tend to run more
paid death notices at this time of year, too.
If you read those notices
carefully, however, you'll find many people in them didn't exactly
"Federal Funds Aid Researchers' Goal to
Treat Radioactive Contamination"
is a report at globesecuritynewswire.org.
"Federal stimulus money
will be used to support a scientific research project aimed at
producing a treatment for radiation exposure that might be produced
by a radiological 'dirty bomb,' the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory in California said yesterday . . . ."
Yesterday this site had 749
visitors, 3681 hits, and an average browsing time of 1 hr 40 min.
"Editor Named for San Francisco News Project" is a report at nytimes.com.
"A new, nonprofit news
organization in the San Francisco area began to take shape Thursday,
with the announcement that it had hired a top administrator and
top editor, and had reached an agreement to supply content to
the Bay Area edition of The New York Times.'
"A New News Organization's Emerging Leadership"
is a story at nytimes.com.
"The Bay Area News Project
unveiled its top business and editorial leaders Thursday. Lisa
Frazier, a partner at McKinsey & Co., will be its chief executive
and Jonathan Weber, the former editor of the technology and business
magazine, The Industry Standard, will be the editor in chief.
The enterprise is backed
with $5 million in seed money from the Hellman Family Foundation,
with additional contributions from the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation and in-kind contributions from the investment bankers
at Greenhill & Co., lawyers form Jones Day and philanthropic
advisers from Hirsch & Associates.
The graduate School of Journalism
at the University of California, Berkeley is a founding partner
of the project.
Later this year, the News
Project will begin providing the content for the Bay Area pages
that appear in The New York Times on Friday and Sunday."
Potter Creek events of the
During his delivery to Adams
& Chittenden Scientific Glass, Atlas driver relaxes--waiting
for Mike from-the-office to help--after an "empty" hydrogen
six-pack fell off his delivery truck. Mike from-the-office says
hydrogen stored in these cylinders in pretty safe. Later over
a beer, Chris, owner of 900
GRAYSON, remarked "That's good
to know. I mean it's not like they make bombs out of the stuff
Driver is blonked-out for
our Dave Kruse emails
As a heads up to all of our
neighbors we wanted to let you know that Kruse Co will be starting
the renovations of our office space at 920 Pardee next week. We
are really excited about this project and hope to make it one
of the greenest work spaces in the area. We have registered with
the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) for LEED Certification
and will be including such items as on site renewable energy (PV
Solar), rainwater harvesting and reuse, grey water systems, day-lighting
and views (more windows and skylights), material reuse, certified
FSC wood, recycled materials for finishes, and state of the art
hybrid mechanical systems. Because we need to essentially gut
the entire office space, all of our employees at 920 Pardee (not
the 904 crew!) will be temporarily relocated to office trailers
located within our yard space. We expect the project to take about
6 months. Our neighbor Matthew Friedman (Friedman-Brueggemeyer,
924 Carleton St, is our Architect and Builder.
Dave Kruse, CEO Kruse Co
Dave and Andy Kruse "takin'
care o' burst-main-biz" They are, after all, plumbers.
the gusher in front of Kruse
yesterday started as this burble
Kruse' Gary Navo
and Jeff Pettit photos
Kerstin and Andrew's view
from across the street. Ah, . . . mixed use
Like I said, our infrastructure
Something on which to keep
Three Berkeley citizens talked
at Tuesday night's council meeting advocating an independent audit
of our city's unfunded liabilies, their concern based on the large
unfunded liabilites of federal, state and other local governments.
Rumor has it Da Boz has been
in Thailand for a month or so. Whoa.
And, I hear that a green-products-fair
is being talked about in and for west-Berkeley.
California unemployment figure
is around 12.4 percent. The broader figure is probably above 20.
David Brooks, New York Times
columnist and PBS News Hour commentator yesterday said the odds
of health care passage are 80-to20 against.
And Mark Shields, another
PBS commentator said the recent
Supreme Court campaign-contributions decision was the most
frightening in his life time.
"Berkeley's Pot Club Mistake" by Robert Gammon is a report at eastbayexpress.com.
"When the Berkeley City
Council voted in 2004 to block medical marijuana dispensaries
from being within 1,000 feet of public schools, it seemed like
a sensible move. After all, few people would argue that kids should
spend most of their day next to a pot club, even if the facility
does provide legitimate, important services. But the council apparently
neglected to include private schools, preschools, and day care
centers in its ordinance. So, now, six years later, a medical
marijuana club is planning to move to a site in West Berkeley
close to both a private elementary school and a day-care facility,
and the schools, along with local businesses, may end up going
to court to stop it."
I have not been able to get
this link "Berkeley's
Pot Club Mistake" to work so I've reprinted the entire
"Berkeley's Pot Club
Mistake" by Robert Gammon is a report at eastbayexpress.com.
When the Berkeley City Council
voted in 2004 to block medical marijuana dispensaries from being
within 1,000 feet of public schools, it seemed like a sensible
move. After all, few people would argue that kids should spend
most of their day next to a pot club, even if the facility does
provide legitimate, important services. But the council apparently
neglected to include private schools, preschools, and day care
centers in its ordinance. So, now, six years later, a medical
marijuana club is planning to move to a site in West Berkeley
close to both a private elementary school and a day-care facility,
and the schools, along with local businesses, may end up going
to court to stop it.
The Berkeley Patients Group,
which has been on San Pablo Avenue for several years, plans to
move into the old Scharffen Berger chocolate factory at the corner
of Heinz Avenue and Seventh Street, next to West Berkeley Bowl
market. The building appears to be roughly 500 to 600 feet from
a private French school, Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, and is even
closer to Aquatic Park Preschool. "We are not opposed to
medical marijuana per se, but we think it's reasonable to ask
that our students and the children at Aquatic Park Preschool have
the same protection under the law as other school children in
Berkeley," French school spokeswoman Jennifer Monahan said
in a statement.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
said in an interview that he believes that the council did not
purposely exclude private schools and day-care centers from the
2004 law, and had merely made a mistake. 'I think it was an oversight,'
he said, 'a straight-out oversight.' A city report on the 2004
law notes that councilmembers decided to include the provision
restricting pot club locations out of ''concern that entities
that deal in controlled substances should not be located near
However, it's not clear whether
the council plans to fix the law to include private schools, preschools,
and daycare centers, and thus block the Berkeley Patients Group's
planned move. Bates did not say what he intends to do, and Councilman
Darryl Moore, who represents the West Berkeley area in question
and has been dealing with the issue, did not return a phone call
In addition to the private
schools' concerns, several local businesses that have been attempting
to revitalize West Berkeley and transform it into a green-tech
corridor also are upset about what's happening. 'We are not opposed
to medical marijuana, but we strongly oppose that use for that
site,' said Chris Barlow, a partner at Wareham Development, which
owns the Aquatic Park business center across street from the old
Scharffen Berger building and has been successful at attracting
green-tech and life-sciences companies in recent years. 'It's
just a totally inappropriate use for that location.'
But if the council fails
to change the law, then there may be little to stop the pot club.
The reason is a 2008 ballot initiative approved by 63 percent
of Berkeley voters. Measure JJ essentially granted the city's
three pot clubs, including the Berkeley Patients Group, the right
to move anywhere in the city without having to go through the
normal permitting process. The only restriction was that it prohibited
pot clubs from being in sections of the city where retail also
is banned, such as residential areas.
The Berkeley Patients Group
must go through a hearing process with the city's Medical Cannabis
Commission on January 28, but that is expected to be perfunctory,
because the club has the reputation for being well run. Club spokesman
Brad Senesac said the Berkeley Patients Groups wants to move because
it needs more space. The old Scharffen Berger building is much
larger than the club's current location on San Pablo Avenue near
Grayson Street. The club also plans to grow marijuana at the new
facility. Senesac also said the club's owners are 'confident'
that they will 'be able to address the concerns' of the nearby
schools and businesses.
Berkeley City Attorney Zach
Cowan indicated in an interview that there may be no way to stop
the Berkeley Patients Group's plans because the 2004 ordinance
only mentions public schools and because retail was not prohibited
at the old Scharffen Berger building. However, Cowan also noted
that because the ban on pot clubs being within 1,000 feet of public
schools was made by the council - and was not included in Measure
JJ - then the council has the power to change the law to include
private schools, preschools, and daycare centers.
In the meantime, both the
French school and Wareham Development have been talking to attorneys
about the issue. Barlow of Wareham Development indicated that
it plans to file suit unless the council changes its ordinance
and blocks the club's planned move. Wareham and the French school
also believe that the Berkeley Patients Group's proposal violates
city zoning regulations, too. They note that zoning for the old
Scharffen Berger building only allows retail as an 'ancillary'
activity, while the patient group apparently plans to make medical
marijuana sales its primary form of business.
Barlow also noted that state
law prohibits the smoking of medical cannabis within 1,000 feet
of any school - public or private - and that it may be impossible
for the patients group to abide by that law. Although the club
will not allow pot smoking inside the building because of the
city's indoor-smoking ban, it may not be able to stop clients
from toking up once they leave the premises.
Berkeley Planning Director
Dan Marks said that his staff has been working with the patients
group to make sure that its clients won't run afoul of state law.
And club spokesman Senesac noted that the patients group already
has tough rules for its patrons that include a club ban for violating
Regardless, the clearest
solution would be for the council to immediately change the law
before the club makes its move. There are plenty of other empty
buildings in Berkeley, and the council doesn't have to go as far
as the Los Angeles City Council did last week when it banned pot
clubs from being near churches and parks. But it makes sense to
include private schools, preschools, and daycare centers. After
all, the law shouldn't protect some kids over others just because
their parents chose a particular school."
"Philip K. Dick: A 'plastic' paradox"
is a story in the Los
"The Berkeley boho spent
his final years in Orange County, . . .
Born in Chicago in 1928,
he grew up mostly in Berkeley, wrote several failed realist novels
and worked in classical record stores. At times, he was reduced
to eating horse meat. Dick -- who has been described, alternately,
as paranoid, hilarious, childish and deeply empathetic -- wrote
science fiction, he noted in 1969, because its 'audience is not
hamstrung by middle-class prejudices and will listen to genuinely
new ideas.' "
"Will Berkeley Be the Next Haiti?"
is a question at huffingtonpost.com.
"Americans who have
been shocked by the devastation in Haiti may be surprised to know
that a similar catastrophe is coming soon to America--and virtually
nothing is being done about it.
Nearly two million people
lived near Port-au-Prince. Nearly seven and a half million people
live within a few miles of the Hayward fault, which runs the length
of the San Francisco East Bay hills. The Haiti earthquake, which
killed perhaps as many as 200,000 people, was a 7.0 on the moment
magnitude scale (the familiar Richter scale is not used for large
quakes). The earthquake anticipated on the Hayward fault will
exceed 6.7 on the moment magnitude scale. In both Haiti and the
Bay Area, large populations live on dangerous faults."
"Calif. Nuclear Revival? A French Company
Rolls the Dice"
is a report by Colin Sullivan at nytimes.com.
says California is a lousy place to bet on new nuclear power.
In Berkeley, the city government
won't buy services of any kind from a company that refuses to
sign a 'nuclear free' disclosure. In Sacramento, a moratorium
against new reactor construction has held since 1976. And statewide,
energy developers have a hard enough time securing permits for
massive power plants run by renewable energy, much less finding
enough political daylight to launch a multibillion-dollar nuclear
The reality is California
has become a kind of a nuclear junkyard, with reactors in Rancho
Seco, San Onofre and Humboldt County shuttered before their prime
over the past three decades, as momentum behind discontinuing
the power source persisted in the wake of the 1976 ban. Today,
two nuclear stations are operating in a state nearing 40 million
But an outsider is challenging
"NSF Funds Berkeley, Stanford Bio-fabrication
Project" at genomeweb.com.
" Scientists at the
University of California Berkeley and Stanford University have
won a grant from the National Science Foundation to start a new
bio-fabrication facility that will develop thousands of standardized
DNA parts for use in synthetic biology, academic, and biotech
I'm told, a teaser from the
Food Network's 900
GRAYSON program is now being shown
on the network. It features Eric laughing it up, grilling at the
Oakland Coliseum parking lot before a Raider's game. I'm also
told that in the program Sally, her sister, and Richard will be
featured eating and talking at the 900 window table.
900 GRAYSON will be on Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives, January 25, Monday--on the Food Network,
I think at 10:00 and 10:30 PM, but check the website for times.
our Ryan Lau emails
The New Yorker
Jeff and friends
visited this morning
after breakfast at 900
and before a ride into the
then after talk and photos
they are ready to go
"Film Noir Festival Brings Cinema's Dark
Side to the Castro" is
by Justin DeFreitas in our Planet.
"An 'eternal juvenile' no more, Dick Powell finally broke
free of the battery of baby-faced roles he endured in a seemingly
endless series of bright-eyed 1930s Warner Bros. musicals. With
middle age fast approaching, Powell struggled to carve out a new
identity for himself, jumping ship from one studio to another
in search of a new career path.
Eventually he succeeded.
Two examples of Dick Powell born again will screen this weekend
as part of Noir City, the annual film noir festival at San Francisco's
Castro Theater. This year's theme is "Lust and Larceny"
and there is plenty of both throughout the 10-day series, which
kicks off Friday with Pitfall, featuring Powell and Lizabeth Scott,
and continues through Jan. 31. Powell appears again in Cry Danger,
showing Saturday, Jan. 23."
our Darryl Moore emails
I wanted to put together
a couple of community meetings to allow neighbors to speak with
and get to know our new Police Chief, Michael Meehan. Here
is a little information about Chief Meehan's background:
Chief Meehan comes to Berkeley
from the City of Seattle where he served twenty-three years with
the Seattle Police Department, ultimately holding the rank of
captain and commanding the Violent Crimes Unit. In a prior
assignment, he was the precinct commander for an area of Seattle
that is roughly the size of Berkeley. He worked in the following
divisions, as well as commanding the Field Training Program for
a period of time: Training, Vice, Narcotics, Auto Theft,
Major Crimes, Fraud/Forgery, Audit, Accreditation, and Policy
& Ethics. Chief Meehan earned his B.A. in Business from
the University of Washington, and followed that with a master's
degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
The Chief brings a wealth of experience to the Berkeley community.
He has worked his entire career in law enforcement in a diverse
urban environment and has focused on innovative and community-based
crime prevention strategies. He understands the strengths
and limitations of the modern police agency, and is committed
to community involvement, acknowledging that police departments
must leverage their abilities with those of other governmental
agencies, community and non-profit groups. I look forward
to working with him as we continue to provide excellent public
safety services to our community.
I will be holding two (2)
community meetings to provide community members an opportunity
to speak with the Chief.
1st opportunity to meet with the Chief
When: January 25th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park
2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward Streets
"City's Unemployment Rate Dropped in December
2009" by Tomer Ovadia,
Contributing Writer at dailycal.org.
rate decreased to 10.3 percent in December, continuing a drop
from the 11.2 percent peak in August, according to preliminary
figures released Friday by the California Employment Development
"AutoPark 1.0 introduced for iPhone:Say
Goodbye to Parking Tickets" is
a press release at prmac.com.
"Frolicware today is
pleased to introduce AutoPark 1.0, their new parking reminder
and locator for iPhone and iPod touch devices. Say goodbye to
parking tickets. Honored with the 'Most Useful App' award at the
2009 iPhoneDevCamp, AutoPark was developed specifically to take
advantage of the iPhone's unique capabilities and touch interface,
and serves as a complete, full-featured driving companion.
AutoPark dutifully keeps
track of time left on the meter and can send separate warning
and expiration alarms (via push notification) to avoid parking
tickets. It features a comfortable and simple user interface,
allowing users to see the most important items at-a-glance. AutoPark
also helps users find their parked car using the iPhone's built-in
GPS. No more wandering around when it's time to leave. Just park
the car and set a marker on the map with a single tap."
MATRIX 231 Ahmet Ögüt: Exploded City"
is a reveiw at e-flux.com.
" 'This city is from
the future. It's called The Exploded City. Those who live there
have emigrated from faraway lands, with dreams of traveling to
the future. When they realized that there was no finding the future,
they decided to build this city.'-Marco Polo
BAM/PFA presents Ahmet Ö?üt's
first solo exhibition in the United States, Ahmet Ögüt
Exploded City, an imaginary metropolis comprising buildings, monuments,
and vehicles that have figured in acts of violence and terrorism
over the past two decades. Structures from Turkey, Ireland, India,
Yugoslavia, Great Britain, and the United States, among other
countries, form a unified urban scale model, reconstructing these
sites in the moments before they were destroyed.
The installation, originally
commissioned for the Turkish Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale,
is accompanied by a text situating the locations within a narrative
that engages the poetics and politics of space, architecture,
violence, and international relations. The work directly channels
Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, which detailed Marco Polo's
fantastical descriptions of the 'invisible cities' witnessed during
his travels for the emperor Kublai Khan."
"Pianist Myra Melford celebrates new album
with shows in Berkeley and Santa Cruz" by Andrew Gilbert for the Mercury News.
"Bay Area jazz lovers
are used to having their hearts broken. Year after year, we fall
for yet another group of scintillating young improvisers, only
to watch them decamp for New York City. Sure, we take pride in
their Big Apple accomplishments and congratulate ourselves for
supporting their careers before JazzTimes started hailing their
brilliance. But the loss still stings. (I'm talking to you, Jenny
Scheinman, Ambrose Akinmusire and Kenny Wollesen.)
This sense of rejection is
too rarely salved by a reverse migration, which made Myra Melford's
acceptance of a teaching position at the University of California-Berkeley
in 2004 such a morale booster.
A master pianist and composer,
Melford already had created an imposing body of work before the
move, as both a bandleader and collaborator with progressive jazz
icons such as violinist Leroy Jenkins and woodwind master Joseph
Rather than diminishing her
national visibility, Melford's move to Berkeley coincided with
a fresh burst of activity that has reinforced her reputation as
one of jazz's most consistently creative figures - embracing global
influences while remaining rooted in improvisation."
"Students' Class Struggles and Other Highlights From Sunday's
Bay Area Pages" is
a summary at nytimes.com.
"'Pop' icon Bubble Wrap celebrates
50th birthday" is
an AP report at sfgate.com.
"People have walked
to the altar dressed in it, protected their garden plants with
it, even put it on display at highbrow art museums.
Mostly, they like the sound
it makes when they destroy it, piece by piece, which largely explains
the appeal of Bubble Wrap, the stress reducer disguised as package
cushioning that maintains an inexplicable hold on pop culture."
Yesterday this site had 922
visitors, 3951 hits, and an average browsing time of 39 minutes.
a Judi Quan photo
Pete's Potter Creek rain
total for last week's storms is about 8 inches.
BPD Chief Michael Meehan
and Councilman Darryl Moore
a Bob Kubik photo
Bob Kubik went to Darryl's
introduction-meeting for Chief Meehan last night--it was held
at the Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park. Bob
says there were about 20 people there, mostly Black folks and
that the meeting lasted for just over an hour. Our Councilman
was present as was Councilman Worthington.
Bob was impressed by Chief
Meehan's youth, energy and ideas. The Chief stressed the importance
of being accountable, the necessity to reduce crime, and the importance
of treating citizens with respect. Meehan thought there was too
much gang graffiti in his town and that the department needs a
more sophisticated crime data base.
And, the Chief was concerned
when he found out that a 90 year old black woman had been waiting
an hour at our downtown station to file a complaint.
900 GRAYSON was one of three restaurants featured last
night on Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives. 900
was the first-up with a lot of coverage
of Eric grilling at the Colosseum. There were also some interior
shots of the restaurant showing Sally, her sister and Richard,
some Fantasy folks, and our Viva. The 900 segment lasted
about 10 minutes. The staff is happy witht he coverage and thinks
Eric was great.
our Tak emails
I just wanted to mention
that the Berkeley Public Health Department's vaccine clinic was
extremely well run. They've become very practiced at running these
clinics. I was in and out in less than 30 minutes including the
wait for them to open at 10am. Janet went around 1pm. Including
her travel time, she was home in less than 20 minutes. We couldn't
get a sense of how many people total were immunized because things
moved too quickly.
This is public money well
spent. Thanks to the Public Health Department for a job well done.
our Jill Eillis,CEID director
Thanks for the wonderful community linkages!
Just wanted you and our community to know I'll be heading to INDIA
next week to share our model at CEID with teachers at an orphanage
for deaf children. Most of the children come to Pingalwara
because their deafness brings such shame to the families and there
is no parent education or early education. I'll be training
the teachers and medical providers in the community and hope to
set us a "sister city" program for a long term exchange
of skills and support. I'll forward you some photos and
"Zhang, Cal's 7-3 Chinese center, finds
room to grow in Berkeley" by
Marlen Garcia at usatoday.com.
"Max Zhang has spent
the last four years since coming from China assimilating to American
So he cherishes the time
spent with his mother during her recent stay of more than two
months. His mom, Lixin Gong, says her job is to beef up her son,
who weighs 245 pounds and at 7-3 is the tallest player ever for
the University of California's basketball team.
In the kitchen of Zhang's
apartment, she prepares her son's favorite dinner - dozens of
shrimp and chive dumplings. 'These are home-cooked,' she says,
with Zhang translating her words from Mandarin to English."
"Looking back to 1936, when Satchel Paige
faced a young Joe DiMaggio in a showdown of future Hall of Famers"
by Jeff Faraudo, Oakland
"Joe DiMaggio was a
prospect - a promising one for sure - but still two months shy
of making his New York Yankees' spring training debut.
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige was
a Negro League pitching sensation whose exploits seemed the stuff
of myth until they actually were seen.
On the afternoon of Sunday,
Jan. 26, 1936, at the Oaks Ball Park in Emeryville, the two future
Hall of Famers crossed paths in a fascinating but seldom told
chapter of their legendary careers."
One of west-Berkeley's prominent
citizen's mom dated Joe DiMaggio.RP
"Method to trim computer's spam diet"
is a story at theindian.com.
"A study by a group
of computer scientists has found that a method used by spammers
can be put into use to block the most common kind of spam.
Most spam messages originate
in networks of compromised computers, called botnets, and owners
are unaware that the machines quietly run malicious software in
the background that pump out spam, reports New Scientist.
But researchers have now
come up with a system that deciphers the templates a botnet is
using to create spam, and these templates are then used to teach
spam filters what to look for.
The system, developed by
a team at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley,
California, and the University of California, San Diego, works
by exploiting a trick that spammers use to defeat email filters."
"Building Better Hydrogels With Mix of
Clay and Water"
is a report at nytimes.com.
"If you're like most
people, you probably don't think much about hydrogels. Even when
you encounter them - those Jell-O cubes in the school cafeteria,
say, or the Sea Foam Salad you had at Grandma's - you probably
don't give them a second thought.
But some scientists think
about hydrogels a lot, and these materials made up of cross-linking
compounds and water have come a long way in recent years. One
goal is to develop gels that are stronger and self-healing, with
potential applications in tissue replacement and other medical
An advance toward that goal
is reported in the journal Nature. Scientists in Japan have created
such a gel, primarily of water and clay. "
"Channeling your inner alien? Maybe, scientists
say" is an AP
story at contracostatimes.com.
"For decades, scientists
have scanned the heavens in search of extraterrestrial life. Perhaps
they should have looked closer to home.
Variant life-forms - most
likely tiny microbes - could still be hanging around 'right under
or noses - or even in our noses,' Paul Davies, an award-winning
Arizona State University physicist, told a group of scientists
religions would survive discovery of aliens, suggests survey"
is a report at oneindia.com.
"A survey has suggested
that the world's religions would survive the discovery of extraterrestrial
(ET) life, and not collapse out of shaken beliefs.
According to a report in
New Scientist, the survey was designed by Ted Peters, a professor
of Systematic Theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California."
"Chemicals linked to fertility problems" is a report at washingtonpost.com.
"A new study is raising
fresh concerns about chemicals long used as flame retardant on
carpet padding, furniture, computers and other products commonly
found in homes and offices.
The chemicals are called
polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. They are being phased
out in new products. But they are still found in many homes and
offices because they were used for so long on household items.
As these materials age, they release PBDEs into house dust, creating
longlasting exposure. They remain in the body for years. Previous
research has found that 97 percent of Americans have detectable
levels of the chemicals in their bodies.
Earlier studies have linked
the chemicals to reproductive problems in animals. The new study
is the first to examine the question in people. "
"Tobacco Plants Tapped to Grow Solar Cells"
"Tobacco plants could
help wean the world from fossil fuels, according to scientists
from the University of California, Berkeley.
In a paper in the journal
ACS Nano Letters, Matt Francis and his colleagues used tobacco
plants, infected with a genetically engineered virus, to produce
artificial photovoltaic and photochemical cells. The technique
is more environmentally friendly than traditional methods of making
solar cells and could lead to cheap, temporary and biodegradable
"Deep-Sea Snail Shell Could Inspire Better
Body Armor" by Lisa
Grossman at wired.com.
"A deep-sea snail wears
a multilayered suit of armor, complete with iron, new research
shows. Dissecting details of the shell's structure could inspire
tough new materials for use in everything from body armor to scratch-free
'If you look at the individual
properties of the bits and pieces that go into making this shell,
they're not very impressive,' comments Robert Ritchie of the University
of California, Berkeley. 'But the overall thing is.' "
Not a Judi Quan photo
" The Peak Oil Crisis: A Meeting in California" is a story by Tom Whipple at fcnp.com.
"Last weekend, one of
the more out of the ordinary meetings in recent memory took place
out in Berkeley where some 30 people gathered to begin planning
for the world's transition from the industrial age to whatever
is to come.
They were a diverse group,
coming from all over North America and representing an array of
disciplines. Most had grey hair and among them held many advanced
degrees and had written stacks of books and papers.
There was, however, a common
thread that held them together. Not a person in the room needed
to be convinced that the world is entering upon a great paradigm
shift that will sweep away much of industrial civilization, thoughts
of economic growth, and the lifestyles that have grown up in the
age of ubiquitous fossil fuels.
To the agreement of those
present, speakers quickly outlined the problem. In a nutshell,
the world is dangerously close to 'peak everything' - oil, coal,
natural gas, water, minerals, soil, phosphorous, fish, and perhaps
the most important of all, the capacity of the atmosphere to absorb
more carbon without triggering off life-destroying phenomena.
Problem two is the financial collapse from efforts by too many
governments to spend their way out of recession. The final phenomenon
that will force changes, is that there is no sign that mankind
is about to make the efforts required to stop spewing carbon into
the already saturated atmosphere. Without at least some moderation,
it is likely that the atmosphere eventually will have its revenge
by raising global temperatures so much that there will be no higher
forms of life left."
"Private School, Developer Threaten Lawsuit
Over Proposed West Berkeley Cannabis Clinic" by Riya Bhattacharjee
in our Planet.
has threatened to sue the City of Berkeley if it allows a cannabis
clinic to move into the old Scharffen Berger building in West
When a flurry of e-mails
from Wareham and Ecole Bilingue-a non-profit French American school
which serves 500 children, from preschool to eighth grade, about
a block away from the proposed site-descended upon the Berkeley
City Council last week complaining about the detrimental effect
of the proposed project on their businesses, the council decided
to discuss the issue at a closed-session hearing Tuesday.
Both Wareham and Ecole Bilingue
allege that the project would violate various state and federal
laws if it moved forward."
Tuesday night, our city council
put off any action on the "medical" marijuana users
group purchase of the old chocolate factory. RP
Mal Sharpe emails
We are back at
Armando's with an All Star Big Money in Jazz Band this Thursday
night at 8pm and we'll be at Armando's the last Thursday of every
month from now on. Check the link, look at the decor, and you'll
see why musicians love to play in this place. It is worth the
little drive to Martinez. It's Boffo.
Boston Accent" the youtube video that several members of
the band made along with Kim Nalley and film Director William
Farley only got 150 hits until the Boston Globe Online Edition
wrote this story about us. Now we are at 11, 350 hits and still
climbing. Kim is a bi-coastal star with this video on the
Atlantic and a hit show, about Ella Fitzgerald, that just played
in downtown Petaluma. Boffo Kim.
The Big Money in
Gumbo Band had a Boffo New Years Eve up in the Gold Country at
Pokerville Hall inside the Amador County Fairgrounds. There are
two prestigious venues in the United States....Carnegie Hall and
Pokerville Hall. One down, one to go.
Feb 12----The Big Annual Mardi Gras Party in Livermore with The
Big Money in Jazz Band plus The Big Money in Gumbo Band plus Lady
Mem'fis and Boogie woogie star, Wendy DeWitte. Boffo.
We are still at
the Savoy-Tivoli in San Francisco every Saturday from 3-6pm plus...
The No Name Bar in Sausalito every Sunday from 3-6pm. The winter
has been cold and rainy but both these spots have been packed
every weekend. Boffo business.
Karl Marx said it best "Big
money is America's main distraction."
music is the best thing going....get out and see all the great
Bay Area performers. They'll appreciate it... and you'll feel
happy, happy, happy.
I will leave you
with this Spike Jones video sent to me by the leader of the Cartoon
Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Sanford
The Coyle and Sharpe Podcast----New
To listen to or download recent programs:
Jen form Riva Cucina emails
Baci from Riva
We hope 2010 has
gotten off to a wonderful start for you all. We're back
in town and back open after enjoying the holidays with family
and friends back East. This was the first year we didn't
make it to Italy for the holidays, but we got inspired nonetheless.
It's lobster season in Florida and Massi was taking full advantage,
diving for them off the coast. The ones he caught became
test dishes for our Valentine's Day menu. Lobster risotto won
out along with the return of our signature lobster bisque.
We hope to see you and your special someone on Valentine's Day.
Massi + Jen
MENU DI SAN VALENTINO
Sunday, February 14
Maine lobster bisque with rock shrimp and organic croutons
TORTINO DI GRANCHIO
Local Dungeness crab atop avocado, organic broccoli and blood
orange tower, crab demi-glace aurora
INSALATA DI FARRO
Organic Italian barley, Chioggia beets, wild arugula, shaved fennel,
blood orange segments, lemon condimento, in a Parmigiano crisp
INSALATA CON BRUCIATINI
Organic baby mixed greens, crispy pancetta, gorgonzola dolce crostini,
organic balsamico vinaigrette
FORMAGI MISTI $11
Marin French Gold tripple cream, Humboldt fog and Truffled boschetto
cheese, Napa grown apple preserves and fruit mustard
CARPACCIO DI SALMONE
Washington smoked salmon, watercress, red onion, citrus vinaigrette,
organic butter crostini
Fresh pasta with traditional pork, beef, and tomato ragú,
Arborio rice, Maine lobster tail, red onion, squid, prawn, white
RAVIOLI DI CASTAGNE
Chestnut and mascarpone filled ravioli with butter, thyme and
CANNELLONI AL GRANCHIO
Baked cannelloni filled with local Dungeness crab, rock shrimp,
bay scallops, leeks, seafood béchamel
Pasta sautéed with veal ragú, béchamel, porcini
and white truffle oil, wrapped in sweet pastry dough
Wild nettles pasta sauteed with baby artichokes, soffritto, herbs,
Piatti di Mare
BRANZINO ALLA GRIGLIA
Whole herb and breadcrumb crusted Mediterranean sea bass with
sautéed seasonal vegetables, mashed potato, saffron-lemon
GAMBERONI E CAPESANTE
Sauteed jumbo prawns and scallops with red onion, white wine and
seafood broth, over organic butternut squash pureé, cannellini
and fried mint
Piatti di Terra
Roasted maple leaf half duck with herbs and blood orange demi-glace,
sautéed broccoli rabe, mashed potato
FILETTO AL BALSAMICO
Grilled fillet mignon and portobello mushroom, over garlic brushed
crostone, balsamico reduction
CAVOLETTI IN PADELLA
Sautéed brussels sprouts, garlic-infused olive oil, Parmigiano
CIPOLLINE AL BALSAMICO
Caramelized cipollini onion with balsamico and sugar, organic
RIVA CUCINA The Italian kitchen
where land and water meet
CHEF Massimiliano Boldrini
LOCATION 800 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710
HOURS Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 - 2:30 / Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30
PHONE 510 841 riva (7482)
FAX 510 649 5075
Robbery Suspect Arrested After Brief Foot Chase" is a
Bay City News report.
"A 34-year-old Oakland
man is in custody today after being arrested on suspicion of robbing
a bank in Berkeley on Monday afternoon, police said today.
Officers responded to a report
of a robbery at the Mechanics Bank in the 2300 block of Shattuck
Avenue at about 1:40 p.m.
The officers arrived in about
two minutes and, after talking with witnesses and bank staff,
broadcast the suspect's description including the direction in
which he fled, police said.
Several minutes later, the
suspect, later identified as Antoine Heath, was spotted on Allston
Way near Shattuck Avenue. He ran but was taken into custody after
a brief foot chase, police said."
"Lecture on Biomimicry at BHU" is a story at timesofindia.
"A lecturer on Biomimicry
was delivered at the Institute of Agricultural Science, Banaras
Hindu University (BHU) by Emmet Brady from Berkeley, California
(USA) on Wednesday.
Brady is a biologist at the
Design Table (BaDT) from the Biomimicry Guild in Montana, USA.
He specialises in analyzing business processes and operations,
using natural systems and evolutionary biology as a template for
sustainable growth. According to him, the intellectual capital
and educational system cultivated in India is well positioned
to place the country as a global leader for professional advancement
and economic innovation."
"College endowments suffer huge declines"
is an AP report by Eric
Gorski at insidebayarea.com.
"College and university endowments suffered huge losses in
the fiscal year that ended in June, a new report finds, but stronger
investment returns in recent months point to a rebound.
The global economic crisis
shrunk the ranks of billion-dollar endowments from 77 to 54 in
a year's time, according to a report today that provides the fullest
picture yet of endowment performance in the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
The value of university and
college endowments fell almost 19 percent on average during that
period in what report authors described as the worst decline since
the Great Depression."
"Researchers coax bacteria to make biodiesel" by Martin LaMonica at cnetnews.com.
"Biofuel start-up LS9
and California researchers on Wednesday claimed a breakthrough
in converting non-food biomass into biodiesel using a genetically
modified form of e. coli bacteria."
"Limb regeneration and attosecond research
each get $1 million from Keck Foundation" is a press release by Sarah Yang at berkeley.edu.
"Two University of California,
Berkeley, research projects that push the boundaries of their
fields have each received $1 million grants from the W.M. Keck
Foundation. One grant will fund research on limb and organ regeneration,
while the other will support a laser laboratory that probes the
movement of electrons on the attosecond timescale."
"Imitation websites emerge in China" is a story at google.com.
of both Google and YouTube have emerged in China as the country
faces off against the real Google over its local operations.
YouTubecn.com offers videos
from the real YouTube, which is blocked in China.
The Google imitation is called
Goojje and includes a plea for the US-based web giant not to leave
China, after it threatened this month to do so in a dispute over
web censorship and cyber attacks.
The separate projects went
up within a day of each other in mid-January, just after Google's
threat to leave."
Thursaday, this site had
1108 visitors, 5,157 hits and an average browsing time of 27 minutes.
900 GRAYSON continues to "pack 'em in." In addition
to the great food and personal service, now, for the moment, dig
the "excitement of success."*
was one of three restaurants featured last night on Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives.
Among Thursday's 900 GRAYSON luncheon
guests were five people from the"medical" marijuana
There is a new "Vinyl
Only" record store on the corner of Carleton and San Pablo
- where the dressmaker used to be.
It seemed to sprout overnight - we first saw it Tuesday night.
Well, Ok then.
That would be "Dave's
Record Shop" at 2634 San Pablo.RP
"Son keeps alive Reid's Records, founded
in '45" Lee Hildebrand,
Special to The Chronicle.
"When David Reid, manager
of Reid's Records in Berkeley, told his mother that he was going
to present a series of gospel concerts throughout Northern California
in late January and early February in celebration of the 65th
anniversary of the store she and his late father founded three
months before the end of World War II, she initially balked.
'David, it's not until June,'
Betty Reid Soskin pointed out to her son and business partner.
'My response was,' David
recalls while standing next to her behind the counter of the Sacramento
Street store they co-own, "When Disneyland has a celebration,
it ain't one month, it's all year. This is just the start of my
Reid's Records may not be
the oldest still-active record store in the United States - George's
Song Shop in Johnstown, Pa., launched in 1932, claims that distinction
- but it's certainly the oldest in the Bay Area and probably in
all of California. Mel and Betty Reid opened their store on June
1, 1945, in the basement of the duplex they'd been renting since
they married three years earlier. Their landlord, Aldo Musso,
was in the jukebox business and gave Mel a part-time job stocking
them with 78-rpm records at local restaurants and bars. "
"Berkeley council delays vote on pot club"
by Doug Oakley, Contra
"A Berkeley developer
and a private school are threatening to sue the city if it allows
a medical marijuana dispensary to move into their neighborhood
on the west side of town.
Lawyers for Wareham Development,
which owns 22 buildings in the area, and Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley,
told the City Council Tuesday night they would start legal action
if the city issues a permit to Berkeley Patients Group to rent
the former Scharffen Berger chocolate building at 914 Heinz Ave.
And in a twist of public
opinion on the issue, a second private school, which is across
the street from Berkeley Patients Group current location on San
Pablo Ave, defended and praised the dispensary during the meeting."
"New Berkeley police chief sworn in . .
." by Kristin Bender,
" The new Berkeley police
chief was sworn in Thursday and then gave a no-nonsense and frank
speech about what he expects from officers and how he plans to
run the department, which deals with everything from petty drug
crimes to hostage negotiations and a diverse community that often
requires officers to be sensitive yet assertive."
our Jarad emails
After reading another
glowing article about the new PD Chief in Oakland, I'm keeping
my fingers crossed that our new PD Chief is cut from the same
How bad could he be? I think
he's an "Irish Cop," so both culturally attuned and
genetically tuned to law enforcment excellence, . . . or not.
Or, maybe, just maybe, he
has it in him to be like our first chief, August "Gus"
*The City of Berkeley was incorporated in 1878.
The City was policed by a elected town Marshal. In addition the
Marshal was assisted by elected Constables.
Through these years the Marshal
and Constables mostly served papers and seldom arrested without
a warrant. Crime increased through the turn of the century.
In 1905, August Vollmer was elected town Marshal.
In 1909, he was appointed as this City's first Chief of Police.
Chief Vollmer was instrumental
in organizing this department, creating what we now call a 'Code
of Ethics', which included eliminating the acceptance
of gratuities, rewards or favors.
Chief Vollmer demanded a
high level of honesty, efficiency, interest and hard work by his
officers. This has continued to this day, which has been the foundation
for our world wide reputation in the law enforcement field.
Chief Vollmer is considered
by some as the father of modern day law enforcement. His progressive
thinking and use of new innovations in law enforcement became
the foundation that our department has built on.
Da Boz emails
Last week I traveled
to Washington D.C. for the Mayors' Innovation Project Conference,
a learning network among American mayors committed to shared
prosperity, environmental sustainability, efficient democratic
government. I was able to hear about some exciting efforts
from other cities and share some of the innovative things happening
here at home.
While in D.C., I also met with our Congressional Delegation: Congresswoman
Barbara Lee and staff from Senators Boxer and Feinstein.
I was able to personally thank our representatives for the $800,000
in East Bay Green Jobs earmarks that we secured in the FY 2010
budget and explore other priorities for 2011.
Additionally, I met with administration officials in the Departments
of Energy, Education and Labor. I had a private meeting
with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other members of the Department
of Energy to discuss our East Bay Green Corridor. I also
met with the Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, along
with a group of big city Mayors to discuss national education
I have been invited
to participate in the newly formed national Mayors Task Force
on Education. In addition, I continue to serve as a member
of the California Mayors' Roundtable on Education).
Swearing-In Ceremony for
Police Chief Michael Meeha
The City of Berkeley
is pleased to announce the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed
Police Chief Michael K. Meehan on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at
2:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Freight &
Salvage Coffeehouse, located at 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley.
City Clerk Deanna Despain will administer the oath of office.
Click here for more info.
Envisioning Public Spaces
& Open Space Improvement Plan" (SOSIP) is being developed
to enhance Berkeley's Downtown. The SOSIP will develop schematic
designs, design guidelines, and a financing strategy for improvements
that will help make Downtown more pedestrian-friendly, bike-friendly,
livable, and attractive.
At the Open House, community members will consider and comment
on opportunities for:
public plazas, outdoor dining, community gardens, and other amenities;
wider sidewalks and increased landscaping;
new bike lanes and facilities;
new street trees where they are now missing; and
enhancing the ecology of watersheds connected to Downtown
Downtown Street and Open Space Open House
Saturday, February 6, 10:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue at MLK
Community members are also encouraged to attend future meetings
on the SOSIP, where opportunities for public comment will be provided.
As it becomes available, information and meetings for the SOSIP
will be posted at this page, or contact Matt Taecker, Principal
Planner for the Downtown, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Reduce Your Footprint in
2010: A Free Community Workshop
Come discover resources
right here in Berkeley to help you reduce your personal and collective
carbon footprint. The City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Energy Commission,
the Ecology Center, and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
invite you to a fun and informative workshop to help you and your
community reduce global warming emissions.
Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St (at Bonita),
Info: 510-548-2220 x240, email@example.com
Upcoming Free H1N1 Clinics
The City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic is offering FREE H1N1
Flu vaccines every Friday starting on January 29th from 9am
City of Berkeley
Public Health Clinic
(New temporary location)
2500 Milvia Street, Suite 114
Vaccine is free!
Berkeleyside - Berkeley's
Hyperlocal News Site
Berkeley's hyperlocal news site. It covers just about anything
to do with Berkeley: news events, running issues like the development
of Downtown or scheduling redesign at BHS, cultural happenings,
business and economic developments, and small, quirky stories
that could only happen here. It was started in October 2009 by
three Berkeleyites who wanted a website that could both cover
the city and host a conversation for the many different perspectives
held by people who care about Berkeley. You can find Berkeleyside
Echo Lake Family Camp Registration
for Summer 2010
Echo Lake Family
Camp is a terrific vacation opportunity for families who want
to experience a fun outdoor adventure in a beautiful setting.
Echo Lake Camp is minutes away from stunning Echo Lake and Desolation
Wilderness, and South Lake Tahoe is a 15-minute drive away. Families
can enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, campfires or just relaxing
in the hot tub or reading a book in the Lodge.
Echo Lake Family
Camp runs the week of July 2 - July 11 and the following weekends
throughout the summer: July 16 - 18, July 23 - 25, July 30 - August
1 and August 6 - 8.
Monday, January 25 for Berkeley residents, and Monday, February
1 for non-residents. Scholarships and fee waivers may be
available for low income applicants.
For more information
please visit www.cityofberkeley.info/camps, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
call (510) 981-5140 or stop by the Camps Office at 1947 Center
Street, 1st floor.
Berkeley, Get Off Your Gas!
Did you know about
75% of Berkeley's residential greenhouse gas emissions are from
Natural gas customers
who reduce their gas bills in January and February 2010 from their
2009 usage will be eligible to enter the City of Berkeley's second
annual "Berkeley, Get Off Your Gas!" natural gas efficiency
contest. The "Berkeley, Get Off Your Gas!" contest is
aimed at educating and rewarding Berkeley residents who reduce
their natural gas energy consumption this winter. Berkeley
residents who receive a PG&E bill, either directly from PG&E
or through their landlord are eligible to enter the contest.
Participants may also benefit from a 20% bill credit offered by
PG&E this winter. See your PG&E bill insert for
details. To download a contest application or learn more
about contest rules and tips on how to reduce natural gas usage,
visit the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development at www.cityofberkeley.info/sustainableor
email the Contest Manager at Energy@CityofBerkeley.info .
City Successfully Implements
Plant Debris Landfill Ban
The City of Berkeley
Solid Waste Management Division has successfully separated plant
debris from landfill. StopWaste.org planned this effort
for all transfer stations and commercial collections within Alameda
County. It requires that trash is separated from loads of
plant debris so that it can be composted. A surcharge is
applied to customers who refuse to separate their load for composting.
The ban has been in effect since Jan 1st, 2010 at the City of
Berkeley Transfer Station. So far virtually all customers
have complied, greatly increasing the volume of plant debris we
are able to divert from the landfill. Plant debris, like
all organic material, is a major greenhouse gas contributor if
it is landfilled. When composted, plant debris generates
no greenhouse gasses and provides useful landscaping amendments.
For more information,
here is a link to the StopWaste.org website
on the landfill ban: http://www.stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=941
Lumber and tools needed to
launch a vegetable gardening program at BHS!
Gardening is coming
to Berkeley High! BHS Science Teacher Glenn Wolkenfeld, with support
from the Berkeley Public Education Foundation and BUSD's Gardening
Program, is about to lead his AP Environmental Science to build
raised vegetable beds at BHS! They need donations of lumber and
tools to help move this project forward. Our desired start date
is February 2, 2010.
1) Cut plywood, 2 feet by 4 feet, any thickness (but thinner is
better), 2) Redwood or cedar two by fours or two by sixes, any
length, Used lumber is preferable. If new, the lumber has to be
FSC (sustainable forestry certified), 3) Hand saws, 4) Bags of
potting soil or garden soil, 5) Phillips head screwdrivers, and
6) Drills, especially an old fashioned hand-drill.
If you can help
out by donating any of the above, or if you have carpentry/building
skills contact Glenn Wolkenfeld by email: email@example.com
mmm, . . just remembered
February 9, 1938 is Da Boz'
rumor has it that our Mr
Darryl is one of those working behind the scenes to resolve the
"medical" maijuana people/old chocolate factory problem.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
The original owner
of all posted material retains copyright. The material is used
only to illustrate.