to, from, and in Bob And
Carol's Pumpkin Patch
"Second suspect held in Berkeley street
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A second suspect has
been arrested and charged in the shooting death of the son of
a drug rehabilitation counselor in Berkeley, police said today.
Coleon Lee Carroll, 20, was
arrested on an unrelated warrant Wednesday in Antioch, said Berkeley
police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.
Alameda County prosecutors
charged Carroll with murder and attempted murder in connection
with a shooting on Sacramento Street near Russell Street on Tuesday
that killed Gary Ferguson Jr., 35, of Oakland and wounded a second
Hours after the shooting,
police arrested Brandon Wallace, 21, of Bay Point at Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center in Richmond, where he had sought treatment for
minor injuries sustained in the confrontation, authorities said.
Both Wallace and Carroll
are being held without bail."
"Berkeley High student in critical condition after shooting" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"The teen shot inside
a South Berkeley apartment Saturday is a Berkeley High School
student, police said.
The 14-year-old remains hospitalized
in critical condition, police said."
our Darryl Moore emails
Make Medical Marijuana Safe
Move Cultivation Out of Neighborhoods
Medical marijuana is legal under state law, but leaves regulation
to the local jurisdiction. In 2008, Berkeley passed Measure
JJ by voter initiative. Since then, we have discovered some
serious errors in Measure JJ. Measure T closes these loopholes,
and regulates cultivation and dispensing.
Protects All Schools: Current regulations do not include
protections for private schools. Under Measure T, any dispensary
must be located at least 600 feet from any school. This brings
Berkeley into compliance with State regulations under AB2650,
which creates buffer zones of 600 feet for all schools.
Locating Cultivation Sites: Currently, cultivation of medical
marijuana and the production of products containing medical marijuana
(baked goods and lotions) is unregulated. Measure T will require
large-scale cultivation to be located away from neighborhoods,
in the industrial zone of West Berkeley, and limits the number
to six sites.
Codes and Energy Offsets: Currently, there is no code and
inspection oversight of cultivation sites, making grow houses
vulnerable to electrical fires, mold, and property damage.
Measure T requires compliance with codes, requires energy offsets
for high electricity consumption, and regulates pesticide and
Crime and Safety: Measure T requires a police approved security
plan before a dispensary and non-dispensing establishment, including
cultivation sites, can open.
Oversight: Currently, the medical marijuana oversight body
consists of 6 members made up solely of representatives of medical
marijuana dispensaries. Measure T, proposes having 9 members,
appointed by each City Council member. This will allow for oversight
from many perspectives, not just the medical marijuana industry.
Access to Medicine: Measure T will help to ensure affordable
access to medicine by requiring cultivators to provide medicine
to low-income income patients.
It is most important to note that if Measure T does not pass,
then regulation defaults back to those required under Measure
JJ. Measure T would close some glaring loopholes and also allow
the City Council to fine-tune the ordinance if issues arise in
Vote YES on Measure T for Improved Patient Care and Neighborhood
For more information, please visit www.YesonT.info.
If you are a Vote-By-Mail voter, please DO NOT put your ballot
in the mail.
28 was the last day to guarantee that it will reach your county
registrar of voters by Election Day. You can still return
it in person to ANY polling place in your county or to the county
elections office on Election Day.
For poll voters, find your polling place at the Secretary of State's
The Entire Berkeley City Council
"Cannabis coffee shops? Sobriety stops
for stoners? California pot measure brings new scenarios" is an AP report at latimes.com.
"Imagine it's the day after the election, and
California awakes to a brave new state where marijuana is the
same as alcohol, at least legally.
Does that mean anyone over
21 can head to the nearest medical marijuana club and buy pot
for personal pleasure? Will police set up sobriety checkpoints
to snare stoned drivers? Can Giants fans step outside a sports
bar for a quick sidewalk toke or nibble on cannabis-infused cocktail
"Innovation: It Isn't a Matter of Left
or Right" by Steven
Johnson at nytimes.com.
Authors quickly find a certain
predictability to many of the questions they encounter on a book
tour. But a few weeks ago, during the second stop on the tour
for my new book, I found myself being interviewed in front of
a Seattle audience and responding to an opening question that
I had never been asked before: "Are you a Communist?
The question was intended
as a joke, but like the best jokes, it played on the edges of
an important and uncomfortable truth."
"Pop goes the baseball-card bubble"
reports Rob Baedeker,
Special to SF Gate.
I found NIMBY
Robot great satire but pasting NIMBY
Robot stickers across "Viva Jesse" posters is well,
. . . chicken-shit.
Dennis Cohen's daughter,
Elena, is joining Dennis in property management and in his real
estate ventures. Dennis is the founder and owner of Parker Plaza.
Elena was previously with the commercial realtors, Collier Parrish.
A bay ferry landing has been
approved for the Berkeley waterfront around His Lordship's
Sarah and Milo stopped by
briefly yesterday morning while we were washing the car, Milo
skillfully riding his red two-wheeler. And yesterday afternoon
one of Berkeley's Finest stopped during lunch. We solved none
of the world problems but had a good talk about life. I always
learn something from this young officer.
"Berkeley's allure tugs faculty couple
back from Texas"
by Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times.
"They sold the house,
took their son out of day care, packed up all their belongings
and left for a new life at the University of Texas.
Then, a year later, Jennifer
Johnson-Hanks and William Hanks turned around and came right back
to UC Berkeley, a rare boomerang move for professors who leave
Cliff Miller, Richmond Ramblers
Motorcycle Club emails
House Minority Leader Lawrence
F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks
while colleagues Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and
Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night
as the House convened to vote on a new budget. (AP)
The guy sitting in the row
in front of these two....he's on Facebook, and the guy behind
Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.
Check other sources--or not.
Kubik does something he almost
never does--emails a movie recommendation
I watched this movie"Carmen"
last night for the n'th time. By my book one of the
great all time movies. I'd recommend it.
a long-time reader in Mexico
emails her photo from Yellowstone Park
Isa has returned from graduate
work in Paris. Now teaching in Mexico, she will soon again send
"For Colored Girls--Tyler Perry mangles
Ntozake Shange's choreopoem" is
a review and more by Melissa Anderson at miaminewtimes.com.
It's a long, long way from
the women's bar outside Berkeley, California, where Ntozake Shange
first presented her combustible choreopoem For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, in December
1974, to Atlanta's Tyler Perry Studios, where the impresario filmed
much of this calamitous adaptation. Though striving for artistic
legitimacy in bringing Shange's incomparable play to the screen,
Perry indulges his worst instincts for melodrama in For Colored
Girls, shoehorning her text into his own tawdry narrative - a
process similar to watching Madea squeeze into a size 8 dress.
Hilton Als, in his critical
essay about Perry in The New Yorker, presciently sounded the alarm
this past April: "[H]e will likely emphasize Shange's sentimentality,
rather than her force or her feminist radicalism." Perry,
the most financially successful black filmmaker ever, has shown
interest in moving beyond shopworn suffering-and-redemption tales
only twice before: in Why Did I Get Married? (2007), which succeeded
as an honest attempt to examine real adult problems, and in the
treatment of Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard's interracial friendship
in the otherwise awful The Family That Preys (2008). Translating
Shange's work to the screen, Perry - whose films nearly all began
as plays - is tone-deaf to its passion and courage. Her play,
touted at the time as "a celebration of being black and being
woman," is a collection of 20 prose-poems punctuated by dance
and music and performed by a cast of seven women on a spare stage,
each identified only by the color of her dress. Recounting rites
of passage (losing one's virginity), horrors (rape, domestic violence),
and pleasures (intellectual and carnal), Shange's text, whether
seen live or read silently, soars with the power and precision
of her language. Her women suffer and mourn, but they are never
"Four East Bay men to stand trial in Berkeley
slaying that lead to fatal Oakland car chase" Bay City News.
"Four reputed members
of the North Side Oakland gang have been ordered to stand trial
on three counts of murder each for a fatal shooting in Berkeley
and a subsequent car chase that killed two innocent bystanders
in Oakland last year.
The preliminary hearing for
the four men spanned more than 10 days over the past several months
and ended on Wednesday with Alameda County Superior Court Judge
Carrie Panetta ruling that there's sufficient evidence to have
them stand trial on the charges, which could result in the death
However, the Alameda County
District Attorney's office hasn't yet decided if it will seek
the death penalty or if it will seek life in prison without parole.
That decision will be made before the case goes to trial.
'I'm gratified that this
case will go to trial because this was a terrible incident that
involved the deaths of three people, including two completely
innocent victims not associated with any criminal activity,' Prosecutor
John Creighton said.
The series of events began
at about 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2009, when a Berkeley police patrol
officer heard gunfire in the area of Allston Way and 10th Street.
Responding officers found
25-year-old Charles Davis of Berkeley suffering from multiple
gunshot wounds nearby on Allston Way, west of San Pablo Avenue.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Creighton said he believes
Davis was shot in retaliation for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old
Nguyen Ngo of Pinole in the 800 block of 45th Street in Oakland
three weeks earlier.
He said the North Side Oakland
gang had a rivalry with a Berkeley gang, and the evidence in the
case indicates that the four suspects in Davis' shooting believed
that Berkeley gang members came into Oakland to shoot Ngo, who
was affiliated with a subset of the North Side Oakland gang.
Creighton said his theory
is that the four suspects went to Berkeley looking for Davis'
brother because they thought he was one of those responsible for
Ngo's death, but when they couldn't find the brother, they spotted
Davis and shot him instead. He said he doesn't think Davis was
in a gang. "
Tak Nakamoto emails
The report contains some
interesting details such as the DA's allegation that the shooting
of Charles Davis on Allston Way last spring was in retaliation
for an earlier shooting by the Water Front gang in North Oakland.
What is interesting is that the earlier victim was a Vietnamese
American associate of the North Side Oakland gang. The gangs aren't
necessarily composed of people of one race. They can be multi-racial.
Berkeley PD emails
"Suspect ID Needed
On Monday 10/11/10 at about
2243 Hrs., the above depicted black male was IFO the liquor store
at Ashby and Sacramento St. arguing with his girlfriend. The
argument became violent and the female ran to a male standing
nearby for help. The black male gave chase and confronted
the male who would then become the focal point of the black male's
anger. The black male violently battered the male, knocking
him unconscious. When the victim regained consciousness,
he noticed his wallet, money and cellular phone was stolen."
"Chronicle of Higher Education" report at dailymarkets.com.
"The ranks of the most
expensive colleges have grown again: 100 institutions are charging
$50,000 or more for tuition, fees, room, and board in 2010-11,
according to a Chronicle analysis of data released last week by
the College Board. That's well above the 58 universities and colleges
that charged that much in 2009-10, and a major jump from the year
before, when only five colleges were priced over $50,000.
This year marks a milestone as the first public institution has
joined that elite club: the University of California at Berkeley
is charging out-of-state residents $50,649 for tuition, fees,
room, and board. (The price for in-state residents is only $27,770.)
To be sure, many students at the most-expensive institutions are
paying significantly less than the sticker price, thanks to financial
"Congresswoman Doris Matsui visits campus
and its Matsui programs"
"When Congressman Robert
Matsui (D-California) died in 2005, a significant part of his
legacy was entrusted to UC Berkeley. In 2007, the Robert T. Matsui
Center on Politics and Public Service was established at the Institute
of Governmental Studies(IGS), and his collection of papers was
donated to The Bancroft Library.
On Oct. 29, Congresswoman
Doris Matsui (D-California) came to the campus for a first-hand
look at the Matsui program and archive."
Daylight Savings Tme ends
next Sunday, November 7th at 2:00AM. Set you clocks back an hour.
Berkeley City Council election
Berkeley City Council - Dist.
1, Linda Maio 56.15%
Berkeley City Council - Dist.
4, Jesse Arreguin 53.44%
Berkeley City Council - Dist.
7, --Kriss Worthington 49.81%
(computer run-off will follow)
Berkeley City Council - Dist. 8, Gordon Wozniak 60.56%
Berkeley School Board election
"Resounding' defeat for Proposition
19" Kevin Fagan,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"California voters on
Tuesday soundly defeated Proposition 19, the nation's most sweeping
proposal ever to legalize marijuana sales and use.
"A detergent safe enough for S.F Giants'
lucky red thong?' "
by Linda Zavoral at mercurynews.com.
"Talk about your fine
When you've got a team's
World Series success riding on a lucky thong, whom can you depend
on to keep the red bright, the rhinestones shiny and the nylon
It's Northern California,
so it's got to be a company that makes eco-friendly detergents
from botanicals and herbs, right?
Vaska, a Berkeley-based company
that has now dubbed itself the 'Laundry Care Line of Champions,'
says the San Francisco Giants have been using their Herbatergent,
Herbasoft, Oxygenbleach and Spotoff products for a few years now."
"Algae biofuel business won't bloom soon"
Business Times by Steven E.F.
"Algae is considered
a prime candidate to serve as feedstock for biofuels because of
its high energy content and yield, rapid growth and ability to
thrive in seawater or wastewater.
A report from Berkeley's
Energy Biofuel Institute says developing and testing biofuel based
on algae will likely take at least a decade.
Even though about 100 companies
in the United States are seeking this particular grail, making
oil from algae 'will be neither quick nor plentiful,' say authors
Nigel Quinn and Tryg Lundquist.
A research team at Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory (which is a partner in the EBI) worked
with scientists at U.C. Berkeley and at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign to crunch numbers for this study.
While some companies have
scored successes growing algae in closed labs, the know-how to
grow strains that are stable 'under outdoor conditions, while
achieving both high productivities and oil content, is still to
be developed,' the report says."
"Grant launches Berkeley Economic History
Lab" by Kathleen
"The University of California,
Berkeley's Department of Economics is the recipient of a $1.25
million grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)
to develop a Berkeley Economic History Laboratory. The new lab
will train economists to be more historically literate so they
can better contribute to policy debates and help avoid devastating
"Do Believe the Hype" by Thomas L. Friedman, nytimes.com.
"The Hindustan Times
carried a small news item the other day that, depending on your
perspective, is good news or a sign of the apocalypse. It reported
that a Nepali telecommunications firm had just started providing
third-generation mobile network service, or 3G, at the summit
of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, to 'allow thousands
of climbers and trekkers who throng the region every year access
to high-speed Internet and video calls using their mobile phones.'
I can hear it already: 'Hi,
mom! You'll never guess where I'm calling from ...'
This is just one small node
in what is the single most important trend unfolding in the world
today: globalization - the distribution of cheap tools of communication
and innovation that are wiring together the world's citizens,
governments, businesses, terrorists and now mountaintops - is
going to a whole new level. In India alone, some 15 million new
cellphone users are being added each month.
Having traveled to both China
and India in the last few weeks, here's a scary thought I have:
What if - for all the hype about China, India and globalization
- they're actually underhyped? What if these sleeping giants are
just finishing a 20-year process of getting the basic technological
and educational infrastructure in place to become innovation hubs
and that we haven't seen anything yet?"
"Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland have
oldest housing stock in the West" by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times.
"Judging by the age
of their housing stock, Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland are
the oldest cities west of the Mississippi River region and among
the oldest in the nation."
Our California State Representative,
was auctioneer, with translator,
at the CEID Gala
Would you vote for this woman
again ? Yoooouu Betcha' ! RP
Yesterday, the Disney "President"
had lunch at 900
GRAYSON with a Pixar personality.
Carpenter of BioFuel Oasis
is in the November
issue of Vogue, a result of the visit by Vogue's European
Editor, Hamish Bowles" emails Steve Smith.
Vaska, the manufacture and seller of "The Laundry
Care Line, which relies on herbs to clean and protect your clothing
without harming fabric, people or the planet" is not only
located in Berkeley but in west-Berkeley just north of Potter
Susan Brooks is having an
Open House at the Sawtooth, 2547 Eighth Street #24a, Saturday
November 6th, Noon-5 p.m. Some of the other Sawtooth artists will
also be open. And Ms Susan has maps for the upcoming Berkeley
Artisans Holiday Open Studios.
Swerve has begun installing
at the Ed Robert's Campus.
Many of the French School
parents dropping their kids off at the two Potter Creek campuses
seem to be in a real hurry to get there. Maybe you could leave
a little earlier? Kruse has a driver training program.
The traffic lights are now
operating at the Heinz and San Pablo intersection.
Security cameras are being
installed in the Café Tomato building as promised by the
owners after the last break-ins and the mugging.
There were four robberies
overnight south of campus one around Telegraph and Parker. That
suspect has been arrested.
"Lavender-Scented Laundry Care Saves the
Planet and Your Clothes"
is at takepart.com.
"What Is It? You and
Vaska, a cleaning product company in Berkeley, California, have
something in common. You both really want your clothes to live
a long time. The difference between you is that Vaska actually
did something about it. The researchers at Vaska created a new
line of laundry care products called, appropriately, The Laundry
Care Line, which relies on herbs to clean and protect your clothing
without harming fabric, people or the planet. We think that was
awfully nice of them."
"Berkeley District 7 race remains undecided
as all three city ballot measures pass" by Doug Oakley at contracostatimes.com.
"Two Berkeley ballot
questions that would allow the expansion and taxation of the city's
medical marijuana industry passed Tuesday evening as did a third
measure offering a new development plan for downtown.
In addition, voters went
to the polls to decide four City Council seats with 13 candidates
running. One race remained undecided Tuesday but incumbents won
in three others."
"Baby Boomers' dilemma: When should mom,
dad stop driving?" by
Larry Copeland, usatoday.com
(When you fall off your standing-still-motorcycle
and you're not even "otherwise impaired"?)RP
"About five years ago,
Frances Bright, 51, of Millbrae, Calif., and her three siblings
grew concerned about their father's driving ability. He hadn't
crashed or nearly crashed, but he was 80, so they started discussing
the issue with him."
Groove Yard's Rick Ballard
Beginning Saturday, Nov.
6 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 14, all records and CDs
will be on sale at 20% off the marked price. Tons of new jazz
LPs and CDs in the bins this week. Well, maybe not a ton
but a lot. The $3.00 jazz bins have also been replenished. Lots
of new LPs in the international section including Brazilian, Latin,
African, reggae, French, flamenco and east Indian.
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
is opening in Potter Creek
The old Café Cacao
location, 2865 Seventh Street @ Heinz, is becoming créma PATISSERIE.
Still a work
in progess, today you can sample and purchase a few of their desserts.
Monday, they will be open from 8 in the morning until 2 in the
afternoon for dessert and coffee--they advertise single cup brewing.
In two to three weeks they will open for breakfast and lunch probably
from 7 in the AM till 4 in the afternoon.
Some of today's
desserts are Chocolate Croissant, $3.25; Red Velvet Cupcake, $3.00;
Coffee Cake Muffin $2.75; Croissant $2.75. Then there's the tmepting
bag of Ginger Molasses Cookies.
and lunch will be of a light fare.
is crema-us.com and an email
Their phone is 510-220-1069.
"Unseen Beatles photos on view at UC Berkeley" by Sam Whiting, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"For 40 years, Stephen
Goldblatt lugged around a box of film negatives. He never showed
anyone until he happened to meet Ken Light, who runs the documentary
photography program at UC Berkeley. Goldblatt mentioned that he
had once been a photographer in London before becoming a cinematographer.
Oh, and not to make a fuss
about it, but he'd spent two days on an exclusive photo shoot
with the Beatles."
"Rebecca Romijn Enjoying Life As Wife And
Mother" is a story
"Rebecca Romijn has
evolved from one of the top models to a successful actress, wife
The 37 year old Berkeley,
California native is best known for her role as Mystique in the
'X-Men' film series and her role on the former ABC TV series 'Ugly
"New signs help drivers find best route
from Provo to Lehi" is
a report at heraldextra.com.
"A new technology out
of Berkeley, California, is helping drivers get between Provo
and Lehi in the fastest time available, whether it's on Interstate
15 or on State Street."
"BMW to build plug-in hybrid sports coupe" by Greg Kable at autoweek.com.
"BMW has thrown its
hat into the eco-supercar ring by confirming plans to place the
Vision EfficientDynamics concept into production.
The futuristically styled
plug-in hybrid was first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show
in 2009. It is set to undergo an accelerated development program
that aims to place the low-slung four-seater on sale in all of
BMW's key world markets, including North America, by October 2013.
With performance targets
similar to the M3--0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed
limited to 155 mph--the new carbon-fiber-bodied coupe won't be
BMW's fastest production model. That accolade will go to next
year's redesigned M5 with a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8, according
to Munich sources.
But with combined city/highway
fuel economy of more than 62 mpg (U.S.) and a CO2 emission rating
of just 159 grams per mile, it will be among the company's most
frugal production cars."
"Proposition 19 defeat shows great divide
over pot" by Kevin
Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Trying to glean lessons
from the ashes of Proposition 19, the measure that would have
legalized marijuana for casual use in California, is tough.
California's premier pot-growing
region rejected it, the tiniest county in the state embraced it,
and overall the idea got more votes than any other attempt to
legalize recreational marijuana use in U.S. history."
From the Big Boz "Exporting
Our Way to Stability" by Barack Obama at nytimes.com.
"As the United States
recovers from this recession, the biggest mistake we could make
would be to rebuild our economy on the same pile of debt or the
paper profits of financial speculation. We need to rebuild on
a new, stronger foundation for economic growth. And part of that
foundation involves doing what Americans have always done best:
discovering, creating and building products that are sold all
over the world.
We want to be known not just
for what we consume, but for what we produce. And the more we
export abroad, the more jobs we create in America. In fact, every
$1 billion we export supports more than 5,000 jobs at home.
It is for this reason that
I set a goal of doubling America's exports in the next five years.
To do that, we need to find new customers in new markets for American-made
goods. And some of the fastest-growing markets in the world are
in Asia, where I'm traveling this week.
It is hard to overstate the
importance of Asia to our economic future. Asia is home to three
of the world's five largest economies, as well as a rapidly expanding
middle class with rising incomes."
Berkeley PD emails
Members of BPD gear up for
Toys for Tots 2010 - In one of the many events throughout the
year in which members of the City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) give back to the community, BPD is again teaming up with
the U.S. Marines Corps Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2010.
our David Snipper emails
some important history
Where did Piss Poor come
from [and more]?
They used to use
urine to tan animal skins,
so families used to all pee in a pot
& then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.
If you had to do this to survive, you were "Piss Poor."
But worse than
that were the really poor folk
who couldn't even afford to buy a pot.
have a pot to piss in"
& were the lowest of the low.
The next time you
are washing your hands and complain
because the water temperature isn't just how you like it,
think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got
married in June
because they took their yearly bath in May
and they still smelled pretty good by June.
However, since they were starting to smell,
Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet
when getting Married.
of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of nice clean water,
then all the other sons and men,
then the women and finally the children.
Last of all the babies.
By then, the water was so dirty
that you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying,
"Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"
Houses had thatched
roofs-thick straw-piled high
with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm
so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)
lived in the roof.
When it rained, it became slippery
and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing
to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom
where bugs and other droppings
could mess up your nice clean bed.
Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top
afforded some protection.
That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt.
Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors
that would get slippery in the winter when wet,
so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor
to help keep their footing.
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh
until when you opened the door,
it would all start slipping outside.
A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.
In those old days,
they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle
that always hung over the fire.
Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot.
They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.
They would eat the stew for dinner,
leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight
and then start over the next day.
Sometimes stew had food in it
that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold,
peas porridge in the pot nine days old.
Sometimes they could obtain pork
which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over,
they would hang up their bacon to show off.
It was a sign of wealth
that a man could "bring home the bacon."
They would cut off a little to share with guests
and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money
had plates made of pewter.
Food with high acid content
caused some of the lead to leach onto the food
causing lead poisoning death.
This happened most often with tomatoes,
so for the next 400 years or so,
tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided
according to status.
Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf,
the family got the middle,
and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were
used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out
for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead
and prepare them for burial
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days
and the family would gather around and eat and drink
and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of holding a wake.
England is old
and small and the local folks
started running out of places to bury people.
So they would dig up coffins
and would take the bones to a bone-house
and reuse the grave.
When reopening these coffins,
1 out of 25 coffins
were found to have scratch marks on the inside
and they realized they had been burying people alive.
So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse,
lead it through the coffin and up through the ground
and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard
all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell;
thus, someone could be saved by the bell
or was considered a dead ringer.
Which city worker weeks ago
predicted the city council election results to a woman?
Sunday around one o'clock,
with a break in the rain, both the Bowl café and the Bowl
grocery store were busy--the store, packed.
Look for the Bowl café
to serve dinner sooner-than-later.
And dinner at the Westside
is uneven, with our last meal just so-so. Where our opening night
meal was "perfect" the last experience was less-so with
luke warm meals, a gumbo with no real Cajun spice, and a slight
dry bread pudding. Another Potter Creeker had the same experience.
We're going again though. When we went last, the bar area was
packed for Happy Hour. You had to push through a crowd to get
to the bar itself.
Saw 900 GRAYSON'S
Courtney last week in passing. She's more beautiful than ever.
In the last couple of months,
I've noticed an increase in Potter Creek graffiti. On a Saturday
morning ride through he Creek I took half dozen photos of tagging.
There were as many more that I didn't shoot. Most noticeable is
the graffiti on the back of the 7th and Heinz Xoma building. Yesterday
I noticed and photographed the tag on Kava's 7th and Grayson building.
I emailed all photos to the appropriate city departments. Be sure
to remove graffiti immediately from your property but take a photo
"Three reasons Prop. 19 to legalize marijuana
got the thumbs down" at
"The federal government's
opposition to legalized marijuana, midterm election voter demographics,
and the prospect of regulatory gridlock may have kept California
voters from passing Prop. 19.
One of the surprises in Tuesday's
election for some was the defeat of California's Proposition 19
the initiative that would have allowed for possession and
cultivation of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.
The marijuana rights movement
has been steadily expanding nationwide supported by huge
poll shifts of public acceptance of marijuana use and the
proposition had been leading in early polls.
So what happened?"
"Mark Twain, editor's nightmare" by Joshua Rothman at boston.com
"That is how long, according
to a great article in California's East Bay Express, it took a
team of 12 editors working in the University of California Berkeley's
"heavily guarded, multimillion-dollar climate-controlled"
Mark Twain vault to put the "Autobiography" together.
The team used custom computer software to compare and collate
the nearly half-million pages of typed and handwritten material
associated with the book; the computer analysis revealed which
pages were part of the 'master' copy and which were revisions
"Mimicking Photosynthesis in New Electronics" at softpedia.com.
"Thanks to a new investigation
conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), it may now become possible to design more advanced synthetic
For many year, researchers
have been working hard on replicating the process of photosynthesis,
through which plants turn sunlight into energy. Doing so could
result in efficient artificial systems capable of producing large
amounts of electricity.
However, the goal has proven
to be elusive, and existing conversion systems have only limited
efficiency. The MIT team now proposes a new approach, that could
boost conversion efficiency."
"A Vegan Chef Dishes Up Thanksgiving" by Tara Parker-Pope at nytimes.com.
"The Los Angeles chef
Chloe Coscarelli is best known for winning the Food Network's
'Cupcake Wars' with her dairy- and egg-free cupcake recipes. But
Ms. Coscarelli, a recent graduate of the University of California,
Berkeley, and the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City,
also has a passion for vegan savory foods, particularly at Thanksgiving."
"N.Y. takes a new look at California wines"
Talia Baiocchi, Special to The Chronicle.
"Call it the bicoastal
For many California winemakers,
New York City represents a holy grail - a mystical place overrun
with European wines and Europhile palates. For New York's wine
buyers, California still symbolizes a culture of wine and winemaking
that resonated with downtown bankers and Upper East Side Baby
Boomers, and left everyone else disillusioned.
But as the market for cult
Cabernet dangles off a cliff, the city's top wine shops and restaurants
are crafting a market for new and interesting California wines
- and with it, a novel enthusiasm among an elite, and often finicky,
set of wine buyers.
'It's easy to write off California
- I know I have - but I think now more than ever there's a reason
to pay attention,' says Juliette Pope, wine director at Gramercy
Tavern, one of the city's top wine destinations.
What's caught her imagination
is a growing subset of winemakers 'dialing back' on ripeness and
making more restrained wines."
"Job cuts bring out protesters to Pacifica's
KPFA in Berkeley"
"A major dropoff in
donations to non-com KPFA-FM (94.1) in Berkeley, California brought
news of job cuts, and that news brought out about 100 protesters
who are against the proposed cuts."
"California's Bureaucrats: A Bargain?"
"Civil servants have
emerged as political bogeymen, scorned for their supposedly outsize
compensation packages. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie wants
to cap their raises at less than 3 percent, while New York Governor-elect
Andrew Cuomo warns that current pay levels are "unsustainable."
Support for state workers is perhaps weakest in California, where
they were furloughed this year so the state could save about 15
percent in salaries. According to a new study, however, the wisdom
of such policies may be lacking: the lowly government employee,
it seems, is a pretty good deal."
"Berkeley High student shot to death is
identified" by Sean
Maher, Oakland Tribune.
"A 14-year-old boy killed
in a South Berkeley shooting was identified today as Larry Malik
Grayson, officials said.
The boy was shot around 3:30
p.m. on Oct. 30 in an apartment in the 1500 block of Alcatraz
Avenue, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he
survived for five days, dying Thursday afternoon."
This morning, Lipofsky stopped
by for a moment to introduce
members of his Ole Farts
All, so far, glass blowers.
Also the morning KTVU NEWS
did a small story featuring our Deputy Fire Chief, Gil Dong. The
story was about underground
And yesterday, BFD put out
a fire downtown aboard an East Bay Transit bus. No one was injured,
the bus suffured damage, and it was exciting.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed just over an inch for the last storm.
Marvin also mentioned that
Nordic House now offers sandwiches. Check out their Sandwich Board
above the deli counter.
Also, one of our city workers
emails about Potter Creek's Sea Salt "This was our second
visit and the meals have both been great. If you go, try
the 'Gone Figgin' cocktail; mission fig puree, zaya rum (one of
our favorites), lemon juice and some simple syrup."
(Several Potter Creekers
have found the adjoining pizza place wanting.)
Information for this Holiday
Season's Berkeley Artisans Open Studios can be found online.
They charge several hundred dollars for "this membership."
I trust it is well spent--something
beyond the holiday mention I hope.
In the last few months realtors
Robinson and McNally have split their partnership. Now I see a
few just plain Robinson signs in west-Berkeley.
The City of Berkeley won
a statewide California Chapter American Planning Assocation award
for the Climate Action Plan thanks to Timothy Burroughs, the staffer
who shepherded it through its meandering path.
If you want answers to "Questions
of the Day," find me at one of our watering holes or eateries
and I'll answer what I remember, or more simply ask one of our
Creek veterans--Marvin, Rick, Regan or Margret Elliot come to
"Pacifica's KPFA fires their entire morning
show staff" at radio-info.com.
"On track to lose $500,000
this year through lower donations, and despite picketing by protesters
unhappy with proposed cuts, the Executive Director of the Pacifica
Foundation that oversees non-commercial KPFA-FM (94.1) in Berkeley,
California has dropped morning show co-hosts Aimee Allison and
Brian Edwards-Tiekert. Morning show staffers Esther Manilla and
Laura Prives were also cut loose. Ironically, the morning show
was the biggest producer of revenue for the Pacifica-owned station."
"Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra review:
Kosman, Chronicle Music Critic.
"They say we don't have
seasons in Northern California, but recent musical life has brought
evidence to the contrary. On the heels of last week's sleek but
slightly bland performance of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' by Robert
McDuffie and the Venice Baroque Orchestra came a more invigorating
rendition of the same music by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra."
"Chris Chu Of The Morning Benders Performs
Acoustic For Oregon Public Broadcasting" by Saxon Baird at prefixmag.com.
"In case you forgot,
Berkeley, California four-piece The Morning Benders put out one
hell of an album back in May. Produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly
Bear, Big Echo shared an affinity with the producer's Brooklyn-outfit
in its ability to blissfully blend a cacophony of sound with the
more pop-oriented structure of the tracks."
"In 1978, Darth Vader's actor spoiled the
Empire Strikes Back's ending to a local newspaper" is a story at io9.com.
"In 1978, David Prowse,
better known as Darth Vader's body, spoiled The Empire Strikes
Back to a cheering crowd in Berkeley, California...two years before
Empire came out. But did Prowse actually know the ending, or was
this sheer coincidence?"
"UC Berkeley students help improve Wikipedia's
Andrea Hicklin, UC Media Relations.
"While searching for
a quick fact one day on Wikipedia, Brian Carver, an assistant
professor at the University of California, Berkeley, came up with
an idea to get his students more engaged in his intellectual property
'The page was inaccurate,'
'he said, 'and suddenly I thought, 'I should have my students
write this article!' "
"Minneapolis park design competition finalists
announced" by Matt
Sepic, Minnesota Public Radio
"Design teams from New
York, Boston, Beijing, and Berkeley, California will compete to
revamp 5.5 miles of Mississippi riverfront north of downtown Minneapolis.
The area includes residential
neighborhoods, industrial sites and parks."
"Co-founder gives look inside Apple"
Meredith Rutland, Alligator Contributing
"When Steve Wozniak,
co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., was a kid, he and his friends
would ask to be paid for gardening work in spare electronic parts.
When he was in sixth grade,
he coded a program that would make a computer win tic-tac-toe
He spoke at the O'Connell
Center Monday night, attributing his success in the computer industry
to his education and desire to figure out problems.
'The [passions] that really
drive you are the ones that you feel in your heart,' he said.
Wozniak rose to technological
fame when he created the Apple I and Apple II personal computers.
He withdrew from the University of California at Berkeley to found
Apple Computer Inc. with his friend Steve Jobs in 1976. He went
on to earn the National Medal of Technology by President Ronald
Reagan and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000."
when women rule
On 9/25/10 I reported
"Quite a few years ago
Gene, a retired city worker, lived on 8th across form David. Gene
maintained that there was a jet-fuel pipeline that traversed Potter
Was this just rumor, or was
there, in fact, such a line?
In 2006, in response to a
city council request by Darryl and Linda, BFD reported there was
a Kinder-Morgan jet-fuel pipeline running adjacent to the railroad
tracks. But they felt it posed no danger."
Tuesday's KTVU NEWS report
gives a different view.
"Also the morning KTVU
NEWS did a small story featuring our Deputy Fire Chief, Gil Dong.
The story was about underground
(This linked KTVU NEWS video
is, in fact, the previous nights more detailed report from which
the morning report was edited. "
Soon look for information
about our Environment Action Group.
Kriss Worthington won the
run off and is again the Councilman for District 7.
Suspects ID Needed--photos
and more here
On 10-28-10 at about 0454
Hrs., the above depicted entered the 7-Eleven store at College
Ave./ Russell St. and robbed the business via handgun. The black
male in the black hooded sweatshirt gave the clerk cash and asked
him to make change. When the clerk opened the register, the second
black male in the red beanie cap turned around and produced a
semi-auto handgun from his waistband. The two robbed the business
of cash from the register.
An hour prior to the robbery,
the black males cased the business which is shown in the top left
picture. The suspect who was armed with the handgun is seen wearing
a tan zip up sweater during the casing of the business.
The suspects are in their
late teens to early 20's, 5-07, 150 thin build. The handgun is
described as a black semi-auto handgun.
"Nominate an outstanding teacher for the
Dennis Richmond Community Impact Award" by Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times.
"Know an outstanding
The Ala Costa Centers in
Berkeley and Oakland, which help children and young adults with
developmental disabilities, are seeking nominations for the Dennis
Richmond Community Impact Award for Outstanding Teachers."
"Here's how you could log in with your
TV set" by Vidya
"So you don't have a
computer or an Internet connection. Could you still access the
internet? Sure thing, if you go by these three young entrepreneurs.
Just one condition: you ought to have a TV set.
A second-year student at
the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Amarendra Sahu,
along with two friends, Jitendra Jagader and Krishnan Varadarajan,
struck upon an idea that could allow people to access the Internet
over television. They've called their invention, which they have
patented, Brizz TV. Soon, they'll be presenting their interesting
new idea at the University of California, Berkeley, United States.
Teams from across the world
will be converging at Berkeley for the International Entrepreneurship
Challenge, between November 15 and 19."
Charlie Rose' conversation
with Tom Friedman has some insight about our future, India, and
China. And Friedman becomes Evangelically passionate about America's
check it out.
An "American future"
through allegory is presented in "William-Blakes
America" at chronicle.com
"Like It Or Not, Pot Taxes Are Coming to
California" by Paul
Armentano is a report at hightimes.com.
"In the months leading
up to California's vote on Proposition 19, several fringe activists
most notably the so-called 'Stoners Against the Prop. 19
Tax Cannabis Initiative' argued against the measure, saying
that it empowered local governments to impose new taxes on marijuana
production and sales. Despite this outcry from certain members
of the cannabis community, voters in nine California cities, including
several of the state's most populated communities, overwhelmingly
approved new and in some cases exorbitant taxes on
All told, voters by wide
margins endorsed citywide medi-tax ordinances in Albany, Berkeley,
La Puente, Oakland, Rancho Cordova, Richmond, Sacramento, San
Jose, and Stockton."
"Sara Lee slims down with $959M bread sale
to Bimbo" is an
AP report at contracostatimes.com.
"Sara Lee Corp. is cutting the apron strings on its struggling
North American bread-making business, selling it to Mexican baking
giant Grupo Bimbo for $959 million.
The deal makes Grupo Bimbo
the largest baker in the U.S. It also marks Sara Lee's last major
planned sale of a business line and completes a series of moves
to focus on its more-profitable businesses such Hillshire Farms
meat and Senseo coffee.
'Sara Lee is indeed a simpler,
stronger and a better company,' Sara Lee interim CEO Marcel Smits
Sara Lee, based in Downers
Grove, Ill., will still sell its signature frozen cheesecake and
deli meats. Grupo Bimbo will have rights to the Sara Lee brand
in fresh baked goods globally, excluding Western Europe, Australia
and New Zealand.
It adds to Grupo Bimbo's
presence as one of the world's largest baking companies. The company,
based in Mexico City and traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange,
sells brands such as Entenmann's, Tia Rosa and Thomas' baked goods."
"ANSI highlights current alternative energy
a report with commonsense explanation at news.thomasnet.com.
"Scientists at Helios
project are working to mimic photosynthesis, with goal of harnessing
sun's energy to replace fossil fuels, and turn CO2 into ethanol
or another alcohol for use in cars. It is joint initiative between
University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory, part of ANSI member U.S. DoE. ANSI is also convening
standards-needs assessment workshop in 2011 to address electric
vehicles, while IEC General Meeting in October covered various
Merryll's, when women rule
Barbara Bowman took the BFD
disaster course and has a photo essay of her experience up at
their Potter Creek website.
Though we support this BFD
program our Environment Action Group is about the formulation,
establishment, and enforcement of environment policy through legislatiive
and legal action.
Our city street-cleaner was
cleaning streets in Potter Creek yesterday morning.
I'm told that the French
School is planning to buy back the property to the north of their
9th Street campus that they sold-off some years ago.
Créma is hoping to
open for breakfast and lunch early next week.
I had breakfast last week
with Don Yost at which time we solved no world problems though
we did a lot of underlining.
"Sidestepping Lignin's Challenges"
is a story at biorefiningmagazine.com
about one of our west-Berkeley companies.
"Former hippy counterculture
haven Berkeley, Calif., is home to Bio Architecture Lab Inc.,
a company working to convert weed-seaweed, that is-into second-generation
biofuels and chemicals. The one-step process, known as consolidated
bioprocessing, uses a microbe to break down sugars in seaweed
to convert them into common metabolites, which can then be converted
into a wide range of biobased products, such as ethanol and isobutanol."
And CNN's "Robot
Used To Help Paralyzed Walk" is about a Potter Creek
"Today's Big I is all
about eLEGS. Its a wearable, bionic device that enables people
who are paralyzed to walk. The technology was developed at Berkeley
a Fall evening
in Potter Creek
"Is 'survival of the kindest' key to humankind's
success as a species?"
by UC Berkeley NewsCenter at canadaviews.ca.
"Across America, Thanksgiving
kicks off a holiday season of reflection, gratitude and sharing.
These emotions are the focus of wide-ranging scholarship at the
University of California, Berkeley, where researchers are investigating
the science of happiness and compassion. In the video linked here,
UC Berkeley psychologists Dacher Keltner, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton,
Robb Willer and sociologist Christine Carter describe the work
that supports the hypothesis that 'survival of the kindest' is
the key to our success as a species.
"Berkeley eases auto impound policy" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
and anyone else driving without a license will no longer have
their cars impounded for 30 days when stopped for minor violations,
thanks to a new Berkeley police policy.
Police Chief Michael Meehan
agreed to the change last month and is now training officers on
the new policy, he said."
"The Issue of Fraud at California Certified
"For the first time
since California sanctioned farmers markets back in 1977, the
state is reconsidering the rules for how the certified operations
Recent accusations at markets
in Southern California involving bogus organic products and items
brought up from Mexico being passed off for locally grown, are
being addressed by the Department of Food and Agriculture. KNBC,
the Los Angeles Times, and the Santa Monica Daily Press have all
covered the issue this fall.
A series of four state-sponsored
listening sessions wrapped up on Monday, with the final one held
in Berkeley. Previous sessions were held in Fresno, Sacramento,
and Santa Monica."
"Recent California newspaper editorials" by The Associated Press.
'UC fee hikes at state's peril' . . .
These proposed tuition and
fee hikes are hardly being proposed in a vacuum, or after a long
period of remaining steady.
The 8 percent undergraduate
tuition increase proposed for UC comes on the heels of the extraordinary
32 percent increase that went into effect just last year. The
CSU system is looking at a midyear tuition hike of 5 percent for
undergrads and graduate students alike. The state system would
then seek an additional 10 percent . . .
But that isn't the whole
story. The Daily Californian, the student-run newspaper at UC
Berkeley, reports that of the $350 million in increased costs
the UC system will face next year, more than half will go to fund
university pension costs-an unfunded liability that already amounts
to more than $20 billion in future payments."
ole high-school buddy
WD emails two links
"Have Gun, Will Travel" a review of a book about the Kalashnikov AK
47 by Richard Overy also speaks to AK-47s' political and social
significance. The reveiw is at nationalinterest.org.
"The Gun" C. J.
It is not always easy to
understand what makes a particular weapon iconic, or whether such
an icon is really something worth having. The twentieth century
has few obvious contenders. The Spitfire is perhaps the most famous
because so much hung on achieving victory in the Battle of Britain.
The surviving myth of the Allied David pitted against the German
Goliath has an enduring, if sentimental, attraction. The B-2 Spirit
stealth bomber is perhaps a modern-day equivalent, its awesome
power and menace balanced by the aesthetic fascination of seeing
the broad, black batwing fighter in flight.
Aircraft, of course, are
fortunate. For more than a century, the evolution of modern planes,
from flimsy wood and canvas biplanes to the modern fighter-bomber,
has generated a persistent fascination with the air weapon; it
is easy to understand why famous aircraft images are often instantly
recognizable. But ask the average citizen to tell you the name
of some piece of artillery or an armored car and you will get
nowhere. Cans of poison gas or antipersonnel mines are not likely
to end up as iconic images, and it needs little perception to
understand why. The only other category of modern weapon that
can match the appeal of the air is the handheld firearm. The Colt
.45, the famous German Luger, the Bren gun and the Lee-Enfield
rifle are not quite household names, but certainly close to the
Spitfire in terms of recognition. Yet of all the handheld weapons
across the world, from the age of industrial warfare on, there
is one that stands out above the rest: the AK-47 assault rifle,
better known as the eponymous 'Kalashnikov.' "
"The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance,
the Second Scientific Revolution and the Twentieth Century" by Peter Watson is reviewed by James Buchan
who "enjoys an encyclopedic
account of Germany's 'idealism with efficiency.' " All at
He writes "For a while
in the 1980s, I used to spend my Sundays in the Old Cemetery in
the town of Bonn in the Rhineland. Wandering amid the provincial
tombs, I was forever coming across some stupendous intellectual
celebrity. Here were Beethoven's mother and Schiller's wife; Clara
and Robert Schumann; August Wilhelm Schlegel; Mathilde Wesendonck,
for whom Wagner wrote his most beautiful music; FWA Argelander,
who mapped three hundred thousand stars. These Sunday excursions
were for me an exercise in mental recuperation. Bored by the Third
Reich and its uptight little successor republics in West and East
Germany, I sought an afternoon's peace in an older and, as I thought,
more German Germany.
Peter Watson's colossal encyclopaedia,
The German Genius, might have been written for me, but not only
for me. A journalist of heroic industry, Watson is frustrated
by the British ignorance of Germany, or rather by an expertise
devoted exclusively to Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. Watson
wonders not just why the nation of thinkers and poets came to
grief between 1933 and 1945 but also how it put itself together
again and, in 1989, recreated most of the Wilhelmine state without
plunging Europe into war or even breaking sweat.
Watson has not simply written
a survey of the German intellect from Goethe to Botho Strauss
nothing so dilettantist. In the course of nearly 1,000 pages,
he covers German idealism, porcelain, the symphony, Johann Joachim
Winckelmann, telegraphy, homeopathy, strategy, Sanskrit, colour
theory, the Nazarenes, universities, Hegel, jurisprudence, the
conservation of energy, the Biedermeyer, entropy, fractals, dyestuffs,
the PhD, heroin, automobiles, the unconscious, the cannon, the
Altar of Pergamon, sociology, militarism, the waltz, anti-semitism,
continental drift, quantum theory and serial music.
His approach is purely biographical,
which may sacrifice depth but makes for clarity."
The author speaks of "The
Final Solution" as "The National Treason." I've
felt something like this for most of my adult life.
I've thought that murdering
millions Jews by a nation who just earlier welcomed them "as
their own", was of a midset similar to that of a family,
who after adopting children, cast them out to a sure death in
a winters' cold--the motivation itself as bad as the act.
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Berkeley bingo parlor may be shut down"
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Owners of a large concrete
building on San Pablo Avenue at Gilman Street in Berkeley likely
will lose their permit to run charity bingo games at a site described
by one official as 'an illicit gambling operation.''
The council will vote on
a resolution at its Nov. 16 meeting to revoke the permit of the
George F. McDermott and the McDermott Family Limited Partnership
to use their 10,000 square-foot-building at 1284 San Pablo Avenue
In July, the city shut down
a charity bingo operation running out of the San Pablo building
that officials estimate brought in at least $10 million in revenue
from July 2009 to July 2010.
Officials have no evidence
that the bingo game, working under the charity Youth Actors Company,
ever donated any of the profits from the estimated $10 million
to a charity'
'Twelve eighty four San Pablo
Avenue wasn't a bingo hall, it was an illicit gambling operation,
' said Berkeley Code Enforcement Supervisor Gregory Daniel."
"Veterans Day flag-raising launches a new
tradition" at berkeley.edu.
"Berkeley started a
new tradition on Thursday, Nov. 11 with a flag-raising ceremony
to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. The Veterans
Day event took place on the west side of California Hall at the
main campus flag pole, and was led by LTC Jon Negin, professor
of military science at the campus's ROTC program."
"Notorious Berkeley drug house sold" by Frances Dinkelspiel at berkeleyside.com.
"For more than 20 years,
the house at 1610 Oregon Street was an epicenter of Berkeley's
drug wars, a place where dealers dealt crack openly, people were
shot, and crowds and cars congregated.
Now the shingled house, once
owned by Lenora Moore, is shuttered behind a chain link fence.
The glass in the front windows is broken and two "No Trespassing"
signs and a red 'Keep Out' sign are nailed by the front door.
For decades, Lenora Moore
and her extended clan of Perrys and Robinsons lived in the modest,
two-bedroom home near California Street. But they left in early
2010 after four court battles, a grand jury investigation, and
finally, an injunction won by the city of Berkeley declaring the
house a public nuisance.
Now the house has been sold
to a new, unidentified buyer. A offer was accepted on the property
Oct 29, just 10 days after the house went on the market for the
low price of $199,000, according to a spokesman for Security Pacific
realtors, which listed the property. The house had been in foreclosure."
"Berkeley to try speed tables to slow drivers"
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle
"Berkeley found a new
way to torment motorists: speed tables."
"International Body Music Mini-Fest on
December 4th at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley" atworldmusiccentral.org.
"The International Body
Music Festival Mini-Fest, a concert and day of workshops, will
take place Saturday, December 4th at Freight & Salvage in
Led by Artistic Director
Keith Terry, the concert is a sizzling smorgasbord of contemporary
and traditional Body Music featuring all California artists-an
irresistible hand-clapping, foot-stomping, chest-whomping extravaganza.
Artists include Los Cenzontles,
Cerro Negro, Danny 'Slapjazz' Barber, James Harding, Linda Akiyama,
Elizabeth Strong with Dan Cantrell and Evan Fraser, Keith Terry
and Evie Ladin, Khalid Freeman, and Sofia Lopez-Ibor."
"California's parent tax" is William T. Bagley's story at sfgate.com.
"The state of California's
budget has been in sad and worsening shape since 2004-5 but the
University of California has been starved for more than 20 years.
The state has abdicated its responsibility, leaving the greatest
public research university in the world to receive just a slight
public subsidy. This has forced the UC Regents to provide a massive
student-aid program by imposing a more and more progressive parent
tax on middle-class families, who can't qualify for tuition reductions.
Fifty years ago, student
fees ranged around $120 per year; since then market price inflation
has increased about 1,000 percent. Now tuition comes close to
$12,000 a year, a 12,00o percent increase."
"Latino kids now majority in state's public
schools" Will Kane,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Latinos now make up
a majority of California's public school students, cracking the
50 percent barrier for the first time in the state's history,
according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education.
Almost 50.4 percent of the
state's students in the 2009-10 school year identified themselves
as Hispanic or Latino, up 1.36 percent from the previous year."
"Richmond California's Green Victory"
opines david helvarg
at the huffingtonpost.com.
"While the recent elections
were seen as a setback for environmental advocates nationally,
for the small city of Richmond in San Francisco's East Bay it
marked a tidal shift in a seven-year battle to protect Point Molate,
the last large undeveloped headland on the bay from a mega-casino.
Here at least the election demonstrated that poor communities
can assert their right to control their own shorelines and perhaps
their own destinies despite outside pressure.
On the winning side were
local activists of Citizens For a Sustainable Point Molate and
the Richmond Progressive Alliance that includes the Green Party
Mayor of this low-income predominantly African-American and Hispanic
city of just over 100,000.
On the side that didn't win
was a Berkeley developer with plans for a billion dollar casino
resort at the headlands, a small band of Pomo Indians hoping to
break into urban gaming, and an even smaller band of environmentalists
willing to cut a multi-million dollar deal with them just before
Richmond was to vote on the casino."
"IRLE's conference on "New Deal/No
Deal?" by Kathleen
" In the midst of forecasts
of continuing economic woes and congressional gridlock, experts
gathered recently at the University of California, Berkeley, to
assess what worked and what didn't during the Great Depression-inspired
New Deal, the Obama administration's still emerging efforts to
ease the Great Recession, and prospects for relief, reform and
Much of the conference, 'New
Deal/No Deal? The Age of Obama and the Lessons of the 1930s,'
is now available online. Hosted on Friday, Oct. 29, by UC Berkeley's
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), the program
was organized by IRLE director and UC Berkeley labor economist
Michael Reich, also co-author of the just-released "Labor
in an Era of Globalization," and Richard Walker, a UC Berkeley
geography professor and the head of IRLE's California Studies
The institute was founded
in 1945 and is home to over 60 UC Berkeley professors from a variety
of fields who are researching elements of labor and employment
relations in the United States and around the world. The campus
also is home to several noted economic historians of the Great
Depression who participated in the conference."
"Thin chips speed up computing" is a report at abc.net.au.
"Researchers in the
US are working on a new generation of ultra-thin compound semiconductors
that they say could bring about the next technological revolution
for the computer industry.
The team, based at the University
of California, Berkeley, set out to solve several problems limiting
the operating capacities of the current generation of silicon
'chips', such as heat build-up and quantum mechanical effects.
According to new research
published last week in the journal Nature, the trick to getting
around the silicon impasse is to combine silicon technology with
something a little more exotic - in this case, indium arsenide.
'The problem is that right
now you're generating so much heat from the chip. You're putting
a lot of power in and a lot of energy is being dissipated as heat
and the chips get heated up,' says Professsor Ali Javey, one of
the paper's authors."
Around Six yesterday morning
Berkeley police talked a man down from a tree on Shattuck Avenue.
He came down, was not injured and was wearing what appeared to
be a dress--an attractive print. The street was reopened after
the man was taken into custody.
Hopefully we will have video.
Merryll's, when women rule
Also yesterday morning, our
city street-cleaner was thoroughly cleaning the streets in Potter
Creek. However our many over-night parked cars interfere with
Tuesday the head of our Joint
Chiefs of Staff said that the national deficit is our number one
national security issue, so I'd watch and listen real close to
Charlie Rose conversation with"Erskine
Bowles and Alan Simpson, Co-chairs, US Deficit Commission"
of which one viewer wrote "This show concerning our country's
deficit was right on. Difficult decisions must be made and our
elected officials must listen and act now."
If you find Rose, Bowles
and Simpson on the our deficit too heavy, then let stand-up Dennis Miller mess
wtih your mind on the Tavis Smiley Show. Miller is one beautifully
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Younger greens reject old ideas about
urbanity" by John
King at sfgate.com.
" 'Generation gap' is
a phrase past its prime, like a guy who thinks he's still hip
because Levi's are still his look.
But it rings true in the
Bay Area of 2010, especially with regard to attitudes about the
shape our cities and suburbs should take.
More and more, there's a
disconnect between the established view of how we should grow,
and the values of people who weren't even born when activists
first battled "Manhattanization." The (mostly) gray-haired
guardians who radiate the certainty that They Know Best have dominated
the debate for decades, but they can't defy the calendar. With
every passing year, the old certainties look a bit more ... old.
Which brings us to Berkeley,
where voters this month approved an advisory measure that would
focus the city's growth downtown.
Measure R hit all the buttons
of 21st century urban environmentalism: The ballot question framed
the issue at hand as 'concentrating housing, jobs and cultural
destinations near transit, shops and amenities' to 'revitalize
the downtown and help make Berkeley one of the greenest cities
in the United States.'
The measure also would make
room for three buildings of 180 feet - equal to office buildings
of the same height from 1925 and 1969 - and opponents responded
as though Sears Tower was being shipped to Shattuck Avenue. The
ballot arguments warned of 'empty promises with destructive proposals'
and 'a developer-backed plan ... allowing outsized development
to overwhelm surrounding neighborhoods.' Man the barricades!
It was vintage fight-the-power
rhetoric. But this time around, Measure R captured 63.97 percent
of the vote."
"Michael Rossman had a thing for posters" writes Shirley Lau at sfgate.com.
"He liked them so much,
in fact, that he amassed 23,500 progressive social movement posters
throughout his life as a free speech activist who also dabbled
in arts, politics and science. Rossman, who lived in Berkeley,
died after a short battle with cancer in 2008, but his legacy
will live on through his mammoth collection -- the Oakland Museum
of California recently acquired it, and will be displaying it
in a variety of ways over the next several years.
The posters range in scope
from arty, colorful Andy Warhols to politically motivated drawings
of Iranians struggling for independence in 1978. Some were made
for a very specific purpose, like advertising the opening of local
poetry readings or museum exhibitions. Others are national, even
global in scale, such as David Lance Goines' 1991 poster of a
faceless man holding a skull. The text reads: No War. There are
a number of political posters from 1960s and 70s California, including
a Jerry Brown campaign poster from his first run for governor.
Next to an image of the young Brown, it says: 'The only used car
you can buy from this man is his own.'
Lincoln Cushing, a poster
artist and archivist who was a longtime friend of Rossman's, will
be working with the museum to display the collection. As the first
step in the museum-s five-year plan to make the entire enormous
collection public, Cushing is helping to create an online catalog
with information on each poster. Cushing is a poster artist himself,
and many samples of his work made their way into Rossman's possession
over the years."
"UC Berkeley gets $16.5 million for three
children's environmental health centers" by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, berkeley.edu.
"Researchers at the
University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health are
getting $16.5 million to support three research centers as part
of a federal initiative to examine the environmental factors influencing
UC Berkeley's School of Public Health is receiving $16.5 million
to support research on environmental health factors and children's
The grants to UC Berkeley
are among $54 million recently awarded to 12 university-based
centers across the country by the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). UC Berkeley is the only institution to have received
awards for multiple centers."
You can seriously mess with
your mind or just get some insight into some memebers of our rulling
class by carefully watching Charlie
Rose converstion with authors Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean,
[See below about McLean]. They talk about their new book "All
the Devils are Here:The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis"
Rose is curiously ill-at-ease.
Maybe because as he hints, McLean knows more than he does, or
more darkly, because some of "the Devils" are his friends
On 8/10/10 I posted.
"Following is a link
to Bethany McLean's Miller
Center Forum and her 2001 Fortune article 'Is
Enron Overpriced?' that helped bring Eron down.
For some insight into Ms
McLean, watch her eyes dart around the room while being introduced
before her lecture at the Miller Center Forum.
'Is Enron Overpriced? In
March 2001, Fortune pointed out that Enron's financial statements
were nearly impenetrable.
(Editors note--Remember when
it seemed outrageous to suggest that Enron shouldn't be the golden
child of Wall Street? Before the congressional hearings, before
Arthur Andersen was indicted, before the SEC and the DOJ got involved,
Fortune's Bethany McLean asked whether a company that traded at
55 times earnings should be so opaque. Here is what she wrote.)
"Is Enron Overpriced?
It's in a bunch of complex
businesses. Its financial statements are nearly impenetrable.
So why is Enron trading at such a huge multiple?
In Hollywood parlance, the
'It Girl' is someone who commands the spotlight at any given moment
-- you know, like Jennifer Lopez or Kate Hudson. Wall Street is
a far less glitzy place, but there's still such a thing as an
'It Stock.' Right now, that title belongs to Enron, the Houston
energy giant." ' "
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