after 11/16/12, here
PG & E crew
working on the old gas service,
Grayson between 7th and 8th
"Kinect system simplifies the art of puppetry" at visionsystems.com.
"Researchers at the
University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley
have created a system that can enable even inexperienced puppeteers
to produce 3-D animations.
To use the system, a puppeteer
physically manipulates physical objects in front of a Kinect depth
sensor. The system then uses a combination of image-feature matching
and 3-D shape matching to identify and track the objects. It then
renders the corresponding 3-D models into a virtual set.
The system operates in real
time so that a puppeteer can immediately see the resulting animation
and make adjustments on the fly. It also provides 6-D virtual
camera and lighting controls, which the puppeteer can adjust before,
during, or after a performance. Layered animations can be used
to help puppeteers produce animations in which several characters
move at the same time."
Rank Choice Voting seems
cumbersome to me, but is it constitutional? Well, my sense is
that the qualities a person values for their 1st choice are different
from the qualities for their 2nd and 3rd choices. After all, this
is America where "Hey, she's number one with me," "He
only came in second," and "sloppy thirds" are well
Rank Choice makes no allowances
for these important differences, assuming, I believe incorrectly,
that the preferred qualities for all the three ranks are the same.
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Mayor Bates email (excerpt)
The entrepreneurial spirit
is spreading in the City of Berkeley!
Monday night I had the honor
to speak at Berkeley's second EUREKA! event with an overflow crowd
of 200 at the David Brower Center. We created Eureka to
showcase Berkeley companies as part of my commitment to local
At EUREKA! ten local start-ups
pitched to a distinguished panel of angel investors. All
companies were rewarded with feedback and resources.
The winning company was a bike manufacturer called Revolights,
which uses LEED lights as a safety feature.
full email here
Primers on Major Theories of Religion" by Maria Popova at
"From Karl Marx to Richard
Dawkins in 60 seconds.
Last year, Open University
brought us 60-Second Adventures in Thought - a fascinating and
wonderfully animated series exploring six famous philosophy thought
experiments. This season, they're back with 60-Second Adventures
in Religion - four short informative yet jocular primers on some
major theories of religious studies, offering a fine addition
to these essential meditations on faith.
The first introduces Karl Marx
and his conception of religion as a vehicle
of illusory happiness and a means of oppression and social control."
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a Potter Creek
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I support Mayor Bates bid
for reelection. Simply, I believe that he is by far the most qualified
candidate. A moderate progressive, I largely share his vision
for"Our Town" and believe that he requires another term
to fully implement it.
I also support Laurie Capitelli
for reelection in District 5 and Darryl Moore for reelection in
District 2. Both, I believe to be the most qualified candidates
and certainly the most experienced. I also support Dmitri
Belser for Councilman in District 3. Belser, a "relatively
new face" in Berkeley politics is now President of the Ed
Roberts Campus and was instrumental in its creation.
Finally I support Measure
T, mostly because its passage would give our Rick Auerbach and
associates years more work in opposing its implementation if they
"But, seriously folks!"
I agree with Councilwoman
Linda Maio's wordy but well thought out approval of T "West
Berkeley: Enables a property owner to choose a 'flexible' set
of development standards in exchange for certain benefits to the
City. Requires public approval process for each proposal.
Applies only to properties under one ownership as of August 1,
2011 that also comprise a full city block. Would not apply
to sites adjacent to the northeast of Aquatic Park (think American
Soil) until the Council adopts protection measures specific to
Aquatic Park. Applies to six sites over the next 10 years.
After that there would be no limitation except that the Council
could make amendments as needed. Council, however, could
not increase the aggregate amount of development allowed.
Heights could go to 75' with an average height across a site at
50' (Trader Joe's building is higher than 50'). Current
height ceiling in West Berkeley is 45'. "
Ops, . . . please vote for
Loni Hancock for State Senator and Nancy Skinner for State Assembly.
And, . . . our Measure S
seems a reasonable response to an unreasonable situation!
Of our west Berkeley--all
the commercial units in 4th and U have been leased and
Nine (sports bras, yoga clothing, women's sports wear, athletic
apparel) is moving into
the Reed Building directly opposite 4th and U.
Berkeley PD estimates Sunday
Street drew 40,00 people. A rousing success and largely the creation
of Councilman Capitelli.
Councilman Capitelli emails
In mid October I finished
my knock-on-every-door-tour of District 5. Eighty miles and 15
lbs later, the walk provided me with a unique opportunity to enjoy
the great beauty of our district while hearing directly what concerns
you have about our neighborhood and our City.
Though many of you were not
home, I was able to speak candidly with hundreds of District 5
residents. What were the most common questions?
How will the Council address
unfunded pension and benefit liabilities? Pensions and benefits
are contractual promises to our employees that have been negotiated
and awarded over many years. It will take many years of adjustments
to alter the course and I am committed to doing that. As we do,
we must take care to be respectful of our employees. The good
news: Berkeley's Police have signed a three-year contract that
includes: a cap on retiree medical benefits, a different benefit
structure for new-hires, an increase in the retirement age, elimination
of "spiking", and increased contribution to retirement
benefits by current and future employees. This does not solve
the problem, but will set the stage for future contract negotiations
with firefighters and our other bargaining units.
When will our streets be repaved? Because conventional resources
from the state and the federal government have dwindled in recent
years (outside of the one-time Recovery Act monies that paved
University), the City's street repaving program has fallen behind.
Voters have an opportunity to advance that program through both
Alameda County Measure B1 increasing bike and pedestrian
safety resources and funding for road repair - and Berkeley's
Measure M for an unique approach to road rebuilding that
integrates drainage and watershed amenities.
full email here
"Berkeley votes it values" by Linda Maio Contra Costa Times/Oakland
Tribune guest commentary.
"This paper's editorial
against Berkeley's November's revenue ballot measures mischaracterizes
a great deal. If the writer lived and voted in Berkeley, she or
he would know that Berkeley voters have, for years, made prudent
investments in our city, at more than a two-thirds majority, for
libraries, schools, parks, and adequate fire protection, to name
Not all investment measures
have passed, but most have. Berkeley residents' willingness to
tax ourselves is an expression of the community we desire to live
in. If Measure M, an investment in our streets and watershed,
passes Tuesday, it's because residents have studied the ballot
and realize that an investment now will prevent much more costly
repairs in the future. It is our choice.
We can postpone the investment
and watch the roads deteriorate to a much more expensive level,
ruin suspension systems, and deliver sullied stormwater into the
Bay. Measure M is a sound investment, which is why the Berkeley
city auditor, for the first time in my memory, has come out in
favor of a ballot measure.
It is true that Berkeley,
like every other city in California, has substantial unfunded
liabilities. As with every California city, contributions for
pensions and benefits have skyrocketed."
"SF Chronicle: 'Tom
Bates for Mayor' " from our
"Berkeley Mayor Tom
Bates has piled up an admirable record. The city's budget is balanced,
school scores are rising and its Berkeley-centric touches such
as bike lanes and free transit passes for city employees draw
Bates is the clear choice in this field. He gets our endorsement
our Councilman Darryl Moore
Santa Fe Right-of-Way Bio-remediation
Many District 2 residents
are probably well aware of the Santa Fe Right-of-Way, the empty
parcels that stretch along the District. I am happy to announce
that we've finally started to get some momentum behind converting
these fallow lots into something that can serve the community.
Sunday, November 18th from
3-4:30 pm, come learn about a joint effort between Berkeley Partners
for Parks and UC Berkeley to extract toxic chemicals from this
former railway track, and to create a haven of green gardens.
Celebrate the approval of this innovative project, using
the Chinese Brake Fern to absorb toxins from the soil. Enjoy
Food, Music and Neighborly Conversation.
This research project is
co-sponsored by Berkeley Partners for Parks and UC Berkeley (Environmental
Science Dept) in cooperation with the City of Berkeley, the Berkeley
Community Gardening Collaborative, and the Ecology Center; with
funding from the Chancellor's Community Partnership
Berkeley Partners for Parks and UC Berkeley Environmental Science
Dept, Kick-off to the Santa Fe Right-of-Way Bio-Remediation Garden,
Sunday, November 18th from 3-4:30 pm, Santa Fe Right-of-Way on
Ward Street, 1 block west of Sacramento St.
"Georgia Museum of Art to present 'John
Haley: Berkeley School Abstract Expressionist' " at artfixdaily.com.
"The Georgia Museum
of Art at the University of Georgia will present 'John Haley:
Berkeley School Abstract Expressionist' Nov. 10, 2012, through
March 3, 2013. The exhibition, organized by the Monterey Museum
of Art in Monterey, Calif., focuses on Haley's paintings, particularly
those of the 1950s and 1960s.
'Never shown before in the Southeast, his works of the 1950s and
1960s, of which this exhibition is a selection, help illustrate
the turmoil and excitement of this period in American art, a time
when radical experimentation reinvigorated the visual arts after
the disillusionment of the Great War,' said William U. Eiland,
director of the museum, who is writing an essay on Haley for a
companion exhibition catalogue.
Haley studied with Hans Hofmann in Germany in the 1920s. A great
teacher of the visual arts, Hoffman had a significant impact on
Haley's career as well as on other abstract artists of the time.
Beginning in the 1930s, Haley and Hofmann both taught at the University
of California, Berkeley, which had one of the most innovative
art departments in the United States. The school was an important
site for Haley's career, and his influence through his work there
"On Winner-Take-All Politics" Bill Moyers talks with authors Jacob Hacker
and Paul Pierson. "Hacker and Pierson - whom Bill regards
as the 'Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson' of economics -detail important
truths behind a 30-year economic assault against the middle class."
"Moyers & Company dives into one of the most important
and controversial issues of our time: How Washington and Big Business
colluded to make the super-rich richer and turn their backs on
the rest of us.
Bill's guests Jacob
Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors of Winner-Take-All Politics:
How Washington Made the Rich Richer - And Turned Its Back on the
Middle Class, argue that America's vast inequality is no accident,
but in fact has been politically engineered.
How, in a nation as wealthy
as America, can the economy simply stop working for people at
large, while super-serving those at the very top? Through exhaustive
research and analysis, the political scientists Hacker and Pierson
- whom Bill regards as the 'Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson' of
economics - detail important truths behind a 30-year economic
assault against the middle class.
Who's the culprit? 'American
politics did it far more than we would have believed when
we started this research,' Hacker explains. 'What government has
done and not done, and the politics that produced it, is really
at the heart of the rise of an economy that has showered huge
riches on the very, very, very well off.'
Bill considers their book
the best he's seen detailing 'how politicians rewrote
the rules to create a winner-take-all economy that favors the
1% over everyone else, putting our once and future middle class
The show includes an essay
on how Occupy Wall Street reflects a widespread belief that
politics no longer works for ordinary people, including footage
we took at the OWS rally from October December 2011."
Our Measure S seems a reasonable
response to an unreasonable situation!
Our Jeff Grey,
a worker at Consolidated Printing, has just returned from a 12
day, 6,300 mile trip on his Harley around the South West and the
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Jeff Grey and his
Ford Rod--Jeff works at Consolidated Printing
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Charlie Rose discussion about the
history and future of books with David Kastan, Jonathan Safran
Foer, Jane Friedman, Ken Auletta and Tim O'Reilly is specially
"Berkeley sit-lie ban supporters not conceding" an AP report.
a Berkeley measure that would ban sitting and lying on streets
and sidewalks are not ready to concede defeat.
According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Measure S
was trailing as of Thursday morning 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent.
Officials, however, were still going through provisional and vote-by-mail
ballots from across the county.
John Caner, a lead organizer
of the 'Yes on S' campaign, told the Oakland Tribune that
thousands of votes remained to be counted.
Measure S was trailing by about a thousand votes.
It would make it a crime
to sit or lie on sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in commercial
areas of Berkeley.
Supporters say it would help
businesses whose storefronts are often blocked by groups camping
Opponents characterize the proposal as Draconian. "
"Berkeley fermentation process converts
sugar directly to diesel"
Robert Sanders, biodieselmagazine.com.
"Graduate student Zachary
Baer works with a fermentation chamber to separate acetone and
butanol (top clear layer) from the Clostridium brew at the bottom.
The chemicals can be catalytically altered to make a fuel that
burns like diesel.
A long-abandoned fermentation
process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to
produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now
used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists
Campus chemists and chemical
engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of
a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the
first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled
process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per
gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels
and could be commercialized within five to 10 years."
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growing up here in Milwaukee,
at Christmas time
was "just like"
growing up in Gary Indiana in Christmas
. . . but my Dad was a Ford
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Aw gee, Measure T . . . then
Wenesday AM November 7th
, the MeasureT tally was "NO" ahead by about 100 votes
but on Thursday 11/8/12 "YES" was ahead by one vote.
About 12:37 PM on Friday
11/9 this Information was on the Alameda County Registrar web
Measure T - City of Berkeley
Needs majority Yes votes to pass
Total Precincts: 101 Precincts Reported: 101 Percent Reported:
Contest number of Votes percentage of Total
Yes 16640 50.00
It is important to understand
that Measure T is in the same situation as Measure S
"The final outcome of Measure S is still uncertain. By late
Tuesday night, Yes on Measure S was behind 16,356 to 17,411-a
1,055 votes. This, however, was before the County began to count
and dropped off mail-in ballots. There remain an estimated 10,000
provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted. Over the
days, the margin has dropped to 981 votes, with 17,273 YES votes,
18,254 NO votes, as of last count. Absentees appear to be trending
The Alameda County Registrar
hopes to complete the final vote tally by
November 21. Updated results are being reported daily around 4
pm, and you
can follow the results on the Registrar website as
Again, the Measure T tally
has moved from NO being ahead by about 100 votes Wednesday AM
to YES being ahead by one vote, Thursday PM/Friday AM. By Friday
evening, 11/9/12, the MeasureT tally was YES 17850 votes with
50.01 percent and NO 17845 votes with 49.99 percent, YES being
ahead by 5 votes.
The vote counting continues
today, Saturday and tomorrow, Sunday. An update will be posted
on the Alameda
County Registrar site at 5:00 PM today with a major update
posted tomarrow, Sunday after 5:00 PM. I'm told the counting is
highly professional with checks and balances.
Happily the Potter Creek
sour beer brewery construction is going apace--major interior
remodeling being done now. The brewery is on Parker between 8th
900 GRAYSON's Chris Saulnier is excited about our new Sketch Ice Cream!
Earlier this week he went
to check it out, had a pork empenada and then soft ice cream with
caramel sauce, and now recommends it highly! "Really buttery
crust" he said of the empenada. Words pretty much failed
him when describing the delicious soft ice cream with caramel
Aw s#$t really, "Author
Reveals the Inner Spirit of Berkeley, Calif. at equities.com.
Author Jack McLaughlin invites readers to experiences the colorful
citizens of Berkeley, Calif., their issues and attitudes in his
new novel, 'MR. BERZERKELEY II: Big Games, Big Lies, Big Decisions',
the second installment in his latest trilogy.
'I wanted to create a series
that expresses my love for Berkeley, Berkeley citizens, Berkeley
institutions, Berkeley lore, Berkeley mythology and memories of
the sixties and provides insights into situations and conflicts
faced by a multitude of individuals in a humorous, light-read
atmosphere,' McLaughlin explains.
In this lighthearted spoof, McLaughlin brings the 1960s into the
20th century. His story centers around a mythical, naked mayor
and a cadre of fictitious boarding-house characters embroiled
in political, controversial, sexual, mysterious conflicts."
"New pot push in California a high priority"
Kevin Fagan at sfgate.com.
"Historic votes in Colorado
and Washington to legalize recreational use of marijuana have
fired up California advocates to go before the state's voters
"Colo., Wash. await federal response on
is an AP report at amarillo.com.
"Should marijuana be
treated like alcohol? Or should it remain in the same legal category
as heroin and the most dangerous drugs?
Votes this week by Colorado and Washington to allow adult marijuana
possession have prompted what could be a turning point in the
nation's conflicted and confusing war on drugs."
Though officially remembered
tomorrow, today is actually Veteran's Day.
we should know as much as possible about our Iraq War. Rolling
Stone contributor, Evan Wright was embedded with the elite Marine
First Reconnaissance Battalion in our war. He writes in Chapter
Two of his book, Generation
fever, at least among reporters, was running pretty high. . .
. A Canadian wire-service reporter, bitterly opposed to the war,
knocked down a loudly patriotic American photographer in favor
of it. While stunned Arab security guards looked on, the Canadian
peacenik clenched the American patriot in to sort of LAPD chokehold
and repeatedly slammed his head into the back of a chair. The
American was saved from further humiliation only after several
tough women from Reuters and AFP waded in and broke apart the
Dartmouth graduate, Lt. Fick, the commander of the platoon in
which he's embedded "Despite his cavalier humor Fick finished
in the top of his class in Officer Candidates School and near
the top of the Marine Corps tough Basic Reconnaissance Course.
He's also something of a closet idealist. 'At Dartmouth, there
was a sense that an ROTC program, which the school did not have,
would militarize the campus' he explains. 'They have it backwards.
ROTC programs at Ivy League campuses would liberalize the military.
That can only be good for the country.'
One of the
first men to greet me is Navy Hospitalman Second Class Robert
Timothy 'Doc' Bryan. . . . Doc Bryan . . . is always pissed off
at something, if not the presence of the reporter, then the incompetent
military leaders or the barbarity of war. He's a self-made man,
son of a steamfitter from a small town outside of Philadelphia,
the first of his family to attend college. . . . In his younger
days, Doc Bryan had a lot of ambient rage he used to burn off
in weekend bar fights. 'I'm always angry,' he later tells me.'I
was born that way, I'm an asshole.'
in the platoon are the team leaders. . . . Sergeants Eric Kocher
and Larry Shawn Patrick are the more obvious alphas of the pack.
. . . Kocher . . . tells dirty stories that make everyone howl,
but he has the kind of eyes that never seem to smile, even when
the rest of his face is laughing. . . . Patrick, his fellow Marines
call him .'Pappy,' and behind his back they speak of him in the
most reverential terms. 'You'd never think to look at him' a Marine
tells me 'but Pappy is straight up the coldest killer in the platoon.'
Colbert, the platoon's top team leader, is in charge of Team One.
The year before, he was awarded a Navy Commendation for helping
to take out an enemy missile battery in Afghanistan. . . . There
is about him an air of Victorian rectitude. [And] he can tell
you the exact details of just about any weapon in the U. S. or
Iraqi arsenal. He once nearly purchased a surplus British tank.
. . but backed out only when he realized that just parking it
might run afoul of zoning laws in his home state, the'Communist
Republic of California.'"
reports of the build up in Kuwait "you begin to get a sense
of the undertaking. . . . It has the feel of a monumental industrial
enterprise. Somehow all these pieces are being put together--the
people and the equipment--to function as one large machine. Though
at the small unit level all I see is the friction among the moving
parts--Marines shouting at other vehicles to get out of the way,
guys jumping out to hurriedly piss by the road, people taking
wrong turns--the machine works. It will roll across 580 kilometers
to Baghdad. It will knock down buildings, smash cars and tanks,
put holes in people, shred limbs, cut children apart. There's
no denying it. For certain tasks, the machine put together in
this desert is a very good one.
a mantra, echoed by every commander throughout the Corps. 'You
will be held accountable for the facts not as they are in hind-sight
but as they appeared to you at the time. If, in your mind you
fire to protect yourself, you are doing the right thing. It doesn't
matter if later on we find out you wiped out a family of unarmed
civilians. All we are accountable for are the facts as they appear
to us at the time.'
Fick's talk, Gunny Wynn addresses the men. Gunny Wynn serves as
Fick's loyal executive. In Somalia he headed a sniper team and
scored numerous confirmed kills . . . . Gunny Wynn describes himself
as a as a 'staunch conservative' who never smoked marijuana. He
almost never barks at his men the way platoon sergeants do in
the movies. His conservatism boils down to a rigid adherence to
his own personal code. 'The most important part of my job,' he
tells me, 'is to care about my men.' His leadership philosophy
is based upon 'building confidence in my men by respecting them.'
and Colbert have radio transceivers clipped to their helmets to
communicate with vehicles in the platoon, as well as with the
battalion and with pilots when there is air cover. It is arguable
that comms--radio communications--are as important to a team's
survival its weapons. But comms seldom work as they should. Dust,
magnetism and sun spots all interfere with radios constantly.
In addition, the radios in the various battalion networks rely
on encryption codes that constantly need to be loaded and synchronized.
The system is prone to bad connections, dead batteries, software
crashes and as Person explains, 'retards in the battalion who
keep changing the frequencies without telling us.'
At the beginning
of the campaign "the US commanders are concerned only with
fighting regular Iraqi forces. . . . It will take a few days before
American Commanders realize there most dangerous opponents are
the Fedayeen, who are gearing up to fight a guerrilla war.
Recon Battalion have already encountered foreign fighters, and
the Iraqi regulars whose surrender to the Marines has not accepted
are afraid they will now be killed by Fedayeen."
In some cases
Wright does not use proper names in his narrative. Not a popular
officer "Captain America revealed another side of himself
which further eroded his standing among his men. He's prone to
hysterics. . . . While it's perfectly fine for officers to shout
dramatically in the movies, in the Marines its frowned upon. [Eventually]
Captain America will lose control of his platoon when he is temporarily
relieved of his command.
up a mutual friend in the battalion who listens to death metal
and hangs out in vampire clubs in Hollywood. 'Remember that time
when he went out dressed in diapers and a gas mask?' Person says,
laughing appreciatively. Tombley, who seldom jumps into conversations
between Colbert and Person, can't hide his disgust. 'That's sick.
Can you believe we're defending people's freedom to do that.?'
Colbert corrects him, delivering a sharp civics lesson. ' No,Trombley,
That's good that people have the freedom to do that. We're even
defending people like Corporal Person, too.'"
our Measure T as of 6:00
No, 23728, 50.50%
Measure S as of 6:00 PM,
No 25857 51.69 %
Yes 24170 48.31 %
PG & E is laying new
gas pipe on Grayson between 7th and 8th. They are new, coated,
8 inch steel. The will be welded together, the welds coated and
tested at 60psi.
"Portuguese head to former African colony
to escape euro crisis" Sudarsan
Raghavan, washintton post.com.
"When Marcio Charata
lost his well-paying job in southern Portugal two years ago, he
fired off résumés to all his contacts. Determined
to survive the economic woes strangling Europe, he secured 20
interviews - but no job. So he set his sights on a faraway and
unlikely market: Mozambique, Portugal's once war-torn former colony.
Today, Charata is a senior
executive at a Mozambican media company, joining thousands of
his fellow Portuguese who have arrived here in recent months seeking
refuge from the euro crisis. 'This is an oasis in the desert,'
Charata, 33, said with a smile."
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from our city hall roof
Yesterday I was given a tour
of City Hall. A 1930s WPA building, it has recently been remodeled--in
fact gutted and given a new a "bauhaus-like" interior
the simple corridors and
office walls hung-full with donated art.
Its fifth floor was filled
with activity and there I met Councilman Capitelli among others
and saw Aide Ryan Lau. I spoke briefly with the Councilman.
After the half hour or so
tour, I had lunch at the filled-to-overflowing Gecko-Gecko
where my Peanut Curry was delicious with avacado slices a "California
The best part of my visit?
The Berkeley High kids filling
the grass around City Hall and Berkeley High eating lunch. A photo
would have been "worth a thousand words" but a snap
The "new downtown"
is wonderful with an upbeat bustle and hustle, thanks largely
to the efforts of, among others, Da Boz.
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Measure T as of 6:00 PM,
No 24760 50.48%
Yes 24293 49.52%
Measure S as of 6:00 PM,
No 27228 52.04%
Yes 25095 47.96%
"California Historical Radio Society in
Final Push to Buy KRE Building in Berkeley" by Jennifer Waits, radiosurvivor.com.
Radio Society (CHRS) is in the process of fundraising in order
to purchase the vintage KRE radio station building in which the
society is housed in Berkeley, California."
"Nicholas Dirks, who is likely to become
UC Berkeley's next chancellor, needs to be more visible on campus
than his predecessor"
Senior Editorial Board/Staff at dailycal.org.
"UC Berkeley's next
chancellor is tasked with navigating the campus through a particularly
tumultuous and precarious moment in its history.
Though the passage of Proposition 30 offers some respite, as the
University of California no longer faces a midyear budget cut,
it is only a glimmer of hope on an otherwise bleak horizon."
"San Francisco area drivers 1st with algae
biofuel" at kansascitystar.com.
"Drivers in the San
Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation
to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel.
The fuel, known as Biodiesel
B20, went on sale Tuesday at gas stations in Berkeley, Oakland,
Redwood City and San Jose as part of a month-long pilot program,
according to the San Francisco Chronicle."
"A 'Green' Gold Rush? Calif. Firm Turns
Trash To Gas" by
Christopher Joyce, National Public Radio.
"California starts the
ball rolling Wednesday on a controversial scheme to keep the planet
from overheating. Businesses will have to get a permit if they
emit greenhouse gases.
Some permits will be auctioned today; the rest are free. The big
idea here is the state is putting a ceiling on emissions.
It's a gamble. And for this top-down climate plan to work, it
has to usher in a greener, more efficient economy.
Dan Kammen, an energy expert
at the University of California, Berkeley, helped write the climate
law. He says it will require businesses to be more energy-efficient
and that will entail some pain."
"Californians Petition to Secede From Nation" at berkeleypatch.com.
"So far, more than 8,000
Golden Staters have joined an online drive to leave the union.
In more than 40 states across the nation, signatures are being
gathered asking President Obama to allow states to consider seceding
from the union, according to press reports over the weekend."
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Still, . . . remember . .
has same weight as a strawberry"
. . . a report at digitaljournal.com.
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Our Andrew and Karen are
having their Potter Creek home re-roofed and painted this week.
I had breakfast with Patrick
Kennedy at 900 GRAYSON yesterday. And during our conversation Patrick
mentioned that his San Francisco micro-units should be on the
market next week and that a few units will be avaiable for under
$1000 a month for tenants who qualify. Patrick hopes fo build
more of these micro-units in and around the Bay Area.
Aw s@#t "
'Micro-apartment' plan may face limits" John Wildermuth
"A political scrap over
who should live in San Francisco is threatening to limit a plan
to allow construction of tiny, 220-square-foot apartments to meet
the city's housing crisis.
The new units could become
magnets for young, high-paid tech workers looking for a place
in the city even though they work elsewhere, said Sara Shortt,
executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco.
The micro-apartments are
designed as 'crash pads for people who work 24/7 in Silicon Valley
and need a place in the city to sleep and party," she said.
"It doesn't build a sense of community or neighborhood.'
The battle will be taken
up Thursday afternoon by the Planning Commission, where the staff
wants the commission to reject a Board of Supervisors plan to
put a 375-unit cap on the number of new market-rate micro-apartments
in the city.
'We don't see any policy
rationale for the cap,' said Sophie Hayward, a city planner dealing
with the issue. 'We need the housing.'
She won't get an argument
from Supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced both the original
measure to allow construction of the micro-apartments and the
proposal to limit the number that can be built."
Chris Saulnier of 900 GRAYSON
received a phone call Monday from "The Mid-West." The
caller had seen the 900
Drive-ins and Dives feature on the Food Network and complained
that we here in the Bay Area didn't know how to throw a tailgate
party, and then made some critical references to Bay Area residents'
Later in the day he got a
call from "The South" complaining that he--Chris-- didn't
know that you put maple syrup on chicken and waffles. Actually,
Chris knows and you could always get 900's Chicken
and Waffles with maple syrup.
POSTS FROM THE
"Tiny apartments in S.F. worth a try"
opines the Chronicle
lopsided housing market - sky-high rents and an invasion of young
workers - has experts thinking: Why not drop the minimum size
of new apartments to the equivalent of a one-car garage?
It's an idea worth exploring
and encouraging, but the results will hinge on the appeal and
convenience of the finished product. Financing, the job market
and even housing politics could all play a role in a helping or
hurting a promising idea.
Initial designs feature a
foldaway bed, galley kitchen and bench seats along a window for
a grand total of 220 square feet, below the city minimum of 290
square feet. In theory, there's a ready market since 41 percent
of the city's residents live alone.
Putting more apartments into
the same building space could lower costs and possibly rents or
sales prices. As new construction, the mini-me apartments would
be exempt from rent control. The snug quarters might take pressure
off existing multi-bedroom housing that families and couples now
The city is already nipping
at conventional housing rules via building loft apartments in
industrial areas and dropping parking requirements. The next frontier
could be super-small apartments for singles or very well-adjusted
couples looking to live inside an Ikea catalog."
"Micro-apartments next for S.F.?" writes
Carolyn Said about Patrick Kennedy's proposed project at sfgate.com.
"Are itty-bitty apartments
the next wave for urban dwellers in San Francisco?
The city is considering shrinking
the minimum size of rental units, prompted by a demographic shift
toward one-person households along with rising rents and an acute
'This seems like a logical,
necessary response to housing in an extremely high-cost market
like San Francisco,' said Tim Colen, executive director of
the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, a largely developer-backed
nonprofit that is 'solidly behind' cutting the size of the smallest
allowable apartment by about a third."
I had breakfast with Patrick
this morning at 900
GRAYSON. The man' s timing continues
to amaze! I cannot fault his project, though I am skeptical of
an economy that makes it timely. Still, his plan and what I believe
to be his quality, will assure a project that will successfully,
and with style, fill a need.
END POSTS FROM
"Tesla electric sedan snags Motor Trend's
'Car of the Year' award"
by Alan Ohnsman at contracostatimes.com.
"Tesla Motors's battery-powered
Model S sedan was named 2013 "Car of the Year" by Motor
Trend magazine, a first for the maker of electric vehicles led
by Elon Musk that's working to accelerate production.
Tesla's 2013 Model S, with
a $57,400 base price, beat out competitors including BMW's new
3-Series sedan, Ford Motors Fusion sedan, Honda Motor's revamped
Accord and Toyota Motor's 2013 Lexus GS, Motor Trend said Monday
in a statement. The magazine said it's the first time the award
went to an electric vehicle."
after 11/16/12, here
from our log
11/3/12--11:06 AM--dry dirty
air in front room, "burning gas" odor, headache. 11:33
PM---dry dirty air in front room, "hot metal" odor,
in front room, dirty dry brubinbg air, only apparent activity
at neighbors. Similar earlier evening.
11/11/12--6:40 PM--dry dirty
burning air in warehouse front and front of warehouse,SERIOUS
nausea. Similar off-and-on all weekend, 11/10 and 11/11.
11/12/12--8:21 PM--dry dirty
burning air in front room,SERIOUS nausea. Similar off-and-on all
11/13/12--8:55 AM--dry dirty
air in front room,SERIOUS nausea, Marsha has SERIOUS headache.
Similar off-and-on all AM and PM!
11/14/12--1:11 PM--dry dirty
air in front room,SERIOUS nausea. 2:30 PM--similar.
11/15/12--7:22 AM--dry dirty
air in front room,SERIOUS nausea, Marsha has SERIOUS headache.
Similar off-and-on all AM. 10:04 AM.--dry dirty burning air IMMEDIATELY
in warehouse front and front of warehouse, nausea, headache. 10:24
AM--same wear respirator.
11/16/12--4:22 PM--dry dirty
air in front room,SERIOUS nausea. Marsha has SERIOUS headache,
dry cough. Similar off-and-on in the afternoon. 8:35 PM--similar.
"burning gas" odor in front room. 9:47 AM--dry dirty
burning air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
"STRONG" hot metal odor, SERIOUS nausea. 10:00 AM--same.
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