Vintage European Posters Hosts
David Lance Goines for Exclusive Book Signing in Berkeley
Vintage European Posters proudly welcomes David
Lance Goines for an exclusive signing of his new book, The Poster
Art of David Lance Goines: A 40-Year Retrospective. Poster
art is meant to catch your eye. It is meant to make you
want something. No one understands this better than Berkeley
Poster Artist David Lance Goines who has made people want to visit
Pacific Film Archive and eat at Chez Panisse for more than 30
years with his tantalizing posters. Guests are invited to
meet the famed Berkley poster artist in the new showroom
of Vintage European Posters and explore his work through the context
of the history of advertising.
Art enthusiasts, posters connoisseurs and collectors
alike will have the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy
of Goines' book while perusing his works and the extensive collection
offered by European Vintage Posters. Refreshments will be
Vintage European Posters New Showroom
2201 Fourth Street (corner of Allston Way) Berkeley, CA 94710
Sunday, January 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. free
For more information about Vintage European Posters or the David
Lance Goines book signing, please call 510 843 2201, visit us
at www.vepca.com or find us
on Facebook .
The VEP Collection www.vepca.com
consists of over 1,000 original posters from Europe and the US
which touch on every topic from bicycles to wine and food to military
recruiting. All of the posters have been preserved by a
paper conservator and are available for pur
XOMA's 901 Heinz property
has been under-used for some time. A 24,000 square foot lab facility
it was offered for sale a few years ago when Xoma cut back their
work force. It was taken off the market in 2009. Now there's a
hint of fuller use as XOMA partners with "Laboratoires Servier,
France's largest closely held drug company, [with] worldwide rights
to develop and market Xoma- 052 for diabetes and cardiovascular
some financial "tips"
"Auto loan rates in Berkeley, California" at bankrate.com.
"Are you tired of worrying
about the loud noise coming from your engine? Now is a great time
to finance a new and problem-free car. While it's always a better
financial decision to pay cash for a car if you can afford it,
auto loan rates in Berkeley, CA, and throughout the nation continue
to fall. Some banks are maintaining their high rates, but a wide
range of institutions are offering yields well under the national
"Sleep with Julia Morgan in Berkeley, for
$80 a night;The Berkeley City Club, designed by Julia Morgan,
includes 35 hotel rooms and suites upstairs" is a recommendation by Christopher Reynolds,
Los Angeles Times.
"The Berkeley City Club
isn't just a civic organization in a quirky little castle designed
by renowned architect Julia Morgan. For years it has run a hotel
offering 35 modest rooms and suites upstair in the Bay Area city.
Now, as the club turns 80, celebrates completion of a facelift
and confronts an off-season lull, it is renting rooms for just
$80 per night."
"Actually, the Retirement Age is Too High" by James K. Galbraith at foreignpolicy.com.
The most dangerous conventional
wisdom in the world today is the idea that with an older population,
people must work longer and retire with less."
post fom the past
Andrew and Kerstin's private dinner at 900 GRAYSON
of wine and champagne
Class Pauillac Grand Puy La Coste 1999
Bourgeois Sancere 2005
and Fils"Terroirs" Brut Blanc de Blanc
from the past
"A city looks for big solutions in little
very little houses"
writes Tracey Taylor in a lovely little story.
"On Saturday, Mayor
Tom Bates will cut the ribbon on a new home on Delaware Street
in Berkeley. It's not every day a city leader takes the time to
welcome a new dwelling into his fold, and this home is not big,
nor particularly special; in fact it's positively diminutive at
just 420 sq ft, and can rightfully be described as a backyard
cottage. So one might wonder why it warrants an 'opening party"'with
dignitaries in attendance, sponsors - even a salsa band.
The reason is that small
secondary units like this one - also known as in-law units, studios,
or accessory buildings - represent a solution to a key challenge
facing many cities: how to house a swelling population affordably
without resorting to creating unsustainable suburban sprawl. 'Smart
growth', in other words.
And Berkeley has decided
to focus on these little houses. 'We favor increasing the number
of secondary units. It's the only goal we have added to the housing
element part of our general plan this year,' says Debra Sanderson,
Planning Manager at the City of Berkeley.
The Delaware St cottage includes
distinct areas for living, cooking, eating, working, bathing and
These types of buildings
often appeal to homeowners looking for more space without the
need to relocate, or seeking rental income, and for home buyers
looking for small, inexpensive urban homes on a permanent or semi-permanent
"New life for lifelong learning at Berkeley"
is a press release at
"Even for the world's
premier public university, launching a world-class 'center for
lifelong learning' can be a tricky proposition. It took Berkeley
two tries to get it right.
A first effort never achieved
liftoff. Today, by contrast, not only is the campus among the
120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI, for short) worldwide,
but it counts a growing constituency of nearly 1,000 Bay Area
residents - most between the ages of 50 and 75 - as members. On
the strength of four successful years, it could soon qualify for
a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which
has seeded OLLIs in every state, including 30 in California alone.
Where UC Extension focuses
mainly on professional development and certificate programs, OLLI
is about learning 'for the joy of it' - the title of a video on
its website - without tests or grades in what OLLI terms 'an ongoing
What distinguishes OLLI @Berkeley
from its sister institutes is that it offers something uniquely
valuable: access both to Berkeley faculty (including luminaries
like energy professor Dan Kammen, currently leading an online
class) and to such local lights as Larry Bensky, a former literary
editor best remembered as a political journalist on KPFA - returning
this session with a class on Marcel Proust - and San Francisco
Chronicle theater critic Robert Hurwitt."
"That's Why I Came"
by Ta-Nehisi Coates at theatlantic.com.
"For the past couple
of years I've been working on a novel about--my hometown, I was
about to say, meaning Berkeley, California, where I've lived since
the spring of 1997, where three of my four kids were born, where
I wrote most of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
and every book after that. But the new book--it's called Telegraph
Avenue--is actually set as fully in Oakland as in Berkeley. Each
of those cities (Watson and Mycroft respectively to the showboating
Holmes of San Francisco) has its own distinct character, or set
of characteristics, its unique inheritance of grace and problems.
Yet the line between them, a block and a half from my house, ambles.
It blurs. At times it all but vanishes--or maybe, generalizing
wildly, Oakland with its history of tough-mindedness and Berkeley
with its mania for insight, together conspire to expose the arbitrariness
of all such hand-drawn borderlines."
The real Telegraph Avenue
runs straight as a steel cable, changing its nature more or less
completely every ten blocks or so, from the medical-marijuana
souks of Oaksterdam, past the former Lamp Post bar where Bobby
Seale used to hang out (now called Interplay Center, where you
can 'unlock the wisdom of your body'), past Section 8 housing
and the site of a founding settlement of the native Ohlone people
at the corner of 51st Street, past the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist
Library and Akwaba Braiding and a buttload of Ethiopian restaurants,
ending in an august jangle at the gates of the Cal campus, and
I guess that for a guy who likes hanging around the borderlands--between
genres, cultures, musics, legacies, styles--the appeal of Telegraph
lies in the way it reflects a local determination to find your
path irrespective of boundary lines, picking up what you can,
shaking off what you can, along the way. But can you claim a home
in a nameless place, at the edge of a wandering border?
Or is your 'hometown' only,
ever, the place where you grew up? For me that would be Columbia,
MD, from shortly after the late-'60s opening of that 'planned
community,' in a vast stretch of former tobacco country south
of Baltimore, through its idealistic heyday of the 1970s. I haven't
been back in years, and at any rate could never hope to return
to the Columbia where I grew up, still exuberantly dedicated to
becoming the hometown envisioned by its founder, James Rouse--multiracial,
multiethnic, ecumenical, economically diverse, green and heavily
playgrounded and bicycle-friendly, fulfilling the promises of
the American experiment one neocolonial tract house at a time.
That Columbia, to the extent that it ever existed anywhere but
(at least) in the imagination of one little white boy, has long
since faded away.
Maybe your hometown is always
an imaginary place: the home of your imagination. If so, then
mine--at its best, at its most vivid--whether the vanishing rainbow
of Columbia, or the shifting restless polycultural territory manifesting
in the joint between Oakland and Berkeley, is a place a lot like
this place right here, a place to which people come most of all,
I think, because they want to live around people who are not like
them, because that is the very thing they have most in common,
because they are dedicated to the self-evident truth articulated
in one of the founding documents of my hometown, that it ain't
where you're from, it's where you're at."
"Helen Wills and the 1923 Berkeley Fire" Douglas Perry, The Oregonian.
"The fire started at
midday in the scrubland of Wildcat Canyon. Two hours later, it
rolled down the dry North Berkeley hills and quietly slipped into
some of the city's finest residences. Housekeepers washing up
after lunch turned around in their kitchens to find flames reaching
for the drapes like brazen cat burglars.
Regal, multistory houses
lit up in beautiful orange puffs. The streets of the La Loma Park
and Northside neighborhoods filled with spasmodic shouts and the
clatter of footsteps.
Helen Wills was on campus
when she noticed the acrid smell in the air. Life had only just
begun to return to normal for the college freshman. At seventeen,
she was the new Forest Hills champion, having crushed the longtime
queen of American tennis, Molla Mallory. Three weeks earlier,
a cheering throng and a band had awaited her at Oakland's 16th
Street train station."
"New glass tops steel in strength and toughness" nanowerk.com.
"Glass stronger and
tougher than steel? A new type of damage-tolerant metallic glass,
demonstrating a strength and toughness beyond that of any known
material, has been developed and tested by a collaboration of
researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the California
Institute of Technology. What's more, even better versions of
this new glass may be on the way."
posts from the past
A community meeting was held
last night at Kava Massih Architects in a much too small, stuffy
room. Among those present were representatives of our Mayor and
our Councilwoman. Kava presented his very elementary plan for
the Berkeley Bowl site on Grayson. Judging from his presentation,
for a dramatic increase in traffic, Potter Creek will get a wonderful
market and restaurant, and Berkeley Bowl will get a warehouse.
But more importantly, I believe this project signals an area sea
change the effects of which can only be imagined -- certainly
increased density is one of them. For myself, I will make the
leap of faith and assume that most of them will be good.
Margret Elliott sent me a
page of her neighborhood memories. They are wonderful and she
has agreed to let me post them -- which I will do soon.
"'Scrambled Eggs' was
the working title of Paul McCartney's 'Yesterday' when all he
had was a tune with no words. (The next line was, 'Oh, my dear,
you have such lovely legs.')" write Erin Barrett and Jack
Mingo in their West County Times column.
two hours in which we remembered the good things about Ed Saylan,
it didn't rain over St. Luke's and was almost always sunny. That
in a day of otherwise grey skies and heavy rain. "Fooled
um all" quipped Lipofsky as we left. "Huh" I thought
"Ed regularly did do good deeds." But he was just a
man, and we did have some knock-down, drag-out arguments. As his
health declined, and after one particularly heated confrontation,
he said "You know sometimes I say things I don't mean."
Unusual from a man who almost all his life said to me what he
citizens attended the west-Berkeley flood meeting last night at
Frances Albrier Building in San Pablo Park. City staff, city manager
and counsel people listened as attendees told stories of water
and woe. After an hour or so there was agreement among all that
our drainage infrastructure is decaying with culverts collapsing
even as public work crews clean them. West-Berkeley drainage is
also complicated by our many underground creeks--even the exact
location of many is unknown. There was also general agreement
that something new is happening-- more widespread, regular, and
serious flooding. Also, owners were encouraged to properly maintain
their property--clean drains, not route runoff through the sewer
system, etc. (Da Boss made a brief appearance and is more svelt
than I remember, Linda Maio is much more of a babe than I imagined,
Councilman Anderson looked very hip and our Darryl Moore is, in
west-Berkeley, the Man.) Oh yeah, it's a 35 to 50 million problem
for which we only have a few mill to fix and no more planned money
available in the foreseeable future. The most memorable comment
of the evening? A black citizen's simple "People are suffering
here." The future? As sure as flood waters rise, if nothing
is done, sooner than later, west-Berkeley citizens, individually
or in a group, will sue.
On hip and
become what computer-Geeks call their new software. Hip is what
we called John Coltrane.
Our Libby emails
Foggy Gulch's first CD, "Fogged In" is now available
We encourage you to buy it there, but
you can also buy one (or more!) from any band member, or email
information on how to get a copy.
I bought my copy from Libby,
the groups' lead vocalist and the receptionist at École
Bilingue--she's at the Grayson Street campus. As of this morning,
I've listened to it a half-dozen or more times. I love Bluegrass
and Country and this is what these folks sing and play. Simply,
it is the most musical production I've heard in years--even for
a first effort. Filled with melody and played and sung with feeling,
this CD is AMAZING!
our Bicycle Bridge
a Bob Kubik photo
end posts from the past
The Farm Bureau reports price
increases in some commodities that make our breakfasts. Bacon
has increased 44%, coffee 22%, sugar 19 %. The bureau attribute
the increases to increase in worldwide consumption.
has negotiated a ten year extension
of their lease.
A serious proposal is being
crafted by Berkeley business for the new LBNL campus here in west-Berkeley.
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
TV Guide reports that the
University of California will again offer the Mad Men 101 course
this Spring. "AMC's Mad Men has been a fan favorite and critical
darling over its four seasons, and now the show's appeal is reaching
into academia. Northwestern University offered a history seminar
in the fall titled 'Consumerism and Social Change in Mad Men America,
1960-65,' while University of California Berkeley will continue
its Men-inspired English course this spring.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner
tells TV Guide Magazine that he relishes the thought of using
his show as a tool for higher education." Full story here.
post from the past
our Tracy emails
Christmas Day was so beautiful
we took a Christmas walk from San Francisco's Hyde Street
Pier to the Wave Organ near St. Francis Yacht Club.
we are . . . "rock stars"
in the Fort Mason bandshell.
end post from the past
is for sale with lease, furnishings, equipment,etc. It is at 1453
Dwight just west of Sacramento, right behind Homemade
Cafe and around the corner from Breads of India.
Mark Horner has opened his
yoga studio in the ground floor retail area at 4th & U .
While Weatherford BMW is
remodeling they've taken a 18 month lease on a storage building
on 7th just off Potter.
Oakland Mayor Quan has appointed
Dan Siegel to "advise her about the OPD." His position
is without pay.
"You get what you pay
Traffic on my Almost Daily
Posts page continues at two and often three times the previous
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Experimental filmmaking that countered
Hollywood:Screenings around L.A. of San Francisco-area alternative
movies from 1945-2000 will honor the influential film scene"
Berkeley Art Museum
A scene from Jay Rosenblatt's
movie Short of Breath
"From the late 1940s
through the present day, a certain well-known California city
has been the epicenter of intrepid, innovative filmmaking that
has dazzled viewers and shredded the conventions of traditional
It isn't Los Angeles.
To be sure, L.A. has nurtured
its own highly impactful experimental film scene and spawned avant-garde
giants and enfants terribles like Kenneth Anger and Pat O'Neill.
But the metropolis in question is greater San Francisco.
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For decades, the Bay Area
has supported one of the world's most prolific, stylistically
free-form and influential alternative-film environments. Long
overshadowed by the Hollywood industry, the Bay region's experimental-underground
film and video culture has continued to thrive into the early
21st century, surviving natural disasters, demographic upheaval
and even the Silicon Valley-generated cash influx that sent rents
skyrocketing and drove many San Francisco artists into exile,
or at least to the more affordable East Bay."
"Green Day still 'in talks' to make 'American
Idiot' film' " is
a report at nme.com.
"Green Day's American
Idiot musical director Michael Mayer has said that a film version
of the show is still on the cards.
The musical originally opened
at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California in September 2009,
before transferring to the St James Theatre on Broadway, where
it has been showing since March 2010.
Speaking to The New York
Times, Mayer said: 'We're definitely in talks [about a film version].
There are people who have the ability to make it happen, who have
expressed genuine interest in it, and we want to do it, so I think
it could happen.' "
"Eric Powell artwork:Berkeley library select
artists for two new commissions" is a story by Tracey Taylor at berkeleyside.com.
Eric Powell's design for
a steel rail-guard at the Claremont library which will look like
The Berkeley library has
chosen two artists to create new public works for their North
Berkeley and Claremont branches, both of which are to undergo
major renovations, after holding a competition for the projects.
On Friday last week six local
artists presented possible projects to the library's Visual Arts
Selection Panel as part of the competition which, according to
Berkeley Civic Arts Coordinator Mary Ann Merker, attracted 16
initial entrants. The winning entries were those submitted by
Berkeley metal artist Eric Powell for the Claremont library, and
Castro Valley artist Marion Coleman for the north Berkeley library.
"Mark Hummel brings annual Blues Harmonica
Blowout back to Yoshi's in Oakland" by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.
"Back in 1991, East
Bay bluesman Mark Hummel called on some of his fellow local harmonicats
to help him put on a show at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. It wasn't anything
fancy -- just a killer showcase for the mouth harp.
And people loved it.
'The club owner, David Nadel,
came up to me and said, "Man, this went really good. Let's
do it again next year. Let's do it every year," ' remembers
Hummel, a Castro Valley resident who lived in Berkeley at the
time. 'And that's how the ball got rolling.'
That ball is now known as
Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout, which has become one of
the most cherished annual events on the blues music calendar.
What began as a one-night stand, performed in front of approximately
150 people, has grown to where Hummel expects to put on 30 to
40 Blowout shows across the nation this year, including a six-show,
three-night stand at Yoshi's in Oakland -- Jan. 14-16 -- as well
as one gig on Jan. 18 at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz."
"Justice Sonia Sotomayor to visit UC Berkeley"
is a report at mercurynews.com.
"U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Sonia Sotomayor is due to visit UC Berkeley next month
to preside over a student law competition."
"Tech for social good: School of Information
students at Berkeley show the way" by Satarupa Bhattacharya at ibtimes.com.
"The trend among business
schools to launch courses or programs in 'social entrepreneurship'
or among their graduates to walk the 'non-profit' path has been
under the spotlight for quite some time now. But now, an innovative
course offered to students of technology at the School of Information
at UC Berkeley has led a group among them to work on commercializing
one of their class projects to bring about a positive difference
to the lives of the literate poor in distant Indian villages or
in for new tires Friday at
our west-Berkeley Orozco's Tires, 2601 San Pablo, (510) 649-0629.
Watch video of the Blueberry
Bandit striking-open mail boxes at the west-Berkeley Tomate Cafe
worth checking out!
I'm betting Da Boz has "turned
the corner" on LBNL locating in west-Berkeley and now "actively/fully/enthusiastically"
After the "wishy-washy'"
LBNL Request for Qualifications (RFQ) comes the "moe firmer"
LBNL Request for Proposal (RFP).
Our Debra Sanderson emails
Courtesy Notice of Public
Workshop and Public Hearing on the West Berkeley Project.
January 25, 2011
Public Workshop meeting time:
The Public Hearing will take
place during the regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council,
which begins at 7PM.
Public testimony will be taken on the West Berkeley Project, as
part of the Public Hearing.
The City Council may provide direction to staff after listening
to public comment during the regular Council meeting, but will
not take action to adopt any portion of the West Berkeley Project
at either of the noted meetings.
(A separate formal notice of public hearing has been posted as
required by law.)
our Merryll emails
I've been hiding somewhat but braved going to lunch the other
day at Crema before I shopped.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup sounded just right too bad
it wasn't. I was disappointed! Soup was too temperature
hot to eat for a big while and when I did, it tasted like spaghetti
sauce almost too rich for soup. Worked to dunk my
sandwich which was two kinds of cheese and not grilled enough.
But it tasted good in the tomato.
The place looks good they did a nice job but I didn't
realize that I needed to order and pay at the counter and then
they bring it to me. Morgan said he and Tracy had a bad
coffee experience though the pastry was quite good.
And, our Becky O had the
bippies to publish, "Time
To Re-examine Proposition 13" at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"Commenting on the $28
billion budget gap, Governor Jerry Brown stated that 'everything
should be on the table.' Later Governor Brown met with county
officials to discuss shifting responsibility for state-run programs
to the local level. This, of course, will require providing sufficient
revenue to fund these programs. This in turn may mean reexamining
Proposition 13, which, among other things, consolidated revenue-gathering
responsibility to the state, leaving cities and counties dependent
on the state.
Is Governor Brown serious
about reversing parts of Proposition 13 or was he just throwing
out ideas? And if he is serious, why not reexamine every provision
in Proposition 13?"
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Creative Re-Use Thrives in Weak Economy" by Lydia Gans at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
There can't be many Berkeleyans
who've never been to East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. This unique
store was started in Berkeley 30 years ago. It was located on
San Pablo near University until recently when it moved to 4695
Telegraph in Oakland - but according to Executive Director Linda
Levitsky the staff still think of themselves as a Berkeley institution.
The original mission, Levitsky explains, was "to provide
low cost materials to teachers and artists". They soon expanded
to serve the general public and a wide diversity of people patronize
A couple of days ago a Berkeley
Internet news-site published an "investigative" report,
Berkeley police evidence room still has problems. The problems,
it seems, are that of the eighteen recommendations to change evidence
room procedures made by California Commission on Peace Office
Standards and Training, only six have been implemented. And our
new Chief, Meehan has been only responsible for three of the six.
Well, . . Chief Meehan has
In his, almost-to-the day,
year in office, Chief Meehan has completely reorganized
our department, combining divisions, moving personnel, instituting
appointing a new Captain, and most importantly creating
a new culture.
I'm betting that he'll sooner-than
later address the remaining twelve problems outlined by California
Commission on Peace Office Standards and Training.
"Baltimore police idle
Comstat meetings:Data-sharing lauded as tool for fighting crime,
criticized for generating staff friction" by Justin Fenton,
"The Baltimore Police
Department has suspended a statistics-based management tool that
has been a hallmark of the department for more than a decade,
saying weekly information-sharing meetings had grown 'stale' and
Using numbers and maps to
spot problem areas, connect incidents and discuss tactics, police
commanders and investigators had gathered in a room each Thursday
for years as part of a process called Comstat. The concept has
become a national law enforcement standard, and it was the inspiration
for Gov. Martin O'Malley's acclaimed numbers-driven management
But the meetings have been
criticized by some officers who say they often devolve into browbeatings.
Commanders often take a day or more to compile thick binders of
information and are holed up for hours memorizing facts so as
not to be caught off-guard. Confrontations are frequent.
'It's a beat-down session,'
said Robert F. Cherry, president of the Fraternal Order of Police
union. 'It's become a forum for finger-pointing and just running
through a lot of numbers without giving some concrete strategies
for fighting crime.'
The concept, known elsewhere
as Compstat, drives policing philosophies in Los Angeles, Philadelphia,
and Newark, N.J., as well as in an increasing number of smaller
jurisdictions. But Baltimore's potential move away from it
comes two months after a study in New York - where the statistical
method was developed - showed that more than 100 retired high-ranking
officers believed it created intense pressure to manipulate crime
Anthony Guglielmi, the Baltimore
department's chief spokesman, confirmed that the meeting has been
suspended starting this week and for the next 30 days as Police
Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III looks for 'creative ideas
to revamp Comstat,' which Guglielmi called 'laborious' and 'stale.'
Guglielmi cautioned that
the move did not mean police were ending a statistical-based approach
to crime-fighting or that major changes were certain, though law
enforcement sources said Bealefeld has been floating the prospect
of change for months.
'It's not like we're going
to stop looking at the stats,' Guglielmi said.
An intensive look at statistics
has been a major part not only of police operations, but also
of the career of O'Malley."
Reminds of "The Wire,"
a TV Cop Drama that teaches all you need to know about "modern
civics." I'd watch it in place of a year's poly-sci course
on urban government.
"DHS puts weight behind USC 'mini-Internet'
security testbed" by
Bob Brown, Network World.
"Department of Homeland
Security funds $16 million DETERlab expansion"
posts from the
I talked to Gino at Moe's
yesterday--I worked with Gino at the store in the early days,
he's now a manager-- and asked him why they, Moe's, were successful
in a time when other brick-and-mortor book-dealers were regularly
going out of business. He said that one of the reasons is that
as a used-dealer they can set their own resale-prices, and, perhaps
more important, set what they pay for books, also that their active
Internet sales were becoming a more important part of the business--then
added "We know what we're doing, do a very good job at it,
and people like us."
Well, Ok then!
Also yesterday, I talked
to a young friend, a woman in her early 20s. She characterized
herself as a post, post-feminist. When I asked what that was,
she said "I sewed this flowered apron but also eat granola"
and then whispered "I'm bi-sexual, too."
Very Twenty-First Century
Berkeley, I'd say. Hmmm, . . . actually, she lives in Oakland.
A female reader from the
South of France emails
vive la France!
end posts from
"Lil B Says
'Based Is Being Yourself'
'Thank you BasedGod,' is
the phrase that echoed through New York's Highline Ballroom on
Thursday (January 13). Lil B stopped by 1515 last year and explained
his 'based' catchphrase.
'Well, based really is being
yourself, being positive, not really worrying too much about what
people think about you. Really saying what comes to your mind
first,' Lil B told Mixtape Daily. 'It's like unconscious. Really
not premeditating, saying, "Imma do this, I'mma say this,
I'mma be this way,'"but really just going with the flow.'
The Berkeley, California
rapper Lil B took over the venue in the Big Apple's Chelsea neighborhood
to a sold-out crowd."
"North Berkeley neighborhood warrants a
full-day browse" by
Marta Yamamoto, Oakland Tribune.
"On a typical winter
weekend, the Berkeley neighborhood of Northbrae quietly buzzes.
From morning on, folks of
all ages are out and about: jogging, cheering at soccer games
or maybe heading to the playground at King Park. Other forms of
recreation involve shopping at specialty food shops, tempting
one's taste buds at cozy cafes, searching out literary favorites
at the North Branch Library and buying botanical inspirations
at a top-notch nursery.
Trees line residential streets
of well-maintained one- and two-story California bungalows with
flourishing yards. This is a small neighborhood -- Hopkins Street
between The Alameda and Sacramento Street -- and that makes it
a great destination to explore on foot.
So grab your recycled market
bags or a red wagon, and start early to step into a day in the
life of Northbrae."
"Berkeley's Pelican Building Looks for
Historic Status" at
"Over in Berkeley, an
unassuming pavilion with a rich architectural pedigree (locally,
at least) is looking to become a historical landmark. Commissioned
by an influential Cal alum and creator of the California Pelican
humor magazine that ran on campus from 1903 until the late-80s,
The Pelican Building was designed by local architect Joseph Esherick
and built in the 50's after Arts & Crafts mainstay Bernard
Maybeck handed it off to him. Esherick, you might know, co-founded
UC Berkeley's College of Environmental design (the architecture
school) and as a token of his appreciation for the project, Esherick
blended Maybeck's classic style with his own more modern take
- resulting in "a unique overlap of First and Third Bay Area
traditions." Continuing in that spirit of appreciation, the
landmark application is sponsored by current Berkeley architect
Gary Parsons, who names the under-appreciated Esherick as his
mentor during his time at Berkeley."
"Family Leave Guide Offers Ways to Create
Programs Across U.S." by
Andrew Cohen at law.berkeley.edu.
"A new guide about the
nation's first paid family leave program, implemented six years
ago in California, provides recommendations for other states to
consider as they pursue similar proposals.
Produced by the law school's
Berkeley Center for Health, Economic & Family Security (Berkeley
CHEFS) and the Labor Project for Working Families, the guide presents
California as a model for how Americans can juggle work and family
responsibilities. Since 2004, California's program has provided
more than 1 million state residents paid leave from their jobs
to tend to critical life events-such as spending time with a newborn
or newly adopted child, or caring for a seriously ill family member."
"Bay Area schools get federal money for
Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A new batch of federal
stimulus money will flow into California schools, with a new $848
million in tax credits for construction projects awarded to 61
districts, state education officials announced Friday.
Several Bay Area districts
were among the recipients including Berkeley, Dublin, Burlingame
The $25 million awarded to
Berkeley will help fund new high school classrooms and a football
stadium project. Other Bay Area awards ranged from $4.6 million
in Byron to $25 million in several districts."
"A Conversation With Barry Eichengreen" is at nytimes.com.
"This post starts a
series on Economix called Book Chat. Each installment will be
a short conversation, typically conducted by e-mail, with the
author of a recent or imminent book on economics. As usual, we
will define economics quite broadly.
Barry Eichengreen, an economics professor at the University of
California, Berkeley. Barry Eichengreen, an economics professor
at the University of California, Berkeley.
Our first chat is with Barry
Eichengreen, who has become a go-to economist on the continuing
global financial crisis. Mr. Eichengreen's new book is 'Exorbitant
Privilege' (Oxford University Press). The subtitle summarizes
it: 'The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International
Monetary System.' Mr. Eichengreen is a professor at the University
of California, Berkeley. We've previously mentioned his research
comparing the early stages of this financial crisis with the early
stages of the Great Depression - and finding this crisis to have
been more severe initially."
"Forget Planet X! New technique could pinpoint
Galaxy X" by Robert
"Planet X, an often-sought
10th planet, is so far a no-show, but Sukanya Chakrabarti has
high hopes for finding what might be called Galaxy X a dwarf
galaxy that she predicts orbits our Milky Way Galaxy.
Many large galaxies, such
as the Milky Way, are thought to have lots of satellite galaxies
too dim to see. They are dominated by 'dark matter,' which astronomers
say makes up 85 percent of all matter in the universe but so far
Chakrabarti, a post-doctoral
fellow and theoretical astronomer at the University of California,
Berkeley, has developed a way to find "dark" satellite
galaxies by analyzing the ripples in the hydrogen gas distribution
in spiral galaxies. Planet X was predicted erroneously
more than 100 years ago based on perturbations in the orbit of
"In Highlighting Radon's Risks, Context
Needed" is a story
with audio at npr.org.
"In case you haven't
heard, it's National Radon Action Month.
Every January, the Environmental
Protection Agency and other federal agencies hit the airwaves
to tell us that radon gas can kill and that every home should
be tested. But that message skips over many complexities surrounding
the risks from radon.
Radon is a heavy, radioactive
gas that can seep out of the soil into basements and other parts
of a house. There's no question that inhaling a lot of radon is
bad for you, but some scientists think such statements could use
a little context.
Phil Price, a physicist at
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, has spent
a lot of time studying radon. He is willing to accept the government's
rough estimate that radon causes about 21,000 deaths from lung
cancer each year. But, he says, people should know something about
IS MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
"After The Tragedy:
An American Conversation Continued
Town Hall on Tucson Tragedy on a Special 'This Week'
In a town hall event on 'This
Week,' anchor Christiane Amanpour gathered together for
the first time since the tragic shooting many of those who
were in the Safeway parking lot on that fateful day when Rep.
Gabriel Giffords, D-AZ, and 18 others were shot.
The colonel who wrestled
the gunman to ground, the petite woman who knocked away his ammunition,
the heroic intern who staunched the Congresswoman's bleeding
all joined Amanpour in Tucson. Other Members of Congress came
to the town hall as well: Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz.,
and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., along with former Arizona
Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe. All the victims of the tragedy were
invited and a thoughtful, forthright and stirring conversation
Full video here
here and here.
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this photo is of
The Avon Lady here from Walnut
The mayor of Potter Creek"
A biker chick?
Part of the support staff
at one of the nation's most prestigious law firms"
"Personality judged by physical appearance" is a upi.com report.
"People can accurately
judge some aspects of a stranger's personality from looking at
photographs, U.S. researchers suggest."
Would you vote for this man
for mayor? Hold that thought.
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"East Bay businesses, officials worry about
proposed demise of enterprise zones" by Rick Radin, Contra Costa Times.
"Local officials and
businesses are concerned that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate
an enterprise zone program will drive firms out of low-income
areas such as Richmond that have benefited economically."
"Personality judged by physical appearance" is a upi.com report.
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"Classical Powerhouse KDFC Sold to USC"
Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle
Pop Culture Critic.
"The Bay Area's only
classical music station announced on Tuesday that it will become
a non-profit, in a move full of repercussions that change the
Bay Area radio landscape."
Frankly, KDFC programing
has reduced hundreds of years of classical composition to a series
of short tuneful movements or pieces, and, I believe, so has become
somewhat of an embarrassment to classical music. KDFC no longer
play even short Baroque works in their entirety. Perhaps this
will change with USC ownership.
would not be surprised by alien life" reports asiaone.com.
Harrison believes that people have grown accustomed to the idea
of aliens and, if alien life were to appear before their eyes,
they would not be surprised.
'Advances in our technology
have brought civilization to a point where the idea of other beings
traveling through space to Earth no longer seems far-fetched or
frightening,' he writes in the journal Philosophical Transactions
of the Royal Society.
Britain's Daily Mail reported
that Ted Peters, theologian of the Pacific Lutheran Theological
Seminary in Berkeley, California, supports the idea that Harrison
suggested following a survey of 1,300 people of different faiths
"Supercomputer, other projects bring in
major funds to UI"
"It may not be surprising
that the University of Illinois is the nation's leader in university
funding from the National Science Foundation.
But one number stands out:
A single grant puts it ahead of the total amounts for other major
competing universities, including Purdue and Wisconsin.
The NSF awarded the UI $185
million in fiscal year 2010, ranging from small projects to the
Blue Waters supercomputer, which alone counts for $90.5 million.
University of California
at Berkeley is the second-highest ranking university, with $125
million. The next-highest Big Ten school is University of Wisconsin
at Madison, with $90 million."
"Credit scores have a huge effect on your
by Eve Mitchell at modbee.com.
"Polishing credit score
can open financial doors. Sherelle Villacorta had a good credit
score, but like many people, she wanted a higher score.
Her strategy was to pay down
her debt and keep current on her bills, but increase the amount
of available credit. It worked. Within seven months, her credit
score went from 697 to 758.
'I just recently graduated
from college, so because of that I was relatively new to credit
scores and having a lot of credit,' the 22-year-old University
of California-Berkeley graduate said. 'If you have credit available
but you don't use a lot of it, you'll have a higher credit score.
I started paying down my debt and making sure I was spending only
what I could afford.' "
High program helps students excel:Baccalaureate curriculum gives
high schoolers a big boost on way to college"
by Nan Austin modbee.com.
"This is about grabbing
the brass ring - training and straining to sit taller, reach farther.
seniors at Modesto High are waiting to hear which of their college
applications have been accepted. Helen Li is going to the University
of Copenhagen. Shiloh Tune is hoping for Yale or Harvey Mudd.
The toughest University of California campus to get into, Berkeley,
is a fall-back choice for Veronica Dela Fuente. Jamasen
Rodriguez has his acceptance
letter to Babson College in Massachusetts."
"Berkeley set to offer sex-change employee
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"While other cities
are slashing employee benefits, Berkeley is slated to add one
more: paying for sex-change operations.
The City Council is poised
to vote tonight to set aside $20,000 annually for city workers'
gender-reassignment surgery. The procedure is not covered by the
city's two'health insurance providers, Kaiser and Health Net.
"We offer all kinds
of benefits to our employees. This brings our benefits in line
with what's just and fair for the transgender community,' said
City Councilman Darryl Moore, who originally proposed the idea
The benefit would allow employees
to collect the money before the operation. To receive the payout,
employees would have to have lived as the opposite sex for at
least one year and undergone hormone therapy. They also would
have to have worked for the city at least a year."
"Higher education leaders try to curb impact
of Brown's budget cuts" Maneeza
"The assembly committee
on higher education met Tuesday to talk about ways to preserve
the quality of California colleges in the wake of sharp budget
Charlie Rose half-hour conversation
with cartoonist Gary Trudeau is here.
Trudeau's Doonesbury Retrospective book is the conversation starting
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Berkeley Crossings bought by investors
for $15 million" by
George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.
"A group of investors
has snapped up Berkeley Crossings, a big research and office complex
in the East Bay, and the group plans to offer the property to
tech or other cutting-edge firms.
An affiliate of Strada Investment
Group paid $15 million for the 132,000-square-foot project a few
weeks ago, agents for Grubb & Ellis Co., a commercial realty
firm, said Tuesday.
'It's the type of building
that would be right for a tech company,' said Steve Golubchik,
a vice president with Grubb & Ellis. 'It's tough to find a
building of that size in Berkeley.'
Grubb & Ellis agents
Golubchik and Nicholas Bicardo arranged the deal.
The building previously had
been valued at about $28 million, based on public records. The
property is located at 1608 Fourth St., near Cedar Street."
"HUD approves Berkeley's public housing
disposition scheme" is
a report by Lynda Carson at indybay.org.
"Berkeley's poor are
about to lose their public housing units to privatization and
to one or more greedy non profit developers, as public housing
tenants across the nation are fighting back against the latest
schemes to privatize our nations 1.2 million public housing units.
Like many cities across the
nation that have decided to make a profit by privatizing and selling
off their public housing units, Berkeley is seeking one or more
non profit housing developers that are willing to buy Berkeley's
75 public housing units, in a scheme that allows the developers
to kick-back money to the City of Berkeley. Berkeley is desperately
trying to cut back on it's spending budgets, and to bring in more
additional revenues to the city.
On Tuesday January 4, 2011,
Berkeley's public housing residents received the latest Berkeley
Housing Authority (BHA) news letter, that among other things mentions
that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has
approved the BHA's proposed scheme to dispose of Berkeley's 75
"three and four bedroom" town home public housing units,
to one or more local non profit housing developers."
"The so-called 'Amazon bill' is back"
is a report at sacbee.com.
"Assembly Bill 153,
introduced yesterday by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley,
would require online-only out-of-state retailers to collect state
sales taxes for purchases sold in California.
The Berkeley Democrat's office
estimates the change could generate $300 million in state and
local revenues as the state looks for ways to fill a projected
18-month deficit of $26.4 billion.
This isn't the first time
legislators have considered mandating sales tax for the online
shopping hubs -- the concept has been pushed both in legislation
introduced by Skinner in 2009 and during past budget negotiations.
Previous efforts faced major opposition from online retailers,
including Amazon.com, Overstock.com and eBay. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
vetoed it out of a 2009 budget bill."
"Berkeley City Council Postpones Vote On
Sex-Change Surgery Funding" reports
"The Berkeley City Council
Tuesday night postponed a vote on a staff proposal to appropriate
$20,000 a year to pay for sex-change operations for city employees.
Council members on Tuesday
decided to delay a final decision on the issue until Feb. 15."
after 1/19/11 here
from my log
1/19/11--7:01 AM--burning natural gas odor in front room.
9:34 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, watery eyes, light head. leave.
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