Berkeley's Fourth Street
Apple Store, constructing
Look for a mid-Summer opening
With all the talk and concern
now about our unfunded liabilities, I'm reminded of the reaction
to Bob Kubik and the few others who appeared before the council* over
a year ago. They were met with a "polite" response but
were later dismissed as a group of conservative discontents. Seems
the chicken's come home, Boz.
*Actually an evening city staff/community meeting
at San Pablo Park. Bob Kubik
I've just begun "destructive
generation: second thoughts about the sixties" by Peter
Collier and David Horowitz. A revisionist history of the decade,
it features familiar Berkeley players--some still active in politics.
our Tak emails
Your comment about KDFC's
current programming reminded me of the classical music station
in Milwaukee circa early 1970s. I was spending the summer with
my family there over school break, worrying about the draft and
drinking Old Milwaukee fresh from the Schlitz brewery.
The classical music station
had gone to a top 40 format with cuts only 3 to 4 minutes long
just like rock stations except that they played only classical
music. . . .
Charlie Rose half-hour conversation
with cartoonist Gary Trudeau is here.
Trudeau's Doonesbury Retrospective book is the conversation starting
posts from the
Some guy named Willi Paul
has a letter in The Planet about Pacific Steel's emissions, and
more. Filled with fire brand and often over the top, he writes
"There is a four-headed toxic spin machine spewing caustic
air and ugly lies on Second Street. . . . . Shut down Pacific
Steel . . . . And don't believe any of the crap coming out of
Dion Aroner's mouth." (Damn I miss Zelda's column, she does
class fire-brand and over-the-top.) Ironically, Zelda's film "Made
in Berkeley," an appreciation of Berkeley manufactures, features
I believe Pacific Steel Casting
to be Berkeley's environmental embarrassment.
There's a debate between
Tom Bates and Zelda Bronstein on Thursday, October 19 at 7:30
PM in the Le Conte School cafeteria.
And Z's got a Birthday coming
up, October 20.
from the past
"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."
"City Works to Sell Itself as Site for
Lawrence Berkeley Lab" reports
the Alameda Patch.
"The dity is working
on a response to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's call
for communities to pitch their merits as a location for the lab's
"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."
Mayor's aid, Calvin Fong
and guest had breakfast at 900
GRAYSON yesterday morning.
"Haven't heard from
Zelda lately." "Zelda's disappeared." "Where's
Well, . . .
"Massive West Berkeley Rezoning on Council
Agenda" by Zelda
Bronstein at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"On January 25, the
council will twice consider sweeping changes to West Berkeley
zoning will be that would open the district up to high-rise, high-density,
Emeryville-style development. In the works for three years, the
proposed changes will come to the council for the first time at
a 5:30 worksession. Then they are the subject of a public hearing
at the council's regular meeting, which starts at 7 pm. Both meetings
will take place at Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr.,
The changes originated in
a council directive that asked city staff and the planning commission
to devise ways to facilitate the development of six large industrial
sites in West Berkeley. But what the planning commission approved
7-2 last October with virtually no discussion goes far beyond
the original directive: It would allow housing in West Berkeley's
manufacturing zones, stand-alone offices in the Manufacturing
Zone, unlimited expansion of master use permit sites, and open
up all wholesale trade and warehouse space in the Mixed Use-Light
Industry and Mixed Manufacturing Zones to research and development.
The West-Berkeley Project
as it now stands, for better or worse, is a product of many years
and of the many.
Here are some links to the
tremendous effort and diligent work involved;
Planning Commission reports by year
Some Council updates from '09
Maps for all to use/see
Access to WB Project
California Closets is moving
into a 29,500 square foot facility north of our Fourth Street
commerical district at 1716 4th St. They will be manufacturing
custom home furnishings with ancillary offices and a small retail
showroom, and should be moving into the space in Spring.
"Is it hard to do business in Berkeley?" asks Frances Dinkelspiel in her story at berkeleyside.com.
"On May 5, 2010, Robin
Dalrymple walked excitedly into Berkeley's Planning Department
to apply for a use permit. She wanted to convert the vacant Ritz
Camera store on Solano Avenue into an ice cream parlor.
Eight months later, her store
is still not open.
Veronica Bradley signed a
lease in April 2010 to transform what had been Left Coast Cyclery
on Domingo Avenue into a store selling olive oil from around the
world. After working with five city departments - building and
safety, health, zoning, public works and engineering, and fire
prevention she finally got a permit in November. The store
opened Dec. 24.
It took Jim Meyers only six
weeks to launch his store, Wine Thieves, in Lafayette. It hasn't
been that easy in Berkeley. He has been trying since March to
open a branch on Domingo Avenue. He is crossing his fingers that
he can open the store next week.
"We have had the most
difficult time," said Bradley, who said she paid more than
$50,000 in rent before Amphora Nueva opened. "We heard this
about Berkeley, but we had no idea it would be so challenging.
I blame it on the city of Berkeley. Given the vacancies you would
think they would do whatever they could to make the process a
little less painful, a little less costly. In other parts of the
country cities bend over backwards to help business."
Berkeley has long had a reputation
of being a difficult city in which to do business. There are many
factors contributing to this perception, including complex zoning
laws, neighborhood business quotas, and a 60's era desire to give
neighborhoods, rather than the planning department, discretion
in saying what kinds of businesses can move into nearby commercial
A cracker-jack story, . .
. . yet keep in mind that one of the threads of Berkeleysides
upcoming busimess forum is something like "It's hard to do
businness in Berkeley." RP
"Berkeley Cabbies Take on City Hall" reports Judith Scherr at eastbayexpress.com.
"Taxi companies and
drivers are banding together to battle what they say are unfair
"Newswoman Belva Davis reflects on her
life" Julian Guthrie,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"There is the public
side of journalist and news anchor Belva Davis: her 43 years in
television, her calm demeanor and balanced approach, and her milestones,
including being the first black female news anchor on the West
With the publication of her new memoir, 'Never in My Wildest Dreams:
A Black Woman's Life in Journalism,' Davis' private life is made
public. The story of little Belvagene Melton, born to a 14-year-old
laundress in Louisiana, is harrowing and redemptive, replete with
abuse and neglect, determination and pluck."
"Changes at S.F. classic music station
alters Bay Area radio scene" by
Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.
"Don't touch that dial:
A series of recent radio station changes revolving around classical
music station KDFC-FM is shaking up the Bay Area broadcasting
In the short term, the changes
could spell bad news for classical fans in the South Bay and some
portions of the East Bay.
The changes began Tuesday,
when the University of Southern California bought KDFC, the Bay
Area's only classical music station, from its longtime owner,
Entercom Communications. Financial terms of the sale, which must
be approved by the Federal Communications Commission, were not
The first move of KDFC's
new owners will be a big one -- moving the station on the FM dial
from 102.1 to 90.3 in San Francisco and 89.9 in the North Bay.
Adopting a nonprofit model
was deemed necessary for the long-term health of KDFC. It's also
in keeping with the industry trend for classical stations, according
to KDFC vice president Bill Lueth."
"3D 'makes millions of people sick'" is a report at google.com.
"Hollywood studios and
technology companies are pinning growth hopes on a 3D future,
but one major drawback with the format is that it makes millions
of people uncomfortable or sick.
Optometrists say as many
as one in four viewers have problems watching 3D movies and TV,
either because 3D causes eye strain or because the viewer has
problems perceiving depth in real life. In the worst cases, 3D
makes people queasy, leaves them dizzy or gives them headaches."
"Marginal land could be significant source
of biofuel crops" by
Kris Bevill at ethanolproducer.com.
"Researchers at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have published the
results of a study aimed at identifying the amount of marginal
land available worldwide for biofuel crop production. Partially
funded by BP's Energy Biosciences Institute and co-sponsored by
the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, the study focused on determining what types
of land are suitable for biofuel crops, where that land is located
and what the current land cover is, according to U of I civil
and environmental engineering professor Ximing Cai."
"GM, Detroit Pinning Hopes for Future on
Chevy Volt" is a
video report at pbs.org.
"As part of his ongoing
reporting on 'Making Sen$e' of financial news, business correspondent
Paul Solman travels to Detroit for an update on General Motors'
electric car, the Chevy Volt, and examines how the company and
the city are hoping it will usher in an economic revival."
All the talk of LBNL's second
campus brings up the question "Is a west-Berkeley location
a real possibility or simply a hopeful dream?"
Or more bizarre, simple hubris.
Certainly, it is the perfect
culture-fit but do the math and economics work?
All other issues aside, for
sure what is hopeful is that though the economy has been
working against meeting OurTown's unfunded liabilities, it seems
now it is beginning to work reducing them. For hints abound that
the economy is picking up.
Collier and Horowitz classic
revisionist work "destructive generation" has a thirty
some-page chapter about Our Town, "Slouching Towards Berkeley;
a Tale of Socialism in One City." It begins with
"But I don't want
to go among mad people" Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help
that " said the Cat. "we're all mad here. I'm mad, you're
"How do you know
I'm mad" said Alice.
"You must be"
said the Cat. "Or you wouldn't have come here." Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
"NCKU Urban Planning Department Draws Attention
with '2050, Nangang Brownfield Greendesign' Project" is a report at businesswire.com.
"Like many other contemporary
Asian cities, Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is technologically
advanced, but one of the city's most pressing issues is what to
do with their manufacturing residue and post-industrial sheds."
"The other Edible Schoolyard:
garden teacher Kim Allen offers youth space to grow" by Sarah
Henry at berkeleyside.com.
"For four years Kim
Allen has served as garden program manager for Berkeley Youth
Alternatives (BYA), which provides a minimum-wage, internship
program for socio-economically challenged adolescents ages 14
to 18. Some come to the garden through word-of-mouth from family
or friends, others as part of mandated community service.
During the school year Allen's
youth garden crew, typically a group of six to eight, work and
learn alongside her in two community garden plots in West Berkeley."
posts from the
Bob Kubik forwards an email
originally written to his friend
Marines and Berkeley
I'm surprised that you, .
. . , haven't yet given me a hard time about the latest Berkeley
"news event". I will try to defend myself before
you can go on the offensive.
1. The Berkeley City Council
approved this ill-conceived motion by a vote of five to three
showing that a strong minority did not support and indeed objected
2. The Council is now trying to worm their
way out of this.
3. Perhaps, to me the most stupid part of this
was to attack the Marine Corps!
General Smedly Butler (1881-1940)
who twice won the Medal of Honor and was the most decorated and
influential Marine of his time perhaps best summed up the early
history of the Corps."I spent 33 years and four months
in active military service and during that period I spent most
of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall
Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster
for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe
for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba
a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues
in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics
for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for
the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912.
I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar
interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American
fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that
Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I
might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was
to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three
The Corps since then has
seen to its public relations in an exemplary fashion. It
has branded itself as the preeminent branch of the service - more
selective, braver and more capable than the army, navy or air
force. Stunts like the reenactment that led to the iconic
photo of raising the flag on Mt. Surabachi were pure PR genius.
After WWII when the Army, the Air Force and
Harry Truman wanted to disband the Marine Corps the Corps defeated
them soundly - (did the Berkeley City Council think the could
win when the combined effort of the Army, the Air Force and the
President couldn't prevail?)
Now before you get me wrong I am not dissing
the Corps. I'm just saying they know how to handle perceptions.
Indeed, they have distinguished themselves as war fighters.
They did more than their share of the toughest fighting in WWII,
Korea, Vietnam, and the First Gulf War. The casualties they
received demonstrate that. Typically, in the First Gulf
War the marines had the hardest job - attacking straight ahead
against mine fields and prepared defenses - while the army did
an end run around the defenders.
Getting back to my main point
- the ill-conceived motion by the Berkeley City Council - I take
it as self evident that one should not get into arguments with
large groups of people with guns and also not get into a pissing
contest with a group that understands public relations better
than Procter and Gamble.
Want to find out about General
Smedly Butler's War is a Racket and more? Do it here.
With all the
tsuris I forgot that February 9, 1938 is Da Boz' birthdate.
Zo, . . .
Boz, next time please pick
a fight we can win--go after the Coast Guard.
end posts from the past
Alameda County District Attorney's
Office press release,
"Major operation has
been complete against Bay Area prostitution ring.
On January 20, 2011, a team
of 125 law enforcement personnel assisted the Hayward Police Department
(HPD) in serving search and arrest warrants at ten locations in
Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties. Participating
agencies include Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley, Sunnyvale, Newark,
Danville, and San Jose Police Departments, Contra Costa and Santa
Clara County Sheriffs Offices, California Department of Justice,
Federal Bureau of Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, U.S.
Attorney's Office, and the Alameda County District Attorney's
Office (ACDAO). Yesterday's joint effort was intended as both
an enforcement and rescue operation. Eight people were arrested
for their role in operating the ring. Ten adult females were recovered,
provided with support services, and all but one taken into custody.
Asian Community Mental Health, Standing Against Global Exploitation,
Bay Area Women Against Rape, Women Inc., Community Violence Solutions
and an ACDAO H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit
advocate participated in the operation. The investigation as well
efforts to further identify victims and suspects is ongoing.
This operation is the culmination
of a year-long investigation by HPD uncovering a sophisticated
ring of brothels where scores of immigrant Asian women were exploited
to further the ring's lucrative enterprise. The investigation
began when an HPD patrol officer looked into neighborhood complaints
of suspected prostitution in a local residence. Attentive HPD
officers eventually uncovered evidence supporting the claim. An
in-depth undercover investigation ensued, establishing that the
home in question was a clandestine brothel and part of a larger
ring of similar brothels. Investigators estimate dozens of women
have been brought into the United States from Taiwan and China,
placed on the prostitution circuit in this country, and cycled
through these targeted Bay Area brothels. In addition to crimes
associated with operating brothels, investigators continue to
determine the degree to which human exploitation and trafficking
is involved in procuring and enslaving the women recovered from
H.E.A.T. is one of the fastest
growing criminal industries in this country. ACDAO's award-winning
H.E.A.T. Watch Program is nationally acknowledged as a model response.
Recognizing that H.E.A.T. knows no borders locally, nationally,
or internationally heads of all 29 Alameda County law enforcement
agencies as well as San Francisco and Contra Costa county law
enforcement leaders, joined ACDAO last July as committed participants
in H.E.A.T. Watch. Yesterday's multi-agency operation, stemming
from the HPD investigation, is a testament to this regional commitment.
'This is a historic operation because so many agencies from all
over the Bay Area came together under the umbrella of H.E.A.T.
Watch for what represents the first multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency
Regional H.E.A.T. Watch operation. Efforts of this magnitude and
this degree of collaboration by local, state and federal law enforcement
and service providers are unprecedented and bode well for future
efforts to successfully combat the H.E.A.T. epidemic plaguing
our region,' said Sharmin Bock, Assistant District Attorney in
Charge of Special Operations and Policy Development. "
"Berkeley shelter damaged by fire reopens" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"The Berkeley-East Bay
Humane Society has reopened its Ninth Street building that was
heavily damaged in a fire last year, but it still has a long way
to go before it can resume full operations, the executive director
"Consistent taste is key to success of
Berkeley's Bison Organic Beer" by
David Morrill, Oakland Tribune.
"Sometimes the best
way to make money isn't always the best way to do business.
Daniel Del Grande, owner
of Bison Organic Beers in Berkeley, refuses to cut corners to
make an extra buck. He says using more expensive organic ingredients,
for example, is one key to his success.
'It's a point of pride. I
want to operate in a way that we can be proud of,' says Del Grande,
Officially, he calls himself
a contract brewer who uses space at other facilities -- Mendocino
Brewing Co. in Ukiah and Black Diamond Brewing Co. in Concord
-- to concoct the batches that flow into dozens of grocery stores
and restaurants in the Bay Area and in 15 states."
(Jeez, am I missing something here? ) we find "Berkeley
agrees to landmark 'keep it local' deal with trade unions"
by John C. Osborn.
"The Berkeley City Council
unanimously voted Tuesday night to enter into a landmark agreement
with a number of trade unions that would give Berkeley and Green
Corridor workers top priority for most contracted city projects."
"But I don't want
to go among mad people" Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help
that " said the Cat. "we're all mad here. I'm mad, you're
"How do you know
I'm mad" said Alice.
"You must be"
said the Cat. "Or you wouldn't have come here." Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
Huey P Newton
After Fay Stender was shot
in an assassination attempt, a mutual lawyer friend moved his
law office to the far end of a vacant Embarcadero pier where you
had to very visibly walk hundreds of feet in the open empty warehouse
space to reach his area. And his secretary quit suddenly so my
friend Kimar helped him out for a time.
Incidentally, Stender was
an accomplished classical pianist who I remember bought records
on The Ave. Physically, she was a small person.
In all the writing I've done
about The Ave in the 60s and '70s I haven't till now mentioned
the Insurrection. In the late 70s as political protest fell into
simple violence, I remember an afternoon working at Moe's when
a junkie who had locked herself in Moe's bathroom overdosed. She
couldn't be aroused through the locked door. But no one called
the police, for they were still "The Pigs."
In the '90s after the Southern
California shootout between police and heavily armed men in body
armor, Berkeley PD requested and received selective-fire German
Heckler and Koch weapons. BPD had originally requested the US
made M-16s but were refused by the city council because they had
been used in Vietnam. And, some members of the council wanted
the HKs to be "painted pink" believing they would be
"less intimidating." BPD convinced the council that
this would invalidate the warranty.
post from the past
than a year ago I had a conversation with an Alameda County Sheriff
Deputy-a Sargent and an ex-Marine who was retiring. We were talkiing
about the "Berkeley Insurrection" and he offered "The
demonstrators today are soft-not what they used to be. I was working
a demonstration downtown and explained to a young woman that I
was going to have to arrest her. She started crying! I didn't
even touch her. I was just explaining." He seemed to think
it was another reason to retire.
Back in The Day:
Selling Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave
recurring nightmare was that all the music would disappear from
his records and he'd be left in the plastics business. You see,
his first wife's folks thought that plastic was the business to
get into. Albert probably didn't like that. I know he didn't like
the plastics business and he probably didn't much care for his
wife's parents advice either.
Albert loved music, and it's this deep consuming love that he
gave to all who would listen, whether it was a guy who stopped
in front of the shop, or one of his daughters, or me, or the other
fellows who worked for him. With the joy of a two-year-old shoving
his toys at you, Albert would share his music discoveries.
the Bach Accompanied Violin Sonatas by Menuhin, Malcolm and Ambrose
Gauntlett came out, Albert found true love. "Listen to that
note," he'd say. "Listen to the way he shapes it."
The store's speakers were up toward the ceiling, on either side
of a 14x10 foot window and in order to better hear the music he'd
face the window, cup his hands over the back of his ears and look
skyward. "Listen," he'd say, "Like this!"
And he put his hands over his ears.
listen. At first with some skepticism and embarrassment. After
all, I was standing, looking at the ceiling with my hands over
my ears, next to a guy who looked a little like Bogart with a
goatee, who was looking toward the ceiling with his hands over
his ears. And we were doing this in front of, or behind, a large
window that looked out on the busiest corner in Berkeley.
a while I just listened. I found there was a lot to hear. I heard
not only how Menuhin shaped a note, but how he and Ambrose Gauntlett
played notes that were of different pitch and color and yet sounded
the same. I listened to how, in the violin sonatas, the violin
accompanied the accompanying instruments, whether the gamba or
the harpsichord. Finally I heard the players "get it right."
when we were listening a customer would come in, and Albert being
quite persuasive, would get him to put his hands over his ears
and look skyward. Then there were three of us listening.
most you could get four or five people between the speakers in
front of that window, and there were that many there at the beginning
of Albert's playing of the St. Matthew Passion- a favorite
conducted by Karl Munchinger. Albert, almost immediately became
carried away by the power of Bach's soloists, full chorus and
orchestra, and he turned up the volume on the old Scott. The magnificent
sounds rolled down over us all. I can remember being both exhilarated
and stunned. The outside speaker was on and people streamed into
the shop. Many had never heard these kinds of sounds before, and
during the twenty-some-minute performance, though the shop was
packed, the assembly was totally silent. Albert tended the amplifier,
making a slight adjustment to bring a soloist forward, or to quiet
a chorus or to prevent speaker damage. Now and then he'd make
a gesture as if he was conducting- maybe he was.
end post from the
"Vinyl records: Five places to get into
the groove" Audrey
Medina, Special to The Chronicle.
"Purists claim it's
the sound quality of vinyl records that makes them superior to
tape and CDs. For those of us with impaired hearing from cranking
the stereo up way too loud, it's the cover art, the liner notes,
the history, or watching a club DJ that makes vinyl records more
than just a listening experience. Here are hot spots where vinyl
is still groovy."
"Ninth Edition of Moon Fiji from Avalon
"Moon Fiji by David
Stanley is the original travel guidebook to the Fiji Islands.
The ninth edition has just been published by Avalon Travel of
Avalon Travel Publishing has launched the 9th edition of Moon
Fiji, the original travel guide to the 322-island Fiji archipelago.
Since 1985, Moon Fiji has been the leading travel guidebook to
Fiji. Author David Stanley has been writing about the South Pacific
since 1979, and over the years tens of thousands of Pacific travelers
have used his guides to Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, Micronesia,
and the South Pacific."
"California Universities Feel the Squeeze:Governor
Jerry Brown's budget cuts imperil the tech industry's job incubator"
by Oliver Staley at businessweek.com.
"California's role as
the incubator of talent that powers Silicon Valley and Hollywood
owes much to a university system that has produced 56 Nobel Prize
winners. Now, as Governor Jerry Brown tackles a crippling deficit,
his plan to slash higher education spending by 16 percent is raising
concerns that the state may be jeopardizing the future of its
high-tech and entertainment industries-and by extension the country's
From the University of California,
Berkeley, ranked the nation's top public university by U.S. News
& World Report, to San Jose State University, which each year
graduates more than 1,000 engineering students, the state's 33
public institutions are the birthplaces of companies and the sources
of upward mobility for 650,000 students. That talent pool may
be limited if the university system can no longer guarantee admission
to the top 12.5 percent academic performers of California's high
school seniors, and applicants are deterred as annual tuition
for residents, less than $4,500 a decade ago, rises to at least
$11,124 in the next school year."
"U.C. Berkeley Looks to the World Bank
for Financial Help"
by Sajid Farooq at nbcbayarea.com.
"U.C.Berkeley is turning
to the World Bank to help navigate the muddy waters of budget
But the public university
is not looking for a loan, instead the University of California,
Berkeley announced it has hired former World Bank economist John
Wilton as the school's vice chancellor of administration and finance."
Tonight at 7:00 PM Berkeleyside
is holding its business forum, downtown at Freight & Salvage.
Check it out!
Given the politics and the
players, we have a West-Berkeley Project of its time, a camel* perhaps
but a working and good one.
*A camel is a racehorse
made by a committee" Leon Trotsky
Berkeley High graduate "Jack
LaLanne, fitness pioneer, dies at 96", Matthai Kuruvila,Demian
Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers.
"Jack LaLanne, the Bay
Area native whose gospel of fitness stretched 75 years and changed
the way Americans thought about working out and eating right,
died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay (San Luis Obispo County).
He was 96.
The Godfather of Fitness
died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia, his family said."
"Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Zellerbach
Hall, Berkeley, California" by
our Allan Ulrich at financialtimes.com.
"To appreciate the health
and vitality of the San Francisco music community, one must examine
the scene around the edges. The continuing saga of the Berkeley
Symphony both epitomises the college town's abiding delight in
restructuring the cultural universe to reflect its own values
and its seething interest in unorthodox programming. That reputation
attained its apogee during the 31-year tenure of Kent Nagano,
who placed the music of his time at the centre of his repertoire,
building a legend for daring and retaining this Berkeley post,
even while he struck out for more prestigious posts in Europe.
Nagano's successor, Joana
Carneiro, came aboard two seasons ago. She seems imbued with
similar artistic ideals. "
"Hackers and hippies: The origins of social
networking" by Rory
Cellan-Jones at bbc.co.uk.
"People that have been
to see last year's blockbuster The Social Network, could be forgiven
for thinking that the rise of sites like Facebook started just
a few years ago.
But to find the true origins
of social networking you have to go further back than 2004.
In a side street in Berkeley
California, the epicentre of the counterculture in the 1960s and
1970s, I found what could well be the birthplace of the phenomenon.
Standing outside what was
once a shop called Leopold's Records, former computer scientist
Lee Felsenstein told me how, in 1973, he and some colleagues had
placed a computer terminal in the store next to a musicians' bulletin
board - of the analogue variety."
"Davidson Hotel Company to Manage Hilton
Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge:Marks Operator's Ninth
University-related Property and First Bay Area Hotel in Management
"Officials of Davidson
Hotel Company, one of the nation's largest independent hotel management
companies, today announced that the company has signed an agreement
to manage the 278-room Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland
Bay Bridge on behalf of owner, J.P. Morgan. It is the first property
Davidson will manage for J.P. Morgan and the operator's first
property in northern California.
'The Hilton Garden Inn San
Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge is the company's first managed hotel
owned by J.P. Morgan, and we look forward to building on the relationship
in the future. We are confident we can help this property capitalize
on its significant competitive advantages.'
'This hotel is well located
adjacent to Oakland and Berkeley, at the foot of the San Francisco/Oakland
Bay Bridge, convenient to San Francisco, the East Bay and the
Silicon Valley,' said John Belden, president and CEO of Davidson
Hotel Company. 'With its proximity to nearby University of California-Berkeley,
the property also does significant universit' y-related business,
a niche where we have substantial experience and a proven record
"GRIN plasmonics: A practical path to superfast
computing, ultrapowerful optical microscopy and invisibility carpet-cloaking
devices" is a report
"They said it could
be done and now they've done it. What's more, they did it with
a GRIN. A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and
the University of California, Berkeley, have carried out the first
experimental demonstration of GRIN for gradient index
plasmonics, a hybrid technology that opens the door to a wide
range of exotic optics, including superfast computers based on
light rather than electronic signals, ultra-powerful optical microscopes
able to resolve DNA molecules with visible light, and "invisibility"
posts from the
Winter Sunset in Old Potter Creek by Rick Auerbach [copyright]
Want to buy
an original Auerbach? He has originals for sale--email
"The Food Critic's Favorite" is a review at diablomag.com.
900 GRAYSON: Diablo checks in with San Francisco magazine
food critic Josh Sens about the burger at Berkeley's 900 Grayson.
You included 900 Grayson's
burger as one of your 50 favorite meals in the Bay Area. What's
so special about it?
It's made with grass-fed beef, which, granted, is pretty much
standard at any self-respecting restaurant around these parts.
What makes it unusual is the range of toppings. Bacon, white cheddar,
shoestring-style fried onions, and tangy barbecue sauce are great
complements. Best of all, the bun-to-beef ratio is reasonable,
so you don't feel as if you're just eating bread.
Did any fancy-pants restaurants
that didn't make your list feel slighted that they were bested
by a burger?
If anyone had hurt feelings, they didn't tell me. If anything,
I imagine they have bigger things to worry about these days, such
as an economy that threatens every high-end restaurant with the
prospect of having to turn into a burger joint.
If you can't go to 900 Grayson,
what's your backup burger in the East Bay?
It's far from a gourmet burger, but for nostalgia's sake, I like
Oscar's, that old smoke-belching burger house in Berkeley at Hearst
and Shattuck. It's a bare-bones burger, but it's charbroiled and
full of flavor. And I like the throwback look to the place and
the fact that they serve old-school malted milk shakes. Basically,
it's hangover food for the college crowd, or hangover prevention
food for people who find themselves awake late and still hungry.
900 Grayson, 900 Grayson St., Berkeley, (510) 704-9900,
900grayson.com; Oscar's, 1890 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 849-2164.
end posts from
Nexus building, 8th and Carleton
ready for a remodel
"Arhoolie Records' roots showing on 50th
birthday" Joel Selvin,
Chronicle Senior Pop Music Correspondent.
"Chris Strachwitz remembers
when giants walked the earth.
He shakes his head as he
recalls recording Mississippi bluesman Big Joe Williams, king
of the nine-string guitar, at the very beginning of Arhoolie Recor's,
the Berkeley folklore recording empire over which he has presided
for a full 50 years.
'Afterward he just disappeared,"
Strachwitz says. 'Ran off. Left his wife and their baby in this
fleabag hotel on San Pablo Avenue. It was the worst kind of atmosphere
you could imagine, and she was no beauty, I'll tell you that.'
Last year, guitarist Ry Cooder,
appearing in a benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation at the bootstrap
Mexican folklore center in Richmond, Los Cenzontles, spoke about
buying the Big Joe Williams album as a teenager and learning to
play his "Sloppy Drunk Blues." The admission astonished
"Realty turf war grows in East Bay"
by George Avalos, Oakland
"Grubb & Ellis Co.
said Monday that it will broaden its expansion by opening a new
commercial realty office in Oakland.
The new office, which is
set to open next month, will be managed by Edward Del Beccaro,
who currently heads the real estate brokerage's Walnut Creek operations.
Del Beccaro jumped ship from Colliers International to Grubb &
Ellis in 2010; over the months, he has wooed away agents from
other brokerages to beef up Grubb's East Bay operations.
More expansions are in the
works, executives said."
A new Targé will be
a stones-throw from Potter Creek reports George Avalos, in "Target
reveals store opening dates.
Target Corp. intends to open
two East Bay stores this year, part of a rollout of 21 stores
by the retailer, the company said Monday.
On March 6, a Target store
on the Oakland/Emeryville border is slated to open its doors,
company officials said. That store would be located partly in
"Local Business Forum: a call to action" by Lance Knobel at berkeleyside.com.
"Over 300 business leaders,
politicians, policymakers and interested Berkeleyans came to the
first Berkeleyside Local Business Forum last night. Over the course
of two hours, they engaged in a lively, civil discussion on the
challenges and opportunities facing business in Berkeley."
Sources I talked to said
there were about 200 in attendence--one said there are 440 chairs
of which about half were filled-- and thought it a civil exchange.
I'm told of those present in the audience about twenty spoke.
"Redfish Technology speaks on Transitioning
from High Tech to Green Tech, Sponsor of Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship
Fair, February 16 Berkeley CA" is
a press release at
"The Green Jobs &
Entrepreneurship Fair is an opportunity for talent and cleantech
companies to meet. Redfish Technology, executive recruiters in
high tech and green energy, will be at the inaugural Green Jobs
& Entrepreneurship Fair. Redfish CEO Rob Reeves will be discussing
the green tech and alternative energy job market. Be there: February
16th from 1:30 to 5:30 pm in Berkeley, California at the Green
Jobs and Entrepreneurship Fair.
Redfish Technology is proud
to sponsor this event put on by Green Jobs Network. 'We are excited
to partner on this event with companies such as Green VC and Triple
Pundit. It will be an exciting event that should help give job
seeking professionals some direction in the green energy and cleantech
industries' Redfish CEO, Rob Reeves stated. 'Our goal is to help
green tech companies leverage the pool of high tech talent that
is in our network and that we can directly recruit.' "
On 10th just north of Potter
police arrest knife-wielding woman" reports Doug Oakley,
"A knife-wielding Berkeley
woman who allegedly assaulted a U.S. letter carrier, threatened
to kill her neighbors and made threatening phone calls to the
office of U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee was taken into custody Saturday
after more than 10 attempts to arrest her, Berkeley police said.
Groups of police tried to
arrest the woman starting Jan. 12, the day she allegedly assaulted
the letter carrier, police said.
Berkeley police spokeswoman
Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said because the woman was usually armed with
large kitchen knives and would retreat into her apartment when
they approached, officers did not want to force a confrontation
where they might have to shoot her."
"We got her when she
went for cigarettes" said an officer I talked to Monday.
"Checking the Stats: How to Verify NYPD Data" by Sean Gardiner at wsj.com.
"Franklin Zimring, a
law professor from the University of California at Berkeley, says
when it comes to recording crime statistics police departments
are a little like an umpire officiating a game he has a bet on.
'That makes people deeply
suspicious, and they should be,' said Zimring.
Critics of the New York Police
Department's crime statistics want to revive the sort of audit
done in 1997 by former state Comptroller Carl McCall, as The Journal
reported. Those pushing for new review point to allegations from
a Brooklyn police officer named Adrian Schoolcraft, who went public
last year with secretly taped recording that showed that some
police supervisors in his Bedford-Stuyvesant precinct may have
been downgrading crime complaints or refusing to take them at
good friend Eli and our Ben's
BB Simmons' video-interview
with Doris Moskowitz, "Doris Tells Moe's Story" is here and
worth checking out. A slightly funky effort, yet a revealing portrait
of both Doris and Moe, I''m reminded how much Doris is like her
Dad. For with both "What you see is what you get."
Potter Creek now has its
very own used record store in Dave's
Record Shop at the corner of Carleton and San Pablo
down the street from Black
Oak Books, at 2634 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley. Dave's phone is (510)
In The Day, after Albert
Braver closed Campus Records,
for a while he worked at Leopold's but he quit shortly after
he was hired.
He didn't like their business
practices, and "The manager carried a 38 caliber revolver"
he said. It came to mind while reading this
I'm told that Berkeley Patients
Group has out-grown its present space because "business is
"Berkeley Cannabis Commissioner Applies
for Albany Dispensary Permit" by
Becky O'Malley at dailyplanet.com.
"A story in the Albany
Patch online newspaper reports that Mark Rhoades, the former Berkeley
Planning Director, has applied for a permit to open a marijuana
dispensary in Albany. Rhoades was listed as a voting member of
Berkeley's previous Medical Cannabis Commission in the minutes
of the commission's November 2010 meeting, although the Berkeley
City Clerk's office was unable to confirm his membership in the
current commission, which replaced the former one after the November
He is a partner of developer
Ali Kashani in the Citycentric development company, and Kashani
is also listed as a partner in the Albany dispensary venture."
And more like "the minutes
of a meeting" yet an excellent report, is "What
Business Wants from Berkeley:The Berkeleyside Business Forum"
by Steven Finacom at dailyplanet.com.
"[This is an experiment.
This article is much longer than the ordinary Internet offering,
but it's worth the time it takes to read it, since what businesses
and the local officials who support them want Berkeley to become
concerns everyone who lives here. ]
On Monday the Berkeleyside
website hosted a forum on local business at the Freight and Salvage
Coffeehouse in downtown Berkeley.
About 200 people attended
by my count, comprising an audience heavy with business people,
Berkeleyside readers, developers, some City staff and officials,
and a noticeable contingent of University administrators and staff.
The event was, by turns,
a lively discussion of innovation and business financing on a
regional and global scale, a confrontation between a frustrated
merchant and a City Councilmember, a litany of attacks by political
and business leaders on unnamed Others who allegedly oppose all
change in Berkeley, an exploration of small business concerns
from "street behavior" to parking and Internet competition,
and a tent revival meeting preaching the gospel of changing city
zoning rules and planning policies to promote development, particularly
in West Berkeley and downtown."
Earthlink, my server was
performing maintenance Tuesday PM/Wednesday AM. My site was off-line
during this time.
Clif Bar folks lunched at
900 yesterday afternoon.
We Fight Blight in South Berkeley-North
Blight: The state or result of being blighted or deteriorated;
dilapidation; decay; urban blight. Something that impairs growth,
withers hopes and ambitions, or impedes progress and prosperity.
To have a deleterious effect on; ruin.
Abandoned/Inoperable Vehicles, BMC 12.98
Berkeley Anti-Blight Ordinance, BMC 12.92
Berkeley Blight Programs
Berkeley Housing Code Enforcement
Berkeley Neighborhood Services
Berkeley Blight/Code Enforcement
Berkeley Abandoned Vehicle Program
Berkeley Blight Contacts
BART Customer Service 510-464-7134
Berkeley Police Department 510-981-5911
Councilmember Max Anderson, MAnderson@ci.berkeley.ca.us, 510-981-7130
Drug Houses/Drug Dealing 510-843-2677
Graffiti Removal Private Property 510-981-2489
Graffiti Removal Public Property 510-644-6620
Neighborhood Services Liaison Jim Hynes, email@example.com,
Public Works Customer Service--Streets, Sidewalks, Sewers, Litter,
Storm Drains, Street Lights 510-981-6620
Tree Trimming/Planting Forestry/Parks 510-981-6660
When Kimar, Moe, I and several
others flew to London in the '80s, Kimar, my old friend, had Pan
Pam's flight attendent serve me Twinkies as we flew over the North
Pole. I've loved Twinkies since childhood in Milwaukee.
"Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to
Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown,
Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into
What America Eats
post from the past
"Writer strips the Twinkie of all its secrets:Man
overcomes nature, 'vice president of cake' to learn snack's origins" reports Suzanne Bohan in our Times.
"When Steve Ettlinger
donned a hard hat, a head lamp and emergency breathing equipment
before his alarming descent 1,600 feet into Wyoming mine shaft,
he wondered whether his quest to find the natural sources of all
39 ingredients in Hostess Twinkies'had gone too far.
'As a food writer, I'd really
gone astray,' he told a crowd of about 100 Google employees earlier
this month at the company's Mountain View headquarters.
To complement the author's
talk, chefs at Google prepared organic versions of Twinkies for
the event, using locally-raised or procured products to make the
almond-flavored, cream-filled pastries.
Ettlinger traversed the country
and hopped the globe, touring plants, mines and refineries to
find the actual origins of the almost unpronounceable ingredients
used to make Twinkies. His young daughter's puzzlement over a
strange-sounding one called polysorbate 60 listed on her ice cream
bar label inspired his quest, which led to the publication of
his book, 'Twinkie, Deconstructed.' The hardcover version was
released last year, and the softcover book is due out on Feb.
'This is a terrific book
that really opened my eyes, and I don't know of another book quite
like it,' said Michael Pollan, the Berkeley-based best-selling
food and nature author, most recently of 'In Defense of Food:
An Eater's Manifesto.'
Although Ettlinger chose
Twinkies for his in-depth exploration on food additives, he's
quick to point out that the book is a treatise on processed foods
Hostess Twinkie's ingredient
Enriched bleached wheat flour
[flour, ferrous sulfate, "b" vitamins
(niacin, thiamine, mononitrate (b1), riboflavin (b2) folic acid)],
sugar, corn syrup, water, high fructose corn syrup, partially
hydrogenated vegetable shortening (contains one or more of: soybean,
canola or palm oil), dextrose, whole eggs, contains 2 percent
of: modified cornstarch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium
pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch,
corn flour, corn dextrins, mono and digylcerides, polysorbate
lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, soy protein isolate,
stearoyl lactylate, sodium and calcium caseinate, calcium sulfate,
sorbic acid (to retain freshness), color added (yellow 5, red
May contain peanuts or traces of peanuts.
Google alternative recipe:
Organic cake flour, sugar,
organic cream, organic butter, organic
eggs, organic milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract,
extract, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt. RP
end post from the
"City's Plastic Bag Ban Faces More Delays"
by Soumya Karlamangla,
Daily Cal Staff Writer.
"Choosing 'paper or
plastic' just got a lot harder for the city of Berkeley.
A ban on plastic bags will
not be approved anytime this year, city officials said this week.
What originally appeared to be a simple way for the city to become
more "green" has become increasingly complicated over
the last five years, as some environmentalists question the benefits
of using paper over plastic, and opponents of the ban look to
stall progress through a number of lawsuits."
"Odwalla Moving Distribution Center to
San Leandro, California"
is a report at Binghamton's areadevelopment.com.
"Juice and smoothie maker Odwalla is moving its Berkeley,
California, distribution center to a less expensive site in San
Leandro, the Daily Californian reports.
'Their lease was up in Berkeley
and because of the large amounts of space available in South County,
they discovered they could rent for a lot less down there,"
said Dave Fogarty economic development project coordinator for
the city of Berkeley.' "
"Politics in California:It's
a man's world...or is it?", story at sfgate.com
"Woven into some of
the many conversations Comrade Marinucci and I had with folks
at last weekend's political geekfest -- aka the look-back at the
2010 Guv's race by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC-Berkeley
-- was a feeling that the panelists there were not demographically
representative of California's political class. The panelists
were predominantly white and male. Or as one observer put it:
"It was a snowstorm up there." Here's some background
about other blowback about the conference and their response.
Now there's an online video
making the social media rounds among California's political consultant/pollster
class that speaks to this feeling: "
"Research proposal, music video win prizes
in DNA contest"
is a story-release at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
First prize winner Juliana
a freshman from Davis
"Three University of
California, Berkeley, freshmen have won prizes for their creative
and often inspired reactions to last fall's 'Bring Your Genes
to Cal' program, which involved a campuswide discussion about
DNA testing and personalized medicine.
The first-place winner is
Juliana Green, 18, from Davis, Calif., who submitted an eight-page
research proposal that at first stumped, and then wowed, the judges
and led to an offer by biochemist Michael Marletta to join his
lab and train to conduct the research.
'I was very impressed with
the level of sophistication and originality in Juliana's proposal,'
said Marletta, the Aldo DeBenedictis Professor of Chemistry.
Green, a member of UC Berkeley's
track and cross-country teams, proposed to develop a method to
test athletes' saliva for a biomarker nitrite that
may predict blood pressure and exercise tolerance. Nitrite is
both a source and a byproduct of the synthesis of nitric oxide
(NO), which is known to dilate blood vessels and improve endurance."
"New evidence that asteroid, not comet,
struck Jupiter in 2009" by
Robert Sanders is a story-release at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"On July 19, 2009, amateur
astronomer Anthony Wesley discovered a dark spot near Jupiter's
south pole, which he attributed to an impact on the planet. Three
days later, astronomers Imke de Pater of the University of California,
Berkeley, and Heidi B. Hammel of the Space Science Institute in
Boulder, Colo., and AURA in Washington, D.C., used the Gemini
North telescope in Hawaii to obtain this infrared image of Jupiter
showing the impact site glowing at the thermal wavelength of 9.7
microns. White colors indicate the highest temperatures, as well
as the presence of hot ammonia upwelling from deep in Jupiter's
"Winning innovation projects to improve
by Andrea Lampros, is a story-release at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"A program to raise
awareness about student veterans and another to bring Muslim and
Jewish students together for a meal and frank conversation are
among 13 projects selected at the University of California, Berkeley,
to receive the campus's first Innovation Grants."
Another story-release is
Invites International Journalists" at editorandpublisher.com.
"Applications are being
accepted through March 14 for a unique program providing mid-career
journalists from outside the U.S. an opportunity to pursue advanced
professional training and academic study at the Graduate School
of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
In the non-degree Visiting
Scholar program, participants can audit courses offered at the
journalism school and in other disciplines, drawing upon the extensive
resources and community life of a major research university.
Journalists accepted to the
program can participate for either the entire 2011-2012 academic
year or for a single semester of their choice."
post from the past
left you alone . . . sometimes
Books in Berkeley is what you would call an institution. Moe prided
himself in the '60s on being one of the few Telegraph Avenue merchants
that didn't have his window broken by The Demonstrators. In the
'70s, however, I think some drunk fell through it. Anyway, in
the '60s, not to have your windows broken by the demonstrators
was an achievement. At the very least it meant that Moe was skillfully
and politically in tune with the times, and at the most it meant
that he was a mensch. Most certainly it meant that he had
been put to, and survived, a test of character.
Moe's was an institution, Moe was its leading inmate. I worked
for him in the '70s and like to think that I built a few tables
of old records into a serious used record department. Then the
store was still called Moe's Books and Records. Though Moe was
a bookman, he wisely saw used records as a natural addition to
his store. He also loved music, claiming to have been the world's
most committed and worst violin student. He probably was.
has always said that he had only one good idea. That was to pay
a customer a decent price or give him a decent amount of trade
for used books. In a business that was characterized by dealers
who paid almost nothing, that was revolutionary. In fairness,
he also paid his people extremely well. And he left you alone
. . . sometimes.
his one good idea to used records and it worked. Moe's basement,The
Pit, filled with old records. New bins were built, filled
up with used records, and more were built. Used book tables were
taken down or pushed aside. We even displaced Moe's friend who
sold used comics there on Saturday morning. More and more records
came in, and went out.
seemed that at least one copy of every record ever made showed
up at that store. With the volume we did, this must have been
true. Sometimes on a Saturday, and with two or three people working,
we would still fall behind in buying and would literally become
surrounded by old records. They would be stacked on the floor,
on the counter, next to the counter and under the counter, and
still people would stand in line five or six deep offering us
arms full of old records.
many records came in, that the ones we couldn't use were given
to the L'Chaim School for Dropouts (another Berkeley institution),
or were put in a free box, or were thrown out. I remember, when
Fantasy Records reissued some of the Prestige Catalogue on Two-fers,
a customer came in with some originals for trade, convinced that
the reissues were better. The ones that we couldn't use he threw
out; among them an original Tenor Madness, with John Coltrane
and Sonny Rollins. With classical records, we seldom discriminated
between different issues and I remember pricing first label RCA
stereo records at $3.00, and receiving complaints when I suggested
raising the price to $4.00 or $5.00. The classical collectibles
of the time were the old monos from the early '50s, these commanding
the hefty price of $10.00 to $15.00. They sold, the RCAs sold,
the old jazz sold, the rock sold. Everything sold.
record sales, and more importantly the book sales, became greater,
Moe talked more and more about building his own building and about
having the biggest used store on the West Coast.
he began not leaving me alone. . . . But that's another story.
Moe's at Back
in The Day:Selling Records on Telegraph Avenue.
end post from the
Some of those who attended
Business Forum commented that though they enjoyed the evening
and found it informative, the assemblage "lacked color."
Others commented that "younger white folks" were well
In February, as the business/building
community prepares, with city support, to submit their qualifications
for LBNL's second campus here in west-Berkeley, we will find information
becoming available about their qualifications and the process.
Some will be fact, much self-serving, and some propaganda. It
will be important for us in west-Berkeley to intelligently question
and even to doubt.
Smiley's conversation with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony
talks about how doubt has been an important, even a driving force,
in his life. For this alone, the conversation is worth watching.
But when you add his life-story-tales and his not-quite-exact,
but fascinating, question-answers, the "evening" becomes
Sir Anthony at 73 is the
same age as Our Boz.
Merryll forwards an email
from Lisa Bullwinkel
Exercise for People
Begin by standing on a comfortable
surface, where you have plenty of
room at each side.
With a 5-lb potato bag in
each hand, extend your arms straight out from
your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach
minute, and then relax.
Each day you'll find that
you can hold this position for just a bit
longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.
Then try 50-lb potato bags
and then eventually try to get to where you
can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight
for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)
After you feel confident
at that level, put a potato in each bag.
Who are the "newish/new
movers" in the business/builders community? Stay tuned.
I've noticed that recently
Wareham have marked their Potter Creek properties with "Aquatic
Park Center" banners. Once I had a Bassett hound, Horace,
who did something similar. Horace was an Aires.
The West Berkeley Bowl Cafeteria
remodel will more like happen in March than February.
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
sfgate.com discovers the source of my favorite Chicken
Soup in Stacy Finz's "Gallego's
in Berkeley: traditional Mexican food.
This Mexican restaurant in
Berkeley recently moved to bigger digs on San Pablo Avenue, a
good thing because at lunch - especially on Saturday - the place
can get packed."
Aw jeez "Berkeley
Man Living In Tree Arrested For Attempted Murder" is
a report at ktvu.com
"University of California
at Berkeley police arrested a man who's been living in a tree
early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to a cut another
man with a knife, a police lieutenant said.
Matt Dodt set up a makeshift
home in one of the trees in Berkeley's People's Park at Haste
and Bowditch streets several weeks ago, possibly as a form of
protest, police Lt. Marc Decoulode said.
The victim said Dodt invited
him up into the tree to talk, but a dispute broke out, and Dodt
allegedly tried to cut the man's neck with a knife, Decoulode
"City eyes West Berkeley for local startup
hub" San Francisco
Business Times, Blanca Torres.
"Hoping to harness more startups spawned at University of
California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National lab, the city
is considering changing zoning in West Berkeley to allow larger,
taller development and loosening some other restrictions."
Da Boz emails (excerpt)
Berkeley's Local Business
I would like to highlight
one our newest and most exciting initiatives. The Berkeley
Startup Cluster (BSC), a collaboration between the City of Berkeley,
UC Berkeley, the East Bay Green Corridor, the Downtown Berkeley
Association, and private sector companies, intends to provide
a natural home in downtown Berkeley for startup companies spinning
out of the Campus and LBNL.
The BSC's goal is to establish
the area in downtown Berkeley -- that is walking distance to the
Cal campus -- as a thriving destination for technology-oriented
startups as well as tech-oriented established companies, investors,
entrepreneurs and supporting businesses.
is Black History Month
John Coltrane Park
Tony Almeida emails
I thought you might like
this Dick Cavett column (blog). My older son gave me Cavett's
book, "Talk Show" for Christmas and it included this.
I love when someone points out the specialness of something you
had been aware of all your life, but not appreciated; in this
case the poetry of "The
Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Younger son Bobby (helped
Lawrence) has just been reelected as a State Democratic Party
delegate. The day of the election, when State Assembly member
Joan Buchanan arrived to speak to the gathering, it was the first
anyone became aware of the shooting in Arizona. While votes were
being tallied, we all watched a Tuscon newscast via another candidate's
See you next time I bike-ride
up Wildcat and down into Berkeley,
Like your Miscellaneous Ramblings;
ramble on . . .
Tony's Jimi Hendrix story page gets a hits-volume second only to
our Cameron emails
A couple of things ... Claudia
and I had breakfast at Gaumenkitzel, the new German Restaurant-Bakery
on 2121 San Pablo Ave. (in the old Metro Lighting bldg) - the
place was bustling with customers and the light, airy interior
was a welcoming environment for a Sunday morning meal. We had
baked eggs, great bread, and delicious oatmeal. It's a European
style breakfast, light and healthy. For those seeking mounds of
home fries and gigantic omelets, look elsewhere. The service is
cheerful, though, like all new restaurants, they're feeling their
way so don't be in a rush ... for now. They offer an interesting
lunch menu as well. This is a delightful addition to the neighborhood.
"Ze Germans are coming...to Berkeley"
"A new bakery-restaurant
called Gaumenkitzel, featuring the cuisine of Northern Germany
and helmed by a couple from Hamburg, is opening later this month
at 2121 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. As SFoodie reports, the
name means "tickle the taste buds," and husband-and-wife
team Kai Flache and Anja Voth are planning to serve breakfast
starting at 7 a.m., including brötchen, German open-face
sandwiches with sweet and savory fillings. Service will extend
through the day to include an "early dinner" that ends
around 6 p.m. After getting fully staffed, they plan to do later
dinner service too." is from SFoodie.
Plus, a new Italian restaurant
named Luca Cucina
Italiana down the street from the Post Office at the corner
of Addison (the Jamaican restaurant spot) and it looks like a
reasonably priced little gem. Have not tried it yet.
lots happening in the 'hood!
One other thing that I though
you'd enjoy ... a small tribute to health buff Jack LaLanne -
and his dog Happy. Check
out the video.
"Berkeley tests concept of backyard cottage" is a story by Roger K Lewis at washingtonpost.com.
"If you live in a subdivision home, there's a good chance
your rear yard could accommodate an accessory dwelling for one
or even two people. Visualize a tiny cottage behind your house
occupied by a teenager, an adult son or daughter who has returned
home, a grandparent, a child-care provider, a housekeeper or a
rent-paying tenant. But what are the pros and cons of this idea?
To answer this question and
show that this is an idea whose time has come, the University
of California at Berkeley reports that a real-world test of the
accessory dwelling concept is underway. A prefabricated, 420-square-foot
cottage has been built in the Berkeley back yard of Karen Chapple,
associate professor of city and regional planning."
Is this the same UC Prof,
Karen Chapple whose grad-students wrote a "questionable"
study on change in West-Berkeley. A report submitted by our Rick
Auerbach at one of the city's stake-holder meetings? Questionable
or not, my memory is that the report was withdrawn after some
eyes West Berkeley for local startup hub" San Francisco
Business Times, Blanca Torres, after quoting Swerve's Michael
Goldin, writes "The Goldins would not directly benefitfrom
a change in zoning rules but would so indirectly . . ."
Actually the Goldins would
directly and significantly benefit "from a change
in zoning rules," not from their ownership of Swerve, but
from their extensive west-Berkeley property ownership.
Since I've begun posting
"Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings" our daily volume
regularly reachs four-and five-thousand hits per day. This is
up from just over three-thousand.
"Civil rights leaders honor Oakland activist" by Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune.
"Fred Korematsu on Sunday
made history a second time, becoming the first Asian-American
to have a day named after him by a U.S. state.
The inaugural Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution
drew enough people to pack Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus
in honor of the man's fight against the World War II forced internment
"Berkeley looks to open up industrial zone"
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley
are pushing for new rules allowing research and development in
the city's dilapidated industrial zone and easing protectionist
rules for manufacturing to create new jobs and revitalize the
Though officials say the changes are vital for job growth and
competition, some businesses benefiting from the current rules
worry rents will rise as a result, and they'll be pushed out.
Despite rules adopted in
1993 that protect manufacturing and discourage other uses, the
area lost 2,754 manufacturing jobs over the past 20 years, according
to a city manager report urging the City Council to make changes
to zoning rules for west Berkeley.
'Instead of employment growth,
there's been employment loss,' said Dan Marks, director of planning
and development during a Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday.
'Protecting manufacturing space does not protect those jobs. We've
had many Berkeley (research and development) startups move to
other locations because they were unable to expand, and the building
stock in the area has declined.' "
state legislators push for new pot laws, including restrictions
on firing medical marijuana patients" latimes.com.
"The Legislature's two
most marijuana-friendly lawmakers told activists gathered in Berkeley
over the weekend that they are continuing to press for legislative
changes in Sacramento.
State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San
Francisco) noted that he introduced a bill last week to prevent
employers from firing most medical marijuana patients who test
positive for the drug, and he pledged to reintroduce a bill to
allow California farmers to grow industrial hemp.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San
Francisco) said he would try again to move his bill to legalize
marijuana sales, but that he was also considering a piecemeal
About 300 activists gathered
for the conference Saturday sponsored by sponsored by the California
chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
With a significant theme
and variations on the story that our Daily Planet broke,
Cannabis Commissioner Applies for Albany Dispensary Permit"
our, the heart and soul of berkeleyside, Francis D
exports its cannabis expertise".
"Intel Spreads Its University Research
Bets" by Steve Lohr
Computing in general is increasingly
applying the old engineering dictum, divide and conquer. Look
at the engines behind cloud computing - vast, distributed armies
of server computers. Even at the chip level, the wave of the recent
past and the future is, as they say in the industry, multicore
- microprocessors with multiple data-processing cores, for lower-power
consumption and better performance.
So Intel, the chip giant,
has decided to take a more distributed approach to financing university
research. The company said this week that it would pour $100 million
over the next five years into projects at universities. Each of
the projects will involve a few Intel researchers, typically four,
with far-flung teams of researchers from several universities.
Some of the money will be
additional financing, but Intel is also shutting down its previous
company-university collaborations. These were small labs set up
in partnership with three institutions - Carnegie Mellon University,
the University of Washington and the University of California,
Berkeley. They were called 'lablets,' and they were stand-alone
"California Watch launches media network"
"California Watch, a
project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, today [1/28/11]
launched the California Watch Media Network and announced its
first members, which include some of the state's largest and most
reputable news organizations.
Joining the network are the
San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, San Diego Union Tribune,
Orange County Register, Bakersfield Californian, and the Fresno
The news organizations that
are part of the California Watch Media Network will receive stories
and daily news posts from California Watch, the state's largest
investigative reporting team. The new group also will work to
find ways to collaborate together on investigative reporting projects."
"Cutting Redevelopment Funds Could Affect
a Lot More Than Redevelopment"
opines Zusha Elinson of Bay Citizen at nytimes.com.
"Seventeen police officers
in Oakland's worst neighborhoods have an unusual and potentially
doomed employer: the city redevelopment agency.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan
news organization providing local coverage of the San Francisco
Bay Area for The New York Times. To join the conversation about
this article, go to baycitizen.org.
Facing a police shortage
during a 2007 crime wave, Ron Dellums, then the mayor, pulled
the officers from their post at Oakland International Airport
and moved them into the streets. But the city could not afford
the officers' salaries, which had been paid by the Port of Oakland.
So officials devised a novel solution: They used redevelopment
money to pay the officers.
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to
plug the state budget deficit with the help of $1.7 billion in
property tax revenue that now goes to redevelopment agencies has
municipal governments screaming foul. The pots of money were created
to combat urban blight and pay for things like infrastructure
improvements and lower-cost housing. Mr. Brown, during his eight
years as Oakland mayor, relied on the funds to spur downtown revitalization.
Redevelopment agencies across the state are now scurrying to spend
the money before Mr. Brown can take it away.
But what has gone largely
unnoticed is how hard-pressed cities like Oakland also rely on
redevelopment money to cover myriad other expenses, including
some that appear to be only tangentially related to redevelopment.
Bauer, bummed by Vegas, still
of Las Vegas" at sfgate.com.
"For years friends have been telling me that to find the
best food in Las Vegas I needed to get off the strip and try one
of the many Asian restaurants, including the Lotus of Siam.
In the last few years, Lotus has gotten about as much press as
Joel Robuchon. While I had been to Lotus, I hadn't been to three
of the places that Las Vegas food critic John Curtas took some
of my colleagues and me to last week."
February 2011 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.
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, cough, short breath, watery
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery
eyes, light head, cough attack, leave.
in front room, strong burning gas odor. 10:53 AM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery
eyes, light head, wear respirator. 11:10 AM--dirty dry air in
front room, itchy skin, chills, wear respirator.
irritant in front room, dirty dry air watery eyes, light head,
use respirator. 1:06 PM--similar.
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