Ed Adams and Lou
Brero Jr's Jaguar XK 140MC
recently found in a shed
on 6th and Dwight, just north of Potter Creek
to car guys, a jewel in the
in 2007 I posted
Sally and Suzanna had a garden
party on Sunday afternoon in January--sort of the celebration "My dinning
pavilion was featured in House Beautiful." And by mid-afternoon, Sally's pavilion and backyard
over-flowed with guests, among them movers-and-shakers of west-Berkeley
and dressed-to-the-tens Bay Area interior decorators and designers.
Champagne flowed and La Farine desserts dazzled on the dinning-room
table. But in the midst of all this sat the demure Dorothy Mitchell-Irwin,
now 91. Sally's cousin, she was down from Redlands for the party.
A Redlands native, Dorothy went to school there from kindergarten
to college, graduating from the University of Redlands in 1938.
After meeting her first husband-to-be on a Hawiian cruise they
married and shortly after moved to Honolulu. But they divorced
within a year. "I thought I was so smart, but I was so naive"
Dorothy remained in Hawaii
and got a job working for a civilian contractor to the military.
And so on December 7, 1941 she was there and remembers. . . .
When I think of December
7th, 1941 I usually also remember the Thanksgiving before. My
boyfriend at the time, Hilbert Crosthwaite was a young Lieutenant
on the submarine, ARGONAUT. He had duty on Thanksgiving night
and invited me to join him and another officer on board for dinner.
(I don't remember what we had, but the Navy was famous for good
food.) While we were eating the teletype started clacking and
we could hear it. The other officer took the communique and read
it. The sense of the message, from Washington I think, was that
the United States had lost track of the Japanese fleet but that
it was still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
December 7 was on a Sunday.
When the telephone rang early that morning I ran downstairs to
answer it. (Later on one of our boyfriends put an extension upstairs,
but I was the one awakened and ran downstairs to answer it.) It
was a roomate's boyfriend, Warren Gardner, and he said: "The
Japs have bombed Pearl Harbor!" We had not been out with
him the night before, and anyhow he was inclined to play jokes
on us, so I said: "Stop yer kidding-and go back to bed."
"No," he said, "it's true, If you don't believe
me turn on the radio." So I did and this is what I heard
Webbley Edwards say: "And if you do not live throughout this
day, happy landings. The radio station is now going off air.`'
All the radios were off air so no enemy planes could follow the
beam into Honolulu.
Well! That got my attention.
I ran upstairs to waken my roommates and met with the same unacceptance
until out our upstairs window which overlooked the Ala Wai Canal
and the golf course beyond, we-saw a small white plane flying
low over the canal with a big red circle under the wing!
You can imagine we got dressed
in a hurry. In order to calm my nerves and keep busy I decided
to wash clothes in the kitchen sink. We did not have a washing
machine and as a rule we took our laundry to a Japanese mamasan
every week. I remember thinking: if I'm going to be a Japanese
prisoner, at least I'll have clean clothes. Later we were advised
to pack a bag and what we should put in it. We still had it at
the end of the war but we hadn't used it.
When we heard what we thought
was a bomb explode a block from our apartment we all ran out to
see what had happened and while we were gone the sink overflowed
and flooded the kitchen floor. That kept me busy too. Now I'd
have clean clothes and a clean floor.
Some Japanese bombs did fall
farther away from our apartment, but the one in question was an
anti aircraft shell which misfired from Fort de Russey's Battery
B anti aircraft Coast Defense gun. This was an Army Fort to protect
Honolulu shoreline from Diamond Head to Fort Armstrong down town.
Well fortunately that shell fell on an inter section of Aloha
Drive and Lewers Ave. It made a hole in the pavement that was
The Japanese bomb wiped out
a low income area of mostly Japanese residents and we thought
it was ironic they bombed their own people.
Now there's a beautiful hotel
for service people at Fort de Russey and a museum on the site
of Battery B, as it was called.
We kept ourselves busy all
day. Early in the afternoon one of the room mate's boyfriends
who lived in Manoa Valley came to see if we were OK. I think 3
or 4 fellows lived in the house. So we all piled in Fred Barnett's
open air convertible and he took the 3 of us home. We were driving
down Beretania Blvd. between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and
Thomas Square when we heard a terrible racket that sounded like
machtne gun fire, and we all DUCKED. A big PBY was flying overhead
and we were thankful it was OUR plane. But the noise was caused
by a flat tire. Auwe! We all piled out of the car while the tire
Those fine fellows opened
cans and fixed a tuna casserole that tasted mighty good. My two
roommates worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and one was a Home
Economist, so I'm sure we must have helped. I'm not sure where
everyone else slept, but I slept on the floor in my clothes.
I might add that we expected
the Japanese would come ashore at Waikiki.
Next morning one fellow drove
me to the Navy Recruiting office on Ala Moana Blvd . and I got
a ride to the Submarine Base Gate at Pearl Harbor. Then I started
walking to Kuahua Island (as it was called) where the Pacific
Naval Airbase office was where I worked, when a Press Photographer
picked me up and took me to the office. I'm sorry I can't remember
his name because he became a famous photographer.
The PNAB office was across
from Ford Island which actually blocks the entrance to Pearl Harbor.
The scene was horrendous - water was burning because oil from
the battleships had caught fire. They were still bringing in bodies,
both dead and alive. All of our battleships had been destroyed,
as they intended, but we still had aircraft carriers!
W. T. Owen was the manager
of the PNAB Purchasing Department where I worked. There were 8
or 10 purchasing agents buying materials needed to build the Pacific
Naval Airbases. There were 5 big engineering firms constructing
these bases. Oleta Stevens was in charge of all the girls (20
or 30?) who typed the purchase orders for Midway, Wake and Johnson
Islands. I called Oleta and she reminded me that on the 8th our
wastebaskets were filled with sand in case there was a fire when
the Japs returned. She said she urged us to work hard and fast
to accomplish as-much as possible in case it was our last chance.
She remembered that the OKLAHOMA
had capsized and by Tuesday the ship had been righted and all
the officers and crew were rescued. The
ARIZONA was never brought up from its watery grave.
The YORKTOWN aircraft carrier
was badly damaged during the Battle of Coral Sea in May of 1942,
and it was sunk during the Battle of Midway the following month.
The ENTERPRISE was badly damaged too. More about that later.
On Monday I saw a Destroyer
going out to sea that maneuvered back and forth like a car emerging
from a tight place. They'd had word the Japs were attacking Hilo
and were going out to protect the harbor.
The next day our friends
gathered to help us black out our our apartment. It stayed that
way till the end of the war.
The air raid wardens were
very demanding - not one glimmer of light was allowed to show
Naturally we were all afraid.
We really expected the Japanese to invade Oahu by walking in over
the reefs to Waikiki. Now we know they planned to start with the
Philippines and work their way across the Pacific. They made a
good start to this plan. Lucky for us they didn't know how easy
it would have been to invade Oahu.
Just before the Battle of
Midway it was very impressive to be aware of bombers flying out
from Hickam Airfield, next to Pearl Harbor, every few minutes.
We knew something Big was happening. It was the Battle of Midway.
At that Battle the Japanese lost 3,500 of their finest and best
Shortly after in June, 1942,
the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE, which had been badly damaged
in the Battle of Midway, returned to Pearl Harbor with a GREAT
hole in its side. Still, it was a magnificent sight to see this
huge ship badly crippled come back home to Pearl Harbor - the
crew and officers standing at attention on deck. It was thrilling,
and we were very proud. Until then I don't believe we'd been confident
about winning the war. But that was the beginning of the end of
what had been started for us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 194L
Although it took 3 more years of fierce fighting and a terrible
loss of life to come to a successful conclusion.
ago, my friend Takane Eshima gave me a copy of the book Day
of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor. The
author is ex-Oakland Tribune reporter/photographer, Robert B.
Stinnett. The book's thesis is that WE were sneaky about Pearl
Harbor. Although his case that FDR knowingly let Pearl Harbor
happen in order to get America into war is not fully made, it
seems clear Roosevelt finessed us into World War II.
of Enemies; the untold story of the secret American and German
collaboration to end World War II, authors Hassell and MacRae write of Roosevelt's
methods "FDR sized on information to use as a tool for power
plays among his key advisors. Richard M. Helms . . . recalled
that FDR also ignored 'intelligence that was inconvenient. . .
. Intelligence was important to [Roosevelt] . . . but he tended
to toy with it.' "
In August 2006, I posted
Sunday afternoon Sally had
a party for Norma Finch, Richard's Mom. (Norma who turned ninety-one
has just passed her drivers test.) Though the La Farine hazel-nut,
almond, chocolate, cherry torte was unexpectedly delicious, Norma's
story about meeting her husband, Dan was even more delicious.
In the 1930s, Dan, an inventor, was driving around the country
with his cousin testing a current invention, a multiple-fuel '36
Buick. (It'd run on whiskey, Richard chimed in.) Seems the boys
stopped in Haywarden, Iowa to visit some of cousin's relatives.
And, it happened at that time Norma was visiting back home from
Takoma Washington, where she was working. During their stay down
the street, the boys would often walk past Norma's house. But
Norma says that it was her Mother who noticed them and asked Norma
to invited them in. Well, she did. So, Norma invited Dan and his
cousin in. They came in through the back--the kitchen--door. Lots
of good food and talk were had in kitchens. Among other things,
they decided they'd meet the next day at the Sand Pit--the swimming
hole. They did, and over the days in Haywarden they got to know
each well enough that they wrote to each other after they left--Dan
went to Harvard and Norma back to Tacoma. After some time away
they met again in Haywarden and then-SCANDALOUSLY--took the train
together to meet Dan's parents in Glendale.
Dan and Norma
Norma passed this September
and Milo just turned four
Eggs Babe of the Year July-December 2004
newest citizen, Milo
Ed Saylan, Merryll's late
husband and my friend, was notoriously thrifty. His son Matt,
This reminds me of something
Ed might have done.
John Allen Brown's obituary in the McAlester News.
"John Allen Brown, Jr.,
73, of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away December 4, 2008 at UNM
Medical Center in Albuquerque after a brief and sudden illness."
"Making furniture the old-fashioned way" is a report about Potter Creek's Berkeley Mills
by Janis Mara of our Times.
a Times photo
"The door of the bamboo
kitchen cabinet glides open smoothly as customer Rick Unvarsky
pulls the knob at the Berkeley Mills furniture showroom here.
'The hinges are durable,'
said Unvarsky. 'That's a sign of quality.'
In a field notorious for
shoddy work and fly-by-night operations, it's unusual to find
a 21-year-old shop of 40 employees making handcrafted furniture
to the highest design and environmental standards. And though
the economy isn't making it any easier for Berkeley Mills, its
cofounders are determined to maintain their commitment to quality.
'We don't use particle board.
None of our panels are manufactured with formaldehyde,' said Gene
Agress, co-founder of the company. The bamboo, jarrah and other
woods he uses are sustainably harvested and certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council, Agress said.
Late afternoon sunlight floods
into the room through a red stained-glass window, throwing a patch
of umber across the hardwood floor and a $2,090 cherry and birdseye
maple harp dining chair. Not surprisingly, the company's goods
'Everything's about labor
and craftmanship and materials. Our average sale is probably around
$12,000,' said Agress.
So far, the economic tsunami
sweeping over the country hasn't pulled Berkeley Mills off its
mooring, the cofounder said.
'We did borrow some money
for the first time on our credit line. But we are still busy,'
Agress said. 'It's just that
things are moving a little slower.' Though he wouldn't say how
much the privately held company made this year, Agress said it
was on a par with 2007."
Last night at 9:00, Pete
Hurney's Barrows Basement Theater premiered with the Earthquake
Show. It was broadcast on KALX-FM and streamed at http:kalx.berkeley.edu
"Best and Maualuga are Pac-10 players of
the week" is a story
Jahvid Best and USC linebacker Rey Maualuga are the Pac-10 players
of the week."
"Miami Hurricanes to face Cal in Emerald
Bowl" is a report
in the Miami Herald.
"The University of Miami
will travel across the country to San Francisco to play in its
first bowl game in two years -- against Cal in the Emerald Bowl.
The University of Miami football team will be spending Christmas
far from home -- far, far from home.
The Hurricanes happily accepted an invitation Sunday to play the
California Golden Bears in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 27 at San
Francisco's AT&T Park."
Tops Unbeaten California" is a story in the New York
"Rachel Rentschler scored
16 of her 24 points in the first half and also grabbed 10 rebounds,
and No. 22 Texas Christian defeated No. 3 California, 82-73, in
the final of the Colliers International Classic on Sunday at Berkeley."
"Farm Bureau reaches 90, going strong" by Steve Adler is a story at cfbf.com.
"The year was 1919 when two well-known organizations came
into existence. One of them--the League of Nations--was short
lived. The other endured. Ninety years after its formation, the
California Farm Bureau Federation is stronger than ever.
Much has happened in California
agriculture in the nine decades since 32 county Farm Bureaus met
in Berkeley to adopt a constitution and pass bylaws, giving birth
to the California Farm Bureau Federation. Over the near century
that has passed since its creation, Farm Bureau has been on the
forefront in protecting and projecting the needs and desires of
the state's family farmers and ranchers. That effort continues
today as CFBF is recognized as the leading voice of California
"Berkeley's Solar Panel Program Garners
Nationwide Interest--Program Allows Home Owners to Pay for Solar
Panels Through Taxes"
is a report by Amy Brooks, Daily Cal Staff Writer.
"Berkeley has championed
many innovative programs? designed to help the environment, but
this time, the rest of the country is taking note.
Since September, when the
city began its novel solar panel financing program to reduce carbon
emissions and save money on electricity, cities nationwide have
expressed interest in starting similar programs.
The program, which allows
property owners to pay for solar panels through their property
taxes for up to 20 years, is the first of its kind in the nation."
"California will create a green economic
stimulus plan that will serve as a national model by implementing
the historic Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), according to
a new study released today"
is a press release at marketwatch.com.
"Air board to move on global warming proposals" writes Wyatt Buchanan of the Chronicle Sacramento
"California will decide
this week whether to adopt the nation's most comprehensive plan
to combat global warming and to impose the most restrictive regulations
on heavy-duty diesel trucks, a move that would impact nearly 1
million big rigs on the state's roads.
The California Air Resources
Board will consider the landmark policies, each of which has generated
significant controversy, at its meeting Thursday and Friday in
Sacramento. Each of the plans would take more than a decade to
be fully implemented."
"Why AB32 is a powerful economic stimulus" opine Margaret Bruce and Bruce S. Klafter at
"California is at a
historic crossroads. We face three interrelated crises of global
proportions: economic recession, energy insecurity and climate
change. Because of economic uncertainty, some believe we cannot
take risks or do anything differently. We know that doing more
of what we have done will get us more of what we have gotten:
recession, energy insecurity and climate change. From field to
factory, laboratory to living room, Californians know now is the
time for action. We need bold and comprehensive action that moves
us from a 20th century fossil fuel-based economy to a new clean,
secure, efficient and prosperous economy."
"Diesel truckers at cancer risk from exhaust" reports Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment
"Trucking company workers
who have been regularly exposed to diesel exhaust from vehicles
on highways, city streets and loading docks have a higher risk
of lung cancer than other workers, according to a new national
The study, based on 31,135 worker records, found that drivers
who do short-haul pickups and deliveries, including loading and
unloading containers at ports and working at freight-delivery
companies, had the highest rate of deaths and disease.
Dockworkers were also at
a higher risk, according to the report by researchers at UC Berkeley
"Diesel truck rule debated before key vote
Friday" is by Denis
Cuff of the West County Times.
"California's air pollution
board Friday will consider adopting strict new rules requiring
cleaner diesel trucks to reduce the risk of health ailments linked
to soot particles.
Truckers and public health
advocates call the diesel truck rule a milestone in California's
campaign for clean air, but they sharply disagree whether it requires
reductions too soon."
"Is Your Zip Code Making You Sick? CIGNA
Offers Communities of Health Nationally with Pilot in Las Vegas" is a report at newsticker.welt.
"Evidence shows that
where you live has as much influence over whether you get sick
as how you live. Mounting research indicates that community forces
such as social conditions, economic opportunity, food and
transportation systems are contributing factors in more
than half of all disease and death.*
So today, CIGNA formally
introduced Communities of Health to help cities, towns and neighborhoods
consider the social and environmental factors that determine health
and create community-based solutions. The first large-scale Communities
of Health gathering will take place in Las Vegas on Dec. 11 where
more than 200 community leaders will meet at the Rio All-Suites
Hotel and Casino. Dr. Lyn Syme, professor emeritus of epidemiology
and community health and human development at the University of
California at Berkeley, will deliver the keynote address. He will
draw on 50 years of research to challenge prevailing assumptions
about what causes health and illness and what is required to change."
Darryl Moore emails
South and West Berkeley Neighbors,
We would like to invite you
to a Town Hall Meeting featuring the City's Climate Action
Team who will present the details of the City's Draft Climate
Action Plan. The Public Comment period for the Plan will close
on January 16th and the Council will be asked to make some critical
decisions about the plan when it is finally presented for a vote
in early 2009. Since the Climate Action Plan will impact all Berkeley
residents, we'd like to hear from you about the measures that
are being recommended in the Draft Plan.
This challenge offers us an opportunity to build a more sustainable,
equitable, and healthy community. Please review the Draft Plan
and give us your ideas and thoughts so that we can move ahead
together to meet our Measure G goals.
Hope to see you there on Thursday, December 18th (see details
Councilmember Darryl Moore
Berkeley's Climate Action
A Town Hall Meeting with
Councilmembers Darryl Moore (District 2) & Max Anderson (District
Thursday, December 18th, 7 - 8:30pm
Frances Albrier Community Center, located in San Pablo Park at
2800 Park St.
Event is wheelchair accessible.
In November 2006 Berkeley voters issued a call to action on
the climate challenge by overwhelmingly endorsing ballot Measure
G. The mandate was simple but bold: reduce Berkeley's community-wide
greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. The City recently
released for public review and comment an action plan to serve
as a guide for achieving that goal.
Please join Council Members Darryl Moore and Max Anderson to learn
about and discuss:
The City's recommendations
for reducing local greenhouse gas emissions through policies that
affect land use and community design; transportation and mobility
throughout the community; energy use in homes and businesses;
and residential and commercial recycling and composting
How to get involved in existing and emerging local efforts to
combat climate change
How to take advantage of various existing programs to help you
save energy and money and reduce waste
* The main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Berkeley
Note that the draft Berkeley Climate Action Plan is open for public
comment until January 16th. To access the draft plan please visit
For questions about the upcoming town hall meeting and information
about accommodations please contact Councilmember Moore's office
at (510) 981-7120.
We look forward to your input!
"Brains of poor and rich kids vary" is a story in the Times of India.
"Socio-economic conditions play a major
role in brain activities of children, with EEG images showing
that poor children's brain resembles that of stroke victims.
Researchers from University
of California, Berkeley, have shown for the first time that the
brains of low-income children function differently from the brains
of high-income kids. The research is to be published in the Journal
of Cognitive Neuroscience."
Read this Hurney!
"The Teasing of Christmas" is a story in the Washington Post.
"Charlie Brown gets
mocked for choosing a sickly pine tree for Christmas.
Flick gets his tongue stuck
on a telephone pole in response to boys daring him.
Rudolph's red nose is the
butt of the reindeer jokes until it proves useful.
Ah, it's time for the Christmas
specials. And that means lots of heartfelt stories that just happen
to have teasing -- or is it bullying -- as part of the themes.
And all that mockery is just what we're trying to stop teaching
our children, right?
Not so fast writes Dacher
Keltner in the New York Times. Keltner is a professor of psychology
at the University of California-Berkeley. 'In Defense of Teasing,'
he argues that schools and workplaces that aim to be tease-free
zones are missing the point."
"F1 to hold landmark budget talks" is a story at BBC NEWS.
"Formula One teams will meet motorsport boss Max Mosley in
Monte Carlo on Wednesday for landmark talks that could change
the face of the sport.
FIA chief Mosley wants the
teams to use a standard engine and gearbox from 2010 to help cut
their costs by up to 80%.
The support of four teams
will be enough to push the proposal through, the FIA says, and
it claims there has been a 'very positive response' so far.
Yet BBC Sport understands
the teams will oppose the proposal."
"Bottom drops out of
recycling industry" is a report by the AP's P.J. Dickersheid.
"Norm Steenstra's budgeting worries mount with each new load
of cardboard, aluminum cans and plastics jugs dumped at West Virginia's
largest county recycling center.
Faced with a dramatic slump
in the recycling market, the director of the Kanawha County Solid
Waste Authority has cut 20 of his 24 employees' work week to four
days from five, shuttered six of the authority's drop-off stations
and is urging residents to hoard their recyclables after informing
municipalities with curbside recycling programs that the center
will accept only paper until further notice.
'The market is just not there
anymore,' Steenstra said.
Just months after riding
an incredible high, the recycling market has tanked almost in
lockstep with the global economic meltdown. As consumer demand
for autos, appliances and new homes dropped, so did the steel
and pulp mills' demand for scrap, paper and other recyclables.
Cardboard that sold for about
$135 a ton in September is now going for $35 a ton. Plastic bottles
have fallen from 25 cents to 2 cents a pound. Aluminum cans dropped
nearly half to about 40 cents a pound, and scrap metal tumbled
from $525 a gross ton to about $100."
"US faces deep problems, OECD says" is by Steve Schifferes, Economics reporter,
"The world's biggest
economies have been hit by the credit crunch
The US economy is still facing
'sharp downside risks' to growth, according to the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The Paris-based organisation
warns that the credit squeeze has been spreading to other forms
of lending, and other financial firms could become insolvent.
It says that another fiscal
stimulus could be needed if things get worse.
But it warns that longer term problems, including health care
reform and the US budget deficit, must be tackled."
"World Bank predicts global gloom"
reports BBC NEWS.
will grow more slowly in 2009
The World Bank has forecast
a significant decline in global economic growth in 2009 for both
developed and emerging countries.
In a report assessing economic
prospects, the Bank has predicted that the world's annual economic
growth will slow to 0.9%, from 2.5% this year."
"Oakley bans medical marijuana sales"
reports Jonathan Lockett
in our Times.
"There is officially
no place in east Contra Costa County for medical marijuana to
be sold legally.
Tuesday night, Oakley joined Pittsburg, Antioch and Brentwood
in permanently prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries after
more than a year long moratorium on the businesses."
Moe Moskowitz used to say
"Expect the best, prepare for the worst."
on 12/7 I posted with comments
"San Pablo Condo Project Defaults, Forced
is a superb report with background by our crackerjack Richard
Brenneman of the Planet.
"The latest chapter
in one of Berkeley's more hotly contested buildings will unfold
on the courthouse steps in Oakland at high noon on Dec. 16.
That's when the condo building
at 2700 San Pablo Ave. will be sold at auction to pay for the
$10.8 million incurred by its owner, Carleton Place, LLC, in May
Developer Charmaine Curtis
told a writer for Apartment Finance Today magazine in April that
the total cost of the project had been $14 million."
What Brenneman misses is
that basically this project is of mediocre design and execution--Kubik
commented after a tour that it reminded him of a cheap apartment
building. And sadly, it blends in with the still slightly seedy
part of San Pablo Ave--a more creative, innovative design could
have changed the it.
The project is in a block
often frequented by whores, their pimps, and drug dealers. So,
imagine a prospective middle-class buyer of a more than half-million-dollar
condo, after some difficulty finding a parking place, getting
out of her car, and on her way to the condo office, walking past
a whore strutting-her-stuff. I talked to one such woman who confessed
only "Well, it's awful noisy there."
Then there's the racist component,
never spoken or written of, that even I'm not getting into here
Reliable sources said today
that the auction is being held by the new owner, the firm that
originally gave a second mortgage to the developers. This firm
now holds a discounted first mortgage after negotiation with the
bank--the developers were in default to both lenders. In the auction,
the new owners hope to recover their initial investment plus.
Though figures of 10 to 12 million have been advanced as the project's
worth, others estimate the current value closer to 6 to 8 million.
This is not a foreclosure
"Energy secretary pick argues for new fuel
H. Josef Hebert at google.com.
"Steven Chu, the Nobel
Prize-winning physicist who is President-elect Barack Obama's
choice for energy secretary, has been a vocal advocate for more
research into alternative energy, arguing that a shift away from
fossil fuels is essential to combat global warming.
Chu, a Chinese-American who
currently is director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
in California, has in recent years campaigned to bring together
a cross-section of scientific disciplines to find ways to counter
If action is not taken now
to stop global warming, it may be too late, he argues."
"Cal-Berkeley Center Mack Wins Draddy Trophy
Award" is a report
Alex Mack received the Draddy Trophy award Tuesday night at the
Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards banquet."
"8 really, really scary predictions"
is a story at money.cnn.
"Dow 4,000. Food shortages.
A bubble in Treasury notes. Fortune spoke to eight of the market's
sharpest thinkers and what they had to say about the future is
"Tangible fun at UC Berkeley's virtual
projects" is a report
by Patricia Yollin, Chronicle
"You can chase a virtual
butterfly in a simulated elevator. Or try to sink a battleship.
Or pop the bubbles your opponent is blowing through a wand.
A UC Berkeley class will
open its doors to the public today to glimpse the future of interaction
- at least as imagined by the students in the course."
Susan Brooks emails
Susan Brooks Holiday Open
Sawtooth Building 2547 Eighth
Street, Studio 24a
(between Dwight & Parker) West Berkeley
2 More weekends
December 13-14, 20- 21
(I will also be open Dec.
22-23 11-5 p.m. & Dec.24 11-2 p.m.)
Also open 11-5 pm Thursdays
and by Appointment plus extra days during the week through the
new work--Jewelry & Works
Earrings, Brooches, Rings,
Necklaces, Drawings, Paintings
Please join me @ the studio
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
A Free Self-Guided Tour of Artisan Workshops
100 handpicked artists & craftspeople open their
studios during this annual event, 30 in our building.
2547 Eighth Street 24a
Berkeley, California 94710
"Company Profile for Aquifer Solutions,
Inc" is a press
release in the International Business Times.
Inc. is a full-service design-build environmental engineering
services firm. Our experience spans a wide range of projects,
from infrastructure and construction projects to vadose zone and
groundwater characterization and in-situ groundwater remediation.
Aquifer Solutions is a woman-owned small business with
two offices located in Evergreen, Colorado and Berkeley, California."
Aquifer is at 950 Gilman
here in Berkeley
"Bayer USA Foundation Awards $279,000 Grant
to Exemplary STEM Education Diversity Program" reports marketwatch.com.
"Grant to MESA Expands
Reach of Bayer's Making Science Make Sense. Reaffirming its longstanding
commitment to help strengthen science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) education and bring more women and minorities
into STEM fields, the Bayer USA Foundation today awarded a $279,000
grant over three years to the nationally lauded Mathematics, Engineering,
Science Achievement (MESA) program to help educationally disadvantaged
students in the San Francisco Bay area to achieve and succeed
in these subjects."
"Concern for Climate Change Defines Energy
Steven Mufson, Washington Post Staff
"The next secretary
of energy, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu, recently
compared the danger of climate change to a problem with electrical
wiring in a house.
Suppose, he said, you had
a small electrical fire at home and a structural engineer told
you there was a 50 percent chance your house would burn down in
the next few years unless you spent $20,000 to fix faulty wiring.
'You can either continue
to shop for additional evaluations until you find the one engineer
in 1,000 who is willing to give you the answer you want -- "your
family is not in danger" -- or you can change the wiring,'
Chu said in a presentation in September.
Because of the danger of
climate change, he said, the United States and other countries
also need to make some urgent repairs. He said governments need
to 'act quickly' to implement fiscal and regulatory policies to
stimulate the deployment of technologies that boost energy efficiency
and 'minimize' carbon emissions."
"China cheers ethnic Chinese pick for US
energy sec" is an
"China's media are cheering
President-elect Barack Obama's pick of Chinese-American Steven
Chu for the post of U.S. energy secretary, saying it bodes well
for future cooperation between the two countries."
" 'Trout War' continues over fish planting" writes Tom Stienstra at sfgate.com.
"Lake managers fired
a blast of their own this week in California's 'Trout War,' the
fight over planting rainbow trout in lakes and streams to provide
fishing - and whether or not those plants harm anything.
Four lake managers said they
will defy the threat of a lawsuit from an environmental group,
the Center for Biological Diversity, and announced they will keep
planting trout at their respective lakes."
"California Regulators Adopt CO2 Regulation
Plan" is a report
at easybourse.com, Paris.
formally adopted a plan Thursday to regulate and cut the state's
greenhouse-gas emissions by about 15% by 2020.
The plan, approved by the
California Air Resources Board, calls for expanding energy-efficiency
programs, requiring utilities to use renewable sources for 33%
of the power they sell, and developing a cap and trade program
that will allow polluters to buy and sell emission allowances."
The Wall Street Journal
reports "Fund advisor Bernard Madoff was arrested, accused
in separate SEC and FBIpf a multibillion dollar fraud" and
that "Son turned in Madoff after he allegedly told him his
investment advisory business for the wealthy was a'giant ponzi
Well Ok then.
no Santa Claus?
"The Madoff fraud could be one of the biggest
yet" reports BBC
"The former chairman
of the Nasdaq stock market has been arrested and charged with
securities fraud, in what may be one of the biggest fraud cases
Bernard Madoff ran a hedge
fund which ran up $50bn (£33.5bn) of fraudulent losses and
which he called 'one big lie', prosecutors allege.
Mr Madoff is alleged to have
used money from new investors to pay off existing investors in
"For Madoff investors, big returns trumped
risks" writes David
B. Caruso, Associated Press.
"They had known him
for years as a golf partner, a family friend. Some were neighbors
or fellow members of country clubs on Long Island and in Florida.
Many had begun investing
with 70-year-old Bernard Madoff decades ago, often after being
referred by a friend or relative who had known the Wall Street
veteran even longer.
There had been some warnings:
Financial consultants had been suspicious for years about his
astounding run of success.
They couldn't figure out
how he managed to produce steady returns, month after month, even
when everyone else was losing money - and leave almost no footprint
while moving billions of dollars in and out of the markets.
'People would come to me
with their statements, and I couldn't make heads or tails of them,'
said Charles Gradante, co-founder of the Hennessee Group and an
adviser to hedge fund investors.
'He only had five down months
since 1996,' Gradante said. 'There's no strategy in the world
that can generate that kind of performance. But when people would
come to him and say, "How did I make money this month?"
he didn't like it. He would get upset with people who probed too
Those investors were scrambling
Friday to learn whether they had been wiped out by what prosecutors
described as a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. The assets of
Madoff's investment company were frozen Friday in a deal with
federal regulators and a receiver was appointed to manage the
firm's financial affairs.
According to the criminal
complaint, Madoff estimates he lost as much as $50 billion over
many years. If true, it would be one of the largest fraud schemes
in Wall Street history."
"The Novel That Predicted Portland" is a review by Noah Berger for the New York
"Sometimes a book, or
an idea, can be obscure and widely influential at the same time.
That's the case with 'Ecotopia,' a 1970s cult novel, originally
self-published by its author, Ernest Callenbach, that has seeped
into the American groundwater without becoming well known.
The novel, now being rediscovered,
speaks to our ecological present: in the flush of a financial
crisis, the Pacific Northwest secedes from the United States,
and its citizens establish a sustainable economy, a cross between
Scandinavian socialism and Northern California back-to-the-landism,
with the custom - years before the environmental writer Michael
Pollan began his campaign - to eat local.
White bicycles sit in public
places, to be borrowed at will. A creek runs down Market Street
in San Francisco. Strange receptacles called 'recycle bins' sit
on trains, along with 'hanging ferns and small
plants.' A female president, more Hillary Clinton than Sarah Palin,
rules this nation, from Northern California up through Oregon
Kubik emails a review,
"Decline, fall and then some" by Patrick Keeney, National Post.
"It is a literary curiosity
that so many physicians write so well. From Anton Chekhov to Somerset
Maugham to Williams Carlos Williams, to more contemporary examples
such as Lewis Thomas, the late Michael Crichton or last year's
Giller Prize winner, Vincent Lam, there is no shortage of doctors
who excel at the literary arts. And none writes more elegantly
and eloquently than the British essayist Theodore Dalrymple, the
nom de plume of Anthony Daniels, a retired prison doctor and psychiatrist.
The pseudonym was chosen, he tells us, to convey the sense of
a curmudgeon's stubborn refusal to go along with the defining
orthodoxies and pieties of his age."
"Power of Words: Mimicking mommy - a toddler's
introduction to reading"
is a story by Alison Fromme in the Ithaca Journal.
"The other day, I sat
on the living room carpet reading the Ithaca Journal while my
1-year-old son played nearby. Suddenly, there he was, crouched
next to me, holding a scrap of paper. He was imitating me reading.
Since Nathan was born, I
always knew I wanted to inspire him to love reading. But what
does that mean in daily life? What does that mean for a toddler
who doesn't even talk yet? Of course I understand that reading
to him every day is a good start.
During that special snuggly
time, he hears words and sentences, practices turning pages, and
looks at pictures and printed words. All of these are important
experiences. But it wasn't until I saw Nathan mimicking me reading
that I realized the importance of my actions beyond our family
story time. And, if I'm conscious of those actions, perhaps he
really will grow up to be a voracious reader."
"Lessons from that Tenderloin camera Web
site" is a report
by C.W. Nevius at sfgate.com.
"Last Saturday, we told
you the story of Adam Jackson, who pointed a Web camera out the
window of his Tenderloin apartment and created a hot Internet
Today, we tell you how it
all went wrong, from a flurry of death threats to being targeted
by cyberbullies. But just when it looked like the thugs had bullied
Jackson into taking down his site, the community rallied behind
the concept of neighborhood cameras. In fact, the interest may
be stronger than ever.
There are lots of lessons
here. For starters, Jackson has learned about privacy on the Internet:
There isn't any. Second, neighborhood cameras work - for better
or worse, they focus attention on life on the street.
And third, did you ever wonder
why it is so difficult to get people to step up and try to make
things better in troubled neighborhoods? It's because there are
always some self-appointed guardians of the status quo who make
it as difficult as possible."
"And third" . .
. is certainly true of some of Potter Creek's New-Conservatives.
"ZAB Delays Decision on Kashani Condos" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
"Berkeley's Zoning Adjustment's Board delayed approval of
developer Ali Kashani's five-story condo project at the corner
of Ashby and San Pablo avenues on Thursday.
The decision came after Steven
Wollmer, a land use activist, pointed to problem in the wording
of the proposed use permit's handling of the project's affordable
The 98-unit, five-story project
is being developed by Kashani and his partner Mark Rhoades, formerly
the city's land use planning manager.
Board members also approved
a three-story office building at 1906 Shattuck Ave., demolition
of the former Twin Castle diner at 3020 San Pablo Ave., and a
beer and wine sales and tasting permit for 2949
The board also approved architect
Kava Massih's request to build a 777-square-foot quick service
restaurant with outdoor seating at 1326 10th St., the site of
a former nursery."
"Berkeley bazaar is a shopper's delight" writes Karen
Aiello of the Modesto Bee.
"'Twas the week before
Christmas and all through my mind, a tiny voice kept repeating,
'Your shopping's behind.'
I looked over my list and
I studied them all and knew that these people wouldn't want gifts
from a mall.
What they needed was something
special, something really rare, so off to Berkeley's famed street
fair I decided to fare.
Telegraph Avenue, near the
University of California at Berkeley campus, has gained notoriety
for its bizarre bazaar. At Christmastime, the area is decorated
with festive lights and features vendor after vendor selling an
array of items. There are leather goods, pottery, handcrafted
jewelry, blown glass and tie-dyed T-shirts."
"Cal women come apart, blow big lead" is a report by Jennifer Starks of the Mercury
"When it was over, the
result left Cal Coach Joanne Boyle stunned, embarrassed and struggling
to keep her emotions in check.
'I've never as a coach lost
a 30-point lead,' Boyle said, fighting back tears.
The No. 9 Golden Bears showed
her the way Saturday night, blowing a 26-point lead by coming
apart in the second half and losing 86-75 to No. 5 Oklahoma at
the Basketball by the Bay tournament at the Event Center at San
A mighty collapse or a miraculous
However you framed it, Cal
suffered a crushing defeat after starting superbly in front of
an announced crowd of 2,636, the largest ever to attend a women's
basketball game at the Event Center."
"Alfa Romeo Giulia Super is the prize of
one man's collection" is
an appreciation at sfgate.com
"Andrew Watry works
in San Francisco as an editor with a legal publisher. He lives
with his wife and two teenagers in North Berkeley.
I have eight cars and won't
apologize. I guess I inherited my interest in cars from my dad,
who grew up in Glendale/Burbank - a hotrod hotbed in the 1940s
- and raced and rallied a Crosley, MGA and Hillman in the 1950s.
I was also influenced by my grandfather, who was a machinist,
mechanic and truck driver in Idaho and Los Angeles
from the 1910s to the 1930s. Cars are in my blood. At the same
time, I try to be a responsible citizen and take public transit
to work as much as possible. Cars are for fun, not transportation!"
by Alexander Èelenky
from the St. Petersburg Times
A pedestrian walks past a
light display on Shpalernaya Ulitsa, close
to Smolny. Weather forecasters are predicting
clear, settled weather over the weekend, with temperatures at
minus 3 degrees Celsius, though temperatures will fall at the
beginning of next week.
"Gradual Devaluation Of Ruble Continues" reports Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"Russia devalued the
ruble for the fifth time in a month, widening its trading band
against the dollar and euro after reserves fell $161 billion defending
the exchange rate."
"California approves nation' strictest
limits on diesel trucks" is
a report by Wyatt Buchanan,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"One million diesel
exhaust-spewing big rigs on California's roads face the nation's
restrictions under rules adopted Friday by the state air board,
a move officials say is needed to save thousands of lives but
that some truck drivers fear will put them out of business.
The regulations, approved
one day after the California Air Resources Board's landmark vote
to curb greenhouse gases, require all trucks and buses, whether
or not they are registered in the state, to retrofit or replace
their rigs starting in 2010."
"This was the year the global economy fell
apart. Next year may not be that much better, as policy makers
try to put the pieces back together" report Rich Miller and Simon Kennedy at
"All the bulwarks crumbled:
Investment banks went bust and credit evaporated. U.S. consumer
spending crashed, pushing Detroit automakers to the brink of bankruptcy.
And growth in China and other emerging markets nosedived. The
government is essentially trying to save capitalism from the capitalists
-- something that can't be accomplished quickly. After piling
into risky assets, from subprime mortgages to junk bonds, investors
and financial institutions have turned tail and are reluctant
to lend even to creditworthy borrowers. . . .
'We will be very lucky if
we reach the bottom in 2009,' Harvard University professor Martin
Feldstein said in a Bloomberg Radio interview Dec. 9. . . .
The trouble is that policy
makers have already taken significant steps to combat the crisis
-- from cutting interest rates at an historic pace to committing
hundreds of billions of dollars to battered banks. So far, they've
failed to quell the turbulence in the markets or turn their economies
around. . . .
The trigger for the breakdown
was the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. on Sept. 15.
. . .
The abrupt shift from greed to fear has turned the economy on
its head. The U.S. Treasury last week sold four-week bills at
an effective zero-percent interest rate -- even as it announced
that the government's budget deficit swelled to a record $401.6
billion'in the first two months of this fiscal year. . .
'The financial markets have
frozen up entirely," says Barry Eichengreen, an economics
professor at the University of California at Berkeley. . . .
Institutions worldwide have
recorded almost $705 billion in writedowns and credit losses so
far this year and announced 217,070 job cuts. Highly leveraged
investment banks disappeared, some into mergers, after investors
pummeled their shares. . . .
'There's no more Wall Street,'
Alan 'Ace' Greenberg, former chief executive officer of Bear Stearns,
said in a Dec. 8 Bloomberg Television interview. 'That model just
doesn't work.' . . .
Talk about a depression is
no longer dismissed out of hand, though most economists still
consider one highly unlikely. . . .
'We've got an economy that
is in deep trouble and the Fed has lost traction,' says Princeton
University Professor Paul Krugman, who won this year's Nobel Prize
That is pushing the Fed toward
unconventional policies similar to the so-called quantitative-easing
strategy Japan used to fight deflation in the early part of this
decade. . . .
'We're facing a once-in-a-century
problem,' says Harvard University professor and former IMF chief
economist, Kenneth Rogoff. 'The global scale and magnitude of
it is much greater than those we've seen before. We're going to face a deep downturn and slow
recovery no matter what we do. The challenge now is to contain
it to a couple of years and not a decade.' "
"Wake Up, Little Susie" is a book review by Sam Anderson in New
"The early journals
of Susan Sontag reveal a pretentious, insecure, surprisingly lovable
After a semester at Berkeley,
Sontag transferred to the University of Chicago, where, at just
17, she married a sociology instructor named Philip Rieff. They
had a son. The marriage dissolved. She moved, alone, to Oxford,
then to Paris, where-in a sad circularity-she fell into another
love affair with 'H.' This time it ended in a painful anti-epiphany,
after which Sontag had to be re-reborn. As the relationship goes
sour, you can see her, in the journals, begin to berate herself
toward a new persona: 'My 'I' is puny, cautious, too sane. Good
writers are roaring egotists.' 'Weakness is a contagion, strong
people rightly shun the weak.' 'Through the mask of my behavior,
I do not protect my raw genuine self-I overcome it.' "
"U.S. May Need Stimulus of $600 Billion,
Tyson Says" is a
report by Matthew Benjamin and Kathleen Hays of bloombergnews.com.
"The worsening slump
in the U.S. economy suggests the government may need to enact
a stimulus package of $600 billion or more over a two-year period,
said Laura Tyson, an economic adviser to President-elect Barack
'I think $600 billion is not a bad current ballpark figure,' Tyson
said today in an interview. 'I wouldn't mind seeing a package
that was designed out with a number bigger than $600 billion,'
she said, referring to an upper range of $900 billion.
Obama and his advisers haven't
announced the size of their stimulus proposal, though some economists
are advocating a program totaling $1 trillion. They include Kenneth
Rogoff, a Harvard University economist."
"Moving Pictures: Three Versions of an
Orson Welles Masterpiece"
is a survey by Justin DeFreitas
of our Planet.
"Universal has released
all three versions of Orson Welles' Touch of Evil in a two-disc
50th anniversary set.
Textual authenticity is a
central issue in the work of Orson Welles. The director saw so
many of his films altered in the editing room by his producers
that only a few of his completed pictures can be said to represent
his original intentions.
This has made the prospect
of releasing 'restorations' of his films on DVD a bit complicated.
Some of his films exist in multiple versions; some exist only
in a single, bastardized version; and many of his films were never
completed at all.
Criterion set the standard
for Welles releases a couple of years back with the company's
three-disc set of Mr. Arkadin. There was no single version of
that film that could be said to represent the director's original
vision, so Criterion released all of them, including a 'composite'[
version which attempted to recreate the film according to written
evidence and best guesses as to the director's intent. None of
these versions are the final word; Criterion simply put all the
material out there for viewers to make of it what they will.
Universal's new 50th anniversary
edition of Touch of Evil follows this model, and the two-disc
set is precisely the sort of release that is sorely needed for
the Welles canon. Containing all three extant versions of the
film, it provides an excellent perspective on the shape and scope
of this 1958 noir masterpiece."
Street sweepers are at work
again in Potter Creek--hurrah!
"Horse racing industry betting on off-track
Charles Burress, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"With a dark cloud of
foreboding hanging over California horse racing, the industry
and fans are hopeful that new rules allowing off-track betting
at card rooms, sports bars and other businesses could provide
The off-track expansion -
up for adoption at today's meeting of the California Horse Racing
Board at the Santa Anita track near Los Angeles - would authorize
satellite wagering at up to 45 new sites in the state. The measure
was approved in state legislation adopted last year, but the racing
board still needs to approve the implementing regulations such
as rules for background checks and the cost and duration of licenses.
Off-track bets currently
can be placed at about three dozen locations in the state, including
racetracks, racing fairs and a few tribal casinos. Fans can also
place bets by phone or the Internet through the Advanced Deposit
"SIerra Nevada Yellow-legged Frogs Feeling
the Heat" is a story
"Climate change is affecting
the Sierra Nevada's high elevation lakes and the imperiled yellow-legged
frogs that depend on them, according to scientists with the U.S.
Forest Service and the University of California, Berkeley."
from my log
gas" odor in front room, leave. 12/2/08--6:31 PM--irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, cough,
short breath, wear mask. 6:55 PM "burning
natural gas" odor in front room. 12/3/08--1:06 PM--ganja
odor in front room. 1:45 PM--irritant in front room, dry eyes,
dry mouth, "heavy"air, leave. 12/4/08--6:51 PM--"burning
natural gas" odor in front room, cough,
nose runs, eyes tear. 12/5/08--7:16 PM--"heavy air"
in warehouse, short breath, dry eyes,
dry mouth. 12/6/08--1:42 PM--serious IRRITANT in front room, cough,
eyes burn. ~ 7:00 PM "heavy air" in warehouse front.
12/7/08--3:42 AM--STRONG "BURNING NATURAL GAS" odor
front of warehouse. ~6:00 AM--"burning natural gas"
odor in warehouse, air out. 12/11/08--10:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, cough, burning eyes, mouth. 12/12/08--8:45 AM--irritant
in front room, light head, dry eyes, dry mouth. 12:38 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, light head, nausea, chills, wear mask.
2:45 PM--irritant in front roomdry lips, dry eyes. 12/13/08--1:10
PM: warehouse filled with "burning gas" odor, air out.
~7:00--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room.
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