during an episode of the Charlie Rose Show dealing with our government's
investment of billions in the auto industry, the experts speculated
that the next large investment by our government will be in the
commercial real estate market.
"Commercial renters may find bargains in
2009" reports James
Temple, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"With office space piling
up, rents ticking down and lots of leases rolling over, 2009 promises
to be a good year for tenants in San Francisco. Just how good
depends on whom you ask, however.
The incredible shrinking
financial services industry and chilly economic climate pushed
down office rents by 22 percent from the previous year, the largest
decline in seven years, according to a preliminary fourth quarter
report by Colliers International."
Last week, I was told by
an informed source that until now the base line for commercial
property in west-Berkeley was $100.00 a square foot. Now, it is
more realistically $60.00 to $70.00 a square foot.
And weeks ago, I was told
by one of Berkeley's most prestigious builders "I won't build
in west-Berkeley any more. Land is too expensive."
"SoCal law school tempts students with
free tuition" writes
Linda Deutsch at google.com.
A new law school opening
next fall in Southern California is offering a big incentive to
top students who might be
thinking twice about the cost of a legal education during the
recession: free tuition for three years.
The financial carrot is part
of an ambitious strategy by Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned constitutional
law scholar and dean of the new school at the University of California,
Irvine, to attract Ivy League-caliber students to the first new
law school in the state in 40 years."
Mal Sharpe emails
includes one of the great lyric lines in the history of
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"Renewal of Berkeley food basket tradition"
is a reports at abc.com.
"The renewal of a 24-year
tradition. Volunteers began the process [last]Tuesday of handing
out more than 250 holiday food baskets in Berkeley."
"Miami Hurricanes must stop one of nation's
Best" reports Susan
Miller Degan in the Miami Herald.
"The Canes will have
to deal with Cal running back Jahvid Best, the No. 5 rusher in
Two days before Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of
the Year Sean Spence left for the Emerald Bowl, he was approached
by a group of reporters.
''What about Cal keeps you
up at night?' one asked.
Spence shot back: 'Their running back, Jahvid Best. He has speed
and he can make a break if you give him any crease.'
Usually your nightmare chases
you. But on Saturday at AT&T Park, Spence will be chasing
eager for West Coast action in Emerald Bowl" is a story
by the AP's Greg Beacham.
"Although Jason Fox
knew all about the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz prison from
television, the Miami left tackle had never seen them in person
before Tuesday, when a boat cruise took him right past the orange
bridge and all the way to the Rock.
'That's a part of the bowl
experience that's really great,' said Fox, a Texan who had never
been west of Las Vegas in his life before Monday night. 'You get
to go places and do things you might never encounter otherwise.'
While the Hurricanes adjusted
to unfamiliar surroundings on their first day in the Bay Area,
their opponents in Saturday night's Emerald Bowl worried less
about culture shock and more about Miami's shocking speed.
California is staying home
for the postseason, with the advantage of a friendly crowd far
outweighing any disappointment in their familiar destination.
Cal (8-4) is practicing at Memorial Stadium on its Berkeley campus
before its showdown with Miami (7-5) at the San Francisco Giants'
"All-state Cottonwood running back Isi
Sofele will take his speed and skills to the University of California" is a report at desertnews.com.
"' I was kind of surprised,'
said Sofele of his decision to commit during a recruiting visit
this past weekend. 'When I went out there, it was all just positive.'
Sofele helped the Colts to
a second-place finish in the 4A playoffs this year. He rushed
for 1,916 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was offered scholarships
by several other Pac-10 schools, as well as Utah, but said once
he got on Cal's campus, his decision was easy.
'First of all, their coaches
are close to their players,' Sofele said. 'Their academics are
ranked very high, and the facilities were very nice. ... We spent
a lot of time with the coaches and players, and I noticed they
all got along very well. They're the real deal.'
He said coaches told him
he could play as a freshman and they have plans to use him as
a running back and as a punt and kick returner.
'It depends on summer camp,'
Sofele might have surprised
himself with the decision to commit, but it didn't surprise his
high school coach."
"Why we are, as we are" is a story at economist.com.
"As the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On The Origin
of Species' approaches, the moment has come to ask how Darwin's
insights can be used profitably by policymakers
Wealth, according to H.L.
Mencken, an American satirist of the last century, 'is any income
that is at least $100 more a year than the income of one's wife's
sister's husband.' Adjusted for inflation since 1949, that is
not a bad definition. But why do those who are already well-off
feel the need to out-earn other people? And why, contrariwise,
is it so hard to abolish poverty?
America, Mencken's homeland,
executes around 40 people a year for murder. Yet it still has
a high murder rate.
Why do people murder each
other when they are almost always caught and may, in America at
least, be killed themselves as a result?
Why, after 80 years of votes
for women, and 40 years of the feminist revolution, do men still
earn larger incomes? And why do so many people hate others merely
for having different coloured skin?"
"Men more responsive to caffeine" is a report at BBCNEWS.
A strong cup of coffee has a greater effect on men than women,
In a study on 668 healthy
volunteers, an espresso pepped up men after just 10 minutes. Women
also became more alert after the beverage, but less so.
The University of Barcelona
researchers say some of this effect might be psychological because
decaffeinated coffee also worked to some extent.
"Berkeley Schools Top Bad Air Quality List" reports Kristin McFarland in our Planet.
"Last week's USA Today report that placed three Berkeley
schools in the first percentile of schools with bad air quality
has activists, community members and school directors in an uproar.
The report studied industrial
pollution outside 127,800 nationwide schools for eight months.
Thirty-nine Berkeley schools made the list, all within the worst
55 percent. The Black Pine Circle School, the Via Center and the
Nia House Learning Center, all located in West Berkeley, were
in the first percentile, meaning that the air outside
the schools is worse at only 377 other schools around the country.
Berkeley High fell in the eighth percentile, with worse air at
only 9,722 schools.
Since the article's publication,
the issue has received wide media coverage with all involved parties
pointing fingers at probable causes. For many, it's one more example
of the health hazards caused by Pacific Steel Casting Company;
for some, it's a sign that the Berkeley government should take
a more active role in improving its own environment. . . .
. . . the USA Today study
was more comprehensive than any study to date because it included
levels of manganese and other metals. The study, he said, was
not conducted by 'people running around with test kits,' as Pacific
Steel representatives have suggested to other publications, but
with science approved by the air-
However, Larson also said
that the study's results are limited because it monitored the
air quality for only eight months of the year; with a longer study,
more schools might have made the list because of changes in the
prevailing winds. . . .
California Sen. Barbara Boxer,
chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has
called for government action in monitoring the air quality at
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. 12/21/08--5:52 PM--"burning
gas" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and in warehouse
My log is kept in a building
not one hundred feet from the École Bilingue playground
and a couple hundred feet from their classrooms. Immediately adjacent
to this building is Ben and Natalie's home. And Pete and Geralyn's
home, where Geralyn has slept on the living room floor because
of irritant in their bedroom, is immediately behind this building.
(Last week, Natalie's school
had Pajama Day. Most kids came in their pajamas but only one staff
wore hers--Natalie's old second grade teacher.)
Potter Creek's French School
was not mentioned in any west-Berkeley school air quality reports
that I have read about.
Here is the full
report. Check it out!
"Toxic air and Americas schools" is a Special Report on USA Today.
Our French School was apparently
monitored at the 9th and Heinz campus.
Here are the results.
E Bay French/Amer/Ecole Biling.
National Rank 25th percentile
(So, 75 % of the schools
monitored had better air?)
31,506 of 127,800 schools
have worse air.
Exposure to cancer-causing
Ranked 5 of 10
Exposure to other toxic chemicals
Ranked 3 of 10
More and a School Finder
How to clean
up our west-Berkeley air!
Watch all the seasons of The
Re-watch all the seasons of The
Step three: Check back here
in three to four weeks. It'll take that long to watch and rewatch
"The Yule log may be killing us softly" is a story at sfgate.com.
"The Bay Area's air
quality does not meet federal standards for the fine flecks of
soot and vapor that can cause heart attacks and premature death,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
The region has three years
to get its act together, namely by reducing wood smoke from fireplaces
and exhaust from diesel engines. During the winter, the largest
single source of fine particulate matter in the air is wood burning.
The region must immediately present its plan for cleaning the
air to the federal government. If it fails to comply, the region
could lose precious transportation funding."
Zooo, . . . the question
becomes probably endangering your and others' health, especially
the kids, or ratting out your self-absorbed neighbors?
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
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Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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Our new Area
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