after 12/14 here after 12/24 here
"Ronald Reagan and the RITE way to plan" is opinion by Craig Galbraith at starnews.com.
Economics (RITE) is well grounded in sophisticated economic thought.
. . . I argue that RITE is based upon five basic principles. .
First, people are a diverse
lot. They have different needs and desires. And people have the
freedom to choose where they live. . . .
Second, under RITE, communities
need to have a clear vision of what they want to be. . . . You
can have bedroom communities, high technology communities, beach
communities, farming communities, artist communities, industrial
communities, and yes, even liberal communities like Berkeley.
But what they all share in common is a clear commitment to a well
understood local vision. People then choose what community suits
them the best, and are happier for it. And for larger cities,
this means villages within the city, each run by empowered local
advisory councils charged with implementing the particular vision
of that community.
The third principle is small
government. . . .
Property rights are the fourth
principle of RITE. But property rights don't mean that people
can do whatever they want. Property rights also means that everybody
is protected from the negative impacts of other people's action.
. . .
Finally, RITE is based upon
trust, openness, and honesty, and ultimately the high ethical
standards of local politicians. Reagan was fond of quoting a Russian
proverb, 'Trust, but Verify' ".
Well, ok then.
"UC students' anger over fees misdirected" is opinion at fresnobee.com.
marched and even took over buildings at University of California
campuses last week. And, no, these weren't "tea party"
protests against "Obamacare." They were students protesting
yet another UC Board of Regents vote to increase fees.
California has been in a
boom-and-bust cycle with UC fees for 45 years -- increasing fees
during economic downturns and decreasing them during economic
good times. That's the opposite of what should occur -- the state
hits students with new costs just when their families face job
losses and uncertainty, and college savings have been decimated
in market meltdowns."
Some pretty commanding stats
"In a Home to Free Speech, a Paper is Accused
of Anti-Semitism" is
a story by Jesse McKinley at nytimes.com.
"For the last six years,
The Berkeley Daily Planet has published a freewheeling assortment
of submissions from readers, who offer sharp-elbowed views on
everything from raucous college parties (generally bad) to the
war in Iraq (ditto).
Becky O'Malley, front, is
the editor of The Berkeley Daily Planet, a California weekly that
critics accuse of publishing too many letters and other commentary
critical of Israel. Ms. O'Malley, 69, denies any personal or editorial
bias. 'I have the old-fashioned basic liberal thing of believing
that the remedy for speech you don't like is more speech,' she
John Gertz, editor of dpwatchdog.com,
a site containing what it calls anti-Semitic writings published
in The Planet. He says his goal is not to close the paper.
But since March, that running
commentary has been under attack by a small but vociferous group
of critics who accuse the paper's editor, Becky O'Malley, of publishing
too many letters and other commentary pieces critical of Israel.
Those accusations are the basis of a campaign to drive away the
paper's advertisers and a Web site that strongly suggests The
Planet and its editor are anti-Semitic."
Seems pretty clear to me
that criticism of Jews, Jewish-culture, Judaism, and/or Zionism
is NOT NECESSARILY anti-Semitism, but simply criticism.
On the other hand . . . RP
"Celebrating Miles Davis in Sight and Sound" is a reivew and more by Yasmine Ryan at nytimes.com.
"Examining music in a museum space is no simple task; exhibitions
about musicians tend to downplay the music itself. But 'We Want
Miles,' an ambitious show about the life and music of the jazz
great Miles Davis, at Cité de la Musique through Jan. 17,
is a remarkable exception. In this exhibition, the music is central.
The flow and form of the
exhibition at Cité de la Musique (221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès;
33-1-44-84-44-84; www.citedelamusique.fr; Métro: Porte
de Pantin), in the Parc de La Villette, is infused with the spontaneous
and elegant nature of the man and his music: cool and understated
in all the right places. Broken into a chronological series of
eras, the constant evolutions and revolutions that characterized
Davis's work are central themes.
The exhibition itself takes
a hands-on approach: plug into various listening stations to experience
Davis's tunes. Or sit and lose yourself in a series of 'mutes'
- acoustically designed rooms, shaped like the trumpet device
that Davis used to great effect, with music piped in. There's
also film of 'live' concerts, some projected onto big screens."
David Snipper emails
You recently wrote:
"A couple of Sundays
ago, during Lipofsky and my outlining the development plan which
bears our names, I noticed Marvin had on one of those nifty baseball
caps with the beak in the front. I've been looking for one of
the old-fashion caps but all I see are those with beaks in the
back. Can anyone let me know where to get the older caps?"
Look no further, just turn around quickly while holding the beak!
"Telegraph Avenue Merchants Say BRT Threatens
Business" by Riya
Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
a Daily Planet
"Like the majority of
businesses on Telegraph Avenue, Moe's Books is against the city's
Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for Bus Rapid Transit, a bus
route city officials say is designed to have many of the advantages
of a rail line without the disruption that comes with laying tracks.
The plan would keep Telegraph
Avenue one-way northbound for cars but create a dedicated southbound
lane between Durant Avenue and Dwight Way for buses, delivery
and emergency vehicles and bikes.
Already struggling in today's
challenging economy, Moe's, which has been around for half a century
and employs 27 people, feels that two-way traffic on Telegraph
would give rise to gridlock and prevent customers from coming
to the store.
Standing in front of the
store her father founded 50 years ago, Doris Moskowitz watched
customers load and unload stacks of books from their cars."
"Berkeley artists ready to open their studios"
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley
"Jim Rosenau makes furniture
and sculpture out of found books, pieces that tell a story using
the titles on the covers and spines.
Susan Brooks makes paintings
and jewelry and Erin McGuiness molds clay into high-end pottery.
The artists in Berkeley's
Sawtooth building at Dwight Way and Eighth Street and about 30
others around the city, 100 in all, are getting ready for the
annual open studios tour scheduled over four successive weekends
starting [last] Saturday.
Studio hours are 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m."
Others are also holding open
house. Among them are ActivSpace and independents like Merryll
Saylan et al. RP
NOW, much more parking
across from the Bowl, snapped
thru a food-service window
"Berkeley's renaissance: Culture, cuisine
and more" by Patrick
May of the Mercury News is a slightly over the top appreciation
of Our Town.
"Dusk drapes itself
over the storied streetscape of Shattuck Avenue, and the thriving
conversation that is downtown Berkeley these days begins to unwind.
The air brakes on an AC Transit
bus hiss. A religious group chants prayers at the mouth of the
BART station. A jazz riff floats from a street musician's trumpet.
Weaving through all this
urban chatter are clusters of theatergoers, jazz lovers and folk-music
fans, all converging on the city's thriving and nationally recognized
arts district two blocks over. As if being home to a world-renowned
university and the cradle of California cuisine weren't enough
of a draw, Berkeley in the past few years has become a red-hot
For those lucky enough to
live a short drive or BART ticket away, it's a no-brainer destination.
'Between the Berkeley Rep,
Anna's Jazz Island, the Jazzschool, and the new Freight &
Salvage, and talk of a new art museum, you've got a real renaissance
going on,' says Scott Slocum, director of sales and marketing
for Hotel Shattuck Plaza, the recently renovated 99-year-old landmark.
Nowhere is that renaissance
more obvious than in the Downtown Berkeley Arts District along
Addison and neighboring streets, where culture vultures can feast
at the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the smaller
Aurora Theatre Company and the Gaia Arts Center, or hear folk
and traditional music at the newly transplanted Freight &
"Relatively Few International Students
Enroll At UC Berkeley"
by Chris Carassi, Contributing Writer at daiylycal.
"While efforts are under
way within the UC system to increase non-resident student enrollment,
UC Berkeley will need a significant increase in the size of its
international student population to match other American institutions,
according to a recent survey.
The campus ranked 26th among
American university campuses with 3,506 international students-9.9
percent of its student body-in undergraduate, graduate and professional
programs, according to The Institute of International Education,
which based the survey off 2008-09 academic year data."
Quote of the week
"I'm much too young
to be this old" Milo Farcy
"Man loses job after searching too hard
for aliens" by Chris
Matyszczyk at newscnet.com.
"I can understand why
people are so keen to find alien life. It isn't so much a scientific
fascination with what might be out there. It's more a pained hope
that what is out there might be more enjoyable than what is down
So I am wrestled to the ground
by a certain sympathy for Brad Niesluchowski.
According to the Arizona
Republic, Niesluchowski was asked to resign after allegedly using
his position at the Higley Unified School District to exercise
his own (and our) need for an alien encounter.
This was not a case of uploading
pictures of potential lady friends from Eastern Europe. No, this
was a rather more imaginative downloading of software that searches
for extra-terrestrial life.
The Republic's sleuths got
their hands on documents that suggest Niesluchowski was encouraged
to resign after he downloaded free University of California (the
terribly forward-thinking Berkeley branch) software that uses
idle computers to examine information collected by radio telescopes."
In his It Came From Berkeley,
Dave Weinstein writes "Berkeley had become the all American
boomtown [ in 1905 ]. But Berkeley's boom had something unique
about it--something that clearly forecast the kind of town it
would soon become. The developers who filled the town's hillsides
and flats with homes were canny. They knew how to attract rail
service and how to trumpet their wares. But they were aesthetic
as well, some of them pro-environmentalists, filled with love
of nature and an interest in smart planning. Like Berkeley's Bohemians,
the best of them shared a high-minded image of the good life."
"The more things change,
the more they stay the same" Milo Farcy.
"Activists Try to Block Green Tech in Berkeley:West
Berkeley activists are dead set against the mayor's 'green corridor'
vision, saying it will cause gentrification, too much density,
and high rents" by
Robert Gammon in the Express.
"Fifty years from now,
after the polar ice caps melt and West Berkeley is under water,
people might look back on 2009 and say, 'What the hell were they
thinking?' Why were old hippies in what could be the most liberal
city in America working overtime to block the widespread proliferation
of green-tech businesses and dense urban development in West Berkeley?
Indeed, the scene at a four-hour-long
Berkeley Planning Commission meeting last week was striking -
a gaggle of fifty- and sixty-something activists railing against
Mayor Tom Bates' vision to turn West Berkeley into a green-tech
corridor. It was as if they were stuck in a time warp, convinced
that all developers and corporations are just greedy bastards
who must be stopped - even if those very same developers and businesses
might actually help ward off the greatest environmental disaster
The hypocrisy was equally
"Berkeley Officials Say Zoning Must Change
to Attract High-Tech Firms" reports
Debra Levi Holtz, Chronicle Staff Writer on 9/27/99.
"Berkeley business and
government leaders say zoning laws governing the city's industrial
area ignore the realities of today's economy and prevent the city,
home of a world-famous research university, from attracting high-tech
The laws, prompted by a proposal
in the early 1980s to convert the Durkee Foods factory into offices
and laboratories, were designed to prevent an exodus of blue-collar
jobs by protecting traditional manufacturers. Instead, large tracts
of industrial sites surrounding Interstate 80 have remained vacant
with nothing to replace them.
Even the staunchest supporters
of the laws are now joining critics who say Berkeley is being
left behind while neighboring East Bay cities are reaping the
benefits of the high-tech revolution.
'Berkeley is still looking
at the blue-collar world of the 1940s and waiting for the liberty
ship to come in,' said Darrell de Tienne, an industrial designer
who has worked on numerous projects in Berkeley's Aquatic Park
business area. 'It's not going to happen. The world has changed.''
Last week, City Councilwoman
Linda Maio, who has been a leading proponent of West Berkeley
zoning policies, said she is beginning to realize that times have
changed and Berkeley must catch up.
'I waited around for this
industrial thing to happen and it didn't happen,' Maio said."
solar pros and cons" by Dana Hull of mercurynews.com.
"With the sun setting
before 5 p.m., solar power may be the last thing on your mind
these days. But declining panel prices, a federal tax credit and
a state rebate make this a good time to investigate whether solar
power might make sense for your home - and your budget. "If
you're thinking that you'd like to go solar within the next few
years, right now is the time to do it," said Lynn Jurich,
president and co-founder of SunRun, a San Francisco-based startup
that provides solar financing for consumers who can't afford the
upfront costs of buying their own solar systems. "Panels
are on sale right now. There's a sweet spot where the state rebates
are still relatively high, but the costs have come down."
And winter is a good season to research solar options, experts
say. It's generally a slower time for the industry, which means
companies may be willing to give you a better deal. "
our Angela fowards an email
Waterside Workshops Holiday
Event and Toy-Making Workshop
Holiday Event and Toy-Making Workshop is on Sunday,
December 13th from 1-5pm!! Come on down to our workshop for an
afternoon of hands-on activities, live local music, food, and
people of all ages. Kids can make their own wooden toy from scratch
enter a $2 raffle to win one of 25 kid's bikes that will be given
at the end of the day!! All bicycle winners and their friends
participate in a free "Street Smarts Bike Safety Class"
that will take
place right after the raffle. All of our toy-making
materials are from sustainable sources, and non-toxic. This is
free event due to the generous support of the City of Berkeley,
Francisco Foundation, and Grocery Outlet. There is a suggested
donation to support our organization. 84 Bolivar Dr. in Berkeley's
Aquatic Park 510-644-2577 www.watersideworkshops.org
"Barnes & Noble closing shop at Jack
London Square" by
Kelly Rayburn, Oakland Tribune.
"The Barnes & Noble
bookstore at Jack London Square will close its doors Jan. 31,
the Ellis Partners development company said in a statement Monday."
"Broadcom Buys Dune Networks" is a report at socaltech.com.
giant Broadcom is making another acquisition, saying Monday afternoon
that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquired Dune Networks,
a developer of switching fabric products for the data center networking
market. Broadcom said it will pay approximately $178M net of cash
for Dune, in an all-cash deal. Dune Networks has operations in
Sunnyvale, California, and Yakum, Israel. Dune Networks is venture
backed by such firms as Alta Berkeley Venture Partners, Aurum-SBC
Ventures, Elwin Capital Partners, Evergreen Venture Partners,
Jerusalem Venture Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, Siemens Venture
Capital, and US Venture Partners."
"State seeking conventional wisdom on constitution" is a story by Mike Aldax at sfexaminer.com.
"A soaring state budget deficit blamed on legislative gridlock
has frustrated a coalition of business and civic groups who have
rallied together to kick-start the process of rewriting the California
Constitution. . . .
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner,
D-Berkeley, said a widespread public relations campaign that would
encourage dialogue among Californians may be the best way toward
realizing a convention.
At this point, she said,
launching a convention might be premature since there hasn't been
enough dialogue to build a majority consensus on why we need a
convention, and what direction to take should one occur.
'The public hasn't engaged
in that enough yet,' Skinner said. 'If we launch into it right
now, I'm afraid it might be doomed for failure.' "
is Pete Hurney's Birthday!
Pete's on KALX today from
Noon til 3, live. Check him out.
posts from the past
"An original manuscript
of a movement from one of Ludwig van Beethoven's last compositions
sold Friday for more than $2 million" writes Robert Barr
in "Opus 127
Sells for Opulent Price" in today's West County Times.
My favorite CD performance of this Opus
127 String Quartet is by the Kodály Quartet on Naxos
8550563. Its list price is $6.98.
Not Beethoven, but also "longhair"
and also gaaaronteed to make you feel good is Big Easy Strut by Professor Longhair.
It lists at $11.98. And, for years a favorite LP of mine has been
his New Orleans Piano. It is now
on CD also listing at $11.98.
November 30th this site had
846 visitors, 3,728 hits and an average browsing time of 46 minutes
in the new parking lot, Kava
will be paving
10,000 square feet at a time
with a new surrounding fence going up now
Well, Ok then
"Exciting news for music lovers today"
is a press release at
"A new service from
a Berkeley, California based company called MOG has launched a
$5/mo All Access plan that gives users unlimited access to millions
of 320Kbps bitrate music tracks from four major American music
labels (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner
Music Group, EMI Music) and thousands of independent labels."
"Champ status keeps Ana Julaton in the
ring" by Carl Steward,
Contra Costa Times.
"Ana Julaton had planned to stop boxing by her 30th birthday.
That's become unrealistic now because she's a world champion,
but she sees a short shelf life for her burgeoning pro career."
Our Heddy Riss and her International
Institutions and Governance Program at UC Berkeley
hosted a panel discussion last week on,
Business and Ethics - Lessons
from the Global Economic Crises
A notable Quote "Business
ethics is to ethics as Military music is to music".
A general consensus was that
the crises was due to SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS not individual ethical
failings--problems that are built into capitalism. Though,
more regulation would help for a while but we will go through
this cycle again after regulations fail through being played and
then through abuse.
"Concierge Auctions to Host Lender-Owned
Luxury Auction of a Custom Home in Berkeley, California on December
19" is a press release
will host a lender-owned luxury auction of 6946 Bristol Drive
in Berkeley, California on December 19, the company announced.
Previously offered to $1.36 million, the property is listed by
Patricia Duran of Red Crown Realty in cooperation with East Bay
Sotheby's International Realty."
"Thank the rich for higher ed fiscal crisis" opines the Bemidji, Minnesota Pioneer.
"Police are arresting
and attacking student protesters on University of California campuses
again. 'Why did he beat me? I wasn't doing anything,' screams
a young Cal Berkeley student over KPFA radio.
Students are protesting the
32 percent increase in tuition imposed by the UC regents in a
time of severe state deficits. The Board of Regents claims there's
no choice. Students will now have to pay over $10,000 in tuition
annually for a public university education that was free only
a few decades ago.
The corporate media spin
the tuition protests as if we were all suffering during the recession.
For example, the San Diego Union-Tribune writes, "These students
need a course in Reality 101. And the reality is that there is
virtually no segment of American society that is not straining
with the economic recession. With UC facing a $535 million budget
gap due to state cuts, the regents have to confront reality and
make tough choices. So should students."
Yet here's the reality that
needs confronting: Our current budget crisis in California and
the rest of the country resulted from tax cuts. U.S. elites, the
top 1 percent of whom own close to half the wealth, along with
our richest corporations are the beneficiaries of massive tax
cuts that began in the Reagan administration. At the same time,
working people are suffering the brunt of increased sales taxes
and skyrocketing tuition costs at public colleges."
Matt Krupnick of the Contra
Costa Times, in his report "Calling
UC Berkeley's 1960s turmoil 'a dead movement,' protesters on Wednesday
knocked a tribute to the Free Speech Movement off the steps of
Sproul Hall " calls into question the relevance of our
Old Hippies, among other things.
"Lawsuit seeks information on use of social
networking sites by government agencies" reports Amandeep Dhaliwal at topnewsus.com.
"As many as six governmental
agencies have been sued, over their use of social networks for
investigation purposes, by two legal advocacy organizations
the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Samuelson Law,
Technology, and Public Policy Clinic of the University of California,
"Biggest Star Explosion Seen; Was Rare,
'Clean' Death" is
a story by Ker Than for National Geographic News.
"The biggest star explosion
yet seen may be the best known example of a rare type of star
death that leaves no "body" behind, astronomers say.
The unusual blast, dubbed
SN 2007bi, appears to be a textbook example of a pair-instability
supernova, a theoretical type of explosion proposed for very massive
stars-those more than 140 times the mass of the sun.
Although most supernovae
leave behind black holes or dense stellar corpses called neutron
stars, pair-instability explosions would be so intense that the
whole star would be obliterated.
have been hard to spot, however, because stars more than a hundred
times the sun's mass are extremely rare.
Spied in images of a distant
dwarf galaxy taken by an automated telescope, SN 2007bi was about
40 times brighter than a typical supernova, and it took about
three times longer to reach its maximum brightness.
'Anything that takes that
long to rise and is that bright has to have a lot of mass,' said
study co-author Peter Nugent, an astrophysicist at the Lawrence
Berkley National Laboratory in California."
So good to see Doris' photo. Did you know that her son Eli
is one of Ben's best friends?
the Avon Lady here from Walnut
the mayor of Potter Creek
a biker chick
part of the support staff
at one of the nation's largest law firms
Da Boz emails his report
Our Berkeley FIRST
program is highlighted in the most recent Scientific American
as one of 20 "World Changing Ideas".
More info here:
Graywater Code Is Here
It just became a lot easier to install a basic home graywater
system. Under the new California Plumbing Code, graywater
systems using recycled water from clothes washers may be installed
without a permit as long as they comply with specific requirements.
Larger and more complex graywater systems or systems that use
pumps or holding tanks will still require a permit. The new code
was passed as an emergency measure due to the drought and water
shortages faced in the state.
The City of Berkeley's Planning Department is currently preparing
new guidelines to assist residents who are interested in installing
graywater systems. Please check the website: www.cityofoberkeley.info/sustainable
for updates and more information about graywater systems, as it
City Plans To Use Stimulus Funds To Create Jobs
As federal stimulus funds make their way to local governments
and statewide unemployment hovers at a record high, the city of
Berkeley has modest plans to use stimulus funds for job creation
Berkeley is the recipient of more than $3.6 million in county,
state and federal grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act. This funding is designed to encourage economic stability
and doubles funding for included community programs. City programs
that expanded due to stimulus funding also bring opportunities
for employment. Such programs include the repaving of University
Avenue and the funding of a program in which low-income families'
homes are retrofitted to save energy.
For more info read the Daily Cal Article: http://www.dailycal.org/article/107631/city_plans_to_use_stimulus_funds_to_create_jobs
Stimulus Funding Flips the Solar Switch On
The City of Berkeley is one of sixteen cities nationwide to be
granted the Solar America Cities Special Project Award for the
purpose of spurring the adoption of solar installations.
The economic stimulus funding from the United States Department
of Energy (DOE) allows the City of Berkeley to support and enhance
two existing programs--SmartSolar and the online Berkeley Solar
Map -- to provide education and technical assistance directly
to residents interested in implementing solar at their homes and
Family Camp Summer 2010 Registration
Yes it's true -
after only three weeks of registration being open, Berkeley Tuolumne
Camp is already getting full for the summer 2010 season! The following
nights are currently at capacity and the Camps Office will not
accept any more registrations for these nights: July 10, July
13 -17, July 24 - August 7, August 10 - 11 and August 14. If you're
interested in coming to Berkeley Tuolumne Camp this summer you
might want to head over to the Camps Office, at 1947 Center St.,
1st Floor, and submit a registration form soon. For more information
about Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, or to download a registration form,
please visit www.cityofberkeley.info/camps.
If you have any further questions please contact the Camps Office
via email at
email@example.com or call (510) 981-5140.
The 311 Call Center
Berkeley residents, businesses, and visitors now have two faster,
easier ways to access City services: a new 311 Call Center and
an updated online service center at www.CityOfBerkeley.info/onlineservice.
311 is not a City switchboard - calls are answered by customer
service representatives who can help most callers complete routine
City business without being transferred. The most frequently requested
·Reporting graffiti, potholes, and broken parking meters;
Paying refuse bills and parking tickets;
·Requesting general information (City business hours, office
Changing residential refuse services; and
Reporting a residential or commercial missed garbage pick-up.
Season in Berkeley
Residents can keep flooded storm drains from damaging their neighborhoods
and property by participating in the City's Adopt-A-Drain
Visit that web page or www.CityofBerkeley.info/publicworks for
"Judge orders Berkeley problem house boarded
up" by Doug Oakley,
"Neighbors on Berkeley's
Oregon Street won a decades long fight against a drug house Wednesday
when a judge ruled the city can evict the occupants and board
it up for one year.
The order by Judge Winifred
Smith of the Alameda County Superior Court, will be carried out
during the first week of January, said City Attorney Zach Cowan.
The house will remain sealed for one year at which time it can
The city sought the order
using a state law that allows them to board up houses that are
declared a nuisance to the city. Lenora Moore, a grandmother who
owns the house at 1610 Oregon St., had signed an agreement with
the city last spring allowing the city to seek a board-up order
if any more drug activity occurred on the property.
In October, police visited
the house with a search warrant looking for a suspect in an armed
robbery who lived there. They did not find the suspect because
he was already in custody on another case, but they did find heroin
and cocaine and arrested three people, police said."
"NACD elects 2 new members to Board of
Directors" is a
press release at news.thomasnet.com.
"Dominic J. Stull, President,
Pacific Coast Chemicals Co. in Berkeley, CA, has been elected
Director-at-Large on NACD Board of Directors for 3-year term.
In separate action, Joel Hopper, President, Brenntag Mid-South,
Inc. in Henderson, KY was re-elected as Director-at-Large for
second term. According to NACD Chairman, Bruce Schechinger, the
Executive Committee, Board members, and NACD membership will benefit
from their knowledge of industry and leadership skills. "
"Bay Area artist 'shopdrops' at IKEA"
by Laura Casey, Contra
"On Black Friday, Michele
Pred joined the throngs at the Emeryville IKEA, but she wasn't
Instead, the Berkeley artist
slipped into the wall-art section and covertly placed copies of
signed prints she had designed into the racks. By the time the
store closed Saturday, all 10 prints had been picked up either
by IKEA shoppers or a few happy fans of her work who learned about
the opportunity on Pred's Facebook page.
Pred, 44, was 'shopdropping,'
a practice that has a storied history with artists in the Bay
Area and beyond. Sort of the opposite of shoplifting, shopdropping
involves leaving goods in unsuspecting stores to sell to unsuspecting
customers to make a statement in the name of art. "
"California Shakespeare Theater's Jonathan
Moscone wins first Fichandler Award" is a story at latimes.com.
"Whose University? California Students
Fight for Access to Education"
"Marcy Rein, a retired member of Office and Professional
Employees (OPEIU) Local 29, gives us an in-depth report on the
struggle by students at the University of California to oppose
draconian cuts that endanger jobs and quality education.
From a block away on Telegraph
Avenue, you could sense the muffled rumble of the crowd on the
University of California's Berkeley campus Nov. 18. Getting closer,
you heard the call-and-response of 'Whose university? Our university!'
from students, faculty and members of five campus unions gathered
in Sproul Plaza. They had walked off the job and out of their
classes to protest UC's move to slash staff, salaries and services
and send student fees soaring.
Members of University Professional
and Technical Employees (UPTE/CWA Local 9119) kicked off the day's
action with unfair labor practice pickets at 5 a.m. They joined
forces with other members of the campus community for the 1,000-strong
rally at noon. Three busloads of people headed straight from the
rally to Los Angeles, where the UC Regents were set to meet the
next day. They joined some 2,000 students and unionists from around
the state to denounce the Regents' plan to raise student fees
another 32 percent."
"Exposure to Secondhand Cigarette Smoke
Over a Lifetime Increased Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life" is a report a sciencedaily.com.
"Exposure to secondhand
smoke for a prolonged period of time and in high quantity may
increase the risk of breast cancer, even in women who never smoked
"Some ignore Thanksgiving burning ban"
by Denis Cuff, Contra
Pass the drumstick and gravy. Light up the fireplace logs. Get
ready for the ticket in the mailbox, you scofflaws.
In a regulatory twist of
an old holiday custom, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
pollution inspectors detected 22 violations of its no-wood-fire
rule on Thanksgiving Day, the first Spare the Air day of this
cold season. Burners get a warning letter for a first offense
and a $400 ticket for the second.
Air quality officials denied
this week that they tried to snuff out holiday cheer. They were
just doing their job when Thanksgiving happened to fall on a day
last week when a temperature inversion trapped smoke near the
ground and created unhealthy air - triggering the 24-hour burn
ban, they said."
"California Jobs Summit Thinks Green"
New America Media
News Report, Seth Sandronsky.
"The California economy
is hurting. The state jobless rate was 12.5 percent in October,
a record high since World War II. The state's job crisis was the
driving force of an economic recovery summit held in Sacramento
on Dec. 2 on the eve of President Obama's jobs summit at the White
The California Labor Federation,
which represents 2.1 million workers in 1,200 unions statewide,
sponsored the Sacramento summit, the first event of its kind according
to spokesman Steve Smith. National and state experts spoke out
for more jobs and social services, a better infrastructure and
improved workers' skills.
Nearly 23 percent of California
workers are either out of work, under-employed (reluctantly part-time)
or so discouraged they have stopped looking for work, according
to Maurice Emsellem, policy co-director for the National Employment
Meanwhile, unemployment is
hitting ethnic and racial minorities hardest. "
"Feds tout clean tech as job maker" by George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.
"On the heels of a report
that the economy is improved but still leaking jobs, a U.S. official
appeared here Friday to tout clean tech and exports as two patches
for the nation's economic woes.
'Our nation's economy needs
export-driven demand to continue to grow and create jobs,' Ro
Khanna, a deputy assistant secretary for the federal Department
of Commerce said Friday.
Khanna's remarks were part
of a speech he gave at the Hayward campus of California State
University East Bay. Khanna was appearing at a conference at the
university on clean technology export opportunities.
This region, with its veteran
high-tech industry, robust biotech sector and fledgling solar
business, could be poised to harvest plenty of commerce and create
jobs from exports."
"California's First Gay Assembly Speaker" is story at express.com.
John Perez of Los Angeles is about to become the state's first
openly gay speaker of the Assembly. The position will make Perez
the highest-ranking gay politician in California history. The
speaker is generally considered the second or third most powerful
position in state politics, after the governor and the Senate
president pro tem.
Current Speaker Karen Bass,
also of the LA area, said Perez has her support and the backing
of a majority of Assembly members. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
of Berkeley and Mary Hayashi of Hayward also are backing Perez,
according to Capitol Weekly. Bass has said she plans to step down
from the position early next year. "
"UCLAUC Berkeley study shows how to
increase local renewable energy, slow climate change:Report recommends
harnessing energy potential of rooftops, roads, aqueducts"
by Lauri Gavel uclanewsroom.org.
"As world leaders prepare
for climate change talks in Copenhagen, innovative programs to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions are finding promise in California.
Yet, as global leaders struggle to find consensus, energy innovators
are similarly blocked by a lack of state financing and political
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