this photo is of
the Avon Lady here from Walnut
the mayor of Potter Creek
a biker chick
part of the support staff
at one of the nation's most prestigious law firms
"I'm much too young
to be this old" Milo Farcy
posts from the past
A community meeting was held
last night at Kava Massih Architects in a much too small, stuffy
room. Among those present were representatives of our Mayor and
our Councilwoman. Kava presented his very elementary plan for
the Berkeley Bowl site on Heinz. Judging from his presentation,
for a dramatic increase in traffic, Potter Creek will get a wonderful
market and restaurant, and Berkeley Bowl will get a warehouse.
But more importantly, I believe this project signals an area
sea change, the effects of which can only be imagined -- certainly
increased density is one of them. For myself, I will make the
leap of faith and assume that most of them will be good. (There
were upwards of seventy people at this meeting and Kava's project
was overwhelmingly approved by a show of hands.) And for a more
"optimistic" view, I quote "Tenth Street"
Jack Miller. At another meeting, characterized by a resistance
to change, he asked "What the hell is wrong with you people?"
Seventy or eighty-something Jack is our oldest resident and he
was born in Potter Creek. RP
"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."
"California Shakespeare Theater's Jonathan
Moscone wins first Fichandler Award" is a story at latimes.com.
"Emigre Compilation Revisits 'Punk' Era
of Graphic Design"
"A woman took the stage
of a Seattle design conference in 1995 and smashed a computer
to smithereens with a sledgehammer. Passions were raging full-boil
during the so-called legibility wars, as tradition-based graphic
designers - in love with clean, simple advertising and magazine
layouts - looked with horror at a new generation of font designers
and illustrators who used computer programs as a tool for shredding,
shattering, melting and otherwise rethinking the way words and
pictures came together to sell a message.
On hand to report on the
fracas was Émigré magazine."
"Local actions, global impact" by Mike Taugher, West County Times.
"Last month, the city
of Berkeley wrapped up a one-year experiment in which 13 residents
were able to install solar panels with little out-of-pocket expense.
The effort was part of a city plan to combat global warming.
The pilot hit a few snags
but was promising enough that a coalition of as many as 14 counties
is now seeking a grant of federal stimulus funds to dramatically
expand it. In October, the Obama administration announced plans
to foster similar programs across the country as part of its 'Recovery
Through Retrofit' initiative."
"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
"Foes fail to sink Berkeley's ferry plans" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Berkeley is moving
full-steam ahead with plans for a new ferry terminal, despite
howls from windsurfers and environmentalists that the ferries
will bring the marina more harm than good.
The City Council recently
approved preliminary plans for a $57 million terminal at the waterfront,
just south of the Berkeley Pier. Two ferries, which will run primarily
during commute hours, are expected to bring 1,700 people a day
to San Francisco via a 30-minute trek across the bay.
'Long-term, this will be
one of the spines of our transportation system,' said City Councilman
Laurie Capitelli, who put forth the measure. 'When, not if, the
Hayward Fault lets loose, this will be an ideal way to get
people around the bay.'
"Vinyl Records and Turntables Are Gaining
Sales" is a report
"At a glance, the far
corner of the main floor of J&R Music looks familiar to anybody
old enough to have scratched a record by accident. There are cardboard
boxes filled with albums by the likes of Miles Davis and the Beach
Boys that could be stacked in any musty attic in America.
But this is no music morgue;
it is more like a life-support unit for an entertainment medium
that has managed to avoid extinction, despite numerous predictions
to the contrary. The bins above the boxes hold new records - freshly
pressed albums of classic rock as well as vinyl versions of the
latest releases from hip-hop icons like 50 Cent and Diddy and
new pop stars like Norah Jones and Lady Gaga.
And with the curious resurgence
of vinyl, a parallel revival has emerged: The turntable, once
thought to have taken up obsolescence with reel-to-reel and eight-track
tape players, has been reborn.
J&R Music, at 23 Park
Row southeast of City Hall Park, now carries 21 different turntables
at prices ranging from $85 to $875. Some are traditional analog
record players; others are designed to connect to computers for
converting music to digital files. . .
Sales of vinyl albums have
been climbing steadily for several years, tromping on the notion
that the rebound was just a fad. Through late November, more than
2.1 million vinyl records had been sold in 2009, an increase of
more than 35 percent in a year, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
That total, though it represents less than 1 percent of all album
sales, including CDs and digital downloads, is the highest for
vinyl records in any year since Nielsen began tracking them in
From my and Richard
Brown's memory, how Moe's Berkeley invented the collectible LP
Overholzer answered the door
remember if it was Joe or Cynthia who called. Joe told me about
other kinds of collections before. A good one contained a 1964
BMW R69S, a motorcycle that I've loved to this day. But I think
it was his wife Cynthia who called me that afternoon at Moe's.
One of her customers, she said, wanted to sell his record collection.
She knew that he had good equipment, they had repaired some of
it at their shop and she thought that he probably took good care
of his records. (Cynthia and Joe still own the same shop they
did in the 1970s, Resistance Repair, and they still repair stereo
equipment. They opened the store in the '60s and named it as much
for political resistance as electrical.)
had always bought book and record collections, but this was a
large one, about 7000 records. No one at Moe's ever spent the
kind of money that this collection might cost, and, Moe was a
book man. He loved the music that was on the records but that
was all he knew about them. (Actually he prefered cassettes because
they were easier to play. Moe did not relate well to machinery,
as any one who had the thrill of driving with him knows.) Also
Moe was of a mixed mind about his employees spending his money
on collections. He understood fully that it is through the careful
buying of collections that lots of money can be made. Yet he didn't
like to spend lots of money. He and I would often argue loudly,
and publicly, about me spending his money. But I bought well and,
after what was becoming a ritual confrontation, behind his contact
lenses his eyes twinkled and his face lit up slightly. He gave
me the go-ahead.
fellow who owned the records, a Mr. Overholzer, lived in one of
the Bay Area's modest and middle-class suburbs. It was definitely
not a "hip" area so I wondered just what kind of record
collection he really had. I was skeptical.
the next day I telephoned Mr. O. On the phone he was businesslike
and polite. He confirmed that the collection was mostly jazz and
asked if I would please come out and see it. I agreed and he gave
me careful and deliberate directions to his house, and in closing,
as an afterthought, mentioned that he liked Duke Ellington and
had all his records.
for some of us to go out to see the collection the following day.
Together we drove to the Overholzer house. The neighborhood was
pretty undistinguished. The area was built up in the '40s and
'50s and was one of those drab look-alike California developments,
saved that day only by California sunshine. Judging by the surroundings
it looked like the records wouldn't be very jazzy. I was afraid
that the three of us were going to look through 7000 pop, easy-listening,
and semi-classical records. We parked in front of the house and
cautiously went up the driveway, a beatnik and two hippies, we
were out of our element.
Mrs. Overholzer answered the door. If she was uncomfortable with
her guests she didn't show it. She ushered us politely through
her house and into the den. There was Mr. O. among his records.
you Mr. Overholtzer
"Overholtzer Collection" precipitated the first "collectors
section" in Moe's Books and Records-in fact, the first that
I can recall in any record store.
LPs, purchased for $9000, it was an astute mix of vintage jazz
and classical LPs that raised eyebrows all around. Having viewed
the records at their home, I was further amazed when poring over
them at the store, pile after pile brought in and stacked, at
first, on the floor: pristine original issues and much long-out-of-print
material formed a good portion of the collection.
before the records were off the floor-before most were even priced-there
appeared, with a homing instinct peculiar to them, the dealers.
Two came up from L.A., one fellow appeared from Asia! My memory
is that we sold about $8000 worth of records to these three alone.
Given the almost laughably low prices on these records, that added
up to a lot of vinyl. And what is still clear in my memory is
the seventy-five or so Ellington and Ellington sidemen originals,
the price fetched by the coverless Art Pepper Intro
record ($35), or the three records on the Transition label,
a jazz label about as esoteric and valuable as any, that were
priced at a ludicrous $30 each. These are today, name-your-price
the initial feeding frenzy abated, and the records were ensconced
in their new segregated area, the employees got to survey and
purchase the material at their leisure and to pretend that they
were just buying used records. But clearly our collective consciousness
was raised by the Overholtzer affair.
had moved into the future of records as collectibles.
I would like to thank Richard
Brown for his contribution to this series.
2001 by Ron Penndorf, RECOLLECTIONS
Two conversations not to
be missed are Robin
Williams and Charlie Rose and Bill
Moyers and Oliver Stone.
DEFINITELY check them out!
post from the past
There are many artists
and crafts people in Potter Creek. They are now having open studios.
Check them out!
"Berkeley Police Still on Lookout for Elmwood
Robbery, Shooting Suspects"
by Riya Bhattacharjee our Planet.
"Berkeley police are
still looking for two suspects involved in a robbery and shooting
in the Elmwood district more than a week ago.
According to Berkeley Police
Department Lieutenant Andrew Greenwood, an unidentified suspect
attempted to rob a 62-year-old male pedestrian in the 2700 block
of Russell Street at 6:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.
The suspect shot the victim
once, striking him in the lower torso, Greenwood said. The suspect
then fled from the scene, and was 'possibly driven away from the
area in a late model silver or light-colored "crossover"
utility vehicle,' resembling a Mercedes Benz or BMW."
"Walgreens Shooting Suspect Still At large"
reports Riya Bhattacharjee
in our Planet.
"Berkeley police are
still looking for a suspect involved in a shooting Sunday night.
Berkeley Police Department
spokesperson Andrew Frankel said a Hispanic man shot a white man
in the arm in the parking lot of the downtown Berkeley Walgreens
at 2801 Adeline St. at 11:09 p.m. Dec. 6. Frankel said the man's
injuries were not life-threatening.
Frankel said the suspect
is still at large and that the case is still under investigation.
'That is all we are sharing
about the case at this point in time,' Frankel said."
"Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats of Old
Berkeley" is a mention
our Ricky "The Rickster"
"From Richard Schwartz,
author of 'Berkeley 1900' and 'Earthquake Exodus, 1906,"
'Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cuthroats of Old Berkeley' recalls the
fascinating and zany stories of some of Berkeley's first residents
and their impact on the East Bay city we know today. "
"California arts groups will receive more
than $4 million in NEA grants" at
"The Center Theatre
Group of Los Angeles received $35,000 to help produce the Lisa
Kron play 'Five Questions.' The theater will co-produce the play
in partnership with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which won its
own grant from the NEA. The Berkeley Rep was awarded $30,000 to
produce 'Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West,' a
new play by Naomi Iizuka."
"The clean energy potential in our backyard" Nancy Skinner, Ethan Elkind at sfgate.com.
"The promise of energy
production today has switched from fossil fuel-based power plants
to renewable technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Plans to achieve this clean energy promise often focus on building
large solar installations in the desert or wind farms in mountain
passes. But development of large renewable facilities can take
years to address endangered species concerns, costs of new transmission
and environmental impacts on local communities and parks."
"Green economy' growing in California despite
recession" by Dana
"With California's unemployment
rate at 12.3 percent, there's more job loss than growth these
days. But a new report cites a surge of jobs being created in
the state's young 'green economy . . . .
Evidence of green job growth is easy to find in the Bay Area .
Sungevity, a Berkeley-based
solar company that provides online guidance for buying rooftop
solar systems, has 38 employees. But it is hiring for 17 new jobs,
primarily in sales and customer service."
"World's Smallest Semiconductor Laser to
Have Big Impact in Computing, Bio-Hazard Detection" is a report a sciencedaily.com.
"Air Force Office of
Scientific Research and National Science Foundation-funded professor,
Dr. Xiang Zhang has demonstrated at the University of California,
Berkeley the world's smallest semiconductor laser, which may have
applications to the Air Force in communications, computing and
"UC Berkeley Extension Opens Spring 2010
Enrollment" is a
press release at prnewswire.com.
"New Online Courses
and Programs in Sustainability Studies, Biotechnology, and More
Highlight Expanded Offerings
Hundreds of spring classes,
along with a host of new and updated programs for professionals
seeking to advance or change their careers, are now open for enrollment
at UC Berkeley Extension. Created to meet the evolving demands
for education and training in a changing economy, thirteen new
and updated programs join UC Berkeley Extension's growing list
of widely respected professional certificates and specialized
programs of study."
"Berkeley council sends hangers as abortion
message" is an AP
"The Berkeley City Council
has a pointed message for Democratic members of the U.S. House
who voted to keep federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.
The governing body of this
proudly liberal city on Wednesday sent a coat hanger and a letter
to each of the 20 lawmakers urging them to reconsider any steps
that would limit access to abortions. Abortion rights advocates
use coat hangers as a symbol of the gruesome procedures some pregnant
women resorted to before Roe v. Wade.
The City Council voted 8-1
to send the hangers, saying it hoped they would "emphasize
the importance of this message."
Council member Gordon Wozniak
dissented, saying he thought the graphic illustration was inappropriate
and could backfire on the city."
Well, now I'm more encouraged
to send a bag-full of used-rubbers*
to our council so they can experience
for themselves a little of Potter Creek's street life.
And/or, I now feel no need
to advocate a generation-change at the council for we already
seem to have children running city hall.
*informal use, condoms
Of course, . . . I have noticed
that our council now-and-then takes positions on national and
In order to make these more
regular, effective and respected, I believe the city council should
draw up a proper foreign policy and establish a permanent department
of state. (I'm hopeful that our resourceful Mr. Phil could find
And, in order to enforce
the policies we certainly need a defense department--quite independent
from our police force, I would suggest.
Along those lines, perhaps
an amphibious assault on the race track in Albany might be an
effective opening to the invasion of this only-mildly-liberal
and-so-suspect, bedroom community. The annexation of this home-owning
and small-business community would certainly increase our tax
base. And the new
lebensraum would effectively curb our runaway development
communitys' projects, and so, except for our new defense department,
keep our little community largely unchanged.
Of course, Emeryville would
provide more lebensraum
and very much more tax revenue. An amphibious assault there is
also possible. And once Emeryville is conquered there's Oakland.
You see . . .
My position on abortion?
No ones business but my own really, though I am a strong supporter
of individuals rights.
"University of California adds up to $8,000
to 'professional' degrees' " is
a story from seattletimes.com.
As the University of California
copes with state funding cuts, students studying to be social
workers, architects and urban planners will be considered "professional"
degree candidates next year and will be required to pay up to
$8,000 more a year in student fees. They will join law, business
and medical students, among others, who have paid big surcharges
Future social workers, architects
and urban planners studying at the University of California (UC)
are about to get a change in status they might not want.
Starting next year, these
UC students will be considered "professional" degree
candidates and will be required to pay up to $8,000 more a year
in student fees. They will join law, business and medical students,
among others, who have paid big surcharges for years. Some people
say that isn't fair.
As the UC system copes with
state funding cuts, its leaders recently approved steep increases
in the charges that students in professional graduate schools
must shell out on top of regular student fees. The regents also
added seven programs to those required to pay the surcharges,
with landscape design, social work and physical therapy majors
now among students who will face them.
Some critics said the university's
actions are based on the erroneous idea that all professional-school
graduates land well-paying jobs and can easily repay their loans.
'The state and the regents
are putting the burden of the state budget gap on the students
and the real concern is about the privatization of the university,'
said Jessica Luk, a UC Berkeley graduate student in city and regional
The surcharges will affect
about 12,000 professional-school students, raising their total
UC fees from 46 percent to 230 percent higher than those of graduate
students in such programs as English or chemistry."
"Berkeley Lab gets $16M for building energy
use facility" is
a report at sfbusinesstimes.com.
"As the world's climate negotiators meet
in Copenhagen to discuss how to curb global warming, some people
in Marin County, Calif., may already have a partial solution.
They call it 'carbon ranching.' " is a NPR report.
The idea was hatched by scientists
who are trying to coax carbon dioxide out of the air and into
cattle pastures. Proponents of the idea say if it proves effective,
the practice could be used around the world.
Whendee Silver is a soil
scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. If soil is
the earth's skin, then Silver might be considered its dermatologist.
Silver is steering a jeep up a hill as steep as a ski slope in
Marin County to get to plots of pastureland she is experimenting
'What we're interested in
doing out here is figure out how much carbon is added to the soil
and how much carbon is lost,' she says."
The television program, Russia
Today [RT] characterizes the Keiser Report as "a no holds
barred look at the shocking scandals behind the global financial
headlines. From the collusion between Wall Street and Capitol
Hill to the latest banking crime wave, from bogus government economic
statistics to rigged stock markets, nothing escapes the eye of
Max Keiser, a former stockbroker, inventor of the virtual specialist
technology and co-founder of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. With
the help of Keiser's co-host, Stacy Herbert, and guests from around
the world, Keiser Report tells you what is really going on in
the global economy."
Well maybe yes, maybe no,
but it certainly is an alternate view of our "capitalist
In his December 10 program,
Max Keiser talks with Australian economist, Steve Keel "about
wages, deflation and zombie capitalism."
(Keel predicted the crash.)
"Case made for 'survival of the kindest" is a report at upi.com.
"A U.S. group of social
scientists is challenging long-held conventional wisdom that human
beings are wired to be selfish."
"Passengers from Central China can now
reach Guangzhou, the southern economic hub, within three hours
as the nation carries out its ambitious high-speed railway plan"
is a report a pravda.ru.
"The new high-speed
railway linking Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province,
and Guangzhou successfully passed a critical operations test Wednesday
and could be open to the public later this month.
The rail cuts the previous
travel time of 10 hours between the two cities to less than three
hours with an average speed of 350km/h. Chinese media said it
is the longest railway with the world's fastest trains.
Ticket prices have not been
published yet. Earlier reports said it might be 500 yuan ($73),
double the current berth ticket price.
Although travel agencies are concerned the pricey high-speed train
may not be a hit with the public, experts say the project is in
itself a technological marvel that cost an investment of 100 billion
A successful operation of
the high-speed railway of more than 1,000 km will help demonstrate
China's technological strength ..."
posts from the past
Commanding General saves
embattled Democracy from right-wing coup d'etat! In some Third
World country? No, in the 1930s in
our U.S of A.
And coming this week in Scrambled
Eggs, "EXPOSE:The CIA in Potter Creek."
"KALX's 'The Sunday Morning Show' Will
Be Missed" writes
Jonathan Wafer in our Planet. Well, I still look forward
to Pete and Julies "Alternate Tunings" series.
"Recession not inevitable, report says" writes George Avalos in the Times. "Despite
the woozy housing market, California should be able to avoid a
recession thanks to a diverse economy that is showing strength
in other sectors, according to a report released today."
"Business leaders bullish on Bay Area:
Local executives say they see the economy going full steam ahead
into the coming year"
"Poverty moving to suburbs: For the first
time, more poor people live outside city centers, a study of the
100 largest metropolitan areas reveals" writes the AP's Stephen Ohlemacher in the Times.
Big holiday party last night
in one of the Eighth and Pardee condos.
A BBC Radio 4 documentary
about the attempted Roosevelt coup is here.
The BBC offers "The
coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with
the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were
alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America,
(owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George
Bush's Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should
adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.
Mike Thomson investigates
why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat
to American democracy."
Pete's Potter Creek raingauge
showed .65 inches of rain for the strom thru yesterday mid-morning.
Geralyn's Potter Creek thermometer
registered a low of 37 degrees Monday/Tuesday.
Pete's "Music Maker
Show" opens at the Oakland Airport next Friday, December
18th--it's about ukes, guitars and more.
"Campus Musicians Receive Gift From Pianist
Earl Hines' Estate" is
a story at allaboutjazz.com.
"The gift to the University
of California, Berkeley, of the bulk of famous jazz pianist Earl
'Fatha' Hines' estate will provide exceptionally gifted low-income
students with free musical instruction and the campus's music
library with his collection of papers, compositions and memorabilia.
Hines' musical archive will
become the cornerstone at the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library
of a new Archive of African American Music, which would be unique
on the West Coast.
Hines played to sold-out
audiences in the United States and around the world for most of
the 20th century, defining jazz until his death in 1983. For the
last three decades of his life, he lived in Oakland during a time
of renewed appreciation for his contributions to jazz.
Hines, who first came to
UC Berkeley as a Regents Lecturer in music in 1979, had a special
interest in furthering music education, particularly that of African
American students, and stipulated that a portion of his estate
be dedicated to such purposes."
And, check out allaboutjazz.com.
"Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, Berkeley"
is a review by Karola
Saekel at sfgate.com.
"In the bar at Spenger's,
you half expect to spy a glamorous blonde perched on a bar stool,
languorously taking the first puff of a slender cigarette while
her beau, suit jacket wide of lapel and narrow in the hips, holds
out an initialed lighter, reflected many times in a seemingly
endless array of gleaming bottles against a mirrored backsplash."
"Protesters damage Calif. university leader's
home" is an AP report
"Eight people were arrested after protesters broke windows,
lights and planters outside the home of the chancellor of the
University of California, Berkeley.
Dan Mogulof says 40 to 70 protesters also threw incendiary devices
at police cars and the home of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau late
Friday. There were no fires or injuries. "
"Science not faked, but not pretty"
is an AP report
"E-mails stolen from
climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed
hiding data - but the messages don't support claims that the science
of global warming was faked, according to an exhaustive review
by The Associated Press.
The 1,073 e-mails examined
by the AP show that scientists harbored private doubts, however
slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain
about climate change."
Moe's Books Documentary starring
Doris on Heads Up Berkeley, Bay Area through December
My Documentary about the
history of Moe's Books, starring Doris[ including Eli] is being
broadcast on Channel 28 Comcast Berkeley through month of December
The other Documentary that is on the program is about David Lance
Goines our great local poster artist who specializes in posters
on Berkeley businesses and has an international museum reputation.
David is also an author.
Heads Up Berkeley, Bay Area
Channel 28, Comcast Berkeley
Times will change in January
Richmond Ramblers MC member
emails a photo of his tike, . . . that would be trike
built it from a Honda Gold
wing, he did
Ramblers M. C. reader sent this recipe.
is a wonderful recipe, and it's just in time for the Holidays.
With the holidays coming, here's a fruit cake recipe that will
take the stress out of this normally stressful time.
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 ounces lemon juice
1 cup of nuts
First, sample the vodka to check for freshness. Take a large bowl.
Check the vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
Turn on the electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy
Add water, eggs and 1 tsp. sugar and beat again.
Make surr the vodca is still OK. Cry another tup. Turn off mixers.
Chuck in the cup of dried fruitt or something.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets struck on the beaterers, pry it loose
Sample the vodka to check for tonsistancity. Next, sniff 2 cups
salt. Or . . . Who cares? Check the vodka. Now sniff the lemon
and strain nuts.
Add one Table.
Of sugar. Whatever.
Grease the oven.
Turn the cake ttin 350 degrees.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Whip the bowl out the window.
Check the vidka again.
Ah, . . .
forget it. Nobody likes fruitcake anyway."
"Pa. police arrest Amish man in buggy for
DUI" is an AP
report at sfgate.com.
"Police in central Pennsylvania
arrested an Amish man on drunk driving charges over the weekend
after he was found asleep in his moving buggy. Police said a 22-year-old
man was slumped over and asleep in a slow-moving buggy on Sunday
"Kronos Quartet, Hertz Hall, Berkeley,
California" is a
review by our Allan Ulrich at the Financial Times.
"The urge at this time
of the year to indulge ourselves with experiences that may not
be all that nourishing or healthful extends to the concert hall.
There you can find Vladimir Martynov's Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished),
commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and premiered by the group
over the weekend on Northern California home turf. It falls on
the palate with suspicious ease."
council wants Maybeck review" is a short report by Carolyn
Jones at sfgate.com.
"Berkeley's city council
sent a landmark decision back to the drawing board last week after
the building's owner said the structure was designed by a friend
of Bernard Maybeck's, not Maybeck himself.
The council voted 6-2 to
return the issue to the Landmark Preservation Commission, which
had granted landmark status to 1007 University Ave. in September
based in part by its association with Maybeck.
The architect's name on the
drawings is Phillip Coats, an associate of Maybeck's. Maybeck
retired nine years before the 1949 building was completed.
The landmark commission will
re-consider the issue at a future meeting.
Councilmen Jesse Arreguin
and Kriss Worthington voted to uphold the commission's original
"SolarCity: Strategic Analysis Review"
is a report at officialwire.com.
"The 'SolarCity - Strategic
Analysis Review' is an in-depth business, strategic and financial
analysis of SolarCity. The report provides a comprehensive insight
into the company, including business structure and operations,
executive biographies and key competitors. The hallmark of the
report is the detailed strategic analysis of the company. This
highlights its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities
and threats it faces going forward."
"Berkeley Lab-Developed OpenADR Specification
Developed by Demand Response Research Center Boosted by Recovery
Act Grant to Honeywell"
"The U.S. Department
of Energy has awarded Honeywell an $11.4 million grant to help
Southern California Edison implement automated demand response
under OpenADR, the Open Automated Demand Response Communications
The grant was one of several
Smart Grid Investment Grants awarded under the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act.
OpenADR was developed by
researchers at the PIER Demand Response Research Center. The Center
is based in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of
the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The DRRC is funded
by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research
"The privatization of UC" is opinion at latimes.com.
"Attacking the University
of California is a perennial political sport -- who can forget
that Ronald Reagan's heckling of Berkeley students was as important
in launching his conservative political career as was the support
of General Electric Co.?
But the system today faces
greater peril than at any time since Gov. Pat Brown and UC President
Clark Kerr joined to craft the state's higher-education master
plan in 1960. Changing demographics, budget-cutting fervor and
a certain tendency to shoot itself in the foot have combined to
undermine UC's traditional constituency. The 32% hike in tuition
approved by the regents last month is a sign that California's
commitment to its public university, which contributed beyond
measure to the state's prosperity over the decades, is on the
Vera, Bob and Carol's neighbor
had her car window smashed out yesterday, even ripped out the
window-frame. Nothing was taken from the vehicle, however. She's
just off San Pablo Ave.
"Mark Berson, formerly of Gulf Coast chamber,
accepts job in Berkeley, Calif"
by Kaija Wilkinson at pressregister.com.
"Mark Berson, former
president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce in
Gulf Shores, announced Tuesday that he has accepted the chief
executive officer position with the Berkeley (Calif.) Chamber
Mark Berson served as president
of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce for six years.Berson
said he plans to move to Berkeley by the end of the year."
from my log
12/7/09--Off-and-on all day,
irritant in front room, sometimes VERY SERIOUS, over-riding four
new HEPA filters.
irritant in front room. 9:17 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front
room, over rides four new HEPA filters, wear respirator, leave.
irritant in front room, over rides four new HEPA filter, wear
in warehouse, air out.
day, irritant in front room.
Though, the irritant we experience
sometimes over rides as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 CARTRIDGES filter all the irritant.
They are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dixoide,
hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
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
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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