A medical marijuana facility
in the old chocolate factory at 7th and Heinz would one block
south of the French School campus at 7th and Grayson, one long
block/two short blocks west of the French School's 9th and Heinz
campus, and one long block east of the Aquatic Center pre-school.
Schools triangulate the facility by roughly one block in all three
posts from the past
Sweet potatoes are not yams.
A sweet potato and a yam are two completely different plant species.
True yams were brought to this country from Africa and are not
grown in the United States on a commercial basis. Their flesh
is white and not sweet at all. Occasionally a well-stocked Latin
market may have a few yams, but generally they are difficult to
locate. Louisiana and East Texas growers like to call their product
yams in order to distinguish their potatoes from those grown in
the north, a marketing technique that is confusing. And some canned
sweet potatoes may be labeled yams, further complicating the issue.
SWEET POTATO PIE
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup cooked sweet potato
1 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 9-inch unbaked pie crust, chilled
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Whisk together the sugar, flour,
salt and nutmeg in mixer bowl. Add the half-and-half, sweet potato,
eggs and butter, one at a time, beating on medium speed about
30 seconds after each ingredient is added. Pour the filling into
the pie shell. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until filling is firm on
the sides and just barely shakes in the middle. Cool on a wire
rack. The pie may be served warm or cold and yields 8 servings.
Certainly not a
a sweetie--Milo is 1 year old
is Beethoven's birthday
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
James Phillips emails
I bought your Vetter fairing about a year and a half ago. I'm
finally getting it mounted. Slow I know, but quality takes time,
at least that's my story.
I keep meaning to call &
see if your interested in having coffee sometime. Time flys when
your working for the man. . . . I enjoy the "Scrambled Eggs
& Lox" frequently.
our Ryan Lau emails
some quick announcements.
Detectives Seek Public's
Help With 2009's Only Unsolved Homicide
Berkeley, California (Tuesday, December 15, 2009) The City
of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail is asking
for the community's help in closing its only remaining unsolved
homicide for 2009.
At 11:29 p.m. on May 4, 2009,
the BPD Communication Center received multiple calls from residents
reporting shots fired in Southwest Berkeley. Officers responded
to the 1300 block of 67th Street where they found the shooting
victim, Maurice Robertson, 18, of Berkeley, lying in the rear
yard of a residence. The Berkeley Fire Department
Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Detectives are looking to
speak with someone they consider "a person of interest"
who was seen by witnesses near the crime scene prior to the shooting.
That person is described as:
Black male, 16-19 years old
5'08" to 5'10" in height,
Wearing an orange Northface-style windbreaker
On May 21, 2009 the City
of Berkeley offered a $15,000 reward and Bay Area Crime Stoppers
offered an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to
the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for Robertson's
Detectives are asking for
the community's help in catching those responsible for this crime.
Anyone with information can contact the BPD Homicide Detail at
(51) 981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch
line). If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call
the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS
San Pablo Neighborhood Council
The San Pablo Neighborhood Council is ready to party. We
are inviting the neighborhood to join us for our Holiday Party
on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm. There
will be music and fun, bring your favorite holiday dish or a snack
to share. The Art Room at San Pablo Park is the place.
Volunteers Needed to Help
Pack Baskets for Needy Famlies
The Berkeley Police Department and Berkeley Boosters Association/P.A.L.
is hosting a holiday turkey basket distribution to selected needy
families. Volunteers will meet on Wednesday, December 23, 2009
at 6:30 a.m., in front of the Police Department to help assemble
250 food baskets. The gift of giving starts with you!
For more information, contact Jen Louis via Email or phone at
Toys for Tots program needs
The Berkeley Fire and Police Departments along with the United
States Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, needs your help in providing
donations for the Toys for Tots Program. Collection barrels
have been placed in all fire stations and each station will collect
toys until December 25, 2009. New and unwrapped toys collected
before December 19 will be used for the Toys for Tots program.
Toys collected from December 19 to December 25 will be distributed
to homeless shelters assisting families.
Toys will be distributed
on Saturday, December 19 at the Public Safety Building by the
Berkeley Police Department to families that have pre-registered
through the Toys for Tots program. Registration ends December
For other information and
toy barrel pick up, please contact Firefighter Tony Hall via Email
or Lieutenant John Tarascio, via Email or at 510-981-5520.
South Berkeley H2H Community
Advisory Board Vision
The South Berkeley Heart 2 Heart Community Advisory Board seeks
new paths to healing through unity, cooperation, commitment, education,
and growth. The CAB will provide the necessary local knowledge
and insight to develop effective, sustainable strategies that
will work to lower the rate of hypertension and eliminate health
disparities in their neighborhood. The CAB's active participation
in the Heart 2 Heart program will nurture a spirit of community-driven
collaboration amongst residents, community-based organizations,
and city government. By engaging their neighbors and building
relationships with Heart 2 Heart partners, CAB members will gain
valuable skills and experiences to help them lead their community
towards a connected, empowered, and healthy South Berkeley.
If you are interested in participating in the Heart 2 Heart Community
Advisory Board, please see the attached information and application.
If anybody needs this information in Spanish, please email me
back. I would have included it, but they were large Microsoft
Publisher documents. Si cualquiera necesita esta información
en español, envíeme por correo electrónico
por favor detrás. La habría incluido, pero eran
documentos grandes del editor de Microsoft.
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
"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."
Briefs" at mulletwraper.com.
"Mark Berson, former
president and CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce
has been appointed to a similar position with the Berkeley Chamber
of Commerce in Berkeley, California. Berson ,who served as the
head of the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce for over six
years, previously served as the Director of the Alabama Bureau
of Tourism and Travel in Montgomery, Alabama. "I am proud
of the progress that was made by the Gulf Coast Chamber during
my tenure. Membership numbers grew from approximately 730 to over
1000 and we produced many timely and valuable workshops and seminars
for our members. The Chamber was and continues to be a strong
advocate for the business community on the Alabama Gulf Coast,"
Berson said. Berson, who has many close relatives in the San Francisco
Bay area, is looking forward to his move to Berkeley at the end
of December. Berkeley is a progressive, world famous city with
a population of over 100,000 and home to the University of California."
"State Approves Expansion of Oakland Enterprise
Zone Into West Berkeley"
by Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.
"The final hurdle for
creating enterprise zones in West Berkeley has cleared, paving
the way for more than 1,000 local businesses to receive tax credits.
Berkeley's Economic Development
Manager Michael Caplan said the California Department of Housing
and Community Development Department announced Dec. 1 that it
had approved the expansion of the Oakland Enterprise Zone into
West Berkeley, a little over two months after the Berkeley City
Council voted in favor of it.
The Oakland City Council
has also approved the plan.
Berkeley's primary motivation
to pass the proposal was to keep Bayer Healthcare, the city's
largest private-sector employer, from leaving town. The company
had threatened to outsource some of its manufacturing, a move
city officials feared would lead to the pharmaceutical giant eventually
shutting down its Aquatic Park campus entirely."
"Californians flock to the 'Disneyland'
of climate change" is
a report at latimes.com.
"Hundreds of delegates
from nonprofits, state and local government and businesses are
making the rounds in Copenhagen, speaking on panels, schmoozing
with fellow policy wonks and buying furry hats.. . .
Among those stranded without
credentials Monday was Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D- Berkeley),
who blogged about her experience. 'It's not looking good for those
of us without badges to get in,' she wrote, adding, 'I'm a bit
sad' to miss events at the center with fellow politicians.
But later she was off to
dinner at the U.S. Embassy with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu,
Schwar'enegger and other officials, wearing a Danish-made furry
hat. 'I look like a wookie but my head and ears are warm,"
"Another Extreme Makeover home in trouble"
is a report at sfgate.com.
"The curse of Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition has struck again. Five years after it was
transformed for the TV show, the home of widowed father of eight
Brian Wofford in Encinitas, California is facing foreclosure,
the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This is not the first time
a home that has been featured in the ABC program has run into
our Ryan sends an email ps
I wanted to make sure that
everyone knew about this opportunity for members of the community
to provide some feedback and insights to the architects and staff
working on the new library's initial designs.
Planning Your West Branch Library Project
December 2009 / January 2010
Meet Your Architects
Harley Ellis Devereaux / GreenWorks Studio
Thursday, January 7th
6:30 8:00 PM
West Branch Library @ 1125 University Avenue
Harley Ellis Devereaux - GreenWorks Studio (www.harleyellis.com)
is located in West Berkeley. The firm is dedicated to developing
and applying innovative solutions in sustainable design and construction,
having worked on over 50 projects including one LEED Platinum-certified
building. The design team is excited to be working right
in their backyard and engaging with neighborhood community groups.
For accessibility information or other information, go to berkeleypubliclibrary.org
or call 510-981-6195.
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
-- B.F.D. Fire Station 1 -- collects gifts for children during
these Holidays. The firehouse is at 2442 8th Street and you can
drop off gifts there anytime. You might also drop off something
for our firemen and firewomen.
the cost of almost-clean
The area covered here by
HEPA filtering is roughly 15 X 30 x 8 feet or 450 square feet
and 3600 cubic feet.
This area is served by six
filter units at a purchase cost of roughly three hundred dollars
($300.00) a piece or a total of one thousand and eight hundred
Complete filter replacement,
required roughly every 4 to 6 months, is about $100.00 per filter
unit or $600.00. Replacement has run as high as $150.00 a unit.
Carbon pre-filters are replaced
sometimes as often as every two to four weeks and is $40.00 for
Our electric bill has doubled
since the purchase and use of the six units, happily, our gas
usage is only $16.00 a month for OUR small
our Ryan sends an important
Something that just came in the mail and I wanted to make sure
to give community members sufficient notice.
On November 24th, the United States Postal Service held a community
meeting to discuss their proposal to close the Park Station Post
Office at 2900 Sacramento Street (at Russell). Unfortunately,
due to the lack of notice and the proximity to the Thanksgiving
Holiday, the turnout was very low. At this meeting, Councilmember
Moore encouraged the Postal Service to hold another meeting to
give the community an opportunity to voice their concerns.
The USPS agreed and is holding this community meeting on Thursday,
January 7th, 2010 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the South Berkeley Senior
Center, 2939 Ellis Street. Park Station Post Office serves
a great deal of seniors and other residents that find it difficult
to use an alternate post office location, so it is extremely important
to the surrounding community. If this is something that
you are interested in, please notify your neighbors . . . Thanks
so much and please help to save our neighborhood post office!
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
"The Return of Black Oak Books" by Riya Bhattacharjee our Planet.
"Gary Cornell could
have lived the easy life with the fortune he made publishing information
Instead, he decided to invest
his time and money in rescuing one of Berkeley's best-loved treasures,
Black Oak Books-a move some might call foolhardy at a time when
hundreds of bookstores are suffering amid the rise of the Internet.
After Cornell and a group
of local investors paid off the IRS in 2008 and bought the store
from its previous owners, high rent forced the closure of the
Shattuck Avenue storefront last June.
Coupled with closure of Cody's
Books, the loss of Black Oak seemed to some Berkeleyans like further
evidence of the city's slow descent into a future with no independent
But Cornell, despite his
tech background, believes in the printed word and promised that
Black Oak would rise from the ashes. And today it will-with 20,000
new books added to its inventory.
Even before Black Oak went
dark, Cornell believed that if he could own the building that
housed the store, he could make it work. So in October he purchased
the old Rountree's nightclub at 2618 San Pablo Ave., gutted the
dilapidated roof, and set up a cash register where the old bar
used to be. He spent the 48 hours prior to the store's Thursday
opening getting the store ready for business. . . .
Walking along San Pablo near
the new San Pablo Avenue store, Cornell examined the up-and-coming
boutiques, gift shops and restaurants. APress, Cornell's former
publishing business, was located just a few blocks from Rountree's
until two years ago, so the move to San Pablo is something of
'It brings back happy memories,'
he said smiling. 'It feels like I never left.'
'It's not the Gourmet Ghetto,
but even Gourmet Ghetto wasn't the Gourmet Ghetto when Black Oak
started there,' he said, referring to the stretch of north Shattuck
Avenue where the previous store stood. 'I think of this area as
being like Temescal. It's starting to get shoppers-each store
benefits from new stores.'"
"Astonishing photos in Jim Marshall's book" is a book review and more by Joel Selvin of
our great photo-artisit .
"Bay Area photographer
Jim Marshall, whose unparalleled portfolio and uncanny eye made
him the Cartier-Bresson of music photographers, has published
a number of books, but he has never featured so extravagantly
his brilliant color photographs as in his latest book, "Trust"
(Omnibus Press $34,95). The captions are littered with his grumpy
complaints about press agents and road managers, but every shot
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
share a private laugh, leaning over their guitars on a TV soundstage.
An impossibly young, improbably beautiful 22 year-old Joan Baez
lets a beatific smile flicker across her lips at the Newport Folk
Festival. John Coltrane and Miles Davis are in full flight at
San Francisco nightclubs in the early '60s.
Marshall's work spans the
history of American music in the 20th century - from tribal elders
such as Bill Monroe and Mother Maybelle Carter to baby pictures
of kids like Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen. His
concert photography captures birds in flight and his candid portraits
are so unflinchingly intimate, catching moments so private and
unguarded, they often look like no one else was in the room with
the subject when the photo was taken."
Last I heard, my old friend
Nick Despotopoulos was
Marshall's agent for the originals.
a Jim Marshall photo
courtesy Nick Despotopoulos
Charlie Rose December 17th
show is all about the film Avatar with converstions with the director,
and two film
of California at Berkeley to Eliminate All Students on Jan. 1"
opines the Huffingron Post.
"Responding to reduced
State assistance and other budgetary pressures,
Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau announced that the University of
California at Berkeley will eliminate all students beginning January
1, 2010. Rejecting the alternative of across the board reductions,
the Board of Regents chose to preserve the 'heart and soul' of
the University, the faculty and the administrative staff.
Birgeneau called the decision
'courageous and forward looking.''If the faculty and administrative
staff continue in place, Cal-Berkeley will be well positioned
to accept students if the economy recovers,' he predicted."
"Christian Scientists seek prayer provision" Victoria Colliver, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"If the final version
of the health care legislation being hammered out in Congress
requires all Americans to carry health insurance, Susan Breuer
thinks it's only fair that the new law cover those who rely on
her form of medical treatment: prayer.
'Why' isn't the question,'
Breuer said. It's 'Why are we excluding it?'
A lifelong Christian Scientist,
Breuer of San Mateo is a full-time practitioner, meaning she provides
prayer professionally for the purposes of healing. Breuer was
trained by a church-sanctioned teacher and is paid by those who
come to her for healing.
With time running short for
Congress to pass a health care bill by Christmas, Christian Scientists
are lobbying lawmakers to include a provision that would ban discrimination
against "religious and spiritual" health care and encourage
private insurers to cover prayer as medical treatment."
Worked for me. Growing up
in Wisconsin as a Christian Scientist I remember that my use of
prayer through practitioner Herbert Frank was covered by the state
workmen's comp medical insurance.
"Berkley's protest: coat hangers" is a brief report at baptistpress.org.
"By an 8-1 vote, the
Berkeley City Council is sending coat hangers to 20 pro-choice
members of Congress who voted to block federal funds from paying
The council members from
what is widely considered one of the country's most liberal cities
took the unusual action Dec. 8 to express their disapproval after
the representatives voted for a pro-life amendment to a health
care reform bill. That amendment bars government coverage of abortions
in the "public option" and prohibits federal subsidies
for lower-income people in private insurance plans that cover
Sixty-four Democrats -- including
the 20 pro-choice advocates cited by the Berkeley City Council
-- joined 176 Republicans Nov. 7 in voting 240-194 for the pro-life
amendment by Reps. Bart Stupak, D.-Mich., and Joe Pitts, R.-Pa.
Berkeley council member Gordon
Wozniak was the lone dissenter. Wozniak said he believed the use
of a coat hanger was improper and could harm the California city,
according to the Associated Press."
"Commercial real estate on shaky foundation"
is a report a sfgate.com.
" Optimism about a national
economic recovery, fueled by rising stock prices and an improved
residential real estate market, is tempered by the widespread
belief that a raft of commercial real estate loan defaults is
just around the corner.
Fears of a commercial real
estate mortgage meltdown are bolstered by persistent unemployment,
which has led to office and retail vacancies, rising commercial
loan default rates and hundreds of bank failures - including two
in the Bay Area in recent months."
How 'bout commercial real
estate in Potter Creek?
Stopped by the Westside this
morning, still not reopened. But, a serious remodel is taking
place. As I was leaving, a big guy came up to me and asked "What's
up?" "Wow, great remodel" I said "Check it
our!" "I've seen remodels before" he grouched.
"Yah" I said "just like trees, seen one, seen 'um
Then I stopped by "Books"
on San Pablo, next to the church. They're still working putting
up shelves and on stocking. Gave the manager my card and asked
her to tell Gary I want to do some photos. Said she'll mention
it to him. "Economics of it are you shouldn't succeed"
I said "But my instincts are you're gonna make it! And I
got pretty good instincts."
"Brooklyn Man, 34, Among Those Arrested
in Violent Berkeley Protests"
is an AP story at brooklyneagle.com.
"Eight people, including
a Brooklyn resident, were arrested earlier this month after protesters
broke windows, lights and planters outside the home of the chancellor
of the University of California at Berkeley."
"UC Berkeley Extension Offers Undergraduate-Level
Courses" is a report
"In the wake of massive
budget cuts to California's state universities and community colleges,
UC Berkeley Extension provides solutions for students faced with
decreasing acceptance rates and dwindling course offerings. The
continuing education division of the University of California,
Berkeley Extension offers undergraduate-level courses, as well
as concurrent enrollment in conjunction with UC Berkeley, to help
students get the classes they need this spring. "
"Berkeley's November Unemployment Rate
Lowest Monthly Rate Since May" is
a report at dailycal.org.
"Personality judged by physical appearance" is a upi.com report.
"People can accurately
judge some aspects of a stranger's personality from looking at
photographs, U.S. researchers suggest."
Would you vote for this man
for mayor? Hold that thought.
Potter Creek's Barry Gifford
has a new Christmas story at chicagoist.com.
"We have a real holiday
treat for you: a previously unpublished Christmas tale by master
storyteller Barry Gifford, a Chicago native and author of such
books as Wild at Heart and, most recently, Memories from a Sinking
Ship (Seven Stories Press.) He also co-wrote the screenplay of
Lost Highway with David Lynch, and earlier this year he played
Nelson Algren in a stage production at the Steppenwolf honoring
the centennial of Algren's birth.
'The Starving Dogs of Little
Croatia' will appear in Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, to
be published next autumn by Seven Stories Press (and if you're
hungry for more, here's another Christmas story to check out.)
Picture, if you will, a vanished
Chicago. The stockyards are still open. Richard J. is in City
Hall. And a fresh wave of Croatian immigrants is settling into
the fabric of the city; Edward 'Fast Eddie' Vrdolyak, the son
of Croatian saloonkeepers from the Southeast Side, is attending
the University of Chicago Law School. Picture yourself on snowy
West Chicago Avenue near Santa Maria Addolorata Church.
Starving Dogs of Little Croatia by Barry Gifford
'Every man lives like hunted
animal,' said Drca Kovic.
'You make this just up?' asked Boro Catolica.
'What is difference?' Drca said, 'if it is truth?'
The two men, both in their
mid-thirties, were seated next to one another on stools at the
bar in Dukes Up Tavern on Anna Ruttar Street drinking shots of
Four Sisters backed with Old Style chasers. Brenda Lee was on
the jukebox belting out 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,' just
as she did every December. Boro Catolica lit up a Lucky.
'Ten years now Chicago,' he said, 'and no truth more than Zagreb.'
our Pete Hurney's major installation
at the Oakland airport
is his Music Makers show
about ukes and guitars
Pete's Potter Creek rain
From this past series of
storms since Dec 12 we've gotten 2.05" of rain and so far
this rainy season I' have a total of 8.95". I think that
our rainy season is almost 1/2 over.
"Search for extraterrestrial life gains
momentum around the world"
is a report at washingtonpost.com.
"The wide dishes, 20
feet across and raised high on their pedestals, creaked and groaned
as the winds from an approaching snowstorm pushed into this highland
valley. Forty-two in all, the radio telescopes laid out in view
of some of California's tallest mountains look otherworldly, and
now their sounds conjured up visions of deep-space denizens as
Viewers of Men
in Black understand that alien contact has already been made.They're
here. Its those people we see every day that aren't quite right.
That just-too-perfect woman in the boutique, the old Hippie without
steel rim glasses, the Good Ole boy with a manicure, the dog that
doesn't pee on the bush. . . . Yup, they're already here.RP
"New Human Reproductive Hormone Could Lead
to Novel Contraceptives"
is a story ar sciencedaily.com.
"Nearly 10 years after
the discovery that birds make a hormone that suppresses reproduction,
University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists have established
that humans make it too, opening the door to development of a
new class of contraceptive and possible treatments for cancer
or other diseases."
"Record Release Show for The Prophesy" is an interview at examiner.com.
"I spoke with the members
of Defiance at their record release show at Blake's On Telegraph
in Berkeley about the release of their new album, The Prophesy,
a talented new lineup, and getting back to their Thrash Metal
The state of commercial real
estate in Potter Creek?
I'm told by an informed source
that the Rich Robins/Wareham biotech project at the end of Heinz
is a go--a roughly 70 foot, four story building of 120, 000 square
feet. One wall of the old structure will be incorporated into
the new building.
"City's Health Dept. Director Retires After
30 Years" by Riya
Bhattacharjee our Planet.
"Fred Medrano has been a constant presence in Berkeley civic
life for the last 30 years. But this week Medrano will be stepping
down from his position as director of Berkeley's Department of
Health Services after 14 years, during which time he oversaw California's
only independent health and mental health jurisdictions."
our Steven Donaldson emails
There's an older woman, 93
who now lives up on Monterey. I see her out gardening when I'm
on my morning run on the weekends. She told me she grew up in
Berkeley. I asked where and she said down on Hearst and 2nd Street.
She said they lived above her fathers business, which was between
some place that made wooden barrels and a sheet metal maker. Business,
industry, manufacturing and just plan living was all mixed together.
It was loud, dirty, full of smoke, smelly and she said wonderful
as a kid. Everyone was foreign; half the folks were Portuguese,
the other half Irish, German, Italian. All she know was she didn't
understand what people said half the time.The streets were unpaved
accept for the crushed shells and gravel they put down once a
year. Other times it was all mud. At low tide packs of kids and
dogs would go along the beach, which stretched roughly from Ashby
to the where the racetrack with a giant wharf in the middle,
to gather fire wood for cooking at the long expansive low tide.
She said the sunsets were great.
our Janine Johnson emails
Happy Holidays! I hope
you and your loved ones are well and looking forward to the new
year! I have not taken any photo this year that comes close
to the beauty of this one NASA posted on the 19th: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap091219.html
Take a moment to marvel at what is possible on our beautiful Earth!
our David Snipper emails
Our Cedric "Doc"
Shackleton sent a photo taken in the early 1900s in Cardiff, Wales
of his Grandfather astride a 1903 REX motorcycle. I'm scanning
it and will upload it sooner-than-laler. Doc drives Potter Creek's
red XK 140 Jag roadster.
Wishing You Peace & Happiness
this Holiday Season
Some proper and well used
commerical space in Potter Creek is 900 GRAYSON.
900 continues to prosper. Among the many holiday
guests this week at 900
GRAYSON were Pete Doctor, Pete Hurney,
Paul Bertolli and friends, Barry Gifford, John Philips, the Yasudas,
Matt Phillips, Karen & Alec, Don Yost, Richard & Sally,
Bob Kubik, Michael Goldin and guest, Berkeley's Finest, and many,
Our Bowl keeps on "keepin'
on" with both the new lot and the old filled and pedestrians
streaming in for holiday shopping.
And buillding on the commerical
structure between the Victors and Byron, Milo and Sarah on 8th
continues apace with work now going on in the interior. A quirky
project, I've come to love it.
"Black Oak store reopens across town" reports Carolyn Jones, Chronicle staff writer
of our new-to Potter Creek bookstore.
"Santa arrived early
for Bay Area bibliophiles, delivering a rare piece of good news
for the beleaguered printed word.
Black Oak Books, the venerable
Berkeley bookshop that closed last year, reopened across town
in a former nightclub with 30 percent more space and ample street
parking. The collection includes fewer treatises on socialist-eco-feminism
and more books of humor."
Found in the New
York Times Sampler
Considers A Ban on Plastic Bags | Berkeley may join other cities
in the Bay Area in banning plastic bags and permitting stores
to charge 15 to 25 cents for paper bags to encourage people to
carry reusable bags. The City Council is expected to consider
the proposal in February. Berkeley gave up pursuing a ban in 2007
after Oakland reversed its own ban after losing a suit against
plastic bag manufacturers who claimed the city failed to consider
the environmental effects. [The San Jose Mercury News].
Chestnuts Roasting Over an
Open TV | Wood fires at home are likely to be banned in the nine
Bay Area counties on Christmas Day, a decision that will be announced
Thursday by air-quality officials. But it is possible to watch
a fire: KTVU 36 will show a burning Yule log from 7 a.m. to noon
on Christmas Day, with holiday tunes playing in the background.
[The Contra Costa Times]"
by Bill Wilson.
"I don't know what is
the most amazing part of my first Christmas in San Francisco -
how much I recall, how much I don't recall or the fact that I
survived at all! It was 1968. The new year would bring the summer
of love and my cousin Susan was part of the hippie invasion. When
she was two her mother divorced her alcoholic father and moved
back to Elda Farm. At the time my family was living in the tenant
house at Elda Farm. "
"Robert Reich feels the Bay Area's pain
" is a story at
"Mr. Reich, an economist
who has served in three presidential administrations, including
as labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, bought his Bay
Area home in 2006 -- just in time to see the local property market
flounder and the regional economy tank.
Now a public-policy professor
at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California,
Berkeley, Mr. Reich blogs about national economic issues including
the stimulus package and health-care overhaul -- and has also
developed some less-well-known views on the Bay Area economy."
"Audit Finds Lack Of Oversight for Mental
Health Client Funds" writes
our Riya Bhattacharjee" of our Planet.
"A new report warns
that funds belonging to the city's mental health clients could
be in danger of being lost, stolen or misused due to a lack of
oversight by city officials.
Nearly $280,000 is at risk
of being abused, the report found.
The average monthly Supple-mental
Security Income for a mental health client is around $800.
The report, issued to the
Berkeley City Council by the city auditor's office earlier this
month, also indicates shoddy record-keeping and a failure of accountability
in handling money."
"Getting Acquainted with Vijay Iyer" is at allaboutjazz.com.
"This week, let's take
a look at some videos featuring pianist Vijay Iyer. Iyer is one
of the most talked-about jazz musicians of this year, and will
be making his St. Louis debut starting Wednesday, January 20 through
Saturday, January 23 at Jazz at the Bistro.
Born in 1971 in Rochester
NY, Iyer studied classical violin for 15 years while growing up
and earned an undergraduate degree in math and physics at Yale
when he was just 20. After moving to California to pursue post-graduate
studies in physics at Berkeley, he got seriously involved in the
jazz scene in Oakland and eventually shifted his focus to music."
"Dirty Air May Raise Pneumonia Risk: Study"
by Lindsey Konkel at
"Air pollution may double
the risk that an elderly person will be hospitalized for pneumonia,
according to a new study.
'We have shown that air pollution
exerts a strong effect on hospital admissions for pneumonia,'
Michael Jerrett, of the University of California, Berkeley, who
was involved in the study, noted in an interview with Reuters
About 600,000 people are
hospitalized for pneumonia in the United States each year. Pneumonia
is the leading cause of death in the elderly."
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
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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,
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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If you ever need to get a
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this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
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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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PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
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