Creek gardens on Christmas Eve
Some proper and well used
commerical space in Potter Creek is filled by 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'
with both the new lot and
the old filled, and pedestrians streaming in to holiday shop
And work 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.
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
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
"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."
"Alameda DA knocked over Berkeley case" by Chris Reed, San Diego Union Tribune.
"As promised yesterday,
I did a bit of poking around into the surprising announcement
from Teresa Drenick, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County DA's
office, that charges were unlikely to be filed stemming from the
terrifying Dec. 11 attack on the on-campus residence of UC Berkeley
Chancellor Robert Birgenau. Some members of a masked mob of up
to 70 people infuriated by tuition hikes attempted to break into
the home and light it on fire. When police responded, they tried
to torch officers' cars.
Police arrested eight people
on suspicion of rioting, threatening an educational official,
attempted burglary, attempted arson, felony vandalism and assault
with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Birgenau said he and his
wife were afraid for their lives. The governor likened the attack
to terrorism and said the terrorists should be prosecuted to the
fullest extent of the law.
But on Monday, the Alameda
County DA announced that no charges had been filed and that it
was unlikely that any charges ever would be filed because of a
lack of strong evidence."
"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."
"U. of U. helped give birth to Internet:University
was one of the four original sites of pioneer network" by Tom Harvey, The Salt Lake Tribune.
"It wasn't yet today's
Internet, but 40 years ago technicians made the final connections
between three computers in California and one at the University
of Utah that would lead to the transformation of human communication.
The fledgling network they
created inspired other government-backed and private projects
that by the early 1990s would merge to become the Internet and
revolutionize how we work and play. "
"Link between protein transport, spinal
cord development established"
is a report at thaindiannews.com.
have broken new ground by discovering a new link between protein
transport and spinal cord development in mice.
Researchers from the Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine and a team from the University
of California, Berkeley, conducted the study."
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. "
"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."
"Maguire's Duende Drama brings history
to the fore" is
a story at calaverasenterprise.com.
"Tom Maguire, actor
and cofounder of Duende Drama, has the indelible stamp of Ireland
on his face. His voice is perfect for stage whispering and projecting
to the back of the house. It would appear that he was born to
be an actor and when you learn about his family's background,
it is easy to conclude that for Tom, acting is genetic.
He is an accomplished actor
and director with more than 35 years of experience in professional
theater, film and television. Just some of the places where you
may have seen him are: San Francisco Poverty Theatre, San Francisco
Actors Ensemble, Berkeley Stage Company, Magic Theatre, Eureka
Theatre and Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora. We are fortunate
that he calls our area home.
Yet, as a young man, Tom
says he never even considered theatrical life and instead opted
to attend the University of California, Berkeley, to become a
"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."
"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."
"Music store a castle to 'Vinyl Princess'
" Joel Selvin, Chronicle
Senior Pop Music Correspondent.
"Yvonne Prinz is the
vinyl princess. As a teenager growing up in Edmonton, Alberta,
the daughter of Dutch immigrants got a job in a record store.
Years later, after moving to California, she and her husband started
the largest independent record store in the country, Amoeba Music
After writing a successful
trilogy of novels for young adults featuring a character named
Clare - 'Not Fair Clare,' 'Double-Dare Clare' and 'Still There
Clare' - Prinz has introduced Allie, the star of her new book
for young adults, 'The Vinyl Princess,' the story of a young girl
working in a record store on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue a lot
like Amoeba. 'I wanted to write a "High Fidelity'"for
kids,' she said over lunch this month at a Berkeley restaurant.
She rented an apartment in
Berkeley's Elmwood district - near where Allie lives - from the
son of Tenzing Norgay, whose father was one of the first men to
climb Mount Everest (she recognized the name when she wrote her
deposit check). She went to work at the apartment every day for
a year, spinning the story of Allie, a young girl on a journey
of self-discovery through the world of phonograph records."
Self discovery through selling
LPs? Cheez that's familiar. Here's something from my Journal
of Recorded Music 6
Back in The Day:
Selling Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave
really wasn't capable of having a manager
told that today Reese Holmandoller lives on an island off the
coast of South America. I guess it's possible. I know that for
years he lived on an island off the Greek coast.
Holmandoller was the first manager at Campus Records that I remember.
Manager isn't exactly right. I don't think that Albert was capable
of having a manager. Reese came from New York and so did Albert.
More importantly, Reese learned the record business in New York
City. But in the end, Albert probably hired Reese because he liked
was tall, thin, a little stoop- shouldered, and had a droopy Einstein
moustache. Before the Beatles had longish hair, Reese had hair
down to his shoulders.
has always thought of itself as a liberal, tolerant and accepting
community. But in the '60s, sadly, even in Berkeley, people thought
something should be done about a man with a woman's hair.
In particular, Reese's
hair annoyed some members of the Telegraph Avenue Merchants Association.
At a regular meeting, and with Albert present, they suggested
that either Reese get a hair cut or that Albert fire him. Albert
quit the Association, but I vaguely remember Reese's hair becoming
a touch shorter.
now began to make a point of smooching in public. In front of
the shop, and with great gusto, he would kiss and squeeze his
saftig lady for all to see. His lady was a good jazz piano
player and Reese played alto. I remember waiting, along with him,
for the release of Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch album. When
the first shipment arrived from the distributor, work ceased for
a moment and we all listened. We agreed it was "far out."
his lady, and some friends had regular "blowing sessions"
at a warehouse just off Shattuck Ave.
asked to sit in.
just beginning to play classical 'cello, but the idea of playing
jazz was tantalizing. The
'cello was much softer than the jazz instruments that surrounded
it, especially the piano and drums. In the first session I couldn't
even hear myself, but Reese
thought the 'cello could be made louder by electrically amplifying
it. So at the next session we rigged a guitar pick-up to the 'cello
bridge and plugged it into an amplifier.
I could hear myself, but I had a hard time following the "changes,"
after all, I was being trained to sight read Bach, not improvise
I can't say that I was a very good jazz player, but I can say
that I played with Country Joe and the Fish's drummer.
Chick "Chicken" Hirsh was one of the people who sat
in that night.
had to be there
I liked my job because I worked at night and mostly alone, and
when it was slow, as it often was, I could play any record in
the shop. Campus Records was a full catalogue store and in the
'60s that meant we had virtually every classical and jazz record
that there was. Happily I could play them all-well maybe not all.
Albert didn't like you to break the seal on a new recording, but
in the '60s many records weren't sealed, so there were many to
be played. Also, if I absolutely had to hear something that was
tightly wrapped in plastic, I could usually get a free copy from
I was with an enormous collection of classics and jazz. Of course,
waiting on customers sometimes interfered with my listening, but
then much to my surprise, many of them bought a copy of what I
was listening to. It seems I had also discovered a way to successfully
the summer Berkeley was still a quiet university town with a small
summer session of teachers "vacationing for credit."
Still, with the "serious" regular students always talking
about how the classes were too big, how the teachers didn't care,
and how the administration was "fascist," you could
sense some unrest. But all in all, the town was quiet, especially
at night, and that meant I would have plenty of time for listening-I
could learn all about music.
left for home about 6 o'clock and we were open until 11:00 PM
so at about 5:00, between waiting on customers, I began planning
my evening's program.
I'd play different performances of the 'cello pieces I was working
on. How did I want to play the Sarabande from the Bach
G Major 'Cello Suite? Did I want to learn the D Minor Suite? How
should the C Major Prelude sound? I'd listen to Casals, to Fournier,
or to Janigro. They were my teachers, and at the evening's end,
many times, I'd be in complete confusion about the works I'd heard,
my head swimming with ideas, solutions and more problems. How
could Casals make them dance so? Why did Janigro's bow on the
string sound like pulling taffy felt? Was that good? How could
Fournier play so quiet and so strong?
managed to sell a copy or two during my evening's concert-usually
the Janigro; I guess because he sounded good on first-hearing
or maybe just because the Westminster record sounded good on the
store's system. Of course it sold for $2.98 or sometimes, if Albert
had a sale, less.
cantatas also sold well, and I learned to love them as I listened
my way through the Westminster, Archiv and Cantate stock. We had
a speaker outside the shop that was pointed across the street
towards the university, and so on a quiet summer night you could
hear Stich-Randall or Fischer-Dieskau singing Bach two blocks
into campus. I know you could hear it that far and I know that
it whetted musical appetites, for many a student arrived at the
shop after walking across campus and had to know what kind of
"song" they had heard and if they could buy it.
a lot about playing a string instrument by listening to Rössl-Majdan,
Poell, and others singing Bach. I learned to imitate the human
voice, the best of all instruments; to phrase as a singer breathed;
to just barely touch a high note; to come into a note flat and
then satisfyingly resolve it in tune. I hoped I learned to play
with all the expression of a good singer. I hoped . . . well,
maybe you had to be there.
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"India governor, 86, resigns after 3-woman
sex tape" by Omer
Farooq, Associated Press Writer.
"The 86-year-old governor
of a southern Indian state resigned Saturday, a day after a television
news channel broadcast a tape allegedly showing him in bed with
three women, an official said."
"It's Official: Jeff Tedford Is on the
Hot Seat" Lisa Horne,
Senior Writer bleacherreport.com.
"The fans walked away
quietly clutching their little stuffed Bears. Or may be they were
It wasn't just a loss to
the Utah Utes, it was the way their team lost that was so unnerving.
Cal was out coached. Cal
was inept in defending the pass. Cal was lucky the Utes had to
settle for a few field goals instead of touchdowns, or the score
would have really been embarrassing.
Jeff Tedford got schooled
by Kyle Whittingham and the Pac-10 got another whupping by the
Mountain West Conference. The fans are now officially peeved at
Tedford, and to be honest, no one should blame them."
a recently remodelled commerical
building in Potter Creek
Bayer's offices on 8th
event of the year
the Bowl Pre-Opening 5/30
Berkeley Councilman, Max
more Pre-Opening photos here
"Air Quality Guidelines Face Unexpected
Critics" is a story
by Daniel Weintraub at nytimes.com.
against greenhouse gases is likely to come to the Bay Area soon
- with rules designed to reduce the carbon footprint of new housing
and commercial development.
That is a concept you might
expect to be welcome in a region known for its environmental advocacy
and hostility to growth.
But some environmentalists
and city planners fear that the new set of guidelines being considered
by the region's air quality regulators could have an unintended
consequence, making it more difficult and more expensive for developers
to construct buildings within already urbanized areas.
That would run counter to
the notion that builders should be given incentives to shift future
population growth from the car-dependent outer suburbs to places
where public services are already available and public transit
is a more viable option to get people out of their cars.
After performing a set of
intricate calculations, the board's staff determined how much
greenhouse gas the Bay Area was likely to produce by 2020, and
by how much that projected amount would need to shrink to comply
with new state guidelines. Then the board estimated what part
of that reduction would be accomplished through the state's broader
effort to regulate carbon emissions. The amount left over was
deemed to be the obligation of new development, and, in essence,
each potential project was given an allowance of greenhouse gas
emissions.. . .
If a new project appears
to exceed its allowance, it would trigger an environmental impact
report to look for ways to reduce it. Guidelines suggest that
a typical condominium development with more than 77 units would
go over the threshold, as would a single-family housing project
with 56 homes.
And that caused an uproar
throughout the region.
Why? Because the idea threatens
city rules exempting projects from extra levels of environmental
review if they are proposed for areas that are already heavily
developed. These exemptions can save builders hundreds of thousands
of dollars - enough, in some cases, to make building in the inner
city more profitable than building in the suburbs.
Dan Marks, the planning director
in Berkeley, calls this a 'get out of jail free' card.
'Depending on where the threshold
is set and who sets it, we can either promote and encourage appropriate
patterns of development or make that harder,' Mr. Marks said in
an interview. 'The infill exemption means a little less cost and
time for the developer. Anything that makes it harder to get the
exemption is going to make it harder for that development to occur.'
Berkeley is opposing the
new guidelines, as is San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville and several
other cities. The pushback has forced the air board's staff to
retool and try to clarify its recommendation."
"Art Rosenfeld, the 'godfather' of energy
efficiency" is a
story by Dana Hull at mercurynews.com.
"When U.S. Energy Secretary
Steven Chu appeared on the "The Daily Show" in July,
he bantered with host Jon Stewart about energy-efficient "white
roofs," a powerful tool in the race to combat climate change.
Chu credited much of the
research on white roofs to 'Art Rosenfeld, one of my local heroes.'
'Rosenfeld. I love his energy stuff,' cracked Stewart, who didn't
appear to know who he is. 'Top-notch weatherizing guy.' "
our Angela emails
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, staying warm
and hanging out with friendsthank you so much for all you do for
west Berkeley and keeping folks informed about the many many things
going on in the city and elsewhere. You really are a treasure!
I wish you the best this coming year!
our Tracy emails
Christmas Day was so beautiful
we took a Christmas walk from San Francisco's Hyde Street
Pier to the Wave Organ near St. Francis Yacht Club
we are . . . "rock stars"
in the Fort Mason bandshell.
a Potter Creek event of the
Scrambled Eggs & Lox
find in The City of Berkeley's West Berkeley Plan of which
Potter Creek is part "Yet while all parts of Berkeley felt
they benefited (between 1906-1941) from growth, political issues
remained between West and East Berkeley. West Berkeley made a
serious, though unsuccessful attempt to secede from Berkeley in
1908. One major reason for the effort was the incorporation in
the 'reform' City Charter of 1909 of a complete prohibition on
bars and alcohol sales in Berkeley, more than a decade before
national prohibition." When I came to Cal in 1963 I found
there were still no bars within a mile of Campus - I'd come from
the University of Wisconsin, Madison where beer was served in
the Student Union. 10/22/02
page is named after my favorite breakfast at the Saffron Caffe.
The caffe also serves freshly roasted Uncommon Grounds coffee,
and the Uncommon Grounds roastery is adjacent to the caffe - you
can see them working through a shared window. The caffe reminds
me of a 1950s coffee house and is at 2813 7th Street, behind V
& W Door and Window. Sometimes I have stuffed grape-leaves
and a single-espresso. 10/23/02
"Worst home-front disaster of WWII gets
William M. Welch at usatoday.com.
"America's newest national
park is largely removed from public view, just 5 acres on a remote
bank of the Sacramento River on a military base in Northern California.
The powerful story it holds
has gone little-noticed as well: the worst home-front disaster
of World War II, when 320 men - two-thirds of them African Americans
- perished in a giant munitions explosion. Fifty of the survivors
were court-martialed for refusing orders to return to work.
It was a horror that helped
bring an end to racial segregation of the U.S. military - a change
that in turn gave impetus to the broader civil rights movement.
Now that chapter of history
is getting a wider telling. President Obama has signed legislation
making the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial a full
unit of the National Park System, following approval by Congress.
That means federal dollars, rangers and a visitors center, as
well as preservation of the historical site and ruins at Concord,
'I am so thrilled,' says
the Rev. Diana McDaniel of Oakland, whose uncle was one of the
sailors who survived the blast on July 17, 1944. 'For me, it's
a story that shouldn't be forgotten.'
Of the men who died that
night, 202 were African-American sailors assigned to work as cargo
handlers, loading explosives, incendiary bombs, depth charges
and ammunition onto ships for delivery to the war in the Pacific.
According to the Navy's history of the event, the men had no training
in handling munitions.
The black enlisted men were
supervised by white officers.
'It was a terribly dangerous
situation,' says Robert Allen, professor of ethnic studies at
the University of California-Berkeley and author of a history
of Port Chicago. 'The officers compelled the all-black workers
to compete in loading munitions. The officers would bet on the
a Potter Creek event of the
900 GRAYSON isn't just mentioned in the current East
Bay Express, it is their Best
"Why We Need to Take Creeks Out of Pipes" opines Carole Schemmerling in our Planet.
When the citizens of Berkeley
so generously passed a small-$5 million for five years-bond measure
in the late 1970s, to put parks in neighborhoods in which there
were none, they created an opportunity to open (daylight) a portion
of an urban creek for the first time in California, and, possibly,
A new park, on an old railroad
right-of-way was designed and built by the city and changed the
area from a desolate dumping ground to one of the most heavily
used parks in Berkeley. Strawberry Creek, contained in a 300-foot
cement culvert, bisected the area, and the city staff were opposed
to the Parks and Recreation Commission's proposal to open it."
"Berkeley Marina's Adventure Playground
in budget trouble"
is a comment at sfgate.com.
Playground needs money to remain open."
"BART assigns Butler as interim police
chief" is a report
"Bay Area Rapid Transit
(BART) recently appointed former Berkeley, Calif., Police Chief
Daschel Butler interim police chief. He will assume the post in
mid-January after meeting the state of California's Peace Officers
Standards and Training administrative requirements.
Butler will head BART's police
department while the agency conducts a nationwide search for a
permanent successor to Gary Gee, who will retire today. Police
Department Commander Maria White will serve as acting chief of
police until Butler is sworn in.
Butler, who retired from
Berkeley's police department in 2002 after serving as chief for
12 years, has 31 years' experience in law enforcement."
"Olive oil: California's golden nectar" by Jessica Yadegaran, Contra Costa Times.
"It was nine years ago
that Al Courchesne took a fall trip to Tuscany and fell in love
with the region's olive oil, a zesty, pungent nectar so revered
that locals knock it back like vodka. Courchesne worked the harvest,
plucking purplish olives from trees and celebrating the bounty
at Italian festivals.
'They have a joy and appreciation
for everything having to do with the olive - the wonderful taste,
how healthy it is for you,"'Courchesne says. ' Their civilization
was built around olive oil.'
Courchesne, a Brentwood fruit
farmer, was hooked on huile. Upon his return, he planted 400 olive
trees on his 130-acre Frog Hollow Farm, on the organic acreage
famous for peaches. Today, he makes Tuscan oil based on a centuries-old
ratio of Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, and Maurino olives.
Courchesne is one of dozens
of producers today who are making Northern California synonymous
with zippy, handcrafted, extra virgin olive oil, which ranges
from soft and buttery to grassy and peppery. From Petaluma to
Menlo Park, they farm 150 olive varietals to create oils so vibrant,
they're almost a different commodity than the stuff you buy off
Currently, most of the olive
oil we consume comes from countries such as Italy, Spain, and
Greece. A lack of government regulation means that despite the
label it's possible you're consuming adulterated olive oil, canola
oil, or a blend, says Patricia Darragh of the
Berkeley-based California Olive Oil Council. The COOC filed a
petition with the USDA in August 2004 to set standards for the
importation of olive oil into the United States. The petition
"Areva eyes California's Central Valley
for nuclear reactors" is
a report at San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F.
"French nuclear power
giant Areva SA is talking to a group of investors about putting
one or two atomic power plants in California's Central Valley.
Paris-based Areva said Tuesday
it's signed a letter of intent with Fresno Nuclear Energy Group
LLC, which it calls 'a group of investors,' about early work necessary
to bring the company's advanced EPR technology to California.
It's a long way from a letter
of intent to building actual power stations - there are many technical,
regulatory and political hurdles to clear, particularly in the
United States, which is more leery of nuclear power than Areva's
home nation of France, which generates about three-quarters of
its power that way.
But the new plant would be
a big help, said William Ibbs, an engineering professor at the
University of California, Berkeley. He thinks the EPR, or competing
technologies offered by General Electric or Korean competitors
to Areva are worth the investment, despite the delays and cost
overruns that often accompany huge projects like this.
'Whether it's Areva, GE or
the Koreans, California needs nuclear power.' "
"Architectural trends of the decade"
opines John King,
Chronicle Urban Design Writer.
Charlie Rose conversation
with architect, Annebelle
Selldorf is certainly worth viewing.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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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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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