Ah, . . .
illusion. I am not now, nor have I ever been, this sophisticated.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed 2.6 inches for the storm, 10/17 to 10/20.
Richmond Rambler Motorcycle
Club member, Cliff Miller emails what can only be again described
as a completely charming E-
Card for Christmas.
Judi Quan emails of the e-card
Just got back from a long
trip through Europe. And just in the nick of time;
my flight out of Heathrow was delayed over an hour while they
plane on the tarmac, but the snow fall wasn't nearly as bad as
it looks from
the news now. . . .
In the past I've posted Ms
Quan's photos of her trips to China, South America, and Turkey.
Hopefully she will send some
our Patricia Dreher emails
a Fall sunset
Patricia, a fine-artist,
resides in the Durkee Building but can be found regularly having
her morning coffee at 900. This photo, however, was taken
through the window at Skate's bar--hence its impressionist tone.
After the holidays are over,
I am hosting what promises to be a very special viol duo concert
at my house. This is a chance to hear these wonderful rich instruments
in a very intimate setting.
Violists da gamba Shirley
Hunt and Josh Lee join forces to present an exciting evening of
virtuoso gamba duos by Schenk, Simpson, Telemann, East, Philidor,
Somis, and Jenkins.
This performance is a fundraiser
for Shirley Hunt's efforts to purchase a rare viola da gamba by
Johann Christian Hoffmann, who was a close friend and luthier
to J.S. Bach.
This extraordinary viol belongs to Mary Springfels, one of the
most accomplished and respected performers of pre-1800 music.
In order to fund her retirement, Mary has decided to sell this
incredible instrument and wishes to pass it along to a promising
young player. She has . . . loaned this instrument to Shirley,
her former student, so that she can search for a sponsor, a group
of investors, . . . in order to purchase it.
January 5th, 2011 7:30
PM in [ my home. ] Because this is a fundraiser for
the viol, the suggested donation is $25.00, though more would
be most gratefully welcome. I heard Shirley play at another fund
raising concert, and was most impressed. This will be delightful,
so I hope you can come!
Happy Holidays and my best
"Two indy movies, two
different types of activism" by Tracey Taylor at berkeleyside.com.
"Two opportunities present
themselves to watch interesting independent movies with Berkeley
connections, in Berkeley, with the bonus of supporting Berkeley
nonprofits as you do so.
Given Berkeley's top billing
in many news stories recently, not always flattering, the Oaks
Theater has pulled of something of a scheduling coup with its
special screening of a movie focused on Berkeley politics. Power
Trip: Theatrically Berkeley, directed by Emio Tomeoni, is
described as "an unfiltered look at the frantic pace of the
activist and reactionists, asking only one question: does anything
actually ever get done here?" The movie will be screened
on Saturday December 18th at noon at the Oaks Theater, 1875 Solano
Avenue. Admission is $7.00 (a portion of which goes to the Berkeley
Humane Society Shelter Fire Relief Fund)."
a friend of Viva "X", videographer and sometimes server
at 900 GRAYSON. My memory is that though Viva
had no actual part in production she did have some input and went
to the presreening. Viva loved it but thought it too long--it
is currently 109 minutes. I've never seen the film since I lived
here through-the-times. Viva said our Rick Aurebach is in it.
If the changes
in the West-Berkeley Project are approved by our City Council
in Potter Creek we will probably see as a result, a rise in property
values later-than-sooner and so some will move on, development
not too close "likely as seen from afar," and a more
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
Nemrut Dagi, Turkey by Judi Quan
end posts from the past
"Early Christmas treat--2010's total lunar
eclipse" by Alicia
Chang of the AP at enews.earthlink.ne.
'Twill be nights before Christmas and high overhead, the moon
will turn orange or maybe bright red. The Earth and the sun with
celestial scripts will conspire to make a lunar eclipse.
Weather permitting, sky gazers
in North and Central America and a tiny sliver of South America
will boast the best seats to this year's only total eclipse of
The eclipse will happen Monday
night on the West Coast and during the wee hours Tuesday on the
East Coast. Western Europe will only see the start of the spectacle
while western Asia will catch the tail end."
"Phil Wood, founder of Ten Speed Press,
dies at 72" Marisa
Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Phil Wood - a bibliophile,
gourmand and Asian antiques collector whose Berkeley publishing
house broke new ground with its offbeat nonfiction and richly
illustrated cookbooks - died Dec. 11 at his Nob Hill home after
a long battle with cancer."
"Rory Root, Comic Relief And How The Comics
is a story about our comic book store and more by Rich Johnston
If the West Berkeley Project's
MUPs (Master Use Permits) are approved by our City Council will
" big developers" rush to west-Berkeley with massive
projects? Well the present economic climate does not favor any
development and if/when that changes, city approval of such a
project would take several years so discouraging many, as would
Berkeley's still "conservative" business climate.
Driving north last night
after dark, I stopped for the stop sign at the corner of 9th and
Parker. At the same time a driver going south, after stopping
then starting and at first not seeing a crossing cyclist who blew
his stop sign, missed the bike by inches. It was one of those
AHHHHH moments. Call me selfish but my first though was "That
kid's going to splat on my hood and make a big dent."
Our Berkeley PD Ofc Andrew
Frankel, also an USAF Major, is being posted to Afghanistan.
After training in Texas,
he will serve his six months tour of duty as security at Bagram
This morning I had breakfast
with Andrew at 900
GRAYSON. It went well with good
conversation over good food in the hustle, bustle of Holiday Berkeley.
It took a while, for civilian
Berkeley is seductive, but then I thought, "This guy's a
real Warrior not some Hollywood, TV bullshit." And I was
from New Mexico,
an email from Paul
Just to wish you a warm Christmas
and the best for 2011.
Paul and Bob
Jerry Landis emails
I saw Power
Trip: Theatrically Berkeley - this is my reaction: total waste
of time. . . . Amateur film work, pointless erratic editing. Even
the attempt to highlight words in the subtitles by making them
red backfired - the red words were illegible. A . . . sop to Berkeley's
old political junkies.
post from the past
of Jerry Landis for decades, known him for 10 or 12 years, and
we've been good friends for the last few years. A Berkeley citizen
since the '60s, he's been actively involved in our community for
almost as long. Jerry's older sister Jean was one of the first
women to fly for the Army Air Force. She was a WASP ferry pilot
during WWII and flew P-51s almost exclusively. Understand the
P-51 was our hottest fighter, a challenge for a man let alone
(Women's Airforce Service Pilot), Jean Landis c 1944
July 1943 the growing numbers of women pilots being trained for
AAF service were consolidated in the Women's Airforce Service
Pilots, the WASPs. By the end of the program 1074 women had flown
for the AAF, piloting every type of military aircraft from the
B-29 to America's first jet, the P-59. Fighter aircraft, particularly
the P-47 and the P-51, were ferried in great numbers by the WASPs.
These women loved single seaters and considered flying fighters
the essence of what it meant to fly. One woman fortunate enough
to be assigned fighters for most of her wartime carrier was Jean
Landis. Landis was sent to Brownsville, Texas, for fighter transition
training, and when time came for her first flight in a fighter,
she drew a P-51. . . .
also flew a number of other types, including the P-47: 'The P-47
was a bucket of bolts compared to the Mustang; it was too heavy
and sluggish. But when you got in a Mustang, it felt like you
had just strapped the wings on. You didn't feel you had any fuselage
around your body, you were a part of the airplane.'
had the good fortune to be stationed at the Ferrying Division
at Long Beach, California, flying nothing but P-51s. The new fighters
were picked u p at I nglewood and flown all over the country,
particularly to Newark, New Jersey, where they were prepared for
shipping overseas. Reactions to a woman climbing out of a P-51
were: 'Varied, mostly startled. Once I few into a field that was
off-limits but the weather was bad and I had a slight mechanical
problem so l called in and asked for permission to land. I kept
radioing "P-51 ready to land; awaiting final landing instructions."
It was sort of garbled and they kept asking me to call in again
and again. Finally they said: "Waggle your wings if you receive!"
So there I was waggling away and pretty soon they came back: "Lady,
the only thing we see up there is a P-51! Where are you?"
I replied: "That's me! I am the P-51!" They couldn't
believe it-they were looking for a Piper Cub or something. Finally,
when I landed, what a welcome I got. Word got around that a gal
was flying that thing. They were darlings. By the time I had taxied
up to the line, following the little Follow Me truck, there were
lots of guys around to see what kind of woman was flying this
P-51. They'd never heard of us, the WASPs.'
had to pay for all our clothing, had no medical or insurance benefits
or many other military benefits,' Jean recalls. 'The WASPs were
subject to military discipline and lived in the Officers' Quarters,
but they were not allowed most military privileges and received
less money than men doing the same job. But we were there to fly
and loved every minute of it.'"
A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
by Jeffrey Ethell.
with '60s stuff like, "You don't always get what you want
but always get what you need" and "Time is what we invented
to keep everything from happening at once," I discovered
this story by accident while researching the P-51"Mustang"
fighter. A little bored at paging through a book about the P-51,
I stopped at a photo of a good looking woman standing on the wing
of this fighter. Three days later, Landis showed up at my door,
Xerox in hand with "I got something you should read about
now retired, divides her time between Idaho and Southern California.
now 92 living in Southern California.)
from the past
"Scientist's new book will make you an
instant physicist (maybe)"
by Robert Sanders at berkeley.edu'
"Richard Muller is a
guy who thinks spouting fun physics facts will make you the life
of the party. And his new book, 'The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated
Guide," may just convince you he's right.
Instant Physicist book coverWho
knew, for example, that liquor, by law, must be radioactive? Or
that you really can get your clothes whiter than white? Or that
the earth is travelling through space at a million miles per hour?
These are some of the astonishing
facts Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California,
Berkeley, explains with the help of witty cartoons by illustrator
"Strange new twist: Berkeley researchers
discover Möbius symmetry in metamaterials" scienceblog.com.
the topological phenomenon that yields a half-twisted strip with
two surfaces but only one side, has been a source of fascination
since its discovery in 1858 by German mathematician August Möbius.
As artist M.C. Escher so vividly demonstrated in his 'parade of
ants,' it is possible to traverse the 'inside' and 'outside' surfaces
of a Möbius strip without crossing over an edge. For years,
scientists have been searching for an example of Möbius symmetry
in natural materials without any success. Now a team of scientists
has discovered Möbius symmetry in metamaterials - materials
engineered from artificial 'atoms' and 'molecules' with electromagnetic
properties that arise from their structure rather than their chemical
"Nanolaser Heats Up" Joseph Calamia, spectrum.ieee.org.
"Nanolasers just got
a little toastier. No, we're not talking about the world's tiniest
death rays. The surface plasmon lasers, or 'spasers,' that IEEE
Spectrum described last year can generate visible light in a space
only 5 nanometers wide. They seemed a promising step towards the
age of optical computing, but the little guys had a serious flaw:
The devices, which stimulate oscillating electrons near a metal's
surface with electromagnetic waves, needed a frigid 10 Kelvin
environment to keep the light from leaking out. In a paper, published
on Sunday in Nature Materials, a University of California, Berkeley
team reports that they've modified the laser so that it can now
operate at room temperature."
"Tree disease linked to rise in Lyme ticks"
"Scientists say a tree
disease killing large swaths of California's coastal forests may
be linked to an increase of human cases of tick-borne Lyme disease."
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
posts from the past
Quote of the day
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
You meet the nicest people
at the Bowl!
Met David Richardson at the
Bowl yesterday morning. I was having coffee and a breakfast bun
at the table in front of food service and David was waiting for
the grocery store to open. We talked about Mad Men and of jazz.
I've known David since he was at Berkeley High and came to Moe's
looking for jazz records. Our conversation was regularly interrupted
by David's greeting to almost all the black-folks that past by--he
was born in the San Pablo Park neighborhood. One of the people
who stopped to talk was Randy
Moore, David's friend, an old Moe's Records customer, and
a jazz drummer, he plays at the Shattuck Cheese Board on Saturdays.
Randy also has a program on KPOO-FM,
89.5 on the dial, called Moore Jazz. It's on Tuesdays 8-10
in the evening. Check it out.
Allen's Classic Roast Beef Recipe
Gracie Allen's Classic Recipe for Roast Beef
1 large Roast of beef
1 small Roast of beef
Take the two roasts and put them in the oven.
When the little one burns, the big one is done.
end posts from the past
"Oakland Council votes to suspend implementation
of cannabis cultivation ordinance until next year" by Cecily Burt, Oakland Tribune.
"The Oakland City Council
voted in closed session Tuesday to suspend implementation of its
program to permit and tax industrial-sized medical marijuana cultivation
businesses and increase the number of dispensaries until the new
cultivation law can be amended to address concerns expressed by
"Nordic Windpower leaving California"
by Dana Hull at mercurynews.com.
"Nordic Windpower, a
Berkeley-based wind turbine manufacturer that is currently spread
among three locations, announced Tuesday that it is leaving California
and moving to Kansas City."
"Art Rosenfeld on Energy Efficient Homes" is at greentechmedia.com.
"Back in the 1970s,
Art Rosenfeld, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (and Enrico
Fermi's last grad student), determined that the power consumption
in California and the nation would outstrip our ability to produce
it. He kicked off a massive effort to get the state to pass efficiency
regulations. Appliance makers fought vigorously, but California
passed appliance and building regulations (Title 20 and Title
'They all claimed it was
the (expletive) end of civilization as we knew it,' he told me
in 2006. 'Autos were getting 14 miles a gallon. Energy efficiency
wasn't part of the American ethic whatsoever.'
The result? Per capita power
consumption has remained relatively flat in California but nearly
doubled in the rest of the country."
"Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition
2010" is a splendid
photo essay of the auto show held in China. A show that may become
the world's most important.
Nick Despotopoulos emails
James Brown Soulfull Christmas, Boston 1968
Best Wishes for the Holiday
Season and for a prosperous
and funky New Year!
The Salvador Dali Museum
- Figueres, Spain
a Judi Quan photo
a Mary Morris photo
"Food Network's Guy Fieri to open restaurant
in Dublin" by Sophia
"A Food Network star's
restaurant is just the latest business that will be calling Dublin
Guy Fieri, who hosts 'Diners,
Drive-ins and Dives' and NBC's 'Minute to Win it,' will be bringing
his eatery Johnny Garlic's to Hacienda Crossings. The restaurant
will occupy the space that formerly housed Fuzio's, and is slated
to open in early 2011."
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
post from the past
the foodnet yesterday, setting
up for the taping of
"Diners, Dives and Drive-ins"
at 900 GRAYSON
photo essay here
end post from the past
"Under the radar: Checking out the Tonga
Room" Michael Bauer
"A $1 million renovation
gave the Tonga Room a brigher veneer.
It was an instant outrage
when it was announced earlier this year that the Tonga Room might
close if the Fairmont got approval to tear down its 1960s tower
and replace those hotel rooms with luxury condominiums.
While the project was put
on hold in October, at least temporarily, the issue isn't resolved.
At the time, I wondered why people cared, thinking that the Tonga
Room was appreciated only by hotel guests and tourists who were
enthralled when they walked into the Polynesian paradise with
rain and thunderstorm effects every hour.
The boat that often serves
as the stage for live entertainment
Yet, I stopped in on a recent
weeknight and found the place nearly full. While there were several
birthdays and office Christmas parties underway, I was surprised
by the number of twosomes in their 20s and 30s. Clearly, the Tonga
Room was attracting a diverse crowd, thanks in part to a $1 million
remodel a few years ago and the current tiki bar craze.
While Trader Vic's is credited
with starting the tiki trend in 1936, the Tonga Room was an early
arrival at the party, having opened in 1945. It's the type of
restaurant that puts a smile on your face . Just about everyone
was pulling out their digital camera, smart phone or even disposable
Sadly with the new "explosion
of restaurants" here, some will simply just explode and collapse.
The recent increase in west-Berkeley
graffiti is in part the result of the increase of territory
marking by our Norteños
(Spanish: Northerners), also Norte, are affiliated with Nuestra
Familia (Our Family), are a coalition of traditionally Latino
gangs in Northern California. A member of these gangs is a Norteño
(male) or Norteña (female); based on Spanish usage. Northern
Californians who are not gang members, but feel a strong cultural
affiliation with other'Southerners').The statewide dividing line
between Norteños and Sureños has roughly been accepted
as the rural community of Delano, California. Norteños
may refer to Northern California as Norte, Spanish for 'north'
On Sunday at Merryll's open
studio I ran into some of my north-of-Dwight neighbors, John and
Sharon. We talked for a good while They've lived on 9th for decades
and are now quite happy with their neighborhood. Not so at the
beginning because of drug related crime. Though, John and Sharon
felt that in the early days , BPD drug enforcement cared and did
a good job given what the two believed to be a "policy of
toleration" by the city. And, I do remember an early Potter
Creek community meeting about neighborhood prostitution, in which
our city representatives made the point that this was a "quality
of life problem," and so was a low priority.
"Berkeley's bike dispute goes viral"
by Lee Romney, Los
"Trouble is brewing
in the Bay Area bastion of bicyclists' rights.
University of California,
Berkeley, students - already squeezed by steep tuition increases
- are banding together to protest campus citations for bike infractions
that run $220 a piece and exceed many vehicle violations.
UC Berkeley police say they
have issued 103 bike citations from August to November, a 41 percent
increase over the same period last year, nabbing students for
riding through designated "dismount zones" and locking
their bikes to railings instead of often-overfilled racks.
Students in sticker shock
were sucking it up until social welfare senior Daniel Distante
created a Facebook page called BikeBusters about a month ago,
giving birth to a movement.
The forum has triggered a
discussion across the Bay Area on the need for better campus bike
conditions, education on existing rules, and the labyrinthine
vehicle codes that enable UC Berkeley police to issue such fat
Bike enthusiasts from as
far as Britain have cheered the fighters. But the hundreds of
comments have run strongly against the students, with irked motorists
and self-described 'responsible bicyclists' bashing them as 'whining
brats' who should follow the rules."
Works for this ole fart
"Denver's Elaborate Plan to End Homelessness
Sees Big Successes"
is a PBS News report with video.
"Correspondent Tom Bearden
looks at an ambitious plan to end homelessness in Colorado's capital.
Denver's Road Home was launched in 2005 with the lofty goal of
ending homelessness in 10 years, and its executive director says
the program is on track to meet that goal."
Perhaps if we spent less
time planning our "foreign policy" or even just a little
more time thinking "out of the box" about our homeless
we could move toward an innovative and comprehensive plan--but
maybe it isn't really a matter of time-spent but of attitudes-held.
And it seems with a more "business friendly attitude"
we would find increasing support from that community.
The Oakland Museum's "PIXAR:
25 Years of Animation" show is ending January 9, 2011.
"Walt Disney's arrival
in Los Angeles in the 1920s firmly established California as a
magnet for animation artists in the decades to come. Home to a
number of leading studios, the San Francisco Bay Area has emerged
as a global center for animation today. PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation
provides an unprecedented look at the renowned Emeryville-based
studio (located just a few miles from OMCA) and showcases the
creative work behind its wildly successful computer-animated films."
Check it out before it closes!
Writing for the computer
is very different from writing for the printed page, most simply
because it's read differently. For instance, one is likely to
savor when reading a book, or even a magazine or newspaper. But
when reading from the computer or computer-like devices,
one is most likely to scan. Then there's background difference--a
relaxing off-white for print, a glaring electric lighted one from
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
post from the past
Andrew and Kerstin's
end post from the past
"Student Team from Haas School of Business
at UC Berkeley Wins Eighth Annual Innovation Challenge" at benzinga.com.
contest agency and software provider, Idea Crossing, announced
today that Team Haastile Takeover from the Haas School of Business
from the University of California at Berkeley is the winner of
the 8th Annual Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge
requires MBA student-led teams of 3-5 graduate level students
from across all disciplines to clearly articulate imaginative
solutions to real-world issues. Other finalists included teams
from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and Emory University's
Goizueta Business School. The 2010 Innovation Challenge, the largest
competition of it's kind, was developed in partnership with forward-looking
corporate sponsors like Samsung Electronics and Jiffy Lube International,
The Berkeley MBA team, consisting
of Rahul Bijor, Blake Holland, Brandon Piper, Nancy Unsworth,
and Scott Van Brunt, competed in the business model innovation
category. 'Our proposal was titled 'In Tune by Jiffy Lube®'
and involved creating an online vehicle maintenance management
portal for car owners,' said team leader Blake Holland."
posts from the past
Creek gardens on Christmas Eve
our Tameka Lim
Tameka is the manager of
end posts from the past
Tameka Lim emails from Edinburgh
A lovely Christmas/New Years
Card that is somehow familiar.
May the new year bring small
pleasures, unexpected joy, a new friend, travel to a far away
place, a little more wisdom, a little more peace, and a whole
bunch of laughter.
Créma, 7th and Heinz,
continues their holiday baking apace though still has little apparent
walk-in cafe business.
Monterey Market's Christmas
Eve Day traffic is in stark contrast to our smooth flowing Bowl's
with block-long backups, a packed parking lot with confused street
over-flow and milling pedestrians.
Was marijuana on its way
to legalization in California this year? My reading is that it
had the momentum until Attorney General Holder "made it clear"
that he would prosecute violators and The Schwarzenegger trivialized
possession of small amounts. Until then polls showed a tie, or
a slight lead for either side, and showed support increasing.
"TV evangelist Robertson's remarks on marijuana
please legalization camp"
Pat Robertson has made inflammatory remarks in recent years that
offend gays, Muslims and others, but a recent comment he made
on his Christian Broadcasting Network was more notable for whom
it pleased: people who want to see marijuana legalized."
"Call to Boycott Caffe Med Over Free Speech:Leaves
Medheads Speechless" by
Ted Friedman at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"A recent incident at
the notorious Caffe Mediterraneum on Telegraph has led to calls
for a boycott of the home of the Sixties Free Speech Movement.
It's a bizarre twist on history,
but one of the complaints is interference with 'free speech.'
Medheads will be left speechless.
'The Med needs to get the
message,' the call to boycott begins,' that there will not be
classism in the cafes on Telegraph Ave. Cafes are a site of gathering
and free speech.' This in a coffee house scene where Nobel Laureates
mix with hobos.
The article appears as 'Boycott
Caffe Med,' at the indybay website, Dec. 20.
The charges gain momentum,
blaming the Med's owner, Craig Becker, 59, with violent acts against
As the Indybay posting reveals,
the origin of the complaints stem from an incident in which three
long time customers were asked to move from the Dustin Hoffman
table, a window seat where Hoffman sat for the 1969 film, 'The
I'm not exactly sure just
what this is. It's not quite news but ya gotta love The Becky
for publishing it. Surreal as Friedman' s account may be, it touches
Our Town's heart-beat. Beyond that, our O'Malley just might be
on to something--a venue for ordinary Berkeley people writing
regular stories about Our Town.
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Paul from the Diamond Center interview:
A Holiday Miracle"
"Longtime readers of
The Poop know about our obsession with Paul from the Diamond Center.
We've always celebrated local commercials from our childhood --
from Ed Barbara at Furniture U.S.A. to Marty and George at The
Saw Mill -- but none more than Paul. He's the Bill Russell of
Bay Area pitchman. He wasn't just the greatest of his time, he
changed the game. Want to know if someone is from the Bay Area?
Just say the words 'Credit Man"'and see if they start singing
"Bin Laden's Lonely Crusade" is a very different view of "The War on
Terror" written by Peter Bergen at vanityfair.com.
His point that Bin Laden's loosing is slightly mind-messing though
"A decade after White
House aide Richard Clarke's famous memo warning against al-Qaeda,
it's time for a reality check: the 9/11 attacks did not achieve
what Osama bin Laden had hoped, and the list of his enemies is
growing. Keeping the threat in perspective is the surest way to
our BPD Ofc Karen Buckheit
Dear Community Members,
As you enjoy this holiday season, the Berkeley Police Department
would like to remind everyone that holiday treats and treasures
left visible in cars and windows can be very tempting to criminals.
Attached are some helpful tips to aid in preventing burglaries
from autos and homes. Taking just a few minutes to
follow these suggestions before leaving your home or car can help
prevent you from becoming a victim of crime, no matter what the
Also, please report suspicious and/or criminal activity to BPD
at (510) 981-5900, as this information is often key in preventing
others from becoming victims of burglaries or other crimes.
Berkeley Police Department
Community Services Bureau
Officer Buckheit # 135
The facts about Auto Burglary
In Berkeley, we average between
150 and 250 auto burglaries a month.
In most cases, auto burglars targeted cars that had valuables
left in plain sight.
A great number of our auto burglaries can be prevented by following
some simple tips
Always roll up your windows and lock all your doors. Don't
give an auto burglar easy access into your car.
·Hide your valuables. Car burglars aren't exactly
criminal masterminds. Many simply act on impulse.
So keep your valuable belongings with you, or out of sight. Car
floors, dashboards and seats are not good places to leave items
Purses and wallets
Laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks
Cell phones and MP3 players
Loose change and CDs
If you absolutely can't take items with you, hide them out of
sight in your trunk, but do it before you park. Move
valuable items, like shopping bags and laptops, to your trunk
before you get to the parking lot. Please remember though
putting valuables in your trunk does not absolutely ensure their
Keep your car visible. The last thing thieves want is a crowd
of onlookers to witness their crime. You can help prevent a
burglary by parking your car in crowded areas, such as:
Busy parking lots and designated spaces, near pedestrian and vehicle
Well-lit spaces, especially those near a lamppost if you're out
Parking lots with an attendant
Trust your instincts. If you see suspicious activity, find
somewhere else to park. Avoid confronting anyone.
If you're concerned, report your suspicions to an attendant or
the police. By reporting suspicious activity to the proper
authorities, you can help prevent others from becoming a victim
of a car burglary or another crime. Please make note of
the following phone numbers: dial 911 to report an emergency from
a "land-line", (510) 981-5911 to report an emergency
from a cell phone, and (510) 981-5900 to report a non-emergency
from any phone.
The facts about Residantial
In Berkeley, we average between
50 and 70 residential burglaries each month.
In nearly half of these burglaries, no force was used. That means
the burglars got in through UNLOCKED doors and windows.
A great number of our residential burglaries can be prevented
Always lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for "just
a minute." The strongest doors and most secure windows
do nothing to protect you and your home unless they are shut and
locked. Remember that even when you're home, it's safest
to have all doors shut and locked. An unlocked door or window
will make your home a very tempting target for a burglar.
Never leave a house key "hidden" outside your front
door: under a doormat, in a flower pot, or on the ledge of the
door. These are the first places a burglar will look.
If you would like to make life even harder for crooks, remember
the following tips:
Exterior doors should have "dead bolt" locks with a
1 inch strong metal bar extending into the door frame.
Sliding doors and windows should all have "ventilation"
locks as well as auxiliary locks to bolster security.
Be sure to include quality locks for garage, cellar, patio, or
other doors that lead out through storage areas or a spare room,
and keep those doors locked at all times.
Lock all doors and windows.
Use timers so that lights, radio, and TV go on and off throughout
the house to indicate someone is home.
For longer trips, be sure to stop mail and newspaper delivery
or have a neighbor collect them daily.
In short, make your house look "Lived In."
Remember, if you come home and see a broken window or a jimmied
door, don't go in. Confronting a burglar can
be dangerous. Phone your police department immediately.
Install a wide angle lens viewer in the front door. Never open
your door to a stranger or unknown solicitor. Greeting a
stranger or solicitor through your closed door is a good way to
protect your property by acknowledging that someone is home, while
still maintaining your personal safety.
Consider alarm systems.
Whenever you move to a new home, have the locks changed.
Want to know the best crime prevention tool ever invented?
A GOOD NEIGHBOR!
Law enforcement officers can't be everywhere at once, but you
and your neighbors can. You're the ones who really know
what's going on in the neighborhood.
Put that neighborhood knowhow to work. It's simple: just
use your eyes and ears, then your telephone. If you spot something
suspicious, call the police immediately.
Don't try to stop a criminal yourself, it can be dangerous.
Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement
make one of the best crime fighting teams around.
Please make note of the following phone numbers: dial 911 to report
an emergency from a "land-line", (510) 981-5911 to report
an emergency from a cell phone, and (510) 981-5900 to report a
non-emergency from any phone.
For more information on how to start your own NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
GROUP, contact the Berkeley Police Department Community Service
Bureau at (510) 981-5808.
Have a safe and happy New
Ofc, K. Buckheit #135
Area 4 Coordinator
Berkeley Police Department
posts from the past
So now just where is our namesake,
Potter Creek? According to a City of Berkeley, Department of Engineering,
1990 Map it runs underground in a 2ft culvert entering Potter
Creek, the neighborhood, at the southeast corner of San Pablo
and Heinz, runs along Heinz and directly under the Scharffen Berger
factory, turns southwest at just before the corner of Heinz and
7th, and leaves Potter Creek at Potter Street and the railroad
right of way.
Thank you David, Peter, and Melody.
you didn't yesterday,
today check out Drop
Me Off in Harlem.
Check out the Kwanzaa web site.
recollections differ from historians' views of a turbulent decade"
writes the Washington Post's Paul Farhi in "Dean
Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s." When reading this, remember that history
is written by the victors, and it is my memory that Berkeley lost
set fire to a pine tree in the middle of the École Bilingue
playground on Christmas night. Since this is Berkeley, I'm not
sure if it was a prank by the neighborhood kids or part of a rite
by Nature worshipers.
a belated, Happy Winter Solstice to all!
Saturday afternoon, I took my bike to the "Canned Food Store"--they
have a great price on double-boxes of Corn Flakes. As I was locking
up my bicycle another old man was unlocking his. While locking
and unlocking, we exchanged glances and then broke into smiles.
"How are you" he asked. "Fine" I said "And
how you doin'?" "Pretty good for an old man" he
said. And then as old men will do, we talked about how everything
has "gon ta hell in a hanbasket." Then, as he was ready
to leave he stopped and offered "I worked in the shipyards
but now I'm retired and do volunteer drug counseling. It can be
real depressing, but sometime you reach someone--just sometime.
Maybe one in hundreds. But, it's worth it." "Happy New
Year" he said as he left. "Happy New Year to you, too"
end posts from the past
Things happened here in 2010.
While surrounding cities
and towns are in financial difficulty including bankruptcy, Our
Town is somewhat financially stable in large part because of the
policies and administration of our City Manager, Phil Kamlarz.
Yet unfunded liabilities loom large.
For the first time in over
thirty years, the new Police Chief was chosen from outside the
department. The full effect of this is yet to be felt.
Our West-Berkeley Bowl has
become wildly successful, as has its traffic plan largely drawn
up under the guidance of our city workers.
The composition of our City
Council has remained the same, for all incumbents were re-elected--boring.
The results of our West-Berkeley
Project affirm Leon Trotsky's axiom "A camel is a race horse
made by a committee." (Apologies to the city workers who
labored long and hard to bring some sort of order out the political
In less than a year our,
our Chamber of Commerce has gone through two Chief Executive Officers
and at last count had not yet found a third, proving that success
in business does not necessarily include "playing well with
And the Ed Roberts Campus
has opened, allowing its members to do their good works, affirming
that indeed "The meek shall inherit the earth."
And there is in 21st Century
Berkeley something to live-by in addition to "Do unto others
as you would have others do unto you." Which would be "That
which you resist, persists."
Yet, we all seemed to have
survived and are more or less well.
"Indian-American Kamala Harris 'female
Obama' in making" is
a story at hindustantimes.com that through its characterizations
shed some light on our continuing racism.
Harris, California's next Attorney General, is the 'female Obama'
in making and likely to be a national figure shortly, a media
report said on Saturday. Daughter of an Indian mother and African-American
father, Harris is being called the future of the Democratic Party,
rising political star in the mold of one of her big supporters
- President Barack Obama, the 'Politico' said in a lead story.
'At first glance, the President
and Harris have much in common: Both are mixed-race children of
immigrants raised by a single mother; both are eloquent, telegenic
big-city lawyers with strong liberal credentials who catapulted
from relative obscurity to the national stage.' "
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
"Apartment construction jumps, single-family
home building plummets" staff
and wire reports at mercurynews.com.
"Researchers develop reactor to make fuel
from sunlight" is
a report at guardian.co.uk.
"Scientists raise hopes
for a large-scale renewable source of liquid fuel with a simple
reactor that mimics plants.
A simple reactor that mimics
plants by turning sunlight into fuel has been demonstrated in
the laboratory, boosting hopes for a large-scale renewable source
of liquid fuel."
"Students being taught to talk things out"
is at upi.com.
programs, an alternative to punitive treatment for student misbehavior
like suspensions and expulsions is effective, U.S. researchers
Mary Louise Frampton of the
University of California, Berkeley's School of Law's Thelton E.
Henderson Center for Social Justice, says the dialogue-based restorative
justice programs encourage young people to take responsibility
for their actions, repair harm done to victims and improve and
strengthen relationships. Zero-tolerance policies, typically lead
to suspensions and expulsions, which increase the risk of going
to juvenile hall or jail, Frampton explains."
Our Chamber of Commerce is
holding a news conference this afternoon, Tuesday at 2:30, downtown
at Revival Bar and Kitchen, 2102 Shattuck.
They will announce their
new CO-CEOs, one a "politician" the other a "business
end Miscellaneous Ramblings
PayPal tycoon embraces sci-fi future" by AP reporter
Marcus Wohlsen at news.yahoo.com.
"In the movie The Social
Network, the character of Peter Thiel is played as a slick Master
of the Universe, a tech industry king and kingmaker with the savvy
to see that a $500,000 investment in Facebook could mint millions
Reality is a little more
On a recent December night,
Thiel walked, slightly stooped, across a San Francisco stage to
make a pitch to an invitation-only audience of Silicon Valley
luminaries - investors and innovators who had scored sometimes
huge fortunes through a mix of skill, vision and risk-taking.
The billionaire PayPal co-founder
didn't tell them about the next big startup. He wanted them to
buy into a bigger idea: the future.
A future when computers will
communicate directly with the human brain. Seafaring pioneers
will found new floating nations in the middle of the ocean. Science
will conquer aging, and death will become a curable disease.
If anything can transform
these wild dreams into plausible realities, he believes it is
the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley - the minds and money that
have conjured the technological marvels that have already altered
"The college transfer squeeze" by Rob Kuznia Staff Writer, dailybreeze.com.
"Gerson Monzon wasn't
exactly an overachiever in high school. Three years ago, he barely
graduated from Narbonne High School in Harbor City with a 2.0
But he buckled down as a
student at El Camino College near Torrance, and this fall transferred
into UCLA, where he majors in political science, and where the
GPA of the average freshman is a sky-high 4.25.
The possibility of transferring
into the school of one's dreams from a junior college has long
been an option, but, thanks largely to the lackluster economy,
awareness is growing. This means that while it's still easier
to get into the top UC schools as a transfer student than as a
freshman out of high school, the gap between those two methods
is narrowing. In short, more students are pursuing the transfer
option, which is creating more competition for the openings.
This story takes a close
look at UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley in part
because they are the state's most prestigious public universities,
but also because they tend to provide more data on applicants
and admissions than other schools."
"UC class melds photography, protest"
Debra Levi Holtz, Special to The
"Think of it as a crash
course in the culture of protest at UC Berkeley, or as an antidote
to teenage apathy.
A new freshman seminar that
combines photojournalism with political awareness was inspired
by recent conflicts on campus over rising tuition and funding
cuts. It is designed to teach students about the role of photography
in political activism."
the Risk of a Chemical in Tap Water" at nytimes.com.
"Low levels of hexavalent
chromium, an industrial chemical used in the production of stainless
steel and chrome plating, have been found in drinking water supplies
across the United States, a new study by an environmental group
Those who saw the 2000 film
"Erin Brockovich" will remember hexavalent chromium,
also known as chromium-6, as the chemical spreading in a plume
beneath the town of Hinkley, Calif., from a disposal site run
by Pacific Gas & Electric. The company ultimately paid $333
million in damages for the contamination after a class-action
The chemical has been linked
to increased cancer risk. But Allan Smith, a professor of epidemiology
at the School of Public Health at the University of California,
Berkeley, said the concentrations reported by the Environmental
Working Group were probably no cause for concern."
from my log
irritant in front room dry dirty air with "burning gas"
odor, mucus membrane irritation. 3:00 PM--similar.
irritant in front room, dirty, dry air, nausea, light head. Marsha
has cough attack. 3:29 PM--Marsha has cough attack.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry dirty air, cough, mucus membrane irritation. Marsha similar.
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Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
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.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
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