February 9, 1938 is Da Boz'
Zo, . . .
it Berkeley, dogs being dogs and public art" Phillip
Matier and Andrew Ross write at sfgate.com.
"Dogs do what dogs do - and in Berkeley, 'dog do' is now
part of some very public art.
Decorative medallions depicting
dogs sniffing, dumping and humping each other have recently been
added to the base of one of a pair of sculptures commissioned
by the city on either end of the pedestrian and bike bridge over
At first glance, one might think the scatological series of bronzes
- at the base of the west side sculpture celebrating the waterfront
park - is a joke.
'I am showing dogs doing
what dogs do at the dog park,' said Scott Donahue, the Emeryville
artist who was paid $196,000 from Berkeley's public arts program
to create the sculptures."
Patrick Kennedy, my favorite
Irish builder, emails
It is impossible to parody
the City of Berkeley, isn't it?
Dear Mayor Bates,
Perhaps you could return
the bicycle-bridge sculptures to their maker and get a refund.
"City Hall Announces Budget Cut By a Quarter" is a report in Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"St. Petersburg's budget
will be cut by about one quarter to just under 100 billion rubles
($2.7 billion) in 2009, it was announced on Tuesday, with education
and investment, capital repair and housebuilding programs receiving
Berkeley's J. Bradford DeLong
comments from the Philippines through the bworld.com site
"When an economy falls into a depression, governments can
try four things to return employment to its normal level and production
to its 'potential' level. Call them fiscal policy, credit policy,
monetary policy, and inflation."
our Pete Hurney emails
Rocking the airwaves once
again bringing you an hour of ukulele music on KALX. Thursday
night - Friday morning at midnight, this week, February the 12th.
Or will we be strumming the airwaves as its
only the little ukulele?
Out of the area? Stream our broadcast live online at http://kalx.berkeley.edu/listen.htm
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore
The Berkeley Art Center has
named Suzanne Tan its new executive director" is a notice
"Tan comes to the center, the city art gallery of Berkeley
in Live Oak Park, after spending several years in Southern California,
where she served most recently as director of institutional giving
at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena."
also mentioned is Potter
Creek's Barry Gifford
" 'The Phantom Father,' a feature film based on a story by
Barry Gifford, has been completed in Romania, Gifford reports.
The English-language film,
directed by Lucian Georgescu, is a road movie about a Stanford
professor and biographer who takes off for Europe, eventually
traveling to Transylvania and Bucovina, where he meets a female
archivist. The film stars Marcel Iures, who appeared in Francis
Ford Coppola's 'Youth Without Youth' and who will star later this
year in Gifford's 'The Hotel Room Trilogy,' at the Teatrul Odeon
Gifford's novel 'Wild at
Heart' was adapted for a film by David Lynch, and he wrote the
screenplay for Lynch's 'Lost Highway.' "
more sfgate art news
"Exhibit highlights Abraham Lincoln's Oakland
thumbprint" is a
review by Annalee Allen, Oakland Tribune columnist.
"An exhibit on view at the Oakland Main Library uses materials
from the collections to illustrate how key policies of the Lincoln
presidency during the 1860s led to Oakland's emergence as a key
regional metropolis on the West Coast."
"Womb Congestion Inspires Comedy by MacArthur
'Genius' " is a
Berkeley Rep review at bloombergnews.com.
"It's the late 19th century in the drawing room of Dr. Givings,
where Mr. Daldry arrives seeking treatment for his wife's condition.
Mrs. Daldry feels cold and depressed. She inexplicably breaks
down 'weeping over green curtains.'
'There's very little sympathy
between us,' Mr. Daldry complains at the outset of 'In the Next
Room (or the vibrator play),' a new work by 34-year-old MacArthur
'genius' Sarah Ruhl, which is getting a lively premiere at California's
Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
"Oakland teens learn culinary arts while
is a story by Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.
"Kevin and Julio are teenagers trying to beat drug and alcohol
addictions at Thunder Road, a substance abuse treatment center
on the outskirts of downtown Oakland.
As part of their therapy,
they are learning about anger management, self worth and pride,
and how to deal with issues inside so they can lead successful,
productive lives once they are finished with treatment.
But during their stays at
the 22-year-old facility, they are also learning how to make a
hardy vegetarian lasagna and some mouthwatering chocolate chip
cookies under the center's growing culinary arts program.
Now in its seventh year,
the cooking program, which has graduated some 6,000 young people,
will next month move into a new $112,000 professional kitchen,
where the teens will do the cooking for the first Taste of the
East Bay fundraiser event on March 20 at the historic Berkeley
"Food activist Alice Waters speaks out
at Berlin festival"
is a story at earthtimes.com.
"A good film and a nice dinner are some of the ingredients
that go into the Culinary Cinema section of the Berlin international
film festival. After the screenings top German chefs serve a menu
inspired by the films, and events are rounded up with discussions
on culinary themes - completing, for some, the perfect evening.
Food guru Alice Waters, a
surprise choice on the eight-member international jury this year,
is thrilled at the idea and has come to Berlin with a message."
"Lower Rent Good News for Food Outlets" report Olga Kiselyova and Yelena Dombrova
Vedomosti of the St Petersburg Times.
"Premises in the center
of the city have become more affordable for food outlets than
they were just a few months ago.?
The crisis has presented
new opportunities for chains of restaurants and cafes, which can
now afford to rent premises that were previously too expensive."
"Biodiesel Comes To SF" is found at sfgate.com.
"A biodiesel filling
station has opened in San Francisco's Dogpatch neightborhood near
the Caltrain station. It's the first here in the West Bay, joining
Berkeley's Biofuel Oasis."
"Body Language Says a Lot About a Person's
Jeanna Bryner at foxnews.com.
"A flashy handbag or
Armani suit can signal a person's wealth, but so can their body
language, according to a new study.
People of higher socioeconomic
status are more rude when conversing with others."
hmm . . .
some moments from my Anarchist
tune "When Six Was Nine"
from Easy Rider is still a favorite
If all the hippies cut off
all their hair-I don't care!
Ain't nobody know what I'm talkin' about.
I've got my own life to live.
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die.
So let me live my life
the way I want to
me in The Day, posing, after
unpacking my Sunbeam S-7 just shipped from England
the woman in the background
is friend, Mary Francis Fry, Muffin.
Muffin's something-like Great,
Great, Grand Father is Muckraker, Frank
some revolutionary thought
in Revolutionary Times
One of the ironies of our
financial collapse is that those responsible for it are those
attempting to fix it . We have something similar in west-Berkeley.
The parallel is not exact, though it is strikingly and frighteningly
similar. Those who created the west-Berkeley Plan are, across
the board, among the core Stakeholders now trying to fix it, the
Plan now wildly out-of-sync and dysfunctional.
How dysfunctional and out-of-sync
Good law, whether parking
codes or building use, should be easy to obey. It should reflect
the needs of the citizenry. I would rest my case with the numerous
friends and neighbors here in west-Berkeley who do not now perceive
the codes derived from the Plan as functional and so do not follow
And then , . . . the west-Berkeley
Plan did not anticipate, meaningfully understand, or significantly
incorporate computerization, the major cultural change of the
Twentieth Century. Oops.
certainly to be continued
the Kubik emails
"Berkeley set to allow cremains within
city" is a story
by Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"For the first time in a century, Berkeley residents might
soon be able to spend the afterlife within the city limits."
"This Guy's No Dummy" is an obituary byy Randy Alfred at wired.com.
"Samuel Alderson, inventor of the automotive crash-test dummy,
dies. His creation saved countless lives ... and amused millions
along the way.
Alderson graduated from high
school at age 15, but the realities of the Great Depression repeatedly
interrupted his college education: He needed to help his father
run the family's sheet-metal business in Southern California.
As a result, he studied at various times at Reed, Caltech, Columbia
and the University of California at Berkeley. Alderson returned
to Berkeley and started work on a Ph.D. in physics under J. Robert
Oppenheimer and Ernest O. Lawrence, but left without finishing
Blossom Dearie passed last
"Blossom Dearie, who died on February 7
aged 82, was one of the great interpreters of American song in
the post-war era."
Yesterday, I received a google-alert
about my Moe's,
I'm told Tofu-yu has closed
its 9th and Ashby Deli, and I know that their company URL is "dead."
Our Biofuel Oasis is a worker-owned
co-operative and is moving to a new location--still in west-Berkeley.
Here is an update.
our Heddy Riss emails
GoodBank Bad Bank panel on
February 18th at 5:00 PM
I hope to see you there!
Center on Institutions and Governance
130 Moses Hall, MC 2370
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510 643 4487
The hippest daily-ride in
Potter Creek is owned not by a carguy but a cargirl.
Well, . . . Ok, then.
See Spot s$%t, see Spot f##k!
Bridge Sculpture Is Literally for the Dogs" is a story about
our bicycle bridge sculptures at foxnews.com.
"Dogs do the darndest things.They poop,
they hump and they sniff in all the wrong places".
"And now you can see
them do all of the above every time you cross the pedestrian bridge
over Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., thanks to the largesse
of the taxpayers.
Artist Scott Donahue of Emeryville,
Calif., was paid $196,000 by Berkeley's public arts program to
create two large statues, which feature small, artistic medallions
that show dogs doing what dogs do best.
'Various things,' Donahue
said. 'Biting each other, chasing each other. One dog is defecating,
two dogs are fornicating.'
But with the country in a
deep recession and California on the verge of bankruptcy, some
taxpayers are questioning the money Donahue got for his work.
His total budget was $196,000 - 1.5 percent of the total budget
for building the pedestrian bridge. And all of it came from taxpayers."
darn, . . . misspelled "f@#k"
our Merryll emails
I would like to understand
why someone - the city person - is saying the piece was picked
with public input so that makes it allright - do we let the
public design the bridge? Why is it OK for them to decide what's
good art. . . and who is this public?
Talk to our Rick Auerbach.
He worked for Economic Development and with the Arts Commission,
and I remember him talking to me about a "sculpture project."
I don't remember details, perhaps he does.
from my log
SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry
eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor,
guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for
2/9/09--off-and-on all day
beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front,
burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight
"chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters,
2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas"
odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
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