Tony Almeida's Jimi
page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
VIK's new Chat House opens
Bob Kubik photo
very nice, new spiffy digs
for their grocery and restaurant
Mmmm, . . just remembered
February 9, 1938 is Da Boz'
There is a new "Vinyl
Only" record store on the corner of Carleton and San Pablo
- where the dressmaker used to be.
It seemed to sprout overnight - we first saw it Tuesday night.
Well, Ok then.
That would be "Dave's
Record Shop" at 2634 San Pablo.RP
"Son keeps alive Reid's Records, founded
in '45" Lee Hildebrand,
Special to The Chronicle.
"When David Reid, manager
of Reid's Records in Berkeley, told his mother that he was going
to present a series of gospel concerts throughout Northern California
in late January and early February in celebration of the 65th
anniversary of the store she and his late father founded three
months before the end of World War II, she initially balked.
'David, it's not until June,'
Betty Reid Soskin pointed out to her son and business partner.
'My response was,' David
recalls while standing next to her behind the counter of the Sacramento
Street store they co-own, "When Disneyland has a celebration,
it ain't one month, it's all year. This is just the start of my
Reid's Records may not be
the oldest still-active record store in the United States - George's
Song Shop in Johnstown, Pa., launched in 1932, claims that distinction
- but it's certainly the oldest in the Bay Area and probably in
all of California. Mel and Betty Reid opened their store on June
1, 1945, in the basement of the duplex they'd been renting since
they married three years earlier. Their landlord, Aldo Musso,
was in the jukebox business and gave Mel a part-time job stocking
them with 78-rpm records at local restaurants and bars. "
"Berkeley council delays vote on pot club"
by Doug Oakley, Contra
"A Berkeley developer
and a private school are threatening to sue the city if it allows
a medical marijuana dispensary to move into their neighborhood
on the west side of town.
Lawyers for Wareham Development,
which owns 22 buildings in the area, and Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley,
told the City Council Tuesday night they would start legal action
if the city issues a permit to Berkeley Patients Group to rent
the former Scharffen Berger chocolate building at 914 Heinz Ave.
And in a twist of public
opinion on the issue, a second private school, which is across
the street from Berkeley Patients Group current location on San
Pablo Ave, defended and praised the dispensary during the meeting."
Rumor has it that our Mr
Darryl is one of those working behind the scenes to resolve the
"medical" maijuana people/old chocolate factory problem.
"New Berkeley police chief sworn in . .
." by Kristin Bender,
" The new Berkeley police
chief was sworn in Thursday and then gave a no-nonsense and frank
speech about what he expects from officers and how he plans to
run the department, which deals with everything from petty drug
crimes to hostage negotiations and a diverse community that often
requires officers to be sensitive yet assertive."
our Jarad emails
After reading another
glowing article about the new PD Chief in Oakland, I'm keeping
my fingers crossed that our new PD Chief is cut from the same
How bad could he be? I think
he's an "Irish Cop" and so both culturally attuned and
genetically tuned to law enforcment excellence . . . or not.
Or, maybe, just maybe, he
has it in him to be like our first chief, August "Gus"
*The City of Berkeley was incorporated in 1878.
The City was policed by a elected town Marshal. In addition the
Marshal was assisted by elected Constables.
Through these years the Marshal
and Constables mostly served papers and seldom arrested without
a warrant. Crime increased through the turn of the century.
In 1905, August Vollmer was elected town Marshal.
In 1909, he was appointed as this City's first Chief of Police.
Chief Vollmer was instrumental
in organizing this department, creating what we now call a 'Code
of Ethics', which included eliminating the acceptance
of gratuities, rewards or favors.
Chief Vollmer demanded a
high level of honesty, efficiency, interest and hard work by his
officers. This has continued to this day, which has been the foundation
for our world wide reputation in the law enforcement field.
Chief Vollmer is considered
by some as the father of modern day law enforcement. His progressive
thinking and use of new innovations in law enforcement became
the foundation that our department has built on.
Merryll forwards friend Marty's
A Sengoku warrior on horseback
has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants
this photo was taken in Inakadate
Stunning crop art in the
rice fields of Japan is no alien creation. The designs have
been cleverly planted.
Farmers creating the huge
displays use no ink or dye.
Instead, different color rice plants have been precisely and strategically
arranged and grown in the paddy fields.
As summer progresses and
the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge.
Regan Bice stopped by
One of Regan's beautiful,
AIA award-winning units is now available. A one-plus bedroom,
1700 square feet, three-level apartment, it's rent is $2950 a
month. It is located at 925 Pardee. Regan can be reached for details
Tak Nakamoto emails
When Janet and I walked over
to the Bowl this [Saturday] afternoon, we noticed that there were
2 chartered tour busses parked outside. The tourists appeared
to be from a Chinese speaking country judging by the signs on
I would never have thought
of a grocery store as a tourist destination but ...
our Janine emails
This email is both to let
you know all the roses have been spoken for, (and then some),
and also a plea to please not forward my email to your friends,
and if you have already, let them know there are no more roses
available, so they don't send the note to their friends! This
has taken off like wildfire and is a lot of trouble for me. Thank-you
so much. It is nice people are so enthusiastic to rescue roses,
and if the Gardeners do this again, you may hear from me again.
our Ryan Lau emails
Meet Your West
Branch Library Architect
If you weren't able to make it to the first meeting, the Berkeley
Public Library invites you to join us as the architectural design
team presents updates on the conceptual design phase of your West
Branch Library Project:
February 6, Saturday, 12:00 PM at West Branch Library, 1125 University
The design team Harley Ellis Devereaux / GreenWorks Studio presents
an update on the West Branch conceptual design phase at a Special
Board of Library Trustees meeting.
We value your input!
Refreshments will be served.
For accessibility info or other questions, go to http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/
or call 510-981-6195.
For opportunities to review the design for other branches, please
Take Charge California!
Learn to be smart, be safe, and be heard in the California marketplace.
Come to this free consumer education event hosted by the California
Department of Consumer Affairs and the Alameda County Consumer
Affairs Commission. See attached flyer for more info.
6:00PM to 8:30PM
Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor, District 5
Tom Vacar, Consumer Editor, KTVU Fox 2
Sonja Merold, Acting Deputy Director, DCA Consumer
and Community Empowerment Division
Nancy E. O' Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
Alternatives Sixth Annual Crab Feed
It's that time of the year again! Time to enjoy some delicious
crab and support a cause you care about. Berkeley Youth
Alternatives is having its Sixth Annual Crab Feed on Thursday,
February 25th from 7PM to 9PM at BYA, 1255 Allston Way.
Berkeley Youth Alternatives does a great job creating a supportive
environment for our youth and helping to prepare them for life.
The Crab Feed helps them to keep doing their great work, so please
come by if you can. Here's a little more about BYA:
Berkeley Youth Alternatives, has served youth and families by
providing comprehensive services in a supportive and bias-free
haven. During a period of soaring dropout rates, juvenile
crime, drug abuse, and family breakdown, Berkeley Youth Alternatives
has successfully helped thousands of young people sustain themselves
on the difficult journey toward becoming productive and contributing
For over thirty-five years, BYA has provided a safe growing space
of the youth of Berkeley. The agency's success lies in a
dedicated board of directors, staff, and volunteers, and its commitment
to fostering youth development. BYA believes in the innate
human potential of youth and their families and strives to provide
a comprehensive network of services for children, 1st grade to
pre-college. BYA fosters the success of youth and families
through prevention and intervention services catered to encompass
the mental, emotional, physical and social dimensions of development.
For more information about BYA, please visit http://www.byaonline.org
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
"Daughter in mummified mom case runs for
council" is a story
from Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross at sfgate.com.
"Nancy 'Sunny' Bostrom,
whom police briefly labeled a 'person of interest' last year after
her mother's mummified corpse was found seated in the living room
of her Piedmont home, is running for City Council in the East
I'm told Ms Bostrom is also
a Potter Creek property owner.RP
"Berkeley woman dies after being swept
out to sea" is an
AP report at mercurynews.com.
"Pacifica police say
a Berkeley woman has died after being swept out to sea while walking
along a beach.
Police say 37-year-old Amy
Kellen Nicholson walking near the surf line when a wave knocked
her down around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
As the current dragged her
into the ocean, a friend tried unsuccessfully to grab her.
She was unresponsive when
emergency crews later found her on the beach a short distance
out this KQED program!
Freeway Philharmonic follows
seven San Francisco Bay Area freelance classical musicians as
they perform with regional orchestras across Northern California.
Unlike musicians who have a permanent position with a major symphony,
these musicians live from one season to the next. The film depicts
their efforts to balance a love of music with a road-warrior lifestyle
that often requires traveling hundreds of miles a day to rehearse,
teach and perform. These individuals have an unrelenting desire
to perform for a living, sometimes at the expense of their families
and well-being. The film shows the dedication, perseverance and
rigorous life of the musicians, while they grapple with their
desire to succeed on a difficult career path and come to terms
with their limitations in their quest for artistic accomplishment."
"Berkeley police motorcycle officer hit
by car" by Kristin
Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"A Berkeley police motorcycle
officer was taken to a hospital after being struck by a car [Tuesday]
afternoon, police said.
The name of the officer and
her condition were not immediately available. Lt. Andrew Greenwood
said her injuries were not life threatening.
Police said she was struck
on her motorcycle at the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Benvenue
Avenue at 4:21 p.m. The driver stayed on the scene and cooperated
Under department policy,
the California Highway Patrol was called to the scene to investigate.
Greenwood said he did not have details on what happened before
the collision, but he said he did not believe the officer was
involved in a pursuit.
The streets where the officer
was hit were closed for about 45 minutes but have reopened now."
Last night Marty, Leigh and I went to a dance recital at the saw
tooth building where painter Ann and a family friend were dancing.
It was fun they have events there all the time. Across
the hallway, was "barefoot boogey" people just dancing
and having fun.
I had no idea all that happens
down there. KInda fun to know this takes place in the neighborhood.
Check it out.
our Ryan Lau emails
You are invited to take part
in a Brainstorming Workshop in creating a
Participatory mural on the Southern Santa Fe Right of Way!
February 3, 2010 from 7:30
to 9 p.m.
At the Frances Albrier Community
San Pablo Park (2800 Park St, Berkeley, CA?, 94702)
Sponsors of the Santa Fe "Mobile Mural" Project:
Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative (BCGC), Berkeley Partners
for Parks (BPFP),
and the Office of Council member Darryl Moore
Note: This Workshop reiterates the brainstorming session
we had last November 17.
Funded by: UC Chancellors Partnership Grant
Conveners: John Steere (BPFP), Beebo Turman (BCGC), Alan
Leon (Community-based muralist)
We're looking for neighbors and residents who are interested in
positive, open space possibilities for the city-owned Santa Fe
Right of Way (ROW) in South Berkeley (Oregon to Bancroft Avenues)
to share their vision with us and one another at the Community
Center in San Pablo Park. We will learn about the history
of the ROW and will brainstorm on what a future greenway and community
around the ROW might be like. This will be a first step
in generating the ideas for a participatory mural that we'll paint
this coming spring.
Come, take part help create and grow the potential for this
hidden treasure in our community!
Refreshments will be served. Workshop space is limited
so please RSVP....
For further information and to RSVP your involvement; please email
call Beebo Turman at 510-527-3773.
"Blind Law School Grad Gets Say in Bar
Kate Moser, The Recorder.
"A legally blind law
school graduate can sit for the bar exam using the technology
she says she needs, a federal judge decided Friday, saying that
there's no reason bar exam officials shouldn't accommodate her.
Stephanie Enyart, 32, who
graduated from UCLA School of Law last spring, asked to take the
bar exam using the assistive technology she used all through law
school -- two screen reading and screen magnification software
programs. Enyart said she has been relying on that kind of technology
since she lost her vision as a teenager.
The National Conference of
Bar Examiners had turned down her request and offered her different
accommodations, granting her double the standard time to take
the test and allowing closed circuit TV to magnify the test questions,
a human reader to read the questions to her, a large-print test
and an auditory CD version, among other things."
"Berkeley schools look to shift funds to
help close achievement gap"
by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.
"After talking about
the problem for years, Berkeley school officials are on the verge
of shifting millions of dollars to underperforming black and Latino
students, adding to an old debate about how to reduce the disparities
between the top and the bottom."
Awards 2010:Green Day Win Best Rock Album" is a report at ordoh.com.
"After putting on a
show-stopping performance with the cast of the upcoming 'American
Idiot' musical, Green Day walked away from the Grammys on Sunday
night with a Best Rock Album win.
The California rockers beat
out AC/DC, U2, Dave Matthews Band and Eric Clapton with Steve
Green Day has already won
three Grammy Awards prior to this year's win - Best Alternative
Album for 'Dookie' in 1995, Best Rock Album for 'American Idiot'
in 2005 and 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' in 2006.
Green Day is an American
rock trio formed in 1987. The band has consisted of Billie Joe
Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass guitar, vocals),
and Tré Cool (drums, percussion) for the majority of its
Green Day was originally
part of the punk rock scene at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley,
California. The band's early releases for independent record label
Lookout! Records earned it a grassroots fanbase, some of whom
felt alienated when the band signed to a major label. Nevertheless,
its major label debut Dookie (1994) became a breakout success
and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. and 15
million worldwide. As a result,Green Day was widely credited,
alongside fellow California punk bands The Offspring and Rancid,
with reviving mainstream interest in and popularizing punk rock
in the United States.Green Day 's three follow-up albums, Insomniac,
Nimrod and Warning did not achieve the massive success of Dookie,
but they were still successful, reaching double platinum, double
platinum, and gold status respectively.Green Day's 2004 rock opera
American Idiot reignited the band's popularity with a younger
generation, selling five million copies in the U.S. The band's
eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released on May
Potter Creek events of the
and his Stupid
Fun Club will be Swerve's new tenents--they will occupy part
of Swerve's Potter Creek 7th Street facility. Very much sooner-than-later,
Michael and Steven Goldin will be leasing space to these video
game pioneers--good for Will Wright, good for Potter Creek,
good for Berkeley, and good for the Goldins!
good for Ziggy, too
the Swerve family robot--
robots can get lonely
Wil Wright was the best ice
cream in Hollywood/LA growing up real, rich, vanilla beans.
It was a special treat when my dad took us.
But the Swerve doesn't sound like that place.
Wil Wright Ice Cream
"Lee highlights public aid funded by stimulus
cash" by Sean Maher,
the Oakland Tribune.
"Almost $630,000 million
in federal stimulus money has been directed into the East Bay
in the last year, funding public service efforts Rep. Barbara
Lee highlighted in a bus tour Monday morning.
Museum digitizing, community
college job training, HIV/AIDS therapy and youth homelessness
outreach were among the services Lee, D-Oakland, highlighted on
the news tour, which stopped in Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley
and Castro Valley."
"Personal health: rules worth following for everyones sake"
is a story at elpasoinc.com.
"In the more than four
decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings
of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent,
sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined
in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called 'Food Rules: An Eater's
Manual,' by Michael Pollan.
Pollan is not a biochemist
or a nutritionist but rather a professor of science journalism
at the University of California, Berkeley. You may recognize his
name as the author of two highly praised books on food and nutrition,
'In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto' and 'The Omnivore's
Dilemma.' (All three books are from Penguin.)
If you don't have the time
and inclination to read the first two, you can do yourself and
your family no better service than to invest $11 and one hour
to whip through the 139 pages of "Food Rules" and adapt
ance to your shopping and
"Girl Scouts cookie sales go viral" by Hilary Costa, Contra Costa Times.
"Ur a txt away from
That is just one of eight
text messages that Northern California Girl Scouts are encouraged
to send to drum up cookie sales.
Not to mention the business
card templates, door hangers, marketing plans and e-mail invites
that girls can download through their council's Web site as they
become 'cookie entrepreneurs.'
No longer limited to a card
table set up in front of the local market, the yearly push to
sell Samoas, Thin Mints and the Girl Scouts' other signature confections
has gone viral. Scouts - and their families - are'hitting the
Internet, staging rallies and setting up phone banks to run their
cookie sales "as a serious business."
"We don't even call
it a cookie sale, we call it a cookie program,' said Dana Allen,
communications manager for Girl Scouts of Northern California.
The council encompasses the Bay Area and coastal counties up to
the Oregon border. It has 50,000 scouts, 30,680 of whom sold cookies
"What's a Degree Really Worth?" is a story by Mary Pilon at wsj.com.
"A college education
may not be worth as much as you think. . . .
Dr. Schneider estimated the actual lifetime-earnings advantage
for college graduates is a mere $279,893 in a report he wrote
last year. He included tuition payments and discounted earning
streams, putting them into present value. He also used actual
salary data for graduates 10 years after they completed their
degrees to measure incomes. Even among graduates of top-tier institutions,
the earnings came in well below the million-dollar mark, he says.
And just like any investment,
there are risks-such as graduating into a deep economic downturn.
That's what happened to Kelly Dunleavy, who graduated in 2007
from the University of California, Berkeley, with $60,000 in loans.
She now works as a reporter for a small newspaper in the Bay Area
and earns $34,000 a year. Her father is currently paying her $700
monthly loan payments. 'It's harder than what I think I expected
it to be,' she says.
'Averages don't tell the
whole story,' says Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for
College Access & Success, a nonprofit group based in Berkeley,
Calif. She points out that incomes vary widely, especially based
on majors. 'The truth is that no one can predict for you exactly
what you're gong to earn,' she says. "
"Fake ID can be ready in 20 minutes" by Eisen Teo & Phyllis Wan of the Straits
Times at asiaone.com.
"It boasts the printing
of fliers and brochures among its services.
But it is the PVC ID card
business that is attracting teens to a small Bencoolen Street
shop - where a passport to the previously inaccessible is only
20 minutes away.
The mere mention of 'ID cards'
is all that is needed to get the middle-aged, bespectacled proprietor
to reach under the counter for a well-worn catalogue of IDs.
IDs from the University of
California, Berkeley, and University of California, Los Angeles,
are more popular, he said.
To 'register', a customer
fills in his name and date of birth on a slip of paper. The proprietor
then opens the relevant ID template in image editing software
Photoshop, and asks the customer to enter the same information."
"What Should We Do About Medical Marijuana?" Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia;
Past President, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia,
"You may well wonder
what marijuana has to do with staying well. After all, the new
report by the American Medical Association's (AMA) Council on
Science and Public Health says that 'marijuana is the most common
illicit drug used by the nation's youth and young adults.' Some
people get hooked on it. If marijuana becomes more readily available
for medical use, will increased nonmedical use follow? As a primary
care physician and as the mother of 2 college students, this concerns
me. In fact, I had a very negative view of physician organizations
even talking about medical marijuana until recently, when I read
this new report."
"A Brief History of Medical Marijuana" by Patrick Stack, with Claire Suddath at time.com.
"On Oct. 19, the U.S.
Justice Department announced that federal prosecutors would not
pursue medical-marijuana users and distributors who comply with
state laws, formalizing a policy at which the Obama Administration
hinted earlier this year. Currently, 13 states allow doctors to
prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from ailments
ranging from AIDS to glaucoma, and in Maryland a prescription
can soften punishment if a user faces prosecution. But until now
those laws didn't provide any protection from federal authorities.
(Read "Can Marijuana Help Rescue California's Economy?")
Should Professors Cheech
and Chong ever receive university tenure teaching the medical
history of their favorite subject, the course pack would be surprisingly
thick. As early as 2737 B.C., the mystical Emperor Shen Neng of
China was prescribing marijuana tea for the treatment of gout,
rheumatism, malaria and, oddly enough, poor memory. The drug's
popularity as a medicine spread throughout Asia, the Middle East
and down the eastern coast of Africa, and certain Hindu sects
in India used marijuana for religious purposes and stress relief.
Ancient physicians prescribed marijuana for everything from pain
relief to earache to childbirth. Doctors also warned against overuse
of marijuana, believing that too much consumption caused impotence,
blindness and 'seeing devils.' "
"Decriminalization of non-medical cannabis
in the United States" is
an article at wikipedia.com.
"Attempts to decriminalize
cannabis in the United States began in the 1970s. Several jurisdictions
have subsequently decriminalized cannabis (also referred to as
marijuana or marihuana) for non-medical purposes, as views on
cannabis have liberalized, peaking in 1978. The decriminalization
movement supports efforts ranging from reducing penalties for
cannabis-related offenses to removing all penalties related to
cannabis, including sale and cultivation. Proponents of cannabis
decriminalization argue that a substantial amount of law-enforcement
resources would be freed, which could be used to prevent more
serious crimes, and would reduce income earned by street gangs
and organized crime who sell or traffic cannabis. Opponents argue
that cannabis on street level today has a much higher percent
of THC with a stronger drug effect, the decriminalization will
lead to increased crime, increased cannabis usage, and subsequent
abuse of other illicit drugs."
"Marijuana could face strict regulation,
big taxes" is a
story at sfgate.com.
"Legislation is in the
works at the state capitol that would dramatically change how
marijuana is regulated in the state and bring in a good chunk
of cash to California's beleaguered state budget.
It has not been introduced
yet, but the plan would require everyone involved in the marijuana
industry in the state, from growers to distributors to retailers,
to register with the state and pay a licensing fee. Marijuana
would also be subject to an excise tax, perhaps up to 41 percent,
along with other taxes.
Just to help with the score
keeping, this is not the proposal to legalize adult recreational
use of marijuana, the Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco,
bill that died a legislative timeline death last month but that
should be reintroduced in the next several days."
At 6:35 last night, Channel
4 News reported the the mayor of Los Angles signed the bill banning
all but 70 cannabis dispensaries and those mostly in industrial
areas. Depending on the source, LA presently has between 600 and
800 such facilities.
our Tak emails
A friend who now lives abroad,
recently handed us the responsibility of disposing of her collection
of art books. The collection was over 300 volumes. After sorting
the special books to keep, we had the task of trying to sell the
rest. The thought of trudging to Moe's and Shakespeare with this
many books gave me a headache and an anticipatory twinge in my
Then I remembered that Black
Oak Books is now in our neighborhood. I walked the couple of blocks
over to the store and arranged for the owner, Gary Cornell, to
come over to our house to see if he wanted to buy the collection.
He did and gave us an offer. We took it. I don't know that we
couldn't have gotten more at the other book stores, but the convenience
of having the buyer come to the house was too good to pass up.
And it was he who moved the books out of our house. Hooray!
Black Oak Books is a resource
in our community. Don't just buy there. Sell them books too!
Claudia and I dined last
night at a new Emeryville restaurant on Hollis (between Powell
and 59th St.) - we enjoyed our dinner there, it's a little more
upscale than some other local Thai eateries but the portions are
good, quality high, and the décor and service a notch above.
Plus, they have a happy hour from 5-7 with $5 drinks and appetizers
that are quite a bargain (the appetizers). When the weather warms
up, they'll have seating outside. Plus, they are open til 10 pm.
We'll be returning to sample their extensive menu.
David Snipper emails
more Japanese rice field
"Solar firm moves HQ to San Francisco from
Berkeley" is a report
in the San Francisco Business Times by J.K. Dineen.
"Solar development company
HelioPower is moving its Northern California headquarters from
Berkeley to downtown San Francisco.
The company, which has designed
and installed more than 1,000 solar power systems in the western
states, is taking 4,000 square feet on the 10th floor of 100 Montgomery
"Essex Announces Fourth Quarter 2009 Earnings
Results" is a report
at cnn. com. "Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) announces
its fourth quarter 2009 earnings results and related business
activities. . . .
Initial Construction of Fourth
and U (formerly known as 'Fourth Street'), a 171-unit development
located in Berkeley, California, is nearing completion as interior
finish installation and painting is ongoing. Initial pre-leasing
will commence in the first quarter, and initial occupancy is expected
in April 2010."
"Cal grad program applications booming"
is a report in the San
Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown.
"Graduate students continue
to apply in high numbers to the University of California, Berkeley,
despite 'a budget shortfall, hiring freeze and higher fees,' the
school said Wednesday.
"A customer prepares
to pump biodiesel into her car at the Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley,
A New Clean Economy - With Old Sources of Energy"
by Bryan Walsh at time.com.
"Since his election,
President Barack Obama has emphasized the importance of developing
new sources of energy and cultivating the jobs that will come
with them. 'I am convinced that whoever builds a clean energy
economy, whoever is at the forefront of that, is going to own
the 21st-century global economy,' Obama told a bipartisan meeting
of governors at the White House on Wednesday.
But, increasingly, the President's
new clean economy seems to rely on old sources of energy. "
Take a break from it all
with . . .
a Judi Quan photo essay
but, dear, . . . here we
our David Bowman emails
Don't forget the meeting
this Monday night 6:30 - 8:30 at the French School - agenda below:
PCNA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Monday the 8th of February
Call to order 6:30
1. 10 min. - Nominations for Executive Committee [Elections
to be held at meeting in April].
2. 10 min. - Membership.
3. 20 min. - Announcements:
Day of Service.
Kava's plans for Husteads.
4. 60 min. - 10 min. (+/-) West Berkeley
Project re: current status,height limits, massing, etc.
by Alex Amoroso and/or Claudine Asbaugh [Planners from the City
followed by 50 min. Q. & A.
5. 10 min. - Member input about possible social
events during the coming year.
6. 05 min. - New business. [possibly including,
for example, a brief discussion of what's known about
the relocation of the pot dispensary from San Pablo to the ex-chocolate
All time limits are approximate
the medical cannabis people
and the old chocolate factory
(what'll happen, in 25 words
If the cannabis people get
their permit and the city council approves it, there will be lawsuits.
A view of-it-all from an
old, and former, doper and "grower."
In The Day, I was the security
for grower-friends in Mendocino--as growing spread poaching became
(How good was the dope? You
could get "f@#ked-up" walking through the drying shed.
I believe in medical marijuana,
I believe the medical-people should be welcomed in the community.
I also believe recreational use should be decriminalized.
I DO NOT believe that marijuana
should be grown and/or sold close-to schools. And I believe the
spirit of the approved Berkeley ballot-initiative prohibits a
medical marijuana facility within 1000 feet of ALL schools. If,
indeed the two French School campuses and the pre-school are within
1000 feet of the proposed new location, its use for medical marijuana
SHOULD BE PROHIBITED. RP
(Eventually, our chemist
was awarded a Nobel Prize--but that's another story.)RP
our Gene Agress emails
Thought you might be interested
in seeing our new joint in Santa Monica, my partner Dave Kent
and I share time down there in our new studio at 1330 4th, St.
Its just four blocks from
the ocean and definitely a beautiful town. We chose Santa Monica
because we felt it was culturally similar to Berkeley but is NOT
the town everyone loves to hate.
No one hates Santa Monica,
the weather is near perfect, and the food is great.
I still think Berkeley has
more to offer. But walking on the beach at night the sounds of
the waves beating against the sand is sure a plus, but hey
Our Angela forwards
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"For UC's Commission on the Future, nothing
is off the table. With California's public university system shackled
to a shrinking budget, a group of chancellors, students and others
considers ideas -- from banal to radical -- to keep quality up
and costs down" is
a story at latimes.com.
"Why not abolish student
fees at the University of California? And in exchange, how about
requiring graduates to pay the university a percentage of their
income for a while after college?
That may sound outlandish
at a time when UC is substantially hiking student fees and the
state budget crisis has left the 10-campus system strapped for
cash. But that's precisely why UC Berkeley public policy professor
Robert Reich raised the idea to a commission trying to chart the
university's course into the future.
'We've never been here before,
not only the university but the state of California,' Reich, a
former U.S. Labor Secretary, said in an interview. 'So, many ideas
that would never before see the light of day are now being examined
"When Students Strike Back: The New Social
Movement at the University of California" opines Bob Samuels at huffingtonpost.com.
"On November 20th, a group of Berkeley students held Wheeler
Hall hostage, and their first demand was to rehire 38 custodians.
The administration and the media were confused by this request;
they asked themselves, why do the students care about janitors?
From the perspective of the UC administration, students should
only be protesting against the escalating fees they are being
forced to pay; however, students, unions, and workers have begun
to form a new type of coalition that cuts across traditional class
and employment divisions. By uniting around a group of diverse
demands representing different social groups, the UC activists
have pointed to the future of progressive social movements.
While many pundits and politicians
have been arguing that the only political movement on the ground
these days is the loose band of right-leaning tea partiers, the
protests at the University of California offer an alternative
political force. On the one side, we have the libertarian anti-government
tax revolt that often takes its marching orders from conservative
talk show hosts and Fox News, and on the other side, a coalition
of university students, faculty, and unionized workers supporting
equitable taxes and a defense of public institutions. This battle
demonstrates the real fight for the future of the country, and
like so many other things, it all starts in California."
continues distinguished Peace Corps legacy" is a story at wisc.edu.
to add to its legacy as one of the top producers of Peace Corps
With 77 alumni currently
serving in the Peace Corps worldwide, the university was ranked
seventh in 2009 rankings, released Feb. 4. The University of Washington
topped the list with 101 volunteers.
Since 1961, more than 2,906
UW-Madison alumni have served in the Peace Corps, making it the
No. 2 university all-time producer of volunteers, surpassed only
by the University of California, Berkeley, with 3,412."
"Berkeley-based Grocery Outlet expands
as shoppers turn frugal" by
Eve Mitchell, Contra Costa Times.
"Some have been coming
for years to get the bargains while others are recent converts
in response to economic hard times. Then there are those who just
like to browse the aisles of a Grocery Outlet store, a place where
the merchandise is constantly changing.
Whatever the reason, the
Berkeley-based discount retailer with 136 stores in California
and five other Western states has experienced a double-digit increase
in business since the recession began in December 2007, according
to the company. Last year, five new stores were opened, including
ones in San Leandro and Manteca and a second location in Hayward.
Plans call for opening between six to eight new stores this year,
including a location in Pinole."
"Jack London Square wins new tenant: Sungevity"
Robert Selna, Chronicle
"Sungevity, which started
in Berkeley in 2008, uses satellite images and aerial photography
to provide homeowners with options for installing rooftop solar
panels. It then delivers the data and price quotes online, removing
the need for home visits.
The company will begin to
occupy new offices this weekend in the 66 Franklin building at
the heart of Jack London Square."
"One of Berkeley's last bargains:For BART
commuters, neighborhood one of the most affordable" Jennifer Liss at sfgate.com.
"Typically, public transportation
is built to merely serve a community, not necessarily be the impetus
for its growth.
But that is not necessarily
the case with South Berkeley's Ashby Station subdivision. The
turn-of-the-century "streetcar suburb" grew in large
part because of the public transportation hub enclosed by Adeline
Street, Ashby Avenue and what is now Martin Luther King Jr. Way
that has existed for the better part of the last hundred years.
That hub would provide an
easy commute for an emerging middle class that was looking to
flee urban living, yet still be close enough to get to and from
"The fundraising Legislature" by Daniel Newman at sfagate.com.
"Lobbyist cash doesn't
only infect Congress. California's Legislature suffers the same
MAPLight.org, a nonpartisan
nonprofit in Berkeley that works to illuminate the connection
between money and politics, studied last month's vote in the state
Senate on a single-payer health care bill."
"U.S. clean-tech investment falls 45% in
is a report at latimes.com.
raked in just $564.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, a
45% plunge from the previous quarter, according to research released
But the number of deals jumped
21% to 62 total, according to analysis from Ernst & Young,
using data from Dow Jones VentureSource. California dominated,
with 32 deals over the course of the quarter, pulling in $333.72
In all of 2009, investment
in the clean-tech sector hit $2.6 billion with 193 deals, a 50%
plunge in dollar amount and a 16% slide in the number of deals
compared to 2008."
"Stress is good for children" is a story in the Times of India.
"Children who react
strongly to stress or have more behaviour and health problems
than their peers are likely to do well when raised in a children
supportive environment, a new study says."
Kubik emails about Monday
night's neighborhood meeting.
I dropped in on the meeting
briefly. There were 23 folks there - including me.
I was interested in the presentation by the city planners on The
However, the planners didn't show up! . . .
I left when Rick wanted to fill the group in.
Tuesday morning KTVU-TV reported
that Monday evening our city
council approved the "medical" marijuana people's request
to move to the old chocolate factory.
But, reliable Berkeley sources
say that the council "voted" to take no action--this
done in closed session.
"Ban sought on city-issued traffic tickets"
by Kelly Puente at presstelegraph.
"If you're caught running
a stop sign or speeding in Long Beach, your ticket tab could be
different from those in other cities.
Police departments in Long
Beach and a handful of California cities, including Berkeley,
Oakland, Riverbank and Roseville, have been writing tickets for
certain moving violations under city municipal codes, rather than
the state vehicle code.
The catch? Under these municipal
code violations, which are similar to parking tickets, the city
gets to pocket the revenue and drivers escape getting a negative
point on their Department of Motor Vehicles record."
"Bill would boost CalPERS, CalSTRS election
a report at sacbee.com.
for spots on the boards of California's two largest public employee
pension funds would be required to complete and publicly file
more detailed campaign finance information under a bill introduced
in the Senate today.
Senate Bill 1007, by Democratic
Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley, would require candidates for board
seats with the California Public Employees' Retirement System
and the California State Teachers' Retirement System to file ongoing
campaign contribution and spending reports during and after an
The bill would make pension-fund
board candidates comply with reporting rules that already exist
for other elected officials in the state, Hancock said."
a reader sends this Wikipedia
"Hydrofluoric acid" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
"Hydrofluoric acid (HF)
is a solution of hydrogen fluoride in water. While it is extremely
corrosive and difficult to handle, it is technically a weak acid.
Hydrogen fluoride, often in the aqueous form as hydrofluoric acid,
is a valued source of fluorine, being the precursor to numerous
pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine (Prozac), diverse polymers
such as polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), and most other synthetic
materials that contain fluorine.
Hydrofluoric acid is best
known to the public for its ability to dissolve glass by reacting
with SiO2 (silicon dioxide), the major component of most glass,
to form silicon tetrafluoride gas and hexafluorosilicic acid.
This property has been known since the 17th century, even before
hydrofluoric acid had been prepared in large quantities by Scheele
in 1771. Because of its high reactivity toward glass, hydrofluoric
acid must be stored (in small quantities) in polyethylene or Teflon
containers. It is also unique in its ability to dissolve many
metal and semimetal oxides.
The danger in handling hydrofluoric
acid is extreme, as skin saturation with the acid in areas of
only 25 square inches (160 cm2) may be relatively painless, yet
ultimately fatal. High concentrations of hydrofluoric acid and
hydrogen fluoride gas will also quickly destroy the corneas of
We have a chance to get a
modern 21st century fiber optic network in Berkeley. I've asked
the City Council to consider applying with Google for this program.
Ultra-fast Internet connectivity in Berkeley would be beneficial
for residents, businesses, students, researchers -- it would be
a major draw that could promote job growth locally.
If it is something you are
interested in, please take a look at the information provided
below and voice your support to the city council via email.
All of their email addresses
are listed below in my original email.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
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