looking west from the Bowl
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
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.
"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 2/3/10, 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 Ryan Lau emails
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.
"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."
"Newspaper Shifts From Print to Web"
is a report at nytimes.com.
"The Berkeley Daily
Planet newspaper announced Thursday that it would shift to an
online-only edition at the end of the month. In a letter posted
on the paper's Web site, the editor, Becky O'Malley, and publisher,
Mike O'Malley, cited falling advertising sales, absentee business
owners, and a continuing boycott by a group that accuses the paper
of being overly critical of Israel. 'The campaign against the
Planet's free-speech policy by a few misguided zealots who represent
themselves as friends of Israel has certainly contributed to our
advertising problems in some measure,' the O'Malleys wrote."
On 2/11/10 this site had
1009 visitors and 3932 hits with an average browsing time of 39
"Low Hispanic Population Remains at UC
Berkeley" is a story
"UC Berkeley may be
missing out on opportunities for federal funding due to the campus's
low population of Hispanic students.
Funding is available to what
the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities classifies
as Hispanic-serving Institutions, or institutions that have a
Hispanic population of 25 percent or more, according to the association's
The organization also offers
associate membership for campuses in which Hispanic students make
up 10 percent of the student population."
"New fiber nanogenerators could lead to
electric clothing" by
Sarah Yang at physorg.com.
'These nano-sized generators
have 'piezoelectric' properties that allow them to convert into
electricity the energy created through mechanical stress, stretches
This technology could eventually
lead to wearable 'smart clothes' that can power hand-held electronics
through ordinary body movements,' said Liwei Lin, UC Berkeley
professor of mechanical engineering and head of the international
research team that developed the fiber nanogenerators."
"iPhone enthusiasts mount Berkeley photography
exhibit" by Jennifer
Modenessi, Contra Costa Times.
"When a flower or fog-enshrouded
landscape catches Knox Bronson's eye, he reaches for his iPhone.
It doesn't matter that the
cell phone camera lacks a flash. It doesn't even matter that it
can't zoom. With a sharp eye, a handful of apps and some creative
muscle, Bronson, a composer and singer, has all he needs to make
a work of art.
In fact, the Berkeley resident
is so enamored of the iPhone camera's charms that he recently
set up a Web site, pixelsatanexhibition.com, where anyone can
submit photos taken with an iPhone. "
"Recycling Success Trashes Berkeley's Budget"
by Ariel Goldring at
"The city of Berkeley,
Californiawhich is grudgingly still part of the United Stateshas
posted a $10 million budget deficit due to recycling, city officials
Berkeley is one of the few
cities in the country that still runs its own garbage pickup,
and the combination of a strong recycling program and a general
decline in trash has left a $4 million hole in the city's budget."
"San Francisco Bay Area Water Agency Selling
Build America Bonds" by
Jeremy R. Cooke and Brendan A. McGrail is from Bloomberg News
"The East Bay Municipal
Utility District, which provides water to 1.3 million customers
around Berkeley and Oakland in California, will lead municipal
borrowers [Thursday] with a $400 million Build America bond sale."
YEAR OF THE TIGER
"Berkeley police officer honored for work
helping to catch three robbery suspects" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"An off-duty Berkeley
police officer was given the Northern California Officer of the
Year award by the California Robbery Investigator's Association
in Reno earlier this week.
Berkeley police Officer Douglas
Golden was off duty picking up some beverages at a San Leandro
convenience store when he spotted one of two men in ski masks
draw a pistol from his waistband and enter the store, police said.
The two men got into a car
with a driver and sped off. Golden called San Leandro police and
followed the car in his personal car. Suddenly, the car, with
its lights off, stopped in the middle of a street, and the men
began firing at Golden's car, which was struck several times.
By this time, police responding
to the robbery were in the area. With Golden's help, police arrested
the driver. The other two men later were arrested by other police
agencies, police said.
The incident occurred at
9:22 p.m. May 27, 2009, when Golden was driving home after his
patrol shift ended in Berkeley. As Golden passed the Quik Stop
Mart at 1001 MacArthur Blvd., he saw two men lurking suspiciously
outside the business, said Berkeley police spokesman Officer Andrew
"Unlicensed Drivers Are Caught in Net for
Drunken Ones" is
a report at nytimes.com.
" In Sunday's Bay Area
Report, Ryan Gabrielson, a fellow with the Investigative Reporting
Program at the University of California, Berkeley, writes about
how sobriety checkpoints have increasingly become profitable operations
that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed - and often
illegal immigrant - motorists, than to catch drunken drivers."
" 'The Fallacy of 'Fairness' " 'by Thomas Sowell at townhall.com.
"A recent flap in a
Berkeley high school reveals what a farce 'fairness' can be. Because
this is ultra-liberal Berkeley, perhaps we should not be surprised
that a proposal has been made to eliminate four jobs as science
teachers and use the money saved for programs to help low achievers.
In Berkeley, as in many other
communities across the country, black and Latino students are
not performing as well as Asian and white students. In fact, the
racial gap in academic achievement at Berkeley High School is
the highest in California-- no doubt a special source of embarrassment
in politically correct Berkeley. "
"Storm Runoff and Sewage Treatment Outflow
Contaminated With Household Pesticides" is a report at sciencedaily.com.
the most widely-used home pesticides, are winding up in California
rivers at levels toxic to some stream-dwellers, possibly endangering
the food supply of fish and other aquatic animals, according to
a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley,
and Southern Illinois University (SIU).
"From waste to biofuel: Bugs the way" is a story at timesofindia.com.
"Researchers have genetically
engineered one of the most common bacteria on the planet - E coli
- to digest simple sugars from plant
They said their study, published
on Wednesday in the journal Nature, is the first demonstration
of a one-step conversion of a renewable nonfood plant to fuel.
The technology could lead
to low-cost, low-carbon, high-performance renewable fuels, researcher
Stephen del Cardayre said."
" 'We' not 'me' couples resolve conflicts
better" is a story
"Haven't our elders
been telling us that it should always be 'we' and never 'I', especially
when we are in love? Well, now the fact is backed by research
which says, spouses who use "we-ness" language are better
able to resolve conflicts than those who don't.
To reach the conclusion,
UC Berkeley researchers analyzed conversations between 154 middle-aged
and older couples about points of disagreement in their marriages
and found that those who used pronouns such as 'we,' 'our' and
'us' behaved more positively toward one another and showed less
"Neo-Nazis rally on Dresden bombing anniversary"
is an AP story
"Thousands of protesters
formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday, determined to stop
neo-Nazis from exploiting the German city's painful history on
the 65th anniversary of its deadly Allied bombing in World War
II. . .
Three successive waves of
British and U.S. bombers on Feb. 13-14, 1945, set off firestorms
and destroyed Dresden's centuries-old baroque city center.
The total number of people
killed in the Dresden bombing has long been uncertain. In 2008,
a panel commissioned by state officials found that the firebombing
killed no more than 25,000 people - far fewer than scholars' previous
estimates that ran as high as 135,000.
Dresden has been rebuilt
painstakingly over the years. Its landmark domed Frauenkirche,
or Church of Our Lady - for decades no more than a mound of rubble
- reopened in 2005."
Charlie Rose conversation
with Brazilian entrepanure Eike Batista is definitely worth watching.
A viewer comments
"While it was fascinating
to listen to this man's virtually value-free assessment of de-regulated
business landscape, I felt the interview length allowed for Rose
to dig a little deeper into what Batista means to do with the
world once he owns it... No mention of environmental issues, no
concrete public policy ideas aside from obvious logistical and
infrastructural ones. . . .
I must say it was refreshing
to witness his candor on the subject of business after having
to hear swindling politicians apologize all the time. Aside from
that, it's hard not to feel like your being bitten by a snake.
Especially his noting the failure of America's technology to market
an electric car to the world. It hurts because its true."
Check it out here.
a reason to go downtown
the Harley in front of Blockbusters
post from the past
Berkeley PD Harley-art
our Jarad emails
Eva and I saw this minutes
after it happened on our way to the theatre. The murderer is a
member of the WSB (Nortenos), which is one of two gangs that several
of us have been working with the city to try and suppress over
the past 2 years in the area. . . .
The Nortenos / WSB recruits
Latin teens in the area . . .
It doesn't matter what racial
background a person comes from, there are no excuses for gang
affiliation and the criminal behavior that it glorifies and encourages.
our Janine emails
In a few short weeks
violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock and I (fortepiano) will be performing
three Mozart Sonatas and one set of Variations for your enjoyment!
There will be two concerts here at my house Saturday
March 6th at 10:30 AM. Coffee and treats on Saturday. Suggested
donation is $15.00. There will also be CDs for sale at this
event. Please RSVP, as space is very limited and we are likely
to fill up! Happy Winter!
Oops! We didn't realize
that Philharmonia is doing a Matinee performance on the 7th of
March, so have decided to simply do two concerts on Saturday the
6th. - 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM! Sorry for the confusion!
Again, it is two concerts of Mozart Violin and fortepiano
Sonatas Saturday March 6th 10:00 AM, and 2:00 PM! Thank-you!
"Berkeley Honors Their Very Best:The Jr.
Wheelchair Championships" by
Gary Norris Gray, blackathlete.net.
"Last weekend, 60 young
people in wheelchairs invaded the floor of the Berkeley High School
Gym in California .
These young people wanted
to show the world that they could BALL too, for you older folk
it means playing good basketball."
"Affirmative rights group to challenge
Prop 209" is report
advocates will file a lawsuit Tuesday challenging California's
Proposition 209. Approved in 1996, it prohibits the UC system
from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in student admissions.
"Climate change threatens fog and redwoods
"The coastal fog that
gives San Francisco its romantic ambience is thinning out, a boon
to drivers but a real threat to the giant redwoods there, researchers
reported on Monday."
Jeez, . . . really? RP
"Air pollution can lead to atherosclerosis--study" by Neha Jindal, themedguru.com.
"In a first of its kind
study, researchers have found a significant link between air pollution,
and progression of atherosclerosis-- thickening of artery [a blood
vessel that carries oxygenated blood away from the heart to the
body.] walls, a key factor for cardiovascular diseases, and stroke.
Researchers at the University
of Southern California (USC) and the University of California
(UC) Berkeley, America have discovered that atmospheric pollution
is the main culprit behind heart diseases, since the artery [a
blood vessel that carries oxygenated blood away from the heart
to the body.] walls coagulate due to assembling of fatty particles
inhaled from air. "
"Cities Prepare for Life With the Electric
Car" is a story
If electric cars have any
future in the United States, this may be the city where they arrive
The San Francisco building
code will soon be revised to require that new structures be wired
for car chargers. Across the street from City Hall, some drivers
are already plugging converted hybrids into a row of charging
Yesterday this site had 991
visitors and 3838 hits with an average browing time of 23.5 minutes.
"Berkeley mayor hopes to cut builders'
red tape" Matthai
Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"How do you persuade
developers to hire local workers, pay fair wages and build ecofriendly
structures with housing for the poor in downtown Berkeley?
The mayor proposes giving
them a carrot that's particularly enticing in Berkeley: shortcuts
through the city's notorious red tape.
Mayor Tom Bates' new proposal
is an attempt to salvage a downtown planning process that's been
bogged down by years of meetings and a proposed referendum.
Although the requirements
would be costly, shortening the planning process could yield big
savings for developers. This is, after all, a city where getting
through city bureaucracy and its active citizenry can be a herculean
A project to build a 148-unit
apartment complex combined with a new Trader Joe's took five years
to get permits. The process of building a second Berkeley Bowl
grocery store took seven."
"California Watch: How the Journalism 2.0
Investigative Reporting Sausage Gets Made" by E.B. Boyd at mediabistro.com.
"So you've heard from
here to Sunday about how newsrooms are struggling to cover the
same amount of ground with staffs that have been smashed to smithereens.
Here's a different story, one about one organization that's trying
to do something about that. Mark Katches posted an inside look
at California Watch's most recent investigation, which provides
a case study in how the organization is collaborating with other
outlets to produce and then publish its reports.
California Watch, a project
of the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting, is implementing
a new model for journalism. Instead of following the old model-producing
a juicy story for a single outlet-they're actively collaborating
with others, who are, in turn, happily publishing the stories,
even though they know will appear in other newspapers."
If I were a betting man,
right now I wouldn't bet a whole lot a money on a negotiated solution
to the "medical marijuana problem." RP
"Berkeley slaying victim is identified"
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle
"A man fatally stabbed
in Berkeley was identified by police Wednesday as 40-year-old
Michael Joseph Mayfield of Richmond."
"'Faculty need to participate directly
in remaking the State of California,' says Academic Senate chair:A
conversation with faculty leader Christopher Kutz" at berkeley.edu.
"$16-Million Gift Will Support Campus Diversity
and Transfer Students at Berkeley" by Josh Keller at chronicleofhighereducation.com.
"The University of California
at Berkeley will announce on Thursday a $16-million donation to
support diversity initiatives, including five endowed chairs and
a new scholarship fund for students who transfer from community
"Gregory's departure mostly a surprise"
by Ted Miller at espn.com.
"There was a way for
California defensive coordinator Bob Gregory's departure to Boise
State to not raise more than an eyebrow or two: If Gregory had
bolted Berkeley for Boise on the day after national signing day
and became the Broncos defensive coordinator, replacing Justin
Wilcox, who was hired at Tennessee. "
"A Thought on Evan Bayh and Partisan America" by Robert Reich at csmonitor.com.
"Not long ago I was
debating someone on television. I thought the discussion was going
well until the commercial break when a producer said into my earpiece
'be angrier.' "
"Silicon Valley losing allure for top brains" by Bhagyashree Garekar, US Correspondent at
"A looming foreign talent
crunch has been pinpointed as a top factor that threatens to rob
the Silicon Valley of its title as the world's innovation centre."
"Is There a Fountain of Youth?" is opinion at abcnews.com.
"Scientists Report Progress
in Slowing Aging Process."
"Oakland police seek injunction against
gangs" Matthai Kuruvila,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"In a bold move to reduce
escalating gang violence, Oakland asked for a court order Thursday
to severely restrict gang activity in a 100-block swath.
Nineteen people police identified
as gang members would be placed under a curfew and prohibited
from associating with one another, loitering and possessing guns
in the "safety zone," an area in North Oakland near
the Berkeley and Emeryville borders, if the Alameda County Superior
Court approves the order.
Planet' TV show arrives in Bay Area by Josh Richman, Oakland
"Hot on the heels of
new research showing marijuana's pain-relief value and the reintroduction
of a bill to legalize, regulate and tax the drug, the Bay Area
this week saw'the premiere of its first marijuana-themed television
'Cannabis Planet," a
30-minute weekly program, is slated for a 26-week run on KOFY-TV
Channel 20 at midnight Fridays.
The show - focusing on the
merits of the marijuana plant in medicine, industry and agriculture,
and 'the benefits this plant brings to planet Earth, mankind and
the United States,' according to a news release - is already seen
in the Los Angeles and San Diego markets, and will roll out in
Sacramento in March and in Colorado this spring.. . .
Lane said the producers have 'remastered' the 13 original Los
Angeles episodes with minor touches to make them geographically
appropriate for other areas - San Diego and Bay Area backdrops,
for example - and are now producing a second run of 13 new shows
with more local content.
Lane said the Berkeley Patients
Group is the flagship Bay Area sponsor, with other support from
San Francisco's Ketama Collective, Richmond's Seven Stars Holistic
Healing, and Berkeley-based KZee Novelty Products, maker of the
'Lollipipe' edible candy smoking pipe. 'We plan on bringing in
more sponsors; we've just started dipping our toe in the water
in the Bay Area,' he said."
"East Bay Then and Now: Railroad 'Lobster'
Controlled State Politics for a Decade" by Daniella Thompson in our Planet.
"The Judah L. Magnes Museum announced last week that it will
be relocating to 2121 Allston Way, a former printing plant it
has owned since 1997. The building had been leased to the Berkeley
Public Library and the Bancroft Library during their respective
Local luminaries share their
Please join DWR (Design within
Reach) Berkeley for an evening to celebrate personal libraries.
Guest collectors will display selections from their book collections
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might be surprised at what tomes they bring to share. Our guest
collectors include architect Craig Steely, graphic designer and
AIGA fellow Mary Scott, celebrated wood artist Merryll Saylan,
Rare Book Dealer Jeffrey Maser and Cafe Rouge chef/owner Marsha
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Stop by for an informal discussion, raffle, refreshments and wines
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"Berkeley woman overcomes major
obstacles to graduate from Yale" by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"Homeless people, drug
dealers, prostitutes and mounds of junk filled Lily Dorman-Colby's
south Berkeley home before she was separated from her brothers
and placed in foster care. Although living with her drug-addicted,
bipolar mother seemed like freedom at the time - no bed times,
homework or general supervision - Dorman-Colby knew something
Her mother, once a college-educated
drug counselor, was losing her mind, going on 'manic rampages.'
Her father was absent. Trash piled up inside the home. Sometimes
there was no electricity, phone service or water. Then there was
a fire. Social workers materialized.
In two years, she lived in
five foster homes.
'At that time, I realized
if I didn't get my act together and I didn't start doing well
in school, I could end up like my mother, stuck in this low-income
neighborhood and be surrounded by poverty and drug abuse,' Dorman-Colby
That was when she was 11.
Now 22, she's preparing to graduate from Yale with a 3.56 grade-point
"Calif. moves to expand solar market for
"More Californians who
put solar panels on their roofs could sell the excess electricity
they generate under legislation approved by California lawmakers.
The bill by Assemblywoman
Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would allow utilities to buy up to
5 percent of their energy from customers. Current law limits those
purchases to 2.5 percent.
The Assembly adopted the
bill Thursday on a 53-1 vote. Rachel Arrezola, a spokeswoman for
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the governor intends to sign
"Nanofiber Batteries Turn Movement Into
Power" David Ayala,
"Scientists from University
of California, Berkeley have developed fiber nanogenerators that
could harness the energy of your everyday movements and convert
it into an electrical charge. Does your smartphone need a midday
charge? Just go out for a run!"
"Chemicals suspected in breast cancer,
US experts want tests" is
a report at google.com.
"US experts called Friday
for toxicity tests on chemicals they suspect play a role in the
development of breast cancer, a leading cause of death in American
'We're currently not identifying
chemicals that could be contributing to the risk of breast cancer,'
said Megan Schwarzman, a physician and environmental health researcher
at the University of California, Berkeley.
According to Schwarzman,
only a handful of the more than 200 chemicals in the environment
linked to mammary tumours in lab animals have been regulated by
the US authorities "on the basis of their ability to cause
She was speaking at a major
science gathering, the annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science in San Diego."
I love this new almost completed
project between Milo's home and the Victors' warehouse. I'm told,
they do too.
City maps seem to confirm
that both French school campuses and the Heinz preschool facility
are within 1000 of the old chocolate factory, the proposed site
of the "medical" marijuana move. And it seems, the CEID
school on Grayson off of 10th is within 1000 feet of the current
"medical" marijuana location. I'm told the "medical"
marijuana people are generous contributors to the school.
The one and one-half block
Flint Ink facility south of Gilman recently sold for 2 million
dollars. Some of its structures are now being upgraded and some
of these are now ready for leasing. The one-half block parcel
is being resold, its land marked structure in need of much and
"Nap 'boosts' brain learning power" is a BBC report.
"A nap during the day
doesn't just beat tiredness, but actually improves the brain's
ability to absorb new information, claim US scientists.
Volunteers who slept for
90 minutes during the day did better at cognitive tests than those
who were kept awake.
The results were presented
at a conference in California. "
I love nappies. How' bout
"Research finds brain link for words, music
ability" is an AP
story at sfgate.com.
"Words and music, such
natural partners that it seems obvious they go together. Now science
is confirming that those abilities are linked in the brain, a
finding that might even lead to better stroke treatments."
Go figure, I'm a much better
writer than I was a cellist. RP
"Research Shows 3-D Movies, TV Can Cause
Eye Strain, Headaches" Vidushi
"Three dimensional movies,
like Avatar, are wowing us with their visual display. The science
fiction epic Avatar won best drama and top director for filmmaker
James Cameron at this year's Golden Globe awards. But a study
at the University of California Berkeley found that 3-D movies
can cause eye strain. "
"Junk DNA could provide vital clues to
heart disease" is
a report at dnaindia.com.
"Scientists have linked
a region of junk DNA, the 98% or so of the genome that does not
code for proteins, to the risk of developing at least one form
of heart disease.
The research, published online
in Nature, drew on previous genome-wide association studies that
linked a non-coding stretch of chromosome 9p21 with coronary artery
disease (CAD) and showed that people who carry certain single
nucleotide mutations in this stretch of DNA have an increased
chance of developing the disease.
Principal investigator and
geneticist Len Pennacchio of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
in Berkeley, California, based the study on the equivalent chromosome
in mice and found a potential mechanism for how the region of
non-coding DNA might increase the risk of heart disease."
Ex Buttercup night manager
Dr. Kary B Mullis had alot to do with DNA. Check him out here.
And while there, check out
his book on Mendocino and more in The Day, "Dancing
Naked in the Mind Field." If you read it carefully you'll
find some references to me, . . . really carefully. RP
And Buttercuper, Patrick
Treadway remembers The Cup, Suze Orman and more here.
a Dean Davis photo
Patrick worked under Kary
"Berkeley Repertory Theatre Presents Matthew
Sweet's Girlfirend" is
a story at broadwayworld.com.
"This spring, at Berkeley
Repertory Theatre, romance unfolds in a new musical wound around
the love songs of the landmark album Girlfriend. Associate Artistic
Director Les Waters stages the world premiere of this tender new
show, which features music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet and a book
by Todd Almond. Starring Ryder Bach and Jason Hite alongside a
live band on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage, Girlfriend
begins previews on April 9, opens April 14, and closes May 9,
2010. The executive producer of Girlfriend is the Strauch Kulhanjian
Family, the production sponsor is the Kenneth Rainin Foundation,
and the season sponsors for Berkeley Rep's 41st year of fearless
theatre are BART and Wells Fargo."
"Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So
Much" by Benedict
long studied the grunts and winks of nonverbal communication,
the vocal tones and facial expressions that carry emotion. A warm
tone of voice, a hostile stare - both have the same meaning in
Terre Haute or Timbuktu, and are among dozens of signals that
form a universal human vocabulary.
But in recent years some
researchers have begun to focus on a different, often more subtle
kind of wordless communication: physical contact. Momentary touches,
they say - whether an exuberant high five, a warm hand on the
shoulder, or a creepy touch to the arm - can communicate an even
wider range of emotion than gestures or expressions, and sometimes
do so more quickly and accurately than words.
'It is the first language
we learn,' said Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the
University of California, Berkeley, and the author of 'Born to
Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life' (Norton, 2009), and
remains, he said, "our richest means of emotional expression"
"Class War:How public servants became our
Greenhut from reason.com.
"In April 2008, The
Orange County Register published a bombshell of an investigation
about a license plate program for California government workers
and their families. Drivers of nearly 1 million cars and light
trucks-out of a total 22 million vehicles registered statewide-were
protected by a "shield" in the state records system
between their license plate numbers and their home addresses.
There were, the newspaper found, great practical benefits to this
our Ryan Lau emails Moore
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The City of Berkeley launched an interactive web-based tool today
that presents scorecards on local sustainability trends such as
annual energy use, waste disposal, and tree planting in our community.
The website enables residents to, with a few clicks of a mouse,
access relevant, up-to-date information about Berkeley's progress
toward its climate action goals. In addition, the site provides
a forum for questions and feedback regarding implementation of
the City's Climate Action Plan.
The website is called the "Berkeley See-It." See-It
is a performance management and communications software developed
by Visible Strategies with support from the San Francisco Foundation
and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
To view the Berkeley See-It website, please visit the City of
Berkeley website at: www.cityofberkeley.info/climate
with the Police Chief
Just a quick reminder that we rescheduled our community meeting
with our new Police Chief to March 4th at 7PM.
Meeting to Introduce the New Police Chief, Michael Meehan
Time: 7PM 8:30PM
When:Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Where:Multipurpose Room, Rosa Parks Elementary, 920 Allston Way
(at 8th Street)
"UC Berkeley Starts Quidditch League For
Harry Potter Fanatics"
by the California College News Team.
"The sport of Quidditch
first became known to the world in 1997 when British author J.K.
Rowling released the first Harry Potter fantasy novel. She developed
the sport specifically for the series of books, and it is featured
in all but the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
In 2005, students at Middlebury College in Vermont turned the
fictional sport into a intramural league, then in 2007 Alex Benepe
founded the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association which now has
over 200 institutions participating. California universities surprisingly
are not big participants into the sport, as UC Berkeley is only
the third school to have a Quidditch league in the state. UC Davis
is also part of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association, as
is Stanford which is a long time rival of UC Berkeley. On Facebook
the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association group is very popular
with over 5,700 members."
"Net Metering to Shine on in New York,
California" by Jennifer
Kho at earth2tech.com.
"Rooftop solar companies
are breathing a sigh of relief and are getting ready to
install more projects in New York and California. That's because
legislatures in the two states have passed new rules that boost
net metering, an arrangement that allows customers with small-scale
solar and wind installations to get credit for the electricity
they deliver back to the grid.
With net metering, as the
arrangement is called, customers pay only for their net electricity
usage. Their meters run forward when they are using more electricity
than they are producing and run backward when they are producing
more electricity than they are using. The absence of net metering
could cut out much of the economic benefit of building solar systems,
at least in places without other financial incentives, such as
a feed-in tariff.
In California, the solar
installation industry faced the possibility of suffering from
a lack of effective net metering rules up until last week. Utilities
in the state were limited to accepting only up to 2.5 percent
of their electricity from net-meterin' customers, and one utility,
Pacific Gas and Electric, is expected to reach that amount this
year. Last year, Adam Browning, the executive director of Vote
Solar, said installations would 'grind to a halt" in PG&E
territory if the net-metering cap wasn't raised. And Assemblywoman
Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who wrote the bill to raise the cap,
called net metering 'absolutely fundamental' to the success of
solar in the state."
California's high speed rail dream" is a story at cnn.com.
"California's high speed
rail plan is eye candy for anyone who likes big, fast shiny things.
If built, it would connect
Los Angles to San Francisco via one of the fastest trains in the
world. Traveling along its own separate track, proponents say
the bullet train would hit speeds exceeding 220 miles per hour,
stopping periodically to pick up passengers in a network of sparkling
steel and glass stations.
Total travel time for the
trip: Just over 2 and a half hours - nearly twice as fast as driving.
Projected one-way ticket price: $55 - less than half the cost
of a flight.
"Bust the Health Care Trusts" opines Robert Reich at nytimes.com.
"My health insurer here
in California is Anthem Blue Cross. So far, my group policy hasn't
been affected by Anthem's planned rate increase of as much as
39 percent for its customers with individual policies - but the
trend worries me, as it should everyone."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
total for this week's storm is 2 inches, for this rainy season
22 inches. Pete thinks that's a little above average.
The City of Berkeley Monday
announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest
and conviction of Kevin Alvarado. Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering
an additional $2,000 reward. Alvarado is a suspect in the fatal
stabbing of a Richmond man in west Berkeley.
our Jarad emails about
. . . the gang injunction
in Oakland yesterday on the radio.
our Ryan Lau emails Moore
5th Annual Black
History Month Event
The theme this year is "Redefining Community," Urban
Cities; Inner Conflict: African Americans/Blacks Stepping Up
It will be a wonderful a community celebration including:
A Healthy Soul Food Meal
Community Discussion and Planning
3:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M.
Date: Saturday, February 27th
Where: South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street.
for Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Classes
The Office of Emergency Services offers free training in emergency
preparedness to anyone who lives or works in Berkeley. You must
be 18 or older to participate. Appropriate and comfortable
clothing should be worn and closed-toed shoes are required.
Please see the schedule below for the current course offerings.
To register for courses please email Khin Chin at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 510-981-5605 including the following information:
Class Date and Name:
I live/work (choose one or both) in Berkeley.
If attending from IFC, Panhellinic, or Co-op, provide Chapter
or House name:
You will receive an email confirmation once the class has enough
of Classes (Schedule subject to change depending on instructor
Saturday, March 13 - 9am-12pm Fire Suppression
Sunday, March 14 - 9am-12pm Disaster First Aid
Tuesday, March 23 - 9am-12pm Fire Suppression
Saturday, March 27 - 9am-12pm Basic Personal Preparedness
Thursday, April 1 - 9am-1pm Light Search and Rescue
Sunday, April 18 - 9am-12pm Disaster First Aid
Monday, April 26 - 9am-1pm Light Search and Rescue
Tuesday, April 27 - 9am-12pm Fire Suppression
Tuesday, May 11 - 6pm-9pm Disaster First Aid
Classes are held at the Fire Department Training Center at
997 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.
For more information on basic preparedness, search and rescue,
disaster medical and mental health, neighborhood organization,
and more download the Disaster Preparedness Handbook.
This is a 214 page reference manual utilized in our CERT trainings.
(PDF 11 megabytes)
For questions please email email@example.com or call
<<2010 Wait list Open.pdf>> <<BHMCommunityflyer10%20(2)
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
our Joe Lee emails
This is a friendly reminder
of the Berkeley Complete Count Committee (CCC) meeting that will
take place Thursday, February 25th from 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
at the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst at MLK Jr. Way).
Feel free to invite all of your staff and community members.
Census Coordinator, City of Berkeley, Office of the City Manager
2180 Milvia St., 5th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704, tel: 510-981-7028
our Claufdne Asbagh emails
Public comment on the West
Berkeley Project Draft EIR will be taken at the March 10, 2010
Planning Commission meeting. This will provide more time
for speakers to hear each others' ideas before finalizing their
writing comments, the due date for which will remain Thursday,
March 25th. New public comment will also be taken at the
March 24th Planning Commission meeting as was originally planned.
To see the original Notice of Availability or for further information,
please check the West Berkeley Project website: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/WestBerkeleyProject/
Land Use Planning Division
Planning and Development Department
At community meetings with
our city representatives is it necessary for some of the citizens
present to be so confrontational that they reduce some of those
city people present to tears?
And what is the city worker
union's position on such confrontations? RP
our Angela forwards an email
from Celinda Aguilar-Vasquez
Berkeley Housing Authority
wait list for Section 8 and project based voucher programs opens.
6:00 a.m. Monday,
March 1 through 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010
To Apply, Visit: www.cityofberkeley.info/bha
Who May Apply
Families with child(ren)
Families where the head of household or spouse is 62 years or
Families where the head of household or spouse is a person with
*Other singles, single person households that are not 62 or older
At least one person in the household must be a U.S. citizen or
be an eligible immigrant
*The following individuals are not eligible for assistance:
oIndividuals subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender
Individuals convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in any
Public Housing program
* The total annual income for everyone in the household, including
children, (before any amounts are taken away for taxes, garnishments,
etc.) is less than or equal to the amounts shown below:
1 Person $31,250 5 People 48,200
2 People 35,700 6 People 51,800
3 People 40,200 7 People 55,350
4 People 44,650 8 People 58,950
How to Apply
The application process will be conducted by Internet at www.cityofberkeley.info/bha;
no paper applications are available.
You can apply using your computer or the computer of a friend
or family member;
You can apply using a computer at your church, synagogue or place
of worship; or
You can apply using computers at the following agencies-all in
Berkeley except for the last one (Lion Creek, Oakland):
East Bay Community
Law Center, 2921 Adeline, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Center for Indep. Living (CIL), 2539 Telegraph, Monday - Friday,
9:00 am- noon and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, (disabled only please)
Berkeley Senior Centers, various locations, Monday - Friday, 8:30
am - 4:30 pm
Berkeley Drop In Center, 3234 Adeline, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am
- 4:00 pm
North Cities One Stop Career Center/Rubicon, 1918 Bonita, Monday
- Thursday only, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Affordable Housing Associates, 1250 Addison, Suite G, Monday -
Thursday only, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ashby Lofts, 2919 9th Street, Suite 101, Monday - Wednesday only,
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Lion Creek Crossings: 881 69th Avenue, Oakland, Monday - Friday,
10:00 am - noon.
If you are receiving
assistance from another agency or community based organization
not listed above, they may also be able to assist you with gaining
Internet access, simply ask.
Unfortunately due to limitations on space at the Berkeley Housing
Authority office, computers will not be available there.
For information (recorded message) regarding this waitlist opening,
please call: English - 510-981-5475 and Spanish - 510-981-5472.
Note: messages may not be left on these lines, after the recorded
Receipt for Application
When you complete your application the computer will generate
a receipt that includes a unique application number. This is the
only receipt you will have of your application so be sure to print
the receipt. If you do not have access to a printer, write down
the receipt number that will show up on the computer screen immediately
on a piece of paper and keep that waitlist receipt number for
your records. The agencies listed above also will provide you
with a form you can use to write down your receipt number.
If you require assistance in a language that is NOT Spanish, Laotian/Thai,
or Tagalog, please come to our office for assistance. If you speak
Spanish, Laotian or Tagalog, and require assistance, call one
of the numbers listed below:
Espanol: Si necesita asistencia para completar su aplicacion en
Español, márque uno de los siguientes numeros 510-981-5483
o el 510-981-5485.
Laotian/Thai: If you need assistance to complete the application,
please call 510-981-5474.
Tagalog: Kung kailangan ang tulong sa pagpuno at pagkumpleto ng
aplikasyon, tumawag sa 510-981-5488.
Because of the anticipated high demand for Section 8 rental assistance,
a random lottery of all potentially eligible applications will
be conducted at the close of the waitlist acceptance period (after
March 5) and only 1,500 names will be placed on the Wait List.
It is not necessary to submit more than one application because
duplicate entries will be deleted before the lottery is conducted.
* If you are selected in the lottery you will receive written
notice from the Berkeley Housing Authority.
Placement on Wait
If your application is selected in the Lottery you will be placed
on the wait list. It is important that you keep documentation
of where you currently live, and any preferences you claim. You
will be required to produce this information when the final eligibility
determination is made.
"A Sticky Little Lizard Inspires a New
Adhesive Tape" by
Arianne Cohen at nytimes.com.
"Keep your eye on the shelves of your local hardware store,
where in the next few years you may be able to find new tape from
an unlikely source: the gecko.
'Geckos have millions of
microscopic hairs on their toes, each with hundreds of tips that
adhere to surfaces, with no residue left behind,' said Kellar
Autumn, a biology professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland,
Ore.' Their hairs can stay attached indefinitely.'
Mr. Autumn and scientists
at the University of California, Berkeley, were responsible for
the research that enabled Mark Cutkosky, a professor of mechanical
engineering at Stanford, to develop a prototype for a tape based
on gecko adhesion. The tape, which is reusable, was so strong,
Mr. Autumn said, that when they tested it, he was able to stick
his 50-pound, 8-year-old daughter to a window with it.
Find out maybe more than
you want to know about the 19 to 28 year olds' generation in "The
'Millennial' Generation Talks Economy, Politics, Media" by
Judy Woodruff of the pbsnewshour.com.
"On Wednesday, I'll
be spending most of the day focused on millennials, one of the
terms being used for the younger generation. I will moderate a
daylong conference sponsored by the Pew Research Center for the
People and the Press and aimed at providing a portrait of Generation
Next, the name we coined a few years ago when I did a series of
reports for the NewsHour and NPR's Morning Edition, and a couple
of documentaries for PBS.
I look forward to learning
more fascinating facts about these young people born after 1980,
including why most of them continue to lean Democratic in their
politics even though their support for President Obama has slipped
a bit this past year.
I'm also curious to know
how they're coping with the unemployment that's hit their generation
especially hard; and interested to understand why, since they
believe marriage and parenthood are important institutions, more
than a third of births to millennials are to single mothers --
a far higher share than for older generations at this stage of
Overnight, an impromptu riot at the University
of California-Berkeley snowballed to include 300 students and
resulted in flaming dumpsters, broken windows and dancing in the
streets" is a report
"The Daily Californian
kept a timeline of the riot, which began as a small occupation
of Durant Hall, a campus building, in acknowledgment of the state's
Campus Action Day March 4. But by 2 a.m., the scene began to turn.
At 1:55 a.m., a dumpster
appeared to be on fire in the middle of Telegraph Ave. An individual
pushed the dumpster on its side as people appear to be dancing
around and on top of it.
At about 2:05 a.m., a fight
appeared to have broken out in the middle of Telegraph Ave. and
Durant Ave. Berkeley police responded to the scene, pushing people
away south on Telegraph Ave.
Police appeared to be using
batons to disperse people.
Protesters appeared to be
throwing what appeared to be trash and buckets at police officers.
The Californian also reported
that rioters threw what appeared to be glass jugs of wine at the
According to NBC Bay Area,
there were 25 police on the scene, although Berkeley police have
disputed that number. A rioter told NBC Bay Area that event was
'Real battle with cops, rioters winnin [sic]'."
"Berkeley Riot: students battle police
on Telegraph Av, Thursday"
is at sfgate.com.
"Clinton calls Berkeley a 'crown jewel'
" by Tracey Taylor,
"If you missed Bill
Clinton's appearance at UC yesterday - and chances are you did
as the free tickets were limited to UC students and staff - a
couple of reviews of the event are already out."
"The battle for California's future: James
Illingworth explains how the budget crisis got so bad in California--and
describes the development of a movement that is challenging the
cuts" at socialistworker.org.
On March 4, thousands of
students, workers, and teachers will take action across California
to resist the ongoing attack on public education. The scale of
the fightback in education has inevitably focused attention on
the cuts in that sector, but the crisis extends into every area
of the state government.
How did things get so bad
"It's money that matters:A new book says
economic inequality is the social division we should be worrying
about" by Jenna
Russell at boston.com.
"If you like to think
of America as The Greatest Country on Earth, and you'd rather
not examine its claim to that title too closely, 'The Spirit Level'
will not be your favorite new book. On nearly every one of its
250-plus pages, a stark, unflattering graph shows the USA topping
the charts among developed countries for some social ailment:
drug use, obesity, violence, mental illness, teenage pregnancy,
illiteracy. But authors Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, a
pair of British social scientists, have another, more enlightening
point to make. With striking consistency, they say, the severity
of social decay in different countries reflects a key difference
among them: not the number of poor people or the depth of their
poverty, but the size of the gap between the poorest and the richest."
our Andrew Frankel, Berkeley
Police Department emails
Here is what I can share with regard to last night's events:
At 1:41a.m. we responded to a request for emergency assistance
made to us by UCPD Dispatch. They were monitoring approximately
200 protestors who had occupied a building on campus and now were
moving into the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft
Way. UCPD Dispatch further advised that the protestors were
smashing windows and knocking over garbage cans as they moved
Southbound. Officers arrived on scene minutes later and
were pelted intermittently with projectiles launched at them from
the crowd (rocks, bottles, a fire extinguisher, and the cap from
a fire hydrant).
The rioters set a dumpster on fire in the intersection of Durant
and Telegraph Avenue. The officers formed a line and had
to push the crowd back so that Berkeley Fire Department could
extinguish the flames.
To deal with a crowd of this size, day shift patrol officers were
called in early and a request for mutual assistance went out to
Oakland Police Department (sent 19 officers), California
Highway Patrol (sent 10 officers), BART Police Department (sent
5 officers), the Alameda County Sherriff's Office (two units),
and the Albany Police Department.
The crowd was moved out of the area and finally dissipated at
3:06 a.m. with officers remaining in the area until 4:15 a.m.
At this point property damage is limited to broken glass doors
at a business on the 2300 block of Telegraph (Subway) and four
garbage cans and a dumpster were set ablaze.
Two arrests were made in connection with the riot. The arrested
parties have been identified as:
1. Marika Goodrich, 3-2-81, of Berkeley
Booked for Inciting a Riot, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on Police
2. Zachary Miller, 6-5-83, of Berkeley
Booked for Inciting a Riot, Resisting, Arrest, and Obstructing
a Police Officer
During the course of the incident two officers received minor
injuries but none required medical treatment.
As a result of this riot there are several on-going investigations.
I don't anticipate having anything else further to share until
ANDREW J. FRANKEL, #25
Public Information Officer
City of Berkeley Police Department
"Crime, Respect, Accountability"
San Diego: Racial Tensions Boil Over" The Huffington
"Following a night of
unrest at UC Berkeley, fresh protests have swelled at UC San Diego
after a week plagued by racially charged incidents."
Is our police force being
downsized as a result of the civilian administration not filling
departmental vacancies as they occur because of budget restraints?
the mayor emails (excerpts)
New downntown plan
After months of consulting
with members of the community - including environmentalists, developers,
labor, affordable housing leaders, and community activists, we
have put together an innovative plan that incentivizes environmental
and economic public benefits in a way no other city in the Country
has done. The new plan with amendments was passed 8-1 on
February 23rd and will now be sent to the City Manager for analysis
and a schedule for action that will allow us to prepare for the
November 2010 ballot.
Our new plan establishes
an accelerated planning process for a Green Pathway that is voluntary.
The Green Pathway will:
Create the Greenest Transit Oriented Downtown in America
· Get around the Palmer decision that says you can't
require new building to provide affordable rental housing
Provide jobs for local residence and prevailing wages
Establish realistic buildable heights for new buildings
Impress your neighbors with
Amazing Garage Door Covers
A German firm called "Style Your Garage"
- creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if
it's actually showing the interior of your garage, and what's
Prices range from $199 to
$399 for the double-door! All but guaranteed to make passersby
take a second look.
I actually don't need these.
I mean, I . . . but orur John Philips perhaps could use the Sov
steam engine canvas.RP
"Foodie paradise in Berkeley:Welcome to
the city Gourmet Ghetto, where the California food movement got
its start. Decades later, it's still an epicurean's Eden. Nosh
on some of the neighborhood's best on Lisa Rogovin's walking tour" at latimes.com.
Word is that a Norwegian
deli/restaurant is moving on to San Pablo Ave. RP
Kubik reports that the old
Bowl has become much more civilized with adequate parking and
About 4 AM Saturday morning
my friend Gerard was awakened at his place by the sound of heavy
rain. An Old School good friend, and knowing the back of this
warehouse sometimes floods when it rains heavily and that if it
is heavy enough the water could get ahead of just one guy, he
After several unanswered
calls, he dressed, got in girlfriend Kim's Toyota SUV and came
Seeing no lights on, he walked
up the drive to the sliding steel door and bent down to look under
it. He couldn't see anything because the crack was too narrow,
and he heard nothing.
But he did become aware of
something behind him.
Turning around he saw two
BPD patrol cars, one in front of, the other behind, Kim's SUV.
"What's going on here" one of the officers asked. "I'm
a friend of Rons" Gerard got out "and came to see if
he needed any help. Sometimes his warehouse floods."
The officers were just checking
and Gerard left and went home.
Well, Ok then! RP
"Hotel Review: Shattuck Plaza Hotel in
Berkeley, Calif." Heidi
Schumann for The New York Times.
"The Shattuck Plaza
knows its neighborhood. A couple of blocks from the University
of California, Berkeley, it greets guests with an oversize peace
symbol in black-on-white marble floor tile, and farther inside,
the decorating borders on the psychedelic. But this is psychedelia
through a filter of 21st-century cool, played for fun: gleaming
multicolored glass pillars, bright-red Murano glass chandeliers,
checkerboard floors, multicolored rugs and alternating wallpaper
patterns that ought to clash but feel lighthearted and urbane
instead. Turn a corner in a corridor, and you confront a new color
palette. Walk a few steps in the elegant lobby, and mirrors and
marble put you in a new space. A reincarnation of the faded 1910
Hotel Shattuck, the Shattuck Plaza opened last fall after a daring
renovation that has caught Berkeley's venturesome spirit. If a
hotel can be outspoken, this one is. "
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
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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