here after 2/15/11 here
is Black History
Make John Coltrane
Tony Almeida emails
I thought you might like
this Dick Cavett column. My older son gave me Cavett's book, "Talk
Show" for Christmas and it included this. I love when someone
points out the specialness of something you had been aware of
all your life, but not appreciated; in this case the poetry of
Battle Hymn of the Republic".
Younger son Bobby (helped
Lawrence) has just been reelected as a State Democratic Party
delegate. The day of the election, when State Assembly member
Joan Buchanan arrived to speak to the gathering, it was the first
anyone became aware of the shooting in Arizona. While votes were
being tallied, we all watched a Tuscon newscast via another candidate's
See you next time I bike-ride
up Wildcat and down into Berkeley,
Like your Miscellaneous Ramblings;
ramble on . . .
Tony's Jimi Hendrix story page gets a hits-volume second only to
our Cameron emails
A couple of things ... Claudia
and I had breakfast at Gaumenkitzel, the new German Restaurant-Bakery
on 2121 San Pablo Ave. (in the old Metro Lighting bldg) - the
place was bustling with customers and the light, airy interior
was a welcoming environment for a Sunday morning meal. We had
baked eggs, great bread, and delicious oatmeal. It's a European
style breakfast, light and healthy. For those seeking mounds of
home fries and gigantic omelets, look elsewhere. The service is
cheerful, though, like all new restaurants, they're feeling their
way so don't be in a rush ... for now. They offer an interesting
lunch menu as well. This is a delightful addition to the neighborhood.
"Ze Germans are coming...to Berkeley"
"A new bakery-restaurant
called Gaumenkitzel, featuring the cuisine of Northern Germany
and helmed by a couple from Hamburg, is opening later this month
at 2121 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. As SFoodie reports, the
name means "tickle the taste buds," and husband-and-wife
team Kai Flache and Anja Voth are planning to serve breakfast
starting at 7 a.m., including brötchen, German open-face
sandwiches with sweet and savory fillings. Service will extend
through the day to include an "early dinner" that ends
around 6 p.m. After getting fully staffed, they plan to do later
dinner service too." is from SFoodie.
Plus, a new Italian restaurant
named Luca Cucina
Italiana down the street from the Post Office at the corner
of Addison (the Jamaican restaurant spot) and it looks like a
reasonably priced little gem. Have not tried it yet.
lots happening in the 'hood!
One other thing that I though
you'd enjoy ... a small tribute to health buff Jack LaLanne -
and his dog Happy. Check
out the video.
post from the past
VIK's new Chat House opens
Bob Kubik photo
very nice, new spiffy digs
for their grocery and restaurant
end post from the
"California Watch launches media network"
"California Watch, a
project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, today [1/28/11]
launched the California Watch Media Network and announced its
first members, which include some of the state's largest and most
reputable news organizations.
Joining the network are the
San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, San Diego Union Tribune,
Orange County Register, Bakersfield Californian, and the Fresno
The news organizations that
are part of the California Watch Media Network will receive stories
and daily news posts from California Watch, the state's largest
investigative reporting team. The new group also will work to
find ways to collaborate together on investigative reporting projects."
"Cutting Redevelopment Funds Could Affect
a Lot More Than Redevelopment"
opines Zusha Elinson of Bay Citizen at nytimes.com.
"Seventeen police officers
in Oakland's worst neighborhoods have an unusual and potentially
doomed employer: the city redevelopment agency.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan
news organization providing local coverage of the San Francisco
Bay Area for The New York Times. To join the conversation about
this article, go to baycitizen.org.
Facing a police shortage
during a 2007 crime wave, Ron Dellums, then the mayor, pulled
the officers from their post at Oakland International Airport
and moved them into the streets. But the city could not afford
the officers' salaries, which had been paid by the Port of Oakland.
So officials devised a novel solution: They used redevelopment
money to pay the officers.
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to
plug the state budget deficit with the help of $1.7 billion in
property tax revenue that now goes to redevelopment agencies has
municipal governments screaming foul. The pots of money were created
to combat urban blight and pay for things like infrastructure
improvements and lower-cost housing. Mr. Brown, during his eight
years as Oakland mayor, relied on the funds to spur downtown revitalization.
Redevelopment agencies across the state are now scurrying to spend
the money before Mr. Brown can take it away.
But what has gone largely
unnoticed is how hard-pressed cities like Oakland also rely on
redevelopment money to cover myriad other expenses, including
some that appear to be only tangentially related to redevelopment.
Year of the Rabbit begins February 3, 2011
worker Lu Chi
"Berkeley tests concept of backyard cottage" is a story by Roger K Lewis at washingtonpost.com.
"If you live in a subdivision home, there's a good chance
your rear yard could accommodate an accessory dwelling for one
or even two people. Visualize a tiny cottage behind your house
occupied by a teenager, an adult son or daughter who has returned
home, a grandparent, a child-care provider, a housekeeper or a
rent-paying tenant. But what are the pros and cons of this idea?
To answer this question and
show that this is an idea whose time has come, the University
of California at Berkeley reports that a real-world test of the
accessory dwelling concept is underway. A prefabricated, 420-square-foot
cottage has been built in the Berkeley back yard of Karen Chapple,
associate professor of city and regional planning."
Is this the same UC Prof,
Karen Chapple whose grad-students wrote a "questionable"
study on change in West-Berkeley. A report submitted by our Rick
Auerbach at one of the city's stake-holder meetings? Questionable
or not, my memory is that the report was withdrawn after some
eyes West Berkeley for local startup hub" San Francisco
Business Times, Blanca Torres, after quoting Swerve's Michael
Goldin, writes "The Goldins would not directly benefit from
a change in zoning rules but would so indirectly . . ."
Actually the Goldins would
directly and significantly benefit "from a change in zoning
rules," not from their ownership of Swerve, but from their
extensive west-Berkeley property ownership. And I see no reason
why they shouldn't.
With a significant theme
and variations on the story that the Daily Planet "broke,"
our Becky O's "Berkeley
Cannabis Commissioner Applies for Albany Dispensary Permit,"
the-heart-and-soul of berkeleyside, our Francis D offers "Berkeley
exports its cannabis expertise".
Bauer, bummed by Vegas, still
of Las Vegas" at sfgate.com.
"For years friends have been telling me that to find the
best food in Las Vegas I needed to get off the strip and try one
of the many Asian restaurants, including the Lotus of Siam.
In the last few years, Lotus has gotten about as much press as
Joel Robuchon. While I had been to Lotus, I hadn't been to three
of the places that Las Vegas food critic John Curtas took some
of my colleagues and me to last week."
Since I've begun posting
"Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings" our daily volume
regularly reachs four-and five-thousand hits per day. This is
up from just over three-thousand.
end Penndorf's Miscellaneous
"Two state legislators push for new pot
laws, including restrictions on firing medical marijuana patients" latimes.com.
"The Legislature's two
most marijuana-friendly lawmakers told activists gathered in Berkeley
over the weekend that they are continuing to press for legislative
changes in Sacramento.
State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San
Francisco) noted that he introduced a bill last week to prevent
employers from firing most medical marijuana patients who test
positive for the drug, and he pledged to reintroduce a bill to
allow California farmers to grow industrial hemp.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San
Francisco) said he would try again to move his bill to legalize
marijuana sales, but that he was also considering a piecemeal
About 300 activists gathered
for the conference Saturday sponsored by sponsored by the California
chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
"Civil rights leaders honor Oakland activist" by Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune.
"Fred Korematsu on Sunday
made history a second time, becoming the first Asian-American
to have a day named after him by a U.S. state.
The inaugural Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution
drew enough people to pack Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus
in honor of the man's fight against the World War II forced internment
"Thursday Benefit in Berkeley for the Winnemem
Wintu Tribe" at
is written in water. The stories of the Golden's State's agricultural
and urban development, gold mining, fishing industry and more
are intertwined with the state's liquid gold. But no one has a
longer or deeper connection with the state's water than Native
Americans. The experience of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is particularly
compelling and it's a story about water. On Tuesday, February
3, you can hear that story at a benefit for the Tribe at the David
Brower Center in Berkeley.
Winnemem Wintu means 'middle
water people,' referring to the tribe's traditional homeland along
the McCloud River, which flows off the shoulder of Mount Shasta
and is located between the Sacramento River to the West and the
Pit to the East. The Winnemem are a salmon people. Their diet,
culture and religion revolve around the annual arrival of the
Sacramento River's winter run Chinook salmon.
Like so many tribes in California,
the Winnemem suffered since the arrival of Europeans. But the
completion of Shasta Dam in 1945 represented a particularly devastating
of Cleo Papanikolas
Streett, Berkeley Ca, 94710
February 8 through
March 25, 2011
Opening reception Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m.
In Cleo Papanikolas'
novella "Cook Until Desired Tenderness,"
layers of paintings, sketches, recipe cards, and handwritten
notes tell the story of a young gourmand learning to live each
day as a banquet, even when things get a little messy.
The tale, with its
patchwork presentation, isn't far from the truth. When Papanikolas
was two years old her parents went back to the land, launching
the family headlong into a world of vegetables, sheep, chickens,
and mud. The experience followed Papanikolas into adulthood where
- as an artist, cook, and mother of her own young children - she
perfected her recipes, both real and make-believe.
With familiarity and
humor, the paintings in Fancy Mud Pies capture what Papanikolas
calls "the sense of beauty and chaos that is food."
Whether picturing canaries perched atop popsicles or a faun encased
mid-stride in a luminous serving of Jell-O, her juxtapositions
offer a taste of a culinary wilderness which, while reverie, is
remarkably recognizable as a metaphor for life.
Mary Morris Lawrence
by Zennie Abraham at sfgate.com.
My collection of Mary's photos
are well known and can still be seen here.
I rescued them from Mary and Harold's kitchen where, sadly, they
were just hanging on the wall collecting schmutz.
"They're just old photos. Nobody would be interested
in them" She said.
Another collection of Mary's
photos can be viewed at the New York Public Library site here.
The USPS Richard Rodgers
is based on one of the NYPL
Mary Lawrence images.
Kubik emails a video-link
to Theo Jansen's
"This is one clever
guy!" Bob Kubik
"It's not every day
that you run across an entirely new strain of life, which is exactly
what Dutch kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen has created.
His Strandbeests are wondrous
wind-powered automatons that exhibit an incredibly lifelike dexterity
as they cascade in flowing waves down seaside sands. The elegantly
articulated creatures are constructed using genetic algorithms
and are constantly evolving to better suit their environment."
posts from the
Ole Potter Creekers
Bob and Paul visiting from
Here, yesterday lunching
at 900 GRAYSON
with Bob and Paul yesterday, I posted "Today
just before noon, several BPD radio-cars, a BFD rescue unit and
pumper responded to an incident at the end of Grayson just before
the tracks. Later a. . . helicopter appeared."
This morning sfgate.com
killed by Union Pacific train in Berkeley" reports Matthew
B. Stannard, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"An Alameda man was
hit by a train and died Monday morning in Berkeley, according
to the Alameda County Coroner.
Mir Asadullah Bakhtary, 31, was killed at about 11:43 a.m. near
the intersection of Grayson Street and the railroad tracks that
run along Third Street, said Deputy Coroner Norman McAdams. He
had been struck by a northbound Union Pacific cargo train.
'Our crew saw somebody lying on the tracks,' said Union Pacific
spokeswoman Zoe Richmond, who said the crew followed procedure,
blowing the horn and hitting the brakes.' "
end posts from
"UC Berkeley renews the call for grads
to join the Peace Corps" is
a story-release by Yasmin Anwar, at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
When John F. Kennedy was
assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, University of California, Berkeley,
graduates Paul Vitale and Kathleen Mossman Vitale were headed
to New York to be sworn in as Peace Corps trainees. Instead of
abandoning their plans amid the nationwide shock, the couple traveled
on ultimately to Ecuador inspired by Kennedy's message
"to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the
strong are just."
"He gave his life. So
that helped buoy our spirits to carry on," said Paul Vitale,
a retired urban planner who worked for the Peace Corps and USAID.
As the Peace Corps marks
its 50th anniversary, UC Berkeley is celebrating its unique place
in the U.S. agency's history as the all-time top producer of volunteers,
and is renewing the call for more graduates to serve.
Crack Argentine Ant Genome" at redorbit.com.
"Researchers from a
pair of California universities have successfully sequenced the
genome of the Argentine ant, shedding light on exactly why the
species has thrived and leading to hopes that the knowledge might
lead to the development of more effective pest control solutions."
"A single wild specimen of a rare California
plant yields tiny offspring, planted at UC-Santa Cruz" by Lisa M. Krieger, mercurynews.com.
"Rescued from the verge
of extinction, a single wild specimen of a rare California plant
now has hundreds of progeny -- celebrated Wednesday in a festive
planting ceremony at the UC Santa Cruz arboretum.
A reversal of fate at a time
of so many tough environmental challenges, the future of the Franciscan
manzanita now seems secure.
On a sun-drenched afternoon,
two of the precious seedlings were nestled into holes along an
ocean-facing hillside, gently covered with soil, then ogled by
Even UCSC Chancellor George
Blumenthal, a distinguished theoretical astrophysicist who studies
the origin of matter in the universe, seemed in awe."
Automakers, Better Batteries Crucial to Success of New Electric
Cars" is a Paul
Solman report at pbs.corg.
"Paul Solman looks at
efforts to make the vehicles more viable -- and financially successful
for automakers -- by building better batteries and making them
more aerodynamic. It's all part of his ongoing reporting on Making
Sen$e of financial news."
"The Claremont Hotel
Club & Spa, a symbol of Bay Area luxury for
nearly a century,was one of five high-end resorts filing for bankruptcy
on Tuesday, following an ill-fated acquisition by Morgan
Stanley in 2007", sfgate.com.
"Justice Sotomayor visits Berkeley elementary
school" by Lance
Knobel at berkeleyside.sfgate.
"Supreme Court Associate
Justice Sonia Sotomayor paid a surprise visit to Rosa Parks Elementary
School in West Berkeley this morning. "
"When You Knead, a Friend at the Bread
by Anneli Rufus at eastbayexpress.com.
"The West Berkeley spot
serves cheap meals, succulent sweets - and job training for the
"The Bingo Kingpin" by Anna McCarthy at eastbayexpress.com.
"When Berkeley concluded that its only major bingo hall was
a scam, it apparently didn't realize who was pocketing the proceeds.
Under California law, bingo
is supposed to be a nonprofit enterprise that raises money for
charity. The amount of money generated can be significant. At
the Gilman Street Bingo Hall in Berkeley, gross revenues exceeded
$5.6 million in 2009. However, almost none of that money ever
went to charitable causes. Most of it -$4.9 million - ended up
in players' pockets in the form of cash prizes. Nearly all of
the rest went to so-called "overhead" costs that may
have been nothing more than profit-taking."
"Analysis of bread mold genomes demos 'reverse-ecology'
tool' " by Sarah
Yang, is a story-release at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"In a demonstration
of 'reverse-ecology,' biologists at the University of California,
Berkeley, have shown that one can determine an organism's adaptive
traits by looking first at its genome and checking for variations
across a population."
Autoweek TV presents a
special report on traffic cameras.
our Annie Kossof emails
It's your neighbor Annie.
(I'm glad to see you're still
blogging, you were a blogger before I knew what what the word
I thought if any of your
readers are horse lovers
they might be interested in a blog I'm writing these days.
Enjoy the sunshine, bye for
Thanks, but actually I'm
not a blogger--don't much like the word and am not sure about
I edit a newsletter.
our Darryl Moore emails
In a dazzling performance
Actress Linda Kenyon brings to life one of America's most beloved
First Ladies in "A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt."
Follow Eleanor's evolution from uncertain young bride to an American
woman of strong opinions and towering influence.
All proceeds for this event
benefit homeless women and children at Berkeley Food & Housing
"A Life of My Own: Meeting
Eleanor Roosevelt" is being performed on Tuesday, February
15 at 8:00 p.m.
at the Marsh Theater, 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley.
Purchase your tickets through
photo by Mary Morris Lawrence
In an appreciation of, and tribute to, the Chinese noodle, I link
chef forms noodles by hand--Pretty damn amazing."
post from the past
CIA analyst, John
T. Whitman at SALT II
Carol Whitman's Dad--Carol
of Potter Creek's Carol and Bob--was a CIA Soviet analyst during
the Cold War. In his role
as a Soviet analyst John was a CIA representative at the SALT
II talks. This month, some of his poems and memories
Has a mouth like a bow
And a medicine bag full of samples.
If your nose has turned green
He will tell you he's seen
Simply dozens of examples.
He's got pills for the pox
In his medicine box.
And powders for after-your-binges.
But if you want shots, Why, he has lots and lots
In his little prefilled syringes.
From John T. Whitman's privately-published
memoirs--John was a CIA Soviet analyst during the Cold War.
The Cuban Missle Crisis
The Bay of Pigs invasion
in 1961 took me and my colleagues completely by surprise. As a
Soviet expert, the CIA operators of this project had scant reason
to bring me into the planning. But my fellow political analysts
who specialized in Cuban affairs were kept equally in the dark.
It was the rule in those times -- and remained the usual custom
for a long time even after the rules were changed -- not to expand
the chance of leaks by consulting analysts from the analytic side
of the Agency. Nor was it a time when potential nay-sayers were
gladly sought out. Thus we shall never know whether those analysts,
freed of operational responsibilities, would have given emphatic
warnings that little support for the invasion could be expected
from the Cuban populace or armed forces. Given the operators'
commitment to the project:, it seems unlikely that, were such
warnings given, they would have been heeded. At any rate, I knew
nothing more about the Bay of Pigs than the average newspaper
reader and nothing more thereafter, save for an early indication,
from an enraged planner, about John Kennedy's crucial perfidy
in withholding air support from the stranded exile brigade.
Not so with the Cuban missile
crisis in October of the following year, which posed entirely
analytic tasks. The first reconnaissance photos of missile bases
under construction came in on a Sunday, and I was summoned to
an urgent meeting on Monday to look at them. We were all astonished,
including myself. In fact, two of my senior colleagues, older
and more experienced, spent the entire day arguing the photo interpreters
conclusions. It seemed beyond belief that Khrushchev could hope
to ship these missiles across the Atlantic, on open decks, construct
their Cuban launch sites, and deploy them against the US Bay of
Pigs fiasco and Kennedy's willingness to endure some bullying
at their Vienna summit earlier in the year to mean that Washington
would stand by powerless.
In fact, we were right to
be astonished. Khrushchev's venture was in fact foolhardy and
ended disastrously. Within two years it had entered the category
of "hare-brained schemes" which the Soviet press used
to explain and justify his ouster.But in the heat of the moment
we could only surmise that the Soviet missile deployment be-spoke
not only an extreme aggressiveness but also a dangerous contempt
for the Americans.
That first meeting broke
up with an agreement- -with two abstentions --that strategic missile
deployments were in fact occurring in Cuba and a decision to produce
a daily report on the progress-- locations of missile-carrying
ships at sea, state of construction of their launch sites in Cuba,
indicators of the presence of nuclear warheads, operational readiness.
This report would include the most sensitive categories of intelligence
and would be restricted to members of the ExCom, an ad hoc group
of the President's most trusted advisors, set up to manage the
crisis. Upon returning to my office, I check out a faint memory.
Sure enough, I found in an editorial published some three weeks
earlier in Pravda a long diatribe about Berlin, filled with dire
threats if the West did not recognize East German sovereignty
and allow it to regulate access to West Berlin. At the very end
was a short paragraph, also couched in the blustering tones of
Soviet propaganda, demanding that the United States keep its hands
Neither the tone nor the
content of this editorial was unusual. What was odd was the mixture
of two subjects, the abrupt swerve from a routine piece on Berlin
to the topic of Cuba. It was this which had caught my eye at the
time, but when no explanation offered itself I simply dismissed
it and went on. Now its significance became clear. We had been
given, inadvertently or not, a glimpse of an overall strategy.
Since Khrushchev lacked the power and, confidence to confront
us directly in Berlin, at the heart of Europe, he meant first
to cow us in Cuba, bring new nuclear firepower to bear on the
US itself, and in these dramatically changed circumstances, force
his will upon us in Berlin as the first application of the new
correlation of forces. This may well sound arcane to many, but
it was an established method of analysis by Western Sovietologists.
The extreme secrecy practiced by Moscow forced outsiders, and
ordinary Russians as well, to search for seemingly far-fetched
clues to Soviet policy between the lines, not only in Pravda and
Izvestiya, but in many other more obscure publications as well.
Allen Dulles was able to
make a great impression on President Eisenhower in 1953 when he
reported that the name of Beriya, the secret police chief, was
missing from a long list of Politburo members who had attended
the opera; Dulles could not predict Beryia's fate, but it did
not look good for him. Within a week Pravada announced that the
traitor Beriya had been unmasked and shot.
This, of course, was a useless
tour de force; there was nothing the US could do with Dulles'
information, though it did contribute to his reputation within
Pravda's Berlin-Cuba linkage,
on the other hand, was freighted with grave policy significance,
and I cursed myself for not having seen this at the time, though
I would have been unable to convince others of anything on such
sparse evidence. Such are the frustrations of Sovietology.
A better opportunity arrived
on the second day of the crisis when Pravda gave the first Soviet
public response to Kennedy's challenge to the Soviet deployments.
The United States was excoriated for concocting a crisis, for
fabricating evidence and dragging the world to the brink of nuclear
war. Toward the end came the key: in the face of this dastardly
scheme, "The Soviet Union will not be provoked. Instead,
as always, it will fight to expose the plots of the imperialists
and struggle to preserve world peace."
"The Soviet-Union will
not be provoked." I recognized this as a time honored formula
employed when the Soviet Union, having itself provoked, found
itself over-extended and forced to draw back. It was guidance
to the Party elite and foreign Communists that a retreat would
be necessary and should be portrayed as a contribution to peace,
with Moscow's opponents branded as warmongers restrained by the
wise policy of the USSR. From that moment I never doubted that
the crisis would be contained, that Khrushchev knew he was outmatched
and would find some way to satisfy US demands.
Later that day I was named
as the CIA member of a small group of Soviet specialists, drawn
from State and the Pentagon, to provide a daily intelligence analysis
of Soviet intentions. There were five or six of us, and we all
read Pravda the same way. Our conclusion was delivered to the
ExCom by our chairman, who worked for Walt Rostow in the NSC Staff.
I never knew how seriously it was taken--a common frustration
for intelligence analysts-- but when, a day or two later, the
Soviet missile ships stopped dead in the water, the meaning of
"the Soviet Union will not be provoked" became clearer.
That evening I came home,
tired and snappish, to discover that my childrens' school had
conducted an air raid drill. Carol, Stephen. and Davie had all
spent five minutes, with their classmates, crouched under their
desks. They wanted to know why. I was furious. Why should all
these children be frightened and bewildered? What sort of overreaction
was this? Didn't everyone know that Khrushchev was going to back
down, that there would he no war? It took me a while to realize
that our school administrators didn't read Pravda. But more generally,
I have never been able to shake the feeling that the Administration's
stance on the crisis was partly intended to magnify the danger
in order to heighten the President's credit in meeting and winning
it. Granted that these were rattled men, confronted initially
with a challenge that seemed both mortal and inexplicable. But
the subsequent memoir-writing of Kennedy's associates has done
little to curb this excess.
Finally, the role of Ted
Walker deserves to be memorialized. Ted was the funniest man I
ever knew, with an inexhaustible fund of down-home stories about
the eccentric inhabitants of Cepawlpa, Oklahoma, where he was
raised. Ted was assigned to the team which produced the daily
intelligence report on the status of the deployments. Each issue
contained a map of the United States, across which arcs were drawn
to indicate the range of each missile site as it became operational
in Cuba. For reference purposes, a few cities were indicated on
this map--New York, Washington, St. Louis, New Orleans. On about
the fifth day yet another arc appeared. It ran directly through
a small circle identified as Cepawlpa, Oklahoma.
Years later, Ted Walker met
a strange and sad end. He was working on the annual estimate of
Soviet military strength, a complicated and hotly contested document
which directly affected the size of the military budget that the
Pentagon would recommend. It was a grueling process; one of the
military participants regularly took a month's leave after its
completion because, as he confided to a colleague, "all that
Iying he had to do tore him up real bad." One afternoon,
during a particularly fierce argument, Ted suddenly dropped dead
of a heart attack at the table.
end post from the
"Yoga Mandala Changes To Nonprofit Status"
is a press release at
"Authentic and traditional
yoga studio in Berkeley eschews commercialization by changing
to 501c3 status and moving towards community center model. Informational
Open House on Friday February 18, 2011 from 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
at 2807 Telegraph Avenue near Stuart Street, in Berkeley, California."
"Portable solar generator produced by Berkeley
company" by Alex
"Four years ago, Jeff
Lipton was a guest at a wedding on a Northern California beach.
As he celebrated with his friends, he noticed that the party's
sound system was plugged into a strange contraption covered with
chicken wire, balancing precariously in a rusty wheelbarrow. Lipton
was intrigued, but wary of getting too close. The thing looked
A sleeker (and safer) descendant
of that device is now an East Bay entry into what analysts predict
could be a $10 billion global market.
Based in Berkeley, Coyle
Industries builds a portable solar generator that can be hitched
to the back of a vehicle and towed anywhere a truck (or a mule)
'It's a replacement for a
gas or diesel-based generator,' said Lipton, Coyle's president.
'It can be used for recreation, camping, pumping water in remote
areas, disaster relief, rural developments in the Third World.
It has military applications as well.' "
Just south of Potter Creek
brawl at Kitty's bar early Friday . . . spilled onto the streets
" by Harry Harris, Oakland Tribune.
"Up to 180 people involved
in Emeryville bar brawl" by Harry Harris, Oakland
A brawl at Kitty's bar early
Friday involving up to 180 people spilled onto the streets, prompting
overwhelmed Emeryville police who were being punched and having
bottles thrown at them to call for mutual aid before order finally
was restored, authorities said.
'It was an ugly scene,' Emeryville
Sgt. Fred Dauer said.
One Emeryville officer was
injured, and at least two people were arrested. At least 30 officers
from Oakland, Berkeley, the California Highway Patrol and UC Berkeley
police responded to assist the five Emeryville officers on the
scene, that department's entire contingent of officers on duty.
The chaos began about 1:25 a.m. when acting Emeryville Sgt. Richard
Lee was flagged down by security guards at the bar at 6702 Hollis
St. The guards reported a large fight inside involving patrons
with knives and guns."
" 'Cheerful News' on Crime Data and the
by Al Baker nytimes.com.
"The three panelists
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly tapped to evaluate the integrity
of his department's crime-recording system will be visited on
Friday by a longtime academic, author and criminologist: Prof.
Franklin E. Zimring of the University of California, Berkeley.
Why - some right-leaning
law and order types might wonder - would a trio of Kelly appointees,
former federal prosecutors all, seek out the wisdom of an
academic from the West Coast? Simple: The professor has already
carried out what one police official called "a pretty remarkable"
analysis of the city's historic crime decline. A draft of his
findings (see also below) will be published in Scientific American
in the fall, with a book to follow.
(The 38-page draft of the
article was distributed by the New York Police Department's public
relations arm, which tickled the professor, who voted in 1972
for Senator George S. McGovern for president.)
The book - working title:
'The City That Became Safe: What New York Can Teach America About
Crime Control' (Oxford University Press) - has been years in the
works. Professor Zimring relied on police statistics, and he had
cooperation from the department's hierarchy. He studied crime
in three categories: homicides, robberies and automobile thefts.
And he compared data from across the last two decades.
In a nutshell, his findings are that the crime drops depicted
in the police statistics are, as Professor Zimring put it, 'real.'
Steven Donaldson emails
You may have heard that Supreme
Court Justice Sonia Sotamayor was in Berkeley at my kids school
Rosa Parks. My son Liam and his mom, Simone, wondered why
all the cop cars, hubbub, guys who looked like they belonged in
the movie Men in Black (Secret Service) and general fuss.
Ms. Sotamayor turned up making
a quick stop in his Kindergarten class. She liked their drawings.
Kids didn't really know what or who she was but definitely got
that she's a big wig since she had so many police cars and
dudes with sunglasses with her.
My question is did she eat
lunch in West Berkeley?
Not at any of the eateries
or watering holes I go to.
after 2/5/11 here
from my log
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dirty dry
air, burning watery eyes, blurred vision, burning mouth and throat,
overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. Similar, off-and-on all
These have recently become
regular occurrences and symptoms, making the warehouse often uninhabitable.
To the best of our knowledge, these occurrences and symptoms are
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more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
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
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Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
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