"Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution
Is Vindicated" at
"Vladimir Nabokov may
be known to most people as the author of classic novels like "Lolita"
and "Pale Fire." But even as he was writing those books,
Nabokov had a parallel existence as a self-taught expert on butterflies."
Marsalus, in rare form,
stopped by yesterday
Riffing on urban life, he
equaled the Original
Kings of Comedy for raw insight and laughter.
"The Administration Starts Its Start-Up
Policy" by Steve
Lohr at nytimes.com.
"First came the Obama
administration's embrace a week ago of corporate America, by naming
Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, head of a
White House advisory board, the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Next up is the administration's
courtship of the nation's start-up economy, with a public-private
sector initiative it calls "Startup America," announced
on Monday at the White House."
"Blake's on Telegraph closes after 71 years
in Berkeley" is
a report at sfgate.com based on a dailyplanet.com
"The official name of the restaurant at 2367 Telegraph is
Larry Blake's Restaurant & Bar, but everyone knows it as Blake's
It opened in 1940 - legend
has it Larry Blake opened it with $700 - and has long been a popular
watering hole and eatery for the Cal crowd, but in recent years,
it's evolved into more of a music/club scene"
"Brown University is
offering a new course on conservatism this spring that its supporters
say will help bring ideological balance to the school's offerings.
The course, 'Modern Conservatism in
America: Conservative Thought in the 20th Century,' was developed
as part of a project called Conservatism 101."
Full story at sfgate.com
Jenny, a manager at the West-Berkeley
Bowl Cafe suffered a concussion after a fall at home. Resting
now, she'll be back at work soon.
Among the stats used by our
city's Department of Economic Development are west-Berkeley land
use figures determined by a "professional survey." A
firm studies Google Earth maps and determines use by building
size, shape, etc. "It's got a sliding steel door, must be
As the city council prepares
to evaluate the West-Berkeley Project we will find information
becoming available about it. Some will be fact, much self-serving,
and some propaganda. It will be important for us in west-Berkeley
to intelligently question and even to doubt.
Smiley's conversation with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony
talks about how doubt has been an important, even a driving force,
in his life. For this alone, the conversation is worth watching.
But when you add his life-story-tales and his not-quite-exact,
but fascinating, question-answers, the "evening" becomes
"Berkeley tests concept of backyard cottage" is a story by Roger K Lewis at washingtonpost.com.
Ms. Chapple's twist of the
"green building" is great and placing these type units
in an urban environment is the right focus but it's not a new
Santa Rosa approved at least
one or two subdivisions nearly ten years ago, along a major boulevard-bus
route to downtown with "in-law" units by right; some
above the garages and some in the back yards. And Livermore has
a whole subdivision approved with every other house having a unit
above the garage.
posts from the
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Berkeley is a city
on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California,
in the United States. Its neighbors to the south are the cities
of Oakland and Emeryville. To the north is the city of Albany
and the unincorporated community of Kensington. The eastern city
limits coincide with the county line (bordering Contra Costa County)
which generally follows the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills. Berkeley
is located in northern Alameda County.
Berkeley is the site of the
University of California, Berkeley, the oldest campus of the University
of California system, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
Lawrence Hall of Science, Space Sciences Laboratory, and Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute, which are on the campus grounds."
West Berkeley, Berkeley,
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"West Berkeley is generally
the area of Berkeley, California which lies west of San Pablo
Avenue, abutting San Francisco Bay. It includes the area which
was once the unincorporated town of Ocean View, as well as the
filled-in areas along the shoreline west of I-80 (the Eastshore
Freeway) including, mainly, the Berkeley Marina.
Ocean View began as the name
given to a stagecoach stop established by former sea captain William
J. Bowen along the Contra Costa Road (today's San Pablo Avenue)
sometime during the early 1850s. The name was applied thereafter
to the settlement which began growing up between the stop and
a wharf built at the foot of what is now Delaware Street. Ocean
View was included in the incorporation of Berkeley in 1878 and
thereafter was known as West Berkeley. Ocean View was also, briefly
(1908-9) the name of what is now Albany, California, just north
of Berkeley. Ocean View was primarily an industrial, working
class community. The name derived from the fact that the Pacific
Ocean is visible through the Golden Gate across San Francisco
Bay from the site.
The main east-west thoroughfare
in Ocean View was Delaware Street. In later years, it was
eclipsed by University Avenue. The main north-south thoroughfare
was San Pablo Road (initially called the Contra Costa Road), today's
San Pablo Avenue. One of the earliest buildings in Berkeley was
an inn at the stagecoach stop called "Bowen's Inn",
located at what is now the northwest corner of San Pablo Avenue
and Delaware Street. The wharf at the foot of Delaware Street
began as "Jacobs Landing", named for its builder and
proprietor, James H. Jacobs. The wharf was improved and enlarged
with the help of Zimri Heywood, the proprietor of a lumberyard
at the wharf, which was then renamed "Jacobs and Heywood
Wharf". Lumber, soap, hay and many other goods were transhipped
from here. Ferry service was established between the wharf
and San Francisco in 1874. In 1876, the Central Pacific constructed
its new main line, part of the transcontinental overland route,
along the shoreline. A passenger and freight depot was built at
Delaware Street. This was replaced in 1911 by a new depot at 3rd
Street and University Avenue which still exists, although it is
no longer in use as a depot."
Sophie Gross shares
"The Sky is Fallin',
the Sky is Fallin' !"
Our Becky O's West-Berkeley
Project editorial is, sadly, filled with exaggeration and
the accompanying photos are an unworthy scare.
Read this Daily
Princetonian story and marvel at the excellence of our Daily
post from the past
John Canarina writes
in his book,
about one of many "suitable
dates" in our history that were never found.
"Also of interest
is a program that did not take place. During his Los Angeles visit,
Monteux became acquainted with the work of the African American
tap dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, well known through his many
motion picture appearances. So impressed was Monteux with Robinson's
artistry and agility that he proposed an appearance for him with
the Los Angeles Philharmonic if a suitable date could be found-otherwise
he would perform in San Francisco. As quoted in the Pasadena Post
of 8 December 1935, Monteux said of Robinson, 'He expresses as
much beauty with his feet as a singer does with his voice. I am
happy to be the one to introduce him as a classical artist.'
The prospect of Robinson's
tap dancing to the great works of the masters brought a great
deal of apprehension to the traditionalists among Los Angeles
music lovers, but Isabel Morse Jones praised the idea in the Los
Angeles Times of 15 December 1935. Her article emphasized the
importance of rhythm in music and went on to say that a few years
earlier, Maud Allan had managed to dance aimlessly to Tchaikovsky's
'Pathetique' Symphony with no attention whatsoever to the work's
rhythm, and that the public accepted it because it was thought
to be highbrow art. She continued that Monteux believed rhythm
was an important factor in American life and was impressed with
the possibility of experimentation involving music and dance.
Besides, Jones wrote, Robinson's sense of humor was something
everyone could appreciate, and that combination of humor and rhythm
was something the Philharmonic could use a little more of. She
further felt that such a program could be beneficial in bringing
about a better relationship between the Philharmonic and the general
public. As might be expected, however, a suitable date could not
be found for this program."
More stories about
Pierre Monteux can be read at Pierre
end post from the past
"Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary
owes state $6 million in taxes" by
Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.
medical marijuana dispensary owes about $6 million in state sales
taxes and interest for a three-year period in which it didn't
The disputed taxes are at
the center of an argument over whether medical marijuana should
be free of sales taxes like other prescription medicines.
Berkeley Patients Group got
the tax bill for $4.4 million with interest and penalties in 2007
and has been disputing it ever since, said spokeswoman Elisabeth
Jewel. Subsequent interest has brought the tab to $6 million."
"From piercings to protests along Berkeley's
is a photo essay at sfgate.com
"Tie-dye is still very
prominent along Telegraph, with t-shirts in every color of the
"UC Berkeley asked to absorb $80M of Brown's
$500M cut" at californiawatch.org.
"University of California
President Mark Yudof has set a target for the Berkeley campus
to cut $80,800,000 from its budget for the coming year, as the
10-campus university system struggles to come to terms with a
$500 million reduction in funds proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
A cut of that magnitude would constitute 16.2 percent of the proposed
$500 million total, representing a disproportionate share
of the system-wide cut."
"Could Future Processors Use Lasers? New
Research Makes it Possible"
by Nick Mediati, PCWorld.
"Lasers aren't the first
thing that come to mind when I think processors, but a new development
out of the University of California, Berkeley could change that.
Berkeley researchers devised a way to "grow" nanolasers
on a piece of silicon--a development they say might open the door
to a new generation of processors.
Transmitting data as light
is seen as one way to speed up processors, by reducing data bottlenecks.
This new technology makes up for the fact that silicon is not
particularly good at generating light. Previously, scientists
had tried to create chips made of silicon and so-called 'III-V'
(three-five) semiconductor materials, but this approach has problems
of its own."
"300 Attendees and 25 Organizations to
Participate in Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair in Berkeley"
is a press release at
"Green Jobs Network,
a leading resource for people seeking jobs that focus on environmental
or social responsibility, will hold its inaugural Green Jobs &
Entrepreneurship Fair on February 16 from 1:30 - 5:30 pm at the
David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. This program is sponsored
by green recruiter Redfish Technology (http://www.redfishtech.com)
and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at Cabrillo
The Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship
Fair is designed to provide information, resources, and networking
for job seekers and entrepreneurs interested in environmental
or social responsibility. The event will feature a Resource Fair
with more than 25 organizations, including employers, education
& training institutions, and service providers."
the front has been torn from
the Apple Store on Fourth
The new front will be on
the property line, eighteen feet forward the old one.
The Chronicle's Stacy Finz
is planning at story on Southern food served by non-Southern restaurants
and is going to write about 900's
cheese grits including Eric's recipe.
Look for it. Eric grew up with grits and now as a chef sees them
as a favorite alternative to potatoes or rice.
Five BPD bicycle patrol officers
had breakfast at 900 yesterday.
Twenty-one folks from LBNL
are lunching at 900
GRAYSON today. Coming down from
the hill they're walking to lunch after visiting their Heinz Street
post from the past
Certainly not an in-depth
report, still, John King's appreciation of our Potter Creek, "West
Berkeley Builds Community," is worth reading.
"By their nature, cities
and neighborhoods change. Buildings rise and fall, people come
and go. Longtime businesses move away or close shop.
If we're lucky, the evolution
includes a moment when all the different elements slide smoothly
into place - as is the case today in a pocket of West Berkeley
known to locals as Potter Creek. Poised for the moment between
hard-edged and hip, it's a reminder that the best change is incremental."
end post from the
"Berkeley to give parking scofflaws the
boot" by Doug Oakley,
Contra Costa Times.
"Like many small businesses
these days, traffic at tow yards is slow.
In Berkeley that business
is likely to drop another 30 percent, tow yard owners say, now
that the City Council voted to discontinue their service of towing
and impounding cars with unpaid tickets.
The Council voted 8-0 Tuesday
night without comment to instead put an immobilizing boot on cars
with unpaid parking tickets and eliminate the mind numbing bureaucratic
nightmare that goes with it to get the car back."
"Author uses humor to promote healthy plant-based
diet" Samaya Jones,
Green Valley News & Sun.
"Eat food. Not too much.
These are the key words from
Michael Pollan's book 'Food Rules-An Eater's Manual.' You may
recognize the author from his best selling book 'The Omnivore's
Dilemma.' He is also a New York Times writer and Professor of
Journalism at University of California, Berkeley."
"Woodpecker Could Hold Key To Better Shock
Absorption" at myfoxorlando.com.
"A woodpecker's head
may be the secret to manufacturing better shock absorbers, an
advancement with benefits to people and technology.
The blog Popsci.com reported
that Sang-Hee Yoon and Sungmin Park of the University of California-Berkeley
are studying how woodpeckers can survive such deceleration forces
of 1,200 g with each strike of their beaks, which hammer into
trees at a rate of 18 to 22 times per second.
That is more than 100 times
the g-force that can result in a concussion for football players,
who could be among benefactors of the research.
Popsci said researchers studied
the birds' anatomy and how it protects their brains before using
it to make a new type of shock-absorbing device that has glass
beads embedded in a steel-encased aluminum cylinder. Their inspiration
was the hard but elastic beak, spongy skull bones and how the
skull and cerebrospinal fluid work together to suppress vibration."
"Rodney Crowell's memoir 'Chinaberry Sidewalks'" a review by Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior
Pop Music Correspondent.
"Rodney Crowell recounts
the turbulent, complicated relationship of his parents in his
memoir, 'Chinaberry Sidewalks' (Knopf, 272 pages, $24.95), like
a sad country song he might have written, distancing himself from
the pain and anger with dark humor.
'Then it becomes a story,'
says Crowell, 60, sitting at a sidewalk table outside the Fisherman's
Wharf hotel where he was staying over the weekend, in town for
a show at the Great American Music Hall.
Crowell, who has been a factor
on the country music scene since Emmylou Harris recorded a few
of his songs almost 40 years ago, spent 10 years writing this
book. He first turned in the manuscript after seven years, but
took it back after he saw the first 40 pages of edits. 'If you
want to learn how to write a book,' he says, 'write a book.' "
Cleo Papanikolas' opening
Cleo, Milo, Jack and Ella
in the background are Cleo's
Dad, Zeese and Cleo's Brother, Tony
of Cleo Papanikolas
Streett, Berkeley Ca, 94710
February 8 through
March 25, 2011
Opening reception Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m.
"Brunch spot is one
of Berkeley's Gems, 900 Grayson" by Juzo Greenwood of the
King Middle School in their
"Don't be discouraged
if you see a crowd waiting to be seated at the front of 900 Grayson.
That's an indicator of the quality of the restaurant. With delicious
food and friendly service 900 Grayson, (which is also the address)
is the ideal restaurant for a hearty brunch.
Co-owned by brothers Chris
and Anthony Saulnier, 900 Grayson was formerly a run-down diner.
The owners have made the building into a very nice place to eat.
Art hangs from the walls and light music plays in the background.
The place is small, but with
the bar, community table and outside seating, it can accommodate
a fair amount of people. And if you can't get a seat it's worth
the wait. The owners give you an accurate amount of time before
there is an open table, and it would take more than a long wait
to stop me from eating there. Their menu contains a range of tasty
breakfast and lunch meals, made from delicious ingredients including
local Acme bread.
One of their best sandwiches
is the Grayson Burger, a juicy creation with bacon, N.Y. cheddar,
onion rings and house made BBQ sauce. Herb fries and ketchup are
also served with it. It is very flavorful, between the smoky bacon
and the tang and sweetness added by the sauce. The fries are also
delicious, well seasoned and crispy.
The Piggy, a pulled pork
sandwich with coleslaw, is a smoky and tender alternative. Another
fantastic meal is the Demon Lover, which is spicy chicken and
a buttermilk waffle, served with either gravy or maple syrup or
both. The chicken is especially good. It is crispy, salty and
spicy. The gravy also adds flavor. Meanwhile, the waffle has a
bit of sweetness, and a nice balance between chewy and crispy.
A nice drink to compliment
your meal is the Rickey a house-made drink made with ginger syrup,
sparkling water and pomegranate or lime juice, or both combined.
While 900 Grayson has lots
of delicious breakfast and lunch items, you don't want to forget
about the desserts. Notable desserts are the hand-sized chocolate
chip cookies from Phoenix bakery and the Alfajores, a delicious
caramel sandwiched between two shortbread cookies. A great caffeinated
alternative is the Affogato, which isa scoop of vanilla ice cream
in a shot of espresso. The best dessert has to be the caramel
Pot de Crème. It is a caramel custard with whipped cream
on top. There is a bit of sea salt added for a nice contrast.
It is deliciously smooth and sweet and is a great way to end your
In addition to great food,
900 Grayson has a nice casual atmosphere and good service. The
friendly Chris and Anthony are usually at the front and always
do their best to get you a table as soon as possible. The waiters
are also friendly and even give you some candy with the bill,
a nice gesture. 900 Grayson's food is comforting, and appealing
to a wide-range of people. However since it only serves breakfast
and lunch,and is closed onSundays,King students will have to likely
go on a Saturday, or during the Summer."
The story in its orignal
format can be found on page 18 of the January 2011 King Cobra.
A pdf of the January issue can be down loaded from the KIng
900 GRAYSON is on the southeast corner of Grayson and 7th.
If I remember correctly,
Tuesday the 8th was His Honor Mayor Bates' 73th Birthfday.
Zo, . . .
The real news about the West-Berkeley
Project is not what happened at the council Tuesday night but
the many and discrete discussions taking place between all involved.
Lt Andy Greenwood, BPD emails
this link to a three
minute film-clip of a 1906 streetcar-trip through Our Town.
Watch it to its end, DEFINITELY worth it.
"This film, shot from
a moving streetcar, shows portions of north Berkeley and the adjacent
University of California campus, circa 1906. (A 1905 photo-panorama
of Berkeley shows a virtually identical view of the area seen
in the film.) The Oakland and Berkeley Rapid Transit Company began
operating in 1891 and was a major factor in the development of
Berkeley. Unincorporated until 1878, a decade after the foundation
of the University of California, Berkeley was somewhat remote
from the east-bay urban center of Oakland to the south. The apparent
abundance of undeveloped land seen in the film is a bit deceptive;
trees, hills and the narrow viewpoint of the camera hide much
of the neighborhood, which was fairly well built-up by 1906, although
much room remained for further growth. Over the following decades
even the Berkeley Hills were covered with homes, as the University
matured into a world-class institution. A large portion of north
Berkeley burned in the 1923 fire, but the area was quickly rebuilt.
(The major 1991 fire was in the Oakland Hills, just south of the
university campus.) The streetcar route shown is most of the final
portion of the #4 line (built in 1901) originating in downtown
Oakland. The No 3 Oxford Street line, seen at the start of the
film, also originated in Oakland. In 1903 the Berkeley streetcar
system had become part of Oakland Transit Consolidated, basis
of the Key Route system that linked east bay transit lines to
its Oakland/San Francisco ferries. The #3 line closed in 1932.
Later-model streetcars on the #4 line were replaced by buses in
1948. The Hearst/Euclid avenues portion of that line is now part
of the No 65 Grizzly Peak bus line."
Pixar and Disney executives
had breakfast at 900 this morning. Among the nine present were Pixar's
Pete Docter and Disney's head of animation John Lasseter. Lasseter
is directing Cars2, coming out this summer, and Docter is now
directing the 3-D Monsters Inc2.
And breakfasting together
at a table opposite the Pixar/Disney people were Paul Zaentz and
from the past
Sally and Suzanna had a garden
party on Sunday afternoon in January--sort of the celebration "My dinning
pavilion was featured in House Beautiful." And by mid-afternoon, Sally's pavilion and backyard
over-flowed with guests, among them movers-and-shakers of west-Berkeley
and dressed-to-the-tens Bay Area interior decorators and designers.
Champagne flowed and La Farine desserts dazzled on the dinning-room
table. But in the midst of all this sat the demure Dorothy Mitchell-Irwin,
now 91. Sally's cousin, she was up from Redlands for the party.
A Redlands native, Dorothy went to school there from kindergarten
to college, graduating from the University of Redlands in 1938.
After meeting her first husband-to-be on a Hawiian cruise they
married and shortly after moved to Honolulu. But they divorced
within a year. "I thought I was so smart, but I was so naive"
Dorothy remained in Hawaii
and got a job working for a civilian contractor to the military.
And so on December 7, 1941 she was there and remembers.
"When I think of December
7th, 1941 I usually also remember the Thanksgiving before. My
boyfriend at the time, Hilbert Crosthwaite was a young Lieutenant
on the submarine, ARGONAUT. He had duty on Thanksgiving night
and invited me to join him and another officer on board for dinner.
(I don't remember what we had, but the Navy was famous for good
food.) While we were eating the teletype started clacking and
we could hear it. The other officer took the communique and read
it. The sense of the message, from Washington I think, was that
the United States had lost track of the Japanese fleet but that
it was still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
December 7 was on a Sunday.
When the telephone rang early that morning I ran downstairs to
answer it. (Later on one of our boyfriends put an extension upstairs,
but I was the one awakened and ran downstairs to answer it.) It
was a roomate's boyfriend, Warren Gardner, and he said: 'The Japs
have bombed Pearl Harbor!' We had not been out with him the night
before, and anyhow he was inclined to play jokes on us, so I said:
'Stop yer kidding-and go back to bed.' 'No,' he said, 'it's true,
If you don't believe me turn on the radio.' So I did and this
is what I heard Webbley Edwards say: 'And if you do not live throughout
this day, happy landings. The radio station is now going off air.`'
All the radios were off air so no enemy planes could follow the
beam into Honolulu.
Well! That got my attention.
I ran upstairs to waken my roommates and met with the same unacceptance
until out our upstairs window which overlooked the Ala Wai Canal
and the golf course beyond, we-saw a small white plane flying
low over the canal with a big red circle under the wing!
You can imagine we got dressed
in a hurry. In order to calm my nerves and keep busy I decided
to wash clothes in the kitchen sink. We did not have a washing
machine and as a rule we took our laundry to a Japanese mamasan
every week. I remember thinking: if I'm going to be a Japanese
prisoner, at least I'll have clean clothes. Later we were advised
to pack a bag and what we should put in it. We still had it at
the end of the war but we hadn't used it.
When we heard what we thought
was a bomb explode a block from our apartment we all ran out to
see what had happened and while we were gone the sink overflowed
and flooded the kitchen floor. That kept me busy too. Now I'd
have clean clothes and a clean floor.
Some Japanese bombs did fall
farther away from our apartment, but the one in question was an
anti aircraft shell which misfired from Fort de Russey's Battery
B anti aircraft Coast Defense gun. This was an Army Fort to protect
Honolulu shoreline from Diamond Head to Fort Armstrong down town.
Well fortunately that shell fell on an inter section of Aloha
Drive and Lewers Ave. It made a hole in the pavement that was
The Japanese bomb wiped out
a low income area of mostly Japanese residents and we thought
it was ironic they bombed their own people.
Now there's a beautiful hotel
for service people at Fort de Russey and a museum on the site
of Battery B, as it was called.
We kept ourselves busy all
day. Early in the afternoon one of the room mate's boyfriends
who lived in Manoa Valley came to see if we were OK. I think 3
or 4 fellows lived in the house. So we all piled in Fred Barnett's
open air convertible and he took the 3 of us home. We were driving
down Beretania Blvd. between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and
Thomas Square when we heard a terrible racket that sounded like
machtne gun fire, and we all DUCKED. A big PBY was flying overhead
and we were thankful it was OUR plane. But the noise was caused
by a flat tire. Auwe! We all piled out of the car while the tire
Those fine fellows opened
cans and fixed a tuna casserole that tasted mighty good. My two
roommates worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and one was a Home
Economist, so I'm sure we must have helped. I'm not sure where
everyone else slept, but I slept on the floor in my clothes.
I might add that we expected
the Japanese would come ashore at Waikiki.
Next morning one fellow drove
me to the Navy Recruiting office on Ala Moana Blvd . and I got
a ride to the Submarine Base Gate at Pearl Harbor. Then I started
walking to Kuahua Island (as it was called) where the Pacific
Naval Airbase office was where I worked, when a Press Photographer
picked me up and took me to the office. I'm sorry I can't remember
his name because he became a famous photographer.
The PNAB office was across
from Ford Island which actually blocks the entrance to Pearl Harbor.
The scene was horrendous - water was burning because oil from
the battleships had caught fire. They were still bringing in bodies,
both dead and alive. All of our battleships had been destroyed,
as they intended, but we still had aircraft carriers!
W. T. Owen was the manager
of the PNAB Purchasing Department where I worked. There were 8
or 10 purchasing agents buying materials needed to build the Pacific
Naval Airbases. There were 5 big engineering firms constructing
these bases. Oleta Stevens was in charge of all the girls (20
or 30?) who typed the purchase orders for Midway, Wake and Johnson
Islands. I called Oleta and she reminded me that on the 8th our
wastebaskets were filled with sand in case there was a fire when
the Japs returned. She said she urged us to work hard and fast
to accomplish as-much as possible in case it was our last chance.
She remembered that the OKLAHOMA
had capsized and by Tuesday the ship had been righted and all
the officers and crew were rescued. The
ARIZONA was never brought up from its watery grave.
The YORKTOWN aircraft carrier
was badly damaged during the Battle of Coral Sea in May of 1942,
and it was sunk during the Battle of Midway the following month.
The ENTERPRISE was badly damaged too. More about that later.
On Monday I saw a Destroyer
going out to sea that maneuvered back and forth like a car emerging
from a tight place. They'd had word the Japs were attacking Hilo
and were going out to protect the harbor.
The next day our friends
gathered to help us black out our our apartment. It stayed that
way till the end of the war.
The air raid wardens were
very demanding - not one glimmer of light was allowed to show
Naturally we were all afraid.
We really expected the Japanese to invade Oahu by walking in over
the reefs to Waikiki. Now we know they planned to start with the
Philippines and work their way across the Pacific. They made a
good start to this plan. Lucky for us they didn't know how easy
it would have been to invade Oahu.
Just before the Battle of
Midway it was very impressive to be aware of bombers flying out
from Hickam Airfield, next to Pearl Harbor, every few minutes.
We knew something Big was happening. It was the Battle of Midway.
At that Battle the Japanese lost 3,500 of their finest and best
Shortly after in June, 1942,
the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE, which had been badly damaged
in the Battle of Midway, returned to Pearl Harbor with a GREAT
hole in its side. Still, it was a magnificent sight to see this
huge ship badly crippled come back home to Pearl Harbor - the
crew and officers standing at attention on deck. It was thrilling,
and we were very proud. Until then I don't believe we'd been confident
about winning the war. But that was the beginning of the end of
what had been started for us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 194L
Although it took 3 more years of fierce fighting and a terrible
loss of life to come to a successful conclusion."
end posts from
"Berkeley High Conference Focuses on Issues
Faced by Black Youth"
by Jeffrey Butterfield, dailycal.org.
"Weekends are not typically
the busiest of times at the Berkeley High School second-floor
library, yet the room's reading tables were filled last Saturday
morning with over 70 students, parents and community members focused
on one topic: the challenges faced today by Berkeley's black youth.
Attendees of the 'Black Youth
in Crisis' conference discussed ways to address the general difficulties
black youth may face and pinpointed areas where Berkeley High
School can better support its black student population as it overcomes
"Berkeley High Conference
Focuses on Issues Faced by Black Youth" by Jeffrey Butterfield,
"Weekends are not typically
the busiest of times at the Berkeley High School second-floor
library, yet the room's reading tables were filled last Saturday
morning with over 70 students, parents and community members focused
on one topic: the challenges faced today by Berkeley's black youth.
Attendees of the "Black
Youth in Crisis" conference discussed ways to address the
general difficulties black youth may face and pinpointed areas
where Berkeley High School can better support its black student
population as it overcomes those adversities."
"Guantanamo Bay detainees may get invite
to Berkeley" Carolyn
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Guantanamo Bay detainees
might have a new home in the United States: Berkeley.
The City Council is to vote
Feb. 15 on a resolution to invite detainees who have been cleared
of wrongdoing to resettle within Berkeley's sunny confines.
Of the 38 detainees who have been cleared, Berkeley would invite
two: a Russian ballet dancer and an Algerian who was a top-rated
Italian chef in Austria.
'Our hearts are with all
those people who were never tried, held for years and in some
cases tortured,' said Wendy Kenin, chairwoman of the city's Peace
and Justice Commission, which crafted the resolution. 'As a municipality,
this is one thing we can do to right some wrongs of our federal
The two would move to Berkeley and live with local families. Nonprofits
would help them find work and generally integrate into life in
the East Bay."
"Berkeley Researchers Hope to Light Way
with Tiny Lase"
by Don Clark at wsj.com.
"Many companies are
betting that wedding electrical and optical technologies will
eventually transform computers and other devices. Some researchers
at the University of California at Berkeley think they have made
a big step toward the altar.
The goal is to dramatically
drive down the size and cost of the lasers and related components,
now used in fiber-optic communications that carry much of the
Internet's traffic over great distance. By building comparable
devices from siliconthe inexpensive mainstay of computer
chipsresearchers hope to exponentially increase the speed
and capacity of data channels inside and between chips and computers."
On the Thursday Channel 4
Evening News, sportscaster Gary Radnich
reported "Cal sports'
budget cuts will be returned and no sports will be eliminated."
His source, a neighbor whose kid plays for Cal. Radnich says official
announcement will be made tomorrow.
Dear Cal Community,
Today's announcement that we are preserving the
varsity status of three of our sports is a bittersweet conclusion
to a challenging moment in the history of the University of California
Athletic Department. On one hand, we are elated that the passionate
efforts of our alumni and friends produced enough funding to support
Women's Lacrosse, Women's Gymnastics, and Men's Rugby for a solid
number of years to come. Because of these fundraising efforts,
more than 100 student-athletes will continue to compete on a Varsity
level for our University.
On the other hand, the fundraising efforts - although
significant by any measure - do not provide sufficient resources
to support financial sustainability for the foreseeable future
for Men's Gymnastics and Baseball. Unfortunately, at this point
in time, the University is not in a financial position to commit
to additional expenses to reinstate these two sports without a
reasonable certainty that resources will be available to cover
I hope that you will take the time to read through
the details of the new plan as outlined in the press release.
Below is a link to this document:
We are very grateful for the devoted efforts of all who participated
in this remarkable fundraising endeavor. In a time of crisis,
the Cal family has spoken loudly and clearly about the importance
of intercollegiate athletics to the fabric and vitality of our
great University. That very powerful and positive message has
reached deeply into all facets of the campus community. You were
I remain deeply saddened that the end result is
that we will be losing opportunities for student-athletes in Baseball
and Men's Gymnastics, and that the economic realities of our campus
and department are having a direct and undeniable impact on our
Although this has been an extremely challenging
time, I hope and believe that the entire Cal Athletics family
will pull together in support of our student-athletes, coaches
and staff. I remain convinced that, together, we can and will
overcome the challenges we must confront. I know that the values
and loyalties that bind us together remain strong. I will continue
to do everything in my power to ensure that Cal Athletics' best
days are still to come.
Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.
Director of Athletics
You can view Tuesday's council meeting at Our Town's website here--goes
good with a beer but I've yet to find someone who has viewed it
with a doobie.
I remember Mario Savio from
the Free Speech Movement.
on Sproul Hall steps, December 2,1964
When working at Campus Records
on the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft you could here Mario Savio
speaking when the wind was right. In this short film clip you
too can hear him. A spellbinding orator, he is riveting.
posts from the
Back in The Day:
Selling Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave
had to be there
I liked my job because I worked at night and mostly alone, and
when it was slow, as it often was, I could play any record in
the shop. Campus Records was a full catalogue store and in the
'60s that meant we had virtually every classical and jazz record
that there was. Happily I could play them all-well maybe not all.
Albert didn't like you to break the seal on a new recording, but
in the '60s many records weren't sealed, so there were many to
be played. Also, if I absolutely had to hear something that was
tightly wrapped in plastic, I could usually get a free copy from
I was with an enormous collection of classics and jazz. Of course,
waiting on customers sometimes interfered with my listening, but
then much to my surprise, many of them bought a copy of what I
was listening to. It seems I had also discovered a way to successfully
the summer Berkeley was still a quiet university town with a small
summer session of teachers "vacationing for credit."
Still, with the "serious" regular students always talking
about how the classes were too big, how the teachers didn't care,
and how the administration was "fascist," you could
sense some unrest. But all in all, the town was quiet, especially
at night, and that meant I would have plenty of time for listening-I
could learn all about music.
left for home about 6 o'clock and we were open until 11:00 PM
so at about 5:00, between waiting on customers, I began planning
my evening's program.
I'd play different performances of the 'cello pieces I was working
on. How did I want to play the Sarabande from the Bach
G Major 'Cello Suite? Did I want to learn the D Minor Suite? How
should the C Major Prelude sound? I'd listen to Casals, to Fournier,
or to Janigro. They were my teachers, and at the evening's end,
many times, I'd be in complete confusion about the works I'd heard,
my head swimming with ideas, solutions and more problems. How
could Casals make them dance so? Why did Janigro's bow on the
string sound like pulling taffy felt? Was that good? How could
Fournier play so quiet and so strong?
managed to sell a copy or two during my evening's concert-usually
the Janigro; I guess because he sounded good on first-hearing
or maybe just because the Westminster record sounded good on the
store's system. Of course it sold for $2.98 or sometimes, if Albert
had a sale, less.
cantatas also sold well, and I learned to love them as I listened
my way through the Westminster, Archiv and Cantate stock. We had
a speaker outside the shop that was pointed across the street
towards the university, and so on a quiet summer night you could
hear Stich-Randall or Fischer-Dieskau singing Bach two blocks
into campus. I know you could hear it that far and I know that
it whetted musical appetites, for many a student arrived at the
shop after walking across campus and had to know what kind of
"song" they had heard and if they could buy it.
a lot about playing a string instrument by listening to Rössl-Majdan,
Poell, and others singing Bach. I learned to imitate the human
voice, the best of all instruments; to phrase as a singer breathed;
to just barely touch a high note; to come into a note flat and
then satisfyingly resolve it in tune. I hoped I learned to play
with all the expression of a good singer. I hoped . . . well,
maybe you had to be there.
end posts from
"Albany police nab BART path groping suspect" by Karl Fischer, Contra Costa Times.
"Albany police say they've
made an arrest in a string of sexual groping attacks against women
on the Ohlone Greenway.
Berkeley resident Thomas
Glover, 55, appeared in Alameda County Superior Court this week
on a felony charge of sexual battery in connection with one assault."
"East Bay garden tour will feature native
California plants:Yards in harmony with surroundings are highlighted"
by Kathy Kramer at insidebayarea.
"The free Bringing Back
the Natives Garden Tour, which takes place May 1, will showcase
50 pesticide-free, water-conserving gardens that provide habitat
for wildlife and contain 50 percent or more native plants. This
year, nine of the gardens are located in Berkeley."
"My zip code is none of your business!" at berkeley.edu.
"The California Supreme
Court held . . . in Pineda v. Williams Sonoma that a zip code
is personal information, meaning that California retailers who
ask for it when you pay with a credit card violate the State's
Song-Beverly Act of 1971."
"In online dating, blacks more open to
romancing whites than vice versa" by Yasmin Anwar is a story release at berkeley.edu.
"Has Valentine's Day
become post-racial? Not yet, it seems.
New research from the University
of California, Berkeley, suggests that when it comes to dating,
cyberspace is as segregated as the real world. Data gathered from
more than 1 million profiles of singles looking for love online
show that whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their
own race, while blacks, especially men, are far more likely to
cross the race barrier in hopes of being struck by Cupid's arrow."
"Borders bankruptcy filing likely next
week" at sfgate.com.
"Borders Group Inc.
may file for bankruptcy reorganization as early as Monday or Tuesday,
according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The No. 2 traditional bookstore in the U.S. also plans to close
about 200 of its 674 stores and cut thousands of jobs, the newspaper
reported on Friday, citing sources it did not name."
Table Pizza files for bankruptcy" is also at sfgate.com.
"The California company
that promises to serve 'The Last Honest Pizza' is filing for bankruptcy."
BPD Ofc Andrew Frankel is
now in Afghanistan. A Major in the USAAF Reserve and a member
USAAF Security Forces, he is provost marshall--police chief--of
Bagram Air Base.
1923 Berkeley Fire
September 17, 1923
The 1923 Berkeley Fire was
a conflagration which consumed some 640 structures,
including 584 homes in the densely-built neighborhoods north of
the campus of the University of Californiain Berkeley,
California on September 17, 1923.
Although the exact cause
was never determined, the fire began in the undeveloped chaparraland grasslands of Wildcat
Canyon, just east of the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills,
and was propelled over the ridge and southwestward just south
of Codornices Creek by a strong, gusty, and intensely
dry northeasterly wind.
The fire quickly blew up
as it swept through the La Loma Park and Northside neighborhoods
of Berkeley, overwhelming the capabilities of the Berkeley Fire
Department to stop it. A number of UC students fought the advance
of the fire as it approached the north edge of the University
of California campus at Hearst Avenue. The other edge of the fire
was fought by firefighters as it advanced on downtown Berkeley along
the east side of Shattuck Avenue north of University Avenue. Firefighters
were rushed in from neighboring Oakland while San
Francisco sent firefighters by ferry across the
bay. The fire was halted when the gusty northeast wind was suddenly
stopped by the cool, humid afternoon seabreeze.
As a result of this fire,
the City of Berkeley established a fire station in the hills on
Shasta Road just below Grizzly Peak Blvd. In the early 2000's,
this station was replaced and relocated to a nearby site just
above Grizzly Peak Blvd. on the interface between the residential
area and Tilden Regional Park, very close to the putative
origin of the 1923 fire.
Two minute film of fire here
Kava is repairing his 920
Merryll Saylan reports
Emery Go-Round has a shuttle
that goes from the West-Berkley Bowl to 40th and MacArthur BART
and stops in between. (In all their info, they describe their
shuttle as originating at MacArthur BART.)
You can pick it up at here
9th and Anthony. Emery Go-Round's site is here.
"Fare-free, open to
the public service seven days a week from MacArthur BART.
Bicycle racks are provided
on each vehicle. Bikes are permitted inside, during off peak hours,
especially in case of mechanical problems with the bike or rack
provided there is room and out of the way of other passengers.
Each vehicle has satellite tracking. You can
view the location of each vehicle on a live map, or get computerized
arrival estimates at any time."
For complete public transport
information check out 511.org. "511
is your one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute transportation
It's FREE and available whenever
you need it. "
Aw jeez "Pot
peddlers pilfered while lunching in Berkeley" by Doug
Oakley, Contra Costa Times.
"Two Santa Cruz area
men who told Berkeley police they are legitimate medical marijuana
farmers lost $7,000 in weed to two burglars who smashed a window
in their van and drove off with 2.5 pounds.
The two victims reported
the theft to police at 4:45 p.m. Friday, said Berkeley police
Acting Lt. Mike Dougherty.
'Yes, we do get victims who report that someone stole their marijuana,'
Former Potter Creeker Kevin
Kroger--he and his lady Jude lived in the Brickside Lofts-- is
now doing guerrilla
farmer's markets. His speciality is Cincinnati Chili.
The Urban Chef
Kevin and Jude threw the
best-ever Potter Creek block party.
post from the past
Great Block Party yesterday
held by the work/live folks on 9th--good food, music and pretty
much 40 people at all times.
At which, Lipofsky smart-cracked
about Cal's 45-31 victory over Tennessee "Not this much excitement
in Potter Creek since the Berkeley Bowl."
end post from the
"California on a plate chez Panisse"
"San Francisco Bay area is the perfect place to start exploring
the state's creative, fresh cuisine
The waiter whispers, 'Alice would want you to have the tomato
Alice being Alice Waters,
chef-owner of the famous Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse. Well,
then of course I'll have the tomato salad. After all, Waters is
the woman who for the past 30 years has led the North American
culinary revolution from this funky arts-and-crafts-style eatery,
encouraging us all to eat organic, local, fresh and delicious.
Whatever she suggests is fine by me.
The salad arrives, thick,
sweet, multi-hued slices of organic heirloom tomatoes drizzled
in olive oil and scattered with just-plucked basil leaves. It
tastes of sunshine - California on a plate.
The heart of California cuisine
was born in the San Francisco Bay area. Let's visit three restaurants
and their communities."
"Brown is determined to change the tone of the
Capitol" by Steven
of purpose has "released a lot of positive energy because
when you're honest with people, they tend to respond back in good
ways," said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. 'And people are
rolling up their sleeves because of it.' "
History of Cincinnati Chili
Outside of the state of Texas,
Cincinnati, Ohio, is the most chili-crazed city in the United
States. Cincinnati prides itself on being a true chili capital,
with more than 180 chili parlors. Cincinnati-style chili is quite
different from its more familiar Texas cousin, and it has developed
a cult-like popularity.
What makes it different is
the way the meat is cooked. The chili has a thinner consistency
and is prepared with an unusual blend of spices that includes
cinnamon, chocolate or cocoa, allspice, and Worcestershire. this
is truly the unofficial grub of Cincinnati.
The people of Cincinnati
enjoy their chili spooned over freshly made pasta and topped with
a combination of chopped onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, refried
beans or kidney beans, and crushed oyster crackers. If you choose
"the works," you are eating what they call Five-Way
Chili. Make sure to pile on the toppings - that's what sets it
apart from any other chili dish.
To test a restaurant for
authenticity, ask for a Four-Way. If the server asks you whether
you want beans or onions, you know this is fake Cincinnati chili,
since Four-Way always comes with onions.
Macedonian immigrant Tom
Kiradjieff created Cincinnati chili in 1922. With his brother,
John, Kiradjieff opened a small Greek restaurant called the Empress.
more history and recipe
Our Town's new street-only-paper
is the Berkeley Times.
A family-friendly local news
sourse not unlike berkeleyside.com but for younger readers,
"It's time to subscribe
to the Times
It's time to subscribe to the Berkeley Times, and to support the
local hometown paper in Berkeley. The pilot edition is scheduled
for publication on Thursday, September 9, 2010. You won't find
it online, instead look for the first edition delivered to your
front door (or very close to it).
In each printed edition of Berkeley Times,
subscribers will read local stories about what matters most to
citizens: the education of its children, the safety and conditions
of its streets, its homes and its parks, prep sports and the local
art scene. Most of all, people will find stories about themselves
some of which will be submitted by its readers, those with
something to say about Berkeley. There will be announcements of
births, engagements, weddings and deaths. Obituaries in the Berkeley
Times will be elaborate when appropriate and published at no charge
to grieving families.
An independent newspaper, the Berkeley Times
will be entertaining, humor-filled and kid-friendly; after all,
this paper is especially intended to attract young readers. Overall,
the tone will be warm and friendly and remind readers why they
love living here.
Though Berkeley Times will have a website,
editions will not be available on line. For that reason, non-subscribers
seeking the news of Berkeley or a specific story must find a printed
copy or better yet, subscribe. Independent newspapers are
rare in America these days, and for good reason. Advertising revenues
in this economic climate cannot sustain them. For that reason,
for this community newspaper to become a reality in Berkeley,
its citizens must underwrite its operations."
A recent book by Kate Klise
and our Sarah Klise is
Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth.
Of which Booklist's Courtney
"Little Rabbit from
Imagine Harry (2007) continues his adventures when the circus
comes to town. When Mother says he must clean his room before
he can go, Little Rabbit tells the ringmaster he has the Meanest
Mother on Earth and can put her on display. That night at the
big reveal, the crowd is displeased. Mother Rabbit doesn't even
have two heads "to think up mean ways to punish the small
and the innocent." The Klises once again offer delightful
storytelling and art, with winsome, decidedly toylike animal characters.
Young fans will enjoy Little Rabbit's antics, even if his room
does end up getting cleaned."
"Berkeley police officer injured after
striking vehicle that ran stop sign" by Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa
"A female police officer
struck a car that ran a stop sign early Saturday, causing injuries
to both the officer and a passenger in the car she hit.
'The police officer sustained minor abrasions and complained of
pain and the male passenger in the sedan also had minor abrasions
and complained of pain,' said Sam Morgan, spokesman for the California
Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident.
Neither Morgan nor Berkeley
police named the officer. The age and city of residence for the
driver of the sedan were not immediately available, Morgan said."
"At Last, Bernie Madoff Gives Back" opines Barry Blitt at nytimes.com.
"When Bernie Madoff
was arrested in December 2008, America feasted vicariously on
a cautionary tale of greed run amok. But like Rod Blagojevich,
the stunt governor of Illinois who had been arrested days earlier,
Madoff was something of a sideshow to that dark month's main events.
For a nation reeling from an often incomprehensible economic tsunami
and unable to identify the culprits, he was, for the moment, the
right made-to-order villain at the right time.
But Madoff was a second-tier
player. Some in the upper echelons of New York's financial world,
including in the business press, had never heard of him. His firm's
accountant operated out of a strip mall and didn't bother with
electronic statements. The billions that vaporized in Madoff's
Ponzi scheme amounted to a rounding error next to the eye-popping
federal bailouts, including those pouring into too-big-to-fail
banks wrecked by their own Ponzi schemes of securitization. The
suffering he inflicted on his mostly well-heeled dupes was piddling
next to the national devastation of an economy in free fall. In
a December when a half-million Americans lost their jobs - a calamitous
rate not seen since 1974 - the video of a voiceless, combative
Madoff in a baseball cap, skirmishing with photographers outside
his Upper East Side apartment house, soon lost its punch.
A month later Barack Obama
would be inaugurated and declare 'a new era of responsibility.'
Now, another two years have passed, and while the economy is no
longer in free fall, we're still waiting for that era to arrive."
"John Brothers Piano Company play S.F.
streets, Meredith May,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Market Street is their
concert hall. The clanging streetcars their backup singers.
Several times a week, self-taught
musicians John 'Thatcher' Boomer and John Morgan hoist their upright
Craigslist freebie piano into the back of their 20-year-old Jeep,
and drive from the West Oakland brick warehouse where they split
the rent on an unheated room to play for tips on Market Street
and Union Square.
Taking turns, the 23-year-old
Cal grads bend and sweat over the keys, hair flying and mouths
agape, banging out original ragtime, jazz and burlesque tunes
until their hands blur and the veins pop from their temples. Having
painted the exposed hammers of their Wurlitzer spinet piano with
lacquer to make their sound even louder, they fill the air with
a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary
To their parents' chagrin,
they have ditched their day jobs and are going for broke in their
quest to become full-time piano virtuosos."
after 2/15/11 here
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, cough, eyes
smart. Masha similar.
2/6/11--irritant in front
of warehouse, dirty dry air, light head.
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.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
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
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