2/11/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Just under a dozen people had coffee with our BPD Lt Dave Frankel at Caffe Trieste yesterday afternoon. Lt. Frankel, our Area Commnder, listened to their concerns and comments. Among those present were our Michael Goldin and our Tak Nakamoto. Ryan, a five or six year old boy wanted to know what Dave's job was. "I help officers keep you safe" he replied. Close to the hour's end, Dave and the department were given a touching tribute and hearfelt praise from an African-American west Berkeley resident.

Lt Frankel intends to hold these coffee sessions regularly every couple of weeks at different locations in his Area.

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

2/1/06

Black History Month

Deep Winter Sunset in Old Potter Creek by Rick Auerbach [copyright]

 

END POST FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

"Man shot by police in Castro Valley is well-known to authorities" Kristin J. Bender and Doug Oakley Oakland Tribune.

 "A man shot by police in Castro Valley on Wednesday night after he rammed an officer with his car is on federal parole for drug and weapons violations and has ties to a notorious drug house that was boarded up in 2009 after a decades-long battle with neighbors."

 

 

 

"Pew survey: Weak economy hitting young adults hard" Samantha Stainburn at globalpost.com.

"The weak economy is hitting Americans ages 18 to 34 particularly hard, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/12/12

 The Millennials are the first generation of Americans who cannot count on doing better than their parents. On Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks with Heather McGhee, a Millennial who has dedicated herself to tackling these issues.

 

In the same broadcast, Moyers talks with conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, who worked for the Reagan Revolution.

And a list of many Moyers & Company videos is here.

 

 

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

2/22/08

Cameron emails 

Hey Ron,
Did you see those turkeys walking down the sidewalk in front of your place yesterday about 12:50 pm? Yes, I mean real feathered turkeys, 4-5 of them taking a stroll down 8th St. Ask David Rowinski, he saw them too! Where'd they come from? Where were they going?
Cameron

Anyone with more information please email me.

Claudia emails

Yes we saw them. Have no idea from whence they came. I just hope that they arrived "safe" to where they were going. Poor dears.
Claudia

 

Steve Smith emails

Ron, I see turkeys in Potter Creek all the time.  In fact, our city is riddled with them.  In fact, people have mistaken me for a turkey . . .
Sincerely, 
Steve Smith

 

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2/13/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Kubik emails

a bridge to the New Normal?

 

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 "West Oakland classrooms empty amid black exodus" Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune.

"Demographic change has left an unmistakable stamp in West Oakland, a historically black, industrial neighborhood near the foot of the Bay Bridge."

 

 

 

   "Even critics of safety net increasingly depend on it" Binyamin Appelbaum and Robert Gebeloff, New York Times.

"Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government.

He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending.

In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the tea party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region's long-serving Democratic congressman.

Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned income tax credit."

 

 

 

 

"What Dropbox can teach us about cloud computing" by Chris O'Brien at contracostatimes.com.

"Dropbox is the most deceptively simple of services.

Place a Dropbox folder on each computer or gadget you own. Drag any file into that folder. A copy of that file automatically appears on every device where you put a Dropbox folder. It's idiot proof.

But don't let that simplicity fool you. Dropbox also epitomizes a revolutionary shift that is transforming our relationship to technology and turning the technology industry upside down: Cloud computing.."

 

 

"Tesla shows off its next project: The Model X SUV"

Edwin Chan at contracostatimes.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

2/7/08

The San Francisco Chronicle's Jesse Hamlin writes about Potter Creek Fantasy Records' Orrin Keepnews in the lengthy "Jazz Just Up and Grabbed Venerable Disc Producer." While Orin Keepnews was producing jazz records in the States, my friend Harold Lawrence was producing classical records for Mercury in the U.S. and Europe. Read Harold's stories about his experiences in Journal of Recorded Music Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.

 

END POST FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/14/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Our Tippet studio is now working on two films, one is Ted about a bong smoking Teddy Bear, and the other is the last of the Twightlight Saga.

 

our Janine emails

I am doing two "Fringe" concerts in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival in June. Both will be at Trinity Chapel in Berkeley.

The first concert is Tuesday June 5th at 3:30. Elizabeth Blumenstock and I will be playing music for violin and fortepiano by Mozart and Schubert.

The second concert is Wednesday June 6th at 3:30. I will be playing Bach's "Goldberg Variations".

I hope you can come! The festival is running all week, and the main concerts and fringe concerts are all wonderful! I, personally, am looking forward to cramming as many concerts in as I can!

best wishes, Janine

 

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"A cyber risk to the U.S." at washingtonpost.com.

"In a recent briefing to Congress about worldwide threats, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said that the danger of cyberattacks will equal or surpass the danger of terrorism 'in the foreseeable future.' What makes that assessment particularly alarming is that the United States may be as unprepared to defend some of its critical computer systems as it was to protect New York and Washington against al-Qaeda before Sept. 11, 2001.

Though the Pentagon has a cybercommand, it does not cover the domestic civilian economy, including vital infrastructure systems such as the electric power grid, water supplies and the financial system."

 

 

 

"Southern California Air Pollution Puts Residents At Risk Of Death" at huffingtonpost.com.

Marcy Reiford photo

"Southern Californians are among those at highest risk of death due to air pollution, according to recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research published in the journal Risk Analysis."

 

 

 

"Affluent Californians send huge donations to Obama, Romney", Yousur Alhlou at mercurynews.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/15/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Merryll emails

Hey Ron,
That was some police action last night. At least ten cars on 8th, blinking lts. Woke me with siren and megaphone saying, stop the car, it's over, it's over. Tried to get a picture but my camera was out of battery.
An awful lot of cars for chase or whatever it was. Some unmarked cars also pulled up. Or it was something really serious? Sure other people were up also.
Finally fell back asleep.
M

 

Anybody else hear/see this last night?
Ron

 

Sally emails

How could we miss it?  They stopped in front of Richards house. A man and a woman taken out of the car. Possibly Latino man wearing braids and Anglo woman with long bushy brown hair.

 

Claudia emails

I just know that our dogs were going barking mad crazy, then I heard sirens, lots of them and figured that what was making them bark.  It happened twice during the night too, a few hours apart. They normally sleep through the night. But curious to know what anyone else knows.


BPD Ofc Cesar Melero emails

This was a pursuit by CHP that terminated in the 2800 block of 8th Street. Two women were arrested in a stolen vehicle. Berkeley PD only assisted at the end-point.

 

Robert Salonga, Contra Costa Times writes "Spike strips end East Bay police chase of suspected stolen vehicle.

An early-morning police chase from Oakland to Berkeley ended after officers used spike strips to stop a suspected stolen vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP officers tried to pull over a vehicle for license plate violation about 1:45 a.m. at International Boulevard and 31st Avenue but the vehicle refused to yield, the

CHP said. Instead, it drove away and eventually got onto eastbound Interstate 80.

Officers placed spike strips on a stretch of road near Emeryville, damaging and slowing the fleeing vehicle, which actually struck a patrol car at low speed before coming to a stop on Grayson Street in Berkeley. No one was injured, and two people were taken into custody. The entire pursuit spanned about 20 minutes.
It was later learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen. Further details were not immediately available.

 

a reader emails

See, there just ain't no denying it!! All things end up in Potter Creek. Friggin epicenter or vortex or something, right?!  Gotta love it. 

 

 

 

Debbie Gonzalez emails, West-Berkeley Project

Please be advised, the Draft Supplemental Impact Report, for the West Berkeley Project, is now available for review and public comment for 45 days (from February 14, 2012 through March 30, 2012), and can be accessed at:
 
  http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=80076
 
Please submit written comments to Debbie Sanderson, Land Use Manager, email: emailto:/dsanderson@ci.berkeley.ca.us, telephone:  (510) 981-7411.
 
Sincerely,
Debbie Gonzalez
Administrative Secretary
Planning & Development

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"Berkeley Patients Group Got A Federal Letter" at eastbay express.com.

"From a report by California NORML Director Dale Gieringer at the behest of Congressman Barney Frank:
'As of this writing, DEA agents are actively investigating numerous other law-abiding, tax-paying San Francisco dispensaries. Across the Bay, the U.S. Attorney sent 1000-foot notice letters to the landlords of two prominent collectives that have been operating for years without complaint under established city ordinances. Both are well known for their active support for marijuana law reform. They are the Blue Sky Coffee Shop in Oakland, operated by Richard Lee, the renowned proponent of California's 2010 legalization initiative, and the Berkeley Patients' Group, one of the oldest collectives in the state, which is ideally located in a fenced lot with excellent security and parking.' "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/16/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Tak Nakamoto emails

a wild pheasant, Aquatic Park in 2005

when I think of the word pheasant, I flash back to Monty Python's "pheasant/peasant"

 

wild turkeys have been colonizing West Berkeley for a while

one on phone lines at 8th Street and Bancroft Way, June, 2009

 

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"Berkeley council softens stance on helping UC police" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"At the urging of its police chief and city manager, Berkeley's City Council Tuesday night reversed itself and approved an agreement to help UC Berkeley police on campus when they request aid." 

 

 

 

"Berkeley bicyclists get anti-harassment ordinance" by Peter Suciu, bikerideradar.com.

bikerideradar cartoon

"If only there was a law against such things. It's statement many a cyclist has uttered after facing an inconsiderate driver. There ought to be a law against honking a horn, yelling obscenities at riders or worst of all driving close as in "buzzing" a cyclist, and now in Berkeley, California an anti-harassment ordinance is on the books."

 

 


 

 

"New initiative launched to increase awareness of workspace safety," Brittany Jahn at dailycal.org.

"Following a study conducted by a UC Berkeley researcher on improving the safety conditions of employees who work in confined spaces, a California public safety division launched a new public initiative last week which will aim to increase public awareness of the issue."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/17/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Here's something for ya....

Steve Smith photo

A big rig made a very stupid short turn going down Fifth turning up Addison to Sixth Street. Well the result was he took out a fire hydrant (it's about 50 feet from the base). Also, the guy in the rig took off immediately. This happened at 2:40. What a show. About 60 feet up the in the air. Took everyone out our offices at Fifth and Addison not to mention most of Grocery Outlet to watch.

Steve Donaldson

 

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTS FROM THE PAST

3/15/08

Dave and Andy Kruse "takin' care o' burst-main-biz" They are, after all, plumbers.

 

Kruse' Gary Navo and Jeff Pettit photos

the gusher in front of Kruse yesterday started as this burble

 

 

Kerstin and Andrew's view from across the street. Ah, . . . mixed use

 

END POSTS FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

 

"City cannabis industry could be affected by federal intervention" is a report by Adelyn Baxter at dailycal.org.

"Medical cannabis is viewed as both a burgeoning industry and a cause of judicial contention for many people in California and across the country. In Berkeley, federal intervention is beginning to affect the city's small - but growing - medical cannabis industry.

In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice has cracked down on medical marijuana in California, saying that many of the dispensaries and cultivators operating within the state's legal guidelines are actually violating federal law.

According to a Feb. 8 letter sent to Representative Nancy Pelosi from California NORML Director Dale Gieringer, the U.S. Attorney sent a letter to the Berkeley Patients Group - a local dispensary that has been operating in the city since 2000 - indicating that Berkeley may now need to contend with federal medical cannabis."

 

 

"Locally based Read Investments LLC, has acquired of four retail properties in California and Oregon, and a small property in West Berkeley, CA, for a total of approximately $30 million. The deals expand Read Investments' portfolio to more than 1.5 million square feet" at globest.com.

". . . a 6,736-square-foot single story office on the corner of 5th and University, was acquired from a group of private investors. The lot provides expanded parking for a busy Grocery Outlet-anchored property owned by RI across the street, and offers potential for redevelopment in the future. RI also owns an office-over-retail building next to the 40,000-square-foot Grocery Outlet Headquarters building. . . .

Read adds that 'The retail sales in this center illustrate the strength of this unique market and we can be patient enough to realize the upside. We also make occasional opportunistic moves, such as our acquisition of the property in Berkeley which augments our current holdings in the immediate area while providing the potential for future development.' "

 

 

"Can Voluntary Disclosure Increase Shareholder Value?" Aman Singh, contributor at forbes.com.

"Maybe it can, according to a recent, independent study conducted by two management professors, Paul Griffin, Ph.D., and Yuan Sun, Ph.D., at the University of California Davis and Berkeley."

 

 

 

"Berkeley group gets $1 million journalism grant" Justin Berton at sfgate.com.

"The Center for Investigative Reporting, a 35-year-old outfit that distributes articles through a variety of media, including The Chronicle, was among the groups that received the foundation's Award for Creative & Effective Institutions."

 

 

"Fitch Rates Univ of California General Rev Bonds 'AA+'; Outlook Stable" at marketwatch.com.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/18/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

building demolition

at the Berkeley Bowl property for parking

 

 

 

Bus company De Lijn wanted to show the advantages of public transport.

Advertising agency Duval Guillaume Brussels came up with a great idea and wanted a Pixar-quality execution. The commercial . . . received a Bronze award at the New York Advertising Festival and also a Silver award at the Kinsale Shark Awards of 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

"Chico and Rita, review" by Sukhdev Sandhu at telegraph.uk.com.

"Chico and Rita, from director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal, is an unusual treat: a grown-up animation film that begins in Cuba in 1948 and traces the enduring if stormy romance between a pianist-songwriter and a sultry, talented singer. They experience success, heartbreak and career setbacks at home and in America."

 

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

 

 

"Seventy years later, Japanese-American elders hope memory of internment survives" by Matt O'Brien at contrcostatimes.com.

 

 

"Radical Solutions to Economic Inequality" at slate.com.

"If only Americans today were as open-minded about leveling the playing field as we were 100 years ago."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/19/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

BPD Arrests Homicide Suspect 

Overnight, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) arrested a male suspect for homicide just a short distance from where the crime took place. 

On Saturday, February 18, 2012 at about 8:45 pm a community member called BPD from Shasta and Grizzly Peak to report a suspicious person/trespassing suspect near the garage when she and her husband returned to their home. The husband confronted the suspect and told him to leave.  Minutes later, the husband walked outside and was assaulted. 

The first arriving BPD officer rendered basic first aid to the victim until Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics took over and transported the victim to a local trauma center. Physicians pronounced the victim deceased at the hospital.

Additional BPD patrol officers went to the area to support the community member who called, as well as complete other aspects of the investigation such as securing the crime scene, completing neighborhood canvasses, talking to witnesses and searching for the suspect. A BPD patrol officer spotted a man who matched the description of the suspect within less than a block from the crime scene. Officers detained him. He was identified as the suspect.

BPD Homicide detectives from the BPD Crimes Against Persons Unit were called in and have taken over the investigation. They have been working throughout the night and morning. This marks the second homicide of the year. 

 

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/20/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

Bright Horizons Child Development Center

is soon opening on 8th and Parker

 

 

 

2012 Arizona auto auction highlights" at oldcarsweekly.com.

MotoExotica will have a little something for everyone, including muscle, postwar convertibles and sports cars. We've picked three to watch at its Scottsdale sale: the 1970 Shelby GT-350; 1948 Buick Super convertible; and 1956 Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans. Scottsdale is the annual barometer for value trends in the hobby, particularly for muscle, so the 1970 Shelby GT-350 sale should be more fun to watch than a Hollywood blockbuster. Postwar Buicks also seem to be gathering steam, so watch for the sale of the Super droptop to live up to the model's name. Austin-Healey fans will be waiting to see if Bonham's recent record $1.3 million sale of a 1953 Austin-Healey 100S with important race provenance rubs off on the

1956 Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans.

Similar Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans sold on Ebay.

 

Check out the Autoweek video of some auction results and then the complete auction results.

 

 

"As Investment, Renting Beats Owning '100% of Time' " is a story at cnbc.com.

 

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"Fired Pacific Steel workers protest ICE raids" story with video at abclocal.go.com.

Tuesday evening the march organizers, Berkeley city officials and Berkeley PD met to plan for the march. In a productive exchange, all participants needs were largely met. When the protest was over, the organizers met security concerns--occupiers and even "anarchists" participated peacefully, the over two mile march proceeded orderly, and the city provided well appreciated portable-restrooms at the march's end. All's well that ends well.

 

"Occupy Cal encampment ends without conflict" is at berkeley.edu.

"Occupy Cal protesters ended their one-week encampment at University of California, Berkeley, early Friday morning, after UCPD officers instructed the individuals to leave or face citation. No one was arrested."

 

"Occupy Oakland Weekly March Headed to Cal" nbcbayarea.com.

"Occupy Oakland march turned into a college all-nighter."


 

"'Anonymous' stages dramatic take-down of FTC websites" at rawstory.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/21/12

"Berkeley Workers 'March For Dignity' After DHS Audit Slashes Steel Plant Workforce" by R. M. Arrieta at inthesetimes.com.

Pacific Steel Workers' Committee poster

 "More than 200 workers fired after a Department of Homeland Security's I-9 audit at Pacific Steel Casting plant in Berkeley, Calif., marched Friday to protest the 'silent raids' they say are devastating to their families and livelihood. A statement from the Committee of Fired Workers From Pacific Steel Casting, which is organizing the march, read: 'We will march with our heads held high, undocumented and unashamed.' "

 

 

Yosemite's alpine chipmunks take genetic hit from climate change, Sarah Yang, UC Media Relations.

"Global warming has forced alpine chipmunks in Yosemite to higher ground, prompting a startling decline in the species' genetic diversity, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley."

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Expanding slightly on a story that I broke Sunday just after 12 Noon is this AP report taken from the San Francisco Chronicle

 "Man fatally attacked outside his Berkeley home

A 23-year-old Alameda man is in jail on suspicion of murder after police say he fatally attacked another man outside the man's home in the Berkeley hills.
Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said a woman called police Saturday night and reported that she and her husband had arrived home to find a stranger near their garage.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 67-year-old Peter Cukor was attacked after he asked the man to leave. Cukor, the owner of a logistics consulting firm, died later in the hospital.

Kusmiss said an officer arrested Daniel Jordan Dewitt at a park about a block from the scene shortly after the attack. Dewitt, who matched a suspect description, suffers from mental illness, his mother told the newspaper.

Dewitt is being held without bail."     

 

Berkeley PD emails

Coverage of the February 18 homicide generated a number of questions today. We are offeringthis additional information regarding the homicide from Saturday night, February 18, 2012:
 
BPD received a report of a suspicious person possibly trespassing. The caller calmly reported an encounter with a strange person on his property, and asked for an officer to respond. This call for service was queued for dispatch.
 
At that time, available Patrol teams were being reconfigured in order to monitor a protest which was to come into Berkeley from Oakland in the next hour. Only criminal, in-progress emergency calls were to be dispatched, due to the reduction in officers available to handle calls for service.
 
BPD subsequently received a call of an attack in progress on Park Gate Rd. Officers were immediately dispatched to that call.
 
Officers located the victim and immediately provided first aid. Berkeley Fire Department paramedics had also been assigned to respond, and were en route. Paramedics arrived on scene and took over care of the victim.
 
We are not identifying the victim at this time.
 
We are not releasing the booking photo at this time. We are working to insure that any subsequent identifications are not compromised through release of the photograph.
 
We have no further information available at this time.
 
The investigation in this case continues and is on-going. The suspect, Daniel Jordan Dewitt, remains in custody.
 
best regards,
 
Lt. Andrew Greenwood

 

 

 

Officer Cesar Melero, Area 4 Coordinator emails

Coffee With Your Berkeley Police Department Area Commander
 
Once again, Lieutenant Dave Frankel, the Area 4 Commander for the Berkeley Police Department invites anyone who wishes to discuss any issues, concerns, or just wants to have coffee with him. 

This time he will be at Uncommon Café, 2813 Seventh Street, Friday, February 24, 2012, from 2 to 3 PM.
 

Uncommon Café

is hidden away behind V&W Windows, 2813 Seventh Street, 510-845-5264

cold and hot sandwiches are served with freshly roasted coffee

(a truly superior coffee, it is also served in the deli-section of The Bowl RP)

a favorite is Italianova-two eggs, black forest ham, gruyere cheese and basil pesto on a sweet french panini

open Mon-Thurs 10AM-5:30 PM, Friday 10AM-3PM, closed weekends

 

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3/6/11

POST FROM THE PAST

Saturday afternoon

Penndorf photo

at our fire station

 

END POST FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/22/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

  "Robert Birgeneau Knew Of Baton Use By Campus Police And Made No Objection, Emails Reveal" is a story at huffingtonpost.com.

"Newly released emails show University of California, Berkeley officials did not initially object to the use of batons on nonviolent protesters during a November 2011 demonstration that ignited a national outrage.

Chancellor Robert Bigeneau not only knew batons were used against Occupy Cal protesters, but he encouraged officials ' do not back down.' "

 

 

 

LT Greenwood, BPD emailed last evening

Today the Berkeley Police Department is releasing updated and additional information regarding the homicide from Saturday night, February 18, 2012.
 
Several published and on-line reports relied on a single account of an inaccurate chronology of this incident. Please note below the actual timelines of the initial stages of this case.
 
At approximately 8:45 PM, BPD received a report of a suspicious person possibly trespassing. The caller reported an encounter with an unknown person "hanging around" his property, and asked that an officer be sent to investigate. This call for service was queued for dispatch.
 
At that time, available Patrol teams were being reconfigured in order to monitor a protest march which was to come into Berkeley from Oakland in the next hour. Only criminal, in-progress emergency calls were to be dispatched, due to the reduction in officers available to handle calls for service. Concerns about the potential for violence associated with the march resulted in plans to allocate officers to monitor the march.
 
At approximately 9:00 PM, an officer, seeing several pending calls for service, including two "suspicious circumstances", offered to respond to either of the calls. The officer's offer was declined, as only in-progress emergency calls were to be dispatched.
 
Two minutes later, at approximately 9:02 PM, BPD received a phone call reporting an attack in progress. The previous call information was updated and officers were dispatched within one minute. Officers were cleared to proceed using their emergency lights and sirens to the Park Gate location.
 
The first officer broadcast arrival on scene in the northeastern hill neighborhood within five minutes of being dispatched. Numerous officers arrived over the next few minutes.
 
An officer located the victim, called for paramedic assistance, and began providing first aid. Berkeley Fire Department paramedics had also been assigned to respond, and were en route. Paramedics arrived on scene and took over care of the victim.
 
Within fifteen minutes, at approximately 9:22 PM, the suspect was located nearby, detained, and subsequently arrested.
 
BPD is confirming the identity of the homicide victim as Peter Myron Cukor, 67 yrs old, of Berkeley.
 
We are not releasing the booking photo at this time. We anticipate releasing the booking photo after our investigators are sure that all potential witness interviews have been completed, and no further witness identifications are necessary. Release of a booking photo in the early stages of an investigation can compromise identifications, the investigation, and subsequent prosecution.
 
We are not releasing the recordings of the calls at this time.
 
The investigation in this case continues and is on-going. The suspect, Daniel Jordan Dewitt, remains in custody. Mr. Dewitt is scheduled to be arraigned on February 22, 2012, at 2:00 PM, in Department 112 at the Alameda County Courthouse.
 
We are urging anyone who may know anything about this crime to please call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741, or the non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900. Any additional information may be critical in the efforts towards the charging and prosecution of this case.
 
Chief Michael Meehan said, "This case cannot help but deeply affect the members of our community and the men and women of our police department, who are devoting their working lives to protecting this community. We are carefully reviewing the circumstances of this case in depth to ensure everything possible was done to properly respond to this tragic event."
 
We have no further information available at this time.
 
best regards,
 
Lt. Andrew Greenwood
Operations & Area 2 Commander
Berkeley Police Department

 

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2/23/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

CBS 5 report with audio "Man Charged With Murder In Berkeley Hills Killing.

An Alameda man was charged with murder Wednesday for allegedly killing a Berkeley hills homeowner with a flowerpot on Saturday night, according to court documents."

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"Initiative glut taking a toll on California resources" by Steven Harmon, mercurynews.com.

"B.C. Keith is convinced that the Legislature's gender balance is out of whack. So the Sacramento retiree late last year submitted an initiative to require that one woman and one man be elected from each state Senate and Assembly district.

She paid the requisite $200 and submitted a handwritten, two-paragraph description of the proposed measure to the attorney general's office, gently suggesting that Attorney General Kamala Harris make any corrections needed. . . .

The number of submitted initiatives has increased in every decade since the 1960s. In that decade, only 47 proposed initiatives were filed. By the first decade of the new millennium, 647 were turned in.

'Some groups shop for a better title and summaries and resubmit, and some, quite frankly, just want a press release, and $200 is a lot cheaper than what a press release costs,' said state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, whose bill to raise the fee to $2,000 died last year. 'It's costing the state $500,000 while we're laying off teachers and cutting back on preschool. There's a question of whether that's a good use of public money.' "

 

 

"After payroll tax extension, Obama seeks to build momentum for economic agenda" by David Nakamura at washingtonpost.com.

"President Obama is preparing to lay out new proposals to increase domestic energy production and stem the cycle of fuel price spikes, administration officials said. The aim is to address the recent rise in gas prices, which pose a threat to the nation's economic health and represent a growing political liability for the administration."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/12/12--7:19 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, Marsha has cough attack. Similar off-and-on since ~5:00 AM.

2/13/12--2:24 PM- "glass manufcturing odor" in front room.

2/19/12--8:00 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth and throat, wear respirator.

2/20/12--Off-and on all day from ~4:00 AM--irritant in front room, "burning gas" odor and/or "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar." 8:02 PM--similar in front of warehouse.

2/21/12--8:37 AM--dry dirty air in front room, burning eyes, throat, leave.

 

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