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of California, Berkeley, invites local community groups to apply
for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund for
2009-2010. Non-profit organizations and neighborhood groups
based in the city of Berkeley that propose projects in partnership
with the campus to improve the quality of life for city residents
are eligible to apply for funding.
In its first three years, the fund awarded grants to 43 diverse
projects in the areas of educational enrichment, the arts, homeless
services, the environment, historic preservation and neighborhood
Through a competitive process, the fund will distribute $218,000
in 2009 for projects in two categories: neighborhood improvement
projects that enhance community facilities or the physical environment
of Berkeley neighborhoods, and community support and service projects
that further the economic, social or cultural well-being of Berkeley
Grant proposals are due by May 15, 2009, and awards will be announced
The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants in March.
Information about the workshop will be posted on the fund's Web
site at communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf <http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf>.
Additional information about the fund and a grant application
package are also available online. For questions about the fund,
contact UC Berkeley Community Relations Director Irene Hegarty
at (510) 643-5296 or <email@example.com>.
The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund was established in
2006. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $617,000
in grants to community-based organizations. Annual allocations
to the fund will be made through the year 2020.
Pools Task Force
Master Plan Community Meeting
The City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Unified School District
(BUSD) are working with a 10-member Task Force to develop a Citywide
Pools Master Plan. The existing pools, the Warm Water Pool, and
options for new swim facilities will be key topics of the Master
Plan. The Task Force is in the process of completing the Preliminary
Draft Master Plan and will be presenting it for review to the
City Council and the School Board in April 2009. The Final Plan
will be adopted in early 2010, following the CEQA review process.
Pending City Council approval, a bond measure to support pool
improvements is expected to be included on the June 2010 ballot.
The current proposed Master Plan includes changes to the West
Campus Pool facility. These changes will be presented to West
Campus area residents at a community meeting on:
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Where: West Campus Gym, 2100 Browning St. (& Addison
Library Space Planning Survey
Do you use the Public Library? Would you like to help improve
the Central Library? The Berkeley Public Library has begun a space
planning project at the City's Central Library, located downtown
at 2090 Kittredge near Shattuck. It's been seven years since the
renovation and expansion of this City landmark, and Library staff
are looking for ways to enhance public spaces so that users' visits
are better, collections easier to find, assistance readily available,
corridors less crowded, and checkout lines shorter.
This 10-question survey will help the Library know what works,
and what doesn't, in the Central Library building, and help staff
plan for future improvements:
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"Joshua Redman" is a feature at timeout.com.
"Arguably the most visible
of the contemporary jazz masters, saxophonist Joshua Redman has
made the most of his mainstream potential since entering New York's
jazz scene in the early '90s. At 40, he's far from a young lion,
having transcended his early promise in spades. The reedist's
ability to reach across the aisle has always made him palatable
to a wider audience. The Berkeley, California, native most recently
performed in Chicago as a featured guest at Umphrey's McGee's
year-end shindig at the Auditorium Theatre (though we're trying
not to hold that against him). It was surprising not to see him
hobnobbing among the hordes of rock stars at Obama's umpteen inauguration
"Berkery Noyes Represents Ten Speed Press
in Its Sale to Random House"
is a report at prnewswire.com.
"Berkery Noyes, a leading
independent investment bank serving the media and information
markets, announces that it represented Ten Speed Press in its
sale to Random House, Inc., the book-publishing division of Bertelsmann
Terms of the transaction
were not disclosed.
For almost four decades,
Berkeley, California-based Ten Speed Press has built a reputation
for critically acclaimed and perennially popular books in the
business and career, cookbook, and mind, body, and spirit categories.
The Company publishes more than 100 new hardcovers and trade paperbacks
annually and has a backlist of more than 1,000 active titles.
Among the books published by Ten Speed Press are Richard Bolles'
What Color Is Your Parachute, the bestselling job-hunting book
in the world with more than 10 million copies sold; Mollie Katzen's
classic The Moosewood Cookbook (more than 2 million copies sold);
and The New Detox Diet by Elson Haas and Daniella Chase (more
than 500,000 copies sold.)
Phil Wood commented, 'I am
confident Ten Speed Press, the Company I founded and have owned
for almost four decades, will thrive under Random House, whose
highly professional people are committed to, and fully understand,
Phil Wood also owns the Potter
"Hey Mr. Green" writes Fiona Ng, Special to The Chronicle.
"In the tradition of Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, Berkeley's
own Bob Schildgen has an alter ego he regularly assumes to make
the world a safer place. His moniker is Mr. Green, brainchild
of Schildgen and his colleagues at Sierra magazine - the million-plus
circulation monthly magazine published by the Sierra Club - who
was created in 2003 to answer readers' questions about sustainable
living in a Q & A feature dubbed Hey Mr. Green.
'We wanted to call it Mr. Green to kind of poke fun of this authoritative
figure, like [in a dramatic baritone] "Whoa, it's Mr. Green,"
' said Schildgen, adding that the column, irreverence aside, takes
the gravity of its subject matter as a given. Beyond the page,
Schildgen runs a Hey Mr. Green blog, regularly dispenses advice
on Sierra Club radio and regularly speaks about environmental
issues at conferences and talks."
Swerve's Ziggy has movie
Ziggy's creator Fanuc, also made the robots in Iron
"California Teachers Association, Sen.
Hancock introduce legislation to halt testing of second graders" reports Dana at mercurynews.com.
"Struggling States Look to Unorthodox Taxes" reports Jesse McKinley at nytimes.com.
"In their search for revenue, states are considering legalizing
marijuana and taxing pornography."
Never been a better time to legalize pot" is an opinion
"Go ahead and bust out
your stoner jokes about Tom Ammiano for introducing a bill that
would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in California.
But pollster supreme Nate Silver -- yeah, the stats supergeek
who made all the right calls in the 2008 election -- says the
public has never been more dope-friendly than now. We hope that's
a better forecast than his lame Oscar predictions.
(For those of you who are
baked while you're reading this, two things: First, who gets baked
and reads a political blog? And second,if you cue Peter Tosh's
'Legalize It' as you check out the rest of Nate's analysis, it
will make it sssooooooooooooo much better.)
A couple of recent polls
show that the public's attitudes are changing towards bud. Last
week, a Rasmussen Poll found that 40 percent of Americans supporting
legalizing pot and 46 percent opposed. Support is much higher
among folks under 40 and men (48 percent.) A CBS/NY Times poll
last month put support at 41 percent and Zogby -- done for the
hemp clothing lovers at NORML -- found that 44 wanted legal doobage."
"Current shopping: wasteful. The green
alternative: repurposing" is
a story by Amy Hardin Turosak at csmonitor.com.
"The global energy crisis
is overwhelming, but Americans are looking for ways to make small
changes that add up. We install solar panels, buy hybrid cars,
and turn down the thermostat. Yet when it comes to everyday shopping,
we are conditioned to buy more than we need, new things made halfway
around the world.
Sometime within the last
100 years, we lost the power to dialogue with shopkeepers to define
our own needs. Now, retailers 'inform' us. This exact scenario
was foretold by the wise Dr. Seuss in his book 'The Lorax.' He
said, 'A Thneed's a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! I'm figgering
on biggering and biggering turning MORE Truffula Trees in to Thneeds
which everyone needs!'
Everyone loves the Lorax,
but as we read it to our children we sometimes fail to realize
that we've been buying those Thneeds; hoodwinked by retailers
mixing a Thneed with a need.
Our passive attitude toward
consumer goods is becoming a major obstacle in conserving energy
and those precious Truffula trees. It's not doing much for a healthy
economy either. But exactly what are we to do when we're told
that shopping is a patriotic activity?
There is an alternative to this wasteful paradigm, and its infrastructure
is in place: thrift shopping."
"The Other Toxic Paradox" is a report by Rebecca Gasior Altman at environmentalhealthnews.org.
"A profusion of green
products allows us to excuse ourselves from acting beyond our
own households. But we can't shop our way to safety. We must turn
to politics, not just products, to solve our toxic problems.
One thing we know: bubbles
burst. For writer Peggy Orenstein and residents of 'eco-conscious'
Berkeley, California, news of poor airquality near schools pierced
the 'green' bubble.
Orenstein's recent commentary,'The
Toxic Paradox,' published in the New York Times Magazine,
portrays the plight of parents who have 'gone green' at home,
only to realize they are having only modest effects on their
kids' overall exposures. Parents feverishly scan the Internet
for green products to avoid headline-grabbing chemicals, only
to learn that research implicates another chemical, another product.
Orenstein's commentary does
little to help parents move through this frustrating reality.
For Orenstein, community action is too fractious and individual
action either irrelevant or futile. Parents' efforts at home are
partial solutions, yes, but they're part of the problem, too.
When products stymie political action, this creates another 'toxic
paradox' that Orenstein overlooks."
"Babies born during pollen seasons more
likely to wheeze"
is a report at hindu.com.
"Newborns born during
the high pollen and mould seasons, linked with the presence of
allergens, are more likely to develop early symptoms of asthma,
suggests a new study.
University of California,
Berkeley (UC-B) researchers found that such children born in the
high mould season, coinciding with the last quarter of the year,
have three times the odds of developing wheezing, often an early
sign of asthma, compared with those born at other times of the
"Stimulated Energy" is a story by William Tucker at spectator.org.
"I must admit I was
surprised at the beauty of the Berkeley campus. I've always imagined
it as a huge pavilion of protesting students shouting slogans
as sixteen types of studs and rings dangle from their cheeks and
Instead it is a forest of
junipers, redwoods and other Western conifers that give it the
air of a mountain resort. Even though buildings are chockablock,
the winding pathways nestle so gracefully around the mountain
stream that you always feel you're lost somewhere in the woods.
Berkeley, after all, has
many identities. Besides being the epicenter of the student protests
it is also home to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and eleven
Physics Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, including the current
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Four of the transuranic elements
-- Californium, Berkelium, Lawrencium, and Seaborgium -- are named
after accomplishments at Berkeley.
So it wasn't at all surprising
that, in the midst of the hullabaloo about windmills, solar power
and the Coming Age of Alternate Energy, the Berkeley Energy and
Resource Collective at the Haas School of Business invited me
and a few others to sit on a panel, 'Advancing Nuclear Energy,'
at its annual Energy Symposium last week."
"Berkeley police say they've solved the
three-year-old murder of an El Cerrito student who was fatally
knifed at a North Berkeley party" is a report at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss
reported that Justin Michael Johnson, 19, has been arrested in
South Carolina, where he is awaiting extradition to face one murder
charge and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon."
"Study: High-skilled Indian and Chinese
immigrants returning home are young, well-educated" is at seattletimes.com.
"New research sheds light on the reasons high-skilled Chinese
and Indian workers are returning to their homecountries. The researchers
cite anecdotal evidence that suggests immigrants are returning
home in greater numbers.
Researcher Vivek Wadhwa,
of the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and
an executive in residence at Duke University, wrote about the
research today in BusinessWeek. He partnered with AnnaLee Saxenian
of the University of California at Berkeley and Richard Freeman
at Harvard on the effort."
"Japanese stocks skirt record low" is a report at bbcnews.com.
"Japanese share prices are mirroring international trendsJapanese
stocks fell in early trading before recovering somewhat, after
markets around the world dropped sharply on Monday."
Set clocks ahead this Saturday night/Sunday morning.
from my log
SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry
eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor,
guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for
2/9/09--off-and-on all day
beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front,
burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight
"chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters,
2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas"
odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.
2/17/09--8:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, leave.
2/18/09--6:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, cough, burning throat
plus strong "chlorine bleach" and "burning natural
2/19/09--1:07 PM, irritant
in front room, eyes water, mouth dry. 1:36 PM VERY, VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, nausea, light head,
****3/1/09-- ~6:00 AM and
following all AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, throat,
cough. light head. ~10:30 AM-=VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning eyes, mouth,
throat, cough. light head, and "chlorine bleach" odor,
leave. Similar throughout the afternoon. Similar symptoms previous
SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS hacking cough, burning
eyes, mouth, short breath, "chlorine bleach" odor.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
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You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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