Zander Bice drawing
Impress your neighbors with
Amazing Garage Door Covers
A German firm called "Style Your Garage"
- creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if
it's actually showing the interior of your garage, and what's
Prices range from $199 to
$399 for the double-door! All but guaranteed to make passersby
take a second look.
I actually don't need these.
I mean, I . . . but our John Philips perhaps could use a Sov steam
Word is that a Norwegian
deli/restaurant is moving on to San Pablo Ave. RP
Kubik reports that the old
Bowl has become much more civilized with adequate parking and
I really like this new almost
completed project between Milo's home and the Victors' warehouse.
I'm told, they do too.
our Claudine Asbagh emails
Public comment on the West
Berkeley Project Draft EIR will be taken at the March 10, 2010
Planning Commission meeting. This will provide more time
for speakers to hear each others' ideas before finalizing their
writing comments, the due date for which will remain Thursday,
March 25th. New public comment will also be taken at the
March 24th Planning Commission meeting as was originally planned.
To see the original Notice of Availability or for further information,
please check the West Berkeley Project website: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/WestBerkeleyProject/
Land Use Planning Division
Planning and Development Department
At community meetings with
our city representatives is it necessary for some of the citizens
present to be so confrontational that they reduce some of those
city people present to tears?
And what is the city worker
union's position on such confrontations? RP
our Ryan Lau emails
"Southside Riot Leaves Impact Days Before
Upcoming Activism" by
Emma Anderson and Javier Panzar at dailycal.org.
touting the cause of public education rioted Friday morning, organizers
of the upcoming day of statewide action said the March 4 demonstrations
will not be defined by further violence."
"Nap 'boosts' brain learning power" is a BBC report.
"A nap during the day
doesn't just beat tiredness, but actually improves the brain's
ability to absorb new information, claim US scientists.
Volunteers who slept for
90 minutes during the day did better at cognitive tests than those
who were kept awake.
The results were presented
at a conference in California. "
I love nappies. How' bout
"Junk DNA could provide vital clues to
heart disease" is
a report at dnaindia.com.
"Scientists have linked
a region of junk DNA, the 98% or so of the genome that does not
code for proteins, to the risk of developing at least one form
of heart disease.
The research, published online
in Nature, drew on previous genome-wide association studies that
linked a non-coding stretch of chromosome 9p21 with coronary artery
disease (CAD) and showed that people who carry certain single
nucleotide mutations in this stretch of DNA have an increased
chance of developing the disease.
Principal investigator and
geneticist Len Pennacchio of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
in Berkeley, California, based the study on the equivalent chromosome
in mice and found a potential mechanism for how the region of
non-coding DNA might increase the risk of heart disease."
Ex Buttercup night manager
Dr. Kary B Mullis had alot to do with DNA. Check him out here.
And while there, check out
his book on Mendocino and more in The Day, "Dancing
Naked in the Mind Field." If you read it carefully you'll
find some references to me, . . . really carefully. RP
And Buttercuper, Patrick
Treadway remembers The Cup, Suze Orman and more here.
a Dean Davis photo
Patrick worked under Kary
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed just under one inch for Friday's storm, bringing
our year-to-date total to 22.65 inches--which is above average.
Did you see 900 is closed for a weekend break-in or late
evening I think is what the sign says.
I was dead to the world and heard nothing but Saturday evening
both David Rowinsky and I thought we heard a gunshot a single
shot and around 10 or so.
What's happening ron?
Saturday night around 11:30
there was a break and entry at
900 GRAYSON. A rock was thrown through
one of their windows on 7th. Their alarm immediately went off,
still the thrower climbed through the window, took the register
and attached electronics. He then apparently ran down 7th to V&W
where he broke open and left the register. Since daily deposits
are made, the register was empty.
Berkeley PD was there within
minutes. Prints were taken as well as report.
Because the register is being
repaired along with the broken window and credit card validation
is part of the register, 900 is closed today. They will reopen tomorrow.
Tony, from neighbor V&W
Widows, replaced the glass early Monday morning.
our Sally emails
I , too, heard the gunshot.
It was no car backfire
About 4 AM Saturday morning
my friend Gerard was awakened at his place by the sound of heavy
rain. An "Old School" good friend, and knowing the back
of this warehouse sometimes floods when it rains heavily and that
if it is heavy enough the water could get ahead of just one guy,
he called me.
After several unanswered
calls, he dressed, got in girlfriend Kim's Toyota SUV and came
Seeing no lights on, he walked
up the drive to the sliding steel door and bent down to look under
it. He couldn't see anything because the crack was too narrow,
and he heard nothing.
But he did become aware of
something behind him.
Turning around he saw two
BPD patrol cars, one in front of, the other behind, Kim's SUV.
"What's going on here" one of the officers asked. "I'm
a friend of Rons" Gerard got out "and came to see if
he needed any help. Sometimes his warehouse floods."
The officers were just checking
and Gerard left and went home. RP
our Janine emails
Hi everyone, Just a quick
reminder about the concerts this Saturday March 6 (Elizabeth Blumenstock
and myself playing Mozart violin and fortepiano Sonatas). The
concerts are at 10:30 and 2 PM. The afternoon concert is pretty
much full, but there is still room in the morning, if you have
been thinking of coming but didn't RSVP. $15 suggested donation.
Have a great week! Janine
Merryll forwards this email
from friend Marty
What are they trying to say?
Used the McDonald bathroom
at University & Shattuck last night and thought this was an
interesting comment about their patrons.
"Common weedkiller turns male frogs into
females" is a story
by Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor at reuters.com.
"Male frogs completely feminized. Study helps explain decline
of frogs. Levels were below EPA standards."
"Silent Demonstration at Sather Gate Protests
a report at dailycal.org.
"About 100 Black students
clad in black lined up across Sather Gate at UC Berkeley in protest
of recent race-related incidents at UC San Diego."
"Berkeley Gets Rolling Before March 4"
by Eli Friedman at labornotes.com.
movement that's emerged in California over the past five months
is gearing up for a strike and day of action. On March 4 students
all over the state will strike, march, and occupy buildings to
keep education accessible to all-and ensure sustainable jobs for
those working in education.
Though Berkeley campus unions
have not called a strike, they'll join other actions while many
student groups including the Graduate Student Organizing Committee
and the General Assembly have called a student strike. There are
major actions planned at every state school and UC campus, and
many community colleges. The call for action has also been picked
up around the country and internationally."
"California Net Metering Bill Signed by
is a report at renewableenergyworld.com.
"Assembly Bill 510,
authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (DBerkeley), which
increased California's net metering cap passed with bipartisan
support by votes of 27-5 in the Senate and 61-4 in the Assembly
and was signed late last week by Governor Schwarzenegger."
"A Perfectly Framed Assassination"
is a report at wsj.com.
technology may be tipping the scales in the cat-and-mouse game
between spies and their targets. Robert Baer on the current state
John Philips says the steam
locomotive on my post
kubik emails, Impress
your neighbors with
Amazing Garage Door Covers
. . . I actually don't need these. I mean, I . . . but our John
Philips perhaps could use a Sov steam engine canvas.RP "
is a Chicom 2-8-2 and NOT
a Sov locomotive at all.
"But the hammer and
sickle "I protested. "You know the Chinese are Communist
too" he replied.
Jen of Riva Cucina emails
Thursday nights at Riva:
Strade dei Sapori
Come along with us as
we travel Emilia Romagna's Strade dei Sapori (streets of flavors)
on Thursday nights. We will celebrate our chef's region by offering
a three-course menu unique to each province in Emilia Romagna.
We will start and end our journey in Massi's hometown, Ferrara.
The rest of our itinerary is below, please meet us where you can.
Visit our Upcoming Events page to see the special menus as we
update them weekly. We hope you can join us in our culinary
adventure throughout Emilia Romagna...buon viaggio!
Strade dei Sapori
March 4: Ferrara
March 11: Piacenza
March 18: Parma
March 25: Reggio Emilia
April 1: Modena
April 8: Bologna
April 15: Ravenna
April 22: Rimini
April 29: Pit stop - Dining Out for Life Event (see details to
May 6: Comacchio
May 13: Ferrara
4th: A Taste of Ferrara
$29 per person
ASPARAGI UOVA E
Grilled California asparagus, fried egg, Cypress Grove truffled
Spinach pasta sheets with beef, pork, vegetable and tomato ragu',
béchamel, porcini mushrooms, Parmigiano
TORTA DI TAGLIOLINI
Traditional tart filled with mascarpone, ricotta and toasted almonds,
topped with fresh tagliolini pasta and baked
FIORINI LAMBRUSCO GRASPAROSSA
Dry sparkling wine with balanced acidity. Ruby-red color, floral
aroma especially violets.
Ferrara is situated 30 miles north-northeast of Bologna and 60
miles south of Venice, on the Po river. The town has broad streets
and numerous palaces dating from the 14th and 15th centuries,
when it hosted the court of the House of Este.
Ferrara is one
of the capitals of the Renaissance. The town is still surrounded
by more than 5 miles of ancient walls. Together with those of
Lucca, they are the best preserved Renaissance walls in Italy.
The most iconic building in Ferrara is the imposing Castello Estense.
Located in the very center of the town, this brick building surrounded
by a moat, with four massive bastions was built starting in 1385.
The Court of the House of Este left in its wake indelible vestiges
such as inestimable gardens, making it one of the greenest cities
For its beauty
and cultural importance it has been qualified by UNESCO as a World
Heritage Site, defining it as "...a fine example of a town
planned in the Renaissance that has managed to retain the integrity
of its historic centre." In 2006, due to its important historical
significance, Ferrara became the headquarters of the Italian Hermitage
Museum. Cinema, literature, modern art exhibitions, biking and
the university all keep Ferrara intensely alive today.
RIVA CUCINA The
Italian kitchen where land and water meet
CHEF Massimiliano Boldrini
LOCATION 800 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710
HOURS Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 - 2:30 / Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30
PHONE 510 841 riva (7482)
FAX 510 649 5075
our Ryan Lau emails
To: Honorable Mayor and Members
of the City Council
From: Councilmember Darryl
Councilmember Gordon Wozniak
Subject: City Manager Referral: Google Fiber for Communities
Direct the City Manager to submit an application for Google's
Communities project by the March 26, 2010 deadline.
The City Manager should evaluate the application and RFI to determine
whether the proposed fiber optic network would be feasible in
If found to be infeasible or impractical, the City Manager should
back to the City Council the specific reasons that this type of
would not be a viable option for Berkeley.
Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband
networks in a small number of trial locations across the country.
will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what
Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second,
fiber-to-the-home connections. Google will offer service at a
competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000
As a first step, Google is putting out a Request for Information
to help identify interested communities, including local government
members of the public.
The goal of this project is to deploy the network quickly and
efficiently, and to identify interested communities that will
Google to achieve this goal. One of the main considerations for
is to work with a community where the network can bring significant
benefits to residents and develop useful proofs-of-concept that
a broader impact. For example, they are particularly interested
developing deployment techniques that can inform and accelerate
broadband deployment elsewhere as well. To that end, the RFI will
used to identify interested communities and to assess local factors
will impact the efficiency and speed of our deployment, such as
level of community support, local resources, weather conditions,
approved construction methods and local regulatory issues. Broadband
availability and speeds that are already offered to users within
community will also be a consideration.
The target community in which the project will take place will
responsible for some of the costs associated with implementing
network, although the exact commitments are unknown at this time.
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District Two
Councilmember Gordon Wozniak, District Eight
our Jarad emails
Just a thought, but . . .
how about citing Jay Walkers
as well as distracted drivers? I can't count the number of times
in Berkeley I've had to brake rapidly because people step in front
of my car when I have the right of way according to the traffic
This is a 2 sided problem
on major thoroughfares in the city. I walk to the farmers market
downtown once a week and I walk all over West Berkeley and out
of my love for life, my 185 lbs body will choose to wait a minute
for the light to change or another few seconds for a 1 ton piece
of machinery approaching me at 30-45 mph to pass when there isn't
a traffic signal.
Am I one of the few remaining
people in all of Berkeley that remembers my parents telling me
as a child to look both ways before crossing so I wouldn't get
The sense of entitlement
and invincibility that some of my fellow pedestrians have makes
me wonder if some of these car / pedestrian accidents are more
a matter of Darwinism than anything else.
"How Berkeley is finding its voice in Sacramento:Budget
advocacy, say campus leaders, begins with a focused, unified message"
is a press release at
"On Jan. 8, the day
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced his latest budget proposal,
he simultaneously declared a fiscal emergency for the state of
California. The response from the Legislature is expected to be
a short-term fix that will include a combination of complex solutions,
including cuts, delayed expenditures, and changes to the tax structure.
UC Berkeley, meanwhile, is
responding to its state-induced fiscal emergency with a coordinated
budget-advocacy effort, led by the Office of Government and'Community
Relations and involving stakeholders across - and beyond - the
"Even if the university
avoids mid-year cuts, as seems likely, we may become increasingly
vulnerable in the 2010-11 deliberations,' says Kieran Flaherty,
Berkeley's director of state-government relations."
"University of Illinois Tuition Hike: Cost
Of Education May Go Up 20 Percent" is a report at huffingtonpost.com.
"Facing nearly half
a billion dollars of unpaid bills from the state, the University
of Illinois is likely to raise tuition rates nearly 20 percent
over the next four years."
"We understand the protest for California
education, but not the violence"
is opinion at mercury news.com.
"This week's 'Day of
Action to Defend Public Education' could be a constructive uniting
of students and faculty from local districts, community colleges
and the state university systems to raise awareness of the unacceptable
erosion of our public school systems.
Or, it could devolve into
a deplorable day of violence.
Organizers must ensure that
on Thursday we see the former, not the latter. Critical attempts
to save California's education system depend on rational discussion,
not the sort of destructive vandalism we saw last week on the
UC Berkeley campus when a day of teach-ins on state school funding
was followed by a nighttime party that served as an excuse for
some to spray paint graffiti and break windows on and near the
We understand the frustration,
but violence is not the answer. Clearly, protesters have reason
to be angry about state funding that has seen a growing portion
of the state budget dedicated to prisons, while proportional spending
on the state university system has shrunk.
Similarly, the rapid rise
in the number of University of California administrators during
the past decade is unacceptable. As The Sacramento Bee reported
this week, student enrollment has increased 40 percent in the
last 10 years, while senior administration has increased 97 percent,
but full-time, tenured-track faculty has increased only 23 percent.
Priorities are wrong. We
must find a way to free up money to protect a public university
system that was once a crown jewel and remains the envy of every
other state in the nation, a world-class teaching and research
institution that helps drive California's economy. We must redirect
more of the available university funds to teaching and research.
Just as state lawmakers must
not enable the gutting of our universities, they must stop the
undermining of our K-12 public school system.
We cannot continue to cut
music classes, shut down funding for school libraries, allow campuses
to fall into disrepair, eliminate critical academic electives,
wipe out after-school sports and lay off teachers, thereby forcing
class sizes to soar.
At the same time, we encourage
protesters to be realistic and to recognize that there are not
limitless funds available to solve our education crisis. Policy
makers in Sacramento face tough decisions.
The days of grade school
class-size reduction to 20 students or fewer probably won't return
in most districts. Hopes for major new sources of funding are
And turning Thursday's demonstrations
into anti-war protests or pro-immigration rallies won't help solve
the immediate problem. Those are legitimate issues worthy of debate.
But it's important that the Day of Action stay focused on the
singular cause of education.
Another word of caution:
The day brings together a coalition of students and teachers,
who have already been forced to make major sacrifices. It will
be tempting to turn this into a teacher union call for increased
salary and benefits. In some cases, we're sympathetic. But right
now, the goal must be to figure out how to make limited state
funds go further.
Most importantly, organizers
must not let the day turn violent. We must save our schools, not
"California's Crisis: Public Education
for the Privileged?" at
huffingtonpost.com. Originally published on Youthradio.org,
the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.
and supporters of California public education will be out in force
at massive statewide protests for the March 4 Day of Action to
Save Public Education. A 21-year-old UC Berkeley student from
a working class San Francisco Bay Area family says local communities
aren't represented at the university."
4 Live Blog: Student Day Of Action," Leah Finnegan is
part of the HuffPost College team.
"Why the Bad Teacher Narrative Does Not
Help Our Students, But Fixing our Budget Process Will" by Tracey Iglehart at Our Planet.
"Please help to defend public education Thursday, March 4th
by rallying at 2134 MLK Jr. Way beginning at 3:3opm. As educators
across the state of California plan events on March 4th to defend
public education, President Obama is proudly claiming that the
firing of teachers at a Rhode Island High School is sound education
reform and a necessary form of accountability. "
"Toyota to Pay California Plant Workers
$250 Million" by
Alan Ohnsman at businessweek.com.
"Toyota Motor Corp.,
the world's largest carmaker said it's providing $250 million
for workers who will lose their jobs when a former joint-venture
auto- assembly plant in California closes next month."
"The Berkeley Daily Planet: A Personal
Obituary :A former longtime reporter details the rise and fall
of Berkeley's hometown newspaper" by Richard Brenneman at eastbayexpress,com.
"Unlike most of the
other papers for which I have reported, the Berkeley Daily Planet
never made one dime."
"Snapshots from Day of Action-March 4"
Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source
for youth generated news throughout the globe.
"Reporters from Youth
Radio-Youth Media International have been collecting interviews
and images from Berkeley, Oakland, and Sacramento, California
as the 'Day of Action' supporting public education unfolds across
"Thousands protest California education
cuts" by Carla Rivera
and Nicole Santa Cruz and Larry Gordon at latimes.com.
"Rallies and walkouts are largely peaceful, but 150 are arrested
in Oakland as a freeway is blocked. The demonstrations are part
of a nationwide 'Day of Action for Public Education.' "
"Our Neighbors: Women of the Year put stamp
on West County, beyond"
by Chris Treadway at contracostatimes.com.
"Eleanor Loynd is known
in some circles as 'the unofficial mayor of El Sobrante' even
though she actually lives in Richmond. Her record of 40 years
of activism in both areas will be acknowledged Saturday at a Women
of the Year luncheon being held by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner.
There will be 14 women honored
at the luncheon, one from each of the cities Skinner represents
in the 14th Assembly District."
"Young People on Budget Cuts and Their
Futures" is at newamericanmedia.org.
"On March 4, young people,
parents and teachers in more than 30 states marched to protest
budget cuts to public education. The demonstrations were particularly
widespread in California, where massive budget cuts have crippled
elementary schools, high schools, community colleges and universities.
Three young people--in Fresno,
San Francisco and San Jose--speak to how the budget cuts are affecting
them and why they supported the massive protests. "
"Support for solar: California doubles
cap on credits for excess power" by Dana Hull, mercurynews.com.
industry is celebrating a ray of good news: the cap on so-called
'net metering,' which allows homes and businesses to earn credit
for any excess solar power they generate, has been doubled."
"Oddball Amoebas Sprout Arms When Stressed"
by Richard Harris at
"Step aside, Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde. Here's a story about an organism that dramatically
transforms itself when it's under stress. It turns from a lethargic
amoeba into a sprightly, two-armed swimmer.
This unlikely single-celled
creature is named Naegleria gruberi. It lives in the dirt, under
the eucalyptus trees, on the University of California, Berkeley
"YouTube adds video captions for deaf" by Maggie Shiels, Technology reporter, BBC
News, Silicon Valley.
"YouTube is making the
tens of millions of videos it hosts more accessible to the deaf
and hard of hearing by putting automatic captions on them."
the Groove Yard's Rick Ballard emails
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
Greetings from Groove Yard.
IN STORE NEWS
New in the bins this week - 1,000 jazz LPs, most priced under
$10.00. I am always looking to buy quality jazz LPs.
"'Berkeley Mafia' Now Has $514 Billion
at Stake" opines
William Pesek of Bloomberg at businessweek.com.
"It's quite troubling
that Sri Mulyani Indrawati has been roped into a corruption scandal."
"Brother describes Pentagon gunman's mental
struggles" by Ian
Shapira of the Washington Post at statesmen.com.
"No one knows why Patrick
Bedell, 36, traveled across the country from his parents' home
in Hollister and opened fire Thursday at the entrance to the Pentagon,
injuring two police officers. But these accumulating moments of
paranoia in the early 2000s appear to signal the time when he
started on the course that would end with him shot and killed
by Pentagon police.
'There were symptoms of a
mental disorder, approaching paranoid schizophrenia,' said Jeffrey
Bedell, a former California deputy attorney general who is a financial
adviser. 'I can only imagine the terror in his own mind. He believed
there were people who meant to do him harm.'
Patrick Bedell was perpetually
in and out of school, enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs
and sometimes auditing courses. In 1999, the brothers lived together
in Berkeley, when Jeffrey Bedell was a senior on his way to law
school and Patrick Bedell was auditing a physics course. 'It was
fantastic. ... We would go to the café, and I'd be studying,
he'd be studying. ... It was wonderful,' Jeffrey Bedell said.
The brothers parted ways
when Patrick Bedell moved to Austin to live with a woman he met
at a bookstore at the University of California at Davis."
"Steam locomotives, and their fans, to
gather in Sunol" by
Sam Richards, Contra Costa Times
"The Pacific Locomotive
Association's Niles Canyon Railway plans to fire up and operate
four steam locomotives at the same time on its rail line between
Sunol and the Niles neighborhood of Fremont.
On March 21, passenger trains
will depart both the Sunol and Niles station hourly starting at
10:20 a.m. (Niles) and 10:30 a.m. (Sunol) as part of "Steamfest
II." The last trains of the day running through Niles Canyon
alongside Highway 84 leave each station at 3:30 p.m.
This unusual gathering features
four restored iron horses, besting by one the first Steamfest
in 2007. Mason County Logging No. 7, part of a Willits-based private
collection, will this year join three other similar-sized small
steamers featured at the inaugural event.
Two of the other locomotives,
Quincy Railroad No. 2 and Robert Dollar Co. No. 3, are kept at
Niles Canyon Railway; the fourth, California State Railroad Museum's
Granite Rock No. 10, will be trucked from Sacramento to the event."
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