Milo and Byron
our Tak emails
The following is an edited
and supplemented version of my postings to Westberkeley@yahoogroups.com
On March 4, our City Council
representative Darryl Moore
arranged a meeting to introduce Berkeley's new Police Chief, Michael
Meehan. He comes to Berkeley from the Seattle Police Department
he grew up in Southern California. The meeting was lightly attended
with only about 20 people present.
Having heard him speak and
answer questions for over an hour, I am
both optimistic for the future of the BPD and saddened by his
assessment of its current state. Chief Meehan is a very frank,
spoken person. My impression is that his management philosophy
the mold of William Bratton, the former police chief in Los Angeles
and New York City. The latter was under NYC Mayor Rudy
Giuliani. He will bring modern, goal oriented management
principles to the Berkeley Police Department based on improved
collection, analysis and interpretation.
Chief Meehan praised both
the history of the BPD as a pioneer in many
police innovations and the professional quality of the men and
of the force. But he pointed out that the innovations for which
known stopped almost a century ago.
He sees the current department
as inward looking, based on routines
developed over time and not necessarily very effective ones at
He sees that the BPD doesn't communicate well on both the
technological level (via radio/net) or on the organizational level
other law enforcement agencies. He sees that the department is
non-transparent, hesitant to open up and communicate or relate
Chief Meehan is saying that there's a certain defensiveness in
the culture of the department.
He points out that even he
can't get good day to day data on what the
police department is doing or on what crimes are occurring. This
that no one in the BPD is getting this information let alone the
line officers on the street. Chief Meehan called this "policing
While he praised the professionalism,
qualifications and hard work of
the officers, he pointed out that they receive very little continuing
education and training. He pointed out that because there's no
there can be no specific quantitative goals for the individual
officers and for supervisorial staff to strive for. I interpret
this to mean that he thinks that there's
a poor managerial culture in the department.
Chief Meehan said that he
wants a department that is goal oriented,
respectful and accountable. He meant that in the interactions
the police and the public, officers are to show respect to everyone.
Police officers should take actions based on the actual behavior
on the way a person looks. He wants everyone in the department
accountable for achieving the goals that they set.
In looking at Berkeley, he
pointed out that even excluding the crime
around the UC campus, that Berkeley has a total crime rate HIGHER
Richmond. He thought that there was denial or complacency about
glaring fact in the community.
These points are what I can
remember of the long discussion. There
were many more points he made.
It is unfortunate that his
grim assessment of the current state of BPD
rings true for me. I have only had very good encounters with
individual officers. I've found them to be personable and
professional. But it has always been frustrating to deal with
police department as a whole.
Chief Meehan points out that
he's "all in" on this job. He's moved his family to
Berkeley. His two children attend Berkeley public schools. (He's
not too impressed by his first impression of the schools his children
attend.) He will not get a pension from Berkeley.
I think that the City Manager,
Phillip Kamlarz and the City Council
made a good decision to look outside the department for a new
chief. They deserve credit and our support for this choice. If
Chief Meehan can carry out his reforms
in this terrible budget climate, I think that Berkeley will be
off for it.
Both the new Chief and Tak's
appraisal of Berkeley PD are not my experience of our force here
in Potter Creek.
I've found that all, command
staff, sergeants, and officers are responsive, respectful, efficient,
Further, my belief is that
respected law enforcement in Our Town, since The Insurrection
has been difficult, given our city's last forty years culture
of self-doubt, alienation, and arrogance.
Law enforcement is difficult
in a society whose "recent" roots lie in insurrection
and rebellion, a culture that on its fringe accepts, even promotes
I can't speak to the department's
Whatever might be the department's
"downtown" problems, they've done a hell of a good job
here in Potter Creek!RP
"'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."
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."
"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
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"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."
"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."
"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. "
"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."
Director, Peter Doctor is
a 900 GRAYSON regular. Last night his animated film Up was
awarded quite a few Oscars.
"Deli's efforts to go green stir up controversy" is a story at sfgate.com.
"Put a California native
and a one-time Chez Panisse chef in charge of a Jewish deli in
Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, and it's inevitable that the deli will
make some efforts at sustainability.
Saul's owners Karen Adelman
and Peter Levitt have been gradually greening the deli's menu
since they bought the place in 1995. But at the end of 2009, they
passed a point of no return when they stopped serving the iconic
deli beverage, Dr. Brown's soda, in favor of house-made alternatives.
A customer coup seemed imminent."
In the Day, Karen was a server
at The Cup.RP
Party in California trying to stem shrinking numbers" by
Sharon Noguchi at mercurynews.com
"Faced with diminishing
numbers, a threatening ballot measure and the perpetual challenge
of being a small third party in a two-party system, the California
Green Party may be fading to chartreuse.
But that won't happen if
a hardy core of delegates, who gathered in San Jose over the weekend
for a semiannual state meeting, have their way. Still, the Greens
couldn't even hold the attention of their own members. By Sunday,
the meeting had shrunk by half to 40 people."
A litte activism mixed in
with journalism or a little journalism mixed in with activism?
"100% of the Student Journalism Beat"
is a story at huffingtonpost.com.
Cameron Burns was recently manhandled by police, handcuffed, tossed
to the ground, and bussed off to jail. But he got the story. Late
last week, the eighteen-year-old multimedia producer for The Daily
Californian at the University of California, Berkeley, joined
a large group of anarchists marching roughly eight miles from
Berkeley to Oakland to protest public education funding cuts.
His mission: capture video and eyewitness observations for a Daily
At one point, without warning,
a splinter faction of protesters veered onto an interstate highway,
suddenly enmeshing Burns in the mother of all journalistic dilemmas:
covering a riot without getting caught up in it. He did not have
his press pass with him. He did not know what the group had planned.
He had no assurances of personal safety. He hesitated only a split
second. As his editor shouted into his cell phone, 'Go get the
story -- go get it!' "
As a neigborhood reporter,
I'm often in a similar postion. It's a hard call. Personally,
I no longer am a member of a neighborhood group for this reason.
Often, when reporting neighborhood events I rely on others' first
hand accounts or talk to several involved people for a more balanced
ARRRGH, . . . soon, a "new
and improved" Scrambled Eggs
With my new high speed DSL
connection and new web program I will soon be able include audio
and video features on Scrambled Eggs.
And with my always-at-the-ready Flip cam I will provide audio/video
of Potter Creek and other happenings.
The audio/video capability will also allow interviews and my commentary--look
All this in addition to my
irregular daily posts.
"Damn, the Ole Fart's
A minister, a priest, and
a rabbi walked into a bar. The bartender looked at them and said,
"Is this a joke?"
Pete Doctor brought his Oscar
to 900 GRAYSON yesterday afternoon. He showed it to Anthony
and then a little embarrassed covered it with his jacket as it
stood on the table.
"Yes, it was heavy"
our Kimar recommends the
Check it out!
"A Missed Day of Action" by Peter Schrag at california progressreport.com.
"If last week's demonstrations
protesting funding cuts to California schools and colleges were
aimed at getting media attention, they succeeded magnificently.
Given the low number of demonstrators, they got a lot more ink
than the turnout was worth.
But if they were designed
to generate any real political action they got almost nothing.
To their credit, the protests were for the most part both civil
and directed at the politicians who were responsible for the cuts
rather than the university presidents and chancellors charged
with inflicting the pain.
But the frustrations were
still misdirected, a missed opportunity. As the union people used
to say: 'Don't complain; organize.' Despite all the marching,
shouting, street blocking and sign-waving, this was not political
action, . . . "
"Why newspapers will never be the same" is opinion by Yumi Wilson at sfgate.com.
"A winter afternoon
with former letters editor Bill Pates reminded me why I love newspaper
journalism, and already miss it so."
Seattle reader Libby emails
I'm looking forward to the
new features! I hope you're doing well. I'm doing pretty well,
here in Seattle. I work at a private school and I just recorded
a bunch of backup vocals for a CD of children's music!
Sophie Gross, friend and
900 GRAYSON food server has a web site about her paintings.
"The uniqueness of every
painting was once part of the uniqueness
of the place where it resided. Sometimes the painting was transportable.
But it could never be seen in two places at the same time. When
camera reproduces a painting, it destroys the uniqueness of its
As a result its meaning changes. Or, more exactly, its meaning
and fragments into many meanings."
-John Berger, Ways of Seeing
the Ink Works wall-mural
more to follow in time
Ryan Lau emails
I just wanted to let you
all know about a great fundraiser for the
Berkeley High School Parent Resource Center. The Parent Resource
is a place where parents can come and feel welcome, have a sense
belonging and be reassured that their ideas, concerns, and opinions
valued and will be addressed in a timely manner. Staffed with
Liaisons, the Center provides a safe and caring environment for
learning and connecting. Throughout the school year the center
offer a variety of workshops and training designed to increase
capacity as parents as well as maximize the learning experiences
children. Visit http://bhs.berkeley.net/index.php?page=parent-center
more information about the BHS Parent Resource Center.
The fundraiser will be the
Vukani Mawethu choir singing South African
freedom songs. Vukani Mawethu is not your typical choir. They've
singing freedom songs since 1986, when the intense segregation
apartheid still ruled South Africa. They sang out for the freedom
Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid. Five years later, in
Mandela was freed, apartheid fell, and Vukani Mawethu is still
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
This concert will be held
March 12, 2010 at 7PM in the BHS Little Theater. Suggested donation
is $15 for adults and $5 for children. RP
Women of Color' conference this weekend" by Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune.
"The 25th 'Empowering
Women of Color' conference gets under way this weekend on the
UC Berkeley campus, honoring the legacy of women of color."
"Randle Pac-10 Player of the Year" is a story at calsportsdigest.com.
"After leading California
to its first conference championship in 50 years, senior guard
Jerome Randle was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, the league
office announced Monday."
"Berkeley's Fréchet to Head Research
at KAUST" by Robert
F. Service at sciencemag.org.
an organic chemist at the University of California, Berkeley,
has been named vice president for research at the new King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi
of the Saudi leader, KAUST has replaced the traditional departmental
structure with nine interdisciplinary research centers focused
on economically relevant topics such as plant stress genomics,
water desalination, and renewable energy. In his new position,
Fréchet will oversee the current centers and help launch
Yesterday, the surviving
WASPs (Women's Airforce
Service Pilot )
received a congressional medal
On 3/6/05 I posted
of Jerry Landis for decades--known him for 10 or 12 years--and
we've been good friends for the last few years. A Berkeley citizen
since the '60s, he's been actively involved in our community for
almost as long. Jerry's older sister Jean was one of the first
women to fly for the Army Air Force. She was a WASP ferry pilot
during WWII and flew P-51s almost exclusively. Understand the
P-51 was our hottest fighter, a challenge for a man let alone
(Women's Airforce Service Pilot), Jean Landis c 1944
July 1943 the growing numbers of women pilots being trained for
AAF service were consolidated in the Women's Airforce Service
Pilots, the WASPs. By the end of the program 1074 women had flown
for the AAF, piloting every type of military aircraft from the
B-29 to America's first jet, the P-59. Fighter aircraft, particularly
the P-47 and the P-51, were ferried in great numbers by the WASPs.
These women loved single seaters and considered flying fighters
the essence of what it meant to fly. One woman fortunate enough
to be assigned fighters for most of her wartime carrier was Jean
Landis. Landis was sent to Brownsville, Texas, for fighter transition
training, and when time came for her first flight in a fighter,
she drew a P-51. . . .
also flew a number of other types, including the P-47: 'The P-47
was a bucket of bolts compared to the Mustang; it was too heavy
and sluggish. But when you got in a Mustang, it felt like you
had just strapped the wings on. You didn't feel you had any fuselage
around your body, you were a part of the airplane.'
had the good fortune to be stationed at the Ferrying Division
at Long Beach, California, flying nothing but P-51s. The new fighters
were picked u p at I nglewood and flown all over the country,
particularly to Newark, New Jersey, where they were prepared for
shipping overseas. Reactions to a woman climbing out of a P-51
were: 'Varied, mostly startled. Once I few into a field that was
off-limits but the weather was bad and I had a slight mechanical
problem so l called in and asked for permission to land. I kept
radioing "P-51 ready to land; awaiting final landing instructions."
It was sort of garbled and they kept asking me to call in again
and again. Finally they said: "Waggle your wings if you receive!"
So there I was waggling away and pretty soon they came back: "Lady,
the only thing we see up there is a P-51! Where are you?"
I replied: "That's me! I am the P-51!" They couldn't
believe it-they were looking for a Piper Cub or something. Finally,
when I landed, what a welcome I got. Word got around that a gal
was flying that thing. They were darlings. By the time I had taxied
up to the line, following the little Follow Me truck, there were
lots of guys around to see what kind of woman was flying this
P-51. They'd never heard of us, the WASPs.'
had to pay for all our clothing, had no medical or insurance benefits
or many other military benefits,' Jean recalls. 'The WASPs were
subject to military discipline and lived in the Officers' Quarters,
but they were not allowed most military privileges and received
less money than men doing the same job. But we were there to fly
and loved every minute of it.'"
A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
by Jeffrey Ethell.
with '60s stuff like, "You don't always get what you want
but always get what you need" and "Time is what we invented
to keep everything from happening at once," I discovered
this story by accident while researching the P-51"Mustang"
fighter. A little bored at paging through a book about the P-51,
I stopped at a photo of a good looking woman standing on the wing
of this fighter. Three days later, Landis showed up at my door,
Xerox about Jean in hand with "I got something you should
read about my sister."
now retired, divides her time between Idaho and Southern California.
thanks for running Jean's
article again. I was delighted to see that the WASPs have finally
been acknowledged. Jean, now 91, is healthy and active, still
commutes from our native town of El Cajon to Bonners Ferry ID
for the summer. I visit her there for a week every year.
Pete Hurney emails
At Midnight today (California
time) is the next thrilling rendition of "Midnight Ukulele
Express" on KALX radio. Yes, tune in for an hours worth of
all your favorite ukulele hits and a whole lotta stuff that you've
probably never heard of before. The only thing for sure is that
the little ukulele will be heard in every song that I spin during
KALX can be found on the air in the Bay Area
at 90.7 FM and can be streamed live on the web at http://kalx.berkeley.edu
That's Thursday night - Friday morning, March
the 11th. Tune in, turn on, drop out.
remember; chocolate's not
just for breakfast anymore
our BPD Ofc. Andrew Frankel
Suspect Arrested In Over-Night
Vehicular Manslaughter Case
Berkeley, California (Thursday,
March 10, 2010) At approximately 9:05 p.m., on
Wednesday, March 10, 2010, the City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) responded to
a report of an injury accident near the intersection of Adeline
and Harmon Streets.
Responding officers found the victim, a 58 year-old Oakland woman,
just south of the
intersection in the southbound lanes of traffic. Berkeley Fire
responded to the scene and
transported the victim to the Alameda County Hospital where she
was pronounced dead
The driver has been identified as Jesse Donald Kelly, 42, of Oakland.
Kelly was arrested
at the scene and booked into the Alameda County Jail on charges
of Gross Vehicular
Manslaughter While Intoxicated and Driving under the Influence
Causing Injury or Death.
This is the first pedestrian related fatality of 2010.
"9th Circuit candidate's career marked
by rapid ascent, wide-ranging roles" is a story at latimes.com.
Goodwin Liu, son of immigrants, would be youngest judge on the
appeals court. He clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and worked in
government offices during the Clinton administration."
"TimeBridge today announced its addition
to the Google Apps Marketplace, " is a story at earthtimes.org. "Google's
recently launched online storefront for Google Apps products
and services. TimeBridge is a service that helps busy professionals
schedule and run great meetings. TimeBridge spans the full lifecycle
of a meeting to help the meeting organizer find a time to meet,
set the agenda, add conferencing services, share documents, track
action items and automatically send reminders to attendees via
email and text messages. TimeBridge aims to make every meeting
effective for the organizer and the attendees."
"Earnings roundup: Xoma" is an AP report."Biotechnology company
Xoma Ltd. said its fourth-quarter profit fell as its contract
"Coffee Grounds plus Spores equals a New
East Bay Business" by
Rachel Gross at nytimes.com.
"Last year, in an ethics
class at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School
of Business, Alex Velez and Nikhil Arora heard a visiting lecturer
mention that women in Colombia and parts of East Africa were growing
mushrooms from coffee grounds to fight malnutrition.
That classroom discussion
has since led to the start of a company, BTTR Ventures, which
uses coffee grounds to grow edible mushrooms, as described in
a Daily Californian story in April.
Perhaps it is no surprise
that in the few months it has been an entity, the business well,
mushroomed, in the East Bay, where good produce, coffee and sustainable
agriculture are each semi-religions. Adding to its green virtuousness,
the company creates compost from the coffee grounds once the mushrooms
are harvested and then sells the compost or gives it away to schools,
ABC 7 reported.
BTTR, whose name stand for
"Back To The Roots," sells not only gourmet oyster mushrooms
it grows in its Emeryville warehouse but also a mushroom-growing
"California's tax tactics undermine prosperity" opines Jason Clemens at sfgate.com.
"California's bond rating
is the country's lowest. The state faces near unprecedented unemployment
and underemployment. State government and most counties face deficits
for the foreseeable future. The solution to this predicament,
some Sacramento politicians believe, is more taxes."
Shimabukuro, 'Hendrix of ukulele,' hits Bay Area for 3 shows"
by Jim Harrington at contracostatimes.com.
When Jake is in the Bay Area,
he occasionally visits with Pete and Geralyn.
"Bread and Music Were Staples of West Berkeley
Block" is a story
by Daniella Thompson at dailyplanet.com.
"Funding squeeze spurs student backlash" by Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles for the
"After a 40-year absence,
revolution is again in the air in California, with university
students taking to the streets to mount noisy and increasingly
angry protests directed against steep rises in tuition fees.
The campuses of UCLA and
Berkeley were once the setting for passionate demonstrations against
the draft and the Vietnam war. The anger this time is directed
at state legislators and university administrators who have imposed
swingeing fee increases of as much as 30 per cent to plug a funding
gap of $1.2bn (£790m, ¤872m)."
"Berkeley Protesters Fight For Right To
Party" opines Steve
Lundin at mediapost.com
"If you squinted and
sniffed, it almost seemed like 1969: smoke, fire, broken glass,
yelling students, terrified bystanders, police presence; all the
elements were there for a good old-fashioned University of California,
Berkeley, political protest, except the politics.
Berkeley's most recent Day
of Rage wasn't over troop deployments, the war in Afghanistan,
sending support to Haiti or Chile or even the healthcare issue.
It was over greenbacks: a tuition hike at what still is the biggest
bargain in higher education. Like a 10th-generation Xerox, this
protest had as much in common with the 1960s Berkeley brand of
activism as a glass of water does with a pint of Guinness. "
Marx would disagree, believing
that economic issues are the most fundamental. Let's give it time
and see what happens if these issues are not addressed.
"Judge orders UC to repay $38 million in
student fees" by
Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times.
"A San Francisco judge
has ruled the University of California must pay back $38 million
in improperly raised fees for nearly 3,000 graduate students.
San Francisco Superior Court
Judge John Munter on Thursday ordered UC to reverse up to three
years of fee hikes for former professional-school students. Some
of those students, such as UC Berkeley law and business students,
paid thousands of dollars more from one year to the next."
"For Cal's women, it's all or nothing at
the Pac-10 Tournament" is
a story at examiner.com.
"Hit-and-run Accident Injures Bicyclist
in Berkeley" by
Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.
"Berkeley police said that a bicyclist was hospitalized after
being in a hit-and-run accident at Sixth and Hearst streets Friday
My "new" imac with
OSXv10.5.6 is fired up, AT&T replaced my copper wires with
fiber optics at the junction box and website design freeway5pro
is "on the way."
Sooner than later, my new
and improved Scrambled Eggs and Lox.
" Berkeley Police Want Help in Finding
Andronico's Robber" is
a report in our Planet.
"Berkeley police are asking for the community's help in identifying
a suspect who robbed an Andronico's Market Sunday.
Berkeley police are asking for the community's help in identifying
a suspect who robbed an Andronico's Market in the city Sunday
night. The robbery was reported at about 10 p.m. at the grocery
store, located at 2655 Telegraph Ave., according to police."
"Man arrested in Berkeley bank robbery"
by Doug Oakley, Contra
"Police arrested a man
in North Berkeley on Friday afternoon after he robbed a Bank of
the West at 1480 Shattuck Ave., police said."
"Berkeley zoning board member admits flouting
city building rules" by
Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.
"A Berkeley planning
official who also is an aide to a City Council member has admitted
to sidestepping the city's strict building and zoning rules while
doing work on his home.
Ryan Lau, an aide to Berkeley
City Councilman Darryl Moore and who was appointed to the city's
influential Zoning Adjustments Board in January, said he stopped
construction on his Carleton Street home and is seeking permits
Lau's boss said he should
have known better."
"Education symposium takes pragmatic
look at state schools crisis"
by Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune.
"As of Friday morning,
more than 21,000 pink slips had been issued to teachers throughout
California, by the state Education Department's count - just one
more symptom of the state's ever-mounting, multibillion-dollar
But researchers who spoke
at an all-day symposium Friday at UC Berkeley went beyond the
startling figures as they assessed the state of California's public
schools. They discussed whether taxpayers are willing to pay more
for public education. They reviewed state laws that allow Californians
to shape complex, far-reaching laws in the ballot box and explored
the diminishing authority of government institutions after decades
of public cynicism and scarce resources.
Graduate students from the
Berkeley Review of Education organized the event in response to
the funding cuts and political activism on campus. While some
of the speakers bemoaned the crisis facing public schools, community
colleges and universities, the tone of the event was more pragmatic
"How the Campuses Helped Ruin California's
John Ellis, President of the California Association of Scholars,
and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa
Cruz at frontpagemag.com.
"All across the country
there were demonstrations on March 4 by students (and some faculty)
against cuts in higher education funding, but inevitably attention
focused on California, where the modern genre originated in 1964.
I joined the University of California faculty in 1966 and so have
watched a good many of them, but have never seen one less impressive
that this year's. In 1964 there was focus and clarity. This one
was brain-dead. The former idealism and sense of purpose had degenerated
into a self-serving demand for more money at a time when both
state and university are broke, and one in eight California workers
is unemployed. The elite intellectuals of the university community
might have been expected to offer us insight into how this problem
arose, and realistic measures for dealing with it. But all that
was on offer was this: get more money and give it to us. Californians
witnessing this must have wondered whether the money they were
already providing was well spent where there was so little evidence
of productive thought."
"Smith hired to work with offense"
is an AP report
"California has hired
former NFL players Akili Smith and Ronnie Bradford as administrative
assistants on the coaching staff.
Coach Jeff Tedford said Saturday
that Smith will work with the offensive coaches and Bradford will
work with the defense."
"Berkeley High advances in NorCal girls
by Damin Esper, insidebayarea.com.
"The clock ran out and
Berkeley High's Elisha Davis smiled as wide as you can smile,
clutching the ball as she headed off the court. The Yellowjackets
had just beat visiting McClatchy-Sacramento 69-56 on Thursday
in the quarterfinals of the California Interscholastic Federation
Division I Northern regional girls basketball playoffs. And it
was time to celebrate."
"Squawking about Yelp" by David Morrill, Oakland Tribune.
"About once every six
months, a salesperson for the San Francisco-based online review
site Yelp.com makes a call to Berc Mener, owner of Zorba's Deli-Cafe
and Catering in Hayward. And each time it's the same pitch, Mener
says. If he pays a monthly fee, the salesperson tells him, Yelp
would move good reviews to the top of his cafe's review page and
move bad reviews down. "All they want is money, and I think
it's wrong," said Mener, who has so far declined Yelp's offer."
"Head South By Southwest, young rockers"
by Jim Harrington, Oakland
"The dream lives on
at South by Southwest.
That's what will draw hundreds
of bands from around the world to the festival, which runs Wednesday
through March 21 at dozens of clubs in Austin, Texas. Despite
the upheaval in the music business, the annual confab, which also
brings in record company execs and journalists and bloggers, is
still seen as a place where an act can make a name and a future
Of course, the reality is
that most bands will struggle for recognition amid the clutter
of showcasing acts, with the only consolation being that they
get a chance to hear some great music, enjoy some tremendous barbecue
and knock back a few Shiner Bocks.
The Bay Area will be well
represented at this year's SXSW, with more than two dozen acts
spending the week in Austin. We've decided to profile three of
these local acts - Bird by Bird, Judgement Day and Sleepy Sun
- in part because we like their chances of turning the fabled
SXSW dream into reality. We also picked them because they're important
local bands that hometown readers should know about - before the
rest of the world catches on."
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