by Jim Marshall
courtesy Nick Despotopoulos
"Noted S.F. rock photographer Jim Marshall
dies" Meredith May,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Legendary rock photographer
Jim Marshall, who captured some of the most memorable moments
in music - Johnny Cash flipping the bird at San Quentin and Jimi
Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey Pop - died in his sleep
Tuesday in a New York hotel. He was 74. The cause of death was
not immediately known.
Mr. Marshall's unparalleled
access, technical talent and musical passion merged to create
hundreds of album and magazine covers, turning him into a household
name among the biggest names in rock 'n' roll. "
One of my most treasured
possessions is a dye line photo of John Coltrane by Marshall.
"American Idiot hits Broadway " is a press release at lsionline.co.uk..
"After an acclaimed
world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, the
new musical American Idiot is set for Broadway.
Directed by Tony Award winner
Michael Mayer and featuring music by multi-Grammy Award winning
punk trio Green Day, the new rock tuner takes the St. James Theatre
beginning 24 March, 2010. Opening night is set for 20 April.
American Idiot follows the
journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle
to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, lived through Green Day's
score. The musical includes every song from the album American
Idiot as well as several songs from the band's 21st Century Breakdown."
"Cirque du Soleil showcases gymnastics,
music, dance at Breslin" Kate
O'Neill, the Lansing State Journal.
"As an environmental
science major at the University of California at Berkeley, Tyler
Block, a former high school gymnast, still found time to perform
with the gymnastics team through all four years of college. Then,
toward the end of his senior year, he decided to send his video
of the gymnastics masters competitions to Cirque de Soleil headquarters
in Montreal. Two months later he received an invitation from Cirque
for an audition."
the scholarly food journal, celebrates its 10th anniversary"
by Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times.
"It's the images that
grab you first - a blood-red wedding cake, a tongue lapping up
vivid violet sugar crystals, or the black and white photograph
of a shapely, naked man wearing nothing but a pretzel lei and
a skirt made of collard greens.
But 'Gastronomica: The Journal
of Food and Culture' is more than arresting images. It's a scholarly
compendium of food writing that makes Bon Appetit seem positively
fluffy. Edited by Williams College professor Darra Goldstein and
published by the University of California Press, Gastronomica
is an intriguing blend of sociology, history, global politics
and pop culture, with an undeniable foodie vibe."
" Jupiter Forecast: Cloudy, with Helium
Rain: Scientists believe helium is condensing like a mist in the
upper layers of the gas giant planet" by Irene Klotz at discoverynews.com.
"It's raining helium
inside Jupiter, say scientists who believe that's the best explanation
for why the giant planet is so lacking in neon.
When the planets formed out
of the original solar nebula, they should have started with an
identical mix of ingredients. But a NASA probe that descended
through Jupiter's atmosphere in 1995 showed a significant dearth
of the trace element neon.
'It was crying out for an
explanation,' University of California, Berkeley astronomer Burkhard
Militzer told Discovery News."
"New Call In Berkeley For Statewide Styrofoam
Ban" is a report
"A group of about 40
students from a statewide advocacy organization gathered in Berkeley
Wednesday to call for local and state bans on polystyrene, commonly
known as Styrofoam, takeout containers."
"UC leaders promise to improve campus race
relations" by Matt
Krupnick, Contra Costa Times.
"Responding to racist
incidents on the San Diego, Santa Cruz and Davis campuses, University
of California leaders vowed Wednesday to improve race relations
at the 10-campus system."
"Divestment bill vetoed at Berkeley" is a report at jta.org.
"The student government
president at the University of California vetoed a bill calling
for divestment from two companies doing business with Israel.
Will Smelko, the president
of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley,
shot down the bill Wednesday, the Daily Californian reported.
The association's Senate had passed the bill last week by a 16-4
"Median tax to restore higher education:
$32" opines Stanton
Glantz at sfgate.com.
"Eurozone Unworkable in Present State"
opines Edward Harrison
"The Eurozone treaty
genie is out of the bottle and there's no way to put it back in.
In my last piece, I pointed to a WirtchaftsWoche article which
quoted German Chancellor Merkel as wanting to 'improve' (weiterzuentwickeln)
the Eurozone's basis by revisiting treaty arrangements. Over the
short-term, this is not likely to occur because of the sheer complexity
of the matter. However, over the longer-term, changes are inevitable
because the Eurozone is completely unworkable in its present setup."
our Ryan Lau emails
Day Celebration and Shoreline Cleanup
Earth Day is a day to promote awareness and appreciation for the
Earth's environment. It is on 22 April. It was founded by U.S.
Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in
in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. The first
Earth Day was in 1970.
Nearly 20 million
Americans participated in the first Earth Day celebration on April
22, 1970. In the decades since, Earth Day has spread across the
globe with thousands of events in more than 180 countries. From
its beginning, the event influenced environmental politics, triggering
such national legislation as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water
Act. "Earth Day is a commitment to make life better, not
just bigger and faster," the organizers of the first celebration
wrote in their manifesto. "It is a day to re-examine the
ethic of individual progress at mankind's expense."
Please join us
for our 40th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 24,
2010 at 12 noon - 5:00 PM in Civic Center Park on Martin Luther
King Way and Allston Way. The event will be featuring
Earth day Dance, Reggae Angels, Venezuelan Music Project
Demonstrations of biodiesel and electric, solar power
Berkeley Farmer's Market
Climbing Wall, Chalk4Peace
Vegetarian Food, Craft and Community Booths
Also, in preparation for Earth Day, please come join with others
on this global day of service to cleanup our shoreline.
It will be on Saturday, April 17th 2 1/2 hour cleanup at your
time choice between 9am-3:30pm
To register for the Berkeley Shoreline Cleanup, find out about
other Bay Area Earth Day events or just get more information,
please visit www.bayareaearthday.org.
for Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund
Grant Workshop on Wednesday, April 7th from 5:30 7:30 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst Avenue at Martin Luther
King Jr. Way)
BERKELEY - The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund at the
University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting grant applications
for its 2010-11 grant cycle. The fund will distribute $225,000
in grants this year to support projects and programs that link
UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students with residents and community-based
organizations to improve the quality of life in Berkeley.
Established in 2006, the fund has awarded more than $800,000 to
over 60 diverse neighborhood improvement projects and community
service programs that utilize collaborative relationships between
UC Berkeley and the community to address critical needs.
This year, campus and community members are encouraged to develop
collaborative partnerships that will yield real-world results
in the areas of community safety and livability, environmental
stewardship, education, and arts and culture.
"I am excited about the opportunities the fund offers to
help forge closer connections between the community and the campus,"
said Caleb Dardick, director of UC Berkeley's Local Government
and Community Relations Office.
An advisory board of city, campus and community representatives
developed the goals, criteria and process for awarding partnership
grants and will review and recommend projects for funding. Grant
proposals are due by May 14, 2010. The grant awards will be announced
in July 2010.
The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants as well
as potential community or university partners on Wednesday, April
7th from 5:30 7:30 PM at the North Berkeley Senior Center
(1901 Hearst Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr. Way).
The Chancellor's Community Partnership fund Web site is http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf.
Its e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund
UC Berkeley Office of Local Government and Community Relations
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
"California Shakespeare's 15th annual gala,
on Saturday night, was a loving tribute to Jonathon Moscone, who's been with the company for 10 years and
was celebrated by at least two former bosses, producer Carole
Shorenstein Hays and Berkeley Rep's Tony Taccone" is part
of a mention at sfgate.com.
our Angela emails
RACE: Are We So Different?
UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science
January 30May 2, 2010
It's a simple truth: People
Throughout history, these
differences have been a source of community strength and personal
identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and
oppression. This exhibit provides an opportunity to understand
race from a biological, cultural, and historical perspective through
engaging, hands-on science experiences; real artifacts; and videos
that present people's unique stories.
Learn More: http://lawrencehallofscience.org/visit/exhibits/race
"Pushcart Prize" is a story by Stephen Metcalf about our VIKs.
It's at nytimes.com.
"In Berkeley, the lure
of Indian street food has turned one shop into a culinary sensation."
"California Puts Legalizing Marijuana on
Ballot" is a report
by Richard C. Paddock San Francisco Correspondentat AOLnews.
" California voters
will decide in November whether to legalize personal use of marijuana
and impose a tax that could raise more than $1 billion for financially
struggling state and local governments.
California Secretary of State
Debra Bowen announced Wednesday that an initiative known as the
Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 has qualified for
the ballot. Sponsors of the measure submitted 694,248 signatures,
far more than the 433,971 they needed to win a place on the Nov.
I'm told that out-of-town
growers are looking at west-Berkeley warehouse space for growing
"Liberal Activist Says 'Cognitive' Brain
Patterns Prevent Conservatives From Accepting Threat of Global
Warming" by Penny
Starr, Senior Staff Writer.
"Proponents of human-caused
global warming claim that 'cognitive' brain function prevents
conservatives from accepting the science that says "climate
change" is an imminent threat to planet Earth and its inhabitants."
Aw jeez! RP
WEIBACers glassman, George
Chittenden, and lobbyist, Rick Auerbach
a wsj photo by
Quote from the East
Bay Express story on change in west-Berkeley.
"As for West Berkeley's
NIMBYs, they not only oppose dense housing, but most of the green-tech
businesses as well. . . .
Auerbach also apparently intends to use any means necessary to
achieve his goals, including turning the Climate Action Plan on
its head. . . ."
Quote from the Bay
Area Wall Street Journal story on change in west-Berkeley.
"Hoping to protect existing
businesses like Poly Seal, Mr. Auerbach has been taking city officials
on tours of West Berkeley with the aim of demonstrating that the
neighborhood is thriving without rezoning."
Corrections and amplifications
from the Wall
Street Journal story about change in west-Berkeley.
"Rick Auerbach supports
green technology as well as rezoning in some sites in West Berkeley,
Calif., to increase green tech businesses, but believes broad
zoning changes are unnecessary."
WEIBACer, glassman neighbor,
a wsj photo by
Nick Despotopoulos emails
A quick thanks for the many
emails and calls over the last 2 crazy days (site received 50,000+
hits today) - means a lot to me.
Jim was a good friend, a
crazy but fair guy to do business with and a true American original.
He was a huge part of my life
and I will fucking miss him...
A few Jim Obits very much
worth reading and some other interesting links as well
KTVU SF TV Station article with Video Interview
with Jim (from 2007)
"Berkeley Tackles $14.6M Budget Deficit,
Plans Refuse Rate Increases" by
Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"A severe cash crunch has sent the City of Berkeley scrambling
to find ways to stay afloat in a tough economy, including a two-year
rescue plan whose blueprint City Manager Phil Kamlarz presented
to the City Council Tuesday."
"Berkeley City Council Votes to Support
Center Street Plaza" by
Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"When it comes to its city's downtown, the Berkeley City
Council can be extremely picky. But on Tuesday, a concept for
creating a plaza with a water feature on Center Street received
The council voted 8-1 close
to midnight on a resolution supporting the proposed project, which
is being called the Strawberry Creek or the Center Street Plaza.
Councilmember Susan Wengraf cast the only no vote."
"How Pixar Creates Great Films and Balances
Art, Tech and Success" is
a story at ftcpublications.com.
"Here at The Economist
Innovation Conference in Berkeley, California, hundreds of thought
leaders have gathered to discuss the process, politics and economics
How do you create an innovative
technology? How do you balance innovation and economics? What
fosters great ideas? On stage earlier today was Ed Catmull, the
president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, who spoke to
a lot of these points. He was interviewed by Economist correspondent
Martin Giles; He also answered question from the audience.
Here's a small sampling of
his thoughts on how innovation and innovative companies are created."
"China Establishes New Limits On Google"
is a report at bernama.com.
"China has introduced
a swathe of new limits on media coverage of the world's largest
search engine run by Google Inc., Yonhap news agency reported,
citing a U.S.-based research network at the University of California,
Berkeley on Friday."
"Second driver this week dies in fatal
I-80 crash in Richmond"
by Karl Fischer Contra Costa Times.
"A motorcyclist lost
control, crashed and died on Interstate 80 near Carlson Boulevard
in Richmond on Thursday night, the second driver killed along
that stretch of freeway this week.
The victim, 41-year-old Berkeley
resident Dayna Seico, lost control in the right westbound lane
about 8:50 p.m., veered into a barrier and flew off her 1992 Kawasaki
into foliage along the side of the freeway, CHP Officer Sam Morgan
said. The cause remains under investigation."
"Improved Quality Food to be Given a Priority
in School Lunch Program"
writes Prakash Sharma at topnews.us.
"Hunger-Free Kids Act
2010 was cleared after the final vote by Senate last Wednesday.
This bill is expected to increase the effectiveness of lunch programs
under a project in Berkeley, California.
The initiative promises to
offer healthy, freshly prepared and good to taste meals with seasonal
items that are collected from sustainable farms and sent directly
to all of Berkeley's public schools to be served to students."
"Legalization And Cheaper Weed" opines Nick Gillespie at the atlantic.com.
"Black market dealers
in California are worried that legalizing pot will drive them
out of business. Nick Gillespie rightly feels no pity: "
"Why Do People Swear?" by Emily Sohn at newdiscovery.com.
"When the Vice President
dropped the f-bomb this week, he sparked a flurry of controversy,
but'researchers point out cussing has been around for centuries.
"This week's historic
health-care vote evoked strong reactions across the United States,
including from the vice president of the United States. "This
is a big f-ing deal,' Joe Biden whispered to Barack Obama, as
the men shook hands in front of a cheering crowd and an open mic."
smokin' issues aside
Quote of the week from our
"The secret of living
is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable
questions in good company" Rachel Remen
The French School bought
the building and surrounding property of their 8th Street campus.
Escrow closed this past Thursday
Our Ben hit a Grand Slam
homer to win a NOLL-SOLL game in extra innings.
Last Sunday, Ben's Tigers
were playing the A's --the Tigers tied it up in the 6th 5-5 forcing
the game into extra innings. In the 1st of the 7th, the A's got
three runs going ahead 8-5. BUT, in the last of the 7th Ben came
to bat and with 2 outs and a 3-2 count hit his Grand Slam, winning
the game 9-8.
Ben's Grand Slam is here
"Late professor a hero at and beyond Cal" by Martin Snapp at insidebayarea.com.
"A brave man died two
On March 12, UC Berkeley
Professor Emeritus Charles Muscatine, a renowned Chaucer scholar
and one of the best teachers on campus, died at age 89 at the
Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility in Oakland.
But his most enduring fame
will be for his heroism 60 years ago, when he was a young assistant
professor at Cal. It was the height of the McCarthy hysteria,
and the regents of the university ordered every faculty member
to sign a loyalty oath swearing that he or she wasn't a communist.
Muscatine refused and was
fired, along with 30 others.
Not that he was a communist,
of course. But this was an obvious invasion of academic freedom,
as well as the Constitution."
"Going Radically Green with Residential
Solar Power" is
a pitch by solor contractors at solar.calfinder.com.
"The story goes like
this: Homeowner A calls Solar Contractor B. Gets an analysis,
sleeps on it, applies for this or that rebate, tax credit or municipal
loan and goes solar. In a sentence full of operatives, you might
not notice that powerful and exclusive word hitting lead-off:
homeowner. Solar power is very much about getting solar panels
on to more and more rooftops, but it's not only homeowners who
can take solar energy and funnel it into a light bulb.
Most anyone can get "radically"
sustainable with home solar power these days. If you live in any
one of the 29 states with mandatory renewable electricity standards
(RES), a number of avenues are already mapped for you on the road
to home solar power.
Utilities need renewable
energy and they need it now - a fact that's pushed many to come
up with innovative ways to get their customers to purchase renewable
Options are out there for
everyone. Check out yours below."
Much has been made in the
local, national and international press about our Berkeley FIRST
program, a program which finances solor installations.
Here is an explanation at
our city website.
Financing Initiative for
Renewable and Solar Technology Berkeley FIRST House
Berkeley FIRST is the City
of Berkeley's solar financing program. The recently concluded
pilot program provided property owners an opportunity to borrow
money from the City's Sustainable Energy Financing District for
the installation of solar photovoltaic electric systems. The pilot
was the first in the nation to finance the cost of solar installations
through an annual special tax on the homeowner's property tax
bill that is repaid over 20 years. To follow up on the pilot,
the City has joined with a state-wide consortium developing a
California FIRST program.
Berkeley FIRST was designed
to solve many of the financial hurdles facing property owners
who wanted to install solar systems. The advantages of the Berkeley
FIRST program are:
There is relatively little
up-front cost to the property owner.
The cost for the solar system is paid for through a special tax
on the property, and is spread over 20 years.
The financing costs are comparable to a traditional equity line
Since the solar system stays with the property, so does the tax
obligation-if the property is transferred or sold, the new owners
will pay the remaining tax obligation."
But this is simply a pilot
program of only thirteen installations--not a fully operational
city program. So we got a lot of "Berkeley's on the cutting
edge" world-wide out of thirteen pilot installations.
I'm reminded of a decades
old TV burger commercial featuring a little ole lady who, after
opening a competitor's budget-burger asks "Where's the beef."
Oh ya, last week I left a
message on the answering machine of some guy named Moe in Da Boz'
office asking for details of the program. So far no response.
"AT&T Seeks To Expand Market, Targets
Dogs" by Jennifer
Johnson at hothardware.com.
"Considering 91% of
Americans carry a cell phone, there are not a lot of new customers
for wireless carriers to target. That is, unless you start considering
non-human customers. That's just what AT&T has in mind with
a new dog collar that can connect to the Internet. . . .
The dog collar was developed
by Berkeley, California-based Apisphere. "
"Bay Area arts groups survive on the edge"
by Karen D'Souza at contracostatimes.com.
"It's a twist of dramatic
irony worthy of the stage: Major Bay Area arts groups are, surprisingly,
having a robust year at the box office, but slumping donations,
absentee tech giants, and diminishing government and foundation
funding have left many of them limping out of the long, hard recession.
'This is shaping up as our
most difficult year yet,' says Andrew Bales, president of Symphony
Silicon Valley. 'We continue to fight the good fight.'
Attendance has increased
this season for theaters, symphonies and museums from San Jose
to San Francisco and Oakland. However, ticket sales are only a
slice of the fundraising pie - about 34 percent nationwide, research
by the National Endowment for the Arts shows. So just when arts
leaders deserve to bask in their standing ovations, they are having
to lay off performers, cut shows and crunch numbers as aid dwindles
and, in the valley, most of the tech sector 'ails to chip in.
Even Berkeley Rep, which
had its biggest seller ever last fall with the world premiere
of the Broadway-bound Green Day musical 'American Idiot,' is hustling
to break even by cutting staff 7 percent and trimming production
"Calif. pot vote isn't just hippies versus
cops" is an AP report
in the West County Times.
"Now that a proposal
to legalize pot is on the ballot in California, well-organized
groups are lining up on both sides of the debate. And it's not
just tie-dyed hippies versus anti-drug crusaders."
I was returning on a Southwest
Air flight at the Oakland Airport and saw our neighbor Peter Hurney's
work in a display there of handcrafted musical instruments, the
exhibit showcases 3 or 4 pieces by Pete, amazingly crafted ukuleles.
If you are in the terminal 2 on the Southwest Air sides, it's
worth a view. http://oaklandliving.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/appreciating-art-at-the-oakland-airport-part-3/
"Cost to California of tax breaks for green-tech
equipment questioned" is
opinion at latimes.com.
legislators say the state won't lose a cent because the credits
will lure firms and create jobs. But economists and other experts
say the claim is misleading."
"California seniors are healthcare reform's
big winners" by
Adrienne Verrilli at calvn.org.
After months of some lawmakers
making questionable statements about what health insurance reform
meant for our nation's seniors - death panels, killing Medicare,
etc. - a report that received virtually no attention found that
seniors are actually the big winners from national health insurance
Of course, no American would
know this as the media was and still is more interested in propping
up the tea party movement and reporting on the politics of reform
as opposed to informing the public of the actual content in health
insurance reform itself.
In fact, earlier this month,
the UC Berkeley School of Law, Center on Health, Economic and
Family Security and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
issued a report How Would Health Insurance Reform Impact California
Senior Citizens? The report analyzed the impact of the Senate
bill recently passed by the House of Representatives and signed
into law by President Obama, as well as the reconciliation bill
to become law on Tuesday, March 30 would have on California seniors.
The report found that seniors'
prescription drug benefits will increase, access to primary preventative
health care services will improve, Medicare's solvency will be
better protected and long-term health care options will increase
while protection for benefits will be greater.
The following are the report's
"Confusion Over Medical Marijuana Rules,
and Mall Parking Erased for Green Cars" is at nytimes.com.
"How Much Medical Marijuana
Is Too Much? | Police, prosecutors and defense lawyers have struggled
with the question of how much pot a medical marijuana patient
may possess since the California Supreme Court threw out a conviction
and struck down a state law that imposed an eight-ounce limit.
Instead, patients are entitled to a 'reasonable' amount of the
drug for their ailments, the court said in its January ruling.
The ruling has resulted in a number of marijuana cases being dismissed;
other trials ended in acquittals. Law enforcement agencies around
the state are struggling with the aftermath of the ruling. 'Gray
is not a good color for the law,' said Gerald Benito, the Shasta
County district attorney, who dismissed a case this month. 'It
makes it very difficult for us to enforce the law - I think everyone
is crying out for a clear line.' "
"California Watch Creates Map of UC Berkeley's
Seismically Unsafe Buildings"
is a report at sfirst.com.
"California Watch put
together this handy map detailing seismically unsafe structures
at UC Berkeley. 'Although it has fixed many of the buildings,
the system still has 102 buildings rated as 'poor' and 10 rated
as "very poor," ' notes California Watch.
Most notably, Daily Clog
points out, the Greek Theatre could be the first to crumble to
bits during a big quake. Does the university, as one concerned
California Watch commenter wonders, have an evacuation plan for
the 70,000 people the stadium can hold? We sure hope so."
"Berkeley man accused in phone-theft ring" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A Berkeley man has
been charged in federal court with masterminding a spate of break-ins
of AT&T stores in four states in which burglars broke in through
buildings next door, then gave him stolen cell phones to resell,
court records show.
Steven Castro was identified
through phone records as the "only link" between burglars
who have broken into 40 AT&T stores since 2008 in Northern
California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada, and 'fencers' who sold
stolen phones on Craigslist and eBay, authorities said.
Castro was charged Wednesday
in U.S. District Court in San Francisco with sale or receipt of
The burglars typically broke
into businesses or hallways next to AT&T stores before punching
through the drywall to steal high-end cell phones, U.S. Postal
Inspector Kristine Kearney wrote in an affidavit."
"Militia Members Charged in Plot to Kill
by Alex P Kellogg at wsj.com.
members of an anti-government militia group were arraigned in
federal court here on Monday, charged with conspiring to kill
a law-enforcement official in hopes of starting a 'war' against
the U.S. government.
Two others who were arrested
over the weekend have yet to appear in court, and a 10th person
believed involved in the matter remains at large.
The seven who were arraigned
in court today were ordered held without bond until further hearings
later this week. Arrests took place over the weekend, primarily
Michigan, along with two in Ohio and another of an Indiana man
who had fled to Illinois.
The group, known as Hutaree,
planned to kill an unidentified local law-enforcement official
in April and then attack local, state and federal officers who
come to Michigan to attend the official's funeral, the U.S. Attorney
for the Easter District of Michigan said in a statement.
According to an indictment
of the nine individuals, which was unsealed on Monday, the group
had planned to use homemade bombs and had practiced attacks and
other military maneuvers with automatic weapons for more than
After attacking the funeral,
the group planned to retreat to a remote 'rally point' from which
Hutaree members would fight off an expected response by law enforcement,
the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. "
Ken, Acme driver and foreman
says they're establishing another route in SF to better serve
those customers in the city's northwest.
The mayor held a Green Roundtable
at Berkeley Mills two weeks ago. It was attended by over twenty
There was a two car accident
on San Pablo around the Albatross about 10:30 this morning. One
car crashed into the store window of an adjacent shop the other
spun around" reports Alicia, sever at 900 GRAYSON.
was that young lovely having lunch with our Rick at 900 today?
Da Boz emails
his March report (excerpts)
New Downtown Plan
Highlighted in the New York Times
of the New York Times interviewed me for a recent article about
my Downtown Area Plan. See the full article here and read
more about my blueprint for revitalizing Berkeley's downtown:
1st Annual Green
Career Exploration Fair a Success
On March 19th my
office in partnership with the East Bay Green Corridor hosted
the first annual high school Green Career Exploration Fair.
Students came from Berkeley High School, El Cerrito High School,
Emery Secondary, Oakland Tech High School, Richmond High School,
Skyline High School and San Lorenzo High School. Each of
these schools is developing a dynamic Green Career Academy that
will prepare our young people for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
This Green Career Exploration Fair was an opportunity for local
organizations to show-off their business to future employees,
customers, and advocates.
BHS Green Fair 2010 Part One: [ http://vimeo.com/10341836]
BHS Green Fair 2010 Part Two: [ http://vimeo.com/10342829]
Last week I hosted
a reception for Berkeley-based renewable energy companies.
Representatives from over 25 companies came to Berkeley Mills
to tell me more about their product or service as well as discuss
their experience doing business in Berkeley.
Attendees also had a chance to hear about local (West Berkeley's
Enterprise Zone) and statewide (Senate Bill 71) initiatives that
may be beneficial to their operations. Companies included
bio fuel start ups, international solar companies and plug in
hybrid electric vehicle integrators.
Berkeley FILM Foundation
Grant Applications Available for 2010
The City of Berkeley, Wareham Development and The Saul Zaentz
Company are pleased to announce the 2nd year of the Berkeley FILM
Foundation grant-giving program for independent filmmakers.
The mission of the Foundation is to nurture, sustain and preserve
the thriving Berkeley Film community. The Berkeley FILM Fund focuses
on supporting the ideals reflected in Berkeley culture: social,
historical and innovative documentary and dramatic works.
Click here for more information and the grant application: http://visitberkeley.com/film-office/berkeley-film-foundation
Center Street Art
Walk Pilot Program Launched
We have launched
the Center Street Art Walk (C-SAW!) - a pilot fine arts festival
that will take place for eight consecutive Saturdays starting
this summer. The objective of the pilot project is to enliven
the Downtown and expand the offerings of the Downtown Berkeley
This pilot program will also serve as an initial step in the proposed
revitalization of Center Street. In preparation for this
pilot, organizers are looking for interested artists.
Please visit: http://www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/
for more information.
Businesses and Artists - Downtown Art Project
There are 60 Utility Boxes within the Downtown Berkeley Area.
All of them are grey. The 60 boxes project will work to transform
these boxes into art. Using the theme Sustainability we will create
60 mini-murals on the boxes around town and create a walking tour
website for the public.
Earth Island Institute has support from the Civic Arts Commission
to produce this effort, secure funding, hire artists and begin
Attend this workshop to get involved in this project:
What: Artist and business meet and greet with the 60 boxes project
When: Thursday, April 1st at 6 p.m.
Where: Earth Island Institute, at the David Brower Center - 2150
Allston Way, Suite 460
Hosted by: Ariana Katovich and Julia Robertson
"The Chocolate Seder" by Erin Wade for the Bay Area News Group.
"The Passover crystal
gleams, the silverware is polished, and the Seder plate is filled
with ... chocolate?"
"Collapse, Inspired by a Minnesota Tragedy,
Will Get World Premiere in California" by Kenneth Jones at playbill.com.
"Aurora Theatre Company
in Berkeley, CA, will present the world premiere of Allison Moore's
Collapse, directed by Jessica Heidt, as part of the National New
Play Network program."
"In the drug war, drugs are winning"
Steve Chapman, Chicago
Tribune columnist at ocregister.com.
"When someone next door
is coping with trouble, the neighborly thing to do is help. Mexico
has a growing problem with extreme violence. And many people in
California have a good idea of how to help.
Mexico has been wracked by
murders connected to the drug trade. Last year, it suffered more
than 6,500 drug-related killings, triple the number in 2007. And
2010 looks worse.
As of mid-March, more than
2,000 people have died in drug-related homicides which puts
Mexico on pace for more than 10,000 such deaths this year. That's
more than one every hour.
This is not an epidemic of
crazed meth addicts slaughtering people at random. It's the byproduct
of a war involving narcotics traffickers, who sometimes kill each
other, sometimes kill police and soldiers, sometimes kill journalists
who report their crimes and sometimes kill innocent bystanders.
So what can the Golden State
offer in the way of assistance? "
"Study Shows Effects of 1996 Immigration
Law on Legal Immigrants" at
"Via Newswire, a study
released today shows that immigration laws are not targeting the
most dangerous illegal immigrants. The study, conducted by the
law schools of the University of California, Berkeley, and the
University of California, Davis, reports that changes to immigration
law in 1996 have led to large numbers of deportations of legal
permanent residents (LPRs), or green card holders, over a 10-year
period due to non-violent, minor crimes: They now make up nearly
10 percent of all immigrants deported from the country."
"Hyenas' laughter may encode distress signals"
is a report at sify.com.
"Acoustic analysis of
the 'giggle' sound emitted by spotted hyenas has revealed that
their laughter may encode distress signals, besides information
about age, dominance and identity.
Researchers recorded the
calls of 26 hyenas in captivity and found that variations in the
giggles' pitch and timbre may help hyenas establish social hierarchies.
It might also signal calls for help in danger."
"Appeals court gives stray dogs an extra
weekday" Bob Egelko,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Animal shelters must
keep a stray dog for at least four weekdays, not three, before
putting it to death, a state appeals court in San Francisco has
from my log
3/26/10--8:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, heavy dry air.
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, sinus congestion, eyes water,
heavy dry air,"bad catalytic converter" odor. Marsha
same. 2:33 PM--same with "chlorine bleach" odor. Similar
off-and-on all AM early PM. 3:412 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in
front of warehouse with STRONG "bad catalytic converter"
irritant in front room, heavy dry air, itchy skin, dry eyes, wear
respirator. 8:57 PM--irritasnt in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, leave.
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy dry
air, sinus congestion, wear respirator. Off-and-on all AM, same.
irritant in front room, wear respirator.3:27 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
light head, STRONG "chlorine bleach" odor, LEAVE. 7:27
AM--irritant in front room, nasal congestion, dry eyes, dry skin.
10:53 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, dry skin,
"bad catalytic converter" odor, over riders five HEAPA
filters, wear respirator and eye protection. 11:40 AM--"chlorine
bleach" odor in front room, leave.Off-and-on all afternoon,
irritant, dry heavy air, "bad catalytic converter" odor.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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