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Gérard is a Potter
Creek furniture-maker, wood-worker and member of the Heartwood
Here is Gérard's website.
And here's an example
of Gérard's work.
(Photo taken at
At the intersection of San
Pablo and Dwight Thursday morning around Eight O'clock, CHP was
investigating an accident between a school bus with children aboard
and another vehicle. BPD was also present.
hail Friday night
a Marty Freedman
photo, Merryll's friend
on Marin and San Pablo
and power was out Friday
night in the north-Berkeley hills as a result of the storm
"Lawsuit against City Centric project in
Berkeley dismissed" San
Francisco Business Times by
"Berkeley developer City Centric Investments has cleared
a hurdle for its Ashby Arts project, a 98-unit residential development
at 1200 Ashby Ave in Berkeley."
This development is on the
south-east corner of San Pablo and Ashby.
Also in west Berkeley "Berkeley
school officials try to calm residents," Doug Oakley,
"City and county education
officials tried to calm nervous neighbors Wednesday night in Berkeley
where they described plans to open a school for students who have
been expelled for bringing guns and knives to school, selling
drugs and fighting."
Kubik sends a link to "
a pretty good assessment of Japanese nuclear accident" at
"Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story"
is worth watching, renting
Kala-fornia: State of the
Art, Gala Auction--Saturday, April 30, 2011
Purchase Tickets Now.
"Honoring the Berkeley Waving Man" by Martin Snapp, Contra Costa Times Columnist.
"If you drive past Oregon
Street and Martin Luther King Way in Berkeley between 7:30 and
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, you'll see a bunch of people on the northeast
corner waving and wishing you a good day."
in the garden" by Sue McAllister at mercurynews.com
is more than a preview of the San Francisco Flower and Garden
"Oakland/Emeryville Target Now Open for
Business" on March
3rd at oaklandemeryville.com.
"Oaklanders have a new
place to shop for discount housewares and Justin Timberlake fashions
as Target opens a new store on the Oakland/Emeryville border,
at 1555 40th Street. The big ribbon cutting happened Tuesday,
as Oakland North reports, and the place was open as of yesterday
-- but the grand opening event is technically on Sunday, March
Seems to us from a Sunday
shopping that the food section is big, bigger than Albany's, and
that the food prices now are 5-10 % less.
Great store with a little
more color--much welcomed!
Tak Nakamoto emails
"Berkeley Repertory Theatre Hosts Costume
and Props Sale 4/15-16"
"As it consolidates
its offices and workshops at a new campus, the Tony Award-winning
Berkeley Repertory Theatre is holding a massive clearance sale
at its former storage facility. A huge selection of costumes,
props, and furniture is priced to move, so get thee to the warehouse
at 937 Carleton Street. Bargain hunters, theatre lovers, DIY enthusiasts,
and Burners getting ready for the playa won't want to miss this
two-day sale: April 15 and 16 from 10 AM to 4 PM."
fans praise FCC's decision to block transmitter move" sfexaminer.com.
"Die-hard KUSF listeners
praised a development in their fight to keep the station on the
The fans are hell-bent on
fighting the University of San Francisco's decision in January
to sell its license for radio frequency 90.3 FM. USF wants an
online-only format for KUSF.
On Tuesday, the Federal Communications
Commission denied USF's application to move the 90.3 FM radio
transmitter from the USF campus to Mount Beacon in Marin County.
The FCC said the move could interfere with the signal of KALX
FM 90.7, the station operated by the University of California,
"Fire at Tilden Park Contained" at dailycal.org.
"Despite [Saturday's] rain, a controlled burn at Tilden Regional
Park went out of control and burned 10 unplanned acres this afternoon
when winds abruptly changed, state fire officials say."
"School housing co-op addresses drugs"
"A housing cooperative
at a California university is warning of the dangers of drugs
-- not to the student's health but to the co-op's financial bottom
A drug overdose that left
a student resident of one of the Berkeley Student Cooperative's
20 properties brain damaged has brought unwanted attention, university
scrutiny and potential financial liability to the private, nonprofit
co-op, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday."
"Genomics startups in U.S. are enjoying
boom times" Rob
Waters, Bloomberg Businessweek.
"On Feb. 28, Japanese
pharmaceutical maker Daiichi Sankyo agreed to pay $935 million
for Plexxikon, a Berkeley biotech startup that has a new treatment
for melanoma. Plexxikon's drug stops cancer cells from producing
an enzyme that tells the nucleus to 'divide, divide, divide,'
says Plexxikon Chief Executive Officer K. Peter Hirth. By inhibiting
the enzyme, the drug can halt the division and keep the cancer
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed "just under three inches for the storm,"
last Tuesday 'til Monday morning.
Sgt Mary Kusmiss BPD Public
Information Officer emails Monday
on Second Street Between Page and Gilman.
GMP Union Local
164B is having a labor action between Page Street and Gilman.
The group is picketing for fair wages and healthcare benefits.
The Union leadership anticipates approximately 100 picketers at
a time on 6 hour shifts around the clock until the issues are
resolved. They have and are carrying signs but as of yet have
no amplified sound.
(bullhorns or the like)
The daytime contact
is Carlos Acosta. A graveyard shift Sergeant had an opportunity
to speak with Mr. Acosta who assured that they would be peaceful
activity. The Sergeant advised him to be respectful of the businesses
and not to block vehicular access on 2nd Street or any adjacent
Streets. As Union activity is protected barring no illegal activity, BPD will respond
to calls and make the necessary assessments, liaison with the
leaders, follow policy and
Sergeant will be
involved in the responses to the calls.We received a call that
they are being non-compliant at 10:55 a.m."
GMP International here
Kubik emails about the heat
output of a Fukushima reactor.
A decay heat output typical
of a Fukushima reactor a few days after shutdown has the capacity
to boil off about 200-300 tonnes of water per day, which puts
the requirement for cooling water in context.
"Study says cyberspace is segregated, but
interracial couples still thrive" by Jessica Yadegaran at vancouversun.com.
"Fewer Californians Rate State 'Best' Place
to Live, Poll Shows"
by Alison Vekshin at bloomberg.com.
"A majority of California
voters don't view it as 'one of the best places to live' as tougher
economic times sour the quality of life in the Golden State, a
Field Poll showed. "
Field Poll finds Californians favor pension cuts" by
John Woolfolk, mercurynews.com.
"A new poll released
Thursday found California voters support efforts to pare back
pension benefits for police, firefighters, teachers and other
The Field Poll, conducted
with the UC Berkeley, found an upturn in the last two years of
the percentage of voters saying public employee pensions are too
"Bay Area redistricting expert wins state
contract to draw new political boundaries:Q2 Data and Research
of Oakland chosen by panel after partisan debate" by Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Contra Costa Times.
"An Oakland firm co-owned
by UC Berkeley Statewide Database Center director Karin Mac Donald
was chosen to redraw California's political districts under the
direction of the new, voter-created independent redistricting
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neighbors' Bob and Paul's Toyota van was stolen Wednesday afternoon
sometime between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. On Thursday morning, as Bob
was going to the bank to apply for an auto loan for a new vehicle,
he found their van parked on 8th Street, just north of Dwight
had the City plant a new blossoming-fruit tree to replace the
one lost last year.
Debussy once observed "In opera, there is always too much
Sgt Mary Kusmiss,
BPD Public Information Officer emails
The second session
of the Police and
Life Academy For Youth (PLAY) will hold a graduation for the participants
program on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
The group of City of Berkeley teenagers began their academy experience
January 2011. These young people explore a variety of subjects
during the 11
week program. PLAY instructors, facilitators and interns cover
topics such as an
introduction to criminal justice and policing, conflict resolution,
preparedness, health, fitness and career opportunities. The first
session of this
unique program was held from September to November 2010. . . .
UCPD Chief Mitchell J. Celaya III notes, "This program has
given UCPD and BPD
the opportunity to build positive relationships and establish
trust with the youth
of our community that has been difficult to reach at times. It
has also provided
an environment where we can learn from each other and gain a better
understanding as we try to provide better service to the community."
BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan says, "The pride that the young
during the first PLAY graduation celebration was so memorable.
This one will be
equally terrific. As I have shared previously, connecting with
youth to contribute
to their success is one of the most important things we can do
as a community
and as members of our respective police departments."
"Shot fired at Berkeley High School, three
Doug Oakley at contracostatimes.com.
"No injuries reported
when gun in fired in a school bathroom
Three students were arrested
Tuesday in separate gun-related incidents at Berkeley High School.
No one was injured when a gun was fired inside a school bathroom,
and two students were arrested a short time later on campus, police
"Pulling an all-nighter can bring on euphoria
and risky behavior"
by Yasmin Anwar, newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"A sleepless night can
make us cranky and moody. But a lesser known side effect of sleep
deprivation is short-term euphoria, which can potentially lead
to poor judgment and addictive behavior, according to new research
from the University of California, Berkeley."
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"Berkeley strike employee hurt" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Berkeley police in riot gear were on the scene of a picket
by striking steel mill workers Tuesday who were discouraging truck
deliveries to a warehouse used by the mill on Camelia Street.
About 100 employees of Pacific
Steel Casting joined the picket Tuesday where a pregnant female
employee was injured when the crowd was being pushed back by officers,
Sgt Mary Kusmiss BPD emails
Today, March 22,
2011 City of Berkeley Police Officers (BPD) specifically our Crowd
Management Team (CMT) who have specialized training in crowd management,
crowd dynamics and behavior were monitoring the labor activity
to insure a peaceful expression of the union membership's rights
and also making certain that there is no unlawful activity during
these events. The CMT leadership estimated the crowd size between
100-125 participants. The focus of the picketers attention the
last two days has been a third party shipper on 5th and Gilman
Streets. (1305 5th) The groups apparent intent was/is to impede
and/or block the entrance/exit used by the truckers who freight
product from Steel Casting. The group was involved in this tactic
yesterday, Monday, March 21st and today. This is unlawful activity
that is not protected union activity.
As we do at all
demonstrations, BPD attempted to liaison with leaders and gain
voluntary compliance. BPD also gave sufficient warnings before
moving the crowd back, as we want to ultimately gain compliance
and/or if necessary employ minimal force if possible. Today at
a couple points, CMT members were asking the crowd/picketers to
move back, stop blocking the roadway and the entrance to the shipping/freight
business. The crowd was asked to get back and many warnings were
given. Each time a member of a skirmish line moves forward as
a group, they are trained to say, "Move!, Step Back. Move.!"
Force was used. A woman (who shared that she was pregnant)
was at the front of the crowd and was pushed back on the shoulder
a couple times by a CMT member. The crowd began to surge and the
woman said she was struck in the stomach by an officer. As a precautionary
measure due to the pregnancy, she was assessed by City of Berkeley
Fire Department (BFD) paramedics and transported to a local hospital
for further assessment. She has since been released.
in general is one of the more dangerous and unpredictable activity
that police officers are involved in. Crowds can be unpredictable,
surge, throw objects and have intention to do harm.
BPD completes after
event review to include any video that may be available. If review
indicates that any inappropriate use of force was used, BPD will
take measures to address it.
"Xoma shares nosedive on drug test results"
Rob Waters Bloomberg
"Xoma, an unprofitable
30-year-old biotechnology company in Berkley, said its experimental
diabetes drug failed to lower blood sugar of patients more than
a placebo in a clinical trial.
Shares of Xoma fell 38 percent
in extended trading Tuesday afternoon."
Richmond Rambler Cliff Miller
"I think Congressmen
should wear uniforms like NASCAR
so we could identify their corporate sponsors."
At Tuesday's city council
meeting the "expanded definition of manufacturing" in
the West Berkeley Projectwas approved 7 to 2. Expanding the definition
to protected spaces will be taken up at a future meeting.
This "expanded definition"
will probably encourage parcel division. The division of a large
space into smaller ones--say a warehouse into R&D uses--requires
two parking spaces for every 1000 feet of conversion. This will
require significantly more parking.
The city has received a letter
from a lawyer questioning the West-Berkeley Projects EIR (Environmental
Impact Report.) Our city attorney has yet to respond.
The 120,000 square foot Berkeley
Crossing building, 4th and Cedar, was sold by the bank after default.
Now the Strada Building, it sold for over twelve million dollars.
The Fourth Street Apple Store
opening has been delayed about two months by the wall-collapse-affair.
It is now scheduled for August/September.
Fourth Street's Zut is now
serving beer and wine on-tap.
"Time for wine? Roll out the . . . bag-in-a-barrel?"
in the Malaysia Star.
by the glass is hot, but having half-empty bottles left over is
not, something that has prompted restaurants and bars to explore
new delivery systems from sophisticated preservation devices to
kegs that keep wine on tap.
One of the latest variations
on the theme has a back-to-the-future aspect: The wine is packaged
in plastic bags similar to those used in boxed wines, but in this
case the bag is housed in an elegant wooden barrel."
Jarad Carleton emails a nytimes
Take a few minutes and play with this . . .
to provide an understanding of the budgetary issues on the federal
Kubik emails a link to photos
inside the damaged Fukushima reactor.
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Patrick Hoge writes "Marie
Andrushuk didn't know when she bought her central Berkeley home
that it sits atop Strawberry Creek, one of seven creeks running
from the hills to the bay -- many of them through aging culverts
beneath or near about 8 percent of properties in the city"
in his report in the San Francisco Chronicle,"Berkeley:
Who Owns the Creeks, Culverts? Homeowners, City Fight Over Costly
Gold Wing rider, Cliff Miller emails How To Keep
A Healthy Level Of Insanity "At lunch time, sit in your
parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing
cars. See if they slow down."
So now just where is our namesake,
Potter Creek? According to a City of Berkeley, Department of Engineering,
1990 Map it runs underground in a 2ft culvert entering Potter
Creek, the neighborhood, at the southeast corner of San Pablo
and Heinz, runs along Heinz and directly under the Scharffen Berger
factory, turns southwest at just before the corner of Heinz and
7th, and leaves Potter Creek at Potter Street and the railroad
right of way.
Though professional BMW mechanic
Pete is concerned about our environment, he believes bio-diesel
will only just be a nIch-product.
With the successful introduction
of the downtown BID, look for our BID-like reintroduction in west-Berkeley--word
has it that the establishment is supportive. Perhaps quite independent,
a good source reports that consultant from San Diego for the original
west-Berkeley BID was recently in the Bay Area.
Berkeley's national lab in Oakland? Could be" by Cecily Burt of the Oakland Tribune
is not so much a news story as it is an advert for Oakland.
"Oakland is pulling
out all the stops in its quest to land a new Lawrence Berkeley
Laboratory campus by offering options enough to satisfy any picky
Whether or not LBNL locates
in west-Berkeley, our proposals and the all the talk surrounding
them, have brought a new awareness of research and science here--all
And recently I was introduced
to Berkeley PD's public safety software. A product of New World
System, it integrates field reporting, dispatch, car mobile display
and record keeping. Over five years in the planning, introduction
and use, version 9 is the most recent, refined, and powerful.
Not only does it effectively integrate functions but it reduces
duplication and simplifies. A powerful state-of-the-art tool!
As a kid growing up in Milwaukee
it seemed we had a tavern on every corner, perhaps we did. They
were a gathering place for the neighborhood often with separate
family entrances. My best friend's dad was the bar tender in one
and the family ived in back. These taverns seem to be disappearing.
Wisconsin's Disappearing Taverns as a 'Cultural Identity' "
is a PBS feature.
"Jo Garrett of Wisconsin
Public Television reports on tavern culture, a rapidly disappearing
hallmark of Midwestern community identity that one photographer
has set out to document." View it here.
Merryll emails a photo-essay
link, "Dispatch from Japan: Photographs by Dominic Nahr."
A selection of sensitivity and variety, see it here.
And almost unbelievable is
"Japan disaster: reconstruction effort puts town on road
to recovery," also Merryll's link. "Rapid
response to earthquake in Ibaraki prefecture sees long stretch
of road rebuilt and an expressway reopened" is heartening.
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Some time ago, when Byron
Delcomb managed a coffee house in Pacific Heights, one of the
employees was Josh Pearl. So what? Well Byron is Milo's Dad and
Josh is the Executive Chef and one of the owners of 900 GRAYSON.
week Milo was SERIOUSLY sick with the flu--but judging by the
happy yelping in the background while talking on the phone to
Sarah, he's ok now.
Lipofsky was in the hospital and had a couple stents installed
in the heart but was released the next day with "If you ever
need a procedure, I recommend this one."
Tak has a new dog, his old
Malamute has passed, and now Tak can again be seen out walking
around Potter Creek.
Pete and Julie's KALX "Alternate
Tunings" program this week is about the Theremin. Check it
out this Wednesday at 9:00 AM. Pete has been working on a new
program intro. I heard an early mix. It's GREAT!
Want to see some of Wareham's
Potter Creek properties? Check out an ariel view here.
Two things strike me about Wareham--how vast the holdings
are and how well they're maintained. (The Wareham/Fantasy property
is not shown and neither are Wareham's Emeryville holdings.)
"Tech Companies Seek Out Entrepreneurial
Students" at wsj.com.
"As Silicon Valley technology
companies ramp up hiring and some venture-capital firms boost
their investing, many are actively wooing students, both as hires
and potential entrepreneurs to back. Some of the most intense
courtship is taking place among budding entrepreneurs at Stanford
University and the University of California, Berkeley."
"Alexandra Drane to Participate in The
Economist's Upcoming Ideas Economy: Innovation Event on March
23-24" at businesswiree.com.
"Conference to Focus
on Entrepreneurship in a Disruptive World.
Alexandra Drane, President
and Co-founder of Eliza Corporation, will participate in The Economist's
second annual Ideas Economy: Innovation conference on March 23-24
at The Haas School of Business at the University of California,
Berkeley. This year's event will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Drane will present her perspectives on building an innovative
culture during the 'Move Fast and Break Stuff' session on March
24 at 9:50 a.m. PT. "
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed 1.2 inches on Thursday from 9 AM through 5PM and
over 6 inches in the period from March 17 through March 24.
Jeez, and I sent my water
bill out yesterday. Am I missing something?
Ms May "nails it"
in her sfgate interview "The
Rev. Billy wants to heal the world.
Performance activist Bill Talen, who
once fought consumerism by holding exorcisms in Bay Area Walmart
parking lots as the Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping,
is assembling a new flock.
The 60-year-old new father
now leads the Church of Earthalujah, a weekly revival theater
show in Manhattan's East Village. Last month, the reverend raised
the roof at Point Reyes Station for the 2011 Geography of Hope
"Grow op season upon us, police say" is a story at windsorstar.com.
"It's that time of year
again -marijuana grow op season.
Chatham-Kent police are asking
residents to keep an eye out for signs of indoor marijuana growing
operations in their neighbourhoods.
Police said March is the
time of year when marijuana growers are germinating their seedlings
with indoor hydroponics."
The Tuesday March 22nd Berkeley
City Council meeting video is here.
Aw jeez, . . . woman
arrested after smashing Berkeley police cars" reports
Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"UC Berkeley student union opened 50 years
ago" by Steven Finacom,
Berkeley Historical Society at insidebayarea.com.
"Fifty years ago the
new (and present day) student union on the UC Berkeley campus
The Parthenon-like structure
was officially dedicated March 17, 1961, with ceremonies that
included a speech by California's Gov. Brown."
"Amos 'n' Andy record" is a History Detectives episode at pbs.org.
"A man in Lakeland,
Florida has an aluminum record he purchased at a flea market with
the words 'Amos & Andy' hand-written on its label.
At the peak of Amos 'n' Andy's
success, 40 million listeners - a third of America - tuned in
six nights a week, making it the longest-running and most popular
radio program in broadcast history. Its creators, Correll and
Gosden, were white men who made a career of impersonating blacks
to comic effect.
Is this record an early recording
of the old-time radio series?
History Detectives uncovers
a complex portrait of 1930's race relations and the emerging power
of the mass media in American popular culture."
"Law Enforcement offers help for Berkeley
High gun problems"
is a detailed report by Doug Oakley of Berkeley Voice.
"Law enforcement officials
on Thursday outlined ways for Berkeley High School to reduce the
number of guns on campus including keeping a closer watch on students
with criminal records who are more likely to bring weapons.
The ideas from Matt Golde,
Supervising District Attorney in the Alameda County Juvenile Division,
and Berkeley Police Spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss came three days
after a shot was fired on campus and three students were arrested
in two separate gun incidents. The officials offered the ideas
Superintendent Bill Huyett
said he 'welcomes all suggestions for improving safety.'
Earlier in the week, Huyett
said the school would add two security guards, offer a toll-free
tip line for kids to report those with guns and hold a series
of community meetings.
Berkeley Police Chief Michael
Meehan said he would make further recommendations to Huyett next
"Art versus graffiti: Richmond removal
of student mural sparks debate"
by Katherine Tam, Contra Costa Times.
Art or graffiti?
Richmond has found itself
in a quandary of how to differentiate between the two and encourage
public art, after Gompers High School students painted a mural
that officials construed as graffiti and ordered removed.
'There was nothing obscene
about the murals,' said Gretchen Borg, the students' teacher.'They
were colorful. They brought joy. People in the neighborhood came
by and liked them.'
City officials now will spend
two months crafting a law that may require murals visible to the
public to undergo city review, which may include a public hearing
and culminate with the approval or denial of a permit.
The mural was painted on
a private building near Eighth Street facing the Richmond Greenway
path. The youth program Opportunity West asked Gompers High School
to take care of a stretch of the Greenway. The school planned
to build a garden, plant trees and paint a mural. Borg said she
asked the city if she needed a permit, but was told she just needed
the property owner's permission. She received it. In October,
students spent two weeks and $1,000 painting the mural."
Great police work
I was surprised last week
to hear from the DA's office via a subpoena that they had a suspect
in the burglary of our 5th St offices--which happened the Monday
after Thanksgiving. I was about to go to court as a witness but
then the DA called me on Thursday to tell me that the suspect
had pleaded guilty and I was off the hook.
Great work from the Berkeley
police department! But I have no idea if they found any of the
computers he stole, or the mail that he also made off with.
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Also, Merryll received an
email from Border's that their Emeryville store is closing. They
are now having a closing sale!
Kubik emails a nytimes.com
Radiation at Fukushima Daiichi
Levels of radioactivity measured by Tokyo Electric Power at different
points around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
"Detroit Outgrows Silicon Valley in Technology
Jobs as Ford Binges on Hires"
by Ryan Flinn and Jeff Green at bloomberg.com.
"With a burgeoning number
of technology job openings to fill, Ford Motor Co. is scouring
Internet companies for workers.
Ford Motor Co. employee Elizabeth
Halash looks at a test table at one of Ford's product development
sync labs in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford has been trying to lure
engineers to the automaker to design software, not sheet metal.
As a group of Ford Motor
Co. (F) managers in blue jeans sat down to interview a suit-wearing
candidate from a California technology company this month, they
jokingly offered to cut off his tie to put him at ease.
Auto industry executives
are trying to make Silicon Valley engineers feel at home in Detroit.
With a burgeoning number of technology job openings to fill, they're
scouring Internet companies for workers, wining and dining applicants,
and seeking promising students at schools such as Stanford University."
Steven Goldin observes that
Berkeley already possesses an abundent culture of creativity and
now needs an expanding infrastructure to efficiently accommodate
I find that Ms Bronstein's
Daily Planet "Funding
Berkeley's Budget Woes" can be informative if read with
a pessimism-filter. Myself never the wide-eyed optimist, I see
the economy in a tentative recovery now working for us, not as
it has since "The Crash," against us.
Recall our past insights,
Scrambled Eggs was among the first to call attention to Berkeley's
unfunded liabilities, liability.
POSTS FROM THE
Ed Hahn emails from somewhere.
What if there were no hypothetical questions?
Is there another word for synonym?
Though not a Leni Riefenstahl
effort, I'm told Zelda Bronstein's five-minute film, "Made
in Berkeley" is effective propaganda. "Very professional"
reported one viewer.
"Community panel in Berkeley to focus of
community food sustainability"
by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"To show that people
between ages 12 and 22 are pushing forward with cutting-edge ideas
about local organic food access and neighborhood sustainability,
Ashoka's Youth Venture and Earth Island Institute's New Leaders
Initiative are hosting the JUST FOOD Community Panel on Sunday.
Ten teams of young entrepreneurs
will present their ideas to a panel of judges in an attempt to
score up to $1,000 to start a new venture. The event is free and
open to the public, and will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Barbara
Staggers, director of Adolescent Medicine at Oakland Children's
The event will be from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Goldman Theater at the David Brower
Center, 2150 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley."
In a feature on Saturday
evening's ABC News, Suze Orman declared that we'd better get as
excited about saving as we are about spending, and further, that
owning your own home is no longer central to The American Dream.
Well OK then. Sounds like
my Aunt Hattie, circa 1957.
Saturday afternoon there
were lines of traffic snaking into our Emeryville/Oakland Target
from all directions. Though the store was packed, shoppers moved
smoothly, if slowly, through the isles. We found a Kitchen Aid
coffee grinder at a 30% "discount" to replace our dulled-bladed,
cracked-topped, button-broken one.
And for $5.00 I bought "Alfred
Hitchcock:The Legend Begins" It is
a four DVD set of 20 of his early films and some of his TV
productions--quite good picture quality with good, often excellent,
sound. Included are "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Thirty-Nine
Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes."
Finally, I found a delicious
cheese broccoli soup for $5.99.
Would Suze have been more
proud if I'd put it toward a Roth IRA? Don't know, but her cookbook-advice
is often like her work was at the Buttercup-- excellent.
When in Boston some years
ago, I was talking to a jazz piano player "Oscar Peterson
plays penny notes" he said. Meaning simply that he uses lots
of them and that lessens their relative value.
Over the years, the idea
stuck with me.
But I've wondered who then
plays ten dollar notes? I've become satisfied that the Duke Ellington/
Billy Strayhorn arrangements are made up of ten dollar, maybe
even, hundred dollar ones.
And I believe something like
this applies to writing, with poets creating thousand dollar words.
Recently our Berkeley
Voice has increased their coverage of Our Town--more reporters,
more stories, greater variety.
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before 900 GRAYSON .
. . there were the Good Old Days
so let's bring back them
good old fashioned manufacturing jobs and, . . . the "anthrax
experiments," the soap factory, the foundry, the . . .
"The Berkeley Nanosciences
and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI) is the umbrella organization
for expanding and coordinating Berkeley's research and educational
activities in nanoscale science and engineering."
More about BNNI here.
As much, or more, a personal
attack as a critique, James Scurlock writes "Stop
listening to Suze Orman" at msn.com--rewritten
from the now apparently defunct The Big Money.
guru favors supersimple mantras -- even when they're wrong --
and psychological explanations for all your money problems. Maybe
it's time to stop trusting her.
'Tell me what I need to know,' people often say to me. 'Here is
what you need to know,' I answer' Suze Orman, The Road to
How a bottle-blond former
waitress and self-described '55-year-old virgin' with a taste
for the good life became the financial messiah
for millions of Americans might be a fun Lifetime original movie.
Why the masses continue to invest their faith in Suze Orman after
a financial meltdown she never saw coming is a more timely question."
". . . a bottle-blond
former waitress and self-described '55-year-old virgin' . . .
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other than Mike and Richards, were involved in making the Buttercup.
Moe Moskowitz lent money and support, Mary Guenther provided heart
and soul, Karl Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze
Orman found-herself and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence
at Wells Fargo Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always
there. (Oh, Nick Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and
preoccupied with his business and building two large warehouses,
took time to give sound, solid business advice. ) Me? It was a
place to hang out.
Richards and Michael Haley before they found the
"Home Sweet Hometown: Berkeley, CA:Or,
how I spent my spring break with a large plastic whale" Nolan Feeney at northbynorthwestern.com.
"Years ago, my mother
warned me of the inevitable: one day, I'd come home from college
and find the walls and rooms I'd known for 18 years to be foreign.
It happened to her, it happened to my older brother and it would
happen to me, too. As I began a new life in Illinois, home would
stop being home, and I might as well start preparing for it.
I used to think this change happened two months into college.
I saw the first Thanksgiving of my Northwestern life as the last
obstacle I had to overcome before I could give up my California
upbringing and adopt Evanston, and I was eager to make it Facebook
official. 'So good to be home!' I typed, minutes after I returned
from four days in Berkeley."
"Top Ten Cleantech Cities in the United
States" by Shawn
Lesser at reuters.com.
"There are numerous
cities across the United States which can be considered 'cleantech
capitals."'With a large array of renewable resources, a dedication
by businesses and homeowners to become more energy efficient,
and a large hub for research and development, a lot can be accomplished
when it comes to creating new, efficient and sustainable clean
technologies. There are many factors that make up a "capital
for cleantech,"' and although there are more than ten cities
around the nation that are involved in clean technologies, here
are ten of the top cities. . . .
8 ) Berkeley, California.
Berkeley has become a hub for biofuel technology. "
"Urban farmer tells it all in her 'Farm
City' book" by Alan
Lopez, Oakland Tribune Correspondent.
"The farm started small,
with some beekeeping and chickens. It grew to encompass goats,
rabbits and pigs on what had been a 4,500 square foot vacant lot
in West Oakland."
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from my log
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery burnings eyes, dry
skin. 10:01 PM--similar.
3/26/11 and 3/27/11--off-and-on
all weekend, dry dirty air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
watery burning eyes, burning mouth and throat, headache with prolonged
exposure. 3/27/11--1:59 PM--HEAVY dirty dry air, SERIOUS mucus
membrane attack, coughing, watery eyes, running noses, etc. 4:55
PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse,
dry dirty air, etc. 6:35 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room,
short breath, "chlorine" odor, overrides HEPA filters.
328/11--simliar to 3/27.
3/29-- 6:45 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery burning
eyes, burning mouth and throat, headache with prolonged exposure.
3/30/11--10:42 AM--dry dirty
air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery burning eyes, burning
mouth and throat, headache with prolonged exposure. 1:39 PM --similar.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
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