3/1/12

after 3/16/12 here

your "editor"

a Regan Bice photo

"What Is Collaboration Anyway?" Carrie Lozano at pbs.org.

"Tagged: collaboration, collaborative journalism, collective work, investigative reporting, investigative reporting program, teamwork
Journalists, by nature, tend to be fiercely competitive, racing to break the news before their rivals. Given that tendency, anyone who's engaged in a journalism collaboration knows that it's an extraordinary endeavor. That's why it's worth stepping back and identifying what we really mean when we say we're collaborating." 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"West Berkeley--A cultural mashup" by Nate Seltenrich in the Eastbay Express, Insiders Guide.

Phillip Davis

an Express photo

browses for records at Dave's Record Shop

"One of the more diverse neighborhoods in the East Bay, West Berkeley is home to an array of cultures, from one end of the socioeconomic spectrum to the other. Warehouse-dwelling artists, recent immigrants, homemaking young families, and innovative social and business ventures share space in this 'hood, a quality reflected in its incredible variety of restaurants and retail establishments."

 

 

"Former Quarterback Breaks Paper Airplane Record" video by Mary Grady is at avweb.com.

"The quiet world of competitive paper airplane flying got some unusual attention this weekend when Joe Ayoob, a former quarterback for the University of California at Berkeley, set a new world record for distance, 226 feet and 10 inches, inside a 747 hangar at McClellan Air Force Base, near Sacramento.

 

"The Secrets of the World-Record-Setting Paper Plane"

with video is at popularmechanics.com.

 

 

 

Please mark your calendars and save the date

the famous San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will be held March 21-26 this year.

This is a world renowned garden show with plants for sale, garden displays and a host of exhibits designed to help you bring beauty to your home.

poster from

European Vintage Posters

 

 

 

 

the studious student

in Our Town, downtown

 

 

 

"Northern California fishing report" mercurynews.com.

"Berkeley--Perch fishing is very good along the East Bay shoreline. Use pile worms or grass shrimp. Best spots are the rocks between Berkeley and Pinole. Best spot has been Point Molate. Ingoing and outgoing tides get fish in the one-pound range -- some bigger, some smaller."

 

 

Berkeley PD's Lt Andrew Greenwood was promoted to Captain last week. He will assume the Captain's duties on the 18th of this month.

 

Sgt Mary Kusmiss emails

Berkeley HS Safety Officer Arrested for Identity Theft
 
"City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes/Fraud detectives arrested William Arthur Keys Jr of Oakland on Thursday, February 23, 2012 for violation of 530.5 PC - Identity Theft. "Billy" Keys as he is widely known was arrested at the Public Safety Building. A BPD detective booked him into the BPD jail at about 11:30 a.m. for the crime, a felony, with a bail of $10,000. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation that was documented on a BPD police report January 24, 2012. Subsequent warrants were secured and probable cause existed to arrest Mr. Keys. There is a possibility that the investigation may be ongoing, thus this is all the information BPD is sharing currently."
 
Sgt. Mary C. Kusmiss S-6
BPD Public Information Officer

 

 

City Manager's Office--Berkeley News Page

"Federal Stimulus Funds Support Energy Improvements at Local Businesses save energy image."

 

 

Berkeley photographer Richard Sargent has passed.

 

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"Med marijuana ruling in Calif. adds to confusion" is a report at sfgate.com.

"A California appellate court has ruled that cities cannot use nuisance ordinances to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, further adding to the confusion about how municipalities should regulate clinics protected under state law.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday struck down a 2010 preliminary injunction by a trial judge that would have shut down Evergreen Holistic Collective in Lake Forest, but a stay was granted. Evergreen was shuttered in October as part of a statewide crackdown by federal authorities."

 

 

"DeYoe Wealth Management Presents 'Women -- A Force for Change' Event in Honor of International Women's Day" at marketwatch.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/2/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

There was a fire at Hearst and Euclid at Etcheverry Hall on the UC Campus around 10 :00 Thursday morning. The fire was caused by a construction crew and was put out by Berkeley FD.

Berkeley FD's response was massive and rapid. Etcheverry Hall is home to the Nuclear Engineering Department.

 

1928

Berkeley Fire Department

 

 

 

Henry K Lee, the Chronicle police reporter writes of the recent Berkeley Hills Cukor homicide in an sfgate.com story "At about 8:57 p.m., Officer Jerome Cobert noticed Cukor's initial nonemergency report on his police-cruiser computer while driving on Shattuck Avenue, about 2 miles away, sources said. He volunteered over the radio to respond either to that call or another one reporting a suspicious person.

(Lee omits that the other and earlier-received nonemergency call took priority and was arguably more urgent.)

Dispatchers had never put out the call over the radio because the department was keeping officers on standby for an Occupy Oakland march heading toward UC Berkeley.

So a dispatcher told Cobert, 'At this point, I've been advised not to have Team 3 respond to anything unless it's a priority 1 in progress,' referring to life-threatening emergencies and felonies in progress.

Cobert replied, '10-4.'

About 9 p.m., the dispatcher reported on the air that Cukor's wife, Andrea, had called 911 to say that 'the subject is now attacking her husband.' The dispatcher provided DeWitt's description and noted that the suspect was 'at one point standing there, looking for someone who does not live there.'

At that point, numerous officers sped to the home with lights and sirens on."

 

 

 

"Berkeley better served by police than many cities" Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist at sfgate.com.

Chronicle photo

Chip Johnson

"Since the start of 2011, there have been three homicides in Berkeley and 130 killings reported in neighboring Oakland.
Yet it's Berkeley city officials who are ringing the alarm bell and raising questions about police response time and priorities.
The city was rocked by the Feb. 18 beating death of Peter Cukor outside his home in the quiet, peaceful Berkeley Hills. Cukor, 67, was attacked minutes after contacting police on a nonemergency line to report a suspicious man hanging around outside his home in the Park Hills neighborhood, adjacent to Tilden Park.

At about 9 p.m., roughly 15 minutes after Cukor made the initial call to police, his wife called 911 to report the attack on her husband. Police responded immediately to the call and detained the suspect, Daniel Jordan DeWitt, 23, of Alameda about 20 minutes later. . . . 

Cukor's call on the nonemergency line was not deemed a Priority 1 call. When his wife called 911 minutes later reporting the attack, it was given the highest priority.

It was the nature of the first call, not the department's preoccupation with a pending Occupy march, that resulted in the decision not to respond immediately to the call. . . . 

As difficult as it is for the community to accept Cukor's unnecessary and violent death, Berkeley continues to be better served by its police force than many other communities by their police. Cukor's death, and the concerns raised about response times, prompted Berkeley Councilman Darryl Moore to propose hiring more police officers. Currently, the department has 162 sworn officers."

 


Our Area Coordinator, Ofc Cesar Melero emails

Coffee with your Area Commander

Berkeley Police Department Area 4 Commander Lieutenant Dave Frankel would like to invite members of the community to join him for a cup of coffee. He will be at Tomate Café, 2265 5th Street on March 9, 2012, from 2 to 3PM.
 
Of a previous meeting Bob Kubik remarked "This is community policing at its finest."

 

 

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"Burning violations up this year in Bay Area due to dry stagant air" by Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.

"Dry, stagnant weather that trapped smoke near the ground led to dirtier-than-normal air in the Bay Area this winter -- and a record number of warnings sent to first-time violators of a rule banning wood fires on bad air days.

The Bay Area's air pollution agency sent out 346 warning letters to residents who burned wood fires at home on Spare the Air days during the burn season, which lasts from November through February. It ended Wednesday."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/4/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Dakuwaqa's Garden

click here for four-minute video

from Cliff Miller, Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club 

 

 

1940 Packard Ambulance

Berkeley Fire Department

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

3/1/07

Gérard is a Potter Creek furniture-maker, wood-worker and member of the Heartwood Co-operative.

Here is Gérard's website.

And here's an example of Gérard's work.

(Photo taken at Heartwood Studio.)

 

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"Retired geologist writes a history of Contra Costa place names" by Nilda Rego at contracostatimes.com.

"Bill Mero didn't start out to write a mini-history book about Contra Costa County, but it turned out he did with his newly published title, 'Shadow on the Hills.'

The book tells the story of how places in the county got their names. Some of these places only appear on old maps now. Others have changed their names. Initially, the idea of the book was to help genealogists and researchers looking for a lost settlement, railroad stop, ranch or road. Not every locale in the county is covered; Mero said it would have taken a second or maybe even a third book to do that.

'One of my goals was to stimulate an interest in local history. Almost everything that ever happened in the settlement of California also took place here in our little Contra Costa County. Our historic place names and their stories reflect these events -- from range wars, Indian troubles, famous brothels, logging of the redwoods, wheat bonanzas, coal mining to our very own silver and copper rush,' said Mero, a retired geologist for Chevron.

'Shadow on the Hills' isn't one of those books you have to read starting at the beginning. You can start on any page and find something to tickle your interest."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/5/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Porcelain Unicorn

Legendary British film director, Sir Ridley Scott, launched a global film-making contest for aspiring directors. It's titled "Tell It Your Way". There were over 600 entries.

The film could be no longer than three minutes, contain only six lines of narrative, and be a compelling story.

The winner was "Porcelain Unicorn" from American director Keegan Wilcox. It's a story of the lifetimes of two people who are totally opposite, yet very much the same-all told in less than three minutes.

video link courtesy Cliff Miller, Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club

 

 

 

There was a  4.0 earthquake on the Hayward fault in El Cerrito. The quake was 5.5 miles deep and struck at 5:33 this morning.

 

our Claudia emails

Our dogs alerted it to me before I felt it, they all jumped up out of their beds and barked, and then it felt like a truck hit the house.

Claudia

 

our Anthy emails

Rocked awake by a quake!
 
We could hear it coming...it was wild!

Anthy

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POSTS FROM THE PAST

3/1/09

Sally had a party today

to celebrate Richard's 65 th-but Richard is nowhere to be seen here

 

 

"The Musical Offering: 'All the Elements of Civilization' writes Ken Bullock Special to the Planet.

'When I was a student here, in the early '50s,' said concert pianist Daniell Revenaugh, over a cup of soup in the Musical Offering Cafe, 'there were four or five record stores on Telegraph Avenue and around the university that featured classical music-and a couple of them were real meeting places, like the coffee houses of old London. This is the only place like that left.'

However numerous or well-stocked record stores of yore, they were a different animal than the symbiotic creation under one roof at 2430 Bancroft Way, across from Zellerbach Auditorium: The Musical Offering & Cafe (also called the Café-Bistro), as well as the University Press Bookstore."

In The Day, Danny used to hang out at Campus Records and even got recommendations for his repertoire from Albert.

 

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3/9/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

new construction

Weatherford BMW

 

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3/10/12

"Berkeley police chief apologizes for 'fear in community' following beating death of hills man" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan apologized Thursday night for not getting enough information to the public in the days after the Feb. 18 beating death of a Berkeley hills man, a mistake that he said 'left the impression that something different should have happened and which increased fear in the community unnecessarily.' "

 

Aw s*&t

"Berkeley police chief sends sergeant to reporter's home to request story changes; First Amendment experts call move 'despicable'" by Kristin J. Bender and Thomas Peele, Oakland Tribune.

"Minutes after reading a late-night news story online about him that he perceived to be inaccurate, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan ordered a sergeant to a reporter's home insisting on changes, a move First Amendment experts said reeked of intimidation and attempted censorship." 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Councilman, Kriss Worthington emails

Telegraph Livability Coalition
Thursday March 15th at 6pm
at Naan 'N' Curry 2366 Telegraph Ave
Meeting to follow up on practical suggestions to revive Telegraph Avenue.
 
Tibetan Flag Raising Ceremony
Sunday March 10th from 8 am to 9 am
Berkeley City Hall, 2180 Milvia Street
Featuring Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and TANC (Tibetan Assoc of Northern Ca.)
At Berkeley's annual event to support the Tibetan community.  
 
Hiring of Berkeley Director of Planning Department?
Monday March 12 at 5:30 pm
2180 Milvia St, first floor Cypress Room
Just received agenda, but do not yet know who is being recommended

Kriss
 

Word on the street is that Eric Angstadt will be our new head of Planning.

 

A dozen or so from Disney Animation had lunch yesterday at 900 GRAYSON. Among them was animation head, John Lasseter.

And, our Tippet Studio worked on Disney's new film, John Carter.

 

Yesterday afternoon one of Potter Creek's street residents was seen and heard in front of Jones Engraving screaming "I'm going to kill someone!" The woman owner of Jones immediately called Berkeley PD -- three radio cars responded within "a minute."

 

the new fencing studio

on Addison, around the corner from Local 123

on the bench are a sabre, a foil, and an épée

The sabre is one of the three weapons used in the sport of fencing. It is a very fast-paced weapon, with bouts characterized by quick footwork and cutting with the side of the blade. Sabre is often claimed to be modelled after the weapon that cavalry used when fighting upon horseback (the allowed target area is only from the waist up, the region a mounted man could reach on a foe on the ground), although, more reasonably, most scholars believe the sabre was modelled after the lighter Italian style duelling sabre.

A foil is a type of weapon used in fencing. It is the most common weapon in terms of usage in competition, and is usually the choice for elementary classes for fencing in general.

As a thrusting weapon the épée is similar to a foil (compared to a sabre), but has a stiffer blade that is V-shaped in cross-section, has a larger bell guard, and is heavier. The technique however, is somewhat different, as there are no rules regarding priority and right of way. In addition, the entire body is a valid target area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/11/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Aw jeez.

"Chief Meehan apologies for sending Sgt Kusmiss to reporter Doug Oakley's home around 1:00 AM to 'ask for story changes' " is an audio/video report at abclocal.com.

 

Ofc Cesar Melero Area 4 coordinator emails Area 4 update

On March 2nd, 2012, at approximately 6:21 PM, the Berkeley Police Department responded to multiple calls of gunshots in the 2200 block of Bonar Street.  Based on the initial investigation, it appears that a group of at least five people were standing in front of an apartment building when a vehicle stopped in the roadway.  Occupants of this vehicle fired multiple rounds at the group and fled the area.  Officers located three victims of gunshot wounds in the area.  None of the injuries were life-threatening. 
 
On March 4th, 2012, at approximately 12:51 AM, at least five people were standing in front of a house in the 2100 block of Seventh Street.  Two suspects on foot approached the group and fired multiple rounds at the group.  The suspects fled on foot.  Officers located the victims a couple of blocks away from the scene and found that three people had sustained gunshot wounds.  None of the injuries were life-threatening. 

 

 

This is the first full day that my server is up. I've been without internet connection for five days.

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"Fistfight breaks out at Chicago Symphony Orchestra" at sfgate.com.

"It was an unusual backdrop for a fistfight: Maestro Riccardo Muti was nearly through the second movement of Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the normally staid Chicago Symphony Orchestra when two patrons went at it."


 

 

 

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3/13/10

"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.

 

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3/12/12

"Berkeley police union 'gravely concerned' with chief's move to alter story" by Kristin J. Bender bayareanewsgroup.com.

"The Berkeley police chief's decision to order a sergeant to a reporter's home insisting on changes to a story continued to draw heavy criticism Sunday, with the city's police union saying they are 'gravely concerned' about his actions and the impact on officers' ability to maintain community trust. . . . 

Tim Kaplan, a police officer and Berkeley Police Association president, said the union 'stand with our community and share in their concerns about the appearance and correctness of the chief's orders,' in a statement released Sunday afternoon on behalf of the 160-member force.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to the community, and protecting the constitutional rights of the citizens of Berkeley to whom we ultimately answer. We do not believe that the actions taken by Chief Meehan represent the will, spirit or sentiment of the membership of the Berkeley Police Association." 

 

"Berkeley police chief draws fire for reporter incident" by Henry K. Lee at sfgate.com.

"The Berkeley police chief's decision to send an officer to a reporter's home after midnight Thursday met with more criticism Sunday, with the city's rank-and-file officers saying they were 'gravely concerned' about his actions. . . . 

'We, the members of the Berkeley Police Association, stand with our community and share in their concerns about the appearance and correctness of the chief's orders, and are gravely concerned about the impact his actions will have on our ability to maintain the vital trust of the community we serve,' said Officer Tim Kaplan, president of the police union."

 

Berkeley resident and business owner emails of the BPD Sgt sent to reporter Doug Oakley's home at 12:45 AM Friday morning

That "cop" was my neighbor, Mary Kusmiss.

Steven D

 

 

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

3/6/05

Martha's out of prison--while in, her stock quadrupled. (Remember, this is America.RP) Daffodils are 99 cents a bunch at Trader Joe's. At Costco, Kirkland Signature Yogurt is 10 cents an ounce less than Yoplait and is heartier with more fruit. Paper Plus Outlet at 1643 San Pablo has a 50% Off Everything sign out. Their phone is (510) 525-1799. And/or, check out their web site http://www.shopinberkeley.com/p/paperplus/index.php Kimar

Rick Auerbach stopped in yesterday afternoon and we had a good long talk in which I renewed my vows. During the conversation, Rick mentioned that there had just been a forum on the future of west-Berkeley. As he described who was there, it was clear they were the "usual suspects" (my words, not the Rickster's)--the "usual" business persons, the "usual" city-rep, the "usual" activist, the "usual" relator, etc. It was of course the Berkeley Establishment--those who one way or another have shaped our future certainly since the '60s. And, an establishment that is just as established, in its own way, as our Military and Industrial one (Eisenhower's words, not mine). How mistaken it is for those in our establishment to get comfortable. In a vital democracy, those of power and position should never be comfortable, the coyotes always nipping at their heals.

For reasons best known to my Spiritual Advisor, traffic on this site has increased 50% in the last three months and remains steady. And the site now seems to have taken on its own life, less influenced me and my action.

 

I've known 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 a "girl."

 

WASP (Women's Airforce Service Pilot), Jean Landis c 1944

"In 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. . . .

Jean 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.'

Jean 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.'

'We 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.'"

From MUSTANG: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY by Jeffrey Ethell.

In keeping 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 in hand with "I got something you should read about my sister."

Jean Landis, now retired, divides her time between Idaho and Southern California.

 

And the Chronicle's Meredith May uniquely informs and entertains with her "Flying with the Falcon Boys" at sfgate.com Then, check this out.

 

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3/13/12

"Police chief's tactics in middle of night were out of bounds" is an editorial at contracostatimes.com.

"Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, driven by obsession with his department's media image, seriously overreached when he sent a sergeant to a reporter's home at 12:45 a.m. Friday to demand changes to an article.

The dispatching of spokeswoman Mary Kusmiss to Doug Oakley's house, where she knocked on the door, woke up the family and flashed her badge through the window, should offend anyone with concern about a free press.

Although Meehan apologized, it's unclear whether he or Interim City Manager Christine Daniel understand just how far over the line the chief stepped. His intimidation of our reporter and abuse of power raise serious questions about Meehan's judgment under stress."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/14/12

"Berkeley Storm Troopers: Don't Write What The Police Don't Like or Else" by Warner Todd Huston at chicagonow.com

"If police chiefs send armed officers to a journalist's door because he didn't like what was written abut him, would you feel just a tad uncomfortable as an American at the audacity? This is no academic discussion because it really happened. Not in what liberals may claim is the dangerous, intolerant south but instead in the heart of liberal land itself, Berkeley, California."

Our Town's story, in more moderate presentation, has also been picked up by AP and, I think, Fox News


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/15/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge shows 4.65 inches for the storm.

 

Yesterday, a stolen car was found in front of Joe's on Grayson. Berkeley PD responded with theCrime Scene unit and a radio car.

 

A "neighborhood meeting" was held Monday evening at our French School. The meeting dealt with west -Berkeley land-use issues. I received no email notice of the meeting, nor did any of the seven or so Potter Creekers I ran into today.

 

"Prominent Berkeley marijuana dispensary to close shop" is a story at nctimes.com.

"One of California's biggest medical marijuana establishments - embraced by local officials as a model business that donates to the poor and pays millions in taxes - has become the latest target in a statewide crackdown by federal prosecutors. 

Berkeley Patients Group, founded in 1999 by leading names in the state's medical marijuana movement, will cease operations at its current location later this year, according to an agreement between the dispensary's owners and the landlord. The document was signed on Feb. 28 by Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay."

They were forced to move because of their proximity to schools. Sooner than later, look for a new location and a better store.

 

 

 

"Berkeley's public housing tenants are being pressured to move" by Lynda Carson at indybay.org.

"(Despite being protected by Berkeley's Just Cause eviction protections that prohibit landlords from evicting tenants in residential buildings that are being sold, Berkeley's public housing tenants are being pressured to move from their long-time public housing units before the 75 public housing units are sold to billionaire's Jorge M. Perez and Stephen M. Ross, of The Related Companies! )

Berkeley's public housing tenants are being pressured to move" by Lynda Carson

"Berkeley's public housing tenants have been recently receiving relocation notices that are intended to pressure them into giving up their long time public housing units to some billionaire's from The Related Companies, that are in negotiations with the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) to buy Berkeley's occupied 75 public housing town-homes. "

Privatization of pubic housing is one the tenents of Neoliberlism. Watch Neo-Marxist, David Harvey on "Neo-liberalism and the City."

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

3/1/11

from the office of Anthy Victor--one of the owners of V & W Door

 

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"Baby brains bring smarter computers closer to reality" at hindustantimes.com.

"Researchers are tapping the cognitive smarts of babies, toddlers and preschoolers in their bid to facilitate computers to think more like humans. If replicated in machines, the computational models based on baby brainpower could give a major boost to artificial intelligence, which historically has had difficulty handling nuances and uncertainty, UC Berkeley researchers said."

 

 

"Newest Electric Car Debuts In Bay Area" is a video report at sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com.

"The latest all-electric car, the CODA sedan, rolled off the assembly line in Benicia on Monday."

Maybe not a keeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/16/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

NIck Despotopoulos emails

Happy Day Before St. Paddy's Day!

Nick

 

St. Patricks Day DUI Checkpoints

The City of Berkeley
Police Department (BPD) Traffic Bureau, in cooperation with the
Alameda County "Avoid the 21" program, will be conducting a DUI
checkpoint on St. Patricks Day, March 17th. The checkpoint will be
located at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Jones Street
between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed
in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk or
drugged driving intervention and provide the greatest safety for the
community and public safety personnel.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint. The
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension,
and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court
probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Rittenhouse S9
BPD Traffic Bureau
Supervisor/PIO
(510) 981-5980



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"UC Berkeley professors condemn light punishment for administrator" by Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times at bellinghamherald.com.

" A growing chorus of voices is calling for the firing of a University of California, Berkeley administrator who helped triple her secret sex partner's pay over five years."

 

 

 

 

 


 

3/10/12--2:21 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, burning eyes, throat, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 5:15 PM--similar.

3/11/12--2:49 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, dry eyes, throat, overrides HEPA filters.

3/12/12--10:05 AM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, dry eyes, Marsha has cough attack, overrides HEPA filters.

3/13/12--all early evening--dry air in front room, mucus membrane irritation,"epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.

3/15/12--3:42 PM--dirty dry air in front room, watery eyes. 4:41 PM--similar, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, burning eyes, throat, over riders HEPA filter. Both Marsha and I are light headed.

3/17/12--5:57 PM---dirty dry air in front room, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, burning eyes, throat, over riders HEPA filter.

 

 

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