MARCH 2013

after 3/8/13, here after 3/23/13, here


"Potter Creek's Tippett Studios created the Ted Segment at the Oscars" story with videos at

"Tippett Studio brought Ted, the title character from Universal Pictures' blockbuster live action/CG-animated comedy, back to life for the 85th Annual Academy Awards® telecast. Accompanied by friend and co-star Mark Wahlberg, a computer-generated Ted riffed a few jokes before the duo presented Oscars for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing."





On Wednesday morning in Potter Creek, 9th was blocked off from Carleton to Dwight by BPD and BFD while PG & E repaired a downed power line.


Also in Potter Creek, Wareham has begun the remodel of the recently purchased Wooden Duck building on 7th south of Heinz. The exterior will be replaced, the old one now being removed.


And, the old Bacheeso location on San Pablo and Dwight will soon house Clay Pot, an eatery serving beer and wine and owned by Vietnamese-Americans.


The west-Berkeley, Berkeley Patients Group Homepage is here.

Information includes selection, prices and reveiws.







"Authorities detail fatal Santa Cruz shooting of police" an excellent ABC video report.


My heart goes out to the families, friends and colleagues of the Santa Cruz police killed in the line of duty!















Jeff Gray

and buddies on the Grapevine last-week, coming back from Arizona.





"Berkeley community groups raise concern about death of mentally ill man" is a report.

"Members of several community groups raised concerns Thursday about the way the Berkeley Police Department handled an incident with a mentally ill man who died in a struggle with officers two weeks ago."



Berkeley PD Public Information Office Jennifer Coats emails

We received some additional inquiries regarding the recent death of a person during contact with our officers. Though we are limited in terms of sharing specific details of this ongoing investigation, we wanted to offer some context where we can, as hopefully this may be of some use to you.
We understand the community's concern over this incident, and the desire to have as much information about this incident as possible.
As you may know, any investigation involving a death such as this includes thorough and detailed interviews with all witnesses and involved parties, the collection and analysis of all available evidence, and preparation of appropriate reports. The Alameda County Coroner's office is conducting their concurrent death investigation as well.
There are significant constraints in place regarding the immediate release of information in a case such as this, and we can't comment on specific information or even address inaccuracies which may be expressed in public discussion regarding this incident.
The Berkeley Police Department has a long history of working with respect and sensitivity to mental health issues in our community and among people with whom we come into contact. Our department has a positive reputation in the community for its interactions with mental health consumers.
Furthermore, we are increasing our level of service and expertise in this area through our Department's new Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. This program is based on a national, best-practices model for police interactions with people with mental health issues. These training efforts, and the expansion of the program, are continuing throughout the year.
A thorough investigation takes time. We are obliged to wait for the evidence to be examined, the facts to be determined, and the investigation to be completed.
We are committed to conducting a sensitive and thorough investigation, fair to everyone involved, from the family and friends of the decedent, to the officers and firefighters who tried to save the decedent's life.




"What City Employees in Berkeley Get in Salary, Pension and Benefits" is a story at, but remember, Berkeley or not, this is America and you get what you pay for.

"State controller's office releases a list on public payroll. Alameda County has the second highest average salary among counties.

Berkeley has the eighth highest average employee salary among the 477 cities listed in a new public pay study.

The state Controller's Office has put together a chart of city and county employee salary, benefits and pension contributions for municipal agencies throughout California.

The 2011 salary list shows the average salary for municipal workers across the state is $61,059 a year.

The average salary for Berkeley city workers is listed as $84,315. The total amount spent on city salaries was $124 million."







"Berkeley ponders Telegraph Ave" Carolyn Jones at

· A community meeting is planned in Berkeley to discuss possible changes to the once-vibrant Telegraph Avenue district. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

Telegraph Avenue, in all its scruffy 1960s revolutionary glory, is headed for a 21st century overhaul. And - hang on to your Mao hat - that probably means more chain stores.

Determined to clean up the iconic strip south of the UC campus, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates is embarking on a makeover of Telegraph Avenue, looking at everything from traffic laws to the retail mix.

The first step is a community gathering with neighbors, merchants, students, city staff and others to figure out what's wrong with Telegraph and how it can be saved.

'Students are not going there. It's not a regional draw. We need to make it a welcoming and comfortable and fun place for everyone to visit,' Bates said. 'This means we have to start looking at some sacred cows.'

Telegraph Avenue, for decades the heart of UC Berkeley student life and a symbol of the city's radical past, lately has fallen from grace. While Berkeley's other commercial districts have thrived, even in the downturn, sales tax revenues on Telegraph have plummeted, and empty storefronts abound. The intersection of Haste and Telegraph is marred by two vacant lots, and the former Cody's bookstore - once a hub of intellectual life - has sat empty since 2006."






















"Post office public meeting rallies Berkeley residents" Alyssa Neumann,

"Following the next steps in the process of selling the Downtown Berkeley Post Office, the U.S. Postal Service held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the

As part of a mandatory procedure before continuing with the sale, the Postal Service hosted the meeting to inform residents about the financial reasons behind its proposal and to allow for public comment before any plans are finalized. More than 100 residents attended the meeting to campaign against the potential sale of the historic building, which they claim is a vital part of Berkeley.

'Our post office is not for sale,' said Mayor Tom Bates at the meeting. 'It is some'thing we truly love and value we are not going to stand by and watch this happen.' "




The Berkeley PD February 2013 News letter is now on line.



From the Rolling Stone Archives "Berkeley at 100;A city takes a historic look at itself, and a writer takes a look at his own - and his city's - ghosts" Greil Marcus
May 1978,

Don't think I sold many records that day

"Berkeley celebrated its one hundredth anniversary as an independent city th' week of April 1st, and typically, the only one of the many centennial events to receive any coverage in the media was the most obvious: a free 'Sixties Rock Concert." Less easy to pin down was the county-fair-style carnival at Peoples' Park ­ that half-block of land won in May of 1969, but not until one man had lost his life, another his eyesight, and (since, after the first day of fighting, Berkeley was occupied by the National Guard) the city its last vestiges of sovereignty. A rented, overnight affair, the carnival came complete with Ferris wheel, bumper cars, shooting gallery and fun house; several yards of grass had been crushed to make room for the midway. It was very incongruous, given the history that was, supposedly, at issue; a lone park volunteer, weeding shrubs a hundred feet from the crowds, did his best to seem indifferent. Just down the street, at the corner of Haste and Dwight ­ a corner that has likely seen more tear gas than any in the United States ­ you could follow that history in a wall mural, 'A Peoples' History of Telegraph Avenue' (covering the years 1964-1970, it was completed in 1976), and discover why some of us cannot walk past the park, or Moe's Bookstore, or any number of campus battlegrounds that are now merely buildings, without feeling chased by our own ghosts."



"Finding my place in Berkeley:For some, La Val's is just a place to have lunch. For others, it's a home away from home" Andrew Steinsapir at

"Love and La Val's An ode to Kip's

The night before I visited UC Berkeley for the first time, my parents and I had dinner with Thom, a family friend who happened to be an alumnus. We talked all throughout dinner, and late into the night, he told me about his time on campus during the Free Speech Movement and the protests. I was excited to hear all about the campus I would soon be calling home. Having already read the Wikipedia page about 10 times, a firsthand account was exhilarating.

When the check came Thom handed me a handwritten list. 'This is everywhere you need to eat,' he said. 'There are a lot of choices out there, but these are the ones that I remember after 30 years.'

The next day, my parents and I flew up from Southern California with the list in my pocket. My tour was like any other I had seen - an overly enthusiastic tour guide showed me all the buildings on campus and imparted a bit of lore on our group. I was underwhelmed. It looked like any other campus I had seen in the movies. I was convinced that I had made the wrong choice, that I didn't belong and that it wasn't my campus.

The tour was over, and we were starving. We hadn't eaten anything since breakfast back home. We decided to consult the list and picked the first entry - La Val's Pizza. We walked in through the courtyard shared with La Burrita, ordered and sat down. With the smell of pepperoni and a hint of parmesan on the air, my mother and I played pool as we waited for our pizza. We began to talk, and I shared my anxiety about starting at Berkeley with her.

'I guess I would feel this way regardless of where we were,' I said. She nodded, sunk the eight-ball and then it was time for pizza."




"State Senator Loni Hancock Accepting Applications for Summer Internship Program" Dixie Jordan at

"State Senator Loni Hancock (9th District) is currently accepting applications for her summer internship program.
The unpaid internships run June 4 through Aug. 16 and require a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week throughout the program."






About Potter Creek's "Bright Horizons child-care-preschool at Bayer, 921 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA" at

"A Bright Horizons teacher is a nurturer as well as an educator, someone who encourages learning through exploration, and who understands the balance between what a child needs to feel safe and what she requires to reach her potential. Your child's teacher is your partner. At Bright Horizons, families and teachers work together --celebrating successes, navigating challenges, and communicating daily about your child's achievements and goals."





"Too high to drive? Marijuana-friendly Colorado debates blood-level limits" Brady Dennis and T.W. Farnam,

"When is someone too stoned to drive?

The answer, it turns out, has been anything but si mple in Colorado, which last fall became one of the first states in the country to legalize marijuana.

Prosecutors and some lawmakers have long pushed for laws that would set a strict blood-level limit for THC, the key ingredient in cannabis. A driver over the limit would be deemed guilty of driving under the influence, just as with alcohol.

Such legislation has failed several times in recent years in the face of fierce opposition from marijuana advocates and defense lawyers, who claim?a one-size-fits-all standard doesn't work for marijuana because it affects the body differently than alcohol." 





"The Long Now Foundation Presents: Chris Anderson and the Maker Revolution" a lecture at with kudos to our Swerve as a state-of-the art new manufacture--start at about 20 minutes for Swerve.

"Chris Anderson's book 'The Long Tail' chronicled how the Internet revolutionized and democratized distribution. His new book 'Makers' shows how the same thing is happening to manufacturing, with even wider consequences, and this time the leading revolutionaries are the young of the world. Anderson himself left his job as editor of Wired magazine to join a 22-year-old from Tijuana in running a typical makers firm, 3D Robotics, which builds do-it-yourself drones."



"You Ready for Civilian Drones?" Christina Hernandez Sherwood,

"Commercial and civilian drones are already here - even if they're not supposed to be. Officially, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forbids commercial operation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. national air space, but that hasn't stopped a growing number of them from taking to the skies.

In January, the Los Angeles Police Department had to warn real estate agents not to use images of properties taken from a remotely controlled aircraft.

During the Occupy movement in New York City last November, reporter Tim Pool obtained a bird's-eye view of police action in Zuccotti Park from a customized two-foot-wide drone flying overhead. The camera-equipped device streamed live video to the journalist's smartphone, which relayed the footage to a public Internet stream.

And since 2011, News Corp.'s The Daily has had a news-gathering drone that it reportedly used to capture aerial footage of post-storm Alabama and flooding in South Dakota."




"Some of the Most Interesting Projects to Come Out of Kickstarter"

"Kickstarter is a fantastic service that allows anyone to come up with an idea they're passionate about, find others who are also passionate, and then get the funding to go ahead and make that dream a reality. But while every Kickstarter success story is an exciting example of how business is becoming more democratic, there are some that stand out as being particularly successful, particularly innovative or so out there and advanced that they could very well provide us with a real glimpse into the future. Don't believe me? Read on and see what you make of some of the most impressive and intriguing projects to originate on the site

Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter and creator of the first million dollar music project on Kickstarter. With a goal of $100,000 to create her first breakaway solo album after leaving the 'Dresden Dolls', she in fact raised an incredible $1,192,793 and then went on to reach the top 10 in the Billboard Charts. Not bad! "







The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ" by Dylan Matthews at

"Update: Happy sequester day! We're republishing this in celebration of the holiday. Enjoy!

At the end of the month, the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means - and be honest. Don't worry, we're here to set you straight. Follow along for answers to some of the most-asked questions about the impending cuts.
What is the sequester?

The sequester is a group of cuts to federal spending set to take effect March 1, barring further congressional action."



"How will federal sequestration impact the campus?" Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.

"With sequestration and automatic federal funding cuts due to begin today (Friday, March 1), UC Berkeley is among the thousands of affected entities across the country.

The campus's Office of Governmental and Community Relations provides answers to questions about the potential impacts of sequestration on financial aid for students, as well as research. As additional information from federal and other sources becomes available, this Q&A may be updated, with dates of any changes noted."














"Will Wright and his Stupid Fun Club will be Swerve's new tenents--they will occupy part of Swerve's Potter Creek 7th Street facility. Very much sooner-than-later, Michael and Steven Goldin will be leasing space to these video game pioneers--good for Will Wright, good for Potter Creek, good for Berkeley, and good for the Goldins!

good for Ziggy, too

the Swerve family robot-- robots can get lonely "





"Potter Creek's Swerve makes BBC radio!

In a piece about 'the new manufacturing' our Michael Goldin is interviewed by BBC's Chris Anderson. If you want to hear just Michael, start a lIttle after 6 minutes."
























a Note From Councilmanr Capitelli

"The truth is, we just don't want anything to change." This comment came recently at the end of a long and earnest discussion about several proposed changes within a neighborhood shopping area. It seemed to me a fair and candid assessment of how this constituent and some others in our community genuinely feel when confronted with proposed developments or changes to our city.
I get it. When things are working, or are working for you, why change anything? We live in a beautiful, vibrant and desirable area, where residents can live a quiet, residential life with many urban amenities. We absolutely want to preserve what works and what we love.
But change is inevitable and effective preservation is not about doing nothing. As anyone who owns a house soon learns, home maintenance can take almost as much time, energy and resources as home remodeling. Without creative attention and regular investment to our built world, things deteriorate. Whether on the local, regional, state, national or international level, we have to adapt to the changes that are always unfolding around us.
And there are no prescriptive solutions. On a local level, zoning regulations that preserved a vibrant shopping area a generation ago become unreasonable hurdles in a different economic climate. Streets designed to accommodate street cars in the last century need to be redesigned for slower traffic and safe bike and pedestrian use. An urban park that celebrated grassroots community participation a generation ago is now all but abandoned by the greater community, in a holding pattern for a new public vision.
As legislators we advocate for change even when we are trying to preserve our way of life, our environment, our economy, our heritage. Our challenge is to find that sweet spot that balances very limited resources with community priorities, individual needs with public benefits.
So when you say, "We just don't want anything to change," I do hear you. It's a clear call to action.


Potter Creek's Wooden Duck building--7th north of Ashby

is being remodeled by Wareham, its new owner



"People Working in Berkeley Can't Afford to Live Here, Report Says" by Charles Burress at

"The percent of Berkeley's labor force that lives in the city is small and continues to shrink, as high rents and home prices force those who work in the city to seek homes elsewhere, according to a city report on Berkeley's economic development.

Only a small proportion of people who work in Berkeley live in the city, and the percentage continues to decline in the face of high housing costs, according to the first in a newly initiated series of city reports on Berkeley's economic development.

'Only about 17.1% of the jobs in Berkeley are actually held by Berkeley residents, a proportion that has declined over time as the somewhat higher than average rents and home prices in Berkeley has caused more people employed here to look elsewhere in the region for housing,' according to the report prepared for the City Council by the city's Economic Development Manager, Michael Caplan.

The 34-page document is the first in a series of quarterly reports requested by the council in December on Berkeley's economic development in 2013, Caplan said.
It focuses on employment and retail sales trends."





Had lunch at Potter Creek's Paisan yesterday. We ordered the Margherita pizza with sausage and Arugala salad on top, and a Belgian beer--split the pizza and the beer. Absolutely delicious and out the door for USD 27.00 including our generous tip. Also, . . . pleasant surroundings and courteous, efficient service.





"UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked among top 10 universities worldwide" at

"The University of California system once again scored very well in an annual reputational ranking of world research universities by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain, with UC Berkeley and UCLA in the top 10, officials announced Monday."



"Berkeley non-profit wins $750,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation" Jennie Yoon at

"Berkeley school programs receive annual grant support from nonprofit MasterCard Foundation scholarships bring students from African countries to UC Berkeley UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism awarded grant for digital endeavors Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting wins MacArthur grant

The Berkeley-based nonprofit organization International Rivers has been recently awarded the 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Solutions."





















"Berkeley-Paris Express: A Lively Memoir of Studying Classical Music and Painting"

by Webster Young: a review

"Fascinating places. Fascinating times. Fascinating people. Incredible artwork. Berkeley-Paris Express by Webster Young contains the musings and education of an immensely talented young man who had the great luck - if one may call it that - to be blessed not only with talent, but also with opportunities.

If you've ever wondered how an artist truly gets educated, this is a very eye-opening book. If you are one of those people intensely curious about the creative process, you will not be disappointed. If Berkeley in the 1960s fascinates you, if the mere mentioning of the name 'Paris' will always make you perk up, if Juilliard interests you, then by all means pick up Berkeley-Paris Express."




"A Composer At The Edge Of Sound"

"Composer Tod Machover uses technology to help make writing and performing music more accessible."



"Tod Machover and the City of Toronto Are Creating a Symphony" by Amanda Hirsch at

'Over the coming months, I am inviting you -- the citizens of Toronto -- to collaborate with me to compose a new symphony which will be premiered by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra ... Some of the music will be by you, some by me, and some shaped by us together. My hope is that we will create something that neither you nor I could have done without each other, and that will be surprising, stimulating, and beautiful, a musical portrait about -- and by -- Toronto."'

Tod Machover

Tod Machover knows how to collaborate. A composer, inventor and educator at the MIT Media Lab who was nominated for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music, his innovative approach to collaboration with A Toronto Symphony offers lessons in artistic collaboration as well as lessons for collaborators in all sectors -- journalism included. We recently spoke.

Collaborating with a City

Tod Machover

In addition to composing his own music, Machover is passionate about making music central to people's lives -- and many of the technologies he's created do just that, from the technology behind Guitar Hero to Hyperscore, which lets anyone compose music using visual tools.

When the Toronto Symphony asked him to curate an upcoming festival for them, and to explore the theme of the future of orchestras, Machover saw an opportunity to bring his passions together. 'Is there a way to make the kind of music I really want to make,' he asked himself, 'and open up to the public?'

Machover was also interested in creating dialogue between musicians and consumers of music, including the growing number of consumers who make their own musical mash-ups. 'There's really no dialogue between the artists putting out commercial stuff,' he said, and the people who are riffing off of it. At the same time, he observed, everyone uses social media -- 'you can't be an artist without using it' -- but 'a lot of social media actually creates more of a gap" between artists and audiences. "You become more known, but you aren't more accessible.' With the Toronto Symphony, Machover saw an opportunity to experiment with a new model of a collaboration with the general public.

'Could I invite people into the creative process in a way that would be exciting to all of us?,' he wondered.
Hence, the collaborative Toronto Symphony project was born, with Machover formally inviting every resident of the city to participate, with a blog post (quoted at the beginning of this article) and video (see below). His approach offers inspiration for any organization looking to involve citizens in its work in meaningful, rather than token, ways."


"Matt Haimovitz plays the first four movements of Tod Machover's 'Begin Again Again.' "





"Forty years for Berkeley's venerable Ashkenaz" at

"Founded by David Nadel 40 years ago as a community center where people could get together and dance, Ashkenaz has offered music ranging from Cajun to bluegrass to reggae ever since. The venue plans a series of 40th anniversary concerts in March."




Miltiades Mandros emails Nothing much, but in any case, who would know better? Ron, Glad I ran into you the other day. Give a holler if you'd like to swat flies and tell lies. Miltiades










Of Symphonies and Snowflakes

by Harold Lawrence

The first of thirteen recording sessions with Eduardo Mata and the London Symphony Orchestra coincided with the onslaught of what meteorologists described as London's coldest and snowiest weather in 31 years. All forms of transportation collapsed in one form or another; there were widespread power failures; the actors in the musical, Oh, Calcutta, at the Nell Gwynne Theater refused to perform the nude scenes because of the cold; and even Big Ben stopped chiming briefly when its tower clock stuck.

All Saints Church, Tooting (South London), the site of the recording, resembled the inside of one of those glass-ball paperweights with snowflakes whirling around. Only a handful of musicians managed to get to the church on time at 10:30 am. They arrived with tales of stalled suburban trains, frozen Diesel tanks on the highway, and cars that couldn't make it out of their own driveways. Recording engineer Bob Auger, however, had taken the precaution of installing and testing his equipment in the church the night before, and it was as warm as toast when we arrived the following morning, with none of the usual electronic gremlins that have been known to plague recordists in severe wintry conditions.

Eduardo Mata

full story here--then scroll down






















"Berkeley is the mellow, intellectual middle child of the Bay Area family" at is a refreshing look at Our Town.

"North of Oakland and across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, this city has a reputation for being a low-key college town and home to some of the most enlightened thinkers in the Golden State. Along with the academic crowd comes an appreciation for cultural offerings, offbeat boutiques, and locally sourced cuisine. And did we mention its vast swaths of green space? It all comes together to make a downright delightful town."



Patrick Kennedy appeared on "CBS this Morning" today in an interview about his micro-apartments. Reporters Charlie Rose and Nora O'Donnell thought it a good idea.


"Should President Obama give up golf during 'sequester'?" asks

The (failed) GOP bid to strip funds for presidential golf trips was just one move in an escalating struggle over Obama's 'sequester' strategy, . . . "




"Sweet & Stout: Beer-infused cupcakes and desserts" Jackie Burrell at

"It was only to be expected that the burgeoning craft beer movement would eventually surge over the bar and into the kitchen. Over the past several years, we've seen SF Beer Week, the recent, epic 500-event beer fest, explode into a world filled with beer-pairing dinners, lunches and brunches.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that craft beers have even found a place on the dessert menu.
Beeramisu, anyone? "


"Two-Month Berkeley Wine Festival Begins Next Week" Tamara Palmer,

"The fourth annual Berkeley Wine Festival returns to the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa each Friday evening from from March 16-May 24. Meritage chef Scott Quinn has planned an ambitious series of meals and plates to match various wineries of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, including Hanzell Vineyards, Frogs Leap Winery, Benzinger Family Winery and DeLille Cellars. Two months of oenophile heaven begin with a grand opening reception on March 16. There's even a shuttle running from the BART Rockridge station in case trying all 45 wines promised here becomes a personal mission."




"Oriana Fallaci: A life of glory at the Berkeley Rep" by Karen D'Souza at
     " ' Glory is a heavy burden, a murdering poison, and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare' Oriana Fallaci.

The famed Italian journalist had more of that elusive art than most of the world leaders and celebrities she covered. Not only did she have a devastating way with words, but she was as equally fearless in the halls of power as she was in the trenches.
When she died, it has been said, the art of the interview died with her.

Hailed as 'a dissecting interviewer of the powerful,' Fallaci was a controversial figure whose heroism and fatal flaws are the stars of 'Fallaci,' a new play by Lawrence Wright. Directed by Oskar Eustis, this tale of Fallaci's last days makes its world premiere at Berkeley Rep on Friday through April 21 before heading to New York's Public Theatre." 

"Is 3D printing the future of manufacturing?" at

"3D printing is a process by which an object or objects are created by 'printing' its shape with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and cons."










" 3D printing" at

"3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.

A 3D printer works by taking a 3D computer file and constructing from it a series of cross-sectional slices. Each slice is then printed one on top of the other to create the 3D object.

Since 2003 there has been large growth in the sale of 3D printers. Additionally, the cost of 3D printers has declined.[2] The technology also finds use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, among others."

Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller sends a link to a youtube videos of 3D printing.


















"Friends, family remember fallen Santa Cruz officers"at kgo7local.

 "Friends, family and co-workers Thursday gave a final salute to the two Santa Cruz officers killed in the line of duty. Det. Sgt. Butch Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler were remembered in a memorial that was filled with laughter and tears.

Thursday morning, a motorcade that was several miles long traveled through Santa Cruz before heading north on state Highway 17, then taking highways 85 and 87 toward HP Pavilion in San Jose. Two fire trucks at the arena formed an arch with their ladders where an American flag was hanging. " 




"Of 'Guys and Dolls' at Berkeley's Julia Morgan, Fairyland lambs and Crowden virtuoso's recital" Martin Snapp Columnist at

" 'When you see a gent/Paying all kinds of rent/For a flat that could flatten the Taj Mahal/When a bum buys wine like a bum can't afford/It's a cinch that the bum/is under the thumb/of some little broad/When a lazy slob/takes a good steady job/And he smells from Vitalis and Barbasol/Call it sad, call it funny/But it's a better than even money/That the guy's only doing it for some doll.'

Yes, 'Guys And Dolls,' one of the classics of Broadway's golden age of musicals, is coming to Berkeley's Julia Morgan Theatre in a new production from Berkeley Playhouse.

When it premiered in 1951, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; but the award was yanked at the last minute because of scriptwriter Abe Burrows' troubles with the House Un-American Activities Committee, and no Pulitzer for Drama was awarded that year.

'Guys And Dolls' is a comic topsy-turvy world where the bad guys are the good guys, sporting names like Big Jule, Harry the Horse, Nathan Detroit and Nicely Nicely Johnson. It features classic songs like 'Fugue For Tinhorns,' 'Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat' and 'The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game In New York.'

Since the hoodlums are the good guys, it follows that the bad guys are the cops -- in the person of Lt. Brannigan, who keeps trying to bust Nathan Detroit's crap game. In a case of life imitating art, the role is being played by a real-life cop: Berkeley Police Sgt. Tom Curtin. 'I'm the heavy,' he says. 'I'm the guy trying to put flies in the ointment.'

Curtin has loved musical theater ever since he played Jesus in a high school production of 'Godspell,' but he put his theatrical career on hold after college to concentrate on catching crooks. Now he's back." 










Uncle Don

In a time when tall men were 5'10" my Uncle Don was over six-feet. My Mom's oldest brother, Uncle Don was a Milwaukee policeman. But not just any policeman, he was a member of the Mounted Patrol--horse mounted police used downtown for traffic control. (Uncle Don had learned how to handle horses working for my Grandpa delivering ice and coal in horse-drawn wagons.) But that evening during the Christmas rush, when my Mom took me shopping with her at Gimbel's, I didn't know that he was in the Mounted Patrol. Gimbel's was on the busiest corner Downtown, and that night, a corner so filled with people that as a small boy all I could see were shoes, legs, pants, and skirts. My Mom pulled me through the crowd as we crossed the street, and as we reached the opposite curb, a dark figure appeared towering above not only those shoes, legs, pants, and skirts, but above all the people they belonged to. In a huge Great Coat, there was a man who seemed to be a policeman sitting atop a big brown horse. I stood there in awe. We stopped at the side of the horse and its rider, and my Mom asked "Do you know who this is"? Looking up not at all sure, I struggled for an answer. Uncle Don was big and was a policeman. Yet at first, no matter how hard I looked, all I saw was the big coat and the dark horse. But slowly the face above the coat became familiar. "It's Uncle Don" I said with some relief. I don't remember if he said hello, but I know he said that it was all right to touch his horse. After he and my Mom talked a little, we left --a lot of other kids, moms and dads wanted to pet his horse, too. Uncle Don moved to California some years later and I didn't see him for a long time. Then, one Summer afternoon as my cousin MaryAnn and I were sitting on our front steps, a tall man in a raincoat came up to the front of our house and asked. "Do you know who I am?" "You're my Uncle Don" I said.





after 3/8/13, here










from our log

3/2/13--~ 8:00 AM through ~9:30 AM VERY SEVERE irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, head aches, ear aches, coughing, over rides 3 HEPA fltiers, wear respirator, front room not habitable. Off-and-on in PM, similar--2PM and 5PM examples. A pattern has formed in the last weeks of repeated irritants and symptoms between about 7:00 AM and about 9:00 AM also between 6:00 PM and 7: 00 PM, and 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM-- these in addition to "random" periods of irritation.

During the most severe times the wind was coming from either the north, the north-northwest or the northwest. Manufacturing facilities in these directions are in order of proximity; Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass, Acme Bread, Consolidated Printing, Green Printer, Swerve, the electroplater, and Bayer. Several of these manufactures were closed and not operating.


3/3/13--6:37 AM--slightly similar. 8:22 AM slightly similar, wear respirator. 10>29 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, acrid order in warehouse front, wear respirator. 6:40 Pm--slightly similar with acrid "chlorine" odor.

3/4/12--9:21 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, acrid order in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, head aches, ear aches, coughing. 11:30 AM--similar. 6:46 PM--similar.

3/5/13--12:35-AM--irritnat in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 1:32-PM---irritnat in front room, mucus membrane irritation 7:07 PM--similar.

3/6/13--7:11 AM--similar.

3/7/13--9:21 AM---irritnat in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator. 2:07 PM--similar. 2:56 PM--similar. 3:37 PM--similar.

3/8/13--5:56 PM--irritnat in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA filter, watery eyes, coughing, wear respirator.











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