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"Finding Burrata" is a story by Karen Yencich at examiner.com.
"Here in Northern California
we spend way too much time on Saturday mornings watching cooking
shows on KQED, the local PBS affilliate. It was one such dreamy
Saturday that Lidia Bastianch brought us, gaping, off the sofa,
with a food we'd never heard of before. Burrata."
And, "Ramps, green garlic, and spring
another Karen Yencich story. "We've been seeing California
strawberries for a while, but it's still kind of early. They don't
look happy and their little shoulders seem stiff and hunched in
"Galaxy' expands Berkeley Art Museum's
a review by Kenneth Baker, Chronicle Art Critic.
"When Lawrence Rinder
returned to the Berkeley Art Museum as director in 2008, having
served as a curator there in the '90s, he brought an extensive
familiarity with the museum's collection. But nothing like the
deep knowledge he has gained since, in the course of selecting
and hanging 'Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked
Inc., (Booth #4430 at CTIA 2009) a leading provider of location-smart
services for mobile applications, has announced it will be supplying
custom traffic and news report provider Mobile Traffic Network
(MTN) with location-smart messaging for its upcoming mobile traffic
alert service" is a story at pitchengine.com.
"The MTN service will
automatically send custom audio and text alerts regarding upcoming
traffic problems to a subscriber's mobile phone based on their
location. The ad-supported application will be free to any mobile
Dow Joins Riverstone Residential as Executive Vice President"
reports foxbusiness.com. "Riverstone Sees 30% Growth
in California within Last Four Months."
"Another Month of Media
Job Losses" is by Richard Brenneman, Planet reporter.
"In 2008, reports Paper
Cuts, a weblog that tracks U.S. newspaper closings and staff reductions
cost, the country's papers lost at least 15,859 jobs.
So it's an ominous sign for
2009 that cutbacks in the year's first three months are nearly
half of the total for all of last year.
As of early Tuesday afternoon,
March 31, the website was reporting at least 7,562 newspaper positions
have vanished so far in 2009, a year in which major newsrooms
have shut down their presses, including Denver's Rocky Mountain
News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. And that number had risen
by 237 in the previous four hours. "
"Kadyrov Foe Gunned Down In Dubai" is a report by Nabi Abdullaev in
Russia's The St. Petersburg Times.
a former Moscow-backed strongman and member of a clan that challenged
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov's authority, was gunned down
in Dubai on Saturday in an apparent assassination, Dubai police
said, local media reported."
A tip on a real value menu ... Jimmy Bean's at the corner of 6th
and Gilman has introduced $12 prix fix meals ... Salad, entrée
(changes daily), dessert and wine. Twelve bucks! The entrée
specials range from lasagna to chicken pot pie to meatloaf. Check
it out ... We did and liked it.
"Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard: A Universal
Idea" is a
book review at wellfed.net.
and natural foods pretty much go hand in hand. She has been
leading the charge for growing your own food back way before it
was in vogue. Fifteen years ago, though, she took it one
step further. . . .
In Edible Schoolyard: A Universal
Idea, Alice's new book chronicles how the idea has taken storm
and the rewards of creating sustainable sustenance. 'Planting,
growing, harvesting and cooking their own food inspires kids,
even those with the pickiest palates, to eat well,' says Waters."
Steve Smith emails
Did you know that the City
of Richmond is only one block long AND that one block is not a
through street? Me neither. Weird huh. Traffic
monitoring must be super easy.
"Revolutionary Roads: Mapping America's
Innovation Capitals" writes
Nitasha Tiku at inc.com.
"30 tales of following
where the spirit leads."
Groove Yard's Rick
I just received a new consignment of approximately 1,600 jazz
LPs. The first batch will go out this Saturday.
I am looking to buy quality jazz LPs. I'm also looking to buy
female jazz vocals, blues, soul and world music LPs. In the bins
this week more new Latin, Brazilian, African and other world
music LPS. Also, more jazz LPs and CDs.
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
"Aurora Theatre Company Announces 2009-2010
a report by Dan Bacalzo at theatermania.com.
"The Aurora Theatre
Company in Berkeley, California, has announced selections for
its 2009-2010 season, built around the theme, 'Family and Fortune'
"Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing
Planet at Berkeley Art Museum" is a notice at artdaily.com.
"The Berkeley Art Museum
and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) presents Human/Nature: Artists
Respond to a Changing Planet, opening April 1, 2009, and running
through September 27, 2009.
Organized by BAM/PFA and
the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), in partnership
with the international conservation organization Rare, Human/Nature
is a pioneering artist residency and collaborative exhibition
project that, for the first time on this scale, uses contemporary
art to investigate the relationships between fragile natural environments
and the human communities that depend upon them."
"Warren Hellman Eyes
Rescue Of San Francisco Chronicle-Sources" is a report
"Hearst Corp.'s San
Francisco Chronicle has been teetering on the brink of a shut-down.
Now, a group of community members and investors, including Warren
Hellman, co-founder of San Francisco buyout shop Hellman &
Friedman LLC, is trying to come up with possible business models
to save Northern California's largest paper from extinction, according
to people familiar with the effort."
"China Vies to Be World's Leader in Electric
"Chinese leaders have
adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading
producers of hybrid and all-electric vehicles within three years,
and making it the world leader in electric cars and buses after
And, check out, "On
Patrol in Afghanistan" at sfgate.com.
"Afghan money changer Jan Mohammad watches as a U.S. Marine
patrol walks by at an outdoor bazaar on March 27, 2009 in Delaram
in southwestern Afghanistan. The Marines from the 3rd Battalion,
8th Marine Regiment based in Delaram have heightened security
following two deadly suicide bomb attacks in the last two weeks
there which killed four Afghan policemen and one U.S. Marine.
Tofu Yu is again open
I'm told that the former
Café Clem has reopend
Kava is raising the buildings
on his 8th Street just-north-of-the-junkyard lot
Steve Smith reports that
Carpenter Union members are picketing the Essex project on 4th
"Dana Vollmer Wins Honda Sports Award as
Nation's Top Collegiate Swimmer"
" "Swimmer Dana
Vollmer, who won a pair of individual NCAA titles while leading
Cal to the national team championship, has been chosen as the
country's top collegiate female athlete in swimming and diving.
The honor is based on the results of national balloting among
1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports
Awards program, now in its 33rd year. "
Richmond Ramblers M/C member,
Cliff Miller emails
our Susan emails
Susan Brooks First
Saturday Open Studio
One of a kind Jewelry
& Works on Paper
I will be joining
other artists and craftspeople in the
for Open Studios the first Saturday of each month 12-5
2547 Eighth Street
# 24a (between Dwight and Parker)
Hope you can drop
by Sat. April 4th.
(The studio is
also open every Thursday 12-5 and by appointment)
2547 Eighth Street 24a
Berkeley, California 94710
is teaching in Spain now
"The kindest cut: Lamb shoulder is succulent,
forgiving and inexpensive" by Janet
Fletcher, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Some of us are leg
people and others are shoulder people. Unfortunately, this truth
was revealed to me slowly. Over three decades of dinner parties,
mistakes were made.
Today, I cook leg of lamb
only for dinner guests with suspected lean tendencies, the sort
of folks who eat dry toast and drink nonfat milk. Lamb shoulder
I reserve for trencherpeople like me, diners convinced that the
most succulent meat comes from the hardest-working parts, the
cuts with collagen and more than a little intramuscular fat.
. . . Michael Myers,
meat buyer for Berkeley Bowl, says the store's meat department
offers both domestic and imported lamb. It stocks domestic lamb
shoulder chops because customers find the New Zealand chops too
small. But the store's lamb legs are from New Zealand because
the California legs, at about 11 pounds each, are too large for
the needs of most home cooks, says Myers."
a reader from New Mexico
Thanks for sending new recipes.
Lamb shoulder chops are my favorite. Your new blog is very
good. How are you?
"Agency Picks Fishing Pier for Berkeley
reports Richard Brenneman of the Planet.
a regional agency voted to build a new pier south of the Berkeley
Marina fishing pier to serve as the hub for a new ferry service."
"Berkeley Unified Will Receive $2.4
Million in Stimulus Funds Next Month" writes Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
School District is set to receive a healthy chunk of change next
The district is going to
get its share of $44 million in federal stimulus funds that the
Obama administration made available Wednesday to states and schools
for education reform, district officials said.
The funds will go mainly
to special education and toward helping socioeconomically disadvantaged
"Public-employee pension are unsustainable" opines Daniel Borenstein at contracostatimes.com.
"If you want an example
of public employee pensions mushrooming out of control, consider
the case of Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz."
"Entrepreneurs start businesses
is a report by Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A saying repeated over
and over in the technology industry is that the best time to build
a company is during a downturn.
Many entrepreneurs are testing
the theory by forming their startups this year, when many more
established companies are cutting jobs and, in some cases, shutting
Optimistic? Definitely. Foolish?
Only time will tell."
Kubik forwards a link to latimes.com.
the last few days I've had five, 2-ounce boxes of artisan brittle
from Morning Glory Confections on my desk. Since they've been
there, I've been constantly distracted. Like clockwork, after
lunch, my coworkers approach me, make small talk and then blurt
out, 'Can I have some brittle?' "
"Getting behind the wheel of an electrifying
machine" is a review
and test drive by Matt Nauman at cctimes.com.
a sports car? Until recently, it was design, performance and sound
- the deep, throaty rumble of a Corvette's V-8, for example, or
the machined purr of a Porsche 911 Turbo.
Then came the electric and
electrifying Tesla Roadster. A half-day spent thrashing a Tesla
on the curvy ribbons of road above Palo Alto and Woodside was
enough to convince me that silence is golden.
And breathtaking. And scary.
The Roadster, in production
since mid-2008 and now equipped with a re-engineered transmission,
makes a strong statement about the future of driving.
Here's a car that can go
very, very fast - 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed
electronically limited at 125 mph - yet all of its power comes
from electricity. For a starting price of $109,000 - the one I
tested was about $122,000 with options and delivery charge - you
can get a two-seat machine that you can drive nearly 250 miles
"LBNL Biofuel Partner Warns of Bankruptcy" reports Richard Brenneman in the Planet.
a partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in
developing a pilot plant to turn plant fiber into fuel, may be
heading for bankruptcy court.
Warnings of the possible
Chapter 11 filing were included in federal financial filings.
The firm, chaired by former
California Secretary of State William L. Jones, is deep in debt
and unable to meet its loan obligations, according to filings
with the federal Security and Exchange Commission."
our Kerstin and Andrew Fischer
had a son last week
James Vernon is Potter
Creek's newest resident
"UC Berkeley library opened to public again" is a report by Annalee Allen, Oakland Tribune
"UC Berkeley's world
famous Bancroft Library collections once again are open for public
access after a four-year renovation to the campus building that
houses the materials."
"Court Upholds Berkeley's Decision to Revoke
U-Haul Use Permit"
by Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.
"The California Court
of Appeal upheld last week the Berkeley City Council's decision
to revoke U-Haul's use permit for its San Pablo Avenue location.
City officials announced
the March 30 decision Friday, April 3 to the press and City Council
"Live-Blogging Logan Symposium on Investigative
Reporting at Berkeley" by
Mark Glaser at pbs.org/mediashift.
"I am at the University
of California-Berkeley for the 3rd Annual Reva and David Logan
Investigative Reporting Symposium this weekend. It's an invite-only
event run by Lowell Bergman, known for his work at "60 Minutes"
(and being played by Al Pacino in "The Insider"). The
theme this year is "Reporting on Corruption," and included
a preview showing of Bergman's new documentary about international
bribery on PBS. "
"Tradition, detail meet in townhouse trio" by Mark A. Wilson, Special to The Chronicle.
"Most Bay Area homeowners
are familiar with the phrase 'Berkeley brown shingle,' which is
loosely used to describe any wood frame residence covered in shingles.
But Berkeley architect David
Trachtenberg is much more precise in describing how his use of
brown shingles reflects the design philosophy of the First Bay
Tradition, which has inspired his buildings throughout the Bay
Area: 'When you sheath a building in shingles,' he says, 'it gives
that building's smallest gestures unique expression.'
Now he has applied this idea
to three townhouses at 1350, 1352 and 1354 Neilson St. in North
Berkeley, two of which have just come on the market."
"Biotech not filling property void" is a story by George Avalos in our Times.
"Biotech and medical
companies are supposed to be jewels of the Bay Area economy, but
the economic malaise has tarnished the luster of those cutting
edge industries, according to a new report.
Life science companies have
scaled back their appetite to expand, or have even retrenched.
A sluggish economy has combined with industry mergers such as
Roche's proposed takeover of Genentech to produce a lot of uncertainties
that loom over the industry.
The result: Vacancy rates
have jumped for bioscience buildings, according to the report
from Oakland-based market researcher Foresight Analytics LLC.
These buildings are a commercial real estate subset of properties
that have research, laboratory, clean rooms, offices or other
facilities geared towards the biotech and medical devices industries."
"Builder forges ahead with project despite
gloom" is a story
by George Avalos at contracostatimes.com.
has decided to light the proverbial candle rather than curse the
darkness and intends to launch at least one new big office and
research complex in the East Bay this year - even if the project
doesn't have a tenant ahead of time.
The San Rafael developer
is eyeing two projects in Emeryville and one in Berkeley, near
existing office, research and laboratory buildings that Wareham
has already built.
Wareham specializes in providing
space to tenants in the biotech, medical, pharmaceutical, alternative
energy, and other-cutting edge industries. The developer counts
fledgling companies and huge organizations such as Novartis and
the former Chiron among its clients."
Deal manual labor jobs shaped Bay Area workers lives and views"
writes Denis Cuff in the Contra Costa Times.
"Sol Rubin was poor,
jobless and just out of high school in 1933 when the Great Depression
settled over his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., like a dark cloud.
Money was tight. Food was
scarce. Sol's father left home to look for carpentry jobs.
So Sol's mom marched her
skinny teenage son downtown for a physical with the only employer
who seemed be hiring: a new federal outfit called the Civilian
"Mother struggles to cope, nearly a year after
her son's slaying" is
by Karl Fischer, West County Times.
"Hundreds of photos
festoon Patricia Ballard's living room, including dozens of her
son, Brandon Young.
There's Brandon the baby.
Brandon on vacation. Brandon in a tux, leaning against a pillar
with a cousin on Christmas Day. Brandon mugging for the camera.
All these fine photos, and
Ballard can't bring herself to post a single one on the mausoleum
wall beside the plaque memorializing her son."
Happy Birthday to Byron and
Thanks to 7.6 minutes of
work by Pete, the Blue Bomberoo is back.
"Suspect may be tied to another home invasion,
police say" Henry
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"One of the eight suspects
arrested in a North Berkeley home-invasion robbery has been implicated
in a similar incident a year ago in El Cerrito, police said today."
"Office Depot to repay $289,000 in overcharges
to California city" is
by Allison Ross, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer.
"The city of Berkeley,
Calif., said Office Depot Inc. has agreed to reimburse the city
approximately $289,000 after city officials discovered overcharges
during an audit of their office supplies contract with the company.
In a letter sent today to
the city's mayor and city council, city manager Phil Kamlarz said
that the overcharges occurred between July 1, 2006 and March 31,
"Center for Independent Living Advocates
for People with Disabilities" writes Adam Phillips at voa.com.
"At first glance, the
sunny ground-floor offices of the Center for Independent Living
in Berkeley, California, look like any other busy non-profit organization.
The bulletin board is a riot of posted notices and reminders,
the photocopier is in overdrive, and people are busy typing on
keyboards and talking into telephones
But almost everyone here
has some disability. They may be blind or deaf or mentally disabled,
or - like CIL's executive director Jan Garrett, who was born with
no limbs - they get around by using a motorized wheelchair.
'That's one of the reasons
the Center for Independent Living is important,' says Garrett.
'It brings together all kinds of people with different disabilities,
and artificial walls go away and people are just people.' "
"El Cerrito woman injured
in accident involving Berkeley police officer" reports the
Mercury News yesterday.
"The California Highway
Patrol is on the way to investigate an injury accident involving
a Berkeley Police officer near the traffic circle at Marin and
Los Angeles avenues.
Traffic is being rerouted
in the area.
A 31 year-old woman from
El Cerrito was taken to a hospital, but her condition was not
available, said Berkeley Police spokesman Andrew Frankel. The
police officer was not injured."
"Many draft prognosticators have California
center Alex Mack headed to the Steelers with the 32nd pick and
sometime this week, he is expected to pay the South Side practice
facility a visit"
While a center usually doesn't garner attention as first round
pick, Mack is thought to be a one of a kind player who will suit
up for many years in the league, a can't miss guy if available."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
guage shows .3 inch from yesterday AM to today AM.
"EPA Will Not Monitor Berkeley Air Quality" reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"Berkeley didn't make the list of schools selected last week
for outdoor air quality monitoring by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, and a local environmental group isn't happy about the
"Berkeley-based nonprofit helps veterans
get foothold into workplace" writes Francine Brevetti, Oakland
"Veterans who have returned
from active duty can be unprepared for the job market, even in
the best of times, say experts in the field.
But a nonprofit in Berkeley
supports these veterans returning to civilian life in the East
"Song-a-day Mann a budding Internet star"
is a story at google.com.
" Jonathan Mann
is an Internet minstrel, writing a new song every day to serenade
his growing online audience."
"UC Berkeley professor takes on school
spending" is a report
"In his book, 'The Money
Myth: School Resources, Outcomes, and Equity,' W. Norton Grubb
argues that how much is spent is less important than how it is
"Reverse Historic Trends in California
by Taxing the Rich" is
an opinion at californiaprogressreport.com.
"We have the (mis)fortune
to be living through one of the great economic crises of modern
history. We are at the opening stages of both that crisis and
its massive reshaping of our way of life."
our Jarad emails
To the City Council, BPD,
City Manager's Office, West Berkeley Neighborhood Watch
& South Berkeley Neighborhood Watch --
On NPR today they discussed what Watsonville, CA is doing to combat
graffiti & spoke with the Deputy Police Chief there. They
are using a technology solution to catch people.
A synopsis of the story is pasted below with the URL. I've included
the synopsis here since it includes key metrics of the success
of Watsonville's anti-graffiti program. If Watsonville, a city
half the size of Berkeley, has the budget to tackle
this problem head on, Berkeley should be able to do the same.
Things Considered, April 8, 2009 · A growing number
of cities are using new technology to capture graffiti taggers.
They are relying on a special sensor that can somehow detect the
use of spray paint and immediately alert police to that location.
Deputy Police Chief Manny Solano, who is using this new technology
in Watsonville, Calif., says the technology is a small part of
an investigation the department has been conducting for the past
"Overall, the result of the investigation ... was 38 arrests,"
he says. "We have over $53,000 that these individuals are
responsible for and over 885 counts of vandalism."
"Port of Oakland approves pollution reduction
plan" is a story
by Denis Cuff in the Contra Costa Times.
"Oakland Port commissioners
Tuesday approved a master plan for reducing port diesel vehicle
pollution that has contributed to a higher cancer risk for West
"Top prosecutor, advocacy attorney debate
by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.
"Sparks flew Wednesday
as Northern California's top federal prosecutor squared off in
a debate against a national medical marijuana advocacy group's
U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello
and Joe Elford, chief counsel of Berkeley-based Americans for
Safe Access, agreed on little, often challenging each other on
the history of the federal marijuana ban and pressing each other
for details of how best to reconcile that ban with California's
law allowing medical use of the drug."
"Check it out -- It's National library
week" reports Kristin
Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"This week is the 51st
National Library Week.
But in these lean economic
times, there doesn't need to be a Senate proclamation to get people
to visit Berkeley libraries to borrow books and materials, librarians
Pete Hurney emails
Prepare yourselves for a
roller coaster of ukulele thrills as this months edition of Peter
Hurney's Midnight Ukulele Express on KALX, Bereley 90.7 FM is
coming up this Thursday night, April the 9th at 11:59 PM.
An hour of your favorite music and mine,
all of it containing the little ukulele. This month my featured
ukulele guy is Hot Time Harv and his Roller Coaster of Kicks coming
at you all the way from Hackensack, New Jersey!
It don't get any better than this. And
if you are in Hackensack or anywhere else where you can't tune
in Kalx we can be streamed live on the web at:
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore
"Berkeley's Lee meets with Cuba's Castro"
reports the Sacramento
"Rep. Barbara Lee, an
outoken Berkeley Democrat, has headed a delegation of members
of Congress to Cuba this week to meet with the long-shunned communist
"earthmine Launches 3D Mapping System Driven
by GPS, Inertial"
is at insidegnss.com.
such as recently drove a Google Street View crew from Broughton,
England, or security-oriented legislation that would require blurred
features or position accuracy in commercial imagery is just part
of the market environment for 3-D mapping company earthmine, Inc.,
which is moving out of beta mode into full-fledged operations.
Founded in 2006 in Berkeley,
California, the privately held company has developed a stereo-panoramic
camera array that generates full 360-by-180-degree spherical imagery.
The array uses four camera pairs (eight cameras total) mounted
vertically and spaced horizontally 90 degrees apart. "
"Will Wright Leaves Electronic Arts" is a report at dailytech.com.
"Will Wright has finally left EA to focus on his own company,
after thinking about the move for more than a year
Electronic Arts confirmed
Will Wright, the man behind The Sims and Spore, is leaving EA
to work at an entertainment studio he originally created in 2001.
Wright will be working full-time
at Stupid Fun Club, a company designed to focus on new projects
that could later be turned into video games, movies, toys, and
other entertainment ventures -- EA also is serving as a sponsor
of the company."
Retail Vacancy Rate Still High" by Riya Bhattacharjee,
"On a recent warm spring evening, the streets of downtown
Berkeley were sparsely populated-unusual for a Friday night.
A small but steady stream
of people could be seen trickling in and out of Shattuck Avenue's
bars, restaurants and cafes-Angeline's was packed, and so was
Thalassa-but few window shoppers.
For a long time now Berkeley's
downtown hasn't been bringing in the kind of foot traffic usually
generated by retail shops-a fact city officials acknowledge but
counter with the claim that the downtown is fast emerging as an
arts, entertainment and dining destination."
"Economy Falling Years Behind Full Speed" Carlos Barria opines at nytimes.com.
"Generating work for
the millions that have lost their jobs since the recession began
will take several years.
As the recession grinds on,
more and more of the nation's means of production - its workers,
its factories, its retail outlets, its freight lines, its bank
lending, even its new inventions - are being mothballed.
This idled capacity, like baseball players after a winter off,
takes time to bring back into robust use. So even if the recession
miraculously ended tomorrow, economists estimate that at least
three years would pass before full employment returned and output
rose enough for the economy to operate at full throttle."
"Tesla's surprise: an electric screamer
for the rest of us!" is
a report at sfgate.com.
Electric car startup, Tesla
Motors, rolled out its new Model S Sedan last night for a few
hundred customers at its showroom in Menlo Park. Predictably,
the crowd of well-heeled volt-geeks was agog over the vaguely
Acura-like family car, snapping photos, sipping chardonnay and
lining up 30 deep to catch a ride around the building in the company's
first (and only) working prototype. To my surprise, the Model
S was upstaged by an adorable little ugly duckling hiding in it's
"West Berkeley: A Future Property Hot Spot?" is opinion at sfgate.com.
"Earlier this year the
Society of American Travel Writers voted the ferry ride from Sausalito
to San Francisco the second most exciting and scenic ferry ride
in the world. Top of the list was Hong Kong's Star Ferry and New
York's Staten Island ferry placed third."
"Horse racing will continue at Golden Gate
Fields -- for now" reports
Shelly Meron at cctimes.com.
"Public Hearing in Berkeley, California,
to Focus on Intellectual Property" is a press release at 7thspace.com.
"Event Will Take Place
May 4 and 5, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission
today announced the fifth and final hearing in a series exploring
the evolving market for intellectual property. This hearing will
be held May 4-5, 2009, on the campus of the University of California
at Berkeley, in cooperation with the Berkeley Center for Law and
Technology [http://www.law.berkeley.edu/institutes/bclt/] and
the Berkeley Competition Policy Center [http://iber.berkeley.edu/cpc/].
It will explore how markets for patents and technology operate
in different industries, whether those markets operate efficiently,
and how patent policy might be adjusted to respond to problems
in those markets in order to better promote innovation and competition."
"Canadian Solar Signs 5MW Module Contract" reports jlmpacificepoch.com.
manufacturer Canadian Solar Inc (Nasdaq:CSIQ) said Friday that
it has signed an agreement to supply 5MW of modules with power
ratings ranging from 0.03W to 300W to Helio Micro Utility."
" 'Green' Thinking Continues to Sweep College
Campuses" is by
Andy Kroll, Fox News.
"A couple of weeks ago,
I wrote about some fascinating and encouraging news from other
college campuses throughout the U.S. that, in some form or another,
are embracing "green" technology and lifestyles.
Since then, plenty has happened
at schools like the University of Montana, the University of California
at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. Here's a snapshot
of what's going on at these campuses, with links included to the
full stories for further reading."
"Many programs for the elderly, disabled across
California to disappear"
writes Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune.
"Adult schools across California have dramatically reduced
their offerings in response to deep state budget cuts and a new
budget policy that lets school districts dip into their once-protected
coffers. While the financial situations and priorities vary from
district to district, one of the biggest casualties statewide
is programming for seniors and disabled adults. "
"Storm draft Cal's Walker, FSU's Freshour" is at sfgate.com.
"Ford Announces Price Hikes, Blames Sagging
Ruble" reports Irina
Titova in Russia's St. Petersburg Times.
"Ford said this week
that it would increase prices for the models it makes at its local
plant (above) by up to nine percent.
Ford plans to increase prices
for its cars in Russia by nine to 25 percent from May 1, the Russian
office of the American car manufacturer said this week."
"Sea Salt" is Jane Tunks' appreciation at sfgate.com.
"Since its 2005 opening,
Sea Salt has been reeling customers in with sparkling fresh seafood
at reasonable prices. Thanks to a welcoming staff and seafaring
decor, the neighborhood crowd quickly embraced the seafood spot.
The Berkeley haunt has proved
to be so popular, in fact, that it expanded into the next-door
space in 2007. Among the improvements were a full liquor license,
a newly installed bar and a specialty cocktail menu."
"An Indian mother is set for an entry into
the Guinness World Records after eating 51 of the world's hottest
chilli in two minutes" is
a report at bbcnews.com.
Anandita Dutta Tamuly, 26,
gobbled up the 'ghost chillis' in front of visiting British chef
Gordon Ramsay in the north-eastern state of Assam.
Ms Tamuly told Associated
Press she 'felt terrible' - because she had managed 60 in an earlier
"Environmental Watchdog Group Sues Air
District" is by
Riya Bhattacharjee, Planet reporter.
environmental group is suing the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District, alleging that the agency violated the California Public
Records Act by denying access to Pacific Steel Casting's Odor
"Tilden Park Carousel Ready for the Next
Century " written
by Roland Hopkins, Carousel News and Trader.
The Tilden Park merry-go-round
has been part of the Berkeley and Bay Area family for 60 years
now, but there would likely be no Tilden Park merry-go-round,
(certainly not this one), if was not for the Oliver Funk Davis
"Love What You Do, Women Leaders Say" is a story at bicycleretailer.com.
"When she was told that
as a woman she couldn't join an expedition to climb Mt. McKinley,
Arlene Blum recruited five other women and in 1970 led the first
women's team up Mt. McKinley.
'When everyone says it's
impossible, I go, well, I must be on the right track,' Blum told
65 women gathered last Thursday night at a regional event hosted
by the Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition at the REI store in
"Americans for Safe Access Gears Up for
Drug Policy Summit"
is a press release at opposingviews.com.
"I hope you're gearing
up and making plans for ASA's two-day California strategy session,
in coordination with Students for Sensible Drug Policy's West
Coast Regional Conference in Berkeley! You can register now for
the April 25th and 26th meeting!"
"Berkeley Bread Project helps aspiring
bakers" by Doug
Oakley, West County Times.
Charles Thomas, of Berkeley, served 18 months in prison for drug
possession and sales.
Now he's a baker."
"New programs, old squabbles as KPFA turns
60" is a report
by Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"KPFA-FM will celebrate
its 60th birthday this week, and the Berkeley public radio station
that was the nation's first listener-supported outlet is still
the proudly lefter-than-left Bay Area institution that thinks
National Public Radio is too conservative and isn't shy about
calling itself 'radical.' "
"UCLA professor stands up to violent animal
is a report at latimes.com.
"J. David Jentsch organizes
a campus rally April 22 of those who believe biomedical testing
on animals saves human lives. His car was set on fire March 7,
allegedly by opponents of testing.
As soon as he heard his car alarm blare and saw the orange glow
through his bedroom window, UCLA neuroscientist J. David Jentsch
knew that his fears had come true.
His 2006 Volvo, parked next
to his Westside house, had been set ablaze and destroyed in an
early morning attack March 7. Jentsch had become the latest victim
in a series of violent incidents targeting University of California
scientists who use animals in biomedical research."
An AA male was arrested today at approx 440pm April 10th on 10th
Street after publicly assaulting a woman at the property that
Diane Walker resides. 2 BPD officers responded and took the man
What can our block do about the residents at this property? What
can Bank of America / Countrywide do to address the situation?
Most importantly what can the city do? Or should
I ask what is the city willing to do? The people that reside
in the property owned by the bank are dragging this neighborhood
into the sewer.
Things have gone too far in the past 12 months. Is the city going
to let this nonsense continue?
This property has been responsible for welcoming in the H2O Waterfront
drug gang that was openly selling crack cocaine and actively intimidating
residents on this block. Then people at the property called in
CopWatch to harrass BPD whenever we'd call BPD to get rid of the
drug dealers. Recently it posted a memorial for a cop killer and
child rapist (Mixon), and now it is the scene of adult male on
female violence in front of 7-8 children playing in the street.
Why isn't the city doing something about this? We've been in front
of the council, we've had neighborhood meetings, we've met with
Angela Gallegos-Castillo, Darryl Moore, Ryan Lau, Karen Buckheit,
Andrew Frankel, Andy Greenwood (multiple times) we've done everything
Berkeley has asked us to do and STILL nothing has been done to
remove this anchor around the neck of the neighborhood.
Seriously, please tell us what it will take for the city to act
in a unified fashion to clean up this neighborhood, because we've
done what you've asked and still we have this problem, which makes
many of us believe that most departments in this city are not
interested in cleaning up this neighborhood (with the exception
We deserve a direct & non-political answers that provides
us with the time tables and measurable milestones we've asked
of the city for over a year now without any additional waste of
Kubik emails a link to the
for respect. A puzzling ground zero in America's struggle with
crime and race.
'Ambulance, not police; I
saw the look in your eyes,' says Phil Tagami, a native of Oakland
and a property developer in the city, as another siren wails outside
his downtown office. Mr Tagami, of Japanese, German and Jewish
stock, knows his sirens and loves his town, which he calls 'the
working waterfront for the Bay Area'. Many of the people who work
in San Francisco and Silicon Valley (across the bridge to the
west) or in Berkeley (just to the north) live here. Then he opens
a folder in a big pile of crime statistics. The story that emerges
is not quite what recent headlines have suggested."
"Berkeley, Oakland public art programs
by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"The Open Circle Foundation
has awarded $100,000 grants to the cities of Oakland and Berkeley
for public art projects."
"Golden Bears recruit another top defensive
"The California 2010
recruiting class is starting to get pretty exciting. The annual
Blue-Gold game hasn't been played yet and the Bears are already
reeling in top talent for 2010."
"Throwing cold water on Wells forecast" by George Avalos, West County Times, Staff
"Some analysts have
begun to point to possible blemishes on the rosy outlook issued
by Wells Fargo & Co. for its first quarter, and one financial
expert says the bank will have to raise $50 billion to cover the
economic slump and payments to the government."
Swerve has signed a contract
with Freight and Salvage to provide seating for the new downtown
Freight and Salvage facitlity--over 400 seats are going to be
manufactured at Swerve's Potter Creek plant. Swerve will make
these seats with their state-of-the-art computerized robot, Ziggy.
Well Ok then.
"Z Gallerie files Chapter 11 bankruptcy" is a report in the San Francisco Business
Times by Kelly Johnson.
"Z Gallerie, the Southern
California home furnishings chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
reorganization. It has local stores in Berkeley on Fourth Street,
in San Francisco on Union Street, in Walnut Creek on Mt. Diablo
Boulevard, in Corte Madera, Sacramento, San Jose and Roseville."
Today's Lehrer News
looks at the "Solar
Economy" with a Bay Area, Spencer Michels report on whether
solar energy businesses can survive the economic downturn.
This has a VERY interesting commentary from people across Berkeley
about what is wrong with our Downtown. I thought I was in the
minority talking about the need to have a stronger police presence,
get aggressive about graffiti, and provide parking. I'm getting
the impression now that I'm in the mainstream, which makes me
scratch my head and wonder where these people are hiding most
of the time.
"Six cities in Alameda County to combine
federal housing stimulus funds" wiites
Karen Holzmeister at mercurynews.com.
"The federal economic
stimulus act has given cities nationwide - including those in
Alameda County - their marching orders: Purchase vacant and foreclosed
properties to get people back into housing and to prevent empty
buildings from becoming eyesores.
But what needs to happen
if the federal funding formula provides a community only a puny
share of the $3.9 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program?
That region then needs to
pool resources, which is exactly what San Leandro, Alameda, Berkeley,
Fremont, Livermore and Union City plan to do."
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"Long, wild East Bay chase ends in arrest" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff
"A parolee was
jailed today [yesterday] after leading police on a 90-minute chase
through the East Bay, authorities said.
Steven Scott Peterson, 47,
led Fremont police, California Highway Patrol officers and a CHP
helicopter on a circuitous chase in a stolen box truck Tuesday
night, said Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran.
The pursuit ended about 11:15
p.m. when officers deployed a "spike strip" on Interstate
80 near Gilman Street in Berkeley, which flattened the truck's
right front tire. Peterson ran from the vehicle but was captured
shortly thereafter, authorities said."
"UC buys rather than builds" writes George Avalos at insidebayarea.com.
"The University of California
has gone shopping for office buildings in the East Bay, recently
buying two prime properties in Berkeley, paying nearly $80 million
for the offices.
The university bought the
171,000-square-foot Golden Bear Center at 1995 University Ave.
near Milvia Street and a 70,000-square-foot building at 2850 Telegraph
Ave. near Oregon Street.
The University of California
Regents paid $53 million for Golden Bear Center, said Christine
Shaff, a university spokeswoman. The UC Regents bought the building
from an affiliate of Chicago-based Equity Office. That sale closed
on Feb. 2."
"Economist has weak outlook for state,
U.S." reports James
Temple, Chronicle Staff Writer .
"The United States and
California are ensnared in a "great recession" that
will probably persist until the middle of next year, followed
by a long and anemic recovery, according to the annual forecast
by a widely followed real estate prognosticator.
In the most likely scenario,
U.S. gross domestic product will decrease by 4 percent in 2009,
the U.S. unemployment rate will climb from 8.5 percent to 10.1
percent at least by year end and home ownership will fall from
a peak of 69.2 percent to 66.5 percent at the end of 2010, predicted
Ken Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban
Economics at UC Berkeley, in his Tuesday morning presentation
at the organization's 14th annual conference. "
This month, this site has
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"City Warns of Traffic Delays For University
Ave. Repairs" writes Riya
Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"Berkeley's Public Works
Department last week announced anticipated traffic delays and
possible street closures due to street repairs on University Avenue,
between Sixth and Grant streets."
"Berkeley High officials promise to report
school crimes" is
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice Staff writer.
"Berkeley High School
administrators have pledged to start informing parents of assault,
theft, robbery and drug dealing at the school following formal
complaints made in January and February."
homeless seeking food and shelter in Berkeley" is also
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice Staff Writer.
"The number of first-time
homeless people looking for free food and a place to sleep is
way up this year"
"Newspapers cost less to publish in 1934"
is a report by Steven
Finacom at contracostatimes.com.
"How much did it cost
to publish a local newspaper 75 years ago ?
The Berkeley Daily Gazette
opened its books to the public in the April 6, 1934 issue, noting
that it spent $198,868 during 1933 on personnel costs, paying
75 full time staff and 107 carriers (that is, newspaper delivery
people). Presumably the full time staff included not only reporters
and editors but pressmen, office staff, and advertising salespeople."
About L.A Reid "The
Most Powerful Black in Music
Business" from Ebony is here.
And, check out Charlie
Rose' interview with Reid here.
Rick Ballard of Groove Yard
Groove Yard Jazz , 5555 Claremont
Ave. @ Forest, Oakland, CA 94618
batch of LPs from the new consignment of approximately
1,600 jazz LPs will go out this Saturday. Lots of great hard bop
and free jazz titles.
of Jazz Appreciation Month 2009, San Jose Jazz and the Tech Museum
are teaming up to create an enriching series of events for fellow
Every Tuesday in
April, we will present a panel discussion on a different aspect
of jazz. These lectures are absolutely FREE, and cover a variety
of topics that you might never have considered before. They will
take place from 7pm to 8pm at the Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St.,
San Jose (MAP).
The line-up of
fascinating topics is as follows:
Jazz Outside the United States
It is a known fact that jazz originated in the US and then spread
around the globe. Today, there is a rich "conversation"
between jazz in the US and jazz from the rest of the world, with
each influencing the other. Panelists for this session -- Dennis
Broughton, Paul van Wageningen, and John Worley -- will share
their views and experience of jazz in Brazil, the Netherlands,
Japan, and elsewhere around the world.
How did you take that picture? Insight from the photographers
For the final presentation in our Jazz Appreciation Month lecture
series, two Bay Area jazz photographers, Andy Nozaka and Walter
Wagner, will talk about their love of music and discuss the way
they express that passion through photography. Listening to these
veteran photographers of the jazz world will provide a deeper
understanding of the photographer's vision. They will also be
sharing some behind-the-scenes stories of great moments in jazz.
We hope you'll
join us for one or more of these FREE events, where you'll find
food for thought in the company of other jazz afficianados. No
advance registration is necessary. Remember, lectures will be
held every Tuesday in April at 7pm, at the Tech Museum in downtown
San Jose (access through the Park Ave. entrance). Mark your calendars
at San Francisco State
15 Friday, April 17
Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway at 19th
San Francisco State University showcases its jazz ensembles.
Each concert features an advanced student group led by SF
State faculty members who are stalwarts in the Bay Area's
· Wednesday, April 15, 1PM, Free: SF State Vocal Jazz Ensemble
featuring Lecturer Renee Lubin, star of "Beach Blanket Babylon."
Directed by Professor Dee Spencer.
· Wednesday, April 15, 7:30PM, $10 general/$5 students:
SF State Jazz Combos. Directed by Andrew Speight.
· Thursday, April 16, 7:30PM, $10 general/$5 students:
SF State Big Band and SF State Jazz Combos. Directed by
· Friday, April 17, 7:30PM, $10 general/$5 students: SF
State Gospel Choir. Directed by student JaRonn Thompson. Dee Spencer,
The Art of Agency
Monday, April 27, 9AM 1PM and 6 9PM, Free
Tuesday, April 28, 6 9PM, Free
Wednesday, April 29, 1PM, Free
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30PM, $10 general/$5 students
Creative Arts Building, SF State campus, 1600 Holloway at
19th Ave., SF
ImprovisAsians: The Art of Agency is a three-day intercultural
collaboration between Asian Improv Arts and SF State's World
Music and Dance Program, presenting panel discussions, lectures
and performances exploring the traditions and hybrids in forming
community. At 7:30PM April 29, in Knuth Hall, "Sound Come-Unity"
returns as this year's grand-finale concert, with a host
of faculty, students, alumni and community arts activists
coming together for one-of-a-kind, improvised sound creations
honoring the memory of SF State Dance Lecturer Pierce. Performers
include saxophonists Francis Wong and Hafez Modirzadeh, Afro-Cuban
jazz player John Calloway, Grammy winning Native American musician
John-Carlos Perea, poet Avotcja, traditional Filipino instrumentalist
Danny Kalunduyan, India Benares Gharana singer Rita Sahai,
Persian daff and dance from Shahrzad Dance Academy, Arab
oud player Saed Muhssin and more. The 1PM April 29 concert,
"Motive in Sound," also in Knuth Hall, features Jon
Jang, Francis Wong, Lenora Lee, John-Carlos Perea, Dohee
Lee and Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Wesley
"Plan to boost electric car sales" is a report at bbcnews.com.
"Motorists will be offered
subsidies of up to £5,000 to encourage them to buy electric
or plug-in hybrid cars under plans announced by the government."
Better Alliance With Pakistan" opines Fouad Pervez
"Foreign Policy in Focus:
'Pakistan has quickly risen in geopolitical importance over the
past few years, arguably becoming the most important country in
the world when it comes to international security. It has been
moving towards major instability, however, and threatens to explode
into violence at any given moment considering the domestic, regional,
and international dynamics at play. Domestically, Pakistan has
problems with hyper-inflation, food and electricity shortages,
disappeared persons, and unpopular political leadership. Increased
regional political tension, primarily with Afghanistan and India,
flared up following the Mumbai attacks in November. Internationally,
Pakistan has been a trusted ally and untrustworthy friend to the
United States in the War on Terror, a tension that seems likely
to continue.' "
Police action, Friday 4/17,
6:37 PM on 8th between Grayson and Heinz.
BPD officers are searching
for a robbery suspect around Kava's old-place.
The suspect was seen by Cameron
jumping the fence at Kava's about 20 minutes ago. He wore
a "white tee-shirt and red baseball " cap.
Cameron said he "robbed
a woman" earlier.
BPD were on the scene within
Friday robbery update
I'm told by a reliable source
that one of the robbery suspects was caught--an 18 year old African-American
male. He was apprehended on the 9th Street French School playground.
It is believed he is the suspect that jumped Kava's folks' fence.
Kava's mom was on the back porch when the suspect came through
the yard and "shoed him away." The other suspect had
not been caught as of Friday PM. But it is believed he will be
Berkeley PD secured the area early-on and blanketed backyards
with officers, weapons at-the-ready.
Though not confirmed, I'm told the suspects had held up the "check-cashing"
store on San Pablo.
futher Friday update
I'm told that a woman leaving
the check cashing store was beaten and robbed.
Friday night/Saturday morning
several businesses were SERIOUSLY tagged in Potter Creek.
Our Angela emails about a
special meeting of the Zoning Adjustments Board. It's about
920 Heinz Avenue--West Berkeley
to Use Permit #04-10000084 to allow approved "full-
service grocery marketplace" to open without required traffic
signal at Heinz/San Pablo
and left turn signal at Ashby/San Pablo, but with interim mitigations
signals are installed: (1) prohibit left turns at Heinz/San Pablo
and direct northbound
traffic to Seventh St.; (2) prohibit westbound left turns at Ashby/San
The Zoning Adjustments Board of the City of Berkeley
will hold a special meeting on the above matter on
Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Maudelle Shirek Building (Old City Hall), Council Chambers
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Please direct questions and comments to: Aaron Sage, 510-981-7425,
Duck is closing their 7th Street, Potter Creek store. Anyone
interested in the property should contact John Norheim at Norheim
and Yost, (510) 527-3400. There is another Berkeley store on the
east frontage road off Highway 80 north of University.
"Planning Commission Approves New Downtown
Plan" reports Richard
Brenneman of our Planet.
voted 7-2 Wednesday, April 15, to approve their taller, denser
rewrite of the plan that will guide the development of downtown
Berkeley for the next 20 years. "
" Students, Parents Thank School Board
for Preserving Bilingual Program" is a story by Riya Bhattacharjee at dailyplanet.com.
"A large number of parents and students from Franklin State
Preschool and Parent Nursery showed up at the Berkeley Board of
Education meeting Wednesday night to thank the district for not
changing the school's half-day Spanish bilingual program."
"So can I sell you the Golden Gate Bridge?"
asks Himanshu Burte at
"I see the iconic bridge
in the distance, a number of times everyday as I walk from home
to the University campus in Berkeley, California. Berkeley is
just across the bay from San Francisco. Primarily known for the
campus of the University of California there, it is also a small
and beautiful city that climbs up a hillside and ends up looking
out over the bay. The campus is on higher ground than much of
the city. From the foot of the main clock tower of the campus,
you can look down an internal street, straight to the bay in the
distance and, a few miles away beyond, to the north pylon of the
Golden Gate Bridge. "
"Owner of malls files for bankruptcy"
reports Tom Abate, Chronicle
"The nation's second-largest
shopping mall owner filed for bankruptcy Thursday, crushed under
$27 billion in debt that it had used to acquire such retail destinations
as San Francisco's Stonestown Galleria.
The Chapter 11 filing by
Chicago's General Growth Properties affects more than 220 malls
nationwide. It's the largest real estate bankruptcy in U.S. financial
history, according to BankruptcyData.com.
But the collapse may have
no visible effect on the company's Bay Area properties such as
Hayward's Southland Mall, the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno,
Eastridge in San Jose and the NewPark Mall in Newark."
"Wineries turn to low-cost, eco-friendly
reports Michelle Locke, Associated Press Writer at usatoday.com.
"US company 'to harvest energy from solar
rays in space'"
is a story at telegraph.co.
"A Californian electricity
company is looking to the heavens in its quest to find the next
source of renewable energy.
Pacific Gas and Electric,
which serves San Francisco and northern California, has announced
it will seek approval from US regulators to purchase 200 megawatts
worth of solar energy delivered from solar panels located in space. "
"Solving the energy crisis and ending bailouts-
for real!" by Chris
Hrabovsky is at creativeloafing.com.
"For those of us growing
weary of hearing about the energy crisis, coupled with the concept
of more bailouts for corporations such as AIG and the rest of
Wall Streets finest, we may finally have the 'pick-me-up' you've
been craving, in the form of green sustainability."
"Obama to regulate 'pollutant' CO2" is by Richard Black, Environment correspondent,
BBC News website.
"The US government is
to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, having decided that it and
five other greenhouse gases may endanger human health and well-being."
our Angela Gallegos-Castillo
forwards an email from Da Boz
"Yesterday, I received
a letter from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
with a copy of the results of the Air Monitoring Study around
Pacific Steel Casting. I'm deeply relieved that the comprehensive
study found that West Berkeley residents are not exposed to increased
cancer or other health risks
The study found that West Berkeley air quality met applicable
state and national ambient air quality standards, with the exception
of PM2.5 (PM2.5 levels are similar to most other Bay Area locations)
and that the air quality was also below all of the acute and chronic
Reference Exposure Levels established by the Cal/EPA Office of
Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
The BAAQMD air quality study took place over a one-year through
the end of 2008."
[Mayor, Tom Bates]
Good ta know "cough,
hack" Boz. "wheez."
from my log
irritant in warehouse front, light head, wear mask. ~2:15 PM--"chlorine
bleach like" oder in warehouse.
in warehouse front, dry eyes, mouth.
in front room, dry eyes, dry mouth, light head, leave.
4/11/09--6:58 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehousr front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
cough, eyes, mouth burn, "chlorine-bleach-like" odor.
iiritant in front room, light head, dry eyes, dry mouth, wear
Off-and-on all weekend, irritant
in warehouse front and front of warehouse, watery eyes, stuffed
nose, neighbor "under-the-weather" on weekend.
4/14/09--off-and-on all day
irritant in warehouse.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light
4/18/09--4:14 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, headache, light-head.
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Our City Council update is
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Want to see weather coming
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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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with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
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