"A restaurant that doesn't like to accept
solo diners" is
from Bauer's Between Meals column.
diners must eat alone, either planned or by happenstance. If you're
one of those people, do you feel the restaurant treats you well?
The article's photo was taken
a year or two ago. I' m really much younger now.
Actually, at the time I was
ready to leave the restaurant when the "Older-Babe-Chron-Photographer"
asked me if I wanted my picture taken for the then paper's Thursday
mention of 900. (My memory is that she came over to me after
talking to our Rickster.)
And, . . . I had really been
reading our Planet.
And that's our Ricardo on
the left in the background. RP
And, my out-of-the-mainstream
look inspired this post from my Anarchist past.
"You look like a homeless
person" Marsha said that Thursday.
tune "When Six Was Nine"
from Easy Rider is still a favorite
If all the hippies cut off
all their hair-I don't care!
Ain't nobody know what I'm talkin' about.
I've got my own life to live.
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die.
So let me live my life
the way I want to
me in The Day, posing, after
unpacking my Sunbeam S-7 just shipped from England
the woman in the background
is friend, Mary Francis Fry, Muffin.
Muffin's something-like Great,
Great, Grand Father is Muckraker, Frank
"Discovery Bay teen motorcycle racer gathering
speed" by Hannah
Dreier, Contra Costa Times.
"A 16-year-old girl
who races motorcycles at speeds up to 180 mph is looking to make
history in the sport.
Elena Myers has been racing
for more than half her life to become the first female to place
in the top 10 at the Road Racing World Championship, the sport's
premier event. "
"Clean air plan targets industries from
dairies to developers" by
Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.
"Bay Area oil refineries
could be required to cut fumes from tanks and pipes. Dairy farmers
might have to provide feed that lessens the gas expelled by cows.
Homebuilders could be required
to design housing tracts to minimize residents' car travel.
Even winemakers might have
to operate under a rule to limit the sweet-smelling vapors that
escape from fermentation tanks.
These are among the 57 possible
measures in the blueprint for clean air in the Bay Area released
by the region's pollution district in preparation for public workshops
this week. The agency's 22-member air board is expected to vote
on a plan in the fall."
"Oakland pot lab fills oversight need"
by Peter Hecht, Sacramento
"The mere existence
of the Steep Hill Lab presents a pointed question: How safe is
the marijuana provided to hundreds of thousands of medical pot
users in California?
The Oakland laboratory, started
in 2008 by two former growers, has tested 12,000 pot samples to
assure marijuana businesses that dangerous molds or pesticides
don't taint their products.
Nearly 50 medical marijuana
dispensaries and pot-growing networks contract with the lab, California's
most renowned cannabis-testing location."
"Anatomy of a housing crash: a high-end
Berkeley home heads to auction:From $2.1m to $1.4m: a revamped
home down on its luck"
is a story at sfgate.com.
"If you needed an illustration
of how dramatically the housing bubble burst, this might be it:
the totally revamped Sante Fe style home at 28 Vallejo Street
in the pleasant, leafy streets of north Berkeley."
at the Bowl on the grate
on Heinz Ave
our Jarad emails
I read a newspaper report
that said the council had sent a letter to Obama, Boxer, Feinstein,
Pelosi, & Lee requesting amnesty for enlisted military personnel
that have resisted deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
We have a military that is
100% volunteer. These men and women signed a contract with the
US Government to provide service. They weren't forced to join
the military & the contract they signed didn't give them the
option of duties they had to perform. If we had a draft, the council
"might" have a point, but to hear about the City of
Berkeley endorsing the concept of amnesty for breaking an enlistment
contract that men and women voluntarily entered into is ridiculous
& a waste of tax payer dollars.
I've said this before and
I'll say it again, we have bigger problems to deal with in Berkeley
than letting the country hear the reverberating echoes of the
bygone era of the 60's. Berkeley's attitude of permissiveness
and rejection of personal responsibility only serves to institutionalize
the societal dysfunction and disrespect for the law we suffer
from in this city. I hope the council sees this and understands
how it is contributing to that very serious problem.
I recommend Chris Hedges
is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.
From Library Journal
This moving book examines the continuing appeal of war to the
human psyche. Veteran New York Times correspondent Hedges argues
that, to many people, war provides a purpose for living; it seems
to allow the individual to rise above regular life and perhaps
participate in a noble cause. Having identified this myth, Hedges
then explodes it by showing the brutality of modern war, using
examples taken from his own experiences as a war correspondent
in Latin America, the Middle East, and the Balkans. These examples
highlight the devastating effects of war on life, community, and
culture and its corruption of business and government. Hedges
is not a pacifist, acknowledging that people need to battle evil,
but he thoughtfully cautions us against accepting the accompanying
myths of war. This should be required reading in this post-9/11
world . . . .
Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg
Berkeley Public Works were
right-on-it in the last rain, cleaning debris from Potter Creeks'
post from the past
Rick Auerbach's study of baby
Rick took this outside his
living room window -- the hummingbird having made a nest in Rick's
tree a foot or so away from his window pane. The nest is actually
3/4 the size of this photo.
Pete Doctor and family lunched
at 900 yesterday--son's just like his Dad and daughter's
"Back to the Green Future: A West Berkeley
environmentalist and successful businessman wants to build a livable,
walk-able community, but he's facing old-school opposition" reports Robert Gammon at eastbayexpress.com.
Doug Herst is trying to reimagine how we live, work, and play
- at least in West Berkeley. The environmentalist and successful
businessman wants to create an artists colony and green-tech development
on land he owns near the city's waterfront. It would be a livable,
walkable community, where people live next to their work and to
local shops. His vision also promises to lower greenhouse-gas
emissions because residents won't need to use their cars as often.
But Herst is facing resistance at Berkeley City Hall, a place
one would think would be at the forefront of the fight against
climate change, yet at times seems firmly wedded to outdated notions.
More than a century ago,
Americans typically lived as Herst envisions for his community
- close to where they worked. Oftentimes, right upstairs."
"Startup helps office towers find big energy
Haislip at reurters.com.
Inc. (SCI), a provider of energy-efficiency and system-optimization
software for the commercial building market, announced last week
it raised its first round of funding.
The Berkeley, California-based
company, which helps big building operators check their systems
for malfunctions, raised $5 million from early stage venture firm
Draper Fisher Jurvetson."
"Charles Muscatine, a Champion of Free
Speech at Berkeley, Dies"
is by Jill Laster at chronicle.com.
a renowned Chaucer scholar who was fired by the University of
California at Berkeley in 1950 for refusing to sign a loyalty
oath, has died at age 89."
Berkeley city worker makes
it big with drinking
"The modern drinking
fountain was invented and then manufactured in the early 1900s
by two men and the respective company each man founded: Halsey
Willard Taylor and the Halsey Taylor Company; and Luther Haws
and the Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Co. These two companies
changed how water was served in public places.
Halsey Taylor's father had
died of typhoid fever caused by contaminated public drinking water.
His father's death motivated him to invent a the water fountain,
to provide safer drinking water.
Luther Haws was a part-time
plumber, sheet metal contractor and the sanitary inspector for
the city of Berkeley, Calif. While inspecting a public school,
Haws saw children drinking water out of a common tin cup that
was tied to the faucet. Haws also feared that there was a health
hazard in the way the the public was sharing their water supply."
Haws invented the first faucet
designed for drinking."
"Rural healthcare? There's an app for that"
is a story at sfgate.com.
"Earthquakes are teaching
us how useful new technology can be. After January's earthquake
in Haiti, one reporter used a first aid app to treat his own injuries.
He also used his iPhone to take pictures of the quake, and its
alarm to keep himself awake.
At the University of California,
Berkeley, researchers are figuring out how to use cell phones
to diagnose diseases in remote locations. Reporter Casey Miner
"Farewell Jim Marshall, 1936-2010: Legendary
photographer and a true car guy" is a rememberence at autoweek.com.
rock photography legend and occasional AutoWeek contributor--died
on March 24 in his sleep at the W Hotel in Manhattan. Marshall,
74, was scheduled to speak that night at the John Varvatos store
in SoHo in New York, and work from his new book, Match Prints,
was to be shown beginning on March 26 at Staley-Wise Gallery,
also in SoHo.
Marshall began his career
in 1960, a time he used to say was "the beginning of something
special." Boy, was he right. He captured the likes of the
Beatles, Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding
and Johnny Cash at the top of their careers. Today his work is
Marshall also was one of
us. As a 16-year-old, he shot drag racers such as Don Garlits
at Half Moon Bay. He worked in the same car dealership as AW publisher
emeritus Leon Mandel, British Motors of Burlingame, sweeping the
floors--just to be close to cars. He drove a Mercedes 36 like
a teenager on his way to his first date."
"Berkeley Man sentenced to 316 years in
prison under CA Three Strikes Law" is a report at sfgate.com.
"Michael Cornelius has
been sentenced to 316 years in state prison for burglary and assault.
Under California's Three Strikes Law, the 55 year old Berkeley
man will have to serve 85% of his sentence or 268 years before
he would become eligible for parole.
In 2007, just after midnight,
Cornelius reportedly broke into an apartment on Milva Street.
While he was rumaging through the home, he woke a resident who
confronted him. Cornelius reportedly grabbed a wine bottle that
was on a nearby table and hit the resident before leaving with
an empty laptop bag. About an hour later, he entered another apartment,
and while he was on the patio, woke the resident. When the woman
confronted him, Cornelius punched her in the face, stabbed her
and then ran from the scene, ending up in front of a nearby fire
station, where firefighters were getting ready to respond to the
stabbing. Two firefighters confronted Cornelius and he stabbed
them. Later, police found Cornelius hiding under a deck. There
he, assaulted a resident with a wine bottle and another with a
knife, and stole an empty laptop bag. Then, according to reports,
he entered a firehouse and assaulted two Berkeley firefighters
with confronted him.
This wasn't Cornelius first
offense, and under the state's Three Strikes Law, passed in 1994,
after a person commits three felonies, the first two of which
must be considered serious or 'violent,' they can be sentenced
to 25 years to life in prison"
our Ryan Lau emails
Armed Robbery Series
The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detectives
are currently investigating a series of armed robberies in North
Berkeley. BPD would like the community to be aware and alert
to this series.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 just prior to 10:16 p.m. Attempted
robbery in the area of Walnut Street and Cedar Street
Saturday, April 3, 2010, approximately 8:00 p.m. Armed robbery
in the area of Le Conte and Euclid Avenues. On the same
day, thirty minutes later, 8:30 p.m. another armed robbery in
the area of Ridge Road and La Loma Avenue.
Sunday, April 4, 2010, approximately 2:45 a.m. Armed robbery
in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue.
The suspects have been reported to confront their victims with
a gun and demand all of their property. During the commission
of these robberies, no one was injured.
The suspects have been described by witnesses/victims as:
20-25 years, 6'0" to 6'2"
20-25 years, 5'7"
Wearing a black or red baseball cap
Wearing all dark clothing
BPD would like
to remind community members of a few crime prevention precautions,
which may help reduce your risks as well as discourage those who
Be alert to your surroundings and people around you
Whenever feasible, walk, job or travel with a friend
Walk confidently and at a steady pace
Don't talk on cell phones or listen to iPods when alone, as they
Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable
to crime, such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells
Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
If you are the victim of a robbery, immediately call the police.
An immediate report, including the suspect description, direction
of flight, and any associated vehicles, gives responding officers
the best possible chance of locating the suspect, and ultimately
making a successful case.
If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact
the Berkeley Robbery Detail at (510) 981-5742 or the BPD non-emergency
number at (510) 981-5900 or from your cell phone at (510) 981-5911.
If callers wish to remain anonymous, they are asked to call the
Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The nursery at the west end
of Hearst St. - Magic Gardens - has been transformed!
And all for the good. New friendly, knowlidgable staff,
new easily understood layout,
tutorials each Saturday at 10:00 am, lots of good stuff. Check
it out and get on their
our Janine emails
Just for fun I have put together
a program of some of my favorite German harpsichord music for
a house concert. I will do two performances Saturday, April
17th at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. Suggested donation $10. The
program is below! Hope you can come, and please RSVP if
e minor ................................................Johann
Aria Secunda (1699)........................................................Johann
Fantasia 10 in
G major.....................................Georg Friedrich Handel
Suite V (1710)
in e minor.........................................................G.F.
C major BuxWV 166...........................Dietrich Buxtehude
Suite in C
major BuxWV 230.............................................D.
French Suite V in
G major BWV 816......................................J.S. Bach
email RSVP to Janine
"Beethoven Visits Cleveland:In 1958, the
Colossus speaks to an 11-year-old boy" by Harvey Sachs at the americanscholar.org.
"When I was 11 and a
half and on the verge of adolescence, my parents gave me a box
that would determine my future. It was gray and white, made mainly
of laminated wood, and I set it on top of the chest of drawers
in my bedroom. From that exalted position, it began to confer
understanding and solace on me-dim understanding, at first, and
only a glimmer of solace, but a hint, at least, that this dying
child, this embryonic grownup, this odd new I, might survive,
proceed, and perhaps even learn to assuage from time to time the
nameless, incomprehensible ache, or to fill in part of the vast
pit of unintelligible sadness that had suddenly and for no apparent
reason opened up in the center of life's territory. Maybe, the
box said, the ache and the pit would not be adulthood's sole offerings.
Maybe something could happen, during the years that stretched
forward in an unimaginably long line, to compensate for the ambiguity
of existence, something to counterbalance the attractively horrible
dreams, strange yearnings, and stranger physical changes that
had begun to inhabit me.
The box-a portable, four-speed
record player with a single speaker no larger than a grapefruit-seemed
to be telling me something important about the world in a language
that I felt I had always known, and I sensed that if I gave the
box enough of my attention, much that was obscure would be illuminated."
"Interview: New Owners of the Oaks Theater"
by Riya Bhattacharjee
of our Planet.
"It might take five men from India to save Berkeley's historic
Bhaskar Molakalapalli, Srini
Vejalla, Satish Rayapudi, Satya Penmetsa and Rama Sagiraji have
more than complicated last names in common-they share a vision
for the future of cinema which they hope will turn the Oaks Theater
As joint partners of Merriment
Media Works, the company which leased the Oaks from Berkeley Realtor
John Gordon recently, the five have a lot to do to reinvent the
1920's Art Deco cinema into an attractive destination once again.
In a recent email interview with the Planet, they explained a
little about how they would go about doing it."
"Panoramic Hill Neighbors Settle Memorial
Stadium Lawsuit with UC" by
Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"A lawsuit filed by a Berkeley neighborhood group over UC
Berkeley's controversial Memorial Stadium expansion project has
been settled out of court."
A Bayer crew is trimming
the trees, schrubs, etc along their 8th Street parking area, including
the leased part.
"His palate changed with California wine" Julian Guthrie, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Kermit Lynch, who opened
his first wine shop in Albany in 1972, built a business as a specialty
importer of French and Italian wines. He built his name - and
many say revolutionized the fine wine industry - by traveling
the back roads of France and finding undiscovered gems.
For years, Lynch waged a
crusade to strike a balance in wine labeling. He argued successfully
that if the surgeon general could slap dire warnings on wine labels,
winemakers should be able to include quotes by the likes of Thomas
Jefferson on the pleasures of drinking wine.
In recent decades, Lynch
has rankled many by his refusal to carry California wine in his
eponymous Berkeley store. The 68-year-old wine man, who describes
his job as 'figuring out ways to make people thirsty,' says he
sells only what he loves."
"She has that music thing sewed up"
by John Orr at mercurynews.com.
"On Saturday and Sunday,
during performances by the combined California Pops and Black
Tie Jazz orchestras, a tall, graceful woman will stroll out on
stage wearing a beautiful gown.
She will sing such big-band
era tunes as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,' 'Our Love Is Here
To Stay' and 'All of Me,' and she will sing them in the style
of the big-band singers of the 1930s and 1940s.
'A band singer's job is different
than a jazz singer's job or a Broadway singer's job,' said the
tall, graceful Ann Gibson earlier this week during a phone interview.
"Your main thing is to be the cherry on top of a great big
sundae. You bring words and pictures, a mental, visual element
to the music. Working with 19 other guys who have their own things
to do. "
"UC Berkeley opens its doors for annual
Cal Day extravaganza" is
a press release at ucberkeley.edu.
faculty lectures, campus tours, free museums, Pac-10 competitions
in baseball and tennis, face painting and other kid-friendly activities
- topped off by a 4 p.m. concert by the band Cold War Kids - await
visitors to the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday,
April 17, for its annual Cal Day open house.
With free admission, Cal
Day typically draws between 30,000 and 40,000 people eager to
explore the scientific and cultural offerings of the nation's
top public research university. Museums normally closed to the
public, such as the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and the Essig
Museum of Entomology, open their doors to all, as do public museums,
including the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Botanical Garden and
the Berkeley Art Museum."
"Deal Reached In UC Berkeley-Neighborhood
Dispute Over Stadium Expansion"
is a report a ktvutv/com.
"The University of California
at Berkeley and a neighborhood group announced Friday they have
reached a settlement agreement that resolves issues stemming from
seismic retrofitting and renovation work at the university's football
My memory is that our Planet's
Riya Bhattacharjee broke this story.
"Berkeley considers expanding pot clubs:New
rules would allow dispensaries to bake pot-laced goods in homes"
by Doug Oakley, Oakland
"At a time when many
East Bay cities are restricting medical marijuana dispensaries,
Berkeley is considering a liberal dose of expansion."
"Medical marijuana expansion to be proposed" by Lance Knobel at berkeleyside.com.
"The Oakland Tribune
recently reported that Berkeley's Medical Cannabis Commission
is proposing new rules that would allow the three existing marijuana
dispensaries to expand non-retail operations and that would allow
'groups of patients to grow marijuana or bake marijuana goods
collectively at residences or in commercial spaces and to supply
the city's three dispensaries'. The commission hopes to put the
proposals before the City Council at its April 27 meeting.
The Tribune's article points
out that the proposed expansion would come at a time when other
Bay Area communities are increasing restrictions on medical marijuana
A Berkeleyside reader comments:
It strikes me as extremely
problematic since theft of marijuana plants and violent, armed
takeover type robberies are sometimes associated with pot gardens
and indoor growing operations. It would appear, under this proposal,
that practically anyone could convert their house garden to a
pot plantation for commercial purposes or start an indoor grow
lab which can pose significant fire hazard risks.
This type of activity multiplying
throughout the neighborhoods is an invitation to violent, armed
thugs from other neighboring cities to 'raid"'private houses
they catch wind of as depositories. We recently witnessed right
in front of our home a routine traffic stop which then escalated
to a car search which uncovered a large jar stuffed with marijuana
buds and also a very large caliber hand gun which was also concealed
in the vehicle.
What do other Berkeleyside
"Berkeley Looks at New Medical Marijuana
Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"Berkeley might soon
start resembling the fictitious city of Agrestic featured in the
hit TV series 'Weeds,' where a widowed young mother bakes pot
cookies at home to make ends meet.
Except, there would be nothing
illegal about it."
Sounds a little like The
Day, when Our Town was the Illicit Sex Capitol of the Bay Area
with sex ads making a special point of mentioning "Berkeley
location." Maybe, . . . just a little.
And it seems a bit of a "knee
jerk" proposal to me. (I believe in legalization of a broader,
deeper, more thoughtful nature.
And it is my understanding
that the chocolate factory will NOT be used for marijuana growing
and sales. RP
argues against Oakland gang injunction" is an AP report
"The American Civil
Liberties Union of Northern California is challenging a plan by
the city of Oakland to sue a street gang-saying it could violate
The ACLU argued Thursday
against a proposed injunction that would set a curfew on 19 reputed
gang members and ban them from gathering in a 100-block area near
the Berkeley and Emeryville borders.
An Alameda County judge must
approve the injunction, which is similar to those Southern California
police agencies have repeatedly used against local gangs.
In a friend-of-the-court
brief, the ACLU argued that the injunction would create a potential
for racial profiling and infringe on constitutional rights such
as freedom of association. A hearing is scheduled for April 22."
"Court Nixes Challenge to Berkeley Lab
Expansion" at courthousenews.com.
"A California appeals
court shot down a lawsuit from activists who say the expansion
of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory violates state environmental
Lesley Emmington Jones and four others claimed that the 660,000
square-foot expansion violated the California Environmental Quality
Act by failing to consider all possible alternatives. "
Our BPD Ofc Buckheit emails
If you have yet to look at our
"Who Are These Crooks?" feature on the City of Berkeley
Police Department website, please take a moment.
When we get good quality photographs of suspects that we are not
able to identify internally, we will post them to this feature
or send out a more formal community crime alert and/or Media Release.
We have had some great success stories in the past with sharing
photographs thanks to calls to BPD by keen community members.
Our continued communication and collaboration, as well as your
participation will no doubt bear more great stories of arrests
and enhance our efforts to reduce crime.
" Student Arrested in Berkeley High Brawl;
North Berkeley Crime Spree Alert" by Riya Bhattacharjee of the Planet.
"A Berkeley Technology High School student was arrested for
attacking a Berkeley High School safety officer during an on-campus
According to Berkeley Police
Department spokesperson Officer Jamie Perkins, about six female
students were involved in a fight inside Berkeley High before
12:57 p.m. when some of the school's safety officers tried to
break it up."
Creek's longest, oldest renter on change here in west-Berkeley,
my thoughts and impressions. RP
"Fourth Street, Berkeley" Stephanie Wright Hession at sfgate.com.
"When some think of
the area around Fourth Street in West Berkeley, they recall Spenger's
Fresh Fish Grotto, Brennan's and Truitt & White in this once-industrial
area. Today, it's also a well-established, vibrant shopping district.
Originally centered upon home-themed and craft businesses, it
has since expanded to include other types of independent shops,
fashion boutiques, cafes and casual restaurants."
"Flight Of The Conchords Come to California"
is a press release at
"New Zealand's comedy
duo, Flight of the Conchords has announced upcoming performance
dates in California. Members Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie
will play at the Berkeley Greek Theater on May 28th and the Hollywood
Bowl in Los Angles on May 30th. This is the first time the Grammy
Award nominated group, is performing in the U.S. since the their
last tour in 09Åå and cancellation of their '07 hit
"Désirée Pries and Jonathan
Haynes were married under perfect blue skies in an intimate ceremony
officiated by Reverend Blaine Ellsworth on March 26 in Napa, California" is from the Muncie Indiana Star Press.
"Kandace Kling, sister
of the bride, was maid of honor, and David Haynes, brother of
the groom, was the best man. Miss Savannah Kling was the flower
girl. Désirée, daughter of Richard and Sheila Pries
of Portland, Oregon, graduated from Linfield College and has Masters
Degrees from U.N.C. Chapel Hill and Indiana University In French
Literature and TESOL and Applied Lingsuitics. She earned her doctorate
in French Literature at Indiana University. Désirée
is a lecturer and coordinator of the second year program in the
French department at U.C. Berkeley. Jonathan, son of Michael and
Jane Haynes of Muncie, Indiana, is a graduate of Burris School
and Indiana University. He has a Masters in Film and Rhetoric
from U.C. Berkeley where he is teaching and pursuing his doctorate.
Désirée and Jonathan live in Berkeley, California."
"To close his high school water polo career,
Collin Smith led Carlsbad to a record seventh straight section
title last season. On top of that, he accepted an offer to play
at the University of California Berkeley."
"H.P. Sees a Revolution in Memory Chip"
by John Markof, nytimes.com.
on Thursday are to report advances in the design of a new class
of diminutive switches capable of replacing transistors as computer
chips shrink closer to the atomic scale.
The devices, known as memristors,
or memory resistors, were conceived in 1971 by Leon O. Chua, an
electrical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley,
but they were not put into effect until 2008 at the H.P. lab here."
"Bay Area Emerges as Center of Nonprofit
report at nytimes.com.
"In its ten months of
existence, California Watch, an offshoot of the Center for Investigative
Reporting, which is located in Berkeley, has placed 21 stories
with the San Francisco Chronicle. One of those stories, on seismic
safety in California's public colleges and universities, was distributed
to more than 80 news outlets, Robert Rosenthal, the center's executive
"Desert squirrels bury large solar project"
San Francisco Business
Times by Lindsay Riddell.
over the habitat of an endangered Mojave Desert squirrel threaten
to scrap plans for Berkeley-based Solar Millennium's biggest utility
scale project in the California desert."
"Innovation, by Order of the Kremlin", James Hill for The New York Times.
"Around the time that
Apple Computer was making it big in California, Andrey Shtorkh
was getting a first-hand look at the Soviet approach to high tech:
he guarded the fence keeping scientists inside Sverdlovsk-45,
one of the country's secret scientific cities, deep in the Ural
Ostensibly, the cities were
closed to guard against spies. Its walls also kept scientists
inside, and everybody else in the Soviet Union out. While many
people in the country went hungry, the scientific centers were
islands of well-being, where store shelves groaned with imported
food and other goodies.
Security in these scientific
islands was so tight, though, that even children wore badges.
Relatives had to apply months in advance for permission to visit.
'It was a prison, a closed city in every sense,' recalls Mr. Shtorkh,
then a young soldier.
Today, he is the publicist
for an improbable new venture. The Russian government, hoping
to diversify its economy away from oil, is building the first
new scientific city since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even
more improbably, it is modeled, officials say, on Silicon Valley."
"A Berkeley police officer was injured
in a collision with another vehicle full of teenagers early this
morning, a sergeant said"
is a report at cbs5.com.
The officer was traveling
west on Haste Street at about 1:20 a.m. when a white sedan with
five teenagers inside allegedly ran a red light at Telegraph Avenue
and T-boned the officer's car, Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss
The white sedan hit a power
pole after the collision and the patrol car hit the corner of
a building at the northeast corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste
Street, Kusmiss said.
Both cars were totaled, and
the officer, a 20-year veteran, experienced neck and back pain.
He was taken to an area hospital and released several hours later,
according to Kusmiss."
"Fundraiser for Bay Area jazz musicians'
health care" by
Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune.
"Few jazz musicians
today choose to live the rough lives that led to the early deaths
of such legends as Charlie Parker. But one thing is still the
same: They tend to neglect their health. That, jazz trumpeter
Eddie Gale said, is because few are able to afford health care.
The situation is something
Gale wants to change by creating a jazz musician health care collective.
Which is why he organized the Jazz Fest fundraiser April 23-24
at Velma's in San Francisco."
"The Morning Benders Big Echo"
by Allison Franksat consequenceofsound.net.
"Nowadays dubbing new
music as 'indie' is as commonplace as serving eggs on a breakfast
menu. And with hipsters galore desperately searching for the next
Yo La Tengo or Vampire Weekend to appear, the indie-rock scene
has grown frantically in numbers. The problem with that is, like
anything else, when there is too much of one thing the lines start
to blur between what's actually new and innovative and what's
just more of what you heard last week. That being said, The Morning
Benders are an enjoyable three piece outfit from Berkeley, California
that shouldn't be completely overlooked."
"Homeless ex-reporter opted for Berkeley
streets" is a story
"The Hate Man is probably
the most colorfully oddball homeless person on Berkeley's famously
oddball Telegraph Avenue. Known as Mark Hawthorne when he was
a New York Times news reporter from 1961 to 1970, Hate Man has
lived mostly on the streets in Berkeley since opting out of normal
society in 1986. For a man whose penchant for wearing cast-off
women's clothes and eating garbage seems a tad feral, the 73-year-old
Hate Man is a surprisingly gentle, lucid conversationalist about
most anything - particularly his philosophy that everyone must
acknowledge that they really hate each other. He went over the
fine points with reporter Kevin Fagan."
Not orginal with Hawthorne
however for Thomas
Hobbes pretty much built a philosophy around "Each man
is the other man's wolf." RP
"Radical Greenlining Institute perfected
legal bank heists" by
Tori Richards, Special to The Examiner.
"It's been called a
bunch of shakedown artists, a growing menace, and a cousin of
the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, the disgraced,
disbanding national activist group of community organizers, political
operatives, and voter registration evangelists."
Merryll just had a Birthday
here's one of here presents
I had lunch at "Brown
Sugar Kitchen" 2534 Mandela Parkway in Oakland today.
Excellent Gumbo and Sweet Potato Pie.
Definitely check it out!
The owner Tanya Holland writes "The
cuisine at Brown Sugar Kitchen reflects my interpretation of soul
food. My influences include my African-American heritage, my formal
training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in France, and my general
appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines. If you want to dig
deeper without actually coming down here, check out my book, New
Soul Cooking (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang) or tanyaholland.com."
"Sushi California, Berkeley: Fresh raw
fish and live music lures in foodies" by Loni Kao Stark at starksilverscreen.com.
"Before attending the
Aurora Theatre's production of John Gabriel Borkman, I slipped
into a weathered looking building to discover sushi bliss.
I just finished an interview
with Robert Kelley, founding artistic director of TheatreWorks
on his latest project, the staging of To Kill a Mockingbird at
their headquarters in Menlo Park and found myself arriving early
Traffic is so hard to predict
in the Bay Area. I had scurried out from my interview with Robert
to ensure I would arrive at Aurora Theatre on time for John Gabriel
Borkman. I had missed their opening night since I was out of the
As fate would have it, I
arrived over an hour prior to show time. A fortunate situation
since I had developed quite an appetite. For what? Often times
it is a craving for sushi.
Locating a nearby sushi restaurant,
Sushi California, with stellar ratings on Yelp, I proceeded to
track it down.
The outside of the restaurant
is quite plain. To some, it may even be considered ugly. Upon
first glance at the appearance of the exterior, I grew even more
excited. The stellar reviews were definitely not for the ambiance.
Instead, it must be something else...I hoped it was incredibly
After crossing a cement paved
gas station and traversing through uneven sidewalks, I came across
a sight that made me even more excited. The exterior of Sushi
California is plain and even a bit run down."
"Tain Lee '12, Golf Superstar, to Pursue
Golf Dreams at Berkeley"
by Max Mullen at cmcforum.com.
"Tain Lee CM '12, currently
the 3rd ranked player in Division III and reigning SCIAC player
of the week will transfer to Division I University of California
at Berkeley next fall. Lee will continue to compete for the Stags,
ranked 7th in Division III by golfstat.com, until the end of the
Last year Lee was awarded
Division III First Team All-American honors after finishing eighth
at the Division III championships. He was the first Stag to accomplish
this feat since 2002, and the first Stag ever to be a first-teamer
as a freshman. He was also a first team all-SCIAC honoree. Last
week, Lee was the medalist at the Kingsmen Invitational for the
second year in a row, leading the Stags to a first place finish."
"California Administrators Take Aim At
Activists' Wallets" is
a report at indybay.org.
"When students at San
Francisco State University took over that campus's business school
building in December, the university responded with force. Administrators
brought police from campuses across the state to the scene, broke
a window to gain access, and arrested eleven student activists.
In the weeks after the arrests,
administrators and students worked out a deal to resolve the charges.
Ten of the eleven students signed on to the agreement - admitting
their participation in the occupation, accepting a semester's
academic probation, and promising to pay the university restitution
No exact figure for the restitution
was agreed upon, but students were promised that the amount would
be minimal. Students say they were told they would be charged
for minor physical damage like scratches to walls, and that the
total assessment would be no more than $50 per student."
"The Dire State of the University of California
Pension Fund" the
Berkeley Faculty Association in our Planet.
"A new report from the Berkeley Faculty Association calls
attention to the enormous unfunded liabilities facing the University
of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) - estimated to reach $18
billion by 2013 if no action is taken. The long term financial
viability of UCRP is now in question and the future pensions of
current employees are at risk.
The pension deficit is the
result of years of neglect, after the state and the university
stopped making regular employer contributions in the early 1990s.
It was made worse by the financial crisis of 2008-09. In addition,
two-thirds of UC salaries are paid by Federal and other non-state
funds, and these contributions have been missing as well.
The University is restarting
its contributions on April 15th, 2010 and will be gradually ramping
up its share over the coming years. But the state so far refuses
to contribute its rightful share unlike its role in the
Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).".
next door neighbor, Adams&
Chittenden Scientific Glass
take delivery of their new lathe last week
"Lawrence Berkeley Lab gave Bay Area $690M
boost last year" San
Francisco Business Times by
Steven E.F. Brown
"Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory boosted the Bay Area economy by 5,600 jobs and $690
million last year, according to a study it published this week.
LBL, on the hill above the University of California, Berkeley,
campus, also created 12,000 jobs in the United States last year.
CBRE Consulting of San Francisco did the study for the lab. It
said over the last two decades, LBL has helped start 30 businesses
that pumped $904 million into the local economy.
In the city of Berkeley itself, some 1,700 jobs "were directly
tied to Laboratory spending." In 2009 the lab spent almost
$200 million in Berkeley.
Other local cities that got significant boosts were Walnut Creek,
where the Joint Genome Institute is and Emeryville, where the
Joint BioEnergy Institute is.
Berkeley Lab has received a significant amount of Department of
Energy stimulus spending."
"Kasey Kahne is poised to join Hendrick
Motorsports, . . . in News Brake" at autosport.com.
"Josh Kornbluth's 'Andy Warhol: Good for
the Jews?'" Robert
Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic.
" 'I don't get it,'
Josh Kornbluth says as he stares - and we stare past him - at
the colorful panels of Andy Warhol's 'Ten Portraits of Jews of
the Twentieth Century."'By the end of Kornbluth's "Andy
Warhol: Good for the Jews?" not only is he getting it but
so are we. And that, in some ways, is the least we get from this
smartly assembled monologue.
Andy Warhol: Good for the
Jews?: Monologue. Written and performed by Josh Kornbluth. Directed
by David Dower. Through May 16. The Jewish Theatre San Francisco,
470 Florida St., San Francisco. 90 minutes. $20-$34. (415) 292-1233.
"Can the Jewish Deli Be Reformed?" asks Julia Moskin at nytimes.com.
"At Saul's Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley, Calif., the eggs
are organic and cage free, and the ground beef in the stuffed
cabbage is grass fed. Its owners, Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt,
yanked salami from the menu in November, saying that they could
no longer in good conscience serve commercial kosher salami.
'It's industrially produced
meat that gets blessed by a rabbi,' said Mr. Levitt, who came
to Saul's two decades ago from Chez Panisse, just down the street.
'We all know that isn't good enough.'
The two are still trying
to find, or make, salami that will align with their vision of
the deli of the future: individual, sustainable, affordable and
from my log
irritant in front room, dry heavy air, watery eyes, nasal congestion,
itchy skin, light head, wear respirator.
irritant in warehouse with "chlorine " odor. 8:23 PM--irritant
in front room with strong "bad catalytic converter"
in front room, nasal congestion, ringing ears, wear respirator.
11:28 AM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, light head with "chlorine
" odor, leave. 6:46 PM--SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, "chlorine" odor, "bad catalytic converter"
odor, throat irritated, light head, leave.
flicker. 6:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry heavy air,
watery eyes, dry skin, light head, wear respirator. 7:27--irritant
in warehouse front and IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse with
strong "chlorine" odor.
4/11/10--6:14 to 7:47--SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse with STRONG
"chlorine" odor, wear repirator.
irritant in front room, light head, wear respirator.
irritnat in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, sinus congestion, watery eyes, itchy skin. Off-and-on
all day and evening, irritant in front room, etc.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, sinus irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin,
light head overrides HEAPA filters.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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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
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
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PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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