4/15/10

Merryll just had a Birthday

here's one of her presents

 

Kubik emails

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."

 

Nordic House is opening soon in the remodeled former location of San Pablo Poultry. That's at the end of Pardee on the east side of the Ave.

 

Pete's Potter Creek rain guage showed 1 3/4 inches for the last storm.

 

Janine emails

This is both a reminder about my concerts on Saturday, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM , in Berkeley, and the program notes for same.

As this program (below) has developed, I have been thinking about how similar the music of these four composers is in many respects.  Though they each have their individual musical personalities,  there are stylistic earmarks which they all share.  The first of these is the style brisé, which was common in harpsichord music of all nationalities, but has a peculiar flavor in German hands.  It is a technique derived from lute playing.  Like the lute, individual notes on the harpsichord decay rather quickly after the initial pluck, and in order to keep the sound buoyed up, notes will be repeated, or in the case of chords, broken (brisé) or arpeggiated. 

There is a particular cadential formula quite  common in Buxtehude of offbeat repeated notes, which I always viewed as somewhat archaic, and yet Handel uses the same treatment in the larger cadences in his Allemande and his Courante.  

The  arpeggiated form of this style appears throughout, but is most notable in the Toccata, the first and last last variation in the Pachelbel, and in the Buxtehude Courante, where the piece is almost entirely made up of broken chords (you can't whistle this tune!)  Handel's Courante contains much of this, but  Bach's does not, however the subject in Bach's Gigue is nearly all broken chords.  Bach's most challenging use of arpeggiation is in the left hand of the Bourré where nearly every note is part of a larger broken chord, with barely a few stepwise notes. 

Bach's version of style brisé often manifested itself in violin figuration, imitating a violinist  crossing strings with his bow. Usually one pedal point note is combined with a moving line, the notes alternating in rapid succession. This appears in Bach's Allemande and Courante, and most especially in the final Fugue of the Toccata. Handel's Allegro, also a grand Fugue, has a subject written in the same style, as does also the opening of Buxtehude's Canzona.  

This brings me to the other stylistic trait shared by these composers, and that is a love for counterpoint. Since nearly the entire program is contrapuntal, I will only mention the more formal pieces, these being the Fugato and Fugue contained within the Toccata, (alternating with free flowing bravado, and a most astonishing bit of style brisé just before the Fugue, which is very like a similar, equally dramatic,  section in the Canzona), the three fugues in the Canzona, also alternating with free material, and the Fugue which opens the Handel suite. 

Another place where all three composers play with imitative counterpoint is in the Gigues.  All three Gigues have a subject, exposed just as in a Fugue, for each half.  Bach, goes one step further and inverts the opening subject for the second half. It is these composers' way of ending a dance suite with a fugue of sorts. They just couldn't resist!

I hope more of you can come, as I have loads of space still.  Homemade cookies and coffee in the AM and fizzy water, white wine and more cookies in the PM. Again, two shows, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM, $10 suggested donation.  Program follows:

 

Toccata in e minor ................................................Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria Secunda (1699)........................................................Johann Pachelbel

Fantasia 10 in G major.....................................Georg Friedrich Handel

Suite V (1720) in e minor.........................................................G.F. Handel
     Allegro (fuga)
     Allemande
     Couante
     Sarabande
     Gigue

~~Intermission/tuning break~~

 

Canzona in C major BuxWV 166...........................Dietrich Buxtehude

Suite in C major BuxWV 230.............................................D. Buxtehude
     Allemande
     Courante
     Sarabande
     Gigue

French Suite V in G major BWV 816......................................J.S. Bach
     Allemande
     Courante
     Sarabande
     Gavotte
     Bourée
     Loure
     Gigue

 

 

 

Old friend Michael Beck emails

Giddy Up

a recent painting

at

VISUAL AID

 57 Post Street, Suite 905, San Francisco
April - May, 2010
 gallery hours: Tuesday ­ Friday, 2pm-6pm

 

 

 

 

 

"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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

"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. www.tjt-sf.org."

 

"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 ethical."

 

 

 

"Organic, local farms get a boost from USDA" Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau.

"Obama administration officials Wednesday outlined a broad array of efforts to elevate organic and local farming to a prominence never seen before at the sprawling U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The shift is raising eyebrows among conventional growers and promising federal support to a food movement that began in Northern California and was considered heretical only a few years ago."

 

 

 

"Yale tops U.S. News & World Report's list of the best law schools" Karen Sloan at law.com.

"It's that time of year.

U.S. News & World Report on Thursday released its 2010 law school rankings, which undoubtedly will renew the ongoing conversation about the usefulness of this enterprise.

There were few shakeups at the top of the list this year. Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and Columbia Law School remained in the top four places, in declining order. The University of Chicago Law School moved up one spot, pushing New York University School of Law down to No. 6, out of the top five.

The University of California, Berkeley School of Law fell one spot to No. 7, while the University of Pennsylvania Law School moved up one spot tie with Berkeley at No. 7. Duke Law School and Northwestern University School of Law each fell one spot to tie at No. 11."

 

"How to Get In: University of California-Berkeley School of Law" is a survey at usnews.com.

"We posed questions to admissions officials at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law regarding the application process, what they look for in applicants and what sets their school apart."

 

 

 

"Berkeley Ups Admission of Non-Californians" is a report at insidehighered.com.

"The University of California has significantly increased the share of its undergraduate class admitted from outside California. The university has just offered admission to 12,915 applicants, only about 50 short of last year's total. But while 11,200 of last year's admits were Californians, only 9,420 of this year's admits were from the state."

 

 


"Federal student loan program expanding" Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Esteem Brumfield's parents never sent their son to school. So in 2008, when the 21-year-old announced he would go to college rather than pursue the religious life his parents planned for him, Brumfield found himself on his own and penniless.

He got a job, enrolled in Berkeley City College and found a homeless shelter. Now he is hoping that changes to the federal student loan program will propel him to graduate school for a master's degree in teaching and - eventually - into law school.

'Going from homelessness to grad school is a far-reaching dream for me,' Brumfield said this week.

Signed into federal law on March 30, the education portion of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act snagged fewer headlines than the vast health care reforms also adopted that day. But students like Brumfield noticed.

The law will make it easier for thousands of students who take out federal loans starting in 2014 to pay them off. It will lower their payments and forgive remaining balances after 20 years instead of 25."

 

 

 

"Kasey Kahne is poised to join Hendrick Motorsports, . . . in News Brake" at autosport.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/16/10

Die luft der freiheit weht

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel was in Potter Creek yesterday.

About 11:30 yesterday morning Chancellor Merkel's motorcade was seen coming down Grayson from Bayer toward 900 then turning and going down 7th.  
The motorcade was made up of several SUVs  and some cars followed by what appeared to be press buses. 
Our Berkeley PD motor-officers along with other security escorted the motorcade. 

Rumor has it "The Govenator "was here with her. RP

Thanks to Don Yost and BPD Ofc Karen Buckheit, among other, for the information.

 

"Merkel pushes closer ties with California" is a short story about her visit to our state.

 

"All that extra security in Berkeley today was for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited the Berkeley Lawrence Lab on her swing through the Bay Area" is a little report at berkeleyside.com.

"There are more than 100 German staff scientists and postdoctoral students working at Berkeley Lab, and Merkel planned to take a photo with them. She probably kept up her end of the conversation, too, as she has a doctorate in physics."

 

our Dave Kruse emails

All the sirens I guess. 

 

Merryll emails

That's why I couldn't get home this morning ­ stopped on 6th  to let dignitaries and press buses by on University heading east.  This was around 9.
Sorry I missed them on Grayson.

 

CEID director, Jill Ellis emails

Great story ­ sorry we didn't know ­ would have loved to see the excitement!

 

 

"German Chancellor Visits Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley Lab" is a story at dailycal.org.

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Thursday morning to examine renewable energy research and acknowledge countrymen who work at the lab.

Merkel visited the lab's Molecular Foundry, where nanoscience researchers are working to create more efficient and cost-effective solar cells. During her two-hour visit, she also met with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and more than 70 German researchers who work at the lab."

 

 

"Merkel on computers, finance and cars" is at marketwatch.com.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had this bit of humbling news for Silicon Valley's brain trust: You don't get all the credit.

Germans invented the MP3 player and the fax machine, she noted in a speech Thursday afternoon at Stanford University, steps from where Google Inc founders knocked heads over search-engine codes and Hewlett-Packard Co. founders took their engineering degrees.

Germans also invented the computer.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at Stanford University Thursday.

To the audience's laughing disbelief about the last claim, she invited attendees to visit the Konrad Zuse Institute Berlin, named after the inventor of the first "freely programmable" and automated computer device.

'Don't think the Americans have invented everything,' she said through a translator during a talk largely focused on U.S. and European joint interests, . . . "

 

 

"German chancellor visits Stanford, backs Afghanistan war" by Will Oremus, mercurynews.com.

"On a day when four German soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed her country's commitment to the U.S.-led war in a speech Thursday at Stanford University.

Through a translator, Merkel expressed sadness at the loss of life and said she accepts that 'a lot of people have great doubts' about the mission in Afghanistan. But the mission 'guarantees our freedom and our security' by stabilizing a turbulent country, she added.

Merkel tied the war effort into a broader call for stronger U.S.-European partnerships on international security, financial regulations and climate change. And she related Stanford's official motto, a German phrase that translates to 'the wind of freedom blows,' to her own life story in an appeal to shared values.

'Die luft der freiheit weht,' she said. 'This is what I felt when 20 years ago (when) the (Berlin) wall came down.' "
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/17/10

Uncommon Café

is hidden away behind V&W Windows, 2813 Seventh Street, 510-845-5264

cold and hot sandwiches are served with freshly roasted coffee

(a truly superior coffee, it is also served in the deli-section of The Bowl RP)

a favorite is Italianova-two eggs, black forest ham, gruyere cheese and basil pesto on a sweet french panini

open Mon-Thurs 10AM-5:30 PM, Friday 10AM-3PM, closed weekends

(FREE coffee on Tuesdays!)

 

 

 

"Germany - California - research for business and prosperity" is a report at isria.com.

"Biotechnology from Bayer-Schering, nanoparticles from a Berkeley University research laboratory and IT-assisted navigation systems for Volkswagen - everywhere she went in San Francisco the Chancellor got a first-hand impression of the dynamic American west coast. At Stanford University she spoke about shared challenges: security policy, the financial crisis and climate protection.

On the basis of its economic statistics, California would qualify as the world's eighth largest economy. That is why it is worthwhile dropping in frequently and fostering economic cooperation said Angela Merkel in San Francisco.

The Chancellor has long has her eye on the west coast of the United States. It is eighteen years since a German Chancellor, then Helmut Kohl, visited the sunshine state. That is a mistake, declared Angela Merkel ­ 'After all we visit China almost every year.'

California's reputation as one of the most creative high-tech regions in the world is unchanged. But we cannot leave this potential to the Pacific and Asian world. Outside Asia, Germany is California's largest trading partner."

 


"San Francisco Symphony Presents Charlie Chaplin's 'Gold Rush' In All its Glory" by Justin DeFreitas in our Planet.

"The San Francisco Symphony will present Chaplin's epic on the scale it deserves this week, accompanying the film with the comedian's own score, composed for the film's 1942 reissue."

 

 

"Berkeley Arts Festival Will Use the New Magnes Museum Building in May" by Bonnie Hughes, the Planet.

"Hooray! The Berkeley Arts Festival finally has a home thanks to the Judah L. Magnes Museum. They are generously letting us use the space at 2121 Allston Way where they will move from their Russell Street location in 2011."

 

 

 

"Matthew Sweet's 'Girlfriend' Musical Opens in California" is at spinner.com.

"Almost 20 years since its release, Matthew Sweet's 'Girlfriend' album has now been given the musical theater treatment.

On Wednesday night, the Berkeley Repertory Theater officially debuted the theatrical production of 'Girlfriend,' with a script written by Todd Almond and songs by Sweet. The coming-of-age story, Almond says, is about two boys who fall in love during the summer after graduating high school."

 

 

 

 

"Despite Budget Woes, University Still Has Money for Bottled Water" by Scott James at nytimes.com.

"Times are tough at the University of California. The state's budget crisis has led to cuts, layoffs and higher student fees.

It is enough to drive someone to drink - as long as it's not plain old tap water.

Even though money is tight, the university has spent about $2 million in recent years on brand name, commercially produced and delivered bottled water to campuses in San Francisco and Berkeley."

 

 

 

 

"Young adults do care about online privacy" at google.com.

"All the dirty laundry younger people seem to air on social networks these days might lead older Americans to conclude that today's tech-savvy generation doesn't care about privacy.

Such an assumption fits happily with declarations that privacy is dead, as online marketers and social sites such as Facebook try to persuade people to share even more about who they are, what they are thinking and where they are at any given time.

But it's not quite true, a new study finds. Despite mounds of anecdotes about college students sharing booze-chugging party photos, posting raunchy messages and badmouthing potential employers online, young adults generally care as much about privacy as older Americans.

The report, from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania, is among the first quantitative studies looking at young people's attitudes toward privacy as government officials and corporate executives alike increasingly grapple with such issues."

 

 

 

 

Jill from CEID emails

 

 

Inkworks mural

4/16/10

 

 

 

 

 

4/19/10

Yesterday mid-afternoon a young mother, her two children in tow in a coaster wagon, stopped in front of Bruce Hermann to play catch with beach balls. "You know there's no place to play in the neighborhood" she said. "No park for kids or playground."

 

 

Kubik emails

Zazou, (also known as Zawowee), who was the manager and barrista at Trieste when it opened on San Pablo, and his wife Marianna
have opened a cozy cafe, Zazou's Cafe, across from street from the East Bay Nursery on San Pablo Ave.  It serves Cafe Trieste coffee as well as a milder, very flavorful Mexican organic coffee.  Their food includes a variety of crepes and also pannini sandwiches.  Only opened a few days ago it already is gaining a following.
Carol and I had two of their crepes for breakfast yesterday and another crepe and a pannini for lunch today - all of which were excellent.  

Check it out!

 

 

 

"First Retail Branded Edible Medical Marijuana Product Line Introduced at San Francisco Trade Show" is a press release at benzinga.com.

" This weekend, more than 30,000 attendees at the International Cannabis & Hemp Show 2010 taking place at San Francisco's Cow Palace Arena, will be introduced to the nation's first retail branded, complete medical marijuana product line.

YAK edibles, will be launching their branded product line which will undoubtedly create a paradigm shift in the way medical marijuana is delivered, packaged and branded. There are a total of eight products in the YAK edibles product line, with more in development.

Recent legal changes in California Proposition 215, exempts patients and defined caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana recommended by a physician from criminal laws which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana.

YAK edibles management team consists of former computer, consumer electronic & healthcare industry veterans who have more than 20 years of brand building, packaging and retailing experience. They have taken their experience and applied it to a new growth category: medical marijuana.

'YAK edibles can deliver a quality product to the patient in an efficient manner with branding, packaging and pricing which resonates with dispensary's caregivers. More importantly it's beneficial to the patient, because the quality and availability of product is consistent throughout the state at affordable pricing,' according to a company spokesperson.

YAK edibles is launching a broad line of eight products, including; YAK Brownie, YAK Fudge, YAK Mini Cookies, YAK Greenie, YAK Sensi Star (cookie in star shape), YAK Haute Chocolate (instant hot chocolate drink), YAK Mocha Juana (instant coffee drink) and their best selling YAK Cannabis Extract Capsules."

The period between now and when/if marijuana become legal, more important, legitimate, will be culturally stressful.RP

WeedsSeason Five is now available.

 

 

"California's university system: What went wrong?" by Lisa M. Krieger, mercurynews.com.

"Fifty years ago this month, California promised a low-cost, high-quality university education for every qualified high school graduate in the state. But that promise - inflated by growing populations and academic aspirations - expanded beyond the state's willingness to pay for it.

What went wrong? How did the university system that was long the envy of the world suddenly become the focus of angry street protests, overcrowded classrooms, soaring tuition and a monumental debate over whether the state can ever make good again on its groundbreaking mission?

While the recession turned a slow-brewing problem into an instant crisis, a Mercury News analysis of California's higher-education mess reveals that many factors drove the inevitable and ugly collision between the university system's ambitious and uncoordinated growth and the state's declining ability and desire to pay for it. Among the most critical . . . ."

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley A Cappella Bears Long History" by Jill Cowan, Daily Cal Contributing Writer.

"If you watch the first YouTube video that pops up when you search for 'Noteworthy a cappella,' you will see something funny.

What you will see is a huddle of seven guys in blue shirts and mildly flamboyant gold satin vests doing an enthusiastic rendition of Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face,' sans accompaniment.

A bunch of men doing their best impressions of a pantless pop diva on the Internet may be a far cry from a 19th-century glee club debuting 'Hail to California,' but the boys of Noteworthy are part of a long-standing tradition."

 

"Green Day: Rock Band Hands-On Impressions With Video" is at attackofthefanboy.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/20/10

Quote of the week

from Celeste, server at
900 GRAYSON when asked "How's it goin'?" who replied "I could complain but it's not bad enough yet."

 

 

 

"Akamai Ranks Fastest Cities in the U.S" by Om Malik at gigaom.com.

"Led by Berkeley, Calif., at the end of 2009, college towns are among the fastest cities in the U.S., according to Akamai's latest 'The State of the Internet"'report. In order to qualify, Akamai put a filter of a minimum of 50,000 unique IP addresses. Chapel Hill (North Carolina), Stanford (California), Durham (North Carolina) and Ithaca (New York) made up the top five cities in the U.S.

The U.S. might not rank top in most broadband categories, but it was interesting to note that Berkeley, Chapel Hill and Stanford are the three fastest cities in the world, followed by Masan (South Korea) and Oxford (Great Britain.) San Francisco and other Bay Area cities are nowhere to be found on the top 100 cities list, and neither is New York. U.S. towns/cities that play host to colleges and universities are well represented in the global top 100 cities list - once again showing the importance of educational institutions and networks to the overall evolution of the Internet."

 

 

 

" For post-boomers, public education is worth more than Social Security and Medicare" by Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations U.C. Berkeley.

"It's easy to assume retiring baby boomers will benefit from Social Security and Medicare at the expense of younger generations, as analysts estimate that these government-run programs will pay out more than they collect in payroll taxes by 2017.
gradeschool classroom

But a far-reaching new study from the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that younger Americans - specifically those born between 1972 and 2060 - are actually getting the better deal when the value of public education is factored in as an intergenerational entitlement program on a par with Social Security and Medicare."

 

 

 

"Compostable' Plastic Claims Break Down" is at utne.com.

"Tags: Environment, green living, sustainable business, composting, plastic, biodedegradable, bioplastics, compostable plastics, plastic bags, Mother Earth News, Terrain, Keith Goetzman

Bioplastics chart 'Compostable' plastics are being marketed as a green solution to waste and pollution-but our sister magazine Mother Earth News found in an independent test of 'bioplastic' bags that many of them don't live up to their claims. Of five bags tested, none of them were completely compostable in home composting conditions."

 

 

 

"Tackle air pollution with greenhouse gases, report urges" by Suzanne Bohan, Contra Costa Times.

"When Rachel Morello-Frosch, a UC Berkeley researcher, takes air samples inside homes near the Chevron refinery in Richmond, she finds significant levels of outdoor air pollutants.

Some of the worst examples are tiny particles invisible to the naked eye, called particulate matter, which can embed in people's airways and cause a number of respiratory diseases linked to premature death.

That's why she's pushing hard to make sure that the state's landmark climate law, Assembly Bill 32, includes pollution reduction in its mandate for reducing carbon dioxide emissions statewide to 1990 levels by 2020."

 

"Minority Communities Suffer Most If California Suspends AB 32" by Leslie Berliant at solveclimate.com.

"If California's greenhouse gas emissions reduction law, AB 32, is suspended or poorly implemented, communities of color and poor neighborhoods will suffer the most, according to a new report funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. "

 

 

 

"Amyris Biotechnologies Files for IPO" SustainableBusiness.com.

"Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock to raise up to $100 million dollars.

The company, which spun out of the University of California, Berkeley, modifies microogranisms--primarily yeast--to convert plant sugars into desired molecules. The company's first product was an antimalarial drug. However; its grand scheme is to produce a 'drop-in' biofuel that could replace, or be blended with gasoline without the infrastructure changes required for blending ethanol.

To date the company has raised more than $200 million from high-profile investors such as Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, TPG Biotech and Votorantim Novos Negocios.

Amyris expects to commercialize its first renewable product starting 2011.

The company is particularly focused on the Brazil's sugarcane biofuel industry."

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/21/10

the death

of grate art at The Bowl

 

 


"Local schools named 'California Distinguished Schools' " by Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa County.

"More than two dozen East Bay elementary campuses have been named as 'California Distinguished Schools' for 2010 in recognition of their academic excellence and narrowed achievement gaps.

The schools - which include 18 in Alameda County and 13 in Contra Costa County - were chosen because of "signature practices" that led to improved test scores and helped lessen differences between higher- and lower-performing students, said Jack O'Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, in a Monday news release. The state Department of Education plans to make the practices available on its Website, www.cde.ca.gov, later this spring.

'These schools have persevered despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets of local school districts,' O'Connell said.

The East Bay's 31 distinguished schools were among 484 selected statewide that will be honored at a June 4 awards ceremony in Anaheim.

Alameda County schools chosen were: Jefferson and Oxford elementary schools in Berkeley Unified; Ardenwood, Cabrillo, E. M. Grimmer, Fred E. Weibel, James Leitch, John Gomes, Joshua Chadbourne, Mission San Jose and Mission Valley elementary schools in Fremont Unified; Joe Michell Elementary in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified District; Tom Kitayama Elementary in the New Haven Unified District; Chabot, Montclair, Peralta and Thornhill elementary schools in Oakland Unified; and Henry P. Mohr Elementary in the Pleasanton Unified district.."

 

 

 

"Ex-Pitt coach Harris hired at D-II school" is an espn report.

"Former University of Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris was introduced as the new offensive coordinator at California (Pa.) on Monday.

Harris spent eight years leading the Panthers but left with a 52-44 record to take over at Stanford following the 2004 season. Harris served as an assistant with Akron last year.

Harris, 63, will replace Mike T. Jacobs, who stepped away due to health concerns.

The Vulcans, a Division II power, finished the 2009 season with an 11-4 record after losing in the national semifinals."

 

 

 

"What's in your VC plea?" by Rebecca Lynn at cnet.com.

"Let's say you have an ingenious new business idea, and you're ready to seek venture capital. Knowing what venture capital investors look for in a pitch could mean the difference between a term sheet and a rejection.

As a VC, I've seen hundreds of pitches. And I can tell you that in today's environment, the best PowerPoint slide decks--whether delivered by first-time entrepreneurs or veteran company builders--share similar structure, content, and zing.

First, what's changed? I recently hosted a panel called 'The Secrets of Pitching to VCs' at the University of California at Berkeley, and I realized how much the environment has changed over the past two years. Good ideas on paper are no longer being funded. Today, entrepreneurs need to show real traction even for angel rounds. That said, the funding environment has been improving significantly since the first quarter of 2009."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4/22/10

Potter Creek's Mario Assadi is featured in"SGP is Poised for Growth" by Peter Nowack at whattheythink.com.

"The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is celebrating the certification of its 20th company. It's certainly a milestone for the SGP, which, at 20 months of age, appears to have found its legs and a path forward.

Up until now, printers have been buying-in to SGP certification because it can save them money (through process improvements), for market differentiation and, simply, because it is the 'right thing to do.'

For example, Mario Assadi, CEO of Berkeley, California based Greenerprinter, reports that his shop opted for SGP because it provided the only industry-specific green credentials, not because any customer had asked for SGP certification."

 

 

 

"Berkeley Art Museum/PFA seeks proposals" by John King at sfgate.com.

"Here's a surprise: SFMOMA isn't the only local cultural institution seeking an out-of-town architect to design its new home.

There's also a 'help wanted' sign at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which is planning a move to the old University of California printing plant at Center and Oxford streets in downtown Berkeley. Letters went to 10 architectural firms early this month and all 10 have responded with initial proposals. The institution hopes to narrow the list to three and name its designer in June.

The surprise is that BAM/PFA already traveled this path - in 2006, when it selected Toyo Ito to design a new home. The Japanese architect's response was seductive - an abstract egg crate with thin steel walls - but also prohibitively expensive. Ito and Cal parted ways last fall, and the institution decided to revive the printing plant, making the most of such features as the enormous redwood-floored shop beneath saw-toothed skylights.

'We decided the best approach is to repurpose what's there and build an additional 50,000 square feet,' said Larry Rinder, the museum director. 'This requires a combination of two design skill sets, integrating old and new to create a functional and exciting whole.' "

 

 

 

"Intimate memoir revealed as fans honour Mark Twain centenary" is a story at guardian.co.uk.

"Handwritten 'Family Sketch', written soon after the death of his daughter, goes on display as part of celebrations marking 100 years since the author's death.

Mark Twain fans across the world are ignoring the American writer's 1896 dictum that 'What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light' and are marking the 100th anniversary of his death.

One of the highlights is an exhibition by Sotheby's auction house in New York of an unpublished family sketch by Mark Twain that has gone on display as part of a collection of 200 personal letters, manuscripts and photographs going under the hammer on June 17. The 64-page, handwritten personal account, A Family Sketch, written shortly after Twain's eldest daughter died of meningitis in 1896, is expected to sell for $120,000 to $180,000 (£78,000 to £116,000)'

'A Family Sketch is certainly one of the gems of the Sotheby's sale," David Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Papers & Projects at the University of California at Berkeley, which has the largest repository of Twain material, told Associated Press. 'Any Mark Twain archive or collector would be willing to go hungry for two or three years just in order to be able to buy it.' "

 

 

 

"We knew how to invest in education 50 years ago" by Doug Henton, Special to the Mercury News.

"The front-page stories in the April 18 Mercury News on record profits for Silicon Valley companies and the crisis in California higher education suggest that it is time to explore the historic relationship between investment in higher education and our region's leadership in innovation - and what is now at risk.

As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, I had the opportunity to meet Clark Kerr, the former president of the University of California and architect of the Master Plan for Higher Education. Later, I conducted an in-depth interview with Kerr for a chapter on the California economy for a book on the states' role in economic development.

I learned that Kerr was a noted economist who understood the importance of preparing the next generation of knowledge workers and promoting world-class research to generate long-term economic benefits for the California economy.

In fact, that is how he sold the Master Plan to the California Legislature in 1960: California needed to invest in a public university system that delivered both research excellence and access to all."

 

 

 

"California leads in borrowing for jobless benefits" is a report ar reuters.com.

 

"Berkeley Jobless Rate Hits 11.3 Percent" is a story at dailycal.org.

 

 

 

"Bill to prohibit carrying guns in public moves through Legislature" by Samantha Young, Associated Press.

"Siding with law enforcement authorities, California lawmakers today advanced legislation that would make it illegal to openly carry a gun in public, even if it's unloaded.

The bill cleared its first committee after an emotional debate that pitted public safety concerns against Second Amendment rights cited by gun owners.

'I think it puts all of us at such great risk,' said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, one of four Democrats who voted for the ban."

 

 

 

 

from my log

4/15/10--9:17 AM--SERIOUS 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.

4/16/10--9:55 AM--irritant in front room, dry skin, watery eyes, light head, wear respirator.

4/17/10--Off-and-on all afternoon in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, headache, "chlorine bleach" odor, Marsha similar. ~6:30 PM--"What's that stink in here" said Marsha walking into the front room. "It's like something's burning." "Bad catalytic" converter odor in front room. 6:57 PM--irritant in front room, watery eyes, dry skin, light head." 9:00 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, sinus congestion, watery eyes.

4/18/10--7:14 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air SERIOUS nasal congestion, light head.

4/19/10--6:53 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, heavy dry air, SERIOUS sinus congestion, head ache, air out. 5:21 PM--irritant in frnt room with "bad catalytic" converter odor. 6:27 PM--similar and sinus irritation.

4/20/10--3:22 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, wear respirator. 7:10 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear respirator. 9:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room with "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.

 

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 the skin.

"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.

 

 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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 at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets 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 and friendly.

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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