after 4/14/11, here
after 4/22/11, here
John Coltrane Park
is Jazz Appreciation Month
Today is Berkeley's 133rd
BIRTHDAY TO US
Seems it's also the Hell's
Last Tuesday's city council
special session video is here.
The link to the regular session video is here.
"Making safer streets in memory of little
boy" by Tracey Taylor
"Zachary Cruz, in whose
memory his parents are crusading for safer streets.
Frank Cruz has turned a horrific
personal tragedy - the death on a crosswalk of his five-year-old
son Zachary - into a crusade to make Berkeley's streets safer
"Robberies and other crime at Berkeley
High School is common, prosecutor says" by Doug Oakley Berkeley Voice.
Adults at Berkeley High School
are obstructing efforts to prosecute students arrested for armed
robberies on a campus where robbery, beatings and drug dealing
are common, an Alameda County district attorney told a crowd at
the school Monday night."
"Create fair collection system for online
sales tax" is a
Contra Costa Times editorial.
"With the growing volume
of merchandise being sold over the Internet, some California lawmakers
are seeking to require online businesses to collect state sales
taxes as a way to boost revenues.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner,
D-Berkeley, is sponsoring AB153, which proponents predict will
raise $500 million in uncollected sales tax money."
And on Tuesday on the
PBS News reporter Ray Suarez asked "Is
the U.S. Stuck in a Second Housing Slump?"
And Charlie Rose' interview
with Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is here.
Is Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew one of the wisest politicians
on earth? Maybe.
Kubik emails a link to "Countering
Radiation Fears With Just the Facts" at nytimes.com.
"As soon as David J.
Brenner heard about the undersea earthquake and subsequent tsunami
that devastated northern Japan on March 11, he checked a map of
the region's nuclear power plants. One, because of its coastal
location and reactor design, looked particularly vulnerable: Fukushima
Daiichi. He hoped he was wrong.
Less than a day later, ominous reports of failed cooling systems
and radiation leaks at that plant began to emerge."
POST FROM THE PAST
John and Susanne's building on Grayson Street is
Full text of Obama's address,
for a Secure Energy Future".
When in Boston some years
ago, I was talking to a jazz piano player who said coldly "Oscar
Peterson plays penny notes." Meaning simply that he uses
lots of them and that lessens their relative value.
Over the years, the idea
stuck with me.
But I've wondered who then
plays ten dollar notes? I've become satisfied that the Duke Ellington/
Billy Strayhorn arrangements are made up of ten dollar, maybe
even, hundred dollar ones.
And I believe something like
this applies to writing, with poets creating thousand dollar words.
An Exhibition and Auction
to benefit Kala Art Institute
Kala Art Institute Board
of Directors and Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Loni Hancock
& Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates invite you to
a ten-day exhibition of works
by a select group of contemporary artists currently working in
California culminating in a dynamic Gala Auction on April 30,
Along with original artworks
there will be unique art-related items and experiences offered
through both live and silent auctions. Fine wine and exquisite
food will be served at the Gala. Proceeds from the auction provide
direct support for Kala Art Institute's programs for artists and
Auction Exhibition: April
20 30, 2011
Preview Party: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 6:00 8:00 pm
Silent Auction opens, Free admission
Auction Gala: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 6:30 9:30 pm
$40/person or $75 for two in advance
$50/person or $90 for two at the door
To purchase tickets:
By Phone: 510-841-7000
By Mail: Send a check to Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave.,
Berkeley, CA 94702
In Person: Kala Gallery
In Casablanca, Captain Renault,
says before closing down Rick's "I'm shocked, shocked to
find that gambling is going on in here! "
Me? "I'm shocked, shocked
to find that violence and drug dealing are going on in Berkeley
Perhaps what's shocking is
not that it's been going on, but that it's now finally, almost
A couple of years ago Jarad
brought the subject up in Scrambled Eggs only to be ridiculed
by almost all--certainly by most of the establishment. Underlying
this, was often "Not here, this is Berkeley. We're special."
"Snooki gets $32K to talk 'GTL' on Rutgers
campus" is an AP
report at contracostatimes.com.
"The pouf is mightier
than the pen when it comes to speaking fees at New Jersey's largest
The Rutgers University Programming
Association paid Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi of the reality TV show
'Jersey Shore' $32,000 Thursday to dish on her hairstyle, fist
pumps, as well as the GTL-gym, tanning, laundry-lifestyle.
That's $2,000 more than the
$30,000 the university is paying Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison
to deliver Rutgers' commencement address in May."
The Berkeley Bowl Cafe remodel
is moving along with the final drawings waiting approval.
The major change remains
the removal of the center-island to be replaced by seating. The
kitchen will be moved back slightly with the ordering/display
counter running along the kitchen front.
Creatively the remodel calls
for two family tables made from the bowling-alley-wood of the
original Berkeley Bowl. Wooden chairs and small tables will replace
the plastic ones. To make for faster service, an express order
counter will be located before the ordering/display counter. There
will be proper service with dishes and silverware replacing paper
"Berkeley's Stomping Girl Wines joins East
Bay Vintners" by
Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Area News Group.
"Uzi Cohen always listened
to his grandmother -- except when it came to starting a winery."
Friday, PG & E hooked-up
900 GRAYSON with fresh power.
Kava's building on the corner
of 8th and Grayson is for lease.
Margret's having her house
It's Spring and San Pablo
Avene is "greening up" nicely. It's worth a ride just
for the green trees.
Our Seventh Street BPD Traffic
substation is getting a "new" roof.
Ever wondered why police
radio-cars have there spots facing up-and-in? They're pre-focused
for ease-at-night use.
Smash and grab
has appeared again in west-Berkeley, a south of Fourth Street
business losing three iMacs out thru their shattered glass door.
A little thing, . . . but
God is in the details.
Soon after BPD dispatch received
this fire call, they sent parking enforcement units to the area
to relieve the on-scene radio cars for patrol duty.
"Berkeley hills fire inspires calls for
eucalyptus tree trimming, road clearing," Rick Hurd, Contra Costa Times.
"A Berkeley city council
member asked residents of her city to make additional efforts
to trim their eucalyptus trees and get their cars off the street
following a fire Saturday that destroyed a home on the 1400 block
of Queens Road.
Nobody was injured in the
fire, which started around 10:20 a.m., acting Berkeley police
Lt. Mike Dougherty said. The fire caused 'extensive damage' to
the home, Dougherty said. The family was not home when the fire
I have always loved reading
well written accounts of history that tell an interesting story
and provide analysis that helps the reader understand the issues
as they were perceived in that time period. This article shines
a light on the real story about how and why Lincoln's emancipation
proclamation came to be. This is truly an interesting read from
a legal and political perspective.
The forgotten story of three
"contrabands," a pragmatic general and a shrug that
How Slavery Really Ended in America
from the New York Times Magazine
I NEED AN INTERN.
Work includes reporting,
writing, editing, proofing, still-photographing, audio-video recording
. . . more.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POST FROM THE PAST
In what I believe to be the
true Potter Creek spirit of mixed-use, our David Snipper emails
"Berkeley Patients Care Collective Celebrates
10 Years" is a story-release
"The Patient's Care
Collective in Berkeley, California is celebrating 10 years in
business on Monday, and if you're a patient in the area, they
want you to stop by and celebrate with them."
"Berkeley team announces early results
from global warming review" at
"A group of scientists
in California has released preliminary findings on how much the
Earth is warming."
"The Civil War, the
award-winning documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns returns 12
years after its premiere.
The landmark series, airing
in its entirety with no content alteration, is rebroadcast complete
with digitally remastered images and remixed audio.
The series dramatically introduces
viewers to a watershed conflict that ripped the country apart
but ultimately helped forge a stronger nation."
But before Burn's documentary
there was Mercury Record's monumental 1960 audio-documentary,
The Civil War.
publicizing its eleven-hour series, The Civil War, PBS
pointed out that producer Ken Burns used hundreds of archival
photographs, period paintings, lithographs, posters and other
historical visual materials to tell the story of the war. Critic
Harry F. Waters gave due credit to the impressive pictorial coverage
in his review of the epic documentary. He noted, however, that
"ironically, it's the sounds rather than the images
that strike most movingly." Waters referred specifically
to the authentic-sounding artillery cannonades accompanying the
chilling pictures of major battles.
like most reviewers, he overlooked the fact that the authentic
sounds of Civil War weapons, as well as much of the music heard
in the series, were taken from the
four-LP audio documentary recorded by Mercury Records in 1960 to mark the Civil War
Our CEID emails
CEID News Spring 2011
Birthday's Around the World
Birthdays are one of the
highlights of a child's year.
At CEID, the preschool celebrates
with a special traditon, combining family, friends, different
cultures, and a bit of science. Family and friends spend the morning
in class with the birthday child and bring photos to show the
class, one from each year of the child's life, beginning with
the mother's pregnancy. The children are fascinated to see how
they have each grown and changed over time. Families are encouraged
to share birthday traditions and food from their culture. Then,
everyone sits in a circle with the birthday child in the center.
He or she carries the 'world' ball and walks around a candle,
which represents the sun--one 'orbit' for each year of life.
The grand finale of the celebration
is a pinata, custom made by Maria Rooney, our preschool teacher's
Councilman Darryl Moore emails
I was notified this
morning that, despite our best efforts, the Park Station Post
Office, 2900 Sacramento Street (at Russell), will be closing
at the end of April. I urged our representatives
in Congress to intervene on our behalf and I appreciate those
of you who signed petitions and wrote letters, but it seems that
the looming $200+ billion deficit that the United States Postal
Service required the agency to make some very difficult decisions.
"Popular produce stand in West Oakland
shuttered until farmer sorts out permit issue with city of Oakland"
by Cecily Burt, Oakland
The blogosphere is abuzz this week after Novella Carpenter, an
urban farmer in West Oakland, blamed a city inspector for forcing
her to shutter her popular produce stand until further notice
for lack of permits."
Can you spell chicken s#%t?
"San Francisco Rainwater: Radiation 181
Times Above US Drinking Water Standard" at mi2g.com.
"Radiation from Japan
rained on Berkeley, California, during recent storms at levels
that exceeded drinking water standards by 181 times. A rooftop
water monitoring program managed by the University of California
at Berkeley's Department of Nuclear Engineering detected substantial
spikes in rain-borne iodine-131 during those torrential downpours."
Architects, our Kerstin and
Andrew are working on a very exciting project--details and drawings to follow.
Kubik emails a link to an
informative four minute video-lecture
Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car
Berkeley Unified School District released a plan on Tuesday to
improve security at the high school, but didn't address one of
the major recommendations made by the police - to put security
officers in uniform" reports Frances Dinkelspiel at
is now part of sfgate.com.
How'd yah do dat Frances?
900 GRAYSON continues to break all previous records with
last Saturday "The best day ever."
A group from Berkeley's Image Comics lunched at
POSTS FROM THE
Sometimes you get
In the '70s, at Moe's
Books and Records we very seldom carried new records, mostly because
of their short markup. My memory is that you'd make seventy-five
cents to a dollar on a four-dollar record, and these records were
available to customers on trade which we issued at 75 percent,
so we were just swapping dollars on trade transactions. This was
not trading-up, and Moe did not look kindly on such practices.
But one new record
that we regularly stocked was the Balfa Brothers Traditional Cajun
Music vol 2 (Swallow 6019 )-- the music was fresh, tuneful
and dance filled. Also, the brothers played together well and
on hearing you knew they loved what they were doing. The record
sold well even with its corny album cover.
I loved the record.
I even remember drinking a lot of red wine and playing along on
my cello, imitating their cajun style. The more red wine, the
better the imitation--it seemed. Though I traded away my personal
copy long ago, I always remembered the disq.
Some months ago at
a neighbor's, I saw what looked like a tiny version of the album
on her living room table, instantly recognizable by it's same,
but now not-so-corny cover. This was in fact the CD release of
my favorite old record plus another Balfa brothers LP. I borrowed
and eagerly listen to it. Like better-wine-than-I-drank-when-playing-along-with-the-record,
it has aged well.
Buy it and you will
have lots of listening fun. My own favorite cuts are Two Step
De L'anse A Paille, Madeleine, and Family Waltz. An aside--I've
recently begun listening to CDs of the Baroque authenticists often
because of the free and improvisation-like quality of their playing,
their performances being excitingly filled with the musicians'
own trills and turns. The Balfa Brothers too, decorate their tunes
with trills and turns. What fun! (The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional
Cajun Music vols 1 and 2 cost $16.00 here
or get it at your local store.)
and sometimes the
tiger gets you
"California market chain files for bankruptcy"
by Eric Sanderson at
"A.G. Ferrari Food recently
closed one of its stores, but has decided to keep another 12 stores
open, according to a report. The company listed assets ranging
from $1 million to $10 million, and listed the same amount for
debts in the bankruptcy filing . . .
The East Bay store that is
closing, located in North Berkeley, had six employees, the filing
said. Ferrari told the news source that the company is attempting
to relocate the workers at the closed store."
"St. Patrick scholar at Town Square Library
this month" in The
"A St. Patrick scholar
from the University of California will discuss the true nature
of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, at 6 p.m. April 15
in the Town Square Library, 1 Town Square Place, in downtown Vacaville.
Daniel Melia, of the Celtic
Studies Program at UC Berkeley, promises to 'tease out the myth
from the man,' according to a library press release."
"Xiaoqing Cao, a former biomedical cancer
researcher at the University of California, is the new face of
the UAW," Detroit
"Cao, who spent nearly
four years as a postdoctoral researcher, is now president of UAW
Local 5810 in Berkeley, which now has 6,500 members and ratified
its first contract last year.
The UAW helped postdoctoral
researchers win annual wage increases, health care guarantees
and a minimum salary of $37,740 -- a fact Cao said she believes
will lead the UAW to win even more members in higher education.
'This is a group of workers
that work long hours and the pay scale is not that attractive,'
The UAW's growing organizing
success in education and casinos, along with a recovering automotive
industry that allowed automakers to recall thousands of workers,
helped the UAW gain members for the first time since 2005, according
to a report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor."
"Feds send $50 Million to grow California
solar companies:Energy Department grants expected to create jobs,
solidify California as solar industry leader 'Solar is a proven
"The U.S. Department
of Energy has awarded two California organizations a total of
$50 million in grants through the federal "SunShot"
The grants, awarded to SVTC
Technologies in San Jose and the Bay Area PV Consortium, managed
by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley,
are intended to boost American competitiveness in the global solar
energy industry and lower the cost of renewable energy by supporting
advanced solar photovoltaic-related manufacturing processes."
"Research Shows How Glaciers Carved Their
Own Way" at planetsave.com
Kurt Cuffey overlooking the
glacier-carved Bowen River drainage (middle), Mount Tutoko (far
right) and Milford Sound (left) in Fiordland National Park of
New Zealand. (Photo by Johnny Sanders)
New research out of the University
of California, Berkeley and the Berkeley Geochronology Center
(BGC) has allowed scientists to reconstruct what the land looked
like before it was scoured and carved up by glaciers."
from my log
4/3/11--Off-and-on all morning---dry
dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
watery blurry eyes, dry mouth and throat, light head with prolonged
4/5/11--7:22 AM-- irritant
in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery
eyes, cough attack.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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
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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or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
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