Kava Massih Architect news
Mr. Peanut's New Planters
"As part of our sustainability
journey, Planters is embarking on the 2011 'Naturally Remarkable'
tour, encouraging Americans to grow stronger communities through
service and conservation. The tour inspires people to become planters
by volunteering with The Corps Network, the nation's service and
conservation corps. As part of the tour, Mr. Peanut's new Planters
Nutmobile, fueled by biodiesel and powered with solar energy,
will travel to over 16 cities across the U.S. "
Here in Potter Creek there
is also an interest in sustainability. John and Suzanne have recently
installed solar panels on their building which now provide most
of the electric power.
I'm told that LBNL's community
group was given May 7th as the release date for the second campus
"Scientists isolate brain part linked with
"With the help of a
Karaoke experiment - recording people belting out an old tune
and then asking them to listen to their own singing minus the
music - scientists have found which part of the brain is tied
The study was conducted at
the University of California at San Francisco and Berkeley."
group gets $25 million for advanced solar research" is a story-release at stanford.edu.
"A joint solar research
effort managed by Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley
has won $25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's
SunShot Initiative. The work is aimed at helping the solar power
industry overcome technical barriers and reduce the cost of solar
"What is OpenFlow and why is it needed?" at networkworld.com
"OpenFlow is a programmable
network protocol designed to manage and direct traffic among routers
and switches from various vendors. It separates the programming
of routers and switches from underlying hardware. It is the result
of a six-year research collaboration between Stanford University
and the University of California at Berkeley."
"Chevron Donates $100,000 for U.C. Scholarships" is a press-release at dailyplanet.com.
"At Saturday's 2011
Charter Gala event honoring United States Secretary of Energy
Dr. Steven Chu, the Cal Alumni Association of the University of
California, Berkeley announced a partnership with Chevron to promote
science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) education through
a contribution of $100,000 to the association's Achievement Award
"Body's immune protein fights breast cancer"
potential as a new therapy."
"REHAU Joins Center for the Built Environment's
Industry Advisory Board" businesswire.com.
"REHAU, an international
polymer innovator in construction, automotive and industry, announces
its appointment to the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Center
for the Built Environment (CBE).
Input from companies like
REHAU helps to ensure our research is focused on the topics that
are most relevant and helpful to today's building industry.
A collaboration linking industry
with academia, the CBE, part of the University of California,
Berkeley College of Environmental Design, aims to improve the
design, operation and environmental quality of buildings by providing
timely, objective information on building technologies and design
techniques. The CBE was established under the National Science
Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center
(I/UCRC) program, and is also guided by the IAB."
Students Shoot for 2,500 MPG. Seriously"
by Chuck Squatriglia,
"Tandem catalysis in nanocrystal interfaces:
Could be a boon to green energy"
" In a development that
holds intriguing possibilities for the future of industrial catalysis,
as well as for such promising clean green energy technologies
as artificial photosynthesis, researchers with the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley
Lab) have created bilayered nanocrystals of ametal-metal oxide
that are the first to feature multiple catalytic sites on nanocrystal
POSTS FROM THE PAST
"Building named for green pioneer; Work
commences this week on complex named after former Sierra-Club
reports Kristin Bender in our Times.
"To some, it might seem ironic that a multimillion-dollar
building complex -- not a park or a mountain -- will memorialize
one of the country's foremost environmental leaders, David Brower.
But like Brower, first executive
director of the Sierra Club and a leader in campaigns to establish
10 new national parks, the David Brower Center will be dedicated
to environmental education and activism."
"Budget Adoption Mayor Bates Touts Berkeley's
reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"Berkeley Mayor Tom
Bates urged local businesses to help propel Berkeley toward becoming
the greenest city in the country at the Sustainable Berkeley Commercial
Property Climate Protection Luncheon gathering on Tuesday.
The event aimed to educate
property owners and managers about free and subsidized services
that would help save money and increase tenant satisfaction."
Kubik emails a link to
The kind of robots being used to monitor the
Japanese nuclear reactors.
Richmond Rambler MC member,
I thought this was very important
to pass along.
Home Made Radiation
With all the
fear of radiation fallout from Japan, I thought it might be useful
to tell you about a cheap, effective, homemade radiation tester
you can easily assemble and rely upon.
Follow these simple instructions.
It really works!
Open a bag of Orville
Redenbacher microwave popcorn.
Just leave the bag on your
table. If it starts popping, your f#%ked.
Charlie Rose conversations
with three important chefs are definitely worth watching.
"Gabrielle Hamilton is chef & owner of Prune and author of
'Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant
"Jonathan Waxman is an American chef who was one of the pioneers
of California cuisine and is credited with being the first to
bring its style, fusing French cooking techniques with the freshest
local ingredients, to New York. Waxman is also the owner
of Barbuto and author of 'Italian, My Way.' "
"Ferran Adria has
been called the world's greatest chef. He is certainly one of
the most creative. Gourmet magazine referred to Adria as 'the
Salvador Dali? of the kitchen.' His restaurant, El Bulli, was
recently named best restaurant in the world by the prestigious
Restaurant magazine. Ferran Adrià is the owner and
head chef of El Bulli."
And Marsha forwards
A very touching story, hard
to see, about two brothers who were separated at birth; a story
of life and death and a cruel twist of fate. Certain to stir your
POSTS FROM THE
Though never over-estimating
our common-sense, I often naively believe Berkeley to be an informed,
acceptant even sophisticated community. Sadly, I am often disappointed.
For instance, it is well known, even in Turlock, that the legitimate
motorcycle-clubs have a long history of individual and group volunteerism--including
combating drug addiction, helping the disabled, the elderly, battered
women and abused children.
Which brings me back to "We're
not special, we're spoiled."
The fastest growing group
of bikers, by-the-way are women. Of course, there is the pioneering
Bay Area club "Dikes on Bikes."
Over the top and out of the
box with the Berkeley Bowl.
I know that there are computer
models for determining traffic flow and traffic patterns. I'm
sure in the real world you can punch in Super-Market 50,000 Square
Feet and get results that are predictably different from punching
in Super Market 90,000 Square Feet--like bigger facility more
But this is quirky Berkeley
and this is our own special supermarket, the Berkeley Bowl. (Berkeley,
where it has taken almost three years to reach the stage we are
at now. Where in a different world, the Albany Target--a chain--took
a fraction of that time.) So , . . . maybe, just maybe, those
models don't apply here, and maybe, even more maybe, a SMALLER
market HERE causes GREATER congestion. Just my thought.
Then again, I've been waiting
along with Linus every Halloween now for the Great Pumpkin to
rise out of His Patch.
"Hiring surge to bring more recruiters
to campus job fair" by
Yasmin Anwar, Cal Media Relations.
"If the throng of recruiters
expected at this week's pre-graduation job fair at the University
of California, Berkeley, is any indication, students ready to
enter the job market have good reason to be optimistic."
"Philadelphia Orchestra Board Approves
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing"
is a story at huffingtonpost.com.
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
Kala's auction gala
Kala-fornia: State of the Art on Saturday, April 30th is
sure to be an evening to remember. Please join me and honorary
co-chairs Senator Loni Hancock and Mayor Tom Bates in celebrating
Kala Art Institute's 37th anniversary. This is our biggestfundraising
event of the year and your support is essential to our success!
Leading up to the gala is
a ten-day exhibition preview of Kala-fornia: State of the Art.
We open the exhibition with a preview party on Wednesday, April
20th, 6:00 8:00 pm at the Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue,
Berkeley. Over 120 artists have generously donated exceptional
work. You may pre-bid on many of these works during the preview,
as well as, view and pre-bid online at http://kala.org/auction/artwork.html.
Bidding is in progress!
April 30th gala tickets are
just $40 in advance ($75 for two). During this event, artists
Hung Liu and Jim Melchert will be honored with the Kala Master
Artist Award. The evening will feature delicious bites by César,
along with fine wine and signature cocktails. We want you there!
To purchase tickets go to http://www.kala.org/auction. Thank you
for being part of the Kala community. I look forward to celebrating
with you at Kala-fornia: State of the Art.
Co-founder & Executive Director
CEID 8th Annual Walk-A-Thon
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 9:30
Lake Merritt, Oakland
"Lawrence Berkeley National Lab second
campus shortlist coming soon"
San Francisco Business Times by Blanca Torres.
"Lawrence Berkeley National
Lab expects to come out with a short list of finalists for a potential
second campus within in the next few weeks."
LBNL has released a PDF indicating
a "second campus update" will be given at their May
Jonah Hendrickson will be
working as project-manager with Ken and Eric Schmier for the remodel
of the Nexus property. Hedrickson will be meeting with Rick Auerbach
and others. Their intent is to create more contemporary light
manufacturing space--whether the exisiting space is in fact protected,
and just what that means, will be determined.
The old Clif Bar building
at 1610 5th, in fact on Cedar between 4th and 5th, is now occupied
by Annies Homegrown Foods
and and Guenergy. They
are dividing the 60,000 sq foot space.
John McNeil Studios, 720 Channing, is in contract for another nearby
our Darryl Moore emails
The City of Berkeley recently
received funding to complete the West Street Pathway for pedestrians
and bicyclists along the former Santa Fe Railroad Right of Way
between Cedar-Rose Park and Strawberry Creek Park.
If you are interested in providing input on the pathway design,
the Transportation Commission will be discussing the matter on
Thursday, April 21st, at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center,
1901 Hearst Avenue (Hearst & MLK).
David Snipper emails
"Lil B Announces Title Of Next Album --
'I'm Gay' " by Allen
"Lil BLate last year,
when Lil B The Based God jokingly threatened to rape Kanye West
in a Twitter update, sparking controversy and questions about
his sexual preference.
Although he had since come
out denying any homosexual tendencies on his part, at the massive
Coachella Festival over the weekend in California, the Berkeley
rapper revealed that when his next album drops, he's coming out
the closet ... metaphorically."
"US, Swedish, Australian students among
Paris fire victims"
"Four foreign students
- an American, an Australian and two Swedes - were among the five
killed in last week's blaze in an apartment block in Paris, Le
Parisien newspaper reported Tuesday.
Jasmine Jahanshahi, of the
University of California, Berkeley and Louise Brown of The University
of New South Wales in Sydney, were exchange students at Sciences
Po political studies institute in Paris. "
"University Of California Admissions Data
Released" at huffingtonpost.com.
"The University of California
released their admissions data yesterday, and the numbers show
that out-of-state and international admissions (PDF) are at an
all-time high. Massive budget cuts are forcing California's universities
in both the UC and the Cal State system to raise revenue. For
the UCs, that means accepting more non-Californian students who
will pay about $23,000 more in a year than resident students.
That comes at a price for
California's own students, who are finding it tougher to find
space at their top state school choice. KPCC reports that this
year's UC admissions data suggests 'it's becoming harder to gain
freshman admission to the public University of California - unless
you live outside the state.' "
29,500 square foot manufacturing
facility with ancillary office and retail, 1716 4th Street
the David Snipper emails
POST FROM THE PAST
"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
"Richmond woman slain in West Oakland drive-by
shooting" by Harry
Harris, Kristin J. Bender and Scott Johnson , Oakland
"The fatal shooting
of a Richmond single mother and kitchen worker in the Berkeley
school district is being felt in both cities by her loved ones
who called the victim a caregiver and friend to many. Beatrice
'Betina' Burton, 33, of Richmond, was gunned down at 9:45 p.m.
Monday night in a drive-by shooting in the 3200 block of Union
Street as she walked near Poplar Park in West Oakland, police
said. A woman who was with her was not injured.
Burton, who loved to cook,
worked in the kitchen at Oxford Elementary School in Berkeley
and had previously worked in the district's central kitchen, said
Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Mark Coplan.
She had 10 brothers and sisters,
including step-siblings, many friends, and two children that she
wanted to give a better life than she had growing up in a rough
area of Richmond, said stepsister Bernadette Burton, 41 of San
29,500 square foot facility,
1716 4th Street
POST FROM THE PAST
Swerve's Ziggy has movie
Ziggy's creator Fanuc, also made the robots in Iron
"Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to lower
IQ in children"
by Sarah Yang, UC Media Relations.
"In a new study suggesting
pesticides may be associated with the health and development of
children, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's
School of Public Health have found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate
pesticides widely used on food crops is related to
lower intelligence scores at age 7."
"Levels of flame-retardant chemicals are
seven times higher in Mexican-American children living in California
than in children in Mexico, a new study reports" at usnews.com.
"The researchers also found that levels of flame
retardants -- polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs -- in Mexican-American
children in California were higher than those found in almost
all other groups of children ever studied.
'Only Nicaraguan children
who lived and worked on hazardous waste sites had higher reported
levels of PBDEs in their bodies than the California children,'
study leader Brenda Eskenazi of the Center for Environmental Research
and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley,
said in a news release."
"Here's How You Can Reduce Your Carbon
Footprint" is a
report at abcnews.com.
"UC Berkeley launches Synthetic Biology
Institute to advance research in biological engineering"
is a story release at
"An alliance of top
researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, has formed
the UC Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI), advancing efforts
to engineer cells and biological systems in ways that promise
to transform technology in health and medicine, energy, the environment,
new materials, and a host of other critical arenas. "
"OncoMed and Bayer HealthCare Sign Manufacturing
Deal for Partnered Wnt Inhibitor" at genengnews.com.
and Bayer HealthCare have expanded their cancer stem cell therapeutics
collaboration with a new manufacturing deal. The agreement will
see Bayer's Berkeley, California site manufacture clinical supplies
of a second Wnt inhibitor developed as part of the firms' partnership.
Phase I trials are expected to start in 2012. "
"Tech companies' upbeat reports rally stocks,
boost optimism for economic recovery" Ian Shapira, washingtonpost.com.
"Major U.S. technology
companies provided a surprisingly upbeat assessment of future
business conditions Wednesday, helping to propel the stock markets
to their highest levels in nearly three years."
"Solar Homes Fetch Higher Prices" by Ucilia Wang at reuters.com.
"Does a solar electric
system add to the sales value of a home? Solar energy advocates
like to say it does, but that's often based on anecdotal evidence.
The Berkeley Lawrence National Laboratory decided to test this
claim, and the result is a report being issued Thursday that showed
that, indeed, solar homes command higher prices."
"US National Lab Needs More Worker Controls" at abclocal.com.
"A federal report says
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California allowed some
subcontractors to hire employees who were using Social Security
numbers assigned to dead people."
In a story that features
our Steven Goldin, among others, Bianca Torres of the San Francisco
Business Times writes
"Berkeley hopes to retain
homegrown startups by remaking policies that have forced companies
Berkeley has an advantage
no other East Bay city has in churning out companies in emerging
industries: the combination of the University of California, Berkeley,
and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
As Michael Caplan, the city's
economic developer director explains it, Berkeley already has
the makings of a startup hub that other cities could only dream
of replicating. Berkeley has the research institutions, educated
workforce, progressive community and attractive location.
In fact, numerous companies
and technologies are continuously sprouting. The one caveat: Once
startups are born, they tend to leave quickly after, and the main
culprit is a lack of suitable real estate.
'We have a cluster here,
so the question is how do we build on that cluster?' Caplan said.
In the past few years, local
leaders have embarked on various efforts to retain startups and
the jobs and tax revenue that go with them. The efforts include
overhauling zoning rules in West Berkeley that are keeping young
companies out of the market and forming support networks such
as the Berkeley Startup Cluster, which helps startups find space,
and the QB3 Innovation Center, a West Berkeley facility that offers
individual offices for startups with communal lab space.
The zoning update for West
Berkeley aims to change policies that protect certain uses in
commercial space such as manufacturing. The problem is that those
rules were set in place in the 1980s when local residents wanted
to encourage blue-collar jobs to stay in Berkeley, but the definition
of manufacturing has changed and many startups want to house more
than one use - office, research and development and manufacturing
- under one roof, which is not allowed.
The rules have stymied West Berkeley's evolution for far too long,
said Steve Goldin, co-founder of furniture company Swerve and
property owner in West Berkeley.
Goldin and his brother, Michael
Goldin, design and produce high-end commercial furniture in West
Berkeley and have done well, but as landlords, they have a hard
time navigating the archaic zoning rules and have had several
promising tenants leave to Silicon Valley or other parts of the
East Bay. Issues typically arise when a startup applies for a
permit to use an industrial space only to be turned down because
they want to do R&D or a record from many years ago shows
up that says the site was once used for manufacturing and therefore
can only be occupied by a manufacturer.
And the zoning rules haven't
done much to keep the inevitable from happening, Caplan said.
West Berkeley has lost about 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs
during the last 30 years.
'The zoning is so rigid,
it's not allowing for newer sectors to take over for aging companies,'
Still, Berkeley and Emeryville
have a thriving community of biotechnology, clean technology and
bioscience companies. According to a recent report from Cornish
& Carey Newmark Knight Frank Commercial, the 1.45 million
square feet of bioscience and lab space in the Berkeley-Emeryville
market had a vacancy rate of 0.6 percent at the end of 2010. Surrounding
markets have more space available including all the cities in
Contra Costa County with a total of 2.58 million square feet and
a 20.3 percent vacancy and the rest of Alameda County with 4.02
million square feet and 37 percent vacancy.
'It's a location issue,'
said Bill Nork, a broker with Cornish & Carey. 'The demand
is very concentrated close to the university and the Lawrence
Berkeley lab.' Wareham Development, the top life science landlord
and a developer in the East Bay, currently has a few projects
moving through its pipeline, including a 94,000-square-foot building
at 5800 Hollis St. in Emeryville, the 205,000-square-foot EmeryStation
West Transit Center in Emeryville, and a 92,000-square-foot building
at 740 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley.
Cheryl Fragiadakis, head
of the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management
department for Lawrence Berkeley, said the high demand for Emeryville
and Berkeley often results from the researchers who have day jobs
at the university or lab and have startups on the side and therefore
need to be within close distance. Another factor is workforce,
since many startups target students and postdoctoral researchers.
Even going an extra 20 minutes
to Alameda to the south or Richmond to the north, where there
are hundreds of thousands of square feet available, becomes a
challenge and less attractive, Nork said.
West Berkeley is on the verge
of becoming a major employment and technology center as long as
the rest of the city recognizes the potential, Goldin said. As
is common for Berkeley, there is strong support for as well as
opposition to changing the rules in West Berkeley. Opponents are
concerned that tech companies will force rents to go up for industrial
tenants such as artists and light manufacturers.
'We have to tackle things
like how do we protect the workforce? How do we do job training?
How do we align the community benefit aspect with zoning?' Goldin
said. 'We can retain the jobs of the future just by having a little
more flexibility.' "
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