an Elder's view of Potter
warehouse on 8th, night-time
"Clearing the Air"
from the New York Times.
"Q. What's the best way to clean the air
in my home?
A. Air researchers talk about
the Rule of 1,000: anything released indoors is about 1,000 times
more likely to be breathed in than something released outdoors.
"It doesn't take a lot
of something released indoors to cause exposure," said Dr.
Kirk Smith, a professor of global environmental health at the
University of California, Berkeley. "Even in California,
which has among the strictest controls on smoking and among the
lowest smoking rates in an industrial country, a significant fraction
of total pollution exposure is from smoking."
Indoor pollution is, in a
word, potent. And our attempts to combat it often make it worse."
I tol' ya zo!
"Greek Festival returns to Oakland" is a story by Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune.
"With enough trips to
the baklava bar, this easily could become your big fat Greek Festival.
But after a little folk dancing, all-purpose frolicking and figuring
out how to pronounce things such as loukoumades, tzatziki and
kefalograviera, those calories will just fall away and you'll
be face-first in the baklava all over again."
Our John Victor of V&W
Windows will be grilling lamb chops at the Festival--always
the optomist, he ordered 600.
posts from the past
Mary Morris 1, 2,
from Scrambled Eggs 2003
in his Viper
Last night [5/12/09] as I
was enjoying the early evening sitting in front of the warehouse,
a young woman bicycled passed, got as far a Kruse' driveway and
then made a u-turn and came back and stopped right in front of
me. "I just wanted to say how much I like seeing you and
your friends sitting , enjoying each other." The young woman
was Mega Barton, a director of development at the California Shakespeare
Theater (Cal Shakes) down at the end of Heinz. She was biking
home. We talked awhile mostly about her Cal Shakes--she is excited
about the coming season. Perhaps you will be too after going to
and checking out www.calshakes.org.
new reader Tor Berg emails
I just came across Scrambled
Eggs and Lox the other day while poking around
the Internets to try and find out what Wareham is up to. My wife
bought a house [ here in west-Berkeley ] last October, and have
enjoyed getting to know our new neighbors.
There are certainly some
challenges. The dope dealers in the house across
the street attracted gunfire a couple of weeks back, and I'm very
by the same house . . . that has incensed your
correspondent Jarad. But Shauna and I love our neighborhood and
to raising up our babies, currently 6 and 4, here.
I just wanted to drop you
a note to tell you how much I enjoyed perusing the
last few months worth of Scrambled Eggs and Lox, and how pleased
I am to
find yet another interesting and committed West Berkeley neighbor.
All my best, Tor Berg
Eva Brook emails
I called Berkeley Bowl to see if they are opening tomorrow [5/15/09]
and the operator told me no. Do you know more about this?
If the ZAB decision is approved by the Council next week, some
time after 5/19--probably 5/28.
Thanks Ron I figured
you would know. I can't wait to go despite the increase in traffic.
Since I come off the Ashby exit and turn onto 7th, it will certainly
affect me but I am soooooo looking forward to walking to Berkeley
Bowl rather than driving uptown.
Claudia emails a Bowl-opening-update
of on-or-about 6/5. My date of 5/28 is from late last week and
I've heard other early June dates.
Right now, I'd bet on early
June--first two weeks.
These are not corrections
but updates. Keep in mind this is an enormous undertaking driven
by its own dynamic and not at this time, our convenience. But
sure would be nice if the City and Caltrans could manage a light
on Heinz and San Pablo.
Gene Agress and I and Marsha
were sitting in front of the warehouse tonight [ 5/15/09 ] when
Kava rolled by in his car and yelled
"It's the 4th of June."
One of the Bowl owners, when
picking up sandwiches this week at 900 GRAYSON said,
"It's June 4th. "
store and more
a photo essay of the west-Berkeley
Bowl with permisssion of the owners
"A Berkeley Treasure" is an appreciation by Dorothy Snodgrass in our
"Walking home last Friday
from the City Commons Club noon program, I thought how blessed
I am to live so close to the Berkeley City Club, a California
Known as the 'Little Castle,'
this lovely building, designed by Julia Morgan-who, of course,
also built the famous Hearst Castle at San Simeon-is truly a Berkeley
"Berkeley nonprofit pleads guilty to taking
money from people it was supposed to be helping" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
a faith-based nonprofit organization in Berkeley, pleaded guilty
Wednesday to submitting false claims to the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development, ultimately taking money from people
it was supposed to be helping. . . .
Gordon Choyce, Jubilee's
former deputy executive director, submitted false claims for reimbursement
to HUD based on misrepresentations that certain employees, including
Choyce himself, had been paid with Supportive Housing Program
funds for counseling homeless youths and for other support services,
federal officials said."
"Caltrans deal with Berkeley firm probed" reports Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff
"Lawmakers questioned state transportation officials
Wednesday about their decision to direct millions of dollars worth
of business to a Berkeley company whose vice president is a former
"Berkeley Real Estate Developer Named Webby
Honoree for Project in Costa Rica" is a story at dbusinessnews.com.
"Encanto, Costa Rica,
a planned community of eco-sensitive vacation homes, was recognized
as an Official Honoree of The Webby Awards in the website category
for Best Use of Photography.
The web site www.EncantoCostaRica.com
is a sensual, full screen immersion in nature and architecture
that supports the sales efforts of Encanto. The web site was created
and designed by LaMagna Neumann Development Inc. of Berkeley,
California, a real estate development and marketing company."
an Elder's view of Potter
warehouse on 8th--another
"Nile Therapeutics Q1 Loss Narrows" is a report at rttnews.com.
"Thursday, biopharmaceutical company Nile Therapeutics Inc.
(NLTX: News ), reported a narrower net loss for the first quarter,
on the back of significantly lower expenses.
The Berkeley, California-based
company's net loss for the first quarter narrowed to $1.78 million
or $0.07 per share from $3.06 million or $0.13 per share in the
same quarter last year."
"Women Dominate List for Top Court" reports AP's Ben Feller on truthout.org.
"For motorcycle racer, gender's not her
tender" by Gary
Peterson in the West County Times.
"After a couple of months
of racing motorcycles as a professional, Melissa Paris has discovered
it's a girl thing. Not the part where she competes against men.
The part where she's asked about competing against men.
'I try not to think of my
accomplishments in terms of being the first girl to do this, or
the best-placing girl to do that,' Paris said."
Economist Robert Reich believes
Social Security is not facing major problems, and that Medicare
is not the problem, rising health care costs are.
"The Truth Behind the Social Security and
Medicare Alarm Bells"
is Robert Reich' s opinion at his Blog, here at truthout.org.
"What are we to make
of yesterday's report from the trustees of the Social Security
and Medicare trust funds that Social Security will run out of
assets in 2037, four years sooner than previously forecast, and
Medicare's hospital fund will be exhausted by 2017, two years
earlier than predicted a year ago?"
"Shift to Thrift: How Will Americans Save?" is Catherine Rampell's opinion at nytimes.com.
"On Sunday I had an
article about how many economists expect the days of zero or negative
personal savings rates to be over, at least for a while.
While painful in the short
run (since consumer spending makes up 70 percent of gross domestic
product), a more lasting shift to saving could be good for the
economy. . . .
This logic assumes, however,
that Americans will be saving through financial institutions,
rather than their mattresses. And even within financial institutions,
their investment options are likely to evolve.
Historical research has found
that people who live through a period of low stock market returns
(and presumably declines, in the case of the last year) are less
willing to invest in stocks, and instead prefer safer, lower-return
investment alternatives like bonds. "
"Mexican Data Say Migration to U.S. Has
Plummeted" is a
New York Times story.
"Census data from the
Mexican government indicate an extraordinary decline in the number
of Mexican immigrants going to the United States.
The recently released data
show that about 226,000 fewer people emigrated from Mexico to
other countries during the year that ended in August 2008 than
during the previous year, a decline of 25 percent. All but a very
small fraction of emigration, both legal and illegal, from Mexico
is to the United States."
"The Democracy Factory" is a story originally at France's Les Echos,
here at truthout.org.
" In spite of the sun
and the long May 8 weekend, 3,000 people closed themselves in
for three days at Grenoble's cultural center. Was it for a rock
festival or a big sports tournament? Not at all. It was the club,
La République des idées cogitating deeply. Its organizer,
historian and professor at the Collège de France, Pierre
Rosanvallon, had invited the cream of the intelligentsia to reflect
on the future of democracy."
posts from the past
neighbor Ruth Okimoto writes in her monograph, Sharing a Desert
Home: Life on the Colorado Indian Reservation-
interest in Poston goes back a long way. My early memories of
childhood (age six to nine) are of the Poston camp and the surrounding
beige desert. Our family was sent first to the Santa Anita Assembly
Center on May 1, 1942, where our youngest brother was born. Two
weeks after his birth, we went by train to Poston.
family of six arrived in Poston Camp III on August 28,1942. .
. . Though the Japanese American detainees and the CRIT people
'shared a desert home' for three years, we lived as strangers
during those years . . . While human contact between the two groups
was limited, the creation and establishment of Poston brought
permanent changes to the CRIR and its people.
Poston Camp and the [Office of Indian Affairs] projects not only
changed the physical environment of the reservation but the human
dimensions as well. . . . It was sobering to learn that young
CRIT veterans fought in WWII while being denied the right to vote,
and returned to their reservation to live in barracks that we
vacated. . . .
Japanese American detainees and CRIT were pawns on the Poston
game board with the hands of government officials moving groups
of people about with no regard to the human dimensions of their
actions. Uprooting and evicting a group of people because of their
race and culture had enormous human consequences. For a brief
moment in history (1942-1945), the Japanese American detainees
experienced what the American Indians have endured for centuries.
The 'relocation policy' (or assimilation policy) implemented in
Poston was later applied to Indian tribes by the [Bureau of Indian
Affairs] . . . with mixed results. For the American Indians, the
relocation policy meant assimilation into European American society
at the cost of losing their tribal values, beliefs, and traditions.
. . . Associated with the relocation policy was the . . . agenda
of non-American Indian companies and individuals interested in
potential riches of the reservations. [In my research ] I gained
respect for Commissioner John Collier, who tried to move the government's
relationship with the American Indians onto a different level.
. . . His philosophy [was one] of respect for American Indian
culture and self-determination . . .
know today that one's cultural values, traditions, and belief
systems need not be erased or "melted" (an impossibility
at best) in order to function in the dominant society.
opportunity to go deeper into the history of Poston changed my
perception of those years. The revisit reduced the psychological
and emotional pain I have carried for decades, and heightened
my awareness of how government officials and their particular
philosophies can impact groups of people. " For a detailed
account of the Poston experience read Ruth Okimoto's Sharing a Desert
Home: Life on the Colorado Indian Reservation.
Drawing and text
copyright 2003 Ruth Okimoto
"Suspects in Berkeley slaying crash, killing
2" report Henry
K. Lee, John King, Chronicle Staff Writers.
"A car carrying four
suspects in a Berkeley homicide slammed into a vehicle in North
Oakland while fleeing from police Saturday evening, killing two
people - one a motorist, the other a pedestrian - in a horrific
chain-reaction crash, police said.
The crash happened at 6:41
p.m. at the corner of Aileen Street and Martin Luther King Jr.
Way in Oakland, six minutes after police received reports of a
shooting in West Berkeley that left a young man dead, authorities
said. . . .
The series of events began
at 6:35 p.m. when Berkeley police received reports of a shooting
near the corner of 10th and Allston streets in West Berkeley,
Kusmiss said. A young man was found dead at the scene from numerous
The shooting would be six
or so blocks north of Potter Creek. This morning, ABC Channel
7 News reports that the "young man" was shot ten times,
possibly with AK-47s.
We in Potter Creek, have
these days been spared this kind of violence, in part because
of the decades-old efforts of Sarah Klise and the Victor family--
Their cooperation with Berkeley PD "closed" the "drug
house" next to Sarah years ago and began a new era-- with
some backsliding. The two, now-closed, grow-houses come to mind.
More later, at a quieter
time, about backsliding and drugs in Potter Creek.
You may have seen your favorite
ex-Buttercup-waitress-turned-personal-finance-manager on the cover
of today's New York Sunday Times magazine.
So, . . . Suze Orman is featured
New York Sunday Times magazine.
At one of the Buttercup Christmas
Parties Suze got up and with some flair danced with her Sweetie.
I'd come with Bobbie
Johnson but Moe
was there too. So with some fanfare I asked Moe to dance. We did
in what became known as the "Bowling Ball." Yu hada
from my Foods Berkeley
The Buttercup and The California Breakfast
And just what is The California Breakfast that Richards
and Mike Haley invented? Well, it's most likely the eggs-breakfast
that you now have when you eat out. (But, as breakfast is the
lowly meal, you probably haven't even thought about that.)
Yet, it's important to remember that Richards and
Mike Haley not only developed The California Breakfast but they
made breakfast a proper and respectable meal out.
Mike, as long as I can remember, loved his morning
meal best. When we lived together on Carl Street in San Francisco
in the '50s, Mike would sometimes make breakfast for both of us,
and I too came to love this meal.
Years later, when Mike and Richards lived together,
Richards would make Mike's favorite, adding her own Georgian touch.
An excellent cook from the South, Richards was well aware of the
hearty country breakfast.
So in the '70s, when they bought the Buttercup Bakery
and Coffee Shop on College Avenue and made it into a bakery and
restaurant, it was only natural for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant.
(Understand, at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but
not proper breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about
the Southern country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best.
This was the start.
If there was an exact moment when The California
Breakfast Out came into being I suppose it was when Richard's
started making Michael's favorites for the restaurant: Fresh-eggs,
quality meats, home-fries with onions and sour cream, and a good
toasted-bread were part of Michael's morning meal at home. (Occasionally
I was at their house at breakfast time and it was always a treat.)
Then, I suppose if you own a bakery-restaurant it's
natural to offer fresh baked-goods with the meal: And early-on
you could substitute a pastry for toast. Bagels and croissants
were also offered, but bagels and croissants were still popularly
thought of as foreign food and breakfast is a very American meal.
Also, it is important to remember that at this time breakfast
out was pretty much a meal you had--often rushed--before your
day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and social event--as
it was just a way to get food before working. Kruse Plumbing was
then down the street, and I remember some of the original customers
were plumbers having breakfast before going to a job. There were
also truck drivers who stopped before their run as well as milkmen
taking their break.
(Perhaps the fruit garnish was added when it became
apparent to all that breakfast was now social, even special.)
So there you have it; The California Breakfast Out.
Was this just a variation of the country breakfast that, through
good-timing, people found pleasure in eating in a restaurant?
Is California Cuisine just fish and under-cooked vegetables?
Of course not.
Many people, other than Mike and Richards, were
involved in making the Buttercup. Moe Moskowitz lent money and
support, Mary Guenther provided heart and soul, Karl
Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze Orman found-herself
and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence at Wells Fargo
Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always there. (Oh, Nick
Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and preoccupied with
his business and building two large warehouses, took time to give
sound, solid business advice. ) Me? It was a place to hang out.
"Final Edition of Tucson Citizen Hits the
the AP at truthout.org.
"Journalism dean: Hope for 'Net newspapers"
is a report at upi.com.
"The dean of the University of California, Berkeley journalism
school says he believes a revamping of newspaper coverage on fee-based
Internet sites might work."
"Plaintiffs Win Pesticide Fight; Feds Withdraw
LBAM Sprays" is
a report by Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
"Fund for Local Reporting! The federal Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has ordered a ban on two controversial sprays used
to battle the light brown apple moth (LBAM), ending a lawsuit
filed by attorney Stephan Volker on behalf of environmental activists
and the mayors of Albany and Richmond."
"Police search for fugitives; Oakland neighborhood
endures long, chaotic night"
is a report by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times.
"Two fugitives wanted
in connection with a Berkeley homicide remained at large Sunday
after leading police on a six-minute, high-speed pursuit, ending
with a horrific crash on an Oakland street that killed a driver
and a pedestrian.
A day after the events, Oakland
residents recalled a chaotic 12 hours after the crash, with the
suspects jumping backyard fences, heavily armed SWAT team members
combing the area, a helicopter circling, and residents forced
to hunker down inside their homes.
'The police started coming
around with a bullhorn,' said Julie Stevens, a six-year resident
of the neighborhood, who was walking her dog Saturday evening
when she heard the crash. 'It was like martial law.'
As Berkeley and Oakland police
swarmed the neighborhood, Stevens was unable to return to her
home. She took refuge in a neighbor's house on Dover Street. With
pork chops baking in her oven, police eventually allowed her to
return, searching the house before they escorted her and her partner
posts from the past
After the San Pablo Park
meeting Wednesday evening, I emailed those on my list that at
the meeting [that] Officer Andrew Frankel reported Oakland PD
has a person of interest in custody in relation to the take-over
robberies on San Pablo Avenue . . . .
A Times news article reports
what was revealed to us at the Wednesday
night meeting at San Pablo Park in case you hadn't seen it yet.
I'm really happy to hear
that this robber got caught. We were afraid
that this particular string of crimes in our area was going to
badly with someone, the criminal, robbery victims or bystanders,
getting seriously injured or killed. And though this article doesn't
say so, it appears that the suspect is from Oakland where he was
I'm concerned though that
this reinforces a tendency amongst some
leaders in Berkeley to attribute most of our crime problems to
"outsiders." It is factually true that much of the crime
committed by people from Oakland or Richmond. I've seen it myself
my own little area just north of Dwight Way where over the years
of the drug dealers who've been picked up here were from as far
as Vallejo. But much of the crime is attributable to Berkeley
residents. My observation is that most of the current drug dealing
West Berkeley is being conducted by local youngsters. It is easier
those of us in Berkeley to place our focus on other cities because
avoids very difficult questions about our own city.
This most recent set of meetings
about the current crime wave isn't
the only occasion where I've noticed this. I recall a few years
a meeting organized to oppose the half-assed prostitution
"decriminalization" initiative, Mayor Bates talked about
along San Pablo Avenue as if the both the prostitutes and the
were all from outside the city. I knew this wasn't true because
recognized some of the women on the street as being residents
Berkeley. And I'm sure that many of the johns were also locals.
During the last local elections
for school board, there was a
candidate running on a platform to limit students from outside
Berkeley from transferring into the Berkeley schools. The suggestion
was that these students aggravated the achievement gap and increased
the rowdiness and criminality around the schools. But of course
of the gap and rowdiness is attributable to students from within
I don't have any great answers
on what to do in Berkeley to fix our
problems. Our problems like those of other cities are embedded
American history and mired in our current economic, social and
political realities. And here especially in Berkeley, any direct
discussion of the problems would likely soon become truly bogged
in the minefields of hyper ideological and dogmatic debate.
But I do ask that while we
understand that some of our local crime is
caused by non-Berkeley people, that much of it is home grown.
Berkeley can't effect much change in other cities, and it isn't
at all what can be done within Berkeley. But lets not let ourselves
off the hook and place a disproportionate amount of focus on people
from other cities.
(Tak is from the Berkeley
neighborhood of this Saturday night's shooting)
"Startup sells solar panels online"
by Deborah Gage, Chronicle
"People think nothing
of ordering shoes or books or songs over the Web. If Danny Kennedy
has his way, one day they will all order solar panels for the
roofs of their homes."
a ride" is a story at mothernaturenetwork.com.
"Forget what Mom said
about refusing rides from strangers. With gas prices skyrocketing,
hopping into a random car might be one of your cheaper and greener
commuting options. It's how thousands of people in cities like
Washington, DC; Berkeley, California; and Houston, Texas, get
to and from work every day. Drivers pull up to a pickup point,
and ride-seekers hop in the first car heading near their destination.
The system, called 'slugging' in DC (after the name bus drivers
give passengers who use fake, or slug, coins to steal rides),
started in the '70s when the government introduced high-occupancy
vehicle (HOV) lanes. Drivers cruise the fast lane, 'slugs' get
a free ride and everyone spends less time in traffic."
"You, Nero Begins Berkeley, CA, Run With
McCarthy, McShane and Scheie May 15" is a play notice by Kenneth Jones at playbill.com.
Theatre's production of Amy Freed's Roman Empire comedy, You,
Nero, begins May 15 in California, with Mike McShane, Jeff McCarthy
and Danny Scheie fiddling around with ancient history."
"Death to the DJ?" is from Australia's watoday.com. "If video
killed the radio star, will the iPod take out the DJ?"
"U.S. Supreme Court rejects Prop. 215 challenge" is a report by Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff
marijuana law survived its most serious legal challenge today
as the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals by two counties that
argued they were being forced to condone violations of federal
"US scholars planning Islamic college'
reports Rachel Zoll of
"A group of American
Muslims, led by two prominent scholars, is moving closer to fulfilling
a vision of founding the first four-year accredited Islamic college
in the United States, what some are calling a "Muslim Georgetown.'
Advisers to the project have
scheduled a June vote to decide whether the proposed Zaytuna College
can open in the fall of next year, a major step toward developing
the faith in America."
Posts from the past
MSNBC.com offers Politicians
Lie, New Study Shows; report asserts that lying is key part of
Taj Johns forwards an email
about the Saturday shooting in west-Berkeley
I wish that there was some
communication to the community about this weekend events. There
are so many rumors running around and our anxiety is high. It
happened on a Saturday and something else [happened] on Friday.
Because of the long weekend we are left to media for an
understanding of what happened. Can something be built in
so an mail goes out to us even if it is a weekend? We should
not have to live like this!
Dr Taj Johns
Angela emails a reply
Hello Taj and 10th street
neighbors...please find attached the BPD press release from Saturday's
events. Not sure you already have these. . . .
Berkeley, California (Sunday,
May 17, 2009) Two homicide suspects were arrested
Saturday evening after leading City of Berkeley Police (BPD) officers
on a pursuit through
West and South Berkeley, then onto the streets of North Oakland.
The pursuit began
when a BPD officer spotted a Cadillac occupied by four male suspects
fleeing the scene
of a shooting. The pursuit ended when the Cadillac collided with
a Mazda and a
pedestrian at Aileen Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in
the City of Oakland. Both
the occupant of the Mazda and the pedestrian were killed in the
collision. The driver of
the Mazda has been identified as Todd Perea 27, of Brentwood.
Two of the four suspects
were arrested at the crash scene, while two suspects managed to
flee on foot. Arrested
were Anthony Price 24, of Oakland and Stephon Anthony 22, of San
Members of the BPD Barricaded Subject Hostage Negotiation (BSHNT)
spent the better
part of the night and morning hours, systematically searching
an approximate four square
block area for the outstanding suspects. A compliment of officers
from the City of
Oakland Police (OPD) Department that included the OPD helicopter
and canine units
were instrumental in their support of BPD throughout the search.
The suspects are still at
At approximately 6:34 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th, a patrol officer
heard the sounds of
gunfire in the area of Allston Way and Tenth Street in West Berkeley.
Officers found a
25-year-old Berkeley man who had been shot multiple times on Allston
Way, west of San
Pablo Avenue. Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics pronounced
him dead at the
BPD is asking for the community's help with this investigation.
Anyone who may have any
information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide
Detail at (510) 981-
5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line).
If callers wish to remain
anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip
Line (BACS) at 1-800-
222-TIPS (8477). BACS calls are completely confidential.
Thanks for this information.
Most of us have received some information from media but
a police press release has not been available to my knowledge.
The point is 1: why didn't this information get out to us
immediately. An e-mail (although people were off) would
have been reassuring. 2: because we have not received an "official"
report we were left to fill in the blanks. (unknown is a major
cause of fear) 3: when we did get media reports, some
placed the incident on 8th street. Knowing that information
was incorrect, we were left in a state of mistrust, confusion,
anxiety and worry. 4: there was activity in that area around
4 p.m on Saturday, we have no idea what that was about and
were we in danger then? and 5: one of the rumors is that the 2400
block of 10th street blocked off on Friday looking for people
is this true?
I think a quick e-mail from someone on Sunday would have been
great. There are just too many unanswered questions and
we try to support Berkeley by using our neighborhood businesses,
taking care of our gardens, walking our dogs, just basically being
visible. (Rule number one for crime pervention, BE VISIBLE) It
would have been nice to know sooner than ASAP what was happening.
Why did it take my e-mail to get this information and there
are still many more questions to be answered?
Is there a border war? How can w e protect ourselves? What
is the City doing to resolve this situation?
"3 murder counts in East Bay shooting,
chase" Henry K.
Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Todd Anthony Perea
had just left his film-editing job and was looking forward to
spending Saturday night relaxing at his Brentwood home. At 6:41
p.m., he was driving his Mazda south on Martin Luther King Jr.
Way at Aileen Street in North Oakland just as a 41-year-old Berkeley
man was crossing the street at the corner."
Nancy Newman emails
Friday afternoon I saw several
police officers at both corners on the 2400 block of Tenth, and
officers standing at each driveway on the west side of the street
looking towards 9th Street. It certainly looked obvious
that they were looking for someone. I was apprehensive about
leaving the house or going outside. What was going on?
Was it connected to what did happen?
Jarad forwards Ofc Buckheit's
At approximately 2:30 pm, a victim was robbed of his cell phone
and gold chain, via strong arm (no weapons) in the area of
Sacramento and Ward St. The victim chased the suspects to
the area of 10th and Channing, where he lost them when
they ran behind some houses. Officers conducted a search in the
2400 block of 10th St. but did not located the suspects.
That was the reason for the BPD presence in the area on Friday
afternoon. Detectives do not believe the robbery is related
to the shooting/murder at 10th/ Allston on Saturday night.
Ofc. Buckheit #135
"Pair charged with murder in Oakland crash"
reports Henry K.
Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Stephon Anthony, 22,
of San Leandro and Anthony Price, 26, of Oakland also were charged
with weapons and gang enhancements, as well as a special circumstance
accusing them of committing multiple murders. That allegation
could make them eligible for lethal injection if convicted, although
Alameda County prosecutors said they had not decided whether to
seek the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole."
"Couples look back on when interracial
love defied laws" is
a story by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times. "It was
the kind of kiss that could change the world."
"How Berkeley's 'Naked Guy' met a tragic
end" is by Chip
Johnson at sfgate.com.
"As an education reporter
working from a basement office in Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley
campus in the fall of 1992, I remember when "Naked Guy"
began showing up for class wearing nothing but a G-string covering
his private parts."
posts from the past
This is a
review of the Loosen Bros German Reisling from the San Francisco
Chronicle. "Very good. Hint of petrol and rubber over
shy citrus nose; ripe lime, tangerine, peach, red apple and pear
with light petrol on the palate, mouth watering and succulent;
rich finish." And what have THESE folks been smokin'? Petrol
and rubber over shy citrus nose?
and his Stupid
Fun Club will be Swerve's new tenents--they will occupy part
of Swerve's Potter Creek 7th Street facility. Very much sooner-than-later,
Michael and Steven Goldin will be leasing space to these video
game pioneers--good for Will Wright, good for Potter Creek,
good for Berkeley, and good for the Goldins!
good for Ziggy, too
the Swerve family robot--
robots can get lonely
Wil Wright was the best ice
cream in Hollywood/LA growing up real, rich, vanilla beans.
It was a special treat when my dad took us.
But this doesn't sound like that place.
Wil Wright Ice Cream
our Ryan Lau emails
At last night's [Council]
meeting, the certification of the ZAB decision on the Berkeley
Bowl's use-permit modification was put onto the consent calendar,
which essentially means that it received a unanimous vote.
The modification would allow the Berkeley Bowl to open on-schedule
with interim traffic mitigations. Also, another development
yesterday before last night's meeting is that the Berkeley Bowl
and the union came to an agreement. The Berkeley Bowl has
agreed to allow the workers to use a card check system to decide
on union representation.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"Matías Tarnopolsky new director
of Cal Performances" is
a press release at berkeley.edu.
was named the new director of Cal Performances today (Wednesday,
May 20) by Robert Birgeneau, chancellor of the University of California,
Berkeley, at a campus press conference in Zellerbach Hall."
"An Islamic College in Berkeley?" is a report at insidehighered.com. "The
proposed Zaytuna College would be a first: a four-year, accredited,
Islamic college in the United States.
'Part of the process of indigenizing
Islam in America is for the community to begin to develop its
own leadership from inside the country, develop its own scholars,'
said Hatem Bazian, chair of the management board for Zaytuna College
and a senior lecturer of Near Eastern studies at the University
of California at Berkeley."
"Two finalists chosen for UC Berkeley police
chief" writes Matt
Krupnick, Contra Costa Times. "UC Berkeley will choose
its next police chief from a pair of East Bay law-enforcement
The university's assistant
chief, Mitch Celaya, and Oakland Deputy Chief David Kozicki are
the finalists to replace retiring Chief Victoria Harrison, who
will step down by July 31, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof."
"Double your protection" is a story by Cheah Ui-Hoon at Straits Times
"When there's a flu
virus going around, one's first thought is to get a flu jab to
get some kind of protection against the disease. But what could
be equally important is to get inoculated against bacterial infection,
now that a recent study has shown that the majority of deaths
during the Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) resulted from secondary
"That's very ' interesting'
he said." "Interesting, . . . it's amazing" replied
a Potter Creek Elder, quietly adding "PPSS." "
PPSS" I asked. "Post Protestant Stress Syndrome"
he said. "He can't feel anything."
Quotes of the Week.
"Rewards offered in Berkeley, Oakland slayings"
is a report by Doug Oakley
"The city of Berkeley
and Bay Area Crime Stoppers are offering a pair of rewards totaling
$64,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of
several people accused in four murders in Berkeley and Oakland
Gehry and architect/builder Renzo
Piano's most recent appearences n Charlie Rose are worth watching.
Check out their links.
posts from the past
songbirds are enjoying their favorite this morning, Stravinky's The Firebird. They prefer the Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
performance to the Boulez.
My Gold Wing buddy, Clifford
emailed "If raising children was going to be easy, it never
would have started with something called labor" and "Don't
argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the
"Supergirl epidemic: Teenage girls sinking
under pressure to be perfect"
is West County Times story at kansascitystar.com.
"By any measure, high
school senior Jordan Wight is a Supergirl. The University of California
Berkeley-bound teen is student body president at Alhambra High
School in Alhambra, Calif.; captain of the cross country and track
teams; and homecoming queen. Her schedule is so crammed there's
little time, she says, for 'scheduling errors' and track practice
is the only thing that comes close to her 'down time.' "
"Green Day returns to the top slot with
"21st Century Breakdown," selling 215,000 units"
is a report at theinsider.com.
"What's significant about this is that the amount sold only
reflects sales over a three-day period - the band wanted to have
the U.S. release closer to its international release."
"Northern California's top swimable lakes"
is a story at examiner.com.
"If you grew up in the
midwest (or the foggy California coast), when summer comes, you
are probably itching to swim in lakes. Here is a collection of
my favorite Northern California lakes to practice your breast
"Hotel Mac Restaurant and Bar" is a review by Lynne Char Bennett at sfgate.com.
"Hidden in Point Richmond
to all but those in the know, the Hotel Mac Restaurant and Bar
has steadfastly offered prime rib and salmon for more than three
"Global hunt for ET enters its second decade"
reports Pete Spotts at
"ET hasn't phoned home
yet, but Earthlings are still wishin', and hopin', and thinkin',
The University of California
at Berkeley's SETI@home project (that is, the Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence at home) entered its second decade this week.
It's the granddaddy among projects that tap the unused capacity
of Internet-connected home computers for science."
"Berkeley Juneteenth festival on -- for
now" reports Kristin
Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"For now, the Juneteenth
festival - which was scrapped last year because of organizers'
problems meeting deadlines - is on.
But the celebration could
be called off again if violence from the long-term North Oakland-South
Berkeley border war continues between now and festival day on
June 13, a City Council member said Thursday. The troubles seem
to be heating up again, with an early May killing and last week's
slaying of Charles Davis, 25, both in South Berkeley.
a thoughtful, thought provoking
email from Jarad Carleton
For those that
don't know, I'm a consultant at a global market research firm.
It's my job and my nature to define problems, examine the history
of the problem, examine processes, understand the reason behind
those processes, set out solutions, and measure the efficacy of
those solutions with quantifiable metrics.
Rule #1 in my line of work is to work smarter not harder. That
means if there is a logical reason for a process and it has created
the positive change that the organization wanted it to, you don't
tear down that process and try to reinvent the wheel. You look
at the process and see if it can be adjusted to perform even better.
What is being advocated in West Berkeley is to discard the law
regarding street memorials and to reinvent the wheel. That's not
working smarter, that's working harder.
I've spent significant time and effort examining processes that
were put into place and I've had the opportunity to have people
that have been active in neighborhood watch in South Berkeley
explain to me the background for things (such as removing street
I've added to that knowledge base with what I do best -- market
research. I've scoured online databases from the Berkeley Public
Library to read articles published by Police Chief Magazine as
well as the FBI so that I could start to build a basic foundation
of understanding for best practices in combating neighborhood
Understanding that I am a market research consultant and my breadth
& depth of knowledge isn't equivalent to someone with years
of experience in law enforcement, I sought out the perspectives
of officers to understand some of the "WHYS" behind
their actions. In doing that I've spoken frequently with a friend
I've known for 16 years that is a Sergeant on the Marin County
Sheriff's Dept who used to be a key officer on the Santa Rosa
PD Gang Task Force when he was with that department. He was someone
that worked closely with the FBI and frequently went to Pelican
Bay State Prison in Crescent City to interview gang members and
glean intelligence from them during investigations.
I supplemented that knowledge with my personal experience from
a previous career in trucking operations management where I had
to manage known gang members working on trucking terminal docks
in Sacramento, Hayward, and San Leandro. These were people who
referred to Oakland as "the Motherland," who made it
clear they had gang affiliations and that they wouldn't hesitate
to kill someone that got in their way. And I had to fire some
of those people despite being afraid I'd be shot.
I was a 24 year old kid just trying to make a living and having
to look everywhere in the parking lot before almost running to
my car and speeding out of there because I had a job to do that
put me in the sights of gang members. These gang members were
hiding drugs in the freight to move them from Los Angeles to the
SF Bay Area and Sacramento. These were gang members who were directly
responsible for participating in the hijack of trailers full of
consumer electronics because they knew when and where the valuable
good were and had access to them.
I've taken all of that experience and research and have gone further.
I've sat down many times with members of BPD and talked to several
on the street, none of whom I knew before moving to Berkeley.
I haven't always seen eye to eye with them, but the communication
and the time I've spent trying to understand what they have to
deal with in a city like Berkeley where they get blamed for nearly
everything, has made me perceive that the problem in Berkeley
as well as this neighborhood is not the police.
The problem is the people that live here in this neighborhood
that refuse to believe that the Latin kids wearing red and white
are members of the Norteño gang (also known as the WSB
or West Side Boys) that vandalize, commit grand theft auto, beat
people in the street, rob & mug.
The problem is the people in this neighborhood that walk by H20
Waterfront gang members that are selling crack and refusing to
SEE what is happening right in front of them.
The problem is the people in this neighborhood that refuse to
open their eyes and see gang members that you drive by or walk
by every day while rationalizing to yourself why they look the
way they do and act the way they do by caulking it up to something
that someone from a different cultural background does & since
it's not harming you, you should live and let live.
The problem is the people in this neighborhood that say they pass
by these people and they don't see any guns, knives, or clubs,
even though it doesn't take a genius to understand that this isn't
Somalia. We won't see people casually standing around with AK-47's
hanging over their shoulders and a munitions dump in their front
yard. The rule of criminals in the United States is to conceal
those weapons until they are ready to use them, but why should
that be news to any of you? Why should I or the BPD have to explain
something so elementary and basic to a group of grown adults that
are literate, can use a computer, and who should have the capacity
for higher reasoning and analytical thought?
And why for that matter would anyone that is so permissive and
forgiving of criminals & gang members in our neighborhood
spend so much time defending these people and giving them the
benefit of the doubt, yet not spend any time whatsoever trying
to understand the point of view of the officers at BPD that literally
put their lives on the line every single day to protect us so
that we can have the LUXURY of this kind of dialog.
I ask every one of you on this list to take a hard look in the
mirror and ask yourself what you've done to try and make things
better here. Not just after someone gets shot, but in the long-term.
There's an awful lot of bickering and bitching and moaning about
the state of things, but I see no concerted effort by the majority
of the people in this neighborhood to really stand up and take
some responsibility for making this a better place to live and
it sickens me.
Most people in this neighborhood are too busy with their own lives
to be bothered. Well, I've cared despite the overwhelming apathy
in this neighborhood. I've made the effort to be connected to
this neighborhood when I've been in Florida, Massachusetts, Mexico,
Germany, and Austria.
Ask yourselves about your own commitment to making things better
here and what you could do, not just today and tomorrow. I'm talking
about working to improve things over the next 5 years. If you
own a house like I do, you are in this neighborhood for the long-haul.
Putting your heads in the sand, not wanting to understand the
history of why certain measures are effective in fighting crime
and most of all, taking an attitude that the police aren't friendly
enough isn't going to improve this neighborhood.
Talk with the BPD, get to know some officers. Talk with people
in the South Berkeley neighborhood watch groups, get to know the
struggles they've gone through. Open your mind to the possibility
that your apathy, your silence for months on end, your unwillingness
to speak out for the neighborhood in a single loud voice to the
city, and your unwillingness to work with the people in South
Berkeley, the people that SHARE the same problems we do, is making
this neighborhood worse, NOT BETTER.
I expect this level of frankness is going to turn a lot of people
off, but I'm tired of not speaking directly with everyone about
the truth of situation. My frankness may also get some of you
to leave the group, or prompt others to defend their silence,
their apathy, their inaction.
Please, save your excuses for someone else because they will fall
on deaf ears with me. I don't make excuses because I have been
active in trying to make this a better place to live no matter
where I am in the world because I care for and love this neighborhood
and I want a better future for it. I don't understand why so many
of you can't be bothered to love it and see the same potential
that I see in it.
I always thought Berkeley was a place of people that were engaged
and active in causes. Apparently that is true, but those causes
are frequently across the globe in far away places when what is
really needed is your attention here at home. What ever happened
to the concept "Think globally, act locally?"
I'm very tired of the bickering about making exceptions to the
law to permit street memorials and the lack of understanding that
you can't have it both ways. Either you want law and order to
prevail or you don't. BPD isn't a fascist organization, these
are real people with families & yet their put their lives
on the line every day to protect an increasingly unthankful public
in this city & that's shameful.
I'm tired of trying to motivate people to open their eyes and
stand up and be heard. A handful of people can't change West and
South Berkeley, it takes more than that. So I ask you all that
are in the silent majority here, what are YOU going to do to make
this a better place to live?
I've done what I can do and I can't move a mountain. I'm exhausted
from treading water and never getting anywhere.
Cameron mentioned we have
a new, improved Potter Creek asset, the Kala Gallery.
"The Kala Gallery opens in a new location
at 2990 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley on May 1, 2009" is a mention at sfgate.com. "The
new expansive street level gallery is part of the Kala
Art Institute, an artists residency center located around
the corner at 1060 Heinz. The Kala Gallery features new work in
video, installation, photography."
Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo
Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702, (510) 841-7000
"Berkeley Police Identify Homicide Suspects"
Bay City News, Special
to the Planet
"Two gang members who remain at large following a triple
homicide in the East Bay last weekend have been identified, the
Berkeley Police Department announced today.
Arrest warrants were issued
for 27-year-old Rafael Campbell and Samuel Flowers, 21, on Friday.
Police say they are wanted for three counts of murder and are
considered armed and dangerous. "
Henry K Lee of the Chronicle
"Stephon Anthony, 22,
of San Leandro and Anthony Price, 26, of Oakland were each charged
Tuesday with murder, weapons and gang enhancements and a special
circumstance accusing them of committing multiple murders. That
allegation could make them eligible for lethal injection if convicted,
although Alameda County prosecutors say they have not decided
whether to seek the death penalty or life imprisonment without
Police said the four men
used assault rifles to kill Charles Davis, 25, near the corner
of 10th Street and Allston Way in west Berkeley at about 6:35
p.m. May 16. Prosecutors said Davis' slaying was a retaliatory
strike by members of a North Oakland gang.
Frankel would not say which
role each suspect allegedly played. But authorities said a Berkeley
officer who heard the gunfire began chasing a Cadillac that fled
the scene and was driven by Anthony." The full story
excerpt from SF Chronicle
Police said the four men used assault rifles to kill Charles Davis,
25, near the corner of 10th Street and Allston Way in west Berkeley
at about 6:35 p.m. May 16. Prosecutors said Davis' slaying was
a retaliatory strike by members of a North Oakland gang.*
*This is information that has been privately discussed between
active members of the City of Berkeley neighborhood watch network,
but has not been posted here because it wasn't officially released
by BPD. As we've implied previously, someone isn't randomly shot
in the street with AK-47's if they aren't involved with a gang...in
this case the H20 Waterfront gang.
I respect the opinions of people in my neighborhood, but I have
to say that all of the talk over the past week about the victim
being an innocent person doesn't hold water.
"Berkeley needle exchange program comes
out of the shadows"
reports Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"After nearly 20 years
of quietly handing out free, clean needles to drug users on Berkeley's
streets, the city's needle exchange is coming out of the shadows.
In April, a year ahead of
its 20th birthday, the Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution
became a registered charity, a certified nonprofit group and last
year was able to get a state grant that increased its yearly budget
to more than $100,000."
carpool lane hours suggested for I-80" by Denis Cuff,
on Interstate 80 from Oakland to Hercules is so bad so often that
the Bay Area's transportation commission is going to study whether
to expand the hours for carpool-only lanes on weekdays and begin
weekend hours, as well.
Ranked for years as the region's
most congested freeway section, the major commute route between
the central Bay Area and the North Bay and Sacramento Valley currently
has a carpool restriction on one lane in each direction from 5
to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
The Metropolitan Transportation
Commission is going to investigate whether adding more hours would
help the flow.
'We're going to look into
it along with our partner, Caltrans,' said Randy Rentschler, a
spokesman for the nine-county transportation commission.
Two commissioners - Berkeley
Mayor Tom Bates and Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd - called
last week for the look into expanded hours. Dodd suggested carpool
lanes might be appropriate seven days a week because of traffic
congestion on Saturdays and Sundays."
posts from the past
"Virtually every encyclopedia or textbook etymology of the
word 'robot' mentions the play R.U.R [Rossum's Universal Robots. Prague,
1920.] Although the immediate worldwide
success of the play immediately popularized the word (supplanting
the earlier 'automaton'), it was actually not Karel Capek but
his brother Josef, also a respected Czech writer, who coined the
word. The Czech word robota
means 'drudgery' or 'servitude'; a robotnik is a peasant
or serf. Although the term today conjures up images of clanking
metal contraptions, Capek's Robots (always capitalized) are more
accurately the product of what we would now call genetic engineering.
The play describes of 'kneading troughs' and 'vats' for processing
a chemical substitute for protoplasm, and a 'stamping mill' for
forming Robot bodies."
" 'Turn off your computer': Google CEO
speaks to Penn grads"reports
Kathy Matheson, Associated Press Writer in the Salisbury
"The head of the world's
most popular search engine urged college graduates on Monday to
step away from the virtual world and make human connections".
"Fogerty rocks ACC crowd" is a concert review by Jane Stevenson at torontosun.com.
"John Fogerty may have
been born in Berkeley, California, but on Saturday night at the
Air Canada Centre Theatre, he was definitely Born On The Bayou.
Over the course of two-hours,
the 63-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist and his six-piece
band effectively shook up a small crowd with some of the best
known songs from his legendary late '60s, early '70s rock band,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus his own solo work."
Creedence recorded for Potter
Creek's Fanasy Records. In fact, the word was that "They
"Californians face up to grim future as
deficit spirals" by
Rob Woollard, AFP.
As a Hollywood action hero,
Arnold Schwarzenegger forged a career playing tough guys used
to prevailing against impossible odds.
But the Austrian-born former
Mr. Universe, who was elected California governor in 2003 on a
platform of fiscal reform, has failed to impose his will on the
state's seemingly eternal budget problems.
The Republican governor suffered
a crushing special election defeat this week over a package of
measures he argued were essential to help plug a projected 21-billion-dollar
Schwarzenegger said the result
had left California facing 'fiscal disaster' and the state --
which would have the world's eighth largest economy if it were
a country -- is now preparing for severe spending cuts.
Former governor Gray Davis
-- ousted by Schwarzenegger in 2003's historic recall election
-- said his successor is discovering that Californians held unrealistic
expectations of lower taxes and higher spending.
"California budget crisis could bring lasting
economic harm:The short-term pain of budget cuts could pale next
to a long-term loss of companies and academic talent" is a story by Martin Zimmerman, Marc Lifsher
and Andrea Chang at latimes.com.
"As bad as California's budget crisis is for the state's
$1.8-trillion economy, just wait. It could get worse.
The spectacle that played
out in the national media this week of a state unable to get its
fiscal act together is reinforcing the notion that the Golden
State is a rotten place to do business, experts say."
from my log
5/15/09--3:35 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask.
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask, leave.
All AM SERIOUS irritant IMMEDITATELY in front of warehouse and
in warehouse front.
IMMEDITAELY in front of warehouse plus "chlorine" odor.
in warehouse plus "chlorine" odor, air out.
in front room.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
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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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Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
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