West Berkeley Bowl Pre-Opening
from the Community room
an earlier photo essay of
the west-Berkeley Bowl--with permisssion of the owners
store and more
On last Wednesday night,
the Planning Commission, on a 7-2 vote, requested that staff finalize
a definition of R&D, and apply that definition to the "wholesale
and warehouse" protected spaces.
If approved by the Council,
the action will allow the ex[ension of R&D into former protected
"wholesale and warehouse" spaces. Though not in our
Little Potter Creek.
democracy in action or special interest groups playing the system?
Sooner-than-later in Our Town, I'm betting we'll find out.RP
Munching on the cold and
last slice of my Bowl breakfast pizza while watching the Channel
7 KGO 5 O'clock news what did I see but His Honor Da Boz being
thrown/jumping into Willard pool. An event staged to call attention
C which he supports.RP
Aw jeez "Nanny
State goes global" by Bob Barr at ajc.com.
"'Nanny State' laws
are popping up with increasing frequency as big-government advocates
continue to be elected to offices from the city council to the
White House. What many Americans may not realize is the extent
to which such invasive and pervasive government actions are spreading
around the world, creating a "Nanny World."
As usual, California, with
its many ultra-liberal communities, is leading the way here in
America. Santa Clara County recently voted to outlaw the sale
of McDonald's 'Happy Meal' toys and a host of other novelties
(including coupons from which a patron might download a song)
provided by restaurants as a bonus for customers who purchase
certain drinks or food items. As bizarre as is this most recent
ban, if some of that county's residents have their way, it will
be followed by many more. One resident of Sacramento, for example,
reportedly voiced support for the recently-passed measure because
even McDonald's '190-calorie salad dressing and mass-produced
beef scare her'; New York's Mayor Bloomberg would be proud of
"Mark Twain to tell all - 100 years after
death" is a story
"Mark Twain's autobiography
is finally to be published later this year, and a section is on
his scandalous relationship with a woman who became his secretary
after his wife died.
The writer, who created Tom
Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, had instructed that his autobiography
should not to be published till 100 years after his death.
Mark Twain died April 21,
1910. He left behind nearly 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs along
with handwritten notes that said he didn't want them to be published
for at least a century.
The Independent reported
Monday that the University of California, Berkeley, will release
in November the first volume of the autobiography. The manuscript
is in a vault there.
The trilogy will run to half
a million words and shed new light on the American novelist.
Some scholars feel the memoir
was kept under wraps as he wanted to talk freely about issues
such as religion and politics, while others think that the 100-year
period ensured that none of his friends will be offended."
"Nisei woman, 87, and other Japanese-Americans
to be honored by San Jose State"
by Sharon Noguchi at mercurynews.com.
"Bessie Kawachi Chin
has taught children about World War II internment and has used
quilting to help fellow Japanese-American ex-internees conquer
their shame over the past.
But when it came time to
attend a degree ceremony for students like herself whose educations
were cut short by the war, she hesitated.
"I thought, oh, well
after all these years? I wasn't there very long," Chin said.
Only at the urging of her
husband, children and daughter-in-law did she decide to don a
cap and gown with other San Jose State University students Saturday
at Spartan Stadium.
At a commencement ceremony
that will celebrate 8,000 SJSU students and their future, Chin,
87, of Castro Valley, and a handful of Japanese-American former
students will be recognized for the opportunities that were denied
them by war hysteria."
"Utah diocese elects Scott B. Hayashi as
bishop" by Pat McCaughan at episcopl-life.org.
"The Rev. Canon Scott
Byron Hayashi was elected May 22 as 11th bishop of the Episcopal
Diocese of Utah, pending required consents from a majority of
bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal
Hayashi, 56, canon to the
ordinary in the Diocese of Chicago since 2005, was elected on
the second ballot out of a field of three nominees. A fourth nominee,
the Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud, withdrew after the first ballot.
Hayashi received 73 of 128
votes cast in the lay order and 20 of 38 cast in the clergy order
at a special electing convention at St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt
Lake City. An election on that ballot required 65 in the lay order
and 20 in the clergy order.
Pending a successful consent
process Hayashi would succeed the Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish,
70, who was elected in 1996 and a year ago announced her decision
During nearly 25 years of
ordained ministry Hayashi has served inner city, suburban and
rural congregations in California, Utah and Washington.
After his 1984 ordination
to the diaconate (June 2) and priesthood (Oct. 1) he served for
five years as vicar to two small rural mission congregations --
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Mission in Ephrata, and St. Dunstan's
Episcopal Mission in Grand Coulee -- in the Episcopal Diocese
of Spokane, Washington.
No stranger to the Utah diocese,
he was called in 1989 to be rector of the Episcopal Church of
the Good Shepherd in Ogden, an inner city parish where he served
Next, he became rector of
Christ Church in the suburban commu'ities of Portola Valley and
Woodside, in the Episcopal Diocese of California, then 'the single
wealthiest area of the world," where he served until called
to the Diocese of Chicago.
He was born Dec. 8, 1953
in Tacoma, Washington, and received a bachelor of social work
degree from the University of Washington in 1977. He holds a master
of divinity degree from Harvard University's Divinity School (1981);
and a Certificate of Theology from the Church Divinity School
of the Pacific in Berkeley, California (1984)."
our Sally emails
Had dinner with Merryll in
London. Great fun!
"No meat, no milk, no limits" Tara Duggan, Special to The Chronicle.
"It was an overdose
of cheese pizza that did it for Steven Kern. A vegetarian since
high school, Kern became a vegan after having a bad reaction to
pizza in college. It just did not go down well, and a decade later,
Kern still hasn't touched dairy or eggs."
"Retiree health care one symptom of Oakland
woes" Chip Johnson
"When you write about
Oakland government affairs as I do, the work sometimes takes on
a public service aspect.
The hope is that by exposing
overindulgent status quo benefits, perks and wrong-headed public
policy measures, the words will jar something a-loose in the minds
of Oakland's unimaginative elected officials.
One truism that has peeked
through the dark economic skies recently surrounding Oakland City
Hall is the inability of city leaders to negotiate a decent labor
contract - even as they steer a course toward financial ruin.
In the midst of a national
economic reduction, the luxurious nature of public employee contracts
in Oakland has become a ludicrous example of poor financial planning
and failed public policy. It needs to be fixed. . . .
Even in Berkeley, the perks
are not as good.
The city provides a retirement
benefit based on a sliding employment scale of 8 to 20 years,
said Dave Hodgkins, the city's human resources director.
The Berkeley contribution
is capped at 4.5 percent, is pre-funded and for the fiscal year
ending in June, cost the city $2.3 million, he said."
"Push to protect banks on legal pot businesses"
Kathleen Pender, sfgate.com.
"Fifteen U.S. representatives,
including seven from California, are urging the Treasury Department
to say it won't "target or pursue" national banks that
do business with medical marijuana distributors operating legally
under state laws.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner, the lawmakers said, 'dispensary operators are
finding it increasingly difficult to maintain accounts with financial
That may be true of national
banks, but many state-chartered banks are happy to do business
with medical marijuana dispensaries, as long as they are operating
Medical marijuana is legal
in 14 states, including California, and many more states - out
of compassion or the need for new tax revenues - are considering
legalizing it. California voters will decide in November whether
to make it legal for recreational use as well.
But growing and distributing
marijuana is still illegal under federal law and for that reason,
many national banks won't do business with medical marijuana distributors.
Bank of America, Chase and U.S. Bank all confirmed that they won't
do business with medical marijuana distributors, even in states
where it is legal."
"Cal sees summer school student spike"
San Francisco Business
Times, Steven E.F. Brown.
"The University of California,
Berkeley, expects 13,800 students -- a record number -- to sign
up for summer school. That's a full 1,000 more than had signed
up by this time last year.
And that number may grow
as people continue to sign up for classes into August.
Summer school's cheaper tuition
may be a factor pushing up enrollment, and also it may simply
be harder for kids to find summer work in the down economy. Undergraduates
may also be keener to graduate in the traditional four years since
college is so expensive. About three quarters of summer enrollees
are Cal students."
"Tech Soft 3D Reaches Agreement With Adobe
to Develop Adobe 3D SDK Technology:Component Provider to Develop
and Distribute Popular Translation and PDF Publishing Toolkits" is a report at marketwatch.com.
component provider Tech Soft 3D today announced it has signed
an agreement, subject to certain customary closing conditions,
with Adobe Systems Incorporated to transition development and
support of Adobe's 3D SDK and related technologies and associated
employees and resources to Tech Soft 3D. Consisting of a 3D CAD
translation suite and PDF publishing SDK, the technology allows
OEM development teams to create applications that access data
from over 25 popular 3D file formats, and publish rich 3D PDF
files in the industry-standard PRC and U3D formats. Adobe will
continue to support viewing of and interaction with 3D data within
its applicable products, including the free Adobe(R) Reader(R)
software. Moving forward, Tech Soft 3D will continue to make updated
CAD translators available to end users as plug-ins to applicable
Adobe(R) software for reading and outputting 3D PDF."
"Emotional Vigil Remembers Murdered Woman
Found In Suitcase" is
a report with video at ktvu.com.
"The family and friends
of 52-year-old Pearla Ann Louis gathered on Monday night in Berkeley
to ask for help in finding whoever killed her before stuffing
her body into a suitcase and throwing it into San Francisco Bay.
It was an emotional and tearful
gathering as Louis' relatives tried to comfort each other.
Those who loved Louis said
they remember a woman who had a great sense of humor and taught
love and peace to her four children and two grandchildren.
The vigil was held at Strawberry
Creek Park in the Berkeley neighborhood Louis lived most of her
life and where her family still lives"
Potter Creek and Our Town
have come to the aid of our
Humane Society with donations and volunteers. The Society
is specially grateful to neighbor Juan's
Rick Ballard emails
Groove Yard Jazz
5555 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
Greetings from Groove Yard.
in store news
New in the bins this week 250 jazz vocal LPs priced at $3.00
per LP. 500 jazz LPs and 300 soul LPs also priced at $3.00 per
LP. I am always looking to buy quality jazz LPs.
Thelonious Monk "Talking about music is like dancing about
Mal Sharpe emails
Big Money in Jazz
was called in to consult with the New York Stock Exchange after
that dark day when the Dow slipped hundreds of points in a matter
of seconds. We straightened that out. It was the drummers'
fault. Now we are back in our little piece of Heaven---Armando's
in Martinez. May 27 from 8-10. The Bay Areas best music venue,
We have a special
night lined up because we have a very special guest with us---Danny
Caron on guitar. Danny was featured for close to ten years with
the legendary Charles Brown's band. They played all the big festivals
in the USA and Europe. They were living in a "Fools Paradise"
and Charles Brown sang that great lyric, "Merry Christmas
Baby, you sure look good to me. I haven't had a drink this morning
but I'm lit up like a Christmas Tree." Now Danny, whose
own recordings have lifted him up high in the jazz charts, is
making a rare appearance in the musical capitol of the world,
Contra Costa County.
This will be one
big blazing rhythm section with Bob Scott on drums, Simon
Planting on Bass and Danny Caron on guitar. In the front line,
Mal (Man on the Street) Sharpe on trombone, Jim (Man on Wall Street)
Gammon on trumpet and Dwayne (Man on Market Street) Ramsey on
Come and meet some
of the tycoons of Contra Costa County. Plenty of free parking
because we have insisted on no meters running during our performance.
"Solar physicists have for the first time
captured images of the collision of a comet with the sun" is a report in The Hindu.
"This comet apparently
survived the heat of the corona and disappeared in the chromosphere,
evaporating in the 100,000-degree (Kelvin) heat."
Privacy Woes Make Little Impact on Site's Popularity" Brian Womack, businessweek.com.
" Facebook Inc. has
rankled politicians from Amsterdam to Washington for failing to
protect personal privacy. Yet for all the criticism, users are
flocking apace to the world's largest social network.
Facebook had 519.1 million
users last month, up from 411 million in September, according
to ComScore Inc. And the site continued to add traffic this month,
even as U.S. lawmakers, the American Civil Liberties Union and
30 European countries lodged complaints that Facebook has been
reckless with personal data.
'I don't think we're going
see an immediate and large migration away from Facebook,' said
Augie Ray, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc. in Foster City,
California. 'There isn't a real clear alternative for people to
do the sorts of sharing that they've really come to expect and
enjoy. What Facebook needs to make sure is that their actions
don't create demand for that competitor.'
Chief Executive Officer Mark
Zuckerberg and other executives will unveil a simplified approach
to privacy controls today at the company's headquarters in Palo
Alto, California. Critics have blasted the current approach to
privacy as overly complex and tilted toward making more information
public. The past few weeks have been 'extremely humbling,' Facebook
Vice President Chris Cox said yesterday.
'We're Quitting Facebook'
Internet companies are grappling
with heightened scrutiny of how they gather and use personal information.
Google Inc. came under fire in Europe and the U.S. after it mistakenly
collected private data from Wi-Fi networks while working on its
Street View service.
Some Facebook users, citing
the privacy settings, have threatened to abandon the service.
A website called 'We're Quitting Facebook' asks visitors to commit
to leaving the site May 31. It had enlisted fewer than 16,000
people as of yesterday.
'For there to be any impact,
there would have to be tens of millions,' said Chris Hoofnagle,
director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology's information
privacy programs at the University of California. 'There's so
much buy-in to the platform that the company can act pretty aggressively
and users won't hit the delete button.' "
"The ultimate Web site for enthusiasts
and their dreams"
is a link at autoweek.com
"Have you been to AW's
newest Web site? It's called AWCollector.com, and it's the best
source of classic-car news, auction information and vintage lifestyle
events on the Web."
"Legendary Lawman August Vollmer A
True, if Relatively Unknown, Legend" Charles Bennett, Officer.com.
"Last month we examined
a true legend in the law enforcement community. Allan Pinkerton
and his legacy have been examined in numerous books and movies
and that will probably continue as Hollywood continues its search
for new material. This month we're going to have a look at an
individual whose legacy is arguably even more important to law
enforcement than Pinkerton's. His ideas and procedures have set
the standard for many agencies throughout the history of this
country. Unless you're a student of history or in law enforcement
(or live in Berkeley, California) you've probably never heard
of August Vollmer."
Lt Greenwood, BPD emails
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5900, TDD: (510) 981-5799, email@example.com
Suspect Wanted by Police
Berkeley, California (May 26, 2010) On May 20, 2010, at
11:03 AM, the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received numerous
reporting shots fired in the area of King St. and 63rd St. in
Responding officers arrived on scene to find two shooting victims,
a 39 year-
old male, and a 57 year-old female. Both were critically injured.
Witnesses and community members provided valuable information
investigation. Although few details can be shared regarding the
investigation, BPD Detectives believe a pre-existing dispute led
shooting, and that this incident was not a random occurrence.
BPD Detectives have identified the suspect in the double shooting
Williams Jr, of Oakland. Williams is wanted on a no-bail arrest
warrant for one
count of attempted murder, and one count of assault with a deadly
and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Jr., 10/21/82, 6'1", 160 lbs
The Berkeley Police Department is seeking the community's help
Williams, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone
information regarding Williams' whereabouts or the circumstances
attack is urged to call BPD Detectives at 981-5741 or BPD Communications
(510) 981-5900. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the
Crimes Stoppers (BACS) Tip Line at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). BACS
offers a reward
up to $2,000 for information relating to this case.
Lt. A. Greenwood
Chief of Police
Michael K. Meehan
our Tak emails
Here's a picture of one the
10 cats that survived the fire at the Berkeley East Bay Humane
Society last week. "Natasha" is staying with Janet and
I temporarily until the Humane Society gets back to minimal functioning.
She is getting spayed as
I write and getting any medical attention she needs. She appears
to have survived the fire in remarkably good condition. She is
about a year old and very friendly. And she will be up for adoption
The Humane Society needs
help. We've been long term supporters but the Humane Society now
needs many new donors.
Also the Humane Society needs
a new facility. . . . I know that I mentioned it to you a few
years ago during the discussions about the Nexus Institute dispute
and the Humane Society's decision to try to sell that property
to finance a new shelter. I hope that a way can be found to make
a new shelter a reality.
"Cardstore.com Introduces New Line of Personalized
Flat Note Cards"
is a press release at prweb.com.
Online stationery retailer
Cardstore.com expands its product offering to include a brand
new line of stylish flat note cards personalized with a name or
monogram for everyday use. New men's correspondence cards also
make a great Father's Day Gift under $25.
Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) May
26, 2010 -- Greeting cards and thank you cards retailer Cardstore.com
today introduced a new collection of flat note cards, perfect
for everything from holiday greetings to everyday correspondence.
These 5.25" x 3.75" note cards come in many styles,
including fun kid's photo borders, stylish patterns for women,
and sophisticated men's stationery designs. Easily personalized
with a name or monogram, flat note cards make the perfect Father's
Day gift under $25.
With varying colors, patterns,
and illustrations, these flat note cards provide a great addition
to Cardstore's personalized stationery collection. Robin Stevens,
Cardstore.com's VP of Marketing, describes these correspondence
cards as "a great way to stay in touch with family and friends.
Whether used as thank you cards or for personal stationery, they're
timeless and convenient."
The wide variety of options
also makes these flat note cards perfect for anyone at any age.
Cardstore.com customers can make them even more personal by choosing
from 18 different fonts and 10 fun colors to make their name shine.
Lt Andrew Greenwood BPD emails
Buckle Up Day or
Belt Ticket increases to $142
Berkeley, California (May 27, 2010) Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) officers will
be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the
statewide 2010 Click It or
Ticket mobilization through June 6. This year, fines and fees
across California have
increased from $132 to $142 for first time adult seat belt violations.
For children under
16, the fine is now $445 for a first time offense.
"Keeping buckled up at all times is the simplest and most
effective way to protect you
and your family when you're on the road." said Chief Michael
K. Meehan, "Our officers
will be looking out for motorists who are not buckling up, and
"Ultimately, this is about educating the public and keeping
our community's drivers
and passengers safe," he said, "Traffic safety is a
priority with the Berkeley Police
Department, and we hope that the awareness caused by Click it
or Ticket will help
save lives and reduce injuries in Berkeley."
The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and
public education as a
means to save lives and reduce injuries on California's roadways.
In spite of a seat belt usage rate of over 95% statewide, there
are still hundreds of
thousands of motorists who fail to use their seatbelt, or insure
their passengers are
using their seat belts.
Motorists ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up
to 35 times more likely
to die than restrained occupants.
More than 150 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the
Patrol are participating in this year's Click It or Ticket Mobilization.
Funding to support California's Click It or Ticket campaign was
provided by a grant
from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National
Highway Traffic Safety
Sgt. R. Rittenhouse
Chief of Police
Michael K. Meehan
City of Berkeley
our Jarad emails
We need to come up with a
way to show the City of Berkeley how it can make money by wiping
out the drug gangs in West Berkeley. There's so much attention
on grabbing additional revenue to cover the budget gap (I still
remember the city boasting in 2009 how they were fiscally responsible
. . . ) that if we could find a way for them to make money by
getting the gun toting drug dealers out of here the council might
have to seriously consider it.
"San Jose union begins organizing pot workers" by Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A major California
labor union is organizing medical cannabis workers in Oakland,
a move that analysts say will help efforts to legalize marijuana
and open the door for the union to organize thousands more workers
if state voters pass a measure in November to allow recreational
marijuana use by adults."
held over UC admission problem" Nannette Miranda,
"State lawmakers say
they are fed up with qualified students being denied admission
to California's university system. They are holding hearings to
figure out how to help students get into the schools that are
part of the state's legacy."
"GS goes Web 2.0 with information resource
on state propositions" by
Kathleen Maclay is a press release at berkeley.edu.
"The University of California,
Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) is taking a
decidedly Web 2.0 tack to help voters sort through the facts,
fiction and political posturing around five propositions on the
state's June 8 primary election ballot.
IGS has collaborated to produce
California Choices, a comprehensive resource guide with a unique
and colorful multimedia presence and an online tool that, along
with a wealth of related data, lets voters electronically share
their personal positions on ballot propositions."
"Microsoft Hohm home efficiency site slowly
by Peter Bright at arstechnica.com.
"Microsoft's Hohm website,
an online service designed to make it easier for people to figure
out how energy efficient their house is (and how to make it better),
has become a great deal more useful with the new addition of real
estate data. Now, anyone in the US can enter their ZIP code and
get an instant, if approximate, evaluation of their house's efficiency."
"Privacy No Joke to Young Web Users,"
Mike Pearson, technewsworld.com.
"The notion that online
privacy is a preoccupation of conservative older adults who don't
"get" the advantages of broadly sharing personal information
is just plain wrong, according to a recent survey. In fact, 28
percent of social networking service users aged 18-29 said they
never trust such sites, compared to 19 percent of users 20-49
and 14 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds."
"Willow Garage gets robots into researchers'
hands" is a story
by Daniel Terdiman at cnet.com.
"If you've never seen
11 all-purpose robots doing a choreographed flag-waving dance--and
really, who has?--Willow Garage was the place to be Wednesday
That's because Willow Garage,
a developer of robotics hardware and software, threw a party to
celebrate the 'graduation' of 11 teams (see video below) from
around the world, each of which has won the right to take possession
for two years of one of Willow Garage's PR2 open-source robots
and work on a series of innovative and unique research projects."
"Dennis Hopper Dies At 74" is an obiturary by Jesse Baker
"The much-loved American
filmmaker and actor Dennis Hopper died Saturday at his home in
Venice, Calif., seven months after his manager announced that
he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 74.
Early in his career, Hopper
shared the screen with the likes of James Dean in 1955's Rebel
Without a Cause and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1956 epic Giant; later
he worked with Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke and John Wayne in
the 1969 Western True Grit. And though he started out a long way
from Hollywood - in Dodge City, Kan., where he was born in 1936
- metaphorically the movies were always with him.
'I was raised at the end
of the Dust Bowl, and I used to tell people the first light I
saw was not from the sun but from the light of a movie projector,'
Hopper told Fresh Air host Terry Gross in a 1996 interview.
Hopper's directorial debut
came in 1969, when fellow actor Peter Fonda came to him with an
idea for a film.
'You direct, I'll produce,
and we'll both ride and act in it,' Fonda recalled telling Hopper.
'You've got the passion, you understand framing. You go for it!'
Set in the wide-open spaces
of the American Southwest, Easy Rider was about two freewheelers
who ride their motorcycles from Los Angeles to New Orleans. It
was all drugs and rock 'n' roll - and it made for a box-office
hit. Hopper was intoxicated by the freedom that came with putting
together a low-budget, self-made movie, and his directorial debut
became a trailblazer for independent films in the 1970s."
our CEID director emails
of their Thursday night mixer
We had two City Councilmembers join us last night for our Open
House and it was great to have so many community members.
I'll forward a photo!
"Berkeley Early Music Festival, June 6-13" at californiachronicle.com
This festival, held every
other year, celebrates its 20th anniversary. It's one of the biggest
on the West Coast devoted to early music, and it draws big names
in the early music realm to Berkeley. Seven Main Stage concerts
offer a variety of music -- from Monteverdi to Vivaldi. Ensembles
include Ã,Â¡Sacabuche!, the Marion Verbruggen
Trio and ARTEK. In addition, the festival offers an edgy Fringe
Festival of more than 30 self-produced concerts by soloists and
"Can Online Gambling Save California?" is a report at nbcbayarea.com.
Get ready to roll the virtual
bones, California. You thought marijuana was a cash crop? Well,
here comes online gambling to shake things up, and maybe even
throw a ton of money at our budget problem.
"Bankrupt California is sorely tempted
to rewrite the law for a pot of gold" writes Anna Mehler Paperny at theglobeandmail.com.
"Pot is in the air here
on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Not in the smoke that drifts
between the cafés, second-hand shops and indie music stores
of legendary Haight-Ashbury. But in the headlines of local newspapers,
the posters plastered on phone booths and the ads now airing on
It has been two months since
a proposal to legalize marijuana was added to California's fall
referendum ballot, and the debate on the subject is in full swing.
A similar vote crashed and burned in the 1970s, but proponents
feel that this time they could win. Last week, councillors across
the water made Oakland the state's first city to formally endorse
the move, and the latest polls show public opinion is almost evenly
The proposed legislation
is fairly conservative. It would allow growing, selling and consuming
cannabis, but local governments could opt out, smoking in public
would remain illegal, cultivation would be limited to a small
plot and vendors would face severe penalties for selling to anyone
But a bigger motivation is
something profoundly practical: The state needs the cash. Badly. "
Mayor Bates emails (excerpts)
Funds Secured for Bay
Trail Extension at Berkeley Marina
I just returned
from the state capital after meeting with theCoastal Conservancy.
I am happy to report that I was able to secure $355,000 from
the Conservancy as a match to a larger $2 million federal transportation
grant. The money will be used to construct an extension
of the SF Bay Trail within the City of Berkeley's part of Eastshore
State Park. In addition, the funding will enable the City to construct
a water access ramp for wind surfers, kite surfers, kayakers and
other water enthusiasts at the Berkeley Marina.
When completed, this multi-use trail will connect our Berkeley
bike bridge to Adventure Playground, the Nature Center, Skates,
H.S. Lordships and the Berkeley Pier. This is a first segment
of a larger project to improve bicycle/pedestrian access to and
throughout the Berkeley waterfront and Eastshore State Park.
California FIRST solar financing is coming to Berkeley Summer
Based on the Berkeley
FIRST solar financing program, the California FIRST Program
allows property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable
energy projects for homes and businesses. The financing is repaid
on the property tax bill over 20 years and stays with the property,
even if the owner sells the property.
Program set to
begin in summer of 2010. Sign up to receive updates as specific
program information becomes available at:www.acgreenretrofit.org.
For more information about the California FIRST program, visit:www.californiafirst.org
Take the Car-Free Challenge
A little over a
year ago I sold my beloved Volvo S80 T6 sedan -- my 26th car --
and set off on a new adventure: shrinking my already relatively
small carbon footprint. To celebrate my one-year anniversary without
a car I am participating inTransform's Car Free Challenge.
The Challenge is
a weeklong event from June 1-7 where a community of people from
around California set and reach a personal low car mileage goal.
It raises awareness of the need for better walking, biking, and
public transportation options. lt also yields data, stories,
and critical funds for TransForm, an award-winning nonprofit,
to use in advocating for world-class public transportation and
walkable communities at the regional, state, and federal levels.
I just hosted our 14th Annual Student Recognition Awards Ceremony
atUC Berkeley's Pauley Ballroom. Over 500 people attended
this great event honoring the achievements of our youth.
120 students were honored in one of the 7 categories: Leadership,
Community Service, Extraordinary Effort, Citizenship, Performance
and visual Arts, Sports and Communications.
director of undergraduate admissions at UC Berkeley -also a Berkeley
High graduate- served as our key note speaker. Members
of the School Board, Berkeley City Council and community stake
holders in our community joined me in congratulating the students
on their great achievements.
A Very Green YMCA!
- Downtown Berkeley YMCA Earns LEED Gold Rating!
During the YMCA's 2009 renovations, seismic upgrades
allowed expansion of the facilities and sustainable design efforts
that included installation of low-flow shower heads, and use of
low-VOC paints, recycled materials and more. As a result of these
efforts, our YMCA has been LEED(Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) rated at the Gold level by the U.S. Green
The YMCA is incredibly
proud of this accomplishment, and hopes you are too! Peter Chong,
YMCA Director, says, "Thank you for standing by us as we
work together to make positive changes for our environment".
"Inside Scoop" is a food feature at sfgate.com.
"In the first installment
of Chron Appetit last week, the Chronicle food staff sifted out
possible red flags of poor restaurant experiences. Seven days
and 242 comments later, it's time to tackle the other side of
the equation: possible signs of a good restaurant.
Today's prompt: There's a
chance you might be in an excellent restaurant when
Stacy Finz: 'When Buck Owens
is playing on the juke box. Sometimes mood trumps everything else.'
Amanda Gold: 'When you get
softened butter (my opposite of last week). When your server brings
out an amuse bouche from the chef that you wish you could eat
more of. Sadly, when you can't get a reservation or there's at
least an hour wait more than a year after opening.'
Deb Wandell: 'When wines
are served in properly shaped glasses - and have a stem attached.'
Jon Bonne: 'When they categorically
will not shake your Negroni. When don't offer you cheese for seafood
pastas. When you'd buy at least 75 percent of the wines on the
list. When they have at least one under-bar hook per stool.'
Michael Bauer: 'When the
menu reads so well you want to order everything.'
Erick Wong: 'When a paper
menu is thin enough to replace as often as the food it lists.
Also when the bread arrives warm.'
Janny Hu: 'When everyone
around you is cleaning off their plates. When people - diners
and servers alike - simply look like they're having a good time.'
Sarah Fritsche: 'When salads
are perfectly dressed.'
Ann Dolce: 'When the menu
is about quality, not quantity.'
Katie Popoff: 'When ingredients
on the menu are called by name.' "
Our 900 GRAYSON offers
quite a few of these, though you're more likely to hear Elvis
than Buck Ownes.
from my log
irritant in fronnt room, light head, headache, overrides three
HEPA filters, wear respirator. 7:25 PM--irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air.
in front room.
in front room, wear respirator.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, eyes, nose, ears irritated.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
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.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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