5/10/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Some in Our Town

are on the LBNL short list
 
They would be the Goldins and the Jones together along Aquatic Park, Golden Gate Fields in both Berkeley and Albany, and Wareham with Berkeley and Emeryville.

 

And sooner than later, a lawsuit will be filed against changes of the West-Berkeley Project--in the works, in fact.

 

The weekend saw one of our birds-of-prey flyover with mouse-shaped-raw-meat in its beak.

 

and Anne M yelps at Oakland's Barlata

I met my rabbit rescue friends at this restaurant, which is in our neighborhood. We ordered a glass of wine and were visiting, and then started to peruse the menu . . .

Rabbit was on the menu. We were appalled. And felt dirty. But had already ordered our wine and been seated for a few minutes and felt like we couldn't leave. Here we were, four of us, who spend tons of time saving the lives of rabbits, and all have companion rabbits of our own, and this restaurant is killing them and serving them to people.

I don't even remember anything else about the meal. The food could have been cardboard for all I noticed. There was nothing that could have redeemed the place for us.

None of us have gone back and none of us will go back until rabbit is off the menu.

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5/11/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

2011 Oakland Greek Festival

is this Friday, Satuday and Sunday

at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. 510-531-3400.

Friday and Saturday 10 AM till11 PM and Sunday 11 AM till 9PM

admission is $6.00 but Friday 10AM till 4PM and Sunday 5PM till 10PM are free. Children are always free.

Paul T. Fakaros, Sofo Kyriakopedi, Co-Chairmen write

"It is that time of year again when the wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland. The Oakland Greek Festival 2011 is now in full preparation and we are in need of our most important ingredient...you! What would Oakland's Greek Festival be without the many people from our community who come to enjoy all the treats for the ears, and eyes and stomach? It is with great joy and excitement that we invite you to experience our Greek culture this weekend. The Festival's founding committee put together an event in the hopes of keeping the Traditions and their Religion alive and strong in the hearts of their children. Little did they know that 40 years later this festival would be a stage to share our vibrant culture, savory food, and trusted religion with our greater Bay Area community. With this Festival, we are bringing Greece to you!

Some say that the Greeks are more hospitable than can be imagined. We rarely let you leave our homes without thirrd or even fourth helpings. It is this giving spirit that makes our Festival come alive! What makes our festival the True Greek Experience is the sight of our young and old working side by side, our children filled with joy to dance for you, and our experienced yiayias (grandmothers) offering you a taste of traditional spanakopita (spinach pie) and their favorite pastry recipes from their homeland.

Food is an important part of the Greek Culture."

 

As in years past, Potter Creek's John Victor,V&W Window, grills the lamb!

 

more from Paul and Sofo here

 

END

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

is my very first photo essay

Jerry Victor's Viper

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"Budding connoisseurs seek new food options on college campuses, want gourmet over grub" at washingtonpost.com.

 

 

"UCSD's Higher Surf to Beget Higher Tuition?" by Matt Potter, sandiegoreader.com.

"A house in the backwoods of Merced is a lot cheaper than one overlooking the surf in La Lolla, so why should tuition at their respective University of California campuses be the same? So argues UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgenea, who wants to set a tuition mid-point and allow UC campuses to range up to 25 percent above and below that."

 

 

"Graphene Device Modulates Light:Could speed up optical communications and bring them to computer chips" is a report at spectrum.ieee.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/12/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"30 Years After Bob Marley's Death" at pbsnewshour is a story with slide-show by Jeffery Brown.

May 11th "marks the 30th anniversary of the death of music legend Bob Marley. The Jamaican reggae star died young in 1981, at just 36 from cancer, leaving behind a legacy that reaches across all musical genres, ages and around the world."

 

 

Just asking, . . . so if some of the people involved in writing the West Berkeley Project are now going to sue the West-Berkeley Project, is that something like suing yourself?

 

"What do you do when your waiter is high on something other than life?" asks insidescope.sfgatecom. 

 

 

 

our Jill Ellis, CEID director, emails to her Potter Creek neighbors

Recently, CEID held it 8th Annual Walkathon to help raise funds for our early intervention program and to increase awareness in the community about the importance of newborn testing and our comprehensive program in West Berkeley.  Council members Darryl Moore and Laurie Capitelli were both on site to help us welcome the crowd of babies, parents, family members and friends.  To help offset the growing reductions in state funding for our services, more than 300 participants joined us a Lake Merritt and helped us raise $25,000 that support our early education programs, audiological evaluations and hearing aids for low income children in our community.


 

 

"Berkeley Rep Adds Kneehigh's Wild Bride, Baryshnikov In Paris and Orlandersmith's Black n Blue Boys" by Kenneth Jones
and Andrew Gans at playbill.com.

"Kneehigh Theatre Company, playwright Dael Orlandersmith and Mikhail Baryshnikov will spice the 2011-12 season of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, the Tony Award-winning company announced May 9.

In addition to the five plays already scheduled for the coming season, Berkeley Rep revealed two premieres and a special presentation starring legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov."

 

 

I particularly relate to Yasmin Anwar's "Top graduating senior a rags-to-academic-riches story" at UC Media Relations.

"The life of über-scholar and cellist Aaron Benavidez, just named the top graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley, is nothing short of dramatic ­ from his impoverished and turbulent childhood in California's Central Valley, to playing the cello in Europe's elite concert halls, to finding his 'Ithaca' in the field of sociology."

 

END

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

7/21/03

Spaniard, Pablo Casals invented modern 'cello playing and rediscovered and popularized the Bach Suites for Solo 'Cello. A must for any classical music library are his 1930s performances of all six of these suites.

 

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"UC Berkeley launches groundbreaking disability research initiative" by Andrea Lampros, UC University Relations.

"The University of California, Berkeley - viewed by many as the birthplace of the disability rights movement . . . announced plans for a sweeping new research initiative that will make the university a worldwide leader in disability studies."

 

 

"Berkeley Case Sparks Debate on Journalist Rights" at themoralliberal.com.

"A finding by the disciplinary panel of University of California ­ Berkeley has muddied the waters somewhat on what role a student journalist may play while covering campus unrest, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Josh Wolf was found guilty of spending 11 hours in the Wheeler Hall on November 20th, 2009, even though he claims he was only covering the student occupation of the hall rather than participating in it."

 

 

"Home drives -- and pulls -- a UC Berkeley student" by Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times.

"Six hours north of here, on the banks of the Trinity River, the town of Hoopa awaits the return of Kayla Carpenter.

Not only does the UC Berkeley doctoral student plan to return after the six years or so it will take to finish her degree, but she also hopes to help revitalize the dying language of her Hupa people, members of the Hoopa Valley tribe. Only a handful of elderly people speak Hupa fluently, but a younger generation has shown new enthusiasm for learning the language, Carpenter said."

 

 

"Philosophy majors up 74% at U.C. Berkeley" by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"In the last decade, the number of philosophy majors at the University of California, Berkeley, grew 74 percent.

Cal said it now has 257 undergraduates majoring in philosophy, sometimes ridiculed as 'the most interesting path to poverty.' But these graduates are getting jobs in law and business as well as medicine, technology and education."

 

 

 

"Remodeling Cal's Memorial Stadium is a bear" Vittorio Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle.

"What's shaking with Cal's football stadium? Glad you asked."

 

 

 

 

"Measuring the distant universe in 3-D" at eurekalert.org.

"The biggest 3-D map of the distant universe ever made, using light from 14,000 quasars ­ supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies billions of light years away ­ has been constructed by scientists with the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III).

The map is the first major result from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), SDSS-III's largest survey, whose principal investigator is David Schlegel of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)."

 

 

 

 

 

5/13/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Berkeley Lab: What Happens Next?" from Albany Patch.

"Golden Gate Fields manager Robert Hartman said the company's corporate offices in Canada received a call Monday informing the business it had made the cut for the next

'We had put a lot of work into our submittal and we're pleased to be considered to be worthy to make it to the next step,' said Hartman. He said both Albany and Berkeley officials have written letters of support for the project. . . .

Hartman said racetrack officials are waiting for more details from the university about what it will need to do next. He said it's not yet clear whether racetrack operations would cease, or what kind of information the track will be asked to provide. . . .

Jon Weiner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab spokesman, said the finalists will be invited to the lab to make presentations about their proposals. There will be site visits and community outreach. There will be geotechnical surveys. And there will also be negotiations with all the parties involved. . . .

The meetings will be a chance for the lab to hear more from applicants about what they have in mind for the project, Weiner said. "

In Hardly-a-Flash, but certainly seminal, our Not-so-Daily prints "In a memo sent to Planning Department staff on May 3 and forwarded to the Planet this evening, City of Berkeley Director of Planning Dan Marks announced that he's retiring effective July 1, 2011."

And after taking his longness-meds, our Not-so-Daily's Steeeeve Fiiiiiinicoooom writes"Berkeley Landmarks Commission Considers Acheson Development Plans."

END

 

"Indian-American population is fastest-growing minority group" by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times.

"In the summer of 1965, when a group of students at UC Berkeley met in a hillside home to talk about founding the first local Sikh temple, it was hard to imagine the East Bay's Indian-American population would someday expand to nearly 100,000."

 

 

 

 

5/14/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

on 5/10/11 I posted

"And sooner than later, a lawsuit will be filed against changes of the West-Berkeley Project--in the works, in fact."

Thursday two volunteer associations or front groups depending on your view, filed such a suit. The Sustainable West Berkeley Alliance and the Council of Neighborhood Associations were the groups. Their press release reads in part,

"First, the City's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) failed to study the effects of allowing proposed MUP sites to occupy properties zoned Mixed-Use Residential. An MUP site would be allowed to locate potentially incompatible uses and 75-foot-high buildings next to homes and apartments.

Second, the EIR fails to identify and evaluate what actions would be taken to mitigate the impact of big buildings' shadows on public open space and recreational areas, especially Aquatic Park.

Third, the EIR fails to evaluate the effects of proposed development on the environmental resources of Aquatic Park and the impacts on biological resources, hydrology, and water quality. The intent of the SWBA and CNA action is to encourage the City of Berkeley to shape the rezoning to promote appropriate and sustainable development that adequately protects local residents, businesses and the environment."

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"East Bay cities vie for Lawrence Lab expansion" writes Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Six East Bay cities are finalists for a sprawling new campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which potentially could transform its host city into a hub of energy research and innovation.

The six sites, all along the waterfront and within a short drive of the lab's main campus in the Berkeley hills, are the UC Field Station in Richmond, Golden Gate Fields on the Berkeley-Albany border, Aquatic Park in Berkeley, an industrial site bisected by Berkeley and Emeryville, the former Naval Air Station in Alameda and Brooklyn Basin along Oakland Estuary.

Richmond might be the city to beat, however. The University of California, which runs the lab with the U.S. Department of Energy, already owns the 90-acre Field Station, eliminating the need for complicated cash and title transactions. The site has plenty of open space for development, easy access by freeway, BART and the Bay Trail, and zoning already in place for light industry.

'We wish our neighbors the best, but we really do think this is the ideal site,' said Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay. 'This area is not as built out as the other finalists, so if the lab has a vision for what it wants, we can accommodate that vision.' "

 

 

"Shortlist for Berkeley Lab Satellite Campus - 2 Sites Next to El Cerrito" at elcerrito.patch.com.

 

 

 

 

5/15/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

this weekend

is the Oakland Greek Festival

 

where our John Victor

is grilling lamb

 

It is held at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension where the Victors were among the original fifteen founding families.

 

and where beautifully presented

the food court awaits

 

as does

the view

more here

 

 

 

Sunday is Jazz on Fourth Street Day

 

 

 

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5/16/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Meddle not in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

 

Sunday's Jazz on Fourth Street

some of the Berkeleyside family

Tracey, Lance and the boy(s)

 

Mal Sharpe & Guys

Mal's the good lookiing guy behind the bell. But nowhere near as good lookin' as Ms. Tracey.

 

 

Scoop, . . .

Superman is Asian!

 

Better late than never. "Astronomers Start Search For Alien Life" reports redorbit.com.

 

 

Kriss Worthington emails--excerpted

Gay U.S.A. The Berkeley Event 
at the Julia Morgan home at 2821 Claremont Blvd.

Join Senator Mark Leno, Kriss Worthington, and . . . Kris Perry/Sandy Stier.

With live choral performance by Opus Q- a Berkeley Gay Men's Vocal Ensemble,
The Santa Cruz Jazz Trio, and Liquid Nitrogen Dessert Demonstration.

Sponsered by Councilmembers Ruth Atkin, Rebecca Kaplan, Darryl Moore, & Kriss Worthington.

 

 

May 21 is the 4th Annual Kids Triathlon celebrating youth health and fitness. All kids are encouraged to join the fun, and take the challenge of this swim-bike-run event,to be held at King Pool,surrounding park and middle school. This and more is at the Berkeley News Page.

 

 

"On May 5, 2011, at 12:15 p.m., the male suspect caught on these surveillances images robbed the Patelco Credit Union, located in downtown Berkeley in the 2000 block of Shattuck Avenue. The suspect approached a teller window, threatened that he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described by witnesses as 'a Black Male, short hair, dark complexion, 25-30 years old, 6'-6'4" feet tall wearing a letterman style jacket with a dark colored body and light colored sleeves and a backpack.' " This and more are at our BPD's Who are these . . . site


 

Bacheeso's is now on (has moved to) Telegraph at Derby.

 

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

5/31/04

"It's a hawk" Mike said, and got up and walked to the edge of the my drive to get a better view of it in Kruse's fruit tree. As a sparrow flew up from the Ecole Bilingue drive, the hawk shot down, hit the bird in mid-flight and without slowing, carried the still fluttering little sparrow to lunch.
 
END

 

 

 

 

"Professor retracing Richard Pryor's Peoria roots" at the Peoria Journal Star.

"California man in town researching late comedian for biography."

 

 

"Love of science leads to love of robots" is a story at Pensacola News Journal.

"As a kid growing up in New York City, engineer Peter Neuhaus loved math and science but never dreamed of working on robots.

Today, Neuhaus, 42, is one of the country's top robotics scientists, working on NASA's futuristic Robonaut.

He attended the Bronx High School of Science. Then, like fellow Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition robotics scientist Jerry Pratt, he landed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

'I took a mechanical engineering class at MIT,' he said. 'I liked it. You get a lot of lab time and you get to build things.'

His bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering led to the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D"

 

 

"Exoskeleton Technology Helps Paraplegic Student Walk Again" by Elizabeth Fish, PCWorld.

 

 

 

"Childbirth made safer" is a report at allheadlinenews.com.

"Excessive bleeding following childbirth is the leading cause of maternal deaths in the developing world, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has now approved the use of misoprostol, a drug that considerably reduces this risk.

Misoprostol is an oxytocic (drug causing the uterus to contract and lessening blood loss) for the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage (PPH). It is stable at room temperature and can be administered in tablet form.

The decision to add the drug to WHO's Model List of Essential Medicines for the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) is 'an affirmation' for countries and providers who want to use it, said Ndola Prata, associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a director at Venture Strategies Innovations, a women's health NGO, who co-wrote the documents supporting the misoprostol application."

 

 

 


"Yosemite Researchers Get Rare Glimpse at Habitat Shifts Over 100 Years" Laura Petersen, nytimes.com.

"Birds, chipmunks and other small vertebrates in Yosemite National Park have shifted their habitats over the last century, researchers have found, giving possible new insight into how climate change may be affecting the wild ecosystem.

Biologists from Yosemite and the University of California, Berkeley, said drawing firm conclusions about the role of climate change in Yosemite's habitat structure will take more research."

 

 

 

 

"GoodGuide app helps navigate green products" by Jefferson Graham, usatoday.com.

"When University of California-Berkeley professor Dara O'Rourke started GoodGuide, a website for seeking out green products, the iPhone hadn't been invented yet."

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/17/11

POST FROM THE PAST

2/9/11

the front has been torn from

the Apple Store on Fourth Street

The new front will be on the property line, eighteen feet forward the old one.

 

END

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

steel's up

store-front girders of the Fourth Street Apple Store

 

END

 

 

"HP advances next-gen 'memristor' memory technology" by James Niccolai, computerworld.com.

"HP scientists have made a small breakthrough in the development of a next-generation memory technology called memristors, which some see as a potential replacement for today's widely used flash and DRAM technologies."

 

 

" Foothill yellow-legged frog provides insight on river management" at eurekalert.org.

"River flow fluctuations downstream of dams are often out of sync with natural flow patterns and can have significant negative effects on aquatic species, such as native frogs, according to a team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

"Connecticut axes wind power plans thanks to 'not in my backyard' " Matthew Lynley, reuters.com.

"Connecticut regulators struck down plans to install the state's first wind power farm that would produce 3.2 megawatts of power after a group of residents complained that the turbines would bring down property values. . . .

In reality, those complaints are more ethereal. A University of California Berkeley study funded by the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy showed property values were, at worst, unaffected when wind power farms were installed near each home. While there was a chance that individual homes would be impacted, home sale prices as a whole were not impacted by the placement of wind turbines in the area."


 

"Calif. debates taxing the wealthy to save schools" Lien Hoang, AP.

"Taxing the rich more to benefit others isn't a new idea, but it has emerged in recent weeks as a potential solution as California tries to salvage its public education system from deep budget cuts."

 

 

 

"State's Aging Population Could Mean More Strain for Health Care Services" californiahealthline.org.

"The median age of California residents has increased over the last decade from 33.3 in 2000 to 35.2 in 2010, according to new census data, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The trend suggests that older Californians could start putting more pressure on the public health care system at a time when the state has started cutting back on services. Lawmakers already have reduced spending on adult day health care services and Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program.

Jon Stiles -- studies director at UC-Berkeley's Census Research Data Center -- said the median age is the oldest in California's history. The higher median age likely reflects the large number of baby boomers who are approaching retirement."

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/18/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

reader  Miltiades Mandros emails (excerpted)

I used to go out with this painter who lived up on Greene Street between Spring and Prince. Her name was Pamela . . . . At that time her best friend was dating Arnold Schwarzeneggar. This was long before his Conan the Barbarian days of course, but he was already known for Pumping Iron.
 
Anyway, I asked Pamela what her friend thought of Mr. S. . . . She held up her hand - her thumb and forefinger spaced about an inch apart.
 
 Miltiades

The opinions expressed in email are those of the writer and not mine--though sometimes I agree.

sometimes I don't

 

 

reader Heddy Riss emails (excerpted)

Dear friends,
The webcast of my last conference "Religious Norms and the Public Sphere; The Challenge" is now available on this website.
Enjoy the show.
cheers,
Heddy

Heddy Riss
Program Director
iGov-Institutions and Governance Program
University of California, Berkeley

 

Heddy a Belgian by birth and still very European, and a regular at 900 GRAYSON, is going to Italy with her husband for a year sabbatical. She'll be dearly missed.

 

 

 

but

is Kubik ready for The Rapture?

 

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"Harold Camping prepares for Judgment Day, May 21, 2011" at cnn.com.

"Answering today's. . . questions is Harold Camping, 89, President of Family Stations, Inc.

Camping received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942. In 1958, after managing a construction business, Camping, along with two others, formed the non-profit ministry of Family Stations, Inc., a Christian educational network. In 1961, Family Radio began the Open Forum program, a live weeknight call-in program hosted by Camping, and broadcast on the more than 140 stations owned by Family Radio in the U.S., and heard worldwide via shortwave and a network of AM/FM stations."

 

 

"Three deaths in a day at Yosemite" reports sfgate.com.

"The bad luck began at 11:30 a.m. Friday when Kent Butler, 60, of Austin Texas, , slipped at the bottom of the granite steps on the Mist Trail below Vernal Fall, landed on a rock and slid into the roiling Merced River.. . .

The body of James Dunbar, 35, Berkeley, was found Friday afternoon as rescuers were attempting to recover Butler's body, Gediman said. Dunbar was either hiking or running down the upper Yosemite Fall trail when he apparently tripped and hit his head on a rock. He died shortly after emergency crews reached him, Gediman said."

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/19/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

One of the Marin homes featured by Tracey Taylor in her sfgate.com "2011 Marin Living" is our Andrew Fischer's "Graham residence." Ms Taylor writes "When designing this 3,000-square-foot house for a family and their impressive art collection, architect Andrew Fischer took painstaking steps tto ensure that the home fit seamlessly into its setting."

Andrew began this project while working in Regan Bice's office, the Grahams a long time client of Regan's.

 

Incidentally, Andrew is a passionate advocate of manufacturing in west-Berkeley. In fact he and wife Kerstin are making another baby--young Jim will have a brother or sister.

 

 

 

Lori K Haley, Department of Homeland Security emails (excerpted)

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned $15,000 to an 80-year-old Berkeley man victimized by Quebec-based telemarketing con artists who persuaded him to send money to pay  "taxes" on a sweepstakes prize they claimed he had won. . .
 
Believing he had actually won a sweepstakes prize, the victim told HSI agents and Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers he immediately sent the caller a check for $38,000.  A few months later, the same individual contacted the Bay Area man again demanding another $15,000, which the victim promptly sent.  This time the check was intercepted in Canada . . .

"There are so few times with these ever increasing worldwide scams that we are able to collaborate and return such a loss to an individual," said BPD detective John Lenny.  "BPD is grateful to all the agencies that supported this investigation on behalf of one of our older Berkeley community members.  It was a truly rewarding experience."

According to ICE, fraudulent telemarketers not only pose as sweepstakes or lottery officials, but as relatives, lawyers, government representatives, police officers and accountants.  The victims are typically told they will receive a sum of money varying from thousands to millions of dollars in lottery winnings.  Investigators emphasize the con artists are very savvy and will persist until they bilk as much money as possible from their victims.

 

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"Berkeley considers raising fees on boat dwellers" AP at insidebayarea.com.

"Berkeley is set to consider raising fees on boat dwellers at the city's marina -- a plan that is not sitting well with some of them." 

 

"East Bay lawmaker renews call for tax hike on state's richest" by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.

"Bill by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would raise taxes on the richest 1 percent of Californians."

 


 

"Burglary suspect with machete, saw arrested after standoff" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"A burglary suspect armed with a machete and a saw who holed up in an unoccupied Berkeley home was arrested and taken for a psychiatric evaluation after about 15 SWAT team members entered the home Wednesday morning.

"The 3-hour standoff ended with no shots fired, and the suspect received only minor injuries during a scuffle with police."

 

 

 

 

"When Crime Paid:The Pilsner Story", Jay R. Brooks, contracostatimes.com


" 'Crime doesn't pay,' or so the saying goes -- and for nearly all circumstances that's good advice. But there are exceptions to most rules, and the story of pilsner beer involves an instance in which crime paid so well, we're still reaping the benefits nearly 170 years later.

When it comes to the origins of most beer styles, especially the centuries-old classics, it's rare to encounter a tale everyone agrees upon. Most have multiple origin stories, each more fanciful than the next.

According to legend, the 'crime' in question was perpetrated by an unlikely figure: a monk. Unfortunately, the criminal element is the least verifiable -- and most colorful -- part of the pilsner story, but most of the rest of the tale meets with general agreement."

 

 

"West Oakland urban mushroom farm joins city's thriving indie food industry" by Angela Woodall of the Oakland Tribune.

"Back to the Roots is a company that turns food waste into mushrooms for clients like Whole Foods and Chez Panisse.

Traces of Oakland's considerable food industry can be seen in the canneries still standing along International Boulevard. Today, a new food economy is evolving, but instead of giants like Del Monte, the businesses are independent outfits and their products could not be more different.

Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, for example, started with do-it-yourself mushroom kits that grow in used coffee grounds, which would otherwise end up in the trash along with the filters.

Fungi mini packs may not sound like a Wall Street business model. But Velez and Arora employ a staff of 14 and had to move to a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in West Oakland in April after the business -- Back to the Roots -- outgrew their Emeryville headquarters. Whole Foods sells the kits in its stores and the young UC Berkeley graduates are the darlings of the corporate world right now because their commercial model combines profit with a social mission."

 

 

from my log

5/15/11--8:27 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 9:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, light head, headache, nausea, chills.

 

eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.

 

Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

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

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.

 

Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

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


Crime Log for 94710 is here

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

 

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

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

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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