after 5/8/12 here
after 5/13/12 here after 5/25/12
May Day occurs on May 1 and
refers to several public holidays.In many countries, May Day is
synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day
of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by unions,
communists, anarchists, socialists, and activist groups.
May Day is also a traditional holiday in many
May Day protests around the
world in photos are
Berkeley Patients Group is
in negotiation for another space in Berkeley
the details of which are
now under review by attorneys
This afternoon BPD Lt Dave
Frankel held his bi-weekly coffee-get-together--this time at the
Westside. Attended by half dozen people, it was informative with
input from both Dave and citizens. Particularly informative were
the stats passed around by Lt Frankel showing a recent drop in
crimes in our area--BPD Area 4--wth robbery down 50%, burglary
down 38%, auto theft down 5% and auto burglary down 14%. All over
These community get togethers
have been so successful that all other area commanders will now
be holding them.
On April 30, a
new patrol began
on and around Telegraph Avenue in the City of Berkeley. The University
California Berkeley Police Department (UCPD) and the City of Berkeley
Department (BPD) have teamed up to create new walking/bicycle
BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan says, "We have heard community
about ongoing problems and these teams are intended to help address
The partnership between the two agencies will be made up of one
officer from UCPD and one (1) police officer from BPD. The officers
together to patrol the busy Telegraph Avenue business district,
and the surrounding areas. The support of numerous stakeholders
students, businesses, neighbors and elected representatives contributed
The teams will focus on the unique issues and needs of the immediate
around Telegraph Avenue and People's Park with the priorities
the quality of life, enhancing feelings of safety and reducing
The teams will patrol six (6) days per week. The officers' work
typically be in the afternoons and evenings with flexibility to
issues and focused enforcement projects as they arise.
UCPD Chief of Police Mitchell J. Celaya III says "This project
will develop a
closer partnership and relationship not only between the two police
departments but more importantly with the businesses and residents
vibrant and diverse community."
BPD Public Information
the Nexus building interior
is being rebuilt, in part,
as commerical kitchens that can be individually leased
for information call Noah
His Honor, Da Boz's hat is
in the ring
"I have decided to seek
re-election as Mayor of Berkeley in November. I would be honored
to have your continued support. Please
click through this my website to learn more about my vision
for our city, my ongoing accomplishments, my growing list of endorsements
and ways that you can help with my campaign--donate and volunteer."
Probably worth watching is
You know you're a real Berkeleyan if you . . . " at sfgate.com
Old friend, Nick Despotopoulos
is fond of saying "Money talks and bullshit walks" and
since a kid-in-college, I've been a fascinated believer in "The
only constant is change."
These ideas are now at play
in West-Berkeley and are basic to, and often in conflict in, the
West-Berkeley Project--stay tuned.
"Don't Honk at Old People" video is a lesson still to be learned by some.
The video is a quick one
.... watch it more than once.
Aren't air bags great?
POST FROM THE REALLY
END POST FROM THE
"Latina Architect Makes Prefab a Dream
Come True" by Rebekah
Sager at foxnews.com.
"Born in California and of Chilean decent, Romero is a Berkeley
grad with a degree in environmental design and a master's degree
in architecture. Her work has been on display in national
and international museums, including the Walker Art Center, MOCA,
Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Triennale di Milano."
"Sustainable ranching renaissance takes
hold in Northern California"
a photo essay at mercurynews.com.
"Sarah Ruhl's Dear Elizabeth and Lawrence
Wright's Fallaci Will Play Berkeley Rep in 2012-13" Kenneth Jones, playbill.com.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
has added two new plays to complete the California company's 2012-13
season: the world premiere of Lawrence Wright's Fallaci, directed
by Gregory Mosher, and the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl's
Dear Elizabeth, directed by Les Waters.
Both works will play the
intimate Roda Theatre at Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, CA."
"California Chosen as Home for Computing
Institute" at nytimes.com.
"The Simons Foundation,
which specializes in science and math research, has chosen the
University of California, Berkeley, as host for an ambitious new
center for computer science, . . . "
Aw jeez "Religious
People Less Driven By Compassion Than Are Atheists And Agnostics,
Study Says" huffingtonpost.com.
"Power really does corrupt as scientists
claim it's as addictive as cocaine " at dailymail.co.uk.
"More than a hundred
years after noted historian Baron John Acton coined the phrase
'power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely'
scientists claim the saying is biologically true."
"RFK assassination witness tells CNN: There
was a second shooter"
by Michael Martinez and Brad Johnson, cnn.com.
"As a federal court
prepares to rule on a challenge to Sirhan Sirhan's conviction
in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, a long overlooked witness
to the murder is telling her story: She heard two guns firing
during the 1968 shooting and authorities altered her account of
Nina Rhodes-Hughes wants
the world to know that, despite what history says, Sirhan was
not the only gunman firing shots when Senator Kennedy was murdered
a few feet away from her at a Los Angeles hotel."
Today is Cinco
Cinco De Mayo
commemorates the defeat of the French army by the Mexicans
at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. For more information see Cinco
de Mayo History.
Councilman Kriss Worthington emails
Cinco de Mayo in Berkeley
Chicano Achievements Highlighted
Remy's Mexican Restaurant
Sunday May 6 at 1pm
2506 Haste Street
The Alta All-Stars will be playing Latin Jazz
Mariachi Nueva Luz de San Marcos will be playing Mariachi music
Food is provided
"Hydrogen tank leak evacuates area near
Pixar in Emeryville" at
"A leaking hydrogen
tank that was reportedly on fire at one point forced the evacuation
of the area near Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville Friday
morning, but residents have since been allowed to return to the
The first sign that anything
was wrong at the AC Transit yard was a noise described as a popping
sound loud enough to wake up area resident Harjinder Singh at
around 7:30 a.m.
'It was like boom when I
was sleeping,' said Singh."
A reader emails
I heard from my friend who
works at the City of Emeryville that the city employees were told
to keep shelter--stay in. Just after that announcement,
she saw all of the Pixar employees being evacuated and standing
out in front of their building.
POST FROM THE PAST
One of the gas-cylinder incidents
over the past years in Potter Creek. The most recent, a couple
The Atlas crew carefully and
professionally righting the hydrogen 6-pack.
END POST FROM THE
old friend Cynthia emails
Sifting through old things
in a throwaway mode, I came upon a dream journal from back in
The Day. It's given me many laughs and I thought you might like
"When I go
to test out a flute in San Leandro, I blow on it nervously and
it sounds like an organ. Penndorf is on a chaise lounge smoking
a cigar. He says one should always buy a flute that sounds like
It doesn't state if I took
be well! C
About the same time, Cynthia
very pregnant, and over-due, asked me to take her for a ride on
the Norton 850
hoping, it would coax out
a regular and well-informed
The kitchen rental place
is cool and the right kind of use for West Berkeley. There
are some of these in Oakland as well that seem popular and well
Councilwoman Maio emails
of my "Don't
Honk at Old People" post
This was HILARIOUS!
This evening there is an
informational session in our city council chambers about the West
[Personally, I prefer cirque du soleil.]
Much now is swirling around
about the West Berkeley Project and proposed changes to it.
At one extreme we have "They
are going to build 100 foot high buildings next to my beautiful
workman's cottage and, if I'm not careful, maybe right up my tush."
And on the other extreme we have well prepared finessers assuring
everyone, from city hall to regular people, that "All
that we want to do is to make a better future" and that
"Land is underused in West-Berkeley."
What hasn't been discussed
Of all present possibilities,
assume that the council approves four to six Master Use Permits
to be phased in over 10 years. Given land value and building costs
of between $200.00 to $500.00 a square foot, investment would
total hundreds of millions over the 10 year period with an end-value
into the billions, including, increased land value, increased
employment, more income including taxes, greater community
benefits, ancillary building, . . . etc.
This is a major investment
that, of course, will produce major change which now, certainly,
can only be guessed at. Though it will probably result in greater
density, taller buildings, eventually more wide-spread mixed
use, . . . and a greener life style.
I for one am willing to take
the leap of faith, as I did for the building of the Berkeley Bowl,
and assume that all-in-all the change will be good. But I do so
with some sadness, for many who pioneered the West Berkeley Plan
decades ago will not see it fully evolved.
some ironic fallout from
the years-and-years of discussion
Even thoughtless resistance
can produce thoughtful change.
The first gentrifiers now
oppose gentrification . . . with established residents opposing
new residential building.
Of all the builders who qualify
for an MUP only one is now really able to carry it out.
from our log
5/1/12 -6:42 PM mucus membrane
irritation in front of warehous and warehouse front, 7:00 PM,
similar. 9:37 PM--SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation in front of
warehouse and warehouse front.
5/2/12--8:36 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in in front of warehouse and warehouse front, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation, light head, burning eyes, throat.
irritant in warehouse front, dry, dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.
irritant in warehouse front, dry, dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
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.
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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