"What me worry?"
Gene Agress, owner of Berkeley
his business located in one
of the possible MUP sites
some thoughts on west-Berkeley
While the current focus of
the West Berkeley Project is the Master Use Permit, there are
other pieces of the Project, passed by the Council last year,
which are having positive impacts on West Berkeley:
The reviving of Flint Ink can be traced to the new regulation
that allows for big builidngs to be split into smaller spaces,
for smaller uses. The up-tick in R&D can be attributed
to bringing this use out of the shadows and into the zoning ordinance.
Revised distance regulations for restaurants; allowances
for a new set of uses that reflect this century including: non-store
based retail (e-retail), alternative fueling stations, various
visual and aural production uses beyond the old-school "movie
production"; have all affected the area in a positive way.
Just think what might happen
a cohesive artists and artisans community
took charge of their destiny and worked to purchase a set of core
non-profit "arts colony" buildings, then let that generate
an influx of other like minded and skilled folks.
a set of parking structures
was developed at appropriate locations, topped with community
gardens or solar farms; linked by an "emery-go-round"
type shuttle, serving the workers of West Berkeley by weekdays
and the Campus on Game days.
the creation of well placed
and planned Master Use Permit projects: some supporting both
housing and jobs, the others providing a solid core of new R&D
and 21st Century manufacturing uses in a coherent form.
What if the West Berkeley
Plan the "Next Generation" looked ahead and planned
for the inevitable reality of cities, industry and life--change.
Three artist renderings of proposed development
on the property
the French School rebought immediately north of
their 9th Street campus
Recently, when asked by a
Berkeley person of influence "Do you believe in Democracy?"
I replied "We don't have any."
But after some thought I
find "Not the relevant question, really. At the Federal level
we are an oligarchy, similar to the Russians but with more
caca de toro.
Locally, in west--Berkeley,
we have two "oligarchies" vying for influence, power,
and favors, and so essentially governing.
But just where is there democracy?
on the recently restored carousel in our Tilden
The Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round is a carousel located
in Tilden Park near Berkeley, California. It was built by the
Herschel-Spillman Company of Tonawanda, New York in 1911, and
it is one of the few true antiques left in the United States.
The following is a question given on a University
of Washington chemistry mid term.
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) orendothermic
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle'sLaw
(gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or
One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in
time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into
Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can
safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.
Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering
Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the
Most of these religions state that if you are not a member
of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than
one of these religions and since people do not belong to more
than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With
birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of
souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate
of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that
in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the
same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls
This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which
souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will
increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase
of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop
until Hell freezes over.
So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my
Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep
with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her
last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that
Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary
of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows
that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving
only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which
explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.'
BPD Ofc Area Coordinator,
Cesar Melero emails
Coffee with your Berkeley
Police Department Area 4 Commander
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to join him for coffee or to talk about
anything at Jimmy Bean'sCafe, 1290 6th Street Berkeley,
CA 94710 on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 3:15 to 4:15pm
Around 4 Friday morning commuter
train 518 hit a pickup at the Gilman Street Crossing--the vehicle parked
too close to the track, belongs to a Pacific Steel
worker. It received minor damage. No one was injured
Commuter trains were delayed.
"UC Berkeley police end admin building
protest" an AP report
"A Friday afternoon
protest at the main administration building at University of California,
Berkeley has come to an end after police removed protesters from
"U.S. Muslim college leaders to visit here"by Kate Shellnutt at chron.com.
"The leaders of America's
first Muslim college are reaching out to Houstonians for support
during a nationwide fundraising campaign.
About 1,000 guests will attend
a sold-out benefit dinner Saturday for Zaytuna College, located
in Berkeley, Calif., and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir,
the school's founders, will speak on leadership in contemporary
Islam during a public program Sunday."
new repair bays
this coming weekend
is the Oakland Greek Festival
POST FROM THE PAST
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
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