and Sarah have a new book.
out about it here.
out more about Kate and Sarah here.
Da Boz emails
Mayor Tom Bates
City to Begin
Collecting and Composting Residential Food Scraps
Late this summer you will be receiving a little green pail for
your kitchen as the City prepares to begin collecting food scraps
from residential customers. The scraps, which account for nearly
a quarter of the average household's waste, will be composted.
You can read more about it in the Daily
Mayor Co-Hosts Third Homeless Youth Connect Event
I joined with the Youth Emergency Assistance Hostel (YEAH!), the
Suitcase Clinic, Fred Finch Youth Center and the City of Berkeley
departments of Housing, and Health and Human Services to host
our third Homeless Youth Connect event. Youth Connect provided
56 young people with a range of services, including housing, medical
care, library cards, assistance to go home, transportation, legal
advice, MediCal and Food Stamps enrollment, and personal hygiene.
This is the only initiative of its kind focused on homeless young
people in the country. Special thanks to Mario's La Fiesta for
donating dinner for all attendees.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Drop 9% in Berkeley from 2000 - 2005.
An independent analysis of carbon emissions from residential,
commercial, and transportation sources within the City of Berkeley
has documented an 8.9% decrease in carbon emissions between 2000
and 2005. This decrease is one of the largest any city has documented
in the United States and puts Berkeley on track to meet its goals
under the voter-adopted Measure G, which calls for an 80% reduction
in emissions by 2050.
The City saw reductions in emissions across all sectors when compared
to the year 2000 emissions inventory. Commercial and residential
emissions both fell by over 13%. Both electricity and natural
gas use fell by double digits. Transportation emissions dropped
a modest 2.7%. Overall the reductions add up to 61,000 fewer tons
of carbon in the atmosphere, or the emissions equivalent of taking
more than 12,000 Ford Taurus sedans off the road.
City Expands Summer Youth Employment
I am working with Councilmembers Darryl Moore and Max Anderson
on a plan to greatly expand the number of summer jobs available
to Berkeley young people. Last year, the City received over 400
applications for only 120 slots. For this summer, we increased
the number of jobs to 180 and are looking to expand it further
in future years to accommodate all eligible applicants. Research
shows that these types of summer jobs are one of the best ways
to help young people stay out of trouble and provide useful work
Council Continues to Discuss Mayor's Street Behavior Initiative
The City Council will continue to discuss my proposal to create
a comprehensive and integrated new initiative to address street
behavior problems through enhanced services, new diversion programs,
clear rules for behavior in all city commercial districts, and
improved enforcement at the June 12th Council meeting. Please
be sure to take a look at the proposal and provide me with feedback
Two Important Announcements from our Library
The Berkeley Public Library wanted me to share two important upcoming
Forum on Future of South Branch Library, Saturday, June 9th
The forum is to discuss South Berkeley Library needs and the possibility
of moving into the Ed Roberts Campus at the Ashby BART station.
The event is Saturday, June 9th from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the
St. Paul A.M.E Church.
Notice of Vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees
The Library Board of Trustees is the independent body that oversees
the Berkeley library system.
"Berkeley merchants seek unity on Solano.
Board votes to rejoin association controlled by Albany business
reports Justin Hill in our Times.
board representing the Berkeley businesses on Solano Avenue wants
to get back together with the Solano Avenue Association."
"Shipyard, City Struggle to Reach Compromise" reports our Planet's,
Richard Brenneman. "Berkeley's Shipyard has been granted
a reprieve-but for some artists, it may have come too late.
and building inspectors have ordered massive changes at the artisan
colony, a font of creativity that had been housed in a nest of
double-stacked steel shipping containers in a West Berkeley industrial
violations of a host of city codes and failure to comply with
earlier deadlines had led to demands that essentially forced the
popular creative center to close for the time being, scattering
its tenants to other sites throughout the Bay Area."
Endorses Priority Development Declaration. In a lop-sided vote
Wednesday night, DAPAC members voted to urge the City Council
to declare downtown Berkeley a Priority Development Area (PDA).
Area Plan Advisory Committee's action followed by a week the Planning
Commission's refusal to make a similar endorsement."
full story here.
years, Kimar and I have had a running discussion about problems
in Berkeley that always ends with "The Problem with Berkeley!"
We've explored our radical past, nepotism, alienation, and even
self-hatred. But yesterday we had an epiphany. "Berkeley
simply lacks sufficient adult supervision."
A plate full
of tacos were found in front of 900
GRAYSON on opening
artist, Michael Beck is having a show at the Campbell Gallery.
École Bilingue La Place du Marche--also, open studio at
Pena's 32nd Anniversary.
"Shamed, Yoshi's pulls CD, apologizes:
Club hit sour note with lack of black musicians on record"
Jesse Hamlin, and Steven Winn of the San Fransico Chronicle.
of Yoshi's jazz club said Friday that issuing a 10th anniversary
CD with no African American musicians was 'a huge mistake' and
'a major oversight.' In the wake of complaints by some African
American musicians and community leaders, the club issued an apology
and withdrew the disc.
"Judge orders state to stop taking assets:
Seizure of abandoned property forbidden until officials improve
system for letting owners know" report Tom Chorneau and Paul Feist in the Chronicle.
"A federal court judge Friday barred the state from seizing
abandoned assets such as forgotten bank account balances or lost
stocks and bonds until officials develop a better way to notify
people that their property is about to be taken."
"Internee babies of Tanforan: Japanese
Americans forced from homes 65 years ago were housed at San Bruno
racetrack, where 64 children were born" writes Vanessa Hua of the Chronicle.
years ago, thousands of Japanese Americans were forced from their
Bay Area homes and into filthy stables and makeshift barracks
at the Tanforan racetrack in San Bruno, where they lived before
being shipped off to remote federal internment camps.
Even as whole
families were uprooted, their lives continued, and about 64 babies
were born between April and October 1942 at the racetrack, now
a shopping mall."
on TV Wall Street Journal's WSJ Report, oilman Boone
T. Pickens said
the future alternative-fuel is natural gas, not ethanol.
Buck Chuck still making waves" writes the AP's Michele Locke
in our Times.
and round they go, hundreds of bottles of Two Buck Chuck rattling
and clinking their way toward a big machine that deftly fills,
corks and seals each one in a rhythmic dance of metal
five years since the first of these amazingly cheap chardonnays
and cut-price cabernets started rolling off the line, released
by maverick vintner Fred Franzia under the formal label of Charles
Shaw wines. The full story is here."
I can't write
about their Shiraz in wine-garble but I can say I love its full-bodied
high. Not just a pleasant glow from the neck up pleasing, full-bodied
"Dell plans to let go 8,000 workers: Job
reductions in next 12 months represent 10 percent of workforce
for computer seller that fell to No. 2 in market" reports Matt Slagle of the AP
in our Times.
Inc. said Thursday that it plans to lay off more than 8,000 employees
during the next year as part of an ongoing
said Thursday that earnings fell slightly in preliminary first-quarter
which represent 10 percent of Dell's global workforce of 88,100
full-time and part-time employees, come as Dell struggles to regain
market share after Hewlett-Packard Co. ousted it from the top
spot in worldwide computer shipments last year."
Slaughter is the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs at Princeton as well as president of the
American Society of International Law. Slaughter was on the Charlie Rose show this
cookie, she wrote "New
World Order" of
which a reviewer writes "Breaking new ground in international
relations theory, Slaughter urges readers to lose their 'conceptual
blind spot' and see how the world really works.Scholars, pundits
and policymakers, she writes, have traditionally seen nations
as 'unitary' that is, as single entities that 'articulate and
pursue a single national interest.'
she says, we would do better to focus on government networks,
both horizontal and vertical. Horizontal networks link counterpart
national officials across borders, such as police investigators
or financial regulators. Vertical networks are relationships between
a nation's officials and some supranational organization to which
they have ceded authority, such as the European Court of Justice.
she says, are the solution to the 'globalization paradox': The
world needs global governance to combat problems that jump borders,
like crime and environmental degradation, and yet most people
fear rightly, Slaughter implies the idea of a centralized, all-powerful
both describes the here and now and plots a course for the future:
Strengthening existing networks and developing new ones 'could
create a genuine global rule of law without centralized global
who is the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs at Princeton as well as president of the American Society
of International Law, is steeped in these issues and offers genuinely
the week, Mose Allison
you would be so kind as to help me find my mind."
"City attorney says advice was ignored
by Berkeley managers" reports Doug Oakley of our Times.
city attorney blasted city management 'at every level' Wednesday
for ignoring her legal advice, which she contends could have prevented
the housing authority scandal.
the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development is expected to arrive in Berkeley on Wednesday to
begin its investigation into allegations that the housing authority
mismanaged $25 million in federal funds, some of which were used
to pay landlords rent for 15 dead tenants. The inspector general
can refer the case to federal prosecutors for criminal charges.
In a memo
to the Berkeley City Council, City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque
blamed City Manager Phil Kamlarz, Deputy City Manager Lisa Caronna
and Housing Director Steve Barton -- who resigned Tuesday -- for
the fiasco in the housing authority."
"Berkeley housing chief quits amid scandal" reports Doug Oakley of our
Times. "Berkeley Housing Department director Steve
Barton resigned Tuesday, the latest person to leave in the wake
of a scandal that has rocked the city since the disclosure that
the housing authority mismanaged $25 million in federal funds,
using some of it to pay rent for at least 15 dead tenants.
worked for the city for eight years,'oversaw four divisions in
the housing department including the Berkeley Housing Authority,
which has been in "troubled status' with the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development since 2002.
has been ordered to fix the authority by July 1 or step aside
so HUD can take over the rent subsidy program for 1,800 low- income
"Historic film building sold: Berkeley's
Saul Zaentz Media Center goes for $20 million" writes the Times' Barbara
whom you ask, it's the house that either Jack Nicholson or Creedence
Clearwater Revival built.
One of the
biggest deals in the first quarter was the sale of the Saul Zaentz
Media Center in Berkeley, a 130,000-square-foot compound housing
recording and film professionals, sold to Wareham Development
Inc. for about $20 million. Famed producer Saul Zaentz and his
company were the sellers.
"Workers' comp rates due to decline: State
Compensation Insurance Fund calls for 11 percent reduction beginning
reports Marton Dunai of our Times.
of thousands of California employers can expect their workers'
compensation costs to decrease July 1, when the state agency that
dictates the market reduces its premiums.
just after Noon, Don Batz pulled up in front of the warehouse
and said "Hello." But I didn't know Don. Don's an air-conditioning
man who owned CommAir and was in Potter Creek for a meeting with
Dave Kruse. AND, one of the first locations of his company was
in 1962 in this warehouse. Next door at the time was the early
location of Dymo Labels.
I gave Don
a tour and he pointed out that he built the back-office and put
in some studs behind the roll-up door. And he remembers that on
April 5, 1962 he was washing his Ford Sedan in the drive-way but
left real fast in the middle of it--his wife was giving birth
to their son. We talked for almost an hour.
was Studio Day at our Heartwood Collective, members spending time
cleaning the studio and its equipment.
Bob and Carol
are back from their trip to England and Andrew and Kerstin are
back from Morocco.
Sarah is hosting a meeting of childrens' book illustrators from
around the country. Notice all the sprucing-up around Sarah, Byron
and Milo's Victorian.
On Wed, June
20th, the Mazza Museum (on the campus of the University of Findlay
- in Ohio), which specializes in International Art from Picture
Books, will be coming to tour the house and hear a little talk
by moi about illustration. They host tours of the like each year.
They go all over the world visiting folks who specifically make
childen's book art. This year, 56 people will be in the Bay Area
visiting 9 different studios. So, could I ask that the tour bus
be able to park in front of the house that morning? Could I borrow
the orange cones?
June 14 at 7:00 PM there is a Zoning Adjustment Board meeting
about the 2747 San Pablo development. The meeting will be held
in our Old City Hall, second floor Council chambers.
benefit district meeting was held at noon on Wednesday, May 30
in Aquatic Center. Eighteen-or-so attended, including our Darryl
Moore and Ryan Lau, and Angela Gallegos-Castillo
of the City Manager's Office.
Our benefit district model was flushed out with agreement on a
$600,000 budget cap. There was also a review of the actual district-benefits,
with some prioritizing. Included in the budget is a homeless-care-program
based on the innovative Sacramento plan. The meeting lasted about
an hour and a-half.
was featured last night on Channel 5's "Eye on the Bay."
I had buffé-brunch there last Sunday, as good as ever.
Street Journal reports "General Mills is raising prices
of its line of 'Big-G' cereals by reducing the size of the boxes.
Shares fell 3.4% to $59.40."
"Troubled city manager could survive debacle:
Although Kamlarz has the support of some council members, others
question his role" reports Doug Oakley of our Times. "If
interviews with the mayor and four City Council members are any
indication, Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz may weather the
storm whipped up by a housing authority scandal that has led to
the imminent firing of 22 employees and the resignation of a department
"Housing Director Barton Resigns Under
reports Judith Scherr of our Planet. "For some, Steve
Barton's an idealist who puts his principles into practice, advocating
housing policies-rent control, subsidized housing, co-operative
housing-aimed at keeping diverse populations in Berkeley.
Barton, pressured to resign Tuesday as Berkeley's housing director,
is an ideologue, practicing a political agenda rather than performing
as a neutral bureaucrat.
And for City
Attorney Manuela Albuquerque, perhaps the former housing director's
harshest critic, Barton's chief failure has been a refusal over
the years to adhere to her legal advice.
In a memo
to the mayor and council released Wednesday Albuquerque not only
chronicles details of alleged lapses of the former housing director,
she criticizes City Manager Phil Kamlarz and Deputy City Manager
Lisa Caronna for failing to follow her counsel."
offers "The State of the Berkeley Housing Authority. Today,
the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) is a division of the housing
department that oversees federally-funded low-income housing.
A board currently
consisting of the mayor and City Council and two tenants oversees
BHA is administered
by a manager-Tia Ingram has been manager for nine months-who is
supervised by the housing department director. The city manager
serves as BHA's executive director.
department director supervises the BHA, has oversight over other
affordable housing projects, supervises grants awarded to community
agencies and oversees the city's energy/sustainable development
division." Read the full story here.
I smell it.
AM, a half-dozen-or-so Potter Creek buildings and vehicles were
defaced--BERKELEY PD has been notified.
Waggonner and Freidman were the responding officers.
afternoon, a thief walked thru the open steel-door at ADAMS &
CHITTENDEN Scientific Glass on 8th Street next-store, into the
open lunch-room, and stole an employee's knapsack with his personal
has secured the ex-Lipofsky building on 9th which she recently
purchased. Squatters were found in the building and its interior
had been stripped.
favorite visit from Bob and Carol's recent England trip, All -Souls
College Library, Oxford.
recent spate of tagging around 8th and 9th steets most of what
was on buildings has been cleaned up promptly by businesses and
residents. The exception, however, were several Penske rental
trucks that I believe are rented by a Chris Rodrigues. These have
been parked here nightly, and often in the day, and were badly
tagged in the recent episode.
information on the city's attitude and activities regarding tagging,
I called the police number who referred me to another number that
was no longer operational. Several calls later I spoke to a person
in "Code Enforcement" who was less than helpful when
he heard I was talking about a vehicle. I then talked to his supervisor
Gregory Daniel who informed me there was no law governing tagging
on vehicles. When I asked if such a law were created he responded
"THAT THEY WOULDN'T ENFORCE IT ANYWAY"!
we have here an opening for the taggers that they will exploite!
From my conversation with "Code Enforcement" it is clear
they do not see the big picture. Therefore, this deserves some
thought by policy leaders in our city government.
are ways to encourage folks to promptly clean up acts of vandalism
other than creating laws - perhaps there is some room for creative
Berkeley PD emails about my TAGGER ALERT
Penndorf, I appreciate your efforts.
Creek lot still over-run by graffiti is on the east side of 7th
Street just north of the Xoma building at 7th and Heinz, 901 Heinz.
This lot is owned by Aaron Vitali of Vitali Building and is now
in contract for sale. The graffiti however, is on the north side
of the Xoma building on 7th and Heinz and on the back of an 8th
Street building facing the lot. The front of the building is on
8th just north of the 8th and Heinz corner. These walls are virtually
covered in graffiti. The large shipping container in the middle
of the lot has also been defaced.
It has been
brought to my attention that several properties bought recently
for possible development have, in fact, not been developed and
have not been maintained. Not so with Wareham's Fantasy property
which has been, and continues to be, upgraded and beautified.
today about 4:20, the old Asphalt Products Oil Corp warehouse
caught fire. It is now owned by the Berkeley Bowl, who plans to
raze it for parking. Well Ok then! This warehouse is immediately
north of the new AHA project.
APO was a
well-known environment hazard with many city citations. It was
said at one time to be the most sighted site in Berkeley.
owners just yesterday paid for a demolition permit.
were received after my recent Scrambled Eggs' crime and vandalism
a reader in New Mexico
"Sounds pretty grim."
and one from
a Mexico City reader
"How are you? Hope you're all Ok !"
forwards an Officer Andrew Frankl, Berkeley PD email
Spray painting a car or doing vandalism to it, is a crime. It
is covered by the CA Vehicle Code under CVC 10852 - Breaking or
Removing Vehicle Parts: NO person shall either individually or
in association with one or more person, willfully injure or tamper
with any vehicle or the contents thereof or break or remove any
part of a vehicle without consent of the owner.
As you have learned from your conversation with Gregory Daniels
it doesn't meet the City's requirement that it be cleaned up like
the tagging of business. I would agree with you that it does constitute
blight on a neighborhood and would encourage you to address those
folks who make law in the City. It does appear to be a loop hole.
source reports that yesterday there was a meeting of city officials
about tagging in west-Berkeley and that at a future meeting motor-vehicle
tagging will be discussed.
"Berkeley Council passes plan to stop bad
writes Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle. "Berkeley's
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to pass most of a
sweeping plan to clear the streets of aggressive and disruptive
behavior. The Public Commons for Everyone Initiative passed 9-0
after months of debate among the council, homeless advocates,
merchants and residents. The council instructed City Manager Phil
Kamlarz to develop details of the implementation, which he will
bring back to the council for further approval."
source reports that on Thursday, June 14 in the afternoon/evening
five west-Berkeley adult males were arrested on drug related charges
and that this may have an effect on crime in Potter Creek.
source says that a City of Berkeley graffiti abatement program
will be launched in July.
The old Asphalt
Products Oil Corp warehouse has been razed to the ground.
It looks like I have my blogsite running and music available for
download and purchasing on the web. My musician's alter ego is
d'oiseaux and the site is http://doiseauxrecordings.blogspot.com
"Planners Approve Expanded 'Priority Development
reports our Planet's Richard Brenneman. "Planning
commissioners voted Wednesday night to designate downtown Berkeley
and five thoroughfares as targets for state-funded high-density
development: Telegraph, southern Shattuck, University and San
Pablo avenues and Adeline Street."
And our Planet's
Judith Scherr reports "New
Housing Authority Accepts City Manager's Plan."
"Housing lends no help to job market: Employment
in East Bay is up in May despite real estate slowdown's drag on
construction positions" writes George Avalos of our Times.
market has gone from hero to zero and turned into a drag on the
East Bay economy.
job gains continue in the East Bay. The region bounced back in
May from a slump in April, according to a report released Friday
by the state's Employment Development Department
But for the
first time in years, the expansion of the East Bay economy has
taken place despite -- not because of -- the housing market."
"May home sales slide to lowest level in
12 years; prices up a bit. Fewer low-cost homes are moving in
Bay Area market" reports Carolyn Said of the Chronicle.
Area home sales continued their downward slide in May, with fewer
properties changing hands and the mix of sales tilting toward
"Foreclosures rise in state, nation; home
supply is up"
reports the Chronicle's Kelly Zito
weakening real estate market helped push foreclosures -- particularly
for speculators and others who took out subprime mortgages --
higher nationwide in the first quarter."
of the Potter Creek Swerve facility proceeds a pace
Robert Levi made an extraordinary documentary about the life of
Billy Strayhorn, one of America's great 20th Century composers.
It's called Lush Life.
Lush Life was shown on PBS.
Its PBS page is here.
A week ago
Friday night the taggers worked on our neighborhood - the residents
and businesses promptly painted over all except the vehicles.
Last Friday night they returned and repainted some of the same
places - for instance, the Tippett Studio building between 7th
and 8th on Grayson. It seems they like to work on Friday nights!
"Police find 4 dead in Tilden Regional
reports George Kelly of our Times.
Bay Regional Park District police are collecting evidence at the
scene where four bodies were found in Contra Costa County's Tilden
Regional Park Monday night, authorities said.
rose on the DAX on news of better projected profits for 2007-2009,
a result of their take-over of Shering AG.
In a conversation
during breakfast at 900,
Alfonso, Acme Bread's
Fleet Manager mentioned that he has twenty-four drivers and eighteen-or-so
trucks. He also said Acme is getting ready to put up their roof
solar-panels on their building. Well Ok then!
Former Scharffen Berger manager,
Jan Leigner emails
Long time no talk. I hope
all is well in Potter Creek, but I don't know who you could be
possibly getting your information about 914 Heinz from these days
. . .
Anyway, I'm wondering what
Swerve is? Is this the construction that's going on on 7th St.
at the old McNevin VW "holding pen"?
I'm living in SF now with
my fiancee, but I still come to Berkeley on Saturday mornings
for a yoga class and pass by the old 'hood.
It's funny but getting to
know you, and working there for 5 years, it really makes me feel
like an ex-pat now that I'm not there so much. These emails are
Oh, and I saw your entry
on Wikipedia about the record album, and thought how perfect it
was for the world to be educated by you on the subject.
Swerve, Goldin Design, is
the manufacturing facility being built on the old Brass Foundry
or "VW holding pen" site.
Coincidentally, John Scharffenberger
and friend had lunch at 900 Friday--Anthony was their server.
"Berkeley looks to name priority areas:
City council pushed to designate affordable housing spots in hope
of winning state bond money" writes Doug Oakley of our Times. "Their
eyes on a slice of $2.8 billion in bonds that soon will be available
statewide for affordable housing, parks and roads, Berkeley officials
are urging the city council to designate parts of the city as
priority development areas."
Berkeley proves my assumption right "Berkeley lacks sufficient
"Downtown Committee Meets Public In Sometimes
Heated Session" reports
Brenneman in our Planet. "Berkeley held its second
public workshop on the downtown plan Saturday, a gathering as
notable for heated tempers as for innovative visions."
seems we do not play well with others.
"Making an oasis in a gritty part of Berkeley" observes Laura Thomas keenly
in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ninth Street in Berkeley, where small working-class homes remain
largely untouched by remodelers' zeal, one two-story house stands
out for its clean paint job and simple front yard. And behind
it sits an unusual garden, done by a man seeking an oasis for
his wife, his family and his soul."
not the only oasis in Potter Creek
hosts a garden get-together for fellow children's-book illustrators
at her, Byron and Milo's, this morning.
Street Journal reports "Two big funds at Bear Stearns
face shutdown as rescue plan falters amid sub prime woes. Merrill
asserts claims. . . . Merrill Lynch said it would move to seize
collateral much of it mortgage backed debt."
lends no help to job market: Employment in East Bay is up in May
despite real estate slowdown's drag on construction positions" writes Avalos. "The housing
market has gone from hero to zero and turned into a drag on the
East Bay economy."
"Layoffs affect 325 East Bay workers: Mortgage,
senior care, food manufacturing and health industries
among those forced to scale back" reports George Avalos in our
seek more police action: Recent robberies in [Berkeley in the]
Bateman area spark cry for bigger presence; council searches for
money to hire officers"
reports Doug Oakley in our Times. "Marcy McGaugh has
been a crime watcher in Berkeley's Bateman neighborhood since
1968, and she is convinced the past two years have seen the most
muggings and assaults in that time.
my Sarah's-get-together email, CEID Director, Jill emailed
photo was the best gift to opening my morning emails! This is
Natalie and Ben are off to Norway and Italy of a few weeks--friends
Uke Minutes made up his entire half hour program last Wednesday--very
is coming up.
has a new contractor from Potter Creek.
already installed solar panels on the old (bakery) building.
a metal work-shop on 9th and Carleton, is out of business.
is re-painting some of our cross-walks.
than never! I don't know how I missed this, probably out looking
at another bike.
"General requirements: A man can't have
Specifics: A man can't have enough Broughs"
Taylor, the San Francisco Chronicle Auto Editor.
were a lot of pretty bikes at the recent motorcycle concours at
Half Moon Bay -- old Excelsiors, old Harleys, shiny Triumphs and
BSAs, not to mention a gaggle of lethal-looking Vincents -- but
there was one motorcycle that stood out, stood in imperial isolation
from the rest of the bunch.
It was a
1931 Brough Superior SS-100, with its 1,000cc J.A.P. engine (named
for the enginemaker, J.A. Prestwich) and flashy, upswept tailpipes
with the big triangular ends. This is the bike that will stop
the true aficionado in his tracks, glue him to the manicured lawn
of whatever venue is putting on a show worthy enough to have a
Brough deign to come and be visible to mere mortals."
dropped off a copy of this as did a mysterious-someone stuff a
copy thru my mail-slot.
dropped off today's Daily Planet with a review of the new
edition Criterion 2-DVD, "The Third Man" release. Check
Herrera is one of the managers at our Wells Fargo Business Center,
responsible for its new warmth and friendliness, she has become
its heart-and-soul--more later.
Scott Robinson has become a 900 regular. And was that Geralyn
and Gitty lunching at Grayson last week? And, Rick Auerbach?
How bout Coz and daughter?
I had dinner for the first time at the Riva Cucina, the newest
addition to our hoods growing gourmet grotto. We have had lunch
there before, but never dinner. Definitely worth a visit for either
mealssee the review in the East Bay Express
I had the best gnocchi I have ever had, as light and fluffy as
clouds. Also had what the waitperson (and wife of the owner) extolled
as the worlds best chocolate cake, she was right! They actually
import it from Italy, the cake, in itself, is worth the visit.
Very affordable menu too, only drawback is that they don't have
a beer/wine license yet but, hey that means that the bill is even
that much more affordable. I'm just afraid that its location might
discourage visitors but that means that the locals should show
their support, and go there before it is discovered by SF food
It would be great if you can let your viewers know about the review
in the Express, just caution them to skip through the first
Editor-in-Chief, The Bark, 2810 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA, 94710,
Read your quick take on Riva Cucina - yummy. I think I told you
I had one lunch there, a shrimp dish that was out of this world.
It felt totally wrong to eat food that good without wine, so I
am going to postpone a dinner trip until they get their alcoholic
beverage license. Can't wait, though.
A Thai Restaurant
is going to open next to Caffé Trieste on Dwight Way.
"Food Festival Spotlights West Berkeley's
reports Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
second Berkeley International Food Festival Sunday will celebrate
the story of how a West Berkeley neighborhood overcame ethnic,
racial and economic boundaries through food.
Shahid Salimi, Luis Arango and Jesus Mendes all came to West Berkeley
in the 1980s and set up food shops there in search of a better
life. Theirs is a story of survival; one of pride, but not prejudice.
And it will be shared with festival goers on Sunday."
And Ms Riya
Offers Children Free Summer Lunch Program at Schools and Centers.
In addition to the free Universal Breakfasts that Berkeley Unified
will be serving children in the city all summer, the city will
be treating them to free lunches."
"Programs would get
more cash under Berkeley budget plan" reports Martin Snapp
of our Times.
"With only a week to
go before the Berkeley City Council approves the budget for the
next fiscal year, Mayor Tom Bates unveiled some suggested last-minute
tweaks at Tuesday night's council meeting, with youth programs,
health programs and infrastructure improvements the major beneficiaries.
The mayor wants to allocate
an additional $85,000 to youth recreation programs, $50,000 to
summer employment programs for teens, $50,000 to health programs
for children ages 0-3, and $100,000 to heart disease, stroke and
hypertension prevention programs.
Homeless programs face a
mixed future. Bates' plan would mitigate the city policy of favoring
long-term housing programs over short-term relief programs by
partially restoring funding to three non-profits
that provide emergency services -- BOSS, Berkeley Food and Housing
Project, and the Dorothy Day Breakfast Program.
But the lion's share of the
city's homeless spending -- $1.5 million -- would still go to
the Housing Trust Fund to create more long-term, low-cost housing.
Another $1.5 million would
be set aside for technical planning for streetscape, transit and
pedestrian improvements along some of the city's major thoroughfares,
including Adeline Street and University and San Pablo avenues.
Bates predicted the money
would allow the city to leverage many times that amount."
Full story here.
"Going solar can pay off in the long run" reports Barbara E. Hernandez
of our Times. "After receiving a $1,200 Pacific Gas
& Electric Co. bill last summer, solar power began to haunt
Robin Kneer's thoughts. Knowing the average power bill on her
2,900-square-foot house was more than $500, she talked with Next
Energy, a solar energy provider, at a home show last year."
Wall Street Journal reported, "J.P. Morgan canceled
plans to auction a Bear fund's mortgage-backed debt, a sign investment
banks are having trouble finding buyers for the securities."
"World oil demand is expected to grow twice as fast this
year as in 2006, likely resulting in higher and more volatile
"GE and Pearson abandoned their efforts to bid for Dow Jones,
aiding News Corp, but raising questions about the strategies of
the other three companies."
New York Times reports "$3.2
Billion Move by Bear Stearns to Rescue Fund. A hedge fund's near-collapse
stems directly from bad bets on subprime mortgages and is the
biggest such bailout since 1998.
Our Jerry Landis emails
After my dozens of letters
. . . published in the Berkeley Daily Planet, I have made it to
the "Inbox" page of the July 2nd Time.
Want to know the current
betting odds on the 2008 election? Check out http://specials.slate.com/futures/2008/
Courtesy of Bob Kubik.
"US home sales continue downwards" reports BBC News. The US housing market
remained sluggish last month, latest figures have shown, with
sales of existing homes at their lowest level in
Sales fell 0.3% to 5.99 million
units in May, the slowest pace of growth since summer 2003, according
to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Sales are now 10% lower than
a year ago, when 6.68 million units were sold.
The sharp downturn in the
housing market, after years of stellar growth, has shown little
sign of bottoming out.
The number of unsold homes
rose 5% to 4.43 million units."
The Wall Street Journal
reports "Problems at two Bear Stearns funds underscore--and
aggravate--a growing fear that hard-to-trade investments may spur
a broader market retreat."
And that "Syntroleum
and Tyson plan a $150 million plant to convert fat from the chicken
giant's operations into renewable biodiesel."
And Zelda, the BBC also reports,
'can prevent a cold.'"
"The flower, stem and
root of echinacea is used in products. Taking the herbal remedy
echinacea can more than halve the risk of catching a common cold,
US researchers say.
They found it decreased the
odds of developing a cold by 58% and the duration of colds by
The results in The Lancet
Infectious Diseases conflict with other studies that show no beneficial
Experts believe echinacea,
a collection of nine related plant species indigenous to North
America, may work by boosting the body's immune system."
And Bob emails
about returning prostitution in Potter Creek
I left the
house three times today, (Sunday). Each time I called in a prostitute
on San Pablo - all of them between Grayson and Carleton. I expect
there were others at other times. The weather is good and they
are back again!
been tagged again and there now is graffiti on the west-wall of
the warehouse across from Consolidated on 8th.
And the graffiti
on the back-side of the Xoma and Jones' buildings has not yet
been removed by the building owners.
neighbor emails about gun-fire on 1100 block of Parker
morning at about 3:00 am, our dog alerted us just before we heard
four shots right in front of our house. By the time we got
to the front windows, the street was empty and quiet. We
heard a couple more shots toward San Pablo Park. The next
morning, the story unfolded that apparently there was a major
argument and shoot-out on the 1100 block of Parker St. One
neighbor had four bullet holes in his car, another had three,
and another had four bullet holes in her front windows. No
one on our street was hurt, thankfully.
noticing all the tagging also and it's hard to believe someone
could do all of that without someone noticing.
Herrera, one of the managers at our Wells Fargo Business Center
is a native of Chile. Her family moved here to Berkeley when she
was thirteen. A graduate of Martin Luther King Junior High and
Berkeley High, she JUST, June 17th, graduated from California
State East Bay with a degree in Business Administration. Well,
Now a locked
facility, the École Bilingue 8th Street Playground is STILL
available to us, the neighborhood. Though a private playground,
École Bilingue has made it available to Potter Creek residents
for decades. Kava and Regan's kids played there. The "Juan
Boys" have been regulars for years, playing ball and socializing.Their
most memorable was Number 11, a short good-looking kid, who, for
a couple of years would regularly shoot hoops. David now plays
there with Gracie and often Tracy, Ben, Natalie and Morgan can
be seen and heard playing ball on weekends. And some of Potter
Creek's new residents have a basketball game Sunday afternoons.
Milo is looking forward to some soccer practice there soon. For
the combination to the lock on the gate-off-the-parking-lot call
549-3867. Rick Auerbach and other members of the original Potter
Creek Home Qwners Association were the ones who years ago asked
the French School to open the playground to all.
"Decomposing Body Retrieved from Bay"
Bay City News. "A man's decomposing body was retrieved
from the bay near the pier at the Berkeley Marina at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, the Alameda County coroner's office reported."
"Declassified C.I.A. Archives Detail Illegal
reports the New York Times.
"Mural Honors Maudelle Shirek" reports Judith Scherr in our
Planet. "From Maudelle Shirek's roots in the soil
of Jefferson, Ark., to the former vice mayor's seat on the city
hall dais, the legacy of the 96-year-old "conscience of the
council" and radical civil rights and human rights activist
will live in a mural commissioned by the city and created by local
artists Daniel Galvez and Mildred Howard."
"Berkeley Lab Wins Federal Biofuel Lab" writes the Planet's
Richard Brenneman. "Berkeley's bid to become the biofuel
research capital of academic and corporate America scored another
major advance Tuesday, winning funds to start a second lab major
Ms B. writes about George
Orwell's Animal Farm, Da Boz, and more in our Planet.
"Like Orwell's beastly autocrat, Mayor
Bates doesn't act alone. His imperious ways are expedited and
legitimated by a compliant council majority, a fawning city attorney
and other unctuous bureaucratic managers who do little to conceal
their own disdain for public process."
Zelda, Zelda, Zelda.
Da Boz emails his June report,
here are excerpts.
City Council Passes Balanced
The City Council last night adopted a balanced budget for the
next fiscal year by a vote of 8-1. The budget approves $308 million
in overall spending for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st.
After difficult cuts were taken from 2002 through 2005, this budget
marks the second in a row that was balanced without major cuts
to city services and programs. We were also able to restore some
important programs and increase our investment in basic infrastructure.
Major Renewable Energy Push: Berkeley Wins 'Solar America City'
Competition and Installs First Municipally-Owned Wind Turbine
U.S. Secretary of Energy announced last week that Berkeley was
one of 13 cities in the United States to be selected as a 'Solar
America City.' The selection, which was based on a highly competitive
national review, means Berkeley is in line for $200,000 in direct
funding as well as technical assistance and other resources to
develop and launch a comprehensive solar power and energy efficiency
program in the City.
Yesterday, we broke ground on what will be the first municipally
owned wind turbine in the United States. The turbine is a new
small-scale wind generation system that will power the classroom
building at the Shorebird Nature Center in the Berkeley Marina.
Mayor Bates Launches 4th
Annual Reading and Exercise Program from 1,000 Low-Income Berkeley
Mayor Tom Bates, the University of California's Cal Corp Public
Service Center, and the City of Berkeley launched the 4th Annual
Project BUILD - Building Healthy Minds and Bodies. Project BUILD
will provide free books, tutoring, and physical activities to
approximately 1,000 young people.
Grants Awarded for Planning and Habitat Restoration of Eastshore
Park in Berkeley
East Shore State Park received over $1.5 million in funds from
the State Coastal Conservancy to restore wetlands and plan for
a new 30-acre park along the Berkeley shoreline.
City Purchases Land for Final
Link in Bike Path
The City Council authorized the purchase of a land in West Berkeley
that will be the final link in a bike path from Emeryville through
"Berkeley ready to buy land that would
connect bike path: City wants to spend $3 million on missing link
for Albany to Emeryville trail"
writes Doug Oakley in our Times. "Berkeley is poised
to buy a $3 million slice of land that has been the missing link
in a bicycle path from Albany to Emeryville."
"Riffraff blamed for eatery's demise: Owner
of kosher Italian restaurant says city must act soon to improve
downtown area" reports
Martin Snapp in our Times. "Another small business
in downtown Berkeley has bit the dust."
we haven't met in person yet but I wanted to tell you how much
I have been enjoying your postings. We moved into the house on
Grayson last fall and feel really grateful to have landed in such
a wonderful neighborhood. And we've learned a lot more about it
thanks to your website, which I check regularly -- so thank you!.
In the nine months that we have been here (I can't believe it's
already been that long) we've met so many wonderful people and
feel part of a neighborhood and a community for the first time
in many years. And we are eternally grateful to Susanna, who told
Andrew about the house last summer (they used to be colleagues).
We have some major projects coming up with the house this summer
-- the roof, reshingling and painting, etc. -- but we're in it
for the long haul and, again, are so very happy to be here. We
hope to meet many more folks in the neighborhood this summer.
On your recommendation, we're off to Riva Cucina for breakfast
(our 16th wedding anniversary).
Karen and Andrew
"Bateman Neighbors Say Crime Is on the
writes Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet. "Residents
of Berkeley's Bateman neighborhood are spending a lot of time
looking over their shoulders these days.
It's not your average car
theft they're worried about. It's armed robbery, and in broad
daylight. Three robberies in the last two months-one armed-have
sent shockwaves through the neighborhood.
On June 11, at around 2 p.m.,
an area resident was walking her baby in a stroller when she was
robbed at gunpoint on Woolsey at Bateman. . . .
Wesley Hester, Berkeley police
spokesperson, said that drug usage was one of the main reasons
for the current increase. . . .
'The strategy is to work
with the police department. It's important to have adequate lighting
in front of the house and clear overgrown vegetation so that perpetrators
don't have a place to hide. It's really important that the neighbors
are organized. Some years back Bateman was better organized.'
Lt. Hester told the Planet
that crime was up over the entire Bay Area. "
source reports that a more robust treatment of San
Pablo Ave prostitution is being considered.
About 3:10 this afternoon,
two Berkeley PD officers were pursuing on-foot a running young-adult,
north on San Pablo Avenue, in front of East Bay Nursery. Two all-black
Berkeley Special Enforcement units appeared also to be involved.
Well, Ok then.
PD, Area Coordinator is Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley PD -
After 7:00 PM a power-line
was knocked dowm on Grayson around 7th--it was, in fact, on the
ground in front of 900. Berkeley PD responded and blocked the intersection
with two black-and-whites. It is believed the downed-line was
a result of a hit-and-run into the power pole.
Earlier this week, I posted
an email from a reader
about increased California State traffic fines. I was scammed.
Matthew Yi of the San Francisco Chronicle has posted THE FACTS.
-- Claim: Carpool lane --
First-time fine $1,068.50. The $271 posted
on the highway is old. Don't do it again because the second time
going to be double, third time triple, and fourth time your license
will be suspended.
Fact: The first-time fine
is about $380 and repeated offenses can be
higher, but not as high as claimed in the e-mail.
-- Claim: Incorrect lane
change fine -- $380.
Fact: About $150.
-- Claim: Blocking an intersection
Fact: About $150
-- Claim: Driving on the
shoulder -- $450.
Fact: About $150
-- Claim: Speeders who drive
more than 3 mph above the limit are
subject to tickets.
Fact: Law-enforcement officers
can legally ticket drivers for going
even 1 mph over the posted speed limit.
-- Claim: Using a cell phone
while driving through a construction
zone equals a double fine.
Fact: There is no law against
using a cell phone while driving. The
new law that requires the use of a hands-free device kicks in
1, 2008. Traffic violation fines in construction zones are higher
than those committed elsewhere, but not quite double.
-- Claim: If passengers older
than 18 don't have seat belts on, both
driver and passengers get ticketed.
-- Claim: Driving under the
influence will land you in jail.
Matthew Lee's full story
Ok, so Mercury's retrograde.
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.
again stresses I believe it is up to each of us to report what
crime we see, and/or are aware of, to the City in order to get
and keep their attention. The contacts are below:
Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darrell Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
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