Carol Whitman's Grandson,
Yesterday, our Donald--the
Yost, that is--had breakfast at 900
GRAYSON with his family, his strapping
son, gorgeous daughter and their two beautiful children--lucky
"Green scene a flash in the pan?" asks our Times' Janis Mara.
"Interest in all things
green has risen to a red-hot pitch recently with more and more
people jumping on the sustainability bandwagon - so much so that
now, environmentalist blogs and consumer advocacy groups are wondering
if the trend has peaked."
"Bank of America Is
Firm on Countrywide Buyout" reports the New York Times.
In the six months since Bank
of America announced its plans to take over Countrywide Financial,
many investors have doubted that the $4 billion deal for the hobbled
mortgage lender would get done. Bank of
America has been strangely silent about its plans for merging
the two operations, with the exception of a cryptic regulatory
filing last month warning that investors should not count on it
assuming all of
But in a conference call
on Monday with investors, Kenneth D. Lewis, the chief executive
of Bank of America, confirmed his commitment to the Countrywide
buyout, which is expected to close by the end of
September. When asked about the fact that home prices have plummeted
and loan defaults have soared since the deal was announced, Mr.
Lewis defended it as 'compelling,' with a 'pretty nice' upside.
have our heads in the sand,' he said."
Takes Critical Tone on Economy" reports the New York
"In his first major
economic speech since becoming president, Dmitri A. Medvedev said
Saturday that the world
might be in the throes of the worst economic crisis since the
Great Depression and that a newly revived Russia could offer solutions
to a systemic crisis that has underscored America's shortcomings."
"Bay Area cities issue fewer housing permits" writes Carolyn Said of the Chronicle.
"Amid the worst housing
downturn since the Depression, fewer units are being built, exacerbating
the Bay Area's critical need for places to live, a government
group said Thursday."
"Campus employees jeer UC Berkeley chancellor.Union
members shout demand for 'living wage' at meeting campus meeting" reports Doug Oakley of our Times.
Campus police escorted UC
Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau out of the back of a building
Thursday after angry union members took over a meeting, yelling
and screaming about living wages."
PBS LEHRER NEWS reported
today that OPEC chairman said the current market value of oil
is US$70.00, the rest being made up of speculation, geo-political
concerns, etc. The reporter characterized these as "fluff."
"Credit crisis far from over" reports Kevin G. Hall in the Times.
The credit crisis triggered
by bad home loans is spreading to other areas, forcing banks to
tighten credit and probably extending the credit crisis that's
dragging down the economy well into next year, and perhaps beyond.
That means consumers are
going to have an increasingly difficult time getting bank loans
for car purchases, credit cards, home equity credit lines, student
loans and even commercial real estate, experts say.
When financial analyst Meredith
Whitney wrote in a report in October that the nation's largest
bank, Citigroup, lacked sufficient capital for the risks it had
assumed, she was considered a heretic.
However, Whitney was been
proved correct: Citigroup pushed out its CEO, sought foreign investors
and slashed its dividend. Her comments now carry added weight
on Wall Street, and she has a new warning for ordinary Americans:
The crisis in credit markets is far from over, and it increasingly
will affect consumers.
'In fact, we believe that
what lies ahead will be worse than what is behind us,' Whitney
and colleagues at Oppenheimer & Co. wrote in a lengthy report
last month about threats faced by big national banks, including
Bank of America, Wachovia and others."
"Oakland PD's Harleys have a new roar" opine Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the
"Over in Oakland they
like it loud - so loud that all 45 of the Police Department's
Harley-Davidson motorcycles have been equipped with shiny new
tailpipes, at a cost of $500 apiece, to rev up their roar.
It seems the cops just didn't
feel safe on toned-down bikes.
'There's an old motorcycle
adage that you are heard before you are seen,' said Deputy Chief
Dave Kozicki, explaining the department's decision to toss the
bikes' muted factory-issued mufflers in favor of the more high-volume
have sounded louder than
civilian bikes, to my ear
works for me
"Berkeley's Juneteenth celebration cancelled
after 21 years"reports
Kristin Bender of the Tribune.
"After 21 years, Berkeley's
Juneteenth celebration - the most established and consistent festival
of its kind in the East Bay - has been cancelled by its organizers
because they could not meet planning and safety deadlines, city
officials said Monday.
The Berkeley Juneteenth Association
Inc. sent a letter to the city April 18, saying it had decided
to scrap the festival, which generally draws 15,000 to 20,000
people to the Alcatraz/Adeline corridor in south Berkeley on Father's
News of the cancellation
did not surface until this week, and there are conflicting stories
as to why the festival fell apart"
"Mexican artists enrich, inspire Bay Area" writes Tyche Hendricks of the Chronicle.
The opening this week of
a major San Francisco exhibit of the work of Frida Kahlo is a
reminder that Mexican artists
have found a home and inspiration in the Bay Area at least as
far back as 1930, when Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, spent
a year working here.
At the same time, a crop
of young Mexican artists is creating new work in the Bay Area,
bringing a fresh lens to issues such as border walls and the fragility
of urban landscapes. Many are forging a hybrid identity, moving
back and forth between the United States and Mexico, and contributing
to the cultures of both places.
Mexican artists enrich, inspire
Bay Area. "Berkeley
artist Ana Labastida talks about her art."
And Hendricks reports on
visual reminders of Kahlo, Rivera."
"Frida Kahlo and Diego
Rivera left their mark in the Bay Area in large ways and small,
but few San Franciscans know that the well-worn lobby of their
own public hospital is home to a pair of paintings by the Mexican
On two San Francisco sojourns,
Rivera painted several well-known murals. During a 1930-31 residency,
he completed one for the San Francisco Art Institute, another
for the San Francisco Stock Exchange (now the City Club of San
Francisco) and a third for the Stern family that's housed in a
women's dormitory at UC Berkeley. Rivera returned in 1940 and
produced an epic mural for the World's Fair on Treasure Island,
which eventually wound up at San Francisco City College.
Kahlo accompanied her famous
husband on those visits and worked in a quieter way. She was also
photographed in the city in 1930, at the age of 24, by Imogen
Cunningham. And in 1940, the couple remarried at San Francisco
City Hall after a year's divorce."
"3 top James Beard awards for Bay Area
Miriam Morgan, Chronicle Food Editor.
"Bay Area chefs and
restaurateurs took home three top prizes in Sunday night's James
Beard Foundation Awards in New York, including best chef in the
Pacific region. The awards, given annually, are considered the
Oscars of the food world.
Craig Stoll, chef and co-owner
of Delfina in San Francisco, beat stiff competition that included
three other Bay Area chefs and was named the best chef in California
and Hawaii, one of 10 such regional awards. Stoll and his wife,
Annie, also operate the adjoining Pizzeria Delfina. The award
goes to a chef who has been working in that job for at least five
years and has set consistent standards of excellence.
Another major prize, the
Outstanding Pastry Chef award, went to Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad
Robertson, owners of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, as the best
pastry chefs or bakers in America. The award designates a chef
or baker who serves as a national standard-bearer of excellence.
The couple also own Bar Tartine, a restaurant a few blocks away
on Valencia Street. Nicole Plue, pastry chef at Redd in Yountville,
was one of the five nominees in the pastry category.
In addition, Fritz Maytag
of Anchor Brewing Co. and Anchor Distilling Co., both in San Francisco,
a pioneer in the American micro-brew and artisan spirits industries,
received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Maytag also produces high-quality
blue cheese at his family's Maytag Dairy Farms in Iowa, and is
a leader in the resurgent American artisan cheese industry."
In 1983 Fritz Maytag, also
a motorcycle/car guy, held a "Concours d'Elegance of Rare
and Unusual Motorcycles" at his Anchor Steam Brewery in San
Francisco. I was invited to show at this invitation-only event.
I brought three bikes and my 1969 Royal Enfield "Interceptor"
was one of them. Deliciously catered, and with motorcycles placed
in among the copper-vats, it was memorable. Ed and Merryll Saylan
came as my guests.
I also brought my all-black
1946 Sunbeam of which Maytag said "This is my favorite. It's
even better than the Vincents." I bet he says that to all
Maytag was also a classical
music fan and loves Bach. We talked a while about Bach's "Suites
for Unaccompanied Cello."
B-Ball at Ben's Birthday
more Birthday Bash here
"Marijuana Hotbed Retreats on Medicinal
Use" reports Jim
Wilson in the New York Times.
"There is probably no
marijuana-friendlier place in the country than here in Mendocino
County, where plants can grow more than 15 feet high, medical
marijuana clubs adopt stretches of highway, and the sticky, sweet
aroma of cannabis fills this city's streets during the autumn
Lately, however, residents
of Mendocino County, like those in other parts of California,
are wondering if the state's embrace of marijuana for medicinal
purposes has gone too far.
Medical marijuana was legalized
under state law by California voters in 1996, and since then 11
other states have followed, even though federal law still bans
the sale of any marijuana. But some frustrated residents and law
enforcement officials say the California law has increasingly
and unintentionally provided legal cover for large-scale marijuana
growers - and the problems such big-money operations can attract.
'It's a clear shield for
commercial operations,' said Mike Sweeney, 60, a supporter of
both medical marijuana and a local ballot measure on June 3 that
called for new limits on the drug in Mendocino. 'And we don't
want those here.'"
Last week, our John Phillips
recommended the Striggo Mass as a performance to-be-heard at our
Early Music Festival.
Josh Kosman reviews one of
its performances in the Chronicle with,
"Striggio's Mass thrills in Berkeley.
Musical fashions may wax
and wane, but showmanship never goes out of style. The urge to
thrill and impress observers was as strong in the 16th century
as it is today, as evidenced by Alessandro Striggio's enormous
"Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno."
Striggio's setting of the
Latin Mass, which had its American premiere over the weekend as
the final offering of Cal Performances' Berkeley Festival &
Exhibition, aims to dazzle, and even now - centuries after its
composition in the 1560s - it still packs a punch.
Scored for 40 voices, it's
one of the most elaborate choral works of its time. And in the
final Agnus Dei, Striggio turns the knob to 11 by adding another
20 singers to produce the only known stretch of 60-voice polyphony.
Sunday's performance in Berkeley's
First Congregational Church conjured up the work's sense of spectacle,
as well as giving a good sense of its musical substance.
Davitt Moroney, the Berkeley
musicologist and harpsichordist who discovered the piece in the
French national archive, presided over a consortium of singers
from five local choral groups: Magnificat, the Philharmonia Chorale,
the American Bach Soloists, Schola Cantorum San Francisco and
Perfect Fifth. With the help of several keyboard players and the
period-instrument brass ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,
the performers gave a stirring account of this audacious score."
"Box of plenty: design for Berkeley art
museum" is a preview
by John King in the Chronicle.
"He doesn't have the
name recognition of a Frank Gehry or a Daniel Libeskind, but Toyo
Ito is one of Japan's most acclaimed and adventurous architects.
Looking at the design for a downtown Berkeley museum that would
be his first building in the United States, it's easy to see why.
The white steel walls part
and fold like ribbons or drapes. Inside, spaces flow one into
the next: a gallery here, a screening room there, a terrace scooped
into the facade. It's a refined honeycomb, enlarged to human scale."
Our Ryan Lau emails
West Campus/Old Berkeley
Some of you may have attended the West Campus meeting on May 29th.
The community made it clear that there were quite a few concerns
about BUSD's proposed project. The District has heard those
concerns and they are currently working on an alternative proposal
that should be unveiled at their next meeting at 7PM on Monday,
June 16th at the Boy's Gym at the West Campus site. Please
attend and review the new proposals and provide the District feedback.
Summer Programs 2008
I have attached some announcements from the Parks and Recreation
Department about some of the summer programming that they are
providing. Also, remember that we have a list of summer
programming that we are aware of for this summer that will be
updated regularly throughout the summer. If you are aware
of a summer program that you would like to publicize, please let
School District Announcements
BHS Athletic Fundraising Scams Reported in Oakland and Kensington
We have received a call from a resident in the Glenview neighborhood
Oakland. A young man going door to door said he was raising
money for the BHS baseball team to go to Maui. In exchange
for $100-$500 one would receive some books on literacy.
Another caller reported a young man selling magazine subscriptions
Kensington, to help pay for the BHS swim team's trip to Hawaii.
The young man said that he was the son of a neighbor down the
street, whom he named. Later she remembered that that neighbor
did not have a son this age, and called the BHS Athletic Director.
The magazine subscription company he said he represented is QSI,
Quality Services Inc. This is probably a real subscription company
as he was taking checks, but the trip to Hawaii and any connection
to Berkeley High School is not true, and there is no reason to
believe that these youths are actually BHS students.
In the event that one of Berkeley High's 50 plus athletic teams,
dozens of clubs or any of the small schools did come to your door
collecting money, they would only ask for checks (not cash) written
to the Berkeley Athletic Fund, the Berkeley High School Development
Group or the Berkeley Public Education Foundation, designating
the recipient group in the memo.
Any time a fundraiser encourages you to give cash instead of checks
because, "cash is easier for non-profits to process",
should raise a red flag. In fact, the opposite is true; for both
security and record keeping, non- profits prefer checks for donations.
In the event that you have any questions about any school fundraising
effort, please call the Berkeley High Athletic Department: 644-8723
or the Public Information Office: 644-6320, and we will be happy
to verify it for you. We appreciate the generosity of this community
in supporting our students' teams and clubs, and we want to make
it safe and easy for you.
FAQ's: State Budget- May Revise
Why California State PTA continues to say: Flunk the Budget.
Based on the severe cuts that continue to be proposed by the Governor,
California State PTA is opposed to the May revision of the state
To assist our members in communicating our concerns we've prepared
the following set of questions and answers.
Q: I've heard that the revised budget recently proposed by Governor
Schwarzenegger restores the funding to schools and means education
programs won't be cut. Is this accurate?
A: No. The Governor's first budget released in January proposed
the most severe cuts to schools in our state's history. Parents,
teachers and other education advocates across California have
been vehemently protesting these cuts. Unfortunately, the Governor's
most recent budget proposal ("the May Revise" released
on May 15) while restoring some of the funding into the
education budget would still significantly under-fund our
schools and force more than $4 billion in cuts to education programs.
That's why the PTA opposes this most recent budget. It still flunks
the basic test of good government: It hurts our kids.
Q: But, doesn't the May Revise fully fund Proposition 98
the state's minimum guarantee for education funding levels?
A: The May Revise would meet the minimum legal funding level
for schools, but it still proposes far less than the minimum amount
needed by schools to pay for the increased costs just to keep
programs at their current levels. The May Revise would eliminate
annual cost of living adjustments to schools, despite the steadily
increasing operating costs for local districts. Once again, schools
and students are being asked to do more with less. In addition,
this budget proposal would make across-the-board cuts to many
vital programs that contribute to student achievement and engagement,
such as class size reduction, arts and music, instructional materials,
and career technical education programs. While the May Revise
proposes to partially restore some cuts from the January budget
proposal, it still cuts billions of dollars from public education.
All cuts hurt students and California's schools are already woefully
Q: How would it impact children's healthcare?
A: If the May Revise is implemented, it would impose new, draconian
policies in the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs that would
result in more than 500,000 California children losing their health
coverage over the next two years - increasing the number of uninsured
children in California by 70%.
Q: What about programs for foster children and working families
struggling to make ends meet?
A: The proposed budget would eliminate financial assistance for
200,000 children whose parents are in the CalWORKs program
often single others working their way out of poverty. It would
also cut $84 million from the child welfare services budget, limiting
counties' ability to ensure the safety and well-being of the more
than 70,000 California children in foster care.
It would reduce state funding for child care and development programs
in 2008-09. This budget would also make across-the-board reductions
for a number of programs that assist children and families, including
the Child Welfare Services Program, the Foster Care Program, the
Adoption Assistance Program, and the California Food Assistance
Q: Does this budget proposal include any new proposed revenues
or does it rely fully on cuts to balance the budget?
A: A few fee increases are proposed, such as a state park admission
fee increase of $1, and student fee increases to the UC and CSU
systems and a $6 - $12 annual surcharge on homeowners' insurance
to fund emergency response services. The Governor has also proposed
a plan to borrow money from future State Lottery revenues to help
balance the budget. This proposal would need to be placed on the
ballot as a measure to be approved by California voters in November.
In the event the voters reject the Lottery ballot measure, the
Governor is asking the Legislature to support a 1% increase in
the state's sales tax rate. By and large, the May Revise continues
to rely mostly on a "cuts-only" approach to closing
the budget deficit gap.
Q: What's PTA's solution to address the budget deficit and provide
necessary funding for schools and other children's services?
A: PTA continues to advocate for a balanced approach one
that generates enough revenues to prevent cuts to education and
children's services and recognizes the need to invest in our children's
Q: So, what's PTA's message moving forward?
A: Our message has and will remain the same since January:
No cuts that harm children or California's future. We must
continue to "flunk the budget" because it contains severe
cuts to education and children's services. We believe legislators
and the Governor must develop a balanced solution that allows
us to invest in our children's future and the future of the state.
And we must raise our voices throughout this spring and summer
on behalf of California's children, they did not create this financial
crisis, and their future should not be undermined because of it.
Q: What can PTA members do to help protect school funding and
A: Help us ensure children have a voice in this debate, now through
the end of summer. Please call your local state assembly and senate
Let them know you do not want to see cuts to children's services,
and that you expect them to find a balanced approach that invests
in our children's future and the future of our state. You can
find their names and contact information on-line at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
Just enter your zip code, and your elected officials' contact
information will appear. They are YOUR representatives in Sacramento
are they representing your interests?
"Since January, parents and community members throughout
the state have raised their voices in overwhelming opposition
to the damaging cuts to education and children's services proposed
in the state budget. The May Revise appears to reflect some of
those concerns by not suspending the minimum education funding
guarantee. However, there is still much work to be done by the
Legislature and Governor to ultimately ensure a balanced budget
solution that does not jeopardize the health, safety and education
of our children and our future workforce. Many essential programs
and services are still extremely vulnerable. California State
PTA will continue to carry the message that shortchanging education
funding and services to children is the most expensive mistake
California can make.
"The dialogue at the Capitol needs to continue moving towards
how much we should invest in our children and California's future,
not how much can we afford to cut. California has been operating
for too long with a broken, outdated budget process. By adequately
investing today, we can ensure that California has a viable economy
in the future.~ "Now is the time to invest in our children
and in the future of California."
Pam Brady, California State PTA President
June 17th City Council Hot Topics
Direction on Possible Ballot
Measures for the November 4, 2008 General
FY 2009 Biennial Budget Update
- Council Recommendations
To see the full agenda or examine the full items, go to www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=9868.
The City Council packet will be published on Thursday, June 12th.
Ryan Lau, aid to our Councilman Darryll Moore
"Gas price 'bubble' could burst" writes our Times' Janis Mara.
"As gas prices smash
record after record, California now has the highest costs in the
nation, but relief could be in sight by the end of the summer,
At $4.45, gas is selling
at 43 cents more a gallon than it did last month in the Bay Area.
Nationally, gas jumped 31 cents, to $4.04, AAA of Northern California
Traditionally, gas reaches
its highest prices in the summer, when demand soars as motorists
take to the roads for vacation. In addition, crude oil, the primary
ingredient of gas, has seen unprecedented price jumps, which many
blame on speculation by traders investing in oil futures.
The rule of thumb is that
every $10-a-barrel increase in the price of crude oil translates
to a 25-cent-a-gallon increase. Light sweet crude oil dropped
$3.04 to settle at $131.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile
Exchange on Tuesday.
Some experts - and some motorists
- opined that the unprecedented price jumps are a bubble, similar
to the one seen in the housing market, that will peak and then
burst in coming months just as the housing bubble did. If that
should happen, gas prices would almost certainly dip, especially
as the summer draws to an end and demand falls."
"Oil price rise stays relentless" reports John Wilen in our Times.
"Oil prices regained
their stunning upward momentum Wednesday, rising as crude's biggest
drivers - a weak dollar and supply concerns - brought buyers back
in force. At the pump, gas prices rose to a new record over $4.05
Oil futures that were falling
a week ago on concerns about declining gasoline consumption have
dramatically reversed course and appear poised to set new records
above $140 a barrel. While the market remains concerned about
the effect of high prices on demand, several weeks of falling
oil inventories and the dollar's inability to make headway against
the euro have combined to turn market sentiment decidedly bullish.
That's bad news for consumers,
already struggling with rising prices for food and consumer goods.
Analysts say gas prices could rise to a national average of $4.25
a gallon by the Fourth of July, and are unlikely to fall as long
as oil prices keep surging."
"Bank Sees Profits Soar"
reports Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"Bank St. Petersburg,
the biggest private lender in northwestern Russia, said first-quarter
profit more than doubled as it expanded its retail-banking network.
Net income rose to 639.6
million rubles ($27 million) from 235.3 million rubles a year
earlier, the bank said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. Its assets
almost doubled to 138.5 billion rubles.\
'In spite of the unstable
market environment the bank is performing strongly,' Chairman
Alexander Savelyev said in the statement. 'Customer accounts remain
the principal source of funding.'"
a guide to cafes in St Petersburg from their Times.
"Cafe Idiot - Great Russian and vegetarian food served all
day. Jazz, cappuccino, fresh juice, specialty teas. Happy hour
from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weekend brunch. Used English-language
books and magazines, plus an art gallery. Open daily, 11 a.m.
to 1 a.m. 82 Nab. Moiki. Tel.: 315-1675
Cafe Jam - Probably the cosiest
place in town! Dear guests, We would like to welcome you to Cafe
Jam where we serve Scandinavian, European and some Russian dishes.
We are both from Denmark, so while Berit is prepa-ring the food,
Alexander is doing his best to take care of the guests. Friday
jazz duet, Saturday pianist. Best regards Berit and Alexander
Open daily noon to 11 pm. 12 RyleevaUl., 7 1-2 min. from Chernyshevskaya.
Reservations: 719 69 33.
Face Cafe - Cafe Face - the
new face of oriental cuisine. A reasonably priced cafe in the
very center of the city opposite the bridge with its griffins.
Original interior design with Eastern Asian Elements. The cuisine
is a unique blend of Eastern Asian, classical European and beloved
Russian traditions. Constantly updated specialties from chef-cook.
Cosy and friendly atmosphere, light and easy music, professional
waiters, fast and high quality service. You are welcome! On weekdays
-breakfasts from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., new lunch menu from 12 p.m.
to 17 p.m. 29 Nab. Kanala Griboedova; Tel: 571 96 95
Fasol' - "Fasol'"
is a fashionable and democratic cafe, located in the centre of
the city. The cafe is famous even in Europe. Among the regulars
of "Fasol'" are Djs of THE May Day festival. Visitors
can enjoy the original interior, quick and good-quality service,
they can also follow football matches on a huge LCD screen, plus
there is a vast space suitable for any special big events. "Fasol'"
is a fashionable combination of European, Asian and Italian cuisine.
On week days from 12:00 till 17:00 home made lunches are available.
As a special summer offer one can get Mojito and light alcoholic
cocktails, made on the base of gin, tequila or champagne. The
summer should be spent with taste! See you there! Ul.Gorokhovaya
17, tel.:571 09 07
Imbir - Imbir Cafe is located
in the center of the city close to Pyat Uglov - "Five Corners."
The cafe, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is
one of the most popular in the city, with guests appreciating
its fashionable, cozy interior, its varied menu (Russian, European,
Japanese and Italian cuisines) and very reasonable prices. That's
why people just keep on coming back. Recommended dishes include
the Imbir salad with prawns and chicken, beef steak with mange-tout,
smoked mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and homemade curd fritters
with smetana. For the entire summer the cafe is offering cold
borshcht. Special offers for those that missed lunch - LATE SUMMER
LUNCHES AT IMBIR: from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on weekdays there's
a 10 percent discount on all prices on the menu. 15 Zagorodny
Prospekt. Tel: 713 3215"
Well, Ok then.
"Statue for Che's '80th birthday'" reports Daniel Schweimler of BBC NEWS.
"Thousands of people
have witnessed the unveiling of a statue of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
in his Argentine birthplace on what would have been his 80th birthday.
Events to mark the life and
legacy of the man most simply know as El Che were held around
the city of Rosario.
While Guevara was Argentine,
born and bred, he had more followers and was better known around
the world than in his home country.
He flourished in Cuba, fought
in Africa and died in Bolivia.
At home, military governments
and Cold War politics helped suppress his ideas and image.
But now the man known simply
in Argentina as El Che is home."
"Top Lehman executives step down" reports BBC NEWS.
"Two of the most senior
executives at Lehman Brothers are to step down just days after
the US investment bank announced a huge quarterly loss.
Chief financial officer Erin
Callan and chief operating officer Joseph Gregory are to leave
The firm has been reeling
from the financial impact of the US mortgage slump and the global
Lehman made a $2.8bn (£1.4bn)
quarterly loss and has outlined plans to raise $6bn in additional
"Stunning Frida Kahlo exhibit at SFMOMA
reveals only fragments of the mysterious, iconic artist" writes Robert Taylor of our Times.
" 'Artist. Icon. Revolutionary,'
reads the promotional card for'San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art's new Frida Kahlo show. Then, in Spanish, 'Artista. Icono.
Revolucionaria." That 'revolutionary' label may have been
attached more often to her husband Diego Rivera, but clearly the
Mexican painter has been embraced since her death 54 years ago
as much more than an artist.
The exhibit, which runs through
Sept. 28, brings together more than 40 of her paintings, both
familiar and obscure, along with a collection of photos taken
throughout her life, plus clusters of personal snapshots.
In addition, the museum has
added two galleries to the touring exhibit - which originated
at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis - to recount Kahlo's visits
to San Francisco in the 1930s and '40s and the city's later role
in creating her legend.
Among the fascinating, prescient
discoveries is a clipping from the San Francisco News on Jan.
23, 1931, headlined 'Mrs. Diego Rivera Revealed as Portrait Artist
in Own Right.' "
Our Angela emails
A shout out for a joint Oakland/Berkeley neighborhood watch
meeting coming up soon. Please feel free to forward/post on Scrambled
Eggs. . . . This joint meeting comes out of efforts
to improve border communication between city systems and residents.
Thanks in advance for sharing this information.
There is a joint Oakland/Berkeley Neighborhood Watch Meeting at
St Columa, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
Agenda to follow, but feel free to send any agenda items you would
like considered. WE (Berkeley Neighborhood Services &
BPD) are working in coordination with Paul Brekkemeisner from
Oakland's Neighborhood Services Unit. Please let your neighbors
know of this meeting.
thanks so much and hope everyone is well,
"Berkeley conference revives dying languages" writes Patricia Yollin of the Chronicle.
"Jacob Gutierrez is
59, but it was only four years ago that he encountered Tongva,
the native tongue of his ancestors.
'The first time that you
hear your indigenous language, you swell up and feel like crying,'
he said. 'It's in your DNA. It's vital for your traditions and
He was among 65 participants
at UC Berkeley's seven-day 'Breath of Life' conference, a biennial
event that ended Saturday. They represented about two dozen of
the state's 80 to 100 'sleeping' or endangered California Indian
languages, which they are struggling to revitalize."
"Journalists in the East Bay and San Mateo
County have voted to be represented by a local newspaper union,
the National Labor Relations Board announced Friday night" reports our Times.
"The vote was 104 to
92 in favor of the union, the NLRB said. The vote marked the latest
development in a union-led drive to organize journalists employed
by papers in the region, including those employed by this paper.
The workers are employed
by Bay Area News Group-East Bay, which operates a chain of newspapers,
including this newspaper, as well as targeted publications and
Web sites in the area."
"Berkeley Firefighters Defeat Two Blazes,
Tackle a Third" writes Richard
Brenneman of our Planet.
"Berkeley firefighters found themselves fighting flames on
two fronts Thursday, one at the site of the disastrous 1991 hills
fire, the other in West Berkeley."
"Berkeley Planning Search for New City
Attorney" reports the
Planet's Judith Scherr.
"City Manager Phil Kamlarz
has told a number of councilmembers, including Mayor Tom Bates
and Councilmember Dona Spring, that he is planning a nationwide
search for a permanent replacement for former City Attorney Manuela
Albuquerque after the budget has been put to rest."
Crime Skyrockets on UC Berkeley Campus" also reports
"UC Berkeley became
a much more dangerous place last year, according to crime figures
released by campus police."
"Missing Houston man's car found in Berkeley" writes Ellen Lee of the Chronicle.
"Police in Houston and
Berkeley have teamed up in an effort to solve the disappearance
of a Texas college student missing since December, officers said
Matthew Wilson, a 21-year-old
Rice University junior majoring in computer science, vanished
around the time of his final exams on Dec. 14. He was last seen
by his roommate in their off-campus apartment in Houston.
The Berkeley police became
involved this week after they found Wilson's car. A west Berkeley
resident had reported an abandoned, but legally parked car on
Allston Way. On Tuesday, police towed Wilson's vehicle, which
was identified as a 2004 silver Dodge Neon. No obvious signs of
foul play were found inside the car, and some of Wilson's belongings
were inside, the police said.
'There is nothing that leads
us to believe that a crime had been committed,' said Andrew Frankel,
a spokesman for the Berkeley Police Department, but he added that
the mystery of the abandoned car, and how it got there, was enough
to warrant investigation."
Old friend Nick Despotopoulos
As some of you already know
David and I along with the team working
with us at Groovy Collectibles LLC officially signed on with Jim
Marshall several weeks ago to produce, relaunch his website and
operate the website business, moving forward.
See the temp pages we put
up here :
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we are rotating 5 of Jim's iconic images)
Please help us spread the
You and your list should
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We are aiming for mid September
Thanks in advance for your
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ps our own website for groovycollectibles.com
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6/17/08--2:47 PM-- irritant
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irritant in front room, leave
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light head, nausea, leave.
Berkeley PD Crime Alert
Chief of Police
City of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA. (June 18, 2008)
City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) Sex Crimes
Detectives are requesting the community's help in solving a recent
Detectives are sharing the details of this crime to keep the public
informed and to better
On June 15, 2008, at about
7:20 PM, a woman was assaulted in the area
of Dwight Way
and College Ave.
The suspect is described
Hispanic Male, 20s, medium complexion,
6-0 tall, medium to muscular build,
long, dark, wavy hair greased back in a ponytail,
"glazed green eyes," Mustache and goatee and
was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with a colored
Community members are reminded
to employ crime prevention measures
possible. By taking a few precautions, you reduce your risk as
as discourage those
who commit crimes.
Be alert to your surroundings
and people around you
Whenever feasible, walk, job or travel with a friend
Walk confidently and at a steady pace
Don't talk on cell phones or listen to I Pods when alone, as they
Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable
such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells
Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible
Become familiar with your neighbors
Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
If you have any information
regarding these assaults, please call the
BPD Sex Crimes
Detail at (510) 981-5735. For crimes in progress, call 911 or
981-5911 from your
cell phone. To report suspicious persons or activity, call the
non-emergency line at
Around 9:00 AM Tuesday 6/17,
Kimar emailed and I posted
The police, with a cherry-picker
appear to be removing the Oak Grove tree-sitters. "This time,
I think they're going to get them out" she writes.
by Tuesday mid-day, SF Gate
"UC cutting tree-sitters' lines in grove
outside Memorial Stadium"
reports Demian Bulwa.
"UC Berkeley began removing
tree-sitters' gear and slicing ropes from a grove outside Memorial
Stadium today, as an 18-month-long protest aimed at preventing
the university from cutting down much of the grove neared a possible
About 40 officers have cordoned
off the sidewalk on Piedmont Avenue just west of the stadium as
arborists try to remove the infrastructure that has supported
the tree-sitters since they first climbed into the branches Dec.
1, 2006, to protest UC's plans to clear about two-thirds of the
grove for an athletic training center.
Dan Mogulof, a spokesman
for the university, said, 'We are removing gear and removing lines.
We are not removing people.' "
Later SF Gate posts a slightly
"UC removes tree-sitters'
gear before ruling" report Demian Bulwa and Charles Burress.
One of the activists who
have perched in a grove outside UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium
for the past year and a half was hauled out of her tree Tuesday,
as the university began removing tree-sitters' gear in advance
of a judge's ruling that could lead to a climax in the long-running
The tree-sitter was taken
down by two arborists who were part of a crew hired by the university
to remove wooden platforms, pulley systems and other infrastructure
that the protesters have built high above the ground as part of
their effort to keep the university from cutting down trees to
make way for an athletic tra'ning center.
Other protesters said they
knew the woman taken out of a tree at 4:30 p.m. only as 'Millipede."
Doug Buckwald, director of a group called Save the Oaks, said
she was an experienced tree-sitter but did not know how long she
had been in the branches.
The two arborists were in
a cherry-picker that banged into the trunk of the tree where the
woman was perched, Buckwald said. 'She screamed, and they grabbed
her,' he said.
As many as a dozen tree-sitters
were still in the branches, 12 hours after the crew of arborists
guarded by about 40 UC police officers showed up to start removing
the activists' gear.
University spokesman Dan
Mogulof said one of the arborists had been trying to wrap duct
tape around a rope when the tree-sitter bit him on the arm. The
other arborist wrestled her into the cherry picker and took her
to the ground, where she was arrested, he said.
The woman had dumped a bucket
of urine on two arborists earlier in the day, Mogulof said. UC
police did not identify her.
The arborists and workers
hired by the university dodged human waste and other debris throughout
the day as they cut ropes that ran from one tree to another and
removed supplies that protesters had stored in the branches."
Today, Wednesday 6/18, SF
"As court ruling looms,
UC dismantles more of tree-top encampment" reports Charles
"Amid screams, the buzz of a news helicopter and the rattle
of barricades by angry people in the street, UC Berkeley today
dismantled more of the tree-top encampment of protesters in a
grove of trees next to Memorial Stadium.
A crew of arborists and workers
hired by the campus engaged in their second day of cutting ropes,
removing supplies and tearing out improvised structures as tree-sitter
sympathizers yelled at the workers from Piedmont Avenue and at
stern-faced UC police who ringed the site.
By early afternoon, most
of the protesters' ropes were gone."
Today at 6:00 PM SF Gate
"Protesters arrested at Cal stadium grove
as crowd awaits court ruling" Charles
Burress,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers
"About 200 people rallied
on the ground below a tree-top encampment of protesters in a grove
of trees next to
Memorial Stadium this afternoon in the hours before a judge was
expected to rule on the fate of an athletic training center planned
for the site.
Two of the protesters were
arrested, while workers hired by UC Berkeley dismantled more of
the tree-sitters' roost, cutting ropes, removing supplies and
tearing out improvised structures.
By early afternoon, most
of the protesters' ropes were gone, and one of two large platforms
high in the trees toppled to the ground.
The year-and-a-half-old tree
protest is being staged to stop UC's plan to cut 44 trees to make
way for an athletic training center expected to cost at least
$125 million. A judge is to rule today on three lawsuits seeking
to halt the project.
Stephen Fiorenza, 23, was
arrested this afternoon for vandalism after officials said he
cut a plastic tie linking barricades separating police from protesters
at the grove. The move allowed another man to
slip past the barricade, climb a utility pole and slide along
a rope to a tree - to the cheers of supporters below.
Shortly after that, protester
Matthew Gillam-Lewis, 22, was arrested after he tried to grab
a cutting tool from the hands of an arborist on the other side
of a barricade. Other protesters charged officers making the arrest.
UC police, meanwhile, released
the name of one protester who was arrested Tuesday after being
plucked by two of the workers from a rope in the grove. Marisa
Schneidman, 19, was arrested at 4:24 p.m. for investigation of
assault, battery, resisting arrest, providing false information,
trespassing and refusing to leave, police said."
Remember, on this site, this
story about our-town is read by people in over sixty-countries
around the world. Beyond rude behavior is our, "The arborists
and workers hired by the university dodged human waste and other
debris throughout the day as they cut ropes that ran from one
tree to another and removed supplies that protesters had stored
in the branches."
Our Ryan Lau emails
Community Picnic Hampton
I'm sorry I was not able to get the word out sooner, but tomorrow,
Thursday, June 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the Hampton Legacy
Apartments design team will be unveiling their project at a community
picnic in order to elicit community feedback. Please come to grab
bite to eat and to provide input into the design. It will be held
the Hampton Legacy site at 3231 Sacramento St. (at Harmon).
The Berkeley Police Department
Needs Your Help
Help Apprehend Sexual Assault Suspect
The Berkeley Police Department is asking for the community's help
apprehending the suspect in a recent sexual assault on Dwight
College Ave on the evening of June 15th. Anyone with information
these cases is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes detail at (510)
981-5735. For more details, please see the attached Community
Missing Rice University Student's
Car Found in West Berkeley
The car of missing Rice University student, Matthew Wilson , was
found in the 1200 block of Allston Way. Wilson has been missing
since December 15th and is described as a 20-year-old white male
adult who weighs about 135 pounds and has green eyes and red hair
was last seen with a full beard. Anyone with information about
Wilson's case can call the Rice University Police Department at
(713) 348-6000, Houston Crime Stoppers (713) 222-TIPS or the Berkeley
Police Department at 981-5900 or 981-5741.
Mandatory Water Rationing
Two dry winters have resulted in the biggest water supply threat
nearly 20 years. To safeguard its shrinking supply, EBMUD has
declared a sever water shortage emergency. Mandatory water rationing
is now in effect.
EBMUD is seeking a 15 percent overall reduction in water use,
specific goals for different types of customers.
Customer Group & Water Use Reduction Goals
Single Family Residential 19%
Multi-family Residential 11%
Water Use Restrictions
The drought program approved by EBMUD's Board of Directors prohibits
Using water for decorative ponds, lakes and fountains except those
that recycle the water
Washing vehicles with hoses that do not contain shutoff nozzles
Washing sidewalks, patios and similar hard surfaces
Irrigating outdoors on consecutive days or more than three days
Lawn or garden watering that results in excessive runoff
Sewer and hydrant flushing and washing streets with potable
(drinking) water supplied by EBMUD except for essential purposes
The use of potable water for construction, soil compaction and
control when another source is available
Customers who violate these
rules may be subject to fines, water flow
restrictions, or loss of water service. Information on proposed
drought rates will be mailed to bill payers in the coming weeks.
EBMUD appreciates your everyday
efforts to save water and your extra
efforts to protect the water supply during the drought.
Job Opportunities with PG&E
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has launched a new workforce development
program, PowerPathway, to train workers for PG&E jobs the
described as "high-paying," with most course tuition
free for the
participants. The training will take place at local community
colleges including Laney College and College of San Mateo, with
assistance from Job Corps and local governments.
PG&E will hire graduates
of the program as utility workers and
apprentice electrical technicians, instrument technicians and
welders, as well as equipment/field mechanics, over the next three
years, the company said. The company, which employs close to 20,000
people, already has 400 apprentice linemen in its existing apprentice
For more information, visit
Ryan Lau, aide to our Counciman,
"Police raids net suspected Acorn gang
Christopher Heredia of the Chronicle.
"Oakland police arrested
on Tuesday the alleged leader of a violent West Oakland gang and
more than 30 of his accomplices who authorities linked to several
homicides and a series of restaurant takeover robberies as well
as carjackings, drug and weapons trafficking."
cratchy recording of Baa Baa Black Sheep and a truncated version
of In the Mood are thought to be the oldest known recordings of
computer generated music" reports BBC NEWS.
"The songs were captured
by the BBC in the Autumn of 1951 during a visit to the University
The recording has been unveiled
as part of the 60th Anniversary of 'Baby', the forerunner of all
The tunes were played on
a Ferranti Mark 1 computer, a commercial version of the Baby Machine.
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'I think it's historically significant,' Paul Doornbusch, a computer
music composer and historian at the New Zealand School of Music,
told BBC News.
'As far as I know it's the
earliest recording of a computer playing music in the world, probably
by quite a wide margin.'
The previous oldest known
recordings were made on an IBM mainframe computer at Bell Labs
in the US in 1957, he said."
Pete Hurney's KALX Ukelele
Midnight Express is on tonite at midnight.
Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle
"UC Berkeley's plan to build a state-of-the-art
athletic training center next to Memorial Stadium is on hold until
the university can prove that the project would not violate state
earthquake-safety laws, a judge ruled Wednesday.
In a 129-page ruling, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara
Miller said UC's proposal, the subject of a trial last year, raises
safety questions although the project is mostly in compliance
with state law.
'This in no way affects our ability to build the center,' said
UC spokesman Dan Mogulof. 'This is a great ruling for us.'
Meanwhile, a lawyer for tree-sitting activists who have been perched
in a grove of trees outside the stadium for the past 18 months,
said the ruling was favorable to his clients."
"Hercules will celebrate Filipino culture
with weekend festivities"
reports Chris Treadway of our Times.
"The history and culture of the Philippines will be celebrated
Saturday in Hercules with music, dance, educational exhibits and
a commemoration of the nation's fight for freedom from 19th century
The Philippine Independence
Day celebration offers an opportunity for the general public to
learn about the nation's history and heroes, but it also is important
as a way for the Filipino community to connect or reconnect with
its roots, organizers say."
prevails in sports training center battle; arborists remove another
tree-sitter" reports Kristin Bender of the Tribune.
A day after UC Berkeley claimed
victory in its battle to build a sports training facility, the
university changed its stance on removing tree sitters and will
bring down those who don't put up a fight, a campus spokesman
said late Thursday.
About 5:15 p.m. Thursday
an arborist in a cherry picker removed a man in his 20s who came
out of the tree "very quietly," said university spokesman
Dan Mogulof. The man was arrested for trespassing and could face
other charges as well, Mogulof said.
The man, whose name was not
released, was the second tree sitter to be removed this week.
Marisa Schneidman, a 19-year-old nonstudent, was arrested on suspicion
of various illegal actions, including allegedly biting an arborist
trying to remove her this week.
Prior to the decision late
Thursday, the university was removing only tree sitters' wooden
platforms, tarps, traverse lines and food.
But campus officials assured
they wouldn't put anyone at risk in the extraction effort. 'If
people are going to put up a fight, we are going to let them stay.
If it looks like we can't (remove them) safely, we're going to
stay way,' Mogulof said."
So when our Kimar broke the
story Tuesday morning, she was right in writing
"The police, with a
cherry-picker appear to be removing the Oak Grove tree-sitters.
'This time, I think they're going to get them out.'"
"Judge goes out on a limb and sort of rules
on Cal dispute"
cracks the Chronicle's Ray Ratto.
by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller that Cal's
long-delayed athletic training center is sort of legal and sort
of not largely advances the legal notion that there really is
something called 'semi-pregnant.' "
Sources close to the arborists
say the men working on the CAL job believe the sitters aren't
so much students as "professional demonstrators."
Our Police Department's news
release of Thursday
Berkeley Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5900, TDD: (510) 981-5799, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerson St. Victim
Marks City's 8th Homicide
Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 19, 2008)
At 12:18 PM on June 19, 2008, the
City of Berkeley Fire Department responded to a call of an unresponsive
adult male from
inside a residence on the 2000 block of Emerson St. in South Berkeley.
Upon their arrival
they determined that the victim a black, male, adult had died
as a result of his injuries.
Detectives are currently investigating all possibilities with
regard to this case but are
asking for the community's help with this investigation.
Anyone who may have any information regarding this crime is urged
to call the BPD
Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency
A Steven Harmon of the Times
"Hancock-Chan race in top 10 for attracting independent expenditures.
Independent expenditures for the state's 9th Senate District primary
between Assemblywoman Loni Hancock and ex-Assemblywoman Wilma
Chan cracked the top 10 in dollars spent among this year's state
primary races, the Fair Political Practices Commission reported
Overall, outside groups participating
in June 3 races spent $11.8 million - more than three-fourths
of which went to the top 10 races. The total for all outside spending
has reached $99.9 million since Proposition 34, the ballot measure
that imposed limits on campaign contributions, was approved in
Such spending, however, defeated
the purpose of the legislation, the commission's chairman said.
'Since independent expenditure committees can raise and spend
unlimited amounts of money,' Ross Johnson said, 'this trend thwarts
the will of the voters who imposed contribution limits on candidates.'
'The real losers in this
explosive growth of independent expenditures are the voters of
California,' Johnson said, 'because independent expenditure committees
are getting better at masking the true source of their contributions.'
In the Hancock-Chan race,
outside groups spent a combined $638,578 - with by far the most
being spent on behalf of Chan, the former Oakland lawmaker who
lost to Hancock 56.7 percent to 43.3 percent. Expenditures on
Chan's behalf totaled $504,838, compared with $133,740 for Hancock."
Michael and Steven Goldin
of Potter Creek's new, state-of-the-art manufacturer, Swerveco
just returned from the NEOCON trade-show in Chicago. Jazzed by
their reception Steven said of the show "We were pleased
to see so many people we respect."
For just what Swerveco does
check out http://www.swerveco.com/
Some of their clients are,
hold your breath, Abrams/Millikan; Ask Jeeves, Inc.; Barteluce
Architects & Associates; Berkeley Assemblywoman Dion Aroner;
Berkeley Mills; Burberry Limited, USA; Coma Music; Concept Office;
Design Within Reach (Swerve in the DWR catalog); Domus Development;
Eat Work Development; Electronic Arts; Evolve Software (project
information); FACS; Greenberg Qualitative Research; Internet Archive;
Lynx Enterprise; MAK Center for the Arts; Vienna, Austria; Marimekko;
Nightfire Software; Northpoint; RISD : Rhode Island School of
Design; The Roda Group; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stephen
Wirtz Gallery; SunPower Corp.; Swinerton & Walberg; Thinklikeanexpert;
University of California, Berkeley (project information); Washington
Mutual; Wave Research; Zellerbach Hall.
The Goldins' use Siemens'
software, Check it out here.
Harvey, ole Potter Creek
An institution is closing--the
cloth diaper business is no longer profitable. ABC Diapers,
1800 2nd street, told me that it will close for good.
(ABC Diapers owners have the distinction of assisting the many
mothers and fathers who used a competitor's service, when
that company abruptly closed. The ABC Diapers owners announced
that those who would like them to come by and pick up the solid
diapers and begin a service to give them a call.)
A family business, gone to the high energy prices, gas prices
and the disposable diapers. Progess, I guess if they trap
the methane gas at the dumps and use it for fuel.
"Kellogg shrinking cereal boxes" reports the AP's James Prichard.
"It's a little less cereal for the same amount of money.
Kellogg Co. is using smaller
packaging while charging the same prices for five of its cereals
sold in the United States, effectively raising their prices for
the second time this year.
The company started shipping
the new boxes to stores in early June.
Boxes were reduced by an average of 2.4 ounces for 14 items sold
under the Apple Jacks, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops, Froot Loops
and Honey Smacks brands, said Kellogg spokeswoman Susanne Norwitz."
In the '40s, after The War,
Aunt Hattie raised hell when the soap companies did the same--first
time I was aware of protest-by-letter-writing.
Bayer is converting a lot
of space in the building on the north-west corner of 8th
and Parker to office use.
look closer to work" reports Adrian Sainz of the AP.
"In his hunt for a new home, Demetrius Stroud crunched the
numbers to find out that, with gas prices climbing, moving near
an Amtrak station is the best thing for his wallet.
Stroud was looking in Elk
Grove - about 85 miles away from his job in the San Francisco
Bay Area - because homes there are more affordable. But with gas
at 4.50 and a car that gets about 22 miles per gallon, Stroud
would be pumping 560 a month into his tank."
And the Times' Barbara
E. Hernandez reports "Home
sales down but foreclosures still hot.
Home sales fell to a 20-year low in the Bay Area, but sales were
hot for the foreclosure-ravaged East Bay, DataQuick Information
Systems Inc. reported Wednesday."
"FBI holds 406 for mortgage fraud" reports BBC NEWS.
"The US Justice Department
said the frauds had cost victims $1bn
The FBI says it has arrested
406 property market players as part of its crackdown on mortgage
The arrests include estate
agents and loan originators, who help homebuyers to take out loans.
Reported mortgage fraud has
soared in the past year, with the most common type being mis-statement
Earlier in the day, two former
Bear Stearns managers in New York were arrested following the
collapse of a fund linked to sub-prime mortgages.
They are the first executives
facing criminal charges following the crisis."
"Bonfire Madigan Shive takes 'wild, wild
Aidin Vaziri in a Chronicle pop
"Composer, cellist and
vocalist Bonfire Madigan Shive provides the exhilarating live
one-woman score for the American Conservatory Theater's new production
of John Ford's 17th century tragedy ' 'Tis
Pity She's a Whore.'
A cult indie-rock star, Shive
spends the show in an industrial-baroque organ loft that hovers
above the action."
"Putting a different spin on the record
classical CD of 2008 is a curiously old-fashioned pairing of violin
concertos. It brings together the popular masterpiece by Jean
Sibelius, a proven crowd-puller, with the atonal logarithms of
Arnold Schoenberg - a work which, after five hearings, leaves
you with no tunes to sing in the shower and a somewhat grim outlook
on the future of the human race."
"Cody's Books Closes After 42 Years in
Michael Howerton in our Planet.
"Cody's Books, founded
on Telegraph Avenue in 1956, expanded to Fourth Street in 1998
and San Francisco in 2005, closed on Telegraph in 2006, closed
in San Francisco the following year, moved to Shattuck
Avenue in March, and then, yesterday, on June 19, 2008, went out
Go figure, Border's opened
a brand-new store in Alameda, May 30th. It's at 2245 South Shore
is still open and goin' great guns!
Home to Leave Fourth Street" reports Judith Scherr.
After only 11 months in Berkeley, Down Home Music is moving out
of its Fourth Street store.The move is not reflective of the economic
health on Fourth Street, where a second Crate and Barrel store
is about to set up shop. It has more to do with the business of
selling new CDs in a brick and mortar location rather than downloading
them or buying them on the Internet, according to Dave Fogarty,
economic development manager with the city
YET, there's still our The
ALSO, I do miss our Daily
Planet's two-street-editions per week. Often as not, now,
the one print-edition is just a summary, sometimes with week's
old material, of the website. And, what's with dating-changing
weeks-old stories on the website? Even given a current-edition-date,
they're still old.
And "Nothing's older
than yesterday's news(paper)."
"Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has
lashed out at the EU's decision to lift sanctions against his
country, calling it 'an enormous hypocrisy' " reports BBC NEWS.
"He said the move was
'disparaging' because it was conditioned on human rights progress
The ailing 81-year-old said
the measure came just days after the EU passed a 'brutal' law
that could jail illegal immigrants up to 18 months.
The EU lifted the sanctions
against Cuba in principle on Thursday.
The decision is expected
to come into formal effect on Monday. The EU said its move was
aimed at encouraging change in Cuba, following Fidel Castro's
replacement by his brother Raul in February.
The decades-old US trade
embargo against Cuba remains in place."
"State records biggest jump in unemployment
in May" writes Sam
Zuckerman of the Chronicle.
rate rocketed up 0.6 percentage point in May - the largest one-month
increase since the state began keeping records in 1976 - as the
fallout from high energy prices and the depressed housing market
rippled through the state's economy."
calls off sprayings for moth" writes Chris Metinko in
"State officials have
called off the much-maligned aerial sprayings in populated areas
they had planned to restart this summer to combat the invasion
of the light brown apple moth.
California Department of
Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura and U.S. Department
of Agriculture official Cindy Smith announced the decision at
a news conference Thursday.They said instead of the aerial spraying
of synthetic pheromone - which had caused public concern - to
fight the moth, their agencies would rely on ground methods to
battle the insect, including releasing sterile moths to throw
off the insect's reproduction cycle. "
Last week 900 GRAYSON served
a cold-melon-soup of organic yellow honey-dew melon with a touch
of Cajun pepper and lavender-honey yogurt garnished with fresh
6:25 AM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, lights flicker.
Yesterday late afternoon
there was a garden wedding in Potter Creek. Hosted by our Bice
family, it took place in their lovely compound.
"Everything seemingly is spinning out of
control" opine Alan
Fram and Eileen Putnam of the AP.
A matrix shift of some magnitude,
we'll soon come to fully-understand and accept it. Though we may
not like it.
Want to feel good?
Check out Mal Sharpe's "Big
Money in Jazz" band CD. Recorded at a live concert for Louis
Armstrong's birthday, this Dixieland band's music is full of love.
From the raspy cornet to the whiskey throated singer, these folks
love what they're doing. I've heard more professional groups but
none who put more fun in their music.
Buy a copy!
And Mal's classic Coyle
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"Violin virtuoso, Leonidas Kavakos performs
at the Mariinsky Concert Hall . . ." writes Galina Stolyarova in the St Petersburg
"The Greek violinist
Leonidas Kavakos brings his 1692 Stradivarius to the city this
weekend to perform Henri Dutilleux's 1985 violin concerto L'Arbre
des Songes at the Mariinsky Concert Hall.
His first violin may have
been nothing more than a token Christmas gift from his father
but today Greece's Leonidas Kavakos is one of the world's most
distinguished and versatile virtuoso violinists with a packed
"Four Charged in Killing Of Anna Politkovskaya" reports the St Petersburg Times.
"Formal charges were
filed Wednesday against four men accused in connection with the
2006 killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the Investigative
Three men were charged with
involvement in Politkovskaya's murder, while an officer from the
Federal Security Service faces charges of extortion and abuse
of office, the committee said in a statement. The
four have been held since their arrests last August."
Good news travels fast and
so does bad . . . . I broke this story Thursday afternoon.
"Berkeley murder victim
identified" reports Paul Thissen of our Times.
Berkeley Police have identified
the victim of a Thursday homicide as 39-year-old Charles Faison.
Faison, a south Berkeley
resident, was found with a gunshot wound just after noon Thursday
in a house in the 2000 block of Emerson Street after a 911 caller
requested an ambulance for an unresponsive
man, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have interviewed Faison's
family and neighbors but are not releasing any more details.
There have been eight killings
in Berkeley this year, including three in May alone."
"Losses signal possible employment recession;
financial services, construction among hardest hit" writes our Times' George Avalos
"The East Bay has lost
nearly 12,000 jobs so far in 2008 - including thousands more last
month - in an ominous indication that an employment recession
has descended on the region's struggling economy."
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