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Potter Creek definitions
of popular acronyms
WEBIAC: a small furry creature
WBBA: a web-footed animal
of South America, not unlike the platipus.
Our Kevin "The Chef"
is chef at The Monk's Kettle. See his menu and more here.
Kevin and his lovely wife
are residents of our Brick Yard Lofts.
Our Acme addition now has
The new building houses two
new ovens, proofing boxes, a moulding area, a large diswasher
for trays, pans and bowls, and a loading area. Well, Ok then!
Owner, Steve Sullivan was
interviewed for a recent History Channel feature, The History
of Bread. He talked about their Levain.
The old NEXUS building did
not sell and has been taken off the market.
The Regan designed and built
condo on Pardee has not sold. It's asking price is $849,000.
There is a God and she loves
us: Parker Street is being resurfaced.
"George Carlin, provocateur for the ages" writes Steven Winn, of the Chronicle.
"Some time in the early 1970s, when my parents were living
in Cleveland, they bought tickets to a George Carlin performance.
They'd always liked his offbeat stand-up routines and genial guest-hosting
gigs on "The Tonight Show" and figured they'd enjoy
him live. I can still hear the shell-shocked sound of my mother's
voice when she reported on their night out. 'You wouldn't believe
the things he said,' she told me. 'We must have been the oldest
Carlin, who died Sunday of
heart failure at age 71 in Santa Monica, left his indelible mark
by trampling conventions, making everyone from middle-aged couples
to Supreme Court justices squirm. For half a century, he battered
away at hypocrisy with the unfettered glee of a clever teenager
and the verbal mastery of a modern-day Jonathan Swift. He was
a '60s-style rebel whose subversiveness was never a matter of
passing subject or style."
"A group of tree-sitters' 18-month-long
standoff with UC Berkeley intensified Monday, as the city of Berkeley
demanded the protesters be allowed food and water" reports the Chronicle.
"UC's treetop standoff reaches volatile heights"
opines the Chronicle's Charles
"The 18-month-long battle of the trees next to Cal's
football stadium has reached a critical phase. An intensified
UC Berkeley crackdown is colliding with continued resistance by
defiant tree-sitters, and no one seems sure which side will give
"Donna Sachet, super volunteer in drag" reports the Chronicle's Reyhan Harmanci.
"Fundraiser and drag-queen
hostess Donna Sachet has been called many things in her life.
She was crowned Miss Gay San Francisco in 1993, has been national
spokesmodel for Smirnoff Twist Vodka and hosted the Queen Mary
II's gay-themed transatlantic crossing. Deemed a patron saint
by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Sachet is an empress twice
over - first as the 30th elected Empress of San Francisco in 1995,
and then Leather Empress in 2002.
The list of accolades goes
on from there - as does Sachet's busy schedule. She writes a biweekly
column for the Bay Area Reporter, performs weekly at Harry Denton's
Starlight Room and is a perennial charity event host. She'll be
one-third of the KRON-TV anchor team covering the Pride Parade
next Sunday, and she's hosting Saturday's Pride Brunch, an event
she and Gary Virginia began 10 years ago."
Cracker jack Planet
reporter Judith Scherr writes
"As bibliophiles are
mourning the loss of Cody's Books, which shut its doors for the
last time last Thursday, the Planet has learned that Black Oak
Books on Shattuck Avenue is also closing. But it will reopen with
a new owner.
Black Oak Books has been sold to a buyer from Connecticut, according
to building owner David Ruegg. The store will re-open under the
same lease that it had with Ruegg.
The idenity of the new owner
was not immediately available today (Monday).
Sources say that Bob Brown, a partner in the former Black Oak
Books, will stay on during a transition period, but that has not
been confirmed. At its height, Black Oak had three stores-two
in San Francisco and one in Berkeley.
The store in Berkeley is
the last to be sold.
The re-opening date is unclear-Ruegg
said it could be tomorrow (Tuesday) or in a month.
The closing of Black Oak coincides with the closure of two more
shops in the North Shattuck neighborhood, adjacent to the bookstore:
Lobelia Clothing, the storefront just to the north of Black Oak,
is now closed and the last day of operations for the paper store
Papyrus, next to Lobelia, will be this Friday.
Asked why Papyrus was closing,
an employee who answered the phone and identified herself only
as Sylvia, told the Planet: "'We don't get enough business
David Ruegg does not own
the property where Lobelia and Papyrus are located.
The bookstore, which has
operated for about 24 years, was closed today (Monday). A sign
was taped to the door stating that the store would reopen for
business at 5 p.m. At around 3 p.m., however, the sign was changed
to state that the store would not reopen Monday. As staff met
inside, a man changed the locks on the doors. "
"Cody's, landmark Berkeley bookstore, closes"
reports Michael Taylor
of the Chronicle.
"Cody's Books, the
legendary Berkeley bookstore that catered to literati nationwide
for more than half a century and was firebombed in the 1980s because
of its support of the First Amendment, has closed its doors, the
victim of lagging sales."
"Calif. Unemployment Climbs To 6.8 Percent" reports CHANNEL 11 NBC NEWS.
"State officials say California posted a net loss of 10,900
payroll jobs last month and its unemployment rate went up. The
Employment Development Department says May figures released Friday
show the state jobless rate was 6.8 percent, up from 6.2 percent
And bummer, "Bay
Area home prices continue steep fall" reports the Chronicle's
"Regional home prices
continued to fall at an accelerating pace in April, establishing
yet another record low, according to a closely watched real estate
The price of a typical single-family
home in the San Francisco area plunged 22.1 percent compared with
a year earlier, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price
index. The study, published by New York credit rating agency Standard
& Poor's, defines the region as Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,
San Francisco and San Mateo counties."
Our Eva emails
I have to say WOW after attending my first Berkeley City Council
meeting last night. When I rented an apartment in Elmwood
I thought Berkeley was so cool - all the resolutions that were
passed about which the rest of the state and country made fun
of did not bother me - it was all just funny.
Then we bought a little cottage
and moved to West Berkeley which I had frequently visited and
considered a changing but very interesting area (more interesting
than Elmwood because it is so multicultural), and within a year
and a half our street was taken over by drug dealers and
gang members that were invited in by tenants (and absentee landlords)
living in 2-3 apartment building on our block. For the last 4-5
months we and other neighbors have tried to work with police,
the city manger's office, and our city council member to end the
drug sales, noise, trash, graffiti, obstruction of the street
by 8-15 drug dealers/gangs who will not let your car pass and
tell you to back up . . .
Oh I forgot that even a shot
was fired one night and an automatic rifle was recovered in the
dumpster of one of the problem buildings.
And I could go on and on about the various problems and challenges
West Berkeley faces from potholes, to sewer flooding, to crime,
to development . . .
Our Officer Frankel, former West Berkeley Area Coordinator, received
an honorable mention at yesterday's meeting, so Jarad and I decided
to attend to show our support. We stayed on for another hour to
witness City Hall being taken over by tree-supporters - for some
reason 4 out of the 5 commentaries on non-agenda items came from
them - the names are supposed to be drawn from a lottery.
They managed to convince the majority of the city council (I believe
the convincing must have come before the meeting) that the tree
sitters are facing an emergency, that their lives are endangered,
and that this constitutes a Public Health Emergency in the City
of Berkeley (this received a majority vote). The whole hour was
a spectacle - a circus setting - I was wondering where are the
regular people that live in Berkeley. I understood well for
the first time how resolutions get passed that threaten the
removal of federal support - after watching this one hour, I really
I would like to say that I am not against civil disobedience,
and I love trees BUT I think the City of Berkeley has some huge
problems that need to be addressed - how about dealing with gangs,
drugs, infrastructure and all the issues that ones hope the City
Council would address to help provide quality of life and community.
I am pretty certain I have been a liberal all of my life but what
is happening here is a farce, and can probably turn one into a
excerpts from Jarad's email
As Eva's husband, I . . . second her opinion. . . .
We have REAL problems in this city that the City Council should
be spending time and my property tax dollars on including:
Gangs selling drugs in West
& South Berkeley
1. Gangs with semi-automatic
and fully automatic weapons in West and South Berkeley that they
use on occasion
2. Crime against property (ever notice how much broken automotive
glass there is in some neighborhoods?)
3. Crime against persons (rape and attempted rape).
4. Armed robberies in broad daylight....yes, we continue to have
a problem with that.
5. Storm drain upgrades in the areas of West Berkeley that flood
6. Determining how developers will help pay for infrastructure
upgrades when they build high density housing.
7. Figuring out what do to to improve traffic flow on the major
throughfares such as Ashby, San Pablo, University.
8. Addressing the issue of gangs in the public school system.
9. Completing the bike path between Berkeley and Emeryville......etc,
You've been in Berkeley for
a long time, so you should have an opinion. Where are the common
sense people in our city and why don't we see more of them elected
to the City Council?
Jarad -- 10th Street
Our Gene emails
Bravo, Eva. You got it right.
Hope this letter resonates with the powers to be. Gene Agress
CEO Berkeley Mills. Resident 9th. St.
"Two more leave trees at UC Berkeley oak
grove" reports Kristin
Bender of the Tribune.
"Two more tree sitters
came down from their perches at the university oak grove late
Wednesday and university officials said the move is a sign that
their strategy of not allowing additional food and water into
the trees is working. University of California, Berkeley spokesman
Dan Mogulof said Bradley Costello, 20, and Mathew Marks, 24, both
came down voluntarily late Wednesday.
Costello, who has gone by
the name Squirtle, said he came down because he wanted to smoke
a cigarette, Mogulof said. Down from the trees, he was given a
cigarette and food and water, Mogulof said.
Marks said he came down because
he wanted to give a statement and a bag of his personal belongings
to tree-sit supporters. He was allowed to do both, Mogulof said.
Both were arrested for trespassing and for violating a judge's
court order that makes it illegal to be in the trees.
They were taken to Berkeley
"'WALL-E' - I, lonely robot" is a movie review by Mick LaSalle of the Chronicle.
"What we have with 'WALL-E'
is 45 minutes of a masterpiece and another 50-odd minutes of dithering
- there as a concession that you can't market a 45-minute movie.
This means that the experience
of 'WALL-E' is a little different from what audiences will take
away from it. In the moment, it's intermittently transcendent,
heartrending and beautiful ... and busy, repetitious and boring.
But in memory, 'WALL-E' should grow, because the weaker parts
will drop out of mind, while the moments of sheer brilliance,
which are one-of-a-kind, will gain in importance.
Philosophically and emotionally,
this is probably the most profound animated film ever made or
attempted. In terms of subject, it's not unlike the never-filmed
screenplay that James Agee wrote for Charlie Chaplin in the 1950s,
in which the Little Tramp is the last survivor of a nuclear blast.
It's a mark of the Pixar team's artistry, which goes way beyond
technical expertise, that within minutes of meeting WALL-E, a
wordless, trash-compacting robot, we are persuaded to invest in
him much of the feeling that we'd attach to a Chaplin character.
Think about that for a second."
"DeLauer's Super Newsstand saved from closing" reports Angela Woodall of the Tribune.
"Say it isn't so!
This was the cry heard around
town when word spread Tuesday that DeLauer's Super Newsstand would
close its doors for good.
Wednesday, the century-old
institution at 1301 Broadway was saved by the bell, or rather
by a coalition of city officials and private individuals.
The neon sign that hangs
outside the store reminds all that DeLauer's has been 'Open 24
hours a day, every day,' 'Since 1907.'
"An overwhelming outpouring of customer support, curiosity
and demand, has made it necessary to postpone indefinitely,"
said David Glover, executive director for Oakland Citizens Committee
on Urban Renewal."
from our Angela Gallegos-Castillo
To all SouthWest Berkeley Allies, please forward to others
as appropriate - residents and/or organizations alike..
South Berkeley will be having a community walk/BBQ on Saturday,
June 28,2008 sponsored by Brothers Supporting Brothas, The South/West
Berkeley Community Action Team, and the City of Berkeley Health
and Human Services Department and Neighborhood Services Division
of the City Manager's Office. The "Creating Safe Communities"
walk aims to build community and social networks for South
Please join in!
"Two home auctions on Sunday" reports our Times'Barbara E. Hernandez.
"Looking to cut your commute? Ken Stevens hopes so.
His company, Accelerated Marketing Partners in Danville, will
be auctioning 32 San Leandro condominiums within walking distance
to the Bay Fair BART station and near a new shopping center 6
p.m. Sunday at the San Mateo Marriott."
"Latinos fall behind growing digital divide" writes Matt O'Brien in the Times.
"More and more Californians are shopping, chatting, reading
news and finding critical health, employment and government information
online, but a report published today says Latinos and low-income
residents are falling behind, widening the digital divide.
A telephone survey conducted
this month by the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California
found that just four in 10 Latinos have Internet access at home,
compared with 77 percent of Asian-Americans, 76 percent of whites
and 70 percent of blacks."
"US court overturns DC handgun ban"
reports BBC NEWS.
"A ban on handguns in
Washington DC has been ruled unconstitutional by the United States
In a 5-4 decision, the justices upheld a lower court ruling striking
down the ban. They said individuals had a right to keep handguns
for lawful purposes.
It is the first such case
considered by the court in decades and is expected to have effects
on gun laws across the US."
And BBC NEWS reports
overhaul wins approval.
A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet
has been given the go-ahead in Paris.
The net's regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict
rules on so-called "top-level" domain names, such as
.com or .uk.
The decision means that companies
could turn brands into web addresses, while individuals could
use their names.
A second proposal, to introduce domain names written in Asian,
Arabic or other scripts, was also approved.
'We are opening up a new
world and I think this cannot be underestimated,' said Roberto
Gaetano, a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (Icann)."
900 GRAYSON was named in the Express as the best
place for comfort-food in the East Bay.
Quote of the week "He's
as sharp as a circle."
The Euro-Cup Final between
Germany and Spain will be broadcast by ABC CHANNEL 7, Sunday at
11:30 AM. This is a live feed.
Our Ryan Lau emails
Another set of important
3rd Annual Berkeley International
The Berkeley International Food Festival hosts its culinary extravaganza
from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, June 29th. The
public is invited to savor the myriad of culinary delights that
West Berkeley's International Marketplace has to offer.
Take a culinary trip to experience the aromas and tastes of worldwide
cuisines the foods of India, Spain, Pakistan, Thailand,
Jamaica, Hawaii, Mexico and Central America. The festival's title
sponsor is Bayer HealthCare, based in West Berkeley with research,
manufacturing, and sales offices throughout the world.
The Berkeley International Food Festival showcases West Berkeley's
International Marketplace restaurants, specialty food markets
and unique import shops, and features live music and cultural
events. The International Marketplace is home to family-owned
specialty food stores, cultural centers, restaurants, gift shops
and more. It's the place to go for authentic ethnic cooking
ingredients, gifts and specialty items. You'll be pressed
to find this wide of a variety of cooking ingredients within walking
distance in any Bay Area city. These offerings strengthen Berkeley's
reputation as a national culinary mecca.
The main attraction this year is the Kitchen on Fire cooking stage,
hosted by celebrity Chef Mike C. from the acclaimed hands-on North
Berkeley Kitchen on Fire cooking school. Take a seat and watch
guest chefs prepare dishes from around the world utilizing ingredients
from the International Marketplace specialty food stores, and
then sample them. Treat yourself to demonstrations, including
the 5,000 year-old art of tortilla making by Picante Cocina Mexicana.
For information about the Berkeley International Food Festival,
call 510 845-4106
Southwest Berkeley Community
Walk and BBQ
South Berkeley will be having a Community Walk and BBQ on Saturday,
June 28,2008 at 1pm sponsored by Brothers Supporting Brothas,
The South/West Berkeley Community Action Team, and the City of
Berkeley Health and Human Services Department and Neighborhood
Services Division of the City Manager's Office. The "Creating
Safe Communities" walk aims to build community and social
networks for South Berkeley residents. Come out and eat as we
celebrate the work that our men are doing to help sustain a healthy
Berkeley community. We will walk from 63rd Street Mini-Park (1615
63rd St) to San Pablo Park (2800 Park St). Carpools will be available
to transport people back after the BBQ. All community members
are welcome. For more information, please see the attached
National Night Out 2008
The City of Berkeley is once again participating in National Night
Out, an event that was founded around the idea of crime prevention
through strong communities and neighborhoods. National Night
Out is on Tuesday, August 5th, and we are working to help neighborhoods
get their street parties organized. Everyone is welcome
to organize a National Night Out party, but we are encouraging
neighbors to organize around crime and emergency preparedness.
"Kermit Lynch's neighborhood favorites" are listed by Aidin Vaziri in the Chronicle.
'Kermit Lynch, the Berkeley wine merchant who has inspired a cultlike
following with his ability to curate an incredible selection of
obscure imported bottles, had a brief disclaimer about his favorite
places to eat, shop and drink.
'I really believe in supporting
neighborhood businesses,' he said. 'I hate this mall world where
everybody drives all over the place to buy office supplies. I
like to stay close to home. I don't get on the freeway much at
all. If I want to go out to dinner, it's very rare that I drive
"Berkeley venues from art to jazz" from Jesse Hamlin, Rob Hurwitt, Joshua Kosman,
and Joel Selvin of the Chronicle.
"East Bay's Tilden Park is first and best"
enthuses Tom Stienstra
of the Chronicle.
"A hilltop with a stunning
lookout of San Francisco Bay, the best family bike ride in the
East Bay hills and the best group picnic sites in the Bay Area
make Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley hills the No. 1 getaway
in the area."
"Dome in desert is a magical place" reports Scott Gold of the Los Angeles Times.
"Landers, San Bernardino
County--If you set off one morning and drive into the desert,
past swirling dust devils and Wile E. Coyote rock formations,
and then you drive some more, all the way until the paved road
ends, you might find yourself at the Karl sisters' place, where
time travel might, or might not, be possible.
Here's Joanne Karl, at 53,
the eldest of the trio, striding across the compound. Today, she's
all desert flower - billowing dresses and sun-bleached tresses.
The sisters grew up in the
New York suburbs. Their father worked in plastics; Saturday meant
the country club and
Sundays meant church. They
also had a whimsical mother who, at 79, has yet to acknowledge
that questions have been raised about the existence of Santa Claus."
"Discouraging driving crucial in warming
battle" writes James
Temple of the Chronicle.
"A sweeping plan to carry out California's landmark law to
fight global warming, made public Thursday by the state's air
board, addresses a problem that planning groups say has been overlooked
in most federal legislation: suburban sprawl.
The draft plan, which seeks
to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 30 percent by
2020, encourages local governments to create land-use and transportation
plans that help them meet reduction targets.
The idea is to discourage
driving by concentrating development in urban areas near transit,
jobs and retail or by laying out suburbs more efficiently.
For decades, Northern California's
growth hasn't followed this dense, urban model. Most development
has occurred outside the nine-county Bay Area, according to a
report by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association."
"Short seller sees trouble for the economy" writes Kathleen Pender.
"Billionaire short seller
James Chanos has closed his positions in home builder stocks,
thinking the worst is over for that sector. But he still sees
trouble for the economy.
'We are in a recession, there
is not any doubt,' he said in an interview following a speech
to corporate directors at Stanford Law School on Tuesday."
Natalie, Ben and friends'
fresh-fruit-and-lemonade-stand last Wednesday.
I believe that's Byron, and
"Eighteen months in, Berkeley, California,
tree-sitters still hanging on; hope to save grove" reports the AP in their world-wide-circulated
"In December 2006, protesters
angry about campus expansion plans clambered into the branches
of a threatened
oak grove at the University of California, Berkeley.
Since then, Democrats have
chosen their first black presidential candidate, the housing market
has taken a dive and gasoline prices have skyrocketed."
The tree-sitters are still
Could I have my town back,
please? I just don't remember inviting a dozen professional tree-sitters
OR five-hundred bikers.
"A Simple Life of Noah
A silly little movie about
an strange old man? Well, . . . it's required viewing for grad-students
of the Mary Poppins Institude for Behavioral Research. With Sidney
Poitier and Mary-Louise Parker in lead roles, do
check it out!
A Berkeley, 21st Century,
Kattskill standup is alive and well.
Bob Kubik emails
Carol and I saw Josh Kornbluth
at the Shotgun
on Ashby. It was great! He is the wittiest
guy on earth.
A poem about west-Berkeley-past?
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"Power to the people" declares the St Petersburg Times.
"A six-hour telethon
about the future of St. Petersburg broadcast this week was an
unusual chance for citizens to be heard.
The new Stock Exchange building
violates town planning rules by being too tall. The building may
have to be
altered after a public outcry. That's what preservationist Alexander
Makarov said on television, famously suppressed and censored in
president-turned-premier Vladimir Putin's
And the channel on which
it was said belongs to ever-loyal Oleg Rudnov, who is reputed
to be a good friend of Putin and had backed Putin-ally Matviyenko's
gubernatorial bid in 2003. Has something changed? Is a new period
of glasnost (openness) dawning?"
And the St Petersburg
Times reports "State
Role in Economy to Diminish.
Medvedev denied during the
interview with Reuters that the Kremlin was seeking a stake in
TNK-BP for a state energy firm.
President Dmitry Medvedev
said in an interview that he wanted to reduce the state's role
in the economy and curb government spending to combat rising inflation.Medvedev
rejected any idea of a state energy giant buying into TNK-BP and
said Russia would not gamble its vast sovereign oil wealth on
risky equity investments."
"Smoke advisory to last through weekend" reports Denis Cuff in the West County Times.
"Another health advisory
for the public to limit outdoor exercise has been issued for today
and Sunday for much of the East Bay, Benicia, and the Santa Clara
Valley because of wildfire smoke.
But for the first time in
a week, forecasters see some hope for smoke relief arriving late
Sunday and Monday. Westerly winds from the ocean are expected
to begin cleaning out the haze that has blanketed the region since
last weekend when lightning started hundreds of wildfires in Northern
You can find more information
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