Bowl West the Sake Blessing on 5/30
kagami biraki, wooden casks of sake are opened with mallets
during Shinto festivals, weddings, store openings, sports and
election victories, and other celebrations
more Pre-Opening photos here
Bowl West opens" is by Lynne Char Bennett of the Chronicle.
"After several years
in the planning, Berkeley Bowl West - sibling of Glenn and Diane
Yasuda's Berkeley Bowl on Oregon Street - opened on Thursday in
a 140,000-square foot facility close to Interstate 80.
Although the sales floor
is about the same size as the original store, the space has a
spacious, almost warehouse-like feel with open floor plan and
high industrial-looking ceilings. The building includes a cafe,
prep kitchen, modest wine tasting bar, warehouse and offices,
all of which will ultimately employ about 150 people.
The produce selection - which
75-year old Glenn Yasuda will still personally oversee - is as
wide-ranging as ever. For example, conventionally raised specialty
fruit like California red velvet apricots - one of the 25 bins
of stone fruit - shares space with green almonds and small green
sour grapes. About one-quarter of the produce section is organic,
with much of it coming from family farms."
Potter Creek's own Uncommond Grounds coffee is served at the Bowl
Acme's Steve Sullivan was
seen shopping at the Bowl , . . . didn't see any bread in his
cart, though. Also saw Margret Elliot and Michael Goldin--Michael
was shopping for dinner, Marget was picking up stuff after shopping
Marsha's Berkeley Bowl West
Oh my gosh, . . . oh my gosh,
oh my gosh, oh my gosh, . . . Oh my gosh, . . . Oh MY gosh.
Seems our Berkeley Bowl has
generated the excitement of a newborn. "All that people are
talking about is the new Berkeley Bowl" said a Potter Creek
Elder who regularly walks in the neighborhood.
Patti Siri walking past from
shopping at the Bowl with Jackson said "Very civilized. Not
at all like the other Bowl."
Saw Tak Nakamoto just under
a week after opening "This is my first time, I bet you've
come a lot" he said.
In the dozen or so trips
I've made to and around the Bowl in the days after openning, I've
noticed a real increase in pedestrian traffic, a noticeable
bicycle traffic increase and only a moderate motor
vehicle increase--cars. And, I was more alert, biking.
The only real traffic problem
I observed, and one not related to the Bowl, was the "eighteen
wheeler" stopped on Grayson in front of Tracy and Morgan
and John and Susanna's and across the street from Rick Auerbach's.
It totally blocked the west-bound-lane for a good while--the street
is very narrow and getting passed west-bound was a challenge.
And there was the SUV parked
on the side-walk at the corner of 9th and Heinz, in front of the
French-School-office, while loading or unloading.
David Snipper said "I'll
wait for six months" when asked what his impressions of traffic
Margret Elliott feels we'll
have a sense of the Bowl traffic in less time. "We'll know
in about three months" she said.
I'm told on one of the days,
a large truck also stopped west-bound on Heinz across from Café
Cacao hindered traffic flow. Truck deliveries have long been a
problem in Potter Creek, especially on the very narrow east -west
streets. In fact, one truck can stop all thru traffic on Pardee,
so narrow is the street with cars parked.
And a UPS driver has said
the worst street is 9th because of deliveries, even though this
is a wide boulevard.
When asked about the past
opposition to the Bowl by some Potter Creek residents and businesses,
a long time home-owner said in a tone reserved for conversations
about a family's "unusual" aunt or uncle "Oh, we
don't talk about that."
posts from the past
The Regan designed condo
at 919 Pardee is for sale at $849,000. Open house . . .
Sunday. Two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, very minimalist design,
high quality, but rather small...
"Postcards from the edge of Emeryville" is by John King at sfgate.com.
"Five postcards from
Emeryville, where there's more to the landscape than weekend traffic
jams outside Ikea.
If all you know of Emeryville
is the view from Interstate 80 (chunky towers, chain-store retail)
or San Pablo Avenue (chunky clutter, lying low), nothing prepares
you for the green extravaganza that starts at the north end of
What I'm hearing around Berkeley
these days as the concept de jour for change in west -Berkeley
is the goodness of full-square-block-development and the beauty-of-biotech.
Damn, must be that LSD in
the water supply from the '60s, probably there's still residue
in the pipes.
Maybe you could check into
this Mr Phil. I mean, . . . we gotta "get straight."
"East Bay tech jobs melting away"
reports George Avalos
"Hundreds of high-tech
job losses this year alone are becoming a grim new challenge for
a wobbly East Bay economy that's attempting to stabilize itself.
So far in 2009, employers
have shed just under 1,850 jobs in the technology or telecommunications
sector, according to information culled from state and regional
To be sure, technology and
telecommunications job losses might not boast as much notoriety
as the employment devastation unleashed by the implosion of the
banking, mortgage and automotive industries. But tech and telecom
cutbacks have also jolted the East Bay in a significant way."
estate woes not solely residential" by George Avalos,
Staff Writer is also in the West County Times.
"A vast auto dealership
is empty in Oakland, visible from the freeway. In Pittsburg, a
big housing development looms over a downtown street, unfinished
and vacant. Hotels in Brentwood and Oakland are isolated behind
cyclone fences. A mammoth residential development is idle next
to the Caldecott Tunnel.
These troubled projects all
are mute testimony to a financial malaise that first sickened
the housing market and has now infected a broader part of the
wheezing regional economy.
During a half-year period
stretching from October through the end of March, mortgages totaling
$784 million have slumped into default for dozens of commercial
or development properties, including some huge residential subdivisions,
in the East Bay."
"Nobel Winner Krugman Sees US Recession
Ending Soon" by
Courtney Schlisserman of Bloomberg, here at truthout.com.
" The U.S. economy probably
will emerge from the recession by September, Nobel Prize-winning
economist Paul Krugman said."
Yup, I feel somethin' too.
green are trains, public transportation, and hybrid cars? It depends"
writes Judy Lowe at csmonitor.com.
"Most of us assume that
some things are givens when it comes to environment-friendly transportation
choices. Among those assumptions: Taking the subway is better
than driving an SUV, riding a train tops hopping on a plane, and
a hybrid car is much preferred over a conventional gasoline-powered
But that's not always true.
Recent research points to just the opposite, sometimes.
Environmental engineers Mikhail
Chester and Arpad Horvath of the University of California found
that instead of taking a train into the city from suburbia, there
are times when 'people would be better off traveling through town
in a gas-guzzling, high emission SUV,' reports Red Orbit. Ouch!"
our Angela emails a Sgt Mary
Kusmiss PIO, BPD release
Department (BPD) Community Updates on Recent Cases & Bay Area
Shooting on the 1500 block of Oregon Street
BPD is not able to provide the names/status/condition of the 3
and 6 year old girls that were shot", as the information
is protected by HIPPA & Govt Code 6254(f) et al. "BPD
has not made any arrests in the case. We will offer more as the
investigation develops. BPD is urging anyone with any information
and/or may have been a witness to call the BPD Homicide Detail
(510)981-5741 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS). BPD is a participating
agency in BACS. ALL BACS calls are completely confidential. (see
link below) It can often be a small, seemingly insignificant detail
that a community member heard and/or saw that is essential towards
an investigation and eventual arrest(s)."
BPD is consistently doing much work behind the scenes related
to a number of significant cases of violence, including the 1500
block of Oregon Street investigation. With the support of the
BPD Barricaded Subject Hostage Negotiation Team (BSHNT) (aka SWAT),
BPD did a parole search of a home in North Oakland this morning.
In the interest of the investigation, we have little more publicly
that we can offer about that search. One male was detained. No
arrests were made. (covered by KTVU 2 TV)
our Tak emails
You asked me to write about
the recent very violent turn of events here in West and South
Berkeley. I've been mulling over what to write and finding that
I lack adequate words to express the concerns, the worries, the
frustration and yes the anger that I have.
There have been meetings
held and more to be held on this non-declared crisis. Words are
being thrown about: enhanced patrols and enforcement; neighborhood
watch; community building; reaching the "youths"; etc.
I know that the people who use these words mean them to be a short
hand for more complete thoughts. But having listened to these
discussions for a long time now, I don't feel that any of these
words capture the true depth of the problem or the complexity
and difficulty of any possible solution.
As on every block in this
area, my neighbors and I talk amongst ourselves and shake our
heads. I was particularly struck by a comment by one of my neighbors
who's a parent and a public school teacher here in Berkeley. He's
said that it appears that some of us here in West Berkeley live
in a parallel universe. By that I think that he meant that they
live with a very different view of reality and have a moral system
which conflicts with the mainstream. It struck me that this must
make teaching very difficult.
One of the good things about
living in Berkeley is that we have amongst us many people who
are articulate, observant, contemplative and non-dogmatic who
have written about these issues. I don't mean the academic types
of writers who's work by necessity of their fields tend to desiccate
the problems in order to partially understand them. I mean writers
who can give us a true feel for the very many complexities of
actually living within a neighborhood with these problems.
These authors partially relieve
me of the necessity of explaining the issues involved. The book
I recommend most to people is Melody Ermachild Chavis's "Altars
in the Street." (http://www.amazon.com/Altars-Street-Neighborhood-Fights-Survive/dp/0517704927/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244666550&sr=1-2
This is an account of the
author living in and doing neighborhood crimewatch organizing
on a real but un-named block in South Berkeley. I don't necessarily
agree with the author on every point but I do admire her true
effort to see her neighborhood world as completely as possible.
Gary Rivlin is another Berkeley
author who's work is very germane now. His book "Drive by"
is about the culture and society of crack dealers in East Oakland.
But one suspects that what's happening now in South-West Berkeley
and North Oakland is not much different.
Rivlin wrote for the East
Bay Express under its original ownership and parts of the book
appeared in its pages. I was told that at least at one time he
lived here in West Berkeley.
One last book that I must
mention but do so only with reservations is "Class
Dismissed: A Year in the Life of an American High School"
The author follows the senior
year of three very different Berkeley High students. One of them
is an African American student from West Berkeley. The author
omitted some key details in her portrayal of his family. He was
found murdered a couple of years or so ago near San Pablo and
Ashby. His killing as far as I know remains unsolved.
I realize that reading these
books now might seem frivolous in light of the necessity for some
concrete action. But I think that our reactions to these truly
dangerous events have to be based on a deeper understanding of
I'll write something more
directly on the issues very soon.
Da Boz not only takes the
bus but apparently also "walks to work." Seen this morning
briskly going past UC Storage, he waived to employees Eddie and
"Bay Area has ample room to grow"
writes Lisa Vorderbrueggen
of the Contra Costa Times.
"The Bay Area has ample
room within its existing communities to house and employ the 2
million new residents projected to call the region home by 2035,
according to a report unveiled Wednesday.
Titled 'Grow Smart Bay Area,'
the Greenbelt Alliance's new study makes the case that the Bay
Area can say no to suburban sprawl and still accommodate new residents
Alliance researchers consulted
with planning experts and analyzed the development potential of
some 40,000 vacant or underutilized sites located near existing
transit and other public services.
Researchers identified seven
'smart spots' where they believe higher density development makes
sense, including along San Pablo and Telegraph avenue corridors
through Oakland and Berkeley, and swaths of low density swaths
near BART stations in southern Alameda County. "
"Berkeley school integration challenge
rejected" by Bob
Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"In a victory for advocates
of school integration, the state Supreme Court rejected a challenge
Wednesday to Berkeley's policy of considering the racial composition
of students' neighborhoods in deciding where they will enroll."
an email from Sgt Mary Kusmiss,
This is the time of year that BPD and BFD receives increasing
calls regarding fireworks. All fireworks are unlawful in the City
of Berkeley including "Safe & Sane".
Sgt. MC Kusmiss
"Hummingbirds 'faster than jets'" is a report at BBC News.
"A US researcher has
captured the birds' dives with super-fast cameras. He lured them
into their impressive displays using stuffed models of female
The feathered acrobats reached
speeds of almost 400 body lengths per second.
The findings are reported
in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Christopher Clark from the
University of California Berkeley filmed the courtship dives of
male Anna's hummingbirds on cameras able to capture 500 frames
Stuffed female models? Ya
gotta love science.
"California leading growth in nation's
green jobs economy, study finds" writes Marc Lifsher at latimes.com.
"New green jobs sprouted
faster than the overall workforce expanded in California and across
the nation from 1998 to 2007, according to a study released Wednesday
by the Pew Charitable Trusts."
" Supergiant star suddenly slims down,
scientists don't know why" writes
Chris Gaylord at csmonitor.com.
"You've probably seen
Betelgeuse, even if you didn't know it. In the Orion constellation,
it's the red dot on the archer's left shoulder. It's also one
of the largest stars astronomer have ever found. In 1993, scientists
compared its girth to the size of Jupiter's orbit around our the
But 15 years later, the same
measuring tools say that Betelgeuse (which sounds a lot like 'beetle
juice') is about 15 percent smaller.
'The cause of the star's
rapid contraction is a mystery,' writes National Geographic. 'But
the team noted that they had observed an unusual big red spot
on the star three years ago.' "
a reader forwards an email
from a retired State Department friend
Often overlooked nowadays
is that Palestinian Arabs, or at least their leader, backed the
wrong horse in World War II. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem,
Mohammad Haj Amin al-Husayni, was a notorious supporter of
Nazi Germany. He was an Arab Palestinian nationalist who
must have thought that the best way to tweak John Bull's nose
and end the British Mandate in Palestine was to join forces with
Britain's chief enemy, Nazi Germany. He had long been a
burr under the British saddle, so much so that after backing a
Palestinian Arab revolt (1936-39), he became wanted by the
British and fled Palestine in 1937, eventually reaching Germany,
where he met Hitler in Berlin in 1941.
Arnulfo Arias did almost the same thing in Panama. A Panamanian
nationalist, he must have thought that the best way to tweak Uncle
Sam's nose and get the United States out of the Panama Canal Zone
was to support Germany during the war. Elected president
in 1940, Arias was deposed in 1941 in a coup said to have
After the war the British Mandate in Palestine did indeed come
to an end, but it left Israel in charge of most of the country
after an Arab defeat in 1948 and a Palestinian exodus. This
left the grand mufti with little political influence. He
died in Lebanon in 1974.
The upshot of all of this was that the Western Allies, after a
life-and-death struggle with Nazi Germany, were in no mood
to support the Arab Palestinian cause. The war was a watershed
event that sealed the fate of Jew, Arab and Panamanian nationalism.
The United States would not leave the Panama Canal Zone for another
30 years. The Jews would get their state of Israel.
The Palestinian Arabs would end up as refugees in other lands.
There was almost no Western concern that the Arabs had lost land
in Palestine that they had occupied and owned for centuries.
Supporting the losing side in a war has its consequences.
What remains is a lasting
bitterness that has resulted in numerous conflicts and has eroded
peace in the region for years.
posts from the past
Tomaso's is my all-time favorite Italian pizza restaurant,
mostly because it's oak-fired-oven pizza is like the kind I have
in Italy. A few weeks ago, I went there with my friends Velma,
and Sylvia. Now run by Augustino and Carmen, it's a family owned
place I've gone to since the '60s. Tomaso's is long and narrow
with booths along either wall and a long table between, and is
really comfortable. Velma, Sylvia and I got there early on a week
night--Tomaso's is always crowded--and sat in one of their booths.
We looked forward to an evening of talk and food. But before our
pizza we had another of my favorites, a plate of assorted vegetables--lightly
blanched broccoli, green beans, asparagus and roasted red and
yellow bell peppers marinated in lemon, garlic and olive oil--a
delicious and gorgeous dish. Just as we finished, our pizza arrived.
It was a large, with roasted garlic and fresh clams on one half
and Italian sausage and mushrooms on the other, beautifully presented
with clams in their shells placed around the outer border. I had
a house Chablis filled almost to the top of the glass for only
$4.50. Talking between bites and sips we had a fun evening. Finally,
full and caught up on "current-events," we left. By
then there was a line out the door and up the steps--people waiting
and talking, often as not with a glass of wine in hand. Kimar
Oh,. . .
our pizza was $18.00 and Tomaso's is in San Francisco, down Kearny
Our Bowl's Mrs Yasuda and
guest lunched at 900
Earlier in the week, Kava's
Mom and Dad visited 900 for breakfast.
"Zoning Board Considers New Site for Animal
Shelter" is a report
in our Planet.
"It's been a long time coming. And if the city's Zoning Adjustments
Board gives the green signal Thursday, June 11, the Berkeley Animal
Shelter will have a new home after a decade-long battle.
The shelter, which has been
running out of an 8,000-square-foot, one-story building in West
Berkeley since the late 1950s, plans to relocate to the site of
the old Helmet Building at 1 Bolivar Drive, thanks to a $7.1 million
bond measure approved by Berkeley voters in 2002.
The Berkeley City Council-which
added another $1 million to the bond money-voted last summer to
buy the property which was on the market for $1.9 million. "
Tamsen Fynn's poem on the
shooting of children
The birds keep singing
Even after the gunfire
They pause for just a moment
As the bullet bites through glass
They are a cacophony of sound
The mockingbirds, the finches
On power lines, in walnut trees
On chain-linked fences, and chimneys
The birds are wide-awake at 5 a.m.
While they sleep in their
Warm under the covers
Holding a stuffed bear, a doll
Wearing pajamas covered in trains
The birds keep singing
Even after the crying starts
The screaming and the bleeding
The trip to the emergency
The children wrapped in blankets
Nobody else wakes up
Only those two little babies
Their Mama, their Grandma
Not the neighbors
With two boys
Just a few years older
Their long brown hair
Their video games and bikes
Their Santa Cruz sweatshirts
Everyone is sleeping
One newspaper lands with
On the sidewalk
A car rolls away
The birds keep singing
This is my friend Johnny's
film. His studio is at Active Space and our kids went to
"My latest social issue
documentary, Ask Not, will broadcast for the first time this Tuesday,
June 16th at 10 pm on PBS' Independent Lens. (Times may vary.
Check your local listings here: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/asknot)
I hope you will make time to watch
the television premiere of the film that's called 'Compelling'
and 'startling' in the latest edition of Newsweek.
Ask Not exposes the tangled
political battles that led to the discriminatory 'don't ask, don't
tell' policy, and profiles young courageous activists determined
to abolish it. As wars in the Middle East rage on, this film reveals
personal stories of gay Americans who live, work, and fight under
a veil of secrecy."
I saw Tom Bates and Loni
Hancock at the Bowl last Friday night shopping.
Ben's final baseball game
is this Saturday for the NOLL-SOLL Little League Championship.
That's my news.
"Clean Tech Creates a Home for Green Jobs"
is a report at reuters.com.
""Two studies released
this week reinforce the belief that the expansion of clean energy
and energy efficiency is an effective engine for job creation."
Wake-Up Call on Water Use" is by Gloria Goodale of The
Christian Science Monitor here at truthout.org.
" A long-running resource
issue finally trickles down to more consumers.
Move over, carbon, the next
shoe to drop in the popular awareness of eco-issues is the "water
posts from the past
In the '50s
and '60s there was a group called "The Ray Charles Singers."
They recorded very mid-American material for American Decca--not
unlike Lawrence Welk's. In Berkeley, in the '60s, we carried their
records at Campus Records on Telegraph Avenue. They didn't sell
at all in Berkeley, but we stocked them out of deference to our
Decca rep--a former liquor-salesman immaculately dressed in Italian
silk-suits. Also, Albert the owner, would sometimes try out some
"straight-kid," from maybe Hayward, in an attempt to
broaden sales. It was such an employee who took a well-dressed,
elderly black-woman to the Ray Charles Singers section. "No"
she protested "I want OUR Ray Charles." Actually, we
all thought of him as our Ray Charles. Well, maybe not that kid.
taught me the meaning of soul.
In my long,
filled-to-the-brim, and occasionally turbulent life, I have learned
that timing is everything
So, . . .
. . . why, when the Berkeley Bowl is bringing thousands, maybe
tens-of-thousand new, hip and righteous consumers to Potter Creek
and West Berkeley, is our Planning Commission fartsing around
with bio-tech farms?
. . .
Hall is miles from west-Berkeley? Because the stakeholders who
"represent" west-Berkeley at Commission meetings are
myopic? Because the stakeholders who "represent" west-Berkeley
at Commission meetings are self-serving and/or self-absorbed?
Because the economic judgment of the early 21stCentury has had
the character of a cocaine high? None of the above? Some of the
above? All of the above?
As a decades-long
Believer in mixed-use with all it's richness, variety, and conflict,
I've come to understand that balance is the governing component
in the mix.
"Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda County to Receive
Recovery Zone Bonds"
is a report at americanchronicle.com.
"The U.S. Treasury Department
announced $25 billion in bond authority available under the Recovery
Zone Bonds program. Of that $25 billion, Congresswoman Barbara
Lee (D-CA) is pleased to announce that the Cities of Berkeley
and Oakland and Alameda County will receive over $63 million in
recovery zone bonds.
City of Berkeley - $13,774,000
(Recovery Zone Development Bond), $20,662,000 (Recovery Zone Facility
"Berkeley woman injured in Highway 24 rollover" reports Roman Gokhman, Contra Costa Times.
"A Berkeley woman was
able to walk away from a Highway 24 rollover crash in which she
was thrown from a car window."
Cliff Miller, Richmond Rambler's
Motorcycle Club emails
An Old Farmer's Advice
Life is simpler when you
plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably
faster than a John Deere tractor.
Forgive your enemies. It
messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that
you know is meaner than you.
You cannot unsay a cruel
The best sermons are lived,
Don't judge folks by their
Remember that silence is
sometimes the best answer.
Don't interfere with somethin'
that ain't bothering you.
Timing has a lot to do with
the outcome of a Rain Dance.
If you find yourself in a
hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes
you get got.
Always drink upstream from
Good judgment comes from
experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin' the cat outta the
bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight,
he'll just kill you.
If you get to thinkin' you're
a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
and son had brunch at 900
Well, Ok then
"Mystery of 'Dark' Star Explosions Solved?" asks Ker Than at National Geographic News.
"Cosmic 'dust bunnies'
hiding in corners of distant galaxies are taking the dazzle out
of some of the universe's brightest explosions, new research suggests."
posts from the past
From last years Berkeley
Baroque Festival? Hardly, . . . that's a modern piano.
"There will be an open house today for
a University of California at Berkeley archaeological dig being
conducted a few blocks from campus by 20 students as part of a
field school" reports
"The dig site was once
home to Berkeley entrepreneur John Hinkel's mansion and conservatory,
which was called the 'Casa Hispana' and also served as a boarding
facility World War II workers.
During the open house, which
will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, students will explain and
interpret for visitors the unearthed treasures and other remains,
including pieces from an 1895 greenhouse and a 1910 garage, that
reflect the city of Berkeley's early 19th and early 20th century
residential life and community development."
"Two worlds, one worldly bistro" is by Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune columnist.
"Korea and France are
worlds apart, but circumstance as much as distance brought Frederic
and Emily Millot together as husband and wife - and as business
partners at Cafe Noir, an Oakland downtown bistro.
"The Biblio File Short Notices on one man's
life, religion and Indian tribes" are book reviews by Dan Barnett at chicoer.com.
" 'One Hell of a Ride:
The Life and Times of Lou Federico' ($24.95 in paperback from
Adventure Publishing) is replete with black and white photographs.
In a letter he writes that 'I lived in the Chico area for many
years during the waterfowl seasons, starting in 1967 ... I am
an outdoorsman and entrepreneur who pioneered Baja, California,
in the 1960s and '70s in order to build resort hotels.' He became
friends with John Wayne in the last days of his life and remembers
that in 1961 his Club Aero Mulege fly-in hotel was popular with
Marysville-Yuba City resident
David Hobbs became a Christian in 1974 after quite an extraordinary
pilgrimage, told in 'Out of the Fire' ($15 in paperback from 4L
Press). According to a news release, Hobbs worked for the U.S.
Forest Service fighting fires starting in his college years. He
'spent four years on helicopter crews, two years on tanker crews,
and two years on the elite Rogue River Hotshots. He was also in
the first group of college students busted for drugs at Humboldt
State University ... and spent the 'Summer of Love' (1967) in
the drug scene in Berkeley."
posts from the past
Old German glass-workers believed
drinking lots of milk was helpful when working with gold coatings.
"Something about the calcium" said one of our neighborhood's
"I see a lot of people
with big smiles on their faces"
Quote of the week from Kubik
when asked about neighborhood response to our Bowl.
Did you know that the City
of Richmond is only one block long AND that one block is not a
through street? Me neither. Weird huh. Traffic monitoring must
be super easy.
Kimar's impression is that
customers are now pretty-well evenly-divided between the two Berkeley
Bowls with no bumper-cart activity at either--just real good grocery
"West Berkeley Zoning Changes Stir Concerns
from Neighbors" writes
Richard Brenneman in our Planet.
"With changes in West
Berkeley zoning rules on the Planning Commission's slate, residents
of the area say they want a seat at the stakeholders' table.
Several residents of the
city's only area zoned for manufacturing and light industry appeared
at the June 10 commission meeting to say they wanted their own
representation in discussions that could lead to a new process
for building on larger parcels.
Another 50-plus members of
the Fifth & Channing Neighborhood Group signed a petition
questioning some of the proposals floated for the permit process
to ease development on larger parcels."
"More are asking: Is it time to legalize
pot?" is a story
in the Seattle Times.
"The savage drug war
in Mexico. Crumbling state budgets. Weariness with current drug
policy. The election of a president who said, 'I inhaled.'
These are reasons why many
proponents of legalized marijuana have unprecedented optimism."
"Dogging the Orange County Museum's surprise
Redmond sale" is
a story at latimes.com.
"Today's news that the
Orange County Museum of Art surreptitiously sold 18 of its 20
early California plein-air paintings for a relatively modest price
to an undisclosed private collector in Laguna Beach is remarkable
on many levels. Not least is the private sale's clear deviance
from professional standards for deaccessioning that guide the
Assn. of Art Museum Directors.
The AAMD handbook states:
'Preferred methods of disposal are sale through publicly advertised
auction, sale to or exchange with another public institution,
and sale or exchange to a reputable, established dealer.' Private
transactions with an anonymous local collector don't get mentioned.
Why? The listed methods are there for the protection of vulnerable
nonprofit art museums, which operate as public charities, by providing
at least one layer of distance between buyer and seller. Art museums
aren't commercial galleries.
While we're puzzling all
this out, here's a slight diversion. The star painting in the
transaction is probably Granville Redmond's 1918 "Silver
and Gold" , a rolling coastal landscape that Laguna Art Museum
director Bolton Colburn described to The Times as 'an A-plus,
a perfect Redmond, one of the five best paintings he ever did.'
The artist painted it the same year he appeared in his first Charlie
Chaplin movie, 'A Dog's Life.'
Redmond, age 47 at his cinematic
debut, wasn't an aspiring actor so much as an inspiration for
Chaplin, who was in the process of refining a gestural repertoire
for communicating on film without benefit of sound. Redmond was
deaf, the result of childhood illness. He had learned sign-language
(and much else) at the Berkeley School for the Deaf, and his expressive
capacities were helpful to Chaplin -- who also admired his paintings."
"California Dreamers" is a story in the Atlantic.
"It was a magnificent
run. From the end of the Second World War to the mid-1960s, California
consolidated its position as an economic and technological colossus
and emerged as the country's dominant political, social, and cultural
trendsetter. Thanks to wartime and Cold War defense spending,
a flourishing consumer economy, and a seemingly ever-expanding
tax base, the state was at the forefront of the single greatest
rise in prosperity in American history. In 1959, wages paid in
Los Angeles's working-class and solidly middle-class San Fernando
Valley alone were higher than the total wages of 18 states. This
affluence ushered in an era of exhilarating if headlong growth
and free spending. The state's public schools-the new, modernist
elementary schools with their flat roofs, gleaming clerestory
windows, and outdoor lockers; the grand comprehensive high schools
(Sacramento, Lowell in San Francisco, and Hollywood and Fairfax
in Los Angeles)-were the envy of the nation. Berkeley, the flagship
campus in the UC system, emerged as the best university in the
country, probably the world. It was a sweet, vivacious time: California's
children, swarming on all those new playgrounds, seemed healthier,
happier, taller, and-thanks to that brilliantly clean sunshine-were
blonder and more tan than kids in the rest of the country. For
better and mostly for worse, it's a time irretrievably lost."
"Cool roofs for hot climate is a story by Hilary Chiew at malaysiastar.com.
"White paint might just
be the solution to tackling climate change.
The stifling heat might have
gotten some of us thinking about how best to cool our homes without
pushing up the electricity bill in this time of financial crunch.
Dr Gary Theseira thinks he
has the answer simply reflect the light and heat back to
the atmosphere. He suggests that we look at the potential of our
roofs that space that is directly exposed to the sun and
absorbing vast amounts of heat during the day as a reflector."
our Ryan Lau emails
I wanted to pass along an invitation
for a unique opportunity to weigh in how you think that California
can best solve its current budget crisis. Difficult problems
require inventive solutions, so Assemblymember Nancy Skinner wants
you to help advise her on how to move forward in the current budget
negotiations through a new tool that Next 10 has developed to
allow legislators to get real-time feedback from participants.
Hope you can make it.
How Would You Balance our
$24 Billion Deficit?
Join Assemblymember Nancy Skinner's Budget Summit
where you can take the 'Budget Challenge"
Thursday, June 18 6:30 - 8:00 pm Emeryville City Hall, 1333 Park
Friday, June 19 4:00 - 5:30 pm State Building, 1515 Clay Street
Room 1, Oakland
Next 10 has created an innovative Budget Challenge that mirrors
the budget decisions Assemblymember Skinner will have to make
in the next few weeks. At the Summit you will vote on budget options
in real-time with instant response clickers. The interactive simulation
contains accurate state data, the cuts the Governor is proposing,
as well as alternatives.
Come decide how much you would spend on schools, prisons, the
environment, and other state programs- and how you would pay for
them. Your responses will give Nancy the feedback she needs to
take back to Sacramento!
For more information or to RSVP, call (510) 286-1400 www.assembly.ca.gov/skinner
Councilmember Darryl Moore
"Graphene's electrically tunable bandgap
reports R. Colin Johnson for EE Times.
bandgaps could enable graphene-two-dimensional monolayers of carbon-to
leapfrog silicon, according to researchers at the University of
California at Berkeley.
Graphene holds the promise
of 10-times faster speed than silicon chips, plus the ability
to be integrated with exiting semiconductor fabrication techniques.
Unfortunately, graphene transistor channels need to be less than
10-nanometers wide in order to open up a bandgap suitable for
digital circuitry, delaying its entry into the International Technology
Roadmap for Semiconductors to beyond 2017, when sub-10 nanometer
lithography becomes available."
"Climate Change Already Having Impact On
U.S., Expected To Worsen"
is a report at sciencedaily.com.
"Two researchers at
the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(Berkeley Lab), Evan Mills and Michael Wehner, contributed to
the analysis of the effects of climate change on all regions of
the United States, described in a major report released June 16
by the multi-agency U.S. Global Change Research Program."
"Locally owned Tae Kwon Do company competes
in Berkeley" is
a story by Robert Hartsock, guest writer at andersonvalleypost.com.
"Martial arts instructor and Lake California Resident Seong-Tae
Kim took a group of 32 students from Redding Tae Kwon Do to Berkeley
to participate in the 40th Anniversary University of California
Tae Kwon Do Championships on May 30, 2009. Competing in Poomse
(forms) and Gyoroogi (sparring), this group placed the majority
of its members."
"How stress causes infertility" is a story at upi.com.
"Researchers at the
University of California, Berkeley, say they found how stress
causes sexual dysfunction and infertility."
San Francisco Chronicle photographer
shooting 900 GRAYSON for
Sunday's food section, hopefully
"West Berkeley home has many faces"
writes Tracey Taylor,
Special to The Chronicle.
"People like to talk
about flexible homes, homes that adapt to suit the evolving demands
of their owners and the changing nature of how they go about their
We may want the option of
a studio or home office, a gym or separate guest quarters. We
might look ahead to a time when spaces can expand or contract
- after the kids have flown the coop, for instance, or if there's
a need to accommodate elderly parents.
Most homes are not so malleable,
however, and without actually building a house from scratch, it's
often difficult to achieve such adaptability. Not so at 720 Channing
Way, a striking home that is on the market in West Berkeley for
Deborah Oropallo photo
Originally built as a machine
shop in the 1960s, this 3,500-square-foot corner building elegantly
wrapped in a curving wall of glass brick is eminently flexible,
as its current owners - artist Deborah Oropallo, her husband,
architect-designer Michael Goldin, and their two children - can
'We've explored all the possibilities
and enjoyed all sorts of permutations with this home,' said Oropallo,
who moved there in 1991, and has since overseen a raft of upgrades
and updating to the house. 'That's the beauty of a big box: You
can have interconnectivity or privacy, open spaces or hideaway
Would this be the same Michael
Goldin, fierce advocate of west-Berkeley mixed-use?
I ran into the French School's
Antione Portales yesterday as he was going into the Bowl as I
was leaving. I'd spent an hour over desert talking to Michael
Goldin about west-Berkeley. Anointe mentioned that the school
had bought their west-Campus property and that he is a new father.
Life is good.
An elephant in the room?
Along with talk of bio-tech
development in west-Berkeley, I hear how wonderful it would be
to encourage Cal, with all its resources and funding, to come
to west Berkeley, to Potter Creek.
Would this be the same university
that the mayor sued a couple years ago, the same university that,
arguably, exhibits cancerous growth, the same university that
provokes love/hate from it's residential neighbors?
Pete Hurney emails
June's Midnight Ukulele Express
Show on Kalx June 18
Tune into KALX 90.7FM
this Thursday, June 18th night at 11:59 PM to catch this
months edition of Midnight Ukulele Express. One hour of all ukulele-centric
I just returned from a cross country
road trip on which I picked up a few new ukulele CD's for
this show from Greg Hawkes (keyboardist for the Cars), Melveryn
Taylor & the Fabulous Meltones, Craig Robertson's new release
as well as the new one from Bliss Blood & the Moonlighters
I may even have a special guest visit in the
studio as well! That's midnight on Thursday and for those
of you out of our listening area tune in on the web at http://kalx.berkeley.edu.
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore
our Angela Gallegos-Castillo
headed out on vacation . . . back on Wednesday, July
8th . . .
thanks again for all you do in the neighborhood!
see you when I get back
"Wine.com launches shipping division for
wineries" is a story
in the San Francisco Business Times by Chris Rauber.
"Wine.com, an online
wine store that already ships wine to its own customers, is launching
a direct-to-consumer wine-shipping business for wineries just
days after rival New Line Logistics apparently returned from the
dead with help from a financial partner.
The San Francisco-based wine
specialist said Wednesday that its new division, Wine.com Logistics,
will provide direct-to-consumer fulfillment services to wineries.
The new business will operate out of Wine.com's Berkeley warehouse,
and will be headed by Mike Osborn, Wine.com's founder and vice
president of merchandising and David Do, vice president of operations."
"Bay Area directors in spotlight at Frameline,
nation's biggest LGBT film fest"
is by Randy Myers at cctimes.com.
"For about a week-and-a-half
every June, Bay Area movie buffs receive a welcome respite from
the bloat of summer blockbusters with the arrival of Frameline.
The San Francisco International
LGBT Film Festival kicks off June 18, ushering in its 33rd year
of championing niche cinema that shuns Terminators, Transformers
and titan-sized budgets.
What some of the 220 films
lack in polish and star power, they make up for in passion and
ingenuity. Three Bay Area directors with films in the fest say
you have to be nimble and resourceful when working under tight
budgets and rigid filming schedules, the trademarks of indie filmmaking."
"Renewable Power Requirement Could Jump
Start Manufacturing" is
a story at reuters.com.
"With new clean technologies
being brought to light in the dim light of a global economic recession,
a new study forecasts that an increase in renewable energy would
help to get people back to work by creating manufacturing jobs.
An alliance of non-profit organizations together called for economic
stimulus through a substantially higher renewable electricity
A new report released by
the Blue Green Alliance, directly links the development of a renewable
electricity standard to the creation of 850,000 manufacturing
jobs. The figure takes several factors into consideration, linking
renewable development to fossil fuels in terms of job production.
According to studies performed
over the past seven years, by organizations California Energy
Commission and the Berkeley Center for Renewable Energy, renewable
sources generate greater employment, four to six times as many
(per megawatt), when compared to equivalent investments in fossil
fuels. The report postulates that a 25-percent requirement of
18,500 MWs of power from wind, solar, geothermal and biomass by
2025 would create jobs for a group that are the 'backbone of the
middle class,' according to David Foster, the Blue Green Alliance's
Kubik forwards this link
"Suitcase With $134 Billion Puts Dollar
on Edge" reports
William Pesek at bloomberg.com. "It's a plot better
suited for a John Le Carre novel.
"Two Japanese men are
detained in Italy after allegedly attempting to take $134 billion
worth of U.S. bonds over the border into Switzerland. Details
are maddeningly sketchy, so naturally the global rumor mill is
kicking into high gear.
Are these would-be smugglers
agents of Kim Jong Il stashing North Korea's cash in a Swiss vault?
Bagmen for Nigerian Internet scammers? Was the money meant for
terrorists looking to buy nuclear warheads? Is Japan dumping its
dollars secretly? Are the bonds real or counterfeit? "
from my log
5/15/09--3:35 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask.
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask, leave.
All AM SERIOUS irritant IMMEDITATELY in front of warehouse and
in warehouse front.
IMMEDITAELY in front of warehouse plus "chlorine" odor.
in warehouse plus "chlorine" odor, air out.
in front room.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse
and STRONG "chlorine bleach" odor, leave.
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filters.
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filters, wear mask, leave.
6/10/09--off-and-on all day
periods of SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes,mouth,
overrides HEPA filter.
6/11/09--6:47 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, air out. 10:06 AM--SERIOUS irritant in
front room, leave.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 150
PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, overrides HEPA filters, light
head, headache, "chlorine" oder, leave.
6/15/09--off-andon all day
serious irritant in wearhouse, wear mask.
irritant in warehouse, air out. Off-and-on all day--irritant in
warehouse wear mask.
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Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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Want to see weather coming
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This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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