mural is finished
Its celebration is tomorrow
from 4-7 PM on 7th between Grayson and Heinz
our BPD Ofc Andrew Frankel
Effective 4:00 pm today, Sgt Mary Kusmiss will assume the
full time duties as our Information Officer. I'm headed
back to an assignment in patrol but may still play a part in our
public information efforts. This move is part of an
ongoing restructuring effort within our department which we hope
to see fully implemented by September.
I have enjoyed the last two years working with you and look forward
to seeing you "out there."
OFC Andrew Frankel #25
City of Berkeley Police Department
Perhaps Andrew will be assigned
to patrol in west-Berkeley, maybe even Potter Creek.
Well Ok then! RP
our Jarad emails
What fantastic news. Knowing
Andrew was behind a desk for 2 years was painful after having
him help us here in West Berkeley . . .
our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)
$17,000 Reward Offered In
The City of Berkeley is offering
a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering
an additional $2,000 reward, forinformation leading to the
arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for
the shooting death of a Berkeley man. He has been identified as
Kenneth Jerome Tims, Jr., 30 years old.
On Thursday, June 3, 2010, just before 6:30 p.m. City of Berkeley
Police Department (BPD) patrol officers responded to calls from
community members who said they had heard gunshots. Officers found
a male suffering from gunshot wounds lying in the roadway in the
area of King and 62nd Streets in Southwest Berkeley. City of Berkeley
Fire Department (BFD) paramedics pronounced the man dead on the
scene at 6:39 p.m.
BPD Homicide detectives and a compliment of other BPD personnel
began a homicide investigation immediately. Thus far, BPD has
not made any arrests or confirmed a possible motive in the case.
BPD does not believe that this was a random shooting.
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide
to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour
BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member
wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay
Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information
may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest
or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting
the suspect or suspects in any crime.
Waterside Workshops is a
non-profit organization located in Aquatic Park in West Berkeley.
It was established to help strengthen the East Bay community by
providing a place for youth and adults to work together on projects
ranging from bicycle mechanics to wooden boat building. Waterside
Workshop just opened their new Waterside Cafe.
Watch passing wildlife and water traffic while relaxing in their
Cafe patrons are also welcome to repair their bikes in their community
open shop or peek in to see what wooden boat projects are going
on in the yard. The cafe is run by Waterside staff and teenage
interns who are training for jobs in the food service industry. Come
by and have a cup of Joe while enjoying the view, all while helping
to support job-training for local youth.
The cafe is open Tuesday
to Sunday 10AM to 6PM, Closed on Mondays. Once word gets
out to the community, it will expand to 7 days.
All of their to-go cups and
lids are 100% compostable and the coffee is locally roasted, organic
and fair trade! Patrons who arrive by bike and get
25 cents off any beverage!
For more information and
expanded hours, please check out our website at: www.watersideworkshops.org
Our Janine's Bach recital
Concert with Elizabeth Blumenstock June
11th, 12 PM at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St. Berkeley
All Bach violin and harpsichord
Check it out!
Potter Creek worker Anthony's
Chevy V-8 with an Edelbrock
intake manifold, Edelbrock valve covers and, damn, a Holley four-barrel,
. . . and a trick distributor.
"Man hands" is a story by Natalie Neff at autoweek.com.
"I reached up through
the tangle of pipes, bending my elbow to clear the transmission,
and wedged the tip of the screwdriver into the C-clip. One quick,
forceful pull, and it gave way, a flash of metal springing off
the flathead and bouncing to the garage floor. I put the screwdriver
down, carefully placed the clip in my pocket, positioned the Tupperware
bowl and fished my hand back up toward the thermostat housing.
The plug felt tight but didn't appear to be threaded, so I wiggled
it a bit and then just yanked. Coolant gushed out, a stream of
warm, sweet-scented fluid pouring down my forearm and drenching
After scooting out from under
the engine, I set the plug on the counter, wiped my hands, brushed
the crud out of my hair and waited for the coolant to drain."
"Grocery Outlet plans East Bay expansion" by George Avalos in the Contra Costa Times.
"Grocery Outlet is making
good on expansion plans. The discount realtor said Wednesday that
it had agreed to leases for new stores in Concord, Dublin, Gilroy
and Watsonville, and it is opening a store in Pinole.
'We are in very high gear
and expansion mode,"'said Marc Drasin, vice president of
real estate for Grocery Outlet Inc. 'We are signing a record number
of leases and opening a record number of stores.'
The retailer, like others,
is attempting to capitalize on the tough commercial real estate
market, a sector whose property values and rental rates have plunged
during the past few years.
'There are opportunities
for strong retailers right now,' said Adria Giacomelli, a broker
with Colliers International, which helped arrange the Grocery
Outlet deal in Concord.
Berkeley-based Grocery Outlet
opened five stores in 2009 and expects to open 15 in 2010, Drasin
said. One of those stores, in Pinole, is slated to open today.
Grocery Outlet operates deep-discount supermarkets."
Our west-Berkeley Canned
Food Store is now better stocked with greater variety than in
recent memory. RP
"Cultural center celebrates 35 years of
bringing people together for food, music and social change"
by Jennifer Modenessi,
Contra Costa Times.
"In Chile, Sept. 11,
1973, was a day of tumultuous change.
For the people who founded
La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, it marked a beginning.
"I always say that La
Pena started because of an event that happened on September 11,"
says Paul Chin, La Pena's executive director. That's when a group
of Berkeley residents, Chilean expatriates and solidarity activists
decided they had to do something to educate people about the situation
in South America.
Launched into action by a
U.S.-backed coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende's
government and placed dictator Augusto Pinochet in power, the
group laid the foundation for a gathering place where people could
meet, make art and initiate social change. They opened La Pena
1975 and the center -- which
is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a series of concerts,
exhibits, performances and a street fair -- is still going strong."
"Nipton, California: A Truly Solar City" at solar.calfinder.com.
"Some cities are just
so big that it's hard to make a noticeable dent in their capacity
for pollution and fossil-fueled energy. But it's not for lack
of trying. A city like San Francisco can have nearly 2,000 solar
power installations and still only get a small percentage of its
electricity from solar. San Francisco, and the Bay Area in general,
are like a Mecca for solar power, from Silicon Valley to Berkeley
to Alcatraz Island. But it's in the tiny town of Nipton, California
that we see a true solar makeover today.
Nipton announced on Thursday
that it had installed enough solar power to supply a staggering
85 percent of the town's demand for electricity. Okay, so this
little town on the edge of the Mojave National Preserve has a
population of 38 people, but it still may be the nation's most
solar-powered city per capita. And they're doing it with some
good information from neighbor
Check out Nick's Sunday buffet.
Get there around Noon, buy a drink for around $5.00 and you get
a buffet brunch with eggs, grits, bacon, turkey wings, et al.
Lounge is at MLK and Alcatraz.
This Sunday he'll probably
be packed because of Juneteeth
2010 Berkeley Juneteenth Festival
Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
South Berkeley. Adeline St. and Woolsey St., Berkeley, CA
2010 Berkeley Juneteenth
FestivalThe Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, a street festival extending
the 5-block South Berkeley Adeline-Alcatraz corridor, draws 10,000
to 25,000 people of all age groups and nationalities. The Main
Stage Entertainment is the "heart" of Juneteenth-in-Berkeley.
The music incorporates the best of the African American experience:
African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues,
And on the last Sunday of
every month The
Crucible offers FREE bike repair. They open around 11:30 AM
but you can get there earlier and chain your bike to the fence
for a place in line. Check it out! MS
"Summer books for young readers: Recommended
titles from Northern California authors" by Joanna H. Kraus at mercurynews.com.
"Now that school's out,
youngsters get to read what they want. And Northern California
authors have obliged with an appealing selection of new books.
"A California environmental group found
levels of lead in children's juice products that far exceed state
law -- and in some cases also exceed federal levels for young
children" is a report
"The group purchased
apple juice, grape juice, canned peaches and pears, and fruit
cocktails -- all marketed for kids -- and sent them to an EPA-certified
lab for testing."
"Amy Murray, Venus and now Revival"
is a story at berkeleyside.com
by Sarah Henry.
"Amy Murray moved to
Berkeley and opened Venus Restaurant on Shattuck Avenue in 2000.
The restaurant began serving up seasonable, organic, sustainable
California cuisine with worldly accents - which was something
of a novelty back then.
A nice nod early on by Kim
Severson, then a restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle,
now at the New York Times, gave the funky little brick cafe just
the kind of exposure it needed to draw in diners.
Last month, Murray opened
Revival Bar + Kitchen in a 1901 building also on Shattuck that
most recently housed Downtown Restaurant. The chef-owner divides
her day working in, and walking between, her two restaurants."
"UCSF is bringing in the bucks to the Bay
Area - and it wants those who control its fate to know" is a sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com report.
"A report commissioned
by the University of California, San Francisco, and released June
11 shows the graduate-level health sciences campus has an annual
economic impact in the Bay Area of $6.2 billion. What's more,
spending by UCSF, its 21,903 employees, 4,400 students and 3,910
retirees - including those at its medical facilities - is responsible
for more than 17,000 other jobs in coffeehouses, medical supply
firms and biotech spinouts from the East Bay to Mission Bay."
"Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits Generate
Controversy as Deadline Nears" by
Susan Sharon at Maine Public Broadcasting.
"Two weeks from today
is the deadline for applications for Maine's eight medical marijuana
dispensary permits. The permits will be awarded on a point-system
by a four-person panel from the Department of Health and Human
Services. Some potential operators are hoping to get more than
one permit. Many have out-of-state connections. At least one is
hoping to replicate its California experience in Maine. And that
has some activists worried that Maine patients and growers will
be cut out of the process.
Call it a gold rush or a
green rush or a purely altruistic interest in seeing authorized
patients get access to medical cannabis. Whatever it is, Portland
attorney Ken Altshuler says Maine is looking pretty good to the
would-be operators of the state's first marijuana dispensaries."
Scrambled Eggs new format
is coming apace. Test pages with audio and audio visual material
and flip cam interviews seem a success. Linking the new program
pages to the old is now my challenge. I've done this by re-writing
html code but am now seeking the one- or two-click solution. And
remember, "I move with the swiftness of a grazing buffalo."
"Wanted: Berkeley High principal" by Martin Snapp at contracostatimes.com.
"Who says lightning
never strikes twice? As Doug Oakley has reported previously in
this paper, the Berkeley school board scheduled interviews for
possible successors to Berkeley High Principal Jim Slemp, who
is retiring after seven years. But only half of the candidates
I'm getting an eerie sense
of déjà vu, because something similar happened back
when Slemp was hired. The board had offered the job to another
candidate, Patricia Christa, and she accepted. But a few days
before she was to begin, she got cold feet and backed out. So
they turned to Slemp, instead.
And get this: When he was
hired, he became Berkeley High's sixth principal in four years!
This job is obviously a hot seat that nobody wants.
Part of the problem is Berkeley's
tradition of internecine warfare between those who are liberal
and those who are really, really liberal. They make up for their
lack of substantive political disagreement with paranoia and personal
attacks. You can't blame someone for not wanting to step into
that hornets' nest.
One of the happy exceptions
was the late Harry Weininger, who died May 31 at age 76. Among
many other things, Harry was the longtime president of the Berkeley
Democratic Club (the 'moderates,' in Berkeley terms). But that
didn't stop him from being friends with people on the other side.
'He was a real peacemaker,'
says Councilwoman Susan Wengraf. 'He was able to talk to
everybody, regardless of their political attitude. And that made
him an invaluable bridge builder.' "
"Voter skepticism of big moneyed interests
could play role in fall campaign" by Steven Harmon in the Contra Costa Times.
"The big smackdown of
big money in Tuesday's primary might have big implications for
The same level of skepticism
that voters showed in rejecting lavish, multimillion dollar messages
of two corporate-backed ballot measures could doom campaigns that
hope that money alone will buy an election in the fall, political
And voters in a handful of
Democratic legislative primaries also rejected candidates backed
by the insurance and oil industries, signaling an anti-corporate
mood that may spur Democrats as they face two wealthy ex-CEOs
at the top of the Republican ticket."
"Law enforcement agencies usually let squad
cars handle high-speed pursuits"
by Marl Muckenfuss and Steven Barrie, The Press-Enterprise.
"Whether or not it was
a good idea for a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer
to initiate a high-speed chase, the agency's policy, common in
law enforcement circles, calls for squad cars to take over a pursuit
as soon as they can reach the scene.
Officer Thomas Philip Coleman
didn't get that chance Friday. Within two minutes of beginning
the pursuit, his motorcycle crashed into a big-rig truck on a
surface street in Redlands. He died at the scene.
Four men in the stolen car
Coleman was chasing have been arrested. The driver was booked
on suspicion of murder Saturday. The other occupants of the car
were arrested on lesser charges.
California Highway Patrol
officers receive quarterly training in the agency's pursuit policies,
said Officer Daniel Hesser, a spokesman for the CHP's Inland Division.
The policies are extensive,
but they state clearly that 'if a patrol car is able to get there,
it takes over the pursuit' from a motorcycle officer, Hesser said."
"Toyota says no timetable to develop Tesla
vehicle" by Alan
Ohnsman Bloomberg News.
"Toyota Motor Corp.,
the world's largest automaker, said it doesn't yet have a formal
plan to develop an electric car with startup Tesla Motors Inc.,
after a report that such a project will occur this year."
post from the past
I hear at City Hall they're
talking about reducing the 1000 foot distance-from-schools-prohibition
for ganja sales to 500 feet and eliminating it all-together for
Whoa, light up another doobie,
And, is Councilyoungman,
Jesse Arreguín considering resubmitting the Bus Rapid Transit
The week a Liberal/Left demonstration
at CAL turned out 200 or so, a Tea Party rally in Pleasanton drew
10,000. Another reason to watch Rise
of the New Right.
Chris Matthews takes a hard look at the rise of extreme conservative
movements, asking the questions: Who are the new right's people?
What do they want, and how do they intend to get it? Watch 'Rise
of the New Right, a Hardball with Chris Matthews special, on Wednesday,
June 16th, at 7 p.m. ET."
"Harry Weininger, Berkeley civic leader,
dies" Carl Nolte,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Harry Dov Weininger,
a well-known figure in Berkeley community and civic affairs, died
May 31 after a heart attack. He was 76.
For many years, Mr. Weininger
owned the Carpet Center in West Berkeley. He was involved in a
number of community organizations in Berkeley and played a role
in the city's often-fractious political scene. He served for several
years on the board of directors of the Berkeley Democratic Club
and was the club's president in 1983 and 1986. He was its president
pro tem in 1990 and 1996."
"All-pro Rams Linebacker who helped bring
NASCAR to area dies at 79" thevillagenews.com.
" Les Richter, an all-pro
linebacker with the Los Angeles Rams who helped bring NASCAR racing
to Southern California, died today in Riverside at age 79.
Richter died at Riverside
Community Hospital after having a brain aneurysm Friday, his son,
Jon, told the Los Angeles Times.
Leslie Alan Richter was born
in Fresno on Oct. 6, 1930. He was a star football player at Fresno
High School and UC Berkeley, where he was valedictorian and got
a degree in business administration. An offensive lineman, linebacker
and kicker, he was an All-American his last two seasons at Berkeley."
"Nation's PACE Solar Loan Programs Run
Into Trouble on Mortgage Issue"
is a report at sunpluggers.com.
"Two brief letters have
thrown solar-financing programs across the country into turmoil.
The letters were issued by
the government-regulated mortgage financing organizations known
as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in May, as a typically busy season
for solar photovoltaic installations was getting under way.
The notes were in reference
to tax-assessed financing mechanisms for solar PV and other energy
improvements that have been adopted in 22 states. The financing
method is often referred to as property assessed clean energy,
or PACE, loans.
These programs allow property
owners to borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades, such as
solar PV systems, and repay the amount through property-tax bills
over periods as long as 20 years. If the property is sold, the
solar system and the loan obligation stay with the property.
Typically, the jurisdictions
that have enacted such programs, such as towns, cities and counties,
have made the PACE loans the first-priority debt on the property,
which helps keep the interest rates down. . . .
In California, where PACE
loans began in 2008 and have become popular in places where public
awareness of them is high, officials are fighting back. . . .
Although both the Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac letters described PACE programs as new and
"experimental," the first such loans were made available
in Palm Desert, Calif., in August 2008 and about a month later
in Berkeley, Calif. The idea had been developed by Cisco DeVries,
then an aide to Berkeley's mayor, in 2007."
from my log
in front room, watery eyes, itchy skin, air out. 11:39 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room with STRONG "chlorine" odor.
1:01 PM--irritant in front room, dry heavy air, over rides two
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with
"burning rubber" odor, irritant and odor only around
the building, watery eyes, Marsha has headache, leave.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy
dry air, light head, itchy skin, watery eyes, Marsha nasal irritation,
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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Our City Council update is
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You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
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
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
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