here after 6/24/12 here
"Windows and Doors"
is one of the oldest family owned businesses in West Berkeley
and in my memory the oldest in Potter Creek.
Zo, . . . whether you own
a mansion or a house, their old-school experience and expertise
can be helpful--remember, modern doors and window aren't your
Daddy's (Grandpa's) storm-windows and screens. Stay tuned.
The West Berkeley Project,
then a review of the West Berkeley Plan, was first introduced
to our Planning Department in 2007 and after a brief respite has
been worked on from early 2008 until now. Other of our city departments
have been involved. Stay tuned.
Information about the upcoming
Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition including their $60.00
tickets is here and information
about the participating San Francisco Early Music Society is here, including
their wonderful Fringe concerts at $15.00 a ticket.
A regular reader reports
that this week a KFOG pop quiz gave Peter Gabriel concert tickets
to the caller that could answer the question,
"What city's police
is in the spotlight
for iPhone escapades?"
"California's Averroes Institute: Islamic
Prep School in America" Monica
Campbell at theworld.org.
"In the U.S., we're
used to seeing religious private schools: Catholic preps, fundamentalist
Christian schools. Now, there's a newcomer: private Islamic schools.
In step with America's growing Muslim population, the schools
are growing fast-but not without bumps. Critics call them cocoons
raising Muslim outsiders, while the schools' leaders argue that
blending Islamic studies with an American context reflects a deeper
integration in the U.S.
We visited a tiny Islamic
high school-a start-up, really-located in California, where high
schools can house thousands of students. It's called Averroes
Institute and is perhaps one of the state's smallest high schools.
Reem Bilbeisi is the principal
of the tiny private Islamic high school in Fremont, just south
of San Francisco-and the first of its kind in the area. Like so
much in Silicon Valley, it's a start-up: just nine students total,
its inaugural freshman class. It's even in an office park, an
At least 250 Islamic schools
like this exist in the U.S. and growth has been quick in recent
years. At the university level, the first accredited Muslim college
in the U.S. debuted just north of here in Berkeley. "
"Our founding document is losing out to
Canada?" at slate.com.
"It's hard to believe
that of all the supposed threats to the United States Constitution-super
Pacs, activist judges, termites at the National Archives-the greatest
menace to our founding document would be Canadians.
And yet, a study soon to
be published in the NYU Law Review and previewed in the New York
Times, reveals the ugly truth: 'The U.S. Constitution appears
to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters
elsewhere."' What has taken its place as the world's
next top model?
The Canadian Charter of Rights
Potter Creek's Urban Farm
has a Free Farm Stand for the needy community, Wednesdays from
10 AM till Noon.
A brewery in Potter Creek?
Sooner than later, within walking distance a prayer is answered.
(Now, . . . if Steve Sullivan can just turn his truck parking
lot on 8th into a beer garden and pizza place.)
Also, look for the subdivision
of a large nearby warehouse space, as provided on the West-Berkeley
Project, into tech use after the commerical kitchen model with
equipment for tech research and manufacture.
And UC does plan a
facility on Fourth Street.
Important Berkeley PD announcements
the BPD website has been
our BPD website now includes
an Online Reporting System
the BPD CrimeView Community
website has been upgraded
BPD Coffee with Commanders
program, pioneered in West-Berkeley, is now city wide
"Berkeley mayor wants law banning sidewalk
sitting on November ballot"
"Berkeley Mayor Tom
Bates said he wants to put a measure on the November ballot to
ban sitting on sidewalks in commercial areas, a move that would
avoid a protracted fight in City Council chambers.
'It's not going to change
the world, but (this kind of law) sends a message that we want
to keep our streets and sidewalks presentable and if people come
to Berkeley they are going to have a good experience,' Bates said.
'I think it will cause some concern among people here.'
Bates said he was particularly
motivated by the scene on Telegraph Avenue, which on some days
can be a virtual gauntlet of transient youth sitting with their
dogs and asking pedestrians for change."
"The Roda Group Announces Two New Cleantech
Investments - mOasis in Mountain View, California and Inventys
Thermal Technologies in Burnaby, British Columbia" at marketwatch.com.
"The Roda Group, the
largest investor in the renewable oils company Solazyme and a
venture capital group focusing on large-scale and lucrative business
opportunities that address the issues of climate change, increasing
demand for low carbon energy, and stress on the Earth's natural
resources, announced that it has invested in two new companies
in the cleantech space."
"UC Berkeley housing shift" at bizjournals.com.
"Struggling with rising
demand for student housing amid an ongoing budget crunch, the
University of California, Berkeley, wants to turn future housing
projects over to private developers.
For the first time in its
history, the university is reviewing proposals from developers
for its next student housing project, slated for a 1.65-acre parcel
that is used for surface parking. It sees the approach as a future
model for nearly 3,500 housing units the institution plans to
add by 2020."
POSTS FROM THE
Steve Sullivan emails about the welder's yard and his plans
your site since Rick A. directed me to it a few months ago. .
like everything is on track for us to take over possession on
July 15. Of course we do not know what the future may hold but
we know that we didn't buy the property with plans to sell it.
We actually were not intending to buy the yard at all. We were
happy developing plans to incorporate the building. One element
of those plans was a solar array to be installed on the west facing
plane of the (eventual new) roof. When we talked to Regan about
what a developer would likely do on the adjacent site, he figured
that three storey condos from property line to property line would
be likely. At the allowable 35-foot height, this would have overshadowed
our solar array. Already ugly, the array would have then become
useless as well! So we decided to buy the lot. Of course, now
we may not be able to afford the solar array until further down
In any event,
the only actual ideas that we have entertained for developing
the lot involve using about 30% of it for a 30'-wide building
that would run from the welding shop to 8th street along the southern
edge of the property. Mostly production space if people still
want bread or if we decide to expand pastry production, but with
a retail shop at the 8th street tip. But that would only happen
once we had seen for a couple of years how much empty space we
had good use for.
Once I had
(roughly) sketched that arrangement, though, my pencil kept going.
I lost control of it as it drew a little box to represent a big
brick pizza oven sticking out from the side of the simple rectangle
that comprised the retail shop. I stared helpless as it traced
a half-dozen or so smaller rectangles that I recognized as picnic
benches. The horror continued as the pencil superimposed over
the tables an array of wavy lines indicating a wire trellis with
greenery and strands of twinkling lights attached. Ragged circles
appeared to indicate trees encircling the tables and screening
them from the trucks and equipment ranged across the remaining
yard space. Aghast, I realized that I had in front of me the schematic
layout for a pizzeria and beer garden that would encourage actual
interaction between Acme Bread and neighborhood residents.
see a pizzeria back at (or near) the corner of 9th and Pardee?
Would anyone but me even want that? I guess we can't say for sure.
It depends to a large extent on what happens over the next few
years and how complicated the City would make it. But our thinking
right now is much more pizza-centric than condo-centric. For what
But I wouldn't
care to speculate about the greedy spawn 30 years hence.
From last years Berkeley
Baroque Festival? Hardly, . . . that's a modern piano.
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"UC Berkeley, as seen through Ansel Adams'
camera" at newscenterberkeley.edu.
"Nearly 50 years, ago,
American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams shot black-and-white
images of the University of California campuses, creating a vast
repository of 1960s photographs that was named 'Fiat Lux' ('Let
there be light'), after the university's motto."
"Amelia Earhart: New evidence tells of
her last days on a Pacific atoll" at christiansciencemonitor.com.
"New information gives
a clearer picture of what happened 75 years ago to Amelia Earhart
and navigator Fred Noonan, where they came down and how they likely
survived for a while, at least as castaways on a remote
CEID is proud to announce that the three to five
year olds from our Class of 1999 are now either heading off to
college or entering their senior year in high school. On June
22, 2012, we are going to recognize them at a special celebratory
luncheon and, in their honor, launch our Alumni Internship Fund.
We know you will be delighted to learn how successful
these outstanding alumni are. They are honor roll and AP students,
scholar-athletes, musicians, community volunteers, and all-around
fine folks of whom we are proud beyond words. They are also inspirational
role models for our children and families-and for us all. They
are living examples of the power of early intervention and of
loving and supportive families.
We hope you will join us in celebration as well
as help us begin an Alumni Internship Fund so that we may offer
CEID internships to these outstanding achievers. This will be
a new venture for us and one that we believe will add to both
the richness of CEID and to the experience of the young adults.
Thank you for all that you do for CEID. We couldn't get by without
Jill Ellis M.Ed., Executive Director
Please help us celebrate their incredible achievements,
look back at where they started at CEID, and marvel at how far
they have come.
June 22, 2012, 12:00-2:30pm, Berkeley Bowl West
Community Room, 920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
Master of Ceremonies is Dan Ashley, KGO-TV news
$30 Per Person - Luncheon
Please RSVP by Friday June 8, 2012.
email@example.com or 510-848-4800 x 320
"When You Hate Your Taxes but Can't Name
Your Legislator" David
Crane at bloomberg.com.
"Who do you think has
more influence over the education, safety, health, welfare, transportation,
justice, recreation and economic well-being of 40 million Californians?
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein or California State Senator
Loni Hancock? That's easy: Loni Hancock. How can it be that someone
so powerful is so unknown?"
"Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces
Legislature Approves Bills to Protect California Tenants"
Attorney General Kamala D.
Harris today announced two bills to help tenants who suddenly
find themselves with the possibility of being displaced because
of a foreclosure passed the Assembly and Senate. The bills are
part of the Attorney General's proposed California Homeowner Bill
Assembly Bill 2610 (Assemblymember
Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley) and Senate Bill 1473 (Senator Loni
Hancock, D-Berkeley) will require purchasers of foreclosed homes
to give tenants at least 90 days before starting eviction proceedings.
"Calif. bill allows grand jury for financial
crimes" at cbsnews.com.
general could convene a statewide grand jury to investigate financial
crimes that cross county lines under bills approved in the state
Assembly and Senate.
The legislation unanimously
passed Wednesday is part of a package of consumer-protection bills
that Attorney General Kamala Harris pursued in response to the
Sen. Loni Hancock, a Berkeley
Democrat, says a statewide grand jury is needed when mortgage
fraud crosses jurisdictions and involves multiple victims."
"The cellist who became a beauty queen:
Rhode Island stunner, 20, crowned Miss USA" at dailymail.co.uk.
"Olivia Culpo topped
a field of 51 beauty queens to take the title."
the last two years Villa
has also featured motorcycles
Villa D'Este Concours
held over-looking Lake Como
is arguably the most prestigious of all concours d'elegance
"Zero Day" with video at washingtonpost.com.
"The Threat in Cyberspace:
To succeed in addressing risks in the digital universe, global
leaders must understand one of the most complex, man-made creations
on Earth: cyberspace.
Government and business leaders
in the United States and around the world are rushing to build
better defenses -- and to prepare for the coming battles in the
digital universe. "
Poppies, the California state flower
and . . .
BPD Area Coordinator, Ofc
Cesar Melero emails
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him
at:Berkeley Bowl - West, 920 Heinz Avenue, Wednesday, June 13,
2012, from 2 to 3pm
"The Obama Paradox" a conversation with David Sanger, author of
a new book on Obama's secret wars at foreignpolicy.com.
"Barack Obama is a paradox.
This has never been as clear to me as while reading David Sanger's
Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use
of American Power. The book is a timely, gripping read that
offers insights into some of the most surprising, most closely
guarded dimensions of the Obama presidency. Early excerpts from
his book that have already appeared in the New York Times have
sent competitors scrambling and governments from Washington to
Tel Aviv to Tehran to Islamabad into closed-door sessions to determine
how to deal with his uncomfortable revelations. When it comes
to ongoing conflicts between America and her perceived enemies
(and friends) around the world, Sanger is a one-man WikiLeaks
and Confront and Conceal is a glimpse into a world until
now shrouded in secrecy.
A cynical observer might
wonder why, at this particular moment, there have been a spate
of books and articles like Sanger's, revealing Barack Obama to
be the Great and Powerful Oz of 21st-century white-collar warfare,
a president with his hands on the joystick of American power,
directing drones, computer worms, special-operations units, and
covert actors in the kinds of shadow wars that offer a cheaper,
lower-risk alternative to those unlamented days of shock and awe
and trillion-dollar wars to nowhere. You might conclude that some
in the administration were orchestrating the serial violation
of its own secrecy laws to achieve a politically desirable image
for its candidate-commander-in-chief. But whether that's really
the case is one of the few aspects of this White House onto which
Sanger does not shed a direct light. As for the rest of what is
going on in the Obama national security apparatus, Confront
and Conceal is jam-packed with news, gripping anecdotes, stories
of triumph, and stories of hubris."
our Janine Johnson emails
For those of you coming to my Goldberg variations
concert today (2:30, Trinity Chapel near corner of Dana and Durant,
towards Bancroft), I have a new CD just out of selections from
J.S. Bach's ClavierÜbung 3 (organ music on the harpsichord).
A lot of the music is for manuals alone, so was fine to
play on the harpsichord (the Duets are included here), and others
needed some octave transposition here and there to get the voices
to fit under the hands, sans pedals. Anyway, I
thought I'd let you all know in advance. All my CDs will be for
sale at the concert, including the Goldbergs (from a live performance
a long time ago, but still good). Festival Special, $10 for any
CD. (I will include the play list from the CD below and my somewhat
casual liner notes).
2. Fuga a 5 "St. Anne's"
3. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit
4. Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist
5. Duetto IV
6. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
7. Fuga super Jesus Christus unser Heiland
8. Duetto II
9. Vater unser im Himmelreich
10. Kyrie Gott heiliger Geist
11. Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
12. Duetto III
13. Dies sind die heilgen zehen Geboth
14. Fugetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehen Geboth
15. Kyrie Gott Vater in Ewigkeit
16. Duetto I
17. Fugetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott
18. Vater unser im Himelreich
One of my favorite works for organ is the great
Praeludium in E flat from Bach's ClavierÜbung III, which
is usually followed in recital by the Fugue in E flat, called
"St. Anne's", though in Bach's manuscript the two are
separated by the entire remainder of the work, 27 pieces in all.
As a harpsichordist, the temptation was too great to not adapt
these and other works to my own instrument. The Praeludium
especially reminds me of the French Ouverture in ClavierÜbung
II and the Ouverture of Partita #4 in ClavierÜbung I, both
harpsichord works. I also have a great fondness for Bach's Chorale
Preludes, as well as his Fugues. ClavierÜbung III being organ
music, often has pedal parts, though much is also for manuals
alone, including the Duetti which are often performed
on the harpsichord.
I chose for this CD pieces that both touch me musically
and are playable on the harpsichord. Those with pedal parts sometimes
required octave transpositions but mostly demanded I get my not
so large hands to stretch more than usual. These large reaches
were in part facilitated by the keyboard of the Gräbner harpsichord
with it's narrow key span. The piece in this set that required
the most rewriting was "Vater unser im Himelreich",
but being one of the most complex and moving of the entire book,
I could not leave it out.
For this CD I worked from the facsimile of the original
publication (1739) and found some of the text to be different
from "corrected" modern versions. Of particular note
is the hair raising cross relations in the "Fuga super Jesus
Christus unser Heiland ". Bach is very specific in his notation
and in order to retain an extensive canonic imitation between
the bass and alto there can be no other option than what he has
written (this section appears in the backdrop on the CD cover).
The other unfortunate "correction" is in Duetto IV.
To my ear Bach's sometimes strange harmony is part of what makes
his music so fascinating. I also love some of his allusions to
the texts of the Chorales he has chosen to set, such as the great
flowing river in "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam".
(The harpsichord, opus 101 by John Phillips, Berkeley,
is modeled after the 1722 Johann Heinrich Gräbner preserved
in the Villa Bertramka in Prague; the earliest of four surviving
Gräbner harpsichords. Although now much modified, it is a
very good example of the large middle German harpsichord with
which Bach would have been intimately familiar. It is even likely
that Bach knew J. H. Gräbner, as the latter was the official
court tuner when Bach journeyed to Dresden to match musical skills
with Louis Marchand in 1717. One of Gräbner's sons, Christian
Heinrich, later studied organ with Bach in Leipzig. The range
is typical of the largest German instruments of the 1720s; FF-d3.
It has two manuals with two 8' registers and one 4'. J.P.)
Special thanks to the owner for the use of this
harpsichord and to John Phillips for allowing me the use of his
shop for recording.
POST FROM THE PAST
Celia's razing hits a snag--a
Steve Smith photo
END POST FROM THE
There is a Potter Creek many-family
yard sale this Saturday, June 9th, at 2830 8th Street. Among others'
stuff, I'll have boxes of LPs at $4.00 a record. The sale is from
9:00 AM 'till 4:00 PM.
"Marijuana dispensary settles lawsuit" Michael Shepherd at kjonline.com.
"Maine's largest medical
marijuana dispensary nonprofit group has settled a lawsuit brought
by its former California backer."
"Tesla's Model S coming soon, Elon Musk
says" at sfgate.com.
"Tesla Motors CEO Elon
Musk assured his investors at their annual shareholders meeting
Wednesday that the company's long-awaited second car, the Model
S, is almost here. In fact, it's sitting in his driveway.
The first two Model S electric
sedans to roll off the production line in Fremont were delivered
late last week - the first to Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson,
the second to Musk. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin
June 22, and Musk said he wanted to put the car through one last
round of executive-level quality control."
POST FROM THE PAST
today about 4:20, the old Asphalt Products Oil Corp warehouse
caught fire. It is now owned by the Berkeley Bowl, who plans to
raze it for parking. Well Ok then! This warehouse is immediately
north of the new AHA project.
APO was a
well-known environment hazard with many city citations. It was
said at one time to be the most sighted site in Berkeley.
owners just yesterday paid for a demolition permit.
END POST FROM THE
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory
deals blow to unions"
by Peter Whoriskey and Dan Balz at washingtonpost.com.
"Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker's victory in a recall election Tuesday amounted to a significant
defeat for the nation's labor unions, which had mounted one of
their most aggressive grass-roots campaigns ever to defeat the
I thought I'd do a few paragraphs
on the West-Berkeley Project as masturbation since so many are
playing with themselves over it these days, instead here's what's
sexy about the West; Joe's newly painted home, a new brewery,
the little house and cottage on 10th that that just sold, BPD's
coffee with commanders program, BFD's pumper roaring down our
streets, the new tech movement, Kubik and David's gardens, Kruse
the perfect neighbor, Warehams' spring planting along 7th, the
shuttles, the Berkeley Bowl West, 900 Grayson, dinner-time music
at the Westside, Brennan's, our Urban Farm's free farmer's stand,
Acme's warm bread smell, Milo and Sarah waiting for the school
bus, etc, etc, etc.
What's not sexy? The constant,
endless, head-tripping confrontations . . . and please don't give
me any "democracy in action" crap.
Bowman emails about Dorky
the missing rabbit
If found contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilman Wozniak emails
At its June 12th meeting
the Berkeley City Council will consider an important issue for
which I am seeking input from residents. Since many residents
are unable to attend the Council meeting, several council members
have posted this agenda issue on the Open Town Hall website along
with a report from the mayor. To register your opinion click on
the text highlighted in blue in the below article.
Note: The Open Town Hall
site requires individuals who submit public comment to sign in
or register in order to limit input to one per individual. In
addition, you can read what others are saying about these issues.
I will carefully consider
all public input from the Open Town Hall forum as well as other
traditional sources in making my final decision on this matter.
POST FROM THE PAST
Saturday morning, after their
neighborhood kids' program
firefighters from our Station One refilled their
pumper on 8th and Grayson
END POST FROM THE
"KUSF sale completed, FCC probe ends" Vivian Ho at sfgate.com.
The multimillion dollar sale
of the University of San Francisco-owned classical music radio
channel was finalized after more than a year of discussion when
all parties in the transaction agreed to pay $50,000 each to end
a Federal Communications Commission investigation, officials announced
KUSF can now transfer its
broadcast license to the nonprofit Classical Public Radio Network,
a classical music station operated by the University of Southern
California. The sale was announced in January 2011, with KDFC,
the Bay Area's only classical music station, moving up the FM
dial to 90.3 and booting out KUSF's student radio programming.
The student radio station
retained use of the KUSF letters, but is now only accessible online.
FCC officials said that the
transaction violated the commission's rules that forbid noncommercial
educational radio stations from selling programming time for profit.
FCC Media Bureau Chief William Lake said in a statement that this
$3.75 million sale would allow Classical Public Radio Network
to provide all of KDFC's programming 'in return for a monthly
payment that exceeded the station's expenses.'
USF and CPRN's $50,000 "voluntary contribution" to the
U.S. Treasury ends the FCC probe."
6/4/12--10:00 AM---dry dirty
air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 11: 00 AM--similar,
hot metal odor in warehouse front, Marsha nauseous. 2:10 PM--similar.
6/5/12--3:05 PM---dry dirty
air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.
6/6/12--10:16 AM--dry dirty
air in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, out front-person
has cough attack.
6/7/12--10:17 AM---dry dirty
air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.
all evening, mucus membrane irritant, cough attacks, burning watery
eyes, wear respirator.
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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.
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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