JUNE 2012

after 6/9/12 here after 6/24/12 here

V&W "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 chief

 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 odd-yet affordable-location.

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 and Freedoms."

















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 upraded



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" at contracostatimes.com.

"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."










Acme Bread's Steve Sullivan emails about the welder's yard and his plans


I've enjoyed your site since Rick A. directed me to it a few months ago. . . .

It looks 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 the road.

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.

Could we 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 it's worth.

But I wouldn't care to speculate about the greedy spawn 30 years hence.


Steve S.
Acme Bread




From last years Berkeley Baroque Festival? Hardly, . . . that's a modern piano.









"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 island."

















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 you.


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 anchor.

$30 Per Person - Luncheon

Please RSVP by Friday June 8, 2012.

development@ceid.org 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" at goldrushcam.com.

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 of Rights.

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.

"California's attorney 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 mortgage crisis.

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 D'Este Concours

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).

1. Praeludium 
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.










Celia's razing hits a snag--a Steve Smith photo
















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."










Late-afternoon 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.

The Bowl owners just yesterday paid for a demolition permit.







"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 Republican."



















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 gbwagner@lmi.net
(510) 841-4040 



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.










Saturday morning, after their neighborhood kids' program

firefighters from our Station One refilled their pumper on 8th and Grayson







"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 Thursday.

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.

6/9/12--SERIOUS irritant all evening, mucus membrane irritant, cough attacks, burning watery eyes, wear respirator.





eternally useful links

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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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.



Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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 at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here



Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."






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