father and son
our Steve Smith and son,
In keeping with head-tripping,
which more and more I believe now to be the driving force behind
the West Berkeley Project,
I offer, . . . Steven Goldin
runs for the Mayor of Berkeley in 2016, or sooner . . . .*
I manage Steven's campaign,
a broad based, savvy, 21st Century effort and we win, . . . We
* I wish Da Boz
no ill for the more I "understand" Berkeley politics,
the more I respect our mayor, The Honorable Tom Bates.
"Startups' office space needs unique design"
Douglas MacMillan, Bloomberg
"When Airbnb Inc., the
vacation-rental startup, outfitted its new headquarters last year,
it included some unusual features: a tree house, the side of a
propeller plane's fuselage and conference rooms that replicate
apartments in New York, Hong Kong and Berlin.
While such lavish decor may
look frothy, executives at Airbnb 'realized it was a recruiting
tool,' said Kelly Robinson, who led the design of the 25,000-square-foot
office in San Francisco.
As tech startups expand with
new funding and rapid hiring, office designers are dreaming up
creative spaces to contain them."
"Neighborhood Food Project sprouts interest in
Eugene and in California" Mandy
Valencia at mailtribune.com.
"As dozens of volunteers hustled around the Rogue Valley
Saturday collecting and sorting food donations, a pair of out-of-towners
followed them around to learn how the fast-growing Neighborhood
Food Project is organized.
Word of the revolutionary
program, started in Ashland in 2009 and now spreading throughout
Southern Oregon and beyond, drew observers from Eugene and Berkeley,
Calif., who want to implement similar programs in their own communities.
'It's a great idea,' said Phil Catalfo of Berkeley. 'What's so
cool is that they just collect the food and the food bank does
a great job of distributing it.'
Catalfo and his wife, Michelle
Lerager, along with Alicia Hines from Food for Lane County, shadowed
local volunteers who collected food put out by residents in Ashland,
Talent, Phoenix, Medford, Jacksonville, Central Point and Eagle
The way the program works
is that neighborhood food coordinators sign up people in their
neighborhoods to become food donors. Residents are given bright-green,
reusable bags, which they fill with food. On the second Saturday
of every even month, the coordinators pick up the food bags and
leave a replacement bag for the next time. All the food is taken
directly to local food pantries.
'It's painless; you have
to go shopping anyway,' said Lerager, as she watched the food
being unloaded at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. 'And it's personal.
You're sharing the food you would have eaten.' "
Berkeley resident Tyler Hoare
installed a new version of his Red Baron and Sopwith
biplane aircraft yestweday at the Emeryville mud flats next to
the Chevy's restaurant at 1890 Powell St.
Aw jeez "Tipping
Point Near for Planet Earth, Scientists Warn" at ensnewswire.com.
widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change
may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere,
a planet-wide tipping point that would have destructive consequences,
warns a group of scientists from around the world.
The paper compares the biological
impact of past incidences of global change with processes under
way today and assess evidence for what the future holds. It appears
in the June 7 issue of the journal 'Nature,' which is focused
on the environment in advance of the June 13-22 United Nations
Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
'It really will be a new
world, biologically, at that point,' warns Anthony Barnosky, professor
of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley,
and lead author of the paper.
'The data suggests that there
will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much
of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including,
for example, fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean
water,' said Barnosky. 'This could happen within just a few generations.'
The result of such a major
shift in the biosphere would be mixed, Barnosky said, with some
plant and animal species disappearing, new mixes of remaining
species, and major disruptions in terms of which agricultural
crops can grow where."
POST FROM THE PAST
I'm on Scrambled Eggs!"
a steve smith photo
END POST FROM THE
"Students Appeal Rejections From Cal" by Emma Koger at Berkeley High Jacket.
"This year, 61,661 students
applied to the University of California, Berkeley. Of those 61,661
students that applied, 25 percent were admitted for the freshman
undergraduate class. Now, largely in reaction to the state's ban
on affirmative action, some students argue that UC Berkeley's
accepted students are not sufficiently racially diverse and that
students of color are discriminated against in admissions.
A number of students have
appealed their rejections of admission to the university and have
organized themselves with a mission to reestablish the policy
of affirmative action."
"Stealthy robot mimics disappearing cockroaches"
by Sharon Gaudin at computerworld.com.
"You know how cockroaches just seem to disappear before you
can squash them?"
POSTS FROM THE
In the "first action?
of his 2012 mayoral campaign?" our Councilman Laurie Capitelli
makes "a 'deal' about the West-Berkeley Project with WEBIACers."
"The 'deal' is that
a maximum of 270,000 square feet of protected warehouse/wholesale
space in the MM and MULI can be converted to "R & D.'
Of that, a maximum of 150000 sq ft can be currently in use."
And about the same time issues
the press release
"The results of a survey
of over 1800 UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff indicate
that they would shop and visit the Downtown Berkeley and Telegraph
Avenue shopping districts more if there were a better selection
of stores and if those districts were safer and more welcoming.
Following a student government
initiated City-University Forum with city leaders in March, Councilmember
Laurie Capitelli suggested that students conduct a survey to advise
the City of Berkeley on how to improve the quality of life, shopping
and recreation in the Downtown and on the Telegraph Ave. corridor.
More than 90% of the respondents were UC Berkeley undergraduate
and graduate students."
Again, without random sampling
you CANNOT get representative results--see any Soc 101 text. In
this case you have 1800 self-selected respondents. (And it is
probable that those filling out the survey are those who want
And further, to make conclusions
about student body opinion based on 1800 self selected respondents--90%
of whom say they are students--out of a student population of
over 30,000 is not social science but simply a leap of faith.
The survey results may be
representative or they may not--bad sociology, good Berkeley politics.
"You see 'The People' want change we're just following 'Their
Mr Laurie emails
Ron, You must have some information
I don't have.
END POSTS FROM
Ok, . . . so it's the "first
action" in the 2016 election. Make no mistake, the Councilman
is not only running for re-election but is now also positioning
for a future mayor race. The Shadow knows.
our BPD Area Coordinator
Ofc Cesar Melero emails
Berkeley Police Department
Public Information Officer, Sergeant Mary Kusmiss forwarded the
On Thursday, June 7, 2012 at about 1:20 p.m. two male suspects
walked up to the front of the Bank of America at 2546 San Pablo
Avenue and robbed the bank security guard of his revolver. The
suspects were armed with semi automatic handguns and apparently
struck the guard in the head prior to fleeing on foot.
"The guard sustained some pain and swelling to his head but
declined any paramedic treatment. The bank itself was not the
victim of a robbery or robbery attempt. There were a number of
witnesses to the crime. The City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) is investigating. Some community members believe that the
suspects got into a light blue pickup in the 2500 block of 10th
Street (one block west of the Bank) that was driven by a white
If you have any information regarding this incident, please call
the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900.
"Berkeley weighs funding for J-Sei Senior
Jones, San Francisco Chronicle.
"Four days a week, Roy
Yamada, 80, treks 32 miles round-trip across the East Bay - bypassing
maybe a dozen other senior centers - to reach J-Sei Senior Center
It's worth the hassle, he
There, he can enjoy soba
noodles and sweet-and-sour fish with other Japanese American seniors,
take a meditation class, visit with old friends, and, if needed,
get referrals for bilingual caregivers, housing and other services."
"Berkeley eyes ban on sitting on sidewalks"
Carolyn Jones, San
"Berkeley, among the
most generous cities in the country in funding homeless services,
is considering a daytime ban on sitting on the sidewalk in all
The City Council on Tuesday
night is slated to vote to direct the city attorney to write a
ballot measure, similar to San Francisco's sit-lie ordinance,
that would prohibit sitting on the sidewalk from 7 a.m. to 10
Violators would be warned
twice and then receive a $50 citation or be required to perform
'Berkeley is a very compassionate
community. The least we can do is ask people to respect our city
and abide by the rules,' said Mayor Tom Bates, who proposed the
idea. 'We want to make Berkeley a more comfortable place for everyone.'
"Why California Water Uses So Much Power--and
What Can Be Done About It"
by Dan Brekke at kqed.org.
"It's a basic household
safety lesson that you absolutely should pay attention to: Water
and power don't mix. But in California, there's a twist. It's
actually impossible to keep them apart.
Every time you turn on a
light or start up your electric lawnmower, you're using water
the water needed to produce that electricity. And every
time you turn on a faucet or water the lawn, it's like you're
flipping a power switch. Because it takes a lot of electricity
to get that water from where nature puts it to where you want
to use it.
So how much power do we need to get water where we want it and
treat it before and after we use it?
Here's a typical journey for California water. It starts out as
snow in the high Sierra. When the weather warms up in the spring,
it starts flowing downhill. First in a trickle, then in a roar.
So far, so good. Gravity gives water all the help it needs to
get from Point A to Point B--as long as Point B is downhill from
But most Californians depend on water that travels uphill. And
that takes electricity--lots of it."
"Electric Cars Merely a Green Illusion,
According to New Environmental Book" at prnewswire.com.
"Hybrid and electric
cars are neither clean nor green according to a new environmental
book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press),
written by University of California - Berkeley visiting scholar
Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions exposes numerous hidden side effects
of new hybrid and electric cars, such as the Tesla, Leaf, Fisker
Karma, and Prius. The analysis considers mining impacts, toxins,
energy use, suburban sprawl and carbon footprints of production.
From an environmental perspective, Zehner argues that hybrids
and electric cars are no better than gasoline vehicles, a conclusion
backed by a National Academy of Sciences report."
Councilman Capitelli emails
of my 6/1/11 post about him.
"Geez Ronn...you could
at least spell my name right."
It's been corrected Larry,
and thanks for the head sup.
Something to help us here
in Berkeley through the coming election by David Perlman "X-ray
telescope promises insight into black holes" at sfgate.com.
POST FROM THE PAST
Blake House is the traditional
residence of presidents of the University of California, in Kensington.
Five minutes before midnight
on June 30, movers hauled the last boxes from a spectacular rented
home in the Oakland Hills. The tenant's lease was about to expire,
and in his haste to get out, he left behind thousands of dollars
of damage to the hardwood floors and Venetian plastered walls.
The tenant was Mark G. Yudof,
president of the University of California. His midnight move was
the latest chapter in a two-year housing drama that has cost the
university more than $600,000 and has drawn senior U.C. officials
into an increasingly time-consuming and acrimonious ordeal over
the president's private residence.
END POST FROM THE
"Solar Cells and Wind Turbines Don't Offset
Fossil Fuel Use, According to New Book, Green Illusions" at marketwatch.com.
"Renewable energy technologies
do not offset fossil fuel use in the United States according to
a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University
of Nebraska Press), by University of California - Berkeley visiting
scholar Ozzie Zehner. In fact, building more solar cells and wind
turbines could actually accelerate fossil fuel use unless nations
take other steps to avoid a rebound effect."
"Berkeley City Council passes sit-lie ordinance" is a abclocalkgo report with videp.
"The city known for
embracing its homeless may soon be a little less understanding.
Berkeley will put a measure on the ballot that makes it illegal
to sit or lie on streets and sidewalks.
On Tuesday there was a very
heated debate at the Berkeley City Council meeting that went late
into the night. One person said it was the most raucous meeting
she's attended in 20 years."
"More than 7 in 10 US teens jobless in
summer" by Hope
Yen is an AP report at contracostatimes.com.
"Once a rite of passage
to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing."
POST FROM THE PAST
B-Ball at Ben's Birthday
more Birthday Bash here
END POST FROM THE
"Ways to tax California's 1% to stem budget
crisis" Lenny Goldberg,Roy
Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle.
"Gov. Jerry Brown's
most recent budget proposal takes a meat-ax to vital programs,
including Medi-Cal and in-home support services.
Why do we refer to them as
'vital'? In-home services, for example, helps the disabled and
seniors live safely in their own homes, obviating the need to
place them in more costly outside facilities.
The governor's plan represents
the latest and worst in a cuts-only approach in which California
seems to specialize. Reaping the benefits of this approach are
the rich and powerful. The losers are those without high-priced
lobbyists: the poor and the weak.
There are several potential
revenue sources the rich and powerful have been able to avoid
that other states, including a few very red ones, have seen fit
this semester's end
at the French School
The third and final part
of the five-years-in-the-making,West Berkeley Project (MUPs) has
been approved by our city council to be placed on the November
Our John Curl has been looking
into our Mayor Tom Bates' past (read "Tom
Baters, etc" in our Daily Menshevik) and seems to be
surprised that Bates is a politician. Something I figured out
early-on when in Scrambled Eggs I referred to him irreverently
but often respectfully as Da Boz.
Among other things, John
seems upset by Da Boz deal-making which I believe to be largely
successful, reflecting an essence of life. Da Boz generally makes
sure that "Everybody gets something but nobody gets everything."
(Understand politics is the art of the possible.)
And Curl even wonders about
Da Boz having the new athletic field named for himself. I remember
in The Day at the Buttercup we named a new dining room after the
still-alive Moe "The Moe Moskowiirz Memorial Dining Room."
Moe greatly appreciated having a memorial he could enjoy.
Do I trust Da Boz? "As
far as I can throw him!" But I feel the same about Washington,
Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan and Obama.
But hell, you gotta like
the guy who made home brewing legal in California.
"Potter Creeks own The Bark in the Chron's
'Leah Garchik' "
folks at Comedy Central reached out to the Bark in Berkeley, all
the way across the country, to tell editors of the 15-year-old
periodical about dogs at 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.' "
our The Bark
dogs of the Daily Show issue
POST FROM THE PAST
years, Kimar and I have had a running discussion about problems
in Berkeley that always ends with "The Problem with Berkeley!"
We've explored our radical past, nepotism, alienation, and even
self-hatred. But yesterday we had an epiphany. "Berkeley
simply lacks sufficient adult supervision."
END POST FROM THE
"Tesla Motors ready to launch its all-electric
Model S sedan" Dana
Hull dhull, mercurynews.com.
"Many in the traditional auto industry doubted that Tesla
Motors (TSLA) could build an all-electric sedan from scratch
in Silicon Valley. But next week the skeptics will witness the
tech industry's most disruptive product launch of the year."
"Nine of 10 Californians under 65 will
be covered under Affordable Care Act, says new study" at yubanet.com.
"Between 1.8 million
and 2.7 million previously uninsured Californians will gain coverage
by 2019, when the law's effect is fully realized, the researchers
the first full day of Summer!
" 'Jimi Plays Berkeley' Expanded Edition
To Be Released On Dvd And Blu-Ray" at contactmusic.com.
LLC (the official family company that manages all things
Jimi Hendrix) and Son Commercial Music Group are to release an
expanded edition of 'Jimi Plays Berkeley' on Blu-ray and DVD on
July 9th 2012."
"Finances of prominent California pot club
revealed in documents" is
a California Watch report.
"At the peak of California's
pot boom in 2009, one of the state's largest medical marijuana
dispensaries recorded more than $15 million in sales to thousands
of customers for popular strains like Grand Daddy Purple, OG Kush
and Blue Dream. What it didn't record was much profit.
During the same period the
dispensary - Berkeley Patients Group - registered just over $100,000
in 'net income.' So where did all the money go? Until now it's
been hard to know, since Berkeley Patients Group, like other California
dispensaries, keeps a tight lock on its internal finances.
But according to company
accounting documents and emails obtained by California Watch,
much of Berkeley Patients Group's income from lucrative pot sales
went to growers, staff salaries that included nearly $1 million
for top executives, advertising, security, accountants and attorneys
and a host of other operating expenses. Smaller expenditures included
$39,916 on 'decorations and ambiance' and $2,481 for softball.
. . .
One area where the dispensary
appears to fall short of its public rhetoric is in its donations
to local charities. While company executives have said they contribute
generously to groups ranging from local libraries and schools
to the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, internal documents show the
group gave $18,083 to charity in 2009. In contrast, it distributed
$253,433 to marijuana advocacy organizations."
BPD Ofc Byron White emails
about our vehicle crime trends (excerpts)
Catalytic Converter Thefts
Over time, the City of Berkeley
Police Department has noticed a pattern of theft of catalytic
converters throughout the city-much like other parts of country.
A catalytic converter is a piece of the vehicle's exhaust system
(made of precious metals) that converts toxic emissions to less
toxic substances. Because of the rising values of precious
metals over time, catalytic converter thefts (as well as the theft
of other items containing precious metals-such as brass railings,
auto gates, etc.) have become a cost-effective means for suspects
to turn a quick buck. From what I understand, a person who
steals a catalytic converter can get up to $200 per device.
The typical Modus Operandi of the catalytic converter suspect
in the City of Berkeley is a suspect operating during the nighttime
hours-taking advantage of shadows and darkness of the night.
The suspect will most likely be equipped with a reciprocating
saw (aka: saber saw, sawzall) and some form of bag or backpack
to carry the saw and stolen catalytic converters. Catalytic
converter theft suspects may be walking on foot, riding a bicycle,
or driving a vehicle. When the suspect identifies a vehicle
to steal the catalytic converter from, the suspect lies down underneath
the rear of the vehicle at the tail pipe. The suspect then
utilizes their reciprocating saw to simply cut the catalytic converter
from the tail pipe. According to Edmunds.com, a suspect
can steal your catalytic converter in under two minutes.
The most commonly hit vehicles are SUVs and trucks, especially
late-model Toyotas, because they sit higher off the ground-making
for easier access.
Much like catalytic converter theft suspects, smash & grab
auto burglary suspects also operate during darkness. Instead
of taking the time to actually break a window, open the door,
and get into a vehicle, these snatch & grab auto burglary
suspects will simply break a window, reach inside the vehicle,
and take whatever is visible within arm's reach. One might
think that the breaking of a window would cause lots of noise
for persons in the area to notice, but these snatch & grab
auto burglary suspects are much more clever than that. Suspects
today are resorting to using tricks to muffle the noise-like putting
a towel against the window or using spark plugs to break the window
(there is a type of reaction between the materials found in spark
plugs and the vehicle windows-causing the window to break).
Because of methods like these, auto burglary suspects can burglarize
your vehicle in moments. To combat this, make sure you do
not leave any valuables visible in your vehicle.
Ofc Byron White
Operations Division Area Coordinator--Area 1
BPD Webmail Administrator
Berkeley Police Department
At last week's Coffee with
the Commander, our Area Commander Lt Dave Frankel reported that
auto burglary is a particular problem in our area with 24 logged
in the week before last--though this figure is down very slightly
from the previous report period.
Our Area Coordinator Cesar
Melero was also present and gave a demonstration of the updated
BPD website. Check out the BPD CrimeView Community page. It is
and is a powerful tool.
Last week there was a shooting
in the 900 block of 63rd Street but no one was injured. Though
in Oakland, 8-10 Berkeley officers responded to this call for
service. A contrast to the two responding Oakland PD officers.
And, Lt Frankel reported
that Sgt Mary Kusmiss is being rotated out as BPD Public Information
Officer with Ofc Jennifer Coats rotationg into the position.
I'm told by a Counciil member
that Tuesday night's Berkeley PD proposals have been sent to staff
for codification, then to be approved in a September council session.
our Camron Woo emails
We have a new neighborhood
We tried it and highly recommend
it. It is on Ashby right across from the Wells Fargo. Open for
breakfast and lunch, it is connected to the popular Bowl'd on
(How can you not love a dish
called bibimbop . . . )
Chris Sulnier has also heard good
things about Spoon-Korean-Bistro.
By the way, Chris' brother, Anthony, went to a private screening
of Pixar's "Brave." He liked it and gives it more than
I just dicovered our Mint
Leaf's steak sandwiches, a favorite of Geralyns who recommend
them during our Yard Sale. They are on Mint Leaf's To-Go menu
I' m told that our Rick Auerbach
is not now lobbying for WEBAIC and is looking for a job. Rick's
really good with people and would be a good fit in a job I've
always envied--Greeter at Walmart. Darn, I just don't have the
people skills necessary for that position.
Our City of Berkeley News
Page has a story about
the reopening of our San Pablo Park basketball
UC is holding off on its
move to Fourth Street.
In a story that has relevance
for West Berkeley, Susan Todd writes in the New Jersey Star Ledger
Gov. Kim Guadagno is hunting for biotech firms, specialty drugmakers
and foreign-based pharmaceutical companies to bring to New Jersey.
If it ruffles feathers among
her counterparts in Pennsylvania, California and Massachusetts,
well, so be it.
Just don't try to lure business
away from her state.
The life-sciences industry
- a catchphrase for the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical-device
businesses - is sought after around the world by officials who
want to strengthen their economies and create high-paying jobs.
With a mix of moxie, cheerleading
for the state and unflagging persuasiveness, Guadagno is intent
on being among the winners in the fierce competition for the business.
There's a lot at stake for
New Jersey if she isn't."
"The Enlightened Classroom" is a story at wsj.com that sites our
Rosa Parks Elementary School.
"School districts across the country are turning to solar
power to cut their electricity costs. With the money they're saving,
they are able to retain more teachers and programs in the face
of budget cuts. As a bonus, some schools are using solar installations
to teach kids about renewable energy.SunPower Corp., of San Jose,
Calif., is installing a total of 30 megawatts of solar-power capacity
at K-12 schools in the state, which leads the nation in solar
installations in part because of its long-standing subsidy program.
'All told, California schools are expected to save $1.5 billion
over the next 30 years through the use of on-site solar-power
systems,' says SunPower spokeswoman Ingrid Ekstrom.
Still, solar power isn't
without its challenges for schools. One is that the panels are
prone to theft or vandalism if they are made too accessible, school
officials say. Another risk is that a district will agree to pay
more than it should under a power-purchase contract, says Russell
Driver, an industry consultant in San Francisco. That can happen
if energy prices don't rise as much as expected-or even fall-over
the life of the contract, or if the district simply fails to negotiate
skillfully. . . .
But solar energy also can
provide value beyond cost savings for schools, as an educational
tool. At Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkeley, Calif., students race
solar-powered cars, operate a solar-powered decorative fountain
and participate in an annual solar fair. Officials of the Berkeley
Unified School District say that while children are learning hands-on
about renewable energy, the $45,000 in annual savings the district
expects to achieve with installations on two schools so far will
help offset budget cuts.
'I think it's a no-brainer,'
says William Huyett, superintendent of the 9,500-student district
across the bay from San Francisco."
"Ojai North!, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California" is a music review by our Allan Ulrich in the
"What distinguishes an ersatz music festival from the genuine
article? Beyond thematic coherence and starry talents, a zest
for invention and a sense of community should pervade the music-making.
That spirit permeated the opening gambit last week of the Berkeley
version of the venerable Ojai Festival, a staple of Southern California
alfresco cultural life for 66 years.
No brass fanfares intruded
on the sylvan miracle that is the University of California's Faculty
Glade. In their place, 21 percussionists ringed the site, as their
banging, tinkling, wheezing and chirping mingled with the sounds
of nature. So went the local premiere of John Luther Adams' startling
Inuksuit, composed for a barren Alaskan landscape, but uncommonly
eloquent when delivered in this sun-blessed landscape under Steven
Schick's masterly direction. Hundreds of listeners were invited
to move about at will, revelling in their unique sonic perspectives."
In The Day, Allan and his
roomate regularly came to Moe's to buy opera records--enthusiastic
music lovers, I remember.
POST FROM THE PAST
a Rick Auerbach
Rick's photos are available
for purchase, email for details.
END POST FROM THE
"Slain man's family files claim against
K Lee at sfgate.com.
"The family of a Berkeley
resident bludgeoned to death outside his home, allegedly by a
mentally disturbed man, filed a legal claim against the city Wednesday
blaming police in part for the slaying because officers didn't
promptly respond to his call for help."
Well Ok then.
Of a decision that could result in bad
policing but is good politics, Doug Oakley writes"Berkeley
council backs police reforms with civil liberties in mind"
"The City Council has
decided to move forward with police reforms that favor civil liberties
over state and federal intelligence gathering that ramped up after
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Calls for reform were inspired
last fall after the Berkeley council questioned why police officers
were being used to control demonstrators during Occupy protests.
The council decided Tuesday
night to approve recommendations that would make it more difficult
for police to report suspected terrorists and criminals to regional
and federal authorities; stop holding some people in its jails
the federal government wants for immigration violations; and restrict
police from gathering intelligence on people engaged in nonviolent,
non-felonious civil disobedience.
The vote also called for
City Council approval on some federal government grants to police,
to provide more information on police training with federal money
and require police to disclose instances of mutual aid to other
In a recent conversation
with a council member, I was assured that during this election
year not only were council decisions often good politics but were
good for the community. I
guess BPG's closing has resulted in a lower grade ganja in Our
Town with some unintended consequences.
In John Curl's story about
Da Boz (see my 6/16/12 post
) John mentions that there is a picture of the Mexican Revolutionary
Zapata in Da Boz ' office. Personally, I prefer Pancho
Villa who had the cahones to actually invade the US of A.
Though Zapata certainly had the better moustache.
"Rejuvenation Joins Berkeley Community
with a New Store"
is a press release at prweb.com about a story that I broke
months ago on Scrambled Eggs.
largest manufacturer of period-authentic lighting and house parts,
opens its fourth retail location on June 23 in Berkeley, California.
The new store will bring 5,600 square feet of light fixtures,
house parts, and salvage pieces to Fourth Street, a destination
for specialty home décor shops.
Berkeley was an obvious choice
for the retailer, as President Alysa Rose notes, 'We love the
neighborhood and the space is ideal. We have so many customers
in the Bay Area already, so we're thrilled that we now have the
right location to serve them and to introduce ourselves to new
The main draw of the retail
store is that it allows local customers to experience Rejuvenation's
'handcrafted' customer service in person. Rose says, 'With a brick-and-mortar
store, guests can see and handle products up close, and interact
directly with our customer service experts.' The store merchandises
its lighting collections by era, so consumers can easily find
fixtures that suit their style and their space. A unique 'Shade
Workshop' encourages customers to try on shades: Once they've
selected a fixture, guests will be able to see how it actually
looks with various shades before placing their custom order.
As with its other stores,
the lighting and hardware company has selected a local charitable
partner to receive fundraising support.. . .
We love the neighborhood
and the space is ideal. We have so many customers in the Bay Area
already, so we're thrilled that we now have the right location
to serve them and to introduce ourselves to new customers."
"Tacoma's new LeMay museum is a shrine
to all American cars (even the AMC Pacer)" Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times at contracostatimes.com.
"The most important car in the brand-spanking-new LeMay-America's
Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., isn't the 1930 Duesenberg Model J
or the ice-blue 1951 Studebaker that welcomes visitors through
the lobby like a gleaming, four-wheeled family pet.
It's the one that draws you
to it for reasons you don't quite understand at first. A latent
childhood memory. A loved one. A time. One glance, and the back
of your life opens up like a garage door. And you're gone."
BPD Sgt. MC Kusmiss emails
Thursday, June 21, 2012 is
my last day as the fulltime City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) Public Information Officer (PIO)
I wanted to take this opportunity to speak as "I" and
share that I appreciate your continued interest in City of Berkeley
crime, significant incidents, BPD and issues that involve policing
It has always been an honor and privilege to work with all of
you and represent BPD as best as I have been able on and off over
Officer Jennifer Coats #151 has been selected as the incoming
PIO. She is a veteran professional who will serve you well. I
am certain she will reach out to you in the upcoming week. She
begins on Monday, June 25, 2012. Her office line will be (510)
I handed my BB over to her which should be converted to her email
sometime in the next couple days.
I look forward perhaps seeing you on the street from time to time.
Sgt. MC Kusmiss
our Councilman, Darryl Moore,
Berkeley's Annual Juneteenth
Festival - Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10 AM to 6 PM, Adeline Street,
between Ashby and Alcatraz Streets in South Berkeley
Berkeley's Annual Juneteenth
Festival will be celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary this
Northern California's original and longest-running Juneteenth
festival returns this year, offering a dynamic lineup of entertainers
and performers to entertain festival-goers with a vast array of
blues, jazz, reggae and new school music, along with a multitude
of arts, crafts, cultural events and ethnic foods.
This year's festival theme is: 'We're Still Standing!,' a testament
to how long the festival has been held for residents throughout
the Bay Area. 'Many black festivals have come and gone over
the years,' said Delores Nochi Cooper, Festival Publicity Chair.
'However, the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival has been steadfast
in its longevity to mark the celebration, and recognize this important
historical event in the lives of African Americans.'
Twenty-four years ago, co-founders Sam Dyke and his late-partner
R.D. Bonds canvassed the community who recommended that something
should be done to bring consciousness back to the community.
And from that, Juneteenth in Berkeley evolved. 'Juneteenth is
a cultural day in celebration of all the many contributions that
we as a people have made in America,' noted Dyke, proprietor of
South Berkeley's People's Bazaar. 'Juneteenth has a black significance,
and those of us who celebrate Juneteenth look at this celebration
the same way others look at the Fourth of July.'
In addition to a fun zone for children, the 2 on 2 Basketball
Tourney returns for young adults. This year's historical
exhibit will feature the Berkeley NAACP. The festival will also
include dozens of booths offering a variety of clothing, jewelry
and gifts, special ethnic cuisines, and live entertainment on
Theo and JRedd will serve as MC's for the two stages. Entertainers
scheduled to perform include: Sakura (featuring James Levi), Michael
Marshall, Kev Choice, Innovators, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic,
Tracy Cruz, Vocal Rush, Johnas Street, The North Oakland Senior
Center African Dancers, Funk Beyond Control, Kuhmo, Washington
Sisters, and Mark Wright.
Emmy Award winning artist and East Bay resident, James Gayles
created the design for this year's poster which features an image
of Queen Califia. Califia is the name of a fictional 15th
century Black Amazon warrior queen, associated with the mythical
Island of California. The state of California is thought
by some to be named after Queen Califia.
Festival-goers are encouraged to take BART to the festival as
the recommended method of transportation. Riders will need
to exit at the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley. For
more information on planning your trip to the festival, visit
Festival sponsors include the City of Berkeley, BART, Alameda
County, Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union Inter-City Services,
Golden One Credit Union, Farm Fresh Choice, an Ecology Center
program, PG&E, People's Bazaar and the law firm of Laughlin,
Falbo, Levy & Moresi, LLP, among others.
For more information about the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, call
(510) 655-8008 or visit www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org.
The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln on
January 1, 1863, freed slaves from southern states in rebellion
against the United States during the Civil War. However,
it wasn't until June 19, 1865 that the news of "freedom"
reached slaves in Galveston, Texas by Major Granger who advised
black residents that they were no longer slaves. On June
19th (shortened to Juneteenth), slaves flooded the streets, rejoicing
in their newly discovered freedom. Juneteenth is celebrated in
Texas and many parts of the South on a very large scale, and also
in Berkeley (see related article on the history of Berkeley Juneteenth
and the NAACP).
Communities nationwide have adopted Juneteenth as an occasion
to celebrate African American culture and traditions, and as an
opportunity to acknowledge contributions African Americans have
made to the fabric of America.
today announced the launch of its new website," a press release at hexus.com.
The new website features
detailed information, images and other news about loudspeakers
and other products from Canalis, a new division of high-end audio
manufacturer Spiral Groove.
Canalis is the latest endeavor
from Spiral Groove founder Allen Perkins, working in conjunction
with renowned loudspeaker designer Joachim Gerhard. Canalis offers
four ultimate-performance loudspeakers including the Anima and
Anima CS two-way compact monitors, the convention-breaking Cambria
and the flagship floorstanding Allegra 2.0, along with the Anima
Stand and Strange Attractors loudspeaker feet. Canalis loudspeakers
are manufactured entirely in the US.
"I founded Spiral Groove
in 2005 with a commitment to developing and manufacturing high-performance
audio products in a number of categories," said Perkins.
"We initially focused on turntables and tonearms, and we're
gratified at the enthusiastic reception we've received from music
lovers worldwide. Now, the time is right for us to offer loudspeakers
of the same uncompromising quality, musicality and appealing design."
At the heart of all Canalis
and Spiral Groove products is Perkins' concept of Balance Force
Design, aimed at achieving the most elegant equilibrium of materials,
performance, function, manufacturability and aesthetics."
POST FROM THE PAST
"Making an oasis in a gritty part of Berkeley" observes Laura Thomas keenly
in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ninth Street in Berkeley, where small working-class homes remain
largely untouched by remodelers' zeal, one two-story house stands
out for its clean paint job and simple front yard. And behind
it sits an unusual garden, done by a man seeking an oasis for
his wife, his family and his soul."
not the only oasis in Potter Creek
hosts a garden get-together for fellow children's-book illustrators
at her, Byron and Milo's, this morning.
END POST FROM THE
"California's pension gap widened in 2010,
research center says"
is a report at sacbee.com.
retirement systems' pension obligations were a combined $112 billion
beyond the value of their assets in 2010, according to a report
released this week, with anticipated retiree health costs adding
another $77 billion in unfunded liabilities."
"Moody's Cuts Credit Ratings of 15 Big
Banks" at nytimes.com.
"Already grappling with weak profits and global economic
turmoil, 15 major banks were hit with credit downgrades on Thursday
that could do more damage to their bottom lines and further unsettle
"Bachelor's degree: Has it lost its edge
and its value?" by
Lee Lawrence at csmonitor.com.
Undervalued and overpriced,
the beleaguered bachelor's degree is losing its edge as the hallmark
of an educated, readily employable American.
The children of white middle-class,
college-educated parents, Hugh Green and Turner Jenkins are just
the kind of kids everyone would expect to be stepping out into
the world one sunny June day, bachelor's degrees in hand. But
they both veered from the traditional American educational route."
"Happiness rooted in respect, not money" is a UPI report.
"Overall happiness is
related to respect and admiration in your inner circle, not how
much money a person has in his or her bank account, U.S. researchers
from our log
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of warehouse and warehuse front, dry burning air,SERIOUS mucus
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also unable work "It was really scary. When I got up my head
was splitting and I was dizzy."
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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.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
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this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
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Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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