6/10/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

father and son

our Steve Smith and son, Jack

 

 

 

 

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 Win!

* 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 at sfgate.com.

"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 Point.

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.

 

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Aw jeez "Tipping Point Near for Planet Earth, Scientists Warn" at ensnewswire.com.

"Population growth, 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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/11/12

POST FROM THE PAST

6/24/08

"WOW!

I'm on Scrambled Eggs!"

a steve smith photo of

son Nikos

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MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"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."

 

 

 

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"Stealthy robot mimics disappearing cockroaches" by Sharon Gaudin at computerworld.com.
"You know how cockroaches just seem to disappear before you can squash them?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/12/12

POSTS FROM THE PAST

6/1/11

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."

our

Laurie

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 change.)

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 Will.' "

 

Mr Laurie emails

Ron, You must have some information I don't have.

 

END POSTS FROM THE PAST

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

our BPD Area Coordinator Ofc Cesar Melero emails

Berkeley Police Department Public Information Officer, Sergeant Mary Kusmiss forwarded the following:
 
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 woman."
 
If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900. 

thank you.

 

 

 

"Berkeley weighs funding for J-Sei Senior Center" Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle.

SFChronicle photo

"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 in Berkeley.

It's worth the hassle, he said.

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 Francisco Chronicle.

"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 commercial areas.

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 p.m.

Violators would be warned twice and then receive a $50 citation or be required to perform community service.

'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.' "

 

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"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 Point A.

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."          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/13/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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.

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

8/26/08

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.

 

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"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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/14/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"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."

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POST FROM THE PAST

6/12/08

B-Ball at Ben's Birthday Bash

more Birthday Bash here

 

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"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 to tap."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/16/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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 ballot.

 

 

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' " at sfgate.com.

"Corporate communication 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

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

6/2/07

Over the 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."

 

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"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 said."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/21/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Today is the first full day of Summer!

" 'Jimi Plays Berkeley' Expanded Edition To Be Released On Dvd And Blu-Ray" at contactmusic.com.

"Experience Hendrix 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.

 

Auto Burglary
 
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 at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=85004 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 eatery, Spoon-Korean-Bistro.

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 Solano Ave.

(How can you not love a dish called bibimbop . . . )

Cameron

900'GRAYSON'S 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 polite applause.

 

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 at $5.00.

 

 

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 courts

 

 

 

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 "Lt. 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."

 

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"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 Financial Times.



"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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/22/12

POST FROM THE PAST

Hawaii

a Rick Auerbach photo

Rick's photos are available for purchase, email for details.

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MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Slain man's family files claim against Berkeley" Henry 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" at mercurynews.com.

"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 departments."

 

 

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 Emiliano 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.

 

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"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.

"Rejuvenation, America's 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 customers.'

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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/23/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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 the city.
 
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 the years.
 
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) 981-5780.
 
I handed my BB over to her which should be converted to her email sometime in the next couple days.
(510) 812-4082
 
thank you.
I look forward perhaps seeing you on the street from time to time.
 
my best,
Mary S-6
Sgt. MC Kusmiss

 

 

our Councilman, Darryl Moore, emails

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 year.
 
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 two stages.
 
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 www.bart.gov.
 
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.
 
About Juneteenth
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. 
 

 

 

 

West Berkeley's

"Canalis 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."

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

6/20/07

"Making an oasis in a gritty part of Berkeley" observes Laura Thomas keenly in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"On 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."

But it's not the only oasis in Potter Creek

 

Sarah hosts a garden get-together for fellow children's-book illustrators at her, Byron and Milo's, this morning.

 

END POST FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

 

"California's pension gap widened in 2010, research center says" is a report at sacbee.com.

"California's public 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 equity markets."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/24/12

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"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 say. "

END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

 

 

Continued after 6/24/12 here

 

 

 

from our log

6/9/12--SERIOUS irritant all evening, mucus membrane irritant, cough attacks, burning watery eyes, dry dirty air. 11:30 PM--similar.

6/10/12 10:30 AM--similar. 12:05 PM--similar. 2:11 PM--similar.

6/18/12==4:25 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty burning air, wear respirator. 7:17 PM--similar. Irritant all evening, mucus membrane irritant, cough attacks, burning watery eyes, dry dirty air.

6/19/12--12:35 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation,over rides 3 HEPA filters. 1:39 AM--similar. 8:05 AM--strong "glass manufacturing" odor in warehouse front. 10:22 AM--similar. 3:05 PM--dry, dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 5:33 PM--mucus membrane irritation in front room. 9:09 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehuse front, dry burning air,SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator.

6/20/12--7:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, overrides three HEPA filter, mucus membrane irritation, light head, nausea, Marsha similar. 4:31 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes blurred vision, unable to work Marsha has "splitting headache" also unable work "It was really scary. When I got up my head was splitting and I was dizzy."

6/21/12==8:28 AM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 6:01 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, blurred vision.

6/22/12--3:17 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overrides two HEPA filters.

6/23/12--7:53 AM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, nausea, wear respirator. 10:35 AM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, over rides HEPA filter. 1:48 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air. 6:04 PM--Off-and-on all evening, similar.

 

 

 

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

 

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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