"Ballet Hispanico takes all-Cuban program to Wolf Trap" by Rebecca J. Ritzel at washingtonpost.com. 

"If the weather cooperates Tuesday night at Wolf Trap, temperatures will be warm at nightfall, with a waft of a breeze. The curtain will rise, and the spotlight will shine on a not-so-tall but dark and handsome man and a woman wearing a black, backless dress slit up to her thighs. Over the speakers, Buena Vista Social Club will begin strumming guitars and crooning saxophones. The man will light a cigar and pass it to his partner. Slowly, cigar still in hand, they begin to rumba.

The only thing inauthentic about this re-creation of a Havana nightclub scene? That cigar. "



"Free Lunch, Snacks for Berkeley Youth" at berkeleypatch.com.

"All Berkeleyites age 18 and younger are eligible; they need only to show up at one of several sites.

Children and youths age 18 and younger may eat free in Berkeley from June 18 to Aug. 24. Since school meals are not available during the summer vacation, the city, in collaboration with the California Department of Education, is offering free summer lunches and snacks at sites across the city. Parks, recreation and waterfront department staff members supervise the seven sites."



"College degrees pay off most for African Americans in California" a California Watch report at sacbee.com.

"More than any other group in California, African Americans stand to gain the most significant lift out of poverty from earning a college degree, according to a new report."









"Mexican artists enrich, inspire Bay Area" writes Tyche Hendricks of the Chronicle.

The opening this week of a major San Francisco exhibit of the work of Frida Kahlo is a reminder that Mexican artists
have found a home and inspiration in the Bay Area at least as far back as 1930, when Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, spent a year working here.

At the same time, a crop of young Mexican artists is creating new work in the Bay Area, bringing a fresh lens to issues such as border walls and the fragility of urban landscapes. Many are forging a hybrid identity, moving back and forth between the United States and Mexico, and contributing to the cultures of both places.

Mexican artists enrich, inspire Bay Area. "Berkeley artist Ana Labastida talks about her art."

And Hendricks reports on "S.F.'s visual reminders of Kahlo, Rivera."

"Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera left their mark in the Bay Area in large ways and small, but few San Franciscans know that the well-worn lobby of their own public hospital is home to a pair of paintings by the Mexican artists.

On two San Francisco sojourns, Rivera painted several well-known murals. During a 1930-31 residency, he completed one for the San Francisco Art Institute, another for the San Francisco Stock Exchange (now the City Club of San Francisco) and a third for the Stern family that's housed in a women's dormitory at UC Berkeley. Rivera returned in 1940 and produced an epic mural for the World's Fair on Treasure Island, which eventually wound up at San Francisco City College.

Kahlo accompanied her famous husband on those visits and worked in a quieter way. She was also photographed in the city in 1930, at the age of 24, by Imogen Cunningham. And in 1940, the couple remarried at San Francisco City Hall after a year's divorce."






"Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms" at washingtonpost.com.

"One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found.

The lawmakers bought and sold a total of between $85 million and $218 million in 323 companies registered to lobby on legislation that appeared before them, according to an examination of all 45,000 individual congressional stock transactions contained in computerized financial disclosure data from 2007 to 2010."


















our new Berkeley PD Public Information Officer, Jennifer Coats

was a motor officer


BPD Ofc Jennifer Coats emails

I have officially taken over the position of Public Information Officer (PIO) for the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD).
Sgt Kusmiss has transferred to the Operations Division as a Patrol Sergeant.  Sgt Kusmiss' knowledge and experience in the PIO field have been valuable during my transition into my new role at BPD.   
I wanted to take a moment to let you know what my schedule is and a little about myself. 
I will be working Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  My office line is (510) 981-5780 and my City cell phone number is (510) 812-4082.   
I am an 18 year veteran of BPD.  I was hired in1994 as a Police Aide, a part time position while attending college.  In 1997, I was selected for the position of Police Officer and was hired full time. 
This year is my fifteenth anniversary with the City of Berkeley as a police officer.  I was a member of the Operations Division until 2008.  During my time in the Operations Division I was selected as a Field Training Officer and held many other ancillary duties.  In 2008, I was assigned to the Traffic Bureau as a motorcycle officer.   In 2012, I returned to the Operations Division as a patrol officer.  In June, I was selected as the PIO for BPD.    
I look forward representing BPD and working with all of you.  Please, don't hesitate to contact me.     
Officer Jennifer Coats #151
Public Information Officer
Berkeley Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police




Months ago I posted a heads up about what is now a fully developed story at albanypatch.com.

" Whole Foods Project Development Agreement Meeting Set for Wednesday" by Emili Raguso.

"The planning commission may decide Wednesday whether to recommend council approval of an agreement with the University of California about a mixed-use project slated for University Village.

After a two-month hiatus following the cancellation of its last scheduled appearance before the Planning & Zoning Commission, a proposed mixed-use project at University Village involving a grocery store and senior housing development is once again up for discussion this week. 

The proposal, which many simply call the 'Whole Foods project,' involves a 175-unit senior living facility south of Monroe Street, and an up to 55,000 sq. ft. grocery store north of Monroe. The 6.3-acre project site sits just west of San Pablo Avenue in University Village. 

UC has signed a lease with Whole Foods Market to run the grocery store space, and a business named Belmont Village has signed on to run the senior housing portion of the development."

Zo, . . while we're fartzing around West-Berkeley, Albany is considering a" mixed-use project at University Village involving a grocery store and senior housing development."




"Grocery Outlet Helps Feed People Facing Hunger With Second Annual 'Independence from Hunger' Food Drive" is a news release at prwire.com.

"For one in seven Americans, hunger is a reality. Grocery Outlet is proud to announce the second annual Independence from Hunger food drive. A month-long, company-wide food drive throughout July, it brings together Grocery Outlet stores and their customers to help feed people who are facing hunger and food insecurity. Last year, Grocery Outlet stores collectively donated more than $225,000 to help support local food assistance agencies as part of the Independence from Hunger food drive. " 



"What's the quickest way to turn a food you love into one you're frightened of?" asks Janny Hu at sfgate.com.

"Eat lots of it in a short span of time. Like, say, four dozen sausages, one right after the next.
Such was the belly-busting scene at The Chronicle's Food & Wine headquarters this month. With July Fourth on the horizon and grilling season in full swing, we went hunting for the Bay Area's best house-made sausages."

Hunt, shmunt. Having grown up in very German Milvauwkey and, when in college, having worked a Summer at Linn's Sausage, I'm skeptical of artisan and or boutique sausages. Still, Hu's story made me curious.








Bill Moyers almost half hour conversation with Yves Stewart and Matt Taibbi about the excesses o capitalism is really not just more of the usual stuff. Though certainly it is more than the usual stuff."

Taibbi, a Rollingstone editor wrote Grifftopia, Bubble Machines, Vampire Equids and the Long Con That is Breaking America. And also wrote the article " The Scam Wall Street Lenders Learned from the Mafia" in Rollingstone. Stewart has the blog, Naked Capitalism and wrote the bookECONned; How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism.



"Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way" is at guardian.co.uk.

"Why are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain's amazing co-op is living proof otherwise .

There is no alternative ("Tina") to capitalism?

Really? We are to believe, with Margaret Thatcher, that an economic system with endlessly repeated cycles, costly bailouts for financiers and now austerity for most people is the best human beings can do? Capitalism's recurring tendencies toward extreme and deepening inequalities of income, wealth, and political and cultural power require resignation and acceptance ­ because there is no alternative?

I understand why such a system's leaders would like us to believe in Tina. But why would others?

Of course, alternatives exist; they always do. "
















Claudia and Cameron's

newly adopted, Charlie, a Border Terrier mix and a fox hunter.

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show called The Bark recently expressing an interest in being interviewed. Claudia, an admirer of Stewart was thrilled at the prospect as was Stewart, an admirer of The Bark. Stewart's wife is a veterinarian, dogs run freely on the set, and guests are often evaluated by animals' response.

Claudia is flying to New York for the interview on February 25th.






our Cameron emails about Potter Creek's The Bark's appearance on Stewart's show

Bark's current issue was featured on last evening's airing of The Daily Show - it appeared towards the end of the show as "tonight's exclusive" - a short video that goes behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot The Daily Show dogs did for the recent cover feature for The Bark. Jon Stewart teased the magazine at the end of the show. Comedy Central will post the video online Wednesday morning.

Daily Show publicity is promoting it via Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Tumblr as:
Exclusive ­ Behind-the-scenes: Daily Show Dogs Photo Shoot
Go behind-the-scenes as The Daily Show's office dogs take their places in front of the camera for the cover of Bark Magazine.


















Word on the street continues to be that Berkeley Patients' Group is in negotiations for a West-Berkeley space.Now in their final stage


Our historic 1930's downtown Berkeley Main Post Office building is for sale.



"Courtyard Hotel in Emeryville, California Completes Major Renovation" is a PRWeb release at sfgate.com.

"One of the best hotels near Berkeley, California, just got a little better thanks to a new renovation."



"Schools Seek to Boost Achievement of Black, Latino Students:School board to learn Wednesday how well the district's 18-month plan is succeeding" Rebecca Rosen Lum at berkeleypatch.com.

"Berkeley Unified School District educators devised an 18-month plan to close the gap between black and Latino students and their peers."




"Berkeley Law's first Web Privacy Census is out and it's troubling" is at cnet.com

"That Web site you love? It's tracking you. So is the other one. In fact, so are all of the top 100 sites, according to new research."










VIK's new Chat House opens

Bob Kubik photo

very nice, new spiffy digs for their grocery and restaurant



















"Berkeley council blasts cops for buying armored car" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

Lenco Bearcat

"The Berkeley City Council chastised the Police Department this week for submitting a federal grant to acquire a $169,000 armored vehicle it will share with UC Berkeley and Albany police to defend officers in shootouts and rescue operations.

The council voted unanimously on Tuesday to request more information from the city manager on the Lenco Bearcat armored car's funding and purpose.

Council members were not happy, saying they were kept in the dark about a large acquisition that bears a resemblance to military equipment.
'It's pretty clear this is just one way to keep the weapons producers fat and happy,' said Councilwoman Linda Maio. 'I'm really sorry we got involved in this. It's very inconsistent with our culture and our values. We need to talk about what we're thinking before we act.' "


Seems to me that if we're going down this road, we need something with more heft. I recommend we consider the French

AMX-56 Leclerc MBT

Though new they cost Euro 9.3 million, perhaps we could get a deal on used. The UAE has 388 of them and just how many MBTs (main battle tanks) do these small countries need?

Also I recommend we purchase one just for ourselves so we are not compromised should we for instance decide to invade say, Albany.




"Picnic marks first Food Day at UC Berkeley" by Jamie Applegate at dailycal.org.

"The lyrical strains of the California Golden Overtones, free whole grain bread samples and a picnic marked UC Berkeley's celebration of the first Food Day Monday.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is designed to encourage sustainable food production and healthy eating and was celebrated nationwide and across the UC system."

Also at dailycal.org, Emily Matthews writes "New stand to provide fresh produce for southwest Berkeley.

The Network for a Healthy California-African American Campaign and Farm Fresh Choice, a Berkeley Ecology Center program, are teaming up to bring fresh produce and healthy eating habits to the Berkeley community.

The now-expanded produce stand is located on the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets adjacent to Spiral Gardens - an organization that consists of a community farm where the public can help plant and grow food for wholesale purchase - after the re-opening ceremony on Tuesday.

The stand will be open every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and in addition to selling fresh produce, they will also offer nutrition classes, food demonstrations and a community garden."





















Acme finaly gets into the pizza biz? Not here in Potter Creek but maybe next to their other Berkeley facility. There's talk of Acme turning the old Fanny's on San Pablo into a pizza restaurant--so far only talk.

But, . . . yuck"Researchers reveal secret behind tasteless tomatoes" is by Lisa M. Krieger, mercurynews.com.



"City of Berkeley Selects Accela Automation for Online Business Licensing and Permitting:Business-Friendly Web Portal to Enable More Efficient Service Delivery and Reduce Foot Traffic at City's Permit Service Center" at marketwatch.com.

"Accela, Inc., the leader in solutions for government-citizen interaction, is pleased to announce that the City of Berkeley, Calif., will deploy Accela Automation(R) enterprise software to serve as an online permitting and business license management system for the city's 113,000 residents, professionals, and a wide variety of businesses."



The new Dollar Tree on San Pablo and Gilman is a shopping must! The variety and selection must be seen to be believed. It's newly and fully stocked right now. And there's plenty of parking behind the store with access on Gilman.





"A Bare-Bones Electric Car That Goes the Extra Miles" Bradley Berman, nytimes.com.

"The driving distance for electric vehicles priced near the heart of the new-car market - starting around $35,000, before federal tax credits and other incentives - is defined by cars like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. Each of those models, when keeping pace with a typical mix of traffic conditions, will drive about 70 to 80 miles on a fully charged battery.

So the introduction of a similarly priced electric sedan that delivers a consistent 100-mile range represents something of an industry milestone.
Credit for that advance, confirmed by my week of driving to business meetings and family outings around the San Francisco Bay Area, goes to a Los Angeles-based electric-car start-up, Coda Automotive. The company put its first model, a sedan that carries an official range rating of 88 miles per charge from the Environmental Protection Agency, on sale last March.

As the first journalist to spend quality time with the company's single vehicle available for review, I set out on trips that I would never take in the leased Nissan Leaf I usually drive. One weekend I took my wife and two teenagers to Bolinas Beach, about 25 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. We made that drive, a 79-mile round trip from our home in Berkeley, in comfort, using the Coda's ample trunk to stow our gear. "  

Wikipedia offers "The Coda is a four-door, four passenger electric car manufactured by Coda Automotive. After being re-scheduled several times, deliveries to retail customers in the United States began in March 2012.[2] Initially the all-electric CODA is available only in California. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Coda's 31 kWh lithium ion iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery system delivers a range of 88 mi (142 km), the longest among its class. EPA's rated the Coda's combined fuel economy at 73 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (3.2 L/100 km)."




In a well researched, beautifully crafted but thoroughly Twentieith Century response to a Twenty-First Century challenge, Judith Scherr writes "The city of Berkeley, California has long been regarded as a leader in the movements for peace, free speech and civil liberties. But this very city is now poised to follow the lead of hundreds of others around the United States where local police deploy armoured vehicles to fight crime and terrorism."

Militarization isn't quite right and what increase in assets there are in modern urban-policing are an effect NOT a cause.

More and more, police are dealing with internal security missions as opposed to civilian policing, "My cat is lost."

And the real Twenty-First Century problem is maintaining law and order in a time of the concentration of wealth in our upper class, their co-option of our ruling class, increased class tensions, etc.

Several European democracies, the Dutch, Spanish, Italian, French have para-military state police who deal with internal security matters thus leaving local police to deal with civilian problems. Make no mistake, internal security missions and civilian policing require two very different attitudes and cultures. And though they may overlap they do NOT blend well.

The police use of an armored vehicle can be seen during the Oikos shooting in Oakland which left 7 dead, one in custody. At about 1:30 min into the video, you can see a rescue vehicle--not a tank--loading civilians to remove them safely.



Last evening two guys with a ladder set up under one of Merryll's 8th Street fruit trees and just started picking--they became miffed when Merryll told them to stop.










Dave Kruse emails

a rainbow

from his office window






from our log

6/24/12--7:50 AM---irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, Marsha, headache, dizzy.

6/27/12--6:48 AM---irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator.

6/30/12--8:34 AM---SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, overrides two HEPA filters, wear respirator. 8:55--similar, VERY SERIOUS. 9:27 AM--same. 8:03 PM VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehose front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, overroes two HEPA filters.






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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