"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."
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"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
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
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."
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"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
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
"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
"Grocery Outlet Helps Feed People Facing
Hunger With Second Annual 'Independence from Hunger' Food Drive"
is a news release at
"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
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
"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")
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. "
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Claudia and Cameron's
newly adopted, Charlie, a
Border Terrier mix and a fox hunter.
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.
END POST FROM THE PAST
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"
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."
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VIK's new Chat House opens
Bob Kubik photo
very nice, new spiffy digs
for their grocery and restaurant
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"Berkeley council blasts cops for buying
armored car" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"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
"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
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.
"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
"A Bare-Bones Electric Car That Goes the
Extra Miles" Bradley
"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. 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.
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Dave Kruse emails
from his office window
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from our log
in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light
head, Marsha, headache, dizzy.
in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light
head, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator.
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
light head, overrides two HEPA filters, wear respirator. 8:55--similar,
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warehose front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane
irritation, light head, overroes two HEPA filters.
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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
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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