"Berkeley's 26th Annual
Juneteenth Festival will be held Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. along Adeline Street, between Ashby and Alcatraz streets
in South Berkeley" at postnewsgroup.com.
"The festival is free
and open to the public, and Ashby BART is the easiest access to
The lineup of entertainment
for this year's event on the main and community stages will include
performances by: Pat Wilder; Aisha Fukushima (Neo Soul); George
'Jazzbeaux' Spencer (Jazz); Misa Malone (R&B); Purple Smoke
(Blues); The Washington Sisters (Neo Soul); Dr. Terrence Elliott
(Jazz); Platinum Status (R&B); and Samba Funk (Samba).
'Juneteenth's festival theme,
"A Luta Continua The Struggle Continues,'commemorates the
sacrifices made by those who came before us who fought the 'good
fight' for the freedoms that we enjoy today,' said Delores Nochi
Cooper, festival publicity chair.
'It is also a call-to service
a battle cry for the next generation to prepare themselves to exert strenuous
effort (struggle) to ensure
that those hard fought freedoms
are preserved,' she said.
This year's festival especially
honors former Berkeley
City Councilmember Maudelle
Miller Shriek, who passed
away recently just shy of
her 102nd birthday. The granddaughter of slaves, she was dedicated to community service and civil rights."
District 5 Newsletter June 2013
A Note from Councilmember Capitelli
$12 Million for Downtow
Streets and Watershed Community Meeting
Monday Crop Swap
Coffee with the Councilmember
311 to Report Potholes and Streetlights
City Contacts and Resources
"MonkeyLectric launches Kickstarter for
high-tech bike light" Heather
"Bike light company
MonkeyLectric has launched a campaign to raise money to produce
a light that will allow riders to display images on their bike
The Monkey Light Pro uses
web-based technology that allows riders to create designs using
LED lights and thousands of colors that will light up their bike
wheels. Riders can upload photos, videos, draw their own designs
or select from pre-loaded graphics. The images use Bluetooth technology,
and they shine across the entire bike wheel once it starts spinning.
MonkeyLectric, based in Berkeley,
is trying to raise $180,000 by July 21 through Kickstarter, an
online crowdfunding site. The lights will sell for $895, although
some Kickstarter donors will get a discount."
And, Potter Creek's "Dynavax
Is Accused of Making False and Misleading Statements Regarding
the Viability of HEPLISAV" at prnewswire.com.
"Dynavax Stock Price
Falls Dramatically on News Regarding Insufficient Data to Support
the Safety of HEPLISAV.
Shareholder rights attorneys
at Robbins Arroyo LLP announce that a purchaser of Dynavax Technologies
Corp. securities has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges
that Dynavax and certain of its officers and directors violated
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 between April 26, 2012 and
June 10, 2013 .
The complaint alleges that
during the Class Period, Dynavax issued a series of materially
false and misleading statements concerning the viability of its
lead product, HEPLISAV. "
Mayors Demand Change to Federal Policy, End to Crackdown on Medical
Marijuana in Their Cities" at thedailychronic.net.
"A resolution calling
for change to federal policy is on the agenda at this weekend's
annual mayors meeting
As mayors from across the
country gather today in Las Vegas for the 81st annual U.S. Conference
of Mayors, the federal government's crackdown on medical marijuana
is expected to be discussed and debated over the weekend.
A resolution 'in
support of states setting their own marijuana policies without
federal interference' was introduced in advance of the conference
by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and co-sponsored by eight other
mayors from across the country. Deliberation on the resolution
comes days after medical marijuana advocates issued an alarming
report detailing how the Obama Justice Department has spent nearly
$300 million to undermine medical marijuana laws in the U.S.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner
'Ultimately, this is about
whether local and state governments can develop, adopt, and implement
public health laws without heavy-handed interference by the federal
government,' said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans
for Safe Access, which authored 'What's the Cost?', an extensive
report issued last week on the economic and social costs of the
federal government's war on medical marijuana.
This resolution is emblematic
of the frustration experienced by local and state officials, which
will continue until the federal government ends its attacks on
medical marijuana.' More than 100 million people, or 34 percent
of Americans, currently live in states with medical marijuana
The resolution, which was
introduced on May 22nd and co-sponsored by the mayors of Aurora
(CO), Berkeley (CA), Binghamton (NY), Glendale (CO), Oakland (CA),
San Leandro (CA), Seattle (WA), and Tacoma (WA), says that despite
differing views on how to treat marijuana in their cities, mayors
believe 'states and localities should be able to set whatever
marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and
health of their communities.' "
"Marijuana Crops in California Threaten
Forests and Wildlife" Jim
Wilson, The New York Times.
"It took the death of
a small, rare member of the weasel family to focus the attention
of Northern California's marijuana growers on the impact that
their huge and expanding activities were having on the environment.
The animal, a Pacific fisher,
had been poisoned by an anticoagulant in rat poisons like d-Con.
Since then, six other poisoned fishers have been found. Two endangered
spotted owls tested positive. Mourad W. Gabriel, a scientist at
the University of California, Davis, concluded that the contamination
began when marijuana growers in deep forests spread d-Con to protect
their plants from wood rats.
That news has helped growers
acknowledge, reluctantly, what their antagonists in law enforcement
have long maintained: like industrial logging before it, the booming
business of marijuana is a threat to forests whose looming dark
redwoods preside over vibrant ecosystems.
Hilltops have been leveled
to make room for the crop. Bulldozers start landslides on erosion-prone
mountainsides. Road and dam construction clogs some streams with
dislodged soil. Others are bled dry by diversions. Little water
is left for salmon whose populations have been decimated by logging."
"Can Money Buy Happiness?"
"Although U.S. GDP has
grown over the last 35 years, average happiness has not. According
to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, the
reason may lie in growing economic inequality."
Reich Explains America's Inequality Problem In an 150 Seconds
"Santa Cruz 'grass fire' suspect was upset
about towed van" by
Stephen Baxter at santacruzsentinel.com.
"Turbo Encabulator:inverse reactive current
is a must see techno-video from Steve Smith.
"The Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete" Sarah Pruitt
"There's no doubt that
the ancient Romans were master builders. Many temples, roads and
aqueducts constructed during Roman times have held up remarkably
well, despite the wear-and-tear--in the form of military invasions,
tourist mobs and natural disasters such as earthquakes--they've
had to endure. In particular, geologists and engineers have long
been fascinated by Roman harbors, many of which stand almost intact
after 2,000 years or more, despite constant pounding by seawater.
Now, a team of researchers from Italy and the United States has
analyzed a sample of concrete taken from a breakwater in Italy's
Pozzuoli Bay, at the northern tip of the Bay of Naples, which
dates back to 37 B.C. Their findings, reported earlier this month
in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and American Mineralogist,
may revolutionize modern architecture.
History contains many references
to ancient concrete, including in the writings of the famous Roman
scholar Pliny the Elder, who lived in the 1st century A.D. and
died in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Pliny wrote that
the best maritime concrete was made from volcanic ash found in
regions around the Gulf of Naples, especially from near the modern-day
town of Pozzuoli. Its virtues became so well-known that ash with
similar mineral characteristicsno matter where it was found
in the worldhas been dubbed pozzolan.
By analyzing the mineral
components of the cement taken from the Pozzuoli Bay breakwater
at the laboratory of U.C. Berkeley, as well as facilities in Saudi
Arabia and Germany, the international team of researchers was
able to discover the 'secret' to Roman cement's durability."
"Pair charged in Berkeley killing"
Henry K. Lee at sfgate.com.
"Two men have been charged
with murder in the February shooting death of a man in Berkeley,
authorities said Wednesday.
Jevon Calland, 21, of Oakland
and Maurice Antoine Thomas, 21, killed 34-year-old Zonte Jones
in a coordinated, planned attack, according to Alameda County prosecutors.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Feb.
4, officers responding to reports of gunshots found Jones suffering
from bullet wounds near the corner of Delaware Street and San
Pablo Avenue, Coats said. Jones died at a hospital.
that Calland 'had a motive to harm the victim' and had threatened
Jones in front of witnesses the day before the slaying, Berkeley
Police Officer Jesse Grant wrote in an affidavit filed in Alameda
County Superior Court. Police did not elaborate on a motive."
Officer Grant, when in Patrol,
was our beat-cop here in Potter Creek.
"Another Side to Moe's Rare Book
Aerie" at berkeleypatch.com.
Moe's Books on Telegraph
Avenue is known for its reasonably priced books on the first three
floors. But on the fourth floor lies a Rare Books Room with books
that cost up to $1,250.
Did you know that if you climb up to the fourth floor of Moe's
Books on Telegraph Avenue and walk through the glass doors to
your right, there is a sizable collection of rare and antique
books, each worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars?
The Rare Books Room at Moe's Books has a familiar feel to the
'Restricted Section' of the Hogwarts Library in the Harry Potter
series except for the restricted part. The books in there
are rare, ancient, and incredibly valuable. Some books are so
rare that they are among the last few copies remaining in the
"Shake-up in Berkeley Lab Satellite Campus
"The decision to put
a second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab at the Richmond Field
Station, announced with fanfare last year, has changed. A new
campus is still planned in Richmond but with UC Berkeley joining
as the lead partner.
And that when the lab announced
the choice in January of last year, Richmond was the lucky
winner? The Berkeley lab's new campus expected to be
a major economic engine locally and a major science research hub
globally would be built at the university-owned Richmond
It turns out that things
have changed a bit since then.
A monkey wrench has been
thrown into the lab's expansion by the federal budget clampdown
known as "sequestration," and UC Berkeley has not only
joined the planned new campus but is expected to become the larger
partner, according to UC and lab officials.
It's possible that the first
buildings of the new Richmond Bay Campus will be Cal facilities
instead of Lawrence Berkeley lab structures, lab and Cal officials
have told Patch."
Is Lowe's proposed Orchard Supply purchase a
strategic fit? Andria
Cheng at marketwatch.com.
Lowe's Cos. LOW +1.18% said
it agreed to buy debt-burdened Orchard Supply Hardware Stores
OSH +12.77% for $205 million in bankruptcy and acquire at least
60 stores from the 91-store California chain.
Orchard Supply Hardware
Spun off from Sears Holdings
SHLD +1.42% last year, Orchard, with $657 million in sales, will
bolster Lowe's position in the recovering California housing market,
Lowe's only has 110 stores,
less than half that of larger rival Home Depot Inc. Lowe's has
said that it lags Home Depot HD +0.01% in performance partly because
it has less exposure in the Golden State.
Lowe's said the deal would
give it access to Orchard's prime locations in cities like Berkeley
and Walnut Creek."
planes flying after computer glitch" Jeff McMurray, Associated
Press at sfgate.com.
was operating normally Saturday afternoon after a system-wide
computer failure caused it to ground 250 flights for nearly three
hours late Friday night.
Full service was restored
just after 2 a.m. EDT Saturday, but the Dallas-based airline experienced
lingering delays in the morning as it worked to clear a backlog
of flights and reposition planes and crew.
The airline - the country's
largest domestic carrier - canceled 43 flights Friday night and
another 14 Saturday morning.
Southwest is the latest airline
to ground flights because of a large computer outage. But its
problem was minor compared to those experienced by two competitors
- thanks in part to its late-day timing.
In April, American Airlines
grounded all of its flights nationwide for several hours due to
computer problems. The airline ultimately canceled 970 flights.
And last year, United Airlines had two major outages: one in August
delayed 580 flights; another in November delayed 636 flights.
. . .
Agnew said in an email Saturday
morning that the airline's technology team is 'still working to
confirm the source of the issue.' "
A German reader sends a video
of riding the Isle of Man course at speed in
"Eindrücke vom Isle of Man TT Motorradrennen".
Aw jeez "Frogs
feminized, but atrazine's effects on people uncertain"
"Atrazine, one of the
most widely used farm pesticides in the United States, has feminized
male frogs and other animals in some scientific studies. But research
examining potential effects in people is relatively sparse. A
few studies have found possible connections between atrazine and
higher rates of some birth defects and poor semen quality in men."
Tesla Battery Exchange
"The Game-Changing Auto Innovation That
Will Make Electric Cars a Thing"
Robinson O'Brien-Bours, policymic.com.
"One of the biggest
complaints against electric-powered vehicles is their inability
to easily travel long distances like their gas-powered cousins.
Inventor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Elon Musk announced
on Thursday night that gas-powered vehicles have lost this advantage
with his latest innovation.
Speaking to a crowd of car
owners and media in Hawthorne, a city just outside of Los Angeles,
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be rolling
out a system that removes electric car batteries and replaces
them in just 90 seconds. 'We designed the Model S from the beginning
to be capable of swapping out the battery pack faster than you
can fill a gas tank,' said Musk.
Earlier this month, Tesla
revealed its plan to place free charging stations as part of a
Supercharger network on every major highway in the nation. "
"Better Place" at wikipedia.com.
"Better Place was a
venture-backed international company that developed and sold battery-charging
and battery-switching services for electric cars. It was formally
based in Palo Alto, California, but the bulk of its planning and
operations were steered from Israel, where both its founder Shai
Agassi and its chief investors resided.
Israel was also the location
of the company's first large-scale commercial pilot for battery-switching
services. The company opened its first functional charging station
the first week of December 2008 at Cinema City in Pi-Glilot near
Tel Aviv. The first customer deliveries of Renault Fluence Z.E.
electric cars enable with battery switching technology began in
Israel in the second quarter of 2012, and by mid September 2012,
there were 21 operational battery-swap stations open to the public
After implementing the first
modern commercial deployment of the battery swapping model in
Israel and Denmark, Better Place filed for bankruptcy in Israel
in May 2013. The company's financial difficulties were caused
by the high investment required to develop the charging and swapping
infrastructure, about US$850 million in private capital, and a
market penetration significantly lower than originally predicted
by Shai Agassi. Less than 1,000 Fluence Z.E. cars were deployed
in Israel and around 400 units in Denmark."
Dave Letterman is alongwith
Jerry Sienfeld on a new epidode of comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com--this
Thursday at 12 Noon EDT, Jerry, Gad Elmaleh and a Citroen 2CV.
Richard Brenneman has a fine
photo essay of our downtown biergarten at his "eats
shoots 'n leaves."
Also at his page is the quote
" 'Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those
are the three pillars of Western prosperity' - Aldous Huxley"
Keep your eye on the new
West-Berkeley Design Loop, an organization of home improvement
companies. Right now a growing FaceBook
page, soon their own Website.
"Twinkies To Return To Shelves July 15,
Hostess Says" Candice
Choi at huffingtonpost.com.
"Hostess is betting
on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves
POSTS FROM THE
I've always loved Twinkies
and in the '80s when Kimar, Moe and a bunch of us few to London
on Pan Am, as we got right over the Pole the hostess served me
theTwinkies and milk that Kimar had slipped her on boarding. But
"maybe Twinkies don't last forever after all. The manufacturer
of the iconic American treat, Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate
Bakeries Corp., declared bankruptcy last year and announced plans
last week to shutter two San Francisco factories. As it teeters
on the brink of solvency, many local consumers bemoan the possible
loss of the ladyfinger-shaped sponge cake" reports James
Temple of the West County Times.The sad story is here.
"Writer strips the Twinkie of all its secrets:Man
overcomes nature, 'vice president of cake' to learn snack's origins"
reports Suzanne Bohan in our Times.
"When Steve Ettlinger
donned a hard hat, a head lamp and emergency breathing equipment
before his alarming descent 1,600 feet into Wyoming mine shaft,
he wondered whether his quest to find the natural sources of all
39 ingredients in Hostess Twinkies'had gone too far.
'As a food writer, I'd really
gone astray," he told a crowd of about 100 Google employees
earlier this month at the company's Mountain View headquarters.
To complement the author's
talk, chefs at Google prepared organic versions of Twinkies for
the event, using locally-raised or procured products to make the
almond-flavored, cream-filled pastries.
Ettlinger traversed the country
and hopped the globe, touring plants, mines and refineries to
find the actual origins of the almost unpronounceable ingredients
used to make Twinkies. His young daughter's puzzlement over a
strange-sounding one called polysorbate 60 listed on her ice cream
bar label inspired his quest, which led to the publication of
his book, 'Twinkie, Deconstructed.' The hardcover version was
released last year, and the softcover book is due out on Feb.
'This is a terrific book
that really opened my eyes, and I don't know of another book quite
like it,' said Michael Pollan, the Berkeley-based best-selling
food and nature author, most recently of 'In Defense of Food:
An Eater's Manifesto.'
Although Ettlinger chose
Twinkies for his in-depth exploration on food additives, he's
quick to point out that the book is a treatise on processed foods
Hostess Twinkie's ingredient
Enriched bleached wheat flour
[flour, ferrous sulfate, "b" vitamins
(niacin, thiamine, mononitrate (b1), riboflavin (b2) folic acid)],
sugar, corn syrup, water, high fructose corn syrup, partially
hydrogenated vegetable shortening (contains one or more of: soybean,
canola or palm oil), dextrose, whole eggs, contains 2 percent
of: modified cornstarch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium
pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch,
corn flour, corn dextrins, mono and digylcerides, polysorbate
lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, soy protein isolate,
stearoyl lactylate, sodium and calcium caseinate, calcium sulfate,
sorbic acid (to retain freshness), color added (yellow 5, red
May contain peanuts or traces of peanuts.
Google alternative recipe:
Organic cake flour, sugar,
organic cream, organic butter, organic
eggs, organic milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract,
extract, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt.
Healthy alternative recipe?
Maybe Richard of Eight Street's
thought in some way applies to original Twinkies. "You gonna
die of somethin'."
FROM THE PAST
"Skinner To Focus On Schools, Housing,
Infrastructure As Assembly Budget Committee Chair" at berkeleypatch.com.
"The new position should
also help the assemblywoman's district, which includes Berkeley
in its boundaries that stretch from Piedmont to Hercules.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner is
going to finish out her career in the state Assembly near the
top of the heap.
Last week, Skinner was selected
by Assembly Speaker John Perez as the chair of the powerful
Assembly Budget Committee.
Skinner will oversee that panel, which steers the state budget
process, during her final year and a half in the Assembly.
Skinner will be forced out
due to terms at the end of 2014. The Berkeley Democrat has already
announced she plans to run for the state Senate seat now held
by Loni Hancock, who is facing term limits herself."
So, . . . Ms Boz terms out
of the state senate at the end of 2016. If she retires then what
does Da Boz do? There are those who believe Da Boz and Da Ms are
still much in iove and very attached.
"goBerkeley Plot Program Launch" at ci.berkeley.
"Berkeley will launch the goBerkeley Pilot Program at a brief
event on Thursday, June 27 at 10:30am outside of the Berkeley
Civic Center at the corner of Milvia Street and Allston Way. The
goBerkeley Pilot Program includes free AC Transit Easy Passes
and discounted City CarShare memberships for area businesses,
as well as parking management.
Mayor Tom Bates will be joined
by AC Transit Board Member Greg Harper and representatives from
City CarShare, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and
participating Berkeley businesses. An electric City CarShare vehicle,
sample transit passes, and new "smart" parking meters
will be shown. "
6/27/2013, 10:30 AM - 11:30
AM, Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center, 2180 Milvia Street at
"City Council to consider buying emergency
boat" Chris Yoder
"Berkeley City Council
will review a proposal on Tuesday to buy a public safety response
boat that will be jointly operated by the city's police and fire
The boat, which will cost an estimated $920,000, would bolster
local authorities' ability to handle an array of emergencies at
the Berkeley Marina. If accepted, $690,000 would come from
a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, and the remaining
$230,000 would be paid for by local matching funds.
Unlike the harbor patrol
boat that police currently use, which is available only when the
marina is open, the public safety response boat will be available
to authorities 24 hours a day."
"Expansion of Ferry Building planned to
add more Bay travel " Andrea
"A $110 million proposal aims to increase local ferry options,
especially between The City and East Bay cities such as Richmond
Three new docks at the Ferry
Building, along with better access to ferries by land, are part
of a plan to widely expand water-based transportation on San Francisco
The $110 million proposal
would take years to build, but would be able to handle the eventual
growth envisioned for water travel.
'We have a plan under which
we are looking at various areas we might expand,' said Ernest
Sanchez, a spokesman for ferry operator the Water Emergency Transportation
Authority. 'It's part of an evaluation process where we look at
routes, infrastructure and possibly more vessels.'
Sanchez said additional service
to Richmond and Berkeley is at the top of the list."
"Live chat for Rape in the Fields: You
ask, we answer" cironline.org.
"For the women who pick
and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes
with the job.
But this story has been largely
hidden until now, when FRONTLINE, Unvision, CIR and the Investigative
Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
collaborated on Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño.
In broadcast segments, radio, multimedia and text, this project
looks at the hidden price that many migrant women, especially
those who are working illegally, are paying to keep their jobs
and provide for their families.
Join CIR reporter Bernice
Yeung, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman and 'Rape in the
Fields' producer Andres Cediel in a live online chat about the
story and its production, resources for women who may have faced
abuse in the workplace and any other questions you may have.
Pamela Silva Conde, co-anchor for Univision's 'Primer Impacto,"'will
"3D printers: What you need to know"
a video report at cbsnews.com.
"The latest 3D printers
allow you to make anything from toys to machinery, right at home.
Scott Stein, CNET senior editor, talks with the "CBS This
Morning" co-hosts about the newest models and what they can
Councilman Capitelli emails
Friday, June 28
Coffee with the Councilmember
No Host "Café" and group discussion with Councilmember Capitelli
Friday, June 28, 2013. 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Cafe Roma, 1549 Hopkins at Monterey
"Cal scrambling to cover stadium bill" at sfgate.com.
"UC Berkeley spent $321
million to renovate Memorial Stadium and make it seismically secure.
UC Berkeley's plan to sell special football seats to pay off nearly
half a billion dollars in stadium debt has long inspired skepticism,
as if Cal were setting up a lemonade stand to finance a home mortgage."
Owners of 901 Heinz are now
planting colorful shurbs in front of their building. They caused
some neighborhood distress recently when they removed all but
one of their out-front trees. Landscaping continues.
In the last months I've followed
Wareham's remodel of the a-bit-tacky, old Wooden Duck building
on 7thStreet. It's always fun to watch a construction project
especially if it's done professionally, rapidly and with apparent
ease. Until they put up the 7th Street facade which can best be
described as 21st Century Baroque.
Still there is that beautiful
"Growth forces Grocery Outlet to leave
Torres, San Francisco Business Times.
"The retailer plans to move its headquarters from its longtime
home on 4th Street in West Berkeley to 5650 Hollis St. in Emeryville,
a 54,000-square-foot, former Bayer warehouse that was converted
"Historic radio station building sold" by Damin Esper at contracostatimes.com.
"A proposed sale of
two radio stations will most likely leave the California Historical
Radio Society looking for a new home for itself and the Bay Area
Radio Museum and Radio Hall of Fame.
Stations KVTO-AM in Berkeley
and KVVN-AM in Santa Clara are to be sold by YMF Media Inc. to
Pham Radio Communication LLC pending Federal Communications Commission
approval of the deal. An application to transfer the licenses
was filed on June 6.
Included in the deal are
the historic KRE studios near Aquatic Park in Berkeley, which
the CHRS uses as the Bay Area Radio Museum. KVTO is the successor
to KRE, which was the first 24-hour station in Northern California."
"Berkeley office supply store a victim
of changing times" by
Oksana Yurovsky, contrcostatimes.
"Empty storefronts have
become commonplace around Berkeley over the past several years,
but the most recent addition also marks the demise of one of the
few remaining original businesses in downtown.
After 105 years in business,
Alko, an office supply store at 2225 Shattuck Ave., closed its
doors for the last time on April 30. According to owner and manager
Gary Shows, the store had been operating at a loss for the last
six years, and a year ago he made the decision to close."
"UC Berkeley Seeks China Gold" at richardbrenneman.wordpress.com.
"The university is working
on a new research facility in Shanghai that promises to attract
more money from foreign students who pay higher tuition."
Harvard LSD tester Philip Slater dies" Carl Nolte at
"Philip Slater, an author,
social critic and one of the first Americans to take LSD, died
at his home in Santa Cruz on June 20. Mr. Slater, who had cancer,
He was the author of the
best-selling book 'The Pursuit of Loneliness,' published in 1970
and described by Harvard Magazine as 'a searing critique of American
He wrote 11 other books of
sociology and social commentary, as well as 25 novels and plays.
He also taught at Harvard
and Brandeis universities, moved later to Santa Cruz and spent
nearly 40 years there as a teacher, actor, playwright and novelist.
When he was in his 80s, he taught a graduate course at the San
Francisco-based California Institute of Integral Studies. "
"Meet the Plaintiffs" of the Prop 8 case, with videos at afer.org
"Kris Perry and Sandy
Stier have been together since 1997 and are the parents of four
boys. Perry is executive director of the First Five Years Fund,
a national organization that helps America achieve better results
in education, health and economic productivity through investments
in quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged
children. She holds a BA from University of California, Santa
Cruz and an M.S.W. from San Francisco State University. Stier
is the director of information systems for the Alameda County
Health Care Services Agency. She is originally from Iowa, a graduate
from the University of Iowa, with an MPA from Golden Gate University."
Of the many moments of this week's Supreme Court coverage were
Ms Perry and Ms Stier's brief but touching interview. Something
like, now our four boys can have a (more) regular life.
"Berkeley Housing Authority is crushed
by sequestration budget cuts" Lynda
"It's hard times for
Berkeley's poor in the Section 8 (Housing Choice) voucher program,
and it's been very difficult for the low-income households that
have recently been pushed out of public housing and out of town.
Their homes in public housing are being sold to out-of-state billionaires
Stephen M. Ross and Jorge M. Perez.
Berkeley public housing tenants
hold a press conference Jan. 19, 2010, to protest the privatization
of their homes, which they fought valiantly for years before most
were forced out. Promised their rent would not rise as Section
8 rather than public housing tenants, now their Section 8 vouchers
Because of recent sequestration-generated
federal budget cuts affecting our nation's housing assistance
programs for the poor, the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) recently
informed 14 households that their Section 8 vouchers have been
suspended until further notice."
"Four Northern California
real estate investors have agreed to plead guilty for their role
in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real
estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department
of Justice announced. Felony charges were filed today in the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California
in Oakland against Wesley Barta of Oakland; Irma Galvez of Pacheco,
California; Stan Kahan of Berkeley, California; and Joseph Vesce
of San Francisco. To date, as a result of the department's ongoing
antitrust investigations into bid rigging and fraud at public
real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, 35 individuals,
including Barta, Galvez, Kahan, and Vesce, have agreed to plead
or have pleaded guilty. 'These con'pirators manipulated and suppressed
the competitive process through their fraudulent and collusive
conduct to the detriment of lenders and distressed homeowners,"
said Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department
of Justice's Antitrust Division." Story here.
"Film Making a Passion for Blu Homes' Bill
"Bill Haney, chief executive
of startup Blu Homes, is also a maker of documentary films. He
co-founded film company Uncommon Productions with a college friend
from Harvard University, Tim Disney.
Bill Haney, chief executive of startup Blu Homes, is in Berkeley,
Calif., this week shooting a documentary, with the help of his
three children, about Alice Waters, executive chef and owner of
restaurant Chez Panisse. For Mr. Haney, writing, directing and
producing films has facilitated his entrepreneurial life."
"Josh Kornbluth relives faithful journey"
Karen D'Souza at mercurynews.com.
"Chutzpah is one thing
Josh Kornbluth never runs out of. The beloved Berkeley monologuist
has made a career out of turning his quirks and confessions into
From 'Red Diaper Baby' and
'Love & Taxes' to 'Haiku Tunnel,' Kornbluth has shared his
life story on stage, seamlessly combining soul-searching and silliness.
Now he's taking audiences
along for the ride as the long-standing atheist and political
radical discovers the power of religion. In 'Sea of Reeds,' which
makes its world premiere at Berkeley's Shotgun Players from July
2 to Aug. 4, the monologue master subverts expectations by exploring
his beliefs about God in a play that also includes other performers
(such as veteran actress Amy Resnick)."
"The Bitcoin drug business is getting more
B. Lee, washingtonpost.com.
"Bitcoin burst into
mainstream attention after Gawker wrote about the online drug
marketplace Silk Road in 2011. Silk Road uses Bitcoin, with its
decentralized, anonymity-friendly architecture, to shield its
users and operators from law enforcement scrutiny. That's important
because Silk Road sellers sell all manner of illicit goods, from
marijuana to cocaine to prescription painkillers."
Want to understand Bitcoin?,
"Customers who take
their payments in trade still receive green 'Moe Dollars,' featuring
a top-hatted, cigar smoking caricature of Moskowitz and the words:
'In God and Moe we Trust.' "
"Berkeley police want public's help finding
"Berkeley police want
your help to find a prowler accused of sexual assault on UC Berkeley's
Sorority Row. "
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
from our log
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty air, dry itchy skin, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator,
apparent activity worker at neighboring manufacturing facility.
7:55 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry burning dirty air, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes.
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
watery eyes, light head.
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
watery eyes. 8:49 AM--similar, wear respirator. 3:01 PM--similar.
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
wear respirator.9:30 AM--similar. Similar, off-and-on all AM.
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
wear respirator. 9:19 AM--similar.5:09 PM--similar.
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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