6/22/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"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 event.

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 goBerkeley Coffee with the Councilmember 311 to Report Potholes and Streetlights City Contacts and Resources

 

 

 


Potter Creek's

"MonkeyLectric launches Kickstarter for high-tech bike light" Heather Somerville, contracostatimes.com.

"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 wheels.

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. "   

 

 

 

 

 


"U.S. 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 laws.

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?" PBSNewsHour video.

"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."

 

     And "Robert Reich Explains America's Inequality Problem In an 150 Seconds Video" at huffingtonpost.com.

 

"Santa Cruz 'grass fire' suspect was upset about towed van" by Stephen Baxter at santacruzsentinel.com.

 

 

 

"Turbo Encabulator:inverse reactive current transmission development" is a must see techno-video from Steve Smith.

 

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"The Secrets of Ancient Roman Concrete" Sarah Pruitt

at history.com.

"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." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               6/23/13

"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.

Investigators determined 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 United States."

 

 

 

 

"Shake-up in Berkeley Lab Satellite Campus Plan" berkeley.patch.com.

"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 Field Station.

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 said.

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."

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Southwest planes flying after computer glitch" Jeff McMurray, Associated Press at sfgate.com.

"Southwest Airlines 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.' "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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" at environmentalhealthnews.org.

"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." 

 

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6/24/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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 in Israel.

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.

 

 

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6/25/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

 

"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 next month."

 

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POSTS FROM THE PAST

6/15/05

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.

 

2/24/08

"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. 26.

'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 in general."

 

Hostess Twinkie's ingredient list:

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 or less
of: modified cornstarch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid
pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch,
corn flour, corn dextrins, mono and digylcerides, polysorbate 60, soy
lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, soy protein isolate, sodium
stearoyl lactylate, sodium and calcium caseinate, calcium sulfate,
sorbic acid (to retain freshness), color added (yellow 5, red 40).
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, almond
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'."

 

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"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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/26/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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 Center Street."

 

 

"City Council to consider buying emergency boat" Chris Yoder at dailycal.org.

"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 departments.
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 Koskey, sfexaminer.com.



"A $110 million proposal aims to increase local ferry options, especially between The City and East Bay cities such as Richmond and Berkeley.

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 Bay.

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."

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"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 host."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/27/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"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 do."

 

 

 

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

 

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"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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/28/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

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 palm.

 

 

 

"Growth forces Grocery Outlet to leave Berkeley" Blanca 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 to office."

 

 

 

 "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."

 

 

 

 

 

"Author, Harvard LSD tester Philip Slater dies" Carl Nolte at sfgate.com.

"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, was 86.

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 culture.'

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. "

 

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6/29/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"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 Carson, sfbayview.com.

"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 are evaporating.

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 Haney" wsj.com.

"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 solo shows.

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 competitive" Timothy 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?, Think Moe Money.

"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 prowler" abclocal.go.com.

"Berkeley police want your help to find a prowler accused of sexual assault on UC Berkeley's Sorority Row. "

 


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from our log

6/20/13--6:41 AM--irritant 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.

6/21/13--10:51 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes.

6/22/13--12:08 PM-irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, light head.

6/23/13--7:25 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes. 8:49 AM--similar, wear respirator. 3:01 PM--similar.

6/24/13--8:17 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator.9:30 AM--similar. Similar, off-and-on all AM.

6/26/13--8:07 AM---irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator. 9:19 AM--similar.5:09 PM--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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