after 7/12 here
after 7/21 here
a Tameka Lim photo
our Dave Kruse emails
As a heads up to all of our
neighbors we wanted to let you know that Kruse Co will be starting
the renovations of our office space at 920 Pardee next week. We
are really excited about this project and hope to make it one
of the greenest work spaces in the area. We have registered with
the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) for LEED Certification
and will be including such items as on site renewable energy (PV
Solar), rainwater harvesting and reuse, grey water systems, day-lighting
and views (more windows and skylights), material reuse, certified
FSC wood, recycled materials for finishes, and state of the art
hybrid mechanical systems. Because we need to essentially gut
the entire office space, all of our employees at 920 Pardee (not
the 904 crew!) will be temporarily relocated to office trailers
located within our yard space. We expect the project to take about
6 months. Our neighbor Matthew Friedman (Friedman-Brueggemeyer,
924 Carleton St, is our Architect and Builder.
Dave Kruse, CEO Kruse Co
our Angela Gallegos-Castillo
emails a summary of the joint neighborhood watch meeting
Neighborhood Services from
Berkeley and Oakland hosted a joint neighborhood watch meeting
on Monday, June 23, 2008 at St. Columba church on San Pablo Avenue.
This meeting brought together SouthWest Berkeley residents and
West Oakland residents to discuss concerns along the
border. The meeting agenda focused on listening to
residents' concerns along the San Pablo corridor and adjacent
neighborhoods. Representatives from Oakland/Berkeley police
departments and some city/county representatives were
Residents attending the meeting identified various concerns, including
but limited to: prostitution along San Pablo Avenue and Aquatic Park, the
desire for a coordinated effort by police departments
on prostitution, increased trash along San Pablo, robberies,
crime/drug issues, lighting issues, just to name a few.
Additionally, solutions and strategies for these issues were
offered and discussed. The Berkeley/Oakland residents decided
they would like to meet again and they would also like to:
1)invite Emeryville representatives; 2)work with city reps to
organize neighborhood watches on both sides of the border;
and 3)set up a basic yahoo group for increased communication.
No meeting date was set for the next meeting, however Father Jason,
pastor offered to again host future meetings.
This Oakland/Berkeley joint neighborhood resident meeting comes
out of a larger effort to improve communication, and
coordination between Oakland/Berkely city systems, especially
as it relates to crime prevention and crime solving strategies. Building
safe neighborhoods is the goal of this and the larger city efforts.
If you would like more information, please contact Angela
Berkeley Neighborhood Services Liaison at 981-2491or Paul Brekke-Meisner, Oakland
Neighborhood Services at 238-3102
City Manager Office
"Proposed landscape assessment raises fairness
issues in Pinole"
reports Tom Lochner of our Times.
"Property owners along
the Pinole Valley Road commercial corridor have until this evening
to cast ballots on a proposed assessment district that would raise
about $40,000 a year to maintain traffic signals and streetlights
and landscape the median.
Ballots will be weighted
in proportion to the proposed assessments of individual properties
in what would be the Pinole Valley Landscape and Lighting Assessment
District extending about a quarter-mile on either side of Interstate
Zone A, north of the freeway,
includes a Kaiser Permanente medical
building under construction and the undeveloped Gateway West parcels
where Alta Bates Summit has an exclusive negotiating agreement
the city with a view to developing medical offices.
Zone B, south of the freeway,
includes the Pinole Valley Shopping
Center, currently under a long-term ground lease to The Kivelstadt
Group, the Pinole Redevelopment Agency's partner.
The deadline for casting
ballots is the close of a public hearing tonight before the Pinole
City Council to consider formation of the district. If owners
representing more than 50 percent of the total proposed landscape
district assessment protest its formation, it cannot proceed.
The Red Onion shopping center
is also in Zone B. The center is owned by Frank Zichichi, who
previously argued that the process is rigged because the city
and Kaiser between them own more than half the
property in the proposed district, making it virtually impossible
for dissenters such as him to topple the
proposal. Furthermore, Zichichi has argued, the traffic signals,
street lights and median landscaping will benefit primarily Kaiser
"The Mixed-Use Mixed Message. Why is it
so hard to get Americans to buy into building up, not out?" asks Lynn
Vannucci in her SF Gate story.
"Whimsical. It was the
least loaded word I'd heard critics muster for 'Old Downtown'
Windsor, which is not old in any sense of the word; it is the
brand-new brainchild of its developer, Orrin Thiessen, and it
has whimsy to spare.
Located 60 miles north of
San Francisco off Hwy. 101, Windsor is a town of some 22,000 residents.
Its downtown core, which dated from the 1870s, had deteriorated
in the last century into a motley collection of scarred buildings
riddled with gang activity. 'It looked like it belonged in Bosnia,'
one long time resident told me.
In 2001, Thiessen came along.
He demolished the rotted buildings and began construction of Windsor
Town Green Village, a project that was nothing less than the re-imagining
of a community. If the resulting faux Victorian facades and cartoon
color scheme don't put you in mind of Disneyland, you had a deprived
It is this architectural
naivete - and its accompanying artifice - that galvanizes Windsor's
critics, but there is something else about the town that is absolutely
cutting edge. Town Green Village is a mixed-use development."
"Antioch residents band together to reclaim
Simon Read of the Times.
"They call themselves
the 'Guardians of the Glen' and they want their neighborhood back.
A group of residents in Antioch's Lone Tree Glen subdivision have
formed a front against what they say are rowdy and destructive
teens running roughshod through their neighborhood.
Their stories are disturbing:
gangs of kids brawling in the streets, property vandalized or
not properly maintained, houses burglarized and juveniles threatening
neighbors. The community pool has been trashed repeatedly, the
group said. Sun chairs and patio tables are often dumped in the
deep end, and one resident said condoms have been fished out of
"Motorcycles can help save on gas costs" is a really great report filled with sound
advice about motorcycling by our Times' Eve Mitchell.
"As gas prices are rising,
so, too, are motorcycle sales. But while the idea of riding a
motorcycle to work to save money on gas is appealing, buying one
is not something to rush into, experts advise.
Do some homework on the different
bikes out there, take a California Highway Patrol-approved motorcycle
safety course to learn the basics of riding and look into insurance
rates before you buy, experts advise.
While a bike can save you
on gas costs, don't look for insurance savings in that the premiums
for a motorcycle that is suitable for commuting to work will be
comparable to the cost of auto insurance. Not only that, but insurance
rates can be much higher for a motorcycle if the policy involves
a high-performance bike and a young, unmarried man.
'We always recommend a safety course. That way they get a better
idea of what they can handle,' said Joe Bondad sales manager for
Interview by Ken Thomas: Ex-Intel
head pushes electric cars.
"Former Intel Corp. Chairman Andy Grove has a knack for sensing
when circumstances should force changes at a company or an industry
- and how to respond.
He even has coined a term
for it: the 'strategic inflection point.' Now the retired chairman
of the world's largest computer chip maker thinks the term applies
to energy and transportation, where record-high gasoline and oil
prices have spurred interest in alternative energy sources and
"Tesla to build new electric sedan in Bay
Matthew Yi of the Chronicle.
"Tesla Motors, the maker
of electric-powered roadsters, will announce today that it has
chosen the Bay Area to build a manufacturing plant for its new
model, an electric sedan that is expected to go into
production in two years.
The San Carlos company had
been widely expected to build its new manufacturing facility in
New Mexico, which reportedly had dangled an incentive package
worth $7 million.
But the firm instead chose
California because it offered a pair of its own financial incentives:
a sales tax exemption on the purchase of manufacturing equipment
and grants for training its new employees, state officials said."
"UC compromises on key stadium issues.
University hopes concessions set stage for athletic training center
next door" writes
Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.
"UC Berkeley made key
concessions Friday in its long-running standoff with the city,
tree-sitting protesters and neighbors of Memorial Stadium that
the university hopes will clear the way for its plans to build
an athletic training center next to the stadium.
In documents submitted in
Alameda County Superior Court, the university says it will scrap
all non-football events at Memorial Stadium and drop plans to
attach a concrete support beam to the stadium's west wall, two
roadblocks cited in a judge's interim ruling in the case last
Why am I reminded of the
line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "A plague
on both your houses."
irritant in front room. 6/28/08--6:50 AM--irritant in front room,
lights flicker. 6/29/08--11:29 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room.
7/3/08--7:14--AM VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, over-ride
HEPA filters, cough, light-head, wear mask.
A workman said the yellow
metal plates being installed at Potter Creek intersection-corners
are to prevent wheelchairs from slipping as they move from road
"New Layoffs Hit East
Bay Papers" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet
"It's been a good news/bad news week for the 235 newly unionized
reporters and editors of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay.
Journalists who work for
the MediaNews Groups East Bay papers-which include the Oakland
Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Fremont Argus and others-won formal
recognition for their union Wednesday.
Then, on Friday, came the
announcement by BANG-EB President John Armstrong Friday that 29
Media Workers Guild staffers will be laid off on July 11.
In an email to staff, Armstrong
said the layoffs were needed because of declining revenues and
soaring newsprint prices.
'We are forecasting a 10%
drop in revenue over the next 12 months,' he wrote, on the heels
of a 17% drop in the current fiscal year.
One key culprit, he wrote,
is the plunging real estate market, 'its ripple effects on virtually
all segments of the East Bay economy and the continuing migration
of ad dollars to the Internet.'
The new Media Guild chapter
resulted from a June 13 vote at BANG-EB's papers. Some of the
company's paper had been unionized, but MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton
abolished the Guild chapter by merging the news
operations of union shops with the non-union Contra Costa Times.
Union members organized a
new election and won a narrow recognition vote from members of
the newly combined news operation 10 months later."
comes down from stadium grove, three others vow to stay"
reports the Chronicle's Carolyn Jones.
"Four of the Memorial
Stadium tree- sitters left their perches today and Tuesday night,
leaving only three protesters making a stand against UC's plans
to build an athletic training center in the grove, UC Berkeley
But the holdouts don't plan
to give up just yet, said Eric Eisenberg, who has been part of
the tree-sitters' support crew since the protest began Dec. 1,
Three of the protesters came
down to preserve more food and water for those who remain, Eisenberg
said, while the fourth - Amanda 'Dumpster Muffin' Tierney, 21
- came down because she was suffering from an undisclosed medical
condition, campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said.
The fate of the oak grove
hinges on the outcome of lawsuits brought against UC by the City
of Berkeley, the Panoramic Hill Association and oak tree supporters.
A judge is expected to rule in the next few weeks whether the
university can go ahead with plans to build a $140 million sports
training center next to the stadium.
Three of the protesters climbed
down from the trees late Tuesday night, Mogulof said. Drew Beres,
19, was arrested by campus police while the other two - Pamela
"Olive" Zigo, 19, and Travis "Bird" Richey,
19 - climbed up a different tree, he said.
>After talking to police
for about two hours this morning, Zigo and Richey came down. Tierney
came down a few hours later. She was seen at the scene by her
doctor and paramedics, who transported her to Highland Hospital,
All four have been charged
with trespassing and violating a court order to abandon the protest
in the grove, Mogulof said."
Berkeley PD Officer, Andrew
Harley Screamin' Eagle
Declaration of Independence
"WHEN in the Course
of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve
the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and
to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal
Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that
they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
WE hold these Truths to be
self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure
these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and
organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most
likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed,
will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed
for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience
hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils
are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms
to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses
and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces
a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the
patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity
which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History
of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object
the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To
prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World."
The Bill of Rights
Amendment I Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the
right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III No Soldier
shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the
consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be
prescribed by law.
Amendment IV The right of
the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not
be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing
the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V No person shall
be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime,
unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except
in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia,
when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall
any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in
jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI In all criminal
prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and
public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein
the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have
been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the
nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the
witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining
witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel
for his defence.
Amendment VII In suits at
common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty
dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no
fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court
of the United States, than according to the rules of the common
Amendment VIII Excessive
bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel
and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX The enumeration
in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed
to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X The powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited
by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively,
or to the people.
Quote of the week
"Bachelors know more
about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married
"Larry Harmon, who turned the character
Bozo the Clown into a show business staple that delighted children
for more than a half-century, died Thursday of congestive heart
failure. He was 83"
"Red wine ingredient slows aging process,
study shows Resveratrol has heart benefits and leads to better
bone density and fewer cataracts in mice" writes Sandy Kleffman in our Times.
"It's not exactly a
fountain of youth, but a substance found in red wine, grapes and
nuts can prevent many age-related problems in mice, an intriguing
new study reveals.
The substance, resveratrol,
led to healthier hearts, better bone density, fewer cataracts
and greater motor coordination in the animals."
Bauman College:Holistic Nutrition
and Culinary Arts at 7th and Grayson is having and open house
July 11th. Check it out, more
Our Janine emails
This is super early notice
for a very special and fun concert upcoming. Elizabeth Blumenstock
and I are playing Saturday, September 6, J.
S. Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (1, 2, 3, & 5),
plus a Telemann Fantasia for solo violin, J.S. Bach Fantasia and
Fugue in a minor for harpsichord, and original music by one or
both of us at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St, Berkeley (at
Bancroft). 8 PM
$15 general, $12 SFEMS members, $10 seniors/students/disabled
I'll send another notice closer to this date, but thought you
all might appreciate knowing about it early. Hope you can
Our Tak emails
Do you know what became of
Barret Woodworking, formerly at 9th Street
They are gone.
I'm a "wood butcher"
not a woodworker. I miss Barret's dumpster where
I collected castoffs that I used in my constant, feeble attempts
working with wood. I always felt better that I wasn't ruining
pristine material in my "work" when I used dumpster
I'll need to find a new dumpster
Kubik talked to Barret before
they moved as was told they want to move to the valley. Bob says
they went a month or so ago--decided to go after Wareham bought
Lipofsky says "Dave
Barret moved to west Oakland."
"New steel plant to rise in Pittsburg" reports Paul Burgarino in our Times.
"The curtain will soon
rise on a new era in steel production in this Delta city, as a
multimillion-dollar pipe factory
Since breaking ground earlier
this year, crews have been working on the foundation for the United
Spiral Pipe factory, a three-way joint venture involving United
States Steel Corp. and two South Korean steel-makers, POSCO and
SeAH Steel Corp.
Work on building the actual
structure of the nearly $137 million project is set to start later
this month, said M.S. Lee, president of United Spiral Pipe."
"Berkeley Finds Likely Animal Shelter Site" writes Judith Scherr in our Planet.
"After searching for
almost six years for a new animal shelter site-one large enough
for the animals and where barking dogs won't raise the ire of
sleeping neighbors-it looks like the city has found the right
The council voted Monday
evening 8-0 in closed session, with Councilmember Darryl Moore
absent, to take the first steps toward the purchase of 1 Bolivar
Drive, listed by MRE Commercial Real Estate as an 18,800 square-foot
property for sale at $1.9 million."
And Scherr reports "Computer
Book Author Buys Black Oak Books.
"Cody's Books was taken
off life support June 20, taking its place in the beloved bookstore
graveyard next to A Clean Well-Lighted Place, Avenue Books, Mama
Bear's, A Woman's Place Bookstore and others.
So when people saw that Black
Oak Books was closed, just three days after Cody's announced demise,
and saw a worker changing the store's locks, some drew the conclusion
that Black Oak had gone the way of
The opposite, however, is
true. The 24-year-old bookstore at 1491 Shattuck Ave. was closed
for one day only. The store's name and assets were bought by Gary
Cornell, former University of Connecticut mathmatics department
professor and author of some 30 computer books.
According to Cornell, Black
Oak is on its way up."
I know Bob Brown, one of
Black Oak's founders--or as we used to call Moe, the flounder--and
some of the other folks at Black Oak.
Books and the love of reading
are important to me, but lets get over it--times change.
Hope for the future?
Face it, the Kindle is not
optimized for bathroom reading--something about holding cold plastic
in your hands while on the crapper.
"Tilden Park carousel gets restoration" writes Denis Cuff of our Times.
"For 60 years, the hand-carved wooden bears, horses, frogs
and cats and the jingle-jangle organ music of the Tilden Regional
Park carousel have enticed children and adults to the Berkeley
hills for a spin into fantasy and nostalgia.
Now the carousel, one of
the Bay Area's best known recreation attractions, is getting a
$700,000 restoration to undo decades of wear and tear and to make
it more durable and comfortable.
The six-month project, due
for completion in early August, is enclosing the open-air carousel
with sliding wooden doors to keep out cold, fog and dew that chills
riders and rusts or wears out antique parts of the 1911 merry-go-round."
"Is a Kindle to books as an iPod is to
tunes?" asks Joe
Garofoli of the Chronicle.
"Electronic books have
been available in some form for a couple of decades, but the 7-month-old
Amazon Kindle is flashing the publishing industry its clearest
peek at the future of reading - even if analysts say the much-hyped
e-reading device won't immediately upend the text business as
the iPod has recently transformed the music world.
The 10-ounce Kindle, which
holds 200 e-books and can also tirelessly download daily editions
of 19 newspapers and 346 blogs, is fielding pretty heady praise
for a device few have seen. Amazon hasn't released sales figures,
which makes skeptics wonder about its market penetration. New
York tech blog Silicon Alley Insider recently posted a photo of
a subway rider holding a Kindle under the headline: 'Found! A
Real Amazon Kindle User.'
'We were talking about (the
Kindle's low public visibility) at the office the other day. Who's
really seen one out there?' said Steve Weinstein, an analyst who
tracks Amazon and other Internet commerce sites for Portland's
Nevertheless, Weinstein predicted
that Amazon's global e-book sales could hit $2.5 billion by 2012.
He estimates that the company sold 40,000 units a month this year
at its original price of $399 (the price was recently reduced
to $359, including wireless charges) and could sell between 700,000
and 800,000 by the end of 2008."
"Fun, just like in the good old days" reports Laura Casey of our Times.
"As Valerie Zuffi peers into the newly opened Playland-Not-At-The-Beach's
'Circus World' display, her face lights up with expressions of
'Oh! Look at her!' Zuffi
says to her adult companions, her eyes fixed on what looks like
a performer costuming and grooming area. 'Look at her washing
her hair! And this one! She's tightening her corset! Isn't it
Zuffi is a Redwood City resident,
born and raised in San Francisco. She's in her 40s - old enough
to have enjoyed the actual San Francisco seaside attraction Playland-at-the-Beach,
which closed in 1972.'
'I remember being scared
of Laughing Sal and going down that big slide in a burlap sack,'
'This place,' she continues, referring to the museum homage to
the old Playland, 'is just so fun to me. And it brings back so
many memories of things we used to do.'
is the newest of four Bay Area institutions that cater to a nostalgic
audience. The others are San Francisco's legendary Musee Mecanique;
Alameda's Lucky JuJu Pinball; and San Rafael's video game hub
"Silent Film Festival Resurrect's History" writes Delfín Vigil of the Chronicle.
"The first time Stephen Salmons saw a silent film, his reaction
was particularly appropriate.
'I was speechless,' recalls
Salmons, artistic director and co-founder of the San Francisco
Silent Film Festival, which opens its 13th edition Friday at the
Castro Theatre. 'I was blown away. I was like, "This is incredible.
Is this what I've been missing? Is this how people saw silent
films? How is it that so few people have seen the first 30 years
of film history?" '
OK. So maybe Salmons wasn't
completely speechless - just as silent films aren't completely
That first experience was
during the early 1990s, when Salmons, then a film school student,
moved to San Francisco and saw the 1921 silent classic 'The Four
Horsemen of the Apocalypse,' presented by the San Francisco International
It was at the Castro, one
of the few theaters with the right kind of projection equipment.
Dennis James was on the Wurlitzer. The audience oohed and aahed."
of the Rails: As train popularity steams ahead, is it time to
give Amtrak another look?" asks Catherine Watson in the
"Aboard the City of New Orleans -- If I hadn't taken the
train, I'd never have learned how to say 'Gunfight at the O.K.
Corral' in Italian. Or had a Louisiana Cajun explain how to boil
crawfish. Or met a veteran flight attendant who'd rather travel
I also wouldn't have gotten
a refresher course in how varied this country is - and how pleasant
it is to ride through it, for a change, instead of flying over
More and more people are
discovering this lately. 'We've been seeing strong ridership growth
for the past five years,' Marc Magliari, Amtrak's media relations
manager in Chicago, said in June. In fact, Amtrak set a record
in 2007, carrying more than 25,850,000 passengers.
So far this fiscal year,
from October to May, 'We are up 11 percent for the period,' Magliari
said. 'Our research indicates about half of the increase is due
to drivers looking to avoid high gasoline prices.'
My trip started more as a
whim. I wanted to go from Minnesota to New Mexico, to visit a
friend in Las Cruces. But I didn't want to drive all that way
and back, and I didn't feel like flying, either, mainly because
there were no flights into Las Cruces, and alternate routes were
complicated and expensive. I complained about this to my friend.
'You could take the train,' she said."
"Ferrari to Open Base"
reports Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"Ferrari SpA, Fiat SpA's
luxury sports-car unit, will create a company in the next 15 months
to oversee its vehicle imports into Russia, Vedomosti reported,
citing Fiat Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.
Ferrari sold 65 vehicles
in Russia in 2007, or 67 percent more than the previous year,
according to the Moscow-based newspaper."
"Berkeley rapid bus plan faces uphill battle" Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.
"Berkeley may be among
the greenest cities in the nation, but it's also home to a budding
backlash against public transit."
gardeners dig in to beautify Los Angeles" reports the
AP's Laura E Davis.
"More than a dozen people,
some wearing orange protective gear, pulled rakes and shovels
from a dingy shopping cart and started working on a parched patch
of land along a busy off-ramp of the Hollywood Freeway.
It was a Saturday night and
drivers whooshed past on their way to the Sunset Strip club scene.
But the crew was undeterred, and by the wee hours, they had transformed
the blight into bloom with green bushes and an array of colorful
"City workers on overtime?
Nope, no budget for that. These were 'guerrilla gardeners,' a
global movement of the grass-roots variety where people seek to
beautify empty or overgrown public space, usually under the cover
of darkness and without the permission of municipal officials."
I'm told that "guerrilla
gardeners" are at work here in Potter Creek. Several neighbors
have mentioned a nocturnal tree pruning in an "over grown"
"Berkeley police warn
of imposter newspaper salesmen.
Berkeley police issued a
warning today about two men posing as newspaper subscription salesmen,
after a recent incident in which one of the suspects exposed his
genitals to a woman reports Marisa Lagos in the Chronicle.
The man is described as a
male in his 20s, standing 5'8" to 5'10" and with a heavy
build and dark hair. His companion was also in his 20s and stood
about 5'10", 170 pounds with short black hair.
The incident occurred on
June 28 on the 1900 block of Berkeley Way, according to police.
The pair pretended to be salesmen for a local newspaper and were
allowed into the woman's home. After a short discussion, one of
the men left, then the other exposed himself.
Police cautioned residents
to be wary of opening the door to strangers when home alone, and
said anyone who sees suspicious activity should call 911. If anyone
has information about the recent incident, they should call Berkeley's
sex crimes unit at (510) 981-5735."
"Missing Rice University Student May Have
Changed Identity" reports
Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"Literature and notes
on how to assume a new identity were found in the car, abandoned
on a Berkeley street, of missing Rice University student Matthew
Wilson, Berkeley police said last week.
Police found the material
in Wilson's 2004 silver Dodge Neon on the 1200 block of Allston
Way in West Berkeley on June 10. The car was locked and covered
in dust and there was no evidence of any foul play to indicate
any criminal activity.
Wilson, a computer science
junior at Rice University in Houston, Texas, was last seen working
in his room by his roommate Elliot Harwell on Dec. 14, less than
a week before
Berkeley Police Department
spokesperson Officer Andrew Frankel said the items in the car
included a book on how to live cheaply in San Francisco, a can
of beans, rice and instant noodle soup along with a couple of
days' worth of clothing.
Frankel said fingerprints
indicated that the property belonged to Wilson."
TofuYu Deli has opened on
9th and Ashby in the the new AHA facility. Not only does TofuYu
make their tofu here in Potter Creek but now they retail it. Check
it out! They're also opening a TofuYu Deli in El Cerrito on San
Lt Greenwood, Berkeley PD
Berkeley Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5900, TDD: (510) 981-5799, firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Crime Alert
Detectives Look At Cases
Berkeley, CA. (July 8, 2008) The City of Berkeley Police
Department (BPD) is urging
the community to employ the following crime prevention measures
in response to several
home invasions and sexual assaults:
Despite the warm weather, community members should always
lock and secure
their doors and windows
Be aware of locations and situations which make you more vulnerable
such as traveling alone, and when walking through alleys, doorways,
Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
Detectives are investigating a sexual assault that occurred this
morning before dawn on
the 1200 block of Milvia St. in north Berkeley.
On Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in the late morning hours, a
woman was sexually assaulted in
her home on the 2300 block of Derby St.
On Saturday, June 21, 2008, in the early morning hours,
a residence on the 1800 block of
Vine St. was burglarized. This burglary is suspicious given
the proximity and the suspect
In all three cases the suspect was armed with a deadly weapon.
Investigators are looking
into the possibility these cases are related.
If you have any information regarding these cases, please call
the BPD Sex Crimes Detail
at (510) 981-5735.
The BPD is working in partnership with Bay Area Crime Stoppers
who are offering up to a
$2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of the involved
suspect(s). Callers may remain anonymous by calling Bay Area Crime
For crimes in progress, call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell
phone. To report
suspicious persons or activity, call the BPD non-emergency line
at (510) 981-5900.
The victim described the suspect as:
Black male, 20s, dark complexion, 6-02, thin build
The victim described the suspect as:
Black male, 20s, dark complexion, tall, muscular build
The victim described the suspect as:
Black male, late teens early 20s, 5-06 to 5-08, thin build
The 99 cents Only store is
now open on San Pablo just north of Everett and Jones. It stocks
mostly food. Check it out!
From now till mid-August,
there's jazz every Sunday afternoon in the Golden Gate Branch
of the Oakland Library at 5606 San Pablo Ave. It begins this Sunday
from 3PM to 6PM with performances and a lecture. Though in an
Oakland Library, it's sponsored by the City of Emeryville.
"Dean Takes Out Papers for Mayoral Race" reports Judith Scherr of our Planet.
"Two-term mayor, 15-year
councilmember Shirley Dean took out preliminary papers to run
for Berkeley mayor today (Tuesday).
One of the 'grandmothers'
active in the campaign to save the oak grove adjacent to UC Berkeley's
Memorial Stadium, Dean said she's running to fill a 'leadership
vacuum' in the city.
Among the problems that need
attention, she said, is the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's
plan to build new labs in Strawberry Creek Canyon, which she's
vociferously opposed, and a 'deepening feeling that nothing can
be done' with the downtown.
Asked if she can beat the
yet-unannounced-candidate Mayor Tom Bates, Dean said, 'I have
absolutely no idea. He will have money and I won't; he will have
endorsements which I won't have.'
Bates defeated Dean in 2002,
with Bates getting 55.4 percent of the vote and Dean getting 42.9
Still, Dean said, 'I can elevate the debate.'
She said she's planning a
grassroots, 'door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor' campaign."
My favorite Oilman, T Boone
Pickens says the energy future for the US is natural gas and wind-generated-electricity.
Says we can be the Saudi Arabia of wind-generated-power, eventually
producing enough for our own use as-well-as exporting it to the
He figures the oil companies
will go for it because they already own 50% of the natural gas
Speaking of wind and gas,
I think there was a City Council meeting Tuesday evening.
"Air board to restrict fireplace use on
bad air days" reports
Denis Cuff of our Times.
"A clash between the public's right to breathe clean air
and individuals' rights to burn wood in fireplaces comes to a
showdown today when the Bay Area's air pollution board is expected
to ban wood fires on bad air nights.
The rule also would limit
the visibility of smoke from chimneys year round in an effort
to protect people from odors, eye irritation, and respiratory
problems aggravated by burning of wet wood, plastic or trash.
Adoption of the rule is likely
after the Bay Area Air Quality Management District board holds
a final public hearing on one of the district's most contentious
proposals in decades."
"East Bay rationing plans calls for increase" reports Mike Taugher of the Times.
"The East Bay's largest
water district will raise rates by 10 percent and impose surcharges
on customers who do not conserve water as part of a plan to cut
water use by 15 percent.
The new rates start Aug.
1 and will show up on customers' bills beginning in September
Jarad is a resident of west-Berkeley
on 10th, north of Dwight Way
I will post all reasoned,
civil responses to this email
Today I read about the conclusion of a Grand Jury investigation
<http://www.dailycal.org/article/102061> that I was told
several months ago was initiated by another neighborhood watch
group in Berkeley. I'm sure that all of us in West Berkeley would
appreciate having the city respond to us in a direct fashion regarding
how the Grand Jury recommendation will have affect the situation
at 2314 10th Street as well as other properties in our area that
have been havens for drug sales and abuse.
In fact, since it is an election year and our own Darryl Moore
is up for re-election, perhaps it's time to have a meeting with
everyone from our area of West Berkeley as well as the Potter
Creek area and all local area business owners in West Berkeley
so that all of us can sit down with the Councilman as well as
the City Manager's office and BPD to find out when changes will
be put into place so we can eliminate this plague rather than being
forced to accept that moving this problem to another neighborhood
is a victory (for those that do not know, the city has repeatedly
said that moving the dealers to another neighborhood is a victory).
We've reached a time where we deserve answers about a long-term
strategic plan of action to combat the open air drug market in
Berkeley, starting with what laws our politicians intend to pass
to help BPD fight the drug problem. In addition, it's time that
we are given dates by which we can expect action. I for one and
disgusted at the slow progress on this issue while the council
debates Tree Sitters, Burma & Tibet resolutions, and
wastes BPD overtime budget on controlling CodePink protesters
(at last count they've spend over $200,000 in BPD overtime budget
I would be happy to help organize this meeting with others that
are interested in REAL issues affecting this city and our quality
of life. If you are interested in organizing a meeting with the
city, please let everyone on this email know.
our Ryan Lau emails
Actually, we are meeting with the Chief today about this exact
issue..that of trying to find proactive policy solutions. We have
been discussing various approaches that we can take in order to
be proactive about these types of problems, but unfortunately
we have hit a wall as of now. The "loitering with intent"
law that we were looking into that expired in 1996 apparently
does not have much teeth. There is a state law that is already
on the books in much the same vein as the local law, but the burden
of proof is so high that the police essentially have to make an
arrest for the intent to sell and loitering might be an enhancement....after-the-fact.
We are meeting with the Chief to do some brainstorming on various
ways we can provide more tools in BPD's figurative toolbelt.
Hopefully we come up with some functional ideas that we can put
In terms of the slow progress, I would agree that it is very frustrating
the rate at which this is going, but there are a number of different
confounding factors that have made this a more difficult situation
than others. I cannot speak to the enforcement piece, because
I do not know what is publicly divulgable and what is not, but
I do know that BPD has doing all that they can to try and wrap
this up as quickly as possible...I will let Officer Buckheit address
long and short term since she knows better than I do what could
be potentially jeopardizing to the case. I know that she
is currently pursuing a stay away order on the back of some recent
arrests, which would likely benefit from letters from neighbors
speaking to the fact that these particular individuals have been
a nuisance to the neighbors and anything else the neighbors might
want to add...and that the neighborhood feels that it would be
beneficial to residents for the DA to pursue a stay away order...maybe
Officer Buckheit might be able to provide more details on what
should be included. Another issue that has come up that
has slowed the process is that complicated mess of tracking down
property owners. The single property owner that we have
been in contact with, I believe the owner of 2314 10th Street,
has been responsive and has filed a No Trespassing letter and
BPD has been citing people for being on the property. The
other two have been quite a different matter. The owners
of 2318/2320 apparently is a bank at the moment, having been foreclosed
on. The owner of 2328 10th Street was the residence in San
Leandro property that Angela and Ofc. Buckheit visited and found
a foreclosure notice on the door. I believe Angela said
that she was going to try and work the a lead that she might have
on the probate lawyer for the property and I am going to talk
to a contact at our County Supervisor's office to see if there
might be some more current information on the owners and how we
might be able to get in touch with them.
In regards to meeting to explore more proactive policy solutions
with the neighbors, PD, and the City Manager's office, we would
be glad to participate in such a meeting and hopefully after tonight's
meeting with the Chief we will have a bit more of a direction
in which to focus our efforts. I really appreciate the neighbor's
willingness to help us work through these issues and problem solve.
It is only through a collaborative effort that we are likely to
find really effective solutions to these types of complex problems.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
Thank you for the update,
Ryan! How did the meeting with the Chief go?
I have read the Alameda County report (grand jury investigation) regarding
the drug house on Oregon Street, that has existed for 10 years,
and for 10 years no advance was made. The residents filed law
suits in Small Claims, got verdicts in their favor, and the drug
house is still there. I am sure you are aware that the Grand Jury
found that the City of Berkeley has been negligent in resolving
this issue, and they issued recommendations including the creating
of new laws/codes if the existing ones do not allow you to take
I read the report, and got to a passage where it was noted that
the residents found drug bags, empty liquor bottles and used condoms
on their street routinely - well, that sounds like the 2300 Block
of 10th Street. Just yesterday I picked up drug bags including
one issued for medical purposes, and this morning when we took
walk part to the street was littered with broken glass from liquor
I do not understand why the City of Berkeley has not taken action
previously, as outlined in the report's recommendation, to help
resolve these issues that exist in many areas in South and West
Berkeley. Why have the Council Members from these two to
three districts not worked together to convince the City
Council, the Mayor, and the City Manager's Office to take action
against the gangs, drug dealing and harassment of citizens? To
create new laws/codes if necessary to address the issue? I find
it highly interesting that our City Council members are willing
to declare that the Tree Sitters face a Public Health Emergency
but drugs, alcohol and crime do not seem to get the same attention?
It seems that certain activists are quite successful in getting
their Council Member's and the Councils attention - we have many
times offered to support Council member Moore on anything he can
propose to make things better in West Berkeley - and I asked before
that you help organize a much larger meeting that includes the
residents, and the businesses in West Berkeley - not a piece meal
meeting but one that allows us to move as a larger group that
can be heard by those that can bring about change. I figured you
might already have the resources and connections to make this
I realize that I don't have all the information, so please let
us know what has been done/attempted in the last four years to
address the problems in West Berkeley on a larger scale? Has any
attempt been made to create new laws? Have these issues come before
the Council for support and approval? If not, why not?
Thank you again for updating us, and I don't mean to sound accusatory
- this is what I think, these are the question that go through
my mind and I am directly posing them.
our David Snipper
sends this photo recently
taken by his fire-fighter friend
David McNew/Getty photo
"Oakland moves to cut nepotism, fraud" reports Christopher Heredia in our Chronicle.
"Oakland officials released details Wednesday of two proposed
ordinances and three new rules that would crack down on the waste
of taxpayer dollars, fraud and questionable city hiring practices
- problems that have come to light with the ousting of City Administrator
"New rule bans burning wood some winter
days. Burning wood in the Bay Area's 1 million stoves and fireplaces
will be banned on winter days when health officials forecast dirty
air, under a new rule adopted Wednesday" reports Jane Kay of the Chronicle.
voted unanimously to enact the first mandatory controls on indoor
residential wood-burning in the region to reduce fine particles
swirling in the air. The microscopic pollutants are linked to
lung and heart disease.
Under the new regulation,
parts of which go into effect immediately, it is against the law
to use fireplaces or stoves burning wood, pressed logs or pellets
on days determined unhealthy by the Bay Area Air Quality Management
"Spike Lee set to film 'Passing Strange,'
a Berkeley Rep premiere"
writes Michael Kuchwara in our Chronicle.
"Spike Lee will film
'Passing Strange,' Stew's rock musical journey of self-discovery,
during performances next week at Broadway's Belasco Theatre, it
was announced Wednesday.
The movie, budgeted at about
$2 million, will be shot July 19 at both the matinee and evening
performances, Steve Klein, the film's producer, said Wednesday
at a news conference. The stage production will also be filmed
at two other times in the theater without audiences present.
'Musicians are the greatest
artists on this Earth,' said Lee, a big fan of the musical since
seeing it at the Public Theater last year. 'What we are really
doing is really a hybrid. We are filming the play.'
Lee, director of such films
as 'Do the Right Thing, 'Malcolm X' and 'She's Gotta Have It,'
said there would be surprises in the film but declined to amplify.
'Then it wouldn't be a surprise,' he said.
Klein, also one of the producers
of the Broadway production, said a distribution deal for the movie
had not been set, either for release as a feature film or for
showing on a premium cable channel.
'Passing Strange,' written
by Stew and his longtime collaborator Heidi Rodewald, was workshopped
at the Sundance Institute in Utah and was done at Berkeley Rep
in California before coming to off-Broadway in 2007. The show
opened on Broadway in February to enthusiastic reviews."
Our Jennifer emails
Coppo Winemaker Dinner at
Please join us for an evening with winemaker Massimiliano Coppo
as he visits from Italy to discuss his family's Piemontese wines.
Chef Massimiliano Boldrini has selected five Coppo wines
to be paired with the special five course tasting menu he
has created for the evening.
When: Thursday, July 31 at 7pm
Where: Riva Cucina // 800 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley
RSVP: 510 841 7482 // email@example.com
CARPACCIO DI TONNO
Seared Hawaiian ahi tuna thinly sliced with organic heirloom tomato,
watercress, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon basil
Paired with 2006 Coppo Gavi "La Rocca" DOCG
ANTIPASTO DI GAMBERONI
Sautéed jumbo prawns with grilled organic yellow and white
corn, zucchini and squash, lemon prawn butter
Paired with 2006 Coppo Chardonnay "Le Costebianche"
PAPPARDELLE DI CECI E PEPE
Garbanzo bean and black pepper pasta sautéed with lamb
ragu', mixed mushrooms, Parmigiano
Paired with 2004 Coppo Barbera d'Asti "Camp du Rouss"
TAGLIATA DI MANZO
Grilled Niman Ranch NY steak sliced and served with roasted bell
peppers and robiola stagionato coulis, roasted potato
Paired with 2004 Coppo Barbera d'Asti "Pomorosso"
MACEDONIA AL MASCARPONE
Whipped mascarpone and cream with Brachetto d' Aqui marinated
nectarines and berries, chocolate shavings
Paired with 2006 Coppo Bracchetto d'Acqui DOC
Event Price: $75 for five course meal and Coppo wine pairings.
Tax and gratuity are not included.
"North Beach old-timer lands in hospital" reports C.W. Nevius in the Chronicle.
"On June 5, an elderly man named Jerry Kulek was evicted
from his North Beach apartment for falling two months behind in
He lived on the streets for
three weeks before he collapsed on the sidewalk in front of Washington
Square. He had pneumonia and was badly disoriented.
Officer Mark Alvarez, a beat
cop who's walked the North Beach streets for over 10 years, heard
the radio call and rushed over. He had a feeling it was Kulek,
a classic North Beach character - a former Beat poet and hang-about
at Caffe Trieste whom Alvarez regularly chatted up. He grabbed
Kulek by the arm, straightened him up and called an ambulance.
'If you've got a guy and
he's an old-timer,' Alvarez said, 'somebody should look into giving
him some help.'"
My ex-Husband-in-law, Michael
Beck emails about some of his stuff in an LA gallery. Check
Ex-Husband-in Law-is not
a male-lover, but my Ex's, Ex.
"Community Questions Berkeley Mayor About
Pacific Steel Agreement"
reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"Almost five months
after the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to enter into
an agreement with Pacific Steel Casting to cut emissions and odor
within a specific timeline, community activists met with Mayor
Tom Bates and Councilmember Linda Mayo at the City Hall Wednesday
for their first update on the process."
for missing Rice University student in Berkeley this weekend"
reports Kristin Benderin the Tribune.
"New information about missing Rice University student Matthew
Wilson and his links to Berkeley is emerging, said his mother,
who this weekend will join volunteers to search the city where
her son's car was found last month.
Wilson, 21, disappeared from Houston in December; his abandoned
car was found in June on Allston Way in Berkeley.
But he has not been located,
and an East Bay search-and-recovery group will lead a two-day
search of Berkeley and San Francisco this weekend."
"Landmarks Preservation Commission Criticizes
Copra Warehouse Demolition" reports
Riya Bhattacharjee of the Planet.
"The proposed project
has changed considerably since it was presented three years ago.
Plans to demolish the landmarked Copra Warehouse (Durkee Famous
Foods) in West Berkeley to make way for the construction of a
four-story, 106,795-square-foot research and laboratory building
were criticized by the Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission
San Raphael-based Wareham
Development, the principal developers of the project at 740 Heinz
St., asked the commission to review a preliminary proposal for
the project, which would preserve only the northern facade of
"Sommeliers in the vineyard: At night they
pour your wine, and by day they make it" reports the Chronicle's Janet Fletcher.
"That restaurant staffer
who hands you the wine list may know even more about wine than
you think. In what appears to be a burgeoning trend, several Bay
Area sommeliers don't just recommend wine to diners; in off-hours,
they're vintners, too."
Ken Bullock writes in our Planet "Ishmael Reed, Oakland
novelist and founder of the Before Columbus
Foundation, will hold a conversation with Fae Myenne Ng, author
of the prize-winning novel Bone, at Ng's reading and booksigning
of her newly released novel, Steer Toward Rock (Hyperion) at Moe's
Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Admission free.
Ng, a San Francisco native,
writes of Chinatown, illegal 'paper' immigrants and-in her new
book-of Chinatown in the McCarthy era and the '60s, gangsterism
and the Chinese Confession program. Reed has
published Ng's stories in periodicals and has written commentaries
on her work."
"Generation Kill" when it was published in 2004
and later quoted extensively from it on Scrambled Eggs. Check
out May 2005 and following. I wrote in May 2005
citizens, we should know as much as possible about our Iraq War.
Rolling Stone contributor, Evan Wright was embedded with the elite
Marine First Reconnaissance Battalion in our war. He writes in
Chapter Two of his book, Generation
fever, at least among reporters, was running pretty high. . .
. A Canadian wire-service reporter, bitterly opposed to the war,
knocked down a loudly patriotic American photographer in favor
of it. While stunned Arab security guards looked on, the Canadian
peacenik clenched the American patriot in to sort of LAPD chokehold
and repeatedly slammed his head into the back of a chair. The
American was saved from further humiliation only after several
tough women from Reuters and AFP waded in and broke apart the
Dartmouth graduate, Lt. Fick, the commander of the platoon in
which he's embedded "Despite his cavalier humor Fick finished
in the top of his class in Officer Candidates School and near
the top of the Marine Corps tough Basic Reconnaissance Course.
He's also something of a closet idealist. 'At Dartmouth, there
was a sense that an ROTC program, which the school did not have,
would militarize the campus' he explains. 'They have it backwards.
ROTC programs at Ivy League campuses would liberalize the military.
That can only be good for the country.'" To be continued
posts only if you want to FULLY know about our war as reported
by Evan Wright. Many posts are graphic.)
Generation Kill 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO a Chronicle review.
"There's a lot of trust
that viewers must place in the hands of David Simon and Ed Burns
as the two writer-producers turn the gritty, tip- of-the-spear
Iraq invasion book, 'Generation Kill,' into a miniseries for HBO.
The seven-part series, which
starts Sunday, begins and ends the first episode in utter chaos.
It's nearly impossible to tell anyone in the beefy ensemble cast
apart. Military jargon flies everywhere without explanation. The
direction - purposeful, we come to find out - seems to be telling
10 nonlinear stories at the same time. Confusion abounds.
And yet, two things to consider,
in order: Simon and Burns are responsible for 'The Wire,' the
best drama that's ever been on television, so viewers are in good
hands. And the bold directorial experiment of the first episode
fits well in the master plan of the brilliant miniseries; it creates
the exact kind of confusion,
uncertainty and here-we-go-God-help-us mayhem of newbie troops
heading into battle.
Rolling Stone writer Evan
Wright was embedded with the Marines' 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,
which, in the early days of the Iraq war, went from sitting around
doing nothing (much to the foul-mouthed
frustration of the amped-up young troops) to perilous duty behind
enemy lines, heading into Baghdad.
What Wright, Simon and Burns
- and a wonderfully gifted ensemble of actors - deftly manage
in "Generation Kill" is not to be scoffed at, dramatically.
They portray various stages of war behavior clashing
against each other constantly: young men eager to kill for the
first time (and the thrill and horror of that accomplishment);
both scary bravado and patently false bravado meant to shield
a thinking mind from what lies ahead; how boredom mixes with terror;
and, perhaps most damning, the grunt's perspective of a war fought
by the most powerful military on the planet but stymied by bad
planning, inadequate supplies and the kind of confidence that
leads to unnecessary risk.
You're not going to find
that in your normal network drama (even the best of them).
'Gentlemen, from now on we're
going to have to earn our stories,' says one commander to the
smack-talking, fresh-faced troops, who have barely encountered
make wonderful additions to sandwiches and pasta sauces, or can
served on their own as a side dish with fsh or chicken.
8 large tomatoes
4 tablespoons coarse or sea salt 3 tablespoons freshly ground
black Pepper 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh
herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, chervil, sage (optional)
1. Heat oven
to 250°. Slice tomatoes thickly, to yield about three slices
per tomato. Eat or discard the ends. Place silces on a parchment-covered
2. Mix together
salt, pepper, and sugar. Brush tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle
a large pinch of salt mixture on each tomato. Sprinkle on herbs,
the tomatoes for 3 hours. Or roast for 2 hours, turn off oven,
and leave overnight.
David Bowman sent me this
pictures made from a kite over the Berkeley Bowl construction
saw the guy flying the kite over it several months ago.
"Man who shot, killed
friend near Cal sentenced to 24 years in prison" reports
Christopher Heredia of the Chronicle.
"An Alameda County Superior
Court judge Friday sentenced a Hayward man to 24 years in state
fatally shooting a 19-year-old friend who called him for help
during an argument near the UC Berkeley campus three years ago.
Christopher Hollis, 24, of
Hayward, expressed remorse for the shooting and pleaded for Superior
Court Judge Vernon Nakahara's mercy in issuing his sentence for
killing Meleia Willis-Starbuck."
"Office of Thrift Supervision shuts down
the AP's Alex Veiga.
"IndyMac Bank's assets
were seized by federal regulators on Friday after the mortgage
lender succumbed to the pressures of tighter credit, tumbling
home prices and rising foreclosures.
The bank is the largest regulated
thrift to fail and the second largest financial institution to
close in U.S. history, regulators said."
Money" reporter, Jim Cramer said Thurday morning "Banking
is in a state of collapse, caused largley by housing depreciation."
David McNew/Getty photo
"Berkeley Firefighters Fear 'Perfect Storm'" reports Richard Brenneman of the Planet.
are exhausting themselves as they battle blazes from one end of
the state to the other.
Throughout the state, politics
and housing policies are combining to create the conditions for
the firefighting equivalent of a perfect storm."
Tired of the same ole shit?
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
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
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.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
for 94710 is here
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
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