our Tameka Lim
[scroll down for Yancy's
"Berkeley offers $15,000
reward in slaying" reports the Chronicle's Henry K.
"The city of Berkeley
offered a $15,000 reward today for information leading to the
conviction of the person who killed a man last month.
Charles Faison, 39, was found
shot inside his home at 2022 Emerson St. about 12:15 p.m. June
19, police said. Investigators released no other details about
Bay Area Crime Stoppers is
offering an additional $2,000 reward for tips leading to a conviction.
Anyone with information is
asked to call police homicide investigators at (510) 981-5741
or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477."
Lt Greenwood, Berkeley PD
The Berkeley Police Department has issued a new, updated Community
Crime Alert--text at the bottom of this email--regarding three
apparently related incidents involving nighttime residential stranger
sexual assaults in North Berkeley. This is a follow-up alert to
one issued on July 8th. While these incidents have occurred in
north Berkeley, the Crime Prevention measures apply everywhere.
Note that the message below has also gone out to our Neighborhood
Watch Group leaders, so some of you may have already received
Please take the time to follow our Crime Prevention measures--these
can make a difference, in prevention, and in your helping us apprehend
the suspect. While the description is somewhat vague, anyone prowling
on private property, in backyards, on the sides of apartment buildings
or multi-unit buildings should be called in.
Folks who are moving around early in the morning may end up seeing
someone prowling, emerging from a yard, or a similar circumstance.
Please call BPD to report such a sighting at 9-1-1, or, from a
cel phone, at 981-5911. Be prepared to give the dispatcher the
suspect's location, description, and direction of flight--including
street name, cross street, etc., so that responding officers have
the best possible chance of responding and contacting that individual.
Please feel free to pass this information to members of your group,
as well as family and friends whom you believe should know about
Lt. Andrew Greenwood
Berkeley Police Department
COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - Detectives Investicate Series of Sexual
Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 22, 2008) - The City of Berkeley
Police Department (BPD) is urging the community to employ the
following crime prevention measures in response to a third apparently
related sexual assault:
Community members should always lock and secure their doors and
Be aware of locations and situations which make you more vulnerable
to crime, such as traveling alone, and when walking through alleys,
doorways, parking lots and stairwells
Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
Detectives are investigating a sexual assault that occurred yesterday
morning just before 0400 AM on the 1600 block of Hearst Ave in
In all three recent incidents, the victims described the suspect
as a black male adult, 5-5 to
6-0, thin muscular build, late teens to early 20s, with possible
facial hair and armed with a deadly weapon.
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 Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
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.
"Columnist issued citation
after hitting pedestrian" reports the AP.
Syndicated columnist Robert
Novak says he has been issued a $50 citation after hitting a pedestrian
while driving in downtown Washington.
Witnesses say the collision
occurred about 10 a.m. Wednesday as the 77-year-old Novak was
traveling near K Street in his black Chevrolet Corvette.
D.C. fire department spokesman
Alan Etter said the victim was taken to George Washington University
hospital with minor injuries.
Novak tells WJLA-TV he was
cited for failing to yield the right of way. He says he didn't
realize what happened and continued driving until a bicyclist
David Bono, the bicyclist
who witnessed the incident, told The Associated Press that the
pedestrian was hit in a crosswalk and was splayed across Novak's
Our Angela Gallegos-Castillo
email about graffiti
Hello folks, thanks for the
information and in addition to abatement the city is also developing
strategies that engage local youth who are tagging the signs.
Outreach and engagement wiht the youth are just as important strategies
to help decrease the tagging in the neighborhoods because we can
get at the root of the problem. Currently, we have
staff working with local westside youth to find alternative
ways to express themselves. A chancellor community grant
proposal has been partially funded, for example, to work on West
Berkeley Mural project that will engage local youth.
Also, PW is replacing many of our city traffic signs with anti-grafitti
coating such that it makes it easier to clean-off the tagging
once it is tagged. Yes, please advise if something
you have called something in and it has not been cleaned.
The city has increased their grafitti abatement program on public
right of way from a weekend only to a 7 day a week program. The
best strategy for preventing private property grafitti is to paint/abatement
right away. The sooner it gets cleaned, the less apt taggers will
want to go back to that space b/c they'll know it won't stay on
long. The less time the tag is up, the less chance the tagger
has public exposure and that is what they are looking for.
Betsy Reeves is the appropriate Parks person for grafitti on trees
- 981-6689 -- the rest of the numbers are accurate.
[from a previous email, they
On the sidewalk, streetlight,
etc. Kerk Ross 510-981-6482.
On a street sign Roger
Garbage, shopping carts,
couches on the street (Public Works) - 510-981-6620]
Look forward to your National Night Out event on August
5, 2008...I believe I saw the beginnings of an organizing conversation..
"Cal wins big in battle over athletic center" reports Charles Burress of the Chronicle.
"An Alameda County judge
gave UC Berkeley the go-ahead on Tuesday to clear dozens of trees
next to Memorial Stadium and build a proposed athlete training
center, a crucial victory for Cal in a protracted battle marked
by a widely publicized protest by tree-sitters that began in December
The long-awaited decision
issued late in the day by Alameda County Superior Court Judge
Barbara Miller said the university has satisfied environmental
and seismic-safety requirements for the project, which has been
blocked by a court injunction since February 2007.
Miller said the injunction
can be lifted in a week. She postponed removal of the injunction
for seven days to give opponents an opportunity to appeal to the
state Court of Appeal.
The decision came as a blow
to the three plaintiffs that had sought to block the facility
- the City of Berkeley, the California Oak Foundation and a neighborhood
group, the Panoramic Hill Association. Miller ordered them to
pay 85 percent of court costs."
Bay women get business boost" reports Matt O'Brien of
"Dilsa Lugo learned
how to cook masterfully in her Mexican hometown of Cuernavaca,
but starting her own Bay Area food business was another kind of
She knew little English and
had a young child to raise. In her spare time, she steamed 200
tamales a week in her West Berkeley home, selling most of them
to her husband's co-workers in construction.
If she stopped there, Lugo
would be another of countless immigrants finding small ways to
patch up household incomes in an informal economy. But Lugo took
her business dreams a step further, enrolling in English and entrepreneurial
classes, discovering a licensed community kitchen and, this week,
obtaining a small cash grant to help grow her budding catering
"Bay Area venture capital thriving" writes the Times' George Avalos.
"The economy may be in a funk, but that news has yet to filter
down to Bay Area venture capitalists, who combined for the best
quarter in the region in seven years.
Privately held companies
in the Bay Area raised $2.96 billion in venture financing during
the second quarter of 2008. That was 10.4 percent higher than
the funding totals for the same quarter the year before, according
to the latest MoneyTree report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and
the National Venture Capital Association, or NVCA.
The second quarter of 2008 also topped the first quarter of this
year, muscling to a 12.1 percent increase."
irritant in front room, very dry skin, eyes, mouth. slight burning
sensation, over-rides HEPA filters. 1:23 PM--irritant in
front room, leave.
Kruse guy, Kieron Yancy's
with the sweetest V-8 sound in recent memory
Tracy likes it but the girls
aren't quite sure
Tyche Hendricks of the Chronicle
writes "On blogs and around kitchen tables across the country,
mixed-race Americans are celebrating the fact that, for the first
time, a biracial person, Barack Obama, will be a major party's
nominee for president of the United States.
Obama identifies as African
American, and much has been made of the historic nature of his
candidacy, which could make him the country's first black president.
But he also frequently evokes his mixed heritage: his white mother
from Kansas and his black father from Kenya. His presence on the
national political stage is being embraced by multiracial Americans
as an opportunity to focus attention on the growing population
of multiracial people and deepen the debate about racial identity.
'There's a huge level of
excitement,' said Jilchristina Vest, co-director of iPride, a
Berkeley nonprofit that runs a summer camp for multiracial kids
and trains teachers on honoring ethnic diversity. 'He really represents
the multiplicity of mixed Americans.' Full story here.
My second-cousin Harriet
was biracial, perfect nordic-features, perfect tan-skin and tight
curly hair. Harriet was great-uncle Max' daughter. Uncle Max,
the "first" Pendorf to leave Hamburg, settled in Mississippi
in the early 1900s where he worked as an overseeer on a plantation.
He came north to Wisconsin with Harriet and raised her, as a single
dad in the 1920s, '30s, '40s of America.
Harriet was one of the reasons
I spent summers at Bradford beach getting a perfect-tan, always
sorry it faded with winter when "hers" never did.
our Gerard emails
Bar a babord
Un homme, bouree,
tres boure, se
un bistrot et demande
homme en uniforme.
et l'autre, outre.
Je ne suis pas
officier de marine.
The Groove Yard's Rick Ballard
here are excerpts
KCSM Special Shows
Below you find a list of upcoming shows on KCSM (91.1 FM):
Desert Island Jazz With Alisa Clancy Fri. 9:00 AM
drummer Tootie Heath
Aug. 1 drummer Sylvia Cuenca
Aug. 8 drummer Jeff Ballard
Aug. 15 pianist Ken Berman
I'm Talkin' Jazz
Sun. 8:00 AM
July 27 bassist
Justin Hellman with Chris Cortez
Aug. 3 pianist Ellen Hoffman
Aug. 10 percussionist Pete Escovedo
Aug. 17 Time 4
Aug. 24 saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell
Aug. 31 trumpeter Arturo Sandoval
In The Moment With
Jim Bennett Sun. 8:00 PM
July 27 Sepia:
Faye Carol, Denise Perrier, Frankye Kelly & Lady Mem'Fis at
Yoshi's San Francisco
Jazz Profiles With Nancy Wilson Mon. 9:00 PM
July 28 composer/trombonist
Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis Tues. 9:00 PM
July 22 Brazilian
Rhythms - Today and Tomorrow
July 29 Swing Me A Song: Carmen Lundy
Piano Jazz With
Marian McPartland Wed. 9:00 PM
July 23 vocalist
July 30 trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Jazzset With Dee
Dee Bridgewater Thurs. 9:00 PM
July 24 trumpeter
Jon Faddis at the Jazz Standard in New York
July 31 vocalist Karrin Allyson at the Kansas City Repertory
All Out with Greg
night at 10:00 PM avant garde and free jazz recordings
Stanford Jazz Festival
The Stanford Jazz Workshop summer festival runs through Saturday,
Aug. 9. Artists scheduled to appear include: Andrew Speight, Geoff
Keezer, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Ruth Davies, Ambrose
Akinmusire, Tia Fuller, For further information and a complete
schedule please visit www.stanfordjazz.org/events
San Jose Jazz Festival
The 19th Annual San Jose Jazz Festival takes place Friday, Aug.
8 through Sunday, Aug. 10. local artist scheduled to appear include
George Brooks, Zakir Hussain, Gini Wilson, Pete Yellin, Mimi Fox,
Eddie Gale, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Alexa Weber-Morales, Claudia
Villela, Gail Dobson, Dayna Stephens, Wally Schnalle, Modesto
Brisenio, Nicolas Bearde, Mo'Rockin Project, Roberta Donnay, Jonathan
Poretz and Shotgun Wedding. For more information and a complete
schedule go to www.sanjosejazz.org
51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
This festival runs Sept. 19-21 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Local
artists scheduled to appear so far include Ledisi, Jamie Davis,
Tuck & Patti, Rebeca Mauleon & Mary Stallings. For
complete festival info visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org
sees profit its double"
reports Rachel Metz of the AP.
"Amazon.com Inc. showed
that it wasn't being hurt by economic weakness and high fuel prices,
reporting Wednesday that its second-quarter profits more than
doubled and surpassed analyst expectations. The Internet retailer
also raised full-year revenue projections.
Sales were strong in several
sections of Amazon's massive marketplace."
BBC NEWS reports "The
US House of Representatives has passed a massive housing rescue
bill that could help struggling homeowners get cheaper loans."
The AP's Anne d'Innocenzio
sees 4Q below estimates.
"Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that its earnings
for the current quarter will be lower than expected as it delays
raising prices on items from food to patio sets amid soaring energy
costs that have accelerated in recent weeks.
Shares in the nation's no.
1 warehouse club operator-which had been one of the few bright
spots in retailing-plummeted almost 12 percent Wednesday. Rival
BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. fell more than 10 percent as investors
see Costco's willingness to hold prices on some products steady
as a sign BJ's may have to do the same.
The reduced profit outlook
from Costco reflects a dilemma that retailers, particularly low-price
operators, face as the economy struggles: whether to raise prices
on products-which could cost them customers-or resist price hikes
from suppliers as long as possible, a move that depresses profits
as they absorb higher costs.
Costco, which sells items
in bulk and features gas stations at most locations, has attracted
crowds of shoppers as they seek cheaper options. But Costco, like
many retailers, can resist for only so long. Most ultimately are
passing along the higher prices, which Costco officials said are
being pushed by suppliers at a faster and higher rate in recent
weeks than before.
That means more financial
pain for shoppers."
"Berkeley warning residents about possibly
rabid bats" writes
Doug Oakley of our Times.
"A rabid bat found in a Berkeley backyard has officials warning
residents that more may be carrying the potentially deadly virus.
Workers from the Environmental
Health Division went to about 60 houses last week in a neighborhood
near the intersection of Sonoma Avenue and Hopkins Street to inform
residents about the bat and the danger of rabies, said Manuel
Ramirez, manager of the division.
'A resident found a bat and
took it to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek,' Ramirez
said. 'It tested positive for rabies, and then they gave us a
The bat was sitting on a
garden hose - unusual, and the first sign of danger, since bats
typically come out only at night and do not sit on the ground,
A few days later, a cat in
the same area of Berkeley brought home a bat in its mouth, but
the bat escaped. The cat was quarantined but has not tested positive,
If a rabid bat bites a human
and the person is not treated, the person most likely will die,
Ramirez said. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, most rabies cases reported each year come from
Oh dear me.
Andrew Frankel, Berkeley PD PIO emails
Berkeley, CA. (July 24, 2008)
City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery
Detectives are asking the community's help in identifying a bank
robber and his
associate. Based on the quality of the pictures Detectives
are optimistic that someone
may recognize the suspect in the photos above who recently robbed
a bank in the City of
On July 18, 2008, at about 3:00 PM, the above-pictured suspect
robbed the Wells Fargo
Bank (located within the Andronico's Market) located at 1444 University
suspect was armed with a small caliber handgun and patiently waited
his turn in line
before demanding cash.
Witnesses described the suspect as: A Black Male Adult
In His Early to Mid 20s
Approximately 6-0/180 lbs
Possibly in the company of a lookout: A Black Male Adult
With Short Dread Locks
A $2,000 Reward is being offered through Bay Area Crime Stoppers
leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).
Detectives are asking for the community's help with this investigation.
Anyone who may
know the identity of this suspect is urged to call the BPD Robbery
Detail at (510) 981-
5742 or (510) 981-5900 the BPD Non-Emergency Line. If callers
wish to remain
anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip
Line at 1-800-
I'm told Acme is now using
four loading docks, two in their new facility, is curing their
new ovens, and has experienced a real increase in the price of
"Berkeley council debates appeal of UC
Burress of the Chronicle.
"Angry shouts of "'Shame!
Shame!' erupted in the Berkeley City Chambers Thursday night after
declined to appeal a court ruling against the city allowing UC
Berkeley to build an athletic training center next to Memorial
So, does it follow that elected-leaders
who can't maintain order at their own city council meeting aren't
very good at maintaining law and order in their city?
Our Claudia reports there
was a police action last evening around 6:00 o'clock in the 900
block of Grayson. Two radio cars were envolved. A man was handcuffed
at the scene.
"Scientists figure out what makes northern
lights dance" writes
David Perlman of the Chronicle.
UC Berkeley scientists steering
a fleet of five satellites have unraveled a mystery about what
causes the northern
lights to brighten suddenly from shimmering green to flaming curtains
of red and yellow.
'We discovered what makes
the northern lights dance,' said the fleet's commander, Vassilis
Angelopoulos, a leading member of the Space Sciences Laboratory
at Berkeley and a UCLA physics professor.
The spectacular light show
in the aurora borealis high above the Arctic - and in the aurora
australis, or southern lights, above Antarctica - results when
bursts of energy from the flaring sun explode violently with Earth's
magnetic field far out in space between Earth and the moon to
cause what scientists call auroral substorms , the scientists
And I thought it was magic.
was one of the restaurants featured on KQED-TV's "Check Please"
this week. A Cuban restaurant in the Haight, all three guest-reviewers
thought it was great. The man who recommended it regularly comes
from the far-East Bay to eat there, is an Episcipol priest and
a really-big 5x5 guy, and his Mom is Cuban. I saw the program
right after dinner and still, listening made me hungry.
DW-TV reports that farmers
in Thailand are returning to water-Buffalo to plow their rice-fields,
since diesel has become too expensive for use in their motorized-plows.
It takes about six days to teach a water Buffalo to pull a plow.
DW-TV also reports that world-wide
arms sales "are up 50%, lead by the US."
in front room,wear mask. 7/24/08--7:15 AM--irritant in front room,
wear mask. 7/25/08--11:28 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room,
"Look in the sky! See octopi fly!" rhymes Paul David Lampe of the Oakland Tribune.
"'Kites make you feel
like you are a kid again,' said Dave Hoggan, 45, a landscape contractor
You'll get pretty much the
same story from the six members of the Berkeley Kite Wranglers.
They started flying kites when they were children, and the childhood
pastime became an adult hobby for these men.
'I think we have all wanted
to fly,' said John Khan, 55, a printing press operator from Concord.
The wranglers are inviting
community members to join them Saturday and Sunday on their home
turf - Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina - for the Berkeley
Kite Festival as they fly a 100-foot long trilobite, 11 octopi,
and host the Japanese Sode-cho Kite-flying Society, which will
The festival also includes
the West Coast Kite Championships, sponsored by the Bay Area Sport
Kite League, and a kite-making class for children."
"Fresh delay stops UC from cutting trees" reports Charles Burress of the Chronicle.
"UC Berkeley has been
hit by a new delay in its plan to cut down trees in a grove occupied
next to Memorial Stadium and build an athletic training center
A 17-month-old court order
blocking the project had been set to expire after Tuesday, following
this week's decision by an Alameda County Superior Court judge
allowing UC to build the center.
But on Friday, the injunction
was extended at least 20 days following a notice of appeal filed
by two groups that sued to block the project, the California Oak
Foundation and the Panoramic Hill Association."
Our Jarad emails
I finally had a chance to
try out the inmate locator recommended by Ryan Lau at Darryl Moore's
office to see how it works.
1. You need to know the person's name -- this means that if you
see someone arrested in our part of town, but don't know their
name, you are out of luck...it won't work!
2. The name of a mugger in downtown Berkeley was published in
the East Bay Express http://www.eastbayexpress.com/blogs/armed_robbers_strike_in_downtown_berkeley/Content?oid=797368
So I tried out the inmate locator to see if the scumbag was from
our neighborhood. I pulled up his record and there is no photo
of the guy.
The system is worthless for use by neighborhood watch groups,
which puts us back at square one. I've asked over and over and
over for BPD to provide photos for all felons with stay away orders
for W. Berkeley. They have provided 1 photo and since have refused
despite a phone call I've had with the office of the Attorney
General of California where I was told that if I could get the
mug shots as part of a public information inquiry at the courthouse
in Oakland by just showing them my CDL, it was a mystery to the
State Attorney General's office why BPD can't supply the mug shots
of people with stay away orders for W. Berkeley.
Is the city attorney too busy wasting my property tax dollars
suing the UC about a 1920's landscaping project [instead of clearing]
this very irritating . . . road block for the law abiding citizens
of West Berkeley?
"Booming Auto Sales Help Infrastructure" report Boris Kamchev and Jeremy Ventuso in
the St. Petersburg Times.
"Experts and consultancy
agencies are unanimous - Russia is becoming the most important
automobile market in the world. The country overtook Germany as
Europe's biggest auto market in the first half of this year as
sales rose 41 percent to 1.65 million cars, swollen by demand
for models from U.S. and Asian manufacturers, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Between January and June
2008, Russians spent $33.8 billion on 1.65 million cars, compared
to 1.63 million vehicles in Germany.
Experts predict that Russian
auto sales could reach 3.8 million this year if the present level
of growth is sustained. The country currently accounts for 12
percent of the total global auto market, and by 2015, the country's
car sales are expected to account for one fifth of global sales
growth, or a maximum 6 million cars per year."
"State's home sales have a baffling 17.5%
jump" writes the
Chronicle's James Temple.
"Sales of existing homes
rose nearly 18 percent across the state last month, a surprising
show of strength driven in part by increasing purchases of priced-to-move
distressed and foreclosed properties, according to an industry
"New home sales fall less than expected" reports Martin Crutsinger of the AP.
"Sales of new homes
fell in June for the seventh time in the past eight months, but
the decline was less than had been expected, raising faint hopes
that the nation's severe housing
recession could be approaching a bottom.
The Commerce Department reported
Friday that sales of new single-family homes dropped by 0.6 percent
last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 530,000 units.
That was less than half the decline that had been expected and
the May performance was revised up a bit."
double in U.S." reports the AP's J.W. Elphinstone
"The number of households
facing the foreclosure process more than doubled in the second
quarter compared to a year ago, according to data released Friday.
Nationwide, 739,714 homes
received at least one foreclosure-related notice during the quarter,
or one in every 171 U.S. households, Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac
Inc. said. That's up 121 percent from the second quarter of 2007."
Jose bankruptcies lead Bay Area" writes Sonia Narang
in our Times.
"This month, nearing
$1 million in debt, the veteran real estate agent and San Jose
father of three filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
'I have taken upward of 25
phone calls a day from creditors,' he said. 'When you have 25
people grinding on you day after day, it takes a toll.'
Arthur can add himself to
the list of 5,941 people who filed for bankruptcy in the San Jose
division of U.S. Bankruptcy Court from July 2007 through June
2008. Of the four Bay Area bankruptcy courts,
San Jose's - which oversees Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito
and Monterey counties - posted the highest increase in bankruptcies
- 69.7 percent - over the 12 previous months."
"FDIC takes over 2 more banks, closing
28 branches" writes
Brendan Riley of the AP.
"The 28 branches of
1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank, operating
in Nevada, Arizona and California, were closed Friday by federal
"Energy Partnership Focus for Venezuelan
Anna Smolchenko of the St Petersburg Times.
Hugo Chavez gave the go-ahead for expanded operations by Russian
oil companies and called for an energy alliance with Moscow during
an appearance with President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday, but he
saved a personal invitation to visit Caracas for Prime Minister
During the first leg of his
European tour, the outspoken, anti-U.S. leader also held talks
on purchasing Russian arms and said the world should jettison
the U.S. dollar in favor of the Russian ruble."
Il vaut mieux
ca dure moins
"Sandwiches That You
Will Like" is PBS program recently shown on KQED. Here is
home page. And check out the KQED Archive and watch the show.
Ok, . . . it started by searching
And then searching
As you can see, some of the
links are to October 2005.
Zelda B on free beer.
"First Person: UC, Berkeley
Honda: Free Beer, But No Free Speech" at
on Free Beer
slow home sales, high prices" reports James
Temple of the West County Times. "There is a bubble, a bubble
number of articles about the housing bubble, according to the
economist for the California Association of Realtors."
"Bubble talk overblown,
says Realtor" writes James Temple of the West
County Times. "The long-booming housing market is moderating,
fears of a bubble are overblown, according to the chief economist
the California Association of Realtors."
Remember she's in sales--divide
"West Berkeley Bowl EIR Says Project Won't
Richard Brenneman of the Daily Planet. "The new
Berkeley Bowl planned for the corner of Ninth Street and Heinz
in West Berkeley 'would not result in any significant and unavoidable
impacts,' according to the conclusion of the massive draft
environmental impact report (EIR) prepared by Christopher A. Joseph
Associates, a Petaluma consulting firm."
Also, with apologies to our
Barry Gifford, Google The
Mary Poppins Institute of Behavioral Research.
Marsha's current movie recommendation,
and required reading for Mary Poppin's Institute grad-students,
is Freedom Writers.
our Geralyn emails
The Aloha Festival is this weekend at the Presidio
Parade Grounds. Here's the link for the poster:
My class will be dancing between 10:30 and 11:00 on
Sunday morning. Look for the REALLY big blue muumuu. I
hope you can make it because it is always alot of fun.
A hui hou,
Foggy Gulch Eric emails
You are invited to the Oakland Lakefest Art & Wine Festival
this coming weekend, August 2nd & 3rd!!
Time we play: Saturday, 8/2, noon - 12:45PM (the Festival
goes from 11 - 6)
Place: Lakeshore Avenue & Trestle Glen, Oakland, CA
Our debut album, Fogged In , will be available for
a low, low Festival price of $10.00.
How To Get There
There will be a free shuttle provided by Douglas Parking
on both Saturday and Sunday. It runs every 15 minutes.
Here is the map: http://oaklandlakefest.com/map.html
Free valet bicycle parking will also be available on Lakeshore
at the entrance to Trader Joes.
We hope to see you Saturday!
Foggy Gulch Band
Our Jarad emails
Meeting on the City's Crime
In response to the amount and nature of crime in recent months,
Councilmember Darryl Moore will be holding a meeting about the
City's Crime Prevention Policies at 7PM on Thursday, August the
7th at Frances Albrier in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street between
Russell and Ward Streets. The discussion will be focus around:
Enforcement: What type of strategies the Berkeley Police
Dept (BPD) uses, how BPD uses the various policies at their disposal,
what neighbors can do to prevent crime and help police in their
investigation, and how the Berkeley Police Department works with
other departments to most effectively respond to situations.
Diversion: What types of
programs are available that are designed to prevent/divert youth
from engaging in "at-risk" behavior, what programs are
available to engage youth that are already engaging in "at-risk"
The Berkeley Police Department, City Attorney's office, Berkeley
Housing Authority, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Alameda
County District Attorney's office will be represented and will
be discussing how they fit in to the overall crime prevention
strategy of the City, as well as discuss how current policies
and strategies might be improved.
our Ryan Lau emails
Upcoming Crime Meetings
Meeting on Recent Sexual
In response to the recent sexual assaults, Councilmember Maio
will be holding a meeting at 7PM on Tuesday, July 29th at the
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave between McGee
and Grant. The Berkeley Police Department will be informing
the community about the recent assaults, what residents should
be looking out for and what precautions they should be taking
in order to protect themselves. We apologize for the short
notice, but since the most recent assault occurred on July 22nd,
Councilmember Maio thought that it was important to respond immediately.
For more information, please call Councilmember Maio's office
at (510) 981-7110.
Meeting on the City's Crime
In response to the amount and nature of crime in recent months,
Councilmember Darryl Moore will be holding a meeting about the
City's Crime Prevention Policies at 7PM on Thursday, August the
7th at Frances Albrier in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street between
Russell and Ward Streets. The discussion will be focus around:
Enforcement: What type
of strategies the Berkeley Police Dept (BPD) uses, how BPD uses
the various policies at their disposal, what neighbors can do
to prevent crime and help police in their investigation, and how
the Berkeley Police Department works with other departments to
most effectively respond to situations
Diversion: What types
of programs are available that are designed to prevent/divert
youth from engaging in "at-risk" behavior, what programs
are available to engage youth that are already engaging in "at-risk"
The Berkeley Police Department,
City Attorney's office, Berkeley Housing Authority, Parks and
Recreation Department, and the Alameda County District Attorney's
office will be represented and will be discussing how they fit
in to the overall crime prevention strategy of the City, as well
as discuss how current policies and strategies might be improved.
Berkeley Unified School District
West Campus/Old Berkeley Adult School Community Construction Meeting
The Berkeley Unified School District will be holding a public
meeting at 7PM on Monday, August 4th at the West Campus site,
at 1222 University Avenue, BUSD's West Campus Boy's Gymnasium,
(Located in the Browning Street Parking Lot). This meeting
is intended to update the community about the District's plans
regarding the development of the facility on the West Campus property,
for our staff currently located in unsafe buildings. The District
has been exploring a second alternative and would like to present
it to the community. This meeting is to share the design for Option
Two, Rehabilitation of the Bonar Street Building, before both
options go before the School Board on August 20, 2008. Option
Two will be available for review.
For more information: (510)
Pandemic Influenza: Are You
Prepared? An Alameda County Community Forum
Please join us for a one-day forum designed for Alameda County
organizations wanting to learn more about current pandemic flu
planning and coordination, what organizations can do to be better
prepared, and how to tap available resources.
Alameda County Public Health Director
and County Health Officer
Dr. Anthony Iton
California Department of Health Services' Dr. Howard Backer
Alameda County Public Health Department
Deputy Health Officer
Dr. Muntu Davis.
The morning presentations
include a County Resource Coordination and Communications Panel
with county experts.
Attendees can select three of the afternoon breakout sessions
offered, which include:
· Security without a Bouncer
SEMS/NIMS/Incident Command System-A
First Responders Approach
Risk Communications-Getting It
Straight the First Time (...and What Happens If You Don't)
Dispensing Medicine to the Masses
Mental Health in a Pan Flu Event
Community Care-Keeping the Sick
Caring for Patients-What Can the
Health System Handle?
Volunteers-How Do We Use Them?
When: Tuesday August
5, 2008 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Preservation Park - Nile Hall at 668 13th Street
Oakland (at 13th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way)
FREE registration fee (includes continental breakfast, lunch and
West Berkeley Circulation
Master Plan - Transportation in West Berkeley
Attached is a handout with examples preliminary ranking of possible
West Berkeley Circulation Improvements and a PowerPoint presented
the Project Area Committee (PAC) July 10th highlighting example
projects and geographic areas of improvements. Please note
the PAC moved to include new ranking criteria to consider green
house gas emission impacts (using Vehicle Miles Traveled and/or
Vehicle Hours Traveled) and Livability (lost parking/retail access
impacts) of improvements. Revised criteria will be brought back
to the PAC and public for review of proposed project.
Public comment on
the initial projects and how they may be modified, expanded or
eliminated is requested prior to the next meeting. Please
respond by July 24th. Comments referring to specific improvement
numbers in attached list are appreciated, as are additional suggestions.
Please include number where appropriate.
National Night Out
The City of Berkeley will be participating in National Night Out
again this year. This special national event was founded
around the idea of crime prevention and has taken on a larger
meaning: the celebration of our neighbors and our community.
National Night Out is Tuesday,
August 5, and we are working to help neighborhoods get their street
parties organized. Anyone can organize a National Night
Out party - although we hope neighbors will organize against crime
and for emergency preparedness, it is not a prerequisite.
Everyone is invited!
The Berkeley Police
Department website (www.CityOfBerkeley.info/police <http://www.CityOfBerkeley.info/police>
- look under "What's New") has information about Night
Out, and residents can call 981-5808 to:
Get their events registered with the City;
Get their parties organized,
get ideas for block party activities, and learn how to reach out
to new neighbors and block off their streets;
Request a visit by City staff and equipment (like fire trucks
and police motorcycles!); and
· Find a party in their
These are fun events where
neighbors can gather, meet each other, and talk about the issues
that concern them most. You can help your neighborhoods
by doing two things:
the attached registration form to residents in your area.
Organizers can call for assistance or simply fill out the form
and send it directly to BPD.
Come out for Night Out! Many residents never make it to a commission
or Council meeting, and National Night Out is a chance to meet
people on their turf. We will distribute district-specific
lists directly to Council members on the Friday before and the
day of Night Out.
Crime and violence prevention
are major concerns for Berkeley residents, and we are proud to
be hosting this event. These block parties help neighbors
learn to know and look for each other, and it is a central mission
of this City to foster those relationships.
We look forward to a great
Night Out! There is still time to register, so if you haven't
already done so, please print out the attached registration form
and return it to
Berkeley Police Department
Community Services Bureau,
c/o CSO Subia #427
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Or fax to (510) 981-5819
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"[Last] Wednesday's Robberies Bring Berkeley's
July Total to 45"
reports Kristin McFarland in the Planet.
"A rash of robberies
this week brought Berkeley to a total of 45 this month, up from
25 in July 2007.
Wednesday alone saw two commercial robberies, two muggings and
a third attempted mugging. This number does not include the many
auto break-ins that occur every day.
'We have seen an increase
in robberies this month,' said Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss,
the Community Services Bureau Supervisor. 'Whether that is going
to be a persistent trend, we won't know till next month.'
According to Kusmiss, the
trend extends across the Bay Area, with many nearby communities
also suffering from an abnormally large number of robberies.
'We're not sure why there
has been such an increase, but we're certainly feeling the impact,'
Berkeley saw 34 robberies in April, 35 in May and 33 in June.
July's total might reach 50 by the end of the month. Kusmiss said
that a typical monthly average ranges from 25-40, but this summer
has seen continually high numbers.
On Wednesday, a Berkeley
man was robbed at 12:07 a.m. in the 2000 block of Emerson Street.
The suspect approached the victim from behind, shoved what the
victim thought was a gun into his back and took his cell phone,
keys and wallet. A second suspect approached the victim from and
took his bag, filled with clothes.
At 11:56 a.m., Environmental Concepts, in the 1600 block of 5th
Street, was robbed. Two suspects threatened the two employees,
a Walnut Creek resident and a San Rafael resident, with a pistol
and ordered them to open the store's safe and cash register. The
suspects also took the two employees' wallets, leaving with approximately
At 8:59 p.m., a cashier at U.S. Gas Station, in the 3000 block
of Shattuck Avenue, was shoved repeatedly by a suspect who took
approximately $200 cash from the register that was open while
the cashier helped a customer.
At 11:27 p.m., a Berkeley man was threatened with what appeared
to be a sawed-off shotgun in the 2400 block of Blake Street and
forced to give up his wallet and keys. The victim said he was
approached by one suspect with a gun while the other two suspects
stood behind him.
On Tuesday, July 22 at 12:05 a.m., a West Berkeley man was robbed
in the 2200 block of 7th Street. Two suspects approached him from
the left and from behind, one of them holding a pistol to the
victim's cheek and taking his wallet, while the second suspect
riffled through the victim's bag."
"The Wire star hits out at Emmys" reprts BBC NEWS.
"Seth Gilliam, star
of gritty US drama The Wire, has criticised the Emmys for being
obsessed with sex and violence.
The actor, who plays Sergeant
Ellis Carver, spoke out after the critically acclaimed programme
received only one nomination for September's award show.
Talking to on BBC 5 Live,
Gilliam said: 'The show deals with inner city civil servants and
the Emmys would rather fantasise about lawyers and romance.'
Each season of The Wire focuses
on a different facet of urban life.
While critics have praised the show's complex drama - Entertainment
Weekly called it 'the smartest, deepest and most resonant drama
on TV' - it has repeatedly failed to be nominated for any major
"Berkeley Boosters Police Activities League:
A Primer" writes
David Manson in our Planet.
"I just finished reading
Ms. Scherr's 'article' on the new Berkeley Hosts program, and
felt immediately compelled to write.
In doing her background research
for the article, Ms. Scherr has proven careless at best, purposely
misleading at worst. I will leave it to your readers to make the
decision as to which."
irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filters. 7:55 AM--VERY
SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, short breath, over-rides HEPA
filters. 2:34 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room.
"'Blood oil' dripping from Nigeria" reports the BBC's Andrew Walker.
"Under cover of night dozens of barges queue up to dock at
a jetty in a creek somewhere in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta.
Their holds are filled with
stolen oil running from valves illegally installed into a pipeline.
Full, they chug downstream
to meet around 10 larger ships near the oil export terminal in
Bonny, Rivers State, where they disgorge their cargo.
By 0500, in the darkness
before dawn, the ships uncouple from the barges and move out in
a convoy to sea to rendezvous with a tanker which will spirit
away the stolen oil, making it disappear into another cargo, bound
for sale on the world market.
It is likely the tanker arrived
partly loaded with guns, cocaine to be trafficked into Europe
and cash, which they will use to pay for the oil.
Bogus shipping documents make their load - possibly tens of thousands
of tons of crude oil - disappear into legitimate markets in Eastern
Europe or America."
"Cataracs have clear focus on big-time" reports Abigail Curtis in the Chronicle.
"Two weeks ago, a mob of screaming teenagers overflowed from
La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Hundreds more waited
in an unruly ticket holders' line that snaked around the block.
Some tried to beg and bribe their way'inside the crowded venue.
'How much do you want?"
one blond teenager asked the bouncer, flashing his wallet. 'I'll
give you money. I'll give you anything.'
A few teens crept around
the building, looking for a back entrance to break into the show.
And the ones who didn't get in didn't go home - they prowled the
sidewalk outside, listening to the muffled strains of music. Some
even waited there until midnight. Mariola Fernandez, house manager
of La Peña, said she'd never seen anything like it during
the four years she's worked there.
What was making these kids
In talks with old friend
David Richardson, Robert Porter often comes up, usually as another
jazz fan and record collector. But Porter was a great influence
to and educator of young jazz players, our Ambrose Akinmusire
among them. He spoke of Porter's nurturing and mentoring on his
Monday's KCSM interview. And there was a Robert Porter tribute
last Monday at Jazz
Akinmusire is now playing
at the Stanford Jazz Festival--you can learn about him here.
Selected email from 10th
We greatly appreciate your involvement and support in addressing
the issues of our neighborhood. A few geographical features
are unique to 10th street (btw Channing and Bancroft) that I feel
contribute to the activity on the block. The long stretch
of barbed wire fencing bordering East Bay Nursery, and the long
stretch sidewalk bordering the Church on 10th and Channing contribute
over all lack of trees / aesthetic appeal. Why is
this important? A well dressed man, walking erect and confidently
is less likely to be mugged.
We are aware of that the city offers a tree planting service.
However, I am also aware that there is a significant amount of
wait time necessary. I do not know if it is possible, but
I am reaching out to you to see if there is any way 10th street
be submitted as a priority street at the tree planting office?
If this is possible, I know my building is very interested.
Perhaps we can convince others on the street to participate.
As always, your input and support is valued.
Dear Angela and Ryan,
1019 Channing needs immediate attention before this location gets
to the point of being difficult to manage. This is the large
blue building that sits on the corner of Channing and 10th Street.
It currently has a For Sales sign. The crowds have been
gathering and sitting on the 10th street side of the low blue
wall that runs along the perimeter of the building with increasing
numbers and frequency (perhaps because they have been discouraged
from other hang out points on the street?).
Contacting the owner (seller?) to post no trespassing signs might
be a proactive start, which gives residents leverage when reporting
to The Cops (who do not respond to "loitering" concerns
We want it to be clear, that loitering, loud noise, public consumption,
and littering will not be tolerated in our neighborhood.
The garbage is piling up along that property which, if tolerated,
beyond being an eyesore - sends the message that this is acceptable,
thereby opening the door to even more serious crime.
Angela and Ryan - any information you can share with us regarding
any effort to contact the owner (seller?) of this property will
be much appreciated.
I forwarded to the appropriate
people. I'll let you know when they say they'll be able
to get to it. Also, in terms of the East Bay Nursery's barb
wire fence, I don't know that we can do much about that, since
they have likely put it there in response to break-ins in the
past, etc., but the street trees should not be a problem.
I should caveat with the fact that the property owner, the
Church, has to agree to the planting. I don't imagine that
they would have a problem with it, but one never knows.
I think this is a very good point that you bring up, and this
is something that we will bring up to the urban forestry division.
I know that there are a number of different options for street
plantings available and the group should probably discusss this
so there is some consensus over the decision. I will see
if someone from the division can meet with the group or at least
discuss with one of the members the various options. Additionally,
I would suggest that beyond that, if the group notices any physical
infrastructure needs, ie. crosswalks painted out, street signs
missing, etc., please let us know as well. This goes back
to the look and feel of the street being indicative to community
standards. I will get back to the group once I speak to
urban forestry. Thanks for bringing this to our attention
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
Tracy Harvena Deptartment of Public Works emails
Work orders have been generated
for your request.
W/O # 337803 -- Graffiti Removal; Stops Signs &
W/O # 337804 -- Graffiti Removal on telephone polesWork
order # 337806 has been generated for the removal of the Shopping
Graffiti removal on trees is handeled by the Parks Dept.
You may contact the depatment @ 981-6660.
Dorothy L Hernandez emails
There are numerous individuals
loitering around 10th and Bancroft (for the last few hours). I
called the police about a fight and a squad car eventually drove
by- but did not stop and take names, etc... Is there a special
number we are supposed to call? When I called in,
I mentioned that Officer Phelps had told us to report loitering.
(of course, we waited until the fight broke out). In any
event, the loitering continues and I can only imagine this is
going to lead to a very active evening.
I believe the best way in which to ensure responsiveness is to
request a case # when you call into dispatch and ask for a call
back. If you do not receive a call back, you can always
call back to dispatch and reference the case number to see what
sort of action was taken. Also, when officers drive through
the area to assess the situation, I don't believe it is
likely that they will be getting out of their vehicles and jotting
down peoples names. From my understanding, patrol officers
are generally pretty good about knowing who is involved in the
drug trade and who is on probation, etc. Riding through,
they can usually tell who they should be looking out for and I
would assume that much of this information is conveyed to patrol
officers in their briefings with CSB.
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
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