after 7/6, here
after 7/15, here, after
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.
post from the past
we haven't met in person yet but I wanted to tell you how much
I have been enjoying your postings. We moved into the house on
Grayson last fall and feel really grateful to have landed in such
a wonderful neighborhood. And we've learned a lot more about it
thanks to your website, which I check regularly -- so thank you!.
In the nine months that we have been here (I can't believe it's
already been that long) we've met so many wonderful people and
feel part of a neighborhood and a community for the first time
in many years. And we are eternally grateful to Susanna, who told
Andrew about the house last summer (they used to be colleagues).
We have some major projects coming up with the house this summer
-- the roof, reshingling and painting, etc. -- but we're in it
for the long haul and, again, are so very happy to be here. We
hope to meet many more folks in the neighborhood this summer.
On your recommendation, we're off to Riva Cucina for breakfast
(our 16th wedding anniversary).
Karen and Andrew
Bob and Carol's
two new kitties
Merryll's back from Albuquerque
Don Yost emails an addition
to the "6/26/09 post from the past," a period 2004,
Daily Planet story by Richard Brenneman.
post from the past
In his Berkeley
Daily P story, "Developer
Gives First Look at West Berkeley Project Plans," Richard Brenneman writes "A
San Mateo developer presented the city staff with plans for a
212-unit, five story West Berkeley housing complex with ground
floor commercial space, which would fill the entire block between
University Avenue and Addison street and between Third and Fourth
streets. . . . Kava Massih, a noted Berkeley architectural firm,
is designing the project for . . . the Urban Housing Group . .
. a subsidiary of Marcus & Millichap, a leading national real
estate investment brokerage firm . . . "
about designing in a little green space? Don't just, as our Amer-indian
brothers and sisters say, "cement over our Mother's face."
Ron, Kava wasn't the architect
for 4th and University. He did do a design but it was rejected
as too modern.
Kava is pretty environmental
both in his design and in his life. RP
Doug Herst emails about Seacology
I thought that you should be aware of . . . first
pitch in Tuesday's A's game.
Our own Berkeley Seacology
managing director, Duane Silverstein, is going to throw out the
first ball. Seacology
is being recognized & honored for its good work on Islands
all over the globe. As a village chief in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
said in welcoming us, "Our government tells us what we need,
Seacology listens to us & provides what we ask for."
An Oakland A's press release
This Tuesday, June 30, [Duane]
Silverstein will throw out the first pitch prior to the Oakland
A's vs. Detroit Tigers game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
In the last 400 years, the
majority of the planet's plant and animal extinctions have taken
place on islands, prompting biologist Dr. Peter J. Bryant to call
this unprecedented rate of island species extinctions "one
of the swiftest and most profound biological catastrophes in the
history of the earth." Seacologysearches
for win-win situations where both the local environment is protected
and islanders receive some tangible benefit for doing so.
the funding for many schools, community centers, fresh water delivery
systems and solar energy projects in exchange for the establishment
of marine and forest reserves. Seacology has now launched
well over 100 projects on islands throughout the world, preserving
more than two million acres of threatened forests and coral reefs.
It has built 85 schools and established over 35 scholarship programs
benefitting indigenous peoples around the world.
I believe Doug will bring
his environment sensibilities to his west-Berkeley project. RP
Taking a break from working
with volatile gases or high-speed machinery, and smoking ganja
a.Cool man, have a hit.
e.No man, it's really cool,
have a toke,
. . .
forwarded from Rick Auerbach.
There will be a joint hearing
of the Zoning Adjustments Board and the Landmarks Commission
on Thursday July 2nd at 6:00 PM (arrive on-time) at City
Council chambers at 2134 MLK to decide whether to give Wareham
Corporation permits to:
1.Demolish the landmarked
Copra building at 740 Heinz.
2. Give Wareham a Variance to build a 72 foot high spec
R & D building. 45 feet is the existing allowable height.
3. The FAR (Floor Area Ratio) on this building is close
to 4. The allowable FAR is 2. Wareham recently
changed their FAR calculation on this building from about
4 to less than 1. They did this by saying that all their parcels
on that block were under one ownership, so they could
calculate the FAR by spreading out all their buildings on
all their nearby properties. This was done after describing
this property as a distinct entity for years.
Please consider coming
to this hearing and weighing in.
If you are concerned
about the building and development standards for your West
Berkeley neighborhood this hearing is important, as what
happens here will almost surely set precedent for the future.
What Wareham gets to demolish and build here will likely
be replicated all over West Berkeley in the not-distant future.
Along with being totally out of scale, the building will
significantly shade Magic Gardens across the street and shade
the Durkee Building and its artist tenants to the east.
Additionally, the building is proposing to provide way less parking
than a structure of that size is required to supply.
Wareham has continually
expanded since they first bought the Durkee site (Aquatic
Park Center) in 1985 and immediately gave all the businesses
and artists on that site eviction notices. They now own at
least 25 buildings in West Berkeley on at least 16 acres.
They bought the Fantasy
block a couple years ago and along with this came property
across from the B of A on Parker and along San Pablo. Next
they made an offer to the owner of the entire Block south
of the Fantasy that he couldn't refuse - it wasn't even for
sale. Your blocks may be next. Wareham (Rich Robbins) is,
and will likely continue to be the largest aggregator of
property in West Berkeley. What they're planning to do on
their properties is the template we can expect on many sites.
To receive the height
Variance it's seeking Wareham must make the case to the ZAB
that these two conditions have been met:
"1. There are
exceptional or extraordinary circumstances or conditions
applying to the land, building or use referred to in the
application, which circumstances or conditions do not apply
generally to land, buildings and/or uses in the same District;
2. The granting of
the application is necessary for the preservation and enjoyment
of substantial property rights of the subject property's
The only "exceptional
or extraordinary circumstances" applying to the property
is Wareham's desire for greater profit than present standards
There is no necessity
of this height or mass for an R & D biotech or Physical
Sciences building. There are numerous buildings already
in West Berkeley dedicated to these uses that don't require
this height or mass. Certain biotech facilities, such as
those at Bayer, have a demonstrated need for expanded heights,
but these needs are related to specific production requirements
and aren't necessary for R & D. The only need for this height
is the need for greater profit at the expense of the livable and
workable built environment of an existing vibrant neighborhood.
Social activism or gettin'
in other people's business?
Go to the meeting and decide
the building is essentially
surrounded by Aquatic Park Center
Whatever the zoning issues,
and there are several, new construction would bring needed building-trade-jobs
to Potter Creek. L J Kruse, for instance, worked for Rich Robbins
on the Fantasy remodel and I imagine equipment manufactures like
Swerve could profit as well. Not a little thing in these hard
"The 10 Greenest Cities in the U.S." is by Tom Schueneman at sustainablog.org.
"The Mother Nature Network has just published their list
of the ten greenest cities in the United States.
7 - Berkeley, California:
A recognized leader in innovation in clean energy technology and
development, Berkeley also has an abundance of organic and vegetarian
restaurants. The city is known as a leader in sustainability."
An "abundance of organic
and vegetarian restaurants?"
"Grad school at Berkeley had its oops as
well as its rewards"
writes Charlotte Langford special to the arizona daily star.
"I've never told anybody this before. In 1957, I went to
the University of California-Berkeley for grad school because
I'd seen President Eisenhower waving at the crowds during a motorcade
in San Francisco.
California looks like fun,
I said to myself, and sent in an application. I arrived with a
heart full of nonchalance and naive confidence. Grad school -
just another bunch of English classes and another degree. As it
turned out, however, I had a few surprises waiting for me."
"Wilco makes for magic night at Greek Theatre" a review by Tony Hicks, Contra Costa Times.
"A couple of songs after
telling Saturday's sold-out crowd at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre
'I have to tell you, I think this is our favorite place in the
world to play,"'Wilco's notoriously-deadpan frontman Jeff
Tweedy felt like taking a jab at the locals."
"Times, UK: Four Stars for Wilco's New
Album; 'A Definitive Work' " is
a Nonesuch press release.
post from the past
owns magnet, 2508 san pablo ave
Wednesday 7:18 PM
EBMUD repairs their underground
service on 8th and Pardee
Steve Carvalho emails
I found your website and am amused at your memories, so similar
to mine. I worked for Sandy Schneider on Telegraph and was a victim
of his obsessive catagorizing methods. He delighted in putting
us through our paces in front of his more affluent customers.
He would shout out "T2442" and would proudly watch us
leap for the Capitol bin to retreive "Rubber Soul,"
the big seller that Christmas vacation. We would attempt
our weak stabs at revenge by introducing records that were
not in his inventory. The deciding one was a record
by Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts, which had been discovered by accident
by the fraternity boys and, due to the extreme obscenty of its
content had become a sentimental favorite of the kegger crowd.
Though we were amused at his frustration by not being able to
track down the source to re-order, the joke was eventually
on us when, after many tries he found the source and it became
a perennial best-seller durning hazing week.
Sandy, in spite of his eccentriticies, had a genuine love and
discerning attutude toward music and kept me employed
during the down times when I was trying to make it as a professional
musician. I will always remember those days fondly (and
the peanut brittle at See's Candy).
I'd like to know what happened to Sandy and everyone who worked
there. Do you remember Reese Helmondoller? He was
a friend of mine.
Sandy passed some years ago.
My memories of Reese follow the Medved story. RP
of Recorded Music, 6,
don't know what Medved learned
course Mike Medved was younger than most of us, but regularly
recommending early Bernstein/N.Y. Phil records in an age of Klemperer,
Monteux, Bruno Walter and the Berlin Philharmonic was hard to
understand. We tried not to kid, or interrupt, him during a sale.
Yet Harper occasionally blurted out, "You're kidding: that's
terrible!" When it was slow, and depending upon our mood,
we'd sometimes give him a hard time about his recorded preferences,
or just play some of our favorite performances for each other,
of course including him.
other half of the we, Jim Harper, was a record salesman and music
lover whose path and mine have intertwined over the years.
know what Medved learned, for after awhile, a semester or two,
he moved to L.A. to go to school. Somewhere he learned a lot about
classical music and movies.
Campus Records closed in 1967, Record City was the leading source
in Berkeley for classical music. It was owned by Sandy and Helen
Schneider. Sandy was a good harpsichordist and was a student and
admirer of Gustav Leonhardt. Helen was a charmer.
were also very understanding employers. Once, when Helen's 3.4
Jag Sedan had become sluggish, I suggested that what it needed
was a fast run on the highway to "blow out the carbon."
Helen seemed to think that made sense and I volunteered to take
the car out for a run. The car was fast! I guess I pushed it pretty
hard or it was pretty gummed up. It back fired a lot and stammered
a bit. Then it caught fire. As smoke poured from under the hood,
I looked for the nearest Freeway Exit. Fortunately one was close
by and I coasted the Jag down the off-ramp and into a filling
station. They put out the fire. I wouldn't say that the Jag was
totaled, but I don't think it ever stopped smelling of smoke.
brother David was a violinist in the San Francisco Symphony. He
played under Pierre Monteux, among other conductors, and Sandy
shared his brother's love of the Maestro. It was Sandy
who introduced me to my first recordings of "Papa."
I particularly remember the RCA Victrola performance of Beethoven's
Fourth Symphony and the Victrola Beethoven Second. The Fourth
is still my favorite performance and has also become my favorite
recording. Another favorite was Wagner's Siegfried Idyll with
the San Francisco Orchestra. It originally shared a record with
the Beethoven Fourth and later it was released with Strauss'Death
and Transfiguration, also with the San Francisco Symphony.
Harper managed the store for some time. He was a good manager
for I never thought of him as a boss. I think we sold a lot of
records and had some good times.
all the fun, Sandy ran a tight shop. Most tight was the inventory
system. The number of records in each section was written on the
back of the section's divider card. Also the name and quantity
of each title was kept on 3 X 5 cards in a file box. Sandy prided
himself on knowing exactly what he had and where it was. Inventory
could be taken two or three times a day and Sandy knew within
minutes if something was missing or misplaced. It made him as
crazy if the inventory was off as it did if a record was stolen.
telling him we used to bring records from home and put them in
really wasn't capable of having a manager
told that today Reese Holmandoller lives on an island off the
coast of South America. I guess it's possible. I know that for
years he lived on an island off the Greek coast.
Holmandoller was the first manager at Campus Records that I remember.
Manager isn't exactly right. I don't think that Albert was capable
of having a manager. Reese came from New York and so did Albert.
More importantly, Reese learned the record business in New York
City. But in the end, Albert probably hired Reese because he liked
was tall, thin, a little stoop- shouldered, and had a droopy Einstein
moustache. Before the Beatles had longish hair, Reese had hair
down to his shoulders.
has always thought of itself as a liberal, tolerant and accepting
community. But in the '60s, sadly, even in Berkeley, people thought
something should be done about a man with a woman's hair.
In particular, Reese's
hair annoyed some members of the Telegraph Avenue Merchants Association.
At a regular meeting, and with Albert present, they suggested
that either Reese get a hair cut or that Albert fire him. Albert
quit the Association, but I vaguely remember Reese's hair becoming
a touch shorter.
now began to make a point of smooching in public. In front of
the shop, and with great gusto, he would kiss and squeeze his
saftig lady for all to see. His lady was a good jazz piano player
and Reese played alto. I remember waiting, along with him, for
the release of Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch album. When the first
shipment arrived from the distributor, work ceased for a moment
and we all listened. We agreed it was "far out."
his lady, and some friends had regular "blowing sessions"
at a warehouse just off Shattuck Ave.
asked to sit in.
just beginning to play classical 'cello, but the idea of playing
jazz was tantalizing. The
'cello was much softer than the jazz instruments that surrounded
it, especially the piano and drums. In the first session I couldn't
even hear myself, but Reese
thought the 'cello could be made louder by electrically amplifying
it. So at the next session we rigged a guitar pick-up to the 'cello
bridge and plugged it into an amplifier.
I could hear myself, but I had a hard time following the "changes,"
after all, I was being trained to sight read Bach, not improvise
I can't say that I was a very good jazz player, but I can say
that I played with Country Joe and the Fish's drummer. Chick "Chicken"
Hirsh was one of the people who sat in that night.
Mayor Bates was interviewed
on CBS Channel 5 NEWS about the state having to issue IOUs
and said "It'll be terrible." The Mayor looked good
"Best law schools in the nation" is a report at examiner.com.
"While the top two schools
are no surprise, California makes solid inroads into the top tier
of law schools in the nation based on the US News and World Report
rankings. Topping the list is Yale, followed by Harvard, with
Stanford coming in third.
Stanford University, Law
School (3) begins with the fundamentals but is then rich in interdisciplinary
learning opportunities, clinics that teach law students how to
be lawyers who make a difference, and programs and centers that
catalyze scholarship, research, and dialogue on important issues
- these are the forums through which Stanford Law shapes the future.
Stanford University is followed by Columbia University and New
York University in the ranking to round out the top five.
UC Berkeley School of Law
(6) claims affordability in relation to its competitors with more
than 90 percent of our students receiving some form of financial
aid, Berkeley returns a higher percentage of its fees to students
than any of its competitors."
"Building a new UC -- in cyberspace:Online
instruction would allow an institution faced with budget pressures
to do more with less"
is a story by Christopher Edley Jr. at latimes.com.
"It is time for an 11th
University of California campus: a cyber-campus devoted to awarding
online degrees to UC-eligible students. "
"Hotel Loan Defaults Double as Recession
Cuts Travel " is
a report by Dan Levy and Nadja Brandt at bloomberg.com.
"As many as one in five
U.S. hotel loans may default through 2010 as the recession means
companies are spending less on travel and perks, according to
University of California economist Kenneth Rosen.
The value of hotel properties
in default or foreclosure almost doubled to $17.3 billion in the
second quarter through June 24 from $9 billion at the end of the
first quarter, data compiled by Real Capital Analytics Inc. show.
The New York-based research firm, which began tracking distressed
commercial property in November, expects hotel defaults to increase
by as much as $2 billion this quarter, said analyst Jessica Ruderman.
'Hotels without question
will have the highest foreclosure rate of any commercial real
estate sector,' said Rosen, who runs a real estate hedge fund
with $310 million in assets and is chairman of the University
of California's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics
in Berkeley. "
"Big cities see resurgence in population
growth" writes Hope
Yen of the AP.
"Reversing a decade-long
trend, many of America's largest cities are now growing more quickly
than the rest of the nation, yet another sign of an economic crisis
that is making it harder for people to move.
Census data released Wednesday
highlight a city resurgence in coastal regions and areas of the
Midwest and Northeast, due to a housing crunch, recession and
higher gas prices that have slowed migration to far-flung suburbs
and residential hotspots in the South and West."
Paul Krugman is Charile
Rose's recent guest, talking on health care and the state
of the economy, do check
"Lisbon's light-touch drugs policy"
is a report at BBC
"In 2001, the Portugese
government decriminalised recreational drugs including heroin
and cocaine in an attempt to reduce the number of hard drug users
in the country. Eight years later, Claudia Hammond visited Lisbon
to see whether the change in the law had been effective."
posts from the past
Former Buttercuper, Patrick
I hope this finds you well-
a photo album of pics I found and scanned of a couple of Hat Nights
at the Buttercup in 1981:
Ah, seems like yesterday- sort of
Miltiades Mandros entered
this year's Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest. This is one of
Through the window of his
sawbuck-a-month Los Angeles walk-up, the "Ames otel"
sign blinked lazily on and off as Norris, a Camel at his lips
and a half-empty bottle of Scotch by his side, pecked feverishly
away at his ancient Smith-Corona in the desperate hope the producers
would accept this version of his screenplay about a world-weary
high school geometry teacher (to be played by Humphrey Bogart),
entitled "Here's Looking At Euclid."
"Milkshakes offer a cool taste of nostalgia
and luxury" Jodie
Chase, Contra Costa Times Correspondent.
"It's Saturday afternoon
at Fentons Creamery & Restaurant in Oakland, and the old-fashioned
ice cream parlor is packed, as always. A little girl in a leotard
celebrates with her family after a ballet recital. People of all
ages, groups large and small, feast on burgers and tuna melts,
giant milkshakes and decadent old-fashioned sundaes made with
ice cream crafted on the premises. Comfort food, with a side of
"Berkeley Rep director heads to Broadway.
Again" writes Robert
Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic.
"Tony Taccone sounds
pretty relaxed for a man on the run between directing shows in
Minneapolis, Berkeley and on Broadway. After two decades at Berkeley
Repertory Theatre, serving as artistic director since 1997, the
57-year-old director may be most comfortable with a certain amount
fishing day: 4th of July" is a report in the Vallejo
"4th of July...think
family, fireworks...but fishing? You bet. This year 4th of July
is the first of only two 2009 'free' fishing days in California
- (September 7th is the second day.)
So if you haven't yet purchased
your 2009 license , this is the perfect day to test your luck
and prowess on California's lakes, reservoirs, streams and of
course, the big 'O', the Pacific Ocean."
from Marsha W
"Top 25 teams: No. 19 California Golden
Bears" is a report
by Adam West, Staff writer at gainesville.com.
"Three Stars: Cannot Be Stopped" is an interview with a band member at dcist.com.
"When does a local band
start to really become local? When does it cease to be local?
Is Laughing Man considered local even though they only recently
moved to D.C. from Philly? Are Jukebox the Ghost or Thao Nguyen
still local artists even though they no longer live here? Can
D.C. claim Animal Collective at all since Geologist lives somewhere
within city limits? For several months, I wrestled with this question,
and as such hesitated to interview Farley Miller, the brains behind
local avant-garde project Cannot Be Stopped. By the time I'd really
gotten a chance to check out his brand of drum-initiated electronics,
I'd found out that he'd be moving to California upon graduation
from American University (which happened in May.) "
"Beacon Power, Nordic Windpower Get Loan
Guarantees" by Daniel
Whitten and Christopher Martin, bloomberg.com.
"The U.S. Energy Department
issued $59 million in conditional loan guarantees to Beacon Power
Corp. and Nordic Windpower, part of a four-year-old program for
alternative energy that has yet to finance any projects.
The conditional loan guarantees
announced by the department today, which are the second and third
issued, are contingent on the companies providing further financing.
Kubik sends a link to
"Berkeley City Budget 101" by Victoria Peirotes in our Planet.
"Steven Falk, the city manager of Lafayette, said in a recent
San Francisco Chronicle article, 'The state is broke, counties
are broke and cities are broke.' He went on to say 'Public pensions
are unsustainable in the current form.'
The Chronicle also reported,
'The California Citizens Compensation Commission, which sets salaries
of state lawmakers and statewide elected officials, voted to slash
state officials and employee pay by 18 percent, effective in 2010.'
Other national news media
report that a reason for GM's bankruptcy and the State of California's
dire circumstances are in part due 'to out of control salaries
and long-term retirement and health benefits accrued by employees.'
If you scrutinize the proposed
biennial Berkeley Budget (20102012), you may notice that
it doesn't address or even acknowledge the very big 'elephant-in-the-room.'
That 'elephant' is the disproportionate number of city employees
in Berkeley, their most generous salaries, and the extraordinary
health benefits they enjoy, including gold-plated retirement benefits."
"The Internet isn't tax-free" is an opinion at latimes.com.
"California should require
online sellers to collect sales taxes, not leave that job to the
What if California had $1
billion sitting around, unused, that it could put to work closing
its budget gap, keeping schools open and preserving human services?
"California crisis a threat to US economic
recovery:Economists worry that the budget deficit could hurt the
state just as it has begun showing signs of recovery" is a report by Michael B. Farrell at csmonitor.com.
"After lawmakers in
Sacramento failed to meet a midnight deadline Tuesday to close
the state's $24 billion budget gap, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
declared a state fiscal emergency Wednesday. He hoped to prod
politicians into coming to an agreement over spending cuts and
keep the state's financial crisis from deepening.
Politicians continued to
wrangle over cuts Wednesday that would meet the approval of Governor
Schwarzenegger, who has demanded a plan that balances the budget.
Meanwhile, the state's controller prepared to issue IOUs to creditors
if the state can't agree on a spending plan by Thursday.
California is not the only
state struggling to pass a budget, but the depth of its crisis
and the size of its economy raises the financial problem to a
level of national concern.
'It's easy to make fun of
all those greedy, flaky Californians, but the national economy
can't recover with an anchor the size of California holding it
back,"'says Dan Schnur, political scientist at the University
of California in Berkeley and a former Republican strategist."
is Independence Day
our Claudia and Cameron write
to our Plant about our Bowl
So people . . . whose points
of view often appear in this newspaper, have their facts wrong.
It really does no good to review how incorrect, and wrong-headed
their positions were, and how their opinions were smokescreens
for trumped-up fears of development taking over West Berkeley,
and even worse, using this Berkeley-based enterprise to create
a wedge-issue among neighbors. Fears of increased traffic haven't
materialized either. But what has increased is foot and bicycle
traffic! Living around the corner from the Bowl, we actually get
to witness the birth of a vibrant cityscape-similar to [those
of the] Solano Avenue neighborhood-young families, seniors, workers
from nearby businesses, neighbors all making their way to the
market. This is a first for Potter Creek, . . . .
I do not speak for all of
my neighbors but all of those whom I have spoken to seem quite
happy to have a world-class market and green grocer within walking
distance. West Berkeley has long wished for a food market, and
anybody who knows the area can lament the large stretch between
West Oakland and El Cerrito that is devoid of quality and affordable
food shopping options ... until now.
Both letters can be found
in their entirety in our Planet here--scroll
down the page.
There is a BIG Fourth Celebration
at our Marina today with food, entertainment, and fireworks tonight.
Our Patti, Steve and Jackson
went this afternoon--great fun.
KTVU-TV Channel 2 covered
the event at their 6 O'clock news, ending with BPD Ofc Frankel
inviting all, and reminding that we have a zero tolerence on drinking
Berkeley PD Officer, Andrew
Harley Screamin' Eagle
"School Board Approves Sixth St. Property
Sale, Berkeley High Late-Start Mondays" by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"The Berkeley Board
of Education approved the lease and sale of its Sixth Street property
to the City of Berkeley at the June 24 School Board meeting in
exchange for a two-year lease of Old City Hall. '
"Berkeley wrestles with downtown development" Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Berkeley is poised
to rewrite its zoning rules for its downtown, raising height limits
throughout the area and creating nine towers, including three
as high as 225 feet - at least 45 feet taller than anything else
in the city."
In addition to the basic
unemployment rate, everyone points to worrying signs from the
so-called underemployment rate, which includes part-time
workers who can't find full-time work and those who have given
up looking, that has increased to 16.5 percent. Until yesterday,
there was much optimism that the economy was in recovery mode,
but the new numbers put an end to all the happy talk. For the
economy to expand in the second half of the year, as many had
been predicting, there needs to be a boost in consumer spending,
and that may be a pipe dream as employment worries are
pushing people to save. The WP points out that
the United States now has the same number of jobs as in 2000,
'meaning that nine years of employment gains have disappeared.'
Inside, the WSJpoints to the fact that wages remained
pretty much stagnant as another worrying sign. Average hourly
earnings increased a mere three cents between April and June,
"the smallest quarterly gain since at least 1964.
The Lehrer News estimated
on Thursday that the total underemployment rate may be as high
as 20% in "Many
Left Uncounted in Nation's Official Jobless Rate. Paul Solman
examines how the number of jobless people who fall outside of
official unemployment counts offer a different picture of the
nation's economic recovery."
"Enrolment Daze: a parent's dilemma"
by Amanda Lohrey is a
story in the Australian The Monthly.
"Perhaps the thing parents
want most for their children is that they will develop into a
much-improved version of the two flawed individuals who brought
them into the world a kind of better self and in the
pursuit of this ideal a superior education is deemed to be of
the essence. I was reminded of this in August when an old friend
from the US came to stay and we reminisced about our first meeting
in Berkeley, California, in 1986. We were young mothers. I had
arrived in Berkeley with my husband, who was there to do research,
and my daughter, who was almost three. . . .
Those early days in Berkeley
were testing. It was expensive, as university towns tend to be,
and all we could afford was a small box-like house on the edge
of an infamous black area of Oakland where there was a complex
local economy of drug-dealing. A block of shabby apartments at
the end of our street operated as a major centre. Then there was
the culture of public begging; a walk to the dingy supermarket
was an encounter with several beggars on the sidewalks, some black,
some white. They ranged from the professionals who sat sullenly
in their regular spot outside a shop, to the random panhandlers
who were often in an agitated state with wild eyes, twitching
bodies and trembling hands. As Governor of California, Ronald
Reagan had closed several asylums for the mentally ill and released
more than 40,000 patients onto the street, some of whom had shelters
to go to but many of whom didn't. They were now homeless, roaming
and ranting on the sidewalks of San Francisco and other cities
of the Bay area.
One day I arrived at the
supermarket just after a shooting and saw blood spattered across
the glass doors. I assumed an attempted robbery but in fact someone
had gone berserk. Not long after this a young woman attacked me
outside a video store and swung a wild haymaker punch into my
upper arm. She was clearly on something and the effect of the
drug rendered her body flaccid and her punch without force. 'So
you don't like Mama Cass, eh?' she screamed, and I could see that
in her waking nightmare I was someone else."
post from the past
July 3, 2007
In the past several weeks,
there have been several shootings and robberies that have a lot
of people, justifiably, nervous. Our department, as well as the
Mayor, the City Council and the City Manager have all received
letters and calls of concern about the crime in South Berkeley.
I want to take this opportunity to share some of the approaches
the Berkeley Police Department is taking and what you can do to
be a partner in the safety of your family and your community.
We take shootings in Berkeley
very seriously, and any string like this causes us to evaluate
our short and long-term response plans.
In the short run: We are
working hard to investigate these crimes. Since shooting victims
generally know their assailants, we make strong attempts to work
closely with the victims to identify why they were shot. It is
not unusual, however, that victims are uncooperative. If you may
have been a witness to any of these or may have any information,
please call our Homicide detail at 981-5741. Since so much urban
violence is drug-related, our Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) detectives
and the Drug Task Force (DTF) officers spend most of their time
in South Berkeley. This helps us solve crimes and, by interrupting
criminal business, prevent crime as well. Additionally, in response
to these shootings and other incidents, BPD will be adding additional
patrols the area.
In the long run, we are working
to increase the number of officers on the streets, build on our
Community Policing efforts which involves coordinated problem
solving projects, increase the number of community members participating
in Community Policing and involvement in Neighborhood Watch and
Crime Council groups, and are committed to detailing officers
on an overtime basis to focus on crime trends like these.
There's also a lot that community
members can be doing to ensure the safety of their neighborhoods.
Individuals can: Call 911
if you see a crime in progress; Call 981-5900 or (510) THE-COPS
(an anonymous tip line) to give other relevant information Join
or create a Neighborhood Watch group and reach out to new neighbors.
We're going to continue to
work with the community on these and other issues of public safety.
Please visit our website for more information about being safe
on the Fourth of July, to connect with other neighbors or neighborhoods,
or other issues, and please feel free to call the Community Service
Bureau at 981-5806/5808 with your concerns.
Douglas N. Hambleton
Chief of Police
Official response? Sounds
like a drug war. Why is Berkeley
PD not at full strength? RP
"Calif. regulators warn of pot's cancer
Marcus Wohlsen at google.com.
" It might take Californians
a puff or two to get their heads around an apparent contradiction
recently enshrined in state law. The same marijuana smoke that
doctors can recommend to ease cancer patients' suffering must
soon come with a warning saying it causes the disease.
State environmental regulators
last month voted to place marijuana smoke on its list of hundreds
of substances known to cause cancer. The decision could lead to
warning signs in medical marijuana dispensaries and labels on
packaged pot within a year."
"Megachurch pastor Rick Warren addresses
US Muslims" is a
story at thejakartapost.com.
"Defying some of his
fellow conservative Christian critics, one of the most prominent
religious leaders in the country told several thousand American
Muslims on Saturday that "the two largest faiths on the planet"
must work together to combat stereotypes and solve global problems.
. . .
Many in the crowd were drawn
to the session by prominent Muslim scholars such as Sheik Hamza
Yusuf of the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, California."
agribusiness - for salmon's sake" opines Paul Johnson
at sfgate.com. "Paul Johnson is president of Monterey
Fish Market of San Francisco and Berkeley and the author of 'Fish
Forever' (Wiley, 2007)."
Merryll getting Major Award
in Albuquerque, a
more, before and after,
Gene Agress was on Bay Area
Living, Home Improvement Edition with Vivki Liviakis CHANNEL 4
today at 11:00 AM--talking about Berkeley Mills.
Also, Gene just bought a
used Honda Insight hybrid--like new with 30,000 miles.
"3rd Amtrak train victim in East Bay"
by Robert Selna, Chronicle
"In the third East Bay
rail-related death in just three days, a woman was hit by an Amtrak
train this morning just south of Oakland's Jack London Square.
Lorena Contreras, 35, of
San Rafael, was struck by a passenger train traveling 60 miles
an hour at about 9:30 a.m., according to Alameda County Deputy
Sheriff Derek Sanchez.
The collision followed similar
incidents in Berkeley and Oakland on Friday in which two people
also were hit by another Amtrak train.
Contreras' death appeared
to be a suicide, based on statements of two friends she was staying
with in Oakland, Sanchez said."
Kubik emails "S.F.
homicides fall as police flood tough areas" Jaxon Van
Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"San Francisco's homicide
total for the first half of 2009 hit a nine-year low - falling
more than 50 percent from last year - a drop that police officials
attribute to flooding high-crime areas with officers and focusing
on the handful of people who commit most of the crimes."
Charlie Rose interviews Pete
G Peterson about our economic future, our debt, health care and
from my log
in warehouse front and SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, nausea, light head. Off-and-on all day, irritant in
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
irritant in IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, cough, light head.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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 email@example.com
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
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