Lipofsky also recently received
a Major Award. On June 11 at the Corning Auditorium, Marvin received
The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society.
Well, Ok then.
His work was also mentioned
in last week's New York Times. Check out Art
"Bette's Oceanview Diner classic buttermilk
pancake recipe" is
a review at examiner.com. "Ovid, the '57 Chevy, and
the pancakes at Bette's Oceanview Diner, are classics because
they remain perfect regardless of the passage of time or the tides
900 GRAYSON had its best weekday ever last Friday.
Steve Smith emails
I know how you like to read
public commentary so I'm sharing.
Whenever I'm in the car with
the whole fam, and we pass beneath the Aquatic Park Pedestrian
Bridge, I hear from the back seats...."Ugly statue, ugly
statue, ugly statue"....usually well-paired with a familiar
nursery rhyme melody. Followed with, "Hey mom, you know what
would be better than an ugly statue? A gold statue that looks
[like] King Kongs hand".
I personally have no comment
on the public works of "art" nor do I take any responsibility
for the above free-speech commentary. Hey, suum cuique pulchrum
see you round,
p.s. I know how you [like]
Latin as well.
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
"Democracy's Failing Light" by Arundhati Roy of Outlook India Magazine
here at truthout.net.
"While we're still arguing
about whether there's life after death, can we add another question
to the cart? Is there life after democracy? What sort of life
will it be? By democracy I don't mean democracy as an ideal or
an aspiration. I mean the working model: Western liberal democracy,
and its variants, such as they are."
post from the past
are lots of ways to get to work in Potter Creek
the glassman, likes to scoot
There was a Berkeley PD "traffic
stop" yesterday around 2:00 PM, south bound on 8th just off
Dwight--several radio cars and a motor.
"Berkeley: crime-infested and dangerous
to know?" is a report
"Berkeley -- the 43rd
most dangerous city in the United States? Really? Go figure. But
that is the case, according to recently
released data by online relocation resource Neighborhood
"Crime in Berkeley: Lies, damned lies and
statistics" is an
opinion at sfbizjournal.com.
"Berkeley is the 43rd
most dangerous city in the United States and the most dangerous
place to live in California.
A report by NeighborhoodScout,
a.k.a. Location Inc., a Woonsocket, R.I., home buying helper web
site says so in a report.
The company, which mines
data on school quality and crime rates to help homebuyers find
good neighborhoods to live in, helpfully lists the 'Top 100 Most
Dangerous Cities in the U.S.' with a population of 25,000 or more.
Neither San Francisco nor
Oakland - the perennial local whipping boy when it comes to crime
- are on the list.
Study the report on Berkeley
and it shows, not surprisingly, that the area downtown along Shattuck
Avenue west of the U.C. Berkeley campus is the most dangerous,
with a rating of 1 out of 100, where 100 is the safest. This isn't
a surprise, since robbers tend to go where the people are, where
the money is (i.e. ATMs).
You won't find any ATMs along
leafy, meandering Shasta Road, which switches back and forth up
through the Berkeley Hills. It gets an 85 rating, by comparison.
Screenshots from NeighborhoodScout's
According to the report,
your 'chances of becoming a victim' of violent crime in Berkeley
are 1 in 177."
Or, maybe, just maybe, our
bubble has burst and we find we're really not special, not really
better, not more pure of motive, not importantly different, not
unique, not the chosen, but just like everybody else, maybe sometimes
a little better and in some ways worse. Just maybe. RP
"Richmond man convicted in Berekeley fatal
shooting" is a report
"A Richmond man was convicted today of first-degree murder
and attempted second-degree robbery for the shooting death of
23-year-old Wayne Drummond of Oakland near the University of California
at Berkeley campus three years ago.
An Alameda County Superior
Court jury deliberated for only three hours before delivering
its verdict against 23-year-old Nicholas Beaudreaux for the Sept.
4, 2006, incident.
Beaudreaux faces a term of
50 years to life in state prison when Judge C. Don Clay sentences
him on Aug. 28. Sentencing guidelines call for him to get 25 years
to life for his first-degree murder conviction and another 25
years for using a gun to cause Drummond's death."
I'm told the Berkeley Bowl's
going to have a proper Grand Opening, and also, that there is
now a Berkeley Bowl highway-sign on south-bound 80.
Did you hear that the Bowl
is having special food demonstrations from 7/10 to 7/13, and then
the cafe opens formally on 7/13? I don't know any more details
but good news that the cafe is going to open! Can you believe
that the Bowl has only been opened for one month? Certainly has
changed the way I eat, shop and thrive!
"Berkeley Rep Receives American Express
Grant For Fellowship" is
a story at broadwayworld.com.
"Today Berkeley Repertory
Theatre announced that 16 emerging leaders from across the nation
- including six Northern California natives - have been awarded
fellowships for the upcoming season. This year's fellowships will
be supported by a generous $50,000 grant from American Express,
complementing a similar gift received earlier from the Koret Foundation.
Every year, through this esteemed training program, college graduates
from across America develop their leadership skills by working
alongside accomplished professionals and renowned artists at this
Tony Award-winning theatre."
"Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' comes to
California Shakespeare Theatre"
by Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times.
"The charmingly jaundiced
wit of Noel Coward is set to purr out across California Shakespeare
Theatre Company's Bruns Amphitheatre, as a tasty dollop of drawing
room sophistication comes to the great outdoors with 'Private
"YMCA teen center to be built in Berkeley" is a story by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
YMCA will begin construction of a $5.2 million teen center this
fall to help area youth with academics, careers and community
"Berkeley Flea Market" is part of a review at examiner.com.
"When I lived in Oakland,
this was my go-to flea market. With an international flair and
drum beats in the air, the Berkeley Flea Market is run & owned
by a non-profit community organization and takes place every Saturday
& Sunday from 7am to 7pm. It is situated right next to the
Ashby Bart station at 1937 Ashby Avenue. There are many regular
vendors who sell anything from old, hard to find vinyl LPs to
hand-made soaps, body oils and incense."
" 'Fat Activists' Seek Law Banning Weight
Mridu Khullar at thewip.net.
"In December 2008, Binghamton,
New York, became one of just six cities in the United States to
enact laws protecting against weight discrimination. The others
are San Francisco and Santa Cruz (California), Urbana (Illinois),
Madison (Wisconsin), and Washington D.C. The only state in the
country to have such a law is Michigan.
Sondra Solovay, an attorney
based in Berkeley, California, says fat people are often victims
of discrimination and abuse in employment, social settings, places
of public accommodation, and among their peers. "
"Little Manila:Filipinos in California's
Heartland" is at
KVIE-TV documentary worth watching.
"Filled with chop suey
houses, gambling dens, and dance halls, Little Manila was the
area in Stockton notoriously called, Skid Row, but it was also
the closest thing Filipinos had to a hometown. In its heyday in
the 30s, this lively area had the largest population of Filipinos
outside of the Philippines. This program tells the story of Jimmy
Ente, Jr., a longtime Stockton resident recruited to work in the
asparagus fields. Jimmy, and many other like him, faced backbreaking
work, low wages, and at times extreme racism to fulfill their
dreams. Narrated by famed Filipino-American producer Dean Devlin,
this documentary tells the immigrant story as Filipinos experienced
it." Check it out.
"The Man Who Crashed the World" is a report by Michael Lewis at vanityfair.com.
"Almost a year after
A.I.G.'s collapse, despite a tidal wave of outrage, there still
has been no clear explanation of what toppled the insurance giant.
The author decides to ask the people involved-the silent, shell-shocked
traders of the A.I.G. Financial Products unit-and finds that the
story may have a villain, whose reign of terror over 400 employees
brought the company, the U.S. economy, and the global financial
system to their knees."
posts from the past
reader from Mexico City offers her
1 pound of
1/2-cup of sugar
2-cups of white dry wine
1/4-cup of freshly chopped basil
the strawberries, put them on a large bowl and cover them
with the sugar, wine, and basil. Mix everything with your hands,
Cover them and leave them a couple of hours--mix them
from time to time.
very good at writing these kind of things in English, I
usually do it in Spanish.) Isabel
Mint Chicken recipe is coming soon.
is a "European Style Cafe and Delicatessen" owned by
Bruno and Cindy Frisch. It is more accurately a German/Austro-Hungarian
delicatessen and cafe filled with meats and sausages--bockwurst,
knockwurst and bratwurst, cookies and old fashioned candies--amaretto
cake and marzipan, condiments--vanilla sugar, sweet paprika, cheeses,
German wines and, of course, zwieback. You can eat there, too.
Check them out! They are at 235 El Cerrito Plaza, at the far end
of the Farmer's Market. There phone is 510-524-4622. (But, where
are the German and Austrian flags. I see the flags of Sweden,
Norway and Denmark but not the German tricolor or the Austrian
red and white.)
"Berkeley is Once Again a Progressive Leader"
offers our Mayor, Tom
Bates in a Daily Planet commentary. Good stuff Boss. But
a progressive leader? Get a grip. We're living in the past. "The
times, they are a changin'."
"Idaho wind turbine maker gets fed loan
guarantee" is an
"Nordic Windpower USA,
Inc. says it's gotten conditional U.S. Department of Energy commitment
for a $16 million loan guarantee that will help it expand its
plant in southeastern Idaho.
The Berkeley, Calif.-based
company is hoping to use the low-interest loans enabled by the
federal guarantee to expand its Pocatello assembly facility."
"Japan's Master Animator to Be Honored
in U.S. Visit" is
a story at nytimes.com.
A scene from "Ponyo,"
a coming film by Hayao Miyazaki
"When the schedule of
events for the 40th Comic-Con International fan convention is
announced on Thursday, it is expected to include something quite
rare, even for a gathering that has pretty much seen it all: an
appearance by Hayao Miyazaki."
"The Place of Women on the Court" is an interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"In late February, three
weeks after she had an operation for a recurrence of cancer, Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to Barack Obama's first address to Congress.
Given the circumstances, it wasn't an event anyone expected her
to attend. She went, she said, because she wanted the country
to see that there was a woman on the Supreme Court."
As Auerbach again "blew"
the stop sign on 8th and Grayson at 6:54 last night, I was reminded
that there was a 7 o'clock Planning Commission meeting. (Rick
you got a bad valve in that Datsun or a really bad exhaust-manifold
Ah, the west-Berkeley Plan,
. . . my very first post.
We find in The City of Berkeley's West Berkeley Plan of
which Potter Creek is part "Yet while all parts of Berkeley
felt they benefited (between 1906-1941) from growth, political
issues remained between West and East Berkeley. West Berkeley
made a serious, though unsuccessful attempt to secede from Berkeley
in 1908. One major reason for the effort was the incorporation
in the 'reform' City Charter of 1909 of a complete prohibition
on bars and alcohol sales in Berkeley, more than a decade before
national prohibition." When I came to Cal in 1963 I found
there were still no bars within a mile of Campus - I'd come from
the University of Wisconsin, Madison where beer was served in
the Student Union.
How ' 'bout throwing the
Plan ta hell out?
It is after all, over twenty
years old and was put together by amateurs. More important, we are in revolutionary times!
And it'd take less effort
and time to draft a new plan than to fartz around with the old
one, making sure all the special interests are taken care of.
Let's have some innovation and vision and come up with a 21st
Century plan, not some warmed-up, left-over.
Come on guys and girls, with
some balls and bippies
we can have a vital, relevant, and exciting new plan of this
David Snipper emails
"How To Get Fit On Vacation" is a report by Rebecca Ruiz at forbes.com.
"The best way to get
healthy while on holiday is to book one that requires you to get
in shape ahead of time.
This summer the Berkeley,
Calif., travel company Backroads will send about 100 cycling enthusiasts
on a 260-mile trek through southern Oregon's wilderness. Over
five days, they'll slowly climb high-desert mountains for a cumulative
elevation gain of 19,000 feet."
"After long delay, construction begins
on UC sports facility"
by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"It's been nearly a
year since the longest urban tree-sit in recent history ended
and construction on the University of California sports training
center project began.
The area that was once a
grove of oaks and redwoods is now filled with bulldozers, dirt
piles and men in hard hats."
"Historic Atom Smasher Reduced to Rubble
and Revelry" is
a story at wired.com.
'What was once the world's
biggest atom smasher will soon be nothing more than a collection
of old photos and the dust beneath the next big science machine.
Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory's Bevatron, built by the Atomic Energy Commission for
$9 million in the early '50s, is slowly being demolished in the
hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. In a few years, all traces
of it will be gone."
"Nanopillars Promise Cheap, Efficient,
Flexible Solar Cells"
is a press release at sciencedaily.com.
" Researchers at the
U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated
a way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible
materials. The new design grows optically active semiconductors
in arrays of nanoscale pillars, each a single crystal, with dimensions
measured in billionths of a meter."
"Three arrested in Berkeley-Oakland gang
war" reports Henry
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
Three alleged leaders of
a violent Berkeley gang were arrested today during raids in which
one of the men was shot and wounded by police, authorities said.
The suspects, Coleon Carroll,
19, his brother Joseph Carroll, 22, and Gregg Fite, 34, were at
the center of a long-running feud between groups in Berkeley and
North Oakland, police said."
"Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas
Fault" is a report
by Alicia Chang of the AP.
"Scientists have detected
a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's
San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in
What these mysterious vibrations
say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think
the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up
faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major
Researchers at the University
of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault's
central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded
more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly
half an hour.
Unlike earthquakes, tremors
occur deeper below the surface and the shaking lasts longer."
Check out Charlie Rose' interview with
Roger Altman--rarified, informative stuff.
"Roger Altman is former
United States Deputy Treasury Secretary; he served in that office
during the presidency of Bill Clinton. He resigned in 1994 because
of a record keeping scandal.
He was an advisor to John
Kerry during Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He is a graduate
of Georgetown University and the University of Chicago Graduate
School of Business. In his professional pursuits Roger Altman
is a senior investment banker. He was a general partner of Lehman
Brothers from 1974 to 1977. From 1977 to 1981 he served as the
Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury,
during which time he helped oversee the then-troubled financial
affairs of Chrysler. In 1981, he returned to Lehman Brothers,
where he became the co-head of investment banking and served on
the board of the company and the management committee. In 1987,
Mr. Altman joined the Blackstone Group as vice-chairman, head
of merger and acquisition advisory and a member of the investment
committee. In 1993 Mr Altman returned to Washington DC to serve
as the Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury before co-founding
Evercore Partners, an investment and advisory company in New York,
in 1996. He is currently the Chairman and Co-CEO. "
program with Stephen Cohen is also worthy.
"Stephen F. Cohen is
an American scholar of Russian studies. His academic work concentrates
on developments in Russia since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917
and the country's relationship with the United States. He is a
friend of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, advised former
President George H.W. Bush when the Soviet Union collapsed, and
helped Nikolay Bukharin's widow rehabilitate his name during the
Cohen has authored several
books; including, 'Rethinking the Soviet Experience: Politics
and History Since 1917', 'Buhkarin and the Bolshevik Revolution:
A Political Biography, 1888-1938', and most recently, 'Failed
Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia'.He
is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations."
posts from the past
Hot Fudge Sauce
In a medium saucepan over medium heat bring 1 cup of heavy cream
and 1/2 cup light corn syrup just to a boil stirring until the
syrup has liquified -- about 2 minutes. Remove from heat -- whisk
in 16 ounces of chopped semi-sweet fine quality chocolate until
melted and shiny.
(I used Scharffen Berger semi-sweet pure dark chocolate.)
Cooled sauce can be refrigerated
in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Reheat gently over
low heat or a double boiler.
Vanilla Ice Cream
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk.
Whisk the eggs in a mixing
bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar
a little at a time, then continue to whisk until completely blended
about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following
the manufacturers instructions -- makes 1 quart.
(Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
and Dessert Book Workman Publishing N.Y. .)
An old friend and former manager
of The Buttercup Bakery, Mary Guenther, made this with Scharffen
Berger chocolate for dessert Wednesday night producing maybe best
hot fudge sundays ever.
Tired of fighting traffic
and not always up to riding your bicycle? Get one of these Leclerc
quote of the week
"Be who you are and
say what you feel...
Because those that matter... don't mind...
And those that mind... don't matter."
included in Snipper's email
Dave Kruse emails about a
Kruse vehicle breakin-robbery and diversion yesterday.
The Kruse Prius was broken
in to on 7th Street at 4:30 pm today while an accomplice rings
door at 904 Pardee Service Dept, and creates diversion by asking
for job application. Phone, tools, GPS were stolen through Prius
Accomplice is male 5'10"
200 lb, long dark pony tail, missing front tooth, medium complexion,
walks with slight limp.
L J Kruse Co
"VASKA Introduces Green Chemicals to Commercial
Laundry Industry" is
a press release at prnewswire.com.
"VASKA, a Berkeley based
producer of green, botanically based laundry care products for
the commercial, institutional and consumer markets, is pleased
to announce that it has successfully turned the first major commercial
laundry plant in the United States (and possibly the world) green!
Royal Laundry of South San Francisco is the largest privately
owned commercial laundry on the West Coast, washing one million
pounds of laundry a week for more than a hundred Northern California
hotels using VASKA's green laundry solutions in its three state-of-the-art
Royal Laundry has been a
major commercial laundry service provider in the Bay Area for
47 years. When Royal began to encounter challenges with their
previous chemical supplier, Royal's president Don Luckenbach,
decided to look for alternatives. Don toured major plants across
the US to look for formulas that would meet his quality and performance
criteria and asked for proposals from the top contenders. When
VASKA's CEO Julia Fry proposed tests using her green formulas,
he was skeptical. After a highly successful 10-day test on their
largest tunnel, he was ready to give the go ahead. Months later
the changes at Royal are tangible to Luckenbach, 'Now when I walk
into the plant in the morning I am greeted by the smell of lavender,
and it makes me feel good that I am making a contribution to the
health of our employees and the environment.' "
"Wareham Wins Permit for West Berkeley
by Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.
"In what was regarded as a first for West Berkeley's zoning
history, the city's Zoning Adjustments Board last week gave Wareham
Development the green light to exceed neighborhood height limits
and construct a four-story, 92,000-square-foot bioscience lab
on the Aquatic Park Campus."
Our mayor, the Honorable
Tom Bates et al, had a breakfast meeting at 900 GRAYSON this
morning. You know, for an alter kocker he's a good lookin'
guy--great presentation too, a wonderful royal-blue shirt.
"On the Dawn, at dawn" by George deVilbiss in the El Dorado Hills
"Berkeley is what, an hour and a half drive? When the alarm
started going off at 3:15 a.m., the groans were obvious. But,
when you want to fish for and hopefully catch halibut or striped
bass, it means you've got to get to the bay waters early.
James Smith, skipper of the
50-foot California Dawn, said boarding time was about 5:30 with
a 6 a.m. departure time. When I arrived at 5:20, there were already
a handful of anxious anglers aboard.
Smith comes from a full line
of fishermen. His dad, Jim Smith, skippers the well known Happy
Hooker, also berthed at the Berkeley docks. His brother, Steve,
runs a large fishing operation in Alaska."
"T6 chair made in Berkeley with British
fabric" is a story
about our Swerve by Tracey Taylor at sfgate.com.
Deborah Oropallo photo
"Call it the special
relationship: When West Coast furniture-maker Michael Goldin incorporated
a beautiful striped fabric by British fashion designer Paul Smith
into his sleek T6 chair, the result was a marriage made in Anglo-American
heaven. The chair is crafted at Swerve, Goldin's West Berkeley
design manufactory, and its frame is precision-cut using durable,
'It's designed for permanence,
not obsolescence,' says Goldin, adding that the materials are
The textile is Stripes by
Paul Smith for Maharam. The sharp tailoring extends beyond the
upholstery: The spring for the back of the chair can be tuned
to the weight of its occupant. Next up from Swerve? A 'low-rider,'
which, Goldin says, will be a 'reclining chaise version.'
The T6 chair is available
from Swerve's showroom. Prices start at $750 depending on fabric.
2629 Seventh St., Berkeley;
(877) 644-1898, www.swerveco.com.
Paul Smith also recently opened a San Francisco store at 50 Geary
St., San Francisco; (415) 352-2604."
"Tarnished Jewel" is a story at insidehighered.com. "There's
blood in the water, and Vicki Ruiz knows everyone can smell it.
'The privates have come calling,'
says Ruiz, dean of the University of California at Irvine's School
of Humanities. 'I've lost very valued faculty members to Yale,
to Northwestern, to Penn, to Pomona, to Scripps, as well as to
even. . . . ' Ruiz trails off, then gives a few more names, sounding
a bit surprised to mention them: Lehigh University and Fordham
University. Fine institutions to be sure, but not the sort Ruiz
expects to lose to in a bidding war.
'We are not able to put together
the counter offers that we have in the past,' she says soberly.
These are far from the heady
days of 2007, when Ruiz was named dean of Irvine's buzz-attracting
School of Humanities. In that year, she hired 17 new professors.
This year she hired four, even though nine searches had been planned.
Ruiz has no illusions about returning to 2007 levels any time
'We're going to be a smaller
school,' she says. 'I think that's certainly in the near future.'
The budget crisis facing
the University of California, a 10-campus system serving 225,000
students, is without precedent. According to the latest projections
and these numbers change all the time the system can
expect last year's $3.61 billion state budget to be reduced by
about $813 million or approximately 20 percent. "
"The roots of inequity" by Jillian Sheridan is at dailytexanonline.com.
"When it comes to academia,
women still have to choose between family and career. Last week,
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that academia is one
of the less friendly professions for women with children.
In a 2006-7 study of 8,400
graduate students on nine University of California campuses, only
29 percent of women and 46 percent of men said that research universities
were family-friendly places for tenure-track professors to work.
Even compared to other work-intensive,
competitive professions, academia is not family friendly. A study
produced by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley
and the University of Utah reported academic women are 27 percent
less likely than doctors and 17 percent less likely than lawyers
to have babies."
"Ask About the Preservation of Coney Island"
at The New York Times.
"This week, Charles
Denson, a Coney Island native and historian, will be answering
readers' questions about the preservation of this historic area.
Readers who would like to
submit a question for Mr. Denson should do so in the comments
box below. The first set of responses will be posted on Wednesday.
Mr. Denson is the author
of 'Coney Island: Lost and Found,' named 2002 New York Book of
the Year by the New York Society Library. A writer, photographer
and art director, he began his career in 1971 as a photographer
for New York magazine and has since worked as art director for
numerous publications. In 1999 he was awarded a Chronicle journalism
fellowship at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University
of California, Berkeley. "
"Navitas Capital Attracts Green Building
and Investing Leaders"
is a press release at prweb.com.
"Newly formed board
of advisors helps venture capital firm lead in investing in sustainable
building materials and technologies.
Navitas Capital, an early-stage
venture capital firm investing in green technology solutions for
the built environment, announced today the creation of a nine-member
Advisory Board composed of leading experts in materials science,
building engineering, green design practices, real estate development
and private equity and venture capital. The board will help guide
Navitas' investments and strategic growth."
"Electric cars could dominate U.S. roads
in 2030" is a report
"Electric car sales
could jump to 86 percent of U.S. light vehicle sales in 2030 if
consumers don't have to buy batteries themselves, according to
a University of California, Berkeley study to be released on Monday."
"Federal judge to weigh constitutionality
of animal rights anti-terrorism law" by Howard Mintz at mercurynews.com.
"A federal judge in
San Jose will weigh arguments today over whether a 2006 law designed
to stem violent animal rights protests is unconstitutional, marking
the nation's first legal showdown involving a Justice Department
crackdown on activists accused of threats against medical researchers
"California Tenants Have No Friends in
Governor's Race' opines
Paul Hogarth at beyondchron.org.
"Last Friday at 5:00 p.m. (which he's apt to do when releasing
bad news), San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed three pro-tenant
ordinances designed to help renters facing hard times. He even
nixed a relatively mild proposal to limit 'banked' rent increases
to 8% despite this being consistent with existing policies
at the Mayor's Office of Housing. Newsom's record on tenant issues
in San Francisco has always been bad, and his latest act does
not bode well for next year's statewide elections. California's
14 million renters need a champion in the Governor's Mansion after
six years of a hostile Republican Administration, but Newsom currently
only has one opponent for the Democratic primary California
Attorney General Jerry Brown. Based on his record as Mayor of
posts from the past
furniture was stolen from 900
GRAYSON over the
weekend. Security measures are being taken now to protect the
illustrates books that her sister Kate writes.
Our new book
is reviewed in PEOPLE magazine this week--complete with
book jacket. It is called "Regarding the Bathrooms"
and is due out Aug 1st. . . . The book is for the 9-12 year old
"Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past."
current book is
Check it out
books. And maybe you can find a used copy of "Why Do You
Cry?" at Moe's.
is just a TV event? A west-Berkeley friend's Mom and Dad just
got out via Syria. They're home safe now.
that last week NEXUS lost the suit with the Humane Society--the
jury ruling that the Society could evict NEXUS. Is the legal battle
closed on the welding yard--the price paid by Acme Bread was just
under 1.4 million dollars.
Bastille Day in France
Cameron and I just had a great lunch at [the restaurant at the
west Berkeley Bowl,] Cafe W-they even served a generous serving
of "homemade" chips, which were wonderful, light, not
oily and not salty.
Have you checked out their
Cafe W is opened until 7
pm, and starting next week will open at 7 am. They serve Peets
coffee too and wine, yes wine. Perfect place for a healthy early
our Angela forwards an email
Berkeley Police Department,
National Night Out (NNO) is approaching!
It's Time to Celebrate Community
During National Night Out 2009 !
The City of Berkeley community
is participating in the 26th annual National Night Out on Tuesday,
August 4, 2009. What had started many years ago as a unique
crime and drug prevention event has evolved in the City of Berkeley
into a celebration of community.
Last year's National Night Out involved community members, law
enforcement, fire personnel, community groups, businesses, neighborhood
organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities
from all 50 states, U.S. territories and Canada. In all, over
37 million people participated in National Night Out 2008.
We are encouraging community members to participate. You need
not be an organized group to join in the celebration. In the past,
groups have hosted BBQ's, pot lucks, picnics, ice cream/dessert
socials, kids parades, neighborhood clean-ups and music performances.
Members of a diversity of City of Berkeley departments visit celebrations
throughout the city that night.
To be part of National Night
Out in Berkeley, please complete a National Night Out Registration
Form and fax to 510-981-5819.
or mail to : Berkeley Police Department
Community Services Bureau
Mary Kusmiss S-6
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA. 94704-1109
" Pacific Steel Lays Off Half its Workforce,
Citing Weak Economy" writes
Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"West Berkeley's Pacific
Steel Casting, the nation's fourth largest surviving steel foundry,
is hurting badly.
Company spokesperson Elizabeth
Jewel told the Daily Planet Friday that a weak economy was playing
havoc with its sales, forcing the steel plant to cut half its
The foundry, which has been
operating at Second and Gilman streets for 75 years, laid off
a couple of hundred workers in the last seven months, including
40 in June, and announced that another 75 new layoffs are on the
way, sometime after Aug. 31. Pacific Steel had about 600 workers
on its payroll until earlier this year; the cuts will leave the
company with just 300.
Management positions have
also been eliminated, she said.
The company, founded in 1934,
is suffering low sales in part because one of its biggest customers,
the Peterbilt Motors Company, has drastically reduced orders."
"The sun rises in the West:Berkeley,
Calif:program is helping some homeowners warm up to solar power
by offering city-backed loans, a model that's raising eyebrows
around the country" by
E.B. Solomont at mnn.com.
"The city of Berkeley, Calif., is nothing if not progressive.
It's the kind of place where you'd expect to see solar panels
on rooftops and now, thanks to a new loan program for homeowners,
you'll probably see even more.
Starting last fall, Berkeley began offering city-backed loans
to homeowners looking to install solar panels. Through the Berkeley
FIRST program, the loans were offered to a pilot group of 40 homeowners
as a way of mitigating the biggest obstacle to solar: cost.
'We were trying to brainstorm
and think about how we could promote solar installation, and we
kept coming back to the biggest problem - financing it,' says
Berkeley's mayor, Tom Bates. 'We think this idea will enable our
citizens to go more solar than they currently are.' "
"Solar foothold reaches beyond Santa Cruz
to more conservative regions"
by Kurtis Alexander at mercurynews.com. "Solar panels
have long been the domain of eco-conscious communities like Santa
Cruz and Berkeley. Not anymore.
A new report on solar energy
suggests California's more traditional, inland regions have jumped
on the bandwagon and in some cases out-greened their coastal counterparts.
'The face of solar power
is changing,"'said Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean energy advocate
with Environment California, the nonprofit research group that
authored the report. 'We're seeing more than the usual adoptees
like the Santa Cruz and the coastal areas. We're seeing Bakersfield
and Fresno, typically conservative cities, embracing solar power.'
"Three Berkeley Lab scientists win PECASE
award" is a report
"Three scientists with
the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(Berkeley Lab) were among the 100 researchers named by President
Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career
for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, the highest honor
bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers.
The Berkeley Lab recipients
were: Cecilia Aragon, a staff scientist with Berkeley Lab's Computational
Research Division; Jeff Neaton, director of the Theory of Nanostructured
Materials Facility with the Molecular Foundry, a DOE nanoscience
research center at Berkeley Lab; and Sanjay Kumar, a bioengineer
who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences
Division and the University of California at Berkeley. They will
receive their awards in the fall at a White House ceremony."
"Survey Finds One in Six Consumers Act
on Spam" Jeremy
Kirk, IDG News Service at pcworld.com.
"About one in six consumers
have at some time acted on a spam message, affirming the economic
incentive for spammers to keep churning out millions of obnoxious
pitches per day, according to a new survey."
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.
7/7/09--Off-and-on all morning
SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, dry skin, wear mask,
over-rides two HEPA filters.
irrtant in front room, light head, eyes smart, over-rides two
in front room.
irritant in front room, wear mask. 11:29 AM irritant IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse and in front room, wear mask.
post from the past
with burning eyes and mouth.
7/14/09--8:31 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, headache, light head, burning eyes, wear
mask, overrides 2 HEPA filters. 8:49 AM, leave.
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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Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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