after 7/9/10 here,
after 7/19 here
Penndorf The Great and The
rehearsing their magic act,
before even The Day
Has magic provided me with
the experience needed for my soon-to-be-launched investigative-reporter
Hmm, . . . I do look happy.
Potter Creek's Tippett
Studios did the werewolves computer graphics in the new Twilight
KGO-TV reports "Police
fatally shoot suspect after chase in Berkeley" with text
Our Berkeley Police Department
spokeswoman Mary Kusmiss says BPD is hiring three new officers
and has had over 1000 applications. She also mentions BPD is preparing
for mutual aid with Oakland at the Berkeley/Oakland border.
Student from S'pore escaped Berkeley dorm fire" is a report at asiaone.com.
"An exchange student from Singapore managed to escape a fire
at on of the dormitories on the campus of the University of California,
The smoke detector at the
corridor alerted the police alarm system at about 4.15am on the
morning of June 26.
About 200 students were evacuated,
and two were admitted to hospital due to inhalation of excessive
A Singaporean student on
exchange programme was fast asleep when the incident occurred.
Fortunately, he was roused
from his sleep by the choking fumes and managed to escape by the
"Tax credits lure California hybrid company
to Colorado" sustainablebusinessoregon.com.
"A Berkeley, Calif.-based
company that works with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles plans
to expand to Boulder solely because the Colorado Legislature passed
a tax break on the cars last year.
Daniel Sherwood is co-founder
of 3Prong Power Inc., which installs lithium battery packs that
convert hybrid vehicles into electric vehicles for part of their
operating time. He said he hopes that an 85 percent tax credit
on the types of converters he installs will generate significant
business. No other state offers a tax break on plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles that approaches Colorado's, he said."
"The scientists have invented floating
ocean-based wind turbines, which could be the next big thing in
the renewable energy solutions"
"While offshore turbines
already have been constructed, they've traditionally been situated
in shallow waters, where the tower extends directly into the seabed.
This restricts the turbines
to near-shore waters with depths no greater than 50 meters-and
precludes their use in deeper waters, where winds generally gust
at higher speeds.
An alternative is placing
turbines on floating platforms said Dominique Roddier of Berkeley,
California-based Marine Innovation n Technology.
By testing a 1:65 scale model
in a wave tank, the researchers have shown that the three-legged
floating platform, which is based on existing gas and oil offshore
platform designs, is stable enough to support a 5-megawatt wind
turbine, the largest turbine that currently exists.
These mammoth turbines are
70 meters tall and have rotors the size of a football field. "
"PACE Financing Derailed by Fannie and
Freddie" is a story
"We've been following
the development of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing
here on SustainableBusiness.com for the last few years.
Originating in Berkeley,
California, PACE financing allows homeowners to pay for energy
efficiency retrofits or renewable power systems through an assessment
to their local property tax bill.
The program allows the cost
of the system to remain with the home, if the owner sells--the
new owner takes over the payments.
The idea is spreading quickly
across the country, with 22 states clearing the way for local
communities to provide the up-front funding through bonds. On
the federal level the Obama administration provided $100 million
in recovery funding to PACE.
But it has all come to a
halt due to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored
mortgage-finance corporations that were at the center of the mortgage
crisis that helped trigger economic meltdown in 2008."
"Funder grants $5.6M to 11 Bay Area affordable
housing projects" San
Francisco Business Times , Blanca
"Eleven affordable housing
projects in the Bay Area will receive a total of $5.6 million
in grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable
"Summer job market cold for teens" latimes.com.
"With hiring still struggling
to recover and California's higher cost of labor, older workers
are taking jobs often filled by youths."
"A Quest to Learn What Drives Consumer
Decisions" by Stuart
"As Madison Avenue focuses
more intently on trying to influence consumer behavior, one of
the world's largest agencies is starting a unit that will tap
into research from academics in the field as well as the work
of its own employees.
Draft, owned by the Interpublic
Group of Companies, is opening what it is calling the Institute
of Decision Making, devoted to finding out more about the instinctual
ways that consumers behave along with the rational and emotional
ones. The unit will concentrate on emerging fields like behavioral
economics and neuroscience.
The institute is getting
its own leader from inside Draftfcb, which works for advertisers
like Del Monte Foods, S.C. Johnson, Kmart and MillerCoors . Matthew
Willcox, director for strategic planning for the Draftfcb operations
in San Francisco, will also serve as the director of the unit.
The institute has formed
ties with assistant professors of marketing and psychology at
Stanford and the Haas School of Business at the University of
"Bold Prediction:Why e-books will never
replace real books"
by Jan Swafford at slate.com.
"Because we perceive
print and electronic media differently. Because Marshall McLuhan
was right about some things."
kind of graph
Quote of the week
A sometimes response to reporters'
questions by Ian Richardson's British Prime Minister character
in the BBC Series "The House of Cards""You might
very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment."
To fully understand, watch
House of Cards a Study of Hubris and Wretched Excess.
"Berkeley Salmon fishing
improving" is reported in the Bay Area News Group papers.
"New Easy Rider and
New El Dorado averaging 1 1/2 per rod. Trips to Farallons come
back with limits of cod and good number of lings. 510-849-3333,
"Man shot by Berkeley police is identified" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A hit-and-run suspect shot dead by Berkeley police after
he allegedly fired at officers was identified Wednesday as 25-year-old
Choung Van Nguyen.
Three Berkeley police officers
shot and killed Nguyen near Eighth and Camelia streets at about
10:45 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
The incident began in Albany
when officers there tried to stop Nguyen in a Honda Accord because
he was suspected in a hit-and-run crash, authorities said.
Nguyen refused to stop, leading
police on a chase that ended in Berkeley, where he ran from the
car near Eighth and Jones streets and opened fire with a semiautomatic
pistol, police said.
Three officers, identified
by sources as Sgt. Spencer Fomby and Officers Jim Marangoni and
Rob Syto, returned fire. The officers, who were unhurt, are on
paid administrative leave pending an investigation by Berkeley
police and the Alameda County district attorney's office.
"Berkeley Marina Doubletree in mortgage
default" by George
Avalos, Oakland Tribune.
"The Doubletree Berkeley
Marina hotel is mired in a $160 million mortgage default that
serves as an unsettling reminder that the Bay Area economy and
realty markets continue to wobble."
"Concept from California, Claire's in Hardwick
epitomizes fresh from Vermont"
by Sally Pollak, Free Press Staff Writer .
"There's a food word
that Steven Obranovich, chef/co-owner of Claire's Restaurant and
Bar in Hardwick, does not like. In fact, he thinks it's ridiculous.
But he also thinks it epitomizes
California cuisine. And with that in mind, Obranovich consented
to use it.
The word is freshness.
Not so long ago, freshness
was a new concept for U.S. eaters, Obranovich said. Indeed, fresh
food was not something that Americans were interested in, or even
Food comes from a farm? Wow!
Who'd have thunk it?
Freshness, now big in Vermont,
is a California export - which in turn picked off the concept
"Tibetan DNA study reveals human evolution" is a story at cnn.com.
"Ethnic Tibetans' ability
to thrive in high altitudes with low oxygen is the fastest genetic
change ever observed in humans, according to a study published
Friday in the journal Science.
Researchers at the University
of California-Berkeley said their comparison of the genomes of
ethnic Tibetan and Han Chinese could help scientists understand
how the body deals with decreased oxygen and diseases associated
with oxygen deprivation in the womb, according to a news release
on the university's website.
The evolutionary biologists
say the results of their study, which compares the genomes of
50 Tibetans and 40 Han Chinese, shows that Tibetans rapidly developed
a unique ability to survive in altitudes above 13,000 feet, where
oxygen levels are about 40 percent lower than at sea level.
The study said that Tibetans
evolved to adapt to high altitudes after splitting off from the
Han about 2,750 years ago."
"Draftfcb Launches Institute of Decision
Making:Agency Forms Partnerships with Leading Academics at Stanford
and Berkeley" prnewswire.com.
"Draftfcb, one of the
world's leading marketing communications agencies, announced today
further steps to enhance its ability to influence consumer behavior
by launching the Draftfcb Institute of Decision Making. This global
team aims to apply emerging fields such as behavioral economics
and neuroscience to marketing communications.
In forming the Institute,
the agency established partnerships with scientific thought leaders
from leading academic institutions such as Stanford University
and the University of California, Berkeley. Based on their respective
fields of expertise, the partners will serve as consultants to
the Institute, providing key insights and research. The Institute
will in turn use the information to collaborate on thought leadership.
Legal Society free speech not infringed by campus nondiscrimination
policy" is a report at examiner.com.
"The Supreme Court recently ruled that Hastings
College of the Law, at the University of California (Berkeley)
is not required by the federal constitution to grant Recognized
Student Organization status to the Christian Legal Society. The
usual way this appears in the media would leave the impression
"Supreme Court rules against God," or "Supreme
Court upholds separation of church and state," depending
on the viewpoint of the reader, or the journalist reporting."
begin sweeping project to study California redwoods" by
Paul Rogers mercurynews.com.
Two of his colleagues dangled
on ropes 100 feet above from the gnarled branches of a giant sequoia
tree. Steve Sillett could hardly contain his excitement.
'This site is just juicy.
It's loaded,' said Sillett, gazing up at the ancient canopy at
Calaveras Big Trees State Park. 'There are amazing lichens up
there. There are aphids being hunted by ladybugs. I found a sizable
dogwood tree growing from a branch 210 feet off the ground.'
The foggy, lost worlds atop
the world's biggest trees are about to come into sharper focus."
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.
our Judi Quan
"What happened to studying?" is a story at boston.com.
"You won't hear this
from the admissions office, but college students are cracking
the books less and less
They come with polished resumes
and perfect SAT scores. Their grades are often impeccable. Some
elite universities will deny thousands of high school seniors
with 4.0 grade point averages in search of an elusive quality
that one provost called "intellectual vitality." The
perception is that today's over-achieving, college-driven kids
have it - whatever it is. They're not just groomed; they're ready.
There's just one problem.
Once on campus, the students
"Meet the Principal of Berkeley's First
Charter School" by
Rachel Gross at baycitizen.org.
"Since the small schools
movement in the '90s, the Bay Area has been something of a petri
dish for alternative academics in K-12 education. Oakland, for
example, boasts 34 charter schools of various themes and sizes
(as well as graduation rates), the first of which was founded
in 1993. But until now, Berkeley hasn't joined the experiment."
"Berkeleyites rage over pool closure, YMCA
perk" Matthai Kuruvila,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"As Berkeley closed
down its only pool on the south side of town last week, the City
Council again authorized memberships for city workers at the local
The irony was not lost on
"A la Carte: Oakland's Syhabout the only
NorCal chef on Best New Chefs list" Linda Zavoral, mercurynews.com.
"When it comes to the
Best New Chefs, O-Town rules. You read correctly: Not S.F., not
Berkeley, not Silicon Valley.
Food & Wine magazine
has come out with its annual U.S. list, and just one Northern
California chef made the grade, James Syhabout of Commis in Oakland.
(Southern California is represented by Roy Choi, the man behind
the Kogi Korean BBQ truck frenzy.)"
"Nanoscale plasmonic motor drives micro-sized
disk" a report at
"While those wonderful
light sabers in the Star Wars films remain the figment of George
Lucas' fertile imagination, light mills rotary motors driven
by light that can power objects thousands of times greater
in size are now fact. Researchers with the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University
of California (UC) Berkeley have created the first nano-sized
light mill motor whose rotational speed and direction can be controlled
by tuning the frequency of the incident light waves. It may not
help conquer the Dark Side, but this new light mill does open
the door to a broad range of valuable applications, including
a new generation of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), nanoscale
solar light harvesters, and bots that can perform in vivo manipulations
of DNA and other biological molecules."
"Tyson Urges Europe to Balance Deficit
Cuts With Growth Policies" by
Francine Lacqua and Mark Deen, businessweek.com.
July 4 (Bloomberg) -- European
governments should balance efforts to cut budget deficits with
measures to foster economic growth as the world recovers from
its worst recession in 60 years, said University of California
at Berkeley economist Laura Tyson.
"A legal aide for East and West" at news.xinhuanet.com.
Jerome Cohen was the first
Western lawyer in Beijing and he has been a witness to the evolution
of China's legal system over the past 30 years. Chen Weihua reports
In 1960 when Jerome Cohen,
a young law professor at University of California Berkeley, was
asked by the dean to find someone studying the Chinese legal system,
he failed. As a result, he decided to study it himself."
"Biography: Rube Goldberg" by Angela Pollock at helium.com.
"Born in 1883, Rueben
Lucius Goldberg or Rube Goldberg was an engineer, cartoonists,
author, and sculptor. However, Goldberg was best known for his
quirky machinist cartoons that included a group of complex mechanisms
that each performed a task. He would use everyday items and contraptions
that reacted together to give an end result like a domino
effect only using different items and inventions.
Born in San Francisco, California,
Rube Goldberg began his art at the young age of 4 when he would
trace illustrations from the book 'History of the United States'.
His passion for drawing was not encouraged by his father. Instead,
his father sent him to the University of California at Berkeley
to become and engineer where he graduated in 1904.
Quote of the week
"Success is measured
by how quickly you recover from one failure and go on to the next."
Is not unlike Lipofsky's
"It's important to know
history so you'll recognize the mistakes when you make them again."
Our Jarad emails
The book the BPD Chief recommends
is excellent. I got it from BPL and am 2/3 through it. If this
is what our new chief believes in and wants to implement, then
the 3 years of me asking for the city to set goals and quantitatively
measure the progress towards those goals could be close at hand.
Let's keep our fingers crossed, but don't hold our breath yet.
We've had too many hollow promises come from the city regarding
the crime problem over the past several years...however, I am
"Jack Stat" is a story at nymag.com
Jack Maple rewrote the book on fighting crime-with maps and statistics."
Our Riva Cucina is now serving
Saturday Brunch. Check out
their website for details.
"Brand-new condo in Berkeley" at sfgate,com.
"A three-story unit
in Berkeley's Metro Lofts development" is
2831 Seventh St, Berkeley
This three-story unit in
the new Metro Lofts development in West Berkeley has hardwood
floors and a sleek kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances,
wood cabinets and a breakfast bar. It's connected to a sunny dining
area and an office. There's also an airy living room, modern bathrooms
and carpet in the bedroom. Doors from the office open to a rear
patio and there's also a deck with views of the Berkeley Hills.
Don't miss: The location.
The building is two blocks off Interstate 80 and is within a mile
of the Ashby BART Station, the Berkeley Bowl West and the San
Pablo Shopping District."
"Pot Tax Helping Long Beach Plug Deficit
to Face California Vote"
by Christopher Palmeri and Michael B. Marois at businessweek.com.
"The city council of
Long Beach, California, voted last night to pursue taxes on medical
marijuana dispensaries, part of what may become a wave of communities
turning to such proceeds to plug budget deficits.
The Los Angeles suburb with
a population of almost 500,000 scheduled a public hearing on the
drug levy for Aug. 3. If the council later approves the wording,
a ballot initiative establishing a 5 percent tax on the city's
35 dispensaries could go to voters in November, according to Lori
Ann Farrell, Long Beach's director of financial management.
Long Beach joins California
cities including the state capital, Sacramento, weighing marijuana
taxes to bridge falling revenue from the worst recession since
the 1930s. . . .
The city council of Berkeley,
a city of 100,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area, will vote
July 13 whether to put a marijuana tax initiative on the ballot
in November, Mayor Tom Bate said at a meeting last night.
Berkeley's measure would
establish a 1.8 percent tax on its three dispensaries, according
to Wendy Cosin, the community's deputy planning director. The
city balanced its current fiscal year budget in part with $300,000
in anticipated revenue from the tax, Cosin said in a telephone
"Tech Bubble Returns in Austenish Tale
of Rich CEOs, Bad Lovers" is
a book review by Craig Seligman at bloomberg.com.
"Allegra Goodman sets
'The Cookbook Collector' during and after the tech bubble of the
1990s; her main characters are mostly gazillionaires or soon-to-be
gazillionaires or, after the downturn, gazillionaires reduced
The book revolves around
two sisters: Jess, a philosophy student at the University of California,
Berkeley (not rich), and Emily, the chief executive officer of
a Silicon Valley startup (shortly to be loaded). Like sisters
in a Jane Austen novel, one is a dreamer and the other a doer,
and their personalities play out in the ups and downs of their
love lives. A subplot involves their deepening relationship to
Judaism, the religion of their long-dead mother. "
"Planting technique greases the wheels
of olive oil production" by
Elizabeth Weise, usatoday.com.
"The USA is the world's
third-largest consumer of olive oil, but a paltry 1% of the silky
liquid so beloved by Rachael Ray and a host of chefs is produced
here. An entrepreneurial band of olive ranchers wants to change
that - using what some in the industry term an 'outlandish' growing
method borrowed from Spain.
The planting technique, called
super-high-density planting, or SHD, means that this year, the
United States is set to surpass France in the production of extra
virgin olive oil, says Patricia Darragh of the California Olive
Oil Council in Berkeley, Calif. The upset comes because the new
method of growing the prized fruit is sweeping California's olive
orchards, lowering costs and leading farmers who have grown wheat,
corn and alfalfa to instead plant olives."
"Exposing the Student Body: Stanford Joins
U.C. Berkeley in Controversial Genetic Testing of Students"
by Ferris Jabr at scientificamerican.com.
"This week, the University
of California, Berkeley will mail saliva sample kits to every
incoming freshman and transfer student. Students can choose to
use the kits to submit their DNA for genetic analysis, as part
of an orientation program on the topic of personalized medicine.
But U.C. Berkeley isn't the only university offering its students
genetic testing. Stanford University's summer session started
two weeks ago, including a class on personal genomics that gives
medical and graduate students the chance to sequence their genotypes
and study the results."
As a Christian Science student
at the University of Wisconsin I was exempt from medical examination.
Not so when I got to Cal. "You don't have to take the exam"
I was told "But then we can't admit you." RP
Around 2:45 yesterday afternoon,
there was a "grass fire" at the end of Grayson, along
the railroad tracks and behind a storage yard directly west of
American Starch and Chemical.
Berkeley Fire responded within
minutes and in force--several pumpers, a hook and ladder and several
chiefs vehicles--as there were strong westerly winds and a string
of tank car parked on a siding adjacent to the fire.
Water was brought in from
a hydrant about a hundred yards off 7th.
Berkeley PD responded as
quickly and provided traffic control and security, our beat office
Bayer personnel were also
present as the fire was about a block south of their compound.
The fire was under control
within fifteen or so minutes, some emergency vehicles leaving
apparently responding to another call.
Tuesday evening our city council voted to expand the number of
retail ganja outlets from four to seven, to shrink the buffer
zone between outlets and schools, and to tax ganja.
"Legalizing pot would lower prices, raise
use, study says" by
Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.
could cause the drug's price to plummet while increasing use by
an uncertain amount, according to a new study from a respected
public-policy think tank."
"Sacramento man's Berkeley death called
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The death of a Sacramento
State University student near the UC Berkeley campus is being
considered suspicious, authorities said Tuesday.
Nicholas Bailey, 21, was
found unconscious on the 2500 block of Haste Street shortly after
9 a.m. Friday, according to UC Berkeley police and his family.
He was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was removed
from life support on Sunday, after organs were donated, said his
sister Kristen Bailey, 16, of Vallejo.
The victim had sustained
head trauma and had been last seen at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at
Blakes on Telegraph, a popular restaurant and bar a block south
of UC Berkeley, authorities said."
"Mark Twain's autobiography is set to be
published for the first time, 100 years after the famous author
and humorist's death" is
a wonderful report with video at pbs.org.
" Correspondent Spencer
Michels reports on the effort to edit and publish his century-old
manuscript. Behind a decorative gate and a security checkpoint
in Berkeley, California, and through an unmarked locked door in
the Bancroft Library lies a remarkable and valuable collection
of letters, documents and writings that describe the life and
passions of Mark Twain, perhaps America's greatest and funniest
Bay Area fishing report at mercurynews.com includes Berkeley
with "Potluck boats getting quality halibut since Sunday.
New Easy Rider had 29 for 20, and smaller boats had two fish per
rod. Red Rock, Angel Island and Alcatraz have been good spots.
El Dorado on Sunday had 20 limits of cod and nine lings to 13
pounds at Farallons. 510-849-3333, 510-223-5388, 707-334-4827."
"Another blow to California's high-speed
rail fantasy" editorial
"Here we go again with
another report casting doubts about the economic viability of
developing a high-speed rail system from San Francisco to Los
This time it's the Institute
of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley, which found that the
ridership studies made by Cambridge Systematics for the California
High Speed Rail Authority are highly flawed and unreliable for
Among the problems uncovered
by the Berkeley study was that the ridership estimates were based
on surveys that were not representative of California interregional
travelers. For example, nearly 90 percent of long-distance (more
than 100 miles) business passenger trips made by Californians
are done so by car, while 78 percent of those surveyed in the
Cambridge study traveled by air."
our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)
City of Berkeley
Recreation Activity Guide
If you haven't
already enrolled your kids in summer activities, there arestill
sessions left at the City's summer camps and the Parks, Recreation
and Waterfront Activity Guide can be found at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=14242
Summer Lunch Program (Ages 18 and under)
Dates: 6/21/2010 - 8/13/2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
James Kenney Community Center, 1720 8th Street (@ Virginia)
MLK Jr. Center/YAP, 1730 Oregon Street
Washington Elementary School, 2300 MLK Jr. Way
Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park Street
Malcolm X Elementary School, 1731 Prince Street
Rosa Parks School, 920 Allston Way
Harrison Skate Park, 1100 4th St. @ Harrison St
Berkeley Youth Alternatives (1255 Allston Way) and Black Repertory
Theatre (3201 Adeline Street) will also serve lunch from Jun 28
- Aug 20)
Free Meals for Berkeley Youth. The California Department
of Education Summer Food Program provides free meals to children,
18 and under, at nine locations in the City of Berkeley.
Since school meals are not available during summer vacation, children
can rely on the Summer Food Program to provide nutritious food
that will assist them to grow to their full potential. Youth
simply show up at the site during the time meals are being served,
and enjoy good company and a delicious meal.
Upcoming Recreation Special Events
Community Water Safety Day (all ages)
Friday, July 9 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
West Campus Pool, 2100 Browning St. @ Addison
Cost: $3 youth/$6 adults
Learn survival skills and how to help others learn water safety
guidelines, diving safety and much more. See professional water
safety demonstrations and safety videos.
Sports Play Day (ages 5-13)
Thursday, July 15 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue @ Berryman Street
Youth will play traditional and non-traditional sports and games
and win prizes at the sports carnival.
Derby Day (all ages)
Friday, July 23 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
West Campus Pool, 2100 Browning St. @ Addison
Cost: $5 boat entry
Our 3rd annual cardboard boat races! Prizes are awarded for most
futuristic, funniest and fastest sinking ship.
Berkeley City Council,
On City of Berkeley sponsered
west-Berkeley land-use surveys.
"Truancy leading to sky high drug and alcohol
use at Berkeley High, study says" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"A lack of lunchtime
supervision of Berkeley High School students at a nearby park
and no policy to hold parents accountable for truancy are contributing
to sky-high rates of alcohol and drug abuse among teens, according
to a new report.
The report, put together
by city and school district employees over 10 months, was the
result of a 2008 California Healthy Kids Survey that showed Berkeley
ninth and 11th graders reported they were drunk or stoned at school
at twice the state and national rates."
"Summer School Student Robbed at Knifepoint
on UC Berkeley Campus" by
Dan McMenamin at our Planet.
"A 23-year-old woman
was robbed at knifepoint on the University of California at Berkeley
campus this weekend, according to police."
Nirvana" by Stephanie Silvia, northcoastjournal.com.
"Oh, strawberries. As
the opening day of the Farmers' Market in Arcata approached in
April, so did my anticipation of the first local strawberries
of the season. How delicious this time of year can be after a
dark, cold winter. Bright red, delicate and sweet, what better
way to hail the time of warmth? As we know up here on the coast,
warmth comes and goes. We take spring and summer however we can.
Strawberries and California
go hand in hand for me. When I first visited my mythic uncle in
Berkeley in the late '70s my life changed. The life I would lead
as an adult began my first night in San Francisco. My Boston College
pal and I had tickets to the closing of Winterland. I knew this
was it, my chance to be part of the magical and revolutionary
happenings that had shaped my young psyche."
"Labor Center launches monthly black jobs
report" by Kathleen
Maclay at canadaviews.ca.
"The University of California,
Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education is officially
launching tomorrow (Friday, July 2) a series of monthly reports
that highlight the employment outlook in the black community as
national jobless numbers hover around 10 percent and African Americans
fare far worse."
"More adventures in knitting: yarn bombing
Berkeley" by Tracey
Taylor at berkeleyside.com.
"Yarn bombing, graffiti
knitting, yarn storming - call it what you will, it seems to be
all the rage in Berkeley right now."
and our Judi Quan is having
her own adventure
our Steven Donaldson emails
of the most recent Oakland riot
I feel it's important to
high light the fact that many of the "protestors" were
not from Oakland . . . . I followed a couple of websites and blogs
and these "anarchists" had planned this no matter what
the verdict. Both Berkeley and Oakland cops were aware this was
coming but couldn't do much till it happened.
"Police from agencies
throughout the Bay Area arrested 83 people for a variety of crimes,
including failure to disperse, resisting arrest, burglary, vandalism
and assaulting a police officer, said Officer Jeff Thomason, Oakland
Many of the arrestees were professional "anarchist"
agitators who were not from Oakland and wore bandannas, hoods
or black face paint, police said.
Those who were arrested were taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin
or a second Alameda County sheriff's jail in downtown Oakland."
our David Bowmaan emails
It's almost time for the
next Potter Creek Neighborhood meeting. The executive committee
will be meeting this Sunday to plan the agenda. If you have something
you would like to see on the agenda for the next meeting, please
reply to this email and I will bring your agenda request to the
In other news - there is
a planning commission meeting next Wednesday at the North Berkeley
Senior Center that will be discussing the West Berkeley Project.
As soon as I can find the actual agenda I'll send another reminder.
Also they are finally working
on the traffic light at San Pablo and Heinz that was part of the
Berkeley Bowl project.
There is a yellow project
notice up on the warehouse on the corner of Heinz and Ninth (920
Heinz) proposing to use that warehouse for a wholesale food center
for Berkeley Bowl.
Please send in your ideas
for what you think we should be talking about at the next meeting.
DennisCohen, one of the originators
of the west-Berkeley Plan and owner of Parker
Plaza has reemerged in west-Berkeley politics. Invite him
to a meeting. RP
"Marijuana dispensary operators picked" by The Mainebiz News Staff.
"The state has chosen
three applicants to operate six medical marijuana dispensaries
in the state.
Northeast Patients Group,
an affiliate of California-based dispensary operator Berkeley
Patients Group, will operate four dispensaries in District 2 (Cumberland
County), District 4 (Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties),
District 5 (Somerset and Kennebec counties) and District 6 (Piscataquis
and Penobscot counties). Remedy Compassion Center will operate
a dispensary in District 3 (Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin
counties), and Safe Alternatives of Fort Kent will operate a dispensary
in District 8 (Aroostook County)."
"Walnut Creek family gets first rebate
check for solar hot-water system" by Elisabeth Nardi, Contra Costa Times.
"A Walnut Creek family
Wednesday was the first in the state to get a rebate through the
new California Solar Initiative-Thermal program, known as Assembly
Bill 1470. "
"UC Berkeley Study Touts Benefits of a
California Feed-In Tariff" at
"Enacting a robust feed-in
tariff (FIT) in California to achieve the state's 33% Renewables
Portfolio Standard (RPS) would create three times the number of
jobs, over 2 billion in additional tax revenue, and stimulate
tens of billions in new investment, according to a new study conducted
by the University of California, Berkeley.
Furthermore, the adoption
of a comprehensive FIT will cost-effectively fulfill California's
33%-by-2020 goal on schedule.
Headed by Distinguished Professor
of Energy Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group,
the analysis examined the economic benefits of a FIT deployed
in California to facilitate the state's effort to achieve the
33% RPS by 2020.
A FIT is essentially a fixed
price, long-term contract for a utility to buy electricity produced
by renewable energy generators. The Berkeley study specifically
examined a FIT that would be available to solar projects up to
20 megawatts (MW) in size. "
IranWorries Mount over Sanctions' Ripple Effect"
Omid Memarian, iranian.com.
"Although the United
States and its allies insist that the latest round of U.N. sanctions
against Iran targets high-level government officials rather than
the general population, interviews with a number of analysts,
activists and journalists in Tehran reveal a growing concern over
the impact on the country's middle class."
from my log
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 7:20
AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, heavy burning air, eyes, ear,
nose, mouth irritation like swimming in pool with too much chlorine,
in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air. itchy skin, watery
eyes, leave. 11:24 AM---irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air, itchy skin, watery
7/2/10--7:12 AM--very serious
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, light head,
nausea, dry heavy burning air. 5:20 PM--On returning from the
Canned Food Store Marsha exclaims"You can smell it! It's
like, like burnt, burnt . . . I don't know. I only smell it here."
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
heavy brunring air, no wind.
in front of warehouse with heavy dry air, leave.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, heavy dry
burning air, itchy skin, watery eyes.
7/8/10--off-and-on all day,
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy
burning air, wear respirator, leave. 9:56 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse front and front of warehouse heavy dry burning air
with "chlorine" odor, sysmptoms like swimming in pool
with too much chlorine, leave.
in warehouse front and front of warehouse heavy dry burning air
with "chlorine" odor, similar symptoms as above. 5:08
PM---irritant in front room, heavy dry burning air with "chlorine"
odor, similar symptoms as above.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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