Publishers Weekly features a conversation
with our Sarah Klise and her sister Kate about their children's
books and "just a little more."
"Berkeley Playhouse presents its next TeenStage
production, 'Into the Woods,' "
broadwayworld.com. "August 3-5, 2012, and its next
YouthStage production, 'Into the Woods jr.', August 10-12, 2012,
both with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James
One of Stephen Sondheim's
most popular works, 'Into the Woods' is a timeless modern classic.
Intertwining such classic fairytales as Cinderella, Little Red
Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk with the story of a childless
baker and his wife, who attempt to reverse a curse on their family,"
Also at broadwayworld.com
Repertory Theatre Announces 16 Fellowships
Friday, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that 16 college graduates
including six California natives have been awarded
fellowships for the upcoming season. Each year, young leaders
from across America are selected for this prestigious training
program and proceed to learn their craft alongside accomplished
"The Wire's Sonja Sohn on Criminal Justice
"Actress Sonja Sohn, known for her role on the HBO series
"The Wire," talks with host David Onek about her work
as co-founder of Rewired for Change, a nonprofit supporting at-risk
youth in Baltimore. She also discusses how her personal life has
shaped her commitment to ending children's exposure to violence,
the power of leveraging celebrity to fuel social change and much
Containing White Powder at Public Safety Building in the City
On Friday, July 20, 2012 at about 2:17 p.m., a member of the City
of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) professional staff opened
a letter delivered to the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building
(PSB) located at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley.
The PSB houses Police and the Fire administration.
When the staff member opened the envelope, it contained a white
powder. She was immediately concerned and alerted
her chain of command. Members of the BPD called upon City of Berkeley
Fire Department (BFD) to institute a collaborative protocol regarding
suspicious substances. BPD and BFD began a partial evacuation
of the PSB. Personnel cleared two floors and others were directed
to shelter in place. (BFD Chief G. Dong can speak to the Hazmat
BPD detectives quickly began a criminal investigation. BFD and
Alameda County Fire Hazmat personnel safely collected the envelope
and deemed it "non hazardous." We are not yet sharing
the specific details as to the type of envelope, who it was addressed
to or how it was delivered as we are actively investigating the
BPD was in communication with another Alameda County police agency
who experienced a similar incident today.
Sergeant Mary C. Kusmiss
"Tiny apartments in S.F. worth a try"
opines the Chronicle
lopsided housing market - sky-high rents and an invasion of young
workers - has experts thinking: Why not drop the minimum size
of new apartments to the equivalent of a one-car garage?
It's an idea worth exploring
and encouraging, but the results will hinge on the appeal and
convenience of the finished product. Financing, the job market
and even housing politics could all play a role in a helping or
hurting a promising idea.
Initial designs feature a
foldaway bed, galley kitchen and bench seats along a window for
a grand total of 220 square feet, below the city minimum of 290
square feet. In theory, there's a ready market since 41 percent
of the city's residents live alone.
Putting more apartments into
the same building space could lower costs and possibly rents or
sales prices. As new construction, the mini-me apartments would
be exempt from rent control. The snug quarters might take pressure
off existing multi-bedroom housing that families and couples now
The city is already nipping
at conventional housing rules via building loft apartments in
industrial areas and dropping parking requirements. The next frontier
could be super-small apartments for singles or very well-adjusted
couples looking to live inside an Ikea catalog."
"Micro-apartments next for S.F.?" writes
Carolyn Said about Patrick Kennedy's proposed project at sfgate.com.
"Are itty-bitty apartments
the next wave for urban dwellers in San Francisco?
The city is considering shrinking
the minimum size of rental units, prompted by a demographic shift
toward one-person households along with rising rents and an acute
'This seems like a logical,
necessary response to housing in an extremely high-cost market
like San Francisco,' said Tim Colen, executive director of
the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, a largely developer-backed
nonprofit that is 'solidly behind' cutting the size of the smallest
allowable apartment by about a third."
I had breakfast with Patrick
last week at 900
GRAYSON. The man' s timing continues
to amaze! I cannot fault his project, though I am skeptical of
an economy that makes it timely. Still, his plan and what I believe
to be his quality, will assure a project that will successfully,
and with style, fill a need.
Last Tuesday in Sacramento,
there was a public tour of a model of Patrick Kennedy's proposed
And on my bike ride around
Potter Creek yesterday morning I found delivery trucks of all
shapes and sizes aplenty, business parking lots filled to the
brim, more than a few commercial remodels, some new building,
and at the finish . . . a 900
GRAYSON packed to overflowing.
Wendy Tokuda, a Bay Area
news-caster-journalist, is a bonafide Bay Area personality and
yet her lasting importance may come from her Students
Rising Above, success through education.
"Students Rising Above
invests in low-income, first generation college students who have
demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character
in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect.
We help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding
and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce.
Our graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own
families, serving their communities, providing a new generation
of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating
positive change. The SRA Community is dedicated to impacting the
future through the cultivation of extraordinary youth."
In this time of quicky reads,
her site is worth savoring.
"SFPD horse rides off into the sunset" Kevin Fagan, at sfgate.com.
"Riddler happily drooled
his carrot munchings Wednesday all over the sidewalk near Union
Square, which usually is not becoming behavior for a working member
of the San Francisco Police Department.
But he was entitled, agreed
those watching the drooling.
Riddler, a mounted-police
horse, was enjoying his last day on the job. Immediately after
the drooling and some heartfelt odes from his human workmates,
he was whisked off to retirement at a 40-acre pasture in Sonoma
County. That's where he will live out the rest of his days, gamboling
saddle-less in the grass."
Yet once again, a favorite
paragraph of mine.
Uncle Don -- An Appreciation
In a time when tall men were
5'10" my Uncle Don was over six-feet. My Mom's oldest brother,
Uncle Don was a Milwaukee policeman. But not just any policeman,
he was a member of the Mounted Patrol--horse mounted police used
downtown for traffic control. (Uncle Don had learned how to handle
horses working for my Grandpa delivering ice and coal in horse-drawn
wagons.) But that evening during the Christmas rush, when my Mom
took me shopping with her at Gimbel's, I didn't know that he was
in the Mounted Patrol. Gimbel's was on the busiest corner Downtown,
and that night, a corner so filled with people that as a small
boy all I could see were shoes, legs, pants, and skirts. My Mom
pulled me through the crowd as we crossed the street, and as we
reached the opposite curb, a dark figure appeared towering above
not only those shoes, legs, pants, and skirts, but above all the
people they belonged to. In a huge Great Coat, there was a man
who seemed to be a policeman sitting atop a big brown horse. I
stood there in awe. We stopped at the side of the horse and its
rider, and my Mom asked "Do you know who this is"? Looking
up not at all sure, I struggled for an answer. Uncle Don was big
and was a policeman. Yet at first, no matter how hard I looked,
all I saw was the big coat and the dark horse. But slowly the
face above the coat became familiar. "It's Uncle Don"
I said with some relief. I don't remember if he said hello, but
I know he said that it was all right to touch his horse. After
he and my Mom talked a little, we left --a lot of other kids,
moms and dads wanted to pet his horse, too. Uncle Don moved to
California some years later and I didn't see him for a long time.
Then, one Summer afternoon as my cousin MaryAnn and I were sitting
on our front steps, a tall man in a raincoat came up to the front
of our house and asked. "Do you know who I am?" "You're
my Uncle Don" I said.
POST FROM THE PAST
builder, Patrick Kennedy
lunch, 900 GRAYSON Wednesday
END POST FROM THE
POSTS FROM THE
"What to Expect From Will Wright's Stupid
Fun Club" is a story
about a Potter Creek business by David Kushner at wired.com.
"Will Wright is the
great polymath of interactive design, weaving theories of architecture,
astrophysics, and urban planning into his videogames. That may
sound like the opposite of fun, but he's created some hugely popular
franchises-The Sims alone has sold more than 100 million copies
for publisher Electronic Arts. Nowadays, though, Wright is thinking
smaller. In April, he stunned the game industry by announcing
that he was leaving EA to run a startup called Stupid Fun Club.
If the endeavor has the whiff
of a garage operation, that's because it is one-the club began
in a Berkeley, California, warehouse space where Wright and his
buddies went to tinker and play and escape from the pressures
of making blockbuster games. 'We were tripping over ideas that
were intriguing to us,' Wright says. 'But I didn't have time to
develop them.' Now his hobby is becoming his full-time gig (though
Wright will do some consulting for EA, which is an investor in
his new venture)."
The East Bay Express offers "Best
Thing to Happen in Berkeley this Millennium is
Berkeley Bowl West 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley,
It's here. After seven years
of planning, the Bowl has headed west, opening a decidedly industrial
second location with a 140,000-square-foot natural-foods grocery
emporium. The best thing: There's free parking, plenty of it,
including a parking lot and a multilevel parking garage. And customers
and employees - now less stressed out about the ugly parking issue
- seem happier. The inside setup mimics components of the Oregon
Street Bowl with W-I-D-E-R aisles and a front-and-center health
products center, but this spiffy-clean warehouse-ish newcomer
is more fun to explore since now you're not blocking anyone's
reach. Of course it's full of produce items you've never seen
before, plus a sea of heirloom tomatoes and mountains of stone
fruit. There's a gleaming deli case with prepared items too good
to resist, including decadent desserts. Other attractions: Cheeses
galore. Major meat, fine fish, and plenty of poultry. Organic
this, organic that. Bulk food bins brimming with nuts, dried fruits,
and arborio rice. More space for adult beverages. With its easy
access to Interstate 80, high-caliber contents, and dandy digs,
it's easy to see why the second location of Earth's Best Grocery
is already attracting crowds. But it can handle 'em."
END POSTS FROM
our Potter Creek Commercial
of the old Nexus Building,
8th and Carleton
Ah, Summer fun-in-the-sun.
Our site received just over 5,000 hits yesterday. Must be that
Patrick Kennedy stuff, damn. Well, . . . he is good-lookin'.
"Calif. lawmakers hand out pay raises amid
cuts" by Juliet
Williams is an AP report at sfgate.com.
"California lawmakers have handed out raises to more than
1,000 employees of the Legislature in the last year, even as they
made deep budget cuts and trimmed pay for other state workers.
The news comes as Democrats promote a November ballot initiative
seeking to temporarily raise income and sales taxes to help ease
California's ongoing budget woes.
Newly released documents
show that officials in the state Assembly and Senate approved
raises as high as 10 percent for some top-level staffers. More
than 110 of the 1,090 raises given out in the last fiscal year
went to legislative employees who were making salaries above $100,000,
according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the raises."
"UC to hike professional degree fees. Regents
OK increases of up to 35 percent" Nanette Asimov at sfgate.com.
"Over the objections
of student protesters, the University of California regents hiked
fees by up to 35 percent for dozens of professional degree programs
- from nursing to business - even as the board agreed to freeze
this year's undergraduate tuition if voters approve a tax measure
on the November ballot."
Potters Pete and David Silverberg
are reediting their Peter Hurney ukele document for TV.
BPD Ofc Cesar Melero emails
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him
at Nina's Café, 2703 Seventh Street, St. 159, Monday, July
30, 2012, from 2:30 to 3:30pm.
Councilman Capitelli emails
Coffee and Impromptu Discussion
with Council member Capitelli, Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. to
9:30 a.m, Café Roma, 1549 Hopkins Street (across from Monterey
I will be having coffee and holding a discussion with local residents.
Please join us and bring your questions, comments and suggestions.
BerkeleySide has discovered
900 GRAYSON. At 4:30 today, Sarah Henry
will interview 900 co-owner, Chris Sulnier.
"Mountain lion, cubs spotted near Berkeley's
Greek Theatre" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
POSTS FROM THE
Courtney Bean, at an event
Well, Ok then!
Hunk of the
END POSTS FROM
"Berkeley Joins Harvard, MIT Offering Free
Jeanna Smialek, bloombergnews.com.
"Hispanic Ph.D.s Jump as Fastest-Growing
Minority Gains" from
bloomberg at businessweek.com.
"Marialena Rivera learned
a lesson growing up in San Antonio, Texas, when her family struggled
to make ends meet before her parents went to college.
'As soon as my parents got
their degrees, everything changed for us,' said Rivera, 27, who's
seeking her Ph.D. in education policy at the University of California,
Berkeley. 'They got better jobs. We moved into a gated community.
We had a pool in our backyard.'
Rivera's studies come as
the number of Hispanics with doctorates jumped 161 percent from
1990 to 2010, almost double the non-Hispanic rate of 90 percent,
according to U.S. Census data."
"Hundreds March for Harborside" David Downs, eastbayexpress.com.
"Several hundred medical marijuana patients and their allies
took to the streets of Oakland Monday in an unprecedented show
of support for besieged dispensary Harborside Health Center. Timed
to coincide with an East Bay fundraising stop by President Obama,
the rally to protest the nine-month-long federal crackdown on
medical marijuana drew many of the major leaders of the movement
and a broad show of support from Oaklanders.'
"LA City Council votes to ban marijuana
shops" js an AP
report at sfgate.com.
"Unable to rein in hundreds of medical pot shops that blossomed
around the nation's second-biggest metropolis, the Los Angeles
City Council banned them Tuesday until the state's highest court
The 14-0 vote drew an angry,
profanity-laced response from some medical marijuana advocates
who attended the council meeting."
Our last night's city council
meeting was postponed 'cause the elevator didn't work.
POSTS FROM THE
Da Boz et al, 11 o'clock
Potter Creek Acme Bread
you know, I think Da Boz
and the lady facing him are dancing together
"Dellums should take some cues from Mayor
Bates" writes Chip
Johnson at sfgate.com.
END POSTS FROM
"Colorado shootings add chapter to long,
unpredictable story of U.S. mass murder" Joel Achenbach, washingtonpost.com.
"The United States is
a less violent country than it was two decades ago. The homicide
rate, which hit a peak in the early 1990s at about 10 per 100,000
people, has been cut in half, to a level not seen since the early
But there has been no corresponding
decline in mass murder - these sudden, stunning eruptions of violence
with multiple victims, often perpetrated by gunmen whom researchers
refer to as 'pseudo-commandos.' "
POST FROM THE PAST
Tameka Lim photo
END POST FROM THE
Berkeley PD Capt Andrew Greenwood
emails a link to berkeleyplaques.org.
The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project awards
the now closed Buttercup Bakery of 3201 College Avenue an e-Plaque.
"While well-loved for
its breakfasts and baked goods, the Buttercup Bakery should also
be remembered for four people who exemplify Berkeley's role in
the strange and sudden transition from the anti-establishment
counterculture of the 1970s to mainstream business successes.
The personal finance industry
took off in the 1980s, and Suze Orman-a financial guru and popular
television personality-has personified that industry. Orman, however,
started her career as a waitress at the Buttercup in 1973, where
she learned how to listen with compassion. . . .
The Buttercup is also linked
to the rise of the biotechnology industry. Kary Mullis, a Berkeley
Ph.D. in biochemistry, worked as a manager at the Buttercup in
the mid-70s. Later, he took a job in Berkeley at Cetus-one of
the early biotechnology startup firms-where he and his team developed
PCR (polymerase chain reaction). PCR facilitated the rapid replication
of a single strand of DNA, and in recognition of the significance
of his work in this area, Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize in
Chemistry in 1993."
my memories of the 'Cup written
some time ago
The Buttercup and The California
And just what is The California Breakfast that Richards and
Mike Haley invented? Well, it's most likely the eggs-breakfast
that you now have when you eat out. (But, as breakfast
is the lowly meal, you probably haven't even thought about that.)
Yet, it's important to remember
that Richards and Mike Haley not only developed The California
Breakfast but they made breakfast a proper and respectable meal
Mike, as long as I can remember,
loved his morning meal best. When we lived together on Carl Street
in San Francisco in the '50s, Mike would sometimes make breakfast
for both of us, and I too came to love this meal.
Years later, when Mike and
Richards lived together, Richards would make Mike's favorite,
adding her own Georgian touch. An excellent cook from the South,
Richards was well aware of the hearty country breakfast.
So in the '70s, when they bought the Buttercup Bakery and Coffee
Shop on College Avenue and made it into a bakery and restaurant,
it was only natural for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant.
(Understand, at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but
not proper breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about
the Southern country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best.
This was the start.
If there was an exact moment
when The California Breakfast Out came into being I suppose it
was when Richard's started making Michael's favorites for the
restaurant: Fresh-eggs, quality meats, home-fries with onions
and sour cream, and a good toasted-bread were part of Michael's
morning meal at home. (Occasionally I was at their house at breakfast
time and it was always a treat.)
Then, I suppose if you own
a bakery-restaurant it's natural to offer fresh baked-goods with
the meal: And early-on you could substitute a pastry for toast.
Bagels and croissants were also offered, but bagels and croissants
were still popularly thought of as foreign food and breakfast
is a very American meal. Also, it is important to remember that
at this time breakfast out was pretty much a meal you had--often
rushed--before your day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and
social event--as it was just a way to get food before working.
Kruse Plumbing was then down
the street, and I remember some of the original customers were
plumbers having breakfast before going to a job. There were also
truck drivers who stopped before their run as well as milkmen
taking their break.
(Perhaps the fruit garnish was added when it became apparent to
all that breakfast was now social, even special.)
So there you have it; The
California Breakfast Out. Was this just a variation of the country
breakfast that, through good-timing, people found pleasure in
eating in a restaurant? Is California Cuisine just fish and under-cooked
Of course not.
Many people, other than Mike
and Richards, were involved in making the Buttercup. Moe Moskowitz
lent money and support, Mary Guenther provided heart and soul,
Karl Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze Orman found-herself
and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence at Wells Fargo
Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always there. (Oh, Nick
Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and preoccupied with
his business and building two large warehouses, took time to give
sound, solid business advice.) Me? It was a place to hang out."
A Note From Councilmember
Early fall has become the season of our "passeggiata."
In Italy this is the daily ritual of taking an evening stroll
in the street where neighbors connect, children play and young
people flirt. In Berkeley, we rely on more formal events such
as National Night Out or the Solano Stroll to entice us into the
streets with our neighbors. Soon we will add one more opportunity,
Sunday Streets, inspired by a San Francisco program. On October
14 Shattuck Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Haste
Street to Rose Street, transforming it into a park where residents
can walk, run, dance, stroll or just hang out.
Berkeleyans' desire to congregate
and socialize in our public spaces is no secret. Making those
spaces safe and beautiful and inviting is an investment in our
local economy, but more importantly in the social and cultural
fabric of our community.
This is why I am so excited
about two upcoming projects in North Berkeley. "Parklets"
turn street parking into temporary, small public spaces. The North
Shattuck Association is working with a group of designers from
San Francisco to develop three such spaces on North Shattuck.
Combined with a new parking restriping plan, the business district
predicts no net loss of parking.
I am also excited about the
possibilities for transforming Solano Avenue. Last week, the newly
formed Solano Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) Advisory
Board met and entertained a broad range of ideas presented by
local resident and landscape architect John Roberts. His vision
is to create pedestrian-friendly amenities, to develop "outdoor
living rooms" that welcome our residents and visitors to
the district and invite them to stay awhile. Full story
a reader emails
Saturday, July 28 11:00 am
Walking Tour with Berkeley
Historian, Richard Schwartz
"A Berkeley Magical
History Tour" Ocean View Part 2
After the wonderful turnout
to our initial West Berkeley Walking Tour and continued demand
for more, we are scheduling a continuation tour, "West Berkeley's
University Avenue and San Pablo Walking Tour."
Learn about Berkeley's first
fire house, first jail, the amazing general store and Bay Area
horse racing attractions in West Berkeley, Berkeley's first City
Hall in the West end area, the area's first school in the 1850s,
the history of San Pablo Ave. from early Spanish times and before
and much more. You will never see the area in the same way again
after this tour rehydrates the old worlds, people, buildings,
and events. You will be transported to an earlier time and we
believe part of you will stay there! Join the excited repeat tour-takers
to Richard Schwartz's "Magical History Tour".
$10 Tour Charge, RSVP 510-845-6874
"California Developers Set to Merge" at housingfinance.com.
"Two Northern California
nonprofit affordable housing developers are joining forces.
Satellite Housing and Affordable
Housing Associates (AHA), both based in Berkeley, expect to merge
their operations this year, with the goal of launching the new
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) organization at
the start of next year."
Ex Buttercup night manager
and Noble Prize recipient, Dr. Kary B Mullis
Check him out here.
And while there, check out
his book on Mendocino and more in The Day, "Dancing
Naked in the Mind Field." If you read it carefully you'll
find some references to me, . . . really carefully.
And Buttercupper, Patrick
Treadway remembers The Cup, Suze Orman and more.
a Dean Davis photo
Patrick worked under Kary
Patrick Treadway is now in
the movies and has a IMBb
profile and more.
Dan Finch was never a Buttercuper,
but was the owner of Potter Creek's Industrial Testing Lab on
8th Street. Dan designed and tested the well known WW II blackout
Dan also was the designer
of space shuttle lighting and roadway delineation reflectors.
Dan designed the reflectors in his 8th Street lab for Elgin Moulding
Plastics. He got the idea from the electric airplane runway lights
used by the RAF and USAC in England in WW2 but used bicycle pedal
reflectors for his models. Our Richard finch, Dan's son still
remembers their Elgin Plastic demonstration.
POST FROM THE PAST
Sunday afternoon Sally had
a party for Norma Finch, Richard's Mom. (Norma who turned ninety-one
has just passed her drivers test.) Though the La Farine hazel-nut,
almond, chocolate, cherry torte was unexpectedly delicious, Norma's
story about meeting her husband, Dan was even more so. In the
1930s, Dan, an inventor, was driving around the country with his
cousin testing a current invention, a multiple-fuel '36 Buick.
(It'd run on whiskey, Richard chimed in.) Seems the boys stopped
in Haywarden, Iowa to visit some of cousin's relatives. And, it
happened at that time Norma was visiting back home from Takoma
Washington, where she was working. During their stay down the
street, the boys would often walk past Norma's house. But Norma
says that it was her Mother who noticed them and asked Norma to
invited them in. Well, she did. So, Norma invited Dan and his
cousin in. They came in through the back--the kitchen--door. Lots
of good food and talk were had in kitchens. Among other things,
they decided they'd meet the next day at the Sand Pit--the swimming
hole. They did, and over the days in Haywarden they got to know
each well enough that they wrote to each other after they left--Dan
went to Harvard and Norma back to Tacoma. After some time away
they met again in Haywarden and then-SCANDALOUSLY--took the train
together to meet Dan's parents in Glendale.
Dan and Norma
END POST FROM THE
"California investigates up to $2.3 billion
in public funds hiding in plain sight" at contrcostatimes.com.
"A week after uncovering
a hidden-funds scandal at the state parks department, finance
officials are now trying to piece together why the balance sheets
for similar 'special funds' are off by $2.3 billion -- money that
appeared to be right under their noses amid California's financial
POST FROM THE PAST
Former Buttercupper, 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-
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."
END POST FROM THE
"'Greater Tuna' a treat for playgoers" Sandra Hosking Correspondent' at Sopkane's
spokesman.com reviews Patrick a couple weeks ago.
"Patrick Treadway and
Michael Weaver once again comically bring to life the residents
of the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, population 67, in Interplayers
Professional Theatre's production of 'Greater Tuna.' "
Then there's Patrick
"Meeting lays out vision for national lab
in Richmond" by Robert
Rogers, Contra Costa Times.
"Even the longest journeys
start with a single step.
That was the gist of the
first of what officials promise will be a series of public meetings
ahead of construction of a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
campus on Richmond's southern shoreline.
About 300 people, including
leaders from the city and UC Berkeley, attended the first community
workshop aimed at sharing information about the massive project
and drawing community input."
"Facebook stock pounded, wiping out billions
in shareholder value"
by Brandon Bailey at contracostimes.com.
taking a pounding on Wall Street Friday, as its stock price hit
a new low, wiping out billions in shareholder value after a week
of bad news for the social networking giant.
Facebook's market value is
now close to half the record $104 billion valuation that the company
set when it began selling shares in May. And other social media
companies are also struggling, despite early excitement over what
was expected to be a new "hot" industry. Zynga,
Pandora and Groupon are all trading far below their initial public
Potter Creek curbside flower
bed, 10th and Heinz
"specializing in women's health, fertility, and pain management"
is new to Potter Creek and is at 2831 7th Street.
is still the future home
of the Potter Creek micro-brewery according to neighbors.
"Neighbors talked to
included small-business owners who are concerned they will not
be able to buy business property here because of West-Berkeley
' land barons.' They seemed particularly concerned of the Goldin
brothers, ironic of course, as the brothers are among the most
community-oriented of the larger property owners. (Maybe not relevant?)"
Marsha W contributed to this mini-report.
POSTS FROM THE
Jerry Landis, a person who's
spent a lot of time with Berkeley's creek issue, believes that
we really don't know exactly where are culverted creeks are.
So now just where is our
namesake, Potter Creek? According to City of Berkeley, Department
of Engineering 1990 Map, it runs underground in a 2 ft culvert
entering Potter Creek, the neighborhood, at the southwest corner
of San Pablo and Heinz, runs along Heinz under the proposed Potter
Creek Berkeley Bowl site and directly under the Scharffen Berger
factory, turns southwest at just before the corner of Heinz and
7th, and leaves Potter Creek at Potter and the railroad right-of-way.
I first posted this map in
The Berkeley Bowl
lot begins roughly where the Creek line parallels HEINZ and ends
after it turns southwest.
Seems to me putting creeks
in sewer pipes disturbs the natural drainage system. Gound water
can't natually run off into our culverted Potter Creek. So is
that one of the reasons why the water table is so high in here?
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"'Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake'
is a nytimes.com review
of our Sarah and her sister Kate's new book and more.
Elena Kadvany updates a story
I broke 2/8/12 with her "Rejuvenation
lighting comes to Berkeley" at sfgate.com.
"Bay Area homeowners, prepare to be rejuvenated. Customers
familiar with the online version of Rejuvenation, the nation's
largest manufacturer of period-authentic lighting and house parts,
can now explore the collection in person at the company's fourth
and newest retail store on Fourth Street in Berkeley.
'We've been looking for space
in the Berkeley market for a long time,' said store general manager
Christopher Cornett, who ran Rejuvenation's Seattle store for
a couple of years before relocating to help open the Bay Area
outpost. 'It seemed like a natural fit from the housing stock
that's here, the average income level and the style of customer
All of which are important,
because Rejuvenation is not your typical lighting store.
Founded in 1977 by owner
Jim Kelly, Rejuvenation is about preserving, restoring and manufacturing
true time-period pieces. Their model is about staying true to
the past, but the option of handcrafted, made-to-order lighting
also allows clients to custom-design fixtures to their taste.
At the 5,600-square-foot
store formerly occupied by nonprofit artist co-op 4th Street Studio,
clients can take advantage of in-store consultations and a team
of design experts. The store's layout is dictated by lighting,
with sections dedicated to specific eras - MidCentury Modern,
Art Deco, classic revival - and products - period basics, hardware,
bath ware, outdoor lighting, restored antiques. Each section is
accessorized with vintage items such as green jade milk glass
serve ware, antique world globes, globe lights covered in chicken
wire, even a giant papier-mache clown head. "
POSTS FROM THE
Lighting is coming to Fourth Street.
The retail outlet for their newly manufactured antique
and vintage light fixtures will be just across the street from
California Closets at 1717 Fourth. They plan to open around June
1st, possibly sooner.
Also new to Fourth Street
Rachel Adler's acting studio
at 2020 FourthStreet
4th Street Studio, an art collective, is moving from its old
Fourth Street location to its new one at 2000 Fourth.
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from our log
dirt dry air in wasrehouse front and IMMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.
7/21/12 -8:05 PM--irritant
in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.Off-and-on
all PM, similar.
irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning, dry ,dirty
air. Similar all AM. 9:26 AM--VERY STRONG irriant in warehouse
front, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 9:48
7/23/12--7:40 PM-- SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning, dry,dirty air, wear respirator.
dirt dry air in front room, "hot asbestos" odor, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation, overrides 3 HEPA filters, wear respirator.
7/27/12--11:47 AM--dirt dry
air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watey eyes, overrides
2 HEPA filters. 12:14 PM--similar, light head, nausea, Marsha
7/28/12--7:12 PM--dirt dry
air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watey eyes, light
head. Similar off-and on all afternoon.
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
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City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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