late July evening
over Potter Creek
about the Wednesday night
Planning Commission meeting
The planning commission voted,
5 to 1, to recommend that the council approve the conversion,
of a relatively small portion of the back of the building that
office depot will occupy, from MULI to CW. The "net
loss of MULI" is only approximately 2,700 square feet because
Foothill Partners is adding ±6,000 square feet of MULI
in the building on 9th. The converted space has historically
been used to support retail activity.
One commissioner felt that
the city should somehow [monetarily?] benefit from any "upzoning".
That'll be discussed later as the planning department continues
to work on the rezoning project.
Very few folks were in attendance. Two speakers, Jena Olson,
representing WEBAIC, and Doug Wiele of Foothill Partners/Pratt.
Rick is appartenly on vacation.
The "1" no vote
was Gene Poachman, who said he wasn't against this particular
conversion per se, but was unhappy with how planning staff worded
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It'd be great if Clif Bar
returned to Berkeley.
"Skipper of Berkeley-Berthed Boat Faces
Charges in Coast Guard Row"
"The skipper of sailboat
berthed in Berkeley, David McCorm'ck, was ordered today, Wednesday,
to be arraigned Aug. 8 on charges of sending a false distress
call, failing to 'heave to" and assaulting a Coast Guard
officer who boarded his boat."
Rights Advocates One Year Fellowship-Opportunity"
"Disability Rights Advocates
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is passionate about civil rights and disability law, for a one
year fellowship focused on high impact class action litigation.
Attorneys who have recently concluded judicial clerkships, other
legal fellowships, or recent law school graduates are encouraged
to apply. The fellowship position is in DRA's Berkeley,
California office. Travel to Los Angeles for case related
activities in connection with this fellowship is anticipated.
Candidates should be licensed to practice law in California or
should be sitting for the California Bar Exam in July 2013."
"Nearly Deaf Accomplished U.C. Berkeley
and Stanford Grad Shares Her Truth in Second Stimulating Book
of Poetry 'Silence is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution" prweb.com.
"Born with a hearing
impairment, author Joy Elan is a vibrant and outgoing single mom
who was born in Berkeley, CA to a mother who was herself single.
The Stanford University M.A.Ed. graduate shares an intimate, hard-hitting,
eye-opening view of her unique life's experiences in uncompromising
style in her new book of poetry titled 'Silence is Not Always
Golden: A Poetic Revolution.' "
"Web's biggest patent troll is finally
vanquished:Eolas' patents are dead on appeal" techeye.net.
"Key patents at the
centre of the world wide wibble are now safe from patent troll
Eolas in what would have been the largest trademark payouts in
The Eolas patents were so threatening to the web that Sir Tim
Berners-Lee appeared in court to take on the trolls in February
"4 in 5 in US face near-poverty, no work" Hope Yen, AP at sfgate.com.
in the Great Depression
"Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty
or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign
of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
Survey data exclusive to
The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S.
economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss
of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend."
Some old fashioned-manufacturers
left west-Berkeley for very good reasons-- obsolete production
for instance, the foundry a good example.
readership this week
Monday 7,676 hits; Tuesday
6,642 hits; Wednesday 6,324 hits; Thursday 7,278 hits.
Eggs and Lox, the penndorf report et al
a Morning View from Potter Creek
"The Bay Area's beer garden trend"
by Jessica Yadegaran,
"At Brotzeit, a new
beer garden on Oakland's Embarcadero, the scent of sizzling, fennel-flecked
bratwurst wafts across the waterfront as I bite into puffy spaetzle
and wipe the Doppelbock from my lips. Ahh, it's good to be civilized.
Up until now, American beer
consumption was far from that: frat boys crushing cans on their
foreheads, dizzy from keg stands of flavorless macrobrew. But
the craft brewery movement that began in the 1990s slowly changed
that. Light pilsners. Dark stouts. Sour lambics. Suddenly, beer
was like food, made in small batches using fresh ingredients.
Practically every town launched an Oktoberfest, and, once a year,
you could clink steins with pride.
In the latest phase of this
craft beer revolution, beer gardens began popping up across the
country, offering the communal tables, appropriate glassware and
German eats of their Bavarian brethren. The trend is particularly
hot in Northern California, where craft beer is king and San Francisco's
Zeitgeist and The Tourist Club, a beer hall nestled in the woods
of Mill Valley's Mount Tamalpais, have become cultural landmarks. "
"Dubai resident talks about her money experiences
as a student in US: Offers tips on spending habits when you are
attending university far from home" Gaurav Ghosem, gulfnews.com.
"Madhu Suresh, who is
going into third year from this fall at the University of California,
Berkeley, talks about her spending habits in the university town
as an undergrad. Supported by her parents, she spends about $44,000
(Dh161,480) a year in tuition and living and that's only for eight
months of the year. Suresh is double majoring in public policy
and psychology. This summer is interning at American Red Cross
and it's an unpaid internship.
How has your experience been
money wise in the first two years of college, which is one of
the top colleges in the United States and an expensive one?"
students on work visas gravitate to Berkeley for the summer"
Madeleine Pauker ar dailycal.org.
"Robert Milling, who studied at Trinity College in Dublin,
came to Berkeley based on the popularity among Irish students."
"Professionals Often Attribute Applicants'
Success To Personal Traits, Not Circumstance" redorbit.com.
in candidates' performance seen in college, job applications.
graduate school or job applicants frequently attribute applicants'
credentials to their personal qualities rather than their circumstances,
according to research published July 24 in the open access journal
PLOS ONE by Samuel Swift from the University of California, Berkeley
and colleagues from other institutions."
"Bay Area a fencing incubator that's 'exploding'
" by Jeremy Thomas,
"Credit the Olympics,
or maybe pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow. Whatever the reason, there
is new interest in fencing in America, especially in the Bay Area,
which is fast becoming a hot spot for young talent.
Nationwide, the U.S. Fencing
Association has seen a 62 percent jump in members since 2010-11.
The boost is reflected locally, where a growing number of clubs
are ratcheting up the competition.
Fencing coach Stephen Murray
says he sees the interest growing in younger students at his club,
Las Positas Fencing Center in Livermore.
On a recent evening, he was working with a dozen members -- teens
to retirees -- each with their weapons drawn.
Eyeing their footwork, he
runs them through drills. They lunge and attack, parry and retreat,
training their muscle memory in the element of surprise.
Warmed up, they don sparring gear. The fencers salute and the
buzzer sounds. There is a shuffle of feet, a flash of hands, and
the air fills with the clang of metal hitting metal.
In seconds, the victors have
dispatched their partners with five 'touches' of the sword.
It's a fast-moving sport
for quick thinkers, says Murray, who calls it 'chess with swords
at 80 miles per hour.' "
My memory is that a Potter
Creek resident was a member of the Brandeis fencing team.
"Berkeley farm hosts Jewish-Hindu wedding" jta.org.
"The bride emerged from
a yurt, accompanied by her father. The groom and his mother came
out of a greenhouse.
The four walked to a circular area delineated by a red string.
In the center stood a chuppah; beneath the wedding canopy, a copper
tin with a small fire.
Micha'el and Aumatma BedarShah were married June 30 at Urban Adamah,
a small Jewish educational farm in Berkeley, Calif. The couple
chose the farm for their interfaith wedding, believing, as Micha'el
put it, that 'we understand our traditions so much more clearly
when we directly experience the wonder of nature.'
Their fathers each carried
a candle to the circular area 'so they could both simultaneously
light our candles and we could accept both of their heritages,'
Micha'el, 35, and Aumatma,
32 - whose new surname is a merger of his Jewish last name first
followed by her Hindu one - worked with officiant Rabbi Gabriel
Cousens, who runs the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia,
Ariz., to plan what the rabbi calls a modern Essene ceremony.
The Essenses were a Second Temple period Jewish sect, who some
scholars believe wrote what came to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Some aspects of the BedarShahs'
wedding were drawn from the Temple period, with the bride and
groom washing each other's feet and hands, as well as anointing
one another with a few drops of oil 'to purify each other,' Micha'el
said. Frankincense and myrrh incense, used in Temple rituals,
burned during the ceremony.
In planning their rituals,
the couple were surprised to realize how many elements turned
out to be similar to both Judaism and Hinduism."
"Bay Area fashion designer Stella Carakasi
to open new Berkeley store" Heather
"Local women's clothing
designer Stella Carakasi will open a new store at 1370 10th Street,
next to the Stella Carakasi Design House.
The Stella Studio will showcase the latest Stella Carakasi collection,
host trunk shows and sample sales, and serve as a gathering space
for local community events. The grand opening is July 31, 4-6
"Berkeley battles parking problem with
free bus passes" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"Hoping to tackle its
notoriously difficult parking problem and cut down on greenhouse
gases at the same time, the city is offering 1,000 free AC Transit
passes, increasing downtown street parking rates and making more
car share services available.
The program, called goBerkeley
started Thursday, and Mayor Tom Bates claimed it is the most comprehensive
of its kind in the United States. "
For a while, a Potter Creek
cafe offered free coffee on Tuesdays. "Not much of a business
plan" remarked a veteran restaurant owner.
"Inexpensive technology could bring high-end
solar to the masses"
"Engineers at the University
of California, Berkeley, have developed an inexpensive new way
to grow thin films of a material prized in the semiconductor and
photovoltaic industries, an achievement that could bring high-end
solar cells within reach of consumer pocketbooks."
"Hazardous Levels of Indoor Pollutants
Found in the Kitchen"
"Scientist Brett Singer is a vegetarian. So why has he been
frying up hamburgers? Singer and his team of Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) indoor air researchers have
found hazardous levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide
in a surprisingly large portion of California home kitchens. What's
more, their studies have shown that the most common device for
mitigating this indoor air problem-range hoods-vary widely in
Man and woman robbed at gunpoint by four suspects" mercurynews.com.
Four male suspects robbed
a man and a woman at gunpoint near the University of California
at Berkeley campus early Saturday morning, police said.
At about 2:50 a.m., a man and a woman, both 21 years of age, were
walking near the intersection of University and Shattuck avenues
when four male suspects approached them.
the MGM lion
"Raising minimum wage is obvious choice
for Bay Area:Berkeley City Council to consider increasing minimum
wage" Katie Holmes
"Four years ago this week, we saw the federal minimum wage
rise to a meager $7.25 an hour. The state minimum wage has been
stuck at $8.00 for five years. For a full-time worker, this amounts
to just $16,640 - far below the national poverty level for a family
of four ($23,550) and much less a living wage in the Bay Area.
Over the past three years, our Raise the Wage movement has talked
with thousands of Bay Area voters about this issue. When asked
whether they support an increase in their city's minimum wage
to at least $10 an hour, people overwhelmingly say 'Yes!' "
"City ordinance aims to limit development
of private dorm-style housing"
by Chase Schweitzer and Simon Greenhill at dailycal.org.
"Berkeley City Council
is looking to crack down on the development of 'mini-dorms' -
privately owned houses that are converted into dorm-style housing
for students - by enacting a new ordinance that would limit their
At its meeting on July 16,
the City Council voted in favor of a zoning amendment that limits
bedroom additions in Berkeley homes, limiting conversions to mini-dorms.
Mini-dorms often aim to maximize bedroom space in private homes
by converting shared living areas like living rooms, attics, basements
and backyards into bedrooms.
These bedrooms are rented
out to individuals, reducing the cost of what would otherwise
be a group lease.
But often, these additions
don't include new bathrooms, kitchens and plumbing - amenities
needed to provide adequate living standards for an increase in
residents. Nearby residents allege that neighborhoods also have
difficulties, as mini-dorm residents produce excessive waste and
noise and take up limited street parking."
"UC Berkeley student, former inmate, speaks
out about solitary confinement" Anthony
Bongco at dailycal.com.
"During the years most young adults spend completing college,
UC Berkeley student Steven Czifra was serving a four-year sentence
in solitary confinement."
"Using the Cloud in Your Business:Clearing
the Skies on Common Cloud Confusion" at firmology.com.
"A recent study by the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that transitioning
common software used by businesses to the cloud would save enough
energy to power the city of Los Angeles. The study examined the
impact of moving customer relationship management, email, and
productivity software (spreadsheets and word processing, for example).
Small businesses certainly
stand to benefit from a cost perspective by switching to the cloud,
yet getting started with the cloud often seems confusing. Here
are some basic tips and overviews to clear the skies for you a
bit . . . "
Matthew Stromberg, the architect
Originally the home of the
Oliver Screw Company, the renovation at 1819 5th Street will soon
be occupied by "5th Street Machine Arts" - a metal
arts and material sciences workshop that provides engineering
and manufacturing support to the science and Industry communities
of the Bay Area. The renovation pays tribute to the light
industrial fabric of the neighborhood by retaining and seismically
retrofitting the original brick masonry and steel truss structure
and also significantly increases the building's energy efficiency.
A new sawtooth roofline will support a 30 kW solar array
while providing ideal northern orientation for daylight to stream into
the reinvigorated shop space below. A sculpture gallery
and two new residences will add to the mixed-use character of
"'JFK' film resurrects second-shooter assassination
theory" at sfgate.com.
"The approaching 50th
anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy has prompted
a small avalanche of documentaries and docu-dramas about the slain
Predictably, it will also
prompt a lot of weird TV designed to appeal to thousands of conspiracy
nuts who got tired of insisting Barack Obama was born in Indonesia
and now get to turn their attention back to their favorite subject:
Who killed John F. Kennedy. . . .
There are thoughtful TV shows
planned, such as the National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Kennedy,'
a two-hour film airing in November and starring Rob Lowe as JFK,
Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy, Will Rothaar as Lee Harvey
Oswald and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald. PBS has
a new two-part 'American Experience' documentary, 'JFK,' airing
Nov. 11 and 12, the Smithsonian Channel airs 'The Day Kennedy
Died' on Nov. 17. And there will be many other films to come between
now and Nov. 22."
Want to find out who killed
JFK? This is America, follow the money. Who "profited"
from his assassination?
And, . . . not from the City
of Berkeley, California but from Berkeley County, West Vrginia,
Harvest Sheetz robbed at gunpoint" at journal-news.net.
"A man wearing a ghillie suit and carrying a shotgun held
up the Sheetz on Apple Harvest Drive early Monday morning, according
to police. The suspect is still at-large.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said a 6-foot-2 white
male with blue eyes and a green mask came in dressed in heavy-foliage
camouflage robbed the store at gunpoint shortly before 5 a.m.
The suspect demanded money from the cashier, then fled the area
with an undisclosed amount of cash."
irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane
irritation, burning eyes, mouth, wear respirator.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry dirty burning air, hot metal/plastic odor, mucus membrane
irritation, burning eyes, mouth, wear respirator. Similar, off-and-on
all day. Off-and-on--24/7--similar.
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.
4:46 PM--similar. 4:58 PM--similar, SERIOUS. 5:27--PM--similar,
SERIOUS light head. 9:13 PM--similar.
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hacking cough, wear respirator. 12:31 PM--similar, Marsh headache.
2:15 PM--similar, hacking cough. Marsha headache, nausea. 3:04
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3:21 PM--"hot metal/hot plastic odor" in warehouse front,
Marsha headache, nausea. 9:07 PM--irritant in warehouse front,
dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, wear
respirator.Warehouse becoming uninhabitable.
metal/hot plastic odor" in warehouse front, Marsha headache,
nausea. 9:14 AM--similar.
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
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Our City of Berkeley Boards
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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.
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AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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