after 7/25/14 here
"Handlebar, new to the West" yelp.com.
"The old Templebar space
in Berkeley is now Handlebar, a joint project from the folks behind
Acme Bar and 510 Burger.
The immediate good news is that the old teak bar is still in use."
the Game, Reality Sinks In for a Lineman" nytimes.com.
"Kendrick Payne picked
up a passenger in his silver Nissan Altima one afternoon last
week in downtown Oakland, across the street from the federal courthouse.
Payne, a former defensive lineman at the University of California,
wore an old Bears workout shirt with his No. 96 printed on the
back. His N.F.L. dreams all but gone, he works as a driver for
Lyft, a ride-sharing company.
Payne looked out the window
at the courthouse.
'So that's where the trial's
happening,' he said.
He looked down at his shirt'
'Still representing,' he
said. 'I gave up blood, sweat and tears for these clothes, but
I'm rooting for the players now.'
Payne, 24, graduated from
California in December 2012 and watched the Ed O'Bannon case unfold
from just a few miles away. O'Bannon, a former U.C.L.A. basketball
star, and a number of other former college athletes sued the N.C.A.A.
for not allowing them to be paid for their names and images. The
three-week bench trial ended Friday, and a decision, which could
significantly reshape college sports, is expected this summer."
"Anthology of Fil-Am writings to be launched
in Berkeley" globalnation.inquirer.net.
" The Filipino American
National Historical Society, East Bay Chapter, is launching a
new anthology entitled Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs
Wild: Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans, Saturday July
26, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at Eastwind Books, 2066 University Ave.,
Editors and contributing
authors will participate in a book talk and story readings: Evangeline
Canonizado Buell; Eleanor Hipol Luis; Edwin Lozada; Evelyn Luluquisen;
Tony Robles; Myrna Ziálcita.
Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and
Seven Manangs Wild features many stories about our second, thir,
and fourth generation Filipinos, their experiences on how they
identify or not as Filipinos in America. "
"AC Transit puts end to paper bus transfer
"Berkeley Council Votes to Stop Feeding
"Berkeley's Oldest Cafe, Caffe Mediterraneum,
For Sale" Sarah
"It's hard to imagine
Berkeley's Caffe Mediteraneum-frequented by Beat legends
Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and featured in the classic
'60s film The Graduate-as anything other than the local watering
hole and hub of activism that it's been for the last 50 years.
However, the legendary cafe just announced that it's for sale. "
Man Who Branded Berkeley" Elizabeth Segran, fastcompany.com.
"On a quiet, tree-lined
street in North Berkeley, there is a shop called St. Hieronymus
Press. You could easily walk right past it. The storefront is
unremarkable, but a closer look through the windows reveals a
curious sight: enormous turn-of-the-century lithography machines
next to drafting tables strewn with books, wood carvings, typewriters,
a stray mannequin's hand, and wine bottles. Welcome to the studio
office of David Goines.
Goines has left an indelible
artistic imprint on Northern California, creating brand identities
for it's most iconic institutions, including Peet's Coffee, Ravenswood
Wine, Chez Panisse, and Domaine Chandon.
In 1966, shortly after his 20th birthday, Goines took an apprenticeship
with a printer who had just moved into this store. As I sit in
his studio, surrounded by timeworn machines methodically thumping
away, he explains that his introduction to the art of printmaking
was not particularly romantic: after being unceremoniously expelled
from the University of California, Berkeley, for his role in the
Free Speech Movement, he needed a job and this one fit the bill. "
Coast Cocktail Culture Preserved at UC Berkeley" punchdrink.com.
"A cocktail is
more than just a drink. It is a conjugate of history, and a deliciously
intoxicating storyteller of American life. Until recently, however,
the majority of stories behind drinks were never transcribed.
Bartenders are too busy and guests often too tipsy to
remember and write them all down.
But UC Berkeley's Regional
Oral History Office recently started a new project to archive
these sorts of stories, specifically those behind West Coast cocktail
culture. Former NYC bartender and current historian Shanna Farrell
founded the project as means of collecting stories to gain
a further understanding into the everyday lives of Americans."
Berkeley chefs go for glory at Gilroy Garlic Festival"
Carol Ness, universityofcalifornia.edu.
"Anyone who's ever hankered
for a little garlic and bacon in their whoopie pie can satisfy
that craving at this year's Gilroy Garlic Festival Garlic
Bowl, where two of Cal Dining's top chefs will go up against three
other universities in a cook-off featuring - what else? - lots
Berkeley's dynamic cooking
duo - Jennifer Albers, executive chef at Foothill, and Mary Ferrer,
executive chef at Café 3 - will also be chopping, julienning,
searing and frying their way to a beef tenderloin with a garlic
gastrique on a bed of garlic fried rice with green onion slaw.
More than 20 cloves of garlic, plus garlic oil, will provide a
Their two cook-off recipes
evolved over multiple iterations of trying and tasting, according
to Albers, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school before
going to work, first at UC Davis and for the last four years at
launches Global Food Initiative" by Alec Rosenberg,
"University of California
President Janet Napolitano and chancellors from all 10 campuses
are joining forces on an audacious and far-reaching goal: harnessing
the collective power of UC to help put the world on a path to
sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.
President Napolitano announced
the UC Global Food Initiative . . . at the Edible Schoolyard in
Berkeley and provided more detail later in a presentation to California
State Board of Food and Agriculture.
"The initiative brings
together the university's research, outreach and campus operations
in an effort to develop and export solutions throughout California,
the United States and the world for food security, health and
sustainability, Napolitano said during the morning briefing."
2013 Morgan 3 Wheeler
"Three for the Road: We pry open the abandoned
desert towns of California"
Car and Driver.
"All myths aside, the Golden State is a lonely, hard place
at the edge of the continent, low on water and high on stretches
of desolation. Little is preserved here; it falls into disrepair
and uselessness and it's either left behind to rot or it's razed
and replaced-sometimes with something better, sometimes not. Space
isn't what's at a premium here; California's got plenty of it
if you prefer to live somewhere inconvenient and desperate. The
high costs come because 32 million people are trying to squeeze
as closely as possible to the verdant coastline, where the weather
is much better.
A long-running outfit from
England has produced a machine that promises to up the quality
of anyone's lifestyle. You won't be shocked to learn that it's
also expensive. On paper its credentials are shaky: It lacks a
top, a radio, and, most notably, a fourth wheel. Yet it proves
a surprisingly effective vessel for ?surveying California's interior,
an open landscape that begs exploration. The new Morgan 3 Wheeler,
an outmoded concept in which you are inches from the ground and
never not outside-climate control by the sun, wind, and rain-seemed
perfect for discovering démodé California.
Perhaps nothing is as quintessentially
British, a finer embodiment of stiff-upper limeyness, as a Morgan
trike. It looks as if it were assembled out of bombast, bicycles,
and scraps of Sopwith and Handley Page aircraft. "
"UC Berkeley, Girls in
Engineering, V4" vimeo.com.
"A pilot program at the University of California for girls
from Oakland and Berkeley middle schools" produced and edited
by Matt Beardsley .
The Inlite building--9th
and Gratson--has been sold. Inlite will continue its operation
there, though in a reduced space. The new owner will occupy about
half the area for his tinkering.
A new street light at the
corner of 8th and Pardee really lights up the area. Check it out!
must see video
Berkeley PD emails
Celebrate Independence Day
As our community prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, the
Berkeley police and fire departments want to remind everyone that
all fireworks even those labeled "safe and sane"
are prohibited in the City of Berkeley. Fireworks not handled
and monitored by professionals can pose a fire hazard and safety
To enjoy fireworks, the City
of Berkeley hosts a celebration at the Berkeley Marina, where
an approximately 30-minute display is set to begin at around 9:35
p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the Berkeley Pier at
the foot of University Avenue.
If you plan on attending
the celebration in the Marina, be advised that the roadways will
be closed into the Marina at around 7:00 p.m. Vehicles parked
in the Marina after 7:00 p.m. must remain parked until after the
fireworks and until all pedestrians have left the Marina.
Parking space is limited, and the lots fill up quickly.
Consider using public transportation
if you plan on attending the celebration.
Public consumption of alcohol,
possession of an open alcoholic container or the use of fireworks
are prohibited and violators could be cited and/or arrested.
The Berkeley Police Department will have extra officers working
on the 4th of July and will be watching for violations.
Community members can turn
in illegal fireworks at the following locations:
Fire Station 1 2442
Fire Station 2 2029 Berkeley Way
Fire Station 3 2710 Russell Street
Fire Station 4 1900 Marin Avenue
Fire Station 5 2680 Shattuck Avenue
Fire Station 6 999 Cedar Street
Fire Station 7 3000 Shasta Avenue
Public Safety Building 2100 Martin Luther King. Jr. Way
The Berkeley Police Department
and Berkeley Fire Department would like to wish you a safe and
happy 4th of July. You can report fireworks complaints
to the Berkeley Police Department, by calling (510) 981-5900.
You can help keep our community safe by not using fireworks and
by reporting use of fireworks by others.
"Land of the free? Not so much. Americans'
sense of freedom drops, poll finds" Christian Science Monitor Newsletter.
Measured by number of laws,
California is the least free state in the union, New Hampshire
the most free. RP
Seems Scrambled Eggs has
had over 15 million visits since its launch!?
"Congresswoman tours campus research facilities" dailycal.org.
"Rep. Barbara Lee visited
three research facilities Wednesday at UC Berkeley, her alma
mater, to learn about advanced manufacturing and innovation on
campus, which may receive additional federal funding under
legislation she co-sponsored.
Laboratory managers showed
Lee their recent projects such as 3D printing, laser cutting and
nanofabrication. Though impressed, she was concerned about the
lack of diversity in campus science programs. Since attending
UC Berkeley for her master's degree 39 years ago, she said, the
percentage of underrepresented minority students on campus has
'It's very important that
black and Latino kids are able to participate as interns and attend
these programs,' Lee said. 'Because of government cutbacks, these
resources aren't at most public schools.'
Lee toured the Center for
Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society's invention
lab and Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, as well as the Laboratory
for Manufacturing and Sustainability."
Made That Wet Suit?" nytimes.com.
"In 1951, a U.C. Berkeley
physicist named Hugh Bradner devoted some 'weekend time' to improving
gear for Navy frogmen. Bradner was a veteran of the Manhattan
Project who helped develop the trigger mechanism for the atomic
bomb; he was also an avid swimmer and diver. At the time, Navy
divers wore constricting rubber "dry suits" over long
wool underwear. When they leaked, the wool got wet and lost its
Auditor Finds Fault With Public Universities' Handling Of Sexual
in California are failing in notable areas when handling sexual
assaults on campus, often leaving survivors in the dark about
their own cases, an investigation by the state auditor concludes.
The auditor's office released
a critical report Tuesday examining the sexual violence policies
at the University of California, Berkeley; UCLA; California State
University, Chico; and San Diego State University. While the report
concluded that each of the four public universities has an 'adequate
overall process for responding to incidents of sexual harassment
and sexual violence,' it pointed out several 'key areas' in which
they need to improve,"
colleges deferring admission until spring to make room for more
freshmen" by Isabel Sullivan, alamedaoakleaf.com.
"May 1 is National Decision
Day for high school seniors committing to colleges for the 2014-15
school year. Because not all eligible applicants to prestigious
universities fit into the limited number of seats they have to
offer, some admittants are deferred to spring admission.
According to UC Berkeley's
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the school received 73,752
freshman applications and admitted 12,813 students, 2,408 of which
will start in the spring.
'UC Berkeley receives tens
of thousands of applications each year, but there isn't enough
space to accommodate all of the highly qualified applicants in
the fall. Consequently, some applicants are offered spring admission,'
according to the UC Berkeley Fall Program for Freshmen.
Also, according to the UC
Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a spring admission
does not reflect the student's academic abilities or performance
during high school compared to a student who received a fall acceptance."
Free Pot to Sick Poor" thedailybeast.com.
"After a vote on Tuesday,
Berkeley, California will require medical-marijuana dispensaries
to give a percentage of cannabis sold each year to low-income
patients for free."
"Oakland filmmaker's documentary on burning
of California mosque making television debut" Chris Treadway, Contra Costa Times
"The burning of a mosque
in Yuba City and that community's response to the hate crime are
the subject of a Oakland filmmaker's documentary airing on PBS
stations this month.
The half-hour film 'An American
Mosque' recounts the 1994 arson, largely unreported by mainstream
news outlets, that burned the Islamic Center in a rural Northern
California town to the ground."
It will be shown at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KRCB and at 8:30 a.m. July
19 on the KQED World channel
mutation in Tibetans helps them thrive in high altitudes"
"Researchers from UC
Berkeley analyzed and compared genome of Tibetans to genome of
Denisovans, close relatives of Neanderthals, and found nearly
identical match of gene mutation for surviving extremely high
If you've ever climbed to
very high altitudes you may know the difficulties that sometimes
occur in such environments. The low partial pressure of oxygen
up there can cause headaches, fatigue, dizziness and other unpleasant
If you're a native of Tibet,
chances are, you have never experienced such sickness in your
Researchers at the University
of California at Berkeley found that Tibetans have a different
form of the gene most responsible for regulating the blood's oxygen-carrying
molecule, hemoglobin. At incredibly high altitudes, most people's
blood thickens with increased hemoglobin in response to low oxygen
pressure. This thickening is what causes some of the more serious
cardiovascular problems and, on occasion, deaths, at extremely
But Tibetan's have a variant
of this gene that allows them to survive and thrive in environments
13,000 feet above sea level and beyond. "
is not just U.S., but the world's central bank" koreaherald.com.
"The U.S. Federal Reserve
these days is broadly happy with its monetary policy. But, since
mid-2007, its policy has been insufficiently expansionary. The
policy most likely to succeed right now would be analogous to
that implemented by the Fed in 1979 and 1933, Great Britain in
1931, and Shinzo Abe today.
Those of us who fear that
the Fed's approach has greatly deepened the U.S. economy's malaise
and is turning America's cyclical unemployment into permanent
long-term structural non-employment have lost the domestic monetary-policy
argument. But there is another policy argument that needs to be
joined. The Fed is not just the U.S. central bank; it is the world's
America's current exchange-rate
regime is one of floating rates ? or at least of rates that can
float. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, economists like Milton Friedman
assumed that a global regime of floating exchange rates would
be one in which currency values moved slowly and gradually alongside
differences in the economy's inflation and productivity-growth
In the 1970s, the economist
Rudi Dornbusch (and reality) taught us that that was wrong."
Berkeley is Hiring a Program Manager for Crowdfunding" crowdfoundme.com.
This might be a first! UC
Berkeley is a school most dream to go to and rightfully so, it
is an incredible academic powerhouse. They are leading the charge
and recognizing the power of crowdfunding by seeking to hire a
program manager for crowdfunding. What's more? Every crowdfunding
media source is reporting about it, so way to recruit UC Berkeley!"
Perry Yan, Magician at the
Berkeley Public Library , Friday, 11 July, 2014 04:00 PM - 04:30
PM- Claremont Branch.
Sleight of hand magic, comedy,
and audience participation. All ages are welcome to enjoy this
Hardly Perry Yan
but 17 year old me as PENNDORF
My memory is that here I'm
rehearsing for my high school variety show. (My assistant is holding
her ears lest the Chinese Head Chopper illusion fails.)
I closed my stage act with
this, where, before placing an audience member in the stock, I
cut a cabbage in half to demonstrate the chopper was sharp and
effective. After that, I had an audience volunteer put themselves
in the stock. Then I locked then in and after they were secure
slammed down the blade."Eureeka!" no head fell to the
floor and rolled away.
(I opened the act by changing
a dress walking stick into silks and proceeded with the Vanishing
Die in the Box, the Chinese Linking Rings, I took silks from an
empty tube and more, now lost in the mists of the past.)
" Standard Fare Launches Curbside Takeout
Service " by Luke
" West Berkeley's newest lunch option isn't a restaurant
or a food truck, but a food delivery service offering "curbside
delivery" during lunch hours to customers who use an app
to order and pay ahead of time.
Standard Fare, the brainchild
of former Chez Panisse chef Kelsie Kerr, is best known for its
eco-friendly, ceramic-pot-packaged, bike-powered dinner delivery
service, which launched in April. While the company waits for
the City of Berkeley to approve its retail permit, Kerr wasn't
able to offer anything to potential customers who didn't have
the foresight to place an order for dinner pickup or delivery
a day in advance.
But thanks to Square Pickup, a new feature of Square (the now-ubiquitous
mobile payments processor that allows all kinds of businesses
to swipe your credit card using an iPad), Standard Fare customers
can now place a lunch order (and pay for it) online or via mobile
app, receive a text notifying them when their food is ready, and
then pick it up at the company's commercial kitchen space at 2701
Eighth Street, where an employee will bring the bagged lunch out
to the curb. The whole process, from the moment the order is placed
to when the food is delivered, takes less than fifteen minutes.
Standard Fare is currently
offering lunch service Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m. And while the company's dinner menu features more
elaborate entrées, lunches are of the quick, grab-and-go
variety - sandwiches, salads, and soups. Prices are $10 for the
daily meat-centric sandwich and $9.50 for the vegetarian option
- not exactly inexpensive for a picnic-style sandwich that's served
at room temperature, but the quality is on par with what you'll
find at other Berkeley-based slingers of fancy sandwiches such
as Local Butcher Shop or Bartavelle. All of the ingredients are
well sourced and mostly organic, and the menu changes every couple
of days. "
"The Daily Clog presents: Berkeley's summer
food bucket list" dailycal.org.
Pancakes from La Note
This charming little brunch
spot features a French-influenced menu. The variety of flavors
and ingredients in its dishes makes casual brunch with friends
something of an adventure. Try the lemon gingerbread and poached
pear pancakes for an interesting take on the breakfast classic.
The tart of the lemon, combined with the tangy gingerbread, rounded
out by the sweetness of the pears, will surely surprise you."
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more than 500,000 Amazon items with AmazonFresh. To get started,
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The Food Librarian's review
UC Berkeley Extension
Opens Fall 2014 Enrollment
-UC Berkeley Extension welcomes
adults in the Bay Area to enroll in more than 500 fall courses.
The continuing education branch of the University of California,
Berkeley, UC Berkeley Extension offers professional development
and personal enrichment in the classroom and online for adults
in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Most Extension courses
take place in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the
busy schedules of working adults.
Haas Energy Study Commissioned by California
Air Resources Board Recommends Three Reforms
our readers viewing habits
The day of posting, our site
receives about 3 thousand to 4 thousands visits. Within 24 hours,
this increases to 5 thousand to 7 thousand visits.
"Chilly redwood entertainment brings music
to warm the soul"
"During the chilly summer
evenings in the East Bay area, families and students alike search
for local and affordable activities. The UC Botanical Garden at
Berkeley offers some sought-after local entertainment for these
long weeknights. Every Thursday throughout the summer, the Botanical
Gardens' Redwood Grove hosts a variety of concerts to enliven
the Berkeley community.
The events showcase a mix
of bluegrass, folk, classical and rock music at a small venue
surrounded by breathtaking redwoods. These redwoods carry the
music upward and around, creating a one-of-a-kind musical experience.
The concerts make for an affordable time as well, with tickets
ranging from $10 to $20 and all profits going toward the nonprofit
research of various plants at the garden and museum for UC Berkeley."
Inventory and Procurement System Streamlines Operations at Cal
Dining at UC Berkeley" marketwatch.com.
"Agilysys, Inc . , a
leading provider of innovative information technology and hospitality
software and services, . . . announced that Cal Dining at the
University of California, Berkeley, has selected the Agilysys
Eatec inventory and procurement solution to streamline its campus
foodservice operations. Cal Dining uses the solution in 21 locations,
including residential dining halls, campus restaurants and retail
markets. They also use the Eatec system to support on-campus catering
as well as concessions at sporting events."
Berkeley creating new Student Information System"
by Madeleine Pauker, dailycal.org.
"UC Berkeley is creating
a Student Information System that will replace Tele-BEARS and
other online systems by consolidating admissions, enrollment,
financial aid, student accounts and advising.
The project started in August
and is still in its beginning stages."
"Annual UC payroll data reveals gender
wage gap, below-market employee compensation" Angel Grace Jennings, dailycal.org.
"The University of California
released last year's payroll data Wednesday, illuminating both
salary increases and a continued earning gap between male and
female faculty salaries."
"Lawrence-Berkeley Flexlab Researches Buildings"
"In the hills above
Berkeley, Cindy Regnier steps into a small office with sweeping
views of the bay and urges visitors to watch their feet.
'We are actively testing
here,' she says, her voice hushed. 'Try not to knock over any
sensors - please!'
The office looks like any
other corporate nest, with nondescript desks and chairs arranged
across a well-lit floor. But the desks are empty of papers or
people. Instead, a series of slender poles - some knee-high, others
reaching to the ceiling - hold instruments that constantly monitor
air temperature and light levels. White metal tubes stationed
near the desks give off a small amount of heat - the same amount
as a human being.
The 'office' is really a
laboratory, created to help buildings save energy. It is the only
facility of its kind in the world. And as California tries to
cut the amount of electricity that buildings use, the Flexlab
at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory could be a game-changer."
Berkeley Extension Opens Spring 2014 Enrollment" extension.berkeley.ed.
"Berkeley officials push for legislation
deterring cell phone theft"
"Conservatives, liberals not as polarized
as commonly perceived, study finds" Octavia Sun, dailycal.org.
A UC Berkeley graduate student
published a study this month that found that conservatives
and liberals are not as polarized as they appear to voters.
In the study, called "Self-FulÞlling Misperceptions
of Public Polarization" and published in the Journal of Politics,
political science graduate student Doug Ahler surveyed 2,444
California voters to see whether they perceive those on the different
ends of the political spectrum to be more or less extreme than
they actually are.
"Berkeley declares homeless camp a nuisance,
plans crackdown" Doug
"The city has declared
a homeless camp under Interstate 80 on Gilman Street a public
nuisance and has given residents until Tuesday to clean up the
growing mounds of trash or crews will remove all the property
The homeless camp under the
freeway sprung up in May after neighboring Albany pushed out a
long-standing group of campers who had been on bay front land
near Golden Gate Fields for years.
The area on either side of
Gilman Street under the freeway overpass is piled with food waste,
old bikes, shopping carts, tents, tarps, mattresses and sleeping
bags. The population of the camp varies by day as people come
and go. The California Highway Patrol also has posted a notice
at the camp telling people they need to go or face 'citation or
Trash from a homeless camp
under Interstate 80 at Gilman Street in Berkeley, Calif., is piling
up on Wednesday July 9, 2014. The city has given campers until
July 15 to clean it up.'
A letter from Berkeley's
Environmental Health Division posted on cement pillars of the
overpass said: "The accumulation of food waste, trash, debris,
personal belongings and animal waste must be removed completely
and disposed of properly.'
It also cited a growing rat
problem in the camp."
"Popular password protection programs p0wnable.
LastPass, RoboForm, My1Login, PasswordBox and NeedMyPassword all
flawed " theregister.co.uk.
"Researchers have detailed
a series of quickly patched vulnerabilities in five popular password
managers that could allow attackers to steal user credentials.
'Critical' vulnerabilities were discovered and reported in LastPass,
RoboForm, My1Login, PasswordBox and NeedMyPassword in work described
by the University of California Berkeley researchers as a 'wake-up
call"'for developers of web password vaults.
'Our attacks are severe:
in four out of the five password managers we studied, an attacker
can learn a user's credentials for arbitrary websites, . . .'
privacy officer position created to protect information security"
G. Haley Massara, dailycal.org.
"UC Berkeley is looking
for applicants for the position of campus privacy officer, a position
created in line with an initiative to tighten university cybersecurity
and information autonomy."
Berkeley Students' App Solved a Big Problem" Wayne Lam,
"Today, you can use
an app to hail a cab or to have groceries delivered within an
hour, but college students still use outdated academic services
for even simple tasks like signing up for classes, arranging college
housing, and paying tuition. Frustrated with such outmoded tools,
three UC Berkeley undergrads created an intuitive application
to solve a central academic challenge for students there (and
at most schools): finding the classes that best suit them.
Developed by Yuxin Zhu, Noah
Gilmore, and Ashwin Iyengar, Berkeleytime is an interactive website
that provides all of the school's curricular information in one
place. Techonomy asked Zhu, a rising senior at UC Berkeley, how
the site supplements Berkeley's current online resources and saves
students time and effort in planning their college careers. "
slate chosen for Berkeley rent board race" dailycal.org.
"At a convention Sunday
afternoon, more than 100 Berkeley residents elected five candidates
to run for rent board on the pro-tenant slate this November.
At the Berkeley Tenants Convention, incumbents Katherine Harr
and Jesse Townley, along with James Chang, John Selawsky and Paola
Laverde, were elected from a pool of seven candidates - although
one dropped out right before voting - to the Affordable Housing
slate. For more than a decade, the convention has been held
to choose a slate of pro-tenant candidates."
Okays Fourth Dispensary, Free Weed" capitalistsrebellion.com.
"The Berkley City Council
voted unanimously Tuesday to raise its cap on licensed medical
marijuana dispensaries from three to four, part of a positive
East Bay trend.
Berkeley's fourth licensed
club could be open by next year, said Berkeley Medical Cannabis
Commission member Charles Pappas. The council also tasked the
Planning Commission with looking at the option of Berkeley having
six licensed dispensaries."
the switch on Lawrence Berkeley Lab's smart-energy centerRon Leuty"
San Francisco Business Times.
"It won't necessarily take you around the world, but Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory's new FlexLab facility wants to give
companies fresh views - literally - on how to boost energy efficiency.
The $15.9 million facility
in the hills above the University of California, Berkeley, campus
was officially unveiled Thursday in a ceremony highlighting actual
commercial space users, builders, energy companies, academic researchers
and government officials.
The project was funded by
Recovery Act funds through the U.S. Department of Energy."
Huxley UC Berkeley Speech 1962 Full Length Video plus Q &
A Session Video" inquiringminds.cc.
"Slavery by consent.
You're being made to enjoy
your servitude.'Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization
and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism.
A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the
all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers
control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced,
because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the
task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries
of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.' "
"Spark 2.0: art, inventions
and a giant kinetic bear" dailycal.org.
"Ever considered going
to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert? On July 19,
you can experience Berkeley's own twist on the Burning Man festival,
right in the comfort of Civic Center Park. In its second year,
the Berkeley Spark festival combines everything we love about
Berkeley - the art, music, food and creativity - and puts it into
one free, jam-packed day full of activities, exhibits and unleashed
imaginations. We sat down with event organizer Kat Parkin, who
told us more about the festivities. 'There's so much music, so
much theatre, performance art, dance, creativity, and we're just
taking a sliver of it and just bringing it to the surface,' Parkin
7/19/14 is the Berkeley Marina
Berkeley Marina Shoreline
Clean-up, Saturday: July 19, 9 - 11:30am
Berkeley Kite Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Park
Berkeley. Sat, Jul 26 - Sun,
Jul 27, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
"San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Theodore
Bikel to be honored" Randy
Myers, San Jose Mercury News.
"In its 34th year, the
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues an annual tradition
of sel'cting a diverse slate of films that enlighten and entertain.
The festival kicks off July
24 with a screening of Nadav Schirman's award-winning 'The Green
Prince,' a documentary detailing how Palestinian Mosab Hassan
Yousef became an informant for Israel's security service, Shin
Bet. The festival runs through Aug. 10 and will feature 67 works,
a number of which showcase the craftsmanship of Bay Area filmmakers.
Movies will be shown in Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco
and San Rafael. In the East Bay, Berkeley Repertory Theatre gets
into the act by hosting the 'Berkeley Big Night' on Aug. 2, with
a screening of 'The Sturgeon Queens,' a warmhearted documentary
about New York City's beloved Russ & Daughters store, which
is marking its 100th anniversary. After the film, a reception
follows in the theater's courtyard."
For many, the grandest event
arrives when organizers present their 2014 Freedom of Expression
Award to actor, singer and activist Theodore Bikel. Best known
for his portrayal of Tevye onstage in 'Fiddler on the Roof,' the
90-year-old will attend the Jul' y 31 screening of the documentary
'Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.' "
seeks health-warning stickers for cellphones" seattletimes.com.
"Berkeley is planning
to consult a Harvard University law professor to draft the sticker
language so it meets First Amendment guidelines."
Berkeley PD emails
The City of Berkeley Police
Department (BPD) would like to announce the arrest of a suspect
in the June 26, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 3000 block
of San Pablo Avenue. Arthur Palmer, 50 years old, of Berkeley,
was arrested and booked into the Berkeley City Jail on July 14,
2014, charged with attempted murder.
On Thursday, June 26, 2014
at approximately 9:54 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received
a report of a shooting from the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue.
It was reported that a male victim was there suffering from gunshot
wounds. Officers arrived on scene and located a 38 year-old
male suffering from serious injuries. The Berkeley Fire
Department transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.
Detectives have been gathering
evidence and pursuing leads in relation to this investigation.
Based on the investigation, they identified Palmer as a suspect,
and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On July 14, 2014
at approximately 5:15 PM, Oakland PD officers contacted Palmer
at 14th Street and Broadway, where they arrested him for the outstanding
warrant. Palmer was turned over to Berkeley Police officers, and
booked into the Berkeley City Jail.
BPD would like to thank the
Oakland Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.
Tak Nakamoto emails
I've been enjoying the new
LED street lights being installed in the neighborhood. The visibility
is ever so much better, though the light feels a little harsh.
I suppose that we will become accustomed to them.
I have noticed that some
of the newly installed lights are not working. In the area south
of Dwight Way, I have found three thus far. One in front of Westside
Bakery, one in front of the Humane Society and one last night
on Pardee next to the Acme parking lot. When I contacted Berkeley
Public Works about the one in front of the café, it was
fixed in a day or two. I've contacted them again about the other
two which I found later.
The staff at Public Works
and the private contractors aren't on the job at night. So they
can't know about the lights that are broken unless we tell them.
We should get the contractors to fix the new lights while they
are still working in the area.
The email for Public Works
will have to reduce spending, according to new report" dailycal.org.
"Berkeley will have
to reduce services and employee compensation to remain financially
sustainable because of unfunded pensions and infrastructure, according
to a report presented at the Berkeley City Council meeting last
our current air quality
On Saturday, 7/19/14, at
about 9:40AM with a worker at neighboring manufacturer an air
sample at our front door showed 56,500 micro particulates per
cubic foot. This, by industry standard is POOR or (dirty) air.
Without neighboring manufacturer
operating, a sample showed 5,600 micro particulates per cubic
foot (1/10th of my Saturday sample) or GOOD/VERY GOOD air.
Berkeley researcher invents flexible, printable batteries"
Kristian Markus, techgenmag.com.
"Recent UC Berkeley
graduate student Christine Ho invented a zinc-polymer battery
that is flexible, printable, and rechargeable. Even more
impressive has been her ability to bridge a gap research scientists
commonly refer to as the 'Valley of Death,' the often impossible
distance that exists between the development of innovative materials
and their incorporation into actual products to better society.
When Ho began her project,
she had to address and overcome two issues."
"Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection
"New technology under
development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon
give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition.
A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor
of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase
the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly
minute concentrations of explosives. They noted that it could
potentially be used to sniff out a hard-to-detect explosive popular
incubator near future UC research site targets growing companies"
"At full capacity, TopLine
incubator in Richmond could hold 10 to 15 companies with 25 to
40 employees each."
New Self-Serve Options and Tools" entrepreneur.com.
"Earlier this month
the University of California, Berkeley posted a job on its career
board for a crowdfunding project manager. The post advertised for
a crowdfunding expert to help launch and manage a new campus-wide
crowdfunding platform under development and to guide users to
execute successful fundraising campaigns.
More individuals and organizations are moving away from the well-known
third-party crowdfunding platforms and are opting to host their
fundraising campaigns on their own websites. Widely available
tools (called white-label crowdfunding software) allow these self-hosted
campaigns to thrive."
use game theory to show link between government surveillance and
Sarah Klise' brother James
writes of their father, books, reading and more in "Higher
Order" a story in the Chicago Tribune.
" . . . on a blustery
October morning, I drove across the city and met Ellen at the
school. The library was filled with books - many thousands - in
cardboard boxes, in plastic grocery bags and milk crates, some
piled on tables and on the linoleum floor. A swamp of unsorted,
damaged, outdated books.
The work went quickly. It
was easy to spot the few usable books, the ones we would place
into the hands of students.
One book stopped me, mostly
because it looked so very ancient. A small volume with a dark
green cover, deeply wrinkled, as if salvaged from a shipwreck.
The title said "Cicero de Senectute." Publication date:
1895. I opened the cover and found a comic pencil drawing: a man
who looked like Humphrey Bogart, smoking, with a hand resting
in the pocket of his dapper jacket. Amused, I examined the ornate
bookplate: "EX LIBRIS Name: Tom Klise, St. Ambrose College,
I blinked and stared. This
weird little book had belonged to my father in the 1940s."
Full Lecture and Reading
List From Sun Ra's 1971 UC Berkeley Course,
'The Black Man in the Cosmos'
A pioneer of 'Afrofuturism,'
bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama,
touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school
biology teacher's big band.
While attending Alabama Agricultural
and Mechanical University, he had a out-of-body experience during
which he was transported into outer space. As biographer John
Szwed records him saying, 'my whole body changed into something
else. I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn.' While
there, aliens with 'little antenna on each ear. A little antenna
on each eye' instructed him to drop out of college and speak through
his music. And that's just what he did, changing his name from
Herman Blount and never looking back.
Whether you believe that
story, whether Sun Ra believes it, or whether his entire persona
is a theatrical put-on should make no difference. Because Sun
Ra would be a visionary either way. Combining Afrocentric science
fiction, esoteric and occult philosophy, Egyptology, and, with
his 'Arkestra,' his own brand of free jazz-futurism that has no
equal on earth, the man is truly sui generis.
In 1971, he served as artist-in-residence
at UC Berkeley and offered a spring semester lecture, African-American
Studies 198, also known as 'Sun Ra 171,' 'The Black Man in the
Universe,' or 'The Black man in the Cosmos.' The course featured
readings from-to name just a few-theosophist Madame Blavatsky,
French philosopher Constantin Francois de Chasseboeuf, black American
writer and poet Henry Dumas, and 'God,' whom the cosmic jazz theorist
reportedly listed as the author of The Source Book of Man's Life
and Death (otherwise known as the King James Bible).
our current air quality
Monday, 7/21/14, at 8:31AM
an air sample in one of our front rooms showed 119,100 micro particulates
per cubic foot and 32,700 macro particulates per cubic foot, with
HEPA filters operating. This, by industry standard is VERY POOR
or very (dirty) air.
Tuesday, 7/22/14, at 8:11
AM an air sample in one of our front rooms showed 20,900 micro
particulates per cubic foot and 700 macro particulates per cubic
foot, with HEPA filters operating. This, by industry standard
is FAIR air quality. Without operating HEPA filters the count
is considerably higher with POOR air quality.
Wednesday 7/23/14 at 11:57
AM an air sample in front of our door showed 28,300 micro particulates
(particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is FAIR/POOR
or (dirty) air.
Thursday 7/24/14 8:23 AM--an
air sample in front of our door showed 64,300 micro particulates
(particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is POOR/VERY
POOR or (very dirty) air. 8:46 AM an air sample in one of our
front rooms with HEPA filters operating showed 4,300 micro particulates
(particles) per cubic foot , watery burniing eyes, hacking cough,
dry itchy skin.
CBS News 60 Minutes Indoor
Air Qualiity, a
Rhythm Camp outdoor percussion workshop &
Sunday Jul 2712:00pm
free music workshop, all ages & experience levels welcome.
Come rhythm with us under the afternoon sun!
party celebrates second stage of new BAM/PFA construction"
"The University of California
entered the second half of construction last Thursday for the
new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) on
Oxford and Center St. A midpoint 'topping off' celebration at
the new site presented the last steel beam to the public, decorated
with a Cal flag on one end and a Plant Construction Company flag
on the other, on which attendees signed their names permanently
into a piece of the building's infrastructure.
At the block party, which
closed the Addison St. block between Oxford and Shattuck, BAM/PFA
gallery attendants displayed a first-look television slideshow
of concept photographs for the new museum's interior, including
a simulated image of the monochromatic, sleek, high-ceiling lobby. "
Berkeley Whole Foods to open in November" Doug Oakley,Oakland
"A Whole Foods store
will open on Gilman Street Nov. 4, the company said Wednesday.
Whole Foods was previously
planning to open in nearby Albany but decided on Berkeley after
Albany residents protested a development plan on UC Berkeley land
a few blocks away on San Pablo Avenue.
The new 47,800 square-foot
store will be the second in Berkeley, adding to the brand's Telegraph
Avenue store. The new store is currently under construction at
the corner of 10th and Gilman streets."
"In new book UC Berkeley historian Waldo
E. Martin, Jr. takes Black Panther Party's point of view"
"Black Panthers 1 16
5 by Ron Briley
(Mr. Briley is Assistant
Headmaster, Sandia Preparatory School.)
The Black Panther Party (BPP)
is a growing topic of interest for scholars with numerous dissertations
being produced on various party programs and local activities,
but in Black Against Empire, Joshua Bloom, a Fellow at the Ralph
J. Bunche Center at UCLA, and Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Professor
of History at the University of California Berkeley, seek to provide
a synthesis of Panther political history-focusing upon the meteoric
rise and fall of the BPP between 1967 and 1972. This is a well
written narrative and analytical history that does not overwhelm
the reader with theoretical references, but it is also a book
that may antagonize some readers with its sympathetic portrayal
of the BPP and its revolutionary ideology. Essentially, Bloom
and Martin write their history from the perspective of the BPP,
relying upon oral histories of the party as well as a close reading
of the party newspaper, The Black Panther. The authors also devote
considerable attention to the turbulent historical context in
which the Panthers rapidly grew and declined. Bloom and Martin
argue that the core ideological construct provided by the party's
founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale was the concept that black
Americans in the nation's inner cities constituted internal colonies
exploited by capitalism and controlled by the police."
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