after 8/12, here after 8/17, here after 8/23, here


our "secret movie studio" crew

partying after Beverly Hills Chihuahua rap



"Disabled workers protest Berkeley McDonald's firings" reports Doug Oakley of our Times.

"A second developmentally disabled worker fired from a Berkeley McDonald's restaurant in March plans to file a federal discrimination claim against the chain.

The worker, Susan Hanks, 65, who has cerebral palsy, joined about 50 disability rights advocates, most in wheelchairs, during a protest in front of the University Avenue restaurant Tuesday.

Hanks worked at the restaurant 26 years before being fired when a new owner took over in March. She doesn't want her job back, but she is angry.

'They fired me, and that was wrong,' she said.'They shouldn't have done that.' "



And Oakley writes"Berkeley 'host' program will help homeless, visitors.

Anthony Bledsoe needs some help.

In between riffs on his beat-up acoustic guitar, he implored people Monday from a downtown Berkeley street corner to give him change.

'I need help with housing, I need a foundation under my feet, and I need to get horizontal at night,' Bledsoe said.'I need somewhere I can wash up and get this funk off my face.'

That assistance could be on the way.

The City Council last week approved a $200,000 contract for a coalition of business and addiction-recovery groups to employ business district "hosts" who will report problem people to police and mental health professionals, get referrals for those who need housing and addiction help, and help customers find businesses.
Two teams of two will work Shattuck and Telegraph avenues as part of a trial program that will start in September, said Deborah Badhia, director of the Downtown Berkeley Association." 


"Berkeley Boosters Police Activities League: A Primer" writes David Manson in our Planet.

"I just finished reading Ms. Scherr's 'article' on the new Berkeley Hosts program, and felt immediately compelled to write.

In doing her background research for the article, Ms. Scherr has proven careless at best, purposely misleading at worst. I will leave it to your readers to make the decision as to which." 



 The Planet reports "Crusader for Justice: Peter Mutnick, 1949-2008

Peter Mutnick was mad as hell and he wasn't going to take it anymore. So he sued UC Berkeley and the city all the way to the Supreme Court. He died peacefully last week in the Oncology Unit at Alta Bates at the age of 59. He was a frequent contributor to the Daily Planet's opinion pages."



Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle reports

"Four men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for allegedly committing a takeover-style bank robbery in Berkeley, court records show.

Tellas Jett, Christopher Roberson and Calvin Sloan robbed the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union at 2001 Ashby Ave. of $6,100 on May 13 while armed with a pistol and a shotgun, the indictment said.

Jett and Roberson jumped over the teller counter while Sloan stood watch in the lobby, the indictment said. The three then fled in a car driven by Eugene Moses, authorities said.

The four 'assaulted and put in jeopardy the life of victim bank employees and customers by using a pistol and shotgun,' the indictment said."


Thursday about 10:30 AM, there was a police action at Dwight Way and San Pablo--more black and white radio-cars than I could count in passing, a motor officer, and a black radio-car. All strung out over the block south of Dwight Way.

Ofc Andrew Frankel, Berkeley PD PIO emails
Oakland and Emeryville Capers End 
With Arrests in Berkeley 
Berkeley, California (Thursday, July 31, 2008) ­ At 0937 hrs the Berkeley Police 
Department received a "Be On the Look Out" for a vehicle associated with a spree of 
robberies that occurred between the hours of 0630 and 0915 hrs today in Oakland and 
Emeryville.  The description of the suspects and their vehicle was broadcast to all 
At 1015 hrs, BPD received a call from a Good Samaritan who reported that a black male 
adult driver of a 95 Honda had attempted to sell him a full tank of gas for only $25, 
which he found to be suspicious.  The caller then provided the vehicle's description, 
license plate number, and description of the two occupants. The descriptions matched 
those provided by OPD earlier in the day. 
Berkeley Police flooded the area searching for the vehicle, and quickly located the car a 
few moments later, driving northbound on San Pablo Ave from Parker St.  As officers, 
prepared to stop the vehicle, the passenger ran from the vehicle into the 1100 block of 
Parker St.  The driver was stopped in the vehicle at San Pablo Ave and Dwight Way.  
A short block search of the 1100 block of Parker St. ensued and the second suspect was 
arrested.  Arrested were Reginald Patillo 24, and Amadi Monroe 19, both of Berkeley.  


our Ryan Lau emails a reply to Jarad's mugshot difficulties

Hi Jarad,
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the Inmate Locator has its
limitations. I was only providing it as a hold over while the City
Attorney and BPD was finalizing the mugshot protocol. I believe it is a
tool that is intended for friends and family members of individuals who
have been recently arrested to find the arrested party. For
neighborhood groups, it is useful if you see someone that has been
booked within the last 24 hours and you know the approximate time and
location. We thought that it might be useful for neighbors who have
seen an arrest. In any case, the City Attorney's office and BPD have
actually finalized the City's policy around how mugshots can and cannot
be used. We have invited BPD and the City Attorney's office to discuss
this and other crime prevention policy issues at a meeting that we have
organized on August 7th at 7PM at Frances Albrier in San Pablo Park,
this was the meeting that Eva suggested. We have also invited the
District Attorney's office, Neighborhood Services and the Parks and
Recreation Dept. to get a fuller picture of the City's crime prevention
approach. I hope you all can make it. 
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2



Kubik emails a link to the New Yorker's

"How medical marijuana is transforming the pot industry" by David Samuels


"America's house price time bomb" reports the BBC.

"With the American housing market in its worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Bush is expected to sign into law a massive new government intervention designed to slow the slide."

"Bush signs housing bill to provide mortgage relief" reports the AP.

"President Bush on Wednesday signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets."

Berkeley foreclosures from

(updated weekly)

1219 Carrison Street Berkeley 94702 6/20/2008 $296,839

1206 Oregon Street Berkeley 94702 6/20/2008 $435,000

632 Oregon Street #A Berkeley 94703 6/12/2008 $725,000

3326 Dwight Way Berkeley 94704 6/5/2008 $607,500

44 Florida Avenue Berkeley 94707 6/5/2008 $665,000

1142 High Court Berkeley 94708 6/5/2008 $954,000

1330 Carleton Street Berkeley 94702 5/29/2008 $371,015

1521 Julia Street$330,000

7235 Buckingham Boulevard Berkeley 94705 5/28/2008 $1,200,000

2413 Browning Street Berkeley 94702 5/22/2008 $560,000

1078 Keith Avenue Berkeley 94708 5/22/2008 $358,000

3134 King Street #ABCD Berkeley 94703 3/28/2008 $568,700



"Cody's Stock to be Sold to Pay Bank" reports the Planet's Riya Bhattacharjee.
"Books and furniture belonging to Cody's Books, which closed its doors for good on June 20 after 52 years due to dwindling sales, will be sold next week to pay off a Uniform Commercial Code lien in favor of Summit Bank, according to Mindy Galoob, the store's former general manager."


"Cheated Investors Suspend Hunger Strike" writes Galina Stolyarova of the St Petersburg Times.

Natalia Dunayeva, one of the cheated investors, presents documents relating to the case at a news conference on Thursday.

Frustrated and disappointed by what they called 'the shocking indifference of Governor Valentina Matviyenko,' a group of cheated investors in off-plan residential property developments on Thursday suspended a hunger strike they had held since July 21.

The protestors are not giving up, however, as they are plan to go to Moscow in the near future to resume the strike there and seek the help of federal authorities."


Ever wonder about the Cuban Missile Crisis? Kubik emails some info.












our Tameka Lim

and friend

Tameka is the manager of ActivSpace



Ben was at Cal Basketball Camp yesterday. The last day of camp, Cal players were present.

And Natalie was at Pony Camp at Briones.


Yesterday afternoon about 3:30, there was a grass-fire along highway 80 around the Ashby exit.


A street sweeper was working Eight Street and Grayson Street, mid-day Thursday.


Congrats are generally due to our Darryl Moore's Ryan Lau for all his prompt and researched responses.



I'm told our VIK has taken 4000 sq ft on San Pablo Ave.



"City steps up efforts to get helmets on kids at skate park" reports our Times.

"Berkeley's Parks and Recreation Commission is renewing an uphill effort to get kids at the city's skateboard park to wear helmets."


"UC keen to deal with stadium, not sitters" writes Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.

"UC Berkeley asked a state appeals court Friday to allow the campus to begin construction of a sports training center next to Memorial Stadium, where tree-sitters have waged a protest for the past 20 months.

The university is eager to get started on the project and clear out the four remaining tree-sitters before the Cal football team's first game at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 30, when 70,000 fans are expected to converge on the area, a UC attorney said.

In a 77-page brief filed with the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco, the university says it has suffered extreme economic hardship since a tree-advocacy group, stadium neighbors and the city of Berkeley sued UC in December 2006 to stop the university's plan for the center in a grove of trees near the Hayward Fault.

A panel of appellate judges is expected to rule by Aug. 13, when an order barring the university from work on the project is set to expire. In June, an Alameda County Superior Court judge sided mostly with the university on the lawsuit, prompting the California Oak Foundation and the Panoramic Hill Neighborhood group to file an appeal.

UC attorney Paul Fogel said that if the appeals court lifts the injunction, the plaintiffs' case will probably be over.

'The stay (injunction) is the ballgame,' Fogel said. 'We've been at this for 18 months. The trial judge made an absolutely exhaustive review of the data, found two minor issues we acted to cure immediately, and now it's time to move on."


"Study paints grim picture of East Bay" reports Kamika Dunlap of the Oakland Tribune.

"A new study shows the East Bay is leading the Bay Area in increasing poverty levels, low living-wage job opportunities, decline of housing affordability and sinking high school graduation rates."



"Mexican Museum may finally have found a home" writes Robert Selna of the Chronicle.

"San Francisco's moribund Mexican Museum might be resuscitated as part of a high-rise development near Yerba Buena Gardens, adding to the teeming arts scene and fulfilling a vision to remake the area once seen as downtrodden."




"Graffiti vandals turn violent in LA" reports the AP's Thomas Watkins.

"One man got stabbed. Another got shot in the chest. A 6-year-old boy was temporarily blinded when he was spray-painted in the face.

And they were the lucky ones among those who have had run-ins with graffiti 'crews,' or gangs.

Over the past 2 1/2 years in Southern California, three people have been killed after trying to stop graffiti vandals in the act. A fourth died after being shot while watching a confrontation between crews in a park.

'We have seen a marked increase in these graffiti-tagging gangs taking to weapons and fighting to protect their walls, their territory, their name,' said Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Robert Rifkin.

Los Angeles County has battled graffiti for decades, spending $30 million a year to paint over or clean up the emblems, names and images spray-painted on stores, concrete-lined riverbeds, rail lines, phone booths, buses, even police cars.

On Wednesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law requiring convicted graffiti vandals to remove their scrawl. The law was sought by Los Angeles officials to counter the recent increase in graffiti, but some opponents fear it could put offenders at risk if they have to cover the work of rivals."



And "Graffiti fighters gather to share ideas" reports John Simerman.

"Graffiti tends to tick people off, but for John Rose it goes much deeper.

The Aussie bird-dogs it everywhere his eyes land - on soundwalls, traffic signs, the side of a building far across a shopping center parking lot.

'I cannot go anywhere without seeing graffiti. It's an illness. It's incurable,' he said. 'I hate graffiti with a vengeance. I'll do anything to get rid of this waste of time and blight that's devaluing our properties.'

Rose gladly shares his angry passion, not to mention his foolproof three-step process to get rid of it - modestly named 'World's Best Graffiti Removal System.'

Which is why he joined dozens of anti-graffiti arms merchants this week at a hotel conference center where 300 officials from California and beyond shared strategies on a problem they say is growing in many cities, with potentially violent consequences.

Among them were police or city officials from across the East Bay, including Antioch, Richmond, Union City and Alameda County."

Who did we send, I wonder?





"Where have all the drive-ins gone?" asks Peter Hartlaub in the Chronicle.

"First movie with your parents. First ride in a convertible. First date. First R-rated film. First drink of booze. First time vomiting in a parking lot. First kiss. First time to second base. First time to third base. First time all the way."


"New German Films Aim to Shed Light on Scientology" reports DW-TV.

"Film companies in Germany are now making attempts to look behind what they believe is the true nature of Scientology. The movies are primarily aimed at young people, who are most likely to fall for the

Young people tend to be the first to fall for Scientology and are therefore much courted by the group's scouts across the nation. This is where a new, 25-minute film by the Matthias Film company comes in. It shows interviews with Scientology leaders, former members who have turned their backs on the organization and representatives of state authorities.

The film aims to inform young people about the objectives and policies of Scientology, which does not have the status of a religious organization in Germany. It is under the surveillance of intelligence officers, because Scientology leaders are believed to work against the country's free democratic order. Currently, the sect
has between 5,000 and 6,000 members in Germany."



"Spiritual journey

In the second of two new operas at the Mariinsky Theater, the theme of Russia's spiritual journey continues to emerge" reports St Petersburg Times', Galina Stolyarova.

"Rodion Shchedrin's musical vision of the famed Russian soul received its first stage incarnation with the premiere of 'The Enchanted Wanderer' at the Mariinsky Theater's concert hall last Sunday.

Rooted in Russian spiritual music, 'The Enchanted Wanderer' is clearly inspired by the traditional choral chants and bell-ringing of the Russian Orthodox church, gypsy romances and folk tunes, and has a distinctly Russian character. The opera rings with Russian spirituality, attuned by avant-garde minimalism."










"Bears' Mack is centered" reports Jonathan Okanes of our Times.

"If Alex Mack had played volleyball, or maybe was a top-notch surfer, perhaps more major colleges would have come calling. But growing up in coastal Santa Barbara doesn't exactly put you in the middle of the football recruiting map.

So it was that this future All-American center didn't garner much attention from NCAA Division I schools coming out of San Marcos High School. That's just fine with Cal, which scooped Mack up during the summer of 2003 and has been reaping the benefits ever since.'



"Santa Cruz firebombs look familiar" write Wyatt Buchanan and Demian Bulwa of the Chronicle.

"The devices used in two firebombings targeting UC Santa Cruz biologists are similar to some used in the past by animal rights activists, investigators said Sunday.

The bombs were so powerful they were like 'Molotov cocktails on steroids,' said Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark.

One struck the home of assistant biology Professor David Feldheim on Saturday morning, forcing him to flee with his family. The other exploded just a few minutes earlier, gutting a car parked outside the campus home of a second researcher.

Later, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies went to the home of a third researcher who received a threatening telephone message, but officers found no explosives.

More than 50 investigators, including some from the FBI's regional terrorism task force, are looking into the attacks.'


Ryan emails

National Night Out
The City of Berkeley will be participating in National Night Out again this year.  This special national event was founded around the idea of crime prevention and has taken on a larger meaning:  the celebration of our neighbors and our community.

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, and we are working to help neighborhoods get their street parties organized.  Anyone can organize a National Night Out party - although we hope neighbors will organize against crime and for emergency preparedness, it is not a prerequisite.  Everyone is invited!

These are fun events where neighbors can gather, meet each other, and talk about the issues that concern them most. 

Gerad emails "this is happening on Channing and 10th around 630pm on Tuesday."


"Troops patrolling Italian cities" reports BBC NEWS.

"Italian troops have begun patrolling cities as part of a government campaign to combat crime and boost security.

Some 3,000 soldiers will be deployed over the next week in major cities including Milan, Rome and Naples.

They are patrolling alongside police officers and guarding high-profile tourist sites and embassies, as well as immigrant holding centres.

Critics say the move sends a message that Italy is swamped by crime and that its police are not up to the job." 









Kubik's Quote of the Week

Don't believe everything you think.


our Angela sends some aphorisms and sayings in Spanish, from the Latino community.

Camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.
Literal: The shrimp that falls asleep, the current carries it away.
You snooze, you lose.


Antes que te cases mira lo que haces.

De tal palo, tal astilla.


Doug Herst and his wife provided financial backing for the documentary-short "Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story." It's been nominated for an Emmy.




Check out DW-Radio's series "International Gardeners Grow Together in City Project."
20 plots, 15 cultures -- one garden. This summer, EuroVox' Kateri Jochum and Laura Spurway take listeners to the International Garden in Bonn, where families from 15 different cultures are growing together.



"$30,000 reward offered in UC Santa Cruz firebombing" reports J.M. Brown of the Times.

"Authorities said Monday that they are tracking several leads in firebombing attacks targeting biomedical researchers who conduct animal testing at UC Santa Cruz and are offering a $30,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits." 

ABC CHANNEL 7 NEWS has reported that in the last months, thirty UC Berkeley "animal researchers" have been subjects of vandalism by masked individuals--plant-trashing, window-breaking, door-rattling.

About 6AM yesterday, Kubik heard tire-screeching and engine-revving out in front of his place. Opening the door, he saw a BPD radio-car and an officer with a cuffed male, face-down on the side walk. Another radio-car arrived soon. Bob had to leave for an appointment before he could find out exactly what it was about.

Thought it might be tagging, though.


"Lobbyists will continue to dominate the influence-peddling game with or without campaign finance reform, but Assemblywoman Loni Hancock thinks they should at least pay their fair share for the privilege" reports Steven Harmon in the Times.

"The Berkeley Democrat is proposing to increase the registration fees that lobbyists, lobbying firms and lobbyist client/employers are charged as a way to pay for a pilot program for public financing.

Hancock's bill, AB583, held over Monday to review costs in the Senate Appropriations committee, would offer public financing to candidates for Secretary of State. If approved by voters in 2010, it would apply to the 2014 elections.

The increase in lobbyist fees - from $25 every two years to $350 a year - would raise $350,000 a year to cover the pilot project.

Taxpayers could also contribute with a tax checkoff, which typically brings in about $320,000 a year.

'We should be having public financing for all legislative seats and statewide offices,' Hancock said, 'but because the state is in such financial crisis, we can't do that this year. So, we narrowed it to the Secretary of State's office, which regulates lobbyists and tracks them. It's a very fair fee and we need to show people that this is an idea that works.'

California lobbyists pay among the lowest fees in the nation, she said. Illinois lobbyists and lobbyist employers pay fees of $350 a year, and lobbyists in Massachusetts ($1,000 a year) and Texas ($500 a year) have higher registration fees for lobbyists, according to the California Clean Money campaign.

Well Boz, your Ms is covering those working the state. How about the lobbyists working our city?


8/4/08--6:47 AM, irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 11:05 AM, irritant in front room. 3:21 PM, same. 7:32 PM, same.



"Housing Lenders Fear Bigger Wave of Loan Defaults" reports the New York Times.
"Homeowners with good credit are falling behind on their payments in growing numbers, even as the problems with mortgages made to people with weak, or subprime, credit are showing their first, tentative signs of leveling off after two years of spiraling defaults.

The percentage of mortgages in arrears in the category of loans one rung above subprime, so-called alternative-A mortgages, quadrupled to 12 percent in April from a year earlier. Delinquencies among prime loans, which account for most of the $12 trillion market, doubled to 2.7 percent in that time."











I'm told that last night's national night-out on 10th and Channing was quite a successful social event with neighbors getting to know each other better and also getting to know some of our city officials. Our Darryl Moore and Ryan Lau were there, as well as Berkeley PD, Berkeley Fire--BFD had a rescue unit and a "pumper." Other city people dropped in and out---also present were people from outside the neighborhood. "It was a night where people got to know each other better over dessert and coffee" said one attendee. Sounds an old fashioned neighborhood get together.

Jarad emails

It was a fantastic gathering thanks to the organizer Taj and all of the neighbors that brought coffee and desserts. City officials came by and it was good to see everyone smiling, joking, children running around and playing, and neighbors getting to know neighbors. It felt like a normal neighborhood for the first time this year.
We were also out there for long enough for a couple of the questionable people in the neighborhood to see us all out there in the open, claiming the neighborhood as ours. We could benefit from more of the same with neighborhood BBQ's & get togethers in the future.



Ryan Lau reminds

Meeting on the City's Crime Prevention Policies
In response to the amount and nature of crime in recent months, Councilmember Darryl Moore will be holding a meeting about the City's Crime Prevention Policies at 7PM on Thursday, August the 7th at Frances Albrier in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward Streets.  The discussion will be focus around:

Enforcement:  What type of strategies the Berkeley Police Dept (BPD) uses, how BPD uses the various policies at their disposal, what neighbors can do to prevent crime and help police in their investigation, and how the Berkeley Police Department works with other departments to most effectively respond to situations

Diversion:  What types of programs are available that are designed to prevent/divert youth from engaging in "at-risk" behavior, what programs are available to engage youth that are already engaging in "at-risk" behavior.

The Berkeley Police Department, City Attorney's office, Berkeley Housing Authority, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Alameda County District Attorney's office will be represented and will be discussing how they fit in to the overall crime prevention strategy of the City, as well as discuss how current policies and strategies might be improved. 




Doug Herst emails

Good to see you yesterday at lunch.
The filmmaker of "Two Hands," Nathaniel Kahn, also created "My Architect," the film about his father. We were heavily involved with both films which each received Oscar nominations & Emmy nominations. We will keep our fingers crossed for theSeptember 22 event in NYC.  
Cheers, Doug


Kubik emails, to check out some important Paris Hilton's comments here.



"Homeowners delusional on value of property" reports the Chronicle's James Temple.

"It could never happen to me. That's the common attitude whether the subject is shark attacks, black market organ theft or, apparently, housing price declines.

Despite plummeting values across the nation, 62 percent of homeowners believe their property's worth has actually climbed or stayed the same during the past year, according to a confidence survey commissioned by real estate Web site Zillow. In reality, the market price on 77 percent of properties has dropped and only about 24 percent have risen or held firm, the Seattle company estimates.

Residents of western states are only a little less self-deluding. Fifty-six percent acknowledge the market value of their home fell, while 44 percent believe it maintained or gained worth. The reality is closer to 88 percent and 12 percent, respectively, Zillow said."



A reliable source reports that VIK is negotiating to buy the Sweet Potato's property on 4th Street.



Rick Ballard emails

Below you find a list of upcoming shows on KCSM (91.1 FM):
Desert Island Jazz With Alisa Clancy Fri. 9:00 AM

Aug.   8  drummer Jeff Ballard
Aug. 15  pianist Ken Berman

I'm Talkin' Jazz Sun. 8:00 AM

Aug. 10  percussionist Pete Escovedo
Aug. 17  Time 4
Aug. 24  saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell
Aug. 31  trumpeter Arturo Sandoval

In The Moment With Jim Bennett Sun. 8:00 PM

Aug. 10  saxophonist Dave Ellis at the Jazzschool
Aug. 17  pianist Omar Sosa at Yoshi's Oakland
Aug. 24  Jazz on Fourth Street Berkeley highlights
Aug. 31  saxophonist Pete Yellin at Yoshi's Oakland
Jazz Profiles With Nancy Wilson Mon. 9:00 PM

Aug. 11  trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison
Aug. 18  saxophonidst Jackie McLean
Aug. 25  producer Norman Granz

Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis Tues. 9:00 PM

Aug. 12  Singers Over Manhattan: Tierney Sutton/Loston Harris
Aug. 19  Gershwin Rhapsody: Michael Feinstein, Patti Austin, Marcus Roberts
Aug. 26  Speaking In Jazz: Oscar Brown Jr., Gil Scott-Heron & Yusef Komunyakaa

Piano Jazz With Marian McPartland Wed. 9:00 PM

Aug. 6  vocalist/pianist Diana Krall
Aug. 13  vocalist Mel Torme
Aug. 20  pianist Herbie Hancock
Aug. 27  vocalist Norah Jones

Jazzset With Dee Dee Bridgewater Thurs. 9:00 PM

Aug.7 Kennedy Center Trumpet Festival: Terrell Stafford, Wallace Roney & Christian McBride
Aug. 14  trumpeter Hugh Masekela & Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Aug. 21  vocalist Kate McGarry & bassist Esperanza Spalding at Scullers in Boston
Aug. 28  Revisiting the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival

All Out with Greg Bridges


Stanford Jazz Festival
The Stanford Jazz Workshop summer festival runs through this Saturday, Aug. 9. Artists scheduled to appear include: Wycliffe Gordon & Joshua Redman.  

San Jose Jazz Festival
The 19th Annual San Jose Jazz Festival takes place Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10. Local artists scheduled to appear include George Brooks, Zakir Hussain, Gini Wilson, Pete Yellin, Mimi Fox, Eddie Gale, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Alexa Weber-Morales, Claudia Villela, Gail Dobson, Dayna Stephens, Wally Schnalle, Modesto Brisenio, Nicolas Bearde, Mo'Rockin Project, Roberta Donnay, Jonathan Poretz and Shotgun Wedding.


51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
This festival runs Sept. 19-21 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Local artists scheduled to appear so far include Ledisi, Jamie Davis, Tuck & Patti, Rebeca Mauleon & Mary Stallings. For complete festival info visit

Sunday Matinees Return to Yoshi's
Yoshi's Jazz Club announces the return of Sunday Matinees beginning Sunday, August 10. Both Yoshi's locations will now feature a special Sunday afternoon performance at 2:00 PM. The Sunday matinees are designed and priced for parents to introduce jazz to young ears. For more information please go to


"City Workers Vote for 13.5 Percent Raises and Bonuses for Longevity" writes Judith Scherr of the Planet.

"City Manager Phil Kamlarz talks about belt-tightening and eliminating vacant positions in these hard budget times. Still, city workers-many of them, at least-won't be dining on bread and water, according to reports received by the Daily Planet. 

The Planet has been informed by several people, who won't permit their names to be revealed since the contract is not yet public, that the contract ratified by the Service Employees International Union gives the 950 workers a 5 percent salary hike the first year of a four-year contract, a 2 percent increase the second year, a 2.5 percent increase the third year, and two different 2 percent increases the fourth year. Moreover, there's a bonus 3 percent the second year for employees who have worked for the city for 25 years or more. 

Deputy City Manager Christine Daniel refused to comment on the SEIU contract, other than to say that the city has the revenue to pay for the raises."










"Stars pay tribute to Bernie Mac" reports BBC NEWS.

"George Clooney has led tributes to US comedian Bernie Mac, who died in hospital on Saturday, aged 50.
'The world just got a little less funny,' said the star, who appeared with Mac in the Ocean's Eleven series." 

And BBC NEWS reports "Soul icon Isaac Hayes dies at 65.

US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes has died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called after his wife found him unconscious next to a moving treadmill. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hayes, a flamboyant, deep-voiced performer, won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft. He was perhaps better known to a younger audience as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park.
The cause of death was not immediately known." 


"Music site Imeem dials up volume of traffic" writes Anastasia Ustinova of the Chronicle.

"Months after striking unprecedented deals with four major record labels, San Francisco social network Imeem has found itself on the forefront of the music industry's frantic experiment with free, ad-supported music sites.
Armed with an expansive music and video catalog, which offers on-demand streaming of major record artists and independent bands, Imeem has attracted millions of users worldwide, in July becoming the No. 1 streaming music site in the United States, according to Web analytics company Compete."


la bola en la calle

The Temptations are planning to make an album here in Potter Creek.

The childcare playground at Fantasy looks about done.

Merryll's place is about finished with the sidewalks now being replaced.

Kruse guy, Kieron Yancy's Corvette is in Potter Creek today.

Parker Street and 9th Street's new surfaces are as smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom. Treat yourself with a ride or drive down 'um.





"Black population deserting S.F., study says" is by Leslie Fulbright of the Chronicle.

"African Americans are leaving San Francisco because of substandard schools, a lack of affordable housing and the dearth of jobs and black culture, according to a report by a committee looking into the exodus.

The African American Out-migration Task Force, put together by the mayor's office last year to figure out what can be done to preserve the city's remaining black population and cultivate new residents, presented its findings at a public hearing Thursday called by Supervisor Chris Daly.

San Francisco's black population has dropped faster than that of any other large U.S. city's. It went from 13.4 percent in 1970 to an estimated 6.5 percent in 2005, according to the census. Nationally, African Americans make up 12.1 percent of the population.

Much of the blame has been placed on the Redevelopment Agency, which intentionally drove black families and businesses from the Fillmore district in the 1960s and 1970s." 



"Longtime newsstand owner Charles De Lauer dies" reports Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.

"Charles De Lauer had just sold his 101-year-old newsstand. Charles De Lauer, who sold newspapers, cigars, racing forms and other essentials for 74 years at his landmark Oakland newsstand, died Thursday, just a month after a last-minute sale to an employee saved the store from extinction.

Mr. De Lauer, who until February worked at De Lauer's Super Newsstand seven days a week, died of complications of leukemia and lymphoma at Summit Medical Center in Oakland. He was 91."




Last week our Tameka emailed

Just wanted to alert you that I just became victim of atm check card fraud. Somebody got my info, and has proceeded to clear out my checking and part of my savings. They took out withdrawals in Martinez, Pinole and Vallejo.
I've reported to my bank and the credit agencies. Having a bad day.
Tameka Lim




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"Criminals eye home equity" reports Bob Tedeschi of the Chronicle

"Homeowners who have significant equity may be well-advised to check their credit reports frequently. That is one conclusion of a recent report from the Identity Theft Assistance Center, a nonprofit industry group, which said that identity thieves had recently begun making targets of individuals with good credit because such people often have substantial untapped home equity.

A home equity line of credit is an ideal vehicle for criminals, according to Steve Bartlett, chief executive of the Financial Services Roundtable, a consortium of banking-related companies that offers financial support to the Identity Theft Assistance Center."



In "Antioch forum addresses social, crime issues" the Times' Hilary Costa writes "The crowd was liberal with its applause as Joseph Villareal, executive director of the county's Housing Authority, detailed changes in the Section 8 program aimed at increasing landlord responsibility and improving the department's ability to do criminal background checks on prospective tenants. New regulations require a five-year background check compared with one year previously, Villareal said."




"Buying better than leasing a car" reports our Times.

"Is auto leasing really dead?

Oh, I so hope so.

But, alas, that question was just a headline on a news release from the National Vehicle Leasing Association. The organization, which represents the leasing industry, was responding to news that some auto manufacturers are drastically scaling back their leasing business because it isn't so lucrative anymore.

GMAC Financial Services, the lending arm for General Motors, reported a net loss in its auto finance business of $717 million in the second quarter of 2008 in part because of weaker performance in its leasing operation. The company said a sharp decline in lease demand and in used vehicle sale prices for sport-utility vehicles and trucks in the U.S. and Canada were to blame.

'As a result of these market trends, GMAC is taking steps to reduce the volume of new lease originations in the U.S.,' the company said.

GMAC also said it was discontinuing lease incentive programs in Canada.

Meanwhile, Chrysler announced it was going to 'repackage' its auto incentives to make it more affordable for customers to buy rather than lease." 



"Pebble Beach Concours ready for car buffs" writes the Chronicle's Michael Taylor.

"This may be the summer of automotive angst, with soaring gas prices putting a crimp in the lifestyles of car-crazy Californians. But all is not gloom and doom: The annual Northern California paean to the antique and classic automobile - the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - begins this week.

More than $100 million worth of the world's finest, rarest and most collectible cars will sit on the greensward of the Pebble Beach golf links, pristine in their leather livery and ultra-polished flanks, their owners wondering if they have a chance for Best in Show."


Ah ma God!

"Cal can't clear trees until at least Aug. 25" writes Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle.

"UC Berkeley's plan to build a new sports training center in the Memorial Stadium oak grove hit another roadblock Thursday when an appeals court referred the matter back to the trial court.

The state Court of Appeal denied an appeal by oak tree supporters and a neighborhood group, saying the move was premature because the final judgment from the trial court in Alameda County is unresolved.
A hearing is set for Aug. 25 at Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward."

"Invisibility cloak 'step closer'" reports BBC NEWS.

"Scientists in the US say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people invisible. Researchers at the University of California in Berkeley have developed a material that can bend light around 3D objects making them 'disappear'.

The materials do not occur naturally but have been created on a nano scale, measured in billionths of a metre.

The team says the principles could one day be scaled up to make invisibility cloaks large enough to hide people.
Stealth operations

The findings, by scientists led by Xiang Zhang, were published in the journals Nature and Science.

The light-bending effect relies on reversing refraction, the effect that makes a straw placed in water appear bent." 




More than is good for you to know about the Olympics is here.




Quote of the Week

Your mind isn't always your best friend.



"Six of a Kind: Pizza" writes the Chronicle's Michael Bauer.

"It never fails. Talk about your favorite pizza and people listen politely (sometimes), point out why you're wrong, then launch into the attributes of their favorite spot.

According to Ed Levine, author of 'Pizza: A Slice of Heaven' (Universe Publishing, 2005; $24.95), most people crave what they grew up with, and anything else isn't 'real' pizza. 'Even the worst pizza is still melted cheese on warm bread,' Levine said when I interviewed him last year. 'How bad can melted cheese on warm bread be?'


"Ford told FBI about panel's doubts on JFK murder" writes the AP's Michael J. Sniffen.

"Former President Ford secretly advised the FBI that two of his fellow members on the Warren Commission doubted the FBI's conclusion that John F. Kennedy was shot from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, according to newly released records from Ford's FBI files."

In "Havana Nocturne: how the Mob owned Cuba . . . and then lost it to the Revolution" author T.J. English writes" Later that year [1957] Kennedy visited Cuba for the first of what would be numerous trips to the island over the next eighteen months. . . . Tafficante told Frank Ragano that upon meeting the senator from Massachusetts 'his instinct told him Kennedy had a yen for the ladies' . . . and he and Garcia offered to arrange a private sex party for him' . . . The orgy was set up in a special suite at Trafficante's Hotel Comodoro . . . The mobsters arranged for Kennedy to spend an afternoon with 'three gorgeous prostitutes.' Unbeknownst to Kennedy, the suite was outfitted with a two way mirror that allowed Trafficate and Garcia to view Kennedy's tryst from another room."

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