8/13/08

Mid-morning yesterday, Berkeley PD and Berkeley FD responded to a call of a suspicious package at the east gate of Bayer. Well over half-dozen radio cars, and other BPD units, and almost as many Berkeley Fire Department units responded.  The area for blocks surrounding 7th and Parker was cordoned-off and those in surrounding buildings told to remain inside. 

Early afternoon, the package was successfully destroyed--a response in force by Berkeley disaster units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/15/08

Feuilleton:from Wikipedia,

Feuilleton (a diminutive of French feuillet, the leaf of a book) was originally a kind of supplement attached to the political portion of French newspapers. Its inventors were Julien Louis Geoffroy and Bertin the Elder, editors of the Journal des Débats. It was not usually printed on a separate sheet, but merely separated from the political part of the newspaper by a line, and printed in smaller type. In French newspapers it consisted chiefly of non-political news and gossip, literature and art criticism, a chronicle of the latest fashions, and epigrams, charades and other literary trifles. German newspapers still use the term for their literary and arts sections.

Besides France, Russia in particular cultivated the feuilleton genre since the 19th century, and the word acquired the general meaning of satirical piece in the Russian language.

The feuilleton in its French sense was never adopted by English newspapers, though the sort of matter represented by it eventually came to be included. But the term itself entered English use to indicate the installment of a serial story printed in one part of a newspaper. However the French form is quite popular in Continental Europe, as seen in the works of many popular Czech authors, such as Jan Neruda, Karel Capek and Ludvík Vaculík.
In the novel The Glass Bead Game, by Nobel Prize winning novelist Hermann Hesse, the current era is characterised and described as The Age of the Feuilleton.

 

 

"Cal's Longshore excited about new season" writes Jonathan Okanes in the Mercury News.

"Quarterback Nate Longshore has had his share of good moments and bad moments during his four years at Cal, but what he chooses as the highlight of his career might come as a surprise.

'Right now is the best time of my career,' Longshore said. 'I'm so excited. I think we're going to surprise some people. There's focus and an intensity when you're out there that is unparalleled since I've been here.'

It's possible that what excites Longshore so much about this year is, simply, that it's not last year."

 

Kimar emails

Recently Ron and I lunched at Riva Cucina--we hadn't been there in some time.  One of the changes we noticed right away was the room-addition on the left as you come in. It is great looking with its dark floor to the ceiling drapes. And allowing more seating, it looks like it can be curtained off for private parties.

The restaurant was about half full (about 25), and there were about 8 outdoor diners. (Most of them opted for the tables in the shade on the upper level. Maybe some italian umbrellas would be nice for the tables in the sun.)
 
The menu looks very italian. We tried the classic tagliatelle bolognese, and one of the many panini that were listed.

The pasta was served in an oversized, rimmed pasta bowl, homemade and tender with the right amount of sauce to noodle.  The panini was the roast pork, fig, gorgonzola, marcarpone, aioli sandwich.  It was served on a fabulous acme sweet roll.  The roast pork was perfectly done, the taste of fig was very slight,  and at first bite the overriding flavor was of the cheese. It was served warm and was very good.

Service was friendly and efficient, and the owner was present, delivering food and greeting customers.

 

 

"Walker's Restaurant and Pie Shop to Close Sept. 30" reports our Planet.

"Solano Avenue, one of the last remnants of Main Street U.S.A., will soon lose a piece of its fabric as American as apple pie.

Walker's Restaurant and Pie Shop will close Sept. 30.

Jorge Sandoval, the owner, sold the family business after 'people just stopped coming in.' "

 

"The Inside Scoop: Economy claims Rubicon, West County Grill" reports the Chronicle.

"Is the faltering economy finally catching up with the Bay Area restaurant scene? Last week saw the closure of two prominent places - Rubicon in San Francisco and the rather short-lived West County Grill in Sebastopol."

 

 

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The used-machinery, covering virtually the entire two driveways' of a property on 9th, next to the French School between Grayson and Heinz, has been removed.

The kitchen crew at 900 are planning to dress-up as me for Halloween.

 

 

 

Ryan Lau emails about last Thursday's "crime meeting"

Sorry I didn't get around to this until now. . . . We had a little over 40 people there. (I think many people were out of town.)  We had the Chief of Police, Sgt. Kusmiss, Officer Buckheit, Kim Hunter from the DA's office, Zach Cowan, Angela Gallegos-Castillo from Neighborhood Services, Scott Ferris from Parks and Recreations, and Tia Ingram from the Berkeley Housing Authority.  The topics of discussion ranged from enforcement to long range prevention policy.  I have attached a copy of the agenda for the list of topics.Thanks Ron
Ryan

[Other attendees put the number at about 25-30 citizens.]

 

 

"Catalytic Converter Thieves Strike Berkeley" reports Kristin McFarland in our Planet.

"Three catalytic converter thefts last week represent an ongoing trend in Berkeley and a nationwide epidemic.

'We have kind of a constant ebb and flow of catalytic converter thefts,' said Sergeant Mary Kusmiss, BPD community services bureau supervisor. 'We attribute that to a suspect or a particular suspect working in Berkeley over a weekend or a brief period of a time.'

Police report that there were 74 catalytic converter thefts from Jan. 1 to July 31. Last week's thefts were reported on Monday, Aug. 4 in the 2900 block of Pine Avenue; on Tuesday, Aug. 5 in the 2100 block of Prince Street; and on Wednesday, Aug. 6 in the 2400 block of Prince Street.

Because the theft of a catalytic converter is not immediately obvious, many thefts are not reported for several days.

The first two thefts reported are estimated to have occurred between Aug. 1 and Aug. 3."

  

"Berkeley Police Report High Recovery Rate of Stolen Cars" writes our Planet's Kristin McFarland.

"Berkeley police report a 96 percent recovery rate for cars stolen in Berkeley.

In 2006, 1,266 cars were reported stolen, while in 2007 1,154 were reported stolen. In August 2008, 29 cars have been reported stolen and 11 have been recovered.

'We have a very high recovery rate,' Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, BPD community services bureau supervisor said. 'Southern California has more vehicles stolen and chopped up or taken over the border. Here, cars are stolen for gas, joyrides, drug deals or to pick up a prostitute. It's just a different culture of theft.' "

 

 

"Missing Rice University student Matthew Wilson was found in Dwinell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday night and it looks like he is headed to jail, UC police said" reports Kristin Bender of the Tribune.

"Wilson, 21, disappeared from Houston in December and his abandoned car was found in June on Allston Way in Berkeley. Since then, the search for Wilson has focused on Berkeley, especially around Telegraph Avenue and the UC Berkeley campus.

UC police picked up Wilson in Dwinell Hall and were questioning him late Wednesday. Shortly before 7 p.m., a UC officer was in Dwinell Hall looking for a theft suspect when he came across Wilson in a classroom.

There have been thefts of backpacks, computers and other items on campus recently.

Wilson, who was alone, had a laptop computer hooked up to an audio visual utility box. When police questioned him about it, he gave a false name. He later gave the officer his real name. There's a chance he will be arrested for possession of stolen property and he could face other charges as well, Assistant Chief Mitch Celaya said.

He was at the Berkeley Police Department speaking to detectives late Wednesday, Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said."

 

"Former Berkeley High football star faces burglary charge in El Cerrito" write the Times' Karl Fischer and Doug Oakley.

"An 18-year-old man who starred at running back last season for Berkeley High School's football team now faces felony charges of burglarizing an apartment in El Cerrito, a few weeks shy of embarking for college."

 

"Berkeley mayor race features familiar foes" reports Kristin Bender of the Tribune.

"A woman who left the mayor's office six years ago but has never stopped being active in city politics - or criticizing the way the mayor does his job - is going to try to unseat Mayor Tom Bates in November.

Shirley Dean, who was mayor from 1994 to 2002 and a council member from 1975 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1994, said she believes Bates has been a disengaged, inaccessible mayor who has not been proactive in standing up for the people of Berkeley.

'I'm running because instead of just sitting around complaining I am getting up and doing something,' said Dean, 73.

Bates, 70, has served one four-year term and is finishing a special two-year term created to bring the mayoral election cycle in line with the presidential election.

The two last went to battle in an election in 2002, when Bates unseated Dean. Bates received 55.4 percent of the vote compared with Dean's 42.9 percent. The race wasn't close, but Dean said times have changed and people are ready for different leadership."

Oh, dear me.

 

"State top court to review medical pot limit" writes the Chronicle's Bob Egelko.

"The state Supreme Court returned to the medical marijuana wars Wednesday, agreeing to decide the validity of a law that shields doctor-approved pot users from arrest for possessing up to eight ounces of dried marijuana or growing six plants."

 

 

"Zebra Tattoo & Body Piercing Opening New Location in Walnut Creek, CA"  reports MarketWatch.

"Legendary tattoo and piercing establishment, Zebra on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA is expanding its operations with a second location on 1419 Broadway in Walnut Creek, California set to open in late August 08.
Zebra opened twenty years ago in the Bay Area and quickly became known for its highly skilled artists, its strict adherence to sterilization guidelines and use of non-allergenic dyes." 

 

"Berkeley, California-based biopharmaceutical company recorded a net loss of $3.78 million" reports RTTNEWS.
Nile Therapeutics, Inc (NLTX: News, Chart, Quote ) reported a wider net loss of $3.8 million, or $0.16 per share for the second quarter compared to $2.2 million, or $0.16 per share in the prior-year quarter." 

 

 

"US home foreclosures increase 55%" reports BBC NEWS.

"More than 272,000 people in the US received a foreclosure notice in July, a rise of 55% on a year earlier, according to analysts Realtytrac.

Florida and California had the highest rate of foreclosures, figures showed." 

 

"Mervyns disclosed Wednesday it plans to close 26 stores - including two in the East Bay and four in the Bay Area - amid the bankrupt retailer's quest to emerge from a financial morass" reports our Times.

 


"Christian Dior Store Set To Join Local Retailers"  write Gleb Krampets and Anatoly Tyomkin in Russia's St Petersburg Times.

"Bolshaya Konushennaya Ulitsa is gradually becoming St. Petersburg's main street for top fashion, with a Christian Dior boutique set to join the Louis Vuitton and Maison Martin Margiela stores already located there.

Christian Dior already has two boutiques in Moscow, and has now decided to open in the northern capital, said Christian Dior's Russia director, Pierre de Magre. He did not say where or when the store would open, but Vedomosti has discovered that the store will open at 13, Bolshaya Konushennaya Ulitsa. At present the site is occupied by the Solo furniture store, but it is due to move out of the premises this week, and will later house the Christian Dior store, said Yekaterina Faukatdinova, the shop's manager."

    

 

 

"Frogs and other amphibians dying at alarming rates, say scientists" reports the UK's Guardian.

"New research led by two University of California at Berkeley biologists finds frogs and other amphibians worldwide need help, because they are dying at alarming rates.

The researchers find that some frog populations are at 2 to 5% of their former size - that's a decline of 95 to 98% - which they argue is a warning sign of a larger global issue.

An article published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that scientists are not yet sure what the long-term implications might be.

They are sure, however, of the varied causes of the die-off, and say mankind is to blame for most of them."



"Ocean dead zones become a worldwide problem" reports AP's Randolph E. Schmid.

"Like a chronic disease spreading through the body, 'dead zones' with too little oxygen for life are expanding in the world's oceans.

'We have to realize that hypoxia is not a local problem,' said Robert J. Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. 'It is a global problem and it has severe consequences for ecosystems.'

'It's getting to be a problem of such a magnitude that it is starting to affect the resources that we pull out of the sea to feed ourselves,' he added.

Diaz and co-author Rutger Rosenberg report in Friday's edition of the journal Science that there are now more than 400 dead zones around the world, double what the United Nations reported just two years ago.

'If we screw up the energy flow within our systems we could end up with no crabs, no shrimp, no fish. That is where these dead zones are heading unless we stop their growth,' Diaz said in a telephone interview."

John Norheim hipped me to this last year sometime. My memory is that he's sailed through one . . . or flew over one.

 

 

 

"Hollywood Helps Revive Berlin's Former Movie Glory" reports DW WORLD.

"Star-studded movie productions with Hollywood A-list actors and a bit of financial support from the German government are returning a film studio near Berlin to its long-lost glitz."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/16/08

"Power Outage Shuts Down West Berkeley" reports Kristin McFarland in our Planet.

"Approximately 1,000 West Berkeley PG&E customers were without power for more than four hours on Thursday.
According to a PG&E spokeswoman, the power outages were caused by a burnt power line cross-arm. PG&E will investigate the cause of the burnout after power is restored to customers." 

 

"The price of oil has dropped $10 in the past two days, but we aren't seeing it at the pumps, at least not yet. That has many consumers thinking about green" reports CHANNEL 7 ABC NEWS.

"It is a sign of the times, but a bit ironic, too. The old Cadillac/VW dealership building in Berkeley has been taken over by a company selling nothing but electric cars.

The first thing you see just screams things are different at Green Motors. Inside, it doesn't look like your average dealership either."

Don Yost found this facility for Green Motors.

 

 

"CA Laws Clears Way For Berkeley's Innovative Solar Financing" reports SustainableBusiness.com News.

"California enacted a law that makes possible an innovative form of financing for solar energy and energy efficiency projects, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The law allows cities and counties to provide low-interest loans to homeowners and businesses to install solar power systems and energy-efficiency improvements. The loans can be paid back as part of the borrower's property taxes and passed along to the next owner, if the property is sold.

The law began as an initiative brainstormed in th office of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, and drew national attention after being presented a meeting of mayos in Seattle in November 2007. It could become a model for solar financing across the country. 

Berkeley's initiative, called Berkeley FIRST, is still in the pilot stage, according to the Times report. But the city of Palm Desert, California reportedly has a list of interested customers and expects to be the first to put the financing into practice." 

 

 

 

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There are lofts for rent at 2720 8th Street. Call 644-3002 for info.

 

 

 

Fantasy's child-care playground

 

"Famed Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, Unveils Major Renovations" reports their informative press release.

"Top Bay Area recording facility, Fantasy Studios at Zaentz Media Center has just completed major renovations, transforming one of the most requested studios in Northern California into an even more sought after space. During the renovations, architects and technicians were careful to preserve the rich history and heritage of Fantasy Studios, where platinum records by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Journey, Green Day, En Vogue, Aerosmith and countless others have been made during its 40-year history. The tradition of providing an inimitably creative environment continues, as Fantasy Studios has also been the recording studio of choice for some of today's hottest artists including Counting Crows, The Donnas, AFI, Ozomatli, and the Kronos Quartet." 

 

 

And ABC CHANNEL 7 NEWS reports "Cynthia Kroll is a professor of economics at the Fisher Real Estate Center at UC Berkeley. She believes the foreclosure crisis is a three-stage process that initially affected those with subprime loans and interest rates that escalated dramatically. . . .

'Next we'll see the impact of falling home prices and this can affect even people who are not in subprime loans, who are perhaps stretching to meet the value of their home and if anything happens, they may no longer have any equity to protect in their loan and they may have more incentive to walk away,' says Kroll.

Professor Kroll believes we are currently in stage two. Stage three would happen if the recession deepens and people start walking from their homes because they are losing their jobs or because of other financial difficulties."

 
  

 

"US celebrities spied during WWII" reports BBC NEWS.

"Several well-known American public figures were spies during World War II, declassified documents have confirmed.

The celebrities include the chef Julia Child, the historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr, the film actor Sterling Hayden, and the baseball player Moe Berg." 

 

"The Brightest, Sharpest, Fastest X-Ray Holograms Yet" reports Photonics on Line.
"The pinhole camera, a technique known since ancient times, has inspired a futuristic technology for lensless, three-dimensional imaging. Working at both the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and at FLASH, the free-electron laser in Hamburg, Germany, an international group of scientists has produced two of the brightest, sharpest x-ray holograms of microscopic objects ever made, thousands of times more efficiently than previous x-ray-holographic methods."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/17/08 

 "Seize the Airwaves ­ Build an FM Broadcast Transmitter at Free Radio Berkeley's Summer Radio Camp, Aug. 29-Sept. 30" reports Media Activism.

"In the fifth year of being offered, the Summer Radio Camp program offer a unique hands-on learning opportunity.

With less and less emphasis being placed on acquiring actual real world skills at all levels of education, the Summer Radio Camp program provides individuals with the opportunity to learn by doing. During the 4 day Radio Camp participants build a 40 watt FM broadcast transmitter (and other related items such as antennas) and learn how to set up a low power community radio station capable of covering a broadcast radius up to 8 miles depending on terrain and antenna height."

 

"East Bay leads Bay Area in job losses" reports George Avalos of the Times.

"The East Bay lost 2,700 jobs during July, a fresh setback for a struggling economy that has suffered a string of employment losses that now stretches to seven-straight months, according to a state labor report released Friday.
Adjusted for seasonal changes, the East Bay has lost nearly 19,000 jobs so far in 2008, the Employment Development Department reported."

 

 

"Guns for Texas school's teachers" reports BBC NEWS.

"Teachers in one part of the US state of Texas are to be allowed to carry concealed firearms when the new school term opens this month.

The school superintendent in Harrold district said the move was intended to protect staff and pupils should there be any gun attacks on its sole campus." 

 

 

 

"Biodiversity disaster: Mass decline of frog population" reports the Times of India.

"Researchers from the University of California, Berkley, US, have suggested that the devastating declines of amphibian species around the world are a sign of a large-scale biodiversity disaster.

In an article published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers argue that'substantial die-offs of amphibians and other plant and animal species add up to a new mass extinction facing the planet.

"There's no question that we are in a mass extinction spasm right now,' said David Wake, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley."


 

 

 

"Guardian Angels take up posts in Oakland" reports Christopher Heredia of the Chronicle.

"The Guardian Angels, the safety patrols with red berets, fanned out Friday evening in Oakland's Lake Merritt neighborhoods to deter hooded bandits from extending their streak of takeover robberies.

About a dozen members of the volunteer group began roving Grand and Lakeshore avenues at 6 p.m., at the invitation of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and the police."

 

 

"Confidence of Bay Area business leaders slips" reports Sam Zuckerman in the Chronicle.

"Bay Area employers are battening down the hatches, preparing for a long period of tough conditions, according to a survey of regional business sentiment."


 

"Invisibility' technology may help view tiny objects" reports Amanda Taccone of CTV.ca News.

"New technology that could someday make Harry Potter's invisibility cloak a reality, may have more immediate, and important applications: the ability to see and communicate better.

While any type of cloaking device is likely at least 10 years away, being able to control how light bends is a major step in other emerging technologies.

The military application of such a device might seem obvious, but the immediate medical and communication applications could be just as exciting.

Researcher and co-author of a new study on metamaterial, Guy Bartal, of the University of California Berkeley, believes the application in imaging and telecommunications could be significant.

'Shorter-term applications of the things we have demonstrated, I would say...we can use it for very high resolution, to image tiny objects,' Bartal said. 'For example, living cells in their natural environment.' " 

 

 

 

 

"Calorie counts on fast food menus? California law would require it. Advocates say SB 1420 would help fast-food eaters make slimmer choices. Others doubt the information will have an effect" reports Karen Ravn of the LA Times.

"No one's looking to make you go on a diet. But there's a law in the works in Sacramento that might -- just might -- help you lose weight -- or so says a study released Thursday.

The proposed law, SB 1420, which the state Senate has passed and the Assembly will consider soon, would require chain restaurants with 15 or more outlets in California to list the calorie content for each item on their menus and menu boards. (The menus would also include other nutritional information, such as grams of fat and carbohydrates.)

Advocates believe such a 'menu-labeling law' could help to halt, or at least slow, the trend that has led to 3 out of 5 Californians being overweight or obese. The new study -- by the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley -- is the latest evidence suggesting they may be right." 


    

8/16/08--6:29 AM, irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and warehouse front, lights flicker, dim.

 

 

Talked with David Hicks during breakfast at 900 yesterday. During our conversation he reommended the tango site, tangomango.org. Check it out for tango stuff in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Eternally useful links

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


 

Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

 

 

 

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.

 

Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.

 

Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.

 

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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