9th, . . . and Heinz
Pete Hurney emails
This month the
charming Jolene from San Francisco's own ukulele trio 'the Paper
Dolls' will be co-hosting Midnight Ukulele Express with me. She
warns me that she is a totally guerrilla performer with no regard
for convention what so ever so we should have fun on the
Midnight Ukulele Express is an hour long monthly
show on KALX Radio presenting music in many different genres with
the common thread that there is a ukulele strumming in the mix
The show airs at midnight,August 28th (actually
it's the morning of the 29th).
Kalx is 90.7 on the FM dial and if you are out of our listening
area and up at that time KALX can be streamed live at http://kalx.berkeley.edu/listen.htm
remember; chocolate's not
just for breakfast anymore
Acme Bread's Steve Sullivan
has voluteered to do-the-breads for the Slow
Food Nation's get-together on Labor Day weekend.
Steve's arranged for several
out-door ovens to bake bread for the event as well as, make tandoori
and make pizza.
Pizza, . . . are we a step
closer to the Potter Creek pizza and beer garden?
"Couch Surfing" a report of Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV.
"'Couch Surfing' helps
people see the world, and Milwaukee, in a whole new way!
Ian Abston isn't a tour guide,
and he doesn't run a hotel, but he does have a couch!
'It's very nice, leather.
It hasn't been cleaned in awhile, you know, the standard couch,'
Ian is part of an online network called Couch Surfing. He opens
his home to people traveling in Milwaukee--for free!
'It's a great way to meet
perfect strangers who like to travel from different places,' Ian
This week he's hosting Ruth Miller and Sam Maurer from Berkeley,
California. They're first-time couch surfers.
'I thought, you know, we're paying $100 for a hotel in Milwaukee
you know. I just got on this site and started looking at it,'
There are couch surfers in
more than 200 countries! All you have to do is log on, create
a profile, and start networking."
"Fairyland to unveil Fairy Music Farm" reports Martin Snapp in our Times.
"This weekend, Children's
Fairyland will unveil its first new attraction in four years -
Fairy Music Farm, a brightly lighted, 118-foot-long tunnel featuring
one-of-a-kind musical instruments on the wall that children can
play as they pass by."
"Cleaning House? Shelve the Fancy Sprays
for Kitchen Basics"
reports the Washington Post.
"Once upon a time, all
that was required to keep a household spotless were a few kitchen
staples (vinegar, baking soda, borax) and a bit of elbow grease.
Now, it seems, there's a different chemical-packed potion promising
to'magically de-muck or de-germ every surface of the house --
no scrubbing required.
"When did we become
so lazy?' asks Jennifer Boulden, co-founder of Ideal Bite, a Web
site and e-newsletter that offers daily tips for green living.
'I like to take the approach of, "What would someone have
done 50 years ago?" And my house is just as clean, if not
cleaner, than my neighbors' houses.'
That said, even the labor-averse
can incorporate a few greener practices into their cleaning routine.
Simple ingredients are not only cheaper than store-bought products,
but they also won't send chemicals down the drain and into waterways
-- or into the air and onto household surfaces, where they come
into contact with people and pets. A 2006 University of California
at Berkeley study found that some cleaning products and air fresheners
can expose people to unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in confined
spaces and can form formaldehyde and other carcinogenic compounds
when there's ozone in the air.
Here are a few time-tested
tips for using basic household items to make your home cleaner
" Environmental Groups Picket Toll Highway" writes Boris Kamchev in Russia's St Petersburg
raised concern over the ecological and economic sustainability
of the St. Petersburg Western High-Speed Diameter, Russia's first
toll road which is due to be completed by 2012.
The ZSD Nevsky Meridian consortium
was awarded the tender for the construction of the controversial
motorway flyover project, which consists of a series of tunnels
and bridges, at this year's St. Petersburg International
Economic Forum in June. The
consortium includes the Austrian builder Strabag, France's Bouygues,
Hochtief PPP Solutions and Egis Projects and is controlled by
Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska's Basic Element."
"Back-to-school recession? Yes and no" reports Sam Zuckerman in the Chronicle.
"These are tough times,
and families from Maine to California are counting their pennies.
But, hey, a kid's got to have some new stuff to start the school
year off right."
In the Wichita Eagle,
columnist Clarence Page opines
"Remember back in the old days when we
used to fret about how girls weren't doing as well in school as
guys were, especially in math and science? Ah, that seems so last
Gender gap? What gender gap?
That's the message in a study by five professors at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, Berkeley.
Comparing math test scores of 7 million students in 10 states
from 2005 to last year, the researchers found that girls and boys
do equally well.
Alas, the news comes too
late to help former Harvard University president Lawrence Summers.
Back in 2005 the National Organization for Women, among other
enraged parties, called for Summers to resign, which he eventually
did. He had suggested at a conference that 'innate' differences
between the sexes should be seriously investigated among other
possible reasons for the shortage of women in the upper ranks
of math and science academia and professions.
What he actually said has
been backed up by various studies, including the latest one: Boys
are more likely than girls to arrive at the very highest and the
very lowest math scores. Girls are more likely than boys to score
well overall and arrive in the top 5 percent of math scores, although
boys are more likely than girls to make it to the top 1 percent.
Given time, the young women may well crack that barrier, too.
The more troubling question
in many minds -- including mine -- is what's happening to the
guys, especially the underachievers piling up at the bottom end
of the grading and test scores?"
"North Oakland cafe robbed takeover-style" reports Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle.
"A North Oakland café
was robbed at gunpoint in a takeover-style robbery on the same
night that residents marched to take a stand against crime, authorities
The holdup happened shortly
after 10 p.m. Friday at the Nomad Café at 6500 Shattuck
Ave. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts forced two customers and
two employees into a back room and took their money, said café
owner Christopher Waters.
The robbers then made them
get on the floor before taking money from the cash register, Waters
said. No one was injured.
The men took off their hoods
as they exited, apparently so they would appear 'normal' on the
street, Waters said. As they fled, however, they tripped over
the rolls of quarters that kept falling out of their baggy jeans,
The men ended up with several
hundred dollars, said Waters, whose café has been targeted
in the past by robbers who steal laptop computers belonging to
customers sitting inside."
"UC Berkeley Prepares for First Football
Game" reports KCBS.com.
"A judge is expected
make a permanent preliminary ruling allowing the University of
California to build a student athletic training center at a grove
of oak trees outside Memorial Stadium. However, critics of the
project are saying that they will appeal, which could delay construction
"U.C. Berkeley welcomed students this week
with a three-day party in the gymnasium and reassured their anxious
parents with a new high-tech warning system" reports the San Francisoco Business Journal.
"For several days, new
and returning students to the University of California's flagship
Berkeley campus have been welcomed with 'Caltopia,' a party held
in the main gym on Bancroft Way. Musical performers and members
of the school's martial arts clubs put on demonstrations to wow
the students, while sponsors like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: APPL) and
San Francisco mobile message service Kadoink set up booths and
tables or hung up banners to pitch products.
But, perhaps remembering
angry criticism of school response following the shooting massacre
at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in April
2007, Cal put a new 'alerting and warning service' in place Monday.
The service, called 'WarnMe,'
can contact people via phone, text message or email if there's
an earthquake, accident, disaster or shooter on campus. This is
not only aimed at anxious parents, but also at students who might
be unaware of any threat nearby."
"Judge: Berkeley Tree
Sitters Ruling To Come 'Promptly'" reports NBC CHANNEL
"A judge said Monday
that she will decide "promptly" whether to finalize
her recent decision to allow the University of California, Berkeley
to go ahead with its plan to build a new sports training facility
next to its football stadium.
At a brief hearing Monday
morning, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller said
she issued a tentative ruling last Thursday in favor of the university's
proposed 158,000-square-foot project, which is expected to cost
about $140 million."
"Cutting at College: 'Daily Cal' Cuts One
of Four Weekly Print Editions"
reports Joe Strupp of Editor and Publisher.
newspaper cost-cutting problems are not only affecting commercial
dailies. The Daily Cal at the University of California, Berkeley,
revealed Monday plans to scrap one of its four weekly print editions.
In an editor's note, the 136-year-old student paper, which gained
fame during numerous student protest movements, stated it would
no longer print a Wednesday edition beginning next week.
Editor-in-Chief Bryan Thomas
also wrote that the paper 'is in a difficult financial condition,'
and 'will also be scaling back the size of our staff and reducing
compensation.' A related Web press release said 25% of staff would
KPBS-FM San Diego State's Amy Isackson reports
"$30 Plastic Bucket Contraption Cleans
Water for Thousands in Baja California Sur.
Plastic buckets fitted with
ultraviolet light bulbs are helping provide clean drinking in
Baja California Sur. Thousands of people there traditionally have
not had access to clean water. Florence Cassaseuss studied environmental
engineering at UC Berkeley. She won a grant from the World Bank
to develop the bucket. She's passed out thousands in the past
few years. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson spoke with her at
the Institute of the Americas in La Jolla. (Check back later this
morning to listen to the interview. Audio will be posted shortly.)"
Vir Sanghvi of the Hindustan
Times, New Delhi reports on eating-out in California.
"What many of us forget is how Oriental
a city San Francisco is.
When the Chinese immigrants first came to America to work on the
rail road, they settled in San Francisco, creating one of the
world's largest Chinatowns. There's a history of Japanese immigration
over the last century too and more recently Koreans and Vietnamese
have also made San Francisco their home.
This gives rise to two contrasting
food traditions in San Francisco. The first and most hyped
is the California cuisine revolution, started by Chez Panisse
in Berkeley in the 1970s and widely imitated throughout the world.
Though Chez Panisse went through many phases, its lasting contributions
to the foodie world were a mixture of French cooking techniques
with high quality local ingredients, the creation of what we call
the modern salad (using such leaves as rocket), the emphasis on
the provenance of each dish and the elimination of the sauces
that characterise classic French cuisine.
The second and lesser-known
is the Oriental food tradition that has its roots in the
city's ethnic diversity. You'll get excellent trad-Chinese food
in San Francisco. But you'll also get modern Vietnamese, modern
Japanese and slight twists on most of the cuisines of the Orient.
I decided that I would give
California cuisine a miss largely because it is no longer very
Californian. Most of its fundamental tenets have spread all over
the US though the European influence is now Mediterranean food
rather than French cuisine.
Even when I went to Napa
to visit the wineries (about an hour and a half from San Francisco)
I gave the fancy places a miss and took my chances at a popular
local hamburger place. Of course, because I was in California,
even the burger place had duck confit enchiladas but I stuck to
the traditional burger and ate very well."
"Muslims or not, no one has an absolute
right to be offended" opines Shahed
Amanullah of the Daly Star, Lebenon.
"Back in 1989, when
the publication of Salman Rushdie's novel 'The Satanic Verses'
sparked a new phenomenon of protests from Muslims - particularly
by those in the West - I was a student body senator at the University
of California at Berkeley, where the Free Speech Movement was
born in the 1960s. Two bookstores were firebombed - apparently
in retaliation for the book, though without any claims of responsibility."
"Restaurants aren't the only places of
business being hit by robbers in Oakland. On Sunday, two robbers
held up a nail salon, pistol-whipping one of the three employees
inside, police said" reports
"The 5:15 p.m. robbery
occurred at A Royal Nail Spa on Telegraph Avenue near 66th Street
in North Oakland, when there were no customers inside. Police
said two armed robbers covering their faces entered and robbed
the place of cash and the workers of their wallets and purses.
One worker was pistol-whipped by a robber, police said.
Later Sunday evening, six
men held up a restaurant at gunpoint. An employee at the Full
Moon Seafood House, who declined to give his name, said the men
entered the restaurant after 10 p.m. and one of them wielded a
The restaurant, at 2042 MacArthur Blvd., was closed at the time
and no customers were present, he said, but the business was robbed
and one employee was hurt.
The Sunday robberies followed
a hit Saturday night at Mama Rosa's Pizza at 2370 High St. in
East Oakland. At about 10:20 p.m., two robbers took an undisclosed
amount of money and cell phones from five employees, police said.
Police were also investigating
a takeover robbery Friday at the Nomad Cafe at 6500 Shattuck Ave.
in North Oakland, where two men were caught on surveillance cameras
forcing two employees and two customers into a back room.
The Friday night robbery
happened at the same time community members were marching on College
Avenue in Oakland's Rockridge District in response to an early
Monday robbery at Pasta Pomodoro."
Area commuters moving beyond cars" reports Michael Cabanatuan
of the Chronicle.
"Four-dollar gas has
fueled a boom in the number of Bay Area drivers shedding some
wheels to cut their commuting costs.
This year's soaring gas prices
have spurred a growing number of motorists to park, or even sell,
their cars, and instead use two- or sometimes three-wheeled vehicles
to get around. Fuel-sipping motor scooters and gas-free bicycles
appear to be the most popular alternatives, though more motorcyclists
are zipping down the road, and even motorized bicycles are making
Scooters, long a fixture
on the streets of Europe, are quickly gaining popularity in the
United States. Nationwide, sales of major brands of scooters are
up 66 percent in the first six months of the year, according to
the Motorcycle Industry Council. In the Bay Area, dealers say,
scooters are buzzing off showroom floors."
"California Realtors report homes selling
more quickly" reports
the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.
"The unsold inventory
index for existing, single-family homes in July was 6.7 months,
down from 10 months for the same period a year ago, according
to a report released Monday by the California Association of Realtors.
The index indicates the number
of months needed to deplete the supply of homes on the market
at the current sales rate. The median number of days it took to
sell a single-family home was 47.5 days, compared with 50.7 days
for the same period a year ago."
8/24/08--7:00 to-10:00 AM,
off-and--on, irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with slight
"ammonia-chlorine-like oder," dry eyes, dry mouth, dry
skin, light head.
Yu pushes the bean curd envelope"reports Anneli Rufus
of the Express.
"It's sweet in the same
the way that very old music played in dark rooms is sweet: sly,
hypnotic, holding back a bit because it knows. It's bitter in
an arch, you-know-you-want-me way: bright cacao bitterness that
goes out on a limb because it can. Spooned up, it curls fudgily
thick. It's an unbelievably adult chocolate mousse.
But pssst. It isn't made
of what mousse is 'supposed to' be made of. This is tofu mousse,
its sly sweetness derived from maple syrup and agave nectar, the
sap of that barbed-spear yucca-family plant that also yields tequila.
It's one of many concoctions crafted from bean curd manufactured
in a small West Berkeley plant that is the headquarters of Tofu
Yu, whose Berkeley takeout restaurant opened in July and whose
larger El Cerrito restaurant will open any day now."
2929 Ninth St., Berkeley, 510-204-9090, TofuYu.com
BBQ Tofu Sandwich$6
Tea-smoked Firm Tofu$4
"Slow Food Nation festival opens Friday
in S.F." reports
Stacy Finz of the Chronicle.
"Try telling San Franciscans
to avoid talking politics at the dinner table, and they'll laugh
in your face.
In the Bay Area, politics and food go together like heirloom tomatoes
and fresh mozzarella. That's one of the reasons restaurateur Alice
Waters and the organization Slow Food USA chose San Francisco
for the first-ever Slow Food Nation, an ambitious four-day political
food festival that begins Friday."
"Out of the mouths of babes foul language?" reports Debbie Cafazzo in the Times.
"First there was the
sound of 3-year-old feet running. Then a thud. Finally, Paul Nimmo
heard a very audible swear word roll off his child's tongue.
After running to make sure
his son was OK, he was ready to react.
'Initially, it was funny,'
the Lakewood, Wash., dad says. 'Then I wanted to get mad.'
In the end, he neither laughed nor yelled."
"With Oakland under siege, mayor just talks" opines Chip Johnson in the Chron.
"The streets and the
merchants and the people of Oakland are under siege and waging
a losing battle against a wave of crime.
Last weekend's run on the
cash registers should only confirm what restaurant owners have
long suspected: When it comes to the safety and security of employees
and patrons, you're on your own.
For diners, it's another
reason to remove Oakland from the list of places to eat out -
and that could have a devastating impact on anyone in the local
The Rockridge District Association,
a merchants association that represents more than 300 businesses
on College Avenue, immediately hired guards to patrol the street
after the robbery, said Sarah Lamb, the association's executive
"Man pleads not guilty
to Berkeley student stabbing' reports the AP.
"A former Berkeley City
College student has pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing of
a University of California, Berkeley student during what police
describe as a drunken brawl.
The attorney for 20-year-old
Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield entered the plea on behalf of her client
in Alameda County Superior Court on Monday.
Hoeft-Edenfield is charged
with murder in the slaying of 21-year-old Christopher Wootton
during a confrontation along UC Berkeley's fraternity row in May.
Judge Morris Jacobson last
week turned down Hoeft-Edenfield's request for bail, though his
attorney said her client was acting in self-defense. Hoeft-Edenfield
is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin."
Our Times reports
"A major new effort
to eliminate California's suburban sprawl.
A new bill would make fight
global warming by drawing up regional plans to reduce miles driven
by passenger vehicles, then directing most transportation funding
only to so-called 'smart growth' projects."
"Alternative music for 150,000 in the park" is a Joel Selvin review in the Chronicle.
"The first Outside Lands
Music and Arts Festival, which came to a close with Sunday night's
Jack Johnson concert, definitely had something to say, and what
it said was different than any previous rock concert in Golden
Gate Park. Throughout the three days and nights, six stages and
65 bands that appeared over the weekend at the park, rich subtext
could be found everywhere.
Although the titular headliners
for the main stage performances: Radiohead, Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers and Johnson at the Polo Fields - and Friday night
was little more than a Radiohead concert with Beck as opening
act - the texture of the event was provided by other acts on other
Whether it was gawky Regina
Spektor holding the Sutro Stage audience's rapt attention on Saturday
afternoon rattling a E string on her guitar and warbling some
free-form verse, or Matt Nathanson's polished performance on The
Avenues, the Polo Fields' smaller second stage, it was the offbeat
acts on the side stages that actually defined the event, that
gave Outside Lands a greater meaning than just being the first
nighttime concerts in Golden Gate Park."
Photos and video here.
la bola en la calle
7th and Grayson, is now "greenerprinter." (So I won't
now, just very occasionally, get a nose full of printer's-ink
stink on that corner?)
"Things are on the move
in west Berkeley. First up is Brennan's, which will head to new
digs next month just across the parking lot. In the spring, Vik's
Chaat Corner is moving south a couple blocks to another warehouse
spot" reports the Chronicle--a report, but not a scoop.
"Despite the move, both
places are keeping their vibe. At Brennan's (720 University Ave.),
a hofbrau-style spot that will celebrate its 50th birthday next
year, the move to the former Southern Pacific train station allows
the restaurant to stay in business. The current location is being
torn down as part of the redevelopment of the block into a mixed-use
spot. According to Brennan's co-owner Margaret Wade, the train
station is a city landmark and can't be torn down.
Wade is optimistic that the
train station can be remodeled to keep the look of the current
space, which Wade's grandfather opened on Jan. 16, 1959. The size
will stay about the same, but the new space will allow for the
service line to be in front of the kitchen, so the staff won't
have to push carts of freshly roasted turkey, corned beef and
the like across the room.
'The food will remain the
same. All the employees will, too,' says Wade who, along with
her brother, Barney, is the third generation of the family to
run the restaurant. Wade says they aim to keep the prices in check,
too, with no entree more than $12.
Moving date is tentatively
scheduled for Sept. 26."
Last week, our RitaB wrote
this VIK story, elaborating on the "story I broke a week
or so ago," with "Vik's
Chaat Corner: On the Move," in the Planet.
"There's good news and
bad news for Berkeley's chaat lovers.
Let's start with the bad
news: Vik's Chaat Corner, where homesick Indian expatriates from
all over the Bay Area and beyond line up to get their whiff of
tamarind, rock salt and mint, and everyone else turns up-well-for
the chaat, of course, is moving from its nondescript West Berkeley
warehouse at 721 Allston Way.
The good news is it's moving two blocks south to Fourth Street."
Punk News offers
"After two years Aaron
Cometbus has finally issued a new issue of his legendary punk
zine. Cometbus #51: The
Loneliness of the Electric Menorah features a comprehensive 100
page history of Moe's and other used book stores from Berkeley,
California's Telegraph Avenue. The zine is available now from
independent book and record stores for $3 dollars.
Aaron described the issue
Watch closely as the births of underground comics,
used records, paperbacks, new age publishing, posters, and even
yuppies are all traced back to an argument between two Berkeley
bookstore owners in 1963. Did I say the last issue was the best
ever? I lied. I promise, you'll be pleasantly surprised. A non-fiction
Aaron Elliott started Cometbus
in 1983 and has self-published the work ever since. Throughout
the 80s and 90s the handwritten and often very personal zine documented
the punk rock lifestyle in Oakland and Berkeley. Past material
from the zines have since been reprinted and archived in a number
"The Big Ten will collide with the Pac-10
in a season-opening thriller, as the California Golden Bears host
the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium" reports KTVU-TV NEWS.
"The Spartans are coming
off their first winning season since going 8-5 back in 2003. Last
season Michigan State won its last two regular season games to
earn a bowl bid, but unfortunately coach Mark Dantonio was unable
to win his first postseason game at MSU, as the Spartans fell
to Boston College, 24-21, in the Champs Sports Bowl. As for the
Golden Bears, this will be their 113th season of football. California
posted its sixth straight winning season last year, finishing
with a 7-6 ledger. Coach Jeff Tedford's squad grabbed its third
straight bowl win to close out the 2007 campaign, defeating Air
Force, 42-36, in the Armed Forces Bowl. California is an impressive
69-39-4 in season-opening matchups, and while under coach Tedford,
the Golden Bears are 4-2 to start the year. This will be the fourth
meeting between Michigan State and California on the gridiron.
Michigan State won the first two matchups back in 1957 and 1958,
but the Golden Bears were able to grab a 46-22 win in the most
recent gathering back in 2002."
Judge lifts order blocking
Berkeley sports center" reports the AP.
"A judge has lifted
an order blocking the University of California from building a
sports center that has been the focus of an impassioned tree-sitting
Superior Court Judge Barbara
Miller's ruling Tuesday clears the way for UC Berkeley to begin
constructing an athletic training facility where several dozen
oak trees now stand.
Opponents of the project
say they plan to appeal. University officials said they have promised
construction will not begin until the state appeals court has
Protesters have occupied the trees for more than 18 months.
the project also say the sports center slated to be built next
to UC Berkeley's football stadium sit too close to a major
fault line in violation of earthquake safety codes."
"New guidelines for CA pot dispensaries" reports Carolyn Johnson of ABC
NEWS Channel 7.
"For the first time
since 1996 when California voters legalized medical marijuana
by passing Prop 215, the state has issued guidelines.
Those guidelines cover patients,
police, and the dispensaries. As you know, marijuana is illegal
under federal law, but the state allows it for medicinal use.
The new guidelines are nonbinding, but for the first time, they
will codify and clarify the rights and responsibilities for all
of those involved. . . .
Several law enforcement agencies asked the state for clarity.
The Berkeley Police Department
says its officers have seized guns and huge amounts of marijuana
from operations like the one on Alston Way that posed as a medical
'Those cases are quite clear.
What the guidelines may help us with is the smaller operations,
where it's in the gray area where you're not quite sure if this
is a criminal enterprise or if it's in fact protected by Prop
215,' says Mary Kusmiss, Berkeley Police Department.
Under the new guidelines
a legitimate dispensary can't grow more than six mature marijuana
plants per patient or have more than half a pound of dried product
per patient. ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson says it's about time
for the clarifications
'For several years, there's
been a conflict between federal and state marijuana laws that
has gone all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. These guidelines
are great,' says Johnson.
Attorney General Brown says
any clubs that are trying to make money off medical marijuana
are operating illegally and could be shut down. U.S. Attorney
Joe Russoniello believes that's most of the dispensaries. Advocates,
however, say they believe the vast majority are in compliance."
"Jerry Brown gets tough on medical pot
clubs" write Phillip
Matier and Andrew Ross in the Chronicle.
General Jerry Brown has ordered a crackdown on medical pot clubs
that are selling the drug for big profits.
The move puts the state a
bit more in line with the feds in dealing with the explosion of
questionable marijuana dispensaries since the passage of Proposition
215 more than a decade ago.
The first target was Today's
Health Care club in Northridge (Los Angeles County), which agents
from the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement raided over the
weekend. The club owner and an alleged middleman were booked on
Brown said Tuesday he would
'not be surprised' to see similar raids here in the Bay Area."
"A Chinese restaurant in El Cerrito has
become the latest target of takeover robbers in the East Bay,
police said" reports
Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle.
"Two men - one armed
with a gun and the other wearing a mask - stormed the Yuet Foo
Seafood Restaurant at 10350 San Pablo Ave. at about 9:15 p.m.
Tuesday, police said. About five or six customers and employees
were inside the restaurant, which closes at 10 p.m., said El Cerrito
police Sgt. Peter Statton.
The men stole an undetermined
amount of cash from customers and the business before fleeing
on foot toward the Richmond Annex neighborhood in Richmond, Statton
Art Of Detracting Attention" is the opinion of Konstantin
Sonin in Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"In any country - whether
it is democratic or authoritarian - politicians in power do everything
they can to make citizens pay more attention to foreign policy
issues and less to domestic ones. The reason is simple: it is
easier to manipulate people when the issue is abstract and remote.
During the Soviet period,
the Communist leadership liked to stress global issues, such as
freedom for Africa or the Palestinians. The people were constantly
told about the Soviet Union's noble support of these movements
on the news. This was done, in part, to try to mask the serious
economic problems facing the country.
The more Soviet citizens
had to deal with serious economic problems, such as chronic shortages,
on a daily basis, the less they cared about Africa or the Palestinians.
They had more important matters to be concerned about - like where
they would be able to find meat or butter for their next meal."
"Fifty cars are expected to premiere at
the car show, which opens Tuesday. Carmakers Putting Best
Wheels Forward in Moscow"
reports Svetlana Osadchuk of Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"With Russia quickly
overtaking European countries to become the biggest car market
and St. Petersburg earning the title of the Russian Detroit, a
record number of carmakers have picked Moscow to unveil new models."
Just a hint of a "chlorine,
bleach-like" oder right out-front.
Martin, Lesbian Pioneer, Dies at 87" writes Andy Humm
in gaycity news.com.
"Del Martin, whose lesbian activism with her spouse Phyllis
Lyon extended from co-founding the nation's first lesbian group
and newsletter in the 1950s to their successful fight to marry
in California this year, died August 27 after an extended period
of declining health, at the University of California at San Francisco
Hospice. She was 87."
Sam of the Sydney Morning
Herald gives some advice based, in part, on Cal research.
" 'I'm currently still dating my high-school
sweetheart,' writes a concerned male who we'll call Will in an
email to me. 'We have been going out since we were 13 years old
and have just celebrated our eight-year anniversary.
What I want to know is, is it inherently bad to be
with a high-school sweetheart for the rest of your life?'
Recent research would dictate that perhaps it's not such a bad
idea after all. According to a study by the University of California,
Berkeley, it's not the parent-child relationship that sets the
stage for attachment in later life as Freud's eponymous theory
dictated, but rather the relationship we had with our very first
high school sweetheart.
Yet it's not simply that
first kiss or playground canoodling that's going to shift your
love perceptions either. Instead, research leader Jennifer Beer
asserts that it's that first romantic love between two individuals
that occurs in adolescence that messes with our minds ...
'Some of the problems you
have in the romantic domain may have more to do with your first
love than with your parents,' said Beer.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher
(the definitive authority on all things love-related) concurs.
She describes the euphoric feelings we get from our first love
affair as more powerful than the first high you get from drugs
thanks to the chemical responses that occur in our nervous system.
'Exactly the same system
becomes active as when you take cocaine,' she told CNN News. 'You
can feel intense elation when you're in love.'
"Hot, hot, hot here in Berkeley" writesSteve Grinczel/Grinz Green on mlive.com.
"Unlike the Michigan
State football team, I felt it was necessary to arrive at the
game site early to get acclimated.
And, let me tell you, whoa
Nellie, it's hot. Right now, it's like 96 degrees and 99 is forecast
for tomorrow (Thursday).
What I found interesting is that the folks at the hotel are saying
it's unseasonably hot, and they aren't liking it too much.
I think it feels like it
did in Michigan a week or so ago, but without the humidity, when
the heat index was up in the 90s.
I would think that the Spartans
have already practiced twice a day in this stuff, so I don't see
a big advantage either way, unless the Cal Golden Bears aren't
used to this kind of weather.
Without the humidity, it's
just like any other snowy Michigan day."
"Ringer will test California's new 3-4
ESPN.com's Ted Miller.
"While many teams employ
spread offenses, or at least have adopted zone blocking schemes
-- you know, finesse schemes -- Michigan State is a throwback.
California will play host to a true power-running team Saturday,
and it will be a test to see of the Bears new 3-4 look on defense
avoids getting put through the Ringer.
That's Spartans tailback
"As far as season openers go, it doesn't
get much tougher for Michigan State than what the team will face
the Livingston Daily.
"The Spartans don't
get to fine-tune the offense or tighten up the defense against
a Playoff Subdivision (formerly Div. I-AA) opponent. They won't
have the comforts of Spartan Stadium or the energy of 70,000 green-and-white-clad
'It's not only just the adverse
environment that we're facing out there, but it's the travel,
there are new players playing,' MSU coach Mark Dantonio said.
'So all of those things, I think, are factored in.'
Michigan State was slated
to leave at 9:30 this morning on a 2,300-mile trek to Berkeley,
California, for an 8 p.m. [5 p.m. here] kickoff Saturday against
California. The game will be televised on ABC (Ch. 7, 12, 53)."
"Stanford, Cal fans need faith in varying
doses" opines Ray
"Faith, that rarest
of commodities when applied to college football, is most in evidence
in August. That's when the lack of results allows every fan to
believe that this is the year of his or her reward.
In these parts, rewards range
as high as the Rose Bowl for Cal, and for Stanford, simply not
having to return money to the customers.
Stanford's chance of success
within these parameters is greater than Cal's, but even if the
Bears excel enough to get back to the Holiday Bowl, it will require
exceptional work from each team.
And until then? Faith.
Cal fans, who largely found
last season to be most unsatisfying, need to have faith that coach
Jeff Tedford: A) Finds his quarterback soon; B) Keeps running
back Jahvid Best healthy and hearty; and, C) Gets as much from
his defense as all the pundits think he should. Then they have
to have faith that neither Oregon nor Arizona State is as good
CBS Channel 5 NEWS reports "In
preparation for the first home football game of the season, University
of California, Berkeley officials today asked Golden Bear fans
to keep in mind parking, safety and security advice.
An open letter from Vice
Chancellor Nathan Brostrom, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour
and UC Police Chief Victoria Harrison was released for Saturday's
game against Michigan State University at Memorial Stadium.
The scheduled construction
of a new sports center on campus has outraged a number of local
groups, including a group of people that began living in some
trees of a grove that would be torn down for the construction.
Currently there are four
tree-sitters still residing in the grove and UC Berkeley officials
are cautioning football fans to do what they can to keep the situation
According to the letter,
school officials are 'doing everything possible to ensure safety
and minimize the impact of the protest on fans and the campus
They said a double line of
security fencing around the area where the tree-sitters are living
will remain in place Saturday. A strong police presence will also
be found around the time of the game."
"Berkeley police to crack down on student
Doug Oakley in our Times.
"Berkeley police announced
the annual crackdown on underage drinking around UC Berkeley this
week, courtesy of an $89,000 grant from the California Department
of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
UC Berkeley Police reported
a young woman was hospitalized Monday night after being hit in
the head by a brick while attending a fraternity party on Piedmont
Avenue where alcohol was being served."
"Offices of Berkeley
activist group raided" reports the AP.
"A UC Berkeley spokesman
says the Long Haul Infoshop was raided Wednesday by the FBI, UC
Berkeley police and Alameda County Sheriff's deputies.
Spokesman Robert Sanders
says the raid was part of an investigation into threatening e-mails
tracked to computers there.
Sanders has been the university's
spokesman on investigations into animal rights activists suspected
of harassing researchers at the school.
He declined to comment further on the warrant.
A posting on Long Haul's
Web site says authorities spent about 90 minutes searching its
Though reported as a UC police
raid, the involvement of the FBI speaks otherwise. Whether Berkeley
activists will be arrested and charged in the future of course
rests on the contents of the seized computers.
"Long Haul's Radical History" reports Al Winslow in the Planet.
It's an anarchist 'free space.'
An anarchist saying speaks
of 'building a new society on the vacant lots of the old'; in
this case, a sanctuary of Berkeley's left, Berkeley's seekers
and sometimes Berkeley's outcasts was built on the remains of
Sugar's Den Health Spa and Massage.
'Sugar' reputedly was open-minded
about the prostitution laws. Anyway, a fire put her out of business
in the late 1970s. Reminders remain - charred wooden beams toward
the back, a vivid sign amid political posters on an upstairs wall.
'After the fire, Al (Haber)
renteed the entire place for $100 and started making repairs,'
Jesse Palmer wrote in History of the Long Haul. 'The long hallway
... plus the political vision of the place gave it its name.'
Haber, 70, a founder of Students
for a Democratic Society in 1959, now lives in Michigan with his
wife, Odile, a veteran of the 1968 Paris street rebellion that
almost overthrew the French government; the government was saved,
oddly, by the intervention of the establishment Communist Party."
"UC campuses at Davis, Berkeley and San
Francisco Hit With Complaint"
conducted by University of California staff in San Francisco,
Davis and Berkeley are the subject of a complaint filed with the
UC Board of Regents here - and criticized as "unethical"
by scientists, ethologists and ethicists, including two former
University of California veterinarians.
The complaint - examined
by the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Audit of the UC Office
of General Counsel - involves experiments described by the UC
veterinarians 'unethical,' 'distressful' and causing 'great pain
UC facilities are accused
of filing fraudulent reports with federal regulators. The complaint
demands termination of the experimental procedures, including
water deprivation, restraint chair confinement and bolting devices
to primates' skulls with steel screws.
Recently obtained government
records, which disclose these procedures, and the scientists who
use them, have been released on the internet via the SAEN website:
"Cautious owner thwarts restaurant robbery" report Harry Harris and Sean Maher
of the Tribune.
"The owner of a Montclair district Chinese restaurant foiled
a robbery Tuesday night when he refused to open his locked door
to suspects he saw put on masks.
Whether Lee's Cafe in the 2800 block of Mountain Boulevard was
going to be the latest in a series of takeover robberies plaguing
eateries across Oakland and other East Bay cities is not known,
but it most likely was, authorities said.
The owner said Wednesday there were two customers and a few employees
inside the restaurant about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday when two men wearing
dark clothing tried to come inside but found the door locked.
The owner said he did not see a gun 'but I knew they were coming
to rob me because they put masks on their faces. I didn't open
the door and they left.'
He called police but the suspects were gone by the time officers
la bola en la calle
Nick, chef at 900,
worked the Eos food both at Outside Lands last weekend. He served
ribs and fixings and loved Tom Petti and Manu Chau."
Merryll's moving in today.
Steve Smith had a good talk
with Byron at a school-gathering of their boys, Jack and Milo.
"Veteran producer Opal Nations' archivist
work" reports Lee
Hildebrand in the Chronicle.
"As he works tirelessly
dubbing music from brittle 78-rpm gospel and blues records onto
compact disc in the Oakland home he shares with his Norwegian-born
wife, Opal Louis Nations wails along in a booming tenor. He once
cut a couple of singles for Decca Records in his native England
and, as a member of the Frays, performed there in 1965, on a bill
with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Dusty Springfield and Donovan
on the television program 'Disc A-Go-Go.'
Nations, who has a penchant for wearing purple pants and yellow
shirts and tennis shoes, put public singing in mothballs more
than 40 years ago and now devotes his time to producing and annotating
CDs of rare and obscure American music for Acrobat and other British
His most recent project is
a series of compilations of music originally issued by a number
of Bay Area record labels in the 1940s and '50s. Three collections
for Acrobat - the three-disc 'The Trilon Records Story 1946-1948,'
the three-'isc'Bob Geddins Big Town Records Story' (covering 1945
to 1955) and the single-disc 'The Jaxyson Records Story"
(1948-1949) - are available at some stores and from various online
outlets. A fourth, the double-disc "The Olliet Records Story,"
is due out any day, with more, from such other long-forgotten
local labels as Cavatone, Irma and Rhythm, slated for early next
been away on vacation, but remember that during NNO, Angela was
interrupted when she was trying to tell me something about Diane
Walker. Is she moving?
Also, we've had a notable spike in grafitti by the Norteno gang
on our street. The back of East Bay Nursery was tagged in a MAJOR
way. So were the signs in the traffic circle again as well as
the sidewalk next to the church. The Latin gang is marking their
territory regularly and very noticeably. I'll call the city today
regarding abatement, but we've got an issue with H2O Waterfront
gang moving down to Allston St. and the Nortenos moving in and
claiming this block.
We need to nip this in the bud or we'll have problems again as
I understand from BPD that the Latin gang is known for auto theft
among other things.
Also, I sent in code enforcement complaints about 1019 Channing
and 2328 10th St for the graffiti that is on the property that
hasn't been cleaned up by the owners. I did that prior to August
8th. Please advise of the progress on forcing a clean up...even
if the city has to do it and put a lien on the properties.
Finally, while on vacation I saw a police blotter from the CC
times on Berkeley in early August just before I left for vacation.
It said that there was a that there was a robbery at Lo-Cost Liquors
at Bancroft and SP, a mugging in broad daylight at Bancroft and
SP Ave and that there was a mugging at gunpoint at 6th and Channing.
These incidents happened August 1, 2, 3, respectively.
(other more recent incidents in the area - http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_10265621?IADID=Search-
I'd expect some communication after a 1-2-3 punch in the neighborhood,
but I've not seen a peep out of BPD, the councilman's office,
or the City Manager's office to advise the local neighborhood
watch group / Yahoo Group that we have violent criminal activity
in our neighborhood. I know you have a lot to do, but if we don't
know of the dangers in our neighborhood then how can we protect
ourselves and why pretend we have a partnership with the city?
There needs to be better communication from the city on these
issues or we'll increasingly feel that we are being left in the
dark by the city and left to fend for ourselves just as crime
in Berkeley and Oakland is starting to get completely out of control.
I'd really appreciate if everyone in the city can address these
concerns to the group as a whole. I spearheaded this cooperation
with the city in the beginning, but there are a lot of stake holders
in this now apart from me, so we need to be addressed as a whole
from this point on.
another email from Jarad
After returning from vacation
for 10 days I was shocked to find that the 2300 block of 10th
Street is now clearly marked as Norteno territory now that the
H20 Waterfront Family drug gang has been pushed by BPD a mere
2 blocks north to Allston & 10th.
This situation needs firm attention. We've been dealing with drug
gangs on this block since March of 2008 and trading one gang with
weapons and narcotics for another is not acceptable. In fact,
just pushing them off of the block is not acceptable either.
Today, August 28th, 2008 at 12pm I documented clear indicators
of the severity of the problem in our part of Berkeley. Cleaning
up this problem is going to take more than moving a gang to someone
else's neighborhood. It is going to take coordination and zero
tolerance on the part of the city AS A WHOLE.
Documentation of the problem can be found attached to this
email or in the Yahoo Group
This documentation is worth
a look. It's informative to see Gerard's examples of gang graffiti.
Gerard believes this to be
in front room, eyes dry, lips dry, hint of "chlorine/bleach-like"
oder. 4:01 PM--irritant in front room, wear mask. 8/29/08--6:23
AM--irritant in front room with " burning natural gas"
our Janine emails
Hi everyone! Our concert
is only a week away! Elizabeth Blumenstock and I are playing
Saturday, September 6. We are performing four of J.
S. Bach's Sonatas for Violin and obbligato Harpsichord (1, 2,
3, & 5), plus a Telemann Fantasia for solo violin, J.S. Bach
Fantasia and Fugue in a minor for harpsichord, and a Fantasia
and Fugue for violin and harpsichord written by myself. The
concert is being held at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St, Berkeley
(at Bancroft). 8 PM
$15 general, $12 SFEMS members, $10 seniors/students/disabled
hope you can come! It will be a fun event! Best
An interview with ClifBar's
Gary Erickson" by Gary Boulanger of bikeradar.com.
"ClifBar founder Gary Erickson is a real
renaissance man. The 50-year-old Californian grew up alpine skiing
and hiking with his family, and his passion for the great outdoors
has never wavered.
More at home on the slopes
in the Sierras and Yosemite, the sometimes jazz trumpeter and
former saddle maker and cookie baker struck gold with ClifBar,
the company he co-founded with Lisa Thomas in 1992.
With ClifBar recently expanding
the availability of its bars outside the USA, BikeRadar visited
Erickson at his Berkeley, California headquarters to find out
more about the adventurous person and learn more about why he
continues to be passionate about yummy treats for outdoorsy types."
"Making a foray into public campaign financing,
the Senate approved a 'fair elections' bill that would -- with
voter approval -- give state funding to candidates for secretary
of state in 2014 if they agree not to accept donations greater
than $5 per person from the public" reports the LA Times.
"Voters would have to
approve the pilot program in 2010. Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
said the measure was a response to the role of special interests
'We talk a lot about campaign finance reform and try to come up
with a system that is fair,' Steinberg said. 'This is a very modest
proposal to try a different way.'
Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta),
who voted against the proposal, complained that money for the
candidates would come from a $350 annual fee on lobbyists, lobbying
firms and their employers.
'They don't think it's fair
that you are going to put a tax on them, because they have nothing
to do with the secretary of state,' Battin said.
The bill, AB 583 by Assemblywoman
Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), was approved 21 to 18 and will go to
the governor if the Assembly agrees to minor changes made by the
"Restaurant robberies making diners uneasy" writes Steve Rubenstein of the Chronicle.
"Angel-hair pasta still
costs $7.95 in Oakland, but now it comes with a cop car every
Round and round the police cruise on College Avenue, like capellini
spinning on a fork. Police - it's what's for dinner."
"Rash of robberies calls for new safety
Matthew B. Stannard of the Chronicle.
"One of the things that
robbers told us starting in the mid-'90s is that they were branching
out in the types of places they were robbing,' said Rosemary Erickson,
a forensic sociologist and president of Athena Research Corp.
in San Diego, who has interviewed hundreds of young robbers.
'Convenience stores were
... hardening their targets,' she said, by limiting the cash on
hand, making escape more difficult and training employees how
to behave during a robbery.
The robbers 'found they could
get more money in places that have cash - nail salons, barber
shops, coffee stands, espresso stands, flower stands, anything
that is a cash-based enterprise and also hasn't been robbed in
the past, so doesn't have the same training,' she said."
"Two killed, six wounded
by several gunmen in Oakland" reports Henry K. Lee of
"Several gunmen opened
fire near an East Oakland street corner, killing two people and
injuring six others, police said today.
The shooting happened at
about 10:15 p.m. Friday on the 8200 block of MacArthur Boulevard.
At least three people with guns fired numerous shots, hitting
eight people, police said.
Two victims died. The others
were taken to area hospitals. The names of the victims were not
No suspects have been arrested in the case. The slayings bring
to 94 the number of homicides in Oakland this year."
" It Isn't a Zero-Sum Game" is Newsweek's Business Roundtable with
a look at the two faces of globalization, and whether the U.S.
can stay ahead.
"Robert Reich, former
Secretary of Labor under Clinton, now teaches at the University
of California at Berkeley.
If we define the world's economic leader as the country with the
biggest gross domestic product, China is on the way to claiming
that prize. China has over a billion people, and its middle class
is growing quickly. But we shouldn't see this as a problem. The
global economy isn't a zero-sum game where one country gains only
if another other loses. As China grows, it will become an even
larger market for our goods and services. It's also likely to
be a continuing source of capital for us, buying our government
bonds and holding reserves of our currency."
"Thousands of Harleys parade through Milwaukee" reports the Chronicle.
"Thousands of people
lined a parade route Saturday as Harley-Davidson riders from around
the world revved their engines, waved flags and threw candy to
the crowd for the iconic motorcycle company's 105th anniversary.
About 7,500 motorcycles sparkled
in the sunshine as they growled along the 4 1/2-mile route by
Vannettsa Valentine of Milwaukee watch'd the parade and slapped
hands with many bikers.
'I've lost count of where they all come from," she said.
'I wanted to welcome them to Milwaukee.'
More than 100,000 people
were expected in Milwaukee for the celebration, which included
activities at the new Harley-Davidson Museum and a Saturday night
performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band."
"Labor Day in California, by the numbers" reports George Raine and Sam Zuckerman in the
"With jobs disappearing,
home prices falling and the cost of living jumping, Labor Day
2008 finds California workers losing ground by many measures.
New reports from UC Berkeley and the California Budget Project
document the squeeze on families in the middle and at the lower
end of the income spectrum."
Shield Donates $1 Million to UC Berkeley" reports Vincent
Quan of the Daily Cal.
"The Blue Shield of
California Foundation announced a $1 million grant to UC Berkeley
last week, aimed at improving health care in California hospitals."
"How Many Millionaires
in Your ZIP?" Find out here.
"Berkeley casts its vote" writes Rusty Simmons at sfgate.com
"As far as the Cal crowd
is concerned, the quarterback debate officially ended Saturday.
Backup quarterback Nate Longshore turned the fans' polite applause
into a rousing ovation before it quickly shifted back to echoing
Longshore completed three
passes to his teammates and two to Michigan State."
"Krakatuk draws the crowds at its own big
top circus tent"
reports Katya Panfyorova of Russia's St Petersburg Times.
"Krakatuk, a spectacular
reworking of the classic story behind 'The Nutcracker,' combines
theater, ballet, the circus arts and technical wizardry to great
'Krakatuk,' a modern circus-style
performance of the classic story of the Nutcracker, has returned
to the city in which it originated four years after it last wowed
audiences here - this time with its own 14,000-square meter purpose-built
Almost two centuries after
E.T.A. Hoffman wrote the tale, 'The Nutcracker and the Mouse King'
and Tchaikovsky penned his popular ballet, 'Krakatuk' has reinvented
the story and created a new, spectacular genre in doing so. 'Krakatuk'
- named after the nut in the story - combines circus, theater,
animation, eclectic music, audio and visual special effects and
abstract modern art forms with ever-changing scenery and decorations
to arouse a hurricane of emotions.
'Krakatuk' is an artistic
experiment on Hoffman's original Christmas story, resurrecting
its fairy-tale world of toys, dreams, heroes, miracles, and magic
with the help of modern technology."
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