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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 show.
    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 somewhere. 
    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 

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 explains.
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 says.
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,' Sam says.

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 and greener." 


" Environmental Groups Picket Toll Highway" writes Boris Kamchev in Russia's St Petersburg Times.

"Environmentalists have 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 century.

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 said today.

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, he said.

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

"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 for months."

"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 11 NEWS.

"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.

"Apparently today's 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 be cut."



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 Chronicle.

"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 gun.
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." 

"Bay 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 a comeback.

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.


"Tofu 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."

Tofu Yu
2929 Ninth St., Berkeley, 510-204-9090, 
Sample Menu
BBQ Tofu Sandwich$6
Tofu Wraps$6
Tofu Ham$5
Caesar Salad$6.50
Tofu Pasta$5
Tea-smoked Firm Tofu$4
Chocolate Mousse$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 restaurant business.

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 director." 



"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 of

"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 stages.

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

"Tulip Graphics," 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 thusly:
    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 novel. 

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 of formats."



"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 protest.

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 ruled.
Protesters have occupied the trees for more than 18 months.

Environmentalists opposing 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 cannabis club.

'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.

"California Attorney 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 drug-dealing charges.

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 said."



"The 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.













 "Del Martin, Lesbian Pioneer, Dies at 87" writes Andy Humm in gaycity

"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

"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 defense" posts'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 Javon Ringer."



"As far as season openers go, it doesn't get much tougher for Michigan State than what the team will face Saturday." reports 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 fans.

'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 Ratto.

"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 as advertised."

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 civil.

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 community.'

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 drinking" reports 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 office."


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" reports

"Invasive experiments 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 and suffering.'

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 arrived."




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 labels.

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 year."




Jarad emails

     I've 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 -
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 one



8/28/08--~10:45--irritant 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" oder. 













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 wishes,



An interview with ClifBar's Gary Erickson" by Gary Boulanger of

"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 in campaigns.
'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 Senate."



"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 10 minutes.
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 tactics" reports 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 the Chronicle.

"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 released.
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 Lake Michigan.
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 Chronicle.

"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."



"Blue 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

"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 boos.

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 effect.

'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 venue.

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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