here after 8/16 here 8/22 here
seating at the new Freight
Ya know I bin thinkn, maybe
I'll run for mayor. . . .
it's the fumes, I'm a lttle light-headed.
I'll get back to you on this.
our Geralyn emails
I just wanted to remind you that the 15th San Francisco Aloha
Festival is happening this weekend. The halau I belong to, Hui
Hula O na Pu'u I Ka Noe, will be dancing on Sunday, August
2 at 10:30 am. Here's the link http://www.pica-org.org/AlohaFest/index.html I
hope to see you there!
You may have heard rumors that I will be going to Berlin and Prague,
along with my hula sisters and brother, to participate in a hula
competition and to do some exhibition dancing. Well, it is true
and we're all very excited about it, as you can imagine.
But, like the song goes, "money's too tight to mention",
so we're having a cookie sale to help subsudize our trip. Anthony
and Christopher of our neighborhood's renown fabulous ( or is
it fabulously renown?) cafe, 900 Grayson, have been very gracious
to offer to sell our
cookies at the front counter. These are the Hawaiian "School
Kine" cookies. Very "ono" and only $6.00 a bag!
The flavors are: shortbread, vanilla macadamia nut, chocolate
chip macadamia nut, and chocolate chip. Pop into 900 Grayson (
7th St and Grayson in West Berkeley, Mon- Sat 8am-3pm) have a
meal, and grab a bag of cookies for dessert. Or you can contact
me with your order.
If you'd like to watch the festivities in Berlin, look for the
link that will stream the action live on the internet at http://hula-festival.synthasite.com/.
I don't have much information on Prague except that we will be
dancing in the Old Town's square on August 21.
Mahalo again for all of your support. I and the halau appreciate
A hui hou
I love shortbread and these
are the best. RP
Ryan Lau emails
National Night Out
Just a quick reminder, National Night Out is fast approaching,
Tuesday, August 4th. If you haven't already done so, today
is the last day to officially register your group's event with
the City so that Fire, Police, City Manager's staff and our office
can come around and meet the neighbors. You don't have to
be an official neighborhood watch group to register and it is
a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and City staff.
If you'd like to find out more about National Night Out or want
a copy of the application, please visit <http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=24228>.
If you are not able to send in the form today, try and get it
in as soon as possible, sometimes they allow late submissions.
Also, please let us know as well. If your event doesn't
make it onto the official list, we'd still like to try and stop
Street Tree Planting
West Berkeley received some grant funding to mitigate some of
the impacts of the freeway, specifically by reducing pollution
by planting trees. We encourage people to submit tree-planting
applications so we can plant in the area.
This year the City is focusing on a mutltidepartmental effort
in a "Place Based Initiative" with a program called
"Heart to Heart" in the block around McGee, Russell,
Oregon and Dohr. It is a special effort to address the problem
of "premature death" from chronic diseases. The Parks
Dept's contribution will be to focus on tree-planting in the area.
If you are interested in having a tree in front of your home please
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
Kubik emails Ryan
How about planting trees
between the freeway and Aquatic Park? Some thing was supposed
to have been done there years ago and so far NOTHING!
Are you referring to the
"Living Wall" project? I'm not quite sure what
ever happened to that, but I think alot of it had to do with CalTrans
not liking the idea. Since the project required a CalTrans
encroachment permit, we were sort of stuck at an impasse.
I can check in about the project, but my understanding is that
CalTrans was adamant that they did not want anything to do with
it. In any case, how have you been, Bob? Pumpkin patch
time is just around the corner, huh?
If Caltrans doesn't like
the idea of trees what do they propose? We need and have
needed some separation. Yes, would you check into it?
Carol and I are doing
fine - shopping at the new Berkeley Bowl every day. We were
totally wrong about traffic congestion - what we have seen is
many more folks walking and biking to get their groceries. That
has made a much more neighborhood feeling.
The only source that got
so-far-traffic right was Lipofsky. "Won't make much difference"
he said. "Supermarket traffic trickles in and out, not like
a school with traffic bunching up when kids are dropped off or
picked up." RP
Who so far got it wrong in
varing degrees? Rick, Sarah, John V, Ron P, Bob, Carol, etc, etc,
And, the neighbors almost
to a person figured the Yasudas hadn't learned anything from their
experience of the Downtown Bowl and so somehow would repeat it.
Also, the traffic consultants
hired by our city-workers got it right so far.
Marvin's work was picked
up for an exhibition at the Concourse Gallery at 555 California
Street, San Francisco.
Oakland City Council action
taken at 7/29/09 Council meeting. The Council approved
29 Subject: Enterprise Zone
- Expand Boundaries
From: Community and Economic Development Agency
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Approving The Expansion Of
The Boundaries Of
The Oakland Enterprise Zone Into Portions Of Emeryville And West
City of Oakland Community
Economic and Development Agency information on their Enterprise
incentives is one way Oakland remains competitive in the regional
marketplace. The incentives range from Enterprise Zone tax credits
to assistance with locating space and identifying workforce needs.
Oakland takes full
advantage of state and federal programs to provide a full set
of incentives and has a municipal lending unit to assist businesses
looking for capital, technical assistance, and training. Incentives
are also provided for environmentally-friendly businesses.
Industrial Development Bond Program
Manufacturers' Investment Credit
Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)
zone program is an innovative partnership comprised of state government,
local government and private businesses. The State of California
re-designated Oakland on January 31, 2008, for an additional 15
years. Oakland businesses in the Zone - from large manufacturing
companies to small neighborhood restaurants - can reduce their
state taxes by taking advantage of Enterprise Zone benefits.Tax
credits and benefits available to companies locating in enterprise
Tax credits for
sales or use taxes paid on up to $20 million of qualified machinery
purchased per year;
A hiring credit of $37,440 or more for each qualified employee
A 15-year carryover of up to 100 percent of net operating losses
Expensing up to $40,000 of certain depreciable property;
Lender income deductions for loans made to zone businesses; and
Preference points on state contracts.
Unused tax credits can be applied to future tax years, stretching
out the benefit of the initial investment
For more information
and forms required for claiming the Enterprise Zone Hiring Tax
Credit visit our on line EZ Tax Credit Vouchering System at www.EZOakland.com
or call Susana Villarreal; Enterprise Zone Coordinator at 510-238-7794;
Industrial Development Bond Program
The program targets
small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that are normally
shut out of national credit markets and provides low-cost, long-term
financing for real estate and equipment projects that retain or
create employment in Oakland.
No public entity
assumes any of the risk of the financing. A highly-rated bank
relies on a Letter of Credit with the business for adequate collateral
and repayment ability.
Development Bond Program is administered by the Economic Development
Alliance for Business. To learn more about the bond program including
the eligibility criteria and application process, visit www.eastbayeda.org
or call 510.272.3885.
The State of California
has created a tax incentive designed to encourage manufacturers
to stay and grow in the Golden State. Known as the Manufacturers'
Investment Credit (MIC), this legislation allows California manufacturers
to claim a six percent investment tax credit or a five percent
sales/use tax exemption (for new businesses) on qualified property
that is purchased, acquired, or leased for use in California.
These credits can greatly reduce the amount of State taxes a company
The principal categories
of qualifying activities include:
Research and Development
For details on
the MIC, visit www.ftb.ca.gov or call 1.800.852.5711
Retail and Entertainment
Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)
The City of Oakland's
Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)
provides incentives to attract key entertainment and retail businesses
to targeted locations in the downtown area. While downtown retail
market has improved in recent years, in many cases the available
spaces, buildings, or properties require tenant improvements to
meet the needs of existing retailers.
Under the TIP,
additional incentives are available to cover expenses such as
asbestos abatement, compliance with the Americans with Disability
Act (ADA), ventilation, off-site improvements, and other tenant
improvements including demolition, mechanical, plumbing, electrical
and interior historic restoration. The Tenant Improvement Program
can be used with the existing Downtown Façade Improvement
Program. Targeted areas include Uptown, the Downtown Historic
area, the Latham Square area, Old Oakland, Chinatown, and Lower
For further information,
call Redevelopment at 510.238.3699 or email.
The Berkeley City Council
has to approve the Enterprise Zone for it to be in Berkeley.
"Council Tables Measure Endorsing SCA 21" is by Rio Bauce Special to the Planet.
"Last Thursday, the
Berkeley City Council tabled a measure supporting a bill in the
state Legislature that would strip the University of California's
Board of Regents of a certain measure of autonomy.
The bill, SCA 21, authored
by state Senators Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Roy Ashburn
(R-Bakersfield), would subject the UC system to laws and statutes
passed by the state Legislature. Current laws are already in effect
for the California State University system. "
"Berkeley's First Teen Center Planned for
Downtown" is a saavy
report by Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"Berkeley teenagers may finally have a solution to their
Soon they may have a new
place to hang out after school, get help with homework, meet up
with friends or simply have some fun.
A building that formerly
housed a PG&E service center at 2109 Martin Luther King Jr.
Way is all set to become the Teen AMP (Aspirations Made Possible),
Berkeley's first center dedicated entirely to teenagers."
In talking to a west-Berkeley
"veteran gang member" about the difference in being
a teenage then and now, he said "We had places to go. The
City had centers for us and we had other places. They don't have
"Counting Crows Swoop Down On Berkeley's
Greek Theatre" is
a review by Jane Wang at dailycal.org.
"Nearly two decades
ago, two men, Adam Duritz and Dave Bryson, came together to form
an acoustic duo, gradually picking up more members and eventually
receiving national attention. Now, after having crisscrossed America's
highways many times over, last Sunday Counting Crows finally returned
to the place where they were born-Berkeley, California-to share
the stage with San Diego-based Augustana."
"SunRun Does Government-financed Solar
Panels" is a report
"In a move to avert
regional government solar incentives like Berkeley, California-based
Berkeley FIRST from capturing the solar panel financing market,
San Francisco-based SunRun is using a new round of financing to
capture a greater share of that market."
"Berkeley and the General Strike of 1934"
is a story by Steven
Finacom Special to the Planet.
"In spring and summer 1934 San Francisco experienced one
of the most dramatic labor confrontations in 20th century American
Robert Shiller was one of
Charlie Rose' guest last night. He talks about a new book
of his and more.
Robert Shiller is an American economist
and Yale professor. He is best known for his book "Irrational
Exuberance," a "New York Times" bestseller, which
predicted the burst of the stock market bubble in the late 1990s,
and warns about the emergence of a housing bubble after the dot-com
bubble burst in 2000.
He has organized a series
of seminars about behavioral finance, and is the author of "Macro
Markets", which won the first annual Paul A. Samuelson Award
of TIAA-CREF. In 2003, he published another book, "The New
Check him out.
"Berkeley's Freight & Salvage braves
move to new home" by
Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.
"The local folk music
scene is about to get a major upgrade.
Call it Freight & Salvage
Coffeehouse 3.0 - as the legendary club, which has served as the
heart of the folk music scene in the Bay Area for the past 41
years, gets set to move into a new state-of-the-art performance
space Aug. 27 in the downtown Berkeley Arts District. It will
be the Freight's third home, following a stint on San Pablo Avenue
and its current spot at 1111 Addison St."
So, last I heard the mayor
was making 30-40k a year--which Da Boz was not taking-- and the
city manager took home around a quarter mil a year. What can I
learn from this?
Whoa, can't handle that s#%t.
post from the past 8/08
our "secret movie studio"
partying after Beverly
Hills Chihuahua rap
"I'll pass on the fin, thanks" is a story at sundaypaper.com.
"The Humane Society
just sent out a release stating that Alice Waters, the renowned
chef, restaurateur, and author, has signed Humane Society International's
No Shark Fin pledge, committing never to consume or serve shark
fin soup or any product containing shark fin. HSI is the global
arm of The Humane Society of the United States.
Ms. Waters is the founder
of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, the vice president of
Slow Food International, and a leader in promoting the use of
local, organic and sustainable ingredients."
"Ex-Office Depot worker says company asked
him to falsify records on Berkeley overcharges" Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.
"A Fremont man, claiming
he lost his job at Office Depot because he refused to falsify
data that showed the company overcharged the city of Berkeley
hundreds of thousands of dollars, is suing the office-supply giant
in federal court."
"New book on the Black Panthers shows revolutionaries'
humanity' " is by
Laura Casey Contra Costa Times.
"It was the summer of
1968. Oakland was the epicenter of the Black Panther Party movement,
and its members were fighting for the release of party co-founder
Huey P. Newton, jailed after being accused of shooting an Oakland
police officer to death.
Now-defunct Life magazine
wanted a story on the Black Panthers and asked photographer Howard
L. Bingham to shoot scenes around Oakland and Los Angeles while
reporter Gilbert Moore took notes.
Bingham took nearly 10,000
pictures - from stunning portraits of Panther leaders to Panther
gatherings outside the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland -
while Moore filled three dozen notebooks over several months following
Don't know about humanity,
but I do remember that the Navone's, owners of the Black and White
liquor next to the Panthers on Sacramento, thought the Panthers
were good neighbors.RP
"UC Berkeley program covers all expenses
for students with passion for music" Katherine Jarvis, Oakland Tribune.
"Neither of Daisy Newman's
parents were musically inclined, but Newman and her four siblings
were given musical training as they grew up in Natchez, Miss.
Now 62, Newman has led a
life of music, and since March 2003 she has been the director
of UC Berkeley's Young Musicians Program."
"Albany nursery an institution" is a story by Marta Yamamoto at contracostatimes.com.
"Flowerland, an institution
on Solano Avenue in Albany, is still going strong after 62 years.
While other businesses have
come and gone, the nursery has been a mainstay along the avenue
that runs through Albany and Berkeley, offering plantings and
other gardening supplies to the East Bay's dedicated gardeners.
There's a new, out-of-the-gift-box
look to Flowerland, with its offerings of perennials, succulents
and bamboos, roses and trees.
The nursery's new owners,
Carly Dennett and Katherine Zapata, are only the third proprietors
in the nursery's six-decade-plus history."
Kubik emails a link to"Health
Care Realities" Paul Krugman's opinion at nytimes.com.
"At a recent town hall
meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to
'keep your government hands off my Medicare.' The congressman,
a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare
is already a government program - but the voter, Mr. Inglis said,
'wasn't having any of it.'
It's a funny story - but
it illustrates the extent to which health reform must climb a
wall of misinformation. It's not just that many Americans don't
understand what President Obama is proposing; many people don't
understand the way American health care works right now. They
don't understand, in particular, that getting the government involved
in health care wouldn't be a radica
l step: the government is
already deeply involved, even in private insurance."
"Veterans get a boost in education funds" is a report at pe.com.
"Despite rising student
fees, Ivan Krimker can finally rest easy about paying for his
senior year at UC Riverside. The Marine Corps reservist will soon
get a boost from the biggest increase in veterans' education benefits
since after World War II.
The Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill,
which took effect Saturday, doubles tuition and education benefits
for veterans nationwide. More than 2 million veterans live in
California, and at least 30,000 attend colleges and universities
here. When the money starts reaching schools this fall, the bill
will provide considerably more benefits than the current G.I.
Bill, which Krimker has been using for the past three years.
'It's a night and day difference,'
post from the past
Kubik emails a link to the
"How medical marijuana is transforming
the pot industry" by David
Mmm, as mayor will I still
be able to do Scrambled Eggs? Mayor Bloomberg does something like
"SF Chron's Williams joins Center for Investigative
Reporting" is a
press release at poynter.org.
"The Center for Investigative
Reporting announced today that it has hired Lance Williams as
an investigative reporter covering money and politics for CIR's
new California Watch project."
"San Francisco wins homeless soccer tournament" is a report at sfgate.com.
"Homeless people from
across the country competed this weekend in the Street Soccer
USA Cup with a team from San Francisco taking the title."
Here is part of a story about
the Aloha Festival "And speaking of slack key, Fran Guidry
will be opening for the revered Ledward Ka'apana at shows around
Northern California in the coming week, including tonight (July
31) at eMotors in Sebastopol; the Little Fox in Redwood City on
Aug. 4; Don Quixote's in Felton on Aug. 5 and Freight & Salvage
in Berkeley Aug. 6. (Follow the club links for showtimes and ticket
info.) A Led show is full of storytelling, sweet falsetto, fast
guitar and some impromptu hula "The full story is at sfgate.com
with ego and drama-- on Iran and the Middle East watch Robert
Baer's presentation at our Commonwealth Club.
Then check out Robert
"The Big Two" by Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Editor
" 'I don't plan on leaving
California,' Chris Ward said. Cal was his first offer last September
and he admits that the Bears are recruiting him the hardest."
"Another plus side to small businesses" is opinion at mercedsunstar.com.
"During the economic
boom, many California cities fell over themselves to attract auto
malls and big-box retailers that could bolster their budgets with
sales tax revenue.
It worked. Local governments
saw their tax revenues soar until 2007. But now that the bubble
has collapsed, those same cities are slashing budgets and laying
off employees -- and regretting that they became so dependent
on a single source of revenue.
That's why it's instructive
to look toward Berkeley, a city that often is the brunt of jokes
by Valley residents because of its liberal politics. Laugh all
you want, but Berkeley has so far ridden through the recession
with far less fiscal angst than other cities.
In July, the Berkeley City
Council approved a $148 million budget that was actually slightly
larger than the previous year's.
City Manager Phil Kamlarz
attributed the increase to healthy tax revenues from the city's
retail districts, which include hardly any big-box retailers.
Instead, Berkeley relies on smaller-scale businesses, which are
located in walkable neighborhoods."
"Offshore windmills hold clean-energy promise"
is a report by David
R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Someday decades from
now, California's sprawling coastal cities could draw their power
from floating windmills that bob on the sea like buoys, far from
Their blades would spin over
deep ocean water, turning in winds that are steadier and stronger
than they are on land. Undersea cables would send their electricity
This kind of floating windmill
has not yet been deployed en masse. But a model of one sits in
the Berkeley office of Principle Power, one of several companies
trying to tap the powerful winds at sea.
Principle has signed agreements
with utilities to test its device, called the WindFloat, off the
coasts of Oregon and Portugal. Three connected canisters filled
with ballast water will support a wind turbine, with cables mooring
the entire device to the seabed."
"A group of American scientists headed
by Michel Maharbiz believe they have devised a way to produce
energy using evaporation"
is a report at cleantechnica.com.
Hailing from the University
of California in Berkeley, the University of Michigan and MIT,
these electrical engineers devised a process that mimics the natural
occurrence of evaporation in plants. In a process called transpiration,
water absorbed by the plant roots travel upwards to be excreted
by the leaves. The scientists recreated leaves in the laboratory
out of glass wafers etched with tiny water-filled channels that
resemble veins. The glass leaves allow the water to evaporate
through the open-ended veins, causing a continuous draw of fluid
at the rate of 1.5 centimeters per second.
According to NewScientist:
'The researchers added metal plates to the walls of the central
stem and connected them to a circuit. The charged plates and the
water within the stem create a sandwich of two conducting layers
separated by an insulating layer in effect, a capacitor.'
"UC presents revised plan for housing Helios
research. New proposal calls for two sites for solar-energy program" is a press release at berkeley.edu.
"University of California
representatives are presenting to state government officials newly
revised plans for housing the Helios research initiatives that
will explore promising new solar-energy technologies.
The previous plan to house
the Helios effort called for a single, consolidated facility on
UC-owned land at the LBNL site. The new proposal calls for the
Helios research endeavors to be housed in two physically separate
and independent buildings: one in downtown Berkeley and a smaller
building at UC's LBNL site."
"UC to Issue Honorary Degrees to JAs Incarcerated
During WWII" reports
Heather Horiuchi of the Nichi Bei Times.
"It was a long time
coming, but at last, more than 60 years after beginning her college
education, Grace Obata Amemiya will receive her degree - albeit
an honorary one - from the University of California."
Kubik emails a link to slate.com" 'How Is America
Going To End?'
"Slate's 'Choose Your
Own Apocalypse' lets you map out the death of the United States"
by Josh Levin.
"If and when America
expires, we probably won't agree on the cause of death. For proof
that autopsies of empires are inconclusive, consider the case
of Alexander Demandt, the German historian who set out in the
1980s to collect every theory ever given for why Rome fell. The
final tally: 210, including attacks by nomads on horseback, blood
poisoning, decline of Nordic character, homosexuality, outflow
of gold, and vaingloriousness.
In tribute to Demandt, I've
gone looking for every possible reason why America could fall.
I've paged through the work of scholars who have studied the characteristics
of declining and failed societies. I also collected theories from
futurists, doomsayers, separatists, economists, political scientists,
national security experts, climatologists, geologists, astronomers,
and a few miscellaneous crazy people. The result: a collection
of 144 potential causes of America's future death. "
After the shock and anger
at The Crash, comes putting back the pieces. 'How
Is America Going To End? 'is an exercise that helps you do
just that. Go ahead, "Mess with your mind."RP
I'm going to and so is Scrambled
"NCAA Returning Statistical Leaders 2009:
is a report by David Hedlind at bleacherreport.com.
"Well I am hesitant
to write this as the last part didn't really get much in way of
Maybe people just aren't
interested in who the returning leaders are.
Well I am going to do it
"Jerry Garcia fans eternally Grateful in
S.F." is a story
by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A lot of people know
that Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia lived in the Haight and
Marin County, but a Sunday crowd showed up at his original stomping
grounds in McLaren Park to celebrate his life and his 'hood.
Garcia was born on Aug. 1,
1942, and long before he was the lead singer of the Dead, he lived
on Harrington Street in the working-class Excelsior District,
built tree houses, cleaned out stables and ran around the nearby
330-acre, woodsy McLaren."
"Berkeley Ventures Creates Initial Portfolio
to Meet Change in Venture Ecosystem" is a press release at businesswire.com.
"Berkeley Ventures launched
today as a for-profit hi-tech incubator, announcing the immediate
availability of its 8,400 sq ft facility and its first four portfolio
companies. Berkeley Ventures is focused on web 2.0, mobile, clean-tech,
software, financial services and gaming. Unique in its approach,
the Berkeley Ventures program is not limited to a fixed period
of time. Berkeley Ventures helps startups maximize success by
providing seasoned advisors, infrastructure, investor contacts,
proximity to a world class research university, and a dynamic
"Samurai hold lessons for modern warfare"
is a story at sfgate.com.
"At first glance, Thomas
Cleary is an unlikely expert on war, weaponry and man's ability
The Oakland author and translator
of some 80 spiritual texts is gentle and soft-spoken, perfectly
suited for poring over ancient works in hushed libraries. Cleary
reads in nine languages, and his career has focused on Buddhist,
Taoist, Muslim and Confucian classics. Through his studies, though,
Cleary's understanding of war spans the ages, from Japan's warrior
class to the world wars and the military assaults of today."
in keeping with my advocacy
of youth in office, here's
ok, . . . it's an older photo
Calvin Fong emails
I actually thought it was a younger photo!
an older than younger photo
and a younger than older me RP
discoloration is turning-semen
posts from the past
Andrew and Kerstin just had
a boy, James Vernon.
and just right around the
corner from Andrew and Kerstin
Patti and Steve recently
Andrew Fischer is a fine
Potter Creek architect. His website is fischerarchitecture.com.
A little over a week ago,
I emailed regarding a person I saw being placed into a body bag
at the corner of 10th St and Carlton in the evening of Monday
I checked around the neighborhood
the next day and the grapevine led me to believe that I knew who
this person was. But I decided to follow up with the Berkeley
Police and the Coroner's Office of the Alameda County Sheriff's
Department. I needed to be sure. I didn't know his name.
Deputy McAdams of that office
has identified the person as Charles Brown, an African American
man. He was 56 years old and a former air conditioning mechanic
at the Alameda Naval Air Station. None of his family could be
located. He had lived in and around this part of West Berkeley
for around 20 years.
I'm sure most of us had seen
him wandering the streets in the area generally as unassuming
as a ghost and occasionally panhandling in front of West Side
Bakery and Cafe. He only asked me for money once at a time when
I was in a pinch myself. He saw the discomfort in my face and
said "never mind, you don't have the money to give."
And he walked off.
I'm writing this because
it bothers me that someone should die alone, literally on our
street and that his death not be noted somehow. I didn't know
him well enough to be able to say anything good or bad about the
man. Nor do I understand what led him to live on the street.
So, I note Charles Brown's
passing. This seems awfully little to be able to say but without
even any family to notice, this seems the least I could do.
On the Holidays, sometimes
we'd give Charles food and drink. He is a sweet soul. God Bless.RP
post from the past
"VASKA Introduces Green Chemicals to Commercial
Laundry Industry" is
a press release at prnewswire.com.
"VASKA, a Berkeley based
producer of green, botanically based laundry care products for
the commercial, institutional and consumer markets, is pleased
to announce that it has successfully turned the first major commercial
laundry plant in the United States (and possibly the world) green!
Royal Laundry of South San Francisco is the largest privately
owned commercial laundry on the West Coast, washing one million
pounds of laundry a week for more than a hundred Northern California
hotels using VASKA's green laundry solutions in its three state-of-the-art
Royal Laundry has been a
major commercial laundry service provider in the Bay Area for
47 years. When Royal began to encounter challenges with their
previous chemical supplier, Royal's president Don Luckenbach,
decided to look for alternatives. Don toured major plants across
the US to look for formulas that would meet his quality and performance
criteria and asked for proposals from the top contenders. When
VASKA's CEO Julia Fry proposed tests using her green formulas,
he was skeptical. After a highly successful 10-day test on their
largest tunnel, he was ready to give the go ahead. Months later
the changes at Royal are tangible to Luckenbach, 'Now when I walk
into the plant in the morning I am greeted by the smell of lavender,
and it makes me feel good that I am making a contribution to the
health of our employees and the environment.' "
these are the Goldin's tenants
here in west-Berkeley. RP
Councilman Darryl Moore emails,
I'm asking for your immediate
help to Revitalize Downtown Berkeley.
Please join me and the majority
of the City Council, State Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember
Nancy Skinner, environmental and labor groups and many of your
own neighbors in opposing the Downtown Referendum Petition - this
is an unfortunate and short-sighted attempt to freeze an already
DO NOT SIGN the Downtown
Referendum Petition that you might see as you visit your
favorite haunt, and please ask your friends NOT to sign.
After four years of community-wide
effort a super majority of the Berkeley City Council including
me, Mayor Tom Bates, Council Members Anderson, Capitelli, Maio,
Wengraf, and Wozniak, approved a new dynamic plan to Revitalize
Berkeley's new Downtown Area
Encourage more Downtown residences
and more affordable housing,
Support a street friendly
area with a pedestrian plaza on Center Street,
Enforce new green building
Provide for much-needed street-level
amenities to make the area more enjoyable!
Creating a downtown that
is vibrant with residents and merchants is essential to Berkeley's
economic success. It is also key to achieving our local goals
to reduce greenhouse gases. More people living downtown with access
to transit and daily shopping needs are essential to our environmental
stewardship and our mission to be a "climate smart"
As you know, most retail
businesses are struggling and downtown commercial vacancy rates
have topped 16%. Only one new affordable apartment building has
been completed in the downtown area in the last few years. Berkeley
can do better and the new Downtown Plan is what we need to get
moving in the right direction.
The people who oppose our
new Downtown Plan are the same nay-sayers who fight every attempt
to accommodate new housing - even in the most appropriate part
of town - the Downtown. This time their scare tactic is to claim
the "Manhattanization of Berkeley".
The truth is that the Downtown
Limit "tall" building
additions over the next 20 years to a maximum of two buildings
for conference-oriented hotels or housing,
Limit no more than 6 other
medium-height buildings - only 2 of which can be office buildings
and at least 4 residential.
Ask for significant returns
from developers for public amenities, including public open spaces
in the Downtown.
Protect our neighborhoods
by concentrating new housing downtown.
Bringing vitality back to
Downtown requires more people in the area, more affordable housing
in new green buildings, more pedestrian friendly spaces and support
for LOCAL-oriented shopping and services.
Don't let Downtown revitalization
be put on hold and four years of hard community planning work
If you'd like to learn more
about what the Downtown Area Plan will do for our downtown, please
visit RevitalizeDowntown.org. Also, please help by forwarding
this message to your Berkeley friends and neighbors. We also need
volunteers between now and August 20, so please email RevitalizeDowntown@gmail.com for more information on helping out.
P.S. If the petition gains
enough signatures, the required election could cost the city more
than $200,000 -- money needed for many more important things in
these tough economic times.
One such petition, I believe,
can be found in front of the west-Berkeley Bowl. A man best described
as an un-reconstructed Hippy was asking for signatures with the
opening "Save our downtown." "From what?"
asked a passing woman. I didn't hear the answer but after some
talk she appeared to sign. Go figure.RP
I said some few years ago
in my support of the Bowl that it will change our lives in ways
we can't imagine, but I'll make the leap of faith and assume that
they'll all be good. Well, I eat better, fresher, more healthy.
And,what I just discovered is that with regular, often daily shopping,
I buy only what I need and so have eliminated waste and cut our
food budget by one-third.RP
Riva Cucina's Jennifer emails
IT'S A BAMBINA!
WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF RIVA'S NEWEST FAMILY
MEMBER, GIULIA ISABELLA BOLDRINI.Ý BORN MAY 29TH, WEIGHING
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RIVA CUCINA NAMED AS BEST BAY AREA ITALIAN RESTAURANT
RIVA CUCINA IS THE BAY AREA'S BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT ACCORDING
TO THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE'S BEST OF THE BAY LIST.Ý
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
GREEN BUSINESS CERTIFICATION
BECAUSE OF OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING LOCAL AND ORGANIC FOODS AND
ADHERING TO SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES, RIVA CUCINA IS NOW
CERTIFIED AS A BAY AREA GREEN BUSINESS!
COME ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE BOTTLE OF WINE FROM HOME AT RIVA ON WEDNESDAY
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Greetings from Riva Cucina
We've got lots of news to share with you. Since our last email,
we've added a member to our Riva Cucina family, won an award,
been certified green, made Wednesday no corkage night, and have
closed on Mondays. Read on for more information about our exciting
news as well as our upcoming Allegrini wine dinner.Ý We
hope you are well and that we get to see you soon at Riva!
Massi + Jen
Allegrini Wine Dinner
Please join us for an evening of good food, wine and company.Ý
Massi will pair five courses with complementary Allegrini wines.Ý
Robin Shay from Allegrini will be on hand to discuss the wine.
When: Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm (Where: 800 Heinz Avenue
in Berkeley (Event Price: $75 not inclusive of tax or gratuity
(Reservations: 510 841 7482 // firstname.lastname@example.org
CROSTINI DI SALMONE
Organic Acme baguette, Washinghton smoked salmon, butter, chives
Paired with 2007 Allegrini Soave
INSALATA DI GAMBERI
Grilled pancetta wrapped prawns with wild arugula, yellow and
white corn, fennel, citrus condimento
Paired with 2008 Allegrini Valpolicella
RISOTTO PARMA E PISELLI
Arborio rice, Parma prosciutto, organic English peas, red onion,
Paired with 2005 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre
ARROSTO DI AGNELLO
Roasted leg of lamb stuffed with braised mixed mushrooms, herbs
and garlic, roasted new potatoes, lamb demiglace
Paired with 2005 Allegrini La Grola
FORMAGGI MISTI CON CIPOLLINE AGRODOLCI
Assortment of aged cheeses: Montasio, Grana Padano, Pecorino Nocino
served with balsamico caramelized cipollini onions
Paired with 2004 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella
RIVA CUCINA The Italian kitchen where land and water meet
CHEF Massimiliano Boldrini
LOCATION 800 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710ÝÝ
HOURSÝ Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 - 2:30 / Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30
PHONE 510 841 riva (7482)
FAX 510 649 5075
"Books Inc. to Open Berkeley Branch" is by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"There's finally some good news for book lovers in Berkeley.
Books Inc., which calls itself
the oldest independent bookseller on the West Coast, announced
Aug. 5 that it plans to open at a new location on Fourth Street
in October. The bookshop will be located at 1760 Fourth St., the
site currently occupied by NapaStyle."
Groove Yard's Rick Ballard
The second batch
of LPs from the estate of music critic Ralph J. Gleason will be
in the bins this Saturday.
2009 Stanford Jazz
Festival Season Announcement
intimate venues and a welcoming atmosphere define the Stanford
Jazz Festival experience, making it unique place where jazz listeners
of every generation can gather and feel at home.
on sale through Stanford Ticket Office (all sales, including online,
"http://tickets.stanford.edu"). For information about
tickets, including the Take 5! discount program, visit the ticket
info area of our site ("www.stanfordjazz.org/events/ticketinfo.html").
Concert descriptions and other information on the Stanford Jazz
website at www.stanfordjazz.org.
Stanford Jazz Schedule
08/06/2009 Thur 7:15pm Jazz Residency Participant Recital
Dinkelspiel Auditorium Free
08/07/2009 Fri 8pm SJW All Star Jam Session Dinkelspiel
08/08/2009 Sat 8pm Dena DeRose Quartet featuring Steve Davis
Campbell Recital Hall $40.00
20th AT&T San
Jose Jazz Festival August 7-9, 2009
Returning once again to San Jose on August 7th, 8th and 9th, 2009,
the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival promises its perfectly cultivated
brand of entertainment that has never failed to impress. Each
year, over 100 artists come together to exhilarate audiences,
drawing over 100,000 people and helping this jazz festival to
remain one of the finest in the country. The artists that take
to the nine stages arranged within walking distance of each other
in downtown San Jose bring intoxicating aural feasts in the form
of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B beats and more, satisfying
a diverse array of listeners. This Bay Area live music festival
offers more than just performances, though; activities such as
a jazz brunch, master classes, a club crawl, after-hours entertainment
and even a jazz mass give fans a chance to indulge in a deeper
musical experience. Among others, this year's line-up will bring
on stage Dee Dee Bridgewater, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Allen
Toussaint, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bettye Lavette, Pete
Escovedo, Don Byron plays Junior Walker, The Tierney Sutton Band,
Buster Williams, Patrice Rushen, Cindy Blackman and Bernie Maupin,
Winard Harper Sextet, Black Joe Lewis, Wild Magnolias, Denise
Donatelli, Lionel Loueke, San Jose Jazz Orchestra with Don Menza,
JC Smith All-Stars, SambaDa, John Santos, Karabali, Candela, and
August 7-9, 2009, Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, San Jose, California
Admission (access to all stages): $15 per day
Hotels start at $98.
Children 12 and under: free.
More info: www.jazzfest.sanjosejazz.org phone 866.208.3225
2nd Annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
Mon David John Calloway
Anna Maria Flechero - Tateng Katindig
The Forum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday, August 8, 2009 Showtime: 5PM
Tickets Available at www.ybca.org Box Office:
Free Outdoor Performances During The
16th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival
Yerba Buena Gardens
4th and Mission Streets San Francisco, CA 94103
Saturday/Sunday, August 8-9, 2009 Showtime: 1PM
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. Raquel Ann Marie Santos
Parangal Dance Company Socorro "Kit" de Castro
- Al Manalo, MC
Celebrate an exciting weekend of Pinoy Jazz as the San Francisco
Filipino American Jazz Festival presents an extraordinary lineup
of artists to headline their 2nd annual event. Showcased
at an evening concert at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum,
on Saturday August 8th are the award-winning and show-stopping
vocalists, Mon David and Anna Maria Flechero; Grammy-nominated
bandleader, composer, and flutist John Calloway; and pianist,
Tateng Katindig, known as "the Oscar Peterson of the Philippines."
Showtime is at 5pm. Tickets are available at the YBCA Box
Office at 415-978-2787 or at www.ybca.org
Performing on the outdoor stages of the 16th Annual Pistahan will
be the Parangal Dance Company, pianist/composer Socorro "Kit"
de Castro and vocalist/songwriter Raquel. On Sunday, the
SF Filipino American Jazz Festival presents vocalist Ann Marie
Santos with the Art Khu Trio and Abe Lagrimas, Jr. drummer, composer,
and multi-instrumentalist. Comedian and community activist
Al Manalo will be the Master of Ceremonies for both days.
These performances are at 1PM and admission is free.
The roots of Pinoy Jazz in the Bay Area can be traced to early
Filipino immigrants who settled in and around the Fillmore District
and in Manilatown on Kearny Street next to Chinatown. Pioneers
like Flip Nuñez and Rudy Tenio created a legacy which many
artists have since followed. Today, Pinoy jazz is gaining
wider recognition as artists like Charmaine Clamor earned a spot
on the national charts and saxophonist Jon Irabagon won the 2008
Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.
This is the first time a Filipino American has been awarded this
About the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival promotes, preserves,
and celebrates Filipino American history, art, and culture. It
focuses on the unique history and legacy of jazz as performed
by Bay Area Filipino American jazz artists. www.sfpinoyjazzfest.com
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
KTVU-TV reports Bayer is
planning a 100mil expansion of its Potter Creek facility. The
report suggested that if Bayer does not receive "help"
from the city, etc it will move its entire facility elsewhere
but that the extension of the Oakland Enterprise Zone will allow
the "help needed."
"Bayer HealthCare Granted Approval to Expand
Berkeley Site" is
by Keena Batti Daily Cal.
"Amidst an economy riddled
with business foreclosures and bankruptcies, the Berkeley-based
Bayer HealthCare site will be expanding operations after it was
granted license approval Monday for a sterile facility that can
The license will allow Bayer,
which is the second-largest biotechnology employer in the Bay
Area, to increase capacity largely on its production of Kogenate,
a treatment for bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia.
The facility cost Bayer approximately
$100 million and was built at Bayer's West Berkeley site near
the Aquatic Park, said Trina Ostrander, community relations manager
Bayer, which employs about
2,000 workers from Berkeley, Emeryville and Richmond, has been
in constant expansion mode for the past three to four years, said
Sreejit Mohan, a Bayer spokesperson. "
Berkeley's Michael Caplan,
fellow UW-Madison alum, and Julie Sinai
a Business Times
"Berkeley, Oakland bid to save Bayer: Enterprise
zone seen as key to keep drug firm from fleeing" is a story at San Francisco Business Times
by Blanca Torres and Ron Leuty.
"Berkeley and Oakland
have joined forces to pitch tax incentives at Bayer HealthCare
to win a $100 million manufacturing investment - or they fear
they will lose the drug maker altogether.
Bayer could decide as early
as this month to expand the Berkeley facility to make a next-generation
treatment for hemophilia patients. Or it could opt to use contract
manufacturers. The latter option, East Bay officials say they
were told by the company, would lead to Berkeley's largest private
employer slowly dismantling its East Bay manufacturing operations.
Key to Bayer's decision whether
to stay in Berkeley is whether Oakland expands its enterprise
zone to encompass the plant, company and government leaders said.
An enterprise zone could qualify Bayer for at least $13 million
in tax incentives over 10 years, according to Oakland's Community
and Economic Development Agency."
See 8/1/09 for my scoop on
the Enterprise Zone.
Another fellow UW-Madison
alum, Marvin Lipofsky, forwards an email from Denny Zetlin, old
University of Illinois friend.
For the past 4
days, Marc Myers, a highly esteemed New York jazz journalist and
historian, has been posting a 4 part interview with me on his
website www.jazzwax.com The entire interview (scroll down to start
with Part 1), along with Marc's choice of evocative photo images,
is posted today on the home page, and will be permanently available
on the site.
I hope you will
find it of interest. Marc is extremely perceptive, a very
curious and astute listener, and allowed me space to express my
ideas in depth on a broad range of topics, including: the
real challenge of listening to music; the experience of improvisation
and relevance to Eastern and Western traditions; the roots of
my dual career in psychiatry and music; early recording experiences;
scoring "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" & the perils
of Hollywood; the "jazz mind"; drugs; the issue of creativity
and "madness"; how psychotherapy can unlock creative
blocks; parallels of psychotherapy and jazz improvisation.
I'm very pleased
that several other websites have already picked up this interview,
including: www.allaboutjazz.com, www.jazz.fm , and soon,
My two February
CD releases have continued to receive critical acclaim. If you'd
like to read some reviews, hear audio clips, and have an option
to purchase, here are the links:
Zeitlin Trio In Concert Featuring Buster Williams & Matt Wilson
(Sunnyside) [This CD features my current trio in some of
our best performances]
Zeitlin: The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic) [This
3 CD box set features my early studio recordings for Columbia
1964-67, and includes an hour of previously unreleased compositions.]
The release of
these two projects, spanning 45 years of recording, has prompted
some writers to appraise the trajectory of my work. Here
is the link to feature articles ( scroll down to "2000's"
and refer to January, 2009++)
this email to anyone you think might be interested.
Thanks and Best,
From The Jaunted Guide
To A Creative San Francisco Getaway.
"Where to Eat
Riva Cucina: Sure, Berkeley
is Alice Waters' turf, and there's no disputing that Chez Panisse
is the Alpha-Omega of Bay Area dining experiences. But there are
plenty of other stellar restaurants where reservations come a
little easier, and the food is just as impressive. Riva Cucina
is one of those places, tucked away in a quiet corner of Berkeley
and serving a Tagliolini Al Pesce-squid ink pasta-that we're still
salivating over. Sound strange? Don't knock it 'till you try it,
and be sure to get the Panna Cotta, too. (800 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley)"
And if you're eating at the
Bowl's Cafe W, first get your coffee in the Bowl's Deli, where
our Potter Creek Uncommon Grounds is served--a better not burnt,
not bitter blend, I'd say. Also fresher three out of the four
times I've eaten at Cafe W.
Among the guests at 900
yesterday were Sgt Mary Kusmiss BPD, and three fellow officers,
Regan and friends, and Don Yost and friend, and Jay-the-glassman
stopped-in to pick-up his breakfast sandwich.
"Recycling is religion for Berkeley Mayor
Tom Bates. The former legislator has a minuscule carbon footprint
despite days filled with travel. He recycles and reuses at home.
He owns no car but walks, and uses mass transit and a city CarShare
program" is an appreciation
by Maria L. La Ganga at latimes.com.
"Tom Bates stands in
his pantry, grinning like a boy on Christmas morning with his
loot spread out in front of him.
There's a vase half full
of used rubber bands destined for return to the newspaper carrier.
A pile of hangers will go back to the cleaners. A bin of scraped
and dried coffee filters awaits the artist down the street, who
incorporates them into her work. Used coffee grounds fill a plastic
bag on the kitchen counter. Bates collects them for the compost-making
worms in his garage. The sack slumps damply beside a wooden rack
where rinsed-out baggies hang to dry. He opens the drawers of
a cabinet like a happy shopping channel salesman, showing off
newspapers and empty bottles ready for their next life."
"Celebrity Chat: filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki"
Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle
Pop Culture Critic.
"Hayao Miyazaki is arguably
one of the greatest living filmmakers of any genre, and his work
hasn't suffered with age.
But even though the animator
of "Spirited Away" and 'My Neighbor Totoro' routinely
sets box office records in his native Japan, and English-language
versions of his movies have been distributed here for a decade,
the 68-year-old has developed mostly a cult status in the States.
Miyazaki's next movie, Ponyo,'
arrives in theaters next Friday. Like most of his films, it's
hard to explain in one sentence - it's mostly about a goldfish
that turns into a girl and how that enrages a sea god.
Notoriously publicity shy,
Miyazaki arrived at UC Berkeley last week, where he received the
second Berkeley Japan Prize from the school's Center for Japanese
A British view of Goldman
Sachs can be seen at World Focus as part of the August
7 broadcast here.
from my log
8/1/09--10:58 AM-SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse and warehouse front, light head, headache, etc. Symptoms
similar to those experienced some years ago when neighbor, Adams
& Chittenden Scientific Glass used its "gold process"
in warehouse, air out. 11:41AM--irritant in front room, wear mask.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 email@example.com
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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