Sita Sings the Blues

an animted film by Nina Paley

from Wikipedia

Sita Sings the Blues

"Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 animated feature film written, directed, produced and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley (with the exception of some fight animation by Jake Friedman in the 'Battle of Lanka' scene)[2] primarily using 2D computer graphics.

It intersperses events from an episode of the Ramayana, illustrated conversation between Indian shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette Hanshaw and scenes from the artist's own life. The ancient mythological and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous themes."

 

 

 

 

8/8/09

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 fill vials.

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 for Bayer.

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 photo

"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.

 

 

in keeping with my advocacy of youth in office, here's

Ron Penndorf

for mayor

 

ok, . . . it's an older photo

 

 

 

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)"

more here

 

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.

 

 

 

 

"Berkeley hotel reopens" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"A huge peace sign set in black and white tile greets visitors to the newly refurbished Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley which reopened this summer after a $10 million renovation.

But the peace sign is about the only visible reminder you are in Berkeley. The new lobby, bar and restaurant suggest something, well, more upscale. The hotel was closed for a year during the renovation."

 

 

 

"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 Studies."

 

 

A British view of Goldman Sachs can be seen at World Focus as part of the August 7 broadcast here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/9/09

There is a Potter Creek association picnic today

Potluck Picnic at 1:30 at David 's
 

 

 

"California World Premiere of American Idiot Musical On Sale Online Aug. 7" is a report at playbill.com.

"Single tickets for the world premiere of American Idiot, the musical drawn from the Grammy Award-winning neo-punk album by Green Day, go on sale Aug. 7 at the website of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, which will premiere the piece on Sept. 4."

 

"MagicHour 1.4.5 - World clock with Sun/Moon info for iPhone/iPod touch" is a press release at prmac.com.

"MagicHour(TM) (formerly VelaClock) is a world clock with unique features and an easily configurable user interface. Users can quickly display the time of sunrise, sunset, dawn and dusk for three kinds of twilight (civil, nautical, astronomical), moon phase and tilt, and much more. MagicHour is invaluable to iPhone and iPod touch users who travel or communicate with friends and colleagues around the world."

 

 

"Where Our Garbage Goes" is a report at readersdigest.com.

"In a calm stretch of the northern Pacific lies the Eastern Garbage Patch, a stew of trash twice the size of Texas. Deadly for ocean life, the icky area holds some of the two billion tons of waste we create each year. While technology offers hope for more enlightened disposal, the clock is ticking: Garbage will double by 2030.. . .

Demand for commodities like paper and glass has plummeted, causing the price of recyclables to decrease by 50 to 70 percent. In Berkeley, California, recyclables garnered about $200 a ton last fall, but today they fetch only about $35. Some cities have seen recycling turn from a revenue stream to an expense, since they can't even recoup the cost of sorting the goods. " Full story here.

 

 

"Essex Announces Second Quarter 2009 Earnings Results" is a press release at earthtimes.com.

Essex is building the large complex on 4th south of and up against University Ave.RP

 

 

"California pins its Pac-10 title hopes on legs of Jahvid Best" is a story at usatoday.com.

"The talk of the Pacific-10 Conference media day was about how a traditionally pass-happy league might take a more grounded approach to football this season.

Southern California's Mark Sanchez and Arizona's Willie Tuitama, the only Pac-10 quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards last season, are gone.

But the league returns five 1,000-yard rushers. In order of yards gained in 2008, they are California's Jahvid Best, Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers, Stanford's Toby Gerhart, Arizona's Nic Grigsby and Oregon's LeGarrette Blount."

 

 

"UC­Berkeley Stripped of Nude Parade" is a story at usnews.com.

"A Berkeley, Calif., parade that has long been synonymous with nudity, body paint, and alcohol consumption has been canceled this year because of rising costs and new regulations, the Daily Californian reports."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/10/09

"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. . . .

A stint with the Army in Germany was followed by a brief career in East Bay commercial real estate. Bates began his political life by managing a football buddy's campaign for the state Assembly. Four years on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors was followed by 20 in the Assembly."

 

This LA Times' feel good, topical biography makes me wonder what Da Boz is running for. RP

 

Da Boz and I are the same age

about the time he was selling real estate, I was, well , . . . not

 

"Growth in number of Americans citing no religion may be slower than previously reported. New data shows slower increase in 1990s, with possible stagnant growth in late 90s, early 2000s" is a report at eurekalert.org.

"Americans continue to pull away from organized religion, but the rate of departure previously reported may not have been as abrupt as originally thought, according to research to be presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association."

 

 

"State of the conference: Pac-10" is a story at espn.com. "Is this the season?

Is this the season when, after all the huffing and puffing and upsets and injuries and brilliant performances, that the Pac-10 crown is placed upon the head of a team other than USC?"

 

 

"How Design Can Help Farmers' Markets Feed a Growing Demand" opines Alissa Walker at good.is.

"A century ago, you probably wouldn't have spent your Saturday morning lugging local produce back from a farmers' market because chances were, like the other 95 percent of America, you lived on a farm. But today the numbers are flipped: Now most of our country's population lives in cities, and less than 1 percent of our population are farmers. For any major city, it's the same story: As our food production slips further and further afield, our urban residents have suffered-physically and economically-from a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Luckily, according to a story about farmers' markets in our 12th issue, the number of markets nationwide is almost 5,000 (up from 1,755 in 1994) which certainly demonstrates that demand for local, fresh food has increased."

 

8/11/09

This morning Channel 9-3 featured "Eat at Bill's: Life in the Monterey Market.

Eat at Bill's: Life in the Monterey Market is a video documentary about the phenomenon that is the Monterey Market, a small family-owned produce market in Berkeley, California. The market has served as a crossroads and wellspring, an oasis that sustains a small army of customers, artisans and farmers. What are the characteristics that sustain this successful small enterprise?

Over the last 30 years, Bill Fujimoto, the market's owner, has been a tireless supporter, mentor and customer for the hundreds of small (and formerly small) farms the market supports. "

Order the DVD here.

 

 

"Berkeley Lab Researchers Record First Real-Time Direct Observations of Nanocrystal Growth in Solution" is a press release at nanotech-now.com.

 

 

 

 

I'm told by several sources that the cafe at Activspace has been resold.

Tofuyu Deli has closed both their stores, the Potter Creek one on 9th at the Bowl entrance and the one on San Pablo in El Cerrito. I remember early-on our Darryl Moore quietly commenting about their 9th Street Deli at a Affordable Housing meeting "I don't see them making it."

 

900 continues to pack 'um in--now at breakfast, as well.

There are some new menu items at 900, a tomato salad and a meat-loaf sandwich. Is their meat-loaf just another sandwich? Is a Dodge Viper just another car? 900's is made up of several thin slices of Eric's carefully spiced loaf, his homemade Thousand Island, and thin cheese, tomato and onion slices on an Acme bread. I never eat-out something I can easily make myself. Order this, it's special.

I had smoked ham and cheese grits at the Bowl's Cafe W Sunday morning, grits were lumpy, and if there was cheese I couldn't see or taste it--good smoked flavor though. I brought my own butter in a baggy since all the Bowl has is herb-butter. Grits with herb butter? I don't think so.

 



post from the past

10/08

In my entire life I've never been with so many politicians in one place at one time and

in all the afternoon's talk, one thing became apparent. Councilman Moore was instrumental in rejuvenating San Pablo Park, now the crown jewel in our park system.

Check out the park!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/13/09

a press relase from our Chamber of Commerce

 The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Mr. GianPaolo Mammone.  The extensive 4 month nationwide search process concluded when on, Friday, August 7, our out-of-state candidate; Mr. GianPaolo Mammone officially accepted the position.  Mr. Mammone, who will replace interim CEO Kevin Allen, will begin on September 1st.

The Chamber search team was comprised of local business owners/residents, and long time, seasoned chamber members. This team invested extensive time on behalf of the chamber in narrowing the candidate pool from well over fifty to 7 viable candidates for in person interviews.  Along this process, the search team followed a meticulous reference check on those candidates they felt could qualify, perform, and 'fit' into the Berkeley Chamber's CEO role.   

Mr. Mammone distinguished himself in regard to his ideas, experience and leadership performance in past roles.  Equally important, Mr. Mammone's breadth of understanding in issues of planning and urban development, business attraction as well as his appreciation of Berkeley's unique character brought consensus on the search team that he was the type of leader who possessed the convergence of critical skills & knowledge to be an articulate voice on behalf of the Berkeley Chamber.
 
"We believe our new CEO, Mr. GianPaolo Mammone, will be effective in communicating and fulfilling the chamber's priorities to champion a great business climate, a smart urban fabric, and foster continued
 innovation in partnership with the University and the Berkeley Lab. The attainment of these objectives will help support a truly great quality of life for the 21st Century in this great city." said Jonathan DeYoe, Chairman of the Board, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. 

For questions or comments, please contact either Jonathon DeYoe (510-848-0012), current chair of the board of the Berkeley Chamber, or Rod Howard, vice chairmen of the board and chair of the search team (510-526-6702).  

 

 

 

Steve Smith emails

 

Ron,
I know she isn't [in] Potter Creek but you should know about her...if you don't already. Novella Carpenter, of Biofuel Oasis, is making big news with her book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. The book rocks. Buy it at the Oasis . . . and check out the shop. Other than biodiesel, [Biofuel Oasis] sell organic chicken feed, bee keeping supplies, farming literature, and more. It's very cool and you'll be even cooler for going there. (I know, hard to imagine.)

 

 

Steve Goldin emails an again just slightly self-serving though timely and thought provoking email

Ron,
 
I appreciate your article on 8/11/09 post of Scrambled Eggs about the discovery at the Berkeley Lab ("Berkeley Lab Researchers Record First Real-Time Direct Observations of Nanocrystal Growth in Solution")
 
I would like to draw your attention also to an article in [ the 8/12/09] New York Times.  We are obviously not alone in asking our questions about manufacturing in West Berkeley:
 

"Debate in Germany: Research or Manufacturing?" is a story by Thomas Meyer for The International Herald Tribune here at nytimes.com.

"Namlab, a research center in Dresden. Germany is beginning to question its historic emphasis on producing goods.

In recent months, two big computer chip makers slipped through Dresden's fingers, challenging the notion that an area that likes to think of itself as 'Silicon Saxony' can continue to churn out high-technology devices by the millions. But not every inhabitant of this picturesque city considers that a bad thing."

 

Can you imagine the tremendous paradigm shift that is represented in this article and the challenge it represents to the entrenched understanding and facilitation of "manufacturing" in West Berkeley.  Perhaps we can learn from the example.  If Dresden, with its success in manufacturing, is making an effort to re-balance their manufacturing base by moving toward knowledge-based industry and work-force, perhaps we should be moving with utmost speed in that direction as well.  We clearly need to support manufacturing in West Berkeley, but we need to be sure to cultivate the innovation and process-development as well.  This would require an "Environmental" approach on many levels.  Most obviously, this refers to the "Green" sector of the economy which Berkeley ­ with its current economic base, the University, LBNL and the potential political will of the Mayor's office - is uniquely poised to develop.  The term should also refer to the "environment" in which innovation, process development and manufacturing will all thrive.  Berkeley needs to provide a rich environment for its evolution.  This means expanding West Berkeley's historically narrow view of manufacturing, it means providing a place for ancillary services to these industries, it means reaching out to the University and LBNL with more consistency, and it means providing appropriate educational opportunities for our work-force.  As we pursue this path, our business community should be able to gain enough strength and resilience not only to make gains in this Green economy, but to better safeguard our existing base and adapt to yet unseen market sectors and forces. 
 
This historical significance of this example from Dresden should also not be lost on us.  The tragedy of that city - its human and cultural loss - should remind us to engage productively.
 
Steven Goldin
 

 

 

Steve Dunn's place on 10th is on the market--Red Oak shingle's out front. Months ago Merryll told me Steve was going to sell. "He's always 'going to sell' " I said. BUSTED!

 

5:04 AM--city street cleaner is working 8th Street here in Potter Creek.

 

 

 

"Texas universities should capitalize on California's budget shortfall" opines Isaac Barchas at statesmen.com.

 

 

"USTA Girls 18 Nationals--Tuesday Results" by Marcia Frost, special to USTA Florida.

"The weather cooled down a bit and the clouds filled a morning with straight set matches and only one minor upset. When the sun came out in the afternoon, though, it produced a totally different story at the Berkeley Tennis Club and Claremont Resort & Spa for the USTA Girls' 18 Nationals."

 

"Well at least the Cold War's over" I tell myself these days . . . hmm?

 

 

Check out Charlie Rose' conversation with Peter Levene here.

"Peter Keith Levene, Baron Levene of Portsoken KBE is chairman of Lloyd's of London and was Lord Mayor of London 1998 to 1999."

It was Levene's decision, as chairman of Lloyd's, not to invest in mortgage-based-securities. RP

 


 

 

 

8/14/09

our Darryl Moore emails

 Join us in getting the word out ­ DON'T SIGN THE PETITION against the Downtown Area Plan. 

Revitalize Downtown, a coalition of environmental groups, labor, and local businesses, recently formed to support a vibrant and sustainable downtown and to defeat the referendum against the Downtown Area Plan.  Our volunteers have mobilized across the city offering Berkeley residents information to counter the inflammatory and false claims of the petitioners.
 
There are 9 days left for the referendum organizers to gather the necessary signatures.
 
The referendum will stall the needed change we all want to see in the Downtown.  If you think Downtown needs revitalization, then join us in spreading the word. Attached to this e-mail is a flyer that you can distribute to your neighbors, friends, neighborhood businesses and anyone else you run into.
 
I have had several people ask me how they can retract their signature because they had signed the petition but changed their mind once they had learned more about how the Downtown Area Plan would revitalize our downtown.  If you know someone who signed the petition by mistake or has changed his/her mind, the attached "signature reversal form" can be submitted by August 19 to the Berkeley City Clerk and his/her name will be removed from the petition.

Join us and be a part of the future success of Downtown Berkeley!
 
If you still do not know where you stand on the Downtown Area Plan, here's a great article in today's East Bay Express that might give you some insight:

[see link after Darryl's email]
 
Please forward this email and if you see petitioners anywhere in the city, please call 510.978.2953.

If you'd like to volunteer, email info@revitalizedowntown.org
 
If you'd like to donate to the efffort to stop the referendum, you can send a check to:
Coalition for a Better Berkeley
1834 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me.
 
Sincerely,
Darryl Moore


"Anti-Growth Group Wraps Itself in Green:Opponents of Berkeley's groundbreaking plan for a dense urban center are attempting to fool voters into putting the issue on the ballot"
opines Robert Gammon at eastbayexpress.com.

"The Bush administration became infamous over the years for perverting the English language to disguise its true motives. When large timber interests wanted to log national forests, they called it the "Healthy Forests Initiative." And when corporate polluters sought to pollute the air even more, they dubbed it the "Clean Skies Initiative." In the last few weeks, however, a group of Berkeley anti-growth advocates has come up with a bit of language perversion that would make Karl Rove proud.

The group, led by councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguín, is attempting to overturn a plan adopted last month by a majority of the Berkeley City Council that could lead to dense urban growth. The plan itself is groundbreaking. "

 

 

"Old UC Theater to be revived as concert venue" is by Doug Oakley of the Oakland Tribune.

"The operators of Slim's and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco plan to open a 1,500-seat concert venue in downtown Berkeley.

The application for the project in the old UC Theater building on University Avenue near Shattuck Avenue will go before the city's Zoning Adjustments Board on Thursday night. City staff are recommending the board approve the project.

The city's Planning Commission approved the project in May."

 

 

 

 

  Pete Hurney emails

Tune in this Thursday night, August 13 at midnight for this months Midnight Ukulele Express on KALX 90.7 FM, Berkeley. This hour long show highlights  bands & acts that use the ukulele to help make their music. You;ll hear your favorite bands and you'll also hear some you've never heard of.
    Local songstress Steffy Sue will be joining me on tonights show helping to pick out our musical selections and promises to play a couple of little ditties live for us so tune in. A live stream can be heard at kalx.berkeley.edu and I've also just begun to archive shows on www.archive.org. Tonights show will be posted in a day or two. Search the database for "Midnight Ukulele Express".
Enjoy!
Peterhurney
www.pohakuukulele.com
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore


"Les Paul, Guitar Innovator, Dies at 94" is a New York Times obituary.

"Mr. Paul was a virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century music."

 

 

 

 

our Heddy Riss emails

Where is Climate Change Headed in Europe?

What May Be Accomplished in Copenhagen?

Presentation by Frank Convery
Heritage Trust Professor of Environmental Policy at University College, Dublin. He is an adviser on climate change policy to the EU Commission and the Japanese Government Cabinet Office.

Wednesday, August 19th at 4 p.m., 223 Moses Hall (Map: http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/CD45.html)

Co-sponsored by the Climate and Energy Policy Institute of Berkeley Law school
For further information contact: igov@berkeley.ed


Institute of International Studies (IIS)
University of California, Berkeley
215 Moses Hall
Ph: 510.642.2474
Fax: 510.642.9493
Email: iis@berkeley.edu
URL: globetrotter.berkeley.edu

 

 

 

So let me see if I've got this mayor's job straight. It' s temporary work at 30-40k a year.

"No wonder he doesn't have a car" says Kubik and added "Maybe they give him a bus pass."

Mmmm, think I'll talk to Javier at the French School. Maybe he's got something, working for him in maintenance, outside work, work with your hands, sometimes get to drive that nifty new pickup. RP

 

 

"Traffic, Noise and Air Quality Impacts Seen in West Berkeley Zoning Changes" is a story by Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

While roughly nine paragraphs "explain the issue," about eleven paragraphs are devoted to "WEBAIC's opposition." Com' on Mr Richard. RP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/16/09

Ryan Lau responds to Kubik's tree planting email

Hi Bob,
I found out that planting up the West side of Aquatic Park along the freeway is something that is on the Parks Dept radar.  They are thinking about using it both as a way to do some habitat restoration and using it as a shield from the freeway.  Here's what I got back from them, just to give you a little better sense.  I'll keep you in the loop as I learn more, but it looks like funding and staff are the issues that may hinder its progress, but we'll see how we might move it along.
 
The EEMA funds are general funds.  We can plant trees in Aquatic Park with those funds.  The limitation is the water source.  We would need to install an irrigation system.  It is on our list of project we would like to do but we do not have the staff time to take it on, yet.
 
Trees provide a visual, and often, and emotional perception to reduce the sound impacts.  But, a few rows of trees would have a negligible impact on reducing the noise.  It would take acres of dense trees to make a slight difference.  I believe a physical sound barrier/wall is the best way to reduce the noise.
 
I do think a redesign of the western end might provide the opportunity to construct an adequate wall and improve wildlife habitat if done properly. However, it depends on  the amount of funds it would take to properly engineer a wall.  It think it could be costly, but in the end, I think it would transform the park from a very nice park to a regional gem.  I also think a sound wall could aid in reducing the flow of pollution particles from the freeway in to West Berkeley but I am not an environmental engineer or scientist,  so my idea is only speculation at this point.

 
The park is popular and use by the public is increasing.  It think its proximity to the densely populated area of Berkeley is one reason for this.  I think we are already seeing benefits from our efforts to improve the park through design, maintenance and the active occupation of the buildings by qualified leases.  The developments of the overpass (Bike) bridge and the Bay Trail are a couple more of the reasons I think the park use has increased. The planned developments on Addison Street, the north end of the park (Touchdown Plaza and the Animal Shelter), the expansion of the Bay Trail regionally (especially when the Bay Bridge bike lane opens), could bring even more people to the park.
 
Hope that helps.  Let's stay in touch about this.
 
Sincerely,
Ryan Lau
Council Aide to Darryl Moore

 

 

"Best case-worst case: California" is opinion by Ted Miller about our Cal Bears at espn.com.

 

"Sporting News' Top 100: No. 21 California" Jon Wilner, Sporting News Yearbooks.

"One question summarizes Cal's prospects for the 2009 season, and it's not, 'Will the quarterbacks play better than they did last year?'
Instead, the question in Berkeley is: If not now, when?

If the Bears cannot overtake USC now-with the Trojans breaking in a new quarterback and a new defense and having to visit Berkeley on Oct. 3-then when will they?

If they can't make the big plays and the big stops in the big late-season games now-with all that talent at the skill positions and eight starters returning on defense-when will they?

If they can't reach their first Rose Bowl in 51 years this season-with a deep, veteran team, good chemistry, the right systems in place and the conference title seemingly there for the taking-when will they?

'Everybody believes we can be Pac-10 champions,' quarterback Kevin Riley said."

 

 

"Think You Can Retire on the House? Think Again" is opinion at latimes.com.

"Don't count on rising home equity to take the place of a retirement plan. Future retirees are unlikely to see the kind of price appreciation their elders did."

 

"The rich get richer" opines Eric Zorn at chicagotribune.com.

"Income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression, according to a recently updated paper by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/17/09

"Berkeley looking to keep Bayer" is by Doug Oakley at contracostatimes.com.

"Berkeley is scrambling to line up state tax cuts and credits for Bayer, which is considering moving some or all of its 1,700 jobs out of town.

The pharmaceutical giant, which manufactures a hemophilia drug called Kogenate from its Seventh Street plant, will decide in a couple of months whether it will eventually move some or all of its manufacturing of the drug elsewhere, spokeswoman Trina Ostrander said.

Bayer will soon produce a new version of the drug, called Kogenate-ph, that will require retooling its plant and retraining workers, Ostrander confirmed. The company is deciding whether that could take place where the cost of doing business is lower.

Ostrander said Bayer pays the city about $7.3 million a year in property taxes. She had no figures for sales taxes.

Julie Sinai, chief of staff to Mayor Tom Bates, said if Berkeley succeeds in creating an enterprise zone in West Berkeley, Bayer would get about $13 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years."

 

Scrambled Eggs & Lox broke the Enterprise Zone story on 8/1/09 with

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 Berkeley

 

City of Oakland Community Economic and Development Agency information on their Enterprise Zone.

Financial Incentives

Offering business 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.

Enterprise Zone Tax Incentives
Industrial Development Bond Program
Manufacturers' Investment Credit
Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)

Enterprise Zone Tax Incentives

California's enterprise 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 zones include:

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 hired;
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; svillarreal@oaklandnet.com.


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.

Oakland's Industrial 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.

Manufacturers' Investment Credit

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 pays.

The principal categories of qualifying activities include:

Fabricating
Manufacturing
Processing
Refining
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 Broadway.

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.

 

 

 

"The company's business partners include Solar Millennium AG, an international project and technology developer and supplier of parabolic trough collector technology used in powering solar thermal power plants; and MAN Ferrostaal Incorporated, a U.S. subsidiary of MAN Ferrostaal AG, a worldwide provider of industrial services and plant construction and engineering. As part of the launch of its business, Solar Trust announced that Solar Millennium, LLC, of Berkeley, California, a leading U.S. developer of solar thermal power plant technology, has joined the Solar Trust family as a wholly-owned subsidiary and will serve as the company's solar thermal power plant development arm. Solar Millennium and MAN Ferrostaal are both contributing assets and technical expertise to Solar Trust of America and will be shareholders in the new company" is a press relase at businesswire.com. Full story here.

 

 

 

"New Freight & Salvage opens its doors" is a story by Joel Selvin at sfgate.com.

"The aged, reclaimed wood that covers the walls of the room comes from the old garage originally in the space, lending the room the look of a weathered barn, the perfect note to strike for the magnificent new home of Freight & Salvage, the 41-year-old acoustic music emporium set to open its new $12 million headquarters next week in Berkeley."

 

"Bay Area remains focus of concert promoter's expanding business" is a report by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.

"When Gregg Perloff founded Another Planet Entertainment in 2004, with longtime partner Sherry Wasserman, he had some distinct goals in mind.

First, he wanted his Berkeley-based company to earn its revenue primarily through promoting concerts in Northern California.

Second, he wanted to develop entertainment 'real estate'- performance venues that the company could call its own."

 

 

"Topping the list is the University of California's Berkeley campus, with graduates starting at $57,100, according to PayScale.com" is a story at Boulder's dailycamera.com.

 

 

 

"The Swiss Menace" is Paul Krugman's view of health care and is at nytimes.com.

"It was the blooper heard round the world. In an editorial denouncing Democratic health reform plans, Investor's Business Daily tried to frighten its readers by declaring that in Britain, where the government runs health care, the handicapped physicist Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance," because the National Health Service would consider his life 'essentially worthless.' "

 

 

Let English Ole Fart, Freeman Dyson mess with your mind, here with Charlie Rose.

"Freeman John Dyson FRS is a British-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics, and nuclear engineering. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dyson lives in Princeton, New Jersey, as he has for over fifty years."


 

 

 

from my log

8/8/09--8:59 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, leave.

8/10/09--11:38 AM--irritant in front room, leave.

8/14/09--1:54 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, leave.

8/16/09--9:28 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and warehouse front, cough, light head. 9:37 AM--Marsha has coughing-fit sitting in front of warehouse, leave.

 

 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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

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

 

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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

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

useful link

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

http://gethuman.com/

 

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

 

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

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

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


Crime Log for 94710 is here

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

 

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

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

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

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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