Sings the Blues
an animted film by Nina Paley
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) 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
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.
in keeping with my advocacy
of youth in office, here's
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)"
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
A British view of Goldman
Sachs can be seen at World Focus as part of the August
7 broadcast here.
There is a Potter Creek association
Potluck Picnic at 1:30 at
"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."
1.4.5 - World clock with Sun/Moon info for iPhone/iPod touch"
is a press release at prmac.com.
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."
"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.
Da Boz and I are the same
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.
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
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."
This morning Channel 9-3
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
"Berkeley Lab Researchers Record First
Real-Time Direct Observations of Nanocrystal Growth in Solution"
is a press release at
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,
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
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!
a press relase from our Chamber
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
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
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
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.
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'
"Well at least the Cold
War's over" I tell myself these days . . . hmm?
Check out Charlie Rose' conversation
with Peter Levene
"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.
our Darryl Moore emails
Join us in getting
the word out DON'T SIGN THE PETITION against the Downtown
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
Please forward this email and if you see petitioners anywhere
in the city, please call 510.978.2953.
If you'd like to volunteer,
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.
"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".
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore
Paul, Guitar Innovator, Dies at 94" is a New York
"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
What May Be Accomplished
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:
Co-sponsored by the Climate
and Energy Policy Institute of Berkeley Law school
For further information contact: email@example.com
Institute of International Studies (IIS)
University of California, Berkeley
215 Moses Hall
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
Ryan Lau responds to Kubik's
tree planting email
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
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
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.
Council Aide to Darryl Moore
"Best case-worst case: California" is opinion by Ted Miller about our Cal Bears
"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
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
"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
"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
"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
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.
"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
"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
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
"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,
in front room, leave.
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.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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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
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City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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