"Are the Poor More Charitable Than the
Rich?" by Robert
Frank at wsj.com.
"During a phone call
with reporters last week to announce the billionaire Giving Pledgers,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg . . . spoke about the generosity of the
'I've always believed there's
a connection between being generous and being successful,' Mr.
Bloomberg said. He said the more you donate the more business
opportunities come your waynot to mention that giving is
the right thing to do.
It is a comforting idea,
especially at a time of populist ire and envy over the wealthy.
And it certainly has been true for Mr. Bloomberg and other top
But is it true for the broader
population of wealthy?
A new academic study published
in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology suggests
the poor are more more inclined to charity than the rich."
CEID's Director, Jill Ellis
stopped by Sunday afternoon to talk about how best to reach the
west-Berkeley community for CEID's up coming 30th Anniversary
We talked for about that
and life for about and hour and a half.
"Mad Men Recap: Episode 3: The Good News"
by Grace at frothygirlz.com.
"How many markers of
the 1960s can be squeezed into one Mad Men episode? I count 'the
pill,' abortion, Vietnam, 'grass' Berkeley student protests and
the youth revolution, hitchhiking-and that's all before the first
"Best state colleges and universities in
"When considering which
of these state schools are the best in California, it is important
not to simply look at academic standing or national ranking, the
life in California is one in which there is an emphasis on actual
quality of life and the college experience, which parallels academia
respectively. Anyone who is searching for national ranking can
simply look in a Newsweek magazine, what is considered to be the
"best" schools in California should have both academic
prestige and quality living, with such an abundance of options
available in the state of California, there is no reason to require
"More colleges offering co-ed dorm rooms" by Laurel Rosenhall, McClatchy Newspapers.
"College students filling
out their dormitory housing requests this summer are making decisions
about their future roommate: Messy or neat? Smoker or non? Early
bird or night owl?
Now many of them have a new
question to ponder: Male or female?
Across the country, colleges
are changing the roommate rules and allowing men and women to
share a bedroom. Only a small portion of students are choosing
the option, college officials say. And when they do, the arrangements
almost always are platonic.
But the shift marks the next
step in a decades-long evolution that's shrunk the space that
once separated the sexes on college campuses."
"Mind-reading marketers have ways of making
you buy" by Graham
Lawton and Clare Wilson, newscientist.com.
"Why ask people what
they think of a product when you can just scan their brains instead?
New Scientist explores the brave new world of neuromarketing
Take a look at the cover
of this week's New Scientist magazine (right). Notice anything
unusual? Thought not, but behind the scenes your brain is working
overtime, focusing your attention on the words and images and
cranking up your emotions and memory. How do we know? Because
we tested it with a brain scanner.
In what we suspect is a world
first, this week's cover was created with the help of a technique
called neuromarketing, a marriage of market research and neuroscience
that uses brain-imaging technology to peek into people's heads
and discover what they really want."
"What I drove last night: Ford Fiesta" Natalie Neff, Auto Week road test editor.
"It's been more than
a year since I first sat in a Ford Fiesta, and just as long since
I watched a tow truck haul it away from the shoulder of westbound
I-696, a mile shy of my doorstep.
As I walked across the parking
garage last night, key in hand, I wanted to giggle. I wanted to
skip like Dorothy and swing my arms and sing out 'La la la!' till
the echoes wrapped around every concrete pillar. But as the back
end peeked out from behind a large SUV, I did none of those things.
The story of the wayward
tire and the squashed Fiesta is practically legend at Ford these
days, at least in engineering circles, and at times I've felt
like an actual rock star: 'Wow, you must be Natalie, the one who
smashed the Fiesta! So glad to meet you!' I haven't given out
any autographs, but I think I got close at least once.
When word got back to Ford
about the incident, every engineer involved in small-car development
or safety wanted to get their hands on my Fiesta, put their micrometers
to every deflected piece of metal, pull the data off the OBD-II
and run it all through their mainframes. I was only glad that
some good would come from my interrupted Memorial Day, and not
because of any trauma I still carry around with me. It just seemed
such a waste of a giddily fun and happy little car.
In fact, I never suffered
any posttraumatic anything from the accident."
"Korfhage: Red tape can kill green innovation"
by Andrew Korfhage, aurorasentinel.com.
"Imagine putting solar
panels on your roof for no money down. You partner with your city
or municipality to cover the up-front cost of your new renewable
energy system, which you pay back to the city as an add-on to
your property taxes. You spread your payments out over 20 years
and most likely the savings from your lowered electricity bill
more than cover your higher property tax.
Not only do you become more
self-sufficient in your energy generation, but also your city
spurs development of new green-energy jobs. And everybody enjoys
the benefits of shifting our society away from fossil fuels.
Sound like a good idea to
"New Wave of Iranians Seek U.S. Studies"
by Yeganeh June Torbati
"Even as a teenager
in Iran, Atefeh Fathi knew she would eventually study abroad.
Now 30 and studying engineering at the University of Oklahoma,
Ms. Fathi said that although she had applied to universities in
Sweden and Canada, her first choice was the United States.'Ali
Kamranzadeh, a student at the University of Southern California,
said Iranians wanted to study in the United States.
'Everyone says the U.S. is
easier for foreigners' to acclimate to, she said while on a break
from working in her university's laboratory. As children, Iranians
are taught English in school, making it easier for them to blend
in immediately in the United States.
Ms. Fathi is part of a wave
of Iranians studying in the United States in numbers not seen
in more than a decade."
"Berkeley Chamber Launches on nuAlerts"
is a press release at pr-inside.com.
"The Berkeley Chamber
of Commerce announced today the launch of their Business Community
on nuAlerts, giving Berkeley Chamber members unprecedented free
marketing exposure. Members now have a free nuAlert account to
'get the word out' about their upcoming events, promotions, and
discounts quickly and cost effectively by posting alerts."
"Mapping California's Growing Green Economy" by Tim O'Connor, EDF Energy Program.
"The Chairman of the
Federal Reserve recently called the nation's economic outlook
Here's something that is
certain: California has a growing green economy. Want proof? Check
out an updated, first-of-its-kind map compiled by Environmental
Defense Fund that features 3,500-plus entities providing green
solutions or using sustainable practices to improve their bottom
lines. The map is searchable by seven categories and by county
and state legislative district."
"The Most Expensive College Dorm Rooms" npr.org.
"Room and board at U.S.
universities has climbed 11% over the past three years, nudged
along by expectations that dorm rooms will have amenities like
heated pools and plush lounges.
Those costs have helped contribute
to the nation's outstanding student debt- at $829.79 billion-
overtaking outstanding credit-card debt- at $826.5 billion, as
the Wall Street Journal reports."
"Going the distance:With hard times and
shrinking UC and CSU enrollments, is community college a viable
alternative for the first two years?" by Dave Boyce, Almanac Staff Writer.
for freshman science majors at the University of California at
Berkeley enrolls about 1,000 students who take turns filling up
a 350-seat lecture hall for the three sections of the class, according
to a chemistry department spokesperson. At UCLA, the chemistry
lecture hall seats 300.
Study the same essential
course material at the hilltop campus of Canada College, located
in Woodside and Redwood City, and you will likely have 35 classmates,
and you're less likely to have to give up home cooking and your
"Governments Battle to Stay Ahead of Threats
on Internet, 'The Great Leveler' " is a chilling report with video at pbs.org.
In the first in a series
of reports about cybersecurity, correspondent Spencer Michels
reports from Las Vegas on governmental and citizen-led efforts
to stop online crime that could threaten critical infrastructure.
"Should Mosque, Islamic Center Be Built
Near Ground Zero?" video
"Jeffrey Brown speaks
with four people who have been closely following the debate over
whether to build a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque
near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The builders say
they want to promote positive interaction. But families of some
victims don't consider it a peace offering."
At Record City, in The Day,
I sold records with the guest, Mike
I've started reading "The
Berkeley Police Story" by Alfred E. Parker. In the Chapter
One "August Vollmer, Chief of Police" Parker writes
"From one individual, Confucius, Vollmer got answers that
he believed would stop crime. Confucius maintained that during
the first part of a child's life, he should be taught the Golden
Rule; to act properly in all situations; to have respect for his
elders; and finally to fight indolence, extravagance and greed.
[and] In seeking recruits for police work Vollmer remembered a
sentence in the Maxims of Confucius. It read 'The successful administration
of any government depends entirely on the selection of proper
our Marvin Lipofsky leading
a group of American Glass Masters
at the Opening Ceremonies
of the Hsinchu City International Glass Art Festival, Taiwan
"Harvard tops Chinese university rankings
for eighth year" by
D'Arcy Doran at google.com.
- Harvard topped a ranking
of world universities published Friday by a Shanghai college for
the eighth year running -- a list dominated by US institutions
and sharply criticised in Europe.
The University of California
at Berkeley was second, followed by Stanford, according to the
list of 500 institutions compiled by Jiaotong University's Centre
for World-Class Universities."
"University of California takes desperate
measures to raise revenue"
by: Jasmine Sancedo, pslweb.org.
admissions to increase
In a desperate attempt to
maintain revenue, the University of California statewide system
has responded to deep budget cuts handed down by the state by
pushing for increased enrollment of non-resident students. Non-resident
students pay significantly more tuition than California residents."
"Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
considers $5,000 annual fee for new students:Memo from Berkley
Graduate School of Journalism's dean" at poynter.org.
"Make more money: study hard in kindergarten" by William Atkins, itwire.com.
have shown that students who do well in kindergarten earn more
money as adults, and have better overall success in life."
"EBI scientists publish far-ranging 'Feedstocks
for Lignocellulosic Biofuels' report" at biofuelsdigest.com.
In California, Energy Biosciences
Institute director Director Chris Somerville of the University
of California, Berkeley, and Deputy Director Steve Long of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were co-authors of
"Feedstocks for Lignocellulosic Biofuels". The report
concluded that a diversity of plant species, adaptable to the
climate and soil conditions of specific regions of the world,
can be used to develop biofuel production systems, compatible
with contemporary environmental goals."
"Urban Farming for Cash Gains a Toehold
in San Francisco" by
Zusha Elinson at nytimes.com.
"Brooke Budner and Caitlyn
Galloway are a common sight on the streets of the Mission district
- covered in dirt and carrying baskets of salad mix from their
backyard farm to Bar Tartine, a stylish upscale restaurant.
'We're fairly scrappy ladies
and often pretty dirty,' said Ms. Galloway, 29, a part-time sign
painter who founded Little City Gardens with Ms. Budner, 29, last
But their new piece of land
- three-quarters of an acre on a quiet residential block in the
outer Mission - is now mostly quiet and overgrown with weeds and
without much sign of the lettuce, kale, arugula, purslane, lemon
balm and other greens for which the women are known.
The problem is the legality
of selling vegetables grown in San Francisco without a special
permit, an expensive and time-consuming requirement for a small,
"California Crackup: How Reform Broke the
Golden State and How We Can Fix It" is a review at newsweek.com
"California is in serious
trouble, and it's precisely because the state keeps trying to
fix itself. Propositions and ballot initiatives, which are supposed
to be democratic, instead end up at odds with each other and prove
to be self-defeating. Mathews and Paul propose radically modifying
the initiative process, replacing the current winner-takes-all
electoral system with proportional representation, and ending
supermajority requirements, which, they argue, prevent the government
from doing its job."
"Web Plan Is Dividing Companies" nytimes.com.
"In an emerging battle
over regulating Internet access, companies are taking sides."
"Man arrested in connection to three attacks
on women" Henry
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A suspect has been
arrested and charged in connection with three attacks on women
in the same apartment complex near Walnut Creek, authorities said
Antonio Andre Mouton, 22,
of Berkeley has been linked by DNA and other evidence to the three
attacks - including a rape - at the Park Regency Apartments on
the 3100 block of Oak Road 'that have terrorized the citizens
there' since June 30, said Contra Costa County sheriff's Capt.
For those who missed Darryl
Moore's CERT classes heads-up here's a reminder from our Kerstin
The fall schedule of CERT
classes (Community Emergency Response Training) has been posted
on the Berkeley Office of Emergency Services website.
These classes tend to fill up quickly, so please try to enroll
as soon as possible.
In addition to being valuable classes in learning how you can
help yourselves and your neighbors in the event of a major disaster,
they are also requirements for the Emergency Cache Program; a
minimum of eight people must complete the three required courses
(Fire Suppression, Emergency First Aid, Light Search and Rescue)
in order for the PCNA to apply for an emergency supply cache.
The cache is full of equipment such as a generator, tools, portable
lights, radios, etc. that will be extremely useful to our neighborhood
when the "Big One" hits; the city advises individuals
to be prepared to take care of themselves for up to two weeks
in the event of a major disaster.
Please refer to this website
for more information and to register for the upcoming CERT classes.
Pitt's Hotel Romance" at contactmusic.com.
"Brad Pitt and Angelina
Jolie reportedly love to hire out the Jacuzzi in the Californian
hotel where they are currently staying so they can have ''romantic
The couple and their six
children are currently staying at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley,
California, while the actor works on his next movie 'Moneyball'
and staff have treated their stay like a 'military operation'.
A source said: 'We approached
the arrival of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- plus their kids
and entourage -- as if it was a military operation.'
According to the insider,
the couple regularly book the hotel's spa facilities for personal
use in order to have 'romantic date nights', while they are also
happy to pay to have "Under repair" signs posted on
the swimming pool so it can be closed for their kids to splash
around in peace.
In addition, despite the
couple rarely seen in the public areas of the hotel, staff were
reportedly ordered to remove any magazines with them on the cover
from the lobby newsstand."
"East Bay School caters to boys' learning
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
" 'He's a bouncy, outgoing,
happy kid who likes to explore and see how things work,' said
the Berkeley father. 'He's always on the move. He is a boy.'
And as every parent and teacher
will attest, 'always on the move' and a quiet, orderly classroom
are not always compatible states.
But Dylan will soon be at
a school where "always on the move" is not only prized,
it's built into the curriculum. The East Bay School for Boys,
opening Aug. 31 in Berkeley, is tailored specifically to boys'
energy levels, brain development and love of taking things apart,
scattering them across the floor and putting them together again."
"SF Students Visit UC Berkeley For Scavenger
Hunt" at cbs5.com.
"San Francisco high
school students, many of whom suffer from learning disabilities,
will hunt for newspapers and clothing Monday, and maybe they'll
find ambition to pursue higher education, too.
Teachers at Gateway High
School in San Francisco are taking their incoming freshman class
to University of California at Berkeley for the school's fifth
annual scavenger hunt and meet and greet on Monday."
"Rent-a-book concept arrives at UC Berkeley" by Janet Levaux at mercurynews.com.
"UC Berkeley students
may have a tough time finding a room to rent before classes start
Aug. 26, but they won't have any trouble renting another back-to-school
The Cal Student Store now
allows students to rent select course texts for the semester,
a less-expensive option that can save students nearly half the
cost of new books and offers a significant savings over even used
books. Most students spend about $1,000 a year on textbooks, according
to campus figures."
poet Rafael Jesus Gonzalez redefines our quality of life" by David Crumm and Benjamin Crumm, freep.com.
-- Poet and artist Rafael Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas,
a stone's throw from his family's native Mexico, and has lived
all his 74 years contemplating borders: why they separate us and
how we can remove them to build a healthier world."
"California dispensaries' effect crime
elicits mixed bag of views:In Southern California, the operations
are called breeders of crime; in the north, good neighbors"
by John Richardson, mainetoday.com.
"No place has had more
experience with medical marijuana dispensaries than California.
But even here, there is no
agreement on whether the operations promote illegal drug use and
violence or discourage it."
pot could have fiscal benefit:Supporters say Maine may take in
more tax revenue than expected from facilities" is also
by John Richardson at onlinesentinel.com.
-- California's booming medical marijuana industry is sweet relief
for the state's ailing budget, advocates say.
Maine, with its far smaller
population and tighter limits on marijuana use, won't see anywhere
near that kind of money. But some advocates think Maine, fiscally
speaking, will be pleasantly surprised with the potency of weed."
"Clearspring Violates Consumer Privacy
on Disney, Warner Brothers Sites:Plaintiffs take issue with Flash
by Jon Hood at consumeraffairs.com.
"A class action lawsuit
alleges that a high-profile widget website is using Flash-based
cookies to track the activity of users all over the web."
"In California, Costs Swell for Some Solar
Projects" by Yuliva
"California has succeeded
in encouraging solar-power development through a rebate program,
but program data show the state is paying for some systems to
be installed at costs far above prevailing rates."
Chief, August Vollmer's interest
in Confucius' belief that crime begins at a very young age led
Vollmer in turn to an interest in the department's Juvenile Bureau.
Of the Bureau', Alfred E Parker writes in The Berkeley Police
Story, "From the first day, September 1, 1929, that Al Riedel
started as patrolman in the Berkeley Police Department, he discovered
that many of his problems were boys. . . . By 1932 Riedel was
assigned to the Juvenile Bureau. . . He determined to see what
he could do about helping some of [the] delinquents. . . . [Riedel]
started taking these boys on Saturday morning hikes. [But] ' By
1936, I decided the idea was all wrong. When boys who know a lot
of bad tricks are in a group together, they start passing the
bad ideas around.' . . . he felt he was on the right track, that
each delinquent boy should have a sponsor . . . . It was the beginning
of the Big Brother idea, one big brother for each little brother."
"Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public
Good" is a book
review at huffingtonpost.com.
"R. Jeffrey Lustig has
compiled (and contributed) to an amazing set of useful essays
that examine the many maladies plaguing California's politics
and public institutions and provide food for thought that points
to possible remedies. Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public
Good, is the most important book on contemporary California politics
to be published in many years. These articles, from scholars,
journalists, and other commentators, primarily seek ways out of
California's dilapidated and dysfunctional governmental gridlock.
They offer historical context, racial and ethnic histories, and
an analytical framing of the big debates now raging in the Golden
State from immigration to the function of political parties, to
the 'two-thirds' requirement and reforming the state's Constitution.
Lustig offers three cogent
and elegantly argued essays, 'California at the Edge'; 'Voting,
Elections, and the Failure of Representation in California'; and
'A People's Convention for California.' His 'California at the
Edge' 'leads off the work where Lustig shows that although California's
politics are often talked about as being 'broken,' it's "clearly
not broken for everyone.' Corporations and wealthy individuals
have been able to increase their share of the state's wealth over
the last two decades often at the expense of the greater good."
"Some Mainers object to California connection" by John Richardson at kjonline.com.
"Maine has so far licensed
six medical marijuana dispensaries.
Five of them have direct
connections to California's cannabis industry.
Some state officials are
welcoming the experience and resources from the West Coast. The
new arrivals should help Maine's experiment with dispensaries
get off to a smooth start, they say.
Others, however, fear the
California connections are a troubling way to begin."
"When Activism Takes a Summer Break" by Danielle Nahal at huffingtonpost.com.
"I'm the last person
anyone would expect to march in the streets. I'm just not that
political. But as my first semester started last fall, amidst
the chemistry lectures and literature discussions, UC Berkeley
began to mobilize.
The UC Regents had proposed
a 32% tuition increase across the entire system. And though still
wary of the political extremism Berkeley is known for, I found
myself attending lectures, teach-ins, and discussions. I needed
to understand how the tuition hike would affect my life as a prospective
medical student. And ultimately I came to realize how damaging
these education cuts would be for everyone in California.
I dug deeper, and in the
fall I hung a picket sign on my dorm room door, and wore the red
wrist band, which came to symbolize the fight against budget cuts.
And most of all, I talked to my friends about why I was getting
involved. I didn't want people passing this off as just another
When spring came, I took
an art history class focused on the French Revolution. My fellow
students and I were inspired by the societal change accomplished
by French citizens. And we joined our professor to rally in front
of the state capital in Sacramento on March 4th.
Now five months later, I
wish I could say that I'm still following the budgetary process,
but I'm not. Without student leaders organizing events, I hardly
even discuss what's happening."
"Mad Men Recap: Shall We Begin 1965?" huffingtonpost.com.
"The writers seem eager
to begin 1965, holiday hopping through the end of 1964, this week's
episode of Mad Men landing on New Year's.
With Anna's niece, Stephanie,
the Berkeley student studying poli-sci, we get a glimpse into
the 60s youth movement. She has grass, Don asks if she's 'sitting
in,'--she's not but agrees with the movement--she offers to hitch
a ride home. She thinks that 'advertising is pollution,' shooting
down Don's made up existence for what's real. We hear the Beach
Boys in the bar and Don is donning a new, colorful California
jacket, leaving his New York suits at home. Stephanie asks about
his college experience (he's honest here in California) and he
says he's strung together night classes at city college--oh, that's
what he did--and she calls him a self made man--she has no idea
how much so. In a show with so much subtext, certain lines are
so lucid, and it's this young hippie that sees clearly. She's
mocking awkward dates, and tells Don, 'But nobody knows what's
wrong with themselves, I mean everyone else can see it right away.'
And just when I thought Don was looking hot again--ugh don't hit
on her! We all saw it coming but...come on! It's really just pathetic,
you don't have to hit on everyone, but I guess he does. And when
Anna's sister walks in and says, 'you just can't keep your pants
on can you?' (it was fun to watch him paint in boxers) that's
not the situation at the moment, but HA! in general it was very
appropriate and a much needed rebuke."
"New Director Wants to Open Museum's Trove:A
vast anthropological collection has never been seen by the public"
a story by Patrick Dillon
"Beginning in the 1890s,
Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst, commissioned large
expeditions around the globe. She sent Max Uhle, the renowned
German archaeologist, to Peru; Alfred Emerson, the classics scholar,
was dispatched to Greece and Italy in search of marble sculpture;
and she sent Alfred Kroeber, one of the United States' foremost
anthropologists (for whom the department of anthropology building
at Berkeley would eventually be named) to American Indian camps
throughout California and the Southwest.
Objects were bought or excavated
and transported on barges, horse-drawn wagons or even by foot
back to Berkeley. Collections were arranged according to a coherent
plan Hearst had insisted on and sorted by tribe, site or time
frame. They were documented with field notes, photographs, maps
and even wax sound recordings to provide the basis for scholarship.
These became the core of the collection, numbering some 60,000
items at the time of her death in 1919.
Her goal was a museum to
rival those at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, and
by at least one standard she succeeded: the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum
of Anthropology at Berkeley now has some four million items.
What Hearst failed to anticipate,
though, was that nearly all those objects would for more than
half a century be largely inaccessible to all but a handful of
scholars due to less-than-optimal facilities and the faculty's
tradition of viewing the collection primarily as a research tool."
"California Postdocs Embrace Union Contract"
by Kristen Minogue.
"Postdocs at the University
of California (UC) voted overwhelmingly this week to adopt a 5-year
contract that would raise their pay and give them protections
not guaranteed under the current system."
From The Berkeley Police
Story by Alfred E Parker, some of BPD Lt CC Plummer and others'
"A women called to complain
that she was receiving music from her false teeth and wanted to
know what to do.
The man on the telephone
stated that a bull was loose in West Berkeley. It had broken loose
from a meat packing plant and was rounded up by several offices.
Reports of this kind have been received for herds of sheep and
A woman called from Los Angeles
(474 miles from Berkeley) asking directions to San Jose (42 miles
An irate man called and requested
an officer go to a cleaning shop, since closed for the night,
and get out his clothes which he needed the next day."
*Our Rick Auerbach has photos
of a deer loose on the French School play ground just a few years
Denny Abrams will own and
operate the new Fourth Street restaurant, Zut!. Opening in the
remodeled former location of Eccol, he has hired Stephen Decker
, formerly of Cafe Claude, as manager and Jim Wimbrough, formerly
of Kakkami as chef. They plan on a September opening.
"A Dutch City Seeks to End Drug Tourism" at nytimes.com.
Maastrich, the Netherlands
- On a recent summer night, Marc Josemans's Easy Going Coffee
Shop was packed. The lines to buy marijuana and hashish stretched
to the reception area where customers waited behind glass barriers.
Most were young. Few were
Thousands of "drug tourists"
sweep into this small, picturesque city in the southeastern part
of the Netherlands every day - as many as two million a year,
city officials say. Their sole purpose is to visit the city's
13 "coffee shops," where they can buy varieties of marijuana
with names like Big Bud, Amnesia and Gold Palm without fear of
It is an attraction Maastricht
and other Dutch border cities would now gladly do without."
today I wrote about the possible business implications if marijuana
is legalized in California through the Nov. 2 vote on Prop. 19
" opines Q Hardy at forbes.com.
"I do not have much
of a position on whether this is a good idea, though living as
I do in Berkeley it is hard to see legalization leading to more
widespread availability. You'd practically have to leave joints
on street corners for that. What interests me is what this, and
other industries, do as they grow.
The chances of Prop19 passing
seem about 50/50. Proponents of legal pot talk about tax revenues
and saving on law enforcement costs, new jobs, and the insanity
of criminalizing something half the adult population has done.
Opponents talk about health and safety, legitimizing criminal
elements, and the insanity of giving our intoxicant-ridden culture
easier drug access.
When pressed, both sides
will own that a lot of money is at stake here. You can define
it now through the costs of enforcement, from planes and court
time to incarceration, and the need to add to the cost and risks
for criminals. Or you can talk about the huge money made by keeping
pot illegal, and the tax revenues these could become (probably
less than proponents say, since home growing will add to supply.)
Prop 19 allows for local
regulation, which would inhibit operating at scale. Legalize it
fully, though, and the real economics will shift radically."
"California could legalize pot this fall
-- so why are medical marijuana providers grumbling?" at sfbg.com.
"With polls showing
that California voters are probably poised to approve Proposition
19 in November and finally fully legalize marijuana, this should
be a historic moment for jubilant celebration among those who
have long argued for an end to the government's costly war on
the state's biggest cash crop. But instead, many longtime cannabis
advocates - particularly those in the medical marijuana business
- are voicing only cautious optimism mixed with fear of an uncertain
"Serious syrah" Laurie Daniel for BANG.
"There's been a lot
of hand-wringing lately about how hard it is to sell California
syrah. I've seen a lot reasons put forth: There's no definable
style of California syrah, so consumers don't know what to expect.
They're confused by Australian shiraz. The 2004 movie "Sideways"
made pinot noir sexy just as syrah was poised to take off.
Maybe there's some truth
to the "Sideways" theory. But I don't buy the others.
It's difficult to know what to expect from any California wine
- will that chardonnay be rich and fleshy, sweet and oaky, or
racy and mineral-driven? - unless you've tasted it in the past.
And a lot of consumers don't even realize that shiraz and syrah
are the same grape.
I suspect that many wine
consumers simply get stuck in a rut."
"AOL's Patch Launches 100th Site; Plans
Expansion to More Than 500 Communities This Year" is a news release at marketwatch.com.
News and Information Platform Plans to Hire More than 500 Professional
Journalists in More Than 20 States by the End of 2010."
"Old-style coal plants expanding" is an AP report.
"Utilities across the
country are building dozens of old-style coal plants that will
cement the industry's standing as the largest industrial source
of climate-changing gases for years to come."
"Federal Funds Boost California Jobs Budget
Goals, Republicans Risk Throwing Away $1.2 Billion in Aid" an address by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
"In this Democratic
weekly address, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) thanks
the President and Congress for advancing comprehensive legislation
to save jobs but notes analysis from the non-partisan Legislative
Analyst's Office shows the Governor's budget proposal, which Republican
leaders support, risks making California schools ineligible for
$1.2 billion set aside in the federal legislation to keep California
teachers on the job."
"Paisan in Berkeley" is a review at insidescoopsf.sfgate.com.
"Currently up and running
on San Pablo Avenue is Paisan, the latest restaurant from Haig
Krikorian's K2 Restaurant Group, which also includes Fonda, Lalime's,
Jimmy Beans, T-Rex and Sea Salt. For K2 at least, Paisan represents
a new frontier - it's a pizzeria - but the West Berkeley neighborhood
is a familiar one: it's directly next door to Sea Salt, after
In addition to thin-crust
'California-ized' pies, Paisan - original working name: Falanghina
(fun fact!) - is also serving items like salads and bruschetta.
Current hours are 5pm to 10pm, Wednesday through Sunday. There
is also a shared rear patio, wood-fired oven, and a full bar,
because how can you open a new pizza place without cocktails nowadays?"
"Modern Times Books in Crisis" by Rigoberto Hernandez at sfgate.com.
"The 39-year-old Modern
Times Bookstore on Valencia Street urgently needs an 'influx of
cash' to pay its bills, the store's owners told customers in a
'Modern Times is facing a
financial crisis and urgently needs an influx of cash if we are
going to be able to pay our bills through the summer,' the letter
reads. 'The cold, hard economic facts are these: We need to sell
a certain amount everyday in order to break even on costs - taxes,
rent, payroll, utilities, insurance, and new books - and right
now we are not doing this.'
Over the last decade, the
Mission's independent bookstores, many of which have been here
for decades, have struggled against one new competitor after another,
including mega-bookstores, online sales and now e-books.
Abandoned Planet, formerly
on Valencia, closed in January, and Adobe Books on 16th Street
is barely making it. Alan Beatts, the owner of Borderlands Books
and the Borderlands Cafe next door, told Mission Loc@l in January
that he opened the cafÃ© because he doesn't see bookstores
alone as viable businesses."
"The Global Economic Crisis: The Great
Depression of the XXI Century, Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew
Gavin Marshall, Editors"
is a book review at opednews.com.
"Orthodox economic theory
does not acknowledge the amply documented fact that financial
actors can not only influence but actually manipulate the market,
make it move in a particular direction'. Economic theory does
not address the structural causes of economic collapse".
We are not dealing with a cyclical process; what is at stake is
a major dislocation in the financial, trading and productive structures
of the global economy."
"Ozone and cigarette smoke worse for asthma
than smoke alone" at
"Ozone generators are
often used in hotel rooms, cars and private homes to get rid of
the smell of cigarette smoke, but new evidence suggests that this
cure may be worse than the disease. Researchers at the Univeristy
of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found
that ozone combines with nicotine and other components of cigarette
smoke to produce chemicals that are a greater asthma hazard than
the original smoke. In particular, the chemicals combine to form
ultrafine aerosols that can carry dangerous chemicals deep into
the lungs, where they trigger the development of asthma."
"Berkeley police to serve, serenade diners
for Tip-a-Cop" is a Bay
City News story.
" Berkeley police will
dish out service and smiles to customers at Skates on the Bay
restaurant at the Berkeley Marina tonight [8/19/10] as part of
the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser benefiting the Special Olympics
of Northern California.
Uniformed officers will be
assisting the wait staff from 5-9 p.m. and performing a spirited
rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for diners enjoying a birthday celebration.
In exchange for their hospitality, police are hoping to receive
generous tips to donate to the Special Olympians.
Skate's on the Bay has hosted
the fundraiser for the past five years. The cooperation has proved
successful, with the team raising $4,500 at the 2009 event.
Berkeley police also have
been involved in Special Olympics fundraising in other ways, generating
more than $7,000 for the participants through a Torch Run and
a 38-story rappel of the San Francisco Hyatt earlier this year.
Officer Jamie Perkins said
the event is just as rewarding for police officials as it is for
'It brings us great joy to
see the admiration and enthusiasm the Olympians show for us,'
she said. 'The event is really special and a great opportunity
for us to give back to the community.' "
Check out "Berkeley
Police Department Online Reporting System: Pilot
Welcome to the Berkeley Police
Department Online Reporting System. This system allows you a quick
and easy way to submit a police report, anytime, day or night,
regarding the following types of incidents:
Theft, Theft from Vehicle,
Identity Theft, Harassing Phone Calls, Vandalism, Vehicle Tampering,
and Lost Property."
Oakland PD is going to online
crime reporting because of manpower cutbacks.
We're doing it because .
. . ?
(That's a Hupmoblie wagon
our Jarad emails
[I understand] that [ our
] officers are leveraging proactive techniques that show up in
the book "The Crime Fighter : How you can make your community
crime free" by Jack Maple with Chris Mitchell.
I hope that the department keeps up that level of communication
because it will get people talking on the streets that the city
is getting serious about addressing the long-standing crime problems
we've had in West & South Berkeley. I think that is a message
that needs to be sent because when we got active on the 2300 block,
the dealers got the message that if they show up here for 5 minutes
to deal or gamble, someone will call BPD.
Word will get around after
a while (if Chief Meehan is consistent over the long-run) that
Berkeley isn't the place to commit crime. Of course the key is
consistency over the long-term, which is what we've lacked in
Berkeley and has exacerbated the crime problem and heightened
the emotions of residents in our area.
"Berkeley man faces nine years in attempted
murder of mother"
by Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune.
"When Jamaal Prince
returned to the apartment he shared with his mother in Berkeley
in March, something was terribly wrong with his mind, his mother
testified in court Monday.
Prince, 32, was high on drugs
and, once again, talking to himself about how he wasn't able to
visit his children and how there were people outside his apartment,
Jacqueline Stewart said."
"Bob Dylan hits Northern California" by Jim Harrington at mercurynews.com.
"You know those legendary
artists that make their fans wait to see them in concert? (We
guess they rationalize it by saying that 'it builds anticipation.')
Well, don't include Bob Dylan
among that number. The songwriter seems to play almost as many
dates each year as Willie Nelson, which, it probably goes without
saying, is a ton.
Dylan brings his never-ending
tour back to Northern California for a trio of shows over the
next few days. First up, he'll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the
Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road. (Tickets are
$59.50.) Then he'll settle in for a 6:30 p.m. gig Sunday at the
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's Tahoe, which sounds like
a great idea for a road trip -- especially since Taj Mahal is
one of the openers. (Tickets are $59.50-$125.)
Dylan will round out the
stand with a performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fox Theater,
1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, but that one is long sold out. For
information on any of these shows, visit www.apeconcerts.com."
In keeping with Bobby [Dylan]
Zimmerman's "The Times They are a Changin' " check out
Berkeley Among Top Military Friendly Schools" by Aaida
Samad at dailycal.org.
"UC Berkeley has been
named one of California's top 'military friendly" schools
due largely to its efforts in offering both financial and non-financial
support services to veterans on campus, according to a recent
On Monday, G.I. Jobs magazine
released their annual Military Friendly Schools List, which recognizes
the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are doing the most
to support and recognize American veterans as students, according
to Matthew Pavelek, a senior editor for the magazine.
'I'm very pleased that the
campus has earned this distinction - most of the time when people
hear that there are veterans at UC Berkeley, they are surprised,'
said Ron Williams, director of veterans services at the campus's
Transfer, Re-entry and Student Parent Center. 'It's great for
folks to know that Cal is supportive towards student veterans.'
"Major midtown makeover" by George Avalos at mercurynews.com.
"An East Bay developer
has bought a century-old downtown building that was constructed
by California's 'Borax King,' vowing to restore the high rise
to its elegance of 100 years ago.
A partnership controlled
by Orton Development Inc. said Wednesday it has bought the 10-story
building on Broadway between 14th and 15th streets in downtown
Oakland. The group, operating as 1440 Associates LLC, foreclosed
on a delinquent mortgage the group had previously bought, whose
most visible tenant is shoe retailer Foot Locker.
'We are trying to go back
to the future with this building,' said J.R. 'Eddie' Orton, president
of Emeryville-based Orton Development. 'We want to bring it back
to its original beauty.'
The developers believe they
already have plenty to work with in their quest to revive the
building. . . .
Orton also has bought the
former Flint Ink manufacturing complex in Berkeley. The developer
is busy renovating the site and intends to add smaller light industrial
and commercial tenants."
8/20/10--12:31 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry itchy
skin, "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.
our nextdoor neighbor Tracy
Here are Natalie with friends
Claire and Sylvie training Max to do circus tricks.
Hope you are having a good
our Jarad emails
Thanks for posting info about
Paisan finally opening. Eva and I have been waiting for this for
a year. We went last night and had 2 different pizzas. I had the
calamari, sungold tomato, & aioli pizza and it was great.
Eva had the watercress, pesto, rocket, and Grana Padano. Both
were delicious. We ate on the back patio & on the way out
noticed that they have a Pizza of the Day that our wait staff
never mentioned, so the next time we are there we'll ask about
that. It's a nice addition to the local restaurant scene in West
"Pesticides causes attention problems" is a story at timesofindia.com.
"A new study has found that kids who were exposed to organophosphate
pesticides while still in mother's womb are more likely to develop
attention disorders later in life.
Researchers at the University
of California, Berkeley, found that prenatal levels of the pesticides
were related to attention problems at age 5, with the effects
apparently stronger among boys.
Our Chamber of Commerce is
running TV spots about what's happening in Berkeley. The spts
recommend our businesses, places, etc. Channel 4 ran one Thursday
evening. It was short, with great visuals and full of info. Made
me want to come to Berkeley.
Well, Ok then!
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
announces the resignation of CEO Mark Berson.
Berkeley, CA, August 18, 2010- The Berkeley Chamber of commerce
announced today that Mark Berson is no longer the Chamber's CEO.
Rod Howard, Chairman of the Berkeley Chamber stated, "Mark
Berson and the chamber have parted ways effective immediately.
We wish Mark all the best in his future endeavors. The Chamber
will refocus our efforts towards filling the CEO position and
is forming an executive search committee now. Our efforts will
focus on building a solid leadership team enabling us to reach
our core objectives:
We are a resource and educator focusing on promoting a vibrant
and sustainable business community
We focus on Smart Growth in our community
We have formed research institution partnerships (Bayer, Alta
Bates, Berkeley Lab, UCB, etc)
We enhance the Chamber's influence within the city of Berkeley
Yodeler and a Cappella Showtunes" at eastbayexpress.com.
"Live music in bookstores
and burger bars?
"The Downtown Berkeley
MusicFest launches today, with dozens of acts set to perform -
usually for free - at Jupiter, Bobby G's, the JazzSchool, Freight
& Salvage, the Berkeley Central Library, Amanda's Feel Good
Fresh Food, and Half Price Books. Freight & Salvage is producing
the nine-day festival, with the help of the Downtown Berkeley
Association, City of Berkeley, AT&T California, and KPFA."
"NCAA Football Preview - California Golden
Bears" by John Agovino
"Usually it is a tough
task replacing a talented running back such as Jahvid Best, but
fortunately for coach Tedford not only does he have a reliable
answer in Shane Vereen, but he also has a player in Vereen that
gained valuable experience filling in for Best this past season.
Vereen will now have the pressures of being the main back and
more of the offense will rely on him, but the junior seems ready
to lead the way."
" First Islamic College Opens on Monday" is a story laced with opinion by Paul Williams,
PhD at familysecuritymatters.org.
"Calling all radical
Muslims and aspiring Islamists.
If you are planning to enroll
in the freshman class of the first Islamic college within the
United States, pack up your burqa or shalwat kameez and head off
to Berkeley, California without delay.
Classes begin at Zaytuna
College on Monday.
Zaytuna (which means 'olives'
in Arabic) promises to be unlike any other institution of higher
learning within the country. The name was chosen, the website
site proclaims, because olives are a 'purifying fruit' since they
produce purgative effects.
Only two majors are offered
at the new college: Arabic Language and Islamic Law and Theology.
Students and teachers are
not expected to be proficient in English but Arabic. This is evidenced
by such misspellings as 'accredation' for accreditation and 'employement'
for employment on the Zaytunawebsite.
They will not study US history
but the history of Islam."
Whoa! PhD huh? RP
"Muslim Scholar on MSNBC: 'Vocal Minority'
Spreading Fear, 'Demonize' Islam" at newsbusters.org.
"During the 10 a.m.
ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Chris Jansing spoke with Islamic scholar
Hamza Yusuf Hanson about the Ground Zero Mosque controversy, who
proclaimed: 'I think there's a lot of fear....there has been a
concerted effort by a certain segment. It's a very small minority,
but their powerful and vocal, to demonize the Muslim community.'
Yusuf was on to discuss his founding of Zaytuna College in California,
the nation's first Islamic higher education school. However, Jansing
introduced the segment by placing the college in this context:
"...the [mosque] controversy prompted Time magazine to ask,
Is America if America is Islamophobic. A Time poll found
that 46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other
faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers. And a small
college in Berkeley, California, may become the new battleground
in America's uneasy relationship with Islam."
"Oakland transient slain; girlfriend sought"
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff
"Scotty, as everyone
knew him, was a North Oakland transient who had his share of problems.
Locals say he suffered from a crack-cocaine addiction and had
a tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend, with whom he lived
in a truck on the street.
It was in the cab of that
truck, parked at the corner of San Pablo and Ocean avenues, where
his girlfriend of more than a year fatally stabbed him Thursday
night before fleeing, according to Oakland police. Scotty staggered
out of his truck, leaving a trail of blood that ended on the front
porch of a neighbor's home.
Scotty pounded on the door
at about 9:30 p.m., knowing that the 33-year-old woman who lived
there with her boyfriend would surely help. The two had given
him food and blankets to hold him over from time to time.
But the woman and her boyfriend
were in San Francisco at the time."
our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)
(Funny, I'd have titled it
"Let's Help Celebrate Deaf Kids". RP)
Want to Help Deaf Children?
The Center for the Early
Intervention on Deafness (CEID) is an organization that has always
been near and dear to my heart. They provide an amazing
and unique service to children with significant hearing loss.
CEID intervenes at a very young age, and because of this, they
have a tremendous impact on early childhood development and rest
of the child's life. Each child that they take in is a life
changed. Please join me in celebrating their 30th year of
bettering the lives of hearing impaired children from all over
Save The Date!
CEID's 30th Anniversary Gala
October 16th, 2010
The Pavilion at Jack London Square
The Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) is celebrating
our 30th Anniversary of providing early childhood educational
and supportive programs for young children who are deaf, hard
of hearing, or have other communication disorders. To commemorate
the occasion we are hosting a gala celebration on October 16,
2010 at The Pavilion at Jack London Square. We are thrilled
that award-winning composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank will
be performing at our event!
CEID provides a comprehensive and intensive program of early intervention
services including home visits, parent education, morning special
education nursery school classes, medical outreach and training,
and all day childcare at our inclusive Sunshine Preschool and
Childcare. Our center is known across the state for its
outstanding results in strengthening the social, emotional, physical,
and intellectual growth of young children who until just a few
decades ago would most often have been consigned to silence and
The theme of our event is Imagine and it really speaks to the
core of our work: 30 years ago, we at CEID saw babies who
passed the crucial early months of language and intellectual development-and
thus were handicapped for life not by a hearing impediment but
by a failure in diagnosis. We saw children whose parents
could not communicate with them because they could not afford
to learn how. We saw doctors who didn't realize that over
12,000 babies are born in this country each year with a profound
hearing loss, and didn't understand how easy it was to reverse
the social and intellectual deficits that can needlessly result.
We imagined - and we set to work.
Today, California requires hearing tests for all newborns.
CEID has developed educational and outreach programs for doctors
and other medical providers. Our family support services
include weekly sign language classes, educational resources, and
advocacy training - all free of charge to our families, who are
We greatly depend on the generosity of our community supporters
to sustain and grow our essential programs for children with special
needs. Over the past 30 years, our community partners have
helped us to positively impact the lives of well over 2,000 young
children and their families.
If you have any questions or would like additional information,
please feel free to contact Carrie Dern at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 510.848.4800 ext. 330. I hope you can join me to support
CEID's wonderful work.
West Campus Summer Hours
As some of you may know, West Campus public swim hours have been
expanded to the weekends for the summer months, from 1-4pm on
Saturdays and Sundays. The summer schedule was originally
scheduled to end by August 27th, but now has been extended through
Labor Day weekend, with its final day being September 5th.
After September 5th, normal fall schedulingresumes.
Tomorrow for sure I'll post
"The best kept food-secret in West Berkeley!"
"Consumer privacy protection bill passes
get increased consumer privacy protection if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
signs a bill passed by the Legislature Thursday.
Senate Bill 1166, authored
by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, which Mr. Simitian says strengthens
the notification required when databases of personal information
"California bill would require more transparency
in university foundation fundraisers" is a story at latimes.com.
"The measure, among
dozens sent to Gov. Schwarzenegger for approval, would compel
more disclosure in cases like the recent hiring of Sarah Palin
to speak at Cal State Stanislaus.. . . .
is essential that we insure there is complete transparency and
accountability in how PERS and STRS candidates raise campaign
funds and what they do with the money,' said Sen. Loni Hancock
(D-Berkeley), author of SB 1007."
"Program to Modify Loans Loses Steam"
"The Obama administration's
loan-modification program appears to be running out of eligible
borrowers who can qualify for restructured loans."
"Payrolls Increase in 37 U.S. States, Led
by Michigan" by
Timothy R. Homan at bloomberg.com.
in 37 U.S. states in July, led by a jump in Michigan that may
reflect a gain in auto making.
Employers in Michigan added
27,800 jobs last month, the most since October, figures from the
Labor Department showed today in Washington. Massachusetts, New
York and Minnesota rounded out the four states with the biggest
job gains. Employment in the District of Columbia climbed by 17,800,
the most since records began in 1990 and second behind Michigan. "
from my log
8/8/10--8:41 PM heavy dry
air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
watery eyes, headache, nausea. 3:34 PM --VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
air, burning eyes, throat. sinus irritation. Marsha has serious
prolonged coughing attack, with serious sinus irritation, runny
stuffy nose. Only apparent activity, neighbor George Chittenden
working at Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass. 4:30 PM--SERIOUS
irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, coughing attack, burning
watery eyes and burning throat.Similar irritant and symptoms off
an on all Saturday 8/7 occurring at irregular intervals.
in front room, dry air, eyes water, hacking cough, short breath.
7:15 PM--heavy dry air in
warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry eyes
skin, coughing attack, short breath. Only apparent activity, worker
at Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass. 8:11 PM--similar a
8/11/10-- 11:13 AM-irritant
in front room, dry air, watery eyes, cough.
in front room, light head, nausea, headache. 11:22 AM--similar.
in front room, light head, nausea, headache.
8/16/10 7:01 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, nasal congestion,
ringing ears, light head, chills.
irritant in front room, nasal irritation, dry eyes, cough attack,
8/18/10--7:48 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,
watery eyes, SERIOUS nasal congestion, sneeze regularly. Marsha
8/20/10--12:31 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry itchy
skin, "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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
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or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
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