AUGUST 2011

after 8/17/11 here

8/1/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Berkeley PD to hold motorcycle safety operation" reports abcnews.com

1969 Royal Enfield "Interceptor" Stage II

"With motorcycle fatalities an issue in California, the Berkeley Police Department is working to reduce deaths and injuries with a special safety operation . . . , police said.

Extra patrols will be stationed in areas where motorcycle crashes often happen, and officers will crack down on motorcycle and other vehicle traffic violations that often lead to motorcycle collisions, injuries and deaths, police said."

 

 

"Horns, Harps, and Hubcaps--The classical orchestra needs some new instruments" by J. Bryan Lowder, slate.com.

"Classical orchestras need more car partsWhen the American Composers Orchestra took the stage at Carnegie Hall this spring, they found more than just the typical setup of stands, chairs, and conductor's podium: Stage-left of the double-basses, there was what looked like a roughly dissected Ford Taurus. The ragtag collection of wheel wells, hubcaps, a fender, metal rods, and a psychedelically painted hood sat quietly on the stage during the first three pieces. Then, before the final work of the concert, a group of musicians emerged from the wings and began to carefully disassemble the heap, part by part.

Wielding a cello bow, one musician caused a dented fender to produce sounds so piercingly lovely that an oboe might have been jealous. Hubcaps, when drawn over with the same implement, released a startling cry. Wheel wells struck with padded mallets created tones deep and resonant enough to challenge the horns for majesty, and gently scraped brake drums transmitted-better than trembling violins-the nervous energy of your fourth cup of coffee. "

 

 

quote of the day

I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my
telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out
how to use my telephone.

Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish computer scientist

from Bob Kubik

 

 

"New life breathed into old ink factory in Berkeley" by George Avalos at contracostatimes.com.

"Orton Development has breathed life into a 105-year-old former ink factory in Berkeley, a renovation the developer says is bringing new tenants to the complex.

Flint Ink in West Berkeley once was one of the nation's largest producers of ink, making everything from basic inks for print publishers and labels to specialty items such as perfumed inks for advertising and white ink to mark honey bees.

Now, new-century companies have supplanted the ink-making facilities of yesteryear.

'We have an electric bike company, we have a solar company, we have a high-performance tent company,' said James Madsen, an executive with Emeryville-based Orton Development.

Flint Ink is a prime example of the Orton development philosophy of redeveloping and rehabilitating older mixed-use properties."

 

 

"Brothers look to help energize community" by David Morrill, Bay Area News Group.

"Daan and Inder Rottger are not Amish. And they never fight.

So of course the two brothers named their electrician business Fighting Amish Electric.

'The idea ... seemed hilarious to us,' Daan said. 'But,' he added, 'we are not going to be coming to the door in a horse and carriage.'

Instead Daan, 37, and Inder, 40, have found a niche working residential homes throughout the East Bay. Putting in 10- to 12-hour workdays to try to stay in business, the duo works on a wide range of electrical issues, including replacing and installing lights, handling power upgrades and figuring out why electricity has stopped flowing."

 

 

 

LBNL Exercise

Last Thursday Berkeley PD took part in a multi-agency emergency exercise. From 8 AM 'til 1PM Berkeley along with LBNL, UCPD, Alameda County Fire and other agencies took part in an emergency training exercise at the LBNL Strawberry Creek Campus. The exercise tested equipment, tactics and readiness.

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

10/7/10

Westside Café

Wednesday night's Dinner and Drinks Opening

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three e's please

"Berkley Conference to Advance Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills" is a story release at sbwire.com.

"The 31st International Conference on Critical Thinking will be held July 25-28, 2011 at the Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa near the University of California Berkley campus. The event is sponsored by the Center and Foundation for Critical Thinking.

The conference features some 40 sessions designed to converge on basic critical thinking principles and to enrich a core concept of critical thinking with practical teaching and learning strategies."

 

 

"Global warming: Invasive grasses to thrive in warmer world" is a story in the Colorado Summit County Voice.

"The warmer and drier conditions predicted across the West by most climate change models will help invasive grasses replace native vegetation. The exotics are better equipped to deal with warmer weather. Some of them harbor animals that attack endangered species, while others make lands more susceptible to wildfires."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/2/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

more

than is good for your health about the second LBNL campus

 

"LBNL's Jay Keasling explains what LBLN does."

(From the video of the LBNL Alameda presentation--starts at 3:15 minute marker.)

" FAQ About Golden Gate Fields and the Proposed Second Campus for Berkeley Lab."

[This list of frequently asked questions includes questions about LBNL's mission. It was compiled by the city consultant, Fern Tiger Associates.]

"About the Proposal for LBNL's Second Campus at Golden Gate Fields."

 

 "Berkeley Lab Shares Development Details with Advisory Group" by Emilie Raguso at alamedapatch.com.

"Berkeley Lab officials fielded questions about its proposed second campus at a community group meeting in Berkeley on July 14, after a packed and positive meeting in Alameda. 

Berkeley Lab Chief Operating Officer Jim Krupnick spoke to the lab's Community Advisory Group to give an overview of the second campus project and answer questions. . . .

The three programs the lab will start with when consolidating include one devoted to biofuels, currently in Emeryville; a life sciences lab in west Berkeley; and the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek. Together, the labs total about 475,000 sq. ft. 

The lab is looking for a 'low-vibration environment' that's compatible with surrounding neighborhoods in a 'welcoming community.' Amenities include available public transport, a 'world-class research environment' and proximity to the main site in the hills. . . .

Some advisory group members said they were concerned about the environmental impact the lab could have. . . .

Member Michael Caplan said a facility like the lab would bring in numerous benefits to a community, from payroll dollars to 'people living, working and building a sense of community.' 

He also mentioned the benefits of related nearby businesses that would grow up around the lab. 

'That's a value to the city that people should consider,' said Caplan, manager of the Department of Economic Development, who represented the city of Berkeley at the meeting."

 

 

 

 

"Alameda Maneuvers for Coveted Lab" is a story at wsj.com.

"After Years of Failed Attempts at Redevelopment of Former Naval Air Base, City Puts Forth Vision for High-Tech Campus."

 

 

"Oakland lobbies Berkeley lab" by Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune.

"With a setting sun over the Oakland Estuary as the backdrop, city leaders made their pitch Wednesday for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to build its new secondary campus adjacent to Jack London Square.
Touting the location's numerous transportation links, its spectacular views and, most importantly, its approval for development, Oakland officials told leaders of the laboratory that their best chance for a successful project is at Brooklyn Basin."

 

 

"Richmond looking to snag new UC laboratory" at insidebayarea.com.

Richmond has already gained a measure of regional prestige as one of the six finalists for a second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, but the project has the potential to bring the city so much more, City Councilman Jeff Ritterman said.

He sees the project as a catalyst for jobs, new business startups and educational opportunities, not to mention the potential technologies that could emerge from operation of a new site at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station on the south Richmond shoreline."

 

"City of Richmond Gains Momentum as a Top Finalist for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) New Research Institute" is a story release at prweb.com.

" 'Richmond on the Rise' Campaign Building Unity Across Diverse Sectors

We're looking forward to making Richmond the ideal home for LBNL's second campus and understand the positive economic impact that it would have on the Richmond community-- City Manager, Bill Lindsay

Anticipation is growing in the City of Richmond as the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) continues to move forward with the site selection process for its second campus. The University of California, Berkeley-owned Richmond Field Station, one of LBNL's remaining candidate sites, is being recognized as a shoreline campus location that would inspire researchers to continue to develop innovative energy solutions for the 21st century and beyond. The University of California, Berkeley has developed a Campus Concept Plan for this facility situated along San Francisco Bay that "presents a vision for a new research campus that embraces the existing unique and successful partnership between the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). An initial campus would combine an LBNL Energy and Life Sciences research cluster, and the existing UC Berkeley Engineering research cluster, on University-owned properties in the Richmond, California southern waterfront area." 

 

"Richmond Residents Welcome Berkeley Lab" at alamedapatch.com.

"An information session in Richmond on Thursday about Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's process of deciding where to build a second campus brought out hundreds of supporters.An enthusiastic Richmond audience, which included Richmond's mayor, chief of police, fire chief, Chamber of Commerce president and 300 to 400 others, greeted Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory officials Thursday at City Hall as they described their hopes for a second campus."

 

"UC Berkeley Selects SKS Investments as Richmond Field Station Developer in Competition for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Proposed Second Campus Project" at businesswire.com.

 

 

 

 

"Let's Get Ready to Rumble (For the Lawrence Berkeley Lab)" at eastbayexpress.com.

"This year, one item on every East Bay city's wish list is the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's proposed second campus. 

Ah, the romance! Beyond improving the Port of Oakland and keeping the A's stadium, Mayor Jean Quan hopes a new lab at the Brooklyn Basin along East Oakland's waterfront could be the big-ticket item to win Oakland's future.

Meanwhile, Alameda has an eye on the lab for some prime property at Alameda Point, always on the brink of development but never quite there. Albany hopes to join the big leagues with a lab at Golden Gate Fields, which would entail razing and relocating the horse track, while Richmond thinks it's got a leg up with its Richmond Field Station, a bayside plot already owned by the University of California.

But that's not all! Berkeley has offered up."


our Councilman Darryl Moore emails

(excerpts)

The proposed Second Campus for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is an effort to consolidate laboratory programs currently in leased spaces spread throughout the Bay Area, provide room for future Lab growth, and provide long-term cost savings as the Laboratory pursues its scientific research mission.
  
Of the six potential sites selected by the Lab, three are all or partially in Berkeley: Berkeley Aquatic Park West, Golden Gate Fields, and an Emeryville/West Berkeley site already home to some LBNL offices.
 
Public meetings have been scheduled for each of the six sites. The meetings will include presentations about Berkeley Lab, information on potential site development, and comments from local officials.

Councilmembers Capitelli, Wengraf, Wozniak and I are trying to get feedback from Berkeley residents on how they feel aboutLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) locating its second campus at one of three potential sites in West Berkeley?  There are some obvious pros and cons to having a second LBNL campus in our city limits and we want to find out from you whether you think that the benefits outweigh the impacts.  While the City Council has no formal role in the Lab's decision, we would still like to know where our citizentry stands on the issue.  Please take the time to go to Open Town Hall and give us your feedback, http://www.opentownhall.com/749.  Registration only takes a few seconds and your information is never shared with anyone without your permission

(full email here)

will not link on some computers

 

Councilmember Gordon Wozniak emails {excerpt)

LBNL Second Campus
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is running out of space on its hill campus above UC Berkeley. To consolidate existing off-site programs and to obtain some space to grow, LBNL is conducting a site selection process. Six sites have been identified in the East Bay. Three of the sites are located all or partially in Berkeley, two of which are partnerships with Albany & Emeryville.

A recent information session in Richmond on last Thursday, brought hundreds of supportors of locating the 2nd campus in Richmond. Last week in Alameda five hundred people attended a similar meeting. LBNL Director Paul Alivisatos has indicated that public enthusiasm may play a role in the final choice.

(full email here)

so?!

An important West-Berkeley LBNL presentation will be made this Thursday, August 4th, 2011 beginning at 7:00 PM in the Francis Albier Center located in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St.

 

 

 

Councilman Wozniak emails

  The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a site competition for its second campus, and we included details of these meetings in the last email. There will be three meetings in August to consider the three potential Berkeley sites, two of which are collaborative efforts with Albany or Emeryville. My office just received word that the Albany and Emeryville meetings have changed locations.
 
Please note new locations for Albany and Emeryville Meetings

August 3rd - Golden Gate Fields, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Albany High School, 603 Key Route Blvd., Albany, 94706
 
August 4th - Aquatic Park West, 7 - 9 p.m.
Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St. Berkeley, 94702
 
August 8th - Emeryville-Berkeley proposal, 7 - 9 p.m.
Emeryville Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell Street, 14th Floor, Emeryville
 
The meetings will include presentations about Berkeley Lab, information on potential site development, and comments from local officials. Members of the public and community organizations are invited to attend, listen, and comment. Go to the Berkeley Lab Second Campus Website for more information on the Berkeley Lab's proposed second campus and for details of all the public meetings.
 
Sincerely,
Gordon Wozniak
gwozniak@cityofberkeley.info 

 

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8/4/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

For further information

http://www.etcgroup.org/upload/Why technology assessmentNYCMarch2011_0.pdfhttp:

http://www.foe.org/healthy-people/synthetic-biology

 

 

"Berkeley Lab Offers Smart Building Tests" is a story release by Susan DeFreitas, earthtechling.com.

"The promise of green buildings married to super efficient smart building tech is huge, considering the fact that buildings currently account for around 40 percent of the U.S.'s total current carbon footprint. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, now offers developers of such technology a facility where systems can be tested in a setting that simulates real world situations, offering insights into their integrated functionality."

 

"New Tool in Carbon Cycle Research--Berkeley Lab scientists test a next-gen instrument for understanding the carbon cycle" at labmanager.com.

"Carbon Explorer floats follow ocean currents, yo-yoing back and forth in the first kilometer below the surface of the sea, then resurfacing to report their data and receive new instructions via satellite. Since the early 2000s a dozen Carbon Explorers have produced detailed information on the carbon cycle in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans ­ information that would be unaffordable and in some cases impossible to obtain from shipboard. Working 24/7 for voyages of up to a year or more, they've compiled an average of 350 kilometers (217 miles) of up-and-down ocean profiling per float, and they continue to rack up impressive results.

Carbon Explorers were developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) by Jim Bishop of the Earth Sciences Division, who is also a professor of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California at Berkeley. "

 

 

 

 

west-Berkeley's Vintage European Posters

13 th Annual Preview Show August 19-21

details here

 

 

 

 

"On the 'California Dawn' at dawn--It's an early rise, but the reward is a haul of halibut and stripers" by George deVilbiss, Special to Gold Country News Service.

"Berkeley is about a 90-minute drive. When the alarm sounded at 2:30 a.m., the groans were obvious. But when you want to fish for halibut and striped bass, you have to get to bay waters early.

James Smith, skipper of the 50-foot California Dawn, said boarding time was about 5 a.m. with a 6 a.m. departure. When I arrived at the Berkeley docks at 4:45, there were already a handful of eager anglers aboard. Up to departure time, there was a steady stream coming through the K-dock gates to board."

 

 

"Free student checking may come at a price" by Sandra Bulock, usatoday.com.

"There's a reason ramen noodles occupy a prominent position on the average college student's food pyramid, and it's not because they're tasty and nutritious.
Your Money

By the time college students pay for tuition, activity fees, textbooks and cellphone service, there's not much left for groceries.

Checking account fees can put an additional dent in a starving students' finances. Fortunately, those costs are avoidable."

 

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"Daniel Lurie of Tipping Point does what's right" Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A typical workday for Daniel Lurie looks something like this: Check the kitchen construction at a homeless shelter. Brainstorm with employees about his annual charity fundraiser. Dash through the Tenderloin to meet with the Rev. Cecil Williams at Glide Memorial Church.

But he still squeezes in a stop at a child care center in the Tenderloin, where he pushes a blinking glowworm - which plays 'It's a Small World' - back and forth with an exuberant toddler.

'Oh, you found the beat!' he says, bopping his head along with the boy, one of thousands who benefit from Lurie's charity.
Raised in a long tradition of San Francisco philanthropy, Lurie is the son of Rabbi Brian Lurie and Mimi Haas, and the stepson of the late Levi Strauss & Co. executive Peter Haas. At 34, he is emerging as a leader for a new generation that is tackling poverty with its business expertise as well as its dollars."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/5/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

LBNL Aquatic Park Campus video link

The proposed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory second campus location fronting Aquatic Park in Berkeley. The most accessible and convenient location for a state of the art internationally recognized, science and research facility in Berkeley.

Definitely check it out here.

 

 

 

"Think live blogging is hard? Try live tweeting a novel" at thenextweb.com.


 
"Journalist Doug Sovern is writing a novel, one tweet at a time. Entitled TweetHeart Novel, it's the story of a young woman living on the streets of Berkeley, California. Sovern based the character on a woman he knew in real life, who was homeless and struggling with substance abuse. Thinking about how social networking may have affected her life, and her interactions with people around her, Sovern decided to turn this into a story."

 

 

 

"In many cities, urban farming is in season" at miamiherald.com.

"In a dense pocket of San Francisco's Mission Terrace neighborhood, a quiet grid of streets near the city's southern edge, the afternoon fog rolls in over a rare sight: nearly an acre of land sandwiched between homes and planted with kale, exotic salad greens, bursts of flowers and fragrant herbs.

The women who work this plot are pioneers. Their Little City Gardens recently became the first legal commercial farm within city borders. Thanks to them, San Francisco leaders revised zoning laws to allow the cultivation and sale of produce in all neighborhoods.

Other cities are following suit.

Berkeley, Calif., soon will take up a measure to allow residents to sell raw agricultural products from home without a costly permit. And Oakland, Calif., has pledged to one-up its neighbors by tackling the raising of backyard animals as a personal food source."

 

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8/8/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"A Berkeley tribute to a lost love" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.


   Chronicle photo, Audrey Whitmeyer-Weathers

"Every day Amber Nelson comes to lay flowers and kiss the place on the corner of Adeline and Emerson Street where her fiance Adolfo Celedon, or Fito to his friends and family, was murdered in September of 2010. Nelson painted a replica of the John Lennon 'Imagine"'Memorial that is in New York, because it was a place that she felt modeled who Fito was and how he lived his life in Berkeley Calif., on July 26, 2011.

 Amber Nelson placed an orange traffic marker in the street, laid some poppies on the pavement and then, as cars sped around her, kissed the ground.

She does this every day. Sometimes only for a few minutes, sometimes for an hour.

'If there's anywhere on this planet I feel connected to Fito, it's right here,' she said on a recent weekday as she finished her daily ritual. 'I say, "I love you and I miss you,' and whatever else is on my mind. This keeps me sane.'

Nelson's fiance, Ignacio 'Fito' Celedon, was shot and killed during a robbery at that exact spot - in the intersection of Emerson and Adeline streets in Berkeley - as he and Nelson were walking home from a party on Sept. 12. It was Celedon's 35th birthday."

 

And "Berkeley perks up for Coffee and Tea Festival" is also by Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

Craig Becker

Chronicle photo by Susana Bates

"Until the 1950s, Berkeley was a very sensible, mild-mannered college town.

Then in 1957, on Telegraph Avenue, the latte was invented. The place has been fretting and fidgeting ever since."

 

 

 

"Aquatic Park West Supporters Pitch West Berkeley Lab Campus:City officials, developers, and members of the business community lauded a possible west Berkeley lab site at Thursday's community meeting. Critics fear environmental degradation" writes Judith Scherr at berkeleypatch.com.

"Aquatic Park, with its spectacular views of the Bay, San Francisco and the hills, plus access to recreation and transportation - not to mention Fourth Street dining - would be the ideal place for a second Lawrence Berkeley National Lab campus.

That's what developers, city officials, folks from Berkeley's business community and other supporters told lab representatives Thursday evening at a packed community meeting showcasing the bid from Aquatic Park West."

(Ms Scherr formerly of the Planet, left that paper a while back over an editorial disagreement. It's good to read her again.)

There were about 200 at the meeting, a gathering characterized by a professional, informative presentation with live and video interviews and talks, as well as power point lectures. "I've never seen the park look so good" commented one viewer after seeing its video. (Perhaps a glimpse of a promising future, with or without the LBNL Campus.)

Though I was not present for public comment, I'm told by several it was characterized by support, intelligence, and a refreshing civility.

 

His Honor The Mayor, Tom Bates and Councilwoman Linda Maio on Aquatic Park LBNL Second Campus--videos.

His Honor "Da Boz" here.

Councilwoman Maio here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the flair of the one-word Scrambled Eggs editorial "Christina Romer lets loose on credit downgrade" at dailycaller.com.

"University of California, Berkeley Professor Christina Romer, the Obama administration's first chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, appeared on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher"'Friday night.

Romer - who resigned in 2010 after inaccurately predicting that the $800 billion stimulus would lower the unemployment rate - said that the S&P credit downgrade was a sign that we are ' pretty darn fucked.' "

 

 

 

 

 

Merryll emails

a curious perspective

 

 

Nilda Rego reminds us of Our Heritage in "History-driven tour of Berkeley turns up architectural masterworks by Maybeck and Morgan" at insidebayarea.com.

"In June, we spent three days at the Conference of California Historical Societies' annual meeting in my old hometown of Berkeley. It was at 8:30 a.m. on a sunny Saturday that we boarded a bus on our third day in Berkeley for a guided tour of a few of the city's architectural treasures."

 

 





"It was the summer of 1955" writes Paul Putignano in the style of Snoopy at thesignal.com.

"Newly minted Hart High graduate Joe Kapp loaded into a cream-colored '39 Chevy he bought at a used-car dealership on San Fernando Road for $95 and began driving toward the University of California, Berkeley.

He didn't make it far.

'I never got out of town,' Kapp laughs. 'I can show you where it threw a rod. Luckily, the bus depot was a few blocks away, so I got on the bus and went to Berkeley. It seems like yesterday.' "

 

 

"Fall camp kicks off for the Bears" at bearsinsider.com.

"On a sunny, clear day in Strawberry Canyon, the University of California kicked off fall camp on their new practice location during the renovation of Memorial Stadium at Berkeley's Witter Field."

 

 

 

 

"Santa Clara U. Tops Berkeley: Forbes List" at nbcbatarea.com.

"For the first time, Santa Clara University is a better place to attend college than UC Berkeley, according to Forbes magazine. Which should know."

 

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8/8/09

Berkeley's Michael Caplan, fellow UW-Madison alum, and Julie Sinai

a Business Times photo

"Berkeley, Oakland bid to save Bayer: Enterprise zone seen as key to keep drug firm from fleeing" is a story at San Francisco Business Times by Blanca Torres and Ron Leuty.

"Berkeley and Oakland have joined forces to pitch tax incentives at Bayer HealthCare to win a $100 million manufacturing investment - or they fear they will lose the drug maker altogether.

Bayer could decide as early as this month to expand the Berkeley facility to make a next-generation treatment for hemophilia patients. Or it could opt to use contract manufacturers. The latter option, East Bay officials say they were told by the company, would lead to Berkeley's largest private employer slowly dismantling its East Bay manufacturing operations.

Key to Bayer's decision whether to stay in Berkeley is whether Oakland expands its enterprise zone to encompass the plant, company and government leaders said. An enterprise zone could qualify Bayer for at least $13 million in tax incentives over 10 years, according to Oakland's Community and Economic Development Agency."

See 8/1/09 for my scoop on the Enterprise Zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/10/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

At the end of July, our Councilman Darryl Moore threw a party celebrating his 50th birthday and announcing that he plans to run again for city council. The party was held at our Westside Cafe with food provided by Janice, the owner, and wine by west-Berkeley's wine.com. The place was packed, the old blues band rocked, and I drank and ate with gusto . . . as did Marsha. Gotta say, I was at home with Darryl's people.

our Darryl Moore pensing

 

 

 

"NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Announces 2011 Scholarship Recipients" at syscon.com.

 

 

 

Oops , "The rich are different - and not in a good way, studies suggest" is at msnbc.com and in another and abbreviated form as "Social class is more than just money" at timesofindia.com.

 

 

And "$200,000 Raised To Resume Search For Alien Life" reports waptjacksonmissippi.com.

"The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute announced this week it has raised enough money to bring the Allen Telescope Array, a group of 42 large dish antennas that scan the cosmos for radio signals, back online.

'We believe we will be back on the air in September,' Tom Pierson, a co-founder of the SETI Institute, told the Los Angeles Times.

The telescope array, which SETI operates in a partnership with the Radio Astronomy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, had not been working since April. A funding shortfall forced to university to put its Hat Creek Observatory, which houses the telescope array, into hibernation, meaning the facility was maintained by minimum staff and could not be used for observations."

 

 

Yet, sfgate offers "21 tomato recipes.

sfgate photo

Tomatoes are wonderfully versatile, and they are at their peak at farmers' markets right now. Take advantage of flavorful summer tomatoes with this collection of tasty recipes. We start with [a] recipe for Spaghetti with Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella & Basil."

 

 

And mercurynews.com reports "in Food and Wine Events -- 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. through August. Spenger's will give away a $10 dining certificate in exchange for every new backpack dropped off at the restaurant. This gift certificate is good toward lunch or dinner at Spenger's. The backpacks will be donated to the Berkeley Boosters/Police Activities League. 1919 Fourth St., Berkeley. 510-845-7771."

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8/2/10

More about Officer 444 a 1920s movie serial with our first Berkeley police chief, AugustVollmer, playing himself-- with much more.

This is a ten part cliff hanger with episodes lasting about twenty minutes. The first episode, The Flying Squadron can be viewed here,free. (Check out the nifty Flying Squadron shoulder patches.) The full ten episodes are available on DVD from Amazon for $19.95 plus shipping. Used copies are available on eBay Buy Now for $7.95 or best offer.

(Filmed in Berkeley, see if you can recognize the locations. I think some of the first episode scenes are in here west-Berkeley.)

Of the movie, critic Hans J. Wollstein writes at answers.com.

"The popular silent screen action team of Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber star in this rare surviving serial, released in 10 chapters by Goodwill Pictures in 1926. Officer '444' (Wilson) and his comrade-in-arms, Officer Casey (Jack Mower), go up against The Frog, an apparently disfigured master criminal out to steal the formula for Haverlyite, a secret and deadly gas invented by James J. Haverly (Arthur Bickel). The latter is killed along the way and his young heir (Phil Ford) disappears with the formula. Aided by The Vulture (Ruth Royce), The Frog will leave no stone unturned to get his hands on the secret ingredients but he is at all times opposed by Officer '444' and his legendary boss, Berkeley Police Chief August Vollmer, who use the latest in police detection to track him down. There are sundry other interested parties lurking about, including the obviously disguised figure of "Professor Kalium," who heads The Amalgamated Society of Scientists; the mysterious and sinister Dr. Blakley (Al Ferguson; Dago Frank (Frank Baker), another associate of The Frog; and Snoopy (Harry McDonald), a newspaperman who, a title proclaims, "didn't know what the word 'news' meant as he left school before they came to the 'Ns'." Officer 444 was the last of nine serials to star Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber, the latter a Chicago socialite. A tenth chapterplay, the talkie The Voice From the Sky (1930), has been rumored to exist but may actually never have been made.

Review
Directed by Francis Ford, the older brother of John Ford, and produced by its star, Ben Wilson, Officer 444 is a great deal better than its tattered reputation. Although seemingly made up as the filmmakers went along, this action serial has everything a silent melodrama should have: a dashing hero, a beautiful and intrepid heroine, a bumbling sidekick, a femme fatale and a mystery master villain. The latter, complete with hideous glass eye and hunchback, is in the fine tradition of Lon Chaney and the actor behind the disguise -- whose identity shall remain a secret -- actually manages to give this legendary star a run for his money. And if all that weren't enough -- and it certainly ought to be! -- Officer 444 also features a Keystone Kop-like police force and a guest appearance by a true legend of American crime detecting, August Vollmer, the real-life Berkeley, California, Chief of Police from 1909-1932. Granted, Mr. Vollmer's scenes appear to have been filmed in one brief session but his presence added to the serial's topicality in 1926. The action is plentiful -- and as absurd as one has come to expect from such fare -- and if the fisticuffs aren't quite up to par with more polished later donnybrooks, well, they certainly are plentiful." (underlining mine)

 

Understand that as a kid I looked forward to the Saturday afternoon movie matinee at the Fern, a local theater that charged 10 to 25 cents for an afternoon of westerns, cartoons and cliffhangers.RP

 

 

 

 

7/29/04

Uncooked Pasta Sauce

This is best made at the peak of the season when the tomatoes are juicy and ripe.

Ingredients
6 medium tomatoes(preferably heirloom)
2 cloves garlic crushed
10 or 12 basil leaves finely sliced or torn
10 T good quality olive oil (extra virgin) 1/4 C plus 2 T

Procedure
Place tomatoes in a bowl. Boil a few cups of water and pour over. Let sit for 2 min or so. Pour off and fill bowl with cold water. (This makes it easier to peel the tomatoes.)
Peel tomatoes, slice in half horizontally and squeeze out the seeds. Place tomatoes on a cutting board and dice.
Place diced tomatoes into a glass bowl.
Press garlic into bowl with tomatoes
Heat olive oil in microwave for 1 minute
Pour over tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and let sit on counter for 1 or 2 hours.
Boil 1 pound of vermicelli pasta.
Drain and place in pasta bowls or 1 big bowl.
Put basil in sauce and pour sauce over vermicelli.
(For a spicy sauce as served in southern Italy and Sicily add chili flakes.)


Another way to savor the tomato flavor out of season is to roast and freeze them. Kimar

 

Roasted Tomatoes

Makes about 24 slices

These tomatoes make wonderful additions to sandwiches and pasta sauces, or can be
served on their own as a side dish with fsh or chicken.

8 large tomatoes 4 tablespoons coarse or sea salt 3 tablespoons freshly ground black Pepper 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, chervil, sage (optional)

1. Heat oven to 250°. Slice tomatoes thickly, to yield about three slices per tomato. Eat or discard the ends. Place silces on a parchment-covered baking sheet.

2. Mix together salt, pepper, and sugar. Brush tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle a large pinch of salt mixture on each tomato. Sprinkle on herbs, if using.

3. Roast the tomatoes for 3 hours. Or roast for 2 hours, turn off oven, and leave overnight.

From "Martha 'Nelson Mandela went to jail too, you know' Stewart" Kimar


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8/12/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Bloggers, Not Parasites" by Jack Shafer at slate.com.

"An academic finds local public-affairs bloggers who pull their weight, thank you very much.

"The next time you catch a full-of-himself newspaper journalist bitching about bloggers ripping him off or a publisher bellyaching about his intellectual-property rights being violated by pajamaed parasites, wave a printout of this column in his face and knee him in the groin."


Scrambled Eggs is regularly mined by "legitimate reporters" for tips like "word on the street is that our Loni Hancock will soon announce she's running for reelection." 

 

 

"Insiders Buy Stocks at Highest Rate Since 2009" Nikolaj Gammeltoft and Lu Wang, bloomberg.com.

"More executives at Standard & Poor's 500 Index companies are buying their stock than any time since the depths of the credit crisis after valuations plunged 25 percent below their five-decade average." 

 

 

 

"College Football 2011: California Golden Bears and BCS Predictions" by Doc Moseman at bleacherreport.com.

"Even though Cal's Golden Bears hadn't broken through with a Pac-10 Championship or a big-time bowl, they had run off a streak of eight straight winning seasons and seven consecutive bowl appearances.

Until last year, that is, when a late-season collapse meant the end of both those streaks.

This year Cal will try to use a new offense, a new quarterback, and a decent defense to get back on the winning track in the newly-named and expanded Pac-12 Conference." 

 

 

"Berkeley Theater Keeps an Open Mind" by Vauhini vara at wsj.com.

"Susan Medak has a front-row seat as the impact of the weak economy on Bay Area arts organizations plays out.

As managing director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ms. Medak has nurtured the company's reputation for taking risks on new productions. Among its successes: the debut of "American Idiot," a musical adaptation of the album by the rock group Green Day that later won two Tony Awards on Broadway.

Ms. Medak was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and studied acting at Lawrence University in Wisconsin before turning to theater management and overseeing companies in the Midwest."

 

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POSTS FROM THE PAST

8/18/03

Somethings from a west-Berkeley Sunday bike-ride.

"The Bay Area's News Station," broadcast the sign on the side of the Channel 4 mobile-unit at the Marina--must be a different Channel 4.

And, "Positive. Thinking. Produces. Winning. Achievements. 63 Degrees." flashed a sign, word-by-word, in Bayer's Northgate parking lot.

Overwhelmed by the beauty of the bayscape just south of Skate's, I'm perversely reminded of a friend's comment as we drove through the Redwoods up at Kary Mullis'. "You see one tree, you've seen em all!" (Of course, his idea of nature was the grass-strip between his apartment building and the street.)

Have a crab sandwich with everything, and a Steward's--Since 1924--Root Beer at the Sea Breeze.

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"Indian American connections to 2012 US presidential poll" indianexpress.com.

"Indian Americans are emerging as a fundraising force in the 2012 campaign season, a move that is widely viewed as an initiative to expand the community's political influence in the country. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/13/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

the first of several historic photos of Potter Creek

Gene Agress' house building 1912

 

9th Street residents

circa 1920s

 

 

 

 

With my focus on west-Berkeley land issues in the last few weeks, I've not kept up with the work of one of my favorite newswomen, Meredeth May. So from my mornings reads, here's a Mini May Festival.

"Virginia Ramos, the Tamale Lady, on the town" Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Few San Franciscans have their name on a street sign. Fewer have that sign gracing the entrance to one of the most beloved local bars in the city. Virginia Ramos, a.k.a. the Tamale Lady, has both.

Lines were out the door last month at the Zeitgeist bar, where Ramos celebrated her 58th birthday by serving hundreds of chicken mole, pork and cheese tamales she made the way the church ladies taught her in her hometown of Nayarit, Mexico."

 

"Presidio gems: Wine Bunkers" Meredith May.

"If 2012 truly is the end of the world, San Franciscans can lift their glasses and toast the occasion inside the Presidio Wine Bunkers, where nothing, not even a plague of locusts, can penetrate the 3-foot-thick concrete walls.

Built in the late 1800s beneath 25 feet of dirt to house cannon fodder to protect the Bay Area from enemy attack, the bunkers now safeguard another coastal resource: wine."

 

 

"Bay Club's Dawn Patrol pals exercise social skills," Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The first giveaway that the sport of squash has a social side is the chairs.

At the Bay Club in San Francisco, brown leather armchairs clustered outside the glass squash courts provide a comfortable perch from which members of the Dawn Patrol cheer and make wisecracks with equal gusto.

Named for its 6:30 a.m. start time, the Dawn Patrol is a collection of guys and a few gals who began meeting regularly to exercise before work in the late 1970s, shortly after the Bay Club opened."

 

 

"Meredith May finds out if she's fat or fit" Meredith May.

"I did it for science.

I stripped down to a bikini, stuffed my hair into a red swim cap and sealed myself into an egg-shaped chamber called a Bod Pod.

Hooked up to a computer and a breathing tube, I prayed for good numbers with the desperation of a gambler losing at craps.

Originally designed to study what happens to an astronaut's body in space, the Bod Pod was measuring my body fat. It operates on the same principles as the dunk tank, except it bases its readings on air displacement, not water displacement.

"A confession: My experiment had nothing to do with furthering science.

 

 

"Beekeepers playing chess against nature" Meredith May.

"And then there were three.

As readers of Honeybee Chronicles may remember, last month we discovered that one of our two rooftop hives was preparing to swarm. We discovered the colony was building queen birthing cells, which is problematic because the hive already had a queen. Two queens means the original lady of the house will flee, taking half the hive with her.

We tried to deal with it by removing the queen cups. But it wasn't an ideal solution. It's straight-up murder - at cross-purposes with our mission to provide sanctuary for the disappearing honeybee. It's also a bit futile; colonies that begin raising new leaders will just replace destroyed queen cups with new ones. Once a colony gets 'swarm-brain,' it is likely to keep trying."

Honeybee Chronicles here.

 

END

Mini May Festival

 

 

 

"Eric J. Schwartz's love of film fueled his push for preservation of old movies" by David Montgomery at washingtonpost.com.

"Thanking everyone who had a hand in uncovering that mysterious, lost 1923 Alfred Hitchcock silent film 'The White Shadow' - whose miraculous rediscovery in New Zealand was announced Aug. 3 - would make for a long and boring Oscar speech.

But if you wanted to single out one member of the cast of dozens, and you wanted to say something nice about Washington for a change, you could focus on a relatively obscure copyright lawyer named Eric Schwartz.

Then you would have a story about a kid who grows up on Long Island in the 1970s with a passion for movies and music, but who realizes he lacks the talent to create either. He goes to the District and masters the folkways of the Hill, all the while yearning for a way to indulge his passion.
He finds one. He designs a way to finance the rescue of American movie history."

 

 

"Which offends? Her short dress or critic's narrow view?" asks Anne Midgette at washingtonpost.com.

young Chinese pianist

Yuja Wang

is soloist in Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto, at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 02, 2011.

 

"On the one hand, appearance has no bearing on how an artist sounds.

On the other hand, appearance sends a message. Christoph Eschenbach's Nehru-style jackets are a deliberate step away from the tradition-bound formality of a conductor's tails, and lots of younger conductors have followed suit, and it's certainly fair to comment on that when it seems warranted.

And plenty of classical artists are now playing around, more and more deliberately, with the way they look."

 

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8/10/10

POST FROM THE PAST

"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 wealthy.

'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 philanthropists

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."

 

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8/14/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Our Acme Bread is testing a truck with a backlift in the hope that it will make large deliveries easier and more efficient. Seems to be working out and tentative plans are being made to install them on some few trucks of their delivery fleet.

 

a Berkeley Potter Creeker

of the '20s

 

A story about ex Berkeleyan "David Tanis's New York supper club" is at guardian.co.uk.

"David Tanis doesn't much care for restaurant food ­ despite being head chef at the celebrated Chez Panisse. He'd much rather have friends round."

 

 

And our Barry Eichengreen asks "What can replace the dollar?" at businessworld.com

"For more than a half century, the US dollar has been not only America's currency, but the world's as well. It has been the dominant unit used in cross-border transactions and the principal asset held as reserves by central banks and governments."

 

 

"Squelching social media after riots a dangerous idea" Rebecca MacKinnon, Special to CNN.

"In an emergency session of Parliament on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the violence, looting and arson sweeping his country 'were organized via social media.' He said his government is now considering how and whether to 'stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.' "

 

END

 

 

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

Margret Elliot's

Potter Creek of the '70s

more of Margret's photos here

 

END

 

 

 

Was it the Soviet's declaration of war that caused Japan to surrender in World War Ii and not our dropping the A-bombs?

Kubik forwards"Why did Japan surrender?" at bostonglobe.com.

"Sixty-six years ago, we dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Now, some historians say that's not what ended the war."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/15/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

early morning

at our Potter Creek Urban Adamah

 

 

"Baked Salmon With Green Aioli and Romano Beans:The first of four easy-enough recipes by Alice Waters" Kitty Greenwald at wsj.com.

"When Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., on Aug. 28, 1971, she served a prix fixe menu of pâté en croute, duck with olives and plum tart for $3.95 to a packed house. Each dish was made with the freshest ingredients she could find.

Forty years later, evidence of her prescience-and influence-is everywhere. Ms. Water's success at Chez Panisse gave rise to California cuisine and farm-to-table dining. Grocery chains now sell mesclun and arugula, 'local' and 'organic' are everyday terms and farmers markets and community gardens exist in the most unlikely places. At 67, she has been the subject of countless articles and television interviews, authored 12 books and led influential food initiatives, including Slow Food International and the Edible School Yard. She began advocating for a vegetable garden on the White House lawn in 1992. More than a restaurateur, Ms. Waters is a cultural force."

 

 

The Mintleaf, a new Vietnamese restaurant, is opening "soon" in the old Cacao/Crema space--7th and Heinz. Their "menu" is posted in the window.

our Cameron Woo emails

Ron,

I've been waiting for a good Vietnamese restaurant to open up in West Berkeley - I hope Mintleaf fits the bill. I checked with their restaurant in Alameda, and they are opening the Heniz St. place tomorrow (Tues 8.16) for lunch and dinner.

Cameron

Mintleaf is on the southeast corner of 7th and Heinz--the former Cacao/Crema location


Our Weatherford BMW is upgrading their end-of-Ashby Ave facility. The back building, housing repair, detailing, auto storage is being redone. BMW has long sought an upgraded facitiy for Weatherford.

Kava's old office space on 9th just north of the Bowl is also being upgraded and will be available for lease sometime next month--8000 sq feet at $1.25 a sq ft. Comes with 25 parking spaces. Good for an "office startup?"

Javier and crew are readying the French School campus for the fall semester.

 

 

Berkeley News Page is here.

 

 

"Marijuana group's deal to be delivered to state" by Michael Sheperd, Kennebec Journal at Maine's pressherald.com.

"Northeast Patients scales back income expectations but says its first dispensary is just a few weeks away.

An attorney for Maine's largest medical marijuana nonprofit group says it will formally deliver to state officials today its deal securing $1.6 million in financing.

If approved, the deal will enable Northeast Patients Group to open its first dispensary within a month, according to Daniel Walker, a Portland lawyer who represents the struggling dispensary group. . .

Northeast's deal with the Wellness and Pain Management Connection has been questioned by several interests, including Berkeley Patients Group, Northeast's former backer, which sued Northeast in Cumberland County Superior Court in July for repayment of more than $632,000 in loans.

Berkeley also alleges Northeast Patients Group CEO Rebecca DeKeuster used proprietary information to negotiate the deal with Mobley while still employed as Berkeley's New England expansion director.

She quit that job days after signing the deal with the Farmacy Institute for Wellness. Berkeley is also asking the court to remove DeKeuster from her job with Northeast."

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

8/15/09

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."

 

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"Potential job losses shift history for Postal Service" by Melanie Eversley, washingtonpost.com.

"Thanks to less mail, the U.S. Postal Service could be losing 20% of its workforce, The Washington Post is reporting, and with that shift could come the end of an era.

The average Postal Service salary is $55,000 and society has long considered such jobs a stable road to the middle class, the Postreports. The Postal Service employs about 560,000 people.

"For generations of Americans, it was the route to sending their kids to college, to having a decent life," Harley Shaiken, a professor who specializes in labor issues at the University of California at Berkeley, tells the Post.
Over the years, the jobs became sought after, particularly after workers were guaranteed a job even if their position was eliminated, the Post reports. The jobs became especially important to African Americans, many of whom became postmasters after Reconstruction, the Post reports."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/17/11

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Fourth Street Apple Store to open this week" at macrumor.com.

"Apple's blitz of retail store openings continues this week, with ifoAppleStore reporting that the company is set to open three new stores in three different countries this Saturday. The openings come after Apple opened five new stores this past weekend as part of a push to open over 30 new stores between July and September. 

The stores opening this week include a new location in Berkeley, California, as well as locations in Leganés, Spain near Madrid and Basingstoke, United Kingdom. "

 

 

 

"Land of the Free, Home of the Poor" at pbs.org.

"Financial gains over the last decade in the United States have been mostly made at the 'tippy-top' of the economic food chain as more people fall out of the middle class. The top 20 percent of Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth, as Paul Solman found out as part of a Making Sen$e series on economic inequality."

 

 

Washington Post Series: Breakaway Wealth
How the rich are pulling away from the rest of America

"Government dollars fuel wealth: D.C. enclaves reap rewards of contracting boom" by Annie Gowen, washingtonpost.com.

"Millions of dollars worth of federal contracts transformed Anita Talwar from a government accounting clerk into a wealthy woman - one who can afford a $2.8 million home in the Washington suburbs with its own elevator, wine cellar and Swarovski crystal chandeliers.

Talwar, a 59-year-old immigrant from India, had no idea that she and her husband would amass a small fortune when she launched a company providing tech support to the federal government in 1987. But she shrewdly took advantage of programs for minority-owned small businesses and rode a boom in federal contracting.

By the time Talwar sold Advanced Management Technology in 2004, it had grown from a one-woman shop to a company with more than 350 employees and $100 million in annual revenue - all of it from government contracts.

Talwar's success - and that of hundreds of other contractors like her - is a key factor driving the explosion of the region's wealth over the last two decades."

 

 

 

"Advocacy groups urge Amazon boycott" Jan Norman, orangecountyregister.com.

"A coalition of groups that advocate for the elderly and poor are urging California online shoppers to boycott Amazon.com because of its refusal to collect state sales tax on purchases made through the website.

Organizations including California Alliance for Retired Americans, the Health and Human Services Network of California, Health Access, the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the California Immigration Policy Center, the California Partnership held a Sacramento press conference on Aug. 15 to announce the creation of the Think Before You Click website. They urged people to cancel their Amazon accounts.

Amazon has so far refused to collect state sales tax on Californians' purchases from its website. The Seattle-based retailer has ended its financial relationship with affiliate websites based in California and has contributed to a referendum to repeal the online sales tax law. . . .

The groups were joined at the press conference by state Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Assembly members Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Charles Calderon (D-Whittier)."

 

 

 

"Warren Buffett discusses his New York Times Op-Ed piece 'Stop Coddling the Super-Rich' which calls on Congress to increase taxes on the Super-Rich like himself" at charlierose.com.

END

 

after 8/17/11 here

 

 

 

 

 

from my log

8/3/11--12:16 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, light head, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator. 1:32 PM--similar.

8/6/11--2:50 PM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation. Similar off-and=on all 8/4/11 and 8/5/11, usual symptoms, vary in severity, sometimes over ride HEPA filters and require respirator. PMs similar.

8/7/11--5:32 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, "asbestos" odor, watery eyes, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 7:23 PM--similar.

8/8/11--Off-and-on all AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, usual symptoms, wear respirator.

8/9/11--5:26 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator. 7:34 PM--similar.

8/10/11--4:12 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, usual symptoms and like "being in swimming pool with too much chlorine."

8/12/11--mid to late afternoon, SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filter. 7:12 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry dirty air, watery eyes, itchy skin, Marsha has coughh attack. 8:17 PM--irritant in front room "burning" odor.

8/13/11--Early AM--SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front. 11:49 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, "asbestos" odor, dry dirty air, watery eyes. 12:38 PM--similar, guest's eyes water, leaves.

8/14/11--10:44 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, burning dry dirty air. 10:56 AM--similar with mucus irritation itchy skin. 12:09PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, light head. Early evening, similar.

8/15/11--6:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, short breath. Marsha the same. 10:16 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, light head, leave. 3:17 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, stinging dirty dry air, VERY STRONG "hot plastic" odor, burning eyes, throat, LEAVE. 7:21 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes. 8:26 PM--similar.

8/17/11--6:44 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse and warehouse front, nausea, headache, light head. 10:12 AM-- irritant IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse and warehouse front, stinging dirty dry air. 10:29 AM--irritant in front room, stinging dirty dry air, burning eyes, throat, wear respirator. 8:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation.

 

 

 

 

eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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

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

 

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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

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

useful link

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

http://gethuman.com/

 

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

 

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

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

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


Crime Log for 94710 is here

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

 

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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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