from Peter Hurney
I've long followed Wendy
Tokuda's CBS5 series "Students Rising Above" about young
people excelling often against great odds. A week or so ago CBS
5 aired an episode about a young woman, Shanita who while enrolled
at Cal is raising her four sisters and brothers. With Wendy's
here is a link to this touching, inspiring, even heroic story.
And here is a link to Students Rising Above.
"Checking Out of Berkeley's Hilton to the
Homeless" by Ted
Friedman in Our Planet.
"I was in People's Park
Saturday, researching a piece on informal Berkeley street communities,
when a teenager named Hilton told me her aunt had driven her all
the way to Berkeley from Southern California to 'dump' her in
Okay, so Berkeley is a Hilton
to Homeless street tramps and other vagabonds. . . . But what
if you were dumped in People's Park--lobby to the Hilton--and
wanted to work your way out. How good is Berkeley at that?"
2815 9th Street
These 9th Street residents are Finnish Americans.
I'm told the Finns lived on the east side of 9th, the Italians
on the west.
August early morning
in Potter Creek
"Independent bookstores add a new chapter" by Neely Tucker,washingtonpost.com.
bookstore is, like most of the economy, dead or close to it. See:
Amazon, growth of. See: Borders, tanking of.
Everybody knows this.
So here's Eileen McGervey,
owner of One More Page bookstore in Arlington. . . and she . .
. opened in January of this year? "
Our new BPD
Area Coordinator is Ofc Cesar Melero- 981-5774, CMelero@ci.berkeley.ca.us.
campus-city police safety patrol resumes tonight" is a story release by Caleb Dardick, UC
"Last year's successful
launch of a new joint police patrol by the University of California
Police Department and the Berkeley Police Department to improve
public safety at night in the city's Southside neighborhoods will
resume tonight ."
"Predictive Policing: The Future of Law
Beth Pearsall at nij.gov.
"Law enforcement explores
ways to anticipate and prevent crime.
For years, businesses have
used data analysis to anticipate market conditions or industry
trends and drive sales strategies.
Walmart, for example, learned through analysis that when a major
weather event is in the forecast, demand for three items rises:
duct tape, bottled water and strawberry Pop-Tarts. Armed with
this information, stores in the affected areas can ensure their
shelves are fully stocked to meet customer needs.
Police can use a similar
data analysis to help make their work more efficient. The idea
is being called 'predictive policing,"'and some in the field
believe it has the potential to transform law enforcement by enabling
police to anticipate and prevent crime instead of simply responding
In November 2009, the National Institute of Justice, in partnership
with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Los Angeles Police
Department, held a Predictive Policing Symposium to discuss this
emerging idea and its impact on the future of policing. Researchers,
law enforcement officers, crime analysts and scientists gathered
in Los Angeles for three days to explore the policy implications,
privacy issues and technology of predictive policing.
What Is Predictive Policing?
Predictive policing, in essence,
is taking data from disparate sources, analyzing them and then
using the results to anticipate, prevent and respond more effectively
to future crime.
Predictive policing entails
becoming less reactive. 'The predictive vision moves law enforcement
from focusing on what happened to focusing on what will happen
and how to effectively deploy resources in front of crime, thereby
changing outcomes,' writes Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles
Santa Cruz PD is on the predictive
policing cutting edge--my memory is that their mayor is a Socialist.
Margret and Ginko
POSTS FROM THE
Pete's back in town.
Berkeley PD ticketed a junker
on the corner of 8th and Heinz this morning and Huestead's "towed"
it into their lot with a fork-lift.
Yesterday, Ben got a model
airplane kit of the Travel Air Mystery Ship.
Also yesterday, a lot of
folks cleaned up the 2600 block of San Pablo and Morgan and Regan
cleaned up their part of Grayson.
(I think the end of Grayson
Street at the RR tracks would be a good place to photograph Doc's
(I also think that scale
is important in real-estate development. You don't put a three-story,
multi-unit in a block of workers' bungalows.)
And, I'd like to thank Buster's
Dad for the hi-fi equipment stand. He had it out in front of his
house marked "Free." We took it and put it to good use.
And there were some free chairs out in front of Nexus yesterday.
Zydeco accordian player,
André Thierry will be playing at Nexus Gallery next Saturday,
August 28 from 8:00 PM until Midnight--a Zydeco Party. There is
an $8.00 cover charge. Nexus is at the corner of 8th and Carleton.
Check out Thierry's
The City of Berkeley 1990
Creeks Map shows Potter Creek entering the proposed Berkeley Bowl
lot in an underground culvert at the corner of 9th and Heinz and
moving increasingly south-west under their lot--it then proceeds
under Scharffen Berger.
On Thursday, August 11 a
man attempted unsuccessfully to rob a 33-year-old woman in the
area of Tenth and Grayson streets around 9 a.m. by pretending
to have a weapon, according to police reports.
I've alway thought of Our
Town as really diversified--check out Campus at noon or any Berkeley
business district and you'll see many different kinds of people.
But check out IKEA on a Saturday or Sunday and you'll see all
different kinds of people.
"UC takes first steps into online education" by Lisa M. Krieger at mercurynews.com.
"Going online to get
a college degree has been championed as a cost-effective way to
educate the masses and challenged as a cheapening of academia.
Now, the online classroom is coming to the vaunted UC system,
making it the nation's first top-tier university to offer undergraduate
credit for cyberstudies."
"Highly Evolved, We Act Like Slime Mold"
by Nathan Myhrvold at
"As we lurch from one
high-stakes political drama to another, it is natural to wonder
why societies aren't better at avoiding self-inflicted crises.
Here in the U.S. earlier this month, the government barely dodged
default, even though economists reached consensus months ago on
when the debt limit would need to be raised.
Meanwhile in Europe,
one inadequate government response after another has all but assured
that anxiety over the solvency of Greeceand the creditworthiness
of Italy and Spain will continue to fester, roiling
global markets and pushing the European Union to the brink of
Pundits have been referring
to these spectacles as 'train wrecks,' as if they happen at high
speed. Hardly. These trains are moving at inches an hour; for
years, we've seen the potential accident ahead. So why do we end
up with the tangled mess?"
"Latest in Web Tracking: Stealthy 'Supercookies'" Julia Angwin at wsj.com.
"Major websites such
as MSN.com and Hulu.com have been tracking people's online activities
using powerful new methods that are almost impossible for computer
users to detect, new research shows."
"Leon Schipper, Physicist
and Iconoclast, Dies at 64" at nytimes.com.
"Leon J. Schipper, a physicist whose passion for data led
him to question the value of popular energy policies, like government
subsidies for ethanol and for electric cars and the "cash
for clunkers" program, died Tuesday in Berkeley, Calif. He
The cause was pancreatic
cancer, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where
he had worked for more than 20 years.
Dr. Schipper, who was known
as Lee, held a bachelor's degree in music and a Ph.D. in astrophysics,
both from Berkeley, but he specialized in energy efficiency and
transportation energy and was often a critic of the conventional
I worked with Lee at Moe's.
He was one of the first "record guys" and a passionate
jazz and classical music lover. A friend to many jazz players
of "The Day" and the founder of the American
Wilhelm Furtwangler Society, he was always his own man. Though
an endearing quality, it was one of the reasons he left when I
He was a mensch.
our Weatherford BMW rebuild
clearing the site
beginning the shop upgrade
"Out of the ashes" by David Morrill, Contra Costa Times.
"In the world of comics,
spinoffs are the norm.
In Berkeley, it's hit the
real world, too, with two new comic bookstores opening this year.
Both have ties to longtime fixture Comic Relief, which closed
its doors on Valentine's Day.
Brothers Uel and Jeff Carter
took over Comic Relief's space at 2026 Shattuck Ave. with comic
book creator Erik Larsen and started Fantastic Comics in May.
About three miles away, at
3090 Claremont Ave., Jack Rems purchased the entire inventory
of Comic Relief and opened The Escapist Comic Bookstore in March
next door to his Dark Carnival Bookstore, which he also owns."
"Following Miranda July into 'The Future'"
by Barry Caine, Oakland
"You're Miranda July
and you're on the run.
Seems like you've always
You wrote your first play
at 16, evolved into a performance artist, played in a rock band,
made sculptures. In your early 30s, you wrote, directed and starred
in your first movie, 2005's 'You Me 'nd Everyone We Know,' which
won a slew of awards at Sundance -- where you also met your husband,
'Beginners" filmmaker Mike Mills, like you, a former Berkeley
"Sending the Police Before There's a Crime" is a story about predictive policing in Santa
Cruz by Erica Goode at nytimes.com.
"The arrests were routine.
Two women were taken into custody after they were discovered peering
into cars in a downtown parking garage in Santa Cruz, Calif. One
woman was found to have outstanding warrants; the other was carrying
Zach Friend, the department's
crime analyst, said the hope was that the model helped police
deploy resources more effectively.
But the presence of the police officers in the garage that Friday
afternoon in July was anything but ordinary: They were directed
to the parking structure by a computer program that had predicted
that car burglaries were especially likely there that day."
Potter Creek's new Mint Leaf
website is here
and their yelp page is here.
Birthday Party, 9th Street
POSTS FROM THE
Bell Records American
Society Concerts-in-the-Home AS1001 (c1959)
In the '50s Eleanore
and Daniel Saidenberg owned The Saidenberg Gallery on East 77th
Street in New York City, were trusted friends of Pablo Picasso,
leading collectors of his work and in 1954 became his American
representatives. In 1955 they held the exhibit A Selection
of 55 Drawings by Pablo Picasso. In 1959 Daniel's The Saidenberg
Little Orchestra made the recordings sleeved in jackets of prints
of these drawings.
A description of
this series of records can be found on Journal of Recorded Music5
"Americans Facing More Inequality, More
Debt and Now More Trouble?"
"Did America's record-high
level of economic inequality in 2007 help cause the financial
crisis of 2008? With Americans' borrowing back on the rise and
signs that economic inequality is growing, could there be another
financial crisis in the near f
Yesterday's Fourth Street
Apple Store opening early-on had a line three abreast, blocks
long, waiting to get in. Later, there were about 200 people in
store most of the time reported Don Yost.
Harvey, our ex-mailman dropped
by for a visit and dropped off some peaches fresh from his cousin's
valley farm--they're all eaten now.
Bob Kubik dropped off fresh
picked tomatoes and green beans, a surplus from his neighbor MIke.
They're also all eaten now.
"Caltopia IX to Draw Thousands Today" at nbcbayarea.com.
"An estimated 30,000
students and supporters of the University of California at Berkeley
are expected to attend Caltopia IX, one of the nation's largest
experiential college lifestyle festivals, starting this morning.
More than 100 local and national
sponsors and exhibitors will offer free services, products or
programs at the two-day festival that is taking place at the UC-Berkeley
Recreational Sports Facility. Among this year's exhibitors are
the American Institute for Foreign Study, BART, Contiki Vacations,
Groove Yoga, Peace Corps, Skull Candy, Slurpee, T-Mobile and Wells."
The times they are a changin'.
"24-yr-old Indian origin man eyes US House
seat" by Chidanand
Rajghatta, Tmes of India.
"Sachin Pilot was 27
and Milind Deora and Agatha Sangma were 28 when they were elected
to the Lok Sabha. Lakshadweep's Mohd Sayeed trumped them all by
making it at 26.
In a demographically green
nation infamous for its geriatric leadership, where Madhavrao
Scindia and P Chidambaram were considered 'youthful leaders' even
after becoming grandpas, 'Young Turks' are considered exceptions.
But the fact is it is easier to make the cut in the LS than in
the House of Representatives, both of which have 25 as the qualifying
Dynastic succession and political
pedigree give a leg-up to MP aspirants in India, while financial
heft and constituency manipulation give aging incumbents an advantage
in the US House, where the youngest member is Aaron Schlock, 30.
Typically, 90% of US lawmakers
are re-elected term after term. A young Indian-American is now
challenging established norms in an audacious bid to win a seat
in the US House of Representatives.Ranjit Gill, a law student
at the University of California in Berkeley is just
24 (he'd have crossed the qualifying age by election day), but
he's drummed up a war chest of nearly $500,000, the third-highest
in the country for a Republican challenger, forcing the party
leadership and political pundits to take notice."
Aw jeez, Ms May does it again
master makes 10th degree black belt" at sfgate.com.
"Sensei Keiko Fukuda
of San Francisco became the first woman to be promoted to judo's
highest level: 10th degree black belt.
Only three people in the world, all men living in Japan, have
ever reached that mark."
POST FROM THE PAST
my Mailman loves to fish: Here he is catching a rainbow trout
in Lake Chabot. Netting the trout is Harv's fishing buddy, Myland
Fong, and the young girl with crossed fingers is Maya Wong. The
photo was taken by her Dad.
Harvey my Mailman and his
"Oscar's founder, Robert Malin passes"
"Robert Malin Resident
of Walnut Creek Robert Oscar Malin peacefully passed away on August
13, 2011, at the age of 89. Born on October 28, 1921 in Salt Lake
City, Utah, he attended school and graduated from East High School,
where he lettered in Football and Basketball. He attended the
University of Utah for 2 years before enlisting in theArmy Air
Corp. Bob served as a First Lieutenant and Co-Pilot flying 13
B-17 Bomber missions over France and Germany."
The original Oscar's was
across from campus on Bancroft. The surviving one is on Shattuck
Here's Oscar's yelp.
"Surly employees, yummy
food, plastic chairs. I know it's grungy and no frills, but there
is something so appealing about Oscar's. Maybe it's the perverse
proximity to places like Chez Pannise.
Anways, . . . "
"Contemporary classical: a primer"
by Anne Midgette, washingtonpost.com
" 'I'm writing to ask
for advice," the e-mail began. 'I want to know more about
contemporary music. Where should I start?'
I get letters like this every
few months, and I am often puzzled about how to answer. Gone are
the days when there was a fixed canon of 'good' composers (or,
worse, 'approved' ones), and a critic told you what you were supposed
to like. Today, musical taste has blown wide open. If you love
music, chances are that you like lots of different things: Ornette
Coleman and Bruce Springsteen and Dmitri Shostakovich and Sufjan
Stevens. If you're a longtime orchestra subscriber, you may be
passionate about Brahms but leery of the unfamiliar names and
sounds that occasionally emerge onto concert programs. And chances
are, whatever you like, you are equally passionate about what
you don't like - even more passionate, in fact, to judge from
some of the rest of my mail.
So here, O fictive reader,
are answers to some of the questions that, over the years, I've
heard you ask. These answers are the equivalent of a one-day tour
of a major metropolis, pointing out a few highlights to give you
a general sense of the landscape of living composers, hoping that
you'll return to visit, in depth, whatever grabs your interest."
Video: The Washington
Post's classical music critic, Anne Midgette, discusses three
contemporary classical music selections that are a good place
to start for those wanting to know more about the genre.
"Anna Hazare inspires young, middle-class
awakening in India" by Simon
Denyer and Rama Lakshmi at washingtonpost.com.
"As he waited in the
rain for India's veteran anti-corruption crusader to emerge from
jail, call-center employee Amit Bhardwaj was still troubled by
the bribe he was forced to pay three months ago to get a birth
certificate for his firstborn son."
Another friend passes, Harold
Stokowski and Harold
Mary Morris 1, 2,
stories about and by him
of Recorded Music 1, 2,
"Dear Mr. Penndorf,
Harold Lawrence died peacefully last night. I am the Lawrence's
God-daughter and am working on drafting an obituary worthy of
this great man. I've enjoyed reading your website over the years,
including many excellent articles by Harold himself. If you feel
there is any critical information I should include in the obituary
or considerations for a memorial service, I'd appreciate your
insights, as you understood that particular aspect of his life
Harold was an icon of classical
music . . . and a friend
"Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2T in Secret
"Citigroup Inc. (C)
and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of
finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest
U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104
billion of profits.
By 2008, the housing market's
collapse forced those companies to take more than six times as
much, $669 billion, in emergency loans from the U.S. Federal
Reserve. The loans dwarfed the $160 billion in public bailouts
the top 10 got from the U.S. Treasury, yet until now the full
amounts have remained secret.
Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's
unprecedented effort to keep the economy from plunging into depression
included lending banks and other companies as much as $1.2 trillion
of public money, about the same amount U.S. homeowners currently
owe on 6.5 million delinquent and foreclosed mortgages. The largest
borrower, Morgan Stanley (MS), got as much as $107.3 billion,
while Citigroup took $99.5 billion and Bank of America $91.4 billion,
according to a Bloomberg News compilation of data obtained through
Freedom of Information Act requests, months of litigation and
an act of Congress. "
link courtesy Bob Kubik
"City unemployment experiences increase"
Stephanie Baer, dailycal.org.
"The city of Berkeley's
unemployment rate increased to 10.5 percent in July, a 0.2 increase
from the June rate, according to preliminary figures released
Friday by the California Employment Development Department."
"Andronico's Markets Negotiating with Investor
Group" at eon.businesswire.com.
"One of the Bay Area's best known family-owned specialty
supermarkets today announced it is in discussions with a private
investor group to preserve jobs for 400 employees and to ensure
its historic markets continue to serve future generations of shoppers.
. . .
Founded by Greek immigrant
Frank Andronico in 1929, the family began with a vision of providing
the best quality products with the excellent customer service
of a neighborhood grocer. In fact, Andronico even let his neighborhood
customers name the store 'Park and Shop"' which
remained as the name of the markets until 1986.
Today, the Andronico's name
is synonymous with freshness, extensive and unique product offerings,
and friendly, helpful customer service. Its continued innovations
with specialty products and presentation have made the markets
stand out in a highly competitive business. "
Friends with the Victors,
Andronico hired John Victor for one of his first jobs.
Grayson down from 900
is sprucing up
For all the national angst,
there's only a little "doom and gloom" here in Potter
Creek . . . and west-Berkeley.
For, just a few week ago
the tea room Far Leaves Tea
opened at 2626 San Pablo, followed last week by mintleaf,
a new Vietnamese restaurant on 7th and Heinz. Just down 7th from
mintleaf is Warham's new
QB3 and their new 2929 7th Street small-start-up facility.
And behind mintleaf is the "mysterious research facility."
continues to do dinner with a full bar and has a Happy Hour.
Grayson's volume steadily increases with the same good service,
prices and menu--a week ago they had their best Saturday ever.
On 9th just north of the
West Berkeley Bowl is
a soon-to-be-available 8000 foot office facility with more than
ample parking--Kava now has a new and newly remodeled office on
8th and Grayson. Another Potter Creek architect, Andrew
Fischer has just moved into a new and large office in the
Heinz Building. And on 9th just south of the new large office
facility, Gene Agress is installing the final array of solar panels
on his roof--he believes these will make his home energy self-sufficient.
BMW is in the midst of
a major up grade and close-by, Wareham is taking over a 32,000
square foot warehouse building. Both French
School campuses are being upgraded and "Roda
Building" on 8th and Parker has just been repainted.
Oh yah, . . . and a new Apple Store
has just opened on Fourth Street.
"Berkeley [High] grad rates compare well
to rest of state,"
Contra Costa Times.
"Berkeley High School
has more students graduating and fewer dropping out compared with
schools statewide and in Alameda County, recent data from the
state Department of Education show."
"Fall classes begin this week at UC Berkeley" berkeley.edu.
"The 2011-12 academic
year begins this week at the University of California, Berkeley,
with what promises to be a record number of freshmen, financial
aid for some 70 percent of undergraduates, more lower-division
and foreign language courses, the opening of a law school addition,
and the Cal Bears football team playing home games at AT&T
Park while Memorial Stadium is under renovation."
"East Bay papers to consolidate, cut 8%
Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Starting Nov. 2, the Contra Costa Times will be rebranded
as The Times and the Oakland Tribune will appear under the name
East Bay Tribune. The moves will mean the end of the 137-year-old
Oakland Tribune name.
As newspapers nationwide
struggle to evolve viable business models, Bay Area News Group
said Tuesday it will consolidate 11 local newspapers in the East
Bay into two regional newspapers and lay off 8 percent of the
separates protesters from military funerals" at mercurynews.com.
"Families of slain military
personnel are one step closer to gaining a measure of privacy
during funeral services after a bill designed to keep protesters
away was passed overwhelmingly Monday by the state Senate.
SB888 by Democratic Sen.
Ted Lieu of Torrance was approved 36-1 after unanimously passing
the Assembly last week.
The legislation makes it
a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in county jail or
a fine of up to $1,000, to stage a protest within 1,000 feet of
a funeral for one hour before or after the ceremony. It passed
36-1 in the Senate and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock
of Berkeley opposed the measure, saying it brought up constitutional
issues concerning free speech. "
"Robots and the end of war as we know it" Dominic Basul, washingtonpost.com.
"Rapid advances in robotics
technology, combined with the need for innovative new technologies
to combat insurgents on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan,
are turning robots and unmanned drones into the next hot area
of military innovation. The most sophisticated of the new military
bots weigh less than five pounds. Then there are others thatcan
fit into your pocket, and be connected via a mesh network. That
network gives them the ability to coordinate activities, such
as detonating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or scouting
out locations, in real-time as part of a robot swarm."
"UC Berkeley robotics expert named among
world's top young innovators" by
Sarah Yang, Media Relations, berkeley.ed.
"Pieter Abbeel, a University
of California, Berkeley, professor known for his novel work in
the field of machine learning in robotics including robots
that can fold laundry has been named to a prestigious list
of 35 of the world's top young innovators by Technology Review
our Councilman Darryl Moore
to introduce our new BPD Area 4 Coordinator and to discuss the
PG&E pipeline in Berkeley
2011, 6pm - 8pm, Rosa Parks Elementary Multipurpose Room, 920
You may have recently
received a notice in the mail from PG&E notifying you that
you live within 2000 ft of a PG&E natural gas pipeline.
You may have questions or concerns regarding the pipeline and
the City's ability to respond in the event of a pipeline failure.
We are holding a community meeting to address some of these issues
and have invited a representative from PG&E, the Fire Chief
and City Manager to discuss safety precautions, the City's disaster
response capabilities, and any other questions or concerns that
residents might have.
At our community
meeting, we will also be introducing our new Area 4 Coordinator
for the Berkeley Police Department, Officer Cesar Melero. Officer
Melero was selected by the Berkeley Police command staff to replace
Officer Karen Buckheit who has completed her 3 plus years in the
Community Services Bureau and rotated back to patrol. It has been
a real pleasure working with Officer Buckheit for the past few
years, but Officer Melero has alot to bring to the position of
Area 4 Coordinator as well.
Officer Melero is a 15 year veteran of the Berkeley Police Department.
He has extensive experience working patrol in west Berkeley. During
his tenure with BPD he has held positions in the Special Enforcement
Unit, the Investigations Division and is both a Field Training
Officer and a member of the SWAT Team. Additionally Officer Melero
is a fluent Spanish speaker. Officer Melero is very excited about
this new opportunity to assist the Department and the City with
problem solving on a larger scale. He brings a lot of energy and
enthusiasm to the job.
House for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. , BAM/PFA
- 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Renfro, the award-winning firm to design the new Berkeley Art
Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific
Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is working with world-renowned architects
Diller Scofidio + Renfro on a design for our future home in downtown
Berkeley. BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder cordially invites you
to review our progress and hear Charles Renfro discuss the plan.
will be served.
Ceremony for Lifelong Medical West Berkeley Family Practice expansion
project, October 20th, 2011, 5pm - 7pm, West Berkeley Family Practice
At LifeLong, we're embarking on an urgent project to enlarge and
modernize our West Berkeley Family Practice, which serves the
health care needs of a growing underserved population in West
Berkeley. Increasing the capacity of West Berkeley Family Practice
will provide access to high-quality primary care for current and
future patients, including newly insured patients (in 2014) under
health care reform. Clinic capacity will increase from 7,000 to
10,300 patients, in 47,000 visits annually. This upgrade,
which is a $13.2 million project, is critically needed. With everyone's
help, we can make this a reality.
The goals of this project are to:
Increase clinic capacity to provide high-quality care for current
and new patients.
Better serve our clients by improving efficiency.
Create work areas designed for family-focused health care.
Promote a collaborative, person centered approach to physical
and mental health that leads to positive outcomes and improved
quality of life.
Preserve the historic elements of the landmark 1927 building.
Increase energy efficiency and reduce negative environmental impact.
West Berkeley Family
full email here
"Ah ma gosh Ms Loni"
"Senator to Amazon: Drop dead" Wyatt Buchanan, sfgate.com.
"Well, here's a bit
of a bombshell.
Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley,
just told us that she will make a move today to completely undercut
Amazon's referendum effort on the Internet sales tax."
online sales tax bill could negate referendum" is an
"Calif. death penalty bill stalls until
next year" is an
"A legislative committee
on Thursday shelved a bill that would have asked voters to close
California's death row and replace capital punishment with life
State Sen. Loni Hancock,
D-Berkeley, said she agreed to turn her SB490 into a two-year
bill when she realized she didn't have the nine votes she needed
to get her bill out of the 17-member Assembly Appropriations Committee
to a vote by the full Assembly.
'This is going to be a process.
This is a tough vote for a lot of people,' Hancock said in a telephone
interview. 'The issue is not going away. There have been people
across the state who are rallying to support it.' "
"More UC Berkeley classes, thanks to big
Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Classes Begin with Tighter Belts at UC
Berkeley " at
"US dominates Chinese university rankings" google.com.
"US colleges dominated
a 2011 ranking of world universities issued by Shanghai's Jiaotong
University on Sunday, with Harvard topping the influential list
for a ninth year.
American institutions took
17 of the top 20 places on a list issued since 2003 and heavily
focused on scientific research, but subject to criticism in Europe
where officials say the criteria are biased against European schools.
Stanford University retook
the second-place slot from the University of California, Berkeley,
which fell to fourth place behind the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT)."
at California Shakespeare Theater" Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle
Theater Critic, San Francisco Chronicle.
"The laughter rolls
freely through the Berkeley hills as the suspense builds incrementally
from each of the three acts to the next.
Yes, suspense. Though candor
about love and marriage is the essence of George Bernard Shaw's
great comedy, a large part of the triumph of Jonathan Moscone's
staging of "Candida" is the immediacy he and his cast
bring to it. Will Candida have to choose between her smug, progressive
minister husband and her adoring young poet? Which will it be?
Even if you know "Candida"
well - and the remarkably timely 1895 comedy of marital manners
has long been one of Shaw's most popular - it's impossible not
to feel involved in the characters' fate in the production that
opened Saturday at California Shakespeare Theater."
Tyne Daly plays Maria Callas
in the the Terance McNally play Master
Tyne Daly is an American
stage and screen actress, widely known for her work as Detective
Mary Beth Lacey in the television series Cagney & Lacey and
as Maxine Gray in the television series Judging Amy. She is also
known for her role as Alice Henderson in television series Christy.
She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work, and the Tony
Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical in
Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 1989.
She and McNally are guests
of Charlie Rose, here.
Not only is she a fine actor
but here is revealed as a perceptive and particularly literate
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recording the Mercury
Cherubini Medea with Callas
Erik Smith, Harold
Lawrence, Maria Callas, and Giuseppe di Stefano
our Cameron Woo emails
Great neighborhood food special
We recently discovered a
great deal from Zut!,
the restaurant on 4th St. - they are calling Thursdays "Neighborhood
Night" and offering $10 pizzas and $3 pints - their pizzas
are excellent with fresh, inventive toppings. Haven't tried their
$20 "Family-Style" prix fix meals on Tuesdays, but they
"Suit doesn't stain; won't wrinkle. Honest:Water-resistant
Naked Suits fit work-play image" by Nellie Bowles, San Francisco Chronicle
in the Nova Scotia Chroniicle Herald.
"In his tightly tailored
wool suit on a sunny summer afternoon in Berkeley, Ming Chang
looks like any other upwardly mobile young professional.
That is, until he grabs a
glass of water and, before anyone can stop him, pours it all over
The water beads and rolls
off. The suit looks untouched, completely dry."
our Viva Barrows emails
Graze is so close to meeting
its goal of $15,000! It
only has three days left on Kickstarter and only $1,000 to
go so please don't delay in making a donation any longer and consider
making another if you have already! And thank you to all of you
who have gotten it to this point. I am forever grateful!
with much excitement,
Da Silva, one of the two
Potter Creek ukulele makers is moving to Hawaii in the next few
months. The other, Pete
Hurney is doing well here, working hard to keep up with increasing
During their remodel and
expansion, Weatherford BMW is leasing the 32,000 sq ft building
just north of them on Potter for some of their operation. This
building was recently purchased by Wareham.
And in the near future the
city is going to resurface and expand Potter Street, from 7th
west to its end.
"Panasonic Supports Solar Vehicle Teams
From Berkeley and Stanford With Lithium Ion Batteries for 2011
World Solar Challenge"
is a story release at marketwatch.com.
"Will California Super-Amazon Tax Bill Thwart
Voters?" asks and
"If you thought the
Amazon tax debate was hot already, get ready for an even hotter
one. As I noted here, the Amazonian response to tax is a
grassroots take-it-to-the-voters campaign. What's California's
counterpunch? A bill in California's legislature would trump
the referendum vote and make the tax stick no matter what the
In the limelight is California
Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who added the tax-trumps-vote
provision. Hancock's measure would actually repeal the original
Amazon tax in favor of a new super-tax-bill that would require
a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. That supermajority
would mean that no referendum could undo it. And that would
be, well, like clear-cutting the Amazon. "
Patrick Kennedy called yesterday
and we talked for an hour or so during which I explained that
I'd grown up in the prospering and democratic-socialist city,
Milwaukee Wisconsin and he explained capitalism's superiority.
We had a frank and friendly exchange. He's still my favorite Irish
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Last month, Pete Hurney took
a 5 week trip through the USA and Canada
Nash Metropolitan is one
of the many photos he took
"Brightest Supernova Seen in Generations
Spotted by Scientists"
by Ivana Kvesic, Christian Post Contributor.
"Scientists have spotted a new supernova which has grabbed
widespread attention among the astronomical community.
The supernova, which was
discovered by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley,
is garnering much attention due to its proximity and because scientists
are arguing that it is the youngest supernova ever detected."
Potter Creek's "John
Phillips: Bringing Harpsichords Back to Life" by Jonathan
Rhodes Lee at sfcv.org.
on a John Phillips
"To chat with John Phillips about harpsichords is to tap
into two histories at the same time - one local, recent, and personal;
the other a rich, old, international tradition. This duality is
inherent in the place where Phillips spends most of his days:
a state-of-the art harpsichord workshop on Grayson Street in Berkeley.
There, you are likely to find an instrument that has been playable
for 350 years standing next to one that has been operational for
less than 350 hours. And the longer you sit there, the more likely
it is that some early music luminary who has known Phillips for
the last three decades will wander through the door. I recently
had the opportunity to talk with Phillips about his career, the
history of harpsichord making in the Bay Area, and Phillips' latest
projects. To say that he floats on a stream of historical consciousness
is something of an understatement."
Another of Potter Creek's
architects was the architect-of-record for the construction of
the BFD warehouse building just south of Ashby and Morgan is invovled
in a residential remodel just off San Pablo.
9th Street residents
Concorso D'Eleganza Villa
1934 Ardie RBK
Note the "Best of Show
" is an unrestored 1910 Pierce Four. Definitely check it out!
Unusual, though more and
more, the trend among motorcycle collectors is to value authenticity
above "over-restored better-than-new."
And, definitely check
out the autos!
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this some time ago about a favorite LP set of the J.S. Bach Well
Tempered Clavier--it is played by Ralph Kirkpatrick on the
clavichord. The set was released in 1963 as Archive 198311/12.
Originally, I thought only neighbor, harpsichord builder, and
train lover, John Philips might enjoy it. But after almost no
thought what-so-ever, I concluded that many would. "In the
great American folk art model railroading, the locomotive that
runs the most slowly and quietly is the one that is the most sought
after. The severe test of locomotive performance is just
how slowly and quietly it can move, for slow and quiet running
are thought of as qualities of excellence. Running a noisy engine
around the track at breakneck speed is thought of as child's play.
The mature model railroader spends much time and effort making
his favorite locomotive creep along silently. The mechanically
minded may even disassemble and fine tune the locomotive, and
upon successful re-assembly and test running, boast that their
engine runs so slowly that its movement cannot be seen. The like
test for stereo equipment is to play quiet music, and value the
hardware that renders it most accurately. These records of the
Well-Tempered Clavier are of music, a performance, and
a recording that lend themselves to such a test: a test of quiet
excellence. This set of records sold well in the Berkeley of the
1960s, a time and place of some sensitivity. When I worked at
Campus Records, I would often hear of their otherworldly beauty
from those who apparently had spent all night listening to them.
However, on casual listening in the shop they seemed boring; its
playing there did not convince. But time has revealed these records
to be music of subtle color and soft richness, and of a performance
and recording of quiet excellence. The recording, above all, beautifully
captures the clavichord's quiet rainbow hue and bell-like tone.
The performance too is beautiful."
"Food Truck Mafia muscling into gourmet
customer base" by
Robert Jordan, Contra Costa Times.
"Some Bay Area chambers
of commerce are getting an edible economic boost from the mafia.
A family of gourmet food
trucks, known as the Food Truck Mafia, rolled into Fremont, Newark,
Pleasanton and Union City this summer, giving East Bay foodies
an eclectic weekly fix of cuisines and providing much-needed cash
for the local chambers of commerce."
"Amazon Spends Millions to Fight Internet
Sales Tax" Aaron
"When it comes to avoiding the requirement of collecting
sales tax from its consumers, Amazon is not afraid to open its
A nonprofit, nonpartisan
news organization providing local coverage of the San Francisco
Bay Area for The New York Times. To join the conversation about
this article, go to baycitizen.org.
More than nine months before
a proposed June 2012 referendum asking that California's new Internet
sales tax law be overturned, Amazon, the Seattle-based online
retailer, has already spent $5.25 million, state records show,
more than any company has spent in California this far from a
vote in at least a decade.
'The initiative and referendum
process have been hijacked,' said Loni Hancock, a state senator
from Berkeley, who wrote the law Amazon is trying to overturn
and who is now pushing legislation that could block Amazon's referendum
Even by California's expensive
campaign standards, the company's early contributions are causing
observers to take note."
One of the cars at the Concorso D'Eleganza
Villa D'Este 2011 was restored by a west-Berkeley firm--it
is the fifth car down the page. The 1953 Siata 208 S Motto Spider
was restored by a world-famous shop in northwest-Berkeley. Our
Berkeley shop owner says that in the Concorso
D'Eleganza it came in second in its class. The website gives
it "Mention of Honor" and further comments, "Another car, using the V8-2.0-liter engine
from the Fiat 8V. Only 35 of the Motto-bodied Spider were built,
and most of them were delivered to owners in the USA." Before
the concorso it ran the Mille
Another shop restoration,
1955 Siata 208S Motto Spyder, appeared at Pebble Beach and
a third, a red spyder entered in auction at Pebble, broke all
Siata auction records at USD 1.6 million.
"Edible Education 101 promises a critical
look at the food movement" at
Executive Director Nikki Henderson
"Tickets for the first
Edible Education 101 lecture were snatched up in minutes.
The free tickets, available
through TicketWeb, will grant nearly 300 non-students admission
to the Aug. 30 lecture held in University of California, Berkeley's,
sprawling Wheeler Auditorium.
There will be 400 Cal students
sharing space in the class with the general public ticket holders
and members of the press.
But don't worry ... the community
still has the opportunity to attend future classes, which are
held every Tuesday evening.
The 13-week course, subtitled 'The Rise and Future of the Food
Movement,' was organized and funded by the Chez Panisse Foundation.
Oakland's People's Grocery Executive Director Nikki Henderson
is co-teaching with UC Berkeley Journalism professor and 'The
Omnivore's Dilemma' author, Michael Pollan.
According to Henderson, the
class will cover topics of crucial importance to the food movement."
Worthy of viewing for the
joyous music alone, Lesley Stahl's 60 Minutes production "Gospel
for Teens" is more special for it's enthusiasm and its humanity.
It is inspiring.
"Lesley Stahl spends
a year following the inspirational leader of a gospel music program
for teenagers in Harlem and her students as they learn to sing
this original American art form and build the confidence and character
Episode 1 video is
here and Episode 2 video is
" 'The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer,
Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You
by Mark Buchanan' "reviewed
by David Hales, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
"The first chapter of
the book states:
"This book is about wealth, power and politics, class hatred,
and racial segregation. It is about fads, fashions, and riots,
spontaneous outbreaks of goodwill and trust within communities,
and moods of dejection or buoyancy that sweep over financial markets.
Mostly, it is about social surprises -- events and changes that
arise up out of nowhere to alter out lives -- and why we seem
so inept at perceiving their causes." [p. 20]
The book comprises about
250 pages structured into nine concise chapters, a comprehensive
index and around 20 pages of notes which expand on the main text
and give relevant references and pointers. It is written in an
easy to read non-academic style and assumes no prior knowledge
of either physics or social science.
The basic idea of the book
is that to understand social phenomena one needs to consider the
patterns of interaction rather than the atoms (individuals) themselves.
It is argued that complex social outcomes can result from potentially
simple rules of behaviour practised by individuals. The emphasis
is on modelling agents as simple adaptive learners, imitators,
heuristic followers and then observing the social patterns that
The basic claim in the book
is that through the construction of simple models we can understand
deep truths about social phenomena in general. The argument is
that it has worked in physics so why not here? The idea is that
good models often throw out lots of details that are not important
to the fundamental process of interest and that through such abstraction
one can find great generality. On the other hand, the book is
careful to state that models need to be informed by reality. General
empirical findings must be taken into account. Simplicity and
abstraction does not mean empirical reality takes a back seat."
link courtesy Bob Kubik.
BPD, PIO, Sgt Mary Kusmiss emails
Property Crime Down 16%
in the First Six Months of 2011!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) Crime Analysis and Records Units have completed work on
crime statistics for the
first six (6) months of 2011.
Based on preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Statistics (UCR), for the
first six months of
2011, Part One Violent Crime in Berkeley declined by 4% while
Part One Property Crime
declined by 16%. Part One Crime includes Homicide, Rape, Robbery,
Burglary, Theft, Auto Theft and Arson. Based on preliminary data
for 2010 and the first
few months of 2011, decreases in Part One Property Crime appear
to be ahead of both
state and national trends.
Sgt. Kusmiss S6
"No Detail Too Small for Apple Stores" by Margaret Rock, mobiledia.com.
'A new Apple store in California demonstrates the painstakingly
careful design of the iPhone maker's retail outlets, in another
example of the company's dedication to detail.
Apple's designers for the
Berkeley, Calif.-based store ensured that both outward-facing
glass panes and the edges of the sidewalk were lined up with the
floor tiles laid inside the store -- ensuring a symmetrical design
that is in perfect alignment, according to a report from ifoAppleStore."
"California's fight over direct democracy" latimes.com.
"Reformers argue that
corporations and political bosses have co-opted the process for
their own purposes. Opponents say initiative reform is a bid by
Democrats and their union allies to put Sacramento back in charge."
"Initiative could replace death penalty
with life in prison without parole" by Sarah Burns, dailycal.org.
"A coalition of law
enforcement personnel, crime victim advocates and exonerated ex-criminals
announced a ballot initiative Friday that would replace the California
death penalty with life in prison without parole.
After the death penalty bill
proposed by State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, was withdrawn
Thursday because it did not have enough support in the Assembly
Committee on Appropriations to move forward, supporters
of the SAFE California Act are trying to put it on the November
2012 popular ballot."
"UC schools dominate list of universities
that contribute to the public good" Mark Lacter, laobserved.
"It's encouraging to
see so many California universities judged by Washington Monthly
to be good not just for students, but society at large. UC San
Diego is in the top spot, followed by UCLA, Berkeley, Stanford,
and UC Riverside. The magazine explains how it assembled its list."
with Zhang Xin, this woman's one SMART cookie.
"Zhang Xin, CEO of SOHO
China, the largest real estate developer in Beijing."
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"Hancock and Bates -- political marriage" by Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune columnist.
"What do the mayor of
Berkeley and the state senator from California's 9th District
have in common? Well, besides being married to each other, Tom
Bates and Loni Hancock have walked the same paths politically,
nearly tripping over each other."
from my log
8/17/11--10:22 PM irritant
in warehouse front and front of warehousea, burning dry air.
8/18/11--Off-and-on all AM
irritant in front room, wear respirator. 12:16 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, stinging dry air, watery eyes, like "too much
chlorine in the pool," nausea, light head, leave, strongest
and longest lasting irritant in recent memory.
irritant in front room, stinging dry air, watery eyes, nausea,
light head, leave. 3:28 PM--similar. 3:57 PM--similar.
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry air, "asbestos odor""chlorine
odor" mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. Odor VERY
STRONG IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse north-corner. 12:30 PM--light
head, nausea, cough attack, Marsha, dry mouth, cough. 4:03 PM--
irritant in front room, dry air, watery eyes. 4:15 PM--light head,
nausea, leave. 8:23 PM--- SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front
and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, usual symptoms.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
usual symptoms. 9:00 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, usual symptoms.
4:04 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in
front of warehouse, dry dirty air, usual symptoms. ~5:11 PM similar,
MORE SERIOUS symptoms.
8/22/11--2:18 PM irritant
in front room, dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation, light
head. 3:37 PM-- irritant in front room "asbestos odor"
could be over loaded catalytic converter, dirty dry air, mucus
membrane irritation, light head.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
usual symptoms.7:41 PM--irritant in front room, stinging dry air.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry dirty air, light head, head ache, nausea, Marsha headache,
dizzy. Similar off-and-on all AM and 8/25/11 late PM, usual symptoms.
8:33 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, nausea. 3:43
PM--irritant irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, dry dirty air, "asbestos" odor. 8:56 PM--VERY
SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, dry dirty air, light head, head ache, nausea, Marsha
headache, dizzy. 9:08 PM--Similar, burning eyes, burning chest,
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty air, light head, head ache. Marsha headache, dizzy. Off-and-on
all afternoon, usual symptoms, Marsha, headache, dizzy, has to
stop pruning vine after losing balance on ladder.
in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry dirty air. 7:36
AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse
front, dry dirty air, nausea, light head, wear respirator. 3:06
PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, "asbestos"
odor, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, Marsha same, LEAVE. 3:41
PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, drty dry air, "asbestos"
8/29/11-- 12:27 PM--irritant
in front room, sry dirty air, "asbestos" odor. 2:13
PM---irritant in front room, sry dirty air, "asbestos"
odor. 5:27 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, "asbestos" odor,
severe nausea. 5:28 PM-burning dry air In front room, mucus membrane
irritation, severe nausea, overrides four HEPA filters and respirator,
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator, Cesar Melero, Berkeley PD - 981-5774, CMelero@ci.berkeley.ca.us.
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
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