after 8/10 here
recently aus Milvaukee, German-Americans
have more fun
cousins Barb and Mary Ann
and, . . . hmm, . . . . Rob is Hispanic
our Pete Hurney's
soon to be installed at 900 GRAYSON, talking sculpture
Arrests have been made in
the Magic Fingers Massage Studio armed robberies on University
Avenue. Suspects were arrested in cooperation with San Mateo PD.
Auto burglaries continue
to be a problem in west-Berkeley, especially in the open parking
lots at Skates, Picante, Pyramid Brewery and the Tom Bates athletic
fields. Berkeley PD is working with business owners to install
cameras and provide private security.Though three suspects were
arrested recently in the Skates lot, these burglaries continue.
Regan's office was broken
into Monday night. Berkeley PD responded to the alarm and pursued
suspects in a Silver Mazada. The pursuit was terminated because
of the high speed of the suspect vehicle. A Brickside loft resident
was a witness.
The ATF will be bringing
Berkeley resident Emoru Obannya to trial soon--he is being charged
in Federal court with possessing bomb-making materials.
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Veg-G-Wagen is a Mercedes
G-Wagen diesel that can also run on waste vegetable oil
an Overland Journal
Steve's vehicle is featured
in the Spring
2010 Overland Journal.
"Biofuels left out as automakers go electric"
David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"In the race to replace
oil, electric cars seem to be leaving biofuels in the dust.
Five years ago, biofuels
such as ethanol and biodiesel looked like the best bet for breaking
the world's addiction to oil. Biorefineries turning corn into
ethanol sprouted across the Midwest, while startups trying to
make fuel from wood chips or grass soaked up venture capital.
Big automakers considered electric cars a lost cause.
Now the situation has been
"More 'Smartest Guys
in the Room' with Bethany McLean is a one hour lecture by the
co-author of Smartest Guys in the Room, the book about the Enron
"Before joining Vanity
Fair as a contributing editor in 2008, Bethany McCleann was an
editor-at-large for Fortune magazine. In 2001, she wrote an article
in Fortune that questioned the immense profitability of Enron,
then a darling of the stock market. Her book about the scandal,
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous
Fall of Enron led to the energy company's collapse and was developed
into an Oscar-nominated documentary in 2005."
Every once in a while I come
across something that I believe if everyone read or watched has
the potential to change us in a fundamental way. Ms McLean's lecture,"More
'Smartest Guys in the Room' is such an event.
It is a MUST see, do DEFINITELY
check it out!
The complete video is here
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"JPMorgan subsidiary accused of manipulating
California electric market"
Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee at contracostatimes.com.
"It's been a decade
since companies like Enron manipulated California's electricity
market to generate billions in excess profits.
Enron went out of business long ago, and California's energy market
has been a place of relative calm. Now, however, another big power
trader is being investigated for allegedly gaming the state's
Reader Meridith Lear emails"Literary
Boroughs : Berkeley, California" by Andrew David King
"The Literary Boroughs series
explores little-known and well-known literary communities
across the country and world and show that while literary
culture can exist online without regard to geographic location,
it also continues to thrive locally.
There are two cities called
Berkeley-the city of the nation's imagination, and the city as
it actually exists-and they are constantly at odds. Popular media
would have one believe that this suburb with a gaze through the
Golden Gate's columns is filled with politicos who are so far
left, they've come full circle back to right. There are activists
and the socially conscious, but such a depiction isn't the only
truth of this town; Berkeley is filled with as many stripes of
ideology as flavors in the gelato stores that line Shattuck Avenue.
And it is filled with histories humming alongside each other:
that of the Vietnam War protests, the Beats, the Berkeley Renaissance,
and the discovery of new elements of the periodic table. It's
no coincidence that Berkeley is named for the poet and philosopher
George Berkeley, whose idealist philosophy suggests that all exists
only in the minds of perceivers. The city's made rich by the beehive
of students at the University of California and those who, moved
by art or history, make pilgrimages here. The campus sits at the
base of the Mediterranean-looking East Bay ridges ('The ripened
brown of these magnificent hills reminds me of my beloved Greece,'
said University of California President Benjamin Ide Wheeler in
an 1899 address to the student body), but it is not the center
of town, per se; it is one center in a city that spins on countless
"Potter Creek's XOMA bought" is a press release at marketwatch.com
"CMC Biologics, a leading
contract manufacturing organization known for its technical excellence
in process development and cGMP manufacture, today announced the
acquisition of XOMA Corporation's, large-scale manufacturing operations
and affiliated assets located in Berkeley, California. Financial
terms of the transaction were not disclosed."
"Visiting professor's death highlights
bike crashes in Berkeley"
Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen.
"Shlomo Bentin, a world-renown neuropsychologist,
bought a bicycle last summer to commute to UC Berkeley from his
home two miles away. An expert on facial recognition, the 65-year-old
Israeli was on a one-year research sabbatical at the university.
'He took up biking in Berkeley because people in Berkeley bike,'
said Lynn Robertson, a friend and col' league. 'He was very cautious.
He was the kind of bicyclist who would stop at stop signs and
Councilman Kriss Worthington
Thursday Dinner from 5 PM
to 9 PM
at the corner of Haste and
POST FROM THE PAST
when all the dust settles, west-Berkeley citizens will grasp the
irony of self-empowered community activists characterizing the
Community Benefit District weighted-voting as not-representative.
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Though cousin Mary Ann enjoyed
their photo, she reminded me that Rob's Mom is Czech. And her
and Barb's Mom, my Aunt Mayme--I kid you not--was Bohemian, sort'a
Czech. That would make our Bob Kubik and our Don Yost those having
the most fun?
Programs: Is it Our Fault We Get Sick?" by Carl Finamore
"Why do we get sick and how do we get well were the enormously
complex and controversial questions explored by a gathering of
labor and community activists, health policy experts and academics
attending a one-day conference at the University of California
Berkeley on July 27th. In particular, speakers critically reviewed
corporate Wellness Programs that essentially blame personal habits
like smoking and excessive eating for poor health and for ballooning
medical costs. Under the soothing, holistic rubric of "Wellness,'
these employer-sponsored programs are ostensibly designed to improve
health. For example, most programs urge employees to stop smoking,
lose weight, improve cholesterol and lower blood pressure. These
goals appear quite laudable.
Seems like a good idea, everyone
wins. Employees get healthier and companies save money on rising
health insurance costs? However, opening speaker Lewis Maltby,
president of the National Workrights Institute, dryly observed,
it seems almost too good to be true. Get my drift?
It seems wellness programs
are a mixed bag, some do better than others. But they are most
ineffectual when following the uniform business model of faulting
workers, in this case, for causing steep increases in health care
There are several problems
with this corporate blind spot. To begin with, as speakers pointed
out, a genuinely comprehensive health care program must involve
more than changing personal behavior."
Our Sarah and sister Kate's
Lamby and the Secret Handshake'"is reviewed at wsj.com
"The predicament of
little Larry Lamb in 'Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake'
will be familiar to any child who has ever quailed at the beaming
approach of a loving, looming grandparent. The sisterly duo of
Kate Klise (perceptive text) and M. Sarah Klise (charming acrylic
paintings) here gives us a painfully honest account of Larry's
agony when his enthusiastic grandmother comes to visit.
Grammy Lamby wears mortifyingly
attention-getting clothes, has the loudest voice in church and
loves to fantasize about exciting future adventures with her grandson
on which he desperately does not want to go. Then there is her
awful secret handshake, a squeeze-squeeze-squeeze that means 'I
Larry is counting the days
until his grandmother is supposed to leave when a destructive
summer storm sweeps through. It is only in the wreckage of the
storm's aftermath that, almost despite himself, Larry begins to
see what a force for good his grandmother really is. By the time
Grammy Lamby must leave, he is finally ready to return her special
handshake-with an extra, reconciled squeeze."
I spent an hour or so Thursday
evening at Steve
Donaldson and Partner's Shindig.
In among the "young
moderns" hustling their green businesses and swapping their
future plans was Oliver and his Graf
Zeppelin windup toy.
of course, they're all in
with tech use
along the Aquatic lagoon
Dance, 605 Addison
the new residential development
railroad tracks and Addison
And the yet to reopen Sketch
Ice Cream at the corner of 4th and Addison--let's hope that Brennan's
reluctance is not the reason.
more to follow
Our Kubik and Carol just
got back from two weeks in Paris.
Proving among other things,
Czechs have more fun? (I gotta stop racial profiling.)
More Kubik photos
"Berkeley takes novel approach to card
game" by Chen Jia
"A popular card game
from China is in this fall's course catalog at the University
of California, Berkeley.
Sanguosha is a role-playing card game with Chinese elements. Sanguo
means Three Kingdoms, and Sha means killers. The game is based
on Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a classic Chinese novel from
the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368-1644) that draws from events of the
Three Kingdoms period (AD 220-280)."
Not an alarmist by nature,
our Alex Amoroso emails
"Global Warming's Terrifying New Math" rollingstone.com.
"Three simple numbers
that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the
real enemy is."
Counciiman Moore emails
National Night Out 2012 -
Just a reminder, National
Night Out is this coming Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Many of
you have already signed up and I'm looking forward to coming by
and joining your celebrations. If you haven't already signed
up, unfortunately the registration deadline has passed, but it
is not too late to participate. Find the National Night
Out celebration closest to you and meet your neighbors!
is a list of the registered celebrations.
Hope to see you Tuesday evening!
for webpage of Councilman's email--some computers cannot link.
Councilman Worthington emails
Have you heard?
will formally kickoff his campaign
for Mayor of Berkeley
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
FROM 5-7 PM
2650 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA
(Come early for Latin Jazz music and buffet)
Tony Almeida, author of Jimi
Hendrix, recently completed
a 600 mile bicycle trip through Montana including a 4000 ft climb
to the Continental Divide. Here's
Our Sarah emails
a link to a video about an unlikely friendship.
Cousin Mary Ann
emails a link to the
GM Heritage Museum in Detroit.
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Wednesday night's Dinner
and Drinks Opening
END POST FROM THE
Smart Spaces will be placed
unit-by-unit at 38 Harriet St in San Fransico, south of Market,
beginning this August 21st.
Twenty three pre-fab units
will be placed on the 3750 square foot lot, six at a time, in
four days. These Sacramento built units will be stacked to form
a forty-five foot tall building. The exterior framing will take
a little longer.
new reader Jim OMelia emails
you might enjoy this German
"Mortgage relief plan embraced in Berkeley
has links to Occupy"
"The Berkeley City Council has thrown its support behind
a growing group of activists, public officials and entrepreneurs
calling upon governments to seize mortgages to provide relief
to financially troubled homeowners.
The idea of using governments'
powers of eminent domain to help homeowners has been gaining traction
nationwide. But Berkeley's plan is the first to gain impetus from
the Occupy movement and from self-described Silicon Valley startup
specialist Michael Sauvante.
Sauvante is urging local
governments to seize mortgages in foreclosure, potentially with
assistance from a nonprofit corporation he founded called the
National Commonwealth Group Inc. Sauvante believes home loans
could be annulled through government's power of eminent domain,
which can apply to all sorts of property, including mortgage contracts.
'I don't think we could be
doing this without Occupy,' said anti-Wall Street activist Susan
Harman, who's been proposing Sauvante's plan to officials in Alameda
County, San Bernardino County and elsewhere. 'It's just catapulted
the whole issue into the public consciousness.'
The Berkeley City Council
on July 31 unanimously passed a resolution to ask Alameda County
officials to explore 'strategies including eminent domain to enable
homeowners to stay in their own homes.'
However, the idea's Berkeley
champion, Councilman Kriss Worthington, was unaware that Sauvante's
background included significant financial instability of a different
sort. Beginning in the 1990s, Sauvante founded a series of technology
companies that a federal judge in a 2007 bankruptcy case declared
were.created to defraud investors."
"7 dead in Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting" by Dinesh Ramde is an AP report with
video at sfgate.com.
"A gunman opened fire Sunday and killed six people at a Sikh
temple near Milwaukee before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire
with the first officer to respond to the chaotic scene, authorities said.
The shootings happened before
10:30 a.m., when witnesses said several dozen people were gathering
at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin for a service."
Nick Despotopoulos emails
"Facebook Insiders Who Dumped Stock Just
Before It Crashed"
Here are some highlights.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's
CEO, sold 30.2 million shares for $1.14 billion
Accel Partners, an early Facebook investor, sold 57.7 million
shares for $2.1 billion
Peter Thiel, a very early Facebook investor, sold 16.8 million
shares for $638 million
DST Global, a Russian investment fund, sold 45.7 million shares
for $1.7 billion
Goldman Sachs, a Facebook investor, sold 24.3 million shares for
Elevation Partners, a Facebook investor, sold 4.6 million shares
for $175 million
Greylock Partners, a Facebook investor, sold 7.6 million
shares for $289 million
Mail.ru Group, a Russian Internet company, sold 19.6 million
shares for $745 million
Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga, sold 1 million shares for
$38 million. Mr. Pincus also dumped stock in Zynga in April,
right before that stock crashed.
Meritech Capital sold 7 million shares for $266 million
Microsoft, a Facebook partner and investor, sold 6.6 million shares
for $250 million
Tiger Global, a hedge fund, sold 19 million shares for $722 million
Reid Hoffman, a Silicon Valley investor, sold 943,000 shares for
In aggregate, Facebook insiders
dumped 241 million shares for $9.8 billion.
As of Monday these shares were worth $4.8 billion.
Alex Amoroso emails
". . . not an alarmist
by nature . . ."
I'm alarmed, . . . if you're
going to nudge me at least spell my last name right.
Ok, Alec, will do.
"UC berkeley buys $2.5M building for Daily
Cal and journalism unit . . . "
Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.
"The paper will pay
$1 a year to Cal for rent."
the faux Irish builder
in his smart space
Patrick pensing in his over
two hundred square feet
CEID School director Jill
Ellis emails "Preschool
for deaf children showing great success" a Dan Ashley
report with video at abclocal.com.
"Three of every 1,000
babies in the U.S. are born with significant hearing loss and
most of them are born to hearing parents who have no idea how
to take care of a child who is deaf. Here's an update on a pioneering
Bay Area preschool that's had phenomenal success helping both
children and their parents.
You might think a pre-school
for children who are deaf or hard of hearing would be quiet, but
you'd be surprised. There are several different approaches to
teaching deaf children to communicate. Some focus on sign language,
others on listening and speaking. This school does both. It's
the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness known as C.E.I.D.
'Our model of communication
is called total communication. We believe in using every avenue
to help children develop their listening, spoken language and
communication skills,' said Jill Ellis, the C.E.I.D. executive
"Shadow of the Japanese housewife" Steven Vogel, The Japan Times.
"In 1978, my mother,
Suzanne Hall Vogel, presented a paper on Japan's 'professional
housewives' (sengyou shufu) at the Tokyo Symposium on Women."
CEID director, Jill Ellis
emails of the "Preschool
for deaf children showing great success" story
I hope you enjoyed the story
as well. As a result of some new donor giving, two of the
interns worked with us this summer and are headed to Georgetown
and Pomona in the fall. Hopefully we'll be able to offer
similar work experience for other students in 2013.
Established Potter Creek's
TWP just bought the property
at 2833 10th Street.
Check out our City Manager's
Berkeley News Page here.
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Kubik emails a video-link
to Theo Jansen's
"This is one clever
guy!" Bob Kubik
"It's not every day
that you run across an entirely new strain of life, which is exactly
what Dutch kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen has created.
His Strandbeests are wondrous
wind-powered automatons that exhibit an incredibly lifelike dexterity
as they cascade in flowing waves down seaside sands. The elegantly
articulated creatures are constructed using genetic algorithms
and are constantly evolving to better suit their environment."
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I'm told an iconic west-Berkeley
breakfast and lunch restaurant will finally be serving dinner.
our Carol emails
to Potter Creek
There were celebrity breakfasts
served at 900 GRAYSON yesterday, with patrons Patrick Kennedy and
guest, Greener printer Mario and guest, and last but not least,
Sandra and Mel Sharpe all separately together enjoying the faire.
Our Pete Hurney's talking
sculpture has now been installed.
Remember, this Saturday Bright
Horizons at Bayer pre-school is having their Open House at
their facility on 8th and Parker. It is from 10: AM to 1:00PM
and the community is invited.
If you enjoyed watching Theo Jansen's
Strandbeests, perhaps you'd like to build
a model of the
"California needs more hydrogen refueling
"With automakers set
to commercialise fuel cell electric vehicles by 2015, California
will need to ramp up its efforts to support hydrogen refuelling:
according to the California Fuel Cell Partnership.
Its report suggests the state
needs 68 hydrogen refuelling stations (pictured) across five clusters
in which the early adopters are generally expected. They must
be in place by the end of 2015 to support the first batch of around
20,000 fuel cell vehicles."
from our log
irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane
irritation, burning eyes raspy throat head ache, wear respirator.
Third time today beginning around 8:15 AM. Similar all PM. Irritation
between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM is fairly regular.
8/11/12--late afternoon and
PM-- irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane
8/1312--2:45 PM-- irritant
in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
burning eyes, wear respirator.
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.
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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