Potter Creek's The
Berkeley Kitchens project
main building's northside
with studios on Carleton
On MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District
Provisions from our City Code.
MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District
The regulations in this chapter shall
apply in all Mixed Use-Residential (MU-R) Districts. In addition,
general provisions contained in Sub-title 23C shall apply. 23E.84.020
The purposes of the Mixed Use-Residential
(MU-R) Districts are to:
A. Implement the West Berkeley Plan's designation
of a Mixed Residential District;
B. Support the continued development of
a mixed use District which combines residential, live/work, light
industrial, arts and crafts and other compatible uses;
C. Strengthen residential concentrations
which exist within the District;
D. Provide appropriate locations for a
broad range of live/work activities to occur;
E. Provide a transitional district between
the residential districts to the east of the MU-R and the industrial
districts to the west of the MU-R;
F. Encourage light manufacturers and wholesalers
which are compatible with a mixed use-residential district;
G. Support the development of businesses
of all types which contribute to the maintenance and improvement
of the environment;
H. Protect residents from unreasonably
detrimental effect of nonresidential uses, such as noise, vibration,
odors, smoke, fumes, gases, dust, heat and glare, to the extent
possible and reasonable within a mixed use West Berkeley context;
I. To the extent feasible, protect industrial
uses, particularly light industrial uses, from unreasonable intrusions
on their ability to operate lawfully;
J. Permit retail and food service activities
which are either limited and small scale, primarily serving persons
living and/or working in the District, but not a citywide or regional
clientele, or which are ancillary and designed to maintain and
enhance the economic viability of manufacturers in the District.
Notice particularly PURPOSES F. and
More detail here
It is important to note that
our districy is "MIXED USE/RESIDENTIAL" not "MIXED
USE/LIGHT MANUFACTURING" or "MIXED USE/COMMERCIAL."
An emphasis that in my 40 some years here has NOT REALLY been
And as to why.
First, it is my belief that city
hall's primary interest in the West is a way to increase revenue.
That is, to increase the tax base. Understandable, as it remains
the "underused" part of Our Town. The most efficent
way to increase revenue, or the easiest depending on one's view,
is to encourage swift, massive change. Big biotech comes to mind.
An important part of the mix, yet I believe that this process,
not carefully monitored, can result in land, manufacturing, and/or
Then there's geography. The seat
of power in Our Town is down-town-city hall, as far removed from
the West as conviniently possible. "Out of sight, out of
mind" it's said. City Hall's sometime misreading of our needs
may be just that and not a conspiracy of the rich and empowered.
Corollary to this is that our council
members are not paid a living wage, perhaps not even the minimum
wage. If not comfortable, they need a real job and of necessity
turn day-to-day operation over to staff. Not often an efficient
Then we have the community activists,
or former activists, who are in fact paid lobbyists for non-resident
groups--artisans, business people, and manufactures come to mind.
Ironically this group includes those who have the confidence of
residents, though in fact are paid by others. You get what you
There's more--insufficient city staff,
ineffective city division of labor, active commercial realtors,
but this should do for now.
Potter Creek's "Xoma
shares sink after report on 2nd-quarter loss", nbcnews.com.
"Shares of Xoma Corp.
sank Thursday, a day after the biotechnology company said its
second-quarter loss widened in a performance that fell short of
Wall Street expectations.
The Berkeley, Calif., company
said Wednesday it lost $17.2 million, or 21 cents per share, in
the quarter that ended June 30. That compares to a loss of $16.2
million, or 24 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.
Revenue fell 23 percent in
the quarter to nearly $7.2 million. Adjusted results, excluding
some non-cash charges, amounted to a loss of 19 cents per share.
Analysts expected, on average,
a smaller loss of 16 cents per share on $9.3 million in revenue,
according to FactSet.
Xoma is a development-stage
company without any products on the market. It is studying a drug
candidate called gevokizumab as a treatment for uveitis, a swelling
of the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye."
"Annie's Earnings Disappoint" by Rich Smith, fool.com.
"Shares of Berkeley, Calif.-based Annie's dropped 3.7% in
after-hours trading Thursday, following a second-quarter earnings
report that fell short of analyst expectations on both sales and
Children's Bookstore to Open in Berkeley" Wendy Werris
"When Mr. Mopps' Children's Books opens this October, Berkeley,
Calif., will have its first children's bookstore and co-owners
Devin McDonald and Jenny Stevenson will realize a longtime dream
of having such a retail space just four doors away from
Mr. Mopps' Toy Store, which the couple purchased in 2010."
The planting of blossoming
fruit-trees, shrubbery, and ground-cover at the our Berkeley Bowl
parking lot appear almost complete. Kudos Yasudas!
"The kids gone, aging Baby Boomers opt
for city life" Tara
Bahrampour at washingtonpost.com.
"Robert Solymossy doesn't
remember when he last gassed up his one remaining car. His other
two cars are blissfully consigned to memory, along with his lawn,
his driveway and "a lifetime's worth of furniture" accumulated
over the 23 years he lived in a detached single family-house in
a wooded part of Oakton.
In 2005 Solymossy, now 67, and his wife Diana Sun Solymossy, 58,
traded all that in to live in a condo in Clarendon with a gym,
a rooftop pool and dozens of shops and restaurants right downstairs."
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A History of Marijuana
This was the scene Feb. 9, 1949
in Los Angeles, a moment after Superior Court Judge Clement D.
Nye sentenced actor Robert Mitchum and actress Lila Leeds to 60
days in jail on charges of conpiracy to possess Marijuana Cigarettes.
I was 12 when this happened,
but still remember clearly headlines about Hollywood's Robert
Mitchum and girlfriend being "convicted of possessing dope."
"What's dope?" I asked my parents but never got a satisfactory
Abbott and Costello
on unemployment (courtesy
director, Barry Levinson)
just a touch of Fall and
football in the air
Ben Schrider, Soph, DE 6'2"
St Mary's Football Highlights,
The construction that we
now see on the 8th and 9th Street French School campuses is the
beginning of a two year upgrade and expansion of the school. The
current construction should be finished for the Fall Semester
opening. The plan* is then to raze the adjacent 9th Street warehouse
and expand the campus through 2014.
"University of California, Berkeley " the Dhakar Tribune.
"The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to
as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public
research university located in Berkeley, California, United States.
The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side
of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178
acres (72 ha).
Berkeley is considered a
Public Ivy and the flagship institution of the 10-campus University
of California system.
Established in 1868 as the
result of the merger of the private College of California and
the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in
Oakland, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system and
offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes
in a wide range of disciplines.
Berkeley faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 71 Nobel Prizes
(including 28 alumni Nobel laureates), 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields
Medals, 15 Turing Awards, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy
Awards, and 11 Pulitzer Prizes."
our Pete Hurney
and the moped
being a Maker
before his time
Rural Uganda, Homemade Bikes Make The Best Ambulances"
When Chris Ategeka was 9, his younger brother died while Ategeka
was helping to carry him to the nearest hospital - 10 miles from
their village in Fort Portal, Uganda.
There was no quicker way
to get his sick brother, who was coughing and had a bloody stool,
to medical care. 'I did not understand the concept of lack of
mobility being the biggest factor until it got later in life.
I realized how that could have helped so much,' he tells Shots.
Ategeka and his five siblings
became orphans after their mother and father died of AIDS. But
Ategeka, now 28, considers himself lucky.
A U.S. aid organization Y.E.S.
Uganda helped AIDS orphans like him attend school. Ategeka did
well. He impressed the California family that sponsored him so
much that they invited him to come live with them in 2006.
Since then, he has earned
engineering degrees at University of California, Berkeley, where
he'll begin a doctorate in mechanical engineering this fall. And
he's been using what he learned already to solve the problem that
contributed to the death of his brother nearly 20 years ago.
Ategeka founded CA Bikes,
a nonprofit that teaches villagers how to build bike ambulances
and wheelchairs from scrap metal. 'I teach you how to make it,
and I teach you how to fix it,' he says. 'If it breaks, you know
what to do, and if you want to build something you think outside
the box and you do it.'
So far, he estimates the
group has helped support the fabrication at centralized workshops
in local villages and distribution of more than 1,000 bikes and
bike ambulances throughout Uganda."
"Residents concerned about recent homicides
on San Pablo Avenue" Madeleine
Pauker and Grace Wu at dailycal.org.
"Residents and business
owners witnessed the second homicide to happen at the intersection
of San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street this year on Thursday,
prompting concerns about the area's safety."
"Another Large Apartment Building Up for
City Review" berkeley.patch.com.
"Plans for large apartment
buildings near the UC Berkeley campus are sprouting like summer
flowers. Yet another one six stories with 70 units
is being presented to the Zoning Adjustments Board . . . "
"WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York City,
Lays Off News Department, and Most On-Air Talent" wwntradio.com.
"Summer Reese, interim
executive director of the Pacifica Radio Network, choked up as
she announced this afternoon that legendary New York radio station
WBAI was laying off its entire news department, and the majority
of on-air talent, effective Monday.
WBAI, the station where Pacifica's
flagship program, Democracy NOW!, was founded, has broadcast on
99.5 since 1960.
Andrew Phillips, former general
manager of KPFA, Pacifica's Berkeley, California, station, has
been appointed interim program director. The station's general
manager, Berthold Reimers, and interim development director, Andrea
Katz, will also stay on board.
'Today I have concluded union
negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, regarding proposed layoffs here at
WBAI, and with a very heavy heart, and very great difficulty,
we will laying off virtually everyone whose voice you recognize
on the air,' Reese said."
"AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Fired Patch's Creative
Director In Front Of 1,000 Coworkers:AOL is reducing the number
of sites in its local news network, Patch, from 900 to 600" sfgate.com.
"Today, Armstrong hosted
a conference call with Patch employees to explain the news.
During the call, according
to a source, Armstrong told Lenz to 'stop taking pictures.'
Then Armstrong said 'You're fired.'
Then there were a few seconds
of silence. Then Armstrong resumed speaking. A few minutes later,
Armstrong complained about leaks to the media. He said the leaks
were making Patch seem like "loser-ville" in the press.
He said, 'That's why Abel
was fired.' We can't have people that are in the locker room
giving the game plan away."
university's recently passed open access research policy is at
odds with the goals of the open access movement" Senior
Editorial Board, dailycal.org.
"Earlier this summer,
The Daily Calfornian wrote an editorial in support of the nationwide
open access movement, which aims to make results of government-funded
research freely available to the public online. On July 24, the
UC Academic Senate proudly announced that beginning in November,
anyone will be able to access UC academic papers through a UC
scholarly publishing service called eScholarship. The policy has
the potential to cover 8,000 UC faculty members systemwide and
facilitate the open publication of up to 40,000 papers annually.
Based on the tenor of the official announcement, it would appear
the university is moving in the right direction toward open access.
But upon further inspection,
significant excitement over the UC policy is unfounded. As it
stands, the policy is contradictory because of a loophole allowing
faculty members to submit waivers on a per-article basis to opt
out of open publication."
Berkeley summit encourages youth to participate in city redevelopment"
Lydia Tuan, dailycal.org.
"Tomodachi Japanese leadership program sees reduction in
participants Mayor Bates holds meeting on revitalizing Telegraph
Avenue City Council, community groups review plans to improve
Telegraph Avenue Japanese high school students to visit campus
for leadership camp
High school students, teachers
and administrators from eight cities gathered at UC Berkeley's
Alumni House last week for a three-day national summit for Y-PLAN,
an initiative that invites youth to engage in city planning for
Participants from high schools
in areas ranging from Richmond, Calif., to Tohoku, Japan shared
their community projects with each other before working on the
redevelopment of Telegraph Avenue. The event culminated in participants
presenting their ideas to a panel of judges, including a representative
from Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates' office, UC Berkeley professor emeritus
David Stern and Moe's Bookstore owner Doris Moskowitz."
"The TED talk as propaganda vehicle" , Benjamin Carlson, minnpost.com.
"Apparently the TED-talk
format is so seductive that it can even make Leninism sound sexy.
In June at a TED talk in Edinburgh, Scotland, a flawlessly groomed
venture capitalist named Eric X. Li stood before an
elite Western audience. He spent 18 minutes defending China's
authoritarian political system, praising its "adaptability,
meritocracy, and legitimacy," and claiming its superiority,
in several respects, to democracy.
'Winston Churchill once said
that democracy is a terrible system except for all the rest,'
he said. 'Well, apparently he hadn't heard of the Organization
To people familiar with the pro-regime arguments regularly trotted
out in China's state-run media, Li's speech was nothing terribly
"How Dumb Is Immigration Debate? This Dumb"
Ezra Klein at bloomberg.com.
"Everything you know
about immigration, particularly unauthorized immigration, is wrong.
So says Princeton University's
Doug Massey, anyway. Massey is one of the nation's preeminent
immigration scholars. And he thinks we've wasted a whole lot of
money on immigration policy and are about to waste a whole lot
"Appeal to Save Berkeley
Post Office Wins Hearing" at berkeley.patch.com.
"A hearing has been
granted by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission for an appeal
by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates to block the impending sale of the
historic Berkeley Post Office, Bates' office announced today,
Since I posted this link,
I've received several email saying essentially, "Get over
it! Get on with business."
Best Cigar of 2012
de las Antillas Toro
"The story of Cigar
Aficionado's 2012 Cigar of the Year begins in Cuba, the island
home of José "Pepin" Garcia, his son Jaime and
daughter, Janny. Pepin began rolling cigars at the age of 11 in
his hometown of Baez. He rose to prominence in Cuba as a talented
cigarmaker, but yearned for freedom and opportunity. One by one
the Garcias left, eventually making their way to Miami where they
began producing cigars.
Their beginnings were humble:
the factory was tiny, with all of a dozen rollers, and they didn't
own the entire operation. But they had their first taste of glory
with the Tatuaje brand, which they made for Pete Johnson. It brought
critical acclaim as well as increasing demand, which led the family
to venture out on its own, eventually constructing the massive
and gorgeous My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Today, Pepin focuses his
energies on growing tobacco in Nicaragua, trying various seed
varieties. Jaime is the company's master blender. They released
the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012, using a variety of
Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binder and a wrapper
leaf grown in the open sunlight. They named the brand for Cuba,
the largest of the Antilles Islands, which are called Antillas
in their native Spanish.
The standout of the four-size
brand is the Toro, which has a gentle, rounded box press and a
beautiful and evenly colored wrapper. The smokes are delicious
from the first puff, with notes of nutmeg, white pepper and just
enough strength without being overpowering. They are hard to put
down. They are classics, 96-point smokes on our 100-point scale.
The Garcias have worked long
and hard since coming to the United States."
Best Marijuana Strain of
"The pinot noir of pot
- OG Kush is arguably the hottest strain in the world thanks to
its sharp, sour lemon, pine and fuel smell - which instantly lifts
mood. This dense, resinous strain harbors a potent hybrid effect
that patients report eases stress and brings on sleep.
Cannabis strain reference
site StickyGuide lists more than 500 validated strains and
climbing. Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar, globalized industry,
with the market providing strong incentives for international
breeders from the Netherlands to South Africa to come up with
their own stable of 'brands' ".
"The Rich Drive Differently, a Study Suggests" by Benjamin Preston at nytimes.com.
link courtesy of
"A study in California
recorded the reactions of drivers to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Jokes about BMW drivers being,
on average, somewhat less than courteous are fairly common. They
often run along the lines of, 'Despite its good brakes, a BMW
will usually stop with a jerk.' Sometimes the language is more
Now scientific research supports
the unwritten and broadly circulated theory that people in BMWs
are lacking in road manners. Paul K. Piff, a researcher at the
Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University
of California, Berkeley, has conducted a study linking bad driving
habits with wealth. "
imagines a different S.F. skyline" Rachel Zarrow at sfgate.com.
"San Francisco has no
shortage of memorable architecture. From the Golden Gate Bridge
to the Ferry Building, it's a city of structures that capture
But some of its most fascinating
structures are those that were never built at all - plans that
were derailed for some reason or visionary works that could transform
how we live in the future.
These plans are on display
in the exhibition 'Unbuilt San Francisco,' part of the 10th annual
Architecture and the City Festival, a month of architectural tours,
film screenings, lectures and exhibitions beginning Sept. 1.
Taking place at five locations
in San Francisco and Berkeley, the show is a collaboration among
the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects
(AIASF), the Center for Architecture + Design, the Environmental
Design Archives at UC Berkeley, the California Historical Society,
the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
and the San Francisco Public Library."
"Downtown Berkeley Takes Back Its Streets"Ted Friedman at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"Don't call it a downtown
miracle or transformation. Those terms are online cliches.
Besides, a miracle is inexplicable.
This miracle/transformation has explanations."
"The Least Expensive Condos For Sale In
Berkeley" at berkeleypatch.com.
"Check out this condominium
we found for under $300,000."
"Berkeley screenings highlight restored
early Hitchcock films" Lou
"There's no argument:
Alfred Hitchcock's reputation as a master filmmaker is Olympian.
And so it is fitting that nine, rare, silent features, created
by the British-born director from 1925 to 1929 and screening at
the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Aug. 16-31, owe
everything to the 2012 London Olympics.
Preparing for the eyes of
the world to spiral in on them, Britain's patriotic fever opened
the world's coffers and the British Film Institute found itself
the fortunate recipient of a $3 million project to salvage Hitchcock's
The funds allowed an artistic
restoration of unprecedented scope: Scratched or shaky images
were refined digitally, lost footage was discovered and reinserted,
intertitles were reproduced with accurate color tinting and tone,
musical scores were commissioned."
'No Man's Land' review: Masters at work" Robert Hurwitt, sfgate.com.
"Listening to Ian McKellen
and Patrick Stewart state, bandy and insinuate the language of
Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" is like hearing master
cellists perform a Bach cantata. Watching them inhabit the silences
eloquently elaborates the comedy and treacherous drama.
With Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in the supporting roles,
the veritable all-star production that opened Sunday at Berkeley
Rep's Roda Theatre is a master class in Pinter performance. And
a very enjoyable one at that. This may be its pre-Broadway warm-up
- where it will play in repertory with the same cast in "Waiting
for Godot" - but it's already as smooth as the fine malt
scotch endlessly consumed onstage."
No Man's Land: Drama. By
Harold Pinter. Directed by Sean Mathias. Through Aug. 31. $35-$135,
subject to change. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison
St., Berkeley. Two hours. (510) 647-2949.
Berkeley hosts nuclear security 'summer school' " Steven
E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.
"The University of California, Berkeley is hosting an unusual
'summer school' this week - a program aimed at students involved
in nuclear science, security and safety.
Experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and
Los Alamos National Laboratory will teach, speak and present research."
"Researchers explore underground market
of Twitter spam and abuse" by
Steve Ragan, csoonline.com.
"Paper presented at
a USENIX event delves into black market on Twitter, where criminals
sell access to accounts that are later used to push spam, malicious
links and inflate follower counts.
Researchers from the UC Berkeley
will present a paper Wednesday at the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium
in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that explores the underground
market of spam and abuse on Twitter.
Led by Vern Paxson of International
Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Chris Grier of UC Berkeley,
the group tracked the criminal market on Twitter, which sells
access to accounts that are later used to push spam, malicious
links (including Phishing and malware), as well as inflate follower
Their research took ten months,
and during that time they examined 27 merchants responsible for
several million fraudulent accounts. Of those, 95 percent of them
were taken offline after the researchers reported them to Twitter.
However, the paper says that these merchants were responsible
for nearly 10-20 percent of all the illegitimate accounts created
on the service during the monitoring period, and that the criminals
controlling these market places earned $127,000 to $159,000 for
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