"Results from 2013 Academic Ranking of
'Shanghai Jiao Tong University
in China, which annually publishes the Academic Ranking of World
Universities, has released its 2013 list. The top 10 are once
again all in the U.S. or U.K.
Canada has 23 schools in
the top 500 this year, up from 22 last year and 21 five years
ago. Canada's new entrant is Concordia University.
The top 10 are Harvard University,
Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University
of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California
Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Princeton University,
University of Chicago and University of Oxford."
"Talking tuition with UC Berkeley's new
interview at kalw.org.
"The University of California
system saw a major change in administration earlier this summer
when Janet Napolitano was appointed president. When she takes
office in September, the former Homeland Security Secretary will
be the first woman to hold the presidential position.
UC Berkeley's administration
also experienced a change this past June when Nicholas Dirks was
sworn in as the university's chancellor, the faculty's highest
ranking position. One of Dirks' primary obligations in his new
role is to find new funding for the university. The numbers are
stark. Ten years ago, a semester for a resident undergraduate
cost less than $3,000 and about a third of the school's funding
came from the state. This semester, the state provides only about
11 percent of the funding and tuition is two and a half times
" 'Smart Glass' Blocks Light, Adjusting
To Wavelengths On Command With New Technology" by Jesse Emspak at huffingtonpost.com.
"Big windows provide
light, and a view, but they don't always do much for energy efficiency
or privacy. The glass transmits heat to the outside in winter
and traps it inside during the summer. The only real solution:
curtains or blinds.
But now there's a glass that
changes, chameleon-like, from opaque to transparent, and can be
adjusted for different wavelengths of light. It could boost energy
efficiency in buildings with large glass facades, freeing homeowners
from the chore of picking window treatments.
The glass is the brainchild
of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
in California and the Autonomous University of Barcelona."
Gadget Catches Smartphone Cheaters" Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily
"Teachers no longer have to rely on their eyes and internal
instincts to catch cheating students.
In an effort to help educators
take back control of the classroom, Berkeley Varitronics Systems
has unveiled the PocketHound, a portable cellphone detector designed
to let teachers covertly track cheaters.
The PocketHound works by
vibrating and lighting up each time there is a nearby transmission
from a mobile phone - a sign a cheater could be in action. Once
the device is set off, teachers can nab the offender, Berkeley
Varitronics Systems says."
"A drone of your very own: These aren't
your average remote-controlled aircraft" by Michael S. Rosenwald, washingtonpost.com.
"Kevin Good thought
there was an 80 percent chance he could successfully deliver
his brother's wedding rings with a tiny drone.
'The other 20 percent
is that it could go crashing into the bride's mother's face,'
the Bethesda cinematographer somewhat jokingly told his brother.
His brother was okay with
those odds, so he signed off.
A few weeks ago, sitting
in the back row at the ceremony near San Francisco, Good steered
the drone to the altar, delivering the payload in front of 100
or so astonished guests. His brother grabbed the rings, then watched
as Good buzzed the drone off into the blue sky.
'At the end of the wedding,
that was what everyone was talking about,' Good said. 'It was
pretty awesome.' "
Berkeley launches CalCentral to integrate online resources"
Sophie Mattson, dailycal.org.
"UC Berkeley is finally launching CalCentral, a new program
aiming to simplify the way students navigate campus online resources.
CalCentral will launch
Wednesday and combines bConnected, bCourses, Financial Aid, bSpace
and BearFacts in one convenient portal. It will also include bConnected
email, CalLink student groups, messages from professors, registration
status, final grades, financial aid messages and bCourses assignments,
among other features."
"UC Berkeley alumni to start Bollywood-themed
fitness program at RSF" Dennis
Vidal at dailycal.org.
"Three generations of UC Berkeley alumni, brought together
by the campus's diverse dance community, will soon be starting
a Bollywood-themed dance class at the Recreational Sports Facility."
"College of Engineering presents designs
plans for new Northside building" at dailycal.org.
Launches First Crowd-Funding Challenge Platform for Social Good"
"BigLeap, the world's
first crowd-funding prize and reward network that allows passionate
advocates to drive social change via competition-based challenges,
today launched its first challenge: to make education more accessible.
BigLeap's first challenge
is championed by Professor Silvia Bunge, a neuroscience and childhood
learning expert at U.C. Berkeley, and Bill Ritchie, the CEO of
ThinkFun games. The challenge will give children everywhere access
to free games designed to improve their brain power by helping
to develop their reasoning and logic skills via simple, interactive
Carakasi Launches Fall 2013 Collection" at digitaljournal.com.
SF Bay Area designer, Stella
Carakasi, announced today that the Fall 2013 Collection is now
available online at stellacarakasi.com and in boutiques across
the U.S. and Canada, including Stella Carakasi's Stella Studio
at 1370 10th Street in Berkeley, CA."
Warning: Beware of PG&E Scam" albany.patch.com
"Police issued a scam
warning . . . about calls in the North Berkeley area from purported
PG&E representatives saying you're behind on paying your bill
and must transfer $500 to keep your electricity on.
Berkeley police issued a warning this morning, Friday,
about a scam in which a caller pretending to represent PG&E tells
people that they are behind on payments and must electronically
wire $500 to keep their electricity from being shut off."
The department has received a number of calls in the past week
about such calls in North Berkeley, police said. The man
says the funds must electronically transferred and provides
the telephone number (559) 800-7403 to call to make
the wire transfer, according to police.
'This is a scam!' the police
department said. "
"Misunderstanding results in many Berkeley
post office protesters breaking camp" by Judith Scherr at contracostatimes.com.
on the steps of the Berkeley post office thought police were about
to shut them down, so they took down their banners and most folded
up their tents after nearly three weeks camping out to postpone
the sale of the building.
Originally a group of a couple
dozen, only about a half dozen said they planned to spend the
night there late Saturday.
Activists had camped on the
post office steps since July 27, hoping to stop the postal service
from selling the historic building.
At around 9 p.m., protesters said they spoke to Officer E. Keene
-- who declined to give his first name to this newspaper -- who
came by the encampment and told the protesters they would have
to leave, according to Mike Wilson of Strike Debt Bay Area, one
of the groups supporting the encampment.
When asked how long they
had before they would be forced off the property, the officer
responded that they would have about an hour to break camp.
But that's not Keene's recollection
of the conversation.
'I think someone's given
you some false information,' said Keene, who was observing the
protesters from across the street. 'I told [them] it's time to
pack up,' he said, indicating that he did not issue an ultimatum.
He said he told them that it was possible that the postal police
would shut them down. No postal police were visible that evening,
though according to protesters, they had seen two earlier in the
"Bill offers earlier parole to inmates
serving lengthy terms for crimes committed as juveniles" Don Thompson, AP at therepublic.com.
"Criminals serving long
prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would
have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way
through the Legislature.
The bill by Sen. Loni Hancock,
D-Berkeley, expands on legislation signed into law last year that
gives a second chance to inmates who committed murder before they
turned 18 and were sentenced to life without parole.
Hancock's bill covers other
offenders and requires the Board of Parole Hearings to give "great
weight to the diminished culpability of juveniles" and to
signs that they have matured in prison. Parole commissioners also
would have to individually counsel offenders about the steps they
should take to earn their freedom.
Under the bill, SB260, inmates who committed such crimes as voluntary
and involuntary manslaughter as teenagers would be presumed eligible
for parole after 15 years unless officials believe they present
a threat to public safety."
Task Force on Homelessness holds first meeting Thursday"
Stephanie Petrillo, dailycal.org.
"Community group to be formed to address homelessness Biennial
homeless count for Alameda County commences Council passes Compassionate
Sidewalks proposal City to consider contract to provide shelter
to Berkeley's homeless during winter County's homeless single
adult population rises
City Councilmember Jesse
Arreguin led a Berkeley Task Force on Homelessness meeting Thursday
evening to bring the community together to address homelessness
About 50 people gathered
at YMCA Teen Center to attend the task force's first meeting,
a community conversational process that anyone can join and participate
in at any time."
Outlet Once Again Helps Feed People Facing Hunger:Third Annual
Independence from Hunger Food Drive Raises $300,000 to Support
Local Communities" at prnewswire.com.
"For over 50 million
Americans, food insecurity is a reality and doesn't take a break
during the summer months. That's why Grocery Outlet once again
stepped up with the company-wide Independence from Hunger food
drive to help feed people facing hunger and dealing with food
insecurity. On behalf of the over 180 participating independently
owned Grocery Outlet stores, Grocery Outlet is proud to donate
$300,000 in cash, grocery gift cards and/or food donations to
help support over 200 local food assistance agencies in California,
Washington, Oregon, Idaho Arizona and Nevada."
Yet here's "Extra
virgin olive oil buying guide" at sfgate.com.
"Standing in a store faced with a phalanx of bottles filled
with extra virgin olive oil can be a befuddling experience, made
even more complex this year by the bumper crop of California olives.
That's a good thing.
However, stores often bunch
the extra virgin oil - which is made solely from the fruit of
the olive tree, not mixed with other kinds of oils, such as seed
or nut, and is not subjected to heat, solvents or refining - into
shelves crowded with oils of every description, imported and domestic.
So, how is a consumer to
choose? Succumb to a striking package design? Or be budget-minded
and choose the least expensive?
Here are some guidelines
to help you make an informed decision, along with how best to
use your purchase . . ."
And then . . . "Here's
The Story Of How AOL Fired 350 Patch Employees" at businessinsider.com.
"AOL began firing about
350 Patch workers . . . . That's about 40% of all Patch employees.
According to a source, here's
how the firings went down . . ."
"Berkeley Moves Forward with UC Student
"A new council district
could result in the first student elected to the city council
in decades - and it could oust longtime Councilman Kriss Worthington
Berkeley is gearing up to
become the first municipality in the country to create a city
council district designed solely to represent the interests of
The new district would encompass
areas next to the UC Berkeley campus, and if the city council
approves the plan next month, it means that a Cal student would
have a strong chance of being elected to the council next year
- the first time that's happened since a young Nancy Skinner (who
is now in the state Assembly) won a seat in 1982. But for students
to finally have direct representation on the council, longtime
Councilman Kriss Worthington, who has often championed student
causes over the years, will have to voluntarily leave office or
be defeated in the 2014 election."
"Fired public housing chief seeks workers'
comp" at sfgate.com.
"The tale of Henry Alvarez's
departure from the imploding San Francisco Housing Authority has
taken yet another twist, this one laced with irony.
You'll recall that when Alvarez
went on paid medical leave back in February, before being fired
in April, he took heat for setting up a restaurant in Berkeley
while presumably too ill to do his day job as the executive director
for the city's public housing agency.
Now it turns out that Alvarez
has filed a workers' compensation claim contending he was injured
from stress on the job - his full-time one at the Housing Authority,
state records show. He is seeking disability payments, health
care and a voucher worth up to $10,000 for job training."
"How Many Homes Are In Foreclosure In Berkeley" at berkeleypatch.com.
"New report says foreclosures
nationwide are up slightly from the previous month but down significantly
from a year ago."
named starter at quarterback for Cal" at marinij.com.
"Cal freshman Jared
Goff, center, from Marin County, and back up quarterbacks make
throws during practice at the Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.,
on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Cal head coach Sonny Dykes named Goff
as his starting quarterback. "
Preview: California" lindyssports.com.
"Everything about football
at Cal-Berkeley is new this season: new coach, new quarterback,
new offensive scheme, new defensive scheme.
And a true freshman starting
at the key quarterback position.
Unless everything falls into
place perfectly, the Bears are going to struggle this season,
much like they did last year when they went 3-9."
Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma comes to Berkeley's Greek Theater"
Andrew Gilbert, mercurynews.com.
"A couple of years ago,
bassist extraordinaire Edgar Meyer and Nickel Creek mandolin star
Chris Thile started plotting for a new project building on their
passion for bluegrass. The first call went to Yo-Yo Ma.
'They had all done some recordings
with Mark O'Connor and wanted to do something different,' says
Nashville fiddle great Stuart Duncan. 'Chris called me up and
said, "Would you be interested?" ' "Yeah, sure!"
'But I had this little voice
saying, "What are we going to do?" Yo-Yo and I both
play with bows, and we're not separated by our love of good music,
but our worlds are so far apart. I don't read music. Yo-Yo rarely
does anything without sheet music.'
Informed that they had nine
months to develop a body of tunes, Duncan signed on, and The Goat
Rodeo Sessions took shape. "
POSTS FROM THE
Brian Krebs of the Washington
Post offers his excellent report "Experts
Race to Contain SoBig."
I question the City of Berkeley
Parking Enforcement policy of ticketing a business's vehicle while
parked in front of their business after loading. Seems a contradiction,
especially when another one of our leading businesses is allowed
to effectively block all thru traffic on the street in front of
their facility while unloading.
Are Berkeley's city polices
controlled by a "good ole boy" network of ex-radicals?
Nah, nobody controls nothin'.
The same school of thought
that offers "If you can ask the question, you already know
the answer" would suggest that "If in Berkeley everything
is political, nothing is political."
Berkeley PD Motor-officer
Ben Cardoza was the victim of a hit-and-run on the afternoon of
8/20/03. He and his motorcycle were run down on Ashby and Wheeler
by a white Chevy Caprice. He was hit so hard "His motorcycle
seemed to explode into the air" said one witness.
In Devil in the Blue Dress, one of my favorite fictional
detectives, Easy Rollins, is offered some advice by a hardened
hoodlum. It goes something like "As soon as you step out
your door, you're mixed-up-in-it. Thing is to be mixed-up-in-it
at the top."
I see that Bayer has a brand-new
American Flag flying atop the old Colgate building. I've always
thought of our flag as a symbol of the People and not the current
government--notice that the flag doesn't change when one group
of scoundrels leaves office and another comes in. I'd like to
see the City of Berkeley Flag flying below Old Glory--seems even
the Tribe of Berkeley has a symbol.
This morning, as I opened
the carefully wrapped Czech-mil-spec shirt from Sportsman's Guide,
I was amazed by the thought and care taken in packaging this new,
but three-for-twelve-dollar, item. Stays, clips, pins, and cello-wrap
protected the tan, cotton-blend shirt. As a kid, after WWII, one
of the wonders of life was going through an Army surplus store.
There was a lot of real good, inexpensive stuff then because after
the War there was enormous surplus. Through the years the surplus
store faded away in the Bay Area. But in Minnesota they have Sportsman's
Guide and we have sportsmansguide.com. Definitely check it out!
Peter and Geralyn are relatively
new to our neighborhood, yet they make maximum use of Potter Creek.
They not only live here but both work here within easy biking
distance, enjoy west-Berkeley's restaurants, study at one of our
schools and generally are out-and-about. These, and other, new
residents seem to fully use and enjoy Potter Creek.
In the way that the town-square
"makes" a town, a park "makes" a neighborhood.
We don't have one. And soon we won't even have the smallest green-space.
Perhaps a real solution to
the parking problem in this area is an underground garage. With
a park on top? Nah, this isn't Emeryville.
Somethings from a west-Berkeley
Bay Area's News Station," broadcast
the sign on the side of the Channel 4 mobile-unit at the Marina--must
be a different Channel 4.
Thinking. Produces. Winning. Achievements. 63 Degrees." flashed a sign, word-by-word,
in Bayer's Northgate parking lot.
by the beauty of the bayscape just south of Skate's, I'm perversely
reminded of a friend's comment as we drove through the Redwoods
up at Kary Mullis'. "You see one tree, you've seen em all!"
(Of course, his idea of nature is the grass-strip between his
apartment building and the street.)
a crab sandwich with everything, and a Steward's--Since 1924--Root
Beer at the Sea Breeze.
END POSTS FROM
The first six months of this
year our site received over 1 million hits--1, 097, 276 to be
Potter Creek resident Sajid
Malik has passed. Sajid, also owner of Berkeley's House of Curries,
lived on 8th Street for some time with his wife and children.
He passed early this month and is survived by his family. His
quiet presence will be missed.
Fight Micro-Unit Proposal on Shattuck Avenue" by Emilie Raguso,
"A 70-unit five-story
building proposed at Shattuck Avenue and Derby Street faced steep
neighborhood opposition at a recent zoning board meeting in Berkeley.
The proposed 30,079-square-foot
micro-unit development at 2701 Shattuck Ave., at Derby Street,
in Berkeley. Image: Lowney Architecture
The 60-foot-tall proposal, set to include 35 garage parking spaces,
81 bike spots and a 2,000-square-foot restaurant, has been designed
by Lowney Architecture, and comes to the city from Axis Development
Group in San Francisco. The project has been scheduled before
the city's Design Review Committee six times since December. Units
as currently designed range from 307 to 344 square feet. The project
would result in a payment of $1.4 million into the city's
affordable housing fund.
Proponents say these 'micro-units'
- which have sparked fierce debate in San Francisco - are the
way of the future, offering a more viable financial alternative
to renters who otherwise would not be able to afford their own
apartments. An attorney for the project, Rena Rickles, said at
the Aug. 8 Zoning Adjustments Board meeting that micro-units '
have been lauded in every design review magazine,' adding that
the Berkeley proposal would offer even more amenities than a similarly
high-end project, 38 Harriet, in San Francisco (built by
Berkeley-based developer Panoramic Interests): 'It meets
the highest standards for this kind of housing in this area.'
Rickles also noted that it would bring some much-needed vibrancy
to the area."
Interesting if true.
A very well informed source
believes the issue to be more of size than content, i.e the project
is too big and massive for its surroundings. The Panoramic Interests'
San Francisco Smartspaces passed 9 to zip on first hearing. And,
Axis Development seems much too taken with themselves--maybe even
a little arrogant.
Smartspaces have been merely
accepted and/or enthusiastically promoted world-wide, from Europe
"Mini-apartments are the next big thing
in U.S. cities" at
"Construction will start
soon on an experimental New York housing complex in Manhattan
with 55 "micro-sized" apartments, from 250 to 370 square
feet each. The prefabricated units, which will rent for $914 to
$1,873 per month, aim to help alleviate the city's shortage of
less-pricey studios and one-bedroom apartments.
As more urban dwellers live
alone, other U.S. cities are considering similar solutions.
Could you live in a single-car garage? That's about the size of
tiny apartments popping up in major U.S. cities where many residents
live alone. Inhabitants say the key is keeping When Gil Blattner
hired a housekeeper for his elegant apartment with 12-foot ceilings,
tall windows and marble fireplace mantle, the woman looked at
the living room and asked, 'Where's the rest of it?'
There was no more. She'd
seen all 250 square feet of his cocoon, located on a tony, tree-lined
street in Chelsea near restaurants, art galleries and bookstores.
His monthly rent: $2,500.
It's all that I need, says
Blattner, 29, who moved in last year. 'I feel very happy when
I'm in this space,' he says.'The name of the game is being selective
about what you hold onto. It's helped me stay away from being
Though tiny has long been
typical in Manhattan, mini-apartments are popping up in more U.S.
cities where land is finite, downtowns have regained cachet and
rents have risen. In a digital age when library-sized book collections
can be kept on a hand-held device, more Americans see downsizing
as not only feasible but also economical and eco-friendly.
How small? Many anti-McMansions
- also known as 'aPodments, 'micro-lofts,' 'metro suites' or 'sleeping
rooms' - are about 300 square feet, which is slightly larger than
a single-car garage and one-eighth the size of the average new
U.S. single-family home (also shrinking in recent years).
City officials often welcome
this mini-sizing, which is common in Tokyo and many European capitals,
as a smart-growth, lower-priced solution to a housing phenom:
people living alone. Nationwide, the share of households occupied
by a single person reached 27% in 2010, up from 8% in 1940 and
18% in 1970. The number exceeds 40% in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver,
Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, according to Census
In Seattle, which has led
the nation with hundreds of dorm-like 'sleeping rooms' as minuscule
as 150 square feet, a backlash has taken hold. Boardinghouse-style
buildings have replaced single-family homes in residential neighborhoods,
prompting complaints by neighbors about parking problems, transiency
and fire-safety hazards. Officials have responded by drafting
building rules they'll publish this summer.
'It's an accelerating trend
in the industry, especially where space is at a premium,' says
Ryan Severino, senior economist at New York-based research firm
Reis. 'You're seeing an urban renaissance,' he says, adding Millennials
(typically younger than 30) are drawn to cities where they can
both work and socialize.
They'll sacrifice space for
'quality' location, says Doug Bibby, chief executive of the National
Multi-Housing Council, a trade group, noting apartments overall
are getting smaller. He says young city dwellers manage with less
room by renting rather than buying stuff. 'They rent everything,'
he says - Zipcars, even wedding dresses.
Mini-sizing 'is not a fad,'
says John Infranca, assistant law professor at Suffolk University
in Boston who's studied projects in New York, Washington, Denver,
Austin and Seattle. He expects demand for tiny apartments will
continue as more people, young and old, live alone. Yet he says
building codes - often requiring larger units - were set decades
ago when households were bigger and haven't kept pace with 'radical'
Boston, Chicago and other U.S. cities are experimenting with change:
In the Big Apple, billionaire
Mayor Michael Bloomberg - who once lived in a studio for nearly
a decade - launched a micro-housing pilot project of 55 units
that range from 250 to 370 square feet. The city usually requires
apartments be at least 400 square feet.
Developer Patrick Kennedy,
owner of Berkeley-based Panoramic Interests, finished a prefabricated
building this year in San Francisco that has 23 micro-units, each
about 290 square feet. The units have full kitchens, washer/dryers
and window seats with a hydraulic pop-up table.
San Francisco, where new
studio apartments rent for at least $2,400 monthly, recently approved
a trial run of 375 micro-units as small as 220 square feet. In
September, Berkeley-based developer Patrick Kennedy plans to begin
building 120 units, each about 270 square feet, with rents starting
"Tiny apartments in S.F. worth a try"
opines the Chronicle
lopsided housing market - sky-high rents and an invasion of young
workers - has experts thinking: Why not drop the minimum size
of new apartments to the equivalent of a one-car garage?
It's an idea worth exploring
and encouraging, but the results will hinge on the appeal and
convenience of the finished product. Financing, the job market
and even housing politics could all play a role in a helping or
hurting a promising idea.
Initial designs feature a
foldaway bed, galley kitchen and bench seats along a window for
a grand total of 220 square feet, below the city minimum of 290
square feet. In theory, there's a ready market since 41 percent
of the city's residents live alone.
Putting more apartments into
the same building space could lower costs and possibly rents or
sales prices. As new construction, the mini-me apartments would
be exempt from rent control. The snug quarters might take pressure
off existing multi-bedroom housing that families and couples now
The city is already nipping
at conventional housing rules via building loft apartments in
industrial areas and dropping parking requirements. The next frontier
could be super-small apartments for singles or very well-adjusted
couples looking to live inside an Ikea catalog."
"Micro-apartments next for S.F.?" writes
Carolyn Said about Patrick Kennedy's proposed project at sfgate.com.
"Are itty-bitty apartments
the next wave for urban dwellers in San Francisco?
The city is considering shrinking
the minimum size of rental units, prompted by a demographic shift
toward one-person households along with rising rents and an acute
'This seems like a logical,
necessary response to housing in an extremely high-cost market
like San Francisco,' said Tim Colen, executive director of
the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, a largely developer-backed
nonprofit that is 'solidly behind' cutting the size of the smallest
allowable apartment by about a third."
I had breakfast with Patrick
recently at 900
GRAYSON. The man' s timing continues
to amaze! I cannot fault his project, though I am skeptical of
an economy that makes it timely. Still, his plan and what I believe
to be his quality, will assure a project that will successfully,
and with style, fill a need.
"Zhang Xin: China's real estate mogul" a video report at cbsnews.com.
"How did Zhang Xin go from working in a sweatshop to being
a billionaire real estate developer? Lesley Stahl reports.
Zhang Xin: China's real estate mogul."
"China's real estate bubble" is also a video report at cbsnews.com.
"China's economy has
become the second largest in the world, but its rapid growth may
have created the largest housing bubble in history. Lesley Stahl
China's real estate bubble."
"There's no medal for eighth-place finish" Leah Garchik at sfgate.com.
"Oh, this hurts, but
nonetheless thanks to the Albany Patch for pointing the way to
the tragic news: In the real estate blog Estately's rankings of
the '17 best U.S. cities for hippies,' Berkeley is only No. 8.
The compilers of this list
say that the rankings were determined by a formula 'based on marijuana
availability and legality, number of stores selling hemp, local
counter-culture icons, tie-dye availability, hippie festivals,
progressive government, intensity of Occupy protests and Facebook poll.'
The No. 1 hippie city is
Eugene, Ore., where 'traffic slows behind aging VW microbuses.'
As to the Bay Area's home teams:
No. 8 is Berkeley ('The iconic
hippie city still draws young trustafarians, tree-sitters and
assorted eccentrics ... but the city has turned decidedly mellow')".
"Elon Musk Announces Latest Invention:
Gesture-Based 3D Printing"
Betsy Isaacson, The Huffington Post.
"Entrepreneur Elon Musk
this week promised to deliver on the latest round of life imitating
art, announcing that he would soon unveil a system that lets users
make rocket parts with the wave of a hand."
"Oops there goes another
rubber tree, oops there goes another rubber tree plant!"
is a lyric in "High
Hopes" from the Frank Sinatra 1959 movie Hole
in the Head.
POSTS FROM THE
Mid-morning yesterday, Berkeley
PD and Berkeley FD responded to a call of a suspicious package
at the east gate of Bayer. Well over half-dozen radio cars, and
other BPD units, and almost as many Berkeley Fire Department
units responded. The area for blocks surrounding 7th and
Parker was cordoned-off and those in surrounding buildings told
to remain inside.
Early afternoon, the package
was successfully destroyed--a response in force by Berkeley disaster
makes and sells homemade preserves and she's here on 4th Street
Pete and Geralyn together
made this, their art-bed
Pete and Geralyn's inspiration"by"
Read about Apolinère
Doc just finished redoing
his Jaguar XK140 interior himself.
END POSTS FROM
"Homes burning in 7-alarm Fairfield fire"
"Five homes have burned in a seven-alarm fire in Fairfield
and police are evacuating homes in the area of the blaze Tuesday
afternoon, a Fairfield police spokesman said.
The vegetation fire was reported at 3:39 p.m. on Marigold Drive
near Interstate Highway 80, according to Fairfield fire officials."
site inaccessible, 2nd disruption in Aug." is an AP
report at sfgate.com.
"Readers who tried to
click on the New York Times' website got nothing but error messages
Tuesday afternoon in its second major disruption this month. A
hacker group calling itself the 'Syrian Electronic Army' claimed responsibility."
While Rome burns?
"Sometimes a cigar is
just a good smoke" Sigmund Freud.
"GOP senator says Obama 'close' to impeachment.
True?" Peter Grier, christiansciencemonitor.com.
"The potential impeachment of President Obama has been a
topic at a number of home-state meetings held by GOP lawmakers
this month. Sen. Tom Coburn is the latest to discuss the possibility.
On Wednesday, Senator Coburn
told a meeting of 300 constituents in Muskogee, Okla., that the
Obama administration is 'lawless' and that Mr. Obama himself is
'getting perilously close' to the constitutional standard for
'I quite frankly think he's
in a difficult position he's put himself in, and if it continues,
I think we're going to have another constitutional crisis in our
country in terms of the presidency,' Coburn said.
Impeachment has been a topic
at a number of Republican lawmaker home-state meetings this month.
Asked about the possibility of impeaching the president, Sen.
Ted Cruz (R) of Texas this week answered, 'That's a good question.'
Earlier in the month, Rep.
Blake Farenthold (R) of Texas said, 'If we were to impeach the
president tomorrow, we would probably get the votes in the House
of Representatives to do it.' In Michigan, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
(R) said that 'it would be a dream come true' to file impeachment
charges against Obama but that right now, he does not have enough
evidence to do so."
"ACLU Reveals FBI Hacking Contractors" by Pratap Chatterjee at ipsnews.net.
"James Bimen Associates
of Virginia and Harris Corporation of Florida have contracts with
the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to hack into computers
and phones of surveillance targets, according to Chris Soghoian,
principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union's
Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
'Bimen and Harris employees
actively hack into target computers for the FBI,' Soghoian told
Pleads Guilty to Selling FBI Access to U.S. Supercomputers"
David Kravets, wired.com.
"A 24-year-old Pennsylvania
hacker pleaded guilty . . . to accusations he tried to sell access
to Energy Department supercomputers he unlawfully accessed.
The defendant, who remains free pending a November sentencing
date, faces as much as 18 months behind bars under a plea deal (.pdf)
with Massachusetts federal authorities.
Among other exploits, Andrew
James Miller pleaded guilty to propositioning an undercover Federal
Bureau of Investigation agent during an online chat to pay him
$50,000 for 'root' access to the supercomputers at the National
Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at the Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab California.
Using the handle 'Green,' he pasted during the chat that he had
proof of access, the government said in an indictment. The research
center, which houses some of the world's most powerful computers,
offers high-end computing power for Energy Department-approved
The defendant, a member of
the hacking group Underground Intelligence Agency, was arrested
and indicted in June. A fellow member of the group, Robert Burns,
who went by the handle 'Intel,' assisted authorities with the
prosecution, court documents show."
Berkeley PD Ofc Byron White
On Thursday, August 22nd,
between midnight and 8 am, an unknown person or persons climbed
up two separate utility poles on the 1300 block of Curtis Street
and stole about 30' of co-axial communication cable. The
theft interrupted telephone and cable television service to numerous
homes in the surrounding area (BPD Case #13-48126).
According to AT&T, similar incidents have occurred in a nearby
city--where witnesses reported seeing a white boom-equipped utility
truck with workers wearing hard hats and orange safety vests that
appeared to be doing legitimate work.
Historically, thefts of copper increase along with the increase
its price/per pound. As the price of copper currently is
on the rise, we must be more vigilant. If you should witness
suspicious activity around utility poles and/or utility boxes,
please report this to the police department as soon as possible.
For Emergencies, dial 911.
For Non-Emergencies and to make police reports, dial (510) 981-5900.
"Three Chevrolets stolen from Monterey
auctions" Kurt Ernst,
"Despite the security
one would expect where six-, seven- and eight-figure cars gathered
for the weekend, three Chevrolets were reported stolen from the
recent Monterey auctions, an event that California Highway Patrol
spokesman Robert Lehman called "pretty rare," given
that he couldn't recall any other collector car thefts during
Monterey weekends past.
Taken from a fenced and secured
area at Russo and Steele's auction in Monterey was a red 1961
Impala SS 409 convertible wearing Idaho license plates reading
'SS409.' Described by the seller as "the only all-correct,
matching numbers example known to exist," the four-speed
manual transmission car had recently undergone a rotisserie restoration,
and was reportedly valued by the owner at $220,000. Offered for
sale on Friday, August 16, the rare and desirable convertible
failed to meet its undisclosed reserve price, and was taken from
the secured lot some time after crossing the stage around 8:45
Two Midwestern automotive
dealers suffered the loss of cars consigned to Mecum's Monterey
auction, located on the grounds of the Del Monte golf course in
Monterey. On Saturday, August 17, a white 1961 Chevrolet Impala
restomod, belonging to World of Wheels in Des Moines, Iowa, was
reported stolen during the night. The car featured a recent restoration,
and was fitted with a modified 383-cu.in. V-8 crate engine from
Summit Racing, a TCI 400 transmission, a four-core radiator, new
interior and exterior trim and a set of polished American Racing
wheels. The car's value was undisclosed, but a high bid of $50,000
failed to meet the car's reserve price.
Reported missing from the
Mecum lot on Sunday morning, August 18, was a pale yellow one-owner
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, said to be in unrestored condition after
42 years in storage. Though the exterior had benefited from a
single respray in the original factory colors, the car's interior
was said to be all-original. Previously part of the Richard Hubbard
Collection, the car was being offered for sale by Sam Pierce Chevrolet
in Muncie, Indiana. Reportedly valued at $65,000, the car received
a high bid of $50,000 when it crossed the block on Friday, August
16, but also failed to meet the reserve price.
All three vehicles were likely
targeted for the value of their parts, and the ease of which they
can be sold to unsuspecting hobbyists. While far more expensive
cars were plentiful at both auctions, parting out a 1949 Ferrari
166 Inter Berlinetta Coupe or a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder would
prove both risky and challenging, while parts from the missing
Chevrolets can be applied to a far wider range of vehicles. Those
with information on the thefts should contact the Monterey office
of the California Highway Patrol at 831-796-2100.
Data conference in Berkeley attracting world wide audience"
Ed Coghlan at cafwd.org.
"If you think you're hearing the term 'Open Data' a lot more,
well, that's a good thing. The increase in emphasis on getting
more public information into the hands of California residents
is a key tenet for improving how the state is governed.
A big part of what we do at California Forward is to press for
more access to data so that people can make sure their governments
are being held accountable for results.
The Open Data topic will
get a full hearing on September 12 at UC Berkeley as a full day
exploring the importance that open data can have on improving
governance. It is being organized by the Institute of Government
Studies and CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative in a unique
collaboration between Berkeley's social science and engineering
California Lt. Governor Gavin
Newsom and the Vice President of Corporate Citizenship for IBM,
Stanley Litow, will be among the featured speakers. A full day's
agenda highlights 27 separate speakers and panelists at the event
which will be held in the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
at UC Berkeley. The speakers will represent all levels of government,
software firms, nonprofit and public interest organizations, as
well as academia.
'The conference features
leading experts from the United States and abroad addressing all
aspects of the open data movement as a means to increase transparency
and civic participation,' said Kristin Connelly, who directs California
Forward's public accountability programs.
Technology has created a
great opportunity to increase transparency and the people's understanding
of how their government and organizations work. The open data
movement increases the potential accountability and citizen participation
through greater transparency and by generating more effective,
crowd-sourced solutions to public problems."
We might start by FULLY accepting
that we are in a broad and violent global conflict, including
constant and successful guerilla attacks in our country.
The History of Labor Day in the U.S.
Labor Day: How it Came About;
What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the
labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements
of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute
to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity,
and well-being of our country.
Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor
Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal
ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement
developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first
state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the
first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887.
During the year four more states - Colorado, Massachusetts, New
Jersey, and New York - created the Labor Day holiday by legislative
enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and
Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted
the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year,
Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of
each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after
the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to
who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of
the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the
American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to
honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved
all the grandeur we behold."
But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged.
Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire,
founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention
that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the
International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed
the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central
Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor
Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to
plan a demonstration and picnic.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September
5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the
Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor
Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
"Fast-food workers to stage walkouts in
cities nationwide to demand higher pay" at washingtonpost.com.
in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking
Organizers say thousands
of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities
around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's,
Taco Bell and Wendy's to pay workers higher wages.
It's expected be the largest
nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers.
The biggest effort so far was over the summer when about 2,200
of the nation's millions of fast-food workers staged a one-day
strike in seven cities.
Thursday's planned walkouts
follow a series of strikes that began last November in New York
City, then spread to cities including Chicago, Detroit and Seattle.
Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000
a year for full-time employees. That's more than double the federal
minimum wage, which many fast food workers make, of $7.25 an hour,
or $15,000 a year."
"Oops there goes another
rubber tree, oops there goes another rubber tree plant!"
is a lyric in "High
Hopes" from a Frank Sinatra 1959 movie.
Ofc Jennifer Coats Berkeley PD emails
Berkeley Police Department
The City of Berkeley Police
Department (BPD) will be holding a Driving Under the Influence
checkpoint, Thursday, August 29, 2013.
The checkpoint will be held on San Pablo Avenue at Haskell Street.
Participating Officers will begin operations at 8:00 p.m. and
checkpoint until approximately 2:00 a.m. Funding for this program
provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety,
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Driving impaired is extremely dangerous and the consequences are
real. Impaired drivers can kill themselves and others, and the
financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired
During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in
vehicle traffic collision involving impaired drivers.
BPD is urging the community to report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1.
"Obama administration will not block state
marijuana laws, if distribution is regulated" by Brady Dennis, washingtonpost.com.
The Obama administration
on Thursday said it will not stand in the way of Colorado, Washington
and other states where voters have supported legalizing marijuana
either for medical or recreational use, as long as those states
maintain strict rules involving distribution of the drug.
In a memo sent Thursday to
U.S. attorneys in all 50 states, Deputy Attorney General James
M. Cole detailed the administration's new stance, even as he reiterated
that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. "
A "socialist democracy"
with a lean, vibrant and growing capitalist economy presents "The
Swedish model for economic recovery" C. Fred Bergsten,
(C. Fred Bergsten is a senior
fellow and director emeritus at the Peterson Institute for International
"Europe has been the
source of unremitting gloom and doom for four years. The euro
crisis has threatened the global economy. Most Americans, and
many Europeans, have become exasperated with European nations'
failure to respond decisively to their troubles.
So it is a refreshing - and
brilliant - decision by President Obama to visit Sweden and meet
with Scandinavian prime ministers en route to next week's Group
of 20 summit in Russia. Sweden escaped the crisis in its neighborhood,
and it quickly restored steady and stable growth. It presents
a proven model for the types of reforms needed in much of Europe
and many other parts of the world, including the United States,
and Obama should carry this success story to the full G-20.
Sweden was the world's third-richest
country in 1968 but became a massive welfare state in the 1970s
and 1980s and a prototype for how not to run an economy. It slid
to No. 17 in the global income rankings and experienced a deep
financial and real estate crisis in 1991, according to a 2012
study from the Research Institute of Industrial Economics. To
its enormous credit, Sweden reversed course with consummate skill
and political courage; it has become a paragon of sensible economic
and social policy.
Sweden's economic growth
has been much higher than that of the rest of Western Europe,
or the United States, since 2006. Data from the International
Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development show that Sweden has one of the lowest inflation rates
in Europe; it runs a budget surplus every year; its corporate
tax rates are considerably lower than U.S. rates; and it spends
more on research and development, as a share of its economy, than
we do. Its firms are highly competitive in the world economy,
and it runs sizable current-account surpluse."
Steve Donaldson emails from
the Bay Bridge Retrofit website
The self-proclaimed Emperor
Norton was a celebrated and highly eccentric citizen of San Francisco
and the first to decree that a suspension bridge be constructed
to connect Oakland to San Francisco. On September 17, 1872 he
we issued our decree ordering the citizens of San Francisco and
Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge
from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel; and to
ascertain which is the best project; and whereas the said citizens
have hitherto neglected to notice our said decree; and whereas
we are determined our authority shall be fully respected; now,
therefore, we do hereby command the arrest by the army of both
the Boards of City Fathers if they persist in neglecting our decrees."
Well, this didn't happen
until 1936 but he had a vision.
in warehouse front accompanied by raw "natural gas"
odor. Raw"natural gas" odor has occurred intermittently
for the last week or so.
irritant in in warehouse front, light head. 9:55 AM--VERY SERIOUS,
in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation. 1:07 AM--similar.
9:24 AM--similar. 11:59 AM--similar. 2:31 PM--similar with raw
"natural gas" odor. 8:56 PM--similar, VERY SERIOUS.
9:32 PM--similar, VERY, VERY SERIOUS.
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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 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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