after 9/7 here,
after 9/15 here, after 9/25 here
First day of school
Ninth Street Campus
from the Bowl restaurant
"Kermit Lynch rocks!" is a story at dallasnews.com. "And
plays blues, country, folk and more. Kermit Lynch, the legendary
Berkeley, California wine importer, owner of Kermit Lynch Wine
Merchant and author of 'Adventures on the Wine Route,' will release
a CD this fall, and has chosen a Texas wine shop as the venue
for his record release party.
Lynch will be celebrating
the release of 'Man's Temptation' on Monday, November 9 at a party
at Vino Vino in Austin."
Our Councilman, Darryl Moore
emails his update (excerpts)
Have You Considered a Career
in Public Safety?
This exciting training course combines 150 hours of classroom
time with 50 hours of clinical observation with hospitals, fire
departments and ambulance services. Students will learn how to
provide basic emergency care to patients with acute illnesses
or injuries. Successful students will be prepared to take the
national board exam needed to become a California State certified
EMT. Students must be able to pass a state background check in
order to be certified.
Adult School Office: 510.644.6130
1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Fall Session Begins 09/14/09:
Mandatory Orientation 9/11, 0830-1130a
Winter Session Begins 01/08/2010:
Mandatory Orientation 01/06/10, 530-830p
Financial aid is available in limited amounts.
Contact the Berkeley Fire Fighters Association for more information;
Sponsored by the
Berkeley Adult School, the San Francisco Paramedic Association
and the Berkeley Fire Department.
Berkeley loves its libraries,
and the Berkeley Public Library invites the whole community to
attend the first of many neighborhood meetings to discuss branch
Please come and
share ideas, meet the architects, learn about the projects' scopes,
and ask questions. We value your input!
1901 Russell Street at MLK, Jr. Way
Thursday, September 17th
6:30 8:00 PM
1170 The Alameda at Hopkins
Wednesday, September 23rd
6:30 8:00 PM
Library is embarking on a most vital program to renovate, expand
and make structural, seismic and access improvements at its four
branch libraries as well as the Tool Lending Library, including
the restoration and refurbishment of historic features.
The neighborhood branch library buildings are in great need of
these upgrades in order to make them not only seismically safe
and ADA-accessible but also updated to meet modern library users'
needs. "This is a tremendously exciting time for the
Berkeley Public Library and the entire community," said Board
of Library Trustees President and City Councilmember Darryl Moore.
"Within just a few years Berkeley will have safe, accessible,
and modern neighborhood libraries for the new millennium.
Community members with whom I have spoken are thrilled to know
that their branch library buildings will be safer, easier to use,
more modern, and more comfortable."
During Spring 2009 selections were made by the Board of Library
Trustees, and approved by the City Council, of Architectural Resources
Group (www.argsf.com/) in Association with Tom Eliot Fisch (http://www.tomeliotfisch.com/)
as the architectural design team for North Branch and Field Paoli
(www.fieldpaoli.com/) as the architectural design team for South
Branch and Tool Lending Library. Architectural Resources
Group has a wealth of experience in doing historic renovations,
including the renovation of the San Francisco Public Library's
Golden Gate Valley Branch and the historic Angel Island Immigration
Station. Field Paoli has designed many public libraries
and neighborhood community buildings, including San Jose Public
Library's Almaden Library & Community Center.
In support of the Berkeley Public Library's Branch Renovation
Program, the Berkeley Public Library Foundation (BPLF) has undertaken
a $3 million capital campaign that will fund all furniture,
fixtures and equipment vital to the life of each branch.
"The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is thrilled to begin
this campaign. The branches need to be updated. We are excited
to help complete the transformation of one of our community's
greatest treasures," said BPLF Executive Director Roxanne
The City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Public Library look
forward to engaging the whole community in the expansion and renovation
of their Berkeley Public Library neighborhood branch libraries.
For updates on the branch projects, please check bulletin boards
in any neighborhood branch location or online at, please got to
http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org/ and click on Branch Renovation
Projects. To receive updates by email, please contact Alan
Bern, Community Relations Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few announcements from
the Berkeley Climate Action Team
To learn more about
the Berkeley Climate Action Plan please visit www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org
Berkeley Climate Action Plan Executive Summary available in hard
The Berkeley Climate Action Plan was unanimously adopted by City
Council on June 2, 2009. Hard copies of the Executive Summary
are available for distribution and can be picked up at 2120 Milvia
St. Please reply to this email if you or your organization
would like one or several copies to distribute.
Limited hard copies of the full Climate Action Plan report will
also be available soon.
The Climate Action Plan is also available online at www.BerkeleyClimateAction.org.
Berkeley, Get Off Your Gas
The City of Berkley
is once again hosting a natural gas efficiency contest for the
winter of 2009-2010. All Berkeley residents (renters and
home owners) who receive PG&E natural gas service are encouraged
to start now to reduce their winter natural gas consumption by
making deep energy improvements in their homes and apartments,
from draft-sealing and insulating to turning down water heater
temperatures to 120 F. and insulating water pipes and heating
Prizes will be awarded to contestants who reduce their natural
gas consumption from last winter (percentage of reduction, or
lowest overall gas bill), or who devise creative ways to reduce
their consumption. Last year's prizes included theater tickets,
gift baskets, coupons to the Berkeley Farmer's Market, and free
home energy testing valued at over $500.
Applicants are encouraged to attend the Home Performance Workshops
listed above in this email, to learn how to maximize energy savings,
increase comfort, and improve indoor air quality.
Applications will be available online in February 2010, but you
must make the improvements NOW to be competitive. For more
information, please contact the Contest Manager at Energy@CityofBerkeley.info
or call 510-981-7435.
Councilmember, District 2
So, if I run for mayor, I'd
be telling fairytales?
30-40K a year for story telling,
. . . hmmm
Da Boz emails The Bates Update
Area Plan - Next Steps
August, 2009: Opponents of Berkeley's new Downtown Area
Plan, which could revitalize downtown and help the city meets
its climate-change goals, have gathered enough signatures to put
the issue on the ballot.
It now appears that there are three options for the Council to
consider: 1) Berkeley City Council can rescind the original Downtown
Area Plan entirely, 2) Council can rescind the Downtown Area Plan
and adopt a modified plan or 3) the Downtown Area Plan can be
put on the ballot in June 2010.
Stay tuned for
For more information
on the subject, please see the following articles:
- East Bay Express, July 1, 2009 - You're not an Environmentalist...
by Robert Gammon
- The Daily Californian, August 10, 2009 - Overdue by Senior Editorial
Vacancy on the Berkeley Housing
Authority (BHA) Board of Commissioners
August, 2009: Mayor Tom Bates is seeking a Berkeley
resident to appoint to Berkeley's Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
The Berkeley Housing Authority administers approximately 1,939
subsidized rental-housing units through the Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher program and the Moderate Rehabilitation SRO program.
The Berkeley Housing Authority also owns and manages 75 units
of public housing. For more information about the Berkeley Housing
Authority, please go to:
Interested candidates are asked to send a resume with cover letter
via email, fax, or mail to:
Office of Mayor Tom Bates
2180 Milvia St. 5th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 981-7100
Fax: (510) 981-7199
5th Annual Volunteer Mobilization
August 25 2009: On Tuesday, August 25, more than 85 incoming
graduate students in public health spent the afternoon performing
public service at nonprofit organizations throughout Berkeley
as part of the 5th annual UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Volunteer Mobilization Day. The event is sponsored by the UC Berkeley
School of Public Health and the Berkeley Mayor's Office.
It is a great opportunity for the public heath students to get
to know and provide a helping hand to Berkeley's community service
"Hancock and Bates -- political marriage" by Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune columnist.
"What do the mayor of
Berkeley and the state senator from California's 9th District
have in common? Well, besides being married to each other, Tom
Bates and Loni Hancock have walked the same paths politically,
nearly tripping over each other."
"People making a difference: Dara O'Rourke:This
consumer advocate teams up with analysts and rates products to
make shoppers smarter" is
by Michael B. Farrell Staff writer of The Christian Science
"Dara O'Rourke wants
to change the way we shop. He already is spurring a growing number
of cautious consumers to think twice about what they buy
from soap to soup, detergent to deodorant. Mr. O'Rourke is cofounder
of a website and iPhone app called GoodGuide, a sort of CliffsNotes
to the confounding and complex world of ingredients typically
but not always found listed on the back of everyday
"World's smallest laser created by scientists.
Scientists have created the world's smallest laser after they
squeezed light into a space smaller than a protein molecule"
is a report at telegraph,uk.com.
The breakthrough heralds
a revolution in optical technology, paving the way to 'nanolasers'
that can probe and manipulate DNA, and super-fast computers and
"Berkeley Police Officers Played Key Role
in Ending Kidnap Saga" is
a report at insidehighered.com.
"The rescue of Jaycee
Lee Dugard, kidnapped at age 11 in 1991 and freed only last week,
has captured widespread attention. Her rescue is due in large
part to the work of two police officers at the University of California
at Berkeley: Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs."
"Girl's abduction offers lesson in trusting
gut feelings" opines
Marjorie Cortez at deseretnews.com.
"If we've learned anything
about the abduction - and the 18-year captivity of Jaycee Lee
Dugard - it's that you ought to follow your gut feelings."
post from the past
Jarad and Eva email
This beautiful cat has been a
non-aggressive playmate for our cats for several months now.
It looks skinnier than in the Spring of this year. We are wondering
if anyone has info on a possible owner for the cat.
It comes by to visit multiple times a day at 2335 10th Street
and has even invited itself indoors when we are home with the
back door open.
If it is an abandoned stray (very friendly, but cautious), we'll
need to try and find a home for it before the weather turns.
The cat is very tall, sleek, elegant looking that reminds
us of an Egyptian statue. If you have any info, please let us
Jarad & Eva
posts from the past
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY
Claudia and Cameron just
got a review of The Bark in Magazine Rack. Read it here at
There is a bulletin board
at the Bowl just outside the restaurant on the wall facing the
parking area--neighbors are encouraged to post.
There was a block power outage
in Potter Creek Sunday PM/Monday AM. It lasted about an hour.
Looks like a new roof for
Andrew and Karen.
"New Berkeley Bowl dares to stand out" is a review of the West Berkeley Bowl's design
by John King at sfgate.com.
"Here's what I like
about the architecture of the new Berkeley Bowl: I notice that
it's there. And in a world where most large retail boxes are designed
to put you to sleep, that's quite an accomplishment."
Anticipation of the review
gave Kava a restless night, Kava said.
"The price is high when taste comes first"
by Samin Nosrat, Special
to The Chronicle.
"Samin Nosrat was sous
chef at Eccolo until it closed last Saturday. Here she shares
what goes on behind the scenes as the restaurant struggled - and
ultimately failed - to survive.
As I watched my cooks pack
up their knives after Eccolo's final dinner service last Saturday,
the first tears of the night assaulted my eyes."
"This year, rankings don't rankle Tedford
so much" opines
Ray Ratto, Chronicle Staff Writer at sfgate.com.
Point to 5 Emerging Majors" is a story by Jack Kadden
If you're not sure that majoring
in English is going to pay off in the current economy, The Chronicle
of Higher Education offers a few alternatives what it calls
"five emerging areas of study" as cited by academic
experts, business analysts, and economic forecasters.
The new majors are service
science, health informatics, computational science, sustainability,
and public health."
"Redemption Song:Assessing the media version
of the Kennedy 'legacy'"
is by Christopher Hitchens at slate.com.
Refreshing analysis, bad
"Heisman Hopeful: Jahvid Best, California,
Jr" is a short story
"Best could be the nation's
most explosive player. He is the strongest Heisman Trophy candidate
on the West Coast after making seven runs of at least 60 yards
last season. If Best finds open field, he will eventually find
the end zone just about every time."
"Five Bay Area happy hour spots" is by Jessica Yadegaran in the Contra Costa
"In a time of great
uncertainty, there is one thing we can rely on as we head into
Indian summer. And it's not heat. It's happy hour.
The tradition has become
elevated in recent years, as Bay Area restaurants offer dinner-sized
appetizers and traditional bars add nibbles to their menus. These
days, imbibing after work and stuffing our gullets is almost an
"AC Transit Proposes Series of Line Cuts" is by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor of our Planet.
"Faced with falling revenues, AC Transit is proposing a series
of cuts and adjustments of service throughout the two-county bus
Susan Brooks emails
One of a kind Jewelry
& Works on Paper
2547 Eighth Street
# 24a (between Dwight and Parker) Berkeley
(The studio is
also open every Thursday 12-5, by appointment,
and the First Saturday of the month)
I will be joining
other artists and craftspeople in the
Sawtooth Building for Open Studios the First Saturday of each
Hope you can drop
2547 Eighth Street 24a
Berkeley, California 94710
Pacific Garbage Patch' expedition finds plastic,
by Paul Rogers at cctimes.com.
"Scientists who returned
to the Bay Area this week after an expedition to the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch brought piles of plastic debris they pulled from
the ocean - soda bottles, cracked patio chairs, Styrofoam chunks,
old toys, discarded fishing floats and tangled nets.
But what alarmed them most, they
said Tuesday, was the nearly inconceivable amount of tiny, confettilike
pieces of broken plastic. They took hundreds of water samples
from the Farallon Islands near San Francisco to the notorious
garbage patch 1,000 miles west of California, and every one had
tiny bits of plastic floating in it. And the closer they sailed
to the garbage patch, which some researchers have estimated to
be twice the size of Texas, the more plastic pieces per gallon
The first I heard of this
was maybe two years ago and it sounded so absurd I thought I was
being put on. Sadly, I wasn't. The guy who, it is clear now, scooped
all and hipped me to this was "Big John" Norheim, not
unknown for his straight-faced put-ons, however. RP
post from the past
Geoff, fellow record and motorcycle
collector, is a regular visitor to Potter Creek,
sometimes on his limited edition
Jackson, Steve and Patti
are moving from Potter Creek today, Saturday.
Last night, Friday, KTVU-TV
Channel 2 News at 5:30 reported on energy savings of our Berkeley
Bowl. PG&E estimates that the Bowl's solar panels will generate
about 150,000 kilowatts a year and presented a check to the Bowl
for 167K for electricity so far produced and returned to the grid.
Da Boz was there, lookin' good and presiding over the event.
removing telephone pole-supports
along Pardee, yesterday
"Green Day stage musical opens Friday" is a story at rockradio.com.
"The stage musical version
of Green Day's blockbuster 2004 album, American Idiot, opens on
Friday (September 4th) at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley,
California, with the theatre also announcing that the show's initial
run has been extended due to record-breaking ticket sales. According
to Green Day's publicist, the show will now play through November
1st after first being scheduled to close on October 11th. Tickets
for the new dates go on sale next Wednesday (September 9th)."
12 Cal opens season against Maryland" reports Josh Dubow,
AP Sports Writer at mercurynews.com
"For California, last
year's cross-country trip to play Maryland turned into a lost
weekend full of bad memories that still haunt the Golden Bears.
From the loss to an unranked
opponent to the sight of star Jahvid Best on his knees vomiting
following a hard hit, the 12th-ranked Bears feel like they owe
Maryland something when the two teams open their seasons Saturday
"Maryland @ No. 12 California: From East
to West" by Brett
Gellman at bleacherreport.com.
"While the California
Golden Bears defeated Washington State by a whopping 63-point
margin in the second week of college football last season, the
Maryland Terrapins suffered defeat from the unlikeliest of foes
in an ugly loss to Middle Tennessee State. Both teams were scheduled
to face each other the following week, with Cal being the obvious
favorite to win."
"Women's Soccer: Longhorns to face St.
Mary's, Berkeley. Family and friends to make trip to Northern
California to show off Longhorn spirit" by Laken Litman at dailytexan.com.
Sophomore Leah Payne is one
of many Longhorns who get to return to their home state of California
for games at Berkeley.
There will be more burnt
orange in the stands than expected at the University of California,
Berkeley this weekend.
That's because as the Texas
soccer team heads to the West Coast to play Saint Mary's and No.
14 Berkeley this weekend, six California-raised Longhorns will
get to see their families, all of whom will be there watching.
"Drowned Body Found Near Berkeley Marina" by Richard Brenneman, the Planet.
"Coast Guard crew members pulled a man's body from the waters
of San Francisco Bay near the Berkeley Marina Wednesday morning,
and investigators are trying to confirm if the body is that of
a possible suicide reported to Richmond Police Aug. 24."
Krispy Kreme's Pinole store
has closed. Life will never be the same!
The average browsing time
per page yesterday was 1 hour 42 minutes per reader.
"It's because it's so
complicated" said Lipofsky.
Kubik and Carol email
We live on Pardee a block
from San Pablo. In the last week I have called in five whores
and one pimp.
The trash and used rubbers in the street testify to a resurgence
of sex traffic in our neighborhood.
I see them mostly at 6:00 am and after 5:00 pm into the evening-
the corners at Grayson and Pardee
are central to their business.
The Center for the Education of the Infant
Deaf and the French American school as well as the
new Berkeley Bowl are in this neighborhood and there are
increasingly resident families. We do not
need this type of illegal business here. As you well know
drugs are often associated with prostitution.
Some years ago we were overwhelmed with prostitutes
and pimps and the police came to our rescue,
Please help us before this spins out of control again.
Bob Kubik and Carol Whitman
"Seen and Heard in Berkeley" is a little report at washingtonpost.com.
"It's always a great
scene in Berkeley, Calif. A cluster of fans gathered on Tightwad
Hill, the popular name for Charter Hill which rises to the east
of the stadium giving fans a great look at the game. The fraternity
houses were rocking around College Avenue and surrounding streets.
A little bit of a fog covered the top of the surrounding hills,
and temperatures may dip to around 50 degrees."
"Merchant agrees to candy ban" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"A Berkeley store owner
has agreed to stop selling candy bars and sodas to middle school
students who come to his store for a morning fix in a move school
officials say is a first in the city.
That means students seeking
Snickers, Twix or Coca-Cola will be out of luck from 8 to 9 a.m.
before they start their day at Longfellow Middle School.
Friendly Market owner Yaser
Musid, who has five kids of his own, said he will lose up to $100
a day in the deal. But he agreed with school counselor Rosina
Keren that keeping junk food away from kids before school is a
"Fine-tuning buildings' energy systems
urged" by Matthew
B. Stannard, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"What if there were
a way to save the nation $30 billion a year in energy costs, reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by more than 300 million tons a year
and create thousands of new jobs - using existing technologies
and at a price so cheap that it would pay for itself in the first
Evan Mills, a researcher
at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, says there already
is one: building commissioning, the art and science of maximizing
the energy efficiency of commercial buildings."
Maurice Sendak is everywhere" is a story by Jackie Burrell
at Contra Costa Times.
"Higglety pigglety pop!
And then there's Rosie, Max and his Wild Things, and Pierre, who
just didn't care.
Maurice Sendak's images and
plump-cheeked, irrepressible characters fill children's imaginations.
Even now, perhaps decades after their last perusal of "Where
the Wild Things Are," most adults can still recite entire
sections of Sendak's classic picture book with delight.
So there can be just one
reaction to the news that Spike Jonze's film version of Max and
the monsters will hit the cineplex Oct. 16, barely more than a
month after a major Sendak exhibit opens Sept. 8 at San Francisco's
Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Let the wild rumpus start."
posts from the past
Great Block Party yesterday
held by the work/live folks on 9th--good food, music and pretty
much 40 people at all times. At which, Lipofsky smart-cracked
about Cal's 45-31 victory over Tennessee "Not this much excitement
in Potter Creek since the Berkeley Bowl."
weekend in Potter Creek was peaceful with lots of folks out walking,
biking, skate-boarding, rollerskating and playing.
behind-Bob-and-Carol's-generator is now fitted with a high exhaust
stack--and for a while now has been running in what looks like
a large shipping container.
with the better-late-than-never, Kruse Plumbing's August 22 Green
Chamber of Commerce mixer was a smashing success with about 80
people in attendance from all over the Bay Area. It lasted three
hours and began with Dave Kruse introducing founder James Carter
who spoke about the organizations' goals--food and drinks were
Kruse' Controller organized the event. Diana is also a member
of the Green Chamber's Board of Directors. For information about
the the Green Chamber check out www.greenchamberofcommerce.net. They plan to meet every 2 months.
has leased warehouse space across from Consolidated Printing.
Mobility Systems stopped by yesterday morning. In addition
to providing transportation for the disabled for decades, Bill
raced dirt cars in 1980s/90s. I've been trying to get photos of
those days from him--he's still looking.
Our new mailwoman starts
The average browsing time
yesterday was 41 minutes per reader.
"It's like sitting next
to a piccolo player I thought to myself." That's the noise,
constant during the day, probably coming from the Bayer facility.
Carried on the wind, it's like it's across the street. The sound
has been noticed by Merryll, Morgan and Tracy, me and Marsha,
and Marvin who is four blocks downwind. The noise is REALLY annoying,
mostly because of it's pitch. Marvin talked to Bayer security
Saturday who said she'd called it in. MW biked around the Bayer
property and said you can't really hear it north of Pardee and
7th, but it's REALLY loud on Grayson at the Bayer south gate.
Patti Siri's few parting
words on moving from Potter Creek. "The people are real here.
At night with all the business gone it's deserted, I don't feel
safe. Steve likes being around all the workers, he was raised
in the mid-West, in Ohio."
Kubik's down but not out--his
Sunday I had a bike accident
- I've had worse, but I managed to break my helmet instead of
my head, and crack a rib.
Only a little road rash, but also a bruised hip. So, I won't
be at yoga or Pilates or weights for a while, in fact I've put
gym membership on hold until I can comfortably return. I'm
being well cared for by my resident nurse. The biggest problem
is sleeping at night due to the cracked rib.
I did it all by myself no one else was involved.
I'll probably be out for a month or six weeks. It
gives me a chance
to do a home practice on the yoga postures available to me.
I read about your friend Kubiks' bike accident and cracked rib.
My brother Gordie did the same thing last month, he too had trouble
sleeping. His solution, sleep in a recliner or lawn chair
or chaise lounge in an almost sitting up position.
He said he was all supported with pillows etc, not like trying
to sleep on an airplane. He did sleep well and the rib did
heal, and he is back to riding his electric bike
"Venice honour for Pixar directors" reports BBCNEWS.
"The animation directors
of Pixar studios have won the Venice Film Festival's lifetime
achievement award - the first team to be given the honour.
Chief creative officer John
Lasseter and its other directors are behind hits including Finding
Nemo and Toy Story.
Pixar has made 10 films,
four of which have won best animation Oscars. "
post from the past
About a film edited in Potter
Creek's Fantasy Studios Patricia Yollin writes
" The making of a feel-good film: 2 Bay Area women trace
the (shocking) history of vibrators
Bay Area filmmakers Wendy
Slick and Emiko
Omori never imagined that it would take more than seven years
to make a documentary about one electrical appliance. They were
Their subject was the history
'Wendy and I both came out
of the sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll
generation,' Omori said. 'We thought we knew it all. We hardly
I met Wendy and Emiko at
lunch a week or so ago at 900
GRAYSON. I was with Marvin and Ruth,
and Emiko, a friend of Ruth stopped at our table.
Marvin and Ruth were having
I'm told by several reliable
sources that Kava purchased the Hustead property last week from
the owner and that the "deal has closed." I'm also told
that Kava has no immediate plans other than cleaning up and then
leasing a south part to the Bowl "for parkng." I believe
the wrecking yard will be closed.
I'm also told that Flint
Ink has been "bought" and is in closing.
Berkeley PD Lt Greenwood
Thanks for putting (out the Eva Pena missing person bulletin).
Glad to report she was located in Oakland last Friday.
Sgt. Kusmiss let our folks know:
The missing person, Eva Pena, the subject of this earlier release
has just been located in Oakland. We wish to thank the community
and the media for their support.
a concerned mailworker emails
a heads up (excerpts)
Potter creek residences need
house numbers clearly visible from the side walk. No house
numbers, no mail delivery by substitute letter carriers.
(Applies to any houses on 900 Grayson.) . . .
Recently our routes have had blocks added from routes that
were abolished. We are pretty tired by the time we
finish our own added-onto route.
We, substitutes, do not guess what the address is suppose
to be for the house(s) without numbers visible from the side walk,
but just mark on the mail: "No number, no delivery."
Numbers painted on the curb "do not count", as
we walk on the sidewalk not in the street.
Some of us have been disciplined for delivering mail to an
incorrect house. It is our responsibility to correctly
deliver the mail to the correct house, but with no visible number
on the house or mail box we now bring the mail back
for the regular letter carrier . . .
Viva Burrows emails a link
to her web-page, shoot-to-edit, here.
Lead today is the thought
"The Deaf Community
A new idea I'm pondering.
A voice that is never heard in the politics of the Israeli Occupation
for more reasons than one. This will be a documentary film project
in collaboration with my sister, Nora Barrows-Friedman and her
friend Jennie. We have our first brainstorming session tonight.
What a powerful and visually stunning project this could be. Stay
tuned for updates! In the meantime, take a second to look at this
center in Gaza for families of deaf children called Atfaluna.
They do incredible work and hopefully they will be who we feature
in our film."
Extensive quote from a story
Domestic Violence: The 'arrest default position' for domestics."
"Data from the Berkeley
Police Domestic Violence Prevention Unit
The University of California (UC) Berkeley is generally recognized
as one of the best and most prestigious public universities in
America. The Berkeley, California census reports that Whites account
for 59.2 percent, Asians 16.4 percent, African-Americans 13.6
percent and Hispanics 9.7 percent of the population of Berkeley,
The report, Creating a Structured
Decision-Making Model for Police Intervention in Intimate Partner
Violence is the result of a collaborative effort between domestic
violence interveners, the Berkeley Police Department, and researcher
On page 12 of the MFSJ report,
the author questions what the implications of the DOJ default
arrest policy will be for poor men and men of color. The data
from Berkeley is quite clear about the ramifications of the default
arrest position. The data from Berkeley, when carefully read and
clearly understood, demonstrates that the DOJ and the African-American
community need to become concerned about DOJ sponsored 'default
On page 23, the Berkeley
report documents that while African-Americans account for only
13.6 percent [a little more than 1 in 10] of the population they
account for 68 percent of suspects almost 7 of 10] in domestic
violence police reports. Whites account for 59.2 percent of the
population and only 11 percent of [about 1 of 10] domestic violence
What is equally stunning
is that the data in the Berkeley report regarding the differential
of these arrests has been ignored by the DOJ and overlooked by
many researchers. These numbers represent real differentials that
can not be ignored. We need to understand what these differentials
represent. Do these differentials represent racial bias, cultural
differences, class inequity, or perhaps a combination of all three?
Regardless of the specific
context, circumstances, or characteristics of these arrests, they
may confirm the worst fears about the 'mass incarceration of poor
men and men of color' expressed in the MFSJ report (p. 12). The
DOJ needs to sponsor a study that justifies or explains to'the
African-American community, and in fact all Americans, the reasons
for these dramatic 'Berkeley differentials."
This Berkeley 'arrest as
a default position policy' takes place in one of the more, 'wealthy,'
and 'educated"'communities in America. The DOJ also needs
to examine just what this 'default arrest position' has created
in communities that are not as 'wealthy, or educated?' A 2004
National Institute of Justice report, When Violence Hits Home:
How Economics and Neighborhood Play a Role, documents; 'Because
a higher percentage of African-Americans live in disadvantaged
neighborhoods and face economic distress, they experience higher
rates of intimate violence compared with whites'(p. ii).
Safety and Preventative Concerns
The Berkeley report, as do an increasing number of others, raises
questions of the efficacy of making arrests for all domestic violence
incidents. In Berkeley the highest repeat abuse rates are found
for incidents where arrests are made despite the lack of evidence
[problem cause] that an assault had actually taken place (p. 26).
In Berkeley approximately
one in five (21 percent) arrests are being made where there is
no observable criminal behavior, no injury and there are implications
that the arrest exacerbated the conflict and did little to resolve
the underlying problems (p. 26).
This data demonstrates that
officers made arrests in these incidents that lack traditional
'probable cause' due to a department presumptive arrest policy
that encourages arrest for all domestic violence incidents, including
some incidents that may not have any physical contact (p. 10).'
The report also suggests
that arrest does not deter people who are 'heavily involved in
the criminal justice system' (p. 26). The report documents that,
'Suspects having a prior conviction for domestic violence also
shows a slightly higher recidivism rate than average (p. 33).'
The Berkeley study is a most
interesting and informative DOJ-sponsored report. The Berkeley
study supports the belief that arrest is a far too simple a solution
to what is a very complex and multifaceted problem. It is time
to question why so many negative outcomes of an 'arrest default
position' continue to fall silent on the ears of so many interveners,
researchers, and the DOJ."
"Berkeley teen convicted in murder of this
father" by Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"Charles Faison, of
Berkeley, was a hardworking father raising three kids on his own
when one of them, for reasons unknown, murdered him with a gunshot
to the head last summer, a prosecutor said Monday.
A judge last week found 16-year-old
Davon Faison guilty of first-degree murder with an enhancement
for using a gun in the death of his 40-year-old father, said Georgia
Santos, a deputy district attorney in the Alameda County Juvenile
Davon Faison, who turned
himself in four months after the shooting, on June 19, 2008, will
be sentenced Oct. 8."
day's Idiot musical gets extended run" is a story at
"Green Day's highly-anticipated
punk rock opera American Idiot is proving to be a hit with fans
- theatre bosses have extended its run by three weeks due to 'unprecedented
"Change sweeps through Bay Area performing
arts organizations" opines
Richard Scheinin at mercurynews.com.
"Longtime leaders are
out. Fresh blood is in. A changing of the guard is under way this
fall at a bevy of Bay Area arts groups - including San Francisco
Opera, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Cal Performances, to
name three with national cachet.
Winds of change don't often
blow so sweepingly through the cultural landscape. But with a
troubled economy and tighter budgets, the organizations are hoping
the fresh talents will connect with their established audiences
- and bring in new folks, too. Yet the margin for error is slim,
even for well-funded groups such as the opera. "
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Acme's Ken, who managed the
9th Street fleet of delivery trucks worked 75 hours on his five
day weekend with the closed Bay Bridge. Tuesday morning he came
to work at 2 AM planning for deliveries this morning with a still-closed
bridge. Bridge opened and Ken left and got some sleep.
"Kosher wines as special as the High Holidays" writes Jessica Yadegaran, Contra Costa Times.
"Last Rosh Hashana,
I took a bottle of Barons de Rothschild Haut-Medoc to my parents'
house for the sundown dinner. My brother-in-law eagerly filled
his cup with the fine, kosher wine. My sister, pregnant at the
time, sniffed it with envy. But, my father, ever the traditionalist
and the son of a rabbi, stuck to Manischewitz."
"Hello, Goodbye: Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
CEO Resigns" reports
Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"The new CEO for the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce has left
before he even arrived."
"Scribbles in TheMacBundles September Bundle" is a press release at prmac.com. "atebits
has announced that Scribbles is part of TheMacBundles September
bundle, along with 11 other fantastic Mac apps. Scribbles is a
drawing tool for everyone. Whether you want to sketch a cartoon,
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can help bring your imagination to life."
"California Golden Bears: The Ready for
opines Ian Chaffee at bleacherreport.com.
"Last Saturday in Berkeley,
spirits were running high, with the kind of spirit they haven't
had, well, one hopes, since 1959.
Maybe it was a result of
what is usually the longest offseason in all of major American
sport, producing an effect on the opening day of college football
akin to, ironically, the last day of school. Maybe it was because
everybody was another year older, and any (and, for the most part,
condoned) excuse to regress into post-adolescence is more welcome
than ever. Maybe, on a related topic, it was those long and tall
pours they give you at the campus pub The Bear's Lair.
Or, maybe, just maybe, there's
something special in the air about this season, something the
fans can't put their finger on just yet, but know they can feel."
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