Latino Heritage




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 emails

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.
Best regards,
Andy G.




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 in Palestine

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 at policeone.com"Understanding 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, California.

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 Madeline Wordes.

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 arrest' policies.

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 police reports.

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 Justice Center.

Davon Faison, who turned himself in four months after the shooting, on June 19, 2008, will be sentenced Oct. 8."

"Green day's Idiot musical gets extended run" is a story at moneytimes.com.

"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 demand' ".


"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. "












The average browsing time per reader on Tuesday was 20 minutes for a total of 3477 hits.


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 span. 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, draw a birthday card or jot down some design ideas, Scribbles can help bring your imagination to life."



"California Golden Bears: The Ready for Primetime Players?" 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."



post from the past


Happy Birthday Gracie

Gracie as a pup some two years ago RP











Pete Hurney's

studio corner


Pete Hurney emails

At midnight tonight (September the 10th) on radio station KALX 90.7 FM, Berkeley we'll be having yet another ride on the Midnight Ukulele Express. An hour of music by bands that all incorperate the ukulele into their sound one way or another.
    There's a new release by Jake Shimabukuro (usually you won't hear Hawaiian uke on the show but we'll make an exception).
     We'll hear some tunes off of the new comp "Square Pegs & Round Holes" which is a  recording by the ukulele community benefiting the American Aspergers Association. On it a bunch of our favorite artists have contributed some new and wonderful material.
    And a very interesting teenager, Killian Mansfield  who picked up the uke while battling cancer recorded a dream album on which he plays the ukulele while being accompanied by the likes of such musicians as Dr. John, John Sebastian and Kate Pierson (B-52's) and others.
    Tune in if you're up that late and if not we've started archiving the episodes which will be posted in a couple of days, at archive.org; search for Midnight Ukulele Express.
    Radio station KALX can be streamed live online at kalx.berkeley.edu.
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore



Rumor has it that the local movie studio is working on Twilight--New Moon. a "Tweener vampire flick." It is good challenging work keeping the staff busy. The film is based on a story by Stephanie Meyers.


A local restaurant on national TV soon?



"Khosla's bet on cleantech looks speculative" opines Lance Knobel at reuters.com.

"Berkeley, California, If the world is counting on innovative companies to solve global warming, we may be in trouble. Venture investment in cleantech is slumping."



"Teen Arrested, Two Others Sought After Brief Police Pursuit" is a Bay City News story in our Planet.

" Berkeley police have arrested a 17-year-old boy and are seeking two other suspects in connection with a brief car chase this morning in which a gun may have fired by accident, a police spokesperson said.

The chase began at about 3:30 a.m. after an officer attempted to pull over a silver, four-door Honda Civic in the area of 10th and Gilman streets for a traffic violation, the police spokesperson Officer Andrew Frankel said."














Eat a GRAYSON BURGER and "Be on TV"

On Tuesday September 15th, the Food Network will be taping at 900 GRAYSON. 900 will be featured on one of the future "Diners, Dives and Drive-ins" shows. Judging from past experiences, the crew could be there all day.

And Monday, 900's Chef Eric will be with the show's crew tail-gating at the Coliseum before the Raider's game. 

Check 'em out!



"Zoning Board to Review Pacific Steel Use Permit" by Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.

"The Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board will review Pacific Steel Casting's use permit at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 10.

According to a report prepared by the city's planning staff, Pacific Steel, located at 1421 Second St., is not in violation of its use permit."



"Media Downsizings To Set New Record" is a story by Richard Brenneman in our Planet.







Yesterday's average browsing time was one hour.


"Hedges' 'Empire' overrun by celebrity-worshipping, consumerism and corporate greed" is a rewiew by Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Real power in America doesn't reside in citizens or the government, but in corporations.

So argues Chris Hedges in his new book, 'Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.'

Hardly a revelation.

Anticorporate jeremiads have become a dime a dozen in this, the year of our economic discontent. Hedges is no garden-variety prophet. The Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times foreign correspondent has written a trenchantly argued critique of the near-destruction of the American dream by unfette'ed capitalism.

Hedges, whose previous books include 'American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America' and 'War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," not only shows how corporations wield power, he also examines how they manipulate and reshape the individual's sense of self.

Speaking by phone from his home in Princeton, N.J., Hedges says consumerist ideology has blinded Americans to reality. 'Our manufacturing base has been destroyed. Tens of millions of Americans live in real or near poverty. Our infrastructure is collapsing,' he says. 'We have massive deficits that we can never repay. ... And we have a permanent war economy' that eats up 'half our discretionary spending.'"



"A Solitary, Singular Life" is an appreciation by Michael J. Ybarra at wsj.com.

"The centerpiece of an absorbing new exhibit at the Eastern California Museum is a hat. It's a brown felt campaign hat-wide brimmed, well-stained and dented-that belonged to Norman Clyde, a legendary California mountaineer who made John Muir look like a weekend warrior. The hat reposes in a case, along with a huge pair of snowshoes, crude skis, a four-foot-tall ice ax and a .22 pistol-items that were seldom still during the six decades that Clyde hiked, skied and climbed throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains, which rise steeply in a jagged crest to the west of this small town."



"Google Economist Sees Good Signs in Searches:Jobless Queries Down, Real Estate Up" by Cecilia Kang, Washington Post Staff Writer.

"Google chief economist Hal Varian is pretty confident the national economy is recovering, and he's not just basing that on government data.

He says he can tell from Americans' search habits."



"Last California fuchsias standing" is a story by Joe Eaton and Ron Sullivan at sfgate.com.

"One downside to gardening with California native plants is that your garden reflects the state of the natural world, like it or not. By August and September, annuals and bulbs will be long out of bloom, and things will be looking a little threadbare."



"The Sweet Street Gals, Jessie and Allison, are excited to team up with Cardstore.com to offer great ways to personalize their unique line of greeting cards. The online holiday cards, Christmas cards, and photo cards retailer will be featuring a collection of birthday announcements, holiday cards, invitations, stationery, thank you notes, and wedding cards from the artists. The Sweet Street Gals present designs in bright colors and simple shapes that are fun and playful" is a press release about a Berkeley on-line store at uk.sys-con.com. Full story is here.



"For a small business such as the solar panel installer A1 Sun, based in Berkeley, Calif., using an all-electric low speed vehicle is a great way to reduce the company's carbon footprint. CEO Larry Giustino purchased a Zenn car two years ago from Berkeley's only all electric vehicle dealer because it was the only 'real car' that was available. The Zenn's maximum speed is only 25 miles per hour, but Guistino noted that there are times when an extra 10 mph ­- or having a highway-capable vehicle -- would be beneficial to his business" writes Sarah Terry-Cobo at reuters.com. Full story here.



"Artisana Raw Tahini Recalled for Salmonella" is a report at infernonews.com.

"Premier Organics of Berkeley, California is recalling 840 cases of Artisana Raw Tahini over concerns of Salmonella contamination, the Georgia Department of Agriculture just announced."













Will Glenn Yasuda be invovlved in Kava's project to-be-built-on-the junk-yard-lot? Well,the lot's right across the street from the Bowl.

Hold this thought.




"Expanding the conversation between liberals and conservatives" opines Howard Owens at thebatavian.com.

"Universities have a reputation of being bastions of liberalism. Even in my private, evangelically oriented college, there was little evidence that the faculty considered conservatism to have much of an intellectual underpinning. Everything I learned about Edmund Burke I studied in a community college or after entering the work world.

And of course, the epicenter of liberalism is the University of California at Berkeley. So, would you be surprised to learn that Berkeley is adding a course on the study of 'right wing movements.' "




"Long before the 'climate change' became a part of the vernacular, a team of biologists from the University of California, Berkeley were already in the process of documenting it." is by Wayne Freedman at abclocal.go.com.

"Ecologist Joseph Grinnell could not have known that in 1911, or even in 1929, but the work he did in those years has provided a baseline for studies today. "



"Firoozeh Dumas our chat guest today" is an interview by Nazy Kaviani at iranian.com.

."Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. Firoozeh then attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman."



"With Soap and Water or Sanitizer, a Cleaning That Can Stave Off the Flu"
is a report at nytimes.com.

"It sounds so simple as to be innocuous, a throwaway line in public-health warnings about swine flu. But one of the most powerful weapons against the new H1N1 virus is summed up in a three-word phrase you first heard from your mother: wash your hands."




post from the past


Caffé Trieste is open!


Photos of the morning of opening day









Today, Bayer will announce whether it will continue to develop its hemophilia drug.

Produced in Potter Creek the decision will largely determine if Bayer will continue to manufacture here. According to sources, Bayer will need to invest 100m in retooling.

 If the state and Berkeley approve an extension of the Oakland Enterprise Zone Bayer would receive about 18m in tax credits if they remain and retool here. 
Our city council will take up the Enterprise Zone at its next meeting.



Yesterday, Marin County Sheriff deputies attempted to confiscate records at our San Pablo Avenue Berkeley Patient's Group's medical marijuana facility. They were unsuccessful, as according to sources, "no records are kept here."




the foodnet

yesterday, setting up for the taping of "Diners, Dives and Drive-ins" at 900 GRAYSON

photo essay here


yesterday Libby emailed

Hi Ron,
Please give 900 Grayson my congratulations! Tell them I'm envious that they get to spend a day with my celebrity chef crush, Guy Fieri!



post from the past

Carmen emails,


I'm trying to get the email of Jarad & Eva. That's my kitty cat in the picture. I' m at . . . . I can be reached at . . . . My name is Carmen. The cat answeras to "Rosa."


Jarad emails

Hi Ron,

Thanks for sending over Carmen's email & phone number. I spoke with her today about her cat Rosa and found out fun interesting stuff about my cats in the process.

We never would have connected if you hadn't done that "post from the past" on the cat, so I appreciate that.

Carmen, so that you and your husband have our info in case you need to call us if you see one of our cats in trouble, I've listed our info.

We'll give you a call (possibly later this week) to see if you are around so that we can walk over and introduce ourselves.

Jarad & Eva Carleton



Also yesterday, I was offered office-space for a three-years-off mayoral campaign, and independently, a twelve-pack of Pyramid Juggernaut Red Ale.

I took the Red Ale.













According to yesterday afternoon's press release Bayer IS going to make a 100m investment in their Berkeley, Potter Creek site.

Well Ok then.

"East bay officials act fast to keep Bayer jobs" reports Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Bayer HealthCare said Wednesday that it will spend more than $100 million over the next four years to modernize a biotech manufacturing plant that employs 1,400 people in Berkeley, thanks to a $10 million incentive package crafted in record time by East Bay elected officials."



CEID director, Jill emails


Kubik emails last night

The prostitution is out of control on San Pablo near Pardee and Grayson.

Moments ago I returned home and there were three prostitutes in the one block between Pardee and Grayson.
One was getting in a car with a John, another was at the bus stop, and the third strutting along the block.
My wife told me she had called in a fourth one a half hour earlier. The trash and condoms in the street give further  
evidence of this increase.    
     This is looking like the situation we had in 2004 when we were overwhelmed with prostitutes.  Please help us out here.

Bob Kubik and Carol Whitman, 981-9239


our Chief of Police, Douglas N. Hambleton emails this morning

I have referred this to Patrol for action by the beat officers, to the Special Enforcement Unit for action by our vice investigators, and to Area Coordinator - Officer Karen Buckheit.


Well,Ok then! RP




"California Shakespeare Theater Announces its 2010 Season" is a thorough review of the coming season at losangeles.broadwayworld.com.

"California Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone today announced his plans for his 10th anniversary season, which includes the company's first world premiere in more than 25 years, a return to the provocative comedy of George Bernard Shaw, and brand-new productions featuring two of Shakespeare's most intriguing couples."



"Cal centralizes research admin, cuts jobs" is by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.


"UC Berkeley Launches Investment Unit" is a report at emii.com.

"University of California, Berkeley Foundation has created an investment management unit, UC Berkeley Management, P&I reports. The latter will manage the $738 million portion of the university's $2.3 billion endowment not managed by the University of California regents.

UC Berkeley Management has hired John-Austin Saviano as president and CIO. It will be managed by a five-member board of directors, headed by Janet McKinley, ex-director of Capital Research and Management."



"Why capitalism fails. The man who saw the meltdown coming had another troubling insight: it will happen again" by Stephen Mihm, Boston Globe Correspondent.






Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.


Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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.



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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