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. "
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
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
as a pup some two years ago RP
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
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
"Khosla's bet on cleantech looks speculative"
opines Lance Knobel at
If the world is counting on innovative companies to solve global
warming, we may be in trouble. Venture investment in cleantech
"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.
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
"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
"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
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
Trieste is open!
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
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
yesterday, setting up for
the taping of "Diners, Dives and Drive-ins" at 900 GRAYSON
photo essay here
yesterday Libby emailed
Please give 900 Grayson my congratulations! Tell them I'm envious
that they get to spend a day with my celebrity chef crush, Guy
post from the past
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."
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
"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.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
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.
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
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