a surreal view
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
our David Snipper
relaxes after lunch on 900's
patio as the Tuesday taping goes on apace inside
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.
"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."
"Photo Call: Green Day's American Idiot
at Berkeley Rep"
by Andrew Ku at playbill.com.
"The world premiere
of American Idiot is being produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre
The show stars John Gallagher,
Jr., Michael Esper, Matt Caplan, Mary Faber, Rebecca Naomi Jones,
Tony Vincent and Christina Sajous.
Here is a first look at the
"Causes Recruits Message Systems for Enhanced
Messaging Capabilities:Popular Facebook application selects Message
Systems Momentum to manage up to 40 million messages per day and
ability to scale for future growth" is a report at businesswire.com.
"Message Systems, the
premier provider of holistic, fast and flexible message management
solutions, announced today that it has been selected by Causes,
for its best-in-class deliverability, scalability and reliability.
Headquartered in Berkeley,
California, Causes empowers anyone with a good idea or passion
for change to impact the world by mobilizing their network of
friends to grow lasting social and political movements. Causes'
Facebook application was launched on May 25, 2007. Since then,
the community has grown by more than 75 million people, and over
$11 million has been donated to nonprofits through the application.
Over 290,000 causes have been created by users on every topic
from breast cancer research to stopping genocide to supporting
"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."
"No. 8 Cal plans early departure to Minnesota"
is an AP report.
"California home sales fall 12 percent
in August" by Terence
Chea Associated Press Writer.
"Why capitalism fails. The man who saw
the meltdown coming had another troubling insight: it will happen
again" by Stephen
Mihm, Boston Globe Correspondent.
"It's taken eight months and some of California's
brightest minds. But there are recommendations on the table to
overhaul the state's tax code. The so-called commission on 'The
21st Century Economy' met in Berkeley to put the finishing touches
on the plan" is
a report at abc7news.com.
our fruit tree
is at full bloom in September
I play a lot of Bach on the
I'm not sure, but there's
a scientific explanation
no really, it's magic
"Berkeley to be a little less Berkeley" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice. "Organizers
of the How Berkeley Can You Be!? event, billed as 'the world's
zaniest parade' have canceled this year's festival, which was
slated for Sept. 27"
Prolly time. RP
900 GRAYSON gets mentioned again as do others here at mercurynews.com.
"The following are shortened
versions of recent full-length restaurant reviews. The date the
original review ran and its overall rating is in parentheses.
If there are more stars than dollar signs, consider it a good
value. . . .
900 Grayson, 900 Grayson
St., Berkeley. 510-704-9900. Concealed in a little red building
is casual dining with an oasis of scrumptious breakfast and lunch
fare. Classic American fare meets pizazz (buttermilk waffles topped
with spicy fried chicken and cream gravy) and a few sophisticated
touches (salad with omelet). Exquisite soups and salads blend
fresh ingredients and new dimensions of texture. Despite a laid-back
vibe and harried service during rush periods, the food shows a
refined hand in the kitchen. $$. (HHH on 11/14/08) . . .
Imperial Tea Court, 1511
Shattuck Ave. (in the Epicurious Garden food court), Berkeley.
510-540-8888; www.imperialtea.com. Open since 2006, this Berkeley
spinoff of Roy and Grace Fong's San Francisco Ferry Building tea
shop offers mostly Beijing-style dim sum and other dishes that
serve as tasty accompaniments to the high-quality house teas.
Choose from more than three dozen, ranging from delicate white
teas to earthy puerhs, served in traditional lidded gaiwan cups.
Much of the cooking incorporates tea in some form. Delicate Hong
Kong-style shrimp dumplings, one of two southern dishes, contain
jasmine tea leaves, while pork-filled Dragon Well dumplings include
a refreshing spoonful of green tea. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Full bar and delicious wine list. $$. (HH on 6/13/09)."
"California's Bancroft Hotel Embarks On
is a story at hotelsmag.com.
"The Bancroft Hotel,
a National Registered Landmark and a premier boutique hotel based
in Berkeley, California, has teamed up with The Refinishing Touch
to update furniture as part of a large-scale renovation project.
The Bancroft Hotel was built
in 1928, was designed by noted Bay Area architect Walter T. Steilberg,
and has come to be known for its historic charm, personalized
service and eco-friendly practices. Located directly across the
street from the University of California at Berkeley and next
door to the Berkeley Art Museum, the Bancroft is part of the rich
and diverse history of the Bay Area."
"California must go bankrupt. The only
solution from the inevitable is the inevitable" opines John Dvorak at marketwatch.com.
". . . . But will the
all-important tech firms abandon the state if the situation continues
to deteriorate? This should be a major concern.
I was quite alarmed visiting
the once-bustling 4th Street corridor in Berkeley, where the largest
restaurant in the area was shuttered, along with numerous boutiques
and small shops. This has driven all the stores to adopt shorter
hours, so by 6 p.m. on weekdays it's like a ghost town.
Except for the University
of California itself, the city of Berkeley seems as if it's
decaying. I'd advise a drive along University Avenue from
the freeway up to the campus. I've been on dirt roads in Mexico
that are in better condition than much of University Avenue. In
fact, the entire street looks and feels more like the outskirts
of Henderson, Nev., than anything in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This is due in part to the
antibusiness policies long employed and revered by Berkeley. The
resulting mix of businesses includes tattoo parlors, fortune tellers,
check-cashing joints and struggling small storefronts. A couple
of strip clubs would fit right in.
UC Berkeley has one of the
greatest engineering departments in the world. Now name one high-tech
company in Berkeley. You can't; tech companies scramble out of
there as fast as they can. (There is a burrito place called 'High
Tech Burrito.' That's about it.)
But the city is a microcosm
of the state's larger problems and of the great catch-22."
underlining mine RP
Here's part of an email I
sent this week. Originally a "ps" to an email exchange,
it seems a good summary of my editorial policy and what's behind
Lest I gave the impression
that I support mindless change in west-Berkeley, I should
mention I was raised in Socialist Milwaukee under a German-American
Mayor-- a socialist who built a modern infra-structure, including
a wide-spread, beautiful park system, and successfully encouraged
business and manufacturing development.
I brought Communist/Radical speakers to the University in
the McCarthy Era, not because I agreed with them but because
I'm a passionate believer in Free Speech--my memory is that the
early feminist, Elisabeth Gurley Flynn was the most interesting.
Today, I regularly see and meet with community members, activists,
builders, developers, and neighbors as well as politicians and
I don't have much of an agenda except "Use common sense and
'make it real.' "
our Jarad emails in response
to my agenda "Use common sense and 'make it real.' "
Your comment on common sense
made me think of my grandmother who was a big fan of common sense
(what she also called mother's wit).
Her favorite saying was "common
sense is the sense without which all other sense would be nonsense."
In the spirit of remembering
her and fully agreeing with the need for more common sense in
Berkeley, here are a few more common sense quotes.
"Common sense is in
spite of, not as the result of education."
"It is a thousand times
better to have common sense without education than to have education
without common sense."
Robert Green Ingersoll
"Common sense ain't
"Everybody gets so much
information all day long that they lose their common sense."
"Common sense is the
knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought
to be done."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
So, . . . I'm wondering how
much common sense was used by our Chamber of Commerce in picking
a new CEO. After their long sifting and winnowing the choice quits
before he starts. Waz up Chamber guys and girls? Your quarter-back
bailed before the game began.
And, . . . common sense and
the west-Berkeley Plan will be a theme explored here sooner-than-later.
"Solar power and your business" is a report in LA Business Technology Examiner
by Lindsay Holloway.
". . . while costs for
other energy sources continue to rise, experts say the costs for
solar materials and installation are on the decline. 'Since the
1970s when the solar energy market was virtually nonexistent,
[it's] seen 100-fold price decreases,' says Gary Gerber, who's
been in the industry for more than three decades and is president
and founder of solar contractor Sun, Light & Power in Berkeley,
posts fron the past
The Washington Post reports
Hippies Find Their Berkeley. Oh, . .
Reuters reports that Bayer stock rose after the Baycol court
decision in their favor.
Never much a believer of
"the accidental" as an explanation of life and always
fascinated by syncronicity, this morning I opened Hannah
Arendt's monumental "Origins of Totalitarianism"
to its first chapter "Antisemitism as an Outrage to Common
"Cal's victory a passing fancy" by Jonathan Okanes, Oakland Tribune.
"Just when it appeared
it might be 2008 all over again, No. 8 Cal demonstrated Saturday
why this season could be different."
"Marin home sales slump along with sales
in rest of Bay Area"
by Jim Staats at contracostatimes.com.
"A drop in Marin single-family
home sales last month marked a halt in the continuous growth of
sales activity over the past several months."
"Washing your hands doesn't stop Swine
Flu" by Bin Du at
"Most of us were raised
as children to wash our hands after doing some of the most basic
of things such as using the rest room, handling money, or going
out and playing with other children. However, washing your hands
is no defense against Swine Flu."
Fall in west Berkeley
posts from the past
"Yah pays ya money and
takes ya choice!"
"Bubble won't burst--Study
finds Bay Area housing prices in line with economic growth"
reports Kelly Zito,of the Chron. Read her story at sfgate.com
"GreenCity Lofts, Oakland/Emeryville--Theme
is green at East Bay condos" writes Valerie Fahey at sfgate.com
And, Valerie also reports
"Building green always made sense -- now it's beginning to
So Kava, . . . how about
less concrete and MORE GREEN!
"Berkeley Train Stop Gets $2.4 Million
Matthew Artz of our Daily Planet.
"Amtrak passengers no longer have to leap onto commuter trains
at Berkeley's rail stop."
The Potter Creek Berkeley
Bowl Environmental Inpact Report will NOT be ready on September
28th as planned.
Yesterday, the average reading
time per reader was 57 minutes.
Traffic is now being metered
on streets into and out of the Bowl--see the cables on those streets.
"White House taps LBNL scientist to head
DOE advanced energy unit" is
a report in the San Francisco Business Times.
"The Obama Administration
said it will tap a local scientist to be the first director of
the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy,
better known as ARPA-E.
Arun Majumdar is the Almy
and Agnes Maynard Chair Professor in the College of Engineering
at the University of California, Berkeley, and head of the Environmental
Energy Technologies Division for the Lawrence Berkeley National
"Sungevity Powers Up With New Funding"
is a report at nytimes.com.
"Sungevity, a Web-based
solar panel installation company, said Tuesday it raised $6 million
in a second financing round led by a new venture firm called Greener
The company, based in Berkeley,
Calif., also said that it hired three executives, including a
chief financial officer and chief operating officer, and that
Charles Finnie, Greener Capital's managing partner, would join
its board of directors."
"Population growth driving climate change,
by Marlowe Hood at google.com.
growth is speeding climate change, damaging life-nurturing ecosystems
and dooming many countries to poverty, experts concluded in a
conference report released Monday. . . .
'Continued rapid population
growth in many of the least developed countries could lead to
hunger, a failure of education and conflict,' said Malcolm Potts
at the University of California in Berkeley, which hosted the
conference in February."
Worth watching is Charlie
Rose' conversation with "Frank Bruni, Former New York Times Restaurant
"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.
In subsequent email exchanges,
Trina Ostrander, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals believed this
could be resolved, though it may take some time.
Today, "No 'piccolo!'
Carol's son Max hits the
Big Time with a recommendation of his brittle in this October
"Martha Stewart Living."
"University of California students, faculty
and staff will be holding strikes and walkouts Thursday at all
UC campuses, including Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz,
to protest how the university's Board of Regents has dealt with
reductions in state funding" reports
I'm keeping my eyes on this--just
might be a measure of social/political temperature. RP
post from the past
"Center for Independent Living Still Strong
writes Judith Scherr in our Planet.
Michaels' work can be seen
at the Charles
Campbell Gallery, San Francisco
"Man held in two attempted rapes in Berkeley" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A man with a previous
burglary conviction has been charged with the attempted rapes
of two women in their homes in Berkeley, attacks that happened
within hours of each other in July, police said today.
Berkeley police withheld
information about the arrest until today to allow a witness in
the case to be interviewed, said Officer Andrew Frankel, a department
A fuzzy-warm memory of "The
Day" gets real in "Downhome
Music at Its Best: Freight & Salvage" by Jane Stillwater,
Special to the Planet.
"California chef takes school lunch campaign
to D.C." by Monica
Eng, Chicago Tribune.
"Congress is rolling
up its sleeves to debate new rules involving the Child Nutrition
Act, which sets standards for 30 million school lunches a day
and is scheduled to expire later this year.
Chef Ann Cooper, who transformed
Berkeley school lunches over four years, headed to Capitol Hill
this month to lobby for better food. But she also wants to share
her secrets - recipes, food-buying tips and strategies to get
kids to eat well - with the rest of the nation. "
"Green home insulation" is a story at seattlepi.com.
home is an environmentally sound home, of course - and to achieve
energy efficiency, insulation is paramount. It must be used liberally,
and it must be properly installed. But there are all sorts of
insulating materials, and their green credentials vary. . . .
Insulation efficacy is indicated
by its R-value, or thermal resistance. R-value refers to the ratio
of temperature difference across an insulating material and heat
flow. Bottom line: The higher the R-value, the better. Still,
the performance of any insulation is at least as dependent on
installation as the material or R-value you choose, said Kris
Knutson of Berkeley's Build It Green."
"Smokey the bear says 'only goats can prevent
forest fires' "
a story a blastmagazine.com." 'The goat clearance
scheme is one of the key reasons the Bay Area hasn't had a recurrence
of a catastrophic fire in decades,' says Tom Klatt, former manager
of the Office of Emergency Preparedness at UC Berkeley and the
author of UC Berkeley's 2007 Fire Mitigation Program Annual Report."
post from the past
back. Check out The
Potter Creek Billy Goat Page
Pack Sproul Plaza to Protest UC Layoffs, Fee Increases" reports
"At least 5,000 UC Berkeley students, faculty and workers
gathered in Sproul Plaza at noon Thursday to protest fee increases,
layoffs and furloughs at California's leading public university."
on 9/23 I wrote about the
"I'm keeping my eyes
on this--just might be a measure of social/political temperature."
"Hellman news play: KQED, UC - and N.Y.
Times?" is an important
story by Chris Rauber at San Francisco Business Times.
"Financier Warren Hellman
is teaming up with public broadcaster KQED Public Media and UC
Berkeley's graduate school of journalism to create a nonprofit
news organization by next year to fill gaps in local news coverage
left by the decline of the San Francisco Chronicle and other daily
papers. The venture may also include the New York Times Co., which
said it has had "fruitful" conversations with the other
Operating primarily online,
the Bay Area News Project will be bankrolled by $5 million from
the Hellman Family Foundation. Contributions from other local
philanthropists and national foundations are also expected, along
with ad revenue and money from KQED."
good sense and sound judgment in practical matters
good sense, sense, native wit, sensibleness, judgment, levelheadedness,
prudence, discernment, canniness, astuteness, shrewdness, wisdom,
insight, perception, perspicacity; practicality, capability, resourcefulness,
enterprise; informal horse sense, gumption, savvy, smarts, street
smarts. antonym folly.
"Police Dept. Names Interim Chief"
reports our Planet.
"Berkeley City Manager
Phil Kamlarz announced Wednesday that the city had named Captain
Eric Gustafson as interim police chief of the Berkeley Police
Gustafson will replace Chief
Doug Hambleton who is retiring today (Thursday) after serving
the City of Berkeley for 34 years."
Kava has already cleaned
up the sidewalks surrounding the junkyard, now his property.
Tom is selling his duplex
on Grayson just west of Tippett. He's asking $599,000. Yesterday's
open-house was well attended. Jeff Goodman of Keller William is
the agent. His phone is 510-899-8107 and his web,www.jeffgoodman4RE.com.
I'm told our Cafe Cacao might
be closing next month.
Had tomato soup yesterday
at 900 GRAYSON.
Simple and flavorful,
just fresh Early
salt and pepper, and served with a touch of Basil oil.
reader Eve Stewart emails
I love those goats!
"City Council Approves Berkeley's First
by Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.
"The Berkeley City Council's
decision Tuesday to expand Oakland's Enterprise Zone into the
city may have signaled a new era of tax incentives for companies
in West Berkeley, but some city councilmembers remain cautiously
optimistic. Berkeley's Economic Develop-ment Manager Michael Caplan
told the council in a report ."
"John Hart dies - he played the Lone Ranger" is a story by Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles
"Most TV fans of a certain
age know the answer to this question: 'Who played the Lone Ranger?'
Those who say Clayton Moore
are correct, at least partially.
There was another actor who
played the Masked Man on "The Lone Ranger" TV series,
temporarily replacing Moore in the title role for 52 episodes
beginning in 1952.
John Hart, 91, the handsome
and athletic actor who also starred in the 1940s movie serial
'Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy' and the 1950s TV series
'Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans,' died Sunday at his home
in Rosarito Beach in Baja California, said his wife, Beryl."
"Another not-for-profit news project set
for launch in the States"
is opinion at guardian.co.uk.
I wrote a couple of days
ago about the lack of British news start-ups as the crisis of
local and regional journalism deepens. We cannot seem to grasp
that commercial press ownership has had its day.
The situation is better in
the States, where there are scores of attempts to create a new
form of digital journalism on a non-profit basis. Experimental
local news organisations are springing up in many US cities.
The latest example is a joint
venture between the University of California's Berkeley journalism
school and the public radio station KQED. They are planning to
launch a not-for-profit news outlet, called the Bay area news
our Ryan Lau emails
Recently, we have had a few District 2 commission slots open up.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in serving on any
of the following commissions or would like more information about
a particular commission, please contact the office.
Commission on Aging
Commission on Labor
Loan Administration Board
West Berkeley Project Area Commission
Zero Waste Commissioner
· Berkeley Project (BP) is a group of self-organized Cal
students who volunteer annually for a day of service with a multitude
of agencies throughout the City of Berkeley. Last November, over
2000 students volunteered at 80 different project sites.
City projects were sponsored by Neighborhood Services, Public
Works, Parks/Rec & Waterfront, Public Health, Animal Services,
· BP Day 2009 - Saturday, October 10 will expand on the
success of last year's event. This year, 1500 students will disperse
from Memorial Glade at 9am to project sites citywide, with the
bulk of those dedicated solely to projects sponsored by the City
of Berkeley. Projects conclude at 4pm with closing ceremonies
on Memorial Glade at 5pm.
Examples of projects include:
Volunteering at senior residential facilities for a day of activities
including conversation, chess, aerobics, dancing, etc.
Clean Ups, painting, and data collection for repairs/replacement
Assisting neighbors with traffic circle plantings
Storm Drain cleaning
Fire prevention - removal of vegetation in the hill
Restorative planting of native flora at various creeks and parks
Shoreline Clean Up and Bay Trail weeding/litter abatement
Distribution of disaster cache supplies
Distribution of food at various shelters
Pedestrian Safety Activities
Distribution of non-smoking info and materials
Sandcombing of tot lots and landscape assistance at various parks
Many many more....
For more information, visit the (fantastic) Berkeley Project website
Posters and flyers will be delivered to Mayor and Council, departments,
and via email to listservs.
Please contact Shallon with any questions or project referrals
at 7071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2
"California Unemployment Highest in 70
Years" reports jobjournal.com.
"Although payroll job
losses slowed significantly, the state unemployment rate continued
to climb in August, rising three-tenths to 12.2 percent, its highest
level since 1940's record 14.7 percent. From a survey of 5500
households, the state Employment Development Dept reported that
14 California counties now have jobless rates of 15 percent or
more, and nearly 30 percent of the state's unemployed workers
have been jobless for over six months. However, EDD's employer
payroll survey showed substantial improvement, with 12,300 jobs
lost in August, compared to 38,900 in July and an average of 73,700
for the previous six months."
"Don't bank on your home as an ATM" is opinion at latimes.com.
"The coming decades
won't repeat the dramatic rise in real estate values that previous
generations experienced, economists say. It may be time to return
to viewing the home simply as a place to live."
"A Life of Its Own. Where will synthetic
biology lead us?"
asks Michael Specter at newyorker.com
"Testing the Waters with Open-Access Funds
(University of California at Berkeley and the University of Calgary)" is a report at resourceshelf.com.
"In a move to encourage
researchers to make their work open to the public, the University
of California at Berkeley and the University of Calgary established
funds that faculty and graduate students could use cover publication
charges for open-access journals. Berkeley and Calgary are two
of several funds established in recent years, including the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin
Madison, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University
of Oregon, and other sites in the U.K."
"Two young UC Berkeley faculty members
receive MacArthur 'genius' award" by Robert Sanders & Sarah Yang at berkeley.edu.
"A 35-year-old molecular
biologist and a 37-year-old computer scientist from the University
of California, Berkeley, are among 24 new MacArthur "genius"
Fellows announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, by The John D. and Catherine
T. MacArthur Foundation."
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 email@example.com
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