after 9/8, here
after 9/24, here
and the Smiths' Kid, Jack,
with older friend
our French School's first
saw kids AND parents
"Cougar killed near Berkeley's Gourmet
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Berkeley police shot
and killed a mountain lion early [Tuesday] as it roamed a neighborhood
around the city's world-famous Gourmet Ghetto for at least an
hour, leaping over fences from one backyard to another.
that the lion had been hunting for deer that are commonly seen
in the area. But Patrick Foy, a state Department of Fish and Game
warden, said it was unclear what the cougar was doing in a residential
neighborhood, a bagel's throw from the birthplace of California
cuisine. There were no signs that it had killed any domestic pets,
'We found no reason why it
should have been there,' Foy said. 'It's a very odd situation.
It's just very unusual.' "
"Why the Berkeley mountain lion was not
Lance Knobel at berkeleyside.com.
"Our story yesterday,
about the Gourmet Ghetto mountain lion which was shot and killed
at 3.26am on Walnut Street, elicited unprecedented interest from
Berkeleyside readers. Many of the commenters on the story wondered,
in particular, why the police officers shot the lion, rather than
According to Fish and Game
warden Patrick Foy, there are very few instances where tranquillizers
are an option with mountain lions. 'When the animals are bounding
over fences, as happened in Berkeley, there aren't many options,'
he said. 'When you put a dart in the animal, I've seen them go
a half mile, even a mile or more. They become an even greater
Foy said that the ideal situation
is being able to divert the mountain lion back into the wild.
That would apply, for example, if a mountain lion was found near
a wilderness area with a clear route back. This would have been
impossible in the built-up area of north Berkeley.
Berkeley police don't carry
tranquillizer darts, and they aren't standard issue for wardens
either, Foy said. "
"Wounded Fremont officer 'a cop's cop" Henry K. Lee, Demian Bulwa,Matthai Kuruvila,
Chronicle Staff Writers.
"Fremont police Officer
Todd Young craved action, first as the head of Newark's SWAT team
and then as a member of a southern Alameda County gang task force.
That craving, police say,
led him to cross paths with Andrew Barrientos, 20, an alleged
gang member from Union City arrested over the weekend on suspicion
of shooting the 39-year-old officer in East Oakland.
Friends and colleagues describe
Young as a dedicated police officer and devoted family man to
his wife, Nicole, and their two children, an 8-year-old girl and
"California Student Hampered by Budget
Cuts" is a report
" Twenty-year-old Jessica Martin has long dreamed of going
to college at U-C Berkeley, near her hometown of Alameda, Calif.
For the past three years, she attended Laney College, a local
community college, until she was eligible to transfer to Berkeley.
But, at Laney, a funny thing
happened: unable to get into certain classes at Berkeley due to
state budget cuts, students from her dream school began taking
classes at the community college, making it more difficult for
Jessica and her classmates to get the credits they needed to move
on to Berkeley. And, now that she's finally made it to Berkeley
where she plans to study Japanese and linguistics, Jessica is
discovering her battles with the cash-strapped California school
system aren't over."
"The Mother of
All Grizzlies, Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows how feminism is done.
Again" by Dahlia Lithwick at slate.com.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg.Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgAnyone who didn't already
believe Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be fashioned of pure steel
was reminded of the fact Friday night as she delivered a speech
to a group of lawyers and judges that was meant to have been delivered
by her husband. Martin Ginsburg had been invited to deliver his
remarks at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' conference
in Colorado Springs, Colo., but he died in late June of metastatic
cancer. As Ginsburg explained Friday evening, "He had his
speech all written out." And so she read it-with a handful
of interpolations-in its entirety to several hundred rapt listeners.
His Honor Da Boz emails (an
City of Berkeley Awarded
$1.8 Million MTC Grant to Improve Downtown BART Plaza
Wednesday, July 28th, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
(MTC) awarded the City of Berkeley $1.8 million from the Transportation
for Livable Communities Grants (TLC) to help revitalize the Downtown
BART Plaza. The TLC grant will be used to renovate the Downtown
BART plaza, providing a brighter, friendlier, greener gathering
spot for the downtown.
Four years ago, the City completed the Downtown Berkeley BART
Plaza & Transit Area Urban Design Plan. The plan proposed
a complete overhaul of the Plaza, creating a more pedestrian friendly
center that increased access to public transit - specifically
BART and AC Transit. The TLC grant application was a perfect
opportunity for the City to secure funding for the redesign of
the Plaza. The award of $1.8 million will help us realize a greener
and more vibrant downtown".
Quote of the week from Emeryville
USPS worker, Sharon.
"In the New Normal 'Maintaining'
has replaced 'Getting Ahead' ."
"Northern California fishing report"
by Tim Goode at mercurynews.com.
left in the salmon season. Boats have been going toward Duxbury
and Double Point for salmon 10-30 pounds. Most boats get 5-6 fish
per outing. New Easy Rider on Monday had eight halibut and half
limits of rock cod for 14. Rock-cod trips to the islands result
in limits. 510-849-3333, 510-223-5388, 707-334-4827."
"A Syllabus and Book List for Novice Students
of Science Fiction Literature"
by Annalee Newitz, wired.com.
"Want to start reading
some science fiction, but aren't sure where to begin? We've put
together an introductory sci-fi lit syllabus just for you.
SF 101: Introduction to Literature Syllabus."
"Our Garden: Tomato woes and native plants"
by Joan Morris, Contra
"Our Garden is, above
all else, a demonstration garden. In the past few months, we've
demonstrated how to test your soil, prepare it for planting and
keep it healthy. And now, completely unintentionally, we're demonstrating
what rotten luck we're having with tomatoes.
We'd like to pretend, of
course, that this was all part of our plan to make you feel better
about your non-producing vines. For many, this has just been a
terrible year for tomatoes, what with the cooler and sometimes
wetter weather, punctuated with brief heat spells that have shocked
But if you visit Our Garden,
you're likely to see very anemic-looking tomato plants and smattering
of undersized fruit. Our problems illustrate that even Master
Gardeners can be wrong, or at least unlucky.
The plots we chose for our
tomato crop this year had an advantage over the plots we used
last year. Not wanting to grow tomatoes in the same place two
years in a row, we chose the area that had laid fallow last year
-- we had plans, but the onslaught of ground squirrels diverted
our attention and we never got around to expanding."
"California Legislature passes energy storage
bill" by Todd Woody,
"The California Legislature
has passed the nation's first energy storage bill, which could
result in the state's utilities being required to bank a portion
of the electricity they generate.
Assembly Bill 2514 now heads
to the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has made climate
change and green technology his political legacy as his final
term winds down.
Energy storage is considered
crucial for the mass deployment of wind farms, solar power plants,
and other sources of intermittent renewable energy, as well to
build out the smart grid.
On the West Coast, for instance,
the wind tends to blow hardest at night when demand for electricity
is low. If utilities can store that wind-generated power - and
energy from solar farms - in batteries, flywheels, and other devices,
they can avoid building and firing up those billion-dollar, greenhouse
gas-emitting, fossil-fuel power plants that are only used when
AB 2514 won the support of
Jerry Brown, the California attorney general who is the Democratic
candidate for governor. The Sierra Club and union groups also
support the measure. Various business organizations, including
the California Chamber of Commerce, opposed the bill.
Sponsored by Assembly member
Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat, the bill was stripped of its
more stringent provisions by the time it emerged from the legislative
sausage-making process on Friday."
"Investing in Wind Power Is Smart - But
Not How We're Doing It" by
Marc Gunther, wired.com.
You're probably a fan of
wind power. It provides a limitless supply of clean energy. The
turbines are manufactured primarily in the rust belt, creating
much-ballyhooed green jobs for unemployed factory workers. Wind
farms generate profits for local utilities, alternative energy
companies, farmers, and ranchers, not to mention manufacturers
like General Electric. What's not to like?
Well, there's this . . .
"Firm to build 75 biofuel filling stations
in California" by
James Cartledge, brighterenergy.org.
"Efforts to establish
more than 75 new renewable fuel filling stations across California
over the next two years got underway this week.
Celebrations were held on
Tuesday in Oakland, at the first of 20 new alternative refueling
stations planned for the Bay Area.
It was announced that the
program, called the Low Carbon Fuel Infrastructure Investment
Initiative (LCFI3), will be supported by a $10.9 million grant
from the US Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.
. . .
Three locations are open
in the Bay Area Fremont, Oakland and South San Jose
while more sites are planned for Downtown San Jose, North San
Jose, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Livermore, and Concord
in the coming months.
Along with the new filling
stations, the LCFI3 program will run education and community outreach
programs, working with community partners CALSTART and East Bay
Clean Cities, to raise awareness about alternative fuels."
"HP wants new computer memory technology
from Hynix" theinquirer.net.
"HP has signed a deal
with the chipmaker Hynix to commercialise its memristor technology.
The innovative memory technology
allows more computer memory to be stuffed onto smaller devices.
HP and Hynix said we can expect to see something on the shelves
in about three years.
The most likely application
of memristors is for dense nonvolatile memories, like flash memory
cards for products like cameras and PCs.
But the boffins at HP and
Hynix think that it could play a role in other kinds of chips.
The idea was first worked
out by Leon O Chua, a University of California at Berkeley electrical
In 1971, he worked out the
idea for a fourth basic circuit element to join the resistor,
capacitor and inductor. His memristor, or memory resistor was
a simpler alternative to transistors. As you might expect it did
not really go anywhere until a team of HP boffins figured out
how to make it in 2006."
"Bionovo, Berkeley researcher receive NIH
grant to develop obesity drugs"
by Alaric DeArment at drugstorenews.com.
The National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine's small business technology transfer
program, part of the National Institutes of Health, has given
a researcher and a drug maker a grant to develop drugs for obesity
and metabolic syndrome in women.
Drug maker Bionovo announced
Thursday the grant, which it will share with University of California
at Berkeley researcher Dale Leitman. The grant will fund the first
phase of a study to evaluate Bionovo's drug based on plant tissue
as a prevention for female-specific obesity and metabolic syndrome,
which can lead to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes."
"WH economist calls for more spending,
less taxes" at washingtonpost.com.
"Departing White House economist Christina Romer says the
government has the tools for bringing down unemployment, but policymakers
need to find the will and wisdom to use them.
Romer called on officials
Wednesday to move forward on policies that will increase government
spending and cut taxes. She also called for investments in infrastructure
and new trade agreements."
"Our Neighbors: Support late Berkeley police
captain at Richmond golf tourney" by Chris Treadway in the Contra Costa Times.
"Police and fire departments
-- including personnel in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Oakland
and Richmond -- are being recruited in support of a benefit golf
tournament dedicated this year to one of their own.
The 26th annual St. Mary's
College High School Golf Invitational, on Sept. 20 at the Richmond
Country Club on Markovich Lane, is dedicated to Berkeley police
Capt. Phil Doran, an alumnus of the school and its golf coach
for 25 years.
Doran, a well-respected 32-year
veteran of the Berkeley department who died June 4, was a member
of the class of 1963 at St. Mary's High who went on to attend
Saint Mary's College and UC Berkeley. Both of his children attended
the high school as well.
Doran, a longtime member
of Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in El Cerrito, was given a
plaque at last year's tournament in recognition of his years of
service to the school.
The annual tournament benefits
St. Mary's High's need-based tuition assistance that this year
will total $1.9 million and reach 35 percent of the school's enrollment
of 630 students.
The tournament entry cost
is $200 per person, and a $50-per-person '19th Hole' social and
hors d'oeuvres reception at 5 p.m. is open to nongolfers. A raffle
will award prizes all day, including weekend getaways and golf
packages at area country clubs.
For details and reservations,
call Joanne Howe at 510-559-6227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org."
"Hancock leads tour of her district's budget
woes" Josh Richman,
"The governor's proposed
budget cuts and the legislative budget impasse already are hurting
real Californians with the most urgent needs, state Sen. Loni
Hancock said Thursday.
Hancock, D-Berkeley, led
a tour of her district to visit with some of those people -- social-service
providers and recipients at the Center for Independent Living
(CIL) in Berkeley, students and faculty at Berkeley City College,
and child-care providers and parents at BANANAS Inc. in Oakland."
"The other Berkeley: A world class marina
for fisherman" a
story at tricountyrecord.com.
"Like most outdoor types,
I'll admit to being an opportunist. Whenever I travel, I keep
an eye out for an outdoors adventure of some type - usually of
the hunting or fishing variety. Such was the case last week when
my wife and I flew out to California's Bay Area to drop off my
daughter Erin at college - UC Berkeley to be exact. So while Erin
embarked upon her college career at the University of California's
hallowed halls of learning, I took some time to check out Berkeley's
somewhat less hallowed "hulls" of fishing - aka the
Berkeley Marina located on the eastern shores of the San Francisco
You'll find the marina at
the westernmost end of University Avenue, about a fifteen minute
bus ride from campus, with its comprehensive fleet of charter
and headboats that ply the windy, wavy waters of San Francisco
Bay and some that venture into the Pacific Ocean beyond the Golden
"Berkeley Debates the Demise of a Cougar"
by Todd Woody at nytimes.com.
"The appearance of a
mountain lion Tuesday near downtown Berkeley, Calif., caused a
stir in this animal-loving, environmentally conscious community,
where residents may obsess about locally grown organic food but
don't expect to be on the menu.
The mountain lion, a 100-pound
female, was spotted around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the city's Gourmet
Ghetto district, according to the Berkeley Police Department.
The cougar roamed within
pouncing range of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse restaurant, the
temple of California cuisine, where twice-cooked kid goat with
cumin, ginger, eggplant, and chickpeas was the featured dish that
evening. But the state's top-level predator probably was on the
hunt for venison and got lost, according to wildlife experts.
"A mountain lion traveling
through an urban environment is infrequent but looking at aerial
photographs of the surrounding area you can see why it chose Berkeley,"
said Marc Kenyon, the statewide mountain lion program coordinator
for the California Department of Fish and Game.
The reason: deer, the mountain
lion's main prey. Berkeley is wedged between San Francisco Bay
and sylvan foothills that abut miles of forested parkland. It's
a mountain lion smorgasbord with cougar chow wandering the hills
and valleys. (On Wednesday morning, for instance, I walked out
of my hillside house to find a pack of deer ambling down the street.)
'Where there are deer, mountain
lions not far behind,' noted Mr. Kenyon."
"Currying flavor" by Eve Mitchell, Contra Costa Times.
"It started more than
20 years ago with Indian curries cooked on the stove of an Oakland
deli and sold to residents.
a Contra Costa
"Today, Sukhi's Gourmet
Indian Foods is a multimillion-dollar business that makes a range
of curry sauces, chutneys, samosas and other foods sold in grocery
stores and served in corporate and college cafeterias nationwide."
I am aware of three "smash
and grab" attempts in west-Berkeley, one successful, within
the last ten days. The glazier who responded to one said he's
had similar calls lately throughout Berkeley.
"First marijuana TV ad airs in Sacto (without
the 'M' word)" is
a report at sfgate.com.
"A Fox News affiliate
KTXL made headlines this week when it ran what the station said
was the country's first paid TV ad for medical marijuana. "
"U. of California Retirement Fund Faces
$20B Shortfall" a
report at insidehighered.com.
"The University of California
system's retirement fund faces a shortfall of $20 billion, according
to a study released Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. A
committee that produced the study offered a number of recommendations
for closing the gap, including raising the retirement age for
new employees, increasing the contributions made by both the university
and its employees, and reducing benefits."
Nights at The Bowl
On Friday September 10 from
5PM till 8PM the West
Berkely Bowl Café will have "live music, delicious
barbecued chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs, burgers, Portabello
mushroom sandwiches and salad with beer or wine."
One of the café workers,
Sean Hood, is playing music.
And, the plan is to set up
the barbecue grill outside
Consolidated Printing contractor,
friend and biker, Jeff Gray, at The Bowl
I told Jeff it would be much
to go over and ask the fellow
just exactly what it was that he was having
"Wife Of Fremont Officer: Life Turned 'Upside
Down' " is a cbs5
report and press conference video-excerpt with Ofc Todd Young's
wife, Nicole. It puts a human face to the tragedy.
"The wife of a Fremont
police officer who was shot and critically wounded trying to arrest
a suspect in Oakland last week said Friday her 'whole life turned
upside down' when she learned he had been shot.
Speaking with a trembling
voice to reporters at Highland Hospital in Oakland, where 39-year-old
Officer Todd Young is still recovering from his gunshot wounds,
Nicole Young said doctors initially told her that her husband
'wouldn't make it off the operating table.' "
Very, much worth watching!
"Steamboat graduate Austin Hinder adjusting
well to California" by
Luke Graham at steamboatpilot.com.
"A year ago at this
time, Austin Hinder couldn't go anywhere without getting attention.
He had just walked off the
field against Holy Family in the opening week of the 2009 high
school football season having put most questions about his lofty
recruiting ranking and early commitment to the University of California-Berkeley
That day, the Steamboat Springs
High School quarterback threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns
in a 41-21 win.
But now, after his first
fall camp with Cal and on the day his new team is set to open
the season, Hinder is basking in a little anonymity.
He's traded reps with the
first team for limited reps and a playbook. He's gone from big
man on campus to freshman quarterback at a major Division I college."
"In the N.F.L. on Fourth Down, Romer Says
Go for It" Eric
Dash at nytimes.com.
"David H. Romer is a
respected economist whose ideas influence central bankers and
governments hoping to pull out of a recession. He was an early
adviser to the Obama campaign along with his wife and frequent
collaborator, Christina, who spent the last two years as President
Obama's chief economist.
But on any given Sunday,
Romer is better known as the brains behind a different kind of
policy advice: what should N.F.L. teams do on fourth down?
Should they punt and try
to leave their opponent with lousy field position? Settle for
an easy field goal? Or take a chance by going for a first down
or even a touchdown?
In a seminal 2002 research
paper, Romer captured the attention of football writers, sports
nerds and even Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots
after he crunched the numbers and concluded that N.F.L. coaches
made the wrong decision a shockingly large percentage of the time."
"Lectures to Go With That Mai Tai" Elaine Glusac, nytimes.com.
Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa The campus,
a New York Times
er, resort where scholarly
lecture sessions are offered.
"The most taxing mental
task that you'll undertake at many all-inclusive resorts is deciding
between a margarita and a piña colada. But the Tahéima
Wellness Resort & Spa, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,
gives its guests more to ponder in a number of lectures by members
of the faculty of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the
University of California, Berkeley."
Saturday it was brought to
my attention that mid-week A LOCAL FIRM LOST SEVEN COMPUTERS
in a SMASH AND GRAB BURGLARY.
This is a three day holiday
weekend BE REAL VIGILANT!
And within the last two weeks
there were two other smash and grabs close by in west-Berkeley.
The glasier that reponded to one said he's had similar calls around
Did you know these guys were
in the neighborhood?
a 1938 Buick in front of
a Kubik photo
"the world's finest
in leather motoring, 2821 10th, Berkeley CA, 94710"
"Solid independent filmmakers such as Woody
Allen, Danny Boyle and Sofia Coppola are back this fall, and they
have taken on subjects that seem intriguing and cast actors you
want to see" writes
Ruthe Stein, Chronicle Movie Correspondent.
"The most sterling credentials,
however, can amount to nothing, as we've seen again and again.
Still, by seeking refuge in indies you're guaranteed a 3-D-free
zone. Here are a few films that look especially promising. Opening
dates are subject to change."
"The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective
and His Rendezvous With American History" by Yunte Huang is a sort a book review with
editiorializing at sfgate.com.
"Charlie Chan, the portly
fictional Chinese American detective immortalized in six novels
and 47 movies, starting in the 1920s, was a popular American cultural
figure, but not to many Asian Americans, who detested Chan's stereotyped
speech pattern (dropped prepositions, etc.), fortune-cookie aphorisms
and the 'yellowface' casting of white actors to play Chan.
To be sure, Chan fans liked
the humor of the "Chanisms" ('Truth like football -
receive many kicks before reaching goal.') and the detective's
ability to outwit the bad guys.
The dormant, but enduringly
potent cultural war may be'reignited by 'Charlie Chan: The Untold
Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous With American
History," by Yunte Huang, a professor of English at UC Santa
Huang's goal in writing the
book 'is to demonstrate that Charlie Chan, America's most identifiable
Chinaman, epitomizes both the racist heritage and the creative
genius of this nation's culture."
I've always enjoyed Warner
Oland's Charlie Chan--the "original" film Chan. Oland's
character has an admirable cool, analytic mind, always solves
his case, is gentle and loving especially with his many children
and has a Number One Son as American as Apple Pie.
And he often makes the other
characters, mostly European, look foolish.
Ok, Oland speaks a Pigeon
English and is Nordic by birth but his Chan portrayal is respectful.
But I do remember that in the '40s my Aunt Hattie, best described
as "free thinker," thought the portrayal racist. But
of course Aunt Hattie also thought chop suey was Chinese food.
Still, her heart was always
in the right place.RP
Twice Sunday, a fusillade
of "Bottle Rockets" was heard coming from the vicinity
of 900 GRAYSON--once mid day and again in the early evening.
After a particularly expolsive "Cherry Bomb," Marsha,
by then standing across from Grayson at the French School playground,
yelled loudly "Stop that now!"
"Police, businesses, People's Park users
view violence in different lights" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.
"Although violent crime
and drug sales are nothing new to Berkeley's iconic People's Park,
a series of violent incidents last month has everyone -- residents,
businesses, volunteers, police -- talking.
The UC Berkeley-owned park,
which was born out of a violent protest between students and police
and national guardsmen in 1969, continues as a hot spot for those
who challenge authority.
'I question whether the city
can control the streets and whether the campus can control the
park, and that's an open question,' said Roland Peterson, executive
director of the Telegraph Improvement District, which represents
200 business in the area.
Those who use the park --
including resident homeless, migrating homeless and park volunteers
-- say city and UC Berkeley police officers have overreacted to
recent events. City and university officials say it's a yearly
pattern that they try to control through police and public works
Peterson said the same groups
causing problems in the park are terrorizing pedestrians and customers
of businesses on Telegraph Avenue just a block away.
On Aug. 17, two Berkeley
police officers attempting to serve a warrant on a man in People's
Park were surrounded by 30 people who screamed at them, videotaped
them and threw cans of dog food at them. One homeless man was
arrested on two counts of battery on a police officer and possession
of a dangerous weapon.
Late last month, a group
of people in the park surrounded some UC Berkeley tree trimmers,
who were accompanied by Berkeley and UC Berkeley police officers,
and forced the officers to leave. Reports vary, but people using
the park say UC police used pepper spray on one man and his dogs."
KTVU-TV video-report about "People's
Park violencewith interviews of park 'residents.'"
"Campus, city police form joint safety
Caleb Dardick, UCB Government and Community Relations.
"A new joint police
patrol by the University of California Police Department and the
Berkeley Police Department will target improving public safety
at night in the city's Southside neighborhoods as well as after
UC Berkeley home football games.
The patrol is unique because
it teams up in each of two squad cars one city and one campus
police officer who will patrol neighborhoods near campus. Starting
this semester, the patrols will take place Thursday through Saturday
nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Additional joint teams will
be deployed before and after home football games.
Like all patrols city and
campuswide, the new joint patrol's main charge will be to suppress
violent and other crimes and to keep the peace."
Let's be frank, the city
and university have decided for whatever reason to (again?) "clean
up" the park.
In The Day, Moe then Mayor
of Telegraph Avenue and always the mensch, still after an unpleasant
encounter offered "We could trade one street person for two
village idiots from Iowa and still come out ahead."
"Berkeley's Tilden Park has something for
everyone" by Carole
Terwilliger Meyers, Oakland Tribune Correspondent.
"How do I love thee,
Tilden Park? Let me count the ways. And there are so many. This
vast park, first opened to the public in 1936 and considered the
main jewel in the crown of the East Bay Park District, has something
almost exactly in the center of the park, this restored antique
gem pulls you into the fold with old-time tunes such as 'Let Me
Call You Sweetheart' playing on its large band organ.
It was built in 1911 by the
Herschel-Spillman firm in New York and brought to Berkeley in
1950. Thought to be one of only four classic four-row carousels
remaining in Northern California, it closed temporarily in 2008
for major renovation. Now children and adults alike scamper to
find their favorite ride -- a reindeer, zebra, giraffe, stork,
frog, one of many horses or my favorite, the rooster.
Steam Train: The ride sits
on private property, not inside the park, but no one seems to
mind. The station is always bustling with smiling kids and picture-snapping
parents waiting eagerly for the replica 15-inch gauge, 5-inch
scale narrow-gauge, oil-burning miniature steam train to arrive.
They squeeze aboard for the 12-minute scenic ride that includes
one tunnel and two trestles."
"5 Things in September" at sfgate.com.
"Berkeley: This is the
right place for a play called "Trouble in Mind," especially
because it deals with themes of racism and civil rights in the
1950s. Alice Childress' play opens the 19th season of the Aurora
Theatre Company and runs through Sept. 26."
"Plenty of choices in Berkeley City Council
and school board races" by
Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
have plenty of work cut out for them on election day in November
when they will choose four City Council members, three school
board members and a city auditor.
Choosing a city auditor will
be simple. Current auditor Ann-Marie Hogan is running unopposed.
But school board and City
Council races are a bit more complicated. City council seats are
chosen by districts and residents vote only for the candidate
running in their district. On the school board however, each seat
is voted on by residents across the city.
In City Council district
one, on the northwest side of town, incumbent Linda Maio will
square off against three challengers including community volunteer
Merrilie Mitchell who is a regular at City Council meetings, youth
recreation educator Jasper Kingeter and property manager Anthony
In district four, which is
in the middle of the city, incumbent Jesse Arreguin is running
against engineer and professor Bernt Wahl, geographic information
systems analyst Eric Panzer and Berkeley planning Commissioner
The district seven race on
the south east side of town near UC Berkeley features incumbent
Kriss Worthington running against business owner Cecilia Rosales
and computer programmer and community volunteer George Beier.
Beier has challenged Worthington
two times before. This time around he has endorsements from six
of the nine City Council members including Mayor Tom Bates, Darryl
Moore, Susan Wengraf, Gordon Wozniak, Laurie Capitelli and Linda
Maio. He's also endorsed by former Mayor Shirley Dean and Assemblywoman
'I lost very narrowly last
time by about 240 votes,' Beier said. 'Kriss Worthington has had
14 years on the council and people respect his work, but it's
time for something fresh, something new, something different.'
Beier said his endorsements
show a 'strong coalition' that is needed to help govern the city.
Worthington has said that
even though Beier usually gets endorsements from several different
groups, he still wins against him.
And the district eight race
of the Berkeley hills, incumbent Gordon Wozniak is running against
business owner Jacquelyn McCormick and teacher Stewart Jones."
"Bills would add CSU doctorates" by Laurel Rosenhall, sacbee.com.
"Two bills heading to
the governor's desk raise a fundamental question about how California
educates health care workers who are not physicians: How many
of them need doctoral degrees?
Assembly Bill 867 would allow
California State University to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice
degree, which would prepare professors to educate future nurses.
AB 2382 would allow CSU to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy
degree, which a professional association has deemed will be necessary
to become a physical therapist in 2015 and beyond."
"UAW's plan: Tap into worker discontent,
focus on social justice" Brent
Snavely of the Detroit Free Press.
"On this Labor Day weekend,
the role of those who advocate for workers and those who want
to work -- such as the UAW -- has never been more important.
U.S. unemployment stands
at 9.6%, with Michigan at 13.1%."
Our Consolidated Printers
ae working full steam printing ballots for the upcoming elections.
Our American Starch is now
Corporation, 742 Grayson, 510-548-6722. They're almost at
the end of Grayson across from the Bayer south entrance.
Their website offers
"At the beginning of
history, we meet a 28 year-old merchant who was interested
in science - Fritz Henkel. On September 26, 1876 he and two partners
founded the company Henkel & Cie in Aachen and marketed his
first product, a universal detergent based on silicate.
During the following years,
this German family of entrepreneurs and thousands of their employees
built Henkel into a global company.
Henkel operates in a wide
variety of countries and cultures. Our corporate culture and our
Vision and Values help unite our diverse workforce and provide
standards for how we conduct our business.
Vision & Values
From our Vision and our five
Corporate Values, we have formulated globally binding behavioral
rules which are specified in a series of codes. In all business
areas and cultures in which we operate, they provide guidance
for the behavior and actions of our employees.
The Code of Conduct contains
general corporate principles and behavioral rules and helps employees
to respond correctly and appropriately when faced with ethical
and legal issues. The Code of Teamwork and Leadership provides
guidance for the conduct of managerial and non-managerial staff
at all levels. The Code of Corporate Sustainability describes
our principles and expectations of sustainable business practices
and corporate social responsibility. It is given concrete form
by Company-wide standards.
Our Strategic Priorities
Our globally applicable codes
and standards are backed up by integrated management systems and
an organization structure with clearly defined responsibilities."
More about just what they
Rocket Restaurant Resources
has just opened on Seventh a block north of Ashby and the "Public
David B emailed last night
that there is a meeting of one of the Potter Creek groups at 6:30
tonight at 2700 8th--8th and Carleton. It's a brief get together
to take a vote on their west-Berkeley Project position paper.
I emailed him last night for some more details but by this mid-afternoon
have received no reply.
"Reports show decline in wages, rise in
health costs--Middle-class prosperity key to economic recovery"
by Clare Howard, in the Peoria Journal
"Labor Day 2010 saw
more to mourn than to celebrate.
Two reports released last
week document an erosion in wages for the middle class and an
increasing portion of health insurance premiums that were shifted
Robert Reich, secretary of
labor in the Clinton administration and professor of public policy
at University of California Berkeley, concluded the recession
won't end until the middle class starts sharing in prosperity,
a lesson once learned painfully and slowly in the economic recovery
after the Great Depression.
William Feipel, economics
professor at Illinois Central College, said 10 tax cuts over time
for the wealthiest Americans indirectly contributed to the current
Recovery will come when the
middle class has job security, real income growth and resumes
spending, he said, noting the investment and spending needed to
stimulate the economy does not come from wealthy Americans buying
and selling stocks and bonds. It comes from investment in machines,
equipment and factories."
"Berkeley Rep Brings Free Programs To Local
Schools" a story
"With ongoing budget
battles in California and across the country, local schools are
caught in the crosshairs - and funding for arts education continues
to decline. Yet here in the Bay Area, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
persists in its 40-year commitment to keep the arts alive for
children in our community. In addition to numerous low-cost programs
for local schools and teachers, Berkeley Rep now offers one free
teaching hour to every public school in the nine-county Bay Area!"
"Berkeley Olive Grove: Old Ways in the
New World" by Sophia
Markoulakis, Olive Oil Times Contributor.
"Don't be confused by
the name. Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 extra virgin olive oil originates
hundreds of miles from the East Bay's iconic gourmet ghetto streets.
That's not to say that there isn't a connection-an academic link
that turned educators into businessmen at the turn of the century.
The area around Oroville, California, attracted the attention
of several members of the University of California when reports
were published between 1900 and 1904 regarding the region's exemplary
olive-growing climate. In 1913, as many as 15 professors individually
invested in some land and, within the course of their lifetime,
managed the largest planting of Mission olive trees in the world.
Today you can still find
this pristine piece of land producing Mission olives, its stately
trees providing a protective habitat for a thriving ecosystem.
Being good stewards to this abandoned piece of land was Darro
and Olivia Grieco's primary intent when they heard it was bank
owned and available. "Initially, I wasn't thinking about
olive oil, but conserving and bringing the land back to its glory,"
says Darro Grieco. Within two years Grieco was producing award-winning
extra virgin olive oil from this hundred-year-old grove under
the name Berkeley Olive Grove 1913."
"Mad Men: 'The Suitcase' Is Tougher Than
Sonny Liston" a
summary and review at huffingtonpost.com.
How nice of AMC to run one
of the better episodes of Mad Men on Labor Day weekend. (That's
a little joke.) Fortunately, it's not one of the more mysterious
ones. As always, there be spoilers ahead.
The episode is about people
taking potential knock-out blows, and how they react. Not all
of them bounce back up. And so it's not hard to figure out, it's
organized around a famous fight, the May 25th, 1965 re-match of
Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight boxing
Meanwhile, Don has an urgent
phone message from California. Anna Draper's foxy Berkeley coed
niece Stephanie is calling. Fearing the worst, Don avoids her
and starts drinking. He chooses his true escape. Not simply alcoholism,
but workaholism. (Let's see some moralizing about that.)
"Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air--Video
Full Episode" is
a most extraordinary program at pbs.org.
"Hummingbirds are the
tiniest of birds, yet they are some of the toughest, most energetic
creatures on the planet. Their unique flying abilities give them
unmatched maneuverability, but at the cost of a supercharged metabolism
that keeps them on the edge of survival. Hummingbirds spend most
their lives in fast forward, but now high-speed video lets us
enter their world."
"Rich African food helps Ethiopians mark
Enkutatash" at sfgate.com.
"Labor Day might mark
the end of summer for some, but in Ethiopia, September means the
springtime celebration of a new year. Called Enkutatash, the holiday
enticed a crowd of African ex-pats and other curious locals to
an outdoor festival at Berkeley's Civic Center Park this Sunday.
Organized by Oakland's own
Ethiopian Community and Cultural Center (ECCC), the event showcased
crafts and clothing, a variety of ethnic foods, and Africa-conscious
charitable organizations from around northern California.
Down Center Street, vendors
sold an array of Jamaican, Ghanaian and Ethiopian foods. Along
with sunny weather and live Reggae music, the wafting blend of
cumin and chili peppers helped create a festive mood. People in
T-shirts and jeans mingled with traditionally dressed Ethiopian
and Sudanese men and women to get a look at the African-themed
wares on display."
"Internal SFPD probe over body in suitcase"
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff
"San Francisco police
have ordered an internal probe and reassigned a veteran investigator
amid allegations that he mishandled a report of domestic violence
by a homeless woman whose body was later found in a suitcase in
the bay, The Chronicle has learned.
In the months before her
death, the victim had told various authorities she had been repeatedly
attacked and threatened by the man suspected of eventually killing
her, but police did not put two and two together until it was
too late, according to department sources.
'The bottom line is we are
concerned - and we are looking at all aspects of the investigation
to determine if there was some violation of department policy,'
said Assistant Police Chief Jeff Godown.
The case involves Pearla
Ann Louis, 52, who was beaten so badly in January that she was
hospitalized with four broken ribs and a gash on her forehead.
The department's domestic violence unit handled the case."
from my log
8/18/10--7:48 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,
watery eyes, SERIOUS nasal congestion, sneeze regularly. Marsha
8/20/10--12:31 PM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry itchy
skin, "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.
in front room dry eyes, itchy skin. 12:00 Noon--similar but worse.
12:45 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse,
mucus membrane irritation, eyes water, sinus irritation, nose
runs, eyes plugged and ringing, nausea, light head., LEAVE. 6:48
PM--SERIOUS irritation in front of warehouse, cough nasal congestion,
Marsha same. 8:27:: SERIOUS irritant in front room, similar symptoms.
8:49 PM--similar. 9:17 PM--similar, with asbestos odor, over rides
three HEAPA filters..
SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, burning eyes,burning
throat, short breath.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
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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
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Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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