here, after 9/18/12 here
Steve Smith forwards
photos from his friend Cyril Guiraud
Cyril is a professional musician
and a sailor. He was lucky enough to get a ride last week
with the French Team. He was smiling from ear to ear when he got
Councilman Capitelli emails
One of our neighbors in the
District asked that we announce the following event to be held
in Downtown Berkeley
Alan Turing, Pioneer of Our
Digital Age--A Century Celebration
Alan Turing, A Centenary Celebration. Free Lecture and Panel Discussion,
Tuesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at
Berkeley City College's Auditorium at 2050 Center Street, near
the Downtown Berkeley BART
"Assembly Passes Bike Safety Bill" at berkeleypatch.com.
"A bill calling for
cars to give cyclists three-feet of passing space moves to the
Well, . . . "Good
Nutrition Improves Sperm Quality in Older Men" at foodproductdesign.com.
"Older men who consume
a healthy diet rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and folate have
improved sperm DNA quality, according to a new study published
in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Interestingly, a higher
intake of micronutrients didn't improve sperm DNA in younger men."
. . . Ok then!
"California's temporary workers face increased
likelihood of poverty, says new study" Kathleen Maclay Media Relations, UC.
workers are twice as likely as other employees in the Golden State
to live in poverty, receive food stamps and be on Medicaid, according
to a new report from UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and
last week, our Pete and Geralyn
were on Mousam Lake, Maine
Berkeley PD Ofc Byron White
Beginning Aug. 27, a helicopter
may be seen flying at a low-level altitude over portions of San
Francisco, Pacifica and Oakland, Calif. The helicopter will be
taking measurements of naturally-occurring background radiation.
The helicopter will make daily flights between Aug. 27 and Sept.
The flyovers are a part of
a joint research project between the Department of Homeland Security's
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and the National Nuclear
Security Administration (NNSA) to assess natural background radiation
levels. The survey will cover approximately 69 square miles over
the selected locations. NNSA's twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter,
operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System
in Las Vegas, Nev., will perform the survey. The helicopter will
fly in a grid pattern over the locations about 300 feet above
the ground. The flights will be limited to daylight hours and
the survey is estimated to take about five days to complete.
"UC Safety Alert: Carjacking Near Dwight
and College" at
"Earlier this week,
two local police agencies sent out an alert to residents about
a carjacking just south of the University of California, Berkeley,
Police said that last Friday,
Aug. 24, a man armed with a gun confronted a driver in the 2500
block of Benvenue Avenue, near Dwight and College avenues, just
before 8 p.m.
The driver, an adult male,
was in his car waiting for a friend, police said.
The gunman ordered the driver
out of his vehicle, a gray 2006 Pontiac GTO."
Berkeley PD Public Information
Officer Jennifer Coats emails
Starting in September,
Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Parking Enforcement Officers
will begin enforcing laws related to the fraudulent use of disabled
placards or plates when parking.
Working with the input of the City of Berkeley Commission on
Disability, the BPD Parking Enforcement Division have been trained
conduct disabled placard abuse enforcement. PEOs will begin
enforcement efforts on September 4, 2012.
BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan stated "It's an unfortunate truth,
abuse of disabled placards is not unusual in Berkeley. We
understand how much of an impact the fraudulent use of placards
on our community, and desire that people choose not to use them
illegally. By providing our Parking Enforcement Officers
ability to enforce these laws, we are taking action to protect
preserve parking spaces for legitimate placard holders."
The abuse of disabled placards and plates limits the number of
available accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities
hurts local businesses by limiting the parking space turnover.
fraudulent use of disabled placards and plates has become a problem
The recent passing of Assembly Bill 144 allows PEOs to issue citations
for the illegal use of disabled placards or plates. Previously,
police officers were allowed to enforce the disabled placard law.
Upon request persons must present their identification and evidence
issuance of the placard or plate in their name to an authorized
authority. The use of someone else's placard or plates,
being present is a violation. Violators can be subject to
a $1,000 fine
and confiscation of the disabled placard.
PEOs are in a unique position to observe, monitor and address
violations while performing their daily duties. BPD and
the PEOs are
focused on the abusive use of disabled placards and making parking
accessible to all community members.
"The Tom Bates Update"
from our mayor can
be viewd here.
our Mary Ann emails
this vintage streamliner
"All of California Homeowner Bill of Rights
approved by Legislature"
"The final parts of
the California Homeowner Bill of Rights have passed out of both
legislative houses and have been sent to the Governor's'desk.
"The entire Homeowner
Bill of Rights legislative package will ensure fair lending and
borrowing practices for California homeowners,' says Attorney
General Kamala Harris. "California has been the epicenter
of the foreclosure crisis and this package of legislation will
help affected homeowners, tenants and neighborhoods."
Senate Bill 1474 by Sen.
Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, gives the Attorney General's office
the ability to use a statewide grand jury to investigate and indict
the perpetrators of financial crimes involving victims in multiple
counties. . . .
On the desk of Gov. Jerry
Brown is Assembly Bill 2610 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley,
which will require purchasers of foreclosed homes to give tenants
at least 90 days before starting eviction proceedings. If the
tenant has a fixed-term lease, the new owner must honor the lease
unless the owner demonstrates that certain exceptions intended
to prevent fraudulent leases apply."
POST FROM THE PAST
In "The Day" Al Braver, my boss at
Campus Records, used to say "It's the Groundskeepers at Cal
who should get the awards."
Maybe now something like
that applies to Wareham.
END POST FROM THE
Wednesday evening our liberal
establishment had what can best be described as a gathering in
support of Mayor Tom Bates reelection. Held at Potter Creek's
Berkeley Mills, over 100 attended. Most present were in their
thirties and over. Along with the good food and conversation the
Mayor spoke, emphasizing the need to get out the vote.
Potter Creek's Berkeley
Also Wednesday in the late
afternoon BPD Lt Dave Frankel held one of his "Coffee with
the Commander" hours. Held at Tomate
Cafe on 5th Street it was well attended. West-Berkeley citizens
expressed neighborhood concerns from continuing problems at the
9th Street Alcala
house to dice-games on 8th Street north of Dwight. Well aware
of the Alcala problem, Lt Frankel expressed the department's continuing
concern. Ms Thurman, an Alcala house neighbor agreed, praised
the half dozen or so officers that spoke of the problem at a recent
city council meeting. Lieutenant Frankel also had the recent city-wide
crime statistics and though auto burglaries are more frequent
in our district, other crime rates are about the same. The coffee
was exceptional--not a little thing.
POSTS FROM THE
"2004 Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, an AW Drivers
Dog" is a story
with video by Mark Vaughn at autoweek.com.
"A word of warning up
front: The Wiener theme will now be stuck in your head for the
next two weeks. It's been one week since I saw the big beige and
orangish-colored wiener wagon and the theme has haunted me since,
wafting in and out of my medulla oblongata like a nitrate-laden
poltergeist. You know the jingle.
'Oh, I wish I were an Oscar
Mayer Weeeee-ner . . .'
There, now it's planted in
your brain like the earwig babies in that Twilight Zone episode.
'That is what I'd truly like
to beee-ee-eeee . . .'
Don't try to fight it, just
give in and sing.
'Cause if I were an Oscar
Mayer weee-ner . . .'
Keep telling yourself that,
soon, 'Everyone will be in love with meeeeeeeee . . .
And stop worrying about whether
broccoli might have been a better choice for you than ground-up
beef nostrils and chicken lips. Hot dogs are an American icon,
dammit, right up there with baseball and the Chevrolet W4 medium-duty
truck chassis on which this most recognizable of motorized main
dishes rides, with a 5.7-liter Vortech V8 wedged between the buns."
The original Wienermobile
was designed by Brooks Stevens, a Milwaukee industrial designer
and a visionary car collector. Stevens collected Duesnbergs and
Rolls when they were just used cars.
He also designed the Milwaukee
Road Hiawatha passenger cars--his Sky
Top Observation Car remains a classic today.
Mr. Peanut's New Planters
"As part of our sustainability
journey, Planters is embarking on the 2011 'Naturally Remarkable'
tour, encouraging Americans to grow stronger communities through
service and conservation. The tour inspires people to become planters
by volunteering with The Corps Network, the nation's service and
conservation corps. As part of the tour, Mr. Peanut's new Planters
Nutmobile, fueled by biodiesel and powered with solar energy,
will travel to over 16 cities across the U.S. "
END POSTS FROM
"Heatley headed to Berkeley" by Curt Yeomans at Clayton News Daily.
"Clayton County Public
Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley was named late Friday as
the sole finalist for the superintendent's job with the Berkeley
Unified School District, in Berkeley, Calif., late Friday, Clayton
News Daily has learned."
"Classical Guitar In The California Breeze" by NPR Staff npr.org.
" 'My first memories
are listening to music and feeling my body tingle,' says Philip
Rosheger, a classical guitarist who performs outdoors in Berkeley,
Weekend Edition's series
on the sounds of street music winds down with a classical guitarist:
Philip Rosheger, who performs on the corner of Vine and Walnut
in Berkeley, Calif. Rosheger says he was keen on music from an
extremely young age - which didn't sit well with his father, a
bandleader in the U.S. Air Force."
POST FROM THE PAST
the Bach Suites more spiritual than most religious works I've
read and I've devoted years of my life to the study of the Suites
and have performed the first five. The Sixth Suite is written
for a five string 'cello, an instrument of Bach's time. And although
I could play the Sixth Suite, I found its sound pinched and tight
when played on a four string instrument-a result of playing much
of the piece in the higher positions with half-stopped strings.
before I stopped playing, I bought a five-string 'cello, with
the idea of learning the Sixth Suite on the instrument for which
it was written. And one afternoon about that time, the auburn-haired
Mary Kate Connor brought a five-string player to my apartment.
She'd told me about him before: "You should hear this guy.
He plays Bach on a five-string 'cello on Telegraph Avenue. I think
days later the 'cellist arrived at my door with M.K. Although
from the street, he looked just like a regular person and
after introductory pleasantries, he began removing his 'cello
from its well-worn hard case. As he did, we talked about Bach
and the instrument, which was a modern four-string that he'd had
converted. The instrument was beautiful and well cared for. After
tuning he asked what I wanted to hear. "Bach." I replied,
expecting to hear the Sixth Suite. Instead he began to play the
Partitia in d minor for Unaccompanied Violin. It is a difficult
enough piece for the violin and I thought it was unplayable on
the 'cello. Yet he played it perfectly. In the fast movements
his fingers flashed over the fingerboard with ease, his bow moving
in a graceful Baroque style. The slow movements were perfectly
drawn out. When he finished, I was speechless. I had never heard
or seen such musical virtuosity. I finally got out something like,
"That's pretty good. It must be hard to play." After
some talk about the score-his careful, loving transcription of
the Urtext-he left.
to the Avenue several times hoping to see him, but I never heard
or saw him again.
has it that there are basketball players on playground courts
in New York City and L.A. who are better than the best of the
simply not interested in the professional game.)
END POSTS FROM
"'No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of
the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden'" a book review by Peter Bergen, washingtonpost.com.
"Even before the book
went on sale, the announcement by the publisher Dutton that the
pseudonymous Mark Owen, one of the SEALs on the mission that killed
Osama bin Laden, would be publishing an account of his role in
the raid quickly propelled 'No Easy Day' to the No. 1 slot on
Amazon, . . .
It was inevitable that one
of the men on the bin Laden mission would eventually write a book
about it. After all, we live in an open society. Anyone involved
in this history-making mission would want to set the record straight
about what exactly happened - given some of the nonsense that
has been written about it - and also make a little money on the
side. (To his credit, Owen - whose real name has been revealed
to be Matt Bissonnette - is donating most of the proceeds of his
book to charities that help the families of fallen SEALs.) . .
Owen's account of the raid
fits almost exactly with my own understanding of the operation,
based on being the only outside observer allowed inside the bin
Laden compound before it was demolished and interviewing dozens
of American officials familiar with the details of the operation,
as well as interviews with Pakistani officials who investigated
the aftermath of the raid."
John Miller speaks to the
This Morning" co-hosts about the controversial book, which
claims bin Laden wasn't fighting back.
"Berkeley research reveals importance of
online reviews to restaurant bookings" at bizreport.com.
"When two economists
at the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed the relationship
between online reviews and purchasing decisions, they found just
how important online star ratings are to a restaurant's popularity
"Now anyone can have massive computing
power through Amazon.com" by
Quentin Hardy, New York Times at contrcostatimes.com.
"Within a few years,
Amazon.com's creative destruction of both traditional book publishing
and retail may be footnotes to the company's larger and more secretive
gambit: giving anyone on the planet access to an almost unimaginable
amount of computing power.
Every day, a startup called
the Climate Corp. performs more than 10,000 simulations of the
next two years' weather for more than 1 million locations in the
United States. It then combines that with data on root structure
and soil porosity to write crop insurance for thousands of farmers.
Another startup, called Cue,
scans up to 500 million emails, Facebook updates and corporate
documents to create a service that can outline the biography of
a given person you meet, warn you to be home to receive a package
or text a lunch guest that you are running late.
Each of these startups carries
out computing tasks that a decade ago would have been impossible
without a major investment in computers. Both of these companies,
however, own little besides a few desktop computers. They and
thousands of other companies now rent data storage and computer
server time from Amazon.com, through its Amazon Web Services division,
for what they say is a fraction of the cost of owning and running
their own computers."
POSTS FROM THE
during an email exchange with a Russian aviation-book collector,
I mentioned that I majored in Russian Studies, took three years
of the Russian language and was a great admirer of Russian culture--but
that now I remember little of the Russian language. Gleb replied
"I studied Vietnamese and do not remember much of it either.
But when I was a student I said that basically you need to know
just two phrases--but in as many languages as is possible.
'Do not eat
me, I am a Russian specialist,' and
'Do not shoot, I surrender!' "
me of my favorite quote from the movie, "Russia House."
Sean Connery's character--a drunk and jazz playing, British book-publisher--offers,
when interrogated by the CIA. "I love the Russians, they're
just a corrupt as you Americans but with less bull-shit."
We've just discovered the
Red Velvet Cake at Marita's
Sweet Potato Pie Company in Hilltop Mall
"This place blew us
away!! It really is the BEST red velvet cake you're going to try
in the Bay Area . . . "
Marita's other yelps.
Marita's is now in the Hilltop
Mall next to 24 Hour Fitness. They seem to just be getting organized
at this apparently new location. Call before going.
"Tata Air Car Powered Entirely by Compressed
Air. Blow Me Down!"
at the Australian themotorreport.com.
"Tata Motors, once derided
as the company with a name that sounds like it ought to be spread
on a Fillet-o-Fish, has been making some serious forward movement
in the past year or two.
Now, hot on the heels of
its recent acquisition of Land Rover and Jaguar, and news of the
impending assault on the European market with the Tata Nano, the
Indian company is set to release a car powered entirely by air.
But is it all hot air? (You see what I did there.)
Turns out it's very much
a legitimate prospect. Sure, it looks bloody ordinary, but let's
look beyond the styling for the moment. The MiniCAT (Compressed
Air Technology), invented by French madman and ex-F1 engineer
Guy Negre and his company Motor Development International (MDI),
is a lightweight fibreglass urban car built around a tubular chassis
which is glued together rather than welded. More importantly than
that, and as you've no doubt gathered, it's powered entirely by
An older report "Air
Car by Guy Negre on The Science Channel" can be
viewed on youtube.
One of Wareham's new tenants
is involved in the "new compressed air/energy technology."
portaits at Bayer
END POSTS FROM
"In Italy, world's oldest bank faces uncertain
Birnbaum at washingtonpost.com.
"Monte dei Paschi bank
in Siena, Italy (is) the oldest bank in the world. The 540-year-old
bank is struggling because of poor investment decisions and the
financial problems of the Italian government.
Tucked away in this Tuscan
city, the oldest bank in the world has survived the Borgias, pestilence
and too many wars to count. Now, a mundane foe has proved far
more dangerous: Italian government debt.
The 540-year-old Monte dei
Paschi Bank, Italy's third-largest, is on the ropes as it struggles
to deal with holdings of Italian bonds, once considered a prudent
place to tuck cash."
"Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political
a sometimes chilling conversation at billmoyers.com.
"The best Red Velvet
Cake I've had. A twelve on a scale of ten." says Courtney Bean, server at 900 GRAYSON.
'Bill talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who describes
the modern dysfunction of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
In Lofgren's view, Republicans have become overly obsessed with
obstructing President Obama, and the Democrats suffer from political
complacency. Lofgren's new book is The Party is Over: How Republicans
Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got
"SEAL tells 60 Minutes book is for honor,
not politics" at
cbsnews.com with video.
"A retired Navy SEAL
who was present at the killing of Osama bin Laden tells Scott
Pelley in a 60 Minutes interview that his book about the raid
is not a political statement, rather it is timed to commemorate
the 9/11 attack and give credit to the hundreds of people whose
work made the mission a success. The former SEAL Team 6 member,
who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, will appear in his first interview
on 60 Minutes, Sunday Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT."
our Steve Smith emails
I took this picture this
weekend at the Ardenwood Farm Preserve Regional Park in Fremont.
. . . All original paintwork. Beautiful interior as
well with oak benches and sliding oak doors.
This "horse drawn"
car belonged to the Claremont University & Ferries Street
Railroad Co. and was in service in the 1890s
Park Hotel and Its Colorful Founder" at elcerritopatch.com.
"Open, expansive grasslands,
streams meandering from oak-studded hills, a few rural homesteads
and scattered livestock was the scene in the East Bay landscape
north of the community of Berkeley in the 1890s. So it must have
been a surprise to newcomers to look up and see a palatial, opulent
building, festooned with turrets and gables, looming in the distance
over the pastoral setting.
Completed in the early 1890s,
the four-story Peralta Park Hotel had 60 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms,
and was considered the height of luxury at the time. It was built
by Maurice B. Curtis, a famous and flamboyant actor who arrived
in Berkeley in the late 1880s and quickly became one of the East
Bay's most notable, and later notorious, citizens. . . .
To ensure easy access to his
hotel, which at the time was in an undeveloped area (much of the
hotel site would later become part of Albany), Curtis convinced
a local railway company to run a branch horsecar line out Sacramento
Street to Hopkins Street, thus connecting the hotel to the more
developed areas of Berkeley.
Unfortunately, his resort plans
never fully materialized. In 1891, Curtis attended a theater performance
in San Francisco. As the night wore on, he began drinking heavily
and ended up having a run-in with the police. A scuffle ensued,
a shot was fired and Curtis was accused of murdering a police
Curtis maintained his innocence,
and although evidence weighed against him, after a series of controversial
trials he was found not guilty. "
Read a History
of Berkeley From the Ground Up and read more about the Peralta
"Berkeley's new Dharma College teaches
Gernert, Oakland Tribune.
"There probably aren't
too many colleges whose sole purpose is to make its students happier,
more peaceful and less stressed-out. But Dharma College which
will be starting its first courses in October in downtown Berkeley
is definitely one of them, it might even be the only one.
The teachers at this new
college at 2222 Harold Street, a freshly renovated block between
the public library and YMCA, are lawyers, historians and political
scientists. Their main interest, however, is Buddhism and the
way it can help to explore "the experience of mind and how
it presents things to us," said Robin Caton, a co-director.
'As we learn the mind itself
starts to shift,' she explains. 'What we are interested in is
more happiness, more peace of mind, less confusion and less stress.'
POSTS FROM THE
The San Francisco Symphony
is celebrating its 100th Birthday.
Scrambled Eggs and its parent
Recollections Journal of
Recorded Music have been celebrating our symphony and Maître
Pierre Monteux, Maître
The Monteux Era by Thomas Simone
Monteux School was, and is, in Hancock, his wife's hometown.
Monteux's San Fransico Years by Ronald Penndorf
END POSTS FROM
"Students victims of armed robbery south
of UC Berkeley campus"
Chloe Hunt, daikycal.org.
"Two students were the
victims of an armed robbery Sunday night near the intersection
of Channing Way and Ellsworth Street."
"HVS Capital Corp announces Historic Hotel
Durant in California to Be Sold"
by Aria Munro, enewschannels.com.
"HVS Capital Corp has
been exclusively appointed to sell the Hotel Durant in Berkeley,
Calif. The 143-room property is a historic, contemporary, boutique
hotel adjacent the University of California at Berkeley, within
walking distance of all student housing, the newly renovated football
stadium and the basketball arena.
In 1924, the Berkeley Hotel
Corporation was formed and hired the firm of William Weeks, one
of the most prolific and versatile architects of his generation,
to design the hotel. The property's namesake, Henry Durant, was
the first President of the University of California at Berkeley
and a former mayor of Oakland. The Hotel Durant opened in 1928
with a gala celebration, music, refreshments and tours throughout
this new hostelry."
"CHP officer critical, I-680 suspect dead"
Henry K. Lee, Carolyn
Jones and Kevin Fagan at sfgate.com.
"A traffic stop gone
horribly wrong Tuesday morning on commuter-jammed Interstate 680
left a gunman dead and a California Highway Patrol officer fighting
for his life - and shattered the serenity of one of the Bay Area's
most exclusive communities.
Scores of officers held vigil
at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where the
seven-year CHP veteran was rushed after a shootout on the side
of the freeway in Alamo. I-680 was closed in both directions for
much of the day so investigators could search for clues, trapping
thousands of motorists and forcing cars onto suburban
surface streets throughout the morning and evening commutes.
The tragedy began at 8:20
a.m. when the CHP officer, who was identified as Kenyon Youngstrom,
37, of Fairfield, pulled over a black Jeep Wrangler in the southbound
lanes near Livorna Road. As the officer approached the car from
the front, the driver opened fire and badly wounded him, said Jimmy
Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office,
which is investigating the episode.
A second CHP patrolman had
just driven up to the scene and opened fire on the Jeep driver,
mortally wounding him, before rushing to help his fellow officer."
"Officer's shooting a tragic loss for entire
Costa Times editorial.
"Most members of the
California Highway Patrol who we know don't really fear too much.
If they did, they couldn't do such a dangerous job. But in quiet
moments, most will confide that the 'routine' traffic stop is
one of those parts of the job that often gives them trepidation.
Once again, the reason for
that wariness was driven home in tragic fashion Tuesday morning
as California Highway Patrolman Kenyon Youngstrom was gunned down
on I-680 near Alamo as part of such a traffic stop.
It is an unimaginable tragedy
for the family of the 37-year-old father of four to receive such
devastating news. The knowledge that this could someday happen
is the special burden heroically carried -- but seldom discussed
-- by the families of those who do hazardous and necessary jobs.
That includes police and firefighters and, especially, those in
the military, which Youngstrom had done as well.
We join the enormous chorus
to offer our deepest sympathies, condolences and gratitude to
Recently, the interior of
the 2600 8th Street warehouse, north of Greener Printer, has been
gutted and a new wall erected. This, after the previous tenants
had been given 30 day notices.
the Mother of All Trash Dumps
was made this week in front of the building's 2635 8th street
Our Councilman's Aid, Ryan
Lau emails of the dump
Yikes! I'll get it
taken care of. Thanks for letting us know, Ron.
Across the street, Consolidated
Printing has started on their Fall election ballot printing.
The French School Fall Semester
has begun at both the 9th Street Campus and the 8th and Grayson
Councilman Capitelli emails
This month marks the one-year anniversary of my monthly Coffee
with the Councilmember. Each time I have met with constituents,
usually somewhere between ten and twenty attendees, I am impressed
with residents' deeply felt concerns about the quality of our
neighborhoods, the future of our shopping areas and the effectiveness
of City government.
The most often-asked question
What can be done to invigorate Solano Avenue? Our 2010 Solano
Avenue Survey told us that residents envision a neighborhood commons
- a pedestrian-friendly boulevard lined with trees, sidewalk seating
and vibrant businesses.
To that end we have accomplished
· In late 2010 the Council adopted my proposed zoning changes
for Solano that eased zoning thresholds for new businesses, suspended
the restaurant quota and allowed a variety of uses. (Solano's
newest business, Five Star Video, took only two days to get their
· The permit process for sidewalk seating has been streamlined.
· Berkeley received a California "Safe Routes to Transit"
grant for Solano and Colusa to extend sidewalks and create bulb
outs designed to make pedestrian travel safer. The project includes
a bike shelter on the southeast corner. The added benefit will
be room for trees and sidewalk seating. This is the work going
on now and it is expected to be complete by the Solano Stroll
next Sunday, September 9th.
· I initiated the renewal of the Solano Avenue Business
Improvement District. Their first project is to plant up to 34
trees along upper Solano, funded through a Cal Trans Grant and
a portion of their BID funds. Expect to see young trees by early
full email can be read here
Battle: Suit Says In-N-Out Discriminates" at dublinpatch.com.
"A Berkeley law firm
filed a class action lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court
Tuesday alleging that In-N-Out Burger discriminates
on the basis of race, color and age."
"'Red Ink': A frank conversation on the
federal debt" is
a report with an audio link at personal.vanguard.com.
"If the United States of America came to you asking for a
loan, would you say yes?
We recently spoke with David
Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal and author
of a new book, 'Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the
Federal Budget.' Mr. Wessel explained how the U.S. went from record
budget surpluses to enormous deficits, and whether the country
is likely to get its fiscal house in order any time soon.
In the late 1990s, some analysts
were concerned about what would happen to the bond market once
the federal debt was paid off-in, say, 2010 or 2015. What happened?
How did we get where we are today?
David Wessel: It's a really
good point. I was there when Alan Greenspan warned Congress that
we had to think about what was going to happen when we paid off
the entire federal debt. That was in the early 2000s. Well, as
it turned out, we solved that problem!
At that time, the Congressional Budget Office was predicting we'd
have $6 trillion worth of surpluses over the 2000s. Instead, we
had $6 trillion worth of deficits. They were off by $12 trillion.
So what happened? Well, four things."
"FBI releases more records on Richard Aoki"
Seth Rosenfeld, Center
for Investigative Reporting at sfgate.com
"Revelations that prominent
radical activist Richard Aoki was an FBI informant have prompted
angry denials among his supporters, but newly released records
confirm he was secretly providing information to agents during
the period he gave the Black Panthers guns and firearms training.
The documents from Aoki's
FBI informant file - totaling 221 pages - were released after
a court challenge under the Freedom of Information Act and show
that Aoki was an informant from 1961 to 1977, with only brief
interruptions. The records say that at various points, he provided
information that was "unique" and of 'extreme value.'
"I am woman, hear me rev: Female motorcycle riders
on the rise" Jessica
Yadegaran, Contra Costa Times.
"Some women get their nails done or go to book club. For
Charlie Thayer, 'me' time is tearing through the Santa Cruz Mountains
on her neon blue Kawasaki Ninja 250 sport bike.
'You're out there moving
through time and space, present in your surroundings,' says Thayer,
31, of Santa Clara. 'There's also the thrill of going 70 mph.
But don't tell my husband that.'
Thayer represents a growing
trend: female motorcycle riders."
though, . . . womens' involement
with bikes is not new
a female reader from the
South of France emailed
"New high-tech airships taking shape"
W.J. Hennigan of the
Los Angeles Times at contacostatimes.com.
"Not since the waning
days of World War II have the mammoth wooden blimp hangars at
the former military base in Tustin, Calif., seen as much airship
manufacturing work as they do today.
Inside the 17-story structures
that rise above southern Orange County, Worldwide Aeros Corp.
is building a blimp-like airship designed for the military to
carry tons of cargo to remote areas around the world.
'Nobody has ever tried to
do what we're doing here,' Chief Executive Igor Pasternak said
of the 265-foot skeleton being transformed into the cargo airship.
'This will revolutionize airship technology.'
In recent years, the affordability
of airships as well as developments in high-definition cameras,
high-powered sensors and other unmanned technologies have turned
these oddball aircraft from curiosities of a bygone era to must-have
items for today's
And airships increasingly
are being used for civilian purposes."
. . . neither are airships
USS Los Angeles
our Councilman Moore emails
West Berkeley Project Master
Use Permit (MUP) Community Benefits
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule
I am very committed to ensuring that the Community Benefits package
that we get from developers through the West Berkeley Project
Master Use Permit (MUP) process is the most effective and robust
as possible and that it provides significant benefits to our West
Berkeley residents. As part of this effort, the City Council
has charged the Berkeley Planning Commission to conduct a public
process to solicit input from community members on what the Community
Benefits package should look like. I want to make sure that
neighbors have every opportunity to weigh in on this, so I am
providing the Planning Commission's schedule for their discussion
of the West Berkeley Project's Community Benefits.
September 12, 2012 - Special
Meeting: West Berkeley MUP Community Benefits Workshop, *North
Berkeley Senior Center, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
September 19, 2012 - Public Hearing: West Berkeley MUP Community
Benefits, *North Berkeley Senior Center, 7:00 p.m. start
October 3, 2012 - Discussion: West Berkeley MUP Community Benefits,
**City Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m. start
"Michael Chabon Journeys Back To 'Telegraph
Staff at npr.org,
"Michael Chabon's books
include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish
Policemen's Union and Manhood for Amateurs. He lives in Berkeley,
Calif., with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
. . .
Michael Chabon's latest novel,
Telegraph Avenue, is named after the famed road that divides Oakland
and Berkeley in California.
In the book, that's also
where two couples - Nat and Aviva, who are white, and Archy and
Gwen, who are black - are struggling to get by. The two men are
friends, partners in a vinyl record shop. Their wives work together
as nurse midwives."
Many things divide Berkeley
and Oakland but last I looked Telegrapgh wasn't one of them.
"Tapping Crowds to Track California's Weeds" kqed.org.
"If you have a sharp
eye for invasive plants and a smartphone you can help
a Bay Area non-profit in its effort to document the distribution
and spread of invasive plants across California.
The Berkeley-based California
Invasive Plant Council, or Cal-IPC, has found that weeds cost
the state at least $82 million annually in terms of increased
erosion and flooding, degraded agricultural land and reduced water
"Soon, bacteria-eating virus to power your
mobile phone" dnaindia.com.
"Scientists in US have
figured out a method to harness energy from a virus that eats
bacteria, to charge a cell phone.
A team of researchers at
the University of California, Berkeley have discovered how to
generate electricity from a virus known as M13 bacteriophage."
"SEAL's first-hand account of bin Laden
killing" a conversation
with Scott Pelley,
on video, from 60 Minutes at cbsnews.com.
"His voice and face
disguised and using the pseudonym Mark Owen, one of the Navy SEALs
who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden gives
an exclusive interview to Scott Pelley. Owen, now retired, says
the SEALs trained for the mission using a full-size replica of
the bin Laden compound, and that a dress rehearsal was held for
military top brass. And Owen refutes charges that he's trying
to make a political statement with his book, 'No Easy Day.' "
"Albany suits try to block UC project" Damin Esper at contracostotimes.com.
"Two lawsuits have been
filed to stop the University Village project approved by the City
Council in July.
The lawsuits seek to invalidate the project's environmental impact
report by raising questions about the report's legitimacy because
of alleged violations of the California Environmental Quality
The University of California
development would bring a Whole Foods Market and senior housing
to land running along San Pablo Avenue."
"Peeping Ron:A long-awaited book on Ronald
Reagan's secret alliance with the FBI" a pretend book review of Seth Rosenfeld's "Subversives"
by Rick Perlstein, . . . with atitude.
"In January of 1965,
FBI agents closing in on mobster Joseph 'Joe Bananas' Bonanno
discovered that the hellion son of an FBI informant code-named
T-10 was raising hell alongside Bonanno's own teenage son. Agents
looked to exploit the two boys' relationship to help break the
case-until, that is, J. Edgar Hoover ordered his underlings to
instead warn informant T-10 that his son's mob associations might
harm the confidential source's fledgling political career. The
Justice Department never did manage to pin a decent indictment
on Joe Bananas. But T-10-and his fledgling political career-did
just fine. He later became the fortieth president of the United
POSTS FROM THE
From a little while ago on
Amoeba Records blog.
"Really liked DBA Brown's
in Piedmont. And then there's the great dragon, Ron Pendorf in
his Recollections . . . , sitting on his hoard of Shaded Dogs
over in East Berkeley.
Surprisingly Ron is still
there, and still [an] activist in environmental local issues.
. . ."
Yesterday, the last four
blocks of my Potter Creek morning bike ride were spent talking
and riding next to "Flash," Roger an African-American
who I've know since the Buttercup--then a wild man but not so
much any more. "I'm interested in world peace now "
he said. "I'll settle for peace of mind" I replied.
That's easy Roger said "Just keep it simple." I 'm working
Milo's First Day of School
END POSTS FROM
irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overides three
HEPA filters. 8:54AM--similar, SERIOUS.
9/1/12--11:15 AM-- irritant
in front room, mucus membrane irritation. During Labor Day weekend,
varieation from SERIOUS irritant in front room to VERY, VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, overrides
HEPA filters, often some activity apparent at neighbors'. 9/3/12--3:02
PM--irritant in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation,
"hot plasitic" odor, apparent activity on Labor Day
at neighbors'. 4:23 PM-- irritant in front room, mucus membrane
9/4/12--5:00 PM-- irritant
in front room, mucus membrane irritation, dirty dry air.
9/7/12--8:25 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, light
head, since early morning. 6:34 PM--irritant in front of warehouse,
mucus membrane irritation. 8:29 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front
room, "burning rubber" odir, mucus membrane irritation.
in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. 9:17 PM-- SERIOUS
irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation.
irritant in warehouse front, "high end" odor, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. 11:42 AM--similar,
but like the worst "Spare the Air Day" with heavy air,
head ache, ear ache, nausea. 1:45 PM--VERY STRONG "hot metal"
odor in warehouse front.
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