Cops Rumble on Playground : Police Motorcycles
Compete in Berkeley at
City of Berkeley
"The rock anthem of
motorcyclists, 'Born to be Wild,' played a short while over the
speakers at Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley Sunday
as motorcycle officers from 11 agencies competed on an obstacle
The shouts and squeals of
children at play on the Thousand Oaks Elementary School playground
in Berkeley were replaced Sunday by the roar and rumble of police motorcycles
as officers competed for top speed around a twisting obstacle
Only an occasional orange
cone was tipped over as police from 11 law enforcement agencies deftly maneuvered
their hefty bikes around tight turns in the third annual Police
Motorcycle Competition organized by the UC Berkeley
The City of Berkeley Police
Department is investigating a fatal shooting that
occurred in the 1400 block of 8th Street.
On Sunday, at approximately 5:43 p.m., BPD patrol officers responded
to multiple reports of shots fired in the 1400 block of 8th Street.
responding to the location BPD received information of a possible
near the intersection of 8th Street and Page Street. Officers
scene and located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot
The victim was transported to a local hospital by the Berkeley
Department. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
is not releasing the victim's name at this time.
BPD Homicide detectives and officers are actively working the
scene, canvassing the area, interviewing witnesses and following
"California Medical Marijuana Regulations
Are Back in AB 604"
by David Downs at sfgte.com.
"Energized by a White
House memo that allows Colorado and Washington to tax and regulate
legal pot, California lawmakers are making a last-ditch effort
this week to toughen the state's medical marijuana regulations
and hopefully end the almost two year-long federal crackdown on
state-legal medi-pot business."
"Call for GMO Labels on Food in Berkeley
Goes to Council"
"The Berkeley City Council
agenda for Tuesday night includes a proposal for the City of Berkeley
to adopt its own GMO food labeling requirement. A statewide measure,
Proposition 37, was narrowly defeated in November.
A Berkeley City Councilman
has proposed that Berkeley require what California voters
narrowly rejected last November labeling of genetically
Councilman Jesse Arreguin
introduced a measure on the council agenda for Tuesday night that
would apply to fresh produce sold in Berkeley made with genetically
modified organisms (GMOs)."
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a Brahman cow
scuplture at the Potter Creek
Art Foundry, at the end of Heinz
"US News & World Report lists Princeton
best college in America, UC-Berkeley best public option" washingtonpost.com.
"US News & World
Report has named Princeton University the best college in the
United States, with the University of California-Berkeley the
top public school at No. 20 overall."
"Outline has a big first customer and a
bigger goal: Making open government user-friendly" Hamish McKenzie, pandodaily.com.
"During the US Presidential
election campaign last year, Outline was called Politify, and
it was almost a side project for a group of UC Berkeley students.
Politify was a visualization tool that showed the would-be effects
of the two candidates' policies according to your personal finances
and where you live. At that point, it had won a $20,000 prize
from Berkeley's 'Big Ideas' competition and a $15,000 prize from
the Sunlight Foundation.
Then, the three-man team
went through Tech Stars in Boston. In June, the startup, now called
Outline, was named as one of eight winners of the Knight News
Challenge on Open Gov. And now Outline has its first round of
funding $850,000 and its first customer: the State
"UNL helping develop water-sampling drones" mccookgazette.com.
"University of Nebraska-Lincoln
scientists are leading a national research project to develop
unmanned aerial vehicles that collect water samples from lakes,
streams and ponds.
The project -- led by UNL's
Carrick Detweiler and Sebastian Elbaum, professors of computer
science and engineering -- has been awarded a $956,210 grant from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food
and Agriculture. The award for the three-year 'Co-Aerial Ecologist:
Robotic Water Sampling and Sensing in the Wild' project is part
of the National Robotics Initiative, a collaboration between the
National Science Foundation and other agencies.
The multidisciplinary collaboration
includes researchers in UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural
Resources and College of Journalism and Mass Communications, as
well as the University of California, Berkeley. A fourth partner,
NET, Nebraska's public broadcasting service, will produce outreach
1 percent in US took biggest share since 1928" Paul Wiseman,
AP Economics Writer.
"The income gap between
the richest 1 percent and the rest of America last year reached
the widest point since the Roaring Twenties.
The top 1 percent of U.S. earners collected 19.3 percent of household
income in 2012, their largest share since 1928. And the share
held by the top 10 percent of earners last year reached a record
U.S. income inequality has
been growing for almost three decades. "
Porsche $845,000 Hybrid Beats Prius as Hot Rods
link courtesy Bob
"Speedy new models from Porsche AG and Bayerische Motoren
Werke AG (BMW) can beat Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)'s Prius not
just off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes
a key standard even for elite racers.
Porsche's $845,000 918 Spyder
hybrid, unveiled at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt,
can reach 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour in 2.8 seconds and
gets the equivalent of about 72 miles per gallon, based on European
fuel-economy data. That tops the 50 mpg of the basic Prius hybrid. "
POST FROM THE PAST
Our Potter Creek Montessori
School continues to update its new 9th Street facility. Across
the street from the French School, local residents welcome it.
I'm told by those living around the new school that the enrollment
is a dozen or so.
Full of schmaltz and fully
heart warming, "Music
of the Heart" should be seen!
imdb.com offers," The true story of a young teacher
who fights against the board of education in her bid to teach
underprivileged kids in a Harlem school the beauty of music through
the violin. In her struggle she loses everything as the system
comes down on her with all their might but her determination for
the kids happiness helps her to battle back with wonderfully inspirational
Isaac Stern makes a brief
appearance and Itzak Perlman a briefer one. The Carnegie Hall
scenes are sumptuous and Meryl Streep is a fully convincing music
teacher and, surprisingly, a fully convincing fiddle player.
END POST FROM THE
Yesterday September 11th
our site received 11,
Tuesday evening there was a small gathering
at the French School celebrating the new outdoor-garden-greenhouse
classroom. Pretty much devoted to educating kids about growing,growing-things,
it is a timely thoughtful addition to the 8th Street campus.
the last two years our Jerry
Victor's son, Chase
was running back and defensive
end for Monte Vista High
by choice, he's sitting out
On May 16, 2012 Public Affairs, UC Berkeley
announced the location of the new Campus Shared Services Center
here in the west
"After an extensive
search and analysis of available space in both the immediate vicinity
and surrounding areas, UC Berkeley has signed a lease for a building
to house the new Campus Shared Services (CSS) Center. The building
is located at 1608 Fourth St. at Cedar Street, on the edge of
Berkeley's Fourth Street retail district.
Berkeley's shared services
will include certain human resources, finance, research administration
and information technology work that is currently being performed
in many different locations across campus. About 170 UC Berkeley
staff will move into the CSS Center in the fall of 2012, growing
to 500-625 over the next 24 to 30 months, according to an announcement
Wednesday by the Campus Shared Services team."
Seventeen months later it
has devekoped into a location offering
"Business & Financial Services, Human Resources, Information
Technology, and Academic Personnel Support and Research Administration."
"We've built Campus
Shared Services together! Utilizing campus expertise to provide
support in Business & Financial Services, Human Resources,
Information Technology, and beginning April 18, 2013, Academic
Personnel Support and Research Administration, Campus Shared Services
is here to provide high quality administrative services with the
'The success of Campus Shared
Services relies on us working together throughout this transition.
We are inspired to move forward because we envision the benefits
of shared services for UC Berkeley to be substantial, and look
forward to building this organization together.'
Thera Kalmijn, Chief Operating
Officer, Campus Shared Services."
We now have a 110,00 square
foot University of California facility in west-Berkeley and my
sources indicate that the university owns the property. Cal now
has a major footprint here in the west.
"Tech jobs boost overall employment in
San Francisco, study says" sfexaminer.com.
"A UC Berkeley study says for every job at a San Francisco
tech company such as Twitter, left, five additional positions
High-tech jobs in San Francisco
are supporting 65 percent of the workers who are employed in local
services, according to a report being released today.
The growth in technology jobs has been credited by some, including
Mayor Ed Lee, for helping The City's economy recover faster than
the rest of the state after the economic downturn. Others, however,
decry the influx of high-earners, saying they are forcing out
middle- and low-income residents."
Some innovative ideas for
change in the west from a TED Talk video
Bjarke Ingels: Architect
Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels
rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy
designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like
nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating
stunning views. Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke
Ingels' architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a
hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building's
occupants and surroundings.
Why you should listen to
Bjarke Ingels is principal
of BIG, based in Copenhagen. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice,
Ingels takes a similar approach: experimenting with pure space,
but never losing sight of the building as a solution to a real-world
problem. His manifesto 'Yes Is More' takes the form of a giant
cartoon strip, 130 meters long, that reminds people to keep thinking
big -- to see all our modern problems as challenges that inspire
us. (The manifesto is now available in comic-book form.)
His deeply-thought-out and often rather large works -- including
several skyscrapers and mixed-use projects in a developing section
of Copenhagen, plus a project for a new commercial harbor-island
-- work to bring coherence to the urban fabric and to help
their occupants and users lead better lives. His most famous works
include: the Stavanger Concert House, Tallinn's city hall and
the VM Houses. He recently won a competition to design Copenhagen's
waste-to-energy plant with a design that will place a ski slope
on top of the structure.
"Berkeley City Council postpones decision
"Berkeley City Council
to consider two student-majority district maps on Tuesday Student
district needs input from all students.
After extensive discussion
Tuesday night, Berkeley City Council decided to postpone a historic
vote on the ASUC-backed redistricting map that would create a
student-majority district for the first time in Berkeley.
The City Council was originally
slated to take its first formal vote to approve the Berkeley Student
District Campaign map at its Tuesday meeting. However, after listening
to almost 20 students voice their concerns about the omission
of Northside student cooperatives and dorms on the east side of
campus from the map's proposed student-majority district, the
council decided to delay its decision.
This will provide the city
with more time to perform an analysis of another proposed map
- the United Student District Amendment - which would also create
a student-majority district, but with different boundaries."
"Council Agrees to Explore Local GMO Label
"The Berkeley City Council
voted 8-0 with one abstention Tuesday night to move forward with
exploring a local requirement for labeling GMO produce sold in
the city. The proposal by Councilman Jesse Arreguin calls for
grocers to do the labeling."
State Assembly Approves SB 254; SB 254 (Hancock/Correa) Creates
a Used Mattress Recycling Program" digitaljournal.com.
"On Wednesday, September
11, 2013, the California State Assembly voted to approve SB 254
authored by Senator Loni Hancock."
bill would ban conversion kits for automatic weapons" at
on Wednesday voted to ban kits used to convert standard firearms
into semi-automatics capable of firing more than 10 rounds of
ammunition without reloading, although a stricter gun control
measure was stalled.
The conversion kit ban, one
of a number of gun control bills making their way through the
legislature in the waning days of the session, also prohibits
the purchase of large capacity magazines in the state.
'Now, legally you can buy and you can sell conversion kits that
allow you to convert conventional magazines so they can shoot
many more than 10 rounds without reloading,' said Assemblywoman
Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, who sponsored the bill."
"Federal hands-off approach to legal pot
defended" Dan Freedman
-"The Justice Department's
No. 2 official mounted a vigorous defense Tuesday of the Obama
administration's decision not to sue states that have legalized
marijuana for recreational purposes, telling senators 'there are
no perfect solutions here.'
James Cole, the deputy attorney
general, said at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee that
federal prosecutors would enter into a 'trust but verify' relationship
with Colorado and Washington, whose voters approved ballot initiatives
last year to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
Cole made clear the new hands-off
approach to marijuana law enforcement would also extend to the
21 states - including California - and the District of Columbia,
all of which have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes."
Footprint of California's Manufacturing Industry More Accurately
Calculated" by Leigh Hutchens at greenoptimistic.com.
"The state of California
hired a team of researchers from Ecofys and Northwestern University,
and the University of California, Berkeley to develop science-based
methods to assess the amount of free allowances California facilities
can receive on the products they manufacture.
The collaboration will help
the Air Resources Board implement the cap-and-trade regulations
in California. The final report was submitted to the Air Resources
Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency on June
30. The insights from the report will be useful not only to California
but to other states, the federal government and a wide range of
A different view of our Cheese
Board Pizza here
Andrew Bacevich on Taking Action in Syria
Syria is everywhere in the news. Phil Donahue, filling in
for Bill Moyers, speaks with historian and Vietnam veteran Andrew
Bacevich about America's role in the world and the possible repercussions
of our actions in the Middle East. Given what we know about
what's going on in Syria, is a U.S. response justified? And if
we take action, where and when does it stop? Is a military response
justified and if we take action, where does it stop?
If you think back to 1980,'
Bacevich tells Donahue, 'and just sort of tick off the number
of military enterprises that we have been engaged in that part
of the world, large and small, you know, Beirut, Afghanistan,
Iraq, Yemen, Somalia - and on and on, and ask yourself, "What
have we got done? What have we achieved? Is the region becoming
more stable? Is it becoming more Democratic? Are we
enhancing America's standing in the eyes of the people of the
Islamic world?'" The answers are, "No, no, and no.'"So
why, Mr. President, do you think that initiating yet another war
in this protracted enterprise is going to produce a different
A graduate of West Point
and Vietnam veteran, Andrew Bacevich served for 23 years in the
military before becoming a professor at Boston University. His
new book, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers
and Their Country, asks whether our reliance on a professional
military rather than a citizen's army has lured us into a morass
of endless war - a trap that threatens not only our global reputation
but democracy itself."
Word on the street continues
that this year's Berkeley's homicides, mostly in the west, are
all the result of the conflict between a west Berkeley group and
a north Oakland group, one might say gang warfare.
On the other hand, one of
Steven Goldin's tenants just off Bancroft, the underwater
robot people (OPENROV), just received 1.3 mil from the venture
Ventures, that in addition to a hundred eleven k from Kickstart.
Remember, it is important
to call 311 for pick up of dumped refuse on city property. But
understand the city will NOT pick up on private or railroad property.
Yesterday at 11:10 AM I was
the target of, as a regular reader observes, "Help me get
your phone in my hand without violence so that I can run away
and sell your phone but keep the money for myself."
Specifically, in front of
2743 8th I was approached by a young black male in his 20s, about
5"10", with glasses, thin, wearing dark pants and sweater
and worn tennies. He was walking south on 8th. He wanted me to
"help make an emergency phone call" probably with my
cellphone. My sense was he would take my cell, then run like hell.
BPD Ofc Coates emails "Ron,
We recommended not loaning your cell phone out to anyone. We have
had cases in the past where that has been used as a ruse and the
suspect then fled with the person's phone."
Our Sally emails of the young
black man "Does he think you just fell off the pumpkin truck?"
has feelings too you know.
"Do Berkeley High School Students Feel
Safe at School?"
"Berkeley High School
juniors feel considerably less threat to their safety than do
their peers on average in Alameda County and California as a whole,
according to recently released results of state surveys."
Coffee with the Councilmember
On Thursday, September 19,
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Northbrae Community Church, Parlor
Room. 941 The Alameda. I hope you can join me for an informal
discussion about what is going on around town. Bring your questions.
I will bring a few refreshments. Please note: The "1868 Earthquake"
lecture originally scheduled for this time and place has been
canceled. My apologies for any inconvenience.
Berkeley City Council will consider amending the city's Medical
Marijuana Ordinance" berkeley.patch.com.
"Berkeley Council Eyes
OK for More Pot Dispensaries:Facing reduced tax revenues from
the local medical marijuana dispensaries caused by federal crackdowns,
the Berkeley City Council agenda Tuesday includes a look at increasing
the number of allowed dispensaries to six from four.
The City of Berkeley had
been anticipating more than a million dollars in tax revenue
next year from the city's three medical marijuana dispensaries
more than double the amount collected this year.
But federal action against
the largest medical pot outlet, Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), has
shaved the anticipated windfall significantly to just under $570,000,
according to a city staff report prepared for Tuesday night's
City Council meeting.
On the agenda are two slightly different proposals for revising
the city's Medical Cannabis Ordinance, an issue that is continued
from the June 11 meeting. Both options one from the City
Manager's office and the other from the city's Medical Cannabis
Commission would refer to the city Planning Commission an
amendment of the city law to increase permitted dispensaries to
six from four."
"Funding problems have blurred the vision
for LBNL's waterfront campus in Richmond" Ron Leuty, San Francisco Business Times.
"Funding problems for an iconic Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory project and federal budget sequestration are leaving
a cloud of uncertainty over the lab's high-profile second campus
Economy Is Headed To Where The Middle Class No Longer Exists"
"According to a study
by economists at the University of California, Berkeley, the Paris
School of Economics, and Oxford University, the income gap in
the U.S. economy in 2012 was similar to what it was in 1920s! "
in front room, light head.
irriitant in front room, light head, wear respirator, Marsha itchy
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.
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.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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