Cops Rumble on Playground : Police Motorcycles Compete in Berkeley at berkeleypatch.com.

City of Berkeley file photo

"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 course.

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 course.

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 Police Department."



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. While
responding to the location BPD received information of a possible victim
near the intersection of 8th Street and Page Street. Officers arrived on
scene and located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victim was transported to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire
Department. The victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital. BPD
is not releasing the victim's name at this time.

BPD Homicide detectives and officers are actively working the crime
scene, canvassing the area, interviewing witnesses and following up on



"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" berkeley.patch.com.

"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 modified food.

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 Mussi 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 of Massachusetts."




"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 components."







"Top 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 48.2 percent.

U.S. income inequality has been growing for almost three decades. "




Porsche $845,000 Hybrid Beats Prius as Hot Rods Go Green

link courtesy Bob Kubik

"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. "












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 results."

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.


























Yesterday September 11th 

our site received 11, 231 hits!



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 this year







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 Berkeley touch.

'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 are created.

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 architecture tales

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 him.

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 on redistricting" dailycal.org.

"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 Law" berkeley.patch.com.

"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."




"California 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."


"California bill would ban conversion kits for automatic weapons" at globalpost.com.

"California lawmakers 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 at sfgate.com.

-"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."






 "Carbon 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 industries."






A different view of our Cheese Board Pizza here on youtube!













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 outcome?'

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 capitalists True 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?"


Bruce Hermann

has feelings too you know.



"Do Berkeley High School Students Feel Safe at School?" at berkeley.patch.com.

"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.

Laurie Capitelli




"The 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 in Richmond."



"The Economy Is Headed To Where The Middle Class No Longer Exists" etfdailynews.com.

"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! "












9/10/13--1:07 PM--irriitant in front room, light head.

9/17/13--8:56 AM--SERIOUS irriitant in front room, light head, wear respirator, Marsha itchy skin.









eternally useful links


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 http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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.



Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

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 at gasbuddy.com

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 here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



All reports 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.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."






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