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There is a God and she loves
I've been invited to show
in the Retro
Berkeley to be held at Fourth Street and Hearst on Sunday,
September 17,2007. It is sponsored by Fourth Street Shops, and
benefits the Berkeley Public Education Foundation. Think I'll
bring my '70 Royal Enfield, maybe the '73 Laverda, maybe . . .
Elliot Abrams emails that
Down Home Music is
moving Uptown. "[Down Home Music] is opening a store here
on Fourth Street . . . on August 10th. [It is] taking the place
of the existing 'Hear Music'. . . . thought you might be happy
to hear this. I can see from your website . . . that music
is a big part of your life."
Retail moving back to Berkeley?
Well, Ok then!
"Cannabis club's assets frozen in agency
raid: Dispensary approved by city can't access cash"
reports Paul T. Rosynsky
in our Times. "A [Berkeley] city-sanctioned medical
marijuana dispensary had its assets frozen this week, prompting
some City Council members to call for new city laws protecting
"Marijuana smoke obstructs air flow: Damaging
effect equals inhaling up to five tobacco cigarettes, but
long-term use doesn't increase emphysema risk, study says" reports the AP'sRay Lilley in the Times.
"Pacific Steel Releases Health Assessment,
Citizens Say Process Flawed"
reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.
"Off to yummer camp" writes Jackie Burrell of the Times.
"The smell of garlicky hummus and sweet, spiced
baklava wafted across La Mediterranee on a recent Monday morning,
immediately followed by a youthful chorus of 'mmmms.'
But the young foodies gathered
around the venerable Berkeley restaurant's tasting table weren't
just sampling the fare. The youngsters were there for a crash
course in Mediterranean cooking -- hand-wrapped dolmas as well
as the classic mashed chickpea spread and flaky, honey-drenched
dessert -- taught by masters in the art.
Welcome to summer camp, Berkeley-style,
where the "cafeterias" are award-winning restaurants
and the 'counselors' professional chefs at the top of their game.
The camp director? A UC Berkeley junior with a passion for food."
"Blow-Up director Antonioni dies: Michelangelo
Antonioni was one of Italy's most acclaimed directors"
reports the BBC. "Italian film director Michelangelo
Antonioni, renowned for his 1966 release Blow-Up, has died aged
He gained two Oscar nominations
for the iconic release, and was awarded an honorary Academy Award
for his life's work in 1995.
He was also nominated for
the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or, five
times between 1960 and 1982."
"Office printers 'are health risk'"writes Nick Bryant of the BBC, Sydney.
"Office printers emit
tiny particles of toner, the scientists say the humble office
printer can damage lungs in much the same way as smoke particles
from cigarettes, according to a team of Australian scientists.
An investigation of a range
of models showed that almost a third emit potentially dangerous
levels of toner into the air.
The Queensland University
of Technology scientists have called on ministers to regulate
these kinds of emissions."
"Foreclosures up 58 percent from 2006:
California has more homes in danger than any other state; U.S.
totals for 2007 could reach 2 million" reports the AP's Alex Veiga in our Times.
"Court confirms former [Berkeley] official's
death sentence: Justices vote 6-1 in automatic appeal in 1988
slaying by waterfront commissioner" reports Josh Richman in our Times.
"The state Supreme Court
on Monday upheld the death sentence of a former Berkeley official
who tried to bludgeon a couple to death and then murdered a friend
and colleague who was going to testify against him."
Our Pete Hurney has some
ukes in the Evolution of the Ukulele show at the Museum of Craft
and Folk Art. The show opens today, August 2 and runs to October
21. The museum is at 51 Yerba Buena Lane in San Francisco. Their
website is www.mocfa.org
Our Margret Elliot emails
a copy of her email sent to Marco Li Mandri, CBD consultant
In Article 36600 of the Streets
and Highways Code, I have discovered the section I have highlighted
below. Since the State law says properties zoned as residential
shall not be a part of the district. I know that many of the residential
property owners do not have separate zoning designations but it
is obviously the intention of the legislation to leave out residential
and agricultural properties. Why then, have you not eliminated
these properties from the benefit district?
36632. (a) The assessments levied on real property pursuant to this
part shall be levied on the basis of the estimated benefit to the
real property within the property and business improvement district.
The city council may classify properties for purposes of determining
the benefit to property of the improvements and activities provided
pursuant to this part.
(b) Assessments levied on businesses pursuant to this part shall
be levied on the basis of the estimated benefit to the businesses
within the property and business improvement district. The city
council may classify businesses for purposes of determining the
benefit to the businesses of the improvements and activities provided
pursuant to this part.
(c) Properties zoned solely for residential use, or that are zoned
for agricultural use, are conclusively presumed not to benefit from
the improvements and service funded through these assessments, and
shall not be subject to any assessment pursuant to this part.
Also, I have
searched in both the Streets and Highways Code and the State Constitution
for the weighted method you have used for property owners votes.
I cannot find this method anywhere in the legislation. Can you
please cite the legal reference for it?
website mentions there are three special benefit districts in
Berkeley. Can you provide me with the names of those benefit districts
and the areas each covers?
seems well-and-good in Potter Creek with our Morgan Smith, Merryl
Saylan and Kava all going ahead with their projects. From the
building of lofts by Kava to Morgan's remodel, all is copacetic.
And Merryl's tenants have moved out and her major rebuild, designed
by Morgan, is about to begin.
Regan's Potter Creek projects have received AIA Awards. The John
Philips and Suzanna Hering building and the Pardee Street Lofts,
foremost among them. John is a world-renowned harpsichord builder
and Suzanna owns Aerosol Dynamics--together they share Regan's
project on 7th is proceeding apace, as in Acme's expansion into
the old welder's building. Solar panels are up on Acme's roof,
the welder-building's west-wall has been cut thru, and steel girders
have been erected to reinforce the shell. The shell by the way
amplifies all construction noise and reflects it toward the work-live
units right across the street.
and Marvin's continues its slow-but-sure building.
900 GRAYSON is today applying to extend
its hours so to serve dinner. Chris is on his way to Planning
today and a modification-of-use sign has been made and posted--thanks
to Regan and Deborah.
900 has just received a "Best
I Ate" award in San Francisco Magazine for its Grayson Burger.
And Miltiades reports that because of lukewarm but encouraging
reviews, Riva Cucina's lunch and dinner have picked up. Riva Cucina
is located in Wareham's Aquatic Center at the end of Heinz.
reports that on Wednesday vehicles were broken into and vandalized
in the secure parking area at the Brickside Lofts, 2777 9th. Berkeley
PD spent a good part of the day at the scene, investigating. Tenants
believe that it was an "inside job."
was Harvs last day on this route--he's moving to a route along
both sides of lower-University, out to the Bay.
Director, Jill Ellis emails
to let you and our neighbors in the community know that we have
a few spaces open for our Sunshine Preschool and Childcare program,
beginning September, for any families with children ages who need
part time or full time care.
have an opportunity to learn in an intimate, caring and neighborhood
center, specially designed for young children. Unique to Sunshine
Preschool is the opportunity for "typical developing"
children to learn sign language, in a culturally diverse environment.
would like to visit, please contact Cindy Dickeson, Program Director.
We are accepting applications now.
available upon request.
"West Berkeley Tax District Questioned" writes Judith Scherr in her
well-crafted Daily Planet story.
beauty to Berkeley's ugly Ashby Avenue gateway, cleaning sidewalks,
adding security, removing graffiti, creating an improved local
transportation system emulating the popular Emery Go Round are
just a few of the reasons South West Berkeley's commercial property
owners want to create an assessment district, says Marco Li Mandri,
president of New City America and consultant on the South West
Berkeley Community Benefits District (CBD) project. . . .
and others within the proposed district boundaries, however, are
beginning to organize against the proposal, arguing that the city
already provides adequate services, for which they pay high taxes."
homeowner, subsequently quoted in his opposition to the CBD, is
our Rick Auerbach, who, importantly, is also the paid lobbyist
of WEBAIC, a west-Berkeley business group, usually and often vocally,
opposed to policies of the CBD creators, members of the West Berkeley
"And also in our Planet
Mr. Rick opines about 'The
Proposed West Berkeley Community Benefits District.' Do take
time to read it."
The last paragraph of his
"Rick Auerbach writes on behalf of WEBAIC, a non-profit trade
organization representing West Berkeley industry, artisans, and
artists, originally created with assistance from the city of Berkeley.
WEBAIC receives no funding from any governmental source."
committee member Urban Ore however, I'm told, received a large
grant from our City.
And of our
Rick Ms Scherr also writes "Grayson Street resident Rick
Auerbach says residents were never asked to help develop the concept.
'They never consulted us,' he said 'Planning has been completely
under the radar.'"
I also wrote
". . . in the last Potter
Creek citizens meeting, at which two WBBA [West Berkeley Business
Alliance] members appeared to present and explain this proposal,
Rick was co-chair . . ."
At that Potter Creek citizens
meeting, all present were asked by the WBBA presenters for input--their
consultant Marco Li Mandri was even available by phone "I
don't have the answer to that. Do you want to talk to Marco?"
an ALL-INCLUSIVE Potter Creek meeting!?
old and new, businesses all, workers, big and small owners, renters,
lessors, investors, recyclers, developers, representatives, others-concerned.
clean, to keep in order: Webster--is alive in Potter Creek today.
Volunteers are cleaning-up the East Bay Humane Society property
and workers are doing the same for Ashby Lumber.
Preschool is having a yard sale today in the parking lot of the
Wareham property at 7th and Heinz.
afternoon there was a birthday party for our Carol of Bob and
Potter Creek kids were there
and friends were shooting hoops at the École Bilingue playground
party yesterday, Rick Auerbach, WEBAIC lobbyist/activist, and
some other Potter Creek neighbors circulated a petition opposing
the Community Benefits District. If you'd like to sign this petition
you might contact Rick. Make your request specific though as Rick
is also a nature photographer, a community activist and currently,
a contractor for the City, taking a survey of west-Berkeley arts/crafts
Birthday--born August 7, 1936-passed December 5, 1977.
AM today a street-sweeping-truck came down the north side of Heinz
at 7th, cleaning as it went, and then continued down the west
side of 7th toward Potter, . . . cleaning.
is well under way at our Potter Creek Bowl site.
Company is sponsering a meeting of the Bay Area Green Chamber
of Commerce on August 22th at 5:30 PM. It will be held at Kruse'
Potter Creek facility.
And at the
Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl property, various earth moving machines
24th, our John Curl will be reading from his new novelistic memoir,
Memories of Drop City: The First Hippie Commune of the 1960s and the
Summer of Love.
will be held at 7:30pm at The Book Zoo bookshop, 6395 Telegraph
Ave, at Alcatraz, Oakland, CA. Their phone is 510-654-2665.
900 GRAYSON regular, Miltiades Mandros,
has just reviewed the T-Rex restaurant on Gilman Street in an
Internet architectural magazine--AIA on line. Check it out. He will have a book review
in the next issue.
"Rolling in dough comes naturally for pizza
cracks Eric Kurhi in our Times.
who knows a thing or two about pizza knows that all pies are not
A visit to
a pizzeria usually involves a checklist regarding what kind of
pizza is desired: New York or Chicago style? Pepperoni and olive,
or ham and pineapple? What about a pesto sauce base, or perhaps
a barbecue chicken pie?
But at the
World Pizza Cup last month in Naples, Italy, such questions were
moot as Tony Gemignani of Castro Valley got ready to tackle the
mother of all pizzas.
Versace Pizzeria Napoletana, or VPN for short. It's the oldest
style and what aficionados consider to be the only true pizza.
One of the
requirements is that the legendary thin crust must be made in
Naples; it's not a stretch to call it the champagne of pizzas.
must be made entirely with Italian ingredients, from the flour
and yeast used in the dough, to the toppings of San Marzano tomatoes,
local mozzarella cheeses, Italian olive oil and sea salt. It must
be 13 inches in diameter. It must be baked for 90 seconds in a
wood-burning oven heated to 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
33, won that competition, as he had many before. An eight-time
world champion pizza slinger, he holds Guinness World Records
for dough acrobatics and tossing the largest pie."
"Berkeley's long, tortured relationship
with the automobile may soon pull a surprise U-turn" writes Carolyn Jones in the
decades of shunning cars by using flower-planter roadblocks, anti-global-warming
policies and alternative-transportation strategies, the city is
considering rezoning two areas in West Berkeley to allow car dealerships.
The change would allow dealers that currently have cramped, relatively
inaccessible showrooms downtown to relocate closer to the freeway
and double the size of their lots.
'If we want
to keep auto dealers in Berkeley, we have to give them space to
relocate,' said Dave Fogarty of the city's economic development
office. 'If they're not allowed to move, eventually we won't have
any car dealers left in Berkeley.'
Commission will consider the zoning changes at its Sept. 5 meeting.
The city currently has no land zoned for auto dealers. The existing
dealers have grandfathered exemptions.
five auto dealers contribute about $1.2 million annually in sales
tax revenue, about 10 percent of the city's sales tax income.
Four of the dealers - Honda, Toyota, Volvo and Nissan - occupy
an antiquated auto row on south Shattuck Avenue that the city
would like to see developed into housing and retail. The fifth
dealer, BMW, one of the East Bay's busiest car dealers, is on
Ashby Avenue near Interstate 80."
"Local blogs are key to future of politics" writes Joe Garofoli of the
San Francisco Chronicle.
"American Home files for protection: Tenth
largest mortgage lender lays off most of its workforce; two other
top subprime lenders stop taking applications" reports Dan Seymour.
Mortgage Investment Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday
and two other mortgage lenders said they were not accepting new
applications, signs that the worst housing crunch in decades could
Home Mortgage, based in Melville, N.Y., and once the nation's
10th largest mortgage lender, said it fell victim to 'extraordinary
disruptions' that effectively cut off the funding it needed to
make new loans. Falling home prices and a spike in payment defaults
scared investors away from mortgage debt, including bonds and
other securities backed by home loans.
Aegis Mortgage Corp. said it would not accept any more applications
and said it could not meet all of its existing funding obligations.
Cleveland-based National City Corp. also stopped taking applications
for new loans and lines of credit in its wholesale home equity
'We are in
a market now where value is a fleeting concept, Securities analyst
Steven DeLaney said of the vanishing appetite among investors
for the bundles of mortgage debt that had been the funding lifeline
for the industry. 'The market today has just basically shut down.'
"Commercial loans see few foreclosures:
Rates hit five-year low, even as residential market grapples with
record default numbers" reports Katherine Conrad in our Times.
in California's commercial real estate market hit a five-year
low, in contrast with the residential market, which is reeling
with a record number of defaults."
"Foreclosure auctions attract few bids:
More homes go on the block, but low equity tempers bidder interest"
reports Eve Mitchell. " Just about every day they gather on the courthouse
steps, waiting for an auctioneer to read off a list of foreclosed
"The new wave of Silicon Valley start-ups" reports BBC News.
is the southern part of San Francisco's Bay Area, stretching from
the city to San Jose. This is one of the top research and development
centres in the world; wherever you look someone is having a good
to the Wall Street Journal, half of the 20 most inventive towns
in the US are in Silicon Valley.
the place is not just about silicon chip makers; all technology
It is a string
of satellite towns full of clever people, incredibly successful
tech companies, and hopefuls looking to make the big time.
was the centre of the dotcom bubble of the mid 90s, when investors
were pouring money into anything with a dot in the title. Of course
it was also the hardest hit when the bubble burst. For every surviving
big player, hundreds went under.
Now the optimism
is back, along with the money."
"Asia's brown clouds 'warm planet' "
BBC News. "Clouds
of pollution over the Indian Ocean appear to cause as much warming
as greenhouse gases released by human activity, a study has suggested.
used unmanned aircraft to measure the effects of the 'brown clouds'
on the surrounding area.
Nature, they said the tiny particles increased the solar heating
of the lower atmosphere by about 50%.
could be enough to explain the retreat of glaciers in the Himalayas,
the scientists proposed."
was one of the organizers of a west-Oakland community meeting
concerning his neighborhood crime. About it, and Oakland crime
in general, the Chronicle's Chip Johnson writes
"Leadership sadly lacking in wake of the
of a well-known journalist, the arrest of members of a local Muslim
group - including a man who confessed to the shooting - and seven
other shootings over the last few days have left Oakland residents
reeling. The shooting death of Chauncey Bailey, the Oakland Post
editor who was gunned down while walking to work Thursday morning
near Alice and 14th streets, gained national attention because
of the rarity in which journalists in this country are shot in
the line of duty. That's something that happens in lawless or
corrupt countries, not
ours. Oakland police moved swiftly, raiding the group's San Pablo
Avenue bakery and three other locations early Friday morning,
even as public outrage over Bailey's death and the ensuing homicide
spree grew. Seven people were arrested, and at least three of
them could be charged today in connection with Bailey's slaying
and a May kidnapping.While organizers in all these neighborhoods
give the under-manned Oakland police officers high marks for trying
to respond and help neighborhoods to help themselves, most hold
a dim view of the way city officials have responded to their plight
- and their pleas.
weeks of trying, and threatening to contact the media, a group
of residents, businesses and ministers from Martin Luther King
Jr. Way between Grand Avenue and 40th Street met with a Dellums
aide last week to recount their travails with crime in recent
In a meeting
attended by nearly 20 people, including more than a half dozen
local ministers and a police lieutenant, the mayor's point man,
Victor Ochoa, told the group assembled at Second Bethel Church
that he wasn't aware that their neighborhood was a high-crime
walked out of the room,' said Miltiades Mandros, 63, whose home
has been hit with stray bullets. So the community informed him:
Since June 8, eight people had been shot or killed in five separate
incidents in the neighborhood. Among those hit was a 12-year-old
boy struck in his home by a stray bullet last week.
Anthony Gilmore, whose church hosted the meeting, said he shared
his community's frustration."
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when all the dust settles, west-Berkeley citizens will grasp the
irony of self-empowered community activists characterizing the
Community Benefit District weighted-voting as not-representative.
had a party last Sunday--sort of "I'm back" or "My
house is being redone."
lots of people there, but Merryll's husband Ed "Fast Eddy"
Saylan wasn't. He passed a few years ago.
a lot from Ed, but once, when I asked what The Big One was like,
he said "Read Bill Mauldin!" Ed didn't talk much about
his service in WWII. I knew he was a waist-gunner on a B-24 in
the USAAF. That he was busted to private and sent to the infantry
for something about a jeep and lieutenant. I always suspected
he popped the guy. The lieutenant was a Cracker and Ed claimed
to be one of only two Jews in his regiment.
did I read Mauldin's Up Front.
a hole in your back yard while it is raining. Sit in the hole
until the water climbs up and around your ankles. Pour cold mud
down your shirt collar. Sit there for forty-eight hours, and,
so there is no danger of you dozing off, imagine that a guy is
sneaking around waiting for a chance to club you on the head or
set your house on fire.
Get out of
the hole, fill a suitcase full of rocks, pick it up, put a shotgun
in your other hand, and walk on the muddiest road you can find.
Fall flat on your face every few minutes as you imagine big meteors
streaking down to sock you.
or twelve miles (remember--you are still carrying the shotgun
and suitcase) start sneaking through the wet brush. Imagine that
somebody has bobby-trapped your route with rattlesnakes which
will bite you if you step on them. Give some friend a rifle and
have him blast in your direction once in a while.
until you find a bull. Try to figure out a way to sneak around
him without letting him see you. When he does see you, run like
hell all the way back to your hole in the back yard, drop the
suitcase and shotgun and get in.
If you repeat
this performance every three days for several months you might
begin to understand why an infantry man sometimes gets out of
breath. But you still won't understand how how feels when things
is leaving her job as dispatcher at Kruse Plumbing: she found
a job closer to home and her new baby, Gabrielle. Today is her
last day at work and Kruse is throwing a good-bye, all-you-can-eat
Mexican lunch for her.
900 GRAYSON was on KGO CHANNEL 7 today
at 3:00 PM. The Grayson Burger was featured in a San Francisco
Magazine piece--the food editor waxing enthusiastically over the
burger. The Grayson Burger was the "Best I Ate" burger
in their current food issue. Josh went to San Francisco Magazine's
office in the city at one o'clock with samples for the spot.
Bilngue has replaced the supports of their basketball-backboards
and has resurfaced their 8th and Grayson playground. And this
afternoon striped the playground surface and policed the area.
is again policing the streets of Potter Creek. I saw him the other
day working with his pickup-stick and black trash-bag.
I saw another city-truck in Potter Creek picking up dumped trash--this
one, new, in addition to the junker that now almost-regularly
patrols our streets. I haven't seen this much junk/trash removal
by the city here in over thirty years.
Sullivan was under the hood of his old Chevy pickup in his Acme
a Bay Area morning news program had three kids reading there poetry.
Does a poetry slam work on Sunday morning? This one did! The teenagers
were from Youthspeaks
in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has helped grow a movement
of young people picking up the pen and taking hold of the microphone
in the Bay Area and beyond as creators of social, artistic, educational
and political change. We are absolutely committed to providing
youth with as many opportunities as possible to develop and publicly
present their voices in a variety of media - from live performances
and theater, to videos, books, cd's, and right here online."
They are great group. Check them out !
In the last few days, national central-banks world wide, have
pumped well over 300 billion dollars into the world economy to
increase liquidity and so prevent the collapse of world credit-markets,
and save our a##.
collapsing US residential real estate market isn't just a national
issue--has to do with a world wide secondary market in US home
makes and sells homemade preserves and she's here on 4th Street
Check her out!
our City Council members and family at 900
for breakfast yesterday morning? Yes, I believe they were.
a regular, David Hicks, the
beautiful Argentinean singer, Maria Volonté lunched at 900 GRAYSON today.
She performed at La Peña on Sunday with her quartet featuring
Pedro Giraudo, Octavio Brunetti and Franco Pinna.
and I dined at Riva Cucina last night.
the week from the late Merv Griffin "Never be afraid of change."
Eggs contributor, grad-student and soon-to-be Phd candidate in
Paris, emails from Mexico City.
on my masters thesis, it has to be ready in a couple of weeks.
And I already have my plane ticket, I'm leaving on October 10th.
So . . . Paris, here I come !
I still have so many papers to do but now it's real, my PhD is
real. I'm so excited !!!
of Berkeley Mills is going to Viet Nam on a business trip this
No End In
Sight is a film made by business-man/entrepreneur, Charles Ferguson
about our involvement in Iraq. Of it, Ferguson's site says "No
End In Sight provides an exclusive and candid telling of Iraq's
descent into chaos and warfare as a consequence of the debilitating
decisions made by US."
"Quit Complaining--It May Make You Feel
writes Melissa Dahl of MSNBC.
confronted with a problem, Ashley Merydith has a routine for dealing
with it: She talks about it. Incessantly. To anyone who will listen.
'So he did
this, and then I said this, and then he texted me this,' says
Merydith, 23, describing the intricacies of a venting session.
'It's basically rehashing every conversation.'
is to get it off her chest and feel better about the issue. But
often, Merydith finds that venting about her problems has the
exact opposite effect. 'It makes you more amped up about the problem,'
says Merydith, of Charlotte, N.C.
frustrations is a natural way of dealing with them--but watch
out for when a conversation dissolves into a bitch session. Talking
your problems to death can make you feel even worse."
emails about antisocial behavior in Potter Creek
dumped the sewage tank from an RV into the gutter across the street
from my house. I first smelled it in my backyard several hundred
The nearest neighbor hosed it down which relieved the situation.
This is a new high in antisocial behavior! Not only that, but
I believe it is criminal since that must eventually drain through
the storm sewer into the bay.
morning, but no where near as serious, around 11:00 AM the street
of the 2800 block of Eight was covered with shredded paper and
waste-office-correspondence from a business down the street.
I don't mind
spending forty-five minutes of weekend mornings cleaning up the
block, but shit!
And no one
fuckin' picked it up but me.
900's lunch-crowd spilled over and
on to the sidewalk today. Kimar and I are going to try for lunch
at Riva Cucina tomorrow.
has a photo of Berkeley kids cleaning up south-Berkeley. And,
I saw three kids on 8th Street yesterday with a waste-basket,
not knowing where to begin.
and related media about the August 2, 2007 slaying of
newspaper man, Chauncey Bailey and the subsequent investigation
is more in "Swanson
also tried to help bakery avoid bankruptcy: Assemblyman one of
number of officials who attempted to save business despite its
failings, criminal record" by Cecily Burt of the Oakland Tribune.
Mayor Ron Dellums and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee are not the only prominent
East Bay politicians who, despite its tainted reputation, pledged
support for Your Black Muslim Bakery by asking a bankruptcy judge
not to dissolve the business to pay off creditors.
Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland, joined Dellums and Lee, both his former
bosses, and wrote a letter to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Edward D.
Jellen last month on behalf of the bakery when asked by a former
associate of the late founder Yusuf Bey."
"Heavy losses sweep world markets" reports
world's markets are being closely watched. London's FTSE 100 fell
below the 6,000 level as uncertainty over the impact of losses
in the US sub-prime lending market persisted."
"The Collateral Damage of the US Interest
Policies: The effects of low-rate loans in the US have caused
waves around the world" reports DW-TV.
Kater, chief political economist at Germany's DekaBank, said the
US Federal Reserve Bank is partly to blame for the American subprime
mortgage crisis and its international effects.
Central Bank (ECB) has added another 7.7 billion euros ($10.7
billion) in a quick tender Tuesday aimed at calming continued
liquidity fears in the wake of the crisis in the US home loan
central bank has injected over 200 million euros into the financial
system since Thursday."
"Deutsche Bank Hires Ex-Fed Chief Greenspan:
The respected, veteran banker will now advise Deutsche Bank"
biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, has appointed retired US Federal
Reserve Board chairman, Alan Greenspan, as a senior advisor.
Bank Chief executive Josef Ackerman described Greenspan as one
of the 'architects of the modern financial system' as he announced
the move on Monday."
our computers become independently intelligent, will they tell
in front room. 8:56 AM--irritant in front room plus odor of "burning
rubber." 10:14 AM--irritant in warehouse plus chlorine-like
odor, use mask.
has exploded this week with 4,000 to 8,000 hits a day, mid-week--the
Scrambled Eggs and Lox archives receiving the most traffic.
beat goes on.
for the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl
"Planning in Berkeley: Doing Our Job"
opines Dan Marks in our Planet. "Mark Twain is supposed
to have said 'never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the
barrel.' I have followed that adage for most of my career, choosing
not to respond to articles and editorials in newspapers, and especially
not the Daily Planet, which has shown antipathy for my department,
my staff and my profession. Despite my concern with the forum,
as the director of Planning and Development for the city, I feel
compelled to respond to Ms. O'Malley's editorials of Aug. 7 and
10 and Mr. Wollmer's commentary of Aug. 10. "
"California, where the grass is greener.
What one hugely successful city reveals about America" is a provocative story in The
new financial order is undergoing its harshest test. It will not
be pretty, but it is necessary" reports The Economist."
last Wednesday. My memory of Max is in
hadn't listened to as many records as we had" at I
Learned to Love Records.
Roach [was] a founder of modern jazz who rewrote the rules of
drumming in the 1940's and spent the rest of his career breaking
afternoon I spent 20 minutes in front of the warehouse, relaxing
in one the chairs Richard dropped off months ago-- a green plastic
vacuum-formed job of unusual comfort--yet aggravated by the sight
of the still present shredded-paper in the gutter in front of
the French School playground--now including to-go-food-containers,
used food, and lots of leaves, all the time wondering why someone
doesn't clean it up. Then I got it, took a push-broom and large
paper bag, went across the street and in less time than it took
whining-to-myself about it, cleaned-it-up.
"Artist-Industrial enclave in West Berkeley
feeling growth pressure" reports the San Francisco Chronicle's
to strict zoning laws, West Berkeley is like a bug trapped in
amber. The outside world keeps changing, but West Berkeley is
encased in a timeless golden bubble.
happily with biotech researchers. Architects and steel workers
mingle over the tofu scramble at the Westside Cafe. No one fights
over parking, and the bougainvillea is always blooming.
is looming, and not even Berkeley's stringent industrial and
multi-use zoning laws - which have kept gentrification mostly
at bay - can protect a neighborhood forever."
a worker at École Bilingue, is also a singer with the Bluegrass
group, Foggy Gulch. Check it out here.
Well Ok then.
those were our city-workers steam-cleaning the trash receptacle
on the corner of San Pablo and Grayson--we could use more trash
containers in Potter Creek.
Quite a lunch
crowd at 900 yesterday. Around noon, Council
woman Betty Olds arrived with staff, followed by an 8-top from
Meyer Sound, then Kava and Phil Wood, and Morgan Smith. Later
the waiting-crowd over-flowed onto the side-walk.
at the bar was the possible quote of the week. "Right now
the Berkeley Bowl is an 8 million dollar hole in the ground."
ten days, this site as a whole has had an average of just over
five-thousand (5000) hits a day. If this level of access continues,
traffic will be about two-million (2,000,000) hits a year.
is going to the opera today--the Santa Fe Opera, for a long weekend
of music in the desert.
there will be a meeting of west-Berkeley neighbors about the proposed
Community Benefits District. It will be Monday, August 27th at
7: 00 PM in the École Bilingue, 1009 Heinz--the corner
of 9th and Heinz, diagonally across the street from the Potter
Creek Berkeley Bowl site.
My old friend
WD attended the Glimmerglass
Opera in Copperstown,
New York recently and there met two women from Berkeley. He mentioned
that he had a friend here who had a web-newsletter, Scrambled
Eggs and Lox. "Oh, we read that" one exclaimed.
practice doing loops around the courts, Natalie learned to ride
a 2 wheeler tonight!
on which Natalie learned are on the École Bilingue playground.
I had dinner
at Riva Cucina the other evening and ordered Triangoli alla salsiccia--house
made ravioli-filled with mild Italian sausage and shallots with
fresh tomato, green onion sauce--extraordinary. The homemade pasta
was the perfect foil for the sweet Italian sausage with shallots
and the diced fresh tomatoes and green onions in olive oil complimented
beautifully. The sausage is Luganeza.
"Fee plan for new fields sparks outcry:
[Berkeley] School board will vote tonight on $90 per hour levy"
reports Doug Oakley in our Times.
new sports fields expected to cater to the demands of about 17,000
East Bay youths will not open in Berkeley until fall, but already
a proposed fee to play on one of them is creating a stir. The
field at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Derby Street, which will
open next month, is owned by the Berkeley Unified School District,
whose board will consider approving a $90-an-hour fee tonight
for youth athletic teams."
"Chocolatemaker takes big bite of market"
the Times' Janis Mara.
its edible chocolate boxes, truffles and caramel-covered Granny
Apples, Emeryville-based Charles Chocolates is a company you can
sink your teeth into."
"Mortgage fiascoes devour jobs: Home-loan
industry crisis leads to more than 600 workers losing
jobs in the East Bay this year" writes George Avalos in our Times.
Murphy thought last week that she had a good shot at landing a
job to process home loans -- until she found out she was one of
60 people who had applied for the post at a local company."
"Mortgage job losses surpass 40,000"
Ieva M Augstums of the AP in the Times.
"At the North Carolina offices of mortgage lender HomeBanc
Corp., Archie Clark is the only employee left. But in a few days,
he'll be gone, too. When Clark finishes helping movers from the
company's Atlanta headquarters collect computers and other property,
he'll join the more than 25,000 workers nationwide who have lost
jobs in the financial services industry since the beginning of
the month with more than half coming since last Friday.
exceptions, the cuts are the direct result of woes in the nation's
"Home sales sink to 12-year low: Despite
sizable drops in July for Contra Costa and Alameda counties, median
prices continue to rise, DataQuick says" reports Barbara E. Hernandez
of our Times.
home sales in July were the slowest in Solano County since 1989
and the slowest in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 12 years,
DataQuick Information Systems reported Wednesday.
Most of the
Bay Area reported sales drops year-over-year in single digits,
but in Contra Costa County sales dropped 24 percent and in Solano
County sales dipped 36.7 percent. San Francisco reported the only
rise in home sales -- 4.1 percent.
sales accounted for 4.5 percent of the state's July sales activity,
up from 4.1 percent in June and up from 1.5 percent in July 2006."
"Countrywide Financial's credit woes force
it to borrow billions" reports the AP's Alex Veiga.
credit mess forced Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest
mortgage lender, to borrow $11.5 billion on Thursday, shocking
financial markets already reeling from the growing credit crunch
and threatening to make home loans harder to get."
also reports "Bank of America invests in lender: Countrywide
gets $2 billion equity investment as it deals with subprime fallout.
Countrywide Financial Corp. said Wednesday that Bank of America
Corp. has made an equity investment of $2 billion in the company,
a deal that comes as the nation's largest mortgage lender tries
to weather a credit crunch that has rocked Wall Street and the
mortgage industry. The transaction was completed and funded Wednesday,
Countrywide said." Full story is here.
"Wayans team cancels [Oakland] Army base
reuse plan: Port's expansion next door would bring noise and
pollution, block Bay view, entertainers' reps say" report Kelly Rayburn and Cecily
Burt of Media News.
Wayans brothers' development team pulled out of negotiations with
the city over plans to build a movie studio and arts and retail
center on the former Army base in West Oakland this week, leaving
the future development of the base in question, city officials
said . .."
Sterling of the AP gives a potted history of the CD in "Compact
Disc celebrates 25th anniversary"
has installed a semi-truck sized diesel generator and 1000 gallons
of diesel fuel in their parking lot about 40 feet from my house.They
intend to run it seven days a week from 9:00am to 7:00 pm for
three weeks! It was started up yesterday - they promised to shut
down at 6:00, but it ran until 7:30.For me it means keeping my
windows shut all day and not using my yard - even on weekends.
. . . What recourse do we have?
I went into
the City of Berkeley "Permit" office and talked to Malcomb
Supervising building inspector. He was helpful and said he would
send an inspector to see if what they are doing is legal from
their viewpoint. It might or might not be legal depending on previous
agreements. They do not have a permit for the generator, but may
not need one. They appear to have done previous construction with
Then I went to "Environmental Health" and spoke to Denise
who was very helpful. She seemed especially concerned about the
storage of diesel fuel. She said she would send an inspector from
their department, Jason Ho, to check it out.
She also will refer it to the "Toxics" department and
to the "Fire Department'.
wandering around this morning in search of a breakfast spot, I
decided to try the Cocina Poblano, which took over from the Italian
place which formerly occupied the corner at 64th, across from
Starbucks. Mexican food for breakfast is not normally my favorite,
but I had a surprisingly good spinach and mushroom omelet. Even
"Best-laid community plan goes awry: Mountain
House in San Joaquin County serves as a microcosm for housing
market struggles" writes
Katherine Conrad of our Times.
Mountain House, visionaries carefully planned streets, schools,
sewers -- everything needed to create a thriving community of
16,000 homes in the middle of San Joaquin County's farmland.
and they will come. And they did.
in 2003, thousands of Silicon Valley residents desperate for a
house, two-car garage and backyard made the hour-plus commute
from the job-rich Bay Area over the Altamont Pass to Mountain
home prices started in the low $300,000s.
the real estate boom went bust. Last month, DataQuick reported
that San Joaquin County mortgage holders were among the most likely
in the state to default on their payments; San Joaquin County
has the highest foreclosure rate among the nation's 100 largest
metropolitan areas, RealtyTrac recently reported."
"Building a balance: Affordable housing
goals shift" reports
years, Bay Area cities such as Oakland and Antioch supplied much
of the East Bay's affordable housing, but now more-affluent communities
are being asked to carry some of the weight.
be a dramatic shift in the way housing is divvied up -- and one
that regional leaders say is critical. The burden of providing
housing for the poor must be shared, they say."
"Could Asian shares provide a safe haven for global investors"
asks the Economist.
often seems that everything is made in China, but certainly not
the latest turmoil in financial markets. Over the past four weeks,
as world share prices have plunged, Chinese A-shares have leapt
by over 20%. And as central banks elsewhere worry about a credit
crunch, China's central bank this week raised interest rates for
time this year."
"Group says [Berkeley] steel plant emits
toxic metal traces: Global Community Monitor contends tests show
manganese, nickel from Pacific Steel Casting" reports Doug Oakley of our
Steel Casting is showering West Berkeley's skies with toxic metal
traces that can cause cancer and neurological problems, according
to a group of activists who have been monitoring air around the
plant since May.
Monitor, a nonprofit environmental justice group based in San
Francisco, started monitoring the air with a $25,000 grant from
the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
released preliminary data Tuesday from 12 air monitoring sites
around Pacific Steel Casting, which has been making steel parts
such as fire hydrants, truck parts and bridge pieces in Berkeley
since 1934. It found levels of manganese and nickel much higher
than those deemed safe by the World Health Organization and the
Environmental Protection Agency.
plans to continue monitoring through December, director Denny
consultant Peter Guerrero called on Pacific Steel to shut down
the plant or install additional pollution-control devices."
Casting is featured in Zelda Bronstein's beautifully crafted mini-film
about west-Berkeley manufacturing, Made in Berkeley. Also featured in her film are
Potter Creek's Adams and Chittinden Scientific Glass and John
Phillips, Harpsichord Maker.
As I posted
on 8/28, Tippett Studios has placed a temporary diesel generator
right behind Bob and Carol's home--they both are neighbors on
Pardee and 10th. Bob emailed on the 28th "They intend to
run it seven days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm for three weeks!
It was started up yesterday."
didn't mention is that it exhausts into what is an urban canyon
formed around Bob and Carol's back yard by taller buildings immediately
to the west and south and the diesel exhaust is carcinogenic.
The Monthly has a story about
my favorite Irish developer, Patrick Kennedy.
"A Developer? In Berkeley?
Developer Patrick Kennedy has waded through the often-contentious
zoning debates in Berkeley to be one of the city's most prolific
builders. Although he sold his properties this spring, the
controversial developer has a vision that's bigger than ever"
writes Eve Kushner.
The story will be on-line,
mid-month at www.themonthly.com with Patrick's photo, a good-looking
guy he is, too.
Bruce Hermann--Potter Creek's
Pumpkin Man--would like to thank whoever placed the plate of stones
and still-quite-good cigarette butts at his feet the other night.
(Though he personally is not a smoker. But he does thank you for
policing your area.) Also, he would like to thank you personally
but does not have the patience to go through 12 hours of our surveillance
tape, see you, find you, and then meet you. (Though, I did mention
he could scan it in 2 to 3 hours.)
Our Councilman, Darryl Moore
emails about Labor Day crime
in Potter Creek.
We have sent your concern to our areawide police officer Officer
Frankel. I have asked the police department to provide greater
service to the Potter Creek neighborhood during the Labor Day
Dozens and dozens and dozens
of working artists in Potter Creek? I'd nominate all the men and
women at Tippett Studios. They are not only artists but computer
graphicists, animators and . . . magicians.
And, just what are they working
Scheduled for release on
November 21 this year is Disney's Enchanted. Of it imdb writes
A classic Disney fairytale
collides with modern-day New York City in
a story about a fairytale princess (Amy Adams) from the past who
thrust into present-day by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon). Soon
her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life
love after meeting a handsome lawyer (Patrick Dempsey). Can a
storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
In one scene, Prince Edward
rides a bus through Times Square. In the
background a large poster can be seen advertising the musical
"Wicked," which originally featured Idina Menzel, who
plays Nancy in
"Enchanted," in the starring role.
Much more here.
And based on the Philip Pullman
novel adapted by Chris Weitz, is Golden Compass. Again, from imdb
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far
to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible
experiments by a mysterious organization. In leading roles are
Nicole Kidman and Daniel
It is scheduled for release
7, December this year.
Finally, the project for
which Tippett Studios needs a generator to power additional computors
is Spiderwicke, based on the Spiderwicke Chronicles, a series
of childrens' books about which mumsnet writes
"Surely the Lemony Snicket books are the best books EVER
to read aloud to your children?"
Read about these books here.
There is a year-end deadline
for this project.
DW TV reports
"Germany's Largest Synagogue Reopens in
Berlin's Ryke Street synagogue,
Germany's largest [with a capacity of 1200], completed its remarkable
return to its former glory Friday when it was reopened after extensive
Nearly 70 years after it
was badly damaged in the 1938 Nazi pogrom known as Kristallnacht
(Night of Broken Glass), Germany's largest synagogue reopened
in Berlin Friday after being restored to its original glory over
the past year at a cost of 5 million euros ($7 million).
Built in 1904 in the neo-Romanesque
style, the Ryke Street synagogue was attacked during the infamous
night of violence during which Adolf Hitler's followers torched
Jewish homes, businesses and places of worship. While the synagogue
was desecrated, it was not burned down, apparently because the
Nazis feared causing damage to the surrounding buildings.
The Jewish community see
great hope in the reopening
Now, after a colorful history
which also saw it fall under communist rule, the synagogue has
been reborn as symbol of the rebirth of the Jewish community in
the German capital."
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
again stresses that "I believe it is up to each of us to
report what crime we see, and/or are aware of, to the City in
order to get and keep their attention." The contacts are
Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darrell Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
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