. . . wake up, it's 2005.
Service for Ed Saylan will be held Saturday, January 8 at 2:00PM
in Saint Luke's Church, 10 Bay View--just off Point San Pedro
Road--in San Rafael.
Scrambled Eggs and Lox last year? According to my server, citizens
of about one-hundred countries.
(Canada) (Italy) (France) (Germany) (United Kingdom) (United States)
(Singapore) (Australia) (China) (Switzerland) (Belgium) (USA Military)
(Mexico) (Sweden) (Denmark) (Taiwan) (Finland) (Hong Kong) (Israel)
(Spain) (Brazil) (Argentina) (Hungary) (Austria) (Poland) (Greece)
(Czech Republic) (New Zealand) (Portugal) (Norway) (Seychelles)
(Russian Federation) (Peru) (South Korea) (Estonia) (United Arab
Emirates) (Turkey) (Saudi Arabia) (Croatia) (Malaysia) (South
Africa) (Chile) (Thailand) (Colombia) (Slovak Republic) (Philippines)
(India) (Ireland) (Latvia) (Yugoslavia) (Iceland) (Indonesia)
(Romania) (Lebanon) (Vietnam) (Slovenia) (Ukraine) (Dominican
Republic) (Costa Rica) (Luxembourg) (Iran) (Venezuela) (Trinidad
and Tobago) (Ecuador) (Lithuania) (Uruguay) (Syria) (Qatar) (Bolivia)
(Jordan) (Tonga) (Bermuda) (Niue) (Cyprus) (Malta) (Benin) (Egypt)
(Nicaragua) (Honduras) (Kenya) (Mauritius) (Macedonia) (Belarus)
(Tanzania) (Monaco) (Uganda) (Georgia) (Faroe Islands) (Tunisia)
(Cocos [Keeling] Islands) (Bulgaria) (Bosnia-Herzegovina) (Ivory
Coast [Cote D'Ivoire]) (Morocco) (Nigeria)
with Kimar's months-ago-conclusion about our university "The
friendly giant doesn't play nice," Carrie Sturrock reports
in the San Francisco Chronicle"City
ready to fight big UC expansion. University's long-range development
blueprint 'is really damaging,' mayor says."
Architects email "West Berkeley Bowl, the 920 Heinz Avenue
project, will not be not be heard at the January 12th Planning
Commission Meeting because the owners of Berkeley Bowl have long-standing
arrangements to be out of town. The project team realizes it is
important that the owners be available for questions at the meeting,
thus the project will be heard at the January 26th meeting."
emails concerning the Berkeley Bowl Planning Commision meeting
in January "community members [should] send all their questions
and concerns [about Potter Creek's Berkeley Bowl] to John Curl
at firstname.lastname@example.org John will forward [them] to
the Planning Commission."
Potter Creek think of its proposed Berkeley Bowl? Frankly, right
now no one really knows. Rather than listening to reporters, activists,
meeting attendees or ole farts, have a professional survey taken.
After all, reporters have deadlines, activists, agendas, meeting
attendance is self-selecting and old farts, . . . well. If a survey
is not taken, all is conjecture--some informed, some not. Want
to know what Potter Creekers really feel? Ask them. Until then,
as my Working-Class, Ole man, Max would say, we are all just "pissing
into the wind."
part of the Mayor's December report
to Talk - Neighbor Meetings Planned
Over the next six months, I will be working with Council Members
and Berkeley residents to hold dozens of 'living room meetings'
throughout the City. It will be an opportunity to talk with small
groups of neighbors in detail about the challenges facing the
City, including setting budget priorities. If you are interested
in hosting a living room meeting, or just want to be on the invite
list if one is set in your neighborhood, please . . . let us know."
but remember biker Cliff Miller's "You generally don't learn
much while your lips are moving."
How is west-Berkeley
changing? Look around! Avenue Used Cars' lot at 2205 San Pablo
is now filled with BMWs, Mercedes and Jaguars. It used to be filled
with Olds, Cheys and Dodges.
Mingus by Jim Marshall, 1976
the leading photographer of our music in The Day, a limited selection
of Marshall's photos is now available from wolfgangsvault.com
Gallery has served artists and the communtiy for decades.
the Gallery right now, Rosanne Reynolds is mounting her show,
Tangible Results: A Retrospective, January 9-January 29. There
is a reception Sunday, January 9th, 3-6PM. The Nexus Gallery is
located at 2707 8th Street, Berkeley.
check out Rosanne's
In the near
future, a Nexus feature.
"Pollution Study to Identify Communities'
reports Denis Cuff of the West County Times. Cuff writes
"A 2003 study conducted in Southern California found people
living next to busy freeways faced a greater cancer risk from
breathing vehicle exhaust than residents of highly industrial
areas. Bay Area officials expect to find similar results."
that begins with expectations is flawed from the start, the result
not science but propaganda. Dennis Bolt, a representative for--of
all people--the Western States Petroleum Association pleads "This
is groundbreaking work. Let's . . . get it right."
two hours in which we remembered the good things about Ed Saylan,
it didn't rain over St. Luke's and was almost always sunny. That
in a day of otherwise grey skies and heavy rain. "Fooled
um all" quipped Lipofsky as we left. "Huh" I thought
"Ed regularly did do good deeds." But he was just a
man, and we did have some knock-down, drag-out arguments. As his
health declined, and after one particularly heated confrontation,
he said "You know sometimes I say things I don't mean."
Unusual from a man who almost all his life said to me what he
this half-size violin for Art of Note, a money raising project
to benefit Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Madison, Wisconsin.
He donated it for auction.
Creek worker and a superb harpsichordist is giving two benefit
concerts for Tsunami victims. Our Janine Johnson, harpsichordist
emails " I have decided to give a couple of house concerts,
with all the proceeds going to the American Red Cross International
Relief Fund. The concerts will be Saturday morning-coffee concert
January 15th, at 10:30 AM, and a second one on Sunday January
23rd at 4:00 PM." Email
Janine for details,
Le Moulin a Vent.........................................François
Les Chérubins ou L,aimablé Lazure....................François
Air pour Zéphire........................................
Air Vif pour Zéphire et la Rose.........................J.P.
Parhelia (Sun Dogs)
Altocumulus (Mackerel Sky)
Cumulus Humilis (Sheep)
Cumulus Congestus (Towering Cauliflower)
Crepuscular Rays (Inspirational Greeting Card)
IV in e minor.....................................................Louis-Antoine
Dornel ca. 1685-1765
Allemande, La St. Pierre
La Convalescente, Movement de Sarabande
La Jeune Muse
La Tendre Brune
Tambourins 1 & 2
Suite VI in E major......................................Johann
Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
best part of dinner at Kimar's?
. . . it's the food!
this case, a Sunday Dinner of pomegranate pork with Pinot Noir,
a white-pear salad with Oregon blue cheese and candied pecans
and a rum-raisin rice pudding.
is speaking today.
"The Mayor will discuss his priorities on issues ranging
from the budget to UC Berkeley during his 20-minute address to
the City and the City Council today at 5 p.m. Mayor Tom Bates
will lay out his agenda and priorities for the coming year during
a speech at Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 11th. His agenda
includes reforms to the city's operations and budget process,
expanded volunteer services for children and youth, stronger environmental
leadership, developing a community vision for downtown development,
and the creation of a fair partnership with UC Berkeley."
up, . . . and out an about
emails "As the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for the City
of Berkeley's Office of Transportation, I am working on a bike
path project that would connect the end of 9th Street with Emeryville.
This project, . . . will construct a multiuse path connecting
Berkeley's Ninth Street Bicycle Boulevard to the Doyle Street
Greenway in Emeryville. The path will close the existing gap in
bicycle facilities between the intersection of Heinz and 9th Streets
in West Berkeley and the Emeryville City limit. It will be built
on currently unused Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way and existing
roadways. Upon completion, the path will provide a safe, direct
bicycle crossing of Ashby Avenue offering cyclists an unbroken,
regional route through Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and into Oakland."
fax or email in support of this project should be sent to Heath
Maddox Associate Transportation Planner, Bicycle and Pedestrian
Programs, City of Berkeley Office of Transportation, 1947 Center
Street, 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704 Tel: 510-981-7062, Fax:
Matt Krupick reports about our latest city-university conflict
on the front page of the West County Times.
Former Cal worker and
still-connected, Kimar saw this episode coming months ago.
"Just say no."
here. Can Spring be far behind?
A stolen van was dumped next
to the French School on Grayson Saturday-night/Sunday-morning.
Our beat officer and the Berkeley PD Crime Scene Unit were there
early Sunday morning. "Happens a lot down here" said
Rick Auerbach reports that
"there have been a rash of car break-ins in our neighborhood
in the last week."
reports that our Mayor and Council members are
going to "protest" at today's UC Regents meeting. Hey, get out them signs and
Penelope Huston and a reader emails
Avengers will play a benefit this Thursday, Jan 20th at the Eagle
Tavern, 12th and Harrison, San Francisco CA. We are playing to
raise money for the medical bills of Mr. Nancy Kravitz, fab girl
drummer and all around SF scene supporter. With Whoa Nellie, McCools,
Ms.Led. from Seattle
$7 - $10. 9:pm
down because it's going to be a wild night and a good cause!
PS. We had
much fun in London and all our British shows last month. Thanks
to The Damned, Captain Sensible and Hoover and all our UK fans.
Looks like we're going back in May.
Please visit the website for info and swag!"
"A University panel
on Tuesday approved UC Berkeley's 15 year development plan, opening
the door to a lawsuit by the city of Berkeley' reports Matt Kruprick
of the West County Times in "UC
Panel OKs Development."
We have a
new neighbor, Gardensia Archipelago Designs at 2820 8th Street.
Made by Indonesian artisans, they have beautiful volcanic stone,
clay and old-teak things for your garden and home. They're having
a Grand Opening Sale all January with 20% off their stock AND
10% of all these sales will go to Indonesian disaster relief.
Check them out and check out their beautiful website email@example.com
John Curl reminds us that
there will be a Public Hearing about the west Berkeley Bowl at
the Planning Commission on Wednesday January 26th, 7pm, at the
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst at Martin Luther King
"3rd-graders raise money to keep deaf 3-year-old
in private school. Boy's family can't afford the $25,000 annual
Meredith May in a story about Samuel and our CEID School in this
morning's San Francisco Chronicle.
Janine has changed
the starting time of this Sunday's concert to 3:00 PM. Email
Janine for details,
emails "Planning Commission Chair Harry Pollack . . . told
me that theCommission's January 26 hearing on the West Berkeley
Bowl will begin at 8:30 p.m. and go to 10 (assuming it lasts at
least an hour and a half, which I think we can say with assurance
it will). The meeting itself begins at 7, but people can save
themselves an hour and a half of time (for once, you can have
a decent supper before going to a meeting) by showing up at 8:30."
any west-Berkeley Bowl post on Scrambled Eggs drew many readers--sometimes
twice the normal. But in the last few weeks a Bowl post draws
no more than average. Could Scrambled Eggs readers be tired of
reading about our Bowl?
Target has restricted access. This new facility can be reached
only by the Freeway or the Frontage Road--but not through town.
This hasn't caused Freeway or Fronatage Road backups and Targets
business is popin' and bopin." Is there a lesson here for
Potter Creek's Berkeley Bowl?
from John Curl that there will be a Public Hearing about the west
Berkeley Bowl at the Planning Commission tomorrow, Wednesday January
26th, 7pm, at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst at
Martin Luther King Way.
Zelda Bronstein's "Planning Commission Chair Harry Pollack
. . . told me that the [Berkeley
Bowl's part of the] Commission's January 26 hearing . . . will
begin at 8:30p.m. and go to 10 (assuming it lasts at least an
hour and a half, which I think we can say with assurance it will).
The meeting itself begins at 7, but people can save themselves
an hour and a half of time (for once, you can have a decent supper
before going to a meeting) by showing up at 8:30."
Rickster" will not be able to make tomorrow's Planning Commision
In a recent
conversation with board members of what is a "preservation
cause" of our activists, I found that some of these members
were skeptical of this involvement, their reaction ranging from
amusement to discomfort. Who then do the community organizers
of Berkeley Planing Commission's Berkeley Bowl meeting.
Berkeley citizens contributed to this report. By most accounts
over one-hundred people packed into the Planning Commission's
"West Berkeley Bowl Workshop." And most agreed that,
rather than a workshop, it was a meeting-as-usual. (Representatives
from the San Fransico Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, the Daily
Californian, the Berkeley Daily Planet and other media were also
present.) Most of the meeting was taken up by the owner's, the
architect's and the city's presentations. These presentations
included the proposed Bowl will take up 91,000 square feet of
which 54,000 is retail, will increase traffic--the predicted 9th
Street increase in traffic volume on Saturdays is 78%, will provide
211 parking spaces, will cost 20 million to construct, will generate
$100,000 a year in sales tax and $118,000 in property taxes, and
would pay a business license tax based on $20,000,000 in sales.
But, according to one attendee, only about a half hour was devoted
to hearing from the our community--our own John Phillips was first
to speak. (These hearings, however, will be extended to the Commissions
next meeting.) Reflecting the sense of the meeting, all half-dozen
agreed on the need for some traffic mitigation--restricted access,
ranging from barriers at 9th street to barring traffic on Heinz.
in the morning paper, the Chronicle's Patrick Hoge reported "The
Bowl's plan to roll hits a bump. Mega-popular grocery store is
getting flak over proposal to open clone a mile away. " It's
now at sfgate.com
The story contains
two great quotes, neither from residents of Potter Creek "My
own position is the neighbors want and deserve a neighborhood
store" from Zelda Bronstein and from Kava "Leave it
to Berkeley to attack its own good fortune for having this place."
(North-Berkeley resident, Kimar brought Kava's quote to my attention.)
Planning Commision head with your thoughts.
Wacko, longtime friend says "It would be a great place to
buy fresh fruits and vegetables."
Johnson's Chron column is about Potter Creek's Berkeley Bowl.
Congratulations on your beautifully written story on the proposed
west-Berkeley, Berkeley Bowl. But, it is my sense that Potter
Creeks' genuine concern for the changes that the Bowl might bring
to our neighborhood has been co-opted by those who, full of fear
themselves, successfully, even brilliantly, trade on others natural
fear of change. Full of criticism, they are adept at tearing down,
not building up. After a two hour conversation with one, I ended
my half with "You're on a bummer" to which was replied
"Yah, but I really like it!" Perhaps old-Berkeley still
hasn't gracefully accepted losing The Insurrection.
respectfully, Ron Penndorf
January report includes
" City Prepares Lawsuit After UC Berkeley Adopts
'Blank Check' Long Range Development Plan
On Jan. 3, UC Berkeley released the final version of its sweeping
Long Range Development Plan to guide the construction of more
than 2.2 million square feet of new space in the heart of Berkeley
-- more than all the office space in the Empire State Building
and three times the expansion envisioned in their 1990 growth
Unlike the University's previous long-range plan, it contains
almost no detail as to where construction will take place, what
functions new structures will serve, how the people who use the
structures will get there or where they will park. In many cases,
the reliance on generalizations is so stark that is it impossible
for us -- or anyone-- to anticipate the traffic, city service,
environmental or financial costs of the new development. Since
the New Year, I have been working with the staff and the Council
to prevent the passage of this LRDP until we can work out an agreement
that protects the City's and the community's interests. Unfortunately,
the Regents voted on January 20th to adopt the plan. At this point
it appears the City will file a lawsuit to address our concerns.
of my 2005 priorities:
Confidence in Berkeley Government by creating the most open budget
process in Berkeley's history, improving accountability, and strengthening
Berkeley's Youth by improving academic and health outcomes for
kids by doubling the number of children reached with literacy
support, providing health and social services through the schools,
and increasing employment and training opportunities for 16-24
as a National Environmental Leader by incubating and supporting
sustainable businesses, creating a world class platinum green
center for environmental organizations and advocacy, and using
innovative strategies to help Berkeley exceed the Kyoto Protocols
a Great Downtown by developing a community-driven plan to redesign
public spaces and transit patterns, recruiting new businesses,
expanding the arts district, identifying opportunities for new
development, and developing plans for a new hotel and conference
fair 'town-gown' partnership with UC Berkeley to protect Berkeley's
quality of life by securing agreements on development mitigations
resulting from the 2020 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), negotiating
adequate fiscal compensation and quality of life mitigations on
current UC facilities, and expanding the opportunities for faculty,
staff and students to be engaged in the Berkeley community."
I like your environment paragraph but something tells me that
even if you achieve some of you goals, I'll still go out my door
and breath air layered with crap.
My old workplace,
The Buttercup Bakery has been transformed into a wonderful Japanese
restaurant, the Mitama. San Francisco Chronicle reporter Karola
Saekel reviews it in"Berkeley:
Tradition, innovation are rolled into a winning combination .
. ." Saekel
claims The Buttercup was a Berkeley institution. Damn, I thought
it was just a place to park my Norton Commando while I got free
beer. Read about some of my Buttercup memories here.
Plummer" Kruse reports "a young man was mugged and robbed
across the street from our entrance on Pardee St last night around
5:00 pm. A couple of guys on bicycles apparently surprised him
and stole his
backpack. . . . BPD responded quickly."
bike rides around Potter Creek today, I noticed, and appreciated,
the greater-than-normal Berkeley PD presence--sometimes as many
as two black-and-whites patrolled the streets of our neighborhood.
Chittenden Scientific Glass had their annual shindig last evening,
filling the air and every square inch of my adjacent warehouse
with the delicious smell of roasted meat. I wonder if this year
that meat was roasted--as in the past--in the very same oven they
use for baking the scientific glass covered with those gas-producing
our driveways still littered with dozens of cigarette butts this
morning, one wonders just what kind of crowd this was. Hell, at
least this year there aren't any empty beer bottles and half-filled
wine-cups strewn about.
It was after
attending the party that, "Harvey the K," our very hip
US postal worker, probably dropped off the new cactus plant to
replace my pine tree that just died--one of seven driveway plants
that have expired in the last years and that's not counting the
decades-old tree that died in front of Adams and Chittenden. "Roots
didn't get enough water" said Tom. A curious explanation
for a neighborhood where, in the rainy season, the water-table
can be at the surface.
One of our
leading citizens recommended Scrambled Eggs to his perspective
renter/buyer with "It's got it all--the good, the bad, and
factory" in our Potter Creek? Exactly up wind of Milo? Check
out Dan Levy's report "Developer Plans Biotech Projects in
East Bay" at sfgate.com
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