person from Potter Creek who can identify the aircraft carrier,
the F4B-4's squadron and the decade depicted in the painting will
win a CD of one of the great jazz productions--Cannonball Adderly
and Miles' "Somethin' Else."
my friend Ferzaan Engineer was here visiting from Bangalore. We
spent the day together and had an early brunch at Café
Cacao. It's a proper restaurant now, a far cry from its first
week when during our lunch my friend Kimar had to tell the wait-person
how to make an iced-coffee. The brunch menu is inventive, the
food artfully prepared and the service excellent. A detailed review
and a menu scan will follow.
that there is always a vegetarian entree on the menu.
crew at Caffé Trieste make a perfect espresso.
Hurney at work in his Potter Creek instrument shop
our Kimar makes button bracelets
Rick Auerbach makes the point that the Curtis Plus Partners development
at 2700 San Pablo is not subsidized affordable housing with a
sliding scale according to need but rather is a private development.
And, it is my understanding that an attempt will be made to make
them available "under market." See my 9/11/04 and following
posts for background at September
Daily P has some articles about the creeks of Berkeley--an issue
that Jerry Landis wrote about here on 9/14/04. See September 2004.
I have just
begun reading Katz, 985 page "The Life and Times of Pancho
Villa." I trust I will have the strength to carry it.
Bowman correctly identified the Boeing F4B-4's squadron as VF-6,
the carrier as the Saratoga and the decade as the 1930s. Mr.Bowman
won Miles and Cannonball's "Somethin' Else."
an art to brewing a cup of coffee? If there is, Papa's crew at
Caffé Trieste have perfected it. This morning, I had a
cup of house blend that was strong and flavorful without tasting
bitter or burnt--well, it was just freshly brewed.
with him from India a beautiful art book, "RAJA RAVI VARMA,
The Painter Prince 1848-1906." It is published by PARSRAM
MANGHARAM, Bangalore--a quite astounding painter and an astounding
production. He is beautiful only in a way Indians can be.
Family and the Caffé Trieste Music Family invite the citizens of Berkeley
to A GRAND OPENING at CafféTrieste on Sunday, October 24 from
2PM to 5PM.
Chron gossip columnist, Leah
Garchik, offers in an October 6th column P.S. "Former San
Francisco D.A. Terence Hallinan and former prostitute and Coyote
(Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics)-founder Margo St. James will
host a fund-raiser for Berkeley's Proposition Q (to make prostitution
a low-priority crime) on Thursday at the Mariposa Yacht Club in
San Francisco." Perhaps Ms.Garchik should read "Measure
Q Enforcement of State Prostitution Laws."
on the City of Berkeley Web Site.
Some words to live by from
Pauli of the Sopranos "You're only as good as your last envelope."
I took a friend to the new
TARGET last night and after ohing and ahing our way through the
two story facility--in addition to the people up-and-down escalators
the have ones for shopping carts--we sat under their palms in
a perfect mid-autumn evening. Ah, consumer capitalism. My, there
were a lot of people shopping in Birkenstocks.
On a bicycle ride today through
the area north of Gilman and west of 6th, I was continually aware
of secondary odors of epoxy, petroleum, plastic, etc. I almost
picked up and put on the run-over, in-the-gutter face mask.
Though the new TARGET is
not bicycle friendly--there is little bicycle-parking and much
motor-vehicle traffic--TARGET does provide a lot of jobs for regular
A tip from a Potter Creek
business owner. It costs less to buy a new vehicle--in this case
a truck--with 0% financing over six years than it does to buy
a several-years-old vehicle over the same period with a finance
Tom Bates, our casually dressed,
low-key mayor gave a friendly presentation Tuesday morning before
a standing-room only audience at Caffé Trieste. In his
forty-some minute talk, he covered issues he felt of interest
to those assembled. (Many, it seemed, the "usual suspects.")
The Mayor began by assuring all, that though times were tuff,
fourteen million dollars in cuts had been made in the City budget,
many the result of union cooperation. He then stressed the real
need to expedite city permit issuance, while observing that permit
applications had been up 50% and so issuance was slow. He also
alluded to some structural problems, though not specifically.
Crime, he said in Berkeley is at an all time low--although there
have been some high profile cases, and assured us that though
a new Chief will be appointed soon, "community policing"
will be continued. He is excited about the development of San
Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, making it a first class business area,
and mentioned that Caltrans money will contribute to the project.
Against Measure Q, he offered "Bad for women, bad for the
City." And the Berkeley Bowl issue he felt would be resolved
next year. Finished with his talk, he opened the meeting to questions.
John Curl wanted to know if, when, and how the West Berkeley Plan
will be reviewed. (This development plan, drawn up in the '80s
is, in some areas, now wildly out of sync with our time. It completely
missed computerization and only through a revision mentions work-live
development.) The mayor thought that it would probably be reviewed
later than sooner. He concluded by stressing the need to support
Loni Hancock and Maudellle Sherik's "replacement." My
Caffé´Trieste espresso was excellent as usual.
As the presidential candidates
debate health care, the elderly wait in lines for hours to get
flu shots--often finding that after those hours, there is no more
Is Kruse-the-plumber the
perfect neighbor? Well, in their saftey classes they stress to
their drivers the special importance of watching for the neighborhood's
children--specially those of next-door École Bilingue.
Adams and Chittenden Scientific
Glass' George Chittenden does it again. With apparently little
regard for his and others safety, he careened around the corner
of 8th and Pardee on his bicycle into the on coming traffic. Almost
got hit by an on coming École Bilingue parent, he did.
"Well OK then."
Residents of Potter Creek
who believe early morning refuse pickup of a business-neighbor's
trash is loud should try sleeping through pickup in peaceful,
serene, residential North-Berkeley--or residential Danvile, for
A Potter Creek reader writes
"About 10 days ago, somebody sealed off the gate allowing
people to access Berkeley's Aquatic Park from the west end of
Heinz. A lot of people who work around here are really p@##ed.
We like to walk and jog in the park during breaks. Also, there
are people who live on the block, artists in the old Delmonte
Bldg., who like to walk their dogs. There was no warning of this
action, and the actual culprit is still in question. I sent emails
to the administrator at the building where I work (right at the
end of Heinz), and the administrator claims that the 'railroad
police' closed off the gate because they thought it was dangerous
for people to cross the tracks. I don't know if this is true but
. . . there are plenty of areas along the tracks where there are
no fences. In fact, now that this gate is closed, some people
walk around the block to the end of Grayson which has no fence
and cross the tracks into Aquatic Park from that location. . .
. . My guess is that there may have been some criminal activity
blamed on the [those] who hang out in Aquatic Park and Wareham
decided to shut off access. We have sent emails to the City of
Berkeley claiming that our right of access has been curtailed,
and we haven't heard back."
like to have an MP3 file or the CD of music played on one of neighbor,
John Phillips' French harpsichords, check out the Triemer Cello
and Harpsichord Sonatas performed by Ensemble Mirable of JungHae
Kim and Joanna Blendulf. They are now available at Ensemble
Mirable at Magnatune.com
Produced by the musicians themselves, this CD of Baroque cello
and harpsichord sonatas, is full of memorable tunes, creative
embellishment, fine ensemble, and excellent sound. It's as good
a recorded-music effort as I've heard and the equal of any harmonia
mundi Baroque music release. My appreciation of this remakable
work will follow soon.
Architects writes "The proposed West Berkeley
Bowl project at 9th Street and Heinz Avenue in West Berkeley was
submitted to the City of Berkeley on July 15, 2004. The City has
completed its initial review. The City's first public meeting
will be at Design Review on Thursday, November 18. Berkeley Bowl
and Kava Massih Architects have scheduled a community meeting
on Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at
2830 Ninth Street (Kava Massih Architects office). We will present
the West Berkeley Bowl project and seek community input."
How about some Persian food-treats
at the meeting Kava?
Well? . .
"Creeks Ordinance Decision on Hold" reports Martin
Snapp in the Berkeley Voice and also offers the I-find-frightening
Precincts Force Vote by Mail."
And our own Zelda Bronstein
comments in "Measure
Q Would Hurt Women."
Bilingue Halloween Parade
a case of "thinking outside the box" gone terribly wrong,
"It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" is on Channel
7 at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26.
"hearing things" while walking around Potter Creek?
You are! Thursday night there was a ukelele concert at Travlin'Joes
restaurant, on Saturday a harpsichord recital at Suzanne's open
house, and Sunday an opera recital by the Giotta family at Café
afternoon Richard Adelman brought Marty Schwartz around for a
brief schmooz. Marty and friends were responsible for the Kletzmer
music revival of the '70s and the continued interest today.
Bermudez a serious opponent of Barbara Lee's? Read "Lee's
GOP Foe Takes Tough Stance" by West County Times Guy
Ashley in Sunday's "And the Bay Area" section. (Maybe
more than less?)
Jubilee Restoration, is planning a "low income" housing
development of 110, two and three bedroom units between San Pablo
Avenue and 10th Street and Parker and Carleton. It would consist
of eight, four to five story buildings occupying over an acre.Whoa!
be a community meeting to discuss this project on Thursday, October
28 at 7:00 PM in the Francis Albrier Community Center in San Pablo
Park, 2800 Park Street.
Creek reader writes from the gut "Great
. . . more low income housing is just what we need for property
values--there goes the neighborhood. . . . Now that [values have]
just been coming up [on property] between 4th Street and Ikea.
Idiots . . . all idiots!!!
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