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Retired principal keeps teaching – as a coach

By Mary Barrett, Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday November 24, 2001

Those who have worked with Dr. Rebecca Wheat would have to say she embodies the title of her new book “The Spirited Principal.” Becky Wheat’s spirit is indomitable. 

Wheat began her career in Berkeley in 1968 as an Early Childhood teacher. Each foggy morning, she performed lively puppet shows on the asphalt yard of the West Berkeley Children’s Center. When she moved on to classroom teaching, she was a much beloved first grade teacher at LeConte School. Upon completing her doctorate at UC Berkeley in Educational Psychology, Wheat was tapped to be principal at Arts Magnet School. And from there she went on to become principal for the entire Early Childhood Program.  

Her next appointment was as principal at Rosa Parks School, the rebuilt and renamed “Columbus” on Allston Way and Seventh Street, where her colleagues said she took on the job with vigor and competence.  

Since she’s a woman who rarely slows down, she visited classrooms daily and quickly learned the names of all the families. She was adept at delegating responsibility and made staff and parents see that necessary things could get done, and with consensus. Wheat helped the K-5 school create a cohesive school community.  

She retired from Berkeley Unified Schools a little more than year ago, but she has already been hired back to work as a support coach and mentor for new principals.  

By observing support programs offered to new teachers, it became obvious that ample support retains new teachers in the profession. Getting and keeping competent principals is a difficult task, Wheat said. Principals, she added, need the same kind of support new teachers need. The principal not only must bring a deep understanding of how children learn to do the job, but also must set the tone for the entire school.  

In the past, when the principal’s word was “the word,” teachers often moved from their low-salaried positions into principal jobs. But as the discrepancy between teacher salaries and principal salaries diminished, and the responsibilities of the principal’s job increased, fewer teachers have been interested in stepping up to this particular challenge.  

Wheat’s coaching model provides practical ideas and on-the-job training to principals drowning in the daily flood of requests and demands.  

A principal is a middle person, a real “heart attack” position, Wheat said. They must respond to the parents and staff at their site and to the directives from the administration. They must also stay mindful of the children’s needs. At the same time, a principal must be conversant with laws, policies, procedures, must be a grant writer and a fund-raiser and must often take responsibility for additional programs at her site beyond the school day.  

Staying involved in the classroom, Wheat asserts, is one of the saving graces for a principal. It is the exciting part of the day, watching teachers and children work together. There is a tendency for principals to become isolated in their offices responding to piles of paper work, but stepping out of the office and into the classroom renews a principal’s spirit.  

Wheat’s book is full of practical advice and strategies for today’s principals. She begins her analysis of the job by stressing the importance of building and maintaining trust with staff, children and parents. Even the slightest grumbling in front of staff or parents can undermine this trust, she points out. Principals should have a sounding board of friends off site to share concerns with and therefore keep trust lines open at work. 

A strategy Wheat calls Mega Tuesdays handles the numerous committee meetings mandated by funding sources. One Tuesday a month all the committees meet at different hours throughout the afternoon and evening. There is a reporting out period and all the requirements are fulfilled with just one night out. This keeps parents and staff home with their families the rest of the evenings. Setting boundaries though easily said, is hard to do. Mega Tuesdays helps with the exhaustion generated by seemingly unending hours at work. 

Wheat’s book is an easy read and refreshing. There’s an edge of humor and a depth of experience that any new principal could learn from. It’s the kind of book that could even bring new recruits into principal training programs.  

Her coaching and mentoring will do the same. Because Berkeley schools are “full of creative, energetic people who are committed to looking at the needs of all the children,” Wheat enjoys working here.  

It’s no surprise that, in retirement, Becky Wheat has several other jobs she attends to including supervising principals for UC Berkeley Principal’s Institute and teaching at San Francisco State University. She and her husband Solomon Wheat, an Oakland teacher, have two grown children, Derek and Caitlyn, and one grandchild, Sean who has inherited the family’s energy and enormous appeal. Wheat delights in the time she spends with her family now that she “is retired.” 

Dr. Rebecca Wheat’s book The Spirited Principal: Strategies that Work is published by Pro-Active Publications of Lancaster, Pa and is available through the publisher at 717-290-1660 and www.proactivepublications.com 

 

Mary Barrett is a Berkeley teacher and freelance writer. 

 

 

 

 


Out & About Calendar

– Compiled by Guy Poole
Saturday November 24, 2001


Saturday, Nov. 24

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m. 

The Village 

2556 Telegraph Ave. 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Joe Chellman Quartet performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

Santa's Solstice Bazaar 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Metaversal Lightcraft 

1708 University Ave. 

Come shop while kids visit with Santa for free. Fine arts, crafts, 

clothing and gift booths in a magical and colorful scene. 644-2032, www.lightcraft.org. 

 

Open Center 

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

The Center is open for exercise and lunch. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be shown at 1 p.m. 644-6107 

 

Teddy Bear Festival 

1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Pacific Film Archive Theater 

2575 Bancroft Way 

Children get to march their teddy bears through the theater, and then watch animated teddy bear films. $3.50. 642-1412 

 


Sunday, Nov. 25

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m.  

Greg’s Pizza 

2311 Telegraph Ave. 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Downtown Uproar performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

United Genders of the  

Universe 

7 p.m. 

Pacific Center 

2712 Telegraph Ave. 

An all ages genderqueer group for anyone who views gender as having more than 2 options. 548-8283  

 

Teddy Bear Festival 

1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Pacific Film Archive Theater 

2575 Bancroft Way 

Children get to march their teddy bears through the theater, and then watch animated teddy bear films. $3.50. 642-1412 

 

 

Wild Life or Dinner 

noon 

The Fellowship of Humanity 

411 28th St., Oakland 

Eric Mills, coordinator for Action for Animals, speaks out against live-animal food markets in Oakland. 451-5818, humanisthall@ yahoo.com 

 


Monday, Nov. 26

 

Race, Immigration and American Politics Speakers Series 

noon 

UC Berkeley 

119 Moses Hall 

Chris Rudolph Center for International Studies, USC, “Security, Sovereignty, and International Migration.” 642-4608 www.igs.berkeley.edu 

 

Quilt Show 

7:30 p.m. 

First Unitarian Church 

1 Lawson Rd., Kensington 

East Bay Heritage Quilters present their work, including art quilts, traditional bed quilts, wall hangings, group quilts, and clothing. $3 non-members. 834-3706 

 

Monthly meeting of the Oakland East Bay Chapter of NOW - the National Organization for Women.  

6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Mama Bears Bookstore & Coffee House  

6536 Telegraph Ave. 

Everyone welcome. 287-8948 

 

Constructing Autonomy in Chiapas 

6 p.m. 

Unitarian Fellowship 

Cedar @ Bonita 

Sendoff event for Pastors for Peace caravan that will deliver emergency aid and build housing in Chiapas. $5 - $10, including dinner. 869-2577 

 

Montessori Campus Design  

Competition Exhibit  

3 - 5 p.m. 

Berkeley Montessori School 

1581 LeRoy Ave. 

BMS is designing a new elementary and middle school campus, see the designs and give your feedback for jury consideration in selecting the winner. 843-9374, sharline@well.com. 

 


Tuesday, Nov. 27

 

Berkeley Farmers’ Market 

2 - 7 p.m. 

Derby Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street 

548-3333 

 

 

Experimental Mid-life Workshop 

7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut St. 

Miriam Chaya presents the third of three workshops rooted in modern psychology and Jewish traditional sources designed to provide participants with the skills and tools necessary to meet the challenges they will face in the second half of their lives. $35, $25 members. 848-0237 ext. 127 

 

Berkeley Camera Club 

7:30 p.m. 

Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda 

Share your slides and prints with other photographers. Critiques by qualified judges. Monthly field trips. 

531-8664 

 

Holistic Health 

1:15 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Elizabeth Forrest discusses Creative Aging in the second of two Holiday Holistic Health talks. 644-6107 

 


Wednesday, Nov. 28

 

 

Prose Writers’ Workshop 

7 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center Library 

1414 Walnut St.  

From Op-ed to fiction, memoir to the feature article - a community 

writers' group to support and encourage a community of interests. Workshop format. Free. 524-3034 

 

American Disability Act 

1:00 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Ken Steiner and Jessica Soske from Legal Assistance for Seniors will lead a discussion. 644-6107 

 

– Compiled by Guy Poole 

 

 

 

 


Modest building tells a big story about city water

By Susan Cerny
Saturday November 24, 2001

The Vine Street Pumping Plant is a modest, unobtrusive building, set quietly back from the street. It was built in 1930 by the East Bay Municipal Water District (EBMUD) and is part of a larger story about water rights, the commerce of water, water monopolies, and finally, the creation of the publicly owned East Bay Municipal Utility District in 1923. 

Before the creation of the public water district, property owners got their water either from their own wells, often pumped by windmills, or from private water companies.  

The biggest local water baron was Anthony Chabot whose Contra Costa Water Company had complete control of water in Oakland between 1858 and 1893.  

By 1906 the Contra Costa Water Company, now called the Peoples Water Company, had merged with other water companies and controlled all the water from Richmond to San Leandro. Although the public was not entirely happy with the quality or consistency of its water, the voters and Legislature did not approve the acquisition of the private water company until 1923 after many ballot measures had failed.  

With approval, the voters also mandated that a new source of water be found.  

The Mokelumne River was identified, and in 1924 bonds were approved to build a dam. The Pardee Dam and Mokelumne Aqueduct were complete in 1929. The pipeline carrying water to the East Bay is 94 miles long and tunnels carry water from Lafayette Reservoir through the hills to Berkeley.  

The Vine Street Pumping Plant was the first, and most elaborate, of the pumping stations built for the water coming from the Sierra.  

The East Bay finally had reliable and pure water, but no sewage treatment plant. EBMUD did not want the job of disposing of the sewage and it wasn’t until 1951 that the sewage treatment plant, located near the approach to the Bay Bridge, was operating. Before 1951 all sewage, both domestic and industrial, went directly into the Bay. The dumping of sewage into the Bay caused a horrible smell near the tidelands at low tide. Often called the “big stink,” the smelly tidelands took decades to clear.  

Susan Cerny is author of “Berkeley Landmarks” and writes this in conjunction with the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.


Learning to love congestion

Steve Geller
Saturday November 24, 2001

Editor: 

There is a lot of unhappiness with the Transportation Element of the General Plan, specifically policy T-35, which would improve access to downtown Berkeley for working and shopping by making better use of available parking and public transportation. 

Public transportation enthusiasts like me see a salutary shift from cars to buses, resulting in less traffic congestion and air pollution. But people who run downtown enterprises see a dwindling number of customers, because there won’t be enough parking. 

At a recent City Council meeting, there was a long parade of public comment, calling for more parking. It wasn’t all store owners: nearly the entire staff of the downtown YMCA turned out. Customers, Y members, visitors to Habitot and patrons of the arts are said to be turning away from downtown for lack of a parking space. 

Well, what about the bus? I’d have thought that people who come to the Y for exercise would not be too delicate to get on a bus, or walk from the bus stop. 

Not so. Judging from the comments, a large number of people who come downtown are either old, or encumbered with young children or freight. Most of the able and unencumbered remainder feel public transit is inconvenient, takes too long or doesn’t serve where they live. So they want to drive. 

Well, if this is the way things are, maybe I’ve been wrong to promote public transit. My assumption has been that most people want to reduce congestion. I’ve gotten that idea from reading about several polls that put congestion as the number one urban problem. 

But if all these people really aren’t willing to use public transit, really want to drive and park, then maybe congestion is really not such a problem after all. Given this revelation, here’s a different public policy: 

Public transit should be provided, but only enough to satisfy the demand from people who are transit-dependent or who choose not to drive. 

Transportation policy should focus on improving roads and providing plenty of parking. The next time there’s a poll that complains about congestion, it can be ignored. As long as they can drive, as long as there is parking, most people can hang tough with any amount of congestion and air pollution. 

Well, that’s a relief. If AC Transit wants to focus on the high-ridership corridors, then that’s the way to go. Maybe one or two people might switch from driving a car to riding those Bus Rapid Transit vehicles. But the main job of public transit will be moving the poor and other transit-dependent part of the population. Everyone else will be free to drive and fill the streets and parking lots. 

If we make the truly informed choice to put up with congestion as the price of unlimited car use, then that’s freedom. 

There’s no point in wasting tax money on transit if only so many are ever going to use it. 

Something may have to be done when the Environmental Protection Agency comes down on our region for excess air pollution, but the Bush Administration may find some clever political solution to that. 

So maybe I’ll forget about promoting bus riding, and join the call for the elimination of policy T-35. Let freedom ring; let there be plenty of parking, minimal bus service and let everyone stop worrying and learn to love congestion. 

Steve Geller 

Berkeley 


‘Much Ado’ about something

By John Angell Grant Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday November 24, 2001

Berkeley Rep opened a stylish and visually rich production of William Shakespeare’s dark sex comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” on Tuesday in the company’s new Roda Theater performance space on Addison Street. 

“Much Ado” features Shakespeare’s classic bickering couple, Beatrice and Benedick. These are two young people who can’t stand each other. They spend their time together trading insults – only to discover in the end that they are passionately in love. 

“Much Ado” sets itself a tough assignment. It compares the human passion for war with the human passion for love, and looks for some kind of scale on which these two polar behaviors can be measured and evaluated. 

In the basic set-up, soldiers returning home from battle seek out the women they are interested in. Director Brian Kulick has set the play during World War I, Italy, and, with scenic designer Mark Wendland, has given the production a powerful visual identity. 

At the top of the play, for example, a steeply angled white platform with stylized red roses growing from it rakes sharply upstage away from the audience. This creates a white hillside spotted with flowers on which the returning soldiers lounge to gather their bearings before plunging back into gentle society and the art of lovemaking. 

At the same time, a large, elegant, stone mansion, presumably the house in which much of the play’s action unfolds, hangs in the air over the back of the stage. This is a reminder of domestic values, versus military values. At times the house descends to stage level where it can be rolled around as a backdrop for other scenes. On one occasion, the house opens. 

Elsewhere, returning soldiers in their skivvies splash from waist up in a pool of water set below stage level. On several occasions, rows of leafless white trees, either silhouetted against a bright backdrop, or descending from the flyspace above, comment on the human effort to organize nature. 

In one particularly striking scene, the players upend several baskets of oranges, rolling them onto the large white performance area, where the oranges sit randomly for several scenes as the actors walk around and through them. 

“Much Ado” is a play that meditates on the conflict between yin and yang. Its resolution, Elizabethan-style, requires wit, compassion, awareness and humility. “Nothing” of the play’s title is a pun on an Elizabethan slang word for female genitalia. 

As Beatrice and Benedick trash-talk their way through the play’s "merry war," several bitter malcontents try to wreck the world of romance with insidious counterplots. 

Shakespeare fills his story with many double-meanings and juxtapositions of paradox. Such paradoxes reflect the contradictions that seem inherent in the conflict between the passion for love and the passion for war. 

If there’s a minus to this production, it’s that the stylish visual spectacle threatens to overwhelm the actors and the human part of the production. The story of Beatrice (a subdued Francesca Faridany) and Benedick (a hesitant Sterling Brown), in particular, seems to get lost at times in the large, extravagant staging. 

Likewise, the aborted wedding of Hero (Noel True) and Claudio (Nathan Darrow) feels at times generic on the striking, visually-oriented, white set, rather than personal and human. 

But the performances themselves are generally proficient. Charles Shaw Robinson is smooth and effective as the understated prince Don Pedro, his quick judgments that work well in the battlefield bringing havoc to the peacetime landscape. 

Elijah Alexander is a disturbing presence as the prince’s villainous, slightly pigeon-toed brother Don John, scheming to ruin the lives of others. Julian Lopez-Morillas brings a wide band of emotion to Leonato, father of the bride – joyous, preoccupied, stuffy, indignant, humiliated, and compassionate. 

Former Pickle Circus and Cirque de Soleil clown Geoff Hoyle is an amusing Dogberry, the unhinged, crackpot cop who speaks in his own wacky language of malapropisms. Andy Murray is sinister henchman Borachio, brought to justice finally by Dogberry and his motley crew. 

“Much Ado about Nothing” is a dark story that tries to understand the complicated human relationship between the passions of war and the passions of love. Berkeley Rep has mounted a stylish, thoughtful and visually striking staging of this difficult play.


Art & Entertainment Calendar

Staff
Saturday November 24, 2001

21 Grand Nov. 29: 9 p.m., Lemon Lime Lights, Hillside, Moe! Staiano, $6; Nov. 30: 9 p.m., Fred Frith, Damon Smith, Marco Eneidi, Sabu Toyozumi Ensemble, Phillip Greenlief, $10; Dec. 1: 9 p.m., Toychestra, Rosin Coven, Darling Freakhead, $6; All ages. 21 Grand Ave., Oakland. 444-7263 

 

924 Gilman St. Nov. 24: Tilt, Missing Link, Cry Baby Cry; Nov. 30: Shitlist, Atrocious Madness, Fuerza X, Catheter, S Bitch, Delta Force; Dec. 1: Yaphet Kotto, Cattle Decapitation, Creation Is Crucifixion, Kalibas, A Death Between Seasons, Lo-Fi Neissans; Dec. 2: 5 p.m., Dead and Gone, Venus Bleeding, Suptonix, Geoff (spoken word), East Bay Chasers, Lesser Of Two; Dec. 7: Har Mar Superstar, The Pattern, The Blast Rocks, Your Enemies’ Friends, Hate Mail Express; Dec. 8: Scurvy Dogs, Nigel Peppercock, Shut The Fuck Up, Offering To The Sun, Voetsek; Dec. 9: Poison The Well, Unearth, Sworn Enemy, Spark Lights The Friction; Dec. 14: Hot Water Music, American Steel, F-Minus, Trial By Fire; Dec. 15: Strung Out, Limp, The Frisk, The Deadlines, The Creeps; Dec. 16: 5 p.m., Good Riddance, Missing 23rd, Downway, Audio Crush; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 

 

The Albatross Pub Nov. 24: Tipsy House Irish Band; Dec. 4: Panacea; Dec. 5: Whiskey Brothers; Dec. 6: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 11: Mad & Eddic Duran Jazz Duo; Dec. 13: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 15: Larry Stefl Jazz Quartet; Dec. 18: Panacea; Dec. 19: Whiskey Brothers; Dec. 20: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 27: Keni “El Lebrijano”; All shows start at 9 p.m., 1822 San Pablo Ave. 843-2473  

 

Anna’s Nov. 24: Carl Garrett Jazz Quartet; Nov. 25: Acoustic Soul; Nov. 26: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 27: Jason Martineau and David Sayen; Nov. 28: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 29: Ed Reed and Alex Markels Jazz Group; Nov. 30: Ann sings jazz standards; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; All shows 8 p.m. unless noted. Free. 1901 University Ave., 849-2662 

 

Ashkenaz Nov. 24: 9:30 p.m., Lavay Smith And Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, $11; Nov. 25: 9 p.m., The King of Calypso Mighty Sparrow, $15; Nov. 26: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 27: 8 p.m., Creole Belles, $8; Nov. 28: 8 p.m., Bluegrass Intentions, Stairwell Sisters, Clogging with Evie Ladin, $10; Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Grateful Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums w/ Ms. Carmen Getit; 1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054 www.ashkenaz.com 

 

Blake’s Nov. 19: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 20: Mr. Q, View From Here, $3; Nov. 21: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 22: Ascension, $5; Nov. 23: Solemite, TBA, $5; Nov. 24: Dank Man Shank, Locale AM, $5; Nov. 25: Out of The Ashes, Wonderland Ave., $3; Nov. 26: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 27: PC Munoz and the Amen Corner, Froggy, $3; Nov. 28: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 29: Ascension, $5; Nov. 30: Felonious, TBA, $6; All shows 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave., 848-0886 

 

Cafe Eclectica Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., She Mob, Wire Graffiti, Breast, Honeyshot, Run for Cover Lovers, $6; All ages 1309 Solano Ave., 527-2344. 

 

Cal Performances Nov. 29: Les Arts Florissants, $24 - $46; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way at Telegraph, 642-0212 tickets@calperfs.berkeley.edu 

 

Club Muse Nov. 29: 9:30 p.m., SoulTree, Tang!, $7; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Calamity and Main, Darling Clementines, The Bootcuts, $8; Dec. 1: 9:30 p.m., Naked Barbies, Penelope Houston, $8; All ages. 856 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 528-2878. 

 

Eli’s Mile High Club Every Friday, 10 p.m. Funky Fridays Conscious Dance Party with KPFA DJs Splif Skankin and Funky Man. $10; Nov. 23: Junior Morrow; Nov. 24: Jimmy Dewrance; Nov. 30: Scott Duncan; Dec. 1: J.J. Malone; Doors open at 8 p.m. unless noted. 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. 655-6661 

 

Freight & Salvage Coffee House Nov. 21: Raun Fables and Noe Venable; Nov. 23 & 24: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Sickafoose; Nov. 25: Sylvia Herold; Nov. 26: Ellen Robinson; Nov. 28: Wake the Dead; Nov. 29: Judith Kate Friedman and Deborah Pardes; Nov. 30: Odile Lavault and Baguette Quartette; Dec. 1: Geoff Muldaur w/ Fritz Richmond; Dec. 2: Kaila Flexer’s Fieldharmonik; Dec. 5: Avalon Blues: Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Bill Morrissey; Dec. 6: Ray Bonneville; Dec. 7 & 8: Rebecca Riots; All shows begin 8 p.m., 1111 Addison St. Call 548-1761 for prices or see www.freightandsalvage.org.  

 

iMusicast Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., Applesaucer, The Plus Ones, Cutlass Supreme, Salem Lights, Short Wave Rocket, One Step Shift; Dec. 1: 6 - 11 p.m., One Time Angels, The Influents, The Frisk, Fetish, The Locals, $8; All ages. 5429 Telegraph Ave. 601-1024, www.imusicast.com. 

 

Jupiter Nov. 21: Starchild; All shows 8 p.m. and free. 2821 Shattuck Ave. 843-7625/ www.jupiter.com 

 

The Minnow Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Jolly!, Good For You, Grain USA, Plan to Pink; Nov. 30: Sedadora, Six Eye Columbia, Betty Expedition, The Clarendon Hills; Dec. 1: Replicator, Fluke Starbucker, Baby Carrot, The Len Brown Society; All shows $6. 1700 Clement Ave., Alameda. 

 

“Music on Telegraph” Nov. 25: Downtown Uproar, Greg’s Pizza, 2311 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 1: Scrambled Samba Trio, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 2: Paul and Jill Janoff, Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 8: Jonah Minton Quartet, Julie’s Healthy Cafe, 2562 Bancroft; Dec. 9: Hebro, Blakes, 2367 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 15: Thelonious On The Move, Bison Brewing, 2598 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 16: Howard Kadis, Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 22: Kaz Sasaki Duo, Blackberry Ginger, 2520 Durant; Dec. 23: Almadecor, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; All shows 2 - 4 p.m., Free. 

 

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents “Bach’s Mass in B Minor” Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Dana and Durant. Guest conductor Andrew Parrott. $34 - $50. 415-392-4400, www.philharmonia.org. 

 

Rose Street House of Music Dec. 1: 8 p.m., Acapella Night - Making Waves, Solstice, Out on a Clef, $5 - $20. 1839 Rose St. 594-4000 x687, rosestreetmusic@yahoo.com. 

 

Starry Plough Nov. 28: 8:30 p.m., bEASTfest Invitational Poetry Slam, $5; Nov. 29: 9:30 p.m., The Moore Brothers, Yuji Oniki, BArt Davenport, $8; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., The Kirby Grips, Dealership, Bitesize, The Blast Rocks, (all ages show) $8; Dec. 1: 9:30 p.m., Mark Growden’s Electric Pinata, Ramona the Pest, Film School; 3101 Shattuck Ave.  

 

Stork Club Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Mega-Mousse, Base LIne Dada, Meeshee, Mike Boner, $7; Nov. 30: 9 p.m., Love Kills Love, Three Years Down, Jack Killed Jill, October Allied, Eddie Haskells, $6; Dec. 1: 10 p.m., Anticon, Kevin Blechdom, Bevin Blectum, The Silents, $10; Dec. 2: 8 p.m., Corsciana, The Mass, Modular Set, Spore Attic, $5; 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 

 

Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra with Lennie Niehaus Dec. 2: 2 p.m., $18. Longfellow School of the Arts, 1500 Derby St. 420-4560, www.bigbandjazz.net 

 

Theater 

 

Splash Circus Nov. 23, 24, 25: 2 p.m., “Odyssey,” an outer space circus adventure featuring circus performers ages 10 - 14 years old. $14 adults, $7 kids under 14. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave. 655-1265, www.splashcircus.com. 

 

“Uncle Vanya” Nov. 23 through Nov. 29: Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Subterranean Shakespeare’s production of Jean-Claude van Italie’s humorous translation of Anton Chekhov’s romantic masterpiece. Directed by Diane Jackson. Benefits the Forests Forever Foundation. $8-$14. La Val’s Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid. 234-6046, www.subshakes.com 

 

“Goddesses” Nov. 30 through Dec. 1: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7 p.m. A sensuous and humorous drama concerning one mortal woman’s struggle to control the six extraordinary goddesses in her psyche. Written by Dorotea Reyna. $10. Mils College, Lisser Hall, 5900 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 883-0536, rlcouture@earthlink.net 

 

“Saint Joan” Through Dec. 2: Wed. - Sat. 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m. George Bernard Shaw’s epic of a young girl determined to drive the English out of France with only her faith to support her. Directed by Barbara Oliver. $26-35. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St. 843-4822 www.auroratheatre.org 

 

“Brave Brood” Through Dec. 16 Robert O’Hara directs Robert O’Hara’s searing tale of money, desperation, and the fight for survival. $20. Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby Ave. 883-0305 www.transparenttheater.org 

 

“Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 20 through Jan. 8: Check theater for specific dates and times. Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy chronicles a handful of soldiers returning from a winning battle to be greeted by a gaggle of giddy maidens. Directed by Brian Kulick. $10 - $54. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. 647-2949 www.berkeleyrep.org 

 

“Murder Dressed in Satin” by Victor Lawhorn, ongoing. A mystery-comedy dinner show at The Madison about a murder at the home of Satin Moray, a club owner and self-proclaimed socialite with a scarlet past. Dinner is included in the price of the theater ticket. $47.50 Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St., Oakland. 239-2252 www.acteva.com/go/havefun 

 

Films 

 

Pacific Film Archive Theater Nov. 21: 7 :30 p.m., Macbeth; Nov. 23: 7:30 p.m., The Bank Dick; 9:05 p.m., Unfaithfull Yours; Nov. 24: 7 p.m., Touch of Evil; 9:05 p.m., The Narrow Margin; Nov. 25: 5:30 p.m., Grand Illusion; 7:45 p.m., Harvest; Nov. 30: 7:30 p.m., Werckmeister Harmonies; Dec. 6: 7 p.m., Bizarre, Bizarre; 8:50 p.m., The Green Man; Dec. 7: 7 p.m., Smiles of a Summer Night; 9:05 p.m., Cluny Brown; Bancroft Way, 642-1124 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Exhibits  

 

“In Through the Outdoors” Through Nov. 24: Featuring seven artists who work in photography and related media including sculpture and video, this exhibit addresses the shift in values and contemporary concerns about the natural world that surrounds us. Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Traywick Gallery, 1316 Tenth St. www.traywick.com 

 

“2001 James D. Phelan Art Awards in Printmaking” Honorees: Bridget Henry, David Kelso, and Margaret Van Patten. Through Nov. 30 Tues. - Fri. noon - 5 p.m., other times by appointment. Kala Art Institue, 1060 Heinz Ave. 549-2977 www.kala.org 

 

“Furniture Art” Through Dec. 7: An exhibit of metal and wood furniture that revisits furniture not only as art but as craft. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Current Gallery at the Crucible, 1036 Ashby Ave. 843-5511 www.thecrucible.org 

 

“The Paintings of Bethany Anne Ayers and Sculpture of Alexander Cheves” Nov. 15 through Dec. 15: Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ardency Gallery, 709 roadway, Oakland. 836-0831 gallery709@aol.com 

 

“The Whole World’s Watching: Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1960s and 1970s” Through Dec. 16: A documentary photo exhibition which examines the rich history of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Wed. - Sun., noon - 5 p.m. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Live Oak Park. Free. 644-6893 

 

“Matrix 195” Through Jan. 13: German artist, Thomas Scheibitz’s, first solo museum exhibition in the United States showcases semi-abstract representations of everyday objects and landscapes. Wed., Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. $3-$6. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

GTU Exhibit: “Holocaust Series” by Cleve Gray Through Jan. 25: Comprised of 21 works on paper that constitute “a catharsis... for all of humanity.” Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. noon - 7 p.m.; Free. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2541 www.gtu.edu 

 

“Enduring Wisdom: Artwork and Stories by Homeless and Formerly Homeless Seniors” Through Feb. 15: 18 homeless and formerly homeless elders reveal how they learned and applied wisdom that is timeless. Mon. - Fri. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Reception and presentation by the elders Thurs. Nov. 15, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland, 893-4723 x222 

 

“The Art History Museum of Berkeley” Masterworks by Guy Colwell Faithful copies of several artists from the pasts, including Titian’s “The Venus of Urbino,” Cezanne’s “Still Life,” Picasso’s “Woman at a Mirror,” and Botticelli’s “Primavera” Ongoing. Call ahead for hours. Atelier 9 2028 Ninth St. 841-4210 or visit www.atelier9.com 

 

Readings 

 

Cody’s on Telegraph Ave. Nov. 28: 7:30 p.m. David Meltzer and contributors read from his newly revised and re-released collection of interviews with Bay Area Beat Poets; 2454 Telegraph Ave. 845-7852 

 

Tours 

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Fridays 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. or by appointment. Call ahead to make reservations. Free. University of California, Berkeley. 486-4387 

 

Golden Gate Live Steamers Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Drive at the south end of Tilden Regional Park Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size. Trains run Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides: Sun., noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 486-0623  

 

 

Museums 

 

Habitot Children’s Museum “Back to the Farm” An interactive exhibit gives children the chance to wiggle through tunnels, look into a mirrored fish pond, don farm animal costumes, ride on a John Deere tractor and more. “Recycling Center” Lets the kids crank the conveyor belt to sort cans, plastic bottles and newspaper bundles into dumpster bins; Nov. 3: Tales from the Enchanted Forest, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Nov. 9: Living with the Earth; Nov. 17: Recycle that Stuff; $4 adults; $6 children age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child age 7 and under. Mon. and Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tues. and Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111 or www.habitot.org  

 

Oakland Museum of California Through Nov. 25: Pasajes y Encuentros: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead, highlights three thematic “passageways” that connect the dead with the living: tradition, humor and spirit; Dec. 8 & 9: 32nd Annual Bay Area Fungus Fair, the world of the mushroom will be explored in exhibits, lectures, slide shows, cooking demos, etc.. Through Jan. 13: Grand Lyricist: The Art of Elmer Bischoff, featuring paintings and works on paper that trace the evolution of Bischoff’s career. $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 5. Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., 10th St., Oakland, 888-625-6873/ www.museumca.org 

 

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley “Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing. A 20 foot by 40 foot replica of the fearsome dinosaur made from casts of bones of the most complete T. Rex skeleton yet excavated. When unearthed in Montana, the bones were all lying in place with only a small piece of the tailbone missing. “Pteranodon” A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22-23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Free. Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 642-1821 

 

UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology will close its exhibition galleries for renovation. It will reopen in early 2002.  

 

University of California Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive has reopened after its summerlong seismic retrofit. “Martin Puryear: Sculpture of the 1990s” through Jan. 13; “The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951 - 1982)” through Dec. 16; “Face of Buddha: Sculpture from India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia” ongoing rotation through 2003; “Matrix 194: Jessica Bronson, Heaps, layers, and curls” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; “Matrix 192: Ceal Floyer 37’4”” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way; Museum Galleries 2626 Bancroft Way; 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Lawrence Hall of Science Through Jan. 26: Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters; “Within the Human Brain,” ongoing. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning experiments. “Saturday Night Stargazing,” First and third Saturdays each month. 8 - 10 p.m., LHS plaza. Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. $7 for adults; $5 for children 5-18; $3 for children 3-4. 642-5132 

 

Holt Planetarium Programs are recommended for age 8 and up; children under age 6 will not be admitted. $2 in addition to regular museum admission. “Constellations Tonight” Ongoing. Using a simple star map, learn to identify the most prominent constellations for the season in the planetarium sky. Daily, 3:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 5 ; free children age 2 and younger. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu  

 

Send arts events two weeks in advance to Calendar@berkeleydailyplanet.net, 2076 University, Berkeley 94704 or fax to 841-5694.


Cal tops Rutgers for its first and last win

By Tom Canavan, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — California avoided its first winless season since 1897 and gave outgoing coach Tom Holmoe a going-away present by beating Rutgers 20-10 on Friday. 

Freshman Terrell Williams ran for a career-best 185 yards and a touchdown, and Kyle Boller threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to LaShaun Ward as the Golden Bears (1-10) ended a school-record 13-game losing streak. 

Mark Jensen added field goals of 22 and 37 yards as California won for the first time since beating Southern California 28-16 on Oct. 28, 2000. 

Holmoe, who announced his resignation Nov. 4, was doused with a bucket of some kind of liquid with 30 seconds left in the game. He then hugged a few players and coaches before walking off the field with only his 16th win in 55 games over five seasons at California. 

Ryan Cubit threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end L.J. Smith, and Ryan Sands kicked a 25-yard field goal for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights (2-9) ended coach Greg Schiano’s rookie season with a four-game losing streak. 

The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was rescheduled after the attacks on the World Trade Center. 

California, which came into the final game having allowed a school-record 421 points, limited Rutgers to 189 yards. Defensive end Tully Banta-Cain, who had four sacks all season, had four more Friday. 

The Golden Bears’ last winless season was in 1897 when they went 0-3-2. The 10 losses were the most in school history. 

California, which had only led once at the half this season, took a 17-3 lead to the locker room. 

Williams put the Golden Bears with a 37-yard touchdown run off right tackle with 5:55 left in the first quarter. Williams also started the two-play, 55-yard drive with an 18-yard run. 

The lead increased to 14-0 the next time California got the ball. Boller ended the six-play 58-yard drive hitting three consecutive passes, the last one a 40-yard post pattern to Ward on a fourth and 2 with 1:21 left in the first quarter. 

Boller finished 15-of-26 for 193 yards and an interception. 

Each team had one second-quarter drive that ended with a field goal. 

Cubit hit consecutive 24-yard passes to Delrico Fletcher and Aaron Martin to set up Sands’ 25-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the quarter. 

Ward caught a 33-yard pass and ran 15 yards on a reverse to set up Jensen’s 22-yard field goal with 3:40 left in the half. 

The Cubit-to-Smith TD pass in the third quarter got Rutgers to 17-10, but Cal iced the game with 6:48 to play when Jensen kicked a 37-yard field goal after a 21-yard punt by Rutgers’ Mike Barr.


Holiday shoppers flock to Fourth St.

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Saturday November 24, 2001

Shoppers from around the Bay Area made the traditional post-Thanksgiving pilgrimage to the region’s retail outlets on Friday, and more than a few of them chose Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping district as their primary destination. 

Many came, but was it enough? Specialty retailers, like those found on Fourth Street, often depend on Christmas sales to get them through the year, and this season there are plenty of reasons for them to worry. 

The National Bureau of Economic Research appeared, on Friday, to be on the verge of officially declaring that the country’s economy is in recession, as has long been suspected.  

The Conference Board, another economic research group, recently reported that shoppers in the Pacific states planned to spend about 17-percent less on Christmas gifts than the average U.S. resident. Last month, the same organization reported that consumers’ confidence in the economy plummeted between September and October. 

And for Berkeley retailers, there looms the vague and still mostly unsubstantiated threat of a boycott on city businesses following the City Council’s highly publicized stance on the war in Afghanistan. 

Still, Fourth Street’s sidewalks were bustling Friday morning, with shoppers, street performers and representatives from local charities – all hoping to make the most of a rare, four-day weekend. 

The area’s free parking lot was filled to capacity around noon, with several cars queued up and ready to pounce on any space that became available. The nearby Spenger’s lot, which charges by the hour, was doing brisk business. 

Penny Cozad, a resident of Alameda, rested on a bench while a friend shopped in a clothing store. Several bags displaying the logos of prominent Fourth Street businesses sat by her feet. 

Cozad said she and her friend decided to come to Fourth Street for the area’s unique shops.  

“We came mostly for Cody’s, Builders Booksource and the Discovery Channel Store, but we got drawn into Restoration Hardware by the magnetic dartboards,” she said. 

She said that she and her friend expected to spend between $300 and $400 in Berkeley that day, and that she was not dissuaded by calls to boycott the city. 

“(The boycott) is totally stupid,” she said. “What Berkeley’s doing about the war is just fine with me.” 

Cozad said that foot traffic in the popular shopping district was not quite as bad as she had expected it would be. 

“It’s not so nuts down here,” she said. “Usually during the Christmas season it’s nose to armpit with people.” 

Derek Woo of Oakland, a former UC Berkeley student said that he had heard something about the boycott, and it “made him smile.” 

“There’s a time for protest and a time for solidarity,” he said. “I was wondering when Berkeley’s actions were going to catch up with it.” 

But Woo said that he would not refrain from shopping in Berkeley himself. There were certain “essential things,” he said, that could only be found in the city – “biscuit cutters” from Sur La Table, Sweet Potatoes’ children’s clothes. 

Sarah von Furstenberg, who was restocking shelves at The Ark, a toy store, said that business was booming. 

“Obviously, it was really slow over the summer because of the economy,” she said. “Then it was slow in September and October because everyone was shocked.” 

“We figured it was going to be busy today, because that’s the hype you always hear. And it has been.” 

Representatives of nonprofit organizations – including the Support the Children Foundation, the New Bridge Foundation and the Boy Scouts – sought to stake their claims on the holiday tradition of sharing. 

Deanna Bernard was selling raffle tickets for the New Bridge Foundation. She was able to sell a couple of books of tickets to her former co-workers at the Ginger Island restaurant, but had managed to make only about $3 on the street. 

“It’s not as busy as I thought it would be,” she said. 

Bernard said that she noticed a slump in business over the last few months when she worked at Ginger Island. 

“Business there has been down for the last six or eight months,” she said. “Last year, you had to wait an hour for a table. Now, it’s like ten minutes.” 

Martin McDonald and Peter Shaw, members of Boy Scout Troop 24, were selling Christmas wreaths and candle arrangements outside Builders Booksource. They had sold only one by mid-morning. 

“Last year, we sold most of them,” said McDonald.


University should set example

Stephanie Bonin
Saturday November 24, 2001

Editor,  

Is UC Berkeley going to fall behind Stanford in the Clean Energy Revolution? Solar energy & Greenpeace has just claimed an amazing victory in San Francisco with the passing of Propositions B & H. We are now looking for our next win on the campuses of Berkeley and Stanford by mobilizing students to demand clean renewable energy.  

Global warming is happening and college students of this generation will experience many of the worst impacts of global warming in their lifetimes, unless action is taken today to reduce energy use and promote clean energy sources like solar power and wind power.  

An international scientific consensus has arisen about the escalating danger of global climate change. Last year, 179 faculty members signed on to a statement of support in favor of lowering the university’s greenhouse gas emissions at least to the Kyoto Protocol standard – 7 percent lower than 1990 levels. In the spring of 2001, the Associated Students of the University of California passed a referendum asking for a campus-wide environmental audit, as well as the control and monitor of emissions. In addition, countless students have been involved both within groups and as individuals, in the fight for climate justice and a sustainable future.  

We are now taking it to the next level by demanding a set of clean renewable standards for the campus to adhear to where ultimately by 2020, 50 percent of Berkeley’s energy would be clean and renewable such as solar, wind, and sources like Green Mountain energy. Let’s all support the University of California at Berkeley in becoming a leader in clean energy. 

Stephanie Bonin 

Greenpeace field organizer 

San Francisco 

 


‘Unadoptable’ animals find loving homes

By Sari Friedman, Special to the Daily Planet
Saturday November 24, 2001

Once upon a time, long before the San Francisco SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) had the resources it has today, it had a special small fund reserved for the most pathetic of cases.  

The Cinderella Fund, as it was known, provided for former pets who had been abandoned and weren’t likely to be cared for by a human owner ever again, because the animals were too unmanageable, too sick, and/or too old.  

According Berkeley resident, Paul M. Glassner, editor of “Cinderella Dogs: Real-life Fairy-tail Adoptions from The San Francisco SPCA,” just out from Kinship Communications, animals that had been abandoned for being too ugly didn’t usually qualify for the Cinderella Fund…. Because if they were ugly enough, someone somewhere would consider them cute, and then they’d have a chance at finding a home. 

Each of the 16 dogs surrendered to the SF/SPCA and featured in Cinderella Dogs might well have been judged “unadoptable” by the intake workers at the average animal shelter. “Unadoptable” pets, of course, don’t usually live long in Animal Care and Control departments largely supported by taxpayer funds.  

Rejected animals can face the same fate in charity-based shelters. It can cost more than $40 a day to house a healthy, abandoned animal who needs no special attention.  

In contrast, Cinderella Dog’s cover dog, Daisy, had been left at the SPCA shelter at the age of 9 with four serious medical conditions.  

The quality of writing and photography in Cinderella Dogs is evocative, elegant, technically astute and truly artistic.  

Editor Paul M. Glassner, who has guided the SF/SPCA membership magazine, “Our Animals,” for 12 years, is largely responsible for that magazine having won more than 100 awards, most at the national level. His stewardship is a major contributing factor to the SF/SPCA’s success at garnering widespread community support and substantial donations.  

Contributing writers describe each animal’s condition and personality, then talk about the rehabilitation procedures that helped the animal into his or her new life.  

The photographs of dogs and humans together are equally engaging. My 11- year-old especially liked the photos taken by Albany photographer, Evan Pilchuk, of Skippy, a 10-year-old Chihuahua who is shown with some cute Chihuahua-loving kids.  

Even the chapter names pull at your heart strings: “From Hopeless to Hopelessly in Love.”  

Every word in Cinderella Dogs could make you want to weep. One dog is described as a “Gentle Giant.” An adopter says, about her pet: “To tell you that I love her is an understatement. I believe my goal in life is to be worthy of her.” 

These stories of near-unadoptable pets and the humans who come through for them make compelling reading, as seductive as any soap opera. There’s not only drama, pathos and the terror of abandonment… one even gets romance. A newlywed couple starts thinking about adopting a pet, but the husband doesn’t even want to go into the shelter to look: he hates the idea of choosing one dog over another.  

“You go in and tell me about it,” he says to his wife.  

So the wife goes in and she picks out Tobago, a defensive and extremely difficult Akita mix, a dominant dog who’s not particularly receptive to strangers, whether canine or human….and the newlywed husband goes for the adoption, sight unseen.  

You can guess what happens next. According to Cinderella Dogs, some fairy tales come true. With training from behavior counselors and volunteers, Tobago does fine. The newlyweds adore him. He sleeps in their bed.


Bears’ men fall to Santa Clara in soccer post-season

Daily Planet Wire Services
Saturday November 24, 2001

 

 

STANFORD – Playing in the postseason for the first time in five years, California lost a hard-fought battle to Santa Clara, 1-0, with just over two minutes remaining in the third overtime period Friday evening at Maloney Field.  

The Golden Bears (10-9-1) dominated regulation but couldn't convert on any of their 12 shots to the Broncos (12-8-0) three.  

“In regulation, it was a hard-fought match, but I really thought we created the better chances to score," said Cal second-year head coach Kevin Grimes. 

“Even though I thought it was an even game end to end, I thought we created more goal scoring chances and more opportunities (in regulation). I was really proud of the effort we gave.  

“Santa Clara took over a little bit in overtime. They seemed to get a little bit more of a territorial advantage. As the game creeps that late into overtime, both sides are fatiguing, and it's really tough for these guys to make their best decisions when their legs are so heavy. I thought both teams played outstanding. Any time you go into sudden victory overtime, it’s one chance that ends it, and they got their chance and put it away.”  

Cal senior forward Austin Ripmaster was the most dangerous player for the Bears in the game. He was the only Bear who could consistently get behind the Bronco defense. He came up with several one-on-one opportunities throughout the game with the best being with eight seconds left in regulation. 

Senior midfielder Chris Roner freed Ripmaster with a through ball, and SCU goalkeeper Steve Cronin came out to challenge the play. Ripmaster dribbled around Cronin and had an empty net ahead of him, but his shot sailed over the cross bar.  

“There's not really much to say," said Ripmaster about his final shot of regulation. “It was a great ball through from Chris. I got on the end of it and touched it around their keeper. The ball was kind of bouncing and slipped off of my foot a little bit. I really couldn't believe it, but no excuses; I missed a good chance to end it there.”  

Each team had their chances in overtime, but SCU held a 12-2 advantage in shots in the extra minutes.  

In the 98th minute, the eventual hero of the game Anthony Chimienti had his own empty net chance, but his shot rolled wide of the net.  

In the 117th minute, Santa Clara had a goal waved off due to a handball in the box.  

The Bears’ defense played outstanding for the entire match, but couldn't make the one clearance it needed to in the 133rd minute. SCU's Burke Ewers took a free kick from about 30-yards out. After a Cal defender’s initial attempt to head the ball out of danger, two Cal defenders tried to clear the ball about five-yards out to the left of the goal, but Chimienti pounced on the ball and drove it towards the far post for his fourth-straight game-winning shot.  

Chimienti's shot gave the Broncos a 15-14 shot advantage for the game.  

Earlier this season, Cal defeated SCU, 1-0, in double overtime in Berkeley on a goal from freshman Michael Munoz.  

Cal has reason to believe that more trips to the NCAA Tournament are on its horizon. Six members of the Bears starting 11 today were freshmen. Meanwhile, Santa Clara faces third-seeded Stanford Sunday in the second round of the playoffs.


City still waits for bus shelter installation

By John Geluardi, Daily Planet staff
Saturday November 24, 2001

Recent rains have been a harsh reminder to local public transit users that 125 promised bus shelters are apparently bogged down in the city’s permitting process. It has been nearly a year since the city approved an agreement for their installation. 

“I’m absolutely undone we don’t have these shelters,” Mayor Shirley Dean said. “They’re up in Hayward and San Leandro, why aren’t they up in Berkeley?” 

Officials in the Advanced Planning Division of the Planning Department did not return calls on the question Wednesday. 

Last January the City Council unanimously approved a deal with Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Alameda County to install the shelters at no charge to the city in exchange for advertising rights on each shelter’s two-sided, 4-by-6-foot, fluorescent panels. As part of the agreement, Lamar would also be responsible for the maintenance of the shelters, which cost $8,000 each.  

Berkeley’s agreement with Lamar was one element of an umbrella contract between AC Transit and Lamar to install bus shelters in seven cities, including Emeryville and Albany. 

But now that winter is setting in and there are still no shelters, transit users are beginning to complain. After receiving several dozen phone calls, Dean and Councilmember Miriam Hawley have placed a recommendation on Tuesday’s agenda asking the city manager to investigate the shelters’ status. 

“Bus riders are getting very impatient because the rain is here now,” Hawley said. “Apparently there was a hold up because of merchant concerns about the locations of the shelters, but that has been cleared up and now the shelters are awaiting permits.” 

Hawley said she was told by city staff that the shelters had arrived and would be installed once they received permits from Advanced Planning. 

Lamar spokesperson Cordell Davenport said Operations Manager Tom Darnel recently met with city officials to discuss the shelters.  

“Lamar management is very anxious to get going on the Berkeley bus shelters,” he said. “We are reasonably sure there will be some movement soon.” 

The Commission on Aging and the Commission on Disability signed onto the agreement with Lamar late last year. Both commissions worked with the advertising agency to select the most advantageous locations for the shelters. 

The council approved the agreement with Lamar on Jan. 16 after seeking assurances from Operations Manager Brendan Marcum about the type 

of advertising that would be displayed on the shelters and the frequency of shelter maintenance. 

Councilmember Dona Spring wanted a guarantee that Lamar would not display advertising for alcohol, tobacco or firearms. Marcum said Lamar would conform to city regulations on advertising subject matter.  

Councilmember Polly Armstrong was concerned that the shelters would fall into neglect and might become a blight on city streets. 

Marcum said the contract with AC Transit specifically requires the shelters to be washed every two weeks with an all-purpose detergent and cleaned with a high-pressure spray once a month. In addition Lamar guaranteed that any graffiti that appeared on the shelters would be cleaned as soon as possible. 

Dean and Hawley will also ask the city manager for a installment schedule and ideas about how to get the installation of the shelters on the fast track because “bus riders in Berkeley are standing in the rain or huddling under the inadequate shelter of doorways and overhangs in buildings near bus stops,” the recommendation reads. 

 

 

 


Pacifist offers no insight

James K. Sayre
Saturday November 24, 2001

Editor: 

Your recent page 1 article (Nov. 22-23) about the lecture by Ms. Ann “bombs are illegal” Ginger was a real hoot. She asserts that our American constitutional civil liberties are somehow derived from the Charter of United Nations. Wrong. Our constitutionally-protected civil liberties date back over 200 years to the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The first 10 amendments, aka, The Bill of Rights, were added to the United States Constitution in 1791, over 200 years ago. Our American rights are also derived in part from English common law, which in turn dates back to the Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215.  

The United Nations was created by the United States and England in World War II as an umbrella to unite the forces fighting the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan. The term “United Nations” sounded better than “the two biggest English-speaking imperialist powers” to the peoples of rest of the world. The Charter of the United Nations was formalized in 1945 in San Francisco. 

Having been an anti-Vietnam war protester in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, I believe that I have some perspective on the present situation of international terrorism. However, I don’t believe that the current Berkeley pacifist anti-war movement has much wisdom to offer us. It seems that the Berkeley pacifist anti-war movements have had pretty thin pickings in the last decade or so. First they put themselves in the odd position of supporting the invasion of Kuwait by the brutal Iraqi dictator. Now they have seemingly put themselves in the position of supporting the insane Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaeda terrorist network and his Taliban supporters. Waving Tibetan peace flags and chanting “Om” in Berkeley will not stop terrorism across the world. 

One cannot “take them (the terrorists) to court” as Ms. Ginger suggests, if they laughingly ignore a court subpoena. Just recently the Taliban spokesmen have again said that they “do not know where bin Laden is.” 

Of course the Taliban, brutalizers of women, men, and children and destroyers of unique and priceless monuments of cultural history, have a habit of continually lying. The Taliban suggested that we “forget about the events of September 11 (the destruction of the World Trade Center).”  

Funny, Ms. Ginger doesn’t seem to say a thing against the Taliban’s severe oppression of women. Not a word about the cheers of the people of Kabul, the dancing in the street, the playing of music and the flying of kites after the Taliban and their “Religious Police” fled the city last week. It must be painfully galling for Ms. Ginger to realize that our military assault on the al-Qaeda and the Taliban is paying off. The bombing in Afghanistan will stop when the al-Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters are defeated and destroyed as viable political forces. 

It is a very good thing that Ms. Ginger and her pacifist buddies were not in control when we fought and won our Revolutionary War in 1776, when we fought and won the Civil War and when we fought and won World War II against the Axis powers.  

James K. Sayre


Viewership uncertainty causes Blockbuster to cancel awards

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

DALLAS — Video-rental giant Blockbuster Inc. has canceled its annual awards show because it was uncertain how many viewers would watch in the post-Sept. 11 climate. 

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards had been scheduled for next spring in Los Angeles. 

The Dallas-based company would have had to make significant financial commitments soon to book the auditorium and gear up for in-store voting on the awards by millions of customers, spokeswoman Liz Greene said. 

Blockbuster did not disclose how much it had planned to spend on the show. 

“Due to the uncertainty of the times, we were unable to predict consumer response to an awards show — what people’s viewing habits are going to be,” Greene said. 

Greene said Blockbuster’s decision to cancel was based partly on the experience of television’s Emmy Awards, which were postponed twice after Sept. 11 before taking place this month in Los Angeles. 

“We wouldn’t want to have to cancel the show, and the issue of celebrities in attendance is also an issue,” Greene said. 

Television officials had worried that terrorists could target the star-studded Emmys. The show’s TV ratings fell 22 percent from last year, as more people watched the final game of the World Series. 

This year’s Blockbuster awards, taped and broadcast during prime time in April by Fox, featured such stars as Warren Beatty and Drew Barrymore. The video-rental company has produced an awards show, with such unusual categories as best villain, favorite action team and favorite video game, the past seven years. 

About 4.5 million households tuned in to the awards show the past couple of years, down from about 6.5 million in 1999. 

Greene said no decision has been made whether to bring the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards back in 2003. 


Crafts fair supports benevolent organization

By Judith Scherr Daily Planet staff
Saturday November 24, 2001

The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant has been doing its good works for more than two decades – seeking asylum for refugees and planting trees in Haiti are among its projects. 

In part, the covenant’s work is supported by an annual crafts fair, which, this year, is being held today and tomorrow at the First Congregational Church at Dana Street and Channing Way.  

The fair not only helps support the EBSC, says Sister Maureen Duignan, OSF, director of the refugee project for the program, but also helps support the craft persons, such as a widows collective in Guatamala whose woven goods will be sold at the fair. 

Sister Duignan calls the EBSC’s asylum work, “the jewel of our program.” The actual work gets carried out by some 40 volunteers from the Central American Refugee Clinic of Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley’s law school. 

Duignan says this work not only benefits those seeking asylum, it is a transforming experience for the students, who learn about the lives of the refugees. 

“A very painful aspect of our work,” says Sister Duignan, “is that the people who came here (in the 1980s) are still in limbo.” They have work permits, social security cards, pay taxes, have raised their children here, but are not residents, and “they can’t go home to visit their relatives.” 

The EBSC, which is made up of a number of religious congregations, also supports a tree-planting project in Haiti. The project aims at erosion prevention. The covenant also helps to support students at a law school in Haiti, whose goal is to rebuild the country’s legal system. 

Crafts fair hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a presentation on Haiti at 11 a.m. on Saturday. For general information on the EBSC call 540-5296. 


Three arrested on suspicion of cheating Brit ‘Millionaire’ show

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

LONDON — Three people have been arrested on suspicion of cheating on the British version of the TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” 

Maj. Charles Ingram and his wife, Diana, were arrested at their home west of London. Detectives interviewed them, released them on bail Thursday and ordered them to return to a central London police station in December. 

A 51-year-old man, arrested Thursday in Cardiff, Wales, was released on bail to return for questioning in February. He was not identified. 

None of the three has been charged, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said Friday. They were questioned over an allegation of conspiracy to defraud and their homes were searched, she added. 

Ingram, 38, told reporters at his home that he could not comment. 

“All I can say is that this is the first opportunity we’ve had to put our side of the story over. The time will come when we can talk freely,” he said. 

A police inquiry began in September into an episode of the popular show in which Ingram won 1 million pounds, or $1.41 million. 

The episode was not broadcast, and Ingram’s check was withheld because of the suspected cheating. News reports suggested that someone in the audience relayed to him correct answers to questions by coughing. 

Diana Ingram, 37, and the major’s brother-in-law, Adrian Pollock, had both previously won 32,000 pounds, or $45,000, on the game show. She later wrote a book titled “Win a Million,” based on a theory she and her brother had used to succeed. 

After the inquiry was announced, Ingram held a news conference and denied wrongdoing. 

“He is stunned, bewildered and devastated at the action that has been taken and feels that the effects leave his career in the Army and livelihood in tatters,” said a statement released at the time by his lawyers. 

Celador Productions, which makes the show for Independent Television, said the company did not wish to comment on the arrests. 

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was created in Britain and became an instant evening television hit. Versions of the show have spread to several countries, including the United States, where Regis Philbin is the host. A U.S. theme park also is in the works. 


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Saturday November 24, 2001


Famous siren saved 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s historical Ferry Building siren has recently been saved from being thrown in the dump. The siren was, in its heyday, the biggest and loudest horn in the world. 

Crews working on the $80 million renovations on the Ferry Building came across the 8-foot-long, 1 ton iron siren last month. Not knowing what to do with it, crews took sledgehammers to it and busted it into pieces. They put the debris in trash bins that were on their way to the dump. 

But when the son of the siren’s inventor drove by the building last month, he noticed his father’s masterpiece was missing. Seventy-four-year-old Harry W. Heath, his brother, Wally, and The San Francisco Chronicle started calling the Port of San Francisco and City Hall. After the crews realized that had thrown away a piece of history, they scrambled to the trash bins and recovered the main pieces of the siren. Now, parts of it may end up in a museum. 

 

 

 


Local ‘Everglades’ a reality? 

 

OAKLAND — The National Audubon Society is working to preserve some 100,000 acres of wetlands in the Bay Area, even though some local groups haven’t been too welcoming. 

The society hopes to turn the area into the Everglades of the West Coast. It wants to invest $2 billion for the first phase and work for a 20-year period on the project. 

While some environmentalists are happy to have such a heavyweight on their side, others fear the group will take credit for some 40-years worth of fighting to preserve the area. 

“There’s no question we’re trying to make the size of the pie bigger,” said Nadine Hitchcock, program manager for the Coastal Conservancy’s San Francisco Bay Program. “But right now, given the financial situation, the reality of making the pie bigger is basically zilch.” 

The Packard Foundation gave the Audubon Society $800,000 in seed money for the project. 

Local groups said the plan came to them as a surprise and in a whirlwind fashion. 

Audubon officials have since contacted local environmental groups, asking for their support. 

“That was the success of the Everglades,” said Debbie Drake, the Audubon’s San Francisco Bay restoration program director. “You had (Audubon members) in Michigan and Ohio writing to their congressmen saying fund this.” 


New York company recalls cheese sent to California, 17 other states

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Pollio Italian Cheese Co. announced a recall of certain Polly-O ricotta cheese packages and some foodservice ricotta products because of potential contamination from Salmonella bacteria. 

The cheese, in 15-ounce and 3-pound sizes, had the code date DEC-10 and was distributed through retail grocery stores and foodservice distributors primarily in 18 states. 

The recall also applies to 3-pound foodservice products with the code date DEC-10 PD1, distributed in the same states. 

The states involved are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products to date. 

In a statement, Pollio said the recall came after the Department of Defense contacted the company and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets when a sample of 15-ounce Polly-O Ricotta Cheese with the code date DEC-10 PD1 tested positive for the bacteria. 

The company is recalling all products made on the same day on the same production line.


‘Little Green Apples singer dies

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

LOS ANGELES — O.C. Smith, best known for singing a Grammy Award-winning rendition of “Little Green Apples, died Friday. He was 65. 

A minister at the City of Angels Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles since 1985, Smith was considered in good health. He presided over an hourlong Thanksgiving Day service, where he told jokes and appeared in good spirits, a church member said. 

Smith was preparing to go for his morning walk when he suffered a heart attack, said a family member, who did not give her name. 

“He was a very lovable, very nice person,” said Pearl Wirrie, a parishioner who works two days a week at the church. “He was in good spirits (Thursday). He was talking about his wife cooking — she hadn’t cooked in a long time.” 

Smith, who was born June 21, 1936, in Louisiana, began his musical career as a jazz vocalist and later worked in country and rhythm and blues. 

Smith replaced Joe Williams as the lead singer for the Count Basie band in the early 1960s and had a hit with the country song “Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.” 

Smith’s biggest hit was “Little Green Apples,” which he recorded with Roger Miller and Patti Page. The song won Grammys in 1968 for song of the year and best country song and was No. 2 on the pop and R&B charts in 1968. 

Smith’s other big R&B single was “Daddy’s Little Man” in 1969, which reached No. 9. 

He continued to perform over the years and released an album just a year ago entitled “Beach Music Classics and Love Songs.” 

Information on survivors and funeral arrangements was not immediately available.


On the House:Patching Wallpaper

By James and Morris Carey
Saturday November 24, 2001

About 15 years ago, our company offices were located in a building that our grandfather built at the turn of the century. We first rented a small space in the rear and later, as our business grew, we moved to the front where we occupied several offices. 

A fellow named Gordon Fisk tackled the restoration head-on, and not only saved all the original woodwork, but ensured that every detail down to the carpet and wallpaper were period matches. 

The wallpaper in our office was gorgeous — swirled patterns of paisley and flowers. When we decided to install our new phone system, we were forced to make holes in two of the walls. What a mess. Back then we didn’t know how to repair wallpaper, so we called in a local expert — Mr. Russo. His advice was that we repair the walls by making them perfectly smooth. He said to keep the patch area as small as possible, and he would come back later to perform the wallpaper repair. 

We completed the wall patch, and then called him to begin his task. First, he cut a patch out of a matching piece of wallpaper that had been in the attic. He made it slightly larger than the area to be repaired, and placed the patch over the damaged area. Once he had aligned the pattern in the patch with the pattern on the wall, he used masking tape to hold the patch in place. He then used a brand-new razor blade to cut a wavy, squiggly shape around the perimeter of the damaged area, but inside the area of the patch itself. He pressed the blade firmly, and cut through both the patch material and the wallpaper on the wall. We learned later that the technique he used was called “double cutting” — cutting through two layers at once. Both layers ended up being cut to precisely the same size and shape. 

We learned that for larger patches, cutting wavy lines helps to hide the cut. For smaller patches, square and rectangular shapes work just as well. He then removed the paper on the wall (between the patch and the cut). Adhesive then was applied to the patch and to the wall. Once the glue had softened the patch, it was applied to the wall and gently squeegeed. A moment or two later, he cleaned the area with a damp sponge and went on to repair the second patch in exactly the same way. 

None of us could believe his eyes. The patch was invisible. We have since used Russo’s technique on dozens of occasions. And it works every time. 

Loose seams and bubbles are even easier to repair as long as you remember the most important secret — soften the wallpaper in and around the area of the repair first. This is tricky because if the paper is not wet enough, it will split or rip as you work with it, and if it gets too wet, it will easily tear. We recommend patience here. Once you’ve made one or two repairs, you will become an expert yourself. 

To repair a curling seam you will need the following tools: A sponge, seam roller, tiny paintbrush or a cue tip and a small container of wallpaper adhesive. 

Use the sponge and warm water to soften the wallpaper. Apply the adhesive to the wall side of the wallpaper and to the wall, using a small artist’s paintbrush or a cue tip. Let the adhesive absorb into the surfaces for a few minutes, and then use a seam roller to reaffix the wallpaper to the wall. After about 10 or 12 minutes, use the sponge again to clean excess adhesive from the surface. 

A bubble repair is easy. Use a razor to slice open the center of the bubble. Then inject a small amount of adhesive with a construction syringe. You can pick one up at a paint store for about $5. Use a damp sponge to soften the paper, and then use a seam roller to reaffix the paper to the wall. 

For more home-improvement tips and information, visit our Web site at www.onthehouse.com.


Q&A on home repair

By Jim and Morris Carey
Saturday November 24, 2001

Q. Olivia asks: What can I do to repair a small hole next to my hot water handle in my fiberglass shower? 

A. There are companies that will come to your home and make such a repair for as little as $50. It sounds like a lot, but consider the cost of replacement as a comparison. You can make a patch on your own with a fiberglass patching compound, but chances are the homemade repair will be pretty obvious and might become an eyesore. Isn’t $50 worth an invisible repair? Look in the Yellow Pages under plumbing fixtures, repairs. 

 

Q. Samantha asks: We recently rented a home with a fiberglass bathtub in it. The problem is that the shower portion or the wall above the bath is thicker than the rim of the tub and creates an inverted shelf that the water runs into. I’m not sure if the installer used the wrong type of caulking or if it’s just because of the design of the bath, but the caulking everywhere is rotting and is especially bad under that shelf. We only have one bath so we have to use it. 

I clean and scrub a layer away and a couple of days later it’s all the same. I feel like my shower is rotting around me. Help! What can I do to remedy the situation short of ripping the whole thing out? Oh, also the aluminum on the sliding doors is rusting and the drain is beginning to clog and I’ve tried chemicals, and even to remove the plug to try to stick an auger down, but it’s one of those that you turn to plug and turn the other way to open and I can’t figure out how to remove it. I believe it’s getting clogged up from all the decayed caulking from cleaning. Any advice would be so appreciated. 

A. It really doesn’t make any difference how the connection occurs between the tub and the shower walls as long as the joint is properly caulked. Having said that, the big deal is getting rid of the old mildewed caulk and properly applying a new layer. Use caulk solvent to get the old stuff out. Then clean the connection with a scrub brush and lots of chlorine bleach. Rinse with water and use a hairdryer to completely dry everything out. Wait 24 hours and apply a new coat of silicone caulk to the joint. Wait the full 24 hours even if it means renting a hotel room to take a shower. Caulk will not bond to a wet surface or where water vapors are present. 

The next time you clean your shower walls, make sure that they are perfectly spotless, then apply a coat of car wax. The wax reduces surface tension and makes cleaning easier. Some folks use pure lemon oil instead of the wax, but we like the wax. 

Since you just moved in, you should call a plumber to deal with your clogged drains. Let him or her show you how to access all drains, show you where clean-outs are and help you establish a maintenance procedure. You’ll only have to pay the plumber once. Learning to do things right the first time will make you feel good about establishing (and following) a sound maintenance routine.


Go solar on the power shredder

By Lee Rich, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

Here’s a great moneymaking scheme: advertise and sell a solar-powered shredder that is nonpolluting and low maintenance for the cost of a mere $75. This product would surely appeal to every gardener confronted this time of year with masses of old tomato and squash vines, corn stalks, and marigold plants needing to be reduced to a manageable size for composting. 

This solar-powered shredder is nothing more than a machete, which you could buy for just a few dollars. Humans are the power behind machetes, and we get our energy by eating plants, or by eating animals, which get their energy from plants. Either way, plants provide the power driving a machete, and plants get their energy from the sun. So any machete is, in fact, solar-powered. 

Seriously, a machete is an excellent tool for shredding plants. As you clear your garden of spent plants, heap them on the compost pile about a foot thick at a time, then use a machete to attack each layer. 

After only a minute of chopping, the layer is reduced to a couple of inches in thickness, leaving room to pile on more old plants. In contrast to the machine-gun roar of a gasoline-powered shredder, or the whine of an electric shredder, the only sounds from using the machete are the whooshing of the blade through the air, the crunch of vegetation, and your occasional grunts. 

The machete itself is elegant in its simplicity. Occasional sharpening is the only maintenance required, and there is only one part to break — and that with difficulty. (Machetes are cheap; just buy another one if it breaks.) It needs only 3-feet-by-3-inches-by-a-half-inch of storage space, against a wall. And a machete is not a single-purpose tool. It’s also useful for chopping down corn stalks and clearing brush. 

True, a machete will not outperform a power shredder. The power shredder is more thorough and also shreds leaves and branches. But leaves can go unshredded beneath trees and shrubs, and branches can be either burned or taken for recycling. More thorough shredding does speed composting, but what’s the rush? Machete-chopped compost can be ready to use in a couple of months in warm weather. 

For its effectiveness and simplicity, give a machete a place of honor in your garage along with the hoe, grass rake, and other “solar-powered” tools.


Ski resorts open a few runs for the weekend

By Tom Gardner, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

RENO, Nev. — Sierra ski resorts used a little snow and a lot of snowmaking to open a handful of runs in time for the holiday weekend as they anticipated the week’s second storm on Saturday. 

Heavenly became the second resort to open, offering its Patsy run on Friday. Spokeswoman Kristen Aggers said snowmaking was underway on three other runs. 

Kirkwood Mountain Resort was among the areas scheduled to open on Saturday with three lifts and 6-15 inches of snow. 

“If the forecast is correct, projecting perhaps two feet or more by Sunday, we could have most, if not the entire mountain open in the next few days,” said President Tim Cohee. 

The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning in the Sierra for Saturday. 

Early rain was expected to change to snow between 6,000 and 6,500 feet with falling temperatures in the afternoon. Up to a foot of snow was forecast for Saturday with another foot possible Saturday night above 6,000 feet before tapering off on Sunday. 

The chance of 1-3 inches of snow in the western valleys from Reno south to Minden could make getting to the resorts a challenge. 

Another downside of the storm for the ski areas was a forecast of nasty winds in the 40-50 mph range at the higher — and snowier — elevations. 

Squaw Valley planned to open five lifts on Saturday and Alpine Meadows will offer one lift with a 12-18-inch base of natural and machine-made snow. 

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on Donner Summit will have two runs for skiers and snowboarders on Sunday. 

All resorts are offering reduced prices in the $25-$30 range for adults. 

Sierra-at-Tahoe, Soda Springs, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Royal Gorge and Sugar Bowl also were looking at opening this weekend. 


Eateries may appear at rest stops

By Mark Sherman, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

WASHINGTON — Unless someone really has to go, most drivers zip past interstate rest areas without a second thought. Why stop if there’s no gas, no burgers, no sweet icy drinks? 

Federal law now prohibits commercial activity at interstate rest stops. But acting at the request of California transportation officials, a congressman is pushing a pilot program that would allow gas stations and burger joints to open at a handful of rest areas in California. 

“Many of California’s rest stops are in such disrepair that drivers avoid them as unsanitary and unsafe,” said Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. “I believe the state should do what it can to fix this problem, and this pilot program should show whether it is feasible to turn these duties over to private vendors in exchange for doing some business there.” 

Lewis’ proposal would open up to 10 rest areas to commercial development for 10 years. It would also require clean, well-lit and safe restrooms at no charge to the public, according to a letter to Lewis from California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, who backs the project. 

That rankles truck stop owner Jim Caldwell, who wants to keep competition off the interstates. He recently pumped $5.5 million into his Giant Truck Stops business on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles. He offers Internet access, showers and Popeye’s chicken in addition to gas and diesel fuel to lure travelers to his operation. 

“It will be hard to compete against a state-picked business that would have a monopoly at favorable rates,” he said. 

The National Association of Truck Stop Owners, which represents more than 1,100 businesses, has mobilized to keep the nation’s interstates gas- and burger-free. 

Association President W. Dewey Clower pointed to a University of Maryland study showing businesses at interchanges would lose two-thirds of sales if they faced competition from such “ultraconvenient” rest areas. 

The nation’s interstate system, conceived during the Eisenhower administration, is a network of toll-free roads built with federal money. Except on older roads incorporated into the system, services are confined to exits. 

On turnpikes and other toll roads, different rules apply. On holiday weekends, cars, trucks and buses jam the limited roadside food and gas outlets at rest stops that thrive on what is essentially a captive audience. 

“There’s no competition. You’ve got one choice,” said Rep. JoAnn Emerson, R-Mo., who opposes the proposal by Lewis. 

Emerson fears rural communities that depend on business from travelers who exit interstates for services would be hurt by commercialized rest areas. Even a pilot program in California “is a threat to those communities’ economic stability” because it would open the door to similar development in other states, she said. 

Lewis, a high-ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, is trying to add his proposal as a rider to the annual transportation appropriations bill. 

Jim Specht, a spokesman for Lewis, said the congressman generally opposes policy riders on spending bills, a procedure that technically violates House rules. But the appropriations bill is the only transportation legislation expected for some time, and Lewis felt it was important to address the rest stop issue as soon as possible, Specht said. 

Lewis stressed that he would choose rest areas in the most remote areas, far away from existing businesses. 

“In no case are there plans to create a competitor with private truck stops, which offer a wide range of amenities not available at the usual gas station or fast food outlet,” Lewis said. 

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Associated Press Writer Eugene Tong in Los Angeles contributed to this report. 

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On the Net: 

Caltrans rest areas: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/ra/ 


Five dead in California crash of Wenatchee company’s plane

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — All five people aboard a light plane owned by an East Wenatchee, Wash., aviation company were found dead Friday when the plane’s wreckage was located in the rugged Warner Mountain Range of northeast California. 

The plane, a twin-engine Aero Commander owned by Commander Northwest, left Reno, Nev., on Wednesday morning en route to Wenatchee. It was spotted by air traffic control radar later that morning southeast of Alturas. 

Modoc County Sheriff Bruce Mix said air searchers located the plane Friday morning about 170 miles northeast of Sacramento. 

Dave Weintraub, chief pilot for Commander Northwest, said from Wenatchee that company personnel were among those who reached the site and contacted him with news that no one had survived. The company provides planes and pilots for hire, he said. 

Weintraub said the plane was carrying Tom Blaesing, owner of Commander Northwest; Brian White, the company’s maintenance director; White’s wife, Jody White; John Peters, co-owner of a Wenatchee area restaurant, and John Topkok, a Commander Northwest pilot who lived in Vancouver, Wash. 

Other than Topkok, the victims lived in the Wenatchee area. 

Weintraub said the five were part of a group that went to Reno on a trip put on by the company for its employees. He said he was flying a second plane that also left Reno on Wednesday but safely reached its destination. 

“It was kind of an end-of-season promotion put on by the company for the employees,” Weintraub said, explaining that the company’s busiest times are in the spring, summer and fall. 

Commander Northwest had five aircraft. It primarily does contract work, such as fire spotting for the U.S. Forest Service and wildlife studies, The Wenatchee World reported. 

Peters was originally from California. He owned a municipal brokerage firm there until he and his wife, Inga, bought the Horan House in 1990. 

He was a frequent community volunteer. 

Brian and Jody White have two children and were expecting a third, according to a family member who asked not to be identified. 

Authorities at first thought the missing plane might have landed at another strip and only contacted the Civil Air Patrol after that theory was discounted, said Lt. Col. Thomas Traver, a patrol spokesman based in Portland, Ore. Search crews did not start looking Thursday because of bad weather. 

Traver said the pilot made no contact indicating trouble. An emergency transmitter that is supposed to send a homing signal following an accident was not activated.


Three centuries on, Russian Old Believers hang on in Oregon

By Andrew Kramer, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

WOODBURN — An old woman in peasant clothes and a kerchief around her head stands in front of a Russian church that’s topped by gilded cupolas. The scene could be out of a century in the distant past — if it weren’t for a Ford pickup parked nearby and a TV antenna sprouting from a house. 

This is “the village,” a row of houses and churches that is the heart of the Russian Old Believer community in Oregon. It is where 17th century Russian traditions meet rural America. 

The Russian Old Believers have survived persecution from the czars, decades in exile and other hardships. 

They follow strict rules contained in religious books dating back to medieval times in Russia. They can’t eat meat on Wednesdays or Fridays, they wear peasant-style clothing with a belt, they can’t marry people outside the faith — among other restrictions. 

“We have always been in a hostile society. From day one in the 17th century,” said Father Ambrose, an Old Believer monk and curator of a Russian museum at the Mount Angel Abby. 

The 10,000 Old Believers in Oregon are the largest concentration of members living in the United States. They are managing to keep their customs and traditions alive, but not without difficulty. Compromises are necessary. 

Many refuse to eat at restaurants because of a religious ban on using the same dishes as heretics. But all drive cars and most these days watch television. 

Old Believers have to observe 40 religious holidays every year. That makes employment with businesses outside the faith all but impossible. 

About half of the Old Believers are farmers — one of the few occupations that meshes with their lifestyle. But farming becomes harder each year because of competition from imported produce. 

Many Old Believer families don’t believe in education past eighth grade, and send their children into their fields to work or into jobs with friends’ and relatives’ construction businesses. 

Those teen-agers who go to high school are often prohibited from dating non-Old Believers. 

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Yavhori Cam, the founder of the Old Believers’ village in Oregon, sliced the subdivision from verdant farmland about 30 miles south of Portland in the 1960s. 

On a recent Sunday service inside Pokrov Church, men in dark robes chanted a deep-voiced a capella choir as women crossed themselves and genuflected before icons illuminated by candles. 

The journey to America for most of the residents in the village began in northern Turkey, where an Old Believer community had fled to escape czarist persecution more than 200 years ago. 

That group decided to relocate to Oregon because the number of marriageable young people had fallen to a low level that could no longer sustain the community, according to accounts in the village. A mere 42 families remained. 

They came to Oregon through the intervention of then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1963. They joined two other Old Believer groups that had migrated to the United States by way of Manchuria, Hong Kong and Brazil after Russia’s 1917 revolution. Those groups were helped to Oregon by charities with a Cold War-era agenda of helping Christians migrate from communist countries. 

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Forty years on, Old Believers still get their fashion sense at baptism. Eight-day-old infants are dressed in an embroidered shirt, or rubashka, a homemade belt called a poyas, and a cross. They are expected to wear the same thing for the rest of their lives. 

Mara Cherepanov, 17, a senior at Woodburn High School, admitted she sometimes eyes with envy other girls’ store-bought clothes. 

The problem is not purchasing clothes, she said. The problem is that Gucci or Gap don’t make lines for teen-agers that meet Old Believer standards. 

A dress, or platya, must be tied with the belt. It must be flowing rather than shear and extend to the ankles. After a Sunday church service, girls and boys scampered out onto Bethlehem Road in pink and red embroidered clothes, with kerchiefs and leather boots and belts, giving the quaint impression of an Old World peasant festival. 

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Ulita Seleznev, a teacher at Heritage Elementary School, said she sees more and more Old Believers making compromises. 

“Ten or 15 years ago people were more worried about the outside. Now you hear less about the outside” because Old Believers are becoming more a part of it, she said. 

Old Believer rules forbid eating off the same dish as someone who’s not of the faith. Many keep special dishes in their houses for non-Old Believer guests when they come to dinner. 

The only restaurants Seleznev frequents are fast-food joints — where meals come in disposable plastic and paper containers. 

Some Old Believers rationalize they can “use the drive-thru because nobody has touched the dishes. Everything is throw away. I see more people doing that,” she said. 

“But before Lent they will repent and do their Hail Marys.” 

“We’re still closely knit, but not reclusive as before,” she said. “The kids are more American growing up than when I grew up.” 

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Filip Ayhan, 25, a cousin of Kalin Ayhan, grew up in the village, spoke only Russian until first grade, and vows he will stay and raise his children in the same fashion. 

Like many Old Believers, he quit school after seventh grade. Ayhan began working as a painter with family members or other Russians who are contractors. 

Old Believers have the highest dropout rate at the Woodburn School District, said Sherrilynn Rawson, a program analyst with the district. Old Believers account for about 20 percent of dropouts but 15 percent of the school population. 

She added cheerfully: “It’s not nearly what it was 20 years ago. (Russian) kids didn’t drop out of high school because they didn’t go.” 

Interviewed standing beside his Chevrolet truck on Bethlehem Road, Ayhan fondly recalled Easter and other holidays in the village. The Old Believers eat homemade dumplings and drink braga, a home brew of raisins, berries, yeast and spices. 

Another favorite pastime was firing the “potato shooter.” 

This was a length of plastic pipe plugged at one end and filled with explosive fumes from cans of hair spray or WD-40. He would jam a potato in one side and apply a match to a small hole in the other. That sent a potato mortar shell sailing toward the greenhouse of a non-Russian neighbor. 

“Oh boy, we had lots of fun,” he said. 

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In the early 1970s some Old Believers decided to leave Oregon’s Willamette Valley because of unwanted modern influences. 

Twenty-four families left the Woodburn site and moved to 240 acres they bought on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. They created the log village of Nikolayevsk, where peasant-clad Old Believers are the only residents. 

In a letter to the Kenai Borough government at that time, the group explained they were leaving Oregon to “protect the integrity of our faith and to raise our children with a minimum of risk of contamination from modern temptations.” Families there set up halibut fishing companies. 

For Old Believers who remained in Oregon, it’s becoming harder every year to make a living with farming. 

Josef Cam, a grandson of the founder of the village, said next year he’s “getting out of farming.” 

He said he failed to sell a bumper crop of strawberries this summer after imports from Mexico flooded the market. By the end of the June harvest, about 100,000 pounds of berries were rotting in the summer heat on his 12-acre patch outside a yellow farmhouse. 

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At Mount Angel Abby on a crisp fall night, Father Ambrose sat in his room lined with leather-bound books with Cyrillic writing on the spines. The walls were hung with tapestries and icons depicting saints and martyrs in yellow and ocher tones. 

The windows of his residence overlook the Willamette Valley and the twinkling lights of farmhouses below in Old Believer country. 

“It’s never been easy to be an Old Believer,” he said. 


Retailers hope patriotism will spur sales

By Gary Gentile, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

LOS ANGELES — From red, white and blue gift bags at one mall to New York firefighters lighting decorations on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, stores made patriotic pitches Friday to jump start what is expected to be a slow holiday shopping season. 

Stores were stocked with ornaments, calendars and other items with American themes and malls enticed customers to dig deeper despite dicey economic forecasts and recent layoffs. 

“I’m definitely shopping this year to help the country,” said Michelle Smith of San Francisco as she awaited her daughter’s return from a search for a fleece jacket at San Francisco Centre. 

San Jose resident Rhonda Wall said she’s between jobs and it’s affecting her shopping habits. 

“I am more conservative in shopping this year, but I will shop,” to be patriotic, Wall said. “This year’s really special. I’m spending more time with family and I’m doing more things at home. It’s important because of what happened.” 

At Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza, shops were awash with patriotic displays: flags, posters and signs saying “God Bless America” and “United We Stand.” 

At tourist-oriented Destination Sacramento, flag-bedecked T-shirts and sweat shirts sold briskly. Store manager Marnie Stiles said a mix of patriotism and Christmas looks good for business. 

Among the specials Friday: a free “America the Beautiful” T-shirt with a $50 purchase. 

The Washington-based National Retail Federation predicts total holiday retail sales, excluding restaurant and auto sales, will rise in the range of 2.5 percent to 3 percent, to roughly $206 billion. That would make it the worst retail performance since 1990, when sales were basically unchanged. 

Many shoppers said they would do what they could for the economy, but were working within much tighter budgets this year. 

At San Diego’s Fashion Valley Mall, Ann Brannon, 54, of Carlsbad, N.M., had a shopping bag filled with tennis shoes, books and a Harry Potter calendar by 11 a.m., but said despite appearances, she planned to be more conservative with her spending this year. 

“I just don’t feel the need to spend more. I’ve gotta keep more in the pillowcase back home,” she joked. 

Her brother, Robert Michelson, 51, who works maintenance at a potash mine in Carlsbad, N.M., said layoffs at his company have him watching his wallet very closely. “I’m worried about my job, worried about the economy.... I’m spending less this year.” 

The pair have considered making some patriotic buys, however. They’re looking for a car flag for their car trip back home on Saturday. 

Even in posh Beverly Hills, shoppers were passing by the 50 percent off signs and weighing purchases more carefully. 

“There are more parking spaces around here than I’ve ever seen before,” said David Diltz, who, with his wife Eileen, was window shopping on Rodeo Drive. 

Colleen Karetti said she spent the tax check she received as part of President Bush’s economic stimulus package on a new television. She and her daughter Kris walked by a Versace store on Rodeo Drive, but didn’t plan to buy anything today. 

“It’s just a browsing day,” Kris Karetti said. 

At San Diego’s Fashion Valley Mall, patriotism as a sales pitch was only going so far. 

“They’re not expensive so we don’t know what is going on,” said vendor Lara Murillo, 25, of the hand-painted American flag ornaments hanging amid ceramic gingerbread men and angels at her booth, Santa’s Pins. 

The $9.95 flags have been on sale for several weeks but although four or five people ask her about them each day, very few buy them. “It’s not how we thought they were going to be selling,” she said. 


Investments steered to central cities

By Jim Wasserman, The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

SACRAMENTO —They were abandoned buildings in a forlorn part of downtown Santa Ana. Now they’re lively monuments to a shakeup in state investment strategy. 

State Treasurer Phil Angelides says it’s all about making money while turning around decaying corners of California. 

“We turned an old abandoned church into a theater and performance center and brought 1,000 young people of diverse backgrounds back into this urban corridor,” Angelides says. 

The former developer, a Democrat who touts more development in existing cities, calls it a “double bottom line.” Since taking office in 1999, he says he’s steered up to $12 billion in state money and pension fund investments to bypassed corners of California. 

For example, a $20 million state loan prodded the Orange County High School of the Arts to restore three empty buildings in Santa Ana, rather than build a new campus in Newport Beach or Anaheim. 

“When I started as treasurer I began looking at all our foreign investments, investments in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, where we were, as a pension fund, committing billions of dollars to unstable markets,” says Angelides. “At the same time we had our own emerging markets here at home that had needs, but also opportunities.” 

As treasurer and as a manager of “probably the largest aggregation of capital in the world,” he’s trying to invest more in east Los Angeles, south central Los Angeles and the Central Valley. 

“You know, for all its problems, the San Joaquin Valley doesn’t need a CIA report to underwrite its stability,” he says. “It is inherently part of the fifth largest economy in the world. And we’ve been looking past our own market places of opportunity.” 

Carol Whiteside, who has called the Valley a western “Appalachia” as director of the Modesto-based Great Valley Center, says it’s “not only a good investment decision, but keeps the economy of the state robust.” 

Many believe the fast-growing Valley threatens California’s long-term prosperity with its impoverished rural towns and high unemployment. 

Angelides says he’s steered capital from California’s $300 billion pension funds for state employees and teachers into Korean-American banks in Los Angeles that made more small business loans than bigger banks. Statewide, he says, pension funds have deposited $3 billion with Chinese-American, black and Hispanic-owned banks and local banks that invest in central cities. 

The state also has invested in retail chains that opened stores in low-income neighborhoods. It’s offered special home loans to teachers who work in low-performing schools. The treasurer’s office also steers state infrastructure funds to development projects near transit lines and within walking distance of schools — central cities get priority. 

The Orange County arts school is an example. 

It brought new life to a “ghost town,” says arts school president Ralph Opacic. 

“If you were able to see the transformation in just a year and a half, you’d realize for both the city and the treasurer, the idea of using the high school of the arts as a tool for urban redevelopment has been very effective,” Opacic says. 

Angelides says it’s not about “shoveling money out the door,” but “spending it in ways that promote good growth patterns for California. It’s a pretty simple notion,” he says, “but not one that’s imbued in our culture.” 

The treasurer insists these investments earn the same returns as traditional strategies. 

Some growth watchers liken Angelides’ philosophy to that of Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, who steers state funds to strategic growth areas. 

“Phil has done a lot with a more limited set of tools that a governor would have,” says Steve Sanders, a California growth and land use consultant. 

“I don’t make any assertions here that we’re changing the world,” Angelides says. “Rather I hope that by the way we’re looking at the financial resources that we control that we can set some models for others to follow.” 

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On the Net: 

Read more at www.treasurer.ca.gov. 


Click and Clack Talk Cars

Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Saturday November 24, 2001

Get this car some coffee! 

 

Dear Tom and Ray: 

 

I have a 1992 Buick Century with more than 60,000 miles that is very difficult to start, but just in the morning. It must be cranked several times before the car will finally start. Once it has been started, no problems are encountered for the rest of the day. I have replaced sensors, spark plugs, batteries, a starter and a fuel filter, but with no success. A Buick dealer hooked the car up to his computer and found no problems. Thinking I might be at fault, I've had other people start my car in the morning, with the same result. What could possibly be causing this car so much trouble waking up in the morning? – Margaret 

 

RAY: Good question, Margaret. Maybe it's the same thing that gives my brother so much trouble getting up in the morning: work. 

TOM: I'm going to suggest a few possibilities, Margaret. One is a weak fuel pump. If the fuel pump is weak, it would take awhile for enough fuel to get from the gas tank to the engine, especially when the car's been sitting for a while. 

RAY: The car could still start fine for the rest of the day because once the car is started, the fuel pump maintains "rest pressure" in the fuel line. That keeps enough gasoline in the line for quick subsequent starts. 

TOM: So you can ask your mechanic to test your fuel-pump pressure and your rest pressure. And if either are lower than they're supposed to be, go ahead and replace the pump. 

RAY: Another possibility is a faulty fuel-pump relay that is acting "lazy" when the car is cold. That would keep the fuel pump from being activated until the relay kicked in. 

TOM: So that's something else your mechanic can investigate. 

RAY: And one other possibility is the oft-overlooked coolant-temperature sensor, assuming you haven't replaced that yet. The "coolant temp sensor" reads the temperature of the coolant to determine whether the engine is hot or cold. 

TOM: And if the sensor is malfunctioning, it could be telling the computer that the engine is hot when it's really ice-cold. And that would lead the computer to set the fuel mixture incorrectly for a cold start, also leading to slow starting. 

RAY: If none of those suggestions help you solve the problem, Margaret, you can always try the approach I use on my brother to get him going in the morning: a swift kick. Good luck.  

 

 

How to limit  

allergens inside your car 

 

 

 

Dear Tom and Ray: 

 

Do car interior-air-filtration systems actually succeed at cleaning interior air? I've been searching all over the Web for credible info on this, but I can't zero in on any. Clearly, I'm desperate at this point. I have a 1987 Honda Accord LXI with 320,000 miles on it. It's in great shape and is a lot of fun to drive. I don't really want to give it up, but I am having problems with allergies. If interior-air-filtration systems work, I might actually break down and get a new car. Thanks. – Eric 

 

RAY: Some do work, Eric. It depends on the car. And it's not easy information to get. 

TOM: The key is knowing what you're allergic to and the size of its particles. For instance, I'm allergic to my brother. And even a heap like yours has a filter that will keep him out. It's called “door locks.” 

RAY: Actually, we did some research. We called a couple of allergists, and for 150 bucks an hour, they told us that the most problematic particles for people who suffer from allergies are around 5 microns in size. Some are bigger. Ragweed, for instance, is about 17 microns. 

TOM: For those without a scientific background, a micron is “very, very, very small.” The current Honda Accord's filtration system will only stop stuff bigger than 8 microns. So that might not help you if you're allergic to 5-micron particles. 

RAY: On the other hand, the Ford Focus' system gets stuff bigger than 3 microns. So that probably would do the trick. 

TOM: But what if you're allergic to something like dust-mite debris, which can be as small as 0.5 micron in size? Then the Focus is out, and you have to either launch yourself into space or save up for a 2002 Saab 9-5. Saab says its filters can catch some particles as small as 0.25 microns. 

RAY: So start by calling your allergist and getting as much information as you can. Then when you narrow down the list of cars that interest you, your best bet is probably to call the company's toll-free customer-service number. This is not something that dealers typically keep on the tips of their tongues. And besides, they might tell you anything to get you to buy their car. 

TOM: And before anybody writes to ask, anthrax is about 1 micron in size, and viruses, like small pox, are a fraction of a micron. So living in your car for the next 40 years is not a practical solution to bioterrorism. 

RAY: But it could ease the housing crunch!  

 

 

Is he being taken for a ride? 

 

 

Dear Tom and Ray: 

How can you tell if your tie rods are loose and need to be replaced? I got a lifetime alignment, and when I went back to get the car realigned, the mechanic said I needed to replace my tie rods before I did an alignment. Of course, he didn't "show" me anything. He just expects me to believe him. How can I tell for sure, so I know that I'm not being taken for a ride? – Basir 

 

TOM: Well, he's GOT to take you for a ride, Basir. He's going out of business on all those stupid lifetime alignments he sold. 

RAY: Unfortunately, a second opinion is your only real option here, Basir. 

TOM: There's no way to tell from how the car rides or handles that the tie rods are bad, because they wear out so slowly and gradually. It's like my brother's face. He doesn't notice how bad it's getting, because he sees it in the mirror every day. But whenever a long-lost relative sees him, she screams. 

RAY: The mechanic can tell if your tie rods are bad by jacking up the car and getting an assistant to shake the wheel from side to side. While the wheel is being shaken, he'll watch the tie rod's ball-and-socket joint. If he sees vertical movement in addition to the expected horizontal movement, he knows that the tie rod is worn out. And that's not something you can determine, since you don't know what a good one or a bad one should look like. 

TOM: So if you're suspicious of this guy, tell him that you don't have time today and you'll come back in a week or two. Then have another mechanic check the tie rods. And if they're bad, you should replace them right away, because if they break, your heirs could be reading this explanation. 

RAY: And, by the way, what he said makes sense. Bad tie rods could prevent him from aligning the car.  

 

 

 

Explaining markups; how to stop mildew 

 

 

Dear Tom and Ray: 

 

I discovered recently that the parts used by my local repair shop are marked up by 33 percent. I take this to mean that if I went to the dealer and bought the same part, it would have been a lot cheaper. My garage says this is a standard practice. Are they giving me a song and dance? -- John 

TOM: Yes, they are, John. Most repair shops don't mark up parts by 33 percent. Most mark them up by between 50 percent and 100 percent. 

RAY: But your assumption about the dealer price is wrong. The dealer sells parts to your garage at a special discount -- a discount the garage won't give you. So when your garage marks a part up by 33 percent, that probably brings it back up to the retail price, or thereabouts. 

TOM: In other words, if YOU went to the dealership's parts window and bought the part (or if you had the car serviced at the dealership), you would be charged the "list price," or about what your local garage charged you. Probably. 

RAY: Right. Some garages might make exorbitant markups, because there are unscrupulous people in every business. I mean, look at my brother. 

TOM: If you're curious, take your repair slip, pick a part and call your local dealership. Ask the mechanic how much the part would cost you if you walked in off the street. My guess is that it'll be close to what your garage is charging. 

RAY: And there's nothing underhanded about the practice of marking up the cost of your individual components, John. It's how business works. You charge for a combination of your expertise and the parts you know are required. Your plumber, electrician and local pizza shop do exactly the same thing.  

 

 

 

 

Dear Tom and Ray: 

 

I live in Florida and own a car with a vinyl top. How do I keep the top from mildewing? The car is parked outside all the time. – Arthur 

 

TOM: Mildew is not a topic we're overly familiar with, Arthur, living in the great frozen North as we do. Up here, those people with vinyl tops tend to be concerned about things like ice dams. 

RAY: But we have a few ideas for you. I would stay away from bleach, even diluted in water. Aside from discoloration, bleach can, apparently, cause vinyl to dry and crack by removing its natural oils. 

TOM: If the mildew is still mild (i.e., still basically two-dimensional), you might start by trying a common all-purpose cleaner such as Fantastik or 409. If that doesn't work, there are some vinyl-specific cleaners on the market, but you might not find them very easily. 

RAY: One we know of is called Meguiar's #39 Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner. It's a specialty product available at auto-body supply houses. If you call Meguiar's at (800) 347-5700, they can tell you where to find it in your area, or they can sell it to you mail-order. 

TOM: Whatever you use, it should be done a couple of times a year to keep the mildew under control. And it makes sense to follow it up with a vinyl conditioner of some sort. Meguiar's makes one called #40, or you should be able to find any number of them in your local auto-parts store or the auto-parts section of your favorite discount megastore. Good luck, Arthur.  

 

Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack in care of this newspaper, or e-mail them by visiting the Car Talk section of cars.com on the World Wide Web.


Gobbling up a thankful feast

Judith Scherr/Daily Planet
Thursday November 22, 2001

Parents pitched in Wednesday to serve some 60 Emerson School first graders a Thanksgiving feast.  

Before digging in, the children celebrated the day in song, one about an immigrant coming to America. “And the land was sweet and good and I did what I could,” the children sang.  

And they knew what they were thankful for: Michelle said she was thankful for the food. “Thank-you for my mommy,” said Victoria. Anya was thankful for “all living things,” and Tyler D. was thankful for her friends. Like Victoria, Ebony said she was thankful “for my mom.”


Calendar of Events & Activities

Staff
Thursday November 22, 2001


Thursday, Nov. 22

 

Latin Dance Class 

7:30 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut St. 

Salsa, Cha-cha, Merengue... $10, No partner necessary. All ages and levels welcome. 508-4616 

 


Friday, Nov. 23

 

Kwanzaa Gift Show 

12 - 8 p.m. 

Oakland Marriott Hotel 

1001 Broadway, Oakland 

Three-day cultural gift show offers goods and services as well as retail seminars, business workshops, job recruitment, product samples, business opportunities, and entertainment. 

 


Saturday, Nov. 24

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m. 

The Village 

2556 Telegraph Ave. 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Joe Chellman Quartet performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

Santa's Solstice Bazaar 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Metaversal Lightcraft 

1708 University Ave. 

Come shop while kids visit with Santa for free. Fine arts, crafts, 

clothing and gift booths in a magical and colorful scene. 644-2032, www.lightcraft.org. 

 

Open Center 

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

The Center is open for exercise and lunch. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be shown at 1 p.m. 644-6107 

 

Teddy Bear Festival 

1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Pacific Film Archive Theater 

2575 Bancroft Way 

Children get to march their teddy bears through the theater, and then watch animated teddy bear films. $3.50. 642-1412 

 


Sunday, Nov. 25

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m.  

Greg’s Pizza 

2311 Telegraph Ave. 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Downtown Uproar performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

United Genders of the  

Universe 

7 p.m. 

Pacific Center 

2712 Telegraph Ave. 

An all ages genderqueer group for anyone who views gender as having more than 2 options. 548-8283  

 

Teddy Bear Festival 

1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Pacific Film Archive Theater 

2575 Bancroft Way 

Children get to march their teddy bears through the theater, and then watch animated teddy bear films. $3.50. 642-1412 

Wild Life or Dinner 

noon 

The Fellowship of Humanity 

411 28th St., Oakland 

Eric Mills, coordinator for Action for Animals, speaks out against live-animal food markets in Oakland. 451-5818, humanisthall@ yahoo.com 

 


Monday, Nov. 26

 

Race, Immigration and American Politics Speakers Series 

noon 

UC Berkeley 

119 Moses Hall 

Chris Rudolph Center for International Studies, USC, “Security, Sovereignty, and International Migration.” 642-4608 www.igs. berkeley.edu 

 

Quilt Show 

7:30 p.m. 

First Unitarian Church 

1 Lawson Rd., Kensington 

East Bay Heritage Quilters present their work, including art quilts, traditional bed quilts, wall hangings, group quilts, and clothing. $3 non-members. 834-3706 

 

Monthly meeting of the Oakland East Bay Chapter of NOW – the National Organization for Women 

6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Mama Bears Bookstore & Coffee House  

6536 Telegraph Ave. 

Everyone welcome. 287-8948 

 

Constructing Autonomy in Chiapas 

6 p.m. 

Unitarian Fellowship 

Cedar @ Bonita 

Sendoff event for Pastors for Peace caravan that will deliver emergency aid and build housing in Chiapas. $5 - $10, including dinner. 869-2577 

 

Montessori Campus Design  

Competition Exhibit  

3 - 5 p.m. 

Berkeley Montessori School 

1581 LeRoy Ave. 

BMS is designing a new Elementary and Middle School campus, see the designs and give your feedback for jury consideration in selecting the winner. 843-9374, sharline@well.com. 

 


Tuesday, Nov. 27

 

Berkeley Farmers’ Market 

2 - 7 p.m. 

Derby Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street 

548-3333 

 

Experimental Mid-life Workshop 

7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut St. 

Miriam Chaya presents the third of three workshops rooted in modern psychology and Jewish traditional sources designed to provide participants with the skills and tools necessary to meet the challenges they will face in the second half of their lives. $35, $25 members. 848-0237 ext. 127 

 

Berkeley Camera Club 

7:30 p.m. 

Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda 

Share your slides and prints with other photographers. Critiques by qualified judges. Monthly field trips. 

531-8664 

 

Holistic Health 

1:15 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Elizabeth Forrest discusses Creative Aging in the second of two Holiday Holistic Health talks. 644-6107 

 

 


Wednesday, Nov. 28

 

“Long Night's Journey Into Day” 

7 p.m. 

Ellen Driscoll Hall 

325 Highland, Piedmont 

Piedmont's Appreciating Diversity Committee, DiversityWorks and Piedmont's League of Women Voters will sponsor the free screening of “Long Night's Journey Into Day,” winner of the Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the 2000 Sundance Festival. 655-5552, www.diversityworks.org 

 

Prose Writers’ Workshop 

7 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center Library 

1414 Walnut St.  

From Op-ed to fiction, memoir to the feature article – a community 

writers' group to support and encourage a community of interests. Workshop format. Free. 524-3034 

 

American Disability Act 

1:00 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Ken Steiner and Jessica Soske from Legal Assistance for Seniors will lead a discussion. 644-6107 

 

Toddler Storytime 

7 p.m. 

West Berkeley Library 

1125 University Ave 

For families with children three years or younger, a program to expose the youngest readers to multicultural stories, songs and finger plays. The last Storytime in the series.  

 

Stories of Your Amazing Body 

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Hall of Health 

2230 Shattuck Ave.  

For children aged three to ten years old, escape to the magical realm of health, fun, and excitement of this ongoing storytelling series. 549-1564  

 

Berkeley Gray Panthers 

1:30 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

What really happened at the UN Conference on Racism or what the press left out. 548-9696, graypanthers@hotmail.com 

 

Emeryville Lights of Life Day  

5 - 7 p.m. 

Emeryville Child Development Center 

1220 53rd St., Emeryville 

Community event to honor loved ones and in tribute to the helping 

and caring professions, featuring children's chorus, candle-lighting, guest 

speaker Emeryville Fire Chief Stephen Cutright with a tribute to New York 

firefighters, and a visit from the fire truck. 450-8795 

 

"The Nuclear Waste Problem and the Yucca Mountain Project" 

6 - 7:30 p.m. 

UC Berkeley 

180 Tan Hall 

This talk will discuss the nuclear waste problem, its causes, and possible long-term solutions. The potential solution offered by deep geologic disposal is discussed, and current research efforts at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are described. Dr. Gudmundur (Bo) S. Bodvarsson is the Earth Sciences Division Director and the Acting Nuclear Waste Program Manager at the LBNL. Sponsored by the Berkeley Student Section of the American Nuclear Society. 704-8106, lancekim@nuc.berkeley.edu. 

 


Food for thought:a Thanksgiving menu

By the California Food Policy Advocates
Thursday November 22, 2001

Many of us will contribute turkeys, canned goods, gift certificates and volunteer time to help prevent hunger among low-income families this Thanksgiving holiday. To achieve an end to hunger for these same families in the weeks and months ahead, we propose a supplement to this traditional menu of charitable giving. In the spirit of strong families, healthy children, and successful communities this holiday season California Food Policy Advocates recommends that the public and state policy makers choose at least one option from the following menu of opportunities to reduce hunger. 

For the children:  

a healthy breakfast at school  

Hungry minds should start the day with breakfast; research has shown that kids who eat school breakfast do better on standardized tests and are less disruptive in the classroom. Too many of California’s schools do not serve breakfast, including many low performing schools that have a special responsibility to give children the tools they need to succeed. This year, California should require that all schools failing under the state’s School Accountability Act serve breakfast. This will give thousands of low-income children a healthy start to their day, and a start to a successful life. For more information on this menu item, visit www.cfpa.net/breakfastbill.htm 

For our seniors:  

food stamps for seniors on fixed incomes  

California is the only state where elderly seniors and disabled people on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can’t get food stamps. This means that a low-income senior living alone has to stretch $712 each month to cover rent, medical expenses and other necessities. Too frequently, these seniors don’t have enough money left over for food. California’s current policy for SSI and food stamps helps families that have both SSI and non-SSI recipients – for example, a family with a disabled child. But this policy hurts seniors who live alone and struggle to get by on $712 a month. Therefore CFPA proposes keeping current policy in place for the families that it helps, but ending it for those who are hurting: live-alone SSI recipients. We propose that these live-alone seniors be able to keep their $712 and still be eligible for federal food stamp help. See www.cfpa.net/seniorbill.htm 

For working Californians: red tape reduction.  

Working folks in California trying to supplement their wages with food stamps face endless red tape, chief among these problems is monthly reporting. With monthly reporting food stamp recipients must turn in a statement of income, assets and other information each month or immediately lose benefits. This means 650,000 households are turning in these monthly reports even when there are no changes from month to month and when millions are spent by administrators to process these forms. Over 40 others states have recognized the need to reduce this red tape for hard working folks and have ended monthly reporting. We recommend that policymakers end monthly reporting and choose one the alternatives already used in other states. This would reduce hassles for hungry folks and save the state $22.5 million. See: www.cfpa.net/redtape.html 

 

California Food Policy Advocates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food, can be reached at 415-777-4422


Doggin’ on Portland ... among other things

By Peter Crimmins Special to the Daily Planet
Thursday November 22, 2001

It’s a historical drama without period costumes. An underworld crime story with nary a gunfight. A car salesman’s tale without any car chases. It is a tight little civic mystery thriller that’s too polite to raise its voice. 

“Birddog,” opening for a week-long run at the Fine Arts Cinema on Friday, is an independent film made on an independent’s shoestring budget, which unleashes a tempest of corporate grudges and city destruction with the production muscle of a teapot. 

Harv Beckman is an earnest used car salesman (a “pot lot,” nothing more than $1,000) who gives his customers a fair shake. He is an honest but failing businessman reading a dog-eared Upton Sinclair paperback, and on the side he’s a writer who has published two books, both of which sold badly. (A writer’s group admirer asks breathlessly, “What’s it like, being published?” She is as disappointed by the answer as he is.) 

He checks himself when his temper flares.  

When his slow-witted assistant bids on a pristine 1948 Kaiser at an auction, his slipping fortunes takes a fast downhill slide. While Harv tries to get the $35K to pay off the auction house, the car gets stolen. Out of cash and out of collateral the only bargaining chip he has is a novelist’s erratic instinct and his good standing with the local Kiwanis Club.  

The intrepid do-gooders at the community-service Kiwanis add up to a lot as Harv’s small-business troubles drift into dangerous open waters. 

This is a working-class story with working-class style. Portland-based writer-director Kelley Baker used to run with Portland’s golden boy Gus Van Sant (who made River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves into P-Town street hustlers in “My Own Private Idaho”). A self-proclaimed angry filmmaker (check out his industry rants at www.angryfilmmaker.com), Baker has gone on record with his fervent dislike of Portland as a filmmaking town. He told the Oregonian, “I am a filmmaker who lives in Portland. I will never be a Portland filmmaker.” 

Although Baker worked on Van Sant’s last several pictures his debut feature shows none of Van Sant’s art house-cum-Hollywood flair. There is a pronounced preponderance of medium-frame shots, the sky is evenly-lit overcast, and the story moves at a clock-puncher’s pace.  

Slow and steady, the story does indeed keep moving. Those troubles with the car escalate into uncovering a tragic disaster. It seems during WWII a temporary city was built between Portland and Vancouver, called Vanport, which housed the mostly black and lower-class shipbuilders for the war effort. This is all true. Shortly after the war a flood destroyed Vanport. Harv wonders if the flood wasn’t intentional. 

He doggedly pursues the stolen car and the obscure historical catastrophe. The scenes are calm and determined. The plot progresses slowly and sure-footed as the evidence and events neatly stack up; it’s a solid, if a bit sedate, piece of work. The script gets a bit creaky when it pivots on a couple somewhat tentative plot turns – Harv’s out-of-the-blue instinct to connect the missing car with Vanport, and his uncanny ability to recall a car owner’s history. But chalk those up as whimsical zing on an otherwise concrete writing job. 

For all Baker’s ire and spite he projects as the card-carrying Angry Filmmaker, his film is essentially kind-hearted. It’s centered on the nearly angelic Harv, who does have a weakness but even his vices are virtuous: he’s a sucker for the Kiwanis Club and their well-intentioned rummage sales. His commitment to charity – sometimes forcibly committed – threatens to sidetrack his efforts to save his own business. This film has a subtle sense of humor for non-profit fundraising drives, its subtext, if such a thing can be read, is flagrant propaganda for community service nonprofits. 

 

Indeed, the character’s most tellingly weird quirk – and the thing that becomes his saving grace – is that he’s nice to his neighbors. In the middle of the storm of deceit and duplicity Harv takes the time to have a cup of coffee with a helpful woman. Nice guys might finish last, but the central character Baker has created here is a guy you’ll want to buy your next used car from. 


Arts

Staff
Thursday November 22, 2001

21 Grand Nov. 29: 9 p.m., Lemon Lime Lights, Hillside, Moe! Staiano, $6; Nov. 30: 9 p.m., Fred Frith, Damon Smith, Marco Eneidi, Sabu Toyozumi Ensemble, Phillip Greenlief, $10; Dec. 1: 9 p.m., Toychestra, Rosin Coven, Darling Freakhead, $6; All ages. 21 Grand Ave., Oakland. 444-7263 

 

924 Gilman St. Nov. 23: The Stitches, Starvations, Neon King Kong, Kill Devil Hills, Problem; Nov. 24: Tilt, Missing Link, Cry Baby Cry; Nov. 30: Shitlist, Atrocious Madness, Fuerza X, Catheter, S Bitch, Delta Force; Dec. 1: Yaphet Kotto, Cattle Decapitation, Creation Is Crucifixion, Kalibas, A Death Between Seasons, Lo-Fi Neissans; Dec. 2: 5 p.m., Dead and Gone, Venus Bleeding, Suptonix, Geoff (spoken word), East Bay Chasers, Lesser Of Two; Dec. 7: Har Mar Superstar, The Pattern, The Blast Rocks, Your Enemies’ Friends, Hate Mail Express; Dec. 8: Scurvy Dogs, Nigel Peppercock, Shut The Fuck Up, Offering To The Sun, Voetsek; Dec. 9: Poison The Well, Unearth, Sworn Enemy, Spark Lights The Friction; Dec. 14: Hot Water Music, American Steel, F-Minus, Trial By Fire; Dec. 15: Strung Out, Limp, The Frisk, The Deadlines, The Creeps; Dec. 16: 5 p.m., Good Riddance, Missing 23rd, Downway, Audio Crush; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 

 

The Albatross Pub Nov. 22: Keni “El Lebrijano” Flamenco Guitar; Nov. 24: Tipsy House Irish Band; Dec. 4: Panacea; Dec. 5: Whiskey Brothers; Dec. 6: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 11: Mad & Eddic Duran Jazz Duo; Dec. 13: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 15: Larry Stefl Jazz Quartet; Dec. 18: Panacea; Dec. 19: Whiskey Brothers; Dec. 20: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 27: Keni “El Lebrijano”; All shows start at 9 p.m., 1822 San Pablo Ave. 843-2473  

 

Anna’s Nov. 19: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 20: Jimmy Ryan Jazz Quartet; Nov. 21: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 23: Sally Hanna-Rhine and David Tapham; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; Nov. 24: Carl Garrett Jazz Quartet; Nov. 25: Acoustic Soul; Nov. 26: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 27: Jason Martineau and David Sayen; Nov. 28: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 29: Ed Reed and Alex Markels Jazz Group; Nov. 30: Ann sings jazz standards; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; All shows 8 p.m. unless noted. Free. 1901 University Ave., 849-2662 

 

Ashkenaz Nov. 19: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 20: 8 p.m., Tamazgha, $8; Nov. 21: 8 p.m., Tom Rigney & Flambeau, $8; Nov. 22: 6 - 9 p.m., Annual Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Feast, Free; 10 p.m., Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 23: 9 p.m., Ras Michael and Sons of Negus with DJ Tony Moses, $10; Nov. 24: 9:30 p.m., Lavay Smith And Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, $11; Nov. 25: 9 p.m., The King of Calypso Mighty Sparrow, $15; Nov. 26: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 27: 8 p.m., Creole Belles, $8; Nov. 28: 8 p.m., Bluegrass Intentions, Stairwell Sisters, Clogging with Evie Ladin, $10; Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Grateful Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums w/ Ms. Carmen Getit; 1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054 www.ashkenaz. com 

 

Blake’s Nov. 22: Ascension, $5; Nov. 23: Solemite, TBA, $5; Nov. 24: Dank Man Shank, Locale AM, $5; Nov. 25: Out of The Ashes, Wonderland Ave., $3; Nov. 26: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 27: PC Munoz and the Amen Corner, Froggy, $3; Nov. 28: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 29: Ascension, $5; Nov. 30: Felonious, TBA, $6; All shows 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave., 848-0886 

 

Cafe Eclectica Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., She Mob, Wire Graffiti, Breast, Honeyshot, Run for Cover Lovers, $6; All ages 1309 Solano Ave., 527-2344. 

 

Cal Performances Nov. 29: Les Arts Florissants, $24 - $46; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way at Telegraph, 642-0212 tickets@calperfs. berkeley.edu 

 

Club Muse Nov. 29: 9:30 p.m., SoulTree, Tang!, $7; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Calamity and Main, Darling Clementines, The Bootcuts, $8; Dec. 1: 9:30 p.m., Naked Barbies, Penelope Houston, $8; All ages. 856 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 528-2878. 

 

Eli’s Mile High Club Every Friday, 10 p.m. Funky Fridays Conscious Dance Party with KPFA DJs Splif Skankin and Funky Man. $10; Nov. 23: Junior Morrow; Nov. 24: Jimmy Dewrance; Nov. 30: Scott Duncan; Dec. 1: J.J. Malone; Doors open at 8 p.m. unless noted. 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. 655-6661 

 

Freight & Salvage Coffee House Nov. 23 & 24: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Sickafoose; Nov. 25: Sylvia Herold; Nov. 26: Ellen Robinson; Nov. 28: Wake the Dead; Nov. 29: Judith Kate Friedman and Deborah Pardes; Nov. 30: Odile Lavault and Baguette Quartette; Dec. 1: Geoff Muldaur w/ Fritz Richmond; Dec. 2: Kaila Flexer’s Fieldharmonik; Dec. 5: Avalon Blues: Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Bill Morrissey; Dec. 6: Ray Bonneville; Dec. 7 & 8: Rebecca Riots; All shows begin 8 p.m., 1111 Addison St. Call 548-1761 for prices or see www.freightandsalvage.org.  

 

iMusicast Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., Applesaucer, The Plus Ones, Cutlass Supreme, Salem Lights, Short Wave Rocket, One Step Shift; Dec. 1: 6 - 11 p.m., One Time Angels, The Influents, The Frisk, Fetish, The Locals, $8; All ages. 5429 Telegraph Ave. 601-1024, www.imusicast.com. 

 

Jupiter Nov. 21: Starchild; All shows 8 p.m. and free. 2821 Shattuck Ave. 843-7625/ www.jupiter. com 

 

The Minnow Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Jolly!, Good For You, Grain USA, Plan to Pink; Nov. 30: Sedadora, Six Eye Columbia, Betty Expedition, The Clarendon Hills; Dec. 1: Replicator, Fluke Starbucker, Baby Carrot, The Len Brown Society; All shows $6. 1700 Clement Ave., Alameda. 

 

“Music on Telegraph” Nov. 25: Downtown Uproar, Greg’s Pizza, 2311 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 1: Scrambled Samba Trio, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 2: Paul and Jill Janoff, Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 8: Jonah Minton Quartet, Julie’s Healthy Cafe, 2562 Bancroft; Dec. 9: Hebro, Blakes, 2367 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 15: Thelonious On The Move, Bison Brewing, 2598 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 16: Howard Kadis, Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 22: Kaz Sasaki Duo, Blackberry Ginger, 2520 Durant; Dec. 23: Almadecor, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; All shows 2 - 4 p.m., Free. 

 

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents “Bach’s Mass in B Minor” Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Dana and Durant. Guest conductor Andrew Parrott. $34 - $50. 415-392-4400, www.philharmonia.org. 

 

Rose Street House of Music Dec. 1: 8 p.m., Acapella Night - Making Waves, Solstice, Out on a Clef, $5 - $20. 1839 Rose St. 594-4000 x687, rosestreetmusic@yahoo. com. 

 

Starry Plough Nov. 28: 8:30 p.m., bEASTfest Invitational Poetry Slam, $5; Nov. 29: 9:30 p.m., The Moore Brothers, Yuji Oniki, BArt Davenport, $8; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., The Kirby Grips, Dealership, Bitesize, The Blast Rocks, (all ages show) $8; Dec. 1: 9:30 p.m., Mark Growden’s Electric Pinata, Ramona the Pest, Film School; 3101 Shattuck Ave.  

 

Stork Club Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Mega-Mousse, Base LIne Dada, Meeshee, Mike Boner, $7; Nov. 30: 9 p.m., Love Kills Love, Three Years Down, Jack Killed Jill, October Allied, Eddie Haskells, $6; Dec. 1: 10 p.m., Anticon, Kevin Blechdom, Bevin Blectum, The Silents, $10; Dec. 2: 8 p.m., Corsciana, The Mass, Modular Set, Spore Attic, $5; 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 

 

Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra with Lennie Niehaus Dec. 2: 2 p.m., $18. Longfellow School of the Arts, 1500 Derby St. 420-4560, www.bigbandjazz.net 

 

Theater 

 

Splash Circus Nov. 23, 24, 25: 2 p.m., “Odyssey,” an outer space circus adventure featuring circus performers ages 10 - 14 years old. $14 adults, $7 kids under 14. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave. 655-1265, www.splashcircus.com. 

 

“Uncle Vanya” Nov. 23 through Nov. 29: Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Subterranean Shakespeare’s production of Jean-Claude van Italie’s humorous translation of Anton Chekhov’s romantic masterpiece. Directed by Diane Jackson. Benefits the Forests Forever Foundation. $8-$14. La Val’s Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid. 234-6046, www.subshakes.com 

 

“Goddesses” Nov. 30 through Dec. 1: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7 p.m. A sensuous and humorous drama concerning one mortal woman’s struggle to control the six extraordinary goddesses in her psyche. Written by Dorotea Reyna. $10. Mils College, Lisser Hall, 5900 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 883-0536, rlcouture@earthlink.net 

 

“Saint Joan” Through Dec. 2: Wed. - Sat. 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m. George Bernard Shaw’s epic of a young girl determined to drive the English out of France with only her faith to support her. Directed by Barbara Oliver. $26-35. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St. 843-4822 www.auroratheatre.org 

 

“Brave Brood” Through Dec. 16 Robert O’Hara directs Robert O’Hara’s searing tale of money, desperation, and the fight for survival. $20. Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby Ave. 883-0305 www.transparenttheater.org 

 

“Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 20 through Jan. 8: Check theater for specific dates and times. Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy chronicles a handful of soldiers returning from a winning battle to be greeted by a gaggle of giddy maidens. Directed by Brian Kulick. $10 - $54. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. 647-2949 www.berkeleyrep.org 

 

“Murder Dressed in Satin” by Victor Lawhorn, ongoing. A mystery-comedy dinner show at The Madison about a murder at the home of Satin Moray, a club owner and self-proclaimed socialite with a scarlet past. Dinner is included in the price of the theater ticket. $47.50 Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St., Oakland. 239-2252 www.acteva.com/go/havefun 

 

Films 

 

Pacific Film Archive Theater Nov. 21: 7 :30 p.m., Macbeth; Nov. 23: 7:30 p.m., The Bank Dick; 9:05 p.m., Unfaithfull Yours; Nov. 24: 7 p.m., Touch of Evil; 9:05 p.m., The Narrow Margin; Nov. 25: 5:30 p.m., Grand Illusion; 7:45 p.m., Harvest; Nov. 30: 7:30 p.m., Werckmeister Harmonies; Dec. 6: 7 p.m., Bizarre, Bizarre; 8:50 p.m., The Green Man; Dec. 7: 7 p.m., Smiles of a Summer Night; 9:05 p.m., Cluny Brown; Bancroft Way, 642-1124 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Exhibits  

 

“In Through the Outdoors” Through Nov. 24: Featuring seven artists who work in photography and related media including sculpture and video, this exhibit addresses the shift in values and contemporary concerns about the natural world that surrounds us. Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Traywick Gallery, 1316 Tenth St. www.traywick.com 

 

“2001 James D. Phelan Art Awards in Printmaking” Honorees: Bridget Henry, David Kelso, and Margaret Van Patten. Through Nov. 30 Tues. - Fri. noon - 5 p.m., other times by appointment. Kala Art Institue, 1060 Heinz Ave. 549-2977 www.kala.org 

 

“Furniture Art” Through Dec. 7: An exhibit of metal and wood furniture that revisits furniture not only as art but as craft. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Current Gallery at the Crucible, 1036 Ashby Ave. 843-5511 www.thecrucible.org 

 

“The Paintings of Bethany Anne Ayers and Sculpture of Alexander Cheves” Nov. 15 through Dec. 15: Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ardency Gallery, 709 roadway, Oakland. 836-0831 gallery709@aol.com 

 

“The Whole World’s Watching: Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1960s and 1970s” Through Dec. 16: A documentary photo exhibition which examines the rich history of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Wed. - Sun., noon - 5 p.m. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Live Oak Park. Free. 644-6893 

 

“Matrix 195” Through Jan. 13: German artist, Thomas Scheibitz’s, first solo museum exhibition in the United States showcases semi-abstract representations of everyday objects and landscapes. Wed., Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. $3-$6. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

GTU Exhibit: “Holocaust Series” by Cleve Gray Through Jan. 25: Comprised of 21 works on paper that constitute “a catharsis... for all of humanity.” Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. noon - 7 p.m.; Free. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2541 www.gtu.edu 

 

“Enduring Wisdom: Artwork and Stories by Homeless and Formerly Homeless Seniors” Through Feb. 15: 18 homeless and formerly homeless elders reveal how they learned and applied wisdom that is timeless. Mon. - Fri. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Reception and presentation by the elders Thurs. Nov. 15, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland, 893-4723 x222 

 

“The Art History Museum of Berkeley” Masterworks by Guy Colwell Faithful copies of several artists from the pasts, including Titian’s “The Venus of Urbino,” Cezanne’s “Still Life,” Picasso’s “Woman at a Mirror,” and Botticelli’s “Primavera” Ongoing. Call ahead for hours. Atelier 9 2028 Ninth St. 841-4210 or visit www.atelier9.com 

 

Readings 

 

Cody’s on Telegraph Ave. Nov. 28: 7:30 p.m. David Meltzer and contributors read from his newly revised and re-released collection of interviews with Bay Area Beat Poets; 2454 Telegraph Ave. 845-7852 

 

Tours 

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Fridays 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. or by appointment. Call ahead to make reservations. Free. University of California, Berkeley. 486-4387 

 

Golden Gate Live Steamers Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Drive at the south end of Tilden Regional Park Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size. Trains run Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides: Sun., noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 486-0623  

 

 

Museums 

 

Habitot Children’s Museum “Back to the Farm” An interactive exhibit gives children the chance to wiggle through tunnels, look into a mirrored fish pond, don farm animal costumes, ride on a John Deere tractor and more. “Recycling Center” Lets the kids crank the conveyor belt to sort cans, plastic bottles and newspaper bundles into dumpster bins; Nov. 3: Tales from the Enchanted Forest, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Nov. 9: Living with the Earth; Nov. 17: Recycle that Stuff; $4 adults; $6 children age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child age 7 and under. Mon. and Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tues. and Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111 or www.habitot.org  

 

Oakland Museum of California Through Nov. 25: Pasajes y Encuentros: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead, highlights three thematic “passageways” that connect the dead with the living: tradition, humor and spirit; Dec. 8 & 9: 32nd Annual Bay Area Fungus Fair, the world of the mushroom will be explored in exhibits, lectures, slide shows, cooking demos, etc.. Through Jan. 13: Grand Lyricist: The Art of Elmer Bischoff, featuring paintings and works on paper that trace the evolution of Bischoff’s career. $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 5. Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., 10th St., Oakland, 888-625-6873/ www.museumca.org 

 

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley “Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing. A 20 foot by 40 foot replica of the fearsome dinosaur made from casts of bones of the most complete T. Rex skeleton yet excavated. When unearthed in Montana, the bones were all lying in place with only a small piece of the tailbone missing. “Pteranodon” A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22-23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Free. Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 642-1821 

 

UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology will close its exhibition galleries for renovation. It will reopen in early 2002.  

 

University of California Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive has reopened after its summerlong seismic retrofit. “Martin Puryear: Sculpture of the 1990s” through Jan. 13; “The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951 - 1982)” through Dec. 16; “Face of Buddha: Sculpture from India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia” ongoing rotation through 2003; “Matrix 194: Jessica Bronson, Heaps, layers, and curls” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; “Matrix 192: Ceal Floyer 37’4”” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way; Museum Galleries 2626 Bancroft Way; 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Lawrence Hall of Science Through Jan. 26: Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters; “Within the Human Brain,” ongoing. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning experiments. “Saturday Night Stargazing,” First and third Saturdays each month. 8 - 10 p.m., LHS plaza. Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. $7 for adults; $5 for children 5-18; $3 for children 3-4. 642-5132 

 

Holt Planetarium Programs are recommended for age 8 and up; children under age 6 will not be admitted. $2 in addition to regular museum admission. “Constellations Tonight” Ongoing. Using a simple star map, learn to identify the most prominent constellations for the season in the planetarium sky. Daily, 3:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 5 ; free children age 2 and younger. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu  

 

Send arts events two weeks in advance to Calendar@berkeleydailyplanet.net, 2076 University, Berkeley 94704 or fax to 841-5694.


San Benito ends ’Jackets’ season in first round of state tournament

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Thursday November 22, 2001

The Berkeley High girls’ volleyball team had their season rudely ended on Tuesday night, falling in straight games, 15-11, 15-9, 15-5, to the San Benito (Hollister) Haybalers in the first round of the CIF state tournament. 

San Benito, the fourth-seeded team in the Northern California section, won by dominating the net despite the presence of Berkeley’s 6-foot-5 middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young. Outside hitter Jacky Denton led the Haybalers with 13 kills and Kim Dabo pitched in with 11 kills and two blocks.  

Guilliard-Young, on the other hand, only had 12 attempts all night as her teammates had trouble setting her up. The Baylor-bound senior finished with 3 kills and 3 blocks, far below her usual totals. She was even outpointed by San Benito middle blocker Lindsey Davis. Davis, who isn’t even a starter, had 4 kills and 4 blocks, including two on Guilliard-Young spikes. 

“There’s no possible way for us to win when that happens,” Berkeley coach Justin Caraway said of his star’s quiet match. 

San Benito coach Larry Nabzeska said his strategy was to avoid Guilliard-Young as much as possible, which included making it hard for Berkeley to get easy passes. 

“We heard about the big girl, and we wanted to stay away from her,” Nabzeska said. “We wanted to take the middle away from them by serving as hard as we could.” 

Nabzeska had the luxury of using three jump-servers to make Berkeley’s return game difficult. Dabo and Denton, two of the jump-servers, combined for just four aces, but their tricky serves kept the ’Jackets off-balance all night. 

“We just looked tentative and scared out there,” Caraway said. “I can only say ‘get your butt down and get under the ball’ so many times.” 

Berkeley’s poor passing made it a rough night for setter Danielle Larue, who found herself running for the ball rather than setting it for much of the match. As a result, the ’Jackets’ big hitters, outsides Vanessa Williams and Amalia Jarvis along with Guilliard-Young, had just 12 kills combined. 

The first game of the match was tied 4-4 when the Haybalers started to dominate the net. Guilliard-Young was blocked twice, first by Dabo, then by Davis, and followed that up with a hitting error that gave San Benito a 6-4 lead.  

“I didn’t think we’d be able to block (Guilliard-Young), but we did,” said Nabzeska, whose team had 12 kills blocks in the match. 

Guilliard-Young redeemed herself with a block to get serve back, but Dabo answered with a six-point service streak, including two aces and two kills by Denton, to make the score 12-4. Berkeley fought back to 12-9, but were too far behind to make up the entire deficit. 

The pivotal game of the match was the second. The ’Jackets took a 6-3 lead and stayed with San Benito to 9-9, but Dabo had three kills late in the game, including the final point on which her spike clipped the net and fell between three Berkeley defenders. 

Berkeley again took a quick lead in the final game and had a tie at 5-5, but then San Benito simply overpowered the ’Jackets for the rest of the match. Denton served out the rest of the match, starting with two aces. The next four points were painful for Caraway as he watched his team pass horribly, resulting in desperation back-row hits that found the net for easy San Benito points. 

“Calling a time-out at that point just would have put off the inevitable,” Caraway said. 

The last four points went quickly, requiring little effort on the Haybalers’ part other than letting Denton serve. 

Despite the anguish of the season-ending loss, Caraway expressed pride in what his team accomplished this season. The first Berkeley team to make the state tournament in more than a decade, the ’Jackets finished off their second straight undefeated ACCAL season and finally beat nemesis Bishop O’Dowd in the North Coast Section final. 

“We had an outstanding year, and I had a great time,” Caraway said. “Most of my players are significantly better than they were in September, and that’s all I can ask for.” 

The Berkeley coach was especially effusive in his praise for Guilliard-Young, whom he has coached for all of his four seasons with the school. She finished her career as the school-record holder in both single-season and career marks for kills and blocks. 

“I doubt I’ll ever have another player in the program who makes the impact that she did,” Caraway said.


Activist calls for U.S. to end its involvement in Afghanistan

By Hank Sims Daily Planet staff
Thursday November 22, 2001

Ann Fagan Ginger, executive director of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute and former member of the city’s Peace and Justice Commission, issued an activist’s impassioned call to arms Tuesday night. 

Stop the bombing, she said. Dismantle the FBI. Have the United Nations undertake military operations in Afghanistan. Try suspected terrorists at the International Court of Justice. Inform elected officials that bombs are illegal. 

Ginger’s speech was the latest in a series of “InfoSessions on World Crisis Issues” held at the South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell St.  

A crowd of about 60 appreciative listeners was there to hear Ginger make her case. 

“If someone shoots you, you don’t shoot them back,” Ginger said. “That would be uncivilized. 

“You take them to court!” 

Ginger began her talk, “Civil Liberties, the War and the Constitution,” by urging all those present to make an end to the bombing in Afghanistan their first priority in political activity.  

She said she realized that the work she had previously done – for conscientious objectors and promotion of the United Nations – now came “after the semicolon.”  

Ending the war, she said, was now her first priority, and she hoped that everyone listening would somehow incorporate that message in their political work. 

“We have to find a way – across the generations and through our lives – to stop the bombing,” she said. 

With that, Ginger unfolded her argument. She made the case that civil liberties are derived not only from the U.S. Constitution, but from the charter of the United Nations and various other international treaties which the United States and most other countries have signed. 

These humanitarian treaties, she said, are part of the “supreme law of the land,” no less so than NAFTA and other free-trade agreements. 

For instance, she said, international law has long deemed illegal, weapons such as cluster bombs, that are not precise enough to hit military targets rather than civilian populations. This clause is incorporated in numerous international weapons’ treaties, and has been upheld by the International Court of Justice, Ginger said. 

“So each bomb we drop – every one – is illegal,” she said. 

Ginger argued that all U.S. policy directed against the government of Afghanistan and terrorist organizations should be approved, and, if possible, carried out by the United Nations. 

She said that the U.S. government had no business being in Afghanistan. A more prudent course of action, she believes, would be to take the matter to the United Nations Security Council. There, she said, the military chiefs of staff of each of the five members of the council could hash out a common strategy and share the burdens of the operation. 

To illustrate her point, Ginger asked if any member of the audience knew how to solve the homeless problem in Oakland. No hands went up. So, she asked, how can any one nation expect to solve the much more difficult problems in Afghanistan? 

Ginger also delivered a defense of the International Court of Justice, where she believes members of al-Qaida should be tried. 

She said that the goals of what she hoped would become a new movement against war and for civil liberties would be difficult, but not impossible, to attain. 

“In the 30s, we won the right to organize, strike and picket,” she said. “We won Social Security, equal pay for women and unemployment benefits. We changed the economy of this country.” 

“If we could do this in the 30s, we can do it in the year 2001.” 

One member of the audience asked a critical question. A woman said that while she agreed with almost everything Ginger said, she believed that having a federal crime agency was a good idea. How can citizens work to reform the FBI? 

Ginger pointed out that there was not always an FBI, and that before 1908, the country did just fine without one. She said that she didn’t see why the country needed one now. 

But, the woman inquired, who would investigate the recent anthrax attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Florida? 

“The best defense is to build a society in which no one wants to bomb us,” Ginger replied. 

After the presentation, Ginger asked the crowd to form a circle, hold hands and sing “We Shall Overcome.”


WTC dead minding own business

Frank M. Rivers
Thursday November 22, 2001

Editor: 

I realize that the letter by the two 8-year-old Berkeley girls were probably well-intended. However, both adults and children need to be reminded that the people in the World Trade Center were “minding their business” when two planes, overtaken by terrorists whose only intention was to kill Americans, crashed into the towers and exploded. So, the president is definitely “minding our business” to see to it that these terrorists (and their associated regimes) are brought to justice. 

True, innocent Afghan civilians have lost their lives, but we should remember that innocent Americans have given and will give their lives to protect the freedoms we cherish in this country.  

Also, considering how cold-blooded these terrorists have proven themselves to be, I doubt seriously that they will stop bombing or hurting us if we stop bombing them. We are not dealing with reasonable folk here; these people are unreasonable, irrational murderers, and should be dealt with accordingly. 

 

Frank M. Rivers 

Oakland 


Bears ink local star

Daily Planet Wire Services
Thursday November 22, 2001

The University of California women’s volleyball program has signed local product Alicia Powers and Texas’ Jenna Brown to a National Letters of Intent, it was announced Wednesday by Golden Bear head coach Rich Feller.  

Powers is a 6-1 middle blocker from Clayton. She attends Carondelet High School in Concord where, this fall, she was first team All-Bay Valley League. As a junior in 2000, she was also named first team all-league and second team All-East Bay in the Contra Costa Times.  

Powers, who also plays volleyball for the Golden Bear Volleyball club team and competed in high school basketball and track, selected Cal over UCLA and Duke.  

“Alicia is a huge recruit for us. She is one of the top players in northern California,” said Feller. “We believe she will make a big impact in our program. Alicia is a middle blocker who is as good in the back row as she is in the front row."  

Brown is a 5-11 left-handed outside hitter from Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, TX. This fall she was named all-district Co-MVP, all-district first team, all-greater Houston first team and Houston Chronicle Sept. 12 Athlete of the Week. Brown was first in the greater Houston area with 482 digs and was second with 489 kills. She selected Cal over LSU and Texas A&M.  

“We are extremely excited about having Jenna join our program," said Feller.”She is one of the top three volleyball players in the city of Houston and is a left-handed hitter who has exceptional backcourt skills and an outstanding feel for blocking."


Station closure may hurt Berkeley’s fire service

By John Geluardi Daily Planet staff
Thursday November 22, 2001

Community outcry and concern from neighboring cities about diminished fire service, has caused the Oakland City Council to rethink tearing down Fire Station No. 8 in north Oakland while a new station is built. 

On Dec. 6, the council will consider an alternate plan to delay demolition for three years and not reduce fire service. 

Because of the station’s proximity to south Berkeley, the Berkeley City Council asked city staff on Oct. 30 to investigate what Oakland’s fire service reduction would mean for emergency response. Berkeley has a Mutual Aid Agreement with Oakland, which requires each city to provide assistance to the other when emergency response resources are over taxed. 

“I’m really concerned how this closure will affect mutual aid,” Mayor Shirley Dean said. “Right now, with the rains, the fire risk is not so great, but next summer mutual aid will be critical.” 

According to an Oct. 30 report made by Dean, the closure of the Oakland station would remove two fire response vehicles from service. The removal means emergency equipment such as a 100-foot aerial ladder for high-rise rescue and a jaws of life would not be available for up to 18 months. 

The Berkeley Fire Department was not immediately able to say how many times a year the Oakland Fire Department responds to emergencies in Berkeley under the Mutual Aid Agreement. 

However, Fire Chief Reginald Garcia said that he did not anticipate any significant impact on Berkeley fire services while Station No. 8 is closed. 

The Oakland City Council approved $4.1 million to rebuild the station at 52nd Street and Telegraph Avenue last May. But, according to Vice Mayor Jane Brunner, the approval soon raised the concern of north Oakland residents who said the closure would reduce Oakland’s regular 141 fire-fighting force by eight. 

“That’s a reduction of 5 percent of the city’s fire service and it’s north Oakland that is bearing the entire brunt of that reduction,” Brunner said.  

In addition, Brunner said claims by the fire department that Piedmont and Emeryville had agreed to provide fire service to north Oakland during the estimated 10 to 18 months the station would be closed turned out to be inaccurate. Upon reading the fine print of a Nov. 15 report by Oakland’s Fire Chief Gerald Simon, it became clear that neither city had entered into an agreement with the Oakland Fire Department, she said.  

The lack of an agreement raised questions about the who would take up the slack for Fire Station No. 8, which responds to an average of 43 emergencies a month. Nearly 80 percent of those are for medical emergencies, which often require speedy response times especially for heart attack victims. 

Steve Splendorio, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 55 proposed an alternate plan during a Community Advisory Meeting on Nov. 3. Splendorio presented his plan again at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, attended by Mayor Jerry Brown and City Manager Robert Robb. 

Splendorio’s plan would delay rebuilding the station for three years during which time, the fire department could continue the current level of fire service. At the end of three years, Oakland will have hired enough new fire fighters to be deployed at stations near Fire Station No. 8 to cover the loss of those emergency service.  

North Oakland resident Ruth Finnerty said she would prefer delaying the new fire station. “I really want to see a new station but I would prefer if the people of north Oakland could at least maintain the current level of fire and emergency service while it’s being rebuilt,” she said.  

The Public Safety Committee, a sub-committee of the Oakland City Council, will consider the alternate plan on Nov. 27 and then two weeks later on Dec. 6, the City Council will decide whether to delay the demolition of Fire Station No. 8.


No right wing in this galaxy

Tom McHenry
Thursday November 22, 2001

Editor: 

It’s a great public service you perform at the Berkeley Planet by printing letters from other planets. I enjoyed the recent (11/13) perspective piece you printed from the “Dona Spring” who appears to be a city council member in a parallel universe, where there are “conservative” and “right-wing” members of the council. Here on planet Earth, of course, all the members of the Berkeley City Council occupy a tiny little ledge somewhere to the left of center, where they seem to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to consolidate their own personal power and push the other members off the ledge. Maybe in the parallel universe, if there are any real philosophical differences between the council members, they actually spend time on meaningful policy choices, rather than the endless, meaningless, debilitating, and pathetic political infighting that seems to be the best our council has to offer. Or, of course, maybe there is no parallel universe and the letter from Dona is just another example of the how ludicrous our own council has become. Either way, thanks to the Berkeley Planet for staying on top of intergalactic opinion! 

 

Tom McHenry 

Berkeley 


Cal men overcome dreadful shooting to beat Santa Clara

Daily Planet Wire Services
Thursday November 22, 2001

Cal overcame a woeful shooting performance from three-point range and held on to beat Santa Clara, 67-60, Tuesday night in Haas Pavilion. With the win, the Bears are now 3-0 for the first time since 1995.  

Cal opened the game by missing its first 16 shots from behind the arc and finished the half just 3-for-20. It didn’t get any better after the break, as the Bears were only 1-for-10 dring the final 20 minutes to finish 4-for-32 (12.5 percent).  

“I really believe we can shoot the ball better,” Cal head coach Ben Braun said. “I thought some of the shots we missed were good looks, but a lot of the others were ill-advised.”  

However, Cal prevailed with another strong defensive effort and has held all three of its opponents this year to 60 points or less. Santa Clara (0-2) shot just 36.7 percent from the floor. The Bears out-rebounded the Broncos, 40-36, and blocked seven shots to SCU’s none.  

Still, five players scored in double figures, led by 13 from junior guard Shantay Legans and 12 each from Ryan Forehan-Kelly and Brian Wethers. Joe Shipp and Solomon Hughes chipped in with 11 points apiece.  

Santa Clara built an 8-4 lead five minutes into the game before Cal finally tied it at 10-10 at the 11:40 mark. The Bears trailed by as many as five points, but battled back to own a 34-31 edge at the half.  

“I really think Santa Clara was hungry in the beginning of the game and we weren’t until the second half,” Braun said. “That’s when we got our intensity back.”  

Cal came out of intermission on a 12-4 run to go up, 46-35, on a breakaway dunk by Dennis Gates. The lead ballooned to 16 on an 8-0 spurt, capped by another dunk by Wethers, and Cal led, 60-44, with 5:49 remaining in the contest.  

SCU cut its deficit to 60-54 with 1:07 left, but Wethers and Legans combined to make 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch.


Emeryville residents fight chain stores on San Pablo

By Mary Spicuzza Special to the Daily Planet
Thursday November 22, 2001

Edward Treuting sat inside Point Richmond’s Hidden City Cafe, dipping a homemade sausage patty into his over-easy eggs and talked about his vision for the Emeryville stretch of San Pablo Avenue.  

The Emeryville planning commissioner said his city needs to think about developing the area with small, independently-owned shops. 

“I’m not one of those people who are absolutely anti-chain, no matter what, but I’d like to see independents in Emeryville,” Treuting said. “The buzzword that has come out is ‘reinventing.’” 

“Reinventing” San Pablo Avenue would not only mean developing smaller stores, but it would also include gathering places and making the area pedestrian friendly. 

Glancing up from his stack of maple syrup-covered pancakes, Treuting talked about how a group of neighbors have launched a campaign to bring smaller businesses to the Promenade, the 11,500 square-foot retail project – complete with a Longs Drug Store – and with 110 townhomes now being built on San Pablo Avenue between Park Avenue and 45th Street.  

The project is being developed by Park Emery Associates Limited Partnership – in conjunction with Walnut Creek-based C & H Development – which purchased the property in 1997 after Kaiser Permanente Medical Center dropped out of an agreement with Emeryville to develop the site as part of an 18-acre hospital. 

The residents have met some huge obstacles, however. C & H Development signed a controversial lease with the International House of Pancakes in September. They have also proposed a Panda Express and Quizno’s Subs at the Promenade.  

Tuesday’s Emeryville City Council meeting renewed the neighbors’ hopes that smaller businesses may move into the project. Council members voted 4-1 to have the city lease the remaining Promenade retail space from the developer, and pick their own tenants. They also approved a $50,000 loan to help a Richmond couple open a Coffee Beanery coffeeshop. Developers from C & H, however, had been negotiating with Starbucks Coffee. 

“I’d rather not build the development than to have that happen,” Councilmember Dick Kassis said of a new influx to Emeryville of huge, national chains. 

The project is supposed to consist of “neighborhood-serving” shops, according to city development plans. 

“At all of the meetings neighbors said they wanted locally-owned businesses. And we got IHOP,” Emeryville resident John Fricke said last month.  

On Tuesday night, Fricke was more optimistic. After the meeting, he sent out a mass e-mail to community members titled, “City Council Saves Us From Fast Food Alley!” 

Rather then merely complaining about the impending chain-invasion, Fricke has organized a letter-writing campaign to 38 locally-owned businesses in the area.  

“If we had a restaurant within walking distance, we would go there every week,” he wrote to the owners of San Francisco’s Caffe Delle Stelle. 

The City Council has hired Craig Semmelmeyer, a business recruiter from Main Street Retail Services in Lafayette, to help hunt for businesses.  

“We’re very hot and heavy,” Semmelmeyer said of the local business hunt. “There’s a lot of balls in the air. And there isn’t a signed lease, but I think the program is very effective.” 

Semmelmeyer, residents and councilmembers recently learned that IHOP and the developer had in their lease agreement that the Promenade would not include businesses they consider competitive.  

Much of the debate centers around who gets to decide the development’s fate.  

Bruce Fairty, vice president of Park Emery Associates Limited Partnership, said that developers cannot discriminate against big boxes just because they are not trendy. He also said nobody in Emeryville told his company about their anti-chain feelings until recently, when it was too late.  

“Three-fourths of the way into the project, the issue arises. It was never talked about before,” Fairty told council in September. “There was a lot of talk about what types of tenants, but there was no mention whatsoever of local versus non-local.” 

He described anti-chain discrimination as “illegal” and “unconstitutional.” 

Fairty said the “IHOPs of the world” are a lower-risk investment than funky, independent shops. He said many small Rockridge shops, for example, are built in older buildings, and were less expensive for developers to renovate than building from nothing. He said Rockridge is “charming,” but an unrealistic goal for Emeryville. 

“People are speaking about the project like it’s a public amenity,” Fairty told council at a meeting earlier in the fall. “But there’s $6 million we have spent that say it’s too late for that.” 

Even if Emeryville decides eventually it wants to model its stretch of San Pablo after funky Berkeley shops, it may have a tough time legally trying to keep chains out of the Promenade. Assistant City Attorney Lynn Tracy Nerland said that in last year’s Friends of Davis v. City of Davis case, the court ruled that Davis couldn’t turn away a Borders Books from a location simply because it is a chain store. 

“The council was well aware of the case, and we’ll leave it at that,” Nerland said, when asked if there was concern about lawsuits over The Promenade.  

Mayor Nora Davis, the lone vote against the city taking on the job of tenanting the project, said snubbing chains is a luxury that Emeryville can’t afford. She said only allowing local businesses would make the city economically vulnerable. 

“When we started redevelopment 13 years ago, Emeryville was considered a decaying, industrial town loaded with toxics and brownfields,” Davis said. “We have a broad base of revenues now, and have to as a matter of survival. We had all our eggs in one basket at one time, and that turned out to be disastrous for this city.” 

At this week’s council meeting Davis said leasing the property could lead to major expenditures for the city. 

“I think we are opening a Pandora’s box into a world of hurt for this city,” Davis said. 


What do you say murder of reporters?

Anne Marselis
Thursday November 22, 2001

Councilmember Spring, you were so very quick to “condemn” the actions of the Untied States government after the terrorist attacks that murdered 5,000 innocent civilians during the normal conduct of their daily lives. 

Now, the Taliban have murdered news reporters . . . not by mistake, not because a stray shot, these news reporters were knowingly and intentionally murdered ! 

What have you got to say now, Councilmember Spring ? 

Remember, Councilmember Spring, you were elected by a small number of voters in a small district of a small city to help to run that small city, not to direct the foreign policy of the United States. 

Clearly, federal foreign policy is not your area of expertise. Unfortunately, you and your city-council bully-majority of “left-wing loonies” have not even done a good job of what you were elected to do.  

 

Anne Marselis 

Berkeley 


Charred sweet home

Judith Scherr/Daily Planet
Thursday November 22, 2001

A mid-day fire at 2721 Garber St. on Tuesday caused about $75,000 in property damage, according to Deputy Fire Chief Debra Pryor. 

“We’re still investigating the cause,” Pryor said. However, fire officials believe that it looked like it started on or near a floor furnace in the living room. 

“The occupants were not home,” Pryor said. They were renters “in the process of moving out.” 

Fifteen firefighters fought the one-alarm blaze, during which one firefighter was treated for a minor injury. 

Firefighters believe the fire moved from the ground floor of the two-story building to the second floor, by going out a window and burning shingles on the exterior of the house.


Air Quality District adopts industrial paint standards

Bay City News Service
Thursday November 22, 2001

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District Wednesday adopted amendments that would reduce the number of smog-forming particles that are emitted by industrial paints. 

The district says paint and coatings for bathrooms, kitchen fixtures, concrete forms, fire escapes and curbs emit more than 24 tons of volatile organic emissions, which are a common element in ground-level pollution. 

Wednesday’s rule will decrease the amount of emissions of the volatile organic emissions by nearly 4 tons per day by limiting the solvent content used in the paints, according to the district. 

“Reformulating these paints to reduce air pollution is the Air District’s first step in implementing the 2001 Clean Air Plan,” said Deputy Air Pollution Office Peter Hess. “Full implementation of the plan will result in a 20 percent reduction in pollution in Bay Area by the year 2006.” 


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco schools chief Arlene Ackerman said she plans job cuts in response to findings that voter-approved school repair and modernization funds were misspent and mismanaged. 

An investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle found that for years the San Francisco Unified School District used millions of dollars in voter-approved bond and tax funds meant for facility repairs and upgrades to pay nonteacher salaries and benefits. 

Ackerman on Tuesday declined to say how many jobs would be trimmed, but said any staff reductions would entail negotiations with unions representing district workers. 

There are 720 full-time employees in the district’s facilities department. The department is in charge of transportation, student nutrition, custodial services, buildings and grounds, design and construction and real estate. 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who helped draft California’s Proposition 215, which allows certain patients to possess marijuana, was arrested by police last week in Cedar City, Utah, for smoking a joint in his motel room. 

Dennis Pero is facing a felony charge of possessing marijuana for distribution. 

Peron said he and fellow Bay Area marijuana activist John Entwistle had been heading for Zion National Park with a friend last Wednesday and decided to sample the marijuana they brought along. 

A maid picked up the scent in the hall, and the motel owner called police. Officers searched the room and found nearly a pound of marijuana and concluded the three were dealers. 

Peron said it was only a few ounces, to be used for medical purposes as allowed by Proposition. 215. 

He and Entwistle both have doctors’ recommendations to take marijuana as part of their therapy for alcoholism, he said. 

Police impounded the cars and all their cash. The cars were returned, but prosecutor Scott Burns said the money would be held as evidence until the end of the case. 

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sega has an estimated 230,000 unsold Dreamcast video game consoles in the U.S. — and it wants to clear them off the shelves. 

The company announced Wednesday in San Francisco that the 128-bit machine will be selling for $49.95 in time for the holiday season. That’s down $30 from its current price tag. 

On Tuesday, Sega of America’s parent company in Japan reported a 169 million dollar loss for the first half of the fiscal year. 

Earlier this year, Sega announced it would no longer produce the Dreamcast system, which never caught on in its battle with Sony’s PlayStation 2. Instead, Sega is creating games for other console makers, such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. 

There are about 200 games available for the Dreamcast system, which features the ability to play against other gamers online. 


Years of breeding lead to some fat turkeys this year

By Paul Elias The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Pity the Thanksgiving turkey, selectively bred so fat for so long that simply walking can be a problem and sex is no longer possible. 

For at least 50 years, farmers have single-mindedly plucked the fattest and fastest growing turkeys from their flock and bred them together to yield the most sumptuous breast meat. The result: this year most of the 267 million turkeys that will be commercially sold in the U.S. have breasts so large that the males are physically unable to mate. 

Instead, fat female turkeys are artificially inseminated by man. 

The commercial turkey industry is unapologetic. Turkey breeders say they’re giving us what we want for Thanksgiving. 

“The U.S. consumer wants white meat,” said Sherrie Rosenblatt, a spokeswoman with the National Turkey Federation in Washington D.C. “And it goes far beyond Thanksgiving. The sandwich you ordered at lunch is white meat.” 

Breeders are able to grow turkeys bigger and faster than ever through a vitamin-laden diet and technological improvements in genetics. 

The turkeys aren’t genetically engineered, Rosenblatt said. In laboratories and in the field, breeders weed out turkeys with unwanted genes while funneling coveted ones into mass production. Female turkeys take 14 weeks to grow to 15 pounds while male turkeys — “toms” — take 18 weeks to plump to 35 pounds. 

Much of the genetic breeding process, though, is still done by sight. Workers watch turkeys walk down and aisle and cull the lame and weak. 

“They pick the animals that eat the most before they are satisfied,” said Joy Mench, a University of California, Davis professor who specializes in poultry. 

White-feathered turkeys are also selected for breeding while their darker colored relatives are culled from the flock. Dark-feathered turkeys leave unsightly blemishes on the skin. 

Not all livestock experts appreciate the lengths the turkey industry has gone to provide the nation with an abundance of white meat. 

“They’ve bred animals that grow so fat and fast that their hearts and lungs can’t support the growth,” said Gene Bauston, co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, which aims to prevent farm animal cruelty and promotes a vegan diet. “The birds are so heavy that their feet and legs can’t support their bodies.” 

Bauston said he fears industry research will lead to even more efficiently grown fat turkeys, all with nearly identical genes. 

“As a result, the odds increase that the turkeys will be wiped out by a single disease or virus,” Bauston said. 

Bauston said he will dine on “tofurkey,” a turkey-shaped slab of tofu, and vegetables on Thursday. 


Dungeness crab fishermen strike for higher prices

By Colleen Valles The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Dungeness crab season should be in full swing along the California coast, but most fishermen’s boats are docked as they protest the prices they have been offered for their catches. 

Wholesalers and distributors are getting their crab from American Indian fishermen in the Pacific Northwest, who have worked out agreements to begin fishing for crab a month before the official season starts. 

California fishermen are asking for $2.25 a pound for their crab, but they’re being offered $1.75 a pound by distributors and wholesalers. California fisherman got $2.25 a pound at the start of last season. 

“What we produce is the very best you can get, and they pay us less for it,” said David Capp, who has been fishing for crab for the past 30 years. 

But wholesalers say with the economic downturn, they can’t sell the crab for enough to cover the price the fishermen are asking. 

Most of the crab caught around the San Francisco Bay area is shipped live or cooked locally, said Duncan MacLean, a crab fisherman and president of the Half Moon Bay Fishermen’s Marketing Association. 

Consumers are already being affected. There’s still crab available, but it comes from Oregon and Washington. 

“It makes a shortage of crab, and the price of what crab is available is high,” said Rick Geraldi, manager of Fisherman’s Grotto No. 9 on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, which is selling Washington state crab for $8.75 a pound. 

Still, customers are buying, he said. 

“It’s Thanksgiving. Everybody wants crab,” Geraldi said. 

Thanksgiving is a busy time for crab fishermen, and early indications showed that this season should be normal to slightly above average, MacLean said. 

“We sell directly to the public now, and in the past, that’s helped keep the buyers a little bit honest,” he said. “There’s a little too much produce to sell to the public and still get a good price.” 

The season around the Bay Area started Nov. 15, and it opens for fishermen north of Point Arena in Mendocino County on Dec. 1. It’s unclear whether the Northern California fishermen will join in the strike. The season ends in June. 

In Washington, crab season begins Dec. 1, but Indian tribes can begin fishing Nov. 1, giving California crab fishermen a run for their money. 

One crab fisherman has broken ranks, and fished from Half Moon Bay. John Dooley caught 15,000 pounds and got $2.60 a pound. But for that, he said he found the lines of 400 of his more than 900 crab pots cut. 

The Dungeness crab industry brought in $13.5 million last year, with about 8 million pounds landed annually in California. The crabs get shipped all over the country and as far away as Japan. 

Capp said if he had been fishing since the start of the season, he could have made between $10,000 and $40,000, depending on how the crab are doing, he said. 

Capp’s business is one of the smaller ones. He has about 225 traps, while larger operations have 700 to 1,000. He has instead been spending his time doing maintenance on his boat and traps. 

He said he has paid his bills and will wait out the strike. 

“The crabs are still out there,” he said. “And they’re getting fatter every day.” 


$12 million awarded to county in HUD grants

Bay City News Service
Thursday November 22, 2001

The Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $12 million in grants to county programs that help the homeless. 

The grants will help to keep 26 county programs that help homeless people in the county find permanent and transitional housing.  

They will also help launch a new program, the Russell Street Residence of the Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing Project, which will create 18 new housing units for mentally disabled residents. 

The awards sum is more than $200,000 from what the HUD gave Alameda County last year. The amount places Alameda County behind only Los Angeles County as the jurisdiction that received the most money. 

Grants include a total of $2.1 million for Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency, a community group that will use the money to operate five programs to help house people with mental disabilities, AIDS and drug problems. 

The group Jobs for the Homeless Consortium received more than $2.5 million that will allow it to provide intensive job training and employment services to more than 1,000 homeless people. 

The HUD also renewed the grants of four collaborative projects. 

Those include the Homeless Families Support Network, which is led by the city of Oakland and provides 54 units of affordable housing; the Alameda County Homeless Youth Collaborative, which provides housing for young homeless people in Oakland and Berkeley; the Alameda Point Collaborative, which provides housing and support for some 700 homeless who live in the former Alameda Naval Air station; and the Southern Alameda County Housing/Job Linkages Program, which provides subsidies for temporary housing, job preparation and placement services for homeless families in the middle, southern and eastern areas of Alameda County. 

Commenting on the grant announcement, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty said: “This award today reminds us all that in this time of national crisis, we must not forget to continue to support programs that serve those in need in our communities.”


UC engineer’s design eliminates wing turbulence

Bay City News Service
Thursday November 22, 2001

BERKELEY – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley say they are working to patent a design for aircraft wings that could dramatically cut the strength of wake turbulence. 

The researchers say that the innovation, which adds triangular flaps to wings, would make wake turbulence, the force that may have played a role in the deadly crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York last week, harmless. 

“The wing we designed could make substantial differences in flight safety and airport capacity,” says UC Berkeley mechanical engineering professor Omer Savas.  

Aviation officials have said that they believe that the tail fin of the A300 jet tore off the plane after pilots hit the wake turbulence, or tornado-like wind patterns, left by a Japan-bound Boeing 747 that had taken off two minutes earlier. 

Wake turbulence is created by the mismatch of speed, direction and pressure of the air that moves above and underneath a plane. The differences govern the lift that is generated during flight. 

Depending on weather conditions, and the plane's speed and size, the wake vortices are generally stable and can stretch a distance of hundreds of wingspans, or three to five miles for commercial aircraft. 

Savas said while wake turbulence alone is not the likely cause of Flight 587’s crash, the turbulence added to a damaged tail fin “could be devastating.” 

Savas, along with former graduate students Jason Ortega and Robert  

Bristol, came up with the wing design that adds a triangular flap to the  

wings, to create a shape similar than that of a bat's wing. 

The flaps create additional vortices that rotate in opposite  

directions and run into each other. 

"It's like two tornadoes shredding each other,'' Savas said. "One  

is spinning clockwise, the other counterclockwise, so each one counteracts  

the other.'' 

Savas said the flaps would allow planes to take off and land  

within closer time frames without compromising safety. 

The idea of getting rid of wake vortices is not a new one, and  

wing designs in the past have included small pulsing jets mounted at the  

wingtips, spars and oscillating spoilers. 

Most of the designs, however, proved themselves to be infective or  

impractical, while others required too many moving parts that needed too much  

maintenance. 

UC Berkeley filed a provisional patent application for the wing  

design on Friday. 

 

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SF will recanvass votes after state releases probe results

By Margie Mason The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A six-month state probe of San Francisco’s November 2000 election has found “very unusual” ballot-counting discrepancies in a limited sample that could suggest a problem “large enough to affect the results of several contests,” Secretary of State Bill Jones said Wednesday. 

In response, San Francisco Department of Elections Director Tammy Haygood called for a recanvass of all ballots from that election. 

Jones’ review of 21 randomly selected precincts found an average 8.8 percent difference between the number of ballots the city reported and the number found during the state’s probe. 

In one precinct, the city logged 569 votes, but Jones’ review counted 768 ballots. 

San Francisco has 647 precincts, and Jones said he does not have enough evidence to conclude whether the discrepancies resulted from fraud or gross error. 

Still, he said “the size of the number of discrepancies is very concerning and highly unusual.” 

Haygood said the city will recanvass the November 2000 election and the December runoff. 

“In an effort to gain credibility back at the Department of Elections, I feel this is a task we must undertake,” Haygood said. 

A recanvass involves reviewing the number of ballots cast, which differs from a recount. It does not tally how many votes each candidate received. Instead, the recanvass will simply report how many total ballots were undercounted or overcounted, Jones said. 

Haygood estimated it will take about a month for the recanvass and said her department would fund it. She did not have a cost estimate. 

City Attorney Louise Renne has said the recanvass will not change the results of the election. However, the issue isn’t necessarily dead. 

Board of Supervisors President Tom Ammiano said some candidates could file lawsuits, claiming they won their races. 

“The scenario could be a very troublesome one and a very, very expensive one,” Ammiano said. 

In addition to the recanvass, Jones said voter confidence can be restored by creating a statewide committee of elections officials to help San Francisco. 

The city has a history of troubled elections. Since taking office in 1995, Jones said his office has intervened or provided assistance to the city’s Department of Elections in six of the past seven years. 

The investigation of the Nov. 2000 election began after former acting elections chief Phillip Paris accused the department of miscounting votes and misusing up to $1 million on salaries. Paris was relieved of his duties after he alleged misconduct by two other department officials who have since left the department. 

City officials criticized this month’s election after absentee ballots mailed on Election Day were taken to an alternative site to eliminate concerns of anthrax contamination. Jones said Haygood made the right decision, and the election should boost voter confidence. 

But regardless of what changes are made, Ammiano said the damage is done. He’s pleased about a ballot measure passed this month, which puts an independent commission in charge of the department. 

“Right now, the confidence is in the toilet,” he said. 

Supervisor Tony Hall, who won his seat last December in a runoff after three recounts, said he’s not buying Jones’ probe or the need for a recanvass. 

“I think this is just more San Francisco theater,” Hall said. “We’ve spent enough of the taxpayers’ money on this foolishness. In my opinion, San Francisco has not had fair, independent elections in 25 years.”


Scientists push the publishing of code powering genetic research

By Paul Elias The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Before computer whiz Steven E. Brenner accepted his tenure-track research post at the University of California-Berkeley last year, he demanded that the school’s intellectual property police leave him alone. 

Brenner prevailed. He’s now one of the few experts in the emerging field of bioinformatics with the freedom to distribute his work, software used in gene research. 

“It’s vital to what we do,” says Brenner, who supports a movement to force universities to allow “open source” publishing of gene research software code. 

It’s a somewhat quixotic movement, since universities’ 2,000 yearly patents now provide 10 percent of their budgets, about $5 billion. With government funding on the decline, schools say they need to profit from faculty research. 

The movement also runs counter to U.S. laws that permit publicly funded schools to enter into exclusive licensing agreements with private companies. 

Unlike scientists who keep research secret until it is published in a peer-review journal, some software developers — who get little credit when their code leads to a genetic breakthrough — want to share their work as soon as it leaves their keyboards. 

It’s an old debate in the world of computing — and a new culture clash in bioinformatics, the practice of using computers to search genetic material for potential cures that has caused such excitement in the medical community. 

The problem with not sharing the software code of bioinformatics programs, say researchers like Brenner, is that bugs can go unnoticed, hindering scientific advances. 

With collaboration, open-source advocates say, the quality of bioinformatics software will improve. 

But universities — and some programmers — oppose the open source movement, fearful valuable trade secrets could be lost. 

Private corporations that increasingly fund academic research are no different. 

Berkeley, for instance, is in the middle of a five-year, $25 million deal with Swiss-based agriculture giant Syngenta, a Novartis Corp. spinoff that funds research in Berkeley’s department of plant and microbial biology. 

For $5 million a year, Syngenta gets to license whatever is invented by most of the department’s scientists. Researchers who accept Syngenta’s money are barred from showing their software outside of the university without permission. 

Open source advocates object to such private agreements, along with universities using federal grants to create private intellectual property. 

“If taxpayer money is used to create the software, then it should be publicly available for free,” said Harry Mangalam, of tacg Informatics in Irvine, Calif. “The public is being billed twice right now.” 

Mangalam is one of three bioinformatics developers circulating a petition calling on the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to require that bioinformatics scientists who receive federal grants make their code freely available for peer review. 

The request runs counter to the Bayh-Dole Act, which three decades ago allowed federally funded universities to enter into exclusive licensing agreements with private companies and profit from patented research. 

“I think the Bayh-Dole Act is one of the great economic success stories in the nation,” said Terry Young, executive director of the Texas A&M Technology Licensing Office. He says the law should remain untouched. 

But the petitioners have a sympathizer in Gary Strong, the acting executive officer for computer science at the National Science Foundation. 

Strong thinks the NSF and other government agencies could make publicly posting bioinformatic code a requirement in their grant specifications.  

Whether this will happen is up to Bush administration appointees yet to be named. 

Even the petitioners concede that Bayh-Dole is untouchable. They’re hoping for a minor rule change or other legislation that could carve out an exception for software. 

“This can be very difficult to deal with when universities believe that every patent they hold is a winning lottery ticket,” said Karin Lohman, a Democratic staff member with the U.S. House Science Committee. “Only a very few patents bring in significant revenues.” 

One of the few bioinformatics experts who has made money for his university is Phil Green. His patented, widely used code generates about $10,000 per license for the University of Washington. But he says the money isn’t the issue — it’s respect. Open source publishing devalues what they do, he said. 

“I don’t think computer programmers should be treated any differently than other scientists,” Green said. “It sort of diminishes the stature of the science.” 

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On the Net: 

Open source site:http://www.open-bio.org 

Petition site: http://www.openinformatics.org 

National Institutes of Health: http://www.nih.gov 

National Science Foundation: http://www.nsf.gov 


Lower bail request denied in fatal dog mauling case

By Ron Harris The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — A judge denied a request to reduce bail for the man who kept two dogs that mauled a San Francisco woman to death, saying Wednesday he considers Robert Noel a flight risk based on alleged connections with the Aryan Brotherhood gang. 

News of a death contract allegedly put out on one of the prosecutors in the case also surfaced Wednesday. Security for assistant district attorney Kimberly Guilfoyle has been increased, her office confirmed. 

Noel’s attorney asked that his client’s bail be reduced from $1 million to $20,000. Superior Court Judge James Warren said he was concerned Noel and his wife Marjorie Knoller could receive money and refuge from members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist group with a history of violence. 

The couple earlier this year adopted Paul “Cornfed” Schneider, owner of the deadly dogs and, according to prison officials, a member of the gang. 

Noel and Knoller both face involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Diane Whipple. Knoller also faces a second-degree murder charge after two dogs they were taking care of attacked Whipple in the hallway of the San Francisco apartment building they shared. 

The judge mentioned the alleged death threat on Guilfoyle. Warren said he had learned of “a contract of death on one of the district attorneys” through press reports and rumors, adding that it raised safety concerns. 

The judge said the reports were unconfirmed, but the district attorney’s office took them seriously. 

“There was a threat that came through on Kimberly Guilfoyle,” said Dan Addario, chief of investigations for the district attorney’s office. “We do have steps that we’re taking that involve security.” 

Addario would not say where the threat came from. Guilfoyle was in court for Wednesday’s hearing, but declined comment. 

San Francisco Police Lt. Henry Hunter said police, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and state Department of Corrections were investigating the reported threat. 

“We don’t know how credible this is, but because of the characters involved we have to treat it seriously,” Hunter said. 

Hunter said he was referring to Schneider, who remains jailed in Sacramento County on various racketeering and conspiracy charges from a separate case. 

“He’s doing life without parole for a very good reason,” Hunter said. 

Warren also issued an interim order to keep alive Hera, the remaining dog from the attack, until the defense could present a plan for having a specialist determine whether the dog could be rehabilitated. A police hearing officer has determined that Hera is a vicious and dangerous animal and should be destroyed.


SF airport security ponders walkout

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Security screeners at San Francisco International airport are unhappy about the new airport security law, and they’re thinking of walking off the job during the year’s busiest travel weekend. 

The new federal law requires that airport security workers be U.S. citizens. But 60 to 80 percent of the 1,200 screeners at SFO are legal residents, not citizens, according to Daz Lamparas, a spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 790. 

He said there was “strong sentiment” to take action among the workers who are not citizens. 

“They have nothing to lose anyway because they will be laid off in the next three to six months,” he said. “They are really upset. The morale of the workers is really very low.” 

The union met late Wednesday and planned to meet again during the holiday weekend, Lamparas said. They could walk out as early as Sunday, a huge travel day as people return home after Thanksgiving. 

Lamparas said the union opposes the walk out. 

If many screeners call in sick on Sunday, it could shut the airport down, according to SFO spokesman Ron Wilson. 

“It would be tremendously disruptive,” he said. 


Insider trading charges dismissed against former Granny Goose Foods executive

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors considered Wednesday whether to appeal a federal judge’s ruling dismissing insider trading charges against a former chief executive of now-defunct Granny Goose Foods, Inc. 

Keith Kim attended a 1999 Colorado retreat hosted by the Young President’s Club, an exclusive organization for the nation’s top young executives. He found out there that Meridian Data was about to merge with Quantum Corp., but according to club rules, business discussions are to remain confidential. 

Even so, Kim bought stock in Meridian on the information and made $832,000 when the merger closed two months later. 

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Kim did not engage in insider trading and dismissed the bulk of the government’s case. 

“While members of a club may feel a special bond, there is nothing so special about their relationship ... that it gives rise to a legal duty not to trade on confidential information,” Breyer wrote late Tuesday. 

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued new regulations last year prohibiting trading based on information that the investor had agreed to keep confidential. The change does not apply retroactively to Kim, Breyer wrote, and strengthens the argument that his conduct was legal at the time. 

Federal prosecutors may ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review Breyer’s decision. 


CA budget crisis Davis’ latest test

By Alexa Haussler The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SACRAMENTO — In a flash this fall, California’s power woes fizzled and a budget crunch took hold as the new crisis — and with that change came a new political challenge for Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. 

After sailing through his first two years in office with massive state surpluses and firm voter support, Davis has faced one crisis after another the past year. 

Now, a year before he seeks a second term, Davis is trying to steer the state out of a fiscal nightmare while running a re-election campaign. 

“The way the governor handles the budget deficit could very well be the key to his re-election next year,” said Mark Baldassare, a pollster for the Public Policy Institute of California. 

Davis is not the only governor facing re-election and budget troubles. From Florida to Ohio, Republican and Democratic governors seeking new terms are trying to close budget gaps in the face of an already weak economy and the fiscal fallout of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

The difference is that Davis has spent the past year dealing with a power crisis that brought six days of rolling blackouts and his lowest-ever popularity ratings. 

Now, California faces its steepest revenue decline since World War II and a $12.4 billion deficit this budget year and next, according to analyst reports. 

Davis will convene an emergency session of the Legislature in January to deal with the fiscal crisis. He already froze $2.24 billion in spending he proposes to cut from the current budget and imposed an immediate statewide hiring freeze. 

So far, Davis’ aides have said he is not considering tax hikes. Former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson was forced to raise taxes to deal with a $14 billion budget shortfall in the recession of the early 1990s. 

“Obviously in a re-election year, it’ll be fraught with politics all the way through,” said Gale Kaufman, a Sacramento-based Democratic political consultant. 

In the midst of the power crisis in the late spring and summer, Davis’ approval rating dipped to its lowest point. However, a recent statewide poll by Baldassare showed Davis’ popularity has climbed since the terrorist strikes, and that voters’ top concerns had shifted from electricity to the economy and security. 

Meanwhile, Republicans already have started to shape a message they will hammer until next November. They say Davis has increased government spending by more than a third since he took office and has little to show for it. 

“He’s not going to be able to escape having to explain that,” said Rob Stutzman, a consultant for the California Republican Party. 

Three candidates for the Republican nomination to challenge Davis next year have joined Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte, of Rancho Cucamonga, and repeatedly accused Davis of failing to act soon enough. Some Democrats fear that a Republican-led standoff in the Legislature next summer could force Davis to sign a late budget in the months before voters go to the polls. 

Although Democrats dominate the Legislature, Republican votes are needed to approve a state budget by the required two-thirds margin. This year, Davis signed the budget a month late after GOP lawmakers held back their votes over a quarter-cent sales tax increase. 

Davis supporters say the governor has seized on the economic good times to funnel money into schools and social services. They say he has increased school spending by around a third, focused on one-time spending to avoid long-term obligations and this year built a $2.6 billion reserve into the budget. 

“This is not someone who the Republicans are going to be able to caricature as an overspending liberal Democrat who got us into this mess,” said Garry South, Davis’ senior campaign adviser. 

While South conceded the budget cuts will be painful, he said analysts predict the economy may rebound in the second half of next year. 

“Unlike what the Republicans fervently hope, I’m not sure we are going to be in an economic downturn by the time Election Day 2002 finally rolls around,” South said. 

No matter how Republicans paint the past three years, voters — and key supporters from workers’ unions to business giants — will best remember how Davis handles the next 11 months, political observers said. 

“Instead of being able to provide more money for people’s favorite issues,” Baldassare said, “politically he’s in the more vulnerable position of having to take away things that matter to people.” 

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On the Net: See http://www.ncsl.org for a report on state fiscal conditions. 


Entertainment industry hurt by ban

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES — Filming bans at four city-owned airports since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are causing entertainment industry job losses that some in Hollywood fear could lead to more runaway production. 

Citing security concerns, Los Angeles World Airports banned television and movie filming at Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Ontario and Palmdale airports shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The policy was reinforced in a Nov. 5 memorandum. 

“Effective immediately, no commercial photography or commercial movie/filming related activities of any nature will be permitted within the airfield operations area at any LAWA facility,” executive director Lydia Kennard wrote airport managers. 

The ban is in effect indefinitely. 

“It certainly has negative effects,” said Cody Cluff, president of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which promotes film production in Los Angeles. “In particular, LAX has been one of the most heavily filmed airports in the world. 

“They’ve always been very receptive and open to filming. The loss of it as a location cuts out one of our most frequently filmed facilities.” 

The San Fernando Valley’s airport in Van Nuys has also been a popular Hollywood location for filmmakers. Last year, 40 filming permits were issued for Van Nuys Airport and generated $182,266 in airport revenues. Through September of this year, LAX issued 144 permits for revenue of $267,995. 

The revenue covers the cost of providing airport staff and security, however, because it is the city’s policy not to earn a profit on movie permits at the airport. 

Helicopter pilot Rick Shuster and his crew, who have worked on such films as “Independence Day” and “Jurassic Park 3,” said the filming ban cost him a job in early December that would have netted $36,000. 

“This impacts everyone from the security guards on the set to the caterers,” Shuster said. 

“We just hope it’s going to be a short, temporary measure,” said Barbara Cesar, owner of the firm EPS at Van Nuys Airport that has rented its hangar for use in movies such as “True Lies” and “Air Force One.” 

There is also concern productions will flee California. 

“It might indeed make some people think about filming in (other) locations if you need a large airport,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “Certainly the people in Denver or Phoenix would be very happy to see a film crew coming.” 

There are several reasons for the airport filming ban. LAWA spokeswoman Nancy Castles said the airport staff is stretched thin with additional security concerns and cannot provide the technical help and escorts around airport property that are required for film crews. There are also tighter restrictions on airport access by non-employees. 

“Los Angeles World Airports is aware of its role in the commercial film industry, in terms of providing aviation facilities,” Castles said. “However, we hope that the commercial film industry understands that our priority is the safety and security of passengers and employees at our four airports. Our primary goal is to operate a safe and secure airport.” 


Charity, travel marks first post-attack Thanksgiving

By Christina Almeida The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

Turkeys, cranberry sauce and automatic weapons. 

The Thanksgiving recipe was two parts charity and one part frayed nerves on Wednesday as Californians began the first major travel holiday since the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks. 

Police, security guards and rifle-toting National Guard troops searched cars at airports and closely watched the long lines of passengers at terminals. 

Los Angeles International Airport officials warned travelers to expect delays even though the 690,000 passengers projected to go through LAX over five days would be a 25 percent drop from last year’s record. 

“It’s going to be a long wait, but it makes me feel secure,” said Los Angeles psychiatrist Chip McDaniel, 32, who was heading to Las Vegas. 

“I think recent events demand it,” he said of the tight security. “I hope public officials don’t let that wane and the public doesn’t forget.” 

Sean Wolfson, 25, was going to Chicago on his first flight since the attacks. 

“It’s no sweat,” he said. “I don’t feel the doom hanging over my head.” 

Employees with bullhorns managed the crowds. 

“Everybody’s gonna make your flight. Everybody’s gonna have a great Thanksgiving, and that’s an order,” one joked. 

Traditional free meals were delivered by the thousands to the homeless and poor — some of them by Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and a potential Republican challenger, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. 

“We celebrate the sense we are all Americans, we are all God’s children, and we are all in this together,” Davis said as he passed out frozen turkeys to needy families in South Central Los Angeles. 

“It’s going to be the most meaningful Thanksgiving in decades,” state Sen. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles, added as she handed out cans of corn. “During this tragic time, we have to share with each other. We have to have a sense of solidarity.” 

“It’s a shame that bad things had to happen to bring people together,” said Shalaina McLaurin, 25, as she received the supplies. 

“I think it’s wonderful to be here, to see so many Californians showing the willingness to give,” an aproned Riordan said as he set down plates of turkey, mashed potatoes and trimmings at the Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row. 

Melissa Joan Hart, John Tesh and other celebrities helped dish out the food to the beat of live salsa, jazz and gospel music. 

“We here in Los Angeles feel like we don’t have a chance to help anybody,” Tesh said as scooped cranberry sauce. “This is just a great opportunity.” 

It took about a week to fill 350 spots for volunteer cooks and servers this year. Normally it takes a month, said Keisha Chinn, the mission’s volunteer coordinator. 

Charity was tinged with patriotism. The Boston Market buffet chain planned to supply free turkey meals on Thursday to National Guard troops assigned to California airports. 

In the San Diego area, a record number of families signed up to “adopt-a-serviceman” who couldn’t be home for Thanksgiving — so many that dozens of families were to be turned away for lack of Marines and sailors. 

“People jokingly try to bribe me,” said Cindy Farless of the Armed Services YMCA in downtown San Diego. “They’re like, ’How much is it gonna take for me to get a couple of sailors?”’ 

But some of the needy found less generosity as givers directed their dollars to victims of the terrorism. 

“Since the bombing, charity has ceased,” Ryan Reynolus, a homeless man, said as he rolled his wheelchair down Market Street in San Francisco. “A Christian church this past Sunday gave us jackets and turkey dinners — that’s the first act of charity I’ve seen in months.” 

“Some panhandlers I know used to make $30 to $40 a day, and now they’re making like $2 a day,” he said. “Money has gotten really tight and it’s hurting.” 

But hope remained. 

“Sept. 11th gave the world what it needed to make it more safe. Fear begets motivation,” said Chris Callahan as he sat near a subway entrance, begging for change. “Hopefully it’ll bring us closer, too.” 

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Editor’s Note: Eugene Tong in Los Angeles and Ritu Bhatnagar in San Francisco contributed to this report. 


Tribes push for full police powers

By Michelle DeArmond The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES — If it weren’t for the intervention of local sheriff’s deputies, Tim Moore figures Indian security officers would have kicked him out of his Colorado River home years ago. 

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies have had to step in more than once to diffuse disputes in a long battle over who owns or has lease rights to a stretch of riverfront properties on the California-Arizona line. 

Moore and other critics said Indian officers are concerned only about tribal members and tribal needs and are overzealous when it comes to trying to police non-Indians. 

Under a bill before the state Legislature, such tribal security officers on reservations across California could gain full police powers, just like other state, county and city law enforcement officers. They would have the authority to arrest and jail non-Indians. 

Critics fear tribes would misuse their power and put tribal interests above the law while remaining untouchable in the courts because their reservations are sovereign entities. 

“It would be an absolute disaster. We would be up the proverbial crick without a paddle,” Moore said. “I’m fearful that bias would creep into tribal police policies, and we don’t have the ability to bring them before a judge.” 

Moore is not alone in his opposition to the bill written by state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-San Fernando, a longtime friend to California’s tribes and recipient of their political contributions. Activists, prosecutors and law enforcement officials all have pointed out the legislation’s potential risks. 

Alarcon introduced the two-year bill in February and hopes to bring it before the full Senate next year, but it has attracted little mainstream attention. Questions regarding liability in cases of potential police misconduct and accidents remain among the most contentious of the unresolved issues. 

“You have to exercise accountability and responsibility,” said Cheryl Schmit of Stand Up for California, a group that fought the legalization of Indian gambling. “People don’t invite other people into their homes without providing for their safety.” 

Some tribes already require their security officers to meet the same standards required of other law enforcement officers across the state. In its current form, the bill would give those officers the full powers and duties of California peace officers, with access to criminal databases and the authority to enforce state and tribal laws on the reservation. In certain instances, they also would have jurisdiction off the reservation. 

Supporters of the measure said it’s long overdue, saying the need for tribal law enforcement has increased with the growth in Indian gambling and other ventures. More than 40 of the state’s 108 tribes lure non-Indians onto reservations with casinos and other enterprises, such as outlet malls and hotels. 

California’s tribes have suffered from a historic lack of law enforcement that experts said took a turn for the worse in 1953. 

That year, Congress passed a law giving state and local governments, instead of the federal government, criminal jurisdiction on reservations in California and a handful of other states, including Wisconsin and most of Minnesota. It failed to provide adequate funding, however. 

The law left many California tribes with little or no law enforcement and negligible financial support to develop justice systems such as those formed by tribes elsewhere in the country. 

To this day, even local authorities are sometimes unclear about who is responsible for policing reservations. Many tribes have their own tribal security forces, but those officers have authority only over Indians on reservations. Many tribes are in remote corners of the state and are difficult for local law enforcement agencies to reach. 

Tribal officers can make a citizens’ arrests of suspects and turn them over to local authorities, who direct their cases to local courts. 

Supporters and opponents of the legislation alike seem to agree that something needs to be done to see that reservations and everyone on them has police protection. They disagree over how to do it. 

Some opponents of the Alarcon bill said any move to hand criminal jurisdiction of non-Indians over to tribes is a risk that just can’t be taken. 

“It is purely from my perspective a way to enhance Indian power ... and I don’t like it,” said Alan Turner, Alpine County’s district attorney. 

Because tribes are sovereign governments, non-Indians can’t sue the tribe if, for example, they are the victim of a rogue cop or are injured by an officer in an accident. 

For that matter, many patrons of tribal casinos might not know that their legal rights and potential recourse on reservations are not the same as they are off reservation. 

Supporters of the measure have offered to waive a certain amount of tribes’ sovereign immunity. Tribes that want to create fully empowered police forces would carry enough insurance to pay up to $5 million in liability coverage per incident. The bill requires a minimum of $1 million liability coverage. 

“The rest of the agencies don’t have caps,” Turner said. “This is not an acceptable thing in terms of everyone being on a level playing field.” 

Alarcon’s legislation notes other law enforcement options for tribes, such as contracting with an established police or sheriff’s department. Supporters, however, say tribes still should have the right to complete self-governance. 

Mark Nichols, the chief executive officer of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the bill’s biggest supporter, said tribes have an inherent right to protect their reservations 

That means they should have the same powers and access to databases as other police officers and authority over both Indians and non-Indians, he said. 

“The notion that you would subdivide communities by race or gender and limit authority over those jurisdictions by race or gender is an untenable proposition from an ethical standpoint,” he said. 

Sgt. Ronald Karr, an officer with the Cabazon police force, said his officers need full state police powers if they are going to properly police the Southern California reservation, which is home to the Fantasy Springs casino east of Palm Springs. 

His officers haven’t been able to pursue suspects off reservation or conduct investigations off reservation. They sometimes have found themselves handicapped because they don’t have access to the state criminal database, he said. 

“People around here know our boundaries,” said Karr, a Mississippi Choctaw who is the only Indian on the force. “In the past, they’ve been able to get away.” 

Despite such arguments, the bill’s opponents see it as unnecessary and potentially dangerous. 

“The checks and balances are absent in this scenario,” said Moore, the Colorado River home owner. “I don’t understand why it’s needed.” 


Ralph Burns, music arranger, dead at 79

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES — Ralph Burns, who won Academy Awards, an Emmy and a Tony as a music arranger after making a name for himself in jazz as a piano player in the Woody Herman band, died Wednesday. He was 79. 

Burns collected his first Academy Award for adapting the musical score for the 1972 movie “Cabaret” the first film he worked on. He won another for adapting the musical score for “All That Jazz,” an Emmy for television’s “Baryshnikov on Broadway” and a Tony in 1999 for the Broadway musical “Fosse.” 

Other film credits included “Lenny,” “In The Mood,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Annie,” “My Favorite Year” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.” 

He also collaborated with Jule Styne on “Funny Girl” and Richard Rodgers on “No Strings.” 

The Massachusetts native, who took up piano as a child, was playing in dance bands in Boston when he was 12, graduating to jazz orchestras by his teens. 

He studied briefly at the New England Conservatory of Music, but said he learned orchestration by listening to the recordings of jazz greats Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie and transcribing their works note by note. 

He worked with Herman band’s for 15 years as both a writer and piano player, composing some of the group’s biggest hits. Among them were “Apple Honey,” “Bijou” and the three-part “Summer Sequence.” 

“Early Autumn,” written later as a fourth movement for “Summer Sequence,” became a hit with singers after Johnny Mercer supplied words for it. 

Later, Burns worked in the studio with such popular singers as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole. 

He also continued to work on music for the stage, orchestrating a production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” for the La Jolla Playhouse just last year. 


Free Web censorship avoidance service ends

By Anick Jesdanun The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

NEW YORK — A California company partly funded by the CIA has discontinued a free service that allowed Internet users to bypass Web censorship by governments and corporations. 

SafeWeb, for now, is focusing its efforts on revenue-generating security applications for businesses. 

Jon Chun, president and co-founder of SafeWeb, said the company is expected to decide soon whether to restore the privacy and anti-censorship service on a subscription basis. 

“We did not want to launch the paid service until we were committed to supporting it in the long term,” Chun said Wednesday. “We are analyzing the interest and the financials on that.” 

The suspension, which occurred this past week, follows a decision last month by Zero-Knowledge Systems Inc. to end a separate service for anonymously using the Net. 

Zero-Knowledge said it could not get enough paying customers, and like SafeWeb it is now focusing more on security applications. 

Formed in April 2000, SafeWeb initially offered ways for Internet users to browse Web pages anonymously and bypass censorship efforts. 

For example, if Chinese users or U.S. employees could not access a site because filtering software installed by a government or company was blocking it, they could visit the site through SafeWeb. 

After government and corporate networks began adding SafeWeb to block lists, the company developed Triangle Boy, a network of hundreds of computers maintained by volunteers worldwide. 

A Chinese or corporate user who found SafeWeb blocked would go to a Triangle Boy computer, which then relayed requests to SafeWeb. 

In a continuing cat-and-mouse game, new Triangle Boy computers were added as the Chinese government tried to block individual computers. 

The SafeWeb services were free. Last year, the Emeryville, Calif., company received $1 million in funding from the U.S. Central Intelligence Angecy’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel. 

Now, SafeWeb will focus on an online security package designed to bring together firewalls, virtual private networking and other services normally available separately. The package is undergoing testing. 

The shift does not affect a three-month pilot with Voice of America to set up a network of Triangle Boy computers that could help Chinese users bypass government censors. The service will be free to Chinese users, and VOA will cover costs. 


Christmas tree industry loses some ho, ho, ho

By Susan Gallagher The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

HELENA, Mont. — The Christmas tree harvest at the Hardy Plantation near Creston is over for the season, and Janet Hardy figures there won’t be many more. 

Growing Christmas trees is a declining industry in Montana. Like others who have already left the business, Hardy says she and her husband expect to get out within a few years and raise only landscape stock. 

“It’s a lot of work in a small amount of time. It’s cold, it’s exhausting,” she said. “It’s not that lucrative.” 

This year, the Hardys cut 1,200 trees and got $8 to $9 a tree — about $10,000 total. 

If there was a heyday for the state’s Christmas tree industry, it was when people wanted their living rooms decked out with Scotch pines, which grow nicely in the state, the Montana Christmas Tree Association says. But now the demand is for softer, fragrant firs, which are less likely to do well in the state’s growing conditions. 

“There are true firs that we can grow, but it’s kind of limited,” said Dave Leeman of Eureka, secretary for the association, which has seen membership dwindle to eight from a high of 55 a decade ago. “They’re growing them by Heron and Noxon, and the demand is huge.” 

“People still want a heavy, bushy tree,” Leeman added. “But they want it to have tips rather than a real rounded shape.” 

Industry numbers are hard to come by. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent Christmas tree survey was in 1997 and found Montana with 74 farms, about as many as in Arkansas and Rhode Island. The nation’s leading grower, Oregon, had 1,626 farms. Wyoming placed last, with two. 

Leeman said he doesn’t know for sure how many growers remain in Montana. 

Perhaps 30 operate tree plantations and another 50 people cut wild trees for retail sale, he guessed. 

“It’s an industry that had a lot of hope in one species (Scotch pine), and that kind of faded,” said Bob Logan of the Montana State University Extension Service. He studied the Christmas tree business a few years ago, but knows of no one who tracks its annual statistics. 

“We all wish some of these cottage industries could be more dominant in Montana, but because of our growing conditions, it’s not easy to compete,” Logan said. 

Growers Ray and Tressa Brandewie of Bigfork, in the business since 1971, augment their Christmas tree operation with enterprises that include barbecue sauce sold in gift shops. They pulled out of Scotch pine and now raise firs on about 30 acres. 

“It’s taken care of us over the years,” Tressa Brandewie said. But continuing drought has been a hardship and there are plans for an irrigation system next year, she said. 

Ted Murray of Boulder said nearly all the trees he sells at his lots in Great Falls and Helena each year come from northwestern Montana. He buys 800-1,000 trees from commercial growers and cuts about as many wild ones, usually on private land where owners want their trees thinned. 

“As a general rule, if you don’t get a tree grown in Montana, it hasn’t frozen,” Murray said. An imported tree that freezes once it gets here is likely to lose needles, he said. 

That apparently isn’t a problem for Cornerstone Academy, a private Helena school that sells Oregon trees as a yearly fund-raiser and will charge $65 this season for Noble firs standing 7-8 feet. 

“We have repeat customers who will pay that because the trees are so nice,” school secretary Jodi Therriault said. 

In Montana, the northwestern area of the state is the heart of the business. From there, trees often travel a long way. 

Some of the Hardy Plantation’s trees go to Colorado. Leeman, in the business for 22 years, sells to retailers in Utah and Wyoming as well as Montana, and even ships some trees to Oklahoma. 

“I got started when I had a Forest Service thinning contract and there was Christmas-tree salvage on it,” he said. “My partners and I and our wives salvaged the trees. At that time, we thought it was fun.” 

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On the Net: 

National Christmas Tree Association: http://www.realchristmastrees.org 


SDG&E gets approval on a rate hike for Mexico power

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Gas & Electric Co. can raise electricity rates to recoup the $2 million cost of upgrading lines to Mexico, federal regulators said Wednesday. 

But regulators said the utility must provide more information to resolve concerns expressed by California’s power regulators. 

SDG&E can bill its 1.2 million customers for the expense plus a 13 percent return over 10 years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled. 

FERC said the order “helps protect consumers in the Western United States from supply disruptions and unreasonable rate increases by relieving transmission constraints.” 

The money would be used to upgrade existing transmission lines linking California’s Imperial Valley with the La Rosita plant near Mexicali, Mexico. 

SDG&E said the upgrade would allow the utility to import up to 900 megawatts of power across the border, up from its present capacity of 408 megawatts. A megawatt is enough power for 750 to 1,000 homes. 

The utility proposed the upgrade shortly before the onset of California’s electricity crisis last year, but SDG&E accelerated its work on the project to help alleviate shortages of power. 

The California Public Utilities Commission raised several concerns in a filing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has jurisdiction over electric transmission lines. 

The CPUC said SDG&E had not adequately documented the $2 million cost and may be overcharging customers for the costs of the transmission lines. 

In its order, FERC demanded SDG&E provide further documentation within 15 days to explain its project costs and resulting charges. 


Family dog kills 3-week-old infant

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

RIALTO — Jealousy may have prompted two Siberian huskies to maul an infant girl to death in her bassinet, authorities speculated. 

Josie Simone Hearon died during surgery at a hospital several hours after Tuesday morning’s attack. She was 25 days old. 

The mother, whose name was not released, left the baby in the living room while she stepped onto the porch and briefly talked to a pest control worker about a beehive, authorities said. 

She returned to find that the 4-year-old dogs had bitten the infant on her head, chest and abdomen, police Sgt. Sarah King said. 

Although an investigation continued, there did not appear to be any negligence on the mother’s part, officials said. 

It was “a horrible accident,” King said. 

It was not clear what would happen to the dogs, which were quarantined at an animal shelter. A court order would be needed to have them destroyed, Detective Mary Ortiz said. 

King said the owner must decide what to do with them. 

Neighbors said the dogs had not appeared to be violent. 

Ortiz said the dogs may have been jealous of the infant.


Californians spend a lot for housing

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

Californians frequently spend more than 30 percent of their incomes for home mortgages or rent. The following is a look at Census Bureau estimates of California cities with a population over 250,000 people. The first column is the city; the second column is the percentage of city residents with a home mortgage who spend more than 30 percent of their take-home income on the mortgage; the third column is the percentage of renters in the city who pay more than 30 percent of their take-home income on rent. 

Anaheim; 32; 50 

Fresno; 36; 51 

Long Beach; 34; 47 

Los Angeles; 46; 50 

Oakland; 41; 42 

Riverside; 31; 43 

Sacramento; 32; 40 

San Diego; 41; 43 

San Francisco; 41; 35 

San Jose; 40; 44 

Santa Ana; 52; 43 

California; 37; 45 

United States; 26; 37 

Source: Census Bureau 


Rental companies accused of selling wrecks without warning

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES — Some of the nation’s biggest car rental companies are selling wrecked vehicles without making the proper disclosures, endangering the public and harming consumers, according to lawsuits filed in California in recent months. 

The late-model automobiles carry hefty price tags despite a broad range of major problems, from bent frames to compromised suspension systems, trial lawyers and consumer activists charge. 

Although the suits, which seek class action status, allege that the salvaged vehicles are unsafe, there are no documented cases of deaths or injuries pinned to the practice. 

In California alone, thousands of badly damaged vehicles make their way back onto the streets each year through a network of rental agencies, salvage vehicle auctioneers and secondary-market repair shops, say consumer safety advocates. 

“The car rental companies take this twisted piece of metal and send it to the auction yards, and they go along without branding the titles as salvaged,” said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety. 

Under state law, the owners of badly damaged cars must notify the Department of Motor Vehicles to retitle the cars as salvage if it is not economically feasible to completely repair them. 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co., the largest rental company in the country, routinely puts badly damaged vehicles up for auction in the salvage market without informing the DMV, according to a suit filed in Fresno earlier this month. 

The plaintiffs, David and Gloria Martinez of Los Banos, claim they were specifically told the 2000 Pontiac Grand Am they purchased had never been in an accident. But a few days after buying it, they found it had a number of problems, even though it only had been driven 15,386 miles. 

Sarah Bustamante, an Enterprise spokeswoman, said the company had not been notified of the suit, but would “investigate these claims fully.” 

Similar legal action was launched last summer against Alamo Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental. Officials at ANC Rental Corp., which owns both companies, declined to comment.


Passenger allegedly kicks airliner’s emergency exit door

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES — A man who was believed to be unhappy with his seat assignment was taken into custody Wednesday for kicking an airliner’s emergency exit door during a flight from South Korea to Los Angeles, authorities said. 

Young Kun Kim, 62, of El Cajon, was taken into custody after his Asiana Airlines flight from Incho, South Korea, landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday morning. Flight attendants had kept him handcuffed to a seat during much of the flight. 

“Apparently, he was unhappy where he was sitting, became unruly and began kicking at the door,” said FBI spokeswoman Cheryl Mimura. She said other passengers told airline officials Kim appeared to be intoxicated when he got on the plane. 

He was taken to the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles after the plane landed at 9:26 a.m. He was expected to face federal charges on Monday, Mimura said.


UC enrollment soars after a promise to decrease

By John Geluardi, Daily Planet staff
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Claiming the university has violated an 11-year-old agreement to steadily reduce its student population, city officials reacted angrily at the high enrollment figures released Monday for fall semester enrollment at UC Berkeley. 

“I’ve been yelling about this for the last year,” Mayor Shirley Dean said. “I’ve referred this matter to the city attorney to see what kind of teeth are in that agreement.” 

Dean and two other councilmembers said Berkeley, already suffering from a housing shortage and clogged roadways, is ill prepared to handle more students and administrative staff required to support them. 

As part of the university’s 1990 Long Range Development Plan, the UC Regents signed an agreement with the city, which outlined a strategy to steadily decrease enrollment by 1,126 students by 2006. The agreement also included an enrollment cap of 31,200 students averaged over the fall and spring semesters.  

On Monday, the university Public Affairs Office announced that more than 32,000 students were enrolled for the fall semester, nearly 1,000 more than the agreed-upon cap.  

University officials said the fall numbers are only preliminary and won’t become official until spring enrollment numbers are available. In addition, the enrollment figures for the fall semester include 600 students studying abroad or in Washington, D.C.  

Director of Public Relations Irene Hegarty said college enrollment has grown dramatically along with the state’s population, and colleges have a responsibility to provide an education to as many state residents as possible. 

The University of California Office of the President estimates that by 2010, the full-time UC student population will increase by 60,000, or 43 percent more than are currently enrolled. (Statewide college enrollment is expected to increase by 700,000 overall). Hegarty said the state has asked UC Berkeley to absorb 4,000 of the anticipated increase in students, which has been dubbed “Tidal Wave II.” 

She added that in light of Tidal Wave II, the 1990 agreement to reduce student enrollment simply “won’t be happening.” 

“These are our kids that need an college education, we can’t just turn them away,” she said.  

Dean agreed it is critical to make a college education available to as many people as possible, but said the quality of the education is important too. 

“How are you going to give ‘our kids’ a good education when they are crammed into overcrowded classrooms with poor student to teacher ratios?” Dean said. “Not to mention the impact on the quality of life from continuing to shoehorn people into a nine-square mile city that’s already overcrowded.” 

Josh Fryday, the vice president of external affairs for the Associated Students of the University of California said that quality of life issues resulting from enrollment growth are a “serious concern.” 

“We need to find some solutions to the problems of housing and transportation that students are facing already,” he said. “If student enrollment is going to continue to grow we have to work together to ensure the quality of life is not diminished further.” 

Hegarty said the university is in the process of developing housing that will include 1,000 new beds in the south-of-campus area. “Those units are either under construction or in the planning stages,” she said. 

But Councilmember Kriss Worthington said the 1,000 beds is “woefully” short of what the university agreed to build in 1990. “We had a housing shortage (in 1990) and the university agreed in writing to build 4,500 new units in the Long Range Plan,” he said. “Adding so many students is going to exacerbate an already critical housing shortage that the university has been so far unwilling to deal with.” 

Councilmember Armstrong said she is worried about the cultural impact enrollment growth will have on the city. As students are squeezed into Berkeley, artists and workers are increasingly squeezed out. 

“Little by little the city is turning into a university,” she said. “Pretty soon it will be made up of rich people living in houses and students in apartments and that will have a huge impact on the social diversity of Berkeley.” 

Assistant City Attorney Zack Cowen said an outside attorney is reviewing the 1990 agreement to determine if the city’s rights have been violated. He said the consulting attorney’s report is due back sometime next year. 

Hegarty said the university’s Long Range Development Plan is currently being updated and a new Environmental Impact Report will be required. She added there will be many opportunities for public input on the plan in the coming months.


Out & About Calendar

Compiled by Guy Poole
Wednesday November 21, 2001


Wednesday, Nov. 21

 

Prose Writers’ Workshop 

7 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center Library 

1414 Walnut St.  

From Op-ed to fiction, memoir to the feature article - a community 

writers’ group to support and encourage a community of interests. Workshop format. Free. 524-3034 

 

Toddler Storytime 

7 p.m. 

West Berkeley Library 

1125 University Ave 

For families with children three years or younger, a program to expose the youngest readers to multicultural stories, songs and finger plays. 

Every Wednesday through Nov 28. 

 

Reception for South African Sangoma 

8 - 10 p.m. 

Finn Hall 

1819 10th St. 

Musical reception for Dr. Shado Dludlu, traditional Sangoma healer from South Africa. $25 - $ 35. 848-5792, www.kaliworks.com 

 

Stories of Your Amazing Body 

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Hall of Health 

2230 Shattuck Ave.  

For children aged 3 to 10 years old, escape to the magical realm of health, fun, and excitement of this ongoing storytelling series. 549-1564  

 

Multi-faith Thanksgiving Service 

7:30 p.m. 

Congregation Beth El 

2301 Vine St. 

The service will last about one hour and will be followed by refreshments and conversation. 848-3988 

 


Thursday, Nov. 22

 

Latin Dance Class 

7:30 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut St. 

Salsa, Cha-cha, Merengue... $10, No partner necessary. All ages and levels welcome. 508-4616 

 

 


Friday, Nov. 23

 

Kwanzaa Gift Show 

12 - 8 p.m. 

Oakland Marriott Hotel 

1001 Broadway, Oakland 

Three-day cultural gift show offers goods and services as well as retail seminars, business workshops, job recruitment, product samples, business opportunities, and entertainment. 

 

 


Saturday, Nov. 24

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m. 

The Village 

2556 Telegraph Ave. 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Joe Chellman Quartet performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

Santa's Solstice Bazaar 

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Metaversal Lightcraft 

1708 University Ave. 

Come shop while kids visit with Santa for free. Fine arts, crafts, 

clothing and gift booths in a magical and colorful scene. 644-2032, www.lightcraft.org. 

 

Open Center 

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

The Center is open for exercise and lunch. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be shown at 1 p.m. 644-6107 

 

Teddy Bear Festival 

1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Pacific Film Archive Theater 

2575 Bancroft Way 

Children get to march their teddy bears through the theater, and then watch animated teddy bear films. $3.50. 642-1412 

 

 


Sunday, Nov. 25

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m.  

Greg’s Pizza 

2311 Telegraph Ave. 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Downtown Uproar performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Business Improvement District and the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

 

– Compiled by Guy Poole 

 

 


Please, Mr. Bush...

Julie Ngai and Natalie Cowan
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Dear George W. Bush 

We think you are doing the wrong thing by bombing innocent people in Afghanistan that are minding they’re Business, unlike you... 

If you stop bombing them they probably will stop or not start bombing or hurting us. If I were president I wouldn’t be as unfair as you. 

Julie Ngai 

8 years old 

and Natalie Cowan 

8 years old 

Berkeley


Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Staff
Wednesday November 21, 2001

21 Grand Nov. 29: 9 p.m., Lemon Lime Lights, Hillside, Moe! Staiano, $6; Nov. 30: 9 p.m., Fred Frith, Damon Smith, Marco Eneidi, Sabu Toyozumi Ensemble, Phillip Greenlief, $10; Dec. 1: 9 p.m., Toychestra, Rosin Coven, Darling Freakhead, $6; All ages. 21 Grand Ave., Oakland. 444-7263 

 

924 Gilman St. Nov. 23: The Stitches, Starvations, Neon King Kong, Kill Devil Hills, Problem; Nov. 24: Tilt, Missing Link, Cry Baby Cry; Nov. 30: Shitlist, Atrocious Madness, Fuerza X, Catheter, S Bitch, Delta Force; Dec. 1: Yaphet Kotto, Cattle Decapitation, Creation Is Crucifixion, Kalibas, A Death Between Seasons, Lo-Fi Neissans; Dec. 2: 5 p.m., Dead and Gone, Venus Bleeding, Suptonix, Geoff (spoken word), East Bay Chasers, Lesser Of Two; Dec. 7: Har Mar Superstar, The Pattern, The Blast Rocks, Your Enemies’ Friends, Hate Mail Express; Dec. 8: Scurvy Dogs, Nigel Peppercock, Shut The Fuck Up, Offering To The Sun, Voetsek; Dec. 9: Poison The Well, Unearth, Sworn Enemy, Spark Lights The Friction; Dec. 14: Hot Water Music, American Steel, F-Minus, Trial By Fire; Dec. 15: Strung Out, Limp, The Frisk, The Deadlines, The Creeps; Dec. 16: 5 p.m., Good Riddance, Missing 23rd, Downway, Audio Crush; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 

 

The Albatross Pub Nov. 21: Whiskey Brothers; Nov. 22: Keni “El Lebrijano” Flamenco Guitar; Nov. 24: Tipsy House Irish Band; Dec. 4: Panacea; Dec. 5: Whiskey Brothers; Dec. 6: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 11: Mad & Eddic Duran Jazz Duo; Dec. 13: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 15: Larry Stefl Jazz Quartet; Dec. 18: Panacea; Dec. 19: Whiskey Brothers; Dec. 20: Keni “El Lebrijano”; Dec. 27: Keni “El Lebrijano”; All shows start at 9 p.m., 1822 San Pablo Ave. 843-2473  

 

Anna’s Nov. 21: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 23: Sally Hanna-Rhine and David Tapham; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; Nov. 24: Carl Garrett Jazz Quartet; Nov. 25: Acoustic Soul; Nov. 26: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 27: Jason Martineau and David Sayen; Nov. 28: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 29: Ed Reed and Alex Markels Jazz Group; Nov. 30: Ann sings jazz standards; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; All shows 8 p.m. unless noted. Free. 1901 University Ave., 849-2662 

 

Ashkenaz Nov. 20: 8 p.m., Tamazgha, $8; Nov. 21: 8 p.m., Tom Rigney & Flambeau, $8; Nov. 22: 6 - 9 p.m., Annual Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Feast, Free; 10 p.m., Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 23: 9 p.m., Ras Michael and Sons of Negus with DJ Tony Moses, $10; Nov. 24: 9:30 p.m., Lavay Smith And Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, $11; Nov. 25: 9 p.m., The King of Calypso Mighty Sparrow, $15; Nov. 26: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 27: 8 p.m., Creole Belles, $8; Nov. 28: 8 p.m., Bluegrass Intentions, Stairwell Sisters, Clogging with Evie Ladin, $10; Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Grateful Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums w/ Ms. Carmen Getit; 1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054 www.ashkenaz.com 

 

Blake’s Nov. 21: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 22: Ascension, $5; Nov. 23: Solemite, TBA, $5; Nov. 24: Dank Man Shank, Locale AM, $5; Nov. 25: Out of The Ashes, Wonderland Ave., $3; Nov. 26: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 27: PC Munoz and the Amen Corner, Froggy, $3; Nov. 28: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 29: Ascension, $5; Nov. 30: Felonious, TBA, $6; All shows 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave., 848-0886 

 

Cafe Eclectica Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., She Mob, Wire Graffiti, Breast, Honeyshot, Run for Cover Lovers, $6; All ages 1309 Solano Ave., 527-2344. 

 

Cal Performances Nov. 29: Les Arts Florissants, $24 - $46; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way at Telegraph, 642-0212 tickets@calperfs.berkeley. edu 

 

Club Muse Nov. 29: 9:30 p.m., SoulTree, Tang!, $7; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Calamity and Main, Darling Clementines, The Bootcuts, $8; Dec. 1: 9:30 p.m., Naked Barbies, Penelope Houston, $8; All ages. 856 San Pablo Ave., Albany, 528-2878. 

 

Eli’s Mile High Club Every Friday, 10 p.m. Funky Fridays Conscious Dance Party with KPFA DJs Splif Skankin and Funky Man. $10; Nov. 23: Junior Morrow; Nov. 24: Jimmy Dewrance; Nov. 30: Scott Duncan; Dec. 1: J.J. Malone; Doors open at 8 p.m. unless noted. 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. 655-6661 

 

Freight & Salvage Coffee House Nov. 21: Raun Fables and Noe Venable; Nov. 23 & 24: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Sickafoose; Nov. 25: Sylvia Herold; Nov. 26: Ellen Robinson; Nov. 28: Wake the Dead; Nov. 29: Judith Kate Friedman and Deborah Pardes; Nov. 30: Odile Lavault and Baguette Quartette; Dec. 1: Geoff Muldaur w/ Fritz Richmond; Dec. 2: Kaila Flexer’s Fieldharmonik; Dec. 5: Avalon Blues: Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Bill Morrissey; Dec. 6: Ray Bonneville; Dec. 7 & 8: Rebecca Riots; All shows begin 8 p.m., 1111 Addison St. Call 548-1761 for prices or see www.freightandsalvage.org.  

 

iMusicast Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., Applesaucer, The Plus Ones, Cutlass Supreme, Salem Lights, Short Wave Rocket, One Step Shift; Dec. 1: 6 - 11 p.m., One Time Angels, The Influents, The Frisk, Fetish, The Locals, $8; All ages. 5429 Telegraph Ave. 601-1024, www.imusicast.com. 

 

Jupiter Nov. 21: Starchild; All shows 8 p.m. and free. 2821 Shattuck Ave. 843-7625/ www.jupiter. com 

 

The Minnow Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Jolly!, Good For You, Grain USA, Plan to Pink; Nov. 30: Sedadora, Six Eye Columbia, Betty Expedition, The Clarendon Hills; Dec. 1: Replicator, Fluke Starbucker, Baby Carrot, The Len Brown Society; All shows $6. 1700 Clement Ave., Alameda. 

 

“Music on Telegraph” Nov. 25: Downtown Uproar, Greg’s Pizza, 2311 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 1: Scrambled Samba Trio, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 2: Paul and Jill Janoff, Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 8: Jonah Minton Quartet, Julie’s Healthy Cafe, 2562 Bancroft; Dec. 9: Hebro, Blakes, 2367 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 15: Thelonious On The Move, Bison Brewing, 2598 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 16: Howard Kadis, Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 22: Kaz Sasaki Duo, Blackberry Ginger, 2520 Durant; Dec. 23: Almadecor, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; All shows 2 - 4 p.m., Free. 

 

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents “Bach’s Mass in B Minor” Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Dana and Durant. Guest conductor Andrew Parrott. $34 - $50. 415-392-4400, www.philharmonia.org. 

 

Rose Street House of Music Dec. 1: 8 p.m., Acapella Night - Making Waves, Solstice, Out on a Clef, $5 - $20. 1839 Rose St. 594-4000 x687, rosestreetmusic @yahoo.com. 

 

Starry Plough Nov. 28: 8:30 p.m., bEASTfest Invitational Poetry Slam, $5; Nov. 29: 9:30 p.m., The Moore Brothers, Yuji Oniki, BArt Davenport, $8; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., The Kirby Grips, Dealership, Bitesize, The Blast Rocks, (all ages show) $8; Dec. 1: 9:30 p.m., Mark Growden’s Electric Pinata, Ramona the Pest, Film School; 3101 Shattuck Ave.  

 

Stork Club Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Mega-Mousse, Base LIne Dada, Meeshee, Mike Boner, $7; Nov. 30: 9 p.m., Love Kills Love, Three Years Down, Jack Killed Jill, October Allied, Eddie Haskells, $6; Dec. 1: 10 p.m., Anticon, Kevin Blechdom, Bevin Blectum, The Silents, $10; Dec. 2: 8 p.m., Corsciana, The Mass, Modular Set, Spore Attic, $5; 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. 

 

Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra with Lennie Niehaus Dec. 2: 2 p.m., $18. Longfellow School of the Arts, 1500 Derby St. 420-4560, www.bigbandjazz.net 

 

 

Splash Circus Nov. 23, 24, 25: 2 p.m., “Odyssey,” an outer space circus adventure featuring circus performers ages 10 - 14 years old. $14 adults, $7 kids under 14. Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave. 655-1265, www.splashcircus.com. 

 

“Uncle Vanya” Nov. 23 through Nov. 29: Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Subterranean Shakespeare’s production of Jean-Claude van Italie’s humorous translation of Anton Chekhov’s romantic masterpiece. Directed by Diane Jackson. Benefits the Forests Forever Foundation. $8-$14. La Val’s Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid. 234-6046, www.subshakes.com 

 

“Goddesses” Nov. 30 through Dec. 1: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7 p.m. A sensuous and humorous drama concerning one mortal woman’s struggle to control the six extraordinary goddesses in her psyche. Written by Dorotea Reyna. $10. Mils College, Lisser Hall, 5900 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 883-0536, rlcouture@earthlink.net 

 

“Saint Joan” Through Dec. 2: Wed. - Sat. 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m. George Bernard Shaw’s epic of a young girl determined to drive the English out of France with only her faith to support her. Directed by Barbara Oliver. $26-35. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St. 843-4822 www.auroratheatre.org 

 

“Brave Brood” Through Dec. 16 Robert O’Hara directs Robert O’Hara’s searing tale of money, desperation, and the fight for survival. $20. Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby Ave. 883-0305 www.transparenttheater.org 

 

“Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 20 through Jan. 8: Check theater for specific dates and times. Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy chronicles a handful of soldiers returning from a winning battle to be greeted by a gaggle of giddy maidens. Directed by Brian Kulick. $10 - $54. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. 647-2949 www.berkeleyrep.org 

 

“Murder Dressed in Satin” by Victor Lawhorn, ongoing. A mystery-comedy dinner show at The Madison about a murder at the home of Satin Moray, a club owner and self-proclaimed socialite with a scarlet past. Dinner is included in the price of the theater ticket. $47.50 Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St., Oakland. 239-2252 www.acteva.com/go/havefun 

 

Films 

 

Pacific Film Archive Theater Nov. 21: 7 :30 p.m., Macbeth; Nov. 23: 7:30 p.m., The Bank Dick; 9:05 p.m., Unfaithfull Yours; Nov. 24: 7 p.m., Touch of Evil; 9:05 p.m., The Narrow Margin; Nov. 25: 5:30 p.m., Grand Illusion; 7:45 p.m., Harvest; Nov. 30: 7:30 p.m., Werckmeister Harmonies; Dec. 6: 7 p.m., Bizarre, Bizarre; 8:50 p.m., The Green Man; Dec. 7: 7 p.m., Smiles of a Summer Night; 9:05 p.m., Cluny Brown; Bancroft Way, 642-1124 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Exhibits  

 

“In Through the Outdoors” Through Nov. 24: Featuring seven artists who work in photography and related media including sculpture and video, this exhibit addresses the shift in values and contemporary concerns about the natural world that surrounds us. Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Traywick Gallery, 1316 Tenth St. www.traywick.com 

 

“2001 James D. Phelan Art Awards in Printmaking” Honorees: Bridget Henry, David Kelso, and Margaret Van Patten. Through Nov. 30 Tues. - Fri. noon - 5 p.m., other times by appointment. Kala Art Institue, 1060 Heinz Ave. 549-2977 www.kala.org 

 

“Furniture Art” Through Dec. 7: An exhibit of metal and wood furniture that revisits furniture not only as art but as craft. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Current Gallery at the Crucible, 1036 Ashby Ave. 843-5511 www.thecrucible.org 

 

“The Paintings of Bethany Anne Ayers and Sculpture of Alexander Cheves” Nov. 15 through Dec. 15: Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ardency Gallery, 709 roadway, Oakland. 836-0831 gallery709@aol.com 

 

“The Whole World’s Watching: Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1960s and 1970s” Through Dec. 16: A documentary photo exhibition which examines the rich history of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Wed. - Sun., noon - 5 p.m. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Live Oak Park. Free. 644-6893 

 

“Matrix 195” Through Jan. 13: German artist, Thomas Scheibitz’s, first solo museum exhibition in the United States showcases semi-abstract representations of everyday objects and landscapes. Wed., Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. $3-$6. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

GTU Exhibit: “Holocaust Series” by Cleve Gray Through Jan. 25: Comprised of 21 works on paper that constitute “a catharsis... for all of humanity.” Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. noon - 7 p.m.; Free. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2541 www.gtu.edu 

 

“Enduring Wisdom: Artwork and Stories by Homeless and Formerly Homeless Seniors” Through Feb. 15: 18 homeless and formerly homeless elders reveal how they learned and applied wisdom that is timeless. Mon. - Fri. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Reception and presentation by the elders Thurs. Nov. 15, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland, 893-4723 x222 

 

“The Art History Museum of Berkeley” Masterworks by Guy Colwell Faithful copies of several artists from the pasts, including Titian’s “The Venus of Urbino,” Cezanne’s “Still Life,” Picasso’s “Woman at a Mirror,” and Botticelli’s “Primavera” Ongoing. Call ahead for hours. Atelier 9 2028 Ninth St. 841-4210 or visit www.atelier9.com 

 

Readings 

 

Cody’s on Telegraph Ave. Nov. 28: 7:30 p.m. David Meltzer and contributors read from his newly revised and re-released collection of interviews with Bay Area Beat Poets; 2454 Telegraph Ave. 845-7852 

 

Tours 

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Fridays 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. or by appointment. Call ahead to make reservations. Free. University of California, Berkeley. 486-4387 

 

Golden Gate Live Steamers Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Drive at the south end of Tilden Regional Park Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size. Trains run Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides: Sun., noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 486-0623  

 

 

Museums 

 

Habitot Children’s Museum “Back to the Farm” An interactive exhibit gives children the chance to wiggle through tunnels, look into a mirrored fish pond, don farm animal costumes, ride on a John Deere tractor and more. “Recycling Center” Lets the kids crank the conveyor belt to sort cans, plastic bottles and newspaper bundles into dumpster bins; Nov. 3: Tales from the Enchanted Forest, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Nov. 9: Living with the Earth; Nov. 17: Recycle that Stuff; $4 adults; $6 children age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child age 7 and under. Mon. and Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tues. and Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111 or www.habitot.org  

 

Oakland Museum of California Through Nov. 25: Pasajes y Encuentros: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead, highlights three thematic “passageways” that connect the dead with the living: tradition, humor and spirit; Dec. 8 & 9: 32nd Annual Bay Area Fungus Fair, the world of the mushroom will be explored in exhibits, lectures, slide shows, cooking demos, etc.. Through Jan. 13: Grand Lyricist: The Art of Elmer Bischoff, featuring paintings and works on paper that trace the evolution of Bischoff’s career. $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 5. Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., 10th St., Oakland, 888-625-6873/ www.museumca.org 

 

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley “Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing. A 20 foot by 40 foot replica of the fearsome dinosaur made from casts of bones of the most complete T. Rex skeleton yet excavated. When unearthed in Montana, the bones were all lying in place with only a small piece of the tailbone missing. “Pteranodon” A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22-23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Free. Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 642-1821 

 

UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology will close its exhibition galleries for renovation. It will reopen in early 2002.  

 

University of California Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive has reopened after its summerlong seismic retrofit. “Martin Puryear: Sculpture of the 1990s” through Jan. 13; “The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951 - 1982)” through Dec. 16; “Face of Buddha: Sculpture from India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia” ongoing rotation through 2003; “Matrix 194: Jessica Bronson, Heaps, layers, and curls” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; “Matrix 192: Ceal Floyer 37’4”” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way; Museum Galleries 2626 Bancroft Way; 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Lawrence Hall of Science Through Jan. 26: Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters; “Within the Human Brain,” ongoing. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning experiments. “Saturday Night Stargazing,” First and third Saturdays each month. 8 - 10 p.m., LHS plaza. Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. $7 for adults; $5 for children 5-18; $3 for children 3-4. 642-5132 

 

Holt Planetarium Programs are recommended for age 8 and up; children under age 6 will not be admitted. $2 in addition to regular museum admission. “Constellations Tonight” Ongoing. Using a simple star map, learn to identify the most prominent constellations for the season in the planetarium sky. Daily, 3:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 5 ; free children age 2 and younger. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu  

 

Send arts events two weeks in advance to Calendar@berkeleydailyplanet.net, 2076 University, Berkeley 94704 or fax to 841-5694.


Young quarterback throws St. Mary’s forward

By Tim Haran, Daily Planet Correspondent
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Even though St. Mary’s High School football team didn’t beat Pinole Valley, head coach Jay Lawson considers the Panthers’ Oct. 5 35-27 loss against the eventual Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League champion as the defining moment in his team’s season.  

After starting the season 1-3, St. Mary’s met Pinole and came up just short against one of the Bay Area’s premiere football teams. Following the defeat St. Mary’s quarterback Steve Murphy predicted the Panthers would go undefeated the remainder of the season. They nearly fulfilled that prophecy, winning four of their next five games en route to capturing a Bay Shore Athletic League title before falling to Campolindo, 22-20, in the first round of the North Coast Section 2A playoffs. 

“That was a definite turning point,” Lawson said of the Pinole Valley game. “If you would have told me in week four after McClymonds (St. Mary’s lost 57-13) that we’d be league champions, I wouldn’t have believed it. This team has come a long way.” 

A long way indeed considering that a month before its season opener, St. Mary’s was still searching for a starting quarterback. Vallejo High sophomore DeMarcus Nelson, who committed to transfer to St. Mary’s and was projected as the Panthers’ play-caller, decided to return to Vallejo, leaving the Panthers high and dry. 

Locally, the quarterback slot well appeared empty. The Panthers graduated their only varsity quarterback from last season and the starting junior varsity quarterback transferred to Albany High, Lawson said. 

Reaching deep, the coach knew that Murphy, 16, who started varsity at strong safety last season, split time at quarterback during his freshman year at St. Mary’s. 

Lawson offered him the position and Murphy eagerly accepted the challenge to run an offense that planned to pass the ball more than was typical of a St. Mary’s team. 

“I was going to play tailback, receiver, slot back and start at strong safety. That was my plan because I wanted to get the ball in my hands more,” Murphy said. “Lawson said: ‘Well you wanted to get the ball in your hands, now you can play quarterback.’ I said: ‘I’ll take it, no hesitation.’” 

In demonstrating his familiarity with the quarterback position, Murphy mentioned that he threw 12 touchdown passes as a 10-year-old on the Oakland Dynamites peewee team. That was after he almost got cut as a 9-year-old. 

“I was the last person on the list,” Murphy said of his first football experience. “I was the 35th player chosen and barely made the team.” 

Prior to his remarkable second season for the Dynamites, Murphy’s uncle, Robert, helped him with his passing technique.  

When Robert learned of Murphy’s position on the Panthers this year, he quickly returned to help his nephew brush up on his quarterback skills. 

In his final game of the season, Murphy threw for 132 yards and ran for another 78 as St. Mary’s defeated Piedmont 20-15 to secure the BSAL title and receive an automatic bid to the regional playoffs. 

Calling it the biggest game he’s ever played in, Murphy fed off the energy of the Piedmont crowd and the atmosphere of playing under the lights on the Highlanders’ new field. Add to that competing against UCLA-bound quarterback Drew Olsen for the BSAL title and you have the ingredients for a monumental game.  

“I’m a clutch player,” Murphy said. “When they told me I had to step up, that’s exactly what I did.” 

The season didn’t begin particularly smoothly. The Panthers started as cold as they finished hot, losing four of their first five games, which Lawson attributed to inexperience. In addition to Murphy, St. Mary’s welcomed seven other newcomers to the offense.  

Despite his quarterback experience in pre-high school and freshman football and his varsity duties as strong safety last year, Murphy said that it took time to adjust to his new role as the St. Mary’s offensive leader. 

“It took a few games to get used to it at the varsity level, but I like the leadership and captain role,” he said. “The change was good.” 

In his final six games of the regular season Murphy threw for more than 900 yards and 11 touchdowns, Lawson said. “It took us the first month of the season to figure out Steve’s strengths,” he added. “He’s able to make great decisions on the run.” 

Characteristically an emotional player, Murphy’s learned to keep his feelings in check on the field and now turns past mistakes into future positives. 

“Steve is extremely competitive,” Lawson said. “In some games early in the season he would get too upset and lose focus. He controls that better now and channels it.” 

In addition to running the offense, Murphy also runs track for St. Mary’s and competes in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay. “I started running track to get ready for football,” he said. 

Murphy’s got another year at St. Mary’s, but when he’s finished he wants to be known as someone who scrambled effectively in the pocket. He said he’s more comfortable when he’s on the move and, at 5-foot-10 he admitted that it’s sometimes difficult to see over his linemen.  

“He does well when he scrambles,” Lawson said. “As he’s scrambling he’s still looking to throw the ball rather than run with it.” 

As for college, Murphy’s hoping a football opportunity presents itself and is looking to attend school on the West Coast. “I’ll go wherever I fit in the best,” he said.


Tipped off, Woman helps fight crime by making public a little safer

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Wednesday November 21, 2001

The lunchtime crowd at the North Berkeley Senior Center is a tough audience for a performer. Dishes clatter, conversations continue, servers move among the tables trying to get food to hungry and sometimes impatient diners. 

Tess Artizada of the Berkeley Police Department is undaunted, though. She performs this gig every-other month, and she has become accustomed to the room.  

Suzanne Ryan, the center’s director, gives her a brief introduction, and Artizada takes the microphone. 

“Hi, I’m Tess Artizada,” she says. “Most of you probably know me. My friend, Woody Brady, and I are here today to talk about some things you can do to stay safe during the holidays....” 

A few faces in the audience turn toward her. Most are still directed at their table-mates or their lunches. The rest are trying to catch the attention of waiters, moving around the room. 

But where a less experienced speaker might blush and start to sweat, Artizada knuckles down and plows through her material. She’s a professional. 

As a civilian – or “non-sworn,” as police tend to say – in the BPD’s Community Services Division, Artizada gives these presentations all the time. She goes to senior centers, schools, community events and festivals, educating citizens on how to prevent or reduce crimes of all sorts.  

Her last speech at the North Berkeley Senior Center was about domestic violence. Next time, she thinks, it will cover identity theft. She’s trying to get one of the BPD detectives to come with her for that one. 

For Tuesday’s presentation, though, she runs through a personal security brochure put out by the state attorney general’s office. 

Artizada goes through the brochure point by point, emphasizing those that  

 

would be of most concern to seniors. She borrows a purse from a woman to illustrate the proper way to carry it when out on the street. 

“Keep it securely front of you,” she says. “If it hangs off to the side, it’s easier to grab.” 

Men, she says, should wear a fanny pack – but it’s important to wear it in the front, not the back. She gestures toward Brady, who lifts his shirt to reveal the proper arrangement. 

When waiting at a bus stop, she says, keep your money ready. 

“So you can hand it right to the thief!” shouts a wag.  

Artizada appreciates the joke, but one gets the sense she has heard it before. 

“Trying to reach out to the community is very challenging,” she says. “It’s hard to get people involved – they usually only get concerned after something happens to them.” 

“We’re trying to get people to be more proactive,” says Brady. “You let your guard down if nothing happens to you for a while.” 

Before this stint with the BPD in April 1996, Artizada lived and worked in Harrisburg, Penn. She worked in hospitals and for a travel agent while pursuing a degree in criminal justice at a local college.  

Before moving to the Community Services Division, she worked as a jailer and then as a crime scene technician. 

Now, part of her job is to visit homes of people who want police advice on how to make their homes more secure. She’ll point out bushes homeowners might want to trim so burglars can’t hide in them and suggest places where they might place motion-triggered lights. 

“Since I have experience in the crime scene unit, I can see how a thief can get in,” she says. 

After Artizada’s presentation is finished, Ryan thanks her and tells the seniors that there is some business to attend to. Should these lunchtime lectures continue? Or would it be better just to have Artizada set up at a table in the hall, as she does on months when she doesn’t give a presentation? Would that be more productive? 

Ryan proposes a vote. Those who want the lunchtime addresses to continue, hands up. 

About 40 arms rise. 

Those who would prefer that they be discontinued? 

Perhaps five votes. 

Artizada, who was busy circulating around the tables, answering questions, misses the results of the vote. When she makes her way back around to Brady, she asks how it went. 

“Aha!” she says.


Why aren’t woman standing up against war in Afghanistan?

Zelda Bronstein
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Editor: 

Last Sunday I attended the forum on women activists past and present held at the Berkeley Art Center in connection with its photo exhibit on the sixties. As your reporter noted, the theme of invisibility ran throughout the panel discussion. In my view, it did not run far enough.  

Moderator Ruth Rosen began by noting the invisibility of women under the Taliban and of impoverished single mothers in the United States. But neither she nor any of the three panelists marked the current invisibility of American women activists themselves.  

Why aren't women massively protesting the post-September 11 militarization of our economy, our politics and our culture, and the plunder of our common life by big business? Where are the voices of women who, like myself, came of political age in the protest movements of the sixties? 

When I raised these points during the question and answer period, panelist Susan Griffin, a contemporary of mine, retorted that “there is a women's movement alive and well in this country” but the media won't cover it. “I have made myself available as a spokesperson,” she said, “but I haven't been invited by any national TV program.” Ditto, she said, for Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan.  

At the Art Center, Griffin, Rosen and many others paid tribute to lifelong Berkeley activist Alice Hamburg, who died last week at the age of 95. Veterans of the sixties – women now only in midlife – ought to be following Hamburg's example.  

Instead of sitting by the phone and fantasizing a vital women's movement, we ought to be calling on women to stand together and resist the tide of greed and repression.  

Why aren't we? 

 

Zelda Bronstein 

Berkeley 


New regionalism movement goes beyond borders

David Scharfenberg Special to the Daily Planet
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Think regionally and act, well, regionally. 

That is the credo of “new regionalism,” a growing movement in academic and public policy circles calling on governments, businesses and activists to reach beyond traditional city and county borders to work together on pressing social, economic and environmental issues. 

The movement was on full display Tuesday, when Nick Bollman, president of the California Center for Regional Leadership – a statewide nonprofit that fosters regional cooperation in the Bay Area and elsewhere – held court at a seminar sponsored by UC Berkeley. 

Bollman, who also serves as the chairman of State Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg’s Commission on Regionalism, spent much of the afternoon discussing a draft report the commission just concluded. “The California Dream: Regional Solutions for 21st Century Challenges” is due for release in January. 

The report calls on the state government to use economic incentives to encourage regional cooperation on a whole host of issues – ranging from affordable housing, to transportation, to economic growth. If the recommendations become law, local governments would receive greater funding for projects if they show that they are coordinating development with other communities in the region.  

Local advocates are enthusiastic about the growth of “new regionalism,” and say that Berkeley’s attention to regional concerns has already paid dividends in the Bay Area. 

Victoria Eisen, principal planner for the Association of Bay Area Governments, cited the city’s decision to build a bridge from Aquatic Park to the Marina, providing greater access to the San Francisco Bay Trail, a half–built hiking and biking path that will encompass all of the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. She says increased access to the trail will cut down on auto traffic and improve quality of life throughout the area.  

But critics of the “new regionalism” doubt whether the movement can work on a broader scale. Peter Gordon, professor in the School of Policy Planning and Development at the University of Southern California, says that regional governments – created through the annexation of one city by another, or the development of a county –based government – have failed. 

“There are no examples that scale is a good thing,” said Gordon. “In fact Brooklynites will tell you that aggregation (into New York City) is what killed Brooklyn, draining all their resources to Manhattan.” 

Other attempts to foster local cooperation, in the Bay Area and elsewhere, have never even gotten off the ground. Michael Tietz, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley in the City and Regional Planning department, says that one major reason is the unwillingness of local governments, and local citizens, to give up power. “The question,” he said, “is will this movement, like the others, founder on the rocks of home rule?” 

Bollman, during the Berkeley seminar, admitted that his movement faces a number of hurdles – from the parochialism of local government, to a multi–million dollar state deficit that may prevent heavy spending on regional initiatives. 

However, Bollman said some regional organizations, like the California Coastal Commission and the Lake Tahoe Conservancy, have proven successful. He also claimed that Speaker Hertzberg supports the movement, suggesting that the state might spur a more regional approach. A spokeswoman in Hertzberg’s office could not confirm his support for the report’s recommendations by the Daily Planet’s deadline. 

Whatever happens at the state level, local proponents of the “new regionalism” are moving full speed ahead. The Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development, a coalition of business, environmental and social justice groups, hosted a series of meetings in recent months, including an Alameda County meeting on September 6th in San Leandro, centered on regional cooperation around economic development and growth. 

Participants, including several officials and activists from Berkeley, gathered in small groups and used computer models to debate the best patterns for future growth in the Bay Area. The alliance will present its findings in early December.  

The group has also targeted a group of 46 downtrodden neighborhoods in the area in need of investment, including West Berkeley. The organization is encouraging banks, insurance companies and corporations to invest in the neighborhoods. 

Andrew Michael, vice president of the Bay Area Council, which participates in the alliance, hopes that the investment will revitalize Berkeley and other urban centers in the region, create affordable housing, and draw skilled workers from the suburbs. This migration, he argues, will boost the regional economy, and cut down on the number of people commuting to Bay Area cities for work. 

Such is the promise of “new regionalism” – a broad–scale movement to address multiple, overlapping issues. Will it work? That may be a question for another Berkeley seminar.


No excuse for terrorist attacks

Carol Denney
Wednesday November 21, 2001

 

Editor: 

The self-appointed “left” in Berkeley seems dedicated to allowing the perpetrators of the September 11 bombings to make the argument that if you’re angry enough about foreign policy, it is understandable somehow that you would undertake to kill thousands of innocent people. They seem to think that people who consider themselves to have a balanced political and moral perspective should be obligated to try to understand those who manage to find a connection between the Koran and mass murder. They culminate with an insistence that the Berkeley City Council is an appropriate place to attempt to codify their watered-down, short-sighted views and take on an unparalleled moment in history while most of us are still in the deepest mourning. 

Every religion seems to me to have a similar combination of benign intention and fantastic ambiguity that any artful scholar can use to justify almost anything. I confess I’ve lost interest in whether or not the excuse for an atrocity in religion’s name is a burning bush, a virgin birth, or an assumption about what clothing might or might not be offensive to whatever god in question. I don’t honestly think imbuing myself with the niceties of Afghan language or culture is going to bring me any closer to making sense of something senseless. 

There is plenty of room in this wide world for the symbolic gesture, so much room for so many soap boxes in so many places that it seems to me there is no need to constantly use the Berkeley City Council chambers as a glorified gong show. The national media whet their lips when the grandstanding and bickering on the Berkeley City Council gets into gear, and the local economy gets the fallout. I hope it is not too politically incorrect to oppose the bombing of Afghanistan, care deeply about the Afghan civilians being killed or injured, but also hope that the local merchants manage to survive the recession we must all face together. 

While the rest of the nation tries its best to find common ground, or commit to some practical act such as giving blood or fund-raising for the victims, we surely can find a way to offer each other opportunities to show compassion to each other rather than create yet more opportunities for utterly artificial division. We are not each other’s enemies, and the recent hostile confrontation over an anti-war resolution looks much less like honest dialogue than like cruel and senseless theater fueled by weapons-grade vitriol and political opportunism. 

September 11 was not dialogue. It was sociopathy. And one can oppose war while recognizing, as some councilmembers do, that the Berkeley City Council has a purview which now and then it should obligate itself to pursue. I pray for all the victims of this tragedy, but also for a town which seems dedicated to perpetually robbing itself and its citizenry of any shred of dignity. 

 

 

Carol Denney 

Berkeley


Cal State Hayward’s enrollment on the rise

Bay City News Service
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Student registration marks all-time high 

 

HAYWARD – California State University at Hayward says the number of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the current fall semester is at its highest level in history. 

According to campus administrators, 13,240 students registered for classes this fall semester, a 4-percent increase from last year. The university also experienced a 10-percent jump in the number of graduate students seeking master’s degrees or teaching credentials, which is also a record. 

Leone Rodriguez, assistant vice president for Institutional Research and Analysis, said a helpful tool for the admissions process has been the Internet, which more than half of the students used to register for classes. In addition, he said the school increased its recruitment efforts in surrounding communities. 

“In addition to our student enrollment being the highest it has ever been, this is the first time since 1991 that the university’s overall enrollment has been over 13,000 students,’’ Rodriguez said. 

Robert Strobel, the university’s assistant vice president for Enrollment Services, said a survey of students found that the most important characteristics for them include the availability and quality of majors, the cost of attendance and receiving personal attention.  

Despite the increase in students, he said, the teacher-student ratio would continue to be 20 to 1. 

University President Norma Rees said: “Our staff has been doing a great job during the past year to bring our excellent faculty and curriculum to the attention of the communities we serve.’’


The principle’s one person one vote, remember?

Jennifer Elrod
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Editor: 

Your front page story about the petition drive by Citizens for Fair Representation (CFR) does not tell the whole story of why this effort was so successful. In reporting on CFR’s press conference, the Daily Planet quoted Councilmember Kriss Worthington as saying “Unless I missed something, I didn’t notice anything that was visionary or progressive in their rhetoric.” Here’s what I say: Yes, Mr. Worthington, you did miss something. The concept you missed is the progressive notion that as citizens of a democracy, it’s one person, one vote. The Framers missed it, too, when they wrote that Blacks counted as three-fifths of a person as they drafted the document that is the cornerstone of our country’s system of government, the U.S. Constitution.  

But the 15th Amendment to the Constitution remedied that terrible injustice and created the rule of one person, one vote. And, it’s been the law since 1870. So, Mr. Worthington, you and the other four members of the Council failed to notice that a lot of citizens of Berkeley (more than 8,000) were not going to sit still for a redistricting plan that subverted this key democratic principle by denying the people in District 8 the right of an equal vote. Your redistricting plan gave the voters of District 8 only two-thirds of a vote per person while providing the rest of the districts with one vote per person, including the five districts which you and the other four councilmembers represent. So, yes, Mr. Worthington, you did miss something, you missed the central point of a democracy ... all citizen-voters are entitled to one person, one vote. And, we voters in Berkeley aren’t going to allow a redistricting plan that denies anyone the right of one person, one vote ... no matter which district we live in.  

 

Jennifer Elrod 

Berkeley


Conservancy to buy Delta island

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

SACRAMENTO — The Nature Conservancy will use $35 million in state grants to purchase and improve a large wildlife sanctuary in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it was announced Tuesday. 

The Conservancy is purchasing 9,200-acre Staten Island, one of the state’s largest havens for sandhill cranes, with Cal-Fed Bay-Delta Program grants. 

The Conservancy will manage the island as a wildlife-friendly farming operation that will serve as a preserve for a variety of waterfowl, according to an announcement by Gov. Gray Davis. 

Davis said the deal will allow farming and wildlife to coexist, as well as providing flood protection. 

The grants from two state water bonds. Cal-Fed is a state-federal program to restore the Delta and improve the state’s water supply. 


Students near bottom in science test

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

SACRAMENTO — The scores of California students were among the worst in the country in a national science exam given last year to fourth and eighth graders, state officials said Tuesday. 

State school Superintendent Delaine Eastin said the results of the 2000 National Assessment of Education Progress “reflect the reality that in California” that science classes have not been taught regularly in many school districts. 

“We are short of teachers, labs and a real sense of urgency about science,” despite the fact the state is the home of the Silicon Valley computer industry, Eastin said. 

California eighth graders who took the test had an average score of 132, down from 138 in 1996, the last time the test was given. Nationally the average score increased from 149 to 150 in the same period. 

The average score for California fourth graders was 131 compared to a national average of 148. Fourth graders were not tested in 1996. 

California had the lowest average score among fourth graders and was tied with Hawaii for lowest average score among eighth graders. 

Twelfth graders also took the exam but their scores were not broken down by states. 

Scores can range from zero to 300. 

Forty-one states took part in the voluntary exam. 

Eastin suggested that California scores will begin to improve in 2003, when state tests for elementary and middle school students will begin to include science questions. Currently the state testing program does not include a science component until the ninth grade. 

“As I have always said, ‘What gets measured is what gets done,”’ Eastin said. 

The state Board of Education will rework plans for science curriculums early next year. Eastin said that will be a “critical component” to make the state’s science standards are taught. 

Hilary McLean, a spokeswoman for Gov. Gray Davis, said the national tests were given early in 2000 and did not reflect improved training for teachers and administrators adopted since then. 

“We’ve turned a corner since” then, she said. 

Schools that took part in the exam were selected to try to get a representative sample, state officials said. But they questioned whether the relatively small number of California fourth and eighth graders who took the exam — 3,300 — accurately reflected student achievement. 

California, they said, also has the highest percentage of students still learning to speak English, which could have held down the state’s scores. 


Police Blotter

– Hank Sims
Wednesday November 21, 2001


Taqueria Cancun patrons robbed 

 

Four people were threatened and robbed after dining at a popular downtown eatery Sunday, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris of the Berkeley Police Department. 

Three juveniles and an adult had finished eating at Taqueria Cancun, 2134 Allston Way, at around 8 p.m. They were just getting into their car to drive home when a man approached the driver’s window. The man said that he had a gun, and he demanded their money. The four victims gave him their money. The suspect then demanded their wallets as well. One of the victims gave the suspect his wallet, whereupon the suspect fled the scene. 

The four victims decided to follow the suspect after calling the police. Arriving on the scene, an officer spoke to a witness who had seen a man running down another street. 

The tip led to the arrest of a 23-year old Richmond man, who was identified as the suspect by all four victims. The man was taken into custody. 

According to Lt. Harris, it is not known whether the suspect is linked to a similar crime that took place in the same neighborhood on Thursday. A couple was robbed just as they were getting into their car on Oxford Street, between Kittredge Street and Allston Way. The suspect in that case also asked for the victims’ wallets, and also said that he had – but did not brandish – a gun. 

 

 

 


Man assaulted after eating free breakfast 

 

A man was assaulted with a blunt metal object, presumably after eating at a free-breakfast program on College Avenue Saturday, according to Lt. Harris. 

The victim told police that after finishing his breakfast at 8:30 a.m., the suspect, whom he knew, approached him and began beating him over the head with a length of metal pipe or a flashlight. The suspect said nothing to the victim. 

The victim, who declined treatment, told the police that he only knew the suspect’s “street name.” The police were able to use that information to find the true identity of the suspect, who was arrested and taken into custody some time Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to Harris. 

– Hank Sims


Jury convicts man in slaying of teen

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

SANTA BARBARA — A jury found a 22-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday for the killing of a 15-year-old boy who was kidnapped in Los Angeles and shot because of his half brother’s unpaid drug debt. 

Ryan Hoyt, one of a group of young men facing charges in the Aug. 8, 2000, slaying of Nicholas Markowitz, was convicted after little more than a day’s deliberation by the jury. 

Hoyt sat, barely moving, as the verdict was read. Markowitz’s mother, Susan Markowitz, clutched a leather jacket that had belonged to her only son. 

The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Monday. Hoyt faces the death penalty or life without parole. 

The probe of the abduction and murder revealed bizarre circumstances and led to an FBI manhunt for alleged ringleader Jesse James Hollywood, who remains a fugitive. 

According to prosecutors, Markowitz was abducted off a San Fernando Valley street on Aug. 6, 2000. He then spent two days partying with his captors in Santa Barbara, drinking, smoking pot, meeting girls and swimming in a hotel pool. 

Apparently convinced he was in no danger, he never tried to get away, and even told one girl his abduction would be a story to tell. No one who saw him called police. 

Prosecutors say Hollywood decided to get rid of the boy after he checked with his attorney and found out that the penalty for aggravated kidnapping was life in prison. 

Hoyt was ordered to carry out the killing to pay off his own $1,200 drug debt, according to prosecutors. Markowitz was marched into Los Padres National Forest, shot nine times and buried. His body was found four days later. 

During the trial, jurors saw a videotape in which Hoyt confessed to investigators he killed Markowitz. During the trial, Hoyt said he had lied during the interview because he wanted to protect the other people involved. 

Three other defendants, Jesse Rugge of Santa Barbara, William Skidmore of Simi Valley and Graham Pressley of Goleta, await trial. All have pleaded innocent. 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen said he would seek to try Pressley and Rugge together, perhaps as early as February. The cases would be heard in the same courtroom, but with separate juries. 

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department has been holding an inquiry into a complaint that two officers failed to investigate the kidnapping properly. 

The officers were operating on information from dispatchers who coded information from 911 calls as an assault, but not as a kidnapping. The officers testified Monday that a witness told them the victim had escaped and they concluded the incident had been a fistfight among teen-agers. The officers, however, missed a second radio call and misidentified a street. The dispatchers were disciplined with three-day suspensions. 


‘Critical’ areas of airport lose private security

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

OAKLAND — The Oakland International Airport’s troubled security system is getting an overhaul. 

The Port of Oakland approved a plan Tuesday to increase the presence of law enforcement and decrease the role of a private security firm. 

Under the plan, guards from ABC Security will be removed from all security posts considered “critical.” They will only patrol areas outside the terminal, such as parking lots and the roads in front of the terminals. 

Oakland police will handle critical areas inside the terminals, such as security checkpoints. Alameda County Sheriff’s personnel will staff critical points outside the terminals, including vehicle gates to access the airfield. 

ABC Security has come under criticism for security lapses that included more than 30 instances of guards sleeping or abandoning their posts in late September. 

The added security will cost almost $7 million, according to Steve Grossman, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland, which oversees the airport.


1,000 pounds of turkey, ham intended for the needy stolen

SThe Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

SAN MATEO — Just in time for Thanksgiving, some 1,000 pounds of frozen turkeys and ham were stolen from a local community services agency that was preparing to distribute the food to needy families. 

“It’s a pretty low-down thing,” said Lt. Bill Curley of the San Mateo Police Department, which is investigating the theft from a freezer at Samaritan House. 

The 19 cases of frozen meats were worth about $1,000 and would have helped feed 500 families, according to Jonah Gensler, Samaritan House associate director. The meat was to be featured in holiday food gift baskets given to 1,200 low-income clients in San Mateo County. 

“One turkey that a child brought to us meant so much to that child, and now it can’t go directly to the family she wanted to help because somebody committed this atrocity,” Gensler said. 

Food donations already were down 20 percent this year, according to Gensler, who expects community supporters to buy replacements for the stolen meats. 

The theft occurred overnight Sunday when a thief or thieves pried open a freezer door at the back of the agency’s lot.


March trial date set for Oakland police defendants

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

OAKLAND — Three former Oakland police officers accused of beating suspects and planting evidence will face a March trial, a judge decided Tuesday. 

Chuck Mabanag, Jude Siapno and Matthew Hornung have pleaded innocent to more than 60 felony and misdemeanor counts ranging from kidnapping to falsifying reports. They allegedly were part of a police crew that called itself “The Riders” and reportedly abused west Oakland residents during the summer of 2000. 

Siapno’s attorney, Bill Rapoport, said defense lawyers also will seek a change of venue at a February hearing. 

The department has insisted that the trio of officers — as well as Frank Vazquez the alleged ring leader who is now a fugitive — were renegades. 


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Wednesday November 21, 2001

 


Mayor denies role abuse charges 

 

SAN JOSE — Mountain View Mayor Mario Ambra has pleaded innocent to charges he abused his role as an election official by pressuring city employees to deny two development applications. 

Ambra, who has served on the City Council for five years and as mayor since January, was charged earlier this month after his case was brought before a civil grand jury. He entered his plea Monday. 

He is accused of pressuring employees to deny the applications for land adjacent to property he owns so that he could buy and develop the property himself. He also allegedly urged other city officials to step up code enforcement against another adjacent property in an effort to get the property owner to sell. 

If found guilty, Ambra would be forced to leave the City Council under a rarely used legal provision known as a “grand jury accusation,” but would serve no jail time. 

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. 

 

 


Historian beat by son 

 

PALO ALTO — The president of the Palo Alto Historical Association was critically injured after her son allegedly beat her when she scolded him for washing an iron skillet with soap. 

Peter Winn Clarkson, 38, was booked on a charge of attempted homicide, police said. 

Susan Bright Winn, 61, was being treated in the intensive care unit of Stanford Medical Center for facial fractures and a throat injury, officials said. She will need extensive reconstructive surgery, police said. 

When Clarkson called 911 on Monday morning he said he was “mental” and had just attacked his mother with his fists during an argument. Clarkson asked that police come get him and that both he and his mother “needed help,” according to police accounts. 

Dan Clarkson, Winn’s other son, said that a year ago his mother took in Peter, who has battled mental problems for years. 

Clarkson was arrested without a struggle and taken to Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose. No bail had been set or arraignment scheduled as of late Monday. 

 

 

 


Stag leaps into FAY’s vineyard 

 

NAPA — Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has purchased the remaining 77 acres owned by the late Nathan Fay, which adjoin the FAY Vineyard. The winery has owned the original FAY Vineyard since 1986. 

Fay purchased and planted the FAY Vineyard in 1961, when there were less than 700 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon in the state of California. 

In 1969, Warren Winiarski, owner and founder of Stag’s Leap, tasted Fay’s 1968 Cabernet and decided that was the area he would use to produce Cabernet. He planted his first vines on the former orchards just north of Napa in 1970, and the Winiarski family purchased Fay’s original vineyard in 1986. 


Assisted suicide law reprieved in Oregon

By William McCall, The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge on Tuesday extended a court order that has temporarily blocked a move by the U.S. government to dismantle an Oregon law allowing physician-assisted suicide, the only one of its kind in the nation. 

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones gave the state of Oregon and the U.S. Justice Department up to five months to prepare their arguments. 

The state of Oregon has asked Jones to permanently block a Nov. 6 order by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft that effectively blocked the physician-assisted suicide law by prohibiting doctors from prescribing lethal doses of federally controlled drugs to terminally ill patients. 

Jones on Tuesday extended a Nov. 8 temporary restraining order that has prevented the federal government from taking action against doctors who help patients commit suicide under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law. 

Jones emphasized that the Oregon law remains in effect pending his final ruling. 

Under Jones’ schedule for hearing arguments in the case, he will issue a ruling on Ashcroft’s order within five months. 

Jones stressed that his order “nullifies giving any legal effect to the directive issued by John Ashcroft” — in other words, doctors should have not fear of legal repercussions if they prescribe the lethal doses to terminally ill patients. 

During a four-hour court hearing, the Justice Department repeated its arguments that Oregon does not have the right to be an exception to drug laws. 

But Steve Bushong, an Oregon assistant attorney general, argued that Ashcroft’s order exceeded powers given to him by Congress. 

In his Nov. 6 directive, Ashcroft said “prescribing, dispensing, or administering federally controlled substances to assist suicide violates the CSA,” the Controlled Substances Act, passed by Congress in 1970 as part of the nation’s war on drug use. 

Bushong argued that by applying the CSA to physicians who help terminally ill patients hasten their deaths, Ashcroft was interpreting the CSA in a way that was not intended by Congress. 

“The congressional will expressed in the Controlled Substances Act has been violated by the action taken by the agency here,” said Bushong, referring to the U.S. Justice Department. 

Many Oregon doctors have been reluctant to assist with suicides because of Ashcroft’s order, said Brad Wright, who is with Compassion in Dying, a group that supports physician-assisted suicide. 

Advocates of Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law contend that Ashcroft’s order, if allowed to stand, will prompt doctors nationwide to cut back on the amount of federally controlled pain medication they provide terminally ill patients out of fear their licenses to issue those drugs could be revoked. 

Supporters of Oregon’s law have vowed to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. 

At least 70 people have used the law since it took effect, according to the state’s Health Services office. All have done so with a federally controlled drug. 

Included in the documents filed in court are statements by four terminally ill patients who are pleading that people like themselves be permitted to end their suffering on their own terms. The four have joined the state of Oregon in the lawsuit against Ashcroft. 

One plaintiff, 68-year-old Karl Stansell, has terminal throat cancer. He’s received chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and is being fed through a feeding tube. His doctors have told him he has less than six months to live as the cancer spreads through his body. 

“Eventually I will be unable to swallow anything and will die in agony,” Stansell said. 

Under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law, doctors may provide — but not administer — a lethal prescription to terminally ill adult state residents. It requires that two doctors agree the patient has less than six months to live, has voluntarily chosen to die and is capable of making health care decisions. 

The measure was approved by voters in 1994, survived legal challenges, and was re-approved in a 1997 referendum by a wide margin. 

Ashcroft’s order reversed a 1998 order by his predecessor, Janet Reno. The state accused him of stripping Oregon’s right to govern the practice of medicine. 


All’s quiet...in three historic desert mining towns

By David Ferrell, Los Angeles Times
Wednesday November 21, 2001

RANDSBURG — Three old gold mining towns still stand in the dry hills south of Ridgecrest, but you can’t buy a restaurant dinner in any of them. The only gas station shut down years ago. The bank closed after World War I. There are no supermarkets or clothing stores, no movie theaters, no traffic lights. 

The population of Randsburg, Johannesburg and Red Mountain — adjoining dots along U.S. 395 near Ridgecrest — has dwindled to 400 people, a flinty group of retirees, miners and shopkeepers. They answer to names such as “Cactus Pete,” “Wolf” and “Indian Vic” and live in disjointed rows of old mining shacks, weatherworn plank houses with corrugated tin roofs and dirt sidewalks. 

One of California’s few surviving gold mines yielded 100,000 ounces here last year, leached from the ore of the fabled Yellow Aster deposit, but otherwise not much happened. 

During the week, when many of the shops are locked, regulars wander into the general store for coffee, tri-tip beef tacos, barbecue sandwiches and sundries such as pancake mix, cans of tuna or stew, and toilet paper. 

“That’s the main thing in town,” says 59-year-old Gene Curry, who is opening his own store a few doors down. “I’ve been going there since 1961 — since I first came up here.” 

Curry, a cigar-smoking former truck driver and movie production grip, rented a vacant shop and is about to open the Hole in the Wall Mercantile, a Western boutique with a cow skull hanging over the door. He belongs to a number of Wild West groups, including the Lone Pine Gang, Red Rock Canyon Gang and Mojave Mule Skinners, and hopes to spur more tourism by staging re-enacted shootouts. 

J. Bart Parker, the local historian, is likewise no fan of crowds and noise. He dealt with that for three years, living in Salinas. “That was enough for me,” he says. Parker prefers the mining district’s wide-open spaces. “I don’t have to listen to the sirens and stuff all the time,” he says. “And the people are friendly. I know my neighbors here.” 

The quiet is immense — enough to hear distant bird chirps on the wind. When a vending machine clicks on, the hum becomes intrusive. At the empty edges of town, the silence is so deep it becomes hard to imagine the activity that once filled the hilly streets. 

Several thousand people convened on the region after the discovery of gold in 1895. Two of the boomtowns, Randsburg and Johannesburg, were christened after the great mother-lode region of South Africa: the Rand mining district and the city of Johannesburg. Red Mountain took its name from a dusky, muscular peak that rises alongside U.S. 395. The Yellow Aster vein was mined until World War II, then abandoned for 40 years. The Glamis Rand Mining Co. reopened the site in 1986 and now employs about 80 people to extract and process low-grade ore. It is not — and will never be — enough to support the depressed economy. 

Many of the historic homes sit empty. Garage-size fixer-uppers have sold for $5,000; larger places go for $20,000 to $40,000. “You could probably buy a mansion for $50,000,” says Dana Lyons of Coldwell Banker in Ridgecrest, 22 miles away, “if there was one out there.” 

It could get worse. At current gold prices, the mine is due to close in a year or so. Ore processing will end several years after that. 

The fate of the area will rest almost wholly on tourism. Brenda Ingram, owner of the five-unit Cottage Hotel, Randsburg’s only inn, isn’t overly worried. The district has survived before without the mine. There is a visitors center at Jawbone Canyon. Photographers show up to film movies, commercials and music videos. 

Tommy Keep, a location scout, found the area 13 years ago for a jeans commercial. He met his future wife, Jennifer, on the shoot. They kept coming back. Jennifer eventually took a job at the mine. Their daughter, Holly, attends the one-room Rand School along with seven other students in kindergarten through third grade. 

Sipping coffee at the general store, Keep idly thumbs through the paper. He likes it fine here — loves it, actually. But he’d rather give you the standard one-liner, how he got stuck out here in the middle of nowhere. “We came up to shoot a Levis commercial,” he says, “and I haven’t saved up the bus fare out.” 

 

 


Euros miffed that new CD won’t play on all machines

By Ron Harris, The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

Call it the Imbruglia Imbroglio. 

The latest CD from Natalie Imbruglia, the coquettish Australian pop star, won’t play in some CD and DVD players because of copy protection technology included on the disc. 

That has prompted a spate of complaints to Imbruglia’s record label, Bertelsmann Music Group, which has set up a toll-free phone hotline to deal with the fallout over the CD “White Lilies Island,” released Nov. 5 in Europe. 

The album has not yet been released in the United States. 

“We always are concerned if something is not playable on a CD player,” said BMG spokeswoman Regine Hofmann, who said the company has received complaints from about one customer for every 1,000 CDs shipped. Hofmann would not give a number of total Imbruglia CDs shipped. 

The blemish on the Imbruglia CD rollout would not detour BMG from pursuing copy protection technologies for future CDs, Hofmann said, though the company considers the protected CDs still a “test.” 

“The testing phase is proceeding in a way that we want to pursue it,” Hofmann said. 

Imbruglia’s CD contains technology called Cactus Data Shield, developed by Tel Aviv-based Midbar Tech Ltd. 

Midbar’s CD copy protection also was included on 10,000 CDs Sony released in the Czech Republic and Slovakia late last year. There are several variations of the company’s copy protection, including versions that permit tracks from a CD to be copied to a computer for listening but not moved to another PC or shared online. 

Some people who purchased the Imbruglia CD complained the disc would not play in their PCs or Sony PlayStation 2 consoles, Hofmann said. 

Others voiced their complaints on Imbruglia’s official Web site. One person said the CD prevented him from playing the disc on his computer running the Linux operating system. 

Another person posted a message indicating that the CD would not work in some older stereo systems and does not function in DVD players with audio CD capabilities. 

But some argued that the ability to turn Imbruglia’s tracks into MP3 files is a privilege, not a right. 

“In NO way is someone robbing you because they choose to protect their music, they are preventing you from robbing THEM!,” posted Scott Wyatt on Imbruglia’s Web site. 

Universal, Warner, EMI, BMG and Sony all are exploring technologies that will limit the digital duplication of CDs. 

A California woman sued a record company and technology firm in September over a similar copy protected CD issue. Karen DeLise was upset after she found out her new Charley Pride CD contained a copy protection scheme from SunnComm Inc. that prevented the CD from being played in her PC. 

DeLise is not seeking any monetary damages — merely a better disclosure of what the CD will and won’t do on the packaging label, her attorney explained. 

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On the Net: 

Natalie Imbruglia’s official site, http://www.natalie-imbruglia.co.uk 

Midbar tech Ltd., http://www.midbartech.com 

BMG, http://www.click2music.com/bmg.com/ 


Grid to stop giving key data to power buyers

By Jennifer Coleman, The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

SACRAMENTO — California power grid operators must stop giving the state’s energy traders advance notice of its electricity needs, unless it provides that information to all market participants, federal energy regulators ordered Tuesday. 

Two energy producers, Mirant Inc. and Reliant Energy, had complained that grid operators were giving the state’s energy traders preferential treatment by allowing them access to market-sensitive information. 

The Independent System Operator, which manages much of California’s electricity grid, has been giving power traders for the Department of Water Resources information unavailable to other ISO customers. That includes the amount of power the ISO expected to buy in the next hour and hourly bid price and volume information. 

Reliant spokesman Richard Wheatley said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upheld the energy companies’ complaints, reinforcing that “preferential treatment of certain market participants are not allowed.” 

FERC denied the energy companies’ request for an investigation of ISO’s relationship with the state energy traders. But the commission ordered the ISO to give the additional information to all market participants or to none, but it cannot release the data to only DWR. 

ISO officials would comply with the order, but hadn’t decided whether to make that information public or to keep it under wraps, said ISO spokeswoman Stephanie McCorkle. 

In January, the DWR stepped in to buy power for customers of three financially strapped utilities. Grid managers are required by federal law to sell to a “creditworthy” buyer and could no longer sell to Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., and Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which were on the brink of bankruptcy due to months of high wholesale costs. 

Mirant spokesman Patrick Dorinson said the company was “pleased that FERC has clearly stated that DWR is a market participant and must follow the rules as we’re all required to. In order to ensure a properly functioning market, we all have to be treated fairly.” 

DWR spokesman Oscar Hidalgo said the department hadn’t seen the FERC order and couldn’t comment on the details. 

But he cautioned that allowing generators to know the amount of power needed to keep the lights on in the next hour could give them an advantage in the market. 

“The market rules seem to benefit the seller,” Hidalgo said. “I’m sure the rules didn’t anticipate having a public agency as a participant. There was certainly no anticipation for a utility going under.” 

In a related matter, the commissioners ordered that ISO was to bill DWR using the same format as it bills other customers. FERC rules prevent the grid manager from providing detailed bills because they would reveal proprietary pricing information. 

But the state has said it won’t pay the bills unless they specify which energy company provided the power, and at what price. 

Earlier this month, FERC ordered the ISO to bill DWR for $1.2 billion in past due energy costs. The ISO expected that invoice to be sent to DWR Tuesday.


Nonprofit provides gift of mobility

By John Geluardi, Daily Planet staff
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Global provider of wheelchairs to disabled launches prototype in town 

 

The Wheelchair Foundation chose Berkeley as the city to launch a prototype campaign that has set the “obtainable goal” of providing the gift of mobility to the 100 million disabled people worldwide who need wheelchairs.  

In an attempt to reach that goal, the Danville-based nonprofit foundation announced a one-week drive to collect broken down or unused wheelchairs or accept donations for new ones. The drive begins Nov. 25 and ends Dec. 2. If the Berkeley donation drive is successful, it will be used as a model to launch a national campaign. 

“People get very excited about this program because for a relatively small amount of money you can have a profound and lasting impact on a person’s life,” said Fred Gerhard, the distribution manager for the Wheelchair Foundation, which has an office on Center Street near Oxford Street. “The results are very tangible, you literally transform a person’s life in a second.” 

Since the nonprofit’s inception 18 months ago, Gerhart has already distributed 33,500 wheelchairs to disabled people in 80 countries. He added that it was entirely possible to provide new or used wheelchairs to the estimated 100 million people worldwide who could never afford one. 

“It’s not like other problems, such as cancer, where millions have been spent, but there is still no cure in sight,” Gerhard said. “This is a finite problem and an obtainable goal. All it takes is money.” 

The foundation is currently matching each donation of $75 so that a new, $150 wheelchair can be delivered to a disabled person in the many countries the program serves. In addition, the foundation picks up all the shipping and administrative costs so every cent of a $75 donation goes directly to the purchase of a wheelchair.  

Broken-down or unused wheelchairs are sent to be refurbished in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.  

“There are thousands of people in this country who have very expensive wheelchairs sitting in their garages or attics,” Gerhard said. “With just a little care, new ball bearings, a little oil and reupholstering, they can become a gift from heaven.” 

The Wheelchair Foundation was founded by developer and philanthropist Kenneth Behring. Behring was inspired to found the nonprofit during a 1999 trip to Eastern Europe and Africa where he personally delivered shipments of wheelchairs. Behring saw first hand how the wheelchairs transformed people’s lives and was inspired to create the Wheelchair Foundation with a personal donation of $15 million. 

The goal of the foundation is to help people who have completely lost or partially lost the use of their legs in economically depressed and war-torn countries. According to Gerhard, in some of these countries the average monthly family income is less that $200, which makes ownership of a wheelchair impossible. 

Without wheelchairs, those who don’t have use of their legs can spend their lives entirely dependent on relatives to carry them around. Others do the best they can with broken-down skate boards or by attaching wooden blocks to their knees so they can drag or vault themselves forward on their hands.  

“Others are just completely forgotten about,” Gerhard said. 

During a lunch meeting on Monday, several organizers passed around photos from an October trip to China during which 720 wheelchairs were distributed. The passion they bring to their work was apparent as they exchanged stories about the people who have had their lives changed by the program. 

“Here’s a picture of woman in her 70s who lost one of her legs in an a 1976 earthquake in Tang Shan, China.” said Niloofar Nouri, President of the Persian Center. “This is the first wheelchair she has owned in all that time.” 

One of the reasons Berkeley was chosen to launch the wheelchair drive is because of the successful money-raising efforts of local developer Soheyl Modarressi, president of the Oxford Development Group. 

After returning from a trip to his native Iran during which he visited a hospital with 700 patients and only two wheelchairs, Modarressi was inspired to raise money to combat the problem. He partnered with Niloofar Nouri president of the Persian Center last April to raise funds and soon found out about the Wheelchair Foundation. 

The owner of the Santa Fe Bar and Grill, Ahmad Behjati, agreed to donate the use of his restaurant and a three-course meal and Modarressi and Nouri organized a benefit of 150 people during which they raised $75,000. The Wheelchair Foundation matched those funds and as a result 500 new wheelchairs were shipped to Iran last Saturday. Another 500 will be shipped in 2002. 

“The response of the people Berkeley was incredible,” Modarressi said. “Businesses and people of all walks of life wanted to donate money. That’s what I love about Berkeley.” 

Modarressi and the Persian Center have set a goal of shipping another 2,400 wheelchairs by the end of next year. Their next campaign will provide wheelchairs for Afghanistan, which has been ravaged by war, not only today, but for the last 20 years. According to Gerhard, there is one land mine for every 291 people in the impoverished country. 

Wheelchair Foundation Ambassador Sharman Reecher said the foundation is especially seeking donations from corporations and organizations. 

“Where else can you buy holiday gifts that really help people, make you feel good and are completely tax deductible?” she said.  

Gerhard, who has traveled to over 25 countries in the last 18 months said that despite the demanding schedule he still thinks this is one of the most exciting projects he’s been involved with.  

“I have the best job in the world,” he said, “I get to fly around the world and give wheelchairs to people who need them.” 

For more information about the wheelchair drive or the addresses of the four Starbucks that will be accepting donations call (925) 736-8234. Corporations or organizations that are interested in finding out more about the program can call (925) 275-2170. Or go to www.wheelchairfoundation.org.


Out & About Calendar

– Compiled by Guy Poole
Tuesday November 20, 2001


Tuesday, Nov. 20

 

The Small Schools Community Action Committee  

7 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley High School 

Parent Resource Center, Room H105 

Please enter from Martin Luther King Way. The committee is meeting to plan the Community Action to demonstrate community support for transforming Berkeley High School into new, autonomous, small school. http://berkeleysmallschools.org. 

 

Breakfast with Rev. Sirirat Pusurinkham 

7:30 - 9 a.m. 

St. John’s Presbyterian Church 

2727 College Ave. 

Pastor of the Church of Christ in Thailand, a leader in the struggle for economic justice for indigenous minorities, campaigner against international child prostitution. Free. Food service begins at 7:15 a.m. 845-6830 

 

California Politics Seminar 

noon 

UC Berkeley 

119 Moses Hall 

Nick Bollman, California Center for Regional Leadership, will talk about “California’s New Regionalism.” 642-4608 www.igs.berkeley.edu 

 

Berkeley Farmers’ Market 

2-7 p.m. 

Derby Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street 

548-3333 

 

Berkeley Camera Club 

7:30 p.m. 

Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda 

Share your slides and prints with other photographers. Critiques by qualified judges. Monthly field trips. 

531-8664 

 

Experimental Mid-life  

Workshop 

7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut St. 

Miriam Chaya presents the second of three workshops rooted in modern psychology and Jewish traditional sources designed to provide participants with the skills and tools necessary to meet the challenges they will face in the second half of their lives. $35, $25 members. 848-0237 ext. 127 

 

Holiday Crime Prevention 

11:15 a.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Members of the Berkeley Police Department will discuss prevention methods . 644-6107 

 

Holistic Health 

1:15 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Elizabeth Forrest discusses Creative Aging in the first of two Holiday Holistic Health talks. 644-6107 

 

Fibromyalgia Support Group 

12 - 2 p.m. 

Alta Bates Medical Center 

2001 Dwight Way 

Monica Nowakowski lectures on holiday stress reduction. 601-0550. 

 


Wednesday, Nov. 21

 

Prose Writers’ Workshop 

7 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center Library 

1414 Walnut St.  

From Op-ed to fiction, memoir to the feature article - a community 

writers' group to support and encourage a community of interests. Workshop format. Free. 524-3034 

 

Toddler Storytime 

7 p.m. 

West Berkeley Library 

1125 University Ave 

For families with children three years or younger, a program to expose the youngest readers to multicultural stories, songs and finger plays. 

Every Wednesday through Nov 28. 

 

Reception for South African Sangoma 

8 - 10 p.m. 

Finn Hall 

1819 10th St. 

Musical reception for Dr. Shado Dludlu, traditional Sangoma healer from South Africa. $25 - $ 35. 848-5792, www.kaliworks.com 

 

Stories of Your Amazing Body 

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Hall of Health 

2230 Shattuck Ave.  

For children aged three to ten years old, escape to the magical realm of health, fun, and excitement of this ongoing storytelling series. 549-1564  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UC should conduct ecologically-based research

By Josh Miner
Tuesday November 20, 2001

I was happy to see Hank Sims’ article on the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources’ (CNR) proposal for developing the Gill Tract. Located on San Pablo in northwest Albany, the Gill Tract is the largest intact piece of agricultural land left in the Bay Area. The politics surrounding the CNR’s approach to agricultural research helps to understand their lack of interest in keeping the Gill Tract as a resource for conducting ecologically-based research. 

When the College of Natural Resources reorganized its departments a decade ago, the Division of Biological Control faculty, which was housed at the Gill Tract and engaged in ecologically-based and non-chemical approaches to agricultural pest control, became a small division in the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM). At the same time, most agriculture research shifted to the newly founded department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB), with a strong focus on technological and genomic research -- especially the rapidly growing field of agricultural biotechnology. 

This basically separated agricultural research at UC Berkeley, folding the ecologically-based faculty into the entomology division in ESPM, while the plant genomics faculty became a significant part of another department. Soon after, the College was offered $50 million for an exclusive partnership with Novartis, one of the largest agricultural biology corporations in the world. In exchange for a cash infusion to fund plant genomic and agricultural biotechnology research, Novartis would be given proprietary ownership of all research conducted under the deal. Novartis would get exclusive access to the CNR brain trust, and CNR would get desperately needed funding. Faculty members even had to sign agreements not to publish their results without prior consent from Novartis.  

Regardless of what we think about the way private-sector research is conducted, it seems obvious that because profitability and public interest often don’t mesh, we need research that occurs outside the private sector, to assess potential benefits and problems associated with the application of such research. This is especially true for fields with high potential for impacts on human health and the environment – pharmaceutics, chemicals, and agriculture.  

UC Berkeley could fill this role perfectly by engaging in all manner of research, not emphasizing one field or approach over another. If Novartis wants to find and patent a gene that makes the business of growing corn more profitable, fine (or not, depending on your perspective). Institutions like UC Berkeley should focus on whether such applications are safe and/or necessary, not act as the R&D division of a corporation. In this context, research might focus on whether pest damage is better controlled with biodiversity or genetic manipulation. Research that has such obvious and far-reaching potential impacts – on ourselves and the planet – must be carried out in the public interest somewhere.  

This is why the Bay Area Coalition for Urban Agriculture wanted CNR to create a center for urban agriculture and sustainable food systems research at the Gill Tract. This would have begun to balance inequities between plant genomic and ecological agricultural research at UC Berkeley. It is sad to see the College of Natural Resources throw away the opportunity to devote a unique piece of land to alternative agricultural research, and thus abdicating its responsibility to the public. At the same time, PMB is flourishing, with a research focus that coincides perfectly with the interests of agribusiness.  

It looks like the Gill Tract will be used to house students and provide a shopping venue. We can still ask where is the research into urban food production, tailored to local microclimates and using of rooftops, greenhouses, and rainwater? Or into the relationship between social inequity and food insecurity? One thing is for sure -- it’s not going on in the College of Natural Resources. 

 

Josh Miner has worked as an organizer for the Bay Area Coalition for Urban Agriculture and now coordinates Farm Fresh Choice, a combined community food security and sustainable agriculture project in West and South Berkeley. He is also an entering graduate student in the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management within the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.  


Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Staff
Tuesday November 20, 2001

 

924 Gilman St. Nov. 23: The Stitches, Starvations, Neon King Kong, Kill Devil Hills, Problem; Nov. 24: Tilt, Missing Link, Cry Baby Cry; Nov. 30: Shitlist, Atrocious Madness, Fuerza X, Catheter, S Bitch, Delta Force; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 

 

The Albatross Pub Nov. 21: Whiskey Brothers (Old Time & Bluegrass); Nov. 22: Keni “El Lebrijano” Flamenco Guitar; Nov. 24: Tipsy House Irish Band. All shows start at 9 p.m., 1822 San Pablo Ave. 843-2473 

 

Anna’s Nov. 20: Jimmy Ryan Jazz Quartet; Nov. 21: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 23: Sally Hanna-Rhine and David Tapham; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; Nov. 24: Carl Garrett Jazz Quartet; Nov. 25: Acoustic Soul; Nov. 26: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 27: Jason Martineau and David Sayen; Nov. 28: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 29: Ed Reed and Alex Markels Jazz Group; Nov. 30: Ann sings jazz standards; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; All shows 8 p.m. unless noted. Free. 1901 University Ave., 849-2662 

 

Ashkenaz Nov. 20: 8 p.m., Tamazgha, $8; Nov. 21: 8 p.m., Tom Rigney & Flambeau, $8; Nov. 22: 6 - 9 p.m., Annual Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Feast, Free; 10 p.m., Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 23: 9 p.m., Ras Michael and Sons of Negus with DJ Tony Moses, $10; Nov. 24: 9:30 p.m., Lavay Smith And Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, $11; Nov. 25: 9 p.m., The King of Calypso Mighty Sparrow, $15; Nov. 26: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 27: 8 p.m., Creole Belles, $8; Nov. 28: 8 p.m., Bluegrass Intentions, Stairwell Sisters, Clogging with Evie Ladin, $10; Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Grateful Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums w/ Ms. Carmen Getit; 1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054 www.ashkenaz.com 

 

Blake’s Nov. 20: Mr. Q, View From Here, $3; Nov. 21: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 22: Ascension, $5; Nov. 23: Solemite, TBA, $5; Nov. 24: Dank Man Shank, Locale AM, $5; Nov. 25: Out of The Ashes, Wonderland Ave., $3; Nov. 26: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 27: PC Munoz and the Amen Corner, Froggy, $3; Nov. 28: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 29: Ascension, $5; Nov. 30: Felonious, TBA, $6; All shows 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave. 848-0886 

 

Cal Performances Nov. 29: Les Arts Florissants, $24 - $46; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way at Telegraph. 642-0212 tickets@calperfs.berkeley. edu 

 

Eli’s Mile High Club Every Friday, 10 p.m. Funky Fridays Conscious Dance Party with KPFA DJs Splif Skankin and Funky Man. $10 Doors open at 8 p.m. unless noted. 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. 655-6661 

 

Freight & Salvage Coffee House Nov. 21: Raun Fables and Noe Venable; Nov. 23 & 24: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Sickafoose; Nov. 25: Sylvia Herold; Nov. 26: Ellen Robinson; Nov. 28: Wake the Dead; Nov. 29: Judith Kate Friedman and Deborah Pardes; Nov. 30: Odile Lavault and Baguette Quartette; Dec. 1: Geoff Muldaur w/ Fritz Richmond; Dec. 2: Kaila Flexer’s Fieldharmonik; Dec. 5: Avalon Blues: Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Bill Morrissey; Dec. 6: Ray Bonneville; Dec. 7 & 8: Rebecca Riots; All shows begin 8 p.m., 1111 Addison St. Call 548-1761 for prices or see www.freightandsalvage.org.  

 

iMusicast Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., Applesaucer, The Plus Ones, Cutlass Supreme, Salem Lights, Short Wave Rocket, One Step Shift; 5429 Telegraph Ave. 601-1024, www.imusicast.com. 

 

Jupiter Nov. 21: Starchild; All shows 8 p.m. and free. 2821 Shattuck Ave. 843-7625/ www.jupiter .com 

 

“Music on Telegraph” Nov. 25: Downtown Uproar, Greg’s Pizza, 2311 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 1: Scrambled Samba Trio, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 2: Paul and Jill Janoff, Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 8: Jonah Minton Quartet, Julie’s Healthy Cafe, 2562 Bancroft; Dec. 9: Hebro, Blakes, 2367 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 15: Thelonious On The Move, Bison Brewing, 2598 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 16: Howard Kadis, Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 22: Kaz Sasaki Duo, Blackberry Ginger, 2520 Durant; Dec. 23: Almadecor, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; All shows 2 - 4 p.m., Free. 

 

 

“Uncle Vanya” Nov. 23 through Nov. 29: Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Subterranean Shakespeare’s production of Jean-Claude van Italie’s humorous translation of Anton Chekhov’s romantic masterpiece. Directed by Diane Jackson. Benefits the Forests Forever Foundation. $8-$14. La Val’s Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid 

 

“Goddesses” Nov. 30 through Dec. 1: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7 p.m. A sensuous and humorous drama concerning one mortal woman’s struggle to control the six extraordinary goddesses in her psyche. Written by Dorotea Reyna. $10. Mils College, Lisser Hall, 5900 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 883-0536, rlcouture@earthlink.net 

 

“Saint Joan” Through Dec. 2: Wed. - Sat. 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m. George Bernard Shaw’s epic of a young girl determined to drive the English out of France with only her faith to support her. Directed by Barbara Oliver. $26-35. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St. 843-4822 www.auroratheatre.org 

 

“Murder Dressed in Satin” by Victor Lawhorn, ongoing. A mystery-comedy dinner show at The Madison about a murder at the home of Satin Moray, a club owner and self-proclaimed socialite with a scarlet past. Dinner is included in the price of the theater ticket. $47.50 Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St., Oakland. 239-2252 www.acteva.com/go/havefun 

 

“Brave Brood” Through Dec. 16 Robert O’Hara directs Robert O’Hara’s searing tale of money, desperation, and the fight for survival. $20. Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby Ave. 883-0305 www.transparenttheater.org 

 

“Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 20 through Jan. 8: Check theater for specific dates and times. Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy chronicles a handful of soldiers returning from a winning battle to be greeted by a gaggle of giddy maidens. Directed by Brian Kulick. $10 - $54. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. 647-2949 www.berkeleyrep.org 

 

Pacific Film Archive Theater Nov. 21: 7 :30 p.m., Macbeth; Nov. 30: 7:30 p.m., Werckmeister Harmonies; 2575 Bancroft Way, 642-1124 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

“In Through the Outdoors” Through Nov. 24: Featuring seven artists who work in photography and related media including sculpture and video, this exhibit addresses the shift in values and contemporary concerns about the natural world that surrounds us. Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Traywick Gallery, 1316 Tenth St. www.traywick.com 

 

“2001 James D. Phelan Art Awards in Printmaking” Honorees: Bridget Henry, David Kelso, and Margaret Van Patten. Through Nov. 30 Tues. - Fri. noon - 5 p.m., other times by appointment. Kala Art Institue, 1060 Heinz Ave. 549-2977 www.kala.org 

 

“Furniture Art” Through Dec. 7: An exhibit of metal and wood furniture that revisits furniture not only as art but as craft. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Current Gallery at the Crucible, 1036 Ashby Ave. 843-5511 www.thecrucible.org 

 

“The Paintings of Bethany Anne Ayers and Sculpture of Alexander Cheves” Nov. 15 through Dec. 15: Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ardency Gallery, 709 roadway, Oakland. 836-0831 gallery709@aol.com 

 

“The Whole World’s Watching: Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1960s and 1970s” Through Dec. 16: A documentary photo exhibition which examines the rich history of the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Wed. - Sun., noon - 5 p.m. Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St., Live Oak Park. Free. 644-6893 

 

“Matrix 195” Through Jan. 13: German artist, Thomas Scheibitz’s, first solo museum exhibition in the United States showcases semi-abstract representations of everyday objects and landscapes. Wed., Fri. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. $3-$6. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

GTU Exhibit: “Holocaust Series” by Cleve Gray Through Jan. 25: Comprised of 21 works on paper that constitute “a catharsis... for all of humanity.” Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. noon - 7 p.m.; Free. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd. 649-2541 www.gtu.edu 

“Enduring Wisdom: Artwork and Stories by Homeless and Formerly Homeless Seniors” Through Feb. 15: 18 homeless and formerly homeless elders reveal how they learned and applied wisdom that is timeless. Mon. - Fri. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Reception and presentation by the elders Thurs. Nov. 15, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland, 893-4723 x222 

 

“The Art History Museum of Berkeley” Masterworks by Guy Colwell Faithful copies of several artists from the pasts, including Titian’s “The Venus of Urbino,” Cezanne’s “Still Life,” Picasso’s “Woman at a Mirror,” and Botticelli’s “Primavera” Ongoing. Call ahead for hours. Atelier 9 2028 Ninth St. 841-4210 or visit www.atelier9.com 

 

 

Cody’s on Telegraph Ave. Nov. 28: 7:30 p.m. David Meltzer and contributors read from his newly revised and re-released collection of interviews with Bay Area Beat Poets; 2454 Telegraph Ave. 845-7852 

 

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Fridays 9:30 - 11:45 a.m. or by appointment. Call ahead to make reservations. Free. University of California, Berkeley. 486-4387 

 

Golden Gate Live Steamers Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Drive at the south end of Tilden Regional Park Small locomotives, meticulously scaled to size. Trains run Sun., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides: Sun., noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting. 486-0623  

 

 

Habitot Children’s Museum “Back to the Farm” An interactive exhibit gives children the chance to wiggle through tunnels, look into a mirrored fish pond, don farm animal costumes, ride on a John Deere tractor and more. “Recycling Center” Lets the kids crank the conveyor belt to sort cans, plastic bottles and newspaper bundles into dumpster bins; Nov. 3: Tales from the Enchanted Forest, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Nov. 9: Living with the Earth; Nov. 17: Recycle that Stuff; $4 adults; $6 children age 7 and under; $3 for each additional child age 7 and under. Mon. and Wed., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tues. and Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur., 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2065 Kittredge St. 647-1111 or www.habitot.org  

 

Oakland Museum of California Through Nov. 25: Pasajes y Encuentros: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead, highlights three thematic “passageways” that connect the dead with the living: tradition, humor and spirit; Through Jan. 13: Grand Lyricist: The Art of Elmer Bischoff, featuring paintings and works on paper that trace the evolution of Bischoff’s career. $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 5. Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m., 10th St., Oakland, 888-625-6873/ www.museumca.org 

 

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Lobby, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley “Tyrannosaurus Rex,” ongoing. A 20 foot by 40 foot replica of the fearsome dinosaur made from casts of bones of the most complete T. Rex skeleton yet excavated. When unearthed in Montana, the bones were all lying in place with only a small piece of the tailbone missing. “Pteranodon” A suspended skeleton of a flying reptile with a wingspan of 22-23 feet. The Pteranodon lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Free. Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 642-1821 

 

UC Berkeley Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology will close its exhibition galleries for renovation. It will reopen in early 2002.  

 

University of California Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive has reopened after its summerlong seismic retrofit. “Martin Puryear: Sculpture of the 1990s” through Jan. 13; “The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951 - 1982)” through Dec. 16; “Face of Buddha: Sculpture from India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia” ongoing rotation through 2003; “Matrix 194: Jessica Bronson, Heaps, layers, and curls” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; “Matrix 192: Ceal Floyer 37’4”” Sept. 16 through Nov. 11; Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thur. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way; Museum Galleries 2626 Bancroft Way; 642-0808 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

Lawrence Hall of Science “Within the Human Brain,” ongoing. Visitors test their cranial nerves, play skeeball, master mazes, match musical tones and construct stories inside a simulated “rat cage” of learning experiments. “Saturday Night Stargazing,” First and third Saturdays each month. 8 - 10 p.m., LHS plaza. Saturdays 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. $7 for adults; $5 for children 5-18; $3 for children 3-4. 642-5132 

 

Holt Planetarium Programs are recommended for age 8 and up; children under age 6 will not be admitted. $2 in addition to regular museum admission. “Constellations Tonight” Ongoing. Using a simple star map, learn to identify the most prominent constellations for the season in the planetarium sky. Daily, 3:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 seniors, students, disabled, and youths age 7 to 18; $3 children age 3 to 5 ; free children age 2 and younger. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Centennial Drive, UC Berkeley 642-5132 or www.lhs.berkeley.edu  

 

Send arts events two weeks in advance to Calendar@berkeleydailyplanet.net, 2076 University, Berkeley 94704 or fax to 841-5694.


Resolution nears for Pacifica Foundation

By Judith Scherr, Daily Planet staff
Tuesday November 20, 2001

The fight that’s raged between those who want a more democratic rule at the Pacifica Foundation and the majority of Pacifica Board of Directors inched closer to a positive end during the weekend, when the board adopted a plan to transition to a more representative governance. 

Attending the Washington, D.C. meeting were five “dissident” board members – including the Bay Area’s Pete Bramson and Tomas Moran – and five members of the majority board. The board members known as “dissident” are those working to democratize the Pacifica Foundation, which holds the license to the five listener-sponsored radio stations. 

According to Moran, the plan, agreed to by all who attended, is as follows: 

• All current board members would resign. 

• Five members would be appointed by the majority board members. 

• Five members would be appointed by “dissident” board members. 

• Five would be appointed by the heads of the Local Advisory Boards. Within six months, these would be replaced by representatives of LABS elected at each radio station.  

Will this work? 

That won’t be known until all the board members resign and others take their places, Moran said in a telephone interview Monday. There are no guarantees.  

“The only guarantee is to do it,” to actually reconstitute the board, Moran said. 

Then that “transitional” board will tackle what Moran calls the “hot issues.”  

One is reinstituting the program “Democracy Now!,” which is no longer broadcast throughout the five-station network. Another will be formalizing the station’s relationship with the broadcast journalists who struck Pacifica Network News when its news director was removed from his post last year. They have reconstituted themselves into Free Speech Radio News. 

Another on the list of “hot issues” are the WBAI-New York staff that was either fired from the station or, in the case of volunteers, banned since January. 

Additionally “all charges on listeners (resulting from demonstrations) need to be dropped,” Moran said. 

Another of the transitional board’s tasks will be to settle three lawsuits which were consolidated into one – one by listeners, another by members of four local advisory boards, and a third by “dissident” members of the national board. 

The suits went to mediation two weeks ago, but all the issues were not resolved at the time. Outstanding are reportedly issues of liability and how much money insurance companies will pay. 

All of “hot issues” must be agreed on by the national board in a 2/3 vote. 

Commenting on the new plan by phone from Los Angeles on Monday, Board Chair Bob Farrell, a member of the majority faction, said he was “elated.” 

“People seemed to be in sync,” he said, noting that decisions were made during the weekend by consensus, with different members of the board chairing at different times. “We stepped away from an organization structure that was traditionally authoritarian to something that is more collaborative.” 

Farrell further lauded Moran’s ability to grasp the issues and lay them out in a comprehensive way, bringing the board together. 

He also called KPFA “the core of Pacifica” and lauded “the Berkeley model,” in which the Local Advisory Board has begun hold listener-sponsor elections to fill its seats.  

The transitional board is to take over in two-to-three weeks, as soon as all the former members resign and the new appointments are made. In about six months, when the LAB representatives are chosen from elected bodies, the newly constituted board will re-write the bylaws. 

While the board treasurer has said that the network, with a budget of about $12 million each year, is $2-3 million in debt, Moran said he still hasn’t seen these figures in writing. Among the most heated complaints of the “dissident” board members, has been the lack of sound financial information. 

While the debt is a concern, Moran said the situation can be turned around. “If we truly achieve a transition, our listeners and supporters will come through to rebuild the foundation,” he said. 

The animosity that has built up between Pacifica management and the listener-sponsors all over the country is another hurdle. To remedy the situation “will take some real leadership,” Moran said.


Sept. 11 Response Calendar

Staff
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Tuesday, Nov. 20 

 

• 7 p.m. 

Ann Fagan Ginger, executive director of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute will speak on “Civil Liberties and Conflict Resolution.” 

South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library 

1901 Russell St.  

644-6860 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, Nov. 21 

 

• 7:30 p.m. 

Peace walk and vigil 

Begins at North Berkeley BART Station and ends at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park 

The Peace walk and vigil is to demonstrate opposition to the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan. 

528-9217 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Nov. 20 

 

• Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace (LMNOP) holds weekly peace walks around Lake Merritt in Oakland, every Sunday at 3 p.m. 

Meet at the columns at the east end of the lake, between Grand and Lakeshore avenues. Near Grand Avenue exit off 580 freeway. 


Learn S.F. lessons

Yolanda Huang
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Editor:  

The situation in San Francisco where the school district, wasted, and lost millions of taxpayer dollars through poor planning, mismanagement, and perhaps fraud should be a lesson to all school districts, including the Berkeley School District, The errors of SF include, a go-along board that never looked into the details, that only read the summary sheet, that never asked hard questions, that failed to implement the advice from consultants; and, ignored its own citizen advisory committees. This pattern is one that exists in Berkeley as well.  

It was extremely disappointing to hear School Board member Rivera state at last Wednesday's school board meeting that he appreciates the fact that school staff is only giving the Board a summary of what is going on with Measure BB monies and in maintenance and just a few examples of the supporting data.  

I hear lots of talk about accountability. Accountability is based upon facts. The citizens of Berkeley have asked that school district information be made public, and deposited with the Reference Desk of the Public Library, Central Branch. The question for the Board is how can you carry out your fiduciary duty to the citizens if you don't want the facts? As the saying goes, the devil's in the details.  

Yolanda Huang  

Chair, Maintenance Oversight & Planning Committee, Berkeley


UC Berkeley announces 2001 enrollment figures

Daily Planet wire services
Tuesday November 20, 2001

University of California, Berkeley, officials released final enrollment figures Monday for fall 2001 undergraduate and graduate students. 

Overall, there are 32,128 undergraduate and graduate students on campus this fall, up from 31,277 last fall, according to a UC Berkeley press statement. 

Women continue to outnumber men in the freshman class, where they represent 55 percent of the class, and in the overall undergraduate population, representing 53 percent.  

The data shows the following:  

• There are 3,842 students in the fall 2001 freshman class, up from 3,735 last fall. The total number of undergraduates on campus now is 23,269, compared to 22,678 a year ago.  

• New graduate students number 2,624, an increase of 169 from last fall. In all, there are 8,859 new and continuing graduate students on campus this fall, 260 more than last fall.  

• Chicano and Latino students enrolled in the fall 2001 freshman class increased 21 percent from last fall, with 388 of these students now enrolled. The number of African-American freshmen, meanwhile, dropped by five students to 143 enrolled in the fall 2001 class. Freshmen from all other ethnic categories showed an increased over fall 2000.  

• Transfer student (sometimes referred to as advanced standing students) enrollment increased by 13 percent, from 1,484 last fall to 1,671 in fall 2001. This figure excludes students working on a second academic degree. Transfer students from every ethnic group showed increased numbers in this category.  

• Both undergraduate and graduate international students total 2,627 on campus this fall, an increase of 103 students. They represent 8 percent of the campus’s total student population.


Latino is owner

Robert Cabrera
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Editor: 

Thank you for featuring the successful signature drive by Citizens for Fair Representation (Nov. 15). Also my thanks to the reporter for printing Mr. Worthington’s revealing comments. 

Mr. Worthington states that among the fifty volunteer signature gatherers present on the steps of City Hall he saw no Latinos and no Asians. However, he must not have looked very hard since there happened to be an Asian volunteer standing next to Mr. Worthington at the conference; and the last time I checked, my last name was still as Spanish as it gets.  

Mr. Worthington goes on to say that he noticed many property owners, “including Robert Cabrera.” What exactly does he mean by that statement? Is it that if you own property you should be prohibited from going out on the streets to fight for your rights? Or is it perhaps that as a property owner you should not have the right to express your views or - God forbid - collect signatures for a referendum? 

He states as well that he only saw one African American and continued to somehow neutralize this fact by remarking that this person was (tainted?) by being a former president of the Black Property Owners Association. 

Mr. Worthington is relying on the divisive tactics of a bygone era meant to foster intolerance and diminish one’s human dignity and self worth; much like he tried to make the vote of every District 8 resident count for only 2/3 of a vote via his redistricting ordinance.  

I would venture to say that he is mad as hell that over one hundred and fifty unpaid volunteers dared to collect nearly twice the number of signatures required to overturn a less than honest redistricting effort - which, as Linda Maio put it at a recent city council meeting, was passed in order to save Mr. Worthington’s seat (from a student challenger).The fact is that as soon as registered voters heard about Mr. Worthington’s ordinance shifting thousands of residents missed by the Census they were livid; many, in fact, asked to take petitions to circulate themselves or sent friends and spouses to add their signatures in protest; hence the overwhelming number of signatures collected in less than four weeks. 

Mr. Worthington resorts to race baiting to demean this grass roots effort; he knows the successful petition drive did double duty: it not only gathered signatures but it educated over eight thousand Berkeley voters as to what really goes on at City Hall by exposing the actions of a council majority which considers that the justice of their own cause places them above all the restraints of decency, honesty and the law. 

Robert Cabrera 

Berkeley


Waking up to solar energy

By Alice LaPierre
Tuesday November 20, 2001

A power play article two weeks ago discussed using the sun’s energy to preheat water for a home or business. It is the fastest way to reduce energy bills – using the sun for the least initial investment – and requires the least amount of maintenance. But there are other ways to use the sun’s energy to reduce your energy bills. 

Last winter’s energy shortages and skyrocketing prices forced many Californians to take action and implement a great many conservation measures, including installing compact fluorescent lamps and purchasing energy-efficient appliances. (Practical information on energy efficiency can be obtained from the City’s energy Web site at: www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/ENERGY, and from Solstice, [http://solstice.crest.org/efficiency/index.shtml] a non-profit organization dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy.) It just so happens that conservation measures are also the first step that should be taken before designing and installing a solar electric generating system. 

Solar electric, or photovoltaic (PV) systems, use the sun’s light to generate electricity. Simply put, sunlight is composed of photons, or particles of solar energy. These photons contain various amounts of energy. As these photons strike a PV cell, they may be reflected or absorbed, or they may pass right through. As the absorbed solar photons strike the cell, electrons are knocked from one side of a silicon atom to another across a boundary. This establishes a voltage difference between the two sides. If there is an external circuit connected to the cell, then the cell acts like an electron pump, sending the current out along the circuit back to the other side of the PV cell.  

The amount of electricity generated by this cell depends on the amount of light it receives, the size of the cell, and the efficiency by which the solar photons are drawn across the boundary. More information on how PV cells work can be obtained from the Department of Energy’s Web site at http://www.eren.doe. gov/pv/pvmenu.cgi?site=pv&idx=1&body=aboutpv.html and from public libraries. 

Most new PV panels are rated between 10 and 14 percent efficient, compared to early solar panels manufactured in the 1970s, which were only 7 percent efficient.  

Solar panels may be roof-mounted or installed in any other shade-free area and connected to a building’s electrical system. They may also be integrated into building materials, such as metal roofing, roof shingles, metal siding, or even window glass.  

Efficiency varies with each material and its location, but if properly located and maintained, solar systems can be reliable for year-round power production. The payback period can be from 18 to 25 years, depending on the wattage of the panels and whether or not batteries are used, the cost of electricity, and other factors. 

Systems can be configured in a variety of ways. Simple systems may consist of panels, wiring and a DC (direct current) motor that may perform tasks such as pumping water when there is sufficient sunlight. A basic system used in a home or business will have panels and wiring, an inverter to convert current from DC to AC (alternating current, as used in homes), and a controller to monitor the flow of current to prevent overcharging. These systems are connected to the building’s main electrical system, and will slow or reverse the direction if the electrical meter by sending the excess current back into the electrical grid. Note that a “Net Metering” contract between the homeowner and the local utility must be signed before this kind of system can be connected.  

Net Metering agreements allow residents to store their electricity generated during peak daytime use, and retrieve it at night or during rainy weather. Agreements usually run for one year at a time. At the end of the year, if the PV system’s owners have used more electricity than the system has generated, they only pay for the amount used beyond the amount generated. If less electricity is used than is generated by the system, then the system owners are not compensated for it. Therefore it is important to size the system appropriately to the home or business. Too large a system also means that owners are paying for more equipment than they need, making the payback period longer. 

By adding a series of batteries to this system, the owner will then have power during an emergency or power outage, as long as the system is not damaged. The number and size of batteries will dictate how much power will be available during nighttime use.  

The California Energy Commission provides a free online guide to solar energy at www.energy.ca.gov/reports/2001-09-04_500-01-020.PDF. This is a basic guide to PV system design and installation, and provides detailed information on equipment wiring, voltage drop calculations and much more. Installing PV systems is complicated and should only be done by a qualified, licensed installer.  

For more information on solar energy, net metering, equipment rebates and energy conservation, visit the city’s energy office Web site at www.ci.berkeley.ca. us/ENERGY 

 

Alice Pierre works for the city’s energy office. This column runs in the Daily Planet as a public service the first and third Tuesday of the month.


Now they get it?

Nat Mastick
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Editor: 

Reading The Daily Planet regularly, I’ve seen nearly unanimous support of the Berkeley City Council’s anti-bombing resolution and the condemnation of our country’s current efforts in Afghanistan. With this week’s heroic victories by the United States and Northern Alliance in Kabul and the northern half of the country, have any of the aforementioned readers changed their tune? 

It’s quite easy to preach “war is not the answer,” cloaking one’s anti-war rhetoric behind the would-be civilian deaths in Afghanistan (of which there have actually been less than 300), without providing any kind of realistic solution which doesn’t involve all-out war on the Taliban. Patting one’s self on the back for being “the voice of reason” and a pacifist may put to ease the minds of those who hate getting their hands dirty or faint at the sight of blood, but it doesn’t change the current situation one iota. Suppose Bush, Cheney et al had followed the recommendation of the Berkeley City Council (and majority of Berkeleyans) and ceased its attack on the Taliban, choosing instead to negotiate for the release of Bin Laden. Not only would the men, women and children of Kabul and much of Afghanistan still be oppressed under draconian Taliban law, the United States would be recognizing the Taliban as the true government of Afghanistan. Sometimes, the ends do justify the means; and I don’t see many Afghans complaining about them today. 

Nat Mastick, Berkeley 


Report says Californians are carpool champs

By Justin Pritchard The Associated Press
Tuesday November 20, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — With co-workers or even complete strangers, Californians love to pile into cars. Home of some of the nation’s longest commutes, the state has three of the nation’s top four cities where workers are most likely to carpool. 

But other states are gaining ground on California’s infamous car culture. 

In North Carolina’s two largest cities, the average worker just doesn’t walk to the office. They drive in droves. And the prize for the nation’s longest average schlep to work goes to New York City. 

New census data released Tuesday include details on the commutes of people living in cities with more than 250,000 residents. The estimates don’t include workers who commute to the listed cities. But they do reveal a few patterns, including Californians’ love-hate affair with their autos and the burden New Yorkers bear — they accumulate about four entire days more travel time each year than workers in Chicago, the city with the second-longest commute. 

Nationally, commute times went up during the 1990s and carpooling went down, from 13 percent of car traffic to 11 percent, according to the Census Bureau. 

But carpooling stayed in style in several California cities. 

To the surprise of city leaders, Anaheim was the nation’s carpooling king. One in four people there who take a car, truck or van to work share the ride. That’s tops in the nation according to the new census numbers. 

Three major freeway systems border the city, all with carpool lanes. Several of the city’s largest employers offer carpool incentives, including the city itself, said Anaheim spokesman John Nicoletti. Employees at Disneyland earn Disney dollars — resort scrip — for using alternative forms of transportation and the resort offers a service to match carpoolers with cars. 

The nearby Orange County city of Santa Ana and Oakland are not far behind when it comes to carpooling rates, but under very different circumstances. 

In Santa Ana, a city with a large immigrant, low-skilled work force, carpooling is the smart way to avoid exasperating bus rides to Los Angeles for a graveyard shift. 

“Carpooling is perhaps the most logical approach,” said Abel Valenzuela, a professor of urban studies professor at UCLA. 

In Oakland, the chronically clogged Bay Bridge lies between commuters and their San Francisco offices. Carpooling takes half the time — and is free. So, beginning in the 1970s, drivers began stopping by spots where the carless convene to fill up their empty seats. 

The movement called “casual carpooling” has turned into a commute staple. 

“People have discovered that they can save some time and in the case of the bridges a little bit of money if they just throw a few extra people in there,” said Steve Beroldo, a researcher with RIDES, a Bay Area commute planning service. “It’s really not that big of a hassle.” 

About 10,000 commuters use this informal system each day, said Beroldo, who spent 15 years carpooling into San Francisco. 

But when it comes to long commute times, New York ranks on top. 

The average New Yorker takes 39 minutes to get to work, 11 minutes longer each way than Los Angeles, the city with signature gridlock. 

Dragging up that average is Aaron Engel, 24, who takes an hour and 15 minutes each day to get from far out Queens to downtown Manhattan. 

“It’s very draining. It’s definitely not a pleasant experience,” Engel said of his drive-to-the-subway-and-take-two-trains trek. He thought of moving from the Belle Harbor area to Manhattan, but after September’s terrorist attacks opts to continue battling the commute. 

For some commuters, the battle is to get out of the car and hoof it to the office. 

One in eight workers in Boston walks to the office — the highest rate in the nation. By contrast, barely one in 100 people walk to work in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. 

With its searing summer heat and mountainous terrain, the 247-square-mile city of El Paso, Texas, fares no better. 

One walking commuter there is Art Duval, a professor of mathematical science at the University of Texas at El Paso. He strolls the mile and a half each way in a floppy hat, clutching a water bottle. 

“When I walk to campus,” Duval said, “usually, I’m the only one.” 

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Associated Press Writer Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report. 


Oakland library goes wireless

Staff
Tuesday November 20, 2001

OAKLAND — The Oakland Public Library is introducing a wireless local area network that will connect 120 computers in 17 sites. 

The network was made possible by a $100,000 Urban Challenge Grant from 3Com Corp. 

“We do have computer labs at the main library which most branches don’t have because of wiring and limited space constraints,” said community relations librarian Kathleen Hirooka. “What we needed in some of the tight areas was the ability to have some flexibility in moving the computers around.” 

The wireless LANs that will be installed use radio frequencies to transmit data. A LAN PC card communicates with a wireless access point that is connected to the wired network via standard cabling. In this specific case the card can send and receive data a distance of up to about 300 feet. 

Installation at the main library, 15 branch libraries and the Second Start Adult Literacy Program should be completed in three months, said administrative librarian Gerry Garzon. 


Local psychologist combats African HIV through performance

By Wanda Sabir, Special to the Daily Planet
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Last year, 2.5 million sub-Saharan Africans died from AIDS.  

There are no embargo or travel restrictions to Africa, however, this continent is not a popular tourist attraction to most Americans – unless her name happens to be Lou Montgomery.  

The Berkeley psychologist joined a meditation retreat to South Africa in 1998. After only a few weeks, she fell in love with the landscape, people and culture.  

The following year Montgomery returned to South Africa to perform her doctoral thesis: “Kali’s Follies: Mid-life at the Millennium” for delegates at the Parliament of World Religions. Using the Hindi goddess Kali, the creator and destroyer, her work parallels 3,000 years of historic patriarchal exploitation of the womb with that of the earth.  

Kali’s Follies has been compared to Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” and Sia Amma’s “In Search of My Clitoris.” All three works speak humorously about topics not often explored on stage, let alone behind closed doors. 

The one-woman show comically dramatizes attitudes, trends, and dominant Western cultural projections towards women in menopause. It is set against the backdrop of Apocalyptic “millennial madness.” Kali, the Hindu goddess of creation and destruction, whose fierce compassion heralds sudden transformation is having the last laugh as the planet careens into breakdown or breakthrough pursuing its reckless “follies.” 

Through her performance piece, Montgomery wants to get people talking both here and elsewhere about the tragedies still committed against women and girls world-wide, more specifically in Mpumalanga, the second largest of the nine provinces that make up the new South Africa. This place has the third highest rape statistics in the country. Here one in three adults is HIV infected. The myth that sex with a virgin can cure HIV/AIDS has put girls as young as 1 year old, at risk of sexual violence.  

Montgomery met three people there whose causes quickly became her own: Sophia Jardim, Barbara Kenyon, and an indigenous healer, Dr. Shado Dludlu. To help raise funds and awareness here for their organizations, Montgomery decided to throw an celebratory extravaganza for the South African activists – the first week of events took place last week and the last performance will be Friday, in conjunction with Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Ensemble. 

Prior to Montgomery’s visit to “the place where the sun comes up” which is what Mpumalanga means in Zulu, Jardim, Kenyon, Dludlu didn’t know each other, even though they served the same population.  

Kenyon, who is a white South African, didn’t trust indigenous practices and blamed Sangomas for the rapid spread of the disease. While, Dludlu and other black Africans were leery of anything coming from white people whom they didn’t know. Strangely enough, Jardim. an Afrikaner, and Dludlu, a Sangoma, already knew and respected each other’s work. Thanks to Montgomery, all three are talking now.  

The focus on South Africa is not to take the focus away from problems at home. Alameda County has declared a medical state of emergency for HIV disease, Hepatitis C and women of color who are partners of men with these diseases.  

The spirit journey will conclude Friday with a show in conjunction with Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Ensemble, John Santos and Machete, the South African Folk and Street Choral, “Umlilo Acapella,” and Cuban choreographer Ramon Ramos Alaya. It will be at the First Congregational Church of Oakland, the corner of 27th and Harrison streets at 7:30 p.m.  

For program and ticket information log on to www.kaliworks.com or call 848-5792. 

All proceeds will go directly to the HIV/AIDS organizations in Mpumalanga Province: Jardim House which cares for people with HIV and orphans, GRIP (Greater Regional Rape Crisis Intervention Program) which treats child victims of HIV perpetrators, and Mngoma Walk, a medicinal herb growing and youth employment project.


Turkey in the dorm – some students avoiding Thanksgiving travel

By Martha Irvine The Associate Press
Tuesday November 20, 2001

A post-Sept. 11 fear of flying has some college students planning a rare Thanksgiving dinner away from home this year. 

That includes Jensen Rice, a 23-year-old University of Colorado senior from California. Unnerved by the terrorist attacks, his parents asked Rice and younger sister Cailin, a student at Cornell University in upstate New York, to stay put for the holiday. 

“I’m not too thrilled,” says Jensen, who will spend Thanksgiving with a cousin in Denver, rather than with his parents in Del Mar, Calif. 

To accommodate students in a similar bind, many schools — from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, to Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. — are keeping more dorms open. Among those staying on campus are many foreign students, who’ve been told that getting back into the country might be difficult. 

Some institutions, such as Columbia University’s Teachers College, are planning special holiday dinners for students Thursday. 

And officials at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y., are taking it one step further. They have arranged for a bus to take students to the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. 

While the exact number of college students traveling this week is tough to pin down, those who are leaving campus may be more interested taking cars or buses rather planes. 

A telephone poll taken by St. Louis-based Maritz Research during the last week of September — as students were making travel plans — found that about one in four of Americans questioned had decided to take a different mode of transportation for Thanksgiving. 

The percentage was even higher — nearly a third — for those 18 to 24. Twenty-five percent of respondents in that age group said they planned to fly, while about 71 percent planned to drive. 

Nearly half in that age group said that flying is their usual mode of Thanksgiving transport. The Maritz poll had a margin of error of just over 3 percentage points. 

At least one youth expert says it’s good for parents to let children decide whether they want to travel for the holidays. 

“A lot of times adolescents and young adults aren’t as frightened as adults are,” says Lois McCallister, a psychotherapist at the DePelchin Children’s Center in Houston. “And we don’t want to impose our fears of them.” 

Not everyone is avoiding airports. 

Jack Blair, who attends Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., is flying home to Nashville on Wednesday. 

He has confidence in the heightened airport security, although he concedes that having some emotional distance from the attacks probably made the decision easier. 

“I think some of us have a false sense of security when we aren’t confronted personally,” says Blair, who didn’t know any victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington. 

Other self-proclaimed “white-knuckle flyers” say they are only more nervous, especially since last week’s crash of an American Airlines flight in New York, apparently unrelated to the Sept. 11 attacks. 


Merged oil giant to let go workers

By Michael Liedke, The Associated Press
Tuesday November 20, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — ChevonTexaco Corp. Monday said it will lay off about 500 more workers than management anticipated as part of the newly merged oil giant’s effort to save an additional $600 million annually in its combined operations. 

Under the more aggressive cost-cutting program, the San Francisco-based company will eliminate 4,500 jobs, or about 8 percent of its work force, instead of the 4,000 layoffs envisioned in October 2000 when Chevron announced its plans to buy Texaco for $39 billion. 

The company reiterated its plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs in a quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission last week. 

The extra job cuts are being made as ChevronTexaco raises its estimated cost savings from the merger to $1.8 billion from management’s original estimate of $1.2 billion annually. The company expects to trim $1.2 billion in expenses by July of next year and realize an additional $600 million in savings by March 2003. 

The 500 additional layoffs and other belt-tightening measures will account for $80 million of the extra savings, according to a presentation for industry analysts in New York. 

More than half — $320 million — of the additional savings will be generated in the company’s “downstream” business, the segment devoted to selling refined products to consumers and businesses. ChevronTexaco plans to reduce its selection of lubricant products as part of a “more focused” marketing efforts, company Chairman David O’Reilly told analysts during Monday’s 90-minute meeting. 

The company runs more than 25,000 gasoline stations worldwide, including 8,100 North American locations. 

ChevronTexaco expects to save an additional $200 million on the production side of its business. 

Overall, the company says it has identified about 700 specific areas where money can be saved and is holding weekly meetings to make sure the expense cuts are proceeding on schedule. “I’m confident these (savings) are real and they are deliverable,” O’Reilly said. 

The higher savings estimates didn’t come as a surprise. Analysts had widely expected ChevronTeaxco to raise its savings target to at least $1.5 billion annually, based on the pattern in other recently completed oil industry combinations. 

ChevronTexaco’s shares fell 54 cents to close at $82.91 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. With oil prices sliding, the company’s stock has declined by 9 percent since the Oct. 9 consummation of the marriage. 

To pay for severance checks, employee relocations and office closures, ChevronTexaco will incur about $1.5 billion in merger expenses. The company had spent $230 million on merger expenses through Oct. 31, according to SEC documents. 

With its efforts focused on the merger savings, ChevronTexaco expects to increase its oil and gas production by just 1 percent in 2002, O’Reilly said. The company’s production should rise by an annual average of 2.5 percent to 3 percent during the next five years. 

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On The Net: 

http://www.chevrontexaco.com 


Economy predicted to continue weakening

By Michael Liedke, The Associated Press
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Feds see decline into first quarter of 2002 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — The sliding economy probably will continue its descent through the winter amid rising unemployment and falling property values, a top Federal Reserve Bank official said Monday. 

The economy’s output, or gross domestic product, will decline in final three months of this year and the first quarter of next year, predicted Robert Parry, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The economy should start rebounding in the spring, Parry forecast, resulting in modest growth in the second quarter. 

Parry made his remarks after a speech at a real estate and economics meeting sponsored by the University of California at Berkeley. The presentation marked his first public remarks on the economy since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

“Frankly, over the short term, the outlook isn’t great and there’s a lot of uncertainty,” Parry said in his speech. He said steep slump in the technology industry makes it highly unlikely California — and the Bay Area in particular— will recover anytime soon. 

California is the largest part of Parry’s Fed district, which spans nine Western states. 

Over the long term, though, “our economy remains fundamentally strong and it still affords tremendous opportunity,” Parry said. 

During question-and-answer sessions with the audience and the media, Parry predicted consumers will curtail their spending and save more money during the next few months as businesses continue to fire workers to shore up their sagging profits. The commercial real estate industry, in particular, will “face quite a bit of challenge” as office vacancy rates rise and rents decline, Parry said. 

To combat the weakness, the Fed may lower interest rates even further, Parry said. The Fed has lowered interest rates 10 times since the beginning of the year, decreasing its benchmark federal funds rates from 6.5 percent to 2 percent — the lowest level in 40 years. 

“If it were necessary — and I am not making an interest rate forecast — there is sufficient room” to lower rates below 2 percent, Parry told Monday’s audience. 

Parry participates in the meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee that sets interest rates, but doesn’t vote on the group’s decisions. Under the Fed’s system for rotating power around the country, Parry won’t vote on the direction of interest rates until 2003. 

Although some economists have questioned whether interest rate cuts will provide the financial tonic the country needs, Parry believes this year’s flurry of reductions “will go down in the history books as effective.” He said a sharp drop in mortgage rates already have spurred a refinancing boom that has boosted household incomes and fueled consumer spending. 

The refinancing gains, though, won’t be enough to reassure increasingly uneasy consumers about the wave of layoffs since the Sept. 11 attacks, Parry said. The country lost 415,000 non-farm jobs in October — the largest one-month setback in 21 years. 

“I would be very surprised if we don’t see some pickup in the savings rates because people are feeling uncertain,” Parry told reporters. Parry called relatively strong consumer spending “the most surprising element of the past year.” 

Consumers opened their pocketbooks last month to boost retail sales by 7 percent, but most of that stemmed from a spike in new auto sales triggered by offers of zero percent financing. Parry predicted that the sales incentives will hurt auto sales next year by significantly reducing the number of consumers looking to buy a new car. 

With the economy weakening around the world, Parry believes oil and gas prices will remain stable or decline even further in the months ahead — another development that should help both consumers and businesses. 

“It’s hard for me to believe that there will be a strong, sustainable upward trend in energy prices in the near future,” Parry said.


A new job for Al Gore

By Will Lester, The Associated Press
Tuesday November 20, 2001

Former politician named vice chairman of LA financial services firm 

 

WASHINGTON — Al Gore has accepted the job of vice chairman of a Los Angeles-based financial services holding company. The former vice president will help the firm find investments overseas as well as private-equity investments in biotechnology and information technology. 

Gore will add the new job at Metropolitan West Financial to his other duties as college professor, guest speaker and writing a book with his wife Tipper about the American family. 

That crowded resume doesn’t address the biggest pending question about the former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee — his political future. 

“He hasn’t made any decisions about campaigns in his future and that’s still true today,” Gore spokeswoman Kiki McLean said Monday. Gore has formed a political action committee and has made trips to Iowa and New Hampshire to talk with old friends and political allies this fall. 

But associates say he hasn’t made a decision about whether he will run for president even though he’s taking steps to keep his options open. 

Gore will not be moving to Los Angeles, but will travel between New York, Los Angeles, his teaching jobs in Tennessee and his home in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. 

He will continue to serve as a research professor focusing on family-centered community building at the University of California-Los Angeles, and will continue to teach classes on the subject at Middle Tennessee State University and Fisk University, both in his home state of Tennessee. 

Gore said in a statement that he has worked on business and economic issues “from the perspective of a public servant engaged in public policy and I am eager to learn more about business as an active executive.” 

Neither company officials nor Gore aides would discuss what he would be paid in his new job with the company. 

Metwest is a fast-growing firm that is not widely known outside the financial community, though it manages just over $51 billion in assets through several affiliates. It is one of the biggest securities lenders in the U.S. 

The company was founded almost a decade ago when Richard Hollander, who once headed a Drexel Burnham Lambert investment-grade bond sales team on the West Coast, bought a securities lending branch of Security Pacific Bank soon after its merger with Bank of America. 

Hollander said he met Gore last spring at a lunch with mutual friends and liked what he heard from him. 

“We got to know him better and had a strong feeling about his intellect and integrity,” Hollander said. 

Metwest has clients such as the California Public Employees Retirement System, Boeing Employees Federal Credit Union, Florida state board of administration and Microsoft. Several managers of the firm are former California state officials. 

Metwest has rapidly grown as it acquired other firms that manage stocks and bonds and provide wealth management advice to retired airline pilots. 

Dwight Morris of the nonpartisan Campaign Study Group said politicians who join private firms and later come back to politics can face difficult decisions. 

“He’s got to have a job,” Morris said. “I don’t think people would assume he would leave government and never work again ... What the public would expect, should he decide to run for president, is that he divest himself of any interests in the company before running for office.” 

Morris noted the example of Vice President Cheney, an executive with Halliburton Co., a Dallas-based energy services company. When Cheney was picked as the vice presidential candidate, questions were raised about the company’s financial dealings with government, company policies and Cheney’s stock holdings. But Morris noted: “The fallout for Cheney lasted a short time.” 

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On the Net: 

http://www.mwfin.com 


Wine grape growers set harvest record

By Linda Ashton, The Associated Press
Tuesday November 20, 2001

YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington wine grape growers are raising their glasses to a record harvest of 97,600 tons, up 9 percent from last year, largely because of more vines planted. 

Winemakers are also toasting the quality of the crop, expected to be the fourth excellent vintage in a row. 

“This is going to be one of the greatest vintages ever in Washington,” Ted Baseler, president of Woodinville-based Stimson Lane Vineyards and Estates, the state’s largest wine company, said Monday. 

“Because of the heat and the very long growing season, we’re probably going to have fruit similar to the 1998 harvest, which has garnered tremendous accolades.” 

Last year’s harvest of 90,000 tons of wine grapes was also a record. 

About 29,000 acres in the state are now planted in wine grapes, a 17 percent increase from 1999. 

Unlike a lot of Washington farmers suffering through an extended downturn, wine grape growers in this state find themselves in the enviable position of having demand exceed supply. 

Wineries here are attracting out-of-state investors, and Washington wines are drawing rave reviews. 

This week, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Washington the wine region of the year — “worthy of the world’s respect.” Last year, it was Australia. 

“To make a switch from a country to a state is a big leap of faith for the Enthusiast,” said Steve Burns, director of the Washington Wine Commission in Seattle. 

“It’s further recognition and validation for Washington’s coming of age.” 

And the designation has the potential to translate into sales by increasing awareness about Washington wine, particularly on the East Coast, said Duane Wollmuth, managing partner for the Three Rivers Winery in the Walla Walla Valley. 

Washington, the nation’s No. 2 wine producer behind California, has more than 170 wineries that produced more than 11 million gallons of wine last year. There were only 19 wineries in the state 20 years ago. 

Winemakers said this year will be a particularly good one for syrah, the third-most popular red variety grown here. 

“I think this is the fourth year in a row we’ve had very excellent years,” Wollmuth said. 

Syrah acreage has doubled in the state in the last couple of years, he said. 

“The real trend is for it to be one of the top varieties produced by the state,” he said. 

Fifty-two percent of the state’s wine grape crop is red, with merlot and cabernet sauvignon as the top varieties, and 48 percent is white wine grapes, dominated by chardonnay and riesling. 

“I think what we’re seeing is a maturation of Washington — emerging from a quality-wine status to a bona fide world-class producer of fine wines and doing so on a consistent basis,” Baseler said. 

Nature has something to do with four great vintages in a row, but so does improved farming. 

“I wouldn’t be so bold as to say we’re not going to have a bad vintage in the future — things do happen, such as particularly cool temperatures and rain during harvest,” Baseler said. 

But most of the crop now comes from newer vineyards with sophisticated development. 

The spacing and the trellising are improved, and growers have gotten better at finding the microclimates that have the best angle to the sun or protecting crops from early frost damage, he said. 

“We’re moving rapidly into minimizing the random (natural) problems we’ve had in the past,” Baseler said. 


Bay Area Briefs

Staff
Tuesday November 20, 2001


Survey finds job  

creation low 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Personnel reductions are expected to outpace additions in the San Francisco Bay area this winter, according to Manpower’s First Quarter 2002 Employment Outlook Survey. 

The report, released Monday, indicates 13 percent of firms interviewed expect their payrolls to increase in the new year, while 33 percent say fewer workers will be needed and 41 percent intend to stay at current levels. 

“A year ago employers were optimistic for the January-March period as 25 percent planned workforce additions, while 9 percent predicted cutbacks,” said Hal Adler of Manpower. 

The survey is based on telephone interviews with nearly 16,000 public and private employers in 482 U.S. markets. 

For the winter quarter, job prospects appear most likely in education and public administration, while cutbacks are envisioned in construction, non-durable goods manufacturing, wholesale/retail trade and services. 

 

 


Stanford researches 

outbreak warnings 

 

STANFORD — An experimental early warning system for suspicious disease outbreaks is being tested at the Stanford University Medical Center emergency room. 

It’s part of a nationwide push to brace for potential bioterrorism attacks. 

The new surveillance system is built around an Internet connection and special computer terminals at the emergency room’s triage desk. For every incoming patient, nurses transmit key details about symptoms to local health authorities. 

The goal is to provide lead time to improve odds of rescuing the first victims, stopping a pathogen from spreading and aiding in police investigations. Eventually, emergency rooms throughout the county may be asked to participate. 

The system — designed by designed by Health Hero Network of Mountain View — is called BASIICS, or Biothreat Active Surveillance Integrated Information and Communication System. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Public Library is introducing a wireless local area network that will connect 120 computers in 17 sites. 

The network was made possible by a $100,000 Urban Challenge Grant from 3Com Corp. 

“We do have computer labs at the main library which most branches don’t have because of wiring and limited space constraints,” said community relations librarian Kathleen Hirooka. “What we needed in some of the tight areas was the ability to have some flexibility in moving the computers around.” 

The wireless LANs that will be installed use radio frequencies to transmit data. A LAN PC card communicates with a wireless access point that is connected to the wired network via standard cabling. In this specific case the card can send and receive data a distance of up to about 300 feet. 

Installation at the main library, 15 branch libraries and the Second Start Adult Literacy Program should be completed in three months, said administrative librarian Gerry Garzon. 


City prepares for threat of terrorist attacks

By John Geluardi\, Daily Planet staff
Monday November 19, 2001

In another sign of how the world has changed since Sept. 11, the City Council approved an update Tuesday that will include terrorist attacks in Berkeley’s Disaster Preparedness Plan. 

The recommendation from Mayor Shirley Dean calls for local agencies, including the city’s fire, police and health departments, to be trained and equipped to respond to nuclear, chemical and biochemical terrorist attacks. 

“Traditionally the Disaster Preparedness Plan has covered fires and natural disasters,” said Arrietta Chakos, chief of staff to the City Manager’s Office. “Now cities across the country are upgrading their plans to include terrorism.” 

The recommendation, which was unanimously approved by the council, asks the city manager, the Disaster Council and the Fire Safety Commission to develop additional disaster responses and protocols. 

The five-part recommendation was the result of the United States Conference of Mayors in late October. Dean attended the conference with high-ranking city officials from the city manager’s office and police, fire and health departments. Dean said the most predominant issue discussed during the conference was that local agencies will be the first responders to possible terrorist attacks. 

“The action plan formulated at the conference recognizes that cities are in a precarious [situation] in which both people within our borders and our troops on foreign soil are at risk,” Dean wrote in her recommendation report. 

Some of the steps likely to be taken are emergency response training, procurement of v


Out & About Calendar

Staff
Monday November 19, 2001


Monday, Nov. 19

 

Flu Shots 

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m - 2 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

The City of Berkeley Health Department will administer flu shots to individuals 60 years old or over and to those with specific chronic diseases. $2 donation. 644-6500 

 

Positive Political Theory  

Seminar 

noon 

UC Berkeley 

119 Moses Hall 

Robert Powell, UCB, will talk about his book, “Bargaining While Fighting.” 642-4608 www.igs.berkeley.edu 

 


Tuesday, Nov. 20

 

Breakfast with Rev. Sirirat  

Pusurinkham 

7:30 - 9 a.m. 

St. John’s Presbyterian Church 

2727 College Ave. 

Pastor of the Church of Christ in Thailand, a leader in the struggle for economic justice for indigenous minorities, campaigner against international child prostitution. Free. Food service begins at 7:15 a.m. 845-6830 

 

California Politics Seminar 

noon 

UC Berkeley 

119 Moses Hall 

Nick Bollman, California Center for Regional Leadership, will talk about “California’s New Regionalism.” 642-4608 www.igs.berkeley.edu 

 

Berkeley Farmers’ Market 

2-7 p.m. 

Derby Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street 

548-3333 

 

Berkeley Camera Club 

7:30 p.m. 

Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda 

Share your slides and prints with other photographers. Critiques by qualified judges. Monthly field trips. 

531-8664 

 

Experimental Mid-life  

Workshop 

7:30 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut Street 

Miriam Chaya presents the second of three workshops rooted in modern psychology and Jewish traditional sources designed to provide participants with the skills and tools necessary to meet the challenges they will face in the second half of their lives. $35, $25 members. 848-0237 ext. 127 

Holiday Crime Prevention 

11:15 a.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Members of the Berkeley Police Department will discuss prevention methods . 644-6107 

 

Holistic Health 

1:15 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

Elizabeth Forrest discusses Creative Aging in a Holiday Holistic Health talk. 644-6107 

 

Fibromyalgia Support Group 

12 - 2 p.m. 

Alta Bates Medical Center 

2001 Dwight Way 

Monica Nowakowski lectures on holiday stress reduction. 601-0550. 

 


Wednesday, Nov. 21

 

Prose Writers’ Workshop 

7 - 9 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center Library 

1414 Walnut St.  

From Op-ed to fiction, memoir to the feature article - a community 

writers' group to support and encourage a community of interests. Workshop format. Free. 524-3034 

 

Toddler Storytime 

7 p.m. 

West Berkeley Library 

1125 University Ave 

For families with children three years or younger, a program to expose the youngest readers to multicultural stories, songs and finger plays. 

Every Wednesday through Nov 28. 

 

Stories of Your Amazing Body 

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Hall of Health 

2230 Shattuck Ave.  

For children aged three to ten years old, escape to the magical realm of health, fun, and excitement of this ongoing storytelling series. 549-1564  

 


Thursday, Nov. 22

 

Latin Dance Class 

7:30 p.m. 

Berkeley/Richmond Jewish Community Center 

1414 Walnut St. 

Salsa, Cha-cha, Merengue... $10, No partner necessary. All ages and levels welcome. 508-4616 

 


Friday, Nov. 23

 

Kwanzaa Gift Show 

12 - 8 p.m. 

Oakland Marriott Hotel 

1001 Broadway, Oakland 

Three-day cultural gift show offers goods and services as well as retail seminars, business workshops, job recruitment, product samples, business opportunities, and entertainment. 

 


Saturday, Nov. 24

 

Celebrate Music on Telegraph 

2 - 4 p.m. 

The Village 

2556 Telegraph 

Shoppers and visitors to the cultural heart and soul of Berkeley will be treated to the joyful sound of music throughout the holiday season. Joe Chellman Quartet performs, sponsored by the Telegraph Area Association. 486-2366 

 

Open Center 

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

North Berkeley Senior Center 

1901 Hearst St. 

The Center is open for exercise and lunch. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be shown at 1 p.m. 644-6107 

 

Teddy Bear Festival 

1 p.m., 3 p.m. 

Pacific Film Archive Theater 

2575 Bancroft Way 

Children get to march their teddy bears through the theater, and then watch animated teddy bear films. $3.50. 642-1412 

 


Sunday, Nov. 25

 

United Genders of the  

Universe 

7 p.m. 

Pacific Center 

2712 Telegraph Ave. 

An all ages genderqueer group for anyone who views gender as having more than 2 options. 548-8283


Thanks to City Council for voting for peace

Staff
Monday November 19, 2001

The Berkeley Daily Planet received this letter addressed to the Berkeley City Council: 

 

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” 

— Gahndi 

“My country is the world’s largest purveyor of violence in the world.”  

— Dr. Martin Luther Jr. 

 

First, Americans wonder why our society has kids that shoot up high schools. We have no further to look than at the model we as adults and a nation provide. The United States’ extremely violent and oppressive foreign policy (led by the Pentagon, US multinational corporations and the CIA) is one major aspect of why our kids are so violent. It is estimated that US foreign policy is responsible for at least 8 million dead people worldwide since 1950. 

Imagine how many families worldwide have been destroyed by all our violence.  

We have irrresponsible conservative Talk show hosts and media talking heads urging revenge and violence at home and abroad. Who could blame the kids who shoot up their schools when they are simply modeling the adults’ behaviors/ 

Secondly, where is the evidence that bin Laden and the Taliban actually committed these acts? Our government has presented zero solid evidence of this, only propoganda and fear mongering. It is a fact the U.S. government has been withholding any evicence they may have. 

Thank you so much for your courageous stand against more war and violence. 

You realize how critical it is to humanities’ survival to get off our cycles of more pain and violence onto the firm ground of love, community, and peace. 

I will be patronizing as many local establishments as possible. 

 

Scott McCandless 

Berkeley


Arts

Staff
Monday November 19, 2001

924 Gilman St. Nov. 23: The Stitches, Starvations, Neon King Kong, Kill Devil Hills, Problem; Nov. 24: Tilt, Missing Link, Cry Baby Cry; Nov. 30: Shitlist, Atrocious Madness, Fuerza X, Catheter, S Bitch, Delta Force; All shows start a 8 p.m. unless noted; Most are $5; 924 Gilman St. 525-9926 

 

The Albatross Pub Nov. 21: Whiskey Brothers (Old Time & Bluegrass); Nov. 22: Keni “El Lebrijano” Flamenco Guitar; Nov. 24: Tipsy House Irish Band. All shows start at 9 p.m., 1822 San Pablo Ave. 843-2473 

 

Anna’s Nov. 19: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 20: Jimmy Ryan Jazz Quartet; Nov. 21: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 23: Sally Hanna-Rhine and David Tapham; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; Nov. 24: Carl Garrett Jazz Quartet; Nov. 25: Acoustic Soul; Nov. 26: Renegade Sidemen w/ Calvin Keyes; Nov. 27: Jason Martineau and David Sayen; Nov. 28: Bob Shoen Jazz Quintet; Nov. 29: Ed Reed and Alex Markels Jazz Group; Nov. 30: Ann sings jazz standards; 10 p.m., Bluesman Hideo Date; All shows 8 p.m. unless noted. Free. 1901 University Ave., 849-2662 

 

Ashkenaz Nov. 19: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 20: 8 p.m., Tamazgha, $8; Nov. 21: 8 p.m., Tom Rigney & Flambeau, $8; Nov. 22: 6 - 9 p.m., Annual Food Not Bombs Thanksgiving Feast, Free; 10 p.m., Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 23: 9 p.m., Ras Michael and Sons of Negus with DJ Tony Moses, $10; Nov. 24: 9:30 p.m., Lavay Smith And Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, $11; Nov. 25: 9 p.m., The King of Calypso Mighty Sparrow, $15; Nov. 26: 6:30 p.m., Vista College; Nov. 27: 8 p.m., Creole Belles, $8; Nov. 28: 8 p.m., Bluegrass Intentions, Stairwell Sisters, Clogging with Evie Ladin, $10; Nov. 29: 10 p.m., Grateful Dead DJ Nite, $5; Nov. 30: 9:30 p.m., Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums w/ Ms. Carmen Getit; 1317 San Pablo Ave. 525-5054 www.ashkenaz.com 

 

Blake’s Nov. 19: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 20: Mr. Q, View From Here, $3; Nov. 21: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 22: Ascension, $5; Nov. 23: Solemite, TBA, $5; Nov. 24: Dank Man Shank, Locale AM, $5; Nov. 25: Out of The Ashes, Wonderland Ave., $3; Nov. 26: All Star Jam Featuring The Steve Gannon Band and Mz. Dee, $4; Nov. 27: PC Munoz and the Amen Corner, Froggy, $3; Nov. 28: Erotic City, DJ Maestro, $2; Nov. 29: Ascension, $5; Nov. 30: Felonious, TBA, $6; All shows 9:30 p.m. 2367 Telegraph Ave. 848-0886 

 

Cal Performances Nov. 29: Les Arts Florissants, $24 - $46; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley Campus, Bancroft Way at Telegraph. 642-0212 tickets@calperfs.berkeley.edu 

 

Eli’s Mile High Club Every Friday, 10 p.m. Funky Fridays Conscious Dance Party with KPFA DJs Splif Skankin and Funky Man. $10 Doors open at 8 p.m. unless noted. 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. 655-6661 

 

Freight & Salvage Coffee House Nov. 21: Raun Fables and Noe Venable; Nov. 23 & 24: Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum and Todd Sickafoose; Nov. 25: Sylvia Herold; Nov. 26: Ellen Robinson; Nov. 28: Wake the Dead; Nov. 29: Judith Kate Friedman and Deborah Pardes; Nov. 30: Odile Lavault and Baguette Quartette; Dec. 1: Geoff Muldaur w/ Fritz Richmond; Dec. 2: Kaila Flexer’s Fieldharmonik; Dec. 5: Avalon Blues: Peter Case, Dave Alvin and Bill Morrissey; Dec. 6: Ray Bonneville; Dec. 7 & 8: Rebecca Riots; All shows begin 8 p.m., 1111 Addison St. Call 548-1761 for prices or see www.freightandsalvage.org.  

 

iMusicast Nov. 30: 6 - 11 p.m., Applesaucer, The Plus Ones, Cutlass Supreme, Salem Lights, Short Wave Rocket, One Step Shift; 5429 Telegraph Ave. 601-1024, www.imusicast.com. 

 

Jupiter Nov. 21: Starchild; All shows 8 p.m. and free. 2821 Shattuck Ave. 843-7625/ www.jupiter.com 

 

“Music on Telegraph” Nov. 25: Downtown Uproar, Greg’s Pizza, 2311 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 1: Scrambled Samba Trio, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 2: Paul and Jill Janoff, Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 8: Jonah Minton Quartet, Julie’s Healthy Cafe, 2562 Bancroft; Dec. 9: Hebro, Blakes, 2367 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 15: Thelonious On The Move, Bison Brewing, 2598 Telegraph Ave.; Dec. 16: Howard Kadis, Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft; Dec. 22: Kaz Sasaki Duo, Blackberry Ginger, 2520 Durant; Dec. 23: Almadecor, Ann’s Kitchen, 2498 Telegraph Ave.; All shows 2 - 4 p.m., Free. 

 

 

“Uncle Vanya” Nov. 23 through Nov. 29: Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 25, 7 p.m. Subterranean Shakespeare’s production of Jean-Claude van Italie’s humorous translation of Anton Chekhov’s romantic masterpiece. Directed by Diane Jackson. Benefits the Forests Forever Foundation. $8-$14. La Val’s Subterranean Theatre, 1834 Euclid 

 

“Goddesses” Nov. 30 through Dec. 1: Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7 p.m. A sensuous and humorous drama concerning one mortal woman’s struggle to control the six extraordinary goddesses in her psyche. Written by Dorotea Reyna. $10. Mils College, Lisser Hall, 5900 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 883-0536, rlcouture@earthlink.net 

 

“Saint Joan” Through Dec. 2: Wed. - Sat. 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m. George Bernard Shaw’s epic of a young girl determined to drive the English out of France with only her faith to support her. Directed by Barbara Oliver. $26-35. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St. 843-4822 www.auroratheatre.org 

 

“Murder Dressed in Satin” by Victor Lawhorn, ongoing. A mystery-comedy dinner show at The Madison about a murder at the home of Satin Moray, a club owner and self-proclaimed socialite with a scarlet past. Dinner is included in the price of the theater ticket. $47.50 Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison St., Oakland. 239-2252 www.acteva.com/go/havefun 

 

“Brave Brood” Through Dec. 16 Robert O’Hara directs Robert O’Hara’s searing tale of money, desperation, and the fight for survival. $20. Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby Ave. 883-0305 www.transparenttheater.org 

 

“Much Ado About Nothing” Nov. 20 through Jan. 8: Check theater for specific dates and times. Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy chronicles a handful of soldiers returning from a winning battle to be greeted by a gaggle of giddy maidens. Directed by Brian Kulick. $10 - $54. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St. 647-2949 www.berkeleyrep.org 

 

Pacific Film Archive Theater Nov. 21: 7 :30 p.m., Macbeth; Nov. 30: 7:30 p.m., Werckmeister Harmonies; 2575 Bancroft Way, 642-1124 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu 

 

“In Through the Outdoors” Through Nov. 24: Featuring seven artists who work in photography and related media including sculpture and video, this exhibit addresses the shift in values and contemporary concerns about the natural world that surrounds us. Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Traywick Gallery, 1316 Tenth St. www.traywick.com 

 

“2001 James D. Phelan Art Awards in Printmaking” Honorees: Bridget Henry, David Kelso, and Margaret Van Patten. Through Nov. 30 Tues. - Fri. noon - 5 p.m., other times by appointment. Kala Art Institue, 1060 Heinz Ave. 549-2977 www.kala.org 

 

“Furniture Art” Through Dec. 7: An exhibit of metal and wood furniture that revisits furniture not only as art but as craft. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Current Gallery at the Crucible, 1036 Ashby Ave. 843-5511 www.thecrucible.org 

 

“The Paintings of Bethany Anne Ayers and Sculpture of Alexander Cheves” Nov. 15 through Dec. 15: Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ardency Gallery, 709 roadway, Oakland. 836-0831 gallery709@aol.com 


Luckless Bears drop 7th straight Big Game

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Monday November 19, 2001

This is what it comes down to for the Cal football team this season: even when Stanford played its worst, the Bears couldn’t beat them. 

The Cardinal turned the ball over five times and committed a season high 10 penalties for 90 yards, but Cal handed back four of the turnovers and managed to give up a Big Game-record 568 yards on defense in a 35-28 Stanford win. 

“You can’t paint the Mona Lisa every week,” Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham said of his team’s ugly win. And against Cal, they certainly didn’t need to. 

The Bears had their now-expected pileup of miscues against the Cardinal. Wideout LaShaun Ward dropped five passes, and quarterback Kyle Boller threw two interceptions. Cornerback Atari Callen missed a tackle on Stanford’s Luke Powell that turned a short gain into a 79-yard touchdown, the second-longest in Big Game history, and the Bears let Cardinal quarterback Chris Lewis to throw for a career-high 390 yards and three scores. 

But they were also the victims of two very questionable calls, both at crucial points in the game. 

After blocking a Stanford field goal at the end of the first half to keep the score 21-13 in favor of Stanford, the Bears should have had some momentum to start the second half. But return man Charon Arnold stretched out on the return and hit the ball on the ground, popping it out. The officials ruled it a fumble and Stanford recovered. 

“That (play) was the story of our season right there,” Cal head coach Tom Holmoe said. “We’d get something good going, and a tough break takes us out of it.” 

In the final minutes of the game, Cal was again hit with a tough call. With Stanford up 35-28, the Bears forced a punt. Calvin Hosey, who had just missed blocking an earlier punt, again came through and dove at the ball, just missing it. He landed in a heap at Stanford punter Eric Johnson’s feet. Johnson collapsed on landing, and after a considerable delay, the referee threw a flag for running into the kicker, giving Stanford a crucial first down. A Pac-10 spokesperson said after the game the punter needed a place to come down, and Hosey didn’t give him the opportunity. 

“His foot landed in front of my thigh, and he just fell down,” Hosey said. “It’s up to the refs to make the call, and we just have to live with it.” 

Stanford ran another minute and a half off of the clock before punting again, and the Bears could only manage a Hail Mary pass from midfield which was batted down in the end zone as time expired. 

The Bears are now 0-10, with a makeup game against a 2-8 Rutgers team on Friday their only hope of salvaging a win this season. 

“You want to talk about Rutgers? Sure, let’s talk about Rutgers,” said Holmoe, for whom the game will be the last as Cal head coach. “That game takes on huge, huge significance for us at this point.” 

The win was the seventh in a row for Stanford in the series. Those who feel some of the spark has left the once-rabid rivalry were supported by the scene after the game: the Stanford fans didn’t rush the field as the winners usually do, and only about half of the team stuck around to receive the Axe trophy. Five minutes after the final whistle, both teams were already bunkered into their locker rooms, ready to move on to the next game. 

Cal’s senior class is now the third in a row to leave without ever winning the Axe, a feeling that didn’t sit well with linebacker Scott Fujita. 

“I just didn’t want to leave the field,” Fujita said. “This was my last big game, the last time I’ll play with all of my best friends.” 

There were some bright spots for the Bears. They took a 10-7 lead in the first quarter when safety Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted a Lewis screen pass and took in it for a touchdown from 16 yards out. Lewis was pressured into the poor throw by linebacker Matt Nixon, who had a whale of a game with 10 tackles, including three for losses, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. 

Boller and Ward hooked up for a 48-yard bomb for the final touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter. But that didn’t make up for the seven dropped passes by Cal receivers. 

“Making some of those catches would have helped,” said Boller, who threw for 278 yards in the game. “We just couldn’t move the ball late in the game.” 

Both quarterbacks were banged up during the game. Lewis was hurt in the third quarter and left for a play, with senior Randy Fasani coming in for his first action in four games. Fasani scrambled for 14 yards on his only play putting the Cardinal within field goal range, but Willingham called for a fake that turned into a botched pass. 

Boller was hit hard in the fourth quarter and came up holding his throwing arm, but he stayed in the game for the duration. 

“I wasn’t coming out unless my arm was broken,” Boller said. 

Most of the Cal talk after the game was how well the team had played, and how the players came together and gave it their best effort. But Holmoe put it best when considering the ramifications of a winless season. 

“Lessons are nice, but wins are sweeter,” he said.


Women activists — past and present — speak out

By Ofelia Madrid, Special to the Daily Planet
Monday November 19, 2001

Images of protesters, peace signs and power struggles circled around three generations of women as they discussed their own experiences as activists to a packed room of around 100 people yesterday afternoon. 

The Berkeley Art Center brought the activist panel together to discuss the invisibility of women’s issues through out the world in conjunction with, “The Whole World’s Watching,” an exhibition of documentary photography of the social movements of the 1960s. 

Before the discussion began, the panel gave tribute to Alice Hamburg, the 95-year-old activist who recently died. Author Tillie Olsen who was also scheduled to be part of the panel was unable to attend due to illness. 

The theme of invisibility ran throughout the hour-long panel discussion. Ruth Rosen, a professor of history at UC Davis spoke of the invisibility of the women of Afghanistan, but expressed optimism with the western world leading the fight to aid the women of Afghanistan. 

Susan Griffin, author of “The Book of Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues,” talked about how women in the 1960s faced the invisibility of women’s issues and stereotypes of women as sexual objects and mothers. 

“The real truth was not coming out,” Griffin said. “To think about women’s issues one had to be an activist.”  

This is when women’s studies departments in universities began and eventually evolved into gender studies. 

“Ideas that may seem clichéd now are actually a measure of our success,” she said. 

When Miriam Joffe-Block attended the University of Pennsylvania, she said some university


Traffic issues need solutions, not study

John Selawsky
Monday November 19, 2001

The Berkeley Daily Planet received this letter addressed to Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean and the City Council: 

 

I’m writing in support of the General Plan and specifically retention of Policy T-35, including a two-year moratorium on city-sponsored parking studies in the downtown area. It’s my belief and understanding that the TDM study was recently completed, and that there are ample parking studies available. It’s also my belief that there is a basic flaw in the EIR process for development downtown (and elsewhere), often allowing individual developments with the designation of “insignificant” or slight impacts on traffic, parking, and congestion, but that when we only look at individual developments we rarely see the whole. Each individual development adds to and accumulates impacts on a variety of services and needs, including quality-of-life. 

I believe we must begin to look at long-term solutions to traffic, congestion, pollution, and parking. These issues are all interconnected.Further, this country’s dependence on the internal combustion automobile has put us in the untenable position of supporting regimes around the world which are undemocratic and who do not support, endorse, nor apply our values for democracy to their own people. These regimes have included up until very recently the Taliban in Afghanistan, as well as the Shah in Iran and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. I find it one of the great hypocrisies of our time that patriotism in this country has not translated into any attempt to wean ourselves from the world oil/gas market. Whenever local or regional policies favor automobiles and car use over other means of transport, we are perpetuating this hypocritical cycle of dependence and repression. 

I would like to see Berkeley fully implement transit passes for all its employees (I am currently working on a district-wide transit policy for the BUSD, and will early next year introduce a similar policy for our district employees), enhanced transit routes and amenities (such as bus-stop shelters, signage for available parking, and perhaps even satellite parking with shuttle service downtown), bike racks at more convenient locations, and increased pedestrian safety and improvements. Until we do everything we can to encourage and acknowledge the need for better public transit and walking and biking I cannot support additional parking studies downtown. 

Thank you for your time and consideration of this important issue. 

 

John Selawsky 

Director, Berkeley Unified School Board 

 


’Jackets slay Dragons for NCS title

By Jared Green Daily Planet Staff
Monday November 19, 2001

Guilliard-Young dominates with 12 blocks for Berkeley 

 

Going into Saturday’s North Coast Section Division I championship, Berkeley High senior star Desiree Guilliard-Young had failed to accomplish just two things in her career: win an NCS title and beat Bishop O’Dowd. Mission accomplished. 

Guilliard-Young led the ’Jackets to a dominating straight-game victory, 16-14, 15-6, 15-8, over the top-seeded Dragons, banishing the four-year curse O’Dowd has held over Berkeley. The 6-foot-5 middle hitter had 8 kills and an astounding 12 blocks in the match, supported by eight kills by outside hitter Vanessa Williams and seven kills and three aces from Amalia Jarvis. 

“We worked way too hard to get to the final to lose,” said a giddy Guilliard-Young after the match at Berkeley High’s Donahue Gymnasium. “We weren’t going to let anything get in our way tonight.” 

The main obstacle for the ’Jackets was supposed to be O’Dowd outside hitter Nikki Esposito, who dominated last season’s NCS matchup between the two teams, a straight-game win for the Dragons. But she wasn’t a huge force in Saturday’s match as O’Dowd’s poor execution kept her from getting on track. Bad passing allowed her just 16 swings on the ball, and she finished with 10 kills. 

“Nikki’s our go-to hitter, but we just couldn’t get the ball to her early in the match,” O’Dowd coach Lisa Newman. “We put ourselves in a hole and couldn’t dig our way out.” 

Berkeley head coach Justin Caraway and Guilliard-Young had lost to the Dragons five times in the last four years, and had never taken so much as a game from them. Caraway couldn’t put his finger on any specific factor that led to the remarkable turnaround. 

“I really couldn’t tell you what the difference was tonight,” he said. “We just played point by point.” 

Although the Dragons were the team with more post-season experience (O’Dowd won the NCS title two years ago), Berkeley was the more composed team early. The ’Jackets jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the opening game on the strength of five aces, including two each from Nadia Qabazard and Guilliard-Young, and some uncharacteristic O’Dowd passing errors. 

But the Dragons came roaring back to tie the game at 14-14 after a rash of service errors from both teams. Esposito had five kills in the latter part of the game, but made a critical error when she hit the sideline antenna with a spike, putting the ’Jackets up 15-14. Amalia Jarvis hit her jump serve for an ace to end the game on the next point, and Berkeley had a 1-0 lead. 

The ’Jackets took a quick lead in the following game as well, going up 10-4 as Guilliard-Young started asserting herself at the net with three kills and a block for points. The Dragons settled down a bit on defense at that point, forcing three side-outs, but Berkeley outside hitter Vanessa Williams answered right back with three straight side-out kills to keep the score the same, and O’Dowd fell apart again. Riley Rant hit the net on an attempted block, Esposito spiked a ball into the net and a Dragon pass went out of bounds, and the score was quickly 13-4. Jarvis again provided the finishing touch, bumping a free ball into the back corner of the court for the 15-6 win. 

O’Dowd finally managed to get their hitters going to start the third game, taking a 3-0 lead with kills from Vanessa Vella and Esposito, but Williams again came up with two crucial side-out kills to stop the bleeding. With the score 4-2, Guilliard-Young simply took over the game, racking up two kills and three blocks during an eight-point Berkeley run.  

“I told Desiree before the last game, ‘Own the net. Block it all,’” Caraway said. “She came through with an unbelievable game.” 

Setter Danielle Larue put up two aces, then Williams had another to give the ’Jackets championship point at 14-7. O’Dowd pulled a point back, but Guilliard-Young slammed home a spike for side out, then took a short set from Larue and hit the winner right down the middle, setting off a wild celebration in the packed gym and dog-pile of Berkeley players in the middle of the court. 

“When we started the playoffs, we all said we were going to win it for Des,” Williams said. “She’s trained so hard for four years, we owed it to her to get this win.” 

Berkeley now heads to the Northern California tournament, an eight-team elimination for the right to play the Southern California champion on Dec. 1. The fourth-seeded ’Jackets open at home at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against No. 7-seed San Benito (Hollister) from the Central California Section. O’Dowd also made the tournament as the last seed and will travel to Davis on Tuesday.


Boy Scout honored for saving girl’s life

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Monday November 19, 2001

Not many Boy Scouts — only about one percent — achieve the organization’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. Berkeley’s Troop Six has had an exceptionally distinguished year, as four of its members have advanced into the order of the Eagle. 

But even that accomplishment pales beside the award bestowed on one of Troop Six’s own on Saturday, when William Berkey, 18, was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s National Heroism Award for saving the life of one of his classmates last year. 

About 150 friends, family members and Scouts filled St. John’s Presbyterian Church on College Avenue for the ceremony, a BSA “National Circle of Honor,” to pay tribute to Berkey, who simultaneously received the award and advanced to Eagle.  

And Ale Braga, who credits Berkey with saving her life when disaster struck on a school field trip, was there to personally thank him and present him with the award. 

Assistant Scoutmaster Michel de Latour — who serves as a lieutenant in the Berkeley Police


Mayor needs to stand up for city, or be replaced

Malcolm Burnstein
Monday November 19, 2001

Editor: 

 

On Oct. 9 Councilmember Dona Spring tried to place on the council agenda an item asking the council to call for a cessation of the bombing in Afghanistan. She was then misquoted in the Daily Cal to the effect that the bombing of Afghanistan could be considered a terrorist act. Even if she said it, she is only one councilmember. 

Nevertheless, immediately, as if Mayor Dean were just waiting for what she perceived as a wedge issue, the mayor placed on her Web site a message that stated that among other things, she wanted to disavow her “council colleagues (note the plural) who would denounce the United States as a ‘terrorist nation.’” She went on to state that “Spring and her four leftist colleagues ... were advocating for ... a resolution condemning U.S. anti-terrorist activity in Afghanistan . . . .” Regard the mayor’s McCarthyite language (”leftist colleagues”). It was the Mayor’s false and misleading web site language that the press picked up, causing the furor about Berkeley. 

Not only were the mayor’s statements false, but the mayor must have known they were false when she made them. Multiple members of council never called the United States a terrorist nation. And no resolution as described by the mayor was advocated by Spring, let alone any of her “leftist” colleagues. 

And, in fact, the resolution that was placed on the agenda for the Oct. 6 meeting and which was ultimately passed, is a far cry from the wild descriptions of it used to denounce Berkeley from all around the country. And despite her drumbeat attacks on the resolution, Mayor Dean voted for two of its five parts and did not have the moral courage to vote against the other parts; she merely abstained.  

The mayor’s comments, on her Web site and in the press fostered a national perception of Berkeley as unpatriotic and caused the boycott talk. Nor was the false information disseminated by the mayor corrected by her though she had many opportunities to do so; indeed, she kept the first message on her Web site until after the Oct. 6 council meeting, the time when many journalists picked up the story.  

We know that opposition to the city, and talk of boycott lessened, or ceased entirely if people saw the actual text of the resolution. For example, the members of council have been furnished a letter from the conservative Republican from Oregon, a relative of one Berkeley citizen, who criticized Berkeley about the Oct. 6 resolution until he had seen the actual text of it. Then, he wrote, “Well, if that is the resolution, I think your mayor isn’t doing a good job on behalf of the city. Instead of trying to get the City Council to reverse its stand – which appears to be principled, balanced and patriotic – she should be out public defending her council on every television news program and with every publication that has taken issue with Berkeley’s position. Even I could support this resolution. Faced with a boycott it appears your mayor either lacks courage or leadership . . . or both.” 

It is clear we need new leadership in Berkeley, leadership that places the welfare of the city above self-serving petty politics. By that measure, Mayor Dean needs to be replaced, and perhaps that should be done before the next election. 

 

Malcolm Burnstein 

Berkeley 


Duffy wins third straight North Coast title

Staff Report
Monday November 19, 2001

Three St. Mary’s runners qualify for state meet 

 

St. Mary’s High cross country runner Bridget Duffy won her third consecutive North Coast Section Division IV championship on Saturday in Hayward, overtaking Bishop O’Dowd’s Danilla Musante in the last 400 yards to take the title with a time of 18:06, two seconds ahead of Musante. 

Duffy will be joined at the state championship meet by freshman teammate Gabi Rios-Sotelo, who finished the race sixth in 18:37.  

Duffy also won her first NCS title at Hayward High as a sophomore in 1999. 

“It was running through my mind while I was running,” Duffy said of her repeat performance. “I had to win my third.” 

Duffy’s performance is even more impressive considering the fact she was sick last week and couldn’t train for the race for four days. 

“That’s probably the hardest (race) ever because she’s been sick all week,” St. Mary’s coach Denis Mohun said. “Rather than panicking, she stayed in focus of going after (Musante). It was a great race. 

Qualifying for the state meet in Fresno next weekend was St. Mary’s Rudy Vasquez. He finished third in the boys’ race with a time of 15:40. But Vasquez, who won the NCS title last year, wasn’t happy with his performance. 

“It wasn’t what I wanted, not at all,” he said. “I guess I didn’t have it today, but there’s no excuses. Next week is a new race. I’m going to go out next week and run with everything I have.” 

Berkeley High’s Alex Enscoe finished 31st in the Division I boys’ race with a time of 16:45.


Photo exhibit pays tribute to peace movement

By Carole-Anne Elliott Special to the Daily Planet
Monday November 19, 2001

Hundreds of students surround the police car holding civil rights activist Jack Weinberg, one moment in a 36-hour protest on the UC Berkeley campus. 

A policeman marches a young, T-shirted antiwar protester down an Oakland street, his club forcing a grimace as it is grinds into the man’s throat. 

Three robust, naked women sculpt designs onto their mud-covered bodies, enjoying the freedom of a 1975 weekend campout. 

These scenes happened long ago, when the Bay Area was the combustible setting for a number of social protests in the 1960s and ’70s. But they have great resonance today, as the popularity of the Berkeley Art Center’s current exhibit, “The Whole World’s Watching,” demonstrates. 

The exhibit consists of 100 black and white photographs that chronicle everything from the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley to the Black Panther movement in Oakland to the Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island. 

Robbin Henderson, the center’s executive director, estimates that 250 people a week have visited the tiny gallery since the show opened in September – many more than usual. And, she said, “our donations are much higher. People are putting fives in there instead of just ones.” 

Henderson attributes the exhibit’s success to two factors: the accessibility of photography as a medium, and the range of movements covered. 

Everyone can relate to a photograph, she said. “They don’t have to figure out anything.” 

But that doesn’t mean the photographs offer only quick, visual images. The first picture visitors see shows a handsome young man looking out peacefully from behind metal bars. It’s almost easy to miss that they’re jail bars, until you read the photo’s caption and learn that the man is Huey Newton. Newton founded the Black Panther movement, whose members armed themselves with rifles to deter police brutality. 

Finally, you might notice that Newton is offering a peace sign with his fingers. 

“A still image – you can look at it for hours,” Henderson said. “You can consider it; you can consider all different things about it.” 

The photographs are arranged in roughly chronological order, reminding visitors that movements built off of and drew inspiration from one another. The Free Speech Movement, for example, was born in 1964 when Weinberg was arrested on Sproul Plaza handing out leaflets advocating civil rights. 

Henderson said those viewing the exhibit are both older people who lived through the movements, and younger visitors learning about them for the first time. She described a group of black boys chaperoned by an older man. They “had the demeanor exactly of the Black Panthers,” she said, but quickly became “absolutely absorbed.” 

“They were looking not just at the Black Panthers,” Henderson said. “They were looking at the American Indian” section of the exhibit also. 

“It represents a lot of different kinds of people who can recognize themselves in these photographs,” she said. 

Joseph Lubow recognized himself right away. Active in both the civil rights and anti-war movements on the East Coast, Lubow drove up from Santa Cruz recently, a double purpose calling him to the exhibit. 

“On one level, it’s coming to learn the history of what my brothers and sisters were doing out here,” he said. But the relevance of the photographs to current events had him in tears. 

“I’m watching our government do a lot of what it did in the ’60s,” Lubow said, “and not looking for substantive answers to what happened on Sept. 11. In some ways this is a reminder of what we put our lives on the line for, and to watch our government do it again makes this even more powerful.” 

UC Berkeley senior Katie Feo was able to draw parallels between photographs on the Feminist Revolution and her work at an abortion clinic. 

“It’s cool to see pictures of when it was a new thing,” she said. 

Her classmate, Holly Haddock, was happy to see a photo of a young girl in a Black Panther school, and another of children taking part in the Black Panther “free breakfast” program. “Those images you don’t see,” she said. “Them caring for their own community.” 

The exhibit was three years in the making, Henderson said. Where the Berkeley Art Center ordinarily spends $5,000 to $7,000 on an exhibit, with another $5,000 to $7,000 on an accompanying catalog, it has shelled out more than $100,000 for “The Whole World’s Watching,” which Henderson hopes to make up in donations and sales of a 150-page catalog. 

After leaving Berkeley next month, the exhibit will tour venues throughout California until at least the beginning of 2004. Henderson looks forward to “a much higher profile in our little pond.” 

 

“The Whole World’s Watching” runs through December 16 at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley. 


Canada has many foreign college students

Richard Thompson,
Monday November 19, 2001

Editor: 

 

In contrast to the United States; Canada, France and the United Kingdom, are still actively seeking foreign students. 11,000 more Koreans are studying in Canada than in the United States, already. And the number of American students applying to Canadian universities like University of Toronto, McGill University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, Western University, and University of British Columbia, has spiked by as much as 25 percent for the class of 2005. According to McClean’s, a Canadian magazine,in addition to the above research-level universities, the best liberal arts colleges are as follows: 1) Mount Allison, 2) St. Francis Xavier, 3) Trent, 4) Arcadia, 5) Winnepeg, and the best universities below the PhD-granting level are as follows: 1) Waterloo, 2) Simon Fraser, 3) Guelph, and 4) Victoria. Prime Minister Tony Blair of U.K. hopes to attract over 40 percent of the entire English-speaking world’s student population that plan to study overseas to come study in that country during his term of office. According to The Times of London, the best U.K. universities are as follows:  

1) Cambridge, 2) Oxford, and 3) University of London, Imperial. And France wants to boost the number of foreign students studying in France from the current 300,000 to 500,000.  

 

Richard Thompson,  

Visiting Professor, Gwangju University, Korea  


Panthers fall in NCS first round

Staff Report
Monday November 19, 2001

The St. Mary’s High football team’s season came to an end on Saturday with a North Coast Section playoff loss to Campolindo, 23-20. 

Campolindo cornerback Julian Hua intercepted a St. Mary’s pass with 43 seconds left to clinch the win for the sixth-seeded Cougars. Matt Cunha-Rigby provided the winning score with a 27-yard field goal with less than three minutes left in the game. 

St. Mary’s tailback Trestin George ran for 109 yards and a touchdown in his final game for the Panthers, and quarterback Steve Murphy threw for scores of 74 and 46 yards, but the third-seeded Panthers lost in the first round of the NCS playoffs for the second year in a row. 

Campolindo had big plays of its own, as quarterback Sean Phalzer threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Smith and a 47-yard score to Cunha-Rigby in the first half for a 14-6 halftime lead. Cougar running back Justin Bonetto ran for a game-high 124 yards and scored a 19-yard touchdown on a screen pass to put his team up 20-12 early in the fourth quarter before George tied the game with an 11-yard score and ran for the two-point conversion.


UC gets $1 million to fight sudden Oak death

Bay City News Service
Monday November 19, 2001

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation says it is donating a total of $1 million to the University of California campuses in Davis and Berkeley to study Sudden Oak Death. 

Foundation spokeswoman Genny Biggs said UC Berkeley would receive $600,000 and UC Davis would receive $400,000 from the foundation started by Intel founder Gordon Moore and his wife Betty. Scientists can use the money for baseline research, purchasing laboratory equipment and paying lab technicians, she said. 

The donation comes just one month after another major funding announcement in which Gov. Gray Davis approved $3.6 million in state funds to help fight the disease. Introduced by Assemblywoman Carole Midgen, D-San Francisco, the legislation provides the money to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop strategies to combat the disease. 

First discovered in 1995 in Marin County, Sudden Oak Death has spread to trees in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Napa and Sonoma counties.  

Hundreds of thousands of trees have been afflicted. 

In July 2000, a UC Davis professor identified the fungus that causes the disease, but experts are still unsure how the fungus spreads and what affects the disease has on wildlife and native plants.


Cal water polo upsets top-ranked Stanford

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday November 19, 2001

STANFORD – The No. 6 ranked California men’s water polo team (13-6) upset No. 1 ranked and previously unbeaten Stanford (17-1), 4-3, Saturday in the Big Splash at the Avery Aquatic Center. The upset gave the Bears their third consecutive Steve Heaston Trophy. Heaston was the former Cal water polo coach (1989-98) who led the Bears to three NCAA titles and passed away in 1999.  

Cal senior Spencer Dornin got the scoring started with a goal just over two minutes into the game. Stanford junior Jeff Guyman rallied with a goal at 4:43 in the second period off a deep pass from goalkeeper Nick Ellis. The Bears then tacked on two goals by Greg Panawek and Dornin to make the halftime score 3-1.  

Joe Kaiser chalked up one more goal in the match for Cal, just over a minute into the third quarter. The Bears defense was sturdy and held the Stanford offense to just one goal in the first three periods. Cal goalie Russell Bernstein energized his team 13 saves in the game. Stanford’s Tony Azevedo did not relent, though, and put up two more goals in the fourth quarter to cut the Cal lead to one with three minutes left to play.  

Stanford was unable to capitalize on 6-on-5 possessions throughout the match and the Bears defense was strong limiting the Cardinal to three goals on 31 shots.  

The Big Splash was the final regular season match for Cal and Stanford, who will both compete at the MPSF Tournament, which begins on Friday, Nov. 23 at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley.


Bay Briefs

Staff
Monday November 19, 2001

S.F. election dept. faces changes 

SAN FRANCISCO – Still under fire for delays in the counting of results from citywide elections earlier this month, San Francisco’s elections department faces extensive changes. 

On Nov. 6, 63 percent of voters approved Proposition E, a measure that creates a new seven-member commission to run the department and hire a director. 

The new commission will replace a system that has produced five directors in as many years and is under investigation by the secretary of state. That could mean the newest elections chief, Tammy Haygood, could be replaced by the new commission. 

The proposition was one of several written by the Board of Supervisors to shrink the power of the mayor, who is in control of the elections office. Mayor Willie Brown’s chief administrative officer, Bill Lee, has chosen the past few elections’ directors, including hiring Haygood a few months ago. 

Lee insists that San Francisco runs clean elections. Few allegations of fraud have been proven, although grand jury studies have found bureaucratic fumbles. 

 

Developer fees lowered 

RICHMOND – Residential developers must now build affordable housing or pay steep fees, but not as steep as city leaders originally intended. 

This week the City Council gave final approval to an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that forces developers of 10 or more units to set aside homes for low-income families or pay an “in-lieu” fee. 

The resulting funds will go toward the city’s Infill Housing Program, which offers strategies to transform abandoned and neglected properties into quality affordable housing. 

The fee originally was set at 10 percent of the construction costs for a market-rate home, times the number of units in the complex. Similar ordinances throughout the Bay Area require much lower amounts. 

Fearing developers might abandon the city, Richmond council members lowered the fee to 7 percent of the market-rate construction costs, and stipulated that the City Council evaluate the ordinance after one year. 

 

District closes school due to sickness worries 

PINOLE – After years of teacher complaints that mold in their classrooms was making them sick, school district officials decided this week to abandon Elizabeth Stewart Elementary School. 

“One of my teachers died of lung cancer,” said Principal Carol Butcher, who suffers from headaches, coughing and sinus problems. “I have two teachers on (worker’s compensation) because they can’t get rid of sinus problems and the coughing. I have one teacher who cannot make it to lunch without throwing up fluid from her lungs.” 

More testing is needed to determine what exactly is happening. Three separate environmental studies have failed to show dangerous levels of mold spores in the school. 

The move was approved Wednesday in an emergency vote by the school board to allow for additional testing of the 1960s-era hillside school. As many as 21 portable units will be trucked onto a grass field and baseball diamond at the back of the campus, at a cost of about $1.5 million in Measure M funds. 

The portable units are expected to arrive in December, but likely won’t be ready for classroom use until late January or early February. 

 

Kid hacker faces possible jail time 

MARTINEZ – A juvenile computer hacker faces sentencing in January after pleading guilty to defacing NASA and U.S. Army Web pages last summer with his own Web page protesting the music industry’s suit against Napster. 

The hacker, known as “Pimpshiz,” pleaded guilty earlier this month in Contra Costa Juvenile Court to two of the 11 counts filed against him this June. The other counts were dismissed. 

The investigation was conducted by state and federal authorities. 

Sentencing for the hacker is set for Jan. 11.


Calif. Senator’s son gunned down during robbery

The Associated Press
Monday November 19, 2001

McPherson dies from gunshot to chest; Willie Brown offers $10,000 reward 

 

SAN FRANCISCO – The son of a Republican state senator gunned down over the weekend, was shot two blocks from his house by a man who jumped from behind a bush and attempted to rob him. 

Hunter McPherson, 27, died from a gunshot wound to his upper torso early Saturday. He was shot while walking home with his girlfriend, Alexa Savelle, from a nearby friend’s house in the Potrero Hill area, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Sunday. 

The suspect grabbed Savelle’s purse during the incident, then shot McPherson. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he died about 5:30 a.m. Savelle was not injured in the attack. 

San Francisco Lt. Judie Pursell said the neighborhood where the shooting occurred has both residences and businesses. She said it is not known as a high-crime neighborhood. 

Mayor Willie Brown has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. 

McPherson is the son of Sen. Bruce McPherson of Santa Cruz. The senator told the newspaper his son was “his mother’s pride and joy and his father’s best friend.” 

Hunter McPherson was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as an account executive at BizDevEx, a San Francisco sales and business-development company. He is remembered as an athlete at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, where he played varsity baseball and basketball. 

After graduating from college, Hunter McPherson spent time in Hawaii before moving to San Francisco about six months ago. 

Bruce McPherson, who represents the 15th State Senate District, has announced he plans to run for lieutenant governor. The district covers a small portion of Santa Clara County, including the cities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy and a portion of the of San Jose. 

Bruce McPherson was editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel from 1982 to 1990. The McPherson family owned the newspaper from 1864 to 1982. 

“I’ve known the McPherson family since before Hunter was born,” said Santa Cruz Sentinel Editor Tom Honig. “From the time he was a little kid, he was the same: friendly, smart and engaging. His death is an unspeakable tragedy.”


More state teachers expected to gain national certification

The Associated Press
Monday November 19, 2001

SACRAMENTO – The number of nationally certified public schoolteachers in California is expected to jump sharply this year, thanks in part to bonuses the state gives those who earn the honor, state officials said in a conference call with reporters Sunday. 

More than 500 state public school teachers are expected to be certified by the nonprofit National Board for Professional Teaching Standards this year. That will push the total number of nationally certified public school teachers in the state to roughly 1,200. California has 300,000 public school teachers. 

Public school teachers must have a state credential to teach in California. A national credential is not required, but is considered prestigious. Officials will announce Tuesday which teachers earned certification this year. 

During the administration of former Gov. Pete Wilson, California began awarding $10,000 bonuses to teachers certified under the national program. As recently as three years ago, there were only 59 such teachers in the state. 

Since then, Gov. Gray Davis has signed legislation promising another $20,000 to certified teachers who agreed to work for at least four years in low-performing schools. 

“It is a significant financial incentive and I certainly believe it is making a difference,” California Education Secretary Kerry Mazzoni said during the conference call. 

Candidates for national certification must have three years’ experience and are required to submit portfolios of their work, student work samples and other items. State, federal and private funds underwrite nearly the entire $2,300 application cost. 

Since the non-governmental National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, based in Arlington, Va., began certifying teachers in 1995, 9,531 teachers nationwide have earned the honor. About 13,000 more sought certification this year, including 1,033 from California. 

Roughly three dozen other states also offer financial incentives for teachers who win national certification.


Kaiser Foundation Health Plan fined $500,000 in 19-year-old patient’s death

By Jennifer Coleman Associated Press Writer
Monday November 19, 2001

SACRAMENTO – State HMO regulators fined the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. $500,000 for failing to give a timely referral to a 19-year-old man who later died. 

Timothy Water’s mother requested a referral to a muscular dystrophy specialist at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, said Daniel Zingale, director of the state Department of Managed Health Care. 

Most children diagnosed with Duchennes muscular dystrophy begin having respiratory problems in their late teens. When Waters’ mother Junette LaLonde noticed her son was having problems breathing, she first called the specialist at UC Davis. 

“They said they couldn’t see him unless they had the referral,” said LaLonde, who lives in Stockton. 

Waters died six days later without a referral, Zingale said. 

“The requirements are for a timely referral and in this case, timely would mean immediate,” he said. “We think it was a failure of the HMO’s system.” 

Waters died in August 2000. 

Zingale said Kaiser officials cooperated “in good faith” during the department’s investigation. 

“But what we haven’t had is an acknowledgment of the system failure and a plan to correct the problem,” he said. 

Kaiser officials said they hadn’t been notified of the fine and couldn’t comment on it. But spokesman Tom Debley said the health plan wanted to “express our sincere sympathy for the family of the young man.” 

Debley said Waters was under the care of doctors at both Kaiser and UC Davis, and that Kaiser was still conducting an internal investigation into the case. 

Zingale said Waters had been treated at UC Davis previously “but in this episode, everyone was acting as if the patient needed a referral. If in fact a referral wasn’t needed, the family certainly needed to know that.” 

The HMO was responsible for ensuring “continuity of care and it failed to do so,” he said. 

LaLonde said she hopes the fine will encourage Kaiser to “change some of their rules.” 

“Tim had special needs and a special case and they should have sent the referal quickly knowing that,” said LaLonde. 

The department has issued fines against HMOs in the past for failing to give a prompt referral, but this is the first related to a fatality, Zingale said. 

Kaiser is California’s largest HMO with 6.2 million members statewide.


Yahoo to cut 400 jobs as it rearms for future growth

By Brian Bergstein AP Business Writer
Monday November 19, 2001

SUNNYVALE – Yahoo! Inc. will cut 400 jobs, more than 12 percent of its work force, as it reorganizes in search of “sustainable, profitable growth,” the Internet company told analysts this week. 

The company is condensing 44 business units into six to create a more manageable structure that will help reduce Yahoo’s reliance on advertising and generate new paid services, chairman and chief executive Terry Semel said. 

“There’s nothing wrong with advertising revenue,” Semel said on a stage in Yahoo’s new gray-and-purple headquarters complex. “We believe in it, but you will see this is going to be a much more diversified company.” 

The company also revealed revenue projections for the current quarter and 2002 that are in line with analysts’ estimates. 

Yahoo shares fell 38 cents to close at $14.83 in trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, but were up 13 cents in extended trading. 

Yahoo imposed the first layoffs in its six-year history in April, cutting 420 jobs – 12 percent of its work force. 

This second round is necessary to put resources where they will need to be for the company’s next stage of growth, said president and chief operating officer Jeff Mallett. The cuts also will save the company $30 million to $35 million a year, chief financial officer Susan Decker said. 

Although 400 employees will be cut from Yahoo’s 3,256-member work force, about 100 will be added in new positions created by the restructuring – for a net loss of around 300. 

Analysts were eager to hear details of Yahoo’s plans because the company has reported four straight money-losing quarters and consumers have been lukewarm to its new subscription-based offerings. 

Semel, a Hollywood veteran hired in April to transform Yahoo, was equally excited to explain his strategy in depth. 

“I kind of see it as our coming-out party,” he said. 

Advertising amounted to 90 percent of Yahoo’s $1.1 billion in revenue last year, which proved problematic in the dot-com bust and the economic slowdown. 

Semel said Yahoo will reduce that rate to 76 percent by the end of this year, and he set a goal of making advertising about 50 percent of sales in 2004. 

The company will offer more packages of services to consumers and businesses, and try to make its search engine into a profit producer by letting advertisers pay to have certain keywords bring up links to their sites. The company also will seek more fees from shopping, auctions and Internet access services around the world. 

Yahoo moved toward some of those goals this week by announcing a partnership with Overture Inc. to offer paid listings on its search pages and a deal with SBC Communications Inc. to provide co-branded high-speed Internet access over digital subscriber lines. 

Yahoo counts 218 million registered users — 80 million of whom are considered active users. Semel wants at least 10 million of them to have a “direct billing relationship” with Yahoo, making the company more of a “principal” service provider and not just a distribution “agent.” 

Still, Yahoo was careful to remind analysts it is not neglecting advertising, trumpeting its Internet marketing services and its improved relationships with ad agencies that were put off by what they perceived as Yahoo’s arrogance during the dot-com heyday. 

Analyst John Corcoran of CIBC World Markets said Yahoo’s new management better understands the company’s challenges. 

“It’s no longer a 21-year-old who had been pumping gas and now he’s at a dot-com,” he said. “There’s some gray hair coming in on the sales side.” 

Steve Weinstein of Pacific Crest Securities said Yahoo’s diversified strategy makes good sense — now Yahoo has to execute on it in what remains a difficult economic environment. Weinstein said he does not expect Semel to make any revolutionary changes any time soon. 

“Terry’s a real builder. He’s not going to make rash or silly decisions,” Weinstein said. “It’s going to take a while.” 

Decker said revenue in the current quarter will be between $160 million and $180 million, in line with analysts’ estimates of $168.9 million, according to Thomson Financial/First Call. She said earnings would be break-even or 1 cent per share, excluding one-time events; analysts are forecasting 1 cent. 

For all of 2002, Decker predicted Yahoo would see $725 million to $785 million in sales. Analysts were forecasting $735.7 million, according to First Call.


Education leaders react to Davis budget-cutting proposals

By Alexa Haussler Associated Press Writer
Monday November 19, 2001

SACRAMENTO – California education leaders say they expected schools would come under the ax in an attempt to stem an expected $12.4 billion budget shortfall. 

So they swallowed the bitter news of Gov. Gray Davis’ decision to halt $2.24 billion in state spending – including $844 million for school programs – as inevitable. 

“We are not pleased but we are also not surprised,” said Mary Bergen, president of the California Federation of Teachers. 

Claiming he has increased California’s overall education spending nearly 40 percent since he first took office, Davis said last week the state will still spend more for grades K-12 this budget year than last under his plan. 

But the rapid drop in state revenues forced him to make cuts to nearly every area of the budget, he said. 

“These are tough times that require tough decisions,” Davis said Thursday. “My responsibilities are to make sure that we have a balanced budget and we live within our means.” 

A day earlier, Davis froze spending in more than 80 programs until the Legislature holds an emergency session in January to act on $2.24 billion in proposed cuts. The largest piece of the cuts would come from education under his plan. 

The cuts would come from the state’s $79 million general fund – essentially the operating portion of the total $100 billion budget that includes special funds and bond money. 

Among his proposals, Davis would scrap a one-time package to help schools offset rising energy costs and delay $197 million in new grants to help low-performing schools that were approved this year. 

He also proposes cutting in half a performance award program for employees in schools with improved test scores; and cutting a $30 million planned expansion of after-and before-school programs. 

“There is no question that this is going to be a painful, difficult process for school districts,” said Kevin Gordon, executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials. 

The education cuts amount to a small, inevitable fraction of the $33.4 billion in state K-12 funds, officials said. 

Wayne Johnson, president of the California Teachers Association, said schools with poor performance on test scores won’t receive a crucial boost this year. But he said, “it’s out of anybody’s control.” 

Davis’ announcement Wednesday of deeper immediate cuts came hours after Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill said California is facing its steepest decline in revenues since World War II. 

In her yearly report on the state’s fiscal outlook, Hill forecast a $12.4 billion budget shortfall during the two-year period covering this budget year and next. 

State revenues already were sagging before Sept. 11, and analysts have said California’s fiscal health has suffered since because of terrorism-related layoffs and tourism declines. 

Also this week, state tax officials confirmed that a quarter-cent state sales tax increase will kick in Jan. 1. The increase is automatically triggered when the state’s emergency reserves dip too low. 

The hike will translate to about $50 more in sales tax on a $20,000 car and about 5 cents on a compact disc. Government officials estimate it will cost a family of four an average of $120 per year.


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One killed, 12 injured as Amtrak train hits tractor in Ventura County

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

CAMARILLO — An Amtrak Surfliner train crashed into a tractor, killing the farm vehicle’s driver and causing minor injuries to 12 rail passengers Friday, authorities said. 

The northbound train struck the tractor shortly after 2 p.m. as it was pulling a device to prepare fields for planting, said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Joe Luna. 

The tractor was dragged in flames 400 yards. The lead passenger car of the train, which was being pushed by a locomotive at the rear, was heavily charred and ended up with its front wheels off the track. 

The tractor driver was identified as a 65-year-old man but his name was not immediately released. 

The crash occurred about 50 miles west of Los Angeles at an unguarded crossing at 5th Street and Pleasant Valley Road, Luna said. Twelve passengers were evaluated by paramedics and five opted to be taken to hospitals, Luna said. 

The injuries included minor shock and anxiety, he said. 

The eight-car Surfliner, carrying 150 passengers, began its run in San Diego. Its final destination was Santa Barbara. Passengers were being taken the rest of the way by bus. 

A call for comment to an Amtrak representative wasn’t immediately returned. Luna said Amtrak would determine how fast the train was going and any further details on the crash investigation.


U.S. Mint lays off hundreds as bank practices coin surplus

By Dan Robish The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

PHILADELPHIA — A surplus of coins caused in part by fewer cash purchases in the softening economy has led the U.S. Mint to begin layoffs. 

Instead of 23 billion new pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters next year, mint officials now believe they’ll need only 15 billion, mint spokesman Michael White said Wednesday. 

The drop in demand for new coins is staggering, said James Benfield, executive director of the Coin Coalition, a Washington lobbying group. 

“What we’re seeing now is a mega-dip here,” Benfield said. 

The mint has begun laying off 357 workers nationwide, mostly seasonal workers at the major coin-production plants in Philadelphia and Denver. Its other plants in San Francisco and West Point, N.Y., make commemorative coins and coins from gold, silver and platinum. 

The San Francisco plant will lose 101 workers and the Philadelphia branch will lose 104 employees, White said. Most of the employees being laid off are seasonal or temporary workers. 

Some have speculated that the coin glut is being compounded by many coins coming back into circulation after months or years on dresser tops and in shoe boxes. But a spokeswoman for Coinstar, a company that operates 9,300 coin-changing machines in supermarkets, said the company is not seeing an increase in usage of its machines. 

The Coinstar machines, which count a shopper’s coins and exchange them for cash or groceries, took in $1.2 billion last year and are expected to take in the same amount this year, Coinstar spokeswoman Michelle Avila said. 

For the mint, lower production means lower profits because it charges the Federal Reserve for the full face value of a coin, though it costs less to manufacture.  

For example, it costs 4.5 cents to make a quarter, but the mint charges 25 cents, White said. A penny costs just under a cent to make; a nickel costs 3.16 cents; a dime costs 1.92 cents. The balance goes to the U.S. Treasury to pay for other government operations. 

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State considering four-level terror threat warning system

By Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Wednesday November 21, 2001

SACRAMENTO — California is considering a four-tier system to decide when to warn the public about possible terrorist threats, Gov. Gray Davis’ new security adviser said Tuesday. 

Level Four would be assigned to nebulous, unconfirmed reports, while a Level One would be reserved for credible threats that specify the time, location, target and other details, said Davis security adviser George Vinson. 

The effort predates the debate that followed Davis’ decision earlier this month to make public a private warning by the FBI that terrorists might be targeting bridges in Western states, Vinson said. 

Davis spokesman Steve Maviglio said such a warning likely would have been given the second highest classification because it included a specific time frame and range of targets, but was not corroborated. 

That might not have qualified it for public release under the guidelines outlined by Vinson, though he previously supported Davis’ decision to issue a public warning. 

Davis’ decision spurred a nationwide debate over when such warnings are beneficial. 

Davis had considered closing four California bridges after learning of a threat the FBI later determined was not credible. But Vinson said the governor opted to post extra patrols there instead so as not to interrupt state commerce. 

Vinson said the tiers would function as “a guide for decision makers” who would then advise Davis on making the threat public. 

But Vinson said he would recommend publicizing any Level One threat, most often in cooperation with federal officials. 

The levels are still being developed, but should be finalized “within days,” Maviglio said. 

A Level Three threat will likely be from a source of unknown reliability when there is no corroboration or specifics, while a Level Two would be when the source is believed to be reliable and there is some corroboration, but many details are missing, said Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Lockyer is overseeing the new California Anti-Terrorism Information Center that is reviewing the guidelines. 

The idea for a tiered threat warning system grew out of frustration by local politicians and law enforcement over when to warn the public, said Vinson, a 23-year FBI veteran who headed two West Coast counterterrorism task forces. 

“They were all kind of on their own making these decisions,” Vinson said. 

“We’re dealing with threats every single day,” he said. However, “there is a real thick fog around intelligence” that means some threats are far more credible than others. 


Middle East scholars meet to discuss post Sept. 11 foreign policy

By Ritu Bhatanagar Associated Press Writer
Monday November 19, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO – Middle East studies scholars say the fundamental Islamist movement won’t end with the capture or killing of suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants. 

“Those networks will still be there. Their diffuse military goal will still be acted on,” said Ann Lesch, a professor of political science at Villanova University. “Their elimination won’t put an end to the movement or the apparent grievances on which it’s based.” 

Lesch spoke to a crowded room Sunday of academics gathered for the annual Middle East Studies Association conference, held this year in San Francisco. About 1,500 people are attending the conference, which runs through Tuesday. 

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, conference organizers added a panel on the implications of the attacks on international relations and a roundtable discussion of Afghanistan. 

Prof. Bahgat Korany, from the University of Montreal and the American University in Cairo, outlined some of the key challenges facing Arab nations in this conflict.  

He said Arab countries’ support for the U.S is marked by reservations, because there is an Islamist threat to their own regimes and public denouncement could lead to political repercussions. 

Korany also reflected on the perception of the al-Quaida network in Arab nations. 

“In contrast to the forces of globalization and corruption, they look like symbols of protest and resistance,” he said. “They seem like mountain warriors — the original Muslim desert troops.” 

Georgetown University Prof. Michael Hudson called the conflict in Afghanistan the first postmodern war. However, he said the U.S is fighting the war with modern techniques against an enemy that doesn’t want territory, but more followers. Hudson said terrorist networks gain more ground through the use of propaganda. 

“The alleged horror being perpetrated by the U.S. appears on their T.V. screens,” Hudson said. “The other side can play the terrorist card too, and I regret to say that are doing it well.” 

Prof. Larry Goodson, of Bentley College, said one of the keys to a more stable Middle East is the rebuilding of Afghanistan following the current war. Afghanistan has a strong influence on neighboring countries such as Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Russia, Goodson said. 

“The conditions that are present now in Afghanistan are in real danger of returning to the anarchy and war-lording that was present from about 1992 to 1995,” he said. 

Goodson said the elite of Afghanistan — the Taliban — hijacked modernity and eliminated it as an option for the nation and its people. 

“Afghanistan’s culture has been killed,” Goodson said. “Its modern media, ancient monuments, popular culture are gone — women have been denied all freedoms. It’s unclear what of the original culture will re-emerge after the war.” 

Goodson said that a central authority from the outside should be involved in rebuilding the country. 

“We should involve countries that are not interested in occupying Afghanistan, but that want to rebuild its roads, its schools, its resources,” he said.


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San Diego appeals panel throws out challenge to anti-El Toro airport initiative

The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

SAN DIEGO — A state appeals court on Wednesday threw out a challenge to an anti-airport initiative at the former Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro. 

The measure, if passed by Orange County voters March 5, would essentially bar construction of a civilian airport at the site. 

Previously, the Fourth District Court of Appeals allowed the Orange County Registrar of Voters to verify petition signatures to qualify the zoning initiative for the ballot. 

Airport proponents, however, challenged the petition in Superior Court, claiming the measure’s wording would mislead voters about the initiative’s impact. An Orange County Superior Court judge agreed and invalidated the gathered petitions. 

On Wednesday, the Fourth District Court of Appeals threw out the Superior Court order. 

Airport foes, who hope to ask voters to replace airport zoning at the base with plans for a park and university complex, expressed satisfaction with the ruling. 

Voters should have the right to decide whether they want the airport, said Roger Faubel, a consultant hired by the group El Toro Reuse Planning Authority. 

A spokesman for the two pro-airport groups, Citizens for Jobs and the Economy and the Airport Working Group of Orange County, could not be located for comment Wednesday. 

Last month, Orange County supervisors voted 3-2 to build the commercial airport, which they said would serve as many as 18.8 million passengers a year. 


Las Vegas crowds expected to shrink this Thanksgiving

By Lisa Snedeker The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

LAS VEGAS — While the glittering Las Vegas Strip may not be as crowded over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend as last year, those who do come are expected to spend more money, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports. 

“Visitors are simply spending more money on nongaming activities like entertainment, restaurants and shopping,” said Kevin Bagger, the LVCVA’s senior researcher. 

The estimated 265,000 visitors is a 2 percent decline from last year, but weekend’s nongaming economic impact is projected at $177.4 million. That’s up 12.3 percent from $158 million last year, Bagger said. 

And the city’s 125,581 hotel rooms are expected to be about 92 percent full. While that’s down 2 percent compared with last year, the city has 1.7 percent more rooms to fill now, Bagger said. 

“We have recovered, especially on weekends, compared to other destinations,” Bagger said, referring to the tourism slump that hit Las Vegas and other leisure destinations dependent on air traffic after Sept. 11. 

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport fell 40 percent in the week after the terrorist attacks, but has since rebounded to about 90 percent of normal, airport spokeswoman Debbie Millett said. Nearly half of Las Vegas’ visitors arrive by air. 

McCarran officials projected 90,000 arriving and departing passengers each day during the Thanksgiving holiday, traditionally the busiest travel time of the year, Millett said. 

Last year’s passenger count was around 100,000 a day. 

A number of Strip hotel-casinos including the Venetian and the Aladdin reported that they are sold out or nearly sold out Friday night. 

Bargains can be found, but some resorts are charging the same rates as last Thanksgiving. 

“Our $399 Friday night rate is comparable to last year’s rates,” said the upscale Venetian resort’s spokesman Kurt Ouchida. 

Down the street, room rates for Park Place Entertainment Corp. resorts range from $70 at the Flamingo Hilton to $339 at Caesars Palace, said spokeswoman Debbie Munch. 

“We’re experiencing strong call volume for this weekend,” she said. “We’re anticipating a strong weekend in our restaurants.” 

For those looking for reduced room rates, Munch added that the holiday season has traditionally been when the best deals can be found as the conventions wind down. 

“In general, we see a pause before the convention business restarts in January,” she said. “But there are some attractive rates this year compared to last year as we continue to work through this period of travel industry recovery.” 

For example, on Tuesday MGM Mirage’s upscale Bellagio was quoting a weekend night rate of $259, well below the $399 the resort has charged for past holiday weekends. Rooms could be had at MGM Grand for $119 and Mirage for $129, unusually low rates for a Saturday night.


No snow at Olympic venues, but folks aren’t worried

By Patty Henetz The Associated Press
Thursday November 22, 2001

PARK CITY, Utah — It’s Thanksgiving week and the American flags on Park Avenue flutter in a quiet breeze, the sun hangs in a sapphire sky and a few gauzy clouds trail over the Wasatch Mountains. 

It’s supposed to be snowing. The Olympics are coming, yet here the mountains around prime competition venues were brown and furry-looking, like a lion’s dry, dusty back. 

Only Payday, Park City Ski Area’s showboat ski trail, seemed to have enough snow on it for a top-to-bottom run, thanks to the snowmaking guns. The run just east of Payday, King’s Crown, was a ribbon of bare dirt. 

Not to worry, said Ski Utah spokesman Nathan Rafferty. Snow’s coming. 

“Most people don’t know we get 500 inches a year. And in the horrible years, we get a meager 400 to 450 inches,” he said. “The Olympics are in February. I guarantee that the worry is that there is going to be too much snow rather than too little.” 

Don’t expect weather experts to make such a promise, however. Steve Dunn, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, flatly refused to forecast February conditions in November. 

If snow doesn’t fall during the Winter Games, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee is ready with snowmaking machines at all the venues, said Grant Thomas, SLOC’s manager of venues. 

“We have full course coverage. All we really need is cold weather,” Thomas said. The optimum temperature for snowmaking is 25 degrees, but it’s possible to make snow at 30 or 31 degrees. 

“Too much snow is probably more of a problem,” Thomas said. “You have to continue grooming it, and continue to make the course race-ready. Man-made snow is actually better, so it’s used to finish off the preparations.” 

Only one Utah ski resort — Brian Head, 218 miles south of Salt Lake City in southern Utah — planned to open on Thanksgiving with man-made snow. The other ski areas were waiting for their first winter storms. 

At Snowbasin, only the highest peaks had a powdered-sugar dusting. But Snowbasin, an Olympic venue, has the most advanced snowmaking equipment of any Utah resort, with 547 computerized snowmaking guns covering 22 miles of ski trails, including the men’s and women’s Olympic downhill, super-G and combined race courses. 

The guns are linked by 106 weather stations that snowmaking manager Justin Rowland will monitor and adjust individually; the computers will check the guns’ temperature probes every 15 minutes and continually fine-tune the snow spewing onto the courses. 

The weather, however, has yet to cooperate. “It has to snow, or it has to get cold, and it hasn’t done either,” Rowland said. 

The National Weather Service forecast a series of storms would advance across the West during the long holiday weekend. The first was supposed to bring 4 to 6 inches of snow. Each successive storm will be colder. 

By the end of the weekend, the snow in the Cottonwood canyons will be measured in feet. “Even Park City will do well,” forecaster Dunn predicted. 

Snowbasin’s Rowland scoffed at Dunn’s report. Four to 6 inches, “that’s nothing. You get 2 feet of Utah powder and it packs to about this,” Rowland said, holding his thumb and index finger 2 inches apart. 

Last February, World Cup ski races at Snowbasin were canceled because a three-day blizzard buried the course. The year before, Snowbasin lost the premier event to Colorado, which had snow, unlike Utah. 

All this points to the futility of hand-wringing over the weather. 

“It’s like being a farmer,” said Alta Mayor Bill Leavitt, who has watched the Utah skies for more than a half-century from the deck of the Alta Lodge, his family’s ski hotel. “Every five years you get a drought. So you become philosophi