A Berkeley woman has been charged with felony vandalism for allegedly puncturing the tires of dozens of vehicles in a crime spree in Berkeley and Oakland last week, Berkeley police said today. -more-
When we ran the name “Berkeley”through Cable Search, the nifty web tool that lets users troll through the WikiLeaked State Department cables, we came up with a grand total of 142 hits, many of them referring to Cal grads who’d gone on to bigger and better things. -more-
He’s David J. Teece, a native of New Zealand, and he’s the very rich man who helped Tony Blair devise the economic policies which enshrined the neoliberal agenda in Great Britain.
But before we delve into his donations, let’s learn a little more about the man.
He has two day jobs, one as CEO of Berkeley Research Group, a high-profile consultant group which numbers governments, Fortune 500 companies, and white shoe law firms among its clients, and the other as Tusher Professor in Global Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
If there’s one thing Teece is good at in addition to his high-flying role as “economics rock star,” it’s his ability to make millions off students.
In addition to his high-salaried teaching job, Teece was also making a tidy pile as landlord to students. In partnership with developer Patrick Kennedy, Teece was owner of Panoramic Interests, the city’s largest private owner of rental housing prior to the company’s sale — for a tidy $147 million —to an ever-richer mogul, Chicagoan Sam Zell — the fellow who also owns the Tribune Company, publisher of California’s leading newspaper, the Los Angeles Times. -more-
The Solano Stroll—Berkeley and Albany’s day-long street fair taking place this coming Sunday, September 11—is well known for its opening parade. Fire engines, school groups, yoga and martial arts schools, and other eclectic contingents interested in showing off their program, organization, skills and/or enthusiasm march, stroll, or amble down the Avenue at 10:00 am as a kick off for the event. -more-
Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood is about to get a bit more magical—or, rather, recover some missing magic from early days.
The urns are returning. Their revival will be celebrated this coming Saturday, at 3:00 pm, at Great Stone Face Park in a re-dedication ceremony open to the public. -more-
She was crying hysterically as I emerged from my South side student apartment building near People's Park. She said someone had raised her skirt and touched her. -more-
First she was buoyantly up in a "dangerous" People's Park tree protesting "Everything," but now she's at Highland Hospital with a broken back, ending an eight-day protest which was a protest-in-progress. -more-
This week's editorial was supposed to be about how we might rate the performance of the Obama administration to date. On reflection, I've decided to hold it until after Thursday's "jobs" speech, in the unlikely circumstance that it might add important information to the discussion. Also, I have some personal complications, so some stories from others will be posted later as well. Check this space later in the week, maybe on Friday. -more-
UN Vote On Palestinian Statehood; Non-Cooperation; Ditch Plastic; My Apple Addiction -more-
How bad is it? It's much worse than you think if you live in the north half of the Willard neighborhood. There were two out of control parties on my block last weekend as well as several less wild parties on the same block. -more-
With a second commentary regarding the vicissitudes of City living, I wonder if the first commentator might reflect on her good fortune to live next to a law-abiding neighbor who has an afternoon party once a year rather than a group house of howling students? If this is not consolation enough, she might further reflect on not living next to an elementary school (daytime yelling), a middle school (same plus trash), the high school (add car radios), or southside in general (all of the above plus public urination). -more-
This has nothing to do with Berkeley, the Bay Area, California, or the continental United States. It’s about a species of bird I’ve never seen and that no one may ever see again; about the quirks of taxonomy and the unlikely places that scientific discoveries are made. -more-
I was contacted by a nonprofit agency that espouses the forced treatment of persons with mental illness, which includes forced drugging. In recent editions of this column, I have validated such an idea. Certainly, forcing treatment on those who refuse it and who are also in jeopardy of deteriorating into a dangerous state could stop a lot of tragedies from taking place. -more-
Texas Governor Rick Perry, Representative Michele Bachmann, and Representative Ron Paul, three of the leading GOP presidential candidates, are unabashed Darwinian evolution and global warming deniers -- as is the Tea Party Movement. The GOP is in danger of being hi-jacked by these anti-science candidates. -more-
I don’t buy books. I borrow them. From public libraries. Mostly new to me and to the library. I like before>later>after documentaries. Somebody, usually an expert, studies a group of individuals who have something in common and follows up on each. -more-
My Commonplace Book (a diary of excerpts copied from printed books, with comments added by the reader.)
One of the chief obstacles to intelligence is credulity. Credulity . . . is a greater evil in the present day than it ever was before, because, owing to the growth of education, it is much easier than it used to be to spread misinformation, and, owing to democracy, the spread of misinformation is more important than in former times to the holders of power.
Bertrand Russell (1872—1970) -more-
Arts & Events
OF DICE AND MEN at Impact Theatre is about “Dungeons & Dragons” and the adults who play the game.
If you have ever been a D&D aficionado, get a ticket immediately. -more-
The team of Scarpelli & Budinger have done right by the late Charles Ludlam and taken Pt. Richmond’s Masquers Playhouse up a notch in their campy -more-
The San Francisco Fringe Festival is now in progress, with dozens of shows from around the Bay Area--and the world--hosted by the Exit Theaters, not far from the Cable Car turnaround and BART station at Powell and Market. -more-
Around & About Music: Schuchman, Ganz & Ronen play Franck, Crumb, Gaubert, Ibert at Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday; Guirao-Howard-Dorman Trio with works by Brahms, Ravel, Higdon at Berkeley City Club for Berkeley Chamber Performances next Tuesd
--Cellist Burke Schuchman, pianist Brian Ganz and flautist Yael Ronen will play Cesar Franck's Cello Sonata in A, George Crumb's Vox Balaenae, Phillippe Gaubert's Flute Sonata No. 1 and Jacques Ibert's Deux Interludes, 8 p. m. Saturday, September 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road, Kensington. $25, seniors $20, students $10. (415) 672-4265; Palomarin.firstname.lastname@example.org/ -more-
FROST/NIXON strikes me as a dauntingly challenging play to produce, particularly because of the casting. -more-