October 12—18, 2011
Updated daily at www.BerkeleyDailyPlanet.com
Ted Friedman: As Berkeley Anti-Wall Street Protest Aligns With
National Occupation Movement, Some Locals Feeling Squeezed
Thomas Lord: Berkeley’s New Smart Boot System: The Potential for Abuse
Antonio Rossmann: AB 292 and SB 900: Both Bad for the Environment;
Why Did Skinner and Hancock Vote for Them?
Planning More of Those Robot Apartments for Berkeley
By Becky O’Malley
Pretty much none of these buildings are where the consultants think
Much to my surprise, last week’s New in these pages in July noted that 310 could OWNERS FINANCE ENERGY EF-
Yorker cover seemed to be devoted to be construed to “ reimburse developers FICIENCY & WATER CONSER-
Berkeley’s in-the-works new Downtown for ‘any permit expenses pursuant to [the VATION SYSTEMS
Area Plan. Transit Priority Project Program at hand].’
Thanks to sometime Planet contributor In addition, SB 310 authorizes ‘participating Sacramento – Senator Loni Hancock
Tom Lord, we’ve learned that cover art- developers to build an increased height of (D-Oakland) welcomed the Gover-
ist Eric Drooker, who lives in downtown a minimum of three stories’—presumably nor’s decision today to sign SB 555,
Berkeley, seems to have been riffing on an meaning three stories above whatever is per- a bill she authored that creates a new
animation he did to go with a film version of mitted by existing zoning—‘within a zone in program for the voluntary financing of
Alan Ginzberg’s Howl—the sinister figure which building of three stories or more are energy efficiency and water conserva-
at the top of the skyscrapers is Ginzberg’s authorized.” tion systems on residential and com-
Moloch: Yesterday’s discussion was just the mercial property.
“Moloch whose Soul is electricity and opening salvo in a major campaign to radi-
SB 555 enables general law cities,
banks!” cally alter the face of Berkeley for private
counties, special districts and regional
“Moloch whose Poverty is the specter of profit. A very modest goal which several
planning agencies to establish a vol-
Genius” councilmembers might support would be
untary “community facility district”
to extract enough extra cash from such de-
“Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless (CFD) to help property owners invest
velopments to build at least a token amount
hydrogen” in energy efficiency, alternative energy
of low income housing, but judging from
“Moloch whose name is the Mind. Robot and water conservation improvements
the tone of yesterday’s discussion even that
apartments” on their property. The new program is
didn’t seem to be guaranteed.
Drooker’s visual imagery reprises Fritz completely voluntary. Only property
We hope to provide a more detailed owners who “opt-in” to the financing
Lang’s 1927 expressionist film, Metropolis. presentation of what’s proposed and what’s scheme will participate.
Oh sure, you say. Well, I had the mis- happening on this front in the next few
fortune to watch as much as I could stand weeks. Given the economy, not much con- “For many years now, Californians
of yesterday’s city council workshop on struction is likely to be financed in the near have been looking for ways to reduce
“development fees”, and let me tell you, it future, but if things ever pick up these deci- emissions and water consumption
was all about building robot apartments with sions will set the stage for what will be built while decreasing their own utility
souls of electricity and banks. around here for many years. bills. This new law will do just that,”
A fancy-shmancy report from expensive Senator Hancock stated. “While the
consultants was presented to council, distin- cost savings to property owners in
guished especially by a seriously goofy map Editor’s Back Fence the new law are important, we will
of the downtown that had all the major exist- all benefit from reduced emissions,
ing buildings wildly displaced. If that’s the Hancock Bill Extends reduced energy and water use, energy
quality of the work that the consultant does, Berkeley Solar Finance independence and job creation. All this
there’s not much point in reading the rest of comes at no cost to taxpayer.”
the report, is there? Scheme to State: Was it a
What was the goal of this enterprise? Success or a Failure? Under SB 555, property owners who
Some—perhaps all—of the councilmembers voluntarily agree to participate will
Thu Oct 06 14:51:00 -0700 2011 realize immediate savings on their
seemed to feel that they needed to give lip
Today the Planet received a press release utility bills while paying off the high
service to the concept of creating affordable
from the office of Senator Loni Hancock (D- up-front costs over time on their prop-
housing. Sentimental Berkeley appears to
Oakland), touting a bill she sponsored that erty tax bills. Funding for the program
cherish its token low income residents, who
would let homeowners borrow against the will come from a bond issued the new
are rapidly being priced out of the market,
value of their property to finance installing CFD and repayment will be guaran-
but in fact what’s been built here for as long
solar energy systems, backed by government teed by future property taxes, even if
as I can remember, with a few exceptions,
bonds, with payback billed with property the house if sold.
has been luxury dorms for UC’s increasingly
taxes. This plan is similar to one originally
affluent students. As fees rise, the students
floated in Berkeley by her husband Mayor The bill is modeled after the City
who need affordable housing can’t afford
Tom Bates’s then assistant, Cisco DeVries. of Berkeley’s highly successful
UC Berkeley anyhow, so no one is building
for them. The release describes the Berkeley experi- “Financing Initiative for Renew-
ment as being “highly successful” but for able and Solar Technology program
Key to potential developer profits from
another point of view, see Berkeley’s Solar (FIRST). The $1.5 million pilot
building big downtown is SB 310, a bill
Plan Goes Dark, The city has decided to program, undertaken in 2008, sold
passed by State Senator Loni Hancock,
abandon its once-touted home-solar financ- out in less than 9 minutes. [Emphasis
the spouse of Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates,
ing program. an article by Judith Scherr in added] Fifteen other states have al-
which designates large swaths of central
the East Bay Express. ready passed legislation enabling local
Berkeley, anything near BART for starters,
You be the judge. Here’s the release: governments to replicate the Berkeley
as Transit Villages, which enable builders to
FIRST program. The signing of SB
bypass local zoning in many instances. HANCOCK BILL SIGNED BY 555 into law makes California the 16th
A detailed analysis by former Berkeley GOVERNOR CREATES NEW state to take action.
Planning Commission Chair Zelda Bronstein PROGRAM TO HELP PROPERTY
News He says he is wearing one of two suits he
owns and that he just returned from a meet-
(Delacour kick-started the BA action last
week from the People’s Park stage), while
ing with his “tax man” where he learned he supporting the national opposition to Wall
made a “ton of money” this year and wants Street, worry about the lack of local influ-
Day 4:As Berkeley Anti-Wall his taxes raised. A professional facilitator, ence. Delacour, who returned from Sacra-
Street Protest Aligns With he contributed to general assembly dialogue mento to attend last night’s 6 p.m. general
(facilitator to facilitator) assembly, favors what he calls a “self-
National Occupation Move- deterministic” dialectic over the “consensus”
ment, Some Locals Feeling approach of Occupy Berkeley.
Squeezed Another Michael M. (not Delacour) is sus-
By Ted Friedman picious of the motives and wisdom of Ad-
Wed Oct 12 12:24:00 -0700 2011 buster Magazine’s Micah M. White, founder
of the national anti-Wall Street movement,
whom Michael M. thinks is naive about the
culture of Berkeley. Michael M. is particu-
larly critical of White’s appearance at what
was to have been a Delacour-led planning
meeting Saturday at BA, in which White
Ted Friedman ignited the protest ahead of Delacour’s
It’s official, Occupy Berkeley.Org is the schedule.
name of Berkeley Anti-Wall Street protest-- According to Michael M. “Doesn’t White
but How Berkeley is it? know that occupying the Oxford Street
campus area would have brought down the
It looks official; the Berkeley branch of university police? And White’s idea to oc-
Ted Friedman cupy the Northside median on Shattuck to
the anti-Wall Street movement has branded
Female facilitator, center and seated, for the protest Chez Panisse was insane. The whole
itself “Occupy Berkeley”--a marketing
6 p.m. general assembly of Berkeley anti- thing was a charade.”
concept to make it convenient to find your
Wall Street protest at BA Plaza last night.
local Bank of America. Now you can pick White’s “charade” ideas never got off the
Russell Bates to her left. Michael M. a blur,
the occupation movement nearest you. ground, though, perhaps because they lacked
is right with long hair and beard. Note the
And some, but not all veterans of Berke- the consensus of White’s own consensus
flow chart at left. This update on reports and
ley’s often fractious activist community are politics.
proposals guides the protest. All important
note-taker is to facilitator’s right feeling squeezed out. The official call to align with the national
Aware of this, one of the founders of Occupy movement and not to align with
Occupy Berkeley, who continues to oppose unions, the Communist Party, the Black
the idea that he is a leader, vows to give the Panthers, etc. was read by Liz Faustate, a
locals a voice. But to influence “Occupy,” Cal student, who emphasized that Occupy
you must know and play by the (franchise) welcomes the support of such groups but
rules, the non-leader says. “they must come to us and join our protest;
“Occupy” has a rhythm and flow of its we will not go to them.”
own--new to Berkeley radicals, some of But does this mean Occupy Berkeley will
whom, like Larry Vigilari, a People’s Park not align with Berkeley causes? Time will
activist, and Russell Bates (of Occupy’s tell.
health and safety committee) welcome it for Any Berkeley activists who want to
its efficiency. recommend their causes to Occupy Berkeley
Ted Friedman will need to attend the 6 p.m. general assem-
Bates may be the only protester occupy-
Under the tarp last night at BA Plaza, but bly meetings, and make a proposal briefly,
ing Bank of America Plaza around the clock.
rain stayed away. Two facilitator (don’t call after being recognized by the “facilitator.”
He reported that ten occupied BA plaza
them leaders) at right There is a different facilitator each day.
overnight from Monday to Tuesday. Every
“general assembly” (daily meeting) includes Facilitators (there are five or six at pres-
an appeal for supplies and participants who ent) form a facilitator’s committee, open to
will sleep-in. all protesters.
In a significant development, Lupe Fiasco, Let’s call this new generation of move-
a star hip-hop artist, who appeared at the Oc- ment leaders facilitators. Now will someone
cupy Oakland protest and at the Fox Theater please tell me what is the difference between
has offered to fund Occupy Oakland. a leader and a facilitator?
He called one of the Occupy Berkeley The Planet will be doing weekly wrap-up
protesters during the general assembly, say- pieces over the weekends. In the meantime,
ing, “get any supplies you need, and I’ll pick follow our daily updates.
Ted Friedman up the bill.” Ted Friedman will be covering Occupy
Protester behind the “tax me” sign is Barry Both Michael M. and Mike Delacour Berkeley until “Hell freezes over.”
Shapiro, a local writer, artist, and trainer.
Why No Demands? Occupy Alongside thousands of students (with many becoming it—has yet to be seen. The next
teachers) who engaged in a citywide walk- date to circle on your calendar: this Satur-
Wall Street is a Rebellion, Not out that afternoon, their voices added power day, Oct. 15, when new encampments and
a Protest. (News Analysis) to the call resonating across the nation: that occupations spring up across the nation, and
big finance and big politics need to gear up across the world. Some are calling it a global
By Michael Levitin (New America Media) for a big change. day of revolution. One that will, it appears,
Wed Oct 12 15:23:00 -0700 2011 be televised.
Cementing that support, two days later
Let’s get something straight: this move- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visited Michael Levitin is the managing editor
ment has issued no demands. It is not a Liberty Square where he stated his support of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, and
protest. It’s an occupation. Rebellions don’t and his union federation’s unanimous deci- former assistant news editor at the San
have demands. sion to back Occupy Wall Street. Feeling be- Francisco Public Press. He was a Berlin
As we wrote in the editorial that appeared trayed by free trade agreements that hobbled freelance correspondent for Newsweek, the
in the second edition of The Occupied Wall domestic manufacturing (under Clinton) and Daily Telegraph, the L.A. Times and others.
Street Journal on Saturday: “We are speak- a false promise to allow workers to unionize
ing to each other, and listening. This occupa- via “card check” (under Obama), organized
tion is first about participation.” labor has been on the ropes; the assault on Bon Appetit
That said, take a look at the largest sup- pensions and collective bargaining dimin-
port base that has thrown its muscle behind ished it further. By Dorothy Snodgrass
What Trumka’s endorsement of the oc- Wed Oct 12 15:20:00 -0700 2011
Occupy Wall Street during the past week—
organized labor—and the direction of this cupation means is that unions, with mil- After studying me critically, in ill- dis-
movement becomes somewhat clearer. lions of members and a formidable political guised disgust, my Kaiser doctor recently or-
America’s unions have been so sidelined apparatus, now have the green light to make dered me in stern tones to go on a diet. O.k.,
and mismanaged in recent years that Tea noise. The responsibility is on their shoul- so that’s easy for her to say -- she weighs
Partiers last winter thought they could run ders along with ours to grow this movement all of 95 pounds, soaking wet. I know she
them off the cliff altogether. The workers’ nationally. would strenuously object to the many times
revolt in Wisconsin showed that wasn’t As we wrote in the latest OWS Journal: a week I go out for breakfast/lunch with
about to happen—and what we’re seeing “The exhausted political machines and friends and neighbors. But, what the heck,
now in Manhattan is further proof that labor their PR slicks are already seeking leaders this is one of life’s pleasures. And there are
is retooling, its ambitions sharpened and to elevate, messages to claim, talking points so many great restaurants in Berkeley and
emboldened by the participatory assembly in to move on. They, more than anyone, will the bay area where one can hang out (and
Liberty Park. attempt to seize and shape this moment. But pig out).
“The occupation movement [in America] how can they run out in front of something To name just a few, there’s Le Bateau
was started by labor in Madison when they that is in front of them? They cannot. For Ivre/The Drunken Boat, a short walk from
occupied the capital, and that has given Wall Street and Washington, the demand is my apartment. I could, of course, order
labor the go-ahead to do more, to become not on them to give us something that isn’t a healthy, nutritious salad, but generally
more active, more militant, and to support theirs to give. It’s ours. It’s on us. We aren’t settle for waffles and sour cream. Nearby on
things like this,” said Jackie Di Salvo, who going anywhere. We just got here.” Telegraph and Dwight Way is Ann’s Kitchen
teaches English at Baruch College and is a The occupation, which has now spread to and Restaurant with an imaginative and
member of the Professional Staff Congress, more than 100 cities across America, grew reasonably priced menu. If a big fat, juicy
a union of faculty and staff representing 18 from the desire to reshape a criminal and hamburger is your idea of heaven, try Bongo
colleges in the CUNY system. bankrupt financial-political landscape that Burger, across from Peet’s Coffee on Dwight
Since Occupy Wall Street began more favors the 1% over the 99%. Where precise- Way. Try the fried onion rings or french
than three weeks ago, Di Salvo has been ly is this movement going? Perhaps that isn’t fries. Then there’s Home Cafe at Sacramento
instrumental reaching out to organized labor as important as the question about where it’s Street, if you’re willing to stand outside and
and gaining institutional support; the unions not going. wait for a table. Another popular restaurant
that have endorsed the movement are many, Said Di Salvo: “We’re not going to settle Fat Apples on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way,
and they are growing. National Nurses for one reform demand that can be conceded offering a great soup/salad luncheon. You
United. United Federation of Teachers. and then lets us shut down the movement— haven’t lived until you’re tried their rhubarb
no one demand could meet the goals that pie!
The Retail, Wholesale and Department
Store Union. The American Federation of have been set by this group for readjusting Another pleasant and unique restaurant is
State County and Municipal Employees. the balance of power in this country. Sam’s Log Cabin in Albany. Their speciality
Laborers’ International Union of North “The other place we’re not going is is mouth-watering egg dishes and good beer
America. Amalgamated Transit Union. we’re not going to go into electoral politics, and ale beverages. The ambience and infor-
United Steelworkers. Industrial Workers of weighed down into waiting for the next elec- mality is worth the few miles getting there.
the World. Transport Workers Union Local tion when everything will be okay. We’re A long time favorite is Saul’s Restaurant on
100. The list goes on. going to keep engaging in direct action, the Shattuck Avenue; it was exceptionally busy
marching, the occupation.” during the recent Jewish High Holidays.
What we saw last Wednesday, Oct. 5,
Labor’s traditional power is mobilizing I’ve also been known to dine at McDonald’s
when 30,000 people filled Foley Square
bodies in the street and in the ballot box. when I’m strapped for money, which is most
before marching en masse to Liberty Square,
How much they’re engaging in support of the time.
was the unions’ first visible show of soli-
darity with the occupation, and it counted. for the movement—and how much they’re If none of these eateries strike your fancy,
there’s always Peet’s Coffee, both on Tele- ficially leaderless. When the issue of going
graph and Walnut Streets, though they offer on KPFA to spread the word was discussed,
only scones and sweet pastries. But, oh, their Neil noted that no one was able to represent
coffee is so good. or speak for the group.
So, dear friends, forget calories. Bon Ap- Those who-are-not-running the protest are
petit! still bristling at being compared to Mario
Savio (“the two Savios”) and I am appealing
Power Outage Closes to Planet readers to provide a term I can use
for them. Hint: they don’t like “key persons”
Downtown Berkeley BART either. Persons of interest makes them sound
Station like perps. The new activists? I give up.
By Bay City News Ted Friedman The Planet will be doing a weekly wrap-
Tue Oct 11 17:21:00 -0700 2011 Under the tarp last night at “general assem- up piece over the weekend. In the meantime,
bly” for anti-Wall Street protest follow our daily updates.
BART has closed the Downtown Berke-
ley station after a PG&E power outage was
What do you do when your demo is
reported, a utility spokeswoman said.
overshadowed by San Francisco’s and Oak- Protestors Begin Day Two
The outage was reported shortly before land’s, if not more than 240 anti-Wall Street of “Occupy Oakland”
4 p.m. and is affecting 1,150 customers,
spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.
protests across the nation? Demonstration
If you are clever young activists, you
Trains are running through the Downtown brand yourself, and that is exactly what By Hannah Albarazi (BCN)
Berkeley station but are not stopping there, Berkeley’s version of the growing national Tue Oct 11 13:02:00 -0700 2011
according to a Bart employee. movement is trying to do. And doesn’t “Occupy Oakland” demonstrators who
The closure has caused delays for trains Berkeley have a few moves when it comes converged on Frank Ogawa Plaza on Mon-
heading in the Fremont, Richmond, Millbrae to protest? day afternoon remained camped out in front
and San Francisco directions, according to “Occupy Berkeley,” is the first brand- of Oakland City Hall this morning.
BART. ing step. Pending approval by the protest’s Dozens of tents dotted the lawn, and about
No estimated time was available for when communication committee (the protest is 75 people gathered under a large tarp at
power would be restored. governed by committees open to all--even the camp to discuss logistical plans for the
provocateurs.) open-ended protest.
According to “Sister, our movement is A homeless protester who gave his name
nascent and growing.” only as Adam explained that there is no one
Day 3: “Occupy Berkeley” Occupy Berkeley is the moniker for a in charge of the movement or the camp. He
Emerging as Berkeley Version planned rally and protest Saturday at noon at said that about 1,000 people attended Mon-
Bank of America Civic Plaza, Shattuck and
of Anti-Wall Street Movement Center. The rally/protest will be followed by
day night’s general assembly.
Another general assembly is planned for
By Ted Friedman a “general assembly,” at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Tue Oct 11 16:45:00 -0700 2011 Some of the issues which may be resolved According to Lolo Schiener, an unem-
Saturday include a move across the street ployed 27-year-old Berkeley resident with
from BA to Chase at Liberty Plaza and the a master’s degree in speech pathology, the
downtown BART entrance/exit, whether group has been receiving a steady stream of
to be arrested (probably optional), protest donations that will allow them to continue
related actions off site, and the nagging occupying the plaza.
problem of attracting more occupiers (over-
“We have a lot of food,” she said. “A
lot of people have been donating food and
Russell Bates, a wizened Berkeley radical money.”
and Cop Watcher, who has been occupying
The group has also been giving food to the
BA Plaza overnight, said six others defied
homeless and those who ask for it.
a persistent October rain and six more were
“in and out” of the overnight occupation. As with similar occupations occurring
Establishing overnight shifts is under com- across the Bay Area and the nation, the
mittee review. amorphous movement has attracted many
different types of demonstrators.
As rain returned, forcing protesters to According to Alex Neil, communications
huddle under a tarp, you can’t tell from committee member, an outreach to local Some protesters had signs, two of which
this photo, but the crowd for night three of schools is planned for this afternoon, and read, “We do not consent to corporate oli-
Berkeley’s anti-Wall Street protest reached this could lead to a demographic change in garchy,” and “Bail out schools, not banks.”
nearly fifty the protest, which is now a mix of young Schiener explained that heated debates
and not young, a demographic different from are occurring at the camp on myriad topics,
the Manhattan protest. from “houselessness” to the Black Panthers
And just for the record, this protest is of- to police brutality.
Although Adam said a police K-9 unit had message to the committee and all of Con- Bank of America downtown. National Law-
patrolled the camp around 3 a.m., there were gress that these politicians need to act for yers’ Guild phone number is lower middle
no police in sight as of 11:30 a.m. the benefit of the 99% of Americans, not the
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan addressed the wealthiest 1%.
camp this morning and condoned the oc-
cupation but asked that campers not urinate
on plaza’s large oak tree, because she said it Day Two: As Occupy Wall
has shallow roots.
Street Movement Builds in
Berkeley, How Berkeley Will
Glover, Mayors of Oakland, it Be?
Berkeley and Richmond to By Ted Friedman
Speak at “Jobs not Cuts” Mon Oct 10 13:04:00 -0700 2011
Rally on Saturday
By Zipporah Collins
Tue Oct 11 16:14:00 -0700 2011 Ted Friedman
Second night of Wall Street protest. A pro-
Actor and activist Danny Glover has
tester signs the “stack” (speaker’s list).
accepted an invitation to speak at a “Jobs
Not Cuts” march and rally in Oakland on
Saturday, October 15. Day two of the national Occupy Wall
Street Movement presently encamped (by
In addition to Glover, Oakland Mayor
night) in the Bank of America Civic Plaza at
Jean Quan, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates,
Shattuck and Center streets was a planning
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and Ted Friedman session which will determine the course of
community leaders will add their voices to Second night facilitator at Wall Street pro- the protest.
the public outcry for government to invest test prepares instructional chart with hand
in jobs and stop cutting needed programs for And already, some Berkeleyans are bris-
signals for “general assembly.”
the poor and middle class. tling under the yoke of a national movement
with protocols originating in successful
Demonstrators will gather at Laney Col-
revolutions in the middle east--and master-
lege at 1:00 pm on Saturday and march
minded by Micah M. White a senior editor
at 2:30 to a rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza
at Adbusters, Vancouver, B.C., an anti-con-
at 3:30. On the way, they will stop at the
sumerist magazine, founded in 1989.
Federal Building to symbolically nail a list
of economic demands to Congress’s door. Some veteran Berkeley protesters are
They want investment in jobs, clean energy, wondering whether they are throwing in
education, and infrastructure, protection of with a McDonald’s franchise in which you
Social Security and Medicare, war dol- do it McDonald’s way.
lars brought home, fair-share taxation of Others welcome the efficiency of such
the wealthy, and a speculation tax on Wall techniques as a “general assembly participa-
Street. Ted Friedman tory democracy, stacks (speaker’s list), and
Bay Area labor unions, MoveOn, and Second night at Wall street protest. “Sister,” hand signals,” which speed the development
numerous anti-war, environment, civic, and in center holding notes, announces that of an infrastructure and an agenda.
community groups have united in organizing “strongly recommending” no smoking is not The adbusting White spoke Saturday at
the demonstration (for the growing list of good enough for her and she might have to B.A. Plaza, welcoming Berkeley to his na-
endorsers, see www.jobs-not-cuts.org). drop out of the over-night “occupation.” tional (going international) movement.
As the march enters Ogawa Plaza it will Protesters, new to protesting, and veterans
connect with Occupy Oakland demonstra- alike have become more fluent with new
tors protesting the reckless speculation jargon and techniques in just the second day
and greed of the financial institutions that of the protest.
crashed the economy and cost millions of Issues addressed by the [apparently]
people their savings and livelihood. Occupy leaderless group, which prefers to keep its
Oakland is one of many groups protesting at goals open, and is still discussing where the
financial districts across the country. protest will encamp indefinitely (the protest
Meanwhile 12 members of Congress—the could last “until Hell freezes over”), in-
“super committee”—are meeting to decide cluded plans for maintaining the occupying
on a national budget and deficit plan to send Ted Friedman over-night sleep-ins, police relations, com-
to Congress by November 23 for an up-or- These young socialists (they brought a small mittees formation, anti-smoking, anti-drugs,
down vote. Bay Area workers, citizens, and socialist lending library) at lower left, look public relations, logistics, and the discussion
activists who take to the streets for “Jobs on at second night of Wall Street protest at process itself.
Not Cuts” Saturday hope to send a clear There was a call Sunday for more over-
nighters (eight slept-over the previous lage, I had only the vaguest notion of what
night), possibly in shifts, and funds were it actually is. But this past week, during an
quickly raised among the general assembly informal discussion group at the Berkeley
for the protest’s communications committee. Town House, lead by Andra Lichtenstein,
Sunday’s protest drew more than fifty, we were provided details on the history and
down somewhat from the opening event the growth of this organization. (With over 30
previous day. years of experience in public and private
The Planet is presently covering the action sectors with a focus on community health
daily. Stay tuned for updates. centers, and as Planning and Development
Director of Lifelong Medical Care, Andra is
Occupy Oakland Starts well qualified to describe the virtues of this Ted Friedman
very admirable organization.)
Today at 4 at Oakland City Ashby Village is a community based
Bo-Peter Laanen, 20, a Cal poly-sci major
is second from left in foreground. His tech-
Hall network of people over age 50 living in the niques moved the crowd from the planning
greater Bay Area, providing service refer- stage to an all-night camp-in Saturday at
By Scott Morris (BCN)
rals and resources to its members, making it Bank of America Plaza downtown
Mon Oct 10 13:19:00 -0700 2011
possible for them to remain in their homes
The wave of protests that began with “Oc- and neighborhoods. The concept began
cupy Wall Street” in September is continu- in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood in
ing to expand in the Bay Area, and activists 2001. More than 56 villages now exist in the
plan to begin camping out in Oakland’s United States, with another 120 or so in de-
Frank Ogawa Plaza this afternoon. velopment. As the longevity unfolds, senior
Protesters announced online that “Oc- villages will become one of the distinctive
cupy Oakland” will begin at 4 p.m. when and social inventions of our time.
they will gather in outside Oakland’s City Among the services offered to help people
Hall, creating an encampment in the spirit of remain independent are help with grocery
similar protests throughout the nation. shopping, walking dogs, transportation and Ted Friedman
The protests are intended to draw attention medical appointments, minor household These people thought they were attending
to the widening gap between rich and poor repairs, and exercise and relaxation classes. a planning meeting for an anti Wall Street
in the U.S. and widespread unemployment. Membership in Ashby Village is available protest, but before they could say boo, they
As of early this morning, more than 850 to residents of Berkeley, Albany, El Cer- had joined “the revolution.”
people had said on Facebook that they rito, Kensington and Emeryville. Annual
would attend the beginning of Occupy membership fees are listed on their website:
Oakland. www.ashbyvillage.org. A program currently
being developed will make membership
The Oakland demonstration comes on the
available to those with limited incomes.
heels of a similar demonstration in front of
the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 2006, the New York Times published
A march in support of “Occupy SF” drew an article about Beacon Hill Village in
hundreds to San Francisco’s Financial Dis- Boston, the most recognized models of the
trict on Wednesday afternoon. Village concept. It sparked conversation
among Berkeley neighbors who wanted their
That night, police ordered the protesters’
own aging to be different from that of their
tents, tables and other gear taken down and
parents’ generation. Thus, in 2010 Ashby Ted Friedman
removed protesters’ equipment from the
Village was launched and within one short At BA Plaza, 8:30 p.m. Saturday as more
year it now has 161 members, with only than 20 anti Wall Street protesters continue
Protesters, however, have continued to one full-time employee, Andy Gaines, who
occupy the area in front of the Federal Re- their “General Assembly” discussions. Po-
supervises a myriad of committees and ac- lice relations, and food are being discussed.
serve building, waving signs, playing drums tivities and home-based volunteer services.
and approaching passersby despite police Ten volunteered to spend the night
Without question, Ashby Village offers a
warnings that permits would be required to
welcome safety net and peace of mind, an
continue camping on the sidewalk.
alternative to a retirement community or as-
One protester who was smoking marijua- sisted living facility.
na was arrested this morning, witnesses said.
CONTACT: www.occupyoakland.org Berkeley Dodges End of
the World, Joins National
Berkeley Meeting Introduces Anti-Wall Street Revolution
Ashby Village Saturday at Bank of America
By Dorothy Snodgrass Plaza Downtown
Mon Oct 10 12:58:00 -0700 2011
By Ted Friedman
Having frequently heard about Ashby Vil- Sat Oct 08 22:21:00 -0700 2011
Ted Friedman a process they called “general assembly,” ment.
Michael Delacour on People’s Park stage which they characterized as governmental. Delacour’s hopes, viewed by his detrac-
Thursday exhorting food line to revolt Here’s how it works. Speakers speak briefly tors, as “crazy” came to fruition.
against Wall Street in a recitative oratory somewhere between “The students at the planning meeting told
rhythmic poetry and call and response. me, they can draw four-hundred students,”
As Wall Street protests spread across Speakers were limited (no more than three Delacour said Thursday. Students may have
America from Manhattan—to Boston, Hart- pro, three con). A speaker speaks his terse fallen short of 400 (I counted fifteen), but
ford, Savannah, San Francisco, Seattle, Los rhythmic message in tweets; the crowd the ones who turned out were choice.
Angeles, Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile. repeats the words—a type of “active listen-
The new Mario Savios are John Holzing-
Columbus, Ga., Chicago, San Diego, among ing.”
er, 20, from Pasadena, and Bo-Peter Laanen,
others—Berkeley, which recently survived They ought to patent the process, before 20, a Scandinavian. Both are Cal Political
the end of the world while awaiting “the donating it to Congress. You’ve got to see Science majors. Remember those names.
revolution,” joined one Saturday afternoon this to believe it.
Ted Friedman started out reporting this
at the Bank of America Plaza at Center and General assembly broke a log-jam over story from South side, but wound up off-beat
Shattuck. whether to stage the protest at downtown downtown.
Berkeley almost missed “the revolution.” BA or Provo (lately AKA Martin Luther
But thanks to heads up community King Civic Center) Park. “Let’s stay here for
organizing by a People’s Park founder, now, and if we grow, we can always branch U.S. Prosecutors Announce
Michael Delacour, 73, Berkeley is back in out,” it was agreed. Crackdown on Medical
The recitative style of oratory, which most
the game--with an initial crowd of more than
one-hundred enthusiastic protesters, which speakers quickly adopted (it threw off Dela-
is sure to grow. cour, who has been known to ramble) was a By Julia Cheever (Bay City News Service)
A process dubbed “general assembly,” major component of the successful event. Fri Oct 07 10:25:00 -0700 2011
ably led by student leaders from the univer- Delacour was grass-rooting most of the
Federal prosecutors in California an-
sity moved a usually fractious mob to action. week. He has interrupted his grieving for his
nounced a full-court-press crackdown on
While avoiding the pitfalls of drafting wife, who died under mysterious circum-
the state’s commercial marijuana industry
demands, or writing a position paper, the stances more than four months ago, to lead
today, saying they will not allow large-scale,
crowd was unified enough, after a mere two the revolt. Earlier this week he took to the
for-profit enterprises in the name of medical
hours of recitative consensus, to enlist more People’s Park stage to exhort a motley band
than ten volunteers to camp-in at the plaza of People’s Park regulars, lined up for free
to begin at 6p.m. and continue until “Hell food, to join an anti-Wall Street protest. The federal law enforcement effort was
freezes over,” as one of the organizers put it. announced in a news conference in Sacra-
Delacour’s appeal in the rain to a park
mento by the four regional U.S. attorneys in
What began as a planning session became food-line was met with indifference and
the state, including Melinda Haag, the U.S.
the beginning of a vibrant protest, with shrugs.
attorney for Northern California.
established protocols, and the prospects of One woman called out, “I believe in alco-
long life. California’s voter-approved Compas-
hol,” as some snickered.
sionate Use Act of 1996 allows seriously
Russell Bates, of Cop Watch, a veteran Delacour returned a day later to press his ill patients to use medical marijuana with
Berkeley radical, could not believe his eyes. case, but this time with a brief appeal in a doctor’s permission, but federal laws
Looking to the heavens, he proclaimed, which he offered to hold a demonstration criminalizing marijuana make no exception
“Grandfather, I’m coming to join you” under terms set by the crowd. “You pick the for state laws.
Delacour, earlier in the week, exhorting location for the protest,” he offered. “It’s
The U.S. prosecutors said they will target
a group of People’s Park users to protest, your demonstration.”
large commercial enterprises and not indi-
intoned, “if not now, when.” Then he went to the end of the food line vidual patients.
When came sooner than anyone, including to get his Food Not Bombs feast. While in
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner of Sacra-
Delacour, could have expected. line, he discoursed on his relationship with
mento said, “Large commercial operations
What spontaneously became a fully- his dead wife.
cloak their money-making activities in the
formed protest had been billed as a “plan- This is a chance of a lifetime of commu- guise of helping sick people when they are
ning meeting.” for a Wall Street protest nity organizing for Delacour, and he seemed in fact helping themselves.”
scheduled for October 15 to give protestors to be approaching his opportunity with great
Wagner said, “Our interest is in enforc-
time to collect their platforms and agendas. care.
ing federal criminal law, not prosecuting
Instead at least two student leaders, who met Wednesday he presided over a public seriously ill sick people and those who are
with Delacour Wednesday after a small plan- planning committee meeting in front of caring for them.”
ning session in front of Bank of America on Bank of America on Telegraph Avenue,
Telegraph, moved the crowd efficiently and The four U.S. attorneys said their enforce-
which was attended by twenty, including
swiftly to action. ment actions will include civil forfeiture
eight students. For Delacour, whose People’s
lawsuits against properties used in marijuana
The demo is on, and it has no closing date, Park organizing in the sixties relied on
growing, warning letters to owners of prop-
according to the organizers. “We’re prepared uniting with students, the symbolic student
erty where marijuana is sold and criminal
to stay here until hell freezes over, one of the presence was a harbinger of a town-student
organizers said. action, and he glowed with satisfaction from
the potential for sizable student involve- Haag said her office will begin by con-
How did the students do it? They used
centrating on marijuana dispensaries near
schools and parks. our investigative and prosecutorial resources BPD’s systems then copy the scofflaw
“Marijuana stores operating in proxim- on individual patients with serious illnesses list to PayLock’s servers. “It’s just an FTP
ity to schools, parks and other areas where like cancer or their immediate caregivers.” thing,” quipped Silverman.
children are present send the wrong message But “the actions taken today in California Once on PayLock’s servers, the data is
to those in our society who are the most by our U.S. attorneys and their law enforce- available to the 24-hour help line for people
impressionable,” Haag said. ment partners are consistent with the depart- whose cars have been booted.
“In addition, the huge profits generated by ment’s commitment to enforcing existing PayLock also remotely copies the data to
these stores, and the value of their inventory, federal laws,” Cole said. the Berkeley boot van computer, preparing it
present a danger that the stores will become California was the first state in the nation for the next day’s rounds.
a magnet for crime, which jeopardizes the to enact a medical marijuana law. Fifteen Scanning Cars
safety of nearby children,” she said. other states now have similar laws, accord- According to PayLock literature, the boot
Haag said that while Northern California ing to NORML. van should be able to cruise down most
enforcement will begin with stores near Berkeley streets at the speed limit, scanning
schools and parks, “we will almost certainly licenses as fast as it goes.
be taking action against others.” Berkeley’s New Smart Boot On the computer in the van, each license
“None are immune from action by the System: The Potential for identified is compared to the earlier down-
federal government,” Haag said. Abuse (News Analysis) loaded scofflaw list. When a match is found,
Lynette Shaw, executive director of the the enforcement officer is alerted.
Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in By Thomas Lord The enforcement officer can then use the
Fairfax, said the landlord of her dispensary Thu Oct 06 09:10:00 -0700 2011 van’s computer and network connection to
received a “threatening and ominous” letter [Editor’s Note:This is the second of contact PayLock’s web servers, and double
from Haag on Sept. 29. two articles. Yesterday’s article described check that the scofflaw listing is current. If a
“It’s very scary for us. We don’t know in greater detail how Berkeley’s new scofflaw has paid his tickets and the pay-
what’s going to happen,” Shaw said. SmartBoot system, to be implemented on ment been processed by the time the vehicle
She said she believes her landlord doesn’t October 18, will work.] is spotted, the vehicle can be quickly re-
want to evict the group, but that the landlord Under the recently announced Smart- moved from PayLock’s copy of the scofflaw
is consulting a lawyer about his options. Boot program, the Berkeley Police Depart- list and the boot avoided, even if the vehicle
The dispensary is 50 yards from Peri ment will drive a “boot van” around town. is still found on the boot van’s copy of the
Park, Shaw said. But she said she believes Equipped with cameras, computers, and a list.
the organization’s presence has “absolutely network connection this van will automati- If the scofflaw listing is current, the
not” harmed children and has in fact helped cally detect parked cars from the scofflaw enforcing officer can boot the offending
because it has reduced the number of street list - those with too many overdue parking vehicle.
dealers of marijuana. tickets. When the van spots a scofflaw it When a vehicle is booted, the computer
The Marin Alliance received a use permit stops and a parking enforcement officer in the boot van notifies the PayLock servers
from Fairfax in 1997 and is the longest- boots the car with SmartBoot. Violators can of the relevant details. These are recorded
standing medical marijuana dispensary in remove the boot themselves if they are able in PayLock’s databases. The secret unlock
the state, Shaw said. to pay their fees and past due fines over the code is recorded at PayLock for that vehicle.
She said the permit now has 53 conditions phone with a credit card. Paying Up
and said the alliance has “abided by every How does the system work? Violators who choose to pay by phone
rule.” The City and PayLock LLC call PayLock’s customer service line which
Americans for Safe Access, a medi- The SmartBoot system arises from a is available at all hours, every day. Upon
cal marijuana advocacy group, called the contract between the City of Berkeley and payment of fines, a $140 booting fee, and a
crackdown “a full frontal assault on medical PayLock LLC, a New Jersey based corpora- $500 deposit, PayLock will give the violator
cannabis.” tion. PayLock operates a 24-hour help-line the secret code to unlock the boot.
ASA Chief Council Joseph Elford said, for people who have been booted. PayLock PayLock’s servers in turn notify the City’s
“Aggressive tactics like these are a com- provides the city with the boot van equip- of the payment.
pletely inappropriate use of prosecutorial ment, SmartBoots, and various web-based The Lifecycle of SmartBoots
discretion by the Obama Administration.” IT services. PayLock also provides training, PayLock maintains the pool of available
Dale Gieringer, coordinator of the Califor- integration assistance, and, it would seem, boots. It issues boots to the city in anticipa-
nia branch of the National Organization for PR help. tion of estimated demand (number of scoff-
the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said, “With Propagating the Scofflaw List laws likely to be caught). Boots are returned
the federal budget on empty, the economy Matt Silverman, Executive Vice Presi- to a PayLock-affiliated return center.
in disarray, our prisons overflowing, and dent of PayLock Inc. walked us through the Data Retention Policy
prohibition-related violence raging across process: Scofflaw data on PayLock servers is pre-
the border, it’s an outrageous misuse of Each night the BPD’s information systems served for a time. The exact length of time
federal resources to wage war on marijuana generate a “scofflaw list” of wanted vehicles is, Silverman says, up to the City.
dispensaries.” for the next day. The list includes license Other PayLock Services
Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole plate ids and information about the amount
Berkeley is not, at this time, adopting
said in a statement from Washington, D.C., owed. The list is saved as a simple file.
some of PayLock’s other services that use
that the Justice Department “will not focus
much of the same equipment: digital chalk- government agency. PayLock’s services as- becomes comfortable with the technology,
ing and permitting. These are what they sume some police and municipal functions, perhaps there will be pressure to add more
sound like: using the cameras and computers but with less financial accountability than if equipped enforcement vehicles and use the
and license plate recognition (plus, optional- these functions remained with the city. system for digital permitting and chalking.
ly, RFID reading) so that vans can recognize Because PayLock is a privately held Such expansion would multiply other
cars permitted to park in certain areas and corporation in an out of state jurisdiction, it risk factors. For example, it would expand
can recognize cars that are over-parked in is far less subject to operational oversight PayLock’s assumption of police and city
time-limited zones. In addition to being used and review than any government agency. functions. Adoption of uses like digital
for booting, the boot van is capable (if the For example, the city’s internal handling of permitting and chalking would strengthen
city begins using these services) of helping scofflaw records can be scrutinized through PayLock’s pricing power over service fees.
make ordinary ticketing more efficient. a variety of governmental audit mechanisms The Risk of Data Escape
“Off Label” Law Enforcement Uses none of which apply to PayLock’s handling Can the City of Berkeley’s scofflaw re-
We asked Silverman if the system could of these same records. The city and PayLock cords and other data be stolen from PayLock
be used for other aspects of law enforce- agree upon rules for handling these records, by third party criminals?
ment. For example, could it be used to spot but the opportunities to verify that the rules
Silverman pointed out that PayLock takes
stolen vehicles? Could it be used to search are being followed are diminished by Pay-
data security seriously, for example by stor-
for the vehicle of a wanted criminal? Silver- Lock’s corporate form.
ing data in an encrypted form. (A data thief
man suggested Amber Alerts as an example The Risk of Vendor Lock-in would need not only the encrypted files, but
of a case where the boot van could be used The services provided by PayLock are not also a stolen encryption key or other means
in the urgent search for a wanted vehicle. a commodity. If the city wished to continue of de-encrypting the file.) Unfortunately,
If the police department wants to, Silver- to operate a boot van and use smart boots, there was not time for us to explore Pay-
man informed us, additional licenses can be but to switch from PayLock to another Lock’s data security measures in detail.
added to the search list, by hand, on the boot vendor or to internally provided services, it Data security systems are notoriously
van computer. The officer in the van need would have a hard time. difficult to implement well. It is common
only type in the additional license numbers. At the same time, the city accumulates a for systems that superficially appear quite
We asked BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan sunk investment cost in staff training time secure to in fact contain design gaffes that
about such other uses. He reports that BPD and entrenchment of new parking enforce- leave them wide open to data theft. Pay-
“has no immediate plans” to use the system ment practices. Even to revert back to a tow- Lock’s data storage creates a data theft risk
for anything other than parking scofflaws. only system of parking enforcement would that is difficult, at best, to assess other than
We asked Meehan if expanding the uses cost the city. to make the general observation that truly
of the system was in the cards. He says that PayLock may therefore enjoy pricing secure systems are the exception, not the
there are “no immediate plans” to do so. power that works against the interests of rule.
We asked if the police department would Berkeley residents and the city government. This in and of itself would be nothing
require additional authorization from the city For example, if they later demand that the new: Berkeley’s own IT systems are also a
before using the system for anything other booting fee be raised from $140 to some potential target for data thieves.
than scofflaw enforcement. Chief Meehan higher amount, the City may have little Yet, the use of PayLock does heighten the
wasn’t certain. realistic choice but to assent. risk in this sense: PayLock’s servers contain
Some Risks The Risk of Diminishing Returns and data not only for Berkeley, but for all mu-
At first glance it may seem that there the Pressure to Expand Uses nicipalities with which PayLock does busi-
could be no new risks created by the use At the press conference where PayLock ness. A data thief stealing scofflaw data from
of this system. After all, ever since license was introduced, we overheard City Council Berkeley’s own systems gets only Berkeley
plates were first introduced more than a cen- Member Capitelli ask Silverman whether data, but a thief stealing from PayLock gets
tury ago, police have had the legitimate right diminishing returns on scofflaw enforcement a much larger prize. In general, the effort
to search the streets for a sought-after car. ought to be expected. For example, in an data thieves are willing to make to steal
Proponents say that the new system makes initial sweep many long-standing scofflaws some resource goes up, the more potentially
that traditional search more efficient. could be caught, bringing a lot of money to valuable data there is.
Nevertheless, the boot van and Smart- the city and to PayLock. Will that initially The Risk of Weak Employee Account-
Boot program represent a sweeping change high level of revenue keep up? Or will it ability
in how these searches are done. New risks trail off as fewer people become scofflaws. When a violator calls PayLock’s 24/7 help
result which we consider below: Silverman said that in other cities such line, Silverman says, the operators have very
Risk Factors of the PayLock Corporate as Oakland they’ve seen a high initial spike limited information from the scofflaw list,
Form in scofflaw enforcement, which then settles Silverman says. Help line operators have the
down to a slightly smaller but roughly stable violator’s license number and amount owed,
PayLock LLC is a privately held, New
level of revenue. but are not provided the car owner’s name,
Jersey based corporation. This does not in
and of itself create new risks, but it enhances We conclude that because PayLock is a address, and so forth.
risks that arise from other causes. for profit company, there is some risk that Nevertheless, violators must provide op-
Berkeley will be encouraged or pressured to erators with a name and credit card number.
Because PayLock is a privately held
expand the uses of the PayLock technology Public record searches can usually, given
corporation its financial reporting require-
in order to justify PayLock’s continued pres- a license plate number, identify the car’s
ments are significantly less than those of a
ence. For example, as the police department owner, address and so forth. In combination
publicly traded firm, and less than those of a
with credit card information, this is enough We, of course, have great faith in our The Risk of “Wholesale” Surveillance
for acts of identity theft. sworn officers and yet, even Berkeley has Police have always had the right to
There is of course no reason to assume seen its share of police corruption such as examine the license plate of parked car and
that PayLock’s help line operators are more thefts from evidence rooms. How would compare it to a list of wanted vehicles - or
likely than anyone else to commit identity corrupt license searches work? to look up information about any vehicle for
theft, nor that PayLock’s internal opera- As one example, a private detective might legitimate police purposes. In that sense, the
tions would make this easy. Unfortunately, be seeking evidence of an adulterous affair PayLock system is nothing new.
though, the stakes are high because of the for use in a divorce proceeding. By co- What has changed is that such searches
high volume and large number of calls vertly partnering with enforcement officers, are now quantitatively so much more ef-
PayLock processes for all the municipalities the detective could have help locating the ficient, that there is a qualitative change in
it serves. target’s vehicle. If it is found in a surprising the civic order.
PayLock’s corporate form (see above) location the information can be passed to the The term “wholesale surveillance” to
compounds the problem because it dimin- detective (in exchange for money) who can describe this kind of qualitative shift was
ishes the potential for oversight and auditing then “find” the car independently and use coined by security expert Bruce Schneier
of the formerly governmental function of the evidence without exposing the misuse of who wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle
payment collection. the boot van. and on his blog:
The Risk of Internal Misuses Strict auditing of the boot van use - as- “On the face of it, this is nothing new. The
Because of PayLock’s corporate form, the suming that PayLock’s software enables police have always been able to run a license
potential for unchecked or even unnoticed it - can help prevent such problems but plate check. The difference is they would
misuse of city data internally to PayLock is requires concentrated effort to implement do it manually, and that limited its use. It
greater than if the city performed these func- and sustain. This problem is intrinsic to any simply wasn’t feasible for the police to run
tions internally. mobile license plate recognition system the plates of every car in a parking garage,
that can be field programmed to search for or every car that passed through an intersec-
It is our impression, in part from speaking
arbitrary vehicles. tion. What is different isn’t the police tactic,
with Silverman, that PayLock takes its re-
sponsibilities quite seriously. We intuitively The Risk of Population Tracking but the efficiency of the process.
doubt that they are likely anytime soon to do The system being deployed in Berkeley “Technology is fundamentally chang-
anything quite this nefarious, but here is an does not, as configured, record and report ing the nature of surveillance. Years ago,
example of “what could possibly go wrong” back a list of all parked cars scanned, where, surveillance meant trench-coated detec-
but that PayLock’s corporate form would and when - it focuses only on the vehicles tives following people down streets. It was
make hard to detect. We emphasize again targeted in the Scofflaw list. laborious and expensive, and was only used
that we don’t believe PayLock is currently Silverman confirmed, however, that the when there was reasonable suspicion of a
inclined to come close to a misuse like this: system is capable of recording all parked crime. Modern surveillance is the police
Suppose that in some of PayLock’s cli- vehicles - a record that can be used to track officer with a license-plate scanner, or even
ent cities, politicians are running for office the movements of innocent drivers as well a remote license-plate scanner mounted on
who oppose the use of PayLock’s services. as guilty. a traffic light and a police officer sitting at a
PayLock could perform wholesale searches That “track everyone” capability is computer in the police station. It’s the same,
to find discrediting information against gaining popularity with law enforcement. but it’s completely different.
those politicians (“that woman never pays Industry standards have arisen to collect “It’s wholesale surveillance.
her parking tickets”, “that guy parks in front that information into searchable databases, “And it disrupts the balance between the
of a brothel a lot”) more cheaply and easily allowing police to search “backwards in powers of the police and the rights of the
than by conventional and sanctioned means time” for the whereabouts of anyone they people.”
of searching. Having easily found a target to like. Because the data is collected without Schneier later adds:
discredit, an evil version of PayLock could the need for a warrant, as things stand, it can
“Like the license-plate scanners, the elec-
then obtain the same information by overt be retained and searched without a warrant
tronic footprints we leave everywhere can be
means (for plausible deniability) and leak it and with few meaningful restrictions on the
automatically correlated with databases. The
to the press without exposing the underlying purpose of the search.
data can be stored forever, allowing police to
abuse of police data. The Berkeley Police Department has no conduct surveillance backward in time.
The Risk of Police Corruption plans to perform this kind of surveillance
“The effect of wholesale surveillance on
This risk is inherent to any boot van sys- and we suspect would be reluctant to rush
privacy and civil liberties is profound; but
tem, regardless of whether it is operated by into such a program. Nevertheless, times
unfortunately, the debate often gets mis-
PayLock or internally by the city. change. Little appears to stand in their
characterized as a question about how much
The system is flexible enough to allow way of eventually performing that kind of
privacy we need to give up in order to be
searches for vehicles other than scofflaw surveillance with no need for additional
secure. This is wrong.
vehicles. As Silverman explained, additional authorization from the city and no additional
oversight. “It’s obvious that we are all safer when
licenses to search for can be entered into the the police can use all techniques at their
computer on the van. Generalized population tracking, if it were
disposal. What we need are correspond-
Without strict and proactive auditing, this to begin, would heighten the risks of corrupt
ing mechanisms to prevent abuse, and that
creates a potential for abuse if enforcement abuse of the system. Additionally, it would
don’t place an unreasonable burden on the
officers search for particular licenses for greatly challenge the balance of police pow-
purposes other than law enforcement. ers vs. civil liberties.
This is awkward for a city like Berkeley.
The adoption of PayLock by Berkeley is risk would be present. Steve Jobs: Arab-American
motivated by the goals of increasing city Is the Sky Falling? What Can be Done?
revenue by collecting on overdue tickets, The sky is not (yet) falling. We have no By Shirin Sadeghi (New America Meda)
while reducing enforcement costs and reason to believe that, beginning October Thu Oct 06 09:47:00 -0700 2011
(purportedly) improving customer service. A 18th, the newly deployed PayLock system
resource strapped city like Berkeley, pursu- Abdul Fattah Jandali, a young Syrian
will be abused. It seems far from likely. Muslim immigrant in Wisconsin, never met
ing such goals, is less than likely to invest
Nevertheless, in light of the risk factors his son Steve Jobs. When a baby was born
adequately in new regulations and mecha-
considered above, it is hard to see how to the 23-year-old Jandali—now known as
nisms to prevent abuse.
use of the technology in Berkeley will not John— and his 23-year-old German-Amer-
The wholesale surveillance aspect of the expand, over time, putting us on a slippery ican girlfriend, Joanne Schieble, in 1955,
system makes it a bit like a very danger- slope to abuse and unchecked enhance- there was no chance he’d be able to grow up
ous power tool. We hope that the people ment of policing powers at the cost of civil with his biological parents.
using the tool (the police and PayLock) liberties. The risks should be taken quite
will be careful and responsible, but for its Joanne, who belonged to a white, conser-
seriously. Sadly, confronting these risks vative Christian family could not convince
unprecedented power there are precious few aggressively is likely to be expensive and
substantial protections from abuse. her parents to marry an Arab, a Muslim,
politically difficult. according to Jandali, who called her father
The Risk of Federalizing Municipal Some suggestions for Berkeley: “a tyrant” in a New York Post interview in
Berkeley’s use of the PayLock system August 2011. In fact, according to Jandali,
In the years that have followed the at- should be reviewed frequently, perhaps each she secretly went from Wisconsin to liberal
tack on the World Trade Center, federal six months. Reviews must not be limited San Francisco to sort out the birth and adop-
law enforcement and intelligence agencies to the system’s impact on the city’s bottom tion without letting either him or her parents
have been building intelligence information line nor to the purported customer service know.
systems. These are used to share massive benefits. Reviews should look for positive And so it was that a nameless Arab
surveillance databases among agencies. proof that the system has not been abused American baby was adopted by an Arme-
These systems include information sharing in the field. Reviews should seek a defini- nian American family. Clara Hagopian and
partnerships with states and municipalities. tive assessment of how data is being shared her husband Paul Jobs had been married
On the one hand, this is understandable and used. Reviews should examine the data around seven years and had not been able
and hopefully helpful. The nature of threats retention policies and their implications. to conceive. The little bundle that would be
to public safety has changed dramatically. For fiduciary as well as civil rights rea- Steve, was very much wanted in the Jobs
Centralized intelligence gathering has sons, Berkeley should begin to explore the household.
reportedly been helpful in detecting and alternative of operating its intelligence gath- Steven Paul Jobs, as they named him,
thwarting terrorist efforts in their planning ering systems purely internally, without the grew up without ever knowing his biological
stages, before attacks can be carried out. need for third party out-of-state corporation. father. It seems he had no interest in know-
On the other hand, this new mode of fed- That is, a priority should be made of restor- ing him later in life, either. When, in August
eralized surveillance of the general popula- ing to the city those police and bureaucratic 2011, the London tabloid The Sun, contacted
tion is rife with potential for abuse yet is functions which PayLock assumes. As the Jandali, he publicly reached out to Steve
being carried out far away from meaningful underlying technology becomes less expen- saying, ““I live in hope that before it is too
oversight and accountability to the general sive and more mature, this option should late he will reach out to me. Even to have
public. become easier for the city. just one coffee with him just once would
As the ties and information sharing The city should implement new systems make me a very happy man.”
between municipalities like Berkeley and of regulation and oversight for this and But Steve never replied. Less than two
the Department of Homeland Security grow, similar forms of surveillance. The police de- months later, he has passed away.
there are few if any barriers to prevent partment should not be able to expand use of Jandali says it was his “Syrian pride” that
license plate recognition technology from the system without prior approval from city kept him from reaching out to his famous
being used to conduct wholesale surveil- council after public disclosure and hearings. son. In a September 2011 interview with the
lance of the general population, forwarding The city, the police (and others) should Reno Gazette—Reno, Nevada being the city
the information to federal databases. respect the intelligence of the residents and the 80-year-old Jandali lives and where, hav-
The Risk of Third Party Surveillance engage in a public education effort to inform ing never retired, he is the Vice President of
Regardless of what actions are taken by Berkeley residents of the detailed operations a casino. “The Syrian pride in me does not
PayLock, Berkeley, or the federal govern- of the system, its risks, its implications, and want him ever to think I am after his fortune.
ment, the risk of wholesale surveillance by what steps are being taken to mediate the I am not. I have my own money. What I
third parties is also growing. risks. The people of Berkeley should be full don’t have is my son...and that saddens me.”
PayLock’s system of license plate partners in deciding whether and how to One wonders what Jobs knew of his
recognition is polished and conveniently continue using this technology. Glossy sales background.
packaged, but the underlying technology is pitches about improvements to “customer
His biological father was no ordinary Syr-
widely available. A determined private party service” and the city’s bottom line gloss
ian. According to an interview he gave to the
could covertly equip any vehicle with dis- over what is at stake in a condescending,
Al Hayat newspaper in February 2011, he
creet cameras and computers, drive around, unhelpful way.
was born in French-mandated Syria in 1931
and track vehicles. Even if Berkeley had not Meanwhile: Happy motoring and watch in the town of Homs to a “self-made mil-
decided to use PayLock’s systems at all, this where you park. lionaire” father with no university education
who owned “several entire villages” and a
homemaker, traditional mother. He was one
Opinion But first explanation of what they are.
SB 292 was the special interest bill to
of five children – the only son of a family Letters to the Editor facilitate approval of a new NFL stadium in
with 4 daughters. downtown Los Angeles. The project propo-
He left Syria at 18 to study at the Ameri- Wed Oct 12 15:34:00 -0700 2011 nent is AEG Enterprises, Philip Anschutz’
can University in Beirut, where he was “a empire that includes many of the world’s
Each day I wait to see relief on the faces
pan-Arab activist”, a “supporter of Arab major sports and entertainment stadia, and
of people who are hoping to get their needs
unity and Arab independence” who orga- ownership of several professional sports
for survival met by other kind people but
nized with some of the most famous activists teams in hockey, basketball, and soccer.
at the end of the day most of them are still
of his time. After university, he moved to the AEG claims they need special treatment
desperate and depressed. I always thought
United States, and the rest is history, though under CEQA in order to bring an NFL team
life is lived now first and that today’s needs
he regrets leaving his homeland. to Los Angeles; the asserted fear is that a
are more important than needs of the unseen
“If I had the chance to go back in time, lengthy CEQA lawsuit would delay the ar-
tomorrow. Our readers of the U.S. Constitu-
I wouldn’t leave Syria or Lebanon at all. I rival of a team they acquire from elsewhere,
tion remind us of the unseen tomorrow by
would stay in my home country my whole leaving that team stranded in its present
ignoring today for the one-third of the U.S.
life. I don’t say that out of emotion but out location. AEG also claimed discrimination
that lives in poverty. Ask those about tomor-
of common sense,” he told Al Hayat. “Of because two years ago the Legislature gave
row whose child went to sleep without food.
course I miss the social life and wonderful a competing Southern California promoter
Ask those about tomorrow whose child is
food [in Syria], but the most important thing categorical exemption from CEQA. AEG
undernourished and sick. Will the child keep
is the outstanding cultural attributes which built a political consensus for its project
alive without help until tomorrow? Well,
in general you don’t find in the West,” says and CEQA exception by touting the tens of
the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
the non-practicing Muslim, who nonetheless thousands of jobs that would be created by
People who sit in Congress or govern the
“believe[s] in Islam in doctrine and culture.” stadium construction.
country may not have ever missed a meal in
His nostalgia aside, millions worldwide their lives. They may never have gaped in It is noteworthy that the competing pro-
would no doubt disagree with Jandali. bewilderment at the sky. moter has had his blanket CEQA exemption
Surely a Steve Jobs of Apple Computers for two years, premised on the creation of
I can imagine the urgency of stabilizing
could only have been possible in America. immediate jobs at his site, and none (nor a
the economy and creating a congenial at-
The estrangement of a father and son is football team) have been created there. It
mosphere for the lucky few. But what about
made even more tragic by the fact that not also bears observation that short of Chev-
the low-income people in our country? Who
only did each know of the other, but they ron and Apple, AEG more than any other
will worry about whether the benefits of a
shared more than a father-son biological corporate entity in America has financial
stable economy trickle down to them?
connection. Jandali and Schieble eventu- capability to assume the risk of stadium
When I was translating the Bible for a construction, and legal ability to marshal the
ally did marry— just ten months after she church during my college years in India,
gave their baby boy away to adoption, and law firms to defeat a meritless or compet-
I learned that true believers do unto other itor-motivated CEQA case. AEG appeals,
just a few months after Joanne’s father died. needy people as they would wish done
And they had another child—a daughter however, to a defining and bipartisan theme
to them if they were down and out. I was of our political generation: all reward must
with whom Steve eventually had a relation- so impressed with the Christian church
ship. Mona Jandali— now Simpson— is remain private, all risk becomes socialized.
practicing kindness to their less fortunate
a world renowned author who was, in her Claiming that it was not asking for a
neighbors, sacrificing their best for the bet-
own words, “very close” to her brother blanket exemption, AEG negotiated with the
terment of others. Worldly fortunes will stay
Steve once they established a relationship as Assembly Speaker’s office the terms of SB
here in the world but the example of helping
adults. 292: any CEQA case would have to be filed
others will become an eternal inspiration.
According to Jandali, he had no idea directly in the Court of Appeal rather than
Sometimes when we are busy thinking about
until just a few years ago that the baby his Superior Court. This process would thereby
ourselves, we forget to feel for others. I hope
then-girlfriend secretly gave birth to in San potentially shorten legal review by essen-
rich and powerful people in our country will
Francisco was the man the world knew as tially depriving challengers of a guaranteed
remember the poor and the needy as they
Steve Jobs. But Steve must have known for appeal on the merits, because appeals from
urge the nation forward.
decades, through his relationship with Mona. decisions of the Court of Appeal can be
Romila Khanna summarily denied without hearing by the
In the August New York Post inter-
California Supreme Court. This process
view, Jandali tried to let his son know AB 292 and SB 900: Both Bad also meant that in this one case the Court of
that he didn’t know of Joanne’s San Fran-
cisco plans. That he was saddened when he for the Environment; Why Appeal would be expected to set aside all of
its appellate tasks to act in this instance as
learned of it. “I honestly do not know to this Did Skinner and Hancock a trial court, for the sole benefit of AEG’s
day if Steve is aware of the fact that had it Vote for Them? project.
been my choice, I would have loved to have
kept him,” he said. By Antonio Rossmann Complementing these unfortunate fea-
Tue Oct 11 09:58:00 -0700 2011 tures, SB 292 has some positive elements.
And unless Jobs’s upcoming November
It does impose some project approval
authorized biography addresses the issue, Enactment of these two bills represent the conditions that are intended to minimize
Jandali may never know. Instead, with news culmination of a perfect storm, which runs greenhouse gas emissions from the new
of Jobs’s death, Jandali has the risk of repetition often in the days ahead. stadium project; whether these are feasible
or enforceable remains to be seen if the critical or considered review, or to have AB ment.
project does move forward. The bill also 900’s flaws exposed or corrected before such The proper response, then, calls for a
requires the approval agency to maintain a rapid enactment. If the accepted legislative comprehensive public review of CEQA
contemporaneous public record and submit process had played out over several months, procedures, not the private deal-brokering
that record immediately to the reviewing the entire land-use regulatory, environmen- that stained the end of the current legislative
court with only copying costs charged to the tal, and development communities could session. That will require our local legisla-
petitioner. (One can argue that existing Cali- have addressed CEQA revisions with a more tors to vote their constituents’ values in the
fornia law has always required the agency to rational and beneficial outcome. coming session, and stand up for a better
maintain its record contemporaneously, and As the Daily Planet’s editor reports, our outcome. The good news is that an example
then to submit it to the court upon payment Assembly Member voted for both of these was set in the concluded session, by Assem-
of solely copying costs, but in recent year measures, and our Senator voted for the bly Member Jared Huffman of Marin and
truculent cities and developers have made a more significant and flawed one, AB 900. Sonoma Counties, who properly objected to
game of racking up both time and expense These votes can be explained on two levels. a foul process and a foul result. In the com-
for doing what the law already requires, and The first is that of following party leader- ing year Berkeley’s representatives should
demanding in some cases that CEQA peti- ship on pain of disciplinary action; on the not let Huffman stand alone, and make clear
tioners pay hundreds of thousands of dollars Assembly side, the Speaker has not hesitated to the administration and their party leader-
for record preparation before a CEQA case to punish Democratic dissenters, in one case ship that we can do better.
can be tried.) actually threatening to terminate the staff In the meantime, we should observe how
SB 292’s terms were introduced in the of Pasadena’s representative for support- 292 and 900 play out. Perhaps the NFL will
Legislature seven days before the end of ses- ing the efforts of newspapers to uncover yet decline to let LA steal another city’s
sion. The tactic used was “gut and amend” the chamber’s internal expense account. team. Perhaps no project will qualify for
of an existing Senate measure in the As- The Speaker believed he had negotiated a SB 900’s exemptions, and the measure will
sembly, thereby precluding all but the most stadium bill that was less drastic than a com- sunset in 2014 never having been exercised.
perfunctory of hearings on one day’s notice plete override of CEQA. On the Senate side, And let’s not discount a constitutional
in both houses of the Legislature. Once the President Pro Tem has made no secret of challenge: the Court of Appeal’s original
approved by the Assembly as gutted and his personal priority to keep the Sacramento jurisdiction is defined by the State Constitu-
amended, it went to the floor of the Senate Kings in that town, and so exploited one of tion, which includes the courts’ discretion to
for concurrence vote. As expected, Governor the basic arguments against the stadium SB decline to hear a case on the merits. Can the
Brown (who became quite critical of CEQA 292 (it singles out one project for favorable Legislature tell the courts how to conduct
as mayor of Oakland, despite his strong sup- treatment) to expand the opportunity for that business, any more than the courts can
port for the law in his initial gubernatorial equal treatment for what may emerge as his tell the Legislature how to do theirs? But
terms) signed the bill, with much fanfare at own professional sports stadium. perhaps the ultimate irony would be an af-
the proposed Los Angeles stadium site. (What is is about stadia, be they at Cal or firmative answer to both questions, with a
But SB 292 left an immediate legacy of Staples Center or in the Natomas floodplain, judicial decree that the Legislature can no
even greater potential harm. Once it was that causes our officials and leaders to lose longer proceed under “gut and amend” as it
voted out of the Assembly, the Senate Presi- their heads? Do not the University and State did this year.
dent Pro Tem performed a similar gut and of California have better priorities?) Antonio Rossmann has practiced CEQA
amend in his chamber on another Assembly The larger explanation for these bills law for nearly 40 years, including some of
measure, AB 900, and copied the AB 292 lies in successful exploitation of our cur- its landmark appellate decisions. He also
format to be applied statewide in major proj- rent economy to stoke unsound fears that teaches that subject at UC Berkeley School
ects selected by the Governor. Thus, instead environmental protection must be sacrificed of Law.
of confining the CEQA trial to one Court of to restore economic opportunity. “Jobs” has
Appeal case and to one known project, AB replaced “national security” as the talis- Local Activists Join New
900 makes trial courts out of all the Courts manic codeword to justify the waiver of National Movement to “Take
of Appeal in the state for any number of protections that most citizens support and
projects, and of equal moment, is not tied that time and again have been shown in
Back the American Dream”
to any specific project known at this time. dispassionate analyses NOT to stand in the By Ken A. Epstein
Instead, the projects eligible for this special way of economic progress. In Washington Tue Oct 11 16:17:00 -0700 2011
treatment are chosen by the Governor, with this banner is carried by the minority party;
the proviso that his selection is not subject in California it finds large support in the
to judicial review. The Governor signed this majority party. Even a generally progres-
bill concurrently with SB 292. sive Governor Brown (and hence his staff)
AB 900 resulted from a process even envision “CEQA reform” as a priority for
more foul than that of SB 292. AB 900 was state legislation. But we must remind these
introduced on the next to last day of the leg- leaders that if AEG wanted to create jobs in
islative session, given a perfunctory hearing downtown Los Angeles without SB 292, it
in the Senate, and then rushed off the floors has ample financial and legal resources both
of both houses, all in under 24 hours. As a to play fair and to exact fairness from others
consequence, the only “participants” in this in the land-use review, without asking the
measure were those who secretly negotiated state to remove the last measure of private
it; even less opportunity was provided for risk standing in the way of its private enrich- Van Jones
Twenty-three- year old Nelini Stamp American Dream, reflects a focus on the
became an activist at the age of 17 when country’s immediate and desperate econom-
her family was evicted from their apartment ic, health and social needs: Tax Wall Street
in New York City. She is one of the young speculation, rebuild the nation’s crumbling
generation of organizers who responded infrastructure, expand Medicare so it is
quickly to the call of the Occupy Wall Street available to all, invest in public education,
protests. strengthen Social Security, invest in green
“I went down there and didn’t realize it technology, create decent paying jobs,
was going to change my life,” said Stamp, end the wars and rebuild the country and
who is a member of the Working Families strengthen democracy.
Party. “I started sleeping on cardboard (and The 10 demands are product of tens of
began) pressuring labor organizations and thousands of ideas submitted last summer.
community organizations to come on down Over 130,000 people participated in submit-
and check it out.” ting and ranking proposals. Nearly 1,600
“We don’t need demands,” she explained house meetings were held, reaching into
in response to mainstream press criticisms. every Congressional district in the country,
Gaby Pacheco “If we tell them demands, it’s saying they to evaluate and finalize the contract, accord-
have the power. And we have the power ing to Justin Ruben, MoveOn’s executive
because we have strength in numbers.” director.
Stamp was among the 2,0000 veteran Underscoring the demands is one the
and newly emerging leaders from around coalition’s basic messages, Ruben said:
the country who came together recently in “America is not broke – our democracy and
Washington, DC to spark what they hope our economy have been hijacked by the
will become a national coalition and move- wealthy few.”
ment to “ Take Back the American Dream” “This is the newest force in America,” he
from bankers, corporate CEOs and the said, calling for nationwide demonstrations
lobbyist-owned politicians who have turned on Nov. 17. “We’re going to draw a line in
that dream into a nightmare. the sand saying we will not accept yet an-
“Something is happening” in the country, other budget agreement that cuts everything
something the Occupy Wall Street protesters but the handouts for the rich.”
represent, a turning point, said Van Jones, a According to Robert Borosage, Co-Direc-
leader of the coalition who became nation- tor of Campaign for America’s Future, we
ally prominent for his work in the Bay Area need to understand that because this calam-
for green jobs for urban youth. ity was man-made, we ourselves can solve
“You knew at some point there was going it. “We need a politics that is disruptive, that
to be a pain threshold that ordinary people challenges this order. If ordinary people do
would hit,” said Jones, predicting a ris- extraordinary things, we can win.”
ing wave of protests and new progressive Among the 70 labor, environmental,
Nelini Stamp candidates in races across the country. “You political, human rights and other groups that
are going to continue to see the sleeping already joined as partners in the Ameri-
giant stand up…They had the Arab spring. can Dream movement are the Sierra Club,
Welcome to the American autumn.” AFSCME, Planned Parenthood, Change
The new coalition came out of the national to Win, Alliance of Californians for Com-
“Take Back the American Dream” confer- munity Empowerment (ACCE), Common
ence held Oct. 3 – Oct. 5 at the Washington Cause, Code Pink, Communication Work-
Hilton. Prime movers include Jones, who ers of America (CWA), Ella Baker Center
heads Rebuild the Dream, designed to serve of Human Rights in Oakland, the Hip Hop
as the “hub” or support group for the coali- Caucus, Peace Action and Youth Speaks.
tion. Jones, now based in the Los Angeles The strategy is not to require groups to
area, served briefly as Obama’s “Green change what they do or believe but to bring
Czar” before he was sabotaged by attacks them together under a single banner, as
from Fox television and Glenn Beck. Jones explained. People are already fighting
Other key players are MoveOn.org, a non- back, he said. “The only question is whether
profit advocacy group with 5 million mem- we are going to fight together or continue
bers that pioneered the use of the Internet fighting alone.”
to raise millions of dollars for progressive By developing a coalition that allows for
candidates; and Campaign for America’s Fu- independent action on the part of its partner
ture, a progressive public policy think tank, groups, this month’s founding conference
whose board includes leaders of the AFL- managed to avoid the furious battles over
Justin Ruben CIO, The Nation magazine and the NAACP. strategy, priorities and beliefs that so fre-
The 10-point program, Contract for the quently derail attempts to build unity.
Some critical observers have questioned One of the young activists who spoke at scheme was not a success. It was a disaster.
whether this group will in fact be a smoke the conference was Gaby Pacheco, 25, who Only 13 people went through with it, and,
screen to lure young people and other disil- organizes youth in Southern Florida into after the FHFA ruling, the City abandoned it.
lusioned Americans into supporting the the national United We Dream Network to Mayor Tom Bates speaking about the
Democratic Party and Barack Obama. fight for the Dream Act, a bill that would solar financing program at the City Council
On the opposite side, others raise concerns allow undocumented immigrants to attend meeting of September 16, 2008:
that the organization might undermine the university.
“I want to compliment the staff on the
president, already the target of unrelenting Born in Ecuador, she came to the U.S.
ingenuity and the creativity that has
attacks, giving aid and comfort to those who with her parents when she was seven years
brought us to this day … This could be
are seeking a Republican presidential vic- old. Though a college graduate in special
the most important contribution we’ve
tory in 2012. education, her undocumented status means
made in turning around global warm-
According to Jones and the other leaders she still is unable to teach and pursue a
ing, because it can provide the op-
the American Dream movement, neither of career providing music therapy for autistic
portunity for people to have affordable
these criticism are true. The 2008 campaign children.
solar for their homes and businesses,
slogan never was “Yes, he can,” but “Yes, To support the Dream Act, she and three and do so over a long time at a low
we can,” Neither the president nor any of the others last year walked 1,500 miles from rate of interest. It’s not for everybody.
elected officials can turn around the situation Miami to Washington, DC, taking their argu- But it certainly is an exciting prospect.
by themselves. ments to members of Congress. The world is sort of watching us to see
“We finally have a people-powered, peo- As a result of her outspoken leadership, how we do it”.
ple-owned independent political movement. federal immigration (ICE) police raided her
It’s not based on any political party and not home. In 2008, Mayor Tom Bates recommended
beholden to any political party (or leader),” that the City Council approve the Berkeley-
Because I started speaking, they selec-
said Jones at the closing of the conference. “ First residential solar program, which they
tively came after my family,” she said. “Im-
Something bigger is at stake,” he said. “We did. I was one of the very few participants in
migration rounded up all of us. I remember
have to rescue America: middle class, work- the program. The basic idea was that hom-
seeing my parents and two sisters taken
ing class and poor folks. eowners would install electrical-generating
away in a white van. We have lived in the
panels on their roofs, with no batteries, and
“Outside the context of a mass move- United States for 20 years, but my dad was
sell excess power to PG&E, or pay for any
ment Washington is helpless to oppose” put on an ankle bracelet.”
net consumption as usual (mainly during
the threat to liberty from economic and Determined and not intimidated, she winter). The federal government gave a 30%
corporate power, he said. “Bankers have proudly says her organization has already tax rebate, the State then gave about 18%
flooded (Washington) with 20,000 lobbyists, stopped 125 deportations this year. “I think cash to the installer, and the City was willing
who have more influence than 300 million there is hope,” even though the deportations to finance everything except the state rebate,
Americans.” are worse now than they were under Bush, and add it to your property taxes at an inter-
Richard Trumka, a third generation coal she said. est rate of 7.75% for 20 years.
miner and head of the AFL-CIO, brought the “We’re going back to President Obama Some people balked at the interest rate,
assembly to its feet when he called for mak- to say `follow through – you can be our but l already had a mortgage, like most hom-
ing job creation a national priority. friend,’” said Pacheco. “There’s a lot still to eowners, conventional refinancing to cover
“Work isn’t just what supports your fam- do to push our elected officials and President the cost of the solar installation would have
ily,” he said. “It’s what defines us, it’s who Obama.” forced me into jumbo-lite territory, with
we are, it’s how we contribute to the world. stringent qualification requirements and high
It’s our legacy. Hancock’s Senate Bill 555 interest rates. So I thought the interest rate
“The harm (of joblessness) is deep, and
it’s long lasting. We, the people, are angry,
Release is Wrong: Berkeley’s was reasonable, especially as it was possible
that the whole of the additional property tax
and who can blame us? (But) where will our Solar Program Went Up in could be deducted from federal tax. My own
anger go, toward hatred and extremism? Or Flames house was not a very favorable location, as
toward building a future for everyone?” the roof is heavily shaded, but imaginative
Many participants appeared to be deeply By Nigel Guest contractors found solutions that were not
moved by what they saw and heard at the Sat Oct 08 22:43:00 -0700 2011 absurdly expensive, so in 2008 I went ahead.
conference. Loni Hancock’s press release for this bill Then my troubles began. The City planned
“I was one of those people who (previ- that you published is seriously flawed. I to add a tax lien to each affected property to
ously) was quite discouraged,” said East wrote [the following commentary about the secure the loans, and issue bonds to recover
Bay resident Judy Pope, a member of the Berkeley Solar Program]for the (Berkeley) their money. They described the tax liens as
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club. “I’m Council of neighborhood Associations’ “just like the lien for the taxes you pay to
65, and everything I care about is under August, 2011 newsletter. Alameda County”. I’m a born skeptic, and
extreme threat. The key problems are: went down to the County Recorders’ Office
“I’m very encouraged to come here and 1) The Federal Housing Financing to check this. There is no County Tax Lien,
see a lot of young people and people of Authority has ruled that solar property tax unless you’re in default, so the new City
color doing a lot of phenomenal things,” liens cannot be accepted for properties with lien would stick out like a sore thumb. My
she said. “It seems that we might be coming “conforming” mortgage loans. standard (conforming) California mortgage
together.” contract states that that any tax lien must
2) The BerkeleyFirst solar financing
be paid off immediately. I confronted the The next thorn became the date when the forming loans” with tax liens like Berkeley’s
City with this, and got pure evasiveness City would pay me. They refused to guaran- on the property, although they grandfathered
for an answer. The City had subcontracted tee this, which could have left me owing the in existing liens, like mine. This killed
all financial arrangements to a company solar installer a substantial sum of money BerkeleyFirst, and other similar programs.
called Renewable Funding, LLC. They were for some time. Luckily, the installer was Belatedly, City management addressed the
charged with answering questions, and did patient. problems with mortgage lenders, and the
so in as vague and obfuscating manner as The final major issues were the admin- Council waived the pre-payment penalty on
possible. istrative fees that I would be charged for future interest, so now refinancers and sell-
Meanwhile, the City project manager sat the loan, and the dates and amounts of the ers can simply pay off their solar loans in the
back and appeared to be using commitment- additional property tax payments. Quite normal manner.
delete software on the few emails that she basic, wouldn’t you think? However, the Unfortunately, this program is yet one
sent. I contacted my mortgage lender, who standard documentation was so unclear and more example of the City having good inten-
said over the phone that the new lien was no self-contradictory that I insisted on, and got, tions, but lacking the ability to think through
problem. However, they would not commit a detailed breakdown from the City Director the problems, and develop real solutions.
to this in writing. I then posed the ques- of Finance.
tion to the City: What if I refinance or sell, By then, I had discovered that the whole Occupy Berkeley Report
so that I am dealing with a new mortgage scheme, including the incredibly complex
lender? I got no sensible answer, and the financing plan was developed by Cisco By Steve Martinot
City obviously hadn’t done its homework DeVries, former Chief of Staff of Mayor Sun Oct 09 15:11:00 -0700 2011
on this issue. The problem was that if my Tom Bates – and now President of Renew- The Berkeley occupation, joining some
lender, or a new lender, insisted that the able Funding. Mr. Devries had used his 900 other cities, has begun. Though the
lien be paid off, the City wanted all future political contacts to set up the BerkeleyFirst original call was for people to come to the B
interest payments for 20 years, which was financing system, and had approached sev- of A grounds at Center and Shattuck to plan
absurd. When I challenged them on this, eral other cities as well. an occupation, which would then begin on
they claimed that it was a condition of their The initial pilot scheme, for $1 million, Saturday, Oct. 15, 100 people showed up,
contract with the holders of their future bond was supposed to accommodate 40 hom- and the decision was made to begin right
holders. This became their standard answer eowners. In fact only 13 completed the away.
to any difficult question. By the time I had program. Last year, the Federal Housing
obtained my loan, I had exchanged over 300 The process was inspiring, at least to me.
Finance Agency ruled that Fannie Mae and The people, upon arriving at the assemblage,
email messages with the City and Renew- Freddie Mac should not accept new “con-
able Funding, and found out very little. all had different thoughts about what was to
transpire, about how to understand the cor- of respect for difference, the question of or- through. We are asking for language in the
porate enemy, and with little common con- ganizing committees to take care of tactical contract for better murse-patient staffing
ception of what to do first, where to do it, or considerations, and proposals on process and ratios and it should be noted that California
how. Slowly, over the course of a few hours, organization. The meeting continued after I is one of the only states that has a law that
those issues were resolved. It was slow, but left at around 7 pm. mandates nurse-patient ratios to protect the
only those who think that time is money One aspect of these assemblages is partic- patients. These have already decreased the
would be frustrated by the rate of speed of ularly noteworthy, and that is the use of the number of deaths and poor outcomes in the
the process. What the assemblage sought for “people’s mike” – in place of the electronic state. We, as CNA members, are only asking
most was an understanding in common. technology by which we have become used that our previous contract be upheld. We
The procedure was one of consensus, to speaking to groups. With the people’s are not asking for anything new, not even a
traditionally a difficult process for a large mike, those who can hear the speaker repeat cost of living pay raise. We only want NO
group. Consensus works best for small what the speaker says, so the those who TAKEAWAYS.
groups of a dozen or twenty. But for this can’t hear the speaker can hear the repeti- The number and type of takeaways pro-
assemblage, knowing that this had worked tion, which is louder because spoken by posed by the hospital are unfair and outra-
in OccupySF, and in OccupyWallSt, and many in unison. This puts the speaker in a geous. They are proposing elimination of all
other places, consensus was the means, and position of speaking only short phrases, and positions less than 4 days a week. There are
it worked. pausing while the assemblage repeats his/ many nurses working less than 4 or 5 days a
The decisions made were first, to start the her words for those more distant. It means week and their benefits are pro rated. Every
occupation on that day, Saturday, October 8, that the speaker can be (and really has to be) nurse currently is required to work every
which meant that a number of people came more circumspect, more concise, more di- other weekend until they have been em-
forward and said that they would camp out rectly to the point. It is also edifying for the ployed for 15 years. Our previous contract
there starting tonight; second, to make it an speaker to hear his/her own words in echo. allowed nurses to work every third weekend
occupation in the sense that all the others And harangues become very difficult, if not after 15 years of service and then eliminated
were; third, that the General Assembly for impossible. Things become clearer when the requirement after 20 years of service.
this occupation would meet every day at 6 one has to slow down, which the “people’s Sutter wants every nurse, regardless of years
pm, and be composed of those who were mike” requires. As each person is recognzed of service, to work every other weekend.
there, acting to support the encampment and by the facilitator, s/he says “mike check” to Sutter is proposing elimination of ALL
the occupation; and finally, that the General get the attention of those nearby, who then sick pay, stating that SDI will kick in after
Assembly would be the direction and guid- repeat “mike check,” and then function as the 8th day of illness. In addition they are
ance of the occupation, and that all commit- the people’s mike for what the person then proposing cutting back on maternity leave.
tees and activities would be responsible to it has to say. They are proposing elimination of all 12
as a decision making body. It is truly wonderful how slowing things hour positions and cutting back on the hours
Each of these decisions emerged out of down this way really speeds them up. that non-benefited nurses can work. They
serious oppositions and choices. Whether to Late breaking item: about 6 people slept at are proposing large cuts in hourly pay. These
start right away raised the issue that it would the encampment last night (Saturday, oct. 8), are just a few of the more than 72 takeaways
only be a few people to start, and thus risked divided between activist and some home- that Sutter has offered us! It feels a bit more
creating a great vulnerability. But various less who have been sleeping on that corner than trimming the fat. It appears to be more
resources were offered that strengthened the for certain lengths of time. Everyone slept of a union busting technique as the number
feeling toward action. The issue whether well, and there is plenty food there for them. and type of takeaways are so over the top.
this should be an “official” occupation, a Everyone should get down there when and if There have been many figures in the
true “sister” encampment to all the others they can. media about how much money nurses make.
raised the debate over whether it should We are a profession. There are a few nurses
be at the B of A or at MLK park, opposite A Nurse’s Viewpoint who are in a specialty that requires them to
City Hall. Those who volunteered to be the be on call and these nurses have the poten-
first campers chose the B of A. The issue By Berit Block, RN tial to make a lot of money as they usually
of the General Assembly meeting each day Fri Oct 07 08:12:00 -0700 2011 make half of their hourly wage while they
at 6 was easily resolved. And people took a I have been a Registered Nurse at Alta are waiting to be called in. However, this
break to return at 6 that very day to compose Bates Summit Medical Center for over 29 is a time where you are literally waiting for
the first GA. years. I love my job. I started at age 24 when the phone to ring and you do not have total
I was amazed and heartened at the ability it was Merritt Hospital and have worked freedom to be any where or do anything
of the assemblage to come together, even there through various mergers and labor dis- you want while you are on call. These are
from moments when it was evenly divided putes and strikes. We, as Registered Nurses, usually high risk areas and are vital should
pro and con on an issue, and arrive at a con- have worked very hard through the years for a patient come in needing emergent care.
sensus. This happened a number of times. a contract that protects our patients and of- Nurses otherwise make a good salary but if
People took seriously the notion that process fers us fair working conditions and upholds you look at the breakdown in terms of pay
is important, and in fact, primary. our work as a profession. Our contract is per patient the perception changes a bit. If
upheld by nurses working in other facili- you have 4 patients that you are responsible
The first GA (at 6 pm) was composed of
ties as a Gold Standard. What is happening for and you make $60 an hour, which is
about 30 people, almost all of whom had
now, as we are negotiating our contract is average for an experienced nurse, you are
been at the noon assemblage. It addressed
unprecedented. Never, in almost 30 years talking about $15 an hour per patient. This is
the issue of whether consensus worked or
have I experienced what we are now going for skilled nursing for acute patients such as
not, the question of facilitation, the question
those out of surgery or medically ill enough
to need to be hospitalized with frequent
assessments and treatment changes. I know
Columnists people who’d been in the industry for more
than two or three years, and most of the cli-
babysitters that get paid more per child and The Poetry of Money: a New ents were long gone, wiped out in the Crash
who well deserve it. We are highly trained of 1974.
professionals and are at the bedside 24/7. Irregular Personal Column At the same time, Wall Street can be a
The figure that you quoted, $130,000, can- great place to invest your money if you’re
By R.M. Ryan
not be made hourly by the average nurse and careful and sensible (and follow models like
Wed Oct 12 15:43:00 -0700 2011
perhaps if you included all of the health care those of Warren Buffett). If, however, you’re
insurance and other benefits might come I worked in the sales, research, and man- not careful, you will most certainly get your
close but I think it is a stretch. It is a dis- agement departments of a major regional purse and your pocket picked.
service to Nurses to quote that figure since brokerage firm for over twenty-five years. I The little people of Wall Street (today that
it leads the public to erroneously conclude left as a Senior Vice President to become a would probably mean those who make less
that we make a huge amount of money per private money manger in 2005. than $500,000 a year) are minutely regulated
hour and in this depressed economy may not While I never literally worked on Wall to keep the crooks out, but major players
give us support at a time when we need it for Street, I lived in the air of that synecdoche. like, for instance, the one-time CEO of
ourselves and our patients. I learned quite early in the game that, if I Merrill Lynch, Stan O’Neal, are pretty much
Sutter Health, a not-for-profit hospital, wanted to survive, I had to pick and choose free to do anything they want to with total
in 2010 made a “surplus” of $878,000,000. very carefully among the investments of- impunity.
Yes millions!! And this surplus was made fered to me and my clients. Many of them— In O’Neal’s day, just a few years ago,
by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center only, such as, for instance, most tax shelters back major firms like Merrill Lynch operated
not all of the hospitals in the Sutter chain. in the 1980’s and numerous mortgage- with leverage of over thirty to one. Can you
This “surplus” was made while upholding backed products—were financial poison. imagine the danger in that approach? It’s
our contract. The very same contract that we Once you hung around a while, it got to sort of like speeding down the left side of a
are trying to negotiate to keep now. Noth- be fairly easy to spot the bad products—the two-lane road and telling yourself that this is
ing new for us, just the same contract that first test was simple: crappy investments the fastest way to a destination.
still allowed the corporation to collect this usually had the largest commissions for the I suspect that the real purpose of suicidal
huge “surplus”. [Sutter executive] Pat Frey brokers. risks like this was to insure Stan O’Neal’s
received a 43% raise and now makes at least After The Large Commission Rule comes pay check. When he left Merrill in pretty
4 million dollars a year. Who knows how what I call The-Too-Good-To-Be-True Rule. much total collapse, he walked away with, I
much more he will make when the figures
If, for example, you heard that a bond believe, 160 million dollars.
for the 2011 “surplus” are in. Sutter donated
filled with mortgages from places like Man- Which brings me to my larger point.
1 million dollars to keep the Sacramento
teca was rated triple A, the same rating then Our country is being ruined by a group I
Kings in Sacramento. This is not a corpora-
given to Treasury Bonds, which are backed would call The Corporatists. These are men
tion that seems to be in financial distress.
by the full faith and credit of the whole and and woman using giant and often storied
The term CORPORATE GREED comes to
entire United States, you could be forgiven companies to pay themselves gargantuan
for being suspicious. salaries. They don’t care about sharehold-
The employees of Sutter Health from the
The third test was the Why-Am-I-Hear- ers or employees or much of anything else
nurses, housekeepers, lab technicians and
ing-About-This? Corollary. besides those salaries. Most of them will be
all the others who keep the hospital running
have made that profit, as have the health This one applies to most of us Little at the helms of their companies for just a
care consumers. When our negotiations first People. It can be restated this way: if this is few years and in that time will take as much
began and it became clear where we were the real, inside story, then why am I, way out money as possible.
headed, I felt very disrespected in my mind here, hearing about it? Look at GM. I’d say it was pretty much
about how little Sutter seemed to respect my The fourth and final test was Miss Soley’s got out of the car business by the late
work and that of my colleagues and all the Observation. Miss Soley was my fourth- 1960’s. It just kept changing the sheet metal
others that work in the hospital. Who did grade teacher, and she would make those of on the same vehicle. This isn’t the car busi-
they think made the profit for them? What us who didn’t have our homework complet- ness; this is the fashion business. Suburbans
gets me through this difficult time are the ed on time explain to the entire class why are perfect examples of this—pretty much
patients. They are why we are here and do we were late. the same car year after year with various
what we do. We know we make a difference “See,” she told us after we listened to ever grill and dashboard styles.
in people’s lives, be it teaching, perform- more colorful stories, “how much longer The management of GM was interested in
ing tests, giving reassurance, improving the it takes to tell a lie than simply to tell the maintaining fat profit margins to pay them-
health or quality of life, or even saving a truth.” selves. Compare this to Toyota or Honda or
life. The patients are why we do what we do. Miss Soley’s Observation would have to one of the few American companies that
We will continue to offer excellent care and kept many investors away from Enron. just kept on innovating—Apple.
are even willing to strike so that we can con- This is also why GM’s stock has been
The Wall Street I saw ingested clients,
tinue to advocate for them and mandate the such a disaster. In the long run, investors
the clients’ money, and the clients’ brokers
highest standards possible for their protec- figure this stuff out.
the way a blue whale eats its way through a
tion and for our profession. Innovation and genuine client satisfac-
swarm of krill.
In 1977, when I was applying for jobs tion are difficult and, in the short run, often
in the investment business, I met very few expensive, In the long run, however, they are
the tools of building formidable businesses. why I did not write on “Italian-American – the largest private landowner in the state
By hiring both Republicans and Demo- subjects,” meaning why I touched only holding over 1.7 million acres. Since 1990
crats, The Corporatists have divided and here and there, as needed for the story, on Sierra Pacific has received permission from
conquered us. We’re so busy—Progressives my family experience, instead of churning the California Forestry Board to clearcut
against Tea Baggers—that we don’t see the out the standard IMMIGRANT SAGA. I over a quarter million acres.
real destruction going on right in front of us. patiently smiled and said, “Since I am an In 2000, the California legislature debated
If The Corporatists aren’t stopped, our Italian-American, everything I feel com- a bill that would have banned all clearcut-
economic system is going to look like the pelled to write about becomes, by definition, ting because of concerns about its environ-
forests in Haiti. an Italian-American subject.” It seemed mental impact. Democratic Governor Gray
more polite than saying, “ Nobody tells me Davis killed the law by declaring he would
According to The New York Times, R. M.
what to write.” only sign legislation “that was the result of
Ryan’s is one of the poets working “at the
juncture of rapture and rupture.” He is the Many defenses of “multiculturalism” compromise between environmentalists and
author of two books of poetry—Vaudeville are boring and silly. But they can also be loggers.” (Sierra Pacific made significant
in the Dark and Goldilocks in Later Life. He sinister. We must not tolerate oppressive, contributions to Davis’ campaign and on
also published a novel—The Golden Rules— sometimes barbaric, traditions (inflicted July 13, 1999, hosted a fundraiser that raised
and is now finishing a screenplay based on mostly on middle-eastern women.) Ex- $129,000 for the Governor.)
that novel. For over ten years, Ryan wrote amples include not only the forced veiling Clearcutting has two major consequences.
the quarterly investment commentary for his of women’s heads, or whole bodies, but the First, it impacts biodiversity. Replacing na-
investment firm. horror of female genital mutilation that, only tive trees and plants with a solitary species,
a few years ago, I was told was actually pine, may simplify logging but it disrupts
being inflicted on some African immigrants the habitat for plants and animals. Clearcut-
My Commonplace Book (a in Oakland. (I hope that was just an urban ting fractures the fragile forest ecology caus-
diary of excerpts copied from ing species to migrate and, in some cases,
What Simic called the “undermining of disappear. And, wherever there is clearcut-
printed books, with comments tribalism” is great gift to recent immigrants ting there are roads for logging trucks; these
added by the reader.) and perhaps an even greater gift to less re- roads also impact the environment directly
cent ones. We Americans can be grateful that by the introduction of polluting vehicles
by Dorothy Bryant our parents left behind their “national folly,” or indirectly by increasing the number of
Tue Oct 11 13:04:00 -0700 2011 while contributing their national treasures landslides.
The advantage of the melting pot is and talents into the “melting pot,” so that all Second, clearcutting has a savage impact
that it undermines tribalism. One gains of us can choose wholesome flavors from on water resources. 60 percent of Califor-
a distance from one’s own national folly. everywhere in the world. nia’s water supply comes from watersheds
Fashionable present-day multicultural- (Send the Berkeley Daily Planet a page in the Sierra Nevada – 15 percent comes
ism, with its naïve call for ethnic pride, from your own Commonplace Book) from the Colorado River and the remaining
sounds to me like an attempt to restore 25 percent from groundwater. The log-
me to precisely that state of mind my ging practices of Sierra Pacific have three
parents ran away from in Europe. The It’s the Water, Stupid: The impacts.
American culture is a strange concoction Perils of Clearcutting The initial clearing process leaves the
prepared and cooked by each individual Sierra Nevada topsoil exposed and vulner-
in his own kitchen. It ought not to come By Bob Burnett able. Winter rains often carry the best soil
in a package with a label and a fake list of Fri Oct 07 08:47:00 -0700 2011 away, clogging streams and damaging habi-
wholesome, all-natural ingredients. tat far away from the logging site. That’s
When you fly to the west coast, you usu-
—Charles Simic, poet, NY Times Book ally pass over the Sierra Nevada mountain the problem at Battle Creek a stream that
Review, 12/20/03 range. On a clear day you’ll notice the sur- descends from Mount Lassen in California’s
When Simic wrote this, nearly a decade rounding forests are irregular; they’ve been Shasta County. The US Bureau of Reclama-
ago, I read it with relief, as a sign that we “checkerboarded.” Millions of acres have tion is overseeing a $128 million project to
were coming to the end of a period of manu- been logged and ”clearcut.” While problem- revive the Battle Creek Salmon population;
factured “multiculturalism,” when many atic on many levels, clearcutting imperils the five dams are being removed and four oth-
hyphenated-Americans were asserting their drinking water for 45 million Americans. ers modified so steelhead and winter- and
“ethnic pride”— and trying to force their spring-run salmon can return to their spawn-
Clearcutting is a logging technique where
version of it on others of their ethnic group. ing habitat. Tragically that same habitat is
all trees in a given area are cut down. The
I hoped the change meant that acquain- threatened by erosion resulting from up-
valuable timber is hauled away and the
tances who had suddenly become super stream Sierra Pacific clearcutting, authorized
residue, the “slash pile,” is burned. Then the
Italian-American, would stop accusing me by the California Department of Forestry.
ground is scraped and sprayed with herbi-
(as one stated in a review) of “concealing California doesn’t require loggers to monitor
cides to suppress native vegetation. The area
my Italian identity” under a WASP name. (In water quality and the agency charged with
is replanted with one species, typically pine.
other words, I use my husband’s name; I’d overseeing fish habitat, California Depart-
In recent years, this process has been re-
say you could accuse me of being, at worst, ment of Fish and Game, has been decimated
branded as “even-age” timber management.
old-fashioned.) by budget cuts.
In California, clearcutting is only permit-
Another accusing question asked by these The second impact of clearcutting is
ted on private land and usually occurs on
newly super-ethnic Italian-Americans was alteration of the rate of rainwater absorp-
property owned by Sierra Pacific Industries
tion. In a natural forest, native tree root On Mental Illness: Smoking, some “wiggle room,” in our battle against
systems trap and filter rainwater; as a result poor health.
water percolates slowly through the soil, Obesity and Type II Diabetes Good eating habits can be phased into
gradually recharging streams and aquifers gradually, and if so, will have a better
By Jack Bragen
over California’s dry months. In “even-age” chance of being sustained. A person can start
Sun Oct 09 13:19:00 -0700 2011
forests, this process is altered and water is by adding a handful of green beans or green
primarily distributed when it’s not needed. Far too many persons with mental illness peas to one’s pot of macaroni and cheese. A
In the summer there is less stream water and literally “drop dead” at too young an age. person can switch to ordering one hamburg-
this negatively affects fish habitat as well as In many instances, our deaths are the result er at a drive thru, instead of two or three. A
plants and animals on adjacent properties. of preventable health issues that most un- person can buy a couple of frozen entrees
The third impact is from the introduc- afflicted people address by middle age. The instead of a freezer full. These are changes
tion of herbicides. Each year an average of mental health treatment system is failing to that won’t “rock the boat” as much concern-
200,000 pounds of herbicides are used to provide preventative maintenance to a popu- ing one’s comfort level and thus will have a
domesticate California private forests. Until lation which is very vulnerable to premature greater likelihood of being sustained.
recently, the most commonly used herbicide illness and death through heart disease, type There was the story of a board of directors
was Altrazine. In 2004, the European Union II diabetes, high blood pressure, and emphy- meeting of a large tobacco company. A new-
banned Altrazine “because of its persistent sema. If the assumption is that persons with comer started to smoke, and was ridiculed
groundwater contamination.” US research- mental illness have less competence com- for it. A board member at the meeting said
ers are alarmed by Altrazine’s effects as an pared to the mainstream population, then it that smoking is for “White trash and n___.”
endocrine disruptor and its epidemiological becomes the responsibility of mental health This gives you an idea of how much the
connection to low male sperm count. (Health caregivers to help regulate the diet, smoking tobacco producers believe in their product.
problems from aerial herbicide spraying and exercise level of their clientele.
The same sort of hypocrisy might exist in
have been reported in Triangle Lake, Oregon The lives of persons with mental illness parts of the mental health treatment system.
where most residents have tested positive for are not to be considered trivial because of A mental health treatment venue might pro-
atrazine in their urine.) Recently, Altrazine our lack of position in society or because vide hamburgers and pizza for their lunches,
has been replaced by Roundup, the most we don’t come across as being as attractive, which sedate the consumers by filling their
widely used US herbicide. The European brilliant, charismatic or fit as others. I’m stomachs; making it easer for them to be
Union classed Glyphosate, Roundup’s main saying that our lives should be considered managed in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the
ingredient, as “dangerous for the environ- just as valuable as those of non-afflicted lunches the therapists eat might consist of
ment” and “toxic for aquatic organisms”. persons. This means that a crime is being some concoction that has kidney beans,
In 2006, the Union of Concerned Sci- committed. We are being allowed to die be- brown rice and tofu. Who will die first?
entists reported on Global Warming and cause it is convenient for the mental health
Meanwhile, the medications that per-
California’s Water Supply: “By the end of caregivers to overlook our physical health
sons with mental illness are essentially
the century, if global warming emissions issues.
required to take cause diabetes and extreme
continue unabated, statewide annual aver- Neglect for our physical health issues is weight gain. All of the well-known atypical
age temperatures are expected to rise into one of many instances in which persons antipsychotic medications are known for
the higher warming range (8-10.5°f). This with mental illness aren’t taken seriously, raising blood sugar and increasing weight.
temperature rise will lead to more precipita- even though we have serious issues which Most mental health treatment venues have
tion falling as rain instead of snow, and the are genuine and which can create real suf- switched to these newer medications. This
snow that does fall will melt earlier, thus fering and death. In past columns I have is because they are less likely (compared to
decreasing the spring snowpack in the Sierra mentioned that the psychiatric medications the older generation of medications) to cause
Nevada by as much as 90 percent… spring cause weight gain and diabetes. I have also uncomfortable side-effects, and less likely
stream flow could decline up to 30 percent.” said that these medications make it harder to to cause “tardive dyskenisia,” (a crippling,
There are many signs that California’s get physical exercise because of the sedating irreversible and disfiguring movement in the
water supply is imperiled by global climate effects. This means that a lot of attention had upper body).
change. Clearcutting increases the probabil- better be paid to the diet of the psychiatric
Because psychiatric drugs create obesity
ity that the Sierra Nevada watershed will be consumer. Excessive eating must absolutely
and diabetes, drug companies stand to gain
furthered diminished or rendered unfit for be avoided. Nutritional foods must be con-
even more profits by sales of insulin, high
consumption. It’s time for Governor Brown sumed, and “junk food” must be kept at a
blood pressure medications, and blood thin-
and the Legislature to ban clearcutting in all minimum. It is the responsibility of the men-
ners. This makes a person question if there
circumstances. tal health treatment system to facilitate these
could be some conspiracy in which people’s
good eating habits by educating people.
Bob Burnett is a Berkeley writer. He can bodies are being harmed for the sake of
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Quitting smoking may be out of reach for profit. Whether or not this is too farfetched,
many persons with mental illness, due to it seems that taking one medication leads
the sheer strength of the smoking addiction to taking another, and so on. The scientific
and due to the fact that it is thought to be community needs to devote some attention
mentally somewhat therapeutic. (This is not to creating psychiatric and other medications
a recommendation for smoking.) Gradually that do not cause chronic and deadly health
creating good eating habits plus moderate problems.
exercise may be the only remaining areas
where persons with mental illness still have
Senior Power: The older the virtuosity and bold harmonic structure. It Library, 2090 Kittredge. 510-981-6100.
is a large, sprawling, emotional piece and Thursday, Oct. 6. 6 P.M. Lawyers in
fiddler, the sweeter the tune. unique in its character compared to other the Library. Berkeley Public Library South
English proverb. Bach music. Ms Wu will also play Ludwig branch. 1901 Russell. 510-981-6100. Also
van Beethoven (1770-1827)’s Sonata Op. 31 Oct. 13.
By Helen Rippier Wheeler No. 3. As he grew more deaf, Beethoven’s
Thu Oct 06 10:04:00 -0700 2011 Mondays, Oct. 10, 17, 24. 11:10 A.M.
visitors wrote their conversation down for – 1 P.M. Introduction to Video Production.
Elderly musicians hear better than elderly him to read; 140 of these “conversation Learn to use a video camera, script writing,
non-musicians. Age-related hearing loss is a books” are known to exist. Her program will storyboarding, basic lighting and sound to
significant detriment to quality of life in the conclude with Alberto Evaristo Ginastera
produce a newscast and a short documen-
aged although it is poorly understood. Oxi- (1916-1983)’s Sonata No. 1 . A portion was
tary. No experience required. Equipment
dative stress causing loss of hearing cells is performed in the soundtrack of the 1980 mo-
provided. Graduate to the advanced class on
one theory. Chronic exposure to loud noises tion picture, The Competition. Following a
October 31, 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Mastick
in the environment is another. It would seem visit to the United States in 1945–47, where
Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue,
that listening and playing music throughout he studied with Aaron Copland at Tangle-
one’s life could damage the ear. However, wood, Ginastera returned to Buenos Aires
and co-founded the League of Composers, Tuesday, Oct. 11. 1 P.M. Physician Or-
a new study comparing aged musicians to
later moving back to the United States and ders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
non-musicians suggests that decline in corti-
cal auditory processing may be reduced in from 1970 living in Europe. Marilyn Ababio and Dorothy Ridley,
musicians whereas decline in cochlear func- On Wednesday, October 26, enjoy pianist POLST representatives inform about
tion is similar to non-musicians. According Tony Lin and Schubert, Tchaikovsky, POLST, a form that spells out the medical
to lead researcher Benjamin Rich Zendel, Chopin and Liszt. treatment you desire during the end of your
being a musician may contribute to bet- life + question and answer period. Mastick
Mr. Lin will play Franz Peter Schubert
ter hearing in old age by delaying some of Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue,
(1797-1828)’s Sonata in A minor, D. 784.
the age-related changes in central auditory Alameda. 510-747-7506.
Schubert was one of the leading exponents
processing. This advantage widens consider- of the early Romantic era in music, and he Tuesday, Oct. 11. 7 P.M. Latin American
ably for musicians as they get older when remains one of the most frequently per- Music, with. Rafael Manriquez and Ingrid
compared to similar-aged non-musicians. formed composers. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Rubis. Kensington Library, 61Arlington
The June 1909 issue of The Etude (1840-1893)’s Dumka, Op. 59 follows. Avenue. Free. 510-524-3043.
magazine advertised The Home For Aged Dumkka refers to a song, especially a Slavic Wednesday, Oct. 12. 12:15 P.M. – 1
Musicians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. folksong, which has alternating happy and P.M. Noon Concert Series Performing Arts
“A fully equipped and amply guaranteed sad passages. Frédéric François Chopin - UC,B Hertz Concert Hall. Andrea Wu,
residential home located in a desirable part (1810-1849)’s Polonaise-Fantasy Op. 61 piano. Tickets not required. 510-642-4864.
of Philadelphia. This home is maintained to follows. Chopin has been called “the poet of Wednesday, Oct. 12. 6:30 P.M. – 8 P.M.
provide for elderly ladies, whose services the piano”. Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a Drop-In Poetry Writing Workshops. Free.
to the art of music as teachers entitle them 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, Albany branch of the Alameda County
to rest, attention and freedom from care for conductor and teacher. His Transcendental library, 1247 Marin Av. 510-526-3720.
the remainder of their days…236 South 3rd Etude No. 10 in F minor concludes Mr. Lin’s Thursday, Oct. 13. 10 A.M. Comput-
Street.” You can still view The Home For program. “Allegro agitato molto” is the tenth ers for Beginners. Central Berkeley Public
Aged Musicians. Google MAPS. Transcendental Etude of a set of twelve by Library. 2090 Kittredge. 510-981-6100. Also
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The University of California, Berkeley’s etudes and has a prominent melody. Thursday, Oct. 13. 10:30 A.M. New
Music Department is sponsoring the 59th xxxx Member Orientation & YOU! Mastick
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)’s West Edge Opera presents highlights from possession. Limited to 10 students. $15 per
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue is one of his their upcoming production of Strauss’ person. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa
best known works, an extravagant work of Ariadne auf Naxos. Central Berkeley Public Clara Avenue, Alameda. 510-747-7506.
(Also Mondays, Nov 21 and Dec 19.) Inequality.” Free. Mastick Senior Center, 747-7506.
Monday October 17. 12:30 PM - 1:30 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. 510- Thursday, Oct. 27 1:30 P.M. Music Ap-
PM Albany YMCA/Albany Library Brown 747-7506. preciation with William Sturm, Volunteer
Bag Lunch Speaker’s Forum: Fred Set- Tuesday, Oct. 25. 1 P.M. AC Transit and Instructor. Piano recital and discussion on
terberg, Lunch Bucket Paradise has been YOU! Representatives from United Se- “The Sceptered Isle: Music of England”.
described as “postwar dreams of a working- niors of Oakland and Alameda County will Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara
class California suburb, and the struggles— inform about the Regional Transit Connec- Avenue, Alameda. 510-747-7506.
comic, tragic, and triumphant—of those who tion (RTC) Discount Card Program and the Saturday, Oct. 29. 12:15 P.M. Halloween
came of age in that time and place.”Contact Clipper Card, route changes, and the 10-year Bingo Bash. Patrons will receive a free Hal-
Ronnie Davis 510-526-3720 x16 rdavis@ AC Transit Fare Policy. Refreshments. Free. loween dauber (ink marker) compliments of
aclibrary.org MastickSenior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Center Advisory Board and Bingo Commit-
Monday, Oct. 17. 2 P.M.-3:30 P.M. Avenue, Alameda. 510-747-7506. tee. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. with the first
Queue Rolo, M.A., M.S., Museum Stud- Tuesday, Oct. 25. 3 - 4 P.M. Tea and game at 12:15 P.M. 18 years of age+ are
ies, SFSU, will present “W.A.Leidesdorff: Cookies. Central Berkeley Public Library. A welcome. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa
America’s 1st Black Millionaire.” Free for book club for people who want to share the Clara Av. 510-747-7506.
OLLI and Mastick Senior Center members. books they have read. Central Berkeley Pub- xxxx
MastickSenior Center, 1155 Santa Clara lic Library. 2090 Kittredge. 510-981-6100. Tuesday November 1. 12:00 PM - 2:00
Avenue, Alameda. 510-747-7506. Wednesday, Oct. 26. 12:15 P.M. – 1 PM League of Women Voters. Albany
Tuesday, Oct. 18. 12:30 P.M. San Fran- P.M. Noon Concert Series Performing Arts Library, 1247 Marin Av. Contact: Ronnie
cisco Gray Panthers General Meeting: Pro- - UC,B Hertz Concert Hall. Tony Lin, piano. Davis 510-526-3720 X16 The League of
gram to be announced. Location: Fireside Tickets not required. 510-642-4864. Women Voters invites you to join them.
Room, Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St. Wednesday, Oct. 26. 1 P.M. Berkeley Wednesday, November 2. 1 P.M.
at Geary, # 38 bus. 415-552-8800. graypan- Gray Panthers meets at North Berkeley Mastick Book Club members review Ma-
firstname.lastname@example.org, http://graypantherssf. Senior Center, 1901 Hearst, corner of MLK. stick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Av.,
igc.org/ Free. 510-548-9696. Alameda. One Day by David Nicholls will
Wednesday, Oct. 19. 12:15 P.M. – 1 Wednesday, Oct. 26. 1:30-2:30 P.M. be reviewed. 510-747-7506, -7510. Free.
P.M. Noon Concert Series Performing Arts - Alameda County Library Albany branch. Wednesday, November 2. 6-8 P.M
UC,B Hertz Concert Hall. University Gospel 1247 Marin Av. Great Books Discussion Lawyer in the Library. Free. Albany Library.
Chorus - Another Day’s Journey. Tickets not Group. Roman Fever, Edith Wharton short 1247 Marin Av. 510-526-0660
required. 510-642-4864. story. Facilitated discussion. Books available Wednesday, Nov 2. 7 P.M. Democracy
Wednesday, Oct. 19. 1:30 P.M. Alameda at the Library. Parking! 510-526-3720 x 16. For America Meetup – Pizza 6:30 P.M.,
County Library San Lorenzo branch, 395 Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26/Sac- Presentation at 7:00 P.M. Rockridge Library,
Paseo Grande. 510-670-6283. Social Secu- ramento and 27/South San Francisco, 5433 College Ave, Oakland. . Cindy Young,
rity Administration Public Affairs Specialist 2011 . Statewide Campaign Coordinator for the
Mariaelena Lemus will address older adults’ “Dementia Care Without Drugs - A Better California Single Payer Coalition, will
questions and present information specifi- Approach for Long-term Care Facilities” explain how the California Universal Health
cally for them. Program repeats at other symposia about misuse of psychotropic Care Act, SB810 will affect you and how
branches through December. No reserva- drugs as treatment for dementia, dif- to support its passage. Co-sponsored with
tions required. Free. Library Older Adult ficulty in managing dementia treatment, the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club.
Services at 510-745-1491. and non-pharmacological approaches to Contact Nancy M. Friedman at nmf123@
Wednesday, Oct. 19. 7 P.M. – 8 P.M. The care. CANHR staff attorney Tony Chicotel pacbell.net
Bookeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie R. King. presentation, “Stop Drugging Our Elders!” Thursday, November 3. 1:30 P.M. SO-
Book discussion. Alameda County Library California Advocates for Nursing Home Re- CIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE. Albany
Albany Branch, 1247 Marin Av. 510-526- form http://www.canhr.org. 415-974-5171. branch of the Alameda County Library, 1247
3720. (On Sunday, Oct. 23 @ 2 PM, the Fax 415-777-2904. http://ossmc.givezooks. Marin Av. 510-526-3720. Free workshop.
author will read and speak. Albany Commu- com/events/dementia-care-without-drugs-a- Speaker Mariaelena Lemus from the Social
nity Center.) better-approach. Security Administration. For older adults,
Thursday, Oct. 20. 6 P.M. Lawyers in Thursday, Oct. 27. 12:30 P.M. Celebrat- family members, service providers. Reserva-
the Library. Berkeley Public Library West ing a birthday in October? Cake, music, tions not required. Continuing into Decem-
branch. 1125 University. 510-981-6270. balloons, and good cheer. Mastick Senior ber, program will be presented throughout
Also Oct. 27. Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. the Alameda County Library system; for
Sunday, Oct. 23. 2 P.M. – 3 P.M. The . 510-747-7506. a list of dates and locations, check the
Albany Library (1247 Marin Av.) presents Thursday, Oct. 27 1 P.M.- 3 P.M. Fall Alameda County Library system website.
Laurie King, the author of Albany Reads Dance…Halloween Stomp. Come in cos- Older Adult Services at 510-745-1491.
book, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Commu- tume Thursday, November 3. 6 P.M. Lawyers
nity Center Hall. 510-526-3720. in the Library at South branch, Berkeley.
to be eligible for “best costume award”,
Mondays, Oct. 24, 26 and 31. 10A.M. – enjoy door prizes, and refreshments. Volun- 1901 Russell. 510-981-6260.
12 Noon. Oliver Guinn, Ph.D Economics, teers enter free with volunteer badge. Cost Wednesday, Nov. 9. 6:30-8 P.M. Drop-
returns to teach “Our Damaged Economy: is $2.00 per person. . Mastick Senior Center, in poetry writing workshop. Free. Albany
The Financial Meltdown and Economic 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda. . 510- Library. 1247 Marin Av. 510-526-0660.
Saturday, Nov. 12. 12 Noon. Beef Bowl properly. On our report cards we received Though we’re relatively well known in
Anime Club meeting for adults. Albany “unsatisfactory” for our social behavior. our own small worlds, the third misfit is
Library, 1247 Marin Av. Contact: Ronnie The year was 1957. Our teacher viewed us positively famous. He is Don McLean, the
Davis(510) 526-3720 x16. as difficult, inattentive, and troublesome, but legendary songwriter, whose “American
Monday, Nov. 14. 12 Noon. J-Sei Center, no one ever suggested to our parents that we Pie,” one of the greatest songs of our genera-
1710 Carleton St., Berkeley. Monday Senior had a medical problem or learning disability tion, gave us the sober words, “that was the
Center Lecture. “Do You Have The Right that required medication. day the music died.” I still remember Don
Insurance?” Speaker: Darrell Doi – CLTC But that was then, when we were 11 years humming and strumming on his ukulele,
Financial Advisor/Long Term Care Special- old and the great waves of hyperactivity/ before he picked up a guitar and became a
ist. To place a reservation for the lecture ADHD diagnoses and stimulant medica- professional musician and songwriter. His
and/or lunch at 11:30am, call 510-883-1106. tions were still a thing of the future. Now songs live on. On his website, fans write that
Monday, Nov. 14. 12:30 -1:30 P.M. we wonder what would happen if we were their grandchildren are busy memorizing the
Albany YMCA/Albany Library Brown Bag misfits in 2007. Would we be referred for lyrics of this great poet.
Lunch Speaker’s Forum: Bob Lewis, Birds medical diagnosis? Would we be among Yes, we were disruptive and incorrigible.
of the Bay Trail . Bob will illustrate this talk the nearly 10% of children currently treated Don wanted to create music; Peter and I
with images of birds seen along the Bay with psychoactive drugs? were too curious and restless to sit in a class
shoreline and will discuss identification, mi- The truth is, we didn’t really care how where our veteran but traditional teacher-
gration, feeding habits and nesting. Contact: long we had to wait outside in the hall. We -who seemed like a species from another
Ronnie Davis 510-526-3720 x16. peered through the window and watched planet to us--had to deal with a large baby
Tuesday, November 15. 1 P.M. Falls our classmates. Don hummed and Peter and boomer class.
Prevention Discussion Group. Join Tina I talked about books we were reading. We But we weren’t sick, we didn’t act manic
Maria Scott, Community Health Outreach learned from each other and were glad to be and nor did we suffer from attention disorder
Worker, with the Senior Injury Prevention moving, feeling and thinking. or any learning disability. We needed free-
Program—Senior Injury Prevention Project, We loved learning, but we were rest- dom to express our interests and talents, but
for a Falls Prevention Discussion Group. Fo- less, active and energetic; we just couldn’t drugs were not the solution.
cus will be on factors that cause falls. Areas conform to the constraints of the classroom. Half a century later, today’s sixth grade
that will be discussed are Changing Behav- We called out before we raised our hands; misfits are likely to be evaluated by doctors,
iors, Nutrition & Medication Management, we didn’t stay in our seats; we walked about diagnosed and medicated. By the time they
Fitness, and Home Safety Checklist by way the room to peer at the goldfish or thumb reach college, they have been told repeat-
of “Show & Tell”. Participants will receive through the encyclopedia in the back of edly that they have an array of diagnosable
a Falls Prevention Manual and other useful the room; and we constantly “talked to our behavior problems and learning disabili-
information that is easy to read. neighbors.” From the teacher’s point of view ties. Every year, the number of university
Tuesday, November 15. Annual Na- we disrupted and distracted the class and, students who have brought me letters that
tional Memory Screening Day. http:///www. she was right. certify their learning disabilities increases. It
nationalmemoryscreening.org Every so often, she’d call out, “Ruth (or seems like a growth industry.
Saturday, Nov. 19. 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Peter or Don) would you please stand out in Many young people do, of course, suffer
Friends of the Albany Library Book Sale. the hall so we can continue class?” Some- from serious medical problems and learn-
1247 Marin Av. Please do not bring dona- times, we spent as much as 1/4 of our time ing disabilities. But I confess to a certain
tions the week prior to the sale. Contact: out in the hall, frequently talking with each skepticism. Are all these “experts” capable
Ronnie Davis 510-526-3720 x16 rdavis@ other. Often, we had to stay after school-- of distinguishing between creative kids who
aclibrary.org Also Sunday, Nov. 20 from punishment for our bad behavior. We were simply need a respite from conforming to
11-4 P.M. three of the more difficult kids in the class, educational norms and those who require
Thursday, November 23. 1:30 – 2:30 surely a topic of discussion in the teachers’ medical help for their own benefit?
P.M. Free. Albany Library. 1247 Marin lounge. They probably talked about us and My sixth grade friends share my skepti-
Av. 510-526-0660. Great Books Discus- wondered, what will become of them? cism and worry about the growing medi-
sion Group: John Steinbeck’s Travels with Despite their likely bleak predictions, we calization of today’s classroom misfits.
Charley all became successful and productive adults. After catching up with Peter, Don and I
Recently I--one of these troublemakers-- spent hours on the phone fondly recalling
our experiences out in that hall and happily
American Pie: A Cautionary had lunch with another of these sixth grade
discovering how much our values had not
misfits. His name is Peter Conrad and he is a
Tale About Three Sixth Grade distinguished medical sociologist at Brande- changed.
Misfits is University. He’s perfectly wonderful and What happens, we asked each other, to
quite normal. He has just published a book individuality and creativity when our educa-
By Ruth Rosen called The Medicalization of Society. Like tional system demands compliance and stu-
Thu Oct 06 09:37:00 -0700 2011 Peter, I have also enjoyed a successful career dents must demonstrate conformity in order
We were bad. Incorrigible, they said. in academic life and became a historian at to avoid diagnosis and drugs? Could it be
We had curious minds, awkward bodies the University of California, as well as a that some students merely need a hallway in
and awakening hearts. When we disrupted journalist. Today, I teach write for a variety which they can chatter and learn from each
the class with our chattering and chaotic of magazines and publications. Between us, other? The three of us have reconnected and
behavior, the teacher asked us to leave the we’ve probably published ten books and discovered, much to our pleasure, that we
room and stand in the hall until we behaved hundreds of articles. are still rebels, in our different ways, and
live successful and satisfied lives with our Montrosities in Jazz” Steve Adams and
families and our work. Plonsey saxophones, Jim Bove, drums, Scott
Ruth Rosen, Profesor Emerita of His- Looney, piano and Steve Horowitz, bass.
gtory at the University of California, Davis, Plus Fred Frith, guitar and Theresa Wong,
was a former columnist at the Los Angeles cello
Times and San Francisco Chronicle. She October 14, noon--Jerry Kuderna, piano
is currently a visiting scholar at the Center October 15, 8 pm--Jerry Kuderna, piano
for the Study of Right-wing Movements at concert
U.C. Berkeley. and the author, most recently October 16, 4 pm--India Cooke, violin;
of The World Split Open: How the Mod- Bill Crossman, piano
ern Women’s Movement Changed America
October 20, 9 pm--Darren Johnston “Nice
(Penguin, 2006). She will be contributing
Guy Trio” DarrenJohnston - trumpet; Rob
occasional columns to the Berkeley Daily
Reich - accordion; Daniel Fabricant - bass
October 21, noon--Jerry Kuderna, piano
October 22, 8 pm--Phillip Greenlief, Dou-
Arts & Entertainment ble Duet, Phillip Greenlief/David Boyce,
tenor sax duo Plus Kris Tiner, trumpet; Mike
Bagetta, guitar duo
Around & About Theater: October 26, 8 pm--Dean Santomieri,
Three Stories of Music Plus The Glasses
Ragged Wing Ensemble- Quartet--Chris Grady, trumpet; Larry Leight,
-Innana’s Descent--free troombone; Dave Mihaly, percussion; and
performances & celebration Safa Shokrai, upright bass & compositions
October 28, noon--Jerry Kuderna, piano
By Ken Bullock
October 29, 8 pm--Nathan Clevenger Sex-
Wed Oct 12 15:13:00 -0700 2011
tet: Aaron Novik, clarinets; Sylvain Carton,
Ragged Wing Ensemble, the East Bay’s tenor sax, clarinet; Evan Francis, alto sax,
plucky little physical theater troupe, will flute; Sam Bevan, bass; Jon Arkin, drums;
stage Innana’s Descent--the story of the Nathan Clevenger, compositions, guitar.
Mesopotamian queen of Heaven & Earth, Suggested donation $10-$20
goddess of love, entering the underworld-- For more info: www.berkeleyartsfestival.
as ‘a celebration of the darkening of days” com
from this weekend through October 30,
Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5, at Codornices
Park, 1301 Euclid (near the Berkeley Art
Center; just east of Live Oak Park) with
interactive art installations and continuous
performances all afternoon--and a special
Halloween show, October 31, 5-8 p. m. Free.
Berkeley Arts Festival
By Bonnie Hughes
Thu Oct 06 14:10:00 -0700 2011
The Berkeley Arts Festival, now in resi-
dence at 2133 University Avenue, carries on
throughout October. Here are the events, day
October 6, 8 pm--Steve Adams Solo and
Steve Adams Quartet, Steve Adams, solo
woodwinds and electronics plus Lisa Mezza-
cappa, upright bass; Scott Amendola, drums
and electronics; John Hanes, electronics
October 7, noon--Jerry Kuderna, piano
October 8, 8 pm-- “Dan Plonsey’s New
Planning More of Those Robot Apartments for Berkeley
Hancock Bill Extends Berkeley Solar Finance Scheme to State:
Was it a Success or a Failure?
Ted Friedman: Day 4:As Berkeley Anti-Wall Street Protest Aligns With
National Occupation Movement, Some Locals Feeling Squeezed
Michael Levitin (New America Media):
Why No Demands? Occupy Wall Street is a Rebellion, Not a Protest.
Dorothy Snodgrass: Bon Appetit
Bay City News: Power Outage Closes Downtown Berkeley BART Station
Ted Friedman: Day 3: “Occupy Berkeley” Emerging as Berkeley Version
of Anti-Wall Street Movement
Hannah Albarazi (BCN): Protestors Begin Day Two of
“Occupy Oakland” Demonstration
Zipporah Collins: Glover, Mayors of Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond
to Speak at “Jobs not Cuts” Rally on Saturday
Ted Friedman: Day Two: As Occupy Wall Street Movement Builds
in Berkeley, How Berkeley Will it Be?
Scott Morris (BCN):
Occupy Oakland Starts Today at 4 at Oakland City Hall
Dorothy Snodgrass: Berkeley Meeting Introduces Ashby Village
Ted Friedman: Berkeley Dodges End of the World, Joins National
Anti-Wall Street Revolution Saturday at Bank of America Plaza
Julia Cheever (Bay City News Service): U.S. Prosecutors Announce
Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Stores
Thomas Lord: Berkeley’s New Smart Boot System:
The Potential for Abuse (News Analysis)
Shirin Sadeghi (New America Meda): Steve Jobs: Arab-American
Letters to the Editor
Antonio Rossmann: AB 292 and SB 900: Both Bad for the Environment;
Why Did Skinner and Hancock Vote for Them?
Ken A. Epstein: Local Activists Join New National Movement to
“Take Back the American Dream”
Nigel Guest: Hancock’s Senate Bill 555 Release is Wrong:
Berkeley’s Solar Program Went Up in Flames
Steve Martinot: Occupy Berkeley Report
Berit Block, RN: A Nurse’s Viewpoint
Dan O’Neill: Cartoon Page: Odd Bodkins: Perfect Happiness
Joseph Young: Cartoon Page: BOUNCE:
R.M. Ryan: The Poetry of Money: a New Irregular Personal Column
Dorothy Bryant: My Commonplace Book (a diary of excerpts copied
from printed books, with comments added by the reader.)
Bob Burnett: It’s the Water, Stupid: The Perils of Clearcutting
Jack Bragen: On Mental Illness: Smoking, Obesity and Type II Diabetes
Helen Rippier Wheeler: Senior Power:
The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune. English proverb.
Ruth Rosen: American Pie:
A Cautionary Tale About Three Sixth Grade Misfits
Ken Bullock: Around & About Theater:
Ragged Wing Ensemble
--free performances & celebration
Bonnie Hughes: Berkeley Arts Festival Continues