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California Regulator Slams PG&E Over Electricity Shutoff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s top regulator excoriated top executives of the state’s largest utility even as Pacific Gas & Electric repeatedly said they know they failed to meet public expectations when the company cut the power to more than 2 million people last week. Marybel Batjer, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, called the emergency meeting Friday and ordered the executives to attend and explain themselves. She said she was “absolutely astounded” by what she thou...
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LGBTQ guide to San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the oldest and most celebrated epicenters of queer culture in the US. There’s been a whisper in the Barbary Coast wind saying “go West, gay man” ever since the 1840s and ‘50s when the Gold Rush enticed men to follow a yellow-brick road towards California. Nearly 95 percent of San Francisco was male at the time, and as the saying goes, if there’s a (man named) Will, there’s a way — and there was. The real game-changer for the city’s queer community came during World Wa...
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Berkeley city council unanimously votes to ban facial recognition technology

Berkeley has joined the swelling ranks of cities (pioneered by nearby Oakland) that have passed ordinances banning the government's use of facial recognition technology, after a unanimous city council vote. California has passed a statewide, three-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition in conjunction with police bodycams. Massachusetts in considering a similar measure, and residents of the state can write to their lawmakers in support of it. The direction of travel has spooked f...
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‘MyShake’ Tutorial: How To Use New App For Earthquake Early Warning

BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — After earthquakes rocked the Bay Area this week, a new app offering early warning is arriving right on time. The ShakeAlert system is coming to phones across the state on Thursday through the MyShake app, in line with the 30th anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake. Alerts for earthquakes like the 4.5 magnitude tremor in Pleasant Hill on Monday will be at users’ fingertips no matter where they are. MyShake on Apple App Store Summary Cal OES is launching ...
Tags: Google Play Store, News, Earthquake, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Bay Area, KPIX, Pleasant Hill, California Earthquakes, Loma Prieta, Emily Turner, Apple App Store Summary Cal OES, California Earthquake Early Warning System, MyShake UC Berkeley Seismology, Peggy Hellweg, Denise Schiller

The Kabbalah Connection: Insiders say a celebrity-centered religious sect deeply influenced how Adam Neumann ran WeWork before its spectacular collapse

As Adam and Rebekah Neumann built WeWork into a $47 billion coworking giant, the couple relied on the teachings of the Kabbalah Centre, a spiritual organization whose high-pressure donation tactics have drained multiple former members' bank accounts, sources told Business Insider. Kabbalah Centre Rabbi Eitan Yardeni was a regular sight at WeWork offices, where former employees said he helped put together at least one deal, met with company executives, and in at least one instance spoke to the ...
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Berkeley Becomes Fourth U.S. City to Ban Face Recognition in Unanimous Vote

Berkeley, California became the fourth U.S. city to pass a ban on all government use of facial recognition technology on Tuesday night following a unanimous yes vote by the City Council.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, California, Police, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Civil Liberties, Mass Surveillance, Face Recognition, Berkeley California, City Council Read

No more tater tots? California schools put healthier lunches to the test

By Mark Kreidler, Kaiser Health News When Miguel Villarreal addresses a crowded education conference, a group of school district administrators or a room full of curious parents, he often holds aloft a foil-wrapped package of Pop-Tarts — the heavily processed, high-sugar snack routinely sold on school campuses. Villarreal, who oversees nutrition for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California, then speaks clearly and loudly as he unloads the news: “School food services ar...
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Sweet Success

Tuesdays don’t get much love. They don’t mark the beginning or end of the week. They rarely host holidays or days off. Aside from Taco Tuesdays, who looks forward to the day after Monday with any sort of enthusiasm? Book authors, that’s who! For reasons still unknown, Tuesdays are when new releases hit shelves, both physical and digital, for all the world to see. Theories abound but still no consensus for the origin of this weekly book birthday. I’m not about to enlighten you with a brilliant ne...
Tags: Food, Sweet, Recipes, Baking, Oakland, Dessert, Berkeley, Vegan, Cookbook, San Francisco Oakland, Timeless Coffee, Baking / Cooking, Sweet Vegan Treats, Lemon Lime Sunshine Bundt Cake Sweet Vegan Treats

Berkeley researchers produce diesel fuel precursors from crop residues, municipal solid waste

In California, researchers at Berkeley Lab have created six blends that combined MSW items (non-recyclable paper and grass clippings) with biomass (corn stover and switchgrass). Using an ionic liquid-based process, they converted these blends into methyl ketones, which are chemical compounds that can be used as diesel fuel precursors. This is the first report on the conversion of MSW to methyl ketones using an ionic liquid process, an efficient biomass pretreatment process that is becoming more ...
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400 Richest U.S. Families Paid Lower Tax Rate Than Bottom Half Of Americans, Study Finds

Trump's tax cuts for corporations and the rich accelerated inequality, two Berkeley economists write.
Tags: News, Berkeley, Trump, Richest U S Families Paid Lower Tax

Opinion: My kids and I are used to making 'apocalypse boxes'

In the last hours before power was scheduled to go out over large swaths of the Bay Area where I live, the mood was eerie, disciplined and uneasy. In Berkeley, one CVS was out of batteries and I know it wasn't the only one. REI had been sold out of solar lanterns for nearly a day, and, in some caricature of early 21st century hipsterdom, two 40-something men in goatees were fighting over a remaining $450 YETI cooler. The eye doctor and the notary were still open for business, but the burger plac...
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In California, my kids and I are making 'apocalypse boxes'

In the last hours before power was scheduled to go out over large swaths of the Bay Area where I live, the mood was eerie, disciplined and uneasy. In Berkeley, one CVS was out of batteries and I know it wasn't the only one. REI had been sold out of solar lanterns for nearly a day, and, in some caricature of early 21st century hipsterdom, two 40-something men in goatees were fighting over a remaining $450 YETI cooler. The eye doctor and the notary were still open for business, but the burger plac...
Tags: News, California, Stories, Berkeley, Yeti, Cvs, Bay Area

In California, my kids are making 'apocalypse boxes'

In the last hours before power was scheduled to go out over large swaths of the Bay Area where I live, the mood was eerie, disciplined and uneasy. In Berkeley, one CVS was out of batteries and I know it wasn't the only one. REI had been sold out of solar lanterns for nearly a day, and, in some caricature of early 21st century hipsterdom, two 40-something men in goatees were fighting over a remaining $450 YETI cooler. The eye doctor and the notary were still open for business, but the burger plac...
Tags: News, California, Stories, Berkeley, Yeti, Cvs, Bay Area

In California, my kids and I are used to making 'apocalypse boxes'

Tess Taylor describes what it's like living in Berkeley, waiting for the power to go out during a season that used to be marked by the purchasing of Halloween candy and costumes and is now punctuated by making what she and her children call the "apocalypse box" -- supplies to deal with wildfires, smoke, and now, widespread power outages.
Tags: California, Cnn, Berkeley, Tess Taylor

Watch Lana Del Rey, Weyes Blood, & Zella Day Sing Joni Mitchell’s “For Free”

Lana Del Rey is currently on tour, making her way down the West Coast. She's turning her shows into events; last week, for instance, she brought Joan Baez onstage for a duet in Berkeley. And at every night on her Norman Fucking Rockwell! tour, Del Rey has been singing … More »
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Watch Lana Del Rey Perform With Joan Baez In Berkeley

Lana Del Rey makes music that's drenched in nostalgia and in American iconography, and lately, she's been especially drawn to the singer-songwriter music of the '60s and '70s. On her new album Norman Fucking Rockwell!, Del Rey namechecks people like the Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills & Nash. On her current West Coast … More »
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Tracy Intersection Closed Due To Big Rig Fuel Leak

TRACY (CBS13) — Police say the north and southbound lanes of International Parkway, north of Schulte Road, were closed Monday evening after a crash. The non-injury crash involved a big rig that began leaking fuel. Police are working with South County Fire to manage the fuel spill but could not say when the road will be re-opened. International Pkwy. between Berkeley and Schulte Rd. will be closed. Check the Tracy Police Department Facebook page for updates on the road closure.
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Free-agent freshmen, 6th-grade superstars: Doug McIntyre

I have seen the future. A young man sits at a table before the cameras. His coach sits to his left, his athletic director to his right. His agent stands smiling off to the side. A bank of flagged microphones from ESPN, FOX Sports West and all the local sports talk stations are represented. This isn’t just another free-agent superstar signing on to play in Southern California. This is a 13-year-old future superstar signing a four-year deal worth $10 million to play for fill-in-the-blank High Scho...
Tags: Texas, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Colin Kaepernick, Sport, Soccer, Ncaa, Lebron James, Berkeley, New York Yankees, Durham, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Ed Buck, John Phillips

Be a Part of the Action at 49ers Home Opener vs. Steelers!

San Francisco 49ers vs Pittsburgh Steelers (Image via Levi's Stadium) The end of summer, after all of your summer vacation plans are done and you’re getting ready for back to school, is arguably the worst time of year. Unless you happen to be a football fan, that is! One of the big games early on in the season will be the Week 3 matchup of the  San Francisco 49ers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers . Fans are already buying tickets for this intriguing matchup at Levi’s Stadium (located in the ...
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5 bizarre houses in the Bay Area that have caused controversy and torn neighborhoods apart

California and the Bay Area specifically are known for their unorthodox, quirky nature. People often have strong feelings about these unique homes, and may either love them or hate them. Some homes are so controversial that the owners have been fined or even taken to court. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With unusual buildings, there's often someone who thinks its an eyesore. The Bay Area is no exception. Silicon Valley and the nearby Bay Area are known for the luxurious ...
Tags: California, US, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Disneyland, Berkeley, Bay Area, Hillsborough, Atlas Obscura, Alameda, San Francisco Chronicle, Fowler, Laurel Heights, Fish House

September linkfest

“Texting is not destroying the language” and five other things you may not understand about English. (John McIntyre for the Baltimore Sun) * A study of 597 logos found that “descriptive logos more favorably impact consumers’ brand perceptions than nondescriptive ones, and are more likely to improve brand performance.” (Harvard Business Review) Old descriptive logos (left) vs. new nondescriptive logos (right).  * Why changing a company name is more challenging than you might expect...
Tags: Hong Kong, Music, Design, Women, Walgreens, Chinese, Renaming, New York Times, Arizona, Linguistics, Charles, Berkeley, Baltimore, Adweek, 30, Etymology

Vamp or Not? Wicked Witches

First released in 2018 under the title The Witches of Dumpling Farm, this is a flick directed by Martin J Pickering and you can see, from the cover art, why this went to a ‘Vamp or Not?’ – sharp teeth, plenty of blood… The connection between witches and vampires has been a long one. Some folklore has the living (and sometimes vampiric) witch become a vampire on death. The verse The Old Woman of Berkeley (1799) gives the witch a vampiric aspect and the two have been merged to varying degrees in ...
Tags: Movies, Berkeley, Mark, Ian, Stevie, HUNTSMAN, Amazon US, Genre Interest, Use Of Tropes, Martin J Pickering, Duncan Casey, Mark Duncan Casey Snow White, Ian Justin Marosa, Marosa, Stevie Kitt Proudfoot, ala Renfield

Berkeley climber summits Everest in record time, says Nepal rules on the mountain need to change

Roxanne Vogel is one peak short of becoming part of the 7-summit club -- an elite group of climbers that have reached the tallest peak in each continent. This December, she will complete the challenging list by climbing Mt. Vinson in Antarctica.
Tags: News, World, Everest, Nepal, Berkeley, Roxanne Vogel

Wall Street thinks CBD could be a $16 billion industry by 2025. Here's what the cannabis compound does to your brain and body.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the compound in cannabis that doesn't get you high. It's surging in popularity, with sellers touting a range of wellness benefits. CBD is also the active ingredient in an epilepsy drug called Epidiolex. Wall Street thinks the CBD industry could be worth $16 billion by 2025, but that may depend on how federal regulators decide to police it. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday. Here's what we know about the science of CBD, from its potential clinical applicati...
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Megan Rapinoe Wants To Know: Why The "Resistance" To Paying Women In Soccer?

With two weeks until the Women’s World Cup in France, the U.S. Women’s National soccer team have a message for America. Speaking at the team’s media day on May 24, midfielder Megan Rapinoe got straight to the point and called out the sport’s leadership for not doing enough to level the playing field and address equality issues.While acknowledging that FIFA (the International Federation of Association Football) has made “strides” towards equality, Rapinoe said, according to CNN, "The incrementa...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Japan, Washington Post, France, America, Cnn, Brooklyn, Fifa, Berkeley, Megan Rapinoe, Fifa Women, Rapinoe, U S Women 's National, International Federation of Association Football

A Week In Brooklyn, NY, On A $80,000 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.Hey LGBTQIA++ Community! It’s almost Pride Month and we want to amplify the voices of LGBTQIA++ people. If you're...
Tags: Fashion, Music, California, Halo, Bank Of America, Netflix, Brooklyn, Queens, Berkeley, Joe, Cancun, Barnes, Westchester, LGBTQIA, Keri Danielski, Public Relations Associate Communications

Berkeley ban on living in RVs tests its liberal image

Faced with criticism from a changing population, city leaders have banned people from living in recreational vehicles here, proving that even the most accepting of cities is not immune to the demands that often accompany wealth and gentrification.
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Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also of paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating. The model is documented in a paper published by Samsung AI Center, which you can read it here on Arxiv. It’s a new method of applying facial landmarks on a source face — any talking head will...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Marilyn Monroe, Moscow, Machine Learning, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Einstein, Mona Lisa, Deepfakes, Samsung AI Center