Artists working to live and work in safer spaces in Oakland after Ghost Ship

ktvu – excerpt (includes video)

Tanya Retherford took KTVU inside a 90-year-old warehouse in West Oakland where she is working with the city of Oakland on a first-of-its-kind project to build a live-work space completely up to code at 30th West Street, with a special variance from the planning department.

Retherford is the architect and a future tenant of the flagship project.

“This is going to be an artist’s, co-living working space when it’s completed with 13 residential spaces and studio space, dance floor, and workshop,” Retherford said.

She was part of an art collective at another warehouse that was evicted by their landlord immediately after the Ghost Ship fire took 36 lives in Dec. 2, 2016.

“What we’re trying to do is shift the paradigm so that people can develop spaces like this and work with the city,” Retherford said.

With numerous people living in non-permitted commercial spaces, two non-profit organizations are offering support.

The Oakland Warehouse Coalition and Safer DIY Spaces are two groups whose goal is try to bring properties up to code, while fighting to keep residents in their homes.

Jonah Strauss, executive director of the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, said the organization was formed after immediately in the wake of Ghost Ship…

At the beginning of the year, Mayor Libby Schaaf issued an executive order to improve safety at unpermitted buildings. It aimed to prevent unnecessary displacement, among other things. Strauss and Keenan said city leaders are supportive of making spaces safer, but the order has largely been ignored by code enforcement (more)

It would be nice if more cities chose to help artist stay in place while they take care of safety problems as a response to dangerous living conditions rather than evict them and or fine them. Do it Yourself (DIY) projects are at the hart of the artists movements and have been for decades. Our city leaders should encourage that spirit of freedom to express ourselves instead of damping it down as they have done for as along as we can remember. This is the newest and only pioneering option we have left in this country, and any action to improve one’s life should be embraced. Make sure to share this with your local officials as a good way to combat dangerous living conditions without evicting people and adding to the homeless crisis.

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Berkeley among first cities ready to sell legal cannabis in California Jan. 1

greenstate  – excerpt

Cannabis fans and history-watchers may be flocking to Berkeley Jan. 1 for some of the first legal recreational marijuana sales in the state’s modern history.

Commercial sales to adults 21 and older can legally begin New Year’s Day in California, but pot shops need both a state and a local license to conduct such transactions. Unlike San Francisco or Oakland, Berkeley has become one of the very few of the 400-plus cities and counties in California to create such a license.

On Oct. 17, the Berkeley Council voted on consent to pass the second reading of an amendment to its city code permitting Berkeley’s three dispensaries to conduct adult-use sales, according to Charley Pappas, vice chair of the Berkeley Cannabis Commission, and former chair for two years. The amendment had passed a first reading unanimously Oct. 10, he said.

The amendment now goes to a City Clerk for chaptering and becomes effective in 30 days… (more)

 

When The Neighborhood Comes to Dinner

By Beth Hoffman + John Hogeland : lessmeat – excerpt

It all started with a crazy idea.  I wanted to invite the neighborhood for dinner, like I’d seen in Gourmet or Saveur magazines, where whole Italian towns eat dinner together in the streets. Long tables, beautifully arranged, with hundreds of people sitting down for the same meal (usually spaghetti) at the same time.

I mentioned it to a neighbor when we moved to Mission Terrace in San Francisco, a little known gem of a neighborhood in the far south of the city. We have unpaved alleys behind our homes, right-of-ways owned by the homeowners, used by PG&E for access.  I thought it seemed like the perfect place for a dinner, to gather people and tables and to somehow, someway all eat the same thing (likely spaghetti) at the same time.  But how to make all that pasta?  How to boil it, keep it warm, and serve it out to hundreds of people?… (more)

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?

By : nymag – excerpt

The author lays out his perception of Zuckerberg’s quest to discover exactly who is a part of the community he developed and what the company’s responsibility is to that community. A possibly good read on the morning after the largest single mass killing in America’s history.

The same company that gives you birthday reminders also helped ensure the integrity of the German elections.

Mark Zuckerberg had just returned from paternity leave, and he wanted to talk about Facebook, democracy, and elections and to define what he felt his creation owed the world in exchange for its hegemony. A few weeks earlier, in early September, the company’s chief security officer had admitted that Facebook had sold $100,000 worth of ads on its platform to Russian-government-linked trolls who intended to influence the American political process. Now, in a statement broadcast live on Facebook on September 21 and subsequently posted to his profile page, Zuckerberg pledged to increase the resources of Facebook’s security and election-integrity teams and to work “proactively to strengthen the democratic process.”

To effect this, he outlined specific steps to “make political advertising more transparent.” Facebook will soon require that all political ads disclose “which page” paid for them (“I’m Epic Fail Memes, and I approve this message”) and ensure that every ad a given advertiser runs is accessible to anyone, essentially ending the practice of “dark advertising” — promoted posts that are only ever seen by the specific groups at which they’re targeted. Zuckerberg, in his statement, compared this development favorably to old media, like radio and television, which already require political ads to reveal their funders: “We’re going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency,” he writes… (more)

Sen. Orrin Hatch introduces medical marijuana research bill with pot puns

By : sfgate – excerpt

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch intends to support more research on medical cannabis with equal parts legislation and hack comedy.

The Utah lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan bill to ease federal restrictions on medical marijuana research with a pun-laden written statement, reports Forbes’ Tom Angell.

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” says Hatch in his unveiling of the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, or MEDS Act.

According to the rest of Hatch’s statement:

“Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”… (more)

We need some good news this week in the wake of the hurricanes as our friends are struggling with the aftermath. We can read this as good news.

 

Danny Kalais

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Danny Kalais performing at Beaux Arts and in his youth at high school. These photos came from the Beaux Arts Collection.

One of the musicians I missed at Beaux Arts was Danny Kalais. Many believed him to be the most creative and talented musician they knew. He had a rather large fan club. This links to the Danny Kalais page: http://www.beauxartsbook.com/Music/Kalais.html

Danny had a daughter with his wife Cheri who never knew him. His daughter, Kim Kerson discovered the Beaux Arts connection and contacted me in hopes of learning more about her parents. I put her in touch with Lynch French, who called Dan Finley. I am sure she would like to hear from others who were close to her parents.

We are so happy to help people connect.

Hi

My name is Kim Kerson. I was born in 1967 and given up for adoption.I have been searching for information on my biological parents for a very long time. I was recently matched to a 1st cousin (Daniel Wiley Kalais’s half sibling, Wanda Heisel) through Ancestry DNA, and found out that I may be the daughter of Daniel Wylie Kalais and Cheryl Dawn Chisholm. Unfortunately his half sister is quite a bit older than him (approaching 89)…and the only information I have found out is through her daughter who did not know him too well. I have learned that he passed away in 1996. I would really like to get to know him…I am hoping that you might have some stories to share or could point me to some of the people that may have known him and are willing to share some stories with me. It would be greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Kim Kerson
kersonkim@gmail.com

Llyn’s response:

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! As soon as I got your e-mail, I called Kim. What a miracle!
 
Cheri Dawn and I were pregnant together. My daughter was born 4/29/67 and Kim was born in June. Danny & Cheri were married but just not in any condition to take parental responsibility and (sadly but wisely) had Kim adopted. She said that overall, her adoptive parents were okay. I’ve told her all I know; sent her a photo of Danny from our high-school yearbook and the lyrics to Danny’s song “You Got to Keep Your Madness Magic”; what I and then Nano Riley posted on the Beaux Arts Book Web site about Danny; a newspaper article that I wrote about the Beaux that described Cheri; and info from Dan “Panama Red” Finley, who was in touch with Cheri until she passed on and has some photos if he can find them. I’ll soon send her more from my Beaux history folder. I also sent the lyrics of “Bob Dylan’s Dream” and the following quote:

“Medicine Crow is Tlingit and Haida from Kake. She told a story about a lesson she learned from Polynesian navigators. “The traditional practice of sailing by the stars requires that they set their bow looking forward but they are navigating from the stars behind them because from that they can know the direction their bow is going. I think that is such a powerful analogy about the way our ancestors think about time. And the way we should think about it, too.” “

There’s no getting around it, Danny was the most talented and charismatic of us. To quote Kerouac:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
Every one of us still standing says, “Yes. That was Danny Kalais.” Yes!
Thank you so much, Mari!!!! What a blessing that this child has come home!!!!

Llyn

Dan Finley talked with Cheri Dawn’s husband, Richard Doyle, of Santa Teresa, NM.
Finley’s Facebook page is under his stage name & nickname “Panama Red.” For many years, Finley has been Facebook-friends with Cheri Dawn and her husband, Richard Doyle of Santa Teresa, NM. This morning Finley contacted Richard. Cheri died of cancer on March 22, 2013. Richard’s Facebook page is titled “Richard Doyle” and his Intro says he is “Chairman & CEO at “Dawn Chisolm-Doyle Music Scholarship Fund“…” Richard told Finley that he has known that Cheri had a daughter with Kalais who was adopted out at birth. Richard said that Kim is welcome to get in touch with him. Richard can be contacted through his facebook page.

From dog poop to clown noses: San Francisco gets creative for Saturday’s alt-right rally.

By uala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt

It’s official: On Saturday, members of Patriot Prayer, a Portland alt-right group, will descend upon San Francisco for a “Freedom Rally.” Despite their claims on Facebook that “No extremists will be allowed in,” and that “Nazis, Communist, KKK, Antifa, white supremacist, I.E., or white nationalists [sic]” are not welcome, tension in the city is rising as the weekend gets nearer.

As hundreds of people prepare to attend Patriot Prayer’s gathering on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Crissy Field (map of protest permit area here), San Francisco’s activists are making Facebook groups, crafting signs, and rallying to step up against racism. And the upcoming protests against the rally reflect the city’s diversity through the plethora of choices available — be they dog owners, botanists, parents, or drag queens… (more)

My, how San Francisco has changed. One of our wiser friends said, “she can’t quite believe that the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary event permit was rejected for safety concerns while an event permit was granted for a group of agitators who align with armed militias, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis.”