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In just one line situated in the Democrats’ 2011-12 budget proposal, lawmakers have once again reignited the controversy surrounding funding for intercollegiate athletics. Among a seemingly long list of cuts to the various areas of state funding — which includes an already approved $500 million cut to the UC and a $500 million cut to the CSU — a single line was added to the Democrats’ proposed budget regarding state funding to intercollegiate athletics: it is forbidden. But according to Patrick Lenz, the vice president of budget and capital resources for the UC Office of the President, state funds have never been put toward intercollegiate athletics, despite the fact that some have claimed that campuses — in particular UC Berkeley and UCLA — have used “discretionary state funds” to help support

The city of Berkeley’s recent approval of Caffe Mediterraneum’s bid to keep its doors open 24 hours a day has pushed ongoing efforts to turn Telegraph Avenue into a 24-hour business district one step further. Amid the Telegraph Business Improvement District’s endeavor to extend Telegraph businesses’ hours with the hope of creating a livelier commercial zone, Caffe Med individually applied for an administrative use permit March 15 — which was then approved by the city’s permit service center June 6 to allow the cafe to stay open longer. The cafe, which is currently open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, did not need approval from the Berkeley City Council because there was no public appeal opposed to its permit application. But Craig Becker, Caffe Med’s owner, has yet to decide when the new hours will take effect. Becker said he is happy to have the choice of whether to implement a different schedule, especially because he said business is always changing. “We thought we’d jump the gun and get our own permit ourselves,” he said. “We haven’t decided the hours yet, but we wanted to get the permit to be able to have a choice ... if it’s busy enough at night, we might decide that we need permanently extended hours, and that would have to involve trial and error.” Becker is the first on the avenue to apply for an individual permit solely to extend his business hours. In doing so, he chose not to wait for the city to approve the district’s proposal to extend all retail hours on Telegraph from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. “The general feeling of merchants is that the 24-hour concept as a whole, with proper security, would be a good thing for Southside, considering students are studying all night,” said Al Geyer, chair of the Telegraph Merchants Association. “This is an individual proposal — if Caffe Med feels this is good for business and potential and if they feel they can handle it, we won’t be opposed to it.” The district’s 3 a.m. proposal — part of a larger plan to transform Telegraph into a 24-hour commercial zone — is still being reviewed by the city’s planning commission, which is legally required to vote on changes in land-use policies before reporting back to the City Council. Factors involved in the commission’s approval include restricting it to establishments that do not sell alcoholic beverages and the financial implications the proposal will bring — mainly the cost of overtime pay for police officers involved in maintaining Telegraph security, according to Roland Peterson, executive director of the Telegraph Business Improvement District. “State law requires that anybody that sells alcohol is all ceased and serviced ... by 2 a.m. — one of the things that came up in discussions with the planning commission was that only the places that do not sell alcohol stay open til 3 a.m.,” he said. “Our point has been that those services are especially what you want to have open till 3 — people who have too much alcohol in their system would have time to sober up before hitting the streets.” Though Becker may have been alone

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Bears rebound to eliminate Texas A&M, setting up a CWS rematch against top-seeded Virginia. By Katie Dowd | Senior Staff OMAHA, Neb. — After a solo shot by Texas A&M’s Adam Smith broke a scoreless deadlock in the fourth inning, Cal baseball coach David Esquer brought his starters in for a pep talk. “I told them basically, ‘I’ll take bad contact to the middle of the diamond than you trying to make something good happen up against the fence,’” Esquer said. “Let’s act like we belong here.” Considering the Bears only seem to win when everything is on the line, maybe next time Esquer should also tell them that a tornado is coming, the building’s on fire and Timmy is stuck in the well. Facing elimination from the postseason yet again, Cal scored three in the fifth, three in the sixth and once for insurance in the seventh to defeat the Aggies, 7-3, on Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park. The win, the Bears’ first in the CWS since 1980, advances them to a 4 p.m. PT rematch with Virginia today. The Cavaliers defeated Cal, 4-1, on Sunday to send the Bears to the losers’ bracket. Virginia then went on to lose to South Carolina on Tuesday. The most likely candidate to start the game for Cal (38-22) is righty Dixon Anderson, who will need to put in a strong start against the heavy hitters of Virginia (55-11) to prevent the

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Cal faces No. 1 Virginia once again in a CWS elimination game. When: Today at 4 p.m. PST TV: ESPN 2/ Radio: kALX (90.7 FM) Bears from being sent home. “We’re not here to just be here,” designated hitter Tony Renda said. “We’re here to win some ball games.” With a freshman on the mound on Tuesday, they did just that. Pitching in his second elimination game of the tournament, Kyle Porter showed off his playoff poise yet again: The lanky lefty retired 11 of his first 13 batters. “That was the storyline of the game: handing him the ball and letting him run with it,” said Esquer, who was named National Coach of the Year earlier in the day. Fresh off Esquer’s pep talk at the start of the fifth inning, Cal’s hits finally started coming against Aggie starter Michael Wacha. Leading off the inning, right fielder Chad Bunting found himself safe at second thanks to an airmailed throw by Smith. The next batter, center fielder Darrel Matthews, looped a single over short to

put runners on the corners. Then, Cal’s blonde mullet-adorned hero, second baseman Derek Campbell, pounded Wacha for a single to the gap in right center. Center fielder Krey Bratsen let the ball escape behind him, enabling Bunting and Matthews to score, giving Cal a 2-1 lead. But the fun didn’t end there for the Bears, who have found all season that they play best when they play loose. Left fielder Austin Booker bunted Campbell over to third, followed by Renda, who skied the first pitch to shallow right. Campbell then broke from third. “I don’t like to think too much, because when I think too much that doesn’t work well with me,” Campbell said. “So I kind of play it simple.” Right fielder Tyler Naquin hurdled the ball over the head of his catcher, and Campbell scored with a slide to put the Bears up, 3-1. On the day, the bottom half of the lineup accounted for seven of Cal’s nine hits — with most of those hits coming on pitchers’ counts. Two days after scoring just one run against the Cavaliers, it was a welcome change. With the win, Cal earned at least one more game at the College World Series. And, with each day that passes, they also earn more fans to cheer them on as they extend their storybook season. “Hop on. Come along for the ride,” Renda said. “Sounds great to us.” Katie Dowd covers baseball.

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Budget proposal spurs on UC athletics debate editor’s note

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Senator to introduce bill to ban death penalty By Jalal Buckley | Staff State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, plans to introduce a bill next week that would ban the death penalty in the state of California. If passed by the state Legislature, the bill would place the issue on the November 2012 ballot. If subsequently approved by voters, it would replace the existing death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to Hancock’s spokesperson Larry Levin. Even if the bill is passed by the Legislature, a majority of voters must approve it before it can become law. According to a study authored by

U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Arthur Alarcon and Loyola Law School professor Paula Mitchell, California taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment since it was reinstated in 1978. In addition to high costs, moral considerations supporting the abolishment of the death penalty include the possibility of innocent people being executed, Levin said, citing 13 death row inmates in Illinois who were found to be innocent of the crimes for which they had been convicted. Elisabeth Semel, director of the Death Penalty Clinic at the Berkeley School of Law, said application of the death penalty has likewise been discriminatory against minorities and undermines impartiality in the justice system.

“There are many problems with its application, particularly how it discriminates against people of color,” Semel said. “It doesn’t prevent crime at the front end, in terms of stopping crimes from happening, it doesn’t provide for rehabilitation, it doesn’t deter crime, it doesn’t work.” According to Levin, Hancock is confident that her bill has a good chance of passing. Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that provides information on the death penalty, said keeping the death penalty in place will continue to consume taxpayer money without a significant

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Study encourages farmers to rely less on rented bees By Jonathan Tam | Staff

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California farmers can save money on their pollinated crops and ensure a more ecologically sustainable food supply, which could eventually reduce prices of pollen-based produce, if they rely less on renting honey bees, according to a recent study by researchers at UC Berkeley. The study, published in the June issue of the journal Rangelands, valued wild, free-living bee species to garner between $937 million and $2.4 billion per year for California agriculture. The study said the value of the bee species could accrue an even greater estimate if farmers relied less on renting honey

Jonathan Tam expands on the importance of wild bees to farmers throughout California.

bees to pollinate their crops, including such produce as almonds, cherries, apples, cantaloupes and blueberries. Claire Kremen, UC Berkeley associate professor of environmental science, policy and management and senior author of the study, said these estimated economic values are a composite of what growers currently receive for free. The study estimated that wild bees, primarily found in California rangelands, account for 35-39 percent of all pollination services to the state’s crops. For the remaining approximately 60

percent, farmers rely on rented honey bees that usually come from Florida. One-third of Californian agricultural revenue comes from — which represents $11.7 billion dollars a year, according to the study — comes from pollinator-dependent crops. “Since 2006, there has been a definite increase in honey bee colony losses after winter from 15 percent to 30 percent, which is a great jump in the United States,” Kremen said. Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, a postdoctoral researcher in the ESPM department and another author of the study, said relying mainly on rented honey bees, which many farmers currently do, is not a very sustainable option, especially in the future.

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Woman robbed in Downtown Berkeley A woman was the victim of an alleged strong-arm robbery Sunday afternoon in Downtown Berkeley. At around 2:30 p.m., the woman was standing on Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue when she was alleg-

edly approached by a man who forcibly took her iPhone and fled the scene in a green Jeep Cherokee heading east on Kittredge, according to a UCPD crime alert. The victim suffered no injuries during the incident. ...

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lancing at my ticket, the train conductor dubbed me “Miss Berkeley” for the remaining 1.5 hours on the Amtrak. “I thought you kids were out for the summer,” he told me as he stamped my ticket set on top of my library book. “Yeah, well I was out too much during the semester,” I replied, hoping that he would appreciate my self-effacing wordplay. Catching that I was a proponent of leisure time and weekend adventures, the train conductor began recruiting me to join his crew on the Amtrak, where I could make a lot of money without hustling for a degree. Though I told him that I’d join his crew if only to forget “Miss Berkeley,” he shrugged and said with a smirk, “We do make a lot more money than you think.” In spite of his professional nod and utterance of my Amtrak nickname, he left me cold with the frost of status quo. I am a young female college student labeled with interchangeable minority lines connected to the prestige of the University of California, Berkeley. Prestige — condensing the depth of honor to shallow entitlement and pretense. Though shame is the last thing I feel about getting into college, pride isn’t the first. I didn’t get into college because of my rational, forwardthinking behavior as an angsty, bright-eyed teenager. It was a fluke, forces of nature that had nurtured me into the relentless nerd I am today. Discipline was nothing more than “the chokey” room in “Matilda.” It was a scare-tactic to box me in and make me explode later. It repressed my impulsive childish desires, desires I could only learn how to control myself if I was allowed to grow. I was a B-student until the public education system dubbed me “above average,” even when English and Christian Living were my only real achievements in the Catholic sanctuaries that bounded my education in the Philippines. he relish I found in reading harbored my development into a full-fledged bookworm, just the way others find comfort in people, food or music. If any of these other things lightened daily burdens the way someone else’s stream of consciousness seemed to set me afloat, then I probably wouldn’t have read as much as I did. Finishing books inadvertently became my own disciplinary tool. Inspired to read just as much as my mother, my reading comprehension and writing skills were mere byproducts of growing up. Though willpower and discipline seem to be keys for financial stability, one’s environment and resources are often taken into account only as an afterthought. Instead, individuals are praised for their hard work and ingenuity as precursors to their success.


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contribution to safety. In the public eye, Dieter said, the financial cost of maintaining the status quo may convince enough people to vote to remove it altogether. “I think the public is increasingly aware of the expense of the death penalty, of other programs being cut and also that the death penalty exists only on paper in California,” he said. “There have been no executions for over five years, and there’s very little chance that the 700 people on death row will be executed.”

Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington said he supports the abolition of the death penalty. “My office wrote a council item for July 19, and the City Council will vote on whether or not to support Hancock’s bill,” Worthington said. Moreover, Worthington pointed to the City Council’s involvement with this issue in the past. On Dec. 8, 2008, the council voted on a resolution to end death sentences, estimating that about $14.3 million had been spent

on executions since 2000 in Alameda County alone. “From an ethical point of view, I don’t believe in killing people, so I’m against the death penalty, but it’s more likely that people will vote for a moratorium on the death penalty based on the drastic economic impacts,” Worthington said. “I don’t think a majority of the Legislature is going to decide for ethical reasons they don’t believe in killing criminals, but based on the financial reasons, they may decide to abandon it.” California’s current budget crisis is paving the road to success into a much narrower one that only cultured and experienced individuals are entitled to follow. As the education system’s regimen of reward-orpunishment leaves individuals uninspired to pick up a book, the possible closure of 14 Oakland libraries will save the city money at the cost of developing human capital. nder a proposed budget, only four libraries in the city’s more affluent neighborhoods will be open three days a week, leaving those struggling to learn with even fewer resources to “overcome” financial boundaries and pursue interests beyond academics but those of selfimprovement. Oakland city officials, along with other vote-deprived politicians, are obligated to cut expenditures but not at a socially optimal level. Although the money saved from closing libraries and reducing their funding will lead to short-term economic stability, it is not sustainable in the long run. Instead of checking out the corner library while waiting for the bus to come, I’ll smoke a pack of cigarettes instead. And if I don’t have enough cigarettes to kill time, I’ll just go to the corner liquor store. Maybe I’ll meet some cool new people — an older crowd that knows the good life — people who really get it. Already bombarded by TV shows, ads and commercialized music to satisfy impulses as if there’s no tomorrow, the death of Oakland’s libraries seem to guarantee just that. As long as today goes by without any abstractions distracting me from getting my daily bread, then nothing else matters. Why start reading a book today when tomorrow is already laid out by hourly wages? Though the train conductor showed me that college was nonessential to financial stability, I wanted to convince him that securing finances was unrelated to “Miss Berkeley.” I am privileged to be in a position where earning above the national income median is not a goal of mine. While taxpayers and my family have invested in my education, profit-maximization is secondary when the effects of shutting down libraries are overlooked to save money.


athletics: Issue has sparked controversy since 1981 From front fledgling athletics programs that were hit hard by increasing department deficits resulting from low revenues and high expenditures. “There is this presumption that the UC relies on state funds to support ... intercollegiate athletics,” Lenz said. “This is truly a non-issue in my opinion, and I am not clear why this language had to be placed into the budget. I understand why they would place it in if someone had identified or if we had identified an abuse or if the state auditor had found an abuse. But there was no indication we violated anything.” Lawmakers’ decision to add such language to the proposed state budget continues to bring the debate over funding for intercollegiate athletics to the forefront of a long-standing controversy between the UC, its campuses and its campus affiliates. In May 1981, a UC policy called BUS72 was passed that stated that auxiliary enterprises “are those non-instructional services provided to individuals, primarily students, in return for specific user charges. These services include student housing, intercollegiate athletics, food services, and parking. Auxiliary Enterprises are self-supporting and are not subsidized by the state.” At the time, this included, among other programs, UC Berkeley’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. But roughly a year and a half ago, the issue of whether the department was an auxiliary and whether state moneys were flowing to campus athletic teams was brought forth by Brian Barsky, UC Berkeley professor of com-

puter science. Barsky, who had been looking over changes to former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2009-2010 state budget, noticed a difference in finances that he thought could possibly show that taxpayers’ money had been put toward UC funding for financially struggling athletics teams — including some teams at UC Berkeley — at the expense of academics. Concerned there was a loophole in how discretionary funds from the state were being used to support campus departments, Barsky decided to author a resolution with seven other campus colleagues that was passed by the campus division of the Academic Senate on Nov. 5, 2009, that recommended, among other suggestions, “the Chancellor put Intercollegiate Athletics on its intended self-supporting basis,” including removing “all funding of Intercollegiate Athletics from campus subsidies immediately.” Almost a year later, two final reports released from two separate campus groups — the Chancellor’s Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics and the Academic Senate Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics — both detailed that the department was in serious financial strife and that measures needed to be taken to remedy the department’s reliance on campus support, which totaled about $13.7 million during the 2008-09 fiscal year. On Dec. 16, 2010, UCOP rescinded the original BUS-72 policy and replaced it with a new BUS-72 policy, which redefined auxiliary enterprises

and removed the term “intercollegiate athletics” from the list of auxiliary groups. Also, intercollegiate athletics for certain campuses — such as UC Berkeley and UCLA — were dubbed “hybrid auxiliaries” because they possessed both auxiliary enterprise and student services characteristics, according to Lenz. “There was no announcement and no discussion with anyone when this policy was rescinded,” Barsky said in regard to the change. “There were no details on who did this and why.” With clarification on the definition of the campus’s athletics department still unclear to Barsky and others, including members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, union members set out to speak with and to lobby state legislators to add to Brown’s budget that no matter what intercollegiate athletics was, state funds could not be used to support any athletics programs. “They’re not following rules about how the money you have is supposed to be distributed while at the same time they tell us there is no money,” said Lakesha Harrison, president of AFSCME Local 3299. “It’s about making sure there’s accountability in the way the UC uses its funding. None of us agree that there should be funding cuts to the UC, but we do need to make sure what money there is is being spent properly.” Aaida Samad of The Daily Californian contributed to this report. Katie Nelson is an assistant news editor.

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Carryn Barker reads her notes in Pimentel Hall. Barker and other nonresidents could be affected by certain summer fee increases. By True Shields | Staff A long-standing state subsidy allowing nonresident University of California students to pay resident fees for summer courses may be in jeopardy as uncertainty about California’s state budget continues to loom. For nearly a decade, nonresidents have been spared the out-of-state and international tuition fees that students are normally subject to pay during the school year. But as possible further cuts to the UC continue to be discussed, these fees might be reinstituted or reformed. In 2001, nonresident fees for UC Summer Sessions were eliminated in hopes of attracting more out-of-state and international students to attend a UC campus during the summer. As a result of the tuition changes — in addition to changes to curriculum, teaching staff and publicity — attendance at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara Summer Sessions increased by 56 percent that year while the other five UC campuses saw a 26 percent increase. These percentages did not include UC Merced, which was not instated until fall 2005.

In accordance with this data, a task force composed of university officials recommended in 2008 that UC Berkeley’s summer nonresident fees be kept constant. The task force suggested that increasing nonresidents’ fees might “slow down their progress to a degree” or cost millions in lost revenue. UC spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez said despite summer classes’ important role helping more students finish their degrees in four years, they are still subject to change because of budget concerns. “We want to incentivize students to take summer sessions so that it frees up space during the year,” he said. “But as (the UC has) said before, just in terms of what kind of budget we end up with, all options have to be on the table.” During the academic year, nonresidents pay a supplemental fee to attend a UC campus — about $23,000 more per year than California residents. But for summer classes, a uniform price of $343 per unit means that for students taking a 12-unit schedule, both residents and nonresidents will find themselves paying about $4,200 for summer tuition at UC Berkeley. Motivations to bump up nonresident admissions can be attributed in part to a UC Commission on the Fu-

ture report presented to the UC Board of Regents in December 2010, which showed that a 1 percent increase in out-of-state attendance could generate nearly $1 million in additional revenue. Summer Sessions are not the only area in which the UC is hoping to increase out-of-state and international resident attendance. In total, the UC’s nine campuses admitted 4,100 more students for the 2011-12 year than in 2010-11 — for a total of 72,432 — with 3,600 of those spots going to international or out-of-state students. About one-third of students accepted to UC Berkeley this fall are nonresidents, nearly double last year’s figures. According to Hans Johnson, a senior policy fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, the UC will continue to attempt to increase nonresident attendance. Johnson added that regardless of budget cuts, the UC will continue to tout its status as a top research university to offset a possible drop in attendance as a result of fee increases. “The university is looking for new sources of funds wherever they can find them, and if they can still attract students from out of state (while raising summer fees), there is no doubt there is money being left on the table,” he said.

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hops added and is replaced with a yeast culture that produces smooth, crisp and lightweight adjectives — lifeless, in another word. The Innovation Director at Carlsberg, Jeanette Elgaard Carlsson, has mentioned that the beer appeals to design-conscious women whose purchases may depend on how the beverage coordinates with their appearance. Taste and price are secondary concerns while fashionable design is paramount. This female-focused marketing strategy splits into two confusing directions. For the worse, it offends my love of beer, suggesting that my purchasing power and discriminating taste are coercible by insubstantial style and superficial design. However, the approach does offer a slight deviation from other established gender-based marketing strategies, particularly with beer. The targeted demographic may be women, but rather than an evoking women’s values through explicitly heterosexual or otherwise gendered scenarios, the advertisements for Copenhagen 56°N are devoid of human sexuality (or, as much as this is possible, just bear with me). The strategy is remarkably consistent in that the commercials are

also devoted entirely to design without any human substance: there is no man claiming to be the most interesting in the world, no bikini-clad volleyball players. The commercial aligns the beverage with the city of Copenhagen as a place constantly refreshed by new and unpredictable ideas. Whether this less obvious appeal to women is preferable, or less damaging, to an iteration on the question “what do women want?” in advertising is still unclear to me. I hate being seen as a predictable consumer, but I’m still susceptible to marketing that has spent incomprehensible amounts of time and money researching my cohort’s consumerist behaviors. Designing without gender in mind might liberate the product’s function to multiple uses while also depersonalizing it. So what should be promoted here? Pure utility without personality? Hyper-gendered props of social acceptance? Beer for beer-haters that also looks nice? Copenhagen 56°N is an experimentation of advertising values, if not a safely uncontroversial one. And it does look real nice clutched in my gigantic meaty paws.

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From Page 6 trio were still a saucy appetizer to the punchy main course. Unfortunately, the meal would have to wait. In between sets, the crowd was treated to the DJ-stylings of Autobot, who makes up one-half of Chicagobased Flosstradamus. His sets were far from treats though, as his beats produced mere hip-sways from the crowd on both of his drawn-out sets. With the exception of a bomb-ass beat sampling the opening cry heard on “The Lion King,” the DJ’s mumbled shout-outs and attempts to bolster the bored crowd fell on deaf ears. Like summer school, Autobot’s set eventually came to a much-appreciated end. With the chorus of the energetic “Empire State of Mind” leading them out, the Brooklyn duo finally pounced out onto stage with fans screaming and jumping with satisfaction. Wasting no time, the show kicked off with Sidewalks opener “Block After Block,” with Matt’s electrifying keyboard jamming and Kim’s drum bashes amplifying the wave of jumping fans. The song’s finale led to an eruption of applause and screams as the duo graciously greeted and thanked their fans for coming out that night. The pair bombarded the crowd with upbeat vibes like the synth-driven “Red

Paint” and fan-favorite “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare.” While occasionally allowing the crowd to catch its breath with the easygoing melodies of songs like “Northeast,” the break never lasted long as the duo dived into their next adrenaline-fueled explosion. It’s rare to see a band have as much fun onstage as Matt and Kim. Whether Kim is on her drums shouting, Matt hopping around his keyboard or the smiles that never left their faces, the duo always appeared to enjoy themselves. From making the audience create a rainstorm of balloons to Kim’s famous crowd-surfing booty dance, the astounding antics never ceased. Alas, the freakalicous team had to run out of energy at some point. Closing with the heavy-hitting “Cameras” and their break-out single “Daylight,” the duo gracefully left the stage. Having already played most of their hits, their encore consisted of Kim pounding a marching band bass drum in rhythm to the duo’s songs played over the PA as Matt sang along with the help of the crowd. While this impromptu encore was a bit hackneyed and disappointing, it did not diminish Matt and Kim’s playful fan interaction and jubilant passion that made for one hell of an — here it is — energetic performance.

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Caffe Mediterraneum recently became the first Telegraph Avenue vendor approved to stay open 24 hours a day.

in getting a permit to have his business operate all day, at some point it will be decided whether all storefronts on Telegraph are able to remain open past 2 a.m. “My understanding is that people who live in the immediate vicinity around campus have a particular interest for having things open later,” said City Councilmember Kriss Worthington. “It will be an interesting trial balloon. The fact that (Becker) is willing to try it out and be successful — it would be more successful if more businesses tried this extension of business hours.” Worthington said he believes that the council’s involvement with the Southside Plan — which proposes to abolish the quota on Telegraph’s full-service restaurants while maintaining the other quotas to encourage small business establishments — will push positive activity for the proposal. “During discussions of the Southside Plan, many students came out to our meeting saying ‘we want businesses open for later hours,’” Worthington said. Anjuli Sastry covers housing.

bees: Lack of crop diversity hurts bees and environment From Page 2 Lynn Huntsinger, UC Berkeley professor of rangeland management, said she attributes the common renting of honey bees in the state to a farmer’s propensity for control and certainty that their crops will be fertilized rather than hoping the free, wild-living bees will pollinate at the right times and to the needed degree. “Rented pollinators do give farmers a real certainty, but they cannot depend on just one species of bee,” Huntsinger said. “This is a false sense of security, because you need the strength that a diversified pollinating species can acquire, which can be supplied from the bee species found in nearby rangelands.” Large monoculture farms often overwhelm the capacity of naturally

occurring pollinator species to provide these services and therefore rely highly on outsourcing their pollinating services, the study states. These monoculture farms of pollinator-dependent species usually solely grow either almonds, melons, blueberries or apples, which creates a huge demand for pollinators during a short time interval. Kremen said the way current industrialized monoculture farms operate will not be a sustainable practice because it unfavorably impacts the environment. According to the study, the practice that adversely affects the environment is an industrialized monoculture’s often scant diversity of crops, which the pollinators, including the bee species, need.

“Pollinators will get sick if they only get one food — it’s like people will get sick too if they constantly eat Big Macs,” Kremen said. To ensure the sustainability and diversification of pollinated crops, Huntsinger said she believes people should understand that rangelands owned mainly by ranchers work in synergy with farmers to support these free wild-living bee species. Chaplin-Kramer said farmers and ranchers currently do not recognize how important their relationship is to each other in terms of ecosystem services. “About 35 percent of food production depends on the world pollinators, and those foods would not exist without these pollinators,” Kremen said.

METAMORPHOSIS: Subtle humor with a tinge of horror runs amok in this play From Page 5 two rooms, furnished like a childhood diorama. The small five-person cast is slapped with individual color schemes and sticks with them throughout their subtle costume alterations. Together, these factors coalesce, building up the production’s eerie ambiance. The plot is set in a nondescript household that plays up all the stereotypes associated with old-fashioned suburbia, a characteristic that becomes glaringly apparent within the first few minutes. Uplifting melodies soar as mother and daughter move in synchronized motions, a pair of beaming, blond robots dressed in pastel as they eagerly dote on the father, head of the patriarchal family. Mother (Madeline H.D. Brown) and Grete (Megan Trout) prepare the dining table, offer cheekkisses to Father (Allen McKelvey) and continue with their duties until Grete stumbles across a pair of shoes, casually left behind. The lights dim, the music heightens and it’s clear that something has shifted, though the slippers’ significance is hopelessly lost on the audience. Gregor (Alexander Crowther), son of the Samsa family, has left his shoes behind. Which means that he is still at home. His family, ever so devoted to Gregor’s money-making ways, try their best to coerce him out of hiding. But when they do, they almost wish they hadn’t as they discover that Gregor has turned from an obedient son to a grotesque creepy-crawly. Horror solidifies into alienation as the Samsa clan opts for Gregor’s imprisonment, locking him in his room and viewing him as a legitimate insect rather than a son.

With a plot that may be renowned but is somewhat lacking in excitement, this particular adaptation surprises in its ingenious stage setup. Gregor’s bedroom is slanted at a sharp angle — bed, dresser and all. The limber Crowther is a delight to watch as he climbs over bars and squeezes around the crooked stairs. The well-worn storyline is additionally improved upon by the production’s skilled actors, who possess uncanny self-identifications with their characters, resulting in doses of drama that were delivered with a sincere touch. Though Brown and McKelvey easily pull of their roles as the hysterical housewife and the gruff authority figure, respectively, it is Trout who slowly becomes the star of the show. Grete is torn between her sibling bond with Gregor and her desire for independence, epitomized at crucial moment she is forced to choose between feeding her brother or pursuing a romance with pompous suitor Mr. Fischer (Patrick Jones). Trout carefully engineers her role with stiff, puppetlike motions and a nervousness that becomes endearing. Kafka throws around his fair share of loaded themes in his novella — greed, isolation, prejudice, insertcoming-of-age-issue here. But Aurora Theater’s production takes these rather depressing topics and transforms them into an easily accessible story that’s part-charming and parthorrifying but ultimately thoughtprovoking. Cynthia Kang is the arts editor.

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‘Metamorphosis’ reinvents Kafka’s classic and throws down both comedy and horror Aurora Theater’s latest production brings a comedic touch to the renowned novella. By Cynthia Kang | Senior Staff


ark Jackson takes the universal theme of alienation to a new level with his latest production, “Metamorphosis.” Adapted for the stage from Franz Kafka’s notable short story, Aurora Theater Company’s representation of one man’s troubled transformation is both delightful and twisted. The jokes are aplenty and the cruelties run amok, delivering a performance that sheds new light on a timeless fable. The worldwide fame of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” works in the play’s favor. Its simple yet intriguing storyline resonates with the audience — a man wakes up one morning only to find that he has morphed into an insect. Staying true to the concept, Jackson’s “Metamorphosis” is equally minimalist, devoid of fuss and frills. There are no set changes, as the entire course of the 75-minute performance takes place in

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Mother (Madeline H.D. Brown) is terrified by the transformation of her son Gregor (Alexander Crowther) from a human to a life-size insect in Aurora’s ‘Metamorphosis.’



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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME No. RG11578171 In the Matter of the Application of Norma Leticia Caldera for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Norma Leticia Caldera filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Norma Leticia Caldera to Norma Letizia Palermo. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: 7/22/11, at 11:00 AM in Dept. #31, at US Post Office, 201 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed, in this county: The Daily Californian in Berkeley, California. Dated: May 31, 2011 Jon R. Rolefson Judge of the Superior Court Publish: 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7/11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE Trustee Sale No.: 20100159901942 Title Order No.: 100314596 FHA/ VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/05/06. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/13/06, as Instrument No. 2006347616 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of ALAMEDA County, State of California. EXECUTED BY: CAROLENE ROSS, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) DATE OF SALE: June 29, 2011 TIME OF SALE: 12:00 PM PLACE OF SALE: At the Fallon Street emergency exit to the Alameda County Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St., Oakland, CA STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1634 63RD STREET, BERKELEY, CA 94703. APN# 052 1523 027 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the

unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $825,728.81. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION, INC. 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1, EL DORADO HILLS, CA 95762-9334 916-939-0772, NDEx West L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee, BY: Ric Juarez Dated: 05/31/11 NPP0182128 06/09/11, 06/16/11, 06/23/11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE TSG No.: 4043731 TS No.: 20099070804610 FHA/VA/PMI No.: APN:060 2411 001 02 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/25/07. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On June 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM, First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 07/03/07, as Instrument No. 2007245167, in book, page, of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of ALAMEDA County, State of California. Executed by: THOMAS FORBES,. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the Fallon Street emergency exit to the Alameda County Courthouse, 1225 Fallon St., Oakland, CA. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 060 2411 001 02. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1209 SANTE FE AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94706. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of

Imbued with the vocal magic that propelled Kanye Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in the Worldâ&#x20AC;? to such great heights, Bon Iverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strength definitely lies in the vocals, rendered beautifully by Vernon. Ranging from a multilayered, ghostly tenor to dark, rich baritone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vernonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals that pull the listener through the album as well as making the album a unified statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calgaryâ&#x20AC;? reaches hymnal heights, all a capella vocals before being joined by rolling drums and brushed acoustic guitar. Such adventurous instrumentation and wide-ranging vocal variety yields mostly positive results, with a few missteps. Album closer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beth/Restâ&#x20AC;? unfortunately roams into schlocky â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s territory, with electric guitars straight out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bill and Tedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Excellent Adventure.â&#x20AC;? Key track â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holoceneâ&#x20AC;? lays jazzy horns on finger-picked guitar, creating an aural ambiance emblematic Bon Iver. That musical outlook is the goal and theme of the entire album, with Bon Iver looking to take traditional folk tunes and put into them a sense of the natural world. The result is an album that breathes as well as soothes. ­â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Philip Julius



Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $636,632.76. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's Trustee. The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or The timeframe for giving Notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. Date: 06/01/11, First American Title Insurance Company First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC 3 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Original document signed by Authorized Agent, Chet Sconyers -FOR TRUSTEE'S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916) 939-0772. First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC May be Acting as a Debt Collector Attempting to Collect a Debt. Any Information obtained may be used for that purpose. NPP0182249 06/09/11, 06/16/11, 06/23/11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE TS No. 08-0081218 Title Order No. 08-8-301656 APN No. 066-2795-005 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/11/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by PETER LEAHY, AN UNMARRIED MAN, dated 05/11/2005 and recorded 05/25/05, as Instrument No. 2005215120, in Book, Page), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Alameda County, State of California, will sell on 07/07/2011 at 12:00PM, At the Fallon Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced

Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 612 ADAMS STREET, ALBANY, CA, 947061108. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $564,448.68. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an â&#x20AC;&#x153;AS ISâ&#x20AC;? condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. DATED: 11/05/2008 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., SV2-202 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/ Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.98333 6/16, 6/23, 6/30/2011 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Theresa Yoh Yun Tsao CASE NO. RP11580108 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of Theresa Yoh Yun Tsao. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Jeffrey R. J. Tsao in the Superior Court of California, County of ALAMEDA. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Jeffrey R. J. Tsao be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval.

Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: July 11, 2011 at 9:30AM in Dept. 201 located at 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner Kathryn M. Murphy 1900 Addison St. Ste. 200 Berkeley, CA 94704-1161 510-845-8737 Publish: 6/20, 6/23, 6/27/11 NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE File No. 7037.71615 Title Order No. 4649299 MIN No. APN 053-1662-012 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/02/07. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): Homer Stephens and Doris Stephens, husband and wife Recorded: 07/11/07, as Instrument No. 2007254933 of Official Records of ALAMEDA County, California. Date of Sale: 07/14/11 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale:

Hilton Newark/Fremont, Grand Ballroom, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark, CA The purported property address is: 1109 RUSSELL ST, BERKELEY, CA 94702 Assessors Parcel No. 053-1662-012 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $485,257.98. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid, plus interest. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the beneficiary, the Trustor or the trustee. Date: June 17, 2011 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Melissa Myers, Authorized Signatory 1241 E. Dyer Road, Suite 250, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Sale Info website: www. or www. Automated Sales Line: 714-277-4845 or 800-280-2832 Reinstatement and Pay-Off Requests: (866) 387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE F E I # 1 0 0 2 . 1 9 6 1 6 6 6/23/2011,06/30/2011,07/07/2011 NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE is hereby given that sealed competitive bids will be accepted in the office of the GSA-Purchasing Department, County of Alameda, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907, Oakland, CA 94612 NETWORKING/ NORTH COUNTY BIDDERS CONFERENCE RFQ #900859 Tire Services and Repair, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 10:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; General Services Agency, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Room 222, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA NETWORKING/ SOUTH COUNTY BIDDERS CONFERENCERFQ #900859 Tire Services and Repair, Thursday, July 7, 2011, 2:00 p.m.. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Public Works Agency, 4825 Gleason Drive, Conference Room, Dublin, CA Responses Due by 2:00 pm on August 5, 2011 County Contact : Jeff Thomas (510) 208-9613 or via email: Attendance at Networking Conference is Nonmandatory. Specifications regarding the above may be obtained at the Alameda County Current Contracting Opportunities Internet website at 6/23/11 CNS-2120884# FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 452274 The name of the business: Spirit Guide Software, street address 2743 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606, mailing address P.O. Box 20161, Oakland, CA 94620 is hereby registered by the following owners: William Haynie Rowan, 2743 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 and Charlene Mary Quan, 2743 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 This business is conducted by a husband and wife. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda County on May 31,2011. Spirit Guide Software Publish: 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14/11


Finn McMissile, British intelligence Tow Mater, average intelligence”

Thursday, June 23, 2011 – Sunday, June 26, 2011

— Finn to Mater, “Cars 2”

FULL THROTTLE Pixar’s latest, ‘Cars 2,’ manages to showcase a stylized spy film homage while maintaining their trademark attention to detail. By Jessica Pena | Staff


t’s already become redundant to say that Pixar exhibits the gold standard in terms of animation. Over the past 25 years, the Emeryville-based studio has earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes and the universal admiration of children and adults alike. They’ve managed to maintain a winning formula that combines the naivete of childhood innocence with deeper, more profound and political messages. However, lately, it seems Pixar has been a bit more dour than usual. Everyone knows what I’m talking about. That montage from “Up,” the melancholic parting of Andy and Woody in “Toy Story 3.” Tears have almost overshadowed the laughter in Pixar films as of late. But, with the release of “Cars 2,” the lighthearted adventure has returned, for better or worse. In the same vein of the “Toy Story” sequels, “Cars 2” returns us to a familiar and nostalgic scene: the charmingly quaint Radiator Springs. The victorious protagonist Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) has just returned off a series of winning races, but left behind, almost literally in the dust, is the endearing bumpkin Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). Ostensibly, the film is grounded in the tenuous friendship between this unlikely duo — the prince (McQueen) and the pauper (Mater) — and follows

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its troubled trajectory as McQueen competes in the World Grand Prix. This international scale, ranging from the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo to the pub-lined streets of London, blows the small-town bubble of the original “Cars” out of the water. Quite literally. If the sweeping international vistas (in 3-D no less!) and amusing antics of Mater weren’t enough to whet one’s palette, there’s a tertiary plot involving the enviably slick Finn McMissle (Michael Caine) as a British Intelligence officer sent to uncover the dirty secrets under the hood of a criminal car syndicate. With cutting-edge spy cameras and machine guns that jut out of fenders, the James Bond homage is undeniably the most effective element of the film. As with the nod to the 1963’s prison-break class in “Toy Story 3,” it’s clear that Pixar is capable of not only crafting masterful films but appropriating them flawlessly as well. The music is swift and aggressive. The henchmen are the perfect mix of grimy exterior and blind belligerence. But, as is evident from the adjectives, there’s something inherently violent about the spy movie that may not be suitable for the film’s target audience: children. Within the first 10 minutes, there’s enough explosive power in “Cars 2” to rival any Michael Bay picture. Coupled with the ubiquitous use of mechanized weaponry, the excessive use of brute violence is at once visually arresting but perhaps too assaulting for the normally more placid Pixar. It’s a classic style-over-substance dilemma. Instead of character depth, we get carburetors on fire. Instead of an emotionally driven climax, we get a somewhat sloppily tacked-on moment of self-doubt for Mater. Instead of catharsis, there’s only cars with fancy exteriors that try to hide a messy interior. But, oh how fancy those cars are. Despite a significant lack of the usual Pixar pathos, the adrenaline ride that “Cars 2” provides is difficult to find fault with. It’s not the studio’s best, but even without all of their pistons firing, Pixar is guaranteed quality. Jessica Pena is the assistant arts editor.

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