Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We are inviting local, craft chocolatiers and breweries to help us to raise funds for a local non-profit, Children's Learning Center. www.clcalameda.com
Their mission is to provide a comprehensive alternative educational program for exceptional children, who, because of their intense behavioral, social, emotional and educational needs are temporarily unable to succeed in the public school system. By developing a positive attitude toward learning, developing and strengthening self-esteem, teaching them essential academic and social skills, and successfully returning them to the public schools, CLC strives to enhance the quality of their lives and to enable them to reach their full potential in society.
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Monday, December 20, 2010
Rosie the Riveter Museum and Visitor Center Open Next Craneway Pavilion in the historic Ford Assembly Building in Richmond Waterfront
Today's announcement of the future multi- -purpose/multi-media center coincides with today's San Francisco Giants pay tribute to the servers Rosie Riveter heritage held in the AT & T ballpark. The six original'Rosies' will be in attendance.
“We are proud that we are working with the National Park Services appreciate the importance of Rosie the Riveter and recognize contribution of so many Americans – of Bay Area and beyond – to Home II Front World War II effort, “said Lance Miller, CEO,
Pavilion Craneway.” museum and education center will be an exciting place for tourists and an important addition to Craneway environment and revitalizing Richmond.“
During World War II, Rosie the Riveter appeared cultural icon symbol of American women across the country rolling up the sleeves to support the war effort. Many of these frontier” Rosies “I worked in historic Ford Assembly Building, the new center(as well as events and world-class manufacturing plant Craneway Pavilion). built 49,000 jeeps, tanks and equipped, re-tooled factories that first built in 1932, the model “A” Ford. Rosie Riveter since then has become a symbol that represents strength and determination of women everywhere striving for equality in all spheres of life.
Centre will be interpreted both national movement front of the house, orient visitors to the history of Richmond influential of the era. For interactive exhibitions and learning experiences, users will see, hear and reflection on the history and contributions Courageous front of the house Americans. The center will also be a program that allows the distance learning and links with other representative of the places in the country.
“can not be more excited Visitor Center our park, “said Elizabeth Tucker, Park Ranger, Rosie Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historic Park.” We look forward to working with Craneway Pavilion Orton and Development, as the project takes shape. “
In the meantime, visitors can learn about the special role at Richmond the history of modern America at Home Front Festival at Ford Point October 1-2. Celebrated its two-day conference City and National Park beautiful 32-mile shoreline of Richmond, offers a newly opened routes and spectacular location of property.(www.homefrontfestival.com).
more info : www.craneway.com and http://www.nps.gov/rori
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Contra Costa Times
Could Richmond become the interim venue for the next America's Cup while San Francisco readies its waterfront for the premier sailing regatta?
City leaders and sailing enthusiasts here hope so.
A marketing committee is offering space at the waterfront for America's Cup teams to practice and train for about a year, before activities shift to San Francisco -- if San Francisco succeeds in its bid to host the event.
Richmond's image and economy, from its restaurants to hardware stores to marine-related businesses, would reap the benefits of having the 10 teams here -- each with 100 people on staff -- and all the accompanying fanfare, supporters say.
"It doesn't cost us anything, and it would bring a ton of jobs to Richmond," said Kers Clausen, a member of the Richmond Yacht Club who is leading the proposal.
The city would receive revenue for leasing space at the port, possibly $100,000 a month.
Cup organizers plan to announce by year's end what city will host the 34th event, scheduled for 2013. San Francisco is in the running, a bid the Richmond marketing committee supports.
San Francisco has been told it will lose the right to host the next America's Cup unless a deal is signed by Friday.
Offering Richmond as an interim supplementary site would give San Francisco more time to make the necessary improvements to its piers and could strengthen San Francisco's quest to host the Cup, they said.
"It's going to take the city of San Francisco some time to complete their facility, and allowing them to use Terminal 3 would be a good interim use," said Mark Howe, an avid sailor and interim chairman of the marketing committee. "The prestige, the image, the ancillary benefit to businesses, it would provide a lot of activity and economic stimulation" for Richmond, he added.
The 20-acre Terminal 3 sits at the foot of Harbor Way South near the historic Ford Assembly Plant, now named Ford Point, and the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. The terminal has been vacant since Matson, the previous shipping tenant, left a year ago.
A hardstand for the boats would be built and floats added, which would cost around $3 million. The cost would be borne by teams participating in the regatta, not by the city, Clausen said.
The City Council agrees the interim site idea is worth pursuing, both for the prestige of the Cup connection and for the revenue.
Terminal 3 "has been vacant and unused for a year," Councilman Tom Butt said. "There aren't a lot of people out there standing in line to use it. What this does is it authorizes them to go out and try to put together a marketing plan and do something with it. This may or may not be as lucrative as some other use, but if it gets $1 a day, it's better than what's there now."
The committee will try to negotiate a letter of intent with the America's Cup organizers and other stakeholders. The letter would be nonbinding, meaning the port's hands won't be tied if it can secure a long-term tenant for Terminal 3 that would bring steady revenue.
Committee members include Clausen, Howe, other members of the Richmond Yacht Club, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bob Connelly, Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Michelle Itagaki, City Manager Bill Lindsay, Community Economic Development Director Steve Duran and Port Director Jim Matzorkis.
Katherine Tam covers Richmond. Follow her at Twitter.com/katherinetam.
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
We are excited and proud to announce that the Craneway Pavilion has been named as a Finalist for the prestigious 2011 Event Solutions Spotlight Award in the Event Site of the Year category.
The Event Solutions Spotlight Awards are an annual awards presentation dedicated to recognizing the best and the brightest event professionals in the industry. The Awards are presented in a variety of categories and honor both individuals and companies for their body of work in the previous year. Finalist are people and companies around the globe, we now have the opportunity to join the ranks of this illustrious group. Voting is now open!
You can review the Craneway Pavilion entry profile and Vote for us at www.event-solutions.com, click on Voting Page and select the category for Event Site of the Year. This will take you to the page at which you enter your e-mail address to access the voting site. Please take some time to check out our profile, see what we have been creating and vote for us! Remember, you can only vote ONE TIME for each category.
The recipient of the Spotlight Award is selected by an industry wide voting process. The Voting Site will be open from December 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011. Recipients of the Spotlight Awards will be revealed at the Spotlight Awards Event, February 28, 2011 at MEET Las Vegas.
Thank you for your support.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
· A $1.9 million state grant will help rebuild Elm Playlot, recipient of one of 62 parks statewide to land a portion of Proposition 84 funding for creating new parks or fixing existing ones. The state received 478 applications, rewarding those that involved residents in the planning. See Contra Costa Times story at the end of this email.
· The Strategic Growth Council will be meeting December 3, 2010, to consider awarding Urban Greening Grants. The City of Richmond has been recommended for $1,664,319 for the “Miraflores Sustainable Community Greenbelt Project.” The Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency was awarded the funds to assist with the Greening Baxter Creek. The State of California recognized the financial and programmatic commitment of the Agency to the Miraflores Housing Development. This grant award was extremely competitive; only 23 applicants were selected statewide out of 140 applicants. $16.6 million was awarded out of 115 million requested. The Miraflores Housing Development received the highest statewide grant award.
· Richmond also received $895,210 from the Strategic Growth Council for a “Form‐Based Code for Richmond's Commercial Corridors.” The proposal will assist the City with developing a form-based code for three of Richmond's commercial corridors to accommodate compact, mixed-use, infill development near transit, enhance existing neighborhoods, and provide increased housing and mixed-use choices. The three corridors, San Pablo Avenue, Macdonald Avenue, and 23rd Street, are also identified as Priority Development Areas (PDAs) by ABAG and MTC. The FBC will be formally adopted as an amendment to the City's Zoning Code. 44 applications of 153 submitted were recommended for funding.
· Richmond's application was among the top 10 ranked applications (#7).
· The Watershed Project received $74,940.00 for the Richmond Greenway Native Plant Garden Bioswale in the iron Triangle to Create vegetated bio-swale along a rails to trails project to treat and improve infiltration of storm water pollutants from adjacent streets. In addition, plant native shade trees on the other half of the trail section. The Watershed Project, a non-profit organization with a 13-year history of working in the Richmond community, will lead the Richmond Greenway Bioswale and Native Plant Garden (Greenway Garden) project, a community based effort to transform a section of abandoned railroad into a transportation, education, and recreation resource for the community. The project will set an example for the City by using low impact biological and cost effective ways of removing storm water pollutants, as well as encourage green approaches to cleaning local storm waters. The Greenway Garden will restore a wildlife habitat in the heart of urban Richmond, educate the surrounding community about local gardening and demonstrate how the native habitat can reduce the need for pesticides in adjacent vegetable and fruit gardens. The project is designed to improve water quality in the Bay by reducing storm water and urban runoff pollution, increasing awareness of Low Impact Design best management practices, and increasing environmental literacy in the Richmond community.
· The Rose Foundation's New Voices Are Rising Program is a youth-focused, community-driven environmental justice and civic engagement project that works with students from low-income communities and communities of color in Oakland and Richmond, California. With a $25,000 EJ Grant, the Rose Foundation will help students explore the concepts of environmental justice, and allow youth to learn by actively engaging in legislative and regulatory processes. Participating students attended an intensive summer program focusing on strategies for addressing climate change, as well as a series of classroom presentations on environmental health, environmental civics, and the connections between air pollution environmental health disparities in low-income communities and communities of color the East Bay. They will learn about the federal, state, and local roles in developing laws and regulations that impact climate change, air pollution, and community health, and they will also learn key analytical tools and public speaking skills that will encourage them to participate effectively in public efforts to improve air quality. The Rose Foundation works with EXCEL High School Law & Government Academy, 2607 Myrtle Street in West Oakland, among other institutions in Oakland and Richmond.
· Urban Habitat will use an Environmental Justice Small Grant to support the Community Climate Action Engagement Project in Richmond, California. The purpose of the project is to 1) increase the Richmond community's ability to engage in the development of an Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP); and 2) to engage Richmond's decision makers in addressing the impacts that climate change has on the city's low-income communities and communities of color. The organization will accomplish this by creating and implementing a "Climate Justice Curriculum" that connects climate change to local and regional efforts around transportation justice, affordable housing, equitable development and quality green jobs. It will build public awareness regarding the threats of climate change and the benefits of developing a local ECAP through public alerts and briefing sessions, and work to increase the capacity of Richmond residents and stakeholders to help them participate effectively in planning efforts related to climate change.
· November 29, 2010, EPA Grant to Help Several Bay Area Cities Identify Source of PCB Contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency has dished out a $5 million grant that will be shared by several cities around the bay to address PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, a potent carcinogen that has caused contamination in the area’s waters. San Carlos, San Jose, Oakland and Richmond in particular are the cities that are slated to split the funds so that the sources of PCBs can be identified. According to health officials, if people eat fish caught in waters with PCB, it can cause cancer and the public overall has not been greatly informed about the risk certain waters pose. The study funded by the EPA grant will be the first of its kind to examine stormwater. Mercury News points out the following: “But the grant highlights just how ubiquitous the problem is, and how little water quality experts know about where the legacy pollutant still resides. Thirty-one years after they were banned from manufacture for electrical transformers, circuit breakers and hydraulic systems, toxic PCBs persist in urban stormwater runoff into the bay. ‘I always think, there goes the creek,’ said Jan O'Hara, a water quality engineer and program manager with the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. Every year, the rainy season forces PCB-laden sediment into storm drains and out to the bay.” Also a problem is sorting out how to address the PCB-laden sediment that fishes feed on, as well as the birds affected from eating the PCB-laden fish. Over the next 20 years, the Water Quality Control Board hopes to reduce annual PCB discharge by 95 percent, which is no easy task based on the lack of confirmation about where the toxins are coming from. Mercury notes that “The EPA grant tacitly acknowledges what scientists have known for decades: that PCBs are still ubiquitous, despite a manufacturing ban in 1979.” However, due to a loophole, the issue has remained a problem and the EPA is now reportedly re-examining its rules. For more, see here.
Park plans come to life in troubled Richmond neighborhood
By Katherine Tam
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/24/2010 02:38:10 PM PST
Updated: 11/24/2010 02:38:11 PM PST
This is the story of how a neighborhood park can be reborn.
Few children frequent Elm Playlot in Richmond's troubled Iron Triangle. They're kept at bay by the crime and graffiti. But residents want more for their neighborhood: a safe place where children can play and feed their imaginations.
They will soon have it.
Residents are redesigning the play lot at Eighth Street and Elm Avenue with a zip line, rock cave, village of child-size buildings and a $1 snack bar, features found in no other Richmond park.
"This new park will be an oasis for our kids and our community," said Carmen Lee, who lives near the park and sits on the Elm Playlot Action Committee. "Finally our voice has been heard and our prayers have been answered."
A $1.9 million state grant will help make it happen. Elm Playlot was one of 62 parks statewide to land a portion of Proposition 84 funding for creating new parks or fixing existing ones. The state received 478 applications, rewarding those that involved residents in the planning.
"There's no better process than to get residents in a half-mile radius and ask, 'What do you want?'" said Patti Keating, grants chief for state parks.
Other funding includes $127,000 from the city, $45,000 from The California Endowment and $10,000 from First 5 Contra Costa.
This isn't your average park renovation. Too often, locals say cities pick out-of-town contractors to install playground toys plucked from a catalog.
The evolution of Elm Playlot is different. About two years ago, residents -- the ones who know best what their neighborhood needs -- brainstormed at meetings.
Locals formed a committee that researched other parks outside Richmond for ideas, then spent five months at the Scientific Art Studio on B Street creating an architectural model of what they envision.
They received ample help from the Richmond nonprofit Pogo Park, the city and others who worked pro-bono to assemble the 75-page grant application or teach them how to construct a model.
There will be no out-of-town contractors, they say. Instead, the city will administer the state grant with Pogo Park. Neighborhood businesses and residents will be hired to rebuild the park.
"We want the money to stay in the city. It should go into the people in this neighborhood," said Richmond resident Toody Maher, head of Pogo Park. "We want to make the people who live around the park feel it."
The task of transforming one of the city's poorest neighborhoods is considerable, given the Iron Triangle's generational struggle with poverty and crime. Organizers say rebuilding the park can create a ripple effect that changes the neighborhood for the better.
"A lot of it is delivering on commitments," City Manager Bill Lindsay said. "There have been a lot of hopes realized and we'll be able to deliver on that. We need to see more of that happening and that can help generate change."
If it works here, they say it can work elsewhere in Richmond and beyond.
Organizers expect to break ground next year.
Maher and her friends bought the 2,500-square-foot property next door and will raze the house to expand the play lot to 23,500 square feet.
A fence will encircle the perimeter. A park host will open the gate every morning, sounding a bell to alert the neighborhood children.
Children will use the zip line and play in a global village featuring child-size houses from around the world such as an igloo, yurt and mud hut. There will be a tot lot with water and sand, and areas for picnics and board games. A snack bar and farm stand will offer locally grown food for $1.
Organizers plan to work with local groups to offer programs such as arts and crafts and parent education. A peace tent with trained workers will help resolve conflicts.
"Elm Playlot has amazing bones; it could be a jewel," Maher said. "You have to put life in it, give them a reason to come."
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Friday, December 3, 2010
eBLAST from East Bay Express:
Thursday, December 2, 2010
When did you initially begin playing music? At that point, did you have any long-term or large-scale goals for it?
Nobody in my family or extended family was a musician, so when I discovered it in 4th grade through taking up the trombone...and studying with my neighbor, it seemed like something fun and new. But it was fairly boring for me until me and my band-nerd friends all took up guitar, bass and drums and started a garage band my junior year of high school. I also started getting into jazz around that time and would sneak into bars and sit in, thanks to some awesome musicians who gave me the opportunity to embarrass myself on their stage during their gig. One day -- my junior year of high school -- my garage band was on our way to jam and got locked out of the practice room; all we had that would make sound without our amplifiers was our horns, so we started jamming on those instead of the guitars. It was a turning point for me when I realized that playing rock on horns is a lot of fun, and since then, there was no turning back.
When you set out to create the Jazz Mafia, what did you hope it would grow into? Did you have an idea at the outset, did it evolve contrary to how you imagined, or was it more blind faith?
Jazz Mafia was definitely never something that I or anyone else set out to create. It happened because of a series of events that led to a fertile breeding ground for music and collaboration in the late 90s and early 2000s in the San Francisco Bay Area. At a certain point, me and the core musicians who were involved in playing music almost every night together were starting to become known because we were such hard workers --always dedicated to trying something new. And everything we did, even though it was eclectic, had this sort of "jazz" tie in since all our groups used some sort of "old" instruments. One night, our DJ (Aspect McCarthy), coined the term Jazz Mafia after one of the many jam sessions we'd had where dozens of amazing musicians had come through to jump on stage with us. Ever since then, it stuck, and we slowly got more and more used to calling ourselves something under a larger umbrella like that. I'd have to say that for the first five years it was really just a name and more of a nebulous moniker, not really anything beyond that. The bands that we were playing in were all out there kicking ass and that's what really made a name for Jazz Mafia.
Speaking to your personal tastes, what style of jazz music appeals to you the most?
Oh jeez, this is a tough one. For me, music has so much to do with mood. A lot of the actual listening I do is in my living room where my vinyl collection and turntable are. I like to get up in the morning and go pick out a record that suits where I'm at and how I'm feeling, or maybe how I want to feel that day. Sometimes I'll pick a record I've never heard before, kinda like "shuffle" on an iPod but way more old school. The thing I like most about jazz is how it always picks up elements of pop music, modern technology, trends in world music and instrumentation et cetera. It all gets thrown into the shuffle with jazz. Some of my most favorite recorded jazz albums are Miles Davis and Gil Evans' "Miles Ahead" and "Porgy and Bess," Ahmad Jamal "Live at Pershing," Ella Fitzgerald's "Ballads"... I guess I prefer more melodic jazz in general, but I really do enjoy the whole spectrum. Lately I;ve been listening to a lot of older rare sub-genres of jazz like doo-wop, gospel jazz, R&B/jazz, texas tenors, country jazz, et cetera. I love it. Fiddle music, Appalachian and all that sounds like jazz to me too, and I've been diggin that.
Why did you opt for a live performance recording of "Brass, Bows & Beats" instead of an in-studio album?
We'd started recording the studio album at Fantasy right after the premiere and it was sounding awesome. After the first week of tracking, we took a break for a few days and listened to the live recording of the premiere for the first time and were amazed that it sounded so good, because often times a performance that "felt" really good in the moment doesn't sound so good when you revisit it later. That wasn't the case with this recording. The magic got captured somehow.
What does your live performance have to offer that the recording doesn't?
Well, with "Brass, Bows & Beats," the recording is from the first time we ever performed the whole piece from start to finish, so it obviously can't be as tight, developed and interactive as the band plays now, after two years of performances and hundreds of times of playing the songs.
What aspect of music do you prefer more: writing/arranging songs or performing them?
I love both almost equally, but after 15 years of playing hundreds of shows a year, the writing/arranging component has fortunately become almost or more of a way of life for me than the live shows, and I'm very happy about that because I do truly love it and I feel like if I do have one special gift, it would have to be the ability to want to stay up all night for days on end writing music. It really makes me tick. [But] if I don't have a good balance of writing and live playing, my writing starts to get weird and suffer, so balance is important.
Who would you love to collaborate with that you haven't already?
Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spaulding... I did one little show once with Bobby McFerrin. I'd really like to do something more collaborative with him. Björk, Mars Volta... It's hard to say because I'm constantly just thinking of people I want to collaborate with so it's hard to say just a few.
In light of the economy of the past few years, many musicians have been scaling back on the number of people involved in live performances and touring due to costs. Has this been a struggle of any sort for you?
It's been the biggest struggle, but I think it's forced me and my crew to work even harder at making the music amazing in order to get noticed, recognized and ultimately make enough money to buy some Ramen or a burrito on a good day.
What has been the most surreal experience for you in the past decade? And on the flip-side, what has been the most grounding experience?
Performing my symphony in front of 30,000 people at Montreal Jazz Fest was unbelievable because even though it was the main stage, I just didn't think that many people would turn out to see us. In addition to the huge numbers of people, they were all so captivated with the music we were playing; it was like we'd found our perfect audience! The other beyond-surreal experience was getting to jam with Stevie Wonder. I still can't believe that happened!
I'm writing a book on "grounding" experiences. I don't think it's specific to me. Most working musicians have a laundry list of crazy stories of things gone wrong and checks on their ego; it's just the nature of what we do. The music business is one of the weirdest, most insane businesses out there, with very little regulation or structure. It's kinda like the Wild West, and maybe that's why it's fun. It's a constant gamble, like panning for gold. Wow, that's a weird comparison.
What are the best and worst things about what you do?
The answer to this is the same: Getting to collaborate with many of my favorite musicians in the entire world has to be one of the best parts of my life, but at the same time, having to choose between two artists when they have shows or recording sessions on the same day is a painful choice to have to make. But as I always say, if that's the worst thing I have to deal with, I do have one super amazing job! All the other work and hocus pocus crazy music business backfires, shady stuff and canceled shows [are] just part of the hard work and consequential rewards that come with overcoming adversity, and I have no problem with any of it when all is said and done.
What's next for the ensemble?
We're in the middle of writing the New Symphony - Jazz Mafia's Symphony no.2 - The Ghost of Emperor Norton. A fully collaborational composition involving 12 key Jazz Mafia writers.
Finally, with the end of the year approaching, can you share your top five or 10 albums of the year?
Esperanza Spalding "Chamber Music Society"
Knights on Earth "Move Slow, Live Ends
Coultrain "Seymour Liberty Mixtape"
The Velvet Teen "No Star"
Alright now Oakland!!!
Mr. Oakland here to share what we love the most in life: A Damn Good Hookup!!
Jazz Mafia featuring (Oakland's own) Aima The Dreamer
The Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
Been noticing the buzz on Jazz Mafia for over a year and had a hard time believing what I was hearing: A 43 piece hip hop big band? That's right, a Hip Hop BIG Band performing an original hip hop symphony "Brass Bows and Beats".
Just downloaded some free music from their website: Yessir!! I have been dying for an epic hip hop production that involved live music for a long time. No offense to the Kev Choice Ensemble, but 43 pieces? Come on! You know Ellington, Basie, and Hampton wish they could come back for this!
So when my girl Aima The Dreamer informed me that she was on the bill I knew I was done.
I first saw her perform @ DJ Black's Halloween party. Is it possible to turn a party out with just two songs? Well she rocked it and I'm in love with her music! Her latest release "The Dreamer Mixtape" , produced by J Boogie, is NICE NICE NICE. J Boog put his foot in it.
Mr. Oakland has some Oakland love to share with YOU!
Get with it and get there. This will be a holiday show NOT TO BE MISSED!
For more on Aima The Dreamer visit http://www.aimathedreamer.com/
Check out Jazz Mafia at http://www.jazzmafia.com/
For info on The Craneway Pavilion visit http://www.craneway.com/
To prove that there is no such thing as an overnight sensation, here is a video featuring Aima, J Boogie, and Jazz Mafia from 2008. Ya mean?