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Mar 08, 2017
A Disappearing World: Heritage, Technology, and the United Nations
Mar 15, 2017
Challenges in East Palo Alto: The Ravenswood Family Health Center-A $39m "Green" Building Project
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Club Meeting
Mar 08, 2017 12:15 PM
 
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 08, 2017 1:30 PM
 
Club Meeting
Mar 15, 2017 12:15 PM
 
Club Meeting
Mar 22, 2017 12:15 PM
 
Peace Grove Ceremony and Tours
Mar 24, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
District 5160 Conference
Mar 25, 2017 – Mar 26, 2017
 
Club Meeting
Mar 29, 2017 12:15 PM
 

Bring Your Canned Food Donations to the Club THIS WEEK
Tina will be collecting canned food donations next Wednesday at our club meeting. The Alameda County Community Food Bank welcomes donations of canned meats and fish, low-sodium soups and stews, nuts and beans, brown rice and peanut butter. These will be delivered on Thursday, March 9th, 5:00-8:00 pm at the "Community Forum on the Homeless Crisis in Berkeley” to be held at the Northbrae Community Church, 924 The Alameda.
Welcome New Member Eva Gero
Eva was born in Budapest, Hungary to parents who were Holocaust survivors. She believes this affected her upbringing and also her philosophy as an adult. Eva is committed to fighting racial or ethnic bias of any kind and she believes in the peaceful co-existence of different cultures.

Eva studied at the University of Natural Sciences in Budapest and received her B.S. degree in biology and continued her studies for a Ph.D. in immunology. From 1983 she worked as a visiting scientist in the Netherlands as a cancer research scientist. She continued working in cancer research when she moved to Pennsylvania in 1984. It was during her work in Pennsylvania in the 1990s when she became a citizen of the U.S. 

Upon her retirement, Eva and her husband moved to Berkeley where their son Andres was a graduate student in computer science. With family now living in many countries of the world, they spend considerable time traveling to visit them throughout the year. 
 
Eva’s interest in Rotary began in Budapest where one of her sisters was the Rotary Club president. She decided to join the Berkeley Rotary Club rather than the one in Budapest because she wants to be involved in community projects in the town where she lives. Her frequent visits to Budapest will be considered as make-up meetings for her membership in the Berkeley club. 
 
Welcome New Member Maury Marcus
Maury grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Oberlin College, where he was class president and co-captain of the football team. He also volunteered as a teaching assistant for mentally disabled children. After graduating from Case-Western Reserve medical school, he interned in medicine at Yale and was a psychiatric resident there. He then was a member of the psychotherapy staff of the Austin Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Director of the Berkshire Mental Health Center in Pittsfield Massachusetts. It was in Stockbridge that we met and, in 1967, were married. Our oldest son was born there.
 
In 1969 we moved to New Haven Connecticut where Maury was on the faculty at Yale medical school and was Director of Outpatient Services and Associate Director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, the primary facility for training psychiatric residents. He was also appointed a Senior Psychiatric Consultant to the Peace Corps. In New Haven, he undertook advanced training in psychoanalysis and in group and organizational psychodynamics. Gregory, our son the doctor, was born there.
 
Thanks to my lobbying, which emphasized the wonderful outdoor life and ready availability of nearby sailing and skiing, in 1973 we moved to Berkeley. Maury established a private practice and for two years was Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He was also appointed to the faculty of UCSF medical school.

 
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Laurie Capitelli Tells us to Pay Attention
Former City Councilman Laurie Capitelli spoke to Rotary on Wednesday and gave us a thoughtful but concerned warning to pay attention. Lack of affordable housing, an anti-business attitude, and a failing infrastructure along with a horrendous debt of unfunded liabilities are major red flags to the City’s fiscal picture. He spelled out what’s happening now and what we should look for in the future. As a community we have ignored the need for housing creation over the last 40 years.There are fewer Berkeley residents today than there were in 1964. If one travels east up Solano Avenue the vibrancy and activity is very alive in Albany. However, further up the hill in Berkeley there are several vacancies along with a landmark theater that’s been empty for almost 10 years. A big reason for this is that it takes 6 to 8 weeks to obtain a business license in Albany and 6 months to a year in Berkeley. Even more problematic than that is Berkeley's anti-business bias.

Capitelli listed 8 or so projects in the pipeline, the amount of housing units each will provide, and the income they will generate along with the difficulties in getting them approved. The Pacific School of Religion site would have provided 265 senior housing spaces, but the developer pulled out because the anti-growth atmosphere was so strong. The Berkeley community could certainly have asked for less density, but we've lost for now the opportunity to negotiate that outcome.

Even more important is the need to take care of infrastructure and unfunded liabilities, such as retirement benefits.The City of Berkeley has an unfunded liability of approximately $1 B. Yes, that’s correct – $1 billion (with a “B”). There is a $500 million pension and health care commitment and a $500 million investment in infrastructure needed so that even with the $100M bond that passed in November for infrastructure, there isn’t enough. CALPERS budget shortfall will get worse before it gets better, as it tries to make up for the decline in funds caused by the recession. They will have to raise retirement contributions. On-going fiscal discipline will be mandatory. 
 
Capitelli ended his talk by stressing the need for accountability, the need to grow our tax base, and most of all, the need to pay attention.
 
Laurie Capitelli is a Bay Area native who taught in the East Bay, worked in real estate, and served on the Berkeley City Council from 2004-2016. He worked tirelessly to attempt to make housing affordable for middle income workers like teachers and nurses. He also led the campaign to defeat Big Soda, which has brought in over $1.5 million for children's nutrition programs and school gardening programs.

 
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