Mr. Ozone Comes to Berkeley

Al Gore to speak at Berkeley groundbreaking

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Mr. Ozone Comes to Berkeley

Al Gore will speak at UC Berkeley's campus today.

Who better than Mr. Ozonehead himself to speak in the Bay Area the day after Earth Week?

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of the Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California at Berkeley Thursday. Not sure what that is but Mr. Gore will be there.

The Blum Center was established three years ago through a founding  gift from Blum, a San Francisco financier and philanthropist, as a  multi-disciplinary initiative established to combat poverty. Headquartered at  UC Berkeley, it also involves a partnership with UC Davis and UC San Francisco.

Blum is chair of the University of California's Board of Regents  and is the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Ah so that's how that got Mr. Gore there.

He also is an investment  banker who serves as chairman of Blum Capital Partners L.P. and co-chairman  of Newbridge Capital LLC.

"I believe UC Berkeley can have a singular effect in the fight to alleviate human suffering," Blum said in a statement.
"If you look at the dangerous political divisions in  today's world, you will find that most extremism has its roots in poverty and  lack of education. We hope that our center will help train the next  generation of leaders to be dedicated to alleviating poverty in the  developing world."

The 1:30 p.m. event will take place outside the historic Naval  Architecture Building on the north side of the UC Berkeley campus. It will be  followed by students presenting their wide-ranging research directed at  combating global poverty.
 

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