great story about the Berkeley Bowl in the New
York Times titled "You
think you've got tomatoes."
A Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl
shopper longs for politic-free shopping.
A Potter Creek reader emails
"I wanted to let you know that my husband has a new café
at the Strawberry Creek Design Center at Addison and Bonar. My
husband, Bahman Shayesteh, and Chef Ruben Ramirez were the operators
of Santa Fe Bar & Grill and Santa Fe Bistro on Center Street
for many years." Kimar and I are definitely going to check
A "stone" garden
bench was stolen off the porch of a house in the 2800 of 8th street
earlier this week. Berkeley PD is using bicycle officers to patrol
Potter Creek's San Pablo Ave. Also, I've recently seen their Special
Enforcement Unit in Potter Creek.
magnet is having a Summer
owns magnet, 2508 san pablo ave
"Two Kazakh girls, abandoned
at birth, find themselves in the same Berkeley home -- and discover
they are sisters" reports Jackie Burrell, "Call it kismet
or maybe an irresistible alignment of stars and planets. How else
to explain the circumstances that placed two Kazakh orphans --
sisters abandoned at birth with no idea that the other existed
-- in the same Berkeley home this summer." Read the story
Don "Donnie Joe"
Yost just hipped my to Podcasts. Is Podcasting the next generation
of radio? Apple's answer is here.
6000 thousand podcasts in one place? Check
this out. I like it because
it's also about Blog radio.
The Mayor's Summer Update
"Mayor Leads Arts Tour
of West Berkeley
Local artists and crafts people are a big part of what makes Berkeley
such an innovative, interesting, and creative place. We need to
find ways to make sure that artists and crafts people can always
afford to be part of this community. With that in mind, I led
a group of 20 artists, city officials, and community members in
a tour of innovative West Berkeley arts and crafts studios, galleries,
and theaters on Wednesday, July 20th. The tour was the first step
in a major effort to bring attention to the vibrant Berkeley arts
scene and to find ways to provide permanent affordable arts space
in town." Well Ok then!
An' Da Boss keeps on talking
about "innovative Berkeley." The last "important"
thing I can remember we invented was California Cuisine or more
personally, the California Breakfast--cynically described as a
piece of fish and undercooked vegetables or a Southern country
breakfast with garnish. Well, . . . there was the Scheer Campaign.
City Hall's takin' care of
"City, Pacific Steel
Will Study Noxious West Berkeley Odor" reports Matthew Artz.
"Berkeley and Pacific Steel Casting have agreed to study
the source of the burning rubber smell wafting from the company's
West Berkeley plant." Read the story at berkeleydailyplanet.com
Patrick Kennedy's well-thought-out view and
more in , "Developer,
Zoning Board Debate City's Density Bonus Law" by Richard
Brenneman. "A panel discussing Berkeley's application of
the always controversial density bonus had a surprise visitor
Wednesday-developer Patrick Kennedy, perhaps the city's foremost
beneficiary of the law."
Kennedy's a lot better looking
than his photo.
" Cuss-free zone?
There's no such thing" by Michael Brick of the New York
Times "Across America, word-bombs are falling. In May,
a New York television reporter who apparently thought he was off
the air lit into two men who had intruded on his shot, broadcasting
a word-bomb to the five boroughs. ... lips -- that undefeated
heavyweight champ of profanity, that King of the Cuss Words --
is ..." Read the story at cctimes.com
Treat yourself, take a drive
or ride down our newly paved San Pablo Ave--it's sweet and smooth.
Someone's takin' care of business.
"Berkeley director retires"
reports Martin Snapp "Friday was Berkeley Public Works Director
Rene Cardineaux's last day on the job. Cardineaux, 63, is retiring
after only six years. But in those six years he's transformed
the face of the city, often fashioning compromise between competing
interests. Read the story at cctimes.com
Potter Creek resident said "You know, after breathing it
awhile I have a scratchy throat like I'm getting a cold."
"UC labor studies in jeopardy" reports Matt Krupnick, of the West County
Times "A blue-collar University of California program
is tangled in some red tape. UC officials have yet to decide how
they will pay nearly $4 million for a two-campus program in the
Center for Labor Research and Education that was cut from the
state budget by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last month."
"Search for marijuana field
guard who fled raid halted" reports Meredith May of the San
Francisco Chronicle. "Authorities have called off their
search for an armed man who fled into the remote Los Gatos hills
after a Friday shootout with authorities raiding a 3-acre field
of marijuana." Read her story at sfgate.com
If you didn't follow my August
4 link to Apple's Podcasting pages, check out
"Radio just got a lot more portable" by Tony Hicks of the West County Times "If
you can digest the following sentence, you're hereby certified
to go forward into the 21st century of entertainment: Podcasting
can be to radio what blogging is to books."
Then check out
"Plethora of podcasts:
Searching for podcasting sites on the Internet is like searching
for tie-dye at a Grateful Dead tribute show. So here some of the
better sites, as decreed by the podcast masters at KYOU-AM 1550,
as well as a couple of other offerings" at cctimes.com
Don "Donnie Joe"
Yost hipped me to Podcasting last week. How hip is he!?
Doc just finished redoing
his Jaguar XK140 interior himself.
I'm told that with the help
of the Berkeley Humane Society the Nexus building has been given
landmark status--something like an historic structure. Wouldn't
it be wonderful if the Nexus Collective could now buy it? Nexus
has been a defining part of Potter Creek for decades.
Speaking of defining Potter
Creek, haven't heard much from Rick Auerbach lately.
"More frequently, users
get caught in criminal Web" reports Ellen Lee of the West
County Times."Odds are one in three that a home computer
hooked up to the Internet will be trashed by a virus or spyware,
according to a Consumer Reports survey released Monday."
Read the story here.
" Workers' comp
rates decrease 26 percent" writes Steve Lawrence of the AP.
"Workers' compensation insurance rates paid by California
employers have dropped an average of about 26 percent since lawmakers
instituted a series of cost-cutting bills beginning in 2003, but
bigger reductions are possible, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi
said Monday. " The story is at cctimes.com
But, my understanding is that over the last years some rates
have increased hundreds of percent.
7:55 AM Strong irritant FULLY
SATURATES AIR in front of 2743-2741 8th, has accompaning "high-end
odor," SERIOUSLY STRONG AND IRRITATING.
From my log
8/1/05 1:05 PM, irritant
in entire warehouse.
8/2/05 8:25 AM front room
fills with smell of brewing--not roasting--coffee, but I'm having
green tea. 10:00 AM warehouse filled with irritant, cough, etc.
8/3/05 11:15 AM front room
fills with irritant, lights flicker, mild irritant in warehouse.
1:30 PM "high end" odor in warehouse. 6:45 PM "high
end" smell in front room.
8/4/05 irritant in front
room, lights flicker, HEPA filters slow down, eyes burn, mask.
7:15 PM same.
8/5/05 9:30 AM irritant in
entire warehouse, leave.
8/6/05 1:00 PM irritant in
front room, mask. 3:25 PM same.
8/7/05 4:35 PM EXPLOSIVE
whoosh behind Adams and Chittenden's roll-up door, lasts a few
Hey Boss, how about taking
the environment function from the different city departments and
put them all into one agency--possibly the already established
Environmental Health and Protection Department, give it strong
investigative and enforcement powers and finance it--in part--with
money from bicycle licensing.
Then, . . . kick some ass.
"Hancock Bill Would Require Green School
J. Douglas Allen-Taylor of our Daily Planet.
"Legislation by Assemblymember Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley)
that would require 'green' construction for new school buildings
in the state may have minimal effect in Berkeley, despite the
fact that several new school construction projects are pending
in the city."
"Artists Thrive in Live/Work
Lofts at 800 Heinz Ave" writes Richard Brenneman.
"If you're going to be a starving artist in Berkeley, then
the place to starve is 800 Heinz Ave." The story is at berkeleydailyplanet.com
And, check this out!
"Berkeley director retires" by Martin Snapp of the West County Times
is my favorite story of the year, so far.
"Friday was Berkeley Public Works Director Rene Cardineaux's
last day on the job. Cardineaux, 63, is retiring after only six
years. But in those six years he's transformed the face of the
city, often fashioning compromise between competing interests."
Berkeley PD in Potter Creek
I take no responsibility
what-so-ever for the background in this photo. Our officers chose
to park their motors there.
Kimar likes the
tile effect of the brick.
Yesterday, the East Bay
Daily reported that our city and Pacific Steel Casting reached
an agreement to study the their west -Berkeley emissions. Pacific
Steel has agreed to study itself and to pay for it. Consider this
make-believe story--Microsoft is suspected by the Federal government
of stealing software from its competitors. They agree to investigate
themselves and to pay for it. This is America--"the guy who
pays the bill calls the tune" and, . . . "you get what
you pay for."
Atlas Welding, the supplier
of liquid oxygen cylinders to Adams and Chittenden Scientific
Glass writes "These cylinders are designed to release excess
pressure through a spring-loaded check valve. The amount of oxygen
released into the air by the check valve is about two or three
cubic feet . . . Adams and Chittenden's building has a volume
of 300,000 to 400,000 cubic feet, so the effect is minimal. .
. . After the check valve has opened and released the excess pressure,
it resets This is a normal set of events and occurs with all containers
of cryogenic products: oxygen, nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide.
. . . ,
(The letter does not address
the specific equipment and/or safety issues of the sometimes more
than occasional--"regular"--release of gas during past
very hot weekends; the volume of gas released by this type recurring
venting; the effect of the release in a confined, minimally ventilated
area; the proximity of the vented gas to electric wiring regardless
of cubic footage; the simultaneous use of unattended and computer
controlled, electric annealing ovens.)
(300,000 TO 400,000 cubic
feet volume? Adams and Chittenden just paid for a "ventilation
study" and should have more accurate figures.)
The letter finishes "We
have been supplying liquid oxygen to our customers since 1949.
We have hundreds of cylinders in use and have had no safety issues
or accidents in regards to their transportation, storage or use."
Atlas workers carefully righting
and reloading a six-pack of hydrogen cylinders that they dropped
during their "pickup" in October 2003
I have taken representative
excerpts from the letter. If you want the original, email me.
in '70 [Berkeley] slaying - Police cite new leads and say rookie
officer was shot by Black Panther associates" writes Henry
K Lee at sfgate.com
"Cop Killing Case Ends
in Dismissal" reports Richard Brenneman of the Berkeley
"One day after Berkeley police arrested a retired Oakland
high school teacher for the 1970 murder of a Berkeley policeman,
the Alameda County district attorney's office refused to press
charges." Read the story here.
"No Charges Filed Yet
in Firearms Case" reports the Daily Planet's Richard
"No criminal charges have yet been filed against a Berkeley
man arrested three weeks ago after police and firefighters discovered
a massive cache of firearms and an indoor marijuana-growing operation
in his apartment above an Adeline Street liquor store." Read
the story at berkeleydailyplanet.com
The busy Mr B also reports"Landmarks
Commission Casts Wary Eye on 740 Heinz Plans: Berkeley Landmarks
Preservation commissioners raised new questions about the fate
of a vacant West Berkeley warehouse Monday night, which is potentially
bad news for developers."
Meredith May and Deanne Fitzmaurice
update Operation Lion Heart at sfgate.com
This good idea is the basis
San Francisco Chronicle report by Carolyn Jones "Five
more areas vote to form Community Benefits Districts--Neighborhoods
will tax themselves to improve themselves:
Joining their cohorts from Union Square, property owners in
five other San Francisco commercial areas have voted overwhelmingly
to tax themselves to pay for steam-cleaned sidewalks, flower boxes,
graffiti removal, security and other amenities. The Castro, Noe
Valley, Tenderloin, the 2500 block of Mission Street and Fisherman's
Wharf will soon have their own Community Benefits Districts. The
Board of Supervisors finished approving the new entities this
A new resident of Potter
Creek wants to know what that intermittent high-pitched noise
is that he often hears. We heard it last night at around 8:00
PM all over the 2700 block of 8th Street. I've heard off and on
for years particularly when it's quiet--it's frequency is up there,
certainly over 10,000 cps but women should easily hear it.
"1970 killing still
haunts Berkeley: Officer's unsolved slaying divides city--and
torments those who knew him" report Kevin Fagan and Henry
K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle. Read the story
"A trust in housing:
The pioneering effort is by public and private sectors" reports
Dana Perrigan at sfgate.com.
Sadly, this pioneering effort is not in Berkeley.
A report from the West
County Times on-going Bay Area housing series "A knack
for loans, now trouble." Read the story at cctimes.com
"Research puts heat on naysayers of global
Betsy Mason of the West County Times."Though most
scientists agree global warming is real and occurring as we speak,
a few pieces of the puzzle have proved difficult to fit into place.
Critics of the warming theory have clung to these last bits of
evidence. But new research at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory is
hammering another big nail into the naysayers' coffin."
Lucy Dukes, managng editor
of the Bonners Ferry Herald in Idaho emails, "Jean
Landis' brother told me you had a digitally-stored photo of Jean
Landis standing on a P-51 wing. I'm writing a story about her
and didn't want to take any of her photos back to the newspaper
for fear they would get damaged or lost (it happens just often
enough to make me nervous about taking keepsakes). He advised
me to search your Web site for the picture." Ms. Dukes, just
go here and down-load it.
Lipofsky and I met yesterday
and as the discussion turned philisophical, he remarked "It's
important to know history. That way you'll recognize the mistakes
when you make them again."
Yesterday afternoon, Sally
had a Birthday party for Richard's Mother, Norma. She's ninety,
still drives, plays bridge, is observant, and is fully here. Sally's
grandchild Ivy, also fully here, has grown into a beautiful little
girl. Richard, Cameron, the other guys and myself were perfect
gentlemen. The flourless chocolate cakes were superb and champagne
plan steps closer to reality" reports Martin Snapp of the
West County Times. "The Berkeley Marina is about to
get a new public sculpture: a 41-foot-diameter, 11-circuit labyrinth,
made of high-quality paving stones installed flush to the ground."
Read the story at cctimes.com
"In the past year; Berkeley
adopted a zoning ordinance to limit the number of [medical marijuana]
dispensaries to the three already existing there. Even the city
and county of San Francisco approved a moratorium this year"
reports the West County Times.
Yesterdays KQED LEHER NEWS
included a story on global warming. Part of it was an interview
with Seattle's mayor who outlined the problem of idling ships
waiting for docking in their Sound. With diesel engines often
the size of an entire 18 wheeler truck, no emission controls,
and using bunker fuel--like old car-engine-oil--they present an
environmental problem. Seattle prohibits this idling. (Chris,
the Professor of Cars, hipped me to this problem a couple of years
ago.) My sense is that if you see tankers, freighters anchored,
they are probably idling--it's necessary in order to keep their
From my log
8/9/09 7:55 AM irritant in
front room, leave. 2:35 PM serious irritant in front room, use
mask. 4: 25 AM same.
8/10/05 10:35 AM irritant,
"high-end odor" in front room, use mask. 10:45 AM irritant
in warehouse front, light headed, chills, dry skin. 11:15 AM warehouse
filled with irritant, "high-end" odor.
8/11/05 8:35 AM front room
filled with irritant, headache, leave. 11:16 AM warehouse filled
with "plastic" odor. 11:29 serious irritant in front
room, over-rides HEPA filter. 11:47 AM warehouse filled with "high-end"
odor, irritant leave. 9:30 PM light dimming, flicker, "high-end"
odor in front room, leave.
8/12/05 10:15 AM irritant
in front room. 1:15 PM lights dimming, irritant in front room.
2:00 PM "high end" odor in entire warehouse, leave.
3:00 PM irritant in warehouse. Lights flickering "all day
8/13/05 12:55 PM lights flickering,
irritant in front room. 1:24 PM lights dimming. 3:10 PM warehouse
fills with "high-end" odor and irritant, dry lips, dry
eyes, lights flicker, use mask. 5:45 PM warehouse fills with odor
like hot plastic insulation. *
8/14/05 11:50 AM lights dimming.
Lights dimming every few minutes "all day," "high-end"
odor off and on "all day."
8/15/05 9:53 AM lights dimming.
4:32 PM lights dimming, HEPA filters slowing down. 4:40 PM lights
dimming dramatically, "high end" odor in front room.
4:53 PM lights dimming to 1/2 normal, HEPA filters slowing down,
"high-end" odor. 5:49 PM lights flickering, eyes smart,
Now here's some common sense!
"West Berkeley Odors Mandate Comprehensive
Tests" writes David
Schroeder in our Berkeley Daily Planet.
I highly recommend this editorial.
"Iceland Requests Extension"
writes Daily Planet reporter, Matthew Artz "City
officials are considering Berkeley Iceland's proposal to stay
open while the embattled ice rink upgrades its antiquated cooling
More development for Potter
Creek is in the air--there's talk of plans for mulit-unit rentals
and condos, of property sales, and even of developers cruising
the neighborhood on weekends. There's also talk of a neighborhood
meeting in September.
Kava's new bamboo trees are
planted within underground barriers to keep their roots from crawling.
And they are many young trees--how wonderful.
Time to go. These flickering
lights are giving me a headache.
"Creeks Task Force Wades
Through Complex Issues" reports Richard Brenneman of our
Daily Planet "Waist-deep in the big muddy, Berkeley's Creeks
Task Force (CTF) is slogging ahead with its efforts to come up
with a new framework to address a highly turbulent issue."
Read his story here.
Going through our City's
listings in the phone book, I find NINE separate entries for environmental
agencies. And, . . . City of Berkeley has FOUR columns of phone
numbers; Albany has a quarter column; Alameda, a column and a-half
and El Cerrito half a column. What can we learn from this?
My nose is running and my
sneezing is interfering with typing.
I talked with David Snipper,
one of Potter Creek's Elders, at the Caffé Trieste yesterday.
I'm happy to report, we solved all of Potter Creek's problems
within fifteen or so minutes and we then went on to solve many
national and international ones. With Lipofsky present, the three
of us could happily do the same in a few minutes.
If you've wanted a reason
to shop at Potter Creek's Orchard Hardware, they're now selling
12"X14" grey rocks for $10.99.
In "Mao Spelled Backwards"
Zelda Bronstein writes "One of my treasured mementos is a
yellowing copy of the December 1971 issue of a Berkeley community
newspaper called New Morning. Laid out like a tabloid, its 12
pages radiate the freewheeling exuberance of this city's political
counterculture some 30 years past. The pervasive tone is sounded
by the comic book-style narrative that occupies most of the front
page. 'Friends,' it begins, 'this is a lesson in dialectics called
OM is MAO spelled backwards.'" Read her full story at berkeleydailyplanet.com
"Prices at pump add
to economic woes" writes George Avalos. "Consumers in
the Bay Area face a triple whammy of gasoline prices, housing
costs and higher interest rates as they struggle to stretch their
paychecks." Read his story at cctimes.com
Also at cctimes.com is"Bay
Area house sales down in July" by Rick Jurgens.
"The Bay Area housing market slowed in July, as the volume
of houses and condominiums that changed hands fell 11 percent
to 11,470, down from 12,862 a year ago."
A record collector from Santa
Barbara phoned me yesterday and after some talk of old records,
music and writing about music, said "You know, we like your
writing about Berkeley as much as I like your writing about music."
Well Ok then.
Pete's back in town.
Berkeley PD ticketed a junker
on the corner of 8th and Heinz this morning and Huestead's "towed"
it into their lot with a fork-lift.
Yesterday, Ben got a model
airplane kit of the Travel Air Mystery Ship.
Also yesterday, a lot of
folks cleaned up the 2600 block of San Pablo and Morgan and Regan
cleaned up their part of Grayson.
(I think the end of Grayson
Street at the RR tracks would be a good place to photograph Doc's
(I also think that scale
is important in real-estate development. You don't put a three-story,
multi-unit in a block of workers' bungalows.)
And, I'd like to thank Buster's
Dad for the hi-fi equipment stand. He had it out in front of his
house marked "Free." We took it and put it to good use.
And there were some free chairs out in front of Nexus yesterday.
Zydeco accordian player,
André Thierry will be playing at Nexus Gallery next Saturday,
August 28 from 8:00 PM until Midnight--a Zydeco Party. There is
an $8.00 cover charge. Nexus is at the corner of 8th and Carleton.
Check out Thierry's
The City of Berkeley 1990
Creeks Map shows Potter Creek entering the proposed Berkeley Bowl
lot in an underground culvert at the corner of 9th and Heinz and
moving increasingly south-west under their lot--it then proceeds
under Scharffen Berger.
On Thursday, August 11 a
man attempted unsuccessfully to rob a 33-year-old woman in the
area of Tenth and Grayson streets around 9 a.m. by pretending
to have a weapon, according to police reports.
I've alway thought of Our
Town as really diversified--check out Campus at noon or any Berkeley
business district and you'll see many different kinds of people.
But check out IKEA on a Saturday or Sunday and you'll see all
different kinds of people.
Dorothy Vriend writes in
the West County Times "West Berkeley has long been
protected as a haven for artists and light manufacturing concerns,
but now city officials are considering whether it is time to take
fuller advantage of retail potential there to help build the city's
tax base." Read her story at cctimes.com
Kimar sees this as a wonderful opportunity for artists and crafts
people to form co-ops, buy some property, and have their own studios.
There's much to be said for having studios close to retail stores.
Mostly, it's easier to sell your art.
"Twenty-eight local points of light were
honored by the West Berkeley Foundation on Tuesday night with
the one award that really counts: cold, hard cash" writes Martin Snapp of the West County Times.
The Chronicle's Patrick Hoge
"Plans for two grand monuments in Berkeley to honor the late
environmentalist and favorite son David Brower -- one an office
and housing complex, the other a huge sculpture -- have hit bumps
recently as a result of ballooning costs and location problems."
"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory for the first time on Friday to show
support for technological advances that often lead to the creation
of new jobs and companies"
reports Betsy Mason of the West County Times.
"Amazon helps the little
guy get read" reports Elizabeth M. Gillespie of the AP "It's
common for publishers to spend months waiting to get paid, then
receive a shipment of unsold books returned -- often with an order
for a new batch of books. That makes cash flow a big problem for
the little guys. 'Basically, they get your inventory on consignment,'
said David Cole, founder of Bay Tree Publishing in Berkeley. By
comparison, Amazon typically orders books in fairly small numbers
and rarely returns them." Read the story at cctimes.com
Last week, The East Bay
Daily reported on the most Liberal cities in the States. We
weren't first--Detroit was. We were third.The story goes on to
say much information that comes from Our Town is discounted by
the rest of our country.
"Burner survival - Taking
the right stuff to Burning Man is an art and a science" reports
Meredith May in her short-story-like Burning Man series. Read
it at sfgate.com
Computer room fills with
irritant. Time to take a walk.
For the last two weeks, I've
experienced intermittent but regular drops in my electricity.
It is characterized by dimming, flickering, and/or blinking lights,
and reduced and/or varying RPM of my HEPA filters. Most severe,
and occurring two or three times a day, is the off-and-on blinking
of my high-intensity lights and the momentary stopping of all
my HEPA filters--the RPMs drop toward zero for an instant. More
regularly, the lights can flicker almost continually and the filters
can run irregularly--variable RPM. I've talked to others on my
PG & E service-block and they're not experiencing anything
like this--if you have, email me.
At our Canned Food Store,
Kimar found "Fashion Eyewear Accessories"--this is a
large sealed-plastic package containing two beautiful designer
glass-cases, a bottle of lens cleaner, a cleaning cloth and a
visor clip. It cost $2.99. I bought three as future gifts--it
seems to me this is a$10.00--$20.00 value.
Kimar also recommends last
week's W Blake Gray's Cabernet piece, now at sfgate.com
Gray writes "My favorite Cab on this proudly proletarian
list is the 2003 Pepperwood Grove California Cabernet Sauvignon
($8), which is more likable than many Cabs I've had at four times
the price" and of Kimar's favoite bandidts, he writes "The
jokesters behind Three Thieves wines have helped once again in
liberating wine for the masses. The 2002 Three Thieves Bandit
California Cabernet Sauvignon ($7 for a 1-liter box) has a bright,
appealing aroma of cherry, cherry candy and vanilla. On the palate,
it's a simple and likable combo of cherry and vanilla flavors.
The Tetra Pak box it comes in has many advantages." But what
about their buzz, W Blake? (Weeks ago we recommended the Pepperwood
Grove 2001 California Zinfandel when Trader Joe was selling it
for a dollar and change a bottle. And before that, we recommended
a Three Thieves Italian white and a Spanish red.)
Read West County Times'
Nicholas Boer's appreciation of Potter Creek's new restaurant,
Sea Salt and its owners', the Krikorians here.
Tara Duggan of the Chronicle
wrote of Sea Salt on July 27 "Like a pretty shell washed
up on the sand, Sea Salt quietly landed on San Pablo Avenue in
Berkeley, in the increasingly hip area at the corner of Dwight
Way. Casual but stylish, this 86-seat seafood restaurant is the
latest venture from Haig and Cindy Krikorian, owners of Lalime's
in North Berkeley and Fonda in Albany. The former Cafe Tululah
space keeps the long brick wall but has been redone in shades
of blue. Oysters, littleneck clams and a yellowfin tartare with
orange and basil start things off raw. Salads are fresh and local
-- most of the produce is organic. The fish and chips is a crisp,
golden pile of rock cod over house-made fries. Grilled local sardines
come saucily perched among cut cherry tomatoes, with a tangle
of roasted red and yellow peppers."
On July 25, I wrote
"Probably the best thing
about Sea Salt is their sea salt. My $18.00 steamed lobster
sandwich was filled with buttery but rubbery lobster, the cold-slaw
was best described as thinly-grated raw cabbage and the thin butterfly
chips were perfect but precious. Kimar's $12.00 Po Boy was packed
with freshly fried breaded-oysters but in a barely discernible
sauce. And the torpedo rolls of each didn't at all compliment
their fillings--they're too dense. The fillings squish out when
you bite down. (I owe her another Birthday lunch.) The waiter
was friendly and efficient, but the high-ceiling room noisy. The
place was packed--a testament to Berkeley's uniformed taste?
Sea Salt, 2512 San
Arrive in warehouse at 1:10
PM--it's filled with "high-end" odor. By "high-end"
I mean residual or partial, as if it's part of some bigger, fuller
Yale economist who once predicted
worldwide stock market crash now predicts real estate boom is
destined for similar fate. Read New York Times, David Leonhardt's
report at cctimes.com
Visits and hits to this site
are up 40% from last August and the time spent browsing has doubled.
Steve Smith of Norheim and
Yost drives a beautifully maintained diesel Mercedes G-Wagen--a
German Land Rover--that he runs on used vegetable-oil. You can
find out more about this fuel and its use at plantdrive.com.
This is contractor, Craig Reece's diesel conversion site. In addition
to contracting, Craig sells conversion components and works with
a mechanic who does conversions
Steve emails "The G-Wagen
I drive is an '82 which I bought and converted about two years
ago. Craig Reece of Plantdrive
is responsible for turning me onto the concept. My wife (Cleo)
and I have purged ourselves of all engines non-diesel. The G-wagen
is my daily driver, Cleo's car is a MB diesel station wagon, and
my other occasional cruiser is a '64 MB diesel finback (that I
run on biodiesel purchased from the Biofuel Oasis on 4th http://www.biofueloasis.com.)
I collect oil from VIK Distributers on Allston and filter the
oil at home. Our fuel costs are next to nothing and our auto emissions
are dramatically reduced. It is especially fun driving a "Green"
SUV in Berkeley. Don't hesitate to call if you have more questions!
Steve Smith , Norheim & Yost, 510-527-3400 ext12"
Jerry Victor hipped me to
biodiesel three or four years ago--how hip is he?
Natalie, Morgan's daughter
and Ben's sister, just had her fifth Birthday on August 15th--she
got a new bike--pink, I think.
Sunday, David had a Potluck
barbecue for the Diablo Dancers and Oaktown Eights--his square
dance friends. It was held in is beautiful garden from 3:00 PM
till 7:00 PM. Twenty to thirty friends shared food and drink.
"What was the best part?" I asked David. "The fun!"
John Curl, Potter Creek Elder,
and his friend were talking, seated at the table next to me this
morning at Caffé Trieste. Damn, John is a good listener.
Want to experience the sandwich
as art? Go to Café Zeste next to the Strawberry Creek Park
at Addison and Bonar. It's actually in the Strawberry Creek Design
Center, 1250 Addison. The Café is open for lunch Monday
thru Saturday from 11:00 AM. Kimar's rave review will follow.
"Dead Trees at Campus Bay Raise Alarm" reports Richard Brenneman of our Daliy Planet."Trees
are dying around two controversial sites in Richmond, and highly
regarded UC Berkeley plant pathologist Dr. Robert Raabe thinks
toxins are to blame."
"Penn writes accounts
of Iran travels: Sean Penn is trading screenplays for a reporter's
notebook yet again" at sfgate.com
Potter Creek's senior architect
and his colleague, also Gerard one of Potter Creek's most visible
Frenchmen and his friends, were having coffee and conversation
at Caffé Trieste this morning-bon!
Kimball's East, Freight &
Salvage, Magnes Museum,and University Art Museum are all planning
to move Downtown. Read West County Times, Martin Snapp's
"Starchy, gnarly corn makes for the best-tasting
John Birdsall of the West County Times."Taste one
of Picante's warm tortillas -- minutes after the tortilla maker
has pressed it into a thin disc and it's left the comal (the griddle),
first puffed, then collapsed -- and you think something must be
Another Meridith of note--a
And with an i--my, my.
"Friday at 3: p.m. Fire
Chief Debra Pryor, Deputy Fire Marshal, Wayne Inouye, Berkeley's
hazardous materials management team of Nabil Al-Hadithy and MERIDITH
LEAR, and Assistant City Attorney Zach Cowan conferred with Monte
Tiedmann, Iceland's manager, and agreed to guidelines, practices
and schedules that will temporarily replace the rink's cooling
system with a much safer, more efficient and smaller portable
system using only 800 pounds of ammonia on Sept. 23, and permanently
replace the system at the end of the current hockey season. .
. .It has been reported that Iceland will spend $5,000 per month
on the short-term fix" reports Fred Dodsworth of the East
Bay Daily News.
Janine Johnson emails "I
am giving a little talk with a lot of playing at the Ira F. Brilliant
Center for Beethoven studies, which is housed on the fifth floor
of the gorgeous new library in San Jose. This free event is Thursday
evening September 1st at 7:30 PM.
" Details are here.
A female Potter Creek business
owner quipped "As the Activists run out of causes they can
turn to acting."
A Berkeley realtor said that
business has not been this good in years, he has so many listings.
What can we learn from this?
a Business has not been this
good in years.
b He's in sales--divide by
c Sales have slowed--listings
are pilling up.
d None of the above.
e All of the above.
"Hey, heard you were
talking to Lipofsky about me" I said. "You bet"
he smart-cracked "said you were a retread ex-biker."
Is Steve's dog one of the
best mannered, well-trained animals in Potter Creek? Looks to
me like he is--didn't run into the street when he could've and
I've never, ever seen him bark at another animal--though he stands
Fred Dodsworth reports in
today's East Bay Daily News "new Oakland Fire Chief
accused Berkeley of goldbricking its fire fighting responsibilities
and threatened to bill the city for mutual assistance services.
. . .'The first I knew about this was when I read it in the papers'
said Berkeley Fire Chief Debra Pryor.' I called the chief and
suggested we should meet and discuss this.'"
Check out our City Planning
Department site here.
Pete Hurney just subscribed
to American Heritage magazine. He lent me his September issue
with a story on Indian motorcycles "Indian, Can a Classic
be Reborn?" A description and appraisal of the modern Indian
motorcycles. Also in this issue is an article "September
11 : Looking Back and Forward. Are We Learning from the Past?
Are We Honoring it?" In it, author Kevin Baker offers an
almost historically-honest, appraisal of our Iraq War. "Too
many Democrats have offered up clearly unworkable solutions to
the War in Iraq from immediate withdrawal to posting a timetable
for when we will go. The administration, in turn, has insisted
that we can fight a vital, global campaign for freedom with no
draft and with private contractors and with tax cuts for all."
Well Ok then.
I believe that distinguished
older man touring Potter Creek with Kava is his Father.
The crew at Consolidated
Printing cheered and applauded the large Bud delivery truck as
it drove past their plant yesterday morning.
Want to find out where Potter
Creek runs? Want to find out if the new city-creeks-map shows
it running under the proposed west Berkeley Bowl property? Go
to the Berkeley
City Map Room and find out for yourself!
Rick Auerbach is back in
town and loves his new neighbors.
Jerry Landis, a person who's
spent a lot of time with Berkeley's creek issue, believes that
we really don't know exactly where are culverted creeks are.
So now just where is our
namesake, Potter Creek? According to City of Berkeley, Department
of Engineering 1990 Map, it runs underground in a 2 ft culvert
entering Potter Creek, the neighborhood, at the southwest corner
of San Pablo and Heinz, runs along Heinz under the proposed Potter
Creek Berkeley Bowl site and directly under the Scharffen Berger
factory, turns southwest at just before the corner of Heinz and
7th, and leaves Potter Creek at Potter and the railroad right-of-way.
I first posted this map in
The Berkeley Bowl
lot begins roughly where the Creek line parallels HEINZ and ends
after it turns southwest.
Seems to me putting creeks
in sewer pipes disturbs the natural drainage system. Gound water
can't natually run off into our culverted Potter Creek. So is
that one of the reasons why the water table is so high in here?
"Activist takes her cause personally"
reports John Geluardi,
of the West County Times
"Two years ago, Sherry Padgett was a very private person.
She had never spoken in public, knew very little about public
process and even less about inorganic toxins."
"City dwellers know
what they grow is safe" writes Daisy Nguyen of the AP "The
gray sky cast a gloomy shadow over Southern California one recent
summer morning, but the Dervaes family was rejoicing. A light
rain had fallen overnight, quenching the tomatoes, squash, cucumbers,
basil and 400 other varieties of plants thriving in the front
and back yards of their home 13 miles north of downtown Los Angeles."
Read her story at cctimes.com
A bunch of people contacted
me about the Creeks Maps at Berkeley
City Map Room. About half were not able to open this PDF File.
Of those able to, Zelda Bronstein confirmed that Potter Creek
is roughly in the same location on this new map as it is on mine--on
both it is shown to run under the Berkeley Bowl property.
Jerry Landis, who lives next
to Blackberry Creek and who was able to open the PDF emails "Ron
- I checked my section of Blackberry Creek on this map and found
it to be a very crude approximation showing straight line segments
running thru the centers of lots, with none of the actual twists
Natalie starts school tomorrow
and Daniel is back in Potter Creek.
Kimar's Pete has a very hip
photo site here.
"Want to learn about
creeks in Berkeley? Here's a good place to start, Neighbors
on Urban Creeks and the history of the Berkeley Creek's Ordinance
A reader emails about Potter
Creek and the west-Berkeley Bowl property "If you click on
"Creeks Task Force" under Business & Development
on the city's website, you'll come up with an option that lets
you type in a specific address and see if it's subject to the
city's creek ordinance. I typed in 920 Heinz, and came up with
a statement that this parcel isn't. No explanantion given. That's
different, of course, from saying that there's no stream or watercourse
going through the property."
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