Acme Bread's changes






Andrew and Karen just bought a house--it's between Rick and Regan's. They're planning to move in September after doing some work.


Oakland Magazine has a mention of 900 GRAYSON titled "Berkeley's Hip New Dining Experience."


"Hard hats' lunch pails spill their secrets" writes Carol Ness of the San Francisco Chronicle. "It seemed only fair. For months, I'd been pretending to ignore the stares of the men in overalls and hard hats gathered on the steps of the old Mint, as I walked by to work, BART or lunch. Now, I'd return the favor. My eye, though, was not on their manly selves -- it was on their lunch pails."


A meeting about changing the development standards along San Pablo Avenue.

Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM there is a Planning Commission Workshop and Special Meeting.

This is an IMPORTANT joint meeting with the Housing Advisory Committee and Zoning Adjustment Board. It is about proposed AMENDMENTS TO OUR ZONING ORDINANCE "to modify the lot and development standards for mixed use, residential and commercial projects in the COMMERCIAL ZONING DISTRICTS. . . ." (In Potter Creek, that would be along San Pablo Avenue and Ashby Avenue.) It looks to modify and increase the open space requirement, limit use of parking lifts, increase setbacks from adjacent residential districts, restrict residential ground floor uses in mixed-use buildings, and reduce mixed-use building heights to three stories and 40 feet.

It will be held in the West Berkeley Senior Center 1900 6th Street.


Isa appears to be seriously thinking about these changes--so should you.


On Wednesday, September 13 the Planning Commission will hold a meeting about the proposed changes. "Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission may vote to recommend adoption, modification, or rejection of the proposed amendments."

The meeting will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue.



"The Independent Bookstore Scene Is Alive and Well" writes Joe Eaton of Our Planet.


"Pacific Film Archive Examines 'The Mechanical Age'" reports Justin DeFreitas of The Planet.


"Five-day event highlights 300 miles of horse-friendly areas" writes Todd Perlman of the West County Times. "Equestrians from across the state set out Thursday morning on a five-day journey to draw attention to the Bay Area's ever-growing system of horse trails that one day is expected to extend 500 miles. The fifth annual East Bay Hills Trail Ride kicked off with about 60 riders at Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley to raise money for the improvement and maintenance of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. With the dedication in June of 41/2 miles at Crockett Hills Regional Park in Crockett, the trail now runs about 300 miles."





7:37 AM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, mouth, skin. 9:46 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, cough, sneeze, light-headed, chills. Irritant present off-and-on all AM.


I'm told that there's a new baby in Potter Creek with another on the way.






Labor Day weekend in Potter Creek

Marsha W getting some sun and fresh (filtered) air



Yesterday, Cajun music filled the air on 5th Street around the Norheim and Yost offices. Don held a Cajun Jam and Workshop and, happily, both were well attended.


"Economic recovery in peril, study says. Housing slowdown threatens state as it comes back from a recession and dot-com bust, UC Berkeley report finds" writes George Avalos of the West County Times. "The cooling housing market threatens to derail California's modest recovery from the recession and technology bust earlier this decade, UC Berkeley researchers warn in a sobering new assessment of the state's economy."





"New prizes reward aging activists. Winning seniors spend their days promoting peace and health, and helping children, other seniors and disabled teens" reports Larry Gordon of the Los Angeles Times in the West County Times. "To a San Francisco-based think tank, life begins at 60. So does eligibility for its new cash-laden national prize being announced today that rewards Americans who work to solve society's problems and encourages them not to slow down with age."

So, . . . wha (Oh shit, forget it.)




"Cody's Sold to Japanese Buyer " reports Judith Scherr of the Daily Planet.
"A Tokyo-based buyer will purchase the two remaining Cody's Bookstores, according to Pat Cody, former owner of the original Cody's with her late husband Fred Cody. The purchase is 'a good thing,' Cody told the Daily Planet Tuesday morning."





"Japanese firm offers Cody's a reprieve. Tokyo publisher, distributor buys venerable Bay Area bookseller"
reports Marton Dunai of the West County Times. "When longtime Cody's Books' owner Andy Ross looked over the chain's finances this past spring and saw that his three stores would not survive without outside investment, he knew it was not just money he needed to find -- he had to seek out someone to carry on a 50-year tradition."


West Marine is closing its 7th and Ashby store.


Yesterday, Berkeley PD officers enjoyed breakfast at 900 GRAYSON.


And Friday, 900 GRAYSON will cater a big Potter Creek office lunch.


Tuesday evening, Mal Sharpe and the five member "Big Money in Jazz" played Caffé Trieste. With trumpet, trombone, bass, guitar and singer, they entertained from 7:00-9:00 PM


On his trip back east to Washington DC, Pete Hurney was taken to dinner at "The Oval Room" by Tom Sietsema, food critic of the Washington Post.


Dozens of CAL students were given medical care last night after complaining of disorientation, anxiety, nausea at a co-op gatering. Laced cookies are suspected.


7:06 AM irritant in front room--time to go.






"Why I wish I were French" writes Tom Purcell in the West County Times. "While most Americans grilled out and relaxed over the Labor Day weekend, I couldn't help but think one thing: I wish I were French. The French are a wonderful people. Their food is excellent. Their cities are filled with remarkable architecture and an abundance of culture. And, boy, do they have the free time to enjoy it all. Back in 2000, French politicians, trying to bring the high unemployment rate down, decided to try something bold. Did they cut taxes to spur the economy the way Americans would? Nope. Did they reduce regulations that make it virtually impossible for employers to fire bad workers? Of course not. They wrote a new law that requires everybody to work less -- no more than 35 hours a week, and certainly no overtime."


Janine emails

I am selling raffle tickets again for another quilt. Two women
at the church I often play the organ at have made a fabulous full
size quilt as a fundraiser for painting the sanctuary. The top panel
(photo) was all done by hand and then they had it professionally
machine stitched for the quilting part. It's moderately thick. The
whole effect is effervescent and luscious. I think it would make a
great throw, if not an actual bedspread, or could be used to protect
a harpsichord from cats, or whatever. Or it would be a great gift.

The tickets are $2.00 apiece, or $10.00 for 6. I think the best
system, if you want to get a few tickets for the drawing (Sept,. 16),
would be to send me a check made out to "Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church", and I will fill out the tickets for you and give them to the
church to put in the hopper. I will be present at the drawing, so if
one of you wins, i could bring the quilt to you. Ot they can ship
it. It's pretty cool.
Email Janine for tickets.




Tonight's Andrew and Kerstin's private dinner at 900 GRAYSON



Chris' choice of wine and champagne

5th Class Pauillac Grand Puy La Coste 1999

Henri Bourgeois Sancere 2005

Agrapart and Fils"Terroirs" Brut Blanc de Blanc




Tomorrow's their wedding



Kruse has spent at least a week thoroughly cleaning their property--using pressurized water to clean the building, the driveway, even the sidewalk.


The East Bay Humane Society has put a fence around their former-NEXUS property to keep people out of this unreinforced brick-building that is in need of retro-fitting.


"The Best $5 Meals Around Campus" writes Jacob Horn in The Planet.





It was after September 11, 2001 that I thought it'd by good to do something for the Community. But it took a year before I posted the first Scrambled Eggs and Lox--my "something for the Community."


We find in The City of Berkeley's West Berkeley Plan of which Potter Creek is part "Yet while all parts of Berkeley felt they benefited (between 1906-1941) from growth, political issues remained between West and East Berkeley. West Berkeley made a serious, though unsuccessful attempt to secede from Berkeley in 1908. One major reason for the effort was the incorporation in the 'reform' City Charter of 1909 of a complete prohibition on bars and alcohol sales in Berkeley, more than a decade before national prohibition." When I came to Cal in 1963 I found there were still no bars within a mile of Campus - I'd come from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where beer was served in the Student Union. 10/22/02


It is my memory that two things made up my mind to write about Potter Creek and west-Berkeley. One was a belief that if "all politics are local," so is all news. And the other was that I wanted to know about the two elderly black women that I repeatedly saw at Canned Food. I figured they had stories and wisdom as great as their lined, chocolate-brown faces. I really wanted to interview and write about them. Sadly, I never did. But I've written about a lot else and thank them for the inspiration.


Sally and Richard went to the opening of the Opera Friday night, and, not only saw "The Masked Ball" but attended the reception. In fact, they sat across from George Schultz. "He looks old and didn't say anything " said Richard. "Was he drooling" I asked. "No, he danced a lot" Sally returned.


Saturday, I saw "Running Wolf" interviewed on Channel 32. They asked him about running for Mayor or Chief of Berkeley--their words. In an often rambling reply he talked about being framed by the cops, that he would work for nothing, that he had lived mostly in Oakland, and that one of the reasons his run across the country cost tens of thousands of dollars was the cameraman.

Why did his interview remind me of Zelda's mini-film, "Made in Berkeley"? A film that featured the now-sued-by-their-neighbors-AND-Bay-Area-Air-Quality Pacific Steel.


Kimar's son Jeff has another Texas Instrument TV ad running--the same George the elephant and angelic little girl but set at a stadium in Toronto. The stadium manger was concerned that George was spending too much time mashing down the grass and regularly nudged Jeff and Mark. So, ever-so-often the trainers would walk George around the perimeter.

Kimar thought 900 GRAYSON'S Friday Rehearsal Dinner menu creative and elegant.

"For the Love of Chocolate--Once again, Bay Area artisans are at the forefront of a confectionary renaissance" wrties Laura Compton, of the San Francisco Chronicle in a story that mentions Scharffen Berger only in passing.


6701 San Pablo, the old Marchant property, is for sale--over 7 acres, an over 500,00 square foot mixed-use building and four surrounding land parcels, and owned by the University of California. Interested? Submit a sealed bid for 30 mil minimum to the Regents. But remember, it is in three municipalities--Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville.

A serious buyer for the former NEXUS property has come forward.

I've noticed more and more property listings in west-Berkeley these days.

"Homeowners must prove sewer works. Starting Oct. 1, new law says those who sell or remodel must inspect lateral or prove it is new or repaired" reports Martin Snapp of the West CountyTimes. "A new law will go into effect Oct. 1 requiring all Berkeley homeowners who plan to sell or remodel to prove that their private sewer lines are in good shape and not adding to polluted waters."





Unhappy with their meeting with Da Boz, I'm told WEBIAC is holding a get-together this evening with our Councilman, Darryl Moore. The meeting is being held at the Uncommon Cafe behind V & W Windows beginning at 5:30 PM. I'm told WEBIAC is opposed to the possible retail rezoning of the south-side of Ashby Ave. The meeting is private, by invitation--I'm told. Our Rick Auerbach--wearing his WEBAIC paid-advocate hat--is involved in the organizing.


Morgan is coaching Natalie's soccer team--their first game is this week.


Chris and Heather got married last Sunday in a combined ceremony--largely Episcopalian but ending with an Apache poem.


Anthy is taking a week's vacation to celebrate her Birthday.


Jeff's four Texas Instruments commercials were all shot in sixteen days, the little girl actor was found by call in New York City and George the Elephant is from a preserve in Toronto. George can only act within 500 miles of his home--a Canadian law, I think.


"Pacific Steel Emission Reports Turned Over to Air District" reports Riya Bhattacharjee of Our Planet. "Pacific Steel Casting handed over their emissions inventory report to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District early last week, according to PSC spokesperson Elizabeth Jewell."

1:35 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry eyes, mouth dry, light-headed, use mask. 1:50 PM--Jerry Landis stops by, after a few minutes eyes itch, nose runs, dry mouth. We leave and have soup at 900 GRAYSON. (times are approximate.)






Bayer has recently purchased Schering Pharmaceuticals making it even bigger.


Nigel's is having a "Going Out of Business Sale." In a mailing they say they can no longer get Thai wood--the King cut 'em off-- and so when their stock is used up, will have no more--wood, stuff, biz?



Yup, . . .

in additon to

John Coltrane Park

Potter Creek needs

Lester Young Square




Café Zeste, next to Strawberry Creek Park--1250 Addison--is featuring live jazz on Saturday afternoons.

Barbara emails about her Café Zeste

Every Saturday, noon to 2:00 pm, we have jazz on the patio. The past few weeks we have had musicians who study at the Jazz School in Berkeley. This week I believe it will be a trio keyboard, drums and string bass. On the 23rd, we will have Rebecca Griffin, a vocalist, accompanied by Isaac Ho on keyboard.  I have also contacted the Berkeley High School jazz groups in hopes they will be able to jam with our regular musicians or form small groups on their own.  When it rains, we will have to move indoors and then we will look like Café Trieste, with musicians crammed into 4 square feet.  Should be a challenge. . . . Ruben is working on expanding Zestes menu to include way more than sandwiches, more like the menus at Santa Fe Bar & Grill and Bistro. 


Marvin and Ruth are razing the old house on their property to make room for their new home--and, they are doing it carefully, with consideration--no dust, no noise, no traffic congestion. (It seems much of the material is being recycled.)


900 GRAYSON regulars, Sandra and Mal are leaving Monday for a month in Greece.


"Home, auto insurance rates to decline. Safeco Corp., 21st Century Co. announce plan to slash premiums; other firms expected to follow" reports George Avalos of the West County Times. "Drivers and homeowners in California are poised to gain rate reductions from two major insurers, Safeco Corp. and 21st Century Insurance Co."


And, "Workers' comp premium prices may halt freefall. Reforms have brought decline over past three years, but rates now are expected to stabilize" writes Avalos.




At approximately 6:10 PM last evening, Zelda B was seen walking up Delaware toward the North Berkeley BART station with an almost larger-than-her purple ZELDA BRONSTEIN sign. Go Z! But why does my spell-check want to change Bronstein to Brownstone?


After talking to some of the twenty-or-so attendees of the WEBIAC Wednesday meeting, my sense is that many felt Councilman Moore did not "support" the old-fashioned, rustic Berkeley businesses on the south side of Ashby. But my sense also is that in parts of the wider community opinions range from "things change" and "keep up with the times," to the completely unneccessary "Rick should have moved long ago." What's my opinion? Well, Urban Ore serves a real community need, besides their business plan is brilliant. Make a private dump and charge people to clean it up. But make no mistake, with time and rummaging one can find bargains and real treasure there. The future of Ashby given the current climate? Toyota of Berkeley?


On Da Boz and the trashing of newspapers.

Seems in his last mayor campaign Da Boz boosted some Daily Cals and thru them in the trash--he didn't like their editorial. What can we learn from this?

(a) Sometimes Da Boz--like most--is capable of childish and petty behavior.

(b) He isn't a very good thief--he got caught.

(Let's be perfectly frank, he wouldn't last long in certain parts of west-Berkeley.)

And all this reminds me of something I did as a fourteen year-old. While taking plums from a neighbor's tree I was caught by the owner, a large, very pregnant Polish lady who yelled. "Kid, you lookin' for a bruise?" "Is that anything like a plum?" I got off before running like hell.


12:55 PM VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, leave.


The other day, a neighborhood mom and her daughter in a stroller stopped by to look closely at "the Pumpkin Man." So after saying hello, I introduced them to Bruce Hermann properly. The little girl thinks Bruce should have an orange bandana for Halloween--we're working on that.





Richard had breakfast this morning at 900 GRAYSON with his plumber. While, I'm told, Sally is eating at the Ritz and hot-air balloning on the outskirts of Paris.


Big Bob Kubik is back-packing in the Sierras


This morning I found a heavy coat of black dust on a motorcycle that had been out in the drive yesterday. I showed it to Richard who said it looks the same as the rubber-tire-dust he finds on his sills. There was a heavy coating of coarse particles.


The Kruse guys are out on Saturday policing their area. Very impressive, though by contrast it further reduces the unkept Potter Creek property to shit-holes.


"Make a private dump and charge people to clean it up" ps. I don't know that this is the most economic use of the land, however. And it is written "land value determines land use."


There was a Berkeley Marina clean-up today.


Having trouble "Seeing the light" even though you meditate? Then check out Sue Johnson, our lamp lady.


And definitely, check out the Berkeley Jazz School.





Today, during an email exchange with a Russian aviation-book collector, I mentioned that I majored in Russian Studies, took three years of the Russian language and was a great admirer of Russian culture--but that now I remember little of the Russian language. Gleb replied "I studied Vietnamese and do not remember much of it either. But when I was a student I said that basically you need to know just two phrases--but in as many languages as is possible.
1. Do not eat me, I am a Russian specialist, and
2. Do not shoot, I surrender!"

Which reminds me of my favorite quote from the movie, "Russia House." Sean Connery's character--a drunk and jazz playing, British book-publisher--offers, when interrogated by the CIA. "I love the Russians, they're just a corrupt as you Americans but with less bull-shit."


Potter Creek car art

Jeff's FordV-8/Healey 100-6


Consolidated's got a big job right now printing Alameda County ballots. A union shop, many employees have been there for decades.






Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie on this date in 1928.


Berkeley PD would like anyone with information about the several recent Berkeley bank robberies to contact them at (510) 981-5742, or email Doug Oakley.


Our "Historical Society Hosts Fall Walking Tours" reports Steven Finacom of the Daily Planet.


And "Storied American Elms Vanish from Field and City" reports Ron Sullivan.


Our Planning Department update is here. Included are "Development Standards Related to Density Bonus," "Development Standards Related to Residential Additions" and "Landmarks Preservation Ordinance Amendments."


"Utilities fall behind on green goals. State officials admit report showing conservation, use of renewable resources not on track is troublesome" reports Rick Jurgens in the West County Times. "California utilities now lag in efforts to achieve the state's goals for energy conservation and increased use of renewable fuels, but regulators hope that the apparent shortfalls merely reflect growing pains in ambitious new programs limitations in data collection."


"Billie Holiday's bio, 'Lady Sings the Blues,' may be full of lies, but it gets at jazz great's core" writes Jesse Hamlin of the San Francisco Chronicle.






I must be dreaming, because in the West County Times, Martin Snapp reports "The Berkeley City Council kicked off its 2006-2007 term Tuesday night by doing something it hadn't done for 364 days -- reciting the Pledge of Allegiance." "But the council members gave it a Berkeley spin, changing the ending to 'with liberty and justice for all -- some day.' They also swore to defend the federal and state constitutions against 'all enemies, foreign and domestic.' "

Ahh, . . . that's better.

And, you can better defend with a surplus Swiss Military Mountain Wagon from Sportman's Guide for only $399.97. (Buyer's Club price, $359.97)


Bob Kubik informs that Andre Rothblatt Architecture is holding a meeting to present their proposal for a mixed-use development of 2748 San Pablo--now the Clay of the Land location. The meeting is Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at the Frances Albrier Center in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street. You can get more information by emailing


One of our Kava Massih's designs is featured in Valerie Fahey's San Francisco Chronicle report "South Side Lofts, Berkeley Development's lofty expectations--Industrial design includes 10 condos above retail space."


"Voters to decide on bond for low-income housing" reports Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the West County Times. "The fate of Proposition 1C, the $2.85 billion housing bond on the November ballot, could hinge on whether voters view affordable housing as worthy of state financing."


"Consumers are going to the source for pastured beef, pork, poultry and eggs" reports Carol Ness in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Willie Nelson was busted this week. During a routine traffic stop of his bus in Louisiana, the officer found a pound of weed and some mushrooms. Willie was charged with misdemeanor possession and released. "WANTED! The Outlaws" is my favorite Willie Nelson CD--an effort with Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, check it out!


Irritant in warehouse off-and-on all day--HEPA filter on. Warehouse still filled at 6:25 PM--air it out.


Finally, not so much to defend, but to keep you warm, is Sportsman's Guide's "100% Virgin WOOL British Mil. issue Commando Sweater" at $9.97--$14.97.





John Coltrane

was born today

in 1926


Jerry Landis emails

I attended the Arts Commission
meeting . . . at the Peerless bldg. Great plan by
Herst to donate his property for the development of a
Creative Center. It will take some bending by the
die-hards to allow some changes to West Berk zoning,
but it's a great plan.

This meeting was held at the Peerless Building, 2246 5th Street, from 1-2 PM on last Friday--about a dozen people attended. Jerry reports that the owner of Peerless Lighting wants to make his 5.5 acre property vailable for use as a Creative Center with buildings and spaces for artists and crafts people with adjacent property used for work-live units and low income housing. The many details are being worked on--liberalizing the definition of arts and crafts people being one.


In the same email, Non-beliver, Jerry writes of the existence of God

The persistence of this idea despite the lessons of
history is attributable to the fact that it
universally embraces another concept"that this force
or being also watches over the individual person,
protecting him/her not only through the vicissitudes
of life, but beyond it. The human ego slavishly seizes
on this monumental lie. The deep congenital flaw in
the human psyche is the pathological refusal to accept
the great centering, liberating and obvious truth of
our existence: we live a while in the sun, then we
die. After that... nothing!"no angels with harps, no
virgins with sexual favors, no loved ones with
welcoming arms... mere oblivion.

Goodness gracious--and I was hoping to see Max and Gladys again.


The owner-developers of the property next to Richard's are going to the City Council meeting Tuesday evening to ask they not be required to pay the in-lieu-of-fee for their four unit development. The City believes they should pay a substantial amount to a low income development fund because they are not providing a low income unit. It is the owner-developers' belief that such a unit is not required because their development is under five units.


Writer and Potter Creeker, Barry Gifford frequents 900 GRAYSON, in fact he gave Anthony a copy of his "Wild at Heart"-- a book of his, made into a David Lynch film with Nick Cage and Laura Dern. Read all about the movie here. And buy a copy of the book here.



A John Coltrane biography is here.





8:05 AM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, air out warehouse.


"Just the facts, mam' "

"Steel plant in court over emissions: Lawsuit claims Pacific Steel violating standards; workers fear ruling could result in layoffs" reports Doug Oakley in the West County Times. "Berkeley steel workers packed a federal courtroom in San Francisco this week for a hearing on a lawsuit that alleges their employer, Pacific Steel Casting, is violating limits on odorous fumes that blanket the surrounding neighborhood. At issue was whether Pacific Steel is meeting the terms of a December settlement with Bay Area air quality regulators. An environmental group asked federal Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman to consider its motion seeking to force compliance."


"Scientists try to solve puzzle of shrinking glaciers" reports Matt Volz of the AP in the Times.


"Home prices dip in East Bay" reports Barbara E. Hernandez in the Times. "East Bay median home prices dropped for the first time in years in August while sales continued to decline across the Bay Area. Alameda County reported a 28.2 percent drop in year-over-year sales and a 1.5 percent drop in homeprices . . . prices."


"Two Early German Expressionist Classics Restored" writes Justin DeFreitain our Planet. "Asphalt and Warning Shadows, masterpieces of Expressionism, take vastly different approaches to the form while reveling in its indulgences. If, as Godard said, the history of cinema is men photographing women, these two films fit the mold. Both feature luminous beauties in the lead roles, with the men around them driven nearly to ruin by desire and lust."







6:58 PM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, leave.






"Two found guilty in killing of homeless woman: Teens could face life prison terms" reports Henry K. Lee, of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Two men face up to 15 years to life in prison after an Alameda County jury convicted them of second-degree murder Monday for fatally beating and kicking a homeless woman in Berkeley last year."


This morning, in Potter Creek, while working on Regan's house one of the painters had his parked-car stolen.


When lunching at 900 GRAYSON, ask if the day's soup is Sophina's Sweet Potato Curry. If it is, definitely have some.


I see John and Suzanne have a "Zelda Bronstein for Mayor" sign out--gotta admit, I like the poiple an' gold.



Bob Kubik forwards an email from Charlie Bowen

You may have noticed the yellow Project Development signs at 2720 San Pablo and Pardee, the former Yas Automotive site. We have submitted our plans to the City for Design Review and Zoning approval, and if you're interested we would like to show them to you and get your reaction and feedback.

I have electronic copies of the plans that I can attach to an email, or I would be happy to bring a printed copy to anyone who would like one. The electronic copy runs to 3.9 Megabytes.

Let me know if you want a copy, and also please let your neighbors or anyone else you think would be interested know that we can bring or send them copies if they wish.

Feel free to phone me at 540-7223.
Thanks very much.
Charlie Bowen (Ms.)


And a particularly hip update from Da Boz

1. Berkeley Environmental Summit Planned for October 6th
Berkeley's Ecology Center will host a summit to highlight Berkeley sustainability efforts led by businesses, government agencies, academic and health institutions, community based organizations and inspired individuals. The summit includes an invigorating combination of short presentations on Berkeley-focused sustainability projects, networking, and a delicious lunch featuring regionally-grown organic produce.

2. City Working on Reducing Car Theft
In an effort to combat car theft in Berkeley, the City is launching a number of new initiatives to help residents protect their cars. The Berkeley Police are providing free steering wheel locks and are ramping up public education efforts. We are also working on a potential new program that would provide lower cost "lojack" stolen vehicle tracking devices to residents as well.

3. Community to Read Together on September 30th
Please join me for another wonderful "Berkeley Reads Together" event on September 30th. This fall we are promoting two great books by authors who traveled to California as teens. Funny in Farsi, by Iranian born Firoozeh Dumas is a book of humorous and enlightening stories of what life was like for her. The Circuit, by Mexican born Francisco Jimenez is about his life in California. At the event, we will have youth from the local Farsi language school, civic leaders, and community members.

The Berkeley Reads Together event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30th at the West Berkeley Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I hope to see you there!

4. UC Public Health Grad Students Volunteer Across Berkeley
I joined Berkeley Champions for Kids and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in co-hosting the 2nd Annual School of Public Health Volunteer Mobilization Day for close to 100 incoming graduate students. The students fanned out to organizations across the City to volunteer for the day.


5. Robert Reich to Discuss Berkeley's Economic Future
Mark your calendars... On October 25th, Mayor Tom Bates and Berkeley City College are hosting former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich for a lunchtime discussion of how cities like Berkeley can build a sustainable, high-wage, and thriving economy. Robert Reich is now a faculty member at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a nationally recognized expert on economic and social policy.

I will send out more information about this event in a couple weeks.


6. Lawsuit Filed To Clean Air Around Pacific Steel Casting
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against Pacific Steel Casting Company in Berkeley. The lawsuit charges the company with failure to meet statutory deadlines for reporting air emissions, and for violating the schedule contained in a recent settlement agreement designed to resolve an ongoing series of air quality complaints.

7. Sustainable Berkeley to Launch "Champions of Sustainability" Awards
I am very excited about a new organization, Sustainable Berkeley, formed to accelerate community identified sustainability goals. They are launching the first annual Champions of Sustainability Awards. These Awards were created to celebrate the people, organizations and initiatives that are improving our community's environmental health, economic vitality, and quality of life for all. Nominations are due by October 20th. For more information and selection criteria, please email Sustainable Berkeley at:


8. Useful Information on Homeless Services
I received a request to provide some information on how to contact our homeless and mental health services if you see or meet someone that needs help.

* In an emergency, you should always call 911. (From a cell phone, you should call 981-5911 to reach our dispatch center directly. Otherwise, you get routed through the CHP dispatch center in Vallejo.) The 24-hour non-emergency police number is 981-5900.
* If you encounter a person that is in immediate need of mental health assistance, you can call our Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 981-5254.
* If someone abandons items on your property, please call our public works customer service center at 644-6620.



A Berlin performance of Mozart's Ideomeno was canceled because of the Muhammad scene. Whoa, . . . check it out!







Soon, some Potter Creek wedding pictures.


Jennifer Thompson is a west-Berkeley resident and an interior designer--check out her Website. It's beautiful!


I've recently become aware of a private survey taken of Berkeley residents. When asked what the future direction of west-Berkeley development should be. Seventy percent of those asked didn't care what direction it took as long as it increased the tax base. Build-up, tear-down, change, keep-the same--it doesn't matter as long as it makes more money.



In reply to Bob Kubik's email

This morning there were three prostitutes working the
morning shift at 6:00am along San Pablo near Pardee.

Bob forwards a Berkeley City reply

Thanks for the info....we have been spot checking
the whole San Pablo corridor, and see them regularly
around 61st and San Pablo on the Oakland side, but
this is the first I've heard of a group working on
our side. We'll look into it for a possible sting
operation if they stick around, but at the very
least we can have the graveyard Patrol Officers
check the spot in the early mornings before they go
home. Please keep me posted. Thanks

"Berkeley girds to do battle over Cal stadium plans" reports Martin Snapp in the West County Times. "An impending showdown between UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley over the university's plans to build a new athletic complex near Memorial Stadium took another step Tuesday when the City Council decided to hire a lawyer to fight the development. Meeting in closed session, the lawmakers voted 8-1 to authorize City Manager Phil Kamlarz to retain outside counsel to represent the city in possible litigation."


"Housing dip likely won't harm state. East Bay, in particular, has strong job market that should help withstand fall, two reports and economic professional contend" writes George Avalos of the Times. "Although the pulse of the housing market has faded, the weakening of the real estate sector will not be enough to severely erode the health of the economy in the East Bay or elsewhere in California, two reports released today show."


"Health premiums rise again. This year's increase of 7.7 percent is lower than in past years but is well ahead of the rate of inflation" report the Times.

So screw it, go have a danish.

"Lost in translation" writes Janet Beales also in the Times. "Ask for a danish pastry in Denmark and you are likely to be met with a blank stare. While the rest of the world rightly gives credit where it is due, danishes are actually called wienerbrod, or Vienna bread, in their native Denmark."

"Macon wreckage images on video. New research into crash off Point Sur in 1935" writes Carolyn Jones in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Monterey Bay has seen a lot of history unfold along its rocky shores, but there's been nothing quite like the crash of the airship Macon. On Feb. 12, 1935, the 785-foot-long rigid dirigible -- the largest and last built in the United States -- was puttering along at 80 knots, 100 feet above the water when winds around Point Sur knocked off the tail fin. Over the next 25 minutes, the Macon drifted toward the choppy seas and sank."

The Navy's most successful airship was the U.S.S. Los Angeles. Built by the German Zeppelin works as ZR-3, she was part of German war reparations paid to the U.S. , valued at $800,000. She flew across the Atlantic as LZ-126 and arrived at Lake Hurst, New Jersey. On November 25, 1925, after having her hydrogen replaced by helium, she was commissioned at Anacostia Naval Air Station, Washington, D.C. The U.S.S. Los Angeles lasted almost fifteen years both as a commissioned and experimental airship. On October 24, 1939 she was dismantled and scrapped.


Irritant off-and-on all day in warehouse. Time to go.






A burger as art?

Check out page 84 of the October issue of SAN FRANCISCO, the magazine. There is a full page color photo of Sophina's Grayson Burger. The accompanying story is "A Burger from the Ground Up." As of today, the October issue is NOT on line.


Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton trains in Berkeley. So what? Well, this Philippine American is the number five ranked boxer in her class and a Golden Gloves champion. She's fighting next week.


"Judy Walters Named Head Of Berkeley City College" reports J. Douglas Allen-Taylor of our Planet.


Also in the Planet is "Cop Stops Rape in Progress, Suspect Arrested After Hunt" by Richard Brenneman. "An alert Berkeley Police officer caught a rapist in the act Wednesday afternoon, leading to a chase and manhunt that ended with the suspect's arrest."


"Bay Area expenses drive up salaries. Despite nation's highest pay, cost of living in the Bay Area is 62 percent higher than the nation" writes George Avalos in the West County Times.









Bleep, Bleep!

Don't be meek.

Make John Coltrane Park

in Potter Creek






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