MARCH 2008



Construction has slowed at the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl site. Merryll is still waiting for windows for her remodel project. But Ruth and Marvin's building is nearing completion. And work is proceeding apace on the residential units on 7th behind Xoma.


Writing UC as Student Council President, our Ben got 100 tickets to Cal women's basketball games and distributed them to other kids.


Antoine says the French School plans to be in Potter Creek for quite a while. He also mentioned that 35% oF the students receive financial assistance.



a Bob Kubik summary of the Planning Commission tour of west-Berkeley

photo taken of the group in Clif Bar

viewpoints expressed about west-Berkeley

Business owners who want relief from Byzantine zoning requirements, greater latitude in combining manufacturing, warehousing and office space for a business and faster resolution of issues with the city.

Folks who see business/development as an evil force with no redeeming features. 

Those who see zoning changes as an opening to changes that will increase land values and force them out of Berkeley.

Those who endorse diversity, but believe current policies need to be revisited to see what works.

Can you find 
Zelda B?
in the photo


Sponsored by the Planning Commission, the tour was of half dozen or so facilities in west-Berkeley with an eye to liberalized zoning. Among the participants were the Planning Commissioners, concerned citizens, among them our George Chittenden, Rick Auerbach and John Curl, and city officials including, our Darryl Moore and Ryan Lau, and Calvin Fong, Michael Kaplan, and Dave Fogerty. The tour was conducted with decorum by Commission chair, Jim Samuels.




a record collector emails

Wandered upon your [Scrambled Eggs] site whilst searching for various logos on LP's
representing "stereophonic"

I didn't realize that any sane people lived in Berkeley - at all.

It's a treat to read your postings. It's like a nice conversation with
someone you meet in a coffee shop, in a new town.

Thank you

Mark Pankoski


Eric Hoffer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 ­ May 21, 1983) was an American social writer. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen. This book, which he considered his best, established his reputation. He remained a successful writer for most of his remaining years. . . .

Hoffer's working class roots and "intellectuals"

Hoffer drew confidence and inspiration from his modest roots and working-class surroundings, seeing in it vast human potential.

In a letter to Margaret Anderson in 1941, he wrote

My writing is done in railroad yards while waiting for a freight,
            in the fields while waiting for a truck, and at noon after lunch.
            Towns are too distracting.

Hoffer also took solace in being an outcast, believing that the outcasts have always been the pioneers of society. He did not consider himself an "intellectual", and scorned the term as descriptive of the allegedly anti-American academics of the West. He believed academics craved power but were denied it in the democratic countries of the West (though not in totalitarian countries, which Hoffer understood to be an intellectual's dream). Instead, Hoffer believed academics chose to bite the hand that fed them in their quest for power and influence.

Though Hoffer did not identify with "liberal intellectuals" and often criticized the radical ideology of many activists of the New Left, it would be wrong to characterize Hoffer's thinking as "conservative". Rather, his structural approach to analyzing and understanding mass movements and their ideologies often led Hoffer to consistently nonideological positions. As he said, "my writing grows out of my life just as a branch from a tree." When called an intellectual, he insisted that he was a longshoreman. . . .

In Hoffer's view, rapid change is not a positive thing for a society, and too rapid change can cause a regression in maturity for those who were brought up in a very different society than what that society has become. . . . Hoffer suggested that this need for meaningful work as a rite of passage into adulthood could be fulfilled with a 2-year civilian national service program. . . in which all young adults would do two years of work in fields such as construction or natural resources work. He writes: "The routinization of the passage from boyhood to manhood would contribute to the solution of many of our pressing problems. I cannot think of any other undertaking that would dovetail so many of our present difficulties into opportunities for growth."

Full article here.


Interesting that David Gergen, recently speaking at a World Affairs Council meeting, advocated a similar program--he thinks it would integrate our society by throwing together youth of all classes and cultures.


A post, post radical thought--a 2 year mandatory civilian/military national service program.


Patrick Kennedy emails

Eric Hoffer is my favorite intellectual . . . his book of essays, "In Our Times," is, among others, a minor masterpiece.




A post, post radical thought--zero interest loans from our city to artists, for property investment. Always a fan of social programs, our city should also invest in sound economic ones.



new parking in Potter Creek by Meyer Sound, on Heinz just off San Pablo

Meyer Sound recently bought this property from Elizabeth Grossman.


In keeping with Bing Crosby's "You've got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Latch on to the affirmative. Don't mess with Mister In-Between" the Wall Street Journal observes "dollar's dive deepens as oil soars. Power of Greenback faces severe test but no rivals loom" and "commodities markets are defying a global economic slowdown and soaring to new records as investors flee stock and bond markets."








Richard of Eighth Street's Birthday is more-or-less now.




Our Ocean View in Wikipedia

West Berkeley is generally the area of Berkeley, California which lies west of San Pablo Avenue, abutting San Francisco Bay. It includes the area which was once the unincorporated town of Ocean View, as well as the filled-in areas along the shoreline west of I-80 (the Eastshore Freeway) including, mainly, the Berkeley Marina.

Ocean View began as the name given to a stagecoach stop established by former sea captain William J. Bowen along the Contra Costa Road (today's San Pablo Avenue) sometime during the early 1850s. The name was applied thereafter to the settlement which began growing up between the stop and a wharf built at the foot of what is now Delaware Street. Ocean View was included in the incorporation of Berkeley in 1878 and thereafter was known as West Berkeley. Ocean View was also, briefly (1908-9) the name of what is now Albany, California, just north of Berkeley. Ocean View was primarily an industrial, working class community. The name derived from the fact that the Pacific Ocean is visible through the Golden Gate across San Francisco Bay from the site.

The main east-west thoroughfare in Ocean View was Delaware Street. In later years, it was eclipsed by University Avenue. The main north-south thoroughfare was San Pablo Road (initially called the Contra Costa Road), today's San Pablo Avenue. One of the earliest buildings in Berkeley was an inn at the stagecoach stop called "Bowen's Inn", located at what is now the northwest corner of San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street. The wharf at the foot of Delaware Street began as "Jacobs Landing", named for its builder and proprietor, James H. Jacobs. The wharf was improved and enlarged with the help of Zimri Heywood, the proprietor of a lumberyard at the wharf, which was then renamed "Jacobs and Heywood Wharf". Lumber, soap, hay and many other goods were transhipped from here. Ferry service was established between the wharf and San Francisco in 1874. In 1876, the Central Pacific constructed its new main line, part of the transcontinental overland route, along the shoreline. A passenger and freight depot was built at Delaware Street. This was replaced in 1911 by a new depot at 3rd Street and University Avenue which still exists, although it is no longer in use as a depot.

The earliest school in what is now Berkeley was the Ocean View School located on the southeast corner of Virginia Street and San Pablo Avenue, established in 1856. The creek that flowed adjacent to the school was dubbed "Schoolhouse Creek". The school was subsequently renamed The San Pablo Avenue School, and again later as the Franklin Elementary School. Nothing of the original Ocean View School building remains. In June of 2002, Franklin was closed and a year later, transformed into the new site of the Berkeley Adult School which opened on September 7, 2004.

The first mayor (technically, the President of the Board of Trustees) of the newly incorporated Town of Berkeley was elected from Ocean View, Abel Whitton of the Workingman's Party. He served from 1878 to 1881.

Just east of I-80 between Ashby and University Avenues is Aquatic Park created in the 1930's by the WPA. Its centerpiece is an artificial mile-long lagoon.

West Berkeley was one of the Bay Area's principal industrial zones up until about the 1960's after which it began to decline. Several well-known companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Heinz, Canada Dry and Cutter Labs had plants in West Berkeley. Some industry remains. Pacific Steel Casting (opened 1934) for example is, in 2007, the third largest steel foundry in the United States. The Bayer company also maintains a large facility in West Berkeley. The film company and former music production company Fantasy Studios is located here as well.

Beginning in the late 1970s, the development of the retail commercial area along Fourth Street led to a gradual gentrification of the surrounding residential area, although it remains hardly comparable to the residential areas of the hills.



"Cal's pursuit of Pac-10 title derailed in Seattle" writes the AP's Tim Booth.

" As Cal coach Joanne Boyle checked through her list of important keys, it became clear her ninth-ranked Bears failed at most of them on Sunday.

That's why Bay Area rival Stanford is now celebrating an outright Pac-10 title."

Our Natalie wrote to the Cal team and received a thoughtful-page-long letter in reply.


"Supreme Court may consider use of 'fleeting expletives' on TV" report David G. Savage and Jim Puzzanghera in our Times.

"The Supreme Court this week may reopen for the first time in 30 years the debate over what qualifies as an 'indecent' broadcast.

The media environment has changed dramatically since the court last ruled on this issue in 1978: Viewers and listeners today are exposed to the more freewheeling cable TV, Internet and 'shock jocks' on satellite radio.

The issue before the court now is delicately described as the problem of 'fleeting expletives' in over-the-air broadcasts, which are still regulated. TV viewers who watch the entertainment industry's award shows may be familiar with the phenomenon."



"Stock markets fall on US worries" reports BBC NEWS.

"The weak US economy is taking its toll in Japan.

Stock markets worldwide have fallen as investors continue to worry about a possible US recession."



Elizabeth Gillespie of the AP reports "Luxury Homes Burn in Apparent Eco-Attack."

"Three seven-figure dream homes went up in flames early Monday in a Seattle suburb, apparently set by eco-terrorists who left a sign mocking the builders' claims that the 4,000-plus-square-foot houses were environmentally friendly.

The sign - a sheet marked with spray paint - bore the initials ELF, for Earth Liberation Front, a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s."






Henry K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle reports

"A person was shot and killed in Berkeley Monday night in the city's third homicide this year, authorities said today.

The victim, whose identity wasn't released, was shot about 11:30 p.m. on the 1600 block of Russell Street. No further information was immediately available.

The slaying comes a little more than a week after Brandon Terrell Jones, 29, of Berkeley was shot and killed on the 1500 block of Harmon Street, about seven blocks away. No arrests have been made in Jones' Feb. 24 slaying."



Find out about our Ruth Okimoto's film Passing Posten here.

Marvin's film will be shown in France and you can read about it here.
In the upper right hand corner of the page there is a button for the English site.



Here's an email that sent I to our Planning Commissioners on Monday.

Though your recent bus tour of west-Berkeley couldn't help but be informative, I wonder if walking through our Potter Creek wouldn't be more informative. I'm reminded of my Uncle John, a Milwaukee cop, who liked walking a beat, not patrolling in a radio-car. To get a real sense of my neighborhood, and west-Berkeley, come and hang out down here. (Not just on weekends but during the week when we're fully awake and alive.) Come to our restaurants, have a Grayson Burger, look at V&W's showroom-one of our oldest businesses, go for a walk on San Pablo Avenue-the other Ave, sit and watch people at Trieste, walk down 7th Street, buy some chocolate at Scharffen Berger, browse our hardware stores, peek over our fences, talk to our people, watch kids at Ecole Bilingue, and, . . .  plan where to put our John Coltrane Park.
Or not
Ron Penndorf

Sally emails

Such a good idea!



The building on 8th and Heinz has recently been bought. Here is some history about one of its earliest tenants.

On August 10, 2003 I posted "Potter Creek lore has it that pesticides were developed in the '50s by a Hyman Laboratory in a facility at the end of 8th Street. I have been able to confirm that a Julius Hyman invented the pesticides chlordane, aldrin and dieldrin. If any one can confirm that this Julius Hyman was the Hyman of Berkeley or that development was done at the Berkeley Hyman Laboratory, please email me . . ."

In 2004, I received this email from Edward Lorenz, Reid-Knox Professor at Alma College "I have been doing research related to Julius Hyman and just noticed a link to you on Google. I can answer the question you posed in 2003 but would like to see what information you have. Hyman was the 'inventor' of chlordane as well as three other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) - endrin, dieldrin and andrin. He was a founder of Velsicol Chemical in Chicago and was their general manager from 1931-1946 when he quit to found Julus Hyman and Co., in Denver. According to American Men and Women of Science 12th ed., vol. 3, p. 2937, he ran Hyman Labs from 1953-1964 and Fundamental Research Co. after 1958. His address at Fundamental was 2840 Eighth St., Berkeley 94710. I am coming to a conference in San Jose in early August and would very much like to meet you and see this site if you are interested."

Edward Lorenz follows up with an explanation of his interest in Julius Hyman "I hope the information on Julius Hyman helped. I have been interested in him because he was the General manager of Velsicol Chemical, which dumped many tons of DDT and other contaminats into a river here. We have the 5th most expensive superfund clean-up taking place there. Velsicol is being sold, and we're trying to get as many assets as possible."


How times have changes. The new tenant does air quality analysis.


"Allergy cases on the rise; causes subject of debate:Diseases caused by misfiring immune systems increasing, studies suggest" reports Rob Stein of the Washington Post in our Times.

"First, asthma cases shot up, along with hay fever and other common allergic reactions, such as eczema. Then, pediatricians started seeing more children with food allergies. Now, experts are increasingly convinced that a suspected jump in lupus, multiple sclerosis and other afflictions caused by misfiring immune systems is real.

Though the data are stronger for some diseases than others, and part of the increase may reflect better diagnoses, experts estimate that many allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the past few decades, depending on the ailment and country. Some studies now indicate that more than half of the U.S. population has at least one allergy.

The cause remains the focus of intense debate and study, but some researchers suspect the concurrent trends all may have a common explanation rooted in aspects of modern living -- including the 'hygiene hypothesis' that blames growing up in increasingly sterile homes, changes in diet, air pollution and possibly even obesity and increasingly sedentary lifestyles."

Here is the result of Carol Ness' recent Chronicle Taster's Choice: Victory is sweet for Cafe Rouge Italian sausage.

"The panel's favorite was the fennel sausage made by Berkeley's Cafe Rouge ($7 a pound), a large weiner that isn't called Italian but fits the flavor profile. It had a "meaty flavor," "excellent balance" and "nice hit of heat." Some of the panelists commented that it was a little spicy for a sweet sausage - but they liked that. Their only criticism was that it was "a little dry," but that could have meant it was a tad overcooked.

Two would buy this sausage, two might and one wouldn't. (They're sold from the meat counter in the back of the restaurant, 1782 Fourth St.)."



"Clif Bar parts ways with Landing project:Development firm's inability to commit to move-in date cited as reason for Berkeley-based company's withdrawal" writes our Times' Alan Lopez.

"Clif Bar, the much-heralded, Berkeley-based, organic energy snack manufacturer planned as the anchor tenant of the 77-acre Alameda Landing commercial and housing development, has withdrawn from the project.

The vice president for Catellus Development Group in Northern California, developer of the Alameda Landing project, said the reason is that Catellus has not been able to commit to a date when Clif Bar could move into Alameda as part of the first phase of the Alameda Landing development."



"Berkeley group in talks to buy ice-skating rink" reports Kristin Bender in our Times.

"A grass-roots group that wants to reopen the defunct Berkeley Iceland announced Monday that it is in contract to buy the historic art deco ice rink that once hosted Olympic champion skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano."



"Bay Area executives showing little faith:Confidence in business conditions at its lowest ever, survey shows"
writes the Times' George Avalos.
"The confidence of Bay Area executives in business conditions has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded by the quarterly Business Confidence Survey, a business group reported today."



"Housing market slowing in Europe" reports BBC NEWS.

"House price growth across Europe slowed sharply in the second half of 2007, according to a report.

A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said rising interest rates, not the credit crunch, were the prime reason for the slowdown.

It predicted a further downturn in markets across the continent in 2008 but said that the UK was better placed than most for prices to stabilise.

House prices rose fastest in Poland in 2007, but fell the most in Ireland."








Kimar emails early morning

Hi Ron
Apparently there is another tree sitter on campus near wheeler hall, there is a fence around the tree and 24 hr 2 cops patrol to keep people from getting food and water to him, this guwants to call attention to Cal in general, the regents and a bunch of other stuff.
The quote of the day comes from the asst chief of the UCB campus police
"a lot of people are sick and tired of seeing people in trees"


Our David Snipper emails

Greetings Ron

Men in trees? Sounds a little retrogressive to me. . . .

"Tree-sitter's battle branches out at Cal" reports Patricia Yollin in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"In the tree-sitting business, where location is everything, UC Berkeley's newest arboreal celebrity is holding court from the branches of a huge oak in the heart of campus.

'Some people walk by and tell me to get a job,' said the protester, who answers to Fresh, on Wednesday afternoon. 'But a lot of people are tired of being apathetic.'

Fresh said he climbed into a nearby cedar on Feb. 25 and set up a banner with these words on it: 'The world is watching. Can UC change?' A few day later, he came down but then took up residence in the oak tree, which is across from Wheeler Hall and just north of Sather Gate and Sproul Plaza.

His concerns are broad - everything from Cal's deals with BP and Dow Chemical to how it treats campus custodians and Indian remains - but his major target is the UC Board of Regents that governs the university.

'They show no accountability to the students or community,' said Fresh, whose face was mostly covered by a scarf."



"Small bomb hits NY Times Square" reports BBC NEWS.

"The blast hit the army recruiting centre in the small hours. An explosive device has caused minor damage to a military recruitment centre on New York City's Times Square. The centre was empty and no-one was injured in the pre-dawn blast, which smashed a glass window.

The recruiting station, located on a traffic island, has occasionally been the site of anti-war protests."


This is the third "bicycle-bomber, bombing" in Manhattan in three years. The other two were detonated at the Mexican and British Consulates. This one at a military recruiting station.

Gee, . . . I wonder where they could have gotten that idea?




"Explosive Devices Found at UC Davis" reports the AP.

"A student is in custody following the discovery of explosive devices at the University of California, Davis.

University police Capt. Joyce Souza tells the Sacramento Bee that investigators found what appears to be two pipe bombs in a dorm.

Four hundred students have been evacuated from eight dormitory buildings while police investigate.

Police became aware of the situation Wednesday night after a woman reported that students had possible explosive devices in a dorm room. Police say after questioning four students they arrested 19-year-old Mark Woods, a freshman from Southern California.

He's being held on possession of materials with the intent to make an explosive or destructive device and other charges."


Like I said, this ain't the '60s any more.



"Chief predicts cheap hybrid batteries:Maker of sports car says energy sources will be a commodity in future as others take on technology" writes Frank Jordans in our Times.

"A niche car manufacturer from California says that virtually all automakers will install super-efficient lithium-ion batteries in hybrid vehicles within a decade, but that their slowness opens up a booming market for a range of greener cars.

In an interview, the head of Fisker Automotive says his company is well-positioned to pioneer fast but efficient automobiles.

'For me, it's important to create a vehicle that's so sexy you've just got to have it, and later, you find out that you can go 80 kilometers (50 miles) without using any gas,' Henrik Fisker says. 'That's how far 75 percent of people in Europe drive every day. If all of those people drove plug-in hybrids, we would get rid of all our emission problems, and our dependence on foreign oil.'

Fisker says his company has been getting 'between 50 and 100 orders a week' for its plug-in electric hybrid Karma sports car, which will begin rolling off the production line in the fourth quarter of 2009. An order backlog means new buyers will have to wait another year to get their cars.

A version of the sleek, silver concept car was on display at the Geneva Auto Show this week with a sticker price of $80,000 for the United States. But with a shape reminiscent of an Aston Martin, where Fisker was formerly design director, and features including a solar-paneled roof, the company sees room for growth."

the Fisker

Car-guy, Jerry Victor hipped me to the possibility solar panels in car-roofs way back.









I called Mary Lawrence the other day to tell her that an old friend's daughter emailed me asking to help her get in touch with Mary. That I did, and while talking with Mary found that a film documentary is being made of Mary's life. "'Bout time" I said , Mary laughed and replied "You know, it all started with those photos of mine you put up." 

Well, Ok then.


This site will receive 2,000,000 hits this year, at the current level of traffic.


Harold Lawrence, Mary's husband, produced some of the great classical records of the LP Era. My current favorite are the Tchaikovsky Suites for Orchestra, currently availalbe on CD. Harold produced this 1967 recording with Antal Dorati and the New Philharmonia for Mercury Records. Originally one of Harold's stunning Living Presence productions, this 1997 digital remaster is still alive with melody and rhythm.

John R. Blackburn Jr. writes to Border's

"This 2-CD set represents the finest recording of Tchaikovsky's four orchestral suites. The performance is rich and dynamic. The Philips engineers have done a wonderful job of digitally remastering the original 1967 recordings, and the sound quality is better than most recent full digital classical music. . . . to those who take the time to listen, one finds exquisite melodies and arrangements here. A marvelous package at a very reasonable price. Very highly recommended."



Our Planet's Justin DeFreitas writes "Moving Pictures: Pacific Film Archive Presents the Magic of Orson Welles."



"Berkeley stadium standstill" writes the Times' Kristin Bender. "They wear bandannas on their faces and rarely speak from the tree perches where some have lived for more than a year.

The public doesn't know their names because they use pseudonyms, such as Otter and Chewing Gum, to protect their identities from police and UC Berkeley officials.

But almost everyone from Bolinas to Bakersfield and from Alameda to Atherton knows about the tree sitters of Berkeley -- a handful of non-students who live and sleep on suspended wooden platforms in the trees they are trying to save from being razed to make room for a $125 million sports training center for the Cal Golden Bears football team and 12 other teams.

The tree sit may be the public face of the 15-month controversy over the training center plans, but opponents of the plan -- which include the city of Berkeley, an environmental foundation and a neighborhood association -- say larger issues are at stake if the university moves forward.

Those issues include the wisdom of building a new complex on an earthquake fault that scientists say is overdue for a major temblor, the livability of the neighborhood and increased traffic congestion.

'While the trees are important to a lot of people, they are not the reason the city filed a suit in this case,' said Zach Cowan, acting city attorney. 'The city has been primarily focused on public safety and emergency response and to have a planning process by the campus that was rational.'

The city of Berkeley is one of four entities that sued the university to stop the training center project. Three of the four lawsuits were consolidated and testimony in the cases continues today in a Hayward courtroom.

The plaintiffs come from diverse backgrounds -- the California Oak Foundation, the Panoramic Hill Association and a group called Save Tightwad Hill all sued.

But the lawsuits follow similar themes: The university did not do the appropriate environmental studies or adequately consider alternatives to the grove site where the training center is to be built."



"Student arrested after police find pipe bombs:More than 450 UC Davis students spend night in dining halls after devices found" reports the AP.

"A freshman was arrested Thursday after two partially assembled pipe bombs were found in his dormitory room at UC Davis, authorities said.

More than 450 students who spent the night in dining halls or at the homes of family and friends as a precaution were allowed back to their dorms Thursday afternoon. Authorities said there was no imminent danger of explosions and no evidence of terrorism. No classes were canceled.

Police arrested 18-year-old Mark Woods, an economics major from Torrance, after questioning three other students. University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said that Woods was cooperating with authorities. No other arrests are expected.

Woods was being held on possession of materials with the intent to make an explosive or destructive device and other charges and possession with intent to make such a device on school grounds. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.

'Police investigators say there is nothing to indicate that this case was related to a terrorist act,' a university statement said. 'The investigation is continuing.'

Police became aware of the situation Wednesday night after a woman reported that students had possible explosive devices.

Two partially assembled pipe bombs were found in Woods' dorm room, Lapin said. She said a roommate said that Woods was curious and liked to experiment but was a serious student and would have had no criminal intent.
Investigators carted off about five milk crates full of material from his room, mostly powdered substances, Lapin said.

Woods was being held Thursday at the Yolo County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000."

Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here


"Authorities hunt for clues in Times Square blast, rule out link to Capitol Hill letters" reports Tom Hays of the AP.

"Authorities on Friday were investigating whether an explosion at the Times Square military recruiting office was connected to strikingly similar bombings at two foreign consulates in New York, but ruled out a link to mysterious letters sent to Congressional offices.

Investigators were also scrutinizing surveillance video and forensic evidence after a bicycle-riding bomber struck the landmark station Thursday, scarring one of the world's most recognizable locations.

Authorities said there was no connection between the blast and a letter sent to as many as 100 members of Congress bearing the words 'Happy New Year, We Did It.'

The lengthy anti-war letters - which arrived with photos of a man standing in front of the recruiting office before it was damaged - contained no threats, officials said.

Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles, said an individual was questioned there about the letters to Congress and 'there is no evidence linking the letters, which contained no threat, to the bombing.'

A law enforcement official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation of the bombing is continuing, called the timing of the letters an 'incredibly unbelievable coincidence' and said no charges were expected in connection with them.

Democratic lawmakers were startled to receive the letters in their office mail just hours after the early morning New York bombing, and turned them over to the Capitol Police."



"Marines keep Bay Area offices open" reports John Simerman in our Times. "Marine Corps recruiting offices in the Bay Area remained open Thursday after the early-morning bombing of a recruiting station in New York City's Times Square, a Marine Corps spokesman said."



"Mortgage crisis slices into equity:As housing industry woes appear to be worsening, debt outpaces values that homeowners have built" reports our Times' Barbara E. Hernandez

"Juan Medina, who spent 30 years working at U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, has no equity on his house here and an adjustable-rate mortgage for which the interest-only payment has gone up to $5,500 a month.

'I'm retired,' Medina, 62, said. 'I tried at least 20 different lenders and there's no equity in the home.'
Although the notice of public auction was slated for Feb. 26, it was postponed until April 9. The home, according to estimates on ForeclosureRadar, has lost about $27,258 in equity, and Medina is one of the 8.8 million homeowners who now owes more than the house is worth.

For the first time since the Federal Reserve started tracking the data in 1945, the amount of debt tied up in American homes exceeds the equity homeowners have built.

The Fed reported Thursday that homeowner equity actually slipped below 50 percent in the second quarter of last year, and fell to just less than 48 percent in the fourth quarter.

And the housing industry's woes only seem to be getting worse."




3/8/08 and following here




Eternally useful links

In our rainy season you can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails A very

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If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.


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Crime Log for 94710 is here

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