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Eva Brook, a new reader emails

I was thrilled when I saw your Berkeley Bowl updates online - we are eagerly awaiting its opening, and I often drive up Heinz St. on my way home from work to see the progress. Even better, now I can get your photos.



Wednesday evening San Pablo Park

crime-watch meeting


Over 50 people attended last night's meeting, including a healthy representation by Berkeley PD--I counted five officers at one time plus Lt Hamilton of Oakland. Councilman Darryl Moore hosted the gathering. The meeting was also covered by press, including Richard Brenneman of our Planet--the old-f@#t in the hat. 
Ten or so Potter Creeker's attended, including Bob and Carol Bowman, Gene Agress, Ruth and Marvin, Tak, Kubik and me. And there was a very-good representation by the folks of the San Pablo Park neighborhood.

What particularly sticks with me from the meeting is what the police and officials would like us to do to help. Our Gene Agress asked simply "What can we do?"
we can
form watch groups
get to know our neighbors, barbecue time is here
aggressively report crime, if something feels wrong it often is
and from the Assistant DA, write judges encouraging realistic, responsible sentencing.


After the San Pablo Park meeting Wednesday evening, I emailed those on my list that at the meeting Officer Andrew Frankel reported Oakland PD has a person of interest in custody in relation to the take-over robberies on San Pablo Avenue, including our Good Vibrations and Famous Foam.


Today, Doug Oakley of our Times reports "A man who may be responsible for five takeover-style robberies of businesses in Berkeley and three in Oakland was arrested this week, Berkeley police said.

'As of two days ago, there's a person of interest in custody who was arrested by the Oakland police," Berkeley police Officer Andrew Frankel told Berkeley residents during a community crime meeting at San Pablo Park on Wednesday.

The man, who is described by police as black and in his late teens to late twenties, wears a mask during the robberies and uses a handgun with a long barrel, Berkeley police said. In several instances, the man has robbed customers who were in a business at the time of the robbery.

The crime spree started April 15 with a robbery at Famous Foam Factory at San Pablo Avenue and Channing Way in Berkeley and was followed the next day by a robbery at Eco Home Improvement a few blocks away on San Pablo.

Two days later, he robbed the Good Vibrations store at San Pablo and Dwight Way.

Since then, police believe he is responsible for two other Berkeley takeover robberies, one at New Economy Laundry on Sacramento Street and the other at a Subway sandwich store on University Avenue near San Pablo.

He also may have robbed a bicycle shop and two adult bookstores in Oakland, Berkeley police said.
Frankel said the case has taken up plenty of manpower because in each instance there have been several victimswho had to be interviewed.

During the Good Vibrations robbery, at least 30 patrons were in the store attending a seminar, Frankel said. Police believe the man is acting independently of a group who robbed eight restaurants and their customers in Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville and San Leandro late last month.

Oakland police Lt. Freddie Hamilton, who also was at the community crime meeting, declined to provide further details beyond what Berkeley police announced about the arrest."

Today Tak emails


A Times news article reports what was revealed to us at the Wednesday
night meeting at San Pablo Park in case you hadn't seen it yet.

I'm really happy to hear that this robber got caught. We were afraid
that this particular string of crimes in our area was going to end
badly with someone, the criminal, robbery victims or bystanders,
getting seriously injured or killed. And though this article doesn't
say so, it appears that the suspect is from Oakland where he was

I'm concerned though that this reinforces a tendency amongst some
leaders in Berkeley to attribute most of our crime problems to
"outsiders." It is factually true that much of the crime here is
committed by people from Oakland or Richmond. I've seen it myself in
my own little area just north of Dwight Way where over the years some
of the drug dealers who've been picked up here were from as far away
as Vallejo. But much of the crime is attributable to Berkeley
residents. My observation is that most of the current drug dealing in
West Berkeley is being conducted by local youngsters. It is easier for
those of us in Berkeley to place our focus on other cities because it
avoids very difficult questions about our own city.

This most recent set of meetings about the current crime wave isn't
the only occasion where I've noticed this. I recall a few years ago in
a meeting organized to oppose the half-assed prostitution
"decriminalization" initiative, Mayor Bates talked about prostitution
along San Pablo Avenue as if the both the prostitutes and the johns
were all from outside the city. I knew this wasn't true because I
recognized some of the women on the street as being residents of West
Berkeley. And I'm sure that many of the johns were also locals.

During the last local elections for school board, there was a
candidate running on a platform to limit students from outside
Berkeley from transferring into the Berkeley schools. The suggestion
was that these students aggravated the achievement gap and increased
the rowdiness and criminality around the schools. But of course much
of the gap and rowdiness is attributable to students from within

I don't have any great answers on what to do in Berkeley to fix our
problems. Our problems like those of other cities are embedded in
American history and mired in our current economic, social and
political realities. And here especially in Berkeley, any direct
discussion of the problems would likely soon become truly bogged down
in the minefields of hyper ideological and dogmatic debate.

But I do ask that while we understand that some of our local crime is
caused by non-Berkeley people, that much of it is home grown. We in
Berkeley can't effect much change in other cities, and it isn't clear
at all what can be done within Berkeley. But lets not let ourselves
off the hook and place a disproportionate amount of focus on people
from other cities.

Tak Nakamoto





"Mystery, Anger Cloud Story Of Friday Night Shooting" writes our Planet's Richard Brenneman.

"Anger over the brazen Friday night shooting in a troubled Berkeley neighborhood has renewed calls for a greater police presence and pitted neighbor against neighbor.

While the news media focused on murder and a hostage standoff in the affluent Berkeley Hills, some folks who live near the intersection of Sacramento and Oregon streets wonder why they can't get more attention from City Hall and police headquarters.

A dispute that erupted on the street about 9:45 p.m. Friday ended up at Bob's Liquors, where a 16-year-old was shot three times, said one neighbor who declined to be identified by name."


And Jaxon Van Derbeken of the Chronicle also reports

"Berkeley police were searching Wednesday for two men who they say shot a 16-year-old boy during a
South Berkeley liquor store confrontation over the weekend.

The incident began at 9:39 p.m. Saturday, when one of the two men now being sought confronted a man outside the store at Sacramento and Oregon streets, police said in a statement.

That man fled inside, followed by the two suspects. The man's 16-year- old brother dashed to his aid and got into a struggle with the two suspects.

The younger brother was shot repeatedly during the struggle and seriously wounded.

One of the gunmen is described as African American in his mid- to late-20s, about 6 feet tall, with a slim build, and short cropped hair. He was wearing a black jacket, white shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes with bluish stripes.

The second suspect, also African American, is described as being in his mid to late 20s. He had a chubby face, medium build and is about 5-foot-8. He wore a black baseball cap, dark blue jacket, blue jeans and black shoes with white trim on the bottom.

Police released still photos taken from the store cameras during the incident and are asking for the public's help in identifying the men. Anyone with information is urged to call the Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or (510) 981-5900."


Pictures of our Thursday evening crime meeting are here


ACTIVSPACE crime-watch-meeting photos are here




Marsha Wacko recommends watching "Surf's Up" to feel good!





"More shoppers seeking shelter from economy in discounters" reports Anne D'Innocenzio in our Times.

"Caught in the maelstrom of higher gas and food prices, Americans-even more affluent ones-are seeking shelter in wholesale clubs and discount apparel chains.

Low-price operators Costco Wholesale Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and TJX Cos. reported better-than-expected sales on Thursday, while traditional apparel chains J.C. Penney Co. and Limited Brands Inc. struggled.

'The smart shopper is in full bloom,' said Craig R. Johnson, president of consultancy Customer Growth Partners. 'They're looking to stretch their household budgets, and if you can get decent quality
merchandise, why pay full price?'

'Smart shopping" is sweeping through all wage classes, analysts say, and it could spell trouble for retailers' profits and for the economy, too."









Our 12th Annual Jazz on Fourth Street is Sunday May 18th--more here.


"The City Council took the following actions on Tuesday, May 6" reports Judith Scherr in the Planet.

"The City Council approved 5-2 a resolution to rescind an April 2006 resolution, defining "cultural" activities at the Gaia Building on Allston Way. Councilmembers Darryl Moore, Max Anderson, Kriss Worthington, Dona Spring and Mayor Tom Bates voted to approve the resolution (after several failed votes). Councilmembers Gordon Wozniak and Betty Olds abstained. Councilmember Linda Maio recused herself and Councilmember Laurie Capitelli was absent."


"A second suspect has been charged in connection with a series of takeover-style restaurant robberies in Oakland, authorities said Friday" writeHenry K. Lee and John Coté of the Chronicle.

Laron Williams, 18, who was already in custody for an auto-theft case, was charged with robbing the Red Boy Pizza at 1500 Leimert Blvd. on March 31 and robbing the Round Table Pizza at 398 Grand Ave. on April 6, said Tom Rogers, an Alameda County assistant district attorney.
Williams is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on seven counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and two counts of false imprisonment for allegedly preventing two people from leaving the Red Boy restaurant."

Bob Kubik reports that "the hookers are back on San Pablo Avenue"

Last night around 9PM, I ran off vandals at the warehouse before they did any real damage

Soon on Scrambled Eggs, how New York City's Transit Authority reduced crime on their subway system
"The Broken Window Theory"









"Magic of radio returns live for one night" writes Pat Craig of our Times.

"A long time ago, when the Lone Ranger and Superman came to life in your mind and visited weekly from somewhere beyond the Atwater Kent glowing invitingly from the corner, radio was a big deal.
No, it was THE big deal.

There was no Wii. There was no TiVo, and even if there had been, there wasn't yet anything to TiVo.
Radio brought big-time entertainment into the living room, with a quality and variety that eclipsed the best of charades, Ma's piano playing and a taffy pull with Sis and Dad.

And the way it was created for the living room was almost as much a mystery as the invisible waves that transported it there. Tuesday in San Francisco, members of the Bay Area Broadcast Legends, a group of mostly retired Bay Area broadcasters, will demonstrate the magic with a reenactment of 'The Tell-Tale Bullet,' an original 'Lone Ranger' script, performed live, with authentic sound effects.

The group will gather for 'Golden Memories of Radio,' sponsored by the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society in the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, for the show, which will include broadcast veterans, such as Dave Parker, of the first "Lone Ranger" cast."

Broadcast Legends' "Golden Memories of Radio"
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco
7 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. program May 13
Free to members, $5 to nonmembers at the door



"Turmoil in financial markets has eased somewhat, but the situation is still 'far from normal,' Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday" writes the AP's Jeannine Aversa.
"The central bank has taken a number of unconventional steps - especially since March, when the credit crisis intensified - to help squeezed banks and big investment firms overcome problems and try to get credit flowing more freely again.

Those efforts appear to be paying off and 'have contributed to some improvement in financing markets,' the Fed chief said in prepared remarks delivered via satellite to a financial markets conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in Sea Island, Georgia."



"Who's the superpower now?" asks Michael T. Klare.

"As oil prices drain the U.S. of military power and influence, Russia is rising as a world force again.

Nineteen years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall effectively eliminated the Soviet Union as the world's other superpower. Yes, the USSR as a political entity stumbled on for another two years, but it was clearly an ex-superpower from the moment it lost control over its satellites in Eastern Europe.

Less than a month ago, the United States similarly lost its claim to superpower status when a barrel of crude oil roared past $110 on the international market, gasoline prices crossed the $3.50 threshold at American pumps, and diesel fuel topped $4. As was true of the USSR following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the USA will no doubt continue to stumble on like the superpower it once was; but as the nation's economy continues to be eviscerated to pay for its daily oil fix, it, too, will be seen by increasing numbers of savvy observers as an ex-superpower in the making." 









"Water rationing imposed on East Bay" writes the Times' Mike Taugher.

"Water deliveries to 1.3 million East Bay residents will be rationed for the first time since the early 1990s after the East Bay Municipal Utility District board of directors on Tuesday declared an emergency water shortage and prohibited a list a potentially wasteful water practices.

The crackdown is designed to reduce water use by 15 percent and was made necessary by two consecutive dry years and severely depleted reservoirs in the central Sierra.

Effective immediately, EBMUD customers are prohibited from hosing off sidewalks, washing cars without using shutoff nozzles, irrigating on consecutive days and a host of other items."


Regan found a"new" kitten in his yard this morning. A home has been found for the kitten, thnaks to the Scrambled Eggs lost kitten service.


Went to Ruth and Marvin's open house Sunday.The food was specially delicious, prepared sushi that was fresh and fresh fruits, fragrant with perfume. I asked Ruth where they came from and she emailed


Thanks for coming to our open house.

Musashi Restaurant
2126 Dwight Way (between Shattuck & Oxford)

(510) 843-2017

It's a small restaurant with tables for lunch & dinner.



Cracker Jack Chronicle East Bay reporter, Carolyn Jones was on Channel 9's "This Week in Northern California" last Friday. She reported on Vallejo;s pending bankrupcy. Here presentation was fact-filled, focused and informative. And let's face it, . . . she's a babe.


The Goldin bros are going to New York and Chicago over the next few weeks. They're visiting a New York furnishings' show next week and in June, showing their designs at NEOCON in Chicago. I've seen part of their display--impressive.

Their mom, by the way, looks just like Dianne Keaton--no, not a little-like, just-like. Another babe!




"Craigslist founder urges activism in UC Berkeley commencement speech" reports Matt Krupnick.

"In a rambling and mostly off-the-cuff speech under a hot afternoon sun, Newmark said he no longer has the energy to save the world but has been encouraged by the drive of the younger generation. Playing to the University of Califoirnia, Berkeley's liberal reputation, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark told graduating seniors Tuesday that they will be responsible for 'rebuilding' the country after President Bush's term ends."



"Locavores get vocal" writes the Times' Barbara Kobsar.
"A new word has quietly slipped into the food system to nudge along the buying local movement. Locavores, coined by four San Francisco women in 2005, was the 2007 word of the year for the Oxford American Dictionary, and brings the concepts of eating and ecology to another level.

A locavore tries to only eat food grown or produced locally. What "local" means is up for interpretation, but a 100 mile radius around where you live has become the standard. With dozens of seasonal farmers markets opening in May, this is a good time to find and buy local produce."



"Firms ride Bike to Work popularity" writes Janis Mara in our Times.

"Every morning, Crescent Diamond hops on her silver three-speed Trek bicycle and pedals 212 miles to work at Berkeley-based solar energy company Sun Light & Power. On Thursday, tens of thousands of Bay Area workers are expected to do the same for Bay Area Bike to Work Day."


"Energizer stations fuel Bike to Work Day" reports Kelli Phillips in the Times.

"Bike to Work Day lasts just 24 hours, but preparing for the cycling awareness event can take weeks.

'We're getting so close now,' said Marci McGuire, Bishop Ranch Business Park program manager. 'We're going all out. We'll be working on it (Friday) and every single day from now until probably about 10 o'clock the night before.'
By Thursday's Bike to Work Day event, McGuire and her staff will have stuffed 600 backpacks with snack bars, cycling literature and other goods for the San Ramon business park's energizer station. The refueling site is one of 190 across the Bay Area and its the largest in Contra Costa County.

'Marci really does a good job,' said East Bay Bicycle Coalition Chairman Dave Campbell. 'Last year, she had 400 to 500 cyclists come through.'


"Public transit adjusts to surge in ridership" report Erik N. Nelson and Denis Cuff in our Times.

"Traffic congestion and air pollution have long spurred transportation officials and environmental advocates to urge, cajole and beg commuters to switch to public transit. Still, the vast majority of Bay Area commuters wouldn't budge from behind the wheel.

As gasoline prices climb past $4 a gallon, however, commuters are moving to public transportation in huge numbers, breaking records on BART, commuter trains and transbay bus routes." 

"Calif. ballot measures address property-right concerns" reports Samantha young of the AP.

"Barbara Gonzel has lived in a two-bedroom duplex in northwest Los Angeles for 13 years, protected from the region's soaring housing costs by the city's rent-control ordinance.

That could change, and Gonzel could find herself paying hundreds of dollars more in monthly rent, if voters approve one of two property rights initiatives on the June 3 primary election ballot.

One of the measures, Proposition 98, is supported by landlords and business owners and contains a provision that would phase out local rent-control ordinances for apartments, duplexes and mobile home parks.

It also would eliminate tenant-protection rules that could make it easier for landlords to evict renters. The ballot measure is opposed by renters groups, mobile home residents, senior advocates and some of the state's leading politicians."


"EBay may require PayPal use" reports the AP's Amanda Fehd.

"EBay Inc. is exploring whether to require customers to use its online payment service PayPal, a move that has angered users and prompted antitrust scrutiny in Australia, where a PayPal-only rule takes effect next month.

It's unclear whether eBay will institute a similar policy in the United States and other countries. However, the online auction company often tries big changes in smaller markets before expanding them worldwide, and says it is open to that in this case."



 "A man was killed Tuesday and a second was injured in a shooting just south of the UC Berkeley campus, the second slaying near the university in less than two weeks, police said" writes Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle.

The victim, identified by relatives as Maceo Smith, 33, of Berkeley was found in a parking lot at 2542 Durant Ave., a block from the campus at about 3:50 p.m., Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said. Smith was shot just up the street and staggered to the lot before collapsing, police said.

A second man whose name wasn't released was shot and injured and took himself to Highland Hospital in Oakland, Kusmiss said.

No arrests have been made in the slaying, Berkeley's fifth homicide this year. " 


"Files released on UFO sightings" reports BBC NEWS.

"Secret files on UFO sightings have been made available for the first time by the Ministry of Defence.
The documents, which can be downloaded from the National Archives website, cover the period from 1978 to 1987.
They include accounts of strange lights in the sky and unexplained objects being spotted by the public, armed forces and police officers."










"Thursday Declared First Spare the Air Day" reports the Chronicle's Michael Cabanatuan.

[Today] will be the Bay Area's first Spare the Air Day of the 2008 smog season, air quality officials said this afternoon. And while they're encouraging people to ride public transit, they're not offering free rides.

Coincidentally, tomorrow is also the Bay Area's annual Bike to Work Day. And transit officials are hoping drivers will ride their bikes to transit services, particularly BART and ferries.

Forecasters for the weather district called the Spare the Air Day because of anticipated hot weather and a lack of wind - perfect conditions for brewing smog. During Spare the Air Days, Bay Area residents are asked to take transit, minimize driving, turn up the thermostat on their air conditioners and avoid using aerosol sprays or gas-powered lawn mowers.


"Richmond launches anti-graffiti campaign" writes Katherine Tam of our Times.

"Richmond is recruiting volunteers in the battle against graffiti, and arming them with cleaning supplies to scrub public property clean as soon as they see it's marked up.

The first team was trained Saturday, and the call has gone out citywide for more people willing to roll up their sleeves."



"33 Revolutions cafe is in the vinyl groove" is a review by Jessica Yadegaran

"You'd be lost without that Shuffle, but boy, do you miss the feeling of your nail nicking vinyl.

At one point, the East Bay was home to a wealth of record stores brimming with classic and rare finds. But, much like video killing the radio star, our laptops and the CDs have buried LPs. Oakland's Saturn Records is gone, and so is dba Brown. Grooveyard Records and Mod Lang can sustain only so many music lovers, right?

Don't be such a whiner. Records will outlive CDs, whose sales have been down 20 percent for the past two years.

It's with this attitude that I barreled down San Pablo Boulevard during the weekend, with my boyfriend Joel, to check out El Cerrito's latest spot, 33 Revolutions Record Shop & Cafe. The brainchild of the former tea buyer for Whole Foods and his vinyl-collecting business partner, I was expecting a small funky space decorated with kettles and vintage posters, where shelves of rare leaves would promise me perma-antioxidant bliss and Billie Holiday would help by cooing in the background."










A PG&E transformer burnt-out on service in front of Tippett just before Noon today.

lineman working on pole

there are a couple more photos here



"Drewrey's carried load for Cal" writes the Times' Jonathan Okanes.

"Cal's Marissa Drewrey led the Bears to a 9-0 stomping of Pacific Wednesday in Berkeley.

With two pitchers returning with starting experience and another joining the staff as a heralded freshman, Cal's softball team was hoping it would have a deep corps of hurlers this season. Instead, the Bears have had to lean heavily on one arm to carry most of the load.

The Bears open the NCAA Tournament today in a double-elimination regional at Fresno State, and sophomore Marissa Drewrey, like always, will be on the mound. Drewrey has started 42 games for Cal this season, third-most at the school in a single season."


"Bates Privatizes State of the City Address" reports Judith Scherr of our Planet.

"Breaking with tradition, Mayor Tom Bates made his 'state-of-the-city' address Tuesday night, not at a public gathering in City Council Chambers, but at a semi-private event held in a privately owned West Berkeley auditorium.

Why no City Hall event?

"Bates reminded the gathering-invitees who had received personal e-mails from staff-that last year just as he began his state-of-the-city address, the sound system in the Council Chambers died. He ended up giving the speech with a makeshift microphone.

This year the mayor said he took no chances. He went to the private sector-directly to the folks who know sound best in Berkeley: the event was held at Meyer Sound on Tenth Street near Heinz Street.

The Daily Planet was not notified of the event-an invitee informed a reporter. Even though the reporter's name did not figure on the guest list, the reporter was permitted to attend by mayoral staff.

The hour-long-or so-speech meandered from visions of a downtown thick with luxury condos, four-star hotels, first-class theater and gourmet eateries to the greening of the city, with networks of shuttle buses,
green-built high-rises and lush sports fields the East Bay Regional Parks District has christened Tom Bates Fields."




"Four Oakland men are in custody after they allegedly stole $6,000 in a takeover robbery of a Berkeley credit union and led police on a chase, authorities said" writes Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle.

"The robbers, who wore surgical-type masks, walked into the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union at 2001 Ashby Ave. about noon Tuesday and ordered employees and customers to the ground, police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.

Two of the men were armed with guns, Kusmiss said.
During the robbery, a credit union employee was hit in the back of her head, police said. She was not seriously injured.

The men fled, but another employee was able to write down the license plate number of their Chrysler, authorities said.

Oakland police spotted the car on Edwards Avenue in East Oakland and chased it until it crashed into a parked car near 66th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.

Arrested were Christopher Roberson, 22; Calvin Sloan, 20; Tellas Jett, 28; and Eugene Moses, 29. They were booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm, obstructing a peace officer, conspiracy, robbery and evading police.

Roberson, Jett and Moses are being held without bail because they are parolees. Sloan is being held in lieu of $183,200."


"Arrest made in slaying near UC Berkeley" reports Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.

"Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with Tuesday's killing of Maceo Anthony Smith, a father of three, near the University of California, Berkeley, campus.

Nathaniel Curtis Freeman, 19, of Berkeley, turned himself in to Berkeley police Wednesday afternoon after police searched his parents' Berkeley home and found a message on the telephone answering machine from Freeman, alluding to his involvement in the crime, sources close to the case said Thursday.Freeman was with an attorney when he surrendered but refused to be interviewed by police, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

He has been charged with one count of homicide and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He remains in the Berkeley City Jail on a no-bail hold and is due in court for an arraignment today."



"US inflation eases but food soars" reports BBC NEWS.

"US food prices jumped at the fastest pace for 18 years in April, but consumer price inflation still eased.

Consumer prices rose 0.2% in the month, down from March's figure of 0.3%, even though food costs jumped by 0.9%, according to Labor Department figures.

Rising food prices were offset by falling prices in categories such as household furnishings and transport." 

Russia's St Petersburg Times has a feature, Vox Populi. In the current issue, Russians speak about the increase in their food cost.

Vladimir Ignatenko, 55, electrician:
I noticed how the prices for food went up. About eight months ago, I used to spend only 200 rubles [$8.10] when I stopped by a grocery store to buy the most essential food, and now I have to spend 500 rubles [$20] on the same items. That is - I pay more than twice as much for food now. It's a nightmare.
However, since my wife and I are getting older we have decided to keep eating what we are used to in order to stay healthy and 'keep the doctor away.' What we noticed, though, is that now we can't save anything anymore. We used to save something for our grandson but we can't do it now. The prices are terrible.

Yelena Timofeyeva, 43, box office administrator:
We have begun to buy less food. For instance, we hardly ever buy cottage cheese or cheese. We buy less meat.
This year we also couldn't have a vacation by the sea. We just couldn't save enough money for it. Prices for tickets also go up but salaries don't. So, we'll just go to our grandmother in the country. People have been put in a survival situation.

Oleg Vilkov, 21, student:
In my case I buy all the same food that I used to. Of course, I noticed that milk, bread and eggs have become more expensive but it didn't affect me.

Svetlana Ovod, 42, teacher:
The food price rises have affected me. Now I have to buy less meat, fish, dairy products and white bread. Actually I now buy only milk, and only rarely cheese. Half a year ago I used to buy cheese often. I like cheese, and I used to have it for breakfast every day but now I have it very rarely.
Of course, I need to economize on other things now. Basically, I now spend most of my money on my child's needs and I forget about my own needs.
What can be done in this situation? I think you simply have to find a better-paid job.

Anatoly Plotnikov, 57, electrical mechanic:
We noticed that prices have gone up but it hasn't affected us, and we continue to buy the same set of products. We need to eat anyway. And it hasn't affected other parts of life.

Nina Yegorova, 70, pensioner:
I'm OK in this situation because I live with the family of my son and they help me out. However, my elderly neighbor, who lives alone, really struggles to make ends meet. She eats very little fruit, vegetables and almost no meat. She basically eats only bread, milk and cottage cheese.

Marina Andreyeva, 50, economist:
It's now sad to go to a grocery store. I drink less milk now, buy cheaper cheese, cheaper yogurts. Fruit is expensive, too, but I keep buying it because I've got children. Maybe the new president can improve the situation?
You know, people at work often discuss food prices now. I don't remember much talk about it before, but now it's a constant topic."








This week, Lipofsky had a talk with John Norheim about the future plans of Wareham for the block they just purchased--9th to10th and Pardee to Carleton. Marvin said, though Norheim doesn't know just what's planned, he's sure it will be first-class. Marvin, it seems, isn't so much concerned about first-class as he is about size.


Yesterday morning, Wendy Tokuda did a few minutes on CHANNEL 5 Morning News about her Mom, with an interview and great old photos. Today Mrs Tokuda, the Mom, is receiving an honorary batchelors degree up in Seattle, her home. Seems her studies, and life, were interrupted by The Internment in 1942.



Our Geralyn emails

Aloha Kakou!
I just wanted to let you know that the Berkeley Buddhist Temple on Channing and Shattuck is having its Satsuki Bazaar this weekend. There will be entertainment on Sunday, which includes a Jazz ensemble, Taiko drumming and...hula!
I will be announcing the one hour program for the Berkeley based "Hui Hula o na Pu'u i ka Noe" dance troupe. This job was placed in my hands a couple of nights ago so I don't know how smooth my emcee-ing will go, but who really cares? Come over and sample the food offerings, soak in some music and dance, not to mention some sun, and have fun!
The hula starts at noon, so I hope to see you there!
A hui hou!
Geralyn aka Keolani





Our Ryan Lau emails

First Annual Kids Triathlon:  Swim, Bike, Run
Please join us at the Cit of Berkeley Aquatics Program's First Annual Kids Triathlon.  The event will be on Saturday, May 31 2008 at the King Swim Center, 1700 Hopkins Street, 9:00 AM ­ 12:00 noon for youth ages 6 to 18.  The day's events include guest speakers and awards for the children who participate in the event.

For more information, please call Phil Harper-Cotton at (510) 981 5146


Voices Against Violence Leadership Academy
What do we do?
Youth Works and the Recreation Division are co-sponsoring an eight-week Leadership Academy service.  This is designed to help young people develop tools to resist violence as a way of life, while developing job and career skills.  Youth will receive 15 paid hours per week for work-related service projects.  Participants take part in a variety of leadership development and empowerment activities, including arts and media integration, community service projects, life-skills training, education field trips, and conflict resolution and peace-making strategies.

June 16-August 9
12:00 PM ­ 5:00 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Services Center
1730 Oregon St., Berkeley, CA 94703

For more information call Michael Smith, Recreation Coordinator at (510) 981-6671


Summer Recreation Programming
For other summer City Recreation Programming, here.




San Pablo Neighborhood Council 2008 Scholarship Application
San Pablo Neighborhood Council Scholarship Program is committed to investing in growth and development of youth to reach their goals in education.  The Scholarship is available to graduating high school students who will maintain full time status attending a vocational/trade school, community college or four-year university.
Applicants must be a Resident of Berkeley and Reside in the San Pablo Park Community boundaries, Sacramento St. to San Pablo Ave. and Dwight Way to Ashby Ave., or have community service hours in the San Pablo Park community.
All Applications must be mailed to:
SPNC08 SCHOLARSHIP ­ P.O. Box 2968 - Berkeley, CA 94702
Applications will be available at the Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street (between Russell and Ward Streets) - Berkeley, CA 94702


Public Hearing on AC Transit Fare Hike Proposals
On Wednesday, May 21, the AC Transit Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed fare changes for AC Transit and Dumbarton Express service. The hearing will take place at the Oakland City Council Chambers, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The hearing will continue at least until 7:00 p.m. (but no later than 10:00 p.m.).
AC Transit, like many Bay Area transit agencies, continues to be challenged by expenses rising faster than revenues. Since 2005, total revenue and subsidies have grown by $9.9 million, while operating expenses have increased $35 million. For example, costs in two important areas-fuel and health insurance-have gone up between 40 and 48 percent. At the same time, the economy is experiencing a downturn that threatens to cut into key funding sources such as sales and property taxes. Unless AC Transit increases revenues, expenses will have to be cut, which could result in service reductions.

Public Workshop ­ Condominium Conversion Ordinance
  Thursday, May 22, 2008
4:00 ­ 6:00pm
2180 Milvia Street, Civic Center Building; 6th Floor, Redwood Room

The City of Berkeley cordially invites you to attend a public workshop to learn more about the new Condominium Conversion Ordinance procedures that become effective on May 22, 2008.  Items to be discussed are as follows:
Overview of the new Condo Conversion Process
New Application Materials and Forms
Questions and Answers

New application materials and handouts will be available at the workshop, and the City of Berkeley website will be updated to include these materials.  For more information about this workshop, please contact Be Tran by email at btran@ci.berkeley.ca.us or by telephone at (510) 981-7410.

Berkeley High Live!  Community Fundraiser for Berkeley High School
Live Auction, Live Music, Good Food, Good Friends!
Wine/Beer/Margaritas ­ Silent Auction
Sunday, June 8, 2008
5:00 ­ 8:30 PM
Berkeley Honda at 2600 Shattuck Ave.
Complimentary Valet Parking
Tax Deductible Donation: $75 per person
or mail to BSHDG P.O. Box 519, Berkeley, CA 94701
For more information contact MK Murlas at mulas@sbcglobal.net or call (510) 866-9050
BHS Development Group
BHS Athletic Fund
BHS Jazz
Berkeley Public Education Foundation
Sponsorship Levels
Contributor: $200
Silver: $500
Gold: $1000
Platinum: $5000
Endowment: $10,000
Sustaining: $15,000


Hot Topics at City Council, May 20th

FY2009 Biennial Budget Update ­ Public Hearing

Citywide Fee Increases

Environmental Health

Land Use Planning, Building and Safety, and Engineering 

Transfer Station 

Public Hearing ­  FY2009 Street Light Assessments 

Discussion and Direction on potential ballot measures for November 4, 2008 General Election: 


Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore




Rick Ballard emails about some KCSM programs

Below you find a list of upcoming shows on KCSM (91.1 FM):

Desert Island Jazz With Alisa Clancy Fri. 9:00 AM
I'm Talkin' Jazz Sun. 8:00 AM

May 11  saxophonist Sarah Manning and pianist Art Hirahara with Lee Thomas
May 18  drummer Brian Melvin with Chris Cortez
May 25  pianist Larry Vuckovich with Michael Burman
In The Moment With Jim Bennett Sun. 8:00 PM

May 11  Sepia: Music of the Black Diaspora w/Faye Carol, Denise Perrier, Frankye   Kelly & Lady Mem'Fis at Yoshi's San Francisco
May 18  drummer Charles Ferguson at the Jazzschool
May 25  pianist Danny Mertens at the Jazzschool

Jazz Profiles With Nancy Wilson Mon. 9:00 PM

May 12  bassist Charles Mingus, part 1
May 19  bassist Charles Mingus, part 2
May 26  vocalist Bessie Smith

Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis Tues. 9:00 PM

May 13  Essentially Ellington
May 20  Jazz and Art: From the Canvas to the Stage in Seven Movements: monet, Van Gogh, Dali and Matisse vis saxophonist Ted Nash
May 27  Guitarists Galore: Russell Malone, Ron Afiff, Jim Hall and Romero Lubambo 

Piano Jazz With Marian McPartland Wed. 9:00 PM

May 7  vocalist Veronica Nunn w/Travis Shook
May 14  pianist Larry Vuckovich
May 21  pianist Oscar Peterson
May 28  pianist Laurence Hobgood

Jazzset With Dee Dee Bridgewater Thurs. 9:00 PM

May 8  pianist Daniela Schaechter at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center
May 15  Convergence at Dazzle in denver
May 22  Highlights of the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival
May 29 Clayton Brothers at the 2008 University of Michigan Jazz Festival



"Taking ownership" writes Laura Casey in the Times.

"On an extra-large median strip near Joan Rochlin's home, City of Oakland workers would battle weeds. They used power tools and pesticides, stripping the strip of as much plant life as they could.The semi-annual act bothered Rochlin.

"It was so noisy and it was a real waste of money,' she says as she stands in the place where workers once hacked away, a place that is now populated with native plants, pathways and sitting spaces. "That's what prompted me to want something else."
The median strip where Rochlin stands is where Powell Street turns into Stanford Avenue at Fremont Street near the Oakland-Emeryville border. It is more like a median triangle, wide at parts and a block long. The strip is a stone's throw away from Rochlin's house and near a tidy park with a children's playground.
When the weeds were at their worst, homeless people would sleep on the empty lot of land, hidden by the tall foliage. It was a forgotten part of Oakland, an ugly part of the city landscape that attracted criminal activity, neighbors say.
Yet for three summers now, the place can better be described as a park. Rochlin, along with neighbors Jean Robertson and Josh Simon, took ownership of the strip and turned it into a public garden. Locals walk through the area instead of using the sidewalks and dog-walkers detour through it."


"B-Tech Senior was Shooter, Says Principal" writes the Planet's Riya Bhattacharjee.

"The 17-year-old student from Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech) who was shot Thursday a few blocks from school underwent surgery and his injuries appear to be non life-threatening, authorities said Friday.

Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Mary Kusmiss told the Planet that detectives were following leads on a suspect in the shooting, who she said was another teen.

The B-tech student was shot near Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight Way around 3 p.m. Thursday-right after school let out-after which he flagged down a B-Tech teacher who drove him to Highland Hospital."


"Modesto medical-marijuana operators convicted in federal case" reports Henry K. Lee of the Chronicle.

"Two Modesto men are facing mandatory 20-year prison sentences after being convicted of running a medical-marijuana operation that federal prosecutors labeled a criminal enterprise, authorities said today.
Luke Anthony Scarmazzo, 28, and Ricardo Ruiz Montes, 28, were convicted by a federal jury Fresno on Thursday of conducting a continuing criminal enterprise, growing marijuana and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute.

The conviction for running a criminal enterprise carries a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger is to sentence both men Aug. 4.

Federal officials said the case sends a message to marijuana growers and dealers who believe they are shielded from prosecution under the California law legalizing medical marijuana use."



"Oil above $127 for the first time" reports BBC NEWS.

"Oil prices have hit a record high above $127 a barrel on speculation that China will need to import more fuel, stretching global supplies.

With more energy needed to rebuild areas devastated by the earthquake earlier this week, US light sweet crude jumped to $127.43 a barrel.
Prices were also supported by Goldman Sachs forecasting that oil would reach $141 a barrel later this year." 

I believe that 25-30% of the price is the result of speculation--the oil-price-spikes, the new "bubble."











Our Pete Hurney emails
 Once a  month we'll hi-jack the Midnight Express show and take the Midnight Ukulele Express out for a ride. You'll enjoy an hour of music by bands that include the ukulele into their sound, from George Harrison to George Formby, from Tiny Tim to Tippy Canoe and from Ukulele Ike to Uni and Her Ukulele.
 Hosting along with me on this show will be the band 5 Cent Coffee who just returned from their Japanese tour and  promised to join with us in the studio with a bunch of new music they found in Japan. I can't wait to hear what they found!
    That will be this Thursday, May 22nd at Midnight, Pacific time on KALX 90.7 FM in Berkeley and for those of you out of our listening range KALX can be streamed live on-line at http://kalx.berkeley.edu





Trombone player, Mal Sharpe emails

here's a great way to start the week


The Coyle and Sharpe Podcast--New
To listen to or download recent programs here




excerpts from Rick Ballard's most recent email

SFJazz Spring Season
The 9th Annual SFJazz Spring Season continues through June 20. Among the featured performers are Rosa Passos, Brad Mehldau, Edward Simon, David Sanchez and Diane Reeves. To see a complete schedule go here.
Marcus Shelby's "The Legacy of Duke Ellington"
Bassist Marcus Shelby will present a 4 week jazz lecture/listening workshop titled "The Legacy of Duke Ellington". It will take place on four consecutive Thursdays beginning May 29-June 19. Each workshop will include a discussion of a different aspect of the life and career of Ellington. The workshop will survey his recordings and include a live performance featuring a weekly guest artist. The workshop is being held at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco.

Tenth Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival
This festival begins May 30 and runs through June 8 at various locations in the city of Healdsburg. Local musicians scheduled to appear include Zakir Hussain, Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Lee Charlton, Wayne Wallace, Angela  & Lori Wellman, Sarah Wilson, Herb Gibson, David Ewell, Sameer Gupta, Julian Lage and Mary Stallings. I will list their schedule in the next newsletter. The complete festival schedule is listed below. More informationhere.


New Jam Session in Downtown Oakland
On Monday, June 2, a new jam session begins in Downtown Oakland. Called the Downtown Jam Session, it is held in the Ed Kelly Hall at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music every Monday night beginning at 7:00 PM. OPCM is located at 1616 Franklin St. They are on the web at www.opcmusic.org The session is led by pianist Glen Pearson along with bassist Ron Belcher.

Stanford Jazz Festival
The Stanford Jazz Workshop has announced its schedule for its summer festival. The festival begins Friday, June 27 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 9. Local artists scheduled to appear include: Keith Terry & Crosspulse, Mary Stallings, John Calloway, Sony Holland, Jim Nadel, Mel Martin, Sandy Cressman, Dayna Stephens, Andrew Speight, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Ruth Davies & Ambrose Akinmusire.
51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival
This festival runs Sept. 19-21 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Local artists scheduled to appear so far include Ledisi, Jamie Davis, Tuck & Patti, Rebeca Mauleon & Mary Stallings. Complete festival info is here.



"Oakland Museum re-examines 'Cool' in its many connotations" reports Robert Taylor.

"Trumpeter Miles Davis helped define a new style jazz in the years after World War II. But by the time his early tracks were collected on the album "Birth of the Cool" in 1957, he had become part of an irrevocable cultural movement.

By then 'cool jazz' was a marketing term, and the idea of cool spilled into popular culture, flourishing especially in California, and making its way into everything from movie sets and furniture design to paintings in a style called 'abstract classicism.'

All these disparate elements are covered in 'Birth of the Cool' an exhibit that opened Saturday at the Oakland Museum and runs through Aug. 17. It takes its title from Davis' landmark Capitol Records album. Then it sweeps through the 1950s and into the 1960s following its all-inclusive subtitle, 'California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury.'

The exhibit suggests that 'cool' would eventually include Charles and Ray Eames' fiberglass-and-plastic bucket chairs and Eichler subdivisions, the Dave Brubeck Quartet's 'Time Out' album and 'Mr. Magoo' cartoons, Julius Shulman's breathtaking photographs of almost transparent dream homes to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 'Domestic Bliss' fashion spread in W magazine.

And it's never looked fresher."

"Danville church tackles tough subject of race" writes Matthai Kuruvila of the Chronicle.

From the pulpit of a Danville church, the leader of the 1.2 million member United Church of Christ on Sunday urged those gathered to start a national, "sacred" conversation about one of the most toxic topics in American life: race.
It is an issue that the Rev. John Thomas said has often been discussed in the unhealthiest terms since the birth of the nation. But it is an issue that has also recently engulfed the denomination after sermons by one of its pastors, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, were used as a political tool to attack one of its parishioners, presidential candidate Barack Obama.

'The ugliness we watched on television as media manipulators tried to scare us from voting for an African American candidate by presenting a deliberat'ly frightening caricature of his African American pastor reminded us of how ugly the conversation on race can be," said Thomas, president and general minister of the United Church of Christ."



"Michael Rossman, one of the leaders of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, died last week after a short battle with leukemia" writes Kristin Bender of the Tribune.

"Rossman died at his Berkeley home surrounded by family and friends, said his wife, Karen McLellan.
Rossman was at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 1964, when 3,000 students sat around a police patrol car and kept it from taking student protester Jack Weinberg to jail.

One by one, people took off their shoes and hopped onto the top of the police car to speak, and in essence the Free Speech Movement was born.

During a time when student protests were unprecedented, Rossman and students Mario Savio, Hal Draper, Brian Turner, Steve Weissman, Art Goldberg, Bettina Aptheker, Jackie Goldberg and others insisted that the UC administration lift a ban on campus political activities, academic freedom and free speech. It was a student protest that lasted about three months during the 1964-65 school years."


"ECB head: Credit crunch 'ongoing'" reports BBC NEWS.

"The credit crunch is continuing and it is not evident that the worst is over, the head of the European Central Bank has told the BBC.

Jean-Claude Trichet said we were seeing "an ongoing, very significant market correction," during an interview with the BBC business editor Robert Peston.

He warned that if central banks were tempted to cut interest rates now, more serious problems could follow.
He compared recent rises in energy and food prices to the 1970s oil shock."










"Fire at Berlin orchestra's home" reports BBC NEWS.

"The home of one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, has been damaged by a fire.

Firefighters had to cut through the roof to tackle the flames, which have now been brought under control.Hundreds of visitors and musicians were evacuated, and most of the instruments have been moved to safety."


"Senate race turns ex-allies into rivals" reports Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune.

"Once amicable former colleagues of like political minds are locked in a bruising battle for the 9th State Senate District's Democratic nomination.

Former Assembly Majority Leader Wilma Chan, D-Alameda, had her eye on state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's seat long before she was termed out in 2006. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who terms out later this year, has long coveted the job too.

Each is striving to ensure she's the one seated when the music stops, and the race hasn't always been pretty."


Three reasons to vote for Loni Hancock.

Nepotism--she is, after all, Da Ms. Boz.

She's one of our own--not a little thing.

Her record.



"Man shot in Albany bowling alley" reports our Times.

"Police are investigating a shooting at an Albany bowling alley early [Tuesday] morning that left one man with a broken leg and a gunshot wound.

The incident occurred at 12:10 a.m. at the Albany Bowl, located at 540 San Pablo Ave. The 26-year-old victim was shot once in the upper leg while bowling inside the building, and was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland. Investigators are not releasing the identity of the victim at this time.

Albany Police Chief Mike McQuiston said he did not believe the victim was the intended target, but just a bystander. Police are interviewing witnesses and do not have information yet about the shooter or the motive.

The Albany Police Department were assisted at the scene by the Kensington, El Cerrito, Berkeley and Richmond Police Departments, as well as by the California Highway Patrol. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Albany Police Department at 510-525-7300."



"Arson suspected in Tilden Park fire" report Doug Oakley and Robert Salonga of our Times.

A wildland fire that destroyed two Tilden Regional Park structures Monday afternoon was intentionally set, the Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District said [Tuesday]."




"Bay Area home sales jump; Santa Clara County median house price drops to $699,500" reports the Times' Sue McAllister.

"Bay Area home sales shot up 28.8 percent in April compared to March, a sign that mortgages are easier to obtain and more buyers jumped into the market, DataQuick Information Systems said today."










From Bob Kubik comes the quote of the week, attributed to Eric Hoffer.

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket."


Libby's Foggy Gulch will be playing at Ecole Bilingue' Marché, June 1.

Foggy Gulch's first CD, "Fogged In" is now available at
http://cdbaby.com/cd/foggygulch We encourage you to buy it there, but
you can also buy one (or more!) from any band member, or email
eric@foggygulch.com for information on how to get a copy.

I bought my copy from Libby, the groups' lead vocalist and the receptionist at École Bilingue--she's at the Grayson Street campus. I've listened to this CD dozens of times. I love Bluegrass and Country and this is what these folks sing and play. Simply, it is the most musical production I've heard in years--even for a first effort. Filled with melody and played and sung with feeling, this CD is AMAZING!
And check them out live June 1 at Ecole Bilingue' Marché.


Our Janine emails

The Berkeley Early Music Festival approaches, along with all the concerts and recitals.  I am just writing to let you know about a harpsichord recital I am giving on Sunday, June 8th at 2 PM, Trinity Chapel - 2320 Dana Street. between Bancroft Way & Durant Avenue­(one block from the U.C. Berkeley) 
I'm playing on John Phillips' sparkling "Florentine" harpsichord, and am having the most fun choosing a program!  It is all music from Spain, and is most colorful and evocative. The tentative  program is below. It is approximately an hour long, with no intermission, so those who need to rush off to another concert have a chance to get there!
Tickets: $15 general, $12 SFEMS, WEKA and SEHKS members, $10 seniors/students/disabled. No one is turned away for lack of funds. 
Information: trinitychamberconcerts.com, 510-549-1520
Sonata #73 in D major, Allegro...........................................Padre Antonio Soler
Sonata #74 in D major, Andante............................................................A. Soler
Sonata K. 476 in g minor, Allegro.........................................Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata K. 477 in G major,  Allegrissimo............................................D. Scarlatti
Sonata #4 in g minor Adagio and Allegro ...................Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Fuga # 5 in g minor......................................................................... Juan Sessé
Sonata K. 532 in a minor...................................................................D. Scarlatti
Sonata K. 533 in A major...................................................................D. Scarlatti
Sonata # 5 in f# minor, Adagio and Presto...........................M. Blasco de Nebra
Sonata K. 499 in A major....................................................................D. Scarlatti
Sonata K. 599 in A major....................................................................D. Scarlatti




Celia's restuarant has been raised to the ground reports Steve.

Last week at 900 GRAYSON, Barry Gifford was holding forth on his films and Hollywood.

Yesterday, John Mattos and guest lunched at 900. John designed one of our Olympic Commeratives and his guest regularly does The New Yorker covers.



"Cal softball back on track" writes the Times' Jonathan Okanes. "Cal softball is back. Not that the Bears were gone very long.

After failing to advance past the NCAA regionals for the first time in nine years last season, Cal is back among the nation's elite after qualifying for an NCAA Super Regional this weekend. The Bears visit No. 1 Florida for a best-of-three series beginning Friday, with the winner advancing to the Women's College World Series."


"Bay Area air board approves global-warming fees for businesses. Larger businesses such as oil refineries will pay most to fund study of global warming" reports Denis Cuff of our Times.

"The Bay Area's air pollution board Wednesday became the first in the United States to levy fees on businesses for the global warming gases they emit. Declaring that local governments have a role in helping solve a global problem that Congress and the Bush administration have been slow to tackle, the nine-county pollution board decided to collect $1.1 million in annual fees from 2,500 businesses. The charges are based on the tons of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases released by a business."



"Berkeley police investigate home invasion" writes Doug Oakley of our Times.

"Berkeley police are investigating a home invasion sexual assault that occurred early Wednesday in west Berkeley.
The victim fought off her attacker and called police, and a man was arrested a short time later, said police spokesman Andrew Frankel.

Frankel said police are not releasing the man's name or city of residence pending further investigation.
'Right now detectives can confidently say this was a home invasion sexual assault investigation, but we're not saying much more than that,' Frankel said.

Frankel said there were no injuries and it was 'an attempt only.'
Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, police were seen with flashlights combing through bushes and garbage cans on Mathews Street between Dwight Way and Blake Street, looking for evidence the attacker may have discarded after the assault.

Police detectives were out again in the 1200 block of Blake street Wednesday afternoon, talking to neighbors and looking for evidence.

A detective at the scene Wednesday confirmed a man had been arrested but added, 'Unfortunately he's already out on bail.'


Last week, Koz had the new battery stolen from his car parked on 8th and Channing.

This morning just after 2AM a vehicle pulled into my drive. Working on Scrambled Eggs, I was in the front room on my computer as headlights lit up the room and I heard a female voice utter "Don't be touch'n anythin'.

Opening the top of my Dutch door, I saw a young woman next to a white SUV parked at the drive's edge. 

"Can I get some scientific glass here" she asked before taking refuge in questions about plants and gardening.

We talked a bit, and then she left with "You know, you look like Santa Claus" and "I like it here, it's serene."



"South Berkeley Crime Meeting Reflects Neighborhood Concerns" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"The safest place to be in Berkeley on Wednesday night last week was likely the community center at San Pablo Park."

CrackerJack report by Brenneman, and the meeting was of West and South Berkeley residents, including a good representation from Potter Creek--Marvin, Ruth, Bob, David, Barbara, Gene, etc.



"Credit card suckers complain" writes Ms Singletary in our Times.

"I should have known: Call people suckers and they'll take offense.

A number of folks were either confused or offended when I said recently that we are all suckers -- that is, losers -- when we use credit to pay for services and goods.

I offered that view while reporting on a proposal from the Federal Reserve and two other banking regulators to curtail or ban certain credit card industry practices.

'I'm very perplexed,' wrote Tim McCune of Germantown, Md. 'If we pay off all monthly credit card balances, used primarily on utilities, other monthly expenditures and Internet purchases ... and we get affinity benefits, how am I losing money and why are we "suckers"? Haven't you cast your victim net too widely?'

Others were equally convinced that their credit card use is completely controlled.

"I do not understand your argument that anyone who uses credit cards is a chump, even if they pay their balances off in full every month," another reader wrote. "I can assure you that I make the same purchases and contributions, with credit cards, that I would make without them."

I'm reasonably sure that many people do not make the same purchases when they pay with plastic. This isn't just a feeling or anecdotal evidence. Researchers have found that people's willingness to purchase more products or services increases with the use of plastic.

In their groundbreaking research, Drazen Prelec and Duncan Simester of the Sloan School of Management at MIT found that study subjects paid more when instructed to use a credit card rather than cash. In fact, they found people were willing to pay up to 100 percent more with plastic."



"Oil prices slip back after record above $135" reports the AP's Thomas Hogue.

"Thailand-Oil prices hit a record above $135 a barrel before falling back in Asia Thursday, with supply worries, rising global demand and a slumping dollar keeping crude futures on an upward track.

With gas and oil prices setting new records nearly every day, many analysts are beginning to wonder what might stop prices from rising. There are technical signals in the futures market, including price differences between near-term and longer-term contracts, that crude may soon fall. But with demand for oil growing in the developing world, and little end in sight to supply problems in producing countries such as Nigeria, few analysts are willing to call an end to crude's rally." 


"Gas-saving myths exploded" reveals Janis Mara of the Times.

"The summer driving season officially kicks off this Memorial Day week as gas prices continue to soar to new record highs above the $4-a-gallon mark. The Internet, the media and your next-door neighbor are bristling with advice on how to save gas, but unfortunately, not all these tips are useful or even accurate.

If you've decided, 'Damn the pump prices, full speed ahead,' and are even now gearing up for your trip, how can you save as much on gas as possible?

First of all, good news for those of us who plan to drive through, say, Death Valley or some other less-than-temperature-controlled area. You can ignore the longstanding myth currently hotly debated in online discussions, 'Air conditioning wastes gas,' and its corollary, 'So does rolling down the window.'

According to Consumer Reports, 'Our tests show that neither makes enough of a difference to worry about. Using air conditioning while driving 65 miles per hour reduced the Toyota Camry (test car's) mileage by about 1 mpg. The effect of opening the windows at 65 mpg was not even measurable.'

A smart-car sighting in Potter Creek by Doc and/or David--on 9th just off Heinz



"Naan better.Making fresh, fluffy Indian flatbread at home a worthy challenge" reports Jolene Thym in our Times.

"The dough ingredients promise little in terms of flavor: flour, salt, sugar, milk, water and baking powder. But slapped into a blistering hot oven, that dough transforms into a round of bubbly, roasty toastiness called naan.
Tuck some spicy potatoes inside or top it with a bit of garlic and it's a meal-in-the-hand, the kind of food that some consider mandatory at every meal.

'In the south of India, people eat rice with their curries,' says Kulbir Pabla of Taste of India restaurant in Fremont. 'But we are from the north, so for us, a meal is not complete without naan.' For that reason, the Pabla family has perfected the art of making what many say is the best naan in the Bay Area - tender, fluffy, toasty and always ultra-fresh, because they cook it all day long. At Taste of India in Fremont, Mohinder Pabla and his brother Davinder oversee the making of 30 to 50 pounds of naan every day - that's 900 to 1,500 pieces of naan.

Making naan well, says Davinder, is one of the reasons Taste of India has been able to grow from a small restaurant 20 years ago to a thriving catering business that serves people as far north as Santa Rosa, as far south as Monterey.


The new flour silos at Acme weigh-out the flour too--baker needs 5lbs of flour, dials it in, out it comes in the bakery




"US Fed cuts growth estimate by 1%" reports BBC NEWS.

"The US Federal Reserve has cut its 2008 growth forecast for the US economy and predicted that unemployment will rise more than it had previously expected.

The Fed cut its growth forecast for this year by to a new range of between 0.3% and 1.2%, down from the 1.3% to 2% predicted in February." 

"East Bay mortgage meltdown continues" writes the Times' George Avalos.

"The housing market quagmire has unleashed more misery on the East Bay economy.

Washington Mutual Inc. and a Citigroup Inc. unit are cutting jobs in the East Bay. E-Loan, a subsidiary of Irwin Financial Corp., and Fremont Investment & Loan have exited large offices, which has created additional empty space in the area."

Eternally useful links

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

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ 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.


Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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.



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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