Always just a lttle
ahead of the curve in Potter Creek
Marsha W models
some urban-air wear
Marsha is wearing the stylish,
though a bit clumsy, AO Safety R5700 Respirator. With its replacable
cartridges, the R5700 filters out the really bad stuff. For just
what, check out their Website.
Safety aside, this can be real smart fashion statement--notice
how the colorful purple and yellow of the aluminium-cased filters
accent Marsha's white top and shirt. And, of course, the black
straps set off her brown hair as well as dramatically accent her
shirt and top. All-in-all, a real fashion accessory for the 21st
And, though not of personal
interest, I think it might make an arousing S&M accessory.
Soon, Marsha's review of
"Wild at Heart."
Staple of the Buttercup night-crew
under manager Kary Mullis was Patrick Treadway. Patrick now has
a role in the Lifetime.com movie, "End Game." It is
showing tomorrow, October 2 at 9 pm. A thriller directed by Andy
Cheng and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Angie Harmon and James Woods,
Patrick plays the assassin of "our President."
"Secret Service agent
Alex Thomas has spent the past eight years devoting his life to
protecting the U.S. president. When he's helpless to prevent the
president's assassination, he makes it his life's mission to uncover
what really happened - much to the displeasure of his boss! You'll
never guess what kind of mind-blowing secrets and conspiracies
he uncovers in this thrilling whodunit!" This summary and
more appears at lifetime.com/movies.
Steve Smith is going to be
a Father again, Cleo and Steve's second son is due in February--and
Cleo's going to be a Mother again.
3:12 PM--little too much
urban-air, time to go.
Marsha's review of "Wild
Last week, I borrowed Geralyn
and Pete's VHS copy of "Wild at Heart." Wednesday evening
Marsha and I watched it. A very long, road movie with cartoon-like
characters, stilted dialogue and high-lighted with sex and violence--often
gratuitous--it seemed a purposely made B-movie. Still I found
I couldn't stop watching. But Marsha, founder of the Mary Poppins
Institute of Behavioral Research, exclaimed at its finish. "That's
the worst fucking movie I've ever seen!"
Also last week Jerry Landis
emailed his Planet letter. I've reproduced this part.
The West Berkeley development
Sept. 26) presented to the Civic Arts Commission by
Doug Herst and Darrell de Tienne is an amazing
opportunity to preserve an arts community in Berkeley
and to begin the process of revitalizing that area.
Because it proposes a small sector of more dense
residential construction as well as artist workspace,
both requiring added height, it will meet some
resistance from a few diehard obstructionists who seem
determined to keep West Berkeley the wasteland of
shanties and scrapyards that much of it now is. (A
member of the commission cited a survey that found 25
acres of West Berkeley virtually unused).
Doug is a 900 GRAYSON regular--don't
The burger as art
Check out page 84 of the
October issue of SAN FRANCISCO, the magazine. There is a full
page color photo of Sophina's Grayson Burger. The accompanying story is "A Burger from
the Ground Up."
"Berkeley Steel foundry to try filtering
reports Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Anyone
who's been to West Berkeley knows the stench -- a conversation-stopping
cross betwe'n burning pot handles and an engine fire. 'It smells
like something's wrong with your car,' said Mary Ann King, who
works at REI a few blocks away. "You're like, "Is my
car leaking something?" But then the smell goes away and
you realize it's not your car, it must be something else.' That
something else is Pacific Steel Casting Co.'s Plant No. 3 at Second
and Gilman streets, which has been emitting foul-smelling and
possibly toxic fumes -- without any pollution controls -- for
years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called it the
12th-worst polluter in the Bay Area, ahead of the Chevron refinery
and Dow Chemical. The odor has become even worse since Pacific
Steel Casting started making parts for the Bay Bridge reconstruction
in 2002, spewing exhaust for 16 hours a day five or six days a
week. But after numerous lawsuits, dozens of complaints and years
of negotiations, the issue may finally be heading for a resolution.
Or at least the beginning of one."
The same Pacific Steel Casting
Company is featured in mayor candidate Zelda Bronstein's mini-film--her
appreciation of west-Berkeley manufactures--"Made in Berkeley."
The film also features several Potter Creek manufactures.
"These words hit home front--book collects
writings of soldiers, families" writes
James Temple of the West County Times in his review of
"Operation Homecoming." "During his 11-month tour
of duty in Iraq, Sgt. Brian Turner regularly described his experiences,
some harrowing, some sad, in poetry. But the Fresno native adhered
to the war zone's unofficial code of stoicism, keeping compositions
like 'The Hurt Locker' to himself. 'Nothing left here but the
hurt,' writes Turner, now a part-time professor at Fresno City
College. 'Believe it when you see it. Believe it when a twelve-year-old
rolls a grenade into the room. Or when a sniper punches a hole
deep into someone's head.' "
It's been brought to my attention
that squatters are crashing in unoccupied Potter Creek buildings
In August, I posted
Sunday afternoon Sally had
a party for Norma Finch, Richard's Mom. (Norma who turned ninety-one
has just passed her drivers test.) Though the La Farine hazel-nut,
almond, chocolate, cherry torte was unexpectedly delicious, Norma's
story about meeting her husband, Dan was even more delicious.
In the 1930s, Dan, an inventor, was driving around the country
with his cousin testing a current invention, a multiple-fuel '36
Buick. (It'd run on whiskey, Richard chimed in.) Seems the boys
stopped in Haywarden, Iowa to visit some of cousin's relatives.
And, it happened at that time Norma was visiting back home from
Takoma Washington, where she was working. During their stay down
the street, the boys would often walk past Norma's house. But
Norma says that it was her Mother who noticed them and asked Norma
to invited them in. Well, she did. So, Norma invited Dan and his
cousin in. They came in through the back--the kitchen--door. Lots
of good food and talk were had in kitchens. Among other things,
they decided they'd meet the next day at the Sand Pit--the swimming
hole. They did, and over the days in Haywarden they got to know
each well enough that they wrote to each other after they left--Dan
went to Harvard and Norma back to Tacoma. After some time away
they met again in Haywarden and then-SCANDALOUSLY--took the train
together to meet Dan's parents in Glendale. To be continued.
Dan and Norma
As the rainy season begins
you can find more information about our current weather conditions
than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
"Help may come for grasping mortgages.
Federal regulators' new guidelines suggest banks explain risks
of nontraditional loans"
reports the AP's Martin Crutsinger in the West County Times.
"Federal regulators directed banks on Friday to properly
explain the risks posed to borrowers from interest-only and other
Crutsinger also reports
"Gloom fills housing price report. California among areas
to be hit hard by market slowdown, economic forecasting firm says."
5:12 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in front room, burning eyes, mouth, use mask, leave.
Lynch's film piqued my interest--time
to buy a copy of Gifford's novel "Wild
"'Garbage into gold'--8 1/2-mile-long,
2,002-acre Eastshore State Park is dedicated after more than 30
years of hard work"
reports Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle. "It
took more than three decades, hundreds of people, a dozen public
agencies and plenty of creative financing, but in the end they
did it: They turned eight miles of garbage dumps into one of America's
largest urban parks. 'We spun garbage into gold,' said Berkeley
Mayor Tom Bates on Wednesday at the official dedication of the
Eastshore State Park, much of which has been completed."
A new Potter Creek building
Actually this is
a computer rendering, the structure now building on Pardee
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge shows .65 inches for Wednesday afternoon through Thursday
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 the Scrambled Eggs.
Bob Kubik emails this story
by the LA Times' automotive writer, Susan Carpenter. "Side
order to go
Hop on, hop in, the laughs begin. It's conspicuous commuting with
Ural's Gear-Up." Gotta get me one a' these.
Kruse continues their property
cleanup with the spray-cleaning of their east and south building-walls.
And are painting their building.
How bizarre is the Middle-East?
Well, the Jews have agreed to let the German Navy protect them
from the Arabs.
From the October issue of
SAN FRANCISCO, the magazine, Sophina's Grayson Burger
that the burger is on an Acme bun
And, I believe
the Kruse Guys will have painted their one-block long and half-block
wide building in two days over the weekend--and without any paint
stink. How'dey do dat?
From my Log
PM irritant in front room, dry mouth. 10/3/06--12:12 PM irritant
in front room; 5:29 PM irritant in front room. 10/4/06--5:04 PM
SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning mouth eyes, etc; 7:10
PM SERIOUS irritant in front room. 10/6/06--8:50 AM irritant in
action in Potter Creek.
at 4:00 AM Sally was awakened by flashing lights. Looking outside
she saw seven Berkeley PD units on 8th Street south of Grayson.
With some commotion officers were taking men out of a car parked
in front of David's. The action lasted 45 minutes.
front of 900 Grayson at about 12:45 PM a bicycle was stolen--
a mom and her two children had gone in 900 for a few minutes and
when they came out one of the children's bikes was gone.
On her trip
to France Sally attended the opening of the Museum of Decorative
Arts in the Louvre. Closed for ten years and opened after a 46
million Euro redo, it features decorative art from the Roman times
through the 20th Century. Though a wonderful event, her favorite-of-favorites
was the hot air balloon ride in the Loire Valley.
a story about unitary-structures put together with old cargo containers.
Eric Reynolds, an English architect and developer is building
living-units by arranging and stacking together old shipping containers--a
project on the Thames was featured. The developments are inexpensive,
quick to build, environmental and even attractive in a busy Post-Modern
sort of way. The ones shown were brightly colored with large port-holes
and beautifully appointed interiors. My understanding is that
cargo container units can be found in west-Berkeley though I myself
have not seen them.
"Solar power shines, despite clouds"
Rick Jurgens of the West County Times. "When Erica
Grubb installed solar panels on the roof of her Berkeley house,
the decision was both personal and political."
"Smog surge in Bay Area stirs debate" reports Denis Cuff of the Times.
"A heat-driven surge in Bay Area smog has cooked up a debate
about the state of the region's air quality, and whether enough
is being done to clean it up.Ozone, the eye- and lung-stinging
component of smog, violated a federal public health limit in the
Bay Area 12 days this year, the highest total since 1998."
Damn, I hope
that Potter Creek business has stopped manufacturing it.
"Panthers took a stand but couldn't stand
long: Although the group's flaws destroyed it, the party laid
the foundation for social justice and black advancement ever since" write William Brand and Cecily
Bur of the Times.
"Sex Trafficing--San Francisco Is A Major
Center For International Crime Networks That Smuggle And Enslave"
Meredith May in the first of a four part special report in the
San Francisco Chronicle."Many of San Francisco's Asian massage
parlors -- long an established part of the city's sexually permissive
culture -- have degenerated into something much more sinister:
international sex slave shops. Once limited to infamous locales
such as Bombay and Bangkok, sex trafficking is now an $8 billion
international business, with San Francisco among its largest commercial
reports plus audio-interviews by Ms May can be found here.
Yesterday mid-day, in broad-daylight
a car was stolen on 8th Street next to Hustead's.
Also mid-day on 7th Street.
a car parked next to the École Bilingue was broken into--a
stereo and brief-case were stolen.
And Sunday night a dead body
was found in the vicinity of Kitty's.
Yesterday's stolen bicycle
power of words is the subject of this engaging documentary. Beginning
with the line "Youth is not a time of life, it is a state
of mind," the poem "Youth" was written in 1917
by 77-year-old Samuel Ullman, a Jewish immigrant to the US. Twenty
years after its author's death "Youth" came into the
possession of General Douglas MacArthur, whose framed display
of it deeply impressed Japanese visitors to MacArthur's Tokyo
office at the close of World War II. Subsequently spread across
that then-broken nation, the poem inspired a generation thirsty
for hope.Check out this documentary "So Long Are You Young:
Samuel Ullman's Poem and Passion" at
the Mill Valley Film Festival.
2:05 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, leave.
5:50 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, leave.
Peter Hurney and Julie Bruins
are hosting and producing a new program on KALX-FM. It is "Alternate
Tunings" and is about lesser-known musical instruments. The
pilot episode can be heard at 9:00 AM on Wednesday October 18th.
It is "The Harpsichord" and includes an interview with
Potter Creek's John Phillips
the harpsichord-maker. KALX is 90.7 FM or streamed at
"Oktoberfest grander than pretzels and
ale" writes Jackie
Burrell of the West County Times. "For nearly 200
years, Bavaria's capital city has hosted Oktoberfest, the beloved
beer and sausage extravaganza that draws 6 million revelers a
year and inspires imitations 'round the world. These days, you
can hoist a bratwurst at Oktoberfests from Honolulu to Savannah.
And the Bay Area's German festivities continue weeks after chilly
autumn weather brings Munich's celebrations to an end."
7:12 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, burning mouth, dry eyes, headache, light-headed,
"Black Panthers' legacy at 40: Survivors
cite oft-forgot ideals, accomplishments" reports Leslie Fulbright of the San Francisco
Chronicle. "Former Black Panther Party members plan to
reflect on the black power movement, their experiences and their
work in the black community when they celebrate the 40th anniversary
of the controversial organization's founding Friday through Sunday
years later, Black Panthers look back and remember" writes
Michelle Locke of the AP in the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Bobby Seale never expected to see the 40th anniversary of
the Black Panther Party he co-founded with Huey Newton. 'A lot
of times I thought I would be dead,' he says.The Black Panther
Party officially existed for just 16 years. But its reach has
endured far longer, something Seale and other party members will
commemorate when they reunite in Oakland this weekend."
Last night, Don Yost heard
David Gergen speak at
the Northern California World
Affairs Council--the overflowing meeting held at a large rented
hall not their Sutter Street headquarters. Two things about Gergen's
presentation stood out from my conversation about the meeting
with Don. One, that Gergen feels the US is much safer now than
before 9/11 though the world is a much more dangerous place. And
the other, that the polarization of the Left and Right can changed
by the creation of a National Service for our youth--this idea
was given a standing ovation. Gergen believes that this mandatory
program would eventually create bipartisanship through the common
experience of social service. Gergen also mentioned that the most
socially conscious citizens he's recently met are returning vets
from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sadly, most of the meeting's attendees
Today, I saw Berkeley PD
Special Enforcement units patroling Potter Creek--they're those
nifty, highly polished all-black Fords.
8:14 PM--strong nasal irritant
accompanied by heavy melting plastic-like odor in front of 2741
and 2743 8th, begins at buildings' sliding steel-doors and extends
3-5 feet outward toward street, odor and irritant not apparent
on side-walk or in street.
Lipofsky has work at the
Museum of Decorative
Arts in Paris--bought by the Museum
from a German dealer.
And Lipofsky watched our
mayor candidates' debate on Channel 32--said Da Boz talked about
the nuts and bolts of governing, Z communicated her promises very
well and the others "didn't have a clue."
Aw jeez, Lipofsky's even
famous than I thought.
Ok Marvin, but Scrambled
Eggs IS mentioned on west-Berkeley's Camelia Street Blog.
"This one eminates from
south West Berkeley, in the Potter Creek area. Ron Penndorf's
almost daily postings give good insights to the goings-on of his
neighborhood, and greater Berkeley. Posts relate to Berkeley politics,
food, crime, development, neighbors, neighbor's opinions, neighborhood
business, environmental issues, and strong smells (imagine that!)."
And my article on the development
of the early LP is given as a reference-link in Wikipeda's
history of the gramaphone record.
Damn, but Lipofsky's got thousands and thousands of mentions on
Mmmmmm, . . . so does Sarah.
Sally forwards an email from
What: Tongue-in-chic newbie slings seasonal, eclectic breakfast
lunch in Berkeley.
Why: Try the Ladyboy, Grayson burger, or chopped Cobb.
When: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 900 Grayson St., at 7th St., Berkeley (510-704-9900)
A David Gergen ps.
Gergen believes the Iraq
end game will follow the recommendation of the bipartisan committee
now studying Iraq: which he believes will be, double the troop
strength to 300,000, "a cop on every corner", secure
the country, then internationalize.
5:25 PM--irritant in front
Andrew and Karen are moved
in on Grayson.
Some guy named Willi Paul
has a letter in The Planet about Pacific Steel's emissions,
and more. Filled with fire brand and often over the top, he writes
"There is a four-headed toxic spin machine spewing caustic
air and ugly lies on Second Street. . . . . Shut down Pacific
Steel . . . . And don't believe any of the crap coming out of
Dion Aroner's mouth." (Damn I miss Zelda's column, she does
class fire-brand and over-the-top.) Ironically, Zelda's film "Made
in Berkeley," an appreciation of Berkeley manufactures, features
I believe Pacific Steel Casting
to be Berkeley's environmental embarrassment.
There's a debate between
Tom Bates and Zelda Bronstein on Thursday, October 19 at 7:30
PM in the Le Conte School cafeteria.
And Z's got a Birthday coming
up, October 20.
"Sound enhancement approval gets louder" reports Richard Scheinin in the West County
Times. "The pursuit of acoustically stunning concert
halls has become a mania in the classical music world. Think Disney
Hall in Los Angeles, all $274 million worth of it. But what's
to become of arts organizations that can't afford to build from
scratch? Berkeley's Cal Performances, one of the busiest arts
presenters in the country, thinks it may have an answer: It has
endorsed the new world of sound enhancement, at least for the
coming season, by installing an "electroacoustic architecture
system" in Zellerbach Hall, its main venue. It involves lots
of microphones and speakers, a supersonic mixing board, computers
and all sorts of digital equipment."
"Forum considers health care cures" writes Marton Dunai of the Times. "Contra
Costa health care and business leaders met Friday in Concord to
discuss the problems that rising health care costs present to
the business community and the county's general population."
"Foreclosure rates up in Bay Area: Contra
Costa and Solano counties in particular are seeing increases,
often spurred by adjustable-rate loans" reports Eve Mitchell in the Times.
11/07/06 AM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, leave.
There was actually quite
a bit of grumbling in Potter Creek last week. The day after the
auto-theft, the breaking-in, and the murder-nearby, citizens were
"joking about vigilantism"--not a healthy sign in the
Body Politic. The discontent came not from activists, some of
whom seem otherwise, abstractly engaged, but from some of our
new citizens--the "Young Moderns." Those who paid a
half-mil for a condo or three-quarters of a mil for a worker-bungalow.
And lets be perfectly clear,
the Social Contract goes both ways--citizens behave because the
I'll write about my choice
for Mayor later than sooner--certainly before the Election.
Also last week, one of Potter
Creek's Contrarians really blew a stop sign--accelerating thru
from a quarter a block away, car leaning around the corner. Right
at an École Bilingue intersection, too.
Marsha sticks around during
lunch hour and at 12:12 PM gets, headache, light-head, dry mouth.
Jill Ellis, CEID director
Thanks again for all the
Just wanted to share with
our neighbors and friends at CEID:
Bob Kubik has volunteered
his time the last three years in helping us plant
and maintain our gardens. We want to thank Bob for all his time
generosity in helping us keep our site beautiful for the children
special needs who come to our Center every day - and their families.
Bob's is directing his time
to other community events and we'll miss his
smiles and support. THANK YOU, Bob!
Center for Early Intervention on Deafness
P.S. If anyone else is interested
in helping us care for the plants and
gardens, please let us know. It means a great deal to us to open
to the neighborhood as needed, as well as have the talents of
"Berkeley students get write help"
reports Jen Daly in the
West County Times. " 'Writing is easy,' Mark Twain
quipped.' All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.' While
Twain's wit always seems effortless, the joke is that writing
is anything but. In reality, writing is a skill that takes years
-- some would say a lifetime -- to master."
I hear Da Boz is hosting
a Shindig today.
Remember, Pete's new KALX
series starts tomorrow. The first episode of "Alternate Tunes"
is about the harpsichord and includes an interview with our John
shot Sally's "dining room" recently--look for it in
an upcoming issue.
This morning DW TV did a
story on geothermal heating--drill down deep enough and pump out
the warm air into your home, office biz, etc. Check out the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium.
"East Bay job market rises to the top:
'Contrarian' region climbs from lowest position in state Employment
Development Department study"
reports George Avalos in the West County Times.
Contrarian? Avalos must read
says housing market sluggish: Reserve Bank official feels full-bore
decline in Bay Area prices unlikely" writes Avalos.
For me, at high school the
best snow-job was given by kid named Pesch. (Pesch also could
belch at will and loudly and for a long time.) Now Pesch could
give the best snow-job because he was a great liar--somehow anything
the kid said was believable. Yet in Berkeley, an intellectual
community with an almost naive respect for knowledge, the best
snow-job can be entirely something different, something more refined.
Simply, here there's a sense that she/he who has the most information
must be right. Could be, but it also could be a snow-job. A lot
of facts well presented might be just that--a lot of facts well
present. Not knowledge, just a snow-job.
2:34 PM--irritant in the
computer room. See ya later.
"Berkeley City Council race. Telegraph
Ave cuts right to heart of debate reports
Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Worthington
backs mayor's plan; Beier wants new city panel."
Oops, Pete's "Alternate
Tunings" will premiere in November.
"New Cleanup Orders Issued for UC Field
Station, Campus Bay"
writes Richard Brenneman in Our Planet. "State officials
have ordered UC Regents and two chemical manufacturing multinationals
to clean up toxic wastes at UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station
Can anbody confirm or deny
that Our Planet will stop publishing later this year after
"News Flash: Compromise Reached for Harrison/San
Pablo Project" reports
Judith Scherr of Our Planet. "It took a week of intense
negotiations, with Councilmember Laurie Capitelli moving back
and forth between developer Jim Hart and neighbors of his proposed
five-story mixed-use project at Harrison Street and San Pablo
Avenue, for the two sides to come to what appears will be a compromise
"Politically polite" recommends Jessica Yadegaran of the West
County Times. "Today's political climate is a tad tense.
These days, what starts as a healthy debate of current events
at the dinner table or water cooler can easily turn into an ugly,
irreversible brawl. As Election Day nears, how do you talk to
friends, co-workers and loved ones about politics without ruining
your relationship? The answer is somewhat bleak."
"Benefits of seafood outweigh risks"
writes Sandy Kleffman
of the West County Times. "Eating fish is good for
you and will help ward off heart disease, experts tell us."
This morning DW-TV had a
feature on growing and eating historic vegetables like Medieval
cabbage, and cultivating weeds for consumption--many say they've
never really tasted food until sampling these historic vegetables
Da Boz emails his October
report--here are some excerpts
Grand Opening For Eastshore
Earlier this month, I joined over 200 people to celebrate the
grand opening and dedication of the Eastshore State Park - 8.5
miles of protected shoreline stretching from Oakland to Richmond.
This park has been a labor of love for hundreds of dedicated activists
and leaders for more than three decades. As a Member of the Assembly,
I wrote the legislation that created the Park and worked with
many wonderful environmental and community leaders for years to
secure the funding necessary to purchase tracts of the shoreline
piece by piece. Eastshore State Park will now forever protect
our shoreline, provide recreation opportunities, connect the Bay
Trail, and provide habitat for birds and animals. Without question,
the dedication ceremony was one of the highlights of my professional
World-renowned Architect Selected for New Berkeley Art Museum
and Pacific Film Archive in the Downtown
UC Berkeley's plans for its new museum in downtown Berkeley took
an exciting step forward with the selection of Toyo Ito &
Associates as the architect and designer for the new $120 million
museum complex at the corner of Center and Oxford Streets. This
world-class facility for the visual arts will further define Berkeley
as a leading cultural center for the West Coast. As one of the
largest museums in California, the new Berkeley Art Museum and
Pacific Film Archive will serve as a critical anchor for Berkeley's
economic revitalization and greatly expand our burgeoning arts
Mayor Bates and Mayor of Riverside Host First-Ever Statewide Town-Gown
Last week, I joined the California League of Cities and Riverside
Mayor Ron Loveridge in hosting the first-ever statewide conference
on housing and transportation in university communities. Over
150 elected officials, city staff, and university administrators
from as far north as Arcata and as far south as San Diego spent
the day discussing what cities and universities can do better
to reduce traffic, improve transit, and provide appropriate housing.
City Raises Objections About UC Southeast Quadrant Project
UC Berkeley is planning a series of large projects in and around
Memorial Stadium, an area they refer to as the "Southeast
Quadrant." While the major retrofit and renovation of the
stadium is still some time off, more immediate projects include
a large new underground sports training facility for student athletes
on the edge of the stadium and a 911 space garage under Maxwell
Field, which is just north of the stadium. The City raised strong
objections to this project in a lengthy critique sent earlier
this year, including serious concerns about seismic safety, traffic,
historic preservation, and other issues. Unfortunately, the City
may be required to go to court if some of its key concerns are
not addressed in the final project plans.
City Budget Update - Mostly Good News
After working through the budget crisis these last four years
our budget continues to look stable, although there is a great
deal of uncertainty. Due to careful budgeting and cost-savings
efforts, the City ended the last fiscal year with about a $3 million
surplus, which we have added to the City's emergency funding reserve.
So far this year, our budget is coming in more or less on target,
however the real estate transfer tax - which had been red hot
for a number of years during the real estate boom - is coming
in 17% less than last year. Fortunately, we had expected a substantial
decline and unless it gets significantly worse it should not have
a dramatic impact our budget or operations.
Berkeley Featured in 'Bay Area Backroads'
If you'd like to see some little known Berkeley highlights, tune
in to KRON-TV, Channel 4 later this month. The television program
Bay Area Backroads on will feature Berkeley and Albany on Saturday,
October 28th at 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 29th at 6 p.m.
7:45 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, over rides filters, leave
"Housing prices to fall slightly in '07,
Realtors say" reports
Eve Mitchell of the West County Times. "Housing prices
are expected to drop 2 percent in California, but the market should
be slightly better in pockets of the Bay Area where the housing
supply is tighter, according to the state Association of Realtors.
On a statewide basis, the median price next year for an existing
single-family house is expected to drop 2 percent to $550,000
compared with a projected median of $561,000 for 2006. Home sales
are expected to drop 7 percent to 447,500 from projected 2006
levels of 481,200, according to an outlook released Wednesday
by the association at a convention in Long Beach."
Mitchell also reports "Rents
take off after years of flat prices. Pushed along by a stronger
job market and fewer people shopping for homes, average asking
rents in Bay Area rose 8.2 percent from a year ago, with even
bigger spikes taking place in the Peninsula and South Bay."
"Bay Area loan defaults climb. Statewide
foreclosure activity reaches its highest level in more than 4
writes Barbara E. Hernandez of the Times. East Bay home
loan defaults rose sharply across Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano
counties, and statewide home-loan defaults rose to their highest
level in 41/2 years.
Center on Institutions and Governance presents "What Are
Americans Voting For?"
on October 26, 7:30 p.m.in the Wheeler Auditorium on the Cal Campus.
The panelists are George Lakoff, Professor UC Berkeley Founder
Rockridge Institute; Joan Blades, Co-founder Moveon.org; Markos
Moulitsas, Daily Kos; Robert Reich, Former Former Secretary of
Labor. "This panel will examine where political ideas arise,
how they are framed in political dialogue, and the part they play
in determining what happens in November."
While writing this I've been
listening to a CD of Pete and Julie playing with John Phillips
on their first "Alternate Tunings." Good, maybe even
great stuff, and they play well together.
Consolidated Printing is
no longer using the east end of their across-the-street warehouse
and it is now for lease. Consolidated is also building an unloading
Our snappily dressed councilman,
Darryl Moore was seen last week having breakfast at 900 GRAYSON
with an attractive blonde lady. And Heddy Riss, program director
for the Center on Institutions and Governance can be seen regularly
at 900 having coffee after her workout
at our local gym. Heddy is responsible for The
Center's presentation "What Are Americans Voting For?"
"Incumbents have economy on their side:
All four sitting council members can show challengers a Berkeley
budget now in the black" reports
Martin Snapp of the West County Times.
And Snapp reports "Buddhist education center
celebrates new home: Jodo Shinshu Center opens in landmark former
auto dealership. A Berkeley
architectural landmark that once housed car dealerships will undergo
a new incarnation this weekend when it becomes the nation's largest
center for Buddhist education. The art deco building at 2140 Durant
Ave. was built by Charles Howard, owner of the famed racehorse
Seabiscuit, for his Buick dealership in the 1930s. In the 1980s,
former Oakland A's baseball great Reggie Jackson ran a Chevrolet
My friend, architect Tak
was envolved with this quietly developed project. Years ago he
met with the mayor about it and came away with the feeling that
the mayor supported the proposed center BUT that "anything
can happen in Berkeley."
In Our Planet, Matt
Cantor reports on "The
Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning" and writes "a
whole lot of people . . . end up dying each year as a result of
this odorless and colorless gas."
"Study pinpoints diesel soot range"
reports Denis Cuff of
the West County Times. "Bay Area neighborhoods near
freeways and ports are showered with the largest volumes of diesel
soot, the region's top air pollutant for creating cancer risks,
according to a study by the region's clean air agency. . . . Of
the many toxic air contaminants in the region, diesel presents
the biggest cancer risk, researchers concluded in preliminary
findings from the first phase of the study by the Bay Area Air
Quality Management District."
"Big corporations ready to battle global
writes Tapan Munroe in the Times. "An extraordinary
and startling development in the past year or so has been corporate
America's growing enthusiasm in meeting the global warming challenge.
The list of corporations joining the fight against global warming
includes Alcoa, Boeing, Duke Energy, DuPont, General Electric,
Georgia Pacific, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Lockheed Martin,
PG&E, Rohm and Haas, SC Johnson, Sunoco, Toyota, United Technologies
and Weyerhaeuser among others."
"Andronico's focuses on remaining stores" reports George Avalos of the Times.
"The first name for Andronico's Markets Inc. in 1929 was
"Park and Shop." Yet the obstacles customers faced for
parking and shopping may have been the biggest factors to doomed
the Andronico's store in Walnut Creek. Now that Andronico's has
shelved its store in Danville and announced that the Walnut Creek
store will close Dec. 22, the grocery store chain will focus on
face-lifts for six of the eight stores it still operates. Headed
for upgrades are three of the four stores in Berkeley as well
as the stores in San Francisco, San Anselmo and Los Altos."
Potter Creek's leading writer
was seen having breakfast in the company of a beautiful woman
at 900 GRAYSON this morning.
7:05 AM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, wear mask; 8:28 AM--irrtant in front room; 1:18
PM-SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear mask.
11:02 AM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, use mask.
Oops, . . fell over today
in front of 900
GRAYSON during lunch rush. VERY
7:14 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, headache, cough, light-headed, leave: 7:58 PM--return,
SERIOUS irritant still present, "dry" odor, headache,
cough, light-headed, leave.
all photos by me
École Bilingue 2006 Parade
And Ted Gartner of the
West County Times reveals
"A smorgasbord for the dead."
8:01 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, dry mouth, headache, light-head, leave; 9:22 AM--still
present, same symptoms, use mask; 1:06 PM--SERIOUS irritant in
warehouse, leave; "dry" odor present off-and-on all
Jill Ellis, director of CEID
Just want to invite you and
any neighbors to join our CEID students and
families for our annual Halloween Parade at CEID - about 10 am
The children have a great time and we welcome you to enjoy us.
of the CEID Kids in Bob
and Carol's Pumpkin Patch.
AMC theaters at the end of
Bay Street have $6.00 ticket prices before Noon on Friday, Saturday
Sally's dinning area is for-sure
featured in the January issue of "House Beautiful."
Talk about a "structure
of merit," our now defunct McCauley Foundry cast all the
Miller-Offenhauser engine blocks.
"Berkeley High is famous for its jazz program.
Berkeley school district partnership allows low-income students
a chance to further studies"
writes Martin Snapp of the West County Times. "Berkeley
High is famous for its jazz programs, especially the award-winning
Jazz Ensemble and the two lab bands."
OKs tougher rules for dog owners.Outdoor pets must have shelter,
clean food and water; violators face fines of up to $1,000, jail
time" reports Snapp.
And Snapp and Matt Krupnick
plans deepen rift between city of Berkeley, university. Perhaps
these star-crossed partners simply are doomed to a lifetime of
unhappiness, unable to escape their uneasy alliance."
Heddy Riss' panel "What
Are Americans Voting For?" played to a full-house at
Wheeler Thursday night. What was said? The forum will be "broadcast"
by the Northern California
World Affairs Council.
"Walking program lets seniors spread their
wings. BERKELEY: Safety and health are two motivating factors
for the group that enjoys the outdoor scenery" reports Jessica Meyers in the West County
Times. "It's October, but it feels like June, and the
seven or so seniors with binoculars, multicolored straw hats and
the occasional hearing aid are ready to walk and possibly catch
sight of a burrowing owl. Known as the Berkeley Mariners, the
group has met Wednesdays for the past two years to traverse the
coastal path for up to three miles."
"Median new-home price falls Meanwhile,
sales pick up for a second month" reports Barbara Hernandez of the Times.
"The median price of a new home plunged nationally in September
by the largest amount in more than 35 years, even as the pace
of sales rebounded for a second month. However, parts of the East
Bay -- Oakley and Pittsburg for instance -- contradicted the national
"Real estate 'agent bubble' deflating as
home sales slow"
writes Sue McAllister in the Times. "During the housing
boom, people flocked to become real estate agents and mortgage
brokers, sending the tally of those holding California real estate
licenses to more than half a million this year."
Quotes of the week
While talking with Sophie
Gross, server at 900
GRAYSON, I exclaimed about something
"You're being naive!" "I'm supposed to be naive"
she snapped back "I'm 23 years old."
And our Councilman, Darryl
Moore offered "Berkeley would not be Berkeley without the
No. 1 public university in the world sitting on top of the hill.
Without the university, Berkeley would just be El Cerrito."
Councilwoman, Linda Maio
was seen Saturday lunching at 900 with Carol Whitman.
And Thursday, four very sharp
Berkeley PD officers had lunch there.
Tomorrow, my pick for Mayor.
I'm going to vote for Tom
Bates for mayor.
For better and for worse
Tom has taken us, some kicking and screaming, from the 1960s right
into the 21st Century, where as Mort Saul has said, "the
future lies ahead." Tom also has lots of experience, has
connections, brought the city council together, balanced the city
budget, and helped get us the East Shore State Park. Besides,
I like his nifty blue blazers.
11:00 AM--irritant behind
2741/43 8th Street building and behind 2740 9th Street building--attorney,
Elizabeth Grossman's. Irritant fills driveway-area between buildings.
(This NOT the paint odor from Inlite.) Experienced similar irrtant
some weeks ago in backyard of Pete and Geralyn's on Grayson when
Pete was "sick with a cold or something." (Their property
is immdiately south of the 2743/41 8th warehouse.) With his cough,
horse-voice and synus, Pete sensed nothing.
12:15 PM--irritant in entire
warehouse with accompanying odor of "melting plastic and
There's actually the first
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