our Councilman, Darryl Moore's re-election Kick-Off

was held yesterday afternoon in San Pablo Park

photos here


from my log

10/5/08--off-and-on all afternoon, irritant in front of warehouse, guest has "coughing attack," another smells STRONG odor of "burning natural gas."



In the story about a move to secede "Yreka, Siskiyou County:Some folks around here think the economic sky is falling and state lawmakers in Sacramento and Salem are ignoring their constituents in the hinterlands " sfgate.com reports

"Guess the time is ripe to create a whole new state.

That's the thinking up here along the border between California and Oregon, where 12 sparsely populated, thickly forested counties in both states want to break away and generate the 51st star on the nation's flag - the state of Jefferson.

You can see the signs of discontent from Klamath Falls to Dunsmuir, where green double-X 'Jefferson State' flags hang in scores of businesses. You can hear the talk of revolution at lunch counters and grocery lines, where people grumble that politicians to the north and south don't care."

(Hmmm,. . we could be, The Independent Republic of West Berkeley.)












from my log

10/6/08--Off-and-on all day SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, wear mask, over-rides HEPA filter. New next store neighbor has odor in aadjacent shop, "It's like nothing I've ever smelled before but really bad." 8:30 PM--irritant in front room, nausea.

10/7/08--7:55 PM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, dry mouth.


"Lawrence Berkeley Lab to help India reduce greenhouse gas" reports Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will work with businesses, governments and universities in India to help that nation grow fast while cutting pollution.

As part of this arrangement, the University of California, Berkeley, which manages the lab up on the forested hills above its campus, will get $2 million to endow two faculty spots in engineering. That money comes from Purnendu Chatterjee, chairman of the Chatterjee Group, an investment firm."

"Court: Berkeley police review commission records and hearings must be closed" reports  Bay City News Service.

"A state appeals court ruled in San Francisco today [10/7/08] that the Berkeley Police Review Commission must keep investigative records and hearings on citizen complaints closed to the public.

The Court of Appeal said that confidential records and hearings are required by a 1978 state law and a 2006 California Supreme Court ruling interpreting the law.

Today's decision was made in a lawsuit filed by the Berkeley Police Association in 2002 to challenge open records and hearings.

Commission records and proceedings were open to the public for 33 years, from the time the commission was established by Berkeley voters in 1973 until the commission suspended open hearings in 2006 in the wake of the state Supreme Court decision.

The state high court ruled in 2006 that a San Diego County civil service commission's records on a deputy sheriff's termination appeal qualified as confidential peace officer personnel records under the 1978 law.

In today's decision, the appeals court upheld a 2007 ruling in which Alameda County Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith found that the state law required closed commission records and hearings." 


"Two arrested in connection with the slaying of a Berkeley man" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A 15-year-old boy and the stepson of a Berkeley man found shot and killed inside his home in June were arrested today in connection with the slaying, police said.

The boy, whose name was not released, turned himself in at about 5 p.m. today in the June 19 slaying of Charles Faison, 39, in his home at 2022 Emerson St., police said. He was being held at Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro on suspicion of murder.

Faison's stepson, Deontae Faison, 19, was arrested at 10:20 a.m. today as police served a search warrant on the 2200 block of East 33rd Street in Oakland, said Officer Andrew Frankel, a Berkeley police spokesman. He was being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of being an accessory in the slaying.
Police did not release other information, including any motive in the slaying."




"Some Bright Spots in Northern California" is a story in Publisher's Weekly by Wendy Werris.

"When Cody's Bookstore abruptly closed this summer in Berkeley, it was difficult to imagine any upside to one of the most wrenching events in Northern California bookselling history. At this weekend's NCIBA trade show in Oakland, however, there were a couple of pieces of good news. Laura Tibbals, senior buyer at Moe's Books in Berkeley, reported that sales of new books in their store have increased by 25% every month since Cody's shut its doors. 'That's been great for us, although admittedly at the same time our used books have had flat sales,' Tibbals said. 'Of course we never thought this would happen, that sales on the smallest part of our inventory would increase so much, but the economic anxiety is global now. We have to keep changing the formula.' Moe's carries and is doing well with several Obama titles, and has also increased its sidelines inventory since the economic downturn began.

'We like IndieBound very much,' Tibbals added, 'and it's good to finally be able to spread the word about shopping locally. Hopefully this message will transfer to the consumer.' "



Dianne Keaton in Potter Creek


But just who is this famous woman?


"Iran unveils plan for women's car" reports Jon Leyne, BBC News, Tehran.

(Iranian women can drive cars but are not allowed to ride motorbikes, . . . argh.)

"Iran has announced plans for a new car designed specially for women.

Its features will include automatic transmission, parking and navigation aids and a jack for changing tyres without getting grease on your chador.

Iran's biggest car producer, Iran Khodro, says it will come in a range of feminine colours and interior designs.

Other features are proposed to make it easier for women when they are doing the family shopping or taking their children to school."


"Barefoot College in India" is a PBS feature about training women to install and maintain solar energy.

"Fred de Sam Lazaro: The students are mostly women. Some are grandmothers. Hundreds have come through here from villages across India and a dozen other countries to learn how to install and maintain solar energy in rural areas.
Even though it's sophisticated coursework, the only pre-requisite for admission to the Barefoot College is that there are no pre-requisites, not even to speak the language.
Until we arrived with a translator, these Mauritanian women who'd been here four months hadn't spoken to anyone else in Arabic, the only language they know. But language is not a barrier to learning, says the college's founder.

Bunker Roy (Founder, Barefoot College): Our job is to show how it is possible to take an illiterate woman and make her into an engineer in six months and show that she can solar-electrify a village."




Ryan Lau emails

Dear South and West Berkeley Neighbors,
I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our meeting in late September about the recent double homicide on Derby and Sacramento, followed by a number of subsequent incidents.  I apologize about the lateness of these notes, but I wanted to try and find out some information and be able to tell neighbors what we are doing and will be doing.  The police department has increased patrols in the area to monitor and control the situation in the area and have allocated extra bicycle patrols in South and West Berkeley on a permanent basis.  The Mayor, Councilmembers Moore and Anderson, as well as School Board Director Karen Hemphill will be meeting on October 14th to talk about specific next steps.  The Public Works Dept. will be conducting an extensive survey of the lighting conditions in South and West Berkeley to determine if lighting is sufficient, and if it is not, whether it is due to insufficient lighting or if the vegetation is obstructing pedestrian level lighting levels.  There are several other efforts underway, but I want to get confirmation before announcing any specifics.  I will make sure to be in touch once we have more information.  Thank you again for your concern around these issues.  I also encourage you to please relay this to your neighbors.  I tried as best I could to decipher the sign-in sheet, but some of it was difficult to read and some people did not leave email addresses.  I also encourage those of you that are receiving this through a third-party and would like to be added to our email list to send me an email. 
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2



last week, CEID folks

visited Bruce Hermann




an email from Rosa Parks Neighborhood Assoc

"We are tentatively having a meeting at the school on the 22nd of this month. 
Michael Colombo
510 684 5658



"Copra Warehouse Demolition" the part of a Planet story dealing with Potter Creek.

"Wareham, the San Raphael-based commercial property developer with tenants like Fantasy Records and the federally funded Joint BioEnergy Institute, plans to ask Berkeley's Zoning Adjustments Board in November to approve a new life sciences institute at 740 Heinz St.

Randall Dowler, president of DGA-the Mountain View-based architecture firm hired to design the project-presented a new design to the Landmarks Preservation Commission Thursday after some members of the zoning board criticized the project in July.

Dowler said Wareham had filed a formal application to the Planning Department a week ago and would be returning to the landmarks commission and the zoning board for an official permit in the following weeks.

Wareham will also be asking the zoning board for a variance since the building's proposed height, 72 foot, is currently not allowed in the neighborhood. 




"Bailout doubts has some seeking Plan B" is a story by William Neikirk in The Swamp.

Now that Congress has approved a $700 billion 'rescue' for the economy, more doubts are arising over whether it will work.

Some economists say the effort to have the Treasury to use the money to buy 'distressed' or 'toxic' mortgage-backed securities should be changed to get at the heart of the problem.

And the heart of the problem is a rapid decline in housing prices--the collateral for these highly leveraged securities. They have caused a rise in foreclosures and resulted in deterioration of bank capital.

In addition, they have led to a severe credit crunch in which banks have virtually stopped lending, leading to fears that the economy could be in for a deep downturn.

Martin Feldstein, who was chairman of the government's Council of Economic Advisers during the Reagan administration, wrote an interesting piece about this in the weekend Wall Street Journal.

And that is to have the U.S. government get directly into the mortgage business. He suggested the government should offer any mortgage holder the chance to replace 20 percent of the mortgage with a low-interest (possibly 2 percent) government loan. Such a scheme would be an effective buffer against falling prices, he said, by making it less likely that the value of a house would be lower than the mortgage."











a bola en la calle

Steve Sullivan, Acme owner and man of his word, cleaned up all the overgrowth on the west side of his property--for which he gets the "Marsha Wacko Major Award."

John Abrate, manager of our Wells Fargo business office and Wells officer, recently received a "Major Award." Actually, John got a service award and a weekend in the Sierra's for its presentation. While walking through the hotel lobby last Saturday with his wife, she picked up a Chronicle and exclaimed in surprise "Your bank just bought Wachovia!"


David Brooks, New York Times columnist, said on one of this week's Charlie Rose Shows that the presidential debates, because of the monumental economic changes of the last weeks, were about subjects that no longer were relevant and because of the enormity of these changes, in fact, no longer existed.

That's how different Brooks felt today's world to be. (He has, by the way, one of the great analytic minds of our time, his politics aside.)


"Mother's Cookies - Oakland institution since 1914 - shutting down" reports George Raine, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Mother's Cookies, an Oakland institution for 92 years has been shuttered, its owner seeking bankruptcy protection for the company.

The ending was abrupt: Workers for the company, which shifted its baking and distribution operations to plants in Ohio and Canada back in 2006, informed workers on Friday that operations would cease on Monday. The company cited rising prices for raw materials and fuel, and on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware."   


"Gangs ... in Berkeley? Campaign signs get brutalized, Contra Costans get burglarized, and a Berkeley neighborhood gets terrorized" reports Anneli Rufus in the Express.

"Picture this. A roistering crowd jostles and shouts at the end of your block. You lose count at three dozen. They fill the street. Based on how things have been going around here lately - the homicides, the late-night gunfire, the Tec-9 assault-rifle shell casings on the sidewalk, the daily drug-dealing, the gang graffiti - you're sure that many of them are armed. Even one of them, alone, would terrify you, much less this many. You've called the police four times tonight. Each time, as always, the crowd scatters at the sight of the black-and-white. Then as soon as the cops leave, the crowd surges back. Nothing on Earth could coax you outside your house right now. You can't forget how that crowd surrounded your car the last time you tried to drive down your block late at night: how they pressed against your windows and said: Find another route home. It's hot: Pushing the window open as you go to bed, you think: This might be my last act. You wonder whether your car will get egged again tonight. Or keyed. One of your neighbors, every time she sees you, hisses: Snitch.

Richmond? West Oakland? Nope. Welcome to Berkeley, home of elite academia, wine bars, and terrifying gang activity."

"Strong slate of French films in S.F. for festival" reports Mick LaSalle, Chronicle Movie Critic.

"There was a time when it was possible to say that San Francisco and the Bay Area regularly got to see the cream of the European cinematic crop. We didn't get everything, but we got every European film worth seeing. That hasn't been true for a long time. Even so, for a while after that, San Francisco at least got to see as much as New York or Los Angeles did. Again, no longer true. What we get these days is a sprinkling of above-average movies, seemingly chosen and distributed at 

For Italian cinema, this isn't such a big problem because at least we have the New Italian Cinema festival every November. But we've had no equivalent festival for French films, despite France having Europe's biggest, best and healthiest cinema, with an impressive roster of charismatic, bona fide film stars.

But things are getting better, with a new festival at the Clay Theatre. It's called French Cinema Now, and it's a joint effort of the San Francisco Film Society, the French American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance. The festival brings together a good sampling of the most noteworthy French films of the current year."



"Commentary: Is this the start of another Great Depression? by Barry Eichengreen" is at cnn.com.

(Barry Eichengreen is George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of 'Golden Fetters: the Gold Standard and the Great Depression, 1919-1939.' Barry Eichengreen says strong action should be taken to stop the financial crisis from getting worse.)

"Every time the economy and stock market turn down, financial historians get predictable calls from reporters.

Could this be the start of another Great Depression? Could 'it' possibly happen again? My stock answer has always been no."













a bola en la calle

The bank took over the 2700 San Pablo development and re-sold it.

Pete Hurney, mechanical genius, manufactured a part for 900's coffee machine, installed it, and tuned the unit.

When Cheech and Chong were asked on "Extra" if they smoked marijuana with their old buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Day, Cheech finessed the answer. Arnold, in a later interview quipped "We knew how to have a good time."

Norheim and Yost have moved their office to Addison just off Fourth--same building they were in decdes ago when Charlie Ware worked for them.




"U.S. plans to buy direct stakes in banks" reports Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau.

"Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, acting with finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized
nations, Friday said the government will buy direct stakes in banks to stem a global financial collapse, as it became clear that his original $700 billion rescue, passed by Congress just last week, was not working."

I reported this about 3:30 Friday afternoon.




"The tipping point" is a story by Paul Wachter in the International Herald Tribune.

"One day in November 2006, Jay Porter, the owner of a small restaurant in San Diego called the Linkery, scheduled a staff meeting. Less than two years old, the casual farm-to-table restaurant had already won praise from national magazines. Nonetheless, Porter was troubled. The staff was squabbling, mainly over money: Waiters were angling for better shifts and tables, and the kitchen workers didn't feel they were getting a fair share of the profits.

The bickering was typical of the restaurant business, but Porter, who is 38, had no previous industry experience. He had been a computer consultant, one who made good money but derived few other satisfactions from his job.
After much thought, Porter arrived at a possible solution, which he presented to his staff on that November afternoon. 'How do you feel about eliminating tipping?' he asked them.

Porter considered raising the prices of each item on the menu and simply increasing the wages of his employees. But that would have penalized the restaurant's many takeout diners. Also, he figured many potential diners would look at the prices and - not factoring in what they spend on tips - compare them unfavorably with those of his competitors. So Porter instead proposed a service fee of 18 percent, to be pooled and split roughly 3 to 1 between the restaurant's front of the house and its kitchen. . . .

In his pitch to his staff, he employed the same arguments Alice Waters had nearly two decades before.
Waters, the owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, wrote to her board that at the restaurant, 'the quality of the food and the skill and taste of the cooks are at least as central to our success as the quality of the service. Unfortunately, traditional tipping has created great disparities in earning between the serving staff and the cooking and support staff.' "



"Berkeley in Good Shape for Current State Budget Cuts, but More Cuts May Be Coming" writes J. Douglas Allen-Taylor in the Planet.

"Berkeley City Manager Phil Kamlarz told councilmembers Tuesday night that the city was prepared to absorb the hits that are the result of the recent adoption of the State of California's 2008-09 budget. Possible further cuts to Berkeley's $321 million city budget, stemming from the state's ongoing financial crisis, may be another matter, however." 


"Parcel tax would enhance safety, Berkeley firefighters union says" reports Kristin Bender of Oakland Tribune.

"The Berkeley firefighters' union is asking residents to approve a parcel tax that would raise about $3.6 million in fiscal 2009 to prevent fire station closures, put paramedics at each station, fund neighborhood disaster preparedness and upgrade radio communication equipment."




"Developer Selects West Berkeley for New Housing Project" writes Riya Bhattacharjee in the Planet.

"Berkeley real estate developer duo Chris Hudson and Evan McDonald-known for the Fine Arts building downtown and the Trader Joe's project on University Avenue-gave the city's Zoning Adjustments Board a glimpse of their next big venture at a public meeting Monday.

The board and the public were asked to weigh in on the project's draft environmental impact report, which will be back at the zoning board for approval at a future date. No one from the community turned up to comment.
The proposed project-a 92,470-square-foot five-story mixed-use 94-unit apartment building called The Addison-would be located at 651 Addison St. in West Berkeley, just two blocks from the Fourth Street shopping district.

The project promises 'modern, executive housing in the heart of the city's high-tech, bio-tech, and creative jobs center.'

Designed by Baum Thornley Architects, the proposed project would also feature a ground-floor cafe-restaurant, offices, retail space, and 14 low-income units. The project would be completed in 2010.

The Addison, which boasts an energy-efficient design and construction plans, would also be only three blocks from the transbay bus stop, a block from Amtrak and right on the Bay Trail bicycle path. It would include a community roof garden and barbecue area that would give residents panoramic views of San Francisco." 



"Development Wanes in Wake Of Economic Woes" is a story by Riya Bhattacharjee in the Planet that deals with Potter Creek in "Condominiums developed by local developer Patrick Kennedy's Panoramic Interests at 2700 San Pablo Ave. have had a difficult time finding potential buyers, . . . , simply because they were put on the market at a time when the economy was poor.

Calls to Kennedy for comment were not returned." 

Perhaps Kennedy didn't return the calls because 2700 San Pablo is not his project. In fact, the San Fransico group that built these units lost them to the bank. They have subsequently been resold.

At the moment in Potter Creek, a six by eight block area west of San Pablo to the tracks and north of Ashby to Dwight, there are two developments going ahead--one is the grand Potter Creek, Berkeley Bowl, the other a tallish residential complex on 7th just north of Heinz. Two residential re-models are also in progress, with one almost finished. And there are five guerilla projects, on going or just completed--three of which are substantial interior remodels.

Well, Ok then.



"Court Orders Maio To Testify Over Loan From Developer" is an almost too complex, somewhat confusing report by our Planet's Richard Brenneman.
"Controversy over a $45,000 loan from Berkeley's most controversial developer to City Councilmember Linda Maio and her spouse has resulted in a court order compelling the councilmember's testimony.

The statement, which will be given under oath in the presence of a court reporter, is part of a lawsuit challenging installation of cell phone antennas atop the UC Storage building at 2721 Shattuck Ave.

Maio is scheduled to give her statement next Wednesday, and the plaintiffs are also seeking a similar deposition from developer Patrick Kennedy, the storage building owner who gave the councilmember and her spouse a loan to help them buy parking spaces at the site of her spouse's business in another building also built by the developer." 

I'm not sure Kennedy, my "favorite Irish developer" is now developing, or was when he sold the parking places.


Well he did say he was not interested in buying the NEXUS property because he felt it was haunted by ghosts of artists and artisans.




Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer writes "The hottest issue in Berkeley this election season isn't Marines recruitment, solar energy or people living in trees. It's the fate of the city's battered downtown.

Nearly all 12 candidates competing for five City Council seats on the Nov. 4 ballot say revitalizing the downtown area is the most crucial issue facing the city and the topic they hear about most from constituents. . . .

In West Berkeley, Moore is facing tenants' rights activist Jon Crowder, who says he has strong ties to the community and would work at the council job full-time. City Council positions pay $28,158 a year, plus health benefits, and most council members hold other full-time jobs.

Both candidates agree that crime and development are the most pressing issues in the district.
Moore said he wants to see more police patrolling the area and more neighborhood crime-watch meetings. He also wants to see traffic improvements, such as roundabout circles and curb bulb-outs intended to slow traffic.

Moore has been endorsed by six City Council members, Mayor Tom Bates, the police and fire unions, the Sierra Club and the city's two primary political groups, Berkeley Citizens Action and Berkeley Democratic Club."


from the Planet

District 2 City Council Candidate Statement: Darryl Moore

District 2 City Council Candidate Statement: Jon Crowder

Councilman Darryl Moore emails

What better way to get to know each other than a casual stroll through the District?  Help me walk some precincts and when we're done, we can relax in the park and have a bite to eat.
Precinct Walking with Darryl
Sunday, October 12th, 2008
2:00pm - 4:00pm
beginning at 
Frances Albrier Center in San Pablo Park
2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward 

If you're running a bit late, not to worry. There will be someone to direct you where you are needed.  Thanks so much for all of your support and hope to see you Sunday.

I really hope that you will join me this weekend to help me communicate to our SouthWest Berkeley neighbors my goals and vision for this next term.  I have really enjoyed serving District 2 over the last four years and I would be honored to have your support so that I can continue my work on issues affecting Southwest Berkeley and the entire City of Berkeley.


"Berkeley offers workshops for residents interested in new solar financing plan" is a brief report on insidebayarea.com

solar-financing workshops for residents: The city of Berkeley is
holding three workshops this month for property owners interested in
learning more about a first-of-its-kind city program to help people
with the cost of solar installation by tacking the cost onto their
property tax bills over a 20-year period.

The workshops for the Berkeley Financing Initiative for Renewable and
Solar Technologies program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m Tuesday at
the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St.; from 7 to 8:30
p.m. Thursday at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.;
and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the West Berkeley Senior Center,
1900 Sixth St."



"Berkeley bike patrols increase" reports Doug Oakley in the Berkeley Voice.

"Berkeley neighborhoods on the south and west side now have increased patrols of bike officers following an outcry for more police in the wake of two killings and a shooting last month.

The move came partly as a result of a community meeting Sept. 22 at which angry residents called for more officers, better face-to-face communication between police and residents and more city services designed to prevent violent crime.

Two bicycle officers now are spending most of their 10-hour shifts, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. four days a week, in the neighborhoods, said police spokesman Andrew Frankel.

The shift in police resources was made possible by new department hires after a period of understaffing caused by retirements and officers going out on work-related disabilities, said officials with the police and in the city manager's office.

Tamsen Fynn, a new Berkeley resident who organized a candlelight march protesting the Sept. 18 killings on Derby Street and shooting Sept. 19, said she is pleased the bike officers will spend more time in the area, but noted "it has to be part of a bigger plan" to fight violent crime in the area.
So far this year, there have been 10 killings in Berkeley, a number not seen in at least six years. Rapes and robberies in the city for the first six months were at a four-year high.

'I feel like this is really just the beginning of working on all the issues,' Fynn said."


"Gunman robs Martinez Safeway" reports Robert Salonga in the Times.

"A gunman robbed a Safeway store this morning and took cash before fleeing, police said.

The robbery was reported about 4 a.m. at the store located at 6688 Alhambra Ave., police said. A man entered the store and approached a cashier, brandished a dark-colored revolver and demanded money.The robber left the store, but police are not certain whether he was on foot or got into a vehicle. Police searched the area following the robbery but did not find any suspects."



"Berkeley mothers start Farsi-immersion preschool--Preschool immerses kids in culture, language of Iran" is a reports by Katy Murphy of the Oakland Tribune.

"Yalda Modabber's parents didn't understand, at first, why their daughter insisted on speaking to her children in Farsi.
'They said, "Why don't you speak French to them? Farsi's a useless language," ' Modabber said.

The Berkeley mother doesn't think so. Neither do her Iranian-American friends - many of whom came to the United States as young children in the late 1970s. They want their children to embrace a language and culture that isn't well understood in the West, she said.

About two years ago, Modabber and other like-minded mothers, including Ladan Sobhani and Yasi Massih, began meeting in the park for informal Farsi playgroups. Knowing that their kids might lose interest in the

Persian language the moment they attended an English-speaking preschool, they started a preschool of their own: Golestan Kids."



from my log

10/8/08--11:45AM--irritant in front room, eyes, nose burn, leave.

10/9/08--11:45 AM--irritant in front room with "bleach/chlorine" smell. smell also IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

10/10/08--5:56 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front plus STRONG odor, nausea.

10/11/08--1:13 PM--irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, light head.





"The IMF has warned the financial crisis is the most dangerous since the 1930s" reports BBC NEWS.

"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has activated an emergency finance mechanism to help countries hit by the financial crisis.

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan said the lending procedure would allow the IMF to react quickly to support countries facing funding problems.

The scheme, which was used during the Asian financial crisis in 1997, will help speed up approval of loans.
The news came as US stocks sank to a five-year low.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones ended down 7.3% - tumbling below 9,000 points for the first time since August 2003 and falling for a seventh consecutive session." 



"Can the G-7 Save the World from Financial Chaos?" in Time quotes Cal's J. Bradford DeLong.

"The world's economists have been nearly unanimous in saying that only a coordinated, worldwide effort can stem the current credit crunch and companion market meltdown. Their proposed solutions include: cut
interest rates, recapitalize the banks and insure deposits; get governments to step in and guarantee short-term interbank lending.

'The first good thing about this situation is that it does not call for different central banks and Treasuries to do different things, but rather for them all to do the same thing in unison without fouling each other's oars. That should be relatively easy to arrange,' wrote University of California, Berkeley, professor J. Bradford DeLong in a new e-book about the crisis."





Eternally useful links

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


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:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@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

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