The amended 1998 version of the West Berkeley Plan states in the Planning Director's Message, essentially the Introduction, "While [professional planners played a role]  in facilitating the outcome, the work was done primarily in the community by an informal committee that included artists, laborers and representatives of organized labor. residents and environmentalists, manufactures, retailers, office developers, church groups and community service organizations."

I'm reminded of a 1930s Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movie where the kids, often played by 20-year-olds, exclaim something like "Let's make a musical in the backyard." What follows, "produced by these amateurs" is a classy, professional Hollywood song-and-dance film.

But that only happens in the movies. In real life amateurs don't make professional productions.



Time in Berkeley for a "New Radicalism?" The one we've followed for over 40 years is grounded in the '60s and in an "Insurrection" that we--remember--lost. Seems, for over 40 years we've been following a losing culture, strategy and tactics and its leaders.

Definitely time to change.


In an effort to outline a new progessivism, and understanding that the 60's model and its derivatives have failed, I jump back over the '60s to the 1950's thinking of C. Wright Mills, H.H. Gerth, Hannah Arendt and others.

Stay fracking tuned.


C. Wright Mills

and his Beemer



Some "picture books" about Our Town worth checking out are; "Berkeley Postcard History" by Wendy Markel, "Berkeley 1900" by Richard Schwartz and Sandra Bruch, "Jews of Oakland and Berkeley" by Frederick Isaac, and"It Came From Berkeley" by David Weinstein.




Bob and Carol's new neighbor



Our Bill of Rights

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.




"Oktoberfest's Porkers Skip Beer for Cool Rieslings This Year" is a wine review by Ryan Flinn at bloomberg.com.

"At Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, California, diners chug liters of Bavarian brew from boot-shaped glasses in a monthlong celebration of Oktoberfest.

Wine lovers who don't want to feel left out during this beer-focused festival can enjoy wein instead.

The restaurant has a serious German wine list, offering more than 20 variations of Riesling, from dry to sweet, originating from several of Germany's 13 regions for wine-grape growing.

'It's not uncool to drink fruity wines,' said Cindy Kahl, Speisekammer's wine buyer, in an interview. She pointed out a J.H. Strub, that had a crisp, green apple sweetness, but could also 'stand up to sauerkraut and red cabbage.'

Liam Reilly, a manager at Berkeley, California wine shop Vintage Berkeley, says Rieslings are very food-friendly, with sugar or without.

'They sort of send electricity through you, it's almost haunting,' he said.

The Riesling grape, which is Germany's most planted variety, excites the wine cognoscenti because of its ability to reflect the plot of land where it was grown, and the styles it can be made into.

'It pulls minerality out of the soil, so it probably shows its sense of place, or terroir, more clearly than most other grapes,' said Matt Stevenson, another manager at Vintage Berkeley. 'You can make it pretty much any style you want -- from bone-dry all the way through psychedelically sweet.' "


"Loving restoration of a piano captured on film" is an appreciation by Sam Whiting, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The documentary 'Miracle in a Box/A Piano Reborn' culminates with a farewell gala - tablecloths, food, wine, toasts, human emotion - in honor of an object, a 1927 Steinway Model M Grand."



"Filipino students push for Philippine Studies at Berkeley" reports Marconi Calindas at gmanewstv.com

"Filipino and Filipino-American students of the University of California (UC) in Berkeley continue to push for the establishment of Philippine Studies classes amid a budget crisis faced by the school.

'We are now focusing on getting more Philippine classes while securing our current Tagalog classes,' Lean Deleon said, referring to his group, the Committee for Philippine Studies (Compass)."


"Pew Hispanic Center study reveals blocks in Latinos' road to college" is a report at thecalifornian.com.



"University of California, Berkeley " are the impressions of Cal by Susurrous at teenink.com.

"Aside from its many Nobel Laureates (who get parking spaces especially for them), the really low numbers (26.6 percent acceptance rate), and the really high numbers (GPA, SAT, ACT), which apply to many excellent schools, the University of California, Berkeley, or Cal, has many other important qualities for students.

When I toured Cal, aside from its strong programs, the most obvious plus to me was the location. Berkeley is an exciting, stimulating college city, perfect for the liberal-minded, independent student. It seems a smaller, Western alternative to New York City. However, the campus itself is not small. It spreads across thousands of acres sprinkled with shockingly beautiful greenery, buildings, and sunshine."



"American kinetic sculptor Nemo Gould is having an Open Studio Show on October 24th in Berkeley, California. Don't miss the opportunity to check out the amazing and strange robotic creatures made from found and recycled objects and materials" is a mention at greenmuze.com.



"Commercial Real Estate May Be Next Victim of Recession" is a disturbing report by Paul Solman of the Lehrer News Hour.

"Just two years ago an office space in midtown Manhattan could fetch close to $1.7 billion. Today, the same property trades for about $600 million. A sign the commercial real estate market will be the next shoe to drop in the U.S. economy? "


Judging from the number of workers and work-vehicles, Bayer's 8th and Parker remodel is providing a good amount of jobs.



Kubik emails

Shortly after 4:00 pm this afternoon a . . . . man was letting off two . . . prostitutes at 10th and Parker. He was in a white Mercedes . . .



post from the past


Who are these people? They are some of Potter Creek's leading citizens and their guests.


Potter Creek and The Bark's Claudia and Cameron and their new book were featured on NPR last week, but my understanding is that their interview was not carried in the Bay Area because of "election" coverage. Their new book's title is the motto of their magazine: Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship. NPR's Morning Edition spoke with three of their contributors, Ann Patchett, Maxine Kumin and Stephen Kuusisto. Ann and Stephen read from the book, while the Pulitzer-prize winning poet Maxine Kumin read an unpublished poem. After the piece aired the book soared to #7 on Amazon-the highest ever for a dog book. You can find the book at Borders-Amazon Site.

It seems that there is a pastel miniature-poodle newly, now-and-then, in Potter Creek.

In talking to Dave Kruse yesterday, Dave offered his favorite lunch-restaurant and dish. The restaurant is Phnom Penn House in Oakland at 251 8th Street. And his favorite dish is Chicken and Broccoli with spicy peanut sauce. Their phone number is 510-893-3825. And it seems that Kruse' facility was built over an active well that they capped those many years ago. Kruse also helped design and build the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory and he still thinks of it as a particularly fine job.

A chef at one of the restaurants on College Avenue offered that the best enchiladas are found at El Huarache Aztec at 3842 International Way in Oakland. Their phone number is 510-533-2395. A friend, the former manager of the Buttercup Bakery, says that the best tamales she's ever had are found at Borinquena La Mex-icatessen, 582 7th Street, Oakland. Their phone is 444-9954. The Potter Creek version of Mike and Richards Haley's California Breakfast can be found at the Westside Bakery Cafe at 2570 9th Street. For a personal history of the California Breakfast read my 8/8/03 post The Buttercup and The California Breakfast. The Bakery Cafe is a Potter Creek institution, has hardy, fresh food, makes its own baked goods, and is a hang out. If you haven't already, go there!

Kavi's new landscaping was vandalized, the vandals making off with nine plants. This property--his former home--is now for rent-- with newly replaced plants.










Harvey emails


Tienson Manufacturing Co. 2816 8th St, Berkeley is going out of business
 Tom Schooley is closing shop.  I believe it is or will be for sale?  If he can not find a buyer, the machines, dies, etc.  will be sold.
 Tom called [my son] Brett, the other night.  Brett was not home, and I had the opportunity to talk with him.  He was a very good boss for Brett.  I wish him well. 




"Independent Books Inc. opens in Berkeley" is a report by Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Bucking the trend of local bookstores being crushed by Amazon.com and mega chains, Books Inc., a small independent that traces its roots to Gold Rush days, is expanding, with a new store on Berkeley's Fourth Street, a stone's throw from the site of the late, lamented Cody's Books.

Book-hungry customers forced the store to open hours before its planned time of 1 p.m. on Monday. "



"Where's the line between home and work?" asks Gillian Shaw, Canwest News Service and gives a thoughful response with

"Marc David Seidel was sitting in a café in Berkeley, California, watching customers at a nearby table carry on a disjointed conversation that made it clear each was more concerned with eyeing their phones lying on the table.

While the pair were together in person, their attention was directed to cyber conversations. It was only when a thief snatched both phones off the table that the two focused on each other."



"Calif. top justice slams state referendum process" is an AP report at contracostatimes.com.

"The chief justice of the California Supreme Court criticized the state's reliance on the referendum process Saturday, saying it has 'rendered our state government dysfunctional.'"

Does something like this also apply to Our Town?



"Dollar Reaches Breaking Point as Banks Shift Reserves" report Ye Xie and Anchalee Worrachate at bloomberg.com.

"Central banks flush with record reserves are increasingly snubbing dollars in favor of euros and yen, further pressuring the greenback after its biggest two- quarter rout in almost two decades."








Kava continues to cleanup his new property, the former junkyard. "I feel safer walking there now" said one of our Potter Creek business women.


Among the bills our governor just signed into law is

AB 1393 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) to require the University of California, the California State University and California Community Colleges to give priority for on-campus housing to emancipated foster youth.


On October 9th Bill Moyers had a conversation with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Simon Johnson about banking and economics. It's worth checking out here.

Not my favorite Leftist, still Michael Moore's talk with Charlie Rose is worth a listen. They talk about Moore's latest movie Capitalism: A Love Story.

"Michael Francis Moore is an American film director, author and political activist. He is known for his outspoken, critical views on globalization, large corporations, gun violence, the Iraq War, the United States, and President George W. Bush. His documentaries include 'Roger & Me', 'Bowling for Columbine', and 'Fahrenheit 9/11'."



Our Viva Burrows emails

I am inviting you all to come to a film screening at the Pacific Film Archive on UC Berkeley campus, Monday October 26th, 7PM sharp. I will be showing a short film I have made on the current UC system fee hike/privatization issues and protests, 'Free Speech for One Dollar'. Following that, my friend, Emio Tomeoni, a local filmmaker, will be showing his feature length documentary, 'Power Trip: Theatrically Berkeley', on Berkeley city politics.  It will be a night of local and national political satire! . . .

To view the event page click here:   http://powertripberkeley.com/

I hope you all can make it, and please spread the word! See you there!


Check out my blog:


Old Berkeley Record City employee, Mike Medved was on Israel Up Close, a television program about Christian support for Israel. Mike looks good, talks good. For Mike at Record City read I don't know what Medved learned which is part ofBack in The Day: Selling Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave.





posts from the past


David M. Bowman correctly identified the Boeing F4B-4's squadron as VF-6, the carrier as the Saratoga and the decade as the 1930s. Mr.Bowman won Miles and Cannonball's "Somethin' Else."

Is there an art to brewing a cup of coffee? If there is, Papa's crew at Caffé Trieste have perfected it. This morning, I had a cup of house blend that was strong and flavorful without tasting bitter or burnt--well, it was just freshly brewed.

Ferzaan brought with him from India a beautiful art book, "RAJA RAVI VARMA, The Painter Prince 1848-1906." It is published by PARSRAM MANGHARAM, Bangalore--a quite astounding painter and an astounding production. He is beautiful only in a way Indians can be.




The Giotta Family and the Caffé Trieste Music Family invite the citizens of Berkeley to A GRAND OPENING at CafféTrieste on Sunday, October 24 from 2PM to 5PM.

Chron gossip columnist, Leah Garchik, offers in an October 6th column P.S. "Former San Francisco D.A. Terence Hallinan and former prostitute and Coyote (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics)-founder Margo St. James will host a fund-raiser for Berkeley's Proposition Q (to make prostitution a low-priority crime) on Thursday at the Mariposa Yacht Club in San Francisco." Perhaps Ms.Garchik should read "Measure Q Enforcement of State Prostitution Laws." on the City of Berkeley Web Site.

Some words to live by from Pauli of the Sopranos "You're only as good as your last envelope."












Pete's Potter Creek raingauge showed 4.1 inches from mid-day 10/12 to mid-day 10/13.

Pete's 15:18 update yesterday is 4.65 inches for the whole storm.


"Crashes, flooding, power outages prevalent as storm hits Bay Area" is a report by Robert Salonga and Sean Maher, Bay Area News Group.

"The strongest October storm in 47 years is sweeping across the Bay Area today, forcing evacuations in the Santa Cruz mountains, wreaking havoc on commuters and causing power outages to thousands."



our Ryan Lau emails

Just a couple announcements for the rainy season
In preparation for continued rains, the City has sandbags available at all fire stations, the closest likely being First Station 1 at 2442 Eighth Street (off of Dwight), (510) 981-5510 and at the Corporation Yard at 1326 Allston Way, (510) 981-6620 .  Proof of residency is required.
To report storm drain backups and for emergency issues, both during City work hours and after hours, please call (510) 981-6620.

All Storm Day
Also, residents are invited to join City staff to prepare for the winter storm season!
All Storm Day is Saturday, November 21, 2009 where Public Works staff and City employee volunteers pitch in to clean storm drains in areas that flood during heavy rains. This designated day allows City staff to focus on problem areas.
It is a great time to meet up with neighbors, residents and City staff, and clear out problem storm drains. Clearing the storm drains of debris also prevents trash from ending up in the Bay.
Last year almost 17 tons of debris were collected on All Storm Day.
Residents can also help protect the Bay and their neighborhood from winter storms by volunteering
Saturday, November 21, 2009 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
There will be staging areas around town. Check this website for updates as the date approaches. Call to sign up now, and we will make every effort to put you to work near your house.
HOW: If you want to volunteer to help clean out storm drains and bag the debris, please leave a voicemail on (510) 981-6618 or e-mail allstorm@CityofBerkeley.info
City Staff will teach volunteers to safely clean a storm drain before, during and after storms. We'll also be supplying vests, gloves, equipment, and biodegradable bags.
There are other steps you and your neighbors can take to help prevent flooding in Berkeley and prevent trash from ending up in San Francisco Bay.
· Adopt-A-Drain or organize a storm drain sewer stenciling project for your group. Contact Josh Bradt at (510) 981-6418 or via e-mail at jbradt@ci.berkeley.ca.us.
· Pick up sandbags before the rainy season starts. Up to ten bags per property address may be picked up at 1326 Allston Way. Proof of residency is required.
· Keep our number handy for a rainy day! If there is a storm drain backup, call Customer Service at (510) 981-6620.
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore



Ms Ostrander emails

Hi Ron.

We got a resolution on your noise problem a couple of weeks ago but I've been on vacation and haven't had a chance to report back--I hope you've been able to tell even without my notification.

Bayer Facilities people determined that the whining you were concerned about was coming from a noisy fan on the roof of a building near the Seventh Street boundary of Bayer property. They have repaired the problem, so we expect things will be much quieter from here on in.

Thanks for the prompt report!


Trina Ostrander,
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals




Reuters reports"Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to make an equity investment in Grocery Outlet Inc., an extreme value grocery retailer with over 135 stores in the Western United States.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Grocery Outlet Inc. is a third-generation family-owned business that was founded in 1946 by Jim Read. Today the company is led by Co-Chief Executive Officers MacGregor Read and Eric Lindberg. Grocery Outlet is able to offer brandname products up to 60% below traditional retailers by purchasing discounted surplus inventory directly from more than 2,500 grocery manufacturers. Grocery Outlet stores are managed by local, independent operators. "

Why are the "Big Boys" investing in cheap food? RP



"Igniting the Growth of Jobs" opines Bob Herbert at nytimes.com.

"Think of this recession as a monstrous hurricane that swept through the job market and is still wreaking havoc. The latest unemployment rate for California is a knee-buckling 12.2 percent, the highest since World War II.. . .

Mr. Reich, who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, is among those who favor a tax credit for small businesses that create jobs. This is tricky. Policy makers have to make sure that the credit is given only for net new hires, as companies will attempt to get a tax break for hires they would have made anyway."




"US President Obama nominates Greek American businesswoman for Hungarian Ambassador" is a report at portofolio.hu.

"US President Barack Obama nominated Northern California businesswoman Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis for Ambassador to Hungary."

In keeping with this precedent, I nominate our Anthy Victor as Ambassador to San Francisco.






In "It Came From Berkeley" we find

"In 1971, following 'the first radical take over of city government' the new city council refused to pledge allegiance to the flag. The council was soon spending more time on Vietnam and Racism in Rhodesia . . .

How did Berkeley switch from a culturally liberal city with a Republican dominated government to a city run by liberals and radicals? . . .

Race had a lot to do with it . . . [and] lowering the voting age . . . also had a lot to do with it. . . .

Radicals . . . made the war a make-or-break issue. The shift from liberal pro-war Democrats to antiwar radicals proved as profound as the early shift from Republicans to liberal Democrats. . . .

The second major victory came quickly. In 1971, the radicals won four major seats on the council . . . with the election of Loni Hancock, D'Armey Bailey, and Ira Simmons . . . to the council, and Warren Widner as mayor. . . . eighty-nine officers quit the police force in disgust in 1971 and 1972 as radicals demanded 'community control' of the police. . . .

'The years between 1971 and 1973 were the most difficult years on the city council' [Hancock] wrote 'maybe the most difficult years of my life.'

But the progressives became the establishment. Since the '70s they have either dominated the council or traded off with slates of moderate Democrats. . . "

Whoa, 38 years in power. After all those decades do you get too comfortable?

Time for change? RP


The mob behavior of the Insurrection and its radical remnants remain active in Berkeley today. In disruptive behavior at meetings, confrontational politics, street hooliganism.

This behavior, I would submit, is tolerated or even unconsciously approved of by our Establishment, whose cultural roots are themselves in the Insurrection.

We lost, time to get over it, not to obsessively relive and relive and relive it. Trying, as if it were a failed marriage, to make it ok, to make it right. RP




"Berkeley Rep takes spotlight as Broadway star" is an appreciation at sfgate.com.

"Berkeley Repertory Theatre is fast emerging as one of Broadway's most important 'farm teams,' and that's good news not only for the East Bay theater, but perhaps for Bay Area theater in general.

In the past couple of weeks alone: The Rep's production of Carrie Fisher's 'Wishful Drinking' opened in New York to rave reviews. The New York Times added its voice to the chorus of positive reviews for the Rep's current production of the Green Day musical, 'American Idiot.' And Associate Artistic Director Les Waters flew to New York to ready the Rep's 'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)' for its Nov. 19 opening."


"DNA points to Berkeley carjack suspect" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A man suspected of trying to carjack two women in the parking lot of a Berkeley supermarket in December before stealing a car was arrested early today after DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, police said."






"Dylan at Berkeley: Setlist for Sunday, rare audio from Saturday" is a list and an audio at examiner.com.


"Green Day to rock Singapore" is a report at thestar.com.

"Green Day's much anticipated concert across the causeway next January is set to attract many local rock fans. . . . The Berkeley, California-raised band will be plugging in a full concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Jan 14."



"No job is not the problem. No healthcare - that's the real bum deal. Healthcare may be a political football here, but thank your lucky stars we don't have to beg on the streets to pay for lifesaving treatment" is a story at guardian.co.uk.

"Peter works in my local independent bookshop in Berkeley, California, and is keen to learn more about the NHS, and to explain why getting sick in America can be so perilous. Peter works part-time and earns a modest income. He has been without employer-based health insurance ­ something tens of millions of Americans rely on to pay for medical bills ­ since he became disabled, and is visibly perplexed by people who want to retain a system that means millions of people like him are'denied basic treatment.

"It has to work, it just has to,' he says of President Obama's plans to reform healthcare so that the 40 million Americans currently without health insurance have access to some, and so that those depending on employers to provide it don't end up denied life-saving treatment should they be unlucky enough to lose their job.




"Just released in July, grocery retailers across the Western states have clamored to get Jolly Llama into their frozen foods sections" is a press release at reuters.com.

"Over 150stores, including most Whole Foods Stores (California), Oliver's (Sonoma County), Nugget Markets (Sacramento area), New Leaf Markets (Santa Cruz County), Berkeley Bowls (Berkeley), Mother's Markets (Los Angeles), Basha's and Sprouts (Phoenix), and numerous others in Washington and Arizona now carry the squeezable single-serve tubes. Consumers nationwide can order the four flavors (blueberry, acai, strawberry, and mango) for home delivery through the company's website, www.jollyllamasorbets.com. Suggested retail price is $1.49 for a 3 oz. tube."



"Remote controlled bugs buzz off" is a story by Patrick Jackson at bbcnews.com.

"A Pentagon-sponsored project to control flying insects remotely has sent ripples of excitement across the scientific pond."

Ya gotta love the Pentagon. RP


"Lawrence Berkeley Lab scores $16M stimulus funding for cloud computing study" reports Steven E.F. Brown in the San Francisco Business Times.



"Athletic spending belies California's budget crisis" opines Steve Wieberg at athleticbusiness.com.








Ken remined me earlier this week that for the Holidays Acme bakes panettone bread. Look for it.


posts from the past


People in École Bilingue's Halloween Parade

Many more people here


"Bring your bikes: Bicycle mechanic-teacher Josh Church and the dozen or so students who are learning repair skills at King Middle School in Berkeley are running out of bicycles" writes Meredith May in her as-usually-informative "School Notes" in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"The Berkeley harpsichord maker lives and breathes the music of another era." writes Jim Doyle of my neighbor in "Harpsichord Heaven" in the San Francisco Chronicle. And I thought it was the S. F. Giants and steam-trains.

Remember, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charle Brown" is on Channel 7 at 8:00 PM, tonite. (It really is more than a tale of thinking outside the box gone terribly wrong.)



Bruce Herman immediately after his extreme makeover.

Bruce was quite traumatized last week when a six-pack of 6ft hydrogen cylinders was dropped a mere 8 feet from him. "Boom, boom," he muttered all during his make over. The hydrogen cylinders dropped-over next to him at Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass were the old fashion Atlas Welding containers, not to be confused with promising but still impractical hydrogen cells.

Bruce H. has been with us for some four years now, and feeling well after his makeover, wishes all a

"Happy Autumn!"






dear, . . . you don't understand

we got 45 . . . THEY only got 26



Ya gotta love "Vintage Cross Dressing" at sfgate.com.


"Berkeley gives BMW dealership a big break" reports crackerjack Carolyn Jones at sfagate.com.

"Weatherford BMW won about $600,000 in waived fees from the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday after threatening to move the lucrative dealership to Oakland."


So Boz, I don't want to be threatening or anything but I was thinking of moving to El Sobrante. Huh, "Have a nice life, Ron?"



"City Starts Swine Flu Vaccinations" by Riya Bhattacharjee, our Planet.

"The City of Berkeley received its first shipment of intranasal H1N1 vaccine from the state Tuesday, Oct. 6, the same day it administered more than 2,000 seasonal flu vaccines to the public.

Berkeley's Health Department spokesperson Zandra Lee said the city had received a total of 800 vaccines, of which 100 were allotted to the city and the rest to private health care providers.

The number of vaccines was based on Berkeley's total population, she said.

Approximately 400,000 doses of H1N1 nasal spray vaccine arrived in California this week. More doses are expected in the coming weeks, including the injectable flu shot. "




"California lost more than five times as many jobs in September as it did the month before, signaling that the state's employment woes continue despite a budding economic recovery" is a report at latimes.com.

"Berkeley resident Sherisa Notmeyer was informed a month ago that she was being downsized from her job in desktop support at a medical manufacturing company. She's been looking for work but is finding that there are a lot of candidates for very few positions. Job hunting is discouraging in an employer's market, she said.

'It's not as bad as it was during the whole dot-com crash,' she said. 'But it's not very good either.'



"UC Berkeley gets $29M for underground lab plan" is a report at msn.com.

"The National Science Foundation will pay $29.1 million for the University of California, Berkeley, to study how to turn a former South Dakota gold mine into a laboratory nearly a mile underground."



"The Times's Bay Area Edition [Started] Friday" by Richard Perez-Pena at nytimes.com.

"The New York Times will publish its first San Francisco Bay Area edition on Friday, and a couple of prominent California journalists will contribute to it, the paper said on Thursday.

The edition will reach print sooner than executives had predicted over the summer, meaning that it will go on the market before a planned Wall Street Journal edition for the Bay Area, which is expected later this fall. The new Times edition will include extra pages of local news on Fridays and Sundays."









Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed .65 inches yesterday at about 3:30 PM.



"Biden to model solar finance plan on Berkeley's" reports Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The solar financing plan that originated in Berkeley in 2007 will become a national model, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

Biden's program, known as Recovery Through Retrofit, creates a framework for cities, counties and states to set up tax districts that allow residential and business property owners to install solar panels and make other energy improvements, repaying the investment over a 20-year property tax assessment."



"Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary honored by city council" is a story by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"Berkeley is selecting Oct. 31 as a day to honor of one of its medical marijuana dispensaries, calling the Berkeley Patients Group a 'national model.' The group at last week's City Council meeting got the official declaration for Berkeley Patients Group Day to celebrate its 10th anniversary. . . .

The group gives away about $300,000 a year to organizations like the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness across the street, summer lunches to kids at the San Pablo Park recreation center, the downtown YMCA, homeless organizations, the school-lunch program at Malcolm X Elementary School and others.

City Councilman Darryl Moore said the city likes its dispensaries to run a tight ship and give back to the community.

'I know they've been very generous with organizations,' Moore said. 'They've been a wonderful neighbor on San Pablo; the place is always clean. They have good security, and the neighbor's don't complain.' "


Though they are located just about right-across-the-street from THE favorite corner of Potter Creek's whores--the bus stop on Grayson and San Pablo.

Legalization is, of course, the adult solution--for both drugs and prostitution. RP



"Do our wine lists ignore California?" asks the Cellarist at sfgate.com.

""Go to Chez Panisse this week, and the figs will come from Cannard Farms in Sonoma while the black cod hails from Bolinas. But you'll find as many bottles of white wine from southern Italy alone as from all of California. And that's with France serving as inspiration for Alice Waters' local food temple."


"Are the city council members dope smokers" asks Marsha Wacko.


"Medical marijuana is an insult to our intelligence" opines the washington post.

"The Justice Department says it's backing off the prosecution of people who smoke pot or sell it in compliance with state laws that permit 'medical marijuana.' Attorney General Eric Holder says "it will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers." Party hardy! I mean -- let the healing begin!

I don't think the federal government should be spending a whole lot of time on small-time druggies, and I'm undecided about legalizing pot, which enjoys 44 percent support among the general public, according to a recent poll. Recreational use is not the wisest thing -- and if my 12-year-old son is reading this, that means you! -- but it's no more harmful than other drugs (e.g., alcohol) and impossible to eradicate. On the other hand, I worry it's a gateway to harder stuff. So I think we probably should have an open debate about decriminalization.

But it should be a real debate, about real decriminalization, and not clouded -- pardon the expression -- by hokum about 'medical marijuana.' To the extent it puts the attorney general's imprimatur on the notion that people are getting pot from 'caregivers' to deal 'with serious illnesses' -- as opposed to growing their own or flocking to "dispensaries" just to get high -- the Justice Department's move is not so constructive."




"Everyone knows I have a penchant for food" writes Carmine Santa Maria at yournabe.brooklyn.com. "Imagine educating children by having them plant, grow, harvest and cook the healthy food they've produced. This soon will be happening under the fervor of P.S. 216's Principal Celia Kaplinsky, who traveled to Berkeley, California to gain approval for this ambitious project. The Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 will be the first four-season ESY and the first in New York City, creating a space where schoolchildren plant, harvest, prepare food, and eat together the fruits of their labor, while studying and using a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum tied to New York State 'Learning Standards that connects food systems to academic subjects such as literacy, science, social studies, math and the arts.' "








In "It Came From Berkeley" Dave Weinstein writes "[In] 1905 . . . August Vollmer--a Marine veteran of the Spanish American War's bloody Philippines campaign, and a town firefighter--was elected marshal. . . .

Although he claimed to have no education, education is what he based his policing on. That, plus technology, and science--and sometimes pseudo-science. By 1906, Berkeley had its first bicycle patrol, a centralized record system that tracked criminals' modi operandi, and a system of electric lights spaced throughout town to communicate with officers. It was said to be the first electric communications system in the country.

By 1913, Berkeley had the earliest all-motorized police department in the nation, and by 1919, the city equipped some of its cars with radios, In 1915, Berkeley had its own crime detection lab. . . .

'Crimonologists know that a policeman's energies should be devoted to removing causes of crime, not to pursuing crimials,' Vollmer said. . . .' We must deal with the child in the early and plastic period of his life when his attitudes, his religion, social and personal ideals are being developed.' Vollmer sent police women into Berkeley schools to inculcate the young. . . .

One of the first lie detectors was developed in Berkeley by John A Larsen, a PhD in physiology whom Vollmer brought into the department. The machine was improved in 1920 by Leonarde Keeler, . . .

'The Keeler Polygraph' became one of the most used in the country, and Keeler became a leading criminologist. . . .

Vollmer opposed capital punishment and treated panhandlers leniently. . . . He also believed in free speech, backing the YMCA's decision to open its meeting rooms to every one, even Communists, a philosophy he had no truck with. . . .

By 1924, according to Colliers magazine, Vollmer was 'the most famous policeman in the world.' "



The more I read about the history of Berkeley, I'm coming to the conclusion that we are just now coming out of a forty-year dark age and that we are being led out by. . . arrgh, Da Boz.RP


KTVU-TV reports an explosion last night in the south of campus area--possibly a pipe bomb.




"Dramaturge dilvulges her favorite hangouts" is a story by Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Philippa Kelly, an Australian Shakespeare scholar, has found her place in the East Bay as the resident dramaturge for Cal Shakes, the California Shakespeare Theater."



"Nokia expands research portfolio with Berkeley centre" reports Iain Thomson in San Francisco at v3.co.uk.

"Nokia has opened a new research centre at the University of California, Berkeley, and has said that pure research is vital as the world comes out of recession."



"Solar Bonds: Taking Stock of the Sun" is a report at good.is.

"The challenges facing a widespread shift to solar power are not small: Complicated physics, materials shortages, and price are the big ones. Unexpectedly, it is cost that seems hardest to overcome. No matter how cheap silicon or thin-film photovoltaic cells become, there will always be the cost of installing them on your roof-an expense that currently doubles or even triples the price of every solar panel. They can take decades to pay off, far longer than most homeowners or businesses stay in the building they've thus improved."


Sally is putting in a new fence and Merryll is planting and Viva Burrows' photo is on the front page of yesterday's Chron.


CEID director, Jill Ellis emails

Our kids at CEID are off to our favorite Pumpkin Patch next week (Bob Kubik's)  we'll look forward to sending you photos of the event!









on 10/11/09 I posted

Some "picture books" about Our Town worth checking out are; "Berkeley Postcard History" by Wendy Markel, "Berkeley 1900" by Richard Schwartz and Sandra Bruch, "Jews of Oakland and Berkeley" by Frederick Isaac, and"It Came From Berkeley" by David Weinstein.


Yesterday's East Bay Express has a story about Our Town by David Weinstein, author of "It Came From Berkeley."

I guess the staff reads Scrambled Eggs--or not. Hell, and I thought the Express was just an alternate-lifestyle consumer-guide.




"The Good Life: Our comfort (food) zone simmers and evolves" is a story by Rick Kushman at sacbee.com.

"The weather's getting cooler. We've had some rain. The nights can be cold. You can feel it in the air. We're coming to the season of comfort food.

Sacramento chef Mai Pham lectured at the University of California, Berkeley, last week about eating healthy ­ and still heartily ­ so she seemed a good person to ask how our notions of comfort food have changed in recent years."

"Green Cities California Unveils Best Practices Website" by Leslie Guevarra from Greener World Media.

"Green Cities California, the collaborative of 10 cities and counties acknowledged as sustainability leaders, launches a website today that's to serve as a resource for other communities striving to go green."



"Job market lands more grads back at home" by Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer includes a photo and a couple of paragraphs about our Viva, 900 GRAYSON food server.

"Viva Barrows, a 2007 Cal grad, had big dreams. She expected to be hired by Promises Films in Berkeley where she interned, but the struggling documentary company wasn't hiring. So she looked elsewhere for a film job and got callbacks and interviews, then rejections.

Getting a master's degree seemed the logical alternative, and she was accepted by a film school in Vancouver. With the promise of a Sallie Mae loan for less than 10 percent, Barrows set out for British Columbia in June. On the way, she got the loan documents by e-mail and read the fine print: a 13 percent rate - and variable.

'It would've amounted to upwards of $100,000,' Barrows said. She turned the car around and, at 25, moved back in with her father and stepmother in Oakland and became a waitress.

'I'm giving myself six months,' she said. 'If I can't find a good job or a project worth sticking around town for, I'm going to seek out somewhere else to start fresh. And that could be anywhere in the whole world.' "




"Police Investigate Explosion on Residential Street" reports cbs5.com.

"Berkeley police and fire officials are investigating an explosion a few blocks from the University of California at Berkeley campus Tuesday night, a police lieutenant said this morning.

Neighbors called police at about 10:12 p.m. reporting an explosion that 'set off car alarms and rattled windows,' Lt. Diane Delaney said.

No one was injured in the blast, which occurred near Blake Street and Chilton Way, she said. Officers found a plastic jug containing some powder at the site.

The Berkeley Fire Department's hazardous materials team responded, along with the Police Department's bomb disposal team. Investigators did not find anything else in the area, Delaney said. Teams took samples, cleaned up the area and are investigating the incident."

Delaney said she did not have any details on what the substance might be, except that it was not hazardous to the officers who arrived to contain it."



CEID's Cindy Dickeson emails

Just thought I'd give you the scoop on a couple of great neighborhood 'photo ops' in the next several days
CEID classes will be visiting Bob and Carol's Pumpkin Patch tomorrow 10:00am-11:30am and on the 29th we will be having our annual Halloween celebration --- the costume parade and presentation will be at 11:15am.
Did you catch the article in the Berkeley Voice about CEID last Friday?  Oh yes, it was there.
Hope you are doing well. . . .
Take care,

"Deafness center helps kids avoid world of silence" by Damin Esper at berkeleyvoice.com.

"Jose Vasquez perked up. As the music played - a song celebrating a good morning - Jose first pumped his hands to the beat, then stood up and danced. Next to Jose, Maria Lopez bobbed her head. Soon, the rest of the 2-year olds in the class followed suit.

Jose is hearing impaired. But thanks to a cochlear implant and the work of the staff at Berkeley's Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID), Jose and his classmates aren't growing up in a world of silence.

CEID began in 1980 when Jill Ellis started a federally funded three-year program in San Francisco. When the grant ran out, Ellis continued on, moving to the East Bay and reaching out to more families."







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

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



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